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October 31, 2011

Funny Face Beauty - November Giveaway


Win a super cute set of mini OPI nail polishes from the new Muppets Collection.

END: November 13, 2011

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First Giveaway from Ash-Lilly's Lacquer Lust


First prize: Water decals, lace stickers, polish, fimo canes, stamper/craper, image plates and earrings.
Second prize: Polish, fimo canes, water decals, nail sticker, lip gloss (got from a blogging event but unused/swatched) and earrings.

END: November 30, 2011

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Miss L First Mini Giveaway


Win a Designer Series by OPI Exclusive Mini Set.

END: November 26, 2011

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The Trace Face Philes 2100 Follower Giveaway!


Prize #1 Pepe's Purple Passion & Divine Swine
Prize #2 Animal-istic & Gettin Miss Piggy With It

END: November 18, 2011

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*** GIVEAWAY: Kennedy Bentley *** (CLOSED)



I have a great giveaway for you, who cares a lot about friendship, by courtesy of Brittany Sorensen, the owner of the nice Etsy shop
Kennedy Bentley.

purple and jewel friendship bracelet

From the Shop Owner
:

When I was little, my mother taught me how to make friendship bracelets one day, because I was bored. Ever since then I have been hooked. I love putting colors together that people wouldn’t normally think to put together. I want to make Friendship bracelets that not just teens would wear, I try to make bracelets that appeal to everyone.

Elaine Collection: Chevron gray with peach beads Friendship Bracelet

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BUY IT: Friendship bracelets between $9.00 - $4.00; the Elaine collection between $14.50 - $4.00.

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Nelia P.K. Designs Giveaway

Silver Flower with Freshwater Pearl Necklace, Sterling Silver.
Win a silver flower with freshwater pearl necklace from Nelia P.K. Designs.

END: November 8, 2011

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Quick Update :)

I'm finally back! Last week, we moved our house and my internet has just been connected. I was out of internet for a whole week! So, I couldn't update my blog. It was really difficult. And as you may notice, I extended the deadline of the Tavia Sanza giveaway, as I couldn't promote it well. Come enter it, you can win a plexiglas necklace!

October 25, 2011

Giveaway: Chanel Holiday 2011 Highlighter


Win the Chanel Highlighter from Holiday 2011.

END: December 31, 2011

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The Trace Face Philes 2000 Followers Giveaway!


Prizes:
Color Club Back to Boho and Foiled Collections
Julep Hand Brightener
Essence Nail Foils (03 Style Me Pretty, 02 Style My Glamour)
Sinful Colors Oceans set (Green Ocean, Blue Ocean, Deep Red Ocean)
Make Up Store Greta and Aqua Fix Base

