Some people say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but less and less girls are agreeing with that old adage these days. Next to a world full of diverse precious stones and metals available in radiant technicolor, people aren’t so happy anymore with diamonds having the monopoly on engagement rings.
Beyond their comparable beauty, finding and/or making diamonds can be incredibly costly – both for your bank account, and for the resources needed to extract them.
But fortunately, the diamond-centric model of the marital world is beginning to crumble. And that leaves plenty of room for alternatives to come in and strut their stuff, creating a larger variety of beauty and more opportunities than ever to be personal and unique in your approach to lifelong love – conceptually and visually.
Here are some favorite options from around the world.
Fabuluster Fingerprint Ring
These Fingerprint Rings take unique to a whole new level – each ring bonds a one-of-a-kind fingerprint into its design, bonding one person to their other half.
Digby & Iona Ties That Bind Band
“Tying the knot” has never been more literal: these handmade bands include a beautifully detailed rope pattern engraved into the outside and inside of the band.
Sakurako Shimizu Custom Waveform Ring
The Japanese artist and designer Sakurako Shimizu has created something that immortalizes the words of a marital commitment between two people in love: the Custom Waveform Rings. Couples record themselves taking their vows, and Shimizu makes a 3D-printed casting of the oaths – right into a wedding band.
Simply Wood “Incorruptible” Teakwood Ring
This Chicago company molds a piece of salvaged wood into beautiful rings that are then reinfoced with an organic, nontoxic industrial strength adhesive to create something that can never be destroyed – just like the bond of two people at the altar.
There’s nothing that says you appreciate someone like making a lifelong declaration of love with the stone that unique to your fiancee’s birthday (okay, birth month). With incredible hues that it’s hard to believe nature is capable of making all on its own, a birthstone ring is sure to bring a smile and sense of wonder to the wearer.
One for the gents…Qalo Ring
We admit, a rubber wedding band sounds a bit less than romantic (or valuable). But the QALO wedding band is designed with a purpose: remaining impenetrable for life, even with an active lifestyle. And friends, the reviews are so far so great.
45 Lazy Girl Hacks That Every Woman Should Know
Need to do a pretty manicure before you go to an interview but don’t have time? Is your sluggish lifestyle causing you to lose track of things? Well, we have some crazy hacks for you that girls have experimented with and swear by.
Spooning with Lashes
You apply mascara across your eyelashes with the patience of a saint, and a sudden hand-twitch destroys your skin. Now you rub it off to apply again.
It doesn’t look right as the powder around your eye comes off. What you need is a spoon. Place the spoon above your eyelashes.
Keep ‘em Straws
One of the worst pollutants for the environment is plastic straws. You sip your smoothie with it, and that’s it; it goes straight to the dump. There’s one thing you can do, though. Bring them home. This can turn out to be useful for the weirdest thing.
You see the pile of necklaces all jammed into a metal ball? Detangle them once and for all. Now, insert each of them into a plastic straw, and ta-da! Beautiful necklaces all neatly stacked in plastic straws waiting to be popped out and worn for the day.
On Behalf of Color Corrector
Are you running out of your color corrector? Before getting your hands on a new one, give your red lipstick a shot. Rubbing a vibrant red lipstick under your eyes can neutralize the dark circles you want to hide.
All you have to do is blend the lipstick until smooth and put some concealer on top. We are pretty sure that after using this hack, you wouldn’t want to switch back to your same old color corrector.
Magnetic Magic Board
Are you bored out of your wits shuffling around the makeup drawer every morning only to leave the house looking like a hot mess? Here’s an easy DIY for you. Just take a metal piece and cut it to the size of your frame.
Put the piece of metal into the frame. Use a glue gun to stick the magnets onto the back of your everyday makeup essentials, and voila! The magnetic makeup board is ready to save the day!
Vaseline for a Long-Lasting Perfume
Are you sick and tired of your perfume fading into thin air in the blink of an eye? Here’s a quick tip for you. Rub a pea-sized amount of Vaseline on your skin before spraying the perfume.
Vaseline helps the perfume stick to your skin for a relatively longer duration of time. With this hack, you won’t have to spray perfume on yourself every two minutes, and the fragrance will stay with you for the entire day.
Smile Bright Like a Diamond
Why spend thousands at the dentist’s if a mere banana peel can get the job done? Next time when you eat a banana, instead of tossing the peel out, rub it on your teeth. Hold the peel against your teeth for a few minutes and rinse your mouth with water.
Your teeth will be instantly whitened. To get the best results, repeat the process at least once a week and make sure to not pick an overripe banana.
