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.
After a pretty good run on the acne front, I was absolutely devastated to find myself breaking out yet again despite sticking religiously to taking my Lymecycline antibiotics and performing my La Roche Posay skincare routine as usual. Whether it’s the stress of uprooting my home and business again or just simply changes occurring throughout my body, my skin has seemed to plummet down again into the depths of acne which as any sufferer knows is a pretty depressing place.
With my current skincare tubes empty, I made the decision to look for a different skincare system and came across Paula’s Choice skincare for acne. I’d heard of the company plenty of times and frequently used their website to suss out ingredients of other skincare companies or read their extensive reviews, but it hadn’t really occurred to me to use Paula’s Choice skincare until now.
After a little research, I added the Clear Regular Strength set – which is currently on offer at £59.40 – to my basket and waited eagerly for it to arrive.
On Monday, after just shy of a week, my little package of products arrived and I was so excited to start using them! The Clear Regular Strength set includes:
Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser
Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
Clear Ultra-Light Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 30+
Clear Step by Step guide
Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser
This is a gentle face wash which will remove excess oil, desk skin cells and makeup from the skin without the usual irritating, drying ingredients you can usually expect in such a thorough cleanser. Formulated with acne-fighting antibacterial to prevent breakouts and soothing agents to reduce red marks and reduce redness. To be used twice daily.
Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
The gentle lotion will unclog pores, reduce redness and help to eliminate blackheads. The non drying formula has a lovely ‘light as water’ texture and feels gentle on the skin.
Clear Ultra-Light Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 30+
With broad spectrum SPF, the fluid protects and mattifies the skin whilst helping to maintain a clear complexion and prevent signs of ageing.
I haven’t used the system too much yet to be able to give a review as I only started the routine on Monday evening, but I already feel like I’m doing something good for my skin. All of the products in this kit are 100% fragrance free, clinically proven to be non-irritating, contain no added dyes and are not tested on animals.
I’ll be writing a full review on these products after a month or so once they’ve had chance to really work into my skin, but in the meantime, keep a look out for a progress post!
If you’ve been reading my blog, you may have recently stumbled across a post I wrote on Back to School Beauty for under £20 – within this post, I purchased the Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer and was pretty impressed with how it lasted throughout the day! I also mentioned within the post that I’d once used the Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Foundation but that I hadn’t liked it enough to repurchase.
After I’d posted the challenge and continued to use the concealer over the next couple of days, I started to wonder if maybe I should give the foundation another shot. After all, many of my friends were completely amazed that I didn’t fall in love with the foundation as soon as I used it, but the truth is, I found it hard to blend and thought it almost had that Estee Lauder Double Wear hard set feeling to it (something I actually grew to quite like many years later – I know, awkward aren’t I?)
Yesterday I re-purchased the foundation in the colour Ivory (number 2) to test it out and wear it alongside my new favourite Collection concealer (colour 1 in Fair). So, here is my Collection Lasting Perfection foundation review!
I started off this morning with my usual skin prep routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising then waited my usual ten to fifteen minutes while I drank my coffee before applying my foundation. The first thing I noticed was the consistency – it seemed different to how it had been years ago, almost wet and quite dewy to the skin. It blended in easily and retained the slight dewy finish but continued to feel wet on my skin as I continued with my concealer before powdering with my usual MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus in NC15.
The foundation is classed as a six-in-one product (which is certainly very ambitious) claiming to prime, conceal, cover, smooth, protect and mattify. Basically, with this foundation you can expect:
Up to 16 hours wear
Minimisation of imperfections
An oil free formula
So, does it deliver on the promises? In a word, no. On the skin after an hour or so, the foundation feels quite similar to my Make Up For Ever Pan Stick foundations – quite waxy with an uncomfortable underlying wet feel. I found that within an hour my skin was already pretty shiny despite me powdering to set the foundation in place and despite my skin not being overly oily to begin with.
The picture below shows my complexion right after application and after just an hours wear.
As you can see from the picture, the foundation has really taken on quite a dewy look across the T-zone and has also slightly changed in colour due to the oxidisation. Throughout the nine or so hours that I wore the foundation, I found it really uncomfortable and constantly felt a little like my face was melting. I had to keep buffing away the excess shine with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to keep it fresh. Accidentally swipe your face with your hand and it’s curtains for your flawless coverage. Got a flyaway hair in the wind? It’ll get fused to your face.
Don’t get me wrong, the formula withstood wear and kept up a great coverage but it certainly didn’t look as good as the day went on and I couldn’t stand to leave it looking and feeling quite so wet on my skin.
After the concealer performed so well from the same Lasting Perfection range, you’d seriously expect the same results from this budget foundation but sadly, it’s just not the case and I really preferred the formula before when it didn’t obtain such a wet sheen on the skin. I know, I know, I’m hard to please. But what can ya do?
After sampling the delights of Manchester for the past six months, I have made the decision to fully return back to Barnsley with Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry. It’s been a long six months of rain, cold and storms (people really aren’t joking when they tell you it always rains in Manchester!) and I’ve actually really missed being so close to my loyal client base back in good old Yorkshire.
