Saw It On Social: A Request for Suggestions

Jul 13, 2023

Like many of you, I spend a decent amount of time on social media.  And the algorithm is hard at work suggesting new products and services to try, which is how the Saw It On Social feature came to be.  But recently, my suggestions turned from fashion and beauty picks to baby stuff.

So much baby stuff.

Eons of baby stuff.

I can’t remember the last time Instagram or Facebook fed me an ad for anything other than a bib, onesie, or play kit.  And since I don’t want to be in the business of mommy-blogging (it’s rough out there on them streets), I thought maybe I’d bend the rules a bit.

Rule #1 is always, and will remain, no freebies.  Products must be purchased with my own money.  Rule #2 was that it had to be served to me, but I’m expanding that to include all of you.

In the past we’ve covered, Replenix Eye Cream, Quince cashmere, and Versine serum.  All of which were good.  We’ve also covered the bad experiences, including Prose Shampoo and Quip Toothbrushes.

So if you have a product that is blowing up your social media algorithm, drop it in the comments.  I’ll test it (or ask a trusted friend to if I need a second opinion) and we’ll find out if the product is a great buy or just a great marketing campaign.

 

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  1. Anja says:

    What about Athletic Greens? I see that powder EVERYWHERE.

    • KV says:

      I think there are a few reviews on AG, of course, none will be so unbiased as what’s done by CapHill Style!

      The everygirl had one – Google Everygirl and AG.

      I’ve been taking AG for a year, I’m not sponsored, and I’d say it’s FINE. No noticeable differences here. My husband likes it and is into making sure he gets vitamins (not that he’s noticed a change), so we still buy it.

    • Bee says:

      Yes I would love to see an unbiased AG review!!

    • Pam says:

      my husband and i have both been using AG1 about 2 months. for me it helps curb hunger cravings in the morning. My husband thinks it makes him more regular. We are both glad to be getting more micronutrients.

  2. Katel says:

    Instagram thinks I need more protein (Truvani) and I have chub rub (Thigh Society). Thanks algorithm.

    • V says:

      Ha! Insta doesn’t think that about me (it thinks I speak French), but I have chub rub and it is lethal when not managed (Thigh Society, etc., are necessary).

  3. Laura says:

    HoneyLove bras are taking over my feed right now. Post-partum, I need new bras. I’ve heard they’re uni-boob city, but definitely curious about other experiences.

  4. Jen B says:

    Oura ring? I love the idea of a less intrusive fitness tracker but does it work and is it ugly/thick?

    • Ashleigh says:

      I have one and it is definitely ugly and thick but somehow not that annoying. I was pregnant when I used it (got it for free as part of a study) so my only exercise was walking. It tracked my steps really well, but I can’t speak to actual workouts.

  5. e says:

    I love and appreciate this idea! Vivaia shoes have taken over my feed and I am intrigued. Heels I can run in? Sounds too good to be true! I’m really curious about how comfortable they are, though.

  6. Elle says:

    So I also get mostly toddler themed ads but lately also non mommy-themed that might be cool like:
    LolaVie
    Blueland
    Innersense

  7. Cait says:

    All of my friends are “getting their colors done” by House of Color consultants, and my suggested feed has been full of HOC consultants. At nearly $300 a consult, it’s a pricier suggestion, but I’d be eager to hear your take on this concept from the 80s that’s seeing a revival (and I think you might have linked to a story on this in a recent Edition).

    Otherwise, maybe a review on the athleisure skort dress that’s all over the Insta feed?

    Love your blog!
    xoxo

    • LS says:

      I got mine done by The Color Key and I’m obsessed! I’m slowly converting my whole closet and I cannot tell you the compliments I’m getting and how good I feel in my clothes. I think this is a great suggestion!

    • Amy says:

      Another request for “getting your colors done”, any provider. The algorithms won’t quit.

    • jo says:

      I vote this as well! I think it’s fun to read about, though maybe it just satisfies my urge to take quizzes that will sort me into a category…

    • Renee says:

      I got mine done by Created Colorful (on IG) and I really like that they pay particular attention to women of color and their experience. It cost $150 for my consult and the email they send is an uplifting and information packed. They also provide additional services – for example, for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, they pulled together clothing, shoes, and accessories for every color palette. Highly recommend! It’s been a game changer for me in simplifying my wardrobe, makeup, and accessories choices and giving me confidence that what I’m wearing works for me and not against me.

  8. Morgan says:

    Nutraful seems to be everywhere for me… curious if it works as good as ‘they’ say.

