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LIT Glitters and Peaches Pigments: New additions to Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

Lily and I are very excited by this gorgeous delivery!

Lily and I are very excited by this gorgeous delivery!

This morning I’ve had a gorgeous delivery of the most beautifully pigmented eyeshadows and sparkling glitters. Although we’re only in October, my mind is fast-forwarding to thinking about Christmas makeovers which have already started to fill my diary.

I’m so happy to say that I am now offering the amazing LIT Cosmetics glitters as part of my makeup kit to bring you gorgeous girls some festive sparkle to your makeovers throughout the Autumn and Winter months.

In case you haven’t heard about LIT Cosmetics, I’ll tell you a little about them. As their website says:

“The idea for Lit has roots back in 2001 when Jodie Perks, the owner/inventor of Lit Cosmetics, was slinging drinks in the night clubs around Calgary. Having always been a fan of fun makeup and a little “bling, bling”, Jodie felt the need to be a little different from the rest of the girly girls serving up drinks. That’s when she hit on the idea of glitter eye makeup!

“No glitter, no glory” is our motto—fun, yet true. Being in “glitterology” (the science of glitter) for 6 years we have improved glitter/loose colour makeup as it is sold in the market today. With our liquid adhesive now perfected, we have also broken down our pigments into 4 different sizes and 4 different varieties-Lit simply specializes in glitter/loose colour makeup. Remember: There are no rules when it comes to Lit! From a single colour highlighter to having 10 shades blended over your eyelids-we dare you… Let the fun begin, and your creativity soar!”

Glitters and pigments galore

Glitters and pigments galore

One of the reasons why I love these glitters so much is because they are made from rounded plastic which means you’ll never have to worry about the glitter irritating the delicate eye area which is obviously a huge bonus. Any ladies who have had to endure that horrible gritty, scratchy feeling of stray glitter in the eye area will know just how much this can ruin your evening and indeed your makeup look!

In the coming weeks, I’ll be using the glitters and pigments to create new autumnal and festive looks which I will of course share with you all!

Gorgeously high pigmented loose eyeshadows from peaches and Cream

Gorgeously high pigmented loose eyeshadows from peaches and Cream. How cute is the packaging?

Let’s move onto the pigments…these are from the quirky and inspiring salon based in Liverpool called Peaches and Cream. Stylish Liverpool ladies and even ladies from all over the UK travel over to the Peaches and Cream salon to be peached up by the amazingly talented staff and have their hair and makeup perfected ahead of their big nights out or special occasions. They’re a company who I’ve followed for a while and their makeup looks are always flawless and the technical precision is just astounding. These girls know their makeup and know exactly how to create red carpet worthy looks for everybody. I’ve always loved the eyeshadows they’ve shown online so I decided to buy some for my own kit and try them out – the colour payoff from the shades I’ve received today is just stunning. Deep, rich and beautifully sparkly. I’m sure they’ll be an absolute stellar addition to my makeup collection.

To book your festive appointment and try out these beautiful new additions, contact me today and we can discuss your gorgeous new look!

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Review: The best budget makeup brushes

 

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It is not usual for me to dabble in budget makeup brushes – after having bad experiences in the past with the cheaper end of the makeup brush market, I’ve always truly believed that you do indeed get what you pay for. Pay peanuts and you’ll get rubbish, pay a little more and reap the rewards of high quality and prolonged life of your kit.

However, last week I was looking for a cheaper option of brush to stock with my SFX kit for the series of zombie makeovers that I’m currently undertaking in Leeds and came across some real belters. I wanted a few cheaper brushes that I could use along with my Third Degree and Liquid Latex which wouldn’t make me recoil in horror and devastation if they got ruined. I ended up coming across a fabulous deal over on an eBay store which offered 24 brushes complete in a lovely little brush roll for the grand total of £12.99.

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Now, I haven’t just stepped off the banana boat so I wasn’t expecting anything too special when the brushes and roll arrived but I’m happy to say I was very pleasantly surprised! The brushes are all made with bamboo handles with synthetic Taklon bristles – the same type of bristles used for most gel nail brushes which lasts for a long time and it great with creams and gel products. The ferrule is made from recycled aluminium and the whole brush just has a lovely, natural yet stylish feel. The brushes comprise of blush brushes, eyeshadow brushes, blender brushes, angle brushes, a fine liner brush and even a double sided brow and lash comb. I particularly like the sponge topped rounded brush which is lovely for blending out pencil eyeliner for that gorgeous smoked effect.

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I first used the brushes on Tuesday for my SFX makeovers in Leeds and found the brushes absolutely fabulous. The bristles were beautifully soft and transition of the products from the cosmetic pans to the face were flawless. The brushes fared well with both creams and powders – I really put them through their paces using them for greasepaints, thick powders and even liquid latex and silicone makeup. I’m happy to say the brushes washed and dried well after use with my usual baby shampoo deep clean routine and are now as clean and fresh as new again.

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I’m seriously impressed with the brushes and I can’t quite believe that they were so cheap for such good quality. This is definitely a set I’d repurchase in the future and which I hope will last me a long while.

If you do decide to invest in brushes like this, it’s so important that you clean and care for them properly as often, wooden brushes can split on the handles which looks unsightly and can also cause a nasty splinter or cut.

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Part 2: Walking Dead Zombie Makeovers in Leeds

Today I was back in lovely Leeds to create a few more gruesome zombies ahead of the Zombie Protest for Fancy Dress Ball which is being held at Millennium Square and other areas in the city centre this afternoon.

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The Zombie Protest is all about raising awareness for poor old zombies…as the campaign says:

“It’s an issue that doesn’t often get attention. Zombies are painted as the bad guys. The brain-hungry hooligans who want nothing more than to wreak havoc on the living. The time has come for this to change. This video shows what it’s actually like to be a undead in a living man’s world. It shows the hardships we face every day: the abuse, the ignorance, and the loneliness. But it also shows hope – the strongest force of all. We hope that the peaceful and democratic #zombierevolution will herald in a new attitude toward the undead, where we can live in and contribute to a better society for everyone.”

Head zombie Mr Horde

Head zombie Mr Horde

 

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It’s been so much fun working on this campaign so far and I can’t wait to get started on the next terrifying transformations! Fancy getting zombied up for Halloween? Check out my work and rates here.

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