Can You Name the Throwback Beauty Product?

By: Jane Andrews
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Sun-In This old-school hair lightening spray still exists today, though it faces more competition than it did in the '80s. Do you recognize it?
Aqua Net
Sun-In
Sun-in contains a mix of hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice that lightens hair when exposed to the sun. When it was first introduced more than 30 years ago, it was the only product of its kind. Today, numerous hair care brands have jumped on the lightening spray bandwagon, including John Frieda and Klorane.
Dippity-Do
Rave

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Noxzema Can you identify this classic cleansing cream?
Noxzema
The Noxzema formula was first introduced in the early 1900s and marketed as a remedy for sunburn. When the product proved useful for a variety of skin concerns, such as cleansing and eczema, it was rebranded as a "medicated skin cream."
CeraVe
Cetaphil
Liquid Neutrogena

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Caboodles Carrying Case You were definitely a child of the '90s if you kept all of your lip glosses, scrunchies and nail polishes in one of these colorful caddies. What was it called?
Magic Makeup Tote
The Ultimate Beauty Box
Caboodles Carrying Case
Featuring mirrors and removable swing-out trays, these portable, pastel-hued train cases were the ultimate beauty product organizers. They became so popular with early '90s tweens, Mattel even released a Caboodles Barbie that came with her own mini case.
Totally Tubular Makeup Case

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Aqua Net Can you name this brand of hair spray, which has been around since the 1950s?
Aqua Net
Aqua Net became extremely popular in the 1960s due to the enormous bouffant hairstyles that defined the decade. The brand had a resurgence of recognition in the 1980s thanks to the rise of heavy metal hair bands.
L'Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray
White Rain
Vo5

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Dep It was hard to resist the bright, bold packaging of this beloved hair gel and styling mousse. What brand made it?
Dep
When you wanted to create a gravity-defying hairstyle in the 1980s, you grabbed a can of Dep, which featured packaging so on-trend for the decade it also became a decoration for your dresser.
Dippity-Do
L.A. looks
Got2B

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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion What is the name of this iconic yellow moisturizer, which was first launched in 1968?
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
Lancome Nutrix Day Cream
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
According to Clinique, a bottle of this skin-quenching moisture lotion is sold every 4.87 seconds. In 2013, the formula was updated for the first time in 45 years to offer double the hydration benefits.
Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Cream

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The Mason Pearson Hairbrush Featuring a soft rubber pad designed to gently massage the scalp, this boar-bristle hairbrush has been around for more than 125 years. Can you name it?
The Christopher Robin Boar Bristle Detangling Hairbrush
The GHD Paddle Brush
The Conair UltraDetangler Paddle Brush
The Mason Pearson Hairbrush
The Mason Pearson's scalp-stimulating design has changed very little since it was first created in 1885. In addition to its patented rubber pad, the brush features a hole at the top to let air flow in, allowing the bristles to flex with the cushion for a soft, snag-free pull.

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Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque This potent green mask has been clearing skin and minimizing pores since 1930. What's it called?
Borghese Fango Active Mud Mask
Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
Founded by a beauty supply house salesman named Richard Estrin, the Queen Helene brand now makes more than 90 different beauty products, including body lotions, deodorants, hot oils and foot scrubs.
The Famous Pink Mask by Erno Laszlo
L'Oreal Paris Detox & Brighten Clay Mask

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Hard Candy Boasting bright, metallic shades in all colors of the rainbow, this was the "It" nail polish brand of the '90s.
Hard Candy
Before Hard Candy, it was nearly impossible to find nail polish in showy, vibrant colors like green, purple and silver. The best part? Each bottle came with a cute plastic ring in a matching shade.
OPI
Essie
Sally Hansen

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Love's Baby Soft What was the name of this popular '70s perfume?
Chanel No5
Love's Baby Soft
Launched in 1974, this flowery fragrance featured a number of memorable ad slogans over the years, including "Underneath it all, she's Baby Soft" and "Innocence is sexier than you think." Sold by Dana Fragrances, the scent is still available today.
Styx by Coty
Skin by Bonne Bell

