Guest Post: TonyMoly Inked Cushion Gel Eyeliner

The following post is a guest review by Kara S. who currently lives in Superior, Wisconsin. Want more? Check her out on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.


Tony Moly Inked Cushion Gel Liner Harry Potter eyeliner

I received Tony Moly Inked Cushion Eyeliner (aka Harry Potter eyeliner) from my dearest best friend Jennifer. I completely forgot that she picked this up for me, so it was a nice treat! We are both mega nerds when it comes to Harry Potter, and we both like makeup, so of course this was a no brainer.

So the first time I put it on, I didn’t realize that the brush wasn’t already in the liner, the way an inkpot works. It took me a hot second to realize that I had to unscrew the bottom.

Once I figured all that out, it took me a second to get used to the quill. As someone who usually uses drug store liquid liner pens, it was a new experience. I am pretty low maintenance, so I’m not used to washing out brushes after putting on my makeup.

Tony Moly’s description of the eyeliner is:

“Formulated to go on intense like ink and glide on light as a feather, our liquid gel-type cushion liner never skips, clumps, or drags, helping you achieve the perfect winged look. The cushion pot helps control the amount of product that is picked up and the built-in brush is designed to work perfectly with the formula so you always get an intense payoff with precision and ease.”

I wouldn’t necessarily agree with the description 100%. I had no problem with the consistency of the eyeliner, it was smooth, but the brush was really thick- too thick to have a winged look. Maybe I’m just not skilled enough with eyeliner, but I also am a former art major so I don’t think that’s the case. I like the color, and I would agree that the black was very inky. It was easy to make sure that the liner got close to/ in my lash line, so there was no gap near my eyelashes.

All in all, I love the novelty of using this, I love the richness of color, and I love how close I can get to my lashes, but I still pull out my more precise liner for a wing.

 


Are you interested in guest posting on jenrazzle.com? Send a pitch to jenrazzle@gmail.com. Thanks Kara for the wonderful review!

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Product Review: Activated Charcoal Konjac Sponge

Getting packages in the mail is the highlight of my life. I love getting things because I often forget what I’ve ordered by the time it arrives, so it’s exciting to find out what’s inside. This time I received a konjac sponge to try out for my blog – I enjoy using konjac sponges and wanted to try one out with activated charcoal.

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The konjac sponge arrived wrapped as they usually do. It was completely solid and I was a bit taken aback when I opened it because it has a strong unpleasant scent. I am very sensitive to smell though so I’m not sure that it would bother anyone else.

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I was happy to see that this sponge included the string for hanging and that the sponge itself was larger than most I have tried. It’s not gigantic, but it is slightly bigger than most.

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Next I took it to the bathroom to get it wet. The sponge softened quickly after running it under the tab. The smell did not linger – I took a huge whiff and there was nothing unpleasant.

Wet Conjac Sponge

After using it on my face I can safely report that this is a great purchase. I recently moved so most of my things are in random locations and hard to find. I haven’t been able to exfoliate my skin chemically for a while, and I will keep this hanging in the shower so that I can do so physically each morning. The sponge is nice and soft so it does not irritate your skin when you use it, and it leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh.

Have you ever used a konjac sponge before? Are you interested in trying one out but have questions? Let me know and I’ll try to answer as best I can 🙂

Review: Tony Moly Super Peeling Liquid Shiny Foot

One of my favorite Asian beauty products is the Tony Moly Super Peeling Liquid Shiny Foot. This product helps remove all of the dead skin from your feet and is absolutely disgusting but also complete magic. I have done a foot peel twice and have been very happy with the results both times. If you’re someone who has stubborn dead skin during the winter, I highly recommend trying this product out.

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The product comes packed neatly in a nice square box, about the size of a DVD case.

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Inside you’ll find two packets of “super peeling liquid,” a sample-sized packet of the Tony Moly Shiny Foot foot cream, and two plastic booties.

Tony Moly Foot Peel Process

In order to use the product, you slip the booties on your feet and then pour in the peeling liquid. After you pour it in, you can tie the booties tight around your ankles to prevent any of the product from leaking.

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The liquid feels very cold when you pour it over your feet. Though it’s cold, the liquid does not hurt or tingle. It’s important that you keep the booties on for at least 30 minutes so that the liquid can soak into your skin. The booties fit my feet perfectly, and I am a US size 9. Because they have ties, the booties will be able to adjust to fit different sized feet.

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Here is a picture of my heel before using the product.

