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SFX Makeup Lessons at Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

With Halloween fast approaching, many ladies and gentlemen (and children!) have been asking me for tips and tricks to perfect their ghastly makeovers this year.

SFX makeup lessons also make a fabulous gift – got children who love the gorier side of life? Bring them along to learn some cool new tricks to impress their friends this Halloween!

For £100, you will gain:

  • Up to two hours one-to-one personal SFX makeup lesson with myself
  • Guidance on how to create two looks – one glass wound and one acid/burn wound complete with sizzling effect – or one completed look from my Halloween/SFX gallery above!
  • One-to-one guidance on the best products for each look and the best suppliers within the UK
  • Simple tips and tricks to create the goriest wounds with ease

Sit back and learn how to create two gory Halloween wounds before taking the lead and creating the look for yourself under expert guidance. Or help to create one full look from the Halloween/SFX gallery above. Learn which products work great for different types of wounds and take away a list of the best suppliers within the UK where you can get your SFX fix this October.

Contact me today to book your SFX makeup lesson and pump up the gore for this Halloween!

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Look one: Glass wound

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Look two: Acid burn

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When manicures turn dangerous: Allergic reactions and the importance of client assessments

For years now I’ve absolutely loved visiting salons to have my nails manicured and prettied up with a splash of gel. For the most part, I’ve usually used Calgel – the same system I trained with and also used to apply to my own clients who visited for a little pamper.

I recently visited a salon* who use Bio Sculpture instead and who I have never had a problem with in the past.

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Infected cut on my little finger nail wall. Image taken on Monday 15th September on my iPhone.

 

I visited the salon on Friday afternoon in order to have my current Bio Sculpture nails infilled, this time I was put with a different therapist who I have never met before. The therapist started to work on my nails, filing down, cutting cuticles and also cutting back my nail wall which I have never had done before and was always trained not to do with Calgel for risk of infection and causing damage.

After my nails were painted, my therapist applied CND Solar Oil to my cuticles which I don’t recall having on the last time (and isn’t on images of my nails that I sent to my mum right after my last appointment). The therapist also sold me a bottle of the Solar Oil and explained that it contained Vitamin E and Jojoba oil to nourish my cuticles and prolong the life of my gel nails. She instructed me to apply it nightly to keep my nails and cuticles in great condition.

 

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My nails straight after my last appointment with a different therapist on 27th August 2014 at 12:51. This is how my cuticles should look.

 

That afternoon after leaving the salon, my nails felt tingly underneath the nail bed and appeared to be quite red and sore around the mantle. I put it down to the nail trauma of having the cuticles and walls cut and didn’t really think much of it until later on that night. I woke several times in the night with a throbbing pain in my nails along with swelling, itching and irritation and noticed that one of my nails was actually weeping.

 

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Extremely sore cuticles and nail walls – image taken on Saturday 13th September on my iPhone

 

I knew something was far wrong so searched up CND Solar Oil online and was absolutely horrified to see that it contained Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis – Sweet Almond Oil. The reason for my horror is that I have an extremely severe nut allergy which causes an anaphylactic reaction when ingested, due to my sensitivity to nuts, I also have to avoid this in any products that make contact with my skin due to the allergic reaction it causes.

 

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Extremely sore cuticles and nail walls – image taken on Saturday 13th September on my iPhone

 

I spoke to the salon on Saturday afternoon and discussed my reaction with the manager and pointed out that a client assessment had never taken place. I was told that every other treatment in the salon requires an assessment but that nail treatments do not. Calgel training and other nail training I have undertaken in the past taught us that client health and safety is paramount importance and stressed the need for an assessment along with checking for any contraindications and medical conditions beforehand. As HABIA (the government approved standards setting body for hair, beauty, nails and spas) states on the Code of Practice for Nail Services:

“Effective client consultation helps to determine the correct treatment plan to suit the client’s needs and identify possible contra-indications or restrictions to the service. It is important that accurate records are made at the time and stored securely for future reference.”

I was offered a partial refund and the matter was dropped for the time being.  Over the next few days, my fingers and nails began to feel worse and worse, I had to take painkillers and wear cotton gloves to protect the weeping, blistery mess on my hands and I kept waking in the night with throbbing and burning sensations under the nail plate.

