Bargain Perfume: Do You Get What You Pay For?

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(PCM) If you have ever been shopping either online or in your local drugstore, you have probably seen knock-off versions of various designer perfumes being sold at some outrageously low prices and thought about whether or not these fragrances could possibly be authentic.  Unfortunately, according to a new report and sting operation, these knock-off fragrances are not only fake, but can contain some possibly deadly substance, so buyer beware!

Five men have been arrested in New York by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for selling counterfeit designer perfumes made with ingredients such as, antifreeze and urine across at the minimum seven states in the U.S. and the list continues to grow. The arrests occurred as a part of a lengthy two-year investigation appropriately titled “Operation Bad Odor”, where authorities monitored counterfeit make-up and fragrances. The fragrances and their faux designer packaging were shipped in from overseas in China and then resold online and in several stores throughout the U.S.

Not only did the fragrances contain dangerous chemicals such as antifreeze many also contained additional flammable and unpleasant chemicals that often times burn when applied to the skin. If convicted the five men could be facing anywhere for 10 to 30 years in jail for their crimes. In order to keep yourself safe, please be aware of what you are buying and be sure to purchase all beauty and fragrance products from a reputable retailer. It is definitely worth spending a few extra bucks, especially where your health and safety is concerned. Steer clear of discount stores and shady online retailers.

 

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Demanding Bride Makes An Outrageous Request Of Her Bridesmaids

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(PCM) We have all heard stories about women who quite literally turn into Bridezilla in the months leading up to their wedding day, however one particularly narcissistic Bridezilla is taking things too far and has requested that a member of her bridal party significantly alter their appearance, so as not to take any attention away from her on the big day.

The bridesmaid has shared her story via Reddit and explains how the bride, Ella, decided that all of her bridesmaids must adhere to a very strict dress code and that includes the color of their hair, as red hair is apparently a big no-no!

The bridesmaid wrote the following:

 So I’ve known my friend, who I’ll refer to as Ella, since I was a child as she’s the daughter of family friends but we’ve only become close in the past 2 or 3 years. She recently became engaged, and I readily accepted her offer to be part of her bridal party. Yesterday morning I received an email from Ella. It seemed pretty standard but then when she got into the look she wants for her bridesmaids she wrote “Bridehairthrowaway, you’ll need to dye your hair for the day, I’ll take you to my hairdresser and cover the cost :)”. This had never been mentioned to me. I’m a natural ginger, so it’s not like I have an outrageous hair colour, although Ella and her other bridesmaids are all brunettes. I texted Ella about it, she told me my hair would clash with the wedding colours and that brides get a veto over pretty much every aspect of her bridesmaids’ appearances. She also mentioned my hair is quite “attention-grabbing” and I’d take away from the cohesiveness of the group. I told her I wasn’t comfortable dying my hair. She said she’d get back to me but hoped I’d reconsider.

Am I being reasonable here? I’ve never been involved in a wedding before so I’m not quite sure what’s expected of me. I’ve gotten some messages from the other bridesmaids who are telling me I should just do it.

TL;DR; requested by bride to dye my natural hair to make the bridal party more cohesive. I don’t want.

Immediately people began to come to the defense of the bridesmaid telling her that there is no way she should give in to such a ridiculous demand and of course should not be forced into doing something that she doesn’t feel comfortable with, such as dying her hair.

We could see, perhaps if her hair were some outrageous color like a bright blue, green or orange, but a natural redhead?  Seriously, this bride needs to get over herself!  What do you think? Did Bridezilla go to far or should the bridesmaid dye her hair for the day?

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Calvin Klein Under Fire For Provocative New Ad Campaign

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(PCM) Clothing designer Calvin Klein has never been one to shy away from controversy when putting together advertising campaigns for the brand, however many feel that their newest campaign has taken things a step too far and are almost pornographic in nature.

We have to admit that the ad does give off a creepy vibe, as it features 23-year old model Kiara Kristin providing the camera with a full up-skirt shot with the caption “I flash my #calvins”. Almost instantaneous the ad began receiving a ton of backlash via social media with some even accusing the brand of promoting pedophilia.

