First impression review: John Fluevog shoes women’s Zachary boot

As usual, I have not been compensated in any way for this review, and the product being reviewed was purchased by myself at full price. (Not that I’d turn down a discount if it was offered…)
I just started breaking these beauties in, so expect a follow up to this review once they’re a bit worn in.
So, I have a really bad addiction to quality, and ‘Vogs are the perfect package of quality and style. I couldn’t really afford these, but I had to have them, so I apologized to my credit card and went for it anyway. XD
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When I opened the box, I was greeted by the wonderful smell of nice leather. Then I noticed the sweet postcard from Ramona at the NY store whom I spoke to a couple times during the order process. I love personal touches like that! ❤
Needless to say I was already grinning like an idiot before I even pulled away the signature shoe print tissue. The boots are absolutely beautiful, and I tried them on immediately. Perfect fit, as usual. (If you order some 'Vogs online its always a good idea to consult with a "Fluevologist" about size, because they KNOW their shoes and will help you find your perfect fit.) The boot itself is beautiful and feels strong but supple. So far my ankles haven't gotten a single blister, which is pretty amazing really. The foot area is lined in leather, and feels comfortable and not at all sweaty. The upper is unlined, so they fit nice and snug. I have skinny-ass ankles and moderately big calves, and I love that these boots manage to accomodate both comfortably. The sole is quiet and feels almost bouncy. It also says it resists oil, alkali, and Satan, which could come in handy some day… ;D
I especially love the lucky swirl at the bottom of the lacing, because it gives these boots a certain girlyness I wouldn't have though big, tough boots could have.
I love them so much that I already have a second pair on hold in purple (to match my hair!) and I can't wait to finish paying them off so they can be mine! (Hey, they say you aren't supposed to wear the same shoes every day so the leather can dry completely. That's my excuse for needing two pairs.)
In summary, these boots are one of the best things I've ever bought. They're gorgeous and suit me better than anything I've ever owned that I didn't make myself. The pull loops on my boots say it best: DDFT (don't delay, fluevog today!)

Update: I went for a mile and a half hike over the weekend, and no blisters, no sore spots, no discomfort. At the end of the hike my feet felt great!
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E.L.F. haul!

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I got sucked in by the labor day sale
E.L.F was having last weekend. I mostly bought brushes, but I got a little makeup too. Everything studio was half off if your order was over $25 so it was an awesome way to try some brushes without dropping much money to do it.
The brushes are surprisingly nice considering the price. At $3 a pop I expected loose hair, low density, crusty bristles. These are anything but. They are all taklon (synthetic) bristle brushes, which I find makes them less picky to clean. They aren’t shedding at all (at least so far) and the bristles are soft and densely packed.

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The flawless concealer brush is bigger than I expected, so I don’t think I’ll be using it for that.  Maybe under eye though. Mostly I think it will be good for contouring and for eye shadow when I want a soft all-over color. The density of the domed brush head is impressive,  and it has almost a springy feel without being stiff.

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I oredered both sizes in the stipple brush with the intent of using them for foundation. Now that I have them, I’m thinking they may be better for blush, but I haven’t tried them yet. I expected these to feel loose, but they are interestingly firm with soft bristles.

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The small tapered brush is also bigger than I expected.  I’m not sure what I’ll end up using it for, but it has a nice shape and soft dense bristles, so I’m sure it’ll be good for something.

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The retractable lip brush is awesome,  and I wish I’d bought a couple more! I like that it closes into the handle so it won’t make a mess, and the bristles are soft but firm. In the past when I’ve bought lip brushes they were shaped by laquering them with hairspray and the first use made a frizzy, sheddy mess of them. The bristles of this brush hold their shape without product, so I’m excited to try it!

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The contour brush is about the size I expected the concealer brush to be. It’s got a very firmly packed head of soft bristles, giving it almost a sponge like feel. I think this brush is going to see a lot of use, because it would be good for concealer, eyeshadow, and for smaller areas of contouring.  I may need another of this one too!

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The small precision brush (top) and small smudge brush (bottom) are really similar. I probably could have gone with only one of the two and been fine. The precision brush has longer bristles,  but both are small, firm, soft brushes with rounded ends. They seem to pick up color well despite their size, and should be good for small areas of concealer and for eyeshadow, especially in the crease and as a soft liner.

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I love E.L.F.’s matte lip colors (I had nearly nude and red already, and the nude is nicer than the spendy Kardashian one the gal at ulta almost sold me on.) so when I saw colors my local store doesn’t carry I had to give them a try. The coral is really pretty, and is kind of the color of cantaloupe.  Usually orangey colors look gross on me, but this seems cool toned enough that I think it will be cute. Tea rose is kind of a neutral dusty pink, and is similar to the color my lips are naturally,  so I expect it will look very natural. They can be a touch drying, but last well and have a natural matte look that I like. (I find some matte colors are just TOO matte.) They do pretty well under gloss too, so the same color can be worn two ways.

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The baked highlighter had rave reviews,  so I thought I’d try it. It’s very pretty. I wish the lighter color hadn’t been sold out, but pink diamonds is still a nice shade. The finish is shimmery without being sparkly, and leaves a pink glow but no real color. It was hard to photograph it, but trust me, it’s lovely. It might be pretty for eyeshadow if I want a really natural look, and it will be nice for highlights as well.

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Speaking of pointless swatches, the primers seem nice. The packaging and formula was different between the two formulas, so I don’t know if one is older or what. I expected clear to be less… clear. I thought it would be translucent whitish, so the crystal clear color surprised me. The purple looked just like the MUFE stuff I tried at sephora, only it costs WAY less. Both were nice, although the clear feels a little nicer to me. Also, for those who care, the purple contains parabens, while the clear does not. I think the clear may be newer, so hopefully that will be the formula for the purple in the future. One thing I liked is that there is no fragrance to these primers. I like fragrance in products, but I have a fragrant powder and I don’t need too many smells going on at once. Especially ony face.

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Lastly, for referring friends at checkout I got this cute eye shodow quad free. I didn’t want to buy ant eyeshadow because I own a ton, so I might have preferred something else, but the colors are good, and anyway it was free. The two grey colors are pretty similar, but one is a bit lighter and more metallic than the other. The black is nice, and doesn’t have much shimmer although it isn’t a true matte. The white, to be quite honest, kinda sucked. It is matte, and not very opaque, so it doesn’t really show up at all. I really gobbed it on for the swatch, and you still can’t even see it. I use a lot of shimmery white, so I was really disappointed this color was such a bust.

Overall, this was a good order.  I highly recommend the brushes, since they’re inexpensive but still nice. The primer is nice, but get the clear instead of the colored kind. Even though this stuff is already dirt cheap, watch for sales and freebies, which are frequent.

Pros:
Cheap is heck
Brushes are really nice
Good products are good
They give you free stuff

Cons:
Products can be very hit or miss

If anyone has these brushes, please let me know your favorite uses for them in the comments! You can also let me know which E.L.F products you’ve used and what you thought of them so I know what to order in the future!

I have the Death Cold… Here’s a silly review for you.

Seriously,  it sucks. Normally I don’t wuss out over colds, but this one is special. I almost cried when I found a can of vaporub in the cabinet earlier.

That said, despite my desire to remain roughly horizontal, I still need to make a post.

I have decided to review my vaporub, because I can’t think well enough to write something intelligent.  Please enjoy the result of my stupor…

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Generic vaporub: my savior
Earlier today I had to make a choice I didn’t want to make. Did I want to breathe through my right nostril, or my left. After switching off for several hours, I decided to poke through the medicine cabinet in search of relief.
I found it in a blue can with a green lid.
The texture of vaporub is gooey and unpleasant,  similar to Vaseline. It is translucent and colorless with a glossy look when applied.

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It feels thick and sticky on the skin, but does seem somewhat moisturizing.  The smell is refreshing but repellent, with a top note of menthol and a slightly camphorous eucalyptus base note. It could be described as “bracing”.
I applied the goo to my chest and throat,  and found myself engulfed in a fragrant cloud which I could feel entering my clogged sinuses. Lovely. Within a few moments I had recovered the use of both nostrils and was coughing much less. It had a pleasant cooling sensation as well, which was much less pleasant when accidentally applied to the inner corner of my eye. Given the resulting discomfort,  I cannot recommend this product as an eye cream.
As a scent, it has rather heavy sillage whic many people find unpleasant.  It is definitely a unisex fragrance, and is suited to any season. I do not recommend it as a date fragrance,  but it might be a good choice for test taking as it would keep you awake.

Pros:
Get a seat to yourself on the bus
Clear sinuses
Great moisturizing properties
Might get you out of work
Can double as muscle rub

Cons:
People may avoid you
People with clogged sinuses may sniff you
Greasy feel
Really sucks if it gets in your eye/nose/mouth/genital area. (I can only confirm the eye. The rest is conjecture.)

Overall: If you have a cold or are taking a bus somewhere, I highly recommend this product. If not, you may want to look elsewhere.

I hope you found this helpful.
Or at least amusing.
I’m going back to bed now.

Review: Geo Xtra 3 tone dejavu (violet WHC-351) from Solution-lens.com

Disclaimers:

1. If you want to wear contact lenses, see an eye doctor first. Even if you don’t need to correct your vision, you still need to know how to handle your lenses, and you’ll want to be sure your eyes are healthy enough to wear lenses. You should also see your eye doctor after you get the lenses if possible, because they can check the fit to make sure you won’t damage your eyes.

2. I purchased these lenses myself. However, the website I bought them from (solution-lens.com) has a promotion where if you review their lenses they will send you a free pair. This will not affect my review (they don’t say free lenses only for GOOD reviews) but I thought in the interest of full disclosure I would mention it up front. Also, it’s a darn nice offer which you might also want to take advantage of!

