The 2010 Survey: results!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

First off, I want to give a HUGE “thank you!” to the many of you who took the time to respond to our survey. I couldn’t have done it without you! (No, seriously. I couldn’t have. There’s no way that I could have seen into all of your heads and extracted the answers without your help.)

(OR IS THERE?!)

Anyhow… the results. Yes.

As I was saying, the results for the first question were very close together, but base products won out in the end, followed by shadows and liners – which surprised me, to be honest. I always skip reviews for things like foundations, and read the ones about colour products instead ;) I was also surprised to see such low numbers for targeted skincare and fragrances; both are categories that we didn’t originally cover but picked up this past year because there were so many requests for them!

What this means: I’ll try to test out more foundations this upcoming year, and keep on sharing my favourite colour products (or my least-favourites!) I’ll also try to get a few more general skincare reviews in, if possible, and tone down our posts on mascaras and fragrances.

Of course, you all love reviews with swatches (so do I), with makeup looks coming in second, followed by a neck-and-neck affinity for dupe posts and Steals & Deals. That wasn’t much of a stunner, in terms of the responses, but I thought I should ask it just in case!

What this means: not a lot, as I already try to focus on reviews with swatches. Perhaps a few less makeup looks, and perhaps a few more dupe posts! I don’t particularly like doing S&D more than once every week or two, depending on how often the sales change, so those should stay about the same.

A few responses from early on in the survey. Sorry to break it to you, 16, but my being in Canada kind of limits my access to Australian brands :P

I was really interested to hear which price range you ladies are most interested in, and to be honest, the results really weren’t that conclusive: drugstore and mid-range were literally equal for the votes, and high-end just barely less. So, I’m going to keep on keepin’ on – that is, trying to cover a really broad range of products, yeah?

The brands that seemed to get the most shout-outs in the comment box were Urban Decay, BenefitRevlon, and Annabelle, which works just fine & dandy for me. (Unfortunately, Chanel and Dior lovers, I’ll have to point you elsewhere for your review fix.) What I found really cool was that your favourite brands varied in terms of category, even within each response – that is, there were a lot of answers like “Urban Decay, Clarins, and Wet ‘n Wild,” which really spans the budget range!

I’d also like to give a shout-out to the following comment, and others like it: “I love reading about Canadian products (even though they’re mostly unavailable to me).” Two things to say to that, a) you’re very strange, and b) you’re very awesome. The next time I get my act together to organize a giveaway, I’ll try to slip some Canadian exclusives in there!

Responses to “Anything that you’d change about theNotice?” comments…

Nothing, you are tres lovely :) and Not a thing! i love your blog’s lovely charm :)

Did I just bring these up so that I could poke fun at you all for using so many smiley faces? Perhaps. Or did I bring these up so that I could poke fun at you all for getting hooked on the word “lovely”? Also entirely possible. Either way, this means one thing: you’re reading way too much theNotice. Sorry, that’s not possible; carry on.

Hmm not really, but I do miss the old layout photo

So do I, my lovely. So do I. (Didja see what I did there? With the lovely? Did you?) (Oh gosh, I’m way too easily amused.)

Unfortunately, WordPress headers are done partly with CSS stylesheets, so I haven’t the slightest how to get an image in my header that’ll actually link back to the main page of theNotice. I know for a fact that it can be done, but I’m also fairly certain that it can’t be done easily, and I’m inherently lazy so it’s probably not going to happen. My apologies!

I’d ditch the ads (but it’s understandable) and mention if a product was provided for review by a company – haven’t seen the little asterisk in a while.

Sorry about the ads! To be 100% honest, I haven’t made a single cent off theNotice thus far – everything that comes in through ads has gone right back out in site fees & giveaway postage. I’d also like to point out that the asterisk policy was changed over a year ago – which is why you haven’t seen it! Now, if you hover your mouse over the “What it is” link, a disclaimer will pop up if there were samples submitted. Sometimes they’re funny (but usually, they’re not…) Here’s an example:

Responses to the “feel free to leave any other comments” comments…

[...] One of the reasons why I enjoy reading theNotice so much is the originality of content. Unlike so many other beauty bloggers, you don’t just repost press materials from higher end brands or review the new MAC collection. Drugstore brands seem to be largely dismissed by many blogs, often on the basis of packaging rather than performance [...]

