Ritzy Ruby

The exceptional hardness of a ruby is surpassed only by a diamond, making it one of the elite precious gems which are not only used in presenting you pride for a July birthday but also revered for their valued beauty.  Characteristic colors and quality varies depending on the geographical source; a fine, deep, clear red in Burma; a dark red to brown tint in Burma; medium light tones in Sri Lanka and small, sheet like purple hued stones in Africa.  Durable for every day wear, rubies symbolize intelligence, prosperity and generosity, radiating a strong sense of vitality where feelings of passion are unashamedly incited.  A phenomenon caused by very fine needles of rutile inside a ruby give it a ‘silky’ shine, and rarely they can form a star-shaped deposit that would be highly visible should this kind of stone were to be cut as a half-dome cabochon.  While derived from the Latin word rubens, which literally means ‘red’, the color of a ruby is far more warm and fiery, an undiluted, hot and passionate tone that is unrelenting in saturation.  Though certainly the most important feature, transparency matters just as much and inclusions that do not impair the quality are viewed as a fingerprint defining a ruby as genuine.  No matter how you choose to display it, be confident that you are just as rare and radiant as the characteristics of this ‘king of gemstones’!

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1 – Leave the bleach out of the equation when coating your locks in Manic Panic’s Vampire Red, adding richness to brunettes and dark blondes without damaging the hair, leaving you with relatively virgin hair that is shimmering with natural highlights and lowlights.

2 – Red around the eyes can be too intense or give off the wrong vibe, but thanks to Ruby Red Make-Up Studio Eyeshadow you can get strong pigmentation in a soft powder that glides across eyes and leaves behind a subtle shine.

3 – Combining the hydrating power of an ointment and the shine of a gloss, Ruby Color Balm Lipstick rejuvenates your lips in a luxe, satin finish that contours them to add definition and volume.

4 – The convenient design behind the Mysterious Red Lip Pencil allows application of crimson pigments that provide long-lasting and seamless coverage whether used for lining, all-over cover or pairing it with another product.

5 – Another way to protect your pout in style is with a blend of conditioners and antioxidants found in Trans Siberian, a brilliant ruby rose Semi Matte Lipstick that is vivid but doesn’t leave lips feeling dry.

6 – Notable for serious shine that is ultra-smooth and comfortable to wear, the sheer cherry red tones of Misbehave are accented by just enough golden shimmer that makes this lip gloss as enriching as it is dramatic.

7 – The brilliant quality of Scarab is due to the nail varnish being exceptionally hard-wearing, allowing the deep ruby-red to stand out as a bold shade while the metallic finish is reminiscent of the gem it represents.

8 – In case you are craving even more shine, top it off in the shimmer red tones of Saratoga, giving nails an extra layer of fortification that will resist chipping and fading.

9 – Collecting false lashes has become a small hobby due to the versatility of looks which can be created by using them, so discovering these cute Ruby Red pair that is decorated with tiny black stars and red swarovski crystals at an extremely affordable price has the ideas brewing.

10 –  If wearing red is a bit too daring, try storing your favorite cosmetics in a Holdfast Makeup Bag, a custom construction of ruby-red glitter vinyl decorated with white glitter vinyl stripes and a contrasting bandanna style print lining.

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1 – Alternating colors that surround the perimeter of these Anatometal Gemmed Eyelets is just one of the many customizing options available, the polished stainless steel reflecting white and black cubic zirconias alongside synthetic rubies.

– Though recommended for healed lobes, Teardrop Eyelets are a stylish alternative to the circular shapes that dominate the selection of jewelry for stretched ears, while decorating them with synthetic rubies further accentuates their intriguing shape.

3 – Going one step further by anodizing the steel to a crisp light blue, these Super Teardrop Eyelets not only have the same gleaming trim as the others, but also a huge synthetic ruby nestled in the lower half of the interior.

4 – Forecasting autumn trends, the Pear Faraway is a rose gold septum piece that features faux wire wrapping and a genuine ruby flanked by a pair of 1.5 mm diamonds.

5 – Compliment your refined taste with a Water Lily, the rose gold petals surrounding a bezel set ruby on the end of a nostril screw that is dainty and daring.

6 – The filigree details of Leslie’s Heart is a testament to the quality of jewelry offered by Body Vision Los Angeles, the charm dangling from the end of a yellow gold curved bar highlighted by a genuine ruby.

7 – Romance abounds at any time of year, so if you are looking to give that special someone who also happens to adore body jewelry something that shows them how you feel, go for the Heart Navel Cluster where 18 karat yellow gold arches between a round and heart synthetic ruby gem, the latter surrounded by cubic zirconias.

8 – A slightly different design that has the same strong yellow gold base, the Flower Navel Curve is topped with a  white synthetic opal while a cluster of synthetic rubies surround a cubic zirconia.

9 – If you have a curved bar you already adore, simply slip on an Oval Prong dangle, the delicate beading of a white gold chain supporting a 6 x 4 mm Chatham ruby bringing instant opulence to any ordinary piece.

10 – A solid metal spike protruding from a piercing might be too much of a ‘hard’ look for some, so a threaded Prong Set Spike made from a synthetic ruby on a flat back labret could be an appealing alternative, the tip almost glowing when sunlight hits it.

