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

 

 

 

 

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

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

Being a Beauty Blogger – My journey so far!

Hi, there fellow beauty fans!

I am so sorry I have not been blogging for a few weeks! Between my day job and all the lovely things I am about to tell you about, I have had very little time to focus on writing! But, as much as I hate not posting every week, I am really happy to be sharing what I have been up to which will hopefully explain the delay!

This post is going to be different to other posts. It’s going to be a whistle-stop tour of everything that has been happening in my blogging journey so far, particularly in the last few weeks! There will be a few links to check out, (which are not affiliate links) and I hope you’ll click on them and see where my time and effort has been going.

So, the last time I posted was mid-May, after I had reviewed a whole range of lovely Body Shop products! I hope you all enjoyed that post as much as I enjoyed writing it – if you didn’t read it you can check it out here.

Since then, I have had so many things going on I don’t even know where to start! Here goes:

  • blogging on ReallyRee

I am really proud to say I have become a contributor to the blog ReallyRee! This blog is huge in the beauty blogging world and I have subscribed to it for a while. Never did I think when I started blogging, that I would be able to contribute to it myself! I contacted the blog in the hope that I would be able to learn some valuable information about beauty blogging and was then invited to submit a blog to them to decide whether I was contributor material….and I was! So far I have submitted two posts, one is already live and one is soon to be! You can check out my first post about Lilly Lashes here.

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  • blogging on Greenide

On top of that, I have also been invited to blog regularly for a digital magazine called Greenide! I was approached by the magazine through Instagram and like ReallyRee, they asked me to prepare a blog for them which then led to me being asked to be a permanent blogger for them! I have written a few posts for them already, which I have listed below so you can have a read!  They are also looking for bloggers generally to contribute to the magazine so if any of you are bloggers and would like more exposure leave a comment on this post and I will put you in touch with my contact!  Here are my posts – The Little Known BoxThe Blackhead Suction RemoverMy Weekend Beauty HaulBrand Focus: Charlotte Tilbury and The Glossy Box.

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  • Digital Miss

Also this month, I was included in the May edition of another digital magazine called Digital Miss! This is a new online magazine that used social media to ask for blog submissions from bloggers which the editors then whittled down to their favourites. Those favourites were then included in the May launch! You can find my post here and the magazine is now looking for June contributors so if you are interested go to the site and apply!

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  • Beauty Royale

Through Instagram again, I have been invited to an interview in London regarding my makeup work! The company is called Beauty Royale and they approached me to be one of their first interviewees! I am attending the interview this coming weekend and I am very excited – watch out for my update once I have done it!

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  • Makeup Artistry

In addition to my blogging developments, I have also been increasing my makeup and hair artistry work, which I am loving! As well as booking individual clients for hair and makeup, most recently, I was asked to be a makeup and hair artist at the Miss Vietnam beauty contest in Birmingham, which was hard work but so much fun and the contestants were all so beautiful but very friendly and down to earth. Here’s a sneak peek of the looks I created, which I will be posting on my Instagram soon!

  • IMATS

If you are a beauty obsessive like me then you may have attended IMATS 2017 and the Beauty UK show – I attended both and they were amazing! I will be writing a separate blog for both shows but I have to say they were both very enjoyable and I bought some gorgeous makeup which I will review in due course! If you have never been to either show you need to, IMATS is not cheap at £45 a ticket but if you are a makeup artist or student you can apply to go for free, and the Beauty UK show is free if you book in advance!

  • Selfridges

More locally, Selfridges Birmingham held a beauty haul event for an evening and I was lucky enough to get a ticket! These events happen a handful of times during the year and are always good fun, with demonstrations and makeover opportunities, free canapes and drinks and a goody bag! I bought a few items during the evening which I will review in separate posts but if you have never heard of these events, sign up to Selfridges newsletter and you will then receive an email each time they arrange one! Harvey Nichols also arranges similar evenings – I am waiting to hear about their next one!

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  • Flipboard

Finally, I have created my own magazine to promote this blog on Flipboard! If you have never heard of Flipboard, it is an online magazine whereby you can design the content of your feed so that it is tailored to your likes and tastes. I did not know until recently that you can also create your own magazine on Flipboard so I decided to try it and also invited some other beauty bloggers to collaborate on it! It was really easy to set up and is another way to promote my blog to a different audience! You can take a look at the magazine here and if any of you are beauty bloggers and would like to be considered as a contributor, leave me a comment on this post with your blog and contact details and I will come back to you!

Other Developments

These are the main things I have been working on but there have been lots of smaller developments as well, such as setting up a domain ready for me to switch from a free to a fully self hosted site in the near future (which will be AllThingsBeauty.co.uk), being offered discounts codes by companies in the beauty and fashion industries such as Mikasa Beauty and Mirina Collections, being invited to Pinterest Group Boards to share my blogs and making contacts with people in the modelling industry to broaden my network and makeup artistry opportunities! Even though I have only been blogging for 5 months I feel like I have been blessed with so many opportunities and I am hoping it is a sign of things to come!

I hope you found this post a fun read and I also hope it inspired you to try new things and look for opportunities wherever you can! I would like to say thanks to all of you for following me and subscribing – I wouldn’t be writing at all if it weren’t for you lovely people supporting me! Do leave me your comments and feel free to share, like and subscribe to email – I will be posting again very soon!

Dips xxx