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17 great things that happened in 2017

At the end of every year I love to make a list about the great things that happened during that year. Not only does it allow me to remember some amazing times, but it also helps me to reflect on my year and see how I’d like to move things forward for the new year too. And of course, it’s something to look back on in years to come. So, here my list of 17 great things that happened in 2017!

1. I was highly commended in the Bridebook Wedding Awards
This was a huge achievement for me and such a happy time within my business and personal life. I was and am so proud to have been highly commended and be named amongst some absolutely amazing artists and wedding suppliers within my industry.

2. I won the LUX Wedding Awards
I was named as the Best Wedding Hair and Makeup Salon in Barnsley which was an incredible achievement!

3. I made it to the finals of the Professional Beauty Awards 2018 under the Make Up Specialist of the Year 2018 category
This is the biggie – I never thought I’d make it through the first round, never mind make the finals! I attended the finals in London and applied a Spring/Summer 2018 look to a model before being interviewed by the judges. I’ll be attending the awards dinner in London in February and can’t wait to see the lovely finalists again and see how we all did in the competition. It’s going to be an amazing night!

4. I was interviewed on BBC Radio Sheffield twice – once for my Halloween work and once for a personal bit of storytelling
I was invited to BBC Radio Sheffield to make over Kat Harbourne and also chat about my Halloween makeovers and tips and tricks. It was a brilliant morning and I was thrilled when the station invited me back for a personal interview with Rony Robinson. It’s the most personal interview I’ve ever given and I loved every minute.

5. I got my first ever TV makeup gig and got to make over some pretty famous faces 
I was booked to work with Eurosport on the Snooker English Open and got to make over Andy Goldstein, Jimmy White, Joe Johnson, Mark Selby and Neal Foulds. I also got to meet and sit in on Ronnie O’Sullivan’s live TV interviews along with Kyren Wilson and many more. It was an amazing experience with a fabulous team of people that welcomed me with open arms and looked after me from the word go.

Working on the English Snooker Open | 17 great things that happened in 2017 | Rachael Divers

6. I met so many interesting people who influenced me in a positive way and helped me to gain confidence unbeknownst to them 
Working with the Eurosport team and meeting beautiful new clients and colleagues was a huge part of 2017. So many of the people I met left me with that warm fuzzy feeling and gave me advice and encouragement that helped me to gain more confidence and keep a positive outlook. To those people, I’m truly thankful.

7. I found the perfect groomers for my dogs which gave me huge peace of mind
My dogs are my babies and after a horrific experience with a local groomer that shaved them, cut them and completely distressed them I didn’t want to step foot into another groomers ever again. Alfie was left with cuts and blisters that needed veterinary attention and Lily was burned with the clippers. My dogs are double coated so shaving them is a huge no. I was that heartbroken when I went to pick my dogs up from their appointment that I almost collapsed and cried for days. Thankfully, their fur grew back after seven or so months but has never been the same. Alfie’s fur was silver before he was shaved and he’s never got the same colouring or texture back. The dog grooming industry isn’t regulated and there’s no need for the groomer to have insurance so I basically didn’t have a leg to stand on regarding complaints or a solution to my problem. After a long time, I found a fabulous dog grooming salon in Silkstone called Ruperts. The staff are attentive, kind, patient and so full of knowledge on each dog breed. I tentatively left my dogs there for a groom and I was thrilled when I picked them up. They looked perfect and most of all, they weren’t distressed at all! I’ve been taking them there ever since and finally feel peace of mind that I’ve found the right groomer. If you’re local and looking for a dog groomer, I highly recommend them. They’re amazing and truly care for your animals too.

8. I got to spend more quality time with my mum and dad 
Although we live and work in the same places, I hardly get to spend any time with my parents as they’re always working. Even on Sundays or Bank Holidays, I hardly see them. This year I managed to squeeze in the odd cinema trip with my dad or quick lunch with my mum which I really enjoyed. The only time I get to spend quality time with my parents is Christmas Day, and even then, it’s only a few hours as we eat dinner before my dad is back to working again or off doing his own thing.

9. I improved on my makeup skills
I’m constantly working hard on refreshing my skills as a makeup artist and learning new tricks and techniques. This year I really pushed myself to learn more and force myself out of my comfort zone. Over Halloween I played around with body painting and life casting which I’ve never done before and even made my own accessories to go with the characters that I created. For party makeup, I worked hard to learn ultra-dramatic makeup application and experimented with new ways to create flawless, glowing skin for bridal clients.

