Guest Post: Get Ready For New Year’s Eve Fast!

Guest Post by Brigitte Evans of High Style Life

The winter holiday season is a time for celebration. All the holidays are tightly bound and you get yourself a good two weeks of having fun with your friends and family while eating delicious food and getting presents! You then get to usher in a new year!

However, this winter wonderland is often spoiled with the amount of work we have to do around the holidays. Panic struck, every company and every school places a ton of work in front of you which you need to complete before the holidays or worse, during the holidays. That is why, as we get older, the amount of work increases and we need to find a way to work fast and be efficient. The ultimate goal is to still be able to celebrate the holidays guilt-free, which leaves very little time for actually preparing for the most magical night of the year. Luckily, we’re here to help out with some tips on how to manage to prepare for this night despite numerous obligations.

Pamper yourself

When it comes to nurturing your skin, multitasking is a natural process. You can definitely study or work at home while wearing a mask or waiting for your skin to soak in creams and lotions. You can also use scrub treatments while showering and apply hair products that will give your hair that velvety seductive look you crave. Start doing this at least a week before New Year’s and make sure to do it intensively. The sooner you start, the better the results will be. Having smooth, gentle and healthy skin is half the work for looking beautiful and the best thing of all is that it doesn’t cost you a lot of time.

Outsource

As you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, get yourself a mani-pedi and visit the dentist. It’s a time saver and at the same time, it’s something that will contribute to your general appearance. There are quick ways to refresh your smile and if you want to do that, there is a  great dentist from Sydney at Quality Dental that can examine you and recommend some of the procedures that will quickly beautify your smile. As far as nails are concerned, it’s much faster to have someone do them than doing them yourself. Otherwise, it would take too much time and the results probably wouldn’t be as good as your cosmetician’s work.

New year Make-up

On the other hand, you can do your own make-up even if that seems more time-consuming. Make-up needs to be done on the very day of New Year’s and therefore, needs to be scheduled in advance. In case you have a lot of work to do and you are unsure about your plans for the 31st of December, don’t worry. There are plenty of tutorials and advice online for doing your own make-up. For instance, Maybelline recommends a shimmery look that involves a lot of glitter and a bold lipstick. That way, you won’t be able to escape anyone’s sight.

Be healthy

Most importantly, you cannot look good if you’re not healthy. That is why you need to do your part and eat well, try to rest and stay hydrated. Going for a run here and there and doing some workouts would also be great, if you have the time. Not only will you look much better, but you’ll also feel better and you’ll have that natural glow and a spark in your eyes that no make-up can give you. That’s why under no circumstances should you neglect your own health as it’s the base of beauty.

As you can see, there are ways to be well prepared for New Year’s despite infinite chores and duties that accompany it. Don’t forget that the way you feel affects your appearance. That is why you should try to be happy and do what feels good. That way, you’ll be able to look great almost effortlessly and when the time comes for actually beautifying yourself, your job won’t be that hard with healthy, pampered skin, hair and teeth. Just add some make-up and put on your New Year’s outfit and you’ll be good to go!

Meet Doe Deere! The Beauty Entrepreneur’s Morning Routine

SPONSORED GUEST POST: Kelly Hammond of Perennial Relations 

My introduction to this post 

Hi, there lovely followers! 

I am thrilled to be hosting this guest post! Kelly Hammond works with Doe Deere and I was specifically approached for this opportunity, which I am extremely flattered by and grateful for. Lime Crime is one of my favourite cult brands and it is amazing that Doe Deere even came across my blog let alone requesting to use it as a platform for a sponsored post! I hope you enjoy reading it! 

Who is Doe Deere? 

Doe Deere is one of the most well-known beauty entrepreneurs. She is the founder, CEO and owner of Lime Crime Makeup, one of the most popular makeup brands available now. Lime Crime is known for its Unicorn mascot which in Doe’s words represents individuality, rare beauty and compassionate kindness to all animals.  

Doe Deere is a rebel at heart and a self-proclaimed Unicorn Queen! Her unique vision and love for colour in all her ranges has attracted millions of beauty fans and continues to do so. Her personal values, which include promoting and creating cruelty-free and vegan products, permeate through everything she produces. 

