Collection Nostalgic

I used to use Collection 2000 when I was 16 and just starting to experiment with make-up, attempting to get away with powder, clear mascara and a hint of lipgloss while at school. (The lipgloss was a push!) I have to admit I’ve barely picked anything up since that time – I happily progressed onto Rimmel, then Maybelline and eventually Benefit by the time I went to Uni and thought I was really cool. Ahem.

I’ve rediscovered the brand recently – I’m all over nostalgia at the moment – and they’ve actually started to make some pretty damn good stuff. I recently reviewed their EXTREME mascara and was pleasantly surprised. I’ve also been trying a few of their other new goodies and they haven’t disappointed either. One of my faves is their Hotlights lipgloss, which contains a built in mirror and light for applying your essential gloss while out on the town. Although this isn’t a new concept (it’s been done many times before by more expensive brands) it is super bargainous at the teeny price of £3.99. It also comes in six delish colours that leave a silky sparkle to your lips. The formula also isn’t super sticky so you don’t have to worry about getting gloss in your hair while dancing away to ‘Groove is in the Heart’.

Another one of my faves is the matching felt liner to the EXTREME mascara. These felt tips (sounds a bit wrong when you call it that, but you basically do use it like a colouring pen) give you a really strong, striking line that will have you channeling Amy Winehouse, without the bouffant, in no time. The first time I used this I managed to smudge it everywhere, so be sure to use a primer and avoid getting your eyes wet or rubbing! As long as you don’t touch, these pens do last all day. The colour is really strong and it’s so easy to apply, getting a straight line and a sexy eye with very little hassle.

I’ve also been using their Lasting Colour nail polish in Blue My Mind. This is a very real colour match for the Revlon and Chanel navy colours, but at £2.79 it’s a hell of a lot cheaper. The polish applies easily, and after a couple of coats gives a fab colour. It claims to last up to ten days, but unless you sit on your hands you’re bound to get a few chips. It lasts a good few days without needing another coat or for you to re-apply – more than acceptable to someone like me who types their life away and ruins polish in about 24 hours.

So I’ve rediscovered one of my youth brands… I just need to find some of that clear mascara now. In celebration of these new launches the fab people at Collection 2000 have given me three sets of these products to give away to one lucky person (oh how we spoil you.) For your chance to win, all you have to do is follow my blog and comment on this post, telling me your favourite ‘youth product’ and why. Did you love Heather Shimmer, or did you channel clear mascara for your brows like me? Tell me more… and I’ll pick three lucky ones.

T&Cs – Competition open to UK residents only, closing date Sunday 3rd October 2010, one entry per person, judges decision final, etc etc etc.



  1. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 / 12:07 pm

    The product of my youth (don't laugh) was that awful stuff "Sun In". The hours I spent turning my brunette hair a very fetching shade of bright orange!. The worst part was I thought I looked so cool, hehe. Even now it sends a shiver down my spine just thinking about it!.

  2. Lucy - Beauty and the Blogger
    September 28, 2010 / 12:16 pm

    Max Factor Lipfinity was the product of my youth – every photo of me from about 14-19 has me with this plastered to my lips. It's great stuff, but why would a 15 year old need to wear that all the time?!! :-)Eurgh, Sun In as well, shudder!

  3. zoe allen
    September 28, 2010 / 12:18 pm

    Mine was that waful peel off nail varnish stuff….bleurgghhhh. I use dto spend hours painting and then peeling off my nail varnish such a waste xx

  4. @rudedoodle
    September 28, 2010 / 12:18 pm

    I had a tube of green, colour correcting foundation from Boots no.17.I used to to disguise my blushing as a teenager. Unfortunately this was the full extent of my make-up, so I ended up looking the colour of a clay pot, just out of the kiln, you'd make in art class.

  5. Cindy Swanson
    September 28, 2010 / 12:28 pm

    Darn…don't know if it's even fair for me to try to win, since I'm not in the UK and I've actually never heard of this line! My make-up of choice when I was a teen was Cover Girl. They used to have fancy CG insignias on their compacts, and I loved that because it was my initials!

