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22 Mar 2015

The Make Up Memory Lane Tag


There’s nothing better than a nostalgic trip down makeup memory lane. Am I right or am I right?

I was watching Anna’s latest video today and I felt compelled to cobble something together along the lines of a makeup memory lane tag. I can’t tell you how warm and fuzzy this has made me feel. If you want to join in you are more than welcome to add your blog link in the comments and if you have any questions that you think need to make the cut also mention them below and I will edit this post :)

First makeup item ever purchased?
No7 lipstick in Chinchilla. It was murky chocolate poo-brown shade which is apt because I thought I was the shit when I wore it. 

First MAC item? 
I was so on trend - 20 years ago - because it was Cyber lipstick, a colour that has made something of a comeback. This was shortly followed by Spice lip liner and MAC clear gloss because I read that Linda Evangelista swore by that lip combo and by buying it I would surely transform into her. 

First MAC/other brand collection?
I distinctly remember this. I was working on a Saturday, finishing off a research report, when I decided to sweeten the deal by getting on the bus and going down to the King's Road and up Sloane Street to Harvey Nichols. It was in the make up hall that I found MAC and the Barbie collection. Until this point I was totally unaware that MAC released 1323242 collections a year and that product turnover was so rapid. The limited edition nature of collections unleashed a powerful retail force that would haunt my bank account for years to follow. 

First high end make up splurge?
I used to pour over magazines and newspapers so any marketing spiel was quickly absorbed by a gullible me. After reading about Hard Candy my 15 year old self decided that this was my brand and that I needed to desperately hot foot it to their miniature stand in Harvey Nichols to purchase a glitter eyeliner. The eyeliner was purchased along with a funky (i.e., ugly) nail polish shade that I mainly bought because it came with a free plastic ring. 

After that I flirted with all the department store brands, spending money earned in my Saturday telesales job, but it wasn't until I read about the opening of a new store in the Daily Mail's YOU Magazine when I was about 19 that my heart fluttered with the same intensity felt in the Hard Candy era. That store was Space NK and soon after I spent an obscene amount on a little boutique brand called NARS :) 

First makeover experience?
I had a foundation makeover at MAC in Brighton when I was about 17. I cringe now when I remember that my non-spotty skin was covered in Studio Fix Fluid and then set with Studio Fix Powder. I was a bit fearful of makeovers after that but I distinctly remember giving into an SA at the YSL counter in House of Fraser/Birmingham. This store was my haunt during university and the SA made a good commission from me/my student loan over the years. My reward for such loyalty was a heavy base, an 80's contour and a smokey eye so intense that it sent me rushing straight to the ladies in search of a tissue to scrub it off. Horrendous! I bought it all though - obviously. 

First makeup brush?
I had a few brush cast offs - Body Shop and magazine freebies that were knocking around my collection but it wasn't until I stumbled across a YouTube video featuring Amy04 that I acknowledged a whole world of professional application tools. A few videos later and I had decided that the MAC 224 needed to be in my world. A few years later and I own more brushes than some make up artists :o

First eyeshadow? 
I was late to the game when it came to eyeshadow. I think this is largely because I had no friggin' idea how to apply it. My most distinct eyeshadow memory, apart from the glorious BarryM dazzle dusts, was dabbling with Bourjois eyeshadow pots. To me these are still epic but it was Blanc Diaphane that I enjoyed the most, slathering it over my lids and my cheeks in an effort to create an ethereal glow. 

First skincare "investment"? 
I seem to remember trying a Garnier cream that my friend Meryl raved about during school but the first real splurge was Eve Lom cleanser. This was purchased in the days when she claimed that this was "all you needed". Since then of course brand popularity has led to a change in message and now there is a whole range of additional products that fall into that "all you need" definition but that little pot of mineral oil still brings back fond memories. 

First nail polish owned?
 It was called Dragon's Blood from the Boots Seventeen line and translated as a blackened purple. So chic. I'm sure it was applied with enthusiasm - all over my cuticles. 

