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.

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.

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.

Amazing Amethyst

Connected to wisdom and mysticism alike, amethyst is the birthstone of February and Zodiac stone for the constellation of Pisces.  This gem is the purple variety of mineral quartz, and though there is a wide range of shades, the richer colors are considered to be more valuable.  The name itself is derived from the Greek word amethystos which means means “remedy against drunkeness”, perhaps due to a belief amethyst could ward off the effect of alcohol.  Cut gems are graded using the terms Siberian, Uruguayan or Bahain to represent high, medium and low regardless of the source.  Since purple is traditionally a royal color, amethyst has been used since the dawn of history to adorn the rich, powerful monarchs and rulers.  Other symbolism and meaning attached to this jewel include loyalty, humbleness, individuality and originality, while it is said to hold healing properties effective for treating headaches, insomnia, arthritis and circulatory issues as well as being general pain relief.  An amethyst is also known as the “sober stone”, as it is believed to treat various types of addictions.  No matter what your reason for wanting to radiate with the essence of the gem’s significance, use this guide project balance, peace and inner strength.

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1 – With a revamped formula that is said to deliver a high performance product, Urban Decay’s eyeshadows are rich, smooth and velvety to produce stunning application.  There are 68 delicious shades, but I chose Psychedelic Sister for it’s deep tones and luminous sheen which is sure to make your eyes pop.

2 – Incite envy with Hysteric by Sugarpill, a metallic loose shadow that has tiny turquoise sparkles alongside radiant sparks of green.  Use with your favorite products to create a sultry smokey eye that rivals all the rest.

3 – The jumbo sized Soft Touch Shadow Pencil from NARS offers a portable product with plenty of versatility that has an easy, yet long-wearing application.  Named for Andy Warhol’s 1970 film of the same name, Trash is an amazingly vivid purple ideal to use as a base for layering to increase color intensity.

4 – From the moment it adorns your eyes, Makeup Geek Gel Liner is a waterproof formula perfect for making precision lines, gliding along smoothly and leaving behind a smudge-proof pigments that will have you feel like you are getting the royal treatment in no time.

5 – Drama can be easily added to any look with Underworld, a shimmering iridescent blueberry violet lipstick by Illamasqua that is full of intensive color and promises to give you the perfect all night pout.

6 – Establish voluptuous lips Ultra-Shine Lip Gloss from Dolce & Gabbana, the ornate amethyst imparting a dewy glow that will make your lips look like glass, ensuring professional application and heavily concentrated when combined with lipstick or liner.

7 – Going towards the darkest tones in the spectrum, Endless Night is one of those iconic NARS Nail Polishes that have UV protection to prevent the beautiful black grape from discoloring and is ideal for those who may feel purple is too bold for the face.

8 – Layer a few coats of Tokaïdo Express, a Shimmer Polish that is a black amethyst with flecks of gold, on top for a galactic touch, or wear it on its own to appreciate the opulent glow it gives your manicure.

9 – Of course you can always add an extra dose of shine to any of your completed makeup looks by using Cosmetic Glitter and simply patting it on the areas you wish to enhance.  Remember to always read labels so you know exactly what areas it is safe to apply to.

10 – This high precision Eyelash Curler from the Sephora Collection does its job well without pinching, giving your lashes the ultimate curl and traveling with you where ever you go.

11 – Gems are not just for jewelry, as exhibited by these 1.8mm Swarvoski flat back crystals that can be put anywhere on the face or body with a dot of eyelash or latex glue.

12 – Launched in 2011, Electric Amethyst is one of Manic Panic’s newer shades, a semi-permanent vegan dye that you can use to put a few shocking streaks in your hair or for an all over captivating color.

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Though by now this portion of the guide does not need an actual introduction, I always feel the need to give credit where it is due, especially when it comes to creating custom body jewelry.  The names that have become synonymous with breathtaking and brilliant constantly produce nothing but the best in cutting edge designs, many of which sparkle with cut gems.  Iridescent hues are anodized onto titanium which expand the range of eyelets and other pieces that were once only offered in stale stainless steel.  While there is nothing inherently wrong with wearing such jewelry, I am constantly on the lookout for the newest items to satiate my evolving aesthetics and offer them here for those who may share them.

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1 –  Two rows of gems are always better than one, as seen here on Anatometal’s titanium 1″ Super Orbit Eyelets that have an exterior row of synthetic amethyst, while cubic zirconia gems float around the middle portion.

2 – It is always recommended that your holes be healthy and happy before attempting to wear any other shape besides circular, but when they are you can adorn them with Teardrop Gemmed Eyelets.  This pair measures 5/8″, is made from anodized blurple titanium, and is covered with synthetic amethyst and opal alongside cubic zirconia gems.

