NYE Makeup Look: Warm Blown Out Smokey Eyes

Happy (almost) new year everyone! I really need to make it my New Years resolution to blog more frequently. I have so many beautiful products to blog on, and so many ideas so I hereby PROMISE to post more content. 

I’ve posted a few images below but the quality is poor due to the lighting and the fact I’ve used my phone not my camera! But it’s just a little taster of how I’ve painted my face for New Year. Below are all of the products used to create this look. 

Products

Skin 

  • NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Fiji
  • NARS Creamy Concealer in Custard 
  • LA Girl Pro Concealer in Porcelain and Beautiful Bronze 
  • Estée Lauder ‘Estee Edit – Gritty and Glow’ 
  • Chanel Les Beiges Bronzer 
  • MAC translucent loose powder 

Eyes and Brows

  • MAC painterly to prime 
  • Morphe 35W Palette 
  • MAC Red Brick 
  • MUA Gel Liner 
  • Lash Elegance 3D Mink Lashes in Mitchell
  • Estée Lauder ‘Estée Edit – Gritty and Glow’
  • MUA Luxe Brow Gel in Dark Brown

Lips

  • MAC Spice Liner 
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cairo
  • Dior Lip Maximiser Gloss 

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year and I hope you all tune back into my blog to see some new content in the New Year! 

Hels xxx

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

Billion Dollar Smile – Review

It’s so important as a model to have a gleaming smile but it can be so hard to achieve. 

The lovely people over at Billion Dollar Smile were so kind as to send me over one of their teeth whitening kits with an LED light and tray and 3 syringes of solution to brighten up my teeth. 

I’m really into keeping my teeth nice and always brush 2-3 times a day, use mouth wash and regularly floss. Usually I’d just use coconut oil to whiten my teeth but sometimes they need an extra little push to really get them gleaming. 

The first time I used the kit, I was really pleased with how easy it was to use! All you have to do is apply half a syringe of solution into the mould, pop it in and switch it on! Simple. I use it when I get ready in the morning because I can even apply my makeup with it in. 

Whitening products I’ve used in the past have hurt my gums and/or left me with sensitive teeth but the non peroxide gel hasn’t given me any irritation or pain whatsoever. I was actually really surprised when I rinsed my teeth and could see visible results after the first application! 

I will confess I’ve not used it as directed – once a day for 6 days – because I’ve not always found the time or I’ve forgotten. But I’ve actually still seen impressive results – so imagine using the course all in one go! 

I’ll definitely be using Billion Dollar Smile as a safe and effective go-to product when my teeth need brightening back up again. 

You can pick up your own kit Here!

Hels xxx


*This product was gifted for review purposes but all opinions are my own. 

Joico Shampoo and Conditioner Review. 

Every girl experiences that parched hair feeling at some point in their life. Unfortunately for us blondes, this can be quite frequently! 

Since beggining the Olaplex treatments my hair has felt better (I can tell when it needs doing again though!) but I still find my hair can feel so dry and rough sometimes and even soaking it in oils doesn’t always restore the silkiness and shine. 

One of the perks of your hairdresser being your best friend is that you can always call upon them for hair tips and discounted hair products! So, my girl Amy at The Edge in Cheshire purchased me some salon-quality shampoo and conditioner from the wholesalers to try and restore some shine to my lacklustre locks. 

In struts Joico K-Pak. The gold bottle immediately makes you think of luxurious flowing blonde locks, so that’s a good start. I was already excited about these products as Amy used them on me in the salon and I know she only uses the best. I’ve been using them for about a week now and I can feel the difference already. 

The shampoo is clarifying, which means it removed the product build-up from your hair if you leave it on for a minute or so. This is especially good for me when I’m home from a shoot where my hair has been coated in anything from hairspray to baby oil to glitter. However, a clarifying shampoo is beneficial to anyone since our hair picks up so much dirt and oils naturally through the day and many of us add oils, heat defence products etc to our hair routines. 

The conditioner is repairing for damaged hair. Even if you think your hair is in great condition, it’s actually getting damaged each day so a repairing, nourishing formula is ideal for all hair types. For extra protection is replenishment, I’d highly recommend the Olaplex treatment which I’ve discussed in a previous post! 

All in all, I’m really liking both the shampoo and the conditioner and I feel my hair is clean and fresh whilst remaining softer and silkier. 

The cheapest I’ve found online is £11.70 at AllBeauty for the conditioner and £10.95 for the shampoo also at AllBeauty 


Hels xxx

EatCleanTea – Matcha Green Tea Review. 

