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: Put Your Best Face Forward: Vegan, Halal & Organic Skincare

  Guest Post by Joanna Cheng – Check out her Bio below!

“I’m Joanna, a travel enthusiast that’s always been obsessed with beauty. I grew up playing with eyeshadows and lipsticks. Now that I’m an adult, I spend my time exploring the world. I bring my makeup bag with me everywhere I go—from Puerto Rico to Japan. In addition to exploring the food and sights of new places, I love learning about their ways of beauty, too.”

Read Joanna’s advice on different skincare options:

Skincare is essential to growing old gracefully and keeping a youthful appearance no matter what your age. There are many skincare products on the market today. Finding the perfect ones for you is the first step to a successful routine. Unlike years past when women would use any products in the marketplace, there is a new shift worldwide for healthier and more natural products. Not only is beauty from within a growing trend among women, so are products that are applied to our skin. Smart consumers want to know what they are applying to their bodies and these are three niche markets that are meeting this trend:

Halal

Halal means acceptable in Islam culture where Muslim women have distinct beliefs about not combining their faith with their beauty. These women cannot use cosmetics and skincare products that contain alcohol, “pig-derived” collagen, fat or gelatin. These products are “haram” or not acceptable in their belief system.

Halal products are also cruelty-free. Because the Islam faith respects all earth’s creatures, no animals should be harmed. Halal products and cosmetics are permitted by Islamic law because they are made without the forbidden ingredients.

Halal products are made from all natural sources including plants, raw and unprocessed materials. No animals are harmed in any way to create these cosmetics and skin care products. So many women, especially the Millennials and those who live a holistic lifestyle and care about the way products are manufactured, are embracing Halal.  So that being said, many women in all walks of life, not just Muslims, are seeking natural products that will give them peace of mind and beautiful, healthy skin.

Here are four reasons Halal skincare is trending worldwide:

  • Halal products are holistic
  • They are cruelty-free
  • Halal products are made from natural resources
  • They are trending worldwide

Vegan

Vegan skincare is products that are manufactured without any animal or animal byproducts. Like a vegan diet where no meat or products from an animal is eaten, vegan-friendly skincare does not include any animal byproducts. It is made from plants, minerals, and safe synthetic ingredients. This differs from a vegetarian diet that includes eggs, cheese, and milk.

Vegan skincare products should not be confused with cruelty-free like Halal products. Vegan products are all about the ingredients rather than the manufacturing process. Consumers are becoming more and more educated and interested in the products they are applying to their skin. Because of the way our world’s animals and environment are affected by their production, vegan skincare is increasing in popularity. And that goes for dermatologists and health care providers, too.

Vegan skincare is natural and uses minimal ingredients that nourish the skin, unlike other skincare that is full of chemicals, fragrances, and irritating ingredients. Vegan skincare contains more good for the body ingredients like vitamins, minerals, and hydrating antioxidants.

Here is why vegan skincare is good for the skin:

  • Vegan products contain no animal or animal byproducts
  • The products use minimal ingredients
  • Vegan products nourish the skin with vitamins & minerals
  • They are endorsed by dermatologists

Organic Skincare

Organic skincare products are created from superior, high quality, organically farmed ingredients without pesticides, chemicals, herbicides, antibiotics and other harmful chemicals.  They are part of the growing worldwide trend that consumers want to know what they are applying to their bodies.

The benefit of organic skincare is the movement towards being kinder to yourself, your environment and the planet. Numerous research indicates that there is a connection between chemicals and illnesses. The synthetics in many skincare products and chemicals that are ingested into our bodies. Using organics offers a balance that delivers nutritional benefits and beautiful results. The bottom line is they work better than other products and are better for your beautiful skin!

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: Beauty Regrets – It Happens to the Best of Us!

GUEST POST: Brigitte Evans, High Style Life

Did you know that women’s makeup used to contain lead? People used mercury to get rid of blemishes, belladonna to make their eyes appear bigger, and even radium to reduce their wrinkles. And their hair? Hot iron tongs to curl it, lard to keep it in place, and then powdered lead to make it look smooth, and all that was supposed to be on your head for a long while without washing. Ouch, the things we do for beauty. Luckily, today’s beauty regrets generally don’t come nowhere near “died of mercury poisoning,” but most of us ladies still made some mistakes in the past. The victim of terrible fashion trends and a rebellious teenager myself, I’ve done a bunch of things I now regret. Ladies, join me as we chat about some of the biggest beauty mistakes and hand out tips on how to fix them.

