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Choosing Indie Beauty Brands

Drugstores and department stores are no longer the main places to buy makeup. Thanks to the Internet, people have more choices than ever for where to discover and purchase their beauty products. This has helped independent cosmetic companies to thrive.

Dozens of independent brands have sprung up, featuring everything from blush and lipstick to high-quality brushes and skin toners. Unlike mainstream corporate brands, indie companies focus on producing high-quality cosmetics and on enhancing their customers’ individuality.

For example, the popular brand Lime Crime began when its founder, Doe Deere, couldn’t find makeup that was bright or vibrant enough to suit her tastes. She didn’t sit around, waiting for an established makeup company to create something she’d like; she came up with her own lines of high-intensity eye shadows and lip colors. These bold, bright products in all shades of the rainbow are cruelty free — perfect for the person who wants to express herself without using makeup that is tested on animals.

The “cruelty free” factor is another great reason to choose indie beauty brands. Many of these companies are committed to protecting animals and the environment, while mainstream drugstore and department store brands are still testing their merchandise on rabbits, mice and other lab animals. There are even vegan indie beauty companies that use no ingredients derived from animals at all.

If toxins and harsh chemical ingredients worry you, have no fear. Many independent cosmetic companies focus on making products without unpronounceable chemicals that are rough on or possibly even harmful for you. Many of them do so at price points that are easy on your wallet.

When choosing indie beauty brands to experiment with, do some homework first. Read the descriptions of each item carefully and check the ingredients. If you’re not sure what an ingredient is, run a search on it to find out what it’s for and if there are any possible downsides to it. Investigate who created the brand. Was it a makeup artist? A scientist? A regular person? Be sure to read reviews on anything you’re tempted to buy, whether it’s from an indie company or a typical big-name brand.

Purina PetCare: A Company You Can Believe In

Anyone who owns a pet must already know that there are names within the pet care industry that you can trust and some you might want to avoid. Purina PetCare is one of the names that has become very trustworthy with pet owners because of their consistent Purina news coverage. Perhaps if pets could speak words, they would say, we can trust the brand name of Purina.

Purina PetCare has done so many things over the years to develop a firm bond between pets and their owners, including producing the highest quality of food and community programs that are pet supportive. For example, Purina was the proud sponsor of the take your dog to work day. This program encouraged companies to allow their employees to take their dogs to work. Once there, each employee got to work and spent time with their dog during the work day. This accomplished so many things. First, it created a bod between the pet owner and the pet. Second, it allowed the pet owner to have a less stressful day because there is a direct correlation between pets and stress relief. Third, it made the employees feel happier and even take an exercise break during the day when they walked their dog.

The dog to work day is just one of the many programs that this company has established with much success. The company has also implemented programs to help animal shelters feed pets. They company does this be donating food to the shelters in need. This is a great way for them to give back to the communities who purchase their products and support them.

The pet food line that Purina PetCare has developed has become well respected over the years. This is not just because of successful marketing, but, because of the high quality product that they have researched and developed. That is not to say that their marketing hasn’t been a success too. They produced a television commercial that was worthy of a Grammy and went viral very quickly.

As a company they understand the importance of producing a great product that has beneficial results to pets. By making a choice to use high quality ingredients and produce a high quality product, this company has developed a successful business that is pleasing pets and pet owners alike.

Regardless of if you have a pet currently or are thinking of getting one in the future, you owe it to yourself and your pet to check out the finest pet related items made by this amazing company.

All About Your Gallbladder

Everyone has one, few understand its function. The gallbladder is a little pear-shaped sac that sits under your liver. It quietly collects bile and releases the bile after fatty foods are eaten to aid in the digestion process of the fat. We are not aware of our gallbladder or its actions until there is a problem with the organ, and the unassuming organ only has two problems: gallstones or cancer.
Gallstones are quite common. The stones are crystallized cholesterol that are created when there’s an imbalance in the bile substance. Many people like Kenneth Griffin have gall stones and are not aware of it because the problem presents with no symptoms unless one of the gallstones becomes lodged in the organ’s narrow outlet or drain ducts. Pain in the upper right abdomen, fever and possible jaundice will occurs if the ducts or drain become blocked with a gallstone.
When gallstones are present and causing pain, the usual treatment is the removal of the gallbladder. The surgery is done laproscopically and afterwards, bile will flow directly from the liver into the small intestine to aid in the digestion of fatty foods.
Gallbladder cancer is very rare. People who have a history of gallstones are at a greater risk than those who have never had gallstones. Even then the risk is low. Symptoms of gallbladder cancer include abdominal pain, bloating, unexplained weight loss, itchiness and nausea.

