Youtube Made Me Buy It

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Nearly every beauty product I buy, is something I saw being used in a youtube video and liked the look of it, or i saw some beauty blogger rave about it.

There’s nothing at all wrong with that! Reading about things online is a great way to make sure you don’t spend your money on something stupid.
However, when a product is being used, by a famous youtuber, under the right lighting with a catchy title and 1 million comments saying how great it is, it will always look better than it actually is. Among the MANY fantastic products I’ve bought because of youtube, I can admit that I’ve been convinced to buy items that i didn’t need because youtube made them so darn beautiful.

 

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer

It seems to me that everyone and their sister uses this concealer to hide under-eye circles. I bought this about 6 months ago, and while I like it, I much prefer my cheaper and honestly, better coverage, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer. It is a good concealer, but i sometimes feel it gives me an orangey tone, does anyone else have that problem?

 

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

This one I am 100% happy with. Again nearly every single youtuber uses this mascara and I was coaxed into buying it. I’m so glad I did though because it is my absolute favourite. It’s just amazing and my lashes triple in size and darkness when I’ve got this on. Perfection.

 

Loreal Infallible Foundation

This is one I saw on Instagram a lot. The coverage looked incredible in the videos that I saw so I decided to give in and purchase it. It’s a reasonable price and a nice foundation for school and light-makeup days, but it’s definitely not high coverage. On top of it not being high enough coverage, I think the colour I bought was too light for me (but that one is my fault).

 

Morphe 35T palette

Morphe palettes are all the rage at the minute, with everyone fawning over their insane pigmentation and gorgeous colours. I was drooling over the 350 palette, for a long time and when I finally decided to buy it, it was out of stock. In a moment of pure impulse shopping, I decided to get the 35T instead. And I am in love with it. Seriously, I highly recommend this palette and all the other morphe palettes, they’re amazing.

 

Collection Loose Transluscent Powder

Have you heard of ‘baking’? No not the kind where you make cookies or cakes. Baking is a new trend of putting excess loose powder over your foundation to set it to the degree that it will not crease or budge for hours. Of course like every other trend I was roped into this one, but instead of splurging on the Laura Mercier powder that every. single. person. uses, I got the collection loose powder. It actually works quite well, and I especially like it for under my eyes as the concealer there creases a lot.

Is there any products you’ve bought because Youtube convinced you that you just need it? Let me know below

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My Favourite Beauty Youtubers

Hi lovely people!

I was blown away by the support on my previous post, about the lessons 2016 taught me. Nothing makes me happier than feeling like I’ve connected with someone through something I’ve written or said.

So thank you for that 🙂 a big cyber hug.

 

Anyways, over the Christmas Holidays I’ve been watching a lot of makeup tutorials. I feel like the more videos I watch of people contouring and highlighting their face the better it will make me at doing my own.
So I decided to give some of my faves a shoutout, and let more people know how fantastic they are. If you’re looking for tips or advice about anything beauty related you’ll surely find it on these fabulous people’s channels.
Just a disclaimer, this list isn’t in order of best to worst. I love them all.

 

James Charles
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James is a 17 year old self taught makeup artist who makes the most beautiful videos in which he creates looks a makeup lover could only dream of doing. He’s extremely talented and only a few months ago he became the first ever male Covergirl. I’ve been following him for a while and I was super proud of him when I heard of his huge achievement. He’s magnificent, go check him out.

 

Carli Bybel
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If you watch any makeup tutorials at all, you’ve probably heard of her already. Carli is gorgeous and her makeup looks have me swooning every time.

 

Zoella
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It’s not really a secret how much I love Zoe and all she does, but her beauty videos are so helpful too. There are so many things in my makeup drawer that I’ve been convinced to buy because I’ve seen it in one of her favourites videos. She’s the queen of Youtube in my opinion.

 

Tanya Burr
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All of Tanya’s videos are so lovely to watch but her beauty videos are especially nice. There’s something about her voice that is so nice to listen to and I find her videos so relaxing. She’s such a beauty too.
Lauren Curtis
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Her makeup tutorials have actually taught me so much. Just thank you Lauren Curtis.

