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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.

Prom fever at Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

Prom fever has well and truly hit the studio, and last week I was given the pleasure of making over some real prom beauties! As prom season extends over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing images of my gorgeous prom princesses with you all along with a little info about their individual makeup looks.

Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry Barnsley Prom Makeup

Prom fever at Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

Chloe was absolutely stunning to begin with and had the most gorgeous eyebrows to die for! I created a smoked out winged eyeshadow on her lids and added a gorgeous pink lip to complement Chloe’s skin tone and help to make her eye colour pop. For the brows, I added Illamasqua’s Precision Brow Gel in Strike.

Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry Barnsley Prom Makeup

Prom fever at Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

Courtney had the most beautiful skin – a real English rose complexion! I feathered her brows out with the No7 Beautiful Eyebrow Sculpting pencil and added a sweep of Illamasqua’s blusher in Nymph to give her a beautiful, youthful and fresh prom makeup look.

Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry Barnsley Prom Makeup

Prom fever at Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

Leighann visited me for a makeover for a ball, and we decided on a silver and black smokey eye. I used Peaches and Cream pigment in Disco (that contains particles of real silver!) to give Leighann’s eyes a dazzling silver sparkle with a touch of Makeup Geeks Whimsical foiled eyeshadow in the inner corners to really make them pop.

Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry Barnsley Prom Makeup

Prom fever at Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

Olivia trusted me to create a custom look for her that would really make her eyes the focus of attention. I used the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette to create a warm, winged smokey eye and added to Olivia’s gorgeous cheekbones by adding a little L’Oreal Glam Bronze to really show off their shape and define them a little more.

Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry Barnsley Prom Makeup

Prom fever at Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

Tyler went for a sophisticated sparkle for her prom look with a gorgeous champagne gold glitter. We kept Tyler’s makeup ultra classy and warm to compliment her hair and skin tone.

I’ve absolutely loved meeting and making over all you gorgeous prom princesses this week and can’t wait for another bout of prom fever over the next two weeks! If you still need a last minute prom appointment, contact me today and enquire about my availability.

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2016.

How I overcome my anxiety

Anxiety affects almost all of us at some point in our lives, in fact, it’s near on impossible to go through life without experiencing some form of anxiety. Defined as ‘a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome,‘ anxiety can be seriously crippling and much more than a simple case of unease.

A few years ago, I was in a job that I really wasn’t enjoying and I felt in a permanent state of worry and unease about it. I felt that anxious that my heart would pound, I’d feel shaky and scared, and sometimes, I’d even have to pull my car over on the way into work to be sick. What’s more, I developed a stutter and found it hard to simply just exist around other people. My levels of anxiety got that bad that soon, I wouldn’t even go to the shop on my own. If I had to talk to anybody outside of my family, I’d avoid the situation. If I had to call at the chemist to pick up a prescription, I’d shake and stutter away and make the situation much worse.

Today, I still suffer with anxiety, but it doesn’t have even a quarter of the hold over me that it used to do. I wanted to share this post today to let you know that anxiety is normal and that anxiety can be overcome. Everybody will deal with anxiety in their own way, but today I wanted to share the things with you that helped me along the way and tell you how I overcome my anxiety when it strikes.

1. Talk about it with your friends and family
This is something that I found really hard to do at times. Some days I’d just sit and cry and couldn’t understand why I felt so sheltered from the world and so afraid to even leave the house. I told my mum how I felt and she found it hard to understand – she felt like I just lacked confidence and that I needed to get out and about more. She refused to come into shops with me or even accompany me places at times which left me terrified. I was angry at first because I didn’t feel like she was helping me, but in the long run, being forced to do things by myself and realise there wasn’t anything scary about it actually did help me. It was hard at the time, and sometimes I’d get that worked up I’d sit on a bench texting her and crying because I felt that faint and panicky, but soon, the feeling began to ease.

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Talking it out with friends and family is always a huge help. I’m lucky to have a loving, supportive family who take the time to talk to me and offer helpful suggestions.

