The campaign I’m currently working on for joy (catch this photo on my feed). I was sent a package for their launch in March and have been purchasing ever since. I was so excited to work with them again for this partnership through one of my favorite networks!
People are often surprised when I tell them that I actually LOVE the paid products I’m sent to review.
Let me give you some backstory: when I first began blogging, I had no clue how to navigate sponsored campaigns. I thought I should just say yes to every offer in my inbox. I even accepted campaigns with brands that made me purchase product (at a discount) in order to advertise on their behalf. I got caught up in the “DM us to get free sunglasses” schemes, and was even hired by a scammy company to promote their necklaces. Ya’ll – I was clueless. I really was! Boy, if I only knew then what I know now.
Fast forward to today: I now swear up and down (and left and right and backwards) that I will never partner with a brand who doesn’t meet my standards. That may mean that I would never normally purchase their product, that their mission doesn’t align with my own, or that I believe their business motives are not aboveboard. Now, I partner with companies I’m excited to share with my readers! Often, the brands are ones I already purchase from, which makes a collaboration that much more exciting.
Keep scrolling to learn about the top ten paid partnerships I’ve been part of that have kept me coming back for more.
I’ve always sworn by Neutrogena products for my finicky skin. This campaign turned me on to their Hydro Boost line, and I still use all of these products on a daily basis! They’ve been an incredible help in getting my skin to a healthy place. If you’re someone who hates drying products (like me), this is perfect for you! It works on all skin types.
This campaign had people a little surprised when they realized it was for an organic lubricant. I’m not sure why there’s always such a big deal made about advertising products related to someones’ sex life. However, as a married gal, I’ve been happily using Woo for nearly a year now, and love it. I won’t use anything else!
Alright, I’ll be honest, this campaign was a rough one. The network I was utilizing made things very challenging for me. This happens, people! It’s not always happiness and sunshine – even when we’re getting paid. That being said, I still loved the product and I used it til it ran out, and now I’m about to purchase another. Secret’s little on-the-go deo is so handy because the top locks shut, so there’s no fear of getting the inside of your purse messy!
I’m not even sure how my partnership with Versona began. All I know is that at some point I received a gift card, which turned into me sharing an outfit on my feed, which turned into a handful of paid campaigns with the company. I love their clothing so much, and nearly every time I advertise for them, the piece I photograph sells out! They’re a crowd favorite!
10 Paid Products I Actually Use and Love
I’ll admit, sometimes I get frustrated that I need to start my sentences with, “I know I got paid to talk about them on Instagram, but I really love ____________.” Personally, I don’t think I should need to vouch for myself every time I mention a product, a place, or a brand that I really want someone else to know about. I realize that a lot of influencers are disingenuous with their paid campaigns, and sadly, that has affected those of us who sincerely believe in what they’re promoting.
If you walk away with one thing after reading this post, I hope that it’s the fact that you can always trust me. I frequently turn down paid campaigns that don’t align with my branding and my personal beliefs. So please know that if I do take the time to sign a contract, plan the content, shoot the photos, write up the captions, send over drafts for approval, post with #ad in my caption (at the beginning, like we all should in order to follow FTC regulation), and promote paid content – it means that you should pay attention, because I love these paid products.
Why You Should Shop at Versona This Fall // How Garnier Helped Me During My Move // Creating a Beautiful Gallery Wall on a Budget
I’ve literally been using Garnier micellar waters for years. They’re the only product that fully removes my eye makeup and lip color. I’m hands down in love with these bad boys and would recommend them to anyone, so it was a thrill to partner with the brand and share these with my readers!
Okay, so my longest paid partnership was with Adore Me. This actually started out unpaid, with them sending over a couple of bra and underwear sets for me to try out. Then it turned into one paid campaign, which turned into another, and they worked with me for over two years. To this day, they’re still my favorite company for lingerie and sleepwear. I also love their swimsuits and activewear! I will forever promote this brand, whether I’m paid or not, because they’re an awesome company that boasts body positivity and has fantastic quality items!
I never thought I would be so excited to work with a grocery store, but when Lidl reached out, I knew I had to accept. I feel like nearly everyone is loyal to one supermarket, and for me and my husband, that’s Lidl. We love their low prices and their selection of items, as well as how we never get overwhelmed with the number of items in the store. Plus, they’ve got really inexpensive rosé, and that’s the important stuff, right? I about jumped out of my skin with excitement over partnering with them!
When Brandon and I moved into our townhome, I knew immediately that I wanted to put together a gallery wall in our living room. I’d seen Desenio all over Instagram, and decided to reach out to them (yep, bloggers do that as well – it’s not like our inboxes are always 100% full of partnership requests). They agreed to collaborate with me, and now I can’t speak more highly of them as a company – as well as their products! We adore our gorgeous gallery wall, and I especially love that it doesn’t cost a fortune to purchase beautiful prints and frames from the brand.
I’ve been shopping at Kohl’s since I was a little girl, so partnering with them on a fun back-to-school campaign was a dream come true. It’s where my mom always took me at the end of summer, and to this day, I still have fond memories of shopping their selection. I got three pieces from them that I knew I’d be able to wear over and over again – and since the collaboration ended, I’ve already worn all of the items on numerous occasions!