HERE IS THE BORING CRAP SECTION OF THE BLOG ALSO KNOWN AS THE "DISCLAIMER"
REVIEWS: Reviews are done on products when I feel like sharing my opinion. Some of the reviews I do are on old products and are not exactly live breaking news but I am going to do them anyway. My reviews are fairly qualitative and I have no structured numbering/rating system that I use to do them. I just share my general thoughts as I find this to be more useful than giving a 4 out of 5 for packaging, whatever that means. I do have some form of a system I suppose....I talk about THE ORDERING (website navigation, product photos and descriptions, vegan/lip safe ingredient listing, customer service, delivery, invoices), THE PACKAGING (cleanliness, labelling, ingredient info, aesthetic appeal, mail packaging), PRICING INFO (pricing for different products/sizes), THE PRODUCT (good and bad points, stuff I want to try, and whether or not I would repurchase), and AVAILABILITY (where you can find the product). For products, I describe both the good and bad points about them under the headings THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY, and THE VERDICT. It is pretty self-explanatory, I put what I like about the product under THE GOOD, what I don't care for under THE BAD, and my overall opinion under THE VERDICT. THE UGLY is a category which I reserve for egregious cosmetic violations; there are certain things that I CAN'T STAND when it comes to makeup and these things will fall under this category. Things that I can't stand are eyeshadows that crease even when a primer is used, any colour cosmetic product that stains my skin after removal, exorbitant prices charged for makeup of very poor quality or texture, companies that have poor customer service, makeup that is repackaged but is not marked as such, and blatantly false claims made about a particular product.
OPINIONS: All opinions on this blog belong to me. They are always my honest opinion as I have no reason to provide you with anything but. If anyone would like to send me a sample for review purposes, I will give my honest opinion which may or may not be positive so keep that in mind before you send it. If I do not enjoy aspects of a product, this will be reported in fair and polite manner. I can be contacted for this purpose using the email address in my contact info space on my blog. I have been reading makeup blogs for years and have seen various incidents where bloggers gave fair but negative reviews of products and then the company who sent them the products for review threatens them to take down their review. This shall not be tolerated. If you don't want an honest review, don't send anything.
DISCLOSURE: MOST products that you see on this site were either purchased by me, given to me as gifts, or samples that came with products I paid for. I will now be accepting products for review purposes. If this is the case, it will be CLEARLY stated at the end of the review. Any affiliations, products receieved free of charge, or any other potential conflict of interest will be disclosed so that everyone who reads the review will know whether it was a product that I purchased or one that was sent to me free of charge.
THE PRODUCTS: All products that I review have been tested on myself and myself only. My review of them is reflected by how the product worked/looked on ME. If a product works for me, it may not work for for you or vice versa. Please use my reviews as general sources of information rather than absolute recommendations on whether or not to purchase a particular product. For information purposes, I have light (MAC NC15), uneven, oily skin with large pores. I also have discoloured and oily eyelids as well as medium pigmented, rather easily drying lips. I also tend to prefer cool tones and have brown eyes. These variables are specific to myself and may affect my opinions of products. Keep that in mind because if you have different colouring/skin type/etc. you may have very different experiences with a product. If I make any comments regarding the price of an item, be aware that it will be in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.
CUSTOMER SERVICE: If I make any mention of customer service or shipping from a company, please be advised that I am located in Canada so shipping times will reflect this. As mentioned before, prices will be given in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.
SWATCHES: I do all my swatches on bare skin. I do this because I think it often gives a "false sense of pigmentation" so to speak if swatches are done over Pixie Epoxy or other primers. Since we all use different primers, I never find it useful to see swatches over primer. They look pretty, but if I don't use that primer, they won't look like that when I use them. Keep in mind that I do all swatches with a fairly heavy hand. I SOMETIMES take my pictures in natural light (it gets to be -50 outside sometimes in the 8 months of winter here a year). I usually take them in the bathroom which has the best lighting in my current place of living. Swatch pictures are usually shown in a variety of lighting conditions (bathroom, natural light, kitchen, black light if required, etc.) All lip swatches are done on bare lips.
TESTS: I use a couple of very non-scientific tests to evaluate the stuff I purchase. Here are some of the tests:
1) The Weekday Test: A typical weekday for me consists of 9-12 hour workday including driving time as well as possibly a 1 to 1.5 hour workout after my workday if I have time. If an eyeshadow lasts without creasing when I am done work (8 to 10 hours) over UDPP and MAC Paint Pot, then I'm happy with it. If it lasts through my workout after I've been at work all day, then I'm REALLY happy with it!
2) The Goth Club Test: Some of my makeup is purchased such that I might use it for dramatic looks for Goth events and clubbing. MY EYESHADOW MUST NOT CREASE!! If I dance, I may get fairly sweaty (GROSS!) and I'm usually at the club for 4 hours or so. My style is fairly over the top sometimes, and when one wears a lot of makeup and has a lot going on with their look, creasing can NOT happen. I MUST look put together for my goth looks, and if it is going to be worn to the goth club again, it must be either easy to touch up or locked in place all night long. If my makeup is still reasonably in place when I get home, then the product has passed. This is a pass/fail type of test for me.
MATERIAL: All photos on this blog were taken by myself unless otherwise specified. I DO NOT EDIT MY PHOTOS, except for: 1) the removal of red eye, 2) adjusting brightness, and 3) cropping. What you see is what the makeup actually looks like on. Please do not use my images without permission; in case you haven't noticed, I suck b@!!$ at photography anyway. All written material on this blog was written by me. Again, please do not steal my content.
CONTACT: Any further questions or concerns? Want to send some samples for review? Want to just say hi? You may contact me at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
GOTH DISCLAIMER: Some of my posts contain references to makeup, makeup products, outfits, styles, and bands that I may have labelled or described as "GOTH". I just wanted to clarify that everyone has their own definitions of the gothic style and gothic music and what constitutes a gothic lifestyle. Also, many people who listen to "goth" music or dress in that style would not prefer to be labelled as "goth". The awesome thing about gothic culture is that anyone who wants to can participate in whatever way they want. People can create their own styles, listen to whatever music they want, and label themselves in whatever way they choose. What I'm trying to say here is that when I refer to something as "goth", it is because it pertains to the way I choose to participate in the subculture. I am in no way trying to say "if you are goth you should dress/do your makeup/listen to this music/ look like this" or "this product IS GOTH" etc. My interpretation of the style and culture may be very different than how another person who considers themself to be goth would define it so don't take any of my goth posts too seriously. I have fun creating goth looks and makeup and I enjoy sharing them, that's all there is to it!