Monday, March 20, 2017

Make-up Tips: Make it Easy! Mineral Make Up and Makeup Made for Oily Skin

Make-up Tips, Mineral Make Up and Makeup Made for Oily Skin

 Mineral Makeup Samples Set with 5 piece Black Brush Kit. "MEDIUM" Shade Natural Makeup. IQ Natural make up brand.

Society almost demands of women that they wear make-up, and not just some of the time. Some women feel they cannot even leave their homes without make-up on, and in many professional environments an unmade face might be considered almost obscene. At least a social faux pas, going around without make-up on in some places just cannot be done. It would be almost impossible to find a woman anywhere that did not wear make-up to her own wedding or senior prom, for instance. Sometimes, there is no escape from make-up.

And let's be honest: most women hate wearing it. Make-up can get hot and uncomfortable and make you so self-conscious. "Is my make-uprunning" flashes instantly through the mind at the first trickle of sweat. One must check and re-check, apply and re-apply, and generally exhaust oneself in trying to maintain that perfect face. But, like anything else, even something as hard as make-up can be made easy…if you know how to do it. The first rule in make-up is that less is more. You want to keep your make-up as light as possible. Otherwise, you'll feel (and look) like you're wearing a mask and you'll be forced to maintain an air-conditioned space at all times. Use the least amount of foundation that is possible.

Here's a trick for foundation. Not everyone has been gifted with perfect skin, and those of us that live in the real world have faces that feature freckles, blemishes, spots, and who knows what else. You know that foundation can be used to achieve a smooth, even look - so you put it all over your face. Unfortunately, this often makes your skin worse and feels terrible, to boot. Take your application sponge and put only a little foundation on the applicator. Then, dot the foundation gently just on the "bad places" of your face. Next, use a clean part of the sponge to smooth out that foundation. You'll get a very light coating of foundation to smooth out your overall skin, while the parts that you want hidden will be blotted out. Make sure to smooth out the finish.

If using eyeliner, line the part under the eyelashes, not over them. Get right underneath of where your eyelashes grow, if you can, and use only a very thin line. Blondes should use a tan, bronze, or brownish shade. Colored eyeliners like blues and green are only appropriate for clubbing or for a casual party among friends - not in the workplace. Apply mascara only to the corners of your upper eyelashes, using a dry mascara brush or eyelash curler to give curl to the other eyelashes. Mascara on the bottom lashes very often rubs together, and eyeliner on the bottom lid of your eyes will only leave a dark smudge - so leave it off completely.

You'll want a few good make-up brushes in different sizes. Once you've finished applying eyeshadow, blush, and face powder (use only a light patting of powder, tapping it on your face and then smoothing it out) you'll want to brush a dry brush all over your face to get rid of loose make-up particles and provide a clean, finished look.
No one needs a whole lot of make-up to look great, and make-up can be a quick and painless process, if you know how, said also Edward Raver.
 Large Pure Mineral Makeup Starter Set with Brush, FAIR Shade Natural Makeup by IQ Natural

Is Mineral Make Up Right for Everyone?
How Mineral Make Up Works (or Doesn't) with Your Skin

Mineral make up seems to be all the rage. You can't leave the house without some type of advertisement for this clean and natural make up solution that is said to be good for your skin, however, mineral make up might not be best for everyone. Is mineral make up right for you? A lot having to do with selecting mineral make up can come right down to the brand. Certain brands that have talc as one of the primary ingredients of the foundation will cause breakouts on sensitive skin and can cause irritation, so just like anything else, look at the ingredients prior to purchase. Other brands might be better formulated for oily skin or combination skin, so it's best to get a recommendation from a professional prior to jumping on the mineral make up bandwagon.