The birth of Lime Crime

Lime Crime Makeup came into being two weeks before Halloween in 2008. Doe wanted to find cosmetics that matched her colourful, eccentric wardrobe, so she decided to create one! In 2009, Lime Crime introduced Unicorn Lipsticks, a radical range of lip colours with a sparkling unicorn on the packaging. The Velvetines range followed in 2012, putting the liquid lipstick craze on the map! And how can we forget her unique and dazzling Diamond Crusher Lip Toppers which have paved the way for a whole trend of similar products from other brands!  

Doe oversees all product development with her Unicorns in mind, and she considers her followers to be the biggest source of inspiration! She is a highly regarded influencer in the beauty community for refusing to quit her daydream. Doe encourages other aspiring entrepreneurs to do the same!

What’s Doe Deere’s morning routine? 

Just like most successful people, Doe Deere considers her mornings to be one of the most important parts of her day. But the beauty mogul isn’t only about her makeup and looks, and meticulously plans every minute, down to the very last detail. Here is a look at how Doe Deere spends her mornings. 

Doe Deere usually wakes up at eight thirty in the morning. She always makes sure that she goes to bed early the previous night and gets at least eight to nine hours of sleep. Doe stands by the age-old tip that a good night’s sleep can give you better-looking skin, which is why she tries always to stay true to this! Doe says that she usually doesn’t need to keep alarms since her body clock naturally wakes her up at the right time every morning. She can usually just decide a time that she wants to start out her day at and wakes up in accordance to that! 

Doe starts out her day by drinking a glass of water. Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning is great for your overall health and skin, which is why she always does that. Through the day, she tries to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.  

To then get her body ready for the day, Doe indulges in a few light exercises. Stretches and a little bit of light yoga are Doe’s preferred choice of exercise. She openly stated that she isn’t a very athletic person, but still tries her best to stay fit and healthy, and not slack off!  

The next thing that Doe Deere does is prepare her breakfast. She is an incredibly professional vegan cook and can whip up any meal that she wants. Normally, for breakfast, Doe likes to eat grits or even yoghurt with fruits and nuts. Along with her breakfast, she likes to have a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice that she gets from the trees that grow in her backyard! She tries to keep her breakfast as healthy and fresh as possible.  

Doe also considers her mornings as an important time to sit and plan her day. While having her breakfast, she tries to plan the day ahead and thinks of what she needs to do. She also uses the calendar app on her phone to make a note of all the tasks that she needs to complete. During her mornings, she also coordinates with the people working at Lime Crime and sends and receives emails about the company.  

Even though it may seem like her mornings are tightly scheduled, Doe Deere tries her best to stay as technology free as possible to indeed make the most out of that little time that she gets to herself, when she isn’t the boss to the employees at Lime Crime! She sometimes likes to think of the direction that the company should take in the future, and also the new products that she wants to introduce to her customers through Lime Crime at this time in her day.  

The last thing that Doe Deere does before she sets off for work is her makeup! She considers this to be her most favourite part of the day and it is what inspired her to start up her company in the first place. She plans her looks according to her outfits and tries to vary it every day! Before she puts on her makeup, she tries to cleanse her face as thoroughly as possible. She uses good quality products, which is another secret to her flawless skin. She loves to listen to music whilst she makes herself up and always makes sure to spend time with her two Persian cats! 

The rest of Doe’s day is spent in the office with her team, in and out of meetings and socialising. If her creative juices are flowing she will easily work until midnight!  

For more information about Doe Deere and her amazing makeup, check out the Lime Crime’s collection here! 

The Moroccanoil Christmas Collection – A Treat for your Hair!

Hello lovely followers!

Whose enjoying the Christmas season? I feel like I am still trying to fully embrace it, which is unusual for me but I think that’s because I am still completely focused on writing as many blog posts as possible!

If you follow me as a blogger and on social media you will have seen some of the great products I have been writing about in previous posts. Today’s post is no exception! In this article, I am sharing my review of the amazing product Moroccanoil, which I was gifted by the company themselves through my lovely blogging group Beauty Blog Collective – do check us out, as there are some other awesome beauty bloggers in the group!

