​It’s MEEBOX time! April 2017 “Soft Scoop”

Hello there! Hope this post finds you well!

I have a belated unboxing for you today! It has been a busy month at work for me, hopefully it will calm down a bit soon. I can hope.
This month’s box is themed as “Soft Scoop”, so I was expecting to see pastel colours. I don’t have too many pastel polishes so I was really looking forward to this box.

This box was slightly delayed due to availability of some of the items within it. But it was well worth the wait!
So, let’s see what’s in the box!?

  • What’s up nails WG010 Neapolitan Confetti RRP £3
  • What’s up nails Dripping stencils RRP £3
  • Zoya matte velvet lacquer £10
  • Iz Beauty Gel Effect Baby Blue 6ml £6 for 6ml
  • Trust Fund Beauty “Do you know who my father is?” £9 for 17ml
  • Models own Scented polish in Banana Split £4.99 for 14ml

First of all, I really liked the formula of the Trust fund beauty polish. It might not be a shade that I’d picked but it looks really nice, it applies so well but that’s one giant bottle of polish! 

Iz beauty polish, this baby blue is gorgeous but it is a tad too thin for my liking. I’ve applied 3 coats for opacity.

Models own scented polish, well well well, I liked the smell of the lid. I didn’t like the smell from the bottle nor when it’s dried on my nails. Despite that, I have no issue with the polish and loved using this for smooshy nails and gradient work. I would love to acquire more models own creme polishes. They will be fab too work with!

Zoya matte Velvet lacquer… It mattifies the nails.. does what it says on the can. It didn’t feel as smooth as my Freckles matte top coat.

My soft scoop inspired manicure

There’s a bit of everything here! I have smooshy nails on pointer and little fingers. Stamping decals on middle and ring fingers. Used a bit of stencils on the ring finger to create the melting ice cream effect. Added the round glitter onto the 2 smooshy nails. Busy, huh?

Products used:

  • Everything from the box including the matte top coat!
  • Uber Chic beauty stamping plate collection 9-01
  • Annika by Edge “White Swan” polish
  • Models own chrome Rose polish

I really like the matte look on this. Hope you like it too! Happy Saturday!

Thank you and take care x

Red, black and gold Superhero “Flash” manicure using Uber Chic beauty mini plate “Texture-licious 2” [mini review]

Red, Gold and Black Superhero mani using Uber Chic mini plate Texture-licious 2 @iamcherrylemon

Red, Gold and Black Superhero mani using Uber Chic mini plate Texture-licious 2 @iamcherrylemon

Morning! My Uber Chic beauty order has arrived and I have a new plate to show you.

For all the new plates, I’m most excited to use this “Texture-licious 2” mini plate. It contains some really bold designs as well as delicate patterns.
I didn’t have the “Flash” in mind while I created this mani using the Uber Chic beauty new plate. Once I’ve listed it on fb and Instagram, many people commented on the mani reminding them of the superhero! Very cool hehe not as cool as a polish with the same name me! Bwahahha love this Bliss polish called Cherry.

Products used:

  • Bliss Polish Basix collection polish in Cherry
  • Painted polish in Midnight mischief
  • Colour Alike stamping polish in Golden Queen
  • Uber Chic beauty stamping plate Texture-licious 2.
    Mini review of the Texture-Licious 2
Macro: Red, Gold and Black Superhero mani using Uber Chic mini plate Texture-licious 2 @iamcherrylemon

Macro: Red, Gold and Black Superhero mani using Uber Chic mini plate Texture-licious 2 @iamcherrylemon

There are some funky images and cool designs on this plate. I’m very fond of the bolt design, the squiggly lines, splash marks, bricks and the absurd dots.. pretty much the full plate. I won’t lie, I did stare at it for a long while and tested combinations to ensure good pairing of the images used. It somehow just works? The only patterns that I’m not so keen on are the text ones. Great motto to go by but I’m not a big fan of stamping text on my nails. My nails are long and curved at the side so texts don’t normally look good.

