Companies Are Making Me Rage

Remember when Google decided to axe Google Reader? I felt like a part of me died because that’s what I use to keep up with people’s blogs. I like all the features that came along with Google Reader and I didn’t know of any other RSS readers that could do the same things.

What I didn’t understand at the time was why they decided to kill off Google Reader. The reaction from people was pretty strong too. There were so many people against the discontinuation of Google Reader and were frustrated that they now also had to find a different service to use. So, interest in the service wasn’t the main problem, really. The main problem lies in the fact that Google wasn’t making any money off of it. Unlike it’s other services like YouTube and Gmail, there’s no ads. I’m just so disappointed because I’m usually a fan of services by Google.

Thankfully there was another RSS reader that was available that had much of the same functions that Google Reader has – Feedly.

Actually, Feedly’s interface looks a lot smoother. I feel that it has more of a minimalistic feel, which I enjoy especially since it’s a page where you’re reading a bunch of stuff. I prefer the page to not be cluttered if I’m doing a lot of reading or if there’s a lot of pictures. Not that the newer Google Reader was cluttered, but I think Feedly did a better job with their design.

They provided an option to transfer over everything from my Google Reader so I didn’t have to do it manually. That was a great option to offer especially since everyone was panicking to find a substitute when the news broke out that the service was no longer going to exist. The only problem I had was that when it transferred everything, it didn’t create a list of tags that I had made in Google Reader. I had to manually transfer over the tags myself. My list isn’t too long so it wasn’t too big of a deal, but I imagine people with 100+ tags would be frustrated. I’m not sure if they’ve fixed that since then or not though.

I’m getting a bit nervous now, however, because the other day they asked users to do a quick survey. It mentioned that it might not be able to continue offering the service for free in the future and if it were to start charging us, how much would we be willing to pay? The fact that I just changed over sort of recently and now Feedly also seems uncertain about its future. The huge influx of new users is putting a strain on their servers after Google’s announcement and although they’re trying their best to accommodate everyone, it becomes taxing.

Another company that has been causing me stress recently is -drum roll-.. Flickr!

I’m a pro member because I’ve used it to host all my images for personal photos and also photos for the site. I didn’t mind paying for it since I receive unlimited space and unlimited bandwidth along with it. A couple of days ago, I clicked on a link on Tumblr and it led me to someone’s Flickr profile. I didn’t even realize it was a Flickr profile at first because it looked like a cross between Facebook and a bad version of Pinterest? When I realized it was in fact Flickr, I was horrified. Why did they make it look so ugly?

A couple of hours later I received an e-mail from Flickr and I also saw a tweet by Mashable in regards to the changes that were taking place. Apparently Flickr upped the maximum amount of space for everyone to 1TB. That sounds great, right? Yes, if you were a free user. Free users back then had a monthly limit and also, only their first 200 most recent pictures were viewable on their photostream.

Someone mentioned a catch though, I’m not sure if it’s true or not because Flickr’s FAQ is confusing as hell. Apparently you can only upload 300mb a month, so yes, while 1TB is a huge amount, it would also take forever to fill up with a 300mb/month limitation. As a pro member, I had no limitations in anything except when it came to video files. We had a size and time limit, but that didn’t concern me much because I never surpassed either of them much.

Instead of having a pro membership, Flickr gave two new options. Pay $50 a year for it to be ad-free or $500 to double your space to 2TB. Pro membership used to cost around $25. So with the new structure in place, I would be paying double only to receive an ad-free experience – nothing more, nothing less. As other people have brought up, why would I pay $500 to receive 2TB when I could just make multiple free accounts instead?

I’m very frustrated though because I chose to host all my images on Flickr and I don’t know if I should stay with them anymore. I don’t know if I’d have the time to back up all the images and just reupload them onto a different service. For the images that are for this blog, I would have to go back and change all the links. Yes, I could just upload them onto my blog’s host instead, but I prefer not to do that. Mostly because when I back everything up, the size of the backup would be big. If I decide to move to a different host later, I would have to reupload everything again.

At the end of the day, all companies look at is how much profit they gain. No matter how much people may be against it, companies are not willing to listen to us and continue to forge ahead. I understand they have to change to keep up with the times, but Flickr pretty much just threw its loyal customers to the curb to try and entice new, young consumers that probably wouldn’t stay for long anyway.

Anywho, on a different note.. do you guys like the pictures my brother did for me for this entry? LOL..

Glambag April 2013

Big Sexy Hair // Powder Play

[[ Get ‘POW’ volume in an instant with Sexy Hair’s Powder Play! Powder Play adds instant volume to any type of hair style or texture. Weightless, odorless, and colorless! Instantly liquifies when applied and adds volume and texture in seconds. Just sprinkle on dry hair at the root for lift and volume. Apply throughout the hair for extreme volume and texture. ]]
Full Size: $15.95/15g || Received: $2.13/2g

Miss Professional Nail // Sation Nail Lacquer (Love at First Byte)

[[ Sation Nail Lacquer is a contemporary beauty company, infusing a creative direction in nail care through a blend of lifestyle aesthetics. The collection features 120 colors from its seasonal & limited collections.

