Disclosure, privacy policy, and competitions

 

Please note: Unless stated otherwise, all photographs are our own, stock photos or we have bought them, and we DO NOT give permission for them to be taken from our website or social media, reproduced or used anywhere in any form, without our express consent. 

 

Cards on the table:

How do "Five Little Stars" reviews work?

Sometimes we are gifted products to review, sometimes we are paid to review them, sometimes we are invited to go to places for the purpose of a review or we get discounts. All of these things are called "collaborative" or "sponsored" posts. If any of these things happen we will tell you. If there is any ambiguity from the body of the review - we will always add a "P.S." anyway stating this. Not every review or post is collaborative or sponsored though, we find and buy things, or go to places, and just have to tell you about them. 

BUT, and this is the important part, we will always be honest. Your trust is paramount. Sometimes we are sent products and we don't like them, and wouldn't want to recommend them to you. In this situation it is really simple - either we don't publish the review, or the review is published and is honest - warts and all.

 

Amazon Associates

“Five Little Stars is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk”

What does this mean "In English"? It means if Five Little Stars links a product from Amazon UK on the blog or our social media, and if you click on that link and make a purchase: (a) we are really chuffed to have been useful, and (b) the lovely people at Amazon give us a few pennies (and it really is) per purchase. We save this money up through the year and use it towards the website running costs. So basically, we want to say a little thank you to you for helping Five Little Stars to keep searching and hopefully helping make your life easier.

 

Google Ads

You will see, subtly positioned at the very bottom of every page, there are some clever little Ads from Google. They read your mind and show you things you may be interested in. If you click and you act, we get pennies. Again these go towards paying to run Five Little Stars for you.

 

Any Other Affiliate Partnerships

If as part of our work/collaboration with a brand or a place we are gaining any affiliate benefits - i.e. you buy or visit from a review or recommendation from us, and we get something for that, we will tell you. 

 

Blog Comments

Blog comments are not pre-moderated, are encouraged to create discussion and to add to blog post content. I reserve the right to moderate or remove comments that are defamatory, abusive, encourage hate of any description or are blatant spam.

 

PRIVACY POLICY

in plain english

Five Little Stars will collect as little of your personal data as possible; typically name, email address and (if you have one) website address. If you win a competition we would need to pass your address to the brand in order to send your prize, and sometimes they ask for your phone number to assist delivery. You will always know when we are doing so because you will have provided us with the information when you subscribe (for the newsletter), enter a competition, or comment on the website.

The Five Little Stars email list will not be shared with anyone, or your personal data therein, and I won't sell it to any one. Ever.

None of your information will be shared with third parties unless specifically required, ie as explained above, to arrange delivery of competition prizes, and you will know about this in advance.

I use an online company MailChimp to store and manage the information you gave me (name and email address). They have strict privacy procedures that you can check out here, and when you signed up you had to go through their double opt in for security. Also, there is a clear unsubscribe link at the bottom of all Five Little Stars emails - should you want it (but I really hope you don't). I hate spam emails as much as you, so I am always mindful to make my content useful and interesting. Competitions are run either on social media (Facebook or Instagram) and/or using Rafflecopter (their privacy policy is here). 

Your name may be displayed on the website if you post a comment. However, your e-mail address and privacy will always be kept secure.

The website (operated by Squarespace) collects non personal data every time you visit, like your IP address and location.  FYI data is stored through Squarespace's data storage, databases and general Squarespace applications. They store your data on a secure server behind a firewall. Save for when you comment, no personal data is collected, and this is just for me to analyse how the site is doing (and if you are reading what I am writing!), and I sometimes use my site's analytics (as well as Google Analytics) to share the general information trends with brands who are interested in collaborating with Five Little Stars. If you interact with us through social media, we may receive your social media user name.

We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. E.g. Google Ads. To learn more about this behavioural advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit networkadvertising.org.

If you have ANY questions arising from this privacy policy (or any other policies), please do get in touch via fivelittlestars05@gmail.com, or any of the social media channels.

 

you've got to be in it to win it

competitions: Standard T&C's

  • Entrants must be over the age of 18.
  • Entrants must comply with the terms of the individual competition.
  • The prize is as stated.
  • The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  • You must supply a correct email address if requested.
  • If a competition requires you to subscribe to the Five Little Stars website, or like/follow our social media - compliance will be checked before the winner if confirmed. If someone drawn has failed to comply - another name will be drawn.
  • Five Little Stars uses Rafflecopter to operate and draw competitions.
  • Winners are selected at random.
  • The winner will be contacted by email within 7 days of the giveaway ending.
  • Should we be unable to contact the winner, or should the winner be unable to confirm their acceptance of the prize within 3 days of contacting them, we reserve the right to award the prize to an alternative winner. 
  • In order to receive their prize, the winner is required to provide their full name and address which will be provided to the brand supplying the prize.
  • The prize will be sent to the winner directly by the collaborating brand, and responsibility for delivery remains with them at all times. Any problems with this should be taken up with the brand directly.
  • The prize is provided by a third party brand and not by Five Little Stars.

Any deviation from the above will be noted in the individual competition posting, and that individual posting takes precedence.