Friday, December 23, 2011

Cover FX - Covering Up Acne Scarring

Being a guy it's always been one of those taboo things to say that you like makeup but with everyone coming out of the closet these days I might as well say it. I'm straight but I like makeup! There I said it whew what a load off the shoulders.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Parasuco 2011 Warehouse Sale - What You Missed Out On

Last weekend was the Parasuco warehouse sale down at the Toronto Convention Centre on Airport Rd. Here are just a few of the products I was able to capture at the sale with permission from one of the StyleDemocracy event coordinators. What you probably can't tell from the photos is both Fruits & Passion and Parasuco were being hosted in the same space. If you weren't able to capitalize on any of the deals be sure to check them out next year.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Glymm Box December 2011 Review

Delivery packaging:
It arrives in a PINK rectangular cardboard delivery box. SO pretty. It's sealed with a sticker mailing label attached over the opening, like the Luxe Box delivery packaging was. Like the other two sample boxes, the delivery method used is CanadaPost, with tracking. It is the only one out of the three boxes where the sticker label indicated FRAGILE on it. I like that they care enough about the contents to include that. It a flip open lid where there is no branding on the box itself. Sort of neat that they don't need the name on the box to tell you who it's from, just the colour of the box says it all.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Umbra Sale 2011 - Personal Observations

I get dragged to a lot of sales events and the one thing I love to do at a sales event is to observe. When I'm observing the human condition I'm trying to understand why people buy and why they don't buy. When I'm observing the a process I'm trying to understand what works and what doesn't work.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fruits & Passion 2011 Warehouse Sale - What You Missed Out On

Last weekend was the Fruits & Passion sale down at the International Centre on Airport Rd. Here are just a few of the products I was able to capture at the sale with permission from one of the StyleDemocracy event coordinators. One perk was if you bought a case you would receive an additional 10% off the listed price. Check out our haul to see what we picked up at the sale.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Luxe Box December 2011 Review

Delivery packaging: 
It comes in a brown cardboard delivery box, with a flip open lid that has its website and brand "Loose Button" on it. The delivery method used is CanadaPost, with tracking. Packaging for it is quite secure because the sticker mailing label is attached over the opening, making it difficult to open or if opened, obviously noticeable. Security of the packaging for Luxe Box is much better than Topbox packaging, where the item could be tampered with, undetected.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fruits & Passion 2011 Warehouse Sale Haul

This is what the packaging is like when you leave the sale. A clear bag with the company's name on it, tied up. Security will normally check your receipt, which is stapled to your bag to see if it matches with the items, much like how Costco does.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Umbra 2011 Warehouse Sale - The Experience

Major sales events are often heard of but never seen. We thought it would be fun to show the other side of  the coin and allow you the viewer to share in the experience as the 2011 Umbra Sales event wraps up for the year.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Umbra 2011 Warehouse Sale - What You Missed Out On

The following are just some of the products we were able to catch at the Umbra 2011 Sale in Toronto. If you missed out this year be sure to check it out the next time it happens.

Vapor Toothbrush Stand
Retail price - $13.00
Warehouse price - $2.00

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Umbra 2011 Warehouse Sale - How to Spot Seasoned Veteran Shoppers

There were many different shoppers at the Umbra 2011 Sale in Toronto. Some shoppers seemed new to the idea of event shopping while others really showed off their feathers as they dominated the event.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words but in order to fully appreciate this photo we are going to need about a thousand words to explain what exactly is going on in this photo.

Friday, December 9, 2011

How to Tie a Scarf in 25 Different Ways

Oldie but a goodie. Even more useful now that the weather is getting a lot more colder. I often wondered how some of the scarfs are being tied. I always thought they were bought like that. Watch and enjoy this video from wendyslookbook.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Makeup Transformation - Asian Girl

This makeup transformation was what got me to take notice of the power of makeup about 10 years ago. Pretty crazy how she ends up looking like a K-pop star at the end. The play by play photos were a nice touch. Another oldie but ahead of its time years ago.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Topbox December 2011 Review

Delivery packaging:
It comes in a cylinder tube shape, wrapped in brown paper delivered through CanadaPost, with tracking. Only thing that made it feel a bit insecure was that the delivery paper that it was wrapped in wasn't sealed or secured in any way. The paper was just wrapped and pushed in on the top and bottom. How would I know if someone hadn't tampered with it and just rewrapped it to deliver to me?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Luxe Box & Glymm & Topbox OH MY!

Similar to Dorothy, I find myself in the wonderful & mysterious world of... DELUXE BEAUTY SAMPLE BOXES!!! Imagine receiving a mystery package every month containing a random assortment of beauty products. Very mysterious and exciting!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Otterbox Defender case for Blackberry Playbook

The only case that offers port protection. Other then that it is one beast of a case that will protect your Playbook from most hazards.

