GUEST POST: Date Night Ready- From Head to Toe!

Guest Post by Brigitte Evans of High Style Life – Getting ready for a big date!

In the last few days, you have done all the necessary prep activities, from visiting a beautician to intensifying your gym routine. Not to mention getting that perfect LBD with lace embellishments. Now it is time to get ready and add some final touches so as to look great and feel confident on your date night.

So let’s start.

Relaxation routine

Fill up the bathtub, add some lavender oil and just relax. You can opt for a gentle scrub and top off the experience with a nice glass of red wine and some scented candles. Now that you have taken the time to just relax and enjoy a soothing bath the next step is applying lotion and other products so as to feel fresh and to make your skin feel smooth. Opt for neutral scented lotions and cream as to avoid mixing too many fragrances since you will be also putting on a stronger perfume for the date night.

The perfect hair

Gentle flowy locks, or smooth straight hair, whichever style you choose the key is to go for that romantic feel. And if you are not feeling great about your volume you can always get some clip in hair extensions and improve the overall look of your hair. They will blend in perfectly and he won’t even notice them, all he will see is your beautiful rich hair gently touching your face over a candlelit dinner. A great hairstyle boosts our confidence and that is exactly what we need in order to have a successful, carefree date night.

Those eyes, those lips

Makeup is essential for feeling great on a date night. But be careful, going overboard when it comes to amounts is never a good option. Instead, choose tempered tones that accentuate your natural beauty. When it comes to eyes, a smokey eye is the most romantic option while a red lip is the detail that will elevate your entire look. In addition, make sure you choose the right shade of eyeshadow to compliment your eye colour, the smoky eye effect looks great even with deep green or dark maroon tones. In this case try to restrain yourself from putting on lip gloss, as it can get quite sticky and ruin a romantic kiss.

The little details

As they say, the devil is in the details, so when we said from head to toe it is exactly right. Your manicure needs to be romantic and subtle. Overstated nails are not something you want to have on a date night. So stay away from neon colours and sparkles. And the same goes for your toes, especially if you opt for open toe pumps, light neutral colours are ideal for this occasion. Your dress and make up will do the wowing, not every part of your body needs to be in the spotlight. Don’t forget a subtle necklace to accentuate the bust line and pair of soft earrings to tie the whole look together. You will be stunning.

Finally – the outfit

There is no question about it, a little black dress is everyone’s favourite date night choice. It can be paired up with a stunning pair of stilettos and a light silk scarf. In case you feel quite bold you can opt for a little red dress that is sure to be an ultimate show stopper. The main thing is to feel confident in any outfit you choose so that you can oose positive energy and strength. Don’t forget, opt for knee length, you don’t want to spend the night pulling on your dress.  It is always a great option to layer up slightly, in case there is a romantic walk at the end of the night. You wouldn’t want something like a lower temperature to spoil the romance.

There you have it, you are now ready for that perfect date night. The one thing that is bound to make it memorable is your self-esteem and positive attitude. If we feel good about ourselves we are able to create a great atmosphere, spark vivid conversation ad simply enchant the person we are with. And all this prep is just for that so that we can feel great about ourselves on that special night!

Thanks for reading this guest post – hope you enjoyed it!

Dips xxx

 

 

 

 

Spring 2018 – An Update on my Beauty Blogger Journey!

Hello lovely followers! I hope you are all well and enjoying the onset of Spring, new beauty trends and better weather!

Can you believe it is already Spring 2018 and I have not posted since February! I cannot apologise enough for my absence, but if you read my earlier post in January 2018, you’ll know this year has been a little crazy! This post is focused on updating you all on what’s happened in the last few weeks!

So, in January I unexpectedly lost my legal job. Naturally, finding a new one became my top priority. As luck would have it, this scary turn of events led me down the path of self-employment! I have been a lawyer for many years and I have always worked for a law firm – it never really occurred to me to work as a self-employed consultant. However, once I was thrown back into the job seeking world, I noticed that there were more and more opportunities to work this way. In addition, many of the law firms I applied to for regular employed work were not responding quickly or at all whereas I was being approached by a few businesses about self-employed work. I took that to be a sign that maybe it was time for a change!

