Do Beauty Blogs Really Make Navigating Counters Easier?

I read quite a few beauty blogs, and although I do make an effort to seek out bloggers who are just finding their feet, a chunk of my Bloglovin' feed contains posts from Internet megastars like Tanya Burr and Zoe Sugg. Blogs with large readerships draw lots of PR samples and sponsors, so I'm always seeing an influx of posts about one product around its launch date. Seeing all of the coverage on Benefit's new Push-Up Liner made me start to think about the effect that this subtle form of advertising has on my purchasing habits. While I have more knowledge about what's available across many different brands and know much more about applying makeup than the average female, I still wonder: am I really better off than a woman who relies on sales associates at makeup counters to give her the 411 on all things makeup?

My Favorite Pair of Shoes

I might have been holding out on you guys a bit when I said I'm in grungy clothes and Crocs every day. That statement rings true about 95% of the time, but the other five percent (aka when I absolutely must dress up), things get a little more glam. My favorite pair of shoes to slip on in the rare event that I have somewhere to be are these studded platform sandals from Michael Kors.

I Hate Foundation

Although I've seen several girls mention that they don't like foundation in one or more of their blog posts, I've never seen a post from those bloggers entirely dedicated to the topic. I must say that my aversion to liquid bases of every kind (including tinted moisturizer and BB cream) has left me feeling like the odd woman out. I couldn't even hop on the bandwagon with Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, and I've tried concentrating the product only on the area where I need it - my (unintentionally) bright red cheeks. Unfortunately, everything I've tried in the face base category even with modified methods of application has left me feeling the same way - someone get me a makeup wipe before this skin toned cement suffocates my face. Okay, maybe I'm being a little dramatic, but that reenactment is fairly similar to the real life scenario.

If you're like me and you can't stand the feeling of foundation on your face, here are some products that I've just picked up that serve as color correcting replacements for my least favorite makeup item.