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  • Hello beautiful…

    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.

The Christmas Tag

Christmas 2014

Every so often I like to take part in the Blogger Tags that are doing the rounds. Just recently, I’ve seen the Christmas Tag floating around some of my favourite blogs and I thought I’d share the tag and my answers with you all! Thanks to Makeup Savvy for drawing the tag to my attention! I tag everybody who’d like to take part.

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s? 

I have a few movies that I love to watch at Christmas which includes my old favourite, Miracle on 34th Street, I’ve never seen such a good Santa in a film and that it reduces me to tears every single time I watch it! Just for the record, I believe…Another favourite of mine is Elf, who doesn’t like Will Ferrell?! It literally has me in fits of laughter the whole way through and I could sit and watch it several times in the week without even getting bored.


2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

I always open my presents on Christmas morning. As I’m a big kid at heart, I don’t even see any of my presents or have them out underneath the tree. Instead, Santa my mum and dad puts them out for me while I’m asleep…obviously. The only presents that go underneath our tree are my mum, dads and dogs!


3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

I don’t have one particular favourite memory because my parents have managed to make every single Christmas just as wonderful as the last. Christmas is a really big deal to me and the tradition hasn’t changed since I was little, I always wake up and take my stocking to my parents room where we have a cup of tea and I open the gifts, then we all go into the living room and open our presents together. Last year was even more special as my parents surprised me with a beautiful Peter Smith Impossimal painting after our Christmas lunch. That was an amazingly special gift to me as I’d admired it for absolute months and always told me parents when I’d ‘made it’ with my own business, I was going to treat myself to it. It just floored me, they even had it signed for me and had their picture taken with Peter himself. Such a thoughtful and amazing gift and a lovely memory too.


4. Favourite festive food?

Need I say more than Pigs in Blankets? Come at me.


5. Favourite Christmas gift?

As I mentioned before, the Peter Smith painting was absolutely amazing. One of my most favourite gifts was actually my hamster that I got years and years ago probably before I even hit my teens. I’d begged for a pet for so long and had my heart set on a hamster. My parents told me to sit and close my eyes and make a wish, when I opened them again, a hamster in a little gold cage was sat there! Amazing. They also did the same thing when they bought me my very first keyboard when I was around five or six years old. As I said previously, my parents have always made sure Christmas is magical every single year in some way or another.


6. Favourite Christmas scent?

I love the smell of the Yankee Christmas Cookies candle and the Christmas Eve candle. But the thing that really reminds me of Christmas is the smell of cinnamon or the smell of the German Christmas markets with all the gorgeous food and mulled wine smells drifting around.


7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

I don’t particularly have any Christmas Eve traditions but I like to spend it at home with my mum and dad and my dog. This year will be my new puppy’s first Christmas so I’ll be enjoying having him around for the festivities this year too! Usually, I’ll see my boyfriend on Christmas Eve too and we’ll go for a drink together somewhere. I’m not one for going out on Christmas Eve and drinking in town, I couldn’t think of anything worse than a hangover on Christmas day, plus I’d much prefer to be with my family watching films or sitting about enjoying chatting and eating mince pies.


8. What tops your tree?

This year, I’ve changed our family tradition by adding a red and white bow to the top of the tree. For as long as I can remember, we’ve had a beautiful fairy gracing the top of our tree, but this year, I thought it would be nice to try something different.


9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?

I always used to ask for a dog which was crazy at the time as I was highly allergic! It was only four years ago that I finally got every single birthday, Christmas and starry wish and got my very own puppy, my beautiful little Chihuahua Lily.


10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

I love the fact that my family pack in work for a few days and spend lots of time with me. I love being able to visit the family and eat lots of festive food and have a few Christmassy drinks. I also love the whole build up – the gorgeous shop windows, the pretty lights everywhere and the Christmas markets. One of my other favourite things about Christmas is seeing people open the gifts I’ve bought for them. I take so much time and effort planning, buying and wrapping presents for everybody and try hard to find things that I know that they will absolutely love. Making my family happy is something that I just can’t put a price on.

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The Christmas Beauty Wish List: My Top Ten

Christmas is a magical time where dreams and wishes can sometimes come true. This year, I thought I’d put together a list of all the beautiful gifts I’ve been lusting over that would be absolutely perfect for any ladies who love makeup and beauty and will surely top their wildest dreams this year.

