Product Reviews - An Overview

While I am happy to share products and brands on my site, there are a few criteria that need to be met in order for me to consider a review. 

Any and all products to be considered for review must be free from:

  • parabens
  • synthetic fragrance/phthalates
  • sulfates
  • petro-chemicals
  • bismuth oxychloride
  • lake dyes
  • bht & bha
  • formaldehyde-releasing preservatives or ingredients
  • known skin irritating ingredients
  • 1,4-dioxane
  • any and all hormone disrupting ingredients
  • animal testing

Any and all product must be meet any and all standards of clean/green/eco-conscious beauty. Ingredients should be non-toxic, non-irritating, low-zero waste, sustainable, environmentally friendly and cruelty-free.

Once I’ve determined that a product meets my standards, I will accept the product(s) to be tested. Once I’ve received the product(s), I will email the brand/PR rep and let them know and give them an eta of when I should be able to have a full review completed. Below is a list of estimated time it takes me to fully test a product.

  • Skincare – at least 2-4 weeks to give my skin time to adjust and see any kind of results
  • Body care – same as above for lotions, oils, wash; sunless tanning could take a week 
  • Hair care – 2-4 weeks depending on the type of product
  • Make-up (including nail care) – one week
  • Food/wellness items – 2-6 weeks
  • Vocal (equipment, sheet music, voice care, etc) – anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months

These are just estimates as many factors could delay or move up the time table. Both would depend on how many other products I already have in the testing queue and what my schedule looks like (as I am a vocal teacher and classical soprano). I will always keep the brand/rep updated on my review progress.

During the testing process, I will generally post a “sneak peek” of the product(s) on my Instagram to give my audience a preview of what I am working on and what to expect to see in the future. I will both tag and email the brand/rep so that they can see the post. 

Once the testing process has ended, I will begin my review. Once that is completed, I will again email the brand/rep with the link and then share on all of my social media channels.

It should be noted that just because product is sent, it is not a guarantee that I will share the product in a review. If I am not happy with the product, I won’t recommend it to my readers and I don’t like to write negative reviews about brands. If I am not happy or I have a reaction to something in the product, I will reach out to the brand and let them know. If they insist on a review, then I will do it. I will always give my 100% honest opinion on everything I test, and will not pretend to like something if I don’t.

It should also be noted that brands expecting me to purchase their products for review consideration will need to offer monetary compensation. The amount of time, effort and care I put in to each and every review and post is fully deserving of compensation. Any brand that requests I purchase their products and will not offer compensation will be refused. 

Brands who do send their products, I consider the products to be a form of compensation.

 

Below are my rates for the following services:

  • Reviews – website/blog – $200
  • Reviews – social media only – $75
  • Social media shout-outs – $25
  • Video review – Youtube, Instagram – $250
  • Product photography (brands who want to have photos of the product they sent for their exclusive usage) – $100-$300 depending on how many photos – see also product photography service

Any questions that you may have about my process, criteria or services, please feel free to reach out at briezimmermansoprano@gmail.com