My Makeup Journey

Hey guys! 

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m starting training as a pro MUA – with today being my first proper lesson. I’ve decided not to take the route of a full time course, for a few different reasons. 

Firstly, I already have a lot of makeup skills and I don’t feel like I need an expensive/intensive 10-20 week course. I’m already trained in AirBase makeup and obviously have my makeup done on shoots all of the time so I’m not starting at scratch. Secondly, I would rather learn tips and techniques from a range of artists because I love how everyone has different ways of doing things. Thirdly, I learn better in this environment and can have attention focussed on me when on a 1-to-1 basis. 

Today I worked with Patrick Baston at Pout Patrol in Bury. Patrick’s work is UNREAL – so flawless and he has such a creative mind, demonstrates on his Instagram. I learned so much from Patrick today and now have a crazy long shopping list of all of the amazing products he recommended! 

I took my sister to model for me and we created a look using some warm tones from various palettes and then mixed it up with the most amazing mermaidy glitter from Topshop (of all places!). The skin was quite dewy with a very heavy coverage and some beautiful contouring and highlighting. We used Armani Luminous silk on the skin, followed by Nars Creamy Concealer. The bronzer of choice was from the Kat Von D palette and we used two highlighters – an amazing gold from the MAC Christmas collection and a dab of a Topshop one just to finish it off (this was also used on the brow bone). 

The brows were created using Anastasia Beverley Hills Dip Brow Pomade with a fine brush to create more of a fluffy brow look. MAC feline liner and gel liner was applied into the water line and blended into the lash line using the darker transition shade, and finally blended further out using the lightest transition shade. The look was completed with a nude glossy lip using various products from Rimmel and MAC. 

From today’s lesson, I learned that I can get away with taking the product further up and out on the eye. I’m quite shy with my lines and tend to keep them tight in around the crease when it really does look amazing to drag it up practically to the brow in some areas of the eye. This really helps disguise any hooding of the eye. Also, I picked up some techniques of applying and blending using different brush strokes and angles. 

My reasoning for logging my progress on my blog is so that I can not only show you guys how I’m coming along, but so I can look back and a) remember the tips I’ve learned b) see how my style changes and progresses as I continue my makeup journey. 

The completed look is below with a before and after. No editing or filters, just great light and flawless skin! 


Do you have any must-have makeup products? Or do you have your own little techniques? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram @Heliemac1 

Hels x

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Watermans Shampoo and Conditioner. 

*Although these products were gifted, all opinions are my own*

Hey everyone! I’ve been really quiet posting at the moment, I really need to get back into it because I have so many lovely things to post about – but I’ve just been so busy! 

I’ve been working tones recently, along with some other little projects I’m working on. Also, I’m decorating my bedroom this weekend AND on Tuesday I’m starting my makeup course which I’m extremellllllly excited about! So you can all expect a lot of makeup posts coming your way. If there’s any particular products you’d like me to review or looks you’d like me to post, just drop me a comment on here or send me an Instagram message. 


So, back to the post. I was recently sent a package from Waterman’s of this shampoo and conditioner. It claims to stimulate hair growth and offer thicker, long, healthier hair. I have a lottttt of hair so it does need good products to keep it nice, especially since I bleach it. Also, I only wash my hair every 2-3 days if I can, so I need a shampoo that really gives that clean feeling. 

My Verdict 

The shampoo has a subtle menthol hint to it, which made my scalp gently tingle. I love this because it feels so fresh and clean. The instructions say to massage in for a couple of minutes and thankfully it’s so foamy and luxurious because there’s nothing worse than rubbing in a thin, watery shampoo. This lathers up beautifully. 

Onto the Conditioner, it’s not mega thick and creamy to begin with but you’d be surprised how fast your hair starts to feel silky soft as you massage it in. It felt like a deep treatment but it can actually be used every single wash so I LOVE that. My hair sucks up so much moisture so it’s ideal for me. 

My hair felt lovely and soft and clean after the first wash but I wanted to use the whole lot before I did my review, so I can let you know if I actually saw a difference in the health and thickness. It’s been about 3-4 weeks and I actually still have some left, so that proves how long it lasts when you have as much hair as me! 

In terms of how it’s changed my hair, my locks genuinely feel thicker and healthier. Before I used it, I thought maybe if it felt thicker it would be due to a build-up – however I’m certain it’s not that because my hair feels so clean and smooth. A number of hairdressers at shoots have commented on how healthy and luscious my hair is – that’s proof enough for me. 

I will be using Watermans always now! It truly is one of the best shampoo and conditioner brands I’ve used. 

Thanks Watermans! #LoveWatermans @WatermansHairProducts watermanshair.com

Hels x