So remember how I got my nose pierced last Christmas! I wrote about it here....
Nose Rings: The Things No One Tells You
After I waited my time and could FINALLY change it, I bought a gorgeous gold and diamond stud from Beyond Body that I LOVE. It felt safe and nice, but I knew all along, that eventually, I'd want to try a HOOP. Eeek!
Fast forward a few months, and I get this great little package in the mail from a blog reader, Amy. Sweet Amy was so excited and thankful for the nose ring post, that she literally went out the next day and got hers done. WOW! Rock star status!!! :)
She wanted to send a little token of her thanks. Here it is! What a FUN piece of mail to get!!!!
Amy found these cool sterling silver hoops in 3 sizes per set, at Abbie's Jewerly in Ashville River Arts Mall. They are called the Goldilocks Hoop set.
The reason they are called this name, which by the way is so stinking clever, is that there are 3 sizes to try!
One will be too big, one will be too small, and one will be just right for your nose. I wouldn't have had ANY idea what size to order, so I was really thankful for a set of 3 to try on.
The sizes are 8, 10 and 12 mm.
Once upon a time, Goldiltonya wanted to change her nose ring to a hoop! She was so excited to have been gifted a box of not one, not two, but THREE! 3 beautiful nose rings!
She went for the 12 mm first, because it was big and shiny, and when she measure it up to her nose piercing and nose hole, it seemed to be correct.
She gently opened the ring and stuck it up her nose. Would she EVER get used to this part? ICK!
She fished it around in there a bit, surprised how easily it found the piercing hole and peeked through the other side.
OH MY, she exclaimed, this nose ring is TOO BIG!!!!
Even before she closed it, she could tell it was going to be huge. No go. Out it came.
She carefully pulled it out and tried the Momma Bear medium. It had to be JUST RIGHT.
Nope, still too big.
That left the teeny tiny baby ring! How would something so so so tiny and dainty ever fit inside her giant nose hole without getting LOST on the way?! Should she leave a bread crumb trail? Give up and go back to the L bar diamond stud?
She fished and twitched, she worked and worked, and viola, out it came out. Lo and be-HOLED, it FIT!
YAY!!! Just right!
And she squealed to herself and tried not to go cross eyed looking down at it because it was so shiny and pretty. And she lived happily ever after, the end.
Ready to SEEEEEEEEE?!?!?!?!
I am going to show you 2 ways to wear it.
So cool thing about this nose ring, is the little bead moves. You can leave it out, mid way, or tucked inside for different looks. COOL!
So, what do you think???
I am totally digging it! Its sassy and fun, also super light weight.
Dale? Not so much. That stinker! But he hasn't liked it from the get go so his opinion doesn't count this time around. ;)
Thank you, Amy for your thoughtful gift! I LOVE it!
I got my nose pierced Christmas of 2016. I had decided that August, when I turned 35, that it was time to do it. It wasn't until Florida that I found a place, as we walked around the Christmas light strewn downtown area.
Yes, I was more than nervous! Yes, it hurts. But only for a second, its a big ol' needle, so don't LOOK! They really have to push hard to get it to go through your skin and tissue. (shudders)
All in all, after the big owie, its not even as hot as your ears get. However, your face will feel hot and will be swollen like you got in a fight. doTERRA Lavender oil to the rescue!!!! It was down substantially by the time we got to the car.
I grew up in a conservative farming community and have Amish roots. My grandmothers family left the Amish church when she was 8. We grew up in the Mennonite church, and this the single, solitary rebellion of my life. Or an early mid life crisis? Hee hee! :)
You can call it whatever you want, I call it SASSY.
Well, being at the 6 month mark, means I can finally CHANGE out the piercing stud thingy. It used to fit fine, but the closer we got to half a year, the more it stuck out. SUPER ANNOYING!
Looks normal enough right?
BAM! Silver booger.
So apparently, the nose is SO swollen from the needle trauma the first 6 months, they have to use a large L shape nose ring to accommodate. As you heal, the nose swelling inside goes down too, and this original nose ring becomes too big, and rotates around and sticks out.
(Phew! I was glad to learn this, I thought it was just the shape of my nose holes or something!)
This size difference means as I am talking, it works it way out of my nose hole. Middle of an oil class, middle of church, laying out by the pool, talking with someone, washing my face.....out it comes! And that means I need to push it back up in.....
Well, I am telling you right now, no matter how sneaky or intentionally you try to do this, IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE PICKING YOUR NOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That means its time to change it out! I found a highly recommended company called Alluring Body, to order a nice quality gold and diamond nose ring, and had it shipped ahead to my Colorado hostesses address.
They really take the time to visit with you and see what fits your look and needs, so I'd recommend you email or call before officially placing an order. I learned from the consultant, that you have to get the L shape nose ring until the year mark, or you can tear your hole and damage it.
No hoops, corkscrew or the rod style with the little ball on the end until later, like after a year. These things take lots of time to heal up!
Eeek! Here goes nothing, I have been having nightmares about changing this thing out!
What if I can't find the hole again?
What if the new nose ring sticks out just like the old?
What if I drop it down the sink and have to spend more money to get a new one AND deal with the silver booger longer?
A towel in the sink in case I get dropsy and here goes nothing:
EEEEK! I am freaking out! It feels so weird.....
PHEW! That wasn't so bad. Only took a second to get this one out and the new one in!!!!! YAY!!!!!!! No more silver boogers! (Or gold in this case!)
Look at the size difference:
TA DAAAAAAAAAA!!!! I am in love! its gold and sparkly and not too big at all inside my nose hole!
So what have I learned this past 6 months?
1 - KELOIDS are REAL!
And they are yucky and hard to get rid of. I didn't take a photo, but here is one from google.