2. Keep getting out and about
For me, I felt like it was important to make sure that I still got out and about rather than hiding myself away. The best way to get over your fears is to face them, so for me, going places and being the person who paid at the counter or ordered the food was my way of facing up to what scared me.

3. Take time out
As important as it is to keep getting out and about, I also craved my downtime alone. Some days, I’d get up in the morning and spend the whole day in the house on my own with the big garden gate bolted, the doors firmly locked and the blinds slatted safe in the knowledge that I was safe in my own little bubble and nobody could get inside to bug me. I’d spend the day giving myself beauty treatments, putting on my favourite fake tan, reading my books, doing yoga or catching up on Netflix. Afterwards, I’d feel truly replenished and recharged and ready to face the world again. Another important factor is to make sure that you get enough sleep – rest aids recovery, and you’re more likely to feel ready and able to face your day if you’re fully rested.

4. Take up yoga or meditation
Doing yoga at home or even in a class is an amazing way to both clear your mind and condition your body gently. It’s great exercise and really helps you to release those niggling inner thoughts and leave you feeling replenished, healthy and clear minded. I’ve taken yoga both as a class and on my own at home and found both to be equally relaxing, but a proper yoga teacher can also help you with the correct breathing techniques to really up your routine.

Yoga helped me massively with my anxiety. Having a cute, furry companion also helps heaps...

Yoga helped me massively with my anxiety. Having a cute, furry companion also helps heaps…

5. Pamper yourself
A big part of anxiety for me was to do with my own confidence. If I felt ugly or my hair was a mess, I felt even more anxious. Dedicate a little time in a morning to make yourself look and feel great. Whether you love a full on makeup routine, or simply enjoy just a simple skin cleanse and a touch of moisturiser for the day, taking some time and pride in your appearance can really help you to walk a little taller and feel a little more confident.

6. Try positive affirmations
Anxiety can make you feel inferior, weak and even annoyed with yourself. One of the most important things you need to realise is that you are none of these things and anxiety is completely normal. I started saying positive affirmations out loud each morning and evening and the difference they made was astounding. I love these affirmations that I found on the Huffington Post – say them out loud, say them with conviction and feel the difference in your confidence grow.

 

Positive affirmations are amazing confidence and self-esteem boosters

Positive affirmations are amazing confidence and self-esteem boosters

7. Cut toxic people and negative circumstances out of your life
I found that a big part of my anxiety was the negative circumstances I was getting dragged into, and the toxic people that created them. It took me a while to cut these people and situations out of my life, but once I did, I took a deep breath and felt the weight lift off my shoulders.

8. Eat a good diet
While sugary foods and highly caffeinated drinks might sound appealing, they’re great stimulants for triggering anxiety, panic attacks and causing dips in your energy and mood. Sure, treat yourself now and then, but eat clean as much as you can and feel the benefit on your mind and body.

Sunny walks through the woods with the dogs around a calming lake always make me feel grounded, content and blessed

Sunny walks through the woods with the dogs around a calming lake always make me feel grounded, content and blessed

9. Embrace the things that you love
Indulge in your favourite things to do from reading, to walking your dogs or even going to the cinema. Do the things that make you happy and that make you fall in love with life all over again. Life is all about learning and new experiences, and new experiences help us to grow mentally and spiritually.

10. Learn to let go
One of the most important things I learned when going through the worst of my anxiety was this – learn to let go of the things you cannot control. There’s no point sitting and worrying about something that might never happen, and there’s no point in worrying about something thats imminent either. I’ve started to firmly believe that everything happens for a reason, and what will be will be. I find it helpful to write my worries or thoughts down in a journal or even on my phone notes as it helps me to feel like they’re off my chest and out of mind, then I can settle back down with a weight off my mind and continue on with my day.

I hope that these tips help you out a little with your own anxiety. It really can be so different from person to person, so make sure that you listen to your own body and ask for professional help and tips if you’re struggling with anxiety and unsure of where to turn. Visit Mind for more helpful tips and useful contacts. 