11 – Balanced on the anodized blurple surface of a titanium Gemmed Industrial Bar are a set of synthetic rubies and a synthetic amethyst centered flower with synthetic ruby petals, giving the 1 1/4 inch length a bit of sparkle without overloading it.

12 – There is nothing understated about the Mini Pleades, what with all that white gold, diamonds and rubies; somehow it still manages to be less contentious than other low quality pieces would be when aiming for a certain aesthetic.

13 – Give your jewelry the royal treatment with Doubled Threaded Princess Ends that anchor down square-cut synthetic rubies, available in several sizes to put the finishing touch on your daily adornments.

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Purloined Pearls

Pearls can be found in the waters of place such as the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Mannar,the South Pacific, the Gulf of California, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Coast of Mexico, Europe, Japan and Australia, produced by calcium carbonate that resides in the soft tissue of a shelled mollusc.  These spherical wonders come in a wide range of iridescent shades: black, blue, gold, green, pink, cream, silver or white – the lighter tones will be the main focus of this guide.  Originating from the Latin word “pirum” which translates to “pear” and indicates the shape of the gem, a decently sized pearl can take between five and eight years to grow.  Value is determined based on the coating known as “nacre” that gives the pearl its lustrous appearance, though color, size, lack of surface flaws and symmetry appropriate for the type are attributes also taken under consideration.  When combined, these requirements ensure that precious pearls are recognized as such, though one certainly does not have to wait for the right one to be discovered in order to reap the benefits of their beauty.

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1 – Exceptionally simple to apply and blend, Cultured Pearl is a glimmering bareMinerals Eyecolor that bestows opaque allover color or translucent highlights depending on how you choose to use the pigment, giving you the option to customize your favorite products with it.

2 – Achieve maximum coverage with Iridescent Pearl Grey eyeshadow, the satiny luster carried by dense pigments that merge into skin for a rich texture which is sure to stand out.

3 – Technologically advanced enough to claim “insane color payout”, Urban Decay’s Vanilla is a velvety pearl eyeshadow with golden shimmer that effortlessly glides on lids and will stay put so you can enjoy it all day long.

4 – Shimmer does not have to be gaudy and Star Powder in Pearl Gold certainly gathers light to impart a unique glow on skin, increasing hold by dabbing it on with a wet brush to whatever area you want to accentuate.

5 – Kohl lined eyes walk the plank this summer in favor of Heavy Metal Glitter Liner, the chunks of opalescent pearl in Distortion depositing crystalline shine whether you draw precise lines or arc the side of the brush across your face.

6 – As seen on red carpet celebrities, Pearl Encrusted False Eyelashes form a lasting bong from the minute they are put on, flawlessly mingling with your own lashes for a natural look.

7 – Prepare lips for perfection by generously applying Lustrous Pearl, a highly reflective lip gloss that packs plenty of shine and saturates your pucker with moisturizer for all day comfort and no stickiness.

8 – Hailed as the ultimate all-in-one makeup stick, the Multiple in Copacabana offers a cream-to-powder glistening pearl finish that can be utilized to charmingly heighten specific features with a luminous sheen.

9 – Decorate your latest manicure using Nail Art Pearl Beads, an imitation of the coveted white gems that are 2mm in diameter and have a flat back to readily adhere in any patter of your choice.

10 – Formulated to be long lasting and ultra glossy, Mayfair is a pearl white nail polish that takes inspiration from runway trends and gives you the best possible results every time you put it on.

11 – Rejuvenate the area under your eyes with Masque*ology’s Revitalizing Eye Gel Masque, the mesh saturated in luxurious pearl powder to reduce puffiness and leaving behind a youthful appearance.

12 – One of the new dyes released by Manic Panic this spring, Manic Mixer is hyped as a pastel-izer which can be combined with any of the other various vegan colors put out by the company, though it could also be just the thing needed to generate the ideal pale white hair, especially when combined with Virgin Snow and previously bleached hair.

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1 – Decadence is always on trend, particularly when one finds their social calendar suddenly filled with potential events to attend and in the mood to do so by making an unforgettable entrance.  To achieve this, turn to Body Vision Los Angels and their Jill Eyelets, a magnificent pair of gleaming rose gold fronts decorated in minute detail, pink pearls and green quartz which are worth the investment to watch jaws drop when you come onto the scene.

2 – Equally impressive are the Reign Eyelets found over at Kolo Piercing, the stainless steel tunnels surrounding intricately carved mother of pearl inlays that have a semi-opaque quality and will have people doing a double take as they realize your holes are filled with magnificent art.

3 – Featuring deeply embossed mother of pearl inlays displaying Lotus flowers, these Black Horn Plugs use a more organic container for the sculpted pieces to help them stand out, particularly since patterns and coloration vary between each piece.

4 – On a the more minimalist spectrum are the Ebony Bolt Plugs where the ebony dominates the majority of the eyelet that is set off by a mother of pearl inlay shaped like a lightning bot, for fans of kitschy accessories and solid plugs.

5 – Treat yourself to a royal pleasure with Crown Eyelets, immaculately polished white gold settings grasping firmly onto 14mm mabe pearls which reflect the flawless surface of the metal it is set atop.

