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💋LA Girl Lip Paint…(in pictures)!💋

Hey Loves,

Although we know I do not need anymore lip products I couldn’t resist these. I have had them for about 6 months and have just taken them out of the packaging in time for Spring/ Summer. To be fair they will look gorgeous any season. Swatches  and make-up look to follow but wanted to show some pics for now. I ordered these from ikatehouse.com

Can you guess my faves?

LA GIRL LIP PAINTSLA GIRL LIP PAINTS

NUDES Pinks and Purples

purples Orange and Reds

You never really can have too much lipstick/ gloss/ products. Liquid lipsticks are really in right now…whether matte or shiny they can take a look to another level in a smack!

Short but sweet today! Hope you are having fun whatever you’re doing!

Besos 💋

TBH! xoxo


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Beauty Is… ❤ featuring Mandisa!

Hey Everyone!

It’s Friday…Yay! That means it is time for another Beauty Is… feature. It has been a couple of months since my last one and the aim is to have one each month. This month I am excited to introduce to you Mandisa (you get beauty just from her name)! One of the great things about blogging is that you meet fellow bloggers with the same interests. Mandisa co-writes a blog, DivinelyRooted about natural hair. It is an honest mix of reviews, advice and life with natural hair. Want to find out more about this natural beauty… then read below!

Beautiful Mandisa

1: Do you wear makeup?!If so, when did you start?

-I do, I started at the ripe old age of 24 LOL

2: How would you describe your makeup style?

-Natural and nude.

3: What product can you not live without? (Skincare or makeup)

-I CAN NOT and WILL NOT live without mascara! It’s the easiest thing thing to do that can brighten up your whole face in like, 26 seconds! I keep buying new ones! I’m up to 6 now 🙊🙈

4: Breakdown your beauty regime?

-For an everyday look? I’m a teacher, so it’s very simple. I don’t have time to do too much. Usually it’s just mascara, because I’m always running late. If I want a beat face, I’ll go ahead and do foundation, highlight, contour, eyeshadow, and more!

5: Who is your Beauty Inspiration or icon?

-Rihanna! Her nude looks are to DIE for and I’m still trying to recreate them.

6: Makeup nightmare?

-Not blending my highlight! Yowza!

7: Any tips or secrets?

-To not get mascara everywhere, stick your finger over your eyelid as you apply.

8: In a sentence or two, explain what beauty truly means to you?!

-Beauty to me encompasses the whole person; body, soul, and mind.

Beautifully Beautiful Mandisa

Thank you so very much Mandisa for being beauty personified and taking part in this feature! Don’t forget you can find out more about Mandisa on her blog, Divinely Rooted.

We have a Lyrical Poet with a beautiful voice in next month’s feature. Don’t miss out. Want to be featured? Just email me info@thebeautyholder.com or tweet me @thebeautyholder

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post!

Have an awesome Friday and weekend!

Besos 💋

TBH! xoxo


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Overdue: Natural Hair Update!

Hey Everyone!

I’m keeping up with my blog-a-day statement for this week. I have actually enjoyed it and feel like I a getting back into the swing of things. If I am honest some of the excitement has come from trying to extend the reach of this blog through some of the other things that make me happy, such as food and clothes. I continue to enjoy being able to connect with you all and thank you for taking time to accept the connection!

So this one has been long overdue. If you are a regular to my blog or indeed any of my other social sites, you will know that I embarked on a Natural Hair Journey in January 2014. Check out more here, and here. It has been a love/ struggle kind of thing because I was really into it at first but then suffered a setback.

In the quest to find the right products for my hair and make sure it was doing well I went to a ‘Natural Hair Salon’. I thought being able to get some professional advice would be useful and steer me on the right path. BOY! WAS I WRONG!

Without naming and shaming the place (I made a complaint and was refunded and compensated- but it did not change the feeling inside and the appearance outside) it was not the experience I had hoped for. The short (literally) version is I went in with hair and came out with none. The senior stylist told me that my hair was in great condition and just needed a couple of stray straight ends in the back to be removed. She told me it was a trim but what I got was a cut.

