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Remember Claire's Accessories, the place where the world and its mother went to get their ears pierced for the first time?

From glitter hair spray to patterned hairbands and colourful scrunchies, Claire's was the place to BE when you were roughly 13-years-old.

Unfortunately, the high street brand are in hot water over asbestos concerns in some of its products, specifically the 'JoJo Cosmetic Kit'.

There were highly concerning rumours about their products containing traces of asbestos in 2017, and the fears have now been confirmed by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

The presence of asbestos was identified in three of the brand's products after an investigation, and the JoJo Cosmetic Kit has now been pulled from stores..

Yes, the place where we all bought our first iteration of makeup (blue eyeshadow, anyone else? Sheer lip gloss?) has actual asbestos in a YouTube star's range of cosmetics.

JoJo Siwa is a Nickelodeon star and Youtuber who has collaborated with Claire's on numerous occasions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Defined by the British Lung Foundation as “a group of minerals made up of microscopic fibres,” asbestos has been shown to damage lungs and possibly cause cancer when breathed in.

Claire’s told Today Style that the palette has been recalled “out of an abundance of caution after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicated the possible presence of trace amount of asbestos fibres in the powder eyeshadow element of the kit.”

A Claire's spokesperson maintained that the company “stands behind the safety of this product and all other Claire’s cosmetic items as such small trace amounts are considered acceptable under European and Canadian cosmetic safety regulations.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They also pointed out that “Claire’s moved to talc-free cosmetic manufacturing,” in 2018 to “prevent any further concerns about talc contamination.”

Small particles of the contaminated eyeshadow in the JoJo Cosmetic Kit can become airborne when swept onto lids. Full refunds will be offered to anyone who bought the kit, at least.

The future of the brand is now being called into question, with rumours of sinking sales as high street stores struggle to keep up with major stores like H&M and Primark. The company filed for bankruptcy in March.

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With the sad news this week that classic shopping centre store Claire's Accessories may be in serious financial difficulty, we decided to reflect on happier times. 

Times when wearing fake Ugg boots with over-sized white plastic sunglasses and magnetic earrings was acceptable behaviour. 

Irish gals loved a bit of Claire's Accessories, we we've compiled a list of the best, most nostalgic items to come out of the 00s mega-store. 

 8. Long plastic beads

An outfit in the mid-00s was incomplete without a string of plastic beads clacking around your neck. 

Extra style points if you tied the end of the beads into a knot. Look out, Anna Wintour. 

7. Leggings with lace at the bottom 

We don't know about you, but we weren't allowed to leave the house without a pair of leggings under our skirts – and luckily, the capri legging with a lace hem was all the rage to rock under a denim skirt and oversized belt. 

You could get these in 2-packs at Claire's, and that's exactly what we spent our hard-earned pocket money on. 

The height of sophistication on 2007. 

6. Clip-on hair bows

Where my former scene and emo kids at? While the hair bow trend of the 00s may have begun with the scene kids, it made it's way through every stereotypical secondary clique imaginable, and Claire's was the place to get your three-pack of printed hair bows. 

Used almost exclusively for side swooping that serious side fringe you had going on, hair bows were the Junior Cert epitome of both cute, girl next door glamour and edgy, P!ATD themed angst. 

5. Sequin stretchy belts

These sequin belts went perfectly with our tiered mini skirts and UGG boots.

You could get one in every colour, green for Paddy's Day, sparkly pink for the midterm disco, and your choice of gold or red for Christmas mass. Gorge. 

4. Oversized bracelets

There seems to be a reoccurring theme here regarding the texture of everything we used to buy in Claire's. 

If it was bright, plastic and would clatter up and down our wrists as we walked, we we're having them. 

Made popular by the likes of Lindsay Lohan, we all had more than a few huge bangles we stacked up for the disco. 

3. Friendship necklaces

Were you EVEN besties if you didn't go around school with half a love heart necklace reading either 'Be Frie' or 'St Nds,' depending on how the heart was split? 

Claire's had them in every shape, size and shade imaginable, and there was something so satisfying about cementing a day spent browsing the shops with your bestie and your pocket money with a new friendship necklace. 

2. 'Fancy' jewellery

There was always one totem of bling in Claire's accessories that we looked upon with awe. Nothing on that rotating rack was made of bright pink plastic, oh no. This was rack where you got those twisty diamante clips for wedding-guest up-dos, or a sparkly birth stone necklace for your cousin's confirmation. 

It was out of bounds except for on the more sacred of occasions, and you found yourself coveting the sparkly drop earrings with reverence, before choosing to buy another pack of neon shoelaces instead. 

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1. Kanye West sunglasses

They were never a good idea. Point blank. Period. 

From breaking our necks to not being able to see out ogf them, to looking like pure and simple eejits, these were best left to the main man himself. 

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Accessories brand Claire’s has just got cooler with a little help from Katy Perry.

The Roar singer has given fans a sneak peek of her accessory range, the Katy Perry PRISM collection, which launches this spring.

The collection embodies all of Katy’s eclectic style, featuring chunky nameplate necklaces and rainbow-coloured charm bracelets galore.

The exclusive range will contain limited edition items, seasonal novelty pieces, collectables and product inspired by the lyrics and titles of Kerry’s greatest hits.

Katy has also shown off her flair for fierce fashion with leopard print cat ear sunglasses, tiger earrings and a lion-head ring to tie in with her Roar theme.

The pop star joins the likes of Millie Mackintosh, Union J and One Direction, who have all worked with the brand.

Speaking about the new collaboration, a spokesperson for Claire’s said, “Katy is an exceptional artist who inspires girls and women worldwide.  Her focus on expressing individuality and being true to oneself mirrors our brand mission.”

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