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Free Sephora Samples


The Eastern Hills Mall is cutting the ribbon on a new Sephora location inside JC Penney Friday April 30. To celebrate, Sephora will give the first 750 shoppers (whether they're actually spending money or just browsing) a bag filled with free samples.

The new 1,500-square-foot Sephora will be located at the center of the store and feature high-end makeup, skin care, fragrance and hair care lines.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Pet Washing Machine

I admit, giving my dog a bath is not my favorite thing to do. And I'd rather crawl through thornbushes than bathe a cat. But I can honestly say I don't think I would ever pay money to put my pet in one of these, no matter how much easier it made my life.

In the United States, these pet washing machines are made by a company named PetSpa USA. In France, they have the Dog-O-Matic. Tokyo has the Washmatic-Kan, which costs about $5.25 per use. Each machine takes about half an hour to wash your pet.

Makers of the machine say it is perfectly safe and that pressure and temperature levels are carefully monitored. But even so, it reminds me of some horror you'd see in a PETA advertisement.

What do you think?

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann