NOTD Boots SEVENTEEN Gel Colour in Raspberry Woowoo and Off the Wall Graffiti Nail Effects in Monochrome ~ Photo swatches

Boots Seventeen Gel Colour in Raspberry Woowoo and Off the Wall Graffiti Nail Effects in Monochrome NOTD @iamcherrylemon

Boots Seventeen Gel Colour in Raspberry Woowoo and Off the Wall Graffiti Nail Effects in Monochrome NOTD @iamcherrylemon

Heeeelllooooo there! Quick NOTD post for Weds!

Today’s NOTD is bright and fun! I’ve used 2 Boots Seventeen nail polishes;
1. Gel Colour in Raspberry WooWoo (review on the Gel Colours)
2. Off the Wall Graffiti Nail effects in Monochrome

Boots Seventeen Gel Colour in Raspberry Woowoo and Off the Wall Graffiti Nail Effects in Monochrome NOTD @iamcherrylemon

Boots Seventeen Gel Colour in Raspberry Woowoo and Off the Wall Graffiti Nail Effects in Monochrome NOTD @iamcherrylemon

This manicure is created with 2 coats of Raspberry Woowoo, 1 coat of Graffiti and no top coat. I really like this confetti over solid Raspberry nail colour! What do you think?

Price: £3.99 @ 10ml each

Availability: Boots in store and online (Gel Colour and Nail Effects)

Thank you for dropping by! It’s Weds already, woohoo!

NOTD Ciaté nail polishes in Hopscotch (PP106) and Kiss Chase (PP101) photo swatches and review

Happy Saturday! How are you today? Weather has been kind to us in the UK so far :)

NOTD Ciaté nail polishes in Hopscotch and Kiss Chase (Mini bottles 5ml) @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Ciaté nail polishes in Hopscotch and Kiss Chase (Mini bottles 5ml) @iamcherrylemon

Before I ruin my nails by opening Easter eggs tomorrow .. here is NOTD with Ciaté nail polishes in Hopscotch (Tangerine orange) and Kiss Chase (Bright bubblegum pink).
Ciaté offers great range of colours and they are very innovative in nail art & technologies.

Hopscotch is a creme/cream(?), bright tangerine orange shade

Kiss Chase is a creme, bright solid pink

Both takes 3 coats for total coverage and it lasted 2 days without chipping. (No topcoat) :(

NOTD Ciaté nail polishes in Hopscotch and Kiss Chase @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Ciaté nail polishes in Hopscotch and Kiss Chase (shown without any topcoat) @iamcherrylemon

These were from the QVC version of the Ciaté advent calendars 2013, a similar one is currently on offer at Fragrance Direct for £16.99. Very good price for 20 mini polishes (all at 5ml) and 4 bottles of nail carviar/pearls. But I am eyeing up this £4.99 foil set. Have you tried foils? I have only done foil transfer onto Easter eggs with my niece. I am sure it would look lovely on nails.

NOTD Ciaté nail polishes in Hopscotch and Kiss Chase @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Ciaté nail polishes in Hopscotch and Kiss Chase (in full direct sunlight) @iamcherrylemon

Price: Part of a set £37 @ QVC
Availability: full sizes are available on Ciate online, 13.5ml for £9.00 (Hopscotch and Kiss Chase)
Overall summary: 2 out of 5, just because I like the colours :)

 

Walk in the Park iamcherrylemon

A nice walk in the park on Good Friday evening, it was very relaxing and slightly cold at 6c!

Thanks for dropping by! Have a lovely long weekend!

Skincare Product review: LUSH Cosmetics – Popcorn Lip Scrub #SkincareFridays

Lush Cosmetics ~ Popcorn Lip Scrub @iamcherrylemon

Lush Cosmetics ~ Popcorn Lip Scrub @iamcherrylemon

It is Easter holiday, so here’s double posting for today! (er.. yes I don’t actually know what I’m on about too) Second post for #SkincareFridays !

After using my first LUSH product, it has left me wanting more! So I went to pick this up last week at my local Lush store.

Popcorn Lip Scrub

My next Lush product after the facial cleanser is it’s little cousin in the cutest glass jar! Girls and boys, meet Popcorn lip scrub by Lush!

