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

 

 

 

 

My TK Maxx Finds – A Treasure Trove for Beauty Lovers!

Hello, makeup fans!

As it is already approaching March and the onset of Spring and Spring makeup changes, I thought it would be helpful to share my thoughts about a great place to find beauty products – TK Maxx! It was on a trip to Newmarket visiting one of my closest friends that I discovered how amazing the beauty section of TK Maxx actually is! Since then, I periodically visit my local TK Maxx stores to see what new beauty finds they have in stock. Often, they will carry well-known medium to high-end brands for excellent prices, so it is always worth a trip!

On this occasion, I found some lovely products that were too good to miss! Here’s what I picked up:

  • Loreal’s Colour Riche La Palette Gold
  • Max Studio’s Eye Companion
  • Nyx High Voltage Lipsticks
  • Flawless Mini Makeup Blenders
  • Isabella Scott’s Highlight & Contour Brushes
  • Revlon’s ColorStay Under Eye Concealer

The Colour Riche Palette

I had seen this palette in other stores and couldn’t decide whether I really wanted it! When I came across it in TK Maxx for less than full price, I decided it was a sign and purchased it! It’s a slim palette containing 10 eyeshadows in jewel tones which is perfect for the Winter. Each eyeshadow is smooth and reasonably creamy, and the pigmentation is pretty good! The colours apply and blend well although there is some fallout. They will last for a few hours without fading or bleeding around the eye though. Overall, it’s a decent addition to any makeup kit and you can create quite a few looks just from this one palette.

Max Studio

I had never seen or heard of Max Studio before this trip to TK Maxx but having visited other stores, it is a regularly stocked brand. I liked this palette because of the neutral colour selection and its size. The palette also came with an eye look inspiration leaflet which is always a useful addition to any palette! The eyeshadows are actually very good quality and buttery! The colour pay off is also good, as can be seen from the swatches. There is very little kickback when using them and it’s the ideal palette for creating simple daytime looks or a subtle smoky eye. I will definitely try other products by Max Studio now I have tested this one!

Nyx’s High Voltage Lipsticks

These lipsticks were a fab find! There were a number of colours to pick from in store, but I chose these 4 as they were super pigmented and perfect for all occasions! Nyx is a well-known, affordable and popular brand which can be found in many places now, but TK Maxx had reduced the price of these lipsticks even further! The texture of each one is so soft and creamy, like a lip balm, but the colour is opaque once applied. Your lips stay soft and hydrated throughout wearing and reapplication is only needed after eating. All in all, they are lovely and due to their smaller size, they are great lipsticks on the go!

Mini Makeup Blenders

I love mini blenders like these! They are perfect for applying correctors, concealers and powders on the smaller, harder to reach areas of the face! My main use for them is under the eyes and on my T-Zone. I was thrilled to get 4 of them in this pack and whilst they aren’t the traditional Beauty Blender mini sponges they are just as good. The texture is reasonably soft, so they can be manipulated to apply in tricky spaces. As they are so small they are also easy to clean and take very little time to dry! I have a ton of these mini blenders now and highly recommend trying them if you never have.

Isabella Scott Makeup Brushes

These brushes came together in a set. I had never heard of Isabella Scott brushes before buying these and have not seen any others by her since, but I loved the shape of these brushes, so I bought them.

The Highlighter Brush

The first one is the highlighter brush. It has a C curved brush head which is designed to fit over the tops of the cheekbones. The second brush is the contour brush which has a wave shape to fit the bottom of the cheekbones and the hollows of the cheeks. Out of the 2, the contour brush works best. The bristles on both are quite soft but retain their shape, however trying to ensure there is product on the entire highlighter brush is tricky because of the C shape! It does fit the upper cheekbones nicely though.

The Contour Brush

The contour brush is much easier to use and when you dip the brush into a powder contour the powder will distribute across the entire brush head. When you apply the contour, the shape of the brush head fits the face’s shape well and all you need to do after the application is ensure there are no harsh edges. That being said, I would not use the entire brush head if using a cream contour as the result would be too heavy and difficult to blend out.

Generally, I like these brushes and they are sturdy and well made. However, if I could choose which one to buy rather than the set, I would only buy the contour brush!

Revlon’s Under Eye Concealer

I love a good concealer! Revlon makes great makeup, so I trusted that this concealer would be good quality and I was right! It comes in pen form, which I especially like from a portability perspective, and is a thick creamy consistency. You twist the bottom to distribute product to the sponge applicator head and you don’t need a lot to cover both eyes. It blends really well and also brightens the area slightly, always a bonus! I have used it alone and with other concealers and in both cases, it provides decent coverage and does not crease easily after application. This is a great item to keep in your handbag for quick makeup application and touch-ups!

Final Thoughts

TK Maxx did me proud on this occasion! I love everything I bought and paid a lot less than I would have in normal high street stores! If you have never thought of buying beauty products from TK Maxx before, you really should have a look! They also carry amazing skin, body and hair care ranges from well-known brands so why not pop to your local brand and treat yourself?

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See you next time,

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! 

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

My day of All Things Beauty

Hi, lovelies,

I hope you’re all enjoying the lovely weather this weekend! For a change, I have had a relaxing couple of days enjoying the sunshine and taking stock of various things in my life and regarding my blog.

I don’t know about you but now that I have been blogging for nearly 4 months it is hard not to become completely consumed by everything blog and social media related! There is so much to learn and do to make the most of blogging but never enough time to do everything, especially if you still have a very busy full-time job too. That’s why this weekend I was determined to take a step back, relax and remember there are many things to enjoy in life as well as blogging!

A Different Kind of Post

That led me to decide on this post. I started this blog site with the aim of focusing mainly on beauty, makeup and skin care but actually, there are so many subjects that I could cover under the title “All Things Beauty”. This post embraces that idea and is different to my usual posts because instead of just reviewing some great skincare or makeup, I wanted to share how I spent a lovely day recently enjoying “All Things Beauty” around Birmingham!

Beauty Day 1 – Sims Footwear

So, I started my day quite early and my first stop was a beautiful shoe store in the Great Western Arcade. The shop is called Sims Footwear and it stocks some of the most unusual and quirky shoes I have ever seen!

I haven’t bought any shoes in ages as my money generally goes on makeup now but this shop tempted me to splurge! There were so many designs to choose from, a variety of colours and heel heights and even matching handbags – it’s a shoe lovers heaven! If you haven’t been to this shop before I definitely recommend a visit.

Beauty Day 2 – House of Fraser

From there I paid a visit to House of Fraser. I have not been to House of Fraser in a long time as I no longer work in the city centre but I used to spend hours in there wandering the makeup sections! This time I actually paid a visit to the Swarovski concession stand first! I have been a lover of Swarovski for years and have a sizeable collection of jewellery but it has been a while since I bought anything.

There were some gorgeous pieces on display:

I have said before how much of a magpie I am – Swarovski is a magpie’s dream! There are so many designs to pick from and a range of prices depending on the budget you want to stick to. Swarovski also run a membership card where you can earn vouchers as you spend – suffice to say I have earned a lot of vouchers over the years! If you know someone who loves jewellery or you are looking for a special gift I would always recommend a visit to Swarovski! On this occasion, I was able to resist spending on the new Spring collection!

The Makeup Counters – Benefit

I then, of course, wandered to the makeup section! I never get bored with looking at makeup and beauty products as there is always something new to discover. One of my favourite brands is Benefit, the products are always great quality and they also create lovely packaging for everything. I loved the display stand they had set up for the extensive eyebrow range:

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I have tried a few of the products from the eyebrow range and everything is brilliant. The brow pomade Ka Brow is perfect for defining and shaping your brows – I use this for a night out so my brows look on point all night! Gimme Brow is ideal for slightly darkening and tidying up the brows whilst keeping them looking natural. The new versions of High Brow Glow are also great for highlighting under the brows and in the inner eye corners. The new range is worth exploring if you struggle with your brows as there is a product for everyone’s taste!

