Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry » Barnsley Makeup Artist & Beauty Writer

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  • Hello beautiful…

    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.

Classic Asian Bridal Makeup look at P Louise Makeup Academy

This week I had the pleasure of having a one to one session with the amazingly talented Karis at the P Louise Makeup Academy. She showed me how to complete a classic P Louise Asian Bridal look on my beautiful friend Emily! We hotfooted it over to Manchester to meet with Karis at the Academy and go play with some beautiful makeup.

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Unedited image of Emily’s gorgeous Asian Bridal Makeup look | Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

Karis took the reins on Emily’s right hand side and I matched up the look over Emily’s left side using the same products and techniques. I’m not used to seeing Emily wearing a lot of makeup so it was amazing to see her look completely transform and I think she looked absolutely stunning wearing the makeup!

Unedited image of Emily

Unedited image of Emily’s gorgeous Asian Bridal Makeup look | Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

As a makeup artist, I think it’s so important to undertake regular training with different artists whose work you admire – it keeps you current, improves your skills and also teaches you new techniques that you might not have known about previously. I’m a firm believer in working together with other makeup artists to help each other improve and share knowledge. Share the love and go check them out!

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Honeyz Bath Products review

Recently my gorgeous friend surprised me with a lovely gift of bath melts and the most gorgeous cupcake soap from Honeyz Bath Products in Whitby. She’d visited for a day trip and knew I’d love their products just as much as her so treated me to this beautiful little package! I was thrilled to receive them and couldn’t wait to try them!

As a long time lover of Lush products, I’m always cooing over cutesy bath products and these ones in particular smelled absolutely divine.

I’m not sure of the actual scents that I received, but you can see what the melts and soap looked like in the image below. How gorgeous are they?! I tried to put off using them for as long as possible because they looked so pretty on my desk and made my makeup room smell absolutely beautiful!
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Both of the melts made my bath much more luxurious and gave off a lovely scent whilst coating my skin with extra moisture. I also loved how the scent lingered long after I’d used them.

What I particularly like about the company is that it’s a family owned independent business, and all of the products are handmade in fresh batches daily on the premises. I also love that all of the products are suitable for sensitive skin like mine and are not tested on animals at all.

If you’re looking for a special gift or fancy treating yourself, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with these beautiful products. They also come beautifully gift wrapped making them that extra special!

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The Beauty Blogger Tag Volume 3

I was browsing the web for a few different beauty blogger tags and came across one that Carina, a beautiful Finnish blogger from Carina’s Beauty had written. This tag is a little different – this time, Carina’s compiled her own list of questions and I thought they were really quite thought-provoking so thought I’d answer them in today’s post!

1. If you could use only skincare or makeup, which would you choose and why?
It would be a pretty tough choice in the respect that sometimes I prefer to wear makeup to give me a confidence boost, but I’d undoubtedly pick skincare! I think it’s so important to take care of your skin, and that way, if my skin was playing up, I could always treat it rather than just cover it up with makeup. I also think that makeup doesn’t have to be a necessity – shocker coming from a makeup artist, right?! I think we should all be able to feel beautiful in our own skin, unaltered no matter what, so really, at the end of the day, caring for the skin you’ve been given is much more important than covering it up with makeup.

2. Is it important to you that a product/brand is cruelty-free? How much does it impact your decision to purchase something?
It is hugely important to me and something that plays on my mind daily. However, I feel ultra hypocritical saying that when I still use MAC products, wear leather clothing and eat meat. Going Vegan is something that seriously interests me and something I’d like to think I could commit to in the future or even simply work towards. I’m in the process of educating myself on the topic and trying to eliminate non cruelty-free products from my kit and personal makeup bag too. Animal testing is something that I find absolutely horrific. I feel it’s a really controversial subject and it’s not as clear cut as I’d like it to be. I’d love if all beauty and makeup houses were cruelty-free – that would be perfect.

3. How old were you when you started wearing makeup? What products did you use back in the day?
I was around 12 when I started wearing makeup properly – much to the dismay of my parents! I used a Dream Matte Mousse foundation that was way too orange for me, thick black Miss Sporty Kohl liner and a metallic pink and silver eyeshadow combination from a BHS christmas set I was gifted. I was truly stunning as you can imagine! Some days, I’d just wear the thick black kohl liner that I sneaked into school with me (my parents tried to stop me wearing makeup so I figured I’d just take it with me and apply it at school!) without any other makeup and my hair gelled (cringe) back into a ponytail with two dangly bits at the front.

4. Do you ever wonder if people find you shallow because of your love for beauty/makeup?
I know that some people find makeup artists/beauticians/beauty bloggers and the likes shallow or even, dare I say it ‘air heads’ because I’ve witnessed that misconception first hand. But to be completely honest, I couldn’t care less if people think that about me because I know that’s not the case. My life is very fulfilled in other aspects too although beauty and makeup plays a huge part in it. The beauty and makeup industries are a huge inspiration for me and there is so much to learn. Everybody has a story to tell and a lesson to teach.

5. Could you ever imagine working as a makeup artist?
When I was younger, I used to play makeup artists with my friend and we’d pretend we had our own salon making people over. I used to love the idea of it, but never thought it was a viable career option. But here I am now working as a makeup artist and a beauty blogger and I couldn’t be happier.

