Chit Chat: Do You Collect Makeup/Perfume for Nostalgic Reasons?

I’ve always been proud to have grown up during the 1990s. We had Walkmans, Michael Jackson and matte brown lipstick. Clinton was in the White House and there were sitcoms on TV instead of reality TV shows. We had supermodels, Crystal Clear Pepsi and Gargoyles.

From time to time, I get a little nostalgic thinking about all the drugstore makeup I acquired (and eventually gave away, used up or misplaced) from that decade. There were a few brands I liked that are no longer available.

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A teenager girl’s life is incomplete without lipgloss. Naturistics was one brand I could rely on.

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I remember being thrilled when a friend gifted me a sparkly kiwi scented Naturistics gloss (the green one in the photo) and a Mint Choco Ship Lip Smacker. I would be remiss if I neglected to mention Lip Smackers. I lost count of how many I owned. I filled a drawer with glosses, balms and other makeup that hardly got touched. If I had to guess, I would say I easily owned at least 50 Lip Smackers at one time. I had it bad. I distinctly recall buying a bottle of Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean lotion because Britney Spears said she used it. I actually really, really hated her when I was a teen, so I have no clue why I did that. I wasn’t known for logical and clearheaded thinking back then.

When it came to perfumes, body splash and sprays counted as perfumes. Bath and Body Works Cucumber Melon was like THE scent to have back then. Calvin Klein Obsession, Revlon Charlie and The Gap Dream were ones I remember distinctly,

If you’re older than 27, you must remember this:

I was on a mission back then to collect all of the Bonne Bell Bottled Emotion scents:

Body Fantasies was a company that released affordable body sprays sold at CVS and other drugstores. I think I had the Raspberry scent, and possibly Vanilla. It seemed to be the best alternative if you couldn’t afford B&BW.

And who could forget Cindy Crawford for Revlon? 

When I started this post, I was thinking how awful it is that many of these brands and lines are now discontinued. But as I write, I’m starting to think that maybe it’s not so bad after all. These brands shaped my youthful notions of impending adulthood and beauty/glamour. They’re special to me, but I don’t know how special they’d be if I could still buy them at the store. Maybe its best to keep them in my memories forever. 🙂

I’ve prattled on long enough. Besides, I can still buy some things on Ebay. Not all 90s teens are sentimental like me.

So. Do any of you collect makeup for nostalgic reasons? Did you grow up using the products? Did you watch your mom/aunts use it? Do you remember any ads/commercials?


About themakeuptrain

Beauty/product junkie hiding behind the title of certified makeup artist (that's the excuse I use for my makeup addiction). I am a human pet to two cats, a full time college student majoring in Cultural Anthropology and an organic food enthusiast (read: organic food freak) who cooks, bakes, and has not burned down the kitchen (I'm waiting for it). New York has put up with all of this thus far, so here is where I reside. I can be reached for comments, questions, complaints, and incoherent babbling at:
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4 Responses to Chit Chat: Do You Collect Makeup/Perfume for Nostalgic Reasons?

  1. Hmmm I don’t think I do that, actually. Lately I’m pretty good with just buying what I really need 🙂 I’m still a bit of an eyeshadow hoarder though, and I probably always will be.

  2. sylirael says:

    Ahh, the ’90’s 🙂 As far as I’m concerned the brown lipstick/lipliner can disappear into the mists of time, but I wish Gargoyles was still around 😉

    It’s possible that the only ’90’s ‘makeup’ I had was some very elderly Hard Candy nail polishes. Glitter ones, if I recall….

    • Lol. Brown lipstick wasn’t for everyone, but everyone wore it anyway. Even blondes wore it back then.

      I had a purple HC. I paid $15 for it at Sephora. Then I kicked myself a few years later when HC reappeared at Walmart at cheaper prices.

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