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Who wants Candy!? Makeup Revolution I want Candy blushers in Wow and Pink – product review and photo swatches

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Yay it MUR time again! As you might know I have hauled MUR not 1 but 2 times. This is before trying out the products! Madness I know…. I purchased the items simply based on reviews and online swatches. But so far I don’t have many misses.

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“I want Candy” are powder blushers by MUR I ❤️ Makeup range. I’ve picked Wow and Pink.

Wow is a slightly cooler toned shimmery pink.
Pink is a matte medium pink blusher.

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These 2 are very nice and pigmented. First time I used the “Pink” blusher, I wasn’t expecting it to be a pigmented product. Come on, it’s only £2.99 each! It is crazy how well it performs.

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I use my duo fibre RT face brush to apply the product sparingly. It looked great and it lasted me over 8hrs after setting with my Urban Decay setting spray.
I’ve used this again without setting spray and it lasted around 5 hours on my oily combination skin.

“Wow” is different to my other shimmery pink blushers. I use the Benefit Rocketeur and Sleek’s Rose Gold blushers. Both are not cool toned.
I can report that “Wow” does not look overly shimmery on the face. It did not last as long as “Pink” but still a very pigmented blusher.

I am using “Pink” a lot recently :)

Price: £2.99
Availability: makeup revolution online,  Superdrug online and in selected stores
Overall Score: 4 out of 5 for Pink;  3.5 for Wow. .. Only because pink lasts better :)

Have you tried Makeup Revolution yet? Why do you think of it? They have some amazing eye shadow palettes! I hope to get few more uses out of them before posting a review :)
Thanks for reading and enjoy your day ;)


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NOTD Ciate Mosaic Collection and Barry M Silks Nail Paints review and photos watches

Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend? I had a nice fun day at a clothes swap with my dear friends. It is not about the items we were swapping, but the fun and laughs we share during the session! :) I love it! I am extremely appreciative and happy with the nail polishes made available (Thanks Shereen! )! LOOK at these lovely Ciate Mosaic polishes! They look so much fun!

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NOTD Ciate Mosaic Collection and Barry M Silks Nail Paints photo @iamcherrylemon

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Ciate Mosaic Collection (image credit Ciate.co.uk)

Ciate has launched a Mosaic collection for summer 2014, these are non-glittery square glitter pieces, aka Mosaic tiles! These look fun and the mixture of colours are very nice.
All of the polishes from the Mosaic collection are with clear base polishes.

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NOTD Ciate Mosaic Collection and Barry M Silks swatches @iamcherrylemon

Mosaic Maddness – A burst of all colours, blues, yellow, peach and silver mosaic tiles – this is my fav!
Fair and Square – Mixture of peach shades, grey and silver mosaic tiles. Very versatile shades :)
Mural Moment – shades of light and medium blues, light pink
Night on the Tiles – Bright blues, light green and silver mosaic
Check Mate (I do not have it swatched) – Monochrome, black and white square mosaic tiles, probably would go with most polishes!

These polishes are fun but it is not easy to fish out the mosaic tiles. The polishes are on the thin side so it is good if you are only after a less concentrated TILED look ;)

Price: £9 each for 13.5ml or £30 for the 5 from Ciate online
Overall score: I rate this 4 out of 5. Very easy to use for nailart beginners to achieve a cool manicure!

I had a great time at clothes swap, lots of giggles and cakes! And I have a huge bag of items leftover by the ladies, it will be going to the charity shop pretty soon :)

Okie what a quick and fun post! :P Thank you for reading and take care!


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Watsons Collagen Intensive Nourishing Cream Mask, Collagen Moisturising and Firming Eye Mask #SkincareFridays Product Review

Happy Friday everyone, how’s things at your end? The British weather has been very kind recently and we are in the middle of a mini heat wave. I am enjoying the sunshine even though I am sitting in the office all the day, nice to see some sun :) it cheers me up :)

 

Today’s reviews are on Watsons Collagen mask range, as you probably know by now. I am a sheet masks addict :P and I seems to keep getting them from Watsons!?

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Official description: Watsons Collagen line is formulated with natural collagen from Germany and is extracted from non-polluted deep sea fish. It has enhanced absorption properties which help boost collagen and moisture levels to enhance skin elasticity and firmness.

Intensive nourishing cream face mask contains a rich cream essence which deeply moisturises the skin.  It replenishes collagen and essential nutrients leaving skin more supple and elastic. Suitable for dry skin, especially in Autumn and Winter.

Collagen eye mask contains DPHP, a moisturising agent that hydrates and tightens the skin around the eyes. it also helps reduce puffiness and diminish dark circles. The light-textured essence is easily absorbed.

