Let’s be honest – teenagers aren’t always the most savvy shoppers, they over enthusiastically respond to pretty models, celebrity endorsements, slick packaging and empty promises. Feeling nostalgic, I was inspired to create one of my own lists to reminisce about the chemical-laden beauty products of my underinformed youth.
- Sun In: Those orange streaks looked super real…
- John Frieda Blonde Shampoos: Because it would make your hair blonder right? But which type of blonde? Platinum or honey…Let’s spend at least 15 minutes in the aisle debating this!
- White eyeliner and/or eye shadow: How was this even a trend? Was it a real trend or just my friends and I?
- Concealer on lips: THIS was the sexiest, coolest thing ever. Lips that were flesh toned. If you really knew what you were doing you added a frosted lip gloss over it.
- Using any drugstore as the go to source for a skin and makeup routine.
- Caking on foundation and powder: Not using any blush or bronzer to contour my face. Nope. Ghostly cakey skin was totally cool as long as you couldn’t see any pimples.
- Discovering bronzer: Annnd now I’m an oompa loompa!
- Coloring hair with Kool-aid packets: I preferred to use the red packets to give me that natural strawberry blonde look.
- Over using hair spray on bangs and messy buns: Pulling out two skinny strands of hair to frame each side of my face and still hairspraying those. Hairspray on everything.
- Layering a collection of lotions and/or sprays from Bath and Body Works and LOVING the overpowering, synthetic fragrance lingering from them. You know it’s enough once you smell like a synergy of mango-strawberry-melon-sweetpea-sugar, and not one drop less.
- Clinique Happy, Curve and CK1…became sophisticated and a step up from Bath and Body Work’s sprays and glitter lotions that pre-teens enjoyed. How tastes do change…
- Cover Girl Products: All the gorgeousness that babysitting money can afford.
Who would have thought the boys from middle school actually created reverse ombre? Wise beyond their years I guess?
I couldn’t be happier to say that these days my beauty routines stick to natural makeup and haircare. The hormone disruptors, aerosol propellants, synthetic colors and more can take a hike. Who needs ’em? Now I let the real, toxin-free me shine through, due of course to the wisdom I’ve gained over time.
See you another time, perhaps with more memories you wish you could forget!
Lauren Merten – Blissoma Staff Esthetician