  6. legs21
    September 28, 2010 / 12:52 pm

    i think every girl loved lip smackers growing up my favorite lip glosses were maybelline kissing koolers. from the 80s they were bullet shaped and swirled and came in flavors like strawberry fizz, cherry cola, tutti frutti and banana split. i loved them

  7. Beauty's Bad Habit
    September 28, 2010 / 1:00 pm

    You should try their matte foundation mousse stuff (can you tell I can't remember it's actual name? haha). I was surprised at how much I like it and the coverage/ lasting ability of it! Less than £5, too.Considering I only started playing with make-up about 4 years ago, the products that take me back are the Collection 2000 eyeshadow trios. My Mum bought be a brown set, then I bought a black, silver and white set. Also, Barry M dazzle dusts!

  8. PeachBellini
    September 28, 2010 / 2:14 pm

    This post brought back memories! I didn't grow up in the UK so I didn't have collection 2000 available. I was, however, fond of Wet n Wild… anyone remember that? Horrible lippies in weird colours. And did anyone else fall for the "slap white eyeshadow under your eyes" thing? I don't know what I was thinking! I confess though, that this summer I bought a Collection 2000 palette from Boots. Really cool colours and perfect for a bit of summer silliness. I loved playing with the bright colours without breaking the bank and the shadows were surprisingly long lasting, even in the holiday heat.

  9. Jen
    September 28, 2010 / 2:16 pm

    I remember Collection 2000, I also had sun in but loved it. I used to spray half my hair blue loved my hair blue.

  10. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 / 3:29 pm

    eek, i used to love the whole Hair mascara trend when i was young! i used to use their blue mascara all through my hair, and i looked exactly like the cookie monster, but i thought i was just too cool!

  11. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 / 3:31 pm

    eek, i used to love the whole Hair mascara trend when i was young! i used to use their blue mascara all through my hair, and i looked exactly like the cookie monster, but i thought i was just too cool!Claire Miller x

  12. kitten1711
    September 28, 2010 / 3:31 pm

    For me it was The Body Shop's Beech lip pencil (from the original Barbara Daly 'Colourings' range), 17 'Clearly Carnation' transparent lipgloss, clear mascara and No7 liquid eyeliner (which perversely I now cannot get right to save my life)!

  13. Yours Truly, x
    September 28, 2010 / 3:42 pm

    I love Collection 2000! I adore their lipsticks, the quality of the colour is incredible for the price! I also use their face powder as it's the palest shade I can find! It's nice to have cheap and cheerful bits amongst the nice stuff in your make up bag!My favourite make up 'technique' at one point was wearing silver glitter lipstick.My Dad once caught me pouting into my microwave reflection admiring the sparkle.I also entered my teen years with a dangerous obsession of brightly coloured eyeshadows…I shudder remember a particular yellow upper lid, magenta eyeliner combo…Eek…

  14. cookerygirl79
    September 28, 2010 / 7:41 pm

    Ohh I remember having Hair Mascara – loved it and used it every time I went out and on the weekens (could not use it at school – we were not supposed to wear make-up)…Also another favourite was The Body Shop's Liquorice Shampoo, just seemed to love the smell..

  15. Smeeeff
    September 28, 2010 / 8:19 pm

    What an awesome piece of nostalgia! Collection 2000 also my first make up brand, I swore by the matt powder to hide my shiny face.Red hair mascara was also a massive obsession of mine!

  16. Rachel
    September 28, 2010 / 8:25 pm

    I had a few. There was the Avon Deep Plum lipstick which I wore to school every day, got told to take off every morning for Register, then put back on again by 10am. I also used the Rimmel Heather Shimmer lipstick. Everyone did. It still makes me smile when I see it in Boots. I've also got very vivid memories of my friends and I absolutely drowning ourselves in Coty's Wild Musk body spray (which I still love) and Tribe perfume, which I think was Coty too. If I close I my eyes I can still remember the scent. Memories, memories.

  17. Megan
    September 28, 2010 / 8:33 pm

    My favourite product of my youth was those roll-on glitter things? Every school disco I would end up looking like a glitter ball with it all over my arms and even my cheeks! Aha, and the look was completed with the stick on diamanté hearts!

