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NOTD Duochrome ILNP Cygnus Loop and Moyou London Fashionista Collection plate 04

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NOTD ILNP Cynus Loop stamped with Moyou London Fashionista Plate 04 @iamcherrylemon

Hi there. Hope you are having a great weekend. Today, I am sharing a recent NOTD with you.
I’ve recently acquired some ILNP polishes and fallen deeply in love with them. I’m such a late comer with this indie brand. Their polishes are amazing!

This is Cygnus Loop, a duochrome polish that looks like sapphire blue under strong light and sun light. It shifts to gorgeous purple, reddish brown, orange and even with a slight hint of green. Swatches are done with 2 coats of polishes and topped with HK Girl fast drying top coat.

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NOTD ILNP Cynus Loop, OPI Two Wrongs don't make a Meteorite (Direct Sunlight) @iamcherrylemon

The stamping plate is Moyou London Fashionista Collection plate 04, I’ve selected a simple dashed chevron pattern. Moyou London plates are a dream to work with. I’ve used Lacura Mirror Shine metallic polish in Bronze. It is a supermarket brand in the UK but it works a treat!

The accent nail is painted with OPI Two Wrongs don’t make a Meteorite.

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NOTD ILNP Cynus Loop, OPI Two Wrongs don't make a Meteorite stamped with Moyou London Fashionista Plate 04 @iamcherrylemon

Thank you for reading and happy Sunday!


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Review: Canmake Marshmallow Finish Powder SPF26 PA+++ (MB Matte Beige) #J-Beauty

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Canmake Marshmallow finish powder MB SPF26 PA (UV protection sunscreen powder) @iamcherrylemon

Hi there! Today, I’ll be sharing my review on a Japanese beauty product that I’ve been testing out for the past few months.

I won’t lie to you, oh no I won’t😛 I was attracted to its packaging. Who doesn’t like cute and princessy makeup? It looks so adorable😛 I love getting this out from my handbag other than my Dior compact!

What is it?
This is a powder compact that most users would use it as powder foundation or blotting powder. It comes with a powder puff and a sizeable mirror inside.

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Canmake Marshmallow finish powder MB SPF26 PA (UV protection sunscreen powder) @iamcherrylemon

It has light to medium finish when applied using a brush. You can achieve a decent medium coverage with this powder alone when using the accompanying powder puff.

The powder is finely milled and I have not had a cakey finish with this. It goes on smoothly and it can even out skintone very nicely.

It contains 72% Natural mineral ingredients and plant extracts (aloe vera leaf, chamomile, lemon and rosemary extracts for moisturising).

Three colour option available (official description from website):
[MO] Matte Ochre
A matte light ochre that will make your skin look brighter in an instant
[MB] Matte Beige Ochre
An ochre shade that quickly and easily blends into your skin
[ML] Matte Light Ochre
A bright ochre, for a highly translucent look

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Canmake Marshmallow finish powder MB SPF26 PA (UV protection sunscreen powder) @iamcherrylemon

This powder compact is also available in loose powder format.

How effective?
My powder compact is in MB matte beige. It seems to be a good match for my skintone.
I only use this for blotting purposes only and top up during the day. It helps me to keep shine at bay.
When my liquid foundation wears off, I’m happy to use this as a top up. It gives me a decent coverage that last me a good few hours on my oily skin. It does cling onto dry patches, so I would only recommend this to oily and normal skin types.
I haven’t used this as powder foundation alone.

Pros :
Evens skintone
Very fine and soft texture (just like its name “Marshmallow”)
Provides light to medium-light coverage
Great for blotting and keep shine away
Affordable
Upto 72% Natural mineral ingredients (kinder to skin)
The compact is plastic so it adds no weight in your handbag!

Cons :
It can cling onto dry patches, do not apply too much!
The compact is plastic and doesn’t feel expensive😛

Price: approx £12 from eBay UK (Shipped from Japan)
$12 from Amazon US

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Canmake Marshmallow finish powder MB SPF26 PA (UV protection sunscreen powder) @iamcherrylemon

Thank you so much for reading! Happy Wednesday!

