Soph X Makeup Revolution Highlighter Palette: Is it worth the hype?

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If you’re a drugstore junkie, you’ll know that Youtuber ‘Sophdoesnails’ has recently collaborated with Makeup Revolution to bring out an eyeshadow palette and a highlighter palette. The other day I popped into my local Superdrug, saw the pretty display and OF COURSE had to buy something. I couldn’t bring myself to buy the eyeshadow palette as I already have way too many (especially with similar colours in) so instead I picked up the one filled with gorg-looking highlighters. I purchased this palette for £8.00 which I think is so reasonable, considering you get 8 shades. If you don’t want to go in-store, the palette can also be found on the Superdrug website.

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What I like most about this palette is the shade range. There is a highlighter with pretty much every undertone you could realistically use on a daily basis. My favourite shades are the top left, the top right and the pink/purple shade on the bottom row. The colours actually swatch a little lighter than they appear in the pan (as you can see below). Although I still couldn’t wear some of the darker shades on my face, I would totally use them for eyeshadow.

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The formula is pretty powdery, in the sense that they are not ‘wet’ highlighters. This being said, they don’t appear cakey on the face. I tend to mix two different colours so always run the risk of it looking like there is powder on my face but they blend super nicely into my base make-up. I definitely think this product was worth buying, it has become my new staple when it comes to highlighting.

The only slightly annoying thing is that, because of the price, the product packaging has obviously been cheaply made. I’ve had this palette for around 3 weeks and taken great care of it, however the clasp used to open and close the palette is already starting to become loose (which is what has happened to my other Makeup Revolution products). That being said, the actual product inside is amazing so don’t let that put you off purchasing your own!!

Again, just a quick apology. I know my posts have been very few and far between but I’ve been SUPER busy with general life at the moment. I promise I have a very exciting announcement coming soon so hopefully you’ll be looking forward to that!

Let me know if you’ve tried this palette and what your thoughts were.

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

Email: georgheaselgrave@btinternet.com

October Faves

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What I Wore: Cropped Yellow Jumper with Bell Sleeves

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I purchased this little Autumnal number from Topshop at the very end of September and it’s become a staple in my ‘it’s suddenly really cold now’ wardrobe. This jumper cost £29 (sans student discount) which I think is relatively reasonable for Topshop prices. It’s super soft and is made really well so you definitely get what you pay for. I’ve never owned any clothes this colour before but when I saw this jumper on the model I knew I had to try it on. I feel like it goes really well with an all-black outfit as it adds a pop of colour. I’ll deffo be taking another trip to Topshop soon to purchase some more Winter jumpers.

What I Watched: Confession Tapes

Confession Tapes was definitely my Netflix addiction during October. If you’ve read any of my Monthly Faves before, you’ll know I’m a big fan of crime dramas and documentaries so when I saw ‘Confession Tapes’ come onto Netflix, I was super excited. Essentially, each episode focuses on a different case in which a suspect is forced into making a confession for a crime they may not have committed. The show documents the history of the crime, followed by the police’s process to convicting a suspect. It’s so interesting – each episode had my friend Lucy and I hooked. If anything, I wanted the series to be longer as there were only 8 episodes but I’m hoping Netflix bring out some more in the near future. I’d definitely recommend this if you haven’t seen it!!

What I Listened To: Lewis Capaldi / Havana / 21 Chump Street

 

Lewis Capaldi honestly has one of my favourite voices ever. I love his songs and have them on constant repeat. He’s only released 4 songs so far so I’m hoping for an album soon. If I had to pick my actual song of the month though, it would have to be Havana by Camila Cabello.

MT-wise, I’ve been obsessing over 21 Chump Street, a mini-musical written by Lin Manuel Miranda. If you read my September Faves, you’ll know that last month I was loving Hamilton (and still am) but then I discovered 21 Chump Street. The music is trademark Lin, which is why I love it. My fave song has to be, “What The Heck I Gotta Do”.

