Category: Skincare

Never Give Up

Never Give up.

Dreaming of starting a business, being a published author, running a marathon? Whatever it may be never give up on chasing your dreams. There can be many challenges and pitfalls along the way that so many of us get disheartened and give up after hearing the first or second no.

Sometimes NO means NOT right now.

Keep trying, don’t give up.

Sometimes NO means NOTICE what is holding you back and take steps to improve.

Keep striving, don’t give up.

Sometimes NO means KNOW that there is a much greater opportunity in store for you.

Keep believing, Don’t give up.

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Shop Dark Secrets Cosmetics today! It started with a few words on a notepad, there were so many obstacles along the way before the dream became a reality. We are in this together. Shop  now! https://darksecretscosmetics.com/product-category/lips/lipsticks/satinreds/ Put on your new bold lip and don’t take no for an answer!

Add some sparkle

Add some sparkle wherever you go, let the people you encounter feel your radiant glow. Follow these quick tips to keep shining like the star you already are!

Add a highlighter

Add a highlighter to your makeup routine. Think of a newspaper. When reading a long article, you notice the words in bold print or that are highlighted and that is exactly what a good highlighter should do. Put a shining light on the beauty that is already there. You can add highlighter just above your cheekbones below the eyes, on the bridge of your nose, above and below the lips. You can also add highlighter to your collarbones and shoulders for those cute summer tops that show off your decolletage. You will be photo shoot ready as you step out of the front door.

Light a candle

As it flickers, think of being that same vessel of light in the world. No matter how dark the night, the sun always comes out in the morning. Take some time to be still and meditate. It doesn’t have to be long, just enough time to escape the rat race, relax your body and your mind. Nourish your spirit with calm. 

Breathe

Take a deep breath and count to three. As you exhale think happy thoughts, focus on all the thing you are grateful for in life. Radiate that positive energy as you go about your daily endeavours. You will attract the same positive energy and sprinkle a trail of stardust whenever you walk away.

Lipstick on, Ready to Go

Bringing about change doesn’t come easy. Be ready to face the naysayers looking your best. You will have that star quality with a new Dark Secrets Cosmetics Lipstick. It’s suitable for all skin tones and adds the perfect amount of sparkle. 

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Inside and Out

Your beauty routine doesn’t have to break the bank. There is always a new lotion or potion on the market promising to take ten years off our faces and make us look ten pounds thinner by the break of dawn. If only there was such a miracle cure. Here are three natural products that have stood the test of time. They are beneficial both on the inside and out, you can use them on your skin, your hair or in the kitchen at mealtimes.

Olive Oil

Olive oil has been used as a beauty treatment since the days of Cleopatra. It contains powerful antioxidants to help fight off free radicals.

For the hair: It is a rich emollient that can help to condition dry hair and add shine. For a hot oil treatment, heat 1/2 cup of olive oil gently in a pan, massage the oil onto your hair and scalp, leave on for 30 minutes and rinse out. 

For the skin: Olive oil also makes a great makeup remover, dip a cotton ball or pad in olive oil and use it to wipe off your makeup, it will also moisturise your skin as you sleep and you will wake up the next morning with a healthy glow.

For Lunch or Dinner: You can use olive oil to saute vegetables or drizzle over potatoes before roasting.

Coconut Oil

This great multipurpose oil is chock-full of vitamins and essential fatty acids. 

For the hair: To hydrate dry hair, rub two tablespoons of coconut oil onto dry or damp hair. Leave on overnight and rinse out in the morning. 

For the skin: Coconut oil is great as an all over body moisturiser. It can be used on its own or mixed with your favourite body lotion, your skin will be gleaming and you’ll smell as sweet as a pina colada. 

For Breakfast: Add a teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil to your coffee or hot chocolate. It will make your beverage extra creamy, whilst speeding up your metabolism at the same time. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw apple cider vinegar with the mother (unrefined, unpasteurized and unfiltered) has an abundance of nutrients.

For the hair: To clarify your hair and remove product build up add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of (preferably) filtered water. After shampooing, saturate your hair with the mixture, leave on for five minutes and rinse out. Your hair will be squeaky clean with great shine.

