14 Totally Rad Beauty Products That Every 80s Girl Swore By

The 80s was a time of gravity-defying hair, flashy clothes, bold makeup and funky gadgets. While a lot of products from that era continue to exist today, there were many that faded into obscurity.

There were as many cool products as there was wacky, but things wouldn’t have been the same had they not existed.

Here are 14 cool, wacky, and totally rad beauty products that every girl who grew up in the 80s owned:

1. Press-on Nails

Between time spent working out to jazzercise videos and styling your hair, there wasn’t enough left to sit through a manicure session. Plus, some people had short nails and others were just too young for acrylics. These are just a few reasons why press-on nails were all the rage. Sure, these ready-to-wear nails didn’t always stick well and sometimes it was a struggle to make them fit our thumbs, but when they did, they looked awesome. The best part was being able to instantly customize your nails to match your outfit. Oh, and they were available in «active length» style.

2. Lip Smacker Necklace

The youth of the 80s took their lip care very seriously which is why Bonne Bell hit the jackpot when they introduced Lip Smackers. The only thing better than a Lip Smacker was giant Lip Smacker on a lanyard hanging around your neck so you’re never caught without one. The lip gloss was especially addictive because it came in many different outrageous flavors like Dr. Pepper, Sour Grapes, Bubble Gum and even Tootsie Roll.

3. Electric Youth Perfume

A musician’s career is apparently incomplete if they don’t release their own fragrance. 80s teen queen Debbie Gibson teamed up with Revlon and launched a perfume named after her single and album, «Electric Youth.» The blend of citrus and fruity oils made the scent a hit among tween and teen girls.

4. Salon Selectives

If you wanted your hair to look «like you just stepped out of a salon,» then Salon Selectives shampoo and conditioner was created for you. Each set was labeled with a number to match your hair type. Fancy stuff.

5. Noxzema

Young people have never been safe from acne. Back in the 80s, Noxzema, the original deep cleaning cream, was all you needed in your medicine cabinet to keep breakouts at bay.

6. Rave Hairspray

No list about 80s beauty products would be complete if it didn’t include hairspray. But not just any hairspray, we’re talking Rave. The spray worked wonders anytime you wanted a big ol’ do and kept the hair in place even after a night at the roller disco.

7. Fazz

For a lot of tweens in the 80s, Fazz was their first makeup. Although it was sold at the toy store, it was jewelry and makeup in one. The eye shadows, blushes and lip glosses were contained in pastel-colored pieces that could also be worn as clips, necklaces, bracelets, and even a bolo tie.

8. Sea Breeze Toner

Remember when the commercials tried to convince us that «beautiful skin can be a breeze with Sea Breeze?» We fell for it too because it tingled when you applied the toner on your face, which means it must be working, right?

9. Epilady

The hair removal device may be palm-sized, but its coils ripped your hair off like a torture device. After all, they do they say that there is no beauty without pain.

10. Malibu Musk

You didn’t have to live in or visit Malibu to be a beach babe. All you had to do was mist yourself with a little (more like a lot) Malibu Musk aerosol spray to feel like you’re under the California sun.

11. Mood lipstick

Whenever you weren’t applying Lip Smackers, there’s a good chance that you had mood lipstick on. The «magic» lip tint came in a shocking green color, but as soon as you put it on your lips, it turned pink. The lipstick didn’t really change colors based on how you were feeling, but depending on how active you got, the lip shade turned slightly darker. Still, mood lipsticks made us feel better every time we used them.

12. Banana Clips

Whenever you wanted a gravity-defying ponytail, the popular neon-colored banana clip was the go-to accessory.

13. Obsession by Calvin Klein

If Electric Youth wasn’t mature enough for you, then Obsession by Calvin Klein was most likely on your vanity. The fragrance is still around, but it isn’t nearly as popular as it was back in the day. I mean, The Golden Girls talked about it because they couldn’t make sense of the ridiculous commercials.

Let’s refresh your memory:

14. Clairol Benders

Big and curly was the choice of hairstyle for many in the 80s. Lots of people rocked perms, jheri curls and crimped hair, but for those who didn’t like the idea of using chemicals on their hair, Clairol Benders heated flexible shapers was just what they needed. The heat-up pink and blue rods didn’t exactly give you perfect curls or waves, but if you wanted the perm look, they did the job well.

