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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The best earrings for your face shape

September 29, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

Knowing your face shape can be helpful when choosing your hairstyle, makeup, eyebrow shape, glasses and even earring style. A long time ago, I shared a quiz to help you determine which face shape you have. In previous posts, I talked about the best eyebrows for your face shape and the best sunglasses for your face shape. Today, I want to share some tips on how to choose the best earring that will flatter and define your features.

It is important to choose earrings that complement your natural beauty rather than choosing ones that are 'in style'. A simple trick is to pick the earrings that are opposite to your face shape. Keep reading to see what I mean by this.

woman trying on earrings in a shop

Round face

Drop earrings and long dangles look stunning on you, as long earrings will help to elongate your face. Earrings with a sleek and long build are your best choice.

Square face

Round earrings, such are hoops, are your best choice. Earrings with rounded edges are a great choice because they bring attention to your earrings and help soften your face’s natural angles.

Heart-shaped face

To balance your natural face shape, try earrings that are wider at the bottom than at the top. Earrings with soft curves such as teardrop styles balance out the face and draw attention to the eyes, cheekbones and jawline.

Diamond face

Earrings that balance your natural features are ones that are more wide than long. A combination of curves and straight lines are also flattering, as are earrings with delicate drops.

Narrow face

For you, chunky earrings work well. Short dangles are also flattering to narrow faces. Dangling earrings with elongated curves will highlight the cheekbones and soften your appearance.

Oval face

People with an oval face shape are considered the luckiest. Oval faces have incredible versatility in what they can wear, so have fun experimenting; you can wear any style you like!

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Monday, September 20, 2021

How to style uneven earlobe piercings

September 20, 2021 1 Comments

Hello everyone!

As you can see from the current most popular posts in the sidebar, piercing-related articles are well-liked on this blog.

Today I want to talk to you about an unfortunate situation; that sadly is not that uncommon! Uneven piercings occur when one ear is pierced slightly higher or off to one side from the other. When this happens, the only way to correct the problem is to have one of your lobes re-pierced to match the other. First, the earrings must be removed, and the piercing must close before you can pierce it again. Healing generally takes six to eight weeks.

If a person only has one set of earlobe piercings, the best thing to do is getting one or both ears re-pierced. However, if the unevenness happens with a second or third set of lobe piercings, there can be other options.

If getting them re-pierced isn't an option for you, and you do not want any more piercings, your best option is mixing and matching your earrings. Having different shapes and sizes across your lobes could help offset the placement discrepancy. Furthermore, mismatched earrings are very trendy at the moment.

uneven lobe piercing with mismatched earrings

My lobes are pierced this way intentionally. I prefer an asymmetrical look!

uneven lobe piercing with same earrings

As you can see, when wearing the same jewellery on both ears, the unevenness is much more noticeable.

Alternatively, if you are open to the idea of adding more ear piercings, you could try a constellation piercing. This will make the uneven piercing look intentional. Constellation piercings are multiple piercings that are placed to create unique patterns that are reminiscent of star constellations in the sky. While constellation piercings can come about accidentally or by fixing an ill-placed piercing, they can also be deliberate.

If you are searching for an edgier option, you could also add another piercing to create an orbital! An orbital piercing is a combination of two ear piercings connected by one piece of jewellery, generally a hoop.

Remember, when getting a piercing, always check the marks in a mirror before approving the piercing. 

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Piercings and metal allergies

January 14, 2021 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today's topic was suggested by one of my readers.  This person left a message on one of my most popular blog posts: Misconceptions about ear piercings

There are several metals that are safe for body piercing and others that aren’t.  The wrong type of metal can stall the body’s healing process or cause an allergic reaction.  Nickel is a common culprit for skin irritation.  Contrary to popular belief, nickel is used in both inexpensive and expensive metals.  In less expensive jewellery, nickel is often used in the base metal which is then plated with gold or silver.  Even the smallest quantity of nickel can cause the skin to turn black, green, or another colour.

girl with ear piercings

Unlike some other allergic reactions, a nickel response happens slowly with repeated or prolonged exposure.  In most people, it causes excessive itchiness and a dry, scaly red rash; also known as allergic contact dermatitisThis kind of dermatitis (also called eczema) develops in places where nickel-containing metal is touching the skin.  Once a contact allergy is developed, it can occur after a few moments of contact with the allergen.  Approximately 20% of the U.S. population suffers from metal allergies, and that number continues to increase because so many people wear earrings that contain highly reactive metals.

