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Halloween collaboration with Poundstretcher part 1: Cleopatra

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This year I am collaborating with Poundstretcher to bring you a few Halloween makeup looks and tutorials using products from their Halloween range! I’m going to be sharing a couple of fun tutorials for children but wanted to kick off the bewitching project with a makeup look for the adults!

Poundstretcher kindly sent me a lovely package full of makeup and dress up goodies to use to create the looks The package included:

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  • Two neon striped wigs in black with pink and black with orange – £2.99
  • Vampire kit – £1.99
  • Witch kit – £1.99
  • Fangs and blood kit – 99p

The first look that I created was the modern day Cleopatra which you can see below.

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What you’ll need:

  1. Black grease face paint from the Witch kit
  2. Brown grease paint from the Witch kit
  3. Fake blood from the Fangs and Blood kit
  4. Your favourite foundation
  5. A black eyeshadow/powder (I used my HD Brows palette for this as the colour is so dense)
  6. A thickening mascara
  7. False lashes
  8. Neon striped wig

How to:

  1. Perfect your base first using your favourite foundation
  2. Take the brown grease paint and use the colour as a contour to define your cheekbones – this colour works perfectly for fair skin
  3. Take the black grease paint on a fine brush and fill in your brows – set with your black powder
  4. Using a liner brush, use the black grease paint again to draw on a thick feline eye flick
  5. Line the upper and lower lids with the grease paint making sure to extend the line at the inside and outer corner of the eyes
  6. Take a black eye shadow and use to set the grease paint outer corner flicks and to contour the socket line to add depth
  7. Add mascara and lashes
  8. Take the brown grease paint from the Witch kit once again and use this as a lipstick
  9. Using a cotton bud, take the fake blood and dab a little to the corner of your mouth. Keep adding a small amount until the blood begins to run down the mouth
  10. Take your neon striped wig and place securely onto your head – I cut the orange streaks out of mine so that it was completely black.
  11. Add your favourite jewellery et voila, your look is completed!

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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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