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My Accutane Journey | Month 4: Upping the dose and new side effects

Hello my loves and welcome to my Month 4 Accutane update! In some ways it only seems like two minutes since I started my Accutane treatment. For the most part, it’s been real plain sailing for me as far as the side effects are concerned which really surprised me.

I’m an extremely sensitive person as a rule – my body tends to react to things quickly and I can’t do a lot of what my friends do without feeling extremely poorly. Drinking alcohol for example: my friends could drink the night away and wake up the next morning feeling a little ropey but otherwise okay. For me, drinking only a few glasses of alcohol can leave me with extreme sickness, a pounding headache and extremely sore skin and muscles the next day. I also find that I get run down very quickly and don’t seem to have had the most efficient immune system in the past. With that being said, I expected my Accutane journey to be hella rough and full of every side effect listed. Thankfully, this hasn’t been the case so far and even the adjustment period when I first started taking the drug was very bearable.

Today (I’m writing this on Tuesday) I visited the hospital for my 4 monthly Accutane check up. After taking my pregnancy test and having a chat with the nurse, the doctor decided that it would be a good idea to up my dose to 60mg per day instead of 40mg per day.

I’m a little anxious to up my dose as I’ve just started experiencing really niggling lower back ache with my treatment. For the last few weeks I was waking up with horrendous pain in my back. At first, I blamed my mattress but it soon dawned on me that it could be my medication. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen rarely touch it and I’ve taken to wearing a back support at times to relieve the pain. Although it is quite frustrating and irritating, it’s in no way unbearable so I’m going to persevere but I always have the option to lower my dose again if I feel like I can’t cope.

The most incredible thing about my journey so far has been the change in my skin. It’s so much clearer than it’s ever been in a long time. In fact that’s putting it lightly. My skin is the best it has ever been and I have zero active breakouts at the moment on my face and neck which is just amazing to me after struggling with my skin for so long.

As always, I’ve vlogged my month 4 experience so if you’d like to take a closer look, have a watch of the video below. Don’t forget to thumbs up the video if you enjoy it, and also subscribe to my channel – t’s completely free to do so and you won’t miss any further updates.

© Rachael Divers 2017.

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Self Care Sundays: How switching off can recharge your batteries

As any other business owner will tell you, it’s extremely hard to shut off from your own business after hours or over the weekend. You might have a set ‘closing’ time, but I’ll bet my bottom dollar the majority of you don’t actually stop working at this time.

I’m in an industry that’s quite unpredictable in the scheduling department. For example, I might have a Thursday without any client bookings only to get a last minute text late on Wednesday evening asking me to provide makeup and hair for a newspaper shoot early the next morning. Or I might have a poor bride that’s been let down last minute desperate to find a makeup artist that can help her out at the drop of a hat. Those are the types of messages I definitely wouldn’t want to miss.

In the world of social media, we’re always expected to be switched on and heaven forbid if we don’t respond to a Facebook business message within an hour of it being sent in the dead of night. I don’t know about you, but I’m sent a succession of ‘?????’s’ pretty sharpish if my response doesn’t come immediately. With that being said, it’s almost as if we’ve been wired up to always be switched on and ready to respond. From missed business opportunities to the straight fear of FOMO (fear of missing out), we never want to risk missing an opportunity.

On Sunday I decided to do something I’d never done before. I ignored my phone for the entire day. This might not be a big deal to some of you, but for somebody like me who makes part of their living through social media and being on the ball on the social streams, this was huge! I’d been feeling really burned out with the world of social media and found that I was lacking the inspiration to post my regular updates or even respond to the mountain of comments that were swiftly building. So I simply decided to take a break.

Light a candle, sit back and relax | Self Care Sundays: How switching off can recharge your batteries | Rachael Divers

I quickly checked my messages in the morning to make sure there wasn’t an urgent situation that required my attention (like a last minute casting call or last minute booking) and after that, the phone was switched to silent and neatly tucked away into a drawer.

