Do YOU have these products?

Cult Classic Make Up Products

‘Cult Classics’ –  I’m willing to bet that you own at least half of them or have bought them in the past, regardless of  age.  Actually, this is only part one as I’ve suddenly remembered a whole load more.

At one point I have used, and in many cases, still do, all of these:

Chanel Lipsticks
My all time favourite – Chanel Hydrabase Creme Lipstick Escapade No. 47, discontinued (well, of course). As I’ve depleted stocks on Ebay and at airports, I’m sadly reduced to paying an eye watering £27.50 on Amazon for my lipstick  fix. Meh, don’t care.

Body Shop Vitamin E Cream
Non greasy, light moisturiser that sinks in easily. (I must buy another one).

Dior Addict Lipgloss
Bought because I love the tube – tragic much?  Prefer my cheapy L’Oreal Glam Shine.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer
I’ve been through a lot of bronzers but this is the most natural looking one for fair skin, plus no shine!

John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum
The original and the best. I also use a Kerastase serum called ‘Nutri-Sculpt’.  Botanics in Boots do a nice budget one which smells lovely and a little herby.

YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Pen
Would love to try the ‘matching’ foundation but at £29.00 a pop, erm…no.

Barry M Dazzle Dust
These shadows have been around forever. I found about 6 of them the other day.

Elnett Hairspray
In the 80s when hair was big and scrunched, I would put my hair in a banana clip and use a hair spray called Rock Hard (I think that’s the name, it came in a shiny pink can). Absolutely the best and strongest hairspray ever. True, you could smell it a mile away, but if  used generously, (and if birds didn’t drop from the sky overcome by the fumes then you obviously weren’t using enough) your hair never moved again. Like ever.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
Also used the incredibly expensive but fairly greasy, now I think about it, Eve Lom cleanser. Both cleansers are superb though. There are so many variations of cream cleansers on the market. The Liz Earle one is still the only one that doesn’t irritate my eyes, I only wear waterproof mascara (eyes water easily, is that an ‘age’ thing?) and I know that I can work it into the lashes and it won’t make my eyes stream.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Foundation
Great compact for touch ups on the go, although the packaging is not particularly pretty.

ANY Benefit Product

Bourjois Blusher
I remember using a beautiful rose gold shade.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Oil of Olay Total Effects
Or, if you’re of a ‘certain’ age, Oil of Ulay. Your mum (or gulp, Nan!) will know it as a strange pink lotion.

Babyliss Big Hair
It’s the rotating brush that blows hot air, brought up to date, I use mine every day though.

Chanel Rouge Noir Nail Polish
Because everyone else had it. Used it once, too dark on me.

GHD Gold Classic Styler
Come on, we’ve all got one. Of course, since the Nano Keratin Treatments I’ve not used hair straighteners for over two years and my hair thanks me for it. I still keep it handy though as a bit of security in case a freak kink disaster befalls me.

St Ives Gentle Apricot Facial Scrub
The best facial scrub after my all time favourite Aapri Scrub.

Mac Lip Liner in ‘Spice ‘of course
For a long time I thought ‘Spice’ was the only colour this lip pencil came in. There was ALWAYS a scrum at the Mac counters. I’m still mesmerised by Mac sales assistants; beyond beautiful from a distance, then, as you get closer, you realise they’re wearing the entire Mac range – all at once.

ANY shade of Nails Inc polish
Fabulous contemporary colours which dry beautifully without going all streaky.

Clinique 3 Step System
My first proper cleansing routine after I had graduated from Anne French Cleansing Milk (and TCP for spots, oh that distinctive smell we thought no one could detect) was the Clinique 3 Step System. The massive soap came in a lovely drawer slide box, the toner was always so strong it would make your eyes weep. I still buy the Dramatically Different Moisturiser today.

Guerlain Météorites Perles
Distinctive sickly sweet smell, why are Guerlain products so highly scented? Always had these pretty coloured powder balls on my dressing table – because they looked nice.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Expensive, but if you’ve got short eyelashes it grips them without catching your eyelid, and we’ve all been there, haven’t we?

Tweezerman Tweezers

So, how many of these do you have, or have bought in the past?


  1. Meaghan Ashley
    February 27, 2013 / 5:12 pm

    LOVE Guerlain and Clinique

  2. February 28, 2013 / 9:16 am

    Guerlain products are gorgeous, plus the packaging is beautiful.

  3. MC
    February 28, 2013 / 11:48 am

    There sure is quite a few things I have used or still am. I love YSL and the macaras are great as well!

  4. 41andcounting
    February 28, 2013 / 1:14 pm

    Trying not to remember my ‘rock hard’ hair from the 80’s! How did we think it looked good? At least everyone else was doing the same!
    Love Rouge Noir nail polish – still my all time favourite. Am I the only person in the world who doesn’t love Touche eclat and Cleanse and polish?!
    Must try the Meteorites – don’t think I’ve ever used Guerlain makeup.

    • February 28, 2013 / 3:01 pm

      How I loved the 80s! It was virtually impossible to look bad in the decade that people (unfairly) say ‘taste forgot’.

      Hair – the bigger, the better – for men too, remember?. Huge shoulder pads that made everyone look slimmer. Clashing colours or pastel hues, long or short skirts and best of all, a face loaded down with make up. The reality tv stars of today wear shed load but not in the same way, we would wear lots of it all over, bronzer, highlighter, contour etc but because, as you say everyone did it, it was normal and dare I say, natural?

      It took me ages to get to grips with Touche Eclat tbh, it’s more for highlighting than concealing though.

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