Bridal, Galleries, Hair Stories, Makeup Stories

Naturalista CEO of Afro Source Stacy …. Bridal Makeup Story

Well, where do we begin?! I was contacted by Stacy, because she is a Naturalista, she was looking for a makeup artist that had the same ethics as her in terms of being conscious of ingredients and ethical values. Stacy is the CEO of Afro Source so she is well clued up on what to expect in terms of products.Stacy&Laura-9

“Having recently celebrated my 10 year wedding anniversary I can well and truly say I’ve got wedding fever” – Helen Leonard

Stacy&Laura-10At her trial we decided that whilst Natural and Organic products are great for day to day wear, some of the makeup just doesn’t have the lasting power and finish needed to achieve her flawless Bridal look, so we decided to widen our product spectrum, but they still had to be Cruelty Free and Vegan.




For her hair and makeup look Stacy wanted to stay true to herself and not conform to what some might call the ‘norm’ in Bridal hair and makeup. With inspiration from Solange’s wedding look and a splash of Janelle Monae we were set for a truly unique Bridal look that was totally Stacy. We decided on browns and golds for her eyes, with a bit of purple along lower lash line. Stacy is one of those lucky ladies that can pull off red lipstick like they were born with with, so for her lips we naturally went with red lipstick. Stacy’s hair was combed out and shaped into a nice ‘POW’ Afro…. no extensions required 🙌



I think we can all agree that Stacy looked absolutely amazing for her big day, not only   that but we stayed true to her and her personally.

Check out behind the scenes footage of Stacy’s morning.

* full makeup breakdown and makeup process…. coming soon.

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Baby, Family, Galleries

Baby Georgia

Me and mum to be Gemma had planned a maternity shoot few weeks before was due, but baby had other ideas, She obviously couldn’t wait to meet mummy and daddy and arrived 3 weeks early!

So our planned maternity shoot turned into a baby shoot, She is absolutely perfect so she definitely was ready!

I had a lovely time getting to know Gemma and Georgia whilst I was doing mummy’s hair and makeup, then is was down to business.

Like with most of my baby shoots, the shoot was done in the family home, so everybody was relaxed and just going with the flow.

I got a variety of images for the family,  from formal ones with mummy and daddy playing with Georgia, to lifestyle pictures taken just as the family are naturally interacting with each other and finally some posed baby shots.

I think you will agree, they make a gorgeous family




Vogue Cover Recreation

My fellow MUA friend Ophelia and I work together quite often and decided to challenge each other to recreate makeup looks forms Iconic images past and present.

And where better to start that the latest Vogue cover with makeup by the amazing Pat Macgrath

Here is the original image in case if you somehow have not seen it.

Our Inspiration – The Original Vogue Magazine Cover Makeup by the amazing Pat McGrath

I love love LOVE blue eyeshadow, coupled with the fact that this look has glossy red lips, so when ophelia suggested this image, I jumped on it.

Here is each of our interpretation of the look.

Ophelia’s Interpretation


My Interpretation

We both did our own makeup, the breakdown of the products I used are below.


Inside of the magazine


Products Used by Me


Sonia Roselli – Sexapeel Instant Exfoliator

Premae – Harmony Balancing Toner 

Sonia Roselli- Water balm

Embryolisse – Emulsion Hydra-Mat on nose and forehead

Corrector: La Pro girl – Orange 

Foundation: Fenty Pro Filter foundation mixed with Melanie Mills Gleam Body Radiance in Deep Gold 

Laura Mercier Translucent loose setting powder – Medium Deep 


Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original 

Juvia’s Place The Nubian 2 Palette – Cleopatra

Juvia’s Place The Masquerade Palette – Mali & Dalia

Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner 

Couleur Caramel Volumising Mascara – 61 Black 

CONCEALER: Kat Von D Lock it concealer cream – D31 warm 

CONTOUR: Fenty Match Stix – Espresso

HIGHLIGHT: Huda Beauty – 3D Highlighter Palette – Fiji & Tahiti

BLUSH: Marena Beaute Blush Tarou – No.5 Cambi Berry 

LIPS: Vital Super Shine Lipgloss 26 (RED)

Kat Von D studded Kiss Lipstick- Underage Red

Hope you enjoy our interpretations of this look, why not try it yourself and send us over your selfies!!

