4 Things I Bought Because Advertising Told Me To

I would love to say that advertising doesn’t affect me; that I make my own purchasing choices and have control over my buying destiny. Well, that would be a load of crap because obviously we all buy things as a result of effective ads or peer pressure.  For me, it is beauty and health products.

There were four things that came to mind immediately when I started thinking about this over a glass of wine – wine that I selected based solely on the name/label.  “I’m a smart girl,” I thought to myself (yes, I was drinking wine alone), “I know when people are targeting me as a consumer,” (yes, I have these types of internal discussions when drinking wine, alone). 

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Well, I could immediately bring to mind the following products that I had purchased within the past month solely based on Instagram posts or sponsored ads.

FullSizeRender 661- Dove Dry Spray

The day I saw the TV spot where a jovial blonde girl spray her hairless armpit with this magic dust, I knew I had to have it. How much better would I smell?? How much drier would I be?? No more white stains on my clothes?!? YES. GIVE IT TO ME.  Obviously I forgot the 5 years I lived in Europe where they didn’t actually sell stick deodorant and I was forced to use spray… the aerosol fumes made me gag and I begged my parents send me Dove sticks instead of important things like money or Kraft Dinner. Luckily, this is notthe same product.  I really like it. And I do smell great, stay drier, and so far no more white stains. Whoop!


FullSizeRender 63 2- Vanilla Cinnamon Baileys

I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. It’s Baileys, but with vanilla and cinnamon. So, the deliciousness is amplified by one thousand.  I don’t think I would have need advertising to buy this, but I needed it to tell me that it existed. Luckily, I sometimes read adultish magazines like Flare or InStyle.  True story: I get usually get my Baileys from my parents because there is never a day where there is not Baileys in their house.  They keep extra bottles in a 2nd fridge like other people keep wine or beer. God bless them.  And Baileys.



FullSizeRender 64 3- Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kit in Posie K

Because, Instagram. Sue me.








IMG_0748 4- NutraSea Liquid Omega-3 in Chocolate

I take an Omega-3 almost every day, and NutraSea is by far my favourite. It’s easier for me to digest, tastes like lemon which mixes in to my smoothies perfectly, and I actually notice a difference in my health with this brand over others. I was recently at the Toronto Yoga Convention, and was accosted by two ladies using the old-fashioned “shove free samples in your face” form of advertising, and man was that effective – for two reasons: 1) I have a really hard time saying no to people in person and 2) CHOCOLATE FLAVOUR FISH OIL.  It was amazing and I bought an XL bottle on the spot.


What’s the last thing you remember buying as a direct result of advertising? Are you going to go out and buy anything because of this post?? Let me know in the comments 🙂


  1. Ooooh, the Vanilla Cinnamon Baileys sounds delish! Perfect for late night coffees.

  2. Dove spray is pretty much my fav thing in the world. I have several bottles in several places! lol

  3. Do you like the Kylie lip kit? I have heard lots are saying it is very low quality, especially the brush.

  4. I don’t drink anymore but the Vanilla Cinnamon Baileys sounds like it would be really awesome. If I still drank, advertising would tell me to buy that too lol

    1. I don’t even need the alcohol portion of it – if they were able to make a virgin version that tasted the same (not chemically like the other ones) I would buy that instead. Apparently drinking in the a.m. is frowned upon… 😉

  5. advertising does that too me too! even now, seeing those products you posted makes me want to try them!
    thanks for the great post!

    1. Thanks for reading and for commenting! It just so happens that I really love the products I ended up buying!

  6. The Vanilla Cinnamon Baileys sounds amazing.
    I bought some cookie butter because of advertising. It wasn’t as good as I’d hoped.

  7. “So, the deliciousness is amplified by one thousand. I don’t think I would have need advertising to buy this, but I needed it to tell me that it existed”

    I love your writing hahaha

    also so true about the IG ads/constantly seeing stuff like that

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