Saturday, April 5, 2014

When Belly Was a Baby

Beautiful Liz from So Lonely in Gorgeous had a fun idea to show off some pictures of ourselves as little tadpoles!  See Liz's post here!  I hope you follow her blog regularly because her blog is full of amazing looks, the most covetable goodies from Japan and glimpses from the country.  (follow Liz on bloglovin and on Twitter!)

Isn't it funny how children grow up into the faces we are now?  I was a rather serious looking child, mostly bald.  Very sullen in face.

That is a face of a serial killer.  Ha, no.  That is a face of serial makeup purchaser!

I don't think I was a particularly girly kid, but I do recall endless fascination with my mom's makeup.  Playing with her makeup was a big no-no of course, but I do remember smashing down the bullet with the cap and getting into some major trouble afterwards.

I was a baby in the seventies.  Ah such nostalgia.  When I lived in Seoul as an adult for work, there was a big exhibit at the Sejong Art Museum and they had an awesome exhibit on Seoul in the 70's.  Seoul is now a towering modern city of the world of course, but back then, life was different!

Most importanly, this was the makeup of the times.  I think my mom must have had that Coty loose powder.  (My photo quality is like a inebriated person stumbling around in the dark)

They featured a little section of cosmetics and also had interiors of a traditional style house.

 This little vanity set up reminds me very much of what my mom might have had.  Hmm, it does make my current vanity situation look like quite the monstrosity of over consumption, eh?

This is an exhibit full of Coty Airspun powder!
 I spy a pink and white Amore jar of some cream in the back.  Wow, Amore Pacific coming from the dead in the 70's to torture me in the 2010's!
 The A C powder container in the front reminds me of boobs?  I adore the mother of pearl inlays of the cases below.  They are so outrageously gorgeous!  All the super sleek cases of my makeup now don't really compare so favorably to the feminine and luxuriousness of these old beauties!
I was walking through the museum with my oldest daughter, who was then almost seven years-old.  She looked at the record player and asked, "Mom!  What IS that thing?!"  Boy, do I feel old.
Anyway, that was me then.  This is me now.  Happy to report that the double chin seems to have disappeared.  And my mono lids oddly became double lids over time.
Do you recall your earliest makeup memories?  Any favorites you'd like to share with me?

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  1. You slayed me with the serial killer/ serial shopper comment. As always, another brilliantly written post. I want to blog like you when I grow up :D

    You were an adorable kid, and I love your sullen face. I loved reading and seeing the photos from the exhibit. I think my mom had one of those Coty powders.

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    1. I think if you devolve into a little kid you, too can also have a looney blog just like this. Eh? :)

      Thanks Liz, for this really fun post idea and giving me a chance to show off some museum exhibit pictures. I think everyone had one of those Coty powders!

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  2. Oh what a fun post! Who would have known that adorable serious little girl would grow up to be hilarious you? Loved it! That serial purchaser comment totally cracked me up! So funny to see that record player, I had my daughter listen to old cassettes recently on my... Walkman! She loved it! :D

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    1. Helene, inside was always the weirdo clown. :) My daughter complains about the old iPod of mine she uses. It's not even the original one, it has a screen and everything. KIDS!

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  3. What a lovely post!! I love the baby Belly & the sultry, grown-up Belly alike :-) And such a wonderful exhibition, thanks for sharing them with us!
    It is funny, isn't it, how we have come a long way from the girls we used to be. I remember growing up without much penchant for makeup, but my mother was never around. My grandma practically took care of us, being the European import that she was, product of post-WWII era, she was, and still is, dressed to the T, even if she is not going out of the house (think the women in Mad Men). She was never without her rouge, compact (all of them either Helena Rubinstein or Elizabeth Arden), and scented handkerchief. My sister and I would not be caught dead without at least a bit of powder on our face. She collects miniature perfume bottles from when she traveled and I adore those bottles. I secretly wish to inherit them from her.

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    1. I love the daily ritual the older generation of women had to be so very dressed up every single day. It must have been burdensome at the same time. :) Very classy, the makeup of the times, all the beautiful gilded compacts and the red lipsticks. My mom had some beautiful mini Diors. I wonder where they went. I suspect my sister took them. HMMMMM!
      Thank you for sharing all the neat moments of your grandmother.

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  4. I hope , that you have kept this small wooden vanity with the mirror. And the powder boxes of course! Big hugs from Greece. Amalia

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    1. I don't have any such lovely petite vanity unfortunately! Aren't all the powder cases so pretty? :)

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  5. I remember my grandmother wearing Charles of the Ritz. The scent of the powder, the heft of the compact. Watching her put on her 'face' in front of a window so that she wasn't 'overly made up'. And in her later years, I remember what my mom went through trying to still find CotR for her. My mom was never much for makeup but I do remember an eyeshadow quad she had when I was 7-8 (mid-70's) that had icy blue shadow. And I think I had at least one box of Coty air-spun powder when I was just starting out with makeup. I remember the yellow and white cardboard lid similar to what's in your 3rd & 4th pics!
    And yes, I've had to explain what a record player was to my boys too. They used the turntables to make art projects in preschool! Fun memories! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I love the weighty elegance of the old makeup! It's so much less disposable than what we have these days. I guess the icy blue was really right for those times! My mom had a huge 20-30 shade palette from Estee Lauder and I would love to play with those when I was 10 or 11. It was full of all sorts of frosty shades just right for the 80s.
      Thanks for sharing all your makeup memories!

