Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Tips For Blogging On A Budget

It's so easy as a blogger to get sucked into the hype & excitement of the 'next big thing'

They're placed into the hands of all the right people, (who the majority of us follow, hence why they get the product in the first place), and before you know it, you can't scroll through a page of Instagram photos without seeing it repeated on six different white backgrounds, claiming how fantastic it may or may not be (normally the former).

You can't blame the blogger or the brand; they're doing it right, they're doing their jobs and they're creating a lot of fuss. Everybody wants to get their paws on it and that's obviously the aim of the game, right? 

But not everyone can afford to splash out on the latest fad. It may very well be 'life changing'  (it probably isn't, but thats a whole other story for another day) and you may want to give your right arm to have it, but sometimes that budget just wont stretch. AND THAT'S COMPLETELY FINE. 

I very rarely post anything remotely new or hyped up on this blog anymore. This year has been a tight one and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I think I've mentioned a few times that I've been using up everything I've got before buying something new, or how I've swapped luxe products for cheaper (and just as good) alternatives. 

And I'll be honest, I don't think it has hindered my blog at all. In fact, I may go as far as saying it has improved my posts as they're always going to be individual and slightly different to whatever the current trend is and that's something you should embrace. 

So here are a couple of tips for blogging on a budget...

1. Revisit your stash : If you're a beauty lover, you probably have tonnes of items you've neglected for the latest release - we're all guilty. Have a route through, maybe post about your 'rediscovered favourites' and have a trip down memory lane, or try out a new make-up look with things you once loved but have since overlooked. The options are endless!

2. Blog sales : You know what they say, one mans trash is another mans treasure; blog sales are really great places to look if you have a specific item in mind that you really want to try. Normally, things tend to be around half the original price and although it isn't a shiny, brand new product - it's still what you were after at a discounted price. win, win!

3. Look around : I like to think inspiration is everywhere. Take your camera with you wherever you go & you'll more than likely to find something to blog about. Be it, a cosy night in; some of the beautiful sights you see on your way to work, or even a pug party... It's all free of charge and will make your content more individual & personal to you (which in turn, makes me want to read it).

4. Dupes : There's a dupe for everything nowadays. Everyone is copying each other and as I'm sure that's frustrating for some brands, it's really great for those of us that want to try something new but don't want to pay the high-end price tag. For example, L'Oreal Eau de Teint is almost an exact dupe for Giorgio Armani Maestro - L'Oreal own Giorgio Armani and therefore there are a lot of similarities in their lines (and many other high end brands owned by L'Oreal); the cheaper version brought out only a few months after.  

5. Don't give in to the hype : Be patient. Wait until the hype around a product has gone (a month, minimum). This is the time when, if a product is truly good, it will pop up in favourites posts or be used in tutorials, rather than just a one-off post. A lot of bloggers are very honest and selective with what they review, but then again, they didn't have to pay for it. And I always feel like there's a quite a big difference between, what is essentially, a free product and paying for it with your own money. 

Overall, I think there's a lot to be said for blogging on a budget. I'm not criticising anyone who doesn't, I just think that having the latest 'new-in' product isn't the be all and end all. If that's what you're looking for, you may not find it here, but I know what I do share is well loved and I think that counts for a lot. 

What do you think? 
What are your tips for blogging on a budget?
xo

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19 comments

  1. I'm quite patient when it comes to hyped up products, because once the people promoting it for press pass and people purchase it for themselves some really diverse reviews pop up and you can see whether it truly is worth the hype or not.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. Definitely. Always a good way to go about things I find :) xx

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  2. makeupalley.com is the first place I head to for reviews of products; I don't buy anything unless I've read a bunch of reviews. I ignore any hype or blogger reviews (especially from the established bloggers because, let's be honest, they're paid to write good reviews) and rely on my own experience with a brand.

    I'm not a lover of dupes; I'd rather buy fewer products with a higher price tag because I want a product to work well and look good. There's absolutely nothing wrong with buying a cheaper alternative though, I'm not anti-drugstore. I just found when I bought cheaper products I would stockpile them because it was easy to justify the purchases. Now I buy higher priced items, I don't buy hardly anything.

