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September 10 2017

Kat Von D Holiday 2017 Featuring Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette

The Kat Von D Holiday 2017 Collection has arrived and with it the soon to be released Saint & Shinner Eyeshadow Palette that has the beauty wold in a frenzy. Well, anything Kat puts out lately causes the beauty world to be sucked into her vortex. The Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette has been teased over the course of the last few months but don’t worry, it’ll finally be available come September 19th.

The good news? At least you can get your hands on some of Kat Von D’s other Holiday 2017 Gift Sets.

Here’s a look at the palette and other goodies.

Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette $62 (Available 09/19 online and 10/6 in stores)

A limited-edition eyeshadow palette features 24 shades housed in a Gothic cathedral stain glass window-like compact. Each of the 24 shades are inspired by stained glass windows and are available in a variety of finishes including metallics, mattes, glimmers, and shimmers.

  • Saint shades: Absolution (ivory with gold super-glimmer), Worship (pearlescent eggplant), Immaculate (pearlescent olive), Chalice (metallic antique bronze), Sacred Heart (pearlescent coral), Amen (matte cream), Sanctuary (pearlescent nude coffee), Heaven (metallic silver), Crucifix (matte deep chocolate), Cathedral (gunmetal with silvery blue glitter), Rosary (metallic garnet), Baptism (matte pale pink)

  • Sinner shades: Rapture (rosy pink with pink super-glimmer), Sabbath (matte jet black), Ashes (taupe with gold glitter), Martyr (matte toffee brown), Devil (matte pumpkin orange), Revelation (brown with gold glitter), Vestment (shimmery maroon with blue-green shift), Ministry (metallic cobalt), Exodus (chartreuse with gold glitter), Exorcism (matte deep purple), Relic (metallic fool’s gold), Stigmata (metallic scarlet)

Kat Von D Find Your Nude Studded Kiss Lipstick Set $63 (Available Now)

A selection of Kat’s finest nude Studded Kiss Lipstick Shades (0.10 oz each) including bestselling shade, Lovecraft.

Shades include Magick, Noble, Lovecraft, Agatha, Cathedral.

Kat Von D Best Of Studded Kiss Lipstick Trio $38 (Available Now)

A selection of some of Kat’s bestselling Studded Kiss Lipstick shades in:

  • Vampira (burgundy)

  • Underage Red (fire engine red)

  • Lolita (chestnut rose)

You can shop select Kat Von D Holiday 2017 items now at

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Napa Valley's Appellations Are Near Meaningless

Richard Mendelson’s newish book, Appellations Napa Valley is a fantastic tome. Written in a personal, first person voice that reflects Mendelson’s vast experience with the development of the Valley’s various sub appellations as well as his obvious and genuine affinity for this part of the world, the coffee table-style book is a unique and necessary addition to the Napa Valley Wine bibliography. However, the subject of the book brings up an important question that has been asked before: Do Napa…

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What We're Drinking: 2016 Cave Robert et Marcel Saumur Les Pouches

An easy summer wine: mineral with a touch of lime and apricot.

Why Social Media Really Matters

One of my biggest commitments with this blog is to always answer your questions. And sometimes I forget how even the simplest questions need to be answered. I spend so much time focusing on the how and why of various social media topics, that I often neglect the most basic of questions. One of those []

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The 28-50 wine quiz Test your knowledge

Like a good quiz? Aside from the weekly quizzes, London’s 28-50 restaurant is now hosting wine quizzes with Master Sommelier Clement Robert. Here’s a little flavour of some of his questions to help your wine learning…


London’s28-50and its group head sommelier Clement Robert MS has started tailoring quizzes and wine learning with wine and food. What a great idea; a pub quiz made into a wine quiz. Here’s some of his questions to try your hand at.

Scroll down to take the 28-50 wine quiz

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August 27 2017

Covergirl Mix, Match, Play Mascara Kit Lets You Create Layering Cocktails

How freaking cute is this CoverGirl Mix, Match, Play Mascara Kit available exclusively at This mini collection includes four different mascara with two different formulas and four different wands that can be used individually or layered together to add length and volume to your lashes.

I almost want to pick this up with little regard to the fact I typically hate Covergirl’s big old club-sized applicators. I’m actually one of the few people that don’t really love layering mascara because I find the technique a little messy but when I’m going out for a night and I want a fancier or more dramatic look I’m guilty of putting together three different mascaras and just going to down layering them up so my lashes look super full and bold.

Each of these mini tubes contains 0.33 oz of mascara and the wands can be interchanged to create different looks. Apparently you can get 7 different looks when using the four different wants.