END: November 25, 2011

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October 24, 2011

Mediterranean Holidays: The Obvious and The Overlooked

How much does your schooling influence your holiday habits? It’s perhaps an obvious point to make, but surely the countries and the peoples we learn about are those which we’re more likely to seek out when it comes to putting money down to go on holiday. True, many of us go on holiday to relax and the history of a place may not have all that much to do with our poolside habits. But ultimately, behind our eventual destination is the question: why should I care about this place?
Education – for better or worse – answers this question for us. The problem, if it is one, is that each nation prioritises certain aspects of history over others because they have something more pertinent to say about that country’s history. It’s quite common for people to journey to Rome simply because the Romans were there. But Italy’s great wealth of Renaissance sites are perhaps slightly overlooked by, say, British travellers because education focuses on the domestic Renaissance triumphs. Shakespeare and Henry VIII, as opposed to Leonardo Da Vinci and Rodrigo Borgia.
The Mediterranean is probably most illustrative of this point. Perhaps it’s because they truly are the major players in European history, but the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians have gifted their successors with irreplaceable tourist currency whilst other nations of similar contemporary significance find themselves somewhat overlooked...
Obvious: Rome
Perhaps the cultural heart of Europe for millennia, Rome remains an incredible tourist attraction with it modern realities and historical magnificence both on display. Everyone surely has to go there once.
OrtalaImage via Flickr user: MiGowa
Overlooked: Istanbul
For hundreds of years, Rome was the capital of the Romans (first as a republic, later as an empire). But the centrifugal political strife that would eventually tear the empire into two different halves saw Rome lose its importance. In the last years of unification, Rome wasn’t even the capital: Constantine established a new capital in the near East, the city we now call Istanbul but was then known as Constantinople. In fact, this eastern Roman Empire, which we know as the Byzantine Empire continued on a thousand years after the fall of Rome, picking up its own unique cultural adornments during this time and in the subsequent Ottoman and Turkish eras.
In Istanbul, you will find many of the typical vestiges of a Roman capital. The 4th Century Valens Aqueduct still stands, along with the Column of Constantine and significant sections of the city walls (which proved impenetrable until the invention of gunpowder). There’s also the Hagia Sophia, the current incarnation dating back to the 6th Century, having seen use as a Cathedral, Mosque and Nation museum. With a grand mix of public buildings from every age of the city, Istanbul is a place that deserves as much tourist interest as Rome. I enthusiastically encourage you to correct this mistake.
Obvious: Athens
The Romans are notable for uniting most of Europe and building the first great Empire, but the Ancient Greeks are perhaps most notable for being conquered and copied by the Romans. Oh, and for being an significant cultural force whose writings and thoughts have proven invaluable millennia later. We go to Villas in Greece for all the romance of this world: The Acropolis, Parthenon and surviving temples.
Image via Flickr user: isawnyu
Overlooked: Tunis
Whereas the Greeks were revered by their conquerors, the Romans never quite forgave the Carthaginians. And when they conquered Carthage, they destroyed its culture and records, leaving us only with a dim and hostile impression of what the great city was once like. The ruins do remain, however, and the district of Carthage within the Tunisian capital of Tunis is the place to glimpse what little is left: an excavated bath-house and a few freestanding pillars.
Later Roman ruins of temples, ampitheatres and bathhouses are to be found around the same site. Again, another nation we often know too little about, with a colourful and exciting history all on display.
There are surely many more examples besides these, but hopefully they have made you question where you instinctively think to go on holiday. There are countless cultures we’re never taught about, and many even more diverse than those of the Mediterranean coastline...
Steph Wood is a writer for Simpson Travel with a soft spot for destinations with plenty of history. Turkey Holidays beckon after penning this article.

Thrifty Tips for Busy Families

It’s been a difficult year for many families. The cost of almost every essential –from food to gas – has increased sharply over the last few months, and at the same time unemployment figures have peaked. Almost everyone is feeling the strain in their wallets. If you’re struggling to balance the books this year, then hopefully these tips will help you to save money without having to obsess about your finances.

1. Direct Debit if You Can: Many companies charge a premium for post office and cheque payments. You could be being penalized just for using the wrong payment method. If you have the option to use Direct Debit, switching to it could save you a fair amount over the course of a year.


2. Get a price fix: Gas and electricity prices are increasing at an alarming rate, and that isn’t likely to change in the next few years. Shop around for the cheapest price fix you can find and take it while you still can. It’s likely that many companies will do away with their fixed rates deals soon.


3. Use discount stores: Instead of doing all your decorating via the well known retailers, investigate some of the discount retailers in your area. There’s nothing wrong with
budget beds, and it’s madness to pay several hundred pounds more than you have to for a mattress just because you bought it from a high street retailer rather than a mattress discounters. The money you save on furniture can go towards more important (or fun) expenditure.

4. Test your green fingers: When food prices increase, many people turn to cheap frozen foods and ready meals to cut costs. In the long run, this can have a negative effect on your health. Why not try your hand at growing your own vegetables? It doesn’t cost a lot to get started. If it goes wrong, you’ve lost nothing, and if it works out you’ll have a few really tasty meals to look forward to.


5. Form a co-op: Many rural areas already have grocery co-ops in operation. If you don’t have one in your local area, why not start one? It may sound old-fashioned, but there are still a lot of savings to be had thanks to the magic of bulk buying power. It doesn’t have to be a formal co-op either, you can save a lot of money just by banding together with a couple of friends and sharing a membership to Costco or Makro.


Times are difficult for everyone, and this winter is going to be a challenging one for many families. If you know someone on a low income, or someone who may struggle if the weather gets nasty then spare a thought for them when the snow comes. It’s more important than ever for communities to work together. Even if all you can do is offer to pick up a couple of essentials next time you go to the shops, that small gesture will go a long way.