15 enormous hairdos from the 1960’s

People have always been dedicated to their appearance, and perhaps nothing exemplifies that better than 1960’s hairstyles. Whether it was called the “beehive,” the “bouffant,” or just the “oh my god what the hell is that?”, fashionable hairdos of the time had one thing in common: they were gigantic, often larger than the woman’s actual head.

We have Jackie Kennedy to thank for popularizing big hair in the United States–her bouffant was similar to big ‘do’s common in Swingin’ 60’s London, (a.k.a. the Era of Austin Powers.) Following the First Lady’s example, women around the country headed to the salon and asked for hair that reached for the heavens. Or, sometimes, they would style their hair themselves. Often it would take an entire day’s work!

That’s dedication.

Here are 15 gigantic hairdos from the 1960’s. Looking at them, I have so many questions. Were they comfortable? How long did it take to get like that? Are ANY of these wigs? I mean, some would HAVE to be.

1. She had enough left over for a mullet.

2. If she becomes a Buckingham Palace Guard, she won’t need to buy the hat.


3. That can’t be aerodynamic.

4. The “Horseshoe”

5. It’s nice to know that wherever you are, you have a pillow.

6. The “Wave” (as demonstrated by a young Dolly Parton!)

7. The “Marie Antoinette”

8. “Sorry, kiddo. Didn’t have time to make you a birthday cake. You know why.”

9. She was elected prom queen because of her ability to hide 60 flasks in her hair.

10. In another month her face will disappear completely.

11. She didn’t get what she wanted for Christmas. (A neck brace.)

12. Ready for a night of dancing and ducking through doorways.

13. With enough lacquer, these two can play football without a helmet.

14. The “Limbo Game Ruiner”

15. And finally, we have proof aliens exist.


8 habits that make you age faster than you should

“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” ? George Bernard Shaw

There are things that we do in our day-to-day lives that can make us age beyond our years. As we get older, we want to make sure that we’re doing things in our lives to keep us as healthy as possible, rather than adding years onto our bodies.

There are habits that we do every day that can age us faster. Being able to recognize these habits will make it easier to quit them, so that we can keep our bodies and minds young, and make sure that we’re not aging ourselves. Science has proven that avoiding these specific habits will keep you young.

“What can we do to slow the aging process? Because physical aging can be accelerated by environmental factors such as lack of physical activity, regular exercise can offset physical aging and improve quality of life,” says Dr. Sandra Hunter, associate professor of exercise science.

Blood pressure is something that, while we’re young, we don’t think too hard about. It can mean that when it really starts to matters, we’ve already gone long enough not watching our blood pressure that things can get hairy.

According to Hello Heart, “It turns out the early stages of hypertension (those you experience in your 20s, 30s and 40s) and high blood pressure, have a very real impact on how old you look. Even though you aren’t getting heart attack-like symptoms, you are aging faster than you should, and those around you can tell.”

Therefore, if you let your blood pressure go unchecked, high blood pressure can even take years off your life, including causing the risk of heart disease, stroke or even heart failure.

Science has long proven that people who were overweight and who managed to lose some of that weight and keep it off were able to improve their life span. Not watching your weight can make you age faster. When studied, patients who lost at least 2.2 lbs increased their lifespan by 2 months. Maintaining a healthy weight can increase your lifespan, as well as stop you from aging faster.

Most people know the health risks of smoking, including skin, lung and throat cancer. But smoking can also make you age much faster than your body should be aging. Even after you’ve quit smoking, it’s hard to turn the effects back around that can cause problems years down the line after you’ve quit.

According to WebMD, “Maybe there is no fountain of youth, but there is a surefire way to make yourself look older. Smoking changes the skin, teeth, and hair in ways that can add years to your looks. It also affects everything from your fertility to the strength of your heart, lungs, and bones.”

It’s best to never start smoking to begin with, but even if you’ve already begun, quitting is much better than keeping on smoking. It’s one of the most dangerous and biggest things that age you faster.

Instead of taking chances, and living your life the way that you want to, some people tend to take the easy path. When you don’t live your life to the fullest, and your life isn’t something that makes you happy and fulfilled, it means that you’re much more likely to die sooner, and age faster. People who live in a state that is overwhelmingly positive have reported feeling healthier and happier, and living longer lives.

