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


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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

Vegan Protein Shake – Nudey Tea Review

**20% off site wide at Nudey Tea with code HELEN **
Veganism in a nutshell is a way of living which aims to exclude the use of any animal products for food, clothing and any other purpose. So this includes meat, dairy, eggs etc in diet – which so happen to be the main sources of dietary protein. There’s many vegan protein sources but generally much more needs to be consumed in order to match the levels found in meat, eggs and dairy.  

Although not vegan myself, I do try and stay away from dairy where possible to avoid IBS flare ups. One product I’ve found particularly irritable to my stomach (and I’m aware many others do also!) is whey protein. I’ve tried soya alternatives but they’ve literally made me gag due to the thick custard like texture and off-taste. So I’ve always stuck with whey and suffered the potential side affects. 

So what alternatives are there? I was approached by Nudey Tea to try their new vegan protein shakes. In 4 flavours, I knew I was bound to enjoy at least ONE of them. And to my surprise, I enjoyed all 4! Before I go on to my personal opinion, here’s a few facts about the shakes. 

  • It’s a cruelty free plant based vegan shake
  • Nutritious with an added vitamin and mineral blend. 
  • Added Guarana and green tea which have brilliant fat burning abilities. 
  • It’s premium and uniquely blended using 4 types of plant protein to offer a dairy free shake.
  • Great to satisfy hunger, support healthy weightloss and input extra calories when you’re training hard, alongside a healthy balanced diet. 
  • 4 great flavours – strawberry, chocolate, coconut and vanilla. 
  • 24g protein per serving. 

How I found it – 

The first I tried was the vanilla. I had this whipped up for me at the gym with some water and ice in a blender. I always blend my shakes because the very thought of a lump is enough to put me off! The shake was smooth and not too thick and actually tasted very similar to a vanilla milkshake! As I was chatting whilst I sipped, it took me about 20 minutes and by which time it needed a mix as it had started to separate. When mixed it was exactly the same as the start so that’s a very small price to pay for a great tasting vegan shake. 

The other flavours I tried with almond milk to give a slightly richer finish than with water and this was preferred for me! Try blending a few ice cubes, almond milk and a scoop of shake for a thick frozen milkshake consistency. 

I can’t recommend this product enough, whether you’re vegan or wanting to cut back on dairy or just fancy a great tasting, all natural protein shake. Don’t forget you can use code HELEN at the checkout for 20% off site wide – this includes the teas, shakes and accessories! 

Hels x

Ultimate High Protein Porridge Recipe

We’re becoming increasingly concerned with the importance of a high-protein diet, but it can be a struggle for some to incorporate protein into their breakfast. Maybe you can’t face eggs or meat first thing in the morning, maybe you’re vegetarian, or maybe you’re just stumped for ideas. 

The ‘easy’ way is to just simply add a scoop of whey protein into your oats – and that’s great! But it’s not for everyone. I struggle with protein powders – I can drink them after a workout but if I add them to anything I feel like it ruins the food I’ve added it to! 

I’ve come up with my own little recipe that I’ve become obsessed with, and my boyfriend loves it also! 

What You’ll Need: 

  • Oats (your desired amount) 
  • 1tblspn powdered peanut butter 
  • 1-2tblspn chia seeds 
  • Almond milk (desired amount) 
  • 1 egg white 
  • Walden Farms Caramel Syrup 
  • Optional – bananas, blueberries, strawberries, chopped up protein bar or any desired toppings 

Okay, the thought of adding egg white into your oats might sound a bit scary if you’ve never tried it before but TRUST me you can’t taste egg and it just makes it creamy and amps up the protein! 

You can purchase the powdered peanut butter (I use Dr Zak’s) and the caramel syrup from Muscle Food and you can even use code HM498301 to get some extra FREE goodies at the checkout like a loaf of high protein bread, protein pizza, chicken breasts….. 

The chia seeds were picked up from Tesco for just £1 a pouch – a steal when you look at chia seeds in Holland & Barrat for instance which cost around £15 for the same product! 

Method: 

  • Add your oats and almond milk to the saucepan on a medium heat (to your desired consistency – some like theirs thin, I like mine gloopy!) 
  • After 1-2 minutes when it’s all stirred in, add your powdered peanut butter and chia seeds 
  • Continue cooking and stirring for a further 4-5 minutes 
  • Add your egg white and stir well
  • Continue cooking and stirring for around 3 minutes or until fully cooked 
  • Place in a bowl and drizzle Caramel Syrup 

Voila! High protein oats without the whey protein taste! Full of goodness to keep you going for the day! 

Hels xxx

High Street / High End Dupe. 

Hey guys! 

I’ve just returned last night from a wonderful break in Tenerife with my boyfriend and a crew of 10 for his dad’s 60th birthday. We were so lucky to be taken away for a bit of sunshine and had the best time sunbathing, eating, drinking wine and swimming in the sea. 

I’ve come back with a great tan so now my focus is to stop ANY peeling (like i usually get!) so I’m hydrating my skin non-stop. I’m going to do another post on how I’m hydrating my skin post-holiday but I just had to let everyone know about a dupe I stumbled across accidentally. 