Here are my top ten favourite beauty favourites for Christmas…

1. Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘The Dolce Vita’ Gift Box £165

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita

Makeup artist maven and celebrity favourite Charlotte has created a set of iconic looks that can be recreated at home with this absolutely beautiful makeup gift. With many options to choose from, I thought The Dolce Vita was just stunning and above all else, wearable for daytime or evening. The Dolce Vita Gift Box includes:

Charlotte Tilbury

  • The Dolce Vita Luxury Eyeshadow Palette
  • The Feline Flick Panther Eye Liner
  • Full Fat Lashes Glossy Black Mascara
  • Cheek to Chic Blusher in Ecstasy
  • Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk
  • K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink
  • Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Seduction Lip
  • Complimentary Makeup Bag and Gift Box


2. Givenchy’s Hot Couture Eau de Parfum £28.99 for 30ml

Hot Couture bottle

This perfume is my ultimate signature scent and the one I love to wear the most. After years of wearing this, I still haven’t tired of the beautiful scent and still can’t get enough of the sweet yet musky fragrance that floats around me throughout the day whenever I wear it. The fragrance is described as glamorous and sophisticated and suited for the confident, flirtatious and elegant woman. With top notes of raspberry nectar and magnolia, jasmine and bergamot at the heart, the base notes of vetiver, amber and white musk refine this fragrance beautifully. Perfect for daytime and evening engagements.


3. Clarisonic Aria Winter Lace Limited Edition £155

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Clarisonic has created a buzz (literally) in the beauty industry since it first hit our shelves, and the hype isn’t about to let up anytime soon. The Clarisonic Aria Winter Lace is perfect for wintery skin treatments – the complimentary Luxe Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head makes it a beautifully luxurious take on the original.

  • 6x better cleansing than normal routines
  • Helps to reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles
  • Cleanses so thoroughly that skin care products absorb better

The Clarisonic comes with a two year warranty, is rechargeable, and also includes a charging cradler.


4. GlamGlow YouthMud TingleExfoliate Treatment 50ml £49.50 (or £25 for 15ml)


An absolute cult favourite amongst the YouTube Beauty Vlogger community, the GlamGlow exfoliating mud mask treatment promises great skin and a glowing complexion in 10 minutes. Hailed as a supermask, the formulation leaves complexions revived and glowing for three days after each application.

GlamGlow Mud

So what are the details?

  • Brighter, radiant skin in minutes
  • Leaves skin noticeably soft and smooth
  • Skin collagen synthesis for a noticeable 3 day glow
  • Tightens, tones and lifts the skin
  • Suitable for both men and women
  • Multi-level resurfacing exfoliation
  • Penetrates into the deepest layers of the skin, to soften fine lines and wrinkles
  • Relives dark circles and minimises pores
  • Absorbs impurities without removing natural oils
  • Contains no artificial colours

Perfect for preparing your skin for that fabulous Christmas party or for a New Year’s Day pick me up!


5. NARS And God Created the Woman Limited Edition Palette £35


NARS are masters of making beautifully sleek packaged, high performance makeup and this limited edition gift set palette is no exception. A set of six beautiful shimmering shadows to take you from natural to sultry in a few careful sweeps. The palette includes shadows: Bellisima II, Kalahari I, Night Clubbing, Alahambra I, Galapagos and Coconut Grove and comes with a mini Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base and a travel size Wide Contour Brush #43.


6. Lush Think Pink Gift Box £53.95

Think Pink

As Lush says: “Banish the black, burn the blue, and bury the beige. From now on, girls, think pink!” Inspired by the 1957 film starring Audrey Hepburn, Funny Face, this gift features 13 pink treats for the bath and shower – the ultimate gift for top-to-toe pampering in pink, and you can even use the giant pink ribbon to decorate yourself with afterwards.”

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Lush products have always remained a firm favourite of mine and I can’t walk past the Lush store without lusting after a new bath bomb or gorgeous new lip balm. For me, they make baths even more luxurious and I absolutely LOVE the smell so much! Anything that’s inspired by one of my all time favourite icons, Audrey Hepburn, is a deal-maker for me. Starring some of my favourite treats such as the Sakura bath bomb, Creamy Candy Bubble Bar and The Comforter Bubble Bar, this box of 13 treats will be a gorgeously girly surprise under the tree this Christmas.


7. Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Deluxe Lip & Eye Palette £59

Bobbi Brown

A beautiful tortoise shell palette of eye shadows and lip colours that have been hand picked by Bobbi to flatter ANY skin tone makes this a foolproof christmas gift for any makeup lover. Double stacked and full of colour combinations for day to evening looks. The set also comes with a shadow and lip brush for the ultimate in convenience for beauty on the go. A gorgeous addition to any makeup bag.



8. Sigma 12 Brush Essential Kit £99.95


Sigma brushes are well known throughout the YouTube Beauty community for their quality and performance. Luckily, we can now get them in the UK too! I really love this 12 Brush Essential Kit and think it’s a great all-rounder for any makeup bag. Good for those who are expanding their professional makeup kit or simply looking for new brushes alike.