10. I worked at the Yorkshire Scare Grounds and provided makeup for the live scare actors along with a fabulous team
Working with the Yorkshire Scare Grounds team was a fabulous experience and I really improved my speed of working during my time there. It was so surreal to be in a room full of werewolves, dead army soldiers, undertakers and zombies as they all practised their lines and marched around looking totally terrifying. I met some great people and learned about a couple of new products too!

Visiting BBC Radio Sheffield on Halloween | 17 great things that happened in 2017 | Rachael Divers

11. I spent more time with the people that matter and left behind the people that didn’t impact my life positively
I spent more time with the people that mean most to me within my family and friend circle – from mate dates to family gatherings. My parents went away on holiday to Portugal and during that week, I spent a lot of time with my lovely auntie who cooked a gorgeous meal for me and came to visit for coffee and cake.

12. I had a makeover with the celebrity makeup artist Armand Beasley and learned about new products that refreshed my zest for skincare again
I first met Armand at the Professional Beauty Awards Final in London as he was one of the judges for my category. I visited his workshop on Party Makeup at Sandersons Boutique Store at Fox Valley before booking in for a one-to-one makeover with him. It was amazing to see how he did my makeup and to hear his advice on skincare products and general health for beauty was fabulous. I learned a lot and he gave me plenty of food for thought.

13. I finished my course of Accutane and finally felt happy with my skin after six years of struggling with it
I tentatively decided to take Accutane after trying so many alternatives to help my skin that just didn’t work. It wasn’t all plain sailing but I came out of the other side with the skin of my dreams just before Christmas. I’m so glad that I had the treatment and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can continue my life with much better skin.

14. I started acting as an extra with a casting agency and secured a role in a BBC Drama, appeared on a TV advert and had a role in a major blockbuster coming out this year
I took the plunge and applied to an acting agency where I was thankfully accepted and put onto their books. Since being signed up I’ve gotten to be in the BBC’s The A Word series 2, a Sky Bet TV advert and a major blockbuster film (the film is called Gold and is all about the 1948 Olympic Games that saw the Indian Hockey team win gold) that will be released on Independence Day this year alongside some of the biggest stars in the world of Bollywood.

15. I spent a day at the seaside with my mum, dad and two dogs
We all spent pretty much a full day in Bridlington together walking along the beach, eating fish, chips and ice cream and generally having a great day. It might not seem like such a great thing to most people, but as I mentioned before, I don’t get to spend much quality time with my parents. It was the first time they’ve seen Lily and Alfie on a beach enjoying running around like two crazy pups so it was a lovely memory for us all.

Making over one of my beautiful bridal clients | 17 great things that happened in 2017 | Rachael Divers

16. I got to teach young girls at our local school all about natural makeup for confidence building
Teaching is something that I’m hugely passionate about, so when I was given the opportunity to teach young girls at our local school how to apply natural makeup, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been twice now and in the hourly session I demonstrate makeup artistry, show them how to create a flawless but natural look that’s school appropriate and also answer any questions they might have and let them play around with the products. I was thrilled that MAC kindly supported me and sent me some products across for the girls to use, it was amazingly kind of them and a dream come true to have a company that I looked up to so much (and still do) when I was younger support me.

17. I came to the realisation that I don’t need to depend on anybody but myself
This year I finally realised that I don’t need anybody standing by my side to accomplish anything. I’m independent, I have self confidence, self belief and I know that the only person I need to rely on is myself. Sure, my parents are always here to give me advice, support me and encourage me but it’s great to know that I don’t need somebody to lean on but there are people there in case I’d like to.

It’s not until I sat down to think about my 17 great things that happened in 2017 that I realised just how amazing this last year has truly been. It’s been the most successful year for my little business without a doubt. I hope that 2018 allows me the opportunities to create the same success and I’m really looking forward to this fresh new year. New beginnings, new goals and new achievements.

© Rachael Divers 2018.


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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette review

This Christmas I decided to treat myself to something that I’d been carefully eyeing up in the wings for a fair old time…the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette!

