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June 2018 lookfantastic Beauty Box Unboxing

The June 2018 lookfantastic Beauty Box arrived on a rather dreary day. After a few weeks of sunshiny days and heatwaves, my cold, miserable day was brightened by this little arrival.

A gorgeous burst of blue is the main feature on this month’s lookfantastic beauty box which t aims to spring us into the summer season. With a focus on hydration, luminosity and products that will leave us feeling rejuvenated, this box is certainly something to get excited about.

I opened my box immediately and got on with swatching and testing and quickly hailed it as my favourite lookfantastic Beauty Box of the year. A big claim, I know! I think once you discover the products inside, you’ll see why I love it so much.

This month the box hosts seven beauty goodies ranging from skincare and haircare to makeup. lookfantastic have even got our tanning needs sorted this month with a beautiful gradual tanner from Vita Liberata – one of the stars of this month’s box in my opinion.

I hope that you enjoy watching my lookfantastic Beauty Box unboxing video below. Please don’t forget to subscribe to my channel if you’re new, leave me a like on the video and also say hello in the comments. I have a wonderful community of viewers over on YouTube and I adore speaking to you all in the comments.

Enjoy!

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lookfantastic Beauty Box 
Madara SOS Hydra Moisture + Radiance Mask
Elemis Superfood Facial Wash
Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumising Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts
Studio 10 Liquid Foil I-Radiance
Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Tinted Lotion
Rituals The Ritual of Dao Body Cream 
Real Chemistry Environmental Rescue Essential Day Cream

© Rachael Divers 2018.

adriana cantisani - June 2, 2018 - 5:35 pm

Rachel, you look soooo good! Besides the fake tan, have you done anything? Hair colour, maybe? I don’t know, definitely something subtle, or maybe just very happy 🙂 xxx

Rachael Divers - June 5, 2018 - 8:22 pm

Hi lovely Adriana! Aww thank you so much! I haven’t done anything different so I’m not sure what it could be but thank you for the lovely compliment <3 🙂 xoxoxo

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LUE by Jean Seo ERASE Powder review

After a few sunny days and lots of suncream application, my face started to feel a little irritated. I’m not sure whether to put it down to too much sun (I’ve been out and about walking with my dogs a fair bit in the gorgeous sunshine covered in SPF, of course!), a mixture of suncreams that I’ve trying out or a hormonal imbalance. But I started to notice little raised bumps around my chin making their way up the sides of my mouth. They almost felt like tiny blisters that were pretty much invisible to the eye, but I could certainly feel them and they felt a little itchy at times.

I started to panic straight away and was worried that my Acne was making a comeback. As you might know, I finished taking Accutane (or to name it it’s generic name, Isotretinoin) back in December and have been blessed with clear skin since. I wake up every morning and expect to see a face full of Acne again and feel relieved each time I realise it’s not there. So, I tried not to worry – after all, stress has a negative impact on our skin.

LUE by Jean Seo ERASE Powder review | Rachael Divers

I have a lovely little load of beauty products stored away in my office that I save to use on pamper days or as back ups, and knew I had the perfect product to help with my irritated skin. Enter LUE by Jean Seo ERASE Powder!

This powder is a cleansing, exfoliating and brightening powder but the special part is this: it’s made with non-fat milk powder, finely milled whole grain oats (which are a renowned skin soother) and a small amount of magnesium carbonate. It’s PH balanced so helps to balance the skin and clear any dirt or residue away from the skin gently and effectively.

LUE by Jean Seo ERASE Powder review | Rachael Divers

I set to work following the instructions:

Mix a tablespoon of ERASE with half a tablespoon of water to form a paste. Apply to face and allow to dry for one minute. While still damp, gently massage away. The paste should come away like eraser peels taking away blackheads, reducing pores and softening hyper-pigmentation as it goes.

This product works wonders for my skin and always leaves it feeling soft but nourished. It’s recommended to use the paste twice a week, but in this instance I actually used it for two days running and saw a huge difference in my skin. Three days down the line, my skin is almost back to normal.