    • Anon, uk says:

      Been taking Nutrafol for about 6 months and IT WORKS and even my hairdresser has noticed it. And no I’ve never been served an Ad for Nutrafol – in fact I live in the UK, and Nutrafol is not even available here (I think EU regulations will probably require Nutrafol to reformulate the USA version for EU consumers) so I have to get Nurtrafol shipped from the USA. However regarding if Nutrafol is a viable option for thining hair……I do believe that there are other viable options such as Rogaine, and I’ll be trying those once my current Nutrafol tablets finish

    • Stefanie S. says:

      Hate to say it, because it’s so expensive – but it definitely works. I took it based on the advice of my dermatologist and my hair is growing back just like it did after I had my kids.

    • Allison says:

      +1 for nutrafol. Also harklinikken. Postpartum hair loss in one’s 40’s is scary.

  9. Audrey m says:

    The brand Doen. It’s everywhere right now for me!
    And Tommy John!

    • Sara says:

      tommy john pajamas are LEGIT

    • Rachel C says:

      I swear my Tommy John, pajama joggers and underwear. In mid-2020 when I needed something happy in my life, I replaced ALL my underwear with TJ and I’ve never looked back. Nearly 3 years later, the only pairs with any noticeable wear are the ones my puppy ripped holes in.

    • CP says:

      I bought several Tommy John underwear last year and I’m never going back. After they changed or discontinued my go-to wacoal underwear, I tried so many different brands, ranging from high-end to gap to target and wal-mart underwear. I am LOVING my Tommy John underwear; great material, washes well, actually stays up on my waist and doesn’t ride up my butt as an unintentional thong.

    • Shawna says:

      My entire underwear collection is Tommy John. Their second skin fabric is amazing – so soft and comfy that it almost feels like wearing nothing. Their underwear has held up for years and don’t shrink after washing either. I highly recommend them!

  10. Ashley says:

    Glamnetic nails – curious if they actually last!

  11. Lindsey says:

    The brand Sezane, particularly the Abelia blouse.

    • Judy says:

      Yes, to anything Sezane. Their clothes look nice but I have only seen PR reviews.

      • KL says:

        I went to a Sezane popup in SF, and I have one lace top from them that I ordered online. I think they’re fine, not an amazing value but not super overpriced either, with hit-or-miss quality (in particular, the sweaters can be beautiful or itchy and pilly, it’s impossible to tell from online photos).

      • ALEXANDRA says:

        I have several Sezane dresses, a few shirts, and a pair of pants — I love them all. I will say that they cut their tops a little bit lower than I am used to, so they don’t work for work (as a teacher). Every piece I have is good quality, holds up in the wash – the oldest pieces I have are 4 years old now (purchased at the Paris boutique on a whim after wandering by).

    • Julianne says:

      I own that blouse and like it! The materials and construction is good quality and i find the sizing to be accurate (us size 6 top and ordered the 38). This blouse drapes beautifully from the neck to create a very pretty v neck, but it can be pretty deep and there is no snap to keep it shut. I have a smaller chest and am ok with just tucking the shirt in place but you could also add a snap or stitch it shut. The only weird thing for me is the buttoned cuffs at the wrist feel a snug when taking the shirt on and off but is fine while wearing it.

  12. Nadine says:

    WILDPIER exfoliating mitts!

  13. Stacey says:

    Calypsa swimwear! It’s following me everywhere online. Anyone tried it out?

    • Chelsea says:

      I have! I just bought a maternity suit from them. It’s decent though a little pricey. The bra isn’t very supportive, so plan to wear something else under it and be aware that some of the lighter bottom colors are potentially pretty immodest (unlined).
      I will buy from there again after the baby comes but I do wish there were more options for swimwear that’s more like clothing than underwear!

  14. Megan says:

    I am being haunted by linen dresses, specifically Sauths and Luxmii.linen.

  15. Ann says:

    Modern Picnic lunchbox purses.

  16. KL says:

    How do you feel about Frank & Eileen? Seems to be the new (pricey) elevated-loungewear brand blowing up my blog feed, but most people are getting pieces for free so it’s hard to say whether they’re really worth the price.

    • Janine says:

      +1 to F+E. I decline to pay that much for loungewear, but I’ve seen a few influencers I generally respect raving about their button-downs, too. Worth it?

    • HH says:

      +1 to Frank and Eileen. A lot of their stuff is exactly my current style, but so darn expensive.

    • Meredith says:

      +1 for Frank & Eileen! Clothing looks good and I’m willing to pay for quality, I’d love your opinion!

  17. Lee says:

    Cheers hangover pills!

  18. Natalie says:

    Il Makiage makeup? Or Halara joggers

    • Anna says:

      I’ve been getting ads for the Halara dress. They have one where the built in shorts pull down so no need to get naked to pee. It’s very tempting…but looks a little short for me.

    • Cait says:

      Another vote for Halara! I keep getting ads for some type of flowy yoga pants from them? They seem to be advertising as a lower cost Athleta and I’m both intrigued and very skeptical.

