Older Girl Beauty

Editing Lives and Being Nice to People

Hi again! This time I’m talking about how we edit our lives for online consumption. We all do, it’s a fact of (online) life. Hell, it’s even a fact of IRL life, too. Because, really – do you know everything about your coworker, and vice versa to you? I also talk about how we need to be nice to people, because, since we don’t know everything about what is going on with them, they deserve our patience. And I finish up with a challenge to you, and myself, to try and reign in our frustration this week, and be nicer to people. Let’s see how that works out.

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White Girls Don’t Use Washcloths?

The other day, I was reading the article “The Caucasian’s Guide To Black Churches”, because a girl always needs to be prepared. But, my main takeaway from the article was this:

There are three things people of color can never understand about Caucasian culture:

1. The way you let your children talk to you.

2. Why y’all don’t use washcloths.

3. What you wear to church.

white people don't use washcloths

What? What do you mean white people don’t use washcloths? This is sincerely news to me. It must definitely be a cultural or a geographical issue, because we definitely use them around here. And, me, growing up in my white, suburban bubble never even knew it was a thing. Like, it just never occurred to me that not everyone uses washcloths.

So, I made a video about my shock and disbelief, while yelling at you about using those nasty plastic loofahs. Enjoy.

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Paid-For Amazon Reviews

(image via "seriouslys blog", which sells reviews and to I am not going to link)
(image via “seriouslys blog”, which sells reviews and to I am not going to link)

Amazon has filed suit against 1,114 “John Does” in a Seattle court this week. Amazon claims they posted fake reviews on their website, after soliciting their “5-star” services on Fiverr. This follows their suit in April, where they sued to shut down several paid review sites .

This does not shock me at all. It seems like everything is for sale in the review “economy”. It’s also why I do not agree with posting compensated reviews directly on retail sites. I think if you are compensated, in any fashion, it should be on stand alone sites like a personal site, IG, FB, Twitter, and be noted as compensated. If you have established yourself as a responsible reviewer, your readers will not mind, and it will show a straightforwardness to your review that would be hazy otherwise, and in the US, as meeting the FTC disclosure requirements.

I would not be surprised to see Amazon next go after the companies that target “influencers” and aggregate/solict for Amazon reviews, like the Tomoson’s of the world. If only to have them identify the companies soliciting the reviews. It’s a very grey area, when it comes to directly having a review on an ecommerce site page for the product, as opposed to on a different site that is just a click away.

Yes, I understand affiliate revenue, but, again, there is still another step that the consumer needs to take to get to the product that you have reviewed, and added an affiliate link. It may not seem like much, but it does at least make you one step removed, which can make a world of difference in folks perception. This is truth.

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Ageism in Advertising

This time my random thoughts are about using younger models in anti-aging advertisements, which are targeted to my age range, not theirs. I also ramble about owning my age, and rave about Jane from British Beauty Blogger calling out age issues lately, too.

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Mascara thoughts

Pondering mascara “rules” and why we pick the ones that we use.

Oh, the Covergirl mascara I was referring to in the video, that I couldn’t remember the name of, is the Covergirl LashBlast Super Sizer Mascara.

And, of course, I mentioned my love for Votre Vu mascara and all of the different Rimmel London mascaras, too. I know I was originally sent all of these from PR, but I’ve spent my own money since then to buy some of them, too.

So, how do YOU pick your mascara?

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