Ann Summers: Willa Bra

   
  Ann Summers ‘Willa’, MAC Lipstick in ‘Chilli’ (scroll for more images) 


I’m a sucker for buying cute underwear. I have drawers and drawers full of every variety and colour. 
One of my favourite stores at the moment is Ann Summers. I always used to think it was full of OTT numbers that don’t suit my style at all, but I’ve realised in the last few months that they actually have some really sweet designs that are girly and pretty. One of these is the Willa that I picked up in Red this week (it also comes in black). I really wish they did a white or cream version of this because I think it would be gorgeous! 

Sometimes, thick winter jumpers and coats can leave you feeling a little frumpy so I love wearing delicate bra’s underneath my huge chunky knitted jumpers. Even though it’s only you that knows it’s there, I kinda like that. 

One of the things about the Willa bra is that it’s almost a fashion piece rather than a bra, similar to the Ayra bra I picked up from A.S not long ago. I wore the Ayra with a black top so the lace neck-tie was visible and got so many compliments (you can find the images on my Instagram @heliemac1). I feel you could style the Willa as part of an outfit also, it would be amazing on holiday with a good tan. 

   Lace detail. 
  Styled with a white wrap-around skirt.   
    Perfect teamed with a chunky knit and a matching red lip. 
Hels x
 

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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. 

Oily or spot-prone skin? Try out these tips and products. 

Today I read an article on Cosmopolitan all about Kendall Jenner’s skincare routine as recommend by the pricey doctors she has visited. Okay so most people can’t afford these skin doctors for themselves, nor the products that can maintain your skin so here’s a few tips so EVERYONE can get flawless skin. 

Wash gently. I think we’re all guilty of scrubbing the life out of the smallest pimple, in a desperate attempt to ‘clean’ it out. As mentioned in the Cosmo article by Dermatologist Dr Kidd, this simply  exasperates the situation by inflaming the skin even more. Simply use a cleansing wash with your fingers and forgot about harsh scrubs, sonic brushes and wash cloths. If you do feel like you want the occasional deep clean, Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is a soft powder that you mix into a paste to create a gentle daily scrub. Use this once a week or so. 

Don’t avoid moisturiser. So many girls I know that have spots or acne, think they can’t use moisturiser because they’re ‘too oily’. Don’t swap one problem for another! Even the oiliest skin needs hydration and they could do wanders for your skin. Also, you really want to avoid that ‘crusty’ look you can sometimes get when you apply foundation over the top of unhydrated skin! Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion has an oil-free formula that hydrates whilst reducing shine and preventing future breakouts. 

Use makeup that is suitable for your particular skin. We all listen to our friends when they tell us they’ve found a MUST-HAVE foundation. But you need to choose your foundation etc that works for your skin type. The Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer is ideal for smoothing your skin before makeup, without clogging it up. Also, the Silk Creme Oil-Free Photo Edition Foundation will give you great coverage without the oily residue and comes in 12 shades! Bare minerals powder foundations are also fantastic for soaking up oil and not clogging the skin, however they tend to be too drying for me so they may not be suitable if you do get some dryness. 

In addition, we all know the basics and they shouldn’t be overlooked! Drink PLENTY of water and green tea, and consider adding a multivitamin to your routine such as Nudey Tea Multivitamins (and don’t forget code HELEN at the checkout for a nice discount!) eat well, avoid sugar and dairy where possible and get plenty of sleep! 

Hels xxx

Eyebrows for blondes. 

If like me, you blondies don’t like the over-done, super-dark brow look, then you will love this product. 

I purchased it on a whim when trying out a few brow products and I actually love it! I find that most pallets and pencil leave my eyebrows overly dark or if they’re for blondes, slightly ginger! 

This eyebrow pencil is ONE POUND. £1. 100p. Yep! It has a lovely golden tone to it that’s dark enough to highlight the brow shape, without over doing it. It also comes with a bristle brush at the other end to blend your inner edges and brush your brows into place. 

The only negative I have about it is how soft it is. I find I have to sharpen after every 1/2 uses so it doesn’t last that long. But at £1 who cares? 

So leg it down to your nearest superdrug and stock up! 

Brow pencil: MUA Eyebrow – Blonde. 

Hels x

   
   

Review: Bioxidea Cosmetics

  
I was so excited to receive this package, courtesy of Bioxidea Cosmetics. Inside came some amazing face masks, an eye and lip serum and a BB cream. The first thing I noticed was the gorgeous packaging in pretty pink shades! 

I decided to wait a few days before trying out the products as I had a lot of photoshoots last week, where my hair and makeup was insane and I knew I’d need a pamper! 

So the concept of the face masks, is that you lay it on your face for 15 minutes then drop it into your bath for it to work its magic on your entire body. The best way I can describe them is as jelly feeling, sort of clear with shimmery speckles. They’re moist and feel like they’re hydrating your skin.  They then leave a beautiful little shimmer in your bath, for a bit of extra luxury. 

