Bionic Asks: Let’s discuss eye wear

by Bionic Beauty on 29.Jul.2009 · 23 comments

Bionic Asks - Makeup and beauty question series

This week’s Bionic Asks… What do you sport on your peepers? I’m not talking makeup here (for once), but instead things like sunglasses, contacts, glasses, etc.

Personally I’m a glasses girl. I started wearing glasses when I was in kindergarten, so I really don’t remember life without them.

I tried contacts for a few months way back in high school. Never again. It wasn’t the eye touching experience, it was just the hassle of another thing to do each day. Plus I’ve actually grown to love my glasses. I currently have a pair of black plastic frames, and tortoise shell plastic frames. Both embrace my geeky side. I’ve also got a pair of prescription sunglasses- sort of Jackie O/Audrey Hepburn style.

So what style do you wear? Are your contacts colored? Have you always worn them? Would you consider Lasix surgery? And if you don’t require prescription correction- what sorts of sunglasses do you like?


1 Kelly July 29, 2009 at 9:47 am

I wear glasses daily. In fact, I have 4 pairs right now with my current prescription (including one pair of sunglasses). I love my glasses. My only issue is that with some of them, they take away from making my eyes stand out!

2 Bionic Beauty July 29, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Kelly, I had a pair of sunglasses until last weekend when I went boogie boarding (yet another hobby of mine). Well, I was wearing them so I could see the waves, and I kicked off a second too early for this big wave. I was also an inch too far forward on my board… the nose dived, got pulled under my the wave and I went rolling into the beach. And thankfully it was an empty-ish beach… I sat up all disheveled, sunglasses gone, couldn’t see anything. Stand up all tangled in my board leash. Start walking and look down and my top is around my waste.

So yeah, Bionic Beauty flashed the beach goers. Oops. More klutziness in action. 😉

3 Laura D July 29, 2009 at 10:16 am

Funny you should ask this…I got LASIK on saturday after wearing glasses since I was 8 (I’m 22 now). My perscription was never very strong, but I hated not being able to see things (especially because I figured squinting would bring on wrinkles), so I wore my glasses constantly. In high school and at first at college I wore contacts mostly, but I hated the added step in the morning and night, and the restrictions on swimming…and my eyes felt dry after a few hours of them, so until I got surgery, it was glasses (which I liked!) everyday and contacts for dressy occasions.

So I’ve had 20/20 vision since the night of my surgery, and so many things are opening up to me, not least of which is the world of non-perscription sunglasses! YAY! I don’t make a lot of money, being fresh out of college and in the academia field, but this was a great investment.

4 Bionic Beauty July 29, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Oh Laura, I would love to get Lasik. The cost is holding me back, and to be honest the fear of the surgery itself. I’ve had my fair share of surgeries and oopsies by doctors, so willingly going under is not for me quite yet. I’m still hopeful to get it done in the next few years. And when I do, I’m going to the first drugstore I see and buying sunglasses in every shape and color of the rainbow. I’m even going to celebrate by wearing them at night. 😀

5 Stacy July 29, 2009 at 4:10 pm

There is the down side to eye surgery… you have to start wearing reading glasses a lot sooner. You’re basically giving up one thing for another.

6 Yvonne C. July 29, 2009 at 12:17 pm

For the past month I have been wearing glasses for reading and the computer. I am still not real comfortable wearing them, it’s not a vanity thing, they are real nice dark tortoise-Oscar De La Renta’s, rectangular in shape, perfect for my round face. They really help when reading, I was in dire need of them. To celebrate, I bought the latest Patricia Cornwell book, now that I can see clearly.

As far as shades go, I USED to buy the designer shades, but after losing too many pairs, I have opted for the cheapy knock-offs, which I can buy 2 for $20 at the mall. They do the trick and look decent.

Oh, yeah and alot of the times, my shades serve a double purpose as a hair accessory! Yes they make great headbands too 🙂

Have a great day everyone!!!!

