What Were the Must-Have Makeup and Beauty Products When You Were Younger?

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Wow, this takes me back… Among my circle of high school friends in the early ’90s, Wet ‘n’ Wild Lipsticks and their infamous 666 Lip Liner were the cat’s meow (hey, they were only a buck!), and Cornsilk pressed powder showed up a lot, too.


Sea Breeze toner, Noxzema cleanser and Buff Puffs could usually be found in my friends’ bathrooms, and the scent of Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth, Coty’s Exclamation, Cover Girl’s Navy (my personal fave) and Liz Claiborne (remember the triangle bottle?) almost always filled the air.

Our hair was usually BIG and totally defied gravity, which required massive amounts of hairspray, of course. Almost every girl I knew carried a bottle of Aqua Net in her purse, and if you had a perm (or naturally curly hair), you probably also toted around L’Oreal’s Pumping Curls.

How about you? What were the must-have makeup and beauty products when you were younger?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. What are you up to tonight? I’m off to check out Novato’s last farmers’ market of the season because I wanna get my fruit on, haaaay! πŸ™‚


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  1. Nikki T says:

    You forgot lipsmackers, especially in DR PEPPER!

  2. Sabrinna says:

    I was never really into make up during high school. yes i had pimples all over my face but it didnt bother me until i started getting acne scars when i was 18 (no idea why i never had them before…or maybe i just didnt pay attention to them back then lol) but my make up staples were Johnson and Johnson Pressed Powder (my face has been dreadfully oily since i was born…me thinks…lol) and Black Eyeliner (any brand sufficed hahaha).

    wow compared to my current staples now…i have more…. >___< yikes is that a good or bad thing? lol

  3. Vijaya says:

    I’m still into the same stuff now as I was in high school. Then again, it was pretty recent for me.
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  4. vanessa says:

    Every girl had the covergirl compact in their purse, along with Jordana gloss. I was part of the dark lipliner with light or no lipstick time :/. Aaaaand, I totally had chola bangs, the perfectly round ones that required burning your forehead to get them just right lol. Ohhh, those tiny butterfly clips for the twisty cornrows and moussed scrunched hair. Ok, that’s enough, I’m getting the urge to pull some mousse out again :P.

  5. Karen says:

    How fun to think back to high school beauty products circa 1986! Here’s what I remember:
    – Awapuhi Shampoo by Paul Mitchell – I was in love in with the tropical scent!
    – Aussie Scrunch Spray…in the purple bottle, smelled grapey
    – Maybelline Dial-a-Lash…a very gimicky mascara with a dial on the bottom that let you “control the volume” by dialing 1-10.
    – A baby blue and baby pink eye shadow duo by Maybelline that I thought looked so fab
    – Ralph Lauren perfume (the tall maroon bottle with the gold polo horse etched on the front)
    – Love’s So Soft splash by Bonne Bell
    – Jean Nate splash (giant yellow bottle!)

  6. Chryztyners says:

    This sounds like a good topic. The 90s really rocked big hair! haha!

    Well, I never wore any makeup when I was in highschool. I just do the basics: a good facial wash, toner, and moisturizer. My skin was really good back then. What I had in my backpack was usually just loose powder (both for face and body to freshen up), cologne/sweet smelling scent, and a comb. I only learned to apply makeup when I got into college, and I just use whatever my mom had in her vanity drawers. She liked Revlon then, so that was probably the first brand I knew.
    My first ever makeup product was a blush from Revlon.

  7. Jennifer says:

    Wet N Wild pencil eyeliners (in black and in white)… Half a bottle of Gucci Rush 2 that my older sister let me have. Covergirl Cheekers blush in Pretty Peach — the smell of this one will forever remind me of my tween years. πŸ™‚

  8. Jessi says:

    In late elementary and middle school all my friends were obsessed with Lip Smackers lip glosses. Our favorite flavors were Strawberry and Vanilla Icing. I recently bought a Strawberry one just for nostalgic purposes.
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  9. Karen says:

    Oh I forgot, the whole Clinique Skincare “system” with the big bar of soap in it the mint green “coffin” container, the bottle of toner and the lotion! I thought I had hit the big time the day I got that!

