Beautyandthebullshit.blogspot.com (the writer does like to call a spade a spade) is written by ex-beauty insider Rowena, who was a manager for a global make-up brand.
She dishes the dirt on why your favourite product gets discontinued, why mascaras never work the way they claim to and how the beauty industry manipulates you to make you buy more. This is all stuff my logical brain knows, but my 'la la la, not listening...' impulse tries to make me ignore.
Seriously, this is something I have been thinking about for a while. BatB recommends blogs as a good source of impartial reviews, but the brands have definitely cottoned on to blogs as potential influencers, and I'm a little uncomfortable with the way that the beauty blogging world is going in this regard currently. On the one hand, PR samples enable bloggers to write about more products, but on the other, if there isn't full disclosure it gives a false view of what the actual (consumer) purchase of products is, and leads the reader to believe that it's normal to buy every single product from every launch. (See? There's that manipulating you to buy more).
I do accept PR samples for this blog if it is something I'd have bought for myself, and I do always disclose PR samples. I am quite consciously buying less colour cosmetic products myself, and so it is likely that I will be posting less often going forward. I also believe that the smaller brands I like do tend to deal more ethically with the consumer.