Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
- Write a post about EdenFantasys. You can write anything related to EdenFantasys: a specific product, a group of products that interest you, our lingerie, sensual games and candles; our sex-positive community, a shopping experience with us, Eden Cafe, SexIs Magazine, or even this opportunity to receive free gift cards. All that we require is that you include in your post a link to http://www.edenfantasys.com that is represented by one of the following anchor texts: "adult toys", "sex toys", or "adult store" Note: Your blog must be 2+ months of age in order to qualify for this opportunity!
- Email the link to your post to me at email@example.com. I'll look it over and then email you a gift card code ($25 or $50, depending on the quality & ranking of your blog).
- Rinse and repeat: seriously! You can write a post for EdenFantasys as often as twice per month (please have posts spaced at least two weeks apart), and receive a gift card for each post!
- Refer your friends! You will receive a $5 gift card for every blogger that participates (make sure they let me know your name & email address when emailing).
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Big difference! Of course, Face Candy Couture's samples are free, vs paying for samples from most other companies. I'm kind of on the fence about the samples- on one hand, yay for being free! But on the other, you don't get to pick which colors you get and the bags are way too tiny to maneuver a brush in, so you either have to dump them out into something or squish a pinky finger in there. If I had to pick, I think I would much rather spend $1 on a larger sized sample bag in a color I picked than get itty bitty samples for free. The plus side of not picking colors, though, is you may end up loving a color you never would have picked out yourself. Here are the 5 colors I received in my envelope (pics from FCC's website):
This color is way more Barbie Dreamhouse than it is photographing. There is a LOT of glitter! I like it quite a bit, despite the fact that you get a lot of glitter fall-out. Definitely keep something handy to clean up under your eye after applying this!
This is Smurfette worn on the lid with Blue Lightning as a liner. Pardon my horrible liner application, I don't think I had slept ina very long time when this was taken!
Same thing with the eye open and my giant upper part of my lid covering everything.
This is Smurfette on the lid with Blue Lightning in the crease and a random black eyeliner. Funny, but I can barely tell the two blues apart in this pic even though they look totally different in their packages.
This is a hard color to describe- it is a sort of yellow-orange gold, somewhere between citrusy and metallic. This is another color I would never pick out for myself, but it was fun to try. (Shown here with a brown color from an e.l.f. quad in the crease and brown e.l.f. liner pen.)
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Unfortunately, all our donations are given locally and distributed at the beginning of each year. The separate franchises are responsible for sponsoring events. You can contact the store directly. This is the link to our retail store locater. Type in your zip code and our website will show any retail stores within a 50 mile radius of that zip.
Please note, it is the responsibility of the franchise store owner to provide us with the information regarding their store including store hours and phone numbers. There may be a retail store near you whose owner has chosen not to use our website as free advertisement. In that case, there is no way that we can assist you.
Now, is it just me, or is that a) a form letter and b) totally unrelated to what I asked? Anyone who does blog reviews can tell you that the things they receive are in no way a "donation"- it is an exchange of a product for promotion. What really bothers me is that it doesn't look like anyone actually *read* my message at all. Had the reply said something like "I'm sorry, but we are not currently sponsoring any reviews" or "We are currently only collaborating with bloggers with X number of followers.", I would be totally fine with it. I'm cool with pretty much any reply as long as it actually answers what I asked.
I responded to them a few days later basically saying "That would have been a great response if I had actually asked about a donation or sponsorship." and never heard back.
Epic customer relations fail!
After looking around their site a little bit more, though, I'm actually really happy that I didn't end up doing a review or a giveaway for them, because their prices are CRAZY! The Polka Dot Mesh Corset that I just got from EdenFantasys for $71 is $89.87 on this site! I thought that might be a fluke, so I checked out some other items that I'm familiar with the prices of, and found the stretch lace corset that EF has for $72.99 is also $89.97 from Sexy Lingerie Shop. My beloved pinstripe chemise set that I got for $31.99 from EF (also available for $31.95 from Yandy) is $40.99. The strapped minidress from DreamGirl is $23.59 from EF, $23.95 from Yandy. $31.99 from Sexy Lingerie Shop.
(I'm comparing to EF and Yandy's prices because those are the sites I'm most familiar with, so it was easiest to spot pieces that I know are on both or all three sites.)
The third thing that caught my attention was the disclaimer at the bottom of the giveaways I saw. In at least three different ones, the bloggers mentioned that they did not receive any compensation or items to review in exchange for hosting the giveaway. Seriously? Nothing?? Nada? It is obviously up to each individual blogger what they consider to be fair, but I believe that your words and your opinions and heck, even the space on your blog are all valuable. By doing a giveaway, you're giving that company a lot of publicity, making a lot of new people aware of them, and possibly even sending them new customers. You're also putting forth your time into crafting a (hopefully) interesting, creative and eye-catching post that introduces your reader to the product without making them feel like you're being an annoying commercial. After all of that, it seems like the least that the company could do is offer you something in exchange, even if it's one of the more basic things they carry. Any kind of item means that you also get a feeling for how quickly they ship, what kind of packaging they use and the quality of the items they carry.
I know that The Bloggess gets a lot of totally absurd pitches from companies wanting her to promote their product for basically nothing, or offering items that obviously have NO relation to the content of her site. (Here is a lovely example. This is another. They are much, much more entertaining than my rant of a post!) She once wrote this great post about companies showing respect to the bloggers they choose to work with. There are parts of it that I don't 100% agree with- I have happily reviewed food items before (both on my blog and via really, really long surveys) because i was at a point financially where I had maybe $5-$10 a week for food, so I would babble on and on about your box of granola bars if it meant I actually had food to take to work for that week.
The ironic thing is that I love writing reviews of products or companies that I come across and fall in love with, and do so with no expectation of compensation or free stuff. I write reviews of almost all the makeup I buy online because I know that when I'm trying to decide what to order, seeing swatches and reviews on other sites is a huge help, so I want to pay that forward. I did a whole string of posts about e.l.f.'s eyeshadow quads because I think they are awesome. But I think there's a big difference between writing "OMG, check out this awesome lipstick I found! I love it, you need it, too!" because I'm genuinely excited about something, and writing "Hey, check this out!" just because a company asks me to. Does that make sense?
I realize I've gone off on a bunch of winding tangents, but disrespect is a big thing for me, and not even bothering to actually *read my e-mail* really annoyed me, and I wanted to save fellow lingerie addicts the sadness of buying something awesome, only to find that you could have gotten it for like $15 cheaper from a different site!
Have you ever experienced really terrible customer service from a company you tried to contact? What do you think is fair compensation for posting about something on your blog/twitter/etc?
Friday, February 11, 2011
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
I was really impressed by their selection, and probably spent an hour flipping through everything to pick out what I wanted to review. You will find everything from tame to scandalous, sleepwear to corsets!