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Senior Tips For Using A Mac

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The Mac has a history going back to the ’80s where it performed as the better design tool. It has been known for years to render its fonts better and unmatched in its superior user experience. Finally, it’s consistent, well-made, and good looking. Both Mac and Windows users alike all agreed that today, there isn’t much of a difference between the competitive models with similar specifications. For seniors to know, It’s all come down to a matter of personal preference.

 

 

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Technology is to be enjoyed by everyone, young and old. So for the midlifers out there who think that they are way behind on the times, think again. It’s never too late to set up that Skype or Facebook account, start blogging or even set up an online business you can retire with.

 

Here you will find handy tips on how the adult or senior can utilize their Mac devices and get involved with the world wide web.

 

Why Mac?

Because of its GUI and pleasant user experience, more and more people tend to use Mac’s for their professional and personal computing. Since 1980, more and more of today’s adults are realising that in the reality we live in, not all of it is physical, and personal lives administration including businesses are starting to rely on databases, code, bits and bytes rather than paper and filing cabinets. Macs have a reputation ever since the release of Apple’s System 7 of May 1991; it was considered to be much more user-friendly than its counterpart rivals, Microsoft’s Windows 3.1 of April ‘92. This was because of their easy to use interface, more and more people who didn’t understand computing joined the Personal Computer family by choosing Mac for this purpose.

By default, macOS comes with useful toolbars, sidebars, buttons, and similar. To the beginner senior, these items can create confusion, more so if they prefer to rely only on any menus for app options. So it helps seniors to maintain the bare minimum app interfaces with only showing the most important elements within sight. The main idea here is to declutter the Dock, menu bar, and sidebars and toolbars within apps.

Lastly, if you have a smartphone with the Apple brand; iPhone etc, then you can sync content through your Apple account which allows you to keep on top of your files with ease.

If you are struggling to get through a switch from Microsoft Windows to Mac, there are plenty of tutorials and guides from Apples Support centre.

Not to worry though if you have an android or windows device. There are plenty of articles and support websites available that give advice to people who need to use a cross-platform of devices. For example, some people who like to use their Android phone for photography and then get stuck on how to transfer their files. A solution for this is they should follow this step by step guide that shows you how to transfer files from Android to Mac.

 

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So, What Else Can I Do With It?

 

 

  • Time Machine On Mac – Although you have use of the iCloud with using a Mac it’s still a good idea to make sure you’re backing it up on a regular basis. The Time Machine app is the easiest way that you can do, however, as always there are other plans that might work better for you. The best thing to do is to complete your own research.

 

 

 

  • iCloud On Mac – Easily of the best reasons to use Mac is the Apple ecosystem. This is largely fueled by the iCloud syncing. You can access your photos, documents, movies, music, and anything else you have stored all with your iCloud account.

 

 

 

  • iTunes On Mac – iTunes is already installed on your Mac when you are getting started so you don’t have to figure this part out. If, however, you don’t have it for some reason it’s easy enough to download from apple directly. iTunes allows you to store all of your favourite movies, tv shows, iBooks, apps, music, and more. Even if you don’t use a Mac for your media you can still download purchased content straight from iTunes itself.  

 

 

 

  • Set Up Email End Calendar – Although there are a number of free and downloadable email and calendar apps for the Mac, you should still set up the Mail and Calendar app that comes on your Mac as standard. The built-in Mail and Calendar apps will most likely always be supported by Apple and using other applications may be slower and have to recheck for data syncs more often.

 

 

 

 

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  • Optimized Storage on Mac – Apple as a whole is brilliant with this kind of thing and have put steps into place to make sure your storage is always optimised. Using a number of iCloud syncing options, as well as performing a regular declutter, you can keep your hard drive free for more important files. Definitely useful for when you have essential files that you may need to download. This is one of the many reasons bloggers use Macs over others.

 

 

 

  • Set Up Automatic Downloads – Apple regularly updates the macOS with new and great features. Although Mac is less vulnerable to viruses and the like, updates are crucial to maintaining and running of your system. Some Mac app developers also like to keep things ticking with regular updates which bring new and exciting features to the Mac community. You can ensure you don’t miss anything by setting up automatic downloads, which will run from the background.

 

 

  • Connect Your Printer – Peripherals like a mouse and keyboard, trackpad, scanner and printer, are all important to getting the most out of your Mac. Having a scanner and printer can often be handy to keep less physical paperwork and can allow you to duplicate them embarrassing photographs of the kids.

 

 

  • Download Apps And Games – Apple make sure they provide you with the basic apps they deem needed to getting started and will throw in a few games too. There are still plenty of apps you will need for productivity, entertainment, and more. This is where you will find it useful to be using the Mac Apple Store, you will need to create an Apple ID to use this but it will sync all as across other devices such as an iPhone. There is an abundance of apps available so have some fun finding some useful tools for personal and business uses.

