Bargain Buys: Get The Best For Your Money. 

Like many girls, there’s an endless list of things I want (need). Literally, it’s never ending because as soon as I get my hands on something, I see the next thing for my wish list. I know most girls are the same so I’ve compiled a few bargains I’ve seen recently so you can reep the benefits too. I’ll continue with these posts if you guys like them so make sure you let me know via the comments/insta/twitter. 

Glamour Magazine

You can get some AMAZING free gifts in magazines every so often and I find Glamour does the best! Last month it was a tube of a new St Tropez tan and this month there’s a range of Model Co makeup! They’ve worked with Model Co previously and I remember getting a lip liner I LOVED but then begrudged paying £16 for another when it ran out as I knew how cheap I had it previously. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw it in this months issue for only ONE POUND. Obviously I bought two. Also there’s an eyeliner, mascara and lipgloss available worth a combined £55. I’m now on the hunt to find the gloss! Always check out the magazine freebies when you’re at the supermarket or newsagents. Primark 


I’m sure you already know the bargain store that is Primark. But did you know they’ve bought out a small range of Perspex beauty organisers? You know the ones that are everywhereeeee on Instagram and allow you to show off all your designer makeup? I needed a new one for my ever expanding MAC lipstick collection and was so happy to see this bargain one for £2 when id usually expect to pay between £15-£60 (depending on size). 

The top left holder is the Primark one, that’s holding the foundations, lip liners and 6 lipsticks. 



Also from Primark, these cute little bikinis that cost me something ridiculous like £2 or £3 and were perfect for lazy days on the beach when you don’t need to dress up too much! How can you argue for that price? 


Zara Sale 

I wasn’t even aware of this until I went into my agency and all of the bookers had huge boxes delivered! Head to the Zara website and there’s TONES of stuff in the sale. Grab yourself a bargain!


Spotify Premium

I’m new to Spotify so recently took advantage of their free week trial of Premium. I was pleasantly surprised by their offer of another 3 months for just 0.99p – how could I refuse that? This offer is on until June 30th so if you’re new to Spotify also, take advantage of this amazing offer! Have you spotted any more bargains, freebies or money saving tips? Share them with me in the comments or via Twitter/Instagram! 


Hels X 

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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

March Favourites

I’ve compiled a little list of some of my favourite things at the moment. Just little things that make my days a bit more pleasant! Some I’ve mentioned or reviewed before, some I’ve just discovered. 

1. Nutribullet Green Juices

I’ve been feeling a little under the weather so today I’ve bought a ton of cucumber, celery, kiwi, ginger, spinach, pineapple, limes etc to throw into my cup with the hope of feeling tip top again. Day 1 was good so hopefully a week or so will help boost my immune system back up!  

 2. Bikini hunting 

I’ve two holidays booked already – Marbella in June for my gorgeous friend Courtney’s wedding, and Tenneriffe in August for my boyfriends dads birthday. I’m hoping I can squeeze another bit of sunshine in as well, so I need to stock up on bikinis. I like having ones no one else has so I search for hours online, imagining myself on a hot beach with a mojito in hand.

I miss the ocean so much, I’m dying to dive in and swim freely with the sea life surrounding me. After last years scuba adventures, it’s a must.  

 3.  Nudey Chocolate Protein Shake 

I’ve just received the new chocolate shake. I knew I’d love it because the coconut one was amazing – it definitely doesn’t disappoint! I’m focused on my bod at the moment with these holidays coming up, I really want to look and feel my best on the beach so these are amazing. Code HELEN for 20% off your order at NudeyTea.  

 4. Weight training and outdoor walks 

I’ve been a fan of training for ages, but at the moment I’m really getting into weight training. I’m going for it with the booty building but I’m also concentrating more on back and arms with the help of my boyfriend. Something I’ve always avoided! I’m also loving walks outdoors, I’ve been going at least once a week for the last few months and it’s so nice to get some fresh air and gentle exercise. 

5. Star Tan 

I’ve been sent some amazing new tan and I’m really loving it! I’ll be posting a review this week about it so keep your eyes peeled. 

6. Chanel Bronzer 

I wrote a post last year about Chanel’s mousse bronzer and I still ADORE it. I’ve recently bought a new pot and it’s still one of my most favourite products ever, absolute beauty must-have.  

 7. Chanel Perfume 

Another classic Chanel perfume. I’m on my second bottle (which my boyfriend bought me and so cutely engraved) and I know I’ll be keeping this scent foreverrrrrr.  

 8. Pinterest 

My Pinterest addiction has got even more intense recently. I loveeee it for inspo of every kind. I just type in anything like fashion, food etc and millions of pics are there to inspire me. If you don’t have the app, get it NOW. 

9. Windy App

Another app for you – it’s called Windy. I got it when iTunes was giving free apps for the leap year which is a bit random. It’s simply just white noise, like nature sounds and you can adjust it to your preferences. It’s nice and relaxing and good for yoga stretches or even if you’re studying or doing work. I’m not sure if it costs but I’d say it’s worth it if you need some background noise. 