6 – Hanging styles have become more popular since there are a variety of shapes that can be inserted into various ear piercings, and they are particularly decorative in large gauge cartilge.  The Winged Glory has a simple curve at the top which leads to feathers hand carved into mother of pearl and back into another pair of curves, some waves sprouting from the sides to cap off these unique pieces.

7 – A similar style are these Floral Spirals that take a set of mother of pearl spirals and add just enough flourishes to set them apart from all of the other designs that can be found in materials such as steel, bone or glass.

8 – Breezy island getaways are the perfect time to hang Tawapa’s Stellar Shell Plates from your  tunnels, the circular shaped mother of pearl adorned with geometric silver accents that give the jewelry a sort of art deco flair.

9 – Cut out all of the settings and get right to displaying opulence by wearing Adonica, a strand of genuine 2mm pearls that take the iconic pearl necklace and presents it in miniature form to wear in your favorite piercing.

10 – This is not an engagement ring, it is a BVLA Pearl Ring crafted from 18 karat gold that has a 3mm pearl as the captive bead.  Though it may seem simple compared to some of the other pieces here, when place in certain piercings it raises the bar for quality over quantity.

11 – Gold and pearls are matched again in the Pearl Sunburst, a navel curve topped with a 3mm and 5mm 1/2 pearls surrounded by slightly pointed petals.

12 – The only other non-white pearl of the collection, this yellow gold Pearl with Tri Accent navel curve has a 4mm black pearl that shows off the gems iridescence, a trio of 1.25mm diamonds on the bottom and a sparkling cubic zirconia on the other end.

Deadly Dames: Malibu Tiki Dress

Recently revamped, the Malibu Tiki Dress by Deadly Dames has been fabricated from a rich stretch satin reminiscent of classic 1950’s Hawaiian designs.  Each and every detail has been made to accentuate the natural curves of any body, where a fully built in bust with padding forms a super sweetheart neckline, crossing over into a side tie that flows into a tulip skirt.  The straps adjust for a custom fit and the dress is accompanied by a double-lined bolero, which has been omitted in the second look due to the fact that is how the stock photo appeared.  While these types of kitschy frocks are appealing to many tikiophiles, there are some who are not attracted to such bold prints and that is just fine – more palm frawns and exotic flowers for those of us who love them!

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The cool blue tones reflect those found in oceans and skies alike, punctuated with bursts of red that somehow flow across the body in harmony throughout the print.  An escape to paradise – be it a tropical vacation or just a tiki themed party – is not complete without Iron Fist’s Kokomoan, a platform heel that has a criss-crossed open toe, ankle strap and eye-popping turquoise paint job where flowers and other images are hidden all over the shoe, while a red and black print can be found the interior and sole.  For me it is always fun to take decidedly feminine garments and give them a punk rock edge, accomplished here with Too Fast’s Suicidal Bag, a matte black purse that has a hard shell exterior covered in cone studs and a brass knuckle style handle.  Protection from the sun is always important, so don’t forget those Cat Eye Sunglasses, the red frames a refreshing change from the traditional black yet with plenty of retro vibes in extreme shapes where stars and rhinestones serve as dazzling decorations.  Humidity is a drawback of sultry hideaways so tame those curls by using a Perfect Pinup Scarf, the sheer red fabric flexible yet firm to provide sturdy hold for any ‘do, and then decorate using as many white and blue Plumeria hair clips for any stray strands that are tempted to run free.  Lavish yourself in Tarina Tarantino Flower Earrings, the Nile blue gems dangling from filigree flowers accented with deep red swarovski crystals.  Hand carved from the shell this jewelry gets its name from, the Paua Tiki Necklace is encased in clear resin, the tilted face augmented by gleaming natural Paua shell donuts.  Fans of kitschy nautical trinkets can tie a Gold Anchor around the wrist using this blue leather bracelet by Michael Saiger, then slip on a Sterling Silver Mermaid Ring where the tiny detailed scales circle around your finger.

Melding the execution of a foundation and the comfort of a powder, Siberia by NARS is a lightweight product with a natural balance of pink and yellow tones which gives skin a soft matte finish.  Embark on a journey to daring eyes as you pat Outremer on the lids, a bright true blue shadow that delivers refined and radiant color, then pull the royal hue of China Blue from the crease to the outer ‘V’, blending softly as you go along.  Amplify their intensity by highlighting the brow bone with Hollywoodland, a pale gold Soft Touch Pencil that provides velvety and long-lasting sparkle.  The Factory was where Warhol had his original NYC studio, located on 47th Street and reflected in this Larger Than Life Eyeliner, the black flecked with silver that effortlessly floats across skin to draw precise lines.  Enable maximum lengthening power by pairing the liner with Larger Than Life Mascara, a formula that sculpts and separates each lash while making them impossibly long.   Though the blazing burnt orange and gold shimmer in Taj Mahal may seem a bit too powerful for cheeks, a light application produces a natural looking finish.  Lustrous lips are achieved with Norma, a Larger Than Life Lipgloss in an iconic shade of cherry red that stays put while giving your pout volume and shine.  For once the manicure to compliment such a vivid face leans toward the neutral spectrum, using Candy Darling [sheer baby pink] as a base and building it up with coats of Zizi, the clear peach and gold glitter accumulating plenty of oomph.

