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


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!


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


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


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”.

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.


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 :)



Boots SEVENTEEN Cheek Stamp Blush in shade “Bashful” – photo swatch and review

Hello there, it’s Weds and we are halfway through the week :) can’t wait for a peaceful weekend!!

I hope you enjoyed my last post on the other SEVENTEEN product, I bought this blusher on the same day with the “buy 1 get 1 half price” offer. So for £2.50, I think this is a bargain! Here is a short review on this cute little guy.


Boots Seventeen Cheek Stamp Blush in Bashful @iamcherrylemon

This peculiar looking thing is a blusher with a stamping sponge, there is a handy mirror on the bottom of the blusher pot too.
I believe this would be a good candidate for “on-the-go” makeup items, don’t you think?


Boots Seventeen Cheek Stamp Blush in Bashful @iamcherrylemon

Cheek stamp “Bashful” is not the finest milled powder but it is fine enough to create a nice smooth looking blush on your cheeks. It contains shimmery particles in this shade. I hope you can see the shimmer in my “direct sunlight” swatch.


Boots Seventeen Cheek Stamp Blush in Bashful photo swatch in direct sunlight (showing shimmer) @iamcherrylemon

The shade “Bashful” is a pale earthy beige (with slight pink) blush, on swatches it only *just* show on my NC25/NC30 skin. But once it’s on the cheeks and blended… It will become a very nice subtle blush colour, which I am growing to like alot. It seems to be in the same family as my Illamaqua powder blusher “Lover”, but “Lover” yields more pink than pale beige.


Boots Seventeen Cheek Stamp Blush in Bashful photo swatch @iamcherrylemon

The fun is in using the stamp sponge and stamp the blusher onto your face! hehehe yes you will get round print marks so just remember to blend it out. I am sure the novelty will wear off but for while it’s fun to do so…. I will keep stamping :P

The goods: Good price, decent pigment and staying power, its fun to use, handy mirror included; did I mention it is FUN? :p

The bads: Hard to remove the plastic flim (on top of the blush), shimmery, sponge is difficult to wash/clean, only few shades are available
Price: £4.99 (Currently Buy 1 get 1 half price across the whole range)
Availability: Boots in-store or online
Overall Score: 3 out of 5 as a blusher

Fun factor: 5 out of 5!

This is not a product I would recommend to everyone I know, but I would suggest that you get 1 of the shades just for the gimmicky idea of using a cheek stamp ;P



Burberry Skin Perfecting Fresh Glow BB Cream photo swatch and review

Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream in Nude Honey no.2 @iamcherrylemon

Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream in Nude Honey no.2 @iamcherrylemon

Hiya! In my last post on the mini Burberry Beauty haul. I said I’m not keen on BB cream but here I am. .. posting a review on the BB cream.
I have tried a few high street bb creams before and the only one I liked was L’oreal nude bb. But due to limited choice in shades, I don’t suit light nor medium shades. Since then, I haven’t really tried anymore BB creams.

Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream in Nude Honey no.2 @iamcherrylemon

Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream in Nude Honey no.2 @iamcherrylemon

What is the product?

Burberry Fresh Glow bb is a newly launched product alongside with the Summer Showers collection. There are 5 shades available, fair, medium, dark, nude rose and nude honey.
You can buy the first three shades from Burberry Beauty counters and their beauty specialist stores. The last 2 shades are created for the Asian market and not available at any UK counters (informed by JL lady) but are available from the official website. Formulation between the shades are different.

What’s the difference?

  • Fair (No.1), Medium (No.2), Dark (No.3) are all spf 20, described as skin perfecting BB cream.
  • Nude Rose (No.1 for Asian Skin/cool tone) and Nude Honey (No.2 for Asian Skin/warm tone) are spf 30 PA+++, described as a CORRECTING balm.

Both formulations:

  • have moisturising extracts to enhance hydration
  • contains skin-match colour pigments for natural looking finish
  • enhance skin luminosity and tone, recreating healthy looking glow of a youthful complexion (wooo I want :P)
  • enriched with rosehip, tea and lavender extracts

I like the sound of SPF 30 PA+++ !!

Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream in Nude Honey no.2 @iamcherrylemon

Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream in Nude Honey no.2 @iamcherrylemon

Choosing the right shade

I’m normally between Mac nc25 to nc30, (Nars Punjab or Estee Lauder 2W1).

