Remember those rings sold at the counter of every gas station which changed color based on your mood? Purple meant you were calm, blue meant you were happy and black meant you were stressed. Ever wonder how they worked?
According to the How Stuff Works website, mood rings are made by using either a hollow glass stone filled with thermotropic liquid crystals, or a clear glass stone sitting on top of a thin sheet of liquid crystals. The crystals move with increases or decreases in temperature, changing the way light is absorbed or reflected — thus creating a colorful representation of your mood.
And now, those mood-reflecting adornments, a big hit during the '90s, are making a comeback in new ways. Why not accessorize your mood with lipsticks, earrings and even fingernail polish?
Your lips will be the talk of the Valentine's Day party with a color-changing lipstick from labels including Sally Beauty (Mood Lips) and Fran Wilson (MOODmatcher). The lipstick pigments change color based on the unique chemistry of your skin, made possible by a dye called Red 27. The dye is clear in its dry, waxy state, but turns different shades of pink when exposed to the moisture of your lips. For instance, a blue stick turns fuchsia, yellow turns pastel pink and black turns bright, berry purple.
While these color changes are not marketed as a reflection of your mood, they are full of attitude nonetheless.
This accessory works the same as mood rings, with shifting crystals. Upping the personal customization, you can find a variety of different styles through wholesalers like Amazon and Best Mood Rings, from studs to dangling teardrops. If you want to take a trip down memory lane, you can even get some butterfly-shaped mood earrings. Hopefully, this month they'll turn violet — the color to show you're in love.
Polishes like In the Mood and LeChat's Perfect Match are made possible by the use of thermal pigments, which change color when exposed to different temperatures. While similar to those mood rings of yore, the feelings this accessory promises to reflect are more sophisticated. For instance, purple to pink means you're feeling devious; teal to mint means you're feeling nervous; purple to gray means you're feeling zen. And collectively, they mean you've got a great conversation-starter, which is the best accessory of all.