First fake tan attempt? 
I was about 13 years old and decided that borrowing my sister's Clinique fake tan was a marvellous idea. In my mind it didn't matter how I applied it because this was HIGH END and was therefore going to give the perfect result. Imagine my disappointment then when I woke up looking like a brown dalmatian. 

Years later I discovered Xen-Tan, St Tropez and the wonder of a mitt but as my husband will tell you, I still apply it like "it's dark and I have taken out my contact lenses". 

More Make up Memories 

I could actually write this post all day but in order to avoid doing so I will sign off with a rambled list of phrases or products that elicit the feels when I say them out loud or write them down. 

Although I look at the pictures above and cringe at things like my anorexic eyebrows and my jizz coloured lips, I also have to smile. As stupid as it might seem to outsiders there is something about these images, the answers to the questions and the list below that defines a good time and a good feeling and there ain't nothing wrong with that :) 

Thanks to Anna for bringing it all flooding back :) 

GOSH Darling, CHI Silk Infusion, MAC Fleshpot (cos THAT was a good idea!), Coastal Scents mega palettes, Kajal from eBay, Maybelline Moonlit Mauve mineral blusher, GOSH Bananas eyeliner, MAC Impassioned, MAC Stark Naked, NARS Mounia, GOSH lip jams - especially the blue one, Milani Luminous, NARS Sabrina, BarryM Dazzle Dusts, Barry M 101 and 129 lipsticks, MAC Lavender Whip, Bourjois Blanc Diaphane eyeshadow as face highlighter, St Moriz, Enormous Lash, Moonbathe collection, MAC Smoke Signals collection (probably the best one they ever did) and of course, Metro-Chic...

55 comments

  1. Love the trip down memory lane! I totally fell for the Eve Lom sales pitch too - I think I still have the little instruction booklet it came with! The dragon bloods polish sounds like something I'd still buy...I never found Hard Candy Sky polish the first time around - was so happy when I found it re-issued in Walmart (of all places) a couple of years ago :-)

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    1. Oh wow! It would be interesting to see what that little booklet says - how it competes with her current marketing strategy for example. Hard Candy Sky polish - beautiful colour :) Thanks for reading as always!

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  3. I've been following you for a while and remember all these things, ahhh! Such memories, haha. I remember the GOSH Darling obsession, the MAC Impassioned era (also the St. Germaine era), wanting all those giant coastal scents palettes for no reason, really. Do you remember the Alexander McQueen MAC collection? I remember going nuts for it and wanting to spend all my money on it... Ah, I really want to do this tag too, now! x

    Uncia + Tigris

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    1. Saint bloody Germain. How could I forget such a pivotal colour - I wanted to love it and wear it so much but I always looked like a cartoon character with it on haha :) And YES to the McQueen collection - I got the gold highlighter and distinctly remember my husband (then boyfriend) telling me that my face was glowing in a funny way haha

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  4. this is so interesting! I love hearing about peoples makeup "stories" I might give this a go myself :') the mac foundation story though, I remember them trying to match me to a concealer once and decided I was NC35 even though I'm NW20, such an interesting tag though :)

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    1. oh I have been matched from an NC15 all the way to an NC37! In my orange years the NC30+ matching was very welcomed :) haha

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  5. Love this! I'm an NC30 and I remember trying to pull off MAC's limited edition N1 and N2 lipsticks some 6/7 years ago :))

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    1. You know I don't know if I ever managed to get those….I seem to remember trying! Never enough newwwwds :) haha

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  6. Ahh such a wonderful trip down memory lane. They were the good days hey. I have followed you since the very early lollipop26 days and you have always been a huge blogging inspiration for me and so many others. Thankfully I think our makeup tastes have changed for the better though haha! X

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  7. BEST-POST-EVER! I remember buying Revlon's Cherries in the Snow, Gosh Darling, and MAC's Way to Love (I still have them all) because you recommended them!

