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Glossy Box UK – August 2014 unboxing & bye bye Glossy Box for now :(

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Glossy Box UK August 2014 Unboxing by @iamcherrylemon

Welcome, welcome to my extremely late Glossy Box UK August unboxing… *sob*sob*

To cut a long story short, I never had luck with my boxes from GB. My first box was late, this second box apparently was delivered on time but arrived into my office and got stuck in the In-Tray… for 2 weeks!! I have been waiting for 2 whole weeks :( My fault really..

August Glossy Box is a special edition to celebrate Glossy Box’s 3rd birthday.

 

Anyhow, here are my box contents for August

This pink box is made very well, I can say this is my favourite item from this month’s box!

 

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Glossy Box UK August 2014 Box Contents review by @iamcherrylemon

Kryolan for GlossyBox – This is a cream highlighter, can be used on cheekbones, cupid bow and brow bone etc. I would probably give this a go! I have been using powdered highlighters so it would be a nice change, hoping it will last well on my combination oily skin. It will be a challenge!

Figs & Rouge hand cream – Girls can never have too many hand creams! This is a lovely handy size and you probably know that I am addicted to shea butters ;)

Yves Rocher pink nail polish – I haven’t used a Yves Rocher product for a very long time. I remember this brand can be ordered through mail catalogues or some sort. They seems to be making a comeback, I am seeing their products popping up in beauty boxes. Funny, as I was just downsizing my pink polish stash!

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer – This is a pre-shampoo treatment that designed to give your hair extra bounce, shine, manageability and elasticity. I yet to try this on my thick hair, I just had a cut couple of days ago =) [Why do I get so happy/excited having a haircut?]

Lalique L’Amour fragrance sample

Essence Long-lasting lipstick in neutral pink – This is probably one of the better items for me from this box. This is a very wearable warm-ish medium pink, look very much like my Rimmel Kate lipstick shade 05.

Yes and the bye bye… I have cancelled my subscription to GlossyBox, I need the money elsewhere and the highlights from the “Glossybox July” is hard to beat!!

 

Anyhow, they are making it so easy to sign up so there’s no real harm for me to cancel. If I do see what I like, I guess I just sign back up?! :P

 

What’s your experience with beauty boxes? Mine’s on and off at the moment, I will have a serious think about other boxes. It seems one-off and ad-hoc boxes works out better for me.

 

Thank you for reading, I am planning something for this blog.. shhh!!


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NOTD Love Letter manicure ~ Featuring Moyou London Princess collection 11 and Bobbi Brown nail polish in Navy

NOTD Love Letter Manicure - Moyou London Princess Collection plate 11 and Bobbi Brown Nail Polish in Navy photo swatch @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Love Letter Manicure – Moyou London Princess Collection plate 11 and Bobbi Brown Nail Polish in Navy photo swatch @iamcherrylemon

Hello! Happy Friday everyone! Yes I’m enjoying the stamping fun :) This looks like some script writing on nails, right?

This is the first time I’ve tried using Moyou London plate with a Moyou stamper.
I haven’t blogged about my Moyou plate haul, too ashamed to admit how much I got hooked on their gorgeous stamping plates.
Secretly I’ve been trying to learn how to stamp but always ended up with images that are unclear ;( quite discouraging.
But now I’ve learned more about stamping and can’t wait to get started :)

For today’s mani, I have used 1 coat of Bobbi Brown polish in Navy and the stamping polish is Barry M’s silver foil effects.
Stamping plate was the Moyou London Princess collection plate 11. I hope to do a “plate review” post once I have played with the plates :)

Things I’ve learned:
You need to work with a good stamper and scraper set. I’ve been testing with a set I’ve bought online and stamping rubber just doesn’t pick up images well. Then I did a little research and ordered the Moyou standard stamper for £3.99. It works a treat after priming it. Online research shows that it depends on the spongy-ness of the rubber part!! I guess.. .just work out what you prefer :)
Stamping plates can be easily obtainable, just need to pick the designs that you like and get creative! There are so many to choose from, but lately I have fallen in love with Moyou London plates. They look so pretty!
Stamping polishes – special polishes not a MUST but they do work better. You only need opaque/thicker polishes in order for the design to show well (Do the 1 coat test: you test the polish on 1 bare nail. If you can’t see your nail after one coat then that polish should be good to stamp with). Duo-chromes and metallics are good bets, some holographic polishes are also good.
There are alot of stamping tutorials on YouTube so watch and see how it’s done. (But they do make it look simple!).
Get inspired! Search for stamping ideas on Instagram and YouTube, some are just breathtakingly beautiful…

Preparation is the key!

