February 19, 2019

Top 7 Most Expensive Engagement Rings

Top 7 Most Expensive Engagement Rings

This following question is eternal – how much should a man spend on an engagement ring? Most future brides will say that as much as possible while others will say that the ring must have a personal touch to it as well, or be something simple, yet stunningly beautiful.

In this respect, one could rely on the most popular jewelry store they have in town or take it a notch up and opt for handmade engagement rings.

However, the goal of this article is to showcase seven of the most expensive engagement rings in the world – so, hold on tight, because the cost and glamour of the following rings will only increase.

$4.7 million – Paris Hilton’s Engagement Ring

This ring was given to Hilton by her ex-fiancé, Paris Latsis – it is a 24-carat canary diamond ring valued at around $4.7 million.

Ultimately, the wedding of the two didn’t take place – however, Hilton decided to sell the ring in order to help the victims of hurricane Katrina. Quite a considerate choice, given the fact that, when a wedding gets canceled, the former-soon-to-be groom is left with the engagement ring – and, in most cases, it will take some time until he finds another lucky woman.

$5 million – Beyonce’s Engagement Ring

Before they got married, Jay-Z offered his future wife a Lorraine Schwartz ring, valued at around $5 million.

The ring is an 18-carat flawlessly emerald-cut diamond, positioned on a split shank band which also features micro pave diamonds.

$5.4 million – Anna Kournikova’s Engagement Ring

Reportedly, Enrique Iglesias bought this ring from Argyle, Western Australia. The ring features a dazzling champagne and cognac 11-carat diamond that’s shaped like a pear. The mount may be simple, but it features diamond accents as well.

$8 million – Kim Kardashian’s Engagement Ring

Yet another Lorraine Schwartz ring, this time sported by the one and only Kim Kardashian – naturally, it was given to her by her husband, Kanye West.

The ring is a 15-carat D color cushion-cut diamond which is set on a thin platinum band that features micro pave diamonds as well.

$8.8 million – Elizabeth Taylor’s Engagement Ring

This time we have a Krupp diamond ring, given to the late Elizabeth Taylor by her ex-husband, Richard Burton.

Impressively, the ring is a 33.10-carat Asscher diamond ring – moreover, it is GIA certified. The diamond is considered one of the largest that is in private ownership – it also comes with high clarity and it is chemically pure as well. Auctioned after her death, the ring is now in the possession of an anonymous Asian collector.

$9.5 million – Blue Diamond by Bvlgari

Currently owned by Graff Diamonds, the ring was sold at an auction held in London, by Bonham’s Fine Jewelry. The ring is a 5.4-carat blue diamond one – and, to be honest, it looks more than just impressive, as the mount seems to feature diamonds as well.

$10 million – Mariah Carey’s Engagement Ring

James Packer, billionaire and ex-fiancé of Mariah Carey, gave her this ring – currently, currently, the most expensive engagement ring in the world.

Naturally, the ring doesn’t fail to impress – it is a 35-carat diamond and platinum engagement ring.

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February 13, 2019

BOMA JEWELRY, Will You Be My Valentine?

Tomorrow, Valentine’s Day, I will be attending a Valentine’s Day lunch with my Dad and Mom. My Dad, my one and only “Forever” Valentine, is wearing a lovely Ralph Loren classic red crew neck sweater. Mom will be sporting a pretty red and white cut work blouse with her favorite ankle length black Chico’s skirt.

Red is a horrible color on me, blue red, orange red, any red. Plus, I just don’t do holiday color themed clothing, even if my parents look so adorable when they do. I’ll admit though, that I do favor family color coordination for portraits and holiday cards.

Tomorrow I chose to wear a Vici Collection Polka Dot button down blouse. It’s black with cream dots and Ellen Tracy classic trousers with a comfortable but sexy dance shoe. As for accessorizing, I am a fan of minimalist jewelry. I’ll wear simple stud earrings and a gold circle ring along with the perfect piece for Valentine’s Day. It’s a Scripted Love necklace from Boma Jewelry. For just $29 this was quite a nice find.