Metal allergies are commonly associated with earrings and other jewellery, particularly jewellery associated with body piercings.  The best strategy to prevent developing a metal allergy is to avoid prolonged exposure to items containing nickel, especially jewellery.  

If you already have a metal allergy, the best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid contact with the metal.  Many people who suffer from metal allergies can stop their symptoms by switching to a purer metal, rather than an alloy.  Some people are only allergic to nickel, while others are allergic to copper, or any non-pure metal.

body piercer

Best metals for ear/body piercing
  • Surgical stainless steel is often a good choice for people with allergies, except in cases where people have hypersensitivity.  In this case, titanium should be used.
  • Titanium is a great metal for initial piercings; it’s comfortable due to being lightweight and it barely contains nickel. 
  • Niobium is similar to titanium but it’s heavier and softer.

Metals to avoid

  • Sterling silver is an alloy.  It is at least 92.5% silver, while the other 7.5% is usually copper, though it may also be nickel.
  • Iron not only rusts easily but also reacts very easily and can cause severe reactions. 
  • Plated gold flakes off and exposes the inner metal.
  • Low-grade metals such as copper, nickel, tin, zinc, and brass aren’t proper choices for body piercings.  They can cause allergic reactions and infections, or even cause the body to completely reject the piercing.

It’s always best to keep to safe metals to ensure proper healing.  Once the piercing is completely healed, you should purchase jewellery that is made of materials that aren’t likely to cause allergic reactions.  Look for jewellery made from such metals as nickel-free implant grade titanium, 18-karat yellow gold, or nickel-free 14-karat yellow gold.  Get rid of jewellery that contains nickel or has caused an allergic reaction.  Be sure that your earring backings also are made of hypoallergenic materials.  

I recently developed a metal allergy myself and now, I only wear stearling silver or 18-karet gold earrings.

Do you suffer from a metal allergy?  Which earring can you wear?  

Friday, August 14, 2020

Accessorising during a pandemic

August 14, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Now that face masks are the essential new accessory whenever we step outside the house, we cannot wear big hoops or dangle earrings anymore.  If you try to pair a face mask with dangle earrings or large hoops you will probably spend way too much time fussing around and untangling them from the mask straps.  To avoid this annoying distraction, here are my picks for the best face mask-friendly earrings.

mother and daughter wearing a face mask

What are the best earrings to wear with a face mask? – STUDS!

Before Covid-19 I loved wearing hoops and statement earrings.  Studs seemed so basic!  But now stud earrings are the new must-have.  It’s the only way to wear a mask and not have your earrings become entangled with the straps.

If you are in the market for some new jewellery, you can click on any of the images below to shop some of my personal favourites!  If you’re looking for some new earrings that won’t break the bank, perhaps one of these pairs will be the key to accessorising in the “new normal"!

Those are my picks of the best stud earrings to wear right now (summer 2020) with a face mask.  What do you think?  Whichever earrings you choose, stay safe and healthy out there.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Misconceptions about ear piercings

May 24, 2020 7 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to talk to you about some common misconceptions about ear piercings that just aren't accurate.  Although ear piercings are relatively common, there are a lot of misconceptions about them that are fairly widespread. 

1.  Ear piercings are straightforward.

They are popular but that doesn't mean they're simple.  While ear piercings are very common, they still involve some serious risks.  The most common (even though all are relatively uncommon) include:
  • Abscess
  • Allergic reaction
  • Perichondritis
  • Embedded earrings
  • Infection
  • Keloid scarring
  • Traumatic tearing

2.  Earrings have to be moved quite often.

This is one of the worst pieces of advice you can give to someone who decided to get a piercing.  Turning the earring regularly only makes the wound worse and inevitably, it takes longer to heal.