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  6. Tee hee! So much pretty and then BEWB-print! But seriously, I love stuff like that. I have a few Depression-era glass makeup containers that were my grandmother's, and the fact that they're still around and function (tho not for powder, because messy) makes me not mind some of the crazy luxe packaging I pay for in my own makeup. Someday your Suqqu may rest on such cozy green felt...*contemplates drawer liners*
    Yay for years of Belly!

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    1. It took does look like boobs right? *tilts head* I think.

      Yay for elegant old makeup! YAY!

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  7. You look like an adorable child, nobody would have suspected you were going to grow up as serial shopper lol
    I ressemble a lot like present time when I was very little (like 3-5), but after there's like a gap where I looked completely different, especially those days with overweight and acne :s

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    1. Who would have suspected the depravity that lurks behind those eyes. ;)

      You should do this post too so we can see adorable Anne pictures!

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    2. Lol, I guess I can just let me look for pics... I think it would be like current me turned into an anime cartoon (because my eyes seemed to be bigger lol).

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  8. Awww~~~ Thanks for sharing such an adorable baby pic!! I don't remb my first makeup experience, my mom wasn't all that into makeup but she had the guerlain meteorites, which i thought was candy, and my mom yelled at me for getting my hands into the goody jar, thankfully she caught me before i tried eating any. Other than that, all my schools forbade makeup, so I got into the game pretty late. Now making up for lost time!

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    1. I've heard that the Guerlain ballz taste terrible! :) It's a good thing you didn't get to eat any. They do all look so much like delicious candies. Maybe part of our love for makeup is because some things do look so delicious.

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  9. Eeeeh, you look so cute in that picture! You still have that baby face. ;D

    And OMG, that singer on the jacket is Lee Moon Se, right? I was once crazy about him when I was a girl. LOLz

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    1. THAT SO IS HIM! Nice eye, Lena. I thought it was weird that they had his record in a 70s exhibition. I have a little video of that record playing a song from him.

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  10. Your baby pic. Ssooooooooo cute :-) I have a hazy memory of playing with my mom's makeup, but I didn't really start going gaga over beauty stuff until during my first pregnancy. LOL!

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    1. I didn't go truly truly nuts over makeup until I was traveling a lot to Japan & Hong Kong for work a few years back. Then I truly lost my mind. First pg! SQUEEEE!

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  11. I love how you replicated your babby photo! <3 <3 <3

    My mother doesn't wear makeup except for social occasions (weddings, banquets etc), but I remember dipping into her stash when I was a kid to play with the one blush compact and eyeshadow duo she had. She's pretty thrifty, and won't throw away anything unless it's completely finished AND THEN SOME, so 30 years on, those two items are still there. I'd toss them myself, but these days, I feel too sentimental to do that. I think her dread of makeup partly comes from the fact that she remembers the toxic, cakey textures of yore, and it doesn't help that she's also oily-skinned (which I've inherited, poop). Years ago, when I convinced her to let me paint her nails with my Rescue Beauty, she marvelled that the polish did not cause a burning sensation. -___- She was equally impressed with the Guerlain RA I got her not too long ago as well, and when my sister visited earlier this year, I sent her home with a Givenchy Le Rouge for mom. I hope she likes it! :)

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    1. I really really did try hard to replicate the baby face and tucked my chin in but my face shape really changed. And also, what's with the bags under my eyes. XD

      Awwwww! I love hearing about your mom!! And uh, I see she's set the bar really low to be so impressed with the nail polish that doesn't burn... O__o POOR MOM! You must shower her with FDA approved ingredients!

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  12. AWWWW.

    You's so adorable!

    I was the fattest baby in the hospital. Behemoth asian baby! My makeup story was quite boring - mainly lower WATERLINE navy liner (nothing on upper lids), as a teen... It got kickstarted by our equivalent to prom. I was vain and got into eyeshadow. The rest snowballed from there! :)

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    1. Your post got me trawling through my old photos. I think I will do an inspired post, mainly a showcase of my younger derpfaces, makeup horrors and also how my face has changed (quite dramatically in fact, and I can't quite pin down why).

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    2. Liz @ so loney in gorgeous invited everyone to try this post out! I can't wait to see your baby pictures, Lisa! :D
      I love how one little event like the formal completely tipped you over to the makeup darkside. And that's it? Navy waterline on the bottom and that's it?! I guess it's a more color rendition of the black waterline on teens?

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  13. ....wat, google keeps eating all the comments I leave D:
    I will attempt one without more than two consecutive 'ee's:
    Adored the glimpses into retro makeup AND babybelly! I can see the resemblance, actually :D And there's a definite cheeky twinkle in your eyes despite the attempt to hold a sullen/serious expression

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    1. There's a story to that grumptypicture. The photographer at the studio was getting ragey because the bright flash would blind me and make me close my eyes. I think at one point there was a series of pictures before this where I kept on closing my eyes in various contorted ways. This is the first picture I was able to keep my eyes open. The twinkle is feel of the photographer's murderous belly rage. :D

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