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Influencers ANTI-Influencing

At first I didn't think too much of it.  Now it seems to be a thing...influencers telling you NOT to buy makeup and to a lesser extent, skincare.  Is the sky falling or are they over-correcting the makeup/skincare push of the last 2.5 to 3 years?  "If you have 'A' don't waste your money on B, C and D.  Oh yeah, since when? LOL

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Re: Influencers ANTI-Influencing

 

 

I have paid absolutely no attention to influencers in any way, shape or form.  Make-up would be my LAST category of listening anyway.

 

I have always shopped for items that were healthy for my skin, even if a bit more costly.

 

I prefer a lighter touch, and have never worn cream foundations, only light powders when needed.

 

I see a lot of women wearing false eyelashes these days and they look like they are on the stage--too much drama.

 

I agree it is fun to experiment with makeup when younger, but it seems the only goal of influencers is to make themselves popular and rich.

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@FancyPhillyshopper 

 

Fortunately for me I have the smarts to take what I want from a influencer's video.  I'm quite capable of picking and choosing what will and won't work for me.  I love makeup and have a lot of it.  I love watching makeup YT videos.  I love nearly every single piece of makeup I've purchased.  The only thing that went into the trash within hours of purchasing is an Elf bronzer.  My bad.  I should have known better.  I've made my fair share of returns to Sephora but it's just a tiny fraction of what I've bought.  I watch these videos to learn about new products.  My nearest Sephora is an hour away.  The pandemic and my first (of two bad knees) hit at the same time.  Some took up knitting when we couldn't go anywhere.  I fed my makeup obsession.  

 

but it seems the only goal of influencers is to make themselves popular and rich.

 

That's pretty much anyone's goal.  It's their job they've chosen for themselves because the opportunity is there.  

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Re: Influencers ANTI-Influencing

Interesting.  Who is paying the anti-influencers?  Anti-consumerists?

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Influencer's will clamor to support the current trends, if they're noting positive feedback. A popular influencer starts it, then they follow.

 

I think these self proclaimed specialist's setting out to influence others is actually funny. Not all they advise is to be trusted. I give them credit though. They've found their niche.

 

Some are good and it's lucrative for them. It's better than punching a time clock every day and a lot easier (and cheaper) than getting a couple of college degrees. Lol.

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Fortunatly for me I am not easily influenced so Influencers mean nothing to me.  I don't pay any attention to them.  Many people call themselves Infuencers but it is a meaningless term at far as I'm concerned..

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I agree KathyM23 lol

influencers mean nothing to me I know what I like and don't like and have never craved needed influence/approval from others maybe it's my generation @60...lol. It's a waste of time most of the s**t I already know!!!  The platforms are out there I choose to see what I like or keep scrolling lol lol 

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@monicakm   The "influencers" who are sponsored by products in a video are still pushy. They need to be since they are paid to sell. If I'm browsing through youtube, those are the ones I skip.

 

I don't need the "how to" videos either. 

 

It does seem that if one gets on the anti-haul train, for instance, many are soon to follow. They present what's trending.

 

There are only a few makeup videos that I check out and most are makeup artists and a few aren't and just funny to watch. 

 

"Kackie Reviews Makeup" is just wacky, off the wall and a bolt of non-stop talking and energy. Sometimes I start my day with her.

 

I do check out Michelle Wong because I like to see the application of high end products and if they're worth the money. I do skip her house tours, Chanel and Hermes bag purchases and high end trips to Vegas boutiques.   

 

I watch others who are dermatologists or specialize in skincare.

 

My take on youtube has always been I purchase what I like, as others have said. Those that can be influenced by the fast talking makeup videos, end up with a lot of things that they don't need,  don't work for their skin tone or skin type and a high Visa bill.

 

They get on the kick of "decluttering" and and 15 others follow within a week. The same with a certain foundation...it goes through their community like wild fire. If you see one, you've seen them all.

 

Charlotte Tilbury is mentioned by most, but I don't like her makeup. I think you can find dupes anywhere. She stays on the pinks and it's not flattering on everyone. CT is in a rut and her new releases all look the same to me.

 

I think what's happening is not only are they oversaturated with makeup themselves, but confused by the ridiculous amount of new products coming out daily. Some companies seem slower now to roll out new makeup/skincare.

 

Influencers want to be our friends. Nope, I have my own. They're  paid to give opinions that cannot be trusted and although I may watch one or two to get kicks and giggles, I'm not running to the store to purchase their recommendations.

 

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Influencer's will clamor to support the current trends, if they're noting positive feedback. A popular influencer starts it, then they follow.

 

Yes, I'm well aware.

 

Not all they advise is to be trusted

 

LOL, I know

 

 

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@FacePlace80 

 

The platforms are out there I choose to see what I like or keep scrolling

 

Yeah, don't we all?  Or do some people watch videos that they don't want to watch? Smiley Surprised  It's my hobby, along with AIs/technology, so that's what I watch.  I was simply making a comment on an observation.  I don't see how I'm craving approval from a makeup influencer.  I DID learn a lot about skincare from various YTers tho and for that I'm greatful.  DID/DO I BUY AND DO EVERYTHING I SEE/LEARNED?  Uh, no of course not but there was some learning and experimenting involved.  

I wish people would stop telling me how to spend my money and what to spend it on.  BTW, to whoever said something about a Visa card...we haven't used cc to make purchase with in decades so all my makeup is paid for straight out of my checking acct.

 

I know what I like and don't like

 

At our ages, I would hope you do.  But new and different items are introduced nearly everyday.  If you don't want to look into or change and or improve, that's fine.  I don't  know why I get blasted for enjoying learning about and trying new things.  I don't tell people they need to upgrade their skincare because (skincare) technology has improved dramatically over the last few years.  I have a drone that is 3 years old.  Still works but it doesn't have half the resolution, options or flying time that newer ones have.  I will upgrade when I can.   

Again, I was simply making an observation that YT influencers (that's what the industry and they call themselves) are turning the tide and now suggesting you don't buy products.  I'll continue to do what I want to do.