A Keloid is basically a piercing bump. Here is a photo, not mine, but it looked about like this.
I was so sure I would never get a keloid, because I cleaned my nose ring religiously with on guard soap and followed instructions. I was super duper careful not to hit it or get makeup on it. And I didn't break the rules and change out my nose ring too soon, either, because that's what rule followers DO! ;)
Things went well for a few months, but then I got hit in the nose by my buddy Pax. RIGHT on my nose ring. Oh my, did my eyes ever water!
Next, I caught it on my washcloth, bam, pulled almost clear out. THEN (it musta been swollen at this point) I caught it on the blanket at night while rolling over....OUCH!
And there it is, a yucky ol' Keloid.
This happened about 3 different times, with various reasons of trauma, and lasted several long weeks before I found something that worked to reduce it in just days. I tried EVERYTHING.....
Silver Shield to the rescue!!!! I'd put some colloidal silver on a q-tip and cleaned around the keloid outside and the nose hole inside. Was very cool and soothing and worked like a charm!
2 - BOOGERS
BIG, giant plate like boogers that build up behind that little L shaped hook.
It snuck up on me at first. Your nose is super tender and you don't want to touch it. One day I realized I couldn't breathe out of my left nostril. I don't like to dig and pick even when my nose isn't sore, so I grabbed a q-tip.
HOLY BOOGERZILLA! No wonder I couldn't breathe anymore. It was like the wall of China, huge, long and nothing was passing through!
So use a q-tip and be careful, but get those boogies out regularly so you don't sufficate.
3 - Re-Learn How To Blow Your Nose!
The first cold is the worst. You can't quite squeeze and wipe like you used to, so you almost have to learn all over again. Kinda like when you were a kid and couldn't figure out the art of the Kleenex.
At one point I just rolled the Kleenex really skinny and shoved it up in there to sop it up so I wouldn't have to squeeze.
4 - You MIGHT Be Allergic.
Jewelry containing nickle, cobalt or white gold can cause allergic reactions. I had peeling skin and a super itchy nose until I started using coconut oil on it regularly. I knew I couldn't change for 6 months, so I kept at it, and kept the peeling and itching manageable.
My new piece is called the 2mm Stunning Diamond 18k gold L shape post stud, and shouldn't cause any issues.
5 - Make Up Sponges Are Sneaky Little Nose Ring Snatchers!
Beware! When doing your make up, you WILL get caught on the prongs of your earring, and it WILL pull out of your nose part way, down to the L.
Slow down, take your time on that area, and you will reduce your chances of watering off all your eye make up, as you do lamaze to breathe through the pain and gag reflex.
6 - You will LOVE Your Nose BLING!
I cannot believe what this did for me. It makes you feel pretty, a fun new something, but not bold enough to cause a scene. Just a wee bit of sass to add a lift to your step and a sparkle to our nose! After the year mark, I want to buy a little hoop!
Good news is, after a whole week of having the new one in, I literally cannot tell its even THERE!!! Super light weight, no silver boogers, yay! I love the bigger diamond in a nice finish. I can blow my nose again!
If you decide to go for it, find a clean and well rated place to do it, buy high quality pieces once you can change your ring out, don't mess with it, or change to early, and enjoy the new, bolder YOU! :)
I turned 35 this August. 35 just sounds so OLD. So GROWN UP. So ADULT.
I decided to do something nice for myself, something daring. Something I had always wanted to do....
Get my nose pierced!
Yup, good little Mennonite, Bible belt raised, me has always wanted some kind of piercing.
Nose or eyebrow was what I was always thinking, but in the end, I decided NOSE for the win......
And then I chickened out. Again and again and again.
Almost 6 months later, and still no nose piercing. Sigh.
Maybe it was never meant to be.....
So Christmas has passed and we are in the lala land between it and New Years, and we decide to go downtown to see the lights and grab some supper at this little teeny amazing place in the square.
It was awesome! We are just walking around enjoying the lights, in sandals mind you, which feels odd while looking at lights.....when what do we walk by but a piercing and tattoo parlor.
Oh jeepers! Here we go. My heart is RACING!
And of all things, its OPEN. My step mom, Drea and future step sis in law, Torrey, go in to see if they have an opening.
I am on the sidewalk, as far away from the door as possible, deep breathing, and half praying they don't, and secretly wondering if they do, so I can just DO THIS THING ALREADY!
They come out, she has an opening RIGHT NOW. Are you ready?
O holy nose......
Ready or NOT, here we go!
Never been in a tattoo and piercing parlor before, it was pretty and colorful! And loud. While I signed papers, doused myself in essential oils and signed my nose away, a lady was shrieking and screaming from the back.
This is comforting. NOT.
Applied more oils like 3 times. Thank the LORD for Balance and On Guard!!!! Stress city for a germaphobe. And I hate needles, eeek!
It hurt, bad you guys. Not have a baby bad, which by the way, I told the lady before hand that I'd rather have a baby again instead of face her needle in my nose, but BAD. Like punch you in the face with a hot poker bad. But short and quick, then dull throbbing. Thank goodness Torrey let me squeeze her hand super tight. They would only let one other person in with me and she was nice enough to volunteer.
The job was done, and now it was time for Lavender to the rescue!!!! My hot lip, red nose and puffy cheek, quickly went back to normal, thanks to it's awesome super powers. And I carefully cleaned it with melaleuca and on guard oil to prevent unwanted bacteria.
It's healing up nicely and actually feels like I have always had one......kinda sassy and fun!
Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to me.....FINALLY! ;)
I hashtagged this photo on the RV oilers instagram page with #diamondboogers, and who KNEW that was a THING?! There are lots of posts with that tag! WHAT?!
Who "nose" what else is out there in the hashtag world..... ;)
Hugs friends, T