How Much Does a Beauty Blogger Actually Buy?

I was looking at my selection of skincare products in my bathroom this morning, thinking ‘wow, if I add up how much all this is worth I’d be able to put a deposit down on a house right now’…
Then it got me thinking about how much I actually bought with my own cash and how much I have been ‘gifted’ as a beauty blogger. Granted, my skincare and beauty ‘gifts’ have declined a little since I left my job marketing for a selection of beauty websites, but I occasionally still get review opportunities from brands independently. 
Looking at my morning and evening skincare in my bathroom, it’s probably a healthy ratio of things I’ve bought myself versus things I’ve been sent for review. On this little rack are things I actually use daily/regularly, but there are boxes of stuff around my house which I don’t use quite as much.

So, what did I actually buy?

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel: A new addition I spotted in Boots this week, this demonstrates how use beauty bloggers are always suckers for new products on the shelves. This is a take on the classic micellar water, but so you can actually wash you face too. I’ve not used a product to cleanse for a few weeks now, after discovering the magic make up remover cloths. But I have noticed my skin is becoming a little dry by using just water. A few uses of this and my skin is so moisturised, clean and plump feeling. Total winner,
L’oreal Brightening Clay Mask:  I bought this a while ago, once again when they came out. It’s okay, but as far as clay masks go the consistency is really watery and it doesn’t offer the best results. I tend to use it when I’ve run out of my other products,
Hylamide Skincare Products: I wrote about these here after bagging them in the Black Friday deals. I use them pretty much every day and the spritz is perfect for when you use a matte foundation and want to avoid the cakey finish.
Pixi Glow Tonic: A repurchase after being trying a ‘free’ one at my old job. This is a great way to give you skin a boost twice or thrice a week and always makes my complexion seem clearer and more dewy when I put foundation on.
Vichy Idealia Day Cream:  Vichy is one of the French Pharmacy brands I will always stock up on when it’s on offer in Boots. I bought this after Kitty broke my favourite Idealia Serum and it gives you a nice dewy base for your make up.
So, as you can see, not a lot in my daily skincare collection I actually bought. But surely buying more skincare products on top of the ones you’ve already got is such a waste, Especially when you’ve received some absolutely amazing products to review which you would totally buy again when they’ve run on. 

Which leads us on to what I didn’t buy myself…

Jurlique Water Essence: This was featured on this blog post, where I discussed if something like this is really needed in your skincare regime. As demonstrated by it still being in my daily use pile, it is a worthwhile thing to add. But you can get away with using cheaper toners I suppose! 
Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream and La Roche Posay Toleraine Ultra Overnight: I use these when my skin really does need a boost of hydration. Which is quite regularly when it comes to these really erratic days of cold, rain and slightly warm weather.
Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask: This is one of those products which is in the pile because I’m trying to love it more than I do. I don’t want to say that any Vichy product is bad because I love the brand, but this is just okay. It doesn’t hydrate as much as I’d like but saying that it isn’t terrible either!
Jurlique Rose Water Mist: This was one of the first perks of my old job and to be honest I think it’s a little past it’s use by date. They’re only meant to be used 6 months after opening but I hate throwing away anything which is still more than half full! I’ve been using the Hylamide spray more now, so once I transition fully I’ll have to part ways. Because it’s all natural ingredients the shelf life just isn’t as long as you’d like.
Pixi Rose Oil: I love, love, love this stuff! A definite repurchase when it runs out and once again a perk of my old job. Dear Pixi, please add me to your press list now I’m not at my old job!
La Roche Posay Hydraphase Mask: Similar to the Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask, I want to love this but it’s similar results for me. Maybe there’s just something about this type of mask which my skin just thinks is a little ‘meh’.
In a nutshell, beauty bloggers don’ tend to buy that much themselves when it comes to skincare, but they LOVE trying any new and innovative products when they come out, whether they’ve been bought themselves or the PR sends them out first. 
This also reflects that things aren’t always just written about because they’re ‘free’ – but things we get sent actually do get put in the daily use regime! 
Are you surprised at how much is gifted vs. bought, or are these results just what you would expect from a beauty blog?