Interior Inspiration

This isn’t something I particularly post about a lot; and that’s because the world for interior design isn’t quite as fast-paced as others, like the clothing market. But, with a new year just passing us and the dreary weather slowly starting to diminish, most of us feel the need for a bit of a spring makeover. That’s where I come in. In this post I’ll be taking you through the 3 biggest interior trends of this Spring and how you can incorporate them into your home! Here we go…

*All suggested items from John Lewis, Next, M&S, Urban Outfitters and Not On The High street*

Copper Accents

This particular trend of copper accessories has been creeping in since late 2015; we saw many high-street home stores, like Next and M&S add copper pieces to their collections. A trend perfect for the younger generation, in my opinion, this works extremely well with monochrome schemes, so it’s an especially easy trend to ‘liven up’ a rather plain room with. Fancy adding some copper to your room? How about these choices?


Grey Luxe

If you’ve seen Kylie Jenner’s new bedroom you’ll know what I’m on about; fur throws, extravagant mirrors and black accessories all perfectly matched with a lilac-toned grey colour scheme, it screams rich girl. However, you don’t exactly have to have Kardashian-level wealth to achieve this look. Of course, our favourite high-street design companies have cottoned on and developed some affordable alternatives! If you’re a fan of this glamorous look, why not try some of the pieces below?


The New Retro

The new retro is a kind of muted, toned-down classic retro. It’s a modernist take on the past. No need to start going totally ‘American-diner’; simply incorporate retro accessories into an extremely modern room for an effortlessly cool ‘old meets new’ vibe. Personally, I think this is more mature than the other trends – it would look fabulously eccentric in a family home. If you’re considering it – why not purchase one of the following pieces?

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WOMEN AGAINST FEMINISM

An extremely well-composed and damn truthful article written by my wonderful friend Grace. You need to read this.

Men against feminism? Dumb but not shocking, men may not always perceive equal rights as something vital to them (although feminism is also used for the aid of men, but that’s for another day). However, when I hear that women are against feminism it’s something that truly does confuse me. Why? Why aren’t you for […]

https://nobodycaresgrace.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/women-against-feminism/

December It List

Halfway through December, an examed-out, exhausted girl looks at her phone screen and realises “OH BALLS! IT’S HALFWAY THROUGH DECEMBER AND I HAVENT PUBLISHED THE IT LIST!” In case you’re wondering, that girl is me. I’ve just finished doing my mocks at school, but there’s still lots of deadlines for coursework and stuff; it’s been a bit of a tiring term. So, unfortunately, because grades on paper matter more than doing something you love apparently, I’ve had to put blogging to the side a little. But, no fear, I can guarantee that over Christmas I will be blogging away my boredom, you’ll be sick of me by January. Anyway, here’s the It List for this month!


Vanilla Chai Tea 

One of those people who can’t cope without sugar in your tea? Yep me too. However, by complete impulse, I purchased this box of Vanilla Chai Tea from Tescos because it looked pretty (I’m a sucker for marketing, I know) and amazingly it totally removes the need for sugar! So, if you’re in need of a change, and a healthy one at that, which is rare around the Christmas season, I highly recommend you pick up one of these.

Sledging

Alright, this one is kind of in the hope that it snows this year… It hasn’t snowed well in my region for probably about 3/4 years now, but whenever it does, my friends and I return to small excitable kids, whip our sledges out and spend the day in the snow. There’s nothing like it – and with our classically British climate, snow is rare, so we have to make the most of it!

Toni N Guy Heat Protection Mist

As per normal, when I’m trying a new type of product I’m dubious; will it even do anything? This one, as I’ve discovered is a little gem! You know those girls you see on adverts with gorgeous shining locks, not a bit of grease or frizz in sight? Well this simple heat protection spray will bring you one step closer to that! My crazy-thick hair never seems to be happy, whether it’s winter or summer, it’s always too dry and blow-drying it never helps, so this product has been a bit of a star-find for me. Also, this came from a very affordable gift set!

