Smorgasbord Sundays: From Mary’s Desk – Public Relations (PR) & Requesting Press Releases & Samples (Part 4)

PR-Public-Relations-Blogging-Public-Relations-PRPublic Relations (PR) is a topic that I’ve wanted to blog about for a very long time because I’m very opinionated on this, and I have so much to share.

In case you weren’t sure, in an overly simplified nutshell, PR is managing information between a company or an individual and the public.

For all brands, it’s very important that the company’s information is consistent, accurate, and positive. It’s in PR’s interest to make sure that press releases are sent to the right media sources and that the public views the company in the best possible light.

There’s a lot of pressure for PR firms, and I really respect and admire their work – it’s not easy. Even when scandals break out, the PR team has to work their tail feathers off to do damage control and to ensure that the public still views the company in a hospitable light. That takes sharp wit!

When it comes to blogging, PR often spells press releases and samples. This is what I’d like to address in this post because, although I’ve had only a few questions about how to get on PR lists, it’s enough to make me want to help…or at least outline what I did in case it helps.


Blogging Goals & PR

First thing’s first. If you’re starting a blog because you just want free stuff from PR, in my opinion, you’re beginning on the wrong foot. (If you’re a centipede, starting out on the right foot may take a little time figuring out…)

Passion should always come first because genuine bloggers will trump greedy ones any day!

That being said, I don’t think it’s wrong to want free stuff. We all have bills to pay, and if you can get something free that you like, that definitely helps to make your wallet breathe a sigh of relief.

In my case, I am obsessed with nail polish, so if you offer me free nail polish, well, I’m over the moon and orbiting around Saturn! (However, I have turned down offers. And I think you should, too. If you’re swamped and you don’t have time to review something in a timely fashion or if you’re just not interested in the product, I think it’s not right to accept it.)

You should have many goals for your blog, and if one of them is to collaborate with PR firms, then so be it. But, just don’t make the mistake of putting that as your first or only goal. If you do that, I think your blog will spiral downwards. Readers are smart, and we can all sniff out a phoney blogger who has too much self-invested interest.

How Do You Get on PR Lists?

After blogging for Swatch And Learn for quite a while, I became curious about PR. It was a whole new world to me (other than what I had seen on shows like The City and Kel on Earth!)

Here’s what I did.

I made a list of some brands I loved. These were already brands that I bought lots of stuff from and even blogged about. I found their websites online and looked up their contact information. Then, I sent each a personalized e-mail.

E-mail Tips & Things to Include

  • General information about your blog – Tell them how it’s related to their brand
  • Specific information about your blog – Give them some numbers to crunch. Tell them how many total visitors, unique visitors, and total pageviews you get each month. Even if they don’t have time to read your entire e-mail, at least they can skim through it & see your statistics
  • Reasons why you think your blog is a good fit for their brand – If you have a blog about automotive parts and you’re trying to get on the PR list for nail polish, that’s going to be a tough (or impossible) sell. Make sure that you have strong and solid reasons for why they should consider you.
  • Be polite – If they wanted a pushy used-car salesperson, they would’ve asked for one. Don’t shove statements down their throats because that’ll just cement the fact that you should NOT be on their list. Ask nicely. Be polite. Don’t assume that you’re the greatest blogger in the world. Being cocky will only hurt you and will probably make them laugh around the water cooler.
  • Include some links to reviews/posts you’ve already done on their brand – This will show them that you’re not just in it for freebies. You want to show them that you REALLY love their brand and that you want to work with them to help promote their company to give them more exposure and to hopefully make them more money.
  • Be grateful – Thank them for considering you. People who work at PR firms are ridiculously busy, so if they are able to squeeze in time to read your e-mail, consider that a big deal.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting 

Haha, sorry! But I just couldn’t resist using that heading! 😉

Seriously, though…After you’ve sent out your e-mail, you probably have a lot of expectations. One of them may be to get a reply.

You have to understand that sometimes the e-mail goes to the marketing department, the general-inquiries department, or the PR department. It takes time for them to work through all the e-mails they get flooded with. You’re not the only person who wants to get on their PR list. Have patience, and keep on blogging in the meantime.

