Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Review - GEO Magic Brown Lens

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be reveiwing the GEO Magic Brown lenses that I talked about in the last store review I did on Pinky Paradise!
I purchased these lenses during Pinky Paradise's half price sale, so they cost me $9.95USD (plus shipping) which is incredibly decent, considering my daily clear prescription contacts cost $60NZD for one months worth ($46USD). I don't wear clear monthly lenses because I only wear contacts when I go outside the house (which is only 2-5 days a week for work/performances), so dailies are cheaper than monthlies for me (and it's still stupidly expensive).
 Lens Info
Brand / GEO
Origin / South Korea
Diameter / 14.2mm
Base Curve / 8.6mm
Water Content / 38%
Life Span / Yearly

The Magic Brown lenses are quite light, and all one colour. They have a subtle spiral that fades into the clear middle of the lens which helps it transition to your natural eye colour. These are great for emphasizing your natural eye colour rather than trying to change the colour.
They're a little darker than my natural eye colour, but they sort of give the illusion that I just have a very dark natural limbal ring since they're not too enlarging. When I wore them nobody asked about them (when I wear other lenses I do get asked about them) which makes me think they're quite natural.
Like I mentioned in the Store Review, the left lens did not agree with my left eye. I get a little redness normally, so this is what my right eye would look like anyway, however the left eye looked awful.  I assumed something had gotten into my eye while wearing the lenses (eyelash, dirt etc) because they were brand new and I'm really careful about eye hygiene and cleaning lenses.
When I wore the lenses for review/photographing purposes I found the left eye still so uncomfortable that after one hour I had to take them out. I won't wear these lenses again, but I might order them to try them out again because I like the colour and style.

Regular lens wearers - have you got any idea why one lens would irritate my eye so much in comparison to the other eye? I've never had this issue with clear prescription lenses!
I just can't wear the left lens, which makes this pair of lenses more than a little bit useless! I have no idea why the lens would make my eye look like this, but it sure doesn't look healthy and I don't want to potentially risk ruining my vision for a $10 set of lenses, so I will be throwing this pair out. However I did really like the colour and style of these lenses so I would probably try a fresh pair out! ^.^

What I Love
- Right lens is very comfortable
- Natural enlargement
- Authentic GEO
- Not overly drying


What I Don't Love
- I can't wear the left lens

Final Thoughts
I really enjoyed the right lens but not the left (obviously). The right lens was really comfortable, not extremely drying on my dry eyes and gave me a nice everyday enlargement that nobody questioned (it's only a little irritating when you have to explain why you're wearing contact lenses). Like I said before, I would purchase the Magic Brown lenses again, potentially in different colours too because I just liked the look of the lenses so much!

 Do you prefer natural looking lenses, or unnatural/dolly looking lenses?

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Manicure Tuesday? - Born Pretty Store

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Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be showing you some super cute nail designs I created with some nail art supplies that I was sent by Born Pretty Store! I decided to post this on a Tuesday so I don't interrupt my regular posting schedule (and also because I wanted to keep posting Christmassy nails! ^.^)
I chose some very feminine water decals, gold rose studs and water droplet studs! These are very much my style of nail art supplies, and things that I will definitely use on a day to day basis for my manicures.

I love the combination of these water decals, but I hate how the horse and carriage has so little room to cut between - you would need some super long nails to fit that decal on one nail without trimming it! The carriage by itself barely fits on my widest nail!
I used Picture Polishes Tiffany for the minty green colour, and OPI's My Second Honeymoon for the pink. The decals were super easy to apply and look amazing on my nails. I put a coat of OPI's Don't Touch My Tutu over the top of the decals to create a pastely/filtered look which makes the decals look incredibly cute! The pictures make it look a little blurry, but it looks lovely in real life ^.^


The gold rose studs are chunkier than they look and tend to over whelm my small nails slightly (especially when I have short nails!), but they are absolutely gorgeous and wear really well. The Water Drop studs look absolutely amazing, like actual little water droplets! They don't fade or deteriorate when you put a top coat over them either which I love!
I created a subtle grey gradient with OPI's My Pointe Exactly and topped it off with the matching glitter, Pirouette My Whistle. I used the small silver balls and diamond studs I had bought from Born Pretty Store previously to create a little center piece for the water droplet studs. I absolutely love the look of the water droplet studs and this manicure!


Nail Art Water Decals Transfers Crown Shield Rings Pattern #T332  
These dainty decals look super cute and princessey! They remind me of little stackable rings which I think are just gorgeous. I don't really like the four little shield decals and I probably won't use them, but the rest of the decals are so pretty!

I used OPI's Care To Danse? for the pinky purple base and added the gold water decals to three of the nails, and popped the rose stud and some swarovski crystal studs on my ring finger. The gold decals look like the popular flash tattoo's that are trending right now and I just think they look so cute and princessey! ^.^

Thank you so much to Born Pretty Store for sending me these nail art supplies to review! I hope you guys enjoyed this extra post this week ^.^

Monday, 15 December 2014

Manicure Monday - Festive Fairy Lights

Hello Princesses!

