Summer Travels

Not to use it as an excuse for my infrequent blogging schedule, but this summer I have been travelling quite a bit, as some of you may know. I thought that I’d compile the photographs from the two trips I’ve been on and share them with you right here on the blog – you never know, you may even catch the travel bug too!

Mirabel, Midi-Pyrenees, France

A one week get-away with my closest friends – filled with lakes, food markets and many, many card games.

Give the crew a follow via the links below if you want to find out more about our adventures…

Alex, Evie, Grace, Ethan

Budapest, Hungary

Just two nights away in the most beautiful city, sight-seeing and exploring ruin bars.

Where have you been off to this summer? Or where are you going? Recommendations would be wonderful!

Emilia x

Contouring for Fair Skin

I understand that this post may be a little more ‘niche’ than usual, but not only is finding contour products for pale skin almost impossible, it’s also a problem that I feel I have a lot of knowledge about. As most of you will know, I am THAT pale friend – the one that has to stay on SPF 50 the entire holiday, the one that gets burnt in winter. Now, most contour products, whether they are high end or drugstore, tend to be rather warm-toned even if they are designed for ‘Light’ skin. This proves a biiig problem for the porcelain-skinned, as the it gives an unnatural look; almost like you put bronzer in the wrong place. And trust me, finding cool-toned contour kits is NOT easy… That’s where I come in. In attempt to join the contouring craze of the past few years, I pretty much tried out almost EVERY kit out there, be it £3 or £30, and this is what I’ve found…

My Top Contour Products for Fair Skin

Day to Day

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For a day to day look, you want something a little less dramatic, which equates to ‘a little more blend able’ in makeup talk. Hence, the products that I have selected here are all cream-based products that I love to use for contour. My biggest piece of advice is: don’t worry if it’s intended for contouring or not – don’t be afraid to create a shadow using a deeper foundation or define the cheeks using a cream blush instead.

Clockwise from top left: Rosie for Autograph Cream Blush in Camisole Blush, NYX Sculpt and Highlight Duo in Taupe/IvoryRimmel London Scandal Eyes Shadow Stick in Trespassing TaupeMaybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Cameo.

Going Out

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When you’re going out, that is the time for some serious contouring, like damn, create some killer cheekbones even if they’re not natural. For going out, I find that powders generally work much better; they have a longer lasting-power, especially when set with a setting spray. My all time favourite has got to be NYX HD Blush in Taupe (only £5.50 as well!) – it’s cool toned which works perfectly for super fair skin.

Clockwise from top left: Make-up Geek Break Up, NYX HD Blush in Taupe, ABH Cream Kit in Fair, Barry M Chisel Cheeks

and the worst…

Now, I’m not really one for slating products, as I know that most products perform differently on different skin types and colours, however, below I’ve listed a few pieces that you might want to avoid if you’re pale like me; the following, I find, are simply too warm toned:

Face: NYX Shine Killer Primer, Bareminerals Complexion Rescue in Vanilla, Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H, MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer in NW15, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15, NYX HD Blush in Taupe, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, NYX HD Blush in Soft Spoken, Laura Mercier Invisible Pressed Setting Powder, Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder Highlight in Grace, Make-up Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Setting Spray.

Eyes and Brows: ABH Brow Wiz in Caramel, Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in 2, Benefit High Beam, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Too Faced Natural Eyes palette, Zoeva Rose Golden Palette, Benefit They’re Real Lash Primer, Icona Milano Emotions Allowed Mascara.

Lips: MAC Lip Liner in Subculture and MAC Kinda Sexy.

What are your must-have contouring products? Let me know in the comments below!

