Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back to School Beauty

When I was at Rite Aid, getting my weekly ice cream cone (it's a Summertime thing), I couldn't help but notice all of the back to school stuff. I remember being so excited for the new school year to start, and getting all of my supplies in order. Of course, there were new clothes, notebooks filled with college ruled paper,  and plenty of No. 2 pencils. But the best shopping of all, was for back to school beauty products! I'm amazed at how many of my favorites from years ago, are still around. Some of them I still use!

Here are the products I'm feeling especially nostalgic about:

My routine was so simple back then. Wash and moisturize. The smell of this bar immediately takes me back to high school.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

So basic, and was perfect for my young skin. I don't remember buying many full sizes bottles though. They would always include a trial size in the Gift with Purchase, and I LOVED the GWP! :) 

The classic pink and green tube is still with me today.

When I first started wearing this, it was packaged in a pot, and I was in the 7th grade. Now Clinique makes all sorts of black honey items, including nail polish. But my favorite, is still this gorgeous, sheer berry gloss. I carry this, and the Almost Lipstick version in my kit everyday.

Nivea Creamy Conditioning Oil

This stuff was the best! A cross between a lotion and an oil, it moisturized and gave a slight sheen to the skin. I haven't seen it in stores in a really long time, so it appears it's no longer available. :(

Love's Baby Soft

Scents truly do trigger memories, and  this was the very first fragrance that I ever became attached to.  Love's Baby Soft reminds me of mornings spent primping for school, reading Teen and Seventeen magazines, and my first crush. I still love how innocent and girly it smells. Is it weird that I kind want a bottle?

What products were your favorites when you were young?


  1. Admittedly, I'm still young, haha. But I've been using the same mascara since fourth grade -- it's a classic. And I do use things now (Miss Dior Cherie) that I'm sure I will for a long, long time.
    xo Josie

  2. OMG, the Clinique lotion takes me back to college! I wore it 24/7. And I am so excited to hear that you were getting ice cream at Rite Aide. It is the BEST!

    xo M

  3. love's baby soft! ooooh yes the memories! for me its plumeria scents from bath & body works...oh those good ole HS days.

  4. OMG Hilarious! I totally used love's baby soft!! I also was obsessed with Estee Lauder's's so funny how certain scents can transport us back in time...!

  5. Love this post! The maybelline great lash reminds me of my mom and I still use Clinque moisturizer from time to time.

    PS: I just recently started using all Nivea products - omg my skin is so much softer!

  6. Great post Bren! Similar minds think alike - I just posted my first post ina series about beauty products. I remember ALWAYS getting the Clinique GWP! I remember days of Elizabeth Arden Sunflower perfume, Wet n Wild nail polish, and loving everything at Garden Botinka (sadly that's gone).

    xx Vivian @

  7. I love this post, Bren! Neutrogena soap definitely brings me back to high school. So does Clean & Clear! And Bonne Bell lip smackers. I loved those and still get the Dr. Pepper flavored lip balm from time to time (I have it in my purse right now). There was something so exciting about back to school shopping, even though I wore a uniform, so it was really only shopping for school supplies. I always loved picking out my binder, pens, and pencil boxes. So fun!

    Hope you had a great weekend!