Recently, I was talking to my mom about her favorite beauty products that she absolutely can’t live without. We started talking about skincare and makeup. Anything beauty related, it was discussed and elaborated on. It really got me thinking about how my makeup and beauty routine has changed from middle school, throughout high school, and up until now. It made me stop and think about all of the many different products that i’ve loved dearly that no longer exist anymore, and some that have been staples that have stuck with me for as long as I can remember. I decided to interview my mom about her experience with the beauty industry and what changes she’s made over the years. 

First of all, introduce yourself to the readers (other than being “Mom”) and what you do so they can learn a little more about you!

Other than your mom, My name is Ashley Bunge. I am a regional sales manager supporting a client in Walmart, so I get to see all the crazy. I am also currently in school to become a personal trainer and a nutrition coach.

After struggling with my weight for a couple of years, I decided to start my fitness journey on Jan 1st, 2019. I was embarrassed when I was out of town with friends and with what I  “couldn’t do”. I couldn’t walk half a block without being in immense pain and having to stop.

In May of 2019, I ran my first 15k “Mudder,” ever. In October 2019, I started my journey with Trevor Kasey Nutrition. TKN is no potions or powders for weight loss, but instead focuses on cognitive nutrition behaviors, individualized macros, and personal one-on-one coaching. I’m a total of 75 pounds or more down, 60 of it being with TKN. My goal with going back to school is to eventually help those who have had similar journeys as mine. 

How has the beauty industry as a whole changed from the 80s/90s to today? 

Other than going from green eyeshadow to more neutral tones, back to crazy eyeshadow colors again, I don’t know that it’s changed that terribly much. You know, I think about how you do makeup and how I do makeup and yes, you’re a lot more skilled than I am… but, it’s essentially the same stuff. It’s colored lashes and a bright pop on the eyelids which is exactly what I was doing in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The beauty industry is just cyclical.

Do you think it’s been a good change or a bad one? 

Products are definitely better now than they used to be. They are much cleaner and contain a lot less toxins in them now than back then. You have a lot more options in the vegan/cruelty-free category, which is amazing. I also prefer to buy cruelty-free products.  

What was one of your most sought after products that you can no longer get? 

Lancome’s colored mascara. I have problems with mascara. I have very sensitive eyes and Lancome’s mascara used to be the only mascara that I could wear that wouldn’t irritate my eyes. They used to have it in multiple shades, from onyx (which is my go to), to purples and burgundies and emeralds… They had all kinds of colors and that was my favorite mascara. I’ve never been able to find it since. 

What’s a product you held dearly that you used back in the 80s/90s that you can still purchase today?

I actually had to look it up so I could tell you exactly what it was… it is the Covergirl “Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner. It’s a mechanical/twist up pencil kind of eyeliner, but it goes on smoother than a charcoal or pencil eyeliner. It doesn’t have the variability of a liquid. It’s a cleaner line than a liquid eyeliner and doesn’t take as steady of a hand. It still gives you a cleaner line than a pencil eyeliner. 

How has your overall beauty routine (skin care/makeup/hair) changed over the years? 

So, for skincare, I can now afford better products than I could when I was younger. I have a couple of favorites. Osea is one of my absolute favorites and I’ll probably be switching back to that. Although I do enjoy a few other products, particularly the microderm from Mary Kay. But for cleansers and moisturizers, Osea’s my favorite.

For makeup looks, I have never really done a whole lot because I spent a lot of time outside swimming and sailing and all those things. So, I usually had a tan and I tend to not wear a lot of makeup and I still don’t. I can have a full face of makeup done in about five minutes. Because I’m aging, I do tend to do a little bit more makeup for special occasions and for work when I have important meetings… but it’s not that different for me other than being able to afford to experiment a little more than I did back then.

My hair is actually longer! I used to have short haircuts and now I keep it anywhere between ear length to around shoulder length, but still a little funky. 

If you could give your 18 to 30 year old self any kind of beauty advice, what would you say?

Wash your face! I have really dry skin now and one of the things that I was always really lazy about was washing my face at the end of the day. I know we’re all so bad about that, but my windshield analog is “If you’re driving your car down the street, you think about all the crap that gets on your windshield.” It’s the same concept with your face. All of the outside environment junk is getting on your face throughout the day. By not washing your face, you’re going and putting that on your pillow at the end of the day. So that’s one thing I would do differently. I would wash my face every night. My grandmother did. She put on a night cream every night and I should’ve listened to her about doing that. 

With mother’s day coming up, I think it would be a super fun thing for everyone to ask their mothers, grandmothers, or other influential guardians in your life how their beauty routine has changed from when they were a kid to their teenage years, and into their adult years. And how do they think the beauty industry has changed from when they were growing up until now. Leave us a comment with what some of your loved ones responses were! 


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