For younger skin, no matter the type, mineral make up can look great, if a few simple rules are followed. Moisturizing your skin is of the utmost importance prior to application, because if your skin isn't properly moisturized mineral make up will look caked on and very unnatural. Another important thing to remember with mineral make up is to have a high quality brush for application. If it isn't applied properly the make up will not blend in naturally with your skin and look more like a tinted overtone than a natural beauty solution.
One thing has been true across the board; if you have more pronounced laugh lines or visible fine lines around eyes and other areas of your face mineral make up is probably not going to be right for your skin. Despite advertiser's claims to the contrary, mineral make up will settle into fine lines and wrinkles which can make them more visible and have a caking effect. So if you're debating on mineral make up and you have this issue, I would suggest sticking with a tinted moisturizer or liquid foundation.
For skin with specific problems, such as discoloration or acne scars mineral make up is not going to look great on your skin either. What many people with severe skin conditions have found is that in order to "cover up" any flaws that might exist they have to use double amounts of the mineral foundation and it will come out looking very poor and overdone.

The concept of mineral make up is a great one, however, despite the advertisements, mineral make up doesn't work for everyone. If you're curious about how mineral make up might look on you, try a sample from a beauty counter to get a final verdict. Ideeas by Shauna Zamarripa about:   
    • Mineral Make Up
    • Beauty Counter
    • Younger Skin

Makeup Made for Oily Skin
Products You Can Use Without Adding Ooze

Different skin types require different cosmetics. What works on a woman with dry skin simply will not have the same results when used on a woman with oily skin. Luckily, cosmetic companies have noticed the need for makeup designed for differing needs. Those of us with oily skin need not worry; there is makeup out there we can use!
With oily skin, eyeliner often wanders off where we apply it to give us the not-so-sexy raccoon look. A lot of times it doesn't seem to matter if we use a stick, powder, or liquid eyeliner. However, Maybelline has made a Water Proof Liquid Eyeliner that works wonders. It doesn't smudge, smear, or run so those less than lovely dark circles around the eyes can be avoided. The Water Proof Liquid Eyeliner is available in three colors: Black, Gray, and Brown. Always remember to remove extra liquid from the applicator's tip to avoid runs caused by excess eyeliner. If you forget, don't worry because this eyeliner doesn't sting your eye if it finds its way into your eyeball. Because it is liquid, a steady hand is needed but practice makes perfect.
Likewise, those of us with oily skin can find mascara difficult for the same smudging and smearing reasons. Maybelline's Great Lash Waterproof Mascaradoesn't smudge once it dries and it dries quickly to last all day. The mascara is available in four colors: Very Black, Soft Black, Brownish Black, and Dark Brown. To maintain your health and cleanliness, replace your mascara every three months. Doing so also helps avoid clumping on the mascara wand.

Waterproof eye makeup can prove to be difficult to rinse off. But Neutrogena is one step ahead of that problem with their One-Step GentleCleanser. It gently cleans your skin, removing your still beautiful waterproof makeup, easily. The cleanser does not irritate your eyes or dry out your skin. And that's a huge thing for oily skin as a lot of cleansers make your face flakey. This cleanser leaves your face feeling refreshed and without residue.
Moisturizers can also be difficult to match with oily skin. We know we're supposed to moisturize but adding moisture to our skin can oftentimes make it even oilier. However, Dove's Deep Moisture Facial Lotion solves those problems. It hydrates your face without leaving an oily slime like so many other moisturizers with SPF. The lotion is light and leaves your skin feeling soft while offering protection from the sun's harmful UV rays.
With a little research and some willingness to try new products, women with oily skin can find great cosmetic products that don't cause more oil buildup that clogs pores. Fortunately for our wallets, the stuff that works best is usually the more affordable makeup anyway.
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  • Affordable Makeup
  • Waterproof Makeup
  • Liquid Eyeliner
  • Facial Lotion
Make-up Tips: Make it Easy! Mineral Make Up and Makeup Made for Oily Skin

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Lost Wedding Ring Story

My Wedding Ring Has More Lives Than a Cat!

