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For a good five to seven years, I didn’t own glasses. My eyes have been out of whack since I was in first grade, so the first chance I got to ditch glasses and get contacts, I took it. And ever since I graduated high school, I haven’t even owned glasses, which made my life a little more difficult—always having to make sure I had extra contacts handy in case of emergencies, never being able to do anything without sticking my finger in my eyes! So I figured it was about time to make sure I had good quality glasses as a backup, just in case my eyeballs ever reject my contacts and I need to see (my eyesight is terrible, FYI)!

That’s where GlassesShop came in. They offered a pair of prescription glasses for my review, and here’s what I thought. I received a pair of eyeglasses with a prescription of -7.00 (yes, I’m blind).

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Vintage-Inspired Glasses // Firmoo Feature

Ever since first grade I’ve needed glasses. When I was 12 I finally had enough, got contacts, and never looked back. I haven’t worn my glasses for years and didn’t ever expect to. But when I got the chance to select a pair of frames by Firmoo, I saw the opportunity to get a pair of glasses I may actually wear.

Here are the frames I selected:

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I love the color, the keyhole bridge, and the cat-eye shape of the rims. They also came beautifully packaged with two glasses cases, one with a vintage map design I’m obsessed with. I’m really excited to actually wear these.

Firmoo glasses are pretty and durable, but one thing I didn’t like is the material of the temples. I would rather they’d have been of the same color and material of the rims. As they are, they cheapen the look of the glasses. But that’s a small thing. Here are them on:

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I never thought I’d like wearing glasses again, but Firmoo changed my mind.

Plus, Firmoo is now running a special “First Pair Free” promotion. For new customers, the first pair is free including the frame, carrying case and cloth. All you pay for is shipping and the lenses. So if you know your prescription and want to save a few dollars, it’s a pretty good deal.

I’ve got an outfit to share tailored around these glasses coming soon!

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The Great Makeup Debate

When I was fourteen years old I discovered eyeliner. It was a wonderful year. I was an awkward, pimply, gangly young teenager and when I began experimenting with makeup, just simple eyeliner and coverup, I felt like I could look pretty for the first time. I gained confidence in my appearance and knew that I presented myself well to others. Looking good made me feel good.

At 22, I still struggle with acne and uneven skin tone, and I have become irrevocably addicted to winged eyeliner. I love watching makeup tutorials and trying out new products. Eyeshadows and liners are my favorites; with a few simple tricks you can transform your entire look. I wear makeup on a daily basis and even if I sometimes forego my standard BB Cream and blush combo, I almost never leave the house without eyeliner.

Because of my devotion to makeup, I’ve cultivated a certain image and persona. When I am wearing makeup I feel like I’m more myself. I like to look a certain way. My own family says that I look so young when I’m makeup-free and scrubbed at night (and when I look like a rabid cat in the morning). So this leads me to the point of this post: is wearing makeup a form of deception?

I know that for most women, having others “see them without their makeup on” is kind of a big deal. It’s like a deep level of intimacy. Makeup becomes a mask that others can’t see past. For other women, makeup is the enemy. They pride themselves on eschewing the entire practice of wearing makeup, dismissing it as shallow and superficial. Some men have preferences about the level of makeup that they will tolerate their girlfriends wearing, and many men judge women they meet based on how much makeup they wear.

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Like it or not, appearances matter. The way you dress and look certainly change the way others see you. How you choose to present yourself to the world is a choice, and it’s a choice that influences others’ opinions. Personally, I wear makeup because I feel more polished and put-together, more like myself, and more important, more like I want others to see me. I’ve never hidden my love for makeup, nor have I ever pretended that I have perfect skin. I take advantage of the freedom of makeup to boost my confidence and allow me to look on the outside the way I feel on the inside.

I think there’s a definite stigma about “wearing too much makeup,” as if a woman is duping the world about her appearance. While I agree that makeup is best used to enhance your natural appearance, I think there’s something fun and creative about transforming your look with makeup. Experimenting with an image helps people find their comfort zone, how they want to express themselves, how they want others to perceive them. I don’t think it’s duplicity; I think it’s akin to wardrobe or hairstyle, ultimately a creative choice and an expression of who you are.

I think the stigma against makeup stems from women feeling like they aren’t pretty without wearing it, which is an attitude that can shatter self-esteem and cause the opposite effect that makeup is supposed to have. Each woman has a natural beauty that exists separate from the enhancement of makeup, and that’s something more women should embrace, but that doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with wearing makeup. The problem arises when makeup becomes a mask.

I also find issue with others, be it men or the general influence of society, telling women how much makeup is “acceptable” to wear, whether it be in a work atmosphere or daily life. If wearing makeup helps a woman feel more secure, then so be it. If wearing no makeup is an expression of a woman’s identity, then she should not be criticized for it. It seems like everyone has an opinion on how a woman should or shouldn’t live her life.