Red Carpet Ready – Shooting Beautiful Gowns in a Beautiful Location.

Hey!

So this weekend, I travelled across to Lincoln to shoot for Red Carpet Ready – the largest dress specialist in the country! When I say these dresses are amazing – I don’t mean just cute dresses that you see each day. These dresses are next level! Stunning gowns in every design and colour-way you can imagine. Many are encrusted with beautiful gems and beading and intricate detail.

I arrived around midnight to my hotel after attending an event and got myself showered and settled ready for an early start. I met one of the other models Hayley for a quick breakfast and then we travelled to the location – MY GOODNESS. We certainly didn’t expect the location we arrived at!

The lovely Tina and Simon Grantham (friends of the owner of RCR) had loaned their beautiful home for the day to shoot in. The whole house was exquisite – crushed velvet, white marble, grand chandeliers, beautiful textured walls, stunning flower displays – it was literally the dream home. Not to mention the Bentley and Ferrari on the drive!

Just a taster of the beautiful home.

We created some group shots where we all wore different styles but in the same colour scheme, and we also had some individual shots and were let loose around the house to get some selfies and videos! The purpose of the shoot was to advertise the AMAZING dresses Kirsty has got in for the 2018 prom season – not to mention the gowns for balls, pageants and the cutest NYE cocktail dresses!

There’s so many images coming but I’ll attach a few I got from the day. I did not want to take them off! PS keep scrolling RIGHT down to the bottom to see the highlight of the day that I promise you’ll love!

Okay so as promised – the highlight of the day…..

If you know me, you know I’m a huge dog lover and the Granthams have a GORGEOUS French Bull Dog called Blue! He kept escaping from the garden so the team were constantly running round trying to catch up (turns out he’s allowed out and doesn’t run away haha) but he also stole a load of sausage rolls which made me love him even more!

So on our lunch break… I went missing… they found me crouched down in the kitchen giving him all the love!

Look how much he’s enjoying it!

Hels xxx

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Glossy Box September 2017 Review

Its officially September and officially starting to feel like summer is well and truly over! Today I headed into Manchester to visit my modelling agency and have a casting and upon walking back to my car (thankfully not before!) I was literally DRENCHED in rain. So bad that I sent my boyfriend a picture and he literally asked if someone had thrown a bucket of water over me. (He’s getting some better weather in Austria whilst he’s  working there for the day so wasn’t aware quite how bad the rain was!)

So after that experience I was so glad to come home and get into a snuggly jumper and open up my Glossy Box that I get so excited for each month. This is my 4th box now and I’ve never been disappointed! I’ve never posted a blog post on what’s been inside but this time I thought I’d share with everyone. I’ve had some bits that I literally use all of the time which brings me back to today’s rain – last month I got a SportFX setting spray which I used this morning and even through the rain my makeup stayed nice? Miracle. My other fav product so far is the Model.Co contour stick which has become a staple in my makeup bag and my professional makeup kit that I use on clients.

So, onto this months box:

Taylor’s 32 Natural Whitening Toothpaste

Of course I’m going from first impressions here as my Box only arrived today – but I’m liking the idea of this product! It’s a really big box which is always good, instead of a tiny little sample you can only use once or twice. This is full size! The only downside is that it’s Grapefruit and Mint flavour – I’m not sure how I feel about this? I’ve seen some people have just mint which I’m a little jealous of, but I’ve seen some have fennel and mint so I’m just glad I didn’t get that!

PIXI by Petra Brow Tamer

When I opened this up I said ‘mum let me try this on you’ as she had bare eyebrows and honestly it didn’t really do a lot. I think this will be good for top ups during the day and maybe when I’m styling a shoot and want a good bushy Brow but I personally prefer tinted Brow mascaras that leave a coating around the hairs making them appear thicker. I think another issue (well it would annoy me but maybe not others) is that this will be applied over the usual Brow pencil/gel/shadow which means if you dip back in, the gels going to get murky eventually. Maybe that’s just my own little dislike!

MONU SKIN Firming Fiji Facial Oil

For me, this sounds amazing! I love facial oils, espescially as the bad weather is approaching. A lot of girls will be afraid to try oils on their face through fear of getting spots but if you clean your face well and are selective with what oils you put on your face, you might find that your skin is really helped! Essential oils like Rosehip, and the two found in this product – Bois De Rose and Patchouli can work wonders on the skin! This smells beautiful and I can’t wait to try it.

Cetaphil Cleanser, Face and Body Moisturising Cream and Moisturising Lotion. 

