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8 beauty essentials for when you’re feeling under the weather

It’s a bright sunny day as I’m sitting in bed writing this very blog post. I can hear the wind blowing softly outside and the faint hum of people going about their daily business – cars travelling along the road, the children playing outside on their school lunch break laughing and squealing. Lily is laid on the rug beside my bed, snoozing softly and carrying me away in her deep breaths as she falls further into her little dreamland. Alfie snoozing by the radiator just in my view, curled into a peaceful little fluffy ball looking so cosy.

It sounds like an idyllic day, doesn’t it? But there’s just one problem – I’m feeling so poorly that it’s hard to even see the letters properly as I type. I hadn’t suffered with Tonsillitis since I was a child back when my tonsils were swiftly removed (they’ve since grown back. I can hardly believe my luck either.) after several bad bouts over a short period of time. But last Sunday, Tonsillitis decided to pay me a visit and show me what I’d been avoiding for many years. To say I’ve felt in agony for the last few days is an understatement, the utter pain which was quickly accompanied by the flu and conjunctivitis (so lovely of you both to stop by!) is so debilitating that I’ve been bed-bound and hardly able to even speak. Much to the delight of my parents I’m sure. You don’t get called “Rachael Anne the Rattle Can” for being quiet now, do you?

Anyway, in my hours of agony and unrest, I’ve done a lot of thinking and a heck of a lot of raiding my beauty stash in order to look for products to give me a little boost and stop me feeling quite so grotty. And it got me to thinking…perhaps I should pop a post together of my current favourite items that are making feeling poorly that little bit more bearable. So here it is. Here’s my list of beauty essentials that have been helping me through.

8 beauty essentials for when you’re feeling under the weather | Rachael Divers

1. Bomb Cosmetics Love Junkie Bath Creamer
My mum bought me some beautiful Bomb Cosmetics goodies for Christmas, and they’ve really come in very handy over the last couple of days. Not only are they a gorgeous bath time treat, but they make me feel well cared for and pampered. Not to mention that they leave my skin feeling nourished and soft. The Love Junkie Bath Creamer is one of my intimate favourites. Girly, sweet and gorgeous! Just look at those little love hearts!

2. MONUspa Warming Ginger Bath and Body Oil
When you’re full of cold, anything that’s nourishing and warming is bound to be a huge hit. This gorgeous bath and body oil arrived in the latest lookfantastic Beauty Box (which I promise I will still film once I can speak without sounding like a mixture of Frank Butcher and Patti and Selma rolled into one) and couldn’t have come at a better time. I can’t tell you how comforting it felt to step into a warm bath lit by my Lavender and Chamomile candle to this gorgeously scented oil. Infused with Jojoba Seed Oil, Calendula and Vitamins A and E, and infused with Ginger and Lemongrass, it’s like receiving a huge, comforting hug in your hour of need. It also leaves the skin feeling so soft and moisturised and I love that it doesn’t leave my bath like an ice rink too.

3. Eve Lom Cleanser
I don’t know about you, but when I feel poorly, I take great pleasure in giving my skin a thorough, deep cleanse. I hate the whole grotty feeling that being unwell can leave you with and I find that spending a little time to really cleanse my face leaves me feeling much fresher. Since I’ve been unwell, I’ve been really enjoying using the Eve Lom Cleanser – a home spa delight that glides over the skin and gives you a delicious waft of aromatic plant oils (Clove, Eucalyptus, Hops and Egyptian Chamomile). It leaves my skin glowing, fresh and feeling comfortable. What I really love about the Eve Lom Cleanser is that it comes complete with a muslin cloth for you to remove the balm so you get the benefits of gentle exfoliation too.

8 beauty essentials for when you’re feeling under the weather| Rachael Divers

4. Erno Laszlo Light Controlling Lotion
Another product that just arrived in the January lookfantastic Beauty Box and is an absolute Godsend. This is a beautiful toner that helps to tighten pores, diminish excess oil and leaves skin looking radiant. It’s so refreshing to use and makes me feel like I’m wiping that poorly feeling right off my face. The addition of antiseptic clove helps to eliminate blemish-causing bacteria and the toner also has anti-inflammatory properties to relieve irritation and stimulate tissue repair so it’s even more perfect for skin that’s suffering a little.

5. Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream
You may know from my past posts that I haven’t always been a huge fan of Charlotte’s Magic Cream – being an oily-skinned girl, the formula was way too rich for me and no matter how careful I was, the product always got too close to my eyes and stung like mad. Since taking Accutane and having my skin significantly change, I gave Magic Cream another go as an evening moisturiser and actually found myself beginning to enjoy it. I love to apply this on an evening in a thick layer, almost like a mask, and allow it to soak into my skin to hydrate and nourish my skin once again. The moisturiser contains a multi-tasking anti-age BioNymph Peptide Complex which stimulates collagen production along with Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate.

6. Merci Handy Hand Cleansing Gel
I never thought I’d be so excited about a hand gel, but the Merci Handy range is just absolutely beautiful. Not strictly  a beauty essential, but when you’re stuffed up with a contagious illness, it’s so important to make sure that you keep everything clean and sanitised. I’ve been using my Dettol Surface Spray like mad around the house whenever I’ve surfaced from my bed, but when it comes to my hands, Merci Handy is my number one choice. I’m currently using the Hello Sunshine scent in the house and have a bottle of the New Wave scent in the studio that I use before makeovers (which I might add I have not taken on any makeovers since being poorly as I wouldn’t risk passing this on to my lovely clients). These hand gels smell absolutely incredible! What I also love about them is that they contain emollient pearls that moisturise your hands as you use them, so you don’t have to worry about your hands drying out. I’ve just ordered two new bottles of the Lollipop scent hand gel from lookfantastic so I’m so looking forward to that arriving to give it a go.

