Recently, I posted a couple of reviews giving my honest opinion on the Zoella Beauty range. Now, I don't mind getting "hate," but the way I received it was particularly unsettling. So if you're one of the people who were personally offended by my not saying all of Zoe's products were 5 stars, please read on.
Oh, hello there. Do you love YouTube? Me too! I'm so glad you're here and we're having this conversation.
Do you love Zoella? That is great! I don't know Zoella personally, so I can't comment as to who she is outside of her YouTube persona. But she seems like a good person to look up to: she made herself a fortune, she doesn't smoke or drink or engage in irresponsible behavior. Good on you for picking a pretty good role model! I've enjoyed her video as well--and still watch them from time to time. She is pretty entertaining.
Were you personally offended by the fact that I didn't absolutely love every single product Zoe put out? Did you send me messages calling me an idiot or illiterate? Well, here is where your love for her (or anyone for that matter, especially people you don't know personally), gets a little out of hand.
Firstly, I run a blog and YouTube channel that isn't exclusively about beauty, but I do talk about it a great deal. As such, I am giving my personal opinions about each product. These are just that, my personal opinions. I don't love every product I try, and Zoe's range was no exception. True, I am not in her target demographic, yet I am simply trying to give an honest review for those who are curious about the products. Like any range, there are some things I liked more than others. Was her range totally awful? No, not at all--and I'm still using the Soak Opera on a daily basis. Some of the products just weren't for me. That doesn't mean they won't be for you, or that you can't have your own opinion about them.
It is great that you love Zoe so much. Honestly, it is. And when I was your age, there were lots of things I really loved. Like really loved, just like you love Zoella. And that is totally normal. But, it shouldn't impede your ability to think clearly and critically. Zoe is a person, just like you. And although you may not see them, she does have faults. She is not perfect and just because not everyone is falling all over themselves for her products, it doesn't mean they're a terrible person. It just means they have a different opinion than you do. And that's okay!
Although I know Zoe is very glad for your support, I don't think she would be happy to have people harassing each other over a difference of opinion on her products. If I were in her shoes, that's the last thing I would want my fanbase to be doing to others.
Think before you speak. It is okay for people to have a different opinion than you do. As long as they're not hurting anyone, there is no need to be rude or nasty.
I'm so glad we had this conversation.