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This second outfit caters to more of a dark tiki aesthetic, where layers of green leaves are crossed on a black background and lavender blooms subtly in just the right places.  A pair of Pinup Couture Tiki Heels make the ideal footwear, the carved wooden heels resembling ancient tiki idols while the bow detail over the peep toe matches the one on the dress.  Mixing retro elements and contemporary textiles, Teaserama by Sourpuss is a textured black matte vinyl purse that has an over-sized kisslock, easy grip handles and silver Bettie Page hardware.  Faux pearls embellishing the black frames of Highbrow Cat Eye Sunglasses from ASOS nicely set off the purple tinted lenses and sleek, comfortable design.  Perhaps there is a reason that zombies come to mind when creating a tiki outfit, though one can choose kitschy accessories simply for the fact they bring a smile to the face.  Lighten the mood with Green Heart Bows, the black satin bows splatter with mysterious green stuff and a zombie heart charm set in the middle, then ease into chic luxury in these classical Green Flower Earrings that have plenty of gleaming peridot crystals.  Cater to your campy side in a Purple Skull Collection Necklace by Kreepsville 666 while also pleasing your lavish cravings with a rhinestone encrusted Gold Tropical Flower Ring and a 1970’s style yellow gold Serpent Bangle Bracelet.

Allow your complexion to emit a healthy glow using Loose Powder by NARS, the Flesh tone supplementing skin with a translucent appearance.  Then take the High Society Trio Eyeshadow and paint your lid in the Forest Green, its matte finish setting the stage for Irridescent Amethyst to work its way from the outer corner to the crease, which is accented by Lavender on the brow bone and inner corner.  The micro-fine pigments pack a powerful punch, blending effortlessly while still presenting plenty of color.  Couple this with the archetype for accuracy and sharpness, the violet eyeliner pencil known as Manon that coasts across the lid depositing long-wearing product.  Go for a natural glow on the cheeks using Nico, an award winning blush which has a silky texture and brightens the face no matter how much you choose to wear.  Line lips in Borneo, a  pencil that is soft brown with a hint of pink, formulated to be creamy yet prevents lipstick from bleeding or feathering.  Similar to the first look, the lips are more muted as the eyes are meant to attract all the attention, so a few layers of Napoli to tint them a cool natural beige that has the same pink tinge and a sheer, sophisticated shine.  A vintage manicure where the black and green pearls of Night Porter are balance by deep smoky lavender half-moons painted in Manosque imparts a conventional yet cutting-edge glamour to this guise.

Dazzled Emerald

A gem beloved by Cleopatra and dedicated to the goddess Venus by ancient Romans, the emerald has long been connected to fruitfulness, revival and  passion.  Contemporary jewelry fans use it to signify devotion and companionship, believed to contain effective healing powers relating to issues with  eyes, the spine, headaches and fertility.  Originating from the Greek word “smaragdos” which translates to “green stone”, the emerald is well-known for its rich color and is the most valuable gemstone in the world by weight.  A member of the Beryl family, the gem generates its green hues from elements of chromium that are contained in the crystals.  In Victorian times, it was customary to wear jewelry decorated with emeralds to represent the rebirth of nature, the deep green a reflection of the plant life that returned each spring.  Though almost all of them have small imperfections, they are seen as part of the character rather than something negative, which is a reminder to embraces flaws rather than trying to hide them.  Emerald has also been elected color of the year, appearing in garment form on celebrities during red carpet events, being promoted by alternative models wearing it in their hair, and comes in many variations of cosmetics one can use to create their own trendy beauty looks.

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1 – Count on Illamasqua to provide magnificent matte shadow in the form of Permission, a cool emerald green that still has plenty of powerful pigments which are tremendously long-wearing.

2 – A reformulation of Urban Decay’s notable eyeshadow has resulted in Loaded, a remarkably smooth consistency delivering dense distribution of deep metallic emerald that blends in a uniform fashion and offers a crease-free finish.

3 – Enhance the vibrance of Pure Pigment No. 18 by mixing it with gloss to produce your own unique product, or using a wet angled brush for drawing precision lines, ensuring to add a pop of color to your face.

4 – Profoundly spectacular shade named for an iconic street, Rue di Rivoli is a metallic forest green Larger Than Life Eyeliner with a buttery texture  that does not smear or cake and presents incomparable 12-hour wear.

5 – For those who have an on-the-go lifestyle, where you are constantly in motion but still want to look great there is Mildew, a 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil that is a deep forest green that goes on strong and lasts all night long.

6 – Give your lashes layers of volume with Smokey Lash Mascara, the green tint penetrating the roots of your lashes to lengthen and curl as you apply, an intensity that brings out all eye colors.

7 – Chic manicures begin with quality polish, something you don’t have to worry about when using Rampage, a dark green jelly varnish that has a glossy finish and exudes plenty of opulence whether using it alone or topping it in a coat of glitter for extra shine.

8 – Reign as jungle royalty in Zulu, deep vine green that is chip-resistant whether you are battling venomous plants, wild animals or a pile of paperwork preventing you from leaving work early to enjoy a sunny vacation.

9 – Though looked upon as a color of affection, emeralds may also incite jealousy, especially if your hair is dyed with Venus Envy, one of Manic Panic’s High Voltage vegan dyes  that transform ordinary tresses into gleaming locks befitting mystical creatures.

