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My Top 5 Makeup Bag Favourites for January

My makeup drawers are always full of all sorts of makeup products – I love to experiment and mix my makeup up on a daily basis. However, there are a few certain makeup goodies that stand the test of time and are always in my makeup bag. Welcome to my post on my top 5 makeup bag favourites for January featuring my favourite base and concealing products right through to my signature scent…

My Top 5 Makeup Bag Favourites for January | Rachael Divers

1. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in the colour Fair
The perfect concealer for concealing imperfections, brightening the under eye area and prepping the eyelids for makeup! I’ve used this concealer for absolute years and I’ve always loved the amazingly full coverage and staying power. I only wish the tube was a little bigger as I go through these little babies like hotcakes!

2. INIKA Loose Mineral Foundation in the colour Grace
I was first introduced to INIKA by celebrity makeup artist Armand Beasley. A natural and organic brand, INIKA make products that perform beautifully whilst using wonderful, kind-t0-skin ingredients. I like to use this as my setting powder for my eyes or lightly all over my skin to set my liquid foundation. It works beautifully on its own too.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette
I’ve raved and raved about this palette since I first got it over Christmas so I won’t go into too much detail (you can read my more in-depth thoughts here), but this my perfect palette for every day and special occasion. It’s my go-to palette right now and I’m really enjoying using it.

4. Givenchy Hot Couture Eau de Parfum
This perfume has been my ultimate favourite for so many years that it’s become my signature scent. I first discovered it when I started college and have worn it ever since, so it’s been a makeup bag staple for around 13 years now. With notes of raspberry, amber vetiver, magnolia and a sprinkling of pepper, it’s one of the most delicious and flirty fragrances that I’ve ever smelt. I’m complimented on this perfume all of the time and constantly asked what I’m wearing and I love that I get delicate wafts of it through the day whenever I wear it.

My Top 5 Makeup Bag Favourites for January | Rachael Divers

5.  Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Penelope Pink
This has been a makeup bag staple of mine since I was first introduced to it over a year ago. The gorgeous nude beige colour makes it the perfect nude shade and looks great on its own or with my NYX Butter Gloss over the top. The formula is smooth and creamy and is also paraben free. I find it lasts me a long time with minimal retouching which is perfect for busy days.

© Rachael Divers 2018.

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How I learned to love my ginger hair

Back when I was in school I was badly bullied. The bullying started in little school from as far as I can remember. The reason? Because I had ginger hair. From what I can recall, I was the only one in my class at the time with ginger hair, so naturally, that made me different. Soon enough, I made best friends with another girl with fiery red hair (we stayed besties all through little school and are still in touch via social media today) and I forgot my troubles for a little while. I suppose because we came as a unit through those days it made us stronger in the face of adversity and it didn’t tend to bother me quite so much anymore.

High school was a different story. I’d be subjected to the typical name-calling that I’m sure most redheads are familiar with, but as time went on and I got a little older, the name-calling and commentary took a shift from being spiteful and rude to sickeningly crude.

How I learned to love my ginger hair | Rachael Divers

One particularly bad day, I remember sitting and crying to my mum and told her that when I turned 16 I would be dying my hair black for once and for all. My mum was horrified and kept telling me that my hair was unique and beautiful. “They’re only jealous“, she’d say. Something I’d come to hear a lot over the years. I shrugged her compliments off and could only focus on the hurt and humiliation that I felt, and because I was subjected to it day by day, I began to believe the insults. I was a ‘freak’, I was ‘ugly’ and probably the stupidest insult of them all, I ‘didn’t have a soul.’ How lame.

Fast forward many years to my uni days and many box dyes later and something amazing started to happen. Ginger hair started to become popular. Models like Lily Cole were at the forefront of fashion, Christina Hendricks was a sexy siren, Jessica Chastain was labelled beautiful and was making her mark in Hollywood. Amy Adams was singing her way across the screens as the beautiful Giselle in Enchanted. These women all had one thing in common – their beautiful red hair. I soon reverted back to my natural colour and couldn’t believe the difference in attitude towards my hair. From complements and marriage proposals (I’m not even joking!) to people stopping me in the street and asking me what colour dye I used (I didn’t). It was a miracle. I finally felt accepted, special and above all, proud of my red hair.

How I learned to love my ginger hair | Rachael Divers

It wasn’t a fast process and it took many years of hurt and ridicule for me to realise that actually, my hair colour is something special to be celebrated. My nannan always used to tell my mum that my hair would be my ‘crowning glory’, and of course, she was right.

I’m proud to say that I haven’t dyed my hair for over ten years now and embrace my natural colour. I care for my hair and treat it with respect and love instead of hatred and anguish. I’ve learned to feel confident and beautiful with my natural colour and most of all, I’ve stopped giving my dad mini heart attacks with the box dye fiasco that lasted a year too long. He always said his dream would be to see me walk down the aisle with my natural red hair in tumbling curls. Well pap, I think your dream may come true after all. Provided I find a suitable husband, of course.

How I learned to love my ginger hair | Rachael Divers

If you’re a redhead and you’re struggling with your natural hair colour I really hope that you realise sooner rather than later that your hair is absolutely beautiful. And it’s true you know, those that call you names are just jealous or projecting their own insecurities onto you. They can’t help their shallow mentality, but you can control how you react so let it go right over your head my beauty because you are far better than that.

© Rachael Divers 2018.

 

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January 2018 Glossybox Unboxing

Welcome to my January 2018 Glossybox Unboxing beauties! I’ve been really looking forward to the first Glossybox of the new year arriving. I’d taken a sneaky peek at what was to come on one of my favourite unboxing websites so I already pretty much knew that I was going to be more than happy with the January 2018 box.

I popped out to have a quick beauty pamper this morning and was pleased to see my Glossybox sat waiting for me upon my arrival home. I was even more pleased when I opened the box to be welcomed by one of the prettiest collectives of products yet. From a beautiful ombre nail saviour to the most gorgeously presented box of supplements I ever did see. (Trust me, you’ll see how gorgeous they are in my video!)

This month’s Glossybox is truly a beauty dream come true and the perfect mix of products to kick off the new year in style. With aims to rejuvenate and refresh, I’ll have no excuse for looking anything less than revitalised this month.

I hope that you enjoy my Glossybox unboxing video below – if you’re new to my YouTube channel, I’d love if you’d go ahead and hit that subscribe button and give my video a huge thumbs up while you’re visiting. Want to get 20% off a one month Glossybox subscription? Click the link here and enter GLOSSY at the checkout.

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Some products are not available in the UK or only sold via eBay. I’ve linked all products that I could find, but if you’d really love to get your hands on something specific, your best bet is to Subscribe to Glossybox to get this months gorgeous goodies

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Beauty Beneath Original Formula Supplements
Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Green Tea Primer
Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil 
Nail Medic Nail and Cuticle Energizer
Apicia Cream Blush

© Rachael Divers 2018.

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