Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry » Barnsley Makeup Artist & Beauty Writer

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    Welcome to the home of Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry. I am a globally recognised professional Makeup Artist, Makeup Tutor and Beauty Writer based in Barnsley. I am also new to YouTube! I am fully insured and a member of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology. I like to make people look and feel beautiful - or terrifying and gory depending on the time of year! Please note: this is a PR friendly blog and I welcome PR enquiries.

The Autumn Blogger Tag 2

As autumn is upon us, the Autumn Blogger Tags and posts are starting to do the rounds. You know how much I love a good blogger tag, so I thought I’d join in with the Autumn Blogger Tag from Kammi over at the Beauty Book Blog.

1. Favourite thing about Autumn?
My favourite thing about Autumn is that gorgeous crisp, fresh feeling in the air accompanied by all of the beautiful colours outside! Gorgeous oranges, burned browns and crunchy leaves along with the excitement in the air for Halloween and christmas arriving soon.

2. Favourite Drink?
My favourite autumnal drink has been the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte for such a long time. Yes, I’m adding to the ‘basic bitches’ tag here but I’m not remotely bothered. It’s something I look forward to each year and something I crave once it’s been released! I also really love Hotel Chocolat’s Chilli Hot Chocolate!


Alfie’s guarding my PSL | The Autumn Blogger Tag 2 | Rachael Divers

3. Favourite Scent/Candle?
I love vanilla, fig and mulberry types of scents along with a little hint of berries too. My favourite scents for autumn are gorgeous warming scents with sweet and musky notes all in one. I’m currently burning a Christmas Cookies candle from Yankee which I love!

4. Favourite Lipstick?
I’m really loving Captive from MAC at the moment, a gorgeous dark satin purple that’s just the right side of deep berry.

5. Go-to moisturiser?
My go-to facial moisturiser is my La Roche-Posay Toleriane moisturiser, and for my body, I love anything thick and nourishing like a body butter. I also use coconut oil most days to moisturise my skin after a bath or shower.

Deep pinks, purples and Golds are my go-to autumnal eye colours! | The Autumn Blogger Tag 2 | Rachael Divers

Deep pinks, purples and Golds are my go-to autumnal eye colours! | The Autumn Blogger Tag 2 | Rachael Divers

6. Go-to colour for eyes?
I love wearing burned oranges and berry hues all year around, but they’re so perfect for the winter! I mostly use blushers on my eyes as I find them to have a much better colour pay off, but I’m also absolutely loving the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette and shades from Makeup Geek like Morocco and Chickadee.

7. Favourite music to listen to?
One of my favourite artists to listen to in the autumn is Johnny Cash – my dad introduced me to his records absolutely years ago and I find him so comforting to listen to. If ever I’m poorly and away from home, I always listen to Johnny Cash because it makes me feel like my dad is just that little bit closer to me. We sometimes listen to him on a morning while we have a coffee and honestly, it’s the small things like that that really matter. Aside from Mr Cash, I’ve been loving the autumn playlists over on Spotify that have a lot of folk-type sounds and are mellow and so easy to listen to while I blog away or clean the house. Another go-to artist for me to listen to is Nina Simone, although I tend to listen to her more in the winter months.

8. Favourite outfit to wear?
I love wearing jeggings in the autumn with a pair of boots and knitted jumper. I’m also a huge fan of leather gloves too! I just bought some beautiful new boots from Faith that I’m looking forward to wearing this autumn and winter.

My homemade Parsnip Soup with a warm crusty roll | The Autumn Blogger Tag 2 | Rachael Divers

My homemade Parsnip Soup with a warm crusty roll | The Autumn Blogger Tag 2 | Rachael Divers

9. Autumn Treat?
My autumn treat differs depending on my mood – usually, I’ll treat myself to a few new homewares for autumn whether that be a new candle or something to sit on my desk. My favourite food treats are my home made parsnip soup along with a warm, crusty roll of bread. I think there’s something so comforting about both cooking and eating a hearty homemade meal.

