Friday, December 12, 2014

The Beauty History Mystery Tag

Michelle tagged me to do this tag (initially done by Elle Fowler and Fleur) and it's so amusingly appropriate because this lovely girl and her blog are what inspired me to start blogging in the first place. The premise for this tag is taking a trip down beauty memory lane- picking about 5 products that evoke the feeling of beginnings in beauty. It's a fun one to do because digging up the old craze products always brings a little nostalgia with it. The hard part was narrowing down which products to include.

MAC, MAC, MAC. As a brand, MAC takes the cake for most-nostalgic and a couple of products that I own are the Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle and the cremesheen lipstick in Shy Girl, but there are SO many that I don't own that were all the rage a couple of years back like Myth, Angel and Hue lipsticks and Blushbaby blush and the acrylic paint-like Studio Fix liquid foundation and limited edition collections. The MSFs, especially those from limited edition releases, were and have always been wildly popular. Soft and Gentle is a gorgeous peachy highlighter that I'm always forgetting to use on regular days, but I do like busting it out on special occasions when makeup cake-up is more acceptable. Before Youtubers like the darling Vivianna and Zoella found lipsticks like MAC Patisserie and Rimmel Kate Moss 107, they wore nudes like Shy Girl and Myth, and their persuasions stuck with me until I got myself to a duty-free counter to purchase Shy Girl and disappointingly it's too pale for me to wear on a daily basis, but when occasion calls and it's makeup cake-up time, Shy Girl is the perfect complement for bronze or taupe smokey eyes and flawlessly concealed, radiant skin.

I totally agree with Fleur and Michelle: the Sleek i-Divine palette in Storm edges out the Urban Decay Naked palettes for a throwback. I kid you not, every single time I am reminded of how awesome the colour selection is and I think to myself 'why don't I use this more often?!' and when I whip it out I stick my fingers in them to grab me a swatch and find that the shadows are a tiny bit too dusty for my liking, the mattes too chalky. Nevertheless, it's the best beginner's palette I've come across yet and it certainly brings back memories.

Dare I say this is the BB Cream that started it all? I first watched Jen from frmheadtotoe mention Skin79 BB Cream and I used up a can of the Super+ Triple Functions Gold before ordering both the pink and gold online, filled with conviction. I haven't touched it in a year or so because I've moved on to mineral powder bases. This grey-toned adjusts-to-your-skin-tone BB Cream is a product that encapsulates throwback for me. 

Bourjois Delice de Poudre 'Chocolate' Bronzer
I remember ordering this off ASOS because I didn't even own a bronzer at the time. It was all the rage for 'smelling like chocolate' and to answer your question: no, it does not smell like chocolate. I was so excited to get my hands on a Bourjois product because I had heard so many mentions of the brand from Youtubers. It's a really nice bronzer and I still use it sometimes, but I've got a couple more in my stash now so I'm not using it as much as I used to. Bourjois recently rereleased a highlighter-bronzer duo in the same packaging, as well as a shimmery pale version of the bronzer.

This Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait was the first beauty product I ever ever bought for myself and I had my friend order it from eBay for me because they hadn't come to Australia yet and Jen from frmheadtotoe's video made me want it so badly. I got my sister hooked onto it too and I loved it incessantly for a year but now I find it too glittery. I bought about five more of these in 2012, most of them in unnaturally unwearable shades of cool-toned pink.

The Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze was so well-loved in 2012 and it was one of my eye makeup staples until I stopped wearing eye makeup regularly sometime in the past year. Mine has dried out a little bit despite storing it upside down like you're supposed to do with cream eyeshadows so if I want to wear it again I might have to buy a new one but I remember it was all the rage when they got released and whenever they release new additions to the line I am keen as a bean to read the Temptalia reviews because they are a genuinely awesome product. The shades are gorgeous and they don't budge on the lids despite oil and sweat. The texture is lovely and easy to blend and the price point is great too.

Rounding up products that summarised memory lane may have seemed a bit anticlimactic because I only got into makeup and beauty in 2011-2012. If you've gotten this far, consider yourself tagged! I think Mich tagged quite a few people so I won't tag anybody specifically. If this tag evoked anything in you and if any products come to mind, I highly encourage you to do the tag whether it's on a blog, Youtube video or Instagram because it's so fun!


  1. Oh wow, the mems in this post! Totally Peach Parfait for me, it was so hyped up but then when I got it, I only wore it a few times before realising it was so damn glittery. My like of the Skin79 BB cream comes in waves. Sometimes I wear it day after day, and others I decide it's just way too grey for me. I think it's all about what products I put on top!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  2. Do this tag!!! So much beauty memory lane feels. I wanted to include more lip products and blushes but I didn't want to ramble for too long.

  3. This is such a nice tag and it makes me feel so nostalgic! :D Even though I didn't start out with MAC, it's lipsticks will always be a fave!! Rimmel was my earliest brand! :) xx

    Nice blog girl! :) <3

  4. MAC wasn't the first brand I got into, but it was one that I heard so much about in the beginning! I couldn't afford it at the time so truthfully I started out with Essence, which is the cheapiest of cheap brands. No shame!
    Thank you so much! I had a look at your blog and it's great too! xx

  5. Your Storm palette looks so presentable, the hinge of mine has broken and it's all so grimy and grubby looking. Jen from From Head to Toe definitely had me all hooked on the Revlon Lip Butters before they came out in Australia ... I was so enthusiastic about them :p Peach Parfait is pretty but I wish they just got rid of the chunky glitter in it. I don't wear Shy Girl all that much and now vastly prefer Patisserie for an everyday, barely there lip.

  6. That's unusual- I hadn't heard anybody say they didn't like it! Jen talked them up so well- it's easy to like them!

  7. Thanks for doing the tag! I just got back from my trip yesterday so hadn't seen this post until now. :)

    Oh, how we both loved Peach Parfait. I have a little nub of mine left and I really want to use it up (it'll be the first lip product bar lip balms that I would have finished up) but I have such little enthusiasm for it nowadays given how glittery it is. How times have changed!

  8. Hope you had a lovely trip! That ramen photo made me melt a little bit inside. :)
    YES how times have changed! I can look back at this and see how my tastes have evolved and how my purchases are so much more thoughtful now! It all comes with growing up I guess!