Sunday, 12 October 2014

Manicure of the moment #1

Those who know me will say that I have way too much nail varnish than I need and, I completely agree with them but what I fail to understand is why they don't share the same delight in using a new nail varnish for the first time (honestly it completely baffles me)

In order to try to convince the world that completely unnecessary amounts of nail varnish is the way forward, I have decided to dedicate a series on my blog purely for this.

This moment's manicure is one that I rarely wear as it's one that completely depends on the mood I'm in and how tanned I am, but as it's a new season (and I'm still a little tanned from summer.. or so I like to think) I decided to give this look a go!


The finished result
Revlon Colourstay - Bare bones
 
Barry M - Rose Quartz Glitter



It probably won't take long for me to change this look up but for now this is what I'm going with!

I hope you have a great week!
Toodlepip
x

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Nothing beats the joy of a new mascara

In the past I have struggled to find a mascara that really works for me. I have quite sensitive eyes which sometimes don't take too kindly to having things put on them and when they start getting sore I decide that it may be time for a few days makeup free *winge over*. As a lover of makeup you can imagine my delight when I found a mascara that doesn't flake, doesn't smudge, doesn't clump, voluminises my non voluminous lashes and doesn't hurt my eyes, yes you guessed it, I was pretty darned delighted.


It turns out that according to my mum, I have tried this before and raved about it but for some reason it is only just making it onto the blog *she slaps hand*. The mascara that I am blabbering on about is of course nothing new but it is definitely worth the mention and that is the Clinique High Impact Mascara.


I love this mascara and I can tell already that when my itsy bitsy sample size runs out (not dries up, I haven't found drying out a problem!) I will be trundling on down to boots in order to pick myself up a new one.

Without Mascara (Lashes pre-curled)
As I have mentioned before, it doesn't flake off at the end of the day as do most mascaras, but it lasts all day and can even cope with a top up around 5 'o' clock and still be going strong at 11pm! I also have the worst donkey lashes known to womankind, they are stick straight and have virtually no curl. I have found however that they hold whatever curl I have managed to induce on them through the use of an eyelash curler for as long as I need it to last when I use this mascara. BINGO!
With Mascara (Lashes Pre-Curled)


Anyway, enough rambling on from me as I am sure you have much better things to be doing than listening (reading) to me drone on about mascara!

Enjoy the rest of your week,
Toodlepip
       x


Saturday, 28 December 2013

5 Lessons I have learnt in 2013

With the new year fast approaching I have decided to take a minute to think about the experiences I have had and learned from this year.

Lesson 1: Don't take yourself too seriously - if you do then it's no fun for yourself and sometimes others, so relax and have a little bit of a laugh if something embarrassing happens, embrace it! 

Lesson 2: Value everything you have - This year I was lucky enough to travel to Nepal with my family to visit our friends who are currently living over there. I was so grateful for this opportunity because up until this point I hadn't been aware of just how much I take for granted. Seeing how difficult life can be for families there and how happy and positive the majority of people are reminds me just how lucky I am.

Lesson 3: Don't stress over things you can't change - This is easier said than done for me but this year I feel that I have really been able to put this into practice and have found myself letting things go which a few years ago would have been unthinkable.

Lesson 4: Let those around you help - Often I find myself trying to juggle a lot of things and this year was a good year for me in that I decided to let people in and ask them to help me to organise my school work among other things and I am super grateful to them for helping me do it.

Lesson 5: Once you start a project finish it! - This is something that I am still working on and will continue to do so, (as are the other things in this post) I am one of the worst people for starting something and getting bored 5 minutes later and then forgetting about it. This year I have tried my hardest to stick things out til the end and I think (hope) that I am getting better at it.


So there you have it 5 lessons I have learnt in 2013 and I am looking forward to embracing 2014 and all it has to offer and I hope you too feel the same way! 

toodlepip
x



Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The first ever moisturiser of the month

Oops September was over very quickly and I wasn't as ready as I had thought to write this post what with exams and everything it is a little late, but never mind because I am about to share with you the moisturiser I have been reaching for all month and that is the Simple Spotless Skin Anti-Blemish Moisturiser.

It has an almost whipped cream feel to it and so it sinks into your skin almost immediately which is great especially if you want to put your make up on in a hurry and you haven't got time to let it all sink in. However the thing that surprised me most about this moisturiser is how it actually started to not only prevent spots but to also start to remove tiny little bumps on my forehead (this sounds so gross) which I had previously just accepted that they were never going to leave.

