MAC, Ranting & Blogmas!

I've been going a bit crazy lately buying high end Cosmetics especially from MAC and NARS. Don't get me wrong, I still love and swear by my Favourite High Street/Drugstore brands but sometimes I like to treat myself to some bits and pieces now and again that are a little bit more pricier if I know the product is good or I really fancy trying it out.

So I splashed out a little bit and that's my little fix done now till My Birthday/Christmas Shopping. (Famous Last Words)

So in this post I'm going to show you a little peek of what I bought from MAC, My ideas about Blogmas and have a little rant about a PR/Brand situation I had earlier lol. Oh, and don't forget to enter my Giveaway at the end of the post.

So grab some Tea, Coffee...Wine & here goes...

I fancied a new Eyeshadow palette to keep me going through A/W. I was looking for some warm/neutral shades for my Hazel Brown eyes. I was looking at a particular Eyeshadow palette that has just been launched (I won't mention the name but it seems every Beauty Blogger on the planet has reviewed it - except for moi... no shade lol!) and the opinions were mixed. I read one of my Favourite Bloggers posts about it and she disliked the product so after reading her (and others) review and closer inspection of the pictures I decided to not jump on the bandwagon and buy it. 

I think I made a good choice. I've yet to try these shades out but I will be playing around with looks and there will be a post up soon with swatches so keep your eyes peeled for that!

I love these shades and the pictures don't do them justice. I just know I'm going to have fun creating Subtle and Dramatic Smokey A/W eye looks with this palette.

It has a perfect mix of light and dark shades both shimmering and matte. 

This Gorgeous palette containing 15 shades retails at £49.50 from John Lewis 

and of course I had to pick up a couple of MAC lipsticks and I opted for 2 shades that I hadn't tried before. This one above is called Pink Pearl Pop (£16.50) 

and this one is called 'Peach Blossom' also £16.50 and from John Lewis. I'll be sharing my Swatches and looks of these products in upcoming blog posts.

I also picked up some gems from NARS at John Lewis and I've featured one of those products in a little Giveaway: See all the details Here! 

If you're interested in having a browse and picking up some of these Gorgeous Lip Glosses you can find them in various shades inc the one above ('Orgasm') at John Lewis (£20.00) 

 Ok, on Twitter "Christmas is Happening" was Trending and it got The Blogging world talking about Blogmas. If you're not familiar with Blogmas it's basically where you Blog everyday on the run up to Christmas. 

Some bloggers have an Advent Calender theme where they give away a prize everyday leading up to Christmas. 

I haven't taken part in Blogmas but I have done Christmas posts/Gift Guides. I'm considering taking part this year and Interviewing/collaborating with some fellow Bloggers as well as brands. If this is something you think you would be interested in then pop me a DM on Twitter: @CaledonianKitty @TheBloggersPost or Email: and we'll have a chat about it!

So, now that I've gotten the nice bits out of the way I'm going to sip my Tea and rant (or type lol). I enjoy Blogging and it's a great hobby for me. I get on great with fellow Bloggers and have made so many friends through blogging and worked with some Amazing Brands.......but... (Sips Tea),

Every now and then my Cage gets rattled because of the way that Bloggers are treated by certain Brands/PR People. It's only Wednesday evening and I have had a handful of patronising/rude emails already this week from certain "Brands/PRs". 

The Strange thing about it is that these people reached out to me on Twitter/Email asking me to contact them via an Email Address they provided. Once I had done, the replies were a Joke and the amount of spelling mistakes was obscene (I sound like a right moany git here lol), they got my name wrong "Miss Caledonian, Mrs Blog, Hello Caledonian, Hi Caledonian Blog" (The list goes on) For some insane reason these people find it hard to call me by my name "Jo", It's only Two letters and not that hard! Plus, My name is clearly stated on my Social Media Platforms. 

An Example of one of the Emails:

Them: Hello Caledonian, We would love to collaborate with you. We have a new range of products which we think would suit your Blog. Please send us your updated Media Kit.

- I send them my Media Kit -

Them: Thank you for your Email. We are not looking to work with Bloggers at the Moment. We wish you all the best in the future with your Blog.

and here's another:

Hi CB, We are interested in collaborating with you on a Review post on our (whatever it's called) range and would like to send you some samples. Let us know what you think.

- I reply saying that it all sounds good etc -

Them: Thank you for your Email about collaborating with us in exchange for free products. Due to limited samples and budget we are not looking to collaborate with Bloggers at this time. 

The confusion is real! There's been others like that and worse. I kept my cool though and just left it but I have to say the desire at times to reply "F!ck Off" was immense. 

This has happened many times in the past and it put me off Blogging for a while. You'll find Brands/PRs (not all of them) who rip off Bloggers. They'll say they have no budget but are happy to pay more popular Bloggers and I've seen a lot of Amazing Bloggers having to fight their corner to get what they quite rightly deserve. 

The strange thing is that I've worked with some big named brands in the past and they were fabulous and I still keep in touch with them now, it's been some of the lesser known brands that have been a bit high and mighty. Again I stress that this is not all of them, just some. 

I've seen a lot of Bloggers talking about their experiences with certain Brands/PRs and it has led one Blogger to create a Forum where Bloggers can "Spill the Tea" on their Experiences. I think it's a good thing and it should be talked about because it's not fair. 

Yes, there's Bloggers out there who treat Brands/PRs unfairly too, I'm not taking that away, I'm just speaking from my own experience of being as polite and nice to these people and their attitude towards me. 

It's also useful to note that some of the people who run the Social Media Accounts (inc the Emails) are often not that Experienced (Sounds like shade, but it's true), you can tell by the vocab, the spelling mistakes, the overall attitude and lack of knowledge. You don't have to be Albert Einstein to know the importance of Respect, Politeness and Fairness when communicating with Bloggers after all Bloggers talk, they share Information and they can make or break a brand and hang your brands reputation out to dry. 

For Example, Not to blow my own Trumpet here but I could have gone onto My Twitter page and tweeted to 32,032 people that such and such brand has done this or that and the whole thing could have gotten out of hand as we've seen with Some Bloggers and their negative experiences before with other certain Brands. 

The fact of the matter is that from time to time this is going to happen to Bloggers and it's important that we talk about it because it can affect people who have worked so hard on their Blogs and are made to feel that their work isn't good enough or they're not worth paying etc. If a Brand/PR can get something out of nothing they will, it's free publicity for them and probably a pat on the back from the boss for saving a few quid for not paying you for your work. 

Anyway, I'm a bit of a Diva and I've always been the sort of person who will stand up and say something if I feel that people are not being treated right and the rebel in me doesn't like being talked down to, especially by "Brands" who nobodies ever heard of with only a handful of followers. 

I went on a bit there and I think another cup of tea is in order but you know what I mean. If you're a Blogger reading this you've probably "Been there, done that and got the T-Shirt" or as they say in Glasgow "I writ the script and pit the jokes in"

I often get Emails/DMs from Bloggers asking for advice on this or that and I'm always happy to chat away. If you are unsure about anything like this or have a Blogging issue/just fancy a chat then feel free to Email/DM me. 

I'm going to end this longggg post with a quote from Jerry Springer... 

"Until next time, take care of yourselves and each other" (lol)

See you in the next post! x

*All products purchased by me*