Earning your trust
You may be wondering how GlowMyWay makes money, and whether that compromises the truthfulness in our reviews. The second part is simple to answer: I make money on your trust! When you trust my reviews, you may recommend me to friends so I get more readers and make more money. If you stop trusting my reviews, I’m in trouble. So I am always, always 100% honest. If one brand doesn’t like what I’m saying, plenty of others will.
As to the first part, here’s how I make money.
- Placing ad units in the top (beside the logo) and in the sidebar. I get these ad units from networks that sell advertising to companies, and they run various ads and give me a percentage of what they got paid. Every time these ads load in your browser, I get paid (usually fractions of a penny, but it adds up). I use the safest and most trustworthy providers, such as Google Adsense.
- I put affiliate links to companies like Sephora, Ulta and Macys in my product reviews. When you click one of these links, you are taken to that website where you can buy products. If you buy any product at all, I may make a small commission (usually around 3-5%).
- My YouTube channel also has ads that work like the ad units here.
What about promotional samples?
I do try to get brands to send us products for free, and when that happens, I note it in the post. This enables me to review more products than I can afford to buy. I always give my honest thoughts and opinions in these reviews. If a brand ever decides never to send me another freebie because they don’t like a review I wrote, that’s going to make us dislike the brand, not wish I’d lied to you guys to keep the freebie flow going. Who wants to deal with a brand like that?
Your mileage may vary
I don’t believe there’s ever been a product that worked for everybody. My reviews recount my honest experiences with the products, but your honest experience may be very different. We all have different sensitivities, body chemistry and so on. How a product reacts with dry skin may be very different from how it reacts to oily skin, for example. And sometimes companies don’t do such a great job of quality control, so your product batch may vary significantly from the one I tested.
I do my best to suggest how I think products will work for people with various skin tones and types and so on, but I can’t guarantee accuracy. If a product performs differently for you than it did for us, or if heaven forbid you have a bad reaction to it like an allergy, you are welcome to share that in the comments for the benefit of other readers! But please understand that I cannot be responsible for occurrences like that and that just because our experiences are different does not mean either one of us was being untruthful or misusing the product. Let’s just accept that these variances happen and make this site a resource where varying experiences and opinions are welcome, and people can draw their own conclusions!
Thanks so much for reading! If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me with questions!