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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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