Review: Geo Xtra Crystal Brown (WI-A14)

You guys! I have so much good + exciting news! My lovely sister started a blog (finally), I am putting together a giveaway, and I'm leaving for vacation/to stay with family in a week. (I'll make a post about it soon.)  ---  Anyway, these fancy little lenses were very nicely sponsored by Lens Village.  (These lenses can be found as the 'Geo WI-A14' on their site~.)

[[ While I have you as my captive audience, actually, allow me to, as usual plug the Lens Village Blog, which is chock full of lens reviews!   Actually.... so is Review Circle Lens. So go! Go and read all the lens reviews. ]]

Enlargement:  9.5/10 At 15 mm, these lenses look pretty darn big. Or they do on my eyes, anyway.

Colour/Design:  8/10 There is not much to say about this series: it is a design replica of the Vassen/i.Fairy Super Crystal (aka. Pretty Crystal) series' design. The colour, though, is not one I am used to seeing from Geo. It is a rather light and wan, golden brown, where most of this brand's brown lenses are darker. A green tint is almost visible in these, too. However, the pigment is not fully opaque, so although the colour is pale/light, it still looks somewhat 'weak' sometimes.

(Inside out, though? This lens is an interesting, ghostly pale grey-green-yellow-brown. ...I accidentally put one on inside out, as I do not actually wear lenses that way. Haha.)

^ (inside out) ^


- Luxury Babe 12 Brown vs. Geo Xtra Crystal Brown -

- Prodigurls Bvlgari Brown vs. Geo Xtra Crystal Brown) -

Comfort:  8.5/10 Tale as old as time: Noxin's eyes do not like Geo lenses. :/ That being said, these are of medium comfort to me, considering all the Geo lenses I have worn. (Other folks find this brand just fine, though.)

Overall, this is one of those lenses that I have mixed feelings about. Typically, if a lens is a light, visible colour, I am all of a flutter.  However, for some reason, I am not super fond of the Xtra Crystal Brown.  Oddly enough, I think it might be the design that is throwing me off.

That is, with this design, and with Geo's usual brown pigment (often a darker + more subtle one), I expected a subtler lens all around.  (Almost like the Grang Grang series: that it would add a sparkle to dark brown eyes.)  Now I am trying to figure out if I like these lenses. @_@

And here are the extra pics, as usual: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, and Nine.
You can watch the video review here on Youtube, or view it below.

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-  Also? A post on SUMMER GETS + A quick update -
-  Also also?  OOTDs + Giveaway news  -


Review: Kimchi Maki Grey

Hello there, lovelies~.  Just another long-awaited review to post.  This time for some wonderful lenses the ever-so awesome Lens Village was kind enough to sponsor me.  (Thanks!)

(Yep-- these pics are from before I recolored my hair.)

Enlargement: 9.5/10  As I remember, these clock in at about 15 mm in actual DIA, and they definitely look like it.

Colour/Design: 9.5/10  The design of these is gorgeous.  The petal-like spread of colour and lines, the opaque + light grey, and the colour(s) themselves.  The orange-brown next to the grey is so cool! Ahhhhh~.  And the pupil-hole is a rarely-seen star-shape, instead of the usual circle. o:


- EOS Dollyeye Grey vs. Kimchi Maki Grey -

- Kimchi Maki Yellow vs. Kimchi Maki Grey -

Comfort: 9.5/10  Like other Kimchi/i.Fairy/Vassen series I've tried, these lenses were rather comfy (although 'heavy'-feeling after a few hours, due to how thick the pigment is, likely).

Overall, I like these lenses exactly as much as I liked my Kimchi Maki Yellow. That is-- a lot. The colours are spectacularly light and opaque and the design is like no other series out there. I only wish there were more colours available besides the yellow and grey.