This little jar contains 25g of lip scrub, the main ingredients are everything you can pretty much find in your kitchen cupboard!

Caster sugar, coconut oil, sea salt and POPPING candy!? Ok I know I know, hard to justify the £5.50 price tag right? Here’s lip scrub recipe/tutorial for the DIY experts out there. (Links Pucca shows you how to make Lush-inspired lip scrubs and here Nicole Guerriero’s homemade lip scrub)

Product

This little lip scrub is packed to the rim with *product*. Once you open the jar, you are instantly hit with a scent.. It smells so delicious, just like sweet popcorn! I couldn’t stop sniffing it :p

The scrub itself is light in colour and fine in texture. You can’t pick up a dollop of the sugar scrub, a little pinch is all you need so this is perfect.

Lush Cosmetics ~ Popcorn Lip Scrub @iamcherrylemon

Lush Cosmetics ~ Popcorn Lip Scrub @iamcherrylemon

Ingredient list: Extra virgin coconut oil (softening and moisturising); polenta (mineral and vitamin packed). It also contains caster sugar, organic jojoba oil, fine sea salt, flavourings and popping candy.

Application

My lips have been slightly dry and chapped. So every other night, I will use this lip scrub to remove flaky bits and properly prepare my lips for balms.

Easy application, you pick up a tiny amount and rub it on your dry lips. The Lush sales lady told me that, after applying this on lips I can just lick off the rest! I went “WHAT?” eat the scrub? hahaha but the thought of smelling a nice product, it feels so wrong to eat it! it does taste very nice I must admit :p this scrub tastes of sweet and salty caramel! (Gosh I love sweet and salty popcorn..  have you tried the popcorn from Pret a manger?) If you prefer not to eat the scrub, just wipe it off with a damp cloth.

Don’t think that you can use this while out and about! It can get very messy.

Results

it’s ideal for me to use every other night or 3 times a week. My lips are softer and smoother after using the lip scrub with no residue. They look much better and I now have my confidence back to wear my Lime Crime liquid lipsticks (it’s ultra-matte and accentuate every flaky bits!).

Price: £5.50 for 25g

Availability: Lush online, in-store (worldwide)

Overall Summary: 4/5; Yummy lip scrub which I can’t get enough of :p

What’s not to love about Lush? Mostly natural and green ingredients, cruelty free, preservative free .. Ah probably the price is not cheap but these are of pretty decent quality.

Thank you for reading, if you have not catch my earlier post on Lush facial cleanser, then here it is (link).

Hope it will be a fantastic weekend for whatever you do this Easter break. I might stuff my face with chocolate eggs :p

Happy Easter :D

Skincare Product review: LUSH Let the Good Times Roll (Facial Cleanser / Exfoliator) #SkincareFridays

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Lush Cosmetics ~ Let the Good Times Roll (Facial Cleanser / Exfoliator) and Popcorn Lip Scrub @iamcherrylemon

 

Good morning people! It is Easter Friday today, for many of us, today is the start of a 4 day weekend in the UK :D YAY!

 

Today’s skincare product under review is from LUSH Cosmetics. LUSH is a brand that I have not explored and stores that I have never visited. It always smell fantastic whenever I walk past a Lush store, every store is always jam packed with customers, and it looks scary to me! I don’t know why… the stores have buckets of products everywhere.. I wouldn’t know where to begin. So I have never made an effort in checking them out. Until I got this Lush product from Elly as part of my birthday gift last month.

 

Who’s Lush? Lush is a cosmetic company born and bred in the UK. Their head quarter is in Poole, Dorset. Lush is currently in their 20th year since launching in 1994.

They sell handmade products that are created using mostly natural (not 100% Vegan) ingredients, you will find most of their products are preservative free. Hence the short shelf life on some of their product lines (including this facial cleanser!). Lush is against animal testing, their containers are made of recycled materials. (plus you get a free face mask for returning 5 empty Lush tubs!) I love companies that encourage consumer to recycle! Big thumbs up!

 

Let the Good Times Roll (facial cleanser / Exfoliator)

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Lush Cosmetics ~ Let the Good Times Roll Facial Cleanser Exfoliator @iamcherrylemon

This is my first proper LUSH product… Let the Good Times Roll was a limited edition product for Christmas 2013, but they have made this a permanent line recently. Apparently it was such a big hit that this is bought back to the shops by popular demand. That’s always a good sign!

