The 2017 Diagnostic Criteria

Media PackThe long-awaited 2017 criteria for EDS and the associated papers have been released! Phew!

The new nosology includes 13 types of EDS.
Many of these are new to the classification table, they are not newly described though as it has been 20 years since the last classification in 1997. (You can find the old 1997 Villefranche classification in my ‘Types of EDS’ post from a while back.)
This is very exciting for those people with diagnoses of these rarer types. They have finally been properly recognised as members of the EDS family!  Continue reading

Rare Disease Day 2017

Rare Disease Day 2017In case you missed the memo, today is Rare Disease Day 2017!

Added together, rare diseases are not rare. Around 1 in 10 people have a rare disease.
A disease is classified as rare when it affects fewer than 1 in 2000 people in Europe.

2017 is the 10th Rare Disease Day and has a theme of research. I’m going to talk a bit about the new EDS research and diagnostic criteria due to be released very shortly. Continue reading

Make-Up Hygiene

Make-Up HygieneI am prompted to write this because I keep noticing that proper hygiene is severely lacking among many who would call themselves make-up artists.

Hygiene is one of the most important things when it comes to make-up application. It is also one of the most basic lessons we learn in school as artists or therapists. So why does it go out of the window so freely?

It’s definitely one thing everyone should look for in a make-up artist. It could save your health; or for an artist possibly your career. I hope this post will be helpful to those who use make-up, book make-up artists, and of course artists themselves. Continue reading

Bendy Investigates: The Trouble With Coconut Oil

The Trouble With Coconut OilCoconut oil. You must have lived under a rock for the last 5 years or so if you haven’t been told of its alleged magical properties. People have used it for everything, and not just in their recipes. Rubbing into their skin, hair and lips for such purposes as removing make-up,  moisturising, teeth whitening, hair oil, an alternative to eye cream or as a lip balm.

Coconut oil is not as innocent or beneficial as it may at first seem though. I’m going to tell you my experience and then give you the science. Continue reading

The Body Shop; Matte Liquid Lipstick Review

The Body Shop Matte Liquid LipstickYes, another well known high street brand has brought out a matte liquid lipstick product. You’re forgiven for not being that excited if you were let down by the offerings of Revlon and Maybelline whose products were most certainly not matte! But fear not – this is the most successful and comfortable big brand version I have thus far found! Continue reading