For the skin: To remove excess oils on your face and balance the ph of your skin, an apple cider vinegar mix can be used as a toner. Add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of filtered water, after washing your face, use a cotton pad to lightly rub the toner on your face and neck. For sensitive skin do a patch test first to see how your skin responds. 

For Lunch or Dinner: Make a tasty salad dressing by combining apple cider vinegar with olive oil, a dash of salt and pepper or seasonings of your choice. 

There are three great uses for three great products to help you get more bang for your buck. Take care of yourself on the inside and out and put that money to good use. Pick up a new Dark Secrets lipstick here  https://darksecretscosmetics.com/shop/  Beauty that can’t be duplicated.

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Beauty tips for melanin rich women

Over the years I have struggled to find makeup for women with darker skin tones. All you saw in beauty magazines were fair skinned or mixed race gorgeous looking women. I rarely saw women who looked liked me gracing the covers of the beauty magazines. It made me wonder what it was about melanin rich women. Were we not considered beautiful? Why weren’t we getting the attention we deserved? However this is changing and nowadays, I am proud to see beautiful dark skinned women are more heavily featured on magazine covers and on the runway. Embrace your dusky complexion and here are some amazing beauty tips to keep you “cover girl” ready and on top of your game!

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1.) Moisturise daily
Dark skin not adequately moisturised can look ashy and grey. A famous dermatologist once told me, “Petroleum Jelly is still the best moisturiser for dark skin.” This can be heavy so use sparingly and apply a thin layer for a healthy glowing effect.

2.) Hand hygiene
We live in a bacteria filled world. It is important to have excellent hand hygiene so germs are not ingested and or passed on to our skin which is the largest organ.

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3.) Foundation – Match your foundation to your skin undertone. A lot of dark skinned women wear foundation that does not match their skin undertone. The trick to knowing you have chosen the correct foundation is when it blends perfectly with your skin tone. Check out my post about knowing your skin undertone.
 

4.) Lipstick – Choose Lipstick that complements your skin undertone. Try to avoid lipstick that creates too much contrast to your skin tone for example bright pink. Wear dark colours. Check out Dark Secrets Cosmetics stunning lipstick collection.

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5.) Eye shadows – Use dark eye shadows that blend beautifully with dark skin. After all makeup should enhance your best features and down play the rest. The best colours for melanin rich women are greens, burgundy, gold, copper, natural deep browns and so on. Smokey eyes are simply stunning on dusky skin.

Above all love yourself. There is no other person as unique as you so look in the mirror and be proud of who and what you are!

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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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The Eagles fell

Sometimes you have to want it badly to win. The World Cup is the highlight of the summer this year.
Those of us that are footie fans are supporting our teams and wanting them to do well. In my case
I am supporting two teams. The team from my native land Nigeria and homeland England.

When teams are playing I am a shouter and this annoys my children who are very typical young English
men with poker faces when watching a game of football. Well, today Argentina played Nigeria and won
by the skin of their teeth. As the saying goes, the winner takes it all. The game was gripping and I was
enthralled with skills demonstrated by both teams. About 20 minutes into the first half of the game
Argentina scored a goal by Messi. Ever the optimist, I thought the game will pick up pace and Nigeria
will be able to showcase their skills and tenacity. I was not disappointed a penalty levelled the score
and Nigeria needed to just hold their own to draw with Argentina.

Unfortunately, Argentina took the lead by securing another goal just before the final whistle.
This sealed the fate of my native land, they are out of the World Cup.

I was disappointed and deflated after the game. The Eagles fell but with pride. They played well against
a very experienced team. They presented Nigeria well and showed good sportsmanship.

Dark Secrets Cosmetics was inspired by my native land. It is important to never forget where you come
from so you do not forget where you are going. To celebrate Eagles victorious loss at my local pub, I put
my face on completed with my favourite Dark Secrets Cosmetics lipstick Violet and stepped out after all
my other team still have a chance of winning. Here, here to England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 we are in it to win it!

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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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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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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.
Shop here. https://darksecretscosmetics.com/shop/
Wear it with confidence and show off those luscious lips!

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