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Sunday, 26 August 2012

Natural collection nail polish in antique coral

Now you may have or may not have noticed i'm somewhat of a nail polish fiend.  In fact i do change my nails at least once a week.  while i was in boots a couple of weeks ago (looking for an eyebrow pencil - didn't get one :( ) i saw the natural collection stand.  Now call me snobby but i don't normally go for this stand (but i do like the eyeshadow i got there ages ago)

Looks less pink in real life - way to go camera!!!

This nail polish says it coral but myself and everyone i asked have said it looks like a pinky orange.  When applying it used 3 coats.  On the first coat there is very noticeable shimmer but by the third coat it had become almost invisible which was a shame as the shimmer looked great

On the whole i think this is a lovely nail polish for less than £2.  Give it a go!!!

Natural collection nail polish in antique coral - boots (£1.89)

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Essie muchi muchi

Yes!!! i finally bought my first essie nail polish last week and i couldn't wait to show everyone.  The reason i never really ventured into the essie bandwagon is mainly the price.  At £7.99 these are the higher end of high street.  But i needed a nice nude-almost-pink colour for my 'little' collection.

Now most nudes tend to really wash me out.  In fact the only nude that i can get on with is revlon's pink nude. This nail polish takes about 4 coats to get opaque, a lightyear to dry and it has now almost run out.  So while i was in boots i decided to take the plunge and get muchi muchi.

Muchi muchi is warm toned which is good for me as i am warm toned and other nudes do look really stark on me.  It took me two coats to achieve the coverage in the picture and it builds up really well. Drying time was great and i finished my nails in 5 minutes (success!) I personally like the big brush as i have wide nails and so it speeds up time.  However that being said i do think that if you have narrow nails you might find brush application a little messy and will require clean up afterwards.

Essie muchi muchi ~ superdrug, boots (£7.99) 

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

A quick note ....

This is just to mention that since school is starting back up again (tomorrow....eeek) i may not be able to post as frequently as i have this summer .  I will try and have at least 2 posts a week but i will have 1 every week :)
Source - google images


Sunday, 12 August 2012

A rival for carmex? #1

It is no secret that i have a serious love addiction for carmex but recently i have been trying different lipbalms to see if they are better ones out there.

Today's lipbalm is ' Blistex medplus cherry berry ' .  To be honest i have never thought about trying any lipbalm from Blistex as i have just never found the brand appealing but this lipbalm came free with my mouthwash - it's dentyl if you are wondering (I love when they do that !) so i decided to put my carmex down to try this.

Medplus is aimed at people with dry and sore lips which i do get in summer (thanks hayfever!)  and it comes in two varieties original and cherry berry.  The original one comes in a pot and tube and the cherry berry just comes in a tube - which i actually prefer as it is quicker to apply.

The ingredients include Camphor to soothe and Beeswax to condition.  I really like it when lipbalms have something other than petroleum jelly in it's ingredients so this was already looking good.

Obviously cherry berry is cherry flavoured.  I love cherries ( my carmex is also cherry flavoured) so this was another plus sign 

I find it very easy to apply as it is soft but still firm so it won't go mushy.  It starts working immediately so my lips feel moisturized instantly and it gives a slight tingle ( i think due to the beeswax) 

After one week my lips have been soft and not at all chapped but i find to get maximum results you do need to put on a thick layer.

Mine is approx half the size of one you would buy normally so it is not really that small!

 Overall i think that this is great when my lips are in really bad condition and to be honest i think of carmex and this to be on the same par.

Blistex medplus cherry berry ~  Boots, Superdrug, chemists and supermarkets ~ £2.34

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Real techniques stippling brush

Hello everyone, today i am going to review a brush from the insanely popular real techniques brand.  For those who don't know real techniques was created by Samantha Chapman (sam from pixiwoo) They both use the brushes very frequently in their YouTube tutorials - link!

The stippling brush has been reviewed a lot in the blogging world but i thought i'd get my two-cents in anyway.

I picked mine up at boots for £11.99 but if you don't live near a boots or not in the UK you can buy them online.