  19. Stephanie says:

    Jennie Kayne sweaters. Matt & Bow t-shirts. Ursa Major sunblock. Summersalt dresses. Thank you!!

    • Laura says:

      Summersalt swim has been a huge win for me! After a surgery this year, I needed some slight abdomen compression and overall was just not feeling great about my body. Their one shoulder suits are beautiful, in the slightest way hold you in, and a bonus for me- come in tall sizing.

  20. Laura says:

    The Bleame hair removal device is everywhere on my feed. Is it too good to be true?

    • Ashley says:

      +1!

      • Emily says:

        OH BOY did Blame get me. I somehow bought a 3 pack? If you want to try it, I will send you one of the three (that I purchased with my own money.)

        Short version – ever wanted to sand off your skin and hair with a glass nail file? it’s good for weirdly limited things but I wouldn’t buy again… hence me looking to offload 2 of them.

  21. Could you review One Skin serum? Looks good but pricy and I can’t find any reviews that are not from One Skin

  22. Anonymous says:

    * Boom! cosmetics

    * Magic Sleek hair straightening process/service

    * Dyson airstraight

  23. ALEXANDRA says:

    I’d love to see a review of the Ranavat hair oil that I see everywhere (or any hair oil). Maybe it’s just my feed but I feel like everyone is using a hair oil these days and I would love an honest review!!

  24. Mandy says:

    Herbal face food

  25. Diane says:

    Brush 30.40
    Whoosh makeup pallet and curved eye brush

  26. Taryn says:

    Aura the Label! Their clothes look SO CUTE but I can’t find anything reputable about them online. I would love to know if their clothes are quality.

    Thank you!

  27. Anna says:

    Kizik shoes. I hate having to tie my shoes when I’m heading out the door with fifty million things in my hand or when I’m wearing my tiny human and can’t bend down without pulling something. Are they decent quality beyond the slip-on feature?

    • Tessa says:

      I absolutely, genuinely love my Kiziks!! I have a pair of the Lima in black & white, and they look almost like my black & white Nikes, and are truly just as much if not more comfy. The step-in/hands-free feature really does work and is such a game changer. I’ve recommended Kiziks to so many people in my life haha, I promise I’m for real! I have so many shoes but wear these ones like 80% of the time 🙂

  28. Helen says:

    The Alleyoop “Pen Pal” 4-in-1 makeup pen. It looks like one of those multi-color pens from school which looks SO FUN but it’s hard to tell if the makeup inside is good or it’s just a cute gimmick.

  29. Kate says:

    Chiming in to say that all these ideas are such a testament to you, Belle. Your readers really trust you and value your advice! I know things haven’t been the easiest for you recently so I hope you get a boost from seeing so many people intuitively valuing your perspective.

  30. ABVV says:

    Gold “exercise”/leave-it-on jewelry brands like Oradina, The Last Line, Fewer Finer, Aurate, Maison Miru, etc.

    I’ve got three lobe piercings in each ear, plus two cartilage piercings. I’m increasing looking for stuff I can leave in most of those (bonus for flatbacks) while just swapping my main lobes according to my outfit. Some of the plated jewelry that used to be sufficient when I took it off every day just doesn’t cut it for longer use. I have a similar issue with simple rings that I can add to create a multiple-finger sack that hold up to repeated hand washing.

    I had one Automic Gold ad lead to an earring purchase, and now I get All. The. Ads.

  31. Julie says:

    I’ve started getting ads for Archies arch support flip flops and slides, and they are a little intriguing—they look comfortable!

  32. Elizabeth says:

    Would you review the Vanilite? I love the idea of a single makeup case with spots for everything and a lighted mirror but want to know if it is worth the $. Thanks!

  33. Amanda says:

    The brands haunting my social media: Expedition Subsahara baskets and Fable Pets dog kennels.

    Could be an interesting Seen on Social (although I know you did a swimsuit roundup recently) – Andie, Left on Friday, and Summersalt. The internet knows I need a swimsuit!

  34. Stephanie says:

    Virtue hair oil. There’s an ad with Jennifer Garner that has taken over my feed. Thank you!

  35. Stephanie says:

    Also Jenni Kayne!

  36. Em says:

    Boll and Branch sheets!

  37. strin012 says:

    I am being haunted by all of the fancy pillows – the cube one, the sleep crown, the one that looks like a butterfly. HAUNTED.

  38. Erin says:

    I keep getting spammed with DRMTLGY… they have a universal tinted moisturizer with spf that seems like it could be amazing compared to using 3 different items, but I have no idea of the brand or whether it truly is “universal”. Would love an honest review.

  39. anon says:

    Ripley Radar pants would be amazing! They look so promising but are pretty pricey.

  40. Jen says:

    Olive and June is all over my feed — would love a review of their Mani system.

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