Yesterday, the New York Times ran a particularly scathing piece about beauty bloggers. In a nutshell, the ‘expose’ likened us to beauty whores – posting for free products.

There are so many inaccurate allegations in this article that I have neither the time nor the energy to set the record straight. Luckily, fellow BBN member Christina posted a retort on her blog, Bon Bons in the Bath…and I wholeheartedly agree with her assertions.

So Spoiled Pretty readers, please be assured that I am solely motivated by my love for all things beauty – and the opportunity to converse with you all everyday. Product samples and industry events are wonderful perks; but essentially, these benefits are what enable bloggers to compete with ‘traditional’ beauty media – and provide you with the unbiased reviews, breaking news, and tips you crave, in real time.

If you have any questions about the beauty blogging biz or the product review process, I am open to questions. Please feel free to email me, or leave a remark in comments section below.

8 Comments on Beauty Turns Ugly

  1. monica m.
    January 31, 2008 at 3:59 PM (10 years ago)

    I can’t believe it. You’ve got to be a cosmetic/makeup lover to keep a blog updated like you guys do. It’s also a great source for us beauty lovers to find reviews, new products, sales, special offers… and. I’m thankful when cosmetic companies give you free products beacuse we can all benefit from it when you test them. I really believe blogs have created a whole community, and whoever wrote the article doesn’t understand what this is all about. So please don’t even listen to those who don’t respect our passion. Thanks Daneen, you make my day when I see a new post.

  2. Daneen :)
    January 31, 2008 at 4:05 PM (10 years ago)

    Thanks, Monica! Your comment made MY day!

  3. Fabulista
    January 31, 2008 at 4:56 PM (10 years ago)

    Daneen, well said. I’m super annoyed about that article. On a lighter note, will you be in NY for Fashion Week? If so we should try to meet up! xoxo

  4. Daneen :)
    January 31, 2008 at 5:10 PM (10 years ago)

    Definitely, Amber! Suburban Philly in the house!

  5. Vanessa
    January 31, 2008 at 6:03 PM (10 years ago)

    I read that and was infuriated! It’s a BLOG, basically a personal space where we write how we feel about certain products, new products we can’t wait to try, etc! They don’t speak for ALL beauty bloggers, and to be honest, and free stuff I ever received was OFFERED to me, never asked.

    Some people are just so naive…

  6. Bionic Beauty
    January 31, 2008 at 6:07 PM (10 years ago)

    Hi Daneen, I just posted a response to the article on my blog too. I second (or third) your thoughts on it. The article is obviously skewed and seems to me it should have been on Fox News rather than the NY Times. 😉

    Whew… Have fun at FW!! Take loads of pics!
    Bionic Beauty

  7. Daneen :)
    January 31, 2008 at 7:12 PM (10 years ago)

    And it get’s uglier…

    Gawker just picked up on the New York Times piece. Somehow, they’ve managed to turn an inaccurate article into a complete fairy tale by making ludicrous assumptions and injecting snarky cynicism into their version of the story.

    I posted in their comments section, and told them that if they wanted to do some real reporting, they should talk to some beauty bloggers – instead of reguritating Kayleen Schaefer’s trash. But it seems that they are ‘moderating’ their comments and are only publishing remarks that echo their own idiotic sentiments.

    How’s that for hypocrisy?

  8. the addict
    January 31, 2008 at 9:27 PM (10 years ago)

    The Times article was essentially a journalistic booby trap. I was told I was being interviewed about how beauty companies and agencies are recognizing the growing influence of blogs, and instead it’s some kind of third-rate “expose” that paints all beauty bloggers as opportunistic, greedy sycophants who are rejoicing because they no longer have to “beg” for free product.

    And then my comments about how I think it’s important to be diplomatic and balanced when doing a negative review get spun into this idea that I’m afraid to post anything unfavorable. Give me a break. Kayleen Schaefer is a snake and an idiot. I’m ashamed to have even been included in the article.