 

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Infected cut on my little finger nail wall. Image taken on Monday 15th September on a Canon camera.

 

I decided to contact the actual owner of the salon and show her the images of my sore nails, and after being invited in to meet with her and discuss my experience, I have every faith that she will re-enforce the health and safety precautions to her therapists and ensure that they are completely aware of just how important it is to be aware of allergies and comply with the regulations set out for nail technicians. We are living in a very suable society, so it is within the interest of any salon, beautician or therapist to provide a seamless and safe service to all clients.

 

Another nail that has become infected. Image taken on Monday 15th at 14:00 in my iPhone

Another nail that has become infected. Image taken on Monday 15th at 14:00 in my iPhone

 

The whole point of this post is to draw attention to the absolute necessity of following proper procedure and ensuring that all of us in the beauty industry take our clients wellbeing very seriously. The consequences of our ignorance or lack of care, even for a short time, can be dangerous or even fatal. I’m sure that is not something we want hanging over our heads along with the stress and damage of a lawsuit and negative reputation.

Today is the fourth day since I had my nails infilled and I’m happy to say that the redness and swelling is finally letting up. My nails and fingers are still painful and if I catch them on anything it is absolute agony, but they are finally starting to heal and the weeping is starting to subside.

I urge anybody else who might have suffered with the same sort of issue to bring it up with the owner of the salon and allow them the opportunity to deal with it correctly and provide a solution. As with any business, mistakes can and do happen, but it is how we deal with them that is extremely important. Proper planning, correct care and great customer service go a long way to creating an enjoyable experience and retaining our clients.

 

Another nail that became infected, this time, the thumbnail. Image taken on Monday 15th September at 17:26

Another nail that became infected, this time, the thumbnail. Image taken on Monday 15th September at 17:26

 

*I have chosen not to name the salon or therapist as I don’t want to hinder the reputation of anybody involved – this post is fully intended to raise awareness of health and safety within the beauty profession, not to hold accountable or shame individuals.

 

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Review: Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 25

I recently received a sample of the Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream with an SPF of 25. I don’t typically use a BB cream in my regular makeup routine – I usually opt for my Demalogica Oil Clearing Matte Moisturiser with SPF 15 – but I wanted to give it a try regardless as I love the fact that the SPF is a little higher than my usual base.

The cream is described as “a quick and easy to use product for immediate beauty results” and is meant to mask imperfections and revitalise dull, tired skin while providing sunscreen protection.

The colour that I received was 01 Light – looking at the other options, I think I’d have been much better with the 00 Fair due to my extremely fair complexion (even NC15 can sometimes look too dark for me!)

The Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream was WAY too orange for me

The Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream was WAY too orange for me

After cleansing and moisturising my face, I applied the BB cream and was quite surprised at the consistency of it – the packaging states that the cream is light to medium coverage but I found that it was actually more like a medium to full coverage with a very dense feel which is quite unusual for a BB cream. The cream was absolutely way too dark for me and had a very orange tinge – not so great for you fairer ladies like me! I applied the cream with my fingertips and found it took quite a while to blend in evenly and that it seemed to sit rather blotchy on certain areas of my face and leave an unsightly uneven finish.

My usual Clinique base

My usual Clinique base

Pros

  1. High SPF to protect skin throughout the day
  2. Nice consistency and heavier coverage than most BB’s – this is all down to preference, but I appreciate a fuller coverage so this BB cream scores points from me on this feature
  3. Smells lovely and luxurious but not synthetic

Cons

  1. The ’01 Light’ colour is actually pretty orange tinged – not particularly light as the name suggests
  2. Limited selection of colours available
  3. The price: The BB cream retails at £30 for 45ml which is quite a lot of money to spend if you don’t get your match bang on – try before you buy.

Would I purchase this product?

I’d love to say that I would purchase this product, but unless the formula was re-assessed to prevent the blotchy effect, I wouldn’t take the risk. As I mentioned previously, the coverage is great for a BB cream and I love the higher SPF included. Also, this BB cream doesn’t sit excessively shiny on the skin as many SPF containing products do. If it hadn’t left me with the horribly uneven finish, I probably would purchase this but in the lighter shade.

 

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