As, you can probably tell, I’m a tad obsessed with make-up. I have been pretty much since I was 11/12, loving wandering into my local high street chemist and swatching everything. Even before that though I was styling my barbies hair, dying it with highlighters, giving them different looks using gel pens, painting their nails and using those temporary nail tattoos with a slick of clear nail varnish over the top to give them a ‘tattoo’.
So, I’ve managed to gather a reasonable collection of make-up over the years. I also get given a lot of make-up and whenever I read a magazine I will pull out any free samples and EVEN read the adverts to see if they are offering a free sample if you take the advert in (this is less commonplace now I think). So I used to go on trips to my local department store and wander round with these adverts and collect up all these free samples. Perhaps a little cheeky but they were the ones offering them! Plus, this did actually result in me purchasing several products. My first mascara was a sample, then my first mascara I bought… Lancome. The first lipstick I bought, again tried from a sample originally – Estee Lauder. Maybe from this you can see why I enjoy my glossybox so much!
I didn’t really have internet access when I was younger and I don’t think beauty blogs were really around in the way they are now. So I used to go to my library and get out every single book on make-up and hair I could. When I subscribed to Vogue for the first time (aged 12, as you do), I got a free beauty book. I love it still. I couldn’t even count the number of hours I must have spent pouring over it. As a result of this, my first lip pencil was MAC’s spice. The first eyeshadow I bought (I had used eyeshadows before – but they were stolen from my mums collection…) was from MAC. I went straight in at medium to high end products.
I never really looked back until recently. There were always some things I bought from the high street. Nail varnish being the main culprit. Skincare and haircare I tried high end products but never really loved them. Estee Lauder advanced night repair and idealist being the exceptions. I also managed to try a lot of things with my Vogue subscriptions. I always waited till there was a good product to get before I resubscribed. There pretty much always was – Liz Earle cleanse and polish starter set, benefit eyeshadow pallet and lipstick, nails inc nail varnishes…
Being canny, reading up on products, having amazing family and friends and sometimes just being that little bit cheeky has definitely given me the collection I have today. I do think its amusing that now I have the money, I’m more into looking at high street brands. Yet when I was younger and had about £20 a month to buy everything from bus tickets to clothes to deoderant to toothpaste, I used to scrimp and save to get myself that MAC eyeshadow, Dior perfume, Lancome lip gloss. I’m glad I did though because it means I now have an amazing make-up collection (I know, I know you’re supposed to bin everything after so much time… I’m the only person using these products, I’ve never had eye or lip or skin infections, I use them hygienically with brushes, they still look and smell fine.).
Anyway, I just felt like a bit of a reminisce. How did you get into make-up? Where were your first purchases from?
Love Fleur xoxo
P.S. a picture to end: where I have been writing my notes to go with the photos I take, so I can remember the order I say swatched things, or the eye shadows I used to create a look. I think its a pretty cute notepad (it was a Christmas gift too 🙂 I love it when a gift is just perfect, don’t you?). It’s designed by Emma Bridgewater who I do love:
|I love the fact it says ‘doodles, scribbles, ideas…’ down the side.|