Macro: Red, Gold and Black Superhero mani using Uber Chic mini plate Texture-licious 2 @iamcherrylemon

Macro: Red, Gold and Black Superhero mani using Uber Chic mini plate Texture-licious 2 @iamcherrylemon

As always, the plate itched perfectly and easy to use. I was surprised how easy it was to pick up the bolt design in 1 go. I love these texture designs, I own the Texture-licious​1 and I like it alot too.
Hope you like this, I have couple more manis created using this plate already. I’ll show you in future posts.

Ok thank you and have a lovely Tuesday.

#26GNAI Great Nail Art Ideas - Yellow with 1 Bold Colour (Yellow and Blue nail stencil manicure) @iamcherrylemon

#26GNAI Great Nail Art Ideas – Yellow with 1 bold colour

#26GNAI Great Nail Art Ideas - Yellow with 1 Bold Colour (Yellow and Blue nail stencil manicure) @iamcherrylemon

#26GNAI Great Nail Art Ideas – Yellow with 1 Bold Colour (Yellow and Blue nail stencil manicure) @iamcherrylemon

Morning! Another blog post that is on time, ready before the deadline. I feel tremendously proud of myself! (then I look at my backlog of over 20 posts to be written up!… sob)

Today’s #26GNAI prompt is “Yellow with 1 bold colour”. Yellow, for me is a tricky colour to use in nail art, I don’t use much of it on my nails nor in designs. Although, this IS the beauty of nail art challenges, for you to get out of your comfort zone and explore new techniques, colours, designs and trends.

For this prompt, I’ve used simple “heartbeat” nail art stencils. For my bold colour, I have chosen to use a beautiful metallic blue. This does look like a Swedish inspired manicure! Or Ikea nails :p

Products used for this mani:

  • Bliss polish – Basix Collection “Daisy”
  • Hit the Bottle stamping polish – “Blu-tiful”
  • Zoya – Matte Velvet lacquer (from the latest Meebox May)
  • Nail stencil (the shop has closed down so I have no details on this! But you can get similar stencils from Whatsup Nails)

(shortest product list ever!)

I haven’t taken any macro because this design is pretty simple and there are no details to show! But trust me, matte top coat makes it look 10 times more fun!

Thank you for looking and enjoy your Friday!

​#NailsWithIGfriends Nail art collaboration “Marine”

#NailWithIGFriends Nail Art Collaboration "Marine" (ILNP Ultra holo Bermuda and Rose Water, CreativeShop stamping plate 28) @iamcherrylemon

#NailWithIGFriends Nail Art Collaboration “Marine” (ILNP Ultra holo Bermuda and Rose Water, CreativeShop stamping plate 28) @iamcherrylemon

Hello! It looks as if most of my backed up manicure posts are all challenges and collaborations…. Yes I overbooked myself in March and was participating in too many collaborations. Please don’t get me wrong, I loved every single one of them as each one of very different and fun.
Last round of #NailsWithIGfriends was hosted by IG@Nailpaintreview. The theme was Marine, so I’ve chosen to use gradient and some stamping.
Products used:

  • CreativeShop stamping plate 28
  • ILNP ultra holo polish in Bermuda and Rosewater
  • Moyra white stamping polish
  • Danglefoot Don’t dangle about top coat
  • Shell nail art stud from Born Pretty nail art store (#21578 $3.99)
#NailWithIGFriends Nail Art Collaboration "Marine" (ILNP Ultra holo Bermuda and Rose Water, CreativeShop stamping plate 28) @iamcherrylemon

#NailWithIGFriends Nail Art Collaboration “Marine” (ILNP Ultra holo Bermuda and Rose Water, CreativeShop stamping plate 28) @iamcherrylemon

I called this my Shelly-mad mani! I wanted to achieve the look of these shells stacked on a sandy beach as it appears on the lighter gradient.