And here are the extra pics, as usual: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten.
You can watch the video review here on Youtube, or view it below.
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Review: Prodigurls Bvlgari Brown

Hey theerreeee. So I finally went back to the salon and got my hair (re)coloured!  :D  What colour did I choose out of those options I mentioned before?  Well, just look below! Oh! Oh, yeah--- and the lenses I'm reviewing are very kindly sponsored by Apple of Your Eyes. (Whose store I just reviewed.)
((If you shop there, Use my VIP referral code: Noxin, for another 5% off your purchase at Apple of Your Eyes.  [You already get 5% off if you're a fan of them on FaceBook.  -- You could also become a VIP member and get 10% off to start with.] ))

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(This is early evening lighting: both the lenses and my hair are actually lighter)

Enlargement:  8.5/10  Gods know the actual DIA of these lenses (closer to 15.0), as the packaging has an inaccurate 16.0 mm listed ( -_-' ).  The enlargement they give my eyes is actually rather noticeable: equivalent to maybe a 14.7~14.8 mm lens.

Colour/Design:  9.5/10  These lenses remind me, in colour, of the i.Fairy Kirei Brown: both have a pale-looking brown. (This brown can look almost greyish in some lightings~.)  They also remind me of the Geo Angel Brown when seen from a distance, in terms of design.  In any case, this lens is very dolly and the colour has great visibility, even though there is not much coverage/coloured area.


Comfort:  10/10  These were some of the comfiest lenses I have ever worn. <3

(I've to go back and get the blonde highlights in one or two weeks)

All in all, it is as I said in the video review:  I like these lenses a lot more than I thought I would.  Brown lenses, to me, tend to be more subtle and natural-looking.  However, these are pleasantly not subtle. Haha.  The enlargement is pretty noticeable, but I don't even notice with their colour and design.  Favourite (not natural-looking) brown lens? The Bvlgari Brown.

And here are the extra pics, as usual: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, and Nine.
You can watch the video review here on Youtube, or view it below.
(Video is from before I got my hair dyed~)

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Store Review: Apple of Your Eyes (aka. Serenity Shop)

(Feeling lazy? Watch the video review at the end of this post instead of reading~) 

This is a review of Apple of Your Eyes (aka. Serenity Shop). Full disclosure: yes they sponsor me, but that does not mean I can't review their packaging, presentation, communication, and even shipping method(s).

No, they did not ask me to do a store review: I just think it would be nice to give some insight into their service level. Hopefully, this is helpful/informative.

Shipping Time

Apple of your Eyes is located in Malaysia (and is run by the lovely Allyson). On average, parcels coming from about any nation in Asia take 2 1/2 weeks or so to be delivered to me. (I live in the northeast of the USA.)  In terms of how quickly the store actually ships out the lenses once the order has been processed (which takes 3-5 business days), that is usually quick. :]

[[ And as always, I have to say:  it's very important that online shoppers realize something about the ordering process from any website: a shop does not control how quickly the post delivers a package.  That is, once a shop sends an item out, no matter what level of post it goes through (express or standard), the time it takes to get to you is out of their hands.]]

The Box/Package

The envelope my lenses come in is unlined (no padding), but there are a 2-3 layers of bubblewrap around the lenses.  (You can see the envelope below, as well as the separated layers of bubblewrap.)

(So much bubblewrap~. <3)

The video also shows exactly how much bubblewrap there is: I unwravel it and stretch it to its full length.

^ Last of all, here's a little picture of all the lenses together! ^


Alright, so I've mentioned the shipping time and the packaging.  All that's left is to talk about the communication! Like many web-based businesses, they are closed on the weekends.  Therefore, there is a 2-day 'delay' if you contact (or order from) them during the weekend.  Otherwise, if you contact Apple of Your Eyes, you should receive a reply in a rather timely manner. If I remember properly, 2-3 days on average for me.

Overall, I've ordered from this shop several times, and been sponsored even more.  Each of these experiences were positive, and Ally was there to help (and answer questions) to the best of her ability. Her store also has an amazing, huge variety of lens series and brands.  The prices are also super reasonable, and there is usually a sale or clearance selection.

