Friday, July 29, 2016

IMATS L.A. 2017 - Tickets available for sale starting August 2!

IMATS announced a few days ago that general admission tickets will go on sale August 2 at 10 AM Pacific (1 PM Eastern).

Tickets will be $60 each day and $40 for the Pro-Card Event on Friday. Gold and Platinum members go in for free, all other card holders tickets are discounted per your card color.

White Cards (Standard): 20% off
Blue & Red Cards: 10% off

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Kat Von D's accusations against Jeffree Star (Cosmetics)


So more internet drama with cosmetic companies. In recent weeks it was Matthew Chase Gilbert suing former friend Jaclyn Hill over her use and non-payment of the logo Chase designed for her. That lawsuit is pending and according to Pacer records her attorney is still trying to get the case dismissed but they're still set for mediation the coming months. So what does any of that have to do with the social media "war" going on between Kat Von D and Jeffree Star? EVERYTHING. It is essentially the SAME THING that's going on between Chase and Jaclyn Hill so pay attention beauty bloggers launching your own cosmetic lines or doing collaborations with other companies. YOU do not own your own logos unless you have a oiece of paper from the designer granting you the copyright ownership to your logo. Even if it's your name on the logo the actual design of the logo may belong to someone else.

So let me get into what happened and the ramification of what it means to the social media industry.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Goodbye Birchbox!

I know I haven't been blogging in a long time but I have maintained my subscription with Birchbox during my time away from blogging. Unfortunately due to all the new changes happening at Birchbox, such as them essentially getting rid of the review for points system, the July 2016 box is my final box. I've been a member since May 24, 2011 and have spent probably about $600 on my subscription since then. I think I was a yearly member at some point. I know I quit at some point only to come back right away.

To be honest I haven't paid attention to my actual subscription in over a year. I get the $10.63 a month deducted from my bank each month, I get the box of samples, I open the box to see if things are okay and what I got then I essentially either toss the box aside, use some of the items or pass it along to a family member. I lost interest in Birchbox because the sample sizes or quality have peaked my interest and a lot of it is repeats. How many Smashbox mascaras do I need?

What made Birchbox set apart from all the other beauty sampling programs out there was the review for points incentive. For each sample you get when you review you would get 10 points. Accumulate 100 points and you get a $10 credit to use in Birchbox's online store. I know I amassed a lot of products for free or near free over the years this way and the points system was why I didn't quit sooner.

As of this month you'll be allowed to review five of the samples for those 10 points each. After that no more review points for you. The points expired after six months rather than a years so those trying to accumulate points for a better purchase deal well you might want to use those points up NOW. I know I have over 500 points of which most will expire soon under the new system. So I'll be using my points up, canceling my subscription right after and see ya Birchbox!

In my July box.
  1. MDSolarSciences™ Mineral Crème SPF 50 Broad Spectrum UVA-UVB Sunscreen - 0.25 oz sample. Made in the USA
  2. Raw Spirit Fragrances Mystic Pearl Eau de Parfum - 0.5 oz sample. Made in the USA
  3. Balance Me Radiance Face Mask - 0.5 oz sample. Made in the UK.
  4. Smashbox Cosmetics X-Rated Mascara - Sample. Made in Canada.
  5. Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution - 1.7 oz sample. Made in Canada

Monday, June 20, 2016

Industry News: Jaclyn Hill lawsuit

Credit: Jaclyn Hill
Social Media Personality Jaclyn Hill is being sued by former friend Mathew Chase Gilbert over what he alleges is copyright infringement and fraud. There's a lot of talk online both on YouTube and various social media sites discussing the situation with a lot of misinformation and gossip about the subject. So let me present the known facts of the case.

Before any Jaclyn Hill fans decide to bash me for this blog post please keep in mind I'm simply presenting the facts as known along with my personal opinion.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Revisit: Morphé Cosmetics: Italian Badger brushes

So way back in 2014 I did a review of some brushes I received from Morphé Cosmetics when I attended IMATS that year. Here it is about two years later and time for an update/revisit.

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