If you’re a new blogger, although this sounds discouraging, you shouldn’t expect the majority of companies to get back to you.

The first few times I reached out to PR, all I heard were crickets…and then crickets listening to crickets. That’s how much silence there was! But I understand now that I was jumping the gun.

Nobody has free money to just give away…Well, if someone does, please send me a cheque! 😉

You have to understand that companies are not charities. When they give free products to bloggers, they’re hoping that you’ll review the products, which in turn gives the brand more exposure.

If you’re a new blogger who gets 10 visitors per day, you just don’t have the large enough audience to make it cost-effective for PR to send you stuff.

Sadly, it’s not all about passion. You have to prove to PR that you’re not only passionate, but that your passion can reach people. (Remember, PR is about managing the information flow between an individual or a company and the public. If you’re an individual without an audience, you’re missing that vital link to the public.)

What to Do When You Don’t Hear from PR

As I said before…keep blogging. Keep your passion alive. But try to network with more people and improve your blog and its reach.

After several months, you may consider contacting them again and updating them on your progress. If you’ve reached more people, your statistics will show, and it may perk up PR’s ears.

Sometimes, You Get Lucky

It’s not always about doing the grunt work and reaching out to PR. Sometimes, when you keep at it, they find you.

Case in point: OPI’s US PR firm found Swatch And Learn, and asked if I was interested to be put on the list. Of course I said yes! Let me tell you – it was one of the most exciting blogging days when I read that e-mail because not only did it tell me that they visited my blog, but that they could see my passion for nail polish and for OPI! I was ecstatic to be able to promote a brand that I truly believed in. (Afterwards, they forwarded my information to OPI’s Canadian PR firm, and the rest is happy history!)

What Happens When You Get Put on the PR List?

Just because you’ve been added to the PR list doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get free products.

A lot of times, you’ll receive press releases on new collections, products, or important publicity events. You don’t have to blog about them, but if they’re of interest to you and/or your readers, I highly recommend that you post them. Not only will this show that you’re interested in promoting the brand, but that you’re willing to do some work to help them.

It’s not the same deal with every company. Some put you on the list to receive press releases, but they won’t send you anything else. Others put you on the list to receive press releases and then you can request samples (as long as they’re still available when you submit your request). And then there are some that send you special invitations to exclusive events.

What Are Samples?

In the PR world, ‘samples’ are free products. They’re usually full-size products, and although most are identical to the retail versions that consumers can buy, some have slightly different labelling. (e.g. For some nail polishes, PR will send labels that just have plain text with the colour name that are different from the retail labels. However, some PR companies will send samples that are identical to the retail version.)

How Can You Request Samples?

Often, the press releases you receive will include information at the bottom letting you know that there are samples available (as well as high-resolution photos or more information). They always include the name and e-mail of the person to contact.

Also, don’t expect to receive full-collection samples right off the bat. A lot of times, you’ll get some items, not all. However, after you’ve built up some consistency in your relationship with the PR firm, they may very well offer you full collections one day, depending on their budget, too.

Don’t be greedy. Any samples sent your way is a huge deal! Be very grateful for that accomplishment in and of itself. Remember, you can be taken off a PR list at any time, so appreciate what you have!

If You Get Samples, Do You Have to Review Them?

None of the PR firms or companies I’ve collaborated with ‘forced’ me to review samples.

However, it’s a good idea to review some of them if you have time. Not only does it show them that you truly are interested in helping them, but that you’re interested in their products.

If you’re lucky enough to receive full collections, it’s understandable that you may not be able to review everything, but if they’ve sent you 3 bottles of nail polish, I think you should try to review them all because it’s not asking for a lot.

Do Reviews on PR Products Have to Be Positive?

No. I’ve actually given negative reviews and ‘Busted’ some products that were provided by PR. You shouldn’t feel obligated to give a fake positive review on anything. Your honesty and integrity means more than free products. And your readers trust your opinion, so lying to them is a crime.

Some bloggers feel bad about posting negative reviews, but I don’t. Just like how I love to drum up excitement over a new polish I’m loving, I’m also quick to help people save money if a product doesn’t live up to its claims and isn’t worth it. Ultimately, my loyalty is to my readers.