10. Comfy clothes. All the time. 

I’m a huge fan of lounge wear and sports clothes at the moment. When I’m not on a job or at a casting, it’s a guarantee I’ll be wearing a cute little lounging set or my gym clothes. Calvin Klein sports wear or Lounge Underwear just finish it off for me! Comfort is key…  

 What are your favourite things at the moment? Let me know in the comments! 

Hels x

Soleil Tan De Chanel – Bronzing Makeup Base REVIEW. 

The weather is (kind of) starting to get a little better in the UK now we’re well into May, so I think it’s nice to add some warmth into makeup looks to give a bronzed effect. 

In my last post, I mentioned how I had my makeup done at Chanel for my grad ball. The cost of the makeover is redeemable on purchases so I kept a close eye on what the MUA used, so I could decide which item I fancied taking home. 

I had heard of Soleil Tan De Chanel before and it did intruige me as its a creamy texture, so I was glad when she took it out to use on me. I suffer from quite dry skin if I’m not careful so I have to keep my skin constantly hydrated. Also I love a dewy look rather than matte so powders don’t work too well on my skin. This is a creamy (almost mousse) texture which is quite luxurious on the skin. 

   
 

Although this product is cream, it’s applied with a brush. I used Real Techniques contour brush to apply and finished with Real Techniques buffing brush. There’s so many ways you can use this product which makes it so versatile. Firstly, you can add a thin layer to the entire face before foundation for a subtle glow, you can mix with your foundation to go up a shade, use as a contour or bronzer and finally, as a full body tan on top of body lotion. 

For this look, I used a light layer before my foundation and finished with gentle contouring on my cheek bones, forehead and nose. I just used it really naturally to begin with but you can build this product up for a more dramatic look. 

   
     It feels so soft and dewy on the skin and creates a flawless finish. As I said, it’s so versatile so it’s definitely worth the £32 in my opinion but I’ve heard there’s a dupe by Bourjois so it might be a good option to try that first and see how you get on with a cream before splurging on Chanel. 

I should add that I’ve had Soleil Tan De Chanel in the powder form previously and loved it and it lasted for so long! I have high expectations of how long this will last as it’s used so minimally and is a good sized pot. 

You can purchase at any Chanel counter or online Here

Other products I used:

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. 

MAC lip liner in Spice. 

Dior Addict Gloss in Dolly Pink. 

Dreamweave Lash Magnet Mascara. 

Natural brows. 

  

If you have/do use this product – please do let me know in the comments and I’d love to hear any recommendations you have! 

Connect with me on Instagram @heliemac1 

Hels xxx

Graduation Ball: Fashion and Makeup. 

Hey everyone! On Friday I OFFICIALLY finished university for good! It’s been three long, hard years but I’ve finally completed my BA (Hons) Events Management degree so I can properly get into this blogging business and finally work full time as a model! 

Last night was the graduation ball for the Hollings Facilty of MMU so there was people from a few different courses, all coming together for a brilliant event! (As assumed when we’re events students!). It was held at The Hilton in Deansgate, Manchester. I LOVE this hotel, I spent New Year’s Eve there not long ago and go for afternoon tea in Cloud23 which is up on the 23rd floor where you can sit and see out over Manchester whilst you sip champagne. 

I decided to have my makeup done at the Chanel counter for a change, which was especially appealing as they were doing it for £10 instead of £45 for a limited time, then of course you receive this back off any purchase. (I will review my purchase in a separate post!) 

  
I like quite a natural, warm look so I had a nice fresh skin base, with some bronze contouring and a dab of blush. I had a light bronze smokey eye and delicate liquid eyeliner on the top. The look was finished with a nude lip, lightly defined brow and a slick of black mascara. (I should just point out I’m not naked on this picture, as you’ll see from my next pictures!). 

I really struggled to find a dress that I fell in love with, then I stumbled across one when I was just browsing Google…. The ‘Oman’ from Celebrity Boutique was just The One as soon as I saw it. It comes with a bit of a price tag – coming in at £119 but the quality is just superb. 

My dress arrived beautifully packaged in a pink box tied with black elastic. Inside, white tissue was delicately folded around the garment and I just couldn’t wait to open it up!  

 

It fit absoloutly beautifully (I got a size XS) and I could feel it sculpting my figure in particular places like around my waist. The fabric is thick and shiny and the dress it’s self was heavy, which to me is an indicator of quality with bodycon styles like this. It also has a thin rubber lining around the top which reacts with your skin texture to stop the dress from slipping. 

 I teamed my CB dress with my favourite nude Rhianna River Island heels and a nude clutch and kept my jewellery simple with a white Olivia Burton watch, gold Swarovski ring and Carat London gold bracelet. My hair was simple and slicked back to show off my makeup.  

    

 You can purchase this dress from House of CB  and I would say, it’s worth every penny! 

The hospitality at The Hilton was wonderful as ever, and I had a great time celebrating with my friends and course mates, with the wine and prosseco flowing ! Congratulations to MMU Events Management Graduates.  

  

 A few snaps from the night!   

   

  

  

  

Don’t forget to connect with me on Instagram and Twitter @HelieMac1 

Xxx