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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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