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

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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

March Lust List 

Happy Friday everyone! I can’t believe how fast the weeks are flying by this year. I’ve really wanted to blog more (I know I say this on everrrrry post I do) but I’m going to let myself off because I’ve been busy working hard, training hard, and generally enjoying life. I’ve been up to all sorts – cuddles with my new baby niece Eliza, Spa pampering and massages, long walks, catching up with old friends, eating out A LOT, shopping, just having a good time. 

I’m sticking to my New Years resolution fitness wise. I’ve been using the app RUNTRAINER to help teach me run 5k. I’ve always been active with cardio but tend to do HIIT so my endurance isn’t where I want it to be. I’m going to carry on with it and challenge myself to some sort of sponsored run this year! After becoming an Advanced scuba diver from being a total novice, I want to continue challenging myself. Strength wise, I’m working hard on my booty and abs and also training my back and arms once or twice each week so I’m hoping to feel in great shape by summer. 

Anyway, I’ve put together a little list of things I’m lusting over this month. I’m going to purchase a lottery ticket for this weekend so if I win (keep your fingers crossed for me) I’m going to add a house and a few luxury holidays onto my list! A girl can dream. 

FitBit Charge 2 

I’ve wanted one of these for agesssss but always end up spending my money on other things. I love the Charge 2 because it tracks your heart rate, activity and sleep but also looks quite subtle. I love the blue but the black is classic and probably more durable in terms of staining and visible scratching. I’d love to track my heart rate because according to the gym machines it’s through the roof! So it would be good to track it and work on balancing it. Oh and it’s pretty cool you can get your calls and texts through on it! Check them out here.
Freddy Jeans 

If you haven’t seen these before – you’re going to love them! They’re special sculpting pants with cleverly placed seams to make your booty look AMAZING. I love skinny fit jeans and these two are my fav; regular waist denim jeans – classic and perfect for every day wear. Faux snake skin – I can’t stop wearing black at the moment and I’ve seen someone wear these ones and they look so nice! They can be dressed down in the day with boots or trainers or dressed up with heels for the evening so they’re really versatile. Definitely my favourites! You can have a browse at their many styles Here.
Bali Body Bronzing Lotion

I used Bali Body last year on my holidays and their products are just so luxurious in feel and smell. I have the watermelon oil and the sun lotion and LOVE them both for making my skin soft and smooth, and an all natural alternative to regular sun cream. It’s a little annoying how often you have to apply but I’d say it’s worth it! They’ve recently bought out this Luxe Bronzing Lotion which has a tint to give you a bronzed look whilst hydrating the skin with Vitamin E and natural oils. I LOVE a good tan and if I can get it whilst nourishing my skin, this can only be a good thing! Get your bronze glow Here.

Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance Palette 

This is just the ultimate palette in terms of the shades I love to use on my self. I swear I’m the only girl in the world who doesn’t have this? I’ve heard only good things about this palette. The Venetian Red, Raw Sienna and Realgar look like my dream shades! I’m not being dramatic when I say I will die if I do not own this palette soon. 
Fearless shoes 

I’m really funny about flat shoes, I rarely wear them except trainers (pretty much only in the gym) I usually always have at least a small heel! I love these cream espadrille style shoes and they have a Valentino style strap around the ankle which I adore! These cute little PomPom shoes are equally as cute! Now the weather is (I guess?) trying to get a little warmer/sunnier I need to invest in some cute little shoes like these. You can find these and loads of others on Fearless.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide – Unlaced, Stripped and Playpen. 

When purchasing a few foundations (Nars Sheer Glow is unreal) for my makeup kit, the lady at the Nars counter popped in a sample of the velvet lip glide for me. It’s a really good size that’ll last me a while and I’m so glad because I LOVE it! It really does glide on beautifully and is the most comfortable liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried. It’s not totally matte, it has a velvet finish which I definitely prefer! It’s too easy to get a cracked look with a matte lippy. The three shades above are my favourite every day nudes but they’re all lovely! Pick yours up from your nearest counter or the NARS website.
Grey Feather Jacket

