Dark Secrets Diary

Over here Cupid!

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Dark Secrets Cosmetics. We hope you were in the path of Cupid’s arrow when he struck and you found the love your heart desires.  Or perhaps you took a detour that day and are still waiting on Mr. Right to show up.  Worry not, what is meant for you will find you and sometimes there is so much to take in on the scenic route you enjoy the journey even more. Get to know yourself and love yourself, be the best version of yourself and your heart will be the biggest bulls-eye, it would be hard for Cupid to miss. 

Pamper yourself today with a new Dark Secrets Cosmetics lipstick or two, it’s a day of love! 

Love yourself on Valentine’s day, love yourself everyday. 

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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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Let kindness be your reflex

Have you ever been washing up a sink full of dishes, elbow deep in bubbles, scrubbing away with your to-do list running through your mind like movie credits? Your mind wanders for a moment as you try to remember what time your appointment is tomorrow and you drop a large pot into the sink full of hot soapy water. The water splashes in your face, your immediate response is to shut your eyes without having to think twice. Your reflex is to prevent any harm that may come from soapy water getting into your eyes. 

As you go through the challenges of life, endeavour to react the same way. Don’t let hate or anger blur your vision. When someone is being negative, it is so easy to respond with the same energy, instead counter it with kindness. Before you think of the ten spiteful remarks you could make, six of which may be true, think of one thing kind to say. Wash away the anger, hurt or bitterness and let kindness be your reflex. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

Times may be rough, but your lips look fab.

Bills bills bills. Not opening them doesn’t make them go away. You can use them as your cat litter but rest assured, they will send out a new assortment just in time for that litter to be replaced. Then as soon as you struggle to pay off one credit card bill your car needs a major repair. Such is life. However there is one item that even when things are looking bleak, you don’t want to avoid. Lipstick. Yes even when there is a recession, many women won’t go without it. It won’t put a huge hit on your finances and is sure to boost your mood. Rather than splurge on those designer shoes you can barely walk in that are sure to give you blisters and then languish in the back of your closet collecting dust. Treat yourself to a new lipstick. That pop of colour on the lips has an instant effect. Things are looking up. You’re ready to take on the day. Looking your best. Go for it.

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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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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.
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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Myah: This month’s best seller

This deep and dark matte lipstick is simply stunning! There is an incredible story behind this name.
This lipstick is about taking a chance and making it work. Myah makes me vulnerable,
protective, loved beyond all understanding and sad that time is moving too fast.
This lipstick is named after my granddaughter – Myah. She is a very bright six years
who is wise beyond her years and tells me always she loves me more.

Myah gives me hope that tomorrow is another day and all is well.
I hope this lipstick gives you the joy it gives me when I wear it.

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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. 

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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