Month: February 2013

Two Weeks With BB10 – A Nice Phone, But It’s Not Satisfying My APPetite

As you may know from a previous post, I was selected to be part of Virgin Mobile Canada’s Blackberry Z10 tester team (if you want to read about that, click here). I’ve been tweeting tips and tricks with the #vmtester hashtag, and have spent enough time with the phone to share some thoughts.

I was very excited for this phone, but a little skeptical because I hated the Blackberry Curve I had before my iPhone. I’m happy to say the Z10 has changed my feelings toward Blackberry. (more…)

Burt's Bees cuticle cream

Winter is Dry, But Your Cuticles Shouldn’t Be

If you’re anything like me, winter leads to dry skin everywhere – face, feet, hands, and cuticles. Burt’s Bees lemon butter cuticle cream is a little gem that will soothe your dry cuticles, fingertips, and brittle nails.

Although I am terrible at remembering to moisturize, I have been using this product for a few years when I can remember, and much more frequently in the winter. It’s a creamy balm that smells great and works fast. A little goes a long way, and it absorbs fairly quickly. This helps prevent hangnails, and I immediately notice and feel how moisturized my cuticles are.

I’m happy to say this cream keeps my hands from looking like a hot mess and is a good step to include in your at-home manicure regimen. What’s your favourite cuticle cream or oil?

Blackberry Z10

I’m Part of the Virgin Mobile BB10 Tester Team!

I’m happy to announce that I have been selected to be part of Virign Mobile Canada’s tester team for the Blackberry Z10!

Blackberry Z10

What does this mean? It means I get to take the new Blackberry for a spin and give Twitter tips and tricks over four weeks – and I get to keep it! Follow the hashtag #vmtester to see all the tweets from the tester team (there are five of us) and stay tuned for my blog posts. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter as well! I’m @stephrochefort.

I received the Z10 this morning in the mail, and was quickly able to switch from my iPhone plan to get connected. After adjusting to the new swiping motions, I wanted to download some apps I regularly use, but realized this is where I was going to miss my iPhone:

1. No Instagram (it’s supposed to be coming, but when?).

2. No Google Chrome (or I can’t find it!)

3. No OC Transpo bus app (although I think this can be solved with other bus apps or by using the mobile site).

However, I was happy to find Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn already installed on my device. Emails were very easy to set up, and I’m looking forward to playing with it tonight. The device is very light, which is a pleasant surprise.

I have a Macbook, and I enjoy how I can seamlessly sync it and my iPhone. The next test will be to see how easily I can transfer music, photos, etc to my Blackberry. In addition to tweeting tricks and tips with the #vmtester hashtag, I will also be seeing if this device can do everything I need and want it to do in order to live with it.

Do you have a Blackberry Z10? Are you thinking about getting one?

Sunday Link Love – Feb. 10

Here are some interesting things I’ve been reading about this week:

The Pirate Bay documentary – Away From Keyboard is worth a watch – Wired

Twittr nao speakz LOLcat – Mashable

Twitter LOLcat

Airbnb puts an engaging spin on the annual report – Airbnb

Beyonce’s publicist may not like her unflattering photos, but the Internet does – Buzzfeed

No more fleshy bits, buttcracks, and nipples at the Grammys – The Urban Daily

Remember Ed the Sock? Here’s an infographic if you need a refresher – Awnyer

Instagram is no longer exclusively mobile – it’s on the web – Mashable

Essie Eternal Optimist Review

I got a manicure a few weeks ago with OPI’s Dulce du Leche, and I have been seeking a dupe that’s a few dollars cheaper and easier to find. I’ve come pretty close with Essie’s Eternal Optimist.

Essie describes this polish as “a spiced tea rose with a dash of cream,” which is a very accurate description. It’s a nice, work appropriate pink that makes your hands look polished. As far as application, the polish has a nice consistency (not too thin or too thick) and applies and dries easily. I will be reaching for this regularly!

Essie Eternal Optimist

Eternal Optimist