The other day someone linked me to an article on Gawker.com about shady marketing firms quietly bribing bloggers. The reason they linked me was because, in the comments section, someone mentioned my blog along with Temptalia's blog as being reputable blogs. Meaning we didn't fall victim to shady marketing link sellers. First of all, to have my blog mentioned in the same sentence as Temptalia's is amazing. Christine (Temptalia) works incredibly hard on her blog. She is dedicated, it's a full time operation. She has fostered multiple relationships with brands and PR firms and has earned every bit of her accolades. I, on the other hand, work very little on this blog, in comparison. I have a full time job, in addition to this blog. I only post once a day (sometimes twice if I have a press release), and on the weekends I only post link roundups from other beauty blogs. But I think I understand why the commenter mentioned me. I do not "sell links". (And by the way MOST beauty blogs don't sell links either) Now there is a difference between selling a link and having an affiliate link. There is also a difference between links in a review of a PR sample and links in a review of a product I purchase. First of all, affiliate links give me a small percentage of a sale if someone clicks on that link and then purchases something from that click. It's actually a small percentage. Most people that click on the affiliate link don't always buy the first time they click, and they might come back later on and not use my link to get tot hat item when they are ready to buy. That's fine with me. The small amount of money I do make from affiliate links goes back into buying makeup for the blog and paying related fees (like my newsletter, domain name, etc.) I don't use buzzwords in my posts so I can link to websites that are unrelated to beauty/makeup. I used to have a bot built into the code to do that, but I was literally making $10 a month from it and I didn't think it was worth it to be so spammy. Then there is the issue of PR samples. I am as honest as possible when it comes to PR samples. That means if I don't like a product I'll tell you I don't, and I won't urge you to buy it. Just the other day I told you I didn't like a PR sample lipstick from Lise Watier. I'm not afraid to tell you the truth. Lise Watier is a great company, and they won't "cut me off" because I give a negative review. Have I given negative reviews of other PR samples? Yes. Did I get cut off from those brands once they saw the negative review? Yes, It's happened on at least 2 occasions. Am I sad that they don't work with me anymore ? Yes, and No. Yes. I'm sad that they reacted by not communicating with me and reading the review where I state it's my opinion, and decide to cut me off with no notice. And No I'm not sad because obviously those products don't work for me and I might as well not review any more of them because those reviews will probably be negative too. What I'm trying to convey is that I pledge to always be honest about every product I review. It doesn't matter if it was sent to me or if I purchased it with my own money.
On To The Poll!
1. Blush Of The Day? - Chanel JC in Fleur de Lotus. I never reviewed this blush here but it's a delicate and sheer peach with warm pink undertones. Just lovely.
2. Most OVER-hyped makeup brand, in your opinion? - Benefit. Sorry but half of the products are total duds and the other half are super, (Too many hits and misses!) the claims they make on their skin care & primers are hardly achieved in real life, they constantly discontinue products and their "kitschy" marketing is annoying. (well I guess I'll never get their stuff via PR HA!)
3. Most UNDER-hyped makeup brand, in your opinion? - Clarins Color Cosmetics, not skin care. I don't review them a lot here, but the makeup I do have from them is awesome. Their shadows are beautiful, the lipsticks are luxurious and the colors cosmetics as a whole don't get enough attention. (in my opinion)
4. First beauty/makeup item you remember coveting? - Kissing Potion Roll-On Lipgloss. Super slick and shiny flavored lip glosses (colorless) dispensed in a most unhygienic roller ball applicator. Here is a picture and a link to an article about Forgotten Treasures of Gen-X Childhood.
|Check out those spidery lower lashes. Oh the 1980's was a bad time for makeup.|
5. Name a beauty product you really want to love, but once you tried it, you find you really don't. - Tubing Mascara. I love the idea of each lash being coated in a tube of mascara that won't flake or fade. I live the look it gives, I HATE the removal. No matter how much makeup remover, oil, warm water, I can't remove those mascara without losing a few lashes. If I try to wear a tubing mascara for a week or longer I end up with short stubby lashes and have to give them a break.