 

Product

This facial cleanser comes in a black recycled plastic tub, it is such cute packaging! Upon opening the tub, you will see the caramel-coloured contents! ahhaha This remains me play dough in the play dough tub!! Actually the consistency of the product is very much like play dough, very doughy and squishy. Although this is a cleanser but with the micro granules (gritty bits), this can be used as an exfoliator.

This product smells pleasantly sweet! Official website description of the smell is, “Buttery popcorn” :D

This product has a 3 month shelf life as its made with fresh ingredients and contains no preservatives (such as parabens!).

 

Ingredient list: Maize flour (gentle exfoliator); Polenta (mineral and vitamin packed); Cinnamon powder (warming and stimulating); Corn oil (skin and hair booster). It also contains Glycerine, talc, water, perfume, gardenia extract and popcorn! Apart from perfume, which is a safe synthetics, all other ingredients are natural.

 

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Lush Cosmetics ~ Let the Good Times Roll Facial Cleanser Exfoliator @iamcherrylemon

Application

For face: pick a pea sized piece of cleanser, add few drops of water to make it into a paste. Rub the paste onto slightly damp skin and exfoliate in circular motions for about a minute. The maize flour and polenta will work its magic, be careful  not to rub too hard as it may cause damage to the skin (as you would with other facial scrubs!).

Rinse off with warm water, then pat skin dry with a face cloth.

For rest of body: use as much as you require to make the paste!

 

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Lush Cosmetics ~ Let the Good Times Roll Facial Cleanser Exfoliator ~ Product Review @iamcherrylemon

Results

After each application, my skin feels clean, softer and smoother. This product works for my combination/oily skin and it does not irritate. (You can try a tester in any Lush stores, they’d love you to try their products!)

I am not a big fan of gritty face scrubs but this is one exceptional exfoliator, I just love this and will incorporate into my skincare routine :D I will use this as well as my trusty Ginvera marvel gel for my weekly exfoliation!

 

Price: £6.35 for 100g, also available for £15.58 for 250g

Availability: Lush online (lush.co.uk), in-store and lush worldwide online stores

Overall Summary: 4/5; Super lovely exfoliator! I would have given it a 5 if I didn’t have to rush and finish the product within 3 months!!

 

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Lush Cosmetics Product Catalogue @iamcherrylemon

Have you tried any Lush products and would recommend them? :) I would like to get to know more about the range xxoo

Thanks for reading and I shall be posting another LUSH post ;P today

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Skincare product review: Boots Botanics Organic Super Balm #SkincareFridays

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Boots Botanics Organic Superblam - Product Review by @iamcherrylemon

Yup!! Skincare Fridays are here!! I’m *trying* to commit myself to post more regularly on Fridays! Mostly skincare related products  :) (starting to sound like a reality.. Gulp!)

So here’s first of many #SkincareFridays posts by me! Today I am reviewing purchase #2 from my short trip to Boots on Monday.

Boots Botanics Organic Super Balm

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Boots Botanics Organic Superblam - Product Review by @iamcherrylemon

 What is it?

Have you heard of Liz Earle Super balm before? I couldn’t help but to compare this Boots version to Liz Earle’s.
The basic principles of these balms are the same. A superhero fix-all balm that created using the most active botanic plant extracts.

 

Official description: Boots Superbalm is developed using plant ingredients approved by Royal Botanic Gardens. (If you are not from the UK, Kew garden is a famous botanic garden in the UK. I love this place!) Boots organic super balm is 93% organic and it contains rosehip. Rosehip is nature’s nourishing gem.  The seeds are a rich source essential Omega oils, which help to improve suppleness and keep all skin types beautifully soft and healthy looking.

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Boots Botanics Organic Superblam - Product Review by @iamcherrylemon

Shea butter, sweet almond oil and argan oil combine to rescue skin in desperate need of hydration. Use on lips, hands, elbows or anywhere needing relief to instantly soften and calm.