   
 
My favourite product is the BB cream. I was expecting a coverage too light to wear from day to night but I was so pleasantly surprised. The coverage is fantastic and it’s not shiney like many BB creams I’ve tried. I’ve been wearing this every day since I first tried it and it looks the exact same as my usual foundations but leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated. This is so important for me at this time of year because I get such dry skin in the winter. I would recommend this to anyone, especially if you suffer dry skin but still want great coverage. 
   
 
The final product is the eye and lip serum. It comes as a roll on and feels so refreshing as it has a cooling effect. 

  
I have absolutely loved using these products and I’m certainly going to continue with them, especially the BB cream! 

You can purchase these products and more here!

Hels x 

November moodboard. 

I’m finally starting to get into the Autumn/winter time of year, even though I’m a complete summer girl. 

Here’s a few of my top picks for the month. 

   Mullberry and chunky knits, a match made in heaven. 
    It’s time to get the blankets out! I’m in love with chunky knitted blankets and throws. 
  ‘Basically nude’ bras to keep secretly feminine under all of the baggy clothes and coats.   Cute silky PJs, all year round. 
  Particularly Victoria’s Secret ones.   Major hair envy. 
 Barely-there makeup with a dewy glow and a dab of glowy highlighter. 

 
Illamasqua cream pigment for contouring.   
 Time to top up my MAC lipstick collection with a few warm autumn tones. The reds and purples are unreal. 

   
Guilt free winter warmer – Matcha Green Tea Lattes. 

 Mocha thigh high boots are everywhere at the moment. 

   The 2015 Victoria’s Secret show IS TONIGHT. I’ve decided I’m prepping my body for the 2016 selections. A girl can dream….? Every female models ultimate goal. 

What are you loving this season?

Hels x 

Estée Lauder New Dimension review 

Estée Lauder are always updating their current products and introducing new ranges to keep our skin looking and feeling smooth. It’s been a long time favourite brand of mine for skincare. The newest range is ‘New Dimension’ which involves a serum, contour kit and eye contour kit and expert liquid tape. The products are designed to contour the face and give a more sculpted, firm look. 

  
I always take care of my skin (mainly Estée Lauder products) so wasn’t exactly banging on selfridges door trying to grab this product, but when I was walking through, I spoke with my regular EL consultant and she handed me a sample of the new serum (she knows I love to try new products and tend to purchase them!). She told me that the product has exfoliating properties and exposed the fresh layers of skin, therefore not to use for a week before holiday sun exposure. I’m heading out to Egypt in a week for more diving, so I’ve only been able to use the product for a couple of days but already I LOVE IT. I can’t wait to start using it again! 

  
The website states that the serum transforms the skin, leaving it plumped, smooth and more refined – with a good majority of those who tested agreeing. It can be used day and night, and I’ve used it for 2 days and 2 nights. Already, my skin is feeling silky and fresh and looks radiant even without makeup. I would go as far as to say it’s a ‘must-have’ product. I currently use the Enlighten and Night Repair serums but after sampling this, I will be swapping over! 

At £62 for 30ml or £88 for 50ml – it’s pricey. But if your skin is a priority then go for it. I’d say it’s great for any skin type whether you’re dry or oily. For dry skin, it will hydrate and remove dead skin cells. For oily skin, it will leave it feeling refreshed and smooth. Obviously speak with your local EL consultant whether it’s right for you, but I do love it! 

  
I’m yet to try the rest of the range but I have a particular interest in the expert liquid tape. It’s used before any other skincare products, on clean skin and does pretty much the same as the serum with tightening and encouraging collegen in the skin to promote a firm, contoured look. Go into your local counter and they’re always more than happy to try the products out on you and give you samples so you can be sure you love your products before you splash out! 

Happy shopping X 

10 Problems All High Maintenance Girls Will Understand. 

So high maintenance girls get a bit of a bad rep, but it’s not so bad to want to be a princess and demand everyone around you to treat you like one. 

Of course this article is just in jest… But I guess there’s a little truth behind each one! 

1) White bed sheets are a major risk. 

  

Extra sheets are a must on tan days. It’s probably wise that boyfriends opt for darker sheets too…

2) Washing up is not an option. 

  

Hot water, bubbles and a fresh manicure don’t mix well. Not to mention the panic attack when something touches your finger. 

3) We leave a trail of hair everywhere we go. 

  
Plug holes, clean laundry, beds, carpets…. You name it. 

4) We require a seat everywhere. 

  

Bars, packed tubes, nightclubs… 

5) The bedtime routine. 

  

We need at least an hour for all of our cleansing, serums, oils, creams, lotions etc… 

6) Having to approve every group photo. 

  

If it’s not up to scratch, you will delete it. 

7) Baggage limitations are the enemy. 

  

A girl needs choice! At least 3 outfits per night should suffice. Maybe. 

8) Shopping is a full day event. 

  

In girl world ‘straight in, straight out’ is not an option. We have to look at every item in every shop. 

9) If we want something, we need it. Now. 

