We all have goals in life.
Our goals will vary greatly – from having a family, to a great career, or even just having that home we’ve always dreamed of. Our goals will change over time – mine have changed so much over the last few years it’s been hard to keep track. But we all have one thing in common – we all dream of achieving something and when it happens, we’re elated.
I started blogging years ago, but have put my heart and soul into it for the last 8 weeks. I’ve fallen in love with blogging again, with writing again, and it’s been my go-to place when things got really difficult. It’s been a welcome relief from every life and struggles, so my goal quickly became to work with a brand.
I researched heavily into approaching brands, being in the mind set that one definitely wouldn’t contact me yet. I was realistic – I knew that the PR team from MAC wouldn’t rock up at my door with a bag full of foundation and a high five. But then a brand did get in touch and I was ecstatic! I eagerly read into it and awaited my items, but found although the items were nice, I wasn’t thrilled with the results.
Whenever I buy items online, I have an open mind. Especially when you’re an avid eBay user, sometimes bigread204 isn’t going to send you a book in mint condition as promised. But I do expect the item to reflect the price I’ve paid and I feel like this time, it didn’t.
I was then thrown into a dilemma. As much as I would have loved to have raved about the items and received retweets and praise – I couldn’t lie. I couldn’t promote something to the (few) people who read my blog with a clear conscience if I wouldn’t buy from them myself.
I know that if I had been influenced to buy a product, and found it was not to standard, I’d have unfollowed that blogger within a second. I wouldn’t trust them again. And I didn’t want any of you to feel like I’d lied or misled you.
I do wonder if maybe I’m being picky. But like most people I have a budget, so if I’d spent my hard earned cash, I wouldn’t be happy. So I emailed the brand, politely thanked them for the opportunity and explained I wouldn’t be reviewing.
It wasn’t an easy decision. I won’t slander anyone and won’t name or shame, but it makes me wonder how many people have decided to overlook a flaw because they’re eager to impress or make it big. But could I blame some of them? Maybe to these people, the goal is to be successful, regardless of honesty.
Have you ever been offered a brand that you were unsure about? Did you turn them down? I want to know more!