     I finally found a pretty setting with two oval diamonds on each side. They were twice as big as my first ring! When the jeweler started setting in diamonds my friend kept saying, "A little bigger one please." I finally said, "Okay, that's big enough for me and I'm sure it's going to cost a fortune." Frank just grunted. Two weeks later I had my new wedding ring.

     I proudly wore my new diamond for about 8 months when one night as I was getting ready for bed I took it off and had it in my hand. Just as I went to flush the toilet I dropped my ring. I started screaming as it was being flushed away. By the time Frank got into the bathroom I was screaming and sobbing. At first he was relieved to find out that I wasn't mortally wounded. He then said there wasn't much he could do about it so we should just go to bed.
 1.00 Carat (ctw) 14k White Gold Round & Baguette Diamond Ladies Anniversary Wedding Ring Band 1 CT
     I got up early and asked the kids not to use any water in the house just in case we could find my ring somewhere. Of course Frank said if I was just going to flush my ring down the toilet that we might just as well use the water as it was gone anyway. After an hour of crying he finally gave in and took the toilet off to look in the drain. No ring anywhere. More sobbing. "It's in the septic tank now," was all he would say. I headed downstairs as I knew the drain pipe was in the cellar and maybe we could take it apart. He followed mumbling a few choice words.

     When we finally got the main drain taken apart I shined a flashlight into the drain and sure enough, I could see a shiny diamond a few feet down. Using a wire coat hanger we fished it out. Oh, the luck.
     Years went by and I gained a few pounds. Well, more than a few and my ring didn't fit comfortably on my ring finger anymore. So, I started wearing it on my little finger but it was a little loose. One day at work a co-worker came up the stairs and was holding my ring. She had found it at the bottom of the stairs! It had slipped off of my finger and I didn't even know it! Again, luck.

     The next year I was the director of the local rodeo queen pageant and had to be out at the rodeo grounds every night for the War Bonnet Round Up. Thousands of people attend this rodeo each year. One night my ring was feeling loose on my little finger so I slipped it off and into my pocket. When I got home at midnight my ring was missing. I was sick but didn't dare tell Frank.
 1.15 Carat (ctw) 10K Gold Round Black & White Diamond Ladies Anniversary Wedding Band Ring 14k Yellow OR White Gold SOLID Channel Set Wedding Band
     The next day, my daughter and I went back to the rodeo grounds before the rodeo and walked around trying to find the ring. I was pretty sure it probably fell out of my jeans pocket when I got my car keys out but couldn't find it in that area. We then walked through all of the places I had been the following night. No one had turned a ring into lost and found either. I searched throughout the evening and again, went home sick.
     The next night was the last night of the rodeo. I again parked in the same area and went searching and looking. I'm sure people thought I was looking for my marbles the way I was acting! That night as hundreds of vehicles were leaving I had a rodeo wrap-up meeting and was late in getting away. 

     The search and rescue teams were hanging around waiting for everyone to leave. I asked if any of them had had a ring turned in A few of them asked where I thought I had lost it and said they would be glad to help me look. The grabbed their flashlights and fanned out in the grassy area where I had parked. Again, a shiny diamond was spotted! I was giving hugs to everyone while shedding a few tears.

     About a year later I couldn't find my ring once more. I searched everywhere I might I have left it. Weeks went by and one day as I was looking through my large briefcase bag I found it in the bottom. It must have slipped off while I rummaging around. I was so happy to find it once more. I called my daughter, as she was the only one I had confessed my fears too, and she told me to get it re-sized. I didn't.

 0.32 Carat (ctw) 14K Gold Diamond Ladies Bridal Anniversary Wedding Stackable Band 1/3 CT     A few months later I couldn't find my ring. Not again! I looked through the ring section of my jewelry stand, where I always put it at night, and it wasn't there. A new search. This time I first checked all of my bags and purses thinking it might have slipped off once again. Nothing. Again, I had a really sick feeling thinking this had to be the last time I could lose it. Several months went by and still no ring. I even contemplated calling my insurance. And then one day I was looking for a pair of earrings I hadn't worn in a while in my huge jewelry stand and there was my ring! It was with several pairs of gold earrings and I just hadn't seen it. This time I put it in a proper place vowing to get it re-sized so I could wear it again.