I’m so happy to say that as of September 2015, I will be residing back in Barnsley and working primarily from my South Yorkshire postcode which is great news for the upcoming Halloween makeovers!
I’m looking so forward to returning back to my hometown and catching up with my lovely clients who have supported me fully in my business ventures.
Soon it’ll be time to go back to school, college or university so I thought I’d set myself a little challenge of ‘back to school beauty for under £20!’ I set off to Boots on a mission to find drugstore makeup that could make over a whole face for the budget price of £20 – pretty good going for a full face!
I’ll start by saying that this challenge was in no way easy. I first set out with a budget of just £15, but after a half hour of roaming around the same counters in Boots, swatching colours, checking prices and having a slight tantrum that my budget kept going over, I realised that there was no way I could get what I needed for under £15! I decided to give myself an extra £5 and see what I could find.
Here are the products that I picked out:
Natural Collection Shine Away Foundation in Porcelain £1.99
Collection Lasting Perfect Ultimate Wear Concealer in Fair 1 £4.19
Collection Pressed Powder in 18 Ivory £1.99
Natural Collection Duo Eyeshadow in Mocha/Latte £1.99
Natural Collection eyeshadow in Candy Floss £1.99
Natural Collection eyeshadow in White Opal £1.99
Collection Colour Lash All Day Wear Colour Mascara in Black £1.99
Miss Sporty Instant Colour and Shine Lip Colour in Pink Popsicle £2.99
The products came to a grand total of £19.12.
Natural Collection Shine Away Foundation in Porcelain
One of the cheapest foundations on the market, for just £1.99 you can get a pretty decent coverage foundation from Natural Collection. A strange consistency to what I’m used to, the thick, creamy formula takes a little working in to the skin but looks quite nice and fresh on the skin once it’s settled in. I used the colour Porcelain which I believe is the fairest colour in the collection but is still a little dark for me.
Collection Lasting Perfect Ultimate Wear Concealer in Fair 1
I’ve used Collection foundation before and didn’t really get along with it well enough to ever repurchase, however, I’ve read many a good review on the concealer since and thought it would be a great product to try out in my budget beauty challenge. The concealer is one of my most expensive purchases of todays haul coming in at £4.19, but it’s an amazingly full coverage and sits so well on the skin. The concealer sets very quickly so you need to work fast with this formulation to blend it in evenly. Once it sets, it feels firmly in place and I was pleased to see that it didn’t crease up quite so quickly as other concealers I’ve used on my under eye area.
Collection Pressed Powder in 18 Ivory
I used to use this pressed powder back when I was in school and smelling that strong, perfume powdery smell brought back a lot of memories! A little strong for my liking, the powder really does have the type of strong, floral scent you’d typically associate with the older generation. If you’re anything like me, I can’t skip the powder step in my routine and like to make sure my foundation is set nicely. A basic powder that does the job when used in small doses.
Natural Collection Duo Eyeshadow in Mocha/Latte
The Mocha/Latte eyeshadow duo had four uses for me today: An eyeshadow, a brow bone highlight, a brow powder and a cheekbone contour! I used the lighter Latte shade all over my lid up to the brow bone and used the soft brown to fill in my brows. Nicely pigmented and an even coverage.
Natural Collection eyeshadow in Candy Floss
I originally picked this eyeshadow up to use as a cheek colour, a blush if you will, but found that upon application it was just a little too light. It is rather beautiful as an iridescent cheek highlight though!
Natural Collection eyeshadow in White Opal
Highlight perfection! I used this little pot of shimmer to highlight my brow bone, cupids bow, cheekbones and the inner corner of my eyes. I even decided to pat a little over the Latte eyeshadow to add a little shimmer to my eye colour. Probably my favourite purchase from my mini haul.
Collection Colour Lash All Day Wear Colour Mascara in Black
A black mascara that is said to condition lashes, be smudgeproof and also be enriched with proteins. I usually have trouble with my mascara smudging underneath my eyes so I tend to opt for waterproof formulas. Over an hour in, and my mascara is still set firmly where it should be. I find the formula to be quite volumising and the applicator wand is quite nice considering the £1.99 price tag!
Miss Sporty Instant Colour and Shine Lip Colour in Pink Popsicle
A balm like texture with a hint of colour, I really like the subtlety of these lip colours. What I really don’t like however, is the crayony smell that seems to linger long after application. Seen as the Candy Floss eyeshadow didn’t quite work out for me as a blush, I also used this lip colour to add a little flush of blush to my cheeks which you can just about see in the pictures.
I think it really is so hard to find products to make over a full face for under £20! The consistency and textures are certainly a lot different to my usual favourites from MAC or Illamsqua but in amongst the challenge products, I feel like I really found a few gems! If you need a budget highlighter, the Natural Collection eyeshadow in White Opal is lovely, and for a concealer with excellent coverage and staying power, I don’t think Collection’s Lasting Perfect Ultimate Wear Concealer will let you down!
I hope that you enjoyed my back to school beauty for under £20 challenge!
