Learning To Love The Frizz: My Hair Care Routine

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Ever since I can remember I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my hair. Naturally, I have been *blessed* with super curly, thick hair (as you can see above – forgive me for the snapchat filter). This may come as a complete shock to a lot of my friends reading this post as I never ever go out with my hair in its natural state (state being the key word here). The only time I will ever free the wild mess is when I’m on holiday as there is no point in keeping on top of hair-care when I’m entering the pool in an extremely ladylike fashion (catapulting) every 5 minutes. All this being said, I tend to use heat on my hair on a regular basis which I knoooow is a very bad thing to do but I also use a lot of heat-protecting products to counteract this. I thought I’d share what I’ve learnt over the years about how to manage the frizz whilst still keeping it healthy…

The Washing Process…

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I tend to wash my hair 2-3 times a week depending on how well it’s been trained during a particular period of time. A brand that I absolutely swear by in terms of hair-care is Aussie. You will rarely see me using any other shampoo or conditioner at all. As well as this, one of my all-time fave products to use on my hair is the Aussie ‘3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor’. I tend to apply this twice a week after conditioning my hair. I leave the product on for around 3 minutes before washing it out. Honestly, I promise you, your hair will never feel softer…ever. This trio of products is heaaaaaven.

The Drying Process…

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Before I dry my hair, I always apply the Wella Professionals Luminous Smoothening Oil. I’ll squirt 3 large drops into my hands before running the product through my hair with my fingers. I let this settle for around 2 minutes before brushing through to eliminate any excess product. For anyone with curly or frizzy hair, this product is an absolute godsend as it makes your hair smooth and silky after straightening. So much so, that it looks as if your hair is naturally straight and gives no indication that you’ve spent half an hour battling with your GHDs. Before I finally start to dry to my hair, I’ll spray it with the VO5 Sleek Blow-Dry Heat Protect spray which helps to keep the ends of my hair healthy whilst also increasing the shine.

From there, I’ll go on to dry my hair (on the lowest heat) before straightening and I’m good to go. This year, however, I’m making it my mission to try and embrace my natural frizz a little bit more. All of my friends tell me they’d kill to have hair like mine but most days, I would kill to have their naturally straight or wavy hair as it seems to be a lot less work and I am a lazy gal at times. But, I guess the grass is always greener!

What are your fave hair-care products? Do you have the daily struggles of dealing with curly hair?

G X

Instagram: @geeblogs

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 6: Festive Style Crush – VELVET

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Fashion-wise, I’ve been absolutely loving anything covered in velvet. I don’t know what it is but anything velvet that I’ve come across, I feel like is an absolute need – especially during the festive season. The majority of high-street retailers seem to be velvet-obsessed also which is even better (but slightly more dangerous for my bank account). I’m going to show you a few of the pieces that have caught my eye and have been fuelling my desire to spend MORE money…

Black Velvet Rucksack – Kate Spade

 

 

Beatbox Round Toe Block Heel Ankle Boots in Pink Velvet – Public Desire

 

 

Stradivarius Strappy Velvet Jumpsuit – ASOS

 

 

MOTO Velvet Pinafore Dress – Topshop

 

 

Light Before Dark Pink Velvet Plisse Culottes – Urban Outfitters

 

 

Lots of love,

G X

Instagram: @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 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

BLOGMAS DAY 1: November Faves

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What I Wore: Velvet Purple Culottes / Faded Black Mom Jeans

This month I have two fashion favourites that I couldn’t decide between. The first are these GORGEOUS velvet culottes from Zara – to add to my ever-growing collection. I love culottes as I feel you can either dress them up and wear them for a night out or pair them with a cropped t-shirt and converse and you’re good to go for the day. I think they’re super festive and I know I’ll being getting a lot of wear out of them. Also, they retail for £19.99 in Zara which I think is amazing value!!

Another Zara purchase I’ve been living in throughout November has to be these black Mom jeans. I’ve ALWAYS been looking for the perfect pair of Mom jeans but I’ve never found any that look right. Because I’m so small, a lot of them swamp me and make me look shapeless but I think I have finally found what I’ve been searching for!! I paid around £30.00 for these jeans (don’t quote me) which I think is pretty reasonable. As you can see, I’ve teamed them with this cute D-ring striped belt from Missguided and a black cropped t-shirt from PLT.

What I Watched: Stranger Things

Although slightly predictable, Stranger Things was my obsession throughout early November. Granted, I finished the season over a two-day period but it still counts as being a November fave. I’d been waiting (for what felt like FOREVER) for season 2 to come out as I fell in love with the show from the very first episode. There is something so charming about each of the amazingly talented child actors that makes the slightly weird and creepy show so relatable. Season 2 did not disappoint plot-wise and I literally cannot wait for the third!!

What I Listened To: The Wedding Singer

This month has been filled with musical theatre for me, in relation to what I’ve been listening to. As I’ve mentioned, I directed a show which included a variety of songs from different musicals however I also found out that I’ll be playing the role of Julia in my university’s production of ‘The Wedding Singer’ in 2018. So, naturally, I’ve had the soundtrack on repeat. The music is super feel-good and I’m really excited to start rehearsals next week!! My favourite songs are ‘It’s Your Wedding Day’, ‘Not That Kind Of Thing’ and ‘All About The Green’.

What I Used: Soph X Makeup Revolution Highlighter Palette

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I’m not going to ramble on about this palette for too long as I’ve done a full-length review that you can read here. This has been my go-to product throughout November as pretty much all of the shades are (thankfully!!!) pale enough for me to wear so I can match my highlight to my eyeshadow – which makes me more excited than it probably should…

I’d definitely recommend getting your hands on this gorgeous palette if you can, it’s more than worth the £8.00 it retails for.

What I Did: 

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I hope your November has been amazing!!

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

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