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Ashton Deroy writes: As of recent the Toronto Businessphere has covered some interesting out of ordinary content such as:

Review of Space Between Us

Review of Orphan Black 

As of now, we want to change the blog format to more of a topical lifestyle blog that features, business & marketing talk. After meeting with readers they thought the blog would be more interesting with lifestyle content, movie reviews & event coverage. With this in mind, this is the type of content we would love to move towards. 

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Perceptual map of the cosmetics industry.

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Written by Diana Skye

This is a perceptual map of popular beauty brands. The further to the right a brand is, the higher the quality of their products. The higher up a brand is, the more expensive they are.

Bottom Left: Wallet-friendly brands with low-quality products

Elf: One of the least expensive makeup brands. While they have some good products, the quality is very hit and miss. I have bad experiences with their eye shadow and brushes. However, I did like the brow kit.

Colourpop: An online-only brand made popular by social media. I have not tried them but seen many reviews on their products. Their first launch of matte liquid lipsticks got very negative reviews, being compared to nail polish on your lips. On the other hand, the satin liquid lipsticks were well received.

Reviews: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VCF40kxhJo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrhcu6sVAGQ

Coastal Scents: They started out making large eye shadow palettes, but have since branched out into other products. I used the shimmer palette several years ago. While I liked the variety of shades, some colors worked better than others. Also, there was a lot of glitter fallout.

Bottom Right: Wallet-friendly brands with high-quality products

Wet N Wild: Not only is Wet N Wild very affordable, the quality is comparable to high-end brands. I always say that if you need an inexpensive neutral palette, get Comfort Zone. It has eight high-quality shadows for less than $5. Their lip and cheek products are also very good.

Nyx: Nyx has one of the best color selections I have seen for eye and lip products. I am seldom disappointed by what I try from them. They have expanded quite a bit as there are now Nyx stores in Canada.

Top Left: High-end brands with low-quality products

Kylie Cosmetics: I refuse to buy from Kylie Cosmetics and not just because I dislike the Kardashians. They are owned by the same brand as Colourpop. The lip kits are very similar, but more than double the price. Also, they have had issues with quality control, such as nearly empty liquid lipsticks.

Reviews: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfJS4AeesAU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxZGf4WoZew

Too Faced: While Too Faced used to be one of my favorite brands, the quality has gone downhill in the past year and a half. The peach line is very inconsistent and a brow product was released in only two shades. The last new release I enjoyed was the Bon Bon’s palette.

Top right: High-end brands with high-quality products

Pixi: Pixi specializes in high-quality natural products. In addition to makeup, there are a lot of skin care products. While it’s available at Target or Shoppers Drug Mart, the prices are higher than drugstore brands. However, I would recommend their skin care to anyone who does not want to splurge on brands at Sephora.

Urban Decay: My first high-end purchase was from Urban Decay and I have loved them every since. Their palettes are well loved for a good reason since they have one of the best eyeshadow formulas. They also make my favorite face highlighter and have over a hundred shades of lipstick.

Kat Von D beauty: This brand was started by the artist of the same name. I have yet to buy a product I dislike from Kat Von D beauty. While the products are expensive, I feel they are worth the money. The liquid lipsticks are my favorite formula.


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Poland, I love you but hate your government: an open letter to my parents’ home country

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Dear Poland,

When I was younger, I spent several summers visiting you. Some of them were more difficult than others, but I had great moments. I always enjoyed walking through the Skwer Kościuszki and playing in the sand at the Sopot beaches. The best blueberries I ever had grew in my aunt’s garden. It’s safe to say you gave me some great memories.

Something that I always had an issue with was the religious extremists, particularly those who listen to Radio Maryja. This radio station was started by a priest and most of the listeners are old people in rural areas. It has been accused of homophobia and antisemitism among other things. Also the priest has given bad sex advice although he’s supposedly celibate. It claims to be “the Catholic voice in your home” but even the Vatican has said they are deeply concerned about Radio Maryja.

I know every country has amazing people as well as horrible ones. Even Canada has its prejudiced idiots. So I did what I do here: not take them seriously and laugh at some of the dumb crap they say. My close relatives all think these people are stupid. Surely most of Poland did too, right?

At least that’s what I thought until a government supported by Radio Maryja came into power. Since then, you have been slowly going backwards. The new government wanted to ban all abortions, even though the abortion law is already among the most restrictive in Europe. (Can only be performed in cases of rape, incest, deformed fetus, or when the mother’s life is in danger) Thankfully this new law did not pass. However there is a law that did pass and it negatively affects me.

Even though I was born in Canada, I am the daughter of a Polish citizen. Therefore I have had Polish citizenship since I came into this world. I used to have a Polish passport, but it expired when I was twenty. I did not bother to renew it since Poland does not require visas from Canadian citizens. The last time I visited was four years ago and I had no troubles. Now the idiots in power have decided to change this. If I go back, I cannot leave without a Polish passport. I would be stuck in the country for three months during the application process.

I think this is ridiculous. I have never lived with you and do not consider myself a citizen. I now have several choices and hate all of them. One is to get a Polish passport, which would be time consuming and cost money. Another would be to risk it and try to get out through Germany, hoping border controls are not in place. There is also getting stuck and hoping the Canadian Embassy can help me out somehow.

If it were not for potential inheritance, I would get rid of my citizenship. It would be $600 and require a long drive, but I would have no future concerns. I would be just another Canadian visitor once again. My dad lost his citizenship decades ago due to political reasons. At this point, I almost envy him.

I did not want it to come to this. I have several relatives in your country that I adore. I do not think you are a bad place. In fact, you came a long way after communism fell. However, the direction that you are going in makes me sad. I really want things to change for the better, preferably soon. Until then, you will not be seeing me for a while.

Lots of love,

Diana.