Editor’s note: This post was originally written in 2020. I found it in my drafts and have decided to share it, nearly two years later. The brand mentioned no longer sells makeup from their website, and free shipping on the site is for orders over $50. Also with this title, I actually never accept monetary payment for my work. I mostly work on a ‘product in exchange non-obliged content’ basis. However, it is something I am working towards for the future. The notion behind it however, is that brands need to take the role of influencers seriously, and this means respecting and appropriately paying for our time. Please remember to be kind.
It has been a minute since I’ve done a Blogging BTS post, but I’m so excited to be back. At first I
thought I would speak about this on stories- as there are some things I feel like are better explained in spoken words- but I saw two complications to this which I will get to. So instead, I saw it as a good opportunity to reignite this series.
Let’s jump in.
I recently saw a creator I really love share that she was gifted some makeup products from the brand
Flora Remedia, and shared her first impressions on her stories although there was no obligation to post.
You see, my issue with sharing this on stories would be the anonymity of this creator. I am not
sharing her name purely because this is not about her. I love her work and admire her a lot, but
don’t want her to be dragged into this. I imagine some of you may be able to guess who it is. I am
happy for her to see this. But it isn’t about having an issue with her at all and so that is why I’m
sharing on my blog where I have a significantly smaller audience. I hope those of you reading this respect my decision.
Anyways! I have purchased Flora Remedia essential oil products in the past but never their makeup. I didn’t even know they did makeup until I saw those posts.
The creator really loved the products they tried, and so I thought I would reach out to Flora
Remedia. I did my usual DM to brands that I would like to try more from: I introduce myself, tell
them how I found out about them, and ask if they would like to see my media kit before discussing further.
I contacted them on the 6th of August, and they replied back a week later, on the 13th .
They said they would love to work with me if I could ‘post’ in the same way as the creator I first saw receive their products.This is where the issues arise for me. I was being asked to produce content in exchange for free products, whereas this creator I’ve been telling you about, received them with no obligation.
The audience size between me and this creator is significant. I have a MUCH smaller account that
she does. I understand that. However, I really felt like this brand was taking advantage of me by
saying ‘sure, but…’
Especially because I know these were not the same grounds as the other creator.
And the way they mentioned ‘post’ confused me… was it just a first impressions they wanted? Could this be done on the feed or as stories? It wasn’t clear. In my reply, I did ask for this to be clarified.
But before I had even thought of any of this, I honestly thought, ‘no I can’t do that… I’m not a
professional like her.’
The creator is a makeup artist- that’s her job. I use makeup for fun and blog as a hobby. I didn’t feel right giving my audience a demonstration of products, when I was new to them myself.
The whole situation really didn’t sit right with me.
I messaged back Flora Remedia and explained my feelings. I said my content is generally still images, with a review for my audience. I explained that I understand my content style may not align with them at the moment.
They’ve left me on read ever since.
That is just another story… they could’ve liked the message, at the very least, in acknowledgment?
Since then, I’ve created content that is a bit out of my comfort zone by sharing my Reel about Thin Lizzy. The irony here is that Thin Lizzy said they would consider me for PR if I could create content like other creators who have received their products and do a ‘full face of’ style video accompanied by a picture of their face on the feed. That just isn’t what I do. And yet, I purchased that Thin Lizzy item myself and made them free advertising for it, that was out of my comfort zone. Agh. But you know why? I do this because I love it. I genuinely love that Thin Lizzy product and wanted to show you guys how good it is.
I genuinely love the new Sand and Sky Tasmanian Spring Water range and wanted to show you guys how good it was and how I was using it (see this highlight for those stories.)
However, all of these situations have made me realise, oh dang, this is why creators don’t want to
work for free. Getting product in exchange for content is not easy!!! It’s fun, yes, but it doesn’t pay the bills. Despite my not so positive interactions with Flora Remedia, I still really wanted to try their products. So, with a quick Google I was able to find quite a few discount codes for their website. There was variety of codes available, some from Mother’s Day it seems haven’t been turned off. So I used the code CLEAN30 which got me 30%.
Despite being an Australian brand, they don’t include tax in the price of the products so that
additional cost was a surprise to me when I went to check out. They do offer free shipping above
I purchased their highlight, bronze and blush cream sticks. They are all $30 each which is reasonably priced for that style of product at the moment. However, they bronzer and highlight come in a duo for $30 so that’s good bang or buck. It’s actually odd that they would do that combo for that price, and the fact that they don’t have a blush combo is odd to me. But anyways.
I also bought the BB cream. This comes is a despicable three shades, the fair I believe will be too
dark for me anyways. I really like this style of product but I am honestly annoyed at myself at giving into temptation and supporting a brand that is so un-inclusive of skin tones.
On one hand, I feel like I don’t want to provide a review on these products that I’ve purchased
because ultimately, they will still be getting free advertising out of me.
But on the other hand, I’m reminding myself WHY I do this. For the love of beauty products. That’s it, that’s why I am here. Occasional free stuff is a bonus.
Priceline *never* work with me despite the countless times I’ve supported them on IG and the
thousands of dollars I’ve spent there- but does that stop me? No. (Editor’s note: two years since writing and I still have never worked with Priceline despite having made so much content about them… cries!)
I hope this all makes sense. It was a tricky one but I’m glad to have shared it because I want to help break down the stigma of talking about the ‘behind the scenes’ of the blogging world. It’s all so hush hush- but I don’t believe it has to be!
Take care, friends xx
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