I thought I’d miss having my phone on me throughout the day but what I was found was that it was well and truly glorious not to have it on me. I spent my day picking up healthy food at the supermarket and preparing the food for the week once I got home. Then it was time to make some popcorn and sit down to watch a movie (completely uninterrupted might I add) with my pooches and a coffee. After that I took a luxurious bubble bath using all of my favourite products before sitting down with a glass of wine and watching American Horror Story (one of my all time favourite shows that I’m currently re-watching before the new series). When it was time for bed, I almost felt a little sense of dread at having to get my phone out of the drawer again. The only reason it came out again was because I love to listen to an ASMR video on YouTube to send me to sleep, and I also use my phone as my alarm.

I didn’t check facebook, my emails or any other social accounts. I simply clicked on the alarm and pressed play on my video before drifting into a peaceful sleep.

Getting rid of my phone for the day was actually quite liberating and gave me the break I needed to get back on track. It was wonderful not to have to be on the ball or checking messages. Being completely present in the moment with whatever I was doing was just wonderful. I felt calmer, de-stressed and I even slept a whole lot better. It’s amazing what one day off from social media can do, and I highly recommend trying it. I’ve renamed my Sundays as Self Care Sundays – one day for me where I can completely unwind (when I haven’t got clients in that is), relax and not worry about my social channels just for a day. Bliss!

© Rachael Divers 2017

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Glitterbox review and first impressions

Just recently a new beauty box subscription, Glitterbox, contacted me and asked me if I’d like to try one of their boxes complimentary. Of course, I said yes. I’d seen the July Glitterbox and thought that the products looked lovely, and I’m always interested to try and share beauty boxes being an avid makeup lover and makeup professional too.

What is Glitterbox?
Glitterbox is a very new subscription box with their August box being their second to date. Unlike the other beauty boxes that I subscribe to, Glitterbox aims to provide their subscribers with the products to carry out a new look each month: your typical box will include 4 – 6 full sized makeup products by known brands which will enable you to create a new makeup look according to the box theme. Glitterbox say that their emphasis is not on fancy packaging, but on sourcing quality makeup products that can all be used together to compliment each other and create a new makeup look.

Glitterbox review and first impressions | Rachael Divers

My first impression
Upon opening my package that contained my Glitterbox, I can’t pretend that I wasn’t a bit disappointed by the packaging, As a loyal fan of the Lookfantastic and Glossybox subscription boxes, I’m used to carefully designed packaging that reflects the boxes themes for the month. The Glitterbox was a white cardboard box with a Glitterbox sticker on the top which still looked fine, but is very ‘no frills’ and doesn’t really feel very special to me. I understand that Glitterbox want to put the emphasis on their makeup products rather than packaging, but if I’m paying almost £20 a month (£15.95 for the box, £3.95 postage) for a beauty box, I’d like the full works.

The theme of the box was all about Golden Goddess makeup for the summer, although a couple of the products seemed more like winter offerings. After a little research, the Essie nail polish was actually from the Essie Winter 2016 collection which explains why I felt it maybe seemed a little more Christmassy than summery. The rest of the products were all perfectly nice and useable, and you can always use the more wintery hues across the seasons so it’s not something that I see as an issue.

I filmed an unboxing and first impressions of the box below so that you can see the products in action and hear my opinion. Some of the products were really quite impressive to say the least!

I personally won’t be subscribing to the Glitterbox as I don’t feel as excited and inspired by it as I do with my current subscriptions. The overall value of the products in the box this month is around £53.44 which is great – it means that you’re saving around £34 than if you were to buy the products individually. I do love the concept, but I feel that my other beauty boxes feel more luxurious and have the same sort of product value along with the gorgeous packaging each month. It’s early days for Glitterbox right now, so who knows what they may come up with in the future.

If you’d like to try out Glitterbox for yourself and get 10% off your first box, you can use my discount code at the checkout which is Rachael10. 

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