Everything You Need to Know About Gemstones

Gemstones can really enhance a piece of jewelry. They can take a simple gold or silver necklace or bracelet and add a pop of color, as well as a lot of glitz and glamor! However, they can also increase the price tag of jewelry. So before you invest in a beautiful item covered in gemstones, it is important to know exactly what you are buying. Here is my guide to everything you need to know about gemstones.

 

Gems

 

Diamonds

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so there’s no wonder that they are the most popular jewel! They come in a lot of different colors, shapes, and sizes, all of which will affect their price. A very pure diamond will be extremely clear. These are very expensive. For something cheaper, go for a slightly tinted white color. You will also need to take the stone’s clarity into consideration, as this also has an effect on the price. Also, look at the diamond’s clarity. Natural scratches and blemishes will affect the quality and price. If you still aren’t really sure which rock to pick, use a service such as Whiteflash review to help you out.

 

Rubies

Rubies are popular red stones, which are known as sapphires if they are any other color. The main factor in determining a ruby’s value is the intensity of its redness. Very red stones and ones which are a rich crimson color are the most valuable. If a ruby appears very dark or light, then it will be considerably cheaper. These stones are cut into various shapes for jewelry. The most popular cuts are ovals and cushions. After diamonds, rubies are the most expensive gem in the world. However, you can still find cheap ones. Low quality, small ones can be found for a few dollars per carat.

 

Opals

The birthstone for October, opals come in three distinct styles: doublet, triplet, and solid opals. The first two types are made up of a thin slice of opal that is then mounted on a black backing. These will cost you a lot less than a solid opal, however, they can be easy to damage. You won’t be able to get a doublet or triplet opal wet, otherwise, it might disintegrate. Solid opals are more expensive, but will last indefinitely. If you want to go all out and buy the most expensive opal on the market, look for a black opal. These are considered the best quality and are extremely rare.

 

Emeralds

Emeralds can be anywhere between a couple to a few thousand dollars, depending on their quality. There are many factors to consider, but when it comes to emeralds, color is the main one. If an emerald is a rich green, then expect it to be very pricey. The lighter the green is, the cheaper it will be. However, dark green emeralds aren’t always rich in color, so these will be cheaper as well. Ask your jeweler for advice when picking out one of these gemstones.

 

Hopefully, this guide will help you buy your next awesome piece of jewelry!

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A Guide to Creating a Wardrobe You Love

Creating a wardrobe you really love is important. If you want to keep your clothes for as long as possible, feel confident in your look and have fun with your style, then you need to make sure you like what you’re wearing. Too many people buy throw away fashion these days, and end up hating their wardrobes. This guide will help you to create a wardrobe that you love:

Don’t Follow Trends

Why would you want to follow trends based on what somebody else has said is fashionable? Avoid following trends unless you really absolutely love the trend you’re following. Otherwise you’ll have something in your wardrobe that you just don’t get your wear out of after a certain amount of time. Create your own fashion trends and you’ll like your wardrobe much more!

Know What Suits You

Knowing what suits you will stop you from buying things that you instantly regret. Know the shapes and colours that look good against your skin tone and on your body. You don’t necessarily need to stick to a set of ‘rules’. If you’re confident wearing something, then by all means wear it. Knowing what suits you will just make shopping much easier and dressing even better.

Don’t Buy on a Whim

Ideally, you shouldn’t buy clothes on a whim. When you go clothes shopping, make a list of things you have in mind to help keep you on track. Then, every item in your wardrobe has a purpose. You won’t end up with an item you wear once or not at all. Only buy clothing if you feel something is missing or you really need something.

Look at Vintage Clothing

Vintage clothing is amazing, because you can pretty much guarantee that nobody else will have what you have. Not only that, it’s far more economical. Vintage clothing is beautiful and full of character, whatever era you choose to buy from. You can buy vintage items online or in person from lots of great retailers. Just make sure that the item you’re buying is genuine, and check it for damage before purchasing.

Invest in High End Clothing

If you prefer new clothing, it could be a good idea to invest your money in higher end brands rather than ‘throw away’ fashion. These items will last longer and you’ll really be able to get your wear out of them. You can usually find amazing brands that aren’t too expensive, like Abaya.

 

Make Sure Your Colours/Patterns/Styles Can be Interchanged

When buying clothing, make sure the colours, patterns, and styles you buy can be interchanged. If you do this, you’ll have a ton of outfit options and you’ll always be able to throw something cool together. Try to maybe stick to a certain type of colour palette. Having a wardrobe full of pattern can be fun, but it can also be difficult to put things together. Be sensible with your buys!

 

Hopefully this helps you to create a wardrobe you really love. Happy shopping!

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Health and Beauty Tips to Prepare You for Spring

Spring is all about change. It’s about rebirth and growth and the promise of lighter days, plus it’s time to think about shedding those layers and updating our wardrobes. With that, there are some small changes we can make to our life to prepare our bodies and minds for spring.

Work on your smile.

Smiling has a positive effect on the brain. When we smile, mood-enhancing chemicals are released.

It’s a good time to pay attention to our teeth.