  • Before stamping, making sure your work area is well lit or has good natural lighting
  • Before stamping, you will have your base colour ready and make sure polish is dry before stamping
  • Your stamping plates are clean
  • Your Stamper and scraper are clean
  • Some cotton rounds/cotton buds to clean the plates after each stamp
  • Acetone for clean up
  • Stamping polishes (you can use more than 1, yes! go Google, it looks so cool!) Finish off with a nice top coat to protect your hard work :P

Practice and practice, some designs require you to line them up well but it’s all up to you :)

Cool, have you tried stamping? Any tips you would like to share with us?

I’m still learning and it is still trial and error for me!
Thanks for dropping by and have a lovely weekend.

Ps. This is my entry for the Moyou London Instagram 20k competition :D “Blue manicure for Friday” ♡♡


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Liebster Award

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Many thanks Zeenat (from Zeenat Beauty Blog) for nominating me for Liebster award. I like the idea behind this award, to get to know your fellow bloggers, know more about the blogger who nominated you and to share something about yourself.

The Liebster Award rules:

  1. In your post, link back to the blogger that nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions that you have been asked
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers with around 200 followers and come up with 11 questions for them to answer
  4. You cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you
  5. You must let your nominees know about your nominations and give them a link to your post so that they can learn about the award

These are my responses to Zeenat’s 11 questions…

 1. What does your perfect chill day consist of?

Spending the whole day with my family,  taking walks in the park; baking; cooking and even just chit-chatting over a cup of tea. For me, spending time with friends and family is the best time spent.

2. What’s your favourite drugstore lipstick? Highend?

My favourite drugstore lipstick will be Rimmel, especially the Kate Moss collection :)  My favorite high end lipstick will be Dior’s Diorific, my fav shade is Lady :* (wearing that now)

3. If you had to swap bodies with someone for a day, who would it be?

Errr… not sure, it would be weird to have another body for a day! But it could be fun being a cat for a day, and see how high I can jump!

4. What are some of your favourite blogs to read?

I love reading beauty, photography, travel and foodie blogs, but I follow each one for a different reason. Actually, foodie blogs have been inspiring me to cook more often!

5. If you had a £500 voucher to spend in ANY store, which one would it be?

Space NK without a doubt! Can splurge on many high end skincare and makeup! Woohoo! Deciding what to spend on might take me awhile.

6. Would you ever consider making a youtube channel?

I have thought about it but I like watching youtubers than being watched :p

 7. Which do you prefer from pointed, square, squoval or almond shape nails on yourself?

Almond :) I would love to be able to pull off squoval but it won’t suit my hand shape.

8. All time favourite skincare product?

Ginvera marvel gel! I love it so much I’ve been using it for years.

9. Favourite time of year?

Autumn, I love the autumn colours.

10. Favourite nail polish brand?

It is difficult to pick just 1… I’ve started discovering indies recently. But I love Illamasqua polishes, for indies I like Dollish.

11. What drugstore product do you prefer over highend?

Nail polishes, I like the variety of drugstore branded ones. Highend polish colours are normally too safe.

Thank you for reading and I will be nominating the following 11 bloggers :) Feel free to share anything ladies :)

You might have done the Liebster award before, in that case I won’t be pushy :p

 

My 11 questions for you are:

  1. Do you have a forever repurchase beauty product?  If so,  what is it?
  2. What is the #1 product on your wish list?
  3. If you have to treat yourself, what would you rather splurge on? makeup? skincare? outfit or others?
  4. What inspired you to get into makeup/ beauty /skincare?
  5. If you can style/make-up anyone famous (or otherwise), who will it be and why?
  6. Do you have a favourite brand of makeup/skincare? Pick one and tell us why :)
  7. Have you ever purchased a product and wished you never did?
  8. How long does it take you to complete your normal makeup look and hairstyle?
  9. Have you ever had a no-buy ban? How did you stick to it?
  10. Do you follow trends, take on selective trends, or follow your own style?
  11. Odd question: What song are you listening right now and wanted to share with us? :)

Thank you and let me know once you’ve posted! Take care! xxoo


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NOTD Ruby Wing Doux, a nicely scented and colour changing nail polish!

