What I Got For Christmas 2017

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I’m going to start with the typical, blogger opening you’ve probably already read at least 20 times, but I can’t believe we’re almost at the end of 2017. Honestly, for me, this year has flown by. I’m a good-way into my second year at university (which means scary life decisions are looming) and I’m almost a third of the way through my final year as a teen (equally as scary!!). I just want to quickly apologise for my absolute failure of an attempt at doing ‘Blogmas’ – I had every good intention but the practicality of uni deadlines and the general life rush that occurs during the lead up to Christmas defeated me. I’m super sad because I had some really cute posts planned, but I guess that’ll give me a reason to attempt it again next year! Thankfully, life has calmed down a little bit now which means I’m back to blogging – I have a few posts planned for the next few weeks that are New Year-related so I hope you enjoy reading those. For now, I’d love to share with you a few of the bits I received for Christmas this year.

Sephora Favorites ‘Give Me Some Nude Lip’ – Sephora

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If you read my Christmas Wishlist post, you’ll know that this Sephora gift set was something I had my eye on. My parents went to New York just before Christmas so I was super excited at the prospect of getting a few makeup bits that are harder to get your hands on the in the UK. I think these sets are a really good way of testing out new brands before you pay full price for a product you may not really like. All of these lip products are gorgeous but my favourite (surprisingly for me) is the Ciaté London Liquid Velvet Lipstick. 

Sephora Favorites ‘Glow For It’ – Sephora

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I am so bloody excited about this set. Highlighters are up there with my favourite category of makeup products and I’ve been wanting to try some of these brands for the longest time. I’ve heard nothing but good things about BECCA highlighters and I’ve always wanted to try the Cover FX drops. On Christmas day, I combined both of them which left me with the most blinding highlight that I was LIVING for. I’m super excited to try out the rest of these products.

MAC Snowball Pigment and Glitter Kit – MAC Cosmetics

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Again, I’m super excited to have received this cute little MAC set. I’ve never tried their pigments before but I used the champagne-y colour yesterday and I was very happy with it. I’m excited to use the white sparkly pigment soon and am planning to use the gold glitter for New Year’s Eve. These pots should last me a little while as you only need to use the tiniest amount so I think they’re pretty good value. I know MAC have 10% off most products today in the Boxing Day Sales so it would definitely be worth trying to get your hands on this!! They also do a ‘Pink’ version which, as the name suggests, has more pink-y coloured pigments and glitters. I went with the ‘Gold’ set as I tend to wear oranges, browns and burgundys on my eyes.

Too Faced ‘Just Peachy Mattes’ Palette – Sephora

I’ve been obsessed with this palette ever since it dropped with the rest of the ‘Peaches and Cream’ range by Too Faced. Unbelievably, I’ve never tried Too Faced shadows before so I was really excited to receive this. The colours are right up my street – I could happily just use this palette forever. I used this palette on Christmas Day and was really pleased with the pigmentation and how easily the shadows blend. If you want me to recreate the look for a blog post (see below) let me know – I was pretty pleased with how it turned out!

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Grey and Black Nike Trainers – Nike

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These trainers are actually one of my favourite prezzies, as they were a complete surprise. I love the colours as they will literally go with any outfit and they’ve come into my life at the perfect ‘January gym-going’ time. They’re super comfy as they are meant for running, although I will probably just be wearing them on the day-to-day. I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of these as I pretty much live in trainers at both university and home. My Mom did well here!!

Striped Calvin Set – Calvin Klein

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If you know me, you’ll know I’m obsessed with Calvins. They’re just so comfy and I love the look of them, so I was really happy to get this set. I’ve never actually seen this pattern before and I fricking LOVE it. I’m super excited to add this set to my growing collection.

Burgundy Kate Spade Rucksack & Purse – Kate Spade NY

I’m still a little bit in shock about these two presents as I wasn’t expecting them at all. Recently, I’ve been obsessed with rucksacks and if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know I have a major soft-spot for anything Kate Spade. I’m absolutely in love with the colour of this bag and purse – it’s perfect for the Winter months. Also, I’ve been needing a new purse as my Ted Baker one has been used to death. So yay!!! Absolutely in love.

Those are a few of the lovely presents I received this year. What did you get?

I hope you had a great Christmas!

Lots of love,

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

Twitter: @geeheasel

BLOGMAS DAY 5: Cute Gift Ideas On A Student Budget

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Christmas present shopping is something I love to do…but not something I love to do on a student budget. It’s so frustrating when you want to get your friends and family the best presents ever but money – or lack thereof – prevents you from doing so. That being said, there are still some super cute things you could get for a friend or ask for yourself. I’m going to list a few things below that I’ve come across that are really nice little gift ideas, all for under £20.00…

The Little Book of Self-Care – Urban Outfitters

I fricking LOVE the book section in Urban. They sell a really cute range of books from ones based on positivity, mindfulness and happiness through to drinking games or jokes. I especially love the books filled with inspiring quotes of how to pick yourself up when you’re feeling down or a little bit low. As cringe as it may be, I really love quotes and find that they help me keep a more positive mindset day-to-day. This book retails for £9.99 which is a pretty decent price for a super cute prezzie.

