Red Carpet Ready – Shooting Beautiful Gowns in a Beautiful Location.

Hey!

So this weekend, I travelled across to Lincoln to shoot for Red Carpet Ready – the largest dress specialist in the country! When I say these dresses are amazing – I don’t mean just cute dresses that you see each day. These dresses are next level! Stunning gowns in every design and colour-way you can imagine. Many are encrusted with beautiful gems and beading and intricate detail.

I arrived around midnight to my hotel after attending an event and got myself showered and settled ready for an early start. I met one of the other models Hayley for a quick breakfast and then we travelled to the location – MY GOODNESS. We certainly didn’t expect the location we arrived at!

The lovely Tina and Simon Grantham (friends of the owner of RCR) had loaned their beautiful home for the day to shoot in. The whole house was exquisite – crushed velvet, white marble, grand chandeliers, beautiful textured walls, stunning flower displays – it was literally the dream home. Not to mention the Bentley and Ferrari on the drive!

Just a taster of the beautiful home.

We created some group shots where we all wore different styles but in the same colour scheme, and we also had some individual shots and were let loose around the house to get some selfies and videos! The purpose of the shoot was to advertise the AMAZING dresses Kirsty has got in for the 2018 prom season – not to mention the gowns for balls, pageants and the cutest NYE cocktail dresses!

There’s so many images coming but I’ll attach a few I got from the day. I did not want to take them off! PS keep scrolling RIGHT down to the bottom to see the highlight of the day that I promise you’ll love!

Okay so as promised – the highlight of the day…..

If you know me, you know I’m a huge dog lover and the Granthams have a GORGEOUS French Bull Dog called Blue! He kept escaping from the garden so the team were constantly running round trying to catch up (turns out he’s allowed out and doesn’t run away haha) but he also stole a load of sausage rolls which made me love him even more!

So on our lunch break… I went missing… they found me crouched down in the kitchen giving him all the love!

Look how much he’s enjoying it!

Hels xxx

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June/July Edit: My Current Favourite Cosmetic Products. 

Recently I’ve been stocking up on all sorts of new products. Some I’ve purchased through recommendations, some impulse buys, some gifts and some from monthly subscription boxes. 

The first three products I’m going to show you were some of the ones purchased for me by my lovely boyfriend. On a recent holiday to Crete, we shopped in Heraklion city and stumbled upon a Sephora. My face absolutely lit up! After stepping in, he leaned in and whispered to me to ‘choose what I like’ – his treat! Absolute sweetheart. The next two products are from my Glossy Box (which was really good in June!) and the last two are purchases I made myself. 

GlamGlow GlowStarter in ‘Sun Glow’


I loveeeee this product and I haven’t seen anything just like it on the market. It’s a moisturiser and primer in one. Basically, it’s a daily moisturiser with a tint and shimmer which really illuminates the skin and leaves you with a glowing base. It comes in a few colours but I went for the darkest one (it’s still Sheer) so I can get a nice bronzed glow. It smells amazing but very strong so if you’re not into heavy scents then this isn’t for you. I only use it in the morning of course, but it’s hydrating enough for me at the minute so I love it! Highly recommend. 

Inglot Gel Eyeliner in 77


This is the best, blackest gel eyeliner on the market in my opinion. When training in makeup I was told about this but never purchased it for some reason. I couldn’t live without it now! I use it on myself and on my clients and it gives the most amazing black pigment. You can find some images of makeup I’ve done with this product on my Instagram. If you want a really black Liner that’s easy to blend and soft enough to be used on the waterline – this is the one! 

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in Very Fair


Another Sephora purchase, this concealer is  dreamy. It’s so soft and flawless once applied with a beauty blender. I went for the lightest shade so I could use it to really brighten up the under eye area and it’s the perfect shade for me. The only criticism I have is that it does crease a lot so really does need setting with a loose powder (and still creases a bit under the eye). I’ve read other people’s reviews saying the same. I still love this concealer though and it offers the perfect coverage for me. 

