Archive for October 29, 2013

Q&A: Surgical Steel Belly Rings

image of surgical steel belly ring from belly bling. If there are two metals that a girl knows anything about, they’re silver and gold. There is even a classic children’s holiday song devoted to them!

Now what about surgical steel? While it doesn’t flow off of your tongue quite as easily as silver and gold, this metal is growing in popularity. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if you’re wearing surgical steel bling right now and you just don’t know it.

Find out what you’ve been missing out on (or learn a little more about your current bling) with this Q&A about surgical steel belly rings and all of our surgical steel body jewelry.

Q: What makes surgical stainless steel different?

A: The American Academy of Dermatology has found that as the number of people with body piercings increases so does the number of metal allergies. This is because most metals used in studs contain irritating alloys. Surgical stainless steel, on the other hand, is made from the finest quality grade steel, and as a result it is less likely to cause skin irritation.

Q: Will surgical steel belly rings wear down over time?

A: Any jewelry you wear is going to be susceptible to your environment, but compared to other metals, surgical steel is more resistant to rust and oxidation. This means your jewelry will hold that new silver-shine look even longer! Not only that, but surgical steel is durable. While it is possible to scratch it, a light accidental nick here or there shouldn’t leave anything noticeable.

Q: Is surgical steel jewelry more plain or basic than other types of jewelry?

A: Not at all; we would never recommend that you wear jewelry that lacks style. Don’t let the name turn you off. Though “surgical steel” may sound like something that you expect to see in an operating room (it is the very same steel used in medical procedures), Batman bling and a Crystal Flower Twist Belly Ring definitely belong out on the town! If those options aren’t your style, take a look at the rest of our surgical steel selection.

Q: Is surgical steel more expensive?

A: Given all of these benefits you would think that it would be, but the answer is no. Like any belly bling, earring, or gauge you might buy, the price is going to vary based on the design complexity, gems, charms, etc. However, surgical steel belly rings are no more expensive than titanium, and it’s certainly cheaper than gold!

Q: How can I easily identify surgical steel jewelry over other metals on BellyBling.net?

A: You have two options. 1) Simply type “Surgical Steel” into the Keyword Search Bar. 2) Look for 316L Surgical Steel under any product description.

So, now you know more about surgical steel belly rings and body jewelry. If there are any other types of jewelry you’d like to learn more about, we’re here to answer your questions. Let us know!

Celeb Spotlight: Katy Perry

Katy Perry first burst on to the pop music charts back in 2008. Topping Billboard’s list with “I Kissed a Girl,” we got our first real taste of Katy, and we liked it! But what we really love is Katy’s ability to rock so many hair styles and colors.

In honor of Katy’s 29th birthday (today!), we’ve decided to highlight our top 5 favs. And since we’re all about the bling factor, we’ve added what we think would make a great bling add-on.

 

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While Katy is known for her ever-changing color, this one struck us because of the softness of the pink. When a color is so shocking (like the electric blue she’s been known to flaunt), it takes away from her gorgeous features. The added bows soften the look even further.

Bling Add-On: Gem flower tragus earring

 

 

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A multi-toned color like this lightens and brightens without washing out the skin tone. In fact, we think it makes skin look even more luminescent. The angled cut helps too, drawing the eye from top to bottom and slimming the face.

Bling Add-On: Pink glitter ball captive bead ring

 

 

 

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Nothing updates a look more than blunt cut bangs. The eye-framing style is perfect for Katy and pairs nicely with ends that are a little more jagged and grazing the collarbone. It’s easy to go long with this style too- extensions can add volume without losing the focus on the face.

Bling Add-On: Spike marble twist eyebrow ring

 

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Layers and waves have a way of looking spunky, even with an all-over color. Add a little bling and a messy part that’s just slightly off-center and this is a look that’s fun and flirty on almost anyone.

Bling Add-On: Owl labret ring

 

 

 

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The tossled curls and layers take on a new dimension in a warm strawberry blonde color. Well-placed highlights around the face look perfect with dramatic eye shadow and bold lip color.

Bling Add-On: Dangle gem cartilage earring

 

 

 

 

 

So tell us: what’s your favorite Katy Perry style? And which celeb would you like to see as the subject of our next Celeb Style Spotlight?

 

 

 

Boo! Halloween Belly Rings

Halloween is almost here, and before you know it little kids will be putting on their witches’ hats and cartoon masks and showing up at your door begging for candy! It’s a time-honored tradition and the highlight of any little kid’s month… but why should they have all of the fun?

Whether you think you’re too old to dress up or you have the perfect costume planned, we’ve got Halloween belly rings for every personality!

Charming
image of halloween belly ringSimply seeking something cute to add a little holiday spirit? Try the Glowing Ghost. Since Halloween parties are almost never held during the day, this ghost is a fun surprise for all!