What I Used: Nivea Express Hydration Primer

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The change of the seasons sadly means the reoccurrence of my dry skin, especially on my face. This month I’ve been using the Nivea Express Hydration Primer which I picked up from Superdrug for only £2.39 (like, what!??!!!). The name honestly does not lie – this primer is the most hydrating I’ve ever tried. It’s a very thin, wet consistency and applies a clear sheen to the face. It helps my foundation sit nicely, avoiding the cling to any dry patches (which nobody wants). I’d 100000% recommend this product for anyone who has normal to dry skin.

What I Did: 

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I hope you’ve had an amazing October!! I’m super excited for November because it means I can start counting down to Christmas and no-one can be frustrated by it hahaha. I just quickly want to apologise for the inconsistency in blog posts; moving back to university has been so much busier and more stressful than I thought it would be so unfortunately my little blog had to take a back-seat for a couple of weeks. However, I’ve got some super exciting posts planned so hopefully you will enjoy those!!

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel 

Beauty Bay Wishlist: Palette Edition

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Juvia’s Place – The Saharan Palette

£30.00

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I’ve been wanting to try products from Juvia’s Place for SO LONG. When they first became popular a month or so ago, I logged on to Beauty Bay to purchase a palette (as they are relatively cheap for a high-end brand, in my opinion) but they were all – heartbreakingly – sold out. I love all of the palettes but the Saharan is definitely my fave as I feel the colours are ones that I know I could/would use on a daily basis. I particularly love the look of the colours Sokoto, Jamila and Senegal. I’ve seen Holly Boon swatch a few Juvia’s Place palettes and the pigmentation looks INSANE. This will definitely be my next Beauty Bay purchase.

Morphe 25A Copper Spice Eyeshadow Palette

£19.00

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Like Juvia’s Place, I’ve wanted to try a Morphe palette for so long. I’m obsessed with their liquid lipsticks so I have no doubt I would love their eyeshadows also. With my go-to palettes being the ABH Modern Renaissance and my Z-Palette I feel like I’ve forgotten how much I love using neutral, brown shades on my eyes. So I think this palette would be perfect as it features pretty much every shade of brown you can imagine. I’m also obsessed with the 3 gold/copper shimmer shades – they look like an absolute dream. For £19, this palette seems like a steal to me.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit 

£39.00

Screen Shot 2017-10-20 at 15.33.41If you’ve read any of my makeup-related blog posts before, you’ll know that I’m basically ABH’s biggest fan. So it may be pretty shocking that I’ve never tried any of their glow kits…I’ve just never been able to justify spending £40 on highlighters when I know I love my £3 Makeup Revolution version. However, the newest addition to the glow kit collection has definitely caught my eye. I think the names are all so cute and the shades are gorgeous. I’m quite a pale little soul so a lot of the previous glow kits would have been waaaaay too dark for me. I was obsessed with the Sun Dipped palette but there is no way I could have worn those colours without looking odd. I love the look of Butterscotch and Marshmallow. 

So those are a few of the palettes from Beauty Bay I’ve got my eye on at the moment. What have you been loving?

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

Tips For Dealing With Homesickness

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It’s a known fact that I’m a pretty homesick gal. As much as I love university and feel comfortable here, I miss my family and home so much when I’m away. I knew this would be something that I was going to struggle with before I even moved to uni as I’m really close to my family so it was always going to be difficult moving so far away. Honestly, I don’t think there is anything that can make you feel 100% better when you’re feeling down and homesick but here are a few of the things I do to make myself a little happier when I’m missing the fam…

1. FaceTime them

This one is pretty obvious and is as good as it gets when you want to see your family and friends. I usually feel slightly better after physically seeing my parents or brothers on my little laptop screen so this is definitely something I would recommend doing.

2. Become ‘busy’

Luckily, I’m always super busy when I’m at uni. Alongside my course, I have extra rehearsals, insane amounts of work and I’m on the Musical Theatre Society committee which also takes up a lot of my spare time. This means I’m rarely just sat in my house feeling sad or lonely. So, if you’re feeling like this I would definitely recommend going out with your friends, joining a society or taking on an extra responsibility which will subconsciously take your mind off feeling homesick. It definitely works for me.

3. Plan your next visit home

I’ll always plan the next time I’m going home a few weeks in advance (by booking train tickets etc) so I have something to look forward to. I find it makes it easier whenever I’m having a super homesick day as I can tell myself that it won’t be long until I’ll be home next.

What are your tips for when you’re feeling homesick?? I’d love some advice as I tend to just struggle through and cry to sad music sometimes (hahahaha).

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

Winter Coat Wishlist

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Autumn is fiiiiinally here which fills me with so much excitement. I’m all about the cosy jumpers, big scarves and heeled boots so I’m always more than ready when September rolls around. Each year, I tend to invest in a new coat that will last me through the (heartbreakingly) cold Winter we always have in Britain. To me, a coat is an investment piece – something you can shove to the back of your wardrobe in March, pull back out the following September and still be just as in love with it as when you first purchased it. That being said, I tend not to follow ‘trends’ when buying a new coat, rather I choose something I know is ‘timeless’ in style and colour – basically something that I won’t hate the following year because it’s ‘gone out of fashion’. This year, I’ve got my eye on a few coats but am still shopping around until I find the one (yes, I do realise this is coat shopping and not boyfriend hunting lol)…

Borg Cocoon Coat – Topshop

The first coat that caught my eye is this gorg pink number from Topshop. This coat retails at £79.00 so whilst it is relatively spenny, it’s likely to be made well and of a high quality due to it being from Topshop. I absolutely looooove the colour of this coat, as well as the faux fur effect. This looks super warm and cosy – perfect for Winter – and is different to any other jacket or coat that I own. I think the only drawback with this piece is that, due to the colour, you may have to consciously pair it with outfits, rather than just being able to throw it on, to avoid clashing colours.

Black Pelted Collarless Faux Fur Jacket – Missguided

Another coat which I’ve got my eye on is this (slightly more dramatic) one from Missguided. Firstly, I love that it is black as I feel you can never try and pair this with something and it look weird. I also love the style of this coat – it’s become clear I’m a faux fur fan – but the ‘dips’ in the fur patterning look so cool and give the coat another dimension. This retails at £75.00, so is similar to the Topshop coat. I feel like you have to be willing to pay around this price for any decent Winter coat. Also, with Missguided student discount helping a gal out, this piece should not be too much of a splurge.

Light Before Dark Oatmeal Hooded Teddy Jacket – Urban Outfitters

I just thought this jacket was so freaking cute. Shock, it’s furry but the reason I like this piece is because it’s not as ‘heavy’ as some of the other coats I’ve chosen. It would be perfect for Autumn evenings – like going to watch the fireworks – paired with a chunky scarf and skinny jeans. I also like the fact that it has a hood as – although it won’t be great in the rain – it can protect my curled hair from the wind!! This jacket costs £69.00 which honestly I don’t think is too bad for Urban.

Textured Curl Knit Coat – Zara

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Zara is literally the love of my life when it comes to Autumn / Winter shopping. So, of course I happened to stumble across ANOTHER(!!!!) furry coat. I absolutely loooove the cream colour as it will contrast the darker outfits I tend to wear in the Winter. This coat looks practical and snug whilst also looking fashionable. For £79.99, this coat is one of the most expensive on my list but Zara prices do tend to be up there on the more expensive side of high-street fashion.

So those are my Winter coat picks! I’ve subconsciously gone for some very fluffy choices but I love all of them. I’m also thinking of doing a few more ‘wishlist-style’ blog posts so do let me know if that’s something you want to read more of.

What coats have you got your eye on this year?

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

September Faves

Faves, Lifestyle

What I Wore: Black Cropped Wide Leg Trousers

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Throughout September, I’ve been loving wearing my black wide-legged trousers from Miss Selfridge. I’m pretty sure these were around the £25.00 mark which I thought was amazing for trousers of such good quality. They’re super comfy but also look smart so you’re basically winning at life when wearing them. You can wear them dressed-up (as pictured) or can throw on a cute cropped t-shirt and converse for a more day-to-day outfit. I definitely think these trousers were an investment piece that I can always come back to and rely on if I’m in need of a quick, super cute outfit. Yaaaaaaas to these.