Model Co Contour Stick 

This product came in my June Glossy Box. I’ve used it a few times now already and I really like it! It’s got a very freaky texture so blends instantly with a fluffy brush. It works perfectly with a powder bronzer to set it, or can be left as it is if you’d rather a more dewy look. It’s not actually super dark, despite it looking dark before application so it would be good on quite a lot of skin tones as a small amount can be used or it can be layered up. I’d definitely look at the range now having tried this! I used it on this makeup look on my Instagram.

Manna GLO Illuminator 


Another Glossy Box product – I really like this! It’s not super pigmented so I think it’s nice to add a bit more glow during the day. It can be mixed with foundation or dotted on the high points of the face – or both if you want to really glow! It has a pinky tint but it doesn’t show up on the skin. It allows you to illuminate the skin without making it look or feel greasy. Highly recommend. 

Bioactive Skincare Organic Virgin Olive Oil Day Cream


I picked this up from Holland and Barrat for just a few pounds (I think maybe £8?) after receiving a sample in store. I’ve always used expensive skincare but I really liked how this felt and the fact it’s organic is a bonus! My skins feeling amazing after a couple of months of this and the fact it’s so cheap and lasts so long is amazing! 

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster 


These little miracle drops are a life saver when you need to spruce your complexion up a little! You simply add 1, 2 or 3 drops into your usual face cream depending on how dark you want to tan your skin. I always use 3 drops and it gives a nice natural glow not orange or fake looking. I’ve also added it to my morning facecream under my makeup to gain some colour as the day goes on and it works perfectly for that too. Much better than pore-clogging fake tan on your face! 

There’s many more products I love at the minute and maybe a few more on order… oops. What products are you loving at the moment? Let me know! 

Hels x

Rat and Boa ‘Confessions of a Wildflower’ S/S17 Collection. 

Rat and Boa are due to launch their latest S/S Collection next week – ‘Confessions of a Wildflower’. No doubt it’ll be another sell-out collection, with fashionista fans setting their alarms to get their hands on everything they can fit in their basket. 

“The collection features luxurious fabrics, feminine details, and a hint of decadence” 

I love how Rat and Boa have gone more feminine with this collection, the florals and grills and delicate fabrics are beautiful and perfect for summer evenings. 

We’ve had a sneak peak on Instagram and I LOVE it. The styling and backdrops of the images makes it all the more amazing for me. 


The last 4 images are my favourites from the collection, but I really love all of the pieces. 

Will you be setting your alarm to get your hands on any of these garments? Which is your favourite? 

Hels

@heliemac1 

Lounge Underwear 

I’ve recently become a Lounge Underwear Brand Ambassador which I’m so happy about because I LOVE their garments and they’re so lovely to work with as a company. They have so many styles, from their trademark triangle shapes to their leggings and sports bra and the new lace balcony shape which I ADORE. Here’s a few snaps I’ve taken in their garments. There’s plenty more to come on my Instagram because I have so many beautiful sets to snap! 


Hels xxx

March Lust List 

Happy Friday everyone! I can’t believe how fast the weeks are flying by this year. I’ve really wanted to blog more (I know I say this on everrrrry post I do) but I’m going to let myself off because I’ve been busy working hard, training hard, and generally enjoying life. I’ve been up to all sorts – cuddles with my new baby niece Eliza, Spa pampering and massages, long walks, catching up with old friends, eating out A LOT, shopping, just having a good time. 

I’m sticking to my New Years resolution fitness wise. I’ve been using the app RUNTRAINER to help teach me run 5k. I’ve always been active with cardio but tend to do HIIT so my endurance isn’t where I want it to be. I’m going to carry on with it and challenge myself to some sort of sponsored run this year! After becoming an Advanced scuba diver from being a total novice, I want to continue challenging myself. Strength wise, I’m working hard on my booty and abs and also training my back and arms once or twice each week so I’m hoping to feel in great shape by summer. 

