Terms of Use & Disclosure

Pretty Shiny Sparkly (the “Blog”) is a fashion & style blog written, designed and edited by Kristina (the “Author”). For questions about this blog, please feel free to contact us.

Comment Policy

  1. Names: Please leave a real name (first names are okay). If you must use a keyword, use “Name @ Blog Name”, for example.
  2. Links: Do not include a link to your blog in the comment text. Your name will be linked to your blog, and CommentLuv will add your blog to the bottom of your comment. It gets redundant!
  3. Self-Promotion: Do not advertise your blog, blog giveaway, contest, or other irrelevant content. Please stay on topic! We all love you for it!
  4. Be Courteous: Be polite. No name calling, rudeness, personal attacks and similar comments will be tolerated. If you’re unsure whether your comment falls under these limitations, just remember the Golden Rule. And remember that your comment will be visible worldwide, so don’t say anything you wouldn’t want your mother to see. Your opinion is welcome, even if it isn’t favorable or positive, just keep criticism to the constructive kind only.
  5. Spam & Ham: Spam is filtered and deleted. Sometimes genuine comments are marked as spam (termed “ham”) and slip through the cracks. While I make every attempt to scan the spammy comments for real ones, sometimes I just don’t catch them.
  6. Editing: I reserve the right to edit any comment. Your comments are not copyrighted, and I may edit them for spammy characteristics (see Rule #2), spelling, or other grammatical mistakes.
  7. Deleting: I reserve the right to delete or unapprove a comment for any reason, even other than the above stated terms.
  8. Sole Arbiter: I own this blog and my decision is final. I am the sole arbiter of whether a comment is libelous, hateful, hurtful, or otherwise inappropriate. This blog is my responsibility, and I take it and its contents seriously.

Users who violate this comment policy will be sent a warning email after the first violation. Those who continue to disregard or infringe upon the Comment Policy will, after two notifications, be banned from the site.

Disclosure Policy

COMPENSATION
One main form of financial compensation the Blog accepts is via sponsorship. The Blog does, on occasion and always with discretion, accept financial compensation for collaborations consisting of original posts written by the Author, in what may be termed an “advertorial”. Collaborations are only agreed to so long as the Author may maintain her own opinion, voice, content, and personality that her readers have come to love her by. The Blog does not accept compensation for product reviews or giveaways, but may accept products. Affiliate links, which provide a commission based on sale or click number, may be used in posts without being labeled as such, however every attempt will be made to maintain transparency. All editorial content is written without prejudice or bias, regardless of sponsor or affiliate associations. The Blog does not accept compensation for product reviews.  Any advertisements, advertorials, sponsored content, and the like will be clearly marked as advertising content and do not reflect the opinions of the Blog or its Author.

PRODUCT REVIEWS
In order to provide you with an accurate review on products, services, website, or various other topics, companies may provide the Author with a sample product, which the Author may choose to keep. The fact that the Author has received a complimentary item will never influence the content, topics or posts made on the Blog. Press samples submitted for review are For Consideration Only. The Blog and its Author do not provide any guarantee of review, positive or negative. If something doesn’t fit right, tastes funny, looks wonky, or is otherwise “not okay”, the Author will not claim it to be otherwise. The Blog and its Author may choose not to review an item, and the Author will never endorse or encourage the sale of a product that does not meet the Author’s standards or expectations. A review is nothing if it is not honest, and this is the motto the Blog and its Author stand by.

RELATIONSHIPS
The Blog and its Author would like to disclose the following existing relationships. These are companies, organizations or individuals that may have a significant impact on the content of this blog. I have a personal or financial interest in the following that is or may be relevant to my blogging: ShopBop.com, Amazon.com, and all other current sponsors and affiliates.

WARRANTY & CLAIMS
The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the Author’s own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question. The Author makes NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.  This Blog is provided “As Is,” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied.

Press Review & Sample Policy

Please read this in entirety before contacting Pretty Shiny Sparkly about a product review. By contacting the author you are agreeing to these terms stipulated below.

