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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 Manchester. 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.

Review: St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tanning Lotion

St TropezAfter reading months ago that St Tropez were to launch an in-shower tanning lotion that promised an even, streak free and natural tan after just three minutes, I was a little skeptical to say the least.

Nevertheless, I decided to order a couple of tubes (one for me, one for Mum of course!) and try it out for myself. On first impression, I was surprised at the size of the tube and felt that if it worked, it would be really good value for money. I love the fresh-looking packaging and the tube design makes it really easy to be able to remove the product that you need efficiently.

The instructions on the back of the tube tell you to shower with warm water, wash, turn off the shower, apply the lotion and work it into the skin, wait for three minutes, rinse away and then pat dry. So I took to the shower and washed and exfoliated gently with a massage sponge before switching off the shower and lathering the lotion onto my skin. I started with my legs and worked my way up my entire body to my face then applied a little to my feet before washing my hands. I then just swiped the backs of my hands over my forearms to cover them lightly in the lotion – we’ve all been there with the orange hands before and I certainly didn’t want a repeat this time! I stood and waited around for the recommended three minutes, which felt like no time at all, then switched the shower back on and rinsed the lotion away thoroughly. After getting out of the shower and patting my skin dry, I got dressed and got on with my day.

Take a look at the video below that shows you exactly how to use the tanning lotion.

I wasn’t expecting much to happen if I’m being completely honest, but after a few hours I took a look in the mirror and was sure that I could see a hint of a glow forming across my body. I continued on with my day and was so pleased to see that the soft glow kept on forming without any streaks or orange patches, but the best thing about it? No biscuity fake tan smell! Once it got to the evening, I took my nightly shower and re-applied the lotion again then went to bed. Waking up this morning, there was a slight hint of fake tan smell but nothing like the other brands that I’ve used in the past. i was really happy to wake up to a slightly deeper glow to my skin that is pretty much completely even aside from a tiny tanning mishap on a little drier skin on one of my feet.

Overall, I’m seriously impressed with the gradual in-shower tan and love the subtle glow it gives to my skin.

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Pros

  • No bad fake tan smell – there’s only a slight hint of fake tan smell but the lotion smells lovely on application and not too strong
  • Extremely fast to apply and no need to wait around for a sticky tan to dry – I’ve read a few people were fed up with the three minute wait but I found it to go really quickly. Pop your iPad on and catch up on your favourite show while you’re applying it and the time just flies by!
  • Doesn’t stain the bed sheets (I have white sheets so that was the ultimate test!)
  • Gives an even, sunkissed look to the skin without being too over the top
  • No skin damage! Tanning products are a great alternative to baking in the sun and come with no harmful UVA or UVB rays, it’s so important to look after your skin and be sensible about taking proper care. Fake it all the way.

Cons

  • If your skin is olive or darker to start with, I’m not so sure how well this tan will show. Naturally, my skin is extremely fair (think ivory in foundation shades) so the subtle glow really makes a difference to my skin

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Prom fever 2015

It’s been such an amazing prom season this year and I’ve got to meet and make over some absolutely gorgeous ladies. I wanted to put together a post to show the beautiful girls who i’ve made over this year and added a few of their images they sent me once they were all dressed up and ready to go and enjoy their proms!

Thank you for asking me to make you over for your special event – it’s been a pleasure working for you all and I hope that you all had absolutely amazing proms and are looking forward to the new chapter in your lives!

Proms 2015 collage

Prom 2015 dresses collage

If you still have an upcoming prom and would like to book for a makeover, please message me to check availability.

 

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Val Garland Creative Project: Heavy Weather

As many of you will know, I was recently chosen to be a part of Val Garland’s Makeup School with Mastered. I have just completed my first creative brief which I wanted to share with you all.

For this project, we were asked to choose our own brief – mine was inspired by Billie Marten’s song, Heavy Weather. You can see my inspiration boards below.

