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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 :P

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 :P

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 :D

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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 :P
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 :P

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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NOTD Easy Party manicure featuring Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Sequins in Gold (festive season collection 2015)

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NOTD Easy Party Manicure using The Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Sequins in Gold and NYX Nail Polish in Black @iamcherrylemon

Hello! It’s NOTD time!

Nothing speaks “Party” louder than bling bling sparkling manicures! I love finishing a look with a complimenting manicure to an outfit!

The Body Shop colour crush nail sequin is a gold and black glitter top coat with clear base, you can use it on its own or over any nail colour.

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NOTD Easy Party Manicure using The Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Sequins in Gold and NYX Nail Polish in Black @iamcherrylemon

I like glitter top coats, they’re very versatile and easy to use to jazz up any manicure. You don’t need to be good at nailart nor have a steady hand to apply :P
Here are some of my previous manicures with different glitter top coat polishes. Manicures: #1 / #2 / #3

This is not a sponsored post, the nail polish sample has been kindly sent to me by the Body Shop.

Thanks for reading! Happy Tuesday!


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Silk Cocoons: COSRX Blackhead Silk Finger Balls #KBeauty #Skincare Review

Silk Cocoons in pack @iamcherrylemon

Silk Cocoons in pack @iamcherrylemon

A brand new KBeauty product review today! I’ve been trying out COSRX Silk Blackhead Finger Balls. These are little silk casings crafted by silkworms using their saliva glands. It contains natural protein Sericin, which helps to remove blackheads and dead skin cells.

This might sounds gross to some people. Please be rest assured that silk worms are definitely NOT in these casings when being sold, the silk cocoons are only collected after the silk worms are done with them. So no worms are left homeless nor been harmed.

So why oh why am I rubbing silkworm casings on my face?
Gentle and effective skin exfoliators!
The silk cocoons will remove excess sebum from the skin and in turn remove any build up dirt and grime from congested pores. With regular usage, your clogged pores won’t have time to turn into blackheads.

These little guys have been popular in the KBeauty market for awhile now.
Even the big Western online beauty store Cult Beauty is stocking them as one of their beauty must haves. But of course they are selling these silk cocoons at a premium price! £10 for 12 silk balls at the moment.  I’ve picked mine up from eBay at £3 for the dozen.

How to use?

Silk cocoons (Preparation - Soak in warm water) @iamcherrylemon

Silk cocoons (Preparation – Soak in warm water) @iamcherrylemon

1. Soak in warm water for 3 to 5 mins or until they’re slightly softened
2. Slot a couple of cocoons onto your index fingers
3. Rub your skin in gentle circular motion and concentrating on aread with congested pores. I.e. nose area, chin and forehead
4. Once you’ve finished, ensure the cocoons are rinsed well and free from dead skin
5. Dry them naturally and they’ll be ready to use again

Each silk finger ball can be reused up to 4 times. It is recommended to exfoliate your skin with these for 2 to 3 times a week.

Silk cocoons (Preparation - Soak in warm water) @iamcherrylemon

Silk cocoons (Preparation – Soak in warm water) @iamcherrylemon

How effective are these?
To me, my skin does feel smoother and brighter after just 1 use. So they have definitely improved my skin texture. Although I don’t believe these cocoons are best at blackheads removal, as I still have some leftovers that I need to use my trusty Biore nose strip to finish the job.

Will I recommend this to you?
I would recommend this as an gentle skin exfoliant for sensitive skin. But only if you are OK with the whole ritual of preparing these cocoons for use.

Silk Cocoons @iamcherrylemon

Silk Cocoons @iamcherrylemon

Silk cocoons (Preparation - Soak in warm water) @iamcherrylemon

Silk cocoons (Preparation – Soak in warm water) @iamcherrylemon

Price: approx £3 for 12 from eBay;  £10 for 12 from Cult Beauty

Summary: 2.5 out of 5

• Suitable for sensitive delicate skin
• Improve skin texture
• Not a total solution package for blackhead removal

Thank you for reading and wishing you a great day ahead :)

Bye!!

Silk Cocoons on fingers! @iamcherrylemon

Silk Cocoons on fingers! @iamcherrylemon


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September favourites 2015 (Makeup, skincare and misc)

September favourites 2015 @iamcherrylemon

September favourites 2015 @iamcherrylemon

Hi there! I believe this is my first ever monthly favourite blog post! I don’t normally switch around too much with my products, but with so many bits and bobs sitting on my vanity I feel like I must make an effort!
These are the most used products in the month of September for me :)

Etude House Drawing Eye Brow definer
I’ve reviewed this brow definer before, but I recently found it again behind my chest of drawer! So it is back in my life with a bang, I’ve been using this throughout the whole month of September. Previous review post here.
Under $6 from Amazon

Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in Catfight
Cat fight is a pink fuchsia with red tone, it is a cream sheen finish. Not the usual colour I normally go for but it somehow attracts alot of compliments ;)
It’s bright and is eye catching! I feel great whenever I’m wearing it. It could be my new “Red” during this summer turn Autumn season!
£15.50 from Urban Decay (and any major department store)

September favourites 2015 (swatches) L to R: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick, Bourjois Pinceau Eyeliner and Etude House Drawing brow definer @iamcherrylemon

September favourites 2015 (swatches) L to R: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick, Bourjois Pinceau Eyeliner and Etude House Drawing brow definer @iamcherrylemon

Bourjois Liner Pinceau Eyeliner
This is one of my favourite liquid eyeliner ever! I shall write up a more in depth review on this.
This liner is a super fine brush which gives so much control. You can create a superfine cat liner or a 70s retro wing liner with ease.
Under £7 from Amazon (any major drugstore that stocks Bourjois! I.e. Boots)

CND Solar Oil nail & cuticle conditioner
My nails are going through a fragile state at the moment. Hence the lack of NOTD posts for a month! I’m currently nursing them back to normal health using this Solar Oil conditioner. It smells sweetly of almonds!
So far it is working well, the cuticles are looking better. This is not a nail growth promoter, so my nails are taking their time to grow! Fingers crossed, I’ll be back with better looking nails for future manicure posts.
£6.95 from Amazon UK

Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips
I received the deluxe sample of this from British Beauty Blogger collaboration box with Clinque. See review of this product here.
I’ve been using this non-stop this month and had to stop to save enough for my review post! It does the job and it does it well! Big thumbs up!

£17 for 125ml from Clinque or any major department store

Funny one this is! I don’t have dandruff but my scalp does get sensitive to certain shampoo, this means I will see dandruff looking bits once in a blue moon.
Body Shop Ginger Shampoo smells like ginger, yes it does. I definitely not seen any unattractive flakes since I’ve started using it 3 or 4 months ago. It is also gentle enough not to irritate my scalp. So I’m going to stick with this one for awhile!

£4.50 for 200ml from the Body Shop

Music/Singles: Katie Melua – Wonderful Life
I liked listening to calming music, and Melua is certainly one of the artists that I keep going back to :)
Katie Melua’s re-recording of Wonderful Life is currently available for download and on sale, with profit going to children’s charities. What a thoughtful and great way to raise awareness to these children’s charities. MTV on YouTube

What products have you been loving this month?

Thank you for reading!!

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