Emilia x

2016 Festival Beauty

I remember the days when I’d rock up to Sundown (my local below-average music festival) in a pair of denim shorts and minimal makeup because “I didn’t want to look silly”; for some reason I felt that all the glitter-clad festival goers would think I was weird if I joined their clan. Well, I’m here to tell any of you who are like myself to RELAX. Maybe festivals used to be just about cute, hippie, impractical looks, but now, in 2016, the only objective is to have fun. If there’s one time when no-ones going to judge you for dressing like an absolute lunatic, it’s at a festival. Trust me. So, with that in mind, I’m here today to give you a little bit of inspiration for your festival beauty looks this year. I’m talking electric colour, gems and general glitter-central. You’re going to want to keep reading…


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Festival eye-makeup has classically been about wearing those shades that you don’t wear on a day to day basis, to create the perfectly bright and blended ‘show-stopper’ look. So, I’ve included a couple of my favourite bright palettes here, one by Makeup Revolution and one by Morphe. The cheaper and more accessible option for those living in the UK, like me, is Makeup Revolution. Despite the incredible pigmentation of these shadows, they are not quite as easy to blend as Morphe because they have a less buttery texture.

Despite just raving on about shadows, I think that 2016 is more of an eyeliner alone year. Who can be bothered to take their enter set of blending brushes to a festival anyway? We’ve seen ‘graphical’ and ‘blocky’ beauty trends a lot over the past few months – so why not purchase something like NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner? More of a metals fan? Nothing quite compares to the longevity of Eye Of Horus Liquid Metal Liner.

Finally, onto possibly the easiest trend of them all – GLITTER! Wear it under the eyes to disguise the exhaustion of camping or even under the brows like Gigi Hadid did on the catwalk. For a true glittery look, you’ll need more than just your average sparkly eyeshadow. Instead, opt for pure pigment, which many brands, even drugstore ones, have started to stock – like the Barry M Dazzle Dust or DOSE Duo above.


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Okay, so, first up is the controversial, colour pop obsession. Long gone is the days when lips were either red or nude. Green? Violet? Can you wear it? Hell yes. Even the drugstore brands have caught on – you can get a tangerine lippy for £1 from Make-up Revolution! Fancy going the extra mile? Turn to Coloured Raine, Gerard Cosmetics or MAC’s Blue Nectar Collection for the seriously fearless shades.

Next, with no doubt Kylie Jenner’s work, is the metallic lip. She’s even dedicated a whole selection of her Kylie Jenner Lip Kits to metallics alone. Because, well, it’s just a gorgeous way to subtly play up the lips. If, like myself, Kylie’s Lip Kits are pretty difficult to get your hands on, some great alternatives are: NYX, Topshop or MUA.

Hair, Face and Body

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Let’s talk hair. Flower crowns – they’re old news. This year it’s all about head jewellery, hair rings and you guessed it… tonnes of glitter. Gel or spray, it’s up to you, and don’t forget that glitter roots is the in thing. Take a look at Superdrug‘s own range or shop Graftobian all-purpose glitter gel at Beauty Bay.

Next on the list is your must-have face products. Liquid and cream cosmetics are your best friends at a festival for easy, quick application. That’s why I’ve picked out High Beam, Benefit‘s cult highlighter, and Halo Illuminiser in Golden Tan from H & M’s beauty line (which is very impressive, by the way). Oh, of course, you can’t forget a setting spray at events like these; my friends swear by Urban Decay’s All Nighter Spray.

And finally, beauty for the whole body… Temporary tattoos have evolved from being Bart Simpson ones for 5 year olds and sparkly faces are taken to the next level with stick on gems. Make sure that the minute people see your face, they know you’re up for a party. Add to any sparkle by dusting MAC’s glitter pot over the décolletage for a full-body shimmer and don’t forget the nails! Make life easy by opting for pre-painted stick on nails, you won’t want to waste valuable festival time stuck in a tent waiting for your nails to dry.

In the mood for dancing the night away yet? I hope so. I’d love to hear some of your must-have festival products or even your favourite festival look – let me know in the comments below!

Emilia x


Minis giveaway!


Now you may have noticed over the past month, my presence on Irregular Collection has been errr.. minimal to say the least. This is because for once in my lifetime, life has consisted of more than just school and crappy reality TV shows. I’ve finished high school, inevitably meaning prom (not to mention AFTER prom!) and other Leavers’ celebrations but also, I’ve been moving rooms, getting a new phone, jet-setting off to the south of France… As you can see it’s been pretty hectic – not that I’m complaining. Anyway, enough about that, I’m sure you’ll hear much more about it soon. Today, I have an exciting announcement to make – a giveaway! Take it as sort of a celebration, but also a partial apology for being so bad at finding the time to blog. If you’re interested, keep on reading!

What is a giveaway?

A giveaway is pretty much what it says on the tin; items that a person ‘gives away’ to another – think of it as a raffle. The winner is chosen completely at random and the prizes will then be posted straight to them.

What is in this giveaway?

Okay, so as you’ve probably gathered from the title, this giveaway is about lots of little things instead of one big prize. Included in the box of treats will be minis of: Lancôme Visionnaire Skin Corrector, Olay Regenerist Skin Perfecting Cream, Lancôme Energie de Vie, Kiehl’s Line Reducing Concentrate, Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream, Estée Lauder Enlighten Correcting Cream and Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir. Now onto the full-size products… Bee Good Plump and Firm Moisturiser, Lush Bath Oil and a mystery NYX product. How does that sound? Pretty good if I do say so myself.

How do I enter?

Entering is simple and can be done via WordPress or Instagram.

Entering on WordPress: Make sure that you are following Irregular Collection and then leave a comment on this post with two other blogging friends’ links so they can get a chance to enter too! 

Entering on Instagram: Make sure you are following me on Instagram (@emiliahurrell) and leave a comment on the designated post tagging two friends so they can get a chance to enter too!

Ends 30th July at 12pm. Good luck!

Emilia x

High-street Haul

Now, it may come as a shock to you, but an odd thing has been happening in Britain lately… It has been WARM! And, wait for it… SUNNY!! Amazing, I know. It probably won’t last for more than 3 days, but I thought that the majority of you would have some kind of summer break booked in now and a little post on my seasonal ‘hunting the high-street’ could be quite handy. This post is about the best items available this summer for those of us who can’t afford the Moschino tees and Gucci shades, without compromising on style…

Okay, for a starters, anyone that knows me well enough will know that I believe the shape of clothes is just as important as their design; if a piece is the wrong shape for you, no matter how beautiful it is, you shouldn’t buy it. Many high-street brands cater for a slim, tall figure because this is what models are, but, in actual fact, this makes it very difficult for most real women to find clothes that fit well. I’m only 16, for example, and I need a size 12 in Topshop to get any trousers to fit over my hips – it’s a little ridiculous to say the least. Anyway, this summer, I’ve seen so many stripes in the shops, as well as ‘apron’ cuts and pops of citrus colours. A handful of these SS16 trends inspired my choices when it came to picking out clothes for the holiday season – take a look below to find out more! And if you’re interested in where any pieces came from, simply scroll over the photographs for more information.

What do you think? Are there any items you’ve absolutely fallen in love with this summer? What are your holiday essentials?

Emilia x

Photography: Evie Oliver – check her out here.

How To Create: The Burgundy Eye

Burgundy? It seems a pretty autumnal colour – don’t get me wrong. And red? On the eyes? A little risky. But, this year, this particular shade of eyeshadow could be seen everywhere; catwalk to red carpet – from Kristen Stewart to Rooney Mara, they just can’t get enough. And the best thing? It seems to work on any skin tone and for any eye colour! Just vary the base tones and strength of colour a tad and ta-dah you’re sorted. However, I understand that make-up and cosmetics in general aren’t quite that simple to all of us, so I’ve created my own little ‘tutorial’, as such, to give you guys some help.

