Oh Polly! Jumper Dress. 

I love this grey tie-side jumper dress I’ve received from the lovely people at Oh Polly. I’ve looked everywhere for jumper dresses that doesn’t look frumpy and isn’t too long to sit with my thigh high boots. So this is PERFECT and I love the tie up with the cute bow on the side. 

I styled mine with a messy bun and natural makeup for casual chic, and teamed it with my Steve Madden ‘Gorgeous Thigh Highs’ in Taupe. I think it would look cute with some heels and an over-sized clutch back for an evening look! 

You can get yours from www.ohpolly.com along with some gorgeous other items at GREAT prices. 
  
    
   
Hels X 

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Lounge Underwear

I love a delivery! Especially when it’s a cute little box with some underwear inside. 

The sweet little grey set is made in the UK and is 100% cotton, making it so soft and comfortable. It’s available also in black or white but I opted for the grey! I have literally fallen in love. You can purchase yours with super fast delivery at www.loungeunderwear.com

   
    
    
 

How Kimmy-K Gets Her Shiny Locks. 

We already know that washing our hair too often strips the scalp of its essential oils, yet many of us lather up pretty much every day.

Kim Kardashian always manages to keep her locks glossy and sleek, despite the copious amounts of styling and that blonde ‘do. How does she do it? 
“Keeping your hair shiny and soft in the winter can be difficult!” the fashion and beauty icon wrote on her website. “I only shampoo it twice a week to prevent it from drying out.”

Well, there we go. If Kim can shampoo twice a week without turning into a dread-locked grease ball, so can we? 

I’m a big believer in not shampooing every day (although it can be hard when I’ve had a lot of product in my hair on a shoot and I need it clean for the next days job). But I’m more of a 3-4 times a week kind of girl. 

So, what to do with limp locks on wash-free days? Kim’s go-to hairstyle: a sleek ponytail. Your hair will thank you in the long run and you’ll probably end up seeing a difference. And don’t forget you’ll use far less of your expensive shampoos and conditioners! 

If the ponytail isn’t your kinda thing, don’t forget that there’s some amazing dry shampoos on the market. My favourite is the Batiste range which freshens my mane up between washes. 

How many shampoo’s do you do a week? 

Hels xxx

Protein Shakes |Fitness Goals|Exclusive Discount

How is everyone getting on in their New Year fitness goals? 

I find that when I let myself relax on the fitness and clean-eating over Christmas etc, I really struggle for the first few days of trying to get back into it. That’s why I was so thankful to receive a lovely package from my friends at Nudey Tea. 

They’ve started a new range of supps to promote good health as well as fitness and aesthetic goals. I received their new multivitamins and protein shakes and a handy little protein shaker bottle. 

  Nudey Shake in Skinny Coconut. 

Women often worry about protein shakes making them bulky or fat – that’s REALLY not the case and if you’re trying to build lean muscle, a protein shake after a workout is a great addition to your diet. You absolutely can’t get fat from protein – your body uses what it needs and simply gets rid of what it doesn’t. Don’t think of it as 150 extra calories because 150cals of chocolate in comparison will have a majorly different effect on your body. It’s all about nutrition. 

Nudey Shakes contain a massive 31g of protein per serving and only 1g of fat and 3.9g carbs. This makes it super lean. Not to mention, it also contains CLA and green tea which are great fat burners.  

 Nudey recommend one scoop after a workout or as a snack, or alternatively 2 scoops as a meal replacement. I don’t personally recommend skipping meals in favour of shakes so prefer to take mine after a workout. However, if your trainer or doctor recommend this to you, then go for it! 

  Post workout shake. 
The shakes come in two amazing flavours – Coconut and strawberry (with more flavours coming soon!) and they both taste amazing. I’ve mentioned their detox tea’s many times – they work perfectly together for a massive kickstart on your new bod. 

My followers can now get an exclusive 20% discount on their ENTIRE order! Simply add your items to your cart and enter the code HELEN at checkout. There, your 20% discount will be applied to your goodies. Shop Here.

Hels xxx

HD Brows Review

I generally have 2 styles of eyebrows that I flick between. I either have overly-threaded brows by a lady in a little kiosk who nods at my ‘don’t do them thin’ yes goes on to thread to within an inch of life. Or there’s my ‘I’m growing them out’ phases which really means I’ve just not been in ages to get them done. 

Neither style is ideal but after a bit of pencilling them in, they’ll do just fine. I dream of growing big fashiony brows like Cara Delevigne, but you have to work with what you’ve got! 

One of my dear friends Ella is a HD Brow specialist with probably the best brows you’ll ever see (@EllaRavenscroft) and she persuaded me to let her loose on my own brows. At this point they’re in a mid-stage where they’ve not been threaded in a few weeks but they’re not wildly over-grown. 

  Ella’s beautiful brows. 
So, in the consultation phase, I discussed with Ella that I don’t want them dark, I like them as thick as possible and a good arch. She explained that whoever had been threading my brows had been absolutely butchering them and even trimmed them unevenly. I know brows are supposed to be ‘sisters, not twins’ but you want some sort of identification that they’re actually related. 

Ella tinted, waxed, threaded and plucked my brows, leaving me nervous that there would be nothing left and telling her I’ll kill her if they’re really thin. 

I couldn’t beleive my eyes when I looked in the mirror and my brows were somehow THICKER than before all the threading and waxing? Ella is a brow genius. They also look natural and not too dark but tidy and groomed. 

I am officially converted. 

To finish up, Ella told me I need to push up my right brow with Vaseline each day and in 12 weeks my rows will be more even, since my left one already grows upwards. I’ll track my progress on here! I’m looking forward to creating brows to rival Ella’s after a few more treatments! Contact her now if you want to transform your face too. @HDbrowsbyella

It’s been a glam few days for me, having my nails, brows and hair done so I’m feeling gooooood. What beauty treatments can you not go without? 