It just sounds damn fun and I’m all about having fun with my beauty.

Get the Covergirl Mix, Match Play Mascara Kit now at

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Chinese wine lovers snub screwcap, for now survey

Research has found that natural cork is still the preferred wine closure in China, US and Germany, but the study’s authors believe this perception ‘will begin to change’.

Natural Corks

Natural corks.

Data compiled by research company Wine Intelligence for its Landscapes 2016 and 2017 reports shows that natural cork remains dominant in the US, China and Germany, where 60% of survey respondents chose it as their most favourite closure.

The research was based on surveys of 1,000 adults who are regular wine drinkers, conducted in 2016 and 2017.

Of all cork preferring nations, China was most sceptical towards screwcap. Almost one in three of those surveyed said they did not like buying wine with this closure.

James Wainscott, author of the report, told that China’s preference for cork was partly due to the historical strength of wines from traditional French regions, such as Bordeaux and Burgundy.

'Natural cork is almost a given and is certainly expected for wines from these regions,’ he said.

'Our data shows that China in particular views screwcap appropriate only for lower quality wines.

'The first wave of wine drinkers in China went straight for Bordeaux and Burgundy, where screwcaps are practically an aberration. As a result, they’re much more comfortable with natural cork: 61% of upper-middle class imported wine drinkers like buying wine with this closure, while only 23% accept screwcaps.’

As recently reported by, even New World producers accustomed to screwcap tend to change their closures for the Chinese market.

SEE ALSO: The cork landscape in China

However, Wine Intelligence predicted that the situation may change in China.

'We anticipate that perceptions of screwcap will begin to change with time, particularly as China is importing more and more wine from countries who routinely bottle under screwcap, such as Australia and Chile,’ the report said.

'Old World countries have practised bottling under cork for generations and change will come slowly. But if Australia and New Zealand have taught us anything, it is that perceptions can be changed: it just takes time, effort and real ambassadors for change to lead the charge.’

According to Wine Intelligence, preference towards a closure is determined by exposure.

'A whole generation of regular wine drinkers have been raised on screwcaps in Australia and as a result we see much greater levels of acceptance,’ said Wainscott.

Meanwhile, in the UK cork and screwcap are equally preferred, 41% and 40% expressed affinity for them respectively, which has not changed since 2014.

Wine Intelligence had also a look at synthetic cork globally.

This type of closure seems less polarising, with an average 60% of respondents displaying a neutral attitude towards it.

The US and China are two countries where the preference for this closure is most dominant. China was the only market surveyed where synthetic closures were more popular than screwcaps.

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Pacifica Cherry Lava Purify Mask Creating Lather To Cleanse The World's Face

Pacifica Cherry Lava Purify Mask ($14) is a newish charcoal mask that acts to pull junk out of your pores while tightening skin. The mad mask frenzy that social media stirred up has bitten me so, I’m over here multi-masking a few times a week. I’m positive I’m on the verge of my skin peeling off because I’ve been masking so much. Some have been good experiences, some pointless, and the Pacifica Cherry Lava Purify Mask has been pretty great.

Here’s my thoughts and review.

So, the Pacifica Cherry Lava Purify Mask is pretty different compared to a lot of masks I’ve tried. This contains volcanic that acts to remove dead skin, caffeine, as well as green tea. It has a light cherry fragrance which is identical to the Pacifica Berry Matcha Recharge Face Lotion which reminds me of a plastic doll smell.

Pacifica recommends applying a thick layer on your face and sitting around for 10 to 20 minutes before working into a lather and rinsing off. I highly recommend going with less versus more! I’ll tell you why in a second.

The mask is very thick and creamy but it does have a looser texture which gives it a slightly runny consistency. It applies easily enough and starts off as a dark gray but turns into a lighter gray as you massage it on. I left it on for 20 minutes as I watched Game of Thrones and it didn’t tighten up nor did it completely set or dry down. After the 20 minutes was up and headed to the sink, added water, and started to gently massage it in. HOLY COW! It creates tons and tons and tons of lather. I applied a medium amount on my face. I wouldn’t say it was a thick layer but I did use about two quarter size amounts on my face and man it created some intense layer. At first, it was a little difficult to remove. I kept adding water but it wasn’t breaking down but with a little pressure I started working it up in a good lather and after that it rinsed off easily.

I was concerned this would strip my skin and make me tight. It does contain kaolin which isn’t too kind to drier skin as well as other drying ingredients like volcanic ash and charcoal powder. But I was surprised and relieved I came out of it not dry nor tight. My skin felt quite smooth and soft. Not hydrated mind you but definitely not dry either. Not to mention it was also squeaky clean.

