Get Custom Party Supplies at Shindigz

Honestly, I do love tie-dye. It may not be the most fashionable option but those swirling rainbow colors possess this thing that makes me smile. It won’t be surprising to find it as part of the outfit in my graduation pictures. When I discovered tie dye fun party supplies were among the services offered by Shindigz Personalized Party Supplies, I was overwhelmed. It is quite hard to find something that will impress both a 6-year old and eleven-year-old for a party, but tie-dye did the trick as it served my niece and daughter’s birthday perfectly.

Shindigz’s Tie Dye Fun Party Supplies had every piece I needed to decorate the party with fun and a punch of color.

They had personalized swirl lollipops which formed an ideal decoration for the event and each guest was presented one in their favor bags. My daughter couldn’t hide her excitement when she saw her lollipop bearing her name. I used these lollipops here with some brilliant licorice for table decoration and as a fun treat.

Even though Shindigz offers several personalized options for favor bags, I picked a cheaper route and came up with a personalized round sticker. I let my daughter decorate simple gift bags which are also available at Shindigz’s. They fit the large favors that I had chosen as well. I conducted the entire ordering exercise online at Shindigz.com, which eased my life as I was 8 months pregnant then.

For years, my daughter has been asking for a piñata for her party. I was exhilarated to come across piñata that perfectly matched the party. The ribbons didn’t fail us either as the older kids loved it inside, and surprisingly enough, my husband was also in the race for candy! Shindigz makes it easier as it sells a piñata filler bag accompanied by toys and candy.

Within a few days of ordering, two huge boxes were delivered to my doorstep which eased and simplified my plans for the party. Don’t hesitate, choose Shindigz to cater for all your party needs and you won’t regret!

 

Staples DIY Printing

The workplace is changing. There are mobile phones and mobile tablets. One of the things that we wanted to do with staples and what staples approached us on is to capture some of the opportunity of that customer base that comes into their retail stores. I’m always printing from here whether it’s a headshot, a resume, or something like that.

I’m on lunch hour so this was great. It’s like let me go to Staples, I’ll get it done and it’s done and I go back to work. So you have customers that actually send it to print before they need their office, come here and just pick it up. Everything is more modern but yet it’s still simple to use for everybody.

Everything on the front of the screen just says print, copy, scan, fax. Whatever they want to do is written on the front of the screen. Since then take much knowledge to work the machine so I like that, using a credit card everything is super-fast and it’s pretty self-explanatory. It just makes it so much easier to go in here and scan it for my email.

I really liked it. I think this touch screen is very convenient, pretty straightforward and yeah it’s really simple and they absolutely love the new machines. I love the simplicity of it, I love the new functions that we have in the machines now and just feel more comfortable. Being at the self-service machine is just more convenient and user-friendly when they are printing things like their birth certificate, social security cards the lightening document feature that’s right on the machine is absolutely useful for them.

We can just tell you can just do this and let us know if you need. They go and do it themselves which is great. Who will be happy with a machine like scanned fax and email these functions like your own personal assistant that is actually one plus there for sure? Thank you, Staples, for making this happen because it actually provides a better customer service!

 

Eastbay.com Review

Eastbay is an online store focused on athletic wear. The company provides adequate inventory of specialized sports shoes, so whether you play competitively or just need shoes for your active lifestyle, this online store may have all you need.

This company provides shoes for men, women, and children. It provides shoes for all types of sports, including football cleats, wrestling shoes, running shoes, and softball cleats. The sports category on the company website has shoes listed by basketball, cross-country running and football. If you need shoes for youngsters, there is a selection of baseball, football and soccer cleats. Eastbay carries the latest arrivals, so you can find shoes with the latest technological advancements.

If you are shopping for specific shoes online, you can filter your online search by gender, brand, color, and width. You can also search by product rating to find shoes with the highest ratings. There is a search feature that lets you search by price.

The company offers free shipping on qualifying orders and on select items. You have 90 days to return an item.

Eastbay offers a wide selection of men and women shoes for a variety of sports as well as kid’s shoes. This online shoe store provides free shipping on eligible orders, and you have up to 90 days to return items. There is also a membership program where you can get more discounts and deals to help keep your costs low.

Dell XPS 13 Review

This year, we rated the Dell XPS 13 as the top contender in our best ultrabooks for 2018 list. But what is it about this portable, beautiful laptop that puts it so far ahead of the rest of the competition? Read on in our Dell XPS 13 review to find out.

Price: $1,199.00 on Amazon 
Available: Now

What We Liked

  • The “InfinityEdge” nearly bezel-less screen
  • One of the lightest ultrabooks on the market
  • Solid CPU and SSD performance for such a small ultrabook

What We Didn’t

  • Windows scaling at max resolution can be wonky at times, fonts too tiny to read
  • Gaming performance was mediocre
  • Dell XPS 13 Specs

    Dell XPS 13

    Design

    In the world of ultrabooks design is king, and the sleeker you can make a device the better.