I’ve found that good PR firms won’t take you off the list, even if you give a product they sent you a negative review. They’re professionals, and they realize that products don’t work for everyone. Plus everyone has different preferences.

How Do You Organize a Sponsored Giveaway?

Sometimes PR will approach you and offer products for a sponsored giveaway. However, don’t just accept anything. Make sure it’s appropriate for your audience.

(I’ve actually turned down some offers because it was a bad fit. In one case, I had given a product a poor review because it just didn’t work, and the PR team asked me if I’d like to host a giveaway for a basket full of that brand’s products! Well, I had a hard time justifying why I should offer my readers something that I ‘Busted’ on Swatch And Learn. Why give something that I don’t even care for? So I said no…more than once.)

Most times, however, you need to reach out to PR and ask them if they can sponsor a giveaway. Make sure you have some good reasons to convince them, and try to keep your e-mail short because, as I mentioned before, they’re extremely busy people!

It really is as simple as just asking! If they say no, respect that. But, if they say yes, start bouncing off the walls for joy! 😉

I hope that you found this post helpful. I’m definitely not an expert when it comes to working with PR firms, but since I’ve collaborated with a few, I have some experience and thoughts that I wanted to share.

If you have any additional questions regarding PR that I didn’t address, please feel free to ask me in a comment.

Also, if you have any topics that you’d like me to address in future From Mary’s Desk posts, please let me know. I’m open to good suggestions.

Other posts in the From Mary’s Desk series:


64 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Sundays: From Mary’s Desk – Public Relations (PR) & Requesting Press Releases & Samples (Part 4)

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Naomi!

      Oh, perfect timing then. Glad that you found it helpful. Best of luck to you in your journey with PR. 🙂

  1. Frosso

    Thanks for all the info! I, like a lot of other bloggers, have a lot of curiosity + confusion when it comes to working with PR firms. I’ve had plenty of crickets and still do when I make efforts to contact companies. I’ve been lucky enough to be contacted through a couple of companies without having to do the leg work myself, but nothing crazy as I’m still kinda newish since I haven’t reached my 1 year yet. I do have a couple of questions though….
    Have you ever had a company say they will send you products, and then you never receive anything and never hear back from that PR person ever again even when you reach out and try and touch base again? This happened to me, I was sent press releases and told to choose colors I wanted, and then that person disappeared…and this was a PR person for a very well known brand. Wasn’t sure if stuff like this is common…or if they just changed their mind suddenly.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Frosso!

      You’re very welcome. I feel like this is a topic that doesn’t get discussed much, and I’d love to hear people talk about it more instead of it remaining a ‘secret’.

      Yes, although I won’t name names, there was one company that contacted me, asked me to choose colours that they’d send, but then they didn’t send anything and they stopped e-mailing. I suspect they were fishing for information, which is why you also have to be careful who you give your information to. Beware of those who just want to prey upon wide-eyed bloggers!

      Sometimes, though, they might’ve just forgotten and it was an innocent mistake. It’s possible that your e-mail is accidentally going into their Junk folder. (Once a company got back to me after a full year after they were cleaning out their Junk folder and then happened to find my e-mail!)

      If they’ve changed their mind and decided to take you off the list, professional PR people should inform you instead of just ignoring you.

      Maybe try reaching out to them with a different e-mail address to rule out the possibility that your message was sent to the Junk folder.

      1. Frosso

        Thanks for the tip, I didn’t think about the junk folder. I originally contacted one person, then got switched to another person so maybe there was a mix up with that. I’ll try contacting them one more time, but I’m not going to go crazy over it…it’s their loss 😉
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        1. Mary Post author

          Yeah, maybe there was a little miscommunication when your contact information was transferred! Hopefully you can get through to them, but if not, keep on truckin’!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Cecilia!