8 beauty essentials for when you’re feeling under the weather | Rachael Divers

7. The Bath House Rose Prosecco Lip Balm
When we’re poorly, our lips tend to dry out very quick. It’s important to keep them hydrated so I’ve recently been using the very cutely packaged Rose Prosecco Lip Balm from The Bath House. Made with moisture rich Shea and Cocoa Butter Balm with Vitamin E, it helps to keep lips soothed along with giving a lovely soft scent of Rose Prosecco (which I wish I could smell right now!) I tend to use my old faithful Blistex Relief Cream on a night, but for the day where I want to feel a little more pampered, this is my go to.

8. Ted Baker Blush Pink Body Spray 
Not only does the Blush Pink Ted Baker Body Spray look divine on my dressing table, it also makes me feel fresh as a daisy and pampered all over again. Even when I’m stuck home in bed feeling rotten, I still like to make sure I smell nice as it lifts my mood and makes me feel better about myself. This spray has a gorgeous floral fragrance with cassis, sparkling grapefruit, mandarin, neroli, jasmine, tuberose, cyclamen, muguet, patchouli, sandalwood and powdery musk. Basically, it smells delicious!

So there you have it, my little list of beauty essentials that have been helping me through the very long days and nights. It’s hard to get the strength to keep up your skincare routine when you feel so poorly, but trust me, you’ll feel so much better for the little pamper. Now all that’s left to do is snuggle down in bed with the pooches and a hot cup of tea with Friends on Netflix to see me through.

Take care my beauties, my heart really goes out to you if you’re unwell whatever ailment you’re suffering and I hope you feel so much better soon. Love and hugs from my home to yours.

© Rachael Divers 2018.

adriana cantisani - January 27, 2018 - 10:52 am

Get well soon, Rachael! xxxx

Rachael Divers - January 29, 2018 - 3:52 pm

Thank you so much Adriana <3 xoxo

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The perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the makeup lover

I absolutely love the month of February – not only is it my birthday month, but it’s also the month of love! Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us and I’m sure plenty of boyfriends, girlfriends, fiances and husbands and wives everywhere are thinking about the perfect present for their sweetheart (or at least I like to think so anyway!)

You might well know by now if you’re a longterm reader of my blog (thank you so very much for sticking with me  if you are!) that I work with my family run business Divers Photography. One of our main services within the business are our beautiful Luxury Makeover Portrait Shoots for women. We’re huge advocates of empowering women and making them look and feel absolutely beautiful. So this Valentine’s Day, we’e running a special offer over at our studio for a half price Valentine’s Shoot which I think makes the perfect gift for any girl that loves makeup and beauty. Why? Because included within the shoot is a makeover with me!

The perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the makeup lover | Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

The makeover shoots make a beautiful gift for yourself or indeed, to yourself from your sweetie! To all the partners reading this, we have beautiful gift vouchers to purchase in case you’d like to give this as a special present.

Our half price shoot is £75 and includes

  • A beautiful makeover with yours truly before your shoot
  • Up to three outfit changes (bring along anything that makes you feel beautiful from a stunning dress to elegant lingerie)
  • A portrait shoot with an award-winning photographer
  • A personalised viewing of all your images
  • £50 credit to spend on products after your shoot

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Treat your love to the gift that will last much longer than chocolate hearts and red roses.

If you’d like more information on our Luxury Makeover Portrait Shoots, please click here. 

© Rachael Divers 2018.

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One Look Makeup Lesson with Scarlett

Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Scarlett, a 12 year old with a passion for YouTube and makeup! Scarlett runs her own YouTube channel with her sister Izzy and wanted to learn a few tips and tricks on makeup application to share with her subscribers, so she booked in for my One Look Makeup Lesson that’s currently on special offer.

As Scarlett is only 12, she was accompanied to the studio with her mum who was equally as lovely and an absolute pleasure to meet too.

One Look Makeup Lesson with Scarlett | Rachael Divers

Scarlett wanted to learn how to create flawless skin (her skin is gorgeous anyway but she had a few blemishes that she wanted to cover) along with a soft smokey eye. She also wanted to learn how to define her eyebrows which are lovely and full, but as they’re blond, Scarlett struggles to get them noticed. We went for a beautiful golden and brown smokey and kept things ultra soft to make sure the look was age appropriate and added a soft cool brown brow that was a perfect match to complement her hair.

For Scarlett’s skin, I used my old faithful MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation to create the perfect base and sheered it out a little with a beauty blender to keep the coverage natural.

A soft peachy blush, slick of highlight and peach lip later, we had the perfect, age appropriate look for Scarlett!

One Look Makeup Lesson with Scarlett | Rachael Divers

I was so pleased to hear that Scarlett loved her lesson and that she learned lots of new tips and tricks. It also made me laugh that she immediately got to work in taking her mum and dad around the shops to purchase some new beauty goodies and brushes too!

I’m so happy that you enjoyed your lesson Scarlett and I’m so proud that you’ve been practising your new look already! See you again for your next makeup lesson!

My One Look Makeup Lessons are on offer until 31st January. Book now for just £80 and take your lesson any time before the end of February 2018.

Please click here for more information. 

© Rachael Divers 2018.

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