Review:

I had some circle lenses a couple years ago, and they were really pretty but the company I had ordered them from went away, and I just never really bothered getting more. Recently I found myself really wishing I had some again, so I went looking for a good deal.

Eventually, I found solution-lens.com.

The first thing that made me choose this site over the others I looked at was the free shipping. Then I saw they had a deal where if you buy two pairs you get a third free! Sold!

I really liked how many ways you can sort the lens options (color, size, brand, etc) because it made it super easy to find what I wanted. I wanted Geo, because they are a well known and trusted company, and I wanted the biggest lenses I could get! There were clear images of the lenses, and usually a picture of the lenses on a model. I would have liked there to have been pictures of several models with different natural eye colors, or at least some models with light eyes, because my eyes are light and it can be hard to figure out if the lenses will look natural on light eyes. However, the pictures of the lenses turned out to be very true to color so it worked out fine.

The products were shipped out really quickly, and I anticipated getting my lenses very soon. I wasn’t counting on the five day hang-up in customs. Thanks to that it took a while for the package to get here, but I didn’t really mind since it was fully trackable (USPS), and I hadn’t paid for the shipping anyway. 😉

Here’s the package:

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I love the chicken stickers on the envelope!!!

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Inside, I found everything to be very well packed.

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Lots of bubble wrap. I loved the little woven box it came in too! I’m not sure what I’m going to use it for, but it’s too pretty not to use!

Each pair of lenses came with its own free case, all different colors.

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I was happy to find there were surprises in the package too! There was not only the pen, which writes in blue or black depending which ear you click, but also a super cute pair of earrings!

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I’m horribly allergic to nickel, so I was all set to be bummed that I couldn’t wear the earrings, but to my delight they are actually nylon! Yay!!!

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An instruction sheet was included as well, but if you’ve had contact lenses there isn’t much new information there.

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I bought three pair of lenses, but today I will only be reviewing the purple since I don’t want to open them all at once.

One of the reasons I like Geo’s lenses is because they have a system to insure you have received genuine lenses.  You scratch off the silver part from the sticker, and input the code on their website, and it tells you if the lenses are authentic or not. Since I value my eyes, I like to be sure I am getting the high quality lenses I expect, and not some sketchy knock-offs.

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Here are the lenses in the bottle. They are a 15mm lens with a dark limbal ring, a pretty purple color, and a small amount of brown around the center to blend the color better with your natural eye color.

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Last night I washed the case I planned to use with antibacterial soap, put in some fresh lens fluid, and opened up the lenses. You will need to soak them for 8 hours minimum before you wear them, so don’t just stick them straight in your eye.

Opening the bottles is a little tricky. You have to lift the plastic cap and use it to break the aluminum seal. This is a very secure seal, which is great, but opening them is hard. I couldn’t get the cap to pull up without using a tool (I used a metal nail file.) to pry it loose. Then, when you break the aluminum seal, it leaves a really sharp edge, which I usually manage to cut myself on. Be careful.

Today, having soaked the lenses overnight, I decided to try them on. I expected them to be a little uncomfortable, because the last pair I had was difficult to get used to. I was pleasantly surprised! I found these lenses to be extremely comfortable immediately, even though I haven’t worn contacts for over a year. I don’t know if Geo has improved their lenses since the last time I ordered, or if the last ones were fake, but these were as comfortable as any lens I’ve ever worn! Another pleasant surprise was how natural they looked. My previous pair was really dark, and without makeup they looked really scary! These looked beautiful, like I just happened to have HUGE purple eyes.

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I love how BIG my eyes look with them in!

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Here’s the difference between wearing the lens and my normal eye. I wouldn’t call them subtle exactly, but it’s the most natural circle lenses I’ve ever tried.

Next, I wanted to see how they looked with makeup. I chose a green eyeshadow quad to enhance the purple.

I took some in full daylight, and a couple in dimmer lighting as well.

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I am 100% in LOVE with these lenses!

Here’s a close up of the lens on my eye.

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You can see that it blends beautifully with my natural color, even close up.

These lenses are everything I wanted: natural looking, but still with a strong enlarging effect. The price was really decent, and solution-lens.com did a great job packing and shipping my order. I am already planning what lenses to order next! (hmmm…7 pairs for $99 or 15 pairs for $199…) I highly recommend this site, and I suggest that you take advantage of the giveaways they offer. In addition to the free lenses for posting reviews, there is also a giveaway for people who want to win lenses without buying any first, so go check it out!

The link for the giveaway is here

Do you have circle lenses? If so, which are your favorites? Let me know in the comments!

UPDATE: I received my free lenses today. I thought I would just get the lenses in a padded envelope, but they actually came with a lens case, another pen, and some pink glitter teddy bear earrings in a smaller version of the box my first order came in! Yay!