10. Favourite place to be?
I either love to be out walking with my two dogs, Lily and Alfie, somewhere where we can enjoy the beautiful autumnal leaves, or cosied up at home with my candles burning and the rain beating down on the windows while I listen to Johnny Cash or Nina Simone with a comforting drink!

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara review

Too Faced is a brand I’ve enjoyed using for years – from their cute packaging to the ultra-pigmented and buttery smooth eyeshadows, they’ve always been a winner to me when it’s come to value for money. I’d heard so much about their Better Than Sex Mascara, so I was really excited when I opened my September Red Edit Glossybox and saw the mascara placed nicely inside!

The mascara has become somewhat of a cult product – thanks to it’s collagen-fuelled formula, film-forming Polymer (for smudge-proof all day wear) and Porcelain flower extract to moisturise and condition the lashes.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara review

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara review | Rachael Divers

The mascara promises to give luscious, intense black lashes that are both lengthened and defined.

The first thing I love about the mascara is the packaging – the mascara comes in a matte metal effect tube full of little water droplets which just looks so stylish and tells you that the formula is waterproof before you even take too much notice. The next thing I love is the wand which feels like a proper bristle hourglass shaped wand. My favourite type of mascara wand is a good old fashioned bristle wand rather than a plastic one – I just like them so much more and prefer the feel of them on my lashes to the newer styles.

I couldn’t wait to give this mascara a go, so I tried it out for it’s first outing on a day where I knew it’d get put through it’s paces – a seaside day! Luckily, we dropped on a pretty hot day so I knew I’d be able to give this little mascara a proper road test as we hopped from Saltburn to Whitby to Scarborough to enjoy the sights, and of course, a good helping of seaside food!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara review | Rachael Divers

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara review | Rachael Divers

First of all, the mascara applied beautifully. The wand captured my lashes and pulled them up whilst giving them a gorgeous deep black coating of mascara. My lashes looked lengthened and more voluminous but without that awful clumpy effect some volumising mascaras can give. I applied another coat for good measure and was really pleased with the outcome – defined, voluminous and lengthened lashes.

Throughout the day, the mascara absolutely did not budge – despite the hot weather, the hours spent in a hot car travelling around, the windy pier and the late return home, the mascara didn’t smudge, flake or budge. I removed the mascara once I got home with my coconut oil and it came off really nicely.

The mascara retails at £19 which yes, isn’t the cheapest end of mascaras, but does fall somewhere in the middle between drugstore and high end. In my opinion, it’s worth the cost because it really does perform well and won’t leave you out in the cold when you need to ensure your makeup stays flawless throughout the day.

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Vitamasques Hydro Face Mask Rose of Jericho review

I was introduced to the Vitamasques Hydro Face Mask Rose of Jericho gel mask in the September Red Edit Glossybox.

I was so excited to try the mask out as since being introduced to face sheet style masks, I’ve become a massive fan! Face sheets flew into our market from the Korean beauty scene, and these clever little masks impregnanted with luxurious ingredients have been proven to deliver serious hydration to the skin.

The Hydro Face Mask has been designed to provide both hydration and moisture retention in the skin thanks to the patented Artificial Moisturising Factor (AMF) that enhances our skin’s ability to retain moisture. AMF has actually ben clinically proven to keep skin hydrated for a massive 120 hours – great news for those of us with dry, dehydrated skin that needs a serious moisture boost. The mask also contains extracts from the Rose of Jericho which further enhances the moisture retention in the skin.


Vitamasques Hydro Face Mask Rose of Jericho review | Rachael Divers

Vitamasques Hydro Face Mask Rose of Jericho review | Rachael Divers

Vitamasques recommend cleansing the face, toning then following by applying the mask, and relaxing for 30 minutes before removing it and gently massaging the remaining product into the skin.

I followed the cleansing instructions and applied the mask to my face – the first thing that I noticed was the texture of the sheet. Other sheet style masks I’ve previously used have been made out of a textile material whereas this mask is more of a gel. It was super easy to apply compared to other masks and I wasn’t worried about the mask tearing as it felt pretty secure. I smoothed the two parts of the mask onto my skin and kicked back for half an hour to enjoy the beautifying process!

