These Tokidoki Royal Pride Safari Bobbi Pins Are Bringing Bobbies Back

Published in: Hair, Product Reviews

I’m totally using my new Lloyd Christmas bangs as an excuse to go buck wild explore new developments in the hair accessories department, and this new mission of mine took me to Sephora.


I went under the guise of finding something to hold my bangs in place and bumped into these packs of (adorable) limited edition Tokidoki Royal Pride Safari Bobbi Pins and Heart & Cross Bones Bobbi Pins ($9 each).

So cute!

But when I stepped up to the register with them, what ensued was a lovely reminder of my age…

Sales clerk: “Aww, these are super cute!”
Me: “I know, right!?”
Sales clerk: “Are these for your daughter?”
Me: “Uh…not exactly. (I wonder if I should tell her about my cat.)
Sales clerk: “Oh… You’re buying them for yourself?”
(Insert long pause.)
Me: “Yup.”

LOL! Not gonna lie — I kinda wanted to pinch her (lightly) with my 36-year-old toes.

Back to the bobbies! I’ve been using them to pin back my bangs when I work out or when my forehead gets itchy.

I like the look. I think it’s sassy and spunky, and because the pins are nice and tight, they hold Lloyd Christmas firmly in place.

So much cooler and cuter than basic bobby pins, for sure.

PRICE: $9 for each pack
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online


Whoa-oh! We’re half way there…

(Whoa-oh! Livin’ on a prayer!)

Sometimes you just feel the need to quote Bon Jovi on a hump day morning. There’s no point in trying to understand why.

Have a fantastic Wednesday, my friend! I’ll try to do the same. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Faye says:

    These are darn cute! I’d buy them. I wouldn’ t wear them outside the house, but I’d buy them :).

    Your story reminds me of my attempts at buying a Hello Kitty toaster at Target last December. They were up on a shelf that was very high (you know it was high when 5’ 10” me couldn’t reach it), so I had to ask a salesperson to get it down for me. Salesperson: “Aw, this is so cute! Is it for your daughter?” Me: “ Um, no . . .” Salesperson: “Your niece?” Me: “No.” Salesperson (sounding nervous) . . . “Friend’s daughter?” Me: “It’s for nobody’s child. It’s for me. 31-year-old me. Can you please get it down from the shelf now?” Salesperson: Shoots me look like I’m a perv or something 🙂

  2. Martha says:

    I love Dumb & Dumber, it just never gets old! Those pins are so cute 🙂 I am LOLing over your cashier story.
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  3. Sarah S. says:

    Happy Hump Day, Karen! This funny post definitely helps me feel more than halfway to the weekend. I think your style is so elegant and sophisticated, I was surprised you’d go for the Tokidoki, too. But I ain’t judgin’; I have a way more immature sense of style and I’m 28. I’m kind of dreading the day I get asked if my cute Tokidoki stuff is for my kid… I think I’d have to blow a raspberry at the SA 😛

  4. Nina says:

    time flies – it was just monday and now, we’re midway through the week. 😀

    the bobby pins are so cute!

    • Karen says:

      I know! I was realizing today that summer is almost over and it make me kind of sad. I can’t even deal with the thought of the cold weather coming back!

      • Nina says:

        i know right? i mean — its scorching hot here nowadays (were hitting the 100s, and w/ heat indiex, it feels like 110) … i still prefer that to freezing cold though!

  5. Jennifer says:

    The bobbi pins are super cute!!! But crazy expensive!!! I mean, I can get like a hundred of them for a dollar at the dollar store… The price is definitely a huge turn-off.

    • Karen says:

      I have a ton of plain ones (more than I can count), but I figured these would be fun to switch things up. 🙂 I do wish they were cheaper, though.

  6. gio says:

    Those pins are too cute!

  7. Thepaigest says:

    I have these sitting in my Sephora bag!! I have lots of love for you because you’re one of the few beauty bloggers that shares the love for Tokidoki!! I love there stuff I think it’s super fun 🙂 I want it all of course 🙂 Don’t you know the 30’s are the new tweens lol

  8. Jessi says:

    Those are super cute! I would have told that lady, “Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t realize there was an age limit on looking fabulous!” Haha. I wonder what she would have said. You’ll have to show us how they look in Lloyd Christmas! 🙂
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  9. Shannon says:

    so so cute!! There’s no reason grown ups can’t be adorable, too 🙂

  10. Vijaya says:

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  11. Nina says:

    Now I seriously curse Sephoras here, they don’t carry any of these cute things, grr! Also, that lady at the register sure deserves some pinching! Sometimes people say things like “act like a grown up! you still look like a teenager!” to me and I say “oh, jealous?” hehee 😀 I think they’re afraid of showing the age they’re feeling, so they took it all out on us. And Bon Jovi! I couldn’t go to their concert here T.T

    • Karen says:

      I have one too many Bon Jovi hits from the ’80s in my iTunes. Do you remember the acoustic version of Dead or Alive that they did on MTV? Hello, awesome.