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Here is a picture of my heel after my skin started peeling. This process does not hurt – though it does hurt if you pick/peel any skin that is not ready to come off. The areas that are white tend to be ready to go and the areas that are more skin colored are not quite ready to be removed. It’s always a fun surprise when you look down and suddenly big chunks of your skin are falling off.

It takes about a week for the skin to start peeling, and the length of time that it peels is unique to each person. If you have an event or know that you will be showing off your feet, I would give yourself at least two weeks from start to finish so that you do not terrify anyone.

All-in-all, I really enjoy this Tony Moly product. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants to try out a foot peel or a unique product. I am keeping a couple of them on hand so that I can take care of my feet whenever a disaster strikes. Since I can’t keep my feet smooth on my own, it’s nice to know that at least there is a product out there that will turn the situation around.

My Favorite Podcasts: Summer 2017

One of the first posts I made when I started my blog last year was My Favorite Podcasts: Summer 2016. At the time I had been listening to podcasts for just a few months and found them really helpful when trying to complete mountains of data entry at work. I’ve now been listening to podcasts for over a year and they help me get through a lot more than data entry; I listen to podcasts during long car rides, while mowing the lawn, sorting laundry, and anything else mundane that allows my brain to be mostly somewhere else.

I am not including the podcasts that were listed on my previous post because my opinion of them is still the same, they are amazing.

3. Modern Love: I really like this podcast because it explores unconventional relationships. Each episode features a celebrity guest reading a story that was written for the Modern Love column in the New York Times. One of the reasons that I like this podcast is that I never know what to expect, the stories reflect our relationships in that they are all varied and intricate. I’m rarely bored when I listen to this podcast and I especially like when they contact the author for follow-up.

Favorite Episode: A Child of Two Worlds. In this story, a mom had to make a tough choice about giving birth. The mother had to decide whether or not to give birth in a third world country without a lot of pre-natal resources or any options for emergency assistance should anything go wrong. It was neat to hear about the care offered to the expecting mom and made me wonder what I would do in a similar situation.

2. Radiolab Presents: More Perfect:  This would be my all time favorite podcast if there were more episodes. I absolutely loved listening to this. The podcast takes prominent Supreme Court cases and explains how they have impacted our judicial system and every day lives. While it sounds nerdy and probably is a little bit, it’s fascinating to hear the intricacies behind cases that have affected our lives in ways we don’t even realize.

Favorite Episode: Object Anyway. This episode bummed me out. It discusses Batson v. Kentucky, the case that led to the creation of the Batson Rule. The Batson Rule is a court rule that doesn’t allow attorneys to remove jurors based on race. This sounds wonderful but they explain in the podcast that all the attorneys have to do is give another excuse as to why they don’t want that person to be on the panel. The world is frustrating.

1. Criminal: I started listening to this podcast last month and have made it through 40 episodes. This podcast is actually perfection. There has only been one episode that I have found boring and every other episode has been engaging. It’s another podcast where I never know what to expect and find myself super interested in something I never knew was a thing. I have to admit – I thought the first episode was boring and it stopped me from listening to more right away. If you don’t like it, skip it and keep going. It’s worth it!

Favorite Episode: No Place Like Home. This episode talks about a man who went to prison and found out that the prison was also home to the last remaining leper colony in the US. Many of the people who lived there were dropped off as children and left there for years and years. It’s really sad to think about how we have treated anyone who is at all “different” in the US and was a very eye opening episode.

There you go! My top three podcasts right now.

What are you listening to? I’m always looking for new suggestions.

Seller Review: Tester Korea

I recently ordered from Tester Korea and wanted to share my experience. I usually order from Memebox and Amazon but I was looking for a specific product. The product (Dear by Enprani Moistfull Booskin) I wanted used to be on both websites, but Memebox has shut down and the product is not available on Amazon. Tester Korea was the website that I found with the best price so I decided to give it a shot.

User experience: As far as using the website, I didn’t have too many problems. The translation was decent but not perfect. I did not have any trouble navigating the website or understanding the details about what I was ordering. The site offers conversion rates, which was very helpful when I was deciding whether or not I could afford items.

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Pricing: I liked the pricing on this website. I didn’t see anything that was significantly overpriced, and a lot of the prices were better than Amazon or similar websites. They have discounts on many of the top items on the website, making them more affordable than other options. Unfortunately, there was no free shipping threshold when I ordered so I had to suck it up and pay for shipping.

Selection: I was SO BEYOND HAPPY to find two products that I really wanted on this website. The first was the Dear by Enprani Moistful Booskin, and the second was the Tony Moly Inked Cushion Gel Liner. Both were listed at a reasonable price and it was so nice to finally have these within reach. The website also had a number of interesting items on sale for low prices that I had not tried before, so I took advantage of the opportunity and tried out some new items.