I love this cute little trio of Cetaphil products. Great for sensitive skin and the mini bottles mean I can pop them in my handbag to use on the go! I’ve never used Cetaphil products myself but I have heard of them and know people that swear by them for their sensitive skin.

STYLONDON Siligel Blender

This is the ‘Star’ product in this month’s box, but truthfully it’s probably my worst of the lot! I’ve used a silicone blender before and I just don’t really get it. Of course you dont lose your product like you can with sponges but personally it’s not worth it to compromise the blending finish! Of course a smooth base can be achieved with it but when you have back-to-back clients you don’t really have time to dab for hours to get a smooth base! I will definitly be sticking with my BeautyBlender but to be fair this could come in handy for applying skincare products.

I’m really happy with every product this month and i’m happy the iconic pink box is back! The packaging is unreal and for me, no other beauty boxes i’ve tried are near the quality of Glossy Box!

Hels xxx

 

Lounge Underwear

IMG_7255IMG_7256IMG_7257IMG_7258IMG_7259IMG_7260IMG_7261IMG_7262Hey everyone,

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll probably know by now that I absolutely LOVE Lounge Underwear. It must be a couple of years ago now that I first saw them on Instagram and fell in love at first site with their original triangle bra and panty set with a thick branded band. They’ve come on so much since then and now include leggings and sports bra’s, a wide range of colours and shapes and the most beautiful intimate sets.

I was over the moon when I was asked to become an ambassador for them (I must add that this post is NOT sponsored or paid in any way, I just genuinely want to share my love for the brand). I’ve been lucky enough to be sent lots of goodies from them and they’ve become a staple in my wardrobe.

The original sets are so comfortable for daily wear but you still feel stylish, sexy and cool. There’s so many colour ways – Khaki, grey, red, white, pink – just to name a few! There’s different shapes and fabrics – the Lace ones are so beautiful! There really is something for everyone.

The latest edition from Lounge is their ‘intimates’ Range. I’ve been so lucky to be sent the Isabella set – a beautifully delicate bra, panties and suspended belt complete with their stunning rose gold tab for that little extra luxury.

I genuinely believe in this brand – that’s why I’m so proud to be one of their ambassadors. The quality is always spot on and there’s such a huge range of carefully designed products that they can please every customer. Just a quick look at their Instagram @LoungeUnderwear shows that they’re loved by everyone of all different shapes and sizes!

Check them out Lounge Underwear ❤

Hels x

Happiness and Reflection.

This is rather a different post to my usual beauty, fashion etc – but important all the same. I’m lay in bed this Sunday evening with a cup of tea, watching Doctor Foster on my iPad (you need to watch this if you haven’t already, the next series is out soon!) after what’s already been a lovely weekend.

Friday night was date night – dinner and shopping with my boyfriend where he treated me ‘just because’. Saturday I went to the gym and spent the evening with my lovely boyfriend again, and our friends and stayed up (kind of, we actually all napped with duvets in the living room) to watch the McGregor-Mayweather fight and finally, today I spent the early afternoon beautifying my makeup clients and the rest of the day spent with my amazing family, cooking up a huge chilli whilst my sweet nieces and nephew ran around causing chaos. And as I’m lay here in bed now, it’s struck me how lucky I am, how HAPPY I am, and how such an ‘ordinary’ weekend is just so perfect and so ‘me’. Not only this but i’m also thinking about how I’ve ‘chosen’ happy. I make a conscious effort to seek happiness and I want everyone reading this to do the same. Every day, do something or choose something that’s going to benefit your life either in the present or the future.

We all have setbacks – I’ve experienced this recently with various work-related setbacks. I take a few minutes – maybe a few tears – and then I get back up and carry on. My lovely boyfriend, Ed told me I will look back on these times and be glad they turned out the way they did because something better will come along for me. And he is so right! I’m a firm believer of ‘everything happens for a reason’ and I’m absolutely convinced that something good ALWAYS comes out of any bad situation.

If you’re having a bad time, or even just a bad day – remember it’s only temporary. A long time ago I read the words ‘if it won’t matter in 5 years time, it doesn’t matter today’ and I don’t even remember where I even read this but it always stuck with me and it’s something I’ve always passed on when others are feeling down.

Everyone deserves to be happy, so CHOOSE happy. Make small changes to your every day life and the rest will follow in time. Whilst I’m on the subject, download the app ‘Insight Timer’ – it’s a free meditation app and it’s AMAZING for making you feel calm and collected. There’s all sorts on there to help you let go, relax, gain self confidence, sleep better and more. Twice I’ve fallen asleep listening to the sleep meditation and had a brilliant nights sleep. Enjoy!