I’ve been a huge fan of Matcha since my favourite local cafe began serving Matcha Latte’s. I hadn’t initially realised just quite how versatile Matcha was until I began seeing it EVERYWHERE. Fruity iced matcha, matcha icecream, matcha energy balls…. Anything you can think of, within reason. 

I’m very much into looking after my body and remaining as natural as possible. I personally believe that keeping natural in food, drinks, skincare etc is the best possible thing you can do for your body – keep it as nature intended. The world today is full of nasty toxins and everything is becoming processed, which goes a long way in explaining the poor health many face. 

Anyway, I was so excited about this package as I’ve been reading up all about the benefits of matcha. I’m obsessed with green tea as it is, and matcha amplifies all of the health benefits of ordinary green tea, as it is made from the ground leaves. Here’s a few of the many health benefits: 

  • It is packed with antioxidants
  • It boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • It calms the mind and relaxes the body, whilst boosting memory and concentration 
  • It’s rich in fibre and many vitamins such as Vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium 
  • It prevents disease
  • It lowers cholesterol and blood sugar 
  • It increases energy levels and endurance 
  • It’s all natural (when bought from a reliable source such as EatCleanTea) 
  • It tastes amazing! 

So EatCleanTea have three flavours: Original, Matcha and Mint, Matcha and Ginger. All three are totally natural and of the highest quality but I opted for Original this time as I know I love the taste. I can’t wait to try the other flavours though! Since receiving the package, I have religiously drank Matcha Latte’s with either soya milk or almond milk. I prefer the sweeter milks than the original, but I’ve also tried adding a little agave nectar which added a really nice natural sweetness. 

I’m yet to try my matcha cold, but tomorrow at some point, I’ll be throwing some ice and water into my nutribullet to give it a go! I think it’ll be amazing with a little apple juice and maybe some fruits soaked in. There’s so many recipes online and on the EatCleanTea website and Instagram (@eatcleantea) so even if you’re not a fan of hot drinks, it’s still a must-have purchase! 

Below, I’ll tell you how I make the perfect Matcha Latte using soya milk and the EatCleanTea whisker (which makes it so much easier not to get pesky lumps!) 

  1. Add two scoops of matcha to your favourite mug 
  2. Add a small amount of hot water and use the whisker to blend away any lumps
  3. Full the mug with your milk of choice
  4. Pop in the microwave for 1 minute (you don’t want it piping hot as it will ruin the tea) 
  5. Whisk once more to create a froth
  6. Enjoy 


You can purchase yours at EatCleanTea and do let me know if you think of any interesting recipes for your Matcha! #TeamMatcha 

Mini Drugstore Makeup Haul

  I will be the first to admit, I can be a bit of a makeup snob! I’m absolutely aware that there’s some amazing dupes, but I don’t get the same buzz from a Superdrug or Boots bag, that I do a Selfridges or Chanel one (don’t try and lie and say you do). That being said, I do like to dabble with some high street/drugstore brands for those non-necessity items or ones that I won’t be using on a daily basis. We all love a bargain. 

I took a wander into town today and stopped by the 3 for 2 offer in Superdrug. There was a couple of basic things I needed but as always, I spent ages browsing allllll of the makeup. I’m always drawn to the MUA stand, they seem to always be up to date with the latest beauty hypes and they’re popping up on blogs all over the place. Not to mention it’s incredibly cheap! 

I decided to try out their radiance under eye concealer as soon as I’ve bought it home. It doesn’t leave fine line creases like a lot of concealers I’ve tried which is good, however I hadn’t realised there’s a light shimmer to it. So I will see how I get on with it properly over the next few days! I’m not too worried at just £2.99. Also from MUA, an eyeshadow called ‘Golden’. I’m always a fan of warm colours on the face with golds and bronzes being my favourite so I thought I may as well test it out for the this summer at only £1! 

I needed a clear mascara for my brows after being constantly told by my brow queen Ella that I need to push them up with it each day. I’m on a quest for absolute super model brows, so I’ve been brushing them up constantly but this will just help them stay in place a little longer. Since the quality wasn’t really important for this, I just went for the £2.99 Miss Sporty clear mascara. 

Next up, Maybelline New York – Master Ink in satin. This is a black liquid eyeliner. There was the choice between Matte and Satin and I had no clue if I’m honest but I went for Satin anyway which came in at £4.99. Also from Maybelline, the Baby Lips Dr Rescue in Coral Crave. I like to pop on some lip balm whilst I do my makeup in the morning and throughout the day, there’s nothing worse than flakey lips! I’ve had a Baby Lips already but it was a little too pink, this is pretty much clear and has a light tingling sensation! 

