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    Welcome to Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry! I am a globally recognised professional Makeup Artist, fully insured and a member of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology. I'm thrilled to say that I have been shortlisted for the Bridebook Wedding Awards 2017 as the Best Wedding Beauty Supplier of the Year.

    I like to make people look and feel beautiful - or terrifying and gory depending on the time of year!

Eating for Beauty – The Berry Breakfast Parfait

Just recently, I’ve been really enjoying eating a fresh, wholesome breakfast as opposed to the usual toast or other not-so-healthy options that I was choosing in the past. After starting to realise that bread was making me feel bloated, sickly and was also giving me stomach cramps, I was on the hunt for exciting breakfast options that would entice me and ensure that I actually didn’t skip breakfast like I used to do all too often.

I’m not the kind of girl that enjoys dishes like porridge, (overnight oats with Wowbutter, occasionally) so that was out of the question. It just doesn’t excite me and I find a real chore to eat at times. So, after scrolling through Pinterest and recipe sites, I stumbled across pictures of gorgeous berry parfaits and knew that I just had to try them! I’m a firm believer that what we put into our bodies shows on the outside, so in other words, if we eat healthy, wholesome foods, our bodies will reflect this on the outside with healthy hair and nails and that gorgeous healthy glow you can just see on those people that put time into their health. So I went ahead and made my own version and let me tell you, it was divine!

Eating for Beauty – The Berry Breakfast Parfait

The berry breakfast parfait is so easy to make – it takes a matter of minutes. I like to make mine the evening before, then pop it in the fridge ready for the next day. I don’t measure my ingredients out, so here’s a rough guide of what I use to make my own. You can feel free to switch any ingredients up to your fancy, but try to keep them healthy too to reap the benefits!

What you’ll need
2 small handfuls of blueberries
2 small handfuls of raspberries
2 large strawberries
120g of Natural Yogurt (I use Yeo Valley Natural Yogurt)
2 – 3 small handfuls of Granola
1 tablespoon of mixed seeds (I use Chia, Flax Seed and Quinoa)
A drizzle of organic honey (Manuka is best)

How to make
Take a small mason jar or glass tumbler and add a sprinkle of Granola, layer with a few tablespoons of natural yogurt then add a selection of the chopped, mixed fruit on top. Sprinkle with the seed mixture and repeat until you reach the top of your jar or glass. To finish, add a drizzle of honey. Eat right away or store in the fridge for the next morning. And that’s it!

I decided to switch my berry parfait up a little by adding Pink Lady apples for extra sweetness. Eating for Beauty – The Berry Breakfast Parfait

This really is such a simple, gorgeous breakfast to make. It delivers a hit of flavour whilst also giving you the benefits of mixed seeds, naturally antibacterial manuka honey and not forgetting the amazing antioxidant powers of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Furthermore, blueberries pack a real hit of vitamin C which is a key antioxidant crucial for collagen production.

The granola also delivers a good source of fibre and iron, but be careful when selecting your granola as some can be full of sugar. If you prefer your granola on the sweeter side, have a smaller portion or even add rolled oats instead as a great substitute.

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this works Stress Check Breathe In roller ball review and how to use

I recently got a sample of the gorgeous this works Stress Check Breathe In aroma-therapeutic roller ball in my February 2017 Lookfantastic Beauty Box.

Enriched with eucalyptus to help counter physical and mental fatigue, Lavender oil to relax and Frankincense essential oil to deliver antiseptic benefits, the handy rollerball is great for on the go de-stressing.

The February 2017 Lookfantastic Beauty Box included the this works Stress Check Breathe In roller ball | Rachael Divers

I love absolutely anything to do with aromatherapy and often use essential oils in my bath or in my daily routine – especially when I feel stressed or congested with sinus trouble or annoying colds. The idea is to roll the oil onto your pulse points; the temples, wrists, neck and the brachial artery (just beyond the crook of the elbow towards the upper arm) works best for this type of product, and allow the relaxing aroma to help de-stress you and provide a lovely soothing blanket of calmness over you.  You can also roll a little onto a tissue to inhale if you’re feeling congested or want a little relief as you sleep. this works also suggest rolling a little into the palm of your hands then taking five deep breaths to inhale the aroma.