Okay, so, first of all you’ll notice that my version of this look is rather chocolate-toned and subtle – that’s because I’m literally paler than a bed sheet and anything too bold on my eyes looks out of place. Although, if you’re darker than me (which 99% of you probably are), you can have some real fun with this trend. Also, deeper shades of this purpley-red look gorgeous against brown eyes – try MAC Deep Damson or Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk. Me? I’ve used the bottom right shade in the Morphe Soul Of Summer Palette over MAC Aromatic and Too Faced Sexpresso ,with the bottom left shade of the Soul of Summer Palette on the lower lid and MAC Kitties to highlight the inner eye. The Morphe Soul of Summer palette is extremely good value for money with buttery, highly pigmented shades. However, MAC is the winner for sparkle power and nothing beats the pigmentation of Too Faced shadows – but I guess you can’t be the best at everything!

Generally, I would suggest going for a smokey, ‘deepest colour at the edges’ approach with the burgundy eye, but I’ve notice that some people simply like to wear one shade all over the lid. Burgundy liner is also a popular choice, as be assured, it’s on my ‘to-try’ list!

As for the rest of my look, I paired the smokey look with a classic winged liner and generous coatings of Revlon Ultra Volume and Chanel Le Volume de Chanel. You can probably tell that my brows are a bit of a funny colour – somewhere in between brown and ginger that no-one really seems to cater for. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Caramel is a pretty good match, but it’s still a little on the light side, so I darken it up with NYX Brow Gel in Chocolate. The peachy-nude shade on my lips is also a mixture of two colours (I find it really difficult to find the perfect colours of products – can you tell?). This is NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream  in Abu Dhabi mixed with Absolute New York Velvet Lippie in Toasted with MAC Subculture for the lip liner.

What are your thoughts on this summer trend? I’d love to see your versions of the look!

Emilia x

Summer Saviours

Well, hello strangers, long time no see! My life’s been pretty hectic recently so apologies for not keeping you updated… My GCSEs have started, I’ve got a new job and I’m back on the dating scene. It really is all change! Anyways, despite the fact that I probably should be revising or ‘getting fit for summer’ (what a joke), I’ve decided to take a break from that and do what I love most. Write a load of crap on here.

Today’s post is oh-so-suprisingly based on beauty products; focussed on the key items that will pull you through the summer. Whether you’re in the ever-unpredicatable Britain or jet-setting off, these products will ensure that you look as good as ever. Foundation slipping down your face? Mascara smudges after a dip in the pool? Nail polish that lasts a day before chipping? Those times are long gone, ladies! All hail the new life-savers of 2016…

Liquid Lipstick

With the appearance of must-have products like Kylie Jenner Lip Kits on the cosmetics scene, many high-street brands have also begun to add these lipgloss/lipstick hybrids to their collections. This means, it’s a hell of a lot easier for normal people like you and me to trial them out. £30 for a product that may not even do what is says? I’ll pass. Brands like NYX and Gerard Cosmetics, the ‘mid-expense’ lot, are stealing the limelight at the moment. With formulas that literally do not budge at anything – drinking, eating, swimming, dancing – this is the product to get you through the long summer days and late summer nights. I’m loving NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi (£5.50) for a subtle day-time lip or Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick (£9.50) in Everything Nice for a bolder evening shade!

Natural Base

There’s nothing worse in summer than a face packed full of make-up. Summer sun is a treat to the skin and often clears up any problematic areas, so why shield yourself from it? However, I do understand that some people just don’t feel comfortable without a little coverage. For these people, it’s all about compromise – instead of foundation, concealer, contour etc. just try a sheer formula, like a BB cream along with a little bronzer. I’m a huge fan of by Terry Sheer Expert (£45) mixed with Lancome Teint Idole (£30) and Shiseido Bronzer (£34).

