The other day I was thinking of the pretty tragic beauty mistakes people made back in the 00’s. I thought it might be a nice sentimental post to think of those things and say a little thank you that we learnt the error of our ways.
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse:
The Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse was the foundation that basically every girl in school wore. It was in a little pot and was the cakiest thing ever. None of the girls had learnt the art of choosing a foundation color that matched your skin so most of them walked around looking very cakey and orange. The ad would show a golf ball being covered in foundation and looking super smooth. However sadly you never looked like the new and improved golf ball after using this foundation.
Glitter, Glitter and Glitter:
Don't get me wrong. I do love a bit of glitter now and then especially at Christmas time, however in the early 00s it was all about applying as much glitter to yourself as humanely possible. My older sister would use roll on glitter all over my body. Then she’d use glitter hairspray and then usually add some to her face too. Glitter was the ultimate accessory. In fact, if you didn't go to the school disco without being covered in glitter, you would have been laughed out the door. It would take about two weeks for all the glitter to be washed away but oh so worth it.
Hair crimping was a pretty big thing back in the late 90s/early 00s and everyone had those Babyliss yellow and white crimpers that took about 3 hours to warm up. Because my sister had super long thick hair, it would take our mom about 6 years to crimp her hair. Needless to say, she realised pretty quickly that crimping was not for her.
Coloured Hair Extensions:
Whilst we're talking about hair, let's talk about another Babyliss hair tool that everyone was obsessed with. It was a color hair extension kit and the first day of any school holiday was spent with girl gluing in colored strands to their hair because it made them feel edgy AF. Gluing in plastic hair extensions was not a great thing for anyone’s hair, but thank god, no lasting damage was done.
I'm not sure who thought that gluing a fake diamond to your teeth was a good idea but people like my sister when she was 13 went wild for the idea. Another half term tradition was going to a beauty salon to get a very classy diamond glued to my second front tooth. People paid $5 and would literally feel the bees knees with one.
People used to be obsessed with blue eyeshadow. I think I once read that blue eyeshadow complimented brown eyes.
Johnson's Gradual Tan:
When fake tan was introduced, it was like this new invention that was so cool. Johnson's released a gradual tan called Holiday Skin and it was supposed to give you a gradual tan, however, instead it just made you orange. It smelled really bad and would usually go streaky.
Lots and Lots of Eyeliner:
During the Myspace days, it was all about eyeliner and the more the better. You wanted to line your whole eye, top and bottom and everyone would talk about Benefit Bad Gal eyeliner like it was the Holy Grail of eyeliners.
Kim Kardashian tried to bring this back a few weeks ago but, honestly, nail piercing should never be brought back. The idea of it just seems too painful.
Being Too Full On With Blusher:
I’m not sure why but many people spent their time wearing a lot of blusher. And I mean a lot. I have no idea where this trend came from. Maybe in a few years, we’ll wonder why we wore so much highlighter.
Why did people think using concealer as lipstick was a good idea? My sister used to use a Rimmel concealer called ‘Hide The Blemish’ and it was just horrific. She also used to use two Barry M shades: 101 and 103. The 103 was a very pale pink and it was just awful. A very honest friend of hers told her she looked like she had frostbite on my lips. She should have listened to her. Why did people want to hide their lips so much? It’s a trend that I am so glad has died.
So there we go. How funny are all of those things?
Thanks for reading!