    MAC Impassioned still looks great on you (that's the pic on the top far left, am I right? I love the Rolex too ;))

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  8. That sideways cross necklace though! Still gorgeous as ever! :-)

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  9. I cannot thank you enough for making me discover Impassioned! :)

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  10. I loved this! I will never forgot my hard candy black glitter eye liner! I had a bit of a giggle when you mentioned your "jizz" stained lips my husband often stated that's what my lip gloss looks like sometimes! 🙊

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  11. Such a great post. I remember trying to hunt down Gosh Darling for ages after reading about it on your blog, xx

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  12. "I bought it all, of course." Yes. A few years ago I went in to a MAC store and the makeup artist managed to convince me that a makeover was a good idea. The dark eyes, the red lip, the heavy contour... It was bad. So bad. Yet I bought literally ever item she used on my face.

    I love this tag! I've got to dig up some old photos of myself to cringe at.

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  13. Ahh this is amazing, I remember watching you when I must have been around 14 and thinking, I really need to get that Gosh lipstick haha! My first MAC experience was awful, was matched to a warm toned foundation and half way through my shopping trip after my awkward "makeover" it had oxidised and I looked like something people would do as a joke, not good xx

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  14. Oh I so remember getting the Gosh Darling because it looked so good on you but never in a million years will it ever look any good on me. I miss lollipop26 on YouTube. <3

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  16. This made me laugh so hard and brought back so many memories. Clinique was the "high end" had to have brand when I was in high school and it broke me out every single time I tried the three step system. Didn't stop me from trying it though. lol So funny to think of all the crazy things I've tried in the name of beauty.

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  17. Oh Hard Candy nail polishes!!! I was dreaming of those (the power of these free plastic rings was unbelievable!) but it was impossible to find them in France...
    I was all about Bourjois blushers end eyeshadows at the time, I probably owned every single one of them! ;)

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  18. You gave a seriously good memory! I can barely remember make up purchases from a few months back!!

    Luxx mint

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  19. Oh boy, I am glad I don't have many pictures from old days left...
    My first makeup adventures were with my mothers stash, painting green eyeliner on my lids, ending with something that looked more like a pigs tail than a wing.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  20. Love this post and your transformation different things were on point couple years ago! I would really like to have a makeover experience

    sparklygoddess.blogspot.com

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  21. What about that shimmery pot of Eyeko cream that I never really understood the purpose of?? hahah xx

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  22. Oh gosh I used to be all over the new MAC collections too. Now not at all. My tastes have changed but I do go back to MAC for a few staple items like brow products and concealers. I'm not so big on the limited edition stuff now.

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  23. Oh man I loved this post, you look gorgeous in all the era's! xx

    thebeautybloss.com

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  24. I remember the first time I had a 'makeover' at MAC, I was 16 and of course I brought a few products, one being the Studio Fix Fluid that was way too orange for me! To this day, I have no idea why I brought it - I didn't even need a foundation at the age of 16! x

    FARFROMPERFECTIONXO

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  25. Loved this post... made me giggle to think hard candy was also one of my first purchases and makeup lustings. Totally inspired to do thi on my own blog too haha x

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  26. LOVED reading this! I remember 2010.. I used to listen to your talks on YT while drinking my coffee

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  27. Ahhh... Good times!

    My first makeup purchases were all conducted under the heavy glare of Sav-Ons' (a drugstore) fluorescent lights: Maybelline, Cover-girl and Wet-n-Wild were my best options. (Today's teens would know Wet-n-Wild as e.l.f.) Revlon, if I was feeling flush. Their was no concept of buying separate brushes. Why would I, when the manufacturer already provided me with one? The thought of buying anything from a department store ( or anywhere else ) was quite, quite out of the question.

    The worst of all: NO YOUTUBE! I can't even begin to describe the agonies of trying to figure out eye shadow and eyeliner.

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  28. Oh I bet it's your fault I own Lavender Whip!

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  29. I have to say that whatever is in my makeup collection is possibly due to your enabling powers. I bought Fleshpot because you said I needed it HAHAHAHA well I did wear it proud feeling like I know my makeup. I still buy things because you say it's amazing. And lIke Neema, I had Lavender Whip because of you haha My bank manager may be looking for you all these years hahahaha in all good fun, I think the last few years from your YT shenanigans to this BNBL, my makeup journey has evolved to shoes and bags and all because of you hahaha ok i'll stop now. thanks for the memories! Here's to more buying and blogging!

    xx Mschikee
    www.mschikee.com

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  30. You look so different in the old photos. This seems to be a taboo with bloggers, but I'd love posts on what work you've had done.

