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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Is 2022 The Year To Rediscover Paper?

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Since the start of the 21st century, the world has been going digital in a big way. Paper has been used less and less but it hasn’t quite disappeared. Quite the opposite, it’s actually been developing a “fan following”. If you’re not (yet) part of that following then maybe 2021 should be the year that you (re)discover paper.

The fall and rise of paper

In many cases, paper has been abandoned for good reason. For example, one of the main selling points of online banks is that you can see all your transactions immediately. This is much more convenient than having to wait for paper statements.

Similarly, however, there are parts of life where paper looks highly unlikely to be pushed out by digital communications. For example, you can send digital greetings cards and invitations but paper is by far the preferred option. Part of the reason for this is that paper is permanent in a way digital generally isn’t.

There is, however, a whole gray area where digital and paper coexist. Digital may seem the more practical option. In fact, often it is. At the same time, paper also has its advantages. You might not want to switch to it completely but you might very much benefit from giving it another chance. Here are three areas of your life where paper could be a lot of help to you.

Getting organized

Digital organization tools are great but they do have their limitations. The most obvious limitation is that they often need the internet and/or batteries to work. Lose either of them and all your organization goes up in smoke. That’s already a strong argument for combining digital organization tools with plain old-fashioned paper ones.

Another argument is that paper generally offers a lot more flexibility. In fact, that’s a large part of the attraction of bullet journaling. You can set up your planner exactly how you want it instead of having to stick with templates other people have created.

Protecting your mental health

The act of writing on paper is very different from the act of using a keyboard or touchscreen. It’s both much slower and much more tactile. You also have more freedom to get creative. This doesn’t have to mean artistic, although it can do. It can mean anything from basic doodles to sticking on decorations from washi tape to photos to miscellaneous scraps.

This isn’t necessarily relevant for business. It can, however, be very important to your personal wellbeing and development. In fact, journaling is now widely recognized as having a lot of mental health benefits.

Marketing your business

These days, when people think about marketing a business, especially a small one, their first thought is probably digital marketing. It’s true that digital marketing is often a very cost-effective option, particularly for SMBs. At the same time, paper-based marketing does have its uses too.

One of the biggest advantages of paper is that it eliminates the possibility of your carefully-crafted message ending up unread in a spam folder. You can literally put your message directly into your recipient’s hands. What’s more, if your message catches their attention, they will have your paper communication as a reminder to act on it.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Bobbi Brown Extra Cleansing Balm Review And Demo Video

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Not Sponsored: I've been reviewing a couple of Bobbi Brown's NEW skincare products this week. Yesterday, I reviewed her newly re-formulated Extra Repair Moisture Cream Intense moisturizer. Today I'm reviewing her NEW Extra Cleansing Balm (Nordstrom, Harrods, Macys, Bloomingdale's, Bobbi Brown, Selfridges). I love a good makeup remover. Last year, I reviewed Bobbi Brown's Makeup Melter & Cleanser and I was less than impressed. I mentioned in that post, that I prefer cleansing balms (Clinique's Take The Day Off, Drunk Elephant's Slaai Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm and IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm  are my absolute favorites). You can easily travel with those and they take your makeup off with EASE. Well now Bobbi Brown has a cleansing balm!!! How is it? Let's start with the aesthetics. The cleansing balm is a gorgeous honey yellow and comes in a beautiful heavy glass jar. I love Bobbi Brown's insignia on top of the jar lid. The consistency of this cleansing balm is similar to honey itself. I was a little worried about this at the beginning. I mean who wants anything thick and sticky (like honey) on their face? You scoop the product out and it feels like a really thick honey. After scooping the product out, you are then suppose to warm this cleansing balm in your dry hands before applying it to your face (which is also suppose to be dry). The cleansing balm melts easy, once you warm it up. I applied it to my face and it easily "melted" my foundation, blush and lipstick. It struggled to remove my mascara and eyeliner. I really had to apply extra pressure to remove those two things. Plus, I didn't particularly care for this product around my eyes (the website states to avoid the eye area ... well why is this a cleansing balm if you can't remove eye makeup with it??? that makes no sense to me). It has a light scent, nothing offensive. The website describes it as notes of citrus. The key ingredients in this cleansing balm are olive extract, glycerin and orange oil. While using this cleansing balm, your skin will feel moisturized, but as soon as you pat your skin dry that moisturized feeling goes away. I did a quick demo for you using the product below. I put foundation, lipstick, mascara and eyeliner on my hand. You'll see for yourself how this cleansing balm dissolves each. Maybe this product dissolves only Bobbi Brown makeup? I'm not impressed with either of her makeup removers/cleansers. I will say, I LOVE Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base, Vitamin Enriched Eye Base, Hydrating Eye Cream, and Hydrating Water Fresh Cream. But this, I'm sending back and I never send anything back.