Many just found the ad to be gross and in poor taste as they feel it shows that this kind of behavior is acceptable for young women. Kylie Jenner is another model who has recently been featured in Calvin Klein ads of a provocative nature as she is seen with her fists shoved down the front of a pair of Calvin Klein underwear and another features her in an undershirt gripping a blood orange that looks creepily similar to a woman’s vagina.

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There are those that are defending the ad campaign claiming that women are often the victims of up-skirt shots without their knowledge or permission and that Kristin knowing posed for the image and was paid for the campaign. Either way it is has sparked up a huge debate online with people weighing with their opinions on both sides.

What do you think of Calvin Klein’s ad campaign?  Creepy or creative?

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JCPenney Offers A Witty Response To The Period Skirt Drama

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(PCM) Retailer JCPenney recently found themselves making headlines due to the image of a skirt that was featured in their advertising flyer that very closely resembles an accident that could  occur when a woman is on her period. The white skirt featuring an ill-placed floral design is now being referred to as the “period skirt”.

If you look at an image of the skirt on the JCPenney website, it looks like nothing more than an ordinary white skirt with a floral design, however it appears to look like something totally different when featured in the advertising flyer. The flyer shows the skirt on a different model and in motion which in turn causes the floral design to appear like a bloody period accident.

The image has since gone viral and of course many are heckling JCPenney via social media for the skirts ridiculous design. It took awhile, however JCPenney has now issued a response in regards to the skirt saying “We think it’s a fab skirt for any time of the month. Period.”!  Score for JCPenney, as we seriously couldn’t have  come up with a better response.

What do you think? Does the skirt design look like a “period” or just a regular flower design?

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The 125 Collection Customized Quote Candles Are Our New Favorite Thing!

quote-candle(PCM) After learning that The 125 Collection was a part of Jenni “JWOWW” Farley’s recent baby shower with their fun and quirky all-natural Quote Candles we just had to do some further research into these fantastic new products.

The 125 Collection was created by two incredible business-savvy women in the bustling city of Harlem and named after the legendary 125th street.  It is a growing lifestyle brand created in NYC that fuses fun, style, and individuality into everyday life with their inspiring and witty quote candles.  Constantly inspired by the city that they love, The 125 Collection is a destination for fashion forward individuals who celebrate self expression in style. Each 100% natural soy candle can be customized with any quote that inspires, motivates, and makes you laugh.

Made from the highest quality materials, their 100% natural soy candles are non toxic and made without any synthetics or fillers and made with a lead free wick. Quote Candles by The 125 Collection are individually hand poured and assembled in New York City.

We absolutely can’t wait to get our hands on one and while the quotes available for purchase on the website are fantastic in their own right, the fact that you can customize the candles with your own quotes or messages that have special or personal meaning to you seals the deal. These would be absolutely perfect for baby showers, as in the case of “JWOWW” where they were a huge hit with her guests, as well as, weddings, graduations, anniversaries and more!

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Hazmat Team Evacuates Seattle Church Over AXE Body Spray Stench

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(PCM) Men often think that dousing themselves in an overwhelming amount of AXE body spray is a good thing. We are here to tell you, it’s not! Seriously! In fact, a church/daycare center in Seattle, Washington was recently evacuated due to what was described as “cough inducing fumes” in the building, caused by … you guessed it, a can of AXE body spray!

Firefighters who showed up to the scene were unaware that the AXE body spray was the cause for the obnoxious fumes and they quickly evacuated the building and called in the hazmat team. When finally reaching the source of the stench the firefighters discovered a backpack that had been left in the church’s bathroom that contained a can of AXE. It is not clear whether or not the can had been leaking or someone had just decided to spray way, way too much on their way out.

Either way, the firefighters and hazmat team declared the situation non-hazardous and everyone was allowed to re-enter building. Let’s hope they opened a ton of windows, and we are not sure we completely agree with that whole non-hazardous part! Have you ever smelled AXE, if so, you will completely understand!

 

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