From the Boma Jewelry website, their jewelry is described as:

– Certified 925 fine sterling silver
– Handmade by artisan makers in Bangkok, Thailand
– Made with recycled silver from New Mexico, USA
– All Boma jewelry is nickel-free, naturally
hypoallergenic and antimicrobial

And comes with a Guaranteed by Boma for life warranty

Do good, feel good, look good.

Read the Boma Mission HERE

Check out their wide selection of pieces and view the many collections .

Like Boma Jewelry on FaceBook. 

Join in with their over 20,000 fans on Instagram and subscribe to their YouTube Channel.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day everyone and…


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February 12, 2019

Doctor Plotka, Olba’s Herbal, Wrinkles Schminkles, BAAHTCHA

Today I am sharing 4 of the products that have passed our inboxes or surprisingly showed up at our door. We sometimes have favorites that often do not fit into one of our TV segment themes or just may have made a stop on someone’s desk for a little too long. They just couldn’t let go!

Enjoy these finds below. Be sure to take a peek at the Instagram pages, at FaceBook, YouTube channels and the Twitter pages of these brands. Check out their websites. Get Social. Become Friends. #sharethelove . Check back in with us too, I am sure we will be sharing more info on these “fave” finds in the future.


Manual Tooth Brush

It feels like I just had a professional cleaning










Wrinkles Schminkles

Wrinkles? Wrinkles Schminkles







Baahtcha, Be Baahd.






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February 12, 2019

Schaf Skincare & a little of this and a little of that

Schaf Skincare- Let’s start out with an award winning product.

It’ll feel like your razor was never even there.

That’s exactly what it says in the website product description for this award winning Shave Cream from Schaf. If that doesn’t make you give it a try, I don’t know what else will. Well, maybe this too… It’s formulated with Shea butter and a blend of oils soften hair and provide the right amount of slip for a comfortable shave. It is fragrance and soap-free. The Shave Cream has an airless pump so it’s great for traveling. Your guy can use it also. He’ll make a habit of it I am sure, so be sure to buy two!

We may have to act our age but we certainly don’t have to look it.

Also from Schaf, a favorite is the Radiance Firming Serum. It stimulates collagen production, strengthens skin’s barrier, fights existing and future discoloration and is formulated with Hyaluronic acid.

It’s formulated to be applied under your moisturizer both morning and night. Again, guys can use this fabulous Schaf Serum too.

Dare to become powerful

As Seen on Good Morning America, Hair Warrior Fitness Formula Hair Treatment was created by lifelong friends and yoginis, Abby Curtis and Alex Stark. The pair covered a need in the marketplace. The need for a hair product designed to target athletes, sports enthusiasts and fellow yoga practitioners like themselves.

Hair Warrior is a heat-activated product, adding hydration and protection to each strand as the body sweats and heats up during activity. Read more about that process HERE. Buy Hair Warrior HERE. As of now, you can get FREE shipping on the purchase.


And kind to your feet! We love Legendary Apothecary products. Especially the brand’s Smooth Feet . The price is $35 and it is so worth every drop. I calculated the money that I saved on extending pedicure appointments by using Smooth Feet and it beat the products $35 price tag many times over!

From the website… Smooth Feet is a simple Old World recipe that will leave your feet soft, smooth and hydrated. Smooth Feet hydrates your feet by penetrating truly-natural organic ingredients into your skin and prevents evaporation of water from the surface.

Take the time to check out other Legendary Apothecary products HERE. And, find out about their LA Story, check out their blog and more.

It’s the crème de la crème of nail color

I am finishing up this post with a product from one of our ‘forever favorite’ brands, Morgan Taylor.

You can begin to experience the Morgan Taylor brand of Nail Lacquer & nail care products HERE.

Right now, along with our favorite Holiday/Winter 2019 collection of colors we are enjoying the Remedy Renewing Cuticle Oil.

Like MorganTaylorLacquer on FaceBook. We and over 47,000 other fans love their pretty photos on Instagram. Check the brand out at Twitter too. #MorganTaylor

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February 11, 2019

Your Dream Destination Wedding

Let’s face it you’re only planning on getting married once and you’ve been saving since you were about seven, still, there’s no way that an economical wedding is going to happen. No way.

When you want a wedding that everyone will talk about for years to come and know that you made all of your dreams come true, you’re talking destination weddings.

One thing you can safely assume about this style of wedding is that you get what you pay for. If you’re prepared to pay a little more, then the difference in quality between a destination wedding that was good and a wedding that was outstanding is very real.

But, how do you know you’re getting the real deal and not going to get ripped off after laying down thousands of dollars? Follow our guide on what to look for when making your wedding a marriage made in Heaven.

Check reviews

When doing your initial research make sure you take time to trawl through the reviews of the hotel offering the package. Make sure that you take them from more than one source and not just the hotel themselves. Take your cue from lifestyle bloggers and bridal websites to get the bigger picture.

If you can, contact the reviewers themselves or hop on a wedding forum to get in direct contact with someone who has used the service of the destination you have in mind.

Image from Pixabay

Keep an open mind

A beautiful Caribbean island might be your idea of the perfect venue but if the hotel and the package isn’t up to scratch, be prepared to keep an open mind and consider alternative destinations. You never know, Mexico might not have even featured on your list but the cross between stunning beaches and picturesque just won your heart.

Make comparisons

Write down a list of what you absolutely must have as part of your package. Do you need help with hair or want to hire a Makeup Artist? How many rooms will you need and what is included and what comes as an optional extra? Once you’ve got your shortlist, you can start to do side-by-side comparisons that will give you a better idea of what you will get for your money and what kind of quality you’re looking at.

As much as you want to, don’t let your heart rule your head. If there are obvious deficiencies in one venue, don’t overlook them. You won’t appreciate trying to find workarounds to problems when you arrive when you should be concentrating on the business of tying the knot.

And what you should be asking

There are so many things you’ll want to ask but some of the basics are going to be the availability of the hotel, in terms of accommodating all the guests you want.

Consider also, the time of year you’re planning on holding the nuptials. What will the weather most likely be like and will there be any issues with pests, such as mosquitos? You’ll want to know if the venue sorts out any administration requirements to hold a wedding with the local council.

For the big day itself you might want to know how the day will run. You’ll want a wedding coordinator and you’ll want to know if there’s a website that guests can visit with all the details they’ll need to plan their trip. Will you have a dedicated room for the bride and her bridesmaids to get changed in and similar for the groom?

In terms of the decorations, you’ll want to double check that absolutely everything is included, specifically chair covers, table decorations, flowers the bridal bouquet and so on.

,Then of course, for the ceremony itself, who is that will officiate? Are you planning on bringing someone yourself? Will the marriage still be recognized as a legal ceremony? Turn your attention to the post-ceremony celebrations, what will the reception look like and how long will you have access to the reception room? You’ll also want to know if there are any other weddings taking place at the same time and figure out if you need to hire in entertainment or if it’s included in the price.

There is also food to consider, especially if you are inviting children or know that you will have guests with specific dietary requirements or allergies. Try not to leave anything to chance.

Ask if the alcohol is included in the price, if you will have to pay extra of if there’s a limit of bottles put out per table.

Lastly, think about the security of the venue. Will there be somewhere that guests can leave coats and wedding presents where they will be safe and out of reach?

Ask your contact if they can send you any photos from previous weddings, so you have a good idea of what your celebration could look like.

However you look at it, getting married is a big deal. You‘ve finally found the one for you and you’re ready to settle down and start your life of bliss together. But you want to kick start this with a wedding that is going to look amazing in photos and give you very many happy memories to look back on in years to come.

The key to making your destination wedding a success is careful planning and not rushing into making any decisions that you will regret later. If you pay a deposit and get cold feet, you could stand to lose thousands so make sure you make your decision wisely. Consider how the venue will manage all your guests in the build-up, during the service and after as well as what’s included in terms of food and drink. Make sure that the ceremony is legally accredited and carried out by an official of the country you are in if required.

Then your job is simply to turn up, have a great time and celebrate the best day of your entire life.

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February 11, 2019

More Beauty & Skincare Products That Are Getting The Job Done Now

” Beauty & Skincare Products That Are Getting The Job Done Now”. Read Part 1

We recently read an interesting article form the HuffPost, Canada writer Julia Brucculieri. We thought this was a good place to refer to it HERE  . The article is titled: “These Common Skin Care Ingredients Should Never Be Used At The Same Time”.

Read on for the Products that are getting the job done for us now!

Zatik Nutri Face Serum For All Skin Types should be used morning and evening, that is, morning for All Skin types and evening for Dry Skin types.

We love that, as quoted from the website the serum is, ” Formulated with an abundance of cold pressed precious antioxidant rich organic oils and extracts balancing the skin’s hydration. It is a Nutrient rich, lightweight oil blend that quickly absorbs and replenishes skin to appear smooth and soft with matte finish.” A Matte finish is what really caught our attention. None of use want to walk around all day with a greasy face or grease up our pretty bed sheets and pillowcases.

Here is an interesting note about the Zatik Nutri Face Serum. It can be sued to remove eye make up too with a drop or two on a cotton ball.

Zatik has a Hair Serum for dry, delicate and fine hair. It’s formulated with Argan and Black Seed. Find put more HERE.

Zatik Nutri Face Serum For All Skin, Rose Hip & Black Seed

Zatk Hair Serum

And, if you are looking for a Serum formulated especially for eyes (this serum is formulated with Hemp Seed Oil). Try Miss Bud’s Hemp Eye Serum .

The Miss Bud’s Hemp Eye Serum reduces dark circles and puffiness while improving skin elasticity. It is made with a blend of Pure Hemp oil, Wheat Germ, Coconut and Sunflower oils. It’s vitamin and antioxidant-rich to nourishes the skin. It can be purchased on AMAZON HERE.

You may also have an interest in Miss Bud’s Hemp Anti- Wrinkle Cream. Miss Bud’s Hemp Anti-Wrinkle Cream helps reduce lines and increase firmness and elasticity. It is made from Pure Hemp Seed Oil

Miss Buds Hemp Eye Serum
Miss Buds Hemp Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Check out the Uncle Bud’s products too, right HERE

BALIBODY Hydrating Face & Body Mist 

BALIBODY Hydrating Face and Body Mist is fabulous for when your face and body thirsts for moisture from sun exposure or from a dry climate. It’s as ‘Cool as a Cucumber’ formulated with Cucumber and Aloe Vera Extracts. Just spray it on from head to toe anytime you need it. BALIBODY Hydrating Face and Body Mist can also be used to prep skin for make up application. It’s a fine mist that works well for multi-purposes. Purchase it HERE.


OZNATURALS SUPER YOUTH RETINOL FACE MOISTURIZER is formulated with a key ingredient of Vitamin A. According to the product description on OZNATURALS.com , ” Vitamin A boasts a long list of anti-aging skin benefits to restore your skin to a more beautiful, youthful look.”

The product is on sale right NOW . If your are thinking of trying or your dermatologist has suggest a Retinol Moisturizer, it’s the perfect time to make your purchase!

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February 10, 2019

Hairdressing Scissors in the UK

Can’t Find Hairdressing Scissors in the UK?

Are you having trouble finding the perfect hairdressing scissor that suits your style? Or maybe you found something really pretty but not sure if its quality is worth the price. Maybe you’re having trouble with the really expensive shipping fees and import taxes from ordering them abroad. What if we tell you that Scissor Tech has the answers to your problems?

ScissorTech UK has been selling hairdressing scissors to barbers and salons since its establishment. We deal with a wide range of high-quality haircutting scissors of varying types including left handed hairdressing scissors, swivel shears, texturizing/ thinning shears, as well as barber scissors.

What is unique about our scissors?

Hairdressing scissors are typically the most crucial tools of trade to the barbers and hairdressers who are involved in trimming and cutting hair regularly. Also known by many as ‘hair cutting shears,’ the unique and professional hairdressing scissors from ScissorTech UK have precisely designed blades for haircutting, and are also made from the best stainless steel material. Generally, the haircutting shears are unique because they possess much sharper blades in comparison to the standard scissors. Our scissors range between five and seven inches long and typically include a finger brace to offer the barber a much better control when cutting the hair.

Our Scissor Brands

There is a wide range of brands of professional haircutting shears available in the United Kingdom, and we offer all of them in our store. We are more than proud to sell scissors from the leading scissor manufacturers such as Matsui Scissors, Jaguar Scissors, Kamisori Scissors, and Yasaka Scissors. In addition, ScissorTech has a wide variety of left-handed scissors, straight cut scissors, swivel shears and thinning shears to choose from.

Why our Scissors Acquiring the best hairdressing scissors will typically simplify your work and life. At ScissorTech UK, we only deal with professional quality hairdressing shears. Here are some of the reasons why ScissorTech UK is the best when it comes to selling professional hairdressing scissors

• After receiving your order from us, you are given seven-days to try the scissors. If the scissors do not suit you, or you have changed your mind for no reason within the seven days, you can send them back to our company. We will happily refund you every pound spent.

• Our returns are the best in the UK. You only need to get in touch with us and then send your order to the returns center for quick processing. By doing so, you will get a refund or replacement within a short period.

• Our sales are 100% safe and secure. With this, we never share customer order details with third-party agents.

• Shipping is offered all over the United Kingdom.

• ScissorTech UK wants all customers to enjoy every scissor they purchase from them. With this, customers who are not pleased with the services or products should always contact us to have things rectified.

• If you find cases where our rival is selling similar scissors at much lower prices, call us to have us give you unbeatable price.

• Acquiring hairdressing scissors from us ascertains high-quality and outstanding customer service. With our experience in the industry, we are more than confident that we have scissors that surpass your expectations.

Lastly, when you purchase from ScissorTech UK, you can acquire your item with confidence knowing that you are given a lifetime warranty against manufacturing faults on our Matsui scissors. Since we are a Matsui national supplier, be assured that you are getting the best price possible on the Matsui brands.

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February 9, 2019

Must-Have Hairdressing Tools 2019 (Part 2)

Must-Have Hairdressing Tools 2019 (continued from previous post)

As a professional hairdresser, you need to have the right combs for creating clear sections, separating, straightening and styling the hair. On the other hand, brushes are perfect for detangling hair without damaging it and also achieving excellent blowouts. The brush design(paddle or round) used depends on the length and the texture of the hair. It is advisable to have professional combs with different sizes and the appropriate make that will enable you to have a smooth glide when styling the hair.

Our top picks are

1. Nano Thermal Ceramic & Ionic Round Barrel Hair Brush

2. ArtNaturals Detangling Hair Brush Set

3. The Wet Brush 1 Count Pro Select Condition Edition Paddle Brush Stone Cold Steel

• Clips

Professional hair stylists must have clips in their workstations. The advantage of these clips is that they make it easy to section the hair anytime you are cutting, styling or coloring it. Some clips are sturdy enough to provide a firm grip on wet and dry hair.

