Celebrity MUA Masterclass – Liverpool

Hey everyone!

I can’t remember if I mentioned in any previous posts, but I’ve started a new job 5 weeks ago now, working in business development.

I’m still doing makeup and have a few plans in the pipeline for it so do bare with me!

Today I was a guest at the Celebrity MUA Masterclass after winning 2 complimentary tickets worth £100 each via an Instagram competition they ran. The two artists demo’ing were Gary Cockerel and Alexis Stone – not two names I specifically know but after looking them up I was so excited to see them!

The Demo’s themselves were really interesting and the artists so talented – I picked up some really valuable tips. Unlike some masterclasses I’ve been to, the view and sound we’re really clear no matter where you sat. I was so thankful of that, one I went to you literally could not hear a thing as it was in a busy bar/restaurant with only a curtain between the Masterclass and the actual restaurant! We all ended up chatting as we couldn’t see anything!

The day didn’t go without any glitches but it’s understandable with it being their first event. The heating had broken in the building (not their fault at all!) but it was in the minus’ outside and snowing – far too cold to be sat in a massive, cold, high ceiling building for 6 hours odd!

Katie Price was supposed to be a special guest (I think getting her makeup done by Gary?) which I’m sure a lot of people bought their ticket for this exact purpose – however Katie was not at the event and this wasn’t addressed by the organisers at any point. It didn’t really bother me as I’m not exactly a fan and I didn’t even pay for my ticket anyway but had I paid £100-£120 pounds to see her, I probably would have been quite disgruntled.

If I could suggest some pointers for their next event (I do actually have an events management degree remember!) I would say….

  • They need some signage as it was extremely hard to find the venue. There’s multiple doors to a huge building.
  • Hand out goodie bags on the way out – it’ll stop people leaving early and also we thought we weren’t getting one as they’d stopped putting them on the chairs like they had earlier!
  • Don’t allow guests to come in and out as they please throughout the demos – people were quite rude and disruptive!
  • Extend the time or decrease the amount of demos – the artists were rushed and still went well over an hour over the stated finishing time.

Over all the event was a delight and the demos were so informative. Great choice of artists and despite the cold, the venue was ideal for clear viewing. The goodie bags were fantastic – including Doll Lashes, Unicorn Lashes/lipgloss, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, MAC Pro palette, Peggy Sage concealer and lipliner, ProBlo hair masks, Sample Beauty brushes and some glitter pots! That’s a really fab selection and I can’t wait to use them and let you know how I find them!

I love picking up application tips and product recommendations to make sure I’m constantly learning and bringing my clients the best work I can offer! Every artist continues to learn throughout their career and I think it’s so important to pick up tips from a large variety of different artists as there is endless techniques to pick up on!

If you want any more info please feel free to message me on Instagram @heliemac1 or comment on here!

Hels x

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February Top Buys… My Pick Of Fashion This Month.

Hey guys, so we’ve reached the second month of the year and I don’t know about you but when the weather is rubbish outside, I just love sitting in and drinking tea with a blanket, doing some some online shopping. I think it’s a serious addiction. Don’t you get a little buzz when the delivery man comes? And a little disappointment when nothing arrives!

I’ve put together a few of the bits and bobs I’m loving at the moment within fashion – I’ll even throw in some discount codes if I can track them and the links for you to purchase! I’ll put together a beauty one too soon!

1) This beige off-shoulder knit jumper – I already have a cream one and a black one but beige is next on my list… I love all things Bardot and off the shoulder at the moment! (At the time of writing – use code wrapup for a massive 40% off).

2) This White Bardot bodysuit another bargain when adding in the 40% discount code wrapup – really cute with black high waisted jeans and a cute little jacket.

3) This Ivory chunky-knit jumper dress would look unreal with some thigh high boots! Again code wrapup gives you 40% off! (I promise my whole list isn’t just Missguided).

4) These cream thigh highs boots – they’re neoprene so you get them nice and tight on the legs! Nothing worse than unintentionally baggy thigh highs. You won’t believe the price either – just £21 with the code wrapup. Crazy!

5) This Red silky dress – flattering on so many body types, in ‘in colour’ and an expensive looking fabric. What’s not to love? Perfect for valentines may I add! I love it in allll colours!

6) This Tassel trim dress I am just in love with it! I wish I had somewhere to wear it because it was instant love.

7) This Embroidered bodycon dress and matching tassel trim jacket oh my gooooodness I love it. I think BOTH is necessary as they just look unreal together for a special occasion or fancy night out. Yes yes yes.

I’m going to keep up with these posts as I see things I love. Beauty and fashion related! Enjoy.

Hels xxx

Reflections On Last Years ‘New Years Resolutions’ and 2018 Goals.

I’ve found the best thing about having a blog, is being able to look back upon previous posts and see how much things have changed over the years and months. Last year I posted my New Years Resolutions on here and truthfully I haven’t looked back on them since I wrote them so here’s a little look back and reflection on how the year panned out in comparison to how I planned it. I don’t think I could ever have predicted quite how it has turned out!

