Monday, 6 January 2014
The Blogger Made Me Buy It Tag
The wonderful Danniella of Famous In Japan created this fantastic tag with the knowledge that being a blogger means a dent in your bank balance. You can read all about her tag creation on the original post if you want to give it a go for yourself.
1/ Who are your most influential bloggers? Who are the ones that you really rely on for reviews and swatches?
This is such a difficult question, because it tends to change on a month by month basis. For right now though? I'd have to say that I get tempted to buy most items from The Beauty Milk. Coco seems to hit the nail on the head with the product photos, descriptions and also the way she trials the products. Estée of Essie Button has a massive impact on how well my bank balance fares pretty much every day. Milk Bubble Tea by Becky is my other vice. She just has the most gorgeous photography, lovely home-ware and it just makes all her posts a real delight to read. Once I spy something I like on any of these blogs, I just have to have it!
2/ 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?
There are the rare few reviews where I write the product down and promptly rush to the nearest store and pick it up. One I distinctly remember being the Bourjois Bronzing Primer. Estée was definitely an enabler that day! When it comes to the more expensive purchases I will read a few reviews from bloggers that have the same taste as me, but nothing beats testing the product over a space of a few weeks in store. I go pretty swatch crazy, and I think it helps cement those big purchases, making them seem less daunting.
3/ What is your most favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
It's probably The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I was adamant that I didn't need this one, not when I had Naked 2 and the Basics palette. It wasn't until I saw the massive amount of posts that I realised just how much the colours appealed to me. I'd never been truly happy with Naked 2, but Naked 3 has all the tones I'd been craving. I would also have to say that MAC Cranberry is a result of constant blog traversing, and I couldn't be happier with how perfect that colour is!
4/ What is your least favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
I can honestly say that I've not been disappointed by anything I've bought as a result of blogger hype. I've been fairly lucky, and dodged a fair few bullets. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is probably the only thing I thought I didn't like, but now it's become a staple in my makeup bag!
5/ Name 5 products you have bought recently as a result of blogs.
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Soap & Glory Girl-o-Whirl, Latest in Beauty GLAMOUR Beauty Box, The Body Shop Vitamin E Spray.
6/ Have you ever given into blogger hype? If so, which hype?
I went a little overboard and snapped up all the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayons. I couldn't make my mind up from the countless posts, and decided that the only option was to have them all. I don't regret the decision, they are amazing lip products!
7/ Have you ever avoided blogger hype? If so, which hype?
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer. Seriously, I'm not entirely sure why this has been hyped so much. I can't honestly see myself paying out £50 for a rather ridiculous sized bottle of something that doesn't actually do anything. I may be wrong, but I just don't understand what it's supposed to do...?
8/ Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews or are there some items you buy without checking out a review?
I like to try and scope out new products for myself, especially when a lot of people I read don't have the same skin type as myself. But that isn't to say that a lot of what I consider hasn't been blogged about at one point or another. A lot of brands I wouldn't have even considered have been introduced to me through other bloggers taking a chance on them. I'm a lot more savvy with what I spend my money on, beauty-wise than I used to be.
And now I tag the following lovely individuals to have a go at this tag too!
Coco from The Beauty Milk
Katie from Sugarfixx Beauty
Sophia from Tattooed Tealady
Elena from Cocoamourr
Megan from Southern Charmed