3 – Speaking of custom work, the 10ga Circular Barbell shown above is forged from ASTM F-136 titanium anodized copper and set with synthetic amethyst threaded prong ends that flank a black cubic zirconia captive gem bead.

4 – For a more subtle flash, one might want to try the 0ga Gemmed Eyelets that are also a rich anodized blurple titanium, though flares have been decorated with white and mint green cubic zirconias next to synthetic amethyst.

5 – Each piece of these 16ga Captive Bead Rings can be modified by changing the color of the titanium and stones to produce a wide variety of unique jewelry.  Here they have been anodized to a dark purple that clutch clusters of synthetic opal and genuine amethyst cabochon gems.

6– It might be obvious how much I enjoy having more options when it comes to selecting nostril jewelry, and the Gold Flower serves as a fine specimen of why.  The petals are made from amethyst zirconia with a fuchsia center, and the flowers can measure from 4.5 to 7mm to suit your  personal tatste.

7 – Yellow gold might not be your thing, and so they have Flower Nostril Screws that come in white gold as well, like this snazzy little number that has amethyst petals and a faceted rose quartz in the middle.

8 – The white gold Classic Prong curved bar from Body Vision Los Angeles has a low profile with 3mm and 4mm prong set amethyst that transcends whatever cheap trend du jour other sites may be trying to sell.  This is high quality jewelry for responsible people who want to invest in their modifications.

9 – Small gems are lovely and all, but if you really want to make a statement you might as well just go for it and wear a big ol’ hunk of amethyst in your labret, such as this 0ga stone piece by Oracle Body Jewelry.  The wearable surfaces have been smoothed and polished, but the end has been left slightly rough for a more natural looking finish.

Resources: February Birthstone, Amethyst

Garnet Incarnate

Selected as an ideal gem in Victorian jewelry, the hue conventionally associated with garnet is a deep red that also has significance in the social, religious and biblical aspects of Christianity.  Fire is often symbolized by this color as well, while the word itself is derived from the Greek word “granatum”; translated it means “pomegranate seeds”, which the shape and shade of the crystals imitates.  The stone is indicative of those born in the month of January or under the sign of Capricorn, and since the latter applies to me I am certainly particular to this color when it comes to makeup.  It can represent authority, prominence, clarity, veracity, authenticity and devotion, all of which are qualities that signifies the wearer can be depended upon for fidelity and true friendship.  Only pure crystals of garnet, found in Africa, Brazil, India, Malaya, Sri Lanka, Uruguay and the United States, are used as gemstones that are one of the following types: almandine, andradite, demantoid, grossularite, pyrope, spessarite and uvarovite.  These structures can be Isometric, rhombic and dodecahedron, while the stone itself is believed to hold effective healing properties such as regeneration or removing negativity and is also used to enhance sensuality and sexuality.  Readers are encouraged to believe what they want while browsing the products in this guide that will assist in using this inspiration to create stunning looks.

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1 – Revel in a new beginning with Sugarpill’s Asylum, a gleaming red loose shadow packed with plenty of sparkle that will give eyes the right amount of punch and is perfect for blending to achieve a guise of madness.

2 – Though it may seem dark prior to application, Brazen by Illamasqua is a bloody and bright Cream Blusher that has a dewy finish to highlight crucial features on your face.

3Amsterdam is not just a European city where one can indulge in decadent delights; it also happens to be a Pure Matte Lipstick from NARS formulated to provide long term and comfortable wear, while application is effortless and will moisturize your lips.

4 – For a smoother and silkier finish, Afghan Red captures the essence of garnet in a luxurious Satin Lipstick bursting with sophistication that can be carried into pretty much any social situation.

5 – Often pencils are good for outlining the lips, but Cruella is much more than that as it provide the convenience of a lipstick in a jumbo crayon design.  The passionate scarlet tone of this Velvet Matte Lip Pencil has a non-drying formula with a creamy texture that can be used as a liner, all-over color or paired with another product.

6 – NARS is always noted for their iconic shades, and the sheer crimson of Bad Education is a prime example of why.  This glittering Lip Gloss has some serious and sexy shine without the usual sticky feeling other glosses leave behind.

7 – It is the midnight hour and all you want is more, more, more – keep the party going with a dusty pomegranate manicure courtesy of Rebel Yell, an Opaque Nail Polish that provides extended wear and is chip resistant no matter what your level of rebellion.

8 – There will always be things better left Untold, but this glittering and glossy Nail Varnish by Illamasqua is something everyone should know about.  The award-winning shade should hold up against just about anything you can assault your fingers with, which is always a bonus for someone who enjoys crafting and has a difficult time keeping polish on my nails.