    The Dell XPS line has been around for several years now, and with every annual refresh, the team behind it somehow manages to improve on a system that’s already about as close to aesthetic perfection as you can get. The slim, sultry lines of the case are accented beautifully by the brushed aluminum case material, and the minimal “Dell” logo on the back doesn’t distract with unnecessary pulsing LEDs like some other models in this class.

    The XPS 13 takes all the right notes from Apple on what makes a machine beautiful.

    The XPS 13 takes all the right notes from Apple on what makes a machine beautiful.

    The Dell XPS 13 very much goes for the “Macbook-esque” style of case design, where there are a few ports or open crevices around the shell as possible. The bottom of the XPS has just one small hatch, which leads to a small window where the laptop’s identifying information (model, serial number, etc) can be found. The lack of visible ports or a fan exhaust isn’t a bad thing necessarily, but it can also make housekeeping tasks like replacing the battery, installing more RAM, or changing out the hard drive quite a bit more complicated as a result.

    Software

    Just like the Dell XPS 13’s exterior design, the software included inside doesn’t waste any more space than it absolutely has to.

    The model we tested (2017) comes with a blank install of Windows 10 that you can customize yourself upon the first boot, and that’s it. No extra bloatware, software, or bells or whistles here. Just one system, installed with one OS, and the rest of what happens from there is up to the user and the user alone.

    Although bloatware has been slowly falling out of fashion across the board since Lenovo’s “Superfish” debacle, we still appreciate Dell’s commitment to keeping the added software packages to a minimum. Dell was easily one of the worst offenders in this category throughout the late-90’s/early-aughts, and it’s nice to see the company has since cleaned up its act in response to consumer blowback. The only included software we could find was a single button that led to Dell’s SupportCenter application, which makes it easy to report any problems or troubleshoot technical issues with a member of their support staff.

    Hardware

    The Dell XPS 13 we tested came with hardware specifications that are closer to the top end of what the lineup is capable of, with a sixth-generation Intel Core i5-6200u 2.30GHz processor, 8GB of LPDDR3 memory, 256GB of solid-state storage, and a 3200 x 1800 QHD+ touch-capable InfinityEdge screen, powered by an Intel HD 520 GPU.

    The keyboard and trackpad never feel as cramped as they should.

    The keyboard and trackpad never feel as cramped as they should, given the ultrabook’s size.

    Connectivity options were somewhat lacking, unfortunately. Because of the XPS 13’s size, Dell was only able to squeeze a measly 2 USB 3.0 ports onto the sides, with one port for a Thunderbolt 3 cable, and an SD card slot. We would have loved to see an option for HDMI-out, but the XPS 13’s slim profile seems to have been just a bit too skinny for this option to fit.

    The keyboard and trackpad remain essentially unchanged from previous XPS models – not like that’s a bad thing, though. Despite the fact that this is a 13″ laptop built for portability, my hands never felt cramped on the board, even during long typing sessions. Similarly, the trackpad’s large size gives you enough room to point anywhere you need on the screen but doesn’t take up so much of the panel that you’re constantly activating it by accident.

    Performance

    Of course, the Dell XPS 13 wouldn’t be an “ultra”-book if it didn’t have some serious power under the hood to back its name up.

    In our tests run in Geekbench 3, the Dell XPS 13’s 6th-gen Skylake Core i5-6200u posted respectable enough numbers for a device of its price and class: 2,919 on single-core tests, and 6,051 on quad-core. Battery

    The battery life on the XPS 13 was decent, but not anything earth-shattering. It’s understandable that the more pixels you have on the screen, the more battery each little dot is going to drain. In our tests, we found the battery was able to last around 7 hours and 16 minutes at full load (running Netflix and disk tests in the background), while it stretched a bit further in idle, to 10 hours and 28 minutes.

    The full load scores are just under what you’d hope to get for a full day of work, however if you’re worried about stashing the laptop away for a few hours and praying the battery doesn’t die on you in the process, the XPS 13 has more than enough juice to go wherever you do without having to be plugged in in between trips.

    Display

    If there’s one, defining a feature that the XPS line of laptops is known for, it’s the brand’s unfathomably sexy “close to bezel-less” screens. Dubbed InfinityEdge, even the name reminds you of the effect you get when you’re looking at an infinity pool. It creates a sensation where you can’t always tell where the screen ends and the rest of the world begins, and when you add this to the pixel-packed 3200 x 1800 QHD+ display, you get one of the best laptop screens on the market, period.

