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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.

Lookfantastic X Benefit event

On Friday, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Lookfantastic x Benefit celebrations aboard the RS Hispaniola – the Good Ship Benefit. I was invited to take a special guest with me, so I brought along my number one lady…my Mum! We hopped on the train to London and made our way to the Embankment to board the ship and enjoy the celebrations with two amazing companies.

Let me start off by saying the Good Ship Benefit is really something – it’s a stationary ship on the Thames that features six themed destinations within the ship from the Porefessional Vault below deck to the Benefit Boutique and Brow Bar. Each area is themed beautifully around Benefit’s products and each area is totally stunning!

We were welcomed aboard the ship by a sailor (yep, an actual sailor!) followed by the loveliest team of ladies ever, and were swiftly handed a welcome drink of Pimms by the lovely Zara and introduced to what was going down on board. From brow makeovers to magicians, the ship was a hive of activity and we couldn’t wait to explore!

I was treated to a brow makeover where I got to try out the High Brow Glow Pencil – a lovely soft highlighter for that spotlight brow effect, and the ready, set, BROW! Clear Brow Gel that helps to both set and define brows giving them a natural but sculpted look.

The whole event was perfectly planned and I got to meet some of the lovely Lookfantastic and Benefit team who made us all so welcome. We were even treated to an amazing goodie bag to take home!

I decided to vlog my experience so sit back, grab a cuppa and enjoy! Thank you to Lookfantastic and the Benefit team for inviting us and making us feel so welcome, we had a great evening with you all and can’t wait to see you all again soon!

© Rachael Divers 2016.


Utan and Tone Nourishing Night Creme Review

Welcome to my Utan and Tone Nourishing Night Creme Review! I recently got a tube of the Utan & Tone Nourishing Night Creme in my July Glossybox and I was absolutely dying to try it out! I’m a huge fan of gradual tanners, especially facial gradual tanners so I was really keen to put it to the test and see how it’d perform.

Enriched with antioxidants along with vitamins C, B5, B6, B9 and K, the nourishing night creme is packed with all the ingredients that make the perfect recipe for healthy, glowing skin. Also delivering a hit of Hyaluronic Acid and an all organic tanner, the creme promises a lovely gradual tan all whilst regulating and conditioning the skin overnight.

The golden rules of application are:

  • Apply to cleansed face, neck and décolletage in upwards circular motions as part of your essential skincare regime
  • Avoid the eyebrows and blend carefully along the hairline
  • Wash hands after use

I applied the creme on the first night after my regular skincare routine and went to bed. Waking up the next morning, my skin didn’t really look to have gained any colour what so ever, but I did put this down to the fact that my skin was moisturised beforehand so perhaps the products hadn’t had enough change to settle in initially before application of the creme. The next evening, I applied the creme to my skin completely on it’s own – I skipped my regular moisturiser and instead used only the Utan & Tone Creme. I woke up the next morning to a lovely, natural looking tan! No streaking, no stain on my cream pillowcase and no orange hairline! I was really happy with the look of the tan and how subtle it was on my skin.

Utan and Tone Nourishing Night Creme Review

Utan and Tone Nourishing Night Creme Review | Before and after – a beautifully natural tan that leaves your skin sunkissed without the sun damage

Something I always get asked about fake tans is whether or not they carried that strong fake tan smell as they were developing, the answer with this tan is yes. There is a fake tan smell about it but it’s not half as strong as other tans I’ve used in the past. Once the tan is initially applied, it has a lovely soft but fresh fragrance, but I did notice the fake tan smell after waking up the next morning but it quickly went away once I cleansed my face with my regular cleanser.

The tan wore really nicely over the next couple of days and faded away evenly and gently – no scaly patching or streaks were in sight. I’d recommend topping up this tan every few days to maintain the lovely golden glow. I have to mention that I did break out with six small spots. Saying that, my skin is ultra sensitive and it doesn’t take much to upset the balance. I do intend to test the tan again to see if my skin reacts the same so I can either confirm or rule out if the creme doesn’t agree with my skin, but I seriously hope it was just coincidence as I really enjoyed using this and think the results are lovely.

Utan and Tone Nourishing Night Creme Review

Utan and Tone Nourishing Night Creme Review

Would I recommend this gradual face tanner? Absolutely! It’s easy to use, nourishing to the skin, is pretty fool proof, wears away nicely and is £25 for a hefty 50ml. Considering this tan is for your face, neck and décolletage, 50ml should last you a fair old while. Buy the Utan & Tone Nourishing Night Creme here. 

