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Beauty Mark It! Your First Beauty Purchase

Next week will be celebrating Independence Day on July 4. Yes, 232 years ago we declared independence from Great Britain. This got me thinking about different types of freedom, mostly of the George Michael kind, but also the freedom of first being able to wear makeup.

I had definitely experimented with Bonne Belle's Smackers in the Dr. Pepper flavor, but my first true makeup purchase was Cover Girl's Lipslicks. I can't remember which color I tried, but the packaging is bringing back memories of junior high.

What was your first beauty purchase? Bookmark your choice and share your experience in the comments below.

Share your choices by bookmarking items from around the web and tagging them with the phrase First Beauty Purchase. I'll feature your favorites here next Tuesday.

To learn about Beauty Mark It challenges and how to add your picks, check out this how-to. To see some of my favorite online beauty stores,


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HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 8 years
I bought some Mascara from CoverGirl.
lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
I remember I didn't start wearing makeup until my sophmore year of high school, and I started selling AVON so that was all I used. I know my first puchase was a set of eyeshadows with four different blues because that was my favorite color. Then, for like two years, I went crazy and bought every eyeshadow I could so that I could wear a different color every day (and I would wear a different pair of earrings every day which matched my makeup - I wore uniform so that's all I could do). Then, once I gradudated, I don't know - I grew out of it or something because I started only using foundation, powder, blush, eyeliner, and mascara. I barely even use lipgloss (I prefer chapstick or just some Vaseline), and I pretty much never use eyeshadow anymore, but I still have tons left over from my crazed phase...
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Speaking of our moms' stuff, my mom had this thing of talcum body powder with a big soft this day I don't understand what the purpose of that was. (And she had it for years and never used it as far as I know. Maybe she didn't know what the hell it was for, either.)
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
is the best reading all of this comment.... lol!! and yes like most of us used their mother half used makeup, but the real makeup that I buy with my own money was a NYC little makeup bottle, it was foundation, but i used it like concealer, it look so... bad... bad color but i felt so big..... thank God i learned better............
danixk danixk 9 years
My mother was VERY into Mary Kay, so I def. had a nice collection of that stuff. Creme to Powder Crap and Lip Gloss! ...UNTIL I discovered the fabulousity of MAC!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Some CoverGirl lipstick that was waaaaaaaay too dark for my coloring, but that I got because, you know, all my friends had it as well :p I think I was 12 or 13.
andeys3 andeys3 9 years
oh wait, i remember now... i also got green eyeshadow the color of frog skin. I thought it was awesome. ugh. what was i thinking?
andeys3 andeys3 9 years
I was a freshman in college, and the VERY FIRST makeup i owned was clear mascara and a brownish red lipstick... talk to me about funky! I then proceeded on to peel of nail polish... so good! but what's pretty funny was my mom's first makeup encounter, she thought artefill was like botox or something, and signed me up for it. i'm only 22 though... so not for me! anyone else have this problem?
missyd missyd 9 years
yeah Star54 I remember the taste was AWFUL as well! Oh memories...........
thelorax thelorax 9 years
My mom bought me navy blue kohl eyeliner and Maybelline Illegal Lengths mascara in jet black when I was about 12. I was completely mystified so she did my makeup for me for about 2 weeks until I got the hang of it. I vaguely remember a boy in my class asking me if I was goth. Hahaha...
ranksubjugation ranksubjugation 9 years
Late bloomer here. I didn't buy anything for myself until late in HS... it was the clean n clear shine control invisible powder -- I would have flubbed and got the wrong color, and I knew it! lol
kayla74 kayla74 9 years
I used to make my mom give me the really bad bright pink gift with purchase lipsticks from Clinique or Estee Lauder. My first real purchase was something from Coty because they did a demonstration at Eckerds and I got free stuff if I bought something. For shame! I just put on some LipSlicks. The really neutral pink color.
verily verily 9 years
True makeup? I'm pretty sure it was those lipslicks that you pointed out! The pinky brown color. Any makeup? Had to have been lip smackers too.
vanitypot vanitypot 9 years
The FIRSTS ever (which translates to high school haha) were my cherry-flavored, pink-tinted Nivea lip balm, a compact Maybelline blush (it had its own brush and I still remember the shade: Watermelon..haha :p), and a Pigeon compact powder. We weren't allowed to use make-up in school then (Catholic all-girls school haha) but when put together, it still looked 'natural' (somehow) on my face, which was good. haha :D
Retro-Bunny Retro-Bunny 9 years
My first beauty buy was CG Lipslicks too! I had it in a raspberry pink kind of colour, and I bought it because it was called "Daring". I saw it in my FIRST issue EVER of Seventeen (!!!) and Mandy Moore was on the cover with her short hair. There was a list of summer beauty tips, and one of them was to use this liptint to make your lips look like you just ate a popsicle. Not only that, but one of my most vivid preteen memories WAS that magazine. I remember going through this huge article they had about what to do to prepare yourself for going back to school. They had like, 90 tips or something! I felt so chic. ;D
star54 star54 9 years
haha, i think my first beauty purchase was the CG Lipslicks too! i remember it so well now... it was some sheer pink colour, and it had an AWFUL taste to it... and the cheap plastic cap was cracked, but i loved it and felt so grown up carrying it around for "touch-ups". lol. this was closely followed by an array of wet'n'wild nail polishes in metallic blue, green, purple and a crapload of others. oh how this takes me back... bonnebell was a definite staple too.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Sweet Honesty fragrance from Avon - ordered with my stepmother when I was 12 or so.
soulight soulight 9 years
Cover girl clean pressed powder and maybelline mascara. With some Bonne Bell of course!
missyd missyd 9 years
HA!!!!!! Bella my first beauty product ever was CG Lipslicks too!!!! After that I graduated to Cover Girl Clean pressed powder......smelled like Noxema and I loved it
ImmaDiva ImmaDiva 9 years
Hilarious, I see I wasn't the only one who dove into 99 cent wet n wild eyeliner to experiment in makeup... haha my friend wore it to school and I was instantly jealous and HAD to try it myself... so I'd put it on at school so Mom wouldn't know haha
RollingRed RollingRed 9 years
My first purchase was a Rimmel Lipstick. I was a tomboy in most of my high school years in Hong Kong, but then came to Canada to continue my education at grade 11. Everyone was wearing make up so I was pressure to buy something too. I walked into the drugstore and this fabulous salesman skipped over and asked me in a bubbly manner if I needed assistance. I was looking at walls of lipsticks and was sweating bullets -- almost as if I were buying adult videos from a shady shack. I had no idea what to get and everything seemed so expensive and I had no idea that make up cost that much. He recommended a set of 12 mini-glosses, which was $12, and said it wasn't too expensive. Well it was for someone who didn't spend more than $8 a purchase that time. I had no idea what to get, as I didn't know which color looked good on me. It was my first time looking at makeup, dammit. Cowered by the salesman's eager smile, trapped and frightened like a cornered critter under the fluorescent lights, I frantically searched the wall of lipsticks just so I can grab anything that was cheaper than his recommendation, just so I can "save face" and make a purchase so I don't get yelled at for wasting someone's time (happens too often in small stores in Hong Kong) ... "Asia"! That's it, the lipstick in Asia, I'll get that one, I said. Why such a choice, he asked, and I said, well, it's named Asia, so it must be suitable for Asian woman! His smile faded and looked at me as if I was a dork. Which I was. But I got out of that terrifying and awkward experience, and hey, the lipstick wasn't half bad.
tigerfire21 tigerfire21 9 years
My first cosmetics purchase was a bright red lipstick from Wet n' Wild when I was 7. I've never been subtle, even then. I've also done almost everything else on this list, including the CG lipslicks.
emososays17 emososays17 9 years
CG lipslicks was definitely one of my first purchases and still remains to be a staple in my makeup case to this day. They actually make a purple-ish color that is kind of reminiscent of Clinique's Black Honey
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 9 years
Wow. I can't remember! I think it may have been a silver eyeliner (which I later used to mark fabric when I made my own clothes). I remember reading all the beauty magazines in my bedroom when I was younger and trying out different looks in the mirror (I still do that). It was fun. Now I'm getting all nostalgic.
emalove emalove 9 years
Oh, and those Maybelline Kissing Coolers lip glosses...they were swirled color lip balms that smelled like fruit...but really smelled horrible. And I always loved Naturistics shiny roll-on gloss.
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