  10. Heidi says:

    Well, this is all taking me back. I also remember using Noxzema, Sea Breeze, oh, and 10 0 6 lotion from Bonne Bell. How did our skin ever survive the harshness? I also had quite the assortment of Lipsmackers, my favorite was 7up. My very first huge makeup faux pas — getting the Bonne Bell bronzing gel and slathering it on all-over-my-face! Yeah, that looked really NOT cute on my very pale complexion!

    For fragrances I started with Love’s Baby Soft, Fresh Lemon, and Rain, then moved on to Liz Claiborne, Navy, and Gloria Vanderbilt.

  11. Definitely Lip Smackers! My favourite was Chocolate <3.
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  12. Christy says:

    Lol! I do remember wearing Navy, as well as Exclamation and Electric Youth. I only owned Navy, but my cousin had the other two. I got to borrow them once in awhile. I remember using Bonne Bell Lip Smackers, Bonne Bell liners (both eye and lip), as well as Wet n Wild nail polish and Oxy Pads. I moved on to my first MAC lipstick in Chelsea at the young age of 14 πŸ™‚

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  13. Stacey says:

    I was a Lip Smackers girl too!! Though overall I didn’t really use much makeup during high school. I only started to use mascara during my senior year (maybelline)…and would end up with black panda eyes everyday after school lol
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  14. AK says:

    oh girrr lemme tell you, back in the day it was lip smackers chapstick in strawberry, noxema cleansing pads, Clinique’s 3 step system which made my entire face flake off at once, perfectly rounded poofy bangs, Alanis Morrsette Jagged Little Pill album (which I still proudly rock to this day), Covergirl’s pressed powder with that old lady smell! I’m so nostalgic for the 90’s. Makes me wanna watch Clueless.

    • Emma RZ says:

      I still rock Jagged Little Pill too!! In NZ we didn’t have Bonne Bell. I think that I had some covergirl and my Mum bought me some Body Shop face wash. Otherwise I was so low maintenance – I bet my hubby wishes that I still was! Oh yeah, KMS Amp shampoo and conditioner.

  15. Jennifer says:

    Nothing takes me back like Love’s Baby Soft or sneaking in to my mom’s stuff and spraying her “Charlie” perfume on myself! I remember rocking the frosty blue eyeshadow and eyeliner (please God forgive me) and using the Loreal “Lash Out” mascara with the “teddy bear brush.” And who could forget roll-on lip gloss! And the hair, oh gosh the hair in the 80’s was crazy. Bed Head was actually a hairstyle. I loved to use Pantene shampoo because of that Kelly LeBrock “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” commercial. And then of course you had to use half a can of Alberto VO5 mousse and Aqua Net hair spray to complete the look.

  16. Lucie says:

    Hmm, I have difficulty with this because I didn’t give two hoots about beauty products until eighth grade, and since then only four years have elapsed (wow, life before makeup was that recent??) so trends aren’t *radically* different than they are now. All my more traditionally feminine friends had a tube of Great Lash though, and for some reason using ProActiv instead of generic brand acne products was considered really classy…lol!

  17. Pamela Pyles says:

    Oh yes! Add me to the list of those that loved: CG Navy, Exclamation and Debbie’s Electric Youth. Other faves were Coty’s Wild Musk and Chantilly. I also used 10-0-6 religiously. I had the odd CG lip colors and Cheekers blushes but my fave color product was by Maybelline. They used to carry a line called Moisture Whip and my go to color was called Strawberry Cream. Oh how I loved my Strawberry Cream but today I stay far away from pinks. How tastes change (for the better).

