Thursday, December 6, 2012

Calvin Klein Vaughan Mills Opening

I was able to attend the Calvin Klein & Fashion Magazine Grand Opening at Vaughan Mills Mall event tonight and can I just say that it was such a non-RSVP worthy event! No literally, it was one of those events that tell you to RSVP, when in actuality there is no point in RSVPing since it was totally open to whoever passes by. I understand that whoever organizes probably just wants numbers so that they can be prepared on how many people they can expect and have an idea for refreshments and the finger foods, but really when I'm asked to RSVP I'm sort of under the impression that it might have a bit of exclusivity or at least a something just a bit more special for taking the time and having the courtesy to give a heads up that I'm coming. Of course, this could just be me getting a bit spoiled from a couple of events that I recently had the opportunity to attend, mainly the Hugo Boss & Fashion Magazine Grand Opening at Yorkdale Mall event and the Gravity Pope Grand Opening, both of which were executed quite marvelously in my opinion. (I will be posting about them soon, just too many photos to go through still)

IMATS Toronto 2012

This year, IMATS (International Make-Up Artist Trade Show) Toronto took place at the Toronto Congress Centre, North Hall H, on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 and Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Connor and I attended on the Saturday, with this being Connor's very first IMATS show! Even though there wasn't much that I really needed this year, it's always a nice experience just to go there to check things out. IMATS is the place to be if you have a passion for makeup, whether your in the industry or not since it's open to the public. It's just a lot of fun to see, try and buy products and there's tons of demonstrations and speakers that take place at the show.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Free Kingston 8 GB USB sticks

Not sure how we got these but Connie says if you liked their Facebook page you ended up getting 8GB memory sticks for their 25th anniversary. Never knew they've been around that long. I remember building my first PC with Kingston ram haha... man do I feel old now.

Microsoft Surface at Grand Opening Store Yorkdale

Last friday was the grand opening event of the Microsoft Store at Yorkdale. I'm always in doors and I have no sense of time, day or weather. Naturally I didn't dress warm enough to line up at 6am in the morning. Lineups were suppose to start at 6am but for some reason there was an insane amount of people there. Luckily Microsoft's line up was on the inside of Yorkdale where it was nice and toasty. I'll let Connie tell the story about all the craziness at the grand opening of Yorkdale's new wing. But while we were in the lineup we did something called the "Bing-it-on" test which was to test Bing's search capabilities vs Google's and in the end you get a $25 off anything* in the store card.

Free Square Credit Card Readers at IMATS

Last weekend I was dragged to IMATS convention down at the Toronto Congress Centre. I'm actually glad I went to the trade show because I ended up getting a pair of Square card readers. If you're not familiar with Square card readers they allow you to accept credit card transactions directly from your iPhone. Very handy in any situation where you need to close a sale and the only method of payment is credit card. There is a transaction fee of 2.75% per transaction which isn't so bad if you don't do a lot of large transactions. Intuit GoPayment the makers of Quickbooks and tax software is also giving away free card readers with transaction fees of 2.70%. I might look into picking up a pair of those as well.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

ParaNorman Goodie Bag

Connie and I had the opportunity to go see ParaNorman twice. The first time we went we brought along our niece and nephew who enjoyed the movie immensely. We had a lot of fun filling out the surveys which would help improve the movie if it needed improving. Everyone who came to the event received a pack of Silly Bandz which the kids went nuts over.

This is a bit off topic but how does someone pitch an idea like that. I imagine it probably went something like this, "Hey guys I've got an amazing idea! We're going to make elastic bands... wait for it... in the shape of random animals and shapes!" The whole room erupts in applause and you can see a guy in the corner mouthing the words F#!kin Genius with a tear coming out of his eye.

Back on topic, the second time we went to watch ParaNorman I was wondering if the movie had changed in anyway from our feedback. This time we brought an older crowd in the 50s-60s and it turned out to be a hit with the older crowd as well. I wasn't able to tell any noticeable edits in the movie in regards to scenes being added or subtracted. So the overall experience, the first time around, must have been really good.

On our second screening Connie won a bag with an art book about the making of ParaNorman and a pair of zombie slippers from the movie. The movie comes out August 17th which is this week. I'd definitely recommend it as a good watch especially for children. It touches on an important topic that most children deal with at one point in time while growing up.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Inside The Closet - Connie's Shoe Collection

Connie's shoe collection averages over 110 pairs of foot wear that is more then 220 individual shoes! Keep in mind this collection was built up over the course of 10 or more years and had little to do with my contributions which is the one pair in the corner.