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1 – Golden spools studded with diamonds and genuine emeralds are a symbol of the quality available from Body Vision Los Angeles, where Ritual Evolution allows a transition to sophisticated jewelry without overwhelming the wearer.

2 – Filling the gap of large gauge eyelets is one trend I like to keep tabs on, and then discover intriguing designs such as Plumeria Eyelets by Anatometal that has bronze petals surrounding a synthetic emerald.

3 – The finish of Anatometal’s jewelry is recognized as one of the best in the industry, a prime example being their Super Gem Bling Eyelets which are a combination of refinement and sophistication, the large synthetic emerald in the center surrounded by a unique patter of alternating cubic zirconias and more emeralds.

4 – Setting the standard for majestic adornments comes in the form of Irish Eyes, a dazzling yellow gold septum piece featuring princess cut emeralds and several minute details that make it worth closer inspection.

5 – Four millimeters is the total measurement of this Tiny Flower, an 18 karat gold nose stud topped with six emerald petals that surround a cubic zirconia center to meet a certain level of refinement BVLA is known for.

6 – Another design that is three millimeters larger is the Emerald Flower which has a sapphire center and white gold tips at the edge of each petal, hand polished to a mirror shine.

7 – Threaded ends allow certain jewelry to become more versatile, or sometimes there is just a special occasion where 18 karat gold Tama Ends with synthetic emeralds are more visually appealing than the usual default finishes.

8 – Continuing along this floral theme, the Rose is an exquisite curved bar that has an explosion of gems set on each end composed of Chrysoprase and green cubic zirconias accented by yellow gold.

9 – Slightly more demure though sure to make a statement nonetheless, a Gold Flower Navel Curve constructed of 18 karat white gold provides sleek contrast to genuine emeralds and diamonds that make up a flower and rounded ends.

10 – Luxury is evident in every twist of filigree that makes up Ascott, listed as an Exotic navel curve that has plenty of aesthetic elements to capture the eye, ending in a 2.5 mm emerald gem.

11 – Ear projects are another way for piercing artists to showcase their skills, particularly when using a Gemmed Industrial Bar with Prong-set Gem Ends and Threaded Flower, the anodized green titanium serving as a colorful base for synthetic emeralds and peridot st0nes.

12 – Prepare to be covet when you wear a Polaris Pendant, the sleek design and variety of selection in customization appealing and in high demand, the anodized green titanium surrounding a deep purple opal seen here illustrating just one of the many possible combinations.

Diamond Diehards

Regarded as having the highest value among gemstones, the diamond has been an emblem of passion, devotion, excellence and class for centuries.  Due to its supreme clarity and hardness, it is also a symbol of sovereignty and brilliancy, while throughout history they were looked upon as a magical item.  Unable to be cut and impervious to fire made the Greeks believe they were tears of the gods, and Romans considered them to be splinters of fallen stars.  There are said to be healing properties that diamonds possess, and at one time Marilyn Monroe sang a song about how they are a “girl’s best friend”, but the truth is that everyone can enjoy them.  Whether a representation of engagement, celebrating an anniversary or you just really like the way they sparkle, there is no denying society’s fixation on diamonds and how they are often equated to the amount of feelings one person has for another.  Though I certainly cannot deny the appeal of these dazzling gems, I also understand they come at a price and would never ask for nor expect them for anything.  On that same note, this guide encompasses the aesthetics and transforms them into more affordable products that can still capture their unrivaled beauty.

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1  – Proclaim your eccentricity and relish dense pigmentation by sweeping Moonflower across your eyelids, the soft creamy white Powder Eyeshadow delivering a gorgeous shimmer finish that is concentrated and long-lasting.

2 – Distribute robust, brilliant color with Yeyo, a metallic white 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil composed of moisturizing ingredients in a waterproof formula that glides on evenly, allowing for efficient blending which will stay put all night once dry.

3 – A multipurpose creation that can highlight cheeks, eyes and brows, Beguile is a Pure Pigment with light shimmer which can be worn on its own or mixed with other products depending on the type of effect you want to achieve.

4 – With summer looming on the calendar, a Pure Sheer SPF Treatment to nourish and hydrate lips may be in order; Bianca is a pearl tint with plenty of shine that would be even more stunning topped by a few coats of Albatross Lip Gloss.

5 – Invigorate your visage and shade, brighten, enhance or defining your anatomy by using Intrigue, a white highlighting Powder Blush that has a matte finish and will make you the center of attention.

6 – Composed almost entirely of pure synthetic mother-of-pearl particles, Diamond Powder in White Gold 2 merges pearly iridescence and bright glitter that results in a white powder packed with gold shimmer which can be applied on eyes, cheeks, lips and body for plenty of luster.

7 – Enduring whatever adventure you may find yourself on, Edelweiss is a sheer white Nail Polish that gives any manicure unbelievable sheen, though it can be enhanced with a few layers of Zizi, a clear sheer polish that has plenty of peach and gold glitter for the ultimate shine.

8 – To augment the appeal of your finished look, try some iridescent white Glitter where lightweight particles can be put on the face or body with a wet brush and will emphasize the area in sparkling elegance.

9 – Whether using the Vanity Brush Set at home or when you are traveling, the six essential makeup brushes coming in a stylish case which allows you to achieve any design you desire.