Brow plucking

Curse you Cara Delevingne, and your stupid gorgeous eyebrows. Ah, the nineties and the evil thin eyebrow trend that made us over-pluck everything like there’s no tomorrow. How’s a girl supposed to go from pencil-thin brows to a set of thick, luscious ones that frame our face perfectly? Well, for one, stop plucking them. The way to fix this if your eyebrow hairs are naturally sparse or have stopped growing right from so much plucking is through good makeup skills, or with microblading. Microblading is a semi-permanent solution that lasts for up to several years and can give you just the look you want. I got mine done a few months ago and now I never have to worry about it anymore.

Drunken tattoos

Boyfriend names, drunken “jokes,” old interests that you no longer care about, tattoos can be a big source of regret. If you weren’t thinking straight, or just no longer like the tattoo you have, go to a good tattoo removal clinic. Life’s too short to be permanently marked with something you now hate.

Chunky highlights

The nineties strike again, and while chunky, skunk-like highlights used to be cool, now they’re pretty cringe-worthy. Don’t attempt to highlight your hair with any at-home kits unless you know exactly what you’re doing. Just go to a stylist, tell them what you want, and they’ll give you the perfect sun-kissed look.

Ombre horrors

Again, the at-home dye jobs can go disastrously wrong, especially if you’re attempting something as complicated as an ombre look. There’s more to it than just dying the lower half of your hair in a lighter colour, you have to make the whole thing fall in a natural gradient. Let a professional stylist do this for you, it’s so much easier and it does pay off when you end up with a bangin’ ombre look.

Sunspots and wrinkles

Oh, those good old teenage days where I ignored my mom’s constant pestering to put on the sunscreen. A bunch of hyperpigmentation marks later, I finally learned my lesson. Sun damage causes most of the visible ageing marks on our face, and the best solution to a youthful, bright complexion is using a quality non-toxic sunscreen. Don’t let a day go by where you don’t apply your SPF, especially if you’re very fair. Melanoma is one of the worst, deadliest cancers around, so don’t mess with your health.

Self-tanner

In our never-ending quest to become a sexy bronzed goddess, most of us have turned to self-tanners. Sadly, rather than a goddess, we end up looking more like a commercial for Cheetos. Go easy on the self-tanner ladies, and follow these tips if you want a beautiful summer tan.

Racoon eyes

It starts out kind of cool, in the beginning, you do a nice smokey look, you like your reflection in the mirror. But by the end of the day, everything’s smudged and you look like a crazy person. To solve this, use waterproof mascara, and use gel liners or eyeliners rather than pencils, which do tend to smudge easily. It’s also a good idea to use an eyeshadow primer to keep everything in place.

All of us made these mistakes at some point in our lives, and none of them is really a big deal. Acknowledge them, fix them, and then move on and enjoy your beauty!

 

The Beauty UK Show – a Weekend of Beauty Brands!

Hello lovely followers,

I must apologise for being absent for a couple of weeks – I managed to catch the flu bug that has been floating around and I’m only just starting to feel like myself again! On the brighter side, it has allowed me to think about future posts and plan more!

In my last beauty post, I shared my IMATS experience which was amazing! This post was going to be about the makeup I bought at the event, but then I realised I actually went to a second beauty event the day after IMATS! This was the Beauty UK show at Birmingham NEC and whilst not quite as good as IMATS, it was still worthwhile attending. So, I thought I’d share my review of this show too and then I can post about the hauls from both events next post!

What is the Beauty UK Show?

Beauty UK is a trade show which comes to Birmingham every year. It is the largest show outside of London and plays host to 600 leading brands. Tickets are £20 or free if you’re in the beauty trade and book in advance. As I am a makeup and hair artist I was able to attend for free!

Who was there?