GlossyBox Canada June 2012 Review

Delivery packaging:
GlossyBox Canada June 2012 has been delivered and as usual it comes basically in the last day of the month. At least it's consistent in that sense that delivery time is expected approximately at the end of the month. Unlike the changes in delivery packaging for some of the other beauty boxes, GlossyBox is still being delivered in their signature dark chocolate brown cardboard box with pretty pastel pink GlossyBox logos printed all over it.

U by Kotex Freebie

I had signed up with Walmart for a limited sample set of U by Kotex and this is what I received in the mail.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Glymm Box June 2012 Review

Delivery packaging:
Glymm Box June 2012 has arrived and it's delivered in the new standard white cardboard box that is sealed with a black sticker with Glymm all over in a yellow gold colour. It's still delivered by Canada Post and while it's not the first out of all the beauty boxes to arrive, it's quite consistent in its delivery time.

Topbox June 2012 Review

Delivery packaging:
Topbox June 2012 is the second box to arrive for the month of June. The delivery packaging has not changed for Topbox. It is still being delivered by CanadaPost with tracking and arrives in the familiar Topbox cylinder tube shape. What I do like about Topbox is that they allow you to choose each month whether to receive their original standard design or their eco-friendly design. For me, I usually just choose the eco-friendly brown version since it's the tube itself that I care for, not too picky on the design.

Julep June 2012 Review

*Side note* 
Before posting, I'd just like to say that as you may have noticed, I had taken a tiny hiatus from blogging for a bit. So sorry! My only excuse is that I think with the arrival of the summer weather, it had put me in slacker mode. So without further ado, I hope you enjoy the next post =)

Delivery Packaging:
First up for the month of June is Julep as usual! My Julep June 2012 Box (Classic with a Twist) came in the standard black square cardboard box with the Julep Maven brand on the side.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

GlossyBox Canada May 2012 Review

Delivery packaging:
This GlossyBox Canada May 2012 was the last of the May beauty sample box subscriptions to arrive. It came in on exactly the last day of May, so technically it is a May box but still it's cutting it pretty close. This is the same thing that happened for last month's box (GlossyBox Canada April 2012 Review). The only thing I could say about the shipping for GlossyBox is that at least it's consistent about arriving on the last day of the month. As well, they're consistent about not really sending out shipping notification or tracking. The box that packages GlossyBox is still the signature rectangular dark chocolate brown cardboard box with pastel pink GlossyBox logos all over.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Luxe Box by Loose Button Membership Subscription Change

Whoa! Double whammie! Where have my monthlies gone? While the Glymm MAN grooming box by Glymm (the male version of the Glymm box) has opened up subscription for a limited time, it's available on a quarterly basis only as compared to the Glymm box, which is a monthly subscription. On the same day, Luxe Box by Loose Button sprang a new surprise on us as well. At the end of May, Loose Button had sent out an email with the image above asking subscribers to guess what's coming up next. Well, wait no more the surprise has been unveiled and it may not necessarily been a good one...

Glymm Man (aka Glymm for Men) Membership Subscription


Yay! Glymm has finally opened up the subscriptions for the Glymm MAN box (the male version of the Glymm box that is made for the ladies). It took a while but at long last, the subscription box mailing for guys begins!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Julep Nail Polish Brush Replacements

After the not-so-great brushes with some of the nail polishes that arrived in Julep's boxes for the month of May, I emailed them in regards to it and while their customer service was a bit slower than usual to reply (probably due to a high volume of subscribers inquiring about them), Julep was AWESOME in regards to fixing the problem!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Luxe Box May 2012 Review

Delivery packaging:
Luxe Box May 2012 has arrived! Cutting it pretty close again considering it arrived on the 2nd last day of May. I guess this is the delivery time that is to be expected from them from now on. What is surprising is that the Luxe Box delivery box is quite large for this May compared to the norm. Though, it's not shocking since it has happened once before for the January 2012 Luxe Box where the reason for it being a taller box is that it had contained TWO boxes within. Hopefully, that is what's happening with this larger box or maybe even something better!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Panty by Post SAMPLEPANTY Promotion

