Bionic’s Diary: Thoughts on Not-so-Actual Product Reviews

by Bionic Beauty on 19.Jan.2009 · 3 comments

Thinking about the grand schemeThis is just a little “blog diary” entry for me to document some thoughts. Since I started this blog in July 2007, it has steadily grown (yea!) and caught the eye of a few interested advertisers. I must say that I’m happy to have the advertisers I do since they help me pay for my hosting and website costs. Every little bit helps.

However, I have to vent here a bit. It seems lately, I get a request a week to write a review a new “hot” product, but without ever having tried the product. Hmmm… kinda strange, don’t you think? Reviewing a makeup product or beauty service without actual knowledge? It does not sit well with me. I may take a little longer to get my skin and hair care items reviewed and tested, but they are thoroughly tried, tested and tried again.

Ok, ladies, back to your regularly scheduled beauty blogging. Thanks for listening. 🙂


1 Paula January 19, 2009 at 11:06 am

I absolutely agree. I try to make it clear that 1) I will consider the product and 2) that if I do, I will make sure to try it out first, specifically for what you say – how can we talk about it if we don’t know how it works?
Now, I may give a teaser of something I WANT to try, but I say in my post that I HAVEN”T tried it, and it has just caught my eye. I really try to make a point to differentiate between wanna try and have tried.
I love your reviews, keep them coming – at your own pace. 🙂

2 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics January 20, 2009 at 1:21 am

You’re kidding, right? I mean I really don’t expect that Sarah Jessica Parker really dyes her own hair with Garnier, but beauty bloggers? They’re too cheap to send you some product to actually TRY before you write about it? Where’s the value in a review that you’ve never tried? All that would do is end up degrading your blog, eventually making those types of reviews totally meaningless!

3 Bionic Beauty January 20, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Paula, EXACTLY. I refuse to even do giveaways without having tried the product first. Otherwise I feel like I’m letting all my readers down. But like you, I will sometimes mention products that are upcoming that I’m lookin’ to get my little mitts on. And thanks for the words of encouragement and support!

Robyn, I actually had one guy offer me $50 if I’d review his product. Umm… NO. Bionic Beauty is *not* for sale. And money certainly isn’t going to make me like your product if it’s truly crappy. Hmpf.
Tee hee!


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