‘Heavy Weather’ lead me to think of storms, crows and dark, gloomy, melancholy days…

Next up, I took a look at some inspiring makeup images that I found over on Pinterest. Please note: I do not own these images, they are from various artists.

Next up, I took a look at some inspiring makeup images that I found over on Pinterest. Please note: I do not own these images, they are from various artists.

Texture played a big part in my project brief - from crackles to grain.

Texture played a big part in my project brief – from crackles to grain.

When I’m thinking about an upcoming makeup look that I’d like to create, I find it so helpful to make mood boards and to take a look at other artists and pieces of art work. Inspiration can be found everywhere right from the pattern on your wooden coffee table to the way a dandelion clock floats away in the breeze. Sometimes it’s hard to tune in and be inspired. My main inspiration for this project came from the aforementioned song, Heavy Weather by Billie Marten. It all stemmed from sitting and working in my makeup room in Manchester, the fire blazing away behind me warming the cold room, the rain lashing against my windows and dark clouds casting a gloomy shadow over my laptop. I started to look for a song that was as melancholy as I felt and Billie’s Heavy Weather was perfection. I played it over a couple of times as I worked away and then suddenly, inspiration hit and I was up and away with my theme.

I started to experiment with texture using MAC eye shadows buffed in gently with a Real Techniques contour brush

I started to experiment with texture using MAC eye shadows buffed in gently with a Real Techniques contour brush.

I experimented with a glossy, dark eye and feathered brow achieved with a dark eye pencil. I also used a pigment to splatter onto my face to add a little texture.

I experimented with a glossy, dark eye and feathered brow achieved with a dark eye pencil. I also used a pigment to splatter onto my face to add a little texture. I kept the lips looking dry and chapped with the help of a little latex and MAC eye shadow.

When applying a more avant garde style of makeup, I think it’s so important to incorporate textures to create interest. As my theme was all about stormy weather and crows and the deep, dark, rainy days, I wanted to add a glossy eye, clumped lashes, sore, chapped lips and a spattering of pigment to look like that horrible mud spray you get all over your legs when a car passes you by too quickly in the rain.

I tried my hand at customising lashes but decided the lengths really took away from the glossy eye - I cut the lashes right down for my final look into chunky, feathered clumps.

I tried my hand at customising lashes but decided the lengths really took away from the glossy eye – I cut the lashes right down for my final look into chunky, feathered clumps.

I also thought about customising a pair of lashes to go with the look. I applied feathers and glossy string that I got at the craft store to the lashes but ended up cutting the lengths down as they seemed to hide the gloss of the eyes too much. They were a little too bold for my liking.

Using DUO lash glue, I created a dry, chapped effect on the lips to make them look

Using DUO lash glue, I created a dry, chapped effect on the lips to make them look ‘weathered’ and sore.

To create the sore, chapped lips, I used my DUO lash glue to blot onto the lip then added a little MAC eye shadow to alter the colour slightly. It was pretty hard not to peel this off before getting a photograph!

I was thrilled to receive lovely feedback from Val herself over on Twitter!

I was thrilled to receive lovely feedback from Val herself over on Twitter!

I’m so fortunate to have an amazing photographer of a dad who likes to spend time in the studio with me shooting and teaching me about the art of photography. He is and always will be my first choice to ask to help me with projects. I honestly don’t know anybody else who has the patience, skill and abundance of passion as he does. I often refer to the studio as my happy place, but really, it’s the people in it that make it so, and that’s all down to him and my mum. Yesterday, we spent absolute hours in the studio shooting and downloading these final images ready for my project deadline today.

After much work and a lot of studio time, here is the final result of my first creative project, Heavy Weather. Photography is by my wonderful pap, John Divers.

After much work and a lot of studio time, here is the final result of my first creative project, Heavy Weather. Photography is by my wonderful pap, John Divers.

As you can see from the images, I made slight alterations to the final look as I went along. I also added tiny little Ostrich feathers to the brows that I cut down to create that fuzzy, crow-like texture. I also decided to add a little plum lipstick to the eyes to add a punch of colour – I used the same plum to add a little detail onto the chapped lips.