     Then a miracle happened. I lost about 35 pounds and my ring was able to slip onto my ring finger once more. I could wear it safely. Knock on wood.

History of the Diamond Engagement Ring: Why Diamonds Became the Standard

     I often wonder how traditions start, their origin, meaning and why they last for as long as some do. The diamond has been one of the most valuable stones throughout history and has had symbolic meaning for quite awhile. The first thing that may come to your mind is engagement, in recent history the diamond has been used as a symbol of love, devotion, passion, commitment and wealth. 

     The use of diamonds in engagement rings is a rather new concept. Historically the first recorded diamond engagement ring was given in 1477 worn by Archduke Maximillian of Hamburg and Mary of Burgandy growing the popularity of the stone in engagement rings. Many doubt that they started the trend, but it could be noted that they started the trend among the royal and wealthy at that time. This trend would actually not catch on for hundreds of years.
 14k Yellow OR White Gold SOLID Wedding Engagement Ring
     I did a little investigation to find out more about this coveted stone. The beauty, strength, and durability of the diamond have given it a lasting effect in many cultures. Before the diamond was placed on engagement rings it was simply a band braided out of copper to be placed on the fourth finger of the left hand. This tradition was started in the Greek culture, they believed that a vein (vena amorous) runs directly to that finger from the heart. Later on during the middle ages men traditionally wore a betrothal ring suspended from the band in their hats ready to give to their chosen bride. These betrothal rings were usually inscribed with poems or messages until the Victorian era.
 Solid 925 Sterling Silver Bridal Set Princess Cut Solitaire Engagement Ring with Matching Channel Set Wedding Band Highest Quality CZ Cubic Zirconia 2.0ct. With Elegant Velvet Ring Box
     During the Renaissance the popular ring was called a "gimmel" (twin rings) which consisted of two or three interlocking rings. Each ring went to the bride, the groom and occasionally the third for the witness. Later on, a diamond cluster ring was popular during the time of Luis XVI (1754-1793) and remained popular for 150 years after.

     The heart stone was popular during the 17th and 18th centuries and often accompanied rubies or other gem stones. The rubies signified love and the diamond signified eternity.

 Newshe 3pcs 2.5ct Princess White Cz Blue 925 Sterling Silver Wedding Engagement Ring Set Size 5-10     In 1888 The De Beers Consolidated Mines, Ltd. was founded and during this time the demand for the diamond would rise and fall several times until 1939. At this time the first advertisement for the diamond engagement ring was published which shaped the public opinion on diamond engagement rings. Around the 19th century the Tiffany or solitaire ring was introduced and a while later the princess ring was introduced. 

     The princess ring consisted of three to five diamonds across the top and was popular in the during the 20th century. In 1953 Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell stared in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes performing the famous "Diamonds are a girl's best friend", which sparked the popularity of diamonds for years afterwards. Even today there is a high demand for platinum diamond engagement rings as the ultimate sign of love and engagement; with 78% of all engagement rings sold every year are diamonds engagement rings.
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Wedding Rings and Engagement Rings Stories
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Women's Boots - Awesome ideas! Leather and zipper!

