Love it or Nah : Furls Crochet Hook Review

furls crochet hook review

By now, if you follow any avid crocheter on instagram, then I’m sure you’ve heard of Furls Crochet. If not, then I apologize in advance for all the money you’re about to spend. (hint: a lot, you’re going to spend A LOT) and not just because they are a little pricier than your average crochet hook, but because they are really just that good!

About a month ago, I decided to jump in a purchase a few of furls crochet hooks, mainly because of their ergonomic handles. I was in the thick of market season and holiday prep and my hands and wrists were killing me, so I thought, “Why not?” When furls announced their Streamline hooks, at a much more affordable price than some of their other collections, I jumped at the opportunity. Priced at $17.50 for the rosewood, I couldn’t pass it up.

 

At first, I couldn’t believe how SMOOTH, this hook was. The finish on this hook is so silky smooth and a pleasure to hold. This hook is also incredibly light weight. I wasn’t used to how light it was at first, but after a few minutes of use, it was pretty easy to get used to. I started off by crocheting this simple ribbed beanie to test it out and see how it compared to a regular boye or bates hook that you could find at any Michael’s. Honestly, it slowed me down a bit. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, slow crochet can be nice, but I did find myself having to be more cautious of each stitch. About half way through the hat, I got my rhythm and by the end, I loved it! I noticed that I had no pain in my wrist or hands. By the time I finished this ribbed beanie, Black Friday deals were rolling around and I couldn’t wait to pick a few more styles from them to test out continuity with their hooks.

 

I picked up a black Odyssey hook in the size 3.75mm and another streamline, but this time I got the camwood finish. I loved the rosewood streamline so much and since the camwood is $1.50 less, I wanted to try it out. If I had to pick between the two, I’d definitely go with the rosewood. The camwood hook that I received was not nearly as smooth as the rosewood. Not sure if it was because of the finish of the woods or if it was just a fluke, but it just wasn’t as smooth to the touch. This hook slowed me down even more and I found myself reaching for my rosewood more than the camwood. Since I only purchased one of each hook, I cant speak to the consistency with all other sizes, but seeing as how I prefer the color and touch of the rosewood, I will probably only continue to purchase the rosewood!

 

As for the odyssey, I absolutely LOVE this hook. I cannot stress this enough, YOU NEED A WHOLE SET IN YOUR LIFE! I’ve used the odyssey hook to make these little crochet cactus (pictured above) , and since purchasing, I’ve made about 30, with no pain at all. The best part is, this hook glides through the yarn like butter! The Odyssey hooks come in at about $30 before shipping, but they are worth it! I’m currently saving up for a whole set. This hook was a bit heavier than the others, which I prefer because it helps me keep my tension while crocheting, and the sleek design is a definite plus! It looks and feels so luxurious and makes my average making day feel so fancy. The only downside to the Odyssey line that I noticed, is that the size is not printed on the actual hook. The letter corresponding with the mm size, (ex: 3.75mm = F hook) is printed on the very bottom of the hook. But if you haven’t memorized all the letter sizes, it may be confusing with an entire set. That being said, that won’t discourage me at all from continuing to collect a complete set!

Let’s see how these hooks performed on finished objects!

Crocheted Cactus using Odyssey Hook in 3.75mm

 

Ribbed beanie using the Streamline Rosewood in 5mm

 

Final Thoughts

 

Odyssey- Obviously, if you can’t tell by now, I’m in love and can’t wait to buy more. I wish the design could incorporate the sizing a bit more obviously but it’s nothing I can’t deal with. Definitely will repurchase!

Rosewood Streamline- Finally a fan of this one, and I love that its a wooden hook. Sizing is clearly engraved on the side and it looks stunning in photos. Slows my crocheting down a bit, but will be perfect for those projects that have no deadline where I can sit back, relax and take my time with it! Will take a little bit more getting used to, but I will repurchase!

Camwood Streamline- Not really a fan of this one. While the price tag is definitely the most affordable, I think I would still opt for the rosewood. Not as smooth to the touch and I prefer the darker coloring of the rosewood. Most likely won’t be repurchasing this style.

