Do you remember being a teenager and asking your mom about things that happened in the olden days? Well, imagine if you will, being asked that very question in the present day by your own kids. Talk about an eye opener on many levels, but also a chance to remember the good ole days and share what worked and did not work for you growing up. Below is the transcript of how our little question and answer session went one afternoon between my daughter and myself. Maybe you will remember some of the same things as you read along. Enjoy.
daughter: Mom, what is the most important beauty tip to remember when you are my age for summertime? me: One of the most important beauty tips for summer is a girl needs to look her best all the time. Wearing makeup is always a plus, but in the summer months you can get by with very little at all. I never wore makeup other than eye makeup during the summer months because I had lots of color from the sun. daughter: Mom, did you ever lay out in the sun to get a suntan long ago? I mean, you are rather white and never lay out now. me: Thanks, but nevermind that last comment. I will truthfully say I used to lay out for hours at a time and, believe it or not, I always sported a rather dark tan. Now, honestly, I have to say this is a do as I say, not as I do statement and I would not recommend you do the same thing now. daughter: Did you use a sunscreen? me: No. Baby oil and iodine only. Worked like a charm, but not the safest way to get a little color in the summer. daughter: What is Iodine? me: They don't make it any more. I'm saying this while I cross my fingers behind my back. Heck, for all I know, they may not make it anymore, so I just left it at that. I did not feel the need to have her going to look for iodine at the store. daughter: What is the worse thing you ever did to try to make yourself more beautiful during the summer months? me: When I was in high school, all the rage was spraying a product in your hair called SUN-IN. The commercials showed beautiful blond-haired models sporting tans and they looked just they way I wanted to look during the summer months. I purchased the product, sprayed it in my hair and stayed out in the sun all afternoon. daughter: Did it work? Did you look like the models on television? me: Oh, it worked all right. That night I was sporting a red sunburn and fire-bright orange hair. I looked like the orangutan from the zoo. I was not blond by any means and it took weeks to wear off. Luckily, by the time school started, I was back to looking more like myself. That, my dear, was the biggest mishap I can remember.
(Image from google) daughter: Any other beauty tips or mishaps you remember from summers so long ago? me: (shaking head) Only one. I was getting ready for a date with a special boy I had a crush on. I wanted everything to be perfect and really tried to make a good impression. As I was getting ready, I wanted to shave my legs again and ran to my parents bathroom and used my dad's shaving cream. Mind you, back in the day we did not have shaving cream for women -- or if we did, my mom did not buy it. So I used the shaving cream and finished getting ready. When he picked me up he commented on the fact that I smelled nice. I was beaming at his words, and then he said he could have swore he got a whiff of his dad's aftershave. I was mortified. I had used my dad's aftershave to shave with instead of shaving cream. daughter: What did you do? LOL. me: Well, as soon as we got to the movie theater, I went to the restroom and used paper towels to wipe my legs off, then sprayed perfume on them. It was a very embarrassing moment. You know, you are so lucky that in this day and age you don't have to do things the way we did back in the olden days. For example, I take you to the beauty salon to get your hair highlighted and provide you with plenty of sunscreen when you are poolside. I also buy you great products like Satin Care Passionista Fruit Shave Gel, which has a rich formula, infused with the sparkling scent of juicy, fresh fruit and leaves your skin soft and satiny smooth every time you shave. You also don't have to worry about using your dad's old razor to shave with and you have the opportunity to use great razors like the Venus Embrace which has five blades for a close and comfortable shave and a Ribbon of Moisture for a smooth glide.
Yes, little girl, we sure had it rough in the olden days. You really don't realize that was such a short time ago, and it won't be long before you will be explaining to your own children all the things you did in the olden days of 2012. You might want to keep a journal so you don't forget how primitive things really were. daughter: (rolling eyes) Okay, thanks mom, I think I will go out to the pool for a bit. Now, where is that baby oil?
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