Thursday, August 16, 2012

Before The Blog: Reviews Done Caveman Style

Get a group of bloggers together in person or online and it's inevitable that the question pops up on how each person started their blog. My husband encouraged me for about two years to begin writing. I had spent a lot of time on websites talking makeup with people and comparing colors and writing reviews for other websites...eventually his persistance paid off and I decided to give it a go.

But let me show you what I did before that. I'm going to call this "Blogging, Caveman Style" because before it went online, my comparisons were like this.

Mac Lipsticks Caveman Blogging

I spent hours and hours swatching lipsticks both at home and at makeup counters to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between colors and formulas. I used watercolor paper because it absorbs oils without smearing and holds moisture in the paper, so a lipstick will dry true to color. Best swatching paper you can buy.

Notice the 90's dominance of brown lipstick.

Mac Lipsticks Caveman Blogging

I just recently came across my swatching book and had oodles of fun looking thru it. There were great memories in there. This book starts in the late 90's and when I see how many items I had then....oh, let's just not go there!!

Caveman Blogging Mac Lipsticks

Mac Lipstick swatches

I have several Mac face charts from makeovers I had at the Nordstrom counter. So much fun!! Such a great time in my life.

MacFaceChart

In all my analyzing, I found that way back in the day, before they were collectibles, Mac postcards were excellent for swatches. They had a paper that absorbed the oils and let the products dry true. Throughout time, the paper changed and led to swatches that had to be taped over so as not to smear, but the original postcards were swatching genius!!!

Mac Lipstick Swatches

Mac Lipstick Swatches

Somewhere along the way, the Pro stores started carrying these little swatching papers that were also pretty fabu. They sent me some one time along with some that had pigment swatches. It was before you could purchase online so there weren't swatches to view. I put the papers right to use to with eyeshadows and blushes.

Mac eyeshadow swatches

Mac blush swatches

Let me tell you what I learned swatching lipglasses. After the good swatching paper disappeared from the postcards, I learned that when swatching lipgloss on paper, you need to put tape behind the swatch and on top. The oil seperates but you can capture the color without mess that way. Of course, sometimes the oils spread further than anticipated, but it still keeps the other adjoining papers nice and free from mess.

Mac Lipgloss swatches

I have just two lips, but look how many lip liners I had then!! All of which were analyzed for color differences and reported on Makeupalley.

Mac Lip Liner swatches

This swatch book represents some fun times for me. It captures time spent with one of the best makeup artists I've ever known. She taught me everything. It was a blast.

Mac Eye Liner Swatches

Before the creation of this blog, there were reviews on other websites. Before the other websites, there were swatch books with tons of swatches...some with little notes about the differences of color. Before there were swatch books, well I didn't wear much makeup then, lol. But my swatch books are my caveman style of low tech comparison...pre-blog. Blogging P.B. Ha! I hope you enjoyed the trip down my memory lane as much as I did.

What triggers your fondest makeup memories? I'd love to hear!

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    1. Thank you!!! That means a lot to me. :)

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  2. Aww yay for nostalgia! I used to do the same thing with polish. I had them all numbered and would "swatch" them on a piece of paper. Of course that was back when I only had a few. Thanks for sharing your trip down memory lane.

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    1. Girl!! I would LOVE to see your caveman blog!!! It must be so pretty and colorful.

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  3. O_O i am in complete awe right now...

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  4. Lol, you are like my twin! I used to do the same thing. :D I even still have some swatches of eye shadows saved on paper. I used to go to the art supply store to get the paper because it held on the pigments better.

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    1. Cave woman twins!!!! I have all my swatches still too. They helped me not to buy repeats and stuff. I've always painted so watercolor paper just made sense to me.

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  5. This is so fun to see-- I do my polishes in a similar way.... (I've just been collecting since May'11)
    Carol (Anchorage)

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    1. Hi Carol!! Have you heard that we're getting a new Sally's by the Dimond Walmart? It's supposed to open in the next month, I think. More Swatching opportunities!!!! And Marie's has the full Zoya line. Now we can see them in person!!

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  6. No! Hope it's different; went outside in May and they were all the same except for one that was the exact opposite!!And dial-up in 2012?????
    Didn't know about Marie's either; just have seen a few around town. Like to order Zoyas during their on-line sales.
    Carol (Anchorage)

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    1. I bet the new Sally's will be the same. At least that way there will be six of any nail polish for all of Anchorage rather than just three.

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  7. What a fun post. I love that you still have all of these.

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    1. Thank you, Marcia. I have some fun old timey cosmetic collectibles and stuff. And actually a couple smaller "on the go" search books that I used to take to Nordstrom with me.

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  8. This is really cool, I'm such a "saver" this is something I would keep forever. I'm especially prone to saving paper memories. I guess I like sifting through it all! Great post :).

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    1. I save a lot of paper memories. I agree, they're fun to look thru. Some types of papers, like bills and stuff, I never know what I'm supposed to keep and what to throw out.

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  9. Oh my gosh, I used to drop tiny blobs of nail polish onto paper and keep a record of my polish stash that way!! I even remember swapping the sheets with pen pals so we could ooh and aah over each others collections, I actually really want to do that right now......

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    1. I just love Swatching. My friend and I swatch nail wheels and text each other pictures. It's new fangled swatch sharing. :)

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  10. Thanks for sharing this! It was very interesting to see it.

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    1. Thank you for saying so. It's fun to look at the swatches and remember the fun I had making them.

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