Okay, so these aren’t exactly frequently asked, but might as well.
What is your comment policy?
All comments from new e-mail addresses go through WordPress’ automatic filter, meaning I must manually approve them before they show up on the site. Once I have approved a comment from you, they will start displaying automatically after you submit them.
Certain types of comments will not be posted:
- Offensive, trolling, or otherwise derogatory remarks. The beauty community has a needlessly large amount of mean, catty attitudes and that won’t be tolerated here. It’s fine if you disagree with one of my opinions, but try to be civil about it.
- Likewise, I have little patience for “glittermobbing” (when staunch fans of a company bash a blogger, often en masse, for daring to write something negative) or rabid fanboy/girlism in any form.
- Spam or blatant advertising.
I reserve the right to decide which comments get posted.
Why do you modify posts after they were published?
I reserve the right to edit any posts on my blog for any reason — after all, it’s my blog. However, it’s mainly done to update a review after using a product more thoroughly, and finding that there’s some important information to add to the review. (e.g. I write a review saying an eyeliner doesn’t smudge. However, after a couple of days more of using the eyeliner, I find that it does smudge under certain circumstances. In this case, I will amend the review.)
I will never edit a review because a company or company owner can’t take the heat of criticism.
How do you do your swatches?
Eyeshadows are swatched over a number of indie primers, including Detrivore Cosmetics primer in Original, My Beauty Addiction Shadow Poxy, and Kiss My Sass Matte Primer in Ivory. Currently, I swatch over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.
I use a plain old point-and-shoot camera and Photoshop for lighting/color correction. I use a small light tent and an overhead lamp to help maintain lighting consistency.
Can I link to your posts?
Can I use your swatch or product photos?
Why are you “Jet” in some places and “Ivy” in others?
I used to use “Jet” as a pen name. I have now switched over to using “Ivy”, my real name.
Why don’t you post pictures of your face or makeup looks?
I don’t like posting pictures of myself on the Internet. I’ve always enjoyed a separation between my offline life and my online activities, ever since I started heavily using the Internet almost ten years ago. Plus, I did a lot of research on the nature of privacy and permanent memory on the Internet for a paper one semester, and what I learned was enough to cement my decision forever!
There’s also the fact that this blog skews much more towards the product review side than the EoTD/FoTD side. I don’t feel much of a need to post my photos if all I’m doing is talking about products I like (or don’t like). Oh, and I’ve tried taking photos of a couple of the eye looks I liked more. I’ve yet to figure out the magical combination of camera settings that makes them look good.
Some of the products you call “high-end” aren’t exactly high-end…
For me, high-end is almost anything that isn’t a drugstore, budget, or indie product. Think what you’d purchase at Sephora, a department store, or one of those specialty boutiques with dazzling interiors and salespeople in impeccable uniforms. I don’t think I’ll ever be in a place where a $15 eyeshadow is considered a cheap throwaway buy, so this is mainly from my perspective.