Go to the dentist and book in a cleaning. Invest in a good electric toothbrush. Do your teeth need whitening? Use a natural whitener rather than harsh chemicals. The cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Tam recommends a paste of strawberries and baking soda.

Winter causes a lot of damage to the skin.

Cold weather and central heating can have a drying effect, leaving your skin looking lifeless and dull. To fix that, all you need is gentle skin care products and a good moisturizer to help soothe your skin. 

Drink water. Yes, this seems to make it onto every beauty and healthcare list. You know you need to do it, so just do it. Get into the habit of keeping a bottle of water in your bag, in your car, and at your desk at work. Drink it throughout the day and first thing in the morning.

Revise your makeup.

Take a good look in your makeup bag. Go through everything and throw away anything that has passed its use-by date because makeup can attract bacteria which is transferred to the skin. Also wash your brushes, sponges and applicators. They also attract dirt and bacteria.

Read about the color trends for SS16. Spend time going through magazines and blogs.

Pick out the elements that appeal to you and tailor your makeup accordingly. Rather than becoming a slave to fashion, use the trends as a source of inspiration. Only adopt the recommendations that fit in with your personal style. Unless of course, you’re looking for a dramatic change. Instead of using your makeup as a mask, use it to enhance your features.

Review and revise your wardrobe.

It’s time to go through your wardrobe and clear away winter items. Don’t be too ruthless at this stage, though. Keep back a few sweaters and cardigans since the weather is unpredictable right now. It’s worth holding onto some items for chilly days.

Unpack your spring / summer clothes and decide what you’re going to keep. Is there anything that doesn’t work for you anymore? If so, donate to charity!

Review your exercise regime.

During the winter months there’s much temptation to be lazy. It’s cold out there and it’s easy to sit back on the sofa and watch TV. But as the weather improves and the days become longer there’s no excuse. 

Pick out new recipes.

It’s time to ditch the winter stews and hearty casseroles. Pay attention to what’s in season and put together new meal ideas.

Spring is a magical time of year. We can see changes all around us and something shifts in our brain. It’s a time to review and rethink. A time for possibilities.

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Life Hacks: Homemade Sugar Free Sweets

Embarking on a new health regime in 2016? It seems like half the world is on the same mission, but chances are one of the first things you’ll be missing is a little bit of sweetness. Sugar is ubiquitous in calorific snacks and it’s common to start craving it when you cut down. But the damaging effects of too much sugar on health are widely known. Celebs like Davina McCall have even made it their mission to go completely sugar-free. Fortunately, there are clever ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without using one speck of sugar. How could that possibly be? Take a look at these sugar-free recipes and see for yourself!

Banana Pancakes

banana pancakes

Pancakes are a favorite of sweet lovers everywhere. They’re easy to whip up, fun to flip and delicious to dine upon. The problem is, usually they’re covered in sugar and lemon. Some recipes even use sugar in the batter. But that doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, you needn’t even use flour! Try using only bananas and eggs as the core ingredients. Naturally sweet and easy to make? Might be time to get flipping.

Pumpkin Pie

One clever way to get round using sugar is to choose recipes with naturally sweet ingredients. Pumpkin is a delicious and healthy root veg that is naturally sweet. It’s also very versatile and can be used in a huge range of recipes. One of our very favorites is that all-American classic: pumpkin pie. It’s a favorite at Thanksgiving but a winner at all times of year. It’s also fun to make an impressive dessert at dinner parties.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nothing satisfies a sweet craving quite like a cheeky cookie. The ultimate companion to a refreshing glass of milk, shop-bought cookies would be a massive no-no on a sugar-free diet. But if you make them at home using a recipe for sugar-free choc chip cookies you can be sure they don’t contain any of the white stuff. By using products derived from coconuts they can safe for dieters and diabetics alike. Which means your cookie jar can always be overflowing, guilt free.

Sugar-Free Ice Cream

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Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Ice cream is the ultimate indulgence. And if you’ve had a hard week at work or run into relationship issues, ice cream is simply essential. But (thank the heavens) there exists ice cream. out there made with natural, non-sugary ingredients. Using an ice cream maker makes the whole process simpler. That means you don’t have to break any diet rules to enjoy one of the great pleasures in life.

Chocolate Cheesecake

By utilizing ingredients like cocoa, you can make rich, indulgent and sweet desserts without having to use sugar. It’s refreshing to know you don’t have to go ultra boring with your recipes in a sugar-free world! Try out recipes featuring cocoa and serve it to your guests at your next dinner party. We promise they’ll be shocked when they find out it’s sugar-free.

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Unique And Romantic Ways To Propose That She Will Love

Hey guys! Are you looking to pop the big question to your lady? Check out these these unique and romantic proposals that she’ll love! 

Create a scavenger hunt

If your lady enjoys the outdoors, you could create a scavenger hunt. Suggest it as a fun date activity which will put her off the scent and keep it as a surprise. Create a route around your local area that involves clues placed at specific locations that mean a lot to you both. It could be where you first met or where you went on your first date, for instance. Make sure the clues are personal by including inside jokes and memories that will make her smile. This is a beautiful and enjoyable way to propose by taking her down memory lane beforehand.

