Well, I have no idea how to write this post. As many of you know English isn't my first language so it's difficult for me to express myself in this tongue (I will be using Google Translator a bit). But I will do my best. And I hope you accept this post and my feelings without getting a major butthurt.
I won't be using names while writing this post, because I do not want to get myself in trouble. I trust many of you will understand this text anyway, and if not, you can come personally ask me what it is about, or ask another 'makeup person' since I'm 100% sure they all know what I'm talking about.
One of my favorite makeup companies have always had rather ...difficult reputation. For years, I have been supported by them, and I have absolutely loved their products. Since everything they did for me and how great their products were, I have believed they are a great brand. None of my real life friends have had problems with them either, so I was pretty sure most of the shit talking was just made up.
Slowly but surely I was seeing the evolution of this brand, and it was a downfall after another.
For a while I was afraid to use their products because people would attack me. I didn't want to mention what lipstick I wore because I didn't want to explain myself.
When I realized what I felt and why I felt that way, I started planning for this post.
There is absolutely no reason why I should stand for a makeup company that makes me feel guilty. Or scared even. I admit I liked the products, but not enough so I could blindly ignore everything that's been happening lately and continue supporting something so shady.
Many of you already know the basics.. repackaging, racism, frauds, the beeswax chaos, blocking people/insulting customers on social media and other unprofessional acts. You can find it all with a simple Google search. I have been bullied online, several times, so I kept thinking that maybe some of these things are just made up. Maybe they aren't true. I felt sorry for the people involved. But the truth is, these people are not kids. I should have realized it earlier that these actions are not suitable for people their age. I was only 15 or 16 when we started working together, so it's been a long journey. But also it has made it difficult for me to understand the true nature of this brand.
The most recent problem was the major security breach. People who bought their makeup online got their credit card info hacked and their identity stolen. Then thousands of dollars started disappearing from their accounts. I still remember when the news came out. I was shocked. While reading how badly it has affected people, I immediately made my final decision to stop supporting this horrible 'business'.
There's a hashtag on Instagram that people use to share their stories with. I have been browsing it for a couple of days now and each time I open it, I feel incredibly devastated.
I just read about a girl who can't get back to her school because she lost her credit due 10k dollars stolen from her card and now she can't get another student loan.
To quote her; "You have ruined my life over $16 lipstick."
I felt guilty and sorry when I began to write this post, but now I feel angry. Angry that I have let this go on for so long, and how naive I have been. Angry, that there are people who lost their school, job, house, or something else just because they wanted a lipstick. A lipstick, that I might have been wearing.
Long story short;
This is the end for my support. I will no longer promote this brand, and I will be offering alternatives to my friends and followers. I am sorry for anyone who might have got into trouble because they wanted something that I was promoting. I own tons of their products, and I won't dispose of them, but I will no longer mention them.
IF YOU HAVE BOUGHT SOMETHING FROM THEM, CHECK YOUR CREDIT CARD.
And to my fellow makeup friends; Please do your research, and reconsider if you want to support this company. If some of you were like me, scared to take action, this is your moment. Stand up.
ps. I know their staff will be lurking here at some point, so please, take me off your mailing list, and my deepest condolences for what happened to the great brand I used to look up to. I sincerely hope you will do your best to fix this situation, and help the people you have hurt. And for the love of God, please do not attack me after reading this post.