  • Leather 
  • Imported 
  • Synthetic sole 
  • Shaft measures approximately 3.5" from arch 
  • Heel measures approximately 2" 
  • Ankle boot featuring skinny buckle strap around opening and block heel 
  • Inside zipper 
  • Durable rubber outsole 
  • Ortholite footbed material for superior cushion 

Clarks Women's Malia Hawthorn Boot

  • Find a trendy, yet cozy boot with the Clarks Malia Hawthorn. 
  • Featuring cow full grain upper, this woman’s low boot has a zipper closure for easy entry, perfect fit and adjustability. 
  • The Ortholite insole along with a fabric sockliner conforms to the foot for cushioning support and breathability. 
  • It has a TPR outsole that lets you maintain a confident stride while its steel shank ensures amazing midfoot stability and lateral support. 
  • The Clarks Malia Hawthorn is the right choice to accessorize your favorite outfit. 
  • Clarks has been in business for over 100 years making very fine men's dress shoes in a variety of styles. 
  • Featuring a wide range of top-quality components, 
  • Clarks gives you the options you desire in the quality you demand.

Naturalizer Women's Elenor Boot

  • 100% Leather
  • Imported
  • Synthetic sole
  • Shaft measures approximately 4" from arch
  • Heel measures approximately 2"
  • Low ankle boot featurign padded collar, antiqued buckle detail, and chunky block heel
  • Seamlessly styled for an elegant look, the women’s Naturalizer Elenor boot completes your attire. Constructed from leather, this lightweight boot has a smooth zipper closure for an easy on/off and a snug fit. 
  • With its breathable fabric lining, it keeps your foot fresh for long hours. Featuring an N5 comfort system, it provides extra cushioning for the underfoot all day long. 
  • Built to support, it has a flexible synthetic outsole that delivers heel-to-toe balance for a natural step. 
  • Own the women’s Naturalizer Elenor boot for its fabulous look and ultimate comfort.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Current Skincare Saviours

About my current skincare saviours

So for a while I simplified my skincare routine because my skin was really bad. I was taking off my makeup with wipes, cleansing with a Clean&Clear cleanser and just been using my Avène serum and moisturiser, all of which I was using for months and all was fine but my skin was never great, I stopped breaking out as much but I still had breakouts which never really went away.
I knew wipes were bad but I still used them anyway because I couldn't find a cleanser to take off my makeup that I liked that much. And after months of using it, I finally realised that the cleanser that I was using was a foaming one, it's quite funny because I used it for so long & I never realised it to be foaming. I was using wipes and foam on my already dry and sensitive skin, no wonder why it never cleared up.

It was time to change my skincare, which I hate because my skin breaks out easily and I've tried so many skincare products at all different price ranges, I already lost hope.
Anyway, I stumbled upon Caroline Hirons' blog and I instantly fell in love with her posts. I read through most of her cheat sheets and learned so much! She recommends using balm cleansers and I remembered that I used to love using my Bobbi Brown balm cleanser, I have no idea why I never tried a balm cleanser again. I stopped using toner ages ago because I could never find one that didn't break me out or felt like it did anything but I took her word for it and put toner on my shopping list too. She raves about Hydraluron too and it sounded like something I needed so that was also put on the list along with flannels, I never really liked muslin cloths anyway so that wasn't a hard decision.

So I went online and ordered a the Ren No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm and Ren Tonic Moisture Mist then I ventured out the next day to buy 7 flannels and the Hydraluron.
My new skincare challenge began, I started implementing the products one by one into my skincare routine and spent a bit more time in the mornings and evenings on my skin. I also started drinking more water. There have been noticeable changes, my skin is SO MUCH better now, the bumps on my forehead and nose have cleared up. I still have some but I'm guessing that it's because of my diet; I eat way too much sugar. Anyway I have been loving my new skincare routine which I have been using for nearly 3 weeks now and I thought I'd share it with you guys!

The products:

1. Ren No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm 
I absolutely love this, it takes off all of my makeup and I don't need to double cleanse. It smells really good too! I squeeze out a 10p sized blob (in the mornings I use a 5p sized blob) and rub it between my fingers before rubbing it into my dry face. I then run my fingers under the tap then rub them over my face to emulsify the balm.
Ren No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm 

Next I use a hot flannel to remove my makeup, I rinse the flannel and repeat this step about three times until my face is clean. Oh and it says you can use this to remove eye makeup but I wouldn't recommend it, I tried it and it stings! I always use a separate cleanser for my eye makeup because I use waterproof mascara and no face cleanser ever manages to take everything off. 

