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Best Mineral Makeup Products

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Mineral makeup is great for healthy, natural looking skin. Here are the best mineral makeup products to look your best, for not a lot of money.

Although mineral makeup is becoming increasingly popular for those looking for a healthier makeup routine, many are still hesitant to swap in their regular old foundation for a mineral one.

If you are one of those people, there are plenty of reasons to jump on the mineral makeup bandwagon.

Most mineral makeups are all natural, provide great coverage as well as amazing skin benefits, and feel as though you are wearing a second skin as opposed to a mask of heavy makeup.

Here are a few of the best mineral makeup items available on the market today to get you started.

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Best Facial Cleansers For Oily Skin

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People with oily skin have a hard time finding a face wash that will clean but won’t strip their skin of essential oils. There a few washes that Viewpoints reviewers swear by.

Oily skin is actually a natural anti-aging gift but people who have it say oily skin is anything BUT a gift! Keeping oily skin clean without stripping it is not easy. Our reviewers have tried all types of facial cleansers and found the following to be among the very best for controlling oily skin and improving the overall look of their faces. Let’s take a look at what real people like you and I say are the best facial cleansers for oily skin.

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Best Vitamins for Skin Care: Vitamins C and E

 

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On a dreary winter day, get some vitamins for skin care in the form of lemon. Vitamin C and Vitamin E are great for skin care.

Getting the right level of vitamins each day is critical to maintaining good health and having great skin. In particular, two vitamins, applied topically, are crucial for healthy skin—Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

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BB Cream vs CC Cream: What’s the Difference?

What's the difference between BB Cream vs CC Cream? Both offer great skin benefits, but which miracle cream is right for you?

What’s the difference between BB Cream vs CC Cream? Both offer great skin benefits, but which miracle cream is right for you?

If you are still having trouble trying to decipher between a BB and a CC cream, you are not alone. Trying to decide between a BB cream or a CC cream can get confusing. The two products that appear very similar, yet each seems to advertise more superior benefits than the other.

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Is At Home Microdermabrasion Effective?

 

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Microdermabrasion is more than just an anti-aging skin treatment, but is it worth the money to use it at home? Viewpoints reviewers think so.

If you are unhappy with the way your skin looks you might have considered microdermabrasion. Maybe you have mild acne, or discoloration from it, superficial scars, or your skin is a dull color, large pores, lines you don’t like. Whatever it is, microdermabrasion might be able to fix it, but are you going to have it done professionally, or use an at-home kit? The Mary Kay microdermabrasion set is one option Viewpoints readers are curious about, but they aren’t sure if at-home microdermabrasion is effective.

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About – Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice Awards

About Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards

The best products you can buy

The Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards recognize the consumer products that users most consistently recommend.

Viewpoints is a trusted place to find consumer reviews. Our users are passionate about finding a good deal. 72 percent tell us: “I’m excited to tell others about a good product.” It’s the number one reason our registered members say they write reviews (Viewpoints User Survey, June 2013). 

We’ve been in the consumer reviews business since 2007. Viewpoints has now collected 512,000+ reviews of 35,000+ products — everything from kitchen appliances to mattresses to insurance. Our rich, detailed consumer sentiment helps shoppers make smart buying decisions and gives manufacturers impartial customer feedback.  Because of our experience, review volume and scale, we’re excited to take this logical next step.

The Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards are about honoring those products that positively delight customers.

The Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice winners are based solely on the opinions of you, the reviewer. The top awards are Best Overall (most popular) and Best Value (a bargain). So we invite you to check out the top winners. You’ll also see the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice badge on the pages of award-winning products throughout our website.

See the Top Winners

Award Levels

Reviewers' Choice award - Best Overall

Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice: Best Overall

  • The highest product honor on Viewpoints
  • Reflects consistently excellent consumer feedback on a product currently available
  • Given to no more than one product in a given category
  • Not awarded if no product in a category meets eligibility requirements

 

Reviewers Choice Best Value award Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice: Best Value

  • The best product you can buy for the lowest price
  • Product must first meet ‘Reviewers’ Choice’ award eligibility
  • Given to no more than one product in a given category
  • Based on manufacturer’s list price
  • Value score is based on the product’s rating/price ratio
  • Winner has highest value score among award-eligible products

Viewpoints Reviewers Choice awardViewpoints Reviewers’ Choice: Highly Recommended

  • An excellent product choice, a strong reviewer favorite
  • Only in-market products meeting certain review requirements are eligible
  • May be given to multiple products in a category

 

We believe you can buy any Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice winning product with absolute confidence. When you do, come back to Viewpoints. Write a review to share your experience with others. We plan to announce awards on a monthly basis, and your opinions will help determine future Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice picks.

