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Dealing With Copyright Violation As A Blogger

Those of you who follow me on social media may already know that a certain well-known web shop (let’s just say their store name rhymes with “Sworn Shitty Bore”) recently violated my copyright policy by taking a photo from my blog and using it as their own to advertise one of their products. Since it took me nearly two weeks of relentless emailing to finally get them to take down the photo I decided to take the whole thing public and share the full story with you.

Let’s start with a little background information. I was a regular customer at the web shop that stole my image and over the past few years I’ve ordered from them quite a lot. But, as a blogger, I am also on their affiliate program, meaning that I have an affiliate link that allows me to earn a bit of money whenever someone clicks through to their website from my blog and buys something. Mind you, I am only talking cents here. Over the past four years I’ve made a little under 20 bucks from being on their affiliate program, so it’s not like there’s big money to be earned there. In addition to be being an affiliate I also write reviews and upload pictures to their Customer Reviews and Customer Images page now and then in order to earn points that can be spent on orders. Mind you, I always copyright these photos with my blog name and I upload these photos of my own volition, meaning that I’m okay with these photos being featured on their website. Turns out that it’s not doing me any good though, because as it turns out the point system doesn’t even work. The other week when I tried to use my saved up points to pay for an order I got an error message saying the point system is unavailable, which resulted in me having to contact customer service to start the strenuous process of having points converted to actual store credit. So! In short:

1. I am a long-time personal customer with the web shop that stole my content
2. I am on their affiliate program (though it’s not earning me much at all)
3. From time to time I upload product pictures to their website to earn points (which turn out to be worthless as the system doesn’t actually let you spend them)

Now for some reason the store seemed to think that me occasionally uploading customer photos to their website and regularly featuring their products on my blog gives them the right to just take whatever photos they want from my page and use them as their own. Guess what, IT DOESN’T! On January 2, as I was browsing the shop for jewelry, I all of a sudden noticed that they had used a head shot from my blog to advertise a pair of earrings. My face! On a photo that I took! And not just that, they had removed my copyright from the photo to use it as their own. Disgraceful. And it can’t have been easy to steal the image either, as I have right click disabled and have a plugin that protects me against image theft. So either these people are completely oblivious to the fact that you can’t just steal another person’s image and use it for commercial purposes or they just don’t care that what they’re doing is completely illegal. So! In short:

1. They stole a blog photo of my face t that I took, created and copyrighted
2. They removed my copyright from the image
3. They used the image as their own for commercial purposes

I immediately emailed them, asking them to remove the photo asap as it was a clear violation of my copyright policy that clearly states that use of content created by Kiss & Make-up for commercial purposes is forbidden without my express permission. After 10 days I finally received an email with a half-assed apology from them (“sorry about this mistake”) saying they’d remove the image. Which they eventually did. Thing is, how do you accidentally steal someone’s photo, accidentally remove their copyright and accidentally put it on your website? This obviously wasn’t a “mistake”. They just didn’t think they’d get caught or called out for it .

So if the issue got resolved the end then why am I still complaining, you ask? Well, fact remains that my face was on that website for god knows how long without me ever giving my consent. If I hadn’t been browsing for jewelry that day I may have never found out that they were illegally using my photo for commercial purposes. So who knows what else is out there? Who knows how many of us are having their content stolen as we speak. Sure, in the end my photo got taken down, but only after I bombarded them with emails and social media messages for days on end. The sad frustrating truth is that some people just don’t not give a fuck about copyright laws and don’t blink twice at twice at stealing your content, removing your ownership and using it as their own to make money. After all why would you pay for a model to model your products or pay for a professional photo when you can just steal someone else’s work for free, right? Sigh.

Have you ever had content stolen? Have you ever had to deal with copyright violation?


Video | Another (Very Snowy) Winter Walk

Remember that early morning snow walk I took you on last week? Well, since then it’s been snowing a lot more – and I mean a LOT – so I decided to head into the forest again and take you on another snow walk. Only with a lot more snow this time. And a beautiful early sunset to accompany me rather than a sunrise.

