Remember the days when you tried every beauty product you could get your hands on, even if it meant spending an entire week’s allowance on one product? Safe to say not much has changed — in the real world it’s called a paycheck. We may be older, but we can’t say we’re any less drawn in by bold color and more choices than we can count. Take a walk down memory lane, then take a walk to the mall. nostalgic beauty products

Lip Gloss Goodness: Lip Smackers

The ultra-cool lip gloss tops the list because we just had to have every flavor, from Pink Lemonade to Dr. Pepper. Sure, these days we collect Maybelline Baby Lips instead, but the principal stays the same.  

Heavenly Scented Shampoo: L’Oréal Kids Extra Gentle 2-in-1 Shampoo

This fresh and fruity shampoo was most often paired with a scented detangling spray. For a more grown-up version that still packs a fruity punch, try Garnier Fructis Hyda Charge Shampoo, which is formulated with a blend of goji berry, passion fruit and kiwi.  

Nailed It: Wet ’n’ Wild Nail Color

For a mani that cost less than a candy bar with choices that left you hovering in the drugstore beauty aisle way past curfew, youth everywhere turned to Wet ’n’ Wild nail polish. Lucky for us nostalgic types, this brand is still offering up bold color at astonishing prices — just in a more polished package.  

Out-There Eye Color: Urban Decay Eyeshadows

We loved these individual trays chock full of bold color. UD eye shadow is still around today with even more shades to choose from than ever. If the days of intense shades like “Blackout” are behind you, opt for a more subtle hue like “Laced.”  

Instant Glam: Body Glitter

We smile thinking of glitter gels, sprays and flakes — that is, until we remember trying to take it off. While our favorite ’90s glitter brands are a little harder to find today, we can once again rely on Urban Decay for the throwback: the new Urban Decay Heavy Metal Loose Glitter provide the glam look in moderation.


Our Mother’s Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

The first time we laid eyes on that pink and green tube on our mother’s vanity, we knew we’d found the game changer. Now that we’re old enough to wear mascara the right way, we find ourselves coming back to this classic anyway.  

Cosmetic Carry-All: Caboodles

When having ALL our makeup with us was a must (seriously, has anything changed?) a Caboodles box was the way to go. From cute acrylic boxes to full on cosmetic organizers, this was way better than having a purse. These days, we’re in favor of (trying) to narrow it down to a few products to keep on the go.   Which product from the past would you still use? Share your favorite classic beauty products in the comments below!


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