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 

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

Billion Dollar Smile – Review

It’s so important as a model to have a gleaming smile but it can be so hard to achieve. 

The lovely people over at Billion Dollar Smile were so kind as to send me over one of their teeth whitening kits with an LED light and tray and 3 syringes of solution to brighten up my teeth. 

I’m really into keeping my teeth nice and always brush 2-3 times a day, use mouth wash and regularly floss. Usually I’d just use coconut oil to whiten my teeth but sometimes they need an extra little push to really get them gleaming. 

The first time I used the kit, I was really pleased with how easy it was to use! All you have to do is apply half a syringe of solution into the mould, pop it in and switch it on! Simple. I use it when I get ready in the morning because I can even apply my makeup with it in. 

Whitening products I’ve used in the past have hurt my gums and/or left me with sensitive teeth but the non peroxide gel hasn’t given me any irritation or pain whatsoever. I was actually really surprised when I rinsed my teeth and could see visible results after the first application! 

I will confess I’ve not used it as directed – once a day for 6 days – because I’ve not always found the time or I’ve forgotten. But I’ve actually still seen impressive results – so imagine using the course all in one go! 

I’ll definitely be using Billion Dollar Smile as a safe and effective go-to product when my teeth need brightening back up again. 

You can pick up your own kit Here!

Hels xxx


*This product was gifted for review purposes but all opinions are my own. 

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. 


Oh Polly! Jumper Dress. 

I love this grey tie-side jumper dress I’ve received from the lovely people at Oh Polly. I’ve looked everywhere for jumper dresses that doesn’t look frumpy and isn’t too long to sit with my thigh high boots. So this is PERFECT and I love the tie up with the cute bow on the side. 

I styled mine with a messy bun and natural makeup for casual chic, and teamed it with my Steve Madden ‘Gorgeous Thigh Highs’ in Taupe. I think it would look cute with some heels and an over-sized clutch back for an evening look! 

You can get yours from www.ohpolly.com along with some gorgeous other items at GREAT prices. 
  
    
   
Hels X 

Lounge Underwear

I love a delivery! Especially when it’s a cute little box with some underwear inside. 

The sweet little grey set is made in the UK and is 100% cotton, making it so soft and comfortable. It’s available also in black or white but I opted for the grey! I have literally fallen in love. You can purchase yours with super fast delivery at www.loungeunderwear.com

   
    
    
 

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. 

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 

Miss Scuba UK: Red Carpet Ready Photoshoot

Today, I’ve taken a road trip down to Lincoln for a very glamorous Photoshoot. In August I will be taking part in the annual Miss Scuba UK pageant. It’s way more than your standard beauty pageant – the main focus of the competition is marine conservation and taking care of our beaches and sea life. On the night, we will find out the top 5 in no order, who then go to Cyprus AND Egypt to scuba dive and for a girly holiday! The ultimate winner will then be decided and will head out to Malaysia for the Miss Scuba International pageant! This is an amazing opportunity and I’m so privileged to be part of it. 

The shoot was at Red Carpet Ready – an amazing dress shop that’s stocks a wide array of beautiful designer gowns and dresses. When I say amazing – I mean you just would not believe it! It’s set in beautiful grounds and has three separate sections, each full of the latest designs. There’s something for everyone. 

   
    These are just a few snaps of what’s on offer at Red Carpet Ready!   

  A group image of some of the finalists. Can you spot me? 
   

   This is the stunning Pia Michi gown I wore for the shoot – it’s understated but still glam due to the intricate sparkles and unique back. This particular gown is slightly too big on me, but you can imagine the amazing silhouette that this dress can create. 

We had a few group shots in different locations on the grounds. The sun was out in full force and my sensitive eyes were watering all over the place so I hope my images don’t come out all squinty! It was a great giggle though. I can’t wait to see the images when they’re released – keep an eye out on Instagram! 

You can purchase these gowns and many, many more at Red Carpet Ready or visit the store if you’re ever in the Lincoln area. They’ve just had a new showroom fitted with crisp white walls and marble floors with stunning big mirrors – perfect for a few selfies! 

Big thank you’s go out to Jaime-Lee, Jill and Sue (and the rest of the team) at Miss Scuba UK, Kirsty and the ladies at Red Carpet Ready, Tom Parnell – the brilliant photographer for the day, all of the girlies and of course my Mum for driving the long journey for me! 

Hels x

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