Nov 12

Do you see what I see? – or – Who sees what on Facebook?

Exactly who sees exactly what on your Facebook pages? It’s easy to check, once you know how and I’ll tell you below, I promise. But first, let me say that even with the best privacy settings, people still might get access to things you’d rather they not see. Mistakes can be made, anything on a screen can be grabbed and presto, you’re known. If something needs to be truly private, don’t put it on Facebook. You’d be wise to not put it on the internet at all. That having been said, Lifehacker claims to keep an Always Up-to-Date Guide to Managing Your Facebook Privacy which is worth reading and checking against your own settings. I have to admit I don’t know how up-t0-date it actually is.

Here’s the way to see your timeline as others do. As always, use at your own risk.

Step 1. Navigate to your timeline by going to Facebook and clicking on your name in the upper left corner.

Step 2. In the upper right hand corner, under your cover photo, click on the weird wheely thing.

Step 3. Choose “View As..” from the dropdown menu.

Step 4. Enter the name of the person you’d like to view your timeline as. It will auto-fill to help you out. You can also click on “public” in the text to view as a random member of the public (ie someone you have not friended on Facebook).

Step 5. You’ll now see how your timeline looks to whoever you’ve chosen or to the public.

Step 6. To get back to viewing your timeline as you, click “Back to Timeline”

And that’s it!


Nov 12

Buy, buy again (again)

Another photo of a used beauty product, yay! The idea is that these are the products I buy again, after I’ve given them a full container’s worth of use and know I love them. The first post in this series is here: Buy, buy again. This time it’s Talika Lash Conditioning Cleanser. It works. It takes off every bit of every mascara and my eyelashes look fuller and better, especially great after that waxing incident where I removed eyelashes instead of eyebrows. I use it by pumping a couple of spurts – and it does spurt, it’s not the smoothest pump action – on my fingers, then gently rubbing it onto my eyes – it doesn’t pull – and then taking it off with a cotton pad. Pretty easy. It doesn’t sting my eyes, but I had a look at the Makeupalley reviews and it seems it does for some people. It looks like it’s either one of those things that you either love or hate, so maybe ask for a sample before you buy a full bottle.

The only things I’ve found to work as well to remove eye makeup are cleansing oils (my fave is Shu Uemura green) and oil based cleansers like Eve Lom. I suppose the Talika has the benefit of adding volume to lashes over time, but I wouldn’t use it if I were using either of those as it would seem a bit redundant. I might still use proper makeup remover on my face though (I wrote about Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water vs Bioderma Créaline H2O here if you’re interested) . Maybe I should try and see what feels best, for the good of us all, of course.

Nov 12

Tweetbot for Mac won’t open, unexpectedly quits (November 2012)

I love Tweetbot. You should get it. However, the first time I tried to open Tweetbot for Mac, something bad happened. I’m not sure what, but I got a dialogue box asking me… erm.. something. (I am posting this a few weeks after it happened. I should have kept the screengrab.) At any rate, I had two choices and no matter which choice I made, it hung for a minute and then quit.

They do have good support and a faq to walk you through some common problems.  It’s here: Tweetbot Help and you can email support at the bottom of that page. I tried re-downloading but that didn’t work – I think the problem was that in Tweetbot for Mac, I wasn’t getting rid of all of the corrupted settings. Here’s what the nice support person told me to do:

Try these steps to see if this fixes the issue:

1. Quit Tweetbot.
2. Open Finder. Go to your home folder.
3. Type command-shift-G (goto folder)
4. Type Library and press return (Library is a hidden folder hence needing to do this)
5. Then click on the folder ‘Containers’.
6. Find and delete the folder com.tapbots.TweetbotMac
7. Restart Tweetbot.

And that worked. If you try it after it’s been working, you’ll lose all your settings, I think, but I can’t see how that’d be a huge deal.



Nov 12

Cage match: Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water vs Bioderma Créaline H2O

This is going to be a short review. There’s not a great deal that I can say about cleansing waters. I use them on cotton wool to remove makeup before washing my face properly – however, I use a separate remover for my eye makeup (Talika Lash Conditioning Cleanser which is amazing) so they doesn’t need to do any heavy lifting. Both the Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals and Bioderma Créaline H2O remove makeup well, no problems there. Let me say also say that I think the Bioderma Sensibio H2O is the same thing as the Crealine H2O but don’t know for certain. Rumour and innuendo abound.

The big differences in the Nuxe and Bioderma are the texture and residue left on my face.  The Bioderma feels like water. Magic makeup removing water. It’s watery to the point of being positively water-like and doesn’t leave anything on my face. Much like water. This is a good thing.

The Nuxe does not have the same degree of desirable wateriness. It’s thicker and a bit sticky and smells (a lovely smell to be fair, rose petals y’know) and leaves a tacky film on my face. I just had a look at the bumpf on the Space NK site and it says

A non-sticky, fresh texture and delicate fragrance for perfectly cleansed face, eyes and lips, leaving your skin clean, soft and comfortable.

I think Space NK and I define non-sticky slightly differently. It’s not awful and I’ll use it up, but will definitely go back to the Bioderma after this, unless another cleansing water catches my wandering eye.

Nov 12

Keep emotional vampires at bay: How to hide your relationship status in Facebook (November 2012)

So you’ve broken up with someone and, rather than deal with questions from your Facebook friends about the sordid details because they’ve just been notified that your status has changed from “In a relationship” to “Single”, you just want to let it slip away quietly, sobbing into your drink with a few real life friends who aren’t such emotional vampires. What to do?

The answer is to hide your relationship status. You can hide it then change it (or not, if you’re into denial), so only you will see the updated status. Here’s how. Please note: these instructions come without warranty, so use at your own risk.

First step, go to Facebook. Once you’re there, go to your profile by clicking on your name on the left hand side of the page.

Once you’re there, take a minute or ten to browse around, remembering all the good times you’ve had and how you’ll be glad to lose the passive aggressive posts you’ve been leaving on each other’s pages. Then when you’re ready – not before, don’t rush it – click on “Update info” just under the photo at the top of your screen on the right hand side.

In the relationship box on the info edit page which you’re now on, click on the “Edit” in the upper right hand corner of the square labelled “Relationships”.

Now change the visibility to “Only me”. Click on the little people icon in the top right hand corner of the edit box that’s appeared. Please note the image below is before you’ve changed it. You want to end up with the tick by “Only me.”

Now click the save button in the lower right corner of the Relationship edit thing. THIS IS IMPORTANT.

At this point, it makes sense to check and see that the changes have taken. You can view your profile as someone else (instructions to follow in a future post) and make sure that your relationship, has, in fact, vanished from view.

There’s one more thing you can do, if you’d like. You can actually change your relationship status. Simply go through all the above again and change it in the drop down panel in that relationship box. You could do it at the same time as changing the visibility to “Only me” but I’m guessing you really don’t want anyone to know about it, so it might lessen the paranoia a bit to do it in two steps, checking that it’s worked by viewing as someone else in between.

And sorry about your breakup. Hope you feel better soon. xx