This is a series of posts where I reflect on beauty, skincare, makeup, etc products that I used up in 2019. You can read my previous entries here – Empty Thoughts Part I, Empty Thoughts Part II, Empty Thoughts Part III, Empty Thoughts Part IV and Empty Thoughts Part V.
”My sister and I have a thing where whenever we finish a perfume or a beauty or skincare or hair care product or anything like that, we send each other a picture of it and say if we liked it or not. For some reason (probably because I wanted to write about it to be honest), I’ve saved most of the empties I’ve finished over the past year and a bit. And I think if I keep collecting them for any longer it could be considered a problem. In my head. For keeping empty packages for years on end. For no other reason than to maybe write about them in my diary one day. Yeah, that would be weird. Ahem.
Sooooo let’s just nip this in the bud and get my thoughts out there. (By the way, I tried to sort them into categories as much as I could but… Well, let’s see how it goes.)”
Nude by Nature, Perfecting Primer (15ml, £11)
I like Nude by Nature as a brand (as much as I know about them anyway) and this primer was no exception. It’s silicone-free, so it sinks into the skin and sort of works from within, rather than sitting on top of it. It left my skin soft and smooth, helping makeup to stay put. Everything you could want from a primer, really!
Rimmel, Brow This Way Brow Styling Gel with Argan Oil in 002 Medium Brown (5ml, £4.49)
I remember not being the biggest fan of this one. Firstly, I don’t think the colour matched my brows very well – it was too warm toned – but it was the closest I could get so never mind. Secondly, the brush was absolutely loaded with gel every time I used it, so I wasted a lot of product, having to clean it off before being able to use it (or end up looking like I’ve got two very large and angry caterpillars readying for a fight above my eyes). Thirdly, the brush itself was quite big, looking more like a mascara wand, so accuracy wasn’t really an option which meant the gel also ended up on the skin around my brows. It was cheap though, so I guess that’s something?
MUA, Pro-Base Fixing Mist (60ml)
They have changed this range now and I don’t think this version is any longer available, so I’ll keep this short.
This little guy had a great mister – the spray was quite fine, but thick… No, that makes no sense, let me try again. When I sprayed it, a lot of product came out, but in an even misty cloud, so I didn’t end up with big droplets of it randomly dotted about my face (until it started to run out, that is). And it did help my makeup stay put, so I’m definitely open to trying the new version of it (as well as the other additions to this range, there’s loads now). Plus, as an added bonus, they’re super affordable!
ModelLauncher, Brow Duo Pencil in Taupe (0.2g, $17)
I couldn’t find this in the UK, so I added the price off their website, in case you’re interested (or not from the UK, as I know some of you reading this actually aren’t).
As for the product itself, I liked it. The ‘Duo’ in the name refers to the colour pencil on one end and spoolie brush on the other – very handy! The colour suited me quite well and the formula of it wasn’t too soft, so it was fairly easy to get brow like strokes.
If there was one thing I’d change, it would be the shape of the actual pencil core. It was sort of tear drop shaped, so the cross-section of it would look somewhat triangular, whereas I’d prefer just a simple thin nib. I’m really not good at explaining this, but if you’re in the know, you’ll understand what I mean and if not, well, then you probably won’t care enough to try to make sense of it anyway.
Urban Decay, Chill Setting Spray (118ml, £26)
Last but definitely not least – the setting spray I used to set my wedding makeup.
Until this very moment I wasn’t sure what I thought of its supposed Temperature Control Technology which is supposed to cool your face and makeup, because honestly I didn’t really give it much thought. However, now that I am actively thinking about it, our wedding day was very hot and sunny, but I didn’t get red or sweaty at all.
I mean, I thought it was a very nice setting spray anyway, but now I’m thinking there may be some deeper magic to it which makes me want to buy another bottle and make it a staple in my makeup collection.
I know I didn’t use up a whole lot of makeup that year, which actually spurred me to join Team Project Pan in 2020 (I’ll explain another time), so this year has been a lot more productive in that area. More to come on this soon, I think. Once I’ve wrapped up 2019. Yikes, I really need to catch up!