Fatal Attraction: Cosmetics and Chemicals [infographic]

February 7, 2012 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle, Politics  |  7 Comments
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What girl doesn’t love makeup? Who doesn’t love having a flawless complexion, rosy cheeks, perfectly pink lips, and mile long lashes? Not to mention how much love we have for products. We love to smell good, feel soft and silky, and be primped to perfection. Although these products make you look great, American cosmetic companies are allowing harmful chemicals into our beloved products.

The cosmetic industry is self regulated and allows companies to include harmful chemicals, 89% of which have not been tested by the FDA. The aluminum in deodorant has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and the application of deodorant may be linked to breast cancer. Deodorants are not washed off and the harmful chemicals can collect in the arm pit and upper breast area. Until the FDA begins to regulate deodorants, try natural alternatives that can be found at Swanson.

Lipstick contains more lead than the FDA’s upper limit for candy. Most women wear lipstick every day and the long term exposure can lead to DNA damage. The oxybenzone in sunscreen is linked to hormone disruption and cellular disease. Mothers need to be warned about the harmful chemicals in baby products such baby shampoo, bubble bath, hand soap and anti static spray.

Something needs to change. Because of my sensitive skin I use all natural products almost exclusively, but I will have to swap out some of my makeup products after reading this infographic. Until some changes are made in the government to increase regulations, you should try to buy all natural products. The Whole Foods beauty and bath department is fantastic, and Swanson Health Products is an online resource for natural products at reduced prices. Now that you have options you can adjust your beauty routine and exclude harmful chemicals. [Via]

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What Makes Social Games So Popular [infographic]

February 6, 2012 |  by  |  Gaming, Social Media  |  1 Comment
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I’m only 21 but at the rate technology moves these days I am old enough to say “I remember when I was a kid we were excited to play snake on our parents’ phone.” I feel lame saying that, but it’s true when I was a kid my parents had a brick with an antenna made by nokia and it was exciting to get to play snake on that thing. However if my gameboy was an option it would always win, these days the two have merged in the smartphone. Our smartphones do so much more than make phone calls these days, one of their key features being able to connect to the internet from almost anywhere. Thanks to an ever present internet connection social games have taken off.

If you are a user of smartphones, social media, tablets, etc. you will probably recognize at least one of the games on today’s infographic. Even if you haven’t played any of them I’m sure you’ve heard at least one of the games referenced by a friend or somewhere on television. The game I’m most familiar with on this infographic is Words With Friends, for those of you who haven’t heard of it is essentially scrabble that you can play anywhere and at any time. What is your favorite social media game? We want to know! Just write in the comment box. Enjoy today’s infographic! [Prism]

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What Makes Social Media Games So Popular?

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Congress is Rich, B*tch! [infographic]

February 5, 2012 |  by  |  Government, Politics  |  3 Comments
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Yes, congress is obscenely wealthy. I like this infographic because although it presents the congress members ridiculously, it is a lavish expression of their actual wealth. If John Kerry wanted to walk around with a “big ass chain” of gold, he could.

These people who are essentially running the United States also have the biggest stake in the American economy. The percentage of millionaires in the states is miniscule (1%). Yet, the percentage of these millionaires in congress is over half (58%).

Do you think there’s something wrong with this distribution? Are you slightly disgusted? Does this not seem unjust?

Ben Franklin would have agreed with you there. He proposed originally that congress members have no salary at all. Needless to say, his altruistic idea of congress was quickly shot down, leaving the dominant, greedier interests to take over.

Let me propel you all forth with a quote from Thrasymachus, a sophist of ancient Greece:
“Justice is nothing but the advantage of the stronger.” (via)

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3 Tips For Super Sunday [infographic]

February 4, 2012 |  by  |  Sports  |  No Comments
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As one of the biggest sports holidays draws nearer, it’s time to begin preparations. Super Bowl Sunday has become a day of gluttony, the best football, and awesome commercials and having the perfect Super Bowl party is a high priority in many of my circles.

A year ago, I hosted my first Super Bowl party. Although, it is one I’d love to delete from my memory, I will not so I can share with you my missteps.

You need a big TV, simply. It is imperative that you are able to see the game you’ve invited everyone over to see.

Food at a Super Bowl party is  very important. One of the factors that contributed to the downfall of my soiree started with the food. According to the infographic, the top food choices are pizza, chips, and chicken. As long as you stick to those menu items, your party will be money.

I’ll also mention to be sure and include top notch party participants only. I made the mistake of inviting a party pooper instead of a party rocker a year ago. Before you extend those invites, picture yourself watching every guest eat chicken fingers. If you are not moved to feelings of nausea from that image, that person may be allowed to attend.

Tomorrow afternoon is setting up to be a great day. Comment with your game predictions and favorite commercials of years past. I’m thinking New England 34-28. Go. [Via]

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Who’s Best at B2B Marketing: Facebook vs LinkedIn

February 3, 2012 |  by  |  Business  |  7 Comments
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As a marketing student myself, today’s infographic piqued my interest. Facebook has made a major impact with its advertisements. Whether it is for a local mom and pop taco shop or Pepsi, FB has a way to get it noticed. Although a lot of facebook users don’t pay attention to the ads. I know I rarely do.

LinkedIn is a more specialized site where its members are of the business world. They usually are proactive passionate employees that intertwine their work with their social network experience. Facebook is more of a vent for stress and pictures of last weekend’s party.

If I had to take a bet, the better B2B marketing venture in my opinion would be LinkedIn. San Diego Web Design & Marketing Agency has supplied a more detailed breakdown between the two social networking powerhouses. [Via]

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