7 Bionic Beauty July 29, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Yvonne, I have a round face too with rectangular-esque frames. My favorite pair (the tortoise shells I mentioned above) are by DKNY. I got them for a song from a local outlet and had my lenses added with a 2 for 1 deal. I also got a pretty nice pair of black frames for only $20 (not including my darn pricey lenses). The lenses are what kill me, I have a rather big astigmatism and a pretty high prescription as well. So I end up springing for the ultra-super-duper-we-got-the-tech-from-an-alien-planet light & thin lenses.

I’d buy the knock offs too for sunglasses. I am very rough on my glasses (falling asleep in them, falling off horses back when I rode, etc), factor in my klutziness (see above response to @Kelly) and there’s no way I’m dishing out major money for sunglasses. 😉

8 Stacy July 29, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I used to wear glasses when I was in 8th and 9th grade, but then switched to contacts. It was a hassle to deal with them until they came out with the kind that you can wear for a week at a time without having to take them out every night. My eyes are one of my best features and I felt like glasses hid them. Now that I am getting a little older (30 is less than 5 months away) I am thinking more about glasses. Not that it’s an age thing, it’s just something that I really think would work for me now that I am more comfortable with me!

9 Bionic Beauty July 29, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Stacy, 30 is the new 20. Don’t you ever forget that! I love being in my 30’s (I’m 32 by the way).
Next, I totally agree with you about the “comfortable with me” comment. That’s when I stopped regretting my eyes and glasses and started loving what they did for me and how they made me look. Plus I can get away with super dramatic smokey eye makeup and it looks awesome!

Another tip I’ve realized, is that with just some inner rim kohl liner, and mascara, plus dark frames make your eyes look completely made up. Really cool!

This reminds me, I need to type up that article on makeup tips for eye glass wearers…

10 Kelly July 29, 2009 at 1:37 pm

HAHAHAHA! The best part is that your top came down. That trumps my hair falling off.

11 Bionic Beauty July 29, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I dunno. We may be tied for Klutz of the Year. 🙂 I just hope internet photos don’t surface of my “freedom”. ha ha!

12 Cris July 29, 2009 at 2:26 pm

I’m just the opposite…I always used to wear inexpensive sunglasses and never gave it a second thought. Until the day I stepped foot into Sunglasses Hut. Changed my life. The biggest difference I found is that just about every $300.00 pair of shades looked good on my and I never found a pair of cheap ones that I really liked. I just wore them because I knew I should. Anyway, that was 3 years ago. I splurged on a pair of Maui Jim and never looked back. I still have them, they are still perfect, and if I ever sit on them or lose them, I’ll be crying!

13 Victoria Bouras July 29, 2009 at 3:02 pm

On some people glasses make them look smart and sophisticated, but on me, glasses look geeky. I should wear glasses, but I can read small print and stuff, It’s kind of like if I stare at something for a while I can’t see it very well which happened when I had to look at the chart at the eye doctor’s office. It might be that I haven’t found the right pair but glasses look really bad on me. As I get older I will probably get contacts, but for now I can see pretty well.
As for sunglasses, I bought this fabulous pair of aviators with like gold rims, unfortunately I lost them somewhere, so I found like a pair that’s like a couple years old to get me through the summer, I vowed to wait till next summer to get another pair!

14 Stacy July 29, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Victoria, guys apparently find geeky looking girls really hot… lol. When I wore glasses occassionally after I was out of high school, my husband loved it! I am a book nerd through and through, so maybe that’s why. Lol!

15 Bionic Beauty July 29, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Hey y’all, Geek is the new chick after all. 😉 But then again, I’m 100% comfortable in my utter geekiness. Hee!