    "Shop your stash" is a great suggestion, I always empty out my "collection" and rummage through what I've got.

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    1. Yes! It really is best to compare reviews and that website is so helpful.

      I do agree on buying less and buying higher end, completely, but sometimes, the budget will just never stretch and if you need a top-up product (mascara/eyeliner) or just want to try something similar in the meantime, I don't think they're so bad :) xx

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  3. I'm not a beauty blogger but I completely admire and relate to what you say about using products you've had for a while and blogging about your own experiences as like you say, it makes your blog totally unique and that's what it's all about. Thanks for sharing.

    Holly xx

    http://abranchofholly.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. I often have to remind myself that I don't need the latest launch, no matter how tempting it is and that there are in fact other things I should be spending my money on that won't sit in the back of a drawer after only being used a handful of times.

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    Beth Tinkerbell

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    1. Exactly! I've been practically drooling over the new Bobbi Brown Scotch on The Rocks release, haha but I really can't afford it, so it's pointless (and the eyeshadow palette is probably very similar to other shades I have - or so I keep telling myself) xx

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  5. This should be said more often. I think it's a real risk for younger (and less young too let's face it) blogger/vlogger to get spiraled into buying more products than they could ever need and spending more money than they can afford to. (I did and I'm kinda proud to be past that point.) The amount of money I spent on makeup when I first discovered youtube/blogs is ridiculous.
    Great post !

    Feathers and Brushes | Swiss | Beauty & Lifestyle

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    1. I think we've all been there! I remember when I started taking my blog in a beauty direction and was like 'must have one of every new release' - only to end up pretty disappointed a lot of the time! xx

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  6. I've read a lot of posts like this one here & they all basically say the same thing, which I think is really important for bloggers to know. In my opinion, there's really no magic in blogging about what's currently the most desirable product out there... I feel like it lacks the amount of passion & personality that something more relatable has. Creativity comes from the weirdest places sometimes, but as bloggers we should embrace that! Trying to live the life of a successful blogger that gets to try all the new stuff for free isn't the first step to having an amazing blog. Great post Sam <3

    Sofia | palelily.blogspot.com

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    1. So well put :) completely agree, Sofia! xx

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  7. I try not to feature anything hyped on my blog too. Frankly, I myself get sick to death of seeing and reading about a product again and again, that the thought of writing my own two cents is a drag haha. I love finding blogs that talk about the new products we haven't seen again and again. It's like finding hidden secrets!

    xoxo
    Kelly
    www.dreaminlace.com

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  8. I've never had the cash to give into any hyped up product! I just can't afford to spend a ton of money on one thing especially when my post/review isn't going to bring any new light on a product when its been reviewed on early samples! But it makes my blog better for the every day person
    Allison from www.mercuteify.com

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  9. Loved this post! I always have to take a step back and to remind myself of what I've already got before considering if I really need ANOTHER neutral eye palette for the sake of the hype? I love delving into my existing collection and falling in love with a previously abandoned product all over again! :) x

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  10. Blog sales and dupes are my favourites! I've been trying to spend less money this past year as well since I'm at uni now!

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  11. I was actually thinking the other day about how much money I must spend on beauty products nowadays, especially on the high end beauties and unnecessary 10 different eyeshadow palettes (exaggeration there but hopefully you know what I mean!), and I agree with what you're saying. Recently I've taken a step back from buying expensive/hyped makeup, because although it's nice, there are many alternatives like the aforementioned ones in your post. Finding good dupes is the best too! x

    Kathryn from This Outlet

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  12. Great post, and so necesary!! thanks . last days i spent so much money on makeup and thats make me thing about it.
    Thanks!

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  13. I am very new to blogging and I've just realised that I would probably need to take out a personal loan to keep up with all the 'must have product' posts so thank you for writing this up. I will definitely be taking all your tips on board. :)

    www,kirstytalks.co.uk

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