This post has been a long time coming, but I figured since I got another almost unbelievable deal that it was time to share my tips. This isn’t just “sign up for the Ultamate Rewards,” but more information about bonus offers that help you accumulate […]
Tag: budget beauty
There are zero affiliate links in this post. I am SO excited but yet so nervous to post this. I have a few “hair troubleshooting” posts partially written for how I figured out my routine, but honestly I was getting too frustrated to post them! […]
This is the first of a three part series on the YouTube beauty community….
‘I feel like I “grew up” watching YouTube. The OG Youtube. The Lollipop26, Juicystar07, Pancea81, MichellePhan era of YouTube. I remember when Ingrid Nielsen first came onto the scene. To say things have changed would be the understatement of a decade (wait, actually it’s been more than a decade that I’ve been watching YouTube). Do I wish that I had started a channel back in the day? No. I enjoyed learning and watching. But the problem with YouTube beauty videos today is this: They are almost all entertainment or consumption based, not teaching based.
YouTube Beauty Freebies
The PR packages have gone insane. I do not feel bad by saying that it seems impossible not to be biased on free product. Not to say that every big beauty Youtuber intentionally is nicer, but it’s hard to be critical of a product when it’s sent for free. And the PR has gone from a product here and there to a full deluxe line at every product release. Vacations and trips for the creators that have extremely generous gifts along the way that most corporate companies would consider bribery (note: my large company considers any gift valued over $75 to be a form of bribery) One of the “vlogs” of a brand promoted trip clearly cost thousands of dollars, before the packages which also cost over thousands. I don’t want to name the YouTuber, because I do enjoy her videos for entertainment value….but her trip was to a luxury resort and included packages with smart devices, apple products, and more.
Another reason I no longer watch (many) YouTube beauty videos is the over consumption that is promoted. “Hauls” are done regularly and often include a year’s worth of makeup. Fashion videos are constantly rotating through. Luxury videos have gone up exponentially. Admittedly, I find these fascinating, but they still promote this ideology about possessions equaling status.
I find myself wanting to buy more, even though I love what I have already. Is that on me? Yes. That’s why I personally watch less of the videos. I’ve found myself gravitating more towards vieos about personal finance, advancements in technology, housing, minimalism, and sustainability. But that’s what I choose now.
Next up is part 2: Specfic YouTube Videos I Avoid
So if you are familiar with my website, you know that I was able to score the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz for $1.50 at Ulta a while ago. Yea. AWESOME DEAL. And I was so excited to try this because it is such a […]
Before worrying about budgeting and our debt snowball, I would’ve probably called this article “Worth the Splurge.” While that is similar, I now believe that these items should be saved for, or requested as a gift. These can’t be impulse buys. I’ve been there, done that, […]