Cupcake Polish - A Mother's Love (photo swatch indirect sunlight) @iamcherrylemon


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NOTD Elegant White Lace valentine’s stamped manicure using Born Pretty stamping plate BPL028

Hello my friends! Happy Valentine’s day for the 14th for those who celebrate!
I have a Valentine inspired manicure for you today:)

NOTD Valentine's Manicure White Lace over Pink Holo Stamped with Born Pretty Stamping Plate BP-L028 (photo swatch indirect sunlight) @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Valentine’s Manicure White Lace over Pink Holo Stamped with Born Pretty Stamping Plate BP-L028 (photo swatch indirect sunlight) @iamcherrylemon

Cupcake Polish - A Mother's Love (photo swatch indirect sunlight) @iamcherrylemon

Cupcake Polish – A Mother’s Love (photo swatch indirect sunlight) @iamcherrylemon

An elegant white lace stamping over gorgeously bright coral pink holo! The pink holo is called “A Mother’s Love” by Cupcake Polish, this is a store exclusive at £9.50 from Rainbow connection online nail supply store (not affiliated).

Cupcake Polish - A Mother's Love (photo swatch direct sunlight) @iamcherrylemon

Cupcake Polish – A Mother’s Love (photo swatch direct sunlight) @iamcherrylemon

Cupcake Polish - A Mother's Love (photo swatch indoor lighting) @iamcherrylemon

Cupcake Polish – A Mother’s Love (photo swatch indoor lighting) @iamcherrylemon

The stamping plate is BPL028 (currently 33% off at $3.99 only! ) from Born Pretty nailart store (not affiliated). This plate is insanely pretty! Look at all those lace designs, with my obsession with lace designs… I’ll be using this plate pretty often.
I am liking the stamping plate now comes with a paper sleeve for protection. I just wished I didn’t have to pull each plate out to check! It’s only an issue if you own a few of these plates. This plate is so lovely and easy to use.

Born Pretty Stamping Plate BPL028 (official product photo, image credit: http://www.bornprettystore.com)

Born Pretty Stamping Plate BPL028 (official product photo, image credit: http://www.bornprettystore.com)

Don’t forget you can use my 10% discount code FTL91  on full priced items within the Born Pretty site.

Thank you for dropping by and have a wonderful Valentine’s!

This is not a sponsored post. Born Pretty nailart store has kindly sent me the stamping plate for review purposes. All other items were purchased by me using my own money!


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NOTD Colors by Llarowe in Meet me over the Rainbow bridge (photo swatch)

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Colors by Llarowe Meet Me Over the Rainbow Bridge (Photo swatch - Flash) @iamcherrylemon

Morning there! How are things with you? It will be a short swatch post today:)

Well, this colour is so pretty I cannot not share it with you! The polish is made by CBL, is called “Meet me over the Rainbow bridge”. This is a lilac base holographic with strong blue and green shimmer. It glistens under all sorts of light! Beautiful, I’m sure it is just as beautiful as the rainbow bridge it was named after.

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Colors by Llarowe Meet Me Over the Rainbow Bridge (Photo swatch - Direct Sunlight AM) @iamcherrylemon

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Colors by Llarowe Meet Me Over the Rainbow Bridge (Photo swatch - Direct Sunlight PM) @iamcherrylemon

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Colors by Llarowe Meet Me Over the Rainbow Bridge (Photo swatch - Indoor Lighting) @iamcherrylemon

The swatches were done with 2 coats and HK Girl fast drying top coat. It applies well and good opacity with 2 coats of polish.

