The new school year has started! And if you haven’t got a brand new set of pencils, pens, rubbers, protractors and a new pencil case then OMG what have you been doing with the last week of your summer?

Don’t worry (although we are judging you and your stationery shopping skills), because we’ve found 11 crazy-cute pencil cases for you to snap up. Plus, they’re all under £5…

Banana

Thought the banana theme had peaked at the banana inflatable? Think again. This fluffy, fruity little number will brighten up even the longest of lessons with its capacity for laughter, innuendo and pens.

Be Happy

Sure, it’s a tad trite — but god knows, when you’re nose deep in the disintegration of the Weimar Republic, you need all the help you can get in reminding yourself that this hour will end, just as the Weimar Republic ended, and almost certainly not as badly.

Unicorn

Truth

Mi-pac pink glitter

I use this for make up, and I have to say this candy-sweet, shiny number fits the bill far better than old-lady leather cases. It’s wipe clean, easily detectable amidst the murky depths of my school bag, and fits a lot more inside it than you would ever think it could.

Orange juice carton

Despite the most convincing of appearances, this is for stationary only: pens, pencils, a 15cm ruler, rubbers — maybe even a protractor if you’re feeling saucy. It’s certainly big enough, though not hugely accessible, being y’know, a square fruit juice carton*

*does not contain oranges. If you’ve juice coming out of this, you’re doing this all wrong.

Banana milkshake carton

I see your juice carton pencil case, and I raise you… a banana-scented milkshake carton pencil case! Yes, really. It’s the same size as the juice one, and it comes with added smells.

Lobster

They are the seafood of the season — and with good reason, because these guys are delicious, nutritious, AND they hold both pencils and pens. What skills.

Cath Kidston trailing rose

Let’s face it: we do so much on our laptops/ipads/phones these day, we barely need pens or pencils and suchlike. Go slimline with a ‘skinny’ pencil case, and buy an Oreo Cornetto with the extra £3.

Lego

Sure, you can get this in Ryman’s — but on Amazon there is a deal whereby you can get a lego pencil case and novelty Lego erasers so…

Clear and personalised

Not the most exciting on this list, granted. But as the number and frequency of exams in your life increase, your patience with transferring all your pens out of a banana into a clear plastic sack will drop rapidly — and this clear pencil case will have your name on it. Literally.

Field roll

A pencil case for the parents this: practical (the leather tie allows the case to adjust in size), and made of the durable, won’t-stain-easily khaki canvas. Yet there’s a free-spirited camper feel to it that will appeal to you too, if you’re into that kind of thing.

@finney_clare

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Remember when we were crushing on all the amazing unicorn food on Instagram?Well, now we’re crushing on some more. What can we say? We’re floozies when it comes to food.

These unicorn poop iced gem cookies are not only so cute we want to draw faces on them and keep them as pets, but their baking level is officially “easy”. Pretty much our favourite word when it comes to anything involving icing (apart from maybe chocolate).

So, scrap your muesli, it’s Sunday, and treat yourself to these rainbow biscuits for breakfast. Maybe lunch and dinner, too. Because why the heck not.

Ingredients

1 batch ready-baked vanilla sugar cookies (we’re not baking whizzes, okay guys)
400 g (14 oz) stiff-peak royal icing, divided into 4 batches of mint green, pink, yellow and blue
4 small, thin piping bags and 1 large piping bag that will contain them
large open star nozzle
bag clip

Recipe

1. To make the rainbow poop topping, fill the 4 piping bags (without nozzles) with each colour of icing.

2. Fit the large piping bag with the star nozzle. Snip the end of each small bag so that you have a 1cm hole and carefully place each bag in the larger bag so that the tips reach evenly into the star nozzle. It helps to put a clip at the end of the large bag to stop the icing from spilling out of the top.

3. Squeeze the icing onto the cookies by holding the bag in a vertical position, and moving in circles around each cookie, starting from the outside edge, winding inwards and building height to create a peak.

4. Leave to dry overnight. To speed up the drying process you can place the cookies in a low oven at about 70°C (140°F/Gas low) for 30 minutes, then turn off the heat and leave for 2 hours.

5. EAT THEM ALL.

From Kawaii Cakes by Juliet Sear (Hardie Grant, £10) Photography © Jacqui Melville

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Has there ever been a better time to be alive and a beauty fan? No, is the short answer. When it comes to magical ways to transform your face and barnet, we live in an incredible era for innovation, imagination and downright revelation, with trends that answer questions you didn’t even know you had.

Like: why spend hours on deep conditioning and cold rinses to make your hair glossy when you can just have your hairdresser paint on the shine for you?

The shine line technique basically mimics the way that light hits hair, by painting bleach horizontally across it instead of the usual vertical strips and slices.

But this is not your average glossy balayage – hoo no, this is 2017 and so naturally colourists are using it to make all your rainbow dreams come true. We’re talking hair that looks like a petrol puddle on your head.

Or the sunlight hitting the surface of the ocean…

Or, er, the Instagram logo.

Just look at it!

We dye.

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Just when you thought we’d fully exhausted the whole rainbow hair thing, along comes a trend so beautiful it basically counts as fine art. Better than fine art, in fact. You can walk around wearing this, and there are no essays to write afterwards or squashed sandwiches or the chance that anyone will be sick on the coach home.

Anyway – ‘rainbow hair carving’ means creating gorgeous geometric buzzcuts, and painting them in a riot of lovely colours. With Californian stylist Janine Ker leading the way, the trend means that even gals and boys with short-and-sweet cuts can get in on the unicorn hair game.

And let’s be honest, they’re upping the game. Look at this.

Also this.

And THIS, for pete’s sake.

She’s also got dreamy stencilled designs to stop long locks from feeling left out…

But it’s those velvety-strokeable buzzcuts that have really captured our imagination. If ever there was a look to send us reaching for the shaver, this is it (plus it could be the answer to summer sweat-neck we’ve all been waiting for).

LOVE.

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