Celebrity MUA Masterclass – Liverpool

Hey everyone!

I can’t remember if I mentioned in any previous posts, but I’ve started a new job 5 weeks ago now, working in business development.

I’m still doing makeup and have a few plans in the pipeline for it so do bare with me!

Today I was a guest at the Celebrity MUA Masterclass after winning 2 complimentary tickets worth £100 each via an Instagram competition they ran. The two artists demo’ing were Gary Cockerel and Alexis Stone – not two names I specifically know but after looking them up I was so excited to see them!

The Demo’s themselves were really interesting and the artists so talented – I picked up some really valuable tips. Unlike some masterclasses I’ve been to, the view and sound we’re really clear no matter where you sat. I was so thankful of that, one I went to you literally could not hear a thing as it was in a busy bar/restaurant with only a curtain between the Masterclass and the actual restaurant! We all ended up chatting as we couldn’t see anything!

The day didn’t go without any glitches but it’s understandable with it being their first event. The heating had broken in the building (not their fault at all!) but it was in the minus’ outside and snowing – far too cold to be sat in a massive, cold, high ceiling building for 6 hours odd!

Katie Price was supposed to be a special guest (I think getting her makeup done by Gary?) which I’m sure a lot of people bought their ticket for this exact purpose – however Katie was not at the event and this wasn’t addressed by the organisers at any point. It didn’t really bother me as I’m not exactly a fan and I didn’t even pay for my ticket anyway but had I paid £100-£120 pounds to see her, I probably would have been quite disgruntled.

If I could suggest some pointers for their next event (I do actually have an events management degree remember!) I would say….

  • They need some signage as it was extremely hard to find the venue. There’s multiple doors to a huge building.
  • Hand out goodie bags on the way out – it’ll stop people leaving early and also we thought we weren’t getting one as they’d stopped putting them on the chairs like they had earlier!
  • Don’t allow guests to come in and out as they please throughout the demos – people were quite rude and disruptive!
  • Extend the time or decrease the amount of demos – the artists were rushed and still went well over an hour over the stated finishing time.

Over all the event was a delight and the demos were so informative. Great choice of artists and despite the cold, the venue was ideal for clear viewing. The goodie bags were fantastic – including Doll Lashes, Unicorn Lashes/lipgloss, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, MAC Pro palette, Peggy Sage concealer and lipliner, ProBlo hair masks, Sample Beauty brushes and some glitter pots! That’s a really fab selection and I can’t wait to use them and let you know how I find them!

I love picking up application tips and product recommendations to make sure I’m constantly learning and bringing my clients the best work I can offer! Every artist continues to learn throughout their career and I think it’s so important to pick up tips from a large variety of different artists as there is endless techniques to pick up on!

If you want any more info please feel free to message me on Instagram @heliemac1 or comment on here!

Hels x

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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. 

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

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

   
   

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