Glam Bag subscribers will receive Of Corset I’ll Call You, a romantic lavender-rose OR Love At First Byte, a light peachy pink. ]]
Full Size: $5.00/15mL || Received: $5.00/15mL *FULL SIZED*

MicaBeauty // Mineral Eye Shadow (72 Earth)

[[ MicaBeauty Mineral Eyeshadows are extremely gentle, free of preservatives, chemicals, dyes, talc, oils, and other fillers. With this unique formula, the eyeshadows will look ultra smooth and stay put for hours without creasing or pulling the delicate eye area. Can be mixed with clear lip-gloss, clear mascara, and clear nail polish to add pigment to lips, eyelashes and nails! ]]
Full Sized: $14.95/2.5g || Received: $14.95/2.5g *FULL SIZED*

Be A Bombshell // Blush (Sweet Cheeks)

[[ A highly pigmented pressed powder blush that highlights the complexion and provides long lasting color. Can be used both as a blush or a bronzer. ]]
Full Size: $16/5g || Received: $16/5g *FULL SIZED*

Streetwear x Blogger Style

For quite a while my wardrobe was filled with mostly light-coloured clothing. If I had to choose between wearing something in white or black, I’d probably pick white. I barely had anything in black. Lately though, I’ve been moving into wearing all black ::sweat::. During winter I loved wearing things like black jeggings, black faux leather leggings, black oversized sweaters, black leather jacket, black wedged booties. All black errthing. Women usually like to do something drastic with their hair after something happens in their life. I guess I did do that too since I dyed my hair a blond ombré, but the change was moreso in my wardrobe. Isn’t it hard when you suddenly feel like you’re moving into a new style, but you can’t afford a whole new wardrobe at once? So you end up with just a couple outfits that fits your new style and you’re still ‘forced‘ to wear your old style sometimes too.

The thing about me is that my style is revolved around comfort most of the time; hence, the love of oversized sweaters and Converses. Which usually leads to my fondness of wearing things that aren’t always considered super feminine. This is probably why I was so eager to accept this new love of streetwear x blogger style. Have you noticed how much streetwear has infiltrated into everyday fashion? Before the styles that we imagined belonged more in the hip hop or rock music lovers category is now suddenly popular with everybody.

Here’s some scans of streetwear in the Japanese fashion magazine JELLY. Click to enlarge.

Streetsnaps of gyarus. I think they did a good job of mixing streetwear with more feminine clothes to create a balance. Click to enlarge.


There’s a bunch of bloggers that are also pulling off the look flawlessly.


PS. Ivy is my not so recent girl crush. AND she’s from Vancouver. Her looks are always so awesome and she looks like a doll too. If you don’t already follow her, I definitely recommend you to do so.



Snapbacks, beanies, oversized sweaters, sneakers – especially Nike’s ‘Dunk Sky Hi’ Wedge Sneakers and Isabel Marant- are all prevalent in this trend. I think it mixes a lot with the ‘blogger style’ too, like say the Kenzo tiger sweater that showed up on almost all fashion blogs. Trends like denim and combination of fabrics (cotton x leather) are also thrown into the mix.

Topbox April 2013 — Elizabeth Arden

Over a week without an entry and it’s for a subscription box. I know, I’m horrible LOL! It’s okay, I’m going to prep another entry right after I’m done with this one! For April, I picked the Elizabeth Arden privé box.

Elizabeth Arden // Prevage Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum

[[ Lines lost, firmness found, luminosity returned. ]]
Full Size: $275/30mL || Received: $45.83/5mL

Elizabeth Arden // Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup

[[ Imperfections vanish. Skin is illuminated. Glow is recaptured. ]]
Full Size: $42/19g || Received: $4.20/1.9g

Elizabeth Arden // Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara

[[ Coats and curls. Lifts and lengthens. Every last lash. ]]
Full Size: $30/7mL || Received: $12.86/3mL

Elizabeth Arden // All Gone Eye and Lip Makeup Remover

[[ This two-phase formulation easily, gently removes even transfer resistant waterproof mascara. ]]
Full Size: $24/100mL || Received: $12/50mL

At first I thought, “Wow the sizes are kind of small..” but then the mascara and remover are actually around half the full sized product. On top of that I didn’t realize the Prevage Serum would be worth so much. $275 CAD!! That is pretty crazy. I haven’t tried it yet, but I mean, if I have to pay that much for a serum, my face better look like a baby’s bottom after I use it LOL! With the high cost of the serum, the box is worth approximately $74.89.