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 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!

Beauty Empties

If you’re anything like me, it’s not often you’ll find yourself with a completely empty product bottle. I don’t really know why, I must just get bored halfway through using certain beauty products and end up switching it up to something new that’s caught my eye. Anything shiny or sparkly and I’m good to go! Anyway, I have four beauty empties to share with you today along with my verdict on whether I’d repurchase or not. It’s short and sweet so enjoy taking a read!

1. Brush Off Makeup Brush Cleanser
Brush Off is my most favourite quick change brush cleanser I’ve ever come across. Ever! I love to use it between colour changes of eyeshadows and to freshen my own brushes up in between deep cleans. The only problem is that I go through this stuff like lightening so I’m always having to buy in replacements! The bottle says you’ll get around 200 applications from the product and I tend to agree – from liquids to powders, a quick spritz and wipe with this miracle formula and your brushes will be fresh and clean again. Cleans, conditions, renews and dries within minutes for on-the-job convenience.

2. Carmex Moisture Plus in Pink
You all know how much I love my Carmex. I have one in my bag, one in my makeup room, one by my bed and several scattered about the home and studio just in case I need some, like, immediately! I really love the coloured versions of the balm which add a beautiful tint to lips. I’d even go as far to say that the tint can be worn as a moisturising lipstick due to the excellent colour payoff. This pink one is the one that I’ve currently run out of, but I really prefer the peach offering at the moment so I’ll probably not repurchase this particular colour until spring time. Don’t get me wrong, it’s stunning, but there’s just something about that peachy hue that I can’t get enough of right now.

November Beauty Empties Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

3. Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
This mascara has been well loved since I got it as part of my Naked On The Run Palette. It’s travelled back and forth with me from Edinburgh, to Leeds to Manchester and back to Barnsley. Not once did it dry out, clump or let me down. It’s a good ‘un. I love this mascara SO much that I will absolutely repurchase it again once I’ve run out of my Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes that I’m currently using.

4. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair
Okay so, I’ve been through two of these in just as many months. No joke. When I say this concealer changed my life, I legit mean it! I find it has amazing coverage, sets perfectly and doesn’t crease under my eye area like every other concealer I’ve ever used does! I use this to conceal my undereye circles, highlight my cheekbones, highlight my brow bone and prep my eyelids for eyeshadow. Can you see why I go through so much now?! I only wish that the foundation in this range had the same sort of staying power and I’d be totally converted. I’ve already got two back ups but you know, there’s already two sitting in my basket again waiting for the checkout over on the Boots website…

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Valentine’s Day Glossybox: MUA Power Pout Glaze Low Voltage Gloss Review

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After starting the day off with another bout of miserable weather, my spirits were lifted massively when my monthly Glossybox subscription arrived at my door with my favourite postie. I’d been looking forward to the special Valentine’s Day Glossybox landing as I’d seen the sneaky preview of it online and thought it was beyond cute!

I was, once again, really happy with the contents of this February’s box and one of the stand out items that I tried after having the box a grand total of twenty minutes was the MUA Power Pout Glaze Low Voltage Gloss. The full size gloss – that retails at £3.50 – comes in a handy twist up tube with a built in lip brush for easy application on the go. I chose the shade Allure which is a really beautiful hot fuschia colour and is the perfect pop of colour to brighten up the complexion whether it be winter or summer.

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The gloss is really thick in consistency, but I found that it applied quite evenly and smoothly. I quite prefer a thicker gloss rather than the thin, runny offerings that can often bleed away from the lip line and cause a really unsightly smudge throughout the day.

As the name says, this is a gloss so you will need to reapply this throughout the day and it will transfer onto things like cups and glasses if you’re drinking throughout the day. The gloss can be worn quite sheer or even blotted away to leave behind a light stain on the lips, but I really enjoyed wearing it as an extremely high voltage blast of colour on my face.

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The Valentine’s Day Glossybox is full of beautiful products to get us all glowing and gorgeous

The only thing that bugs me about the gloss is the strange smell it carries and the odd taste it leaves if it happens to seep into your mouth throughout the day. It’s not ideal, but its to deal with…I can handle it for the sake of this gorgeous pop of colour. And at £3.50, it’s a perfect high street option that offers the same amazing pigmentation that you’d expect to receive from high end products.

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Vintage/1920’s inspired makeup and hair

Sometimes it’s nice to experiment with hair and makeup and create looks that are usually out of your comfort zone. One of my friends is getting married this February and has a 1920’s theme to her wedding so it’s the perfect excuse to delve into some vintage glamour and really have fun playing dress up.

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Vintage/1920’s Inspired Makeup and Hair

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Vintage/1920’s Inspired Makeup and Hair

I wanted to share the two different looks that I created while I was experimenting with makeup and hair for the wedding day– one being a dark, deep 20’s inspired look with a modern twist on the hair, and the second being my vintage wedding hair run through.

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Vintage/1920’s Inspired Makeup and Hair

 

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Vintage/1920’s Inspired Makeup and Hair

To achieve the big bouncy curls, I used my Babyliss curling tongs and pinned each curl up throughout the night while I slept. I took the curls out the following morning and gently brushed them out adding a little oil to the ends. I teased my hair at the root to get that exaggerated lift and flipped my hair over to one side adding a pretty headband as the finishing touch.

The final piece of my outfit will be this stunning Jenny Packham dress that I found yesterday in Meadowhall. Even better, the dress was in the sale so it was definitely fate. I knew as soon as I saw it on that it was ‘the one’ and would be the perfect dress for that vintage starlet/20’s vibe.

Jenny Packham dress

I’m still unsure what makeup look to go or on the day, but I’m sure there’ll be plenty of pictures over on Instagram and Facebook!

Key products used

  • Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid
  • Urban Decay Bronzer
  • Illamasqua eye shadow in Wolf, Vintage, Obsidian and Stealth
  • Urban Decay eye shadow in Fix, Dare and Stun
  • MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara
  • Body Shop lip liner (my colour is discontinued, the closest available is Hot Date)
  • MAC lipstick in Peach Blossom

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January Beauty Favourites

The end of January means its time for yet again another beauty favourites video! I’m always amazed how quickly these seem to come around and I seriously didn’t know if I would have enough favourites to talk about this month. A quick scout around my office makeup drawer and my bathroom cabinet proved me wrong and I gathered a lovely little stash of gorgeous products that I wanted to share with you all.

I hope you enjoy my January favourites video that you can check out below.

As you’ll notice, a couple of the products I loved this month were from my monthly Glossybox, if you’d like to check out the subscription options and enjoy your own box every month, then take a look here.*

*This is not a sponsored post – all products were purchased with my own money and were not influenced by PR in any way.

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Makeup Crush Monday: Desi Perkins

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YouTube star and former freelance makeup artist, Desi Perkins, is an absolute goddess of makeup, fashion, hair and just life in general. I’ve followed her YouTube channel for a long time and I’ve absolutely loved seeing her makeup and filming style develop into something absolutely amazing. I used to think her makeup tutorials were perfection some time ago, but her new content just blows me away even more.

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She’s an absolute master of the cut crease and shading and creates some of the most beautifully striking Halloween makeup looks that I’ve ever seen – her Bride of Frankenstein tutorial was seriously everything. Just look at that cut crease!

Desi Perkins Bride of Frankenstein

When it’s not Halloween, she features lots of beautiful smokey eye tutorials along with celebrity ‘get the look’ videos over on her channel, Desiree Perkins Makeup, that you can check out here. My current favourite tutorial is her Vampy Cat Eye Makeup Look that you can watch below!

If you’re looking for some new makeup inspiration or simply want to marvel at her beautiful lifestyle videos that she frequently uploads, then definitely go check her out and subscribe! She is by far one of my biggest YouTube loves and was a real inspiration when setting up my own channel.

Desi Perkins cut crease

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