This post was written by Crispin Jones on behalf of The Original Factory Shop. Crispin writes on matters relating to the home including money saving tips.

Things Your New Home Should Never Be Without

Moving house is a stressful process, and the last thing that you want to do after moving house is spend even more time in a half-functional home because you're busy doing extensive redecorating. That's why many homebuyers are willing to pay a premium for homes that have already had a lot of improvement work carried out. Each buyer will have their own shopping list, but here's a few popular improvements that should make it on most people's shopping lists:

1. Stainless steel undermount sinks: These are great space savers. Even
ceramic undermount sinks are a good investment. They save on counter space, and they're high quality and easy to take care of. Traditional overmount installations aren't impossible to work with, but once you've enjoyed an undermount sink you'll miss them, should you ever move back to an older kitchen,

2. Double Glazing: There's no excuse for not having double glazing these days. Not only can it save you a fortune on heating bills, it also really improves your comfort at home - reducing background noise, and keeping your home at a steadier temperature, with fewer drafts.


3. Island Kitchens: The space savings offered by undermount sinks are nice, but they're often not enough for today's demanding culinary requirements. An island offers even more storage and worktop space, even in medium sized kitchens.


4. A bathtub or soaker tub: Yes, showers are environmentally friendly, but people do like to soak their aching muscles from time to time. Having the choice to shower or soak lets homeowners decide what they want to do on a case-by-case basis.


5. Energy efficient appliances: An energy efficient heating system, cooker, and electric fire will save you a lot of money compared to an older, less efficient model. Why waste money on electricity or gas guzzling appliances if you have the choice?


It may be that you can't get your entire wish list in one house, and that you might need to replace the boiler or remodel the kitchen to get your ideal
stainless steel undermount sinks fitted. If you do feel that some work would be required to make your prospective new home comfortable for you, then don't be scared of bartering with the seller. You may be able to reduce the price of the house, or get them to leave behind that lovely carpet, or their electric cooker, in return for a quick sale. If you don't ask, you'll never know!

The more you can tick off before you move home, the quicker you'll be able to get your home set up exactly the way you like it. Of course, this process works both ways. If you're a homeowner that is planning to sell your home in the next year or two, then it's a good idea to think about minor improvements that will make your home more desirable to prospective buyers. Whether that's draft excluders or undermount sinks will depend on your budget and how long you will be living there before you sell, but even small improvements can go a long way.


This post was written by Crispin Jones on behalf of the Kitchen Appliance Centre. Crispin writes on matters relating to the home including home improvements and DIY.

What’s Hot and What’s Not in Interior Design

Interior design trends are almost as fickle as trends in the world of high fashion, but there are some definite trends emerging at the moment. Next season, designers will most likely be aiming for bright colours, strong contrasts, and striking lines. The muted shades and soft lines of last year are on their way out, as people look for stronger, bolder designs.

What’s in?

Elegant, strong, and bold designs are the name of the game. Designers are making use of highly saturated colours, stark contrasts, and bold designs, breaking them up with naturally shaded wooden venetian blinds and soft rounded cushions in order to make the bolder parts easier on the eye.

The goal of the designer is “chaotic precision”, with made to measure blinds and custom designed throws and cushions adding some strategically placed softness to the feeling of the room.


Ultra-customization is definitely the major buzz-word of the season, with no details being ignored. Designers are customizing every single detail of their rooms, from the light fixtures to door knobs being customized to make the perfect room.


What’s out?

Muted colours, gentle curves, and ultra formal designs are most definitely out. The days of formal “sitting” rooms are gone, with homeowners opting to maximise the use of their space by using rooms for more than one purpose.

Last year’s pale fabrics and warm curtains are being replaced by brighter designs, and cream roller blinds are out in favour of the stronger look of wooden venetian blinds. Designers are also turning their back on the organic look, with gentle, natural designs being replaced in favour of carefully selected and
made to measure blinds and throws. If it doesn’t fit precisely, it has no place in a room.

Fashion that will last

Many of the designs that are emerging at the moment are reminiscent of the 60s and 70s, with citrus colours being the flavour of the season for bathrooms, and polka dots and stripes appearing in the living room. Reflective designs and sheer fabrics are also cropping up at some shows, in what some are calling a throwback to the 1980s.