I liked this a lot and I’m going to add it to my weekly routine. It’s a really great way to get a good deep clean! I’m not sure how my skin will react to this in the Winter but right now my skin loves it.

Get the Pacifica Cherry Lava Purify Mask is available now at (Pacifica is on sale as well buy 1, get 1 40% off).


Water, Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycol Distearate, Lauric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Charcoal Powder, Volcanic Ash, Kaolin, Caffeine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Capric Acid, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Fruit Extract, Parfum (Natural), Potassium Sorbate

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Double Your Eyeliner Pleasure with Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Duo

Two is always better than one right? Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Duo both saves space in your makeup drawer and also gets your two great shades of gel liner in one easy to store pot. These Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Duo Pots contain two complementary shades of Bobbi Brown’s best-selling Long-Wear Eye Gel that provide 12 hours of waterproof lining power.

Bobbi’s liner has always been a favorite of mine! It has a nice creamy formula that glides easily onto eyes.

Speaking of doubles I was able to get my hands on The Grady Twins Pop Vinyl Set with blood. Pats on the back are welcome. I have the original set but the blood set proved nearly impossible to find last year. I’m talking win the lotto impossible. But I was able to purchase a pristine set by means of selling off a kidney recently.

Yes, I’m that obsessed with the Shining. Forever, and ever, and ever.

That’s my geeky good news of the day!

Visit The New Zealand Cellar in September to enjoy a selection of DWWA 2017 winners

wine corkage, New Zealand cellar Enjoy happy hour at New Zealand cellar at Pop Brixton.

The New Zealand Cellar, located in Brixton, London (UK), specialises in the best wines from New Zealand’s finest vineyards.

This September, The New Zealand Cellar will be featuring 5 DWWA 2017 winning wines in-store at 20% off from 1 September until 30 September 2017.

There will also a 20% discount on the Decanter 6 and 12 bottle mixed case during the whole month.

The DWWA 2017 winning wines from New Zealand on offer are:

Promotion period: 1 30 September 2017

Address:Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ


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August 06 2017

A Day in the Life of a Social Media Manager: How to Spend Time on Social Media in 2017

One of the questions I get asked most as the social media manager here at Buffer is:

How do you break up your day in order to get the most out of social media?

Up until recently, I hadn’t really thought about it much. A little bit of content creation, curation, audience engagement, emails, outreach, and some Buffer scheduling.

I kept wondering, is there really a social media manager formula for success? How are other social media professionals spending their time during the day? Do we share the same tasks?

In search of an answer, I tracked every hour of my day for an entire week and scoured the web for top tips and resources from other social media marketers.

Here’s what I found out about the best ways to make the most out of your time as social media manager.

A Day in the Life of a Social Media Manager: How to Make the Most of Your Time

Inside a social media manager’s schedule

Being a social media manager can mean a seriously busy day of work. To prove just how packed it can be, Curalate put together an inside look at Mario Moreno’s daily schedule. Mario is the Global Social Media Manager for one of the world’s largest retailers:

Curalate - Social Media Manager Schedule

Can you relate to a schedule like Mario’s? Perhaps you do more. Or perhaps you perform different tasks on a daily basis. That’s the beauty of being in this industry!

Here’s a quick look at my day and how I spend each third:


  • 7-7:30am: Breakfast & coffee

  • 7:30-8:30am: Email & voicemail

  • 8:30-9am: Check-in on all social media platforms

  • 9-9:30am: Measure social results and add to spreadsheets

  • 9:30-10am: Respond and engage with community

  • 10-10:30am: Schedule new content to Buffer

  • 10:30-10:45am: Break & more coffee (much needed!)

  • 10:45-11am: Read and learn

  • 11am-12pm: Content creation (podcast, writing)


  • 12-12:30pm: Lunch

  • 12:30-1pm: Emails and voicemails

  • 1-1:30pm: Respond and engage with community

  • 1:30-2:00pm: Curate content

  • 2-2:30pm: Read and learn

  • 2:30-2:45: Break

  • 2:45-3pm: Schedule content to Buffer

  • 3-4:30pm: Content creation (video, graphics)

  • 4:30-5pm: Emails and voicemails

  • 5-5:30pm: Check Buffer queue


  • 5:30-6:45pm: Gym

  • 6:45-8pm: Dinner with my wife

  • 8-9pm: Learn (programming, video making, etc.)

  • 9-10pm: Relax and watch TV

  • 10-10:30pm: Read

  • 10:30pm: Sleep and repeat!

Themost important and productive times for me throughout the day are when I have the opportunity to create content, engage with the community, and learn.