If you consider yourself a lazy person, or someone who just doesn’t like to exercise, this could be a habit that’s really shortening your life and making you age way faster than you should be. Science has already proven the benefits of physical activity – even low level physical activity like taking a walk every day.

According to this study, Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky, MD, PhD stated that “a person can slow the speed at which they age by exercising regularly.” You don’t have to become a weightlifter, but for a longer, healthier life, starting up some exercise is just the thing.

Much like blood pressure, cholesterol is something that a lot of people don’t pay attention to when they’re young. If you have a habit of just letting yourself go without keeping an eye on your cholesterol levels, you may be making yourself age faster – even if your twenties and thirties. Making sure you’re getting enough good cholesterol and lowering your bad cholesterol is a great way to stay healthy and stop yourself from aging faster than you need to be.

Stressed out? Anxious? Upset? Feeling lots of negative emotions? Do you just let yourself wallow in those feelings without trying to work through them? Are you the type of person to let yourself get overwhelmed by your negativity? This is a habit that is definitely making you age faster.

According to this study, “… meditation mitigates stress-related cognitions and propagation of negative emotions and negative stress arousal, a longstanding practice of mindfulness or other forms of meditation may indeed decelerate cellular aging.”

Getting into meditation and peaceful mindfulness will help reduce your anxiety and stress, while making sure your negative emotions aren’t taking years off your life.

Education, and especially university and beyond, can be inaccessible for a lot of people. But, if you’re capable to going, it’s important to get as high of an education that you can. Studies have shown that education has an impact on your life in so many different ways, and all of them work together to improve your health, help you live longer, and keep you young.

Final thoughts

No one wants to age faster than they need to! Keeping young is more than just about buying moisturizing cream and wearing the right kind of makeup. Staying young also includes taking care your body, from your physical body to your mind and spirit. Turn these habits around to keep yourself from aging faster, and to stay living a long, healthy life.


5 secrets to waking up early (even if you aren’t a morning person)

You know that feeling when your alarm goes off, and you dread getting up, wishing you could hit the snooze button for the rest of the day? If you wake up groggy and feel like you’re walking in molasses for the first few hours of your day, it can put you in a funk that’s hard to get out of. Here are five secrets to waking up early.

Have a bedtime train
The key to waking up early is … going to bed early. It’s not rocket science, and yet this can be so hard to put into practice. Whether you stay up late, binge-watching a show on Netflix or doing work on your computer, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you continually turn off the lights light past 10 p.m. Every hour of sleep you get before midnight replenishes your body significantly more. Treat your bedtime like a train that leaves the station at a set time, and you can’t afford to miss it!


Train your mind for deep sleep
If you’re lying in bed at night, with your mind racing – thinking of all the things you have to get done the next day (or all the things you didn’t get done that day) – it’s hard to relax and fall asleep. Instead, train your brain to relax at night for a continuous sleep. Using guided meditations or even hypnosis to access deep relaxation can be tremendously beneficial. Here’s a deep sleep meditation that you can use to fall asleep or to get back into a deeply relaxed state if you wake up in the middle of the night.

No screens before bed
There are various neurochemicals in your brain and body that determine the quality of your sleep, the most important of which is melatonin. Reducing screen time before bed is one of the best ways to start relaxing your mind and body. Your iPad, computer, television and any other screen emit high levels of blue light rays. This blue light suppresses your pineal gland, thereby lowering the production of melatonin. Turn off ALL screens at least one hour before bedtime to optimize your sleep.

Get your gear
A key factor in how human sleep is regulated is exposure to light or to darkness. Your body will get to sleep faster and wake up feeling more rested if you keep your room dark at night. If blackout curtains aren’t an option, get yourself a sleep mask to improve the quality of your sleep and enhance melatonin production. Ear plugs can also support you in having a more restful sleep.