2. Ren Tonic Moisture Mist 
I love that this is a spray and that it can also be used over makeup. I spray it twice over my face after cleansing and pat it into my skin. This smells lovely which is a bonus! It's also lovely if you want to refresh your makeup during the day, the only thing I don't like about this product is the glass bottle. It's so heavy to carry around!

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster with the Purest Hyaluronic Acid - Hydration Serum - 30ml
This product is amazing, my skin definitely feels more hydrated since using this. I recommend this product to everyone! It's a clear gel and a little goes a long way. 

I've talked about this on my blog before, I love this so I use this on top of the hydraluron serum too, this is my third or fourth bottle now. It feels really refreshing on the skin and it acts as my moisturiser because I haven't been using moisturiser in the mornings all over my face recently.

 Eau Thermale Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum, 1.01 fl. oz.

I've had this for a while now and I still haven't made up my mind about it, I love it under makeup because makeup applies so nicely on it but I've noticed that if I use it too regularly then it will dry out my skin and I would get little bumps. I just use this in the mornings on my t-zone so that my makeup applies nicely.
 La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treatment Cream with Benzoyl Peroxide, Oil-Free, 1.35 Fl. Oz.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treatment Cream with Benzoyl Peroxide, Oil-Free, 1.35 Fl. Oz.

6. Avène Light Hydrating Cream 
I bought this to try when I ran out of my Avène rich compensating cream, I didn't like the SPF version so I thought that I'd try this one. It's okay, nothing amazing, I much prefer my rich compensating cream especially because I find that makeup doesn't sit that well on top of this which is why I don't moisturise in the morning and use the Effaclar Duo on my t-zone instead. Once I get another jar of the rich compensating cream I will swap this over for that. 

The Routine:

Morning - Cleanse w/ 1 using hot flannel > Tone with 2 > Serum 3 > Serum 4 > 5 on T-zone  
Night - Cleanse w/ 1 using hot flannel > Tone with 2 > Serum 3 > Serum 4 > Moisturise with 6

I definitely recommend using hot flannels, a fresh one everyday (recommended by Caroline Hirons). I never ever used to just tissue off, I find that gross and even when I used wipes I would always cleanse again with a cleanser and water. If I was using an oil or milk cleanser I would always wash my face with water under a tap. Hot flannels are amazing - I love seeing my makeup on the flannel so that I know it's coming off properly. I don't know why I didn't think of it earlier seeing as I've used a flannel since I was little to wash my face everyday, just never thought of using it with a cleanser to take off makeup? So now I have 7 white flannels which I rotate around, 1 flannel a day and I have my regular flannel which I use in the shower or whatever. I chuck the white ones in the laundry basket after each use so they go in the washing machine. 

There is also one more product I want to use in my skincare routine and that is an exfoliating toner. I know exfoliating is important but I've never done well with exfoliating, it always breaks out my skin! But the idea of an exfoliating toner sounds good - no beads, no salt, no bits, just liquid! I've been looking for one that doesn't sound too harsh and the Pixi Glow Tonic sounds suitable for my skin so I want to try that too. 
Also I've been drinking more water, I used to only drink a glass a day, some days not even that. But now I've been trying to drink at least 4 glasses and I think that has helped my skin too, I definitely feel better anyway. 

Sorry this is a super long post, but hopefully you've found this interesting or helpful. Feel free to ask me any questions about the products or if you want to know where I bought them from & definitely check out Caroline Hirons' blog if you haven't already. 

