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    25 Teen-Approved Products They Say Are Actually Cool

    We asked and they told us.

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    We asked teens of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what products they think are actually cool to buy — from clothing to tech to cosmetics to specific stores/brands, here's what these teens approve of!

    1. Nike Air Force 1s take the prize in the shoe department — these popular sneakers have actually been around since 1982 and come in a variety of styles and colors. Plus, they're super comfy!


    "Absolutely Air Force 1s. Almost everyone at my school has them, and they're really nice and comfortable." —sister_livi

    Also submitted by: chocobunny5, pandaa99, lindizzy, elyseb4cc84e370, lilyfroeser, dhaverfield82

    Get them from Nike: the men's shoes (left) for $90 (available in two colors, and sizes 6—17), and the women's shoes (right) for $89.97 (available in three colors, and sizes 5—12). And be sure to check out out all of Nike's Air Force 1 options.

    2. Glossier makes products that have a cult-following with both adults AND teens. The most popular being their Balm Dotcom and Boy Brow.


    "I think I am the biggest Glossier addict. I have almost every product, with the exception of the more expensive ones like the perfume or the oils. Every time I get money, it goes directly to Glossier!" —chloemcrowley

    Also submitted by: livelovebre, hylandcameron, hotcheetodust

    Get them from Glossier: the Balm Dotcom (left) for $12 (available in eight flavors), or the Lash Slick mascara (right) for $16. And don't forget to check out all of the other wonderful products Glossier has to offer.

    3. Apple AirPods, while pricy, are definitely worth it — at least according to the teens. They're especially good for walking to class, and their long battery life makes them a good investment.

    "I know, so overused, but I can hide them behind my ears in class and walk around with one in my ear and still hear what people want to say to me. And they have a long battery life!" —weirduncle

    Also submitted by: sophia29, 1234c4321, hotcheetodust

    Get them from Amazon for $144.

    4. Oversized sweaters and tees, which can of course be found at a number of retailers, but Urban Outfitters is a go-to store for many teens, and they also happen to carry a nice selection of oversized tops!

    Urban Outfitters

    Submitted by: killjoyyoungbloodclique, graceamdbenny0508, cdaske, elyseb4cc84e370, redlover8989, margotthruelsen

    Get them from Urban Outfitters: the oversized sweater (left) for $69 (available in three colors, and sizes XS—XL), and the oversized Billie Eilish T-shirt dress (right) for $49 (available in o/s). Be sure to browse all of Urban Outfitters' amazing oversized pieces. You can also find some oversized tops on Amazon, Forever 21, Asos, and Brandy Melville — just to name a few.

    5. Environmentally-friendly products like reusable metal straws, silicone straws, and produce bags. The teens are really into making greener choices, and honestly, we should thank them.


    "All the stuff that’s actually helping the environment like metal straws and reusable produce bags. They should be a staple in every household." —jensdeh

    Get them from Amazon: the pack of eight metal straws for $5.99 (available in four colors, and two sizes), the pack of 10 silicone straws for $8.95, or the pack of 15 produce bags for $9.99.

    6. Fjällräven Kånken backpacks are loved for their durability, comfort, and all the colors they come in. Plus, they hold a ton of things, so they're good for more than just bringing to school!

    Facebook: kankenbackpack

    "They have the most comfy straps, come in so many different colors, fit a ton of stuff, and last forever. I have three of them and I use one every single day!" —irelynceleste

    Also submitted by: margotthruelsen

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95 (available in various colors).

    7. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay provides a thorough, deep-cleaning facial to help get rid of the yucky stuff hiding deep in the pores., Amazon

    "It has pretty much saved my skin. As someone with rosacea and acne, it brings down redness and makes my pimples and zits smaller after the first use. Plus, if you mix it with apple cider vinegar, you kinda feel like a chemist while you're doing it." —kysermeredith

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    8. Dr. Martens combat boots are a trendy choice in the footwear department. Not to mention, they're great for getting you through rough winter conditions, and they'll last a while!


    "They’re such a great brand of boot to buy and have last forever. They’re especially great if you live in a place with harsh winters." —cshannon

    Also submitted by: carlycoppolino

    Get them from DSW for $124.99+ (available in two styles, and sizes 5–11) or Amazon for $146.95 (available in sizes 4–12).

    9. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is one of a few beauty brands the teens truly swear by. They're known for carrying a wide variety of shades well-suited for various skin tones!

    @fentybeauty / Via, @fentybeauty / Via

    "It’s one of those brands that isn’t just a celebrity makeup brand with mediocre products, like everything is so good. I personally love the gloss bomb lipstick." —tjrid06

    Get it from Sephora: the Pro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation (left) for $35 (available in 50 shades), and the Brow MVP Ultra Fine Brow Pencil & Styler (right) for $20 (available in 14 shades). And don't forget to check out all of the amazing Fenty Beauty products at Sephora!