Combat adrenal fatigue
Cortisol, the main stress hormone, plays an incredibly important role when it comes to waking up early and getting enough rest. Your cortisol should be at its highest in the morning when you first wake up and gradually decrease throughout the day until it reaches its lowest levels late at night when you go to bed. If you’re slow to wake up and often groggy in the morning or have a hard time winding down at night, you may want to get your cortisol levels and adrenal glands tested by a naturopath. A cortisol or adrenal imbalance is often the culprit, and once you get these levels back to normal, your sleep patterns can change dramatically.


10 unlikely uses for vicks vaporub that will solve your biggest problems

There’s not a home in America that doesn’t have a bottle or two of Vicks VapoRub in their medicine cabinet.

The topical ointment is great for all your aches and pains, but the cooling cream has so many other uses that could save you a lot of time and money. I mean A LOT.

1. Trains Pets
If you’re not willing to spend hundreds of dollars to potty train your pets, leave some VapoRub in places that they relieve themselves most often. Vets say dogs and cats hate the smell of the ointment, so the smell of Vicks will remind them that what they did was wrong.

Vicks will also prevent your cat from scratching up all your beloved furniture. Leave the ointment on any piece of furniture that they like to scratch on, before it gets completely destroyed.

2. Foot Care

Vicks VapoRub is extremely moisturizing, which means it can make your cracked heels look as good as new. Before you go to bed, rub some of the ointment on your heels. In the morning, wash your feet with cold water and scrub away dead skin, and then moisturize.

The cream is also great to cure toenail fungus. Apply the ointment on the affected nail every night, and then wear an old, but clean, sock. In the morning, wash your feet and clip off the infected nail.

3. Fades Stretch Marks And Wrinkles
If you massage this ointment for a few minutes onto your stretch marks or wrinkles at least once a day, you’ll notice that these unwanted lines will disappear within a couple weeks.

4. Heals Bruises
Gently massage VapoRub with a little bit of salt on your bruised skin for a few minutes. You’ll notice that the cream will reduce the swelling, and in a short time the bruise will disappear.

5. Removes Acne
Before you sleep, put a small amount of Vicks on your pimples or acne. In the morning, wash your face, and repeat for the next couple days until the problem is solved.

6. Eases Earaches
Put a small amount of VapoRub on a cotton ball and place it in your ear for a few hours. The antiseptic properties will not only reduce the pain, but will help fight your possible ear infection.

7. Repels Insects

Insects hate the strong smell of VapoRub, so apply a thin layer of the ointment on various parts of your body that’s exposed. This saved me a ton of money when I went to the Caribbean!

If you’ve already been bitten, VapoRub will soothe the itch and the antiseptic properties will reduce your risk of getting an infection.

8. Makes You Cry
No one wants to cry, but sometimes it’s a good idea. One time I really needed my tear ducts to get to work because I got one grain of sand in my eye, and I didn’t want to rub my eye any further because there was a possibility I could scratch my cornea.

Instead I put a little bit of VapoRub under my eyes and let that grain of sand trickle out with my tears.

9. Heals Cuts Faster
Just like how Vicks can heal bruises, the menthol ingredient in the ointment will also relieve the pain from your cut and help heal wounds faster.

10. Gets Rid Of Fat
Imagine getting rid of belly or upper arm fat with an over-the-counter ointment! It’s actually possible!

Vicks VapoRub combined with camphor, baking soda, and a bit of alcohol creates a fat burning cream will that save you time and money.

Have you ever tried any of these unlikely ways to use Vicks VapoRub? What do you think?


Stunning 6-years-old girl is being referred to as the ‘most beautiful girl in the world’

Anastasia Knyazeva is only six years old and she is already gaining attention for her unique and stunning looks. In fact, the Russian girl is being described as the new “most beautiful girl in the world.”

Her mum, Anna, runs her Instagram account where she would often upload amazing pictures of her little girl. She was only four years old when she started becoming a social media sensation. Today, the blue-eyed beauty has over 662,000 followers.

She is not just an Instagram model. Little Anastasia has already taken part in several advertising campaigns for major Russian brands like Chobi Kids.

With each new picture of her uploaded on Instagram, comments from awestruck fans follow it. Her piercing blue eyes and doll-like features continue to leave people staring in wonder.

Last year, Anastacia was the face of Little Miss Aoki, a line from luxury couture fashion house Mischka Aoki. There are those who predict that she would, one day, become even more famous than another Russian model, Irina Shayk.