 

Hels x

June/July Edit: My Current Favourite Cosmetic Products. 

Recently I’ve been stocking up on all sorts of new products. Some I’ve purchased through recommendations, some impulse buys, some gifts and some from monthly subscription boxes. 

The first three products I’m going to show you were some of the ones purchased for me by my lovely boyfriend. On a recent holiday to Crete, we shopped in Heraklion city and stumbled upon a Sephora. My face absolutely lit up! After stepping in, he leaned in and whispered to me to ‘choose what I like’ – his treat! Absolute sweetheart. The next two products are from my Glossy Box (which was really good in June!) and the last two are purchases I made myself. 

GlamGlow GlowStarter in ‘Sun Glow’


I loveeeee this product and I haven’t seen anything just like it on the market. It’s a moisturiser and primer in one. Basically, it’s a daily moisturiser with a tint and shimmer which really illuminates the skin and leaves you with a glowing base. It comes in a few colours but I went for the darkest one (it’s still Sheer) so I can get a nice bronzed glow. It smells amazing but very strong so if you’re not into heavy scents then this isn’t for you. I only use it in the morning of course, but it’s hydrating enough for me at the minute so I love it! Highly recommend. 

Inglot Gel Eyeliner in 77


This is the best, blackest gel eyeliner on the market in my opinion. When training in makeup I was told about this but never purchased it for some reason. I couldn’t live without it now! I use it on myself and on my clients and it gives the most amazing black pigment. You can find some images of makeup I’ve done with this product on my Instagram. If you want a really black Liner that’s easy to blend and soft enough to be used on the waterline – this is the one! 

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in Very Fair


Another Sephora purchase, this concealer is  dreamy. It’s so soft and flawless once applied with a beauty blender. I went for the lightest shade so I could use it to really brighten up the under eye area and it’s the perfect shade for me. The only criticism I have is that it does crease a lot so really does need setting with a loose powder (and still creases a bit under the eye). I’ve read other people’s reviews saying the same. I still love this concealer though and it offers the perfect coverage for me. 

Model Co Contour Stick 

This product came in my June Glossy Box. I’ve used it a few times now already and I really like it! It’s got a very freaky texture so blends instantly with a fluffy brush. It works perfectly with a powder bronzer to set it, or can be left as it is if you’d rather a more dewy look. It’s not actually super dark, despite it looking dark before application so it would be good on quite a lot of skin tones as a small amount can be used or it can be layered up. I’d definitely look at the range now having tried this! I used it on this makeup look on my Instagram.

Manna GLO Illuminator 


Another Glossy Box product – I really like this! It’s not super pigmented so I think it’s nice to add a bit more glow during the day. It can be mixed with foundation or dotted on the high points of the face – or both if you want to really glow! It has a pinky tint but it doesn’t show up on the skin. It allows you to illuminate the skin without making it look or feel greasy. Highly recommend. 

Bioactive Skincare Organic Virgin Olive Oil Day Cream


I picked this up from Holland and Barrat for just a few pounds (I think maybe £8?) after receiving a sample in store. I’ve always used expensive skincare but I really liked how this felt and the fact it’s organic is a bonus! My skins feeling amazing after a couple of months of this and the fact it’s so cheap and lasts so long is amazing! 

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster 


These little miracle drops are a life saver when you need to spruce your complexion up a little! You simply add 1, 2 or 3 drops into your usual face cream depending on how dark you want to tan your skin. I always use 3 drops and it gives a nice natural glow not orange or fake looking. I’ve also added it to my morning facecream under my makeup to gain some colour as the day goes on and it works perfectly for that too. Much better than pore-clogging fake tan on your face! 

There’s many more products I love at the minute and maybe a few more on order… oops. What products are you loving at the moment? Let me know! 

Hels x

Rat and Boa ‘Confessions of a Wildflower’ S/S17 Collection. 

Rat and Boa are due to launch their latest S/S Collection next week – ‘Confessions of a Wildflower’. No doubt it’ll be another sell-out collection, with fashionista fans setting their alarms to get their hands on everything they can fit in their basket. 

“The collection features luxurious fabrics, feminine details, and a hint of decadence” 

I love how Rat and Boa have gone more feminine with this collection, the florals and grills and delicate fabrics are beautiful and perfect for summer evenings. 

We’ve had a sneak peak on Instagram and I LOVE it. The styling and backdrops of the images makes it all the more amazing for me. 


The last 4 images are my favourites from the collection, but I really love all of the pieces. 

Will you be setting your alarm to get your hands on any of these garments? Which is your favourite? 