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Crimping iron What kind of hair styling tool is this?
Curling iron
Crimping iron
Zig-zagged crimped hairstyles gained peak popularity in the mid-to-late 1980s. Surprisingly, the questionable style experienced a bit of a rebirth in the late 2010s, with supermodels and celebrities sporting toned-down versions of the style.
Hot rollers
Flat iron

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Bonne Bell Lip Smackers Can you name the line of lip balm that released this iconic Dr. Pepper flavor in 1975?
Bonne Bell Lip Smackers
Bonnie Bell introduced the world to flavored lip balms when it launched its Lip Smackers line 1973. In addition to its wildly popular soda-scent, other early flavors included Green Apple, Strawberry and Lemon.
The Body Shop Lip Balm
Kissing Koolers
Village Lip Lickers

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Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder Which of the following face powders has been setting makeup since 1935?
Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder.
Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder
Lightweight and fragrance-free, this popular translucent powder features the same vintage design that appeared on its original packaging. It's also a bonafide beauty steal, retailing for just $6 at most drugstores.
Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder

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Faberge Organics Do you know this old-school shampoo, which was formulated with a special blend of wheat germ oil and honey?
Faberge Organics
In the second season of the Netflix hit "Stranger Things," which takes place in the '80s, Steve Harrington reveals that the secret to his perfect hair is none other than Faberge Organics shampoo and conditioner.
Pert Plus
Finesse
Flex

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Dove Beauty Bar For more than 60 years, this cult-classic skin cleanser has boasted a formula that contains one-quarter moisturizing cream. Do you know it?
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
Ivory Heritage Bar Soap
Dove Beauty Bar
According to the brand, 60 Dove Beauty Bars are sold every second. Its signature unscented formula has remained the same since the iconic white cleanser was first introduced in 1957.
Caress Daily Silk Beauty Bar

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M·A·C Lipglass Do you recognize these high-shine lip glosses, which were all the range in the '90s?
Clinique Pop Splash Lip Gloss
Almay Goddess Gloss
CoverGirl Colorlicious Lip Gloss
M·A·C Lipglass
M·A·C's lacquered Lipglass glosses, which are still bestsellers to this day, give lips a shiny, reflective finish. Designed to be worn on its own or over lipstick or lip pencil, the Clear shade was a '90s favorite.

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Carmex This medicated lip balm was first sold in 1937. What's it called?
Vaseline
Carmex
Originally intended as a cold sore remedy, creator Alfred Woebling formulated Carmex in his kitchen and began selling it to pharmacies one by one. Its recognizable yellow-capped jar was its sole packaging design until the 1980s, when a squeezable tube was finally introduced.
Burt's Bees
Aquaphor

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Sea Breeze What's the name of this old-school astringent?
Kiehl's Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion
Sea Breeze
With slogans like "Clean is a feeling" and "No other clean feels quite like this," Sea Breeze's potent, skin-tingling formula was a major selling point for the brand in the 1980s Today, a gentler version for sensitive skin is sold alongside the original formula.
Thayers Rose Petal Toner
T.N. Dickinson's Witch Hazel Astringent

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Debbie Gibson Which late '80s pop sensation created this celebrity perfume?
Debbie Gibson
Released in tandem with her second album of the same name in 1989, Debbie Gibson's Electric Youth perfume was a floral-, citrus- and fruit-infused scent that also featured notes of amber and wood. It was manufactured by Revlon.
Tiffany
Taylor Dayne
Madonna

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Oxy 10 This spot cream was one of the most popular zit zappers of the late '80s and early '90s.
Phisoderm
Clean & Clear
Zapzyt
Oxy 10
Before Proactiv reigned supreme, teens were encouraged to "Oxy-cute" their pimples with Oxy 10, a maximum-strength acne cream formulated with 10% benzoyl peroxide. It's still available today.

