Make Up · Personal

Where it all began …

Random post alert …

Many, many years ago (maybe circa. 2003??) I went to Boots on the Isle of Wight, armed with my hard earned cash (thanks Tesco). I wanted to buy makeup – good makeup. I was 18/19 (I think!) and thought I should grow up a bit and start behaving more like an almost-20-something year old. I think I was home from Uni and wanted to spend some money (some things never change!). I was lured to the counters of Estee Lauder – and I didn’t have the faintest idea what I was looking for!

Looking back, I think I probably purchased the most boring, neutral shade that ever existed! I was that scared! I remember my teenage years filled with bushy eyebrows (didn’t discover the tweezers until I was 20ish – and then I over plucked. Badly. My brows were 2cms long. The photos are hideous! I’m SO lucky they grew back!!!). Blue eyeshadows were the norm in the late nineties/early naughties (aah Superdrug, the memories. Does anyone remember Miss Sporty?! – still exists!). Orange foundation plagued my life (Clinique counter this is where I look to you – there is no way I was ever a foundation shade that was 5 shades into the spectrum!!! … I still stupidly purchased it though!). I was definitely scared to accept my ghostly pale skin tone that’s for sure – never mind the fact that there weren’t actually any brands who catered for us porcelain girls!

Oh how far things have come – thank goodness!

But for my little trip down memory lane … this was my first high end make up purchase, all those years ago.

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Estee Lauder Pure Colour Eyeshadow in 60 Tea Biscuit (considering my addiction to tea and biscuits this is rather amusing now!)

I’ve just done a quick bit of research, and this shade no longer exists. It did sell 6 months ago on Ebay for $31 though!

I’ve just had a play around with what is left of the shade, and it is a nice colour. A bit of a one-sweep-over-the-lid-and-go kind of colour. It has nice shimmer and it is inoffensive … but it is a bit boring really! No, I don’t use it anymore – it is more than 10 years old.

Incidentally, I’d probably keep eye shadows for 5 years or so before ditching them or resigning them to storage (which is where I found this!). Those that you use your fingers for (cream/gel eye shadows applied with fingers) would be ditched earlier as that is less hygienic.

Anyway – bit of a random final post of the evening … but thought I’d show you all where it began!

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