Setting sprays

Whether you’re sunbathing in the afternoon heat or dancing the night away, this is the produce that will ensure that all those summer products are worthwhile. Admittedly, this was a beauty trend that I was very dubious about; being someone with shiny skin, the idea that make-up could last for more than half a day was incomprehensible. But, upon purchasing the Make-up Revolution Oil Control Fixing Spray (£5), I was utterly amazed and I have many friends who adore others like NYX’s Dewy Finish Setting Spray (£7). Other highly recommended sprays are Urban Decay’s (from £9.00) and MAC Prep n Prime Fix + (£17.00)…

‘Cream’ cosmetics

This kind of coincides with the idea of a ‘natural base’ – cream products are a lot easier to blend than powders, they don’t ‘suffocate’ your pores and they’re much more longlasting, making them perfect for summer weather. Some of my favourites at the moment are: Rosie HW for Autograph Creme Blush (£14.00), Maybelline Colour Tattoos (£4.99) and Collection Speedy Highlight (£3.99).

Clay-based haircare and skincare

I’ve always been a fan of clay-based skincare – it does wonders for problem skin, as it draws out any impurities without being too harsh. However, it wasn’t until recently, when I tried L’Oreal’s new clay haircare range (from £1.98 at Superdrug) that I noticed how well clay works on hair too! Nourished ends without oily roots? Seems impossible. This shampoo seriously works just as well as some of the most expensive high-street haircare brands and it even works for sensitive scalps – bonus.

Nail sprays

Right, first of all, I’d like to thank Glossybox for introducing me to this absolute wonder product that I didn’t even know existed. In short, this spray by Leighton Denny (£11.00) totally dries your nail polish (whatever it be) in a matter of seconds. Gone are the days when you have to paint your nails hours before you go out – this makes it a 2 minute job and, oh my, you will love it.

All-over heat protection

Heat protection? It’s just slapping a bit of factor 20 on your nose and shoulders right? Noooo, as we’ve realised in modern times quite how much damage UV rays can do, more and more products have been developed. I’m talking hair protection, complexion protection and improved formulas… No more unpleasant ‘suncream’ smells – Hawaiian Tropic have got you covered with their tropical scents, and Benefit’s Dream Screen (£25) will prevent the classic ‘oil slicked’ face. For your hair, Toni&Guy’s Heat Protection Mist (£6.99) keeps it in tip top condition or maybe even try a sea salt spray.

What are your summer beauty must haves? Do you have any recommendations for me to try?

Emilia x


REVIEW: Zoeva Rose Golden Palette


Today’s post is a review-style one, more specific than other posts maybe. The brand in the spotlight today? Zoeva. In particular their famous eyeshadow palettes. A few months ago I decided to have a little Beauty Bay splurge as I had some money spare for once in my life. Among my order was two Zoeva brushes – the 102 Silk finish brush and 110 Face Shape brush (both of which I adore) – and the Rose Golden eyeshadow palette. Although the Cocoa Blend palette is the most well-known out of the collection, I decided that Rose Golden was much more suited to my super fair skin tone. Take a look at the swatches below… From top to bottom: Wonder full, Harmony, Golden Rule, Just a Rose, Foil, Rusty Petals, Shining Bright, Copper is King, Reflective Elegance, Luster.

Okay, onto the technicalities… The first thing I noticed when using this palette was the AMAZING, total lack of product fall-out that normally occurs with eyeshadows (cough, Urban Decay, cough). Seriously, these shadows are so creamy that, even when swatching, absolutely no product was left sitting around in the pan. Also, the pigmentation is definitely on par with that of Too Faced shadows – except for the mattes, unfortunately. I find that the shimmer shades in the Zoeva palette are much more pigmented than that matte shades like Luster and Harmony, which is a bit of a shame really.The lasting power of these is also very similar to that of the Too Faced shadows (MAC, Clinque, Chanel and Urban Decay come nowhere near in my opinion). Overall, this palette is right up there when I’m creating a party look, but I prefer a matte option for daytime wear, and Too Faced Natural Eyes  (£27.00) is the one for that. I would highly recommend Zoeva palettes for the shimmer shades and I’d love to try some more out soon! Let’s take a peek at the ‘Rose Gold’ look I created…

Sooo, here it is! A vibrant, bronzed, spring-inspired look using my Zoeva palette (£18.00) to create a co-ordinating eye and lip. If you’re fair skinned, coral blusher is your best friend this spring – maybe try Benefit Rockateur? Anyways… if you’d like to know what I used to create this look, read on!