Anastacia seems to be following the footstep of another model, 16-year-old Thylane Blondeau who went viral at the age of six after people dubbed her the most beautiful girl in the world. Her impressive looks actually led her to be the youngest model to be featured in French Vogue.

At the moment, Anastacia is being represented by President Kids Management where she continues to explore and promote a modelling career.

Not everyone was impressed with how much attention the young girl has been getting. A lot of people expressed their worries that Anastacia is being exposed to the world way too young and this may have adverse effects on her future, like this one:

Anna, are not you afraid for the consequences? She’s a child. I think you can not advertise your children because the world is very cruel. And money will not help.

So far, Anna has not responded to the comment and those like it. Clearly, the mum is not worried that showcasing her baby’s beauty to the world can be a bad thing.


These 30 examples show how skillful makeup worked some amazing magic on these women

Makeup is a part of every woman’s life. Its use varies depending on the person, from simple touch-ups for the office setting to something a little more glamorous for a dinner cocktail. But one thing is for certain, makeup is meant to downplay any blemishes while highlighting a woman’s best attributes.

While all this may sound superficial, we cannot escape the fact that we are very visual creatures. Looking beautiful increases self-confidence and one’s sense of well-being and it’s a simple fact of life.

In short, makeup is a transformation tool and it’s not just used for beauty, either. Hollywood special effects artists are highly sought after because of their skill in makeup (it’s not all CGI, after all).

But as in any field, there are practitioners and there are maestros. And a young Russian woman named Goar Avetisyan can be grouped in the latter category. At 23 years old, she is already a very skilled makeup artist with nearly 5 million Instagram followers.

In the following before and after photos, you could almost believe that sorcery was involved. And the nice thing is that in these examples, she did them in order to uplift these women and help boost their self-confidence.

Even if these transformations are temporary, there is no denying the positive effect that looking good can give.

1. This woman never experienced what it was like to have makeup, even for her wedding, but now this mother of two can feel fabulous

2. Jamilya, who hails from Dagistan, suffered severe burns when she was 25. Goar paid for her tickets so that Jamilya could experience a little glamour

3. Chemotherapy has left its mark, but this woman and her husband could hardly believe these results

4. Two skin-transplant operations to remove a birthmark left their own scars on Lily. Goar had a little something to say about that

5. Kate’s skin is very sensitive. She has a lot of moles and even a big scar, but this transformation made her almost unrecognizable

6. After an unexpected meeting, Goar thought she could make this woman’s day by giving her something she’ll never forget

7. Fifteen eye operations were not enough to prevent Goar from giving Vlada an amazing transformation

8. Ann has been struggling with alopecia but this transformation only adds to her motivation to fight it

9. Stage 4 cancer is hard to deal with but this transformation is just the jolt of positivity that Jekaterina needed

10. While visiting Tashkent, Goar did transformations in her hotel room to prove that “every woman is a Hollywood star”

11. Svetlana was a lucky subscriber who responded to one of Goar’s videos. The post-chemotherapy transformation is amazing

12. Even acne is no obstacle to transforming her looks into one fit for a beauty queen

13. “Cut crease” is a complicated makeup technique that was perfectly applied to this one

14. This transformation is just what Marina needed to boost her self-confidence as she battles with breast cancer

15. Goar’s mom also benefits from transformations. This is for the last day of school of her son Albert

16. Naira feels more confident after experiencing Goar’s expert touch

17. Goar’s grandmother got her first transformation in 9 years. The smile shows that it was a good choice

18. Goar’s everyday makeup transformations are still works of art

19. After 3 years of waiting, Sania finally had her dream transformation come true

20. Goar also teaches her students on the mechanics of the perfect makeup

21. Working on oily skin is just another day for Goar

22. Goar’s lovely mother is lucky to have a daughter like her

23. Goar’s makeup skills border on the magical

24. It’s all about highlighting a woman’s strongest facial features

25. Time seems to move back when Goar gets to work

26. Irina barely recognized herself. Her wrinkles were barely visible after the transformation

27. Every makeup tells a different story, one that reflects the character of the client

28. This is another beautiful transformation of Goar’s mother

29. Goar has done transformations as far away as Tanzania

30. These transformations bring out the hidden beauty of these women