9 – Stash your favorite beauty items or even your shopping money in this darling Swirl Embroidery Bag from Dezigner Bliss, lined with satin to ensure all valuables remain safe while traveling in your purse.

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Of course having  several facial piercings and generally being a fan of body jewelry decked out in glistening gems, I am inclined to include a small sampling of offerings from prominent companies.  When I first had my septum pierced, the captive ring I selected happened to have a red rhinestone set in the middle of the bead and it was my prized piece for a long time.  Something about that pop of color set against the steel and pale skin tone gave me an imperial feeling, which is something I continually seek to capture with my personal aesthetic.

 

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1 – When it comes to spoiling oneself with opulence, Anatometal is pretty much synonymous with hedonism and never disappoints with their wide range of eyelets [or tunnels if you prefer that nomenclature] that are decked out in dazzling jewels.  This pair of titanium anodized bronze Gemmed Eyelets have alternating genuine black onyx and synthetic garnet that happily dance along the diameter of the flares.

2 – Tired of the same old steel threaded ends?  Anatometal has the solution – blue titanium flowers spangled with white rhinestones and deep toned garnets.  They can be used on any internally threaded jewelry and are a great way to add a unique flair to your favorite piercing.

3 – Part of the Paloma Collection by Body Vision Los Angeles, this Gold Curved Barbell features twenty eight 1.2mm genuine diamonds and two 2.75mm garnets, with one disc connected to the bar while the other gently dangles from it by way of a golden jump ring.  Toss out that tacky mall jewelry that likely isn’t real gold anyway and pick up one of these beauties instead.

4 – Even a simple 14ga prong set garnet as a threaded end is more visually appealing than the generic balls, spikes and other cheap alternatives that are offered a dime a dozen on sites where jewelry is mass produced and questionable in quality.  These companies have the reputation they do because they consistently offer nothing but the best, and really, isn’t that worth investing in?

5 – To me Limelight is the grown up version of my first septum piece; the snap ring is composed of yellow gold while a 2mm princess cut garnet is flanked by a pair of 1.5mm Bezels.  Though I would not wear it all the time, I certainly would not hesitate to show it off either.

6 – BVLA also has stunning flowers, though these Cherry Blossom nose studs are made from yellow gold with 1.5mm petals and 2mm center, seen here in faceted synthetic white opals and garnet on the left, and opaque synthetic CZ paired with Rhoadlite garnet on the right.

7 – Eyelets certainly do not need to be huge in order to hold effervescence, as is demonstrated by this set of 6ga stainless steel Gemmed Eyelets, decorated in synthetic garnet, tangerine and citrine gems.

8 – To be honest I am a bit disappointed at the lack of blinged out labret jewelry, but thankfully BVLA has the Cinq Bead, a 14k gold piece that has five tiny stainless steel beads surrounding a beautiful and deeply colored garnet Bezel.

9 – Last but certainly not least, stainless steel 5/8″ Super Teardrop Eyelets by Anatometal that have mint green CZ, synthetic garnet, synthetic ruby, pink CZ and synthetic opal to enhance the intriguing shape.

Resource: January Birthstone

Bronze Belle

Traditionally the hues associated with Winter fall within scathing silvers, blistering blues and whites bright enough to make your eyes wither, though one will also find an assortment of smokey grays and black alongside muted neutrals, all of which carry enough shimmer to keep rogue pieces of glitter floating around your house well into Spring.  Glistening eyes are amplified with soft yet thick black lashes, rosy cheeks, satin lips and a warm glow that will light up your face like an inviting fire.  While perpetuating the Ice Queen trope can mean roaming into whimsical territory, where ornaments meant for decorating trees are fixed atop the head, garments flutter in gossamer layers and pristine faux fur wraps you up nice and tight to protect you from bitter Winter winds, indulging fantasies can certainly be a fun way to spend a chilly afternoon.  Much like the seasons themselves, though, trends change and something new takes reign as you dream of dashing through the snow.

1 – It should go without saying that prior to ritual face painting that one gently cleanse the skin, then apply moisturizer, foundation and concealer where needed.  After a quick dusting of face powder and a healthy dose of primer, accentuate eyes with Bronx by Illamasqua, a pale bronze gold Powder Eye Shadow that is highly pigmented and offers a shimmer finish.

