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Lookfantastic launch MAC Cosmetics! First 1,000 customers get a free gift

Lookfantastic have been teasing us for a good while over on Instagram with photographs of a mysterious makeup brand set to launch on their site. I had a sneaky feeling that the first gorgeous lip colour they showed was from MAC, and thought it looked suspiciously like my old favourite, Velvet Teddy. Lookfantastic took away the suspense and finally announced that they would be launching none other than MAC Cosmetics on their website on 5th June.

The launch will see over 2,500 products over 37 categories including brushes, lipsticks and the Prep + Prime range (which I use in my professional makeup artistry kit). Lookfantastic will also be stocking limited edition and new product ranges, so that gives customers another chance of getting their hands on the beautiful launches which notoriously sell out at the speed of light both online and in store. I remember joining the queue a hour before my local MAC store opened when they launched the Cinderella collection, and I kid you not, I was more than 60th in the line and one of the lipsticks had already sold out before I made it to the front.

Lookfantastic launch MAC Cosmetics! First 1,000 customers get a free gift

I was so lucky to receive this amazing MAC & lookfantastic beauty box packed with some of MAC’s cult products – from the iconic Ruby Woo and Velvet Teddy lipsticks to the gorgeous prep + Prime Fix + spray. I’m so excited to try these gorgeous products out and share them with my clients too! Thank you lookfantastic!

As an extra special little treat, the first 1,000 customers to sign up and purchase on the lookfantastic wait list will receive a complimentary Velvetease Lip Pencil in ‘Just Add Romance’ (worth £17.50).  So don’t forget to sign up and make your purchase to be in with a chance.

MAC is such an iconic company, and lookfantastic is an amazing online luxury beauty destination. The two together will be absolute dynamite and I can’t wait to see the response!

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Lydia Nikolova - June 2, 2017 - 9:22 am

Hello Rachel, thank you for sharing this amazing box. How much is the box? i just signed for the wait list, but still have not received a mail, hope i am not too late 🙂

Thank you for your reviews and videos, i love your blog. Very helpful since i am new to all this make up stuff and beauty boxes.

Best regards

Lydia

Rachael Divers - June 5, 2017 - 11:29 am

Hi lovely Lydia! Thank you for your lovely compliment 🙂 I know I spoke to you over on my YouTube channel, but MAC has since launched on the Lookfantastic website (yippeee!) I’m pretty sure the box was a PR package to celebrate the launch now as I can’t see it over on the website but all of the products are available to buy as separates here: http://tidd.ly/9f56ed66 xoxo

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Ten tips for surviving Accutane including my Ten Step Korean Skincare Routine

Accutane is a serious drug with many serious side effects. Some of them however, can be managed well with a little TLC. Here are my top ten tips of things that have really helped me to stay on the right side of my side effects so far during my treatment.

1. Drink plenty of water
As Accutane dries your body from the inside out, it’s important to stay hydrated at all times. I drink around 3 litres of water a day at the moment and I’m sure it helps. I lived it up a bit by adding Robinsons Sugar Free juice. It’s sometimes hard to drink so much plain water, so this makes it a bit easier. I also put lemons or fruit in my water to infuse it for a tastier drink.

2. Moisturise religiously
When taking Accutane, you’ll need to moisturise your face and body religiously. At the moment, I use E45 Intensive Recovery body lotion on my body followed by Dr Organic’s Vitamin E Pure Oil Complex. I use a bunch of moisturisers on my face which I’ll go into on my next point below. Don’t forget to moisturise your ears and the inside of your nostrils too – sounds gross but trust me, you’ll need to do this. Another area you may need to add moisture back into is your eyes. Hypromellose eye drops are great for dry or irritated eyes. I also moisturise my hands with Neutrogena’s Unscented Hand Cream, and if I’m feeling particularly dried out, I’ll use Vitamin E Oil on top (the same goes for my feet) and wear spa gloves through the night to lock the moisture in.

A few of my skin and lip care favourites that I keep in an old Birchbox on my desk | Ten tips for surviving Accutane including my Ten Step Korean Skincare Routine | Rachael Divers

3. Stick to a strict skincare routine
My facial skincare routine at the moment is as follows;

It sounds excessive, but my skin has never felt better since trying out elements of a 10 Step Korean Skincare routine, and it keeps my skin moisturised and nourished throughout the day. I do the exact same routine on an evening but without the SPF.

