The 1990s were a time of, dare I say, the best niche and novelty beauty products. And of course we wanted them all. Because there were just those certain beauty products that every '90s girl had to have. I mean, when everything is scented like your favorite candy or dessert and topped with (maybe literally) a whole cup of glitter, what's not to love?
I should warn you though. Taking this walk down makeup memory lane might have you feeling a tad nostalgic for some of your favorite products. And although some of these are definitely still available to buy (currently placing an order of my personal faves as I type), you should know that while the formulas may be what they used to, the prices aren't. I finally understand my dad's reminiscing of gas prices in the '60s. Twenty-five cents per gallon is pretty bomb after all. But I digress. If there really was something from the '90s that you never got your hands on or just need in your life again, it may not be too late. I'm just saying, glitter doesn't go bad. Here are 18 products that every '90s girl either had in her beauty arsenal or desperately wanted. After all, you could never have too much of a sweet or sparkly thing.
1. Crimping Iron
Even though you probably slept in braids for that crimped look on the daily, special occasions meant it was time to break out the crimping iron.
2. Art Stuff
Bath and Body Works Art Stuff Glitter Lotion, $20, ebay
Hi, when they put glitter in every single product, it meant you needed every. Single. Product.
3. Bon Bons Nail Polish
Bon Bons Glitter Nail Polish $2, Walmart
I used to collect these like it was my job. These tiny bottles are just so cute. But remember these used to be, like, 75 cents?
4. Sun In
Back when you actually had time to spend outside in the middle of the day, you were, of course, putting that time to good use by trying to lighten your hair.
5. Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers
Well the packaging has changed a bit. You can't exactly put it on a keychain anymore. But at least the flavor is still the same.
6. Bonne Bell Lip Gloss
Bonne Ball LipLITES (7-pack), $23, ebay
With all of those flavors like Vanilla Swirl, Mocha Latte, and Strawberry Parfait, you knew you were going to have a good time as soon as you swiped on one of these shimmery glosses.
7. Herbal Essences Shampoo + Conditioner
It's pretty cool that they returned some formulas to the OG packaging. And please. You know you acted out those classic commercials in the shower.
8. Caboodles Case
When the contents of your life used to be housed within these pink, plastic walls.
9. Soft Lips
There's just something about those skinny tubes that was so satisfying. Plus the double pack meant you always had a backup.
10. Bath & Body Works Lotion
Whether you were a Warm Vanilla Sugar kinda gal or preferred Mango Mandarin, your signature scent was totally from Bath and Body Works. Luckily for us, they're bringing some of those classic fragrances back.
11. Teen Spirit Deodorant
I'm sorry, but was there even another brand of deodorant for girls in the '90s?
12. Lip Rageous Lip Balms
Lip Rageous Lip Balms, $13, ebay
These mini lip balms were basically a collector's item. Props if you had all of the 'N Sync ones.
13. Victoria's Secret Love Spell
Well the packaging has changed quite a bit, but it's nice to know you can easily still get your Love Spell on if you want.
14. Lancome Juicy Tubes
Basically a sign that you made it.
15. L'Oreal Kids Detangling Spray
One of the few "kids" products you still used even when you no longer considered yourself one. No shame in your tangle-free (and fruity smelling) hair game.
16. Tommy Girl Perfume
For when you graduated from body mists to an actual perfume.
17. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
I'm pretty sure this lipstick was in every single magazine in the late '90s. And of course you had to have everything else in the Black Honey range as well.
18. Body Glitter Gel
Strawberry Body Glitter Gel, $7, ebay
Whether you had a roller ball or a squeezy tube (or both, no judgement), you were never without your trusty body glitter.
And now that I think about it, we may be due for a glitter revival.