As a pseudo “it” girl, it is necessary for you to adorn yourself in chic knick-knacks. The dozens of bracelets and bangles lying around your bed, your couch, and your bathroom need a new home. Those fancy stands at the mall look mighty expensive, right?
Save the next glass bottle you find and turn it into a bracelet holder instead. Fancy it up with some glitter or paint designs. After a day of looking your best, just drop your bangles over the neck of the bottle.
Ever scrambled through all the channels of TV and remembered an hour later that you were supposed to be in a meeting? It happens to the best of us. To avoid having such missed opportunities, you need a piece of string, some paper, and a few clothes pegs.
Tie the string across some portion of a wall. Every time you have an important task, write it down on a piece of paper and hang it up on the string with the help of a clothes peg and never miss another important event.
Take your tic tac box out of the recycle bin right away! Now, we’ll let you in on a little hack that’ll make you wonder why you haven’t tried it all this time. See all the bobby pins lying around on your dresser?
You probably lost the box they came in. Simply insert all your pins in the tic tac box, and ta-da! You’ve cleaned up your dressing table, and you don’t even have to search for bobby pins with a hair bun in one hand.
You might see a rat’s nest of wires lurking on the floor along with your dirty laundry. These wires need their own room, and we are not talking about tucking them neatly in cases either. Our tip is to fix them up by hanging them.
Gather as many command hooks as you can and hang them up on the walls, on your doors, and wardrobes. Tuck whatever wire you find; be it your charger, your earphones, your hairdryer, or straightener, onto the hooks. Now that’s a load off!
“My eyes! My eyes!” are generally screams you hear from a person waking up beside you when you lift your arms cozily on bed. That’s when you realize you haven’t shaved your underarms yet. Even if you do shave those nauseating hair off, you are still left with a pretty dark area.
Instead of wearing bigger sleeves to hide it, you can try the popular solution of baking soda and lemon juice. Mix the two together and apply it for a few weeks. See the result for yourself!
Lipstick on Point
No matter what kind of food you have with a glam face, you do not deserve to have faded lipstick. To keep your lipstick on point 24/7, you will want to carry your Mac in your bag. Then again, what if your bag is smaller than your patience? What do you leave out between your power bank and your lipstick?
Simply, place a paper towel over your lips and dust some powder (hopefully translucent) over those luscious lips. Your lips will be poppin’ for the entire day!
Not Just for Witches
This hack teaches you the power of a broom! You might see a bunch of knick-knacks lying around all over your desk. We’re not telling you to clean up the place with a broom.
If you have an old broom lying around, though, break the head off. Place the head you broke upside down on the edge of a desk and insert all your little thingies along the bristles. It will look like an animated autumn garden.
Nail Those Curls
This tip is dedicated to all those fashionistas out there whose technology has turned them down at the last minute. Want wavy hair those models have successfully managed to pull off? You don’t have to curl them into oblivion.
Braid your hair and place your head horizontally on a plain surface. Iron the entire length of the braid. Your curls will stay on point for the rest of the day. If this isn’t a quick, cost-effective, and easy hack, then we don’t know what is.
No More Eyesore
For those who tend to have wires under the desk beautified with cobwebs and spiderwebs, those wires need to be taken care of, and we’re here to tell you how. Instead of adding wires to different adapters, connect all your plugs to one single adapter.
How do you hide the adapter then? Get a shoebox or something harder like a case. Poke some holes aligned proportionately. Time for some bedazzling! Place the adapter inside and insert all the plugs through the holes for connection. Your nest just disappears!
Spent all your money on shoes? What do you do with the shoeboxes? Do they all go down the chute? Why throw away when you can upcycle! What is the first thing that needs cleaning? Probably your drawers. You probably have this beautiful expensive earring, but you can never seem to find the other pair.
Pick an hour out and grab every earring you can find. Stick them to the lid of your stowaway shoebox. Some golden color on the cardboard would make it nice to look at too.
Label Your Keys
Accidently locked your bathroom door and then gone through every key you could find to open it? What happens when a friend asks for the keys to your place and you hand them over a bunch of keys? You might come home later to find your friend asleep on the doorstep.
Labeling keys is a necessity considering how we all have low patience. Simply paint the head of your keys with the collection of nail polishes you have and don’t really use so that they can act as labels.
Mani-Pedi at Home?
Working nine-to-five means puffy cheeks, calloused hands, eye bags, and other dreaded fears. A nice day at the salon with a soothing manicure would do wonders. Due to your busy schedule, if there’s no time to book for an appointment or even be there in person, you could still do something about your outgrown nails.
If you have glitter nail polishes, color the upper end of your cuticle with it and watch as the compliments come flowing in.
Both floating ribbons and chargers are an eyesore. They’re both necessary, but there’s nothing you can do with them after the job’s done. They just hang around with their tails. With this hack, you can hit two birds with one stone.
Tie the chargers with your ribbons and stack them up wherever you want. More ribbons than chargers? Add more ribbons to your chargers! Tie some on your earphones too. Make them look fancy!
Bathing Not Allowed
Washing your hair is annoying, especially when you’re working 30 hours a week. A day without shampooing means another day of hair dirt and grease. The best case is not to wash your hair at all when you’re taking a bath. How do you avoid the oil accumulation then?
The same way you dry up your face. Powder! Pour in some baby powder on the roots of your hair and your scalp before you go to bed. The morning will bring in fresh hair that smells like a winter breeze.
Hair or Clothes?
For those who don’t want to deal with ironing clothes in the morning and would rather have a crease in their shirt than look average, try out this hack. You straighten your hair with a flat iron anyway; it’s already heated up before you get to work.
So, pass it through your work clothes and fix up all the creases in one go. You don’t need an ironing board or even the iron itself. Be ready for your boss as well as your date in no time!
Shoe Packing Guide
When packing, you neatly fix your suit, your jewellery, your cosmetics, and your lingerie. Yet, you can’t seem to find the solution to the age-old question – where do you keep the shoes? Cleaning them up before the day of your flight would mean carrying wet smelly shoes in tight luggage.
Imagine the burst of sweaty fragrance you’ll receive when you finally open it up. A shower cap would be ideal in this case – no dirt on your clothes, and you are going to wash your cap anyway.
You have never probably tried this technique, but this is a solution to everyday headaches. Frozen caps! Do you want to apply some good old nail color but the nail polish container’s cap does not come off?
It’s probably stuck due to the dried-up polish with a delightful combo of your sweaty hands. Here is what you do: tie a rubber band onto the lid of the case and pull. Voila! How good is pivoting! You can try this out for other lids as well.
Good as New
For those of us who love window shopping, bringing home chunks of finger rings is never surprising. They make our daily outfits shine like happiness coming out of a lamp. It’s a shame they don’t last long.
Be it silver, gold, or copper, these pieces of jewelry usually lose their color and go green. There is one thing you can do to preserve them, though. Just add a bit of clear nail polish all over the rings. This way, you retain the actual color, and that too for years.
Feel the Music
Who doesn’t love jamming their head to heavy metal all day? Not everyone, but the point is, you need some decent earphones if you want to listen to music all day. You take them out of your pocket and start detangling the mess.
Detangling every time can feel like a leap closer to drive your sanity away, but you have no choice. Or do you? After you wrap up your headphones, attach two clothing pegs from two sides. That way, it doesn’t lose its form once in your pocket.
As a woman, the biggest atrocity we face is the incredibly low space we have to keep our belongings, especially purses. If you keep them on a shelf, the shelf is full. If you keep them on the desk, there’s no space for your laptop.
So where do you keep your purses? You might have a rail in your closet. Grab a few shower curtain hooks and attach them to the rail. Hang your purses to each of these hooks. No more purses lying in corners of your room!
No More Floppy Boots!
Are your boots all slumped over and starting to wear out? Don’t you worry, because there are pool noodles to the rescue! If you love wearing long boots, chances are that you already know how easy it is for them to get all folded and wrinkled.
Instead of splurging on a fancy boot holder, here’s what you can do. Take an old piece of pool noodle from your garage and cut it up. Just place it on your boots to keep them upright!
Goodbye Smelly Shoes
Here is a super easy trick to keep shoes odor-free for girls who have to run errands all day long. All you need is a tiny piece of cloth and some baking soda.
Pour the baking soda into the cloth and tie it real tight to turn it into a cute tiny sachet. Slide the sachet inside the shoes after every use for a nice and fresh smelling shoe every time.
Strips for Tweezers
Do you always somehow lose your tweezer or nail cutter in the messy drawer of yours? Giddy up as we’ve got the ultimate hack to help you keep track of them.
Take a magnetic strip roll and cut the strip to your desired size. Attach the strip to the wall or mirror and press the tweezer and nail cutter against it. This way, you’ll always have them tidily lined up!
When Makeup Meets Utensils
If we girls had a nickel for every time our winged liner was uneven, we’d all be millionaires. It’s beyond a shadow of a doubt one of the toughest tasks out there. To create an even winged eyeliner you’ve always dreamt of, all you need to do is head to the kitchen and grab a spoon.
Place the round edge and curved side of the spoon against your eyelid to draw two lines. Just fill in the lines and you’re good to go!
Sock Bun for the Win
If you are looking for the easiest way to do a fuller bun, try a roll-up sock next time. First thing first, take a knee-high sock and cut off the toe part of it. Then roll it up until it looks like a donut.
Tie your hair up into a tight ponytail and pull it through the rolled-up sock. Keep on wrapping your ponytail with the bun until your hair is completely covered, and that’s it! You are all set to rock the sock bun!
Eyeshadow for Thicker Hair
Do you want your hair to instantly look thicker? An eyeshadow about the same color or a shade deeper than your hair can make the process a breeze. Start dusting the eyeshadow where your hair part begins and gently rub it against your scalp.
If you don’t part your hair, just simply dust the eyeshadow down your hairline for that extra zing of volume. The difference it makes will leave you in shock!
No More Chapstick
If your lips look more like a “crispy bacon” during winter, give this simple lip balm recipe a try. Take a spoonful of honey, sugar, and olive oil in a bowl and stir it all together until it forms into a thick paste.
Gently rub the paste into your lips and leave it there for a good few minutes. Wipe it off with a damp cloth and wave goodbye to the chapped lips!
The Three Shape Method
Can’t seem to find an easy way to contour your face? Try this classic method right away! Dust your brush into a bronzer and draw a shape of the number “three” on each side of your face.
Make sure that the shape hits your forehead, jawline, and cheekbones and blend it until your face looks sculpted. For a perfectly contoured face in a snap, no other method can beat this one!
Cold Water for Quick Drying
The days of furiously blowing on your nails have come to an end. Take a bowl full of ice-cold water and dip your freshly painted nails in it. Dip your fingers in there for at least a few minutes.
It may seem weird at first, but the cold water sets the paint to the nails and helps them dry a lot quicker. Just give this trick a shot and see how easy it is to dry painted nails.
Baking Soda for Blonde Hair
If you are a blonde, you must know how hard it is to deal with your hair in summer. If your hair goes all green after hopping in the pool, you are surely not the only one.
To save yourself from this mishap, directly apply a thick paste of baking soda and water. Let the paste sit there for a while before rinsing it all off with a regular shampoo.
Pillows for Puffiness
If your face tends to get all puffed up in the morning, and you are sleeping on only one pillow, you are not really doing your face any favor. Sleeping on two pillows helps in minimizing the effects of gravity and drains water from your face.
If you cannot afford to splurge thousands of bucks on a high-end serum or a jade-roller, this super simple hack could be your go-to solution!
Band-aid for Nail Art
Don’t want to sit for hours to get your nails done? Try out this band-aid hack for unique nail art in a snap! To begin with, paint your nails with a base color and wait until it dries completely.
Cover up your nails with a bandage and paint another layer of a different nail color through the holes. Rip the band-aid off of your nails, and bam! Enjoy cute polka dot paint on your nails!
The Hashtag Hack
Even with tons of tutorials loitering on the internet, not many of us can pull off the sought-after smokey eye look. If you want to master the art of creating smokey-eyes, this hashtag hack is worth trying out.
Start off by drawing a hashtag on the eyelid of each eye. Smoothly blend the hashtag and draw a new hashtag on top of it. Keep on drawing and blending until your smokey eyes are on fleek.
See You Stubborn Stain
The days of freaking out for leaving smearing foundation stains on the neckline of your clothes are way in the past. Here’s an easy trick to remove stains. Apply a dollop of shaving foam to the stained region and leave it to soak.
Rub it with your fingers until the stain comes off and rinse the stain with cold water. Keep on repeating the process as much as required until your shirt is completely free of stains.
Use Coffee Beans to Hold Makeup Brushes
There are plenty of ways to create DIY holders for makeup brushes. And yet, the following hack might be the easiest and most effective version we have ever seen. It might sound strange, but filling a container with coffee beans acts as the perfect holder for brushes.
They perfectly keep the brushes in place and look pretty stylish. Just don’t consider grinding the beans later on, it’s best to just let them be.
Use Concealer to Draw Triangles Under Eyes
Many people who apply concealer know there are certain do’s and dont’s in how to effectively make the most of it. The following hack though is something that all makeup users should know.
When concealing dark circles under the eyes, many will go with the technique on the right, simply brushing in a circular motion. However, it is believed that drawing a triangle instead is a much more effective use of concealer.
Remove Shoe Scuffs With a Nail File
While not everyone is a fan of suede shoes, they certainly have a large fan base and more often than not, at least one of your pairs will be made in this material.
Most are aware that these kinds of shoes are prone to showing stains and can be difficult to keep looking good as new. If you use a nail file though, this is the perfect way to remove stains.
Protect Hair With Tap Water
It might sound counterproductive to apply tap water to your hair before swimming, but trust us, there is some magic behind this hack. It is no secret that chlorine in pools can be a nightmare for long hair.
In order to protect your hair from this chemical, pour some tap water over your locks before you dive in. The water is absorbed by your hair and acts as a protective layer from the chlorine.
Experiment With Light Using Phone’s Flashlight
Don’t you feel like you can never get the right level of light to hit your skin while you apply makeup? Thankfully, many of us are blessed with flashlights on our smartphones. This is a perfect tool to help hit every corner of your face while you apply makeup.
Gone are the shadows that prevent you from getting an accurate depiction of how the makeup should look. Simply hang the phone over your head and adjust throughout.
Wash Makeup Brushes With Gentle Face Wash
It is no security that makeup brushes can be a hotbed for all sorts of gross things such as germs and bacteria. This is not what you want to apply to your face anytime soon as bacteria can be dangerous for your skin.
In order to avoid having to throw away your brushes on a regular basis, simply apply some gentle face wash to the brushes to give them an effective clean. After applying it, leave it for a few minutes and then rinse with water.
Freshen Shoes With Tea Bags
There are plenty of ways to prevent your shoes from reeking with foot odor and unpleasant smells. But have you ever heard of using teabags to achieve this? It might sound out of the ordinary, but trust us – it works!
All you have to do is insert the bags, and keep your shoes at room temperature or cooler. Wait overnight, remove the bags the next morning and you will be good to go!
Use Toothpaste to Strengthen Nails
Our nails can feel brittle from time to time. So why not apply some toothpaste to them to give them some much-needed revitalization? Why toothpaste though, you ask? Simple. Toothpaste provides the same kind of benefits for our nails as it does for our teeth.
Not only that, but it will also help whiten your nails in the right places, making them look healthy. After a week of applying toothpaste once a day, you will see the results.
Get Rid of Sweater Fuzz With a Comb
Sweaters can be so annoying from an aesthetic point of view. They get fuzzy, and while this doesn’t make the top any less comfortable, it doesn’t look particularly good. All you need to do is get yourself a comb and run it through the sweater a couple of times.
The fuzz should be extracted pretty easily and only takes a couple of minutes. They will look like you just bought them again!
Dry Hair With T-Shirts
We assume that the best way to dry our hair is by using a hairdryer or a towel. However, there is another way that is just as effective, but it doesn’t necessarily sound like the most logical alternative.
Basically, you need to take a cotton t-shirt and wrap it around your hair. This is because the material absorbs much better than your average towel. Therefore, your hair will dry more quickly in the process.
Green Tea Bags for Eye Bags
Do you pull an all-nighter on a regular basis and are now dealing with puffy under-eye bags? Using green tea bags is the simplest and cheapest method to get rid of eye bags.
Slip a few bags of green tea in boiling hot water and sip on the tea until the tea bags cool down in the refrigerator. Put the bags under your eyes and leave them on for at least five minutes, and voila!
Say Yay to Gelatin
Are the pesky blackheads driving you crazy? Give gelatin masks a shot! Even though the process is straight-up painful, it will pull out the gunk trapped in your skin in no time. Take a spoonful of gelatin and milk into a bowl and bring it to boil.
Keep on stirring until it forms into a thick paste. Let it cool down to the regular temperature. Apply it over the blackheads and leave it till it dries. Last but not the least, pull the mask off for a much clearer skin!
Trick for Longer Lashes
False eyelashes always make you look glamorous. For girls who want longer lashes without sticking glue in their eyes, here’s an easy hack. Turns out your hair is not the only thing to be benefited from your hairdryer.
Place your eyelash curler at your blow dryer until it feels slightly hot. Now, clamp down the lashes for a longer-looking lash. Just make sure the curler is not too hot to burn your lashes, and that’s it!
Bring Your Mascara Back to Life
If your mascara is drying out and getting all clumpy, consider adding some eye drops in the bottle. As eye drops are formulated for eyes, it won’t cause any irritation and rather comfort your eyes. Just squeeze a few eyes drop into the bottle and give it a whirl using the wand.
Your clumpy and dried out mascara is going to get back to a normal consistency! The trick is not to put too much – or else, your mascaras would go runny.
Vinegar for Toner
If you have oily skin, you may believe that it’s best not to include a moisturizer in your regime, but not hydrating your face only leads to more damages. In order to achieve healthy and hydrated skin, apply apple cider vinegar before slathering moisturizer on.
When added to the skincare regime, apple cider vinegar works as an astringent. It balances the pH levels of skin while keeping oil production in check – basically functioning as a toner.