I now work as a consultant solicitor from home (which is heaven!) and can work as many or as few hours and days as I want. My work comes from an innovative law firm in London and I can control how much work I take on. Right now I am taking on a sizeable amount for financial reasons but the hope is that in another few months I can take a more relaxed approach, leaving me time to do other things such as makeup work and blogging! I am also taking on contracts from other companies so I will have a few income streams! All in all, its been a whirlwind and there’s still a lot I need to put in place but its been so freeing to work in a way that suits me!

Whilst setting up my self-employed consultancy, I still managed to find time to take on other ventures. One of them was to create my own app for my blog! I was approached by a company called App Spot who explained the ease with which I could design my own app for a reasonably inexpensive cost so I thought, why not? It is a great way to get in front of more people and hopefully will attract more followers!

The company representative I dealt with was excellent and he guided me through each stage of the process via email until my app was finally ready to go live! He even dealt with some stages for me to speed the process up! It is now available for free on the Android market under the name All Things Beauty and will allow people to keep up to date with my posts on the go! If you enjoy reading my blog, why not go and take a look at my app? I can also put anyone who is interested in creating their own blog app in touch with App Spot – just leave me a request in the comments below!

If that wasn’t enough, I also decided that 2018 would be the year I started a makeup YouTube channel! It has been something I have contemplated for a while but I could never find the time to research it or to film anything! However, I have finally set my channel up now and I have filmed a tutorial which I am finalising before uploading it! When it is live I will of course post on social media and on my blog so watch this space! It’s unlikely I will be able to upload videos regularly to start with simply because of my new job but my eventual aim is to upload once or twice every week. I hope those of you that love my makeup looks will subscribe to my channel!

In February, I also managed to attend the Professional Beauty Show in London. I attended this event last year and posted my review in March 2017 – check it out here. I had high hopes that it would be even better this year than last year but sadly it was nowhere near as good. This year had a much bigger emphasis on equipment for salons and beauticians with far fewer makeup brands present. Suffice to say I did not buy anything! That being said, I will still attend next year as it a free event and hopefully, next year will have a makeup focus again!

So, that covers what I have been doing since my last update! Now, I am focusing on Spring trends and releases so I can start writing more posts for all of you in the coming weeks! Now that I am working again, I can finally allow myself to buy new makeup and there have already been some gorgeous releases which I have managed to get my hands on! I won’t give too much away now but if you keep an eye on my social media you will see some of my purchases and the looks I create with them!

I have also started receiving far more interest from brands seeking to collaborate with me to test new products! And it isn’t just makeup – I have been gifted with jewellery, bags, and skincare, all of which I have been posting about on Instagram! Watch out for future blog posts about some of the items I have received too!

Finally, if you’re keeping up to date with the beauty industry calendar, you will know May is host to two big events – IMATS London and the Beauty UK Show! IMATS is probably the biggest beauty event of the year and is always worth a visit. Tickets are around £50 and I attended last year and had a great day – check out my review here.

The Beauty UK Show is in Birmingham and is a free event for people in the beauty trades! It is well worth a visit and I attended this show last year too, my review is here. Both IMATS and Beauty UK are happening on the same weekend in May, 20th and 21st, and I am planning to go to both again this year. If you have never been to either event why not book on? Let me know in the comments if you plan to go – we could arrange to meet up!

And that’s my update for now! 2018 is proving to be a challenging but ultimately positive year so far and I am hoping things will continue to go well! Keep an eye on my social media for more news from me and for confirmation when my YouTube video is available to watch! And check out my app if you get a chance – I’m hoping you all like the finished product!

If you enjoyed reading this post don’t forget to like, share and comment – I still love to hear from all of you! If you’re new to my blog, I hope you’ll become one of my regular followers!

See you soon,

Dips xxx

 

 

Guest Post: Reinvent Yourself in 2018!

Guest Post by Brigitte Evans of High Style Life

How to Give Yourself a Makeover

Although the way you look doesn’t define you as a person, it certainly reflects your style, taste and personality. It can also affect your self-confidence and self-satisfaction, so it’s important that you feel comfortable in your body and your clothes. Sometimes, all it takes is a simple change in your appearance to boost your self-esteem. Reinventing yourself can help you take a look at your inner self and discover who you really want to be. Thus, if you feel that this is a change you need, here are several simple tips that can help you attain your brand new look.