The social media industry is one where there is a sharp learning curve to becoming an expert (and even then there’s still learning to do). That’s why Dennis Yu, CTO at BlitzMetrics, spends at least 3 hours learning every single day like so many other professionals.

I intentionally build learning, creating, and engaging time into my day so that I can increase the effectiveness of Buffer’s social media over time. Focusing on one single task (instead of multi-tasking) has helped me to make the most of the hours spent learning, creating, and engaging.

Ready for another view on the social media manager job description?

Here’s an interesting infographic from Meltwaterthat shows all of the tasks that a social media manager might perform in a given day. That’s a lot!

Meltwater - A Day in the Life of a Social Media Manager

The role of social media manager has evolved so quickly and dramatically over the course of the last 17 or so years. What was once a fairly straight-forward job of posting content and responding to the community has morphed into one that requires of a variety of soft and technical skills.

Social media managers are starting to look more T-Shaped than ever before.

On any given day, a social media manager might be responsible for setting the strategy for an upcoming product launch, creating a video, analyzing data across platforms, designing viral GIFs, coordinating messaging with PR & Communications, runnings paid advertisements and lots more.

It’s no wonder these jobs are in such high-demand!

Making the most of your time as a social media manager

What do you do when you have to juggle all of the tasks above?

Perhaps the biggest challenge for social media managers is figuring out which activities to prioritize that will have the biggest impact on their brand or organization.

Daily and weekly to-do lists are handy as well as understanding what has moved the needle in the past on social media.

But I’d love to share two different ways of thinking about prioritization and making the most of your time that has helped me tremendously in my time as social media manager.

Coca-Cola’s 70/20/10 Content

Coca-Cola has, for a long time, been a leader in the content marketing and social media space. Their 70/20/10 Ruleis a huge inspiration for us on the Buffer marketing team. It’s mainly intended for budgeting and content development purposes but can assist in the social media process as well.

Coca-Cola's 70/20/10 Content

70/20/10 Rule in action

Now: 70%

This is the bread and butter of your marketing activities. For social media managers, this might mean activities like creating videos, engaging with your community, and curating content. In other words, low-risk activities that make a moderate-to-high impact on a day-to-day basis.

New: 20%

The 20 percent category is saved for iteration and innovation (new) on things that worked in the 70 percent bucket. For social media managers, this might mean an improvement on the overall quality of videos (or a different type of video completely). It might also mean the launch of a Facebook Group or private Slack community. In the 20 percent category, returns on investment aren’t necessarily immediate.

Next: 10%

This is your high-risk, high-reward content. The ability to strategically identify and experiment in up-and-coming channels or mediums is an important skill for social media managers to develop and usually comes over time with experience. For example, you might launch a new Snapchat advertising campaign or install Facebook Messenger chatbots on your web assets. 10 percent bucket activities are meant to pay off big dividends down the line.

Determining ICE Score

Another one my favorite ways to prioritize social media activities is to think of each in terms of ICE. ICE, developed by Sean Ellis, CEO at, stands for Impact, Confidence, and Ease.

Determining ICE Score

Start with a list of all of the things that you would like to do or accomplish on social media within a given time frame.

Once you have a complete list, assign each task a score between 1-10 (1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest). After you’ve assigned each task a set of three scores (I, C, & E), take the average of all three and that is the total ICE Score. The higher the score the greater the potential.

GrowthHackers has an easy-to-use ICE Calculator that you can try for fun today.

Here’s a quick example of ICE in action. Let’s say that these were some of my weekly social media activities:

  • Curate content (I=6, C=7, E=6)

  • Create marketing videos (I=10, C=8, E=2)

  • Write new blog post (I=7, C=7, E=4)

  • Engage with community (I=7, C=7, E=7)

Based on the total ICE scores, I might prioritize these activities in this order:

  1. Engage with community (Total ICE Score = 7.0)

  2. Create marketing videos (Total ICE Score =6.7)

  3. Curate content (Total ICE Score =6.3)

  4. Write new blog post (Total ICE Score =6.0)

The great thing about the ICE method is that it can be applied to a variety of industries, goals, and situations.

Now let’s quickly take a look at the 10 high-impact tasks of a social media manager job and what they each entail. This list is adapted from my own experiences at Buffer as well as conversations with lots of marketers around the world.

10 high-impact tasks of a social media manager job

1. Strategizing

There are so many goals we could potentially focus on as social media managers like brand awareness, engagement, traffic, and signups, to name a few. There’s also the challenge of figuring out how to make sure your social media goals are aligned with your overall company goals. That’s where a having a solid social media strategy comes into play.

