Can’t believe it’s the first day of a brand new year! The old saying time flies, has never been truer as the months of 2015 have raced by with astonishing speed. So apt really as this post is all about taking stock of all that has been and what is (fingers crossed) yet to come.
I’ve never enjoyed writing as much as I did last year and I really got to have fun with it. Skincare is my main squeeze, but make up comes in a close second, so naturally I was thrilled with my Beauty for Darker Skin Tones column for Psychologies Magazine. I got the chance to delve into another realm and it was amazing and heartwarming hearing from people I’d bump into at events how much the enjoyed the column and how they felt that more mags should do more to represent darker skin tones. I know I sound like a broken record but things are changing and I’m sure 2016 will see even more universal representation for beauty of all colours. Things did slow down with the column as I had to move on to ‘the other project’, but there may be more column writing in 2016! You never know
Of course, my FaceTime with Dija column with Spell Magazine went from strength to strength and it was so cool popping up in the print copy from time to time. Spell Magazine is a refreshing little gem for women of colour in the UK and I am so proud to be associated with the team. My ThandieKay pieces also got a lot of love. Did I touch a nerve with skin bleaching, facial hair and afro tresses? I think I did, but in a good way as the feedback on those pieces was phenomenal.
Thank you, thank you!
Getting behind the camera was also great fun. Using my YouTube channel had always been on my to do list, but without the right filming and editing skills I wasn’t ready to let myself lose of the internet. So I sought training from a film editor and voilà – I was on the small screen talking and laughing (a lot) about all out of make up and skincare magic. Just goes to show, when you pull your finger out nothing is impossible.
Although I’ve not kept up with YouTube (again because of ‘the other project’) do I sound like a broken record yet? it was such a fun day shooting with Alex from The Foundation Directory and Flo from MDM Flow. Thanks ladies, for being part of my journey.
Gosh!, it was a busy year for Facials by Dija with facial treatments and Skin & Lifestyle Consultations. There were two trends which were clear, we (many women in Britain) still see facials as a treat. So many new clients said it was a special occasion hence their treatment. But what blew my mind was the amount of clients who just wanted a bit of hand holding to make the right skincare decisions and choice of products. It has been such a pleasure to hear clients feedback that they feel more confident buying products and feel more empowered looking after their skin without having to give everything under the sun a go.
My number one tip – learn what ingredients, techniques and textures work for YOUR skin. Not your BFF, your sister, mum or the woman on the train. Just you! Make that your #skinpromise for 2016.
As usual it was great repping #TeamWeleda for The Model Zone during London Fashion Week. Bringing tired, grey skin abused by multiple make up brushes and face wipes back to life is certainly my forte!
On the flip side, I got to try some amazing treatments, especially facials. As a facialist I never get the chance to just lie back and let someone else tend to my face, so these where little nuggets of bliss. Under the hands of Renee at Medico Beauty I was gifted glowing even toned skin with the Cosmedix Blueberry peel. Under the expert hands of Debbie Thomas my temperamental oily skin was controlled with LED therapy, under Georgia Louise I experieced the blissful Fresh Skincare facial to celebrate the 15th birthday of the Rose Face Mask. GL is normally based in New York but now has an outpost at the Bvlgari Hotel in London. Under the soothing hands of Gwen at Aesthetic Labs Primrose Hill, I had the facial that sent me straight to sleep, but left me with the calmest and most well behaved skin I’ve had a good few months. Loved it!
There’s nothing like have your own crew behind you. Willing you to the finish line, long after you’ve mentally checked out, they haul you back into the race with words of wisdom and sometimes psychically getting you back into gear. Epic brainstorming sessions, fuelled by Gail’s pastries, random lunch, coffee dates and early morning emails. Whilst having a supportive gang to prop me up, its been great to see those same people progress in their hopes and dreams and a privilege to be part of their journey! Y’all know I’m watching you and I expect to see big things in 2016.
I have the coolest gang
I just couldn’t keep up with this. I managed 180 days worth of tips before ‘the other project’ demanded my full attention and I had to start making choices between tips or sleep. Clearly sleep won. It was fun to compile the tips though and one day I will return to it, finish it off somehow as the feedback was great and it got a lot of love whilst the momentum was up.
‘The Other Project’
I think it’s common knowledge now, but I have been working on my own skincare line for the past two years. 3107 London Artisan Skincare is a collection of pure botanicals and essential oil blends designed to soothe you skin and your soul. It stems from my desire to have pure organic skincare that is both affordable and luxe. To deliver this has been a painstaking and laborious process I have unearthed a new found respect for brand owners and product developers. I am sure I have a few more grey strands and the stories of mishaps I could tell! However, like childbirth the pain fades the moment you uncover the prize. I am so pleased with the final results and so looking forward to revealing all in the weeks and months to come.
3107 London will not only be about products, but also be about education and celebration. The new blog will shine the spotlight, not only on skincare but on beauty, cosmetics, lifestyle, kids and other winning women from all walks of life.
Until the launch day, follow us on social media to stay in the loop and get a preview of some of the love we’ve already received.
So that’s a wrap for 2015, 2016 awaits.
Happy New Year!