Weigh In!

In an effort to be a better writer, I’m hoping you guys would take a few minutes to answer a couple of questions for me in order to do that.

Reader’s Poll

1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased?Β  Why or why not?

2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?

Company’s Poll (If you’ve been reviewed by me.)

1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased?

2- Do you think I am an impossible to please customer?

3 – Have my reviews helped you in your business?

3b – If so, how?

If you wish to leave a comment anonymously, please do.Β  I won’t be offended as long as you’re being honest.

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69 Responses to “Weigh In!”

  1. 1. Yes, I do. With all the $uspicious reviews around blogs and YT, I feel I can rely on yours. In fact, I bought some products that you recommended and I’m more than happy with them.
    2. You seem to have higher expectations than most beauty bloggers I follow, but in a very realistic and informed way.
    3. Hair products reviews, maybe?
    4. Not sure. I’ve never thought “oh, this again” about your site.

    Hope this helps. πŸ™‚

  2. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?

    Yes, I usually find your reviews to be objective. You’re usually pretty clear in making the distinction among the facts and your personal opinion.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person? Not at all.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews? I think you reviews are already very good.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of? Honestly, I think this is your blog and you should cover whatever makes you happy.

  3. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?

    Yes – I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t.
    It may not be so much “why” as much as “how” for me – you give details. You try to cover all fronts. Your standards seem to be equal across the board.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

    Nope.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

    Indie vs. Corporate.
    Maybe not full-length reviews of companies, but once-a-period of time mini-warnings about repacks? It’s easy for me to find out if a new company’s good with its products and to its customers, but the newcomers don’t even know they need to look out for it, and I think this might raise awareness in them.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?

    Eh, you seem like a person with a keen sense of smell and that you enjoy indulging it, but less scent reviews.
    (Gah, this section’s hard, it feels weird, like it might get into ‘telling-someone-what-to-do’ territory easily.)

    The scents are a very, very individual thing.
    On the other hand, the way you review them (again -details! analysis! description of all the notes!) made even me, a person with a not that keen sense of smell, entertain the thought of testing some of the lovelies.

    • In the last section:

      Very important – even if the scents themselves are that individual, the customer service is the same for all. I mean, a scent might work for Jane, and not for Jill, but the store’s way of dealing with both of them is the same.
      You give info on that and that’s always awesome!

  4. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    Definitely fair. You give clear, concise reasons as to why you like or do not like something and there’s a good mix of both indie and corporate company reviews on your blog.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    No. You’re very discerning, which I really like, and it means that when you rave about something, it’s probably a truly exceptional product.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?
    I honestly can’t think of anything. You’re very thorough.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    Again, can’t think of anything.

    Wow, I just read that over and it sounds like the most unhelpful feedback ever.

  5. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?

    I do – if something seems off, it is addressed without judgement, or at least personal judgement – i.e., you’ll say you don’t think this is good because of X, not ‘Mrs MakeUp Lady is a big poo head.’ If something is good then it’s the same situation.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

    Difficult to please sometimes, but within good reason. You seem to expect high quality and for sellers to deliver on their promises which they should. It’s great to see something examined closely especially when reading reviews like yours has saved me a lot of money.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

    Your reviews are great. more Indie v Corporate would be cool.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?

    I’m less fussed on skincare personally.

  6. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?

    I think so. I think you make it clear when you already like a company and when you already don’t like a company, and you have a no-nonsense attitude. You might be tough to please, but so am I. I don’t have patience for crappy products either! I think you are a teensy bit biased toward indie products over corporate products, but then again, so am I, so I’m perfectly okay with that. I’d rather buy indie, all other things being equal.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

    I think you demand a lot out of your products, sure, but I agree with that stance–if something is really pretty but requires something else to make it work properly, I want to know and make my judgment of its worth based on that too.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

    I love the indie vs. corporate series and the how-tos, so I’d love to see more about that. I also love multi-brand comparisons, like the black-off you did recently. Basically, anything makeup-related.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?

    I’m a bit meh on the etsy bath product reviews–I have my favorite soap / bath & body product places and I probably won’t stray from those. Also, there are SO MANY bath product shops out there and I have SO MANY bath products already, and–well, there are fewer pictures, and I’m a picture junkie!

  7. Reader’s Poll

    1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not? I do, I think often you also say several good things about companies you don’t want to buy from again. Likewise you’ll also say negative things about companies you ultimately like. I like how you do tend to suggest ways companies could improve themselves.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person? Not impossible at all. More like you have very specific things you expect from companies.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews? It would be interesting to see more reviews of indie companies then just the makeup ones. Maybe more skin and hair products.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of? Nothing, keep it coming.

  8. 1.
    I think your reviews are fair and unbiased. You’re often more critical than I am, which I like. I enjoy reading about your experiences with a company.

    2.
    I think you hold products and companies to high standards, but they’re not impossible. If a product doesn’t work for you, if you don’t like something, you say that and you say WHY. I think the WHY is critical.

    3.
    I would love to see you cover holy grail items for you, or your favorite in a particular category, such as favorite blushes or favorite eyeliners or favorite lipsticks and say why the color is your favorite.

    4.
    Nothing πŸ™‚

  9. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    Yes, because you have good judgment and you’re not afraid of giving a company a bad review.
    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    No.
    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?
    Hmm…. I can’t really think of anything….
    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    Hm…. I can’t think of anything….

  10. 1 – Absolutely, which is why I continue reading them! Because you always give the company/ product a fair chance, instead of condemning them right away for any issues. You also mention that x product may work better for someone else even though it didn’t work for you.

    2- LOL, no – just someone with reasonably high standards

    3 – More of specific colors, and comparisons to colors from other brands, as well as more reviews of new companies in general (oh, I just contradicted myself but I don’t care πŸ™‚

    4 – Ummmmm ……… coming up blank on that one! I’m always pleased to see a new post from you in my Reader inbox, I’ve never been bored by any of them soooo …. yeah!