If you’re looking for timeless designs that you’ll be happy to show off in a few season’s time, then it’s best to opt for something simple. It is likely that in 2013, designers will be screaming that polka-dots are chintzy, or that stripes are cheesy, but bold colours and strong lines are not likely to date as quickly, and wooden venetian blinds have a timeless appeal.


Fortunately, the big change for this season is colour, so if you’re on a tight budget you should be able to bring your home up to date with current trends with a little paint or wallpaper, and some carefully selected throws.


Some things never change

Clutter is most definitely unfashionable, so, if you need some inspiration to get spring-cleaning, there you go! Take some junk to a car boot sale and you’ll be earning money for your decorating fund and modernizing your living room design at the same time.

This post was written by Crispin Jones on behalf of Moonshadow Blinds. Crispin writes on subjects relating to the home including home improvements and interior design.

My Soul To Steal by Rachel Vincent Giveaway


Win a copy of My Soul To Steal!

END: December 1, 2011

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9 Best Parks for the Outdoor Lover

Today, I received an e-mail from Rose King to share this post with you.
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For most people, the closest you get to the outdoors on a day-to-day basis is your backyard patio or the grass where you let your dog do his business. You might wander to the city park every once in a while, but for the most part, we lead indoor lives. For nature lovers, however, these small glimpses of the wilderness just aren't enough when the whole earth is waiting to be discovered. If you want to get away and escape city living, these are the nine best parks in the world for exploring, roughing it, and pretending you were raised by wolves.
Denali National Park, Alaska
The fact that there's an Old Spice deodorant scent named after Denali speaks volumes. Denali National Park in the middle of Alaska sees 400,000 visitors each year, most drawn by the gorgeous views and the highest peak in North America, Mount McKinley. The park includes forest at the lower levels and glaciers and snow as you get higher, and you'll find glassy reflections of the peaks in the lakes and streams that have formed as ice melts and runs down the mountains. If you plan a trip in the summer, you'll have 20 hours of sunlight to explore the land; during the winter, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights are greater. Take flight seeing tours, backpack, or go dog sledding for big adventures.
Iguazu National Park, Argentina and Brazil
The spectacular waterfalls at Iguazu National Park (or Iguaçu National Park on the Brazil side of the river) are the kind of drops that haunt the nightmares of kayakers and rafters. Almost 2 miles wide and 262 feet high (about 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls), Iguazu Falls make up part of the border between Brazil and Argentina, and both countries claim the falls as part of their national parks, allowing guests access from either nation. The surrounding rainforests provide excellent hiking, with a train on the Argentina side that takes visitors to different trails and a bus system and a trail along the canyon in Brazil.
Galapagos National Park, Galapagos Islands
The giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands aren't the only beautiful and unique sight to see. Over 90% of the islands were dedicated in 1959 to become a national park and have since been preserved for research and some tourism. Though you won't be allowed to explore the islands on your own for fear that too much human interference will deplete the natural resources, you can walk trails and take boat tours with a park guide. You won't find Galapagos wildlife anywhere else in the world, including many kinds of reptiles and birds, and the marine life is a favorite of divers. Don't expect the animals to be scared of you, though; one of the draws of the island is the way the creatures interact freely with humans.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
This famous landscape was the first national park in the world, paving the way (not literally, since paving over a national park kind of defeats the point) for about 100,000 nationally preserved parks to pop up around the world. It's located mostly in Wyoming, but also reaches into Idaho and Montana. Everyone has undoubtedly heard of Old Faithful, the geyser that erupts about every 90 minutes, but there are many other gushers to be seen since Yellowstone is home to 60% of the world's geysers. The forests provide great opportunities for hiking, camping, and fishing, and the perfect habitat to spot large animals. Herds of bison and elk, packs of wolves, and grizzly bears roam the terrain, so keep an eye on your picnics.
Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
Khao Sok National Park has it all: vertical limestone cliffs, glistening lakes, and the oldest evergreen rainforest on the planet. Whether you choose to trek through the jungle by foot or drift down the rivers in a canoe, you'll see animals unlike those you'd see on any other continent. You could even find wildlife as exotic as leopards, tapirs, and tigers. The park also offers the chance to feed and groom some of Thailand's domestic elephants and stay in floating huts for the night — just don't be surprised if your alarm clock in the morning is the sound of one of the endangered gibbon monkeys.
Banff National Park, Canada
Canada is known for its abundance of pristine, stretching land, so it's no surprise that the country's first national park is a beautiful expanse of forests and mountains. Banff National Park is situated in the Rocky Mountains in Alberta and offers staggering views of icy peaks and dense forests. Drive along the Icefields Parkway and you have the chance to hike around and touch a prehistoric icefield. With a guide, you can walk on the glacier; without a guide, you can fall through thin ice and die from the fall or freezing temperatures. Depending on the time of year, you can hike, bike, ski, or canoe in the park, all with the stunning Rockies in the background.
Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
The steep fjords of Fiordland National Park, carved by glaciers 100,000 years ago, have made this area of New Zealand difficult to settle, leaving it unspoiled by development. To grasp the enormity of the cliffs, you can take a helicopter tour of the park, or you can hike one of the three popular trails. Milford Track, the most famous, allows visitors to travel 33 miles among lakes, mountains, and waterfalls, not to mention native plants and animals. For the serious hiker and camper (or trampers, as they call them in New Zealand), this park offers challenging landscape because there are few trails and many who like to really rough it choose to follow deer trails. The park is also a favorite among alpine climbers.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
This park isn't ideal if you're an outdoor lover who wants to face the wilderness on your own or move about as you please because the wilderness here will probably try to eat you. Kruger National Park is one of the biggest game reserves on the African continent and allows visitors to see local beasts ranging from lions to elephants to crocodiles all in their natural habitat. In fact, the viral YouTube video where a herd of African buffalo squares off against a group of lions and a couple of crocodiles was shot by guests at Kruger. There are walking and self-drive safaris for those who prefer a little independence in the bush, but visitors staying overnight in the park stay at a rest camp or private lodging that's protected from the animals.
Yosemite National Park, California
This California park has a little bit of everything. You can meander across meadows, marvel at giant Sequoias, and hike to various rock formations, waterfalls, and lakes. There are activities for every kind of outdoor lover, whether you want to enjoy the scenery from a bus or get out there to rock climb, bike, or backpack. Even the most energetic sportsmen will find plenty to do and see since the climate and geography changes as you get farther into the park. Make sure to give yourself enough time to see everything. And if you feel like being productive with your visit, you can volunteer a couple hours of your time to help restore habitats for endangered plant and wildlife so you can leave a positive mark on the park.
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Wayfaring Magnolia - WINNER