LUE by Jean Seo ERASE Powder review | Rachael Divers

The product works on a three step solution:
Step 1 : Erase – A cleansing, exfoliating & brightening powder which reduces the appearance of imperfections, leaving skin soft and smooth.
Step 2 : Balance – A hydrating & calming serum which firms and tones, deeply nourishing and balancing skin while minimizing shine and pores.
Step 3 : Clear – A powerful spot control compound which leaves your skin clear, smooth, and radiant.

It’s an extremely handy product to have in for a skin crisis and a beautiful twice-weekly treat too! I really love this powder and think it’s fabulous value for money. I actually got mine inside a Glossybox but I’ll list below a UK stockist where you can pick one up.

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LUE by Jean Seo ERASE Powder
Glossybox 

© Rachael Divers 2018.

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May Bank Holiday Beauties

A few of my gorgeous Bank Holiday Weekend makeover ladies! This past weekend was filled with dramatic makeup looks, glitter and a whole lot of lashes too!

Blue liner proved to be a popular choice this weekend and it’s easy to see why when you see how striking it can look. It reminds me of the 80’s but with a modern twist that’s perfect for girls nights out or for a gorgeous wedding guest look.

Some of these lovely ladies have visited me in the past and it’s such a pleasure to welcome the back into the studio again for another makeover.

Thank you to all of my wonderful clients and friends that visited me this past weekend, I had a fabulous time with you all!

© Rachael Divers 2018.

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How a visit to Starbucks eased my anxiety

It’s been a while now since I wrote a post from the heart. As much as I love writing about skincare and the next new lipstick I’m loving, sometimes you have to go ahead and write something that comes from within. Something that’s good for the soul, you know?

I actually wrote this post over a year ago and stored it away privately debating whether to hit the publish button or not. But today, I decided to click that little button and share my story with you.

For a while I’d felt out of sorts. I was constantly exhausted, had anxiety and felt very uncertain about what the future held. I think those feelings are probably normal for the self-employed (and anybody else) from time to time. After all, it’s a constant worry about keeping the ball going and making sure that the plates don’t go clattering to the ground. It’s a constant battle to stay relevant, work hard and still maintain a work/life balance (whatever the heck that is).

To look at my social media back then, you’d never have known that things were less than perfect. And that’s kind of my point. The thing is, it’s not always easy to tell when somebody is feeling low or struggling with their load. After all, our social media channels have fast become the place to showcase our best moments that we want to remember. Not the not-so-great moments that we’d rather pass right on by. It’s become commonplace for friends to take a quick look over Instagram, see smiling, happy faces looking back and them and presume their friends are doing well and feeling good. The need to ask somebody how they are and what they’ve been up to has been lost thanks to the increase in social media. I’m sure many of you are just like me: I save those not-so-great moments in life to share with close friends and family that can talk me through and help me see my worries from a new perspective. As my dad says, there are no problems, just solutions. It’s a good way of looking at that roadblock in your way.

Secretly, I think most people tend to suffer from anxiety from time to time. Maybe even daily. But from the safety of behind closed doors. There’s a horrible stigma attached to anxiety and it’s something that needs to change. It’s something a lot of people don’t understand or know how to deal with when people around them are going through it. It can seem trivial to some, but it can be absolutely life-shattering for those going through it.

You’d never know that just visiting the supermarket at times in the past made my legs feel weak, my heart pound like it was going to break out of my chest and my voice shake with fear. Lord, I think we all feel a bit of anxiety when the cashier at Lidl is throwing our food down the checkout at the speed of light. Admittedly, it didn’t happen every time. Sometimes I was the most confident version of myself possible. But some days, the anxiety could feel crippling. It’s a strange little thing, anxiety. I teach groups of young ladies in schools all about makeup, I teach grown women about confidence, and I meet and make over numerous clients where ‘the fear’ doesn’t even come into it. Sure, I get nervous about speaking to large groups at times (who wouldn’t!), but nothing close to an anxiety attack. Nothing like those all encompassing feelings that make you feel like you might just hit the floor.