Give your skin a natural glow

Using makeup to cover your imperfections can hide them from others, but not from yourself. If you’ve been having problems with redness on your skin, acne or premature ageing, you should start your transformation by changing your skincare routine. Perhaps your current routine or the products you use don’t suit your skin type, so you should consider making a switch. If you’ve started showing signs of premature ageing, you should apply more sunscreen regularly and start using night creams. You should also consider using natural products that can nourish your skin properly. This can help you heal your skin and give it a natural, youthful glow. Not only will you not hesitate to use less makeup, but you’ll also minimise your previous insecurities.

Restyle your hair

From a new haircut to a new hair colour, there are plenty of ways to restyle your hair. Whether you decide to part your hair differently or start using different hair accessories, it’s important that your new hairstyle accentuates your facial features. You can also try ombre hairstyle, one of the most recent trends that enables you to simply highlight your ends or combine different colours. Another popular haircut for 2018 is bob, a style that can look quirky, casual, feminine and formal, and you just need to find out which style reflect your inner self.

Don’t forget your tattoos

We’ve all made a hasty decision or two in our lives, so if you have an ink reminder on your skin of a bad choice you’ve made when you were a rebellious teenager, don’t despair! You can get your tattoo covered with a new one, but make sure to go to a professional this time. On the other hand, if you don’t want more ink under your skin, you can always opt for safe laser tattoo removal and erase it completely. With state-of-the-art technology, there’s no need to spend the rest of your life regretting a decision you’ve made in your teen years.

Freshen up your wardrobe

Your outfits provide you with an opportunity to really reflect your personality through unusual accessories and authentically styled articles. Since buying new clothes can be quite expensive, you should reinvent your old pieces by wearing them differently or transforming them into new ones. You can also treat yourself to several new pieces of clothing, but if you’re on a tight budget, you should pick versatile articles that you can combine into different outfits. Changing your style completely is a great way to introduce a sense of novelty and you’ll have a world of inspiring choices. From edgy rock style, formal and elegant to casual yet feminine and charming boho chic, there’s plenty of fashionable options that can help you reinvent yourself.

Improve your figure

Whether you’ve wanted to lose a few kilograms or tone your muscles, it’s important that you make the first step. Exercising even for fifteen minutes can boost your energy and help you reshape your body. You don’t have to take up a rigorous workout routine as long as you’re regularly active. This will help you relieve stress and make you feel better about your body. You’ll be motivated to continue working on yourself and eventually, you’ll realise that you’re on your way to the body figure you’ve always wanted. Diet also plays an important role – you should switch to healthy, homemade foods and drink more water. You’ll quickly notice that you feel better, lighter and less bloated, which will improve the way you see yourself.

Reinventing your look can help you discover who you want to be and express your personality, resulting in greater self-satisfaction and improved self-esteem.

 

Hello 2018 – New Year, New Start & My Blog Anniversary!

Hi there, my fab followers!

Happy New Year! Can you believe its already the end of January 2018? I’m sorry for the radio silence until now. The start of 2018 has been somewhat eventful and challenging for me – keep reading to find out why!

So, 2017 was a great year in so many ways! I started this beauty blog, I managed to grow all my social media channels and I started actively working part-time as a makeup and hair artist! And I did all this whilst still working as a full-time solicitor! It was a tough year at times but overall, I feel I achieved a lot. I also made some great new blogging contacts and attended several fun beauty events!

The end of the year, however, was pretty stressful at work and I was very much looking forward to spending time at home with family over Christmas. I started suffering from severe eczema in the last part of 2017 due to stress and this lasted through to the start of 2018 when I finally managed to get it under control. Luckily, it has not resurfaced and I’m hoping it won’t!

If you have kept up with my blog, you will know that 2017 saw me writing for not only my blog but for a number of other forums too! I was so grateful to be approached by these sites to write beauty posts as it gave me additional avenues for promotion and helped me to improve my writing. The forums I wrote for were Greenide, Millennials365, Americanoize and ReallyRee. I also started writing for a new forum called Beauty Blog Collective at the end of the year. If you did not get to read all my posts you can find links to some of them below:

Greenide – Style

ReallyRee – Dipsjn

Americanoize – Beauty

Beauty Blog Collective

Unfortunately, Millennials365 changed to a new forum and their link is not operational right now but I will be reposting my blog post links through social media so keep an eye out for them!

