Expanding the Etsy Shop…

I think it’s fair to say I’m addicted to stationery. 

Once I got into planning properly I went mad buying things to make my new planner pretty. The one thing I found was that there’s very little choice in the UK in comparison to other countries. I was infinitely jealous of seeing people’s hauls from Michaels, Target and Kikki K. If I wanted anymore choice I needed to order online but I found either the items or postage were extremely expensive or I had to order from China and wait three weeks for the arrival of the goods.

While I was doing some work on improving my Etsy shop I decided to look into bulk ordering stationery supplies to then resell in my shop primarily for my follow Brits to buy and receive quickly.

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I love these cute stick memos and how they have an extra flap at the back so you can store them in your planner pockets.

My experience of wholesale purchase of stationery hasn’t been without pain with damaged items and incorrect items received being the two main issues. However, a few weeks later I finally have a a small inventory in the shop!

I'm a sucker for fabric tape!

I’m a sucker for fabric tape!

It’s in the card shop for now and I guess I’ll see how it goes before I decide whether to open a whole extra shop for the stationery goodies. As this is a hobby for me, I don’t want a whole other shop eating up all my time unless I’m going to make a living out of it.

The only downside to all this bulk purchasing for the shop has been the temptation to keep some of it for myself! I have to say, when one of the cardboard sleeves for the stick memos above arrived damaged I did use it as an excuse to keep it and not add it to the amount on sale!

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I’m loving thin washi at the moment and not keeping this was hard!

At the minute though I’ve been really good and am only keep damaged items. We’ll see how long it lasts!

I’d love it if you could please check out of the shop for all this and more. Extra items will be added all the time. If there’s something you don’t see in there, comment or message and I’ll do my best to get it added!

Where do you find cute cheap stationery for your planner?

Em x

Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner Review

Given the fuss surrounding the new Benefit They’re Real! liner I wondered if finally there was an eyeliner I could get on well with!

I’d tried many over the years – pencils; too difficult to use. Liquid; too messy and not good for unsteady hands like mine. Felt tips; good but they tend to dry up and you don’t get much depth of colour. Gel in a pot: faffy and not that long lasting.

The buzz was good. The reviews were good. And then I looked at the price. Nearly £20. Not a huge surprise given it was Benefit but still, expensive for someone who doesn’t have huge success with eyeliner. Then I heard there was a Maybelline one that worked in exactly the same way and had to seek it out. At half the price of the Benefit one it was definitely worth a purchase. My rationale was if I could get along with the Maybelline one then the Benefit one might be worth a purchase later down the line.

IMG_2546First impressions? Pretty good. It applied well. It says one click and you’re good to go but I probably used three clicks in total between both my eyes as I found that I sometimes had to go over the line more than once to get a good depth of colour. The Benefit one claims to be lash hugging and while this one doesn’t make such a claim the applicator is exactly the same so you’d think it would have the same effect. Unfortunately it wasn’t really any different from a felt tip eyeliner application-wise and my line ended up a lot thicker than I intended due to my wobbly hand.

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I decided to wear this for a dinner date to test it’s longevity. Within a couple of hours this had fallen into the inner corners of my eyes leaving me looking a little strange and by the end of the night 5 hours later there was definitely a panda eye effect going on. And this was with eyelid primer on underneath. I’d read this was an issue with the Benefit liner, especially for those with oily eyelids (like me) and it looks like it’s the same with this version.

Removal was a nightmare. Even with the strongest eye make up remover I have I was still finding it appearing late the next day. Benefit do sell a remover to go with their eyeliner, which may do a better job but at £14.50 this eyeliner thing is sounding quite an expensive endeavor.

Overall impressions?

Not great if I’m honest. The ease of application wasn’t any different to a felt tip liner but the depth of colour was great in comparison. The biggest issue though was it’s lack of longevity though. No way could I get away with this for longer than a couple of hours which is such a shame. Maybe a little powder over the top might help but frankly that’s a faff and would probably dull the colour somewhat. This will probably get put in a drawer and the Benefit one won’t be getting purchased sadly. Maybe I’m just one of those people that can’t have eyeliner??

Have you tried either the Benefit or the Maybelline version?

Em x

My week #28

Another busy week!

I’m having a refit later on in the summer and I’ve been doing non stop interviews for all the new brands coming in. Add that to doing end of quarter one reviews for all my assistant managers and you’re left with a whole lot of appointments and not a lot of todo lists. Next week is all about catching up so I’ve utilised my A4 week at a glance desk planner to help get it all done. The decoration was cute and summery this week but again was kept simple due to the busyness of the week. Hopefully I’ll have time to add more pretty things in the weeks to come.

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Em x