With the extra stamping and nail stud to finish the look off. I was very surprised about the nail stud actually laid flat and stayed on my nail for days!

Macro: #NailWithIGFriends Nail Art Collaboration "Marine" (ILNP Ultra holo Bermuda and Rose Water, CreativeShop stamping plate 28) @iamcherrylemon

Macro: #NailWithIGFriends Nail Art Collaboration “Marine” (ILNP Ultra holo Bermuda and Rose Water, CreativeShop stamping plate 28) @iamcherrylemon

Macro: #NailWithIGFriends Nail Art Collaboration "Marine" (ILNP Ultra holo Bermuda and Rose Water, CreativeShop stamping plate 28) @iamcherrylemon

Macro: #NailWithIGFriends Nail Art Collaboration “Marine” (ILNP Ultra holo Bermuda and Rose Water, CreativeShop stamping plate 28) @iamcherrylemon

Ilnp Ultra holo “Bermuda” is exactly that, ultra sparkly, ultra holographic and ultra gorgeous. It applies well, I’ve used 2 coats in photos and kept this mani on for 3 days without experiencing any chipping. It might have gone on for longer but I needed to change my mani obviously!

Cool, I hope you like this one. ILNP polishes have never been disappointing for me, loving every single one at the moment 🙂

Thank you for reading xx

#MagneticMagicNails Spring Edition (Masura Magnetic polishes) @iamcherrylemon

#MagneticMagicNails Spring Edition (Instagram Nail Art Collaboration)

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Hello! I ought to post this alot earlier! But I accidentally overwritten this post, still do not understand how it happened, sob sob.
Anyhow, this is another nail art collaboration with the #MagneticMagicNails IG group, our theme was “Spring” and what it means to us. For me, Spring means new life, new beginnings and lots of beautiful flowers. So, I have chosen bright flowers with foliage.

#MagneticMagicNails Spring Edition (Masura Magnetic polishes) @iamcherrylemon

#MagneticMagicNails Spring Edition (Masura Magnetic polishes) @iamcherrylemon

Products used to achieve this look!

  • Sweet Lacquer Dahlia nail art stencils
  • Masura polishes in Emerald Sari, Saffron, Artemidia’s Heart and Goldstone
  • OPI Alpine Snow
  • Kleancolors in Metallic Yellow
  • Moyou London Jungle gold stamping polish
  • Lina nail art supplies Autumn season plate 01
  • Danglefoot “Don’t dangle about top coat”
Close up shot: Magnetic Magic Nails "Spring Edition" 2017 @iamcherrylemon

Close up shot: Magnetic Magic Nails “Spring Edition” 2017 @iamcherrylemon

Mini product reviews!
Sweet Lacquer “Dahlia” nail art stencils – I received some store creddits as part of my raffle prize which I won last year! Jen from Sweet Lacquer was so sweet, she let me use my store credit with the 50% offer. I have chosen quite a few and I loved how this flower looks. I have used the Celtic knots stencil here (link). All the stencils I have used here, peeled off really cleanly and effectively. Can’t wait to use the rest of my stencils!

Masura magnetic polishes – I love love love Masura magnetic polishes, they are afforable and an absolute joy to work with. I get most of my collection from Hypnotic polish (EU) and I believe C4N and Beautometry will be stocking Masura soon. You do need a strong magnet to work with these “heavy metal” polishes. I got my Masura magnet from Rainbow Connection for about £3.50 (approx $5USD).

Thank you and I hope you like this manicure 🙂

Instagram nail art challenge:  #twinsietuesdaynailart Minimalist 25th April 2017

Morning! How you’re enjoying your day so far!

We just had some frost this morning, it’s unreal!

Today, we have the most current nail art entry for #twinsietuesdaynailart nail art challenge. This week’s prompt is “Minimalist”. Something I had to think about, as I’m always ott with designs… Simplistic is not my speciality. My love of rhinestones and double stamping can take a break!

