What Was Your Very First Beauty Product?
When I was a kid, I loved Barbie dolls so much that my dad would use them as bait to get me to stop biting my nails. If I could stop for a month, he said, I could have the doll of my choosing. What a deal! I didn’t go for it, though. I was pretty stuck on the nail biting back then, and I was lucky enough to already have more Barbies than I knew what to do with.
What I really wanted, though, was one of those creepy disembodied makeup heads—you know the ones I’m talking about right? They were essentially plastic busts of usually-blonde girls that came with erasable makeup that smelled like candy.
There weren’t many rules in our house growing up, but one was no toy guns and the other was no makeup. Also, no makeup heads.
Which is why, when I saw one of these jimmies at a garage sale, I snapped it up instantly. Of course, the makeup had long been lost by the original owner, so I did what any enterprising young girl would: I used my magic markers. I learned quickly this was a very bad idea. The marker didn’t come off, and I ended up with a busted thing that looked more like Marilyn Manson than, I don’t know, Marilyn Monroe. (Who I loved.)
Fast forward a few years and I was old enough to actually buy stuff. The whole makeup thing had been scrubbed out of me by my folks (thanks, guys!), and basically stayed that way until we wrote this book. So naturally I went straight for skincare. Specifically: St. Ives Apricot Face Scrub. I’ve always been drawn to things that I thought were natural even when they weren’t, and this product fit that bill perfectly: It had apricots in it! And oatmeal? And huh? I don’t know, but I thought it was a good choice, and most important, it was my first. I continued to use it for about 10 years.
What about you? What was your first beauty product? And did you get to play with makeup when you were a kid?