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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Instagram Made Me Do It

Instagram Made Me Do It

Instagram is such a "thing" isn't it? I start and end my day with a scroll of my feed and spend hours not only obsessing over my little grid but most likely yours too. However unlike beauty blogs I don't find myself clicking on links, nor making little lists of must-try products after watching a Youtube tutorial. I can truly count on one hand the products that Instagram persuaded me I needed, yes need because apparently I have very little self control.

Instagram Made Me Do It

For a good few years, I promised myself that as soon as I stepped into an Ulta I would purchase both of the Lorac Pro Palettes and that is exactly what I did. Zero regrets: two beautiful palettes that have both usable neutral staples in matte, satin and metallic formulations, coupled with bright splashes of colour - in a word, perfection and this is most likely why they are still firm Instagram (and make-up fans in general) favourites. If you have any doubt in wither the Lorac palettes are worthy of the splurge then let me be the one to tell you yes and then yes again. Do you need both? Probably not, the Lorac Pro Palette is warm toned and the Lorac Pro Palette 2 is cooler toned - the problem is once you purchase one, a lot like the Urban Decay Naked family, you find yourself lusting after the others.

Perfectly sculpted and chiselled cheekbones are pretty much the order of the day on Instagram and I'm of the mindset that if you've got it flaunt it. The problem is I don't have it, not even close - I have a chubby face (looking at you excessive carb consumption) and need a little helping hand in carving out the hollows of my cheeks. The palette of choice, the one and only Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Kit, six wonderfully formulated powders that are perfectly toned to create natural shadows on the face. Truthfully as far as contour palettes of the powder variety go, this is hard to beat and I'm more than willing to bet that it will stand the test of time. Again Instagram did not get this wrong and yes this does belong in your make-up stash.

Another Anastasia Beverly Hills purchase egged on by too many hours of stalking insanely talented face painters was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks. Sadly I wish I hadn't fell for the hype, now don't get me wrong the shade range is not only pretty but expansive too. My main gripe with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks is that they set fully on the lips, or at least in experience and when they do dry down, they feel really heavy and dare I say a little sticky. At $20 a tube I'm sorry I do expect a little more, especially as liquid matte lipsticks are everywhere at the moment.

Two hits and a miss isn't too bad now is it?

Now over to you, is Instagram a constant drain on your bank account or do you tend to only scroll through the pretty photos and leave it there. Or perhaps and maybe a little controversially do you avoid purchasing anything off the back of Instagram due to the barrage of advertisements?
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15 comments:

  1. My list is getting long too! The ABH kit keeps happening its way into my feed.... Looks like it just made its way on to my list as well. :) thanks for enabling. 🙃
    http://www.mytwopence.com

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  2. Instagram is definitely an enabler on its own! And yes - two hits and a miss is definitely not bad at all. Great to hear your thoughts on the LORAC Pro Palettes, though I do prefer the first for its warmer tones!

    Pauline | Catpacking

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  3. I am always on instagram but i find Youtube and blogposts are what make me buy products rather than instagram. Most of the products i have ended up loving but some i wish i hadn't of bothered.
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

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  4. I've succumbed to the power of seeing products repeatedly on my Insta feed and having to make the conscious decision to step back and say 'I don't need it' is kinda hard. So yes, it is definitely a constant money drain. You've made me want the Lorac palettes even more now though :p Been having my eye on the unzipped palettes. Awesome post, nice to know I'm not alone!
    ~Weng wengiful

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  5. I don't follow too many beauty bloggers on Instagram but I do on YouTube and that's what really get me because you see it in action and how they really sell it, ahhh I'm such a sucker for it! x

    Wonky Lauren

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  6. I definitely need to try the Lorac palettes! It's so annoying they are difficult to get hold of in the UK :( x
    http://cocoamay.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Instagram is a bit of both - I scroll and "like" all the pretty picks, but sometimes, there is that one thing I need to pick up, haha.

    http://covetedbeauty.blogspot.ca/

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  8. My Instagram has honestly become filled with beautyblogger photos and those skills really does make everything look so attractive (as if they aren't attractive enough already!) I cannot lie because these photos do sometimes enable my purchases a bit, along with blogger reviews of course!

    Bonnie x
    Beautiful Appreciations

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  9. I always thought these palettes were gorgeous, but I don't think I'll be buying them any time soon... I've recently splurged on an Urban Decay Vice4 palette and it's my baby :D I have to have something like that for at least a few months before getting something new and more interesting :D

    http://beautypeptalk.blogspot.com/

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  10. The Lorac palettes are stunning, I have to agree! I can't think of anything Instagram has convinced me I need tbh.

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  11. Instagram is a total enabler. The worse culprit is Trend Mood & Too Faced. No words for how much I want that peanut butter & Jelly palette, oh and the peach one... and pretty much every new thing Trend Mood posts MAC collections etc. Instagram is also a nightmare for buying things just to put on it. fml. No I didn't need a white cake stand.

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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  12. Ugh I'm always clicking links and purchasing thing! I never shopped at Nordstrom untilbi started following certain Instagram feeds!

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com


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  13. Oh, instagram can be such a drain! I just want all of the pretty things! Good thing I made a goal for this year the involves being more of a minimalist and NOT buying all of the things, rather just the things that make me really happy and really get used!

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  14. Ooh I have been lusting after the ABH liquid lipsticks, but I haven't bought one yet. For the money, I wasn't expecting them to be heavy or sticky! Maybe I'll stick with Colourpop and Sephora!

    Lilies and Lipbalm
    xx

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  15. I'm currently getting increasingly addicted to Instagram after giving mine a little bit of an overhaul and trying really hard to try and gain new followers (which isn't easy thanks to the changes they've made). I'm definitely one for just looking at the prettiness though, it tends to be blog posts more than Instagram that add to my wishlist x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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