We’re all guilty of it: you’ve watched a makeup tutorial and seen the Beauty Blogger rave about a product, and the next thing you know, you’re £30 lighter. Or you’ve read a tutorial about a “die for/must have” and then spent the next hour trawling through websites to see where it’s more affordable.
I’ve seen this tag floating around on – you guessed it – YouTube, and thought it was a great idea for me to see exactly how much I’ve brought solely because I’ve seen it being used/recommended elsewhere, and not because I actually wanted it.
I can guarantee amongst the products I’ve brought there’s things I genuinely use every day because they are amazing, but I also suspect that a lot of it was a ‘fad’ that I brought into and haven’t bothered with a whole lot since.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer – This was a recent purchase that I brought after seeing it recommended for YEARS by Beauty Bloggers, and let me tell you: the hype is real. All the things I’d heard about this product (long lasting, non-crease, full coverage etc) were true, and I’ve found a Concealer that I can actually see myself repurchasing. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Concealer, but this has been worth it.
Nars Orgasm Blush – Again, something that has definitely lived up to the hype. It seems that every Beauty Blogger has raved about this at some point in their careers, and for good reason. It is universally flattering and long lasting, and had opened the door to many other Nars purchases for me. I have to say, though, this isn’t actually my favourite Blush by Nars; I actually prefer Impassioned much more, especially as it’s a more muted, cool toned blush that I think is fab. And whilst Orgasm is worth buying, I would probably overlook it for another.
Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara – Ok, so whilst technically I didn’t purchase this, it definitely comes under the YouTube category as I would never have heard about it if it wasn’t for YouTube. And I freaking love this product. As soon as the sample size one runs out, I will be rebuying this. I get such amazing length and volume from this, I look like I’m wearing falsies. I know it doesn’t tick everyone’s boxes, but it certainly ticked all mine.
Benefit They’re real Mascara – This Mascara seemed to be everywhere at one point; people were raving about it, it was used in all tutorials, there were countless blog posts about it. So I gave it a go, and wasn’t impressed. I just didn’t find it did anything for me; I didn’t get particularly amazing volume or length, I found it quite clumping and the size of the brush made it really difficult to apply. As far asBenefit mascara goes, I still think their Bad Girl Lash mascara is the one. It’s lesser known and talked about, but none of Benefits other offerings even measure close.
BeautyBlender/Complexion Sponge – I didn’t think a sponge would be the best thing to apply foundation with; the nature of sponges means they absorb liquid, so surely you’re wasting your foundation, right? Well, to a certain extent you do, until I saw it being used wet. Game. Changer. You just get a flawless finish the way no brush can manage. I can’t afford the Original BeautyBlender so I get the Real Techniques ones but they honestly change the way you apply your foundation. If you haven’t used one yet you are missing out.
Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette – Highlighters are definitely something I tend to stay away from. As someone whose skin tends to fall on the oily side of combination, I don’t need to add any shine to my forehead and cheeks. However, the sheer pigmentation of this palette in various swatch videos I watched was enough to sway me. I don’t use it all that much, but it looks gorgeous when I do. For a High Street brand, this palette rivals some of the High End highlighters I’ve seen, for a fraction of the price.
Maybelline Fit Me Matte Foundation – I like trying new foundations, especially ones aimed at oily skin because I love that mattified look. However, I did not rate this in the slightest. I found that even though the colour matched perfectly going on, it oxidised within minutes and looked too orange. Despite staying matte for a good number of hours, it gave very little coverage and did nothing to help my pores. It settled into fine lines and looked cakey by the end of the day. Avoid.
That’s it! I’m sure there’s a whole other set of products I could include here, but I’ll save them for another day!
Let me know in the comments what you’ve brought as a result of YouTube, and whether you regret or enjoy it!