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Monday, August 18, 2014

It was Acceptable in the 90's

90's Beauty Fails

At the moment the 90's are having a come back. I fully realise it has been a good fifteen years have passed but I feel it is a little too soon to revisit such era. I see young kids romanticising the 90's on Tumblr and don't get me wrong it is nice to get a little nostalgic about my childhood but let's not forget some of the tragic beauty moments. It wasn't all matte nude lips and Herbal Essences y'know...

Body Glitter - As an ex dance student this brings back the fear, the fear of my mother, grandmother, sisters and anyone else in the dressing room coating my hair and body in so much glitter that it would take a week to fully remove from my body. My scalp? I'm pretty sure I'm still removing the odd particle from back in 1999.

Glitter Eyeshadow - Oh man did we love a good glittery eyeshadow back in the day, I can recall being about 9 sat crossed legged in a dressing room before a dance show and applying blue glittery eyeshadow (with a foam applicator of course). I wanted so desperately to look like the older girls in my dance class. The name of the eyeshadow? Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen of course straight from the beauty aisles of Asda ha! I was also partial to stealing a spray of my mum's Versace Red Jeans Perfume too. I was a babe.

Butterfly Clips - Grab the front parts of your hair, twist and secure with a beautiful butterfly clip. The brighter the better and if said clip is glittery you are winning at life.

Impulse Body Sprays - Admittedly the lesser of the evils and I'd be only lying to myself if I said I'm not secretly enjoying their rival (the ultimate 90's fragrance was of course Vanilla Kisses). I can recall being super young, I'm talking way back in my primary school days and you simply weren't cool if you didn't produce a can of Impulse come P.E. 

Clear Lip Gloss - Greasy lips were all the range when I was a kid, all the better if it was fruity scented and came in roller ball form. Man those were the days...not.

Lip Smackers Lip Balms - I used to be obsessed with the mega balms this brand used to do, they were huge and literally got balm all over my face. My personally favourite back in the day had to be Watermelon, sticky, sweet and oh so very 90's.

Stick On Earrings - I've had my ears pierced since I was a baby so along with a few friends we used to chip in our pocket money, head to Claire's each weekend and buy fake belly button rings. Sometimes they looked real, more often than not they were fashioned out of stick on earrings. Sticking one on my nose wasn't totally unheard of either. I blame Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears frankly. There was also that annoying trend of diamant√©, they were on everything! Clothes, shoes, surfaces you name it. Does anyone recall those silly diamant√© body tattoo's? Did I mention I hate diamant√©?

Hair Mascara - I mean really? Two big crunchy face framing electric blue streaks, set of nicely with a black chocker, crop top and baggy jeans. Oh you style icon you.

As you can probably tell my childhood was a little colourful and glitter based.
Never mind in twenty years or so we will be reliving the naughty's and laughing at how seriously we took eyebrows and Kim Kardashian's contouring skills. Mark my words.


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42 comments:

  1. Oh, I do remember Impulse :) It was THE fragrance back in the day!

    Alex | PinkElephantBlog

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  3. Oh gosh I loved this post aha. You are so right, weren't cool unless you whipped the impulse out after sport.

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  4. hahahaha I love this! I remember all of these. Especially being frustrated at my stick on earrings always falling off. What a pain they were!

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  5. Haha I remember the butterfly clips even though I was born in the late 90s xD I still have a lot of mine somewhere in my closet!

    www.imaniqbal.blogspot.com

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  6. Yep definitely always had a can of Impulse in my bag... still do LOL! xx

    http://littlemissvoguette.blogspot.com.au

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  7. I still break out in a cold sweat when anyone mentions body glitter, my old dance teacher used to drench us with it! Edward Cullen twinkling in the sunlight had nothing on us...

    Mish x

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  8. Those were the days!! rollerball fruity lipgloss and blue streaked hair, we were the bomb!!

    http://es-jaymakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. Ah the Barry M Lip Glosses are still my absolute favourite lip glosses! They all smell amazing :D xxx

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  10. This is bringing back school disco memories all you need is an outfit from tammy girl and your all set!
    I'm definitely feeling a bit old now so all the nineties trends need to go back there.

    RosalieJayne

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  11. I remember that the Spice Girls Impulse was amazing. If I could buy it now (not on ebay for £100), I would! Gemma x
    Beautiful Life as I know it

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  12. I remember those butterfly clips! Hahaha!

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  13. I used to love wearing my butterfly clips all the time haha.

    www.ellenwarnerxo.blogspot.co.uk xo

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  14. I remember all of these I didn't have my ears pierced until I was 14 so I used to wear stick on earrings everyday and I loved my butterfly hair clips before I moved on to those hair bands with the fake hair all over them, I remember mine being about 10 shades lighter than my real hair which just completed the look ha!