It is insane how much of my confidence I left in the salon with my hair on the floor. I felt taken advantage of and vulnerable. I was mad and so disgusted by the service. It is easy to say it is just hair and will grow back but at the time you don’t feel that way. Especially when the decision was not one I made or felt necessary. Let me say that I did research this place before I went. Just because they were award wining didn’t mean they were perfect. They had some reviews which all were positive but who posts bad reviews? Whether they have it in their power or not (most do unless independent) to filter them post a review. I made sure I gave mine on this experience and I was honest.

Here is a pic of my hair before I went in and after. I did not take many pics during this period. For pics of my hair and styles before the experience click here.

                                       Hair before  After

I could dwell on how bad I felt thereafter but it will not change or alter what has happened. Although my hair would have been a lot longer and thicker now, it has been growing. I have been putting more effort into protecting it through styles that mean I don’t have to manipulate and have my hands in it all the time. I am a wig freak at the moment and continue to love being able to switch up my look.

What has the experience taught me?

  • Ask questions every step of the way at the salon
  • If something doesn’t feel right then trust your instinct
  • Challenge the advice (even if from a professional) if something seems off
  • Beware of stylists who ‘over compliment’ your hair.
  • Research. Although even as we see above it doesn’t mean they will be great.
  • If you are not happy make sure to tell them. Follow a complaints procedure and take it further.
  • Learn about your hair. Read books, go online and start to understand your hair and what you could be doing to take care of it without simply relying on a salon.
  • There will be no monetary amount that can compensate for the damage that has been done
  • Don’t let a bad experience taint you and make you lose confidence. Not all stylists or salons are like this and your hair does not make you confident…it helps but it is all about you!
  • It will grow back. It may take longer and it may be different but it is your hair and you will love it.

The last point was more of a personal growth point for me as I once knew someone who had beautiful hair and it began to fall out one day. She had severe alopecia. Losing your hair is difficult for any person and when it is related to health even more so. For more information on Alopecia or hair loss, click here or search alopecia and hair loss.

So for all my friends wondering if I am still natural, yes I am. Just look below! This was day 3 of an old wash and go!

                                  now  wash and go puff

I will be keeping up with further updates and so with my natural hair. It is a faded shade of burgundy at the moment and in protective styling… I am currently a redhead again!

Tomorrow on the blog… Beauty Is… (YAY!)

Besos 💋

TBH! xoxo


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#CopMyCloset : Trending in Olive and Denim! 💚💙

Hey Everyone! My weekend movements found me on trend with not one but two fashion currents, denim and olive. Knowing the fashionista I am NOT this was a moment. I actually feel we need to take a moment to consider this! Ok, moment has passed.

Friday Night: Dinner Date with my ❤s

Headband and Hoops

Outfit Details!

Gold Cardigan: Primark (about 8-9 years old)/ Black crop top: MissGuided/ Olive Pants: Primark/ Baby Pink Pumps with Gold Chain: New Look/ Infinity Symbol Necklace: H&M/ Floral Headband: Primark/ Gold Sparkle Hoops: River Island Short ‘Monica’ wig: Juliet’s Let me say that with my beautiful Son came stretch marks 12 years ago that have changed with weight gain and loss. I was strangely confident enough to rock the crop top as they didn’t show that much but hey…they are my reminder of my proudest moment…Motherhood. necklace and Ny outfit with Tal my loves Shoutout to Talitha, Nyomi, Amalia for being amazing dinner dates and making me laugh uncontrollably. If you see them, ask them to name 2 places in the UK beginning with B! Love y’all! ————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

Saturday Lunchtime 🎉🎁 Birthday Celebrations! 

My dearest friend Jade, celebrated her birthday last week. She arranged a gorgeous lunch with her friends on Saturday. Jade is one of my oldest and most special friends from College and she is also my Son’s GodMother so I am blessed beyond belief. She is truly one of my loves. It was great having a day out with the family and spending time with friends and loved ones. seated olive and denim posing Denim and Olive

Outfit Details!

