Thursday, May 7, 2015

Get Ready With Me - 90's Style!

Hi!

No, no. I haven't filmed another video. What I have done is bought a few of the products I used to use in the 90s, particularly the late 90s when I started going to discos. When they were called discos.

Spurred on by a discussion on twitter one night about Max Factor Panstik (I had seen someone mention on a facebook page that it was actually a concealer) and this tweet from my friend Chloe:


Well, ask and ye shall receive. When I spotted Panstik in my local chemist, I picked one up for under €6. The lady at the counter told me they still fly off the shelf!! I got the shade "Noveau Beige", also known as trusty #13. Not wanting to leave my lips out, I also got ye olde Heather Shimmer lipstick from Rimmel. I'm not even sure they make frosted white or lilac eyeshadow anymore, so I went for the purples in the Smashbox Double Exposure palette. Here's what I would have used back in the day:


If you were a fellow fan of Spectacular nail polish (seriously, one of the first things I did as an adult with internet access was track down the former company owner and tell her how much I loved their polish, best moment ever when she replied) - there are some great images over on this blog. I must have gone through 5 bottles of Onyx Sparkle.

So - here it is! Get ready with me, the 90's edit.

Here's what I used:


First, use the green concealer from the palette to cover anywhere that might get red. You want to look as pale as possible so lash lots of it on your cheeks. The aim here is to look like you're about to get sick.


Next, take the panstik and apply all over your face. Don't really worry about rubbing it in, just make sure your freckles are all covered. Don't miss your eyebrows. Don't worry about your neck.


You want it to be nice and thick around your nose, like so:


Next - eyebrows. Just scrape the panstick out of them with your nail. Mam said if you use a little brush to brush them upwards they'll look nice and tidy, so do that then put a bit of vaseline on them to keep them in place. Or just lick your finger and wipe it on them. Same thing. That's the face done - don't use blusher, because you just put the green concealer on to stop being red, so why would you want to add more red? Duh!


Now, eyeshadow - get a purple one and put it all over your eyes from lid to eyebrow using your fingers. Or you can use a white pearl one but not two together. Just pick one colour and stick to it!


Now - kohl eyeliner! There was one free with Sugar or Mizz magazine ages ago so keep paring that one until it's nearly too small to see, then apply liberally around your eyes, including the corners where it will gather and turn into gunk. Don't worry if it's uneven because that adds to the coolness.  Put mascara on too, I like Maybelline Great Lash because it's from America and everything from America is cool. Don't bother curling your lashes.


Now - lipliner. Did you know that you'll look like you have bigger lips if you draw outside the lines? Coooll!!! Do that with a dark browny purple lipliner. My favourite is from Spectacular.


Now, get a really nice lipstick like Heather Shimmer from Rimmel. This is my favourite because all my friends have it and it's really nice. Put loads of it on.


And you're done!! Put half of your hair up to make your face look thinner and leave the rest of it down. Spray on loads of So...? perfume or Ex-cla-ma-tion and you're good to go!


You'll definitely get in to the disco now!! Don't forget to put your can of impulse in your bag, and definitely don't forget the Panstik in case your freckles start to come through. Your friends will probably have one anyway, it's so cool that everyone is the same shade so you can all share!

Have fun xx




Do you know how many giant cotton pads it took to get the Panstik off? Five. FIVE.


37 comments:

  1. Yes yes yes this post is everything, can't believe you were able to get panstick God I remember the "cool" girls in school lashing it on, I didt have it myself but I had loads of eyeliner, blue eyeshadow, purple lipstick and blue mascara lol oh this is brilliant :)

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    1. I thought it would be so hard to get but nope, it's still even on the Boots website!!! I had purple mascara once :) And clear!! What is the point of clear mascara?!

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  2. This was SUCH a great post omg I'm dying with laughter here What did we look like hahaha feckin' eejits, that's what! Didn't you think you were the bees knees but LOL

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    1. Thank you Sera! Oh lord I know. Caked. In truth I probably blended it more in those pictures than I ever would have in the 90s, think I just coloured my face in with it!!

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  3. Ahh I remeber when maybelline was something you could only get from America and then the faithful day when I saw a stand in good old roches stores (RIP)

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    1. Roches Stores! Jesus! I was in it only once :) One of the chemists in Longford started to carry Maybelline when I was in about third year but we all pronounced it maybe-line like absolute eejits!!

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  4. Oh my god, this is brilliant! Actually LOL-ed out loud in the office! Scraping the panstick out of your brows with your fingernails - genius! I must dig out a pic of my Nineties face.. we all thought we were the biz :-)
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

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    1. Oh please do!! I wish I could find my Debs picture. There's only one because I was in a mood but the shoes and lipstick alone are just shocking. And I wore a shawl! Around my waist!! :D

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  5. Amazing! I had that exact Maybelline Cool Effects, loved it. And when I worked in a chemist about ten years ago then Pan Stik was still popular so it doesn't surprise me really! I never had the Heather Shimmer, I did have a lovely lilac creme eyeshadow from Rimmel though. I always went with purple to bring the green out in my eyes!

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    1. That's exactly why I bought purple eyeshadows too, I bet we read it in a magazine!! I think we all had that frosted white cool effects, it dried like concrete :)

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    1. I am glad I wasn't the only one :D x

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  7. This is brilliant!! I remember hearing whatsername from Buffy used panstick back in the day and I knew I'd have to have it, absolutely caaaaaaked on :)

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    1. Yess!!! She wore the Maybelline version, I had that too, it had a rounder top on it but it wasn't as orange as the panstick so I didn't wear it as much :D

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  8. This post is brilliant!! I can't believe I owned 5 of those products you've listed (including that awful rosy corrector!!) We still sell Pan Stik in Sam McCauleys and every time it's on special offer it flies!!
    I didn't wear foundation at all when I was a teenager - just that green stuff on my cheeks and nose - I don't even want to image the state I looked!!! Anyway great post - thanks for the memories!!

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    1. Isn't it insane how popular it still is?! It was right on the shelf in the local chemist!! I was the exact same, wore the green cream on its own every single day to school for years because I was afraid of looking red!!

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  9. This is just one of the many reasons why I love your blog. Brilliant post!

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  10. OMG this was the best!!!! Pearl eyeshadow and impulse! You just summed up high school for me lol

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    1. I loved Impulse!!! My favourite one was a dark blue can with silver on it, haven't a clue what it was called! That and o2 :D x

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  11. Oh my God, Sharon. You're so funny. This has made my day.

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  12. This really put a smile on my face and gave me the greatest giggle. You are just the best for giving us all the memories back ;-) xx

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    1. Ahhh to be a young one again but with the right makeup skills, eh? Maybe just for a night :) x

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  13. Sharon I've read this post about 3 times now today, love it! That collage of make up products at the start brought back so many memories! I think that little tube of cream eyeshadow was Maybelline maybe? I had it in gold and wore the arse out of it for YEARS. On my first ever night out my friend did my eye make up with that & black eyeshadow- she drew two perfect triangles of black and gold on both eyelids. I thought I was great. My mum was like "err, I think we'd best blend that a bit before you leave". Thank god for that. The horror!

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    1. It was indeed, it was Maybelline Cool Effects! It used to set the minute I put it on, awful! Ahaha blending - who blended in the 90s?! xx

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  14. this just made my day haha! - best post i've read lately! X

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  15. I love every single thing about this post. Your eye- and lip- liner... could they BE any more perfect??

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  16. This was just pure entertainment! Chuckling away on the bus like a mad one and had to put in my 90's playlist straight away 😀😀

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