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  • HELLO BEAUTIFUL…

    Welcome to the home of Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry. I am a professional Makeup Artist, Makeup Tutor and Beauty Writer. 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.

A little SFX inspiration…

I’ve been slowly working my way through a few different Halloween looks for the upcoming holiday so when a job came through at the studio to create some SFX wounds for a First Aid company, I jumped at the chance!

The studio was full of children  who would be having cuts, regular burns and acid burns applied to their arms and hands in order to create some promotional shots for the company and teach us all how to care for different types of traumas. I absolutely loved having the studio awash with children who were all fascinated by the creation of their wounds and asked lots and lots of questions – something I miss when purely making over adults as they don’t tend to ask the same sort of questions as young children do and it can be really sweet to hear their take on what’s going off around them.

I wanted to share a couple of the wounds that I created with you, below you will see a glass wound and an acid burn complete with bubbling skin. Yum! The children were so happy with their gory wounds that they’ll all be coming back to visit me at Halloween for spooky makeovers ahead of their party. I’ll be sharing more images from the shoot over on my Facebook page here once I have the rest of them back.

I hope that you like them!

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Both of these gruesome looks were created using a combination of 3rd Degree and Mehron Modelling wax, with a helping of Ben Nye’s Trauma wheel and stage blood.

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What you didn’t know about me: My hair story and Clip Hair Remy Ponytail review

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved having thick, long hair. Naturally, my hair is thick and curly but not quite as long as I’d like it to be. For absolute years, I’d had issues trying to find a perfect colour match for clip in extensions for my natural red hair, and was often told I’d have to dye extensions or clip in pieces in order to achieve anything like the natural colour. It wasn’t really something I wanted to mess about with after purchasing the hair and I worried incase I couldn’t get the colour quite right and would have wasted time and money.

While I was at university, I started to experiment with different hair colours and ended up colouring my hair a reddy/plum shade. I loved it and could find extensions to match pretty easily, but after a while, I longed for my natural colour back. After graduation, a horrific hair mishap got me at the hands of a professional salon. A colour stripper was left on my hair for way too long and ended up causing irrepairable damage. Pieces of my hair broke away and I was left with frazzled locks which wouldn’t even take a colour to cover up the horrible, straw-like tone which remained. I was absolutely devastated. That devastated in fact, that I turned to wearing wigs. Not everybody will know this, not even some of my close friends and former work colleagues, but for a very long time, that long, healthy hair I was sporting was actually a very realistic, and very expensive wig.

My first ever wig - a Raquel Welch offering that cost a fortune and lasted a week or so

My first ever wig – a Raquel Welch offering that cost a fortune and lasted a week or so. Pretty realistic hairline, huh?

For quite a while, I was happy with this. I was so worried to wear my natural hair and wanted to give my damaged locks the time they needed to repair without the use of heat or the stress of styling, but after over a year, I decided enough was enough and that it was about time that I got my confidence back and started to show my natural hair once again. I tried it out several times a week and was pleasantly surprised when nobody questioned me about it. I can’t tell you how hard it was to leave the house without the wig to hide behind. It sounds silly now, but at the time, it was an absolutely huge deal and one which caused me a lot of anxiety and upset. After a little while, I was wearing my hair completely naturally and something magical happened – I started to get complimented on it! People actually asked me what dye I used to get the colour and I was proud to say it was all natural after several years growing out the damage and letting my natural hair shine through. People even started complimenting me on my natural curls – something I was bullied about for years at school. Curly, red hair seems to be a natural target for the bullies but trust me, it’s pretty en-vogue these days. Anyway, I was absolutely thrilled. After years of heartache, tears and a complete dip in confidence, I was finally getting back on track with my troublesome tresses.

My second wig. I was that attached, it even came to Paris with me and the boyfriend on a romantic Valentine

My second wig. I was that attached, it even came to Paris with me and the boyfriend on a romantic Valentine’s break…

Just recently, I came across a fabulous site named Clip Hair and thought I’d like to try out their ponytail extensions. I sent in a photograph in order to get a colour match and their friendly, efficient team got right back to me with a suggested match.

The image I sent in for a colour match - my natural hair with a curl

The image I sent in for a colour match – my natural hair with a curl

My hair arrived on Wednesday and oh my goodness, I love it! The colour that I was matched to was number 30, Light Auburn and the ponytail I chose was Remy hair in a straight style which reaches a beautifully long 20 inches. It’s also 70g which means it’s luxuriously thick too. The ponytail attaches with a single clip and a wrap around ribbon for extra security and sits over your natural ponytail hiding your natural hair underneath.