However I do have just one criticism and that is that after a while it sort of just stops being as effective I don't whether this is just your skin getting used to it or weather it isn't as impressive and I had first thought and despite the fact it says "maintain moisture levels and giving long lasting shine control" it has made my skin look oilier towards the end of the day. 

So despite the fact it was only £4.99 from boots boots it did do a great job for 3 out of the 4 weeks of the month when I did start to notice some of the down sides but, I would use it again as it does genuinely make a difference to my skin and hopefully by alternating it with something else it will keep being effective.

Toodlepip

x

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Organising my life

Just as a pre-warning this is a little different to my usual posts related to beauty but I hope that you enjoy it and you take something away from it nonetheless.

Ok, so recently I embarked upon my final year of high school, now that sounds really scary, and I felt that in order for me to be as prepared as I can be for my exams I had better start organising my life and so I took a trip to Staples. However I managed to convince myself that I needed what felt like almost half of the stationary in the shop which is no mean feat as our local staples is a converted warehouse..

Anyway I have made a start on 'organising my life' and so I thought I would share with you how I have begun to get organised.


Blu tack is just one of those things that you feel you need in order to keep yourself organised because it's just so useful I tend to use it for putting up my revision posters *yawn*





I also bought some notecards, card holders and customisable card dividers to store my revision in, I will be going back to collect more of these as they just make you feel so prepared!





Finally I bought the usual folders these were only 50p each so I stocked up, I also bought a lever arch file which was also a bit of a bargain at only £1.00!


I hope to write more of these posts as I start to collect more things to help me organise myself so keep an eye out for more like this!

Toodlepip  
x



Tuesday, 3 September 2013

MaxFactor Pink Brandy

I recently went to a family members wedding (it was a lovely day) and me being me (one of the most unorganised human beings in all the world) I left everything until the last minute...As you can well imagine it was a mad dash into town to go and collect the final bits and pieces to make my outfit complete.

I decided to take a quick look in Boots, yes the same Boots where I find it inexplicably easy to spend upwards of £25 every time I go in, so it probably wasn't one of the best ideas I've ever had! However I was very self controlled and only bought the things that I had been meaning to get anyway.*she smiles smugly to herself*. 

I picked up two things, the first being the well renowned Essie's Mint candy apple (look out for a blog post on this) and the second being Max Factor's Pink Brandy. 

So down to what this blog post is all about, Pink Brandy.



Pink Brandy is a semi-matte soft pink lipstick which can be applied with virtually no effort, which is great as you don't have to worry about it sliding down your face during the day or you missing your lips completely when trying to apply it on the move. It also lasts a very long time (around 2-4 hours depending on what I am doing) before having to reapply it. 


It retails at £6.99 from boots which I happen to think is a steal! Overall I really enjoy wearing this lipstick as it just adds that extra something to your makeup without it looking overdone. I also love it because I find it easy to pair with a gloss to zhush (again not a word) your look up a bit.

However I am only here to tell you about my experiences so why not pop down to boots to give it a try for yourself.






Excuse the chunk missing but I put the lid onto the lipstick..oops

Saturday, 15 June 2013

ZARA Office City Bag

It's here! I finally caved in and bought the Zara Office city bag and I can't begin to tell you how pleased I am to have it in my grasp! I was on the lookout for a new school bag and this just fits the brief perfectly. It keeps it's shape even when it's stuffed full and feels sturdy and well made.
It arrived in one of the biggest boxes I have ever seen, covered in tissue paper and with a little card showing the features of the bag. I love how the bag zips up and 'pops' together therefore preventing the contents becoming damp if it rains (which it regularly does in England!) it is also made of polyurethane with a cross hatched designed making it both look and feel luxurious but being practical at the same time as it is easy to wipe clean.
The lining is made of a lovely wine coloured polyester which again gives it the look of a much more expensive bag. 

As you can see the bag might fit loads of stuff in it but it doesn't swamp you. I am 5'1 and although it's clearly not a small bag it doesn't look massively oversized on a smaller frame.
The bag retails for £49.99 and although it's not cheap I wouldn't say that it isn't a reasonable price for a bag that will last quite a long time. The only problem I have noticed is that the zips can sometimes become a bit stiff but I left my bag to stand for a couple of days with nothing in it and they seem to have no problems now.
You can by this bag from the Zara website or by clicking this link.