Today I have really easy, festive manicure featuring a Christmas tree, terrible fairy lights and candy cane stripes! ^.^
I chose to use a white base for this manicure, and Color Club's Ho Ho Holly for the green and gold sparkled tree. I used a thin striper brush and a black polish to create the looped fairy lights, and dotted some random coloured fairy lights onto the strand. I used Sally Hansens red polish with the Color Club to create the messy candy cane stripes on my pinkie, (at least they're moderately straight this time - I'm getting better at drawing straight lines! ^.^)

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Store Review - Pinky Paradise

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about my shopping experience with Pinky Paradise! I was persuaded to make a purchase from this store by the fabulous blogger Airi who had a 50% coupon for almost all lenses store-wide! I love a good deal, I actually needed some new prescription lenses and in the process I supported someone whose blog I really enjoy reading! Triple win! ^.^

Website Practicality
I think the website looks really pretty, it's very pink and girly which fits my personality perfectly! I like that you can shop by brand, prescription, diameter, colour etc and that they have separate tabs to shop for accessories and beauty. I found it very practical to search for products, and easy to check out and complete my purchase.

Price Comparison
I purchased from Pinky Paradise because they were having 50% off everything store wide. I haven't purchased from them before because their shipping price is higher than other stores I have bought from before, and I would rather save a couple of dollars if I can!
 
Pinky Paradise - GEO Fresh Brown $19.90 + Shipping $6.00 = $25.90 USD
Uniqso - GEO Fresh Brown $19.90 + Shipping $4.00 = $23.90 USD
Lens Village - GEO Fresh Brown $19.50 + Shipping $4.50 = $24.00 USD

Their prices are on par with most other stores, however it is the shipping cost to New Zealand that makes it more expensive, so if you don't live in New Zealand you may find that their shipping pricing is lower and therefore more even with other stores.  

Shipping and Packaging
My package took two weeks to be shipped after payment, because some of the lenses in my prescription were out of stock. Pinky Paradise contacted me to give me a chance to change my order rather than just refunding me, which I thought was brilliant because I still had the chance to make use of the 50% off sale! My order shipped one week after confirmation of the changed order, and arrived at my house two weeks after that. It was well wrapped, and nothing was broken.
 Products
I purchased three pairs of lenses because it's been a while since I wore coloured lenses and I wasn't sure how I'd react to coloured prescription lenses. This is my current prescription, which yeah, is not that high. While I do agree that I'm not that blind, it also sucks having to walk right up to things to read them and I can't drive without my glasses because I get really anxious when I can't read the road signs well so glasses/lenses are an everyday thing for me now. 
Each set of lenses came with their own little macaroon case which I really like, because the regular lens cases you get with solution are so plain.
GEO Fresh Brown
Diameter: 14.0mm/14.2mm Water Content: 38% Base Curve: 8.6mm Life Span: 1 year disposal
"Fresh" look is exactly what you are getting when you wearing Geo Fresh Brown! These lenses give of a fresh hue of honey and sparkle. At 14.2 mm in diameter, it's design gives a great enlargement effect. It contains depth while providing ample coverage to the iris. Perfect for subtle gyaru and ulzzang looks. 
I haven't worn these yet, but they look like they will look quite natural with my eyes, potentially a little too yellow though! We will see!

GEO - Grang Grang Choco
Diameter: 14.2mm Water Content: 38% Base Curve: 8.6mm Life Span: 1 year disposal
The design of these lenses are really noticeable. Imagine a hazelnut pudding with swirls of dark chocolate. The arrangement of the different shades of brown in addition to the thick chocolate brown edge makes the lenses really unique, yet they blend in perfectly with your eyes and give you a perfect everyday look. They highlight and emphasize your natural eye-color at the same time no matter if brown, green, blue or gray. 
Sorry about the awful photo. I have worn these a couple of times and they make my eyes looks super duper dark and dolly. The limbal ring is very dark and solid so they don't look natural at all, but I still quite like them anyway! ^.^

GEO - Magic Brown
Diameter: 14.2mm
Water Content: 38%
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Life Span: 1 Year Disposal

These are the most natural looking lenses out of the three and the first pair that I tried. They look amazing and very natural on my eyes because my eyes are quite a light brown, but one of the lenses seems to be defective. 

I wore them for 6 hours the first time and after an hour my left eye started feeling very uncomfortable but the right eye was fine. I get dry eyes, so I popped some eye drops into my left eye and got on with my life. I wore them to work and they still felt quite uncomfortable, but I couldn't take them out since I was at work. When I came home and looked at my eye it looked like this.
 
I get a little redness normally, so this is what my right eye would look like anyway, however the left eye looked awful.  I assumed something had gotten into my eye while wearing the lenses (eyelash, dirt etc) because they were brand new and I'm really careful about eye hygiene and cleaning lenses.
When I wore the lenses for review/photographing purposes I found the left eye still so uncomfortable that after one hour I had to take them out. I won't wear these lenses again, but I might order them to try them out again because I like the colour and style.

Regular lens wearers - have you got any idea why one lens would irritate my eye so much in comparison to the other eye? I've never had this issue with clear prescription lenses!
What I Love
- Great range of lens and Japanese cosmetics
- Great communication
- Good pricing
- Authentic GEO Lenses
- Half price sale!


What I Don't Love
- One potentially defective lens
- Took over a month to complete my order


Final Thoughts
I really enjoyed my shopping experience with Pinky Paradise, I thought it was great that they contacted me to offer me the chance to change my lenses rather than just cancelling my order, and I was impressed by the choice of lenses and good pricing! I wish the shipping was slightly cheaper, but it's not nearly as bad as some cosmetic store shipping prices that I regularly shop at so it's not really a big deal!

Next week I will be starting to incorporate a different type of review, so make sure you check back next week! ^.^

Have you shopped with Pinky Paradise before? What other sites do you purchase your lenses from?
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