Monday, 30 January 2012

Tuxedo NOTD (Zooey Deschanel)

Zooey Deschanel (who starred in 500 Days of Summer and now plays Jess in New Girl) supported cute little tuxedos on her nails at the 2012 Golden Globes!

I recreated this look with a step-by-step tutorial for you to follow if you want to get Zooey's cute tux nails too!

Step 1: Paint your nails white

I used two coats of Revlon Nail Enamel in 050 White On White (over a base coat) to get a nice opaque snow white base.

Step 2: Black tips

Using a swipe method, I applied one coat of Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish in 080 Black Cab on the tips of my nails to create the French manicure look. 

Step 3: Buttons!

Zooey's nails actually had 3 buttons but I thought two fitted nicely on my nails. Hers also increase in size (from top to bottom) so it's up to you how you want them. I used a dotting tool to get perfect dots.

Step 4: Add the bow ties

These little bow ties are quite easy to draw. I used the nib end of my Inglot Nail Art Enamel in 36 Black two draw two rounded triangles that touch each other. You can just draw an 'x' and join up the edges, but this will be less rounded. 

You can stop here, and have a nice cream finish to the nails, just add a top coat to prevent chipping etc but being me, I had to add a little sparkle...

Step 6: Glitter top coat

I applied one layer of Nails Inc Electric Lane Holographic Top Coat to give me some extra glam to my little tuxedos! Then I used one layer of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (which is a new love!) to seal in my design. 

Hope you liked and enjoy the little tuxes your nails can wear!

Love love and tuxedolove!!
Toffee xXxXx

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Instagram (020)

So this week has been up and down. I think I've lost my blogging mojo :/

Chinese New Year has begun!!! It's actually a 16 day celebration starting on the eve :P

Our decorated hallway!

A poster of the money god - it reads: Money God has arrived!
My first red packet (from my parents!) - these little envelopes contain money and are given as gifts from the elders.

I was all excited on CNY day :D

Chinatown all lantern-ed up <3

Sticky Toffee Pudding that was way too sweet, I would be diabetic if I ate it all.
Minimal makeup because my skin felt good :)

Early Friday morning hello photo :P

Yummiest thing in Pret A Manger

My belated Xmas present!!!! How cute O_O

I hope you are all keeping well.

Love love and instagramlove!!
Toffee xXxXx

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Clarisonic Diary - Week 3

Things with the Clarisonic have been great! Still the same feeling I get when I use it and I do look forward to my daily shower. I find that the bristles seem to stain when I've been wearing foundation so I just make sure I use a bit of Superdrug Tea Tree Foaming Face Wash to really clean off the bristles after use.

I do have a few little blemishes but I don't think this is due to the Clarisonic so I think it's now safe to say I didn't go through that 'purging phase'! My skin care routine must've been quite good before and I'm glad the products I like are still doing well for me.

Thought I'd just give a little mention to Victoria (Birdcage Beauty) who had purchased the Clarisonic Mia (in yellow which is what I wanted, and she wanted the lavender!) around the same time. She's written a little about it and she'll be updating her experience as well. Here is a link to her first week.

Next update in another week's time! (I'm thinking of doing an updated skin routine video too)

Love love and clarisoniclove!!
Toffee xXxXx

Friday, 27 January 2012

The rush is never ending OOTD

This is the outfit I wore out for a friend's birthday. There is a small keyhole in the back of the lace at the top, but my hair covered it. 

* Elsa Rose Lace Bodycon Dress in Wine from Motel Rocks
* Long Peacock Necklace from Accessorize (It got caught up in the lace from my dress so I didn't end up wearing it out of the house)
* Black Tights
* Black shoeboots with triple buckle from Marks & Spencer

My body shape is actually quite weird. My top half is a size smaller than my bottom half... so you can probably see a bit of ruffling at the sleeves. The shoulder area was a tad large too but I made it work :)

For my make up, I kept it quite simple as the dress is so loud being a wine red and lace! I darkened up my eyes from the day by blending brown eyeshadow into the crease. I also wore eyeliner on the outer edges. 

No blush, I just used bronzer so give my face some definition. I only had one lipstick with me (Revlon Pink In The Afternoon) so I applied that and used GOSH Light'n Glaze in 05 over the top.

I think the wine shade puts a spin on the black lace dress that everyone seems to have. What do you think??

Love love and outfitlove!!
Toffee xXxXx

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

I'm easily excitable OOTD

This is the outfit I wore on Monday, the first day of Chinese New Year 2012!

I bought this dress in the sales and saved it for CNY.

I must wear something new and red/pink to celebrate the new year :D

 *Red Lace Top, Black Chiffon Skirt Dress from
* Black Belt from New Look
*180 Denier Tights from New Look
* Gold Studded Black Shoeboots from Primark

If you want to bring some Chinese culture to your life, you can paint your nails with some red and gold! I made a tutorial for a cute pattern you can follow here.  


I just love this pic :P

Happy Chinese New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love love and outfitlove!!
Toffee xXxXx

Monday, 23 January 2012

CNY 2012 NOTD & Tutorial

Happy Chinese New Year!!!!!

May the Dragon being you great prosperity, luck and good fortune to you and your family!

I created this red and gold nail look so that you can all bring some Chinese culture to your daily lives :)

Prepstep: Prep the nails

This isn't a step I normally include (although I always do it) but because we're working with red, a base coat should help prevent any staining on the natural nails. I used two coats of OPI Nail Envy Matte and one coat of OPI Natural Nail Base Coat.

Step 1: Paint the nails

Using any red of your choice (I used Maybelline Express Finish Lacquer in Cerise/Cherry), cover your nails with two coats to get a nice even opaque colour.

Step 2: Create the gold diagonal

This gold diagonal is a little trickier than a straight diagonal so I split it into two steps.
~ a ~

Using the brush with a small amount of polish, make three curves on the diagonal of your nail.

~ b ~

Fill in the gap! (I used myface.cosmetics Lil' Bling nail polish in Gilt-y)

Step 3: Add gold glitter

I used Nails Inc Chelsea Embankment to cover the gold polish to make my nails sparkle!

Step 4: Outline the diagonal

I decided I needed some red glitter too so I used a red glitter striper polish (Zhiyu Glitter striper polish in Red) to outline the diagonal and add even more sparkle!

You can end here and just apply a top coat if you want, you don't have to write the Chinese word (Fu ~ a well-wishing word meaning something like fortune) but I've included a little step-by-step so you can, if you want :)

Step 5: Draw the Chinese word

I just used my Inglot Nail Art Enamel in 36 Black to write the word.

Step 6: Apply a top coat

To be honest, my Chinese writing sucks. Especially on nails!!

I hope you all have a great year of the Dragon!

Love love and CNYlove!!
Toffee xXxXx

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Instagram (019)

This week is very short and simple. I was ill with the flu since I got home on Sunday until today. 

I think I've finally recovered but it means I spent a lot of my time in bed and didn't really get out much. 

This was such a life saver! (Boots own brand works just as well tbh)

Wigglytuff is my new screen saver.

This has been helping to soothe my throat :)

The new series of Gossip Girl is out in USA! So I celebrated by painting my nails :)

Hope you've seen the blog post about it already, if not click here

I will have a full OOTD post on this - what I wore last Sat night.

Playing around with a new frame app so now I have options :D

Found a lonely Rocher, so I ate it!

Giving my Nail Inc collection a tidy :P
In conclusion, I need more Nails Inc polishes to fill up the box now ;)

How was your week??

Love love and instagramlove!!
Toffee xXxXx