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 

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March Favourites

I’ve compiled a little list of some of my favourite things at the moment. Just little things that make my days a bit more pleasant! Some I’ve mentioned or reviewed before, some I’ve just discovered. 

1. Nutribullet Green Juices

I’ve been feeling a little under the weather so today I’ve bought a ton of cucumber, celery, kiwi, ginger, spinach, pineapple, limes etc to throw into my cup with the hope of feeling tip top again. Day 1 was good so hopefully a week or so will help boost my immune system back up!  

 2. Bikini hunting 

I’ve two holidays booked already – Marbella in June for my gorgeous friend Courtney’s wedding, and Tenneriffe in August for my boyfriends dads birthday. I’m hoping I can squeeze another bit of sunshine in as well, so I need to stock up on bikinis. I like having ones no one else has so I search for hours online, imagining myself on a hot beach with a mojito in hand.

I miss the ocean so much, I’m dying to dive in and swim freely with the sea life surrounding me. After last years scuba adventures, it’s a must.  

 3.  Nudey Chocolate Protein Shake 

I’ve just received the new chocolate shake. I knew I’d love it because the coconut one was amazing – it definitely doesn’t disappoint! I’m focused on my bod at the moment with these holidays coming up, I really want to look and feel my best on the beach so these are amazing. Code HELEN for 20% off your order at NudeyTea.  

 4. Weight training and outdoor walks 

I’ve been a fan of training for ages, but at the moment I’m really getting into weight training. I’m going for it with the booty building but I’m also concentrating more on back and arms with the help of my boyfriend. Something I’ve always avoided! I’m also loving walks outdoors, I’ve been going at least once a week for the last few months and it’s so nice to get some fresh air and gentle exercise. 

5. Star Tan 

I’ve been sent some amazing new tan and I’m really loving it! I’ll be posting a review this week about it so keep your eyes peeled. 

6. Chanel Bronzer 

I wrote a post last year about Chanel’s mousse bronzer and I still ADORE it. I’ve recently bought a new pot and it’s still one of my most favourite products ever, absolute beauty must-have.  

 7. Chanel Perfume 

Another classic Chanel perfume. I’m on my second bottle (which my boyfriend bought me and so cutely engraved) and I know I’ll be keeping this scent foreverrrrrr.  

 8. Pinterest 

My Pinterest addiction has got even more intense recently. I loveeee it for inspo of every kind. I just type in anything like fashion, food etc and millions of pics are there to inspire me. If you don’t have the app, get it NOW. 

9. Windy App

Another app for you – it’s called Windy. I got it when iTunes was giving free apps for the leap year which is a bit random. It’s simply just white noise, like nature sounds and you can adjust it to your preferences. It’s nice and relaxing and good for yoga stretches or even if you’re studying or doing work. I’m not sure if it costs but I’d say it’s worth it if you need some background noise. 

10. Comfy clothes. All the time. 

I’m a huge fan of lounge wear and sports clothes at the moment. When I’m not on a job or at a casting, it’s a guarantee I’ll be wearing a cute little lounging set or my gym clothes. Calvin Klein sports wear or Lounge Underwear just finish it off for me! Comfort is key…  

 What are your favourite things at the moment? Let me know in the comments! 

Hels x

Top 4 places in the world I would love to Scuba Dive. 

Today I spent the day at the Sea Life centre in Manchester, learning about all the different species of sea life, what threats they face, and the marine conservation that Sea Life contribute to. Looking into the tanks with an array of majestic sharks, thousands of colourful fish and a huge but cute rescued turtle named Ernie – I felt a huge urge to swim amongst them and explore their habitat. It got me really thinking about where I’d visit for dives if I ever get the chance…. 
1) Mexico – Cozumel and the Cenotes.

Possibly not somewhere you’d automatically think of for scuba diving but Cozumel is known in the scuba diving industry as one of the best locations to dive. Most diving and snorkelling activity is focused on the reefs and shallow coral formulations which boast abundant underwater see life and brilliant colours.  

   
 Another amazing scuba experience that Mexico has to offer is the Cenotes where you can cave dive with excellent visibility in non-salty water. It’s been described as the ‘closest to flying in water’ and looks like such an adventure. I actually visited Mexico a number of years ago but unfortunately missed the oppurunity to dive but Mexico is my boyfriend and my favourite holiday destination so it’s only a matter of time!    

 

2) Australia – Great Barrier Reef. 

Perhaps a slightly more obvious choice, but all the same its one of those places that any diving enthusiast MUST visit. The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is the worlds largest and healthiest coral reef system. I find it fascinating that it’s the only living structure on earth that can be seen from outer space. It’s no wonder divers from all over the world visit this location.  

   
3) Egypt – The Red Sea. 

As I’ve previously mentioned, my boyfriend and I visitited Egypt last year and experienced the sea life by snorkelling in a few locations in The Red Sea. Since this was such a memorable experience, and The Red Sea is said to be THE best place in the world we would LOVE to go back to do a proper dive. 

This is the only one on the list I can give a first hand account of. The water is warm with very little wave action and amazing visibility. Over 1000 species of invertebrates and over 200 species of soft and hard coral form the Eco-system which include 1100 species of fish. Whilst swimming through the waters you notice shoals of all different size, shapes and colours.  

   
4) Malaysia. 

There are so many scuba diving spots in Malaysia that look and sound amazing that it’s hard to choose just one or two. Malaysia offers crystal clear, pristine waters overlooked by islands with pure white, undiscovered beaches. Aside from this being a luxury holiday destination, it’s also said to be one of the best places to dive. This is due to the stunning biodiversity and exotic marine life, some of which is rarely seen elsewhere in the world. There are many different types of dives on offer including deep, drift, wreck, cave and walk dives.  

