Lip gloss and nail polish. The two products that introduced me to the world of beauty and cosmetics. I was young and didn’t even have a desire to think about makeup. I just thought they were great and my parents were okay with it.
I honestly think the reason I liked lip gloss was that I thought it was delicious. My first memory of using it was this little tin of a strawberry flavored substance. If I’d been allowed I might have eaten it all. I was probably 5 or 6 then. I didn’t really use lip gloss of my own for a few more years. When I was smart enough to not eat it.
My first time with nail polish was probably when I was around 8 and I bought it myself. It was a tiny bottle of shimmery pink polish. It was crap, but I thought it was pretty. I was absolutely terrible at painting my nails (who are we kidding? I’m still horrible). But I remember being proud of myself. I seriously wish I had a picture of the bottle or my nails, but the bottle is long gone and I had a habit of picking off the paint the second they dried.
To this day, I still love nail polish. I may not keep my nails up as well as I should but I almost always have them painted. I have since moved to loving lipstick more (seen in this post here) instead of gloss, but there will always be a soft spot for it and I still occasionally use it.
These first experiences with cosmetics is probably why I love them so much now. Those products made me feel good about myself and made me happy and I still feel that way. It was curiosity and fascination then and now it is the joy of self-expression. I’ve been called self-centered or shallow for loving cosmetics. But nothing can shake my love for it.
What was your first experience with cosmetics? I’d love to hear about it.