Take a walk down Memory Lane with us…
There have been so many exciting, revolutionary and innovative beauty product launches and trends emerging over the past 20 years, it’s positively dizzying. From the rise of highlighting and contouring techniques, to the global popularity of multi-step skincare inspired by K-beauty, to the launch of Rihanna’s industry-disrupting foundation line, we are absolutely blessed with an abundance of options in haircare, skincare and makeup for everyone.
And although it’s tempting to look back at yesteryear and wonder what we ever did without our Glossier Lash Slick, the early 2000s actually did birth many of the beauty products that we still love today. Remember Juicy Tubes?? Still iconic. And who would forsake a classic OPI polish shade like “Barefoot in Barcelona” or “Russian Navy?” Not us, that’s for darn sure.
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The new year (and, TBH, binge-watching Felicity on Crave) has us reminiscing about the products that defined our Y2K beauty looks, and turns out there are quite a few that we still use and love today. Here, the FLARE team rummages through our beauty cabinets to bring you eight classic products from the 2000s that we will never stop loving. Alexa, play “Don’t Cha” by The Pussycat Dolls.
Our favourite beauty products from the past 20 years
Classic beauty products from the 2000s
Biolage HydraSource Shampoo, $22, and Conditioner, $24, chatters.com
I first used this shampoo and conditioner when I was around 16 or 17—a total splurge that I bought for myself from the local mall’s beauty supply store during my lunch break from my part-time retail job. I’d cart it back and forth to the bathroom like I was living in a dorm so that no one else in my family could get a mere drop of it. But after I moved out—and lived in a real dorm—I stuck to cheaper drugstore brands since most of my money was being saved up to buy my dream pair of super low-rise jeans from Guess, and so Biolage kind of fell off my radar. That is, until a decade later when I randomly started using it again when I lived in the UK. I couldn’t tell if it was the softer water in Edinburgh or the shampoo, but my hair has never been as good as it was that fateful year. (Of course, I didn’t recognize it at the time to be able to appreciate every second and selfie it from every angle….)
Years later, I started covering beauty releases as part of my job in magazines and was blessed with endless samples of everything from mass to prestige haircare, so I used whatever landed on my desk. But last year—about another decade since I’d last used it—I decided to see if I could recreate that glorious great-hair year of 2009–2010 now that COVID lockdowns have had the silver-lining effect of forcing me to grow out my typically shoulder-length hair. Well, I’m beyond thrilled to report that the water had nothing to do with it. Wherever in the world you’re sudsing up, this shampoo and conditioner set will leave your hair silky, frizz-free and so much easier to style. Now, even when I inevitably get lured by fancy new products, these bottles will always take up permanent real estate on my shower ledge. —Charlotte Herrold, editor-in-chief