  18. Lisa Marie says:

    We are about the same age, so I relate to all your faves. I had some faves that were a tad unique. I lived for L’Oreal Translucide foundation and Max Factor Panstick. My powder of choice was coty airspun. My blush (which is still one of my faves) was Covergirl sophisticated sable. Eyeshadow was a trio by covergirl called seirra sands. My eyeliner was Covergirl soft and gentle liquid eyeliner. (darn I miss that.) Mascara was always covergirl professional. Lipstick in Revlon Raven Red. I went through about a gallon of ten-o-six astrigent from Bonnie Bell, buff puffs and neutrogena face bars. Vasoline intensive care in the yellow bottle is the lotion I wore EVERYWHERE including my face. I adored Teen Spirit deodordant and had a ton of Verve perfume sprays. I also thrived on Charlie and Revlon’s Intimate. I have no clue why I remember so much of this…am amazed at how much of it is still on my favorite list.

    • FragrantWitch says:

      Verve! I had completely forgotten about those. Now I can visualise them right next to my Tickle deodorant, Buff Puffs and 10-0-6.

  19. I couldn’t shake off Gap Scents’ Grass during middle school. That and my swing dance ambitions.

  20. Lucie says:

    Oh oh oh and Bath and Body Works body sprays! Everybody doused themselves in the brown sugar vanilla scent between classes in middle school. The memory makes me cringe and clutch my bottle of TF Tuscan Leather for dear life.

  21. Marian says:

    Whoa! Looks like I’m the lone “old Lady” here. I grew up in the 60s and early 70s. Yardley was the in makeup in those days. We wore white lipstick and black eyeliner. I remember my first lipstick was Yardley Mulberry. I wore Yardley cake eye liners called “Glimmerick.” All foundations looked orange. My first perfume was Evening in Paris. I also wore Chantilly, Emeraude and Heaven Sent. Groovy, baby!

    • Liz G. says:

      I’m with you. I grew up in the 70’s and Yardley was the “in” makeup. I also remember when Revlon introduced Charlie perfume. I wore it my first day of school as a sophmore in high school and I felt so sophisticated!

    • Tess says:

      I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s too. The Yardley liglosses were the best! I used my mom’s when she wasn’t looking. Other must-have products were Bonne Bell Lipsmackers -the BIG ones- and 10 0 6 lotion. Clairol Herbal Essences shampoos and Long ‘n’ Silky conditioner. Love’s Baby Soft fragrance and Coty’s Muguet du Bois. Windsong fragrance was amazing popular because of the commercial’s catchy jingle. Anything Clinique, Estee Lauder or Lancome was the greatest! And so many more . . .

  22. Janice says:

    I never got into the big hair, but I still use LA Looks hair gel!

  23. Stef Smith says:

    Girrrrrl, it was all about the Loreal Pumping Curls! And at my tiny high school, it was Lady Stetson perfume! And of course Wet n Wild 666 lipliner, which I still use! Horrible name but perfect color! And I’d like to add, 1993 rulez!!!

  24. nesli says:

    you look so cute!!
    nivea lipstick and a black kohl was all i have

  25. Audrey says:

    You are one of those few women who seem to age like wine! πŸ™‚

  26. Shannon says:

    Electric Youth ohhhhhh!–that was the first perfume I ever owned, I think. And lots of Bath and Body Works splashes. You could walk down the hall in high school and become dizzy at the melange of juniper breeze/pear/freesia/fresh cotton. And brown sugar vanilla or something like that.

    I think I had a Covergirl compact too and a Maybelline blush. Makeup all came from the drugstore then, I don’t think I had “grown up” makeup till college.

  27. Memories! I wasn’t much into make up but I do remember having Liz Claiborne fragrance… also liked Navy but my personal fave was Electric Youth! πŸ™‚

  28. Vonvon says:

    Lipsticks! Those were what I used the most when I was younger!
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  29. Jen W says:

    Hmm in high school I really didn’t wear much makeup. I think I just used my Mums khol eyeliner (without her permission) and some lip glosses from Red Earth (I think it’s Australian?)
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  30. chudy says:

    OMG…when I was younger…the 80’s
    Jesus, I think I don’t want to remember, you know..but the truth is I used a lot of black eyeliner and hairspray LoL
    hei, don’t laugh about me, please!!!!!!!!