Minimalist nail art design using Lina nail art supplies stamping plate"Make your mark 4" @iamcherrylemon

Minimalist nail art design using Lina nail art supplies stamping plate”Make your mark 4″ @iamcherrylemon

So what did I do? A design with 3d cubes stamping decal and pattern stamping. Although the design is busy-ish, it’s very uncomplicated.
I have used a clear stamper for this mani, as I wanted to line up the pattern. But I do prefer clear stampers, only used other stampers when the stamping image can be randomly placed!
Products used:

  • Lina nail art supplies stamping plate Make your mark 4
  • Native War Paints in T-shirt and Jeans
  • Moyra white stamping polish
  • Born pretty grey stamping polish
  • Barry M Foil effects in silver
  • Painted polish in “Stamped in Stone”

For this mani, the base colour has a beautiful shimmer. NWPs are normally good for watermarbling, I might give that a try next time!i
Thank you for reading!
Cherry x

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Work Appropriate Nail Art @iamcherrylemon

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Work Appropriate Nail Art

Morning! For once, I am on time and have a blog post ready for #26GNAI !! woohoo!

This week’s prompt is “Work appropriate nail art”. I guess it really depends in what it means to you. I work in the fashion industry, so no such thing as crazy design in clothing or nails or hair in that matter! Everything is work appropriate within limits 😛 I know in some industries (namely the food and customer facing I believe), where no nail colours and nail art is allowed! I do feel sorry for those who likes nail art but cannot wear any colour to work!

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Work Appropriate Nail Art @iamcherrylemon

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Work Appropriate Nail Art @iamcherrylemon

So, I think I need to interpret this as general work-appropriate designs….

Macro: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Work Appropriate Nail Art @iamcherrylemon

Macro: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Work Appropriate Nail Art @iamcherrylemon

I have chosen this subtle design in a neutral polish shades of grey. Does it look a bit boring? I hope not!

I have used the new Lina stamping plate “Make your mark 04” together with “Feeling shapely 09”, simply double stamped with various designs. The geometric shapes on the middle finger was done with “Feeling Shapely 09” in different stamping polishes. (now I wish

Macro: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Work Appropriate Nail Art @iamcherrylemon

Macro: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Work Appropriate Nail Art @iamcherrylemon

Products used:

  • Lina nail art supplies “Feeling Shapely 09” and “Make Your Mark 04”
  • Love Angeline “Snowy Day” and “Topped with Love”
  • Moyra white stamping polish
  • Painted Polish “Stamped in Charcoal” and “Midnight Mischief”
  • Barry M Foil Effects nail paint in Silver

It was very tempting to add rhinestones/studs to jazz this up, I couldn’t help but use 1 metal stud.

Both Love Angeline nail polishes are bought directly but the brand/shop has closed down already. I feel that it is a shame, as their top coat is very well known for not smudging stamped designs. “Snowy Day” is a light grey crelly with iridescent glitter pieces. I found that the formula of the polish is rather thick and hard to apply. I have used 2 coats plus top coat in my mani.

As you probably know by now, that I recently acquired the newly launched MYM4 and other new releases from Lina Nail Supplies. These plates are awesome and inspiring, I love their MYM range, as there are a good variety of designs and the images are etched perfectly.

I hope you enjoyed this manicure and may it flow your creative juices when you’re painting nails for work! 😛

Thank you and take care.

Cherry x

Peach and Pink Gradient nails stamped with Uber chic 12-03 @iamcherrylemon

​#twinsietuesdaynailart 18th April 2017 theme: Peach

Morning! Hope you are well.

Instagram nail art challenge #twinsietuesdaynailart Peach @iamcherrylemon

Instagram nail art challenge #twinsietuesdaynailart Peach @iamcherrylemon

This is another Instagram nail prompt! I quite like this one, it’s very adhoc, spontaneous… Basically, the host announces the prompt on Monday morning and you can decide to join in and post your themed mani with the hash tag #twinsietuesdaynailart and link the host (Melanie @99probsbutmynailsaint1). But it needs to be on Instagram before Tuesday midnight PST! Yes, it’s that simple! The entries will be collected by the host and the nail collage get created on Tuesday night.

