Thursday, 30 January 2014

The 'Blogger Made Me Buy It!' Tag

I'm not normally one to do tags to be honest, but I just had to do this one! Kel from Adventures in Tea and Cake tagged me for this, as I am one of the people most likely to influence her purchases. Actually, scrap that, I'm the one most likely to make her buy things… The original tag was invented by Danniella over at Famous in Japan, and I simply love it! She also created this little picture! 

1) Who are your most influential bloggers?  
Who are the ones that you really rely on for reviews and swatches?
I don't normally buy things based on reviews and swatches, normally I buy because I'm jealous or I think 'ooooh that looks good, she bought it so I must have it', which probably isn't the best reason in the world for buying things! The bloggers who make me buy the most though are probably Kel, Hayley from Tea Party Beauty and Zoe from London Lipgloss/ZOE . LDN

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?
I normally only buy high street priced products so I don't mind just seeing a quick photo of the item or a quick review before buying it. If I was going to invest in something high end I would definitely research into the product a little further. 

3) What is your most favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
Like Kel, there are so many things that I've bought as a result of checking out people's blogs! I definitely think the Apocalips would be my fave items though, so much hype on this product!

4) What is your least favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
Probably foundations. I have a habit of buying them thinking they will be really good but no matter what I buy or have swatted, they never seem to work on my skin. I've used the same Garnier BB Cream for the past two years so I might as well just stick to that. If it isn't broke, don't fix it! 

5) Name 5 products you have bought recently as a result of blogs.
Oooh this is a hard one, I can't really remember! I've tried MAC Rebel lipstick, the MUA matte lipsticks, I received a Maybelline Fit Me Foundation from my Secret Santa (thank you!), I've tried out a few nSpa products as well. 

6) Have you ever given into blogger hype? 
 If so, which hype?
I'm always down with the hypes. My favourite massively hyped product has to be the Apocalips! 

7) Have you ever avoided blogger hype?  
If so, which hype? 
I see a lot of bloggers who spend tonnes of money on products, unfortunately now having a baby I can't do that so I do try and avoid high end products. The latest hype has been on the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette which I've avoided, to be honest the shades look very similar to the Sleek palette I've just bought! 

8) Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews or are there some items you buy without checking out a review?
Nope, most of the time I buy products on how they look! If I'm familiar with a brand, say for example MUA or Sleek, I'll just have a quick look at their stands and pick things in the 3 for 2!


  1. I am not responsible for your purchases :) I avoided the UD Naked 3 hype too.


  2. +JMJ+

    I joined the #lbloggers chat the other evening, and now I see the inspiration for your topic! This seems like a better place to answer your questions, so I hope you don't mind if I do so here. =)

    1) The blogger whom I find most influential has actually never got me to buy anything. She is a housewife with two children who is trying to stretch her husband's single paycheck as much as possible. She blogs about her vegetable garden, her recipes, and her other efforts to live a more sustainable life. And although I am not even married yet, she has convinced me to look into a homebirth for when I have a child and to breastfeed until that child is at least two years old! How is that for influential? ;-) In the meantime, she got me planting my own vegetable garden and eating as organically as possible.

    2) I never buy anything just because one particular blogger loved it. What usually happens is that I become interested in something on my own, and then look for bloggers who have tried it. Over time, I have noticed that the same blogs come up again and again, for different products I'm curious about. This doesn't mean I've bookmarked them and will try something just because they do, but that I will search their archives first the next time I need to do research.

    3) It's really not about "products" for me . . . I started drinking apple cider vinegar because so many health-conscious bloggers were doing it, and I love how much healthier I feel today. Does that count? =)

    4) Probably a book that wasn't worth the hype. =P

    5) Again, it's not about products for me, but I did make three huge changes in my life because of lifestyle blogs: first, I have completely cut shampoo out of my haircare routine; second, I have started using the oil cleansing method at least once a week for my face; and third, I revived an old religious tradition in my personal life and started wearing a veil on my head in church.

    6) We're really opposites, here! If everyone is talking about it, I'm more likely to do the contrarian thing. ;-)

    7) I avoid a lot of hype about books which are new releases. If I want to read something as soon as it comes out, then I do. And if I want to wait until every installment in a highly popular series comes out before I start reading the first book, then I do that, too.

    8) I'm quite risk averse, so I want to read as many reviews and personal experiences as possible before trying a new product.

    These were interesting questions to think up answers to! I'm glad I found this post after the chat. =)