As a dupe, I think this tanner is really comparable to the St Tropez Anti-Ageing Gradual Tan that is £12.99 for 50ml so if you’re looking for a slightly cheaper option, that’s your guy colour and wear wise (it also firms and plumps and has the innovative Aromaguard fragrance technology that eliminates the tell-tale self tan aroma by a minimum of 70% – and trust me, it works!)

Summer ready skin with zero sun damage!

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My updated skincare routine | July 2016

My skincare routine sometimes changes more than I have hot dinners, but in the last few weeks, I’ve found a new system that’s working miracles for my skin and that I’m happily settled with so I wanted to share my updated skincare routine with you and tell you what’s been working great for my acne prone skin.

Amongst a few products I’ve mentioned in other posts dotted around my blog, I’ve also been using a new product that was sent to me for review called WrinkleBlock from Transformulas – a wrinkle fighting formula packed with ingredients like vitamin E and Syn-ake, a synthetic snake venom that mimics the the venom of the Temple Viper. As with all skincare or treatments, I like to test new products for around six to eight weeks so that I can really see the effect on my skin. I’m going to go in depth about this product in a new post at a later date so stay tuned for that coming up soon.

So, let me tell you about my current skincare routine!

Step one – cleansing
I still love to remove my eye makeup with my Garnier Micellar Water. It’s so gentle on my skin, doesn’t require me to rub at my eyes to remove my makeup and most of all, doesn’t sting my eyes at all!

After removing my eye makeup, I cleanse my skin with the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser which helps to remove the rest of my makeup. I cleanse my face twice to make sure I get both a superficial cleanse to remove the surface dirt, and a deep cleanse to remove any excess dirt and makeup left behind. I’ve been really loving the Toleriane range in the La Roche-Posay collection just lately, the products are classed as high tolerance products to help reduce the risk of irritants to the skin and is especially formulated for sensitive, intolerant skin types.

My updated skincare routine | July 2016

My updated skincare routine

Step two – moisturising
I always start my moisturising routine by using an eye cream. For the daytime, I use the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream which has a gorgeous pearly glow and makes skin look radiant. For evenings, I use Caudalie’s Premier Cru Eye Cream as I feel it’s a little heavier and more nourishing for replenishing my skin overnight.

Next, I use my Transformulas WrinkleBlock Line Restriction Creme on my neck gently blending it upwards towards my jaw line. I also take a little across my forehead and around my mouth area.

Then I apply my La Roche-Posay Toleriane Soothing Protective Skincare cream to my face and neck gently massaging it in.


My updated skincare routine

Step three – sun protection
As my last step for daytime skincare, I apply a layer of La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ all over my face, neck, ears, chest and the back of my neck too. Usually I’d apply sunscreen under my moisturiser, but I picked up the tinted fluid this time and find I enjoy wearing it on top of my skincare rather than underneath.

My updated skincare routine | July 2016

My updated skincare routine

Step four – nutrition and homeopathy
Along with topical skincare treatments, I also make sure to drink plenty of water, eat fresh fruit and vegetables and steer clear of too much sugar and processed foods. I’m also currently taking my homeopathic tablets to help with my skincare which are the Nelsons Thuja tablets that you can get hold of from Holland and Barrett (read my post all about this wonder remedy here).

My updated skincare routine | July 2016

Along with a careful skincare routine, I also make sure to deep clean my makeup brushes once a week and ensure that my pillowcases are washed regularly to make sure my skin is resting on lovely, fresh sheets throughout the night.

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2016.


Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil review

Welcome to my Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil review! Benefit are well known for their kitsch and cute packaging, and the look of their new Goof Proof pencil runs true to their brands fun and quirky feel. I received the Goof Proof Brow Pencil in my July Lookfantastic Beauty Box and couldn’t wait to try it out. I loved the outer packaging and the actual brow pencil itself is just gorgeous in design. The brow pencil comes inside a sturdy silver outer case with a twist up design making it convenient for on the go brows and saves you having to keep that pesky pencil sharpener in tow that always seems to disappear just when we need it the most!


Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil Review | The gorgeous, quirky packaging was true to Benefit’s fun, kitsch feel

The pencil itself has a wide tip to fill in the brows as you drag it across the brow along with a pointed end to define the tail of the brow and give a precise finish.