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 Bobbi Brown Extra Cleansing Balm is Not Sweet
 
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Growing Your Business 101: Franchise Vs Chain

When it’s time to expand and grow your business, you may consider turning your company into a franchise. If you go down this route, it’s highly common to refer to your franchises as chains. However, a franchise and a chain are two different things entirely. Both are methods of expanding a business, but how do they differ - and which one is the best choice for you?

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Franchising

Franchising is the act of expanding your business by getting other parties to open up franchises in different locations. You are the sole owner of your business and the business idea, but you sell the rights to the brand and business model to other individuals. From here, they can choose to open up a franchise of your business in a new location and run it themselves. They will use their own money to invest in the franchise, and they are responsible for ensuring it’s successful.

In modern times, there are loads of examples of franchises. Just look at sites like Franchise Direct, and you will come across loads of established companies selling franchise opportunities. It’s a chance for businesses to grow by expanding their reach and being seen by more people. Of course, with multiple franchises all operating under the same umbrella, it means the business can make more money.

With a franchise, the owners of each franchise will get to keep the majority of their profits. However, a percentage will go back to you as you are technically the owner of the brand and business model. This is a very popular method of expanding a business because it requires minimal effort on your behalf. The only worry is that a franchisee might run the business poorly and drag your brand through the mud. This is why it’s important to choose your franchisees wisely.

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Chains

People always get chains and franchises confused because both are examples of the same business/brand existing in multiple locations across one city, country, or the world. The big difference is that a chain is owned by one corporation. If you own a business and decide to open a new location, that’s a chain. You may employ someone to manage that chain for you, but you still own it.

The benefit of chains is that you can make a lot more money as it all goes to you. Of course, you need to use your profits to pay all the employees in all of the chains, but any profits are pocketed by the business.

The major downside is that your business can lose out if a chain doesn’t do well. If a franchise fails to succeed, the local owner is the one that feels the brunt of the failure; it won’t really affect your overall business goals because you’ve not put money into the franchise. When chains fail, it does affect your bottom line. Plus, it’s more effort to manage franchises because you are in charge of everything.

Overall, both chains and franchises offer opportunities to grow your business in new locations. Both have pros and cons, so it’s up to you to decide which one you think will benefit you the most. Some of you may prefer to franchise your business, while others might go down the chain route.

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream Intense Review

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Not Sponsored: Since I LOVE Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base, Vitamin Enriched Eye Base, Hydrating Eye Cream, and Hydrating Water Fresh Cream, I thought I would try her NEW Extra Repair Moisture Cream Intense (Macy's, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Harrods, Bobbi Brown). After reading some comments on her site, this product is not really new. It's a new formula, from what everyone is saying. I've never tried it. I purchased it anyway. I like to form my own opinion. I have super dry skin. It's winter time. Bring on the MOISTURE! The jar that holds this moisturizer is super-luxe. It's a very heavy frosted glass container. Bobbi Brown's insignia is on the lid atop the jar. When you open the lid, there's a removable pot that holds the product (moisturizer). The idea is for you is to purchase the frosted jar w/lid and moisturizer initially. When you use up the moisturizer, you purchase a refill pot instead of buying the entire thing over and over again. This moisturizer has a really fresh, clean scent. It looks like marshmallow goodness. It's fluffy and whipped. That is where my sweet dream ended with this product. When I applied this moisturizer to my face, I felt that it sat atop my skin. I've dealt with heavy moisturizers before (ex: Glossier Futuredew Oil Serum), that start off heavy but eventually absorb into the skin. I kept waiting, but it never "dried down". It felt heavy, oily, greasy. It didn't feel good on my skin. I said, well maybe when I wake up ... wash everything off, I'll have moisturized skin. I did that and my skin didn't feel the least moisturized. I don't like this moisturizer, I wouldn't recommend for any skin type and I won't be purchasing it anymore. I SUPER LOVE the moisturizers from her that I linked in my first sentence. Vitamin Enriched (primer/moisturizer) is my absolute FAVORITE! You can slather it on your skin, lips, eyes and your skin will feel GRRRREAT!!! You won't feel an oily, greasy mess. For Spring/Summer use her Hydrating formula. This right here, needs to go back to the drawing board. If my super dry skin can't take it, I don't see how any other skin type can. 

