A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by the lovely babes at Impulse to take part in a little challenge - reworking a classic 90s look with a modern vibe to help celebrate the relaunch of their classic fragrance, Vanilla Kisses. Girls that grew up in my generation will remember this scent - super sweet, super girly, it instantly takes me back to the beginning of high school, and crushing on the Spice Girls Impulse fragrance. Yep, I was one of those Spice Girls fans. 

Impulse kindly sent me over a little goodie box* (pictured above) to help get those 90s vibes going (hello Dip Dabs!) and set my mind to work. It was tough (have you seen Liv Tyler in Empire Records? I die) but for me, Drew Barrymore is the ultimate in 90s grunge-y, disheveled babedom. A look I don't mind rocking in present day. This white-tee, leather jacket, high-waisted jeans combo won me over instantly. And that taupe-y brown lip? Hello.

To 'get the look', I went for a really glowing base (look at that luminous young skin!), but I wanted to matte it down a la most 90s make up. I perked up my post-work skin with the Diorskin Nude BB Cream in 002, and kept things on the less shiny side with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light.

Drew looks pretty barefaced, but I noticed things looking a little tawny on the very outer high points of her cheeks - that placement! Takes me back. So I went in with Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed much, much higher and further out than usual, and I actually quite like the subtle warmth and definition it brought to the look. I wanted my brows strong, like hers, so kept to Faint from the Naked Basics palette, which I also used through my crease, with W.O.S. from the same palette blended all over the lid. Neutral and matte - don't get much more 90s than that!

I custom-made my lip colour as close to Drew's as I could by mixing Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle, Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in 03, and Revlon Colourstay Suede in Runway. It kinda landed a little shy of the intensity of Drew's lipstick, more on the Kylie Jenner side of a 90s lip, but I'm okay with that!

My white tee is from H&M Conscious Collection, my cross is a family gift and my leather jacket is from New Look. And to finish off? A quick spray of Vanilla Kisses of course!

I think the challenge is still going on - why not check out the entries posted on Instagram at #vanillakisses - I've got some stiff competition! Thanks Impulse for inviting me to be a part of this - it was so much fun! What's your favourite 90s look?


  1. Ahh I love Drew. You look lovely babes. I did this also so good luck :)
    LaaLaa xo
    Dolce Vanity · YouTube

  2. Yes girl, owning it! Love the lip :D I'm such a massive fan of Drew Barrymore, but I still did a double take when I realised that was her in the photo, haha! She's so young there!

    Brodie Jay


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