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Influencer Recommendations: My Experience (Good and BAD)

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Okay, so we all know that a million and one people on the internet call themselves an influencer. Annoying, I know. There are so many other things that people with online businesses can and should title themselves. Anyways, I wanted to talk about some of the things I’ve bought because of my favorite “influencers” and what the experience and product were like. Spoiler alert: not all of them are great. Stick around to hear the best and the worst. Let’s get into it!

Anyways, I wanted to talk about some of the things I’ve bought because of my favorite “influencers” and what the experience and product were like. Spoiler alert: not all of them are great. Stick around to hear the best and the worst. Let’s get into it!

Influencer Recommendation from Annie Tarasova

If you don’t know Annie, she is a Russian/Australian YouTuber who makes a ton of videos about spirituality, the law of attraction, and art. I first found her through a video about books that changed her life. She’s the only YouTuber that I remember exactly how I found her. Annie’s videos introduced me to a whole new look on spirituality and essentially changed my life.

After watching several of her videos, I fell in love with her art style. It really stood out to me that she makes YouTube videos and art simply because she wants to do so. She’s not the type of creator on YouTube that’s going to put out three videos a week because “that’s the trick to growth.” Rather, she creates videos when she’s inspired. It’s the same with her art.

Annie does a lot of work with watercolor paints and I remembered how much I loved painting in art classes in school. So I went out and bough a set of watercolor paints, but the ones in the tube not the chalk-like ones. Annie and other people I saw on YouTube always used the watercolor paints in the tubes. So I felt like they just had a better quality. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. I also bought a pack of paint brushes that had a variety of ones similar to what she used in her videos.

I don’t use the paints as much as I wish I did but I’m so glad I bought them. I’ve sat down to paint on several occasions because I was just so stressed and wanted to get out of my own head.

Influencer Recommendation from AmandaRachLee

After I really got into watching Annie, YouTube noticed that I was obsessed with her art videos. So the app started recommending more art related videos. Thus came Amanda and bullet journaling. I had heard of bullet journaling before, but I just wan’t into all of the technicality.

I was hooked on her ‘Plan with Me’ and doodling videos instantly. So much that I decided to get some of the supplies that she had been using. I really wanted to get some of the more expensive, higher quality items that she raved about. But I was balling on a budget and went for some middle range stuff instead. She’s actually the reason I went to Hobby Lobby for the first time!

Amanda specifically introduced me to the dotted notebooks and calligraphy pens. I also saw a lot of other YouTubers use the Pilot G2 pens and other gel pens, so I added those to my list. Other things I bought for bullet journaling were lettered stamps, sticker packs, washi tape, and even a stencil for various sized boxes and circles. I’m so glad that I’ve invested in these things, but I wish I would actually make time to use them.

Influencer Recommendation from Alisha Marie

Once I decided to finish my degree as a communications and media major, I started looking into options for creating a legit blog or even a YouTube channel. I started looking into my favorite creators to see what kind of camera and other equipment they were using.

I was set on starting a YouTube channel more than a blog, so I knew I wanted a camera that would be good for vlogging. But I also wanted something more than a point and shoot, like what many popular vloggers use. I read somewhere that Alisha used the Canon M50, a mirrorless camera with many of the same capabilities as their DSLR cameras.

Then, I did so much research on the M50 before deciding it would be the one. I also read that Alisha used the Rode VideoMicro microphone and I thought that would be a great but relatively cheap option to make me seem like less of a “newbie”.

Even though I’ve used my camera for more photography than videography, I’m so happy that I made the decision to purchase it. I can’t wait to get a couple more lenses so I can try out some different types of photography. This is probably one of my favorite purchase I’ve made from influencer recommendations!

Since then, I’ve noticed that Remi Cruz and Kenzie Elizabeth both use the Canon M50 for vlogging as well. So glad that such a splurge purchase for me is backed by several of my favorite content creators!

Influencer Recommendation from Lauryn at The Skinny Confidential

When I started listening to The Skinny Confidential, it was based on recommendations from some of my favorite influencers and podcasters. But once I was hooked, I couldn’t help but be subjected to Lauryn talking about her skin care routine at least once an episode. I started to realize that I should actually start working on a skin care routine for myself after awhile.

If you’ve listened to even one episode of TSC, you know that Lauryn LOVES facial massage and serums. I decided that both of those items would be a good step in starting. I ended up purchasing a rose quartz roller & the Neutrogena hydroboost hydrating serum. I was impatient and didn’t want to wait for anything else to be shipped to me. But I do really enjoy both of these products and would love to keep expanding my skincare routine.

Influencer Recommendation from Gabbie Hanna

I first learned of Gabbie Hanna through my sorority little sister. She had told me about Gabbie’s poetry book that just came out & told me that she was from New Castle, Pa (about an hour from where I live). I immediately checked out her YouTube channel. I love her personality and her sense of humor because it’s very close to my own.

About this time last year, she promoted Kenza cosmetics on her Instagram. I thought it was a great deal and I decided to get myself some. The brushes were free but you just had to pay shipping, which was $10. Had I spent more money on this, I probably wouldn’t be a big fan of Gabbie anymore.

I never got the brushes and when I tried to contact the company, it said that if it was part of that deal, I wouldn’t be eligible for a refund or a cancellation of any sort. Well, come a couple months later, I still never got the brushes and Gabbie released a video. She said that she wanted to do this to see if people would do it and what their experience would be like. I honestly lost a bit of respect for Gabbie with how she handled the situation. I haven’t stopped watching her videos and supporting her because I truly love her personality and humor.

Would I ever buy another recommendation from Gabbie? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean I’ll stop supporting her videos or Instagram or music content. She’s a great creator and deserves to keep doing what she loves!

Thoughts on Influencer Marketing

Even though I haven’t had all positive experiences with purchasing influencer recommendations, I’ve only had one bad experience. I only lost $10. It could have been much worse and I’m thankful that it wasn’t.

I think content and influencer marketing is the next big thing. It’s already pretty major but we’re in a transition period. Soon enough, it will take over marketing strategies for businesses of all sizes in any location. There’s so much potential here and that’s why I’m so excited to hopefully work in that industry after I graduate from college.

It’s very likely that I will continue to make purchases based off influencer recommendations. Going forward, I will do much more research on products and services before I throw my money at them.

Have you purchased anything from an influencer’s recommendations?! Comment down below and tell me your stories – the good, the bad, and (hopefully not) the ugly. Can’t wait to hear from y’all!

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