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 Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream Intense is Not Sweet

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Beautyblender All The Toppings Makeup Sponge Review

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Not Sponsored: Last year, Beautyblender came out with several really cute ice cream, sundae-themed packaging (Summer/Spring & Holiday): Dream Swirl, Single Scoop and Loaded Sundae. I love all of them! I seem to have missed two designs!!! The Signature Blend Essentials Set <-- I have to get it because it has a Beautyblender sponge in a beautiful Tiramisu hue (cocoa color) and the Original Pink hue (can be purchase here and here). I just recently purchased Beautyblender's ALL THE TOPPINGS! The packaging has cute snowflake and candy sprinkles. The Beautyblender featured in this one is a Limited Edition hue in MINT. You also receive a soap cleanser. I just wanted to do a quick post about this collection. Some beauty enthusiasts collect packaging. I purchased mine from ULTA Beauty. 

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 Beautyblender All The Toppings is Sweet
 
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Thursday, January 13, 2022

How To Keep Your Team On Track

If you want to make sure that your team isn’t constantly getting distracted and losing sight of the things that really matter, you need to consider what you can do to keep them on track. It’s something that often turns out to be easier said than done. If you’re wondering about how to get better at this and which steps are the right ones to take, the information above might help you.

Create An Atmosphere Of Positivity

First of all, you need to think about whether you can do more to create a better atmosphere inside your business. This might not sound like something that should matter all that much, but it really does. You’ll want to make sure that your business is a place where people enjoy their work and they get some sort of satisfaction out of being and progressing.

Recognize Achievements And Progress

It’s a good idea to do more to recognize the positive things that are achieved inside the business as well. If you’re not noticing and recognizing the successes people are achieving and the progress they’re making in their jobs, they’ll feel as if they’re being overlooked and that’s not what you want. So make sure you’re giving people the recognition they’re due.

Involve Employees In Planning And Goal Setting

You want to make sure that your team members are involved at every stage of planning and goal setting that impacts them. If they’re not involved in those processes it can be very damaging and might ultimately lead to them getting alienated from their work. No one wants to feel like they’re being dictated to and told what to do without having any input at all.

Make The Work Environment Safe

You need to make sure that your employees have an environment in which they feel safe and able to do their best work. And only you have the power to make that happen. If there’s a specific problem, such as pests, you can call upon mosquito control or another pest unit to fix it for you. And you need to make sure that the electrics are safe and the general environment is one in which they feel comfortable.

Establish Trust In The Workplace

Finally, you should do your best to make your workplace a place of trust. You want people to feel like they’re trusted employees and that you believe in their ability to do good work. At the same time, you also want to make sure that your team trusts you as a leader and has faith in the direction you’re taking them and the business as a whole. So work hard to establish that two-way trust.

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There are lots of things you can do to keep your team focused on the things that really matter most. There’s great value in doing everything possible to keep them focused on the tasks at hand, and if you start making the most of the advice above, you’ll be able to make that happen.

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Is It Time To Pop The Question? Don't Forget To Prepare


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Proposals are one of the most romantic things in the world. It is important that you take the time to plan everything out down to the very last detail to ensure that things go smoothly. You want to remember this day forever, and your partner will too so you have got to make sure that things are perfect. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that you need to do in order to prepare to pop the question. Keep reading down below if you would like to find out more.


