My casting look. 

I’m often asked by new or aspiring models, what look they should have when going to castings of Go&See’s. 

I think the issues I see most often is over-done hair, too much makeup and over the top clothing that doesn’t show off your figure. The general idea is to appear groomed but natural – the client doesn’t want to see the finished product, they want to see what they can do with you to represent their brand the way they want it. They want to see the raw product, but in its best form. 

I try to achieve a glowing, dewy look with my skin and I personally believe that this is achieved through the prep rather than just the makeup. I always see girls with foundation that looks almost crusty on their skin, probably because they don’t moisturise or prime properly. It’s a misconception that you shouldn’t moisturise if you have oily skin when in reality, you’d be much better off finding a good oil free moisturiser, such as Dermologica. 

   
 These pics show my skin after applying all of the products to my skin, but before the finishing touches. 

  • I started by applying a serum and moisturiser by Estée Lauder from the Enlighten range. 
  • I continued by applying a thin layer of Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.  I always think my skin looks so radiant and hydrated when I use this. 
  • I immediately applied Estée Lauder Double Wear Light in intensity 2 using the Real Techniques buffing brush. It has an amazing coverage but is still light enough to look natural when applied smoothly. 
  • I dabbed some E.L Double Wear Concealer in 1W Light (Warm)  around my eye area. 
  • I lightly slicked some Soleil Tan De Chanel on my cheek bones and sides of my forehead, and a quick buff over my whole face using the contour brush by Real Techniques.      
  • To finish my look, I slicked a thin flick of liquid eyeliner across the tops of my eyelids to give them some definition. 
  • I coated my lashes in Benefit Roller Lash which I loveeeeee. 
  • I filled in my brows using the Beauty UK High Brow all in one Brow Definition Kit. 
  • I used MAC Spice Liner and some Carmex lip balm on my lips. 
  • I left my hair natural except straightening out the front a little so I looked neat. 

  

       

  • I kept my outfit simple with a black cropped top and skinny jeans but added a gold body chain to make me stand out a little. I was once told that details like this are good to make you be remembered over the other models without trying too hard to draw attention to yourself. 
  • I added my MK watch and bag and my favourite tan Kurt Gieger heels. 

Once I was walking through Manchester in the 23• heat I regretted my jeans! A couple of the other models were wearing simple dresses and I think it’s time for me to transition into dresses this week onwards! 

So to summarise, think neat and groomed but not over done. I wouldn’t recommend wearing your fav sequin dress and sparkly heels but at the same time, it’s probably not a good idea to turn up to a casting in your old joggers and trainers. Keep it casual in jeans and vest tops in neautral colours or a fitted dress to show off your figure. 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments!  

Hels x

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Rosie for Autograph

  Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will forever be one of my all-time favourite supermodels. She is such a natural beauty and oozes elegance and femininity. 

“The concept behind my new collection is luxurious, feminine smoothing lingerie. These pieces are are using the softest microfibres, they’re ultra smooth and slinky, with French designed lace and silk trims to add a touch of luxury. The clever multiway straps on each bra means you can wear them with many different outfits. Create a perfectly smooth silhouette.” Rosie. 

I was browsing M&S yesterday when my friend and I noticed the Rosie for Autograph collection, with its delicate silks and lace and subtle dusky tones mixed with beautiful florals. I picked up three bra’s which you won’t believe we’re just £3.99 each reduced from £25! Here’s the ones I chose:

   
   I love this delicate silk and lace non-padded balcony. It remains feminine and pretty, despite the glam black lace trim. 

   
   This dusky pink garment is the same as the one above, but in a girly soft pink which makes it all the more girly and pretty. 

   
   The final bra I picked up was this duck egg blue plunge with a subtle white print and Rosie’s signature lace. 

The collection seems to be a small fit with the ones I’ve tried, so take a few sizes into the changing rooms and see what fits best. Rosie wasn’t wrong when she said these are very smoothing and slinky. They’re by no means push-up but they drape over your skin beautifully and feel so feminine. I’d definitely recommend running down to your local M&S store to see if you can grab any bargains, but I’d be equally as happy personally to purchase at full price. 

On a final note – Rosie retweeted me! ❤  

 

Hels xxx

MAC lips. 

Good morning lovelies! I’m shopping this weekend so I’ve been browsing blogs and online for what treats I should buy. I’m a massive lipstick fan and always more than happy to add to my collection that’s almost exclusively MAC. They’ve always been my favourite – relatively inexpensive, amazing range of colours, good range of textures (matte/glossy etc). I always tend to go for really similar ones. I have so many light pinky shades and a whole load of nudes and only one bold red. 

On a recent Selfridges trip, I was browsing the current MAC is Beauty collection and fell in love with pretty much the whole lipstick collection. I swatched a few on my hand and noticed they are much more glossy than the regular MAC lipsticks, but still have a really full colour. This is so ideal for me because I can sometimes get quite dry lips from some of my lipsticks but I love a really full coverage of colour. Long story short – I couldn’t choose which I liked best so I didn’t get any! But I will definitely be purchasing this weekend since I’ve narrowed it down to two now! 

  You can see why I want them all! Notice Me perhaps isn’t as wearable for me as the others but it’s still undeniably pretty. I’ve narrowed my choices down to Real Redhead and Highlights because my all time fav MAC lipstick is Freckle Tone and I feel like these mixed would be quite similar to this. Honestly though, the more I look at this, the more I want French Twist and Pure Vanity too…. Did it mention it’s my birthday coming up…..? 
I stumbled across another thing that excited me recently…. Yep – more lipsticks! 

