Miss Scuba UK: Red Carpet Ready Photoshoot

Today, I’ve taken a road trip down to Lincoln for a very glamorous Photoshoot. In August I will be taking part in the annual Miss Scuba UK pageant. It’s way more than your standard beauty pageant – the main focus of the competition is marine conservation and taking care of our beaches and sea life. On the night, we will find out the top 5 in no order, who then go to Cyprus AND Egypt to scuba dive and for a girly holiday! The ultimate winner will then be decided and will head out to Malaysia for the Miss Scuba International pageant! This is an amazing opportunity and I’m so privileged to be part of it. 

The shoot was at Red Carpet Ready – an amazing dress shop that’s stocks a wide array of beautiful designer gowns and dresses. When I say amazing – I mean you just would not believe it! It’s set in beautiful grounds and has three separate sections, each full of the latest designs. There’s something for everyone. 

   
    These are just a few snaps of what’s on offer at Red Carpet Ready!   

  A group image of some of the finalists. Can you spot me? 
   

   This is the stunning Pia Michi gown I wore for the shoot – it’s understated but still glam due to the intricate sparkles and unique back. This particular gown is slightly too big on me, but you can imagine the amazing silhouette that this dress can create. 

We had a few group shots in different locations on the grounds. The sun was out in full force and my sensitive eyes were watering all over the place so I hope my images don’t come out all squinty! It was a great giggle though. I can’t wait to see the images when they’re released – keep an eye out on Instagram! 

You can purchase these gowns and many, many more at Red Carpet Ready or visit the store if you’re ever in the Lincoln area. They’ve just had a new showroom fitted with crisp white walls and marble floors with stunning big mirrors – perfect for a few selfies! 

Big thank you’s go out to Jaime-Lee, Jill and Sue (and the rest of the team) at Miss Scuba UK, Kirsty and the ladies at Red Carpet Ready, Tom Parnell – the brilliant photographer for the day, all of the girlies and of course my Mum for driving the long journey for me! 

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

Pinterest Inspo

Every time I’m trying to think of something to wear, eat, make etc – one thing springs to mind! ‘Look on pinterest’ has become the obvious solution for finding inspiration and it’s full of useful and attractive ideas.

I use pinterest for fashion, food, fitness and hair and makeup inspiration and have separated them all into little groups for reference. It becomes a bit of a time consumer, with me sometimes realising I’ve been looking at images of how to style thigh high boots for half an hour….

I’m going to share with you some of my top Inspo pins for fashion. You can check out more of my pins @helenm94

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My Diary: Miss World 2014 14/12/14 London

My mum and I are attending the annual Miss World beauty pageant this year, held at the ExCel in London. This post is going to detail the whole experience.

8.42am
We didn’t get off to the best of starts. We arrived at the station and sprinted over the bridge to get our train but unfortunately the lady controlling the train must have had a bad morning. Despite being just on time and the train still at the platform, she decided we weren’t aloud on, along with another couple! So here we are waiting a whole hour to see if were aloud on the next train with our pre booked tickets! My lovely mum had even surprised me with first class tickets! Were still in good spirits though and are getting some entertainment from watching a young lad that is clearly here from the night before after a heavy night out. He’s dressed up to the nines and lolling in and out of sleep and having the odd stumble around! At least he’s warm and has a nice glass of water, bless him!
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9.50am
Were finally on the train! Were First Class on Virgin so mum and I are enjoying the goodies! What a cute little box, the mini tic tacs! IMG_5340.JPG

12.15
Were in a mad rush! After a pleasant journey chatting away to a lovely southern chap, me and mum are finally in a black cab to our hotel hoping we have enough time to get ourselves glammed up! Not long to go now until the big event!

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14.05pm
After a mad rush, getting ready in just 15 minutes, we’ve finally arrived at the venue. Doors were to close at 14.00 however were still queuing outside due to the volume of people waiting to go in! I’ve been asked 3 times if I’m a contestant and the weirdest thing is, I had a lovely chap ask for a photograph and autograph off me???! Crazy. Also, my friend Dionne and I were interviewed for a Spanish TV channel! Hopefully we get in soon!

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14.20pm
We’ve still not made it in! We have however just seen Bruce Forsyth entering!

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14.35
WERE IN! Now watching a beautiful video all about the show. I’m so very excited for this! And the amazing acts and stunning girls coming on!

19.00pm
What a day we have had. It’s been absolutely fantastic but very tiring! The show was unlike any other pageant I have ever attended. The focus was on the amazing work the ladies have done, centring around Beauty With A Purpose. Each girl created their own initiative in their native country, something close to their heart that they wanted to make a difference in. The judges were so impressed, they chose 5 girls to win the Beauty With A Purpose award! Of the videos we saw, I was touched by the stories of children with Cleft lips, a very dangerous bridge that had desperately needed to be rebuilt in a poverty hit area and a harrowing story of a lady who had her life transformed after her partner chopped off her arm and fingers, and tragically took the life of her children. They girls were so touched that they wanted to make a difference, and that they did.

The girls took part in various rounds including a range of sports and fashion cat walking. It’s far more than a beautiful face, the beauty from these girls shines through from the inside, truly. It was a touching, and exciting competition but Miss South Africa took the coveted crown! Our very own Carina Tyrell did FANTASTIC taking a top 5 spot!

It’s bizarre how other countries treat beauty queens compared to in England, particularly the Asian countries. I’m so happy I got the experience of going, and I urge you all to catch up on YouTube if you missed it, particularly to see the Beauty With a Purpose stories. (Also, I got a picture with Miss World 2014 and Mr World!)

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