Tools: Zoeva Face Shape Brush (£11.00), Zoeva Silk Finish Brush (£13.00), Luxie Large Angled Face Brush ($16.00), MAC Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush (£23), Real Techniques: Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99), Starter Set (£20.99), Sculpting Brush (£9.99), Core Collection (£21.99), Deluxe Gift Set (£29.99).

Base: Body Shop Oils of Life Facial Oil (£28.00), Emité Diamond Heart Primer (£25.90), by Terry Sheer Expert in 02 (£45.00), MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15 (£17.50), Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 (£5.99).

Face: Laura Mercier Invisible Pressed Setting Powder (£26.00), NYX HD Blush in Taupe (£7.99), Shiseido Bronzer in Light (£34.00), Rosie for Autograph Cream Blush in Camisole (£14.00), Benefit Rockateur (£23.50), Collection Speedy Highlighter in Pearl Sheen (£3.99) and Benefit Highbeam (£19.50).

Eyes: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creme de Rose (£4.99) as a primer, Luster as a base, Just A Rose all over the lids, Rusty Petals in the crease and Reflective Elegance to highlight the centre of the lid. Benefit Rollerlash (£19.50), L’Oreal Super Slim Eyeliner (£6.99),  Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (£15.50) in Caramel.

Lips: MAC Subculture lipliner (£12.50), MAC Modesty (£15.50) mixed with MAC Gossamer Wing (£15.50).


What do you think of this palette? Are there any other palettes/shadows you’d like me to review? Let me know!

Emilia x



My Top 10 Hair Products

As many of you may know, hair isn’t exactly my forte – if I was on a hair and beauty course I’d be totally screwed for half of it, to put it bluntly. I usually just leave my hair to kink naturally in a messy bun or french plait it (luckily TONI&GUY’s artistic director, Philipp Haug says this is all the rage this summer) and never really give it too much attention. But, I’ve come to the conclusion that I should give it some attention and that actually, I have quite a bit to say about hair products!

I suffer from a super-sensitive scalp, similar to the way I struggle with sensitive skin. This means I have to be extreeemely careful about what I put on my head, because if I’m honest, I’m not really a great fan of my scalp flaking off everywhere! My scalp has this thing where it sort of gets ‘bored’ of a hair product after anything from 2 days to 6 weeks and so it decides to scab up and flake off in a kind of protest. Gross. I know. For this reason, I try to change up my shampoos etc. regularly, but this can be very expensive and I always run the risk of immediately reacting to a product. Apart from this rather difficult issue, I don’t really have many more… My roots are a little oilier than they used to be, to could be a bit longer and I guess I’d like a little more volume at times, although, in general, when my scalps happy, I’m happy with my hair. Due to this dilemma, over the years I’ve trialled pretty much everything there is out there – and lo-and-behold I’ve managed to stumble over some miracle-workers. Take a look!

1. Label.m Honey and Oat Range

My hairdresser uses this on me every time I go to the salon, because my hair just soaks it up – it moisturises my scalp, combatting any dryness, and soothes split ends. This is my number one go to in the winter if my hair’s really suffering – but I use this only on occasion to prevent the ‘boredom’ issue and also because it’s around £4 per 100ml eek! I would highly recommend looking for products that contain honey and oats if you suffer from dry or over-styled hair.

