Once again, Influenster sent me some Erno Laszlo goodies for me to review for you guys. The box came with many more products including the Detoxifying Cleanse Set (read about it here!)
The morning after, I could DEFINITELY tell the difference. My skin felt so smooth and even & bright. Sadly, I woke up late for class so I had to rush to get ready and didn't get a picture but heres a picture of my makeup look from that day. Pay attention to how my foundation looks against my skin. I've been having some texture problems and I could see some differences just overnight!
Overall, I would give this product a 8/10. I feel like with consistent use, this product would do wonders because it already has in only two nights! I will consistently use this every week back to back on two days & I'll give a follow up review!
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Sincerely, Sharon B
1. What Is The Company Offering?
Of course as a content creator, your purpose [at least for Beauty, Fashion and a few others] is to review the items for a potential consumer looking for their next buy. You are a vessel of promotion for the company at hand. Now if you purchased items on your own, it's different because you spent your own money. But when companies start to reach out to you, you need to make sure they are not playing you. This tip is especially for smaller creators. Yes, you may be small but you still have a following and creating content for promotion is a time consuming job. What you are willing to take is up to you but you need to be stern and professional with companies or else they will walk all over you, for free. My advice to you is to create a media kit. A media kit is basically a brag sheet and layout of your services and what you charge for them. It's okay to negotiate because every brand is different but make sure you're getting what you're worth.
2. ALWAYS BE TRUTHFUL
This is self explanatory. Sadly, nowadays you have to say this. The content creators, [not spilling the tea on who] who say they love every product they get are the ones to look out for. Actually, the ones who have ENDLESS sponsored videos are the worst. Yes, it's okay to get that coin but are you really doing it for the people. Personally, I got into this industry because I felt as though the Blogging and Youtube platform now was becoming so saturated with people who don't care about the everyday girl wanting to find truthful reviews for products. Every time I review something, I am 100% truthful with it. It doesn't matter if you're getting paid to do a review or not. The minute that you lie is the minute you sell yourself out and lose the trust of your audience.
3. Every Collaboration Isn't A Good One
When the collab emails start rolling in trust me it feels good but you need to keep in mind that every company is not for you. Yes, collaborations are a great way to expand and promote your brand but you can't just take anything. Let me give you an example: A dope swimwear line reached out to me in December about becoming a Brand Ambassador. I actually loved the brand and what it stood for. But mind you, I'm a Jersey girl. It's cold in December and I'm definitely not going to the beach anytime soon. Yes, I could've took the offer but I politely rejected the offer for now because I was not a match for the brand at the time. It's not about the offer, it's about will the offer work for you?
4. Don't Let The IRS Come And Find You
This is actually something that I'm just now learning about and I'm currently researching. Please keep in mind that being a content creator after a certain amount of money is considered a job. Just like any other job, you need to pay taxes. One tip that I've found was to keep receipts for EVERYTHING you purchase in reference to your side hustle or full-time job. Microsoft Excel is a great way to keep track of that [Click here for free budgeting sheets]. The video below is the first video I watched about taxes and creating content. A separate blog post for that will be coming soon!
5. Get Familar With The FTC Before They Get Familiar With You
The FTC to Content Creators is what the IRS is to our wages, annoying as hell but necessary. Due to the new job pool, FTC had to crack down on Content Creators and Brand Ambassadors for the protection of the consumer. The FTC is not here to make your life hard, they're simply here to protect the consumers just like the Dodd-Frank & Sarbanes Oxley Act (if you're a business major like myself you know. lol) Just stay in their good graces and you're fine!
What are some of your experiences as being a content creator? Let me know below or on social media!
Sincerely, Sharon B
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Influenster. All opinions are my own and 100% truthful!
Natural hair is no easy task for me and I hate trying new products but Influenster sent me some Shea Moisture goodies and I couldn't resist. I'm also very new to this natural hair gang. I just cut all the permed ends off my hair in December of 2016 (I currently have a bob cut) and now I'm looking forward to my journey. Although I am natural, I do not wear my hair in a fro like most girls. It's hard for me to do that in the Winter without getting sick and I just generally like my hair straight because I'm at a weird length right now. Anything that can get my hair straight without tremendous damage, I'm HERE FOR IT!
Before hopping into my review, some background information on the brand Shea Moisture. Shea Moisture is a black owned brand for natural hair girls like myself. All of Shea Moisture's products has NO sulfates, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, animal testing, or petrolatum; also known as the bad stuff. The Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Shampoo and Blow Out Créme (with Marshmallow Root Extract & Cherimoya) is no different. This product is meant for girls who love their natural hair straight, again, like myself.
Here are my results after silk pressing at about 200 degrees F! Even with the semi-intense humidity that day, the frizz was still minimal! Thank you again to Influenster for sending me these Shea Moisture goodies. Don't forget to sign up here!
Sincerely, Sharon B