 

 

Technology is constantly changing and this also means that the top tips do too! so it’s important to keep up to date. Do you have any other tips for help using a Mac? Please share them in the comments section below.

 

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How to get your makeup to last all day part 1

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Makeup is like magic to me. The right makeup products have the power to transform everyone. Which is why I like to pay special attention to my makeup products. I am lucky to get opportunities to review many products each month. Some products are better than others, and I always make sure I get the amazing products again once I run out.

I have had the privilege to use all sorts of makeup and I know the importance of using the right makeup. Many of us want our makeup to stay put all day. I remember growing up, that was one of the issues I had. I would apply makeup before leaving the house, and it would be wiped off within a few hours. So I know all about how frustrating it can be when your makeup seems to just vanish off your face.

 

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How to get your makeup to last all day

So how do you get your makeup to last all day? Here are some tips that you may find useful –

 

Care for the skin underneath

Having a good skincare routine is the first step to helping your makeup stay on for longer. You should ensure you are using the right skincare products. Ensure you use the right cleansers, makeup remover, moisturisers and face creams. I like to spoil myself with a face mask every week. It does wonders for my skin. For moisturisers, I currently use Bio Oil and No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Day Cream SPF 15 50ml.

 

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Also, make sure you take your makeup off before you go to sleep and treat your skin right from within by eating and drinking right. Once your skin is smooth and supple, your makeup tends to stay on for longer.  I currently use AVON True Nutra Effects Gentle Bi-Phase Eye Make-up Remover, and it wipes every trace of my makeup off. 

 

Use a primer first

Now this is a very important tip. You should apply a primer first before you apply your foundation. I always use a primer first if I know I am going to be out all day and I need my makeup staying on.

I currently use Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer and it is so amazing. It keeps my makeup on for more than 12 hours. 

 

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Quality Foundation and Concealer

I like to spend a bit more when it comes to my foundation and concealer because I believe the more I spend, the better the quality. I have all sorts of foundation and concealer products in my makeup storage box, but I always recommend Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place FoundationIt is super long lasting, stays on all day. This foundation is definitely number 1 in the makeup market.

 

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When it comes to concealers, I prefer MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. It conceals all that needs concealing and it stays on all day. Love it. 

 

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Face Powder that works

Once my primer, foundation and concealer (in that order) have been applied and blended in, the next stage is applying the face powder. I go for quality here as well, and I like my MAC. The Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation by MAC works great for me. It stays on all day and I hardly ever need to top up except for my t section.

The Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In Place Powder Makeup SPF10 is another favourite of mine. It works great with the foundation and leaves my face looking stunning all day. It just glides on and stays on. 

 

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I will be writing a follow up with recommending more great makeup products –  eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, eye liners and more. So look out for that post in the next few days.

How to get your foundation shade right

Yes, there will be times when you will need a little help when you want you skin to look its best. Foundation is the secret weapon to get you the perfect look especially when your skin needs it the most. But finding the right shade of foundation can be a challenge.

 

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I have mistakenly bought the wrong shade of foundation a few times. I choose a darker shade or a shade several tones lighter than my real colour, leaving my makeup looking a HOT MESS! Which was so embarrassingly.

The right shade gives that natural look and helps the makeup stay on, looking beautiful all day. Here are some handy tips to help you get the right shade of foundation.

 

Swatch 3 shades of foundation on your face

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Where you’re allowed to test the foundation apply 3 shades on foundation starting from your cheek to your jaw line. The idea is to see how well the different shades blends with your natural skin colour. The one closest to your skin colour is your match.

When you are applying the 3 shades of foundation, take care not to blend them into your skin. You need to see how well the foundation suits your skin colour.

 

Test the foundation in natural light

What most people do when choosing their foundation is to make choices based on the lighting in the store. But the truth is that you will not be indoors all the time and so making your choice of foundation based on indoor lighting is the wrong way to go.

If you’re in a store and you’re testing foundation, get close to a window to know exactly how well the foundation works on your skin.

 

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Place the bottle next to your face

Now, it’s not in all cases when you’ll be allowed to apply the foundation directly on your face before buying it. Many shops will not allow you to open the foundation bottle and apply the product directly on your skin. Foundation is usually kept in clear see-through containers. This makes it easy for you to know the exact shade of the foundation.

Where you’re unable to apply the foundation directly on your skin, bring the bottle of foundation close to your face in natural light. This will give you an idea of whether the foundation is a good fit for you.

 

Make use of foundation shade finder apps

Thank goodness for technology! Major cosmetic companies have developed their own nifty apps that will help you know the exact shade of foundation that matches your skin. All you have to do is download the app, take a picture of yourself under natural light and you automatically get the shade that works for you. Cosmetic companies like IMAN have a similar app to this.

Maybelline’s foundation shade finder is on their website and all you need to do is answer a couple of questions and they immediately produce the results that are a perfect match to your skin.

 

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How did you find the right foundation shade? Please share your tried and tested tips in the comments section below.

Thank you.

 

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