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. 

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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

Missguided delivery! 

  
I’m quite late to post tonight since I’ve been really busy studying for my final exams. Two weeks tomorrow and I will be freeeeee! I can then concentrate on my modelling and get myself prepared for Miss Scuba UK.

Tonight I went out with my family for my nephews 8th birthday so I wanted something really casual but still quite pretty. Thankfully my Missguided order arrived today so I stuck on a new top and my trusty Zara jeans with a pair of pointed courts. 

  

  

Skinny Jeans: Zara   

Top: Missguided. 

I have wanted a top like this for ages so jumped at the chance when I saw this on Missguided with 25% student discount! I fell in love with the wrap detail and the long draping back.     

I love anything in this sort of nude/pinky shade. The long sleeves are great for this time of year when it’s too warm to wear a coat, and too cold not to.  

I finished the look with a delicate opal pendent, gold Michael Kors watch, natural makeup and bouncy curls. 

I’m so looking forward to finishing my degree now, I’m definitely going to reward myself with some retail therapy. Can anyone recommend some sweet online boutiques? 

One more day until the weekend….. 

Hels x

Beauty Fad: Coconut Oil Pulling

  

When it comes to beauty products, treatments and procedures, I will try almost anything once. A huge craze at the moment is ‘oil pulling’ which is the process of swishing a teaspoon of coconut oil around your mouth for 20 minutes at a time.

Oil pulling, also known as “kavala” or “gundusha” is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that supposedly draws out toxins in your body to improve both oral and overall health. The recent trend seems to be more focused around the teeth whitening benefits but the additional benefits shouldn’t be overlooked.

coconut oil

Alleged benefits include:

  • Whiter teeth
  • Cavity prevention
  • Better breath
  • Stronger teeth and gums
  • Reduced jaw pain
  • Improved sleep and sinus issues
  • Headache relief
  • Hangover relief
  • Improved skin issues (acne, psoriasis and eczema)

Coconut oil is said to make a great substitute for mouthwash due to the antioxidant Vitamin E that it contains, and the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties due to the lauric acid and monolaurin. There is little conclusive evidence to prove beyond doubt that oil-pulling really does have all the proposed benefits, however it absolutely wont do you any harm (unless you have an allergy to it – always test on a small patch of skin first!) so it’s certainly worth a try! Besides, there are many reports of people claiming to see amazing benefits from it.

white teeth

There are clashing views on how this should be done, with some claiming that it should be carried out each day for two weeks, some once a week and some once a fortnight. Some claim a tablespoon, some claim a teaspoon. Some claim you should swish for 10 minutes, some for 20. I currently oil pull less than I should to see the results, but I’m going to make a conscious effort to pull every 2 days or so, or at least each week if that fails. I use a teaspoon at a time; this is because it expands massively in your mouth as it gathers the toxins and saliva. I personally think any more than a teaspoon would just be too much!

I have recently read that you should swish with salt water immediately after, and then continue with brushing and flossing. Again, this differs from other reports that I’ve read which claim that this could damage the enamel on the teeth. I’m going to try it this time and see how I feel with it.

My Technique:

  • Place one teaspoon of coconut oil in my mouth (it begins hard but melts after a few seconds from the heat of your mouth)
  • Set a timer for 20 minutes
  • Swish until the end of the timer
  • Dispel into the bin (it can solidify and block your drains if dispelled down the sink)
  • Swish for 30 seconds with warm, lightly salted water
  • Brush and Floss

coconut

I personally find that my teeth seem more white and shiny immediately after pulling, so I’m quite looking forward to how my teeth will look after I’ve pulled more often. I lead a healthy lifestyle with other detoxifying methods like drinking green tea and lemon water daily so I’m unsure on the positive effects of drawing out toxins and detoxifying but I would love to hear from you if you’ve tried and noticed anything!

Coconut oil is such a wonderful product because it has so many uses! I often cover my hair in it and leave it to soak in for a few hours for a natural hair treatment. I also cook with it and use it as lip balm or on dry skin. If you’ve not jumped on the hype yet, I would seriously recommend it! I personally love the taste of coconut but of course some might not- but honestly you can’t taste it when you cook with it!

vita coco

My suggestion is that you don’t spend your money on these sachets of oil that are currently on the market. The only difference they have is the added flavour (mint, lemon, vanilla etc) but they retail at £19.99 for 14 sachets. I use Vita Coco which costs £5 – £7 and can be found online or in your local Tesco – this would contain months and months of oil pulling at a fraction of the price than the sachets! Let me know in the comments if you have tried it and how you found it – and also if you have any extra tips for me!

Hels x

Behind The Scenes: ModelWorx Shoot

I’m going to make a conscious effort to post more about model life on here, and show you guys some behind the scenes pictures of what I’m up to! 

I’ve been modelling since I was about 15 after getting scouted and now my degree is almost complete, I can focus more on my modelling career with my amazing agency Nemesis. 

So today I was shooting at ModelWorx Middleton with Nikki Lyons photographing, Georgina Willmore on the styling and Sarah McNiell on the makeup.  Such a fab team! 

Check out the gorgeous makeup! Courtesy of Sarah McNiell (Miss Flawless). 

The shoot had a 90’s Clueless Style and I adoreeeeed the clothes! This included some cute bralets and pleated skirts and adorable fluffy heels! 

Check out the fluffy heels ❤ 

Roller Skates and little PJ’s ❤ 

I just love this little BTS shot! I seriously wanted to take this guy home with me ❤ 

I can’t wait to get the real images back and I know Georgina is going to have some fabulous editions for her book! Also, big thanks for letting me take home the Calvin Klein bralet! (Model perk!). This girl is one to look out for in styling – total fashionista. 

Tomorrow I’m up bright and early for my shoot in Derby! 



Georgina and I couldn’t resist a selfie or two!! 

                            Hels x