Eligibility

Ninja Master Prep Pro System

6 percent Blenders

It’s a high bar

How many products on Viewpoints are awards eligible? Not many. That’s because few products can maintain a high score on our website as more and more reviewers rate their experiences in the home.

Four factors are considered:

Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Deluxe

13 percent Juicers

1. Product rating

When posting a review, consumers rate the product (1 to 10), as well as specific attributes (1 to 10).  In addition to the rating, consumers explain why they graded the product as they did. After three reviews are collected, a product gets a score (1 to 100). Only those products rated 85-100 are considered. To be eligible for ‘Best Overall,’ the product must have a rating of at least 90. In a few cases, there’s no ‘Best Overall’ awarded because no product is rated high enough.

Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-Speed Hand Mixer HM-70

8 percent Mixers

2. Product review volume

It’s fairly common for a new product to collect three positive reviews or even five. But experience shows that after about a dozen people weigh in about what they liked (and didn’t), that 90+ rating won’t hold up. That’s why we take products with the most reviews most seriously. We’ll always mention how many reviews our selection is based upon. At this time, a product needs at least 15 reviews to be eligible for a Reviewers’ Choice award.

Keurig Mini Plus Single-Cup Brewing System B31

8 percent Coffee Makers

3. Reviewer reputation

We require users to write a helpful review. The average character length of a review on Viewpoints is 659 characters, or 137 words (September 2013). Winning products have richly detailed reviews. We also consider the reputation of that reviewer on our site. Has the reviewer shown a passion for giving user feedback that offers both the pros and cons?  If so, that reviewer’s positive opinion will lend greater support for award consideration. Most reviewers of winning products have reviewed many others

Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker CBK-200

9 percent Bread Machines

4. Review recency

All winners have one final thing in common. Reviews have been posted within the last year. We think that’s important because, while some products have been on the market for several years, models and packaging may change. Having updated reviews ensures that we are reflecting how the product performs today.

FAQs about Viewpoints’ Reviewers Choice awards

Why is Viewpoints giving Reviewers’ Choice product awards?

How can I give my own feedback about products?

Can I nominate a product?

How are the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards different from other product awards?

What can manufacturers do to ensure their products are awards eligible?

How can I find out more about the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards?

What product categories are coming up?

Why is Viewpoints giving Reviewers’ Choice product awards?

Viewpoints collects consumer reviews to help offer the best guidance possible to shoppers, however, with more than 35,000 reviewed products on our site, it can be difficult to pinpoint the products that have stood the test of time. As a product receives more consumer reviews, the picture of its quality comes into clearer view. The Viewpoints’ Reviewers Choice awards allow us to clearly identify those ‘diamonds’ that are worth your consideration, depending on your needs and budget.

How can I give my own feedback about products?

Write a review! While Viewpoints doesn’t require registration to read reviews, we actively encourage registration so that you can offer your own insights and others may benefit from what you have learned. Many of our users link their Facebook accounts to make signing in simple. That’s also a good way to see which of your friends have left reviews on our site. In 2013, we launched Viewpoints Rewards. When you write a qualifying review that is at least 700 characters long in an eligible product category, you’ll earn Rewards Points that will be awarded to your account and visible on the “Your Rewards” section of your profile upon Viewpoints’ approval of the review. Every 500 points you earn can be redeemed on Viewpoints for gift cards to a variety of retailers, such as Amazon. And of course, your review will help us decide which products are eligible for Reviewers’ Choice awards next time.

Can I nominate a product?

Viewpoints doesn’t accept nominations for Reviewers’ Choice. Only products that are reviewed on our site can be considered. If you’re a manufacturer, you should let us know if any of your products are missing from our site or need to be updated. That’s the first important step to collecting reviews and receiving recognition.