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St. Ives Apricot Scrub Can you name this exfoliating scrub that was in everyone's bathroom in the '90s?
Clinique Exfoliating Scrub
La Roche-Posay Ultra-Fine Scrub
SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub
St. Ives Apricot Scrub
Apricot fruit extract and walnut shell powder are the secret ingredients that give this cult-classic scrub its superior exfoliating abilities. In 2017, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Unilever (owner of the St. Ives brand) claiming that the walnut shell powder creates tears in the skin. The suit was tossed out of court in December of 2018.

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow This iconic lipstick shade, which is still sold in drugstores today, is more than 65 years old. Which brand makes it, and what is the shade called?
Covergirl Continuous Color Lipstick in Classic Red
L'Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in Ravishing Red
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Are Your Red-dy?
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow
Cherries in the Snow was added to Revlon's lipstick lineup in the early 1950s. The classic red color was first promoted in a now-iconic print ad featuring model Dorian Leigh, who is considered to be one of the world's first supermodels.

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Jessica Simpson Do you remember the celebrity who launched this line of edible cosmetics in 2004?
Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson Dessert Beauty included lip gloss, hair and body mist, whipped body cream, body shimmer and bubble bath. In 2005, the pop star released a follow-up line, Dessert Treats, which was marketed to a younger audience.
Britney Spears
Christina Aguilera
Avril Lavigne

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Pond's Cold Cream What's this time-tested makeup remover called?
Pond's Cold Cream
Originally formulated in 1846 by pharmacist Theron T. Pond as a healing balm for burns and cuts, Pond's Cold Cream became a skin care standard in the 1920s, when it was promoted alongside the brand's popular wrinkle-reducing Vanishing Cream.
Nivea Creme
Yardley London Moisturizing Bath Bar
Kiehl's Musk Essence Oil

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Lee Press-On Nails What was the name of this quick-fix solution for nail biters?
Revlon Tips
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails
Lee Press-On Nails
Long, lacquered nails were a big '80s trend, so it makes sense that these easy-to-apply, no-glue-needed fake nails were everywhere in the '80s. They came in both Natural and Glamour-Length, and were applied to the nail with a special adhesive strip.
Kiss Nail Kit

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Clairol Benders Hair Curlers Do you remember the name of these colorful hair curlers?
Clairol Benders Hair Curlers
Many an '80s "It" girl turned to these bendable hot rollers to get soft, bouncy curls in a jiff. It was a great alternative to getting a perm — plus, the pastel-hued curlers came with a cute, heat-up case that made them totally portable.
Fromm Twist-Flex Rods
Bendy Rollers
Conair Foam Rollers

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Finesse An unknown Sharon Stone starred in commercials for this fragrant shampoo and conditioner. What was it called?
Finesse
Anyone who watched TV in the '80s knows that it was hard to get this brand's catchy commercial jingle out of your head. "Sometimes you need a little Finesse. Sometimes you need a lot!"
Flex
Prell
Pantene

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Prell Along with Head & Shoulders, this was the country's bestselling shampoo in 1977.
Pantene
Prell
Instantly recognizable by its emerald green hue, Prell was first introduced in 1947. Because of its harsh, clarifying formula, it was often used to strip unwanted hair color. It's still available today in a number of different formulas.
Jhirmack
Dimension

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Chanel No5 What's the name of this iconic perfume?
Shalimar
Soir de Paris
Chanel No5
Chanel No5 was the brilliant brainchild of legendary French fashion designer Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. Introduced in 1921, it was the first fragrance to be created by a fashion house.
Chantilly

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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream What's this beloved multitasking skin cream called?
Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
Elizabeth Arden opened her first spa and salon in New York City in 1910, and was successfully selling her products internationally just a few years later. This wildly popular cream was released in 1930.
Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream
Burt's Bees Skin Nourishment Hydrating Gel Cream

