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

DIY Beauty: Home remedies for gorgeous, glowing skin all winter

As the winter settles in, sometimes our skin can suffer from a whole host of problems making it look dull, lifeless and a little sallow. With the festive season on its way, add a little sparkle back into your skin with these four homemade recipes to a perfect complexion.


Manuka Honey

The Honey & Aspirin mask

Great for: Acne or blemish prone skin


What you’ll need:

2 uncoated dissolvable Aspirin tablets

1 teaspoon of natural honey


How to make:

– Dissolve two uncoated aspirin tablets in a few small drops of hot water in a small bowl (egg cups are great for this!)

– Add a teaspoon of natural honey to the dissolved aspirin and stir gently until the ingredients form a smooth paste

– Apply to cleansed, dry skin and leave for 10–15 minutes

– Rinse thoroughly with warm water and moisturise as usual


Why it works:

Honey has long been regarded as a miracle nectar due to its amazing healing properties. Natural honey such as Manuka has antibacterial properties that can help to fight bacteria and infections and soothe dry, irritated skin. Aspirin contains Salicylic acid – the same ingredient found in spot-fighting treatments. It helps to correct the abnormal desquamation (the skins natural process of sloughing away and replacing dead cells) and exfoliates the skin helping to effectively clear the follicle and keep pores clear of debris that can cause nasty breakouts and acne.



The Egg White, Cucumber and Lemon mask

Great for: Oily skin


What you’ll need:

1 egg white

1 teaspoon of cucumber juice

1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice


How to make:

– Take the egg and separate the yolk from the white and pour the white into a small bowl

– Juice a fresh lemon and take one teaspoonful and add it to the egg whit

– Juice the cucumber and add one teaspoonful to the egg white and lemon, and mix together

– Apply to a cleansed, dry face and leave for 10-15 minutes

– Rinse thoroughly with warm water and moisturise as usual


Why it works:

Cucumber is fabulous for tightening larger pores – a characteristic of oily skin. It also helps to soothe and cool irritated skin. The lemon and egg white are great for reducing the size of pores and brightening your complexion to give you a healthy glow. Remember to use a mattifying oil-control lotion afterwards to keep oil at bay and skin looking fresh throughout the day.



The Avocado and Honey Mask

Great for: Dry and mature skin


How to make:

Half of a ripe avocado

2 teaspoons of natural honey


What to do:

– Mash half of the avocado in a small bowl until you have a soft pulp

– Take two teaspoons of natural honey and mix into the avocado

– Apply to a cleansed, dry face and leave for 10-15 minutes

– Rinse thoroughly with warm water and moisturise as usual


Why it works:

Avocados are absolutely amazing for deeply nourishing skin without irritation. Combined with the effective moisturisation and healing properties of natural honey, the face mask provides a soothing, deep treatment that will leave winter-worn skin feeling softer, smoother and more comfortable.


Natural yogurt

The Oats, Yogurt and Honey mask

Great for: Normal/combination skin


What you’ll need:

1 tablespoon of finely milled oats

1 tablespoon of natural yogurt

1 teaspoon of natural honey


How to make:

– Add one tablespoon of finely milled oats to one tablespoon of natural yogurt.

– Add a teaspoon of natural honey and mix all of the ingredients together.

– Apply to a cleansed, dry face and leave for 10-15 minutes

– Rinse thoroughly with warm water and moisturise as usual


Why it works:

Vitamins found in natural yogurt are great skin boosters, especially zinc that helps to control oil production. The oats sooth dry skin (and even treat acne) while the honey is antibacterial and soothes and softens the skin.


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Eat and drink your way to perfect skin this winter

Did you know that some of your favourite food and drinks could contain a whole host of skin-boosting ingredients? Take a look at an extract from my upcoming book below that explains some of the super foods and drinks that can help you along to a perfect complexion…

Food and drink for perfect skin


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Review: La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Creme SPF 30

As I’ve said in the past, I’m not usually one for CC or BB creams – I’ve always much preferred the higher coverage of my usual MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation. Just lately however, I’ve felt like my Studio Fix has been too heavy on my skin and has made me feel like my face is covered in a thick mask. Uncomfortable, clogged and unhappy skin is not what I need and I felt like I needed to give my skin the chance to breathe.

