Makeup Styling For The Protein Bakery Press Shoot

Hi everyone!

I just sat down with a big mug of tea to update my blog with what I’m up to. I sometimes struggle to sit back and find the time to reflect on my going’s-on and share them but it’s important, especially as I’d love to look back in the future and see how far I’ve progressed.

Today I worked on an exciting project with The Protein Bakery which was organised by Ledigo PR. We had a great team, with @hairbysophie _m on the hair, @jadekaty and @southweather84 on photography and myself creating the makeup look. Then model for the day was the director of The Protein Bakery, Laura Jackson. She thought up the concept in her own kitchen and is now set to sell her products in January 2018, launching in supermarkets and major online companies.

A little bit about the company…

So, how many of you get cravings on a regular basis for cakes, cookies, donuts etc? Especially when you’re on a diet! The Protein Bakery has created a new concept of protein fortified goodies to curb cravings for real (a bog standard protein bar just doesn’t cut it) whilst remaining clean and adding to your daily protein intake. I have sampled the range and I have to say they genuinely taste like your normal baked goods – the Salted Caramel Cookie is unreal! They don’t have that protein after taste that you get with so many protein products.

What I really love about the range is that it appeals to so many people. So many people can feel intimidated by the fitness and protein industry and feel that maybe the usual protein bars and shakes etc we see in stores are aimed at uber-toned, fitness addicts. That’s where The Protein Bakery is different and appeals to EVERYONE whether you’re sculpting your six pack or simply trying to make healthier choices.

Back to the makeup…

We wanted a ‘Nigella’ feel to the look so we kept it all matte and neutrals. I used YSL foundation and brown and nude eyeshadows from Kiko Milano. The brows were filled with light strokes of MAC Spike and brushed with a clear brow gel for a soft, ‘barely done’ look. I didn’t use any contouring or highlighting for this look as I really wanted it to remain fresh and simple, so I simply defined the cheek bones and lifted the skin tone using Dior blusher. The look was finished with some light strip-lashes, Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Penelope Pink and set with Sport FX setting spray. The final look was girly and soft and perfect for the day time but with that extra glam!

Keep an eye out on The Protein Bakery’s Instagram to be the first to get your hands on the products and the chance to win some competitions they have coming up!

Helen x

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Billion Dollar Smile – Review

It’s so important as a model to have a gleaming smile but it can be so hard to achieve. 

The lovely people over at Billion Dollar Smile were so kind as to send me over one of their teeth whitening kits with an LED light and tray and 3 syringes of solution to brighten up my teeth. 

I’m really into keeping my teeth nice and always brush 2-3 times a day, use mouth wash and regularly floss. Usually I’d just use coconut oil to whiten my teeth but sometimes they need an extra little push to really get them gleaming. 

The first time I used the kit, I was really pleased with how easy it was to use! All you have to do is apply half a syringe of solution into the mould, pop it in and switch it on! Simple. I use it when I get ready in the morning because I can even apply my makeup with it in. 

Whitening products I’ve used in the past have hurt my gums and/or left me with sensitive teeth but the non peroxide gel hasn’t given me any irritation or pain whatsoever. I was actually really surprised when I rinsed my teeth and could see visible results after the first application! 

I will confess I’ve not used it as directed – once a day for 6 days – because I’ve not always found the time or I’ve forgotten. But I’ve actually still seen impressive results – so imagine using the course all in one go! 

I’ll definitely be using Billion Dollar Smile as a safe and effective go-to product when my teeth need brightening back up again. 

You can pick up your own kit Here!

Hels xxx


*This product was gifted for review purposes but all opinions are my own. 

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

EatCleanTea – Matcha Green Tea Review. 

I’ve been a huge fan of Matcha since my favourite local cafe began serving Matcha Latte’s. I hadn’t initially realised just quite how versatile Matcha was until I began seeing it EVERYWHERE. Fruity iced matcha, matcha icecream, matcha energy balls…. Anything you can think of, within reason. 

I’m very much into looking after my body and remaining as natural as possible. I personally believe that keeping natural in food, drinks, skincare etc is the best possible thing you can do for your body – keep it as nature intended. The world today is full of nasty toxins and everything is becoming processed, which goes a long way in explaining the poor health many face. 

Anyway, I was so excited about this package as I’ve been reading up all about the benefits of matcha. I’m obsessed with green tea as it is, and matcha amplifies all of the health benefits of ordinary green tea, as it is made from the ground leaves. Here’s a few of the many health benefits: 

  • It is packed with antioxidants
  • It boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • It calms the mind and relaxes the body, whilst boosting memory and concentration 
  • It’s rich in fibre and many vitamins such as Vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium 
  • It prevents disease
  • It lowers cholesterol and blood sugar 
  • It increases energy levels and endurance 
  • It’s all natural (when bought from a reliable source such as EatCleanTea) 
  • It tastes amazing! 

So EatCleanTea have three flavours: Original, Matcha and Mint, Matcha and Ginger. All three are totally natural and of the highest quality but I opted for Original this time as I know I love the taste. I can’t wait to try the other flavours though! Since receiving the package, I have religiously drank Matcha Latte’s with either soya milk or almond milk. I prefer the sweeter milks than the original, but I’ve also tried adding a little agave nectar which added a really nice natural sweetness. 

I’m yet to try my matcha cold, but tomorrow at some point, I’ll be throwing some ice and water into my nutribullet to give it a go! I think it’ll be amazing with a little apple juice and maybe some fruits soaked in. There’s so many recipes online and on the EatCleanTea website and Instagram (@eatcleantea) so even if you’re not a fan of hot drinks, it’s still a must-have purchase! 

Below, I’ll tell you how I make the perfect Matcha Latte using soya milk and the EatCleanTea whisker (which makes it so much easier not to get pesky lumps!) 

  1. Add two scoops of matcha to your favourite mug 
  2. Add a small amount of hot water and use the whisker to blend away any lumps
  3. Full the mug with your milk of choice
  4. Pop in the microwave for 1 minute (you don’t want it piping hot as it will ruin the tea) 
  5. Whisk once more to create a froth
  6. Enjoy 


You can purchase yours at EatCleanTea and do let me know if you think of any interesting recipes for your Matcha! #TeamMatcha 

Oh Polly! Jumper Dress. 

I love this grey tie-side jumper dress I’ve received from the lovely people at Oh Polly. I’ve looked everywhere for jumper dresses that doesn’t look frumpy and isn’t too long to sit with my thigh high boots. So this is PERFECT and I love the tie up with the cute bow on the side. 

I styled mine with a messy bun and natural makeup for casual chic, and teamed it with my Steve Madden ‘Gorgeous Thigh Highs’ in Taupe. I think it would look cute with some heels and an over-sized clutch back for an evening look! 

You can get yours from www.ohpolly.com along with some gorgeous other items at GREAT prices. 
  
    
   
Hels X 

Lounge Underwear

I love a delivery! Especially when it’s a cute little box with some underwear inside. 

The sweet little grey set is made in the UK and is 100% cotton, making it so soft and comfortable. It’s available also in black or white but I opted for the grey! I have literally fallen in love. You can purchase yours with super fast delivery at www.loungeunderwear.com

   
    
    
 

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. 

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.