Hels

@heliemac1 

NYX goodies 

I am absolutely obsessed with trying new cosmetic products. I do tend to go on recommendations from friends/bloggers/reviewers before I splurge the cash however. I hadn’t experienced NYX products until I attended the Pout Patrol Makeup Masterclass before Christmas and received two amazing lipsticks in my goodie bag. Although the shades of lipstick aren’t really that useable for me (dark brown and bright purple) the pigment and feel are impressive and you never know when you’ll need them in your kit. 

I had my eye on a few goodies but couldn’t find them all online in one place (plus, who likes paying for delivery!?) so I searched boots online to see where I can get the products and found them in Festival Park Boots, about half an hour away from where I live. There’s tones of shops around here so I didn’t mind the journey! I’m so happy NYX is available in Selfidges at the Trafford centre as I go quite frequently! I love each and every one of the products I picked up from NYX this time so will DEFINITELY stock up on a few more products every time I’m in the area! 

First up is Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in shade Pure Gold. My bestie Amy turned up to meet me the other day and looked radiant! I instantly said WHAT HAVE YOU GOT ON YOUR SKIN and she told me about this product she picked up in Selfridges. It can be used a few different ways – mixed with Foundation, applied prior to foundation or used on the high points of the face as highlighter. I personally like to mix with Foundation. It gives a really glowy, dewy look. I don’t think it’s quite pigmented enough to get a good highlight on the cheekbones alone. 

Next up,  the Slide On Eye Pencil in black and in white. My two classic favourites for the water line to complete any look! These are really pigmented and long lasting. I find with black and white they can be quite wishy washy but I really like these! 

The Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in porcelain is probably my favourite of my purchases! It’s perfect for carving out brows with a flat edged brush and also for priming the eyelids prior to eyeshadow application for a more intense colour. I’ve bought one for myself and one for my kit (same with the highlighter fluid!) and day to day I use it on my lids, set with Kiko Smart Eyeshadow in no.10 with a little bronzer in the crease. It really brightens up the eyes! It’s super creamy as well so it doesn’t cause a dry or creasy look underneath the eyes. I really recommend this one! 

Finally, the Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cairo. I saw this on insta babe @elle.sutton and it looked beaut so I had to purchase! I use it alone with MAC spice Liner, or add a gloss over the top for a perfect nude lip. There’s tones of lovely shades which I’m going to stock up on for my kit and for personal use! 

Do you use NYX products? Or have any staple beauty products you recommend? Let me know in the comments or over on Instagram @heliemac1 
Hels xxx

Soft Nude Eye Makeup

We’re just a few weeks away from the annual Galaxy UK beauty pageants where mini’s, teens, Miss, Mrs and Ms ladies from across the UK will be crowned and flown out to a beautiful Florida resort to compete for the international crowns in their respective age groups. Years ago, I was involved in the pageant industry as a contestant and was lucky enough to be one of the winners as Miss Teen Galaxy England. I then placed in the top 5 at the international in Florida. 

These days I’m at the other side of the industry. I’m looking forward to glamming up the contestants before their interviews and for the main stage event in the evenings. I’ll be there Thursday, Friday and Sunday (with Saturday being my sisters hen-do!) doing makeup on the girls. It’s so important to them to feel a million dollars so I’m making sure I pull out all the stops in terms of giving them the best products and practicing my skills until it’s second nature. 

I love a soft nude eye look for the day time. The girls want to look ‘done’ and glamourus but still remain natural and neat looking, not ‘over-done’. Neutral tones look beautiful on everyone with a little tweaking for individual colourings. Here’s a look I did on Dionne – Miss Cheshire Galaxy. We’re going to do this for her day look. 

In the evening, we can glam it up with some darker tones and of course a bit of sparkle! The harsh stage lights mean that a heavier makeup application is necessary in order to not look washed out, and keep the features defined. Here, I intensified the shadow and used a kohl liner with a smudging technique to create more of a statement Eye. I used plenty of highlighter to really make her cheek bones pop. 

I’m available for makeup bookings in the Cheshire/Manchester areas. Email me at helenm94@btinternet.com or message me on Instagram @heliemac1 @heliemacmua 
Hels xxx

Lounge Underwear 

I’ve recently become a Lounge Underwear Brand Ambassador which I’m so happy about because I LOVE their garments and they’re so lovely to work with as a company. They have so many styles, from their trademark triangle shapes to their leggings and sports bra and the new lace balcony shape which I ADORE. Here’s a few snaps I’ve taken in their garments. There’s plenty more to come on my Instagram because I have so many beautiful sets to snap! 