  31. Brandi Andi says:

    I was all about bright eyeshadow(and hair)! Hot pinks, lime green, turquoise, etc. I loved Got2b sexy hairspray, C.O. Bigelow lipgloss from bath and body works, and paul mitchell’s skinny serum.

  32. Angelic Mariposa Γ†ΒΈΓŒΒ΅ΓŒΒ‘Γ“Ε“ΓŒΒ΅ΓŒΒ¨ΓŒβ€žΓ†Β· says:

    My first “expensive” perfume was the Liz Claiborne triangle bottle…omg I was in love and for the guys it was Drakkar Noir!! I loved my Aquanet Extra Super Hold (I was in beauty school) love your pics Karen, I have one like that too!! I was a fiend for Avon’s glimersticks I had a pink one…these kids today thinking pink eyeliner is something new!! 80’s ROCKED!!

  33. Megan B says:

    I definitely had the cover girl compact, I think every girl in high school had one. I did have the noxzema and sea breeze cleansers at home, it was the only thing my mom would buy me. I had to have white shimmery eyeshadow everyday. I am not sure if it was a good look or not but I loved it! I paired this with a bubble gum pink blush from covergirl (I use a similar shade even today from Nars). Now that I think about it I was also very fond of a purple glitter loose eyeshadow that I would make a mess of but everyone kinda wore it the same too. No hair products, it dried big and pouffy and I would not go anywhere without my trusty claw clips. (whats really weird about this and was back then is I would wear light shimmery makeup and be dressed all in black….my husband says I was trying to capture the heroin chic look.)

  34. Nina says:

    Noxzema and Chapstick and Ivory soap for my face!

  35. Shubana says:

    Gosh… I wish I could go back in time and tell my younger self to
    1) stop plucking your eyebrows
    2) stop trying to lighten your skin with ill-coloured foundation
    But the past is in the past..
    My school bag always had Lip Smackers πŸ˜€

  36. Jill says:

    I have two that haven’t been mentioned–Cover Girl LipSlicks lip gloss and Revlon Coffee Bean lipstick. πŸ™‚

    Gap Dream perfume totally takes me back. I actually kinda want to go buy it and resurrect it!

  37. Jane says:

    I also loved the Cover Girl LipSlicks, and seem to remember wearing red nail polish (usually chipped) a bunch. My perfumes were YSL Champagne (which I got at a primitive outlet store in my hometown), Dior Hypnotic Poison, and Dior Dolce Vita. God, I liked strong perfume.

    And L’Oreal had some sort of lipcreme applied with a doefoot (which was only discontinued in the last five years or so); I had Goddess. It looked awful on me, which I vaguely knew at the time, but that name!

  38. Chris25 says:

    Oh my gosh, everything you talked about I had (except for the perfumes): Wet n WIld makeup (666 lipliner made me swoon), Buff Puff, Noxzema cleanser, Sea Breeze toner, and I definitely borrowed my aunt’s Cornsilk powder.

    I remember Jane Cosmetics (the old version), Fetish Cosmetics, Wet n Wild Strawberry lip gloss in a pot, and tons of Bonne Bell Lipsmackers. It was my goal in life to collect them all. I think I had up to 50 at one point. I used to also buy Caboodles lip gloss.

    And let’s not forget the arsenal of acne products: Clean & Clear, Oxy, Clearasil.

    • Andrea G says:

      Oh my! I had totally forgotten about Jane and Fetish! Yikes that really takes me back, i thought they were just THE coolest brands hahaha on top of my dozens of lipsmackers of course!

