Must Have Beauty Products From The 90’s!

Must Have Beauty Products From The 90’s!

Hi Guys!

Following on from my Girl Crushes of the 90’s post, I thought I’d continue the theme and reminisce about some 90’s beauty disasters of the must have beauty products of my early teenage years. So without further ado let’s start with the perfumes…


Ahh Charlie Red. Everyone wore Charlie Red. I remember my friend coming over to get ready before youth club, clutching her Safeway carrier bag full of her mums old makeup (orange lipstick and blue shimmer eyeshadows) so we could glam up and get ready. We covered ourselves in her Charlie Red, it was a must have in the mid 90’s!


Everyone had Charlie Red but really wanted CK One, if you actually had CK One though you were considered posh or stuck up because it was so expensive!! (But we still all wanted it) I asked for it for Christmas ’95 and ended up with…


…Fusion by Faberge. Not quite the same is it. I think this was classed as a unisex fragrance like CK One, but this smelled more like mens scent. My auntie bought me this from Woolies bless her 🙂

Next up – makeup!


You were no one, and I mean no one unless you wore Heather Shimmer by Rimmel. Nuff said.


Lip liner at least three shades darker than your lips was also very popular, a la Posh. Luckily I didn’t try this!


Nude lipstick was in too. But it either had to be full on shimmer as above, or seriously matte, preferably the same shade as your foundation or lighter so you couldn’t actually see your lips. I remember using concealer on my lips, it was a good idea at the time!!


Pale skin and dark lipstick in general were the looks to go for too. Another favourite lippy was Black Cherry by Rimmel, which looked very much like what Drew Barrymore is wearing above.


And I couldn’t forget – BODY GLITTER! We used to chuck this stuff on like there was no tomorrow before school discos! It started off as kind of a slimy gel with glitter in it, then I remember upgrading to a spray on glitter which was for hair too, woo hoo!


Blue mascara – it never looked as good as this though. The packaging would always imply a bright blue, but it was usually a dark / murky blue at best without much pigmentation. Also clear mascara for school, as makeup wasn’t allowed at all.


Speaking of mascara, who had hair mascara?? Own up! I did! A metallic blue one! It made you hair nice and colourful… and crusty.


Moving on to hair, everyone wanted to be a spice girl, and wanted Geri Halliwell hair. My friend and I thought bleaching our had was way too ‘mainstream’ and coz we were so much cooler than that and ‘individual’ we decided to dye the front of our hair purple. So kind of like Geri Halliwell, but better obv.


Hair crimping / curling / kinking. My friend had some crimpers, I actually loved using them as I have fine hair it always gave me good volume, plus it was totally in yeah?


The ‘Rachel’ cut. Everybody wanted the Rachel cut (note the hint of Geri Halliwell front highlights there too) but not many people could pull it off. I for one didn’t bother trying.


And lastly, Sun-In! This stuff was like magic in a bottle, you simply spray it on your hair before blow drying and the heat activates the bleach or whatever it was, to give you gorgeous, natural looking gradual highlights! Amazing! Except it made me a bit ginger. When people at school asked about my hair I insisted it was natural and just highlighted by the sun, and they were like ‘but it’s a different colour…?’ I still insisted my hair was natural…

What memories of the 90’s do you have? Any beauty disasters you’d like to share…? Also let me know if I’ve missed anything out! xxx

(P.S Make sure you check out tomorrows post for a massive giveaway!)





  1. Lisa
    12 February, 2014 / 9:12 am

    Oh my god, so many terrible memories of my childhood here. Do you remember those springy metal clips that attached to your hair? And butterfly clips. Too many bad ideas to mention.

  2. Kate Flint
    12 February, 2014 / 9:26 am

    I was only a youngin in the 90s but I had two older sisters in their teenage prime, so I was often a tester for above products. Hair mascara was THE THING. My sister Megsie got the Rachel Cut, and I’ve got a scar on my ear from a crimping iron. Fun times 🙂 Excellent post!

    Also, I wear Revlon Black Cherry. A lot.

    Kate Xx

  3. Rosie
    12 February, 2014 / 9:55 am

    This past has really taken me back to school disco preparations! I used to have purple hair mascara and used to love body glitter. Charlie sprays were so popular for years and the So…ones. This post has inspired me, I might do my own version 🙂

    Rosie |

  4. littlemansmum
    12 February, 2014 / 11:00 am

    Oh god I remember all of those. I remember wearing pink eyeshadow, purple eyeliner and blue mascara. I must’ve been about 13. I also wanted hair like Geri’s.

  5. 12 February, 2014 / 12:47 pm

    I used to have hair glitter as well as a shimmer puff for my body! It was like hairspray with complete glittery mess xx

  6. Claire Kane
    12 February, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    I was too young for make up in the 90s but my sister was all about the brown lipstick and impulse body sprays

  7. 12 February, 2014 / 10:33 pm

    I swear half of this post sums up my childhood! I used to love body glitter and hair mascara! And I think/definitely know that I have an aerosol of Charlie Red in my drawers!

  8. Natalie
    13 February, 2014 / 12:09 am

    I was only born in ’93 but I can remember all these crazes haha! Hair mascara, oh dear the fun I had with that – and loved a crimper on my hair 😉 haha!


  9. Just Jesss
    13 February, 2014 / 9:32 am

    Love this post!!! Ahhh body glitter.. and hair mascara.. mmm :S

    Jess xo

  10. Claire
    16 February, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    I had all of these things! I was a particular fan of the glitter – I used to go out plastered in the stuff – hair, body, face, eyelashes the lot!

    Claire x

  11. Rachel
    17 February, 2014 / 4:11 pm

    Aw I loved reading this so much – so many brilliant memories, hair mascara – woop woop! x

    • tsncblog
      24 February, 2014 / 10:21 pm

      I know right! It was the best thing ever back then!! xxx

  12. Kelly
    18 February, 2014 / 6:27 pm

    Oh my gosh this was the best read!!!!
    WHAT a trip down memory lane,
    Do you think we’ll cringe quite as much at the 00’s &10’s??

    Kelly from | a href=”http:/”>Day Dreams & Daisy Chains

    • tsncblog
      24 February, 2014 / 10:18 pm

      Thanks lovely! Yes I think we will!! 🙂 xxx

  13. 18 February, 2014 / 8:53 pm

    Some real blasts from the pasts here! I had the Geri blonde streaks at the front!
    I was blue crazy, blue mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, hair mascara and nail varnish! No wonder that song “I’m Blue da ba de da ba da” was so popular haha! x

    • tsncblog
      24 February, 2014 / 10:18 pm

      Yes I remember that! Thanks for your comment lovely xxx

  14. Danielle Eskdale
    5 March, 2014 / 4:14 pm

    Body glitter and hair mascara was soooo my style haha.
    Although I was only born in 1990.

    Best wishes, Danielle x

  15. Lazy Days Beauty
    29 April, 2014 / 11:53 am

    Haha love this! I had hair mascara! You forgot slicking your hair back into a high ponytail then teasing out two stringy bits of hair at the front!

    Jaq @

  16. Khaleesi (@k_petrova22)
    5 May, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    I remember little flower hair clips. I had tons of them and haven’t seen them anywhere since then 🙁 and also clips with butterflies which had their wings on springs so when you walked it looked like the butterflies were flying above your hair.

  17. Aimee Belle
    3 June, 2014 / 12:57 pm

    Haha! I remember all of these and tried most of them too xx

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