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Salon Selectives If you wanted to feel "like you just stepped out of a salon" in the '80s and 90s, this is the line of at-home hair care products you turned to.
Wella Balsam
Perma Soft
Salon Selectives
Launched in 1987, the Salon Selectives line of shampoos, conditioners and hair styling products had a distinctive apple scent. All of the products were labeled by type so you could mix and match products based on your styling preferences.
Studio Line by L’Oréal

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Butterfly clips Do you remember these tiny hair clips, which no late '90s or early '00s hair style was complete without?
Butterfly clips
Sported by tons of stylish young celebs, including Gwen Stefani, Melissa Joan Hart and a preteen Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, these colorful little hair clips were everywhere 20 years ago.
Banana clips
Bobby pins
Snap clips

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Conair Impressions Hair Crimper With this crazy styler, you could literally imprint shapes onto your hair. What was it called?
Topsy Tail
The Bump-It
Conair Wild Thing Blow Dryer
Conair Impressions Hair Crimper
Featuring interchangeable metal plates with star, heart and zig-zag shapes, this one-of-a-kind crimper by Conair promised you'd leave a major "impression" on your friends — and probably fry your hair in the process.

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Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey What's the name of this berry-tinted lipstick shade that achieved cult status during the 1990s?
Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
Still available today, this slim, balmy lipstick is universally flattering and easy to apply. Its sheer, blackish-berry shade achieved peak popularity in the '90s, when deep brown lip colors were all the rage.
MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice
Bobbi Brown Lipstick In Brown

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Calyx Crisp, citrusy and sweet, this popular '80s and '90s fragrance was relaunched by Clinique in 2013.
Poison
Anais Anais
Calyx
Caylx was first released in 1986 and distributed by the brand Prescriptive. Clinique's revived version of the scent features the same bottle and packaging as the original, as well as an almost identical citrus-and-floral scent.
Beautiful

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Herbal Essences Can you guess the name of this oh-so-fragrant shampoo, which promised to get your hair "very, very excited"?
Pantene
Herbal Essences
Launched by Clairol in 1971, the nature-inspired smell of this shampoo was one of its main selling points. Touted as being blended from the essences of 16 herbs and wildflowers, the fragrance was unlike any other shampoo scent at the time.
Head & Shoulders
Garnier

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Banana clip A mainstay hair styler of the '80s, what was this curved clip called?
Banana clip
It's no wonder banana clips were popular in the '80s — they kept hair out of your face while giving your mane a full, voluminous look. They were also available in every color under the sun.
Butterfly clip
Flip clip
Alligator clip

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Teen Spirit Do you remember the name of this '90s deodorant, which was available in sweet scents such as Berry Blossom, Baby Powder Soft and California Breeze?
Secret
Teen Spirit
Introduced in 1991 as a deodorant and antiperspirant for teens, Teen Spirit was an instant bestseller thanks to big advertising bucks and the release of Nirvana's hit song of the same name. It's still available today, however, it's available in just two scents, Sweet Strawberry and Pink Crush.
Ban
Crystal

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CK One Launched in 1994, this designer perfume was the first unisex scent to become a bestseller in the U.S.
CK One
Featuring a young Kate Moss, the classic black-and-white ad campaign for CK One was just as much of a phenomenon as the perfume itself. To this day, it's still a top-selling scent, thanks in large part to its universal appeal.
Calvin Klein Obsession
Tommy Hilfiger Freedom
Ralph Ralph Lauren

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Lancome Juicy Tubes Do you remember the name of these thick, fruity-scented lip glosses?
Rolly Lip Smackers
Smackers Lip Sparkle
Maybelline Kissing Koolers
Lancome Juicy Tubes
Launched in 2000, Juicy Tubes achieved cult status in the noughties, when it was hard to find a makeup bag that didn't contain one of these high-shine glosses. They're still sold today, along with a newer iteration called Lancome Juicy Shakers.

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