  39. Chelsea says:

    EVERY morning in my HS years started out the same:

    Bare Minerals foundation/blush
    Great Lash mascara
    Black pencil eyeliner (any brand)
    My curly brown hair was straightened and bleached to STRAW (never again)
    … and it was all topped of with Bath and Bodyworks Country Apple or Juniper Breeze

    Oh, and just for kicks- my favorite Lip Smackers flavor in Middle School was Strawberry Kiwi. Oooh it takes me back…

  40. Caroline says:

    Gosh, what a fun topic! I remember wearing Love’s Baby Soft and Coty’s musk. And whatever Designer Imposter’s spray I could get my hands on. I had this cheap 16 palette eye shadow that screamed rainbow but wore every color with confidence. Of course, I had a CG compact, green one. Kept a supply of AquaNet white with pink hairspray. And yes, Wet N’ Wild 666 was a must have. Oh, gotta have orange flavor tic tacs.

  41. Priscilla says:

    Oof! I remember Lip Smackers in cherry being a big part of my life and swiping a couple of spritzes of my mom’s White Diamonds or Red Door before heading out.

  42. Hboo says:

    I wore a bit of MAC (eye shadow as a liner in black tied) and a mascara from them. Other then that is was covergirl’s clean foundations (the one size fits all versions) and the powder compact. I wore black eye liner (big mistake for my small eyes). I didn’t even wear much blush back them. I did find an old fav, The covergirl professionals mascara.

    Anyone remember bon-bon?

    I think my hair had whatever was new on it.

    I stayed classic with my perfume (usually) Chanel no.5. But don’t think I didnt have 300 lotions and sprays from bath and body works. I swear they were all people got each other for Christmas for years!!

    • Karen says:

      I always had a couple of Bath and Body Works lotions and body washes in my tub during my college years.

      Does anyone remember the original Juniper (not Juniper Breeze)? That was my favorite.

  43. I love how you were brave enough to post photos of your much-younger self. πŸ˜‰ Good for you!

    Hmm…Wet n Wild lipsticks were definitely really popular when I was in grade school…and in high school, my best friend and I had a love affair for Exclamation Blush perfume. (At the time, it was the only scent that didn’t give me a headache, so that was why…). In grade 7, CK One was huge, and a girl in school used to douse herself with it – eau de parfum, shower gel, deodorant, everything! You could smell her before you saw her.
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    • Karen says:

      LOL, thanks. I have a penchant for posting pictures of me looking TOW UP. It’s an affliction I’m trying to get over. πŸ˜‰

      Oh, CK One! It was a big deal at my school, too. One of the gals who was in my section in band wore it. Whenever I smell it now I always think of her. She was a great friend the nicest person.

      Hope you’re having a lovely Wednesday so far!

  44. Kim says:

    I totally laughed at the L’oreal Pumping Curls. Your memory is so good. πŸ™‚ I remember using tinted mousse (a lovely shade of glittering bronze), one of those curling irons with the multiple rods (for triangle, spiral or regular curls – huzzah), pink and blue eyeshadow – sometimes with electric blue mascara and Mary Kay frosted lip gloss. We also went through the black liner, heated with a lighter before being put on our waterlines. It’s a wonder we’re not all blind! HAHA! Oh, and someone above mentioned the Aussie pump hairspray that smelled like grape. That’s an oldie but a goody, too! πŸ™‚

  45. BeccaTheCyborg says:

    The darkest lipstick I could get at the drugstore (or Vanilla Frosting Lip Smackers), tons of black eyeliner, and black nail polish zealously hoarded because back in my day it was only around for Halloween! And patchouli. Manic Panic hair dye in…I want to say Purple Haze? Ahh, to be a teenage goth again.

    That said, the smell of Aussie shampoo totally reminds me of my first love.

  46. BeccaTheCyborg says:

    Oh yeah, and this hippie vanilla perfume oil that came in teeny tiny bottles. My bff and I wore it all through high school. I still a half-empty bottle I sniff now and then for the nostalgia.

  47. allison says:

    Haha I had a horrible makeup routine too…bonne belle lipsmakers, shiny silver eyeshadow, any body spray from bath and body works, and worst of all…I ironed my hair. No, not with a flat iron, but with a clothes iron, lol. I’m sure that was really good for my hair. These days I have gotten a little better about what I use. I go to thebeautybean site all the time now when I am questioning a new product or need advice on something. I wish it had been around in my younger years when I really needed it!