2. Engaging

Along with creating and curating content, cultivating a happy and engaged audience is a high-impact task for any brand. This helps to create a community of loyal followers who will eventually help to spread the word of your product or service on social media.

3. Creating

At the heart of every social media manager role is the art content creation. Content is the life blood of your social networks and what keeps your audience reading, engaging, and interacting with your brand. It’s important to learn how to create all sorts of content from videos to GIFs to infographics and more.

4. Curating

Depending on the various types of content you share on social, curating can have a huge impact on your overall social media results. Discovering and sifting through content from others involves having a deep well of sources to read-as well as the time to read it all and determine the best fit for your brand.

5. Scheduling

Planning ahead and scheduling content is another high-impact task that makes a world of difference for your brand. We’ve often found that our posts perform best early in the morning, in the evenings, and on weekends - so choosing a social media management platform that allows you to post even when you’re not online can make your life a whole lot easier and improve your results.

6. Listening

I’m always amazed over the awesome things that I find when I have my ear to the ground searching and listening for conversations around Buffer and similar terms. There are so many opportunities for marketers and brands to proactively seek out and build relationships with potential customers in your community. But choosing the right listening tool is crucial for finding relevant terms and conversations in your industry.


Once your posts are scheduled and sent out to social media it’s time to analyze their performance. How many clicks did they receive? How many likes, comments, and shares? How did it impact the bottom line? Then, taking a step further, how can you use those stats to help make informed decisions in the future. That’s where great social media managers thrive!

8. Helping

The use of social media as a customer service toolhas skyrocketedover the last few years. Customers are no longer relying only on 1-800 numbers for answers to their questions they’re turning to social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Whether folks are reaching out to you with a question, comment, concern, or complaint, it’s a social media manager’s job to figure out the best plan of action to help that person.

9. Learning

Becoming a student of the trade and learning as much as you possibly can has both a short and long-term impact on your brand or company. Like I quickly mentioned before, there’s a steep learning curve to becoming a great social media manager and building the skills it takes to succeed all stars with learning.

10. Experimenting

We love experimentation here at Buffer. In our experience, the more we experiment the more we learn about what works and what doesn’t on social media. We’ve tried all sorts of things from five Facebook Live sessions in one day to creating a Tumblr account to starting a podcast. Experimenting ties directly into all 10 high-impact tasks of a social media manager.

A social media manager checklist

A big takeaway from all of this is that there are so many different day-to-day schedules of a social media manager. The same holds true for day-to-day tasks!

That’s why I’d love to leave you all with a giant social media checklist for each individual network. Hopefully, this will help to shed some light on what other marketers are doing daily and inspire you to create your next big social media hit.

A Day in the Life of a Social Media Manager - Social Media Checklist


What does it look like to be a successful social media manager?

I really do believe it’s one of the best jobs out there. What’s better than engaging with awesome people on social media and creating content that people love?

The big challenge is that full-time social media managers take on a huge number of tasks every single day, and the time involved can grow exponentially along with the scale of the strategy. That’s why it’s important to constantly work on prioritizing tasks by using the methods and strategies above.

How much time do you spend with social media management?

I’d love to hear what your days look like. Please do share in the comments!

Kevan originally published a version of this post in 2014, this version has been fully updated for 2017.

The Complete Guide to Facebook Groups: How to Create a Group, Build a Community and Increase Your Organic Reach

Facebook has recentlylaunched Groups for Pages, enabling the 70 million+ Pages on Facebook to create their own unique communities and feeds.

This update provides new ways for brands to boost engagement and could go some way to countering the decline in organic reachFacebook Pageowners have been experiencingfor the past few years.

More than 1 billion people around the world use Groups. And more than 100 million people see Groups as the most important part of their experience on Facebook.

Facebook Groups are the place to connect with other like-minded people and are becoming increasingly important for brands and businesses aiming to cultivate a community.

So how do you create a Facebook Group? And more importantly, how do you build an engaged community in your Facebook Group?

Let’s get started!

How to create a Facebook group and build an engaged community on Facebook

What you’ll learn in this guide

Here’s a brief look at what will be covered in this Facebook Group’s guide. Feel free to click on a section heading to jump to the respective section.

- Facebook Groups vs Facebook Pages

- How to create a Facebook Group that is on brand, attractive, and easily discovered

- How to build an engaged community in your Facebook Group

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Facebook Groups vs Facebook Pages

A common question on this topic is: Should I have a Facebook Group or Facebook Page?

And it’s a tough one because Facebook Groups and Facebook Pages are increasingly becoming more similar.

