Paperchase Serengeti Range – Zebras!

I mentioned in my post about Manchester Made Up that I had found a few great zebra themed items in Paperchase and that I would do a short post to tell you all about them.
For those of you that aren’t aware, the zebra is the mascot animal of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and as a result many of us with EDS collect zebra themed items. We might collect them because we love zebras or because people buy them for us on a regular basis – some EDSers have even been known to get fed up of the whole zebra thing!
I love cute zebra items but don’t feel the need to wear zebra print absolutely all of the time or have absolutely everything with a zebra on it – I have to actually like the item or have a use for it.

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So, the range Paperchase have brought out with zebras and Aztec inspired patterns (bit of an odd combo but it works!) is called ‘Serengeti’.
I got this adorable money box and some incredibly, awesomely cute little salt and pepper pots all in the shape of zebras, yes those little dinky zebbies dispense salt and pepper! Salt is often very important to people with a hypermobility syndrome such as EDS as many of them, including myself have secondary PoTS. Now we can have a cute little zebra reminding us to put plenty salt on our food to keep us upright! As soon as I saw these I knew I had to have them.

26241973835_1a8d189e5d_mI ended up going back to the store to get the journal and pen from the series.
The ‘Ideas Journal’ has several different types of pages aimed at helping you keep track of ideas as they come to you. Great for planning blog posts!
It also has some pages with squared paper so very handy if you enjoy crafts such as knitting, crochet or cross stitch – you could copy down a chart you are working from to carry it with you more easily or design your own as part of an idea!

I’ve since found a whole heap more covetable items on the Paperchase website that I didn’t see in store – and thank God or I would likely have been taking out a mortgage! I can see me being a regular customer while this range is in store.
Here are some images from the website of some of the other items:

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Are you a bendy who likes zebra items or do you avoid them at all costs?

Beauty Bay Haul: My First Make-up Geek!

Beauty Bay Haul

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I really can’t believe it took me this long to get around to trying some Make-up Geek shadows but I finally did it! I got two regular shadows, two foils and a loose pigment powder shadow. I also ordered one of their contour powders because they are true cool toned contour shades and not just bronzers repackaged unlike many brands I can think of!

24614182143_66beb6c36b_mShadows are ‘Cherry Cola’, ‘Petal Pusher’, ‘Mesmerized’ and ‘Showtime’, the loose pigment I chose is ‘After Glow’.

I’ve got a bit of thing for burgundy type shades at the moment so Cherry Cola is right up my street in this respect, I cant wait to dive into these and see what looks I can create! I think we all know what I’ll be doing with myself tonight… The foils are so beautiful I’m already tempted to order more but that will have to wait!

25214663786_c9a0c85565_mAlso in my parcel was a steel palette for use in makep artistry, somewhere to place products that have been removed from containers with a spatula and somewhere to mix custom shades of makeup. It will come in very handy on Tuesday when I do my colleges ‘Look Based on a Theme’ competition. I’m quite nervous and excited about the competition but whatever happens I’ll be sure to blog about it. Ill be practicing all weekend I should think to make 100% sure I can do it in the time allowed.

Back on the topic of my Beauty Bay order, a free sample of Mario Badescu cleanser and toner were included with my order. The cleanser seems ok and I may try it out but the toner is coming nowhere near my face! I tested it’s pH and it was actually alkaline, only just, but still. It also contains the drying kinds of alcohol in large amounts as do many of the products in the range. For more information about toners see my ‘Bendy Investigates Toners’ blog entry.

Having Googled the brand I can see that they have been in legal trouble over mislabelled product ingredients and people using the products involved in the case have been left with long term if not permanent damage to their skin. Its not really a brand I can support or recommend especially given that these women received only the price of the creams in compensation.

Nail Mail: Harry Potter Plates & Born Pretty

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These wonderful Harry Potter nail stamping plates arrived in the mail this week from Fast Tech – I can’t wait to do a mani with them! Which house shall I be in first? Time for a total geek out session.
I’m having a hard time choosing exactly what to do on my nails this week as I also received a second nail mail package, this time from Born Pretty Store containing a whole load of foils among other items.

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As you can see I am literally spoiled for choice! I ordered both of these packages a few weeks ago and have been patiently awaiting their arrival from China/Singapore. I’m particularly in love with the little ring palette for free hand painting – it’s in the shape of a dog paw print!
Whatever I come up with I’ll be sure to  post it up and show you and let you know how well the items work out.

Mini Haul & Review: Tartelette in Bloom

Tartelette In Bloom

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I finally got my hands on the follow up to the Tartelette palette, Tartelette 2 or ‘Tartelette in Bloom’. It came with the bizarre eye brush you can see in the picture (I think you only get them both together if you buy from QVC but QVC are the only UK stockist at the moment sooo what you gonna do?)

As soon as I heard there was a follow up to the Tartelette palette I knew I had to have it. The original is all matte where this one contains 3 gorgeous metallic shimmer shades as well as mattes. Both palettes are very neutral but this palette has a warmer blushy feel to it than the original palette which was very cool and taupey.
Tarte’s eyeshadow formula is amazing, very blendable, silky, very pigmented and doesn’t produce much fallout. I love their products and wish they were more easily available to UK people. If you buy one new palette this year, make it a Tartelette. You haven’t lived if you haven’t tried their shadows, seriously.

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The packaging is the same absolutely stunning style as the original Tartelette and the palette fits in the palm of my hand, so it’s  perfect for travelling with. Inside the lid is mirrored and each shade has it’s name marked permanently in the palette so you don’t have to flip the palette up to see which one is which if you’re following a tutorial or have to remember to keep a plastic film with the names on (always very annoying!).