As for Furls Crochet as a company, I am really impressed with what they are trying to do with the maker community and I think they are very innovative with their designs! They have new products rolling out consistently and I cannot wait to see what they come up with next! Like I said, If you haven’t already checked them out, take the time to do so because you will be so pleased!!

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Dude, My Skin is SO Soft

I am not a mask-er. I actually hadn’t taken much a notice to in depth skin care until this year really. Sure, I would wash my face and all that jazz, but I didn’t really think about going in any deeper with my skincare. This past year and some of 2015, I found some companies via Instagram like, Vanity Planet, Blackout and Jealous Body and it opened my eyes and my mind to the depths of skincare and masking!  More posts to come soon on the other companies, but right now I want to focus on this “odd” looking mask. 
It’s called the Blackout Mask, named for just that reason, its a blackout…on your face. I thought it was so weird when I first saw. “Who would want to put that on their face?” – It’s made from activated charcoal and coconut, and some other stuff you can find here. There are two types of masks they offer, a black one, as shown above, and a white one. The black one is meant to reduce redness, help with oil control, preventing breakouts and hydrating. The white mask is meant to tighten skin, prevent fine lines and also hydrate! Sounds good, huh?
I ordered the single blackout mask, which also came with a little applicator brush and I also order an 8 pack of the dehydrated wipes. I was fascinated with these. They come in a pack much like a pack of antibiotics. You pop them out, drop them in a bowl of water and voila they hydrate into moistened toilette to wipe off the mask with out having to get your nice face towels all dirty. Not like I really have that many nice face towels. But that’s irrelevant. These things are handy AF. 

The Process:

Ok so first you should wash your face. Preferably with warm water to open up your pores so that the mask can really sink in and get into the nitty gritty. 
Then, big surprise, you apply the mask, with the little applicator brush provided and put a generous amount all over your face. Avoid your eyes and mouth please, no need going blind for the sake of beauty 😉
Cute, huh?
Next, set your alarm for roughly 15-20 mins. Or until dry. It feels tightening but not too badly. I know it can get boring waiting those 15-20 mins, maybe you can take that time to read some of my other posts 😉 sorry for the shameless plug, I couldn’t help myself. 

Time to wipe off now. 
Wipes off nicely! 
After removed, apply a toner to your face to close up the pores and moisturize! It’s important! 

Final Thoughts

I like it! Will I purchase again? Yes! I’ve read that you can get about 8 uses out of one pack, so I won’t have to repurchase for a while. I’ll keep you guys updated if I change my opinion, but as for now I’d say it’s great. It’s been 4 days since I used it and I can notice a difference in the sizes of my pores and no new breakouts! Thank gawd. I always get nervous of that when using a new product. Oh, and did I mention how INCREDIBLY SOFT my skin is now. It’s like a baby’s butt! 
Let me know of any other masks you’ve tried! I’m on a hunt now for more. It was a good experience I would like to continue! Or let me know if you have tried this mask. I haven’t read of any bad experiences with this mask so far. (BTW, this is not sponsored by Blackout, I just liked it so much I wanted to review it for you all. I’m sure Blackout has no clue who I am!) 
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Liquid Lipstick Chronicles: Kat Von D

Welcome to the liquid lipstick chronicles! Liquid lipsticks seem to be one of the most popular products that are coming out in almost every makeup brand..And with good reason. Most every woman wants a lipstick that will last all day. Seeing as how I have almost 40 different liquid lipsticks from over 10 different brands, I thought it would be a great idea to compare and see which ones rank the best! 
The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks were some of the first ones I tried! I have always admired Kat Von D for being authentic and unique and never apologizing for it! Besides the fact that she is an incredible artist, I knew that her makeup line had to be great too! I have never really liked lipsticks before. I hated that they weren’t “kiss proof” and whenever I would forget I was wearing them, you bet I ended up smudging them all over my face. One look that I definitely can’t pull off :/ When I heard about liquid lipsticks, I thought, “well, that’s for me!” Finally! A lip color that I could wear all day and not worry about smudging.
With a price tag of $20 I was a little skeptical. But, Sephora has this magical way of making you want to spend more money than you even thought possible. So, I ended up buying 2- the colors: Armageddon and Mother. The first night I had them, I fell in love. A little drying on the lips, but oh man! They last all damn day! First time I wore them  I ate a CHEESEBURGER, and they still didn’t budge. I now own 9 of them, and hope to have all one day. After having 9 of them, I feel confident in saying that the formula is consistent with all of them and all around really enjoyable to wear! What’s best is that they are formulated without parabens! 
I’ll give you some descriptions as shown on the website:

