Sunday, 17 April 2011

Easter Special Offers

Just a quick update with easter fast approaching and to let our customers know that we will be closed for the Easter break from 2.30pm Thursday 21st April until Tuesday 26H April 2011 when we return to normal trading and all orders will be processed. This is due to the Royal Mail not collecting or delivering on these dates. And don't forget its another long weekend the following week due to the Royal Wedding and the 1st May bank holiday.

We have added lots of new item to our special offer section and all items are priced to go so once they are gone they are gone so be quick, here are a few

 Well that's enough for today got to go do some work, until next time…..take it easy

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Whats your preference ear piercing or body jewellery piercing?

For me the answer to that question is both! I have had my ears pierced since I was 2 years old and at the ages of 12 and 14 (if memory serves) had other sets of ear piercings, thus now have 3 rows :)

My own preference are hoops for my ears but I understand that isn't for everyone and studs are preferred, be it shiny CZ gems, faux pearl or plain sterling silver. But there are plenty of other places to pierce your ears other than the lobe, there is conch, tragus, diath and the helix piercing. For my cartilage piercing I use a surgical steel bar with a nice shiny CZ gem. These fit snug to the ear so your hair doesn't get caught up in them and they don't stick in the side of your head whilst you sleep and I am fond of the shiny gems. But you can use BCRs if you prefer.

Well that's enough for today got to go do some work, until next time…..take it easy

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Nose piercing jewellery

Some thought it was a fad and would fizzle out, but since its been around for the best part of 4000 years we don't think so. There are different types of body jewellery that can be used in nose piercings from stud or screw types and even rings/hoops. Which ever is your preference these types of jewellery come in different metals or plastic. These can include surgical steel, 14k gold, sterling silver and of course flexi shafts. Nose piercings take approximately 2-3 months to heal completely but can heal quicker than that if the new piercing is taken care of properly. Most nose piercings are done through the curve of your nostril and should never be pierced using a gun

Well that's enough for today got to go do some work, until next time…..take it easy

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Discriminated against for body piercing!

After a visit to a supermarket a few weeks ago I was astonished to hear two women talking about a 'youngster' (their words not mind) in a quite shocking way.

We all think of discrimination automatically as skin colour or ethnicity which in the majority of cases is true, but is not the only way people discriminate. We all judge people everyday in different ways be it their colour, the clothes that they wear, the house they live in, car they drive the list goes on but you get my drift.

However it was the young lads body jewellery that these 'ladies' were discussing. I listened with interest as these women chatted on about how horrible it looked and how it shouldn't be allowed blah blah!

I really wanted to point out that body piercing just like tattoos are a form of body art and self expression and did not in any shape or form hinder this lads ability to scan their shopping!

Well a few days later I returned to the same supermarket to find the lad from my last visit wearing a plaster over his piercing! Being the person that I am (nosey that is) I had to go ask why he was wearing the plaster, I thought maybe an infection or something. It turns out that his bosses had made him cover it up as they find it offensive!

I was outraged by this as they seem to notice a piercing but not the chap with BO that work for them! I did enquire about him using a retainer, but he said he didn't like them as they stick out too far.

So on my next visit I took one of our new flat top push in retainers that sit almost flat to the skin.

Well that's enough for today got to go do some work, until next time…..take it easy

Monday, 6 December 2010

Belly piercings and pregnancy

Recently we had an enquiry from someone that just found out they were pregnant and was worried about their belly piercing. The concern was that the belly bar that she presently had was steel and didn't want to remove the navel bar and wanted to know if we could help.

Of course the problem with steel belly bars is that you can't leave them in for scans and that the steel bar wouldn't adjust to the way your body changes during pregnancy. Standard steel body jewellery would not adjust to the way your body changes during pregnancy and because your skin tightens with the growing baby steel jewellery can tear your piercings.

Miss Shimmer does offer pregnancy belly bars. These bars are great for leaving in for scans as they are made of quality PTFE and bend. Our new range of pregnancy barbells are an ideal solution. These come in a pack of 10 standard nickel free flexi belly bars with 10"s of flexible wire included so that you can cut it to the length you require and re-thread it with the ball. The flexible wire is made of Bioplast which is also nickel free and totally safe to use with any balls you wish, this also means that you don't have to remove your body jewellery during pregnancy.

Well that's enough for today got to go do some work, until next time…..take it easy

Saturday, 6 November 2010

I've stretched my ear, will my piercing shrink back?

Well the answer to that question isn't simple and depends on the speed that you stretched and how far you have gone. If you stretch the piercing to fast can cause tearing in your piercing and this can develop scar tissue. So the rule of thumb is too stretch slowly.

Miss Shimmer body jewellery has a variety of stretchers to help you stretch your ear lobes slowly and safely. Our U shaped Bull Horn Tapers will help you achieve your desired piercing, and these tapers will enable you to stretch out your piercing without tearing.

Alternatively you could use ear stretching straight tapers, but before starting stretching you should consider how large you want to stretch your piercing too.
Most piercing stretchers go to 00g/10mm which is it recommended if you wish to reduce your piercing at a later date. However there is no guarantee that your piercing will shrink back without surgery and it must be taken into consideration that scar tissue is a major factor in shrinkage.

Another factor to take into consideration if you should wish to shrink down is the age of your piercing. It has been suggested that after several years a piercing may shrink down a little but it is unlikely to go back to where it started.

We strongly advice that you bare that in mind before stretching and to stretch slow.

Well that's enough for today got to go do some work, until next time…..take it easy

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Stretchings your piercings be it plugs or flesh tunnels

Its been a while so apologises from us but we have been busy sourcing new products. One the latest crazes is called stretching. Every seen a teenager with a huge gauge plug or taper in their ear? Well this is what we are talking about. Tribes have been doing this for years and no doubt you have seen it on TV documentaries over the years. But this new fashion statement isn't just for teenagers Gok Wan is one of the most famous (in our opinion) wearers of the acrylic taper and man does he wear it well. Oh yes we are big fans of the Gok here at Miss Shimmer 'luv ya girlfriend'. However back to the point, caution must be taken when stretching your ears due to bacteria getting into it but we will go into that at a later date with our guide on proper stretching methods.
If you like the look but really don't want to stretch for real than a cheater taper maybe what you are looking for. These come in a variety of beautiful coloured gems at the centre and have the look of an 00g or 10mm taper and can be used in regular pierced ears.
Well that's enough for today got to go do some work, until next time…..take it easy