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2016.

The Beauty Blogger Tag | Volume 2

Welcome to another tag post! Today I’m answering the Beauty Blogger Tag, volume two! As I’ve said before, I love reading tag posts as it really helps me to get to know the person behind the blog and learn a little more about them on a personal level rather than a blogging front. Enjoy!

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
My hair is naturally really curly! I do like to straighten it after washing it though. The next day, it usually falls into nice, relaxed waves which I much prefer. I just don’t feel polished enough with my naturally curly hair.
2. What is your natural hair colour?
Ginger! I’m a natural redhead.
3. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
I don’t dye my hair at all. I used to dye it frequently when I was at college and uni, but after a bad experience with a hairdresser who tried to remove the colour, my hair broke off and was so short and dried out. I cried about it all the time and even wore a wig for two years until my hair began to grow back properly again. It’s pretty long now so all I do with it is wash and condition it!
4. How often do you wash your hair?
Two to three times weekly. I try to put a treatment on it each week too that I leave on for a full day. All I use is 100% virgin organic coconut oil.
5. Do you wear the same style every day or change it?
I change it quite a lot! Sometimes I get bored of having just one style so changing it up is just second nature to me. I especially like to change my makeup up a lot. One day I might be natural and just wear a BB cream and cream blush, the next day I might be full on Instaglam style with lashes and liner!
6. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
I love visiting a salon but I haven’t been for a fair while now. I’m well overdue an appointment! Since I started to teach at college, my nails have to be short and unpolished so I haven’t had much need to stop by and have a manicure.
7. How often to you change your nail polish?
Not very often at all. If I’m having gel polish, I change it every two to three weeks, if it’s nail polish, I stick to the same shade for absolute months but I’ll remove it and re-apply it as soon as it’s chipped or looks a little worn.
8. Do you polish your toes in the winter, too or just in the summer?
I polish them throughout both seasons because it makes me feel much more put together and polished.
9. How long does it take to put on your makeup?
Around an hour, sometimes longer. I always get up around two and a half hours before I need to leave the house so I have plenty of time to grab a coffee, catch up on YouTube and of course, fuss the dogs before I need to leave to work!
10. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
I used to always do my face first but now I always start with brows followed by eyes. It used to sound like a foreign concept to me, but I find it so much better now.
11. Do you “collect” makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
I do collect a few pieces, but mostly, I buy when I need it. I subscribe to beauty boxes like Glossybox which means I get a delivery of makeup/beauty supplies monthly so I love to stock up on those.
12. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
I used to wear them daily at university. I know, right…turning up for my politics lectures wearing falsies wasn’t totally necessary but I just loved them! These days, I only wear them for special occasions or if I’m putting together a makeup look for my business page or blog.
13. Do you do a full face of makeup every day?
Not every day no. Some days I don’t wear any makeup at all. If I’m going out somewhere, I’ll put makeup on, but if I’m home with nowhere else to go, I let my skin have a break.
14. Do you wear makeup when you are home alone (or with family)?
Only if I’m shooting a makeup look for my blog or business page.
15. Will you leave the house without makeup?
Yes! Sometimes I do, but I must admit, I always feel better with at least something on. Some days, you just want your skin to feel completely clean and fresh.
16. How many high end products do you have?
I have quite a few high end products thanks to companies sending them out for me to trial and review. But honestly, I don’t tend to buy masses of the real high end products. I do have a beautiful Givenchy mascara and lipstick that I was gifted by my parents, but most of my makeup is mid-market from the likes of MAC or Illamasqua and most of my skincare is drugstore unless I’ve been sent a product complimentary.
17. How often do you wash your makeup brushes?
Twice a week. I love to have them fresh to cut down the risk of spreading bacteria and causing new spots. Plus I think your makeup applies so much better when they’re fresh too!
18. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you are getting dressed?
I usually plan my outfit the evening before along with accessories and makeup!
19. How often do you change your handbag?
I don’t typically buy new bags very often, but I do rotate around my collection once every month or so.
20. What time do you get up & go to sleep?
I go to bed around 11am and wake up at 6 on work days. If I’m having a lie-in, I’ll wake up around 8.
21. How often & when do you workout?
I don’t work out often! I walk my dogs, I do Yoga and Ballet Barre at home and that’s your lot right now.
22. Left-handed or Right-handed?
I’m right handed.
23. How tall are you?
I’m 5ft 4 AND A HALF!
24. Do you speak a foreign language?
Not fluently. Not much at all!
25. How many pets do you have?
I have two beautiful long-haired chihuahuas called Lily and Alfie. Lily is 5 and is Fawn, and Alfie is 1 and is Silver Blue Fawn.
26. How often are you on Blogger?
I don’t use Blogger at all!
27. Do you read the comments posted blogs?
I always read comments.
28. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
Yes I do – I keep a mental list or if it’s something I can’t wait to try, I’ll note it down on my Excel spreadsheet I keep of all the things I need to buy. I know, sad isn’t it….
29. How did you come up with your blog name?
My blog name is just my real name! I didn’t want to be known as anything other than myself. I’ve had blogs in the past that have gone under different names (Urban Kitty’s for example which was street-style blog) and I just felt like I’d grown up from that and wanted my real name to be the leading title.
30. What kind of camera do you use for photographs?
I use a Canon 5d Mk2 or my iPhone 5C.
31. How often do you clean your house? (Daily, weekly, other)
Daily!
32. What is your favourite colour?
White. I love things to look fresh and clean.
33. What is your favourite beauty/fashion magazine?
I love reading Makeup Artist magazine.
34. Do you swear?
Not really – I don’t really like swearing at all. It’s so brash and common!
35. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
As this post goes live, I’ll be making over some gorgeous prom queens, and teaching makeup artistry all afternoon to my college students so it’ll be a busy day for sure.
I hope you enjoyed The Beauty Blogger Tag Volume 2 and got to know me a little bit better! I tag anybody who’d like to take part – make sure you leave me your links so I can read your posts too!
© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2016.