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See you soon x

Bridal, Makeup, Makeup Stories, Products, Step by Steps, Tutorials

Stacy’s Bridal Makeup Breakdown & Step by Step

Hey Beauty’s

Welcome back to my blog, ok so as promised here is the full low down on the products that I used to create Stacy’s gorgeously unique Bridal look.
I had a trail with Stacy a couple of months before the big day so I went in knowing exactly what I was going to do.

You can watch the whole process here

Skin Prep

To start with I prepped Stacy’s skin with Sonia Roselli’s Sexapeel Instant Exfoliating spray–  this stuff is absolutely amazing, I ordered from the US after reading so many great reviews, and the hype is for a reason, it works!! It Instantly exfoliates dead flaky skin to leave soft, smooth skin, perfect first step to skin prep.
Next I used Sonia Roselli’s Japanese Cleansing Oil, to remove all traces of oil and dirt,

For moisturiser I used Sonia Roselli’s Waterbalm,

What can I say Sonia about stuff is amazing and they work, full product reviews and blog on her amazing range coming soon.
Back to this makeup look


I filled the Brow using Sleek Brow Kit in Extra Dark,

First of all I fill in and shaped the brows using the wax part of the kit, then set with the power part of the kit.

If you want brows that don’t go anywhere, this is the product to use.

Outline and further define the brows with L.A. Girl Cosmetics Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Fawn around the brows and blend out.

I then prepped Stacy’s eyelids for eyeshadow using Urban Decays Eye Primer Potion in Eden



Then I used Couleur Caramels Matte Eyeshadow in Chocolate Brown all over the lids  up to the brow bone, to create a uniform base.

I then used the Pixi by Petra’s multipurpose loose eyeshadow pigments in Metallic Warmth,

First off use the Second shade down on the lower parts of the lid, highlight inner corner of the eyes and under brows with the lightest shade, and darkest brown was used in the crease to create some definition, concentrating on the outer corners.

Skin / Foundation

I used Use L.A. Girl Pro Conceal Hd High Definiton Concealer in Orange to neutralise darker areas. Stacy has great skin so this was minimal, and blended out.
To get the perfect foundation colour, I mixed Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in Shades SB15 and SB16
Then I put a little bit of the L.A. Girl Cosmetics Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Fawn under the eyes to brighten up the area, set under eyes with Laura Mercier’s Transluscent powder in Universal .
I also used the Laura Mercier’s Transluscent powder in Medium Deep all over the face to  unify the colours and set the foundation after I applied the Cream Coutour (see below).

Highlight, Contour & Blush

For contouring I use Barry M’s Chisel Cheeks Contour Cream Kit, applying to the hollows of the cheeks to define cheeks, blend upwards.
I then applied MARÉNA BEAUTÉ’s Blush Tarou in Cambi Berry in circular motions to buff into the cheeks.



For Stacy’s Lips we used Dr Paw Paw’s tinted Ultimate Red Balm to moisturise the lips.
Now I was going to be using Kat Von Dee’s Underage Red – Matte Fire Engine Red Lipstick like we did at Stacy’s trail, but her cousin had bought a MAC liquid lipstick for her to use to be able to top up later if need be.




The make sure the makeup stays in place all day I used Urban Decay’s all nighter setting  spray 

See the finale images from the day on Stacy’s Bridal Beauty Story

Galleries, Meet the Model, Models

Meet Alisha

I first met Alisha on a group photoshoot day, The Dream Project, even with me shooting with so many other models that day, Alisha stood out to me, not only because of her striking looks but also because of her lovely personality and the fact that she is sooo down to earth, I felt like I had known her ages!

Needless to say this lead to us bouncing off each other really well which lead to us creating magic.

The following sets of images are of the shots we got that day.