For example, an advantage that Facebook Pages used to have is the Page Insights, which allows social media managers to understand how their Page and posts are performing. Now, Facebook Groups include built-in analytics, too - Group Insights.

Here’s a quick overview of the positive features for each:

Facebook Page

  • Built-in analytics (Page Insights).

  • Call-to-action button (e.g. Sign Up, Book Now, Learn More) on your Facebook Page.

  • Boost your Facebook Page and Page posts with Facebook ads.

  • Like and comment as your Facebook Page.

  • Add apps and services to your Facebook Page, so that your fans can easily order a product, make a booking, get a quote and more.

Facebook Group

  • Built-in analytics (Group Insights) now.

  • Set your Facebook group as private (Closed or Secret).

  • Post documents, create polls, and even buy and sell in your Facebook group.

  • Group chat with your group members.

  • Members recieve notidications about new posts to the Group.

Now that you can link your Facebook groups to your Facebook Page, maybe the answer to the question above is actually both.

In this post, we’ll focus on creating and managing a Facebook Group. If you wish to read up on Facebook Pages, you might like our guide on how to create and manage a Facebook Page for your business.

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How to create a Facebook Group

Creating a Facebook Group is very straightforward. Let’s run through the important steps here:

1. Choose your Facebook Group name and privacy setting

To start, click on Group under the CREATE section at the bottom of the left sidebar on Facebook.

Create a Facebook group

You can also find the same option under the drop-down menu in the upper-right corner of any Facebook page:

Next, fill out the basic info in the pop-up:

  • Choose a name for your Facebook Group (You can change this later.)

  • Enter the names of friends you want to add or email addresses of the people you want to invite to your Facebook Group (You have to add or invite at least one person.)

  • Select the privacy setting of your Facebook Group (Public, Closed, or Secret)

Create a new group popup

Here’s a quick overview of the differences between the three privacy options:

Facebook group privacy options

For example, a public or closed Facebook Group could be suitable for a community of your customers while a secret Facebook Group could be great for exclusive groups such as VIP customers or beta testers.

If your Group is public it’s also worth notingthat anyone can see the posts and comments in your Facebook Group without having to join. If you want to protect the privacy of your members, a closed or secret Facebook Group will be more appropriate.

Once you’ve decided on the privacy options, hit Create.

You’ll be prompted to select an icon for your Facebook Group. If you don’t have a preference, Facebook will default to the generic Group icon (Facebook group icon).

Now, you’ve set up your Facebook Group

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Mango Butter Multi Stick Arrives

First Aid Beauty continues to venture into the world of makeup with a new Hello FAB Mango Butter Multi Stick! Earlier this month, the brand launched a brand new Skin Tint which was surprisingly looking a lot like Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint.

It’s nice to see what essentially was a skincare brand venture into makeup.

Let’s take a look at these new First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Mango Butter Multi Sticks!

These are an in all-in-one cream-to-powder highlighter of sorts that gives skin a touch of a glow. You can use them anywhere including cheeks, eyelids, lips, or even on your body. The lightweight formula can be customized for light illumination or heavier for a strobing effect.

Sephora has two shades available which are Rose and Champagne but a third shade will launch in October called Moonlight which is a cool lilac.

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Mango Butter Multi Stick are $20 each and available now at

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8 of the best wine destinations to visit in October

Looking for the best October holidays for wine lovers? Immerse yourself in these wine destinations - with great weather, tastings, festivals and more…

Best October holidays Tuscany’s vineyards are in their prime in October.

1. Wine and gastronomy in Tuscany

The great Tuscan vineyards are dependably brilliant for October holidays. Seasonal mists may hang over the valleys of Chianti in the early morning and evenings can be a little chilly, but by day temperatures peak at around 20C and the landscape is bathed in the sun’s golden glow.

Best October holidays

Tuscany vineyard with poppies and hay rolls (Alamy)

Why go now? Tuscans celebrate this fruitful season with a variety of gastronomic festivals, including the Castagne e Vino in Piazza (chestnuts and wine) in Radicondoli, near Siena, and the Sagra del Fungo e della Castagna (mushrooms and chestnuts) in Vivo d'Orcia in the Valdorcia.

You could make a road-trip out of this and head north to visit Alba’s famous truffle market during Piedmont’s truffle-hunting season.

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Nearest airports: Florence | Pisa | Siena

SEE ALSO: Wineries to visit in Tuscany

2. Harvest in the Napa Valley

With more than 400 wineries, an exceptional wide range of wine-making styles and grape varieties including Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, this area to the north of San Francisco in California is a great destination for tasting some of the world’s finest wines.

