Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fired Up About Fakers On Social Media

I saw one of my new favorite You Tubers, Chloe Morello, talking today about her frustration and actual anger about accounts in the beauty industry possibly committing fraud. She fired me up! She got me thinking and she's right, we all should be mad.
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All of us bloggers, You Tubers, Beauty Ambassadors, Influensters, and Freelance Writers are being taken advantage of by the infiltration of all the fake or "enhanced" accounts!

Today Ms. Morello was calling the fakers out  & explaining to us how the industry works and how the fake accounts accomplish their mission.

Representing a Brand is an awesome thing to land! It does help your blog to get followers, but a blog such as mine is simply more about the content than about the followers. But even content driven accounts like mine enjoy a haul or swag in exchange for a shout-out, an organic post about a really great product, or a true and honest review.

It is hard to grow in this business unless you are consistent and provide content that is good and people want to read you. But there are other people, blogs, YouTube accounts, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and yes now even Snapchat that are buying followers, buying likes, and buying comments or the generation of them! There are things such as businesses that are "off-shore" accounts or "comment pods" and paid Bots that are paid to create comments to make others believe they are more popular than they are.

In the end, it is the Brands, PR Agencies, and firms that are really getting ripped off! They are being used because this is a big money business and the brands are trying to drive their notoriety, they introduce their products and campaigns with the hopes that they will get the appropriate advertisement in the end.

I'd hate to think that any of my hard work will go down the drain because cheaters are shutting out the smaller accounts. I'd also hate to think that Brands that offer their campaigns will quit because of those few cheaters!

So in the end, if you think it looks suspicious it most likely is!   I'm a small creator but an authentic voice and I value each and every single follower like you are the only one there is!  I hope that you"ll come for the fun pictures but stay for the content.
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Top photo credit: from Pinterest
Bottom photo credit: From Pinterest via  Aaron Courter Photography

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Can You Catch A Virus Trying On Make Up Samples?

In recent news, a woman is suing a make-up chain store because she claimed that she caught Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1) when she sampled lipsticks with a beauty associate in the store. She brings her suit for many reasons. She missed many days of work, costing her thousands. She also claimed that the store didn't have proper hygiene and did not follow their own protocols.

So here's the low down...... can you catch that? Yes! Yes, you can, in fact, catch the above-mentioned virus as well as a host of many more!

First things first, be vigilant at all times, making sure you or the beauty associate uses a disposable tube or swab to apply your sample of lipstick.  In the particular case mentioned above, the person could not prove that the virus indefinitely came from that application; still, it was probable. The Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 can live on a surface for several minutes, thus it is possible to transfer it to another person from that tube of lipstick.

Some ways that you can help yourself from actually contracting something like this is:

 -Abstain all together, instead, test on the inside of your arm and see if you like it, then purchase only a brand new tube of lipstick.

-Make sure that if you do test on your lips, that you have no chapped lips, cracked lips, or a sore yourself. When your lips are in any of these conditions you welcome a virus to get in easily.

-Make sure that the beauty sales associate does use the proper techniques when doing samples with a client, this also includes face powder, eyeliner, mascara, and combs (eyebrows). She should have a myriad of disposables at her/his ready. They are disposable tubes, swabs, cotton balls, cotton pads, spoons, brushes/combs, and spoolies. (for mascara).  These beauty associates have been trained in all the proper techniques.   Please also report those that do not follow protocol.

Final last words: - Conjunctivitis, better known as pink-eye can also be contracted from mascaras and eyeliner, and eyeshadow.

-pots of cream or other potted make-up, never stick the fingers into the samples and then onto the skin, please use a disposable spoon here as well.

-And lastly,  no matter how close you are to your girlfriend or co-worker please don't share!
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*Please seek any medical advice from a doctor, this post is not designed to diagnose or cure anything. This post is designed to bring you the latest information.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

What Are Essential Oils?

I've wondered and heard about essential oils and their benefits. I am always seeking out alternative things as I try really hard to get away from the "processed world" if you will. I like to seek out beneficial things for my family as well.  I was invited to and also saw a posting on Facebook about a "class" on essential oils. I got excited and decided to attend this class. While the moderator was very kind and her presentation was good, and she did dispell some valuable educational material about essential oils themselves, alas, it was just a selling tactic for her distributorship.

Needlesstosay, I left feeling less educated and more "had" than anything! I knew I had to start doing my own research. I set off on my mission. Here are a few things I found out. I hope this might answer some questions you have about your own.

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years. We know that many cultures have used them. Then, each culture that used them did use them differently and processed them differently as well. Most used them for medicinal reasons or religious/healing reasons.

Essential oils have benefits because the oils are extracted straight from flowers, bark, roots, leaves or peels. They contain concentrated natural forming compounds that contain known antioxidants, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Nearly all of these oils carry no side effects and are tolerated well by most people.

So how does one make beneficial essential oils? There are three ways they are made: steam distillation, expression/cold pressed, or extraction. While they are possible to make yourself, each one of these methods is extremely difficult. There are methods that use your home crockpot overnight or even grinding the plant up and placing in a linen bag and let simmer for 24 hours!*also these are not for any consumption! These methods mentioned also reduce the viability and benefit of the essential oil!

So, I really did learn something...although I'm really crafty, I have to leave this up to the professionals!
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