This post is long overdue, and yes, I will sound like a whiny b*tch through out the post, so this is a warning to all you "overly sensitive" ppl out there. You can still get out by hitting that little x on your window.
I've been getting 10+ messages EVERYDAY on Youtube from people asking whether or not I can send them free makeup.
The messages usually come in two forms:
1. Pity stories.
Ex 1: "Oh, my sister and I get bullied at school b/c we can't afford makeup. You have so much, it won't hurt you send us some. We'd be forever grateful."
Ex 2: "I'm so sick the only thing that makes me happy is makeup. Would you mind sending me some?"
2. Guilt trip
Ex. 1: "OMG YOU HAVE SO MUCH MAKEUP! Why do you need so much? Do you know that there are ppl all over the world dying from starvation/AIDS/etc etc?!! I suggest that you do mandkind a huge favor and giveaway your unused makeup. *insert their down address*"
Ex. 2: "Aren't you a Guru and receive a lot of products from companies for free? I know how you gurus operate! You get free stuff and do a fake review, and then just throw the stuff away. Surely you can't use all of that. I'm really in need of a ______, would you please send me some?"
Another form of messages I get are ppl accusing me of lying in the reviews because I get stuff sent for free. Really now?!! IS THIS REAL LIFE?!
First of all, let me address the last issue by saying that by NO means do I consider myself a "Guru" or a "professional". I do Youtube videos/blog posts purely from a private consumer point of view. I don't know EVERYTHING about makeup.
Do I know a lot?
Because I f*cking spent most of my money on makeup/beauty related things so I KNOW what most of the hype is about. I educate myself by doing research online/reading books on beauty related materials.
Do companies send me stuff to review?
Yes, but VERY rarely. As you can tell, I'm not super famous/popular like some Youtubers, so I don't get sent stuff frequently. However, when I do, I make sure in all of my email correspondence to let the companies know that I will be 100% honest in my reviews. I think my subscribers/followers deserve to know all the facts/my experience is with the products, including the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I'm well aware that there ARE a lot of controversies revolving some Youtubers who give out false advertising just because they got the products for free. However, didn't your parents/teachers teach you to NEVER generalize? Just because SOME ppl do it does NOT mean EVERYONE does it. I understand that my subscribers like me because I tell it like it is. If something sucks, I will tell them, be it free or not. It took me years to gain the trust from subscribers, it'd be silly of me to just throw that all away because of some free products.
BTW, did I mention that I DON'T get free things that much? Good. Just want to make sure that we are on the same page.
With regards to ppl asking me for free makeup....Here's your answer:
NO. I WILL NOT GIVE YOU FREE MAKEUP, especially if you try to guilt trip me or tell me pity stories.
I was bullied in school, A LOT, because at that time (for the period of like 6 months) I didn't speak English. I don't think getting makeup would've solved that. The only way to make sure that you DON'T get bullied is occupy yourself. Fill your schedule with extracurricular events so the bullies won't get chances to isolate you. Educate yourself and physically train yourself by working out, so you can be BETTER than them, SMARTER than them, and STRONGER than them.
Next up, if you are truly suffering from a major sickness, wouldn't you want to spend your time and energy with your loved ones instead of begging strangers online to send you free makeup? It just angers me just because it's ppl like these that take credibility away from the legitimately sick people.
Lastly, I BUY MY MAKEUP WITH MY OWN MONEY. I don't have to apologize for the rest of the world for that. You spend your money on partying/clothes/booze, I spend my money on makeup.
Want more makeup? Spend less money elsewhere!
If I wanted to give away makeup, I would've hosted a giveaway like I did in the past. I'm not going to do it just because some ppl told me to. For all I know, they could be richer than me!
Ugh. Things like this make me not want to do Youtube/Blog anymore. I know most of you are so sweet and supportive, but some ppl are just so intolerable.
Whatever. I'm over it. I'm going out for dinner.
P.S. I just needed to get this off of my chest. Sorry if I ruined your mood. :(