PSS welcomes product reviews of jewelry, apparel, handbags, shoes, & other fashion pieces, as well as beauty products such as makeup, skincare, & hair care. I write honest, truthful, and fully-disclosed posts about products I consider worthy of review. You are welcome to send your product or sample for review consideration. Only those products received which I deem appropriate for review will be posted on Pretty Shiny Sparkly, therefore I reserve the right to not review an item sent to me.

SPONSORING OUTFIT ITEMS
Clothing, jewelry, handbags & other related samples may be sent to PSS for use in an outfit post. Outfit posts are comprised of 1-4 stylish and tasteful photographs depicting my ensemble. These posts are by far the most popular on Pretty Shiny Sparkly, and result in the most sales of a particular product.

To see one of your designs in an outfit post, send the item(s) to my mailing address (contact me for the info) and I may include it in my outfit.

FULL DISCLOSURE POLICY (NO EXCEPTIONS)
In keeping with full disclosure for the sake of the FTC and (more importantly) the trust of my readers, sponsored items are clearly labeled in the credits (caption) of the post. I will link to your site with “Courtesy of (your brand here)” or “c/o (your brand)”. I reserve the right to not review/post products for any reason.

DISCLAIMER
Please understand that due to the volume of requests I receive, I cannot guarantee a time frame when your item will appear in a post. While I make every attempt to work with samples I receive, if for any reason I determine that your sample cannot be worn, I will work with you to find another way to highlight your brand, but please understand that I still reserve the right not to return unwanted samples.

SAMPLE RETURN POLICY
Please note that due to the volume of submissions and the investment of time and effort that goes into incorporating samples and products into the content of Pretty Shiny Sparkly, any sample sent for any purpose will not be returned.

Advertising Policy

ADVERTISEMENT/SPONSORSHIP
All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network, or via sponsored (monthly subscription) banner advertisements provided by select few, targeted official sponsors. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements, or sponsors. Some links to retailers may not be disclosed as paid insertions, however I may receive compensation for linking to them in posts. I hope that if my post convinced you to purchase a product, that you will click on the (if applicable) affiliate link I provide, to help keep this blog running! If you are interested in sponsoring, click here.

GIVEAWAYS
Please note that due to market saturation with giveaways, and the time it takes away from truly original editorial content on the Blog, giveaways will not be guaranteed to any person, company, brand, or sponsor. Furthermore, to keep with the status of the Blog and the quality of its readers, giveaways will only be considered whose total value amounts to $500 or more. Additionally, giveaways may only be hosted on PSS by official sponsors, but does not guarantee or imply the right to host a giveaway on PSS. Giveaway proposals by sponsors are reviewed on a per-item basis. Click here for more information on how you can become an official sponsor.

TEXT LINKS/LINK EXCHANGES
The Blog DOES NOT participate in link exchanges. The Blog DOES NOT sell or exchange text links in posts, blogrolls or anywhere else on Pretty Shiny Sparkly.

BANNER ADVERTISING
Currently, banner ads targeting the areas of fashion and beauty are the only forms of advertising offered.

Editorial Policy

CONTENT
The Blog provides content, excluding comments, for general information purposes only.  The content constitute the opinions of the Blog and its author.  The Blog author is not a licensed medical professional nor certified expert in the beauty or fashion fields.  You should never substitute information from this Blog for information obtained from a licensed professional.  The information on the blog may be changed without notice and is not guaranteed to be complete, correct or up-to-date. The opinions expressed at or through the blog are the opinions of the Author.

COPYRIGHT
All content & images copyright © 2009–2011 Pretty Shiny Sparkly™. Reproductions are strictly prohibited without express written consent. The outfit credits coding and design are copyrighted and reproduction in any form is strictly prohibited.

TRADEMARK
Pretty Shiny Sparkly™ is a claimed trademark and may not be imitated or reproduced in any way.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.

This policy is valid as of January 28, 2012. These policies & terms may be subject to change, and shall be updated accordingly.