      You’re welcome – thanks for giving me feedback! It helps me get a better feel for what readers find helpful and gives me ideas for what to blog about in future From Mary’s Desk posts. 🙂

      Well, maybe there are some bloggers who get free stuff because they ‘look nice’…haha, but I think that’s the exception to the rule. I’ve never had that happen to me. No one ever wrote me and said, “I like the way you look. Here are some free products I’d like to send you.” Haha, should I be offended? Haha! Just kidding! 😉

  2. Emily

    Great post. My nail blog is new, but my former career was as a marketing consultant for a different frequently-blogged niche hobby. As much as I’d squeal over free nail mail samples, I 100% agree with you about passionate content being your biggest asset, and loyalty to your readers being equally important. The only thing I’d put above the readers would be my own craft and inspiration- the blog can’t become something that makes you love the subject less, or else the content will show it.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Emily!

      Yes, I’m with you on how your craft and inspiration comes first. If you start dreading what you do or it becomes a burden, your lack of enthusiasm will translate onto your blog. I do know of some bloggers (who I won’t name), but I can tell that they don’t really enjoy what they do, and they’re just doing it because they can. That makes me feel sorry for them because it’s like being stuck at a job that you hate – you’re trapped. For me, the beauty of blogging is the freedom and happiness it provides me with, so if you blog without at least that, it’s not very rewarding or motivating.

  3. Gelic' nail art

    Oh, It was so fun reading your opinions/tips n tricks about PR. I’m very new to blogging and know that I for example have too few readers to get free samples. But it doesn’t matter because I like what I do, it’s like a small hobby. But of cause, as you say it wouldn’t be bad with free contributions of something you like, that you would have bought any how because you like the brand or product. 😛
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Gelic’ nail art!

      You have a wonderful attitude! 🙂 Loving what you do takes priority – always!

      And even when some bloggers build their readership up, they still may choose not to accept anything from PR. It’s a personal choice. 🙂

  4. maddy

    I’m not a blogger but this post was really interesting. It does seem comlicated but I could learn from it if I ever want to start blogging.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey maddy!

      Even though you’re not a blogger, I’m really happy that you were curious enough to read this post. 🙂 And, if you ever start a blog, please let me know about it because I’d check it out.

  5. Fedoraharp

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience!

    I’m a relative newbie to the blogging field, but I’m hoping to carve out a niche reviewing Israeli polish brands in English- most Israeli polish bloggers speak Hebrew. Hopefully there’s a market for it 🙂 I’m aware that it’s way too early in my journey to reach out to PR companies, but I’m bookmarking this for later on after I’ve hopefully gotten a larger following!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Fedoraharp!

      I think it’s really cool how you’re going to review Israeli polishes. You know, I haven’t even heard of any, so I’ll have to check out your blog now. Curiosity killed this cat! 😉

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey The Lacquered Lady!

      Love the alliteration in your name, by the way. 🙂

      Glad that you found the From Mary’s Desk series helpful. If you ever have suggestions for future topics, please let me know! I’d love to write more posts in this series. So far, I’ve had a good response to them, and I’d like to help out my readers as much as possible even if it’s just me talking about my own experiences.

  6. Nicole McMerrick

    This was so informative and helpful. Seriously- thank you very much for posting this. I’ve done the smallest amount of work w PR companies, it was a great experience and I’d like to do more. I always thought it was kinda taboo to contact companies yourself or to talk about this but this made me realize that if done for the right reasons and in the right way it’s just part of the professional blogger/company relationship. Again- thank you very much for alllll this info. 🙂
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Nicole McMerrick!

      It was my pleasure. 🙂 I’ve only been asked a few times by readers about where I get my samples from and how to get on the list, but I think you’re right – a lot of people may see this topic as taboo. However, I felt a need to address it. There’s definitely a right and a wrong way going about this. Hopefully other people will agree that the way I’ve went about it is a good way.

      I think the biggest thing is to not be greedy and to always be grateful. I try to stick by those two rules to help steer me in the right direction. Also, I try to remember that being put on any list is a privilege, not a right.

  7. Marta

    There is one company I have been itching to contact and your sweet, thorough and super honest post might just be the extra push I needed to finally work up the courage. I am bookmarking this post… honestly, it has soo much genuine wisdom. Thank you for sharing!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      YAYYY – go for it! 😀 Which company is that? I’m curious now which is the one among the hundreds of incredible nail brands out there.