The kit includes:

  • E05 – Eye Liner: Create smooth and even lines. Use with gel or liquid liners.
  • E30 – Pencil: Soften and smoke out lines. Soften pencil liners along the top and bottom lash lines, add shadow to line the eyes, or use to highlight inner corner of eyes.
  • E40 – Tapered Blending: Soft blended crease. Using just the tips to apply color, sweep back and forth through the crease for a diffused and blended finish.
  • E55 – Eye Shading: Even application of colour. Place colour across the whole lid for an even and strong application of product.
  • E60 – Large Shader: Uniformly cover the whole lid with product. Apply cream shadow base or cream shadow for quick and even coverage.
  • E65 – Small Angle: Create precise lining. Moves fluidly and easily across the upper and lower lash lines. Use with gel, cream or powder liners.
  • E70 – Medium Angled Shading: Soft application of colour. Use for brow highlighting or to blend the crease.
  • F30 – Large Powder: Even powder application. Uniform blending of powder products onto the face and body.
  • F40 – Large Angled Contour: Subtle cheek application. Use the angle to softly contour the cheekbone. Can also be used to apply blush.
  • F50 – Duo Fibre: Creates an airbrush effect onto the skin. Can be used with powder, liquid or cream products. Natural and Synthetic blend.
  • F60 – Foundation: Smooth foundation application. Apply liquid or cream products such as foundation and primer.
  • F70 – Concealer: Conceal small areas. Conceal the hardest to reach areas such as around the nose and eyes.

There are lots of different sets available so you might have to shop around a little to find the perfect collection.



9. Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade £15


Another cult product, Anastasia’s DipBrow Pomade is the “easy-to-use, long-lasting answer to eyebrow perfection, whatever the natural state of your arches. This tinted, creamy formula is waterproof, smudgeproof and ideal for creating defined, natural-looking brows that won’t run down your face if you’re caught in a torrent, or melt in a hot (foreign) clime. The gel-mousse consistency glides on seamlessly.”

For my hair colour, I think I’d best be suited to the Blonde, but this great guide below will help you choose your shade if you’re buying this gift blind!




10. Ted Baker Large Bow Wash Bag £29

Ted Baker


I love Ted Baker bags and can’t see that I’ll ever tire from their sleek designs. This glossy finish wash bag is perfect for storing makeup or beauty travel essentials while on the go and will also look absolutely beautiful sat in the bathroom. The bag comes in a variety of colours from pink to black but I think the white is just the epitome of style and reminds me quite a lot of Chanel. Happy travelling!

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Christmas gift vouchers


Sometimes it’s hard to know what to get the ladies in your life, so why not treat them to a gift voucher where they can enjoy either a one-to-one makeup lesson with a professional makeup artist, or a pampering makeover before their special occasion?

I’m pleased to say that I’m now offering gift vouchers for my makeup artistry services which I think make the perfect gift for Christmas or even a birthday or special occasion. The vouchers are available for two different makeup services and are valid for six months. Please see below to see what’s included.

Makeup Lesson Voucher (for one) – £75

  • Up to two hours one-to-one personal makeup artistry lesson with a professional makeup artist at the studio
  • Skin and colour assessment
  • One-to-one guidance on the best products to suit your skin type and complexion
  • Simple tips and tricks to transform your look with ease
  • Day to night makeover to show you how to apply your makeup from office to bar
  • Full product list so that you can re-create the look at home

After a full skin and colour assessment, sit back and relax in the makeup seat where you will be taught how to apply flawless makeup that will take you from desk to night out with ease. Following your appointment, you will receive a full list of products used so that you can re-create the look at home.

Annie before and after

Makeover Voucher (for one) – £30

  • One hour makeover with a professional makeup artist at the studio
  • Choose from a natural look to a glamorous evening look
  • Choose from either individual or strip lashes to complete your look

Makeovers are the perfect way to de-stress and relax before a special occasion. Take the hassle out of getting ready while you sit back and enjoy your transformation.


To purchase a gift voucher, please contact me using the website contact form or through my Facebook page.

Terms and Conditions: 1. The voucher is for one person only. 2. The voucher expires at the beginning of July 2015. 3. The voucher may not be exchanged for cash and no change is given. 4. All makeovers and makeup lessons are to be taken at the studio in Barnsley, 5. special circumstances will be considered but will be subject to a travel fee of 45p per mile each way. 6. Vouchers may not be used in accordance with any other special offer. 

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Hello December…

Alfie and Lily December

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already hit December and are in the last month of 2014 – the year has absolutely flown by and I expect December will pass us by in the same fashion – short but sweet and full of parties, time with our families and of course, plenty of christmas food!

It’s been a little quiet over on the blog front lately and the reason why is because I have a very special new addition. I’d like you all to meet Alfie!


Alfie is just over four months old and he was the last puppy left from the litter and had a few more days left to find a new home before it would be too late to let him go. He’s settled into our home very well and my beautiful four year old Chihuahua Lily is slowly starting to warm to the extra bouncy, mischievous little ball of fluff that we have acquired. I’m sure that he and Lily will be appearing on many blog posts and Facebook uploads in the future!

Lily and Alfie on the bed

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Rachael Divers

Barnsley Makeup Artist



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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