Hels xxx

March Lust List 

Happy Friday everyone! I can’t believe how fast the weeks are flying by this year. I’ve really wanted to blog more (I know I say this on everrrrry post I do) but I’m going to let myself off because I’ve been busy working hard, training hard, and generally enjoying life. I’ve been up to all sorts – cuddles with my new baby niece Eliza, Spa pampering and massages, long walks, catching up with old friends, eating out A LOT, shopping, just having a good time. 

I’m sticking to my New Years resolution fitness wise. I’ve been using the app RUNTRAINER to help teach me run 5k. I’ve always been active with cardio but tend to do HIIT so my endurance isn’t where I want it to be. I’m going to carry on with it and challenge myself to some sort of sponsored run this year! After becoming an Advanced scuba diver from being a total novice, I want to continue challenging myself. Strength wise, I’m working hard on my booty and abs and also training my back and arms once or twice each week so I’m hoping to feel in great shape by summer. 

Anyway, I’ve put together a little list of things I’m lusting over this month. I’m going to purchase a lottery ticket for this weekend so if I win (keep your fingers crossed for me) I’m going to add a house and a few luxury holidays onto my list! A girl can dream. 

FitBit Charge 2 

I’ve wanted one of these for agesssss but always end up spending my money on other things. I love the Charge 2 because it tracks your heart rate, activity and sleep but also looks quite subtle. I love the blue but the black is classic and probably more durable in terms of staining and visible scratching. I’d love to track my heart rate because according to the gym machines it’s through the roof! So it would be good to track it and work on balancing it. Oh and it’s pretty cool you can get your calls and texts through on it! Check them out here.
Freddy Jeans 

If you haven’t seen these before – you’re going to love them! They’re special sculpting pants with cleverly placed seams to make your booty look AMAZING. I love skinny fit jeans and these two are my fav; regular waist denim jeans – classic and perfect for every day wear. Faux snake skin – I can’t stop wearing black at the moment and I’ve seen someone wear these ones and they look so nice! They can be dressed down in the day with boots or trainers or dressed up with heels for the evening so they’re really versatile. Definitely my favourites! You can have a browse at their many styles Here.
Bali Body Bronzing Lotion

I used Bali Body last year on my holidays and their products are just so luxurious in feel and smell. I have the watermelon oil and the sun lotion and LOVE them both for making my skin soft and smooth, and an all natural alternative to regular sun cream. It’s a little annoying how often you have to apply but I’d say it’s worth it! They’ve recently bought out this Luxe Bronzing Lotion which has a tint to give you a bronzed look whilst hydrating the skin with Vitamin E and natural oils. I LOVE a good tan and if I can get it whilst nourishing my skin, this can only be a good thing! Get your bronze glow Here.

Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance Palette 

This is just the ultimate palette in terms of the shades I love to use on my self. I swear I’m the only girl in the world who doesn’t have this? I’ve heard only good things about this palette. The Venetian Red, Raw Sienna and Realgar look like my dream shades! I’m not being dramatic when I say I will die if I do not own this palette soon. 
Fearless shoes 

I’m really funny about flat shoes, I rarely wear them except trainers (pretty much only in the gym) I usually always have at least a small heel! I love these cream espadrille style shoes and they have a Valentino style strap around the ankle which I adore! These cute little PomPom shoes are equally as cute! Now the weather is (I guess?) trying to get a little warmer/sunnier I need to invest in some cute little shoes like these. You can find these and loads of others on Fearless.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide – Unlaced, Stripped and Playpen. 

When purchasing a few foundations (Nars Sheer Glow is unreal) for my makeup kit, the lady at the Nars counter popped in a sample of the velvet lip glide for me. It’s a really good size that’ll last me a while and I’m so glad because I LOVE it! It really does glide on beautifully and is the most comfortable liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried. It’s not totally matte, it has a velvet finish which I definitely prefer! It’s too easy to get a cracked look with a matte lippy. The three shades above are my favourite every day nudes but they’re all lovely! Pick yours up from your nearest counter or the NARS website.
Grey Feather Jacket

Top of my list fashion-wise is this grey feather jacket from Olive and Lile! I think it would go with soooo many looks and glam up any outfit! It’s ostrich feathers are ethically sourced which is important to me also! Must-have fashion purchase. Get yours in grey or a range of other colours from Olive and Lile.
So that’s a few of my fav things at the moment! Obviously, like many girly girls, it’s pretty much an endless list but these have made it to the top! Have you got any of these? Are they and things I should add? Let me know in the comments or on my Instagram @heliemac1 

Hels xxx