Sophia Mitchell
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A shoutout to an Irish youtuber! Although she doesn’t need it, she’s blowing up all on her own. And no surprise because her makeup tutorials are really fab.
Claudia Sulewski
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I know majority of Claudia’s videos aren’t makeup videos but I just love love love her channel. You can tell she really puts effort into editing her videos. Her tutorials are really great.
That’s it! Let me know some of your favourite beauty youtubers are in the comments below.
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5 beauty products under €5

Hey everyone!

Happy thanksgiving to all my American friends. I’m ashamed to say as half american, that the only way I benefit from this holiday is through the Black Friday sales 😉

On that note, saving money to buy beauty products can be hard sometimes. I have learned how great many cheap makeup brands are, because I had no money for more expensive ones. Today, I thought I’d share that with the blog and show you some of my favourite beauty products under  €5. All of these can be bought at Primark or Boots.

 

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Obviously I had to include this. My ride or die concealer, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer.

 

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Pennys/Primark lipliners! This one is such a lovely colour and it’s  only €1.99. I’m not too sure what colour it is exactly, because it’s not on the packaging but it’s the nude one.

 

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I really love this mascara. I’ve been using it for about 3 years and it’s just such good value for a mascara of that quality. It gives mega length to your lashes, so if length is something you look for above volume I would highly recommend. Its also got a very thin brush so it’s perfect for lower lashes that you don’t want to smudge.

 

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I hear this is a dupe for the Nars ‘orgasm’ blush that everyone raves about, but I can’t say I’ve tried that one. This blush however is gorgeous. It’s really pigmented but never comes out too rosy on your cheeks. It’s just the perfect shade of soft pink to give you a little glow.

 
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My final beauty buy under  €5 is Wet and Wilds lipstick in the shade “Bare it All”. Again, I’ve heard this is a dupe for a much more expensive lipstick (macs velvet teddy) so I decided before I went out and bought the mac one which was quadruple the price, I would try this one out and see if I liked the colour. I love it so much. I wear it most days when I don’t want to wear a colourful lipstick and sometimes I wear it to school too. It’s cheap, pigmented and soft on your lips, what more could you ask for?

 

That’s it! I hope you learned something from this little guide. If you’ve got any of these products, or want to check them out in the future, let me know below!

Have a lovely thanksgiving!

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Zoella Lifestyle Announcement!

Hello everyone!

As you can probably tell from the title, this post is on the new Zoella (or Zoe Sugg) products!

 

I am a huge fan of Zoe’s and I’ve been watching her videos and reading her blog since 2014. She was one of my first and biggest inspirations in starting my blog and I have to credit her for my motivation to start. I hope one day I get to meet her and thank her for that.

Anyways enough of the mushy gushy and lets talk about her AMAZING range.

For my birthday last year, my friend bought me various products from her previous range. The smell is almost addictive its so good. I love fruity, candy-ish smells and the ‘candy cream’, and ‘Let’s Spritz’ mist are both incredible.

Yesterday on snapchat, Zoe announced the launch of Zoella Lifestyle, her new homeware range, including candles, diffusers, stationary, slogan pillows etc. AND I AM SO EXCITED.

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I feel almost spoiled by her with all of this new stuff! It was only last week (I think) when she announced her new Christmas range which I was DYING over.

Christmassy, comfort smells like gingerbread and cinnamon are my favourite so the fact that her entire range is based around christmas smells is a dream to me.

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I must say I am most excited about her candle range. I am yet to smell a Zoella product that  I don’t like, so I have no doubt I’ll purchasing these candles straight away. The top of my list is the gingerbread scented candle, and My Eden which Zoe described as a floral scent, and chose as one of her personal favourites.

 

I’ll also be lining up to get my notebook from her range. I love the design she chose for them and the way theres quotes on the inside. Definitely will have to get myself one of those. Perhaps for my 2017 diary?
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Who am i kidding? I already know I’m going to buy everything from this range!
Reviews of everything to come, whenever I can get my hands on these beauties.
You can fawn over the new products by visiting @Zoellalifestyle on Instagram! (all of these pictures were taken from there)
What have you got your eye on so far? Let me know!

 

Signing off,
alana.