“I want to be able to run further and build more muscle.”

I’d say I pretty much smashed this on some level. By no means am I an athlete! I’m still not a fan of running but in the summer I took runs outside and right now I add some sprints on the treadmill before every workout. I’ve definitely gained muscle, my strength has increased massively and I’m enjoying a more weights based regime and the results it brings!

“I’m keeping my room perfectly immaculate and I want to continue that”

Uhmmmm. My mum or boyfriend might disagree with this because it does SOMETIMES get a little messy but I do tidy it all the time! I also mentioned that I want to throw away/donate the stuff I don’t use and I have kept on top of this, getting rid of all clothes and possessions I don’t use and I do recommend this to anyone. Nothing worse than a cluttered up room!

“This year I want to make time to practice yoga more”

This is the one I failed miserably at. I didn’t do yoga once until November, where I did it twice a week for about 3 weeks and then I’ve been too busy to go (or too lazy). I’m definitely going to get back into it in the New Year now as I was feeling the benefits! I’ve lost so much flexibility and I’m suffering from it so I will try my best with this one!

“This year I want to focus a lot of energy into my work life”

I’d say I’ve smashed this one too! It’s taken a bit of a detour to what I’d thought but I’m happy where I am in my career at the moment. I’ve become the makeup artist at Lusso Beauty Lounge in Wilmslow and I love it! I meet so many lovely clients and the staff are fab. I’ve changed my goals from last year but they’re still firmly in place. Modelling has taken a huge back seat for me. I still work, but not nearly as much and it’s not a focus. As I’ve got older, I’ve realised I want a more steady career as I want to save for a mortgage in the near future and when you have no idea what your wage will be from month to month that can be hard. I’m excited to see what next year brings work-wise.

“This year, I want to put my happiness first. Simple as that.”

This is easily the most poignant and important one. At the very start of the year I made a huge decision and put my happiness first and it’s turned out better than I ever thought in my wildest dreams.

I can wholeheartedly say this has been the BEST year of my entire life. In January, I met the most amazing man, and by February we were together and haven’t looked back since.

I’ve never crammed so much fun into one year! We visited Crete, Amsterdam and Prague, we have been to endless amazing restaurants, the zoo, walks, spa days, road trips singing in the car, London, adventures of all descriptions. We even completed a list we set out at the very start. There’s never been a dull moment or a case of ‘what shall we do today’ because we always find something to do. I’ve been treated like a Princess all year and the highlight of the year has 100% been meeting Ed as I think he made all the other things possible or better.

Also mentioned at the end of last years post was that we were expecting my sisters baby to make an appearance! The first day of the year marked the birth of Eliza and she’s a dream! Equally as exciting is that my sister is expecting again so this year will see the birth of another niece or nephew for me! (Christmas gets more expensive every year).

I’m looking forward to a night in Manchester with my boyfriend and his brothers and our friends to see the New Year in! Here’s to hoping that 2018 is as amazing as 2017 has been ❤️

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and an exciting New Year, Hels xxx

2017 Christmas Gift Guide! Him, Her, Parents, Kids…

It can be tough to think of Christmas presents, especially if you have a lot of people to buy for, a partner that has EVERYTHING, been together for years, not been together long enough to know what they like, fussy present receivers, someone so special you want the perfect gift…. the list is endless. So, I’ve put together this list of gifts to help you find the perfect present for your loved ones including him, her, parents, kids… and links to help you source them fast!

For her –

Makeup:

Urban Decay Naked Heat palette

Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions

Fenty Beauty Matchstix

Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess Set

Nars Velvet Lip Glide (Bound is beautiful!)

Luxury:

Stella McCartney Handbag

Valentino Rockstud Heels

YSL Chain ‘Wallet’ Handbag

Chanel Gabrielle Perfume

Kat Von D Sinner Perfume

Tiffany Heart Pendant

Secret Escapes Trip Away

Boda Skins Leather Jacket

The Bloom Room 1-Year Roses In Personalised Box

Gucci Leather Belt

Random:

Lakeland Prosecco Gift Hamper

Sharish Colour Changing Gin

Coconut Lane Accessories (Code Heliemac20 for discount)

Lounge Underwear Sets

GymShark Workout Clothes

Thoughtful:

Favourite sweets

Personalised gifts

Hamper

Something Work Related

Photobook

For him –

Luxury:

Boda Skins Leather Jacket

Nike Trainers

Kurt Geiger Boots or Shoes

Johnston’s Cashmere Scarf

Hugo Boss Leather Belt

RayBan Sunglasses

Selfridges Designer Cufflinks

Tom Ford Silk Tie

Creed Aventus Aftershave

Apple iPad

All Saints Denim Jacket

Reiss Shirt

Random:

Happy Socks Colourful Socks

Clinique Men’s Set

Bose Earphones

Amazon Wholesale Tub of Favourite Sweets

Novelty:

Amazon ‘Hot Stuff’ Grow Your Own Chillis

Amazon Farting Fine Tin

Amazon The Little Book of Beards

Very Storm Trooper Decanter

Parents:

Concert Tickets

Kitchen Utensils

Tiffany Perfume

Creed Spice and Wood

Secret Escapes Weekend getaway

Virgin Experiences Experience – Hot Air Balloons, Skydiving etc

Music Speakers

Favourite Food and Drinks

Hotel Chocolat Luxury Chocolates

Frame With Photograph of Family

Whiskey Decanter

Personalised Mugs

Vom Fass Alcohol, Vinegars and Oils

Children:

Band/singer top

River Island / Zara Clothing and Shoes

Ted Baker Pompom Pumps

Thomas Sabo Charm Bracelet

Tickets to a Show of Their Interest

Bear Factory

Homemade Frame for Bedroom

Personalised Robe

Personalised Keepsake Teddy

Personalised Story Book

Pencils and Colouring Book of Their Interest

Watch

I hope you find something perfect for your loved ones with my 2017 Gift Guide❤️

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

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 

NYX goodies 

I am absolutely obsessed with trying new cosmetic products. I do tend to go on recommendations from friends/bloggers/reviewers before I splurge the cash however. I hadn’t experienced NYX products until I attended the Pout Patrol Makeup Masterclass before Christmas and received two amazing lipsticks in my goodie bag. Although the shades of lipstick aren’t really that useable for me (dark brown and bright purple) the pigment and feel are impressive and you never know when you’ll need them in your kit. 

I had my eye on a few goodies but couldn’t find them all online in one place (plus, who likes paying for delivery!?) so I searched boots online to see where I can get the products and found them in Festival Park Boots, about half an hour away from where I live. There’s tones of shops around here so I didn’t mind the journey! I’m so happy NYX is available in Selfidges at the Trafford centre as I go quite frequently! I love each and every one of the products I picked up from NYX this time so will DEFINITELY stock up on a few more products every time I’m in the area! 

First up is Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in shade Pure Gold. My bestie Amy turned up to meet me the other day and looked radiant! I instantly said WHAT HAVE YOU GOT ON YOUR SKIN and she told me about this product she picked up in Selfridges. It can be used a few different ways – mixed with Foundation, applied prior to foundation or used on the high points of the face as highlighter. I personally like to mix with Foundation. It gives a really glowy, dewy look. I don’t think it’s quite pigmented enough to get a good highlight on the cheekbones alone. 

Next up,  the Slide On Eye Pencil in black and in white. My two classic favourites for the water line to complete any look! These are really pigmented and long lasting. I find with black and white they can be quite wishy washy but I really like these! 

The Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in porcelain is probably my favourite of my purchases! It’s perfect for carving out brows with a flat edged brush and also for priming the eyelids prior to eyeshadow application for a more intense colour. I’ve bought one for myself and one for my kit (same with the highlighter fluid!) and day to day I use it on my lids, set with Kiko Smart Eyeshadow in no.10 with a little bronzer in the crease. It really brightens up the eyes! It’s super creamy as well so it doesn’t cause a dry or creasy look underneath the eyes. I really recommend this one! 

Finally, the Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cairo. I saw this on insta babe @elle.sutton and it looked beaut so I had to purchase! I use it alone with MAC spice Liner, or add a gloss over the top for a perfect nude lip. There’s tones of lovely shades which I’m going to stock up on for my kit and for personal use! 

Do you use NYX products? Or have any staple beauty products you recommend? Let me know in the comments or over on Instagram @heliemac1 
Hels xxx

Soft Nude Eye Makeup

We’re just a few weeks away from the annual Galaxy UK beauty pageants where mini’s, teens, Miss, Mrs and Ms ladies from across the UK will be crowned and flown out to a beautiful Florida resort to compete for the international crowns in their respective age groups. Years ago, I was involved in the pageant industry as a contestant and was lucky enough to be one of the winners as Miss Teen Galaxy England. I then placed in the top 5 at the international in Florida. 

These days I’m at the other side of the industry. I’m looking forward to glamming up the contestants before their interviews and for the main stage event in the evenings. I’ll be there Thursday, Friday and Sunday (with Saturday being my sisters hen-do!) doing makeup on the girls. It’s so important to them to feel a million dollars so I’m making sure I pull out all the stops in terms of giving them the best products and practicing my skills until it’s second nature. 

I love a soft nude eye look for the day time. The girls want to look ‘done’ and glamourus but still remain natural and neat looking, not ‘over-done’. Neutral tones look beautiful on everyone with a little tweaking for individual colourings. Here’s a look I did on Dionne – Miss Cheshire Galaxy. We’re going to do this for her day look. 

In the evening, we can glam it up with some darker tones and of course a bit of sparkle! The harsh stage lights mean that a heavier makeup application is necessary in order to not look washed out, and keep the features defined. Here, I intensified the shadow and used a kohl liner with a smudging technique to create more of a statement Eye. I used plenty of highlighter to really make her cheek bones pop. 

I’m available for makeup bookings in the Cheshire/Manchester areas. Email me at helenm94@btinternet.com or message me on Instagram @heliemac1 @heliemacmua 
Hels xxx

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