Jess Wilby: Cosmo’s right, you can’t always trust beauty bloggers

A couple of days ago it all kicked off on Twitter because Cosmopolitan dared to ask: ‘Beauty Bloggers: Can we trust anything they say?’ Since then we’ve had an anonymous blogger burn book and Lush Cosmetics were accused of fat shaming, so the conversation was somewhat derailed. I do however think it’s important to go back and admit our faults – something our beauty blogger community doesn’t like doing, it seems…

Now I’m not being edgy for the clickbait, I genuinely believe we should take all blogger advice with a pinch of salt. Whilst this may seem like common sense to some, when you’re online looking for advice and desperate for answers you can find yourself taking words of wisdom from even the most questionable corners of the internet.

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Post-Fairfax & NZME non-merger it’s time for journalism to get bold

It’s been a day* of doom and gloom for New Zealand’s mainstream media, despite a landmark ruling in favour of media diversity. After several delays since its draft decision last November, the Commerce Commission released a long-anticipated final decision on Fairfax Media and NZME’s merger application, rejecting it on the basis of unprecedented media concentration. The merger would have seen the two companies join forces to fight global media giants like Facebook and Google, who they say are inhaling a fair chunk of the New Zealand media market’s advertising revenue pie.

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