Amyleigh. Winchester, England.
An archaeologist & RE specialist with an abundance of love for makeup, nature & architecture photography, comics, taxidermy & a good cuppa.
Blogging Made Me Buy It
When it comes to beauty and skin care, blogging and YouTube has 110% responsibility for a lot of my purchases. Whereas when I was younger, you found out about the latest makeup releases and what the best moisturisers were either via TV adverts or in the beauty magazines, now we can do a quick search about specific products and within minutes, we can have hundreds of hits to choose from that will give us swatches, opinions, and in-depth reviews from real people with a face and personality. As much as this is a great thing we kind of take for granted now, it has definitely been the catalyst for a lot of my spending. I honestly believe that if I didn't enjoy reading blogs and watching YouTube videos, I wouldn't own half of the things I do - especially when it comes to the beauty world.
Although I may spend a lot more and own a lot more stuff because of blogging/vlogging, it has meant I've experimented more and stepped out of my comfort zone when it comes to makeup so I thought it would be a great idea to talk about some of the products that have come into my life because of their popularity in the blogging/YouTube community and discuss what products I think have been worth the hype and what has been a waste of money. Of course others might think some of these products are fantastic or garbage, but I thought it would be fun to talk about some of my hits and misses from a selection of popular "blogger faves" that no doubt we've all considered buying or actually have, all thanks to the online beauty world.
Some Good Things:
- La Roche Posay Serozinc Spray | £8.5o - I love this stuff. I've raved about this product on NB a couple of times before but it has honestly become a staple in my morning and evening skincare routine. This stuff is great for those who are oily, who suffer with acne, and those who are just a little bit lost when it comes to toners, face sprays etc. It has taken a while to notice any benefits from this product, but I genuinely believe the fact that I can wear my makeup all day for work - from 6am til 6pm most days - and I never have to touch up (compared to Amy pre Sero Zinc who would have to blot/powder every 2 hours) is solely down to this product here. It keeps my skin matte and it has helped control even the bad breakouts from getting out of hand.
- Nivea Men Post Shave Balm | £5.35 - Ah, the primer that no one saw coming. This stuff burst onto the online beauty scene and due to how affordable it is, everyone and their next door neighbour picked up a bottle because one or two people on YouTube said it was the bees knees. For me, it was after I had watched Kathleen Lights put it through the test and saw that her makeup still looked beautiful after several hours of wear that convinced me I may as well just see what all the fuss was about. Although I don't love it as much as my The Body Shop's Instablur and I don't seem to love it as much as some others online, I do really really like this product and think it's an absolute steal for the price point and the amount of product you get. I've seen the driest skinned girls praise this and I've seen (and been) one of the oiliest skinned girls to rave about this so I think it's the best hype there's been in a long time because I'm pretty sure everyone can and should try it.
- Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | £4.99 - Micellar water used to be a more "exclusive" thing as Bioderma seemed to be the only brand that really had one (a stupidly successful one that is). Fast forward to the last couple of years though and pretty much every high street and high end brand popped one out and suddenly we were all spending silly money on bottles of water that promised to remove all our makeup and the dirt and grime of everyday life. Like every other blogger out there, I've tested my fair share or brands when it comes to this type of product, but one that gets the hype it deserves is the Garnier one. I use this stuff every evening to remove the majority of my makeup before I cleanse and I don't think I'll ever look back. Although I actually prefer the Nivea one as it leaves my skin feeling heavenly to the touch (read about the different micellar cleansers I've tried, here), Garnier's huge 400ml bottle for a really affordable price is why I repurchase it again and again. They also now do this original one in a whopping 700ml bottle and do a range of different ones for sensitive to dry skin but this is always the one I will go back to.
- The Beauty Blender | £16.oo - If you had talked to me a couple of years ago and suggested that I would depend so heavily on a sponge in my day to day life, I would have thought you were having a laugh. Now though? I legit would tear the house down if I didn't have my beauty blender each morning. In a world of thousands of different brand sponges now and an even larger range of knock-offs and dupes, the beauty blender is still the number one for me. Nothing makes my makeup look as flawless yet natural as this does and thank the beauty gods I took the plunge and purchased one again and again.
- The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer | £17.49 - Highlighters are another thing that have blogging, social media and YouTube to thank for their popularity. I've been suckered into buying a million of them just like everyone else but the ultimate one that always lives up to the hype is Mary Lou. This champagney slightly gold highlight works on so many skin tones, gives a gorgeous glow and shimmer to the cheeks and is my go-to when I want either a natural or intense highlight as it's so buildable. The Balm are a great brand in general that I would never have heard of if it wasn't for blogging so thanks again, internet, for making me buy it.
- Real Techniques Bold Metals | £12 - £22 each - Although I do love these brushes, I think it has a lot to do with the aesthetic of them. Real Techniques are yet again, another great brand who's success might have only a little to do with the online beauty community, but their bold metals collection sales is definitely down to it. These brushes are really love to use - they're weighted, they give a little bit of luxury to a drugstore brand however they are quite expensive for drugstore quality brushes. If they didn't look so beautiful in my makeup pots, and if I hadn't have received the couple I have as gifts after I never stopped asking for them, I think they would have remained in the shop! I do use them every single day though so in the long run, they have certainly been worth every penny.
Some Bad Things:
- NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick | £6.5o - I've posted about these before on NB but every time I use them, I like them less and less. The colour range of these lippies are great and I especially love the grey shade, but the formula is just not good. NYX is easily one of my favourite beauty brands but I wish I had never bought these suede liquid lips. The Soft Mattes and the Lingerie ranges are great and certainly worth the hype but these ones are just too thick, tacky, and not comfortable to wear as I feel like they never dry down. A clue might be in the name as I honestly can say they do feel like suede - suede when it's accidentally been rained on and has started to go all bitty and starts to shed? Yep, that's what it feels like. On you lips. I think these were definitely a purchase that was just wrapped up in the "NYX is now available in Boots" hype on the net.
- Urban Decay Naked Palettes | £38.5o each - This has got to be one of the ultimate hyped up products in the online beauty world. The Naked eyeshadow palettes were the first and only eyeshadow palettes I can remember ever being so highly coveted by almost everyone. When the first, original palette was released I'm pretty sure it went out of stock in more stores and more times than I can count but for good reason. This palette was full of such wearable eyeshadows that would suit a range of skin tones and personal makeup styles - not to mention the shadows were incredibly pigmented and buttery compared to so many others around on the market at the time. As you can see, I don't hate these palettes at all, but they are *so* expensive. At almost £4o for 12 eyeshadows, I think that price is pretty steep and there's a great range of other palettes out now that are amazing dupes for these guys in pigmentation, formula and colour range. I tend to reach for the W7 dupe versions more than my two Naked palettes because they're just as good and a fraction of the price to replace. These aren't necessarily a regret purchase, but I really wish I had just waited a couple of months and picked up various dupes instead.
- Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder | £7.99 - Bourjois are another great brand and when this bronzer was released, everyone on YouTube was raving about it. Promising that it smelt of chocolate, I think every chocoholic flooded Boots and Superdrug to slap it on their faces. But honestly? It doesn't smell like chocolate but it does apply like it. I find this bronzer *so* incredibly muddy to use as it goes on patchy and never truly blends into the skin well which is a shame because I feel like the colour is pretty good for most skin tones to use. The packaging isn't the best either and if everyone of YouTube hadn't loved it for all of 5 minutes, I definitely would have left it on the store shelf.
What products have you loved and loathed as a result of the beauty blogging world?