 

A rare spot of shopping

I mentioned a little while ago that I was going to start incorporating more lifestyle posts onto my blog where I could share other things with you all other than just beauty! Although I do eat, sleep and breathe makeup and beauty, I do have other interests too…honest!

Today is going to be another lifestyle post to tell you all about our past weeks adventures!

As usual, my week got off to a great start with some gorgeous makeovers! One of my favourite makeovers was with this beautiful lady, Vicky! I’ve had the pleasure of doing Vicky’s makeup a couple of times now, and she looks flawless each and every time. She looks stunning every time I see her and she has the most gorgeous skin to die for!

Vicky\s gorgeous makeover all ready for a special evening out

Vicky’s gorgeous makeover all ready for a special evening out

I made a rare trip to Meadowhall mid week to do a little shopping ahead of Father’s Day, my Dad’s birthday and Mum and Dad’s anniversary (phew!) As my Mum and dad got married on my Dad’s birthday, it’s always cause for an extra celebration. I’ve never been one who’s really enjoyed shopping on my own, but this day, I had a field day whisky tasting at Il Gusto, chocolate tasting at Hotel Chocolat and eating a delicious Tokyo take out platter from YO! Sushi. I managed to pick up some gorgeous gifts, but I can’t share them with you just yet because I know my Mum and Dad read my blog posts from time to time! I also picked up two MAC lipsticks – Honey Love and Bombshell – and a NYX Gel Eyeliner (I’ll be reviewing this soon!)

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Back2MAC gave me two gorgeous new lipsticks! Honey Love for me, and Bombshell for my Mum!

After Meadowhall, it was time to take my gorgeous pooches, Lily and Alfie, out for a long walk. We headed up to Sandal Castle but little Alfie was still raring to go after our short walk, so we dropped down to Thornes Park to go see the swans and geese before the heavens opened and we were hit with a massive rain storm.