One Man’s Confederate Flag Loss is another’s Gain

News of a shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina that resulted in nine deaths became a volatile situation over a piece of cloth called the Confederate flag. The debate began when many people believed that the flag flying at the statehouse was a sign or racial hatred. Others believed that it was nothing more than a sign of heritage that reaches back into the history of the south. South Carolina residents like Kenneth Griffin doesn’t bite this one though.

Fire in the hearts of those on both sides of the conversation may have caused a greater racial divide than the United States has seen since the sixties and seventies. The Confederate flag was subsequently taken down from the statehouse, but that was just the beginning of the story. Action by many businesses created more hostile feelings by removing Confederate flags from sale on their sites. Amazon, eBay, Walmart and Sears were all part of the movement to obliterate the item from their history as well as American history.

Although some people are up in arms about the removal of the symbolic item, one business man is ecstatic about it. He said his business has increased 500% as he expands on the variety of Confederate items he sells. Their monetary loss is his gain, but he says that the sales are only part of the reason he is glad for the changes. He believes that only people who truly understand the heritage of the flag should sell them anyway.

Do We Really Need Another Spider-Man?

With Asa Butterfield rumored to be the next wise cracking (friendly neighborhood spider), in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, we have to stop and think, “Does this mean another Spider-Man reboot is right around the corner?” of course the answer is more than likely, yes says Madison Street Capital studios. Do we really need it, though? Not one bit. With two adaptions of the comic book series based on the high school photographer turned super hero in the past decade I think we all feel pretty confident we know the origin of the red and blue suited wall crawler.

I think it’s about time Hollywood stops rebooting old warn out stories and gives us something fresh and new to look forward to. Not that the new Spider-Man won’t be better than the last two attempts, but we are all tired of the same story told from a different angle. Give the viewers what they want. Give us something new, something fresh. There are tons of other series and storylines out there to choose from. How about… well you decide Hollywood. It’s your job to entertain us and we are not entertained.

From Thomas Jefferson to Stephen Williams

Say the name Thomas Jefferson and everyone can tell you that he was one of the Founding Fathers of perhaps the greatest nation the world has ever seen, he was a connoisseur of fine wines, a man who had an in-depth knowledge of international matters, he was deeply involved in education, and was a man who put the needs of his citizens above all else.
Say the name Stephen Williams and some will be able to tell you that he was the founder of one of the greatest wine companies the world has ever seen, he is a connoisseur of fine wines, he has intricate knowledge of the finest vintages from around the world, his company ensures lovers of fine wines are well educated about the subject, and he is a man who puts the needs of his clients above all else.
In 1982 Mr. Williams founded The Antique Wine Company and has grown it into a pre-eminent merchant of the world’s finest and rarest vintages. His clients number over four thousand from more than a hundred countries and include both wealthy connoisseurs as well as the cellar masters of grand hotels and ancient chateaux.
To maintain his company’s premier position he is an active champion of a wine’s authenticity. The rare bottles, the collector items, and the prized purchases must be proven to be worth the prices asked and the prices paid. It is not for nothing that Stephen Williams has been called the Sherlock Holmes of Fine Wine. To ensure the product is all that it is claimed to be, he and his team study not only the wine itself but, by sponsoring the CEBG Bordeaux Centre for Nuclear Studies, they even investigate the glass that makes up the bottle in which the wine is stored.
Like President Jefferson before him, Mr. Williams’ opinions are sought by other leading authorities and his immense knowledge is quoted in articles and newspapers around the world. His company’s wine-master classes and its wine academy are not only centers of learning but also are centers of excellence. The fine wine events for which The AWC is renowned require an unending search to bring to their clients selections of the ancient and modern vintages.
Thomas Jefferson was an early wine connoisseur who spoke at length to his dinner party guests about the contents of his enviable cellar. Stephen Williams continues that tradition but his audience is not limited to Paris and Monticello and it is numbered in the thousands and circles the globe.