Friday, June 24, 2011

Reminiscing 10 years ago - Products I loved in High School

Hi everyone! This post will give everyone a sense of how old I am. It was just less than 10 years ago that I was in high school, learning about makeup and proper skincare. I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane and share with you the products I used when I was in high school.

I went to an English boarding school (a cute little pic of it below), and sharing a boarding house with girls was great for sharing beautyand makeup tips!

Though my makeup collection now is pretty large, in school I could count the amount of makeup items I owned on one hand. Gone are the days when I didn't ever feel the need to wear makeup. I used to go on dates without any makeup on. The girls in the boarding house used to drag me back and put some clear lip gloss on my lips, and curled my lashes to make me more presentable for my date. I did own some makeup though, I just don't know what I was saving the use of them for!

Here is a pic of my and my best friend 10 years ago (I am the one on the left). It was a school ball followed by a disco and I can't believe that we didn't bother with putting on any makeup. Oh how times have changed! The pic must have been taken after the ball as the boys in the background look a bit drunk. The girl in the picture is still my best friend to this day and was my maid of honour at my wedding 2 years ago.

My husband just saw the picture, paused and said 'you both look better now', then walked off before he could have a good laugh the pic. I feel like I better show a current photo of my best friend as that old pic really doesn't do her justice.

Now onto the products I used as a teen:

1. Benefit Benetint

Benefit products are pretty expensive especially for a high school student, so I saved up to purchase this. It was definitely worth the money as it gave a natural flush to my cheeks and lips. Almost a decade later, I still use this product (not the very same bottle though!!).

2. Body Shop Brow and Lash Gel

I can't quite see the point in using a clear gel as mascara, but nevertheless that's what I did back in the day. It gave such a natural look that I might as well have not bothered!

3. Labello Velvet Rose Lipbalm

The balm is a nice baby pink, though it goes on almost colourless on the lips. I remembered it being creamy textured and really moisturising.

4. Shiseido Pureness

This was my skincare routine for most of my highschool and university days. I found these products to be effective and fuss-free. The moisturising lotion was extremely lightweight and perfect for oily or teenage skin!

Which products did you use / are you using in your teens?


  1. Lovely post, great walk down the memory lane..back in the high school day i was totally makeup free..a lip gloss + black kohl was the beauty staple.. ah the good old day :)

  2. ahhhh I remember the first makeup products I used >< It was probably lipsmacker lip gloss!! hahaha~ Now I feel old x__x

  3. You both look so radiant in your old photo and now your friend is just glowing in the picture above.

  4. Whoaaaaaa.. nice boarding school!

    I thought you looked really good even in your old pictures. Someone I'll take a double (or triple or..) look at even without make up.

    Then again, looking at your current pictures, you do strike me as the natural beauty type.

    Back in high school, we only has loreal, revlon or maybelline that was affordable. Didn't hear about Benefit till like 5 years ago and such. Grew up despising Maybelline till today for all the make up melt downs then.. :P

  5. Oh dear god, I didn't use any makeup OR skincare back then LOL!

  6. Aww, that photo is making me think I'll sort of miss my English boarding school when I leave next week! Though, I'm not too sure I'll miss all the girls in my boarding house borrowing my nail polish and wanting me to do their makeup for formal dinners when I still had not done my own!

  7. Back them I remembered I used only Olay lotion for my face and no make-up at all until I started putting blush and eyeliner towards the end of junior year in high school! =___= And then I got into make-up when I got out of highschool which was around 2008-09 recent!

  8. i used Boot's natural collection in my pre-teens.. i was a beauty addict already :P then I moved onto body shop and then became interested benefit and lancome as a teenager too! I remember loving lancome a lot when I was teenager - i loved their bronzer and mascaras haha! then I discovered mac only in my 20s, and i guess the rest is history lol.

  9. This is a fantastic post Penelope!

    Kisses, Melanie

  10. wow. you're pretty as always!
    and your friend is absolutely beautiful as well :)
    i did not use any makeup at all during my HS. i remember my mom trying to convince me to push on at least some tint to my lips to look a bit 'alive'
    the good old' days :)

    - Coco

  11. i was pretty much a tomboy and a nerd in high school. :P all my friends were guys and i was on every school organization so i really didn't have time for makeup. ^-^

    you should try posietint if you love benetint.

  12. :) aww I used to use clear mascara too, for some strange reason :P I also used to just wear white eyeshadow and that its...just white, yes it did look silly :P I cant remember any specific products apart from maxfactor mascara. and a maxfactor translusent powder that i used as an all over face powder, which did nothing at all but I felt very grown up with my face power :P

    great post! xoxo

  13. wow i clearly remeber my product^^ hehe i also remeber using a lot lot lot of clear mascara...and clean and clear shiseido ...i love the collection heard great this about it..