Anyway, I’ve put together a little list of things I’m lusting over this month. I’m going to purchase a lottery ticket for this weekend so if I win (keep your fingers crossed for me) I’m going to add a house and a few luxury holidays onto my list! A girl can dream. 

FitBit Charge 2 

I’ve wanted one of these for agesssss but always end up spending my money on other things. I love the Charge 2 because it tracks your heart rate, activity and sleep but also looks quite subtle. I love the blue but the black is classic and probably more durable in terms of staining and visible scratching. I’d love to track my heart rate because according to the gym machines it’s through the roof! So it would be good to track it and work on balancing it. Oh and it’s pretty cool you can get your calls and texts through on it! Check them out here.
Freddy Jeans 

If you haven’t seen these before – you’re going to love them! They’re special sculpting pants with cleverly placed seams to make your booty look AMAZING. I love skinny fit jeans and these two are my fav; regular waist denim jeans – classic and perfect for every day wear. Faux snake skin – I can’t stop wearing black at the moment and I’ve seen someone wear these ones and they look so nice! They can be dressed down in the day with boots or trainers or dressed up with heels for the evening so they’re really versatile. Definitely my favourites! You can have a browse at their many styles Here.
Bali Body Bronzing Lotion

I used Bali Body last year on my holidays and their products are just so luxurious in feel and smell. I have the watermelon oil and the sun lotion and LOVE them both for making my skin soft and smooth, and an all natural alternative to regular sun cream. It’s a little annoying how often you have to apply but I’d say it’s worth it! They’ve recently bought out this Luxe Bronzing Lotion which has a tint to give you a bronzed look whilst hydrating the skin with Vitamin E and natural oils. I LOVE a good tan and if I can get it whilst nourishing my skin, this can only be a good thing! Get your bronze glow Here.

Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance Palette 

This is just the ultimate palette in terms of the shades I love to use on my self. I swear I’m the only girl in the world who doesn’t have this? I’ve heard only good things about this palette. The Venetian Red, Raw Sienna and Realgar look like my dream shades! I’m not being dramatic when I say I will die if I do not own this palette soon. 
Fearless shoes 

I’m really funny about flat shoes, I rarely wear them except trainers (pretty much only in the gym) I usually always have at least a small heel! I love these cream espadrille style shoes and they have a Valentino style strap around the ankle which I adore! These cute little PomPom shoes are equally as cute! Now the weather is (I guess?) trying to get a little warmer/sunnier I need to invest in some cute little shoes like these. You can find these and loads of others on Fearless.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide – Unlaced, Stripped and Playpen. 

When purchasing a few foundations (Nars Sheer Glow is unreal) for my makeup kit, the lady at the Nars counter popped in a sample of the velvet lip glide for me. It’s a really good size that’ll last me a while and I’m so glad because I LOVE it! It really does glide on beautifully and is the most comfortable liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried. It’s not totally matte, it has a velvet finish which I definitely prefer! It’s too easy to get a cracked look with a matte lippy. The three shades above are my favourite every day nudes but they’re all lovely! Pick yours up from your nearest counter or the NARS website.
Grey Feather Jacket

Top of my list fashion-wise is this grey feather jacket from Olive and Lile! I think it would go with soooo many looks and glam up any outfit! It’s ostrich feathers are ethically sourced which is important to me also! Must-have fashion purchase. Get yours in grey or a range of other colours from Olive and Lile.
So that’s a few of my fav things at the moment! Obviously, like many girly girls, it’s pretty much an endless list but these have made it to the top! Have you got any of these? Are they and things I should add? Let me know in the comments or on my Instagram @heliemac1 

Hels xxx


Model Update

I’ve been doing some exciting jobs and tests recently, so I thought I’d share a few of my shots from the last year! 