Got to give it up to the amazing hair and makeup artist as well as the designers that were working on the Dream Project, Makeup Artist: Karen Messam, Hairstylist: Brenda Tukei,  Designer: Itsy Bitsy Lingerie.

After the shoot Alisha got in touch in regards to shooting some images for her portfolio and comp card, London Fashion Week was coming up to she wanted to make sure she was ready with new and up to date killer images.

We went for striking black and white images to ad dimension and variety to her portfolio, here are some of my favourites from the shoot.

I caught up with Alisha and asked her a few questions, as this is the first one of these meet the model blogs, that I will be doing regularly, I should explain that I asked these question to help other models out there, to get them inspired by seeing what real working models are up to.

 How long have you been a model?
I’ve been a model for 4 years now

Do you model full time? If not what else do you do?
I model part time, I [also] study bespoke tailoring at London college of fashion

Are you freelance or agency?
I’m a freelance model

What’s jobs has been your fav so far?
My fav jobs is having my hair cut really low by a hairstylist at windle and moodie

Where do you see yourself if 1-2 years?

I see myself as a full time model and having my clothing line set up and ready to be seen 🙂

What’s the no.1 tip you would give to up coming models?
Make sure you educate yourself before getting into the industry
Be bold confident  and don’t be ‘normal ‘

Did you use the images from your shoot with me for your comp card for London fashion week auditions?  Yes I Did!!

Alisha Comp Card
Alisha’s Comp Card


So how did that work out for her? I hear you ask, well Miss Safo was certainly a busy girl during London Fashion Week and has been unstoppable since, follow her on Instagram @liiissha to see this black girl magic play out.

Here are some snippets from Alisha during London Fashion Week……Vogue anyone?

Did you enjoy this blog post? Stay tuned for more like this from other hardworking models, Stay Motivated & Get Inspired.


What to expect from Beauty without Beasts

Hey Gorgeous,

I am Helen Leonard, As you may already know I am a fully qualified hair & makeup artist with over 20 years in the business.

Beauty without Beasts is here because I wanted somewhere I could show as many people as possible the benefits of using greener, cleaner products in their beauty, hair and makeup routines.

Get a glimpse of behind the scenes from photoshoots, video shoots etc, see what products I use to create my looks.

Early 2016 I started to switch all my personal hair and makeup products to more natural and organic products as I was trying to live a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. On this journey I also switched to being a vegan. I noticed the benefits straight away so decided too roll this out into my professional hair and makeup kit to be able to pass on those benefits and enlighten as many people as possible about avoiding harmful chemicals and living a more ethical lifestyle. fullsizerender

As a hair and makeup artist I feel my strengths lie greatly in being able to advice different woman of all ethnicities and backgrounds on what products and techniques would best help them achieve the different looks they might want to create for themselves.

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I work with all ethnicities and skin types so there is bound to be hints, tips and tricks for you regularly

Beauty without Beasts was born out of this passion and vision, its somewhere to go for great advice and inspiration on living the life you want in a greener more natural way.

Sign up below to be the first to know about my latest finds, tips and tricks, step by steps tutorials as well as discount, all aimed at any woman who wants to live a greener and more ethical lifestyle, wether you are vegan, like organic products, or you’re a naturalista, I have got you covered.

So what can you expect from Beauty without Beasts?

Stay up to date with upcoming beauty events and everything BEAUTY that are vegan, natural and organic friendly

You will have access to the different hair & makeup looks I create on different models, with products list so you can re create the looks yourself,  regular reviews of products that are Vegan, Cruelty Free, Natural & Organic, as well as Discount Codes, Special Offers, Swatches, Recommendations and more.

Wearable makeup looks to inspire you and help you choose the right products for you

This is also a toxic free zone, always avoiding harsh and harmful chemicals, opting for cleaner more natural and organic brands and products.


The blog will be about providing information on healthier options for hair and makeup, so you can make informed decisions when purchasing your hair and makeup products.img_1345

I look forward to connecting with you and bringing you images, videos and information that you will find valuable and reliable, from myself and other like minded professional makeup artist and professionals.

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