  48. Shelley says:

    HS for me was ’93-’97. I remember using a lot of Carmex lip balm, Biolage Conditioning Balm, Neutrogena shampoo. I *tried* to color my friend’s hair burgundy – so her hair would look like Angela Chase from My So-Called Life. The fashion trend was grunge and alternative when I was in HS. Flannel shirts and Vans.

    • Shelley says:

      Also, B&BW Gingham perfume was in there somewhere. I used this Clearasil face wash in a cream formula – it was in a squeeze tube. I liked the way it smelled. Another trend in my HS was getting our nails done in acrylics – it was so new to us back then. We didn’t know what Solar Nails or Gel nails were.

      We didn’t have access to flat irons back then so I would “straighten” my hair with a large barrel curling iron.

      • Shelley says:

        I remember Garden Botanika had real stores and the *old* Body Shop had a perfume oil bar with lots of scents. I used the old Body Shop lip balms in Kiwi and Strawberry. They were GREAT and came in big plastic pots.

        I keep quoting myself to add more – I’m done.

  49. Grace says:

    High school was 1997-2001 for me. I didn’t wear much make up and wasn’t really into it but I did love Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner (my hair smelled SO good), Victoria’s Secret body wash, lotion, and body spray in Pear, Cover Girl pressed powder compact, The Body Shop lip gloss in one of those little pots (it had a great flavor), Biore black head remover strips, and I do remember liking Love’s Baby Soft. Wet n Wild, Jane, and Clinique were popular too.

    I’ll never forget my first cell phone freshman year of high school…a cool Nokia with changeable faceplates =D lol

  50. kalcedon says:

    Stuff really popular with almost everybody in high school (may I mind you that we’re Hungarians :P):
    -Impulse and Malizia Bon-Bon deodorants for scent and Rexona as an atiperspirant
    -Naomi Campbell and Puma perfumes
    -Oxy and Clean and Clear stuff for
    -Avon stuff (especially their concealer stift and the Colortrend products… there was a little metal box with a sliding top with a glossy, tinted lipbalm in it… that was all the rave)
    -Garnier Fructis shampoo, conditioner and hair gel!!! 8especially hair gel :P)

  51. ashley says:

    i remember in 6th or 7th grade (so…this was like 1998), white eyeliner on your top lash linewas so in. i remember owning what would be the equivalent of NYX’s jumbo eye pencils, but it was possibly double ended. it could have been maybe l’oreal brand. i don’t recall at all now, but i remember the white eyeliner.

    not beauty related, but i also remember the jelly roll pens that were super popular around that time too. the pastel colors that could write on paper, the bright colors packed with glitter that would end up all over the paper. i still think those are totally cool pens & should be appropriate in any work place haha.

  52. Carrie Ann says:

    I know I loved Lip Smackers and Love’s Fresh Lemon. I’m sure I had a blue eye pencil and I believe I started wearing Revlon Colorstay foundation in high school. I still wear it. Oh, I also remember that blue and green metallic nail polishes were in back then (late 90’s) as well as polishes that smelled like popular perfumes, such as CK One. Another trend I loved was platforms because I’m so petite. πŸ™‚

  53. Christy O says:

    Pumping Curls and Navy!!!! I guffawed at the memory. I also didn’t do high-end until high school was almost out, and Clinique was uber-fancy at the time. My favourite lip colours in the 90s were a frosted light orange and dark purple. My very first fancy purchase was a Makeup Forever lip palette in Paris, well before I eve saw them in the states.
    I have to add Herbal Essences. AMAZING scent, and those commercials are classic to this day. I have a bottle that I found in Big Lots last year, I don’t want to use it yet.

  54. That Liz Claiborne was my FIRST perfume eva! loll

  55. Barbara says:

    Another old lady chiming in!! White eyeshadow, Bonne Bell 10-06, Sea Breeze and Maybelline Kissing Potion (flavored roll-on lipgloss in glass tubes which we thought was the height of sophistication!!), and everyone had Maybelline eyeliner (the red pencil kind).