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1 – There is no denying my fascination with opulent body jewelry, and for readers of previous guides it should come as no surprise that I consider Body Vision Los Angeles at the forefront of decadent designs.  The Paloma Square are visually appealing yellow gold eyelets that have a very prominent diamond shape in the middle, which happens to serve as the base and setting for an eccentric black diamond.

2 – Anatometal also deserves recognition for offering their own brand of sparkling jewelry, such as the Super Teardrop Eyeylets which have gems surrounding the entire perimeter.  While the stone in the center may be a Cubic Zironica, often said to be the poor person’s alternative to a diamond, it does not diminish the overall aesthetic of the set.

3 – Another trend coming up on the market are inserts, usually a cutout that fills the interior space of an eyelet and gives it an instant makeover while others have something to stare at other than a gaping hole.  Stainless steel is contrasted by bronze in the Nouveau Eyelets, where champagne gems captures the tone of both metals and blends them beautifully.

4 – Stretched lobes don’t get to have all the fun, as is evidenced by BVLA’s Dahlia, where the minimalism of a polished white gold ring has been augmented by 1 mm diamonds.  Though categorized for ears, I would wager this piece could just as easily be worn in a septum, nipple or even genital piercing.

5 –  The effortless way to bring glamour into your body jewelry is by trading in the traditional beads and ends for those set with precious gems.  A titanium captive bead ring suddenly becomes ten times more fascinating by snapping in an 18 karat yellow gold Captive Bead that holds a genuine diamond.

6 – Flowers are an eternal symbol of Spring, and there are plenty of them which can be found gracing various bars and curves.  Once again, 18 karat yellow gold is used but this time it creates the entirety of a Partial Bezel Navel Curve, which also features genuine Pink Tourmaline on the petals and an authentic diamond in the middle.

7 – Conspicuously parade your passion for perfumed petals with a Flower Navel Curve, crafted from 18 karat white gold and topped by a genuine diamond.  The six point flower on the other end is also set in white gold, where seven gemstones intensify the overall luster of the piece.

8 – Desires to be self-indulgent can be satiated with the Sarai Ring, as distinguished septums seem to be en vogue these days and have replaced skewed ‘horseshoes’.  The solid platinum ring has been loaded with diamonds which are going to be the focal point while it’s nestled inside your nose hole.

9 – Accessorizing your existing jewelry can revitalize a collection one has taken much time to cultivate, and as always I encourage them to be used beyond what they are marketed towards.  For instance, Misty is a Slinky that has a platinum chain hanging from a bezel cut diamond, a 5 mm pearl attached to the end, and though it is marketed as navel jewelry, I feel it can be worn on other pieces as well.

10 – Taking the familiar geometrical shape and filling it with 1.75 mm gems, the Kerry Diamond certainly examplifies the evolution of nostril jewelry.  A seemingly ordinary white gold post holds on to this gleaming Cluster where each gem has its own diamond shaped nook.

11 – Economic subsitutions do not have to be acrylic nightmares or mass-produced garbage if you are still willing to invest in the quality of the material itself.  An Ispa Nostril Screw in 18 karat yellow gold has a detailed disc which sets it apart, while a 1.5 mm cubic zirconia does its duty as a replacement diamond.

12 – Straight bars get a stylish makeover with Rose Bell, where eye-catching white gold explodes into magnificent forward facing 18 mm gem clusters.  These would definitely be superb as nipple jewelry, though they could be just as exquisite in ears, particularly industrials.

13 – Multipurpose pieces are quite handy for those who like to switch things up without having to buy pieces that are sold for specific piercings.  Abiding by Diamond Life, golden circular barbells hold on to forward facing bezel set gems that would promptly draw awareness from others.

14 – As mentioned earlier, sometimes the ends one chooses can be just as important as the jewelry it sits on.  The Altura, for instance, is a white gold cluster with 3 mm center encircled by 1 mm gems genuine diamonds, that would not fail to dazzle no matter where it was worn.

15 – Hands down, the best part of Lysa – yellow gold labret jewelry – are the interchangable threaded face plates, allowing one to have options depending on what mood you are in.  Both micro pave discs measure in at 11 mm; one is a handmade hammered shield while the other has been packed with 1.25 mm diamonds.

Intensity Impetus

Through bleak skies, chilling winds and storms that rolled across the country this Winter, the warmer than average temperatures have invited a variety of aviary adventurers that dart among the barren trees searching for a quick meal.  The damp ground gives birth to the first flowers of Spring and serves as a reminder of what is yet to come.  When the scenery around us comes into bloom, their intoxicating scents begging you to lose yourself in the heady perfumes of petals painted in pastels that have inspiring images dancing through our heads as we shed our layers of clothing in favor of new fashions.  Of course this can be achieved by trying something different with makeup, whether it is a bold eye, gleaming cheeks or saturated lips, often easily revamping favorite outfits with a few flicks of an eyeshadow brush.  Presented as “arresting, powerful and provocative”, the Spring 2013 Color Collection by NARS has eight products which certainly renders a picture of springtime cosmetics where there is no shortage of vivid hues.

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Spice up your life with Persia, a paprika Matte Eyeshadow that is bright yet refined, giving a true color application whether used to shade, line or highlight the eyes.  Apply a light layer for a touch of translucence, or dampen brush to create a resilient and dramatic look.