Unfortunately the colour I received in my box was number 6 (Deep) which is the darkest shade of the whole collection and not suited to my brows at all. Usually I’d go for a blonde or light auburn shade – 01 Light or 02 Light would have been a much better match for me. If you purchase the full sized pencil, you also receive a built in spoolie-brush and Benefit’s signature tips and tricks. With mine being a sample size, unfortunately I don’t have those so can’t pass comment on what they’re like.


Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil Review | Ombre brows anyone?

I wanted to go ahead and try the pencil anyway so lets allow for the super dark ombre brow you’ll see in my photograph! On the inner part of my brow is my usual Illamasqua Brow Gel in Glimpse and on the outer and tail is the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil. The pencil itself is super easy to use – it really is goof proof! I found it so lovely to use on my brows and found that it defined and filled in beautifully and gave me just the effect that I wanted. I only wish I’d received a lighter colour as I’d have loved to have gotten a true feel for how it would look on my brows. The pencil feels really smooth on the brows but not so smooth that you get too much product at once. The pencil also promises to be waterproof and wear for up to twelve hours. I did gently swipe my finger across my brow to test this and found the pencil did smudge (something my Illamasqua Brow Gel and No7 Beautiful Eyebrow Pencil does not do), but saying that, I enjoyed using the pencil that much that I’d be happy to repurchase it in my colour and use a brow gel afterwards to help seal the colour securely.

The Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil retails at £18.50 and is available from Lookfantastic here.

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Disappointing Beauty Products

Sometimes I get so excited to try out new products that I can hardly wait to pop open the packaging and get them onto my face! But sometimes, I’m left a little disappointed with the products that I’d thought I’d love and they don’t tend to work for me quite as well as I was hoping.

This is the first time I’ve written a disappointing products post, but as they seem to be fairly popular, I thought I’d throw in my opinion too! As ever with posts like these, I have to give a little disclaimer – just because I didn’t like these products in particular, it doesn’t mean they’re not good products at all, it just means that they didn’t work for me. And what didn’t work for me might work wonders for you and vice versa.

Hey Honey Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum
I LOVED this product when I first received it. It felt gorgeous on my skin, it helped my skin to feel nourished and supple and I love the whole brand, packaging and feel of the company. Unfortunately for me, my skin is super sensitive and I found that my skin broke out each time I used this. I stopped using it for a week or two and then re-started again to test the waters, but once again, my skin broke out. I was so disappointed as I so wanted to be able to use this gorgeous serum and even repurchase it too. The only reason this lovely little serum is on my disappointing products list is because I’m purely disappointed in the fact that I can’t even enjoy it.


Alima Pure Pink Satin Matte Blush
This is a mineral powder blush with a matte finish in a lovely pink colour with an almost lilac hue. I was really excited to try this as it’s rare for me to wear a matte blush and even rarer for me to wear a mineral blush! First of all, I love the colour and I think it’s really pretty when swatched onto the back of my hand. Applying it to my face was a bit of a different story – I didn’t enjoy how the colour translated onto my face and I find that I much prefer using a pressed powder blush to a mineral powder blush. I found it quite messy to use and it was easy to get too much onto the brush which made getting an even coverage hard.


Thisworks In Transit Camera Close-Up
This product is classed as a mask, moisturiser and primer in one which kind of confused me from the get go. A mask AND a primer all at the same time? Anyway, I tried this product on my neck firstly rather than on my face just in case it did break me out – as I’ve mentioned a gazillion times before, my skin is highly sensitive so I have to be so careful what I use to stop my skin from breaking out. The next morning, I woke up with five angry red spots on my neck indicating to me that this product definitely wasn’t going to get anywhere near my face in the future. I’ve tried Thisworks products in the past that I’ve really enjoyed so I was sad to learn that this one just wasn’t going to work all that well for me. The scent of this product is quite heavy but it does smell exactly like a spa. I think it’ll be a great product for somebody with dry skin who probably needs a thicker moisturiser.


MAC Face and Body Foundation
Fellow makeup artists, I can almost hear you recoiling in horror! Commonly named as a makeup artist kit essential, I’m sad to say that I just don’t like MAC Face and Body Foundation at all! On my own skin it doesn’t deliver anything near the result that I’d like, even when I want to look ultra natural. I find the formula hard to work with, unforgiving on skin that’s less than perfect and all in all, just not my kind of product. I tried this product after being told it was great for oily skin, blendable and a really gorgeous finish. I’m afraid I just don’t get on with it at all and much prefer other foundations to this one.


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