IMG_20170419_161149_769I love the fact you can drop in and out pretty freely. But I’m aiming to join in as much as I can cope as the themes are very interesting week by week.

Products used:

  • Pretty Serious Pastel Pet names “Fluffykins” and “Peachie Poo”
  • Moyra white stamping polish
  • Colour Alike stamping polish in Golden Queen
  • Uber Chic beauty collection plate 12-02

I love the outcome of this mani, the pastel neons are going very well together. Shame that the stamping isn’t perfect, I really need to get my eyes tested and stop rushing!

Have a lovely day x

Cherry

Instagram Nail Collaboration to celebrate Nailseeys Birthday: Mermaid Manicure

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Hello there! April is/was a busy month for birthday nail art collaborations! It is so lovely to be included in collabs to celebrate birthdays with IG friends. The nail art community on Instagram is crazy friendly, and I love interacting with like-minded friends. Yes, talking about nails all day every day!

Emilia’s sister got in touch with a bunch of us to complete a collab for her sister, it is such a lovely thing to do! Emilia (Nailseeys) is a super sweet girl with great talents and her designs are really great! Be sure to check her IG profile when you can, IG @nailseeys . Emilia’s sister has given us some prompts and suggestions, and out of the ones suggested, I like the idea of mermaid nails. I have not done a proper mermaid manicure before so it would be something new to me.

 

I have selected some pretty pastels for this mermaid set.

Products used:

  • Barry M Gelly nail paints in Prickly Pear, Fondant and Coconut
  • Barry M Foil Effects nail paint in Silver
  • EdK Ultra holo in Medusa
  • DRK Magic Garden stamping plate
  • Danglefoot nail polish in Cosmic Girl 2.0 and Don’t dangle about top coat
  • Random rhinestones obtained from destashes!

 

I like the way this set has turned out, it’s simple and pretty.

 

My thoughts on some of the polishes used!

Danglefoot’s Cosmic Girl 2.0 is a reinvented version of the Cosmic Girl, but this version contains a ton of silver flakes. I was very surprised that the polish laid on smoothly despite the fact I piled on for opacity! IT only required 1 layer of top coat.

Barry M Gellys are the legends! They are affordable, great on their own or used in nail art. Some of the Gelly nail paints also stamp but I have not tried any of mine yet! Gellys are supposed to be super shiny like gel polishes. They are easily accessible in the UK too. I do have quite a few Barry Ms J If you have been onmy blog/Instagram for some time, you would know I absolutely love stamping with Barry M’s foil effects polishes. They are very easy to use but unfortunately this line of foil polishes have been discontinued.

Ps. I have over 10 nail art posts to catch up on! Totally snowed under this time :p

Thank you for reading and I hope you like this manicure.

#ManiSwapCircle monthly collaboration: Royal Blue and Teal – March 2017

#maniswapcircle Royal blue and teal for March 2017 @iamcherrylemon

#maniswapcircle Royal blue and teal for March 2017 @iamcherrylemon

Woohoo, another #maniswapcircle manicure completed! I love participating in this nail art collaboration, it is so different every single time and the colour schemes are always interesting. This month colours are royal blue and teal, the prompt picture was so eye catching, I love it. Look at those birdies!

I have the pleasure to recreate schwaby’s mani in the chosen colours. Her nail art designs are very effective and I had a hard time narrowing my choices for recreation. In the end, I chose this super adorable button bi-colour design.

Products used:

  • Pretty Serious nail polishes in Comfy Y-front and Under Udders
  • Random nail striping tape
  • Matte round metal studs

I enjoyed recreating this design, and just love having the metal studs as my “buttons”! I cannot wait to dive into the next maniswap!

Thank you for dropping by and have a great day!