I made the order on Feelunique and eagerly awaited the palettes arrival. I already knew that I’d be in for a treat as I’d seen an influx of amazing reviews when the palette was first released. I’m so careful about where I choose to spend my money and I don’t usually jump ahead on trends or new products immediately – I tend to wait in the background and assess the feedback before parting with my hard-earned cash. I like to be safe in the knowledge that what I’m buying will truly serve a purpose and not be demoted to the disappointing products pile.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette review | Rachael Divers

The palette arrived the next day (thanks Feelunique, you guys had the BEST delivery options over the christmas period!) and I was so impressed by how luxe it felt – the same type of material that’s featured on the Urban Decay Naked Palette. Beautifully luxurious but a bit of a pain to keep clean, but nevertheless, plush all the same.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette review | Rachael Divers

The palette features 11 matte shades, 3 metallic shades and also comes with a dual sided brush for both placing and blending the shadows out. The colours are:

Tempera – Velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish
Golden Ochre – Earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
Vermeer – Iridescent shell with a metallic finish
Buon Fresco – Antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
Antique Bronze – Metallic sable with a satin finish
Love Letter- Raspberry with an ultra-matte finish
Cyprus Umber- Dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish
Realgar- Brick with an ultra-matte finish
Warm Taupe- Earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish
Venetian Red- Crimson with an ultra-matte finish
Red Ochre- Sienna with an ultra-matte finish
Primavera- shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish
Burnt Orange- deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
Raw Sienna- neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette review | Rachael Divers

Let me start by saying that all of these shades are pigmented to the heavens! Gloriously rich pigments which are super soft and easy to blend out that create the most beautiful eye looks. From natural to dramatic, this palette is an absolute dream.

From the day I got this palette to the day of writing this, I can hand on heart say that I’ve used it every single day. I love the combination of looks that I can create with this palette and feel that it has the perfect mix of transition shades and ‘wow factor’ shades to really up the ante.

The only thing I will say is this – the palette is extremely powdery when you dip your brush into the colours. So much so that my dresser ends up with a dusting of powder each time I use it, and the pan is already showing on Tempera (the lightest shade that I use to set my eyes once prepped). Ensuring to tap your brush before applying to your eyes mostly solves the problem of fallout, but the eyeshadows themselves are pretty powdery however you approach them. However, I don’t see this as a negative as they really are super pigmented and an absolute dream to work with on the whole.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette review | Rachael Divers

The palette is priced at £43 and you get a pretty gorgeous amount of product for that price. Did I mention the luxe packaging too?

I think that this is a really beautiful palette that makes a stunning gift for yourself or someone special.

Shop my look

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair
Vichy Dermablend in 15 Opal
Rimmel 25H Lasting Finish Foundation in Ivory
INIKA Mineral Foundation in Grace
Inglot Freedom System HD Highlighter
Inglot Freedom System HD Sculpting Powder

ABH Modern Renaissance Palette shades: Tempera to set my base, Burnt Orange and Realgar to transition, Red Ochre and Love Letter in my crease and blended upwards and Cyprus Umber for the deep contour and outer smoke. I used Vermeer to highlight my outer corners.
Steve Laurant eyeliner
Ciate Wonderwand Mascara

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Caramel

Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink
NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches and Cream

© Rachael Divers 2018.

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December 2017 Beauty Favourites

Hello my beauties and welcome back to a new post and video! It felt so good to be sat down filming a video again after the Christmas break. Although I did vlog over Christmas, it was good to get back into the swing of things again with a sit down video with my big camera and proper set up.

Today it’s all about my December favourites which includes a mixture of skincare, haircare and makeup too.

I wanted to thank you all for your support and gorgeous comments on my vlogs on the run up to Christmas. I was so happy to hear from so many of you and absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed the videos too! I can’t wait to continue vlogging throughout 2018 and learning new techniques to make my videos better.

Get cosy and enjoy my December Beauty Favourites – don’t forget to hit subscribe if you’re new to my channel!

Shop my video
ESPA Tri-Active Advanced Instant Facial
Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum
Laqa & Co Cloud Lips in Daydream
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette
Inika Mineral Foundation in Grace
Inglot Freedom System HD Sculpting Powder
Inglot Freedom System HD Highlighter

© Rachael Divers 2018.

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