Monday, May 17, 2010

How it all Began

From the moment I felt my first lipgloss glide across my lips, I was in love. I was 12 and I wore Bonne Bell Lip Smackers in Dr. Pepper. To me, this was lipgloss. It was clear, rather tasty, and created a sunlit shine to my lips. It was light enough, where I could wear it everyday and the sugary taste made it addictive.

Pretty soon, I wanted more out of my lipgloss and wanted to add a punch of color to the mix. Being a preteen and not having an older sister to look up to, I had the next best thing...Madonna. Madonna was (and still is) the biggest thing around when I was growing up. She was everywhere, and had the most amazing, unique, style. I wanted to be just like her, but I was overweight, my skin looked like an erupting volcano, and my hair was as curly and big as a Halloween clown wig. I couldn't afford her clothes, I didn't have her hair, but I could copy her makeup. I watched the Borderline video about 5 inches away from my small 80's television and took notes on her look. The recipe called for bright lips, jet black eyeliner, 8-10 coats of mascara, heavy eyebrows and a touch of badass. I had the makeup part down at least.

I wasn't allowed to pluck my eyebrows at this time, so I already had the heavy Madge brow down. For the eyes, I used a 50 cent Jordana black eyeliner I bought at my local pharmacy and burned it at the end to make it darker (a trick I learned from my older, much cooler, cousin). As for the lips, I used Wet N' Wild lipstick in shade 202, which is a neon shade of pink which screamed "I'm from Jersey and I like Camaros". The whole "look" cost me under $5 but made me feel like $100 (this was a lot of money to me when I was 12).

So, from that time on, my love affair with makeup and fashion had begun. I still like to recreate looks in fashion and makeup, and am still pretty broke....but the pretty part is one part that counts :) You can be gorgeous on a budget, and look as posh as Victoria Beckham on the salary of a VH1 reality show castoff. You just have to know how to shop, and what to buy (or not buy), and that is what this blog is all about.


  1. Great post! I'm a lipstick addict...have been since the age of 15 or so (Miners was the very, very affordable makeup for me then 9n the 1970's, here in the UK)...I have about 4 different shades in my handbag (purse) and a good few more in my makeup bag all of different price ranges! Valerie (discerningchichi)

  2. Great Blog!! I'm so glad I found you. I used to love lip smackers!! :D

  3. I have been wearing lipstick since I was maybe 13 (light colours!) Ah yes, bonne bell, I remember those things well!

    I am here as a new follower from your etsy post