Eyelash Extensions Trend On The Rise

Eyelash Extensions Trend On The Rise

Eyelash Extensions On The Rise

 

Who would think that eyelash extensions would be a thing?

In the past 10 years, the industry has grown and is still on the rise.   Surprisingly enough, the demand for this unique extension service has only increased in demand and popularity.

Eyelash Extensions On the Rise

https://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=eyelash%20extensions

I became  eyelash extension certified in 2007.    The industries demand was only beginning to make a ripple.

Fast forward to today’s advertising and everyone is jumping aboard.

The mascara ads have really been trending, in the past year, and I would be curious to know if it is because of the staggering popularity of eyelash extensions.

The next time you look at an actual mascara ad, be sure to look at (usually) the bottom of the advertisement for the words, “lash inserts”.   Lash inserts are another name for “eyelash extensions”.

 

Eyelash Extension Companies

 

How many eyelash extension companies are there?eyelash extensions by Ann Marie Walts- Extensions Ma

So many, these days.

I have used the products and or tested products from two of my favorite brands; which  are Bella Lashes® & Xtreme Lashes®

 

Longer Lashes Expectations

 

Tips?

Whether it be a professional eyelash extension company clambering to acquire the professionals’ attention and or the mascara manufacturers’ trying to convince the consumer that their brand is the best; what can you do to get the results that you are looking for?

  1. Decide what is realistic for your lifestyle
  2. Know that eyelash extensions will always be able to deliver actual length
  3. Consider your beauty budget
    1. Mascara versus getting an extension service

 

Pros & Cons Comparison

Eyelash Extensions

  • Time management
    • Extensions will save you time not having to put your mascara on everyday
    • Treatments are extremely relaxing

 

  • You can wear less makeup
    • You will wake up look refreshed and awake
    • Less pulling on your delicate eye area

 

  • Budgeting your money
    • Eyelash Extensions require monthly maintenance
    • About the same price as a gourmet cup of coffee per day

 

Mascara

 

  • Time Management
    • Requires more time to apply and remove daily

 

  • Does not always look like the advertisements
    • Remember many of them use lash inserts   See Article

 

  • Budgeting your money
    • There is not comparison of price
    • Mascara will always be a “cheaper” option

 

 

Why Eyelash Extensions?

 

This unique luxury service is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure is truly an extension service.   Extensions can give you immediate gratification of length and fullness.

How long do eyelash extensions last?    Indefinitely….with maintenance.

 

For more information or learn more on what to expect:

Ann Marie Walts

www.theloftsalonstudio.com

 

A Different Business Model- Sucuri

A Different Business Model- Sucuri

Businesses Are Different

Today’s internet environment can literally be a jungle.   The need for internet security should not be a luxury but should be more accessible for everyone, and especially small businesses.Sucuri Security

If you have read any of my posts about technology or hosting, then you will have read my experience about my hosting account getting compromised not fun.

The months have flown and successfully much has been learned; as well as rebuilt.    With life there will be “challenges” that I like to take them as learning experiences.

My technical “challenges” from early this spring led me down the road of reading so much about cyber security.

I came across a company that really sounded like they knew what they were doing, and the cost of the monthly fees seemed to warrant what I had learned.   The previous company that was provided me my services were costing me roughly $120-$130 per month per website.

 

Technical Support For A Fee

I think we can all agree that we are all willing to pay for services, as long as the technical support you get is equivalent to the value of the services being offered.

Personally, and professionally this is “why” I have been a loyal Mac customer versus anything else.   It’s not to say that something more affordable will not be the better option.

 

Paying $100’s per month versus “More Affordable”

I spent 4 months with a the other company and spent a pretty penny.

 

 Was my decision to switch to Sucuri base on a “cheaper” option?

Definitely not.

 

When a company is going to charge clients over $100 a month and or any dollar amount then they should have the consistent “technical” configuration skills to configure their own product within your hosting account.

It was my experience, twice, that I had my Firewall not configured right and the company put up the wrong websites!   They were provided the correct information, and on the second “oops” I had followed their managements directions to the “T”.

 

One time may be deemed as a mistake, but a second time I chose to take my business elsewhere.

 

 

More Affordable…What’s The Catch?

 

When I entered into chat with Sucuri the first question I asked was why were they priced so much differently from their competition?

 

The  agent was typing………………………

 

Our business model is different.  We feel and believe that security needs to be more accessible and affordable for everyone

 

Not sure that I have ever been more impressed with such a professional answer.  To boot from a “chat box”.

 

 

Sucuri’s Dashboard

 

First impressions cannot be remade or apologized for.   Once they are made that’s it.

Once I created my account with Sucuri, I was so very impressed.  Additionally, technically speaking, now felt like I was a kid in a candy store.

 

I am still dumbfounded at the differences in what is offered……..for the price.    

 

This image is a screenshot of traffic visiting my blog.

Sucuri-Firewall-Protection

 

 

 

 

Starting At $199 ……Business Models Are Different

My honest commentary to the competitor that I just left was that the make the “customer service experience” easier for a client that wants to cancel……have a cancellation button/area in the dashboard.    

From My Professional Experience

If you are going to charge for a service, then charge what you like; however its important to have the tools and support to back up what you are asking for a price.

 

Want Exceed A Clients Expectation?

I was coached that you should never “over-promise”, yet “over deliver”.

Definitely A Different Business Model.

Sucuri Security

 

Time is money.    Save your time & hire Sucuri.

 

 

*These opinions are mine and are based on actual experiences.   Rarely do I ever place banner links back to a business.

Ann Marie Walts~Blogger

Is Social Media A Fishbowl?

Is Social Media A Fishbowl?

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Social Media can be a great marketing tool for business.  There is simply no arguing that,but when it comes to freely posting personal status updates when is posting to freely too much?

What is too much?   Does it mean too often or simply posting everything that moves you.    As privacy is a really important topic, have you ever thought that every status update becomes part of that company’s website database?   They may not “own’ the content, but it does have to be stored within the group website for functionality.

Many of us were raised with that advice that “you should not talk to strangers”, and yet in today’s world many very personal status updates may be posted for everyone to see.

Over the last 10 years, I have had a growing interest in how the internet itself works, and the dynamics can be very interesting.  I began to look at the use of the internet differently when I learned that some information (such as previous versions of my own website) is actually archived and stored……for years.

Upon discovering “Internet Archive: WaybackMachine”, did I look at using the internet a little differently.   An archive, really?

This past summer, I did a social media experiment and did not log into my personal account for 60 days, and removed the app from my phone.

After calculating that if I were to just view “what was going on” for only 1 minute, 10 times over a month, that was equal to 6 hours!  No way??!

Now why?   Something, was “technically wrong” with my business page, and support did not respond; initially.  I started questioning my own use of my “private page”, and took a break.

What I found is that going to lunch in person or truly catching up with family and friends…in person is much more rewarding than logging into a website to “see what is going on”.

As a marketing vehicle, social media is a great way for visitors to “see” what is going on.

For personal use, has social media become a fishbowl?   What you post publicly is what can be seen.

Is it TMI?

 

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