We’re also changing the way reviews are managed with Viewpoints Pulse, a breakthrough product that gives brands the ability to claim their products and respond to reviewers directly — a “win-win” for manufacturers and consumers. With Pulse, brands can customize their product pages with additional images and updated information, and in coming weeks, we’ll offer consumer sentiment analytics.

If you’d like more information about claiming a product on Viewpoints and Viewpoints Pulse, please contact:

Jennifer Voight, Vice President of Sales

Email: jennifer@viewpoints.com

Phone: 312.447.2596

How are the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards different from other product awards?

Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice is one of the few product awards based strictly on reviews written by ordinary consumers. Most well-known awards are the opinions of experts or the results of a research survey. Other awards focus only on new products and/or require manufacturers to pay to have their products included.  We believe consumers are the best judges of product excellence. While Viewpoints accepts advertising, the Reviewers’ Choice awards are independent and recognize the products of advertisers and non-advertisers alike. Our judging criteria is transparent and administered uniformly. We purposely kept Reviewers’ Choice simple to use and understand.

One other thing. We know getting a good deal is more important than ever. Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice may be the only consumer product award honoring great products that don’t cost a lot. Our top awards showcase the best of both worlds: ‘Best Overall‘ and ‘Best Value.’

What can manufacturers do to ensure their products are awards eligible?

After checking to make sure your products are represented on our site, each product must have at least 15 reviews to be considered for Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice. It is in a brand’s interest to make sure its customers know about Viewpoints and contribute honest feedback. Viewpoints has zero tolerance for fake reviews, and we take aggressive steps to remove reviews that don’t appear to be authentic and sincere. So while encouraging your customers to leave reviews on Viewpoints is appropriate, paying customers to leave positive reviews is not. Any product with suspicious reviews will be disqualified from Reviewers’ Choice.

How can I find out more about the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards?

If you’d like to reach out to Viewpoints about the Reviewers’ Choice awards, please contact:

Brittany Heidtke, Director of Marketing

Email: brittany@viewpoints.com

Phone: 312.447.6106

What product categories are coming up?

Reviewers’ Choice is a year-round awards program. Every month, Viewpoints will recognize exceptional products and related e-commerce. Here are some of the categories we have planned in 2014:

Health & Beauty Products - Jan and Feb, 2014

Money Products - March, 2014

Travel Websites - March, 2014

Home & Garden Products - April and May, 2014

Babies & Kids Products - June, 2014

Large Kitchen Appliances -  July, 2014

Mattresses - August, 2014

Laundry & Cleaning Appliances - September, 2014

Pet Care Products - October, 2014

—Updated 1/23/14

 

 

Viewpoints Experts To Help Consumers Get Best Deals, Avoid Mistakes

 

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Update 2/4/2014: Thank you for your interest, but we are not currently accepting any new writers. The Category Expert Program is now closed. 

 

Viewpoints helps people decide what to buy by providing honest product feedback. We are the voice of the consumer.

In addition to collecting reviews from consumers (496,000+ reviews to date), we’re now recruiting experts in specific lifestyle and product categories to create articles and video content to guide consumers in making the overall smartest purchase decision for their budgets and needs.  Authors will be rewarded based on the size of the audience the articles attract.

How to apply to be a Viewpoints Expert

Please email: jenn@viewpoints.com

Include:

A brief note introducing yourself and the category of your interest. Previous blogging experience not necessary, but if you have examples of published work, please provide. And oh yes, let us know how we can best reach you.

Want to know more?

What is a category expert?
What’s the difference between a consumer reviewer and an expert reviewer?
Priority categories
Type of people we’re recruiting
Social qualifications
What’s in it for you
Expert compensation
Before you start
Article requirements
After publication
How to apply
Terms of service

What is a category expert?

Viewpoints strives to give a 360° view of products. While our consumer reviews give important information in how an appliance, stroller or mattress performs after purchase, we believe there are other valuable perspectives. The Viewpoints experts will provide insights that consumer reviews alone cannot, i.e. product previews, tests of new products, head-to-head brand comparisons, product and brand recommendations, trend analysis, etc.

