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Aaliyah’s Favorite Beauty Products that you can still buy today

Aaliyah's Favorite Beauty Products that you can still buy today

Hello lovelies, today we will be discussing Aaliyah’s favourite beauty products that you can still buy today. I found an old Y.M. magazine article online from 1998 interviewing Aaliyah and discussing her favourite beauty products. 

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16, 1979, and passed away on August 25, 2001). She was an American singer, actress, dancer, and model. Aaliyah has been credited for helping to redefine contemporary R&B, pop and hip hop, earning her the nicknames the “Princess of R&B” and “Queen of Urban Pop.”

She was born in Brooklyn and raised in Detroit; she first gained recognition at 10 when she appeared on Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. She signed with Jive Records at the age of 12 and her uncle Barry Hankerson’s Blackground Records. She was introduced to R.Kelly through Hankerson. R.Kelly became her mentor as well as lead songwriter and producer for her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. This album sold three million copies in the United States and became double platinum. Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive Records and signed with Atlantic records after facing allegations of an illegal marriage with R.Kelly. 

For her second album, One in a Million, she worked with record producers Timbaland, Missy Elliott. This album sold three mullion copies in the United States and more than eight million globally. Aaliyah appeared in her first film, Romeo Must Die, in the year 2000 and contributed to the soundtrack of the film. The film spawned the hit single “Try Again,” The song topped the Billboard 100 solely on airplay, making her the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this goal. Her second film was Queen of the Damned and was released in 2001. 

On August 25, 2001, at 6:50 p.m., Aaliyah and the members of the record company boarded a twin-engine Cessna 402 light aircraft at the Marsh Harbour Airport in Abaco Islands, the Bahamas, to travel to the Opa-Locka Airport in Florida after they completed filming the music video for “Rock the Boat.” They had a flight scheduled the following day. Still, with filming finishing early, Aaliyah and her entourage were eager to return to the U.S. and decided to leave immediately. The designated airplane was smaller than the Cessna 404 on which they had initially arrived, but the whole party and all of the equipment were accommodated on board. The plane crashed and caught fire shortly after takeoff, about 200 feet (60 m) from the end of the runway.

Aaliyah and the eight others on board—pilot Luis Morales III, hair stylist Eric Forman, Anthony Dodd, security guard Scott Gallin, family friend Keith Wallace, makeup stylist Christopher Maldonado, and Blackground Records employees Douglas Kratz and Gina Smith—were all killed.

The passengers had grown impatient because the Cessna was supposed to arrive at 4:30 p.m. EDT but not until 6:15 p.m. EDT. Charter pilot Lewis Key claimed to have overheard passengers arguing with the pilot, Luis Morales III, before takeoff, adding that Morales warned them that there was too much weight for a “safe flight”. Key further stated: “He tried to convince them the plane was overloaded, but they insisted they had chartered the plane and they had to be in Miami Saturday night.” Key indicated that Morales gave in to the passengers and had trouble starting one of the engines.

According to findings from an inquest conducted by the coroner’s office in the Bahamas, Aaliyah suffered from “severe burns and a blow to the head”, in addition to severe shock and a weak heart. The coroner theorized that she went into such a state of shock that even if she had survived the crash, her recovery would have been nearly impossible given the severity of her injuries. The bodies were taken to the morgue at Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, where they were kept for relatives to help identify them. Some of the bodies were badly burned in the crash.

As the subsequent investigation determined, the aircraft was overloaded by 700 pounds (320 kg) when it attempted to take off and carried one more passenger than it was certified for. The National Transportation Safety Board reported that “the airplane was seen lifting off the runway, and then nose down, impacting in a marsh on the south side of the departure end of runway 27.” It indicated that the pilot was not approved to fly the plane. Morales falsely obtained his F.A.A. license by showing hundreds of hours never flown. He may also have falsified how many hours he had flown to get a job with his employer, Blackhawk International Airways. Additionally, toxicology tests performed on Morales revealed traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system.

In the decades since her death, Aaliyah’s music has continued to achieve commercial success, aided by several posthumous releases, and she has sold an estimated 24 to 32 million albums worldwide. Her accolades include three American Music Awards and two MTV VMAs, along with five Grammy Award nominations. Billboard lists her as the tenth most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years and the 27th most successful in history.

Source: Y.M. Special Big Fitness and Beauty Issue (April 1998)


  • Every night, Aaliyah cleanses with Noxzema Skin Cream and follows up with Sea Breeze Astringent. 
  • Since 1914, it has been sold in a small cobalt blue jar. Noxzema contains camphor, menthol, phenol and eucalyptus, among other ingredients. Originally developed as a sunburn remedy, it is frequently used as a facial cleanser and makeup remover. It can also be used for soothing chapped, sunburned, or otherwise irritated skin. Since the introduction of Noxzema, the brand name has appeared on shaving cream, razors, and skin-cleansing cloths.
  • Originally launched in 1906 as an antiseptic for use on minor cuts and scratches, Sea Breeze was purchased by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1979 and re-launched as a face cleansing astringent. Idelle Labs purchased the brand in 2003.
  • To ditch dryness, she uses Origins Eye Doctor under her eyes and the company’s Night-A-Mins lotion on her face. “It’s great because it has lavender and other soothing herbs in it; it actually helps me to sleep” – Aaliyah 
  • Origins Nit-A-Mins

Origins is a cosmetics brand from the U.S., founded in 1990 by Leonard Lauder, son of Estée Lauder. It is one of the original brands of The Estée Lauder Companies.

High-Potency Night-a-Mins™ Resurfacing Cream with Fruit-Derived AHAs

A two-in-one, overnight moisturizer and peel with fruit-derived A.H.A.s that puts dullness to rest for glowing skin that looks smoothed and renewed.

Eye Doctor

What It Is:

Just what the “Doctor” ordered—a twice-daily eye cream to help crinkly, fine dry lines around eyes virtually disappear.

What It Does:

Formulated with Cucumber, Rosemary & Ginseng, this cream for eye

  • Her Zip-Zapper – Spot Remover from Origins.


  • When she’s just hanging out, Aaliyah does a the lipliner-and-gloss thing. Right now she’s digging M.A.C Chestnut Lip Pencil and Kiehl’s Blackberry Gloss. 
  • Before she hits the town, though, she’ll work it a little more with some M.A.C. makeup, She pats on C6 Loose Powder and lines her eyes with Ebony Pencil.
  • She’s also into Espresso and Biscuit eyeshadows. For a pretty pout, she goes for a matte Chelsea or Cerish Lipsticks. “I’m not big on blush, but sometimes I’ll use a little bit in a lighter color just to give my face some contour” – Aaliyah 


  • Her look of the moment? Super short and dark. “I love all those deep red-black and wine colors, you know like Vamp, I also rock black and dark navy” – Aaliyah 


  • “I made the best discovery–baby fragrance, it sounds weird but they actually make perfume for babies. It’s great because it’s light and delicate but totally lasts all day” – Aaliyah 
  • Right now she’s into Jacadi L’Eau des Petits which she gets at Jacadi, a children’s clothing store. For a sexier scent, Aaliyah reaches for Gap Om. 

L’Eau des Petits is a perfume by Jacadi for women and men and was released in 1987. The production was apparently discontinued.

Source: Y.M. Special Big Fitness and Beauty Issue (April, 1998)


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