    • Natalie says:

      O..M..G.. I saw Bon Jovi in Vegas in March and it was AWESOME. Jon Bon Jovi is sooooo hot. The show totally kicked arse. First time I saw him in concert believe it or not. You totally need to try to go to a show if you have the chance.

  12. that’s better than being asked, at 22, if i had kids. K-I-D-S plural.

    but hey, those bobbi pins are SO cute. if you can rock them, rock them!
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  13. flos says:

    dont feel to bad about that cashier, my mom would buy them for herself, and she’s over 50 🙂

    Btw, only recently stumbled upon your blog, and it’s by far the most original and fun beauty blog out there! I know I’ll keep coming back 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Flos,

      Your mom sounds super cool. 🙂

      So glad to hear you like the site! Are you new to makeup, or have you been into it for a while?

      • flos says:

        Totally into makeup since I started ballet classes at five, and sort of needed to raid my moms makeup table in preparation for my show makeup!

  14. Rachel says:

    Those are pretty adorable. I’d like to think that I’d have a sassy comeback for a question like that, but in reality I would probably have the same reaction that you had. Also, I spent part of my morning yanking out white hairs. I’m 26. UGH.

  15. Those are really cute. I’m turning 29 and I will use those as well. I would not care if other people would think weird. 🙂 Happy wearing!

  16. BooBooNinja says:

    tee hee! Lloyd Christmas! I remember my sister playing Dumb & Dumber on repeat when we were little just to bug the heck out of me. I don’t know why I didn’t just leave the room. Stubbornness? I guess without this sisterly love, I wouldn’t be able to quote large passages from the movie.

  17. Nicole O. says:

    SO freakin’ cute!!!!!!

  18. Jen W says:

    ADORABLE! I’m so bad with bobbi pins though, I keep losing them and go through about 100 each week.
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  19. KAREN says:


    You own it Karen! There is nothing wrong with buying cute bobbi pins or a Hello Kitty Toaster! It’s called being YOUNG AT HEART!

    That Sephora girl just wished she was brave enough to buy or wear them! –how much you wanna bet she stashed a few to buy later on on her break 😉

    Love your post, love your new hair, and love your spirit!!

    xoxo- Karen

  20. Danii says:

    😀 I have both colours of the signature heart-and-crossbones pins!I love ’em.Between my Hello Kitty and Pirate Hello Kitty hairclips,I’ll never need anymore!XD

  21. Denise says:

    Super cute bobby pins! I used to get weird looks when I bought Hello Kitty stuff, like when I got my ID holder. I’d be all excited when I went to the register to pay. I don’t care what they think, it makes me happy!!
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  22. cheyenne says:

    so tempting! i’d probably end up losing all of them. LOL

  23. NeenaJ says:

    The pins are adorable! You took the high road, as far as I’m concerned. I probably would have made snide comment about something she was wearing: “Ooh, I saw your same earrings in the QVC clearance event; I hope you got the free shipping.” or “My grammie has those same shoes!” LOL!

    Anyway, I have a Tokidoki purse and duffle bag from LeSportsac and I love them. It’s my absolute favorite bag to carry and I’m 37! I get compliments on it all the time. Tokidoki is just plain fun.

  24. kiwikiwidragon says:

    DH and I high fived last night on being immature and never being “old”. We are both 36 and you should see my Adventure Time shirts!!

    Also when you are going through a heavy time in your life, it’s hard to watch drama on tv. I switched back to light tv and cartoons when my dad was diagnosed with cancer. It works for me and thats all that matters.

    • Thepaigest says:

      LOL I was going to mention my Adventure Time Finn hat just arrived and I’m 33… not sure if Karen would sport it but if you can make life a little fun in very crazy times then make it so!


  25. Natalie says:

    Awww Karen, are you having “bang regret”? Ha! I tell you, this ALWAYS happens to me whenever I get bangs! I guess I never learn. But seriously, the bangs look great on you. Totally NOT Lloyd Christmas!

  26. Jeni says:

    I love Tokidoki so I love these. Bobby pins never stay in my hair, though, so I don’t know how I could wear these. I would especially want unicorn Tokidoki barrettes. Hmmm.

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