  18. StaceyFarrell
    September 29, 2010 / 10:46 am

    My youth product was a 99 pence white nail polish. Yep, WHITE :S My primary school teacher actually got annoyed and asked me why I painted tipex on my nails! lol. Coloured hair mascara aswell of course. Oh and those Stitch perfumes that try to replica expensive ones like Angel. All my beauty products as a kid where usually out of a 99p store called Crackers haha!

  19. Rachel
    September 29, 2010 / 11:02 am

    Hair mascara was so bad, I remember putting so much in, my hair would clog up the mascara brush but I still tried to comb it through!! I had purple, blue and orange..I loved the blue mascara at the 17 range from Boots but they also did blue lipstick which I also wore a few times – wrong!My favourite products from my youth were the Body shop tea tree oil stick – I would pile this stuff on when I had a spot, Sun in (I admit I loved this stuff!) and ridiculous coloured/glitter nail varnishes.

  20. Rebekah
    September 29, 2010 / 3:50 pm

    hahaaaa. I think everyone when they were little thought that horrific shades of green and blue eyeshadow which only covered the eyelieds was in fashion. I have to say I had been there. I think it was natural collection colours I bought but needless to say, these photos are AWFUL. hello gross eyelids galore x

    September 30, 2010 / 7:20 am

    I have got to say i bet i looked attractive with my blue eyeshadow and blue mascara….but hey i felt good, cant remember what brand i used but can say i will never be wearing again!!I will be trying collection 2000 sounds good…thanks for recommending 🙂

  22. Jen
    September 30, 2010 / 12:30 pm

    Ahh hair mascara I used that loads! I think my favourite was a Natural Collection concealer which I just dabbed all over my face and may aswell have bought foundation instead!!

  23. Lellert
    October 1, 2010 / 11:48 am

    I loved hair mascara too!! And def heather shimmer!! Used to love Collection 2000 too cos it was nice and cheap!!

  24. missy_ellie_uk
    October 1, 2010 / 7:20 pm

    Oh god, I had forgotten about hair mascara! That was definitely my youth product, I had it in loads of different colours. Despite the fact I have really dark brown hair and none of the colours really showed up. I also used to love a 17 lipstick – maybe called Ultraviolet or something like that? – It was a frosty blue-lilac, and gave a real 'week old corpse' effect. I was cool. 😉 Ellie x

  25. Emmsies76
    October 1, 2010 / 8:18 pm

    OMGosh..the main product from my yoof were the OXY10 Double sided Cleansing Pads. I had quite bad skin & suffered from Acne. I can still smell the astringent as I type! And the Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, by the gallon!ughI must have used everything from the Body Shop..Ginger Shampoo, Beech Lip Liner, All in One Face Base, Vitamin E Cream, Aloe Body Lotion, Body Butter..the lot! Oh and the canvas tote bages of course!They still stock their Clear Lash/Brow gel, which did look quite good as a mascara!XX

  26. Anonymous
    October 2, 2010 / 4:52 am

    goshmine was actually the collection 2000 blue mascarai reckon i should probably start wearing coloured mascara again though. it was pretty awesomex

  27. Hannah
    October 2, 2010 / 8:13 pm

    I had several beloved wands of hair mascara from the 17 range at boots. I was able to give myself sexy wash out highlights in orange, sparkly and white! I thought I looked great, but I looked a bit Cruella DeVil!I also loved coloured hair mousse and for a time fancied myself as a red head. Suffice to say the bathroom would always reminiscent of the shower scene in Psycho.Thank goodness I grew up!

  28. Big Fashionista
    October 3, 2010 / 2:51 pm

    When I was young we used Coal for our eyes thats right Coaland just bit our lips to make then red.THATS how old I am :-)Kidding, I wasn't allowed to wear make up when I was younger 🙁 making up for it now though LOL

  29. TheBristolBeautyBlog
    November 4, 2010 / 5:42 pm

    Great post!!!I also used to do the clear mascara from Collection 2000 thing when I was at school.I was obsessed with my shiny skin as a teenager and used to use everything that promised to reduce the shine. Mainly from No. 17, and I remember some green tinged products that were supposed to do the same. I also used those blotting papers from the Body Shop – I used to get through loads of them. My skin looked really dry and cakey!I was a student when hair mascara came out, and I remember I used to wear it when I went out clubbing. I'm so classy, me!xx

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