Tampon help! πŸ™‹πŸΌ

Elizabeth
I've been using pads ever since I started my period, and I'm 20 now, and I'm getting really tired of themπŸ™„. Β I figured I would try a tampon, so I tried the standard tampax tampon with the cardboard applicator. Since this was my first time using one, I looked up instructions and inserted it fine the first time with very little discomfort...until I realized I left half the cardboard applicator inside me when I pulled the other smaller part out πŸ˜‚
I took the other tube out, and inserted the tampon again but now it feels a lot more uncomfortable than even the first time with the applicator tube inside haha. Any suggestions? Obviously I plan on buying better quality, but what brands/types do you girls suggest? Any tips for making it feel better once inside, or is this normal?Β