Okay, so I did cut out that snippet from a very long, rambling comment with a VERY good point. (Kate? Kate, is that you?) (Kidding! Unless it was, in which case, I wasn’t.)

Covering (more) original material is really important to me, which is why I get so excited about reviewing brands like Annabelle and Cozzette in addition to more “mainstream” stuff. If a really interesting press release lands in my inbox, though, I do sometimes give the product a mention – but only if it’s actually interesting! At the end of the day, I trust that you ladies will let me know if I’ve got my high-end/drugstore ratio off balance.

I don’t know if you’ve mentioned this in another post, but where do you live?? You have a bit of a british accent…???

Yes. Well. This is a bit of a predicament. I live in Canada, but please don’t assume all Canadians sound like I do (they don’t*)! The accent comes and goes depending on a lot of things, like how hard I’m trying not to mumble or if I’m really tired. It’s not British; it’s just me being crazy!

(*We also don’t live in igloos and I don’t know anyone who shoots their own meat, LOL! We do bitch about Sarah Palin and the weather a lot, though. Oh, and we have universal healthcare and like to brag about it. I think it’s pretty awesome.)

Alright. Thanks for sticking through that, and thank you again (so, so much) for your wonderful responses! You ladies honestly make my day :) xoxo

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9 Responses to “The 2010 Survey: results!”

  1. I really enjoy your blog. Im from Montreal and beauty blog about Canadians beauty brands are pretty rare and yours is just awesome. I love my high end beauty and skincare brand, but because of you, this year i gave chances to Annabelle et Marcelle : i love love these! (it helps toothat they have twice a year a warehouse sale when everything makeup is 1,50$ to 2.50$ and skincare less thant 15$). Thank you and please don't loose you sense of humor…makes me laugh everytime!

  2. Kate & Zena, on January 5th, 2011 at 4:01 pm said:

    I didn't leave any comments on my survey. I purposely left is comment-less just to test you. That and I just don't feel very rambly comment-ly. I think that survey came out when the writing bunny was vacationing in Sydney, Australia soaking up the sunshine. It's now vacationing closer to home in Texas so I'm somewhat in a more writing mood. It hasn't taken its post back on its well-oiled wheel though. The white furred with pink nose and long, white twitchy whiskers little varmint will return to its post soon….I hope.

    I promise on the next survey I'll try to leave a long, rambling comment with some meaning. Unless I'm really tired and it turns out to be on some part of my day. The bunny needs inspiration.

    By the way, Zena is feeling extra loving (it is her 7th birthday today) and sends you warm kisses.

  3. Laura R, on January 6th, 2011 at 2:24 pm said:

    That was me, and I promise to own the "Totally strange and totally awesome" tagline!!!

    ;)

    Cheers luv!

  4. Aww, thanks, Gen! :) I'm glad to have gotten you hooked on Annabelle and Marcelle; they're both ah-mazing brands, right?

    P.S. SO jealous that you're in Montreal – and not just because of that awesome sale! It's a truly gorgeous city, especially compared to homely 'ol Edmonton :P

  5. *gasp*! ;)

    Happy belated bday, Zena! Kisses : )

  6. Annabelle, on January 6th, 2011 at 3:15 pm said:

    yay! a new post :) <– and yes, I'm going to put a smiley face here even if you poke fun at me, so there! :P

    LOL, I was the one who asked about the accent – don't worry, sometimes I try to put on a British accent too, so you're definitely not crazy (unless I am too….or am I? O.o)

    And I live in Canada too (Ontario to be specific)!!! I <3 it, I love that I could find a Canadian makeup blogger whose posts I love to read (especially because the drugstores in Canada don't carry some of the makeup brands that are available to bloggers in the States eg. Milani, Jesse's Girl, etc.)

    And I love, love, LOVE that you review products from a wide range of prices! There's no way that I'll blow more than $20 on makeup at once (I just can't afford it), but I love to read about luxury products and fantasize about using them while reading about inexpensive makeup that is readily available (eg. Revlon, CoverGirl, Maybelline, Wet 'n Wild, N.Y.C, etc)

    Anyways, in a nutshell….I love this blog and I hope many great things come in 2011!! :D

  7. Lol! That's not really what I meant — I'm not trying to put it ON, I'm trying to keep it OFF! (And yes, it's just as confusing as it sounds :p)

    Thank you for the wonderful comment, lovely! I'm so, so glad that you're liking the content.

  8. Haha, you already do "own it"! :)

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