The start of 2018 was pretty quiet and I decided to take a break from writing for other forums so I could focus my attention on my blog. I had so many post ideas to write about for All Things Beauty but never the time to write them! I will be working my way through these in the coming months.

In mid-January, I hit my 1 year anniversary for creating this blog! It seems like only yesterday I wrote my first ever post and now it’s a year on and I have written so many posts across different sites. It’s been a year of learning and growing in the blogging industry and I am very appreciative of the support all my lovely followers have given me! I hope you have enjoyed reading my content and will continue to do so! I plan to spend even more time working on my site and providing more benefit to all of you over this year!

Unfortunately, the middle of January also saw me being made redundant from my full-time legal role. This was completely unexpected and pretty scary! I am now having to find a new position as quickly as possible so I can keep up my financial commitments. Not a fun task to undertake at the start of a new year! It has also meant that much of my time has had to be spent scouring job sites instead of writing!

Despite the fact that 2018 has not started quite how I would have liked, as with all curve balls in life it has made me look for the positives.

Luckily, I have lost my job at a time when the job market is pretty active so I am hopeful of securing a new position in the not too distant future. I am also fortunate to have an amazing family and friends that will support me through this rocky period! Having time at home is also a blessing as I can spend time with my 3 beautiful cats, avoid the cold weather and focus my energy on my wellbeing and health (when I am not looking for work!). Lastly, it has allowed me to think about my blog and the direction I want to take with it. And I can finally catch up on reading articles and useful information I have saved for later! So, as much as I was pretty panicked about losing my job, and still am at times, I am trusting that it will be a blessing in disguise and everything will work out. When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade!

Thanks for reading this post, which is not my usual kind but an introduction to the whirlwind start of 2018! I hope to write new posts more often than last year. Naturally, be spending time looking for my next job too so please bear with me! Hopefully, in one of my next posts, I’ll be celebrating a new job!

If you liked this post, don’t forget to like, comment and share. I’d love to hear how your year has started!

Dips xxx

 

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! 

Guest Post: Simply Beauty Tips to Boost Your Self Confidence

Guest Post: Amy Mia Goldsmith is an Aussie blogger in love with fashion,  beauty, and style. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter. 

When was the last time you saw someone who was perfect? Perfection isn’t something we can achieve, though we may strive for it. However, people who are truly happy don’t have to be perfect in order to feel good about themselves. When you feel comfortable in your own skin and body, you get that inner glow that makes people notice and remember you, and that glow comes from having self-confidence.

Know your body type

In order to feel comfortable in your own body, you should first take time and really get to know your body type. This way, you will understand where you are most likely to put on weight, but also which clothes are best for you. If you have a thin waist, you can emphasize it by wearing pencil skirts and statement belts, shapely legs will look great in skinny jeans and knee-high boots, while those with extra weight around the middle should choose shirts and dresses with empire waist. When you wear clothes that complement your body type, you will feel confident and comfortable. This is one of the reasons why so many Australian women choose to create their own style, and not blindly follow trends.

Move it, Move it…

It’s amazing just how much physical activity can change our lives. Not only is working out great for losing weight and staying fit, but it improves your health as well as your mood. You don’t have to spend long hours sweating in a stuffy gym if you don’t want to – sometimes simple morning or evening jog, bike ride to the nearest park, or an hour at the swimming pool will be enough to improve your mood. In Sydney, many girls choose to take up pole dancing because it makes them feel sexy and powerful. Besides, once you start working out on regular basis, you develop a healthy habit which will keep you vital for many years to come.

Experiment with hairstyles

Many of us are reluctant to experiment and improvise when it comes to their hair, so we end up wearing the same hairstyle we liked back in high school. You would be surprised to discover just how different you would look if you decided to cut and/or dye your hair. Embrace the change, cut off your hair and donate it to an organization that makes wigs for children who are undergoing chemotherapy. Not only will you feel great with your new hairstyle, but you will know that your hair has helped someone in need.

