23 March 2014

Beauty Blogger Habits

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This is quite a negative post, but I don't really mean to be. I used to be obsessed with the beauty pages of magazines, believed the promises that these famous faces used face wipes and still had perfect skin without an expensive beauty product or facial in sight. Then I discovered beauty blogs. Real reviews by real people spending their cold hard cash on lotions and potions. Reviews were both negative and positive but I trusted them!

Then the beauty samples started tumbling in, which is great as you could read about more products than they could realistically buy. Except what do you believe? I'm sure that £50 cream you got for free is AMAZING but would you really recommend that if you had to pay for it yourself? Especially when you feature bargain beauty usually. How can you trust a review that only shows a beautiful photograph of a mascara wand against a acrylic storage background? No before or after photo. 

To clarify after tonights #Bbloggers post. I am not jealous of samples. I also don't think everyone should blog about bargain beauty. Just be true to your readership, you know in your heart you wouldn't really spend above a certain amount on a beauty product so why feature it? 

Lipstick Swatches on the back of your hand. Is your hand the same colour as your lips? No. Is it even the same texture or feel? Do you drink water or wine with your hand? Ice cream? No. I didn't think so. So how is it useful to have a beauty post reviewing a lipstick without at least talking about how it applies and at the very least a photo (I didn't photograph the Primark lip stain, mainly because it was shite and didn't do anything.)

The same goes for nail varnish on false nails / nail wheels. Great. The nail varnish looks flawless on perfect smooth surface. Doesn't chip? No nail varnish rarely chips on my false nails either. Models Own Hypergel is a perfect example, they apply beautifully on false perfect nails. On my natural nails they chipped within hours without a top coat. Not exactly gel like.

Beautifully lit photo of your skin that looks the same in every other FOTD photo with a new foundation? At least chuck in a before photo. I'm not afraid to get my skin out.

Basically, I am writing this blog for me. Yawn. Such a cliche, etc. But remember that advert that said you can't complain about politics if you don't vote? Yep.



  1. You know what? I've found myself wondering about the exact same things more than once. I'm not a beauty blogger, nor do I try to be, but when I am looking for reviews I like to see some before and after pictures, because those really do help see what the product really acts out like. I'm not saying people should stop making reviews but just don't call them reviews if they are not really one...you know what I'm saying? I don't know, that's just the way I see things.

  2. Great post. I haven't yet posted anything about make up but when/if I do, i'll be baring your post in mind. In also yet to find a chipless nail varnish. In fact it frustrates me so much that I rarely wear any.
    I take all reviews both PR and regular ones with a pinch of salt because at the end of the day it's just one persons opinion. I apply the same when it comes to films. A lot of people may rate it poorly but I might like it.