My New Years Resolutions 

2016 has absolutely flown by for me. I’ve worked hard, had a beautiful new niece born, had a change in career goals, and generally worked hard on myself as a person. As I welcome the new year in tonight, I have a few thoughts of what I want for the next year ahead of me. 

Fitness 

I want to continue with my fitness and reach some personal goals. I want to be able to run further, build muscle all over and my main fitness goal is to get that longed for six pack! I’m looking forward to feeling good through food and exercise again after this Christmas’s blowout! 

Tidyness

A bit of a funny one really but important all the same! I have always been very messy but after decorating my room the other month and throwing bags and bags full of stuff away, I’m keeping my bedroom perfectly immaculate and I want to continue that! Clear room, clear mind. I genuinely think it’s good for your mental well-being to be in beautiful surroundings and clothes all over the floor does not support this! So this year I’m going to continue to throw away/donate all of the stuff I don’t want or need and keep my possessions tidy and beautiful. 

Yoga and flexibility 

I suppose this comes under fitness but for me it’s different. Rather than being for aesthetics and health, I love yoga for my mind. That hour and a half every Thursday evening let’s me clear my mind and stretch my body and relax whilst my instructor helps us meditate and uses essential oils to massage the temples. Blisssssss. Also, my body has changed in flexibility so much from yoga – I’ve gone from not being able to touch my toes, to being able to perform some advanced moves. This year I want to make more time to practice yoga more, as I only do it once a week at the moment. I want to progress in strength and flexibility and master more poses in the process. 

Work Life 

This year I want to focus a lot of energy into my work life. I want to establish my business and not only continue my modelling career, but advance it further. I want to travel internationally at least once this year with modelling and continue to grab every opportunity and work with more amazing people like the ones I have this year. 

Happiness 

This year, I want to put my happiness first. Simple as that! There’s nothing in life that’s worth making yourself unhappy over and I’d love for every person reading this to take this resolution and make it their own. Don’t sweat the small stuff, if it won’t be on your mind in years to come, don’t let it be on your mind today. Everything works out in the end. 

I hope everyone has a magical night tonight, whatever you’re doing. Cheers to the year ahead 2017 ❤ PS my new niece or nephew is expected to make an appearance within the next few days which is already due to be the highlight of my year ❤ 

Hels xxx 




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

 

 

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

Boot Delivery! Steve Madden. 

So about five weeks ago, I fell in love with the Steve Madden Gorgeous Thigh Highs. The only problem was – they were sold out everrrrrrywhere in the UK. You know that feeling when you set your heart on something? Yep, I had that. 

I made it my mission to find them, and realised they were still in stock in the US but not able to be delivered to the UK. Therefore, my boyfriends kind cousin who lives in Texas, ordered them for me and sent them over via post. 

I nearly bit the postman’s hand off each day, desperate for them to arrive and after heading to the sorting office to pay the customs tax, I finally received them! Of course I did what any fashionista does when she gets a new item – I took to Instagram to check out a few outfit ideas. 

   
    
    
    
   
Tomorrow I’m shopping so these images of my fav style icons will help me choose a few outfits to match with my very own pair of taupe thigh highs. Olivia, Miranda, Gigi and Rosie work them perfectly 👌🏼. 

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

   
   

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 

 

Honest Forever Aloe Vera review from a non-distributor. 

I’ve been lucky enough to have been sent a Sonya Skin Care Collection plus a Forever Aloe Scrub for me to trial and give an honest, genuine review. I have not been paid for this review and all of the views inside are truthful and formed from my own opinions. 

The kit contains the Deep-Cleansing Exfoliator, Purifying CleanserBalancing Creme, Refreshing Toner and Nourishing Serum. The booklet within claims that the formulation of aloe Vera, fruit extracts, white tea and moisturisers will help to rejuvenate and moisturise the skin ‘like never before’. I’m going to put these claims to the test! 

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve long been skeptical about distributor companies such as Forever as my first thought is always ‘you would say it’s good – you’re selling it!’ But I genuinely have heard some great things about Forever, which made me instantly agree to try the range out. Plus I have an obsession with all things skincare, so that helped! 

My first impression based on packaging is very positive. The collection is very well presented in a fold over box with delicate purples and a chic, simple design. 

I’ve decided the best way to really see how good the individual products are is to try each product separately as well as altogether. 

Deep-Cleansing Exfoliator 

This is the first product I’ve tried from the Sonya Skincare Collection. I’m heading off to Egypt tomorrow, and always love to give my face and body a really good scrub before I go abroad to help with the tanning process. This product can be used on your face AND body which is great because it saves on cost (and luggage space!). I squeezed a walnut size amount of the scrub onto my hand thinking it would just be enough for my legs, but it easily was enough for my whole body which was a pleasant surprise! It’s nice and rough which I like in a scrub and doesn’t leave behind a residue like a lot of scrubs do! So far, so good! This product will definitely be coming abroad with me to assist with clearing my skin of salt from diving, sun cream etc. 

Aloe Balancing Cream

This was the other product that joined me on my trip to Egypt. The Balancing Creme has such a fresh citrus scent that it instantly feels fresh from the moment you take the lid off. It had a very smooth and light texture, almost more like a thick serum than my usual creamy moisturisers. When abroad, it’s important not to overload your skin since you already ply it with suncream and get clogged up with sweat, chlorine etc. This moisuriser worked perfectly for just a light, fresh feeling moisturiser that didn’t feel overly heavy. I do tend to get quite dry skin in the autumn winter months so I won’t be carrying this particular product over into my winter routine as it’s just not heavy enough. However I would definitely use it over the summer months and recommend to those who don’t need a luxurious moisturiser in the winter. 