 
The international finals of Miss Scuba are held in the beautiful and exotic country of Malaysia. Lucky girls from across the globe will gather here to compete for the coveted Miss Scuba International crown!  

 
If you’ve visited any of these locations or can recommend any other spectacular diving sites, let me know in the comments! 

Hels xxx

Expectation VS Reality: Nail Fails. 

Day two of a sickness bug has left me scrolling the internet bored, looking for mindless randomness to entertain me. I was supposed to be at my agency today getting some fresh Polaroids which would have been ideal in this weather! Not good. 

However, I did stumble upon something that made me laugh. Partly because they’re so awful but partly because I know for a FACT we’ve all been there – done that. 

The article, as found on Daily Mail shows us some shocking nail fails where amateurs have tried to replicate professional manicures and got it terribly, terribly wrong. 

Enjoy!! 

   
  ‘Simple stripes’ – they look so easy, but this Fail says differently!     How did this person get the polish so lumpy and uneven? Perhaps some longer nails would have helped!     In fairness, these aren’t the worst fail we’ve seen, but by no means are they good!     Nice attempt but these jagged lines are awful!     Someone pass this girl an acetone dipped cotton bud!     I think you need really deep nail beds or a good extension to pull these off!    Potentially the worst ones yet! What were they thinking?  

   Hippie tie-die gone very very wrong here! I can only assume she tried to dip her nails into it but something went miserably wrong here! 

Have you had any similar experiences? I’ve always preferred a block colour to nail art, but I think if you’re into these sort of looks – leave it to the professionals or invest in some stickers! 

Hels x

Soleil Tan De Chanel – Bronzing Makeup Base REVIEW. 

The weather is (kind of) starting to get a little better in the UK now we’re well into May, so I think it’s nice to add some warmth into makeup looks to give a bronzed effect. 

In my last post, I mentioned how I had my makeup done at Chanel for my grad ball. The cost of the makeover is redeemable on purchases so I kept a close eye on what the MUA used, so I could decide which item I fancied taking home. 

I had heard of Soleil Tan De Chanel before and it did intruige me as its a creamy texture, so I was glad when she took it out to use on me. I suffer from quite dry skin if I’m not careful so I have to keep my skin constantly hydrated. Also I love a dewy look rather than matte so powders don’t work too well on my skin. This is a creamy (almost mousse) texture which is quite luxurious on the skin. 

   
 

Although this product is cream, it’s applied with a brush. I used Real Techniques contour brush to apply and finished with Real Techniques buffing brush. There’s so many ways you can use this product which makes it so versatile. Firstly, you can add a thin layer to the entire face before foundation for a subtle glow, you can mix with your foundation to go up a shade, use as a contour or bronzer and finally, as a full body tan on top of body lotion. 

For this look, I used a light layer before my foundation and finished with gentle contouring on my cheek bones, forehead and nose. I just used it really naturally to begin with but you can build this product up for a more dramatic look. 

   
     It feels so soft and dewy on the skin and creates a flawless finish. As I said, it’s so versatile so it’s definitely worth the £32 in my opinion but I’ve heard there’s a dupe by Bourjois so it might be a good option to try that first and see how you get on with a cream before splurging on Chanel. 

I should add that I’ve had Soleil Tan De Chanel in the powder form previously and loved it and it lasted for so long! I have high expectations of how long this will last as it’s used so minimally and is a good sized pot. 

You can purchase at any Chanel counter or online Here

Other products I used:

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. 

MAC lip liner in Spice. 

Dior Addict Gloss in Dolly Pink. 

Dreamweave Lash Magnet Mascara. 

Natural brows. 

  

If you have/do use this product – please do let me know in the comments and I’d love to hear any recommendations you have! 

Connect with me on Instagram @heliemac1 

Hels xxx

Trend Alert: Metallic Tattoos

Pinterest and Instagram are blowing up with images of bronzed skin, delicately decorated with metallic designs. A quick search will reveal the sparkling temporary tattoos sloping down backs, wrapping around wrists and embellishing hands amongst other designs. 

I thought I’d try and bring a bit of brightness to sunny old England and ordered myself a pack of about 10 different designs. I just searched ‘metallic tattoos’ on eBay and voila, a wide range of gold and silver tattoos popped up, accented with elements of black. I chose my designs and ordered and I wasn’t disappointed when they arrived! 

   
       I thought it best to ween myself into the trend by simply creating a bracelet effect, and I must say I really liked the way they turned out! When I’m next on a sunny beach (hopefully soon!) I’ll probably be a bit more daring and run one down my spine and around the tops of my arms. 

I guess I couldn’t expect amazing quality from an item that only cost £2.99 from eBay but I was quite disappointed by how long they stayed on. I took a shower after a couple of hours of putting the tattoos on, and half had come off by the end of the shower – without me actually even touching them.  I wrapped a black design around my boyfriends arm (after some mild persuasion) also, and when we woke up this morning he told me it had come off in his sleep. I thought he’d secretly scratched it off until I looked at my own wrist and realised mine was entirely off also!? This was despite the claim of the ‘7-day duration’. 

So with this information, I’d probably say these are best for a one night affair, possibly with a backless dress. Alternatively a day on the beach or a festival! I’ll be on a hunt for some with a little more stay power now. 

My top inspiration for the trend

   

         

Be sure to tag me if you try out the trend for yourself so I can get some more inspiration! And don’t forget to connect on Instagram 🙂 @heliemac1

Hels xxx