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SENSSE Go! Mini Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush and Exfoliator

There was once a time when holidays and traveling meant that our skincare routine took a bit of a backseat. Luggage allowances meant that unless we wanted to decant all our fave products, we would instead take travel products that we had never used before just because they were easier to pack. But times have changed, the stricter policies on luggage, and the growth of hand luggage only has seen all the biggest and best brands launching travel kits, and now Sensse has created what might just be the perfect sized travel sonic facial cleansing brush – so small you can literally hold it in the palm of your hand, and chargeable through a lightweight USB. It is a brilliant little product, and one that should find a space in everyone’s hand luggage.

DEEP CLEAN, CLEARER SKIN – While other brushes rotate slower than a snail and only leave you with red, sensitive skin after use. The SENSSE Go! facial cleansing brush gently exfoliates with over 600 oscillations per minute to deeply cleanse your skin and remove blackheads and other impurities. Leaving you with visibly softer, young looking skin like never before!

The Sensse Go! facial cleansing brush makes big promises, but unlike some other facial brushes it is actually able to keep them. The brush is easy to use, you simply dampen your face, dampen the brush and then add the cleanser (your usual choice). You then switch the brush on and cleanse for about 1 minute, avoiding the eye area. You can use the brush to remove make up, but I didn’t do this, instead using my usual Micellar water for this job.

The brush is quite soothing, it does not hurt when it is cleansing your skin, there is a quite relaxing, almost tickling sensation, and although my face did go red during cleansing, this did not last, and my face felt super clean and smooth. I use the brush on the first setting for a more gentle cleanse, partly because I suffer with High Blood pressure, so keep any sort of massage gentle, but you can get a more vigorous cleanse with the second setting which is faster.

Once you have used your brush, it is very easy to clean, I just used warm water to remove any traces of cleanser, and then put the covering back over to avoid getting the brush dirty.  (The design is waterproof so no worries about splashing.) The cleansing brush also comes with an exfoliation brush which is great to use once a week for a deeper cleanse with a scrub, a real treat that will give the skin a pick me up.

This is a great little product, affordable at less than £40, and something you could use to keep your skin clean and fresh whether you are home or away. I would definitely recommend it to give your face a one minute quick fix daily.

Popping The Question? Choose A Loose Diamond For The Ring

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If you are looking for the perfect engagement ring, no doubt you have a budget in mind and want to save money wherever you can. So, one of the first things you should ask yourself is whether it pays to buy loose diamonds and the ring setting separately. While some may say it’s way too much of a hassle, we disagree. In fact, we suggest it will save you money and give you the chance to create a unique ring – just like your relationship.

Why Buy Loose Diamonds?

While we all have our own preferences, diamond wholesalers like the reputable Diamond Brokers Queensland advocate picking out loose diamonds first and then choosing the perfect engagement ring setting to complement the stones. It’s the perfect chance to build your very own engagement ring. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when buying loose diamonds for an engagement ring.

 

  • The Cut

 

Loose diamonds are arguably the most important part of the engagement ring. Not only is the stone the most expensive part of the engagement ring, but it will also determine the overall beauty of the ring. A diamond that is properly cut will shine with fiery brilliance and make sure you are the envy of everyone.

 

  • Size, Colour, Shape, Clarity

 

You have probably heard of the 4C’s already, but we need to mention them when it comes to picking out loose diamonds. The stones come in a huge variety of colours, clarities, shapes, and sizes, and not all loose diamonds are created the same.

Depending the precision of the cut, a lot of diamonds will look brilliant and stunning, whereas others may look lifeless and somewhat dull. Keep in mind that the cut, clarity, colour, and size of loose diamonds will have an effect on the price of the stone.

 

  • Pricing and Budget

 

By buying diamonds loose for an engagement ring, though, you put yourself in the best position to choose a stone that is best suited to your exact specifications. Typically, when a store puts together an engagement ring to sell as a completed product, they match a uniform standard for the stone specifications. The objective is to piece together an engagement ring that will shine at customers, while affording the store the best and highest possible profit on the item.