Olive Knit Cardigan: New Look/ Denim Jumpsuit: New Look (about 3 years old)/ Brown Brogue Style Shoes: H&M I am still jumpsuit obsessed and will be when they are not on trend. They are comfy and fun! A little throwback of Jade and DM…then FullSizeRender-8 Jade and DM then Beautiful Jade now… Jade nowThank you Jade for a great time. So very blessed to see you celebrate another year as you continue to grow more beautiful both inside and out.  Shoutout to Ebi, Heather, Jess and Ify! The latter the original Stanmore College crew with J and I! Love y’all! Are you rocking any fashion trends? Get at me and let me know what you like! Coming up tomorrow…my Natural Hair Update… finally! Besos 💋 TBH! xoxo


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DM does Dinner 🍴 | Baked Salmon with Garlic Courgetti!

Hey Everyone!

When I said that I am broadening my blog into a more lifestyle type blog it wasn’t lip service! I love that many of you want to know more about me and have loads of questions. There is a lot of interaction over on my twitter (come join in the fun @thebeautyholder ) page and so I wanted to bring it here too!

I have been a vegetarian for a little over 2 years and 4 months. Whilst I still eat fish at present, I am considering becoming Vegan. That will be for another post. In any case, I posted a pic of my dinner on Twitter and got a great response so I thought I would share it here.

Eating clean as a Vegetarian does not have to be boring! Courgetti is courgette spaghetti without the pasta! Check out my DM does Dinner series with this tasty treat!

Ingredients: 

  • Salmon Fillet or any fish of your choice (you can also use meat if you would like)
  • 2 Organic Courgettes (Zucchini)
  • Garlic, Dill, Cayenne Pepper, West Indian Green Seasoning, Coriander 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Additional veggies and ingredients are optional. Make it your own!

Specialist Tools:

  • Spiralizer (got mine from Amazon)

IMG_7903 Spralizer

Prep Time: 

Veggies – approx 3-5 mins

Courgettes spiralized

Fish– approx 10 mins (to clean and season)

Cooking Time:

Veggies- approx 8 mins

Fish – approx 25 mins (dependent on size and thickness of fillet)

How to…

  • Wash and prepare the vegetables using the spiralizer
  • Pre-heat oven to Gas Mark 6 for Salmon 
  • Clean and prep Salmon and season to taste
  • Bake Salmon in foil for 25 mins 
  • Heat frying pan and then add EVOO as well as garlic, dill and cayenne pepper
  • Use paper towel to soak up some of the water from the courgettes before tossing gently in the oil for approx 6 mins 
  • Add onions, carrots or any thing else
  • Break Salmon into bite size pieces and gently mix into courgetti 
  • Plate and enjoy!

This dish is not only quick and easy but tastes delicious and is a great way to incorporate veggies into a meal without them feeling like its a chore!

DM's Salmon and Garlic CourgettiPretty easy huh! Let me know what you think! Also if you try it!

Hope you enjoyed! Coming up next… another #CopMyCloset

Besos 💋

TBH! xoxo


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#CopMyCloset 👢👓 : All Black Everything!

Hey Loves!

Hope you are all keeping well as we coast into the Spring season. I am back with another instalment of the above. A sneak peek into my own little fashion world and style.

Ok, so I know most Makeup Artists wear black on assignment. Why? Maybe because it seems to give off a more professional look or just for the classic and elegant look of it. There is no written rule that says you have to wear black and if I am being honest I actually prefer to wear bold colours when on shoots or working with clients. For whatever reason on this day, I chose to wear black… all black.

This was a couple weeks back where I did make-up for the Compliment Me Fashion Show in London, assisted by the lovely Laura Garcia.

AllBlackEverything ABETBHAll Black Everything

Outfit Details

High Waisted Skinny Jeans: New Look / Black Camisole: No Name $5 from New York (about 8 years ago)/ Black Lace Sweater: Asda (about 4 years old)/ Brown and Black Buckle Boots: Matalan/ Gold plated 2 Link Necklace: Primark

Everything should still be available at time this is published unless otherwise stated.

Big thanks to my fab assistant, Laura (below) for her hard work. She was thrown in at the very deep end and did the best job ever. Be on the look out for pics from the show on my Facebook page! Thank you also to the team at Compliment Me London for having us be a part of a great event benefitting Cancer Research!

Laura and TBH

If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know that my hair and look has pretty much changed since this event! So if you’re out and you see me… don’t be afraid to say hey!

Until next time!

Besos 💋

TBH! xoxo