What I Watched: RuPaul’s Drag Race (for the second time)

I’ve always been a big fan of Drag Race, having watched every season religiously on Netflix. However, I’ve recently rediscovered my love for the show and have been re-watching every single season. I’m currently on season 8. Some of my fave Queens from all of the seasons are Raja, Alaska, Alyssa Edwards, Adore, Pearl, Violet Chachki and Naomi Smalls.  It’s such an easy show to watch when I’m just chilling in my room or to have on in the background when I’m getting ready. Loooooove it.

What I Listened To: Dua Lipa / Hamilton

This past month I’ve become completely obsessed with Dua Lipa. Whenever I’m listening to music, it will be her album I’m playing. My faves are IDGAF and No Goodbyes. She’s also so gorg I actually cannot cope and her acoustic covers are INSANE.

From an MT perspective, I’ve been loving Hamilton. I know I’m very late to the party but I honestly couldn’t make myself love it when it was first around (and I tried so hard!!!). But NOW, I am actually too in love with the soundtrack. My fave songs at the moment have to be Satisfied, Burn and Say No To This.

What I Read: Colleen Hoover

During September, I went on two holidays to Portugal meaning I had loaaaaaads of time to read again (which made me very happy). I’ve read a few books by Colleen Hoover before and knew I enjoyed them so wanted to get my hands on some of her other novels. The two I particularly enjoyed were ‘Maybe Someday’ and ‘Confess’.

What I Used: Backstage Lashes

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This month I purchased some falsies from the brand ‘Backstage Lashes’ for the first time. I wasn’t too sure what to expect as the products retail at £6.00 a pair but I’d heard lots of good things. I bought the pairs Chelsea and Soho and I was very pleasantly surprised. Both lashes lasted the entire night on a night out without having to be re-glued and the band is thin so, not only are they easy to apply, they look like they could actually be your lashes. For £6.00 each I would 100% recommend this brand – I will most definitely be purchasing some more.

What I Did:

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I hope you’ve all had a lovely September – mine has been pretty crazy as always!! I just want to apologise for the lack of posts recently (I’m the actual worst) – I’ve moved back to uni now so they should be coming more regularly again. I have some exciting Autumnal-themed posts planned so keep an eye out!!

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

Email: georgheaselgrave@btinternet.com

 

Top Tips For Starting University

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It’s still crazy to me that I’ve completed an entire year at university. Thinking back to this time last year, I was super excited to branch out into the world and make my own little home and community somewhere else to where I’d grown up. Whilst I was mostly excited and curious as to what university life had to offer me, I cannot lie and say that I wasn’t a little bit scared. I have a lot of friends who are the academic year below me and a few have asked me questions or have wanted some tips on what to do/not to do when starting university. I thought I’d share some of my tips with anyone who is interested (these tips are not proven facts but they worked for me and I’m still – just about – alive)…

1- Take a door stop

This is actually a piece of advice I received myself before I started university last year. Whilst it may initially seem like a silly little thing, having a door stop means you can keep your door propped open (especially during the first few weeks) which makes you appear more sociable and approachable to your flat. Even if they just pop in and say ‘hey’ on their way to the kitchen, it may lead to some conversations that start to cement your friendship.

2 – During Freshers’ Week, take every opportunity

As much as it nearly killed me off, Freshers’ Week was still one of the highlights of my first year. I went out to every event which, yes, my health eventually paid for but it was so worth it because of all the friends and memories I made. Also, if your university organises talks or activities in the day GO AND DO THEM!!!! You will honestly regret sitting in your room having not participated in any of these things. Even if they turn out to be rubbish, at least you’ve tried them.

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3 – A mattress topper will save your life

It’s a known fact that university beds are pretty much made from the hardest stone imaginable (slightly dramatic). The best thing I did was take a memory foam mattress topper which took my bed’s comfort rating from a (generous) 3/10 to a solid 8. Trust me on this one.