The RT brushes (mind if i call them that now? ) are ridiculously hyped but i completely understand why.  They are just so perfect!!! They are unlike any other brushes in the high-street, they are reasonably priced and great quality.  The stippling brush is made out of super soft, synthetic taklon bristles like all the other RT brushes.  My only con is after every use the brush feels cakey and dirty and needs a wash again.  I use this for liquid foundation mainly my make up forever hd foundation (if you would like a review on that let me know in the comments) and it does look bloody fantastic if i do say so myself but i am yet to try it on a cream blush so i can't say how that fare with this brush.  I find it doesn't work well with thick foundations so stick to a thin one (i find MUFE HD to be in the medium category)

Overall it is a good brush and i recommend it just don't run out to buy it right this minute.

Real techniques stippling brush -Boots, RT online ~ £11.99 

Top tip thursday #3

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

L'oreal studio secrets primer

Hello today i'm going to review L'oreal studio secrets primer.  this primer was in my July favourites and i thought it was about time i did a little review on it.

To start on a sour note i hate the packaging it is just really hard to get product out without it going under your nails which wastes product but that being said i realise there isn't many other alternatives to packaging....... unless it was in foundation packaging with a PUMP

I have oily skin so a primer is good for days i don't want powder on and this primer is very good at 'airbrushing' your skin so it isn't just one dimension like powder can sometimes make it look.

The consistency is quite bouncy, like a less moussey version of maybelline dream mousse products.  It is quite thick which means you need a *tiny* amount for your face and it blends perfectly.  It doesn't leave a white cast on your face if you don't blend as well one day (*ahem* no7 matte primer) and it does make my foundation stay on until the end of the night which is great.

The price is at the slightly pricier end of the drugstore brands but then again l'oreal is like the higher end drugstore brand (contractions , i know) and it is almost £15.  I know by know you'll be saying '£15 for a ..... primer. You've gone mad' but it did work.  My face was left smoother, my foundation looked great and the staying power wasn't bad either but is it worth the money? Personally i won't repurchase as i am sure there are cheaper alternatives for this primer.  So are you ready for the quest of a lifetime? I am ! !  And you ready to join me on my quest for the perfect primer?  

If you are please list you recommendations for primers below and i will let you know how i get on.

Toodlelou xoxo

L'oreal studio secrets primer ~ boots, superdrug - (£14.29)

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Style Crush ~ Emma stone

This is a bit different than my normal style crush posts i didn't want to do a collage for her as i feel that it doesn't do her justice.  I hope you don't mind and please tell me if you prefer collages or this style of style crush posts.

**all pictures from google images**

Emma Stone Emma Stone walks the red carpet at 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

My Summer Scent

I am currently sitting writing this while it is raining with thunder and lightning.  Can you guess where I am?  That's right good ol' Scotland! :)  So this post is about my summer scent to help lift my spirits up as this dreadful weather is really starting to bring me down.

Daisy eau so fresh by Marc Jacobs is one of my all-time favourite perfumes as it is just so easy to wear.  I wear this especially in the summer and also in the winter when I need a little pick-me-up.

Marc Jacobs is a highly successful fashion designer but he has also made tons of perfume (the original daisy, Lola, oh Lola etc...) so I was thrilled when I got this for my birthday a while ago.

I have this in eau de toilette as opposed to eau de perfume which will have different staying power etc...

To me the notes are not very detectable separately as they sort of blend together to create a beautiful light, fruity scent.  It has notes of raspberry, sensuous wild rose, and deep and warm plum.  I'd say that you definitely can smell the raspberry at first but then it slowly changes and you can smell rose and violets which makes it turn very florally for a while then musk and cedarwood come to play as they give the fruity notes a boost thus turning it back to a dominantly fruity scent

I think that it is perfect for summer (or every season to be honest) and I just love the lid it's so beautiful.  I like the fact it only has one yellow flower it makes it unique in my opinion and it is bigger than standard perfumes which is always nice.
It stays on me for around 5 hours but remember on others it will differ.
You will get compliments for sure with this perfume, when I wear it; it gets triple the amount of compliments than others in my collection.

Have you tried daisy eau so fresh?  What are your thoughts?

Available at debenhams and boots from £48 - £62