 

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Collagen Moisturising and Firming Eye Mask

The packaging is the standard yellow boxes for the whole range. This item contains 6 pairs of eye mask all individually packed inside foil sachets. Pay no attention to the tiny diagram on the packaging, the eye mask is basically a pair of egg shaped soft mask pieces. They sit in a tray and totally soaked with essence!

The mask/essence smells light and gentle, once applied onto the eyes. … it feels very pleasing. I guess it was because I kept the masks in a cool/cold place!

After having the mask on my eyes for 15 to 20mins, I removed the masks and light tapped the essence on and around the eye area.

Results? er I can’t really tell the difference between before and after. The skin around the eyes did feel moisturised but I cannot confirm it feels tighten at all. The dark circles stay firmly in place (boo!!).

Overall score: 2 out of 5. Results not too noticeable, I did not see an improvement to my dark circles but the skin around the eyes feels hydrated and comfortable.

Intensive Nourishing Cream Mask

Now, we move onto the review on the Intensive nourishing cream mask… Again, the masks are individually packed in its own foil sachets. There are 6 masks in the box. Each mask contains 30ml of cream essence, that is an awful lot of product!! I have used many Watsons masks, this is probably one of the richest and creamiest mask ever! The second I pulled the mask out of the sachet, I already knew it will be a good mask!!

The mask fits nicely onto my face, I pulled and straighten it out neatly and covered my eye lids with the cut-outs. It smells gentle (??) and pleasant.

I rested for 20mins and by that time the mask definitely felt drier as if my skin has drank all the product up! I massaged the rest of the essence onto my face. OK, I will be totally honest, there was still way too much product left, I had to remove a lot from my face.. and I massaged it onto my neck line. The mask and essence did feel overwhelming on my combination skin, as the mask is tended for dry skin… nevertheless, the result is very good. Skin instantly feels softer and supple. The proof of its effectiveness showed in the next morning. I woke up with skin that look and feel hydrated, nourished and fine lines under my eyes are less visible. I almost looked younger ;) that certainly put a smile to my face! ehehhe

Overall score: 4 out of 5. Very good visible results! I am very impressed with this, it is probably too rich to use during the summer. It is certainly is a treat to the face :)

I bought these masks during the buy 1 get 1 half priced offer! And these masks have a 3 year expiration period.

See my last review on the Watsons Collagen Hydrating masks.

 

Thanks for reading and have a lovely weekend :)


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#GoShopAlert Illamasqua celebrating 200k FB likes with discount for you!

Morning! It is Friday and it is payday (for me :P)!
Who fancies a bit of makeup shopping!? He hehe
The lovely brand Illamasqua is celebrating 200k likes on their fb page. Many congratulations! 
They have kindly released a discount code for use on line.  Use code 200KFB at checkout. Please also read their t&c for more details.
#GoShopAlert http://www.illamasqua.com !


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Illamasqua Precision Ink in Havoc (liquid eyeliner) photo swatch and product review

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Illamasqua Precision Ink in Havoc (Liquid Eyeliner) review by @iamcherrylemon

Hi there, how’s everyone doing today?
Today I have a short makeup review for you, this product is the Illamasqua precision ink. This is a waterproof liquid eyeliner in the shade aubergine. What is colour aubergine? You would imagine “purple”. .. Right? Well it’s not purple. It is a browny-red, that dries with a slight gloss. I read some reviews describing this colour as dried blood. ewwwww
It sounds horrible to have the “dried blood on eyes” look :p and it is not even Halloween hehehe! As yucky as it may sound, it is actually quite a wearable, unique colour to wear on a daily basis. It works better on hazel/green-ish eyes but this did not stop me wearing this for a whole month straight!

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Illamasqua Precision Ink in Havoc (Liquid Eyeliner) pen nib @iamcherrylemon

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Illamasqua Precision Ink in Havoc (Liquid Eyeliner) swatch @iamcherrylemon

(While swatching this on my hand, I stupidly tip the liner upside down, and a good amount of liner liquid just landed on our light green carpet!! OMG)

To be honest, I would prefer it to be a black colour liner, but this product’s staying power is just second to none. I enjoy using a non-black liner that stays on and on, even when the rest of the makeup is melting :p

In fact, I had to use cleansing oil to remove this.. the normal eyemakeup remover just does not cut it. With cleansing oil, the liner comes off in pieces, flakes.

The good:
Long lasting waterproof liner
Smudgeproof, Sweatproof, Kinda heatproof
Sturdy pen nib for precision lining
A good amount of product!

