As all ladies who came of age in the ’80s and ’90s know, it takes a lot of products to look this good—whether you are trying the achieve the “bird-of-paradise” look of a Cyndi Lauper or the subtle, understated polish of a Cindy Crawford.
It takes an entire “eyeshadow quad” to achieve this “sunset” look, OK? And this hair doesn’t stay this big on its own. We need lots of makeup. We need lots of hair products. And we need a way to keep it all organized and in one place. What’s a girl to do?
Caboodles were everything an ’80s/’90s product should be: portable, for the girl on the go; big and roomy, for the girl who had everything; colorful, preferably featuring a pink, purple, teal, and seafoam green palette. Not only were Caboodles a double-decker method of keeping your products organized, but they also made for great birthday presents for other girls. Who wouldn’t want to give either the large version shown here, or one of the really small ones that had a “secret compartment” behind the mirror?
The rather sad thing about my Caboodle is that, like most items I possessed as a wee Midwestern lassie, it was a hand-me-down. I inherited Big Sis’s Caboodle after she had used it for years. By the time I got to it, Caboodles were kind of “out,” but I loved it anyway. Also sadly, I didn’t really have a ton of make-up growing up, so the products I did have kind of rolled and rattled around in my Caboodle, making it obvious to other girls that I wasn’t as advanced in the cosmetics arena as they were. (Don’t cry for me, Argentina. The truth is, I later more than made up for it at Sephora.)