Just as I thought thermal polishes are cool and best thing since sliced bread. Here comes the polish that’s reactive to light and also scented! Yes a nail polish that changes colour depends if you’re indoor or outdoor!?

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When I bought this off a lovely lady on the fb nail group. I didn’t even realise what this is. I originally thought this is a nice sheer pink polish made by Ruby Wing.

 

This is Ruby Wing Doux, a scented and light sensitive nail polish.

 

 

In indoor space, this polish is a beige base shimmer with iridescent pink/purple. It is pretty as it is :)

While outdoor, this polish can appear as a dark shimmery purple. It kinda matches the colour of the Lavender plants behind my hand :p

 

In terms of scent, Doux smells of artificial grapes and berries… it still has a scent to it after I have washed hands numerous time and also under 1 layer of top coat. I never followed the scented polish trend before, but finding the scent amusing in a way?

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1 coat is sheer but it will still changes colour pretty well. I have 2 coats plus 1 layer of Seche Vite top coat for the swatches on this post. I can assure you that the INDOOR colour is not as yellow as it appears on this picture, it is more pinky in real life.

 

 

Price: £5 to £8 on eBay

Overall Score: 4 out of 5 I love it! It’s fun watching the colour changes :)

 

Fun Factor: Another 5 :p

 

 

 

What do you think of these colour changing, scented or thermal polishes so far? Or do you prefer to stick with normal polishes?


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Beauty Box Deluxe Samples for body and feet #SkincareFridays product review

Beauty Box Skincare Product Reviews SkincareFridays @iamcherrylemon

Beauty Box Skincare Product Reviews SkincareFridays @iamcherrylemon

Happy Friday everyone! :D
Yes this post is exactly what the title suggests,  body butters and skincare products from beauty boxes! Beauty boxes includes deluxe sample sized products, so consumers can test the products properly before buying the full sized items. As a bbox newbie, I’ve received and reviewed a only few boxes so far, namely BirchBox, Latest in Beauty (British Beauty Blogger dream box) and a few more adhoc boxes which I haven’t posted the review on :P

Anyhow,  it is a great way of getting to know and trying out different brands and types of products. I’m really warming to the idea of beauty boxes, although at times,  it can be hit or miss.

The following products are included in today’s #SkincareFridays review post!

I had taken my time and used products in order to write this review up ;)

Naobay natural & organic Body Radiance Lotion

Naobay uses natural and/or organic ingredients where possible for their products. The company do not test on animals,  which always is a plus for me.

This body butter contains olive oil,  avocado oil and shea butter, which helps with moisturising and nourishing the skin. The added aloe vera can help protect the skin. This body butter has a nice and refreshing lemon citrus scent. The scent lingers a little and disappear within 15 mins. I would recommend to use this after your morning showers.

I’m very pleased with this body butter,  it doesn’t feel heavy or sticky, and it gets absorbed into the skin really well. This serves me well, I do feel it gives efficient moisturisation for my normal skin with some dry patches.
I was so close in buying the full sized product off BirchBox website.. until I saw the Caudalie divine oil. It looks too divine to turn it down. So,  sorry Naobay! Maybe next time when I have enough reward points! ;)

Price: £14 for 250ml
Availability: BirchBox
Overall Score: 4 out of 5. A very high scoring body butter. Almost rival my trusty tube of Aveeno!

 

Whish Lavender Body Butter
Ok Whish is an American based company, who specialises in organic skincare for body.
This body butter is infused with shea butter goodness, it has a light lavender scent but it doesn’t linger.
Comparing this with the Naobay, this is not as nourishing. This is probably better for people with healthy and younger skin! It is also very skin friendly, being paraben free, sulfate free, DEA and TEA free. Petrochemical free. … (Not that I know what DEA and TEA stands for ;P )

Price: £14.50 for 150ml

Availability: BirchBox UK, CostCo US ($19.99 for 16oz BARGAIN!)

Overall Score: 3 out of 5.

 

Elemis Treat your Feet Foot Cream
I believe most people would have come across Elemis or heard of Elemis the brand. It’s a British beauty brand that’s very popular amongst luxury spas and hotels. Even British Airways gives these out to their first and business class customers as in-flight goodies.
Okie. . Can you sense the theme yet? Another product with shea butter!! This foot cream is really luxurious. I really like using this cream, it softens and soothes the skin. It smells of woody patchouli and eucalytus. I’m not a big fan of minty smell that’s normally found in foot cream.