After years of hair trouble with colour matches,  lack of confidence and wearing uncomfortable wigs, I have finally found a beautiful hairpiece that allows me to enhance my natural hair rather than hide it. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is and how nice it is to not have to go through the process of fixing a wig on every day and worrying each time there was a slight breeze in the air. Try going to a windy seaside pier in your wig and you’ll know what true fear is….

Thank you Clip Hair for the amazingly accurate colour match, excellent service and fast delivery. I can’t wait to wear my new ponytail with confidence.

My Clip Hair ponytail - the colour match was so accurate!

My Clip Hair ponytail – the colour match was so accurate!

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Elegant Touch Express Press-On Instant Manicure review

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As a massive fan of gel nails, particularly Calgel, my nails hadn’t been without a coat of gel for absolute years. I wore it all the way through college, university and some time after up until just a few months ago when I decided to give my nails a little time to just breathe.

On a recent trip to Boots to pick up some essential beauty supplies, I came across the Elegant Touch Express Press-On Instant Manicure sets. I used to wear press on nails absolute years ago when the nails were horribly thick and looked extremely tacky – I’m talking fluorescent yellow nails with huge sky blue and crimson red flowers dotted all over them, not an understated look to say the least but could have been quite striking had it not been for the digger-sized tips. Anyway, the Elegant Touch offerings looked quite different and came in a really good variety of styles and colours. At £7.99 for a 24 nail pack, I thought I might as well give them a go.

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The colour I chose was a gorgeous deep burgundy named Polished Garnet. The next evening, I decided to give my nails a pre-manicure and pop the nails on.

The pack comes with a short set of instructions which advises you to thoroughly clean and dry your nails before using the nail wipe which comes with the pack. I assume that this dehydrates the nail plate before application so that the natural oils that sit on the nail are stripped away leaving a smooth, dry surface for the glue tabs to adhere to. Each nail comes with a glue tab already fixed so the only thing you need to do is size up the nails to your own, peel away the sticky tab and press on in the centre and the sides. Having quite small nails in width, I found it quite difficult to find nails to match my own and only four out of the whole pack were small enough to fit naturally. Nevertheless, I picked the closest and pressed them on. The whole process literally took around five minutes – they really are express!

As you can see from the picture below, the nails do look quite lovely and natural once first applied, but because some of them were too large and a little too wide to look completely natural, I clipped and filed a little away.

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I applied the nails on Sunday evening and they felt extremely sturdy and didn’t leave me in fear that they’d end up pinging off at the most inappropriate moments like the old offerings of press on nails so often did. I woke up this morning (Monday – this post will be going live on Tuesday morning!) with each nail still intact and each nail feeling just as strong as the night before. I wore the nails throughout the day for a dinner and cinema date with hardly any issues except one which is kind of a biggie…

As you’ll see from the image below, the natural arch of the false nail doesn’t quite match the natural arch of my own nail so there’s quite a significant gap between the false nail and my own – a great place for dirt and nasty bacteria to set up home, so sadly, the nails had to go after one day instead of the full seven. Had it not been for the gap, I’m pretty sure the nails would have lasted the full seven days providing I’d been careful when taking a bath or styling my hair (I found that my hair got stuck underneath the nails quite often).

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The nails took me all of a few minutes to remove by gently peeling them away from the cuticle upwards, and my nails were left clean of any glue residue with absolutely no damage. I’d really recommend these nails for a quick fix for a night out or special occasion, they’re fab for a really fast manicure with zero fuss and zero drying time. Had they fit my natural nail arch a little better, I’d definitely repurchase them them in the future. A really lovely product that has been made with the consumer in mind and offers a really great variety of colours and styles. Have you tried the Elegant Touch Press-On nails before? What did you think?

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The ‘Would you rather?’ Beauty Blogger Tag

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I don’t know whether it’s the fact that I’ve been pulled out with gorgeous makeovers or whether time really has sped up (I heard it does the older you get – remember that, you’ll agree with me one day), but It only seems two minutes since the last bank holiday over here in the UK. As it’s another holiday, I thought I’d take it easy with a fun post and answer the ‘Would you rather…?’ Beauty Blogger Tag.

1. Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, and lip glosses or lose all of your palettes and eye shadows?

As much as this pains me to say it, I think I’d rather lose all of my palettes and eye shadows (good God) simply because I could probably live without eye shadow for a while but mascara and gloss? Nah. I have blonde lashes so foregoing the mascara would just be horrendous.