Why We Love It: When the glowing ghost isn’t lit up the glow in the dark coloring goes well with any outfit.

 

Creepy
image of spiderman halloween belly ring from bellyblingPerhaps you’re looking for something a little creepier? This Dangling Spiderman Belly Button Ring is a Halloween classic that shows you’re not a girly girl and you’re not afraid of a little bug with eight legs (or a haunted house).

Why We Love It: What’s to love about this belly bling? More like what’s not to love. Whether you’re trying to look scary or stylish, black and a blood red gem fits the bill.

 

Friendly
image of pirates Halloween belly rings from bellybling.netLots of Halloween costumes require more than one person: The Shining twins, Thing 1 and Thing 2, you get the idea. So why not invite your friend to join you in wearing BFF Halloween naval rings? Skull & Crossbones “Best Mates” bling may not be the scariest thing, but who wants to celebrate friendship with something that could scare a child?

Why We Love It: Best friends are always in style!

 

Scary
Belly Bling Halloween belly ringsSome people take Halloween a little more serious than others. Some think it’s a great excuse to be someone else for a night, and others run around the cemetery and say seance. If you’re like the latter then this Skull & Flames naval ring is the perfect match.

Why We Love It: This says you’re not messing around! You’ll  be sure to get everyone’s attention and let them know you prefer tricks over treats.

 

No Naval Piercing?
Just because you don’t have your belly button pierced doesn’t mean we’re about to leave you out of the fun! Did you pierce your tongue instead? Try one of these stainless steel Skull Barbells. Halloween is a great excuse to switch up your normal wardrobe, so why go with a boring stud like you do the other 364 days in the year? skull tongue ring from belly bling

Don’t have a tongue piercing either? What about gauged ears? We recommend a Glow in the Dark Gauge. These gauges are a good option because they have that Halloween signature glow yet you can wear them year round!glow in the dark ear gauge from belly bling.net

How does your bling compliment your costume or outfit? We want to see! Send us your photos!

Last but not least, Happy Halloween from your friends at Belly Bling!

 

Name Dropping: Designer Belly Rings

In the lyrics of recently re-united band, Fall Out Boy’s, hit “Sugar We’re Goin Down” Pete Wentz sings, “Drop a heart, break a name.” Well we say save the hearts, and drop a name!

Belly Bling offers a variety of big name designer belly rings that were created with your wallet in mind. Enjoy your favorite brands without breaking the bank!

Do you dream of Dior? Give in to your subconscious desires with a Dior Belly Button Ring. image of dior belly ring from belly bling

Other than the price tag, what do we love about this piece? It’s so obvious even a guy can understand. Let’s be honest, men don’t always appreciate labels and logos. Even if they can’t tell the difference between the American Eagle eagle and the Lacoste crocodile, when the name is spelled out in gemmed letters there is no way it will go unnoticed.

That said, there is one brand every good boyfriend should know… Tiffany. 29180-tiffany-inspired-fancy-gold-belly-ring-heart-lock_1_320We offer two Tiffany-inspired belly rings, a glass fish and a gold heart, lock and key. The Lock and Key is more your traditional Tiffany style, while the Glass Fish tests some 20619-tiffany-glass-fish-dangling-belly-ring_1_320new waters with bold colors and a quirky feel. But don’t take our word for it, head to the website and see for yourself!

Juicy Couture bling is the most diverse collection. With four different design and color combinations to choose from (all of which feature Juicy’s signature crown emblem), you can choose the belly bling that speaks to you.

Juicy Couture belly ring from bellybling.netWhile the average Juicy charm costs $48, Juicy Couture Belly Bling tops out at $15. Sport the crown and safe the cash! You don’t have to spend a fortune to show off your good tastes.

Not into Dior, Tiffany or Juicy? Maybe you’re more of a Baby Phat Fan. Try the Baby Fat Dangling Belly Button Ring. This bling features a gem-studded baby phat cat that is guaranteed to go purr-fectly with any outfit.image of baby phat belly ring from bellybling.net

To close, we’ll resort to another famous line, “What’s in a name?” Sorry Shakespeare, but in the world of fashion, a label says a lot!

Make a Statement: Word Belly Rings

Whether you’re turning a plain t-shirt into a stylish ensemble or merely adding a simple, sophisticated accent to your date night attire, jewelry is an easy way to make your outfit go from drab to fab.

Sometimes it’s even more than that; sometimes you want your jewelry to make a statement… that’s where the Belly Bling’s Word Belly Rings collection comes in.

We’ve got something for everyone. Don’t believe it? See for yourself. Here are the top naval rings guaranteed to boost your self-expression.

 

image of Belly Bling's word belly rings“Angel”   For the girl who’s an angel… or not. Why not let the world know you’ve got a flirty attitude and big ambitions? This dangling belly ring not only tells it like it is, but it boasts a sleek simplicity too. What more could you want?