Have a lovely day!
Article by Julie Hoang  from ex., actually writer at 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Finding Natural Turquoise Jewelry Online

925 Sterling Silver Ring with Genuine Turquoise and Semiprecious Gemstones Size 5 to 12

Turquoise is a soft, opaque gemstone. In the United states, it is most often found in the Southwest, and is commonly used in Native American jewelry. Because turquoise is so soft, it is often treated with chemical processes to make it harder, or otherwise "improve" it. Because of these practices, Jewelry that has not been treated, that is, natural turquoise jewelry - is more prized, and often more valuable.
The stores below carry a wide selection of natural turquoise. Some also carry the treated stones. It is wise to always ask through questions of the seller before buying any natural turquoise jewelry. Being listed below does not guarantee natural turquoise in every piece you'll find, so play it safe and question before you buy. This is especially true of the more expensive pieces which can sell for thousands of dollars.
Nevada Outback Gems: A nice selection of natural turquoise in rings, bracelets, earrings and more. A lot of interesting spider-webbed pieces to be found here. Prices are fairly reasonable, with most under $100. Sales are conducted via e-mail with payment via Paypal.
           Southwest Silver Gallery: Here you will find a variety of Native American themed Turquoise Jewelry, Including necklaces bracelets, pendants, rings and even watches, It is evident that a great deal of pride is taken in the craftsmanship Prices range from under $100 to upwards of $2500. Purchases can be made online though the website or over the phone
           Silver Sun: Another group of Native American artisans specializing in Natural Turquoise Jewelry, Silver Sun gives you a unique option to pick your stone from a mine before it is crafted into jewelry. A great deal of attention is given to educating the buyer on the quality of stones from each mine. Prices Range between $100 and $3000. Purchases can be made from their website using any major credit card.
           Twin Rocks Trading Post: Has a wide selection of Natural Turquoise Jewelry hand crafted by Native American Artists This site offers one of a kind pieces with quality and beauty at affordable prices. Purchases can also be made directly though the website.
           Ross Simons: While this site lacks a certain artistic quality present in the others, Some may find it's straight forward jewelry store look to be refreshing. Carrying a wide selection of Jewelry in Natural Turquoise Ross Simons has something to please any taste and many budgets, prices range from 50 dollars up. Items may be purchased directly thought the website.
           True Blue Jewelry & Gifts: Offering Turquoise Jewelry "directly from the mine". Pieces range from 100 dollars and up. Offering a wide selection of hand crafted Turquoise as a specialty. True Blue offers Belt Buckles, Bracelets, Earrings, Necklaces, Pendants, Pin Pendants, Rings, and all items can be purchased directly through the website.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Applying Makeup when You Can't See Well

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Applying makeup is one of the joys of my life. Unless it is a beach day or I feel unusually lazy, I like trying new colors and shades of makeup. I've had perfect vision all my life until I reached 40. At this fabulous age, I began to notice a few changes--one was my changing eyesight. After several botched makeup applications, I swore off eyeshadow vowing to stick with eyeliner and mascara for a "simpler look." That did not work so well either and I missed playing with my favorite eyeshadow brands likeMAC and Mary Kay.
When you can't see well, applying makeup is kind of hit and miss. You may get your eyeshadow on the eyelid and you may get your eyeliner in a perfectly straight line but after you put on your glasses-oh no! As a new hot girl with glasses I learned a few things about applying makeup with poor eyesight. Some of them are no-brainers but they felt like revelation when I first figured them out. Here's to you smart, sassy glass wearing gals! Try these tips for flattering makeup applications that stay in the proverbial lines.

Magnified Me
Yes, wonder of wonders, the magnifying glass has become my best friend. I upgraded my vanity table mirror. Besides the regular mirror that matches my wicker vanity set, I sprung for a large magnification mirror. This freestanding mirror stands easily on the tabletop and even has additional lighting to help me see. Be warned. You'll see everything now, including facial hair and tiny wrinkles.

Bright Light
Natural light is best so if possible, move your makeup nook closer to an outdoor window. When this isn't possible double the wattage on your light bulbs or invest in new lighting. Track lighting and lamps are good for directing light on a specific area.