So, I was shopping in Superdrug for a hair mask and face mask (this will be included in the next post also!) and at the till there was an offer for a Dove Shower Oil for £2 instead of £4.48. Not a huge saving but I just thought it sounded nice with Argan oil and was an extra way to add moisture into my skin, so for that price I just had to try it! 

I’ve always been a fan of L’occitane Shower Oil and was hoping it would be similar but didn’t have high expectations for a £2 product compared to one that’s £15-£20. Let me tell you, I was so pleasantly surprised! 

Okay so I’ll start with a minor negative – the bottle is extremely naive! Is it a shower wash? Is it to mix with shower wash? Is it a moisturiser for after the shower? I figured it’s to be used as a wash since it mentions cleansing the skin so that’s what I did. I couldn’t believe it when it started to lather up upon contact with wet skin. 

I’m lay in bed now with beautiful soft skin with absolutely no oil or stickiness. You can pick some up in your local Superdrug store or online Here or treat yourself to the L’occitane version Here.

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full-Coverage BB Cream Review. 

I’ve recently been sent the Jane Iredale BB Cream to test and review, and have used it for the past few weeks to reveal the most honest and clear review of how I found the product. (All opinions are my own, this is an honest review of the product). 

I apply the BB cream first with my MAC foundation brush, then I continue to blend it with the Real Techniques beauty blender. My first thought when I started to apply was HOW AMAZING the coverage is for a BB cream. I’d compare this with MAC studio fix for coverage. The BB creams I usually use have quite a light coverage and aren’t really suitable for me on a daily basis. This however really does have a truly heavy coverage whilst still feeling light on the skin. 

At first, I wasn’t sure the shade was right for me (BB6) as it seemed quite yellow but as it blended in, I realised it was ideal for me and totally brightened up my complexion. I always go for yellow tones on my skin rather than pinks/beige. 

I have reasonably dry skin so a lot of foundations are a no-no for me because they can create dry lines and visible pores. That’s why I’m so happy to have found a hydrating mineral BB cream that allows me to wear a full-coverage look without the negative side effects! 

To put this BB cream to the test, I’ve worn it for a few different daily activities to see how it fairs. 

1: A Day At Work – as you may know, I’m a full-time model so when I’m working I don’t tend to wear my own makeup. However, I do occasionally cover at my parents business which is a children’s day-nursery. I wore this BB cream for the full day to see how it stayed on for a 9-6 shift. The coverage stayed neat, however it had gotten a little patchy on my nose by lunch time and my T-Zone was a little oily. I think this is because it’s so hydrating so I don’t really mind because it’s sort of one or the other for me. I’d rather a quick dab with my beauty blender than the dryness. 

2: A Work-Out – yep, I’m one of those girls who likes a bit of natural makeup on in the gym. I’m not talking eyeliner and contour etc, just a dab of BB Cream and a slick of mascara. And nope, it doesn’t make me work any less harder and nope it (generally) doesn’t end up a patchy mess on my face (have you never heard of setting spray?). So, I’ve been wearing the BB cream for the gym and even after a sweaty, intense workout with my trainer, my face stays pretty much perfect still. 10/10 for a workout foundation because it’s mineral based and won’t clog your pores like a normal foundation! 

3: In The Pool and Sauna – okay this one was more for the blog post, but I did keep it on for a relax in the pool and sauna post-workout. Obviously my face gets wet in this process so it was interesting to come out of the pool and see that although the coverage had massively decreased, it was all even and my face wasn’t patchy at all! 

4: On Holiday – I never use regular Suncream on my face on holiday because it just clogs it up so much. Plus I avoid sun on my face so it always ends up much more pale than my body so I like a light coverage with an SPF. I used this BB cream in Marbella (where everyone is glam so makeup is a must during the day!) and with its SPF 25, it did the job perfectly. 

So, all in all it has been a fantastic product, one that I’ve recommended to all of my friends who’ve gone out and bought it and love it as much as I do! It’s definitely my go-to product now and it’s a total staple in my makeup bag. I was also sent their blusher and lip balm which I use all the time also. The 3 together just create the most lovely, soft makeup look with the delicate pinks and gorgeous textures. 

Let me know how you get on! Hels X 

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. 


Reflex Protein Coffee

Sometimes it’s hard to find the energy to squeeze in a workout after a long day working, when you feel like you’d rather be curling up with a blanket and a hot drink. I know I’m guilty of this!

The kind people at Reflex Nutrition sent me over a little stash of their AMAZING protein coffee. This little can of magic gives you an amazing caffeine boost to aid your workout, alongside having a huge 25g protein per can! Every fitness persons dream. 

Last week, I ended up having 2 personal training sessions with two different trainers. I had my usual session with my trainer Ash at 11am, then worked for a few hours, then went with my mum to see her trainer and experience what her workouts are like. I kind of regretted this when every muscle in my body was BURNING. 

But did I stop there? Nope. I went straight from session number 2 to do an hour and a quarter of yoga! Yoga is my ultimate fav at the moment and there was no way I was going to miss my weekly wind-down! 

So, my competitiveness made the day even harder because I had to beat my mum at everything and I had to master every yoga pose. But back to the coffee….. It was absolutely top notch to keep me fuelled throughout the gruelling day and to top up my protein levels. It’s definitely going to become a staple in my cupboard! 

You can purchase your own protein coffee from the Reflex site – you won’t regret it!

Hels xx