A Look at Make-Up Infomercials

Using a variety of female celebrities, infomercial producers have once again created a huge market where none existed. That’s not to say that make up products didn’t exist. They did. And they were a multibillion dollar industry long before anybody ever thought of infomercials.

Starting in the early twentieth century with the advent of movies and their subsequent side affect – beautiful stars! – make up companies have been designing products to make average looking women look better. Or at least think they look better. Make up has been a staple of upscale department stores and high priced boutiques right from the very beginning of the retail business. Even in the early days, make up products had their own departments. Salesgirls were hired who exhibited a youthful, sparkling appearance. They would grab women by the hand, lead them to the sales counter, apply a bit of this, a dab of that and a puff of something else for free and then make the sale. Early products were marketed in the usual manner – for their value in improving your appearance and their price.

The first make up celebrities in the pre-infomercial era were not the stars that women were trying to emulate but the heads of the Hollywood make up departments who made the stars look so glamorous. And so the likes of Max Factor, make up master to countless female celebrities (and men too, by the way) and the most successful line of make up products were born. Later on the celebrities themselves, sensing a huge cash return for the use of their face, put themselves on various lines of make up products available in stores. When their looks faded, when their careers stopped humming along, the make up products disappeared as well.

And then came infomercials. All of a sudden there was a way to get women interested in buying make up products over their TV sets and was it ever successful! Sensing right from the outset that the products had to be celebrity driven, producers came up with a way to market their products to women all over the world via the TV set. Faded and fading stars from the music business, movie business and TV business jumped on the bandwagon to sell make up and other beauty supplies to American women by the truckload. Here’s the hook that they used: the make up infomercial and the products were not completely celebrity driven. The celebrity was merely there to endorse the products supposedly used on her over the years to keep her looking younger and more beautiful. But the product itself was created by, bore the name of and was demonstrated by the make up artist who had labored for years applying make up to countless beautiful celebrities. The make up artist was not a beauty herself but a “regular” woman who merely worked on celebrities. Hence, the housewife watching in Des Moines, or Chicago or anywhere was not made to feel ugly or less than glamorous.

In fact the celebrity was usually somewhat demeaned on make up infomercials as they would often appear on the show without any make up on. You would be channel surfing and a close up shot of a celebrity you know would appear on the screen and you’d stop, you’d notice she didn’t look so good. You’d wonder what happened and you’d start watching the infomercial. And you’d hear her talking endlessly about how her appearance, her look, her beauty was predominately the successful work of the artist and her line of amazing products while the artist was applying make up to her face and transforming her right before your very eyes.

And furthermore, YOU!, Miss American Average Woman, could have these same products that celebrities have been using for years to make movie magic happen, the secret stuff known only to Hollywood insiders, delivered right to your door in a few days for the low, low price of…well you get the idea. What a concept! Don’t get the beautiful celebrity, with the face of an angel, to sell the product. Have the average looking make up artist sell the product while the beautiful celebrity is transformed from average looking to gorgeous right before your eyes! And of course, the celebrity was an equal or even majority partner in the profits from the line, picking up millions along the way for a days work, sitting in a comfortable chair, in air conditioned splendor, having make up applied to their faces. As the man said – Only in America!

A Look at Color Brochure Printing

Brochures have become vital in today’s workplace, serving a wide variety of purposes. Some are quite complex and others are simpler; color brochure printing is one of the simpler options. It usually refers to printing using only a single color. Because brochures are extremely versatile in both content and use, a process that uses only one color for both text and images is a popular choice for uncomplicated brochure printing jobs.

Color brochure printing is often enlisted when there is a cost limitation, or if the job doesn’t require multiple colors. Brochure printing companies will usually provide a clear explanation regarding your color options and prices, so you that will know exactly when color printing is right for you.

You can print a single color brochure at any company that prints brochures or at your local copy store. You can successfully print a single color brochure from a laser or inkjet printer, since the one-color process often does not present the same issues as the four-color process, such as image color quality and color resolution. If your job is very small and you choose to print from a small laser or inkjet printer, you can always take the sheets to a bindery or copy center to have them folded.

In color brochure printing simple images are recommended, as detail is often lost with when there is only one color. Line drawings are frequently used in single color jobs.

Color brochure printing or single color printing can be very inexpensive, especially if you use a standard weight and color paper and have a high print run; most printers have clearly marked standard options in their price lists. Remember that the more you print, the lower your cost.

