Friday, 28 February 2014

The Blogger Made Me Do It Tag

Back in the day, before I started blogging/reading blogs/wasting my life listening to people talk about makeup on Youtube, I thought I had quite a lot of beauty products. More than average. You know – I had a foundation and a powder, the usual surplus of lipsticks, a lot of products from Benefit chosen exclusively for the packaging, one of those ‘bronzers’ with lots of little beads that jump onto the floor and crush themselves into the carpet. Beauty product wise, I was a little more sophisticated – I had bad skin as a teenager, so I’d already found Clarins, and had a cleanser and a posh moisturiser which cost more than I earned at the time in a month. So I was basically a pro, right? What more could a girl need?

Well, it turns out I needed primers and eyeshadow primers and BB creams and CC creams and BB eye creams (are you serious?) and eyeshadow palettes and highlighters and contours and pigments and paints and lacquers and glosses and brushes and things from MAC and everything in rose gold I could lay my hands on. So who is to blame for this? Well, that’s what this tag is about to let you find out…read at your own risk!

Who are your most influential bloggers? Who are the ones that you really rely on for reviews and swatches?
Essie Button – for some reason, even though we don’t look anything alike, I completely trust her reviews and loyally trot to the shops to pick up pretty much anything she suggests (or sulk if it’s from Canada and I can’t get hold of it).  I think it’s just because she’s clearly got a sense of humour and I don’t feel like she’d recommend anything totally unnecessary or ridiculous (or, if she did, she would at least tell you that it was unnecessary and ridiculous, and I’d probably go and buy it anyway…)

Do you buy a product solely as a result from one review from your favourite bloggers, or do you look for more reviews from others?
I’m really impulsive, so if someone shows me something and I like it, I probably would only bother to read further reviews if it’s skincare (because I have horrible skin which hates me, and cries if I put certain things on it, and it’s tears look like chicken pox…) or if it is really, really expensive. Otherwise, I just go out and buy one...or three, and deal with the consequences!

What is your most favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
I think probably my Emma Hardie cleansing balm – review here. I was wary of this because as I said, I have problem skin and any time I use a new product I’m terrified it will make it worse – but this has actually improved it so, so much. It leaves my skin all soft and happy.

What is your least favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
Ugh, the Rimmel Apocalips. This is a case of looking at someone else (Fleur de Force) looking lovely, and not thinking ‘would I actually wear a lip lacquer, or would I look, you know, a bit like a transvestite in one?’ but just buying it and finding that out later. I don’t know how anyone can like these – the colours are all so unflattering and the formula is so weird and sticky! Still, at least I found this out by buying the Rimmel ones, not the YSL lip lacquers. I’ve learnt my lesson, I promise.

Name 5 products you have bought recently as a result of blogs:
Right...I bought: 
1. Yankee candles in all sizes and scents.
2. About 100 Lush bath bombs - I particularly loved this present-shaped one, which I saved up for ages and finally used the other day!
3. The L'Oreal Micellar cleansing water - I really like this, I've tried Bio Derma too and despite having sensitive skin I can't really tell the difference
4. A Maybelline Baby Lips - I'd lost my last one, and even though I know these aren't great for your lips (I know, I know) I like them! (Review here). 
5. The Origins Drink It Up Intensive Face Mask - so far, so good!

Have you ever given into blogger hype? If so, which hype?
Loads. Good and bad. Apart from the above, obviously I have an Urban Decay Naked palette, Urban Decay primer potion, Benefit Porefessional, a tonne of Models Own, Essie and Barry M nail polishes, a Tangle Teezer, Macademia oil…I could go on but it’s getting embarrassing so I’ll stop.

Have you ever avoided blogger hype? If so, which hype?
I haven’t bought anything by NARS yet. I think this is mostly because I don’t really think I’ve ever seen a NARS counter or been in a SpaceNK rather than because I’ve ‘resisted’ as such. I probably won’t last much longer! Oh, and the aforementioned YSL glossy stain things – I won’t be buying those. I won’t! I promise!

Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews or are there some items you buy without checking out a review?
Oh no, like I say I’m impulsive so if I go in Boots to buy one thing I come out £45 lighter feeling disorientated and clutching a bag filled with god knows what!

I tag: anyone reading this blog!


  1. I laughed reading this and I can sympathize! It's all so true...I'll be saving this post to Bloglovin' so I can do it too! thanks for the tag ;)

  2. Amazing post!
    lovely blog!
    Stay in touch!

  3. Oh my gosh! This is so much fun to read! :) This just made my day.


  4. I really like the tag, loving all your answers!


  5. I loved reading this! Going to do it myself :)


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