4 – Plan your meals in advance

If you’re non-catered, the best piece of advice I can give to you is to plan your meals ahead of time. The amount of times I had a late rehearsal then went back to an empty fridge was pretty devo. It then means you’re ‘forced’ to order a takeaway which isn’t great for your health or your bank account (let me tell you, once this becomes a habit it’s a very slippery slope lol).

5 – Join a society

During my first year, I joined Theatre Society and Musical Theatre Society. MT honestly was a saving grace last year and so many of my closest friends were made because of it. Joining a society gives you such a sense of community and belonging (especially if you’re living far away from home) so I would 100% recommend it. It also opens up friendships with people other than those on your course so you’re widening your circle as well as having a good time bonding over a subject you all enjoy.

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6 – Download the Spoons app

There is no doubt that when going out, your night will involve a Spoons at some point. Having the app was a life-saver for me as it meant you could scout a table as soon as you got inside and didn’t have to battle the queue. Also, I’m lazy so I like my alcohol being brought to me lol.

7 – Have funnnnnn

Probably not the wisest piece of advice I’ll ever give, but having fun was a big priority for me during my first year. On my course, I only needed to PASS the year (gaining over 40% in each module) to carry on so – as much as I still worked hard – I did sometimes prioritise being sociable and going out over doing work. I’m not telling you to disregard any work that you have but if you’re missing out on forming new friendships or making memories then I think, in the long run, that will be a lot more damaging to your university experience than starting an essay a little bit later than planned. What I’m saying is, if your friends invite you to the pub…GO TO THE PUB!

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8 – Get used to having limited sleep

As much as you may be sat there reading this thinking ‘there is no way I’ll be going out until 4 in the morning when I have a 9am lecture the next day‘…trust me. You will.

9 – Bond with your flat

One of my biggest pieces of advice is to put time and effort into bonding with your flatmates. I was fortunate enough to absolutely love everyone I was living with and I think a huge part of that stemmed from how much time we spent together during Freshers. Throughout the year, we’d make an effort to have flat dinners and game nights. It’s definitely beneficial if you feel comfortable and ‘at home’ with your flatmates as you’re living together for at least a year. Even if there are a few people you don’t get along with so well, there is no harm in making a bit of extra effort with them to make your living space feel more welcoming and homely.

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10 – Be yourself

University is the time when you really discover yourself (without sounding like I’m trying to be Gandhi). You make lifelong friends and decide how you’re going to shape the rest of your life. The only way you can truly be happy doing this is to be yourself. You’ll find friends who are equally as weird as you (if not weirder) and you’ll eventually fall onto your own little path so there is no point trying to be somebody that you’re not along the way.

I wish everyone starting university this year soooo much luck. It honestly is the best time ever!!

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks: Worth The Hype?

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Rimmel have recently launched their own take on a liquid lipstick. The Stay Matte Lipsticks retail at £5.99 each in Superdrug. Having only recently really got into wearing a liquid lip, I thought I’d give these a go and see if they are worth the hype.

I picked up three different shades, ranging from VERY nude to a hot pink. The reason I did this was to see whether the formula was consistent when the colour was darker. The shades I picked up were 710 – Latte To Go, 110 – Blush and 820 – Heartbeat. 

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When I swatched them in-store, I was pleasantly surprised by how creamy the formula felt and how nice the applicator was. However, once I got home and tried them on I started to question how much I liked them. When applied onto the lips, the lipsticks (particularly Blush) needed more than one layer, because they looked patchy with just a single coat. This was absolutely fine to begin with as the formula applied with what seemed to be quite a shiny, creamy finish. However, once the lipsticks had dried, they looked extremely patchy which left me loving life a little bit less.