Top of my list fashion-wise is this grey feather jacket from Olive and Lile! I think it would go with soooo many looks and glam up any outfit! It’s ostrich feathers are ethically sourced which is important to me also! Must-have fashion purchase. Get yours in grey or a range of other colours from Olive and Lile.
So that’s a few of my fav things at the moment! Obviously, like many girly girls, it’s pretty much an endless list but these have made it to the top! Have you got any of these? Are they and things I should add? Let me know in the comments or on my Instagram @heliemac1 

Hels xxx


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 




NYE Makeup Look: Warm Blown Out Smokey Eyes

Happy (almost) new year everyone! I really need to make it my New Years resolution to blog more frequently. I have so many beautiful products to blog on, and so many ideas so I hereby PROMISE to post more content. 

I’ve posted a few images below but the quality is poor due to the lighting and the fact I’ve used my phone not my camera! But it’s just a little taster of how I’ve painted my face for New Year. Below are all of the products used to create this look. 

Products

Skin 

  • NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Fiji
  • NARS Creamy Concealer in Custard 
  • LA Girl Pro Concealer in Porcelain and Beautiful Bronze 
  • Estée Lauder ‘Estee Edit – Gritty and Glow’ 
  • Chanel Les Beiges Bronzer 
  • MAC translucent loose powder 

Eyes and Brows

  • MAC painterly to prime 
  • Morphe 35W Palette 
  • MAC Red Brick 
  • MUA Gel Liner 
  • Lash Elegance 3D Mink Lashes in Mitchell
  • Estée Lauder ‘Estée Edit – Gritty and Glow’
  • MUA Luxe Brow Gel in Dark Brown

Lips

  • MAC Spice Liner 
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cairo
  • Dior Lip Maximiser Gloss 

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year and I hope you all tune back into my blog to see some new content in the New Year! 

Hels xxx

My Makeup Journey

Hey guys! 

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m starting training as a pro MUA – with today being my first proper lesson. I’ve decided not to take the route of a full time course, for a few different reasons. 

Firstly, I already have a lot of makeup skills and I don’t feel like I need an expensive/intensive 10-20 week course. I’m already trained in AirBase makeup and obviously have my makeup done on shoots all of the time so I’m not starting at scratch. Secondly, I would rather learn tips and techniques from a range of artists because I love how everyone has different ways of doing things. Thirdly, I learn better in this environment and can have attention focussed on me when on a 1-to-1 basis. 

Today I worked with Patrick Baston at Pout Patrol in Bury. Patrick’s work is UNREAL – so flawless and he has such a creative mind, demonstrates on his Instagram. I learned so much from Patrick today and now have a crazy long shopping list of all of the amazing products he recommended! 

I took my sister to model for me and we created a look using some warm tones from various palettes and then mixed it up with the most amazing mermaidy glitter from Topshop (of all places!). The skin was quite dewy with a very heavy coverage and some beautiful contouring and highlighting. We used Armani Luminous silk on the skin, followed by Nars Creamy Concealer. The bronzer of choice was from the Kat Von D palette and we used two highlighters – an amazing gold from the MAC Christmas collection and a dab of a Topshop one just to finish it off (this was also used on the brow bone). 

The brows were created using Anastasia Beverley Hills Dip Brow Pomade with a fine brush to create more of a fluffy brow look. MAC feline liner and gel liner was applied into the water line and blended into the lash line using the darker transition shade, and finally blended further out using the lightest transition shade. The look was completed with a nude glossy lip using various products from Rimmel and MAC. 

From today’s lesson, I learned that I can get away with taking the product further up and out on the eye. I’m quite shy with my lines and tend to keep them tight in around the crease when it really does look amazing to drag it up practically to the brow in some areas of the eye. This really helps disguise any hooding of the eye. Also, I picked up some techniques of applying and blending using different brush strokes and angles. 

My reasoning for logging my progress on my blog is so that I can not only show you guys how I’m coming along, but so I can look back and a) remember the tips I’ve learned b) see how my style changes and progresses as I continue my makeup journey. 

The completed look is below with a before and after. No editing or filters, just great light and flawless skin! 


Do you have any must-have makeup products? Or do you have your own little techniques? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram @Heliemac1 

Hels x