Author: Miss Uzo

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Win in Life

The World Cup is well underway. It is such a magical time as rival teams come together and we all route for our fellow countrymen to succeed.
Whether your National team is in or out here are some tips to keep the spirit alive and win in the game of life.

Worry less, laugh more. Worrying will not make your problems go away but laughing can lower stress levels. Laugh away. 

Offer to help. Lend a helping hand and help others when you can, even if they can’t repay the favour, somewhere down the line you will get help when you need it to. 

Read the fine print. Before you sign your life away, know what you are getting yourself into. Always proceed with caution before signing on the dotted line. 

Love is the way. Live each day with a grateful heart that is overjoyed and overflowing with love. 

Dance. Turn the music up and dance like you just won the mirrorball trophy. 

Care about your body. It’s your temple, be mindful of what you put in it.

Understand it won’t always be easy, but there are brighter days ahead.

Prioritise. There are 1440 minutes in a day, use them wisely. How many minutes do you spend scrolling through the pages of other people’s picture perfect lives?
Grab a paintbrush and create a masterpiece of your own. 

Don’t forget your lipstick. As you go out to conquer the world pick a shade here Dark Secrets Cosmetics shop
and you are well on your way to scoring those goals and winning in life!

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Lot in life

The gene pool is like a lottery. Some of us hit the jackpot. Some of us came close with four to five winning numbers.
Some of us got a small payout with three numbers but we are still thankful. Some of us didn’t fair too well with only
one or two numbers depending on the eyes of the beholder. Yes, beauty is subjective but there are always those who
seem to have won big when it comes to looks. No matter what numbers you were dealt in life in the appearance
department, just as money seems to disappear in the blink of an eye, beauty maybe slower but surely will fade away.
Outer beauty fades. Inner beauty lasts a lifetime. When you are beautiful from the inside out, you will always have
the winning hand. You will light up a room as you enter it, you will always be thought of and remembered fondly.
You will leave an indelible mark in the hearts of those whose lives you have touched. 

So here is to a lifetime of beauty. Aim to be beautiful, both inside and out. It is always nice to work on our outward
appearance and apply makeup to enhance our features. The right lipstick does just that. We all want to feel beautiful
as we go out into the world, it is after all, your face that most people will see first. Whereas inner beauty is an energy
they can feel. Inner beauty is like a shining light, a candle in a blackout that provides such comfort and peace.
Being a light from within will help to erase some of the darkness in this world. You can see a light from miles away
in the dark, you have to be at close range to notice outer beauty. Inner beauty can be felt and always cherished,
outer beauty can only be seen and soon forgotten once the next set of lucky numbers comes along. So work on
being that light from within.

You are beautiful, shine bright.

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Weekend Hue

The weekend is here. It’s a chance to recharge and renew, the perfect time to change things up from your everyday ensemble.
Show off your fun and flirty side if you’ve been buttoned up all week in office attire. Get glammed up for date night if you’re a
busy mum whose to-do list never seems to get done. Try a new shade of lipstick to complete your look.
At Dark Secrets Cosmetics we have colours to suit every skin tone, you will go from ordinary to extraordinary with just one swipe.

Put on your True blue, you’re a trendsetter not afraid to take risks.

Put on your Deep Ocean, you’re bold and courageous, never too shy to say no.

Put on your Coco Earth, you’re a natural beauty that dazzles wherever you go. 

Put on your Violet, this royal shade will make you feel like you’re next in line to the throne.

Put on your Exotic Wine, and captivate them with your smile, you are simply irresistible.

Perfect for the weekend, perfect for weekdays too. With our new range of lipsticks, you will be photo shoot ready
wherever you go. Start your collection today!

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Waste of makeup

We’ve all had one of those days. It started off so great, the birds were chirping as we arose on time after a restful night’s sleep. No need to hit the snooze button. We had ample time to do our makeup, finally perfecting our eyebrows after spending weeks attempting to get the perfect arch. We cruised to work, on the way there was no traffic and every single traffic light was green. We sailed through the door grinning from ear to ear ready to tackle the tasks ahead and check off our to-do list… but by 10:00 a.m. the Prince of Darkness had already reared his awful head. 

We got into a heated confrontation with a co-worker and had to seriously consider resigning on the spot. By 11:00 a.m. the Internet crashed, slowing us down even further when we already had a backlog from yesterdays workload. By midday things were going downhill fast, we dropped and cracked the screen of the brand new phone we had just got two days prior and stood in line three hours for. Things only seemed to get worse as the day progressed. By the time we got home after sitting in traffic for almost two hours due to roadworks, we slumped over the steering wheel so deflated, we had to take a moment to compose ourselves. We got inside the house, stomach growling only to find slim pickings in the refrigerator, we let out a deep sigh and said “today was a total waste of makeup.”