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  31. Jizz coloured lips...literally peeing myself laughing! x

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  32. I, like previous people who have commented, have followed you since the lollipop days. I still love impassioned and think I might just have to wear it tomorrow. I remember being chuffed with myself when I saw a top I had just bought on your blog. Wish you still did videos xxx

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  33. Love this! I started blogging during the Gosh Darling era so it definitely brings back memories! x
    LilyLipstick

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  34. Great post!!!!!! I remember you mentioning most of those products in your videos, and when you mentioned your NARS fixation above I couldn't help but think of your NARS collection video (at that point, I had barely heard of NARS, being a complete makeup novice and all)!!!
    PS: May I add Stila Kitten and MAC Well Dressed to the lot? Haha!!! :)

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    1. here you go laura - http://www.mschikee.com/2015/03/the-makeup-memory-lane-tag.html#more

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  35. Revlon Cherries in the Snow. It's one of your first bright lippies! I am so doing this tag! It should be live tomorrow hahahaha

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  36. Hahaha I distinctly remember watching your YouTube videos (which I still strongly miss) and you rambling over your love of chi silk infusion ;')

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  37. You have inspired so many of my makeup purchases. I bought MAC Impassioned, Hue and St. Germain because of you. I remember once when you mixed Impassioned with a nude lipstick and looked so good.

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  38. I love a bit of nostalgia! Your blog is amazing!
    http://surreyvslondon.me/2015/03/25/berlin-day-two/

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  39. Absolutely fantastic. Love how you wrote this too, couldn't hold back the giggles. Barry M Dazzle dust, cringe! I can relate with far too many of these. It gave me a good opportunity to look back on some of the selfies I took as a teeny-pop! I decided to do your tag over on my blog. I'll leave a link if you fancy a read. Fantastic tag!

    Ellie x
    http://www.elliepats.com/

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  40. It really makes me laugh reading this as some of your products listed at the end really brought back memories! Reminds me of when I started to watch a certain Youtuber and may have even purchased the likes of GOSH Darling, MAC Mythology, MAC Studio Fix...
    Makes me miss all my many nude lipsticks I somehow wore!

    Wonderful memories :)

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  41. UGH the MAC Moonbathe collection. I remember being a student when that came out & completely missing out on the whole thing. I still lust after 'saturnal' & 'otherworldly'. I still reckon that collection had the best colours & packaging of all their collections, past & present. After much searching, I still can't find anything that would remotely compare to the golden glow of Otherwordly. Maybe NARS Luster.

    Memories, Light the corners of my mind. Misty water-colored memories. Of the way we were. OKAY I'LL STOP.

    A x

    aisforanais.blogspot.com

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  42. The funny thing is, since I've been following you since your youtube days, it feels as if I lived through those same moments with you haha.

    Ah Moonbathe..I still have an Otherworldly blush tucked away that I bring out to use occasionally :3

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  43. I loved this post SO much! Your channel was one of the first beauty YouTube channels I discovered and you got me into SO many products - GOSH Bananas was a big one, as well as Darling lipstick - and a shade called 'Barbie' in a long thin tube that was the prettiest pink! I also still have my Bourjois Blanc Diaphane eyeshadow that I bought because of you - literally the exact same pot, it must be YEARS old. Another one is Revlon 'Cherries in the Snow', which might be my all-time favourite lippy!

    Also, do you remember Maybelline Ambre Rose? I remember hearing you rave about it and buying it but for some reason it looked terrible on me! I recall being really gutted and trying to wear it anyway even though it washed me out no end, haha! :)

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  44. This is amazing. I'm pretty sure I ended up owning half of these nostalgic products as a direct result of your blog and youtube channel! Of course that was no easy feat being located in Australia before all the brands caught on to international shipping that far... Also pretty sure I owned the majority of Mac lip glasses/dazzle glasses, etc before admitting I hate lip gloss :) May need to give this tag a go

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  45. This is brilliant Laura, such a trip down makeup memory lane! Might give this one a go x

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