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Nothing changes if nothing changes

The only thing going forward will be the hands of the clock, tick tock. The dates on the calendar, turn the page, another day, another month. Before you know it, another year has gone by. Summer may be coming to an end but it’s not time to sing Auld Lang Syne just yet. Start today, everyday is a new beginning. What are you doing right now to realize your dreams? Life is too short to be treading water, stuck in the same spot and barely staying afloat. What did you want to be when you were younger? Before doctor’s appointments and past due notices got in the way. Reawaken the dreamer in you and start heading in that direction. 

I have always wanted to a write a book and here I am each day taking notes, planning story outlines and jotting down whatever comes to mind. Words become sentences, sentences become paragraphs, and before you know it… Look out for that bestseller! 

It’s never to late to take a course, learn a new skill. Start somewhere. Put your best foot forward, put on your new lip, shop here https://darksecretscosmetics.com/shop/

It’s a new day, a new you. Make that change.

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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!

Change your perspective, change your point of view. 

I had just moved to a new area and had been going to the same Church for a few months, I was really enjoying the sermons and the sense of community. The first time I attended I parked my car in the last row closest to the main entrance and entered through the right side door where the ushers directed me down the right aisle of the church. From then on, every Sunday I would always park my car in the same row, enter through the same door and sit on the right side of the Church. I always sat in one of the first five rows, there was a pillar slightly blocking the view of the pulpit if I sat between row six to eight. 

One Sunday I entered through the same door as usual, right on time but I was diverted to the other side of the Church. For a moment I stood there wanting to resist the change of course. Why couldn’t I just sit where I always sat? I was sure I could find a space. Instead I was ushered to seating in the center, behind the first row. By the time the service started I was amazed. I could see things so much clearer. I had the best seat in the house. The choir singing felt so much more intimate. I felt like the pastor and I were having a one-on-one conversation. Why had I been stage right all these months when I could have been front and center? 

Have you been doing the same thing every day, every week or month due to force of habit? Have you been putting yourself to the side, when it’s time to let the spotlight shine on you? What if you tweak things slightly in your life, you may get a much better outcome. Why not try something new. Maybe look at someone else’s point of view, they may not see things the way you do. 

Have you been wearing the same lipstick for years because you think it’s the best? Yes you look good, but how much more stunning could you be if you try something new. Change is good. Try a new Dark Secrets Cosmetics lipstick today. You will look great from any point of view.

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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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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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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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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Makeup Tip

Toyin’s Tips 

When wearing makeup enhance your most flattering feature. If your lips are your best feature, wear bright or strong lipstick colours.  

Many women with melanin rich skin tend to have fuller lips. Accentuate your lips with a pencil liner that is as close as possible to the lipstick colour you are wearing. Alternatively you could use a lipstick brush dabbed on lipstick and line your lips that way. This works for me, I prefer softer lines. Many black women use darker lipstick liner, but I find the harshness of the colour could take away the beauty of full lips. I tend to avoid black pencil when lining my lips. 

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