Those who know me well, know that I love a healthy — and regular — dose of nostalgia. Whether it be via a well-curated Spotify playlist (complete with the full Jenny From The Block-era discography) or a festive #TBT movie night, I enjoy a stroll down memory lane where I can reminisce about a time in which my main worries consisted of which Lip Smackers balm I’d employ for the day. That said, I especially find joy in reviving some of the throwback beauty products from the 2000s and channeling my inner teen dream.
These days, stocking up on my childhood favorites is getting easier and easier considering the ‘90s and early 2000s revival that’s hitting both the fashion and beauty realms. Logo-laden bucket hats, tie-dye everything, shiny lip gloss, and all the glitter are being fully embraced and worn in abundance — and no one is reveling in said revival more than yours truly. I’ve stocked up on all of the above trends … and then some. In fact, this year’s nostalgic renaissance has me doubling down on the beauty products of my childhood that never really left my heart (or my Caboodle).
I did a little inventory and realized there are quite a few items from the early aughts that still serve me well in my 30s. Yes, cult products like my Lancôme Juicy Tubes (which can be found in every purse and storage console in my car), Benefit Hoola Bronzer, and trusty NARS Blush (in Orgasm, of course), still work the same magic they did some 15 years ago. And with my 33 years of wisdom, I actually know how to apply them correctly now!
Ahead, check out the 10 throwback beauty products that I've kept a firm grip on as I've matured (in years, anyway), for nostalgic purposes and due to the fact that they actually still work wonders for my glam. So, let's all take a journey back to the early aughts, when pop princesses and boy bands ruled the radio and butterfly clips fluttered in everyone's hair. 'Twas a good time, indeed.
I'm fairly certain every thirty-something owned one of these little glosses at one point. Their shine has never dulled in my book ... I literally swipe one on daily.
This was most likely the first mascara I ever owned. While other formulas may have taken my favor, I still keep a tube of Great Lash for my lower lashes. The smaller wand and non-transferable color gives me the light yet efficient application that's perfect for my bottom set.
Right after the art of foundation application, I learned the importance of owning a solid bronzer as a teen. To this day, the natural, matte finish of this Benefit gem makes it a star in my makeup bag.
As a teen with oily, acne-prone skin, mineral makeup was a must. My complexion has evened out over the years, yet I still love using this Mineral Veil for makeup setting and touch-ups.
I've been a blush addict since the age of 15 and have experimented with a range of shades and textures. The peachy-pink hue and velvety finish of this iconic powder has never let my cheeks down.
I feel like I've been on a constant mission to get that J.Lo glow since I was a teenager, and this lotion was one of the first tricks I adopted. Although the results are subtle at best, I like the soft sheen and touch of color you get after a week of slathering the stuff on.
This punchy apple-scented mist will always take me back to my childhood bedroom, where I'd spend hours trying to learn Britney Spears' music video choreography. My dance moves have since been retired, but I still keep a bottle handy for a post-gym refresh when I don't have time to shower.
Like many children of the early millennium, I swore by a stick-straight hair look that was made entirely possible by Hot Tools flat irons. These bad boys last forever, so I still keep one in my bathroom for days I need to tame the frizz or smooth out my bobbed hair.
OK, so this wasn't exactly the body glitter I reached for as a kid. (Back then, I went for whatever was on the check-out counter at Claire's.) However, as a grown woman who still appreciates a little sparkle all over, this easy-to-use stick works like a charm.