Have you seen the article in today's New York Times? If not, here's the link, you can check it out for yourself: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/31/fashion/31SKIN.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=login
As a beauty blogger and a friend of many other beauty bloggers, allow me to say that the article is a load of bull. I know that I, for one, do not censor myself when it comes to reviewing any product - either one I bought or one I received from a PR firm or beauty company. I don't always note which products I received for free, but I don't keep it a secret that I receive some freebies.
When I started this blog, I didn't start it as a beauty blog. It just kind of evolved that way. I had no idea that any bloggers received free samples. In fact, when I was first contacted about receiving free samples, I thought I was being scammed. I looked the woman up on the Internet and called her office to make sure she was a real person. When I received the products, I hated them and I said so. Maybe my honest reviews will cause me to have some companies not send me stuff - well, so be it. I write this blog because I love it and because I love you guys. This is not how I make my living (though I would love that) and I have a day job. The freebies that I receive are lovely, but they don't mean that I'm making out like a bandit or anything. I pay for this website. I buy quite a few of the products I receive. Please know that any review I give here is honest, regardless of how I came by the product.
You should read the blogs you like, blogs written by people you trust. I hope this is one of them.