Maybe it's just me... but there's been a reason i haven't been doing much blogging lately. I was an avid reader of make up blogs (and have been for a longtime), always keen to read real peoples reviews of products that are open and honest.
Lately when i look at my blog list it is full of posts promoting the same brands and products where companies have quite obviously sent out freebies to tons of blogs at the same time. It just gets boring reading glowing reviews over and over for the same brands.
Beauty blogs these days seem to have been saturated by PR companies, sponsors and free samples where the reviews are always complimentary and integrity (in my eyes) seems to get lost. I much prefer to read reviews from people who have spent their own money on the products, because i know that they will be 100% honest and more objective-it just stands to reason.
I'm not accusing bloggers of being dishonest, but it stands to reason you would be more inclined to like something had you received it for free (and especially if you want to stay in their good books for more freebies). I don't feel jealous- i have been offered samples in the past which i have politely declined as i don't want to be used as a marketing tool. I only recommend products that i have spent my money on and i genuinely like. I don't blog to get free things, i blog because i enjoy it.
I think my thoughts on this have come to a head in the last few weeks. I am a paying subscriber of Glossy box and am getting increasingly annoyed with the fact that they seem to send free boxes out to bloggers BEFORE paying customers get there's so they can ruin the suprise of whats in the box.
They have just recently recruited a group of bloggers as ambassadors- who every month will recieve a free box a week before paying customers do. As far as i'm concerned this is surely not going to go down well with subscribers like myself who enjoy the suprise of opening my box and not knowing whats inside. Somuch so it has led me to decide to unsubscribe.
I feel that these days bloggers seem to be used as just another marketing ploy. And it gets tiresome...very tiresome indeed.
I would love to know if anyone has any opinions on this... do you agree or disagree?