Last week I joyfully picked up a tin of slick and shiny pink lip gloss – you know the type: apply it with your finger, your hair gets stuck in it and it wears off in approximately 3 minutes? And it occured to me that this was exactly the same stuff that I’d been rocking in eighth grade. Surely there must be a slightly more adult version out there somewhere! I turned to my friend Elizabeth of Beauty Bets to keep us informed.Like most kids, my first job was selling lemonade on our street corner. I was probably the only one, however, who took her earning to the drugstore to buy makeup. Lavendar Cover Girl eyeshadow to be exact. I wasn’t even allowed to wear makeup at that age, so I stuck it in the freezer for safe-keeping (don’t ask) and put it on when I lip-synched to Madonna’s Borderline in the living room. Ah, the 80s.
I actually get a little nostalgic when I think of the products I used to carry around in my Le Sportsac. But then I realize that I’ve actually just replaced them with adult versions that work, smell, and look a whole lot better:
1. Then: Noxema
Now: Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash ($22) – So refreshing and tingly like the now-infamous cold cream, but infinitely gentler!
2. Then: St. Ives Apricot Scrub
Now: Dr. Hauscka Cleansing Cream ($27) – Almond meal replaces harsh grit, minus the preservatives, chemicals, and drying effects.
3. Then: Oil of Olay Original Beauty Fluid
Now: Ole Henriksen Herbal Day Crème SPF 15 ($35) – Packed with antioxidants and fruit oils, this rich cream blows the pore-clogging pink stuff out of the water.
4. Then: Bonne Belle Gel Blush
Now: Stila Convertible Color ($25) – A sheer, budge-proof wash of color for lips and cheeks in beautiful shades you’ll want to collect
5. Then: Mood lipstick
Now: Smashbox O-gloss ($22) – Shiny and soft (not green in the tube), this gloss reacts with your skin chemistry to transform from clear into your own custom shade of pink
6. Then: Hawaiian Tropic suntan oil
Now: Bobbi Brown Beach body oil ($28) – Now that vacation means wearing a heavy-duty sunblock, I dab this luxurious oil on my shoulders to take me of someplace tropical
7. Then: Sea Breeze astringent
Now: Caudalie Beauty Elixir ($16) – Instead of stripping my normal/combination face with alcohol, I spritz it with this minty, hydrating tonic or set or refresh my makeup
8. Then: Village Lip Lickers (the ones in the sliding rectangular gold tins!)
Now: Fresh Rose Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($22.50) – The smoothest, most luxurious lip balm ever, this imparts a red stain and comes in a chic metal tube
9. Then: Salon Selectives shampoo
Now: Kiehl’s Rice & Wheat Volumizing Shampoo ($18) – I’ve tried them all, but this volumizing shampoo actually works—and smells like roses!
What was stuffed in your childhood makeup bag? I was all over Dr. Pepper Lipsmackers (ummm, still am) and all things Wet n’ Wild.