I went to Burberry Beauty counter in John Lewis Oxford Street. I was matched with medium (for brightening) or use deep for a sunkissed look (??). I didn’t fancy forking out £30 for a bb cream that doesn’t match me. The lady at the counter told me to try the nude honey (no.2 for Asian skin). The shade is similar to shade medium but had a warm undertone to it.

This is when I bravely ordered nude honey from the website. If you’re similar skintone to me. Please check this swatch out for comparison between brands. If you are outside of the UK, I would suggest that you go and swatch the shade out first.

Foundation Line Up: Burberry Fresh Glow BB - Mac Mineralise Moisture - Estee Lauder Double Wear @iamcherrylemon

Foundation Line Up: Burberry Fresh Glow BB – Mac Mineralise Moisture – Estee Lauder Double Wear @iamcherrylemon

Foundation Swatches Comparison: Burberry Fresh Glow Nude Honey - MAC Mineralise Moisture NC30 - Estee Lauder Double Wear 2W1 Dawn @iamcherrylemon

Foundation Swatches Comparison: Burberry Fresh Glow Nude Honey – MAC Mineralise Moisture NC30 – Estee Lauder Double Wear 2W1 Dawn @iamcherrylemon

Foundation Swatches Comparison - Burberry Fresh Glow Nude Honey - MAC Mineralise Moisture NC30 - Estee Lauder Double Wear 2W1 Dawn @iamcherrylemon

Foundation Swatches Comparison – Burberry Fresh Glow Nude Honey – MAC Mineralise Moisture NC30 – Estee Lauder Double Wear 2W1 Dawn @iamcherrylemon

As you can see from the swatches, the Burberry BB looks more dewy compared to the MAC mineralised foundation (which is another dewy look foundation).

Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream in Nude Honey no.2 @iamcherrylemon

Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream in Nude Honey no.2 @iamcherrylemon

My take on the product

The coverage is light to light/medium and is build-able. The BB cream comes with a pump dispenser, 1 pump for me is sheer coverage and I normally use 1.5 to 2 pumps for near-medium coverage. I find using the beauty blender/makeup sponge works the best for me.

It gives a dewy skin finish, evens out my skin tone a little. It does not cover my blemishes and discolouration. The smell fades pretty quickly after application.

This bb cream feels light on skin, easy to blend and slightly moisturising. I have some dry patches near my jawline but they seem to have been taken care of.

Nude honey looks perfect once blended out, I’m not sure if it is because it IS my shade or the skintone adjusting properties are working. Anyhow it is not too warm toned on me and blends in very nicely. EL Double Wear 2W1 is a perfect shade in terms of tone and shade for me at the moment, and it does appear to be darker than nude honey.

Staying power:
when used alone + primer: 3 to 4 hours. All bb creams (including this one) do not last me all day. I often find the areas such as oily t-zone melt away first.
Setting with powder + primer: About 4 hours and I will need to touch up with the powder
Setting with setting spray + primer: 6 hrs and I can see fading in my t-zone. But all other areas are looking good after 7 to 8 hours.

DRAWING my own conclusion here. .., I believe this BB cream will perform better on normal to slightly drier skin. :P

My friend has bought the shade medium, this is one of the 3 standard shades. She finds her shade to be very sheer but still buildable. She has normal skin and the BB cream is lasting between 4 to 5 hours without setting powder.

The Goods: Light weight; sheer; moisturising; tone-adjusting to suit the wearer
The Bads: Below average staying power; very pricey;

Price: £30 for 30ml
Availability: Burberry online and in-store; Major dept stores (John Lewis, Harrods)

Overall Score: 3 out of 5

This is priced exactly the same as the Dior nude skin BB, same size and similar claims. I do not own Dior’s version but I’ve tried a sample and I really liked it. It made my skin looked flawless with minimum effort. Maybe… next time!?

Millie doesn't seem to like my BB cream @iamcherrylemon

My ragdoll cat Millie doesn’t seem to like the BB cream, she’s taken a big bite at it! (Not punctured it..phew!) @iamcherrylemon

Thank you for reading and have a lovely week :)


Unboxing Birchbox UK!! ~ July 2014 :D

2014 July Birch Box UK @iamcherrylemon

2014 July Birch Box UK @iamcherrylemon

My July BirchBox has arrived! Woohoo!

Okie… this must sounds ridiculous to you. . But I was really looking forward to my July BirchBox when I receive my June box! Total withdrawn symptoms!
Good thing is that both my friends who signed up at the same time as me, were as desperate to get theirs too :P I’m not alone! Yay! Wahaha joke aside. I just want to share with you what I got in my July box. If you’re still waiting for yours and do not want a spoiler then please just click to read another of my posts ;P hehehe

Thank you and here they are!