The Purse Project

I recently came across this idea when scrolling through Twitter (which is approximately 90% of my day). Basically it involves filling an old unwanted bag with things such as festive foodie treats, sanitary products and little gifts and giving it to a homeless woman on the streets as a Christmas gift. I personally think it’s a wonderfully kind idea of what to do with stuff you don’t like/use and, of course, it could be adapted to suit men as well as women.

Bomb Cosmetics Choc Around The Clock Brûlée 

I’ve always purchased Lush bath products when in need of a bit of a pamper, simply because my local Lush store is right in the centre of the city. I do love the colours and scents of them, but none of them ever seem to do anything for my skin. I was expecting this little bath melt to be exactly the same, maybe even worse than Lush because it’s a less known brand – but oh how wrong I was! This rich chocolately-scented bath melt fizzes gently to produce a creamy colour in the water, then once you’re in, the cocoa butter content moisturises the skin. Afterwards the difference in your skin’s moisture levels is very noticeable, it’s fair to say I love it. If you’re suffering from the usual dry winter skin, get yourself one of these. Has anyone tried any other products from Bomb Cosmetics? What do you think of the brand?

Good Things Five Minute Facial Mask

I’ve mentioned this previously in a skincare post, but I hadn’t actually tried it until recently. Due to Christmas, I am now slightly, if not totally broke, so spending on myself has had to be reduced majorly. As much as I would have loved to repurchase the Clarins Pure and Radiant Face Mask, this one was a quarter of the price and contained similar ingredients. After all, if you don’t try new things, you’ll never discover some of the best products. Anyway, I’ve been using this green-clay-based mask around 3 times a week for the past 2 weeks now (my skin’s been awful so excessive use has been necessary) and I have to say, it is up there is the ranks. Maybe it doesn’t give you the same glow as Clarins and maybe I don’t love the smell as much, but it will do and it’s very good at minimising pores and drawing out impurities for it’s price (there’s £2 off at the moment too)! If you’re looking for a new bargain face mask to try on sensitive but troublesome skin – this is the one for you.

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Spotify

Music;  who doesn’t love it eh? With the high costs of iTunes these days, Spotify is my go-to alternative. With almost every song out there on here, you can create your own playlists, listen offline and even discover new music that Spotify caters especially for you. Can’t get enough of the new Bieber tracks? (Who would’ve though, eh?) Need a bit of Bublé in your life around Christmas time? Download Spotify. To add to this, Spotify currently have a deal on for you to get 3 months of Spotify Premium for just 99p – an unmissable deal when usually 3 months would cost £29.97!

notonthehighstreet.com

The perfect site for secret santa, personalised gifts or just something a bit different. You’ve probably heard me mention it millions of times before – and that’s because, it’s my go to gift-site. Alright maybe some things are a little overpriced, but others are great value; you just have to search for them. Also, there’s an option to search just UK brands – what better thing to do than support local businesses? Delivery is fast and there’s truly something for everyone. Make sure to check it out, particularly if you’ve still got some of that dreaded Christmas shopping to do!


 

What are you loving this month? Do you have any suggestions for things I need to try out?

Let me know below my lovelies,

Emilia x

The Present Problem

Each year, at Christmas time, I promise myself – I’ll be organised, I’ll buy really thoughtful gifts for everyone, I’ll cut my own spending to save for buying other’s presents. And, of course, each year, my tendency to procrastinate and my gigantic lack of self-control totally ruin these propositions. It comes to a week or so before Christmas, I’ve forgotten that it’s so soon, I’m shopping – there’s only crap left because all the sensible people have bought their gifts weeks beforehand, there’s roughly £5.50 left in my purse and I’ve still got 4 people to buy presents for. But, despite this, that’s not the main issue on my hands… My main problem is that I have absolutely no idea what to buy anyone. Interesting, yet practical, yet different, yet not going to be thrown in the bin in two months time… They’re pretty tough boxes to tick! So, today, I’m going to a) try and actually be organised and b) give you some present-purchasing assistance. Emilia Hurrell, personal shopping assistant at your service!

Right, first, let’s split things up; you’re not going to buy the same for your mum as you are your boyfriend, now, are you?


 

Parents and Elderly Family Members

£50+

Above: iKettle 2.0  (£99.99), Mulberry Leather Heart Keyring in Fiery  (£60.00), Viktor and Rolf 90ml Spicebomb Eau de Toilette Gift Set (£65.00), Hobbs Gabriella Scarf (£50.15 in the BF Sales!).

£20-£50

Above: Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effects Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Vénitien (£40.00), Ted Baker Belt Gift Set (£45.00), Pop Up Diamond Candle (£24.99).

Under £20

Above: Crap CVs by Jenny Crompton (£6.99), Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit 100ml (£13.95 in BF sales), Camilla Check Blanket Scarf (£13.30 in BF sales), Thoughtful Gardener Potting Gloves and Garden Kneeler Set (£18.00), Twinings Tea Selection (£10.00).


 

Brothers/Sisters

£50+

Above: Lacoste Classic Fit Long-Sleeve Polo In Bilbury Bush Chine (£85.00), Sigma Sigmax Kabuki Kit (£59.50), Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml (£66.40).

£20-£50

Above: Virtual Reality Headset (£29.99), Benefit ‘Pump Up The Party!’ Gift Set (£29.50), Rainbow Lava Lamp (£25.00), ZARA Gift Card , Boux Avenue Grace Satin Briefs and Balconette Bra in Mint Mix (£46.00).

Under £20

Above: M:Tech Wall Climbing Car (£19.99), Starbucks Cocoa Duo (£16.50), Bomb Cosmetics Little Hotties Gift Pack (£15.00), MAC Lipstick (£15.50), tinc Christmas Eraser Collection (£3.95), ICK Mug (£9.95), 52 Things To Do While You Poo (£6.99).


 

Partners

£50+

Above: Glossybox Beauty Box Subscription (£28.50-£102.00),Crosley Cruiser Black and Gold UK Plug Record Player (£100.00), GHD Arctic Gold Platinum Styling Gift Set (£165.00).

£20-£50

Above: Hugo Boss 3 Pack Boxer Trunks (£35.00), LED Teak Cube Alarm Clock (£28.00), Pandora Luminous Leaves Ring (£40.00), Topshop Rose Stitch Balconette Bra and High Waisted Knickers (£32.00).

Under £20

Above: You Are My Cup Of Tea (£6.00), Toni and Guy Effortless Glamour Set (£10.00), Superman Notebook (£6.00), Lush Luxury Lush Pud (£3.95), ASOS Faux Shearling Mittens (£12.00), ASOS Gift Set With Hip Flask And Shot Glasses (£12.00),  Benefit Totally B-right Skincare Set (£15.50).


 

Best Friends

£50+

Above: Jack Wills Tinsbury Cable Crew Neck Jumper (£59.50),  Nixon Small Kensington Mixed Rose Gold Watch (£150.00), Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau de Parfum 50ml (£61.00).

£20-£50

Above: theBalm Nude Tude Eyeshadow Palette (£30.00), Johnny Loves Rosie Star Stud and Necklace Gift Set (£24.00), Water and Glitter iPhone 6 Case (£20.00), Pandora Rose Gold Heart Stud Earrings (£45.00), ‘Let me go back to bed’ Women’s Loose Fit T Shirt (£17.60).

Under £20

Above: The Little Book Of Foreign Swear Words (£5.99), ‘You are the pina to my colada’ Print (£14.00), Cotton Flower Incense (£5.00), The Violet Bakery Cookbook (£16.00), Topshop Christmas Mini Lip Bullet Pyramid in Get Me Bodied (£5.00), Hangover Rescue Balm (£8.50).


 

Secret Santas 

Under £20

Above: Drinking Fudge (£9.99), Camera Lense Travel Mug (£16.99), Makeup Revolution 144 Eyeshadow Palette 2016 Collection (£10.00 in BF sales).

I highly recommend sites such as Menkind, Firebox and Prezzybox for novelty style secret santa gifts.


 

And for me? Well a SelfyStore #Blogger Bundle Kit and some lighting equipment would go down a treat!

I hope I’ve helped!

Emilia x

Liebster Award!

Well, as I’m relatively new to the whole blogger awards thing – just bear with me for this little post! I was nominated recently for The Liebster Award by a lovely blogger gal named laurenscully. Basically, to accept this award I have to do certain things. This includes answering a set of questions that my nominator has created for me and also picking some nominees of my own!
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Let’s start off with some rules for my nominees:

1. Once nominated, make a post thanking and linking the fabulous person who nominated you.

2. Include the Liebster Awards sticker (like the one above) in your post.

3. Nominate 10 other new bloggers with less than two-hundred followers who you think are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can nominate the person who nominated you.

4. Answer the ten questions asked by the person who nominated you and then make ten questions of your own for your nominees.

5. Lastly, copy these rules into your post.


Now to answer Lauren’s questions for me!

  1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging at the Christmas of 2014, mainly because it was around then that I realised that I could do something with my passion for fashion, beauty and writing; combine them! Blogging has been such a rewarding experience for me – I’ve made new links, new friends, I’ve been a brand-ambassador for countries and, mostly, it’s the fact that my voice gets heard. Also, it’s a great procrastination device and the biggest stress-reliever that I know of.

2. What is your favourite item of clothing?

You do not understand how hard this question is for me! I think I’m going to have to name a few… Sorry! Foremost, I’d choose the gorgeous DKNY sherpa gilet that I purchased last weekend at Bicester Village; I’m a sucker for textures and it’s just so soft! Apart from that – I love my black leather Dune boots, I seriously could not live without them and, finally, my ridiculously expensive Victoria Secret bra because it is just crazily soft and comfortable – I almost can’t tell it’s on!

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3. What makeup item could you not live without?

I’m struggling to decide between my eyebrow pencil or concealer. Spots and imperfections really get on my nerves, so my MAC Select Moisturecover concealer is great for that (I’m considering getting a heavier concealer, maybe a cream one – any recommendations?). However, my MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering is something that I actually feel naked without. My natural brows are just too light!

4. What’s your favourite highend makeup brand?

WHY ARE THESE SO DIFFICULT!!!! Chanel for lips, Too Faced and Benefit for eyes and MAC/bareMinerals for the base. Sorry, I just cannot pick a favourite – I genuinely fall in love with any pretty makeup item.

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5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

San Francisco, without any doubts. I’ve visited two times now and I adore the place; it’s almost like a pretty and less stressful New York. The temperature in summer is perfect, not too hot or cold, and there is PLENTY to do! Not far from the Cali beaches, but with thriving shops…For me it’s the perfect city.

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6. What’s your current favourite song?

The Wombats – Greek Tragedy

My best friend, Anna, and I went to see them live just a couple of months ago and the atmosphere was like no other. Serious music to cheer you up and dance around the house to.

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7. What’s your favourite online clothing store?

Fully online: ASOS, because, well they just do everything. But my favourite shop that is ‘online’ to me (because the closest one for me, is on Oxford Street about 4 hours away), is Pull and Bear. I first discovered them on a little trip to France and since then have fallen in love.

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8. What is one thing you like most about blogging?

The thing I like most about blogging is the fact that I can make other people happy and help them just by sitting in bed and typing. Well, I am wonderfully lazy, you should all know that my now!

9. What’s your favourite thing about yourself?

Umm, I like the fact that I’m a fighter. I’ve had some pretty tough times these past two years with a monster called mental illness and it’s so easy to just give up, but I never did and I always kept trying no matter how damn horrible it was. Yes, I’m proud of myself for carrying on and whipping anxiety’s ass and, no, I’m not afraid to speak out about it.

10. What is your biggest fear?

Mannequins. I HATE MANNEQUINS! Madame Tussauds is basically my nightmare. I’m not entirely sure why and since when I’ve been scared of these life-like creatures, but I think their likeliness to actual humans is the thing that makes me feel so uncomfortable. It’s still as scary to me to day as is was when I was 4!


Now for my nominees!

I nominate the following jazzy people:

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Beauty By Aisha

The Beauty Lane

keimaiaha

gigi

kaarlaa88

isobelspencer

thekbeautyhaul

everythingnadia

Erin Guyton

My questions for you are:

  1. What is your favourite drugstore makeup brand?
  2. If you had to give one beauty tip to me – what would it be?
  3. What/who inspires you and why?
  4. What is your favourite luxury fashion brand?
  5. You can have one pair of shoes for the rest of your life – it doesn’t matter if you have them already or not – but what would they be?
  6. What do you love the most about blogging?
  7. What is your favourite hair product?
  8. Why do you follow Irregular Collection?
  9. Which area of makeup do you love more eyes or lips? And what is your favourite product for whatever area you choose?
  10. What is your life motto and why?

Have fun and stay wonderful,

Emilia x

p.s. Don’t forget about my giveaway taking place at the moment! The winner will be announced in two weeks, so enter quick! On instructions how to enter, click here.

16th Birthday Celebrations

As you regular readers of Irregular Collection can probably tell, I’ve been a little absent this past week – but HELL DO I HAVE A DAMN GOOD REASON! It was my 16th birthday, woop woop! Although I don’t feel any different now (I always assume that a new ‘age’ will mean that I feel different; I’m always wrong.), the day itself was very special indeed!

After being greeted by some little gifts and about a million phone calls or messages from my family and friends (and even my dog!), myself, my boyfriend and my parents made our way into London. The trains were a little awkward, but soon enough we arrived at London Bridge and within 5 minutes were seated with cocktails in the Aqua Shard restaurant 32 floors up! The view was AMAZING and mojitos before 12pm definitely marked the start to a wonderful day! Following that, we walked along to Waterloo Bridge and made our way over to Oxford Street for a spot of retail therapy. Due to shopping in London being the most frantic and exhausting thing ever, we then had a little break at The Forest rooftop garden on top of Selfridges for some scrumptious, albeit ridiculously expensive, hot chocolates. We then decided to stroll along Bond Street, stroking and gazing at the beautiful shoes and bags that, okay, we could probably never afford, but oh well! Soon enough it was time for tea; my mum had booked us in to Imli Street in Soho, an amazing Indian restaurant. As, expected, tea was delicious and, so, feeling stuffed, we made our way back to my mum’s flat. The next day, Friday, we spent mostly stuck in traffic (how annoying), but also shopping at Bicester Village –  a shopping village with sale/outlet stores of many luxury brands (think DKNY, Mulberry, Alice Temperley). It’s the best place to find bargains; I even found a store there which sold discount MAC, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Clinique, Estée Lauder and the likes! It’s fair to say I was in heaven. Take a look at the photos from my weekend below!

Left: Some of the adorable little gifts I woke up to on my birthday (can you see a theme?). Right: My STUNNING birthday cake made by Evie. As well as being awesome at baking she is also awesome at photography (All this talent… I know, unfair, right?) – check out her blog here.

Mid-morning cocktails at the Aqua Shard! Even the bathrooms are stunning…

Here you can see Borough Market (where we had the most tasty hog roast baguettes thatI have ever tasted) and London being all autumnal and pretty.

Then we stopped off at The Forest Rooftop Bar at Selfridges – it was chilly to say the least, but magical and very Christmassy!

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And, finally, enjoy some random pictures – from outfits to light shops to gorgeous Mulberry handbags!

I hope you had a great week too and happy Halloween to all!

Emilia x

What’s On My Birthday List This Year?

As much as I love surprises, I find that my friends and family whinge at me an awful amount if I don’t give them some sort of guidance towards what I would like for birthdays/christmases. Honestly, opening gifts that I have no idea what they are is much more fun for me than opening stuff which I’ve instructed people to buy me. However, I usually have to settle for somewhere in between. I’ve decided to share this with you guys because, well it’s my 16th in just two days and why the hell not! Now, I know that this is a stupidly long/expensive list, but the point is that I’m still surprised by what is bought for me (because to expect to receive all of it would be mad).

Earrings (I love the Lisa Angel ones)

After finally ‘manning-up’ and having my ears pierced this summer (which, by the way, was so painless, that I now want my seconds done) – I am obsessed with adorable little earrings. I’ve mentioned it previously – but simple, geometric shapes scream style to me. It’s not all about the glitz and glam when it comes to jewellery – although, as you’ll soon see, I have fallen in love with yet another pair of Vivienne Westwood earrings… Whoops.

Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Cleansing System

As I’ve gone into my teenage years, my skin has become more and more combination – dry but spotty! What a pain! However, I found out earlier this year (thanks to Neutrogena) that exfoliating actually does my complexion wonders, and I feel as if this would be the perfect product to assist me with my regime. It’s at the lower end of the ‘cleansing brush’ market, at around half the price of Clarisonics and Foreos. But, as I’ve discovered from the reviews, each product, no matter how expensive, has similar varied reviews. Some people love them, some people claim they do nothing but irritate their skin. So, if your going to give these pieces of beauty tech a trial, I’d suggest going for the cheaper option, such as this Olay brush.

Benefit Roller lash

I’ve had the teeniest tester of this (thanks ELLE Magazine!) for about 6 months now; I just can’t admit to myself that it’s practically empty. I love it too much. Giving my lashes the perfect curl, separating each one and and overall flattering natural look – I have never loved a mascara more. Personally, I’d put this over Benefit They’re Real any day.

Clarins Mission Perfection Serum

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Whilst trialling this when making another order from Clarins, I was stunned to see that it actually did what it was supposed to. I mean, you’d expect it to for it’s hefty price tag, but still WOW! It smoothed my skin and the evenness of my skin tone was like never before – for someone with such pale skin, this is a big problem for me. Hence, I’d love to treat myself to a high-end product, especially seeing as it’s my birthday.

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blusher in Truth/Angel

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Confession: I am actually AWFUL at applying blusher. One minute there’s too little on my cheeks and the next I’m looking like a clown having a hot flush. Bourjois Blush Exclusif helps me a little with this issue, but I think a super-blendable liquid blush could be perfect for me.

Topshop Cable Knit Scarf in Mustard

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I am a rather avid scarf collector too – my favourite’s got to be my vintage Salvatore Ferragamo scarf, but it’s just not practical for winter – so I’ve decided I need a fashionably-tasselled, chunky winter scarf to add to the collection! And what better than a reasonably priced Topshop one.

Ecote Sherpa Gilet

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I’ve always wanted a sherpa jacket – think classic aviator, but the camel tones and shape simply don’t suit me. So, I’ve opted for this mix of a sleeveless jacket and an aviator jacket in a wear-with-anything black shade. Also, it’s not RIDICULOUSLY expensive, like many other suede and sherpa jackets. And the sherpa is fake, so it’s animal friendly (which is extremely important to me)!

Vivienne Westwood Candy Earrings Light Topaz

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OKAY, maybe Connor did only just buy me one pair of gorgeous Viv Westwood earrings, but these are new season and they’re stunning! Gold-tones to suit super-fair or super-dark complexions and a modern ‘climber’ style – and at only £55 I NEED THEM!!

Next Crombie Coat in Blue

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I’ve been swooning over this coat for ages now, the colour just suits me so well and it looks much more expensive than it actually is (£65). Hopefully, people have got the message from my frequent stroking of this coat when I see it in Next stores that I simply cannot live without it…

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Miracle Complexion Sponges and Stippling Brush

There has come a time when my Boots foundation brushes that I used when I was 12 to badly apply Dream Matte Mousse foundation just don’t cut it anymore. The MAC set which I received last year for Christmas has helped me with applying my make-up well, but I’ve heard great things about these three Real Techniques products in particular. I’d love to give a few of them a try.

Hollister Supersoft Knit Jean Leggings in Medium Wash

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Fact of life: I cannot wear jeans since I’ve discovered jeggings (aka the most comfortable trousers in the world). I practically live in my Uniqlo jeggings and Hollister jeans are of great quality –  so what better purchase to make than Hollister Jean Leggings?!

Mac Honeylove

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I adore my MAC ‘Kinda Sexy’ Lipstick and MAC Subculture Lipliner which Evie bought me for Christmas last year (check out Ev’s new blog at www.evieoliverphotography.wordpress.com and Honeylove is a similar, but more natural tone for my ghostly pale skin. I need to keep searching for the perfect nude lipstick (the new Rimmel collection is on my hitlist too!).

A record player

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I love music and gigs, but I just don’t listen to music enough! I feel as if a cheap-ish record player and a couple of my favourite albums on record could get me dancing and singing around my room again.

What do you think of my selection? Do you have any recommendations?

And, of course I’ll be letting you guys know what I actually get for my 16th asap, but for now, I’m off to enjoy my last couple of days as a 15 year old…

Emilia x

ANNOUNCEMENT: IRREGULAR COLLECTION GIVEAWAY NOW OPEN

WOOP WOOP!! IRREGULAR COLLECTION HAS REACHED 100 FOLLOWERS!!! And you know what this means?! IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!

A quick recap, this giveaway includes a Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Nude Collection , Accessorize Earringsmini MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara (currently the full-sized products are out of stock, so this is incredibly desirable at the moment) and Makeup Revolution Ultra 32 Shade Palette Beyond Flawless .

You can enter by simply following Irregular Collection and liking this post. The giveaway is open to entry for a month exactly; it will end on November 21st 9:00pm, when I will announce the winner. The winner will be chosen by random selection and I will get in touch with them immediately after announcing their win.

For more information, take a peek at the previous post here.

How To Suppress Stress

Firstly, apologies for a being a little slack with the posts lately; as I’m sure you all know, despite being fun, blogging takes a lot of time and when high school decide to pile on the homework, it’s simply impossible to manage both. However, sometimes, like tonight (and like most other times I’m blogging), I decide to prioritise writing on here over homework, because sometimes you’ve just got to STOP and do something that you actually want to do. So, that’s all what tonight’s post is about; stopping and de-stressing.

By some miracle, I am now in my final year of high school, year 11. As amazing as it is, the thought that I’ll be leaving the place where I’m forced to do crap like PE 4 times a fortnight, I also have to do GCSEs before leaving. Damn. Hence, like all schools, mine is doing the whole “YOU ONLY HAVE BLAH BLAH DAYS TIL EXAMS WHICH IS BLAH BLAH MINUTES WHICH IS BLAH BLAH SECONDS” and then swiftly adding on the end “but, by the way, don’t stress, guys”. What a joke. And surprisingly enough, their minor attempts to de-stress us aren’t really doing much; it’s something we need to take into our own hands. Now, in the past few years, I feel that I’ve had plenty of practise of feeling stressed and having to combat it – or as some people like to call it, anxiety. Personally, I’d rather not give it that name which almost sounds anxious itself; I’d rather call it ‘stupid bollocks’, but for some reason the doctors don’t accept that as a medical term. Anyway, as horrible as it’s been as times, I can honestly say that struggling with that monster of a mental illness has given me so many resources that I can use daily to help myself and others. And today, well I’m sharing what I know with you!

So here are ‘Emilia’s top ten ways to de-stress’, whatever the cause:

  • Drink an extremely hot or extremely cold drink.

No idea why this one works, honestly, it’s nuts. But, seriously, what do we do when someones stressed/traumatised/upset in Britain? We give them a cup of ice-cold water or a nice hot cup of tea. It’s odd, but magic. I would recommend iced water for upset/panic and hot drinks (jasmine tea is an anxiety battler too!) for exhaustion.

  • Be organised and try your hardest.

This one works for me very well. For example, if I’m organised and revise for a test then I know that I have tried my absolute hardest and I’ve come to accept that I will be happy with the end result, whatever it is, if I know that I’ve put maximum effort in. It’s the perfect way of reducing the pressure of exams, because all you have to do is try your hardest and that’s enough. Never mind if it’s a C, a B or an A; you did your best and that’s good enough.

  • Read.

Although I rarely get the time to read, when I’m stressed, I find that I am so engrossed in the book, that I forget about my worries and become submerged in the book’s fictional world. This is how I spend my vacations; reading, because it de-stresses me, not once do I begin to think about my own problems. Take a peek at my recent Winter Reading List for inspiration!

  • Candles/Incense .

Some people love this, some people hate this – personally, I love the smell of a candle burning away; it’s homely and has an aura of calm. My favourite scents are Yankee Candle Fluffy Towels or Beach Flowers and ANYTHING by The White Company or Tommy Bahamas. I have other friends that swear by the powers of oil-burners with bergamot oil, an oil intended to naturally relax the mind. If this type of thing floats your boat, I’d give it a try.

  • Talk to close friends/family about it.

The best thing I ever did when I was struggling was reach out to people; my friends, my family, my school. It took so much weight off my shoulders and, to my astonishment, no-one turned around and called me a freak, no-one disowned me and everyone was extremely supportive. I appreciate that I was very lucky and that some people do not receive the same response, but there is always someone to talk to – there’s lots of help at Mind or feel free to talk to me!

  • Have a break.

It’s a thing that we should all do from time to time; in the modern world, we’re so constantly connected that sometimes we forget about reality. Often it’s necessary to have a short break from things, just to bring you back down to real life, real relationships and real communication. Turn your tech off, go and SEE friends or spend the night cuddled up on the sofa watching a crappy chick-flick with your mum, just rewind.

  • Cuddle an animal or a person.

Animals and people are basically the same, ok? It’s actually been proven by many studies that physical contact with another human and petting animals are both great ways to reduce stress. A simple hug is worth a thousand texts. And, well, who doesn’t love cuddling their animal? (Even if the animal doesn’t exactly love to cuddle you back.)

  • Consider how important your issue is on the whole scale of things.

This specifically relates to GCSEs for many of us at the moment. Many people whom I’ve known have allowed these exams to stress them out ridiculous amounts; we are constantly told “THEY DECIDE OUR FUTURE”. Bullshit, I say. What do grades get you? Jobs. And what do jobs get you? Money. In my opinion, money is useless. Alright, it buys us lovely clothes and holidays, but if I had a choice between money and family/friends and all-round good relationships, I would most certainly choose the latter. Why? Because, money alone doesn’t make people happy. We see that in celebrities all the time. Anyway, my point is that, yes, GCSEs are important, but that piece of paper that you receive in August doesn’t determine the rest of your life. Remember that.

  • Exercise.

Something, now, that not ALL of us are too keen on (*cough* me *cough*). As much as I dislike forcing myself to exercise, I cannot deny that it does wonders to de-stress me. Anger, anxiety, sadness – running fixes it all for me. For some people, it’s the distraction that exercise gives, for me it’s the practise of not panicking when my heart is beating out of my chest. And, it doesn’t have to be running, it can be anything!

  • BREATHE!

Honestly, this is the most important thing ever. I used to giggle when people did silly breathing exercises or advised people to “just breathe”, but now I understand, it really is the key thing to staying calm. If you’re breathing steadily, you’re going to be OK. This is the concept yoga works on too, I’ve never tried yoga for it’s stress-reducing qualities, but it’s probably worth a try!

Have you got any tips/tricks for staying calm? Do you use any of my techniques already? Let me know!