Best October holidays

Napa Valley, California (Alamy)

Why go now?It can depend on the growing season but the October holidays generally coincide with harvest or crush time when the vineyards are busy with pickers collecting the ripe grapes, and there is a buzz of activity and excitement in the air.

After you’ve enjoyed your tastings, explore the Harvest Festival celebrations at St. Helena on October 21.

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Nearest airport: San Francisco

SEE ALSO: Best Napa Valley wineries to visit

3. Cava Festival in Catalonia

Cava has been produced in the far north-eastern corner of Spain since the 1870s, known for using the traditional mthode champenoise, and many of the finest cuves never make it past the Catalonian border. So you have to come to here, to the Peneds region and the inland town of Sant Sadurn d'Anoia between Barcelona and Tarragona, to enjoy the best of it.

Best October holidays

The village of Cava, Catalonia (Alamy)

Why go now? Cavatast is the great annual open-air Cava celebration. This year it takes place from October 6 to 8, with plenty of opportunity to taste while soaking up the festive atmosphere.

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Nearest airport: Barcelona

SEE ALSO: What to do with 24 hours in Cava country

4. Spring sunshine in the Cape

It’s not only arguably one of the most beautiful landscapes in Africa an hour’s drive to the east of Cape Town and skirted by a high mountain range the tiny town of Franschhoek is certainly the continent’s greatest gastronomic and wine-making hotspots.

Best October holidays

Vineyards of Franschhoek, South Africa (Alamy)

With its excellent restaurants and many fine wines, it is an ideal base for exploring the area on October holidays. From here, a hop-on, hop-off wine tram winds through the valley for wine tasting stops and cellar tours.

Why go now? Balmy temperatures, little rainfall and spring-time flowers make October one of the best months to visit this region.

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Nearest airport: Cape Town

SEE ALSO: Brilliant Cape Town wine bars to visit

5. New wines in Alsace

The foothills of the Vosges near the German border in north-east France make excellent autumnal touring country for Riesling lovers. A 170-km wine route passes through the five wine-making regions between Marlenheim to Than, taking in some of the greatest Alsace wine domaines including Hugel in the medieval village of Riquewihr and the idyllically located Domaine Weinbach in Kayserberg.

Best October holidays

View of Riquewihr and its vineyards in autumn (Alamy)

Why go now? The region is known for its year-round tradition of wine festivals and public tastings, and October holidays are the prime time for new wine celebrations in many towns and villages including Gumar, near Colmar, and Mittelbergheim, near Strasbourg.

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Nearest airport: Strasbourg | Basel-Mulhouse | Or go ‘slow travel’ and get the Eurostar from London and connecting TGV from Paris

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Alsace restaurants Our insider guide

6. New opening in McLaren Vale

South Australia’s beautiful McLaren Vale is particularly famous for its Shiraz and historic, world-famous labels such as Rosemount, Wirra Wirra and d'Arenberg. Just 25 miles south of Adelaide, its open countryside makes superb touring terrain.

Best October holidays

McLaren Vale, South Australia (Alamy)

Why go now? The extraordinary new d'Arenberg Cube opens in October in the d'Arenberg vineyards overlooking the hills of Willunga. This five-storey, futuristic glass and mirrored building will house a tasting room, with several wine bars, a restaurant, a unique wine-smelling room and '360-degree’ video room.

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Nearest airport:Adelaide

SEE ALSO: Why not follow this with a trip along the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne and try these great wine bars

7. Celebration Day in Champagne

This northeast corner of France needs no introduction, and its three main centres Troyes, Reims, and Epernay make excellent bases for touring the fertile terroir, the grand Champagne marques, and the many exceptional independent growers which pepper the region.

Best October holidays

Sermiers, near Reims (Alamy)

Why go now? If you really need an excuse to spend time sipping Champagne, here’s a suggestion. This year’s National Champagne Day falls on October 20 and will comprise a 24-hour social media event when everyone is invited to raise a flute of Champagne and share photos, tasting notes and videos. Even if you aren’t on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll enjoy the party and the sense that you are at the centre of things. #ChampagneDay.

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Nearest airport: Paris Charles de Gaulle Then hop on a TGV and you’ll be in Champagne in one hour

SEE ALSO: Champagne houses to visit

8. Harvest festival in Tokaj

The Hungarian town of Tokaj is the ideal base for exploring the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region which spans the north-east of the country into south-eastern Slovakia. It’s classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and there is plenty of opportunity for tasting the delectable white wines for which this region is famous.

