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Getting personal on BBC Radio Sheffield | My experience with bullying, heartbreak and love

Just recently I was invited back to BBC Radio Sheffield to have a chat with Rony Robinson on his afternoon show. If you’re familiar with Rony, you’ll know that he interviews a guest on his show and delves into their life story to reveal a more personal side. I’d previously been at the radio station over Halloween talking about my gory SFX makeovers and making the lovely Kat Harbourne over, so I jumped at the chance when Kat asked me if I’d like to go back.

Before the show, I was sent a questionnaire full of questions about my life experiences, my biggest achievements and the people that have helped to shape me into the person that I am today.

Getting personal on BBC Radio Sheffield | My experience with bullying, heartbreak and love | Rachael Divers

My answers were incredibly personal, but I felt it was the right time to talk about a few issues that I’d had in my life over the years gone by. It’s not often that I delve into my personal life online. After all, I am the head of a business and I like to keep things on a more professional level. But what changed my thinking is that I might be able to reach out and help somebody else cope with what they’re going through or give them a little hope too. If I touched just one person in the process, then it was a job well done.

I won’t go into detail about the interview in case you’d like to listen to it for yourself. But what I will say is that we discussed bullying, the heartbreak that I’ve never talked about before, love and hope. I hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing the interview with the lovely Rony.

Thank you to BBC Radio Sheffield for inviting me onto Rony’s show, it was a brilliant experience!

Listen to my interview with Rony by clicking here – the interview starts at 1:37:55.

© Rachael Divers 2017.

 

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Party Perfect Makeup Masterclass at Sandersons with Armand Beasley

On Friday evening I visited the beautiful Sandersons Boutique Store in Fox Valley for the first ever time. I have no idea how I’ve never visited the store before and I was immediately excited when I saw just how beautiful the boutique is. Sandersons is a gorgeous independent department store that hosts several departments including homeware, handbags, shoes, women’s and men’s wear and best of all, a stunning Beauty Lounge. Sandersons reminds me of the kind of beautiful stores you see in New York over Christmas time – gorgeously decorated, seriously high class and uber stylish.

Party Perfect Makeup Masterclass at Sandersons with Armand Beasley | Rachael Divers

I was attending Armand Beasley’s Party Perfect makeup masterclass. Armand is an absolutely fabulous makeup artist who has a long list of gorgeous celebrity clients including the likes of Nicole Scherzinger, Goldie Hawn and Michelle Keegan to name just a few. He’s also been featured in magazines such as Vogue and Grazia and has worked on How to Look Good Naked, and ITV’s This Morning. He is also the Beauty Ambassador at Sandersons and curated the Beauty Lounge.  I first met Armand at the Professional Beauty Awards Final in London where he was judging my category – Make Up Specialist of the Year 2018. He told me that he came to Sandersons so I looked out for his next visit coming along and bought two tickets as soon as I heard of the announcement.

Party Perfect Makeup Masterclass at Sandersons with Armand Beasley | Rachael Divers

I took my Mum along with me and we were welcomed into the store by the lovely boutique staff and Armand too. We were a little early so popped over to Ponti’s Italian Kitchen across the road for a coffee after a glowing recommendation from the Sandersons team. We were definitely not disappointed and I can’t wait to go back there again!

Party Perfect Makeup Masterclass at Sandersons with Armand Beasley | Image by Sandersons (Instagram: @sandersonsstore) | Rachael Divers

Once we arrived back to Sandersons, we were given a glass of prosecco which was a lovely surprise and was guided over to the seating area along with the other ladies and settled down to watch Armand work.

Party Perfect Makeup Masterclass at Sandersons with Armand Beasley | Rachael Divers

Armand is one of those makeup artists that ignites your passion for makeup all over again. I adore makeup and can get extremely excited over the smallest thing, but hearing somebody speak so positively and passionately about not only makeup but skincare and health for beauty too (something that I’m extremely interested in!) I found those waves of giddiness sweeping over me again. Armand is a huge advocate of natural and organic beauty and explained to us that 60% of the products that we put onto our skin is absorbed into our bodies. A fascinating fact but a very frightening one too considering that many products contain ingredients that could be harmful to our bodies. He also explained about supplements that help our beauty regime which I found so interesting to listen to. I currently take extra vitamin D and a high strength multi-vitamin and it’s so true that they help not only our skin, hair and nails but our energy levels too.

