By now you've probably seen several bloggers post their thoughts about the recent FTC ruling pertaining to bloggers. In short, as of Dec. 1st, 2009, all bloggers must disclose if the products they review have been given to them for free from the manufacturer or the PR agency working on behalf of the manufacturer (there's more to this ruling but that's the biggie).
As it pertains to Nouveau Cheap, I just want to state for the record that since this a blog about budget beauty, I have always been up front with you about how I obtain the products I review. In fact, many of you probably think I disclose too much information when I buy something (I love to tell you when I got something on sale, used coupons, CVS Extra Bucks, found it at the dollar store, etc.).
As for products that I receive from manufacturers or PR agencies working on behalf of manufacturers, I have always, since the very first product I ever received for free, told you up front that I received the product for free, and probably in the first or second sentence of the review.
My entire goal in this process has always been to let you know how I honestly feel about a product, whether I paid for it or not. Let me assure you that having something given to me for review has absolutely no bearing on what I have to say about it. If I don't like something, I don't like it, and you'll know that. But quite honestly, I don't like to waste my time reviewing products I don't like. So I try to keep the majority of reviews based on things I LOVE, because that's the type of info I want to pass along to you. I think it's more helpful that way and I hope you agree.
And about affiliate links, I have never, ever featured one in a review, post, sidebar, or anywhere else on Nouveau Cheap. I do have links at the bottom of the homepage to companies I adore, but I receive absolutely zero compensation for those links. They're there to help you save money on beauty products, and that's it. I order from those sites myself so I know they're trusted and I simply want to share them with you.
In order to keep Mr. FTC happy, I have gone through my archives and posted a disclaimer at the bottom of each review (when the product was given to me for free from the manufacturer or from the agency working on behalf of the manufacturer) and I will continue to post a disclaimer at the bottom of all future reviews (if the product was given to me from the manufacturer or from the agency working on behalf of the manufacturer).
And just for the record, I obtain my products for review in the following four ways:
1) The good ol' fashioned way: I buy it
2) It's given to me for free by the manufacturer or the PR agency on behalf of the manufacturer
3) It's a gift from a friend or family member
4) It's a free sample obtained from a store or sent to me from a store (like how CVS occasionally sends its members trial size packages of soap or shampoo)
I probably didn't need to list these because I tell you this in the actual review anyway, but I guess there's no harm in repeating it.
If you have any questions about anything in this post, just let me know!