3.  If a piercing closes up, you can just pierce it again.

This is definitely not always recommended.  If a piercing is rejected, it should not be re-pierced.  Scar tissue is much weaker than healthy tissue, and much more painful to pierce through. 

4.  If you remove an earring, the piercing will heal right away.

This is another misconception.  People are different in many ways, including how fast they heal.  Some people might take out an earring and the hole closes within weeks.  However, others might have piercings that never close.

5.  Piercings are temporary.

Even if you take out the earring, the piercing will leave a mark.  Body jewellery may be temporary, but taking out an earring does not necessarily leave the skin behind smooth and unblemished.  Most piercings don’t magically disappear; scarring, bumps, depressions or holes may remain.

6.  Piercings are for teenagers.

For many people, the world of piercing is still associated with teenagers.  The truth is that people of all ages are getting pierced more than ever before.

7.  Ear piercings are basic /boring.

Piercing, nowadays, is being done on almost any body part.  However, ear piercing is something that is highly common and provides you with loads of options.  Here are some of those different types of ear piercing options…
  • Standard lobe piercing.  This is the type of piercing that is the most common
  • Upper lobe piercing
  • Transverse lobe piercing
  • Stacked lobe piercing
  • Auricle piercing
  • Conch piercing
  • Outer conch /Flat piercing
  • Helix piercing
  • Mid helix piercing
  • Low helix piercing
  • Anti-helix /Forward helix piercing
  • Industrial piercing
  • Tragus piercing
  • Anti-tragus piercing
  • Rook piercing
  • Faux rook piercing
  • Snug piercing
  • Faux snug piercing 
  • Orbital piercing
  • Daith piercing
  • Industrial piercing

ear piercing options

ear piercing options

Do you have any piercings?  Let me know what piercings you have in the comment section below.  If you want to know more about my ear piercings check out my previous posts: All about my ear piercings and New ear piercing and future piercings?

Have a great day!

Friday, May 15, 2020

New ear piercing and future piercings? 👂

May 15, 2020 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

A little over two years ago I published a post titled "All about my piercings" in which I shared my ear piercing experience.  This past January I added another ear piercing but by the time it healed Covid-19 had spread and I forgot to write about it in my blog.  The "new" piercing I had done is nothing special, in fact, it's the most common piercing ever.  

I added a second lobe piercing in my left ear.  Lobe piercing tends to be an almost universally accepted body modification.  This piercing has a relatively quick healing time of 6 to 8 weeks.  Many people have second lobe piercings and most people choose to have a matching pair.  Well, not me!  

I'm not a fan of symmetrical ear-piercing placements.  As I told you in the above-mentioned post, I have a standard lobe and a high lobe/auricle piercing in my right ear.  However, I chose to have a standard lobe and a second lobe piercing in my left ear.  I also have a tragus piercing in my left ear.

Here's what they look like... 👀 👇

ear lobe and tragus piercings

Do I have any plans for future piercings?  Actually, I would like to add two more.  A flat/outer conch piercing in my right ear and a helix piercing in my left ear.  The outer conch is the flat piece of the ear between the helix and the antihelix, aka the "flat".  I would wear a tiny stud in the flat and a hoop in the helix.  Those piercings would look something like this... 👇

ear piercings

I feel like these two ear piercings would complete my look!  What do you think?  

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Mother's Day 2018 | 26 pieces of jewellery under $50

April 29, 2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Mother's Day 2018 is just around the corner.  I'm sure most mums will be happy with a call, a card, or any small gesture you make on Mother’s Day.  However, if you want to give her something sparkling and personalised but have no clue what to get her, don't panic!  I chose 26 jewellery pieces that range in style (prices run between $15 and $50).  

Shop here 👇

I hope you liked my picks.  What will you be giving your mum this Mother's Day?