Party Perfect Makeup Masterclass at Sandersons with Armand Beasley | Rachael Divers

Armand demonstrated products from several different brands on the lovely store manager, Lisa. He created a beautiful wearable but glam party look using metallics and a gorgeous deep lip. Lisa looked absolutely amazing after her makeover and her skin was just glowing. Armand used Inika foundation for Lisa which is a brand I’d never heard of before but just looked so stunning!

Party Perfect Makeup Masterclass at Sandersons with Armand Beasley | Rachael Divers

As a professional makeup artist, I feel it’s important to keep learning and growing and hearing about new products and innovations within the industry. I love hearing makeup experts share their tips and tricks and also love watching other makeup artists work. You can never have too much knowledge and constantly re-training and keeping on top of the latest news gives you the ability to make the best choices when it comes to taking care of your clients needs. Armand will be back at Sandersons on the 21st December for one-to-one sessions, I can’t wait to go back and learn some new tips and tricks!

Party Perfect Makeup Masterclass at Sandersons with Armand Beasley | Rachael Divers

After the demonstration we were able to browse the Beauty Lounge and purchase any products that we might like. I was so happy to learn that Sandersons is the only stockist in the region for Inglot and Makeup Atelier Paris so of course, I had to purchase two new beautiful products from Inglot! I decided to go for the Intense Sparkler which Armand used on Lisa to add a beautiful highlight to her brow bone, and a stunning AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow which will be gorgeous for the festive season! I was also thrilled to learn that we would each be given a goodie bag to take home which came as a huge surprise! Our goodie bags contained the Green People Fruit Scrub Exfoliator, the SKN-RG Collagen Boosting Mask, a beautiful Everything Everywhere Facial Oil from MeruMaya, Inika Truly Organic Ultimate Lip Tint in Candy (which smells like candy canes!) and the Green People Exoliating Face Scrub for men which my Dad has very gratefully received! Our goodie bags also included a Green People brochure which is packed full of brilliant information about organic beauty and skincare which is a fabulous reference for makeup artists and beauty lovers alike.

Party Perfect Makeup Masterclass at Sandersons with Armand Beasley | Rachael Divers

Thank you Armand and the Sandersons team, we had a lovely evening and will absolutely be back to future events!

© Rachael Divers 2017.

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My Accutane Journey | Month 8: No more Accutane!

This morning I had my regular Accutane check up at the hospital and was given the brilliant news that I could now stop taking my medication! Eight months in and the end is finally here!

It’s been a strange old journey so far – I was expecting to feel much worse than I have done over the course of the treatment. After all, I’d read many a horror story during researching the drug to decide whether I wanted to go ahead and take it. Don’t get me wrong, some days have been really rough trying to keep on top of aching joints, viruses and bacterial infections that didn’t heal as quickly and left me feeling exhausted and the infamous dry lips (although my lips never cracked or bled like some poor people experience. I’m very serious about my lip balm application!)

Out of all of the months of taking Accutane, month 8 was definitely the hardest month for me. My dose had been increased by another 20mg during month 7 making my daily intake 80mg in total. I found that I struggled the most with achey and sore joints to the point where I’d really struggle to stand and get moving again after being sat down. The only way to keep on top of it was to keep moving and exercising gently day by day. After around two weeks on 80mg, I started to feel the side effects level out and the achey joints didn’t feel quite so horrible.

My Accutane Journey | Month 8: No more Accutane! | Rachael Divers

I had my regular blood test on Friday last week and was told today that certain levels of my liver function test were a little high and would need to be monitored, so I’ll need another blood test in January to check on my levels once again. The nurse said it was nothing to worry about and we’ll keep an eye on them to see how they go. She also talked to me about aftercare and told me that the drug would remain in my system for around six weeks, and that my skin could still be sensitive for up to six months, so to take extra care and treat it gently.

In January, I’ll go back to visit the dermatologist and have a skin check up to see how everything is settling down. I’m hoping and praying that everything will be okay and that the acne that once plagued me will be kept at bay for good.

It’s seemed like such a long journey on some levels, and such a short one on others. On the whole and at the moment I’m so glad that I ended up going down the Accutane route. It really was the last option for me after trying countless therapies, medication and topical treatments so I’m so happy that I finally found something that worked for me in the quest to clear my skin.

I’ll post another update in January to let you know how I got along at my follow up and how my skin adjusted post-Accutane.

© Rachael Divers 2017.

 

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