Team ELLE Share Their Favourite Beauty Products From The 90s

Feeling nostalgic? The office have been reminiscing over their favourite old-school beauty buys and the ones they wish still existed.


Who didn't love the '90s? Britney and Justin, the Spice Girls, baby faced Drew Barrymore and classic teen film Clueless - as well as some unforgettable beauty trends - were all good reasons to be enamoured with the decade.

Painfully skinny eyebrows, glitter-enhanced everything and brown lipstick soon became everyday beauty staples.

Take a trip down memory lane with the ELLE office as they reveal the throwback beauty products they loved, and the ones they would still use today.


Lulu Cooper, Fashion Intern

Lip smacker lip balms, preferably in a fruity flavour - delicious!


Lotte Jeffs, Deputy Editor

I was such a pale teenager – I looked like Wednesday Addams. My mum bought me Clinique liquid blush in a little tube in an attempt to make me appear 'perkier'. I took it to school and would reapply to my cheekbones after every lesson, aggressively trying to blend it in to my skin before anyone saw me.

I was also partial to a Lush fizzing bath bomb – who wasn't! There was a time aged around 16 when Bath Bombs were the go-to gift for teens. I had an entire basket full of them.


CK One was my first fragrance and if I get a whiff of it today I'm instantly transported back to afternoons spent sneaking into the woods behind my school with my girlfriend.

Wednesday Addams

Debbie Black, Managing Editor

Definitely Tommy Girl perfume – the entire school halls stank of it!

Billie Bhatia, Fashion Assistant

Lancome Juicy Tubes and No.7 roll on glitter gel, obvs!

Michelle Duguid, Senior Fashion Editor

I used to love a pot of frosty blue glitter from Avon that came with a selection of different shape wands - star, moon, square etc.

I would dip the wand into the glitter and apply the glittery symbols to my cheekbones. Dreadful.


Joely Walker, Beauty Editor

Body Shop Mango Body Butter and Lip Balm - I stole it off my sister and got hooked in my mid teens. My aunties and uncles still buy me the gift sets for Christmas.

Lancome Juicy Tubes! The sugary sweet smell reminds me of the first boy I fancied at school. I used to keep one in my (rancid green) blazer pocket and one in my pencil case. It was so gloopy my hair would inevitably get stuck in it but I didn't care one bit.

Every year I'd buy the summer version of the limited edition Escada Fragrance from Duty Free. My early teenage years in a bottle.

Elizabeth Cooney, Senior Designer

The classic pink and green mascara from Maybelline! It's not even that good but it was my make-up bag staple.

Katie O'Malley, Digital Writer

Tins of aloe vera vaseline for 'naturally glossy lips'.

Every girl in my class would have a tub of Vaseline stashed away in their pencil cases that they'd whip out anytime they were bored in class and proceed to smother their lips in layer-upon-layer of aloe vera-smelling goo.

The worst bit was in the summer when you'd occasionally find your tub to have melted and leaked vaseline into your school bag, resulting in a massacre of petroleum jelly all over your books that no wet wipe could save.


Felicity Kay, Fashion Assistant

Tammy girl body glitter and Spice Girls Impulse body spray - would actually still wear it if it existed.

Andrew Barlow, Art Director

LYNX Africa was the unmistakeable smell - masking many other disgusting smells – coming from the boys changing room post P.E.

As an adult male, using Lynx in any context other than in reference to Alan Partridge is unforgivable.

Kirsty Dale, Executive Fashion Director

I bought the CK One body lotion when they didn't have any of the fragrances in House of Fraser.

L'oreal hair mousse - took of a ski trip with me not realizing how crispy my hair would be in the cold!

With the help of tweezers, my eyebrows soon reduced as the 90's supermodels took hold.

I loved Twilight teaser lipstick from no.17 cosmetics, a lethal purple pink colour. As well as Pink Shimmer from Rimmel, frosted baby pink - which I thought made my teeth look white!

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