‘Lips and Tips’ Set – Ted Baker

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I loooove a Christmas gift set, particularly anything released by Ted Baker around Christmas time. This year, this adorable nail varnish / lipstick set caught my eye. I think the pastel pink colour is super cute and will suit anyone so would be a great present regardless of who you’re buying for. I just feel like you can’t go wrong buying a present like this for someone – it retails for £8.50 which, again, is pretty good value.

Christmas Yankee Candle Set – Boots

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What’s Christmas without a few candles? I came across this set of Yankees on Boots and think this is such a fab prezzie idea. For £8.66, you get six mini Christmas-scented candles which will last you throughout the entire festive season. I also think this is a great way to ‘sample’ some of the scents you may not have smelt before making the plunge and buying the bigger version of the candle. Another super cute present.

Soap and Glory Glow-Ball – Boots

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Another Boots gift set, but really is there anything better at Christmas? I think, especially in terms of makeup brands, buying Christmas sets saves you so much money. This Soap and Glory Glow-Ball retails for £14.00 in-store and online which is amazing value considering the products that are inside. I think the majority of people appreciate some form of  a ‘smelly-bath-stuff’ set at Christmas and this one definitely looks like a good choice. Plus, Soap and Glory products always smell amaaaaazing.

So, those are all the little gift ideas I have for you today. Which is your favourite?

Lots of love,

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

BLOGMAS DAY 4: Top Five Festive Films

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For me, a huge part of Christmas is being snuggled up watching festive films with my family and friends. I will literally watch anything Christmas related that is on TV – films especially – so I have a wide range of them that I love to watch. However, I thought it would be cute to try and compile a list of my top five festive picks for you – I hope you enjoy…

 Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas 

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At number 5, I had to include a childhood favourite. My Nan used to have Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas on video (yes, video) and each year, my brothers and I would sit and watch it on repeat throughout the Christmas period. The film is split into various different festive-themed storylines focusing on Mickey Mouse and all of his friends. Honestly, I still watch the film every year as it brings back cute memories of my childhood and makes me feel super nostalgic – also, it’s a pretty decent film!!

 Arthur Christmas 

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I feel like there is nothing better than a family-friendly animated film at Christmas. As Christmas films go, Arthur Christmas is pretty new compared to some of my other classic faves. However, this film is arguably the most ‘Christmassy’ of my list. It focuses on Arthur, Santa’s youngest son, as he journeys to deliver presents to the singular child that has been forgotten one year. This film is so feel-good and in an amazing turn of events IS NOW ON NETFLIX!!!!! I love watching it with my little brothers, snuggled up on the sofa with cosy blankets and a huge mug of hot chocolate – it really gets me into the festive spirit.

The Holiday 

An absolute rom-com festive classic. This film makes me feel so warm and Christmassy…it may have something to do with my emotional love affair with Jude Law. I absolutely adore the plot-line (an English woman and an American woman switch houses over the Christmas period and both fall in love) and could watch this film twice in the same day. All four of the leads are incredible – this really is a film that will make you laugh and cry.

 Nativity 

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When this film first came out, I immediately knew I was going to love it. There is something so simple about the plot – essentially a slightly grumpy teacher is trying to put on a nativity show – yet it works perfectly. The children are adorable and Martin Freeman is hilarious. I think it’s the authenticity and relatable nature of this film that really makes it so heart-warming. I unashamedly know all of the words to all of the songs and sing them loud and proud whenever I’m watching. This is a definite multiple watch during the festive season!!

 Love Actually 

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Aaaaaand here it is: my all-time favourite festive film is…LOVE ACTUALLY!! I honestly love every single thing about this movie; from the actors to the all of the interwoven plot lines. I’m totally in love with Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister and also am obsessed with the gospel choir at Keira Knightly’s wedding. This is such a feel-good modern classic and I watch it around 20 times each year – I can pretty much quote it word for word now!!

So those are my top festive film picks – did any of yours make the list? Or did I miss off your favourite?

Lots of love,

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

BLOGMAS DAY 3: The Christmas Tag

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Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Actually, no. I know this is quite a common tradition among my friends but my family tend to save everything until Christmas day. My brothers and I are allowed to open one present before everyone else wakes up on Christmas day so we’d always try and feel for a DVD so it would pass the time.

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?

This isn’t going to sound exciting to anyone else in the slightest but I loooove looking through the Radio Times and circling all of the Christmas films I want to watch during the lead up to Christmas.

Also, my younger brothers and I always have a sleepover on Christmas Eve and watch a festive film. We’re definitely too old now to justify how excited we get over Christmas.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Sadly, it’s fake. We used to always go and buy a real tree but there were a few years where our tree kept dying before we’d actually reached Christmas. So, we purchased a fake tree. It still looks pretty real but we don’t get the nice festive smell, sadly.

What is your favourite Christmas film?

It’s a definite toss-up between Nativity and Love Actually. I’ll be posting my Top 5 Christmas films very soon…

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

At my house with my immediate family and my grandparents.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

100% ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ by Shakin’ Stevens.