  11. 1 – I think they are very fair, you are very factual and you make a clear distinction when talking about your own feelings.

    2- You don’t sound hard to please.

    3 – Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s great! Maybe more make up from etsy? I know you hate posting actual make up on you but I like it!

    4 – none really I like them all

  12. 1. Out of all the blogs I’ve taken a peak at, you’re one of the most fair, unbiased bloggers. I trust your reviews quite seriously, partially because you explain *why* you don’t like a product, the service, or the company versus “It’s so pretty, I love it!/I wanted it to come in less than 5 days, I’m never shopping there again!” You’ve turned me on to some great companies while saving me from wasting money with others that I more than likely would have been disappointed with.

    2. Knowing your stuff doesn’t make you hard to please – it makes it hard for you to be mistakenly dazzled by a less-than-OK company (I can’t tell you how many glowing reviews I’ve seen for Pure Luxe in the last few months, it’s just sickening). When someone has a background/knowledge in cosmetics, or customer service, or whatever, they know exactly what it takes for a company, its products, and its service to be good.

    3 & 4. Unfortunately I’m going to be useless here, because I’m wracking my brain and coming up empty handed.

  13. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not? Abso-freakin lutely. Anytime you are unhappy with a certain formula for personal reasons, you always state that as the case. There’s always a big difference between “this doesn’t work for ME” and “this is just poor quality”. You’re a reviewer I know I can trust.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person? While you have very high standards, you aren’t insatiable. As many reviews you’ve written with products you’ve hated, there are twice as many of ones you loved.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews? Hair products! Although I’m fairly certain we don’t have the same hair at all, I’d still like to see them. More skin care too!

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of? Um….nothing? I can’t get enough MORE MORE MORE!!!

  14. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    Yes! They are some of the most factual and well written reviews I have ever seen.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    Perhaps slightly, but not so much that it would be impossible to please you.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?
    More skin care, please! And more lip/cheek stuff!

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    Less eye shadow, maybe? You can only own SO much eye shadow.

  15. 1) Yes. Except Haus of Gloi, a company I did not enjoy the products for personal preferences, everytime you point a company as good or as bad, I find out you were right. I’ve never seen you being paid to do a review. You devide everything in topics and give products grades, always telling why would or wouldn’t you buy from the company again, which I find a system hard to be used when lying or stuff like that. If I want to buy a product I always google it + le gothique (though I should use the search here, right? would be more simple) and I guess that’s the main reason I have little companies I bought from that I did not love.

    Honestly? I trust you. When introducing a friend to Make-up, I point out your blog.

    2) Nop. Where did you get this idea from? So many companies got good reviews! I think you take reviewing and your readers serious, so you won’t take rubbish for a fancy packaging or anything like that. If you find it high quality, you’ll say so, and many companies are like that. If not, you tell us what you think of it…
    Honestly? If you were impossible to please no one would EVER get a good review.

    3)More face products, more skincare, maybe some hair, brushes would be awesome, too.

    4) Honestly? Nothing. But, for personal reasons, I skip big brands posts, ’cause I know I can’t afford them or find them where I live, so, to me, the more indies the better ^^’

    • Oh, can you cover some cream blushes from indie companies like Silk Naturals, Darling Girl, etc? I’m getting interested in them. I’d also LOVE to see what you think of SoBe’s liquid foundation. I know I’m going to review them, but my reviews are always so personal! I’d also like to have one made for you to point out when I post about it! ^^

  16. Reader’s Poll (sorry if my english is crappy)

    1 – I think they’re fair. The catagories you judge by are excellent (cost/shipping/packaging/customer service/scent/product itself). I don’t blog myself but I have tried a lot of your companies independently and I find your reviews spot on (ex: I felt I am the only person who didn’t like villainess).

    2- Absolutely not! I find your standards reasonable.

    3 – I like your reviews of bath stuff – showers & creams, and I adore the style diary/window shopping. I am looking forward to your foreign series.

    4 – In all honesty – the eye shadows. I know they are a huge part of your blog and you and the readers love them, but I just don’t “get it”. I have 88 shades thingy from sephora + some more and I use none unless I need it for a costume at halloween.

  17. First off, I’d like to say that I’ve never commented on your blog before, but I just discovered it a month ago and truly love it! I love your content and enjoy reading your reviews since you write so honestly. So thank you so much for keeping up the blog!!! Now I’ll try to make my feedback to these questions as helpful as I can!

    1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    Yes, I think your reviews are fair but maybe not 100% unbiased since you occasionally mention reading about other blogger’s experiences/reviews with a product before continuing onto your experience. However, I like this feature since I don’t read all the blogs you sometimes refer to so it’s nice to have a second opinion on something. All in all, my answer to question 1 is YES!

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    No, I don’t think you sound impossible to please because you back your reviews with concrete evidence. Also, readers need to be aware that a product you love can be horrible for them or a product you hate work perfectly for them. Everyone’s different, but the point of a beauty blog is to give readers a chance to “see” products, in a sense, since not everything is easily accessible to everyone. I love how you write, your reviews make it obvious that you have expectations from companies/brands and that’s something to appreciate.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

    I’d love to see more indie perfume reviews although I know you already cover them a lot. I just started getting into indie beauty a year ago and find it hard to find perfume reviews that are as carefully written and detailed as yours. I think those reviews set you apart as a beauty blog. πŸ™‚

    I’m also interested in hearing what you have to say about companies not their products. Like customer service, quality, work ethics, etc. Sort of like reviewing a company.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    I personally am not as interested in the makeup reviews, however that’s my opinion. They are very helpful for those interested in indie makeup though!

  18. 1 – Yes, I think your reviews are fair and unbiased. From what I understand you order most of the products you review with your own money. (Please correct me if I’m wrong) Therefore, I feel we get more honest reviews from you that other bloggers who get sent products for review.

    2- No, not at all. I think you have higher standards that I personally do, but thats okay. We are each entitled to our own opinions. I just know that if you give a product a good review, it is probably a great product! I ordered from TMTM based on your review and LOVE Lysa’s fragrances!

    3 – I like seeing the indie vs. corporate reviews.

    4 – Nothing I can think of.

    I would like to add: I would love to get to know a little more about you so we can understand how/why you review products the way you do. Do you have a background in the cosmetics industry? Are you a makeup artist? How often do you do reviews from companies who send you products they would like you to reveiw?

    • I do not accept product for ‘consideration’ or review or accept PR requests. Everything listed in my sidebar I have purchased myself. I think in the last year I’ve only accepted one company’s products for review, but again, it’s not listed in my sidebar as a review.

      I occasionally review gifts, but these are things sent to me from friends not companies to review them.

      I’ve mentioned a few times (and I think it’s in the sidebar), but I’m a Stylist. I have a background in art and sociology and an extensive range of expertise in customer service (ie I put myself though college and grad school working retail and real estate πŸ™‚ ). I also, again as I’ve mentioned, have a cousin who works in a cosmetics lab here in LA so when I don’t know something I ask her or her buddied first.

      • I’ve seen this statement before and wondered about it. How do you define ‘accepting products for review’? For example, I know that you (as I was) were sent extra Sugarpill stuff, and get additional samples of Shiro etc with orders because you have a blog and will likely swatch and talk about them, and that probably extends to other companies as well.

        I’m not trying to accuse you of anything (I apologise if it sounds that way) I’m just wondering if you have a specific criteria i.e. you have to have bought from them once, or each time, or something like that?

        When companies contact me I often recommend to them to contact you as well, but there’s no point in me doing so if you’re turning them all down.

        • I don’t actually get extras all that often, and if I do, I consider it a gift from a friend because I feel like I have a personal relationship with these people. I think those might be the only two instances I might get extras so it’s not a common thing for me TO have criteria. I’m trying to think about the last time I did get extras and I honestly can’t remember beyond when Shiro released that new collection. I had ordered a bunch of mini-jars and then contacted her to order more and she told me she’d already included extras, but I had NO expectation of receiving the entire collection. She’s often said she’d used my blog as a reference when starting her company and I think of her more of a friend. Same with Amy, we sometimes go back and forth about her products, how they work, etc etc.

          I always spend money with them, I’m not just getting things for free. I don’t always review gifts, either. I never accept extras from companies I’ve never reviewed before or who I don’t know. In fact I just placed an order from someone new who knew who I was and who wanted to refund my order and I specifically told them not to, I pay for my products.

          If you tell companies to contact me, they don’t. I haven’t had one company contact me… ever. So trust me, I’m not turning away anyone you’re ‘sending’ to me.

          I see people posting these reviews for nearly $100 worth of product and I wonder why they bother, especially if they only write a couple of words and they weren’t even all that happy with the product. I want to write about stuff I want to write about, not stuff I HAVE to because someone sent it to me.

          • Okay, that makes more sense. I accept stuff for review ’cause, well, otherwise I’d hardly have anything to review! I’m pretty broke lately.

            I like to turn down anything that I think is irrelevant or is an attempt at buying a review though. I’ve been offered hair irons etc as a gift for a review, for reviewing the website, NOT the product, and I’m really not comfortable with that at all. I’ve gotten a few lately from HK nail companies which I just don’t have any interest in and don’t want to write about.

            The last few people who’ve contacted me already knew about you, before that there were a couple, but come to think of it those people never followed through and sent me samples to check out anyway. And then I heard someone spamming Phyrra’s blog with recommendations for that same company? Weird.

            I understand your position completely, and I’d be right there with you if I was working atm and could afford to check out the companies that people ask me about or that crop up. I do try to order from everyone who I’ve given a good review to though, even if they sent free samples at first. In fact… uh, yeah, everyone I’ve given a good review to has, at some point, had money off me. Hooray!

  19. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?

    Yes to both. I’ve seen you reluctantly give less than stellar reviews to a company you’re on friendly terms with. 100% unbiased? Probably not, but who honestly can be? You’re not a robot.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

    No. You have high standards for quality, which is what I look for when I read someone’s reviews. You dissect the hell out of the products you review, and I admire your thoroughness. In an era where we’re supposed to be impressed when someone does what ought to be expected, when artists are lauded simply for writing their own music – even if the lyrics are completely vapid, banal and mundane – people are always puzzled when you don’t like something for being completely ordinary. Striving for excellence should not be placed in the same category as being “impossible.”

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

    Skin care, hair care and drugstore gems!

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?

    Everything! They hurt my wallet! My vanity table is full of your suggestions and recommendations 😑

  20. 1. – I definitely do think that the reviews I have read are fair and unbiased.

    2. – Far from, far from. xD I think you should keep your standards high, ESPECIALLY since you DO write reviews.

    3. – I’m pretty interested in lipsticks, skin care, and perfumes myself. I would love to see more of that kind in your blog, but then again, if the writer sticks to what she feels the most enthusiastic about, it’ll generally be more fun to read.

    4. – I really couldn’t say, I don’t exactly harbor a raging love of eyeshadow – but again, it’s still fun to read about when the author enjoys it.

  21. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    Yes, yes I do. I like that you aren’t afraid to say if a company sucks and that you give reasons for it sucking. If it was just a “Snitter Gliffer sucks” with no reason, just cuz, then I’d have second thoughts. But you don’t do that, because you rock.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    Not at all. If someone is taking your money because you like how a product is presented, and you get the product and it looks different, or looks used etc, you should be allowed to not be happy with it. People should be able to look at a tube of lipgloss they made, see that it looks used, and then say “oh hey, maybe I shouldn’t SELL this to someone, it looks nasty”. lol I’m still disturbed by that one.
    AND!
    Frig, I had another point but had to put fries in the oven. I hate being interrupted in the middle of thinking. I’ll probably come back to it.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?
    I think you do it all already πŸ™‚

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    Nothin!

    ***I REMEMBERED! Companies should pretend like all customers are going to write a review for everyone to see. That way if they send something that looks like it fell out of TKB’s cart, they can maybe assume they are sending it to someone who knows their stuff. Or something like that. Just came home from a 14 hr drive, my brain isn’t working it’s max pace yet :s

  22. Reader’s Poll

    1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?

    I do think so, yes. Put it this way – there are precisely 3 makeup bloggers whose reviews I regularly read and trust: you, Phyrra, and Ana (L&L). I like the consistency with which you review each company, and I feel like your standards, although high, are evenly applied to each review.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

    I’d say rather that your standards are a bit high, although that’s not a bad thing, and it does mean your recommendations carry weight. If *you* liked it, I’m almost certain to. I also appreciate that you explain *why* if you didn’t like something, so I can appraise if it might still meet my standards even if it didn’t meet yours.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

    Um….perhaps more actual makeup? It feels to me like your reviews skew toward B&B/scent products and less toward makeup. Then again, I’ve discovered some wonderful scents thanks to your reviews, so perhaps I shouldn’t complain! πŸ˜‰

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?

    Nothing comes to mind really.

  23. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not? Yes, I do. I think you are more than fair and sometimes give a company a second chance.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person? Not from what I’ve seen. You use the same consistent method to review your products. You talk about the website, time it took to get the order, customer service, your review of the products, and that seems pretty consistent to me. If the product or service is bad, you aren’t going to be pleased. Who would be?

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews? I just enjoy the variety in your blog. I love your creativity and the diverse topics. You talk about jewelry, style, makeup, all kinds of stuff.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of? None. Keep them coming!

  24. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?

    I think so. You sound informed and you base your likes and dislikes based on information. You don’t seem to like some brands just because they’re a certain brand or type of brand.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

    No. Like I said above, you sound like you are informed. I think that might make you seem like you have higher or stricter standards, but it doesn’t make you an impossible to please person. I think you have realistic consumer expectations.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

    I don’t know–maybe more mainstream brands? But to be honest, I have discovered a lot of good non-mainstream stuff thanks to you, so I wouldn’t want more mainstream coverage at the cost of indie coverage. I always look forward to your Etsy recommendations.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?

    I think you rotate your topics pretty regularly and I don’t get tired of reading your reviews–I never find myself thinking “Oh no, not another ___ review.” So I have no topics I’d like to see less coverage of.

  25. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?

    Without getting into a philosophical debate, I don’t think it’s possible to be truly unbiased. The very nature of experience denotes that you must have some level of expectation, which could in some ways be considered bias.

    I think your reviews are fair and balanced, you explain your reasoning behind certain opinions, you give a far more holistic review of a product and take into consideration things outside just the product its self but things which are important to those of us who shop online.

    I must mention, again, that I really appreciate the fact that you include an opinion on the actual site its self and where a scent is involved you give an opinion or description of your own on it instead of simply just a copy paste of the businesses opinion.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

    Not at all! If anything I think you’re often more forgiving of certain things than I would be *lol*

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

    I’d like to see more reviews on indie beauty and skin care products. I also have to agree with what another said, I’d absolutely LOVE to see more on the companies behind the products.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?

    I don’t think there’s anything I dislike, but I do think there could be less eyeshadow reviews in favour of other indie reviews.

  26. Reader’s Poll

    1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?

    Yes, very fair and unbiased. I was writing this whole explanation but really that says it clearly enough without me rambling, lol.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person? No…not impossible to please. I agree with what some others have said, that your standards may be a little high but I also agree that it’s a good thing for your blog. Your approach to reviews is different from any other blogs I read and I like that. I wouldn’t want every blog I read to be like yours and I’m glad yours isn’t like the others, if that makes sense.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews? More face makeup- I’m an eyeshadow/lippie freak so I love those reviews but some foundations, concealers, color-correctors, brow powders/pencils, eye liners, primers, etc. would be nice too. I loved the indie vs. corporate and the black comparison across brands. Suggestions for good brushes to use with loose shadows would be cool.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    Hm…maybe a touch less perfume/bath stuff but then again I don’t think there’s a lot of blogs reviewing those products, are there? (I don’t search for them so I don’t know if they are out there)So, if you’ve got a niche carved there then it makes sense to stick with it.

  27. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased?Β  Why or why not? I totally think you’re fair in your reviews. You are one of only 3 beauty blogs I read. I like knowing that I can come here & trust that you’re giving an honest review of a product. I think its fairly obvious that you’re fair when you list things that you don’t like about companies you love as well as listing things that you like about companies you didn’t enjoy.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person? I don’t believe so at all. For people like myself who don’t have a lot of money to spend, its nice to see someone run through everything about a company so that we know are money is going somewhere that’s worth it. I appreciate all of the little details in your reviews.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews? I would love to see more of your window shopping posts. Oh and I would also love to see some more indie jewelry posts. From the couple of posts you’ve done about jewelry & clothes it seems we have a very similar style so I enjoy seeing what you find. I still can’t thank you enough for saving me money on those skull cameos! I had been interested in them for well over a year. I originally seen them from a local jewelry maker in my area selling them for $150+. After comparing the ones on etsy to hers its pretty obvious that they’re exactly the same. It makes me sick.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of? I can’t really think of anything. I’m not a huge fan of the perfume posts because I already have a few scents that I’m stuck on and I’m so picky with scents but I do still enjoy reading those posts every once in awhile.

  28. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    Very fair. Tough, but very fair.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    Yes πŸ™‚ But I think that’s highly desirable in a reviewer.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?
    I love the Etsy reviews. LOVE them. Plus I don’t know of another blog that has them set aside in such an easily recogniseable and navigateable way. I squee-ed for realz when I discovered the Etsy review bar. Moar plz.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    Eyeshadows? There’s only so many variations of metallics I can look at before they all start looking the same 😦 Though I do think this is more to do with my relative lack of makeup experience.

    thanks so much for all the time and effort you put in πŸ™‚

  29. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    I think they’re as unbiased as anyone can reasonably expect to be. Negative ones tend to start off sounding negative but I expect that’s because you know what you’re going to write. There’s a difference between being fair and sugarcoating, I think you manage to be fair without glossing over bad stuff.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    Difficult to please maybe, not impossible. You have higher standards for review than most customers would have, but that’s necessary for beauty bloggers, because we pack a lot of purchase power. To me, your reviews sound like your duty is being honest to your readers whilst not wanting to be cruel to companies.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?
    More pictures! You describe things really well but often there aren’t any pictures to go with it. I’d like to see more of those.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    I’d say perfume posts just because you know perfume isn’t my, personal thing. I like perfumes and all but I don’t really understand all the jargon, so I tend to skim those. I know that others enjoy them though and find your descriptions really helpful.

  30. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?

    I think you’re extremely fair. You’re always very objective and cordial, unless there is clear ineptitude or rudeness on the part of the company/service providers. Then you get snarky, but that’s fun to read, as well as very helpful. It lets the reader know that, NO, the way you were treated or dealt with was NOT acceptable. And that’s an important point!

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with having high standards. While I’ve disagreed with your assessment of how “good” a product is in the past, I generally trust your opinion. You work with a product, trying to make it work for YOU, over a period of time, to make sure you give it a fair review, or to see if you can find a “best way” to use that product. That’s extremely generous, as most people would try it once and make their final statement immediately afterward.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

    To be honest, I’d like to see more of YOU, modeling your style diary entries (especially), or showing us how you’ve been applying your makeup instead of saying things like “I wear X on the lid, Y in the crease, Z for lipstick and Q for blush” etc. BUT, at the same time, I know I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable showing off pictures of myself on a public blog. So… I understand if you have no plans for this. Hurr.
    Uhm, as for actual topics, your indie product/company reviews are my favorite, but you do mostly that anyway. But I am obsessed with lipstick D: so more lip swatches of those, mayhaps?

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?

    I’m happy as a clam. Rock on wit yo’ bad self.

  31. 1 –Yes, you always give us clear argument to explain your opinion, positive or negative. I also appreciate the informations about how went the shipping (price, velocity etc).

    2- No, just as a exigent consumer, which I think we all are. If something didn’t work for you for a personal reason (smell, sensibility…) you always precised it.

    3 – Some more lip products? I also really like your “follow up” of a brand.

    4 – Maybe perfume (it’s really personal) but I actually buyed somethings from shop you recommanded πŸ™‚

    In a nutshell, I think the only thing I would like to see more are even more post!! πŸ™‚

  32. You’ve already recieved a lot of responses, but I’ll post my $0.02 anyway, More good feedback never hurts, even if it is much of the same.

    1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?

    Most definitley, because even in the bad/negative reviews you also post positives about the items/service/company unless they’re absolutley dreadful and there isn’t anything good. It’s hard to be 100% unbiased, because if you like two things about the same, but like the company more of one, it’s hard not to be. But, saying that, I don’t recall any bias reviews from you.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

    No, just a person with high (not unnecesarily so) standards… If you can get something at x quality for $z why spend more than $z if it’s less than x quality? There are certain things to be expected from companies and products that should be deliviers.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

    I’m always interested in the lasting power of products… Even if your skin is different to mine, you can get an idea of how it lasts or stays throughout the day.. But apart from that I love your reviews.!

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?

    Nothing, I think you have a good balance of topics, there doesn’t seem to be an excess any particular one…

  33. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?

    Yes, I do. You give details about both customer service, the quality of what you got, as well as your personal opinion (didn’t work for your skintype, you didn’t like the smell etc), which makes at least ME feel more educated about the companies products. You’re also realistic enough to know when you are, if nothing else, then SLIGHTLY biased (i.e. your Evil Shades “review”)

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

    No, not at all. You have high expectations, and I don’t expect less from you as a writer. You’re writing something that can make or break a buy from a customer looking for information, being a bit picky and pointing out details is GOOD. Even if something is a minor detail for you it could be a big deal for someone else. Plus, I’ve read more than enough of your positive reviews to know you’re not impossible to please. πŸ™‚

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

    Oh, gee. I don’t know, really. I love your blog, I never feel bored of anything. I love the Style Diary, I love the indie vs. corp-battles, I love… I love LeGothique. A 101 on ingredients good for your skin, things to watch out for in creams/foundations etc. would be nice, but that’s not really a topic, is it.. Hm.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?

    Repackers and people with crappy CS. Not that I really think you should COVER them less, there should just exist less. :p

  34. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    Yeah I do. I stumbled onto the whole mineral makeup thing very recently, and your blog (along with Ana and Phyrra’s) have made the whole thing easy to understand. Your reviews always cover the products as well as customer service. The companies I’ve ordered from based on your reviews (shiro and latherati) have been exactly how I expected – because of you.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    Nope – just someone who knows what they like.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?
    No idea.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    Again no idea – I haven’t seen anything I don’t like

  35. Reader’s Poll

    1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    – Yes they do seem fair and unbiased.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    -Nooo not at all! Why would someone think that? You demand good quility from the stuff you review but that makes the reviews better than reviews by some others.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?
    – Lipsticks! I love lipsticks so I’d like to see more lipstick reviews.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    – Personnaly I don’t care for perfumes at all so I wouldn’t miss those reviews if you wouldn’t do them anymore.

  36. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    I do! I value and rely on your reviews a lot. Although it does seem you never give companys in-between scores. If you know what I mean you either love a company (5 stars, ordered again) or dislike it (they repack, bad service, etc) so I don’t know maybe you never come across “in between” companys that you think are ok/good? Sorry if that doesn’t make sense!

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    No, I think your expectations are reasonable and what good companys should and do provide. However I am always surprised at shipping time, like if you have to wait two weeks you will be unhappy whereas out where I live two weeks+ is pretty standard! That’s not critique though, more like irrelevant facts πŸ™‚

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?
    I like indie vs. corp, or even doing two popular products against each other. I like following up of companys. I love the reviews you do on company I am interested in buying from! Haha

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    I think less skin cream, body butter, etc. Not that I don’t like it. It just seems like you do a LOT of them.

