Two Vintage Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

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When the Twinkie left us for good, I wasn’t in any way saddened to see it go.  It did, however, give me pause to think of the things that have been around for awhile that I maybe take for granted.

So, I’m not a person who primps…

Not by a long shot.

But every lady has some semblance of a beauty regimen, and mine includes a couple of vintage products that are still kickin’ it on the shelves of my local big box store:

1. Barbasol shaving cream.  Ok, it’s a men’s shaving cream that says “beard buster” on the canister.  But it’s foamy, and smells good (i.e. you don’t step out of the tub with old man musk smell on your legs), and Barabasol is much more effective than those silly pink gels that are marketed specifically to woman.

2. Aquanet.  My secret weapon.  There has never been, nor will there ever be, an equal competitor.  I’d like to think that in most things I’m environmentally conscious.  I bring reusable bags to the grocery store.  I don’t use plastic silverware.  I bring a travel coffee mug with me, and even when I don’t I have a reusable sleeve for my cup of Starbucks.  I have composting worms in my kitchen, for crying out loud.

But one thing I simply refuse to bend on is aerosol hair spray.  It’s not an every day occurrence, just special occasions and anything dance-related.  Sometimes you just need that extra hold, and a little extra volume.  That’s something you can’t get from a spritzer that spits out globs of heavy, sticky goo on to your perfectly placed up do.  It’s got to be Aquanet… there is no comparison.

What are your non-negotiable beauty products?

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Lauren Warnecke is a freelance writer and editor, focused on dance and cultural criticism in Chicago and across the Midwest. Lauren is the dance critic for the Chicago Tribune, editor of See Chicago Dance, and founder/editor of Art Intercepts, with bylines in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Media publications, among others. Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren is an instructor of dance and exercise science at Loyola University Chicago.

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