Color brochure printing is an excellent choice if the brochure is being produced for basic information and communication, with less emphasis on visual appeal, thereby eliminating the need for heavyweight, high-gloss papers and multi-colored images, all of which come at a much higher cost. Finding and learning about brochure color printing and its advantages should be an educational journey, no matter how small or inexpensive the job.

A Guide To Neon Signs

If you are going to take a walk at night, notice the luminescent, glowing signs that are gracing the façade of many buildings. These are called neon signs.

The first neon sign appeared in France in 1910 at Grand Palais. The display caught people’s attention – in fact, the effect was so bright and catchy that other countries took notice. As a result, demands to create neon signs for commercial use have grown since the 50’s and are still very much in demand.

Neon signs are created out of brightly colored gas discharge lamps filled with a certain gas. These are actually glass tubes bent and twisted to form different designs and letters. The light uses a high voltage but very low volume of amperage. To make the gas inside the tube glow with light, you will need to increase the electrical pressure from your wall outlet so that enough supply of current is transported.

One known advantage of neon signs is that electrical cost is relatively low. The typical lifespan of neon signs range from 7 to 10 years but there are some that have been known to last 20 years.

If you are wondering why those neon signs vary in colors, it is because these signs are created in three different ways using three different gases. Some use inert gas, for example. This is the combination of neon and argon/mercury gases. While neon gas glows in reddish-orange color, argon and mercury lights give off a light blue color. Some neon light also use fluorescent powders. Such lights use combinations of different gases to filter out different colors from the light spectrum. Some neon lights, on the other hand, use colored glass. This is the oldest method and the most expensive among the three. They provide the most vivid colors, but they are not as bright as other neon lights.

A Guide To Inverters

Inverters can be used in a number of applications. The use can vary from small applications in a personal computer to large industrial complexes which require bulk power. An inverter is basically a logic gate that converts input into output and both of them are in opposite state. It implies that if input is false then output is true and vice-versa.

Inverters ensure an uninterrupted power supply. They can vary in size according to their capacity. Inverters can have one-switched as well as two-switched modes of power supply.

A simple inverter consists of an oscillator. This oscillator drives a transistor. The result is interruption of the direct current which is incoming, creating a square wave which passes through a transformer to produce the output. The more advanced inverters have started using thyristors and other forms of advanced transistors.

An inverter has several other parts, such as capacitors and inductors. They ensure the smooth and uninterrupted supply of current from the inverter. The best way to judge the quality of an inverter is to look at its pulse rating. A 3-pulse implies that the inverter is using three transistors. It is a relatively simple arrangement.

Inverters offer a cleaner output than many generators. That is why they are preferred as a source of power, especially in those areas which are environmentally sensitive. Though the quality of power supplied by simple inverters may not be that good, there are other, more advanced inverters which do not give you such problems.

There are companies which make customized inverters available on demand. Before you buy one, find about the maintenance costs and the effort that is necessary to maintain it. Some of the inverters might not be that expensive, but their maintenance is.

A Guide to Brochure Printing

Brochure printing can be easy if you first identify your needs and have a clear sense of your budget. Whether it is for is a real estate listing, a trade show handout, a data sheet, or another application, brochures are a great promotional tool.

Start with a layout that includes the text and images you will need to convey your message. Then choose the type of printing that best suits your brochure. Brochures are typically printed in more than one color.

There are two basic choices in printing: offset printing and laser or digital printing. Both printing processes are capable of producing large quantities of high-quality documents. Most high quality, full-color commercial printing is done on offset presses using the four-color process. Offset printing is a process whereby ink is spread on a metal plate with etched images, is transferred to an intermediary surface, and is then applied to paper by pressing the paper against the intermediary surface. Although set-up costs can be relatively high, the actual printing is generally inexpensive.

Laser or digital printing uses a laser beam to produce an image; this is also the way copy machines work. Offset printing usually produces clearer, crisper type and higher resolution images than laser or digital printing. However, smaller printing jobs can be done on a small low-volume laser or inkjet printer, or at a copy store, thereby eliminating set-up fees and some shipping costs.

Choosing paper is another very important aspect of brochure printing. Most printers will recommend a heavyweight, coated, or glossy paper to achieve a more vibrant, upscale look.

The folding of your brochure is another key consideration. Basic folding options include: the half fold or single fold, the tri fold (the left and right flaps open), and the “Z” fold (which opens up like an accordion). Almost all printers will give you a greater discount the more you print.

Brochure printing can be easy and fun and allow for a good deal of self-expression, so go ahead, what are you waiting for? Print that brochure.