Throwback Thursday: the Beauty Products that Make You Feel Like a Teenager Again

Thu, 17 January 2013 11:53AM

Never mind feeling like a teenager, I’m looking like a school kid today, thanks a blemish bang smack in the middle of my cheek. Fortunately now, unlike back then, I’ve become well-versed in the art of concealing an angry spot, along with the makeup products to use and avoid. But still. I feel like I’m 15.

While reminiscing teenage days this week, particularly when the aforementioned (and unwelcome) spot decided to stop by for a long-term visit, I thought back to the other products that fostered my love of beauty.

The Topsytail had to be one – remember that clever little tool that had a surge in popularity towards the end of last year? I felt like I was in Year 6 again, Billabong pencil case in hand and swaggering around with that swishy, too-cool-for-school ponytail. While I’m not sure it will land a permanent place in my hairstyle repertoire, it was a moment of my youth I rather enjoyed reliving for a second.

Have I begun to stir up a few high school memories? Good. Here are a few more. You’ll be planning a Saturday night in, face mask in place with Girls Just Wanna Have Fun on the TV in no time …

Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Anti-Stress Mud Masque, $3.95, Priceline

How much does this take you back to trips to the local shopping mall after school? Mum used to buy me one of these around once a month, and I can still remember trawling through the aisle at Priceline. I’d always pink the best colour and the one that would make me feel like a grown-up in a day spa, and not necessarily the one suited to my teen skin. I tried the Anti-Stress Mud Masque a few weeks back, designed to draw out any impurities and clean out gunk from blocked pores – pretty much my skincare concerns in a nutshell. While during high school I was more excited about the pretty packaging, as far as how the product actually worked, I was surprised at how silky-soft my skin felt post-use. After slathering on the thick, blue goop, I even experienced that tingly feeling (the good kind) which always makes me feel like a product is doing its job. At $3.95, it’s always to have one on hand for emergencies. Bonus points for the vegetarian certification, no testing on animals, and because they contain no chemicals means they are suitable for most vegans, too. Good one.

VO5 Give Me Moisture Hot Oil, $6.99, Priceline

Remember how we used to run these under the hot water tap to activate them? Along with the face mask, hot oils and I usually had a hot date on a Sunday night. Reason being, I had swimming training before school most mornings, and word amongst parents around the pool was that oils helped remove chlorine build-up better than shampoo. I’m guessing I skipped that green hair stage because of these babies. Good work, mum. Since I still do a hair treatment once a week anyway, I thought I’d give one a go – at $6.99 for a pack of four, who was I to say no? Because my hair is on the oily side, I skipped my roots and applied the hot oil to my mid-lengths and ends, finding that not only was my hair silkier and easier to manage, it banished any summer frizz and pesky flyaways. Add a set to your beauty bag, stat.

Lip Smacker Classic Balm, $3.35, Priceline

Before I was allowed to wear a slick of bright lipstick, my tiny pink beauty bag was filled with Lip Smackers in every colour, flavour and consistency available. I still, however, have the Lip Smacker Classic Balm hanging around at home – I love the Watermelon flavour – as they still to this day keep my lips soft and smelling sweet, too. Nowadays, though, Lip Smackers are way cooler, and have teamed up with Paul Frank for super-cute collections, which you could always say you were, uh, buying for a little sister. However if you really wanted to head back to 1999, there’s a Lip Smacker Original & Best Trio Collection, $9.95 – an Original Lip Smacker, Liquid Lip Smacker and Squeezy Lip Smacker in one set. Adorable. Or, as I would say back in the day: Ace.

Tell me, Primpers, what are the beauty products that you used as a teen and still used today?

Do you remember any of these?

Hayley x

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  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 01:13pm

    I so remember the Montagne Jeunesse Masks! I was addicted to the Strawberry one.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 01:17pm

    Just discovered the Montagne Jeunesse range and loving them!

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 04:02pm

    There was a fruity skincare called Freeman (?) that I used to use.

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 04:09pm

    I would have to say without a doubt all three products were and still are a fave of mine.

  • Posted by: ssminnow Enthusiast // Thu, 17 January 2013 05:58pm

    As a child I was quite frightened of the pictures on the Montagne Jeunese masks! Where are their eyes?!
    I’d like to try one now though – my skin is freaking out a bit at the moment.

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 01:47pm

    I loved lipsmackers, i had them in every flavour i could get, my favourites were hot chocolate and cotton candy, mmm…

  • Posted by: SarahSayers2012 Supporter // Fri, 18 January 2013 07:55pm

    The most hilarious part of this post is that I still use all three of the pictured products! Forever young! Although one of the best features of the Montagne Jeunesse facemask’s are the packaging… get’s me in every time! x

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 09:25pm

    oh those masks are so refreshing

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Sat, 19 January 2013 09:32am

    I still love the JM masks – so much fun to use. I used Ponds Cold Cream and still use it today – it’s excellent for removing makeup and for dry skin.

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Sat, 19 January 2013 10:30am

    There was a sauna MJ mask that use to heat up – loved that one and the oatmeal scrub one!! Was a lave to V05 hot oils for years!! Body shop lip balms – the morello cherry one is real throwback for me too!

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Tue, 22 January 2013 08:04pm

    I remember using lip smakers and V05 hot oil, which I still use from time to time. They’re great :)

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Fri, 25 January 2013 05:34pm

    i love these masks!

  • Posted by: jennybean Enthusiast // Wed, 6 February 2013 02:27pm

    I remember Smackers! Although I used it when I was younger than a teen.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 17 February 2013 01:45pm

    the product that i still use today is a nivea body lotion for a very dry skin

  • Posted by: Caz // Mon, 25 February 2013 08:16pm

    I devoured Dolly magazine in its hey-days of the early-mid 80’s.. Thought I was so cool using Ten 0 Six toner and Blackmores marshmallow cleanser. I’m sure they had an oatmeal scrub (?) that was put on the face with a soft brush like a shaving brush. I’d NEVER use these products if they were still around today. Skincare has improved dramatically since then, thank goodness!!

    I found those MJ mask faces scary too. No eyes!

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 21 April 2013 03:21pm

    i’ve tried this mask once and i really liked it

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Wed, 19 June 2013 06:45pm

    I have to put my hand up to using all of these products, love the MJ Masques and adore the flavours of Lip Smackers.


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