    The QHD+ touchscreen display is the main selling point of the XPS 13.

    The QHD+ touchscreen display is the main selling point of the XPS 13.

    The touchscreen works well enough and was responsive down to the millimeter whenever we tried to trick it by clicking two buttons that were extremely close together.

    One minor area we weren’t too excited about was the way that certain windows were scaled due to the screen’s high resolution. High pixel counts are great, but when you add those into the limited screen real estate of a 13″ laptop, the result is windows and applications with font so small it borders on being illegible.

Wrap Up

The Dell XPS 13 took the number one spot in our roundup of the Best Ultrabooks in 2017 – and for good reason.

This light, compact, drop-dead sexy ultrabook looks as incredible as it performs, and continues to outclass nearly every other laptop in terms of how cutting-edge design philosophy can inform smart hardware deployments, instead of the other way around.

How Sephora Became The Go-To Make-Up Haven by Word-of-Mouth

Sephora operates a total of 1,900 stores in 29 countries worldwide and has been rapidly expanding in the last years. In 2013, Sephora generated a total of $4 billion in revenue. By 2018, Sephora sales are expected to surpass that of the LVMH conglomerate’s Fashion and Leather Good’s division.

Sephora is highly regarded amongst beauty enthusiasts who regularly head to Sephora as their choice for beauty emporium.

How did Sephora achieve such staggering growth and success?

1. Sephora allowed customers to play a role in shaping their own shopping experience

sephora storefront

One great thing about Sephora’s store layout (other than the beautifully organized makeup) is the fact that every beauty product on offer has a sample available for customers to test out. There are also shop assistants on hand who offer you their help the minute you step into a store.

The Sephora experience beats the bland drugstore experience where oftentimes make-up samples aren’t provided, and no one is on hand to deliver assistance where needed. Yet it also avoids being as stifling as shopping in luxury department stores, where there is often a heavy pressure to not leave the counter empty-handed.

Instead, it allows the experience to be entirely interactive – customers are allowed to feel the different makeup textures and swatch the products on their own skin.

They can take their own time to look through the product and have ownership over their shopping experience.

Word-of-mouth tip: Understand what is lacking in the shopping experience from the customers’ point-of-view. Strive to provide customers with a comfortable and enjoyable shopping experience, one that makes up for what the industry is lacking.

 2. Sephora’s Beauty Insider rewards program personally engages the customer, keeping them coming back for more

Every Sephora customer can sign up for free as a Sephora Beauty Insider.

This basic membership status gives you the inside scoop to the latest seasonal promotions, product rewards and entitles you to a birthday gift during your birthday month.

When signing up, the customer is also requested to enter some information regarding their skin tone and complexion, and other beauty preferences. Sephora then analyses this data to recommend specific products to customers, giving that personalized touch.

The memberships are also broken up into tiers.

If customers spend $350 in a year, they get an upgrade to the ‘Very Important Beauty Insider’ status, which entitles them to VIB-only gifts and exclusive access to sales.

If they spend more than $1000 in a calendar year, they get promoted to the VIB Rouge membership status, an exclusive status that provides exclusive and unlimited access to the Sephora Beauty Studio and Rouge Events.

sephora beauty studio makeover

Not only are these rewards exclusive, but they also allow Sephora to personally interact and connect with their customers, creating brand loyalty.

Word-of-mouth tip: Personalisation is key. The personalisation makes the customer feel valued and appreciated. When customers feel that they are being marketed a specific product that has been designed to suit their specific needs, they will be more compelled to purchase it.

3. Strategic use of social media influencers (such as on YouTube)

Sephora understands that its target demographic are young millennials who are incredibly tech-savvy, not specifically loyal to any one brand, and constantly on the lookout for the next beauty item that’s all the rage.

Sephora has done well in identifying key social media influencers who appeal to this specific demographic.

An example would be their partnership with rising Youtube influencer SoothingSista. With more than 265,000 subscribers on Youtube, she helped spread the Sephora name by creating a unique Blue Smokey Eye Tutorial using Sephora products.

The use of hashtags #TrendingAtSephora helps to generate even more hype, where viewers are encouraged to recreate their own looks using the hashtag. There are over 15,000 posts on the hashtag over at Instagram right now!

Word-of-mouth tip: Influencers are a brand’s most powerful way of extending their reach. By partnering with key industry influencers, a brand can increase their engagement with target consumers multi-fold.

4. Interaction with fans via social media (reposting influencers on Instagram)

sephora instagram fan feature jcharlesbeauty

Fans love it when their carefully curated make-up and beauty looks are well-received by the beauty community and Sephora understands this. Several times a week, Sephora reposts make-up or beauty looks created by fans and friends of Sephora on Instagram.