Whish Three whishes lavender body butter – Lavender! Another of my favourite scents! I even keep sachets of lavender in my wardrobe. As well as making my clothes smell better, it acts as natural insect repellent. Obviously this body cream will not be an insect repellent!

Balance me Wonder eye cream – I haven’t tried their eye cream before. I wonder if this really is a wonder eye cream as I’m always looking for eye cream that would work with me.

LAQA & Co Sheer lip lube pencil in Bees Knees – ok this colour scares me. I look pretty poorly if I slather it on :( but it looks OK as a tint. It smells so good and kinda minty!

Benefit The POREfessional primer – I believe everyone knows what this is about? It has been one of my favourite primer for a long time. Read my post here!

Gilchrist & Soames English Spa sea kelp extract mineral bath – mineral bath. ..hmm.. nice. But I like my showers better :P

Plus a sachet of The Chia Shot – Ok this looks way too healthy for me. I was eyeing up Vitacoco drink my friend received. .. wishing that was mine instead!

My July Birch Box contents @iamcherrylemon

My July Birch Box contents @iamcherrylemon

Okie. This month I would like to try the lip lube pencil (use sheer layers! ), body butter and eye cream! Great timing as my current eye serum is just running out :o)


What’s in your box this month? :D

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink In Moisture Mask product review #SkincareFridays

The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask @iamcherrylemon

The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask @iamcherrylemon

Hiya! Today’s product is the Body Shop Vitamin E Sink in moisture mask,  which I hauled about 2 months ago. I actually have not heard about this product until on the day. I’ve explained to the friendly TBS lady about my severe dry skin during weather change, and she recommended this product to me.

TBS and me goes back a long long way…. The Body Shop Vitamin E face cream was my first ever facial skincare product, my sister and I went through many pots of the stuff when we were students. The cream was affordable and reliable. I haven’t tried much else from the Vitamin E range. Cucumber eye gel was another favourite. It is really great for teens, as it gives that extra bit of moisture and doesn’t feel heavy.

The product

Official Description: Sink some antioxidant Vitamin E into your skin. Bring skin back to optimum moisture level with this intensely hydrating mask.

This vitamin E mask is of gel-cream consistency and lightness. It is not oily and it doesn’t feel greasy on the skin unless you apply too much of it. The pale pink gel-cream mask has the regular scent of all other “Vitamin E” product lines. I do find the smell slightly strong for me but I can cope. So it depends how sensitive you are to fragrance in skincare. If you don’t know the scent of vitamin E line, imagine a classier version of baby lotion? !

This is a sink-in mask that you can use overnight as an intensive moisture treatment. The star ingredient is the organic soya oil which is fairly traded from Gebana Brazil. It also contains other natural plant oils (i.e. wheat germ, rice bran,  cotton seed),  silicone but it also contains parabens. Parabens are used in Beauty/skincare products as preservatives. It might cause skin reactions on some people.

You can either apply this onto your skin for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off. Or you can spread this product thinly, let it sink in and work for your skin while you’re asleep! Rinse it off in the morning and follow by your normal skincare routine.  Sounds like the ideal option to me!

The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask @iamcherrylemon

The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask @iamcherrylemon

My take on the product

Recommended usage is once a week for dry skin. I had severe dry patches so I used this mask every other night for around 2 weeks. Now I use this only once a week on my oily combination skin. It is recommended for dry skin users,  but it works pretty well on my combination oily skin. It hadn’t broken me out or made my oily T-zone extra oily.

I like it more as an intensive moisture treatment,  I love how soft, hydrated and supple my skin feels in the morning. The finer lines are less visible. The result doesn’t last more than a day for me so I will definitely use this the night before I attempt a sheer foundation or no foundation for the day.

Body Shop online/in store often organise discount events,  it’s likely you can get up to 40 to 50% off on selected products. Follow me on Twitter @iamcherrylemon,  I tweet discount codes on all the brands I like ;)

Price: £13 for 100ml

Availability: The Body Shop online and in store; Amazon; Ulta

Overall score: Healthy 3.5 out of 5

If they could only invent a miracle mask that gives longer lasting results then it would definitely be a big winner!


So are you new to the Body Shop? a seasoned TBS consumer?! Let me know what’s your favourite from the range! I am slowly rediscovering the brand at the moment :)


Until then! Take care and thank you very much for reading!

Have a wonderful weekend ahead too!


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