90s Fashion and Beauty mistakes……..

Sunday, 8 February 2015

I love reading all those little Buzzfeed lists that get shared all over the internet, where you sit along nodding, thinking ‘yep that was me’. I saw one recently about things 90s girls did which inspired me to do one about the fashion and beauty blunders I made in my youth.

If your Mum was pretty cool you may have been allowed to get a perm. If she wasn’t you probably used crimpers. I generally spent most of my youth with the ‘sliding doors’ crop (which never looked right as I didn’t have naturally straight hair and although we seemed to have worked out how to add more kinks we couldn’t work out how to make it straight!) so crimpers were very early on in the 90s for me, but it endured the era!
Butterfly Clips
One of the trends I could rock was the little twists pinned with butterfly clips. Long or short every 90s chick worth their salt had these in their hair!

Hair Gel
Excess hair gel crossed both genders. Whether it was to spike up your crop, comb down your curtains or perfect your ‘flick’ the more gel the better. The majority of my friends generally sported the ‘face-lift’ pony tail with the two of the tiniest bits of hair to ‘frame their face’ hanging down the front, gelled within an inch of their life.

Tattoo Necklace
It never looked anything like a tattoo and even if I had a tattoo I was probably never going to have one like this round my neck.

Adidas Poppers
The epitome of cool – every non uniform day these bad boys would come out, because really you wanted the boys to pull them open to show your legs off! (The fact you could have just worn a skirt was never considered!) If you could get away with these for PE you were totally bad ass! I thought I was the schizz because mine were a lilac pair, teamed with my… 

Kappa Trainers 
Adidas and Nike were far too main stream, Kappa was practically designer! Also it had two nudey ladies as their symbol. Totally cool. The fact that this brand is now cheaper than Primark says something really.
Lip Liner 
Ahhhh the clear sign of any nighties girl was when her lip liner was ten shades darker than her Collection 2000 frosted coffee lipstick. It wasn’t a good look then. It’s even worse now. 

Blue Eyeshadow 
Of course, what went fantastically with your mismatched lips, was bright blue eyeshadow – to bring out the colour in your eyes obviously. If you had your hands on Barry M glitter powder too, well you may as well have quit school and become a make-up artist! 

Sun In 
It never worked, no matter what colour your hair was. If you were already blonde, it had a tendency to turn your hair green. If you were a red head like me it wasn’t even going to show up. 

Blonde Streaks 
What was it about the 90s that made us have an obsession about going blonde? Male or female, you were either blonde, or had streaks put in. Usually of the really yellow variety. I now realise that I was never going to achieve this look with a semi-permanent dye from my local Superdrug and it was going to take a lot of bleach to achieve anything like blonde. Now I realise I should have just embraced my natural colour all along! 

Mood Rings 
They changed colour depending on how warm you were and they made your finger green. Never a good look, But they made you look all boho. 

Jeans and Checked shirts. 
Now don’t get me wrong I rock a pair of skinnies and a fitted plaid on a regular basis but in the nineties it involved baggy ‘mom’ jeans and a large man’s lumberjack tied around your waist. I thought I looked like Claire Danes, in My So Called Life, all full of teen angst – in reality I looked like the 12 year old tomboy I was!

Luckily my lack of hair prevented me ever falling into this hair fashion trap – they were usually sported with a ridiculously high side pony.
Big Hats 
I did however partake in the trend for massive floppy Paddington bear hats – ala Blossom. (Was I the only one who tried to do the split jump thing at the start when the credits were on?) 

Blathering yourself in Impulse (or Charlie red) in lieu of having an actual shower after PE was never a great idea in terms of 90s teen personal hygiene. Added to the fact Impulse was not actually an antiperspirant you were never going to smell great! 

Can you remember any of these 90s fashion and beauty mistakes? Can you think of any others?

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