Finally, the Real Techniques – Miracle Complexion Sponge. I’ve wanted one for a while but actually been using some I got from Primark which I do love! It’ll be interesting to test the two against each other. I will do this in another blog post to test whether price really does mean quality! 

Today I had a lovely delivery of the Real Techniques Bold Metals which I’ve wanted for ages! A powder brush, blush brush and eye brush which also will be making an appearance on the blog, since they’re too pretty to miss! 

What are your favourite drug store products or what high-end products could you simply not substitute? 

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

   
   

Review: Bioxidea Cosmetics

  
I was so excited to receive this package, courtesy of Bioxidea Cosmetics. Inside came some amazing face masks, an eye and lip serum and a BB cream. The first thing I noticed was the gorgeous packaging in pretty pink shades! 

I decided to wait a few days before trying out the products as I had a lot of photoshoots last week, where my hair and makeup was insane and I knew I’d need a pamper! 

So the concept of the face masks, is that you lay it on your face for 15 minutes then drop it into your bath for it to work its magic on your entire body. The best way I can describe them is as jelly feeling, sort of clear with shimmery speckles. They’re moist and feel like they’re hydrating your skin.  They then leave a beautiful little shimmer in your bath, for a bit of extra luxury. 

   
 
My favourite product is the BB cream. I was expecting a coverage too light to wear from day to night but I was so pleasantly surprised. The coverage is fantastic and it’s not shiney like many BB creams I’ve tried. I’ve been wearing this every day since I first tried it and it looks the exact same as my usual foundations but leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated. This is so important for me at this time of year because I get such dry skin in the winter. I would recommend this to anyone, especially if you suffer dry skin but still want great coverage. 
   
 
The final product is the eye and lip serum. It comes as a roll on and feels so refreshing as it has a cooling effect. 

  
I have absolutely loved using these products and I’m certainly going to continue with them, especially the BB cream! 

You can purchase these products and more here!

Hels x 

November moodboard. 

I’m finally starting to get into the Autumn/winter time of year, even though I’m a complete summer girl. 

Here’s a few of my top picks for the month. 

   Mullberry and chunky knits, a match made in heaven. 
    It’s time to get the blankets out! I’m in love with chunky knitted blankets and throws. 
  ‘Basically nude’ bras to keep secretly feminine under all of the baggy clothes and coats.   Cute silky PJs, all year round. 
  Particularly Victoria’s Secret ones.   Major hair envy. 
 Barely-there makeup with a dewy glow and a dab of glowy highlighter. 

 
Illamasqua cream pigment for contouring.   
 Time to top up my MAC lipstick collection with a few warm autumn tones. The reds and purples are unreal. 

   
Guilt free winter warmer – Matcha Green Tea Lattes. 

 Mocha thigh high boots are everywhere at the moment. 

   The 2015 Victoria’s Secret show IS TONIGHT. I’ve decided I’m prepping my body for the 2016 selections. A girl can dream….? Every female models ultimate goal. 

What are you loving this season?

Hels x 

OGX hair products. 

My hair has suffered so much over the years from over-processing on photoshoots, damage from scuba diving, years of bleaching…. 

I’ve recently had my roots slightly darker, fading down into the blonde really really subtly so that I can grow my roots down and avoid the damage of bleaching! Now my mission is to treat my hair the best I can to make it grow luscious and thick again. This includes avoiding brushing as much as possible and washing only every 2-3 days so my hair can rest and create natural oils! I found this picture which is my ultimate hair goals at the moment!  

 A while ago, my mum bought back some shampoo and conditioner that had been recommended to her. After looking at it, I realised it was the same brand as the coconut milk oil I had been using for years! I just remember being out shopping once and my hair felt dry so I randomly bought some pretty cheap oil (partly because I love coconut!) to stick on whilst I was out. And I actually fell in love. I do swear by it now and use it after every wash and between washes on dry hair if I need it, despite that not being on the instructions. 

  
OGX coconut milk anti-breakage serum  contains coconut milk (obvs) and we all know that coconut is hailed as a massive beauty saviour. Also, egg white proteins – if they’re good enough for my diet, they’re good enough for my hair. 

Ive now tried three of the different shampoos/conditioners they have on offer and my FAV are the  anti-breakage Keratin Oil ones. The keratin proteins and Argan oil leave my hair feeling luscious – not to mention the amazzzzze smell.  

  
I do like the Argan Oil and Brazilian Keratin Smooth versions also but the pink is my ultimate. 

There’s a whole massive range and you can find them in your local supermarkets, Boots or Superdrug and I’m sure many other retailers. All products are around £6-£7. 

What hair products do you love? Swear by? Can’t live without? Let me know in the comments or tweet/Instagram me @heliemac1 

Hels X