    I hope I was a little helpful!

  37. 1. Yes, since you go into detail and explain exactly why you do or don’t like a product and you mention whether or not you know or are friends with a company owner upfront which is nice. You and Ana are the only two bloggers I trust for fairness (that I regularly check, anyway. Clumps of Mascara is also pretty fair), and it’s also great that you avoid all the drama floating around on the internet.
    2. Your expectations aren’t unreasonably high, especially not since you explain everything that you’re basing your reviews on very clearly.
    3. More tutorials. And maybe more reviews of drugstore stuff?
    4. Guest bloggers.

  38. Oh, one more thing – this isn’t so much about writing as it is about blogging – you take the time to answer questions you get in the comments, and you don’t overlook the newcomers πŸ˜€ (some bloggers seem to communicate only with the popular people 😐 ). This really makes me feel cozy around here and makes me want to comment more.

    I’ve already mentioned this but I’d love to be able to comment on giveaway comments after the giveaway has ended – the Sleek one has some really cool ideas and I’d like to tell those commenters that someone went all ‘squee!’ over their palettes.

    [The blog calendar seems a bit off – it says this was posted on 2nd of Jan, while it seems to have went up on the 3rd, 3 PM-ish.]

  39. 1 – I do think your reviews are fair and unbaised. I look forward/enjoy reading your reviews.

    2- I think that you hold companies to high standards, but in a good way and as you should as a comsumer.

    3 – Polish, scents.

    4 – None

  40. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    I do think you are fair and unbiased. I have noticed you give several companies another chance when you’ve been dissapointed, and have ammended your opinion when necessary (or not ammended it, as the case may be.) I appreciate this quality in a reviewer, and it is one of the main reasons why you are credible.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    I think that your needs may be more complex than some buyers, which may occasionally make it hard for some companies to meet those needs. BUT, you are always fair about pointing out that those needs are a matter of preference, and not necessarily a failing on the part of a company. Also, because you have a wide knowledge base, and extensive personal experience, you may have higher standards than another shopper. But the good news is that your readers and the companies you review have the opportunity to benefit from that experience.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews? Hmmm. Maybe slightly more personal information, like your current reading material. This is a toughie, because you conver a pretty broad range.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    I’m not into the soaps, but that’s a personal thing. My skin can only tolerate Dr. Bronner’s. But I still enjoy reading the reviews!

    • I forgot to add that I, like many of the others, LOVE the Indie vs Corporate battle. Those are very helpful to me, because they serve as a sort of touchstone by which to judge indie brands.

  41. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    -Yes. Absolutely. In fact talking with a few friends who also read this blog, you are the first one we read and trust. You are always up front about stuff, and mention anything we should know… like if you are friends with them, or if you have purchased before. Plus you normally purchase with your own money.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person? No, you just have standards. πŸ™‚

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews? Any.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of? None, I like your writing style and the topics you choose.

  42. Oh for the love of God. You’re one of the few bloggers I read BECAUSE you will honestly rave about or trash a product that you feel deserves it. We know that you purchase a lot of items instead of relying on pr samples. I started reading because you did some good research on a certain unicorn obsessed repackager.

  43. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?

    Yes, you and phyrra are the first blogs i go to see if you have reviewed a product. I don’t always agree, but i do take you opinion and experience into consideration (i.e. villainess). I like how you buy several items from a company and different items. i hate seeing all over the web the same exact products being reviewed, but other items never considered. you don’t bash a product or company, just simply state the problems you have.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

    No. everyone has standards.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

    you have already covered so much so i have no idea.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?

    none

  44. Reader’s Poll

    1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?

    Very fair indeed! I think your blog is the ONLY ONE I have come across that screams “honest, honest, honest!”. I love that you don’t take PR products for review. It’s good to have free stuff (we’re all human) but I feel you lose a little bit of the review when something is given to you for free. I like that you review items that you yourself have purchased. You are the consumer just like us readers and that is what is most important about this blog to me. How was the shipping cost? Will I get that shipping fee as well? Did she wait long for her product? Were there freebies thrown in with a purchase? When there was a mistake with an order, how did the company rectify it? These are all questions I feel confident I will find on your blog and all questions I, as a consumer, will most likely have when purchasing from a company.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

    Nope not at all.

  45. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    Yes, I do think so, because you honestly give your opinion and you seem overall objective and always explain why you rated certain companies the way that you did.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    Nope, not at all, you have positive reviews as well as negative ones, and you are fair in your reviews. You are critical and have high standards, but that is a good thing and one of the reasons why I enjoy reading your blog.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?
    I like the indie vs corporate, as well as the style diary and EOTDs.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    Can’t think of anything for this.

  46. I read your blog because you give very impartial, well-rounded, well-researched reviews. You’re never mean or personal when you give less-than-positive reviews, which I like as well. You even give companies a second chance, which is fantastic. I have discovered so much personal beauty products through your blog and I love it! I also love that I often have a more cost-effective, and often better alternative with an indie seller and all I have to do is go through your reviews to find them πŸ™‚

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

    – Ha ha no! I think you are a person who likes to spend her money wisely and if she is not satisfied then she will let her readers know. I’d do the same. I want my money to buy something that serves its purpose as advertised. Not to mention you have waaaaaaaaaaay more positive reviews than “negative” so I don’t think you’re impossible to please!

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

    – Make Up brushes. I’m always trying to find the best bang for my buck. You’ve covered a bit of that though – I’d definitely like to get ELF brushes soon. Otherwise I pay attention most to your scent, lip, and eyeshadow reviews. When my current foundation runs out I am going to go back in your archives and read what you had to say on various foundations.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    – It’s your blog, you cover whatever you like!

  47. – I think your reviews are well rounded, fair and unbiased. You write about the product, customer service etc without personal feelings interfering in the process.

    – You write as a paying customer and therefore have certain expectations of a company/product/service. This doesn’t make you hard to please. If a product makes claims, it should meet them.

