Just Charlie G

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As I was lying in bed last night thinking about my hair colour, I thought back to my first attempts at colouring my hair. I used to go to the local chemist and pick up sachet’s of Wella’s Shaders and Toners.  Which got me started thinking about all the other products I used religiously in the past too. Many of which I wasn’t able to find photographs of, but I’d love to know if you remember them too, or for you to add your own memories in the comments!  I can’t always remember which decade products belong to either, it’s all a bit of a haze.

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I used to love these! Shaders and Toners were amazing. I always went for red shades, and they claimed to last up to three washes. I can remember examining my hair in sunlight and seeing a faint red glow and being well pleased with the results!

Sticking with the hair theme, it wasn’t long before I discovered Sun In.

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Hairdressers throw your hands up in horror! I actually used this several times over the years and actually I think the results weren’t at all bad. I’ll have to dig out a photo at some point but there’s no denying it’s straw making effects on my hair.

St Ives Shampoo’s and Conditioners. I think you can still get these, but I used to buy mine in Superdrug and I remember a Keratin formula and a Vanilla Flavour but they made my hair so so nice.

And quick mention must be given to the Banana Clip. God they were great, if a little frustrating thanks to the fact I have so much hair it was always a bit of a struggle to get the damn things done up. I miss banana clips.

Perfume. There are so many I recall but this one really sticks with me.

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Colors de Benetton Woman. Mine was in a hexagonal shaped box I think, but it was possibly my first perfume, in a bottle, that I wore every last drop of.  Many came after it (see my library of fragrance post) but this was the first one I ever owned, following years of liberal Impulse spraying.

The Avon years. A school friends mum was an Avon Lady, I can’t even remember who it was, but I probably have them to thank for my love of make up now.

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I remember she had her mum’s tester kit and I had several of these gorgeous little testers off her. I’d absolutely LOVE to own this now. I ended up owning several things. Of course the sky blue liner, the electric blue mascara and one thing I remember with special fondness. It was a cardboard tube housing a powder puff and the most beautiful pink shimmer powder. I put it everywhere I loved that stuff. I would love to see it now but alas none of my google searches have been successful. It was also Avon (I think) who introduced me to face masks, I particularly remember the whole family trying out a lemon peel off one. It was revolutionary and I can smell it now!

There were other skincare products I swore by First of all the Aapri Dual Cleansing Pads. I know many will recall the Aapri scrubs, but this was a whole other kettle of fish, basically a scourer for your skin that was soaked in a foaming solution. You ran your pad under the tap and then scoured your face, actually, I think they still exist, or a version of them does.

I also, in the early 90’s relied heavily on a 3 in 1 cleansing foam, I can’t recall its name or brand, but it was a foam that did the job of cleansing, toning and moisturising in one go. It was also the done thing for everyone to own The Body Shop Elderflower Eye Gel.

I also went through a long period of using extremely heavy duty toner type cleansers, such as Clean & Clear. The cotton pads always ended up black. You make mock these prehistoric products, but my skin is far worse now than it ever was when I was in my late teens/early twenties.

The Body Shop deserves its own paragraph, who can forget Banana Shampoo & Conditioner, Ice Blue Shampoo, Raspberry Ripple Body Wash, Dewberry fragrance oil and White Musk and Japanese Cleansing Grains (I think they were called). Some of these have been re-released since but it’s not the same. And It’ll be too soon if I ever smell Dewberry again, I didn’t even like that one at the time.

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Roll on Glitter.

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I used to wear this stuff, on nights out. Nuff said.

Lip products.  Aged around 10, so 30 years ago, I remember my friend getting Boots 17 Twilight Teaser Lipstick.

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I’m looking at it and I’m feeling it’s magical pull. I still want this lipstick.  No one can pull it off (although its far more mauve than this picture would have you believe). I still want to try. When I eventually did start wearing make up I started with more Boos 17, I remember a shade called Toffee Apple. I lived in that. Actually looking back now, it’s browny-red hue was the definition of a 90’s lipstick and as you probably know it’s a big trend for this year. I’ll be looking for something similar I think.  Oh and then there were the famous Rimmel Coffee and Heather Shimmer lipsticks, everyone had either one or both. Not terribly flattering on most of us, but like we cared.

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That right there is Heather Shimmer, but both shades are still available.

Finally in make up, there were lip glosses, more specifically roll on lip glosses. I can taste and feel my cola flavour one now. I think I got it in a chemist with my pocket money, and I was very young. I loved it though, I’m sure I owned more!

Finally, I just want to pay my respects to a product that I didn’t actually own but that I remember my Granny owning.

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Still available today, Boots Smiths Cremolia is a product thats been around a long long time. I recall my Granny always having it in the house but I’m not sure that she did, but somehow it made a great impression. I can recall the smell and it’s strange gloopy gel/serum texture and I think I might go and pick up a pot, if its been around for over 50 years, that probably means its good!

So tell me, do you remember any of these things and what do you remember that I haven’t mentioned?!

8 responses to “Some Beauty Nostalgia from the 80’s and 90’s”

  1. SashaRibben says:

    This totally took me back, I remember my grandma telling me not to use sun in as it would damage my hair! 🙂 loved reading your post x

  2. Kaily says:

    Roll on glitter lol OMG. NO!!! Hehe. I’m so with you on the tester case. I’d love to have one just to keep my lipsticks organized 🙂 This was such a fun post!

  3. Janet says:

    Anybody remember the bright green shampoo that smelt of apples? Loved it!

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