How a visit to Starbucks eased my anxiety | Rachael Divers

On the day of writing this very post I was sat in my local Starbucks. My heart was pounding, my anxiety was soaring and that horrible sickly feeling was bubbling over inside me at the thought of being one of ‘those‘ people sat in a coffee shop working away on my laptop. You know the type, those “wi-fi hoggers” taking up the best seats and making one coffee last an hour. But why did I feel like that? I couldn’t tell you. It was like I’d become so consumed and worried about what people were thinking of me that I’d worked myself up into a frenzy. But do you know what? Not one person in that coffee shop gave a damn about what I was doing because they were all too busy doing their own thing. It was full of mums with their children enjoying babyccinos, business people tapping away on laptops or phones, and people sat reading their books and enjoying their flat whites. Nobody cared what I was doing, nobody was paying attention. I suddenly felt a little less flustered.

One evening I had a panic attack out of the blue. I suddenly felt a crushing in my chest and throat and felt like I couldn’t breathe. I stumbled across a man on YouTube talking about coping techniques as I frantically searched for a calming video. What he said really struck me and knocked me for six, yet it wasn’t anything prolific whatsoever. He simply said ‘panic is something that’s built to protect you. It cannot hurt you.‘ Hearing this instantly calmed me a little. ‘It can’t hurt me?‘ I thought. ‘So if it can’t hurt me, what am I so afraid of? Just roll with the feeling and breathe it out.’ And that I did. I was surprised how quickly I felt soothed. It didn’t cure it, but my goodness it eased that chest crushing feeling and breathless panic significantly. I took to drawing to distract me and soon found the calmness seeping over me in my world of monochrome pencil strokes.

The reason I wrote this post is mainly because of an experience that I’d had. I was feeling anxious, upset about things that were going on in my personal life and was really not feeling all too well either. After a rough night the evening before with several bouts of sleep paralysis (something very common in people who suffer from a lot of stress or anxiety), I decided to head out for a drive. I pulled into my local Starbucks drive through to get a chai tea latte with the weight of the world on my shoulders and my hands shaking (I promise I do a lot more in my days than visit coffee houses but I like to treat myself now and then!) and suddenly I met the Baristas’ eyes through the window. She gave me the biggest, most heartwarming smile – the kindest smile I’d seen in a long time. It sounds silly, but it was one of those smiles that are truly genuine. Something strange happened – in an instant, my stomach muscles relaxed, my heart felt lighter and a huge smile spread across my face mirroring her. She passed me my cup with a flourish which also held a huge smiley face drawn on in black ink. In that instant I knew that I was going to be just fine. I was doing okay. The world wasn’t such a scary, mean place after all and there was a lot to smile about.

The point I’m trying to make is that, for somebody with anxiety, or even just anybody at all, a little kindness goes a long way in a somewhat sometimes lonely world. Ask somebody how they are doing, smile at a stranger and spread a little kindness and love. It can make a huge difference to somebody and have such a positive impact.

Today is a new day and a new life for me (and I’m feeling goooood! Cue the big band!) Sure I feel a little nervous and anxious at times about new challenges but I’ve learned to embrace the fear. Look that fear in the eye and hit it head on because once you step outside your comfort zone, amazing things happen. They happened for me and they can happen for you too.

‘Have courage and be kind’ always.

© Rachael Divers 2018.

Wiki - May 27, 2018 - 2:42 pm

Hello ,

I saw your tweet about animals and thought I will check your website. I like it!

I love pets. I have two beautiful thai cats called Tammy(female) and Yommo(male). Yommo is 1 year older than Tommy. He acts like a bigger brother for her. 🙂
I have even created an Instagram account for them ( https://www.instagram.com/tayo_home/ ) and probably soon they will have more followers than me (kinda funny).

I wanted to subscribe to your newsletter, but I couldn’t find it. Do you have it?

Keep up the good work on your blog.

Regards
Wiki

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