1.Sam Villa Dry Sectioning Clips

2.Duckbill Clips

3.Non Slip Croc Clips

• Gloves

As a beautician, your hands could easily get damaged when you are coloring, washing or cleaning hair with different products. This is why you need enough hand gloves to take you through each day and to make sure that you go home with clean hands and nails.


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February 9, 2019

Must-Have Hairdressing Tools 2019 (Part 1)

Must-Have Hairdressing Tools 2019

Hairdressers are experts who cut, style and provide other hair care services to their clients. For every hairstyle, these professionals need a perfect hair tool. If you want to be successful in the beauty industry, you should be aware of the hair trends that your customers love to wear. In addition to that, you should be equipped with the best tools for all the hairstyles that the clients prefer so that you can get their hair in perfect condition. In hairdressing, some gears are more fundamental than others. The following are the tools that you must have in your salon this year;

• Hairdressing scissors

At one point or another, hair stylists will require scissors or shears for trimming, thinning or shaping hairstyles. The major types of scissors include the thinning scissors and the blending shears. The advantage of using thinning scissors is that the notches on the blade help you remove thickness from the hair without removing the length. With blending shears, you can easily soften lines, remove weight or add controlled texture. Stylists also require other cutting tools such as clippers for shaving the hair and shaping razors for adding layers in order to develop the hairstyle.

1.Matsui Rose Gold Aichei Mountain Offset


Matsui Rose Gold Aichei Mountain Offset

2.KAMISORI Jewel Double Swivel Professional Haircutting ShearKAMISORI Jewel Double Swivel Professional Haircutting Shears


3. Jaguar Jay 2 Triple Set


Hairdressing scissors

• Hairdryers

It is essential to have the handheld and the standing dryers in your salon. The use of these tools is to dry the customer’s hair after it has been washed. It can also be used to create certain types of hairstyles. When you combine the blow dryer with the round brush, you can make the loose and wavy curls. In most workstations, standing dryers help in setting perms and rollers. The best thing about a blow-dryer is that it is light and quiet.

Our top 3 picks are

  1. Ptatoms Professional Ionic Blow Dryer
Ptatoms Professional Ionic Blow Dryer

2. VAV 1875W Lightweight Negative Ions Hair Blow Dryer with Diffuser Concentrator

3. Jinri Salon Grade Professional Hair Dryer  

• Curling iron

The versatility of this tool allows stylists to use it to create different looks. You can wrap the client’s hair around the iron’s barrel to get light or sophisticated curls, depending on the technique that you have used. The good thing about the barrel is that it has a perfect size. It is small enough to give the right size of ringlets, and it is big enough to provide the right amount of wave.

Our top picks are

1. PARWIN PRO 5 in 1 Curling Wand Set

2.Mr Big Curling Iron with Extra Long Ceramic  

3. Allure Three Barrel Curling Wand

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February 9, 2019

BREVENA’s Daily Hydration Moisturizer and Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream

Brevena Perfect Pair
Brevena Perfect Pair

BREVENA’s Daily Hydration Moisturizer and Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream is a “Perfect Pair”. Some of us use one brand of Moisturizer and another of Overnight Cream. I did. But, wow, did it take a while to come up with a combo that worked for my skin type.

BREVENA makes choosing Moisturizer and Overnight Cream easy. The formulators of the product worked to make a perfect duo.

“Skin Matters. Love Your Skin” is the company’s trademark phrase. Here is how to love your skin with BREVENA Daily Hydration Moisturizer and Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream…

The Macro B Complex (per the website) “is a proven medical skincare breakthrough only found in Brevena”. It has to do with oat beta glucan found in the cell wall of an oat. The cell wall of an oat! That really got my interest.The technology of the Macro B Complex is explained in detail HERE.

You can find out about “The Perfect Pair HERE . Right now it is showing a sale on the duo! So be sure to check it out quickly. That is probably be for a limited time only. And there is free shipping with that.

There are some TV clips and other good info on brevena.com. Find BREVENA on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram . #skinmatters #loveyourskin

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