What were five fabulous products (makeup, beauty, fragrance, fashion — you name it) when you were in high school?
OK, full disclosure — whenever I think of the actual year in which I graduated from high school (class of of ’93, yo!), I make a painful-looking smile with panicked eyes and just my lower teeth showing.
This emoji describes it perfectly: ?.
Because when I do the math…OMG!
High school was a lot of fun for me. I was a happy teenager (despite the occasional bout of angst), and I loved exploring, in the only ways I knew how to at the time, things like makeup, beauty, fragrance and fashion.
My parents were strict in a lot of ways, like with grades and after-school activities (I wasn’t one of those kids going to ragers at so-and-so’s house on a Friday night), but I was given free reign to express myself, and I tried a lot of different things!
Or course, I loved the trendy stuff, and a lot of the things I experimented with were the same things my friends liked, too.
There was a lot going on at the time (the early ’90s) with beauty, makeup and fashion, like…
Revlon Toast of New York Lipstick
GURL, three fourths of the flute section in band wore this color, no joke. When band practice was over and all the flutes were put away, the girls would bust out their Cornsilk compacts, and touch up their lips with Revlon Toast of New York. A deep reddish brown, it would be very relevant today because of the current ’90s revival.
I actually just checked online, and Revlon still sells it! I might have to get a tube for nostalgia’s sake.
CK One Perfume
For the young’uns among us, there was a time when CK One was new!
I know! Hard to believe, but true. 🙂 I believe this was also around the time Marky Mark was still a pants-dropping rapper, haha!
Oh, how things change…
CK One put unisex fragrances on the olfactory map. It was made for men and women, but most of the people I knew who wore it were girls (all the boys wore men’s Eternity). I, unfortunately, wasn’t one of those CK One-wearing chicks, although I wanted to be. I just didn’t have the money to get a bottle, but my sweet friend Jolly always lent me a spritz or two.
It’s a clean, crisp watery citrus — at the time unlike anything I’d smelled before. I still smile whenever I catch a whiff.
Black and white polka dots
When I think of standout fashion statements from that time, black-and-white polka dots spring to mind. Everyone was wearing ’em! — even the guys.
My favorite polka-dotted piece was a weird black-and-white shirt with polka dots on the collar and sheer black sleeves, and I vividly remember wearing it to my sixteenth birthday party dinner (at Olive Garden).
I’d give anything to know what happened to that shirt! I loved it so much, but it disappeared over the years, as shirts often do…
I wore it with black knee-length culottes and black leggings with lace around the ankles (remember those?).
Floral babydoll dresses
Another piece I wore to death was a black long-sleeved, knee-length floral babydoll dress with tiny orange flowers and green leaves on the print.
It was purposefully oversized, so I’d take up the extra fabric in the back with a clip (mine was black with tiny fabric roses), and use that to cinch up the waist.
The only legit way to wear this type of dress at my school was with black tights, boots and big hoop earrings.
I was a big-ol’ nerdy-birdy in high school, so I was always carrying around a ton of ridiculously heavy books. I carried all of my books and binders in a colorful woven backpack with really skinny black fabric straps that had absolutely NO padding.
Seriously, it was probably the most un-ergonomic backpack known to man…
But it was in style at the time, so I had one.
I can still remember the straps digging into my shoulders, and how the back bottom of the bag hung down too low (it hit my butt when I walked). You might have thought that would have been enough to stop me from using it, but noooo.
Mine was rainbow colored. Jen’s, I think, was black, white, gray and maroon.
Your turn, my friend! What were five fabulous products (makeup, beauty, fragrance, fashion, etc.) when you were in high school?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,