Makeup: Outdated Trends That Age You!

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When it comes to beauty and makeup, we’re all looking for the tip or trick that can help a multitude of goals. We may want to look younger. We may want to disguise spots or other marks (or even help us not look as tired as we actually feel). We may just want to dress down or dress up for an occasion.

But one thing we definitely do not want? Makeup that makes us look older. And unfortunately, too many people use makeup in a way that they don’t realize will add many years to their face. Take, for example, foundation. Cake it on or use too little, and you can do your skin a big disservice. And it’s also crucial to find the right tone, so no one is actually aware that you’re wearing foundation and so that you complement, with color, the inherent beauty of your face.

What other makeup tricks should you use? This graphic explains some:

 

Avoid These Outdated Makeup Trends That May Make You Look Older Than You Really Are
“Avoid These Outdated Makeup Trends That May Make You Look Older Than You Really Are” on Health Perch

Guest Post: Skincare – Winter to Spring!

Guest Post by Caitlin Miller

Our skin changes with the change of seasons. Therefore, we also need to change our skincare routine! We cannot maintain the same skincare methods every season. We need to follow a simple but effective routine to keep our skin perfect!

Winter is the season when days are short and nights are long. We feel cold, and our skin becomes dry and itchy. On the other hand, Spring is entirely different! Our skin will be exposed to more sunlight and environmental factors and naturally more hydrated. So, we need to change our skincare routine. For example, the moisturiser we use in the Winter months will not suit our skin in the Spring!

Here are my top tips for changing skin care while switching from Winter to Spring:

CLEANSING the skin

Cleansing helps us to remove dead skin cells, oil, and dirt from the skin. When Spring comes, using a good cleanser for your skin type will ensure you can show off your skin without having to use makeup and products to mask any blemishes, pigmentation and uneven areas. Cleansing day and night will also ensure that pores are minimised and limit breakouts!

 

Start exfoliating

In Winter, our skin dries out more quickly and leaves dead skin cells. So, Spring is the time to help skin recover! We all want smooth soft skin and we all know that smooth skin is the key element to helping us look beautiful. Scrubbing helps to clean our skin of old cells and clogged pores. It also helps us to increase the glow of our skin giving a more clear and radiant result! Many exfoliators also contain anti-ageing ingredients, an added bonus! However, you shouldn’t exfoliate more than twice a week as this can stress the skin.

Moisturising the skin

Moisturiser seems a simple thing to use, but it helps us in many ways. A lightweight moisturiser in the Spring will keep the skin looking hydrated and fresh and allows it to breathe without adding to any oil production. It can also be mixed with foundation to create a tinted moisturiser, avoiding the need for heavy foundation!

Apply (and re-apply) sunscreen

With the weather changes, our skin may suffer from peeling and redness as it adapts. Sunscreen can help protect us from this as well as prevent sunburn as the weather hots up! Sunscreen will also protect us from the risk of various types of skin cancer. Luckily, many face and makeup products already contain sun protection so if you haven’t already checked this it’s worth doing so and investing in a few key items if needed! An SPF factor of 50 is ideal – don’t forget to protect your lips as well!

Nature has a lovely relationship with our skin. In Winter we feel uncomfortable as our skin becomes dry. On the other hand, at the time of Spring, we can feel the extra oil in our skin. So, we need to ensure that we balance our skin needs which will result in glowing, naturally youthful skin!

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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?

If you enjoyed this post, I’d love it if you left your comments and shared it! If you don’t follow or subscribe please do!

See you next time,

Dips xxx

Guest Post: Reinvent Yourself in 2018!

Guest Post by Brigitte Evans of High Style Life

How to Give Yourself a Makeover

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

Give your skin a natural glow

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

Restyle your hair

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

Don’t forget your tattoos

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

Freshen up your wardrobe

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

Improve your figure

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

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

 

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

Hi there, my fab followers!

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

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

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

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

Greenide – Style

ReallyRee – Dipsjn

Americanoize – Beauty

Beauty Blog Collective

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dips xxx

 

Saturday’s Positivi-tea!

Hey beautiful people!

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

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

Today’s message is:

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

Here are some of the things that make me happy:

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

Share what makes you happy in the comments!

Enjoy your Saturday, catch up soon!

Dips xxx

Azenti Organics – My Review

Hello, beauty fans!

Its been a couple of weeks since my last post for which I am sorry. My day job is pretty exhausting at the moment! I’ve also been writing for other sites where I can – keep an eye on my social media feeds for links to those posts!

Now that I finally have some time to write for my own blog, I wanted to share a new brand I have discovered with you! This brand was unknown to me until my mother brought it to my attention because she knows the creator!

Who is Azenti Organics?

Azenti Organics is an organic skincare provider. They create skincare products formulated by a skincare and aromatherapy professional. The products are made from the highest quality, organic, plant based ingredients and designed to target specific skin types. The founder of Azenti Organics is professionally accredited and qualified as a Skincare Products Practitioner, an Aromatherapist and a professionally qualified Holistic Facial Therapist.

Azenti is:

  • against animal testing
  • supports ethically sourced ingredients
  • uses recyclable packaging and
  • promotes wellness

It is based in the West Midlands but operates nationally. The products range from face oils, body care and remedies to home fragrances and spa treatments. They also offer a wellness subscription, which operates like a beauty box subscription!