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  15. Haha I agree with you that the 90's weren't the golden era everyone is currently making them out to be. No one ever looked as cool as they currently do. I remember I could never get hair mascara to work! Gutted

    Tilly Enn // A Beauty and Fashion Blog

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  16. haha love this post. All of this seems so long ago but yeah not quite ready for them to become fashionable again!! :)
    julz

    http://justjulzblog.blogspot.com

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  17. I remember impulse, body glitter and a whole make-up line from Mary Kate and Ashley being my go to items LMFAO.
    This was a cool post!
    anjnaharish-thoughtsofagirl.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Who needed perfume when you had Impulse, right!? Those butterfly clips, oh nostalgia! http://gems-wonderland.blogspot.co.uk/xxx

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  19. I remember butterfly clips, I used to have so many! I don't remember fake belly button piercings though, that sounds so weird haha.

    http://IAmLinderella.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. Totally with you on the dance lessons. I have memories of going in for my dance exams with the tight 'can't breathe or smile' bun covered in glitter and a scrunchie. Cringe.
    Jade |  Jaded Daily   

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  21. Butterfly clips, chokers and rollerball lipgloss were my most loved things in the 90s! So funny to look back on but dear lord some of the makeup of that time was horrendous! x

    www.littleldnlife.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. Beautiful and cheerful post ! It went directly into my heart. I lived for those butterfly clips hahaha

    What about the fuchsia lips trend right now ?! We are gonna be shock with that one too

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  23. Butterfly clips were my LIFE! Literally wore them across the whole of my head like a crown hahaha!

    Kirstie || A Yellow Brick Blog

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  24. Those butterfly clips were always a nightmare for me because my hair would always get stuck. Also the hairbands with the bobbles on them, lets just say I'm glad they stayed in the 90s, haha. All these things bring back such memories! Don't think the young kids will ever truly understand haha

    Deb | Debra Bros Blog

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  25. I loved this post!!!! Im so guilty of the clear gloss (oh the roller ball ones with fruit scent!) and the smackers lip balm and believe it or not a few months ago i was with my mom at walmart and found them so i bought one... The watermelon flavor! Hahahah

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  27. Oh my god, this post went right into my heart, I remember it _all_. :D
    My favourite impulse was Atlantis, clearly not as popular as vanilla kisses! .. and the roll-on lipgloss, coca cola flavoured for example. ^^
    It's cool how it was basically the same in germany as in the uk apparently, only some brands were different.

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  28. hahaha this post made me giggle! I remember all these things so well, all my clothes were glittery and bought from 'tammy girl' hilarious! x

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  29. As much as I hate to say it, I am one of those girls on Tumblr who fantasize about the 90s; it's nice to hear some of the not so chic things from then, haha! I actually wore butterfly hair clips in my hair in the early 2000's... they were my favorites! x
    -http://emilysbees.blogspot.com

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  31. So many memories in that there post! The hair mascara stood out for me. I had a redhead friend who wanted to dye her hair black around the time hair mascara was cool. We thought, sod it why not try real mascara. Soon she had wonderful, if a little crunchy, black locks. Until it rained....
    Aimee Belle
    http://aimeebelleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. Oh man, I am feeling the nostalgia. Greasy lips from the roller ball was so popular at my school, especially the clear packaging with the little fake flowers in it. Impulse body sprays bring back bad memories because as a scent-sensitive person being drowned by them in the locker rooms at school was a nightmare.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  33. Oh boy this took me back to when I was at school. I remember how excited I would get to gather all my beauty essentials for going back, my Impulse, my Lip Smackers, my hair clips, all good things like that! :D

    http://theremightbecoffee.wordpress.com/

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  34. I was a fan of the even classier Super Drug body sprays.. I loved any lip gloss that smelt/ tasted nice and piled as much of it on as I could!

    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  35. My first "makeup kit" consisted purely on Bright green glitter eyeshadow, a black eye pencil, clear
    mascara and glittery lip gloss... and to top it all off I had this electric blue hair mascara that I would wear every day on my fringe hoping someone noticed it...no one ever did...[cringes]

    Jules.- www.thekiwidiaries.com

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  36. Believe it or not, I still use the Dr. Pepper Lipsmacker regularly, as I used to 20 years ago. It actually hydrates quite well and leaves a nice rosy tint on the lips. But yeah, those 90s body sprays-- eek! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  37. These things just made the 90's. I remember getting some hair chalk/mascara stuff in my Girl Talk magazine, haha x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

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  38. I'm still so tempted to buy an Impulse spray because, realistically, it's good on the go! God you've reminded me of some horrors - roll-on body glitter from that Boots range, big clips to pin back the curtains, and of course the magnetic earrings.... sigh
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  39. Such a great post idea!! I was alll over butterfly clips, like would wear at least 10 all in my hair! Also The Spice Girls Impulse will always have a place in my heart!

    CassandraMyee | NZ Beauty Blog

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  40. oh wow. This has really got me back in the 90s! Brilliant post! Completely forgotten the 'Hair Mascara'.. pretty bad ass stuff!

    esrscreatives.wordpress.com/

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  41. haha i love this post! Impulse just reminds me so much of when i was in year 7 (2007) and it was the cool thing to literally spray it on yourself every 5 minutes haha x
    http://rachelcoco.blogspot.co.uk

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