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 

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

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

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

ZOEVA Matte Spectrum Palette

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It’s official. I have found the new love of my life in the form of an eyeshadow palette.

I’d been eyeing up the ZOEVA Matte Spectrum palette for a looooong while as it sat in my Beauty Bay basket whilst I counted down the days until payday. I’d never tried ZOEVA eyeshadows before, but the Cocoa Blend palette had been recommended to me numerous times. So, when I saw the colours in the Matte Spectrum palette, I knew I had to try it. Retailing at £28.50, it sits comfortably between high-street and higher-end palettes and I can wholeheartedly confirm that it is worth every. Single. Penny.

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The palette contains a real mixture of matte shades meaning many different looks can be created. I was drawn to it initially by the orangey/red shades (typical) but also loved the look of the greens. The pigmentation is amaaaazing and the formula is super creamy so the shadows blend really well. I feel like this is such a good ‘starter’ palette as you can create an everyday natural look or you can go crazy (which is sometimes an accidental thing in my case) and end up going to Tesco looking ready for a night out!

I am absolutely LIVING for this palette at the moment and will definitely be purchasing more ZOEVA products in the future.

I’m open to suggestions of what to try next!

G x

Oxford Street Haul: Topshop / Zara / New Look etc

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Last week I went shopping on Oxford Street and picked up a few cute things I thought I would share with you. I loooove shopping in London purely due to the size of the shops being so much bigger than where I’m from meaning there are more clothes to choose from!! Also, Oxford Street tends to have the newest lines of clothing which is also super exciting and I may have spent a little too much (story of my life)…

TOPSHOP

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‘Babygirl’ Crop Top by Tee and Cake: £20

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MOTO Pink Denim Mini Skirt: £29

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Khaki Green Lightweight Jacket: £40

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Oversized Grey T-Shirt Dress: £10 (Sale Price)

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‘You Make Me Wonder’ Pale Green Sweatshirt: £15 (Sale Price)

 

I picked up a mixture of sale and non-sale items in Topshop as, quite honestly, I couldn’t bring myself to brave the sale for too long. I actually HATE sale shopping as it is waaaay too stressful and messy and I never end up staying long enough to find anything I like. My favourite purchase from Topshop has to be the cute little pink denim skirt as it’s super summery and goes with pretty much aaaaanything. It is definitely something I’ll be wearing a lot and I’m even considering purchasing it in some other colours…just need to wait for payday!

ZARA

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‘VENICE’ Lilac Sweatshirt: £9.99 (Sale Price)

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‘NEW YORK WOMAN’ T-Shirt: £12.99 (ALSO I AM SO SORRY ABOUT HOW CREASED THIS IS I HAVE BEEN STAYING IN A HOTEL SO NO IRON 😦 )

Zara was another store with stressy sales, although I did manage to pick up this cute lilac cropped sweatshirt which I looooove. Although it’s not that summery, let’s be real in saying that we get about 5 hot days throughout the summer in England. So, I think this will come in more handy than I first thought. It also looks cute paired with the pink denim skirt from Topshop. I then picked up this oversized white t-shirt with FUZZY PINK embroidery (THE CUTEST THING EVER) saying ‘New York Woman’. Anyone who knows me will know that New York is my absolute favourite place in the world so I couldn’t resist picking this up even though the only size they had left was a large (as you can see in the picture above). However, I think this would look nice paired with some fishnets or even tied up with high-waisted jeans / shorts.

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I was on the hunt for a pair of black cigarette trousers to wear when I start my summer job next week. I found these in Bershka and loooove the fit; they have an elasticated waist so are super comfy to wear and feel really lightweight.

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Black Cigarette Trousers: £20

NEW LOOK

I quickly popped into New Look to look at their jewellery as I love their chokers and was also on the hunt for some big hoops. I’ve seen a few of my friends wearing them recently and I think they look so nice and summery. I just picked up this plain pair of silver hoops and I’m really happy with how they look!! (Although I’m still trying to convince myself that I’m cool enough to pull them off).

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Silver Hoop Earrings: £1.99

That is everything I bought whilst shopping on Oxford Street. I’m really happy with the pieces that I picked up and can’t wait to start wearing them throughout summer…I hope I’ve inspired you to spend some money! Keep an eye out for a ‘June Faves’ post that is coming early next week!!

G x

May Faves

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May has been a pretty hectic month for me; I’ve finished university for the summer (yay) so am finally able to relax! My first year of university has been more than I could have wished for but I’m super excited to get home and see my family and friends. This month I’ve tried a few new things so thought I’d share them with you.

What I Wore: Zara Mesh T-Shirt

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After searching (for what felt like forever) for a pretty mesh t-shirt, I finally found one I liked in Zara. Paired with a black bralette, it looks super cute. I feel like it can be worn with a leather skirt, to be dressed up, or a pair of black jeans to achieve a more casual look (as seen above). I thought this top was an absolute steal, retailing at £12.99 but appearing so much more expensive. Definitely get your hands on one if you can!!

What I Watched: GIRLBOSS

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My latest Netflix conquest was GIRLBOSS, starring Britt Robertson. The series tells the story of Sophia Amoruso in a modern rags-to-riches story, showing how she built her multi-million clothing company, Nasty Gal. The main thing I loved about this series was the female empowerment shown through the character of Sophia, who refused help from anyone, wanting her company to be her own. With only 13 episodes, I raced through the show (but luckily it has just been renewed for a second season). It was actually a lot funnier than I expected it to be and there was a bit of romance thrown in (which is always a winner). If you haven’t seen this yet, I would 100% recommend as it made me want to get my life together!!

What I Read: Miss You by Kate Eberlen

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As I’ve been so busy this past month with university, I’ve had little time to read which is so sad. However, I have started reading ‘Miss You’ by Kate Eberlen and I’m enjoying it so far. The blurb reads:

Today is the first day of the rest of your life” is the motto on a plate in the kitchen at home, and Tess can’t get it out of her head, even thought she’s in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university. Her life is about to change for ever – but not in the way she expects. 

Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence. Their lives have already changed suddenly and dramatically. Gus tries to be a dutiful son, but longs to escape and discover what sort of person he is going to be. 

For one day, the paths of these two eighteen-year-olds will criss-cross before they each return to England. 

Over the course of the next sixteen years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and chance, there’s no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other properly…or is there?

So far, the writing style of this book reminds me of David Nicholls’ “One Day” which I loved so hopefully this will not disappoint.

What I Listened To: KIM

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During May, my friend Kim Mayes released her first EP on Spotify / Apple Music / iTunes…and I have been obsessed with it. The songs are so good that I genuinely would be recommending them even if I didn’t know Kim. She has such an individual sound but  is still really current; all five songs are amazing but my faves have to be Private and Worth. Definitely give her a listen, I’m super proud!!

What I Used: Clarins Supra Volume Mascara

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Recently, I’ve become obsessed with wearing falsies on a night out…which has totally ruined my love of mascara as I feel I can never achieve the same effect. During the day, I’ve been using the Clarins Supra Volume Mascara and can 100% say it gives off the closest vibe to false lashes. It is super black, for starters, whilst it is also buildable from a natural look to a more volumised one. As Clarins is a high-end brand, the product does retail at £21.50 which I understand is raaaaaather pricey for a mascara. However, I can definitely vouch for this being worth the money so if you’re looking to splurge a little on some new makeup, definitely check this out!

What I Did: 

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I hope May has been lovely for you!

G x