6. Name three people everyone should follow on Instagram. 
It’s tough to name just three but here are three I absolutely love! Firstly is Miss_Stryx – an amazingly talented makeup artist. Her Halloween looks are just incredible! Next is Hayana Sanquetta Makeup (Haysanquettamakeup) – a stunning makeup artist who blows me away with her beautifully elegant makeovers. Lastly, I love Agnieszka_Lorek’s instagram which is full of her decadently gothic photography featuring the most beautiful styling.

7. Do you alter your makeup depending on the season?
I alter my makeup depending on how I feel each and every day to be completely honest! It’s rare for me to stick with the same makeup look for a full week, I get bored too quickly and like to experiment with different looks. I love deep berry colours for autumn and winter though!

8. What is your least favourite makeup trend and why?
There was a real trend for almost white lips not so long ago and I absolutely detested it. Half the town was going out partying looking like death for a good few months and it was SO unflattering. I never saw one person pull it off. Not one!

9. What is your go-to lip product?
I always use Carmex on my lips without fail! I’ll use the vanilla scented Carmex on a plain balm day, or the Peach Moisturise Plus Carmex as a tinted balm on coloured days. It’s definitely my go to whether I wear it alone or with a lipstick over the top.

10. Name three things you love about yourself.
This is the hardest question by far and one that made me stop dead in my tracks. Why is it that we find it so hard to love things about ourselves but so easy to love things about others? It’s so tough to answer, but here goes. One of the main things I love about myself is my ability to feel empathy for others – I think it’s a really good trait to have and helps to keep me humble and grateful for what I have in life. It makes me sensitive to the feelings of others. The second thing is my vision – I have a clear vision of where I want to go in my life, and what I want to achieve and how I intend to get there even if it’s going to take a lot of tears and dedication. The third is my self worth. I spent a long time feeling inferior to people and letting them walk all over me, but in the last year or so, I’ve started to take a step back and realise that that’s not okay. I stand up for myself, I have strong morals and I don’t keep my mouth shut and my head down anymore when I feel unhappy about something. I won’t support those that don’t support me or waste my time, money and efforts on anybody who can’t be bothered with me no matter who they are.

I tag everybody who’d like to take part in this beauty blogger tag to do so, and thanks to Carina for these fab questions!

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Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask review

I recently acquired a tube of the Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask in my August Glossybox and was really looking forward to trying it out. As you’ll know if you read my blog often, I love a good weekly face mask!

The Mudmasky mask is PH-Balanced and promises to refine pores and brighten all whilst keeping skin hydrated and smooth, energised, and looking healthier and plumper.

Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask review | Rachael Divers

Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask review | Rachael Divers

The mask instructs you to wash your hands and face, apply a thin layer and leave it on for 7 minutes for dry or dehydrated skin, 9 minutes for normal to combination skin and 11 minutes for oily skin before removing it with cold water and repeating the process once to twice per week.

I tried the mask a few days ago when my skin was feeling a little lacklustre, tired and in need of a boost. I applied the mask to my clean skin and instantly loved how it felt. The tiny micro particles really help to exfoliate and clean the skin as you gently apply the mask, and the soft tingling sensation feels really renewing and energising. I also really enjoyed the smell of the mask – I find it hard to describe but it’s a typical luxury mud mask smell but with extra freshness, and not overpowering at all.

Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask review | Rachael Divers

Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask review | Rachael Divers

I left the green toned mask on for 9 minutes – my skin is in-between dry and oily so I treat it as combination – and rinsed away the mask with cool water. My skin felt so refreshed and smooth after the mask, and the tone of my skin also looked a little more balanced and much healthier and energised.

I loved using this mask and have used it once again since. It really helps my skin to feel refreshed and renewed after each use and it feels lovely and luxurious on the skin. I also love the tiny micro particles that help to exfoliate and slough off dead skin cells leaving brighter, younger skin underneath.

The mask retails at £60 for 60ml from Mudmasky are currently offering a 20% discount for Glossybox subscribers with the discount code glossy20uk. 

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Nut Free Peanut Butter & Date bites

Today I wanted to share a little recipe with you all that I’ve been absolutely loving lately! I’m really into health foods and healthy snacking at the moment, and I’m a huge advocate of eating healthily for both health and beauty reasons. What we put into our body shows on the outside, so eating nutritious, healthy foods ensures that our skin glows and that our nails and hair are healthy and glossy. And who wouldn’t want that?

These nut free peanut butter & date bites are perfect for giving you a little guilt free treat when you need that little pick-me-up, and they’re also packed with a little goodness too such as fiber, protein and healthy fats. What’s more, it’s totally nut free so great for nut allergy sufferers like me!

Nut Free Peanut Butter & Date bites | Rachael Divers

Nut Free Peanut Butter & Date bites | Rachael Divers

I found the original recipe from Minimalist Baker and adapted it to suit exactly how I like my energy bites to be!

What you’ll need

Method

  1. Soak the dates in warm water for ten minutes before draining thoroughly and whizzing up in a blender – I use my Nutribullet
  2. Add the WOW Butter, Chia Seeds, Rolled Oats and Dairy Free Chocolate to the dates
  3. Blend together
  4. Take a spoonful of mixture and roll into a ball then roll into the coconut to top
  5. Pop in an airtight container and freeze for ten minutes to set
  6. Either keep in the freezer or fridge (I keep mine in the freezer) and snack away!

Voila! Guilt free, delicious snacks perfect for elevenses or an evening nibble.

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