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Here’s a close up of the detail.

I hope that you enjoyed taking a look at my creative process and finished result!

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Zuca Pro Artist case review

Zuca Pro Artist

After struggling to haul my kit around in various bags and cases for the past two years, I decided enough was enough and went in search of something more convenient. I’d always heard rave reviews about the ZÜCA Pro Artist case and after careful consideration, I decided that this was definitely the case for me!

Here’s the specifications:

  • 41” Telescoping handle
  • Aluminum alloy frame is light, super strong and rated to safely support up to 300 lbs
  • The removable, hand washable, Insert Bag is made from premium water resistant 1680D ballistic nylon
  • 4” Lightweight polyurethane wheels absorb shock and make for a seriously silent ride
  • This case meets FAA specifications for carry-on baggage
  • Gear platform to carry additional load
  • Feet, made of nylon 6, go easy on scratchable surfaces
  • Chrome plated, rust resistant screws
  • Dimensions: 19.5” height, 10” width, 13.5” depth
  • Weight (frame and bag): 9.3 lbs
  • Weight (with accessories): 12 lbs

The case is described as, “a flawless new collection for artists on the go who value organization, style, and perfection. What more could you ask for? Protect and organise the tools of your trade and travel in style with our new ZÜCA Artist Collection, – tailored for the artist in you!” It includes; 1 Small Utility Pouch (2.75″D x 6.75″W x 11″L), 4 Large Utility Pouches (2.5″D x 7.75″W x 11″L) and 1 Matching Travel Cover which are all lined with durable, easy to clean clear vinyl (my favourite type of material for transporting my makeup – easy to see and a dream to clean!) which fits inside the ZÜCA case.

The ZÜCA Pro Artist case comes in a few different colours, but being an all black errthang kinda girl, I chose the black case with the black frame which I think looks really smart. I have to say, I’m totally in love with this case. I’m the kind of person who loves to sit for hours organising and stacking and cleaning and just generally having a good mess around with things and the amount of storage bags and pockets that come with the ZÜCA Pro Artist case just make this heaven for me! As you can see from the picture below, my kit fits more than comfortably inside the case and I even have room to slip in a few extra cosmetic pouches, my brush belt and my business cards. The case also comes with a built in seat so you’ll never be without somewhere to sit if you’re on the go or waiting for a call time.

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What I love most about the ZÜCA Pro Artist is just how compact it is – I took a picture of the case at the side of my beautiful little Lily just to give you all an idea of the actual size. Pretty dinky, right?! You can also see the rain cover that came with my case – something I didn’t know would be included but that was a welcome surprise!

IMG_0153I’m really pleased with how sleek and professional the ZÜCA Pro Artist case looks and feels and I’m excited to be able to use it on shoots and makeover jobs. I’d recommend it to any makeup artist who needs the convenience and ease of a portable makeup case.

What do you use to travel with your makeup essentials?

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Rose Gold Smokey Eyes

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Yesterday was a terribly stormy day over in Manchester and myself and my two pups didn’t much fancy battling the elements to take a walk. I decided to take a couple of hours out to sit and play around with some of my new kit makeup. The look I created was with the gorgeous Peaches pigment in Rose mixed with Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Stag and MAC’s Typographic, Poppyseed and Handwritten along with a good dose of Fluidline in Blacktrack. I also used MAC Mineralise in Soft and Gentle to subtly highlight the brow bone.

IMG_9751 I love the rainbow sheen of the Peaches pigment – the photographs just don’t do this beautiful pigment justice but then again, the weather was so horrible outside that my house wasn’t exactly filled with lovely natural lighting to take a good shot! I hope that you like the look!IMG_9752

 

**Just a side note – I will be back in Barnsley this weekend and next weekend so if anybody would like to book an appointment with me for special occasion makeup, please do send me a message to enquire about availability.**

 

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