So, what is MoroccanOil?

Moroccanoil is made from pure argan oil. Argan oil comes from the nut of the argan tree, which grows in the Mediterranean. The oil is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is meant to hydrate and smooth hair, skin and nails. It also provides UV protection! Moroccanoil sources the best quality argan oil using the cold press system and ensures its products don’t  contain any additives, preservatives or colourants.

Most people know Moroccanoil for the wonderful hair oil but the brand actually produces products for the body, face and home too! In this instance, they sent me a couple of items from their Christmas shop, both of which focus on the hair oil.

What did I receive?

I received a lovely package containing the following:

  1. A Moroccanoil Treatment Ornament
  2. A Full-Size Moroccanoil Treatment Light
  3. A Moroccanoil Signature Scented Candle

I was very excited to try everything, especially the Light treatment which is designed for fine hair! I tested both oils for a couple of weeks and my thoughts on both are below.

The Original Moroccanoil Treatment Ornament

This ornament is such a great idea! It can be hung on your Christmas Tree or used as a stocking filler and is the perfect size for travel. The packaging was simple and elegant for the festive season. As for the oil, as I expected it smelt heavenly and is a beautiful amber colour. It feels rich in your hand but surprisingly it does not leave an oily residue on your skin!

I applied this oil immediately after washing my hair when it was still quite wet, on dry hair and in the morning and at night. On wet hair, it absorbed within seconds and I only used a pea-sized amount. This easily covered the lengths of my hair – you should not apply this oil to the roots if you have naturally oily hair (like I do) as it will make your roots more oily! On the hair length however it was excellent at smoothing the follicle, provided a gorgeous shine and your hair feels so silky once its dry! It also smells amazing and the scent lasts for hours!

On dry hair, it had the same effects BUT you have to be careful not to apply too much as it will weigh your hair down and make it look oily! You could literally smooth a fingertip’s worth on your hair and over frizzy areas and that is enough! Personally, I loved using it as a night-time treatment on wet hair so that it could really absorb into the follicles as it dried. That also produced the best results for me! Even though this is the miniature version, I know it will last ages as you don’t need to use much in one go.

The Moroccanoil Treatment Light

The Light version of the oil is excellent. You can actually tell it is lighter when you see it in your hand – the colour is slightly less amber coloured and the texture feels less heavy. However, it still has the same amazing effects on the hair! I used this oil in the same ways as the Original oil and I did notice that my hair felt less ‘heavy’ after using the Light version. Definitely still be careful using it on dry hair if you are prone to greasy roots but it works brilliantly on wet hair as a regular addition to your hair care routine. I would use the Light version more often and use the original as an intensive treatment!

The Moroccanoil Candle

This is a lovely gift item and it smells awesome! As soon as you remove the lid you are hit with the signature Moroccanoil scent and it lasts for hours! I have used the candle sparingly because I don’t want to use it up too fast! But, you don’t need to burn it for hours for the fragrance to fill the house! If you are a candle lover as I am, you will love this little extra!

Would I recommend trying Moroccanoil Treatment Oils?

Yes! Since using these oils, my hair has been smoother, softer and much silkier. It also speeds up drying time for wet hair massively! I have long reasonably thick hair and after applying this oil my hair would be completely dry within 30 minutes! After every use, my hair was in excellent condition and I also found my hair styled better when I used curling tongs and straighteners! Overall these oils are brilliant and definitely worth buying, they will last ages and you will easily see the difference they make to your hair!

Next, I want to try the face and body products! If they are as good as the hair oils, I will be a loyal customer for years to come! To see the entire collection and the Christmas shop check out the website here.

I hoped you enjoyed this post! I’d love to know about your experiences with Moroccanoil, leave me your comments! Don’t forget to subscribe and follow and feel free to share too! See you again soon!

Dips xxx

N.B. THIS BLOG IS NOT SPONSORED BY MOROCCANOIL AND IS PURELY BASED ON MY PERSONAL OPINION, BUT THE PRODUCTS WERE SUPPLIED AS A PR PACKAGE.