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Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: In high school, I had an affinity for oversize Fila jackets and ChapStick. The former I abandoned around the same time pagers became obsolete (which was in the aughts, people), but the latter I still stash in each of my handbags to this day (at a buck a tube, that’s actually possible). I’ve slathered on other balms and salves and even a couple of masks, but my favorite will always be this affordable formula.
Buy It! $1; walmart.com
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Clean & Clear Acne Treatment, Smith's Rosebud Salve and M.A.C Eyeliner
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: I'm somewhat of a creature of habit with beauty products — if I find something that works, I stick with it. The acne gel is something I borrowed from my friend Claire at a sleepover in 10th grade, and when I woke up, my skin was zit-free. To this day, it remains my go-to!
And devotees of Smith's Rosebud Salve know that inside this tiny tin is way more than a lip balm — it's also a cuticle treatment, makeshift highlighter and my favorite, a brow gel.
I remember reading in high school that blue eyes should use brown or bronze eyeliner, and they recommended this MAC shade. I ran out and bought it immediately, and have been using the soft, subtly shimmery pencil ever since.
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Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture
Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director: No matter how many zillion-dollar moisturizers I test and love, I always come back to this lightweight, moisturizing lotion that I've been using since I was 16. The smell is pure nostalgia for me, but the coverage and hydration is just as good for me now as it was 15 years ago.
Buy It! Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture, $12.99; walgreens.com
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CoverGirl Mascara, Shadow & More
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: My beauty routine has changed dramatically since I was in high school, but a few key products constantly remain in my vanity. For whatever reason it was, I only used CoverGirl products until I reached college, and I still reach for these three today. In high school, I used the TruBlend loose powder in place of liquid foundation, but today I occasionally grab it to set my entire face. My eye look back then was simple too: a few swipes of this shimmering champagne shade on my lids, which I now incorporate into a warm-toned smoky eye. And to this day, I can never go wrong using the staple LashBlast mascara for big, voluminous lashes.
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Essence Lash & Brow Gel
Briana Draguca, Style & Beauty Intern: My brows were crazy thick back in high school and with a full day of classes and soccer practice after school, I only had time to visit my beloved eyebrow specialist maybe once every two months, if that. So to keep my brows from completley taking over, I turned to this brow gel mascara and it was an absolute lifesaver. This gel kept every single hair in place throughout the day so I could still embrace my bold full brows without looking unkept. It also prevented me from over-plucking my eyebrows by managing them in between threading visits, which I am super grateful for today.
Even though now I'm way more on top of visiting the salon for brow maintenance (I see my girl once every three weeks, how times have changed), this brow gel is still one of my must-have products. After filling in my brows and combing them through to get the right shape, just one swipe of this gel is perfect to keep them in place all day.
Buy It! Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara, $2.99, target.com
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Thayer's Witch Hazel Rose Petal Toner
Emily Kirkpatrick, Associate Style News Editor: Witch hazel toner is truly a godsend. It pretty much takes every ounce of self-control I have not to bathe in this stuff (even I know you can have too much of a good thing). This tried-and-true classic has succesfully seen my face from it's teenage days combatting endless acne flareups right up until now as I'm tackling my first sign of fine lines.
Buy It! Thayer's Witch Hazel Rose Petal Toner, $9.85; target.com
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Almay Oil-Free Makeup Remover Pads
Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: I've been using these makeup remover pads since I first started wearing makeup, and have been using them to this day. They remove every last stitch of mascara without a hassle, are oil-free, so they don't leave your eyes a greasy mess, and they don't burn even the slightest bit.
Buy It! Almay Oil Free Makeup Remover Pads, $4.99; target.com
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