As you can imagine, there were loads of great beauty brands in attendance! I received a program for the event before I went so I had a good idea of the exhibitor stands I wanted to visit. There were some usual favourites like Inglot, Helen E and Magpie Beauty:

Naturally, I bought a few items from Inglot, which is a favourite of mine, but my main focus was exploring the lesser known and the hard to find in the UK brands! I was thrilled when I realised that LA Splash, Lit Cosmetics and Sugarpill were exhibiting:

  

I bought a couple of items from Lit Cosmetics, which is an amazing brand for glitters of all colours and I tested a multitude of lipsticks and glosses from LA Splash! In the end, I didn’t buy anything from Sugarpill on this occasion but there were some great pigments and eyeshadows to choose from.

other brands

There were also some other makeup and hair supply brands that I had not seen or bought anything from before:

   

I loved the lashes by Chelsea Beautique and the brand Miss Gorgeous had some unusual brushes and makeup tools – definitely worth checking out on their website!

Other brands I didn’t get round to visiting were:

  • Megamix – another glitter brand
  • Bellapierre – a cruelty-free mineral makeup company
  • Crownbrush – the well-known makeup brush provider
  • Glitter Lips – designers of the popular glitter lip kits
  • High Definition Brows Ltd – the definitive brow company

All in all, this was a worthwhile event to attend and I bought some lovely items! The fact it was free was a bonus considering how many beauty companies were present. If you have never been to one of these shows I would highly recommend going in 2018 and bagging some beauty finds!

Watch out for my next post where I reveal my purchases and don’t forget to like, follow and subscribe!

Dips xxx

Guest post: A Complete Guide to Autumn Skin Care

GUEST POST: Brigitte EvansHigh Style Life

skin care-autumn

Summer is nearly over, and autumn is knocking on our doors. This means that many things are about to change, and that doesn’t include only taking a break from our summer wardrobe. New season requires a whole new approach to skin care because with the weather getting colder, your skin will become drier and more prone to cracks and damage. But let’s not stress about it; here are all the things you need to do to keep your skin healthy and radiant this autumn.

Stop using soaps

Soaps and other products that contain fragrances sure smell wonderful, and they can make you feel refreshed after a long day at the beach. However, using them during autumn can leave your skin dry. Instead, you should try soap-free cleansers and other fragrance-free products.

Use oil-based exfoliators

Exfoliation is important for removing dead skin cells and helping your skin absorb all the creams and lotions you are using for that perfect complexion. There is one thing to keep in mind during this season, though ‒ oil-based scrubs are better because they exfoliate and hydrate at the same time.

Opt for thick moisturisers

Your hydrating lotion might have been working quite fine during summer, but now, when the weather is becoming harsher, you will need to upgrade your protection to thicker moisturisers that are capable of keeping your skin hydrated even during the cold autumn months.

Don’t forget your hands

Your hands are the perfect target for chilly weather, and to prevent them from becoming cracked and dry, you should invest in a quality hand cream.

Protect your lips

In summer, you need to protect your lips from the harsh sun; in autumn, you have to shield them from cold winds – it’s the natural life cycle. Just like your hands, your lips can also crack and dry out because of the weather. Prevent that by using a petroleum-based lip balm.

Grab a youth serum

Oh, you haven’t heard about it yet? There is an ingredient that can reduce the appearance of brown spots caused by the long hours spent on the beach, smooth the texture of the skin and delay skin ageing. It is called retinol (vitamin A). Now it probably sounds more familiar. You can find it in serums or ask for a prescription retinoid.

Get your body in shape

Let’s face it, no one works very hard during summer, which means that you have probably put on a pound or two on your vacation. This is something you will most likely notice when you try to fit into your favourite pair of jeans. There is a quick and healthy solution to it, a non-invasive procedure called body sculpting, which will ensure that you are free of all those persistent pockets of fat without hurting your skin.

Don’t ditch your sunscreen

You’re not going to the beach, so you don’t need sunscreen anymore. That sentence makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Well, not exactly. The sun isn’t going anywhere, even though it seems to be losing its power. It can still affect your skin and cause it to age faster. That is why it is important to apply sunscreen every time you go outside.

Sleep on silk

Sleeping on silk may sound overly posh for your taste, but there is a logic behind this. Silk pillowcases are known to help prevent skin redness, dryness and acne breakouts. Since it is a natural product, silk is also hypoallergenic. Therefore, it is a win-win situation ‒ sleep like a diva and wake up looking like one.