Checkout: I had an easy time reviewing my purchases and verifying how much I had spent. For some reason my order is now showing conversion to won, but it showed how much everything cost in dollars when I originally placed the order. I like that they highlight the specifications of the products so it is less likely there will be a mistake before the package is sent out.

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Shipping: I placed my order on May 5, 2017, and received my order on May 26, 2017. I received updates about the package while it was in transit, and the package arrived secure and intact. Three weeks was not bad for a package to travel internationally without paying a huge amount of money.

Packaging: My order was packed perfectly. The box was a sturdy plastic and the items were well organized inside. The company used cute packing peanuts to stuff the box and keep the items secure. Everything arrived safe and sound with no issues.

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I really enjoyed ordering from Tester Korea. I was happy to get a new bottle of Moistfull Booskin and to finally try out the infamous Harry Potter inspired eyeliner. I would definitely order from this website again and recommend it to others, though I wish that the shipping was free or that there was at least a price threshold that I could reach to earn free shipping.

Interested in the content of the haul? There’s a blog post for that.

Have you ordered from Tester Korea before? What was your experience?

Review: Skederm Snail Jelly Mask

Last night I had a friend over for beauty time and we tried out the Skederm Snail Jelly Mask. This was my first time using the mask and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the product. I decided to purchase these masks because I had read a good review, and there was a 50% off deal for Amazon. I get a little nervous trying new products because I always worry that my skin will have a bad reaction, but these masks had ingredients similar to masks I’ve tried before.

The masks arrived as a 10 pack, and unfortunately, the box was squished. The masks themselves were fine, but I really enjoy nice packaging and was kind of bummed that Amazon didn’t package the product well.

When we took the masks out of the packaging, the first thing that I noticed was the texture. The product had a pleasant gel like consistently that instantly made me feel like my skin would be more plump after using. The masks contain snail secretion, which is in several of my favorite products that I used regularly and works really well with my skin. The mask itself was thin but not thin enough to fall apart or tear while opening.

My mask fit me perfectly, but it was too big for my friend’s beautiful face. My boyfriend also tried one on, and it was a bit too small in some areas and also hung off around his beard.

Here is a very lovely clip of the three of us wearing our masks.

 

Anna pointed out that I looked a litttttle bit cuter in my mask than she did in hers:

 

Annnd here is a photo of each of us with our masks on:

 

While the product itself was pretty wonderful, the mask fit my face the best of the three. Devon had a few issues due to beard life, and it was too big for Anna and kept slipping off, though she liked the serum. There are methods for cutting masks that might help them both have better experiences in the future.

We all really liked the serum and I personally felt like my skin was super moist and plump after using, and the entire day following. I am currently using a retinoid so I applied this after Stridex in the red box and the Retin-A cream, and did not have the usual dryness at the end of my routine.

Also, Anna is apparently a genius because after putting the mask on she took what was left of the serum from the envelope and rubbed it on her legs. I can’t believe that I never thought to do this myself.

I would definitely repurchase this product and recommend it to friends, so if you end up buying and trying it out, please let me know!

INGREDIENTS: WATER, SNAIL SECRETION FILTRATE, SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED EXTRACT , GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, CIMICIFUGA RACEMOSA ROOT EXTRACT, POLYGONUM, MULTIFLORUM ROOT EXTRACT, PHELLINUS LINTEUS EXTRACT, ANGELICA GIGAS ROOT EXTRACT, MORUS ALBA BARK EXTRACT, PAEONIA LACTIFLORA ROOT EXTRACT, SOPHORA ANGUSTIFOLIA ROOT EXTRACT, SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT EXTRACT, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER WATER, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, POLYGONUM CUSPIDATUM ROOT EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, ILLICIUM VERUM (ANISE) FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN, GLYCERIN, PEG/PPG-17/6 COPOLYMER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, ALLANTOIN, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, CARBOMER, XANTHAN GUM, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, TRIETHANOLAMINE, DISODIUM EDTA

First Impressions: Tester Korea Haul

I am beyond excited about a new haul from Tester Korea! I have only ever shopped for AB products on Amazon, Memebox, and in person. Ordering from new websites is always a little anxiety inducing, especially when they’re located in a foreign country. I decided to order from Tester Korea because I was running low on one of my favorite products and TK had the best value for replacement.

Without further ado..

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Here is the whole beautiful order.

