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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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. 

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 

OGX hair products. 

My hair has suffered so much over the years from over-processing on photoshoots, damage from scuba diving, years of bleaching…. 

I’ve recently had my roots slightly darker, fading down into the blonde really really subtly so that I can grow my roots down and avoid the damage of bleaching! Now my mission is to treat my hair the best I can to make it grow luscious and thick again. This includes avoiding brushing as much as possible and washing only every 2-3 days so my hair can rest and create natural oils! I found this picture which is my ultimate hair goals at the moment!  

 A while ago, my mum bought back some shampoo and conditioner that had been recommended to her. After looking at it, I realised it was the same brand as the coconut milk oil I had been using for years! I just remember being out shopping once and my hair felt dry so I randomly bought some pretty cheap oil (partly because I love coconut!) to stick on whilst I was out. And I actually fell in love. I do swear by it now and use it after every wash and between washes on dry hair if I need it, despite that not being on the instructions. 

  
OGX coconut milk anti-breakage serum  contains coconut milk (obvs) and we all know that coconut is hailed as a massive beauty saviour. Also, egg white proteins – if they’re good enough for my diet, they’re good enough for my hair. 

Ive now tried three of the different shampoos/conditioners they have on offer and my FAV are the  anti-breakage Keratin Oil ones. The keratin proteins and Argan oil leave my hair feeling luscious – not to mention the amazzzzze smell.  

  
I do like the Argan Oil and Brazilian Keratin Smooth versions also but the pink is my ultimate. 

There’s a whole massive range and you can find them in your local supermarkets, Boots or Superdrug and I’m sure many other retailers. All products are around £6-£7. 

What hair products do you love? Swear by? Can’t live without? Let me know in the comments or tweet/Instagram me @heliemac1 

Hels X 

 

Goodbye, July. My July Top Picks. 

Perhaps this post is a couple of days late, but I thought I’d do a little post detailing some of the things I’ve loved this July. As I’ve celebrated my 21st birthday, I’ve had lots of nice treats to try out! Here’s my top picks. 

1) Australasia – Spinningfields. 

  

On my 21st, after my graduation ceremony (busy day!) we headed to Australasia in Spinningfields, Manchester. I’ve been before to this Asian Fusion restaurant and it never fails to impress me with the food, drinks and decor. It feels super exclusive heading downstairs and the selection of sushi, delicious dishes and cocktails are exceptional. Make sure you try the chocolate dome! 

2) All things Elemis. 

  

I’ve been loving the Papaya Enzyme Peel, Exotic Moisture Mask and Skin Bliss Capsules that I picked up on my spa weekend. I suffer from dry skin so these are all really hydrating and are keeping my skin glowing. 

3) Nutribullet. 

  

I’ve mentioned previously that I’ve used this every single day since I got it! I’ve been enjoying making new recipes up with different fruits and leafy greens – I would totally recommend this for any health-lovers like me! 

4) WheyHey Protein Ice Cream. 

  

On the rare sunny days in England, it’s nice to have grab a frozen treat and WheyHey offer an amaaaaazing guilt free one. One 150ml tub contains 20g protein and tastes delicious! I think it has an almost sticky/chewy consistency and comes in a range of flavours. You can pick some up in Holland and Barrat or online Here.

5) Fudge Make-A-Mends Shampoo and Conditioner. 

  

I picked these up from the wholesalers and I’m loving how silky they’re keeping my hair. I always like to spend a little more on good hair products, with having bleach on my locks. You can snap some up online Here.

6) All things Missguided. 

  

The affordable fashion site has so much to offer right now that I can’t choose what to buy, I want it all! I picked up a few items already and I know for sure I’ll be making an order this August. Take a look for yourself Here.

7) Muji Aroma Diffuser. 

  

This is one of the many gorgeous gifts I received from my lovely boyfriend, after he’s noticed me lusting after them in selfridges for ages. I adore things like this and always have scented candles and oil burners on so this is perfect for me as it vapour uses water and essential oils and produces a scented must that fills the house. My favourite oil so far is the Mandarin one. You can purchase online Here or visit selfridges. 

These are just a few of the things I’ve loved this month and I’ll be sure to post next months up on time! 

Hels xxx

Rosie for Autograph

  Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will forever be one of my all-time favourite supermodels. She is such a natural beauty and oozes elegance and femininity. 

“The concept behind my new collection is luxurious, feminine smoothing lingerie. These pieces are are using the softest microfibres, they’re ultra smooth and slinky, with French designed lace and silk trims to add a touch of luxury. The clever multiway straps on each bra means you can wear them with many different outfits. Create a perfectly smooth silhouette.” Rosie. 

I was browsing M&S yesterday when my friend and I noticed the Rosie for Autograph collection, with its delicate silks and lace and subtle dusky tones mixed with beautiful florals. I picked up three bra’s which you won’t believe we’re just £3.99 each reduced from £25! Here’s the ones I chose:

   
   I love this delicate silk and lace non-padded balcony. It remains feminine and pretty, despite the glam black lace trim. 

   
   This dusky pink garment is the same as the one above, but in a girly soft pink which makes it all the more girly and pretty. 

   
   The final bra I picked up was this duck egg blue plunge with a subtle white print and Rosie’s signature lace. 