Back to the Blackberry Playbook list

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ballistic Tough Jacket case for Blackberry Playbook

Much like the Incipio Silicrylic the shipping to Canada works out to $8.95 and is done through USPS. Total cost would work out to $43.94. The front cover gives the Ballistic Tough Jacket Playbook case an edge over the Incipio Silicrylic Playbook case. The Ballistic Tough Jacket excels over the Otterbox Defender with its easy to use kick stand and the overall design aesthetics.

Back to the Blackberry Playbook list

Monday, November 28, 2011

iCon Carbon Click case for Blackberry Playbook


It appears the original manufacture no longer makes this model. An alternative is the Marware C.E.O. Hybrid which I was really tempted to buy but I need to complete my search for the ultimate Playbook case.

Back to the Blackberry Playbook list

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Vaja Leather Book case for Blackberry Playbook

Vaja is the Hermes of Playbook cases! A very sexy and luxurious Playbook case made out of only the top 10% Argentina's cowhide leathers. If  your intent is to impress those around you then this might be the case for you. Vaja allows you to fully customize your Playbook case by choosing from an array of colours from front to back and even the strap colour. Be warned once it crosses the border you may end up paying more than your Blackberry Playbook for it. The black & red retails for $140 and the brown & blue retails for $160 + shipping.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Portenzo case for Blackberry Playbook

The biggest difference with Portenzo and Dodo is their choice of material. Dodo uses bamboo and Potenzo uses laminated birch for their frames. My father is a retired cabinet maker and he once told me that the choice of wood makes a big difference in the quality of the cabinet. Different climates can cause the wood to expand or contract and it is this variance that is probably causing the frame to crack in the Dodo cases. Laminated birch has many different layers of cross grained wood which leads to much stronger and stable frame regardless of climate variations. Portenzo also offers a greater degree of customization.

  • Sticker Peels Off - The Portenzo sticker logo will eventually fall off.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Dodocase for Blackberry Playbook

Dodocase for Blackberry Playbook - $59.95 + shipping

The hallmark of Moleskin cases! When you think of Moleskin cases the name that usually pops up is usually Dodocase. There have been a lot of mixed reviews about Dodocases and there is one review in particular that you should watch before you consider taking the plunge and buy yourself a Dodocase.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Blackberry Journal case for Blackberry Playbook

Blackberry Journal case for Blackberry Playbook - $59.99 + taxes

You can find this official Blackberry Playbook cases in most authorized Blackberry retail stores but you are better off spending the equivalent on a Portenzo if you are looking for a Moleskin looking Playbook case.

    Wednesday, November 23, 2011

    Sena Folio case for Blackberry Playbook

    The only difference between the Sena Folio and Sena Jornal is the material and button clasp. Functionality wise they should both work the same.

    Tuesday, November 22, 2011

    Incipio Silicrylic case for Blackberry Playbook

    Probably the best bang for the buck in the heavy protection category. Incipio ships using USPS (United  States Postal Service) which works out to $7.99 to Canada. Shipping with USPS means you are less likely to be hit with duty fees when it crosses the border. The total cost would work out to be around $27.97 which is amazing!

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Casemate Pop case for Blackberry Playbook

    I'm not sure how Casemate can justify its prices when you compare it to other cases like the Ballistic Tough Jacket, Otterbox Defender or even Incipio Silicrylic. All of which offer better protection at lower prices and equivalent functionality.

    Back to the Blackberry Playbook list

    Sunday, November 20, 2011

    Sena Jornal case for Blackberry Playbook

    Sena is another affordable option if you are looking for a premium leather Blackberry Playbook case.  The Sena Jornal is limited to only 3 colours but on the plus side it is almost half the cost of a Vaja Blackberry Playbook case. Shipping is also $9.99 FedEx International Flat Rate. The Sena Jornal also contains compartments for cards on the inside flap. Which could possibly replace your wallet if you were looking for an all-in-one solution.

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Marware C.E.O. Hybrid case for Blackberry Playbook

    This is the only Playbook case where the designers actually thought about extended use and how they could make it easier with a built in hand grip.

    Back to the Blackberry Playbook list

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Golla Zip Folder case for the BlackBerry PlayBook

    Wasn't able to locate anything more than this video. There are 10.1 versions of the Golla Zip Folder but nothing for the 7" Blackberry Playbook. I'm guessing it has been discontinued.

    Back to the Blackberry Playbook list

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Snugg case for Blackberry Playbook

    The way the device folds up is similar to that of the Sena Jornal & Folio. This type of design may work with other tablets but it absolutely kills the Playbook which relies heavily on swipe gestures that connect to the frame of the device. If you watch the video below you'll see someone trying to swipe out of a menu system but is unable to do so after two attempts. Snugg made no attempt to understand the Playbook and ultimately snuffed itself out from being a possible contender.

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

    Blurex Leather Portfolio case for Blackberry Playbook

    Features the exact same benefits as the Marware C.E.O. Hybrid and the iCon Click case. I should probably mention that the video below is for the iPad but the functionality is exactly the same.

    Back to the Blackberry Playbook list

    Friday, October 28, 2011

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