 

image of USA word belly rings“USA”   For the patriots; to the land of the free and the home of the brave. Perhaps the flashiest example of our words belly ring collection, this jewelry shows off your pride. More than that, it is the perfect addition to any Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day wardrobe.

 

image of breast friends belly ring from bellybling.net“Breast Friends”   For the ones who have proven their friendship can survive anything. The breast cancer awareness BFF bling is both girly and glamorous, and after a rocky road you deserve a little pampering.

 

belly rings with words: cowgirl belly ring“Cowgirl”  For the girl you can take out of the rodeo, but you can’t take the rodeo out of the girl. You’re aware of the fact that cowboy boots are meant for more than just country concerts, and you’re proud of it! So next time you’re up on a horse, why not wear two hats?

 

image of pregnancy belly ring: baby on board bell ring from bellybling.net“Baby on Board”  When you’re pregnant you need to be extra careful with what bling you put in your naval piercing, but let’s be honest, those plain plastic tubes aren’t all that cute. Don’t settle for boring bling, show the world you are excited to have a “baby on board.”

 

Have an idea for some belly bling with words? Let us know and we’ll do our best to add it to the website!

Style Report: Our Favorite Fall Nail Trends

Red_nail_polish_in_applicationFashion comes in many forms, and this season you’re taking the phrase “nail art” to a whole new level. Nail polish is no longer just about which color you choose, nail trends are now also about texture, shading and layers.

So while you’re starting to think about putting a coat on as you walk out the door, consider some of these fall-inspired nail coats to give your look a little something extra!

Color

For starters, let’s talk colors. Oxblood red is in this season, and if the name oxbloodsounds scary it’s because the color is to die for. Really, how often do you find a shade that’s sexy, sophisticated, and perfect for Halloween? It’s the perfect mix of deep red, darkened with just a hint of purple.

Next up, try taupe! This neutral shade goes well with the colors of fall. From leaves to boots, it blends in to bring out the rest of your outfit. It’s also a great choice if your nails are shorter as it creates a clean, crisp finish. San Tan-tonio from OPI is one of our favs.

 

Outlining

d4afaab23309e9f0b27eee4af0266ae0Not looking to be subtle? Want to make your nails a showstopper? Try outlining them in a contrasting color. A darker color like black, dark brown or gray will pack the most punch. A quick search of the term “Border Nails” on Pinterest will offer up a ton of ideas, like this one we found from The Daily Varnish.

 

 

 

Shading

Another way to add a little extra flare to your normal shade is by taking advantage of the ombre effect. ombreThat’s right, now nails have found a way to incorporate a style we already love. Choose from multiple colors or just blend black into your shade of choice. This one is fully customizable. Not a nail guru? Don’t worry. There are tons of how-to YouTube videos out there.

 

Texture

Now that we’ve covered colors and shades, let’s touch on texture (pun essie1intended). Lots of lines- from Sally Hansel to Kate Spade have introduced lines of 3D nail accents ranging from metallic studs to gem sparkles. These bad boys are an easy to apply option that will instantly jazz up any look. One of our favorite lines is from Essie, shown here. Our testers report they’re easy to apply and last for days.

 

 

DIY

If you’re looking to cut back on costs this season, take advantage of the old lacelace you have lying around. Black or white lace, it doesn’t matter. Apply lace on top of your normal nail polish to drastically doll it up. This works on any shade from Pretty in Pink to Sea Foam Green. Once again, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials to go around.

 

Now that you know a few or our favorite fall nail trends, let us know what yours are!

 

Game On: NFL Belly Rings

image of NFL belly rings from BellyBling.netWhen: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Where: MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ
Who: TBD

Sunday, September 22, marked the first day of fall, and as everyone knows, fall season is football season! That’s right; we’re only a few short months away from the greatest game in football history, Super Bowl XLVIII (since we know you’re wondering, that’s no. 49).

With the preseason now long behind us, September is a crucial time for members of the NFL to get out there and show the rest of the league what they’re made of! But we know the players aren’t the only ones preparing for the big game. While they’re busy hitting in the gym and practicing plays, it’s your chance to draft the best in fantasy football, start those game-winning rituals, and cheer your team to their initial victories!

Whether you’re rooting for the underdog or last year’s champions, Belly Bling has got you covered with NFL Belly Ringsimage of NFL belly ring BellyBling.net

Choose from 13 different teams, dangles or curved barbells, helmets or mascots; just don’t leave your NFL heroes hanging! With just 17 games per team in the regular season, each win counts.

So who will take home the trophy this year? The most wins so far goes to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have been Super Bowl Champions six times, but the San Francisco Giants and Dallas Cowboys are close behind with five wins each.

Do you think this will be the year that the Giants and/or Cowboys catch up?

Cast your vote by sending us a photo of your favorite football team bling!