We have all been there. It may not have been the same scenario but the feeling at the end of the day was the same. Was today really necessary? Did that have to happen to me? Yes it was and yes it did. Every negative experience in life is a learning lesson. Every bad encounter is in preparation for next time, should it ever occur again. Don’t let it get you down, instead ask yourself, how can I grow from this? What can I do differently next time? Even the worst days can build strength and character. Not everyday can be perfect, life is bound to throw punches. But by reflecting on those past experiences you’ll be armoured up perfectly for the next round of jabs that come your way. It would be great if we could sail through life wrapped in jumbo bubble wrap, where no harm could penetrate and troubles would bounce away but what kind of life would that be? When life’s inevitable pitfalls occur, it can make you appreciate what you have more, cherish your loved ones more, give you hope for tomorrow and make you even more grateful for the delightful days ahead. They are sure to come. It sounds cliche but it could always be worse. Be thankful for each day no matter how bad it was, you made it through. It will be a brighter day tomorrow, so put that makeup back on that beautiful face. You can handle the challenges, it’s not a waste.

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Don’t like your pout, don’t throw it out!

You tested out a new lipstick at the beauty counter. It looked great under the mirror lights,
the mirror that magically makes you appear to be ten pounds thinner too, but once you get
home you’re just not loving the colour as much. Here are 3 quick tips to make that
lipstick work for you. 

1. Blend Away

If a lipstick colour is too dark or too light and doesn’t compliment your skin tone,
try blending two different colours to get the perfect look. 

2. Gloss it Out

Add a very light coat of lipstick with a touch of clear lip gloss over the top.
Voila! A whole new look.

3. Line those lips

Find the right lip liner, the right lip liner can change the effect off a lipstick.
Try a liner that is one shade lighter or darker than the lipstick, or one shade
darker than your natural lip colour. You can add more or less lip liner and
then blend it with the lipstick to create a look that works for you.

At Dark Secrets Cosmetics we have lipsticks to suit every skin tone.
Try one out today, you won’t regret your purchase.

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Believe they are true

When someone pays you a compliment, do you say “thank you, I appreciate your kind words”
or are you quick to respond with a counter-argument?

Examples being: “Really, I haven’t lost any weight. Have you seen the size of these thighs?
In fact I’ve gained a few pounds, I’ve been eating too many pies.”

“I look younger, that can’t be, I look every bit of my age and more, no father time has
not been kind to me.”

“I look pretty today, thank you, but, I can’t hide these blemishes or clear this skin up.”

Does that sound like you? If so, work on erasing those negative thoughts from your mind.
If someone pays you a compliment, be glad they did and accept it.
There is no need to refute it, believe it is true. 

It’s always so easy to downplay our beauty and exaggerate our flaws. Everybody has flaws.
Even those who are considered the most beautiful people in the world have their own insecurities.
We must learn to see the beauty in everyone and focus on their positive attributes.
In doing so we will accentuate the positive in ourselves.

Wipe away negativity. Just like the energetic school teacher feverishly cleaning an old blackboard
in a classroom. They could wipe away the words but there would still be chalk residue.
The more words the teacher wrote and wiped away, the greater the build up of chalk residue
there would be on the blackboard, changing the colour from black to ashy grey to almost white.
That’s how negative thoughts creep in and settle in our minds, the longer we leave those words
of doubt engraved in our psyche, the harder they are to erase. It’s time for us to bring out that special cleaner.

There is no time like the present, start right now and celebrate something you love about yourself today.
Receive the compliments and know they are true. You are uniquely you, there is no one like you.

We come in all shapes and sizes, we come in all hues. Here at Dark Secrets Cosmetics,
we celebrate the beauty in you.

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Put some flowers on your own table

It’s amazing what we will do for others but won’t do for ourselves. We may spend hundreds
on our loved ones and mere pennies on our self. Pennies we didn’t even have because we gave
everything away, it’s the pennies we found frantically searching down the side of the sofa and
under the seat cushion, digging our hands way down in the unknown from corner to corner
in the hopes of striking gold. 