What did I test?

I was given the opportunity to test two of the products, a face oil for oily/combination skin and a tropical body oil. I received full-size versions of both, allowing me to test them properly for the last few weeks.

The Face Oil

This oil is gorgeous!  It contains Omega 3 and 6 and is a dry oil. It is designed to help clear congested skin, refines pores, regulates sebum, increases cell turnover and boosts collagen. It contains Organic Fruit and Seed Oils with Plant oils, giving it a pleasant scent on the skin.

When I started using it, I found it lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin. My skin did not feel greasy after use nor did it leave any residue. I used it every morning and some evenings too and I noted that my skin felt soft, brighter, dewy and most importantly there were no breakouts! It’s a truly lovely oil and I would certainly consider buying it in the future!

The Body Oil

I LOVE this oil! From the beautiful packaging to the scent, which is truly tropical, its a delight. I love that I can see the ingredients through the bottle! The oil contains the organic scents of tropical coconut and pineapple, along with nourishing organic sunflower oil that absorbs easily into the skin. It also includes:

  • vitamins A, D and E
  • organic thistle oil packed full of skin friendly omega 6 which helps to clear congested skin
  • organic apricot kernel oil which protects and rejuvenates and
  • organic rosehip oil which has been clinically tested to minimise the appearance of wrinkles promotes collagen and elastin levels and helps to delay the effects of ageing

So, all in all, it’s very good for you!

When I started using it all over my body, I noted that it was very much like a dry oil, absorbing quickly into my skin and leaving a lovely sheen without feeling oily. My skin remained soft and nourished for hours and I could still smell the tropical scents for a little while after use. It also worked well on particularly dry areas like the knees and elbows and calmed some areas of eczema I had developed!  I have been using it every day and so far there have been no downsides – it will definitely go onto my skincare favourites list!

final thoughts

Overall, Azenti Organics produces some lovely products, all good quality and all beneficial to the skin. The ethos of the company is admirable and they ensure that all aspects of the business are ‘world’ friendly as well as creating affordable and varied ranges. If you like using organic products and want to support a brand that values the world this is the company to try. You can see all their products here.

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to like, share and comment, I always love to hear from you!

See you again soon,

Dips

xxx

A Deck of Scarlet – My Second Palette!

Hi there, lovelies!

I have been meaning to write this post about the second Deck of Scarlet palette for ages and finally, I have the time to do it! It was a while ago that I wrote about this subscription service – to find out all the details, check out my first post here.

The Palette contents

The second palette is as lovely as the first one! As before, there are 3 eyeshadows, 2 lip colours, a highlighter and a blush/bronzer. When I first saw these colours on the preview email I received, I was not sure I would really like or use them. However, when I received the palette, I loved them! Here are the swatches for each:

Along with the palette, I also received a lip liner and an eye liner:

  

The lip liner is a brown-nude shade to correspond with the lip colours and the eye liner is a pretty deep green shade. Here are the swatches:

the quality

As expected, the quality of all the makeup was excellent. The eyeshadows are very pigmented, reasonably soft and easy to blend with minimal fallout. Despite how contrasting the colours are, they work well together and the highlighter and bronzer can also be used on the eyes to provide more options!

The highlighter is a pale gold shade, perfect for emphasising under the eyebrow, the inner eye corner and the cheekbones. It also works well as the base to any eye look. The bronzer is ideal for creating a warmth around the face and also works as a contour shade! It’s also perfect for a daytime smoky eye look!

The lip liner is smooth and easy to apply. It does not pull the delicate skin around the lips and has great colour payoff. Even though it’s darker than the lighter lip colour, they still work well together and you can use the combination to create an ombre lip!

The eyeliner is equally pigmented and soft enough to use on the water lines and as a smudgy eyeliner due to its blend-ability! The colour also has a hint of shimmer which I love!

The 2 lip colours are beautiful. The peachy colour is more a matte lipstick and applies smoothly with good coverage in one application. It had great staying power throughout the day and good colour payoff. It also did not dry out my lips which can sometimes happen with matte lipsticks. The darker brown is more a glossy lipstick, soft and putty-like. It applied easily and left a slight shine to the lips after application. Despite being a softer glossy product it still lasted well and the colour did not fade. It also did not dry out my lips.

My first look

As you’d expect, as soon as I received this palette I created a makeup look with it!

In this look, I used the highlighter as the base eyeshadow, the bronzer as my transition and outer corner shade and then applied the green and orange shades across the eyelid. I then applied the eyeliner in the water lines and across the upper lash line.

I used a little of the bronzer around the face and the highlighter across the cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and under my eyebrows. Lastly, I applied the peachy lip colour and just faintly lined my lips with the lip liner. Hopefully, you can see how pigmented all the colours are – I was really pleased with the final look!

Overall, I was very happy with the second Deck of Scarlet palette and think the price is brilliant for the quality and amount of makeup you receive! To buy all these items separately would cost much more than the subscription fee and would not necessarily be quality either. If like me you love to try new makeup without the hassle of trawling the shops, this service is well worth a try!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for more in coming weeks! Don’t forget to like, comment, follow and subscribe!

Dips xxx

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!

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See you soon,

Dips xxx

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