1. What made you decide to start this website?
I was having a holiday meal with family one night when my cousin Jessica and I started talking about products we’ve tried, what we loved, what we didn’t love, and as we sat there sharing information it dawned on me that this was information other people might want to know. That’s how Stuff I Love was born.
2. How do you get to try so much stuff?
I subscribe to Birchbox and iPsy, so I know each month I will receive a bunch of new beauty goodies to try out, which helps me always have something new to write about (if I love it, of course). Plus, every once in a while, a company is kind of enough to send me free samples of their products, which is incredibly helpful. Without those opportunities, I wouldn’t be able to try so many amazing products – my budget simply wouldn’t allow it.
3. Do you get “free” stuff? If so, how?
Sometimes I do get free stuff, as I mentioned above. My goal is to always have new content available on the blog and thanks to the kindness of others, I have been able to try quite a few products from brands I wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to try on my own, due to budget constraints.
There are multiple ways to get samples, but the easiest way is to ask. If you’re a consumer, I recommend you go to a major retailer, like Sephora, and talk to one of their representatives. They will help you find what you’re looking for and they will give you a sample if you ask.
4. Why do you ask for samples?
The short answer is money. Unfortunately, I just don’t have enough money to buy everything I want to try, so I rely on the kindness of others to provide me with samples. Plus, I think most companies know that people like to try products before they commit to buying full sized products. That’s why I’m seeing more and more companies offering samples (for a minimal fee) in their shop. It’s a great way to try brands you are curious about, because let’s face it, a lof of the beauty products on the market are pretty pricey.
5. Why don’t you write about ‘X’ or ‘Y’?
There could be many reasons why a certain product hasn’t been featured on this blog. For instance, we may not have had the chance to try that product yet or we tried it and we just didn’t love it enough to share it with our readers.
Another reason is, time. Sometimes, I get a little backed up with writing reviews, so I might write short reviews on Instagram and then when I have more time, I’ll write a full review on the blog. If that isn’t a good idea to follow @StuffILoveBlog on Instagram, I don’t know what is!
6. Why don’t you write about stuff you DON’T love?
I have actually been asked this question so many times and it’s something I have considered. The dilemma is finding a way to say what we don’t like about a product in a kind and tactful manner.
Plus, Jessica and I don’t really like to focus on the negative. It may sound silly, but we don’t really want to sit around writing about things we hate or don’t like because that just doesn’t sound like any fun. Instead, we like to focus on all the good things, which really helps make all the work associated with running this website so much fun.
We understand there is a need for that sort of information, so it’s definitely something we’re trying to work on, because trust me, we’ve had some bad experiences.
7. Do you make any money off this site?
Unfortunately, I do not. Like I mentioned above, I write these reviews because I love doing it. Every once in a blue moon I will receive an offer for a Sponsored Post from a brand, but that doesn’t always mean I received monetary compensation.
Obviously, there are a few ads on the website, but if visitors don’t click on them, or in some instances make a purchase, then I don’t earn a dime (and believe me, sometimes it really is just a dime!).
This website is paid for and run entirely by me, AKA, Trisha. It’s a labor of love and I really hope you enjoy your time on this website.
If you like what you see and want to make a contribution, I would be eternally grateful.
8. Why do you have so many ads on your blog?
Running a website is not free (at least this one isn’t anyway) and in an effort to curb some of the costs associated with hosting this site, I have chosen to not only place ads on the blog, but I sell ad space as well. I try not to have too many ads on the site, but they are a necessity for me because it helps me keep the website up and running.
Now that you understand why the ads are here, I want to assure you that as a frequent website visitor myself, I too get annoyed by popup ads, so you won’t see those on this site. That’s where I draw the line.
9. Why does the first sentence of your review always a “cheesy” one liner?
This may sound complicated for those of you who don’t understand how my website operates, but in a nutshell, the first sentence of each review is essentially a “tweet”. I try to keep it short and sweet for Twitter and for SEO purposes, I keep the title in the intro. Yes, I actually had a reader say it was “cheesy” but it too is a necessity and in other news, I just so happen to love cheese. I hope you can overlook it and I apologize if your lactose intolerant. I will try to keep the cheese to a minimum.