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Propose on Vacation

Vacations give you the opportunity to escape from your everyday stresses and have some quality time together. Plus, it can provide the perfect backdrop to a proposal! No matter where you decide to go on vacation, there is bound to be some stunning scenery and enjoyable activities that you can utilize. A day on-board a luxury yacht, horseback riding, or exploring caves could all make unique settings for an engagement. The activities will provide you with a fantastic smokescreen and hide your real intentions perfectly.  Just remember to get the Verragio engagement ring insured before you go, for any just in case moments. 

Use your home

If the special lady in your life prefers staying in to going out, why not propose at home? This might seem like a boring option, but you can turn it into something fantastically romantic. Try filling your home with her favorite kind of flowers and cook her favorite meal. And instead of eating at a table, why not use throw pillows and blankets to make it more casual? Light plenty of candles and create a playlist of songs that remind you of special moments in your relationship. It’s a simple way to propose, but it will go a long way.

With these fabulous ideas, the special lady in your life won’t be able to turn you down. So get planning and shop for that incredible ring today.

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How to Achieve a Celebrity Smile

Want to achieve a celebrity smile? Check out these tips to make the most our of your smile. 

Take care of your teeth

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A beautiful smile isn’t all down to good dental hygiene, but that’s a big part of it. If you want a smile like a celebrity’s, you need to take good care of your teeth. This means brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, as well as mouth washing and flossing. It’s also a good idea to steer clear of food and drink that stains your teeth, as yellow teeth are a big no-no if you want a celebrity smile. You’d better say goodbye to coffee and red wine – the worst things for staining.

See your dentist every six months. As well as taking care of your teeth at home, it’s also important to get them checked by a dentist every six months. Unless you want your teeth to go black and fall out, it’s crucial that you see your dentist regularly. Dentists can spot early signs of decay and can advise you on the best ways to deal with it and prevent further damage.

Fix any problems

Whether you have an overbite, your teeth are wonky or have started to yellow, make time to fix the problem. The good news is that thanks to advancements in dentistry, cosmetic treatments are quick and painless.

If you’re not happy with how your teeth are aligned, visit a cosmetic dentist. Don’t panic about having a mouthful of metal because today, train tracks aren’t the only option for straightening teeth. Have you ever heard of invisible braces? They’re a type of brace that quickly straightens teeth, but unlike old fashioned braces are nearly invisible. If your wonky teeth are getting you down, braces are definitely your best option.

Are your teeth a little yellow? While DIY whitening treatments can be successful, the results are never as good as professional whitening. If you want a smile that a celebrity would be proud of, it’s best to invest in your teeth.

Perfect your makeup

 

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And last but not least, for a celebrity smile, it’s crucial that you perfect your makeup. Avoid any lipsticks with a yellow undertone, as they can make your teeth appear more yellow than they are. Instead, opt for lipsticks in berry shades – reds, burgundies and purples are best. As well as using lipstick, apply a lip liner around your lips and a coat of gloss on top. Highlighting your lips in this way will help to make them seem fuller, and so, will make your teeth appear whiter.

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Beauty and Makeup Tips to Enhance Your Features

Makeup is a fabulous too to enhance your already-beautiful features. Check out some tips to help you apply makeup to fully enhance your beautiful face.

 

Plump Your Lips

You can easily make your lips look bigger, and you don’t even need to over-line them with a dark lip liner. All you need to do is use a lighter lip color, then dab some gloss in the middle of your pout. You can also dust some highlighter in the middle of your lips too, as well as on the outline to make your lips stand out.

Open Up Your Eyes

Having wide eyes can be beautiful, and there are lots of different things you can do to achieve it a wide-eyed look. Start off by using an eyelash curler to make your lashes appear longer and thicker. A simple trick is to heat it with a hairdryer for a few seconds to make the curl last. Then, you can use a good mascara to enhance them further.

Highlight the Right Points

A good highlighter can really show off certain points of the face. It can also make you look more glam for a big night out! Dust your favorite highlighter over your cheekbones, nose, and chin. You can even dust over the chest to highlight below the neck.

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Shade in Carefully

If you’d like to add a little more dimension to the face, you can use a bronzer or a slightly darker foundation to shade in. Try a favorite contouring kit to help me achieve this look. Just make sure you blend in as much as possible for the most natural finish!  

Define Your Brows

Having defined brows can help to shape your face further as well. If your brows are unruly or even invisible without makeup, no worries! You can brush through with a brow gel if you just want a slight bit of color, or you can use a pencil to shade them in. Just make sure you mimic hair strokes for the most realistic finish. It isn’t about having the darkest or most prominent brows!

Always set Your Concealer With Powder

Using concealer under the eyes is a great way to hide dark circles and bags, but you should always set it with a good powder. This will make it last and keep your eyes looking bright. You can even use something called the ‘baking method’, which can leave you looking like you have flawless skin when you’re done.

 

I hope you love these beauty and makeup tips and they help you to enhance your features perfectly. Remember, it isn’t about fitting the most makeup on your face, so use sparingly to get the best results!

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