 

Clash of the Superbalms! (just what I think of the products :p)

I liked the Liz Earle one, it does everything it claims to do but it goes off pretty quickly. Then you are left with an oily-smelling balm that is still useable but not as pleasant to use due to the smell. It’s very understandable as Liz Earle’s doesn’t contain preservatives or chemicals.
I have only had this Boots version for a few days. So I can’t comment on its shelf life. There is only 11ml of product in this little hard plastic tub. As you don’t need to apply a lot of product on problem areas, I believe this little tub will last awhile.

I personally think the tub is perfectly sized! Great for handbags and to keep at desks/bedside tables! The hard plastic tub looks and feels pretty tough, while I do not suggest you throw this against the wall.. it shouldn’t smash into pieces if you accidentally drop this on the floor. Don’t worry, I will try that tonight ;)

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Boots Botanics Organic Superblam - Ingredients list @iamcherrylemon

For it being organic, it makes me feel like I’m being very good to my skin! Please note that this balm is very balmy (is this a word)? Consistency is like set honey!? To apply, you dab your finger into the tub of product, the warmth of your finger tip should melt the product slightly. It seems to turn into semi-liquid balm upon application. For me, my skin absorb this balm easily and it does leave a tiny amount of grease-like residue just like Vaseline! This balm has no fragrance to it, not that I can detect anyway.
The results
In terms of effectiveness, I do like this balm a lot. It feels light yet nourishing enough for the dry patches. Since *fixing* my dry patches in 4 days (so impressed!). I have also used this on my lips, cuticles, elbows and knees. Pushing it further, I have applied this on my spot to speed up recovery. It seems to soften the dried up areas. Can this balm do no wrong? I will continue to find what else I can use this balm for.  Now who doesn’t like a multi-purpose beauty product!? :D
Price: £4.99 for 11ml (currently on offer, saving 1/3 off RRP £3.33)
Availability: Boots instore / online; US: you can check if your local Target/Ulta stocks Boot Botanics!
Overall summary: A whooping 4.5 out of 5 from moi!

 

Skincare Product: Boots Botanics Cleansing Face Wipes ALL BRIGHT (Quick Review)

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Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Face Wipes - Product review @iamcherrylemon

Today I am reviewing Boots Botanics makeup removal wipes. Boots Botanics is not a new range from Boots, for the products I have tried before they are either big hits or misses.

 

Yesterday, I’ve picked up the makeup removal wipes and the Super balm while on my way to my hot yoga class. Random selection I hear you say… Well I don’t really want to look like a melting panda after the class, that would be very scary indeed… As I doubt my mascara is heatproof :p and I have noticed some very dry and rough skin on my hands. So both products were purposely bought! I will review the superbalm next, but that post is a little bit more heavy, so I have to split them up.

Makeup removal wipes – one of many must haves for lazy gals like me! Makeup removal wipes are great for removing makeup on the go, for travelling and those days that you just can’t bear to go through the entire skin cleansing routine. Although I do not encourage you to rely on makeup wipes, as all skin needs good proper skincare routine and no shortcuts! I used to use makeup wipes but I no longer relying on them. As they just don’t clean my skin well enough.

 

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Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Face Wipes - Product review @iamcherrylemon

Official Description: Cleanses and removes waterproof make up, suitable for sensitive skin; with brightening hibiscus
I’ve used these Boots Botanics wipes for the first time on last night… I was wearing foundation, non-waterproof mascara and liquid eyeliner. (aka, not a lot of makeup for me!)
The wipes felt pretty wet and drenched when I pulled it out of its pack, which is better than dryer ones I guess. I have used dryer ones in the past, those just don’t remove anything and feels pretty rough on the skin. Anyhow I still need to use 2 wipes to remove my makeup! These wipes feel gentle on skin, but for me they are not effective on removing makeup. I don’t have highly sensitive skin, but the residue substance did make my face felt tingly. I sustained it for about 5 seconds before I splashed water on my face to remove the leftovers. Feeling a bit annoyed with that.

Price: £3.49 for 25 wipes (currently on offer, saving 1/3 off RRP)
Availability: Boots in-store / online
Overall Summary: 1.5/5 these are gentle makeup removal wipes, but just not for me.
Wow, second post on a Tuesday! Blogging engines on fire! wahahahaha!!!
Thank you for reading and enjoy the sunshine :)