Delivery packaging:
My Panty by Post deal has arrived! After being able to experience my first Panty by Post through one of the beauty sample box subscriptions (Luxe Box April 2012 Review), Panty by Post had also sent out an email in celebration of Mother's Day where for new customers only, the 1 Single Panty package can be purchased for a total of $10 (no tax and no shipping fee) by entering in the promo code SAMPLEPANTY. The packaging for delivery is oh so pretty, in a pretty flat cardboard envelope, with a white and grey floral motif going on.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Julep May 2012 Cinco de Mayo Mystery Box

Delivery packaging:
My Julep Cinco de Mayo Mystery Box has arrived! The delivery box that it arrives in is a bit different than the usual ones. Whereas the monthly Julep Maven boxes and the Julep April 2012 Spring Mystery Box are normally delivered in a square black Julep cardboard box with Julep printed in white, this box comes reversed in a white rectangular box with black Julep printed on the side.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Topbox May 2012 Review

Delivery packaging:
Topbox May 2012 had arrived on the exact same day as Glymm did! I don't know if it's because Glymm was faster or that Topbox was just slower, but either way, no complaints here. The delivery packaging has not changed for Topbox. It is still being delivered by CanadaPost with tracking and arrives in the familiar Topbox cylinder tube shape, wrapped up in brown packaging paper.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Glymm Box May 2012 Review

Delivery packaging:
Glymm Box May 2012 arrived on the same day as Topbox May 2012 did! Normally Topbox is the 2nd box to arrive after Julep, so it's pretty good timing for Glymm, unless it's because Topbox slowed down this month. Either way, 2 surprises in one day, YAY! Glymm's delivery packaging changed this month. Whereas last month it was white cardboard with pink Glymm on it, for May, it was a white cardboard box with orange Glymm on it. As well, usually there's a red FRAGILE sticker sealing the box and this month they used a black sticker with yellow Glymm on it to seal. I suppose this means the signature pink cardboard box is gone now, this is the second month in a row so I guess this new white cardboard box is here to stay. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

TAG! Get to Know Me

Samantha from nailartcouture tagged me and although I'm really not into these things, I figured that doing some is better than none so I've decided to partially participate. I don't mind being tagged and answering questions, but when it comes to continuing it, that's where I become lazy. If you're interested about knowing a little bit more about me, keep on reading...

Monday, May 7, 2012

Luxe Box April 2012 Review

Luxe Box April 2012 has arrived at last! It arrives on the same day as GlossyBox Canada April 2012. Not the greatest since that means they BOTH were the last beauty sample box monthly subscriptions to arrive and that they barely made it to be within the month of April! CanadaPost with tracking is the delivery method used where the Luxe Box is delivered in the familiar brown cardboard box, with a flip open lid that has "Loose Button" and website around its sides. Luxe Box has never really been the quickest of the bunch but slowly it seems to be taking longer to arrive. I'm assuming this is due to them shipping out later.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Julep May 2012 Review

Delivery Packaging:
Julep May 2012 Box (American Beauty) has arrived and I have to say, I absolutely LOVE the shipping from Julep! Shipping has been consistent from Julep, where they arrive in the beginning of the month and it is just SO speedy! While Julep is shipped from the USA to Canada, it's shipping time beats out the Canadian sample beauty box companies hands down. Yes, Julep has the advantage of the products being of their own brand so they do not have to wait on other suppliers but I think it evens out when taking into consideration that they are shipped from outside of Canada. For May, the box that Julep shipped the products in looked a bit different from usual. Whereas normally it's shipped in a square cube box, this time  it has arrived in a rectangular box. Other than that, everything else is the same where it's still the signature black cardboard box with the Julep name and brand on its side.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

GlossyBox Canada April 2012 Review

GlossyBox Canada April 2012 has finally arrived! For April, both GlossyBox and Luxe Box had arrived at the same time. Unfortunately, this is NOT a something to brag about. Both of these boxes arrived on the LAST day of the month, barely making it a April box any longer. With last month's (March 2012) GlossyBox also having arriving very late at the end of the month, I wonder if this is late delivery is going to happen consistently? Whereas last month GlossyBox had kept subscribers up-to-date in regards to the delivery situation and had offered 250 GlossyDots as an apology and token of appreciation and loyalty, for this month, no such offer was made. As usual, the method of delivery used was CanadaPost. Though surprisingly, unlike last month's GlossyBox, no shipping email or tracking was sent to me informing me of its delivery. Good news is that the delivery box is still lovely, with pastel pink GlossyBox logos all over the  dark chocolate brown rectangular cardboard box. I still do love opening the delivery box and seeing the smooth pale pink box with black GlossyBox logo in the centre of the top lid, just waiting to be opened.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Topbox April 2012 Review

Luxe Box April 2012 First In Line Issues

I'm on "First In Line" duty for Connie while she is away. Yesterday was the official day but for whatever reason their system failed. They sent out a mass mail requesting people to book time slots. My guess is they got their servers stress tested for the first time and it just failed due to the massive load increase.