Armageddon- 

Carnation pink 

My description: This color seems like the perfect “Barbie Pink”. It’s a bright, playful and bold pink color. Would look best, in my opinion, on darker skin tones. But hey, I am as pale as a piece of paper and still reach for this color in the spring and summer! 

Mother- 

Dusty Mauve Pink
My description: Dusty? Not so much. I would describe this color as more of a deep rose pink. Not an incredibly unique color, but definitely a staple in any lipstick collection. This is one of my favorite colors for the summer. Perfect pop of color for the summer!

Exorcism-

Ripe Blackberry
My description: Yes and YAASSS! I love this color- SO MUCH! Like I said, I’m pale. This color is such a deep wine “blackberry” color on me and is such a beautiful contrast on my light skin. Great with a cooler toned look, smokey eye, grays, purples- you get the gist. 

Lolita-

Chestnut Rose
My description: Ok, so a little backstory with this one. This is one of the more coveted colors from her line. Apparently, there was a mishap at the manufacturer during one shipment, where the batch came out more “brown” toned than it should have. As you can see from the swatch, mine was not one of them. Lolita, on me, is a great mauve nude color. My go-to for any simple, everyday look. Goes with so many looks and so many skin tones, so if there is one color you want to start off with, Lolita would be a good choice. It’s really hard to get your hands on this one, so you may have to just purchase it off the sephora website, but, IT’S WORTH IT!

Lolita II- 

Terra Cotta Nude
My description: The sister color to Lolita. A little more playful. The websites description is pretty spot on though. Terra Cotta definitely comes to mind when picturing this color. Sometimes it feels a little orange to me. Definitely, I feel, would look better with a tan or on darker skin tones, but also glad that I purchased it. I don’t find myself reaching for this color as much as I do for others. But, when I’m feeling a little sassy some days, this color is the one I go for. 

Requiem- 

Soft Lilac
My description: Soft lilac, sounds nice doesn’t it? No, not for me. I wanted to like this color so much when I first bought it. Now, the only time I use it, is to mix it with other colors. I’ve seen it on so many people, and it looks great on them. But me? Nope. Just way too pale of a color. I am already so pale that I just can’t pull this color off at all. Bummer, but I would not repurchase it 🙁

Santa Sangre-

Poison Apple
My description: Very orangey-red. Good for if you’re looking for a red that isn’t so bold. Not a typical “true blue” red. And once again, the orangey colors don’t look the best on me, so I am a little biased. It’s another one of the colors that I don’t reach for the most, but I do love to do a nice red ombre with it and a darker red paired together. 

Nosferatu- 

Blood Crimson
My description: Blood crimson is pretty accurate. Out of all the darker red colors that I own from her line, this one isn’t my favorite. However, it is still beautiful. I just prefer Vampira and Exorcism over this one a little bit more. IF this were the only darker red I had from her collection, then I would definitely be rocking it on a weekly basis! 

Vampira-

Deep Reddish Burgundy 
My description: My love!! Deep reddish burgundy is accurate once again. Out of all the KVD colors I own, this is probably my favorite! I, hands down, get the most compliments on my lipstick when I wear this one. This is one of those colors where I think it sort of transforms based on your skin tone. On me, (since I’m pale), it’s very deep, dark and beautiful. Almost a blackish red. If I’m going for a sultry, romantic look, this is absolutely the color I go for!! 