    10. Blue light blocking glasses are becoming significantly more popular since it's 2019 and quite frankly, we ALL spend way too much time staring at screens. These can help reduce painful eye strain and headaches tied to too much glare exposure.

    "It feels like everyone has a pair, so I ordered a pair too." —teahdeeks

    Promising review: "I work in front of a screen all day and had recently been getting headaches due to blue light exposure. You can clearly see the change of color when you put these on, and they've made a world of difference for me. And you can't beat the price! Highly recommend!!" —kwatson

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 12 colors).

    11. Mom jeans win in the category of jean cut/style. Multiple teens told us they love the throwback style that's becoming popular again. They also love jeans from American Eagle, which happens to carry a fabulous selection of mom jeans.

    American Eagle

    Submitted by: graceamdbenny0508, emmaw4cf679184, cdaske, elyseb4cc84e370, figlorious, killjoyyoungbloodclique, hc1234, camxyz123

    Get them from American Eagle: the ripped mom jeans (left) for $44.96 (available in four washes, and sizes 00 short—24 long), and the stretch mom jeans (right) for $37.46 (available in three washes, and sizes 14 regular —24 long). Check out the rest of the mom jeans American Eagle has to offer. If you're looking for more stores with some cute mom jean options, check out Amazon, Urban Outfitters, and Forever 21 — just to name a few.

    12. Aromatherapy diffusers provide a great way to relax and de-stress, because being a teenager is tough work., Target

    Check out our recommendations of the best humidifiers and diffusers you can buy online!

    "My roommate and I use ours all the time. Got a headache? Throw in some peppermint. Feeling low on creativity? Throw in that citrus. Wanna go to sleep? Add some lavender. And ours lights up, so it’s like a mini disco party in our room.

    Essential oils aren’t just for mom to clean with! They actually work!" —eisuneek

    Get the diffuser on the left from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in three finishes, read our write-up of this diffuser!), or the diffuser on the right from Target for $13.99 (read our write-up of this diffuser!)

    13. Eyeliner stamps can help achieve the perfect cat eye-look, without having to spend forever getting it right and not smudging it up.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Read a BuzzFeeder's experience with this fabulous winged eyeliner stamp (#3).

    "Eyeliner stamps save me SOO much time in the morning before school!" —allisonistired

    Promising review: "I just want to make my morning routine as easy as possible. I love winged liner, but I don’t have the steady hand for it without mistakes. This makes the perfect and consistent wing every time. Love it!." —Julie B

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97.

    14. Barrettes and scrunchies are their go-to hair accessories. Scrunchies aren't just for putting up your hair! Some people just pop one on their wrist as a bracelet., Amazon,

    "They might be a little outdated, but they add a cute touch to any basic outfit! I don’t even tie my hair, I just wear a scrunchie on my wrist for the look." —goawfkween

    Get them from Amazon: the pack of 100 colorful barrettes for $6.99, the pack of 20 geometric barrettes for $9.99, and the pack of 45 colorful scrunchies for $8.99.

    15. LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream is a solid choice for those in the market for a moisturizer that's gentle on sensitive skin. It helps alleviate dry skin and can also help with hormonal acne.


    "I live for this moisturizer!! My skin used to breakout really horribly with hormonal acne, plus I have super dry skin, both of which have been corrected by this product!" —ollierose

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    16. Reusable water bottles like a Hydro Flask or a Nalgene. Hydro Flasks are especially big lately as they're connected to the whole "VSCO-girl" trend and keep drinks cold for a long time, but Nalgenes are a little more affordable.,

    "They’re totally worth the hype. As expensive as they are, they’re worth it. I’m a camp counselor, so just about all summer is spent in the heat without A/C. I got mine for $45, and it held ice for five days in 90 degree heat. Totally worth all the 'VSCO-girl' mocking." —ghoffman

    "Hydro Flasks are one of the only brand-specific parts of a 'VSCO-girl' aesthetic that are actually popular. Everyone has one covered in stickers — it’s the best way to express yourself! If you don’t have one, then you have a Nalgene water bottle."


    Get them from Amazon: the Hydro Flask (left) for $29.95+ (available in 16 colors, and six sizes), and the Nalgene (right) for $9+ (available in various colors, and sizes). And if you're looking for a place to buy cool stickers to decorate your water bottles, laptops, notebooks, etc., Redbubble has an amazing collection of all sorts of stickers!