Gift Wrapping 101 For Busy *cough* Lazy People

Last month was Connie's birthday and I didn't have time to figure out the gifting situation because of work. I eventually ended up getting her an iPad3 and wouldn't you know it. Work caught up to me again and I had to quickly think of a way to gift wrap it. 

Hopefully, this will how-gift-wrap primer can help other busy *cough* lazy people. 

Julep April 2012 Makeup Bag

Julep April 2012 Spring Mystery Box

Delivery packaging:
This is my very FIRST mystery box from Julep! It's the one available for April 2012, aptly named the Julep Spring Mystery Box. It arrives in a black, square cardboard box with white Julep Maven printed on the side, just like the regular monthly Julep Maven subscriptions do.

Glymm Box April 2012 Review

Friday, April 6, 2012

Julep April 2012 Review

Delivery Packaging:
Julep April 2012 Box (Classic with a Twist) arrived SUPER quick this time around! While Julep comes in from the USA to Canada, it's already got the delivery time beat in comparison to all the sample beauty box subscriptions that are located in Canada itself, even Topbox which is normally the first box to arrive every month. The Julep box arrives in a square black cardboard box with the white Julep Maven name and brand on it's side. The shipping method used was USPS First Class Mail International, without tracking once outside of the U.S.A. Normally Julep takes an estimated 7-10 business days to be delivered and if it's outside the United States, it may take even longer than that. Lucky for me, shipping was quick this month and I really like it that they mail out the boxes at the end of March for the April box rather than waiting until April itself.

Julep April 2012 Add Ons

The Add On Promotion:
Julep came out with an Add On promotion for the month of April where you have the opportunity of getting EXTRA April Maven Box products for just $4.99 each. Of course, like any other promotions this was while quantities lasts, with up to 2 products allowed. If you skip the Julep April Maven box, your add on selection will be cancelled. Read on to see what the promotion was about and what colours were up for selection.

The Search For The Best Blackberry Playbook Case List

The thought of buying a Playbook case has never crossed my mind until recently when I saw a tissue box being used to prop up a Playbook. At that moment I decided that when I get a bit of free time I should invest it into searching for the best Blackberry Playbook case. What I didn't realize was how long it would actually take to uncover all the different variations of Playbook cases out there.

After hours of sifting through numerous blog posts, watching unboxing videos and reading product reviews. I started to realize that no one has every compiled a complete list of all the different Blackberry cases available. Hopefully, this list will make the process of searching for the perfect Blackberry Playbook case that much easier.

Please don't hesitate to comment if a product has dropped in price or is missing from the list.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

GlossyBox Canada March 2012 Review

Finally! GlossyBox Canada March 2012 edition has arrived. It has arrived VERY late this month, though they had emailed subscribers in regards to the delay so it's good that GlossyBox had kept us in the loop. The delivery method used is CanadaPost and it arrives in it's signature dark chocolate brown rectangular cardboard box with pastel pink GlossyBox logos all over it. The box within the delivery box is their smooth pale pink box with black GlossyBox logo in the centre of the top lid. I love the colour theme that GlossBox uses! =)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Crabtree & Evelyn Free Gift Facebook Giveaway

(Left: Crabtree & Evelyn 50ml bath & shower gel   Middle: iPhone   Right: Crabtree & Evelyn 50ml body lotion) 

For "liking" their Facebook page and registering, Crabtree & Evelyn Canada had a giveaway where upon reaching a goal of 7,500 Likers,  a coupon would be emailed out so that either a FREE 50ml Avocado & Basil Body Lotion or Bath & Shower Gel ($6 value) can be picked up at participating Canadian stores.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Luxe Box March 2012 Review

Delivery packaging:
Luxe Box took awhile to come in the mail. Not as quick as the other beauty box subscription it seems. Although it is sent by CanadaPost with tracking, I suppose their ship out date is just later on in the month. As per the norm, the March 2012 Luxe Box was delivered in a brown cardboard delivery box, with a flip open lid that has its website and brand "Loose Button" on it. What was surprising was how quick it arrived. I received an email in the morning from them stating that the March 2012 Luxe Box just shipped out and by that evening, it had arrived!
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