Pamper yourself

You don’t have to spend a fortune and travel to an exotic destination to try out different mud treatments. You can pamper yourself in the comfort of our home; simply dedicate a day to you – put on comfy clothes, apply hair and face masks you can make in your kitchen, take a long, bubble bath, and watch your favourite movie. You will feel refreshed and ready to face new challenges after a spa day at home. 

Emphasize your best features

Very few of us were blessed with flawless skin, which is one of the reasons why makeup has become a form of art. Makeup allows us to cover minor imperfections, scars, blemishes, and freckles, and to really draw attention to our eyes and lips. Still, there are times when makeup alone just won’t do, which is why Aussie women choose cosmetic procedures. Dermal fillers in Perth are particularly popular since they don’t require surgery in order to get great results. If a professional helps you get rid of a minor imperfection that’s been bothering you for a long time, you will feel like a different person.

Remember that feeling good in one’s skin isn’t something that happens overnight. We need time, patience, and practice to overcome insecurities, but in the end, it’s worth it. Audrey Hepburn said that happy girls are the prettiest, and it’s happiness, not perfection, that we should all look for in life.

Sunday Reflections 

Hi there, lovely people,

I’ve finally found 5 minutes to share my positive thought for this week! This weekend has been non-stop but very fun and productive, leaving little time for much else!

This week, I’m sharing a different kind of post – this one really resonated with me:

What this means to me:

For those of you that know me a little, you will know my marriage broke down in 2013. By 2015 I was officially divorced.  In the intervening period, I took some time to reflect on my break up and reconnected with friends, family and most importantly, myself. It was a long, tough, but ultimately rewarding journey. It’s amazing how easily you can lose your sense of self when you’re trying to make a relationship work!

After the divorce was finalised, 2015 was the first year I tried to date again. It was an interesting experience – the last time I had dated anyone was in my mid-twenties! A lot had changed in the time I was married, there were so many new ways to meet people! I used online sites and apps, chatted to and met a few men but no one quite fit. Until I started chatting with one particular guy in the Summer of that year, who I really clicked with…. or so I thought. Funnily enough, I then met another guy in the Autumn as well who I also thought I clicked with!

Over the last 2 years, I have gotten to know both these men, but neither one has actively tried to be with me. They say all the right things and tell me how much they like me and find me attractive, sexy etc. but nothing more has come from either ‘relationship’. This has left me rather disillusioned and cynical!

Slowly but surely, I’ve distanced myself from both of them, and men in general!  It wasn’t that hard as neither of them is reliable at getting in touch unless they want something! But, there are certain guys in my life who have proven over time that not only do they think I’m beautiful on the outside but also on the inside. They are just good friends but always show they care. One of them contacted me this week to see how I was, at a time I was feeling a little blue and frustrated.  After speaking to him, I realised the truth of the quote above.

The Message

People are often drawn to others because of their physical beauty, before falling for personality too (if they do). Over the last couple of years, I’ve experienced this many times and whilst it’s always flattering to be found attractive, it’s far more fulfilling to be seen as an amazing person that people want to be around and have in their lives. People that take the time to find the beauty within you. My friend reminded me of that just by getting in touch and giving me a positive boost.

And so I’m passing the same message to all of you! Remember who really shows you that you’re beautiful, important and worth knowing – enjoy flattery and the attention of others but don’t let it define you or make you forget those people who will truly be there for you and appreciate you for everything you are! They’re the ones to treasure.

Enjoy what’s left of the weekend and catch up soon!

Dips xxx

Weekend Wisdom and Woolies!

Happy Sunday lovelies!

It certainly feels like Autumn now! I’ve been pulling out my winter wardrobe this week and all my winter woollies! As much as I don’t like the cold, I do love Autumn-Winter fashion, especially scarves and hats!

So, whilst curled up in my fleece loungewear and big fluffy socks, I’ve been reflecting on my week and what I’ve learnt. That led me to this week’s positive thought:

Why this quote?

This weekend I celebrated my dad’s 70th birthday and the lives of my maternal grandparents. My grandmother passed away last year and my grandfather nearly 10 years ago, both from old age. My family had a small get together with close friends to mark the occasion.  To contribute, I bought a massive birthday cake for everyone to share, for my dad’s birthday, as he doesn’t like presents.