Hire A Photographer


The first thing that you are going to have to do is hire a photographer. This is important to capture the moment that your partner says yes, and that you get down on one knee to declare your everlasting love. It’s a beautiful moment and one that neither of you actually get to witness, though we’re sure that you are going to want to remember it. As such, you need to look for a photographer, or get one of your friends to be secretly recording somewhere so that you can both see the moment that you decided to be together forever. A lot of people choose to have this moment framed in their home, and it’s a wonderful image to have beside your wedding photo.


The Engagement Ring


The engagement ring is essential. It’s got to be perfect for the person that you are marrying, and it’s got to be thoughtful. Nobody wants a ring that wasn’t specially thought of for them, so you can’t just head into a jewelry store and pick the first ring you see. You have got to put a little more effort in than that. For example, you might even want to consult a ring concierge who will be able to help you design the perfect ring for your partner. They get to know you and all about you and your partner to help you design the absolute best.


Trust us when we say that your partner will love that you went through so much effort for their ring, and they will likely fall in love with you even more than they did before.


Choose Somewhere Special To You


For the actual proposal, you want to make sure that you choose somewhere special to both of you or to the relationship. Take your partner back to where you first met, had your first date, where you first told each other that you loved one another or something like this. It really shows that you have put a lot of thought into that, and it will be appreciated and adored more than you know.


We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you are going to need to think about when you are planning a proposal! This is going to be one of the most special days of your life, and most people only get this once, so it’s got to be done properly. We wish you the very best of luck, and hope that you both live happily ever after!

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

One Size Ultimate Blurring Setting Powder Review

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Not Sponsored: I was really impressed with the sample I received of One Size Secure The Blur Face Primer. So much so, I ended up buying the full-size. It really does an excellent job at blurring. I just recently received a sample of One Size Ultimate Blurring Setting Powder with my Sephora order. It's described as "a superfine, 14-hour blurring setting powder with a soft-matte finish to set complexion, for an everyday set to a buildable bake. This smoothing, weightless powder has a soft-focus effect that blurs pores and texture while controlling excess oil and shine. As it sets and extends the wear of skincare and base products, you'll always be photo ready with this no flashback, no white cast formula!" This setting powder comes in translucent and dark/deep. So, I put it to the test. I applied my makeup and then applied this setting powder with my Beautyblender makeup sponge. My initial thought was, this powder is heavier than the Laura Mercier translucent powder I normally use. WELL, I DIDN'T READ THE DIRECTIONS YOU GUYS! To me, yes this powder is heavier than Laura Mercier (reviewed here), but IT'S HOW YOU APPLY IT that is important. The directions state, USE A POWDER BRUSH to dust this on your face. If you want to BAKE, use a PUFF/MAKEUP SPONGE etc. So, I should've used a makeup brush to apply this powder. FYI, I didn't use very much of this powder on my Beautyblender, and it still was too heavy. I like my BEFORE picture, better than my AFTER picture. I think another reason why this didn't work for me, is because I have dry skin. The heaviness of this powder, makes it look even drier. So if you have dry skin, get a sample of this and try it. Is it a bad setting powder? NO. I just think its for skin types other than dry and heavy duty "baking" which I don't do. I still give it a SWEET rating, because it will work for others. I prefer Laura Mercier. When wearing her setting powder, my makeup still shows. It doesn't feel as covered. 

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   Patrick Starr One Size Ultimate Blurring Setting Powder is Sweet
 
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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Best Practical Tips To Improve Yourself This Year

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It is crucial to constantly work on yourself in order to become a better version of yourself. If you want to grow, you have to take an active stance and try to improve what you lack. This can be anything from crafting a better resume, to learning a new language or practicing yoga. This is what self-improvement is all about.

Every person has their own life goals that they want to achieve. Sometimes the ideal goal is not always attainable because of fear or the idea of change. However, when we try our best and improve ourselves, we will eventually reach our goals in the end. Let’s take a look at this interesting topic and what we can all do to improve ourselves this year.

The Power Of Self-Improvement

Self-improvement is a powerful tool that every human being should use. It helps us discover our hidden potentials and helps us get rid of the parts of ourselves that are holding us back. But it’s not always easy to know how to improve ourselves- we need to be mindful, intentional, and realistic with our goals.

