We’ve all been there. You’re scrolling through your Instagram, fully not minding your own business, and an ad for the latest skincare product pops up. Something tells you that you need it. The model showing off her perfect skin seems to whisper that your life will suddenly change if you buy this product. Your skin will glow, your bills will get paid on time, and that person you’ve been pining over will finally text you back. All you have to do is click “buy,” and the world is suddenly yours for the taking. Yes, I’ve been there. You probably have too. Instagram made me buy it. Some of it is trash, some of it is just okay, and some of it did change my life. Here are all the mistakes I’ve made when it comes to buying things just because an app told me to. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Starface Pimple Patches
Yes, Instagram made me buy it. Honestly, so did Target, but let’s blame the real culprit. Some model I’d been following on Instagram for a while claimed these pimple patches were the real deal. I’m no stranger when it comes to adult acne. I can follow my skincare routine down to the letter and still wake up with an unwelcome visitor sitting on my cheek. It’s annoying, baffling, and nothing seems to help. A sense of desperation came over me a few weeks ago when a fresh pimple popped up just in time for my sister’s wedding. What’s a girl to do? I went and bought the pimple patches that the model promised would turn my problematic skin into a photo-worthy canvas.
Turns out, these pimple patches actually work! I popped one on, and the next morning the pimple was basically gone. I am truly blessed. Yes, Instagram made me buy it. However, this is one product I will return to whenever my skin is on the fritz. I can’t promise these patches will solve the climate change problem or cure your depression, but they will make your skin better, and I guess that’s a start.
Asarai Earth Tones Face Mask
Instagram made me buy it, and I couldn’t be happier. An ad for this face mask kept popping up on my feed. I ignored it for the longest time but finally gave in when my curiosity got the best of me. I love this skincare product so much that I’m actually wearing it right now as I write this. No joke, this product works WONDERS. As previously mentioned, finding skincare products that actually work for me is HARD. It’s basically been a part-time job trying to find a skincare routine that calms my skin down. This face mask is a gift from the goddesses of the universe.
I use this mask once a month when I really want to indulge. It gets rid of redness, shrinks down pesky pimples, and makes my face glow. Thank you, Instagram!
Instagram Made Me Buy It: What’s Bad
Okay, here comes the really juicy part. I know that beauty products can be somewhat controversial. What works for one person may turn someone else’s skin into a hot mess. Just because I say something is awful doesn’t mean that it’s horrible for everyone. That being said, here’s what I purchased from Instagram that I will never buy again.
Fuck the Kardashians. I said what I said. A few years back, they were promoting these HORRIBLE hair gummies. I felt like every time I opened my damn Instagram, a new sponsored post by one of the Kardashian sisters would claim hair gummies were what I needed to salvage my damaged strands. The whole thing was a hoax! However, I was young and naive at the time. I thought that if a vitamin was good enough for a glamorous celebrity like Kim, it has to be good enough for me. Boy, was I wrong. And they’re wrong for trying to promote it! Those gummies are simply a waste of money. It’s all a scam!
Another awful product that came out of that family? Kylie’s skincare line. Granted, I haven’t tried every product that she has put out. However, I have tried enough to know that whatever ingredients she’s putting in that face wash simply do not work for me. Unfortunately, it seems that the consensus from the Internet is that her skincare line is a no-go. Perhaps it will work for you if you’ve been blessed with skin that isn’t easily irritated, but don’t even think about it if you’re prone to pimples.
I could go on and on about all of the products I’ve wasted money on, but I think you get the idea. Sometimes buying things from Instagram isn’t the way to go, and sometimes it is. I guess that’s the gamble. Let me know which products Instagram made you buy in the comments!