16 Tashi July 29, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Jami, thanks for the *high-sterical* (intended misspelling) story! Too funny.
I’m 40, and wear my reading glasses almost all the time (doctor recommended it, actually), for reading, while using the computer, driving, and watching tv. I wear prescription reading glasses, with two different powers of lenses (goofy eyes). The first pair I got is from eyebobs ( They have cool, funky glasses. I swear, I seriously receive more compliments on these eyebobs than anything I’ve ever owned. They’re bubble gum pink plastic with a small bit of red on the lower half of the front of the frames. I kid you not, from little kids in shopping carts, to co-workers, clients, and total strangers of every kind and age have told me how much they like my pink glasses. I’d be SO bummed if I lost them, as I *love* them, and this style isn’t made anymore (“Conspirator”). And no, I promise, I don’t work for eyebobs. 🙂 On, and through contacting their customer service, I found that you can get readers with different powers (extra cost), *and* you can get their frames fitted with “normal” lenses at your local eye doctor. The frames, if I recall right, aren’t all that expensive. I chose my pink ones because, honestly, nothing else, even the more expensive styles, appealed to me. I saw some crystal-encrusted Diors, which were gorgeous. But also way out of my budget, even with insurance (back whenever).

17 Bionic Beauty July 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Oh Tashi, thanks for the heads up on EyeBobs! I may get some of their frames for my new sunglasses!!

As for crystal encrusted, don’t pay for it. Just do it yourself. I get some Swarovski rhinestones (I ordered mine online for specific colors, but many bead stores have them…) and then some Alene’s E6000 or Gem-Tac glue from Micheals or Jo-Ann’s craft stores and just stick ’em on. I’ve done 6 cell phones (all mine…) and my computer mouse. Next up is the ear buds for my cell phone, my new cell phone (when I get it) and then I may add some to my new sunglasses. Here’s one of my blinged cells in this picture:

So yes, don’t pay for bling. DIY!

18 Tashi July 29, 2009 at 5:42 pm

You’re welcome, Jami! My eyebobs became my trademark. When people who know me (or people who even see me every now and then) notice I’m wearing a different pair, they ask me, “Hey, where are your pink glasses??!” They’re almost impossible to find at eye doctor offices, unfortunately. They’re so worth ordering online, which is what I plan to do from now on. Their customer service is fantastic. I’ll think about the diy blinging out someday! Thanks for the cool idea. I appreciate the items you suggested for doing so, by the way.

19 Evelyn July 29, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Hi, I am currently wearing Celine Dion brand glasses with tiny rhinestones on the arm near your eyes. they are a coppery brown, I only wear one pair since these were over $400 for no-line bifocals and transition lenses. I totally dislike glasses, have worn them since the second grade when the only thing that was available was “Cat Woman” glasses!!! ugggh I started wearing contacts in my twenties and loved them. Enjoyed wearing makeup because you could see the eyes. However now that I need bifocals the contacts don’t work, as in the vision is blurry, and I have to have transition lenses because my eyes are super sensitive to the sun. So they go dark outside and again no one sees the eye makeup. I will be getting Lasik for my birthday in April. My eye doctor says I am a perfect candidate for it and the meds they give you for it relax you soo much you don’t care what they are doing. That’s why you need someone to drive you home. I can’t wait. This is long overdue in my book.

20 Elizabeth Thornton July 29, 2009 at 11:57 pm

As much as I don’t like them I wear glasses. I would love to have lasik but my eye doctor said that it would only throw me into reading glasses which I only wear my glasses for distance and driving.

21 Victoria Bouras July 30, 2009 at 10:16 am

I’m still in high school, so going to math meets, and spelling bees, and geography bees, and going to the next grade up for math is enough to make me geeky! haha

22 Bella B. July 30, 2009 at 10:14 pm

I love the look of glasses on occasion (I wear contacts daily), but my frames seem to bother me — I just get really conscious that they’re sitting on my nose! For some reason, I don’t get the same thing with sunglasses. Maybe I just need some new frames!

23 Kirsten P. July 31, 2009 at 6:55 am

I only wear sunglasses, but would love to change my eyecolor with some contacts, maybe a forest green color!

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