  56. Ninjagato says:

    Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask, Freeman Cucumber Peel off Mask (I still use both)
    Anything and everything from Jane…including their skin care line. Caboodles had a makeup range for a little bit and I enjoyed their face powder.
    Wet n Wild (back when they sucked) had a nail polish that was white with blue and green duochrome that I loved.
    In 5th grade the girls in my class all went through a weird phase where we thought growing out our pinkie nail and then piercing it with an earring was the cutest thing we’d ever seen. ahhh youth.

  57. miamitocali says:

    sun-in! for that frosted blonde look.

    lip smackers in every possible flavor.

    malibu musk!

    and the uber shimmery frosted lip gloss from l’oreal called glossique!

  58. Hannah says:

    I remember my makeup as far back as middle school! It was all MAC lipglass and frosty Stila eyeshadow! Burts Bees lip balm. A shimmery Hard Candy eyeshadow base that came in a chubby pencil. L’Oreal mascara. No blush, no bronzer. Emporio Armani She for day, Gucci Rush and black kohl rimming the entire eye for night…

  59. CynthiaCC says:

    It was the late 1980s. Aerosol can hairspray, but not Aquanet (because that was what the chola girls bought…yeah, it was not nice. sticky crap you spray on your spiral perm is pretty much all the same, in retrospect). Cover Girl lipstick (Shimmering Shell – god, that was a frosty mess!), Wet & Wild blush, that blue Maybeline compact with pressed powder. Great Lash mascara, still with the peach tube and green lid even back then. Noxema. Love’s Baby Soft perfume, and some knock-offs of Calvin Klein’s Obsession and Georgio Beverley Hills (remember those “Parfums de Coer” that came in an aerosol can?).

    Then the summer before I went away to college my mom took me to The Broadway and got me a Lancome gift-with-purchase set. I was hooked. Never wanted drugstore makeup ever again. Alas, my poor wallet.

  60. Valerie Malenfant says:

    I wasn’t big on makeup in high school – mostly covergirl and revlon foundation (I had a lot of pimples!!! πŸ™ and those fruity scented chapstick. Strangely enough my friends were big on perfume (which I was not) Junior High was Exclamation and the last two years of high school it was CKone or vanilla field.
    I never had the big backcomb bangs (but all my friend did and now regret it each time were are looking at pictures and they all say I look really normal! LOL) as for the late 90’s it was all about minimalist.

  61. Tatyana G says:

    OMG, I’ve used everything that you mentioned. Including the Navy scent. Still can recall the smell of it. Such a funny post, thanks for the memories.

  62. Emily says:

    Well, I’m in middle school right now so I’ll just say my favorite products:
    eos lip balm
    wet n wild creme eyeliner
    opi shatter polish
    maybelline one by one mascara
    mac woodwinked
    mac soba
    got2b dry shampoo
    bed head the manipulator

  63. Wendy A. says:

    Sea breeza purple toner, dove soap and carmex ohh and concealer I was wise beyond my years on that one and to this day I still buy a tube a year of lancome mascara.

  64. Instant Karma says:

    Clinique’s Almost Makeup! I combined light and medium. It’s still good stuff! πŸ™‚

    I also wore a LOT of clear lip gloss. I had a rollerball one by Smackers that smelled like toasted marshmallows. I loved it!

  65. Nalina says:

    Oh man…
    * I LOVED me some Lip Smackers. I wore mine around my neck on that cheesy rope-thing.
    * I had my Cover Girl compact in the wrooooooooong color (the Noxema one for acne-prone skin, of course).
    * Aussie or Paul Mitchell hair products were bomb.
    * Clinique was my “splurge” for facial toner.
    * I had one Cover Girl blush in a weird orange-ish color. Totally didn’t know how to use it!
    * Tommy Girl perfume or Victoria’s Secret Strawberries and Champagne lotion and body spray. * And don’t forget all those Wet n Wild lipsticks and eye shadows.

