Bloggers made me buy it – are these beauty fads worth it?

There are a few brands and products which are firm favourites with a lot of people – and obviously not just in the blogging world. Saying that, it’s easy to spot when there’s a new ‘must-have’ item – certain products pop up repeatedly in beautiful Instagram flatlays or monthly round-ups.

I’m definitely someone who is swayed by pretty pictures and promises that if I try a particular face mask I’ll suddenly look like I did before a certain little sleep thief came along, and if any of my favourite bloggers recommend something that looks like it would work for me, I’m always going to check it out.

I wrote this post in collaboration with Kate and Abbey, and we’ve looked at some of the beauty fads from the last few months…

(I’d like to point out here that I am in no way an expert, I just wanted to share my opinion on some products I bought after seeing on blogs!) 

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask (£16)

Charcoal masks have been around for a while, but I first saw this particular one on Ellis’ blog and really wanted to try it. However, when I was shopping with my boyfriend, we were in The Body Shop and he actually said he wanted to try it, so who was I to refuse?!

I absolutely love this mask. I found it took quite a while to dry and I had to scrub pretty hard to get it off, but my skin felt amazing afterwards and I have used it regularly ever since I bought it. I also think you get a good amount in the pot, so I’d definitely be happy to repurchase it once it runs out!

Worth the hype? Yes!

The Verdict = ★★★★★
Pixi Glow Tonic (£18)

This tonic was everywhere, and everyone absolutely raved about it. One thing I read on several blogs was that there wasn’t an instant effect, rather that you had to use it over time to see the results, so I persevered. While I do love using it, and my skin always feels really clean afterwards, I haven’t seen much glow or brightness about my skin, which is what I was hoping for.

Worth the hype? For me, no, however it is a lovely product, it just didn’t really have the effect I was hoping for!

The Verdict = ★★☆☆☆
Urban Decay Naked 3 (£39.50)

The Urban Decay palettes are absolutely beautiful, and I was always desperate for one, but the price always held me back a little – I don’t mind spending money on high quality make-up at all, but I didn’t wear eyeshadow every day and so I didn’t want to spend money unnecessarily.

However, I use this probably every time I go out of the house, and I absolutely love it. The colours are beautiful, they are so pigmented and they are so easy to blend. I can understand why beauty lovers invest in all of the Naked palettes, although personally I’m quite happy with just this one palette for the time being.

Worth the hype? Yes!

The Verdict = ★★★★☆
Makeup Revolution Acid Brights (£4)

I actually won this palette in a giveaway (thank you Ellis!) and I was really excited to get it as I’d seen so much about Makeup Revolution. The colours are a lot brighter than what I would usually use (but it looks SO pretty in photos) so I mainly stuck to using the silver and khaki, although I did attempt a slightly bolder look with the neon green, just to see…

This palette is a lot of fun, and definitely bold and daring, and I was actually quite impressed with the pigmentation of the metallics, although I found the mattes quite chalky. However, for the price, absolutely cannot complain!

Worth the hype? For the price, yes.

The Verdict = ★★★☆☆

Have you tried any of these products? Is there anything you’ve bought because you’ve spotted it on one of your favourite blogs?

Make sure to go and check out Abbey and Kate‘s blog posts on beauty fads, they’ve picked some amazing products 🙂

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  • Food & Baker

    So glad all these products bloggers made you buy were so worth it! UD Naked pallet has been one I’ve seen on hype for so long but have clearly been proven to be amazing. If I wore eyeshadow, I’d defo jump on the hype too!

    Jessica & James | /

  • Sharon Reid

    Fab post and beautiful photos! I’ve bought the Naked palette and Pixi Glow Tonic too because of other bloggers, as well as quite a few other products. I like that you’ve put a verdict, that will help so many people before parting with their cash.

    Sharon xx

  • I love the Naked 3 too! I don’t wear a lot of make up but find it so easy to just swipe on a bit of colour in the mornings. Bloggers are such enablers!

  • The charcoal mask is absolutely lush, I have it and I swear by it! The makeup revolution palette is maybe a bit too bright for me…

    Lauren x Huggled

  • Chloe

    I absolutely love all the Naked palettes and I really want to try the face mask from the Body Shop as I’ve heard so much about it! xx

  • Lifethrough Tsg

    That mask looks so good, I’ll have to check it out! I love makeup revolution palettes for the price!
    Hayley X

  • This is such a cool post. I have read Abbey’s too. I am not sure I actually bought something coz of bloggers, least of all makeup but there would be things to feature in a post like this one. Like shoes or clothes ahah xx corinne

  • Ooooh, I love seeing posts like this, and have been eyeing the Urban Decay palette for ages, so I’m glad to see it was worth your while! I’ve not seen any charcoal masks in the shops by me, but it sounds like a good investment!


  • Sarah Pears

    I definitely got the Charcoal Face Mask because you said you loved it 😀 Ahaha! I love it so much as well!

    Sarah |

  • Leanne Alcantarilla

    What would make you give Urban Decay a 5? It’s my absolute fave! Good tips on the rest. I think the acid brights are too young for me, but they don’t half make a fab photo!

  • Steph – Wanderlust Pulse

    I’ve always wanted to try a Naked palette too but like you, the price has always put me off! Maybe one day when I’m not working in a sweaty country where makeup would drip off me x

  • Kate

    I haven’t tried a charcoal mask before. I’ve been dying to try urban decay products for ages! I love the Make Up Revolution brand, I like their eyeshadow. I enjoyed reading your post.

  • Kaithlin Corcoran

    I was really disappointed with the glow tonic too, thanks for being honest. K x