Top Lipstick Trends from Around The Globe

Top Lipstick Trends from Around The Globe

 

July 29th was National Lipstick Day. And  I totally missed it – which is really weird since lipstick is my thing!! It’s the only cosmetic product I use.

In celebration of National Lipstick Day, YouCam Makeup, a leader in virtual lipstick try-ons released their  global lipstick study based on findings from their 280 million users, 23.5 million of which use the app daily.

Here are the top trends based on users from around the globe:

The two-toned lip is the fastest growing trend globally – UP 74%

  • While ombré lips became popular last year, two-toned lips (different colors on top and bottom lips) are now the fastest growing trend.
  • Two-tone lips were first noted on the New York Fashion Week runway in Jason Wu’s Fall 2017 collection, and now beauty brands such as Estée Lauder and Laneige have released two-toned lipsticks

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7000 Wi-Fi Kiosks in NYC: A Gift for the Homeless

7000 Wi-Fi Kiosks in NYC: A Gift for the Homeless

 

LinkNYC’s free wi-fi kiosks started rolling out at the end of 2014. Supposedly 2 million people are now using the system — twice as many as in January. Frankly I find this hard to believe.

  • My experience with the system is with the hoards of homeless and drug dealers they attract.
  • They’re also popular as a dumping ground for garbage.
  • I occasionally see some youthful tourists trying to charge their phones. It generally only takes a few minutes for them to figure out what a cesspool they’ve stumbled into.
  • I have 3 kiosks within 2 blocks of where I live so am very familiar with how they function and how they’ve impacted my neighborhood.
  • It is not a positive addition; my neighbors and I find zero to praise about them.
  • Currently there are 1000 spread around the city. Another 6000 are planned.

In theory, having the city blanketed with ultrafast wi-fi is a great idea. In reality, it’s dreadful.

  • For those of us who live in communities with a growing homeless population (which is pretty much all of NYC since homelessness is up 40% over the last year), this is not a very neighborly program.
  • Even the mayor won’t take the subway until it’s been “swept” to get rid of the homeless.
  • And now we have a company that wants to bring these beacons of homelessness right into each of our neighborhoods.

 

Read on below for highlights of the program – or check out full details from computerworld.com, here.

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Amazon Pay vs. PayPal: When Can I Cancel My PayPal Account?

Amazon Pay vs. PayPal: When Can I Cancel My PayPal Account?

 

I don’t use PayPal often and based on a recent experience with an unauthorized billing by the WSJ, I will be using it even less.

  • If you have a genuine problem regarding an unauthorized charge on PayPal, you have NO RECOURSE. There’s no one to call, there’s no online assistance. Fortunately, my charge was for a small amount but if it was larger, I’d be freaked.
  • That said, PayPal is doing phenomenally well. They just reported a spectacular quarter posting $106 billion in total payment volume (TPV), an increase of 26% annually. They also added 6.5 million customers — the highest total in three years — to hit 210 million users. And the company is growing organically, with annual transactions per user increasing by 10%.
  • And I do love using Venmo, their peer-to-peer payment service.

However, I am still distressed by my recent experience with PayPal. Totally non-communicative and clearly more in their vendors’ camp than supportive of users like me. Read on below for more on what Amazon Pay is offering.

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New Bots and Apps: Personalized For Your Every Need

New Bots and Apps: Personalized For Your Every Need

 

Brian Park, the DC Director of Startup Grind is one of my favorite people to follow on Snapchat. Every morning, while driving to work, he reports on the best and most interesting tech news of the day.

  • What caught my attention last week was the U.S. launch, on July 12th, of DoNotPay.
  • This legal chatbot was created by Stanford student, Joshua Browder, to appeal parking tickets – for free – in the UK (Browder is a Brit).
  • In 2 years, DoNotPay has helped overturn 375,000 parking tickets worth an estimated $10 million in fines.
  • Browder is now expanding the service beyond parking tickets to other legal issues that involve a single-page document e.g. landlord disputes or credit card fraud.
  • Browder is concerned that lawyers will come after him for taking away their business, I believe the bigger problem for him will be city governments who will not be at all happy to lose parking fine income.

Read on below for the latest on personalized mobile search from Google Feed (just rolled out last week) and highlights on dating, sex and technology from Futurism.com (def. worth a read!).

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Skills, Not Degrees: Is This The Answer To The Shortage Of Qualified Workers?

Skills, Not Degrees: Is This The Answer To The Shortage Of Qualified Workers?

 

 

Because of the lack of skilled workers, more companies are looking for workers without traditional 4-year college degrees. As some say, they are looking for potential rather than pedigree.

This is happening at Google, IBM, and LinkedIn. Apple has even developed a course to be implemented nationwide at six community college systems to teach students to code as well as develop critical job skills in software development.

Here are 3 recent examples:

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner had this to say to Inc. recently about looking for new hires with a great work ethic, perseverance, loyalty, and a growth mindset:

  • These are qualities that you don’t necessarily pick up from a degree. There are qualities…that have a tendency to be completely overlooked when people are sifting through résumés or LinkedIn profiles. And yet, increasingly, we find that these are the kinds of people that make the biggest difference within our organization.

Lazlo Bock, former head of HR at Google, explained in a NY Times article why the proportion of Google employees without any college education had steadily increased through the years:

  • After two or three years, your ability to perform…is completely unrelated to how you performed when you were in school, because the skills you required in college are very different.

Read on below for more on the curriculum Apple has developed for high school and community colleges to be implemented starting this fall.

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Snapchat Is A Playground: This is the best description of Snap I’ve heard

Snapchat Is A Playground: This is the best description of Snap I’ve heard

“Snapchat is a Playground” – YES, Chris “Kubby” Kubbernus, it is!! Best description ever!!

 

I’ll be the first to admit things are not looking good for Snap. People are abandoning it in droves. At least 50% of the people I follow are gone.

  • However, over the last couple of weeks, I’ve started seeing influential early users e.g. Chris “Kubby” Kubbernus (photo above), tentatively checking back in.
  • Are they being paid to do this? I don’t think so, but who knows.
  • I’m also sensing there’s still a lot of love for Snapchat among its earliest and most avid users.
  • This appears to be especially true for those who abandoned Snap for Instagram Stories because they got more immediate engagement thru hashtags and ability to tag brands and celebrities.
  • BUT something is afoot, snappers are getting restless, they seem bored with Instagram and seem to genuinely be missing the Snap experience.

Here are some of the best comments I’ve heard recently on the state of Snap vs. Instagram:

“Snapchat is a playground….the voice changing thing, the filters, it’s just so much fun.”

  • This is the most brilliant description I’ve heard about Snap. It came from Chris “Kubby” Kubbernus, a leading marketing/social media guru (photo above)
  • He had been very active on Snap and abandoned it for Instagram for all the reasons cited above but he came back to check out all the new features and was clearly impressed.

“(Snapchat) is a platform for the imagination”

  • Caught this at the tailend of  an interview with Brian White of Drexel Hamilton on SquawkBox on 7/17/17.

“Snapchat is just better than instagram….”

  • Sam Sheffer commenting on quality of photos/video on snap vs. instagram.
  • Sam is an independent content creator, and close friend/collaborator of Casey Neistat
  • However, he’s more of a hired gun for brands so not sure where his true alliances lie e.g. he was pushing La Croix on every post for a while, now not at all so assume that contract ran out.
  • UPDATE FROM SAM: he did not have a contract with La Croix.
  • BUT when i heard him rave about snap a few weeks ago, it sounded genuine….

These recent comments, plus my own experience, indicate that Snap still has some advantages over Instagram, particularly when it comes to user experience.

Read on below for more on Snap vs. Instagram.

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The Most Valuable Brands In The World: Tech Dominates and Brands Get Younger

The Most Valuable Brands In The World: Tech Dominates and Brands Get Younger

 

Here are some key takeaways from this excellent brand study from Kantar Millward Brown:

  • Only three brands that appeared in the Global Top 10 in 2006—Google, Microsoft, and IBM—remain in the Top 10 in 2017.
  • Google is #1 for a second year in a row.
  • The average age of a Top 10 brand in 2017 is 42 (started in 1975). That is less than half the average age of a Top 10 brand in 2006, which was 88 (started in 1929).
  • Amazon achieved the highest dollar value growth of all brands, increasing by $40.3 billion (+41%) to $139.3bn to take the #4 position.
  • Retail was the fastest rising category, increasing +14% driven by Amazon (and Alibaba).
  • The value growth of pure online retailers has increased +388% since 2006, while traditional retailers dropped -23%.
  • Adidas leads in Top Risers, up 58% in value year-on-year.
  • Moutai, the Chinese white alcohol, was the #2 Top Riser, increasing by 48%.
  • The number of brands worth more than $100bn increased from six to nine.
  • The Top 10 in 2017 are worth almost as much as the entire Top 100 in 2006 ($1.42tn vs $1.44tn).
  • Heritage brands are being surpassed by emerging brands, affecting almost every category, from luxury to spirits to auto. What consumers want, what they value, and where they choose to spend their dollars have all evolved.
  • The balance of power has tipped towards consumer-focused technology brands that develop ecosystems that cater to many needs, simplifying an increasingly complex world.
  • More than half of the Top 100’s total brand value is contributed by technology-related brands (includes telcoms and online retailers), up from a third in 2006, and these have grown +16% in the last year compared with +4% for non-tech brands.
  • All seven of the newcomers to the Top 100 are technology-related brands: XFinity, YouTube, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Salesforce, Netflix, Snapchat and Sprint.

Read on below for more, including two of their findings with which I disagree.

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My Instagram Game Needs An Upgrade and Help Is On The Way

My Instagram Game Needs An Upgrade and Help Is On The Way

 

 

For the time being, I am giving up on Snapchat except for random street stuff (see reasons below).

  • BUT I do want to dial up my Instagram game and will be doing a series of “around the neighborhood” stories to practice.
  • Follow me if you want to see how I’m doing with my Insta skills over the next month. For those of you who may not be on Instagram, remember that the Stories are only up for 24 hours and they are accessed by clicking on the round icons at the top of the page.
  • I’ve attached a video of Sunday’s story that we can use as a starting point.
  • I feel like I have a lot of material to work with but I am not very fun or engaging on video vs. my friend, Laetitia (on this video with me) who always manages to be warm and funny and charismatic (perhaps it’s because she’s French? Or maybe she was born with it?)

But help is at hand. I just discovered this excellent verge.com piece by Zainab Hasnain on how to post instagram stories like a pro. Well worth a read!

Read on below for the main reasons why I am focusing more on Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat but also what I still love about Snap.

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