Actually. … I didn’t know what rainbow bridge is all about until we lost one of our dearest cats few years ago. His name was Enzo, he was a ginger white Scottish Fold kitten. Truly one of the gentlest and sweetest cats! Enzo lived a lovely but short life, he was taken away from us by a genetic illness😦

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According to RC, this colour is being discontinued. So grab it if you do see it. There are a few left on Rainbow Connection website. £8.50 plus shipping. (Not affiliated)

Thank you…


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NOTD Skull and Roses stamped manicure (Loja BBF41) featuring Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish in Stormy Weather

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Hello there! Today’s manicure is about skull and roses, and totally not my usual style at all! But it is lovely to try something different😛

Base colour is Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish in Stormy Weather. This is a metallic steel grey nail polish.
The formula is opaque in one coat but the consistency was a little thick. I got an even finish with a little patience. Nevertheless, this is an unique colour in my polish collection. This colour screams “tough”! The polish looks extra wonderful after a coat of HK Girl fast drying top coat too.

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I’ve chosen to use Loja stamping plate BBF41 for its mini skull and gorgeous rose designs. My MdU seems to leave residue polish in the plate. This does not affect subsequent stamping..

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This is not a sponsored post. The Frightfully Spectacular nail polish sample was kindly sent to me for review purposes.
You can get hold of Frightfully Spectacular Nail polishes at their Etsy store.

Thank you for reading and Happy Friday!


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Review: Burberry Eye Colour Contour in Dusky Mauve No. 116 and Rosewood No. 112 (Photo Swatches)

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Morning Everyone! It is nice and lovely in the UK and not too cold! Although, a little bit of snow will be nice😉 Today, I have a quick review post for you.
Few days ago, the UPS man has delivered these babies to my doorstep. I’ve been trying and testing them on myself, and to find out how they perform? Read on!:)

Burberry has launched a collection of 7 shades for these Eye Colour Contour range. I have absolutely no idea why these are called eye colour contour? It would be more fitting to be called eyeshadow sticks? It could be too common and not fancy enough😛

Performance:
These Eye contour pens lasted a good 6 hours without primer with minor fading, which I’m very impressed with. They do set well but not as quickly as Kiko shadow sticks. It is smudgeproof!
These two chosen colours can be blended well together. To remove, please use proper eye makeup remover! I’ve used a Nivea makeup wipe the first time round, I had to kinda rub it off with slight force😦
I switched to use my trusty Chanel Gentle Biphase eye makeup remover and I have no problem ever since.

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Pigmentation:
It gives a light wash of colour with 1 swipe. It could be too light a wash for some makeup users.

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Swatches are done with at least 3 swipes!

Summary:
Happy with these, I now wished I didn’t buy the Eye Colour Cream (reviewed here). Those are great colours but I love the format of these shadow sticks! I find them alot easier to use and to carry around with you.

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Price: £23 for 1.5g, Burberry online
Made in Italy

While we are on the topic of eye makeup… Have you heard about this eyeshadow palette by Too Faced? It is called the “Peanut Butter and Jelly palette”. It looks and sounds so interesting, as with recent palettes from Too Faced. This palette is made to smell yummy! I cannot wait for its launch at the end of Feb! Woohoo!

Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!


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Review: Paint the Rainbow December 2015 box (Rainbow Connection)

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Hello! Hope you’re well:) today I’ve a nail box review for you! Rainbow Connection is an online nail supply store, possibly my favourite one too! Check it out if you’re looking for gorgeous indie nail polishes😉

Rainbow Connection has a monthly themed box containing indie holographic polishes and occasionally nail related pampering items.

This December box is one of the most gorgeous box of the year. It is all about Christmas movies, but with these lovely shades available. .. I don’t mind wearing them all months of the year too. For more information, please check my unboxing post and/or Paint the Rainbow official site.