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Offering a shade pairing that is definitive of vogue and yet still distinctive enough to stand apart from other products, Mad Mad World is a Duo Eyeshadow that is one part vivid cyan and one part parakeet green.  The combination can be worn individually or together depending on whether you desire an understated or unrestricted effect, defying creases with micro-fine powders that are long-wearing.

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Though seemingly more modest in comparison to the other Duo, Bouthan entices with a soft pink tulle reminiscent of cherry blossoms, then strikes with bright pink doused in a gold shimmer.  Effortlessly blending them together, then adding a soft penciled cat eye and a coat or two of mascara along with a stroke of nude or neutral gloss can become your new Spring go-to face.

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Formulated to have a velvety soft texture that delivers easy application, Corcovado is a Soft Touch Shadow Pencil sized to be compact so it can travel with you wherever you go.  The 24 carat gold tone can be a base for layering powder on top of, but can also function to shade the lid on its own or used to highlight certain areas of the eye.

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The Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil, seen here in Cytére – a soft metallic rose, gives wearers color that is elegant with a spectacular shine in a lightweight formula which leaves lips feeling buttery.  Convenience comes in simple application and a formula that actually enriches lips as you wear it.

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Ideally one could pair this with the similarly shaded Duo Eyeshadow seen above, and once you get a look at Dressed to Kill, you will understand why this fuchsia rose and gold glitter Satin Lipstick should be on your list of cosmetics to buy this season.  This long-wearing lipstick has also been created with a patented blend of conditioners and antioxidants to hydrate, nourish and protect lips.

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Featuring micronized powders that ensures a soft and blendable application, Seduction is a rich sangria Blush that has a silky texture and leaves you saturated with shimmering color.  As with the other products in this collection, a little bit goes a long way and even more delivers an enlivened complexion with a natural-looking flush.

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Though the only item with an obviously metallic finish, Disco Inferno is an iridescent silver green and a Satin Nail Polish which provides your nails with fabulous luster and high shine that is chip resistant, allowing you to partake of all your favorite Spring activities without worrying about ruining your manicure.

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The new collection from alternative beauty pioneers Illamasqua is titled I’mPerfection, inviting one and all to “stand up and show the world what makes you perfectly imperfect.  We want you to highlight the features other brands encourage you to cover up.  Because life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about celebrating who you really are”.  One way to do so is by using the Speckled Eyeliner Bundle, which comes with Precision Ink in Abyss and Scribe, needed to fabricate the one of the ground-breaking looks from the collection’s promotional gallery.  A video tutorial on how to execute the technique can be seen here.

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Said to be one of the company’s most versatile products, Debonair is a bright sky blue Medium Pencil that has a creamy texture which easily glides over the face and body for a lasting, true-color look.  No matter whether you are using to design sensuous lips or a sultry eye design, write a different story with every stroke.

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For those who find themselves to be quite loquacious, there is a vivid pink matte lipstick called Immodest which will certainly assist in letting everyone know that you have an ostentatious personality before you ever utter a single word.  There is nothing wrong with that, of course, so long as one does not get lost in arrogance.

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If one were to write an ode to Spring using only cosmetics, I would strongly suggest including Sonnet, another matte lipstick that is nude with a cool peach tone that can be powerful enough on its own but also plays well with others.

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Something new that is also a part of the above mention collection is the Blush Up Brush, which has an innovative ellipse-shaped head designed to tuck directly under the cheekbone, challenging conventional blush application to create a soft diffusion of color.  Use it along with your favorite Powder Blusher Duo for a look that defines, elongates and slims the face in a single movement whether you are a beginner or professional.

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Highlight your cheekbones to shape your face using Rude, a warm peach pink Creamy Blusher with a dewy finish that can be built up and blended by your fingers or a brush for desired intensity.  Under foundation it will give you a captivating glow, while wearing it over can deliver a striking effect.

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While a component of I’mPerfection, Fragile is a speckled blue Nail Varnish which also immediately reminds me of chocolate confections in the shapes of eggs with candy coated shells that appear on store shelves this time of year.  Though it can stand on its own as a statement polish, mate it with Mottle, Speckle, Freckle and Scarce for a fun and festive manicure that would be appropriate for those who celebrate Easter.

Everyone should have a signature color for the season and do their best to incorporate it into daily wear – you just might start a new trend!  My choice is Venous, a bold blue green Nail Varnish that would contrast yet compliment my hair, makeup, accessories and other items that are bright red, while adding a cool note to clothes that are blue or purple.

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A selection of top-quality eye shadows inspired by the  tropical resorts we all dream of traveling to when the whether gets warmer, Too Faced has released the Summer Eye 2013 Collection to provide plenty of temptation to take a much needed vacation.  Instructions on how to create three different looks have been laid out in simple how-to instructions printed in a Glamour Guide, and each pigment has been manufactured with high concentration of color which results in rich shades that have a brilliant finish.  Nine new shadows include: Seashell, Peach Fuzz, Sunbeam, Plumeria, Coral Crush, Mermaid, Cocoa Beach, Chocolate Sun and Toasted Coconut.

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This trio of Sweet Sunshines Lip Gloss is moisturizing and lightweight, giving lips gorgeous shine and bright pops of color, perfect for those who prefer a soft eye and drawing attention to their pout.  Watermelon Ice, Papaya Slushie and Mocha Freeze are non-sticky and actually hydrate while providing plenty of shimmer.