    Was there shadow primer in 1998? I think all my shadows went straight to the crease. LOL
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  66. lexi says:

    electric youth – O…M…G!!! you know what was the best part? the cool bottle! secretly, I’ve been waiting for pandora to play that for me on my 80s channel.
    I was also a fan of sand and sable perfume. so much so that I went on ebay like 8 years ago and bought a bottle. not the best decision. I was also a big fan of the Liz Taylor sapphires and diamonds. maybe a little mature for me (or was I just ahead of my time?!?), but I liked it. cracks me up when I still find it on occasion at TJMaxx or Marshalls.

    nails was definitely just cheap-o wet n wild. face was either neutrogena acne wash (though I didn’t have skin problems until my mid-20s), and noxema cream. also go into the clinique system at a young age.

    for makeup, just cover girl compacts in the back pocket, of course. had maybe one CG lipstick, one concealer horribly mismatched to my skin, and a CG mascara. didn’t wear eyeliner really until my mid 20s!

  67. Cristina says:

    Gzzz! Long time ago! Ha! Ha! But couldn’t live without my Sun In spray (it was to bleach my hair lighter with the sun) Aqua Net hairspray, Oh! My brown eyeliner! And my gloss!!

  68. court says:

    I totally just had tons of memories brought back up by you guys! I’m 29 right now, so I truely was a child of the 80’s and teen of the 90’s. (graduated high school in 2000) I remember….3

    Vanilla Fields, Charlie perfume (my favorite), CKOne, Impressions perfumes, and that pear
    glace fragrance from victoria’s secret (all the cool girls had it)

    My mom took me to merle norman to pick out foundation when I was 12. It was a really creamy foundation with an oil base that made me look oil slicky…

    Great lash of course

    I also had kissing potion, buff puff, sea breeze, lip smackers (vanilla)

    I wore mostly Jane cosmetics in high school because I read about it in 17 magazine πŸ™‚

    Salon selectives was THE hair line to get, so I used that stuff all the time.

    As far as other trends, I rocked the mini skirt with the shorts built in, the shoes that could kill someone (because of the extreme chunkiness), abercrombie and fitch was IT in high school as well as those bananna republic t-shirts. In middle school, i rocked the side pony tail with rolled up, knee length jean shorts *cringe* We also used to spray glitter hair spray in our hair for football games.

    Oh, and might I add, I got my first cell phone in high school when they were first hitting the market! It was a ‘flip’ phone and the smallest of it’s kind at the time. It was huge! it was as thick as 5-7 iphones and long as well!

  69. Jenn says:

    Man… looking back on middle school. I’m with you on the Noxema and the Sea Breeze, how did my skin just not fall off my face? I remember wearing too much CKone and rocking the LA Looks hair gel or the Condition by Clairol 3-in-1 hair gel and mousse. Lip Smackers, and Cornsilk or CoverGirl powder. The Cover Girl eyeliner with the little smudger on the end was my shit! (Later in high school it was still my staple when I became the girl with too much black eyeliner and combat boots) I was guilty of occasionally wearing too much dark lipliner with poorly applied lipstick, or, even worse, gloss. Oh, my.

  70. oh, the memories! i’d also have to add elizabeth arden sunflowers perfume – that stuff ran rampant in my highschool
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  71. Dea says:

    I used to love colourful liner on my waterline, lipsmackers and my Naomi Campbell parfume (the first one).

  72. Lynn says:

    Verve perfume (it was so cheap it would fade after 10-15 minutes), Wet-n-Wild lipsticks (especially #521 which was a shimmery fuschia) I had a serious fuschia fetish in the 80’s teen years. Also Lipsmackers, and after reading entries above I wasn’t alone on that one, lol. Clinique (because I had horrible acne), and St. Ives apricot scrub…. : )

  73. Courtney says:

    This makes me so nostalgic! I wish I could still find Tribe purfume and one of those GIANT lip smackers!

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