Final Thoughts

KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks- definitely worth the investment. All the swatches shown are only one layer. They have a streak-free formula. Slightly hydrating, slightly drying at the same time, but yes, they are everlasting! I have gotten at the most about 8-10 hours of wear. They layer really well if you do feel like you want to reapply throughout the day. Some liquid lipsticks end up cakey if you add a second layer to them. These lipsticks really set the bar high for my expectations of other similar products. I believe that the KVD lipsticks have 28 different colors to choose from, ranging from nudes all the way to a pitch black. A little something for anyone to love. If I had one bone to pick with them, it would be the price. At $20 each, that adds up quickly. But still, to this day, they are one of my favorite color selections, formulations, and lasting power. Buy one at least, just to try if you are still unsure about purchasing. I honestly don’t understand why someone wouldn’t like them, unless you don’t like a matte color. They dry completely matte. Although, a clear gloss would go easy over them (in my opinion though that kind of defeats the whole purpose of the product) The next colors I want to purchase would be Bow N Arrow, Berlin, Witches and Beloved.

Tell me what you think? Do you like them? Was this review helpful to you? If you’d like me to do an actual lip swatch of all the colors I own, please leave me a comment below! Or connect with me on instagram @girlirae, twitter @girli_rae and email girlirae@gmail.com

Battle of the Foundations

Hi guys! So, today I wanted to talk a little bit about some foundations that I’ve been trying out and little mini reviews on each of them! Maybe you’ve noticed in my past couple of posts that I have been struggling a bit with more oily skin recently! Usually my skin is normal to combo, but recently I have just had excess oil that I couldn’t seem to disguise! I did a little research and experimentation and I found a few that I’ve been loving!

1.  Urban Decay- Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Foundation

I’ve been using this foundation for about a month or two and it has been one of my “go-to” foundations. It’s great for everyday use! When they describe it as weightless, they really mean it. This foundation is so lightweight all day. Does not feel cakey at all, even by the end of the day it still just feels like your skin! I do have to set this foundation with a very good oil control powder because I will get oily with this foundation if I don’t set it. Even with a powder, I still have to do about 1 or 2 touch ups throughout the day which is honestly a little annoying. But, I’m still going to rate this foundation a 4 out of 5 due to the natural satin finish, the wearability and how lightweight it is! 
 Both pictures- wearing the Naked Skin foundation. Shade 2.0

2. Too Faced- Born This Way Foundation

This foundation is sort of a toss up for me. On one hand, I love how full coverage it is and how flawless it makes my face look when I first apply it. It’s a great foundation to wear when I’m going out or going to be taking pictures and want that “doll-like” flawless appearance. On the other hand, it does not wear long on me at all. Also, it does nothing for oil control with my skin. Within about 3 or 4 hours it starts to separate on my skin making my skin go from flawless, to oily and patchy (which is a look I don’t think anyone can really pull off). As it starts to separate and get oily, it also starts to FEEL really cakey, which is probably my least favorite trait about the foundation. I would probably rate this foundation a 2 or 3 out of 5. Don’t get me wrong, I still really like this foundation for short term wear, but for all day long, oil control- it’s not the best on my skin! I have heard and seen better reviews from people who have normal to dry skin, since it has a natural finish and can be hydrating on dry skin. 
 wearing the Born This Way foundation in the shade “Porcelain” 

3. Makeup Forever- Ultra HD Invisible Stick Foundation

 
I have a similar view on this foundation as I do for the Too Faced foundation. I think it would be great for people with normal to dry skin. It does look flawless and sits really well on the skin when you FIRST apply it. But, on my skin, it does not wear long enough for every day, all day wear. On my skin it got a bit oily around 5 hours of wear. Not too bad, but when I am at work, I just don’t have the time or want to have to touch up every couple of hours. It is a very full coverage foundation, so if you’re into that, and don’t have oily skin, then I think it would be great. I’ve seen well known youtubers such as Jaclyn Hill and NikkieTutorials that RAVE about this foundation. But, as far as I can tell, they both have normal and sometimes dry skin, so I think that has a great deal to do with why they would love it. For me, this again, is another foundation that I would really only want to wear if I were going out for a couple of hours and wanted that flawless, full coverage look! I would rate this foundation a 3 out of 5 due to the flawless coverage! 

