Old school beauty

This weekend I went to visit my parents at my childhood home – whilst I was there I came across the first evidence of my make-up addiction. A wooden six-drawer container where I kept all my make-up organised by type (lippies in one drawer, eye shadows in another…etc)

 Lippies (main pic) Eye shadow (top right) Lip balms/gloss (bottom right)

When having a quick poke through some of my old beauty mistakes buys I thought I would snap some pics of them and do a quick blog as I’m sure some of the colours might ring a bell and take others back to their teenage years…

What about 17’s infamous ‘Heatherberry’… a frosty/shimmery dark mauve shade – honestly can’t imagine a skin tone that this would suit. I layered it on, with that awful lipstick covering solution thing that would make it last, but was essentially the same as painting clear nail varnish on your lips. Nice.


Rimmel’s ‘Earth Star’ a creamy nude that borders on being a bit terracotta. I think I bought this as I figured it might look like I wasn’t wearing anything (pointless?) it didn’t, I had no idea of my true colouring and this was NOT for me.

 Earth Star

Another one – ‘Blondie’ from 17, a frosty champagne type of colour. Goodness knows what my obsession with frosty pale shades was… but this was another one. There was also a double colour from 17 which was ‘limited edition’ with one side being bubblegum pink and the other frosty (yes, again) white. I didn’t manage to snap a pic of this one as I didn’t have much time (my lovely nephews didn’t really understand the taking pictures of lipstick thing and wanted me to go and throw a ball around instead).


Of course, none of these colours are things I would wear today – not least because most are over 10 years old but I just wanted to share them anyway. There are also a couple of pics in the collage at the top of my eye shadow drawer, including a rather charming burnt pink/red colour from Rimmel that I hold responsible for my reluctance to use pink eye shadow to this day. The first time I wore it my friends’ Mum asked me ‘have you been crying?’ – Not the look I was going for!

You might also spot the iconic Maybelline green and pink tube of mascara. I loved this when I was younger, repurchasing many times. It delivered great definition, but still very natural – so good for a teen who didn’t want/wasn’t allowed to be covered in heavy slap. There is also a white Lancome shadow that I loved and felt very posh buying – and managed to smash within about a week of getting it home. Still kept it though!

So there we have it, a little bit of a sneaky peak into my teen make-up adventures…. pleased to say I think I have learnt from my mistakes! Apologies for the poor pictures, I have a new camera and I’m still trying to figure it out.

So I shared mine – did you spot anything you remember? I remember heatherberry being one of the v.popular colours when I was a young-un. Am I the only one that is such a hoarder that I hang on to old lippies that are well beyond their use by date?!

**The Small Print**

All bought by myself thanks to a Saturday job in a coffee shop and my allowance – which was £25 a month, can you imagine only having £25 a month now a days?


  1. Em
    July 6, 2010 / 9:21 am

    I think I had one of those split lipsticks! Boots used to do this cow branded range too where you’d have two different coloured lip balms in one tube.

    I discovered a tub of old hair mascaras the other day at the back of my wardrobe. Bad times.

  2. Anonymous
    July 6, 2010 / 2:25 pm

    Mary Quant and Rimmel remind me of teenage beauty years…lots of ridiculously dark lipstick and badly applied eyeliner. But of course i thought i looked great! Great post, has inspired me to have a root through my boxes (!) of make-up i’ve collected over the years… @veritycash

  3. Georgie
    July 6, 2010 / 2:45 pm

    Wow, this is exactly what I have just gone through – I had to be tough and throw it all away as my parents are finally getting tired of keeping my stuff (from 10 years ago!) Happy memories, reliving the days of pale frosted lipstick and thinking I was the bees knees! Great post, love this blog xx

  4. July 6, 2010 / 3:26 pm

    I too was guilty of buying both “Heatherberry” and “Blondie”!! Ah brings back memories!!

  5. Anonymous
    July 6, 2010 / 3:39 pm

    I remember being about 6 years old and seeing that pink and green mascara tube for the first time!! And I do remember the frosty beige lipstick from my teen years

  6. Sakara
    July 6, 2010 / 8:33 pm

    haha i had both heather berry and that rimmel earth star! I can wear neither anymore as both rimmel and 17 im allergic to on my lips.
    (actually still like Heather berry shade on my skintone!)

  7. July 6, 2010 / 7:56 pm

    Awesome post.

    Yes, I had both Heatherberry and Blondie. Heatherberry was Boots’ take on Rimmel’s Heather Shimmer, which I think would be the ultimate nostalgia product for people of our age group (I can tell from these pics that we’re about the same age!)

    Also I can see something in your pic from the ill-fated Superdrug “Kolor” own-brand range – I had lots of that too.

  8. Cheryl Halton
    November 6, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    Any chance you know where I can buy a blondie or Heather shimmer lipstick now x

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