The number of likes generated by a Sephora-reposted Instagram picture is about ten times as many than that of the original.

Clamoring for the chance to be featured on Sephora’s Instagram page, beauty junkies constantly #Sephora and the make-up brands that they use, generating even more hype for the beauty empire.

Word-of-mouth tip: This process of constantly reaching out to the consumer builds up strong customer rapport, and keeps customer satisfaction levels high.

5. Riding on the waves of the Youtube beauty tutorial obsession

 Sephora’s Youtube channel has close to 500,000 subscribers, comparable to some of the top beauty YouTube artists.

New beauty videos featuring the latest releases of make-up products are launched every day, introducing that new Urban Decay eyeshadow palette or teaching you how to get that Romantic Valentine’s Day look.

Sephora also creates fun and fresh make-up videos, with make-up artists giving insightful tips and tricks like how to achieve that perfect winged liner. And the best part? All of these products mentioned can be purchased online or at your nearest Sephora store.

Many beauty and lifestyle Youtube artists also regularly produce videos featuring their “Sephora Make-up Haul” or “Beauty Monthly Favourites”.

They also attach links to the make-up products they used in the description box below the video, linking directly to the Sephora web store providing Sephora with free publicity!

Word-of-mouth tip: Over the years, Youtube has become the go-to place to find product reviews and beauty how-tos. In an industry where product launches are frequent and variety immense, Youtube becomes the perfect channel to engage the audience, showing them their next must-have.

Recap: How did Sephora revolutionise the make-up industry and achieve such success?

  1. By providing samples and store assistants at hand, they allowed customers to actually experience the products they’re buying and control their own shopping experience
  2. The Beauty Insiders program rewards loyal customers and provides personalised service
  3. Good use of social media influencers gives Sephora products huge publicity
  4. Featuring fans not only allows Sephora to directly connect to fans, but these fans also become ambassadors for the brand
  5. By using YouTube to connect to their fans, they get free publicity when other YouTubers share about their products as well.

OGX Penetrating Argan Oil of Morroco

 

  • Exotic blend renews and creates softness
  • Protects from styling heat, UV damage
  • Gives smooth, sexy tresses

Beauty Pure and Simple
Organic Moroccan Argan Oil

A precious blend of Moroccan argan oil which instantly penetrates the hair shaft restoring shine and softness while strengthening. Derived from the southwest region of Morocco, argan oil protects from styling heat and UV damage while creating soft, seductive, silky perfection.

CYO Bronzing Shimmer Oil

Meet C.Y.O., Walgreens’ solution to a product line that makes your wallet just as happy as your beauty bag.

Launching exclusively at Walgreens stores this fall, C.Y.O. serves up an impressive 160 products including contour sticks, mattifying primer, lipstick and liner duos, metallic eye shadow pots, illuminating foundation, liquid lipsticks, ombré lipsticks, and bronze shimmering body oil.

They even have a few eye shadow palettes with kickass names like “Rainbow Warrior Showdown” and “Rainbow Warrior Front Woman.” Excited yet? Brace yourself for the best part: everything is under $8.

Aveeno Active Daily Moisturizer

Sensitive skin can be unbalanced, leading to irritation and redness. Help rebalance your skin with this ULTRA-CALMING Aveeno Daily Moisturizer. With exclusive ACTIVE NATURALS CALMING FEVERFEW and broad spectrum SPF 15, this formula is clinically proven to calm and soothe irritated or sensitive skin and visibly reduce redness in as little as 1 week. Gentle enough to use every day-even on sensitive skin. It’s oil-free, hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic and dermatologist tested.

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Review

So far I am very satisfied with this. I have thin nails which break and chips easily and since I am doing nail art videos I wanted a nail hardener so that my nails will be strong and not break quite often.

Pros

  • Have zero nail breakage after I started using it
  • Use it as my base coat
  • Dries pretty fast
  • Quantity in the bottle is a good amount
  • You can apply it as a top coat as well
  • The bottle package is quite cute and easy to hold

Cons

  • Maybe the brush applicator would have been a little bit thicker

 

Abreva Cream: What are the uses?

abreva cream

 

abreva cream

Abreva Cream works by blocking the virus from entering the healthy skin cells.

Abreva Cream is used for the treatment, control, prevention, & improvement of the following diseases, conditions, and symptoms:
  • Cold sores or fever blisters
  • Abreva Cream may also be used for purposes not listed here

Abreva Cream Side-effects

The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur from all constituting ingredients of Abreva Cream. This is not a comprehensive list. These side-effects are possible but do not always occur. Some of the side-effects may be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you observe any of the following side-effects, especially if they do not go away.
  • Skin redness
  • Swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Abreva Cream may also cause side-effects not listed here.