 

2. Would you rather chop all of your hair off or never be able to cut it again?

I have been trying to grow my hair for such a long time that I think I’d rather never be able to cut it again. Some girls love short hair but it just would not suit me at all! I’m more down for the Rapunzel.

 

3. Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?

Coral! Although pink is girly, fresh and young, I prefer the sophistication and the soft glow of a coral cheek. I love Illamasqua’s Lover blush and have worn it for years.

 

4. If you had £1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?

Makeup. Obviously. Although there’s a pretty nice jacket I’ve got my eye on right now.

 

5. Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?

Eyeliner as a lipstick – I already do this for quite a few of my Halloween looks!

 

6. Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?

MAC – MAC foundation is the best that I’ve found for my skin type and skin sensitivity, I’d be gutted if I couldn’t get hold of my Studio Fix Fluid anymore.

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7. Would you rather only use one eye shadow colour or one lip colour for the rest of your life?

One eye shadow colour I think. That’s a tough one but I’m sure I could narrow it down to a single colour in my Naked palette.

 

8. Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?

I am absolutely an Autumn/Winter lover so I’d much prefer to wear winter clothes in the summer. Plus, I’m always absolutely freezing no matter what the season is! 30 degrees outside? My hands are still cold.

 

9. Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?

Bright nails – cheery and cute.

 

10. Would you rather give up your favourite lip colour or favourite eye product?

I’d rather give up my favourite lip colour than my favourite eye product – my current favourite lip colour is a KIKO Super Gloss but I just couldn’t live without my mascara. My current favourite is Givenchy’s Phenomen’eyes waterproof mascara.

 

11. Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or messy bun?

Seen as though I think they look ultra glam and can be either dressed up or dressed down so easily, I’ll go for a messy bun.

 

12. Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lipgloss?

I’d rather never be able to use lipgloss again. I’d miss it a lot but one of my pet hates on my own body is unpainted nails! I just don’t like looking at them without a coat of gel or polish.

 

13. Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?

My eyebrows are actually tattooed so I guess if I shaved them off, it wouldn’t be too much hassle anyway!

 

14. Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?

What a horrible question. Which is the lesser of two evils? I’d have to live without nail polish if it came to the crunch. Does that mean I can still have gel….?

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I’d like to tag all of you lovely beauty bloggers (and any other bloggers for that matter) who’d like to give it a go! Let me know if you attempt it, I’d love to see your answers!

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My current favourite YouTube makeup artists

As a makeup artist, I’m constantly scouring YouTube for lovely new vloggers to look to for inspiration and tips. In an industry that’s ever evolving, it’s so important to stay ahead of the times and so interesting to look to others to hear their tips and tricks for flawless, beautiful makeup.

I thought I’d share my current five favourites with you all so you can check them out too and take a look at their fabulous videos!

1. Miss Jessica Harlow

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An amazingly talented artist and vlogger who’s fabulous at recreating the looks we see daily on our favourite celebrities. One of my favourite videos was her Kyle Jenner inspired makeup look featuring ‘that’ nude lip.

2. Desi Perkins

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I could sit and listen to this gorgeous girl all day! Flawless skin, flawless makeup and a fun personality to go with her inspiring videos. I absolutely loved her Sophia Loren makeup tutorial, she looks the absolute double of her once the look is complete. Not only does she do the pretty girly looks but she also delves into the special effects makeup scene which I adore.

3. Pink Stylist

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Fancy a little Halloween inspiration? Charlie Short is your guy. What an amazingly talented special effects artist! From Sharon Needles (Ru Paul’s Drag Race) to The Gentlemen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Charlie nails every single look with scary accuracy. His tutorials are fun, eerie and absolutely on point with easy to follow steps and tips. This is the first channel I go to when I want some inspiration for my Halloween looks.

4. Pixiwoo

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How could I write a YouTube favourites video without including these two gorgeous ladies? Sister Sam and Nic have played a huge part in my makeup learning curve and I’ve watched them ever since I first started to learn the art of makeup. Their simple tutorials are peppered with stories from their day to day life which makes you feel like you’re simply chatting with a friend while they apply their makeup. From mainstream celebrity looks to helpful tips tutorials, I’m confident you’ll find more than one tutorial you’ll love.

5. Made Yew Look

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Okay, so here’s another fabulous special effects makeup artist that I couldn’t bear to leave out of my list. True to her YouTube name, she certainly will make you look with the incredible makeup looks that she creates. One of my favourites is her tutorial on the Pumpkin King inspired by one of my all time favourite movies, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Check this girl out for a good dose of fear.

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