YouTube Made Me Buy It…

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I’ve been dialed into the YouTube beauty community for many years. It’s really cool to see how some of the channels I follow have grown and developed over the years. One thing that hasn’t changed though….the videos I watch make me wanna buy stuff real bad.

Here are some of my most recent purchases that were 100% YouTube driven:

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1) COLAB Dry Shampoo – Sheer Invisible in Rio Tropical

This is fashion model/blogger/vlogger Ruth Crilly’s dry shampoo. I watch her channel and read her blog religiously. (Check her out if you haven’t already. Her channel is called AModelRecommends). I’ve seen Ruth plugging this product lately and just kind of assumed that it wouldn’t be available in Canada (Ruth is based in the UK). I nearly squealed with glee when I found a display of these dry shampoos in the middle of Save-On-Foods the other day. I chose the sheer invisible formula in the RIO tropical scent. This has dethroned Batiste as my fave dry shampoo. It’s lighter and has a softer, fresher scent. It freshens up my second day roots without weighing my hair down, and it doesn’t leave a white cast unless I spray too close to the hair.

2) realTechniques Sculpting Brush

Really, all of my realTechniques brushes belong in the “YouTube made me buy it” category, but this one in particular stands out, because it’s not a brush I would normally go for. I’ve seen the Pixiwoo sisters using this brush for applying contour and for blending in liquid foundation…and I don’t do either of those things. I NEVER wear contour, and I’m pretty committed to my BeautyBlender when it comes to applying foundation. Instead, I’ve been using it to apply highlighter and certain blushes. It works really well with the NARS Dual Intensity Blush.

3) L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara

I watched two different YouTube interviews with renowned makeup artist Val Garland. In both interviews she mentioned this mascara as a personal favourite. She kept calling it “Miss Mango,” which made me smile. So, against my better judgement, I decided to give it a try. I’ve never really got on with L’Oreal mascaras. I’ve tried a few different ones from the Voluminous line, including the original, and found them to be clumpy, dry and flaky. This one is…clumpy, dry and flaky. The clumpiness I can forgive, because it’s supposed to mimic the dolly-eyed look of manga characters. Clumpy can be a look. I get it. The dry and flaky part, however, is a deal-breaker for me. Those flakes dropping into my eyes all day long lead to irritation, not to mention smudging underneath my eyes. Not cute.

Ah well, two out of three ain’t bad, right? What has YouTube made you buy? Answer in the comments.

Empties!

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I have always loved watching “Empties” videos on YouTube. You know? the ones where people hold up empty bottles and talk about products they’ve used up. I decided to start a series of “Empties” posts where I will do the the same thing, but you don’t have to actually watch me wave the empty bottles around while I blather on. This month’s empties are featured below.

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1. Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 Micellar Solution

I’ve already written a review of this product here, so I won’t waste too many words on it in this post. It’s a decent micellar solution and does a good job of removing eye makeup quickly and gently. I enjoyed it enough to use it up, but there are far better ones out there for the price, and there are so many others I want to try, so I won’t bother to repurchase this one.

2. Batiste Dry Shampoo

I always like to have a can of dry shampoo on hand to deal with greasy roots on my “second-day hair.” I’ve repurchased Batiste a few times and will continue to do so, but not this particular version. This is the “Wild” version, and although the leopard print can is adorable, the scent leaves something to be desired. It’s sickly sweet and kind of…..old lady-ish? Not a fan.

3. Bath and Body Works Three Wick Candle in Island Margarita

I finally used up one of my BBW candles! This was one of the summer scents, so you probably can’t get it now, but I would consider getting it again. It burned really well, had good throw and I enjoyed the scent. Kind of fruity/floral/tropical…..I’m horrible at describing scents. I liked it.

4. AG Hair Cosmetics Recoil Curl Care Shampoo and Conditioner

I can’t rave enough about AG Hair Cosmetics. Their products are high quality and actually make a noticeable difference in my hair. I’ve been a long-time fan of the Recoil styling products and decided to try the shampoo and conditioner from the same line. LOVE! I have already re-purchased and will continue to do so. Seriously, if you have curly hair with a mind of its own, check out the Recoil line from AG. They make curls soft, defined and manageable. They also control frizz without weighing the hair down or causing build-up. Customer for life! (Plus, it’s a Canadian brand, and the products are made right here at home.)

5. NeoStrata Oil Free Smoothing Lotion Level 3

This is a 10% glycolic acid lotion meant to provide some serious exfoliation, and it really works. It has made a huge difference in my skin. I’ve been using it for about 5 months, and it has definitely made my skin smoother. I also get way fewer blocked pores. I have repurchased this, but I must point out that it’s been re-vamped and reformulated. They changed the name to Glycolic Renewal Lotion. They’ve added a bit of fragrance to it, and the consistency has changed (it’s a bit thicker now), but Iuckily I’m still getting good results from the new formulation. I’ll keep buying this as long as it keeps working. It’s pretty expensive, but I don’t mind paying for skin care that works!

That’s all for now! Check back next month to find out what else I’m throwing out.