There was a chat on Twitter on Sunday for Beauty Bloggers and the topic was ‘Managing spending while blogging about products’. The chat was hosted by @KLProvenzano and her blog is Kerralina. I wasn’t involved in the chat directly as I joined a bit late but I did follow along with people’s responses and found the topic really interesting. So I thought I would give my opinion on the topic as a blog post instead as I missed out during the chat.
How do you decide which new collections to invest in?
I love reading beauty blogs and especially love product reviews. If someone has reviewed some new beauty world hype then I want to read about it. I spend a lot of time reading these reviews before taking the plunge and splurging on a new product. I listen to what beauty bloggers write and put my trust in them to review a product with honesty. Anything over £20 I would class as a ‘splurge’ as it’s not the sort of everyday money I would spend on a beauty product. So anything that highly priced needs a lot of research before delving in and buying into that product or brand.
How much is just too much for a beauty product?
The most I’ve spent on a beauty product was the clay mask I recently picked up from Origins which was priced at £23! I nearly had a heart attack actually handing over my bank card to pay for it. If I had a good paying job though or money was no object I would probably be a lot more likely to invest in higher end products, especially skin care items. I would prefer to blog about items that are in more people’s price range and stay relatable to my viewers. Throwing in the odd high end product review though is something I am all for. Heck I like to treat myself, can’t a girl spend a little money.
How much do you spend on beauty products a month and would you like to budget more?
The answer to this questions is that I have no idea how much I spend. I think if I actually totalled it all up I would have a big nasty shock. My poor bank balance is crying right now. I really should keep a total of how much I am spending on beauty products and see if it actually is effecting the way in which I blog. I’ve always been a spender and not a saver. I just love shopping. I can’t help it!
I would like to start a notebook and keep tabs of exactly how much I’m spending on beauty/hair care products and try and manage my money a little better.
The chat did seem to get a little heated and some opinions were thrown around and things people had said were taken slightly out of context. My opinion on it all is, if you have the money to spend and beauty products are something that make you happy then why the hell not. Heck if someone handed me £500 right now I would be straight off to House of Fraser to buy the entire Clarins, Clinique and Origins stands.
I also feel like you don’t necessarily need to buy all the latest products to be a beauty blogger. There are so many ways in which you can blog about beauty without buying a single new product. Talk about what you know and what you love and the viewers will start rising. I believe that if you have a true passion for what you are doing people will notice this and be keen to read what you have to say.
Do you consider yourself to be a beauty blogger? Has being a blogger affected the way you spend your money? Let me know in the comments.