What have we learned, girls? Autumn can be cruel to your skin, so don’t forget to protect your gorgeous skin from the harsh winds and cold days!

The Blogger Recognition Award – My 5th Nomination!

Hi, there beautiful people!

Sorry, I have been slow in writing a new post, its been a crazy and challenging couple of months – I did not realise self-hosting could be so time-consuming! I’m still developing the new site so bear with me!

That being said, I really wanted to write this post as it is long overdue. A little while ago I received my 5th blogger award nomination for the Blogger Recognition Award! I only started blogging in January 2017 and I’ve already received my 5th award, for which I am very grateful. The lovely blogger that nominated me was Altea Leszczynska and her blog site can be found here. Her site is amazing and her art and photography is beautiful!

The Award Rules

As with all awards, there are rules I have to follow! These are:

  1. I must thank the blogger who nominated me and provide a link to their blog
  2. I must write a message to show the award.
  3. I must write a brief story on how I started my blog
  4. I must give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  5. I must select 15 bloggers to pass this award on to
  6. I must comment on each of their blogs to let them know they have been nominated for this award and provide a link to this post.

I’ve thanked Altea above and definitely recommend you click on the link to her blog!

My story

If you have followed me from the beginning you will know what inspired me to start my blog already but for those of you that aren’t familiar, I deliberated about blogging for some time before I finally bit the bullet and started this year!

My blog started as a pure beauty blog. This stemmed from my love of makeup and the beauty industry, which had grown since I had my wedding makeup done by an exceptional makeup and hair artist. Makeup is like art for me and allows me to be creative in ways my day job as a solicitor does not! Blogging is also another outlet for me and I am still learning so much!

I decided after taking the plunge to self host, that I wanted to share more than just my love for the beauty world. There are so many beautiful things in life and expanding my blog’s niche will allow me to share those things and my feelings about them! My blog will still be focused on makeup and beauty in the main but I will be throwing in lifestyle and spiritual posts along the way too!

advice for new bloggers

Even though I am still a new blogger and learning myself, there are things I can pass on to new bloggers entering this exciting world!

  1. Don’t feel the need to compare or compete with other bloggers. Everyone has their own message to impart and their own creativity so just be yourself, design your blog the way you want to and don’t be intimidated that other bloggers have massive followings and post all the time! Do what suits you and your style!
  2. Write posts when you feel inspired. I know that when I have tried to write a post simply because I needed to meet a deadline or schedule it wasn’t my best work. When I wrote posts because I was motivated and excited the words flowed easier and the finished post was well written and engaging! Blogging is supposed to be fun and inspiring as well as a business for some of us so write when you feel you can engage your followers.

My nominations

I follow so many amazing blogs now it is hard to choose only 15! But, I have narrowed it down the following:

  1. Island Beauty Junkie – a well designed blog devoted to beauty and skincare
  2. OLITA – an elegant blog dedicated to everything lovely, from makeup to fashion and lifestyle
  3. Jay Colby – a truly motivational blog covering various aspects of life
  4. UGHMANGO – a well rounded lifestyle blog
  5. Ashley Beth Beauty – a lovely beauty and fashion blog
  6. Adryana’s Blog – another visually pretty and well written beauty blog
  7. Hunnyy – a classicly designed but fun beauty blog
  8. Emily X Online – a beautiful well thought out lifestyle, beauty and fitness blog
  9. The Emma Edit – a vintage feel lifestyle blog covering, beauty, fashion and recipes
  10. All Things Glitter – another chic beauty and lifestyle blog
  11. Jessica Riga – A gorgeous beauty blog with great imagery
  12. Unboxing Beauty – a blog all about beauty boxes!
  13. The T Zone – And another fun beauty blog!
  14. Budding Regardless – An inspiring lifestyle blog
  15. Faded Rouge – A retro styled all encompassing lifestyle blog

I will make sure each of the lovely bloggers above knows about my nomination and I hope you will check out their blogs because they each offer something unique and interesting! Can’t wait to see their responses to my nomination!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to follow me and subscribe to future posts!

See you soon,

Dips xxx

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