15 Reasons Why Online Shopping Is Better Than In-Store Shopping

15 Reasons Why Online Shopping Is Better Than In-Store Shopping

Online Shopping Takes The Cake
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Online shopping is one of those things that you either love or hate. Shopping in person can be pretty fun and is a good way to bond with friends or see things in person before you buy them, but online shopping still takes the cake as my preferred shopping technique. Online shopping is one of the best things to come out of the Internet and can be used to order anything under the sun. There are many reasons why I love online shopping. Here are the top 15 reasons why online shopping is better than shopping in the store.

1. You can wear your pajamas and don't have to leave your bed.

Don't feel like dressing up? You don't have to.

2. You can search directly for what you want instead of looking around a store.

There's no search bar at the store. Instead of walking around for hours to find that jacket you want, you can just search for it online and find it in a few minutes.

3. You don't have to ask people for help.

It is the perfect way to avoid awkward small talk and you don't have to rely on the sales people to find things for you.

4. There are more options to choose from.

The internet is full of different stores. Almost every store usually has more items online than they do at their in-store locations too.

5. It is more exciting to anticipate getting a package in the mail than to just buy it and get it right away.

Receiving a package in the mail is like getting a gift from yourself.

6. There's no waiting in line.

Not having to wait in line at checkout is one of the best things about online shopping. You can pay whenever you want.

7. You have more time to think before impulse buying.

If you're unsure about a purchase, you can just close your computer and buy it later.

8. You don't have to worry about parking.

Parking is the worst and on weekends it is almost impossible to find a parking spot at the mall or grocery store.

9. There are more sales and you can use coupon codes.

You can use as many coupons as you want without looking like one of those crazy coupon hoarders.

10. You can shop at any time.

Want to shop at midnight? No worries. Malls and stores usually don't open until 9 a.m. and close around 10 p.m.

11. No carrying bags.

Your arms will thank you later.

12. You don't have to worry about starting an awkward conversation when you see someone you know at the store.

One of the worst things about going to the store is that moment when you see your old math teacher who hated you or some person you barely talk to and are forced to strike up a conversation.

13. It is easier to compare prices between stores.

You can keep multiple tabs open on your computer and compare prices for the best deal. This definitely beats that moment when you see that sweater you bought for full price on sale at another store.

14. There are no pushy sales people following you around.

You have the freedom to browse as much and for as long as you want without judgment.

15. You can see reviews of the product before you buy it.

A sales person is never going to tell you if one of their products is bad, but the people of the internet are brutally honest and will guide you in the right direction on what to buy.

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Why I Can't Support Jeffree Star

I used to idolize him, but his racism and misogyny have crossed the line.
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Like any other person obsessed with makeup, I follow many different makeup artists on YouTube and Instagram. I love watching their tutorials and reviews, all which leave me inspired to try new looks and teach me more about products that will up my makeup game. One of these beauty gurus that I used to follow is Jeffree Star, a singer/songwriter, model, and makeup artist who is probably best known for his popular makeup line, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, which features liquid lipsticks, lip scrubs, highlighters, and a new eyeshadow palette.

However, as of late, his cosmetic line isn’t the only thing making him a hot topic on social media; his extensive history of making racist comments has now become the subject of many YouTube videos by other vloggers and beauty gurus. One of the most disturbing incidents is a video he made ten years ago on MySpace. The video is supposed to be a satirical skit between him and a drag queen, who is in blackface. One of the disgusting comments made in the video is that he wants to throw battery acid on an African American woman to lighten her skin so it will match her foundation. Star also calls someone a “black b*tch” while his friend continues to pretend to be a stereotypical black woman. Even if the video was made ten years ago, he was still an adult at the time and should have known better than to make something so vile and racist. If he had been 15 years-old, that’s one thing. But he was at least 19 years-old at the time; there are no excuses.

TW: racism, racial slurs


Star has become infamous also for being a drama queen on social media, whether to be rude to fans complaining about his products or starting Twitter wars with other makeup artists. While most people know about his beef with Kylie Jenner over some defects with her liquid lipsticks, Star’s issues go far beyond just her. One feud that highlights his misogynistic and racist behavior is with MakeupShayla, another makeup artist. At an event they both attended, in his Snapchat story Star ranted that Shayla allegedly told another YouTouber that her face was disproportionate and to get lip fillers. Whether or not this was actually said in a rude manner, like he claims, is unknown. He then proceeded to rage about her being a c*nt and a h*e. Even though that comment had sent him in such a rage, Shayla said in her Snapchat story that he was all smiles when they ran into each other at the event.

On Twitter, the situation became even more intense. He called her out first for making the lip filler comment; if she had indeed said something rude like that, then confronting her about it is fine. However, he escalated things to a terrifying level. He threatened to beat her up several times, and when she criticized his fans for supporting someone who threatens violence against a woman, Star responded that she looks like man. I find it very ironic that he would claim that she was a bully, yet threaten her and hurl terrible insults at her. Shayla should not have made the rude comment about that woman needing lip fillers; however, she does not deserve to be threatened or insulted in this manner, especially since Star was too much of a coward to say anything to her face.