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Dear by Enprani – Moistful Booskin. This is my all time favorite AB product. It is a moisturizing toner that I use after I wash my face. It smells incredible, does not have any acne triggers, and leaves my skin baby soft. Unfortunately, it is really hard to come by. Fortunately, my first bottle lasted almost an entire year. I was surprised to see that they redesigned the packaging, but happy that the product smelled the same. I think the scent may be a little stronger? Either that, or the strength of the product in my current bottle might have diminished a bit over the last year. I am thrilled to have gotten my hands on another bottle of this magic elixir.

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I ordered a handful of Help My Finger Nail Finger Packs by Etude House. I get a ton of hangnails and they are a bad combination with my infection prone skin. I am hoping to use these to reduce dry skin and keep my nails looking healthy. They were very reasonably priced so I ordered a few extras to gift.

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Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid – TonyMoly. If you have gross feet you need this product. I have used it once before and although my feet weren’t completely perfect afterward, they helped me reduce the amount of dead skin and cracking/peeling that my feet seem to always be experiencing. I have already used one of these, so I am looking forward to posting the gross results for your enjoyment.

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This was my risky addition of the purchase. Water Color Tint by Skinfood. I can’t tell you what shade it is because it is in Korean on the website, but I went with an orange. I have been wanting to try an orange tint because I think it might work well with my complexion. I tried it out when it arrived and liked the results – but I did not have anything in matching shades to wear so I am not sure if it is complimentary. This was also my first AB makeup product purchase!

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Acne Pimple Master Patch – CosRX and AC Control Spot Patch – Tony Moly. These are both different versions of hydrocolloid patches. I have used both before – I do not 100% love either version, but these do a great job of helping out when my skin is really bad. Since I am currently going through the painful stages of using a retinoid, having these on hand is a must.

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Romantic Rose Hand Cream – ChooNee. This was another random purchase due to low cost. I LOVE the scent of this, but so far I am not impressed by the quality of the lotion. I can safely say already that I would not repurchase.. Unless it’s purely for smelling purposes only.

Speaking of, the scent triggered a smell memory for my uncle. After he took a whiff he said, “It smells like… Mothballs.. The back of my grandma’s closet!” We quickly agreed that he did not mean that the product smelled like mothballs, but whatever his grandmother used to freshen up her clothing. I honestly think it smells terrific, so my great grandmother must have had great taste.

Annnnnd finally!!!

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While I did not go to the Tester Korea website for this product, I was absolutely delighted to see that they had the Tony Moly Inked Cushion Gel Liner (also known as the HARRY POTTER EYE LINER) in stock!! I ordered two shades, a purpley shade for me, and black for a friend. I am verrrry excited to finally have my hands on this product and to give it a test run soon! I have never used a purple eyeliner and I have a ton of brown, so I thought I would switch things up a little with the purple. It is so pretty!!

So that’s it! Thank you for taking a look at these items. I will be writing a review of ordering from the Tester Korea website in the near future, but I hope you enjoyed snooping through my purchases now. Which item would you like to see a review of first? What did you have in your recent hauls? Tell me everything!

Click here to read (or skim) through all of my product reviews!

Review: Tony Moly I’m Real Broccoli Sheet Mask (Vitality)

During a recent trip to New York City, I googled Korean Beauty shops and found out that there was a Tony Moly in Chinatown. I was super excited because I’ve never been to a KBeauty shop for a single brand. I bought a bunch of stuff but the highlight of the shop was being able to pick and choose sheet masks instead of being required to buy a huge pre-determined pack. One of the ones that I was most interested in trying was the I’m Real Broccoli Mask Sheet – Vitality. Not necessarily because of any specific benefits, mostly because of the broccoli. When is the last time you put broccoli on your face?

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I was very excited to open the mask up because until now, I’ve only used floral masks or masks with snail/bee essence. I had no idea what to expect. Would it smell like broccoli? I hoped not, but I prepared myself in case it did.

Fortunately it did not smell like broccoli or any other green veggies. It had a nice smell, similar to other Tony Moly masks. It’s a bit hard to describe the scent but it’s not too different from your generic pleasant sheet mask chemical smell.

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The mask itself was the same quality as the other Tony Moly masks I’ve used. Slightly flimsy and see through, but not flimsy enough that it tore apart while opening. These masks fit my face really well (except for my inner eye/nose bridge area) so they’re one of my personal faves.

I kept the mask on for about a half hour and enjoyed the results. There wasn’t so much liquid left that I felt like it was a waste, but there was still some essence left to pat in. All in all, the mask itself was not groundbreaking but I felt like I got my money’s worth.