4. Kat Von D- Lock It Foundation

Ok, FINALLY a full coverage foundation that could probably last you all day through even a hurricane. This foundation has some serious stay power. If you’ve seen Kat Von D at all in the past, you can tell she’s a fan of the full coverage. So it’s no surprise that her foundation is the same. One of the things I love most about this foundation is that the shade (45 light) is a PERFECT match for me, which is great since that pretty much never happens for me. It has an incredibly matte finish to it, which again is great for people like me with oily skin. It will last all day and doesn’t start to separate or look oily/cakey until about 8 hours of wear. I do set it with an oil control powder, as I do for pretty much any foundation that I wear. But it hold us extremely well! For my skin type, the foundation will look just as flawless at the end of the day as it  does at the beginning of the day. I would rate this a 4 out of 5- only taking away one point because of how full coverage it is, it isn’t really an every day wear foundation for me- but, I still love it on occasion!
wearing the Lock It Foundation in shade 45 light. 

5. Cover Girl- Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation

WOO! A drugstore foundation for you guys that don’t want to spend a pretty penny on your foundation. Coming in at about $8 (depending on which drugstore you shop at) This foundation is easily accessible, very affordable and a good fit for almost any skin type I would say. There was a good couple of months last summer where this was the only foundation I was wearing. Lightweight and a natural finish, it was great on my skin and looked almost undetectable. It never got cakey on my skin and I never had any excess oil issues with it. I mix the shades 105 and 110 to get the perfect match for me. I wouldn’t say its the best foundation I’ve tried but I was pleasantly surprised with it! I would rate it a 3 out of 5 since it does just wear off by the end of the day and never has a super flawless finish. 

6. L’oreal- Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Foundation

Last, but certainly not least, is the L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte. This has been my FAVORITE foundation as of late for longevity, matte finish and helping with my oil control. I seriously love this stuff. Took me a while to find the right shade for me. I wear the shade 102, or I can mix 101 with 103, since I got all 3 before finding which one matched me right. This foundation looks flawless for the minute its applied. Stays matte ALL DAY LONG, which I really can’t even explain how happy that makes me. When I finally started wearing this, after hearing so many people rave about it, I was kicking myself for not purchasing it sooner! It is more expensive for a drugstore foundation (about $12-$14) but so worth it! I wear a mattifying primer with it, as well as a setting powder and it looks great all day. I never have to worry about touch ups, and it never feel cakey or heavy. One drawback I would say is that since it is so matte, a moisturizer is definitely needed so that your skin won’t feel so tight. But, hands down, out of the six foundations I am reviewing today, this is my fave! Definitely going to rate this a 5 out of 5. If you are into more of a dewy finish, then I’m not sure that you would love this as much as I do. But, I gotta say, this foundation blew me away! 
Wearing Infallible Pro Matte in shade 102. 
So, for the 6 foundations these are my rankings:

1. L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte
2. Urban Decay Naked Skin
3. Kat Von D Lock It Foundation
4. Cover Girl Ready, Set, Gorgeous
5. Too Faced Born This Way
6. Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick

Please remember that these are just my opinions with my skin type, how they worked for me! I hope this was helpful for anyone looking into trying some new foundations. Foundations are honestly one of my favorite makeup items to try out, so there will definitely be some more reviews like this in the future! Do you love any of these? Do you hate them? What is your favorite foundation at the moment!? Leave me a comment below, or connect with me on instagram @girlirae! I’d love to hear your opinions! 
Thanks for reading 🙂
XO, Girli Rae

Kylie Lip Kits: Yay or Nay?