You can see how the mask looks on the skin in my photograph below along with how my skin looked afterwards – let’s be honest, there’s no flattering pose for a mask like this! They always look a little comical at best!

I didn’t notice a scent in particular while using the mask, but I did notice a slightly uncomfortable tingling sensation across my skin. I did feel a little concerned that my skin might have been reacting adversely but after a quick check of my skin underneath, I didn’t see any redness or cause for concern.

Vitamasques Hydro Face Mask Rose of Jericho review

Vitamasques Hydro Face Mask Rose of Jericho review | Before and after | Rachael Divers

After the 30 minutes was up, I was glad to remove the mask as it didn’t feel overly comfortable on my skin. The strange sensation was present throughout use, but, I was really pleased to see that my skin looked and felt refreshed and a little more even toned after the removal. I followed the instructions and gently massaged the remaining product into my skin which soaked in really nicely without leaving a sticky residue behind.

Overall, I really enjoyed the whole process of using the mask and find it a real luxury to use this type of mask rather than the regular mud masks that I usually use. Use this mask after a busy weekend or to simply refresh and pamper your skin as a weekly treat.

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2016.

September Glossybox Red Edit tried and tested

September’s Glossybox was sat waiting on my desk for me the other day after I walked in from my makeup appointments. Immediately after seeing the bright red box, I knew I was going to love the contents before I’d even opened it!

This month, the box is the Red Magazine edit and all of the gorgeous products were handpicked by Red’s Beauty Director which explains why it’s so darn good!

September Glossybox Red Edit | Rachael Divers

September Glossybox Red Edit | Rachael Divers

One of my favourite additions to the box this month is the gorgeous Hydro Face Mask from Vitamasques. I was a little slow on the organisation this month and managed to use the mask and throw away the packaging before I filmed my first impressions which is a little frustrating! I was so desperate for a skin pamper after a hectic weekend that I totally didn’t even click that I’d need the packaging to show you all, so instead, I’m going to write a separate little review dedicated to the sheet mask soon along with a terribly flattering photograph of me wearing it!

Rather than another unboxing video, I’ve been enjoying the idea of a ‘tried and tested’ video so that I can share more than just a first impression with you. Instead, my tried and tested video will give you more of an in-depth opinion of the products included, how they worked for me and if they’re worth a purchase.

Enjoy my September Glossybox Tried and Tested video below!

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September Lookfantastic Beauty Box Unboxing: Tried and Tested

This September is a special box for Lookfantastic – it’s their second birthday! To celebrate in style, the Lookfantastic team have put together an extra special box full of beautiful party treats. From skincare, to haircare and makeup, they’ve got us covered.

September Lookfantastic Beauty Box Unboxing | Rachael Divers

September Lookfantastic Beauty Box Unboxing | Rachael Divers

I wanted to share my thoughts on the #LFBDAY box in a slightly different way today so wanted to bring you my ‘tried and tested’ video. I’ve taken a little time and gotten to know the products within my box so I can share my honest opinion on them with you. From value for money, product quality and effectiveness, these five lovely beauty treats have been put through their paces.

My hero product of the box this month has to be the gorgeous Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo. Free from chemicals such as parabens, silicones and SLS, the shampoo gently cleanses hair whilst being kind to the skin and scalp. I found this ultra luxurious to use and it almost felt like an aromatherapy treatment for my hair. My hair felt beautifully clean after use and gently scented with the help of cherry flower extracts and Jujube Bark. If you’re looking for a purifying shampoo to gently but effectively cleanse your hair without stripping the life out it, this is a gorgeous one to try.

Enjoy watching my video on this month’s #LFBirthday box below!

Shop the video
Lord and Berry Silk Kajal Eye Pencil in Nude
Bliss Lemon and Sage Body Butter Maximum Moisture Cream
Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo
Gatineau Collagene Expert Eye Pads
Bare Minerals Mini Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready

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