  8. Philippa Claire MacDuff

    Hello, thanks very much for your post, it’s really informative and it’s nice to read a blog post about PR samples that’s written in a friendly rather than a scathing way. I have read some quite patronising and aggressive blog posts on the subject of requesting PR samples to this is an encouraging breath of fresh air.

    My blog is pretty new, so I am no-where near the scale where I feel I could justify requesting press releases and samples (maybe the other scary posts have made me timid), but when and if that time comes I will definitely use this post as a guide.

    Thanks for the info!

    Claire x
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Philippa Claire MacDuff!

      Thank you for saying that! 🙂 Oh yeah? It’s a shame that the other posts you’ve read were patronising and aggressive. :S I’m hoping that it wasn’t the intended voice. Perhaps they just worded things a bit ‘off’?

      Haha, and now I’m curious to read those scary posts. I can’t even think of what someone could write about PR to make it very nerve-racking!

  9. Tolanda

    Hi, I am trying to start a blog and what’s holding me back is the fact that I don’t own very many of the high end polishes. I love polish and I love to paint mine and other ppls nails and I just want to share the joy that I get from my hobby with others. But I’m afraid that ppl won’t want to read a blog that consist of mostly the $1-5 polishes and sometimes the $8 drugstore ones if I’m in a position to splurge, which as a mother of 5 is not very often. Did you have that problem when you started out?

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Tolanda!

      I don’t think you should let that hold you back from starting a blog. You don’t have to blog about expensive or high-end polishes. My suggestion is to blog about what you already have and what you love (or at least what you have a strong opinion about).

      A lot of people would love to read your blog on polishes that cost between $1-$5. Money doesn’t grow on trees, and everyone is interested in saving money, even the celebrities who have billions of dollars to blow. Also, you’ll no doubt uncover affordable dupes of higher-end polishes, and your readers will appreciate that. Instead of buying, say, a Chanel polish, you may find a drugstore dupe that offers that same colour craving without robbing the bank!

      As for whether or not I had that ‘problem’ when I started blogging – no, not at all. I never felt the pressure to buy expensive things just to blog about. I bought things that interested me (first and foremost) and that fit into my budget. Then, if I thought that my readers would be interested, I would blog about it.

      Basically, Tolanda, I feel as though your passion is what will get through to your readers more than anything else. You don’t even need to blog about the latest products. Readers will come back because of YOU – if they like your personality, your writing, your sense of humour, your photos, etc. You could blog about a polish that cost $0.99 and was released 10 years ago, but your readers may still love it because they love you and respect your opinion.

      So, please don’t think that you can’t blog just because you won’t be showing high-end products. I hope that you will start yours, and if you do, please send me a link so that I can visit and be inspired by your thoughts and your work. 🙂

  10. Tina

    Hi Mary,

    amazing post. It was very interesting to read about your experiences with PR. I´d like to ask you one more question. Because I´m from Slovakia and I have readers from Slovakia and Czech republic (we used to be one republic, we have different languages, but we understand each other). Will some of the brands like OPI, Essie, Dior, Chanel consider to put me on PR list? Thanks!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Tina!

      Yes, I think they’ll consider putting you on the list because there isn’t actually just a single PR list for all of these brands. A lot of them have geo-specific PR firms, so hopefully there’s one that handles PR in your country.

  11. Marta

    Someone asked me about PR relations the other day and I referred them to this post- it is (after all) what got me to build up my courage to reach out to brands 😀

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Marta!

      Thanks for sharing my post! It makes me so happy knowing that it’s still useful and relevant today as when I wrote it! 🙂

  12. Neff815

    So awesome. Your good at what you do. For me the very best-test part would be the swaggy polishes to test and try! Ugh! To die for…:)

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Neff815!

      Aww, thank you so much for saying that – it means a lot! I’m very passionate about blogging and writing. Plus having awesome readers like you makes it even more rewarding!