Bobbi Brown

Next on my journey was Bobbi Brown. This is one of the brands I first started following when I started learning about makeup and my love has never diminished. Most of my first makeup brushes were purchased from Bobbi Brown and I still have them! I love seeing what new makeup Bobbi Brown has created and on this day I discovered a new line of eyeliners!

These eyeliners are beautiful! The colours are all dark, perfect for creating a smoky eye or a rich natural look and the texture was so soft and smooth! I took swatches of each colour and when first applied you could blend them out but once they had set on my skin they did not move all day and the colours did not fade. I did not buy any of them on this occasion simply because I was watching my spending but they are definitely on my wishlist!

Another recent release by Bobbi Brown is the Art Stick Liquid Lipsticks. I have bought one of these to test and I have to say they are really good!

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It is basically a lipstick in a squidgy pen! They are really easy to use, the colours are lovely and no less pigmented than a normal lipstick and it is easy to control the application. The colour stays for a good few hours before you need to reapply and they aren’t drying. It’s a clever design and a great handbag item!

Beauty Day 3 – Superdrug

After House of Fraser, I decided to wander to another favourite store of mine – Superdrug! I remember when Superdrug barely stocked any makeup or beauty products but now its brilliant! I can spend hours wandering the makeup aisles in Superdrug and they stock some really great value makeup brands that I probably would never have tried if they weren’t available here. On this trip, I was very restrained but I did notice that they now stock Nip + Fab Makeup!

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I have heard more and more good things about this brand but I have not tried anything as yet. This stand was already out of stock for many items which is generally a good sign that the brand is worth trying! I particularly want to try the cleansing facial pads which are supposed to be excellent but they weren’t in stock so I will have to keep checking until I can try them! I have also heard high praise for the correctors and concealers so they are both on my wishlist!

Beauty Day 4 – Debenhams

If you’re a makeup lover like me, a trip to the city centre would not be complete without a trip to Debenhams. Over time Debenhams has expanded its makeup section and it now includes some of my favourite brands, like Too Faced and Makeup Forever. I specifically wanted to check if Too Faced’s Natural Love palette was in stock but it wasn’t (I have since bought this palette and will be reviewing it soon!) However whilst there I saw Urban Decay had released a new palette and some limited edition lipsticks:

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Up to this point, I had been very controlled with my spending but when I saw this I had to buy it! This palette is petite but still maintains the Urban Decay quality we have all come to expect from the brand. I will be reviewing the palette separately with swatches but I can say the eyeshadows are buttery and pigmented and the colour selection is very versatile for day and night. I also bought one of the lipsticks and I love that too! It’s very pigmented, quite hydrating and stayed put for the majority of the day.

On the way out of the store I passed by the Illamasqua concession stand and saw they had released a new set of lipsticks too:

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Illamasqua is another amazing brand that I love to keep up with and it took a lot for me not to purchase some of these lipsticks! I have tried Illamasqua lipsticks before and they are beautiful, soft and creamy with great coverage and colour payoff. I will no doubt buy a lipstick from the new range at some point and I recommend trying the brand as a whole if you haven’t!

Beauty Day 5  – Lush Cosmetics

After strolling across town for a good few hours I was ready to go home, but not before I paid a visit to Lush! I have never truly explored Lush as a brand but I had heard so many recommendations I thought I better see what all the fuss is about! Watch out for a future post on what I bought and my review of the products!

And that was my day of All Things Beauty! I love days like that, where you can just enjoy spending time window shopping and enjoying the atmosphere as the city centre gets busy! It’s also a great way to relax, clear your mind and get some exercise – I felt thoroughly refreshed and inspired by the time I got home!

I hope you liked this post, I know it’s not what you usually expect from me but I had such a lovely day looking at beautiful things that I felt I had to share it! If you enjoyed this post, do like, comment and share it and if you don’t already, please subscribe!

See you all again soon!

Dips xxx