. . . as Chosen by Myself at Age 12
by Julia Gibson
I have always loved summertime, especially the beginning of the season. As a 12 year old, it meant that school was out and I would have all the free time I wanted. It meant fantasizing about this being my summer, the one when some cute boy with center-parted hair would compliment my butterfly clips and we would smooch on a dock somewhere.
Now, with all the responsibilities of adulthood sucking up my time during the summer months, I sometimes yearn for the days when my biggest concern was which Roxy bikini I should wear to a pool party. So I went off in search of some summer beauty essentials that would take me back to a time when Christina Aguilera ruled the charts and dEliA*s was still the #1 place to shop for chunky platform shoes:
1. From Lipsmackers to Baby Lips
I, like many girls who hit puberty around Y2K, was a devout user of Bonne Bell lip products. I hoarded Lipsmackers and Flipgloss like there was no tomorrow. I eventually graduated to Lancôme Juicy Tubes, and yearned for a tube of MAC Lipglass. At this age, however, I have no tolerance that sticky, tacky feeling of gloss on my lips.
Which brings us to Maybelline Babylips Moisturizing Lip Gloss. I picked “pink pizzazz” because it reminds me the most of my go-to Lipsmacker gloss flavor, pink lemonade. I like it because it doesn’t feel sticky, gives a very sheer wash of color, and made my lips feel moisturized even after I took it off. 12 year old me would like this gloss because it’s shiny, has cute packaging, and smells like froot loops.
2. Pucker Up, Sugar Lips
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment is like Lipsmacker lip balm for the adult set. I use this product every day, and it’s definitely something that I would have thrown in my messenger bag in middle school. It uses sugar, meadowfoam, and black current oil to moisturize and condition lips. It manages to feel great on lips with a significant color payoff. It also has SPF 15, which is a factor I never cared about/paid attention to when I was younger but is super important to me now.