Blogger Induced Buys – Were They Worth The Hype?

We’ve all done it – we’ve all bought a product because a group of people were going on about it and you just thought you had to have it in your life. This is why blogging and reading blogs is so detrimental to my bank balance. I am the worst at being influenced, and today I want to talk about some of the products that I’ve bought on blogger say-so.

NARS products were completely alien to me before I started reading blogs a couple of years ago, and after a few months I just had to get my hands on their most talked about products. Laguna, to me, is the ultimate universal bronzer. It’s not too dark, it’s not too light, and it’s not too orange. I think £27 for a mere 8g of packaging is pricey, but it is a really great bronzer and I think it was worth me buying. I use it quite frequently, and it lasts a long time (I’ve had this for a year and a half and I’m only just getting towards pan). Orgasm is a blush I have a love/hate relationship with. It was the first high end blush that I ever bought and it is a really pretty colour, but there is too much gold in it for me. It’s incredibly glittery and although I like it, it won’t be a blush that I go out and repurchase once I’ve used it up. Soap & Glory is killing it with their product launches at the moment, and thanks to a number of bloggers, I heard about Solar Powder early on in its release. As you can see, I’ve hit pan on half of it (as I occasionally use this side as a contour shade) and that’s because I adore this product. At less than half the price of Laguna, it’s worth getting your hands on. I like to swirl the two shades together to warm my face up and it’s another one of those ‘universal’ bronzers. TheBalm’s Mary Lou-Manizer was a highlighter that I picked up a couple of months ago after a number of bloggers raved about it. For me, it’s very glowy. It’s too much for an everyday highlight, even if it is gorgeous. This is definitely a night time highlighter, and although I love it, I wouldn’t say that it would be the end of the world if I didn’t own it. However, it is the first highlighter that I would repurchase if all my makeup disappeared.

Less than a year ago, I wasn’t that adventurous with lip products, but I’ve got into them a lot more recently. MAC Velvet Teddy was a product that everyone raved about not too long ago, and for good reason. I have mentioned it in so many posts, so you know that it’s a good one (at lease in my opinion)! This is the MAC lipstick everybody needs in their collection. On the flip side, Revlon Lip Butters are just not for me. They’re not a lipstick, they’re not a balm and they’re not a gloss. I can’t quite work out where they sit on the spectrum and they seem to expire a lot quicker than other lipsticks. I currently own three and I can’t make any of them work for me. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is a love/hate product for me. Sometimes it does wonders, and other times it’s too drying or too cakey on my skin. I much prefer Seventeen’s equivalent concealer as it does the same job, but without the issues that I get from the Collection one. It also does my head in that all the writing fades after about three uses (this is actually a back up that I bought ages ago before I discovered Rimmel Wake Me Up so this is totally unused).

Skincare products are not things that I’m easily swayed by. I just use what I know works for me and experiment in my own time. Mainly because the products that a lot of people talk about are way out of my student budget. However, there are a couple which the blogosphere has persuaded me to get my hands on. Pixi Glow Tonic is a product which I haven’t actually decided if I like yet. I don’t have a solid skincare routine down yet which includes this, but I know that I can’t use this twice a day, or even daily. It’s quite drying on the skin, but it does give my face a real glow. I’ve been using this maybe two or three times a week and it does brighten my skin so hopefully it’ll continue to work (also I hope it works because my mum bought me a full sized one a few weeks back). Bioderma is a micellar water which everybody has heard of, and when Feel Unique started stocking it, I decided to give it a whirl. Although it’s good, it’s not great. You can get more bang for your buck with other micellar waters and I just don’t see the need to spend £10+ on 250ml.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think about them? Or are there any products that you’ve tried on blogger recommendation but felt really let down by them? Let me know below. And don’t forget I’m giving away Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky palette so check that giveaway out.

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