The collection seems to be a small fit with the ones I’ve tried, so take a few sizes into the changing rooms and see what fits best. Rosie wasn’t wrong when she said these are very smoothing and slinky. They’re by no means push-up but they drape over your skin beautifully and feel so feminine. I’d definitely recommend running down to your local M&S store to see if you can grab any bargains, but I’d be equally as happy personally to purchase at full price. 

On a final note – Rosie retweeted me! ❤  

 

Hels xxx

Soleil Tan De Chanel – Bronzing Makeup Base REVIEW. 

The weather is (kind of) starting to get a little better in the UK now we’re well into May, so I think it’s nice to add some warmth into makeup looks to give a bronzed effect. 

In my last post, I mentioned how I had my makeup done at Chanel for my grad ball. The cost of the makeover is redeemable on purchases so I kept a close eye on what the MUA used, so I could decide which item I fancied taking home. 

I had heard of Soleil Tan De Chanel before and it did intruige me as its a creamy texture, so I was glad when she took it out to use on me. I suffer from quite dry skin if I’m not careful so I have to keep my skin constantly hydrated. Also I love a dewy look rather than matte so powders don’t work too well on my skin. This is a creamy (almost mousse) texture which is quite luxurious on the skin. 

   
 

Although this product is cream, it’s applied with a brush. I used Real Techniques contour brush to apply and finished with Real Techniques buffing brush. There’s so many ways you can use this product which makes it so versatile. Firstly, you can add a thin layer to the entire face before foundation for a subtle glow, you can mix with your foundation to go up a shade, use as a contour or bronzer and finally, as a full body tan on top of body lotion. 

For this look, I used a light layer before my foundation and finished with gentle contouring on my cheek bones, forehead and nose. I just used it really naturally to begin with but you can build this product up for a more dramatic look. 

   
     It feels so soft and dewy on the skin and creates a flawless finish. As I said, it’s so versatile so it’s definitely worth the £32 in my opinion but I’ve heard there’s a dupe by Bourjois so it might be a good option to try that first and see how you get on with a cream before splurging on Chanel. 

I should add that I’ve had Soleil Tan De Chanel in the powder form previously and loved it and it lasted for so long! I have high expectations of how long this will last as it’s used so minimally and is a good sized pot. 

You can purchase at any Chanel counter or online Here

Other products I used:

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. 

MAC lip liner in Spice. 

Dior Addict Gloss in Dolly Pink. 

Dreamweave Lash Magnet Mascara. 

Natural brows. 

  

If you have/do use this product – please do let me know in the comments and I’d love to hear any recommendations you have! 

Connect with me on Instagram @heliemac1 

Hels xxx

Graduation Ball: Fashion and Makeup. 

Hey everyone! On Friday I OFFICIALLY finished university for good! It’s been three long, hard years but I’ve finally completed my BA (Hons) Events Management degree so I can properly get into this blogging business and finally work full time as a model! 

Last night was the graduation ball for the Hollings Facilty of MMU so there was people from a few different courses, all coming together for a brilliant event! (As assumed when we’re events students!). It was held at The Hilton in Deansgate, Manchester. I LOVE this hotel, I spent New Year’s Eve there not long ago and go for afternoon tea in Cloud23 which is up on the 23rd floor where you can sit and see out over Manchester whilst you sip champagne. 

I decided to have my makeup done at the Chanel counter for a change, which was especially appealing as they were doing it for £10 instead of £45 for a limited time, then of course you receive this back off any purchase. (I will review my purchase in a separate post!) 

  
I like quite a natural, warm look so I had a nice fresh skin base, with some bronze contouring and a dab of blush. I had a light bronze smokey eye and delicate liquid eyeliner on the top. The look was finished with a nude lip, lightly defined brow and a slick of black mascara. (I should just point out I’m not naked on this picture, as you’ll see from my next pictures!). 

I really struggled to find a dress that I fell in love with, then I stumbled across one when I was just browsing Google…. The ‘Oman’ from Celebrity Boutique was just The One as soon as I saw it. It comes with a bit of a price tag – coming in at £119 but the quality is just superb. 

My dress arrived beautifully packaged in a pink box tied with black elastic. Inside, white tissue was delicately folded around the garment and I just couldn’t wait to open it up!  

 

It fit absoloutly beautifully (I got a size XS) and I could feel it sculpting my figure in particular places like around my waist. The fabric is thick and shiny and the dress it’s self was heavy, which to me is an indicator of quality with bodycon styles like this. It also has a thin rubber lining around the top which reacts with your skin texture to stop the dress from slipping. 

 I teamed my CB dress with my favourite nude Rhianna River Island heels and a nude clutch and kept my jewellery simple with a white Olivia Burton watch, gold Swarovski ring and Carat London gold bracelet. My hair was simple and slicked back to show off my makeup.  

    

 You can purchase this dress from House of CB  and I would say, it’s worth every penny! 

The hospitality at The Hilton was wonderful as ever, and I had a great time celebrating with my friends and course mates, with the wine and prosseco flowing ! Congratulations to MMU Events Management Graduates.  

  

 A few snaps from the night!   

   

  

  

  

Don’t forget to connect with me on Instagram and Twitter @HelieMac1 

Xxx