Friday, July 18, 2014

The Blogger Made Me Buy It Tag

The day I discovered beauty blogs was the day after I came back from the Emergency Room, not allowed to go to school, but feeling a-okay; wow, I'm sorry to open with such a drab reminiscence. Nevertheless, I spent the day lounging in bed with my Dad's iPad and scrolled upon page...and page of said eye candy. A few years later, here I am. And, now, a large part of my life is run by this facet, one being my purchase history. In the essence of my title, online niche, and appeal, here is "The Blogger Made Me Buy It Tag."

Who are your most influential bloggers?

I have many favorite blogs, but, there are two favorites; they need to introduction, as I'm sure you, too adore their blogs. Both Vivianna from Vivianna Does Makeup and Rebecca from From Roses are the most persuasive. 

Who are the ones you rely on for reviews and swatches?

I don't really rely on any specific blog for reviews or swatches, as, if I have my eye on a particular treat, I will look it up in Google and read regardless of the site. Nevertheless, the two mentioned above, as well as my favorite Suzie from Hello October and Estée from Essiebutton are the among the members who spark my adoration for a particular something, most likely on account of their review.

Do you buy a product solely as a result from one review of your favorite bloggers, or do you look for more reviews from others?

I look to my favorites first, then look to others for more information; yes, I'm that into research.

What is your most favorite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?

I couldn't choose one, so I have three. The first two are makeup favorites that you may have never heard of before (I jest, I jest): the Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB Cream and the NARS Laguna Bronzer. I didn't think they were that amazing when I first got my hands on them, but, over time, they prove to be my most reached for and most loved products. The third is a skincare product, known by the name of the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner. I'm on my second bottle and, although I have other skincare loves on par with this one, this formula, in particular, has opened my eyes to my skin the most and delivered a little skin epiphany, as well.

What is your least favorite product that you've ever bought as a consequence of blogs?

It's a tie between the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Oil-Free, which, I still don't find to be that effective or special in the slightest, and the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream. You probably haven't heard about the latter on this blog, but that's because I returned it after one use and an induced face full of spots. I'd say it's the most disappointing because it sounded so good by its cover and, even to this day, I still lust after it, but it just didn't work for me.

Name five products that you have recently bought as a result of blogs?

The Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation, Diptyque's Candle in Figuier, the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy (I'm on a Tarte fettish at the moment), the John Master's Organics Bare Shampoo (which I need to talk about more on this blog), and the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer are among the few.

Have you ever given into any blogger hype? If so, which hype?

I'm sure it goes without saying, but I always give into hype--and there are too many to count.

Have you ever avoided any blogger hype? If so, which hype?

I wouldn't use the word "avoid," but the term "skepticism" applies more to me. Because I'm so selective about what I purchase, I always try to resist or approach hype with "skepticism" and, instead, focus more on what I know works for me, what I need, and my preference, this way, I don't end up with too many things I don't need.

Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews or are there some items that you buy without checking a review?

I'd say that everything that pulls my heartstrings is influenced by blogger reviews in one way or another, so I guess that makes the answer to this question, "yes." Nevertheless, I'd say there is one exception: the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay. Said purchase was, indeed, a complete impulse purchase, but I have to say that I'm lucky that I live in the US because the return policies here are rather stellar.

When normal people ask me why I blog, I say it's because I like to write. But now, you also know the real reason: I've been sucked in by blogger hysteria. And it doesn't look like it's leaving anytime soon.


  1. i find it hard to not give into a hyped product especially when its your favourite blogger. i love Rebecca and Anna's blogs too such great reads


  2. I think we should all take blog reviews without a pinch of salt :)

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

  3. I agree, but I also think they are very helpful!

    xx Babette

  4. Almost every single product I own, I bought because of a beauty blogger. I don't know why, haha. You're quite persuasive as well, Lil ;-)

    xx Babette

  5. equally! It's great for getting products on my radar. x

  6. I loved reading this! xx



  7. Sorry the Goat Milk Cream didn't work out for you! My skin really likes it. Everyone's skin is different, though.

    I'm with you on skepticism, too: hype is exciting, but it doesn't mean a product will work for you.

  8. I am a sceptic and a thorough researcher like you! I get giddy browsing at products and imagining splurging on them, but at the end of the day I hate spending money on things that I don't use, so I need to be almost certain that I will love it before I buy!


  9. I am a massive researcher like you, but it's good because it means I hardly ever get products that I don't like! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  10. Great post! I love Vivianna, Suzie and Estee as well! x

    Lina from sisterblend

  11. Loved this. I am always so impressed with your photos! I think my favourite blogger-inspired purchase was the Nars tinted moisturiser

    Laura | Laurzrah xx

  12. I agree. Your favorite blogger has a certain level of ethos, though, so I think it's ok to give into a hyped product if they think it's good. x

  13. Very, very true, indeed. It's the worst when bloggers say they like something just because of PR purposes. x

  14. Spending money is a nerve-inducing activity for me, so what I come home with really has to be good. x


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