Note: This post is accurate as at 2008. Things have moved on and up since then so I do now attend beauty related events when invited and I am sent press samples by PR or brands now and then. These are always clearly indicated and in the main, most products featured as still purchased by me. You may read my disclaimer for posting guidelines.
I’ve been getting some emails lately which troubled me a tad. So, in true blogger fashion, I’m going to have my say to get it out of my system.
Untypically of my usual benign beauty writing style, do expect some ranting ahead so don’t read on if you prefer not to be subjected to rants on this site. Thank you For the rest of you more adventurous folks, you may continue reading after the jump.
Firstly, I do not profess to be an authority on anything I write about. I’m not working in the beauty industry and I’m no chemist. I’m clueless about ingredients and how they affect the skin. At the end of the day, I’m writing about skincare and beauty products which work and do not work for me, and as with anything chemically induced, different products will work for different people as our skin make up is all different. Some people who write about beauty stuff may be authorities in their field due to work or experience or qualifications. I’m not.
Secondly, we all look different with different skin colouring etc. Don’t read my review, buy the product and then come after me when it doesn’t work for you in terms of colour, texture etc! My reviews are a guide, not a bible.
(see note above) Thirdly, I do not get lots of stuff for free. Yes, there are some lovely people who have contacted me all the way from the UK, Australia and USA to send me samples and products for a review. This is clearly indicated in my reviews. But this is in the vast minority. From Malaysia, only 1 company has contacted me thus far at time of writing. Everything else I review comes from my own pocket or from samples I receive at counters or are gifted by friends and fellow beauty fans (and I thank them for always letting me have something new to talk about!).
(see note above) Fourthly, I don’t get to attend beauty product launches and events for free contrary to what some might think. In fact, I’ve never attended any! My information on new products or upcoming releases are sourced from online and print and might be limited. Its not that I don’t want to attend launches or events, but beauty bloggers here in Malaysia haven’t reached that level of recognition that our beauty blogging sisters in the USA have. In a way, I’m glad because this allows me to give my comments in a more impartial manner. But of course, it would be fun eh?
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, lets now revert to our regular programme here in My Women Stuff. Thank you for reading.