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Five Fingers of Fug

Saturday, June 27th, 2009
By raincoaster

Vibram Five Fingers of Fug

Behold the “Vibram Five Fingers,” a shoe that is to ninja feet what the abominable Croc is to honest, old-fashioned Dutch boy footwear, what the Hummer is to men who have impressive or even just adequate reproductive tackle: in other words, what we have here is yet another example of a voracious consumer class taking a good thing (like bare feet) and spoiling it for the rest of us. Which is, face it, what the middle class seems to spend most of its time doing.

Digression: have you noticed that, no matter who they are, people in the Europe and North America invariably both claim to be middle class (“Oh, we’re just plain Windsors now”) and hate the middle class? It’s true. Self-hatred or branding exercise? But I digress…

We were discussing the world’s ugliest footwear; at this point, the fug is Adult-Only, and we can only pray these things go the way of the (also fugly, but the poor things couldn’t help it) dodo before they come out with a children’s line.

They have a “Classic Edition” as if giving this thing a respectable name could somehow make up for the eye-searing loathesomeness. And they have an even more hideous version which I shall not show you, for those who think their feet just don’t look enough like those of an alien who is wading in a Norwegian Fjord while getting a pedicure from a drunk Cher impersonator.

Not that I’m opinionated about these things.

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Hot Mama Tip: Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara

Saturday, June 27th, 2009
By Glinda


Usually, I am a huge fan of Benefit cosmetics. I’ve found that their products are high quality, and do what they say they are going to do.

Which is why I was so surprised with BADgal Mascara. To me, the name conjures up criminally long lashes. So long that everyone will think you are a rebel and not a “nice” girl. Am I wrong on that?

With much anticipation, I applied this mascara, thinking I would perhaps go and ready my membership application for the local rollerderby team, or maybe the Pink Ladies, at the very least.

Alas, I would be receiving no stares of disapproval from the other moms on the playground.

I found BADgal to be overwhelmingly underwhelming. There was no oooomph, there was no wow factor. It goes on very nicely, and has a very smooth formula that does not clump. But it just didn’t thicken my lashes at all, it just darkened them. Which is fine for going to work or whatnot.

While it is a perfectly acceptable mascara for having tea with the ladies, no one will ever mistake you for someone who would go out with a T-bird.

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