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I’m a finalist in the Professional Beauty National Awards 2018!

I have some extremely exciting news to share with you all – I’m a finalist in the Professional Beauty National Awards 2018 in London! If you don’t know about the Professional Beauty National Awards, it is one of the most prestigious and established awards within the beauty, spa, nails and aesthetic markets. Its purpose is to recognise the people that make a real difference to the industry and encourage their development.

I’d heard about the awards some time ago and deliberated a little on whether to enter this year as I knew just how much of a long shot it would be. Professional Beauty is an absolutely huge company, a real market leader. To be recognised by them is truly a sign of excellence so I knew the standards would be extremely high. However, I think it’s important to challenge ourselves personally and professionally and push ourselves to learn and grow, so I went ahead and filled out the application form for the first round of judging. I was entering in to the Make-Up Specialist of the Year 2018 category and spent over two weeks obsessing over my application form and ensuring that I had filled in all of the questions to perfectly reflect my business and my own professional standards. The questions centred around the brands used in my professional kit, my client care, my hygiene practices, my areas of specialism, key achievements and how I have contributed to the success of my business. I also answered questions on my professional development for the future (something which I am always excited and passionate about!) I also had to submit photographs of my work, my qualifications and myself in my working environment.

I’m a finalist in the Professional Beauty National Awards 2018! | Rachael Divers

 

After many weeks of waiting for the deadline to hit and pass, I was shocked, proud, overwhelmed and downright giddy to receive an email from the lovely Sharon to congratulate me and tell me that I had been in fact chosen as one of six finalists for the award! I cannot tell you how much it meant to me to open that email and see my name on the finalist list – I burst into tears and picked up the phone straight away to tell my mum the good news. I still keep opening the email now and re-reading it all over again and getting that butterfly feeling in my stomach all over again.

The next and final stage of the competition will take place in London at the incredible London College of Beauty Therapy where I’ll be required to travel down and make over a model to a set brief before being interviewed in a boardroom. Although I am extremely nervous about the final round, I’m also deliriously excited and cannot wait to meet the lovely judges, models and the rest of the team and create a beautiful makeup look for them. I’m really looking forward to throwing myself into the set brief and designing a gorgeous look.

The actual awards will take place in London in February 2018 (my 30th birthday month!) at the stunning Tobacco Dock where we’ll have a glamorous reception and gala dinner before the winners are announced and the awards are given out. It’s going to be a beautiful evening full of fun and the opportunity to meet other gorgeous ladies and gentlemen in the beauty industry.

I am so honoured to be given this opportunity and so thankful for the chance to experience the finals of the Professional Beauty National Awards. I truly wish the other finalists the best of luck and hope that they are all as excited as me for this new adventure.

Wish me luck, I’ll be doing my best to make you all proud!

© Rachael Divers 2017.

 

 

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STYLondon Siligel Blender review

As soon as I first heard about silicone makeup blenders I shook my head in disbelief. “Whatever next?” I thought, as I dismissed the notion of ever trying one out for myself.

As a long-term lover of the original Beauty Blender and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, I couldn’t even fathom the idea of patting some silicone imposter across my face. Anyway, fast forward some months to the September Glossybox, and what should I find inside? A STYLondon Siligel Blender!

STYLondon Siligel Blender review | Rachael Divers

STYLondon Siligel Blender review | Rachael Divers

I have to admit, I was curious and even a little bit excited to try it out once I’d removed it from the packaging. It felt softer than I imagined, almost a little (technical term) squishy. The surface could almost, almost mimic fingertips on the face. I decided to try it out with a tiny pearl of my L’Oreal infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation on the back of my hand and actually, I was quite impressed with how it blended in. Sure, it took a little longer, felt a little fiddly and took me a few attempts to hide any traces of the edge of the blender. But in the end? It looked rather okay.

Feeling a little more positive about the whole silicone blender notion, I decided to put it to the test on my actual face. Now let me tell you, this feels much fiddlier than a sponge beauty blender as it’s pretty flat so you don’t have that lovely plump sponge to grasp. It felt quite hard on my face and I found that no matter what actions I tried (patting, squishing, sliding, tapping), I could not conceal the tiny lines it left behind. I quickly returned to using my original Beauty Blender and smoothed out my complexion.

After this, my thoughts were a little mixed so I left it for another day and decided to try the whole thing out once again, but this time, with a different foundation. This time I tried my beloved MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation on the back of my hand and pressed the Siligel Blender in. It was a revelation – my skin instantly looked smooth and I was pretty impressed once again. There were no tell tale signs of the edges of the blender like I’d experienced beforehand. So then came the real test once again – the foundation on my face! Oh Lord, let me tell you, this is where I felt like the Siligel blender failed again. I quite literally had to slap it on my face to try and disguise the marks it left behind and my skin looked cakey and dry (of which it is not). I’m not even going to include a photograph of the aforementioned as it was wiped away in quick succession.

STYLondon Siligel Blender review | Rachael Divers

So, I’m a little flummoxed by the whole Siligel saga. Let me fill you in on my pros and cons.

PROS
Hygienic
The Siligel Blender is a dream to wash and go. With virtually no drying time and the ability to have it squeaky clean within less than a minute, I love the idea of this blender on the hygiene front.

Cheap
It’s much cheaper (£5.99 as opposed to £16) than a sponge beauty blender.

It works
Okay, it works to an extent. I think the Siligel Blender works much better with the smallest amount of product at a time. Overload it and you’ll have a smudgy mess to try and blend out. I think it would be fairly good for those spot concealer days or even those days where you have a bruise or a mark on your body that you’d like to cover. It seems to work nicely on the back of my hand, but as soon as I try it near my face? No baby, no.

CONS
It’s not luxurious
Bopping your beautifully soft sponge blender across your face feels luxurious, relaxing and soothing. Tapping your silicone blender across your face feels a little less so.

It isn’t fool proof
It’s hard to get an even coverage with the Siligel Blender thanks to the edges. You can spend a long time trying to hide those babies to no avail. It also leaves little pore marks across my face which my sponge blenders don’t tend to do.

It’s time consuming
It takes a long time to delicately work your base into your skin with the Siligel Blender, but with a sponge or brush, the job is done within a couple of minutes.

STYLondon Siligel Blender review | Rachael Divers

As you can see, I’m in a bit of a mixed mind with my Siligel Blender. I want to love it, I really do, but it’s just not quite right for me. For now, my beloved beauty sponges are still at the top of my list.

Have you tried a silicone/gel beauty blender? What are your thoughts?

© Rachael Divers 2017.

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Jaws Shark Attack SFX Makeover

This weekend marked the first gory makeover of the upcoming spooky season at RDMUA, and what a good one it was to start with!

My lovely neighbour Emily was heading off to her auntie’s fancy dress birthday party and had such a fun idea for her costume. Her auntie is a huge fan of the movie Jaws, so what better way to start the party off with a bang than walking in as none other than a victim of Jaws!

Jaws Shark Attack SFX Makeover | Rachael Divers

Emily sent me photographs of her outfit idea and I instantly knew that it was going to be a heck of a fun look to put together! We decided on a ripped out throat and a bloody chest along with dramatic eyes and blood tears. Of course, Jaws got a good dose of blood too just to add to the look.

Emily looked absolutely amazing in her costume of choice and even won the fancy dress competition at the party too! I think she deserves extra points for walking home in her shark outfit after her makeover in the middle of the afternoon!

Jaws Shark Attack SFX Makeover | Rachael Divers

 

Fancy booking a gory SFX makeover for the spooky season? Click here to read all about my Halloween and SFX Makeovers!

© Rachael Divers 2017.

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