  48. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not? You’re reviews are very fair. You always present all the facts and do your research when needed. I like that you go over what the website looks like, how long shipping was, customer service, everything.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person? Not at all!

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews? I love Indie vs. Corporate, I also like your random posts and style/fashion posts. Someone above mentioned makeup brushes…it would be nice to see reviews of quality, inexpensive brushes.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of? I can’t think of any. Your blog is pretty well rounded to me.

  49. 1) You certainly sound fair. I’m not sure that you’re unbiased; you research at least on occasion. If I had to pick between someone who does research and someone who doesn’t, I’d pick the former simply because it’s less common and because I’d rather not spend money on a good product from an unethical company.

    2) No.

    3) I like the style diary, and I agree with the ‘more pictures’ comment.

    More information on foundation would be great. I need a new one that’s got good coverage (acne scars), and is long wearing. I don’t know how coverage compares between brands, though.

    I don’t always read the info on package design, but that’s a personal thing and easy to skip. Packaging is fun, but I’ve never bought a brand for what it looks like. I really just care that I get what I think I’m paying for and it doesn’t leak.

    I like the ‘price per x’ bit. I care about good value (quality and price), so I’ll happily go for a four-star product that’s a better price than a five-star one.

    4) I can always skip any article which doesn’t interest me, so write about what you’d like.

  50. Oh, I also like that you know something about what goes into make-up, and that you have a source at a lab to confirm. This extra bit of education gives you an edge on other beauty bloggers.

  51. Jules Noctambule January 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?

    -Yes, and the most obvious reason, to me, is that you differentiate between an actual flaw in a product and an aspect you simply don’t like instead of flatly dismissing something outright over what might be a personal preference.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

    -No. Possibly more discriminating than I am, but that isn’t hard! πŸ˜‰

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

    -I’d like to see reviews of big-name or multi-brand places to buy products, especially for harder-to-find items. While it’s easy to search reviews, it isn’t as easy to know which ones to trust and which to overlook.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?

    -Things I can’t buy! πŸ˜‰
    Really, nothing in particular stands out.

  52. I’m gonna answer all the questions, because I was a LeGothique reader (and still am) before anything I make was ever reviewed here ❀ Get your tl;dr goggles ready!

    Reader’s Poll

    1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    Yes of course. You don't say "OMG I love/hate ______ "; you explain WHY you liked or disliked it, sometimes going into more detail than most would bother with, but that's okay. It serves to illustrate the point that you like or dislike something for a valid reason, or set of reasons, not just because you want to get your review posted and done with. This shows that you actually tried otu the product, and gave it a fair day in court.
    I also like that you go the extra step with statements that go something like "this product didn't work FOR ME because _____ but if that doesn't apply to you, then YOU might really like it"- it's stuff like that that lets us know you're not giving poor marks to something out of a personal vendetta against the company. This is how I know you're being unbiased.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    I think you have high standards. It's cool, I do too. And really, why shouldn't you? You're spending YOUR hard-earned money on products, they darn well better be worth it. IMO more people could stand to learn a thing or two from you and your high standards when posting reviews on their blogs/youtube accounts. Also, high standards do NOT equal "impossible to please", that's silliness. You have your standards and you should never compromise them for fear of appearing difficult.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?
    More of the same, keep doing what you're doing. I do enjoy the style diary posts, and in fact, going through your past SD posts a couple months ago I found the cutest little spoon ring from an Etsy seller and wound up buying one for myself. Silly little things like that are just brilliant to me. I'm looking forward to more "how-to" posts- the skull cameo one was great, and the shadow pressing? Can't WAIT to have a go at it myself!

    Also? Maybe some more hair product reviews- have you tried Fekkai? Or that weird infomercial hair care system that cleans with oil and has a strange name? Stuff like that might be fun πŸ™‚ Oh and SHOES. Because I need one more thing to long for after seeing it on your blog πŸ˜› On second thought, please DON'T review shoes. Thanks.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    I'm trying really hard to think of posts I tend to skip. TBH the only posts I usually skim or skip here are the makeup look posts, and that's not because I don't like looking at them, it's because I know there's usually no review attached, just a list of what was used to create the look. I prefer reviews.

    Company’s Poll (If you’ve been reviewed by me.)

    1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased?
    Absolutely. See above.

    2- Do you think I am an impossible to please customer?
    You're no pushover but come on. Impossible? Never. See my answer above for more.

    3 – Have my reviews helped you in your business?
    Absolutely.
    3b – If so, how?
    I probably should leave this blank, to avoid people harassing you to "do me! do me!" next, but here goes nothin'.
    The exposure a review on LeGothique gives a shop is amazing for those of us who don't advertise on 300 other blogs and websites. I saw sales jump significantly immediately after OHWTO was reviewed here, and gained quite a few loyal customers, and I am pretty darn sure that LeGothique is the direct cause of them discovering OHWTO. Or if that's not exactly the case, I"m pretty sure LeGothique is responsible for at least pushing them over the edge, assuring them that "Hey, this place is cool to buy from, you guys, go ahead".
    I think a lot of people see etailers they *might* like to buy from, but until someone they respect gives the virtual "green light", they hold back. I include myself in that list- I always check here, and Phyrra's blog, and a few other places before buying any internet-based B&B/Makeup stuff to see if you guys loved or hated it. If there's a bad review of the customer service, I cross them off the list- if the product review isn't all that great, I'll put off ordering for a little while but will probably still go ahead and give them a shot eventually. But if the review is glowing, well… goodbye, Paypal balance! I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person who does this ^__^
    I also like reading about what other indie places are doing, the good and the bad. Hearing about these things from the POV of someone whose opinion I respect (that's YOU, Grey!) helps me to take "inventory" every now and again on how I'm doing things- what I'm doing right, and where I can improve my shop, because we're all imperfect. There's always SOMETHING I can do better, and this blog is a tool which helps me to figure out what I need to work on.