Moreover, despite his claims to be so against bullying, and to be such a supporter of female empowerment, he is friends with a bully. In one of his Snapchat stories, MannyMUA and the owner of Gerard Cosmetics made fun of a YouTuber who was reviewing the company’s products. In the last part of the Snapchats, the owner said that the reviewer was an ugly person. Manny later tried to apologize and say that the video cut off and that the owner was saying she had an ugly personality, but that’s not exactly better. Despite this incident, Jeffree and Manny are still the best of friends, and Manny was never beat up by Star for being rude. Moreover, it seems as though Star has a way of corrupting beauty gurus who become a part of his inner circle. When Manny was primarily friends with Patrick Starr, another makeup artist, he was kinder and he wasn’t rude. But once Star came into the picture, Manny became his carbon-copy: another gay boy acting like a stereotypical black woman and covering up his rudeness by calling it “sass” and “shade.” Plus, it is shocking to me that Manny, a person of color, would still adore Star despite his racist history. I feel guilty now for talking about him in my last piece about makeup double standards.

Stephanie Nicole, a makeup artist on YouTube, made a video reviewing a few of Star’s products. Then, once she’s finished the review, she then goes on to discuss Star’s racist and misogynistic tendencies, showing videos of his Snapchat rant against MakeupShayla, his disturbing skit, and other instances where he was rude to fans and problematic in general. She concludes that she refuses to support his company anymore. I agree with her completely. Just because he is a part of a minority group by being queer does not give him the right to be racist or misogynistic. You can watch the entire video down below:

I was extremely conflicted when I heard about all of this. In fact, I was almost heartbroken; I have admired Star for a long time because of how he breaks gender roles and goes against the gender binary. I also coveted his products, and was very ready to purchase his Skin Frost highlighters and some liquid lipsticks up until I found out that he’s a racist. I have some of his music on my iTunes because some of his tracks are fun for workouts, but now I feel guilty even though I just did not know. However, I do know that I will not be supporting Jeffree Star anymore, no matter how tempting his products are.

If you still want to buy his cosmetics, go ahead, I can’t stop you. I have no right to tell you how to spend your money. I don’t blame you; he produces some great makeup after all, even though he is a trashy person. However, if you bought his products before finding out about his problematic behavior, and now regret your purchases, I advise that next time you research a company before giving them your money. It’s difficult to enjoy a product when you know it’s produced by an unpleasant person. This experience has taught me a valuable lesson about being an informed consumer and not simply buying something because it has pretty packaging.

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10 Nostalgic And Stylish Disney Items You Can Get From Cakeworthy

Their clothing could rival Cinderella's glass slipper.

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For those who don't know, Cakeworthy is a brand launched in 2011 that is devoted to bringing fantastic fan-inspired fashion to people everywhere; FYI, they really succeed at doing so. Filled to the brim with bold colors, glitter, and cute accessories, Cakeworthy's merchandise will have any fan on the edge of their seats, staring at the screen in envy. Check this list for their must-haves.

1. Minnie Pop T-Shirt Dress

Simple and versatile, with a pattern as cute as Minnie herself, this T-shirt dress is the perfect piece to spruce up any wardrobe. Got a bunch of basic, flat colors in your outfit? Throw in this pattern piece to complete it.

2. Dopey Diamond Pin

When it comes to Disney merchandise, some movies get more than others and in my personal opinion, when you find merchandise for the seven dwarfs, you take it. So, this Dopey pin depicting the famous diamond-eyes shot is a must.

3. Mulan Logo Hat

Logos are tough to work with, often they just distract from an item's overall quality, but Cakeworthy knows how to make them pop. This Mulan hat is literally only the logo, which means the hat's only purpose is to convey the logo — aka conveying Disney's Mulan. There are no characters, so the consumer is free to think of anything from the movie when they look at the hat. Plus, the color scheme is wonderful.

4. Neverland Denim Jacket

Getting a very '90s grunge crossed with a pinch of pixie dust vibes here. This denim jacket adds a fan-reference that no one will ever be disappointed with. Business in the front, fan in the back.

5. Mickey Ice Cream Cross Body Purse

I won't exaggerate, some things work in real life and some things work for photos. But this purse? This purse works for photos, in real life, in front of the purple wall, while holding a real Mickey Ice Cream Bar. You can see it, right? "Go on, live your dream."

6. Lion King Floral T-Shirt Dress

Another T-shirt dress and with good reason! The blown-up image of Simba and Nala set over a tropical print is both filled with '90s charm (no, really, I'm being serious) and is very pleasing to the eye. It's the perfect shirt to wear during the summer. Very loud but not brighter than the sun, which everyone will be grateful for since it's absolutely blazing outside.

7. Space Ranger Pin

I'm always a sucker for wearable fan-related pieces that aren't, at first glance, a fan-related piece. Only major "Toy Story" fans will immediately recognize that this pin is Buzz Lightyear's space ranger patch from his uniform. So if you like Buzz and Woody, and need something to get you through the workday, snatch this pin-up now.

8. Dumbo Airlines Passport Holder

Bright, blue, beautiful, and a sure way to make you smile during those early mornings going through airport security. No matter how far you travel, you'll have a piece of Disney with you!

9. Lion King Logo Hat

Another hat, and totally worthy of being part of this line-up. Not only does this also pass the logo test, but the pattern on the rim—with its funky shapes and muted colors—is screaming '90s throwback. The perfect accessory for "Lion King" fans and '90s kids alike.

10. Little Mermaid Crop Button Up

And now the last, but certainly not least, is the Ariel and Eric button up. One of the most popular Disney couples, Ariel and Eric take center stage on this blue and white pinstripe button up. Caught in a mid-kiss moment, surrounded by a seaweed heart, these two are sure to win the hearts of anyone who might catch a glance.

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