Photo credit: 1 – NARS Cosmetics

Keen On Aquamarine

Derived from the Latin words “aqua marina”, which translates to “sea water” and is indicative of this gemstone’s color, the aquamarine is a member of the Beryl family and can be found in Brazil, Nigeria, Zambia, Madagascar and the Ukraine.  As the birthstone of March and those born under the sign of Pisces, aquamarine is symbolic of bravery, fidelity and friendship, while reports also suggest it can be used to treat throat problems and stress-related illnesses.  The serene color of this gem is said to calm tempers, allowing those who wear it to channel calmness and remain levelheaded in any situation, while the pale hue is one that compliments Spring and Summer wardrobes.  Believed to protect sailors and ensure they had a safe voyage while navigating dangerous oceans, it is ideal to incorporate aquamarine into looks that have a nautical theme to them.

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1 – Perfectly paired, the iridescent ocean blue kissed with golden mist and rich turquoise that make up Burn It Blue by NARS is a Cream Eyeshadow advertised to blend easily and resists creases with a lightweight formula.  Wear each shade alone or together, layering for intensity or just using them as a subtle wash to a liquid lined cat eye.

2 – Notoriously bright, Sugarpill continuously sets trends as an alternative and independent makeup brand, but with Pressed Eyeshadow such as Mochi – a matte seafoam with slight pearl sheen – it is easy to see why.  Top off with one of their glittery loose shadows for a look that packs an exta punch!

3 – Precision lines can be used to enhance and accent your eyes, drawn dramatically for extra emphasis or lightly dotted along facial curves for a unique touch.  Fierce feline fantasies are achieved with Kitty, an Eyeliner pencil that is powerful enough on its own but plays well with other products too.

4 – Highly concentrated mother-of-pearl pigments provide a luminous finish said to resist creasing and smudges even “under the most extreme conditions”, and the multipurpose Aqua Cream Waterproof Color can be applied to eyes, lips or cheeks.

5 –  Instant sparkle in a tube is the best way to describe Too Faced’s Starry Eyed Liquid Liner, which can be applied to the lash line for restrained shimmer, or all over the lid for a look befitting a disco queen.  The micro-glitter is also non-irritating, but it would be better to go with a pair of Glitter Tipped Eyelashes just to avoid any glitter-in-eye disasters.

6 –  Filled with plenty of iridescent specks that might make your manicure reminiscent of glimmering shells on the bottom of the ocean, Gone Gonzo by OPI is a stunning nail varnish which may have been pried from the clutches of a mermaid princess.

7 –  Designed to put the “fun” back into functional makeup application, the Make Me Cool Essential Kit comes with a dozen brushes that have vibrantly colored handles which happens to match the innovative container; it is also a way to organize and display the brushes.

8 – Crystal adorned temporary tattoos have been seen everywhere from Italian runways to the streets of California, the elegant designs quickly becoming a vogue fashion craze because of how many different occasions you can wear one.  Though this particular one is suggested to be placed around the navel, it can beautify other areas of the body as well.

9 – Though it requires your hair to be a decently pale blonde, Manic Panic’s Atomic Turquoise is a brilliant shade that starts out dark and gently fades to paler shades the longer it is left without a touch-up, making it great for creating ethereal ombre effects.

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1 – There is no shortage of dazzle when it comes to Anatometal’s Super Gemmed Eyelets, where the interior has been filled by a gleaming cubic zirconia, and the flared edges of titanium anodized yellow is set off by synthetic aquamarine stones.

2 –  Even at a smaller gauge, this pair of Gemmed Eyelets still have plenty of shimmer in the form of synthetic aquamarine gems wrapped in titanium that has been anodized to a light blue.

3 – For those seeking a more unique style, these Super Ellipse Eyelets offer a pair of synthetic peridot gems that sit inside an oval of alternating synthetic aquamarine and pink cubic zirconias.

4 –  Rounding out the ‘Sparkly Things For Your Ears’ category are these amazing Floating Stone Eyelets, where a genuine aquamarine gem seems to levitate in the middle of brilliant green titanium.

5 –  Heading over to Body Vision Los Angeles territory, one is immediately distracted by a field of gleaming petals, and upon bending down to inspect them, you find the white gold flower has bloomed in mint green and aquamarine, which is plucked and then placed in your nostril.

6 – Though not a scepter for an incredibly tiny member of royalty, the Princess Gem Nostril Screw has plenty of blue titanium that clutches an aquamarine stone which might make you feel as though you are wearing a piece of treasure.

7 – Giving plenty of options to customize jewelry ensures a variety that did not exist when piercings were first becoming more popular, so it is nice to always see updated versions of classics such as the Gem Captive Bead Ring, where titanium transitions from one blue to another in a subtle splash of something different.

8 – Another example is this Gem Labret Spike, where the pointed end that can seem intimidating has been replaced by an aquamarine cubic zirconia, and the jewelry can be worn in other piercings such as nostrils or ears.

9 – Saving the best for last, Tumble 5 by BVLA is a curved barbel that has articulated links which feature diamonds and aquamarine gems, and while the site suggests this piece is better suited for a navel, I would be highly tempted to wear it in my vertical labret.