Hels xxx

Check out my Instagram @heliemac1 later today to see my new brows. 

Winter Warmer: Beetroot and Apple Soup. 

I don’t know about you, but it’s rather chilly, frosty and currently a little snowey where I am. This sort of weather makes you want hot, warming meals but that doesn’t mean you have to fall away from your diet! 

My beetroot and apple soup recipe will warm you right up, whilst giving you all of the goodness you need to achieve your health and fitness goals. 

  
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that beetroot is incredibly good for you. Known as a ‘superfood’ beets contain copious amounts of vitamins and antioxidants, whilst being really low in fat. The deep red vegetable is packed full of iron, vitamins A & C, fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium, making it a great addition to your diet. 

  
It can be an ‘acquired’ taste, but I’m sure you’ll love this sweet and savoury take on a superfood soup to keep you warm and healthy in this cool weather. Give it a go. 

What you’ll need.                                     1kg beetroot (cooked or raw but not pickled/in vinegar)                       2 apples peeled and finely chopped   1 whole chopped onion                       800ml vegetable stock (2 cubes)       2 tsp dried thyme                                     1tsp dried cumin                                       1.5tsp unsalted butter (or alternative)                                             Natural yoghurt to serve 

Method.                                                     Chop up your beetroot and lay in a baking tray. Coat with the thyme and cumin and place in the oven for 15 minutes (if pre-cooked) or 45 minutes if raw. 

  
Meanwhile, add the butter and chopped onion to a large pan and sauté for 10 minutes. Next, add the chopped apple and sauté for a further 5 minutes until soft. By now your beetroot should be ready to stir in, along with your stock. Once all of the ingredients are added together, simmer for 10-15 minutes. 

  
Blitz your soup in your choice of blender (I use my nutribullet) and serve with a dollop of natural yoghurt and enjoy. 

Hels xxx

Oily or spot-prone skin? Try out these tips and products. 

Today I read an article on Cosmopolitan all about Kendall Jenner’s skincare routine as recommend by the pricey doctors she has visited. Okay so most people can’t afford these skin doctors for themselves, nor the products that can maintain your skin so here’s a few tips so EVERYONE can get flawless skin. 

Wash gently. I think we’re all guilty of scrubbing the life out of the smallest pimple, in a desperate attempt to ‘clean’ it out. As mentioned in the Cosmo article by Dermatologist Dr Kidd, this simply  exasperates the situation by inflaming the skin even more. Simply use a cleansing wash with your fingers and forgot about harsh scrubs, sonic brushes and wash cloths. If you do feel like you want the occasional deep clean, Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is a soft powder that you mix into a paste to create a gentle daily scrub. Use this once a week or so. 

Don’t avoid moisturiser. So many girls I know that have spots or acne, think they can’t use moisturiser because they’re ‘too oily’. Don’t swap one problem for another! Even the oiliest skin needs hydration and they could do wanders for your skin. Also, you really want to avoid that ‘crusty’ look you can sometimes get when you apply foundation over the top of unhydrated skin! Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion has an oil-free formula that hydrates whilst reducing shine and preventing future breakouts. 

Use makeup that is suitable for your particular skin. We all listen to our friends when they tell us they’ve found a MUST-HAVE foundation. But you need to choose your foundation etc that works for your skin type. The Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer is ideal for smoothing your skin before makeup, without clogging it up. Also, the Silk Creme Oil-Free Photo Edition Foundation will give you great coverage without the oily residue and comes in 12 shades! Bare minerals powder foundations are also fantastic for soaking up oil and not clogging the skin, however they tend to be too drying for me so they may not be suitable if you do get some dryness. 

In addition, we all know the basics and they shouldn’t be overlooked! Drink PLENTY of water and green tea, and consider adding a multivitamin to your routine such as Nudey Tea Multivitamins (and don’t forget code HELEN at the checkout for a nice discount!) eat well, avoid sugar and dairy where possible and get plenty of sleep! 

Hels xxx

Boot Delivery! Steve Madden. 

So about five weeks ago, I fell in love with the Steve Madden Gorgeous Thigh Highs. The only problem was – they were sold out everrrrrrywhere in the UK. You know that feeling when you set your heart on something? Yep, I had that. 

I made it my mission to find them, and realised they were still in stock in the US but not able to be delivered to the UK. Therefore, my boyfriends kind cousin who lives in Texas, ordered them for me and sent them over via post. 

I nearly bit the postman’s hand off each day, desperate for them to arrive and after heading to the sorting office to pay the customs tax, I finally received them! Of course I did what any fashionista does when she gets a new item – I took to Instagram to check out a few outfit ideas. 

   
    
    
    
   
Tomorrow I’m shopping so these images of my fav style icons will help me choose a few outfits to match with my very own pair of taupe thigh highs. Olivia, Miranda, Gigi and Rosie work them perfectly 👌🏼. 

Hels X 

Eyebrows for blondes. 

If like me, you blondies don’t like the over-done, super-dark brow look, then you will love this product. 

I purchased it on a whim when trying out a few brow products and I actually love it! I find that most pallets and pencil leave my eyebrows overly dark or if they’re for blondes, slightly ginger! 

This eyebrow pencil is ONE POUND. £1. 100p. Yep! It has a lovely golden tone to it that’s dark enough to highlight the brow shape, without over doing it. It also comes with a bristle brush at the other end to blend your inner edges and brush your brows into place. 

The only negative I have about it is how soft it is. I find I have to sharpen after every 1/2 uses so it doesn’t last that long. But at £1 who cares? 

So leg it down to your nearest superdrug and stock up! 

Brow pencil: MUA Eyebrow – Blonde. 

Hels x