    So, I've said it before, but it bears repeating- thank you for all that you do for all of us, Grey. Keep it up! πŸ™‚

  53. Reader’s Poll

    1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    I think you stay very fair and impartial. I like the fact that you don’t accept stuff from companies, PR reps, etc. Whenever I find an indie makeup or skincare company, I look to your blog or Phyrra’s first.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    Not at all! I like that you have standards and pay close attention to ingredients.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?
    I love love love the Indie vs. Corporate series and like the inclusion of RSW. Would like to see more Style Diary posts too.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    Nothing comes to mind.

  54. Far from sounding like an impossible to please person, you’ve seemed to me on more than one occasion like someone who’s too willing to extend the benefit of the doubt! (For instance, that time you bought the horrible hair clip that was put together with a twist tie, fell apart when you used it, and looked nothing like the Photoshopped etsy picture, and wondered if your standards were too high!)

  55. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not? I think your reviews are very fair. You have some of the most (if not the most) in depth, detailed reviews that I’ve ever read. You look at every aspect of the buying experience and I think that’s very important and it’s also what sets you apart and makes you different.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person? Nope, I think you have standards that you refuse to compromise on. We all have a certain amount of money that we can spend and we want to spend it on something that is worth the cost and have a positive experience with the company. That’s not much to ask for at all.

    3 – What Topics would you like to see me cover more of? Um…everything? I really enjoy your reviews…no matter what it is that you are reviewing. I particularly enjoy when you review soap/bath product companies. The how-to series on pressing shadows was great too. I also really enjoy the window shopping and style diary.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of? I really can’t think of anything. Yours is one of two blogs I hit first every single day. I look forward to reading your posts.

  56. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    I think your reviews are just perfect – you comment on all aspects of the things you order (packaging, receipts, timeliness, shipping costs, product names, the products themselves).

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

    Not at all. You often comment on the same kinds of things that irritate or please me most (thoughtful packaging, descriptive names, invoices included or not). I think you have the same high standards as most people and aren’t afraid to express them. I know that if I order from a company that you’ve reviewed, I know what to expect.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

    Just…MORE! I love your reviews and you cover such an eclectic range of products that I’m always interested to see what you’re into. I love, too, that you often ask readers what they’d like to see and often fulfill these requests.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?

    Can’t think of any…I always enjoy reading your posts.

  57. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?

    Yes, and that is why I always lurk on your blog. One of the first entries I recall reading was your issues with Villianess, a very popular company. I recall that a lot of people attacked you for being honest about your experience but you stood by what you wrote.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?

    Not at all. You’re very genuine about what products you like and work for you. I’d say you were impossible to please if you hated everything you reviewed.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?

    I’m curious if you’ve tried any etailers for hair products. I’ve recently switched all of my beauty products to cruelty-free and ones that are as natural as possible but finding decent hair products that fall into these categories is tricky. So if you ever have the urge to try an indie shampoo/conditioner etc., I’d love to read it! Even if our hair has ultimately different needs.

    Also, I like your style posts and would like to see more of those. They are good for ideas!

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?

    Hm, can’t think of any. This is pretty much my favorite blog at the moment.

  58. 1 – Yes. I think your reviews are fair and unbiased. And I always feel very secure about ordering from companies that you give positive reviews of.

    2- A person with high standards, maybe, but not impossible to please. Once again,I have faith that if a company gets high marks from you, then they’re worth doing business with.

    3 – This is a toughie….I love all your indie reviews! I love seeing lippie swatches, so I guess if you ever purchase lipglosses, stains, lipsticks, whatever, please swatch! Even if it’s just on your arm. Also, love your perfume reviews and bath and body product reviews. Wouldn’t mind seeing more of those.

    4 – Another tough question. I pretty much love everything. BUT, while they’re still enjoyable to read…I guess the fashion-related posts don’t get *as much* love from me?….and even then, those definitely don’t make up the bulk of your posts.

  59. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    Yes. Your standards are pretty high compared to other people, but I think that’s okay because after all products should live up to their claim. You cover pretty much everything and you’re very precise in describing things. I really like that clarity.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    Nope; I’ve bought products that you liked and recommended and I enjoyed them. So definitely no.

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?
    I can’t think of one.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    I don’t think there’s a topic that you can write enough of, haha. I enjoy reading all your reviews.

  60. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    Absolutely! You give explanations for why you feel the way you do and specifically mention when you don’t like something because of your taste not that it’s inherently bad. I think the idea of an Intro and a Review are also very clear.

    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    Nope! Difficult because you have a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge perhaps. It just means that the product and company needs to be quality stuff. Which is why I value your reviews so much; your thoughts and feeling have more than just ‘ooo shiny’ behind them!

    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?
    I would love to hear more about ingredients, what they do and why they are commonly included (if they are common). And definition posts are always awesome.
    Your comparisons are also amazing and I wish there were more of them in the community in general. I often read in reviews item x isn’t as good as item y and wish there were pictures or something to show why…
    And because I’ve seen some people say ‘please no more’, I really hope you don’t discontinue the smelly stuff! I am just getting into scents (I am finally getting a sense of smell back after years) and I am lost! I’d love a little more explanation about things like notes and such, but even not totally understanding technical terms, I get a lot out of your reviews because you are so detailed. I figure that even if I don’t understand it now, if I read enough I’ll muddle through to figuring it out in the end.

    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    Nothing really. It is very easy to skip something, but the only one I skip are the really short ones that give a list of stuff but no pictures.

  61. 1 – Do you think my reviews are fair and unbiased? Why or why not?
    Yes. In the short time I’ve been following your blog I’ve been very impressed with your effort to give every company and every product reviewed a reasonable and fair chance.
    2- Do you think I sound like an impossible to please person?
    Definitely no. I honestly wish MORE people had expectations similar to yours. Maybe then we would see a bigger ratio or higher quality products instead of always having to sort through a large amount of sub-par ones.
    3 – What topics would you like to see me cover more of in my reviews?
    I love it when you do indie reviews. Those are my fave:-)
    4 – What topics would you like to see me cover less of?
    I can’t think of anything