Watch the video on YouTube for the best quality & remember to put the settings at 1080p HD

I know, I know, three and a half minutes of snow footage – with the occasional acte de présence of yours truly – probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – most of you are here for beauty after all – but what can I say, I just love winter here in Switzerland and I can’t help but shove(l) my snow obsession in other people’s faces.

Is it snowing where you live? What is your favorite season?


Two Dashes Of Glam | Green, Yellow And Orange

For our first Two Dashes Of Glam collaboration of 2017 Natasja and I decided to pick three colors for each other to incorporate in a make-up look. Check it out!

My Make-Up Look In Green, Yellow & Orange

Natasja gave me three unconventional colors to work with: green, yellow and orange. I bet you were expecting me to come up with a super colorful look, but nope, I actually did something fairly wearable. Sure, green, yellow and orange aren’t the most traditional make-up colors, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to look all wild and crazy.

Coastal Scents Snow Bunny New Terrain New Penny Dark Golden Olive Coastal Scents Hot Pots Fit In e.l.f. Elements Custom Compact

Coastal Scents Dark Golden Olive (bottom right) + New Terrain (top right) ✿

✿MAC Chrome Yellow (top right) ✿

review Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Glossy Emerald swatch

✿ Maybelline Glossy Emerald ✿

On my eyes I’m wearing a combination of Coastal Scents Dark Golden Olive (eyelid) and New Terrain (outer eye corner + crease) in a dark green smokey look. Normally I’d also apply New Terrain against my lower lash line and use a color like Snow Bunny (top left in the quad) to highlight my inner eye corners, but since I needed to incorporate yellow in my look I decided to use MAC Chrome Yellow instead. And, for extra bonus points, I decided to apply the Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil in Glossy Emerald on my lower waterline for an additional touch of green.

Review Sleek Blush By 3 Lace Blush Palette swatches Sleek Crochet Guipure Chantilly

Sleek Crochet (left) ✿

review Tom Ford Solar Affair Ultra-Rich Lip Color swatch

Tom Ford Solar Affair ✿

And the orange? That’s on my cheeks and lips. For blush I went with Crochet from the Sleek Blush By 3 Lace Blush Palette, a soft matte orange, and on my lips I’m wearing the Tom Ford Solar Affair Ultra-Rich Lip Color, a muted coral orange.

Natasja’s Make-Up Look in Gold, Blue & Gray

For Natasja I picked gold, blue and gray. Gold always looks stunning on her and I have a feeling she’ll pair it just beautifully with the other two colors. Quickly visit Eyes Painted Black to find out how the look turned out!

Do you like make-up challenges? What do you think of the looks Natasja and I created and the colors we picked for each other?


How Long Do Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes Really Last?

Time for some nail talk! Essie’s popular Gel Couture formula promises “luxurious wear for up to 14 days” and uses an easy 2-step system (nail color + top coat) that doesn’t require a lamp and is easy to remove. A two-week flawless manicure? Yes please!

Sounds almost too good to be true, right? Unfortunately that’s because it usually is. I’ve tried my fair share of supposedly long-wearing gel-like nail polish formulas but so far none have lived up to the expectations and most only prolong the wear time of my nail polish from three to four days. Five if I’m lucky. Which is obviously not that impressive. Maybe the problem lies with me, because there are plenty of glowing reviews out there on these long-wearing nail polish systems. Or maybe some people don’t mind getting the odd chip here and there and thus have a different idea of what “perfect wear time” is. That, or they’re just flat out lying in their reviews. Fact is that I personally haven’t had much luck with long-wearing nail colors. Time to find out it my experience with the Essie Gel Couture system was any different!