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you’ve probably heard about these highly coveted Kylie Lip Kits by Kylie Cosmetics! Ever since these liquid lipstick+lip liner duos came out I have been extremely curious if they were actually amazing, or if it were all because of the Kardashian/Jenner fame. I’ll be honest. I originally bought these purely to test them out and review, because I’m definitely not lacking in the liquid lipstick department. Owning close to 30 different brands and colors, I would consider myself somewhat of a “liquid lipstick snob”. I have my likes and dislikes about so many different brands and I definitely know a good one when I see one! 
Let me just start by telling you a little about my crazy purchasing experience! When I decided I wanted to purchase a few, I first went to the Kylie Cosmetics website. All sold out- shit! So then, I went to the Kylie Cosmetics official instagram to see when the next launch date was. It happened to be the upcoming Monday from that day, they had a date and a very SPECIFIC time that the new products would be restocked. This part is important! I set an alarm on my phone for 10 minutes before they would be restocked. When the time and date came, I was at work. I actually took a break from work to purchase them. I had read before that these lipsticks were selling out in record time and I really didn’t want to wait. I kept hitting the refresh button waiting for all the products to be back in stock- it was nerve wracking! As soon as they reappeared, I quickly added the color 22 to my basket. I had already decided I definitely wanted that color. I always like to try at least 2 shades of every brand I try because formulation can be different depending on the colors. So I VERY QUICKLY made the decision to get Posie K also. During my checkout process, the website crashed– double shit! I kept refreshing until it finally came back up, because you know she and her team were probably already expecting this to happen. Quickly put in all my info and hit place order. Took 10 MINUTES to process my order, which is incredibly long for an online order to be processed (later I found out that there were over 100,000 users on the site at that time!) I took a deep sigh of relief and patiently awaited my confirmation email which came about 4 hours later. I also later found out that all units of every shade completely sold out within 16 minutes! When I say you have to be quick in order to purchase these babies, I mean it! One week later, my precious lipsticks arrived!
The packaging was great. Foam surrounded the two boxes containing the two colors I had purchased. Inside each box: a full sized liquid lipstick and full sized lip liner pencil. All for $29 each, which is a really great price for high end. Most brands sell the lipsticks for about $20 and high end lip liners can range anywhere from $12-$30. So you’re saving about $10 when purchasing the Kylie Lip Kits. Now to see if these are really worth all the hype!
 I swatched the two shades and liners on my hand. Ok, seemed pretty standard texture and quality. Very pigmented and the colors dried to matte within about a minute. I am very happy about the two colors I decided to get! 22 is a lovely orangey-red color that I actually didn’t already have in my collection. Posie K is more of a dark pink (mauve) shade. However, I will say that these colors totally transform based on your skin type. As I am on the paler side, this color does show up a little bit more of a dark pink shade. The tanner your skin, the more neutral this shade will appear. The lipsticks have a standard doe foot applicator, and the liners are standard requiring a sharpener when they dull down. Regular pencil sharpeners will do, or you can find a pretty cheap one at your local drugstore. 
I was mostly impressed with the longevity of the lipsticks! They lasted ALL DAY LONG! Even the lip liners, which are incredibly creamy and go on so easy. Even when I got home I had to use an oil based makeup remover to get them completely off my lips. The colors are a bit drying on the lips, but thats to be expected with any liquid to matte lipstick. They are definitely not over drying, just be sure to moisturize your lips before application. I’ve used these lipsticks about 7 times in the last 2 weeks of owning them, reaching mostly for the color 22 more often than Posie K. Both are great colors, but my personal favorites are always nudes and reds more so than pink shades. 
My overall opinion: if you can get them the second they get restocked, GO FOR IT! These would be great lipsticks to start off your collection if you’re a newbie to the liquid lipstick world. If you already have quite a collection going, then probably just try and purchase the colors you don’t already have in your collection. As of right now there are 7 colors to choose from. 22, Koko K, Posie K, Candy K, Dolce K, True Brown K and Mary Jo K. 2 pinks, 2 nudes, 1 brown and 2 reds. With rumors of more new shades to come! Personally, I plan on collecting all the colors! 
A little friendly tip though- I DO NOT think they are worth it to buy for 2x or 3x the price on ebay or amazon. Some selling on ebay for $100-$300 for a lipstick! Girl, no! Just wait it out and buy them before they sell out again. 
Have you already tried these lipsticks? What were your thoughts about them! Leave a comment below or connect with me on instagram @girlirae – I would love to know others experiences with these! 
XO,  Girli Rae