When I was about eight, my favorite Barbie came with its own bottle of real perfume (which smelled a lot like Versace Crystal Bright, but I digress...). I drained that bottle dry by the end of the school week, but apparently, I was a lightweight: According to a new study, tweenagers are guzzling up $500 million a year in beauty products.
While I'm sure these scarily savvy kids could introduce me to a few cool new items, I have a soft spot for these elementary school favorites, still available but now for a slightly higher price:
Bonne Bell Lipsmackers. When I took my first whiff of a root beer-flavored Lipsmacker, my mind was officially blown. Apparently, Bonne Bell and the crew still make the kids go 'nanas, because I see new (and frankly, still exciting) flavors each time I'm in my drugstore.
Love's Baby Soft. My older cousin wore Love's Baby Soft, and since she was in middle school and had guy friends, she was basically a demigod. Fickle thing that she was, she gave me her half-used bottle of Love's when she moved onto the more mature Debbie Gibson Electric Youth. With my castoff bottle of Baby Soft, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. When I sniff this stuff now, it takes me back. In a good way.
Wet 'n Wild Nail Polish. It came in more colors than I could count up to, and my mother was all too happy to apply it for me. At the swim club in my purple metallic and Barbie-car red mani and pedi, respectively, I was a freaking glamour queen. Make way, people. The stuff still holds up.
A crimper. Though no one makes those crimping plates that bestow hearts and stars into your hair (don't front-you know it, you loved it), crimping irons are still relevant. You know those ethereal, Pre-Raphaelite looks we see on the runways and in editorial spreads? Half the time, the stylist used a crimping iron to create the grooves, then brushed it through to make it all romantic and gauzy.
Vavoom Hair Spray. This towering can of hairspray was all I needed to keep my bun in place during many a dance recital. Meanwhile, the others girls' bobby pins were flying out of their sloppy buns. What their mothers were using, I don't know, but I'm sure it's off the market by now.
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