    17. Colourpop offers reasonably-priced, but high-quality cosmetics, most notably some great dupes for more expensive brands. One in particular is their liquid lipstick which is strikingly similar to the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits.


    "They have a lot of good-quality dupes." —ambish1210

    Get them from Colourpop: the Whatever eyeshadow palette (left) for $18, and the Creeper ultra matte lip for $7. Be sure to check out all of the incredible products Colourpop has to offer!

    18. Fanny packs may have once been a laughing stock of an accessory, but now they're both trendy and useful. These are so handy to have when it comes to going to concerts/music festivals and traveling!



    Get them from Amazon: the holographic fanny pack (left) for $13.99 (available in 14 colors), and the snakeskin fanny pack (right) for $13.99+ (available in six styles). And be sure to check out plenty more fanny packs on Amazon!

    19. Cassette tapes — the teens made it clear that vintage-y items are making a comeback and they're COOL. I mean, no, cassette tapes aren't replacing Spotify anytime soon, but it's all about the ~vibe.~

    Urban Outfitters


    Get them from Urban Outfitters: the NFR! cassette (left) for $16.98, and the Lover cassette (right) for $19.98.

    And if you're looking for a cassette player, you can opt to get a highly-rated one from Amazon for $22.99, or a cool, clear cassette player from Urban Outfitters for $38.

    20. Puka shell necklaces aren't new, but according to the teens, they're trendy right now, and thankfully, they're reasonably-priced.


    Submitted by: mayarae1603, chloeprig

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two colors).

    21. Elf Cosmetics boasts some of the cheapest prices, without skimping on quality. It's pretty amazing when you can save your money for important things, like ya know, college, and not blow it all on beauty products!

    @elfcosmetics / Via, @elfcosmetics / Via

    "It's so cheap, and it's vegan." —punkcat108

    Get the from Elf Cosmetics: the Lip Exfoliator (left) for $3+ (available in five flavors), and the Jelly Highlighter for $6 (available in three colors). Be sure to check out all of the incredible products that Elf Cosmetics has to offer!

    22. Lululemon leggings and shorts have been popular for quite some time now, and showing no signs of slowing down. They're comfortable, they're cute, and they're high-quality! Athleisure is very much still "in."


    "10000%. It’s a big deal if you have them." —campbells4dbe23c87

    Also submitted by: 1234c4321

    Get them from Lululemon: the leggings (left) for $128 (available in three colors, and sizes 2—12), and the shorts (right) for $58 (available in three colors, and sizes 0—14). Be sure to check out all of the amazing leggings, shorts, and activewear Lululemon has to offer!

    23. Love Beauty and Planet makes amazing skin and hair products that are infused with organic and sustainable ingredients and come packaged in bottles that are made of 100% recycled materials. Again, the teens are into sustainability, and it's truly incredible to watch.

    @lovebeautyandplanet / Via, @lovebeautyandplanet / Via

    "Organic/natural products with a good message are really popular right now. For instance, Love Beauty and Planet products are amazing and vegan. All of their bottles are made of recycled materials and they smell so GOOD." —emwren

    Get them from Love Beauty and Planet: the Sulfate-Free Sea Salt & Bergamot Shampoo (left) for $6.94, the Sea Salt & Bergamot Conditioner (left) for $6.94, and the Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Bar Soap (right) for $4.99. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful products that Love Beauty and Planet have to offer!

    24. Bath & Body Works candles, because for starters, who doesn't love a good candle? Second, who doesn't love a delicious Bath & Body Works scent? Third, when you combine the two, how can you not love a Bath & Body Works candle? Teens — you are onto something.

    Bath & Body Works

    "I am obsessed with them. I can never have enough — my mom thinks it's funny I know the names of all the candles." —hopestyles

    Get them from Bath & Body Works: the vanilla birch candle (left — white birch, Madagascar vanilla, warm sandalwood, essential oils) for $24.50, and the sweater weather candle (right — fresh sage, juniper berry, aromatic eucalyptus, fresh woods, essential oils) for $24.50. And check out the rest of the yummy candles Bath & Body Works has to offer!

    25. Thrive Causemetics sells quality products at affordable prices, but most importantly, donates a portion of proceeds to important causes like helping domestic abuse survivors, cancer survivors, animals, women in the workplace, homeless women, and more.

    @thrivecausemetics / Via, @thrivecausemetics / Via

    "Their products are high-quality, affordable, and part of the proceeds go to people in need! We love helping others!!" —andreahcolantonio

    Get them from Thrive Causemetics: the Glossy Lip Hydrating Serum (left) for $26 (available in eight colors), and the Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner (right) for $22 (available in seven colors). And be sure to check out all of the other fabulous products Thrive Causemetics has to offer!

    Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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