It’s no secret that as a beauty blogger, I’m fortunate to receive a good amount of beauty products from brands and PRs to review on a regular basis. Nothing crazy, of course, but the items do add up. A lot of the products were unsolicited (this means that I didn’t personally request for them) and some were items that I requested to try out and review. As I said, the items do add up as time goes by.
A question I’m often asked is “what do you do with all of the beauty products that you receive and review? What do you do with the ones that you’ve tried out but don’t like?“. I thought I’d share my answer with you today. I’m not telling you this to brag that I get a lot of free stuff (really if you think about it, nothing comes for free); it’s just to satisfy a curiosity that some of you may have. For the purpose of this blog post, the beauty products I mentioned are the ones that are sent to me for editorial consideration.
Now I don’t try nor review every single item that I’ve been sent. If I do, I’d never be able to write about the newer items till the next year. I have to be very selective of what I decide to review and publish on the blog. It must be interesting and useful for you readers and it must be worth what I call my “skin time”. My dad calls me a “guinea pig for beauty products” and that’s what I am. I subject my skin to different beauty products and treatments regularly to try out and let you know if it’s worth splashing your hard-earned dosh on. So, it’s important that I do not simply slather every single new product that’s on the market, on my skin.
Items that I’ve reviewed and liked
For the items that I’ve reviewed and liked, I’ll keep. For the ones that I don’t like or don’t work for me, I’ll pass it along to friends and family (I clearly mention that it’s been opened, slightly used and why it didn’t work for me). I have never sold press samples; this is a huge no no. If you’re a blogger and you intend to sell any of the products that were sent to you for review, for any reason at all (it could be to raise funds for charity or for personal reasons), you must seek permission from the PR/brand who sent it to you.
Items that I’ve used/reviewed and really don’t like
For items that I’ve used and really don’t like, the ones that I think are simply awful, I don’t give those away. I’d keep them for a while and then I’ll chuck them in the bin. Opened and used items cannot be donated so even though it’s a waste, there’s no point in keeping them.
Items that are brand new, unopened and unused
For items that are brand new, unused and most likely will not see the light of day on my blog, I give those away. There could be absolutely nothing wrong with the beauty products at all; sometimes, they’re just not my cup of tea. For example, I don’t review self-tanning products but I know that there are lots of people who enjoy them so I give those away either personally or run a giveaway on the blog.
If you’re signed up to my mailing list, BA Insider, you’ll know that every month I’ll do a random giveaway to a subscriber as a small token of my appreciation of being such an awesome reader. I’ll add a few of the beauty products that were sent to me in the package. They’re new, unopened, unused and would go to a better home instead. Sometimes, I’ll also send packages to readers who aren’t on my mailing list as well. My readers will get the opportunity to try out something new and if they’re beauty bloggers as well, they could even review the product if they like.
As for the rest …
For the rest of the unused and unopened items, I’ll donate to Fitted For Work, which is a not-for-profit organisation that assists women experiencing disadvantage to get work and keep it. I’ve been wanting to donate to women’s shelters for a while now but I’m having trouble locating one that could pick up from my home (I can’t post the items to them as they end up being incredibly heavy). If you’re based in Melbourne and know of any women’s shelters I can donate to, please let me know in the comments.
And that’s it! I’m very lucky to be sent a lot of lovely beauty products but I can’t use and review every single item, so that’s where the unused ones go to. There’s no point in me keeping every single thing; my house simply doesn’t have the space for it. I’d rather not have them go to waste and sit in my beauty cupboard when someone else could be enjoying them.
I hope this answers some questions you may have about what I do with the beauty products I’ve been sent. I’ve received emails from random strangers asking me to give them free makeup since I, to quote them, “have so much shit”. I think you know what I did to those emails. 😛