4. Don’t obsess over Google results
It’s not hard to find tons of information about horrifying Accutane side effects online both on blogs, forums and of course, YouTube. Be aware of Accutane before you take it, do your research, know the risks then simply let your treatment run its course. Reading horror accounts can really scaremonger, and the key thing to remember is that everybody is different so everybody will react differently too.

My skin from week one to week four | Ten tips for surviving Accutane including my Ten Step Korean Skincare Routine | Rachael Divers

5. Maintain a healthy diet
Accutane can cause havoc with your body on the inside, so make sure to keep your body in check by eating healthily to ensure your body is nourished and well looked after throughout the treatment. Avoid eating lots of sugary and fatty foods and remember, everything in moderation.

6. Stay off the alcohol
Sure, a couple of glasses of wine won’t hurt, but drinking on Accutane is a really bad idea. Your kidneys are already under so much stress whilst you’re taking the drug, so much so that monthly blood tests are essential to check their function. Adding alcohol to the mix is a recipe for disaster.

7. Don’t forget the SPF – even on a cloudy day
Make sure you wear SPF every single day. I wear factor 50 daily even when it’s cloudy. Accutane makes your skin highly sensitive to the UV rays, so even on an overcast day, your skin can be come burned and damaged. Wear a sun hat and cover up or sit in the shade as much as you can. Be sensible about things and look after your skin as best you can. I wear La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Tinted Fluid in SPF 50+.

Ten tips for surviving Accutane including my Ten Step Korean Skincare Routine | Rachael Divers

8. Avoid picking at your skin
I know, I know. It’s so tempting to want to squeeze that spot or poke at the hundreth lump that’s appeared on your Acctuane journey so far, but avoid picking like the plague! Your skin is so delicate and sensitive during Accutane treatment that you run the risk of scarring. And after all, the whole reason you’re taking it is to have skin you’re happy with, so don’t hinder the process along the way.

9. Don’t go anywhere without your lip balm
I mean this in the most literal sense. Your lips will feel dried out and sore, so making sure that you keep them well moisturised will help to stop the pain, cracking and dryness. At the time of writing this, my lips feel dry but I haven’t suffered any cracking at all and you’d never know my lips were dry by looking at them. I have pots of lip balm all over the house, in my bags and in my car just in case. My favourite was always Carmex, but after around week 3, I needed something stronger so I’ve been absolutely loving Blistex Relief Cream which is medicated so tingles on the lips and feels really soothing., I usually use it on its own, but on an evening, I layer it up with Dr Paw Paw’s Original Balm and use it almost like a lip mask.

I hope that you’ve found this post helpful. I know I used to find posts like these massively helpful when I first started taking Accutane and my body was adjusting to the side effects. All of the products listed have worked for me better than others that I’ve tried out over my first month and a half of treatment – and I tried a lot! So if you’re taking Accutane too, I hope the products mentioned also work out for you. Good luck on your Accutane journey!

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May 2017 Beauty Favourites

It doesn’t seem two minutes ago that I was sat in my office talking all about my April favourites. But quick as a flash, here we are at the end of May! This month has been crazy busy – from special occasion makeovers and bridal makeups right over to makeover photo shoots, Ive definitely been kept on my toes this month.

This month, I’ve discovered a few new beauty favourites along with rediscovering some old favourites too. With the weather hotting up, it was time to add a few new beauty pieces in my regular collection to refresh my skin and hair and keep them looking their best.

One of my biggest favourites of the month that I wanted to talk about is the fact that I hit 1k subscribers over on my YouTube channel! I can hardly believe it. I know, it sounds a small number compared to the huge beauty youtubers out there, but to me, it’s absolutely incredible and I’m so proud and touched that one thousand of you enjoy my videos enough to subscribe and keep on watching. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Now, take a seat, get cosy and let’s get into my May favourites…

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E45 Intense Recovery Body Lotion
Avene Thermal Water Spray
Mizon Intensive Skin Barrier Cream 
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Tinted Sun Cream Fluid SPF50+
Blistex Relief Cream
Skinny Tan Express Tanning Mousse
Garnier Ultimate Blends Sleek Perfector Oil
System Professional Solar Sun Oil
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation

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