  

That chocolate bar, lipstick, cute pair of shoes…… Baaaaaaaabe? *queue puppy dog eyes* 

10) We’re always late. 

  

It’s become so expected that we’re often given a time 30 minutes before we actually need to get there. And we’re still late. (Winged eyeliner doesn’t just happen naturally. 
If any of these secretly remind you of yourself, why not give it a share? 

Hels xxx

My casting look. 

I’m often asked by new or aspiring models, what look they should have when going to castings of Go&See’s. 

I think the issues I see most often is over-done hair, too much makeup and over the top clothing that doesn’t show off your figure. The general idea is to appear groomed but natural – the client doesn’t want to see the finished product, they want to see what they can do with you to represent their brand the way they want it. They want to see the raw product, but in its best form. 

I try to achieve a glowing, dewy look with my skin and I personally believe that this is achieved through the prep rather than just the makeup. I always see girls with foundation that looks almost crusty on their skin, probably because they don’t moisturise or prime properly. It’s a misconception that you shouldn’t moisturise if you have oily skin when in reality, you’d be much better off finding a good oil free moisturiser, such as Dermologica. 

   
 These pics show my skin after applying all of the products to my skin, but before the finishing touches. 

  • I started by applying a serum and moisturiser by Estée Lauder from the Enlighten range. 
  • I continued by applying a thin layer of Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.  I always think my skin looks so radiant and hydrated when I use this. 
  • I immediately applied Estée Lauder Double Wear Light in intensity 2 using the Real Techniques buffing brush. It has an amazing coverage but is still light enough to look natural when applied smoothly. 
  • I dabbed some E.L Double Wear Concealer in 1W Light (Warm)  around my eye area. 
  • I lightly slicked some Soleil Tan De Chanel on my cheek bones and sides of my forehead, and a quick buff over my whole face using the contour brush by Real Techniques.      
  • To finish my look, I slicked a thin flick of liquid eyeliner across the tops of my eyelids to give them some definition. 
  • I coated my lashes in Benefit Roller Lash which I loveeeeee. 
  • I filled in my brows using the Beauty UK High Brow all in one Brow Definition Kit. 
  • I used MAC Spice Liner and some Carmex lip balm on my lips. 
  • I left my hair natural except straightening out the front a little so I looked neat. 

  

       

  • I kept my outfit simple with a black cropped top and skinny jeans but added a gold body chain to make me stand out a little. I was once told that details like this are good to make you be remembered over the other models without trying too hard to draw attention to yourself. 
  • I added my MK watch and bag and my favourite tan Kurt Gieger heels. 

Once I was walking through Manchester in the 23• heat I regretted my jeans! A couple of the other models were wearing simple dresses and I think it’s time for me to transition into dresses this week onwards! 

So to summarise, think neat and groomed but not over done. I wouldn’t recommend wearing your fav sequin dress and sparkly heels but at the same time, it’s probably not a good idea to turn up to a casting in your old joggers and trainers. Keep it casual in jeans and vest tops in neautral colours or a fitted dress to show off your figure. 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments!  

Hels x

MAC lips. 

Good morning lovelies! I’m shopping this weekend so I’ve been browsing blogs and online for what treats I should buy. I’m a massive lipstick fan and always more than happy to add to my collection that’s almost exclusively MAC. They’ve always been my favourite – relatively inexpensive, amazing range of colours, good range of textures (matte/glossy etc). I always tend to go for really similar ones. I have so many light pinky shades and a whole load of nudes and only one bold red. 

On a recent Selfridges trip, I was browsing the current MAC is Beauty collection and fell in love with pretty much the whole lipstick collection. I swatched a few on my hand and noticed they are much more glossy than the regular MAC lipsticks, but still have a really full colour. This is so ideal for me because I can sometimes get quite dry lips from some of my lipsticks but I love a really full coverage of colour. Long story short – I couldn’t choose which I liked best so I didn’t get any! But I will definitely be purchasing this weekend since I’ve narrowed it down to two now! 

  You can see why I want them all! Notice Me perhaps isn’t as wearable for me as the others but it’s still undeniably pretty. I’ve narrowed my choices down to Real Redhead and Highlights because my all time fav MAC lipstick is Freckle Tone and I feel like these mixed would be quite similar to this. Honestly though, the more I look at this, the more I want French Twist and Pure Vanity too…. Did it mention it’s my birthday coming up…..? 
I stumbled across another thing that excited me recently…. Yep – more lipsticks! 

  This new MAC collection is rumoured to launch July 9th and I think it’s just genius. I store my lipsticks in a clear Perspex lipstick organiser and since they all look exactly the same, I have the effort of looking at the bottom of each one to find which I want. With these little babies, the outside is exactly the same as the outside so you can just grab the one you want and head out! They are matte which doesn’t sit well on a lot of people’s lips (mine included) but I’m hoping a bit of Vaseline can sort this out because I loveeeee all of them. 
Let me know your favourite lipsticks and any other brands you can recommend! Do you have any of these lipsticks? 
Hels xxx