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Seven

Lucky No. 7

There are seven days in a week. Seven colours in a rainbow. Seven wonders of the world. The number 7 has always been considered to be a lucky number.

Here at Dark Secrets Cosmetics, we believe in good luck, but we also believe in striving to achieve your dreams. Put on your bold lip and go get ’em!
Every day is a new chance for you to rewrite your story. At Dark Secrets Cosmetics we have more than 7 colours for you to choose from.

Be a wonder today, shop here

Have a fortunate week!

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Five Quick Lipstick Tips

Moisturise

Moisturise your lips before applying lipstick to prevent feathering and bleeding. Banish dry lips with a good lip balm or light touch of coconut oil. 

No Filler needed

Many of us women from African ancestry were blessed with beautiful big lips that people are now paying lots of money for. To get the fuller look without any needles apply lip liner just outside of your natural lip line, then fill in with your lipstick of choice. 

Lipstick on Teeth

To avoid getting lipstick on your teeth after applying, put your index finger in your mouth and pull it out. Any excess lipstick will end up on your finger and thankfully not your pearly whites. 

Double Duty 

Need some rosy cheeks but run out of blush? Lipstick can be used as a blush. Let’s not go for a Halloween look with a black lipstick, but if you have a neutral or pink shade dab a few dots on your cheeks and blend away to get the perfect look.

Pick the Right Shade

Choose the right shade of lipstick for your skin tone. At Dark Secrets Cosmetics we have shades to flatter every skin tone and help you look your absolute best. Shop here. https://darksecretscosmetics.com/shop/ Lipsticks on sale for a limited time. 

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

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Be fabulous!

Be fabulous at 40! Be fabulous at any age!

Put on that happy face.

Cheers to 40. I used to dread getting older but now I embrace it. Not another year older but another year wiser.
I didn’t even celebrate my last birthday. Instead of going out with friends I chose to stay at home so I didn’t
have to say my age out loud, or hear it . The next morning I thought to myself, I am still one year older than
I was yesterday. Did my wallowing in self pity turn back the hands of time? Did my frown add another year
to my life? From that moment on I decided each new day is a day to be celebrated. And I would never spend
another birthday feeling sorry for myself because every day above ground is a blessing.

So how will you embrace the start of each new day? Do not let your age define you. You are never too old to
start again. Before you get to that next birthday have you set that plan in motion to realize your dreams?
I am not the same person I was in my twenties, and am grateful for the life experiences that shaped the
person I am today. I am still evolving. What else is there for me to learn and draw upon?  I look forward
to the next decade. 

Every new day is a chance to rediscover yourself. It’s time to stop procrastinating and be just what world is
waiting for. Put on that bold lipstick color, put on your happy face and seize the day. What lipstick color
makes you feel fierce and fabulous? Put it on today and say here I come world, here I come.

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Dark Secrets Cosmetics hot tips – know your skin undertone

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Your skin undertone is the colour underneath the surface.

Women of colour have largely been overlooked in the cosmetics world,
hence the reason why foundation available on the market are either
to ashy, grey or too red when applied. Market research indicated that
most women of colour have a combination of foundation to mix and
match to a perfect balance that suits them. Well look no further.

Dark Secrets Cosmetics foundation exclusively caters for women of colour.
Extensive research has gone into the design of these colours,
understanding and matching different skin undertones.

There can be only four things that could go wrong when choosing
a foundation colour; it can either be too light, too dark, too ashy or too red.

Test your undertone

Now the test. Turn your arm over and look at the inside of your wrist.
Do this with natural light. If your veins appear to be bluish or purple, then you skin has a cool undertone,
often fairer or lighter shade women of colour have cool undertones.

If your veins appear greener, then your skin undertone is warm; this is a characteristic of darker skin tone women.

If you look at your wrist and you cannot determine the colour of your veins, you most likely have a neutral undertone.

Recognising your undertone helps you match a foundation that will reflect your skin beautifully and give you
that flawless professional look.

At Dark Secrets Cosmetics we recognise that women of colour may have similar skin type i.e. fair skin but have
different undertone. Our range of products is tailored to support these unique differences.

Articles for further reading:

www.essence.com    Everything You Need to Know About Your Skin’s Undertone

www.qcmakeupacademy.com    Ethnic Makeup: Matching Foundation for Dark Skin

Lipstick stories: Lola

Lola detailA lipstick to live by:

Be inspired by Lola, she is strong,
regal, touched by life and still
smiles through it all.

Lola is my most beloved sister.
Without her this vision would
not have happened. Family is
what we have, and I hope wearing
Lola will inspire you not to limit
yourself or dwell in what others
perceive. Enjoy wearing this beautiful
colour- my sister’s favourite and
live your life to the fullest.

 

First impression

With Dark Secrets Cosmetics lipstick for darker skin tones, first impressions matter.

She sat at the table in the corner with a full glass of red wine. Blind date.
She sipped from her glass whilst glancing around the bar. The atmosphere is pretty chilled,
some couples appeared to have been together a long time, others not, you can just tell.
People watching can be fun, but then a guy arrives, and holds her attention.

He’s tall, confident looking, about the right age. Is this him? he looks furtively left and right….
yes, must be him! Eyes eventually meet and nervous smiles light up faces. Introductions are
made, more drinks ordered. Let’s hope he can actually hold a conversation, she thought.
Turns out they were talking for hours, getting on like the proverbial house on fire, and are
still together today.

Our lipstick is named after this tale of romance. I saw it all happen, I was there –
at the bar named Wicked Lady. I’ve worn it many times, and it gives me the sass and
confidence to seize the day, I’m sure it will for you!

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