  This new MAC collection is rumoured to launch July 9th and I think it’s just genius. I store my lipsticks in a clear Perspex lipstick organiser and since they all look exactly the same, I have the effort of looking at the bottom of each one to find which I want. With these little babies, the outside is exactly the same as the outside so you can just grab the one you want and head out! They are matte which doesn’t sit well on a lot of people’s lips (mine included) but I’m hoping a bit of Vaseline can sort this out because I loveeeee all of them. 
Let me know your favourite lipsticks and any other brands you can recommend! Do you have any of these lipsticks? 
Hels xxx

Expectation VS Reality: Nail Fails. 

Day two of a sickness bug has left me scrolling the internet bored, looking for mindless randomness to entertain me. I was supposed to be at my agency today getting some fresh Polaroids which would have been ideal in this weather! Not good. 

However, I did stumble upon something that made me laugh. Partly because they’re so awful but partly because I know for a FACT we’ve all been there – done that. 

The article, as found on Daily Mail shows us some shocking nail fails where amateurs have tried to replicate professional manicures and got it terribly, terribly wrong. 

Enjoy!! 

   
  ‘Simple stripes’ – they look so easy, but this Fail says differently!     How did this person get the polish so lumpy and uneven? Perhaps some longer nails would have helped!     In fairness, these aren’t the worst fail we’ve seen, but by no means are they good!     Nice attempt but these jagged lines are awful!     Someone pass this girl an acetone dipped cotton bud!     I think you need really deep nail beds or a good extension to pull these off!    Potentially the worst ones yet! What were they thinking?  

   Hippie tie-die gone very very wrong here! I can only assume she tried to dip her nails into it but something went miserably wrong here! 

Have you had any similar experiences? I’ve always preferred a block colour to nail art, but I think if you’re into these sort of looks – leave it to the professionals or invest in some stickers! 

Hels x

My Top Picks: Aisle Style 

Let’s just start this post by clarifying I am not getting married (just yet). However, my big sister is in just 2 months and will all of this hen-do planning, I’m really getting into the wedding spirit! 

Many little girls dream of their big day from a young age, me included with ‘The Dress‘ as the main attraction. Perhaps our tastes change a little as we get older and pink bling isn’t the centre point of our lives but Aisle Style has us covered. 

Aisle Style has the most stunning collections with fantastic cut prices. They have such a large selection that even the most fussy brideszilla would find her dream dress. 

Here’s my top styles: 

   This luxurious lace gown oozes sophistication with its modest but delicate lace high neck. 

  I adore the delicate femininity of this off the shoulder design, with many beautiful layers of lace and fine fabrics.   This is such a classic look with its neat sweetheart top, accompanied by fine lace long sleeves.   I love the sharp lines of these two fantastically simple wedding gowns. Not everyone loves the glitz and lace so these are ideal designs if you like it plain and simple but beautifully cut.    I love how unique and dramatic this bold lacy number is. The draping effect on the lace arms is simply stunning. 

   

It’s rare we see short wedding dress designs but I had to add these two to my top picks because they are just so unique and stunning. If you want to make a statement at your wedding, or show off your killer legs then Aisle Style has the gown for you with these short styles. 

Aisle Style also has brides-to-be covered with wedding accessories to perfectly compliment your chosen gown. From sweet jackets to stunning viels, Aisle Style can help you complete your look for the happiest day of your life. 

   

       

   
     

If you’re planning your big day, or just day dreaming about the stunning gowns, check out http://www.aislestyle.co.uk/ for all things wedding. 

Hels x

Argan Oil Review. 

I have a bit of an obsession with dewy, flowing faces, smooth and soft skin, and glossy, silky hair…. Basically all things ‘hydration’!! With this in mind, I always jump at anything that claims to offer a good shot of hydration. 

I think it’s safe to say that most of us associate quality with price… High price – high quality. Low price – low quality. Right? Wrong. 

My aunty was recently telling my mum all about these new hair products she had tried and loved! They’re basically a range of Argan Oil hair products which sounds all very normal and well with the world going Argan Oil mad at the moment.. But there’s a catch. 

These products are from POUND LAND! Yep, pound land. A pound each. 100 pence. They can’t be any good, surely? Wrong again. I’ve started using this range out of curiousity and I’ve been pleasantly surprised. When it comes to my hair, I usually splash out a little and use Bed Head or Wella products because I assume they’re better for my bleached hair. 

Here’s a few products that I’ve purchased (note that there is a few more that I’m yet to try in this range!) 

   Shampoo, conditioner, treatment mask and heat defence leave in spray.

   

  

The shampoo and conditioner do feel a little runny but it’s not a problem once the product actually hits your hair. The shampoo still lathers up and the conditioner still coats the hair nicely. 

  
The mask is creamy and oily in a nice way. After soaking my hair in this for a while whilst I was in the bath, my hair was left luscious and silky and with a healthy gloss. 

   

This leave in spray is the perfect finish before blow drying and styling your hair. It’s always a good idea to defend your hair from the every day styling heat and a little extra moisture to get you through the day is only a good thing. 

All in all, I’d give these products an 7/10. They have brilliant hydrating properties and have left my bleached hair feeling lovely. They’re also amazing considering the rediculously low price! They also small fantastic.  The only down side is the runnyness which takes away a certain hint of luxury and means you have to use more product than normal. I would definitely recommend getting down to your local pound shop/pound land/ b&m etc and picking some of this up! 

Hels x 

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