✿ top left to right: Satin Slipper, At The Barre, Perfect Posture ✿
✿ bottom left to right: Hold The Position, Closing Night, Lace Me Up ✿

My week began with a Monday delivery of the new Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes collection, a limited-edition range of ballet-themed nail polishes in pastel nude shades. Pretty. When it comes to nails pink is my color, so unsurprisingly I picked Hold The Position for my test run with the Gel Couture formula.

✿ Essie Gel Couture Hold The Position ✿

The color went on beautifully even and was opaque in just two coats, which is quite impressive for a pastel shade. And the color went on so quick! I can see now why so many people rave about Essie. The secret must be in the application! Best brush ever! But let’s not get distracted and let’s get back to focusing on longevity. So how long did Hold The Position last on my nails before it started chipping?

✿ Essie Gel Couture Top Coat ✿

A little math will give you the answer. I applied Hold The Position on Monday and I am writing this review on Friday for publication over the weekend. Yup, Hold The Position lasted a mere four days before it started chipping. Disappointing? Yes. Unexpected? Not really. Like I said, maybe my nails are just naturally more prone to chipping than other people’s nails, but as it stands I can’t yet join the army of super enthusiastic beauty bloggers who rave about long-wearing gel formulas and gush about their two-week manis.

✿ Essie Gel Couture Hold The Position ✿

What is the best long-wearing nail formula you’ve tried? Did you pick up any shades from the new Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes Collection?

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Review | MAC Worthy Eye Shadow + MAC Teddy Eye Kohl

Everyone in beauty land seems obsessed with the brand new collaboration between MAC Cosmetics and Caitlyn Jenner, and with good reason because the collection looks really lovely! Two eye products from the collection immediately went on my wish list and today I’m showing you a look that features them both. Check it out!

MAC x Caitlyn Jenner Worthy Eye Shadow

What a stunner, right? Worthy is described by MAC as a neutral plum with a satin finish and is toooootally my kind of color.

I love using reddened browns and plums in my outer eye corners and crease, and since the finish of Worthy is almost completely matte once applied – Houdini sparkles – it’s a great shade for blending. The color goes on smooth and evenly and is easy to blend, though for those looking to apply Worthy all over the eyelid it may take some building to get the intensity right.

✿ MAC Worthy (bottom) (Instagram @kissandmakeupsbeautyblog) ✿

Availability: 26 CHF, available in limited edition at the MAC Store in Lucerne and Zürich as well as in the MAC online store.

MAC x Caitlyn Jenner Teddy Eye Kohl

Teddy is the only eyeliner in the MAC x Caitlyn Jenner collection and is described by the brand as an intense bronze.

It’s no secret that I love wearing colored eye pencil on my lower waterline, so I was a bit sad to discover that Teddy barely deposits any color there. Fortunately it does sit and wear well on skin, so for lash line work and winged liner action it’s a keeper.

✿ MAC Teddy (Instagram @kissandmakeupsbeautyblog) ✿

Availability: 24 CHF, available in limited edition at the MAC Store in Lucerne and Zürich as well as in the MAC online store.

Now let’s check out the look, shall we? Let’s start with some full frontal action:

✿ eyeshadow: MAC Amber Lights (eyelid) + Worthy (outer eye corners, crease & lash line) ✿
✿ eyeliner: MAC Teddy (upper lash line & wing) + Urban Decay Perversion (lower waterline) ✿
✿ mascara: Max Factor False Lash Epic Mascara ✿

Aaaand a little side view:

✿ skin: Kiss Me Sunkiller Super Lasting Base + Morphe Banana Powder ✿
✿ blush: Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzing Powder ✿
✿ lipstick: MAC See Sheer ✿

Doesn’t Worthy pair beautifully with Amber Lights (top swatch in the Instagram snap) on the eyelid? And I love how well the wing with Teddy complements the two eyeshadow colors! Great combination, if I do say so myself.

Did you pick up anything from the MAC x Caitlyn Jenner collection? What do you think of Worthy and Teddy?

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