Self-improvement is a process of personal development that aims to increase overall quality of life. It's important because it can lead to improved mental and emotional health, more confidence and contentment in life, more satisfying relationships with friends and family, more meaningful work or volunteer experience, greater financial stability, better health, and a more fulfilling spiritual life. This is why we need to make it a priority.

What Are The Best Ways To Improve Yourself This Year?

So you want to become a better person, grow & work on yourself this year? There are some very clear cut ways that you can do that, for sure. It’s always important to evaluate your life and set personal goals for what you want to achieve in the next 12 months. To do this, you can make a list of your strengths and weaknesses so that you know what to focus on improving.

At the same time, it can help if you find a role model who has qualities that you want to emulate. And if you allow yourself some time each day for relaxation, meditation, or reading/listening to music for self care, it will make such a difference to your life.

How To Grow As A Person & Better Yourself

Don’t be afraid to live your fullest and best life. There are a lot of ways you can grow as a person and improve your life. Whether it’s through self-improvement, personal growth, or building better habits; there is something for everyone. To do this, you’ll want to intentionally want to grow. You will need to make time to learn, grow, read, and improve yourself. Sometimes this means letting go of toxic relationships or things that are holding you back.

The Importance Of Looking After Yourself, Your Body & Your Health

It is not always easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, it is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself, your body and your health. Even if you’re considering working with a specialist to improve your body, and using lipo foam to support that, it’s still important to consider a holistic approach to help you maintain your body and health.

There are many ways that you can improve your body and get fit if you are looking for ways to have a healthy life. One way to do this is by considering what you eat by following an appropriate diet regime. It doesn't have to be too strict because there are many different types of diets out there, so it should be easy for you to find one that suits your lifestyle. Exercise is also another great way because it will help you lose weight and tone up in certain areas of your body.

Why You Need To Be Truly Kind To Yourself And What Happens When You Do

Self-care is an integral part of mental health. It is not selfish to take care of yourself, but rather human instinct. What many people don't realize is that self-care also extends to the way you speak about yourself, the way you treat yourself physically and emotionally, and the way you think about yourself.

When you are kind to yourself, your brain starts releasing oxytocin which helps your body fight stress. So not only are you taking care of your mental health but also your physical health as well! If we can all be more kind to ourselves by being more forgiving of our mistakes and being aware of how our emotions affect us, it could have a ripple effect on society as a whole.

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How To Expand Your Business Successfully

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Part of being a business leader is understanding when and how to push your company towards growth. Depending on what you have achieved so far, the time for growth varies. When it comes, though, you must be prepared. Too many businesses have approached growth and expansion the wrong way, and they have struggled to keep up with the demand that comes from broadening their scope. To ensure you do not make the same mistakes, here are a few ideas to help your business expand successfully.

Offer Something Competitors Do Not

No matter how small your business is, you still have competitors, whether these are similarly sized local businesses or more established corporations. When expanding, you need something to make you stand out, which is why competitor research can be so beneficial.

With this, you can identify what your competitors are doing, but more importantly what they aren’t doing. When you identify this, it's your chance to provide something else that can draw customers to your business. This could be discounts, promotions, or something as simple as exceptional customer service.

Identify Profitable Markets And Diversify

There are only so many years you can get by offering the same service. Eventually, you will run out of customers, so it’s important to consider how you can step into new markets and diversify what you offer.

As all markets are slightly different, you may need to tweak your services to match the demand, but this is a positive thing. It can be much easier to offer a slightly different service that is still grounded in your initial product than it is to develop something entirely different. As time goes on, you can evolve this service into something that will appeal to a wide range of future customers.

Design An Office To Accommodate Growth

Expansion often demands more office space, and you may even need to work with a mobile crane company for construction and logistics purposes, which ensures everything is done professionally.

Whether you need storage solutions or construction work to increase the office size, your office should reflect company growth. There must be enough space for your employees, as well as dedicated space for meetings without the space feeling too cramped.

Find Talent Worth Hiring

Finally, you will need more people to handle the increased demand. But you cannot hire anyone., if you want your business to succeed in its expansion efforts, you need to identify talent worth hiring.

