Monday, October 15, 2018

The Best Home Security Systems With Smartphone Apps



Let’s face it, home security systems are a smart and cost effective investment. They help protect homes and businesses from experiencing criminal activity, fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, among other dangerous occurrences. Not to mention, home security systems only continue to advance, providing numerous other safeguard solutions and beneficial features. With home security systems’ increase in popularity, it’s no surprise that smartphone apps are now used to control these systems, making it easier to protect and monitor your home from afar.

Since security system apps are now the most desired way to control and access home security systems, there are a large number of different ones available to download. So, if you’d like to control every facet of your home’s security system from your work, while running errands, or even while on vacation in foreign lands, a home security app might be the perfect solution. Not only does an app help you to protect your home even further but it helps save you from expenses that you’d likely spend on hiring people to monitor and safeguard your home while you’re away.

To help you decide on which home security app to use, below is a list of the 10 best apps available as reported by First Security Services

  1. Vivint Sky Mobile App
When it comes to the best security apps, the Vivint Sky mobile app seems to long surpass its competitors. Although it requires that you register for a customer account, you get a lot more automation functions some of which include…

       Control lighting and small appliances
       Program and preset thermostats
       Ability to lock and unlock doors
       View live video of your home and/or property
       Arm/disarm remotely
       Monitor/set custom notifications/alerts
       Review your home security alert history
       Add or remove users

The Vivint Sky app’s convenient, easy to use, customizable design and the fact that it is free to download, makes it extremely favorable to home security system owners.

     2.    ADT Pulse App
ADT Pulse Home Security provides different tiers of home security and video surveillance packages. By using their app, you can control a number of security features offered through them. With the app you can control the security and automation of your home. Some of these things you can control from your smartphone include…

       Arming and/or disarming your security system from virtually anywhere
       Controlling smart devices like thermostats, lights, door locks, garage door and more
       Receiving email and text alerts when a door is opened or your system is disarmed
       Viewing live video or stored clips from your security cameras

       3.   XFINITY Home App
XFINITY isn’t just a trade name of Comcast Cable Communications, which is known for offering cable, Internet and telephone services. It also is a leader in home security solutions. Through their home security app you can control the following home automation and security features…

       Access your system remotely to change status and view security history
       Quickly arm/disarm your home
       View live video or clips of key events and occurrences
       Have automatic alerts to your phone or computer
       Scheduling lighting and climate controls to help save on energy and utility bills

Frontpoint is at the forefront of technology and that it includes its stance in home security. The brand’s user friendly app makes it possible to control your home through your smartphone in various ways, such as…

       Arming and disarming your system
       Getting instant email, text, or push notifications for any of the alerts you select
       Viewing live stream or recorded video footage
       Controlling all lights, locks, and thermostats in your home

The Frontpoint app is compatible with all Apple, Android, Blackberry, and Windows devices and free to download.

Protect America has been providing the U.S. with advanced home security systems for over 25 years. With this being said, their free mobile app is just as great, if not better than its competition. Some of the features and safeguards you can control from the app include the following…

       Arming and disarming capability
       The ability to lock or unlock your doors
       Access to live video stream
       Managing your home’s energy use with light and temperature control
       Customizing your alert settings
       Your ability to receive email/text notifications if alerts are detected

      6.   SimpliSafe Security App
This time honored home security company has been enhancing its overall system and app for years. Nowadays, you can benefit from functions included in the free app such as…

       Getting alerts on your smartphone for floods, fires, and carbon monoxide leaks
       Checking into your event log to see who has entered and left your home
       Monitoring the access to particular areas within your home
       The ability to arm and disarm your system from your smart device
       Receive alerts anytime your security system is armed and disarmed
       Ability to control your thermostat from afar

      7.   Alarm.com App
As an outstanding provider in home security equipment, Alarm.com isn’t a home security system creator but rather an independent contractor that works with multiple home security providers. One of the ways in which they help these companies is by offering a one-of-a-kind app that allows their customers to control their home’s automation as according to the type of home security system they have. This automation control can be done from any smartphone or Wi-Fi enabled device after you download the Alarm.com app. Here is what’s typically included with this free security control app…

       Ability to watch live video streaming and recorded clips from security cameras
       Ability to control lights and thermostats
       Lock and unlock doors
       View important images captured by Alarm.com image sensors such as those that may include possible criminal activity
       Ability to search your home’s event history
       Arming and disarming the security panel at home
       You’ll receive alerts from flood and fire sensors

      8.   LifeShield Security App
Similar to Comcast, DIRECTV doesn’t just offer Internet, cable and phone services, but it provides home security systems. Although you aren’t able to control the simple features of your home such as the lighting or temperature, there are many other amazing features some of which include…

       Setting and managing unique access codes for your babysitter, workers, etc. You can even track the times they enter and leave the home.
       Checking still camera shots
       Having remote access anywhere
       Viewing system history that includes the activity in your home
       Customizing alerts
       Arming and disarming remotely

      9.   Nexia Home Intelligence App
Nexia Home Intelligence is created to work and coincide with well-known and respected products from a number of different leading home security manufacturers. With the free mobile app you are able to control…

       Schlage Home Keypad Locks and other Z-Wave devices with an easy to use interface compatible with Nexia
       Set temporary codes for safe and simple access for guests expected to enter your home
       Viewing real time security cameras and video recordings
       Control, monitor and schedule your home’s heating and cooling system from anywhere with a specific thermostat

The Canary Connect Home Security app is one of the highest rated security apps available. You can easily monitor your entire home and control all your security devices via your phone, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device when you download the free app. Here is what you can do when you have the app on your phone…

       Control who enters the home by locking and unlocking doors
       Receive special alerts and notifications according to your preference
       Customize your enabled functions and settings
       Watch live or previously recorded video surveillance
       Control person and motion detections
       Connect with emergency responders from afar
       Trigger sirens connected to the home
       Monitor the air quality, temperature, and humidity of your home

Choosing Your Home Security System Mobile App

Now that you have some knowledge pertaining to the best home security mobile apps available on your smartphone, it’s time to choose the right one. Fortunately, to make your decision a little easier, many of these apps are only compatible with certain home security systems and devices. If you have more than one app option available to you, carefully weigh the pros and cons. Also check out which apps have the most control over the specific security features you have installed in your home.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Sleek Makeup Review



By. Aryanna LaMarco

In this review I’ll be going over my thoughts on the Cream Contour Kit, Distorted Dreams Highlighting Palette, Eyeshadow Palette, Blush By 3 Palette, Face Form, I’m Conditional Mascara, I-Art, Major Matte Lipstick, and Between the Lines Eyeliner.

Cream Contour Kit:
I absolutely love this palette. The palette comes with six cream contour shades, some you can highlight with and some you can sculpt with. Some are cool toned, some are warm toned, and so they’ll suit every person and what they like in their product. This product was also extremely creamy, and blends like a dream. I would definitely buy this product again and 100% recommend it.  

Highlighting Palette in Distorted Dreams.
At first glance, I honestly did not think I would like this palette. Some of the shades are cream, and some are shadows. After using them I absolutely love it. I do a lot of editorial looks on my Instagram, and this palette came in handy multiple times. The bronze-y shade and the white-pink shade is something you can get away with on every day though, especially on the inner corner. I think this is the palette you never knew you needed until you have.

Eyeshadow palette in E10
This palette is absolutely stunning and comes with 12 extremely pigmented shades. I use these shadows all of the time. Some of the shades are really unique and inspired me to make some really beautiful looks. If you want to use in the crease, although they’re shimmers they actually blend extremely well. I love this palette and definitely want more in other shade ranges.

Blush By 3 Palette
This palette comes with three blush shades, one is a cool toned pink, and two are peachy pinks but one is lighter than the other. I think this palette is super versatile and everyone can find their shade in it. I also love to use this palette as eyeshadows. They blend beautifully and are extremely blendable.

Face Form Palette
This palette comes with a contour powder, and a face illuminator, and a blush. I love this palette so much. The shades are all extremely blendable. The contour is not patchy at all and is a perfect tone that could fit a lot of skin tones. It’s really buildable and I would buy it again. The illuminating powder is not a highlighter, it simply brings a glow to the skin. It makes your skin look super healthy and I enjoy it so much. The blush is pretty nice too, but nothing too exciting if I’m being honest.

I’m Conditional Mascara
The I’m Conditional Mascara is supposed to be an extremely conditioning mascara to reverse the drying damage mascara usually has on lashes. This mascara is supposed to keep your lashes conditioned, which usually helps them grow. But in my case, I found that with this mascara my eyelashes seem shorter the more days that I used it. The water this mascara is nothing exciting, it's a very boring fuzzy applicator that I see on a lot of mascara wands. It doesn't do much to my lashes, I feel like all it does is make my lashes black. I feel like this mascara was a complete miss, with a better formula and a better wands they could have done something. I love Sleek’s products and I hope they make another mascara in the future.

Between the lines eyeliner
I love this eyeliner so much. It's a white eyeliner pencil, it is extremely creamy on Glides on the eye. I love the way that this looks on the waterline, I feel like it just opens up the eye and makes you look a lot more awake. I also use this in a versatile way, that when I wasn’t able to highlight my face with a cream highlighter because I am very fair, I would use this pencil. The only thing I have against this is when sharpened down far enough you can see that half of the pencil has wax side instead of the eyeliner.

Major Matte Lipstick
This liquid lipstick formula is amazing. It stays on all day without looking clumpy. I do wish it was a little bit more hydrating though because I don't care if my lipstick is transfer proof or not, but for someone who wants a lipstick to not come off all day, this lipstick is for them. The shade that I got is a really versatile shade for a lot of skin tones because it's this peachy warm deep nude, and I loved the way it looked. The doe foot applicator is small enough on my lips and fill them in precisely and know that it won't look messy. I love this lipstick and definitely want it in more shades.

I-Art
The last thing in this list is the I-Art. What this is a creamy liquid eyeshadow that can also be used as an eyeliner. For someone who does extremely editorial makeup looks I really enjoyed this product. It’s super versatile, which I feel like is a running theme with Sleek’s makeup, but I can use this precisely as an eyeliner, all over the lid as eyeshadow, or in any other way that I see fit. I would definitely enjoy this and more shades.

So, in conclusion, I seem to like a lot of Sleek Makeup products, I'm super excited to see more products come from them like maybe a foundation or something more basic like that because their formulas are consistently really amazing. All of the shades seem to work for a lot of different skin tones, and their blendability and pigmentation never seem to fail. I definitely recommend you shopping at Sleek makeup