I was on the lookout for a new skincare routine from La Roche-Posay after reading some fabulous reviews over the last few months, and happened to stumble upon their Rosaliac CC Creme. Just lately, my skin has been partial to suffering with redness and irritable breakouts so I thought I’d give it a go and see how my skin reacted to it.

First of all, I really love the fact that the CC creme has an SPF of 30 – you’ll all know how keen I am on sun protection and if I can get this included within my makeup, I see it as an extra bonus. The CC creme is described as a “La Roche-Posay first: a cover and correcting cream for sensitive skin…conceals to correct the appearance of shades of redness.”

Rosaliac CC Creme

The formula is completely suitable for sensitive skins and contains no parabens as well as being non comedogenic and hypoallergenic.

The CC creme comes in a convenient and hygienic pump bottle and one to two pumps is enough to cover the entire face and down onto the neck. The formula is thicker than most CC creams and offers a really good medium coverage which evens out redness quite nicely. I suffer with oily skin but find that this CC creme lasts the whole day without budging or needing touch ups – I also don’t even need to powder my face when wearing this which is an absolute first for me.

Even bathing Lily didn

Even bathing Lily didn’t budge this wonder creme!

The CC creme comes in one universal colour which has been the subject of disappointment for many customers. Usually, I find that universal tones are way too orange or dark for me, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that this one actually blended in very nicely with my natural skin tone. For reference, I am NC15 in MAC foundations, howver, saying this, a lot of other ladies who are also NC15 have complained that this shade is too orange for them so I guess it’s really down to trial error and not one shade can really suit all.

I’ve been using the cream for a week now and really feel like my skin has benefitted from wearing something lighter throughout the day. I find that my skin looks fresher, feels more comfortable and doesn’t take as much maintaining throughout the day to combat shine or imperfections.

If you’re looking for a fresh, comfortable and easy way to even skin throughout the day, then I’d really recommend this CC creme. It retails at £16.22 from Boots and comes in a 50ml bottle (20 ml more than my usual MAC foundation and around £5 less).


Have you tried La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Cream?


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Halloween 2014: Rogues Gallery and thank you!

I just wanted to write a little post to say thank you so much to all of my lovely clients over the Halloween period. I have been lucky enough to meet and work with so many people over the Halloween holiday and I’ve had an amazing time creating gory looks with you all!

I think it’s important to appreciate what you have, and with me only setting up my makeup artistry business and going it alone since April, I’m really blessed to have had so many amazingly kind comments, compliments and bookings for my Halloween work. So thank you to all of you for making my first Halloween as Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry such an amazing one!

Check out the gallery below to see some of this years gorgeously gruesome makeovers!


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Alton Towers Scarefest 2014

What a busy week it’s been yet again! This year has just been absolutely crazy for Halloween makeovers and the number of emails, calls and comments I’ve been getting on my SFX work has been so overwhelming. I can’t thank everybody enough for all of the recommendations, the wonderful compliments and the exciting bookings from my old and new clients alike.

This weekend, I took two days away from the studio to venture back to Alton Towers for 2014’s Scarefest! There’s nothing I like better than a good dose of Halloween fun and scares and I was seriously looking forward to dressing up myself after spending the past few weeks making everybody else look gory.

I wanted to share the Halloween look I created on my boyfriend and myself – we both opted for half face looks and shared a pair of blazing fire contact lenses to complete our looks. I wanted to create a really dramatic red eyeshadow and extreme liner flick for the other side of my face and used one of my favourite MAC Cremesheen lipsticks in the colour ‘Prepare for Pleasure’ to really set the look alight.

We had a great time at Alton Towers, as always, and really enjoyed all of the scare attractions and a few of the tamer rides! I hope that you like our makeup looks! Next stop, York Maze Hallowscream!

Halloween Me and Danny

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