Best October holidays

Cellar doors in Tokaj, Hungary (Alamy)

Why go now? This year’s celebration of the harvest takes place over the weekend of October 6 to 8 with a winemakers’ market along the main street, and music in the main square. Featuring street processions and music, this popular festival has been an annual feature on the region’s wine-making calendar since 1932.

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Nearest airport: Budapest The it’s a three-hour drive or a 2.5-hour train ride

SEE ALSO: Where to drink, eat and stay in Tokaj

Words: Sophie Butler

Editing: Chris Mercer

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July 30 2017

Montepulciano wine tour: Wineries and restaurants

From a region about 45 minutes east of Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is Brunello’s younger sibling, softer, more playful, with a mischievous spring in its step.

Montelpulciano wine tour Palazzo Vecchio

Montepulciano wine tour: Wineries and restaurants

How to get there

Fly into Florence or Pisa airport. Drive from Florence to Montepulciano in about two hours; Pisa to Montepulciano takes about half an hour longer. The nearest city is Siena, which is an hour’s drive.

See also: Montalcino wine tour

Montepulciano wine tour: Wineries to visit


The way to Avignonesi is along an avenue of cypress trees leading to Le Capezzine, the heart of the 200-hectare estate comprising vineyards across Montepulciano and Cortona.

Montepulciano wine tour


A beautiful brick facade beckons you into the Cellar Door, a stylishly modern yet respectfully rustic loft conversion where you can taste wines by the glass try the Grandi Annate, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2012, all wild roses and plums, and silky soft in the mouth.

Take the wine lover’s tour to explore the organic vines, maturation cellars and Avignonesi’s famous Vinsantaia where its vin santos are aged in 50-litre caratelli oak casks before sitting down to a four-course, wine-paired meal.

Do not even consider leaving without having meditated over the legendary vin santo, a hymn to the heavens.

January Febraury: closed,March April: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, May: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm6pm, June September: Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 12pm6pm, October: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm6pm, November December: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.


Half an hour away on the other side of Montepulciano is an historic winery named after the town’s most illustrious Renaissance poet. Polizianohas been producing sleek Vino Nobile since 1961, a trait matched in the design-led Angelo Ambrogini tasting lounge, which has a marble bar, parquet floors and wavy wood wine shelving. Never a winery to sit back, this spring Poliziano opened a stylish enoteca in the old centre of Montepulciano, in the palazzo where the great poet once lived.

Montepulciano wine tour


But the Montepulciano Stazione cellar tour still remains a firm favourite.

Open year-round, it’s a chance to see the ecological maturation cellar, whose temperature is controlled by solar power, as well as the old bottle archive showcasing Poliziano’s most prestigious vintages and wines the likes of Sangiovese selezione Asinone and IGT Le Stanze, a classy Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend.

Winery tours arranged by appointment.

La Dogana enoteca/Palazzo Vecchio

A along the Via Lauretana Nord brings you to La Dogana enoteca, the wine bar of cantina Palazzo Vecchio(pictured top). It’s a striking building, whose central window frames the Val di Chiana plain as far as the eye can see.

The Sbernadori family serves up zero-mile valley specialities such as pici all'aglione, fat spaghetti scented with the mildest of garlic. Watch the sunset at Valiano with delicious nibbles and Palazzo Vecchio’s own Vino Nobile.

Contact for winery visits.

When to go

The crowds flock to Montepulciano town on the last Sunday in August for the annual Bravo delle Botti, a gruelling spectacle in which muscular men attempt to push heavy wine barrels up the cobblestone streets.

Those in the know often prefer to head for the more placid Festa di San Lorenzo in nearby Valiano in early to mid-August for flower displays and food.

But the picturesque Montepulciano area, dotted with its 75-plus wineries, is a joy to visit at any time, from spring to autumn.

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July 12 2017

Creating A business enterprise

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  Should you be thinking about setting up a plumbing service company, there’s quite a lot you have to know before you take the plunge. Loads of tiny details that you maybe did not consider, but when you don’t think of some of them you’ll be set for a boatload of trouble.
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July 11 2017

Downfalls From Becoming Your Own Employer

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When you effectively structure yourself, however, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running.

Awful stuff is definitely coming in business. Avoid being naive enough to think it isn’t. The actual testing of a business is how you manage it. If you happen to follow users on social media who put up photos of high-priced designer watches and private jets and have the label executive in their information, you might think it’s easy to do. But it isn’t.

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Before you start anything, though, understand why you want to start a business. In the end, in several ways it is easier to just work for someone else. Here’s a great video on the subject.

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July 02 2017

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What to buy now when you’re splurging on high-end cabs from Napa and Tuscany.

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