Honesty and transparency are important. Our experts give advice and recommendations without conflict of interest or hidden agenda, in the same way they would advise their own friends and family. To that end, we require the authors to fully disclose any financial ties to the industry and/or products they write about.

Although there are 465 product categories on Viewpoints, not all lend themselves to a high volume of original, engaging editorial content. So we’ve identified 51 product categories with the greatest potential for engagement, as measured by audience interest, value to Viewpoints as a business and the competitive landscape. In other words, these are subjects that both consumers and advertisers care about, yet there’s a relative void of compelling content.

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What makes Viewpoints different? We’re on a mission to help both consumers and businesses learn from real-world experience. We believe that authenticity and transparency in reviews will help others find products and services that are affordable, sustainable and innovative. For the first time, we are inviting professionals to join the conversation.

What’s the difference between a consumer reviewer and an expert reviewer?

We’ve gotten several inquiries about this program from people who love writing reviews, but would probably fall into the category of “enthusiast” rather than “expert.” Enthusiasts are vital to Viewpoints.com — serving an important role in keeping the community conversation going. For this expert program, professional credentials are ideal, but not necessary if your knowledge has come through real-world experience. To better understand if you are a good fit for this program, ask yourself:

  • Do I understand the technology?

It’s one thing to use a refrigerator; it is another to know how and why they are designed as they are and what could go wrong and why.

  • Do I know the attributes by which to judge the product?

Your reviews will need to cover the common things people want to know about when deciding what to buy. If you aren’t up to speed, writing for us will be difficult.

Priority categories

These are currently the 51 priority categories on Viewpoints. If you click on the category, you’ll see examples of articles we’ve published on that topic. In a few cases, you’ll be led to the category page on Viewpoints. That means we currently have no editorial content on that subject, so your expertise would be especially welcome.

Air Conditioners Diapers Mixers
Airlines Diet Pills Online Degrees
Acne & Blemish Treatments Diets Ovens
Anti-Aging Skin Care Dishwashers Paint
Baby Bottles Facial Moisturizer Refrigerators
Baby Formula General Household Cleaners Rental Cars
Baby Shampoo & Body Wash Grills Sewing Machines
Blenders Hair Coloring Shampoo (Hair Products)
Body Lotions Hair Conditioner Shopping Websites
Bread Machines Home Technology Space Heaters
Cable TV Providers Pet Care Streaming Services
Cell Providers Insurance Strollers
Clothes Dryers Kitchen Ranges Toaster Ovens
Coffee Makers Leaf Blowers Treadmills (Fitness)
Credit Cards Mattresses Vacuums
Crock Pots & Slow Cookers Mortgage Lenders Vitamins, Herbs and Minerals
Detergent Microwave Ovens Washing Machines

 

To increase the visibility of our editorial content, Viewpoints is creating dedicated category pages that will showcase expert reviews and articles along with consumer tips, videos, graphics, top product round-ups, curated off-site content, etc. Once category pages are built, the next step will be dedicated content channel pages that will showcase the freshest, most engaging content in each of the broader eight content areas:

  • Kitchen Appliances
  • Laundry & Cleaning
  • Home & Garden
  • Bath & Beauty
  • Health
  • Babies & Kids
  • Computers & Electronics
  • Money

Articles and videos will be selected to be showcased on these pages based on relevance and popularity, as determined by traffic to the blog and category pages. All articles will be published first on the Viewpoints blog.

Gas kitchen burner

Viewpoints experts help consumers know what to buy when they need a new appliance, like a gas range or cooktop.

Types of people we’re recruiting

Our plan is to partner with 3 kinds of writers in each of the categories:

  • 1. Professional writers with a strong social following and demonstrated expertise in one of our key categories

  • 2. Experts wishing to have an impact in the consumer reviews space and/or build a greater online presence for themselves or their businesses

  • 3. Bloggers who want more influence and visibility in the reviews space

We hope you’re the type of person who will delight in ‘taking ownership’ of your subject. That means monitoring new products, staying on top of trends, setting Google Alerts, reading reviews on site, etc. As such, we’ll depend on you to actively suggest article ideas based on your expertise of the category. We also work with you to come up with topics that are fresh and connect with the Viewpoints audience.

Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+

Sharing your content across your own social networks will help us both reach our goals.

Social qualifications

To gain the traffic we’ll need to make our partnership mutually rewarding, it is important that you are already active in social media. Aside from the passion and expertise in the content categories outlined, any one of these is required:

–>500 followers on Twitter

–>500 combined friends/followers on Facebook

–>500 connections on LinkedIn

–>100 followers on Google+

–>1,000 followers on Pinterest

Viewpoints will be sharing all of your posts on our social platforms, and you’ll be expected to do the same. Be creative in how you leverage your community on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and others. You’ll be encouraged to record short videos for Viewpoints blog posts, which you’ll then easily upload to our account on the video sharing site, Pixorial. Viewpoints will then edit, add music or finishing touches before publishing on our YouTube channel for embed in your article. We view this as a social partnership and will actively brainstorm on ways to create buzz.

What’s in it for you

>Work is displayed in a credible editorial environment adhering to highest standards of quality and relevance

>Audience reach: Site receives 1 million+ unique visitors monthly, and work is showcased in Viewpoints email newsletters to 240,000

>Compensation is based on traffic generated to article, with $25 minimum per article (details below)

>We will link from every article to author’s personal website or business site

>Contributors will have access to the WordPress dashboard to monitor their own article traffic

>Viewpoints works directly with manufacturers to provide you with innovative and new products to review

>Viewpoints creates pages to showcase an author’s picture, bio, social channels and published work on our site

>Content created will be showcased on PRNewswire, as appropriate

>Your standing as an authority greatly benefits from our reputation in the consumer reviews space

>In most cases, you are free to keep or donate any products we provide you to review, which will be disclosed to readers

Expert compensation

Details of the compensation as follows:

Paid contributors must commit to at least one article/week
Flat fee ($100) for 4 articles a month
Unpaid contributors can provide content less frequently than 4 times a month
Bonus for all authors after 2,500 page views ($10 for every additional 1,000 views per article up to one year from publication)
All earnings are credited on 1st day of month to contributor’s PayPal account and will be reported to the IRS in 1099

Before you start

A few housekeeping items before you can start writing:

1. Become a member of the Viewpoints community. Register as a user on Viewpoints.com, and write your first (consumer) review.
2. Provide your PayPal email. Here’s the PayPal signup page if you don’t have an account.
3. Create a Google+ profile with your picture and list that you are a “Contributor to” www.viewpoints.com/expert-reviews (see image). Go into the ‘About’ section> ‘Links’>’Contributor to’> Add ‘www.viewpoints.com/expert-reviews’ with the label of ‘Viewpoints’. (This can be a bit confusing, so if you have any questions, just ask!). Google Authorship is tied to the author — so if your business has multiple authors, each would need to set this up.

Showing info on G+ About page

A key step to qualifying for Google Authorship is listing Viewpoints on your Google+ ‘About’ page. That way, Google may display your photo in search results which will increase credibility of the content.Article requirements–400-700 words in length

Article requirements

–400-800 words in length

–Gives both pros and cons

–Quotes consumer reviews, as appropriate

–Includes any photos or video you take. Don’t overlook YouTube as a source of related content. We will supply product and stock images if you don’t have any.

–Discloses your ties to a brand, industry or products that represent a conflict of interest, real or perceived

–Not previously published, either in whole or in part, on another site. The content you create for us will be unique to Viewpoints. Acts of plagiarism are unacceptable and will result in immediate termination

After publication

–Post a shorter version of any product review on the Viewpoints site (as a consumer review)

–Respond to comments on authored articles with overall goal of getting more meaningful comments over time (key measure of success)

While you’re getting acquainted with Viewpoints, plan to email articles to Viewpoints as attached Word document. Once established, authors will file directly into our Word Press dashboard in draft form, pending publication.

Drugstore vs. Department Store: Anti-Aging Skincare Roundup

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According to our skin care experts, anti-aging creams don’t have to cost a fortune to be effective.

The best anti-aging skin care products aren’t always the most expensive. According to dermatologists, skin care experts and Viewpoints reviewers, shoppers should look for gentle products with natural ingredients and steer clear of big brands that promise results the FDA says they can’t deliver.

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