I wanted to write this post to share my top five beauty mistakes with you that I’ve made myself over the years and that I really regret. Inspiration suddenly hit for this post while I was stood in the shower thinking of all the beauty things that I used to do that I wouldn’t dream of doing now! So, here we go with my biggest beauty mistakes!
1. Not protecting my skin against the sun
When you’re young and enjoying life, it’s easy to forget about applying an SPF. During college and uni, I used to love having tanned skin. Granted, it used to mostly come from a bottle, but I’d also sit out in the sun for hours to ‘top up my tan’ and even went through a short phase of using sunbeds despite knowing the risk. I did worry a little, but I was under the misconception of ‘I’m young so I’ll be fine and worry about it later.’ How foolish of me! Thankfully, I soon came to my senses and started to really understand and care about the importance of wearing an SPF and protecting my skin against premature ageing and most worryingly, cancer. It absolutely pains me to see so many young girls tanning their skin to oblivion in the sun. You might not care about your skin right now, but by the time you reach your 40’s and 50’s, you may well feel very differently.
2. Wearing too much makeup to try to feel more confident
During my school years, college years and even some university years, I felt so out of place and like the fat ugly one at the side of my circle of friends. To try and make myself feel more confident, I piled on the makeup. And let me tell you, that makeup didn’t always suit my skin. From unfortunate shades of tangerine to eyes as black as Katie Hopkins’ soul, I was wearing makeup looks that didn’t complement my skin or bring out my best features. Instead, it hid away my fair, freckled skin, made my larger eyes look tiny and squinted and made me look like I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Which to be fair, I really didn’t. Over time I started to enjoy wearing more natural makeup and investing in more expensive brands that suited my skin better. Today, after learning how to apply makeup properly and what suits my face shape, I can opt for a natural or glamorous look without completely masking the real me. Confidence doesn’t come from what’s above skin, it comes from deep within. Although working on the outside can help a lot, it’s important to feel happy and proud of yourself deep down inside first.
3. Straightening and dyeing the hell out of my hair
My naturally curly ginger hair was always a point of conversation when I was younger. From crude comments to downright horrible remarks, I soon learned that being classed as ‘different’ wasn’t a good thing. For years I fought against the natural wave of my hair, and when my parents wouldn’t let me have any GHD’s, I took to using a curling iron to straighten out my hair (don’t even ask, it was hard work) or begging my friends to use their straighteners on me every time I visited. As soon as I was old enough to dye my hair myself, I did. From dark red, plum, burgundy and almost black at one point, I put my hair through the ringer. Some days, I even wore wigs because I was so desperately unhappy with my natural hair. One day I realised something…there’s nothing wrong with being classed as different and what’s different is pretty unique. So what if I have curly ginger hair? I’m going to embrace it. And so eventually, I did. My hair has been untouched by any sort of dye for around three years now, and although I don’t always wear it super curly as it would like to be, I do make sure to keep some sort of body and wave to it. I invested in good quality hair oils, spent time applying hair masks and treated my hair with the respect that it deserved. Funnily enough, I now get the most positive comments on my hair.
My hair was always a point of conversation…
4. Not adopting and sticking to a skincare routine
I remember the days where I’d stagger in from a night out, collapse into bed and not move until the morning. I’d wake up with my makeup on my face feeling absolutely disgusting with my false lashes sticking my eyes together in a hangover haze. Gross, right? Long gone are those days and I actually find it horrifying to even contemplate going to sleep in my makeup. My mum used to always follow a strict skincare routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising and tried so many times to teach me the importance of finding a great skincare routine and sticking to it. Her efforts were dismissed until I started to realise something terrible, my mum was (as she usually is) right! Oh no! There’s nothing a teenager dislikes more than admitting that their parents were right about something. Since that terrible realisation, I have made special effort each morning and evening to thoroughly cleanse my skin, tone it and moisturise it and my skin and wellbeing has never felt better. There’s something so refreshing about a good, deep clean for your skin. Trust me, setting aside those extra 15 minutes is well worth it when your skin starts to reap the awards.
5. Not being as healthy and fit as I should be
This was and still is an ongoing regret for me, but the best thing about it is that I’m actively working on it. A healthy body equals a healthy mind and there’s nothing more beautiful than being happy, healthy and completely at ease in your own skin. What we eat has an impact on our skin and of course, on the rest of our bodies, and exercising really helps to give our skin an extra healthy glow. Nourish your body from the inside and enjoy the benefits on the outside too. Eat your fruit and veg, do some exercise and for goodness sake, stop putting so much rubbish into your mouth. I like to balance my healthy lifestyle out with a treat day once in a while where I allow myself to eat something or drink something that I normally wouldn’t during the week. Be it popcorn at the cinema or dessert after dinner – it’s important not to deprive yourself completely.
So there you have it, my top five beauty regrets. I hope you enjoyed reading these and hope that you could maybe identify with a point or two. The most important thing to remember is this: A part of life is making mistakes. The most important thing is to learn from them and make sure that you don’t end up repeating the same mistakes over and over.