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!

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! 

My IMATS & Beauty UK Makeup Hauls!

Hi there, beauty lovers!

I hope you’re enjoying the festive build up! I can’t believe its mid-November already – I’m already planning Christmas activities and my decorations are going up as we speak! Christmas is my favourite time of year, everyone is that bit happier and everything is sparkling and lit up! It’s also the time for glittery makeup looks, holiday gift sets and limited edition beauty releases!

However, I’m not going to post about those things just yet….this post is my review of the long-awaited IMATS and Beauty UK hauls! I have been trying to write this post for weeks! If you keep up to date on my blog, you will know I wrote 2 posts about IMATS and the Beauty UK Show. You will also know that I bought some lovely makeup and beauty items from both! In this post I tell you all about them – there are so many great items so keep reading!

So, What did I buy?

  

Look at all these amazing products!  I was like a kid in a candy store when I got home from both shows and unpacked everything! Working from the top left here’s what I purchased:

  • Inglot Body Sparkles & Liquid Eye Liner
  • Thalia Eye Glitters
  • Lit Cosmetics Eye Glitters
  • Naked Cosmetics Loose Pigments
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Eye Glitter
  • Danessa Myricks Pigment & Highlighting Powder
  • Lime Crime Diamond Crusher
  • Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip
  • LA Splash Liquid Lipstick
  • AJ Crimson Liquid Lipstick
  • Provoc Eye and Lip Pencils
  • Makeup Atelier Concealer
  • Louise Young Blusher
  • Lash Unlimited Lashes
  • Velour Lashes
  • Louise Young Brushes
  • Hakuhodo Brushes
  • Bdellium Brushes

The Inglot Products

These Body Sparkles are awesome! The powder is super fine and highly pigmented, as can be seen from the swatches. They can be used on the face and body and can be applied as they are or with a mixing medium to create a more liquid metal/foiled result! They are the perfect Christmas addition to any makeup kit!

The Inglot liquid eyeliner is equally gorgeous! Its quite a loose liquid in a rose gold colour with a slight sparkle. It’s reasonably easy to apply using the applicator wand but can also be used with an eyeliner brush for a different effect. Once it has dried, it has a lovely shine and catches the light beautifully. See the swatch below to see what I mean!

The Thalia Glitters

These eye glitters are beautiful! It is difficult to capture in the photos but the iridescent sparkle is amazing – they catch the light so well! The glitter is slightly coarse to the touch but the texture is still fine and applies well with a glitter glue. Once applied, it doesn’t move and can be built up or left sheer – check out the swatches below.

Lit Cosmetics Glitters

I always wanted to try Lit Cosmetics so when I saw these at the Beauty UK Show I knew I had to buy them! These glitters are almost like a pigment, they are smooth and almost buttery to the touch but the glitter is no less impressive. They can be applied with and without glue and can also be mixed with a mixing medium for an even more intense result! For swatches, see below.

Naked Cosmetics Pigments

These pigments are so pretty! There were so many colours to pick from at the IMATS show but I loved these shades of mermaid blues and greens! The pigments can be used dry or with water for a deeper colour payoff and you can see from the photos that the texture is very fine and almost silky to the touch. They also provide a very subtle silver sparkle on application which just adds to the final result!

The Obsessive Compulsive Glitter

This glitter is the most coarse of all the glitters I purchased but just as gorgeous. It applies with a glitter glue and results in a multi-tonal bronze effect! It can be built up to full coverage or applied sparingly to create a more subtle light-catching look. Its a perfect choice for Christmas!

The Danessa Myricks Items

Before the IMATS show, I have never seen or heard of Danessa Myricks but I am very glad I have now! Her makeup is designed to be used for professional photography so it is exceptionally good quality and I decided to test one of the pigments and one of the highlighting powders. The pigment is silky smooth and glides onto the skin like a liquid metal! A mixing medium can be used to create just that! The colour is intense and doesn’t diminish even after hours of wear. Look at the swatch below!

The highlighter powder is one of many stunning powders! Its very fine and light, almost fluffy! It’s also very pigmented and delivers a high dose of shine! It can be used on the face and the body and can even be mixed with body lotion or foundation to give an all over glow! I absolutely love this powder and recommend trying her range as soon as you can!

Far left – Thalia glitters; top right – Danessa Myricks pigment; second right – Obsessive Compulsive glitter; bottom two – Lit Cosmetics glitters

Lime Crime’s Diamond Crusher

Lime Crime Diamond Crushers are amazing lip toppers – check out my post on lip toppers here! I have a number of them now and I picked this one due to the lovely pink gold colour. It can be worn alone and over other lip products and will dry down after application. The end result is a pretty iridescent layer which doesn’t dry out the lips and stays in place for hours!

The Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip

I had been curious about Beauty Bakerie makeup for a little while before this so when I eventually found it at IMATS I made sure I had a proper look! I decided to buy one of the lip whips as I had heard lots of good things about them! But, I have to be honest, after testing it a few times I found it to be one of my least favourite products. The liquid lipstick applies well and the colour is lovely but once it set, it dried my lips out very quickly and actually did not last that long. I am keen to try other Beauty Bakerie items but won’t bother buying other lip whips!

LA Splash Liquid Lipstick

This was another brand I had heard a lot about but never tried! There was a great selection of lipsticks at the Beauty UK Show and I decided to buy this particular one because the colour is so unusual! Its a deep olive green with a gold glint and I was instantly drawn to it! On application, it’s fully opaque and dries semi-matte but it does not dry out the lips. It has good staying power and is definitely a head turner!

The AJ Crimson Liquid Lipstick

This is a brand I have not seen anywhere since the IMATS show and had never heard of it before then. There were a number of different coloured liquid lipsticks and I picked this one because I have a love of burnt orange anything! The texture is light and smooth but very pigmented. After application, it sets in place and the finish is semi-metallic and opaque. It does dry the lips out very slightly after a while but this is a minor negative compared to the end result!

Check out the swatches:

Far right – Inglot eyeliner; second – Diamond Crusher; third – LA Splash liquid lipstick; fourth – Beauty Bakerie lip whip; fifth – AJ Crimson liquid lipstick and bottom – Danessa Myricks Highlighter powder

The Provoc Liners

These eye and lip liners are excellent! They come in a vast array of colours and can be interchanged so a lip liner can be an eyeliner and vice versa! I tested a whole host of shades but selected these to complete my already massive collection! They are very soft in texture and can be used all over the eyelid and lips as well as for liners. Once applied, they dry down within seconds and then they don’t smudge, bleed or fade. They can even be used as a base to glitter as long as the glitter is applied quickly! Check out the swatches:

The Louise Young Blusher & The Makeup Atelier Concealer

Louise Young is a great but relatively unknown brand. I have a number of her makeup brushes which are excellent and the blusher was the first makeup product I tried! It’s a lovely pink colour and very pigmented but on application, it provides a natural ‘rosy cheeks’ effect! Its a good shade for all skin tones.

The concealer by Makeup Atelier was a product I wanted to try for ages due to a YouTube endorsement by Wayne Goss! He considers it to be one of the best concealers on the market and now I have one I have to agree. The brand does not carry made shades as yet but I managed to find one that matched my skin tone. The texture is quite creamy and lightweight but the coverage is very good and blends like a dream! After application, it sets well and there is very little creasing. If you’re looking for an alternative concealer to the likes of Tarte Shape Tape and Nars Creamy Concealer, this is worth a look!

The Lashes & The Brushes

I love false eyelashes and I love good makeup brushes! Prior to these shows, I had not tried Velour Lashes or Lashes Unlimited but now I am hooked, especially with Velour. Their lashes are not cheap by any means but they are so fluffy, come in a variety of styles and apply easily! I can’t wait to buy more when I have some spare money! At the other end of the cost spectrum, Lashes Unlimited creates good quality designs for an affordable price. They are easy to apply, look lovely and provide a great alternative to the pricier lash companies without losing the results!

As for the makeup brushes, these are some of my most used brushes now! You can see I bought a variety of different types all for different purposes, from fine liners to blenders of varying size and those designed for the crease and outer corner. The brands are all synonymous with excellent quality and results, particularly the Hakuhodo brushes which are beautifully crafted and feel gorgeous on the skin! I have used them all repeatedly and they always provide amazing results, don’t shed any bristles even after cleaning and are easy to use.

Final Thoughts

And that’s my vast makeup haul from both shows! This post is much longer than other posts but I had to make sure I covered everything properly! Everything I bought bar the odd item was worth the money and lived up to or exceeded my expectations! I cannot wait for next year’s shows to see what other great brands and products I will discover – IMATS 2018 tickets are now on sale if you want to attend – I know I will be!

I hope you enjoyed reading my review and I’d love to know what you thought of some of the items and whether I have tempted you to try anything! Feel free to comment, like and share and of course subscribe if you don’t already!

Catch you soon!

Dips xxx

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