By choosing loose diamonds, you can save on your budget and still get a visually exquisite ring. This can be accomplished, for example, by choosing a diamond with ideal specifications and precisions which will make the stone, and the engagement ring, brilliant, no matter what the diamond’s clarity, colour, and size may be.

 

  • Mounting

 

The best way to evaluate a loose diamond for beauty, quality, and precision, is by inspecting in its unmounted state. With a loose diamond, you can carefully evaluate all angles of the stone using the latest grading tools. You can check out every single side of the diamond to ensure that it the beauty and quality you have your heart set on. You cannot do this with the same effectiveness once the diamond is set on a ring.

Overall, choosing a loose diamond is a great way to ensure you present her with something as special as your love.

Choosing the perfect wedding ring

You’re already engaged,  you’ve named the big day, and you can’t wait to finally marry your husband-to-be, but one thing is missing – the perfect wedding ring.

When you’ve already had your engagement ring chosen for you, sometimes it can be difficult to decide which wedding ring is right for you. With so many different types of cut, colour, clarity and carat to choose from, it can be one of the most intense and daunting tasks before the big day arrives. Together with Angelic Diamonds, specialist retailers in bespoke wedding rings, we provide you with the definitive need-to-knows when it comes to choosing a ring that looks perfect on your finger.

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Diamond cut

Out of the four key characteristics of your ring’s diamond, cut is the most important. This is because the cut has the greatest influence on the diamond’s sparkle, meaning the better the cut, the more the diamond will sparkle on your wedding day.

You should keep in mind that just because a diamond has perfect clarity and colour grade, it can still appear dull. The only thing that keeps a diamond from looking dull is its cut. Ultimately, what is the point of choosing a diamond ring if it doesn’t sparkle?

Simply put, a diamond’s cut is dependent on its light performance – or what we generally consider it sparkle. So, the perfect ring with an ideal diamond cut will not be too shallow or too deep, and it will allow light to pass through it so that it reflects evenly throughout the diamond.

Colour

Of the four, this is the second most important factor when considering the perfect wedding ring.  The eye detects sparkle from the diamond cut first, and then detects the colour of the diamond second.

If you want to make the most of your wedding ring on a budget, then choose a near-colourless diamond grade between G-H. Colour will not be detected by the naked eye, which will make you and your diamond look perfect on the day. Colour in diamonds appears as a pale yellow, so if this is evident anywhere in the ring you are thinking about buying, we would recommend avoiding it. 

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Clarity

If you’re unsure as to what this means, the clarity of your diamond ring refers to the small imperfections that are within all diamonds, which are known as inclusions. The less inclusions in the ring, the better the clarity, which means your wedding ring will shine bright no matter where you are. However, a diamond with no inclusions may cost a small fortune, and be the sort of ring you will only see on a Kardashian finger, so you may need to make a small comprimise.

Don’t worry, if your ring only contains a few inclusions that are visible to the naked eye, it’s unlikely that they will be seen easily. By purchasing an SI (slightly included) quality diamond, you’re able to buy something visually stunning, without having to pay the cost of a diamond that contains no inclusions and no imperfections.

Carat

Many brides misunderstand this all-important factor when it comes to the 4cs, the carat weight of the diamond on your wedding ring. Many believe that it refers to the diamond’s size, and not its weight, this isn’t the case – so try to keep this in mind when choosing your ideal ring for the wedding.

The cut of the diamond will change how large the carat weight appears, so it’s important to get a good balance of both so that your ring sits well on the finger, but also provides you with the shine and brilliance you need to make heads turn on your wedding day. Remember, even the most beautiful ring could look wrong on your finger if it is too big or the wrong cut, so it is important to look at how the cut effects the carat.

Go-to quick tips

To make sure your ring matches the perfection of your wedding day, take these other factors into considerations when choosing your ring:

  • If carat weight is important to you, consider a diamond with a good cut, with an SI1-SI2 clarity and an I or J colour grade.
  • Keep in mind that based on the size of your finger, the larger the diamond will appear.
  • Not all ring fittings will fit all diamond carats and shapes, so it’s important to consider what type of diamond shape you’d like before choosing its design.