First up we have a dark taupey chocolate brown holographic polish called “To me you are Perfect”. It is more taupe than red/brown, a very nice cool shade with gold flakes.
I didn’t expect myself to love it as much as I do. But it is simply gorgeous yet understated. (Swatched with 2 coats without topcoat)

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Dark Metal Lacquer - To Me You Are Perfect (PTR Dec 2015) @iamcherrylemon

Next, we have a heavenly lilac holo by Lilypad Lacquer. This is called “Magic in the Air”, the lilac holo polish with micro shimmer. It even glistens under the very rare UK sun! (Swatched with 3 coats without topcoat)

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Lilypad Lacquer - The Cat In the Hat (PTR Dec 2015) @iamcherrylemon

This is “Welcome to Whoville” by Colors by Llarowe. I adore CBL polishes, they’re of great quality and apply beautifully on the nails. This warm coral pink is probably one of the easiest to wear and flattering shades.

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Colors by Llarowe - Welcome to Whovile (PTR Dec 2015) @iamcherrylemon

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Colors by Llarowe - Welcome to Whovile (PTR Dec 2015) @iamcherrylemon

Next up, we have a very elegant vintage gold holo polish by Bear Pawlish, it’s called “Ticket Please”. It is not a “in ya face” yellow gold, oh no no. .. This less than yellow gold is more flattering and gives you that subtle dash of “bling” in any party. Another winner!

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Bear Pawlish - Tickets Please (PTR Dec 2015) @iamcherrylemon

Finally,  we have a Cupcake Polish named “Bad Santa”. It is a ultra fun agenta
pink holo with flakies! It is slightly trickier to apply but BOY, is this a gorgeous colour?! Looks fabulous😀

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Cupcake Polish - Bad Santa (PTR Dec 2015) @iamcherrylemon

There is a bonus item within this box, the peppermint scented wax melt created by “Wick n Wax”.

If you like the look of this box (5 holographic polishes!!) and fancy one yourself, then you’re in luck! There are few of these boxes left on Rainbow Connection big cartel site. It has been reduced from £45 to £40, plus shipping.  The owner of Rainbow Connection  (Annette) ships internationally too!

Links on this post are not affiliated.

Thank you for dropping by and have a fun day ahead!


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Boxing day – What are you up to? (Unboxing of Paint the Rainbow subscription box: December)

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Hello! Hope you have had a great day yesterday!
My siblings and I have slightly different tradition to others. We open our presents on the morning of Boxing day:)
The first present is from myself! Yes it is a bit daft but I guaranteed to love it😉 it is the Paint the Rainbow monthly box for December! Each box is themed and contains 5 polishes (exclusive colours and limited quantity!) Plus a bonus item. Each box is £45 plus shipping.

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The box is from Rainbow connection, over of my favourite online nail supply shop. It is available for overseas shipping. Please check the official site for more details. I’ll review this box in the coming weeks😉
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This nail box contains several indie brands: Colors by Llarowe, Bear Pawlish, Cupcake Polish, Dark Metal Lacquer and Lilypad Lacquer! Look at those gorgeous colours… The bonus item for this month is a peppermint scented wax melt.

Thank you for reading and have a great day! Many of us in the UK will be having turkey leftovers from the Christmas lunch!

OK I’ll go and open my other presents now! Byeee


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Season Greetings!

Merry Christmas to you / Happy Holidays!
Wishing you all a fantastic 2016 ♡♡


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Little Big Announcement from Cherry Lemon’s Beauty Blog

Hello:) WHAT IS GOING ON?
I have been fairly irregular with my posts for the past few months. I ought to have written this many months ago and explain to you! Apologies ladies and gents . ..

Reasons?
Not getting engaged nor getting married, did that almost 3 years ago😛
Not moving house nor going back to studies.

I would like to inform you, my dear friends, that Mr Lemon and I are starting our own little family:) we are super excited as we welcome our newest family member, mini Lemon! She is only couple of weeks old at the moment. As brand new parents, we are faced with a very steep learning curve! Enjoying many sleepless nights and smelly nappies😛

Thank you for sticking around with me and thank you for your continous support. I hope to carry on blogging. As I still love this space and get in touch with my wordpress friends!

Thank you for reading … Happy Days Every Day to you all!

Mini Lemon bump shot (by Papa Lemon) @iamcherrylemon

Mini Lemon bump shot (by Papa Lemon) @iamcherrylemon

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