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The Beauty Throwbacks We're Still Obsessed With

By Carly Cochrane - 3 years ago | Updated
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Cast your mind back to the 90s and 00s, when bootcut jeans, halter tops and scrunchies made a killer OOTD, 'No Scrubs' and 'Say My Name' were played on loop (still are) andLizzie McGuire and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air topped the TV scene.

It really was a time to be alive, which is why the current resurgence of past trends has the Cosmetify office tingling with excitement. As we delve deep into our wardrobes to resurrect our vintage band tees, fanny packs and hair clips, we can’t help but think about the beauty products we used to rinse too: cue flashbacks of the frosted lip gloss and sky-blue eyeshadow combo.

While some of our beauty choices may not have been the best back then, there’s no doubt that along the way we discovered some ride or die products. So to spark your memory, we've rounded up a bunch of our favourite throwback beauty products that we're still lowkey obsessed with.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

The Dream Matte Mousse Foundation is the first, last and only product that every girl will remember from her Year 9 makeup bag. This little tub of whipped, creamy goodness was our holy grail, and while we may have worn a shade (or four) darker than needed, it never failed us.

Light coverage, weightless and wallet-friendly, it still remains one of our favourite formulas today.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Great Lash Mascara Blackest Black

Once we had laid our dreamy base, we loved to give our lashes way too many coats of the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. We still adore this budget-buy mascara as it really does do wonders for even the shortest lashes. However, we've learned that just one or two coats does the trick. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, eh?

Versace Red Jeans Eau De Toilette

Versace Red Jeans Eau De Toilette

Back in the day, a fragrance collection wouldn’t be complete until Red Jeans arrived. It’s fair to say that this one was of our first ‘grown up’ perfumes. Just one spritz of the clean and crisp fragrance brings back all the memories from school halls and summer holidays.

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm

Once we had eased ourselves off the Dr Pepper and cotton candy lip smackers, we moved on to Baby Lips by Maybelline. These beloved lip balms could be found in the pockets of school blazers, at the bottom of handbags and stocked in lockers.

From Pink Punch to Peppermint, we had the whole collection in tow – and we're still guilty of picking up a Cherry Me every now and again.

Tweezerman Slant Tweezer

Tweezerman Slant Tweezer

You might be wondering why we’ve included basic, everyday tweezers in our throwback haul. The fact is, we’re still traumatised that there was once a time we thought thin, over-plucked eyebrows were a look (yes, I’m talking to you, mum).

Thankfully, as we grew some sense and our eyebrows grew back, we learned how to use tweezers properly. Now, they're the multi-functional tool that help us with everything, from plucking stray hairs to applying false lashes.

BaByliss PRO Attitude Porcelain Crimper

BaByliss PRO Attitude Porcelain Crimper

From Britney to Tyra Banks, crimped hair was the 90s beauty trend that we all got on board with. Whether your style was to crimp your entire head or pull out strands to frazzle between the hot plates, this look was undoubtedly the go-to for school discos, holidays and weekends at the shopping centres.

While we never thought this one would make a comeback, the likes of Khloe Kardashian and Shay Mitchell have reignited our obsession by proving that it could be a look once more.

Schwarzkopf Got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray

And what better way to keep those crimps in place than to smother them in this cult-favourite hairspray? From our curls to our high ponytails and emo-sweep fringes, this hairspray gave us the crispy, crunchy strong hold that we longed for back then.

Barry M Glitter Rush Body Glitter

When we were finally able to dabble in the world of makeup, glitter was most definitely our first port of call. Wherever it could go, it went; eyelids, lips, cheekbones, hair...you name it. As a result, we made our way through a lot of glitters in order to find our favourite, but it was the Barry M Glitter Rush Body Glitter that took the crown – and we still love the budget-friendly, pinky-sized pots of shimmer to this day.

Wella Color Fresh Semi Permanent Colour

Thanks to the likes of Avril Lavigne and Christina Aguilera, chunky coloured highlights were all the rage throughout our teen years.

From neon pink to bright red and blue, the L'Oréal Professionnel Flash Pro Hair Make-Up allowed us to turn our hair every colour under the sun. Simple, easy to apply and only lasting a few washes – which our parents thanked the Lord for – they were the quick fix to being bang on trend.

And nothing has changed. With pastel and rose gold hair now the must-have, L'Oreal have come through once again to help us keep up with the fashion.

Victoria's Secret Bare Vanilla Fragrance Mist

A spritz of this and you're instantly transported to the school changing rooms, post PE class. A bottle of this - or ten - rolling around at the bottom of your school bag was nothing but a rite of passage, and therefore holds a special place in our heart.

We'll be the first to admit that writing this roundup has pulled on a few heartstrings, triggered some lifelong memories – and the cringe-worthy ones – and made us realise that glitter will always be a crucial part of our makeup routine. While we're at it, we're off to find our Tamagotchis and dig out our best and brightest leg warmers.

READ MORE: 9 Instagram Famous Face Masks You Need to Try

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Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. 

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