The February 2017 Lookfantastic Beauty Box included the this works Stress Check Breathe In roller ball | Rachael Divers

Although I love aromatherapy myself, I also find it particularly useful in my job as a makeup artist. Sometimes, new clients or my bridal clients are a little nervous at their makeovers. For some, it’s their first time meeting me and visiting my studio, so they’re bound to be a little apprehensive, and for the rest, it’s the biggest and most special day of their life and tensions can be running high with last minute preparation. I picked up a tip while I was training under Val Garland, and that was to apply a small amount of lavender or relaxing oil onto the wrists before a client arrives. This way, while you apply the makeup in the chair, the delicate remnants of the relaxing aroma will help them to relax and enjoy their experience even more. Of course, you never want to overdo this as you don’t want to overpower your client, but I’ve found that this rollerball in particular is fabulous for doing just this! The design means that you don’t overuse the product and the delicate but soothing aroma is just the right amount of potency to make a difference.

To me, this little product is worth its weight in gold. If you find yourself stressing often or just want to indulge in a little relaxation from time to time, then I’d highly recommend trying this out. Trust me, this works…

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Happy Birthday from Estee Lauder: My Birthday treats

Today is my birthday! I was so excited to receive a card in the post from Estée Lauder to wish me a happy birthday and tell me that I was invited to get a special birthday treat from my local counter. The card entitled me to a surprise sample gift along with a complimentary beauty look for both myself and a friend!

Happy Birthday from Estée Lauder: My Birthday treats

Being a fan of Estée Lauder, of course I wanted to pop along to the counter and make use of my lovely little surprise! I stopped by with a friend, but as the systems were down, we weren’t able to book in for a complimentary look at that time. Nevertheless, the lady on the counter selected some lovely surprise samples for me to take home and try.

Happy Birthday from Estée Lauder: My Birthday treats

I was really excited to have a good look at the products and also try them out. I used to use bits and bobs from Estée Lauder’s skincare range years ago, and I used to also wear Double Wear foundation until my skin became too sensitive to it. Included in the samples were; Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara, Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex, Advanced Night Micro Cleansing  Balm, Modern Muse Eau de Parfum and Modern Muse Nuit Eau de Parfum.

Happy Birthday from Estée Lauder: My Birthday treats

Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara
I always find it hard to find a mascara that I really love, so when I saw that one of the samples was a mascara that I hadn’t tried before, I was really keen to test it out. The mascara wand is quite chunky and tapers in to the tip to allow you to get to those shorter inner corner lashes. The brush is made from real bristles consisting of flexible and fibres to deliver the formula and solid fibres to comb and separate lashes to avoid clumpy, overdone lashes. Bonus points already! The mascara promises to life, curve and volumise with it’s formula blend of three high-volume fibres and mousse light base. It’s fortified with conditioning lash-advancing vitamin complex too. I like to make my own judgements first by trying out a formula before reading what it actually promises to do, so here’s what I thought initially – it’s a lovely formula that isn’t too wet or dry and is seriously black which I love. I have naturally blonde lashes and this coated them beautifully for my in-between lash tint stage. I found that the brush really clung onto my lashes and hugged them tight as I applied the formula, my lashes appeared to be lifted and gently volumised, whilst looking a little longer. I also noticed that this mascara didn’t budge all day which is a big bonus. I often find myself having to wear waterproof mascaras to stop that happening, but this formula was great and wasn’t too hard to remove at the end of the day either.

Happy Birthday from Estée Lauder: My Birthday treats

Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
This is somewhat of a cult product. Most beauty loving girls will have tried this formula out before or at the very least, seen several raving reviews of how great it is. I applied this to my cleansed, dry skin and was immediately surprised by the consistency. For some reason, I was expecting more of an oily formula even though I knew this was a serum. A little went a long way and the serum absorbed into my face nicely without that sticky residue that some serums leave behind that I find a little unsavoury. The serum is suitable for all skin types and claims to reduce the look of all key signs of ageing. From dry skin and fine lines and wrinkles to dullness and loss of radiance. The complex is also oil-free, dermatologist tested, ophthalmologist tested and is non-comedogenic so won’t clog pores. I can’t give you a verdict on whether this works or not just yet, but I can tell you that I enjoyed my first application and will continue to use the full sample. It also got the thumbs up from my mum, and my Dad who was begrudgingly forced to try it out. All in the name of beauty!

Happy Birthday from Estée Lauder: My Birthday treats

Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm
Cleansing balms are a great way to gently remove makeup, oil and dirt from the skin at the end of your day. They’re usually a balm texture that turns into an oil when worked into the skin that gently melts makeup away. What I noticed about this balm is that I had to use quite a bit to make it fluid enough to massage around my face without any drag or feel of heaviness. The only balm I can compare this to is the Eve Lom Balm Cleanser as it’s the only one that I’ve used before. In comparison, I felt that I needed to use less of the Eve Lom Balm Cleanser to get that ‘slip’ to what I did with Lauder’s offering, but the Lauder balm did feel really nourishing on my skin too.

The balm is described as micro-purifying and micro-revitalising. I had to use it several times to take my makeup off, but I was wearing a waterproof mascara. I think I would enjoy using this balm more as a finishing product in my makeup removal routine rather than the main product to remove my makeup.

Happy Birthday from Estée Lauder: My Birthday treats

Modern Muse Eau de Parfum
Modern Muse is a pretty floral scent – not the usual type of scent I go for. Described as ‘an alluring contrast of sparkling florals and sleek, sensual woods.’ I can see why they describe it this way as it’s a pretty accurate image the scent creates once you smell it. The perfume seems to linger for a good while after applying which I think is great, but it’s not the type of scent I’d choose to wear. You’ll probably like this if you like scents like Lacoste’s Touch of Pink.

Notes include: Exotic Mandarin, Honeysuckle Nectar, Dewy Petals, Jasmin Sambac, China Absolute, Tuberose Fleur Firnat, Fresh Lily, Patchouli Coeur, Patchouli Crist, Amber Wood, Soft Musk, Madagascar Vanilla SFE.

Happy Birthday from Estée Lauder: My Birthday treats

Modern Muse Nuit Eau de Parfum
I always find that I’m ‘that girl’ that tends to like the darker side of perfumes. From YSL’s La Nuit de L`Homme Le Parfum (I know, this is men’s and it’s what I buy for my dad because it smells divine!) to Black Opium, I enjoy an intensely, deep-scented perfume from time to time. Anything musky, sensual and flirty hooks me immediately, so as soon as I sprayed this perfume, I instantly loved it. Described as being ‘drenched in glamour, inspired by mysterious opulence and intense luxury’ it’s everything I desire in a scent and it’s absolutely addictive. With notes of Rum Accord, Jasmine Absolute, Sandalwood, Musk and Amber, the deeply rich scent will be perfect for an evening out or special event. This is definitely a perfume I’d be happy to recommend and even add to my carefully picked selection of signature favourites. If you like scents like Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb, I think you’d enjoy this one too.

Thank you Estée Lauder for the gorgeous Birthday treats!

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Valentine’s Day Surprise Delivery

Being a single lady, I didn’t expect to receive anything this Valentine’s Day at all. But even though I am single, I’m always so excited for Valentine’s Day to roll around as I just love the idea of love! Big hearts and red roses everywhere, lots of love heart shaped chocolates and a sea of pink and red aisles in the supermarkets and shops. I just love it! I also love seeing what other people are up to across my social media and love seeing their valentine’s surprises too.