Better Tools
Someone once said, "To do the best job you need the right tools." This old adage is true for this situation too. When you can't rely on your eyes you have to rely on your tools. Upgrade your makeup tools to get a better application.
Pick a sculptured blush brush that is designed with your cheekbones in mind. For mineral powder foundation, use a flat kabuki brush. Always select mascaras that are easy to handle with fine, full brushes. When seeing is a problem, stick with eyeshadow tools that have short handles for better control.

Over Foundation Concealer
With less than perfect eyesight, you'll make plenty of mistakes, even with practice. Keep an over-foundation concealer on your makeup table or in your purse for quick corrections. Unlike the concealer that goes under foundation, this kind blends in smoothly to makeup without changing the foundation color.
Check around the eyes and lips especially for eyeshadow and lipstick faux pas. I recommend using concealer pens to get the most precise accurately placed coverage. I usually give myself a quick once over in my car before I even head out of the driveway. There I get tons of good light and can see problems quickly.
If you love makeup but have some difficulty seeing you don't need to give up your cosmetics. Make some of the suggested changes and give yourself a little more time for application. Wearing glasses is not the end of the world. In fact, I love the way my glasses make me look. “Especially after I put them on!”, also said Monica Bullock.

Friday, July 1, 2016

I Do NOT Like My Engagement Ring!

1.6 Carat Designer Four Prong Round Diamond Engagement Ring with a 0.75 Carat I-J VS1-VS2 Center

If you ask just about any female above the age of 13 what kind of wedding ring she likes, she will most likely give you some spill about metal colors or size or cut or shape. It is something we think about, it's in our blood! And when you dream about that ring for years (and years) it could be extremely devastating to get something that is completely different that you hate. I know that all the guys reading this are probably thinking how ungrateful that sounds and that it is not about the engagement ring, it is about the meaning behind it and what it symbolizes. True. But regardless of how stupid you think it may be, you want her to love her ring as much as she loves you. She is after all going to wear it everyday for the rest of her life, right?! So, with that in mind....guys, try not the be offended and sensitive about changing the ring, you want her to be happy.

If you are a female finding yourself in this situation, my best advise to you is to simply be honest with your man. Tell him you love him and you want to be his wife, but that you have a certain kind of wedding ring in mind and ask if he would mind an exchange. If you fear he might be angry or upset then make a comment about someone you know exchanging their engagement ring to see what he says and how he reacts. Upset or not, it comes down to you wearing a ring you hate, learning to love it anyways, or sticking your neck out there in an effort to be happy with what you get. I suppose it is all a matter of what you can live with.

3.65 Carat t.w 14K White Gold Exquisite Prong Set Bageutte And Round Diamond Engagement Ring w/ a 1.5 Carat Princess Cut Purple Tanzanite Heirloom Quality

I'm sure that someone, somewhere will have stories about how such an exchange might be bad luck or wrong, but that is going to be a matter of opinion. So, I would say if the two of you feel ok with the exchange then go for it. If you are truly concerned, then ask someone you look up to (a parental figure) or your minister. They will be able to tell you how your family or your religion might feel about it.

As for the actual exchange at the store, it will depend on the store's refund and exchange policies. They will definitely want all the original paperwork, receipt, etc and could possibly have a very short period of time allowed for exchanges after the initial purchase. If your wedding ring has been engraved, customized in some way or if it was a closeout or discontinued design then you may be out of luck. Your best bet is to simply take the engagement ring back to the same store where it was purchased along with all the paperwork and ask them what your options are as soon as possible.

2.25 Carat 14K White Gold Vintage Halo Style Channel Set Round Brilliant Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Milgrain

2.25 Carat 14K White Gold Vintage Halo Style 

Channel Set Round Brilliant Round Cut Diamond

 Engagement Ring Milgrain 

If a return is impossible for some reason, there are still options. You could consider having the ring reset or restyled into something you do like or try selling it and use the money to buy another one. All that really matters in the end is that you and he are happy together and that both of you can live with your decision.....and the wedding ring!