So why are you still here? Shoo! Head over to Apple of Your Eyes and shop around~!


Video Review
 You can see the video review here on YouTube, or just watch it below.



♥ Giveaway Winner!! ♥

Well, this is slightly embarrassing. I fell asleep before I could post this on Sunday night. (It's now Monday morning for me.) Haha. I'm getting old, guys!

Right, so, first of all thank you so much to all the participants. (And, of course, many thanks to Lens Village, too, who is sponsoring the whole thing. If you've not checked out their revamped site yet, please do! It's why they had a giveaway. :])  The amount of entrants made for a pleasant day, whenever I checked.

Okay, I need you guys to do a drum roll, please~~.  The exceptionally lucky winner of 2 pairs of circle lenses from Lens Village is..... Plu (of My Candy Heaven)!!
Parabéns, Plu!
[[Below are screenshots of the random number generator as well as the section of the document with the winner.]]
^ (via 'Random.org') ^

To all of you lovely people who didn't luck out this time, know that there is another giveaway down the line!  I'll update you with the details next week.
Finally, again, thank you so, so much to Lens Village for sponsoring these items and letting me help out with promoting their blog (with some great reviews) and their revamped website.

-- Want even more free lenses? You can join one of the monthly photo contests at Lens Village's facebook for even more chances! --


The Giveaway is (Finally) Closed!!

(I meant to post this at midnight, last night, but my sister was over and then there were ~ video games ~.  Haha. So..... here it is now!)

In any case, the point of this post is to announce that THE GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. :]  Thanks and good luck to all participants~!

I'll be doing the random drawing later tonight! The winner will be announced on Sunday night (8 July)~.

And because it's been a while since I've said it, go check out Lens Village's blog! It has reviews of some gorgeous series: new and old, popular and obscure! So shoo!


Review: i.Fairy Cara Red

Hi! What's up, friends? :]   Hope you had a good weekend! (I have two job interviews coming up. YES.)  In any case check out these super-sweet lenses that the Apple of Your Eyes sponsored me! <3
((If you shop there, Use my VIP referral code: Noxin, for another 5% off your purchase at Apple of Your Eyes.  [You already get 5% off if you're a fan of them on FaceBook.  -- You could also become a VIP member and get 10% off to start with.] ))

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(My hair reminds me of Russell Brand back in '06/'07...)

Enlargement: 9/10 These are supposed to be 15 mm, as I remember, and they enlarge pretty well.

Colour/Design: 10/10 Firstly, these lenses are nearly more pink than red. (Which I am absolutely fine with. <3)  Secondly, the colour is exceedingly opaque, light, and vibrant. In about any lighting. (Huzzah!)  Ehm, this series is pretty interesting, design-wise. Each colour has yellow as a part of it (I believe they're 4 or 5 tone lenses).

There's a dark circle, bit it's thin-- not all too prominent/obvious.  ((Oh! Fun fact: the i.Fairy Cara series is an exact design match to the [Dueba] Otoo Eye/OT Star series.  The difference? Available colours, and that the Cara series is made by Vassen, while the OT Star is made by Dueba.))


- MI E-Type Red vs. i.Fairy Cara Red -

- i.Fairy Dolly+ Red vs. i.Fairy Cara Red -

- i.Fairy Nova Red vs. i.Fairy Cara Red -

Comfort: 10/10  i.Fairy/Vassen lenses are generally rather comfortable for me. :]

Overall? THESE ARE FANTASTIC (Baby). They're light and bright, have a super-unique design/pattern, and are comfortable. They're a triple threat, and definitely making their way into some of my favourite lenses ever.  I really want to try a few other colours from this series now.

('cool' lighting)

And here are the extra pics, as usual: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, and Ten.
You can watch the video review here on Youtube, or view it below.

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