Valentine’s Day Surprise Delivery

I was getting ready for the day when my mum brought a delivery in for me. I honestly thought that her and my dad had sent me something and was joking around with her while I was opening the box asking if she got me a surprise because she thought I’d be lonely! I couldn’t believe it when I opened the box to find a gorgeous bunch of 12 red roses, a box of chocolates and a gorgeous card too! I’ve never been given a bunch of red roses for Valentine’s Day ever, so this was really exciting for me! I opened the card and my heart melted and I couldn’t stop crying! My beautiful little Valentine was our friend’s five-year-old son! My mum explained the story to me after I’d read my card and it was so heartwarming. My little valentine had been learning all about Valentine’s Day at school and came home and asked his mum if he could send me roses and chocolates. He’d also been watching my YouTube Valentine’s Day Tag video and knew that I’d love them. I was so touched that a little boy of five would have such a kind soul and even the kind thought to do this for me. Him and his older sister are such a credit to their parents and I’m so proud of them both. They’re my two youngest supporters and always read my blog and watch my YouTube videos. I absolutely love them to bits and honestly, they made my entire day!

I put my gorgeous roses in water, sent a thank you video message to my gorgeous little valentine and headed out the door to go run a few errands. Imagine my shock when I got home to find the postie had been and brought two more Valentine’s cards for me! The first was a picture card from my favourite little boy once again! It was so gorgeous and the words inside were so sweet! The second looked a little suspicious…I was sure I recognised the writing on the envelope, and when I opened it up, I knew it was from my number one man in the whole wide world. My dad. The card was absolutely beautiful with an intricate heart covered in pearls and crystals. The verse inside made me cry and smile all at once! It’s so special for a daughter to get such a lovely card from her dad, and I’m going to treasure mine forever.

Valentine’s Day Surprise Delivery

I honestly could’t believe my luck. I didn’t think anything at all would arrive for me, let alone some beautiful roses and three gorgeous cards! I felt so lucky and blessed!

The next day, I popped out to a hospital appointment and had a text from my dad. It was a picture message of a big box with ‘Flowers Direct’ printed on the side. I couldn’t wait to get home and open it up! I’m not the kind of girl that gets treated to flowers very often, so I still see them as something really special and exciting! I went running to the studio once I got back to open the box and was absolutely shocked and thrilled to see a big bunch of beautiful red roses and a box of chocolates too! It was from Vodafone and Flowers Direct! I was absolutely speechless! Two days and two bunches of roses and chocolates!

Valentine’s Day Surprise Delivery

I’ve honestly felt so touched and grateful in these last couple of days. I can’t tell you how beautiful February has been so far. From being shortlisted in the Bridebook Wedding Awards and having a lovely few surprises on Valentine’s Day, to a promising hospital appointment and then another beautiful bunch of roses and chocolates. I’ve also been able to enjoy my mum’s birthday with her and some of our lovely family, and I have my birthday to look forward to on the 20th. Such a lucky lady.

Thank you so much to everybody that has made my entire year so far. You have no idea how happy you’ve made me and how much you’ve made me smile (and cry!). I truly appreciate every single kind gesture, encouraging word and time spent.

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Bridal Makeup Design at Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry | New Brochure Launch

Bridal makeup design has always been an exciting prospect for me. From scouring Pinterest and looking at haute couture fashion shows for inspiration, to secretly saving pictures of the most beautiful dresses and venue ideas into my very own wedding planning file. I may not have a fiancé just yet, but one day, this planning will come in extremely handy I’m sure!

With the announcement of being shortlisted for the Bridebook Wedding Awards 2017 as the Best Wedding Beauty Supplier of the Year, my phone has undoubtedly become a hotline for excited brides far and wide across the UK wanting to know all about my services and prices.

Bridal Makeup Design at Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry | Image by Divers Photography

I have been featured in the local press and my friends, family and past clients have shared the exciting news which has led even more clientele to my studio door. With that in mind, I have decided to pop up this post to share a link to my newly redesigned Bridal Makeup Artistry brochure that you can view by clicking here.

In the brochure you will find an introduction to me, read all about my company ethos, see a breakdown of the pricing for all of my services, access an FAQ section, and finally, see the terms and conditions of booking. Of course, if your question isn’t covered in this section, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll be more than happy to help.

I am so excited for a year of meeting and making over even more gorgeous bridal clients, and I’m truly honoured that so many of you wonderful ladies want to have me as a part of your special day and for that, I thank you.

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