As a “tweenager,” the glossy pictures of Seventeen magazine, movies like “She’s All That” and clothing catalogues like Alloy and Delias were my guides to what as cool in 1999. Well, that and whatever my older sister said was cool. If you’re around my age, you would possibly remember these trends fondly, like me, or reminisce on them in horror, like me also. Here may be a list to seem back and cringe upon.
Bonne bell’s Lip Smackers were essential for any preteen. My favorites were the jumbo-sized versions with glitter specks. Glitter aside, the most important point for these balms were the crazy flavors. We’re talking Kool Aid, Dr. Pepper, Starburst, spun sugar and even birthstone inspired flavors. For those folks who were too young to wear lipstick, Lip Smackers were our go-to beauty tool that stayed with us wherever we went.
Glow-in-the-Dark Nail Polish
I wish so badly that I could remember the precise brand I first used as a child. the thought of playing Bloody Mary during a dark bathroom with luminescent hands appeared like almost the good thing within the world. Enchanting as this polish was, it had a horrible chalky texture that felt awful when it rubbed against anything.
Glitter gel for eyes
With the millennium approaching, all tween girls looked to the longer term and imagined what dazzling opportunities awaited us within the year 2000. In preparation, we wore celebratory glitter. Glitter remains popular, goodbye as it’s worn in extreme moderation, but the sort I, then many others, wont to wear was anything but user-friendly. The gel would separate the glitter pieces in order that you ended up with tons of goop and no sparkles. The gel would take hours to dry and sadly you never seemed like the pop stars you aspired to be.
Butterfly Hair Clips
If there was one hair accessory you owned in 1999 besides elastics, it was butterfly hair clips. They came in all different colors and were essentially mini decorative claw clips. They were mainly great at sectioning off tiny pieces of your hair, as awful as that sounds, but what’s worse is that most people wore them alongside mini buns. This particular look was cute and playful on a child but let’s not pretend we never saw full-grown women sporting this look too.
Plastic Tattoo Chokers
Wearing these drove me nuts. As soon as I would put one on, I was itching to get out of it. It didn’t matter that these looked nothing like tattoos, they were a HUGE trend. These might have been more popular than puka shells necklaces, multi-colored rubber bracelets, and toe rings. Though these might have been the quintessential jewelry of choice for tweens of the late ’90s, my favorites were BFF bracelets and mood rings.