What is your all-time favourite holiday food?

Hmmm…I’d have to say either yule logs or, if we’re talking about christmas dinner, it would HAVE to be pigs in blankets.

Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

Honestly, giving. I love when you know you’ve got someone a present that they’re going to love. But I can’t lie, I don’t hate receiving presents either…

What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

Definitely the build-up – I love how excited everybody gets.

When do you start getting excited for Christmas?

Truthful answer: Some time in mid-November.

Answer I give to people: 1st December.

What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

Hmm…I had to think long and hard about this. I think I would have to go with my first ever laptop that I received when I was around 9 or 10. It was a pink Dell (yes, I was that girl) but it was my most prized possession for the longest time.

As a kid, did a sibling ever receive a present that you wished was for you?

YES. There is only a year between my older brother and me and he would always end up getting CDs or DVDs that I asked for and, at the time, it seemed like the world’s greatest injustice to 7-year-old me.

 

Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?

I always make resolutions and try to stick to them. Keep your eyes peeled for a resolution-based blog post coming in the next few weeks…

What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

Christmas dinner is probably what I look forward to the most and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Also, since I’ve been at university I love coming home and spending time with my family.

So, that’s my take on the Christmas Tag! I hope you enjoyed reading it…what’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

Lots of love,

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

 

BLOGMAS DAY 2: What’s On My Christmas List 2017

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This year, I struggled to think about things I really wanted to ask for for Christmas. However, that mindset quickly shifted once I started scouring Urban / Topshop and Beauty Bay (shock). Also, my parents are going to New York in December so the option of Sephora has made a massive impact to what I’ve ended up asking for. I’m going to share with you a few of the things that have caught my eye…

Just Peachy Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette – Too Faced

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Originally, I had my eye on the ABH Prism palette but then I reconsidered as Too Faced is a lot harder to get in the UK than Anastasia. Also, I’ve never tried TF shadows before and I’ve heard amaaaazing things so this palette is definitely something I’m very excited about. It’s part of the Peaches and Cream collection and the colours are just to die for. If I could design a colour scheme for an eyeshadow palette, it would be exactly this. I pretty much only wear oranges and pinky-reds on my eyes so if I was lucky enough to receive this, it would be very loved.

White Classic Leather Reeboks – Reebok

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If you know me, you’ll know I’m a trainer-obsessor. I honestly just think you can never have enough trainers. I wear them constantly, in the day / to rehearsals / on a night out so I like having a choice of styles and colours that I can match with different outfits. Currently, the only white trainers I have are my converse and, whilst I love them, I want something that looks a little bit more ‘trainer-y’ (definitely just made up a word there). That’s when I came across these Reeboks. I have two other pairs of Reeboks and they are honestly the comfiest trainers that I own so I thought these white leather ones would be a cute little addition to my collection.

The Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur

Again, if you know me, you’ll know I love poetry – in particular, Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey. There is something about the way Kaur writes that is so captivating and inspiring. She has recently released her second poetry book, ‘The Sun and Her Flowers’ and I would love to read it. If I don’t receive this for Christmas, I’ll most definitely be making a little purchase myself.

Green Corduroy Pinafore – Urban Outfitters

Honestly, I think this is quite possibly one of the cutest clothing items I’ve ever seen. I love wearing little pinafore dresses, with ankle boots and tights and I absolutely loooove this one from Urban. Firstly, I love the colour as green tends to go quite nicely with my colouring. Aside from this, I’m a bloody sucker for anything corduroy – I can’t even explain it, I just think it’s so cute!! Obviously, being from Urban Outfitters, this dress is on the rather spenny side, so what better than to whack it on the old Christmas list?

Give Me Some Nude Lip – Sephora

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This year, the Sephora holiday gift sets have been insaaaaane, in my opinion. I think it’s such a good idea to group a few cult items together and sell them at a discounted ‘gift set’ price. One in particular that caught my eye is the ‘Give Me Some Nude Lip’ which essentially does give you a variety of nude lipsticks from different brands. If you’ve read my blog posts before, you’ll know I’m a massive nude-lip wearer and rarely stray from this comfort zone. So, I would be super excited trying brands, such as ‘Buxom’, that I haven’t before. It’s definitely true that a girl can never have too many nude lipsticks…

So those are a few of the things that are on my Christmas list this year! I hope you like my picks. What have you asked for?

Lots of love,

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

A Little Announcement…

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Hello to all my lovely readers,

As you know, recently my posts have been pretty much non-existent. I used to be in the routine of uploading at least once a week but since returning to uni this semester, I’ve really struggled to balance blogging with my workload. I’ve just finished directing a show which took a looooot out of me but was super rewarding at the same time.

All that being said, I want to get back to blogging frequently so I have a little announcement to make…

I’M DOING BLOGMAS!!!!!!

I will be posting festive-themed posts EVERY SINGLE DAY throughout all of December. This is going to be such a huge challenge for me, both time and content-wise as I never want to put anything up on my blog that I’m not 100% happy with. However, I’m going to try my very best to make this happen and I’m SUPER freaking excited to do it.

I really, really hope you guys enjoy reading!!

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel