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"The Age of the Blogger"

This morning I was being a bit reflective of my makeup collection over about the last  7 years. In this time many things have changed, not only my style but also the beauty industry. I think this has largely been due to the emergence of beauty bloggers. I think the beauty bloggers created accountability within the beauty industry as great products can much more quickly become popular, cult-favorites (Ex. UD Naked) and those with less than stellar products (many drug store brand 5 or so years ago) or shadier practices (Lime Crime) will quickly be scrutinized. I've noticed with these changes many brands are putting out bigger and better products. I remember when I was just getting into makeup, I really disliked drugstore brands after many terrible products and I was pushed into shopping at Sephora.

 

Also to go along with the changes, the wealth of beauty information online grew. Unfortunately when I first started out, there weren't great forums like BT, youtube was just starting out, and I didn't know anyone that wore makeup. I used to buy magazines to get my beauty info, which often recommended average products.

 

I guess the whole point of this post was just a realization of how much change has occurred in such a short period of time, and how much I really appreciate bloggers and forums like BT!

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Ahahaha, Livejournal was INTERNET DRAMA central around that time. I kind of miss watching people blow up for the most ridiculous reasons in lj_drama. I didn't follow any of this Lime Crime stuff though, I read a whole bunch this evening, I can't believe all the things that went on and that people kept buying from her! 

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OMG THE LJ DRAMALLAMA! 

 

I remember LJ_Drama. 

 

Teenagers! On the internet! Yelling at each other! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!  Smiley Wink

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@rikkie and @nebel OH THE LJ DRAMA I was always so amused watching people fight over using the same LJ icon (really there were millions just get another!!) and the ALL CAP SHOUTING that caused full on fights. hahahaah 

 

Thankfully none of that on Beauty Talk and we plan on keeping it this way Smiley Wink 

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

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LOL we could do an ALL CAPS DAY on BT so you guys can enjoy the LJ nostalgia!

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Absolutely! BT, and other similar sites, are great for people who struggle to find others to discuss their interests with! Only a handful of my friends are into beauty products, and they're definitely not as obsessed as me lol

These sorts of communities are so beneficial and caring - but with the good comes the bad. Although I've rarely seen it on BT, there are other online communities where bullying is prevalent. I hate online bullying! Luckily everyone here is so nice and helpful Smiley Happy

I creeped around these boards, but didn't start posting until recently. It's so rewarding to be able to give advice to others and receive advice without feeling silly. Thanks everyone! <3

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Blogs, BT, and reviews (for all types of products) are so helpful! Since skincare/ hair is my job (and I've been with Sephora since 2003), I really care what people think of products, ingredients, trends, etc. The good, bad, ugly, it's all super valuable. Thank you all for making this such a wonderful community of smart, savvy people!

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All of the YouTube channels I watch pretty much have a sole focus on either fashion, upcycling, or home decor. I've been into YT since the beginning and watched when 'the rise of the guru' happened.

 

I feel like a lot of them really do have a huge influence on the beauty community, however it's becoming more about promotions and unethical practices. There have been a couple of times when I'll watch a video that is a product endorsement. The constant rumors of gurus being paid by companies to push products is really obnoxious too. If you like something review it for free...being paid to speak on it is just bad rogue journalism. It's becoming more about making money and less about the actual act of tutorials.

 

If I had to choose a few makeup gurus that I really respect for their craft I'd have to say MissChevious and MakeupGeek definitely top my list. What I like most about these ladies is the simple fact that they're insanely creative and have stayed true to the theme of their channels.

 

 

Whimsically yours,
Janine

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I know MissChevious from a drum and bass forum from years ago (not personally), so cool to see her progress (we had a "girly thread" where we'd talk about stuff like this on a male-dominated, dnb forum)...

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I know what you mean, I feel annoyed when it seems people are just endorsing a product. 

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All the technology has really made the beauty industry step their game up.  I feel like products are better than they ever have been and more people are learning about different products that can help them with problem areas they may have.  You don't have to buy the magazines that just have one opinion.  That's why I like watching Youtube and reading BT for different peoples takes on looks or products.  BT and Youtube have really helped me better my techniques and have introuced me to a lot of great finds.  I lucked out having a mom who has always been into makeup.  I think I would be ok without all the blogs just from what I have learned from my mom, but I am sooo glad that we have access to all the different videos and sites.  It's just too much fun. 

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