      Hehe, the free nail polishes are definitely a nice perk! 😉

  13. Precious Pearl

    This is a really helpful article Mary. Thanks for sharing your experience.
    I am blogging for two years now. Earlier, I contacted some PR firms about reviewing their products, but I never got a reply. Now I don’t feel like sending it anymore!
    After reading this post I will try once more. Thanks 🙂

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Precious Pearl!

      Congratulations on sticking with blogging for a couple of years! 🙂 That is an awesome achievement, and you should be very proud! Also, thank you for visiting my blog still. It makes me smile when I see your name pop up in the comments section!

  14. Emily

    I love that you’re willing to write about this in detail, and be so transparent about the process. I’ll keep your advice in mind if I ever want to take my blog in this direction. Thanks!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Emily!

      Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading this post! 🙂 It’s very rewarding to hear that you found it helpful. That makes it worth writing, even if it helps out one person!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Kate!

      I’m very happy to hear that! Need to add another part to this series. I already have more ideas. It’s just a matter of scheduling the time to flesh out all my ideas for a new post. 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!

  15. Alona Y

    Crickets listening to crickets, lol. I have gotten so into nail art that I’ve thought about the idea of having a blog – but all you nail blogger ladies are so talented and come up with so much content it’s intimidating! I love hearing this kind of advice, thanks for posting!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Alona!

      Haha, glad you liked my line about crickets! 😉

      Aww, please don’t feel intimidated. Everyone needs to start somewhere, and through practice and experience, you’ll develop new skills and improve at your own pace. Everyone can contribute, so don’t think that you have to be an expert right out of the gates. I strongly encourage you to try blogging, even for fun. It can be incredibly rewarding, even though it’s a lot of work, too!

  16. Leslie S

    Great post! I don’t have a blog, but I have a nail page on Facebook that I post my nail art on and share others art that I think is new, different and/ or fun! I have received product from one indie company and always wondered how bloggers got polish to review! Thanks so much for this information!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Leslie!

      It’s my pleasure! You should leave the link to your Facebook page – I’d love to see your nail art! Use the CommentLuv feature on here, if you’d like. 🙂

  17. floria

    Thanks Mary, for making tons of questions about bloggers’activity fade away. I’ve been thinking for a while, about starting my own blog. I’ve already started to take pics of my best or most beloved nail polish performances. but, I don’t feel ready to start yet as I fear not to be capable of doing it with an acceptable devotion ratio, due to my overwhelming 10hours-a-day work. I wish I could learn from you how to juggle all these different dimensions!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Floria!

      It’s definitely challenging to juggle work, blogging, socializing, and relaxing! I find that having such a packed schedule has made me organize my time more. There’s no other way I could do it. And once you get into a rhythm, it becomes second nature, however, it’s always still work, even if it’s enjoyable. You still need to ‘have a life’ outside blogging, and with time, you’ll figure out a good balance that works for you.

      I hope you end up pursuing creating your own blog. It can be a very rewarding journey that helps you develop lots of useful skills!

  18. Tanyatopia

    That’s a really thoughtful and informative post. I am glad to hear you don’t hesitate nor feel bad to post a negative review, that’s one of the reasons I love your blog. If the formula was awful or chipped fast you say so! I think that’s a benefit of wearing the polish not just doing a marathon swatch session. 🙂

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Tanyatopia!

      Definitely – even negative reviews are important! It’s all the manner in which you write the post. There’s no need for the review to rip a product to shreds, but if there are many problems with the product, it needs to be known, not only for readers, so they save their money, but also so the companies know that the product requires improvements.

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Georgina!

      Hmm, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any blog that exclusively does PR reviews. Beauty addicts tend to buy products on top of what are sent to them! Hehe, at least I can say that is true for me. Even though PR has sent me lots of nail polish, I still find myself purchasing ones myself and/or reviewing older polishes I bought before. Guess that’s why I call myself a nailphile! 😉

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Nail Polish Society!

      Aww, you flatter me! 🙂 Thanks for making my day – it feels great knowing that the post is useful to someone, but also that readers appreciate the hard work (and LOVE) that went into it. Thank you!

      There are bloggers who are WAY more experienced than I am, but I love sharing what I’ve learned along the way. We can learn from each other and also from the mistakes that we make.


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