The darkest shade, Heartbeat, which I was most excited about bled into and OVER my lipliner. Let me tell you now, this was not a cute look for me. Blush was the patchiest of the three (as you can probably tell from the swatch photo) whilst I ended up not loving the colour of Latte To Go (MAJOR foundation-lip vibes were occurring). I’m actually really sad that I didn’t love these products as much as I thought I would. I’d definitely recommend you try them as the formula may work better for you, but for me – a gal with relatively dry lips – they did not bring enough hydration.

I think I’ll be sticking to my Morphe Liquid Lipsticks (which are INSANE) in the future.

G X

A Little Fitness Update

Fitness, Lifestyle

If you’ve read my Getting Fit (And Staying Fit) blog post, you’ll know that one of my main resolutions this year was to lead a healthier lifestyle. I cannot lie to you, attending university was not the best thing that has ever happened to my physical health. I was non-catered during my first year (which meant I had to cook for myself) which I was absolutely fine with. I’ve been brought up in a family who eat relatively healthily and because I was cooking meals for myself that I’d cooked before at home, I wasn’t eating badly. However, due to socialising and fitting into the ‘university lifestyle’, I was drinking alcohol more regularly than I had been whilst living at home. Alongside this, I started eating out more. Not because I was too lazy or couldn’t be bothered to cook, but honestly because it was the more social thing to do.

All of this considered, I gained a few unwanted pounds. I ended up going from a dress-size 8 on my bottom half to a 10. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am in no way saying there is anything wrong with being a size 10. What I’m saying is I wasn’t HAPPY with the way I looked or felt. I was starting to feel unhealthy. So, when I finally had some free time over what has been an insanely crazy summer, I decided to join my local gym. I was pretty nervous about joining as, quite honestly, I had no clue what I was doing. The closest I’d ever come to working out was watching fitness videos on YouTube and trying to recreate them from the confines of my bedroom (which was never successful lol). I had no idea how to use any of the machines and I felt a little bit self-conscious that I would stick out like a sore thumb.

Once I got there though, I realised everyone was in the same boat. There were such a variety of people trying to get on with their own thing that they, quite frankly, couldn’t care less what I was doing. Once one of my friends showed me how to use all of the machines (although they are pretty self-explanatory if you’re planning on venturing to the gym alone) I was ready to start shifting the pounds.

I got into a pretty good routine of going to the gym around four times a week over a four week span. I varied between focusing on cardio, upper and lower body but if I’m being honest, started to favour my cardio workouts as those were the times I felt as if the exercise was actually doing something. I altered my diet, but only slightly, by substituting a lot of the carbs I would normally eat for salad. For example, I’d come back from the gym and eat a chicken salad rather than chicken and chips. If I was really hungry, I’d have some rice too to rebuild some of the energy I had lost. Over these four weeks, I started to feel a lot healthier and happier in my daily life. I’m a pretty positive person most of the time anyway, but I definitely felt a change in my mindset once I started exercising regularly and eating properly.

Alongside the gym, I was also interested in researching healthy living, wanting to discover which foods are best for burning fats in different areas, for example. A useful website that I came across and have been using ever since is Diet Spotlight. This website is full of factual information but also has reviews of products and meal replacements, so you can see if something is worth buying. I was particularly interested in toning my stomach, so their page on Belly Fat was really useful to me. It includes a lot of information regarding what stomach fat actually is, which helps in understanding how you can start trying to lose it. I would definitely recommend having a little look at this website if you’re interested in leading a healthy lifestyle – I’ve been loving it!!

Due to the small alterations I’ve been making in my life recently, not only have I been feeling good, I’ve had some positive physical results. I’ve managed to drop a whole dress size!!! Which is great because I wasn’t planning on dropping sizes at all but is also kind of annoying as now a lot of my clothes don’t fit me (and I don’t need any more excuses to keep shopping!!!). In the four weeks I was gymming, I toned up my stomach more than I thought possible in such a short space of time and now I can’t wait to get back to uni so I can get back into a routine with the gym. It’s been difficult as I’ve been super busy this summer but once I get back to uni, I know I’ll be going a lot more again.

I’ll update you guys in another couple of months hopefully to say that I’m looking and feeling FAB (we can hope).

G X

Instagram:  @geeheasel