I’ve been so lucky as to shoot in Cyprus and Egypt – but mainly good old Manchester! I’ve worked with some really cool photographers as well, I love seeing the different ideas and visions that they create and how I transform from shot to shot. 

Photographers include: Tom Parnell, Matthew Comer, Yolanda Kingdon, Stacey Clarke, Charles Wosu, Chloe-Ann Charnock, Owen Jones, Sean Goldthorpe, Hannah Furness. 


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

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 

Coconut Lane- Accessorize the SASSY way. 

Ever heard of Coconut Lane? Well you have now, and you’re officially going to be hooked. Coconut Lane is home to the sassiest, most original accessories and homewear on the market. 

I’m talking sunglasses, jewellery, phone/MAC/iPad cases, cute cushions and home items…. All at amazing prices. But what’s even better – I’m offering you an exclusive 20% SITE WIDE so you can get sassy too. All you need to do is type in the code heliemac20 and voila – 20% discount. 

CL offers the funniest and sassiest slogans and everything is bright and beautiful to inspire the happiest feelings! I love every single thing on there and can guarantee there’s something for everyone. 

Here’s a little list of FAV items to inspire you…
Everyone’s favourite Mean Girls quote. On a phone case. Love. Every single one of these cushions. I could not resist these! They will be glued to my face in Marbella. Plus they’re mirrored so I can secretly people watch and get away with it. This turquoise ring and the double necklace below are my ideal jewellery pieces. 

Splash the sass with this mermaid vibing phone case. Cutest little bangle to match my rose gold sunnies. Marble is everywhere right now, stay on point and classy with this MAC case. 
Okay so I’m guessing you’ve fallen in love by now? Get yourself to Coconut Lane and pick up a sassy bargain and don’t forget your 20% off! heliemac20 

Hels x

Missguided 50% off Madness

It’s every fashionistas dream to receive a magic code through your email inbox that entitles you to a massive 50% off online shopping….. Dreamy. (It’s funny how we don’t know we need new clothes until there’s a bargain?)  So what happens when these dreams are crushed by being booted off the website every two seconds due to the hugeeee amount of traffic? 

I’m one of (what I can only assume) THOUSANDS of girls that stormed Missguided for some 50% off bargains yesterday upon receiving their email with code NOJOKE. The only problem is, it soon started to become more than a joke. For starters, there was a queue just to get on the website, then when you were on, each click lead to you being booted off again. If that’s not annoying enough, the ‘add to basket’ function broke also, meaning that even if you did manage to stay on the site for more than 2 minutes, it was near impossible to get anything in your basket. 

I started at around 9.30am and with constant refreshes and persistence of steel, I managed to get 6 items in my basket (ALMOST everything I wanted) and admitted defeat to go to the checkout. Then I realised that checking out would be the worst part. Long story short, I got booted off another several thousand times and with ruthless persistence and copious amounts of refreshing the page, my order was complete. 

Upon searching Missguided on Twitter, it seemed I was pretty much one of the only ones to achieve this, give or take like 2 others (Not smug, promise). Missguided had put out a few tweets stating their website was down and they’d be back up and running in no time. 

So the question is, why did Missguided put this mega offer on, if they were never going to be able to cope with the demand? Their website was down pretty much within minutes of sending the email out. So, was this a clever PR stunt or simply an oversight from their tech team? Either way, it certainly got them some massive attention and I doubt their competitors made many sales yesterday when everyone knew the bargains waiting for them on Missguided. However, how many sales did they miss out on in those hours where no one could get on? How many people gave up and admitted defeat? 

I’d have loved to have seen the chaos in the offices that day. That being said, I recieved my next day delivery as promised which I was not expecting! And everything is perfect. Winnerrrrrr. As annoying as the issue was, I still love you Missguided. 

Anyway, here’s what I picked up… I wanted some casual day time clothes so I’m happy with these! 

   
    
    
 
Were you affected by the Missguided drama? Did you manage to fulfil your order? Let me know in the comments! 

Hels x