Which influencers do you really trust recommendations from?

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Here is my updated list. The only major ones I somewhat trust at this point are:

Karenbritchick - Great content and great style. Great personality and love her streetstyle and vintage thrift videos. Stays faithfull to her style.

Peony Lim - Great style and great styling tips and actually delivers high quality content on her blog. Doesnt follow the usual cookie cutter 'I am an influencer'. Has actually worked with Chanel. I often browse her instagram account for inspiraation but would skip the ads. I guess I like her since she is more discreet and doesn't seem to be hoarding all designer stuff. She obviously has a great collection but stays faithfull to her style, mixing classic, vintage with high street trends.

Sophie Shonet - I admire the fact that she is a career woman and pays her purchases with her own money. I am wary with the sponsored content and I would usually skip those.

Cassie Thorpe - open and transparent and doesn't hide between 'I bought this with my money'. Yes she is loud but in a good perky way and is also adorable. Her style is not really for me but I don't mind. I usually skip ads and sponsored content.

Emma Anders - Career woman and bubbly. Is clearly into Dior and Chanel. These brands are not for me, but regardless of that I find her videos funny, entertaining and useful.

Thegeekischic - Is sadly not active currently and deleted her videos :sad: I love her content. Funny, but with a small dose of sassiness which I find refreshing since she is honest. I admire the fact that she is a career woman who works in the fashion industry.

I occasional browse smaller channels for reviews. Those are the ones I find most useful.

I hate to be negative. But some of the influencers mentioned here are practically sell outs for and have been caught at lying to the viewers. The constant begging for free stuff is appalling. I often wonder whether they actually like the product or just say positive nonsense in order to remain on the pr list. One major influencer received Mulberry mini alexa. She gushed about the alexa and the heritage and then the bag kind disappeared.... And later on bought a Birkin but instead of admitting that she worked with a consigner company, she lead the viewers thinking that she bought from the store. Like why? I don't see any with problem buying secondhand. Two influencers come into my mind that has promoted companies with a history of possible selling fakes...

Again nothing wrong with making money especially if you are a full time blogger/youtuber. But I require honesty and transparency in haul videos, ads, reviews etc.
 
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Here is my updated list. The only major ones I somewhat trust at this point are:

I occasional browse smaller channels for reviews. Those are the ones I find most useful.

I hate to be negative. But some of the influencers mentioned here are practically sell outs for and have been caught at lying to the viewers. The constant begging for free stuff is appalling. I often wonder whether they actually like the product or just say positive nonsense in order to remain on the pr list. One major influencer received Mulberry mini alexa. She gushed about the alexa and the heritage and then the bag kind disappeared.... And later on bought a Birkin but instead of admitting that she worked with a consigner company, she lead the viewers thinking that she bought from the store. Like why? I don't see any with problem buying secondhand. Two influencers come into my mind that has promoted companies with a history of possible selling fakes...
Maybe they need an ‘Influencers you don’t trust’ thread, but I don’t know how you do that without devolving down to Hatin’ or a Slambook type thing.

I will say: there are a few people - unsure if they’re mentioned in this thread, but smaller than like Amelia Liana - whom I suspect have super fakes or a mix of replicas and the real thing in their collection. I wouldn’t normally care but when you are normalizing spending $10K in a week on discretionary purchases, and you don’t work some high flying career or even a paid job, I do side eye.
 
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I also need to clarify my previous post that came out wrong since I made it look like I my favourites were 'sell outs'. This is not the the case. I think Sophie Shohet, Peony Lim, Karenbritchick, thegeekischic, Emma Anders and co are wonderful example of people doing their own thing and have found balance between blogging and living their own lives. My bag the post was worded well.

The dishonest influencers I referred to were others influencers who were mentioned in earlier posts made by others. I won't name these influencers for obvious reasons.

I think there can be a healthy balance working as a full time blogger/digital content creator/influencer. It's just that some of them in my opinion lacks the creativity of let's say Alexa Chung, a style Icon at this point. I know not everybody can be Alexa, but still. The courting of brands can be a bit excessive while trying to stay somewhat relatable to their audience.
 

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Maybe they need an ‘Influencers you don’t trust’ thread, but I don’t know how you do that without devolving down to Hatin’ or a Slambook type thing.
Yeah true. I don't know how it can be done without this thread turning into Guru Gossip or Tattle. I know they exist for the purpose of gossiping. I think purseforum should remain as a safe place for everybody. One can be critical without being too brutal.
 
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Yeah true. I don't know how it can be done without this thread turning into Guru Gossip or Tattle. I know they exist for the purpose of gossiping. I think purseforum should remain as a safe place for everybody. One can be critical without being too brutal.
Yeaaaah. I didn't want to mention GG and give them any extra press; I don't want this to become ugly but some of the raves (and the critiques) of certain influencers here has had me scratching my head.

I will say: I don't love how conspicuous the consumption has become with luxury YouTubers; and I do find especially over COVID, it seems to be the same bags over and over and over again - Chanel 19, a Birkin, and then the ad campaigns like the LV Pont 9 earlier in 2020. It genuinely feels like some of them are in competition with each other. I find myself a bit turned off of most luxe/handbag YouTubers and have just started Youtubing the EXACT purse I'm interested in; but not really subscribing to these people as much anymore.
 

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I know EXACTLY who inspired this example lol :happydance:
I think I know, but not sure. It’s so hard to see what products are legit bc they are getting paid big bucks to promote. I just started following an influencer that talks about skin care and watches videos on ppl’s facial routines. Some of her recs I’d like to try, but I have a closet full of things I wasted my money on so I can’t always trust the influencers.

One of the more popular influencers who is young (aren’t they all) with an adorable young family I purchase some of her recs bc it’s food related, but her page is a lifestyle brand. She doesn’t focus on one thing to promote.
 

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I am not one to “trust” YouTube/Insta influencers much, but I’d say, if they come up with a Sanreve bag, and claim to LOVE it, time to question that trust.
 
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I miss the Geek is Chic so much. Her videos were great, and I appreciated her more minimalist approach. Every other video was not a haul video and then you never saw the item again on her YouTube or Instagram. I hope that she is well. Her last YouTube community post (or maybe it was Instagram) referenced taking a break for health reasons.