Would I buy this? Very likely if it is on sale!

Price: £19.00 for 75ml

Availability: DebenhamsLookFantastic with free delivery

Overall Score: 4 out of 5

 

OKIE! I am going to miss these deluxe samples of body butter when they run out….! oh well :)

Have a lovely weekend everyone!


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My nail polish haul and FB nail groups

Hiya all, this is a haul with difference!! These polishes are pre-loved, pre-owned/unwanted or second-hand.. whatever you want to call them! I sourced these from the nail groups I have recently joined on FB.

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The Nail Haul from FB @iamcherrylemon

Indie nail polishes can be expensive and hard to get hold of. So on these nail group pages, group members sell and swap their nail polishes.

Let me talk more about the nail groups before diving into the haul.

I was lucky enough to be introduced to couple of closed groups. These groups are super friendly, group members help each other to find their ISO (In search of) polishes, offer advice and share their NOTDs etc.

There have been competitions, nail duels, themed swaps (between the whole group!) and even quizzes! Members can sell and swap their nail and beauty products with each other etc. Cool huh!

2 FB groups that I’ve joined;

I have recently joined another beauty group but not been too involved yet

 

Apart from selling and swapping pre-owns, there are many good points;

  1. New manicure ideas
  2. Catching up on current nail trends
  3. Finding out more online retailers that are reliable
  4. Tips on nail care and techniques
  5. The community is very friendly; you can get really involved if you choose to. All they ever ask you is to be polite and friendly with each other.

Being honest, I’m very happy being part of this online community and sharing common interests (insanely pretty polishes)!

OK onto the haul!

I have gotten myself 10 polishes, mostly pre-loved and only the Model’s Own polishes are brand new but greatly reduced in price! My favourites from the bunch are these Lacquerlicious! Look at them!

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Laquerlicious nail polishes @iamcherrylemon

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Ciate London mini in Snow Globe @iamcherrylemon

 

I also like iridescent glitter flakes, here we have the Ciate London in Snow Globe ;)

 

I have also got few pre-owned stamping plates and some beautiful MoYou London plates. #HappyDays

 

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Laquerlicious Caught Red Handed nail polish @iamcherrylemon

Warning: Ever since I joined these groups, they opened my eyes up for alot of beautiful indies, glitzy glitters and some rare brands that sell gorgeousness in the form of bottles. Obviously, all potentially can dent your bank balance!

What do you think of these FB groups? Have you joined any and would like to share your experiences?

Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!


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NOTD Thermal manicure with KPT Nail Polish in “Do you wanna Fanta?” photo swatches

Why am I always late on these nail trends? But better late than never, these thermal polishes are so lovely to look at. Especially ones that are as nice as this one!

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NOTD KPT Thermal Nail Polish in Do You Wanna Fanta (Transition) photo swatch @iamcherrylemon

In the bottle, “Do you wanna Fanta” looks just like any orange polish with a slight shimmer. The polish applies thin but it is still easy to work with. I have used 2 coats + 1 layer of topcoat on all photos shown here.

“Do you wanna Fanta” colour range:

  • Cold = Orange
  • Warm = Lovely warm pink
  • Transition = Warm pink with orange tips

I love love love the transition colour, it looks so gorgeous in person :) I couldn’t stop showing my girley friends when we went out on Saturday :P It is like having few manicures all at the same time ;)

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NOTD KPT Thermal Nail Polish in Do You Wanna Fanta COLD photo swatch @iamcherrylemon

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NOTD KPT Thermal Nail Polish in Do You Wanna Fanta WARM photo swatch @iamcherrylemon

The colours work so well together, and it is a great summer colour palette that has been really well put together. I shall be checking out more thermal polishes in the future.

Unfortunately I think the poilsh has left a slight orange tint on my nails. I was using OPI natural base coat, it is probably not heavy duty enough. Not good but its ok :D I can deal with that!

Price: £10.80 from Rainbow Connection (they often have discount codes, I was lucky to catch one of course ;P)
Overall Score: 4 out of 5

Fun factor: 5 out of 5!

Have you tried any thermal polishes?
I would like to try those Dance Legend tri-thermal polishes. YES 3 colours! Oh well… I guess I can wait ;P

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