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YO! Sushi to go!

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Lily and Alfie enjoying their walkies at Thornes Park

The rest of the week went by in a bit of a blur – I was hit with that horrible flu-like virus that seems to be dragging everybody down right now and I’m still battling with it as I sit typing today (Sunday). I’m hoping another trip to the doctors along with plenty of hot toddies and puppy cuddles will sort me right out.

We also had another celebration this week as my beautiful little Lily turned six! Where on earth the years have gone to I just don’t know. I’d wanted a dog all my life but had always been highly allergic to all animals. One day, me and Danny were walking by a lake and found a gorgeous stray that was a cross between a Jack Russell and a Chihuahua, miraculously I wasn’t allergic to her! We took her home and looked after her until the dog warden could collect her and decided to adopt her if she wasn’t claimed. Devastatingly, the day before we were meant to collect her we found out she’d been picked up. I was absolutely heartbroken – I’d wished for a dog for years and felt like my chance had been ripped away from me. Luckily, my mum and dad had other plans and took me to see a beautiful litter of chihuahua puppies and I picked out my gorgeous little Lily!

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Lily’s 6th Birthday!

Of course, seen as Lily had her birthday and had a gift or two to open, Alfie also got in on the action and acquired a new hat from Pets at Home! Surprisingly, he loves his new accessory and has taken to carrying it around the house with him along with his hankie that he loves to chew. Such a gentleman!

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Alfie’s living the Thug Life with his trendy new cap!

Today, me and the pups are having a lazy day at home and enjoying a couple of teas and coffees, and watching the new series of Orange Is The New Black while I try and make myself feel a little more human once again for another busy week! I’ve heard that tea helps to solve most problems, even more so when it comes in such a beautiful cup…

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© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2016.

Do you really need an eye cream?

Many of us forgo the extra cost and time of applying an eye cream morning and evening, but do we really need one anyway?

The difference between a face cream and an eye cream is this – eye creams usually contain more emollients and specialist ingredients to help smooth and soothe the more delicate under-eye area. The skin is much thinner under our eyes, so it makes sense that we’d need a different type of moisturiser to help deeply penetrate the layers of the skin and plump and refresh the area once again.

Collagen is a major ingredient in a lot of eye creams – designed to keep skin strong, plump out any sallow areas and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Calendula is also a common ingredient, used for it’s soothing properties, it can help to de-puff the under eyes giving a fresher, wide awake appearance.

For years, I didn’t use an eye cream myself. I was of the same opinion as many that I didn’t really need one, and that my regular face moisturiser was quite enough for me. That was until I started to get a little older and started to suffer with dull, tired skin around my eye area and started to notice the telltale signs of ageing. Shock, horror!

I quickly enlisted an eye cream into my regular cleansing and moisturising routine and I have to say, I really did feel better for it, and I saw a difference within my skin too. It looked replenished, fresh and plumped out once again which is more than I could hope for. Seeing the transformation on my own skin was enough to convince me that yes, eye creams are definitely worth adding into your regular beauty routine.

Over the years, I’ve tried DHC’s CoQ10 Eye Cream that I absolutely loved, followed by Etre Belle’s Golden Skin Caviar Eye Roll On. After I ran out, I moved on to Caudalie’s Premier Cru The Cream  – a beautifully luxurious cream filled with Caudalie’s three signature patents: Resveratrol Oleyl (for lifting and firming), Viniferine (for brightening), and anti-oxidant rich grape-seed polyphenols. Caudalie are well famed for their age reversing products, so it’s no wonder they put seven years of research and 300 trials in place before offering Premier Cru The Cream to the masses.

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Do you really need an eye cream?

If you tend to suffer from drying, lacklustre skin under your eye area, I really would recommend giving an eye cream a go and seeing if you can see the benefits too. Hello summer-ready eyes!

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2016.

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