Just recently I decided to treat my friend to a bunch of flowers, she had been feeling down
and I knew some nice flowers would cheer her up. I had just left work and it was drizzling
outside but that didn’t deter me, I had to find the perfect bouquet. The first shop I went to
the flowers were too small and plain looking, I tried combining two bunches but none gave
the right effect. I drove to another shop, the flowers there looked too artificial, they had been
dyed such bright and unnatural shades they didn’t even look like real flowers anymore.
So l went to another branch, by now the drizzle had turned into a steady pour. It was
getting dark and gloomy outside but I was steadfast on my mission to find the perfect bouquet.
It had to be the perfect arrangement, with the perfect color saturation and fill her home with
the sweet aroma of freshly picked flowers. Third time is the charm I thought, but that wasn’t
the case. The flowers I liked there were already in full bloom and wouldn’t last long enough.
So I drove to yet another location, the rain was so heavy by now just walking from my car to
the shop front, rainwater had soaked through my shoes. It was there I finally found some
great selections. I pondered between two choices for a while, still indecisive after the amount
of time I had been out, I finally settled on a great floral arrangement. Yellow roses, white
wax flowers, green carnations, a touch of baby’s breath, just the right amount of greenery.
Perfect. Ready to present.

Now if these flowers had been for me I would easily have given up after my first attempt,
“I’ll get flowers another day” I’d think to myself, but that day may not come for a while, if ever.
But for someone else I was willing to go above and beyond come rain, hail or thunderstorm.

It is always nice to do for someone else and put a smile on their face but don’t neglect yourself.
What do you do when you are feeling down? Spend some quality time and effort on yourself.
Treat yourself to a facial, a manicure, a new Dark Secrets lipstick, whatever makes you feel special.
You may not have found your Prince Charming yet to spoil you with flowers, that’s quite alright,
don’t wait around for someone else. In the meantime buy a beautiful bunch of flowers for yourself.
Ones that smell so sweet and make your heart smile.

Put some flowers on your own table.
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Which red are you?

It’s the finishing touch, full stop. Nothing completes your look like a bold lip colour.
The one item in your handbag that can provide instant glam or make you feel like a boss.
When you put on that perfect red, you’re up to something good, just know great things
are going to happen. 
Give your confidence a boost with a bold red lip today.

Put on your Misty Red and step out like the world is your runway.
Put on your Scarlet Woman and dance the night way.
Put on your Lola and command the attention you deserve.
Put on your Wicked Lady and that secret will never be revealed.

Perfect for the office or date night, or any day you want to look your best.
That’s everyday…when you look good you feel good.

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Five top tips for luscious lips!

Once you have found the perfect shade of lipstick, you have to take care of your lips.
Your lipstick will glide on smoothly, enhancing your natural beauty and you are
sure to be a stand out if you follow these tips for luscious lips.

5. Exfoliate the lips. 

You can treat your lips with products right from your kitchen cupboard.
All you need is sugar, a natural exfoliant and olive oil or coconut oil to add
moisture. Mix an equal amount of sugar with olive oil or coconut oil, about
a heaped teaspoon will be just the right amount. Gently rub it in on the lips
using circular motions to get rid of dead skin cells, rinse with water and
gently pat try. 

4. Kiss

Pucker up and put those lips to use. Kiss your partner, peck a friend or family
member, grab your kids and give them a big old smooch. Kiss your dog.
Affection is good for the soul.

3. Smile

Don’t worry, be happy. Smile at your colleagues, smile at a stranger today,
you never know how you could brighten someone’s day. 

2. Beauty sleep

Don’t forget your beauty sleep. Life can get hectic but a good night’s rest
helps skin cells repair and regenerate.

1. Wear Dark Secrets Cosmetics lipstick! 

Once those lips are taken care of, you have the perfect base for your new
Dark Secrets Cosmetics lipstick.
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Wear it with confidence and show off those luscious lips!

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Summer Glow

As Summer is fast approaching, bringing on warmer weather and more daylight hours don’t forget to look up.
Now I don’t mean look directly at the Sun! We are so laser focused on looking down at our phones, just take
a moment to look up and look around you. Really, there are health benefits to it. Your body produces
vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Going for a brisk walk can boost your mood, and help trim that waistline!

Just getting outside sometimes can be a stress reliever, then you won’t need as much make up to achieve that
summer glow. Breathe in some fresh air, look around, you may begin to marvel at mother nature. The trees
that were so dull and scant now full and lush with green foliage, the colorful array of spring flowers in full
bloom, the little red robin that just learned how to fly; it’s small but perfectly formed wings dancing in the
daylight. Spend some time in the great outdoors this summer.

See the beauty in nature and see the beauty in you.

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