2 – Those familiar with Urban Decay will be delighted at the enhancements of their legendary Eyeshadow, as it provides dense, decadent color with uniform pigment distribution that lasts longer and is crease-resistant.  The insane payout of Baked bronze glides on effortlessly with a velvety texture and is full of shimmer that won’t fall all over your face, but instead hang onto your lids all night long

3 – Bring an end to basic black when seeking to shape smoldering eyes and treat yourself to the rich russet of Ore, a Pure Pigment from Illamasqua that distributes a polished pure-color powder to highlight cheeks, eyes and brows.  Though it tends to have a powerful effect on its own, convey your courageous character by mixing it with your favorite shadows and blushes.

4 – Whether you choose to use it sparingly in precise lines and dots that curve with the anatomy of your face, or spread it across specific features with your fingers as a rural warrior ready to face the concrete jungle, Liquid Metal will bathe you in the limelight.  Enrapture is a rich cream saturated with a bright molten hue that is going to seize the interest of those who pass you by.

5 – Hailed as an iconic innovation, the NARS Multiple is another product that has more than one use, the rich bronze of Palm Beach melding effortlessly on eyelids, cheeks, lips and other parts of the body.  It can produce gleaming highlights, accents or contours on all skin tones, and the unique creamy formula enriched with Vitamin E leaves a sheer, natural finish everywhere it is applied.

6 – Though I recently wrote a beauty guide influenced by shimmering shades of topaz, the browner tones in this Satin Lipstick coordinates more with the ambiance presented here.  Bilbao is a more sophisticated shade which also offers hydration and protection for lips, making it comfortable to wear.

7 – For a statuesque appearance that seems as though it was carved from a lifeless hunk of metal, treat yourself to Gilded, a shimmering beacon of bronze packed with veins of gold which will give you gracefully sun-kissed skin without the risk of cancer or premature aging.  In other words, skip the lotions, spray tans and hours of sitting in the sun to get baked with this Bronzer instead.

8 – Continuing on the theme of being Baked, simple eyes can be undoubtedly augmented with strokes of bold bronze glitter in the form of Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner by Urban Decay.  This striking shade is suspended in a clear base, a tiny brush allowing you to meticulously paint thin lines or use the side and sweep it across skin for a jewel-encrusted look.

9 – Advertised as a Cult Classic, Lovejoy is a shimmering bronzed rose Blush composed of micronized powder to guarantee a gentle fusion between your face and the makeup.  Decide whether you prefer a muted or intense application, as either one will invigorate the complexion with a natural flush.

10 – Winding through the  towering pine trees one late afternoon, crisp blue sky above and hot breath visible in the thin air, a Desperado makes their way deeper into the comfort of the woods in an effort to escape the chaos of the city.  Shack up for hibernation in style by giving yourself a manicure with Shimmer Nail Polish by NARS that has an antique touch.  The fashion-forward shade is formulated to provide UV protection that prevents discoloration, a durable, chip-resistant finish and prolonged wear.

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As someone who has been getting professional piercings for over a decade now, I am always intrigued by the constant parade of body jewelry which goes beyond the stale standards that have been seen and offer little expression of individuality.  After my set of bottom lip piercings, my septum is the second hole I had put in my face and therefore also one of the piercings I have had the longest.  Initially it was done with a stainless steel captive ring, the bead of which held a shimmering red gem.  Having such a prominent piece on my face when I was 18 garnered a lot of attention [both positive and negative] that caused me to seek out stories of others and their experiences.  The point is that now I barely ever remember I have the piercing, though well aware of the stainless steel seamless ring that currently occupies the hole in my septum.

Over the past several months I have been seeing a lot of beautiful jewelry come across my Tumblr dashboard, and as a result I swoon, sigh then solemnly swear that I will some day own a statement septum piece.  The concept of wearing jewelry on my body has become foreign to me, even if I can be found adorned in an extra accessory or two aside from the metal that has pretty much become a permanent part of my flesh.  It makes more sense to me, though buying jewels that I can wear in my face might be seen as extravagant, but I could say the same about what others choose to spend their money on.  Investing in my modifications with an understanding of the long-term value of them is something that I enjoy and there is a sense of pride in doing so.

Having said all that, these stunning pieces discovered on Body Vision, a Los Angeles based company that manufactures wholesale body jewelry and distributes it through various tattoo and piercing shops, really captured my attention.  Though they are not made of bronze, the pieces presented are for artistic purposes as a suggestion to coordinate with the makeup above.

1 – Boston Tiger: rose gold, champagne cubic zirconia and a genuine white opal pear.

2 – Inara: yellow gold beaded septum crescent pave set with 1.25mm diamonds.

3 – Dire Straights: delicately draped 14k yellow gold box chain.

4 – Double Dahlia: yellow gold seam ring featuring two layers of 1mm gems.

5 – the Rose: yellow gold nostril screws with thirteen gems in a cluster.