Aloe Purifying Cleanser, Aloe Refreshing Toner and Aloe Nourishing Serum

My skin was so bad upon returning home from Egypt, that I decided to throw in all of the products, in an attempt to clear up my breakout. The Cleanser is creamy and again has that fresh citrus scent which instantly leaves you feeling clean and refreshed. It claims to help remove makeup and impurities from the skin which I do agree it does. It’s slightly annoying you have to rinse it off with water after using it, because id rather go straight into the next steps (having washed my face before the cleanser) but all in all, a good product. 

The Toner doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight and dry like most others I’ve tried. If I’m totally honest, I generally don’t use toners even though I know I should. I’ll definitely continue with this one as I feel confident it won’t dry my skin out this A/W season. 

To me, the Serum feels very similar to the moisturiser, but of course it performs a different function (targeting the lower layers of skin). It again is consistent with the fresh smell and feel as the other Sonya products which I love. However, similar to the moisturiser, I’m not entirely sure it would be luxurious and thick enough in winter for my own skin type. It is a lovely product that I’d recommend if you don’t need a whole lot of moisture. 

I’ve decided to continue the trial for a few more days whilst my skin calms down, so I can get a more clear idea of how good the products are for me.  

Extras 

Whilst in egypt, my lovely roomie Hannah gave the aloe scrub a go to remove the impurities left behind from a hot day of diving and suncream etc. She was really happy with the product and said it was up there with some of the bigger brands she has tried. 

I decided to treat my boyfriend to a little facial (he loves a pamper!) and I used all of the products on him. He liked how his skin felt after and also liked the scent as its not overly feminine like others. 

You can purchase all of these products as a set which comes in the beautiful box I received. This comes in at around £130 which when you break it down, isn’t a lot considering all of the products that you can inside it. You can order here.

Forever also offers a range of supplements that I’ve not personally tried, but do come with amazing reviews. In particular, the C9 Cleanse which has seen people losing pounds and stones! Also, bee pollen supplements and aloe drinking gel. You can check out these products for whatever suits you here.

Estée Lauder New Dimension review 

Estée Lauder are always updating their current products and introducing new ranges to keep our skin looking and feeling smooth. It’s been a long time favourite brand of mine for skincare. The newest range is ‘New Dimension’ which involves a serum, contour kit and eye contour kit and expert liquid tape. The products are designed to contour the face and give a more sculpted, firm look. 

  
I always take care of my skin (mainly Estée Lauder products) so wasn’t exactly banging on selfridges door trying to grab this product, but when I was walking through, I spoke with my regular EL consultant and she handed me a sample of the new serum (she knows I love to try new products and tend to purchase them!). She told me that the product has exfoliating properties and exposed the fresh layers of skin, therefore not to use for a week before holiday sun exposure. I’m heading out to Egypt in a week for more diving, so I’ve only been able to use the product for a couple of days but already I LOVE IT. I can’t wait to start using it again! 

  
The website states that the serum transforms the skin, leaving it plumped, smooth and more refined – with a good majority of those who tested agreeing. It can be used day and night, and I’ve used it for 2 days and 2 nights. Already, my skin is feeling silky and fresh and looks radiant even without makeup. I would go as far as to say it’s a ‘must-have’ product. I currently use the Enlighten and Night Repair serums but after sampling this, I will be swapping over! 

At £62 for 30ml or £88 for 50ml – it’s pricey. But if your skin is a priority then go for it. I’d say it’s great for any skin type whether you’re dry or oily. For dry skin, it will hydrate and remove dead skin cells. For oily skin, it will leave it feeling refreshed and smooth. Obviously speak with your local EL consultant whether it’s right for you, but I do love it! 

  
I’m yet to try the rest of the range but I have a particular interest in the expert liquid tape. It’s used before any other skincare products, on clean skin and does pretty much the same as the serum with tightening and encouraging collegen in the skin to promote a firm, contoured look. Go into your local counter and they’re always more than happy to try the products out on you and give you samples so you can be sure you love your products before you splash out! 

Happy shopping X 

Rosie for Autograph

  Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will forever be one of my all-time favourite supermodels. She is such a natural beauty and oozes elegance and femininity. 

“The concept behind my new collection is luxurious, feminine smoothing lingerie. These pieces are are using the softest microfibres, they’re ultra smooth and slinky, with French designed lace and silk trims to add a touch of luxury. The clever multiway straps on each bra means you can wear them with many different outfits. Create a perfectly smooth silhouette.” Rosie. 

I was browsing M&S yesterday when my friend and I noticed the Rosie for Autograph collection, with its delicate silks and lace and subtle dusky tones mixed with beautiful florals. I picked up three bra’s which you won’t believe we’re just £3.99 each reduced from £25! Here’s the ones I chose:

   
   I love this delicate silk and lace non-padded balcony. It remains feminine and pretty, despite the glam black lace trim. 

   
   This dusky pink garment is the same as the one above, but in a girly soft pink which makes it all the more girly and pretty. 

   
   The final bra I picked up was this duck egg blue plunge with a subtle white print and Rosie’s signature lace. 

The collection seems to be a small fit with the ones I’ve tried, so take a few sizes into the changing rooms and see what fits best. Rosie wasn’t wrong when she said these are very smoothing and slinky. They’re by no means push-up but they drape over your skin beautifully and feel so feminine. I’d definitely recommend running down to your local M&S store to see if you can grab any bargains, but I’d be equally as happy personally to purchase at full price. 

On a final note – Rosie retweeted me! ❤  

 

Hels xxx