A Little Announcement…

Lifestyle

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

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

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

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

Getting Fit (And Staying Fit)

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Like with most things in my life, getting fit is something I lose and gain motivation for depending on what else is going on around me. Obvious times that I become motivated tend to be January (New Year’s Resolution-related) and roughly 3 weeks before my summer holiday when I realise I’ve been eating waaaaay too many Jaffa Cakes to be able to confidently pull off the pretty bikinis I’ve bought. So I go health-crazy for a while…but somehow still end up sitting in Nando’s unashamedly ordering two sides of carbs and a bottomless fizzy drink before suggesting taking a detour to Maccies to get a Mcflurry for dessert on the way home.

I think where I have gone wrong in the past is that I try to change my life patterns drastically overnight. I go from eating whatever I like to not snacking at all and only eating meals consisting of mainly fruit and vegetables; I go from not really exercising all that much (aka: never) to trying to run 4 miles a day before spending 2 hours watching YouTube workout videos, with the annoyingly cheery instructor shouting ‘You should really be starting to feel the burn now’ whilst I’m trying to make it past 20 sit-ups without wanting to cry or feeling the urge to smash my laptop off the floor.

As it turned midnight on New Year’s Eve, I swore 2017 was going to be the year I got to a place where I was mentally and physically fit and happy with myself. Whilst I know I’m not overweight and don’t usually lead an unhealthy lifestyle, I wanted to improve on myself. I think body image is something that everyone struggles with, male or female, thanks to society’s conceptions of what is the ‘ideal’, which is only propelled by social media. Body image issues can affect anyone of any shape or size; I often hear some of my friends complaining about how much they dislike their bodies when I would love to have a figure like theirs. It definitely boils down to being too hard on yourself and potentially seeing something that isn’t there when you look in the mirror.

All of this considered, over the past month I’ve tried to make small changes in my daily routine to make myself feel healthier and fitter. I’ve been out running (which will probably shock my Dad into a heart attack), started adding more vegetables to meals that I make, drinking more water etc. I’m hoping by taking smaller steps it won’t seem like such an uphill climb to achieve what I want. One thing I’ve found that I love doing has to be having smoothies for breakfast. Blending 3-5 fruits and some natural yoghurt for breakfast not only ensures that you eat (well, drink) something to set you up for the day, but it also tastes sooooo good.

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This is not a post intending to preach about how I’m leading a super healthy lifestyle all of a sudden (as I am sat writing this whilst eating a plate of curly fries) but I hope to encourage you to take smaller steps to achieve any goals you may have. I’ve found it is the best way.

To anyone else who is in the same boat as me with regard to always trying and failing to keep up a healthy lifestyle, I FEEL YA!!!!!

Don’t give up!

G x