Recruitment platforms like LinkedIn are always useful, but these are not the only places to look. Many businesses rely on non-traditional resources to find candidates who seem perfect for the job. You can attract these candidates with a clear and concise job description, and a competitive salary (plus benefits) will always go down well with the next generation of professionals.

Expansion

Expanding your business is always exciting, but it comes with its fair share of dangers. As long as you remember these crucial factors, you will have no trouble improving your business and managing the increased demand that is likely just around the corner.

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Monday, January 10, 2022

CHANEL Spring-Summer 2022 Collection: La Pausa De Chanel

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Not Sponsored: A SUPER-HOT makeup collection at the moment is CHANEL's NEW La Pausa De Chanel Spring-Summer 2022 Collection. I fell in love with the collection as soon as I saw it. CHANEL states, "The Spring-Summer 2022 Collection – La Pausa de CHANEL celebrates the legendary villa situated among the hilltops of Roquebrune, France, that belonged to Gabrielle Chanel. It is from this place of perfect harmony, surrounded by nature and bathed in a soft and warm light, that the Makeup Creation Studio draws its inspiration." I linked the history of both Roquebrune and The La Pausa Villa for you above. It's an interesting read. The villa was initially built for 1.8 million French francs. The house was furnished in shades of white and beige. Stone was another element. There were olive and orange groves surrounding the property. I found an article online that shows glimpses of The La Pausa Villa (and here). I thought knowing the inspiration and history behind this collection would be beneficial to my readers. I think its something that is often overlooked. I love knowing the story behind things. Before even looking into the history of all of this, I felt this makeup collection had such an appealing earthiness tone. It captured my eye from the very beginning. I love earthy and natural tones. I placed an order. As soon as it comes in, I'll post swatches and write a post.

CHANEL Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick - Ensoleille //  CHANEL Rouge Coco Baume - Dreamy White, Natural Charm, Flirty Coral, My Rose, In Love, Passion Pink, Fall For Me // CHANEL Le Vernis Nail Lacquer - Terra Rossa and Riviera // CHANEL Liquid Eyeshadow - Lumiere // CHANEL Blush Lumiere - Pechee Rosee and Brun Roussi // CHANEL Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette - Mediterranean

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Sunday, January 9, 2022

Prepare For A Cold Snap With These Tips

You might be in the middle of winter already, but the cold snaps always seem to come in waves right toward the middle and end. There are some unseasonably warm temperatures in some parts of the country but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be prepared for a snap to happen.

Cold snaps come in and can really take your breath away, both inside and outside of the house. If you would wrap up warm with a coat and scarf when you’re outside, then you need to know which propane company you would use to keep your home warm on the inside. Preparing for freezing temperatures takes some time and if you start early, you’ll be ready to take on the challenge of making sure that your house is ready for the cold. Let’s take a look at the tips you need to make sure you’re ready.

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1. Start with the gutters. Gutters can be the biggest problem that you have when you are trying to prepare for a cold snap. When the cold weather hits, any water in the gutters can freeze, which can then crack the guttering and even block more water from flowing through it. Dirt and debris building up in the guttering can also stop the flow of any water and further dirt coming through. The weight of the snow and ice can also cause a roof collapse.

2. Remember heat tape. You can add heat tape in the home in areas that are prone to freezing, and this should help you to prevent any water lines from freezing in the cold air. This will help to keep the warm air moving and warming the water lines.

3. Seal your windows and doors. Go around all of the windows and doors and make sure that there is no room for cold air to leak out. Weatherstripping and insulation around the windows can help to eliminate the drafts that will cause the energy bills to climb. That’s the thing: when the heat is leaking from the house, you’re paying for that!

4. Don't forget your car. So many people forget that while they’re preparing their homes for a cold snap, their cars also need to be considered. Making sure to keep at least half of a tank of gas in the car at all times will help to reduce the risk of ice forming through the fuel lines. Pushing a car in the snow is not the one, so make sure that you have shelter for your car like the garage - even if that means a decluttering!

5. Bring the plants in. It’s always nice to bring nature into the house, but in the cold, bring the porch plants into the main hallway so that you can stay on top of keeping them safe. Store plants indoors while the outside temperatures are dropping so that you can keep them from dying.

6. Layer up. Add throws to chairs and blankets wherever you can so that no matter when you sit down, you can get warm when you want to.

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Laneige Water Sleeping Mask Review

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Not Sponsored: I've been reviewing several Laneige (Amorepacific) products that I've tried recently. Be sure to check out my thoughts on their new BTS x Amorepacific Lip Sleeping Mask in Gummy Bear and Layering Lip Bar Lipstick. Today's review is about Laneige's Water Sleeping Mask. This product was a Christmas gift from my good friend at Little Luxury List. Thank You! As one who has dry skin, I gravitate towards any skincare that promises to provide adequate hydration. So I was happy to try this sleeping mask. Laneige states that this is, "An overnight hydrating gel mask that quickly absorbs while you sleep to deeply hydrate skin." This mask is hypoallergenic and has been dermatologist tested. It also has a probiotic-derived complex (lactobacillus ferment lysate - which helps reveal smoother looking skin by reducing the amount of dead skin cells). It promises hydration (it contains hydrating squaline - which mimics a component of skin’s natural lipids, extracted from sugar cane) and brightening of the skin. Application of this product is easy. Simply use the spatula provided to scoop the product out of the jar. Apply a dab to your forehead, chin and both cheeks. Work the product in an upward motion on your face. Your face will initially have a wet look. I thought it would dry down faster, but it didn't. It took about 20-30 minutes. So apply this mask at least 30 minutes before going to bed. I had to lie on my back, so the product wouldn't get on my pillow. HaHaHa After that time, the product dries down to a clear/transparent film on the face. It's very soothing. There is a scent to the product, but its a very clean and fresh scent. I fell asleep, woke up and washed the mask off my face. My skin felt very soft and moisturized. I looked rejuvenated. I was really impressed. I'll have to use it more to see if it brightens. Usually that takes some time. I love how this mask is lightweight and non-sticky as well. I can see all skin types enjoying this mask. I'm really impressed with Laneige. I think you would really like this mask. It delivers on what it promises. 

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  Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is Sweet
 
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Saturday, January 8, 2022

So You Want To Grow Your Business During the Post Pandemic Era?

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As the world economies recover from the ravages of the Covid-19 Pandemic, it is time to rethink, redefine, and recreate your business to give it a better chance of success during this post-pandemic era. Unfortunately, unlike companies that offer streaming services and big tech, most companies have faltered or run out of business during the pandemic.

So, how can you sidestep financial minefields and keep your business growing post-pandemic? Keep reading to find out.

Go International

Create a balance between serving your loyal customers better and meeting the needs of your new customers. You can do this by creating and marketing story-driven content. Here, you let your local and global customers know how you are providing value to the community, both locally and internationally- wherever they are.

Additionally, as Daniel Menard suggests, increasing globalization will be a trend that most businesses will hop on post-pandemic to maintain a global outreach. Do not be left out. Doing so will expand your business's sustainability and ultimately experience sustainable growth.

Understand The Change In Trends, Tastes, And Preferences

It would help if you took note of your customers' constant changes in tastes, preferences, and market trends. As a result of this change, consider incorporating new technology and adjust your business offerings to meet your customers' needs. Then, continually adjust with change to maintain the growth of your business.

Pandemic-Proof Your Business Offers

As most businesses adjusted and invested in new categories to meet their clientele's pandemic needs, it is crucial to note that you can not define long-term success by constantly reacting to circumstances at hand.

Therefore, it would be best if you pandemic-proof your offers. This way, you show customers how you will provide value for the long term, not just for now. For example, you may require outsourcing your work, introducing loyalty programs for your customers, and building an emotional story around the brand. Ultimately, you increase the value of your products and services, hence growth.

Rethink All Your Supply Chains

To avoid supply-chain bottlenecks, rethink your supply chain logistics. You should get ahead of problems like delayed shipments, materials shortages, etc., for you to grow your business.

It would be best to find new ways to work with your suppliers. Start by improving your supply-chain resilience. Then, incorporate real-time monitoring, increase transparency, and embrace the best innovative technological solutions. This way, you effectively manage your supply chain and keep your business running.

Redefine Your Strategies For Business Growth

Lastly, consider shifting your business goals to a humanized growth approach. Instead of basing your growth on the consumers and capital markets, you should create value for them, your business partners, and local and international communities.

For a humanized approach to business growth, create flexible business models and strategies, have an inclusive approach to defining markets, and prioritize your customers over processes.

Conclusion

There are several ways of ensuring the growth of your business post-pandemic, regardless of its uncertainty, as discussed herein. It is therefore upon you as a business manager or owner, to remain dexterous and objective to make it happen.

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Friday, January 7, 2022

Laneige Layering Lip Bar Lipstick In Candid Brick Review

Not Sponsored: I'd like to go into the weekend talking to you a little bit more, about some of the products I've recently tried from Laneige (Amorepacific). Yesterday, I reviewed their NEW BTS x Amorepacific Limited Edition Lip Sleeping Mask in Gummy Bear. Today, I would like to review Laneige's Layering Lip Bar Lipstick in Candid Brick. This was a Christmas gift from my good blogger friend at Little Luxury List blog. I've never tried Laneige's Layering Lip Bar Lipstick! Well let me tell you, I'm in love!!! What makes this lipstick so special!?! It has six (6) color gradients in ONE LIPSTICK! The color payoff is absolutely amazing. This lipstick applies so evenly on the lips. It makes your lips look lush and full. Your lips will be sweet as a peach! Not only all of those things, but this lipstick moisturizes your lips. I would describe it as a lipstick/balm. You can create "gradient" lip looks by applying the darkest color in the center of your lips (see video here). I applied it all over my lips in the pictures below. The color payoff is multidimensional. I can't get over the formula. I also love the packaging for this lipstick. It's super sleek. This lipstick also doesn't take up much room in your purse. I love how this lipstick easily slides up and down. There are 20 shades in all. Your only issue, will be finding it here in the States. Some are offered at sites like YesStyle.com and other eCommerce sites. I love mine!

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  Laneige Layering Lip Bar Lipstick In Candid Brick is Supersweet

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3 Ways Technology Can Make Life Easier

As time has gone by, we can easily see how technology has completely changed the world in many big (and small) ways. Your own life will have been greatly enhanced by technology in any number of different ways, and if that technology were to disappear, it would be a big problem in general. Even if we don’t really acknowledge or think about the tech we’re using on a daily basis, we simply couldn’t be without it. In case you wondered just what technology had done for you, here are some ways that it has certainly made life easier.

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Online Shopping

We have enjoyed buying our shopping online for a long time now, and that is all down to technology. Not only does it mean we can shop whenever is convenient to us in the comfort of our own homes, but technology has also progressed to a point where online payments are now extremely safe. Cybercrime and online identity theft are an issue to look out for, but many online stores are combatting that by using the most up to date technology to keep their customers’ payment details safe. You can buy anything online such as clothing, books, toiletries, even houses, and you will find a website somewhere that sells what you are looking for. 

Telecommuting

Work isn’t always the most fun thing to do, and it is the daily commute to the office and back on public transport or perhaps getting stuck in traffic, that can make even the best job seem like a terrible one. Hours are added onto the working day through problems with travel, and that can have a seriously detrimental effect on the work life balance which we are all told is so important.

However, advances in technology have meant that many people can now work from home and telecommute to the office. Not only does this restore the work life balance, but it makes people a lot more productive too. Being in your own, comfortable, familiar space where you can relax and get on with your work without distractions yet knowing that you can quickly and easily get in touch with your colleagues (through tech!) to answer questions, or even just have a chat during your lunch break, means that you get more work done in less time. This will make your job feel so much better and you will feel more fulfilled.

More Communication

Although some would argue that the more tech we have the less people actually communicate, the truth seems to be that the opposite is true. Now there are many different ways for people to communicate including video calls, texting, emails, social media, and of course the phone itself; you can even connect hearing aids to smartphones and you can learn more about that online.

Technology has made it a lot easier for families to stay connected too. In the past, when someone moved away it was easy for them to become disconnected from their friends and family. Now, they can stay in touch no matter how far they go, even if they are on the other side of the world.

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