What I didn’t know was that my dad had never had a surprise birthday cake or blown out birthday candles! He told me this after we sang happy birthday to him! He loved the cake and enjoyed the candle blowing ceremony, and I realised that something most of us take for granted, something we have likely all experienced, meant the world to him.

We don’t always realise that the little things we do mean more than the big things to the people we care about. From leaving a special random note for your partner to find to doing the dishes for your mum to sending a get well soon card to an ill friend, they all show how much you care in a small way.

We often forget that something simple to us might actually be significant to someone else. When my grandparents were alive, I did everyday things for them, like helping with shopping and cooking, which now I realise meant a lot to them, and vice versa. With friends, just sending a message to let them know you’re thinking of them whilst we’re all living hectic lives, can brighten their day.

What’s the defining factor is all of these actions? Love! I bought my dad a cake to show my love and his reaction was better than I could have hoped, way better than a conventional present and card. When we do small seemingly insignificant things to show our love and appreciation, with no expectations of anything, they will often mean far more than big grandiose gestures.

So, next time you’re deciding whether to buy something or do something for someone, maybe don’t go for an obvious or grand option – show your love through small meaningful acts.  You might not think it’s enough, but I bet the recipient will appreciate it way more than you expect!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Dips xxx

Sunday’s Contemplation over Coffee

Hey there lovely people,

As promised, I’m sharing another post about positivity, specifically the importance of being grateful and appreciating the beauty of family. For me, this quote could not be any truer than it has been this week:

Why this family quote?

This past week has been filled with ups and downs, at work and in my personal life! Normally, when things aren’t going as planned, makeup is my escapism and it calms me down, but even that didn’t help! From an unplanned and significant expense to a nervewracking trip to hospital to a cancelled date to looming deadlines, this week tested my stress levels and my optimism. People who know me well will know that very little can shake my optimism but even I have limits!

But, spending time with my family and seeking their help and advice gave me back my perspective and strength.  As I have gotten older, I have truly learnt the value of family. I’m very fortunate to have a very close and unique family unit filled with strong and determined people who don’t let life overwhelm them! No matter what is thrown at them they find a way to overcome it. I like to think that tenacity has been passed down to me!

It’s easy to forget in day to day life just how amazing family support can be and often it is taken for granted. I try to remind myself regularly that no matter how much we might argue, no matter how hard times can be, my family will always try to help, support and encourage me. That’s something to be forever grateful for. I hope that each of you has amazing families you can turn to in tough times!

My final thought for you – as my family told me this weekend, “whatever will be will be so there’s no point stressing, we’re here!”

Happy Sunday! See you again soon,

Dips xxx

Saturday’s Positivi-tea!

Hey beautiful people!

As part of my new blog ethos to spread optimism and remind everyone of the beauty in life, (as well as on our faces!), at some point every week I’m going to share at least one happy, positive thought or message on my blog! I’m sharing today’s thought whilst sipping a mug of tea in bed, hence the title!

Makeup is just one way I find the beauty, happiness and creativity in my life – there are many great things to experience, even when life is tough going.

Today’s message is:

It’s not always easy to find the time, or the money, to do what we really enjoy. But, if you’re lucky and cultivate lots of interests, there will be a few different things you love to do which you CAN slip into your life routine, even if it’s just sitting quietly for 5 minutes with a magazine. Life is pretty short and speeds by ridiculously quickly so don’t forget to enjoy the journey along the way and make time for your happiness! The worst feeling is to feel like life is passing you by and all you are doing is working and paying bills!

Here are some of the things that make me happy:

  1. Sitting in bed on a Saturday or Sunday morning, drinking tea and reading up on beauty news
  2. Playing with makeup!
  3. Blogging, of course!
  4. Taking photos for my Instagram
  5. Watching a good movie under a cosy blanket
  6. Reading a book I can’t put down
  7. Eating delicious food!
  8. Stroking and playing with my cats
  9. Baking my favourite cakes!
  10. Eating in different restaurants
  11. Visiting boutique stores
  12. Catching up with my closest friends

Share what makes you happy in the comments!

Enjoy your Saturday, catch up soon!

Dips xxx