Here is a list of ingredients from Ulta, in case you’re curious: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Phenoxyethanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Carbomer, 1-2Hexanediol, Propanediol, Tromethanmine, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Capryly Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Ascorbic Acid

In general, I recommend purchasing these masks. Of the masks I’ve tried they’re probably the best value – you definitely get your bang for your buck.

Have you tried any of the Tony Moly sheet masks? I would love to hear your thoughts and which masks you recommend from the I’m Real collection.

Click here to read about my nightly sheetmasking routine or click here to read about the best sheet masks to use if you want to scare your partner.

Madison, this weekend is your last chance to see the Do Ho Suh exhibit locally

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to check out the Do Ho Suh exhibit at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, a free art museum here in Madison. I didn’t know much about the artist, but I had seen the exhibit advertised a couple of times over the last few months and had come across an exhibit while on vacation in another city. When I realized that the exhibit was coming to an end, I made plans to check it out right away.

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The exhibit is an intricate setting. The artist traced his apartment in New York City and then constructed the apartment with delicate fabric. Some parts of the fabric are sparse and others are more detailed.

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The exhibit was really beautiful and one of a kind. I highly recommend taking the opportunity to see it this weekend before it leaves Madison.

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It was definitely a great way to spend a day out with one of my besties. We also found a secret toward the end..

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Looking for more things to do in Madison? Check out my recent post about the beautiful flowers at the UW-Madison Arboretum.

 

Travel: Speeding Tickets in Netherlands and Germany

In December my cousin and I took a trip to Europe. After a little bit of planning, we realized that it would be more cost effective to rent a car than it would be to take the trains. While renting a car for almost two weeks comes with a lot of costs, it offers a lot more flexibility as far as destinations, side trips, and travel time. It also was way less stressful than the trips that I have taken where I have relied on buses and trains.

Unfortunately, I made the mistake of not strictly following the speeding laws while I was out of the country. For the most part, I stayed within speed limits and did my best to avoid breaking traffic laws. At a few points, I was a little loose with the speed of the car, especially after driving on the Autobahn in Germany.

After arriving home, I started to see charges from the rental company on my credit card. Each was for around $30-35, and all were unanticipated. Needless to say, I started freaking out. Soon after, I started getting expedited letters in the mail from the car rental company. I thought that these letters were the charges for the speeding tickets and I was upset that I had received the tickets, but glad that each charge was under $40.

Then I got an actual ticket in the mail. I only received one physical ticket from the Netherlands, for a charge of 394 euros. I also received a letter in the mail from Germany stating that I had broken the law but that the government had decided not to prosecute.

Both of these tickets came in different languages (Dutch and German) so I had to rely on friends to translate for me. I still haven’t gotten a full translation of the German letter so if anyone can help with that, I would appreciate it.

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Autobahn life

A lot of people have asked me how I managed to break the speed limit on the Autobahn considering that the Autobahn has no speed limits. Unfortunately, the Autobahn has speed limits in construction zones. My cousin and I had missed a turn and we were trying to figure out how to get back onto the correct highway. While we were discussing it we neared a city that had construction, and the speed limit dropped to 140km/hr. We were not going insanely fast because there was traffic, but we were probably close to 160. We did notice the red light from the camera go off and we were both super pissed/stressed.

I am not 100% sure when I got the tickets in the Netherlands. It appears that it was the morning that we dropped the car off. I don’t know if it happened while we were driving to Amsterdam or while we were filling up for gas at the airport. Regardless, I was 38km over the speed limit which is equal to 23mph over. This makes sense, but is still super frustrating.

I decided to appeal the tickets and charges to both the rental car company and the Netherlands government. I changed my credit card number so that the rental car company would stop charging me and I sent them an email stating that I did not agree with them charging me an average of $35 four times to send me one ticket and one warning letter. The response was: You owe us for the charges that did not process and we will not refund any of the money to you. I then appealed the charges to my credit card and showed that I had been charged multiples times for two actual offenses, and they refunded the charges. I did get recharged for one of the transactions but in the end I only ended up paying one out of four.

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I wrote up a nice letter for the Netherlands and had my darling friend Kim translate it into Dutch. I sent the letter in February and received a response at the beginning of May. I can’t read the letter but I can clearly see that the charges have not been waived and I owe the Netherlands 396 euros. Fortunately the due date isn’t for a few weeks, so I am going to wait until after the French election next week in case the Euro ends up crashing.

The lesson of all this? Renting a car while traveling is great. Just make damn well sure that you know the traffic rules and that you don’t break the speed limit!!