2. Tigi Bedhead Queen For a Day Thickening Spray

For those days when you need a bit of volume – this is like back-comb in a bottle and I have to say, I rate it much more than Label.m’s version. Mousse and foam aren’t really my thing, so this spray is perfect for you if you don’t like getting your hands dirty. Also, it smells absolutely gorgeous!

3. TONI&GUY Prep Heat Protection Mist

I don’t often actually style my hair, as it’s pretty straight naturally, but it wasn’t until I used this that I realised how damaging blow-drying alone can be! By using this spray, I discovered that it was possible for me to achieve a glossy, non-frizzy blow-dry at home. A must-have for any hair type.

4. Bumble and Bumble

I discovered this gem of a brand when ELLE included a bottle of their surf spray in their monthly magazine. And although I only really used the surf spray when french-plaiting my hair and letting it dry naturally, it was a wonderful product for the summer. Giving a  care-free, volumous, boho-vibe to any hairstyle; it matches well with the soft romantic trends of SS16. Even better for those of you with natural waves, because it will really bring them out. WARNING: all of their lines smell so good that you will want to eat them.

5. Percy and Reed Wonder Balm

This product has probably won more awards in it’s lifetime than Adele. This is my go-to shine treatment when my hairs super dry because it involves absolutely no oiliness without compromising on shine. A leave-in balm that prepares hair for styling, is great for any hair type and doesn’t cause issues for a sensitive scalp – perfecto.

6. Lee Stafford Growth Treatment

To be completely honest with you I thought this product would be a complete waste of my time – nothing can make your hair grow overnight. But I was curious, so upon receiving this for my birthday this year, I gave it a 4 week trial, using it 3 times a week. And, oh my, was I amazed! My hair grew more in that month than it probably did over the entire summer and the best thing was – people NOTICED! Upon looking on the Boots site, it looks like this product actually works for a lot of people, so I’d highly recommend it if you’re trying to grow your hair.

7. TRESemmé Renewal Hair and Scalp Range

TRESemme has been the only ‘supermarket’ hair brand as of yet to leave me with a happy scalp, therefore, it’s my daily product. I adore the thickness of the conditioning products and this particular range, targetted at scalp issues, is my favourite. Silky Smooth and Moisture Rich are great alternatives. If splashing the cash on hair products is a no-no for you, but you still struggle with dryness or sensitivity, I’d recommend using TRESemme, even over things like Neutrogena T-Gel Shampoo, which are aimed specifically at dandruff treatment.

8. L’Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Range

This one was a total shocker as the rest of the Elvive range causes an almost immediate reaction from my skin, but I have to say, my hair has never felt so clean! I’m well aware of the benefits of clay to the complexion (hence my love for products like Clarins Pure and Radiant Mask), but not to the hair as well – it appears that clay is a serious multi-tasker! L’Oreal’s shampoo is made for oily roots and dry ends, ideal for myself, and it claims to leave scalp feeling fresh and roots lifted for up to 72 hours… Now, that’s a rather big statement to make, but so far, I have to say it’s doing pretty well!

9.  Macadamia Oil

Yet another product that was introduced to me by my hairdresser… The Macadamia range comes with a variety of products, ranging from pure oil to nourishing hair masks and is, once more, designed for dry or damaged hair. Despite coconut oil being a saviour for my skin, I have to say, macadamia oil wins in terms of haircare. Many people love Moroccanoil or argan oil, but for me this is the gold medal product, and it smells lush – bonus!

10. Aveeno Nourish and Moisturise 

Aveeno uses a wheat ingredient to act as the protein-based moisturiser and the blend of natural ingredients is seriously the best way forward for super-sensitive skin. As their skincare range is geared towards sensitivity, their haircare range really focusses on this too. The only issue is, the haircare stuff is pretty hard to find in the UK…


What are your go-tos for your ‘do? Do you have any recommendations of products for me to try? Let me know in the comments below!

Emilia x