Who remembers this video? I was trawling my YouTube archives today to find examples of camera quality for an upcoming blog post and stumbled upon this little gem. I remember receiving such a huge response (relative to my online following at the time) after I published it and looking back at it now I can see why. I also can’t believe I’d only been making videos for 6 months when I filmed it. Bizarre.
I don’t think there are many of us who can honestly say that being part of the beauty community online hasn’t changed them in some way. Whether it be that you’re spending more money on makeup than you’d like or you’ve just improved a skill.. for me I started out on a serious budget because I didn’t have a job but my financial situation has changed since then and I’m now much more comfortable. I wanted to be a bit of a niche blogger who told you where you could save money where others at the time seemed to be MAC dependent.. I knew not everyone had the budget for that and in truth I’d never even been to a MAC counter before I was on YouTube yet within a few short months I wanted everything and I had the money to buy it. I was slowly turning in to every other beauty girl so this video was basically me checking myself and telling you I’d recognised the change. I feel like this video is relevant again now as although I still shop at cheaper places 80% of the time I do have that 20% splurge because I can afford it and maybe I need to look again and think, is this really worth the money?
Some products are a treat – a MAC lipstick would fall into this category for me, others are just better – Urban Decay Eyeshadow, I’m looking at you but most are no better at the beauty hall than in Boots and the day I rave about a £30 foundation as a must have is the day you know I’ve crossed over to the dark side. I still think I have the right balance but I hope that the majority of you will look at my higher end reviews as a serious stamp of approval because I’m NOT your ‘average guru’ and I DON’T just spend £20 on anything so if I’m telling you it’s worth the money I really believe it. *NOTE* – A lot of it still isn’t though.
If you saw that video the first time, thanks for sticking with me, I didn’t intend to post this today it was a totally impromptu post but perhaps it fits in with Blogging month as in the video I do outline how YouTube changed me and what I learned in the first few months.