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October 22, 2011

Partly Sunny Studio - WINNER



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October 21, 2011

Crochet earrings giveaway from Katrinshine


Win very pretty earrings.

END: October 29, 2011

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STRAIGHT TALK - Cut Your Cell Phone Bill in Half

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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October 20, 2011

One Year Anniversary Giveaway Online!


Win wonderful goodies. There will be four winners!

END: October 31, 2011

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Giveaway - Win 3 piCture pOlish Shades of Your Choice!


Win any 3 piCture pOlish shades.

END: November 4, 2011

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Beyu 209 Brilliant Shiraz Giveaway

Win a bottle of Beyu 209 Brilliant Shiraz.

END: November 5, 2011

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Zestful Nails - Picture Polish Giveaway


Win 3 nail colors of your choice.

END: November 7, 2011

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The Trace Face Philes 1700 Follower Giveaway!


Prizes:
GOSH Holographic
Essence 50's Girls Reloaded Collection

END: October 21, 2011

CLICK HERE: http://www.thetracefacephiles.com/2011/09/trace-face-philes-1700-follower.html

The Trace Face Philes 1900 Follower Giveaway!


One person will win the Color Club Back to Boho Collection
One person will win the Color Club Foiled Collection
Four people will win Nic's Stick Rainbow's End and Silver-Ella
Three people will win a Grab Bag Polish set of 7 in assorted brands/colors

END: November 4, 2011

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The Trace Face Philes 1800 Followers Giveaway!


ONE lucky person will win the ENTIRE OPI Muppets Collection!

END: November 11, 2011

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Lucy's Stash: 1100 Followers Giveaway!


