40 Things Only Late-’90s Teenage Girls Can Understand

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Always making sure you had your beeper codes perfected.

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Being super jealous of any of your friends who had a cell phone.

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Leaving body glitter on everything any time you wore it.


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Especially your bathroom floor and counters.

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Having Gap perfumes…

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…and Tommy Girl as your signature day scents.


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~Torturing~ yourself each week by tuning into Party of Five.


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It felt like EVERY WEEK something even worse would happen to Salinger family. Why could they never win?!

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Tuning into Daria and totally relating to her.

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Wearing Naturistics lip balm at school…

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…and Wet ‘n’ Wild lipstick for party time.

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Arguing with your friends over who was hotter: Pacey or Dawson.


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It was Pacey, obviously.

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Putting hair mascara…

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…or Glints in your hair if you wanted to give yourself subtle highlights.

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Or being super daring an using Sun-In to “highlight” your hair on the sly…and then having it only turn your hair orange.

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Being obsessed with this movie…


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…until this movie came out.

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Feeling dreamy and ethereal whenever you used Hard Candy “Sky” nail polish…

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…and feeling ~edgy~ whenever you used Urban Decay polish.

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Buying Revlon Street Wear makeup at the drug store ’cause they were a perfect dupe for Urban Decay.

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Always buying Teen Spirit, Caribbean Cool ’cause it was the best scent.

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Owning one too many necklaces made from a grain of rice with your name on it (which you probably ordered from the back of YM).

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Being excited to get the photos developed from your disposable camera, then ripping up and throwing away the photos you didn’t like of yourself.

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Having a CD Walkman as the ultimate accessory.

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Wanting Cher’s white Calvin Klein dress from Clueless for YEARS after the movie came out.

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Decorating the inside of your locker and the cover of your folders with these stickers:

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Owning a bunch of these weird rings:

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Hearing a rumor that there was one kid on at your school who had a copy of the Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson sex tape.

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Fearing the day that one the glow-in-the dark stars on your ceiling would fall on you while you were asleep.

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Saving your old YM and Seventeen magazines to make collages on your bedroom walls with them.


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Spraying yourself with Bath & Body Works sprays — which you kept in the fridge on hot days.

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Being obsessed with Buffy


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…and Rachel on Friends‘ hair and wardrobe (it was always so CHIC).


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Decorating your bedroom with ~oh-so-chic~ celestial patterns…

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…and rice paper lanterns.

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Feeling like Brandy and Claire Danes were the COOLEST teens alive.


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Thinking No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” was the deepest song ever written.

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Having your entire bathroom smell like Herbal Essences any time you used it in the shower.

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Getting excited whenever you came home and found the new dELiA*s catalog waiting for you.

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Having a Caboodle underneath your bathroom vanity to store everything from makeup and nail polishes, to hair clips and tweezers.

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Having a ton of butterfly hair clips (which hurt like hell if you stepped on them barefoot).

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And finally, spending way too much time crafting the perfect away message…in purple and Comic Sans font, of course.


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