Ah, the '00s. A truly glorious time when boy bands were still relevant, blow-up furniture topped your wish list, Limited Too was the holy grail of happiness, and every single girl in your class lived by the following wonderfully awful beauty trends. And you better get your comfy shoes on, because we're about to take a long, uncomfortable walk down memory lane.
Part crimped, part curled, part flat-ironed, and 100-percent the hair you dreamed of in middle school.
Thick sausage curls in need of a good finger-raking, topped with a layer of glitter hair spray? Your mom has this same photo of you currently sitting on her mantel.
Basically the same as you when you got your first blush compact from Claire's.
Let us have a moment of silence for the little crystals that twisted into your hair, but never actually stayed put.
This photo represents the first time you ever flat-ironed your non-layered hair, leaving you with a triangular, semi-poofy finish. Also, please note the hardcore powdered skin and lavender shadow.
Ah, the art of splitting tiny ponytails and rubber-banding them to other tiny ponytails, creating a woven hair web that was actual hell to take out.
Flipped out ends with a super-straight center part? Yup, we lived there.
Duff's (hardcore culturally appropriated) chopsticks defied gravity by staying in a perfect X shape that yours never would.
BEHOLD! THE OG (OC) BEACHY WAVES! The hairstyle that, even to this day, you still can't master!
Shimmery purple eyeshadow, overly-bronzed skin, shiny lips, and choppy, flipped-out layers? This was everything we ever wanted and more.
We mean, why *wouldn't* you wear a fake flower in your hair in October, and November, and December, and every single other day for the entirety of the early aughts?
Britney Spears wore high pigtails, so you wore high pigtails.
Chunky plastic headbands, stretchy mesh headbands, bandanas tied up like handbands—it didn't matter to 2005 you. As long as it was a headband, you were wearing it.
The tinier and pointier the pouf, the better. Bonus points if you tricked yours out with a ridiculously bright clip.
Perfectly swooped, clipped, and splayed out, Ashley's half-up hair was a thing of '00s dreams.
Since you couldn't live in the sun-soaked OC like you wanted, you had to settle for swirling heavy layers of orange-y copper bronzer across your cheeks and forehead.
Why use a lip liner that matches your lipstick—or, let's get real, lipgloss—when you can use one approximately five shades darker?
If you didn't mash black eyeliner across your upper lash line, your lower lash line, your water line, your inner water line, and any other piece of skin that might possibly peek out from your eyes, you were not an '00s kid.
Why have a soft cascade of layers when you could have two long, narrow strips of hair that hung straight in your face?
Ostensibly the first hairstyle you were able to do by yourself, the pigtails were almost never even, and almost always had a wonky part down the back.
These ultra-shiny lips have been brought to you by a dozen layers of sticky lip gloss that attracted pieces of hair like a magnet.
Unlike classic, itty-bitty butterfly clips, this mega clip was just a singular metal butterfly, with springy wings that jiggled as you walked. You had three.
You owned at least 30 of these snap-clip barrettes, and you wore them daily until the cloth covering came off, the paint chipped, and the metal scraped your scalp.
Spray-tanned, glittery skin, blue smoky eyes, flat-ironed bangs, and the waterfall bun. The only thing that could make this look more '00s is if there was also a spray-painted shirt and—oh.