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Friday, 20 October 2017

Spoopy Unboxing Fridays #3

Hey lovelies! Are you all excited for another Spoopy Unboxing Fridays post? Because I am! I've really enjoyed reviewing all of these spooky blind boxes that are just perfect for Halloween-time! Should I do a Christmas version? *my bank account tuts with disapproval* haha! Whilst this post goes live, I'll be in Manchester city again! This time, my best friend & I are going to watch a musical, Joseph & The Technicolour Dreamcoat! Of course, I'll be taking advantage of the Arndale centre with it's Disney store, Lush, Waterstones and a whole array of other fabulous shops that my hometown doesn't have. I'll also be heading to Build-A-Bear because OMFG NEW VULPIX PLUSHIE! Okay before my excitement gets me going too off-topic... let's get on with today's post :) I hope that you've all been liking this mini series, and please let me know what you think of the collectables that I review today in the comments. Enjoy! 

Spoopy Unboxing Fridays The Third

The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favourite movies to watch around this time of year. Even though it's technically a Christmas movie (or is it? What do you think?), it will always be one of my favourite Halloweeny movies! Whilst spending hours watching unboxing videos on Youtube as always, I came across this awesome The Nightmare Before Christmas collection and was delighted that they were part of the Mystery Minis range by Funko, as their blind box figures are fantastic in my opinion! The boxes that I purchased for today's review are from Series 2 and I found them for sale at one of my favourite alternative stores, EMP. Here's a link to the product page on their website; they were £6.99 a box which is a pretty standard price for Funko Mystery Minis. So here are the figures that my boxes revealed... 

The Nightmare Before Christmas Funko Mystery Minis


The Nightmare Before Christmas Funko Mystery Minis


''I am the Clown with the tear-away face! Here in a flash and gone without a trace!''

I'm sorry, I cannot look at this figure without instantly bursting into song. I was constantly singing along to the iconic 'This is Halloween' song from the intro of the The Nightmare Before Christmas movie whilst I was taking the photographs of my figures and when I was writing up this post! I now can't get it out of my head either, although I'm not complaining... I love it! 

Anyhow, I was so so happy when I opened my first blind box and was greeted by this creepy yet adorable clown figure. He was one of the characters that I most wanted to get, yayyy! Firstly, I love how colourful he is! His entire costume is great, with an awesome eye-catching array of patterns. I really like his belt that is filled with all of his jokester supplies: a horn, a rubber chicken, a yoyo?, etc. All of these props remind me of vintage clowns, and immediately make me think of Twisty the Clown from American Horror Story: Freak Show. I think this little guy definitely has a spooky smile to match Twisty's; it just has such a sinister sharp-toothed grin! I love how his facial features are printed on VS being painted on. This way there's less chance of errors and it just looks great. 

Something that makes this clown even more fantastic is that he's backwards! His face/head is twisted all the way around so that the front of his body is actually at the back of the figure. I love this little touch to his character! His big red nose is very noticeable and it certainly adds to the overall look of the face, which I love! Yeah, I'm thrilled with this figure :) 

The Nightmare Before Christmas Funko Mystery Minis

The Nightmare Before Christmas Funko Mystery Minis

Fellow TNBC fans, do you all recognise this guy? It took me a while to picture him in the movie, but then I realised that he's the one who's pulling Jack as the Pumpkin King scarecrow into the town centre during the intro song! At least I'm pretty sure he is. I did not know until I was writing up my notes for today's post that this characters name is Behemoth. According to google, a Behemoth is 'a huge or monstrous creature', which I also didn't know! I wouldn't say this character looks very monstrous so he doesn't live up to his name, but he still looks pretty ghoulish and so he's a great addition to the movie 'cast'! 

As much as I love this set of TNBC Mystery Minis because they have included some of the more obscure, less well-known characters from the movie, Behemoth is not one of figures that I wanted. I think his design is pretty boring! It certainly doesn't stand out in any way in my opinion. Other than the bright sunshine-yellow of his gloves, he doesn't have much detail and is not eye-catching. Although, the more I look at his expression, the cuter it appears! It looks to me like he's in awe of something. Like someone who's in a daze staring at their crush, hahaha! Nevermind, he's still a spoopy dude and will look cool on the Halloween display I'm setting up in my bedroom right now :) I can't deny that the axe stuck in his head isn't brilliant though! What do you think of him?

The Nightmare Before Christmas Funko Mystery Minis

Everytime I line up figures next to one another, they always look better to me! Maybe it's because of all the different colours and shapes and such, but this is why I am never content with just owning one figure from a collection. Which character do you prefer: Behemoth or Creepy Clown? Looking at these two figures standing side-by-side made me think up a meme, me when I see someone I know in public VS other people! Anyway overall I really like these figures, and they are much bigger than other Mystery Mini figures I've collected before which is cool. 

I actually ordered three boxes, however my third figure had some damage to it that I couldn't ignore. I usually don't mind small errors on figures, especially if they are hand-painted or whatever, but I got Santa aka Sandy Claws and he has a very noticeable mark on top of his hat. I have emailed the store to request a replacement so hopefully I get one! Sandy Claws was huge in comparison to these guys, more weighter too. If you were buying these in a store, you'd be able to tell which box he was in just because of how much heavier it feels. I wish I had a store near me where I could buy blind boxes! I'd be their No.1 customer! 

The Nightmare Before Christmas Funko Mystery Minis

Here's a closer look of all twelve characters that are available to collect in this series. The one I wanted most of all was the blue monster.... ''I am the one hiding under your stairs! Fingers like snakes and spiders in my hair!'' (I can't stop!!). I also really wanted the waving clown (which I got!), Jack as the Pumpkin King and the vampire. I also wouldn't have complained if I'd have gotten any three of the children, Lock, Shock or Barrel. Who's your favourite character from the ones shown above? I like how all of the figures have a 1 in 12 rarity so you have a fair chance of getting the ones you want!

I liked how simplistic the design of the packaging was for these figures with just a few of the characters on the other three sides of the box, and a very nice horror-esque crimson red colour. I'd definitely recommend these figures to anyone who loves collectables or Halloween or the movie! I'm very tempted to get another box, even though I don't have any desire to complete the entire collection, but I shouldn't because I always end up wanting more and more. So, we've come to the end of another Spoopy Unboxing Fridays. I wish I had more than two figures to show you, but I still hope you enjoyed reading nonetheless. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Thankyou for reading!


Do you like The Nightmare Before Christmas movie?
If so, what's your favourite song? 

If you haven't yet seen it then this Halloween is the perfect time to!

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Living with OCD | Mental Health

Hello everyone! If you didn't know, last week was a week of mental health awareness with Tuesday 10th being #MentalHealthAwarenessDay. The week was dedicated to getting people discussing mental health issues, a time for people to share their own stories of personal struggles and experiences, all aiming to help break down the societal stigma surrounding mental health problems and mental illnesses. It was awesome to see so much positivity on social media over those seven days, as well as all the support that was shown for people It was a nice reminder that there are lots of wonderful, kind-hearted people out there, and it's great to not feel so alone in my own personal struggles. If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know that I have generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and depression; I'm pretty open on here about how these mental health conditions affect me. However, there's another mental illness that I've battled with for the last four years or so (although the signs were there since my teens) that I don't really talk about, and that's OCD or Obsessive Compulsion Disorder. 

The reason why I've not shared posts about OCD before is because of both the stigma surrounding it and also my own anxiety. I've been too worried about opening up about it, I guess because I feel embarrassed by it and I really shouldn't! I decided last week that I wanted to challenge myself to talk about it on my blog. I did intend for the post to be up sometime last week but my nerves got the better of me. So, today I finally worked myself up into writing about how Obsessive Compulsive Disorder impacts my life, and even though I'm feeling nervous about sharing this, I feel that I need to: for my own recovery, and to help others too! I hope you find this personal post helpful or informative or whatever guys! 

Living with OCD | Mental Health

So what really is OCD? 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder, of which symptoms manifest in two ways, as obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are basically intrusive thoughts, intense worries that mirror the specific anxieties of an individual with OCD. There are many common types of obsession, including thoughts involving harm of yourself or your loved ones, thoughts surrounding exposure to germs, or disasters happening, or based on your relationships and/or sexual orientation, etc. These thoughts cause those with OCD to have the urge to carry out compulsions; these are physical or mental activities that bring relief to someone dealing with unwanted thoughts. Compulsions are normally repetitive, people find that they have to do the activity several times to deal with the stress and anxiety attributed to their obsessive thoughts. Some examples of compulsions: checking something repeatedly such as a door lock, washing specific body parts, and repeating numbers or words.

There are A LOT of misconceptions when it comes to most mental health problems, with people judging sufferers and assuming things about them and their conditions based on these misconceptions. For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, this is definitely the case! People think that it is all about cleaning, about liking to keep neat and tidy. This misconception is actually based on some truth, as having anxiety surrounding germs and exposure to diseases are very common symptoms of OCD. However, just because someone is very into cleanliness does not mean that they have a mental illness. People saying 'omg I'm so OCD' is very frustrating for people living the condition; it just undermines the severity of it and further perpetuates stigma. Due to these misconceptions, it makes it very hard for people living with OCD to open up about it. Even I have been told that I don't have OCD because I'm not tidy enough! It's ridiculous! Events like Mental Health Awareness Day are crucial because they help to provide people with information about the reality of mental health problems, and this is why I think sharing personal stories is really important. It's certainly tough to hit that publish button, but it can be so beneficial to your recovery if you talk about it and get things out in the open that you may have bottled up. Have you ever blogged about your mental health? How did you feel afterwards? You should be very proud of yourself if you did! 


Living with OCD | Mental Health


 OCD & Me

This part of today's post was the most challenging to write for me, just because I've not talked about these symptoms with many people and as I mentioned earlier, I have a lot of feelings of embarassment when it comes to my OCD. However, talking about how conditions affect you is what enables others to understand and relate, and get a glimpse into the reality of living with mental illness so I'm going to try my best to articulate how Obsessive Compulsive Disorder impacts my everyday life. I just wanted to note that not everyone with OCD will experience the same symptoms as me, and that there are so many types of OCD all steming from a variety of different fears and anxieties, I'm just discussing how it affects me personally. 

Repeatedly checking things...  

One of my most frequent symptoms is the need to constantly re-check things, to read them over and over. Whenever I write a message to or email someone, I have to repeatedly proof read what I've written to convince myself that it definitely makes sense, that there are no spelling errors and that I come across in the right way. I also do this whenever I write a card or letter to someone too. Basically anything involving one-on-one correspondance with someone is a stressor for me, unless I am very close to the person but even then, there are times when I still need to do this with them too.

This may not sound like an issue, but it's the amount of times that I need to read something that is problematic, and all of the intrusive thoughts that I get surrounding my need to do it. All of my insecurities about coming across like I'm stupid or something are what drives this obsession. It has gotten me to the point many times where it has taken me hours, sometimes days, to write or reply to a message. I have a few times gotten such intense anxiety that I have reopened letters and cards that I've already checked and thus sealed, because I have convinced myself that I must be wrong and that there's a mistake. I constantly seek reassurance whenever I have to do these things, by getting someone else to check over what I've written, to avoid the intrusive thoughts occuring. Needing reassurance is a big element of all of my mental illness combined and I'm sure that I annoy all of my loved ones with my constant asking them for approval. 

Hoarding...  

This is probably the second most well-known symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. You have all probably watched at least one show or documentary before about an extreme hoarder so you'll be familiar with how difficult it can be for people who hoard to get rid of their belongings, no matter how useless they seem to onlookers. There are lots of reasons why people collect too many possessions until they are eventually overrun with them. These obsessions to hoard items may stem from a trauma in their lives which makes them feel the need to store things to use in the future; they may also become emotionally attached to the things they own and these are just a couple of examples. 

I have always had a hard time throwing things away. I get really attached to my possessions, and it makes me worry that people will see me as a materialistic person because of it. I have struggled with depression for most of my life so far and my depression definitely plays into my OCD when it comes to hoarding. Like most people, whenever I get something new it makes me feel good. But because I struggle with my mood as a result of my depression, the happiness that I feel whenever I get something has a real impact on me. I treasure these moments and therefore, I treasure the items associated with these positive feelings on a subconscious level. This makes it so tough for me to part with a lot of my things, even if I know that I don't need them anymore. If I can give them away to someone else, I can usually do that... I like the idea of making someone else happy in the same way that I felt when I got that particular item, but throwing them away to go to waste is just something that I struggle with. I get very worked up about the idea of throwing something away, because of this and also because I think about how the item can be used in the future without me having to re-buy a similar thing some day. 

My intrusive thoughts have gotten me to the point before that I've gone back to the bin bag and taken the item back out again (don't worry guys! I'm not going rummaging through the household bin. When I throw things away, I put them in my bedroom paper bin or into a carrier bag). When it comes to things that have a face too so plushies or keyrings of cute characters and such, I can't bring myself to discard them and the idea makes me pretty upset. To help me overcome this symptom, I like to do clear out's in the company of others so that I can get the answers to my internal questions, and then be encouraged that I don't need to keep something. At the moment, we are in the process of decorating and I will soon have my own bedroom finally so this symptom is being very challenged as I try to organise all of my possessions that have been stored away in boxes and cupboards ever since before I moved away to attend university. My OCD is being really tested and I'm trying my best to not keep items that I really don't have any use for. Wish me luck! 

Living with OCD | Mental Health
 
(I hope I'm not boring you too much everyone! If you managed to make it though my post so far guys, well done haha!

Ordering & Symmetry... 

This is one of those many symptoms that have so many misconceptions surrounding it. Through tv shows and movies depicting OCD, we are shown many characters with this mental health problem having their house ordered to perfection, and whenever something is moved it causes them a lot of distress. This is not necessarily wrong, because there are people who's OCD makes the order of their possessions very important to their mental well-being. It is only a problem that this has now become one of those stereotypical indicators of OCD and the various other symptoms seem to be unheard of in popular media. I am personally one of those messy organised people, where my bedroom, etc., may appear cluttered to someone else but for me, everything is ordered and I know where to find something if I need it. Having to share a bedroom all of my life so far has probably had something to do with this, nonetheless my things are not stored with precision. 

So is ordering something that affects me when it comes to OCD? Yes, it is. I have mentioned before on my blog that I am a very fussy eater, but this is not just because of what I like to eat. I also have a problem with how my food is ordered on the plate, if certain types of food are touching one another, if the juices of something come into contact with something else on the plate.... it can get pretty ridiculous how stressed I get if things go wrong with my meal. I will often not eat something if it has touched something that I didn't want it to, and this probably makes me sound so silly but yeah it's a thing that has always affected me. I have gotten better with this as I've gotten older but it still makes eating out a stressor. 

As for symmetry, this obsession for me manifests itself in the form of dermatillomania. If you've not heard of this condition before, it's a type of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that causes sufferers to obsess over perceived imprefections on their skin to the point that they will try to remove them. Dermatillomania is also known as Excoriation Disorder, more commonly referred to as skin picking disorder. I don't want to go into too much detail here, but I shared a post all about living with skin picking disorder last year on Mental Health Awareness Day that you can read here. How this condition relates to symmetry is that I can't cope with my skin not being smooth or having any lumps or bumps. I have had this condition since my early teens but over time as my mental illness worsened so did the dermatillomania. It's a form of self harm thats very difficult to stop, but I'm working on it :)

Fear of Contamination... 

This obsession is unquestionably the most iconic symptom of OCD. Whenever Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is represented, whether it's in the media or thoroughout society, repetitive hand-washing is always the picture of this mental illness. This depiction of OCD probably derived from the original psychological observations of the condition from back when science wasn't as advanced as it is today and so only the most visual symptoms may have been categorised. Hand-washing is a very common compulsion, and I myself repeatedly perform this ritual whenever my fear of contamination is triggered. Whereas many people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder have anxieties routed in fear of germs or disease-causing pathogens, mine is caused by fear of chemical exposure. This is one of the symptoms of my own mental health that I am most embarrassed by, because I know how irrational my obsessions can seem to others :(

You may be wondering what exactly I mean by chemical exposure. Essentially anything that is a hazardous chemical, e.g. household cleaning products, is a stressor for me. As a consequence, I cannot touch certain things with my bare hands (batteries, bleach bottles and such). If I have to use something like nail polish remover, I panic about getting the chemicals off of my hands afterwards and I will continously wash them. Often I will do this until they are sore and red. However most of the time, I am still convinced that the chemicals are not washed away and then I am scared to touch my face or put my fingers near my eyes because I get intrustive thoughts that I'm going to blind myself or irritate my skin and whatnot. I also cannot make food or drinks for other people most of the time because I get thoughts telling me that I might harm them by exposing them to whatever dangerous chemicals and/or germs that I've come into contact with. I know rationally that this won't happen but at the time, the threat is very real to me. 


Living with OCD | Mental Health

Intrustive Thoughts & Compulsion 'Rituals'...

The final symptom that I wanted to discuss with you all is the worst one in my opinion; I've saved the worst 'til last! It is the worst one for me because of how much it impacts my daily life and causes me the most amount of distress. I've mentioned intrustive thoughts several times throughout today's post, because it's these kinds of thoughts that contribute to the obsessions experienced by those with OCD but I wanted to explain what an intrustive thought actually is. Some of our thoughts are involuntary, our brain filled with all of its memories of our past experiences, of our phobias, the things that make us uncomfortable or angry, initiates thoughts without our control in response to our surroundings, to sensory inputs and stimuli. Everyone gets intrustive thoughts from time to time. Let me think of an example... have you ever been out and about and suddenly thought to yourself 'everyone is watching me' even thought you've not seen anyone look at you at all... that's an intrustive thought. Or, you've been sitting in your room chilling and feeling perfectly fine then suddenly you think about that one time that you embarassed yourself in front of someone. This thought seemingly came out of nowhere, because it was an intrustive thought. 

Well, for people with a mental health problem, these types of thoughts occur very regularly, a lot of time everyday. They are hard to ignore, sometimes it's almost impossible to distract yourself from them and try to focus your mind on something else. They can be very debilitating, especially when the thoughts are about past traumatic experiences or about your insecurities. With OCD, you experience these a lot! They are what usually cause you to have to carry out a compulsion, in order to relieve some of your anxiety and thus make the intrustive thoughts go away. Sometimes you can preform an activity several times and you still can't calm down, and this is where 'rituals' can develop. Rituals are compulsions that involve repeated sets of actions, whether it's washing your hands in a specific routine or counting a particular way. My own rituals involve both counting and touching specific items. I have no idea why this sequence of actions helps me, but if I don't do it whenever I get a very intense thought, I get very agitated. 

It is very crippling to have to live with this symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, as intrustive thoughts hit me at the most random of times and it sucks! I can be having a fabulous time and suddenly, a thought or an image comes to mine for no reason and stress sets in. Sometimes these thoughts are caused by an association, so I will see or hear something and ping! I think of something horrible. It can be very hard to deal with them in public places when I can't preform my little anxiety-relieving ritual. I have had to make an excuse to leave a room when I'm with friends because something has triggered my OCD.For example, I have been watching the news with people before and a tragedy of some kind had been reported. Everyone starts discussing how horrible it would be to experience it, so obviously I start thinking about that too and then I panic that because I've thought about it, it's going to somehow happen. I then try to ignore my thoughts but my anxiety is too high and I have a mighty need to go perform a compulsive behaviour to help me calm down again. I can't believe that I'm sharing about this, because it's so embarassing to me, eeek! >.<


Working Towards Recovery

I'm going to end this post on a more positive note :) When I talk about recovery, this does not mean that something heals, that it goes away as the word would suggest. Like in the case of some physical health conditions, which go into a state of recovery, where symptoms are pretty much gone but they could come back at anytime... this is what recovery of mental illness is referring to. Being recovered from a mental health condition means being at a point where you are experiencing less intense symptoms, where you are able to function more and have healthy coping mechanisms in place to help you keep those symptoms at bay. 

I am in the process of working towards a place of recovery with all of my mental illnesses and I'm still on the journey. It will be a while until I am where I hope to be, but in the meantime I am setting myself little goals to help me manage things along the way. When it comes to my OCD, I have already noticed so many little improvements and so I hope that one day I can share an update with you all on how things have changed. I hope that my post today has been an insightful one, that it has been interesting and I haven't gotten carried away with my writing, haha! If you've found my post helpful, please let me know in the comments. Have a lovely day guys!

Thankyou for reading!
 

You can find out more information about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder over on the Mind UK Mental Health website. They are a fabulous charity!

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Spoopy Unboxing Fridays #2

Happy Friday 13th! I'm going to spend my night watching the 2009 adaptation of Friday 13th & another horror movie, although I haven't decided which one yet! I think it's so awesome that Friday has fallen on the 13th day in October, the month dedicated to all things spooky! It's just perfect, and it's even more fantastic that it's Spoopy Unboxing Friday here on my blog!! That is because today I have some horror themed blind boxes to reveal to you all. I've been really excited about these Funko Mystery Minis for a long time, and I'm over the moon that I finally have some of the amazing figures for myself :) I can't wait to show off these little spooky guys! If you didn't catch my last October unboxing, you can read it here. Enjoy! 

Spoopy Unboxing Fridays

If you've been following my blog for a while, you may know that I absolutely adore everything horror related, anything macabre and gothic. I wouldn't really label myself because I'm an eclectic sort of girl, but I have been more on the alternative side since I was in my early teens. Horror movies are my favourite, mostly the psychological kinds but I also enjoy a good slasher movie. I love gore! I love creepy things, too! So you can imagine my delight when it came to my attention that Funko had released Horror Classics versions of their Mystery Mini figures. 

I have watched so many unboxing videos and reviews of them on youtube, and I am very stressed that I can't seem to get ahold of Series 1 (which has all the best characters in my opinion) in the UK or even on eBay without having to pay a ridiculous price for just one blind box! However, since Series 3 is the most recent of the Horror Classics collection, I managed to find them for a decent price and in the UK too. Yayyy! I bought them from online store A1 Toys, for £5.99 per box. So, I won't keep you waiting any longer! Here are the figures that I found inside my Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics S3 blind boxes... there's going to be A LOT of photos in this post!! 

Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics

Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics

The first Horror Classics blind box that I opened revealed Regan from The Exorcist (1973), who is a famously iconic horror character. The Exorcist was one of the first horror movies I watched, and it was definitely an awesome movie for the time. It's also pretty spooky when you read into all the strange goings on that surrounded the movie set, as well as involving the cast and crew! I'm glad that the Regan figure is smaller than the others in the set, as it would have been a little annoying to have a character who's a 12 year old child the same size as the rest. I really like the contrast of her pale blue innocent-looking nightie to the rest of the figure, to her demonic stratched up face.

I love the look of her face: those cuts, the vomit and the angry 'GRR!' expression of her mouth! The figure has a nice zombified green tint to it which is great, but my favourite feature of Regan is the vomit running down her front because it instantly makes me picture the possession scenes in the movie! It's also pretty cool that they've added a few little cuts to her hands. I love Funkos attention to detail on all of their figures in general! There's a bit of a messy paint job on the hair around her face, and usually this would be a shame but in this case, because of her character, it kind of adds to the 'dirty' look, so sort of adds to the character's overall look. Do you agree?

Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics

Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics

YASSSS! I GOT THE BEETLEJUICE CHARACTER!! Tim Burton's Beetlejuice (1988) is one of my top five movies to watch around Halloweentime (all year around too of course!); it's just a fabulous ghosty comedy movie, with awesome characters. Lydia Deetz, played by Winona Ryder, was one of my icons growing up. I would always hope to look/dress like her some day, haha! Anyhow, how cool does this figure of Adam look!? I love love love the bloody eyeball hands! It's such a eye-catching, weird figure and I really hope that Funko creates some more Beetlejuice characters in future series! I really like how mundane the characters outfit is, and then to have such a unique head/face... it just looks epic! 

If you haven't seen Beetlejuice yet, you seriously need to! I have no complaints about this figure, it was one of the figures that I really wanted to get! I also got a duplicate of this guy in another box I bought, but getting repeats is the nature of blind boxes so I don't mind really. 


Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics


Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics


Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics

Okay so how amazing is it that I got Jason Voorhees on Friday 13th!!!? Like wow! If you didn't know, this character is the protagonist in the horror movie franchise, Friday 13th. So basically today is his day and that's why I'll be watching one of the movies later. Is it normal that I would describe this figure as beautiful? Because I think it is!! I'm very impressed with his design, with all of his detailing and features. His tattered and torn outfit looks great, even more so that it shows off the skeletal structures underneath. It's also awesome that they included this on the back of the figure! Additionally, I love that his mask is broken to reveal some of his skeleton face! His hands look cute too, they remind me of the emo-style gloves I used to wear as a teenager, haha!

My favourite parts of this figure though are Jason's bloody axe and his iconic hockey mask! I love how pristine it looks, it's very eye-catching especially in comparison to the dark-colour of the rest of his body. It would have been awesome to see some blood-splattering on it but I do really like it how it is! Even though Jason wasn't one of the characters in Series 3 that I most wanted to get, his design is so fantastic that he's now one of my favourites of the lot! I'm delighted that I got the star of the show on today of all days!

Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics

Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics

I got Wolfman and he is so adorable! He's one of the easiest figures to get in this set; Wolfman, Elvira and Bruce the shark from Jaws all have a 1/6 chance of being inside your blindbox. I actually ended up getting three of him altogether, and I was not impressed! This character is based on the 1941 Universal Pictures movie The Wolf Man, which I admit I haven't watched. I've not watched many of the classic Universal Pictures horror movies, or many werewolf movies either. I'm happy to receive the Wolfman though because I want to complete this Horror Classics Mystery Mini set (my bank account is not so happy!). I like his claws, they stand out, however the paintjob on them looks pretty bad! Something I do like though is the texture and design of the Wolfman's hair. It certainly looks cool! Have any of you ever seen any of the old Universal Pictures horrors? Which ones would you recommend?


Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics


Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics

 
HERE'S JOHNNY! 

(I couldn't resist, sorry not sorry). The Shining is one of my top ten horror movies, it's fantastic and actor Jack Nicholson does an absolutely amazing job of the leading role. He plays Jack Torrance, which is who this figure is of and it looks so much like him :) The Grady Twins from the same movie are available in Series 3 and I really really wanted to get them, but I was very glad to get Jack. I actually squealed upon opening his box! I'm very impressed with the intricate detailing of his little teeth, they make his sinister smile look great! I love the way his eyebrows look... they really add to his expression! The axe is awesome, but I wish it had some little pieces of wood on it to symbolise when he axed through the door in the well-known movie scene. Wouldn't that look cool? 

I love how the outfits on a lot of these figures have a very simplistic design, with most of them having solid colouring or a basic patterning, but Funko make sure these outfits still have awesome little details that make them look so good. For example, there's details on the both the back and front of Jack's jacket (this made me laugh) to let us know that it's padded and not just a shirt, and pockets on the back of his jeans. Overall, this figure is brilliant! 


Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics

Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics

The final character that I got, other than the duplicates, was the Mummy. As far as I know he's based on the original character from the 1932 The Mummy movie, but I'm not 100%. I'm impressed with his design, how they can make such a simplistic figure with just plain bandages look so cool! I like the different grey/white shades used to highlight the various parts of the figure. I think his solemn expression makes him look really cute! I love his stance, it looks like he's almost saying 'check out my fancy ring'. He's a sassy mummy, haha! His ring is pretty damn awesome though, a lovely golden Scarab beetle. He also has gold outlining around his eyes, and this little detail looks gorgeous. I like how much he stands out next to the other figures because of his colouration, and he's just a really nice figure.


Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics

Here are all of the figures that you can collect in Series 3 of the Funko Horror Classics Mystery Minis. The ones that are on the top of my list include Freddy Krueger with the hypodermic needle hands because it's from my favourite A Nightmare on Elm Street movie... Part 3, 'Dream Warriors' from 1987. I also really REALLY want Patrick Bateman from American Psycho (2000), The Grady Twins who I mentioned earlier, Twisty the Clown from American Horror Story (Season 4) and the dad from Beetlejuice who I got! It sucks that the two figures I most want to get are the hardest to collect, with them both having a 1/72 rariety *cry cry*. Altogether I purchased ten boxes and I got the 1/6 Wolfman three times (ugh), the 1/24 Mummy and 1/24 Beetlejuice guy (I got another of these), Jason Voorhees also has a 1/24 rariety and finally, Jack from The Shining is a 1/12 figure, so I didn't do  too bad I guess other than three Wolfman's! I wish I'd have gotten at least one of the other 1/6 characters instead of three of the same, but nevermind. 

Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics
Look how awesome do my figures look all lined up next to each other!! I'm so so happy that I could finally start collecting this series and I can't wait to have a shelf filled with all fourteen characters! Which is your favourite out of all the figures I received inside my blind boxes? They are beautifully designed boxes too, with a stereotypical horror-esque white tiles wall all spattered with blood, and some of the characters on the box. I love how the figures have been designed to be cute but all of the characters best features have been included and in a way that makes them awesome little horror icons but still with a cutesy appeal :) Very spoopy indeed! Which figure out of entire collection is your favourite? 

I hope you all had fun reading this post and having a nosey at all of the figures I got. I'm definitely enjoying this mini blog series and I can't wait to share next weeks with you all! 

Thankyou for reading!

 

Are you a fan of horror movies? Do you have a favourite?
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Did you know that I attempted to create an Exorcist makeup look for Halloween last year? You can see it here. 

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

What I Got For My Birthday

Hello lovelies! Did you know that I turned 25 on the 1st October!? It's taken me so long to get this post up but finally here it is! I love having a nosey at what other people got for their birthdays so I thought I'd share my presents with you guys and tell you all about how I celebrated this year :) I can't believe that I'm actually 25! I feel like I was 15 years old, a socially-awkward alternative nerdy school girl spending my weekends hanging around with a huge bunch of teenagers in the town centre, obsessing over My Chemical Romance, I blinked, and it's suddenly 10 years later! Although I'm still a socially-awkward alternative nerd, so nothing much has changed to be honest, haha!

What I Got For My Birthday | Birthday Blog

This year, my birthday fell on a Sunday and since my family usually come over on this day anyway for Sunday roast dinner, we decided to celebrate by having a birthday buffet instead. For a fussy eater like me, buffets are wonderful because I can pick and choose what I want, and we had a lovely mix of savoury and sweet foods. We also had a chocolate gateau for dessert with whipped cream, and since my house was crowded like it typically is on Sunday's, there were a lot of people to sing Happy Birthday to me and watch me blow out the candles on top of my cake... which of course was pretty mortifying for me! It was nice to be able to spend time with my nieces and nephews on my birthday :) I opened my presents before everyone arrived, when it was just me, my mom and my sister. Aurora was so excited about the wrapping paper, and watching her jumping around and tearing up the paper was the highlight of my morning. She's too adorable!  Check out the photo I shared of her on Instagram that day!

So, here's what my mom bought me for my birthday. My dad gave me an early Birthday present back in  June when he paid for my Squirtle plushie from Build-A-Bear, which I adore! (you can see my Build-A-Bear pokemon collection here if you want). Before I show you my presents, I just needed to show you the wrapping paper that my mom used...

What I Got For My Birthday | Birthday Blog
 
HOW FLIPPIN' CUTE ARE THESE WRAPPING PAPERS!? Thankfully, these two pieces are what was left of the rolls so I can keep some! Just look how adorable these prints are though. I'm not sure where this paper is from, I want to say Primark but I can ask if you're interested. Just let me know in the comments :) Keep scrolling to see the goodies that were hidden inside my super cute wrapping paper! *be prepared for a pic heavy post from now on in*

What I Got For My Birthday | Birthday Blog


What I Got For My Birthday | Birthday Blog


What I Got For My Birthday | Birthday Blog

The first present that I unwrapped was the 'Wild Woodland' colouring book, it's a really lovely little colouring book filled with gorgeous fauna and flora illustrations. There's also a positive quote on the back of each page which is sweet. I can't wait to get colouring in it! I have been asking for some new felt tip pens for a while so I am super happy that I got some for my birthday, and I am curious to try them out. We always get chocolate for special occasions, whether it's for birthdays or Christmas, and it didn't take long at all for me to devour them! It was my first time trying the Maltesers Teasers bar and omg it's delicious. It might actually be one of my top five favourite chocolate bars now! Have you ever had one? If not, then you need to seriously go buy one :) 

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know how much I love surprises, mostly through all of my posts about blind boxes! I just love being surprised and so when asked what I wanted for my birthday, I asked for two items that I've had my eye on for a while, but wanted the rest to be a surprise. How about you? Do you love or hate surprises/having to wait to find out what your presents are? My sister is the completely opposite, she hates surprises. She was one of those kids who would search for her presents before the day, haha! One of the things I asked for was the Rimmel Lasting Finish primer, since I've been meaning to experiment with primers for a while and I didn't want to buy a more expensive brand for my first one. Speaking of surprises, those two mini tsum tsums (Disney's Goofy & the Cheshire Cat) are from one of those packs where you get one visible figure and then one surprise figure. I'm a big fan of tsum tsums so I couldn't wait to take photos, I opened it right away! 

I really love my new dreamcatcher! I have been pinning these style of 'bohemian' dreamcatchers over on my Pinterest for a while now because they are really pretty. I was delighted when I discovered that I'd gotten one, since I never told my mom about them or how much I wanted one. I think that the doily in the centre of the dreamcatcher is lovely!

What I Got For My Birthday | Birthday Blog

What I Got For My Birthday | Birthday Blog

What I Got For My Birthday | Birthday Blog

What I Got For My Birthday | Birthday Blog

I am in love with my new Pokemon notebook! It's a really nice shade of blue and the design is so bold and eye-catching. I love the excited expressions on the starter pokemons faces! They looked just as happy to see me as I was to see that notebook when I peeled back my wrapping paper! I will forever love getting new notebooks as presents, and this one has popped into my life at the perfect time as I was after a new blogging ideas journal. My mom recently found a little store in a local town that sells Japanese and Korean products, and that's where my new pens are from. They are so kawaii and I love them! 

I showed my mom another bell jar ornament that was really similar to this beautiful white rabbit one that she bought me for my birthday, and I am very happy because this one is so much prettier than the one I showed her! I finally have a bell jar ornament after wanting one for years, and I can't wait to display it in my newly decorated bedroom when it's all finished! I received some other ornamental gifts too: a bunny tealight holder & a tsum tsum money bank. I think the money box is lovely. I love the choice of colours and the cute characters all over it, however it's sad that you have to smash this type of money bank when you are ready to empty it. I don't think I could bring myself to break it so I don't know if I will ever actually use it for it's designed purpose. I'm pretty sure that my mom is a mind reader, considering I was thinking last month about how much I needed a new tealight holder, then viola! she gets me one, a super cute bunny one too! 

What I Got For My Birthday | Birthday Blog

What I Got For My Birthday | Birthday Blog

This amazing TokiDoki backpack was the other item that I asked for from my birthday wishlist, which I learnt was even more fabulous than expected when I saw it in person. We ordered it from the UK store, Artbox; it sells an array of adorable items and I usually accumulate a huge wishlist every time I browse the website! Go check them out if you love cute Japanese and Korean products like me :) So yeah, the print of this backpack is fantastic, the colour is really vibrant! The inside of the bag is a bright, almost-neon pink and the whole thing is really spacious, including the front zip pouch. I'm really happy to find some of my favourite TokiDoki characters on there, including Latte, the cactus puppies and kittens, and also lots of unicornos! I can't wait to rock this bag when I next go on a day out! 

What I Got For My Birthday | Birthday Blog

The presents in the photograph above are actually from my best friend, and I love them so I couldn't not include them in today's post! I had been hoping to get my hand's on some Nyx Cosmetics products for a while when Jess surprised me with this pretty 'go-to goodies' set which includes a matte lipstick, a lip liner and an eyeshadow palette with the most gorgeous shades in. I have never used lip liner before so I'm looking forward to trying it out. I think these shades are great for Autumn as well! The other prezzie that Jess got me is this rabbit/chinchilla/wannabee Horlicks monster that is so bloody cute and it also feels really soft. I may have mentioned on some of my previous birthday posts, I can't remember... but my best friend & I have birthday's that are really close, so for the last few years we've been having a joint-birthday celebration. 

This year we really weren't in the mood for a drunken night out so we instead decided to stay overnight in Manchester city, which is about an hour from our hometown via train. Jess had been eyeing up the Birthday Cake freakshake at TGI Friday's for ages so of course we had to go there whilst we were in Manchester. My meal was yummy, but omgosh my dessert was delicious! When both our desserts arrived at the table, even some of the people around us stared at them! It was pretty funny :) We spent most of our time in the city shopping, and it was lovely to spend time together just a day or so before my birthday! 

What I Got For My Birthday | Birthday Blog

What I Got For My Birthday | Birthday Blog

What I Got For My Birthday | Birthday Blog

To finish today's post, I wanted to share with you all the lovely cards I received from my loved ones this year. The awesome festive llama card that greets you at the start of the post is from one of my brothers. As for the other cards, the owl card is from another of my brothers, the teddy bear in the tea cup is from my dad, the fabulous unicorn card is from Jess, and the koala-tea (I love puns!) is from another of my brothers & his family. The adorable TokiDoki card is from my sister, and I love it so much more because Latte is one of my favourite characters. However, my favourite card of the lot is the shiny pokemon card from my mom! I think it's so cool how the charmander on the card matches the one of my new notebook!! Most of these cards will definitely be added onto the art wall in my bedroom :) I hope you enjoyed reading about my birthday and I'm glad that I could share my happiness with you all. I still keep forgetting I'm now 25, although I have finally remembered to change my age on all of my social media! 

Thankyou for reading!


Have a wonderful day guys!

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