Prizes:
OPI Go Goth! mini collection
Barry M Instant Nail Effects in Black Magic
Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Snow Blast
Nicole by OPI in Virtuous Violet
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Plum's The Word
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Café Au Lait

END: November 17, 2011

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Guys Getting Married

New Manly Metals Make Great Wedding Bands
Congratulations! You pulled off the proposal. Now she’s on a mission to plan the perfect wedding, and you’re relieved to know that the details of your Big Day are pretty much all about her. But don’t get too relaxed, because there’s one major detail at the top of your “to do” list, namely choosing your wedding band. If your idea of the right wedding band is the first one that fits your finger and her budget, then go for it. But if you’re looking for a ring that, like you, has a style all its own---and you’re thinking that the best place for gold is in your portfolio---there’s a whole new breed of Contemporary Metals that you’ll want to check out. Here’s a look at the four contemporary metals that can make your wedding band manly and memorable.
1. Titanium: If you’ve ever flown on a commercial jet you’re already acquainted with titanium. Due to its light weight and exceptional durability, Titanium is a perfect fit for both airplanes and ring fingers. Active guys like Titanium bands because when they slip them on they hardly know they’re there, and they don’t get in the way during workouts. If your job description calls for physical labor, your titanium band can take the punishment right along with you. Although the finish is difficult to scratch, titanium does show signs of wear over time. But a trip to the jeweler for a quick polishing will make it look new again. Aside from the properties of durability and wear ability, the cool gun-metal look of titanium bands makes a distinctive and masculine statement. And you’ll find more style choices with titanium than the other metals in its class. Another benefit of this unique metal is that, compared with bands in the “precious metal” category like gold and platinum, titanium is very affordable. One word of caution, though. If you choose titanium, take your time during the fitting process, as titanium rings can’t be resized.
2. Tungsten: With a melting point of a whopping 6,100 degrees Fahrenheit, and a hardness rating of 9.5 out of 10 on the mineral hardness scale, rings made from tungsten carbide are, for all intents and purposes, indestructible. Based on that symbolism alone a tungsten carbide wedding band is worth considering. But the coolness factor doesn’t end there. With more heft than titanium and the look of fine polished steel, a tungsten band speaks boldly of your individuality and appreciation for things that last. And with a variety of color options such as black, white and gray, along with a myriad of band styles including flat, faceted, domed, brushed, beveled or concave, even the most discriminating groom should find just the right look. For an even more personalized statement, consider adding carved designs, grooves or custom inlays of wood or carbon fiber to your tungsten band. Even with these extras you’ll be glad to know that tungsten bands are still budget-friendly.
3. Cobalt-Chrome: With a bright white color that trumps titanium and tungsten as a prime contender to take on white gold and pricy platinum, Cobalt-Chrome is gaining rapid popularity in the category of alternative wedding bands. Being harder than stainless steel and 5 times harder than gold, cobalt-chrome’s color and luster are timeless. By comparison, white gold needs to be re-plated from time to time to keep up appearances. Another nice advantage of cobalt-chrome is that it’s bio-compatible, meaning that those with allergies to precious metals can wear bands made from this striking contemporary metal with no worries whatsoever. Should you go with cobalt-chrome you’ll be glad to know that your ring can undergo future size adjustments should the need arise.
4. Ceramic: Don’t let the word “ceramic” throw you. This is not about Pottery 101. In the world of alternative wedding bands, ceramic has taken on a whole new meaning. Created using space-age technologies, exotic materials and special bonding processes, Hi-Tech or Black Ceramic has properties that rival tungsten. Unlike black tungsten, which is created by covering grey tungsten with an industrial coating that can eventually scratch and chip, wedding bands made of Black Ceramic are incredibly durable, boasting hard, high-gloss finishes that are impervious to scratching, chipping, crazing or fading. Along with being light-weight and super comfortable for daily wear, Black Ceramic bands are flat out stunning to look at. Think of the ring that Christian Bale’s “Batman” would wear if he ever tied the knot and you’ve got the picture.
While the goal in choosing any wedding band is to make sure it’s something you’ll feel good about wearing for the rest of your life, going with a contemporary metal band is a great way to please, not only yourself but your bride to be. After all, no woman wants a bland band on her man’s hand.
Carlos Delgado is a freelance writer for Men's Tungsten Online.

October 19, 2011

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