Wednesday, 20 May 2015

EDS Awareness

May is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) Awareness month, and I wanted to help raise awareness (with super kudos to my friend Fay who has EDS and posted on her facebook about it being the awareness month – in my work-mountain-induced ignorance I had no idea!).

So, what is EDS? To quote the NHS Choices website:
 Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a collection of inherited conditions that fit into a larger group, known as heritable disorders of connective tissue. Connective tissues provide support in skin, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, internal organs and bones.
There are different types of EDS that may share some features, including:
  • joint hypermobility – increased range of movement of joints
  • stretchy skin
  • fragile skin tissue
 People with EDS typically have loose joints, which means the limbs bend more than usual. This can cause floppy joints in infancy, and some affected children take longer to sit, stand and walk.

 The four most common types of EDS include:
  • hypermobile EDS
  • classical EDS
  • vascular EDS
  • kyphoscoliotic EDS
There are also other, rarer, types of EDS, including dermatosparaxis and arthrochalasic.

You can find more information at the NHS Choices site here or at EDS Support UK here and I do recommend reading as it’s a complex family of disorders and going into all of the different kinds would result in my writing an essay on a topic I’m not really qualified to talk about.

The awareness symbol for EDS is zebra stripes as the term zebra is often used in medical professions to reference rare diseases and conditions (“When you hear hoofbeats, think horses not zebras”). Generally this is good advice, but sometimes doctors forget that zebras do exist, and EDS is one of those “zebra” conditions. Hence the zebra stripes, which is really clever if you think about it! So in true beauty junkie fashion, I’ve done some makeup for EDS.

Used: Aromaleigh Crisp over the lid, Black Rose Minerals Jet for the stripes and my brows and the liner is Victorian Disco Halloween Town

I hope this maybe raised a little awareness for a rare and not often talked about condition, and if you have a few spare pennies lest and wish to donate to EDS then Ehlers-Danlos Support UK has a donations page

Monday, 18 May 2015

Wales Comic Con

On the 23rd April I went out to Wrexham to go to Wales Comic Con Part 1, mostly because Matt Ryan was there and I’m a bit of a Constantine fan (and a bit of a Matt Ryan fan…). It wasn’t too bad, the weather stayed sunny albeit cold – I think this was just after the weather turned for the worse and there were a few things to do. I managed to keep myself entertained for a few hours, I probably would have stayed longer if I didn’t need to get back to Bolton and if I were a gamer or wanted to buy Pop Vinyls. I thought I’d share a few of my photos from the day (I’ll stick my Matt Ryan photo op on here when I get hold of it, I had to dash and a friend picked it up for me).

This was my look for the day, I can’t quite remember what I was wearing but it involved My Pretty Zombie’s Brisket and Victorian Disco Salazar. Pretty sure the brows are Anthrax from My Pretty Zombie.

The queue! I got there just before the doors opened, it actually only took me ten or fifteen minutes to get in once things started moving.

They had robots from Robot Wars! I only recognised Wheely Big Cheese, but it was still badass.

And a Transformer.

These guys were there (Chris Barrie, Norman Lovett and Robert Llwellyn from Red Dwarf) and their panel was pretty good. Kept me warm too.

There were some birds of prey from a local trust there too. They were lovely and I’d have had my photo taken holding one if I hadn’t gone alone.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Maximoff Twins Inspired Look

This is a quick look I did inspired by Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver! Though mostly it's Wanda inspired, Pietro is only there as a flash of silver, which I think is fitting.

Used: Black Rose Minerals Faye on the inner corner and above the crease, Fyrinnae Scarlet Macaw across the lid, Black Rose Minerals Scabbed Winds on the outer corner, Geek Chic Megaflare for liner and Victorian Disco For The Horde for my brows.

Monday, 11 May 2015

March & April Empties

Listerine Advanced Defence and Colgate Cavity Protection – I actually had two bottles of mouthwash, regular mouth rinsing post extraction. It’s alcohol free so that’s cool. The toothpaste is whitening but given the tea I drink I couldn’t tell haha. They’re both much a muchness.
Nivea Stress Protect – MammafulZo got me buying this, it really does work well! Shame it’s so pricey though, makes rebuying a pain.
Vaseline Active Fresh – doesn’t work as well as the Nivea but was good for throwing in my bag for on to go and for after the gym since it’s much smaller and easier to transport.
Simple Soothing Toner and SPF 30 moisturiser – the toner was just one I was trying to use up, I used it in the morning to clean my face. My moisturisers mostly contain SPF, I quite liked this one, it was hydrating and didn’t leave me looking too greasy. Might well rebuy this one.
Aussie Miracle Moist – freebie from my aunt. I’m trying to stick to SLS free ones with my coloured hair and this kind of stripped my colour, did make my hair feel less dry though. Sadly not a repurchase.
This Works Sleep Spray – gift from my mum, she got it free on a plane or in a hotel or something. I struggle sleeping and this actually helped. Plus lavender is one of those scents I can only tolerate when I’m trying to sleep, mostly I dislike it.
There were also some Sainsbury cotton pads, they work same as any other cotton pads. Bit scratchy though, sadly :(

Barry M Dual Ended, some old pencil and Barry M Green Khol – the first two are just super old, the green is just too stiff to be of much use. Not a repurchase for any of them.
Collection 2000 white liner – decent if a bit smudgey, I do much prefer my rimmel liner.
Detrivore Embalming Tube Chai Tea – this was super moisturising and hydrating and smelled just amazing, but it was very oily and was a pain in the backside to apply. If it got warm it just melted like crazy and went everywhere.
NYC Applicious lip balm – I loved this, the colour was I think Big Apple Red and it gave my lips a lovely red tint. Plus it smelled delicious.
Chap Stick – general chap stick. Not much to say.
Eyeshadow samples: Black Rose Minerals Unicorn, Victorian Disco Zangermarsh, Darling Girl Turning Japanese and Sushi Flower, Meow Hieroglyph
Collection Super Size Mascara – I didn’t like this. I think there’s actually a fair bit left but I don’t want to wear it and it’s getting older, so in the bin it goes.
State of Grace Demonic Forces – this smelled gorgeous and I am totally repurchasing some time soon.
Conjure Oils Release The Bats and Tear You Apart – I liked these both, but they smelled much a muchness. Not a repurchase as these were decants and I believe limited editions.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

A to Z of Me: W


Walking – I walk pretty much everywhere, if I could actually walk everywhere I needed to go then I would never have started taking driving lessons. I'm not a fan of driving in the slightest (I'm both a massively nervous driver and passenger).

Weird Habits – everyone has them right? I have a few of my own, mostly food/eating related. I eat things “in order”, either least favourite to most favourite or by colour depending on what it is. For example skittles I eat in groups of colour, first one of each colour in a bunch then the remaining citrus’s in threes, then the “odd numbers” red first, green, yellow, purple and finally orange. Kit Kat’s I bite both ends off, then eat the chocolate, edges first then top. I’m weird with food. I also have my own mini-size cutlery that I always eat with. Non-food- I have volumes on a multiple of five or 11 and stop the microwave/timer at 5 or 1. I’m odd.

Warrington – this is where I was born and grew up and will forever and always be my home. Walking around there on the weekends still feels like I'd never left and I'm not 100% sure I want to. Not forever. I probably will have to for a job, but I'll miss it. It's the perfect combination of easy to reach shops and supermarkets and lovely green open spaces. I genuinely love my hometown (after having spent half my teenage years bitching about it, isn't that always the way).

Words – I like words. I like learning new ones, I like words from other languages, words are more often than not pretty to me. Or aesthetically/audibly pleasing. This is one of the many reasons I am signed up to the OED Word of the Day emails.