The bad:
Weird colour
Requires cleansing oil for liner removal
Sturdy nib means not alot of flexibility on application (depends how you like your liner :P)

Price: £20
Availability: Illamasqua online and in store, Debenhams, Selfridges
Overall Score: 3 out of 5


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Beauty Blogger of the Month Award

Beauty Blogger of the month

Beauty Blogger of the month

Many thanks to mintymilky for nominating me for the “Beauty Blogger of the Month Award”. mintymilky have some great posts and she translates everything from German into English, that’s dedication!

Here are the rules at the originating blog “Cecilia’s corner”.
http://ceciliascorner.net/2014/07/04/the-beauty-blogger-of-the-month-award-benefit-push-up-eyeliner-giveaway/

1. Where does your makeup inspiration come from?
Mostly from beauty blogs and YouTube videos… I used to be addicted to makeup tutorials (I think I still am). I like trying out new colours, products and techniques :)

2. What are 3 of your makeup Holy Grail products you cannot live without?
Elf baked blush “pinktastic” (used as highlighter) – Affordable, seriously lovely highlighting ;)
Dolly Wink liquid eyeliner – most perfect liquid eyeliner I ever come across
Dior Airflash spray foundation – makes my skin look beautiful without being too made up

3. What is your makeup signature look which you have on most of the time?
Winged eyeliner (A MUST!); defined brows; velvet foundation, pop of colour on lips and cheeks :D
Because I look more awake with my eyeliner on and I love this “Winged liner + red lips” look – classic yet easy to do!

4. Let us know your favorite makeup brands?
Makeup Revolution, Benefit, Illamasqua (love their nail polishes, skinbase foundation, blushers, eyebrow powder and lippies)!

5. Your ultimate makeup pet peeve?
Poorly matched foundation shades and SPF flashbacks! I’ve been there and done that :P

6. You’ve heard about all the hype on this makeup item, bought it, tried it and don’t understand what all the fuss is about…Name that product!
Nars sheer matte foundation, good brightening effects but average staying power, not easy to blend (tried sponges, fingers, all kind of brushes!) and it is pricy!

7. Concealer OR foundation ONLY for the rest of your life. Choose one and tell us the reason!
A medium coverage foundation! you can use it sparingly on good-skin day or use double strength for concealing when required.

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My 7 nominees are:

Thanks and have a lovely Sunday!!

 


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Gatineau Activ Eclat Radiance Enhancing Gommage photo and review #SkincareFridays product review  

Gatineau Activ Eclat Radiance Enhancing Gommage @iamcherrylemon

Gatineau Activ Eclat Radiance Enhancing Gommage @iamcherrylemon

Hiya all, how have you been this week. It’s the weekend.. finally. What a long week it has been :I Anyhow, today I am sharing my views on another skincare product. It is the Gatineau Activ Eclat Radiance Enhancing Gommage… it is an enzyme exfoliator.

Enzyme exfoliators are often recommended for sensitive skin users, as the exfoliators are not abrasive and majority of the enzymes are extracted from fruits. Enzyme exfoliators are gentler than scrubby, grainy exfoliators. It works by melting the dead skin layer on you, this would help to reveal a clearer complexion.

Gatineau Activ Eclat Radiance Enhancing Gommage is not a cheap skincare product, it costs around £30 for 50ml. I have got mine awhile ago as part of QVC’s TSV :p I use this occasionally when I need to really brighten my complexion. I secretly trying to make it last as long as it possibly can. ..

The gommage is a pearly, golden liquid sand kinda gel. It looks lovely and it has a sweet citrus smell to it, which makes it even more pleasant to use.

Gatineau Activ Eclat Radiance Enhancing Gommage @iamcherrylemon

Gatineau Activ Eclat Radiance Enhancing Gommage @iamcherrylemon

Instructions on how to use:

  1. Use on dry clean skin only
  2. Apply 2 peas sized of the gommage and spread all over your face
  3. Massage in circular motion, there will be slight resistance as gommage is gel like and does not flow like a cream on your face
  4. The gommage will turn into liquid, then you wait for 1 to 2 mins before rinsing it off with clean water
  5. Pat dry and follow by your normal skincare routine

My take on the product

I really do like this exfoliator as it feels gentler, and after using this; my skin is definitely brighter, clearer and feels clean without the tight pull feeling. Although enzyme exfoliator are gentler, it does not mean it will suit everyone.. so always do a patch test on skin first.

Price: £30 for 75ml from QVC, feelunique, Amazon

Overall Score: 4 out of 5, I am satisified with this product for its effectiveness but I am slightly reluctant in paying full price at £30! I need another TSV :P hehehe

 

Thank you for reading! Have a great weekend :)

 

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