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Make Use of Your Old Diamonds Today


Moissanite_ring2There is nothing worse than keeping old reminders of a failed relationship around your house. Whether your partner left, the two of your mutually split up or you went through a messy divorce, you probably hate seeing your old engagement ring and other jewelry your partner gave you. You may also find yourself holding onto jewelry that is broken or damaged and pieces you no longer wear. Now is the perfect time to find out what you can do with those old diamonds.

Turn Those Gems Into New Jewelry

Did you know that professional jewelers can actually take your old diamonds and gems and create new settings? Instead of keeping that old engagement ring in a jewelry box, you can turn it into a fun necklace that you can wear on dates. If you have broken jewelry in a safe or locked box, take those pieces out of the box and to a local jeweler. There are a number of different ways in which a designer can incorporate new settings and gems with your existing diamonds to create unique and one of a kind pieces.

Pass Down to Family

Though you might not want to hang onto your old engagement ring and wedding band set, your kids might not feel the same way. The same applies to old pieces that you had for years. Your daughters might remember you wearing a certain necklace to special events or seeing you in a pair of diamond earrings when they graduated from high school. Always take the time to ask your kids and any other close family members if they want any of your old diamond pieces.

Make Some Extra Cash

Now is the perfect time to make some extra cash off those old diamonds cluttering up your jewelry box. If no one else wants the pieces and you don’t want the pieces either, why not sell off those diamonds and make some extra money? Depending on the size and clarity, you might make enough to pay for a fun vacation or make a down payment on a new car. Who knew unfashionable diamond jewelry could be worth so much cash? Check with and other similar websites to find out more about how the process works and what steps you need to take. When you have old diamond jewelry, give those pieces away, turn the gems into new jewelry or make some extra cash quickly.


Madonna Performance Look

Madonna Performance Look

New York, NY February 9, 2015

At the 57th Grammy Awards, Madonna rocked the stage in a chic, matador look that reflected the duality of her two personas, created by celebrity makeup artist Gina Brooke using exclusively Chantecaille products.



“Madonna and I collaborated to create a look that reflects and enhances her new Rebel Heart album. The title represents the two facets of Madonna: the rebel, freedom fighter and her other side, the ultimate romantic who is “Living for Love,” (the title of her new single). The look is inspired by Madonna’s feeling that a person has many facets and can be more than one thing at a time.”


“Her performance and red carpet looks are reflected in a chic matador look. I wanted the makeup to capture and define the duality of her two personas, strong and sensual.


“For the ultimate eye accessory, I collaborated with an artisan jewelry designer to create a eyeshadow made of real crushed champagne diamonds. We were excited to finally have the opportunity to debut it during her Grammy’s performance tonight.”



  1. I began by defining the brows using the dual ended Waterproof Brow Definer in Oak Brown. The triangle tip creates an effortless and precise application.

  2. For eyeshadow, I used The Glacier Eye Shade Trio. I began by sweeping Iceberg (the lightest shade) across the center of Madonna’s lids as a base. I also added this shade to the inner corner to create the illusion of brighter, wider eyes.

  3. In the crease, I mixed Polar Light and Arctic Dusk from The Glacier Eye Shade Trio. I topped it off with Patchouli Lasting Eye Shade to intensify the crease and create depth.

  4. When applying makeup for a stage performance, I need to use products that are reliable. To accentuate and enhance Madonna’s eyes, I used 24H Waterproof Liner in Black, starting at the inner corner of the eye and working outwards towards the outer corner, elongating the line of the eye.

  5. For a stage performance I always apply liquid eyeliner. I like Le Stylo Ultra Slim Liquid Liner in Black because it’s not only water resistant, but it intensifies the line under the strong stage lights.

  6. For long beautiful lashes, I used one of my favorite mascara’s of all time, Faux Cils Mascara in Black.

  7. Rather than using shadow to accentuate the brow bone, I applied Brow Lift Èclat, which created a softer more subtle effect.


    1. For luminous glowing skin, I applied Liquid Lumière in Sheen to the high points of Madonna’s face. I started at the arch of the brow, moving down to the center of the cheek and went down the bridge of the nose, applying in the direction of the hair for a smooth application.

    2. To contour, I applied Cheek Crème  in Shy right below the cheekbone and then added Cheek Crème in Playful to the apples of the cheeks for a pop of color.

    3. To set the look, I used HD Perfecting Powder. I love this powder because it was specifically created for high definition cameras, leaving a flawless matte finish, ensuring long lasting wear. 



    H. To create a flawless natural complexion, I used Future Skin Foundation in Porcelain. It’s an oil-free formula and has a light reflective circular pigment that reduces the appearance of any imperfections.

    1. For the red carpet, I used Lip Definer in Discreet and Hydra Chic in Arctic Rose.

    2. To amp up the look for her performance, we switched to a red lip. I applied Lip Definer in Desire all over the lips to create a very matte finish.

    3. To accentuate the upper lip, I applied Liquid Lumière in Sheen to the philtrum.

Perfect Lingerie



PAGE-1-IMAGEJournelle-lingerie-models_1_multiNew York, NY February 6, 2015

Lingerie is one of those things that you either love spending money on or hate having to budget for. When it comes to buying and wearing lingerie, there are some certain rules that can make your life easier – and sexier.

For perfect lingerie, every time:

Always Get Properly Measured


Most lingerie shops will have a free fitting service, where an assistant can measure you up in the changing rooms. You could do it yourself at home, but you’re not always going to go the exact measurements if you do it this way. Best let a professional handle it, even if it does feel a little bit embarrassing. Most will measure you over your top if you ask, but you will need to take the bra you are wearing off. 

By getting measured properly you can avoid any of those awkward situations, like back boobs (gross) or straps digging into your shoulders. Once you have been measured it will then become a breeze to pick the best lingerie for you. It will also stop underwear from digging in or causing any discomfort when you’re wearing it all day.
Pick Shapes That Flatter Your Body.

A Matching Set Is A Must.

Invest In Special Occasion Lingerie

It’s Okay To Have Some Cheap Underwear








New York, NY November 9, 2014

We like to think that style is built on solid foundations. One may own a show-stopping pair of wholecut Berlutis, a Balenciaga peacoat or a Raf Simons patterned shirt – but the steady staples, the classic pieces, are the key to a well-balanced wardrobe. Whether it’s a blue J. Crew chambray shirt or a good pair of Grensons, these timeless items form the basis of any look, in any season.

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