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Red lipsticks are for life, my Mac red lipstick collection – product review and photo swatches

MAC Lipsticks (Brave Red, Cockney, Mac Red, Riri Woo and Russian Red) @iamcherrylemon

MAC Lipsticks (Brave Red, Cockney, Mac Red, Riri Woo and Russian Red) @iamcherrylemon

MAC Lipsticks (Brave Red, Cockney, Mac Red, Riri Woo and Russian Red) @iamcherrylemon

MAC Lipsticks (Brave Red, Cockney, Mac Red, Riri Woo and Russian Red) @iamcherrylemon

When I was a kid, I always wondered why people wear red lipsticks? Being the shy little girl that I was, drawing attention to myself was the last thing I wanted. Little did I know, just how it can transform one’s mood!

Today I will be sharing my small Mac lipstick collection and swatches! They are five reds in five different formulations!
To some people all shades of red might look very similar, I couldn’t see the difference until I’ve started wearing the colour myself.

MAC Lipsticks (Brave Red, Cockney, Mac Red, Riri Woo and Russian Red) @iamcherrylemon

MAC Lipsticks (Brave Red, Cockney, Mac Red, Riri Woo and Russian Red) @iamcherrylemon

MAC Lipsticks (Brave Red, Cockney, Mac Red, Riri Woo and Russian Red) @iamcherrylemon

MAC Lipsticks (Brave Red, Cockney, Mac Red, Riri Woo and Russian Red) @iamcherrylemon

Why wear a red lipstick?
Red lipsticks are considered elegant and classic, it can makes the wearer’s makeup look immaculate.
Turn the simplest makeup look into something  extraordinary. As if you’ve made alot of effort!
It is a classic colour that most people can wear regardless of age.
Some ladies find wearing reds give them more confidence.
There is a shade of red for everyone!

‘Red lipstick is a source of strength,’ says Poppy King, creator of Lipstick Queen. ‘You put it on and suddenly you feel more capable than you did without it.’

There are some simple tips for getting it right:
1. When wearing a red lips, wear simpler eye makeup. Lips will have a big impact with the attention catching shade!
2. To avoid red lipstick stain on your teeth. Wikihow
3. Apply carefully. Red looks best when it is done neatly. Apply with a lip brush and clean up with concealer around the mouth if you can.
4. Wear a matching red liner, it makes your lipstick last longer, the edges will look shaper and more defined.
4. Get the right toned reds. It is not a rule, but some makeup artists would recommend warmer reds on warm toned skin. Bluer reds on cooler toned skin. If in doubt, go and ask for advice at any Mac counters.

Ok here’s the review!

MAC Lipsticks (Brave Red, Cockney, Mac Red, Riri Woo and Russian Red) @iamcherrylemon

MAC Lipsticks (Brave Red, Cockney, Mac Red, Riri Woo and Russian Red) @iamcherrylemon

Mac Red
This is a true blue based red that’s brighter than its sister Russian red. It can appear red with a slight lean towards magenta on lips. The formulation is Satin, feels like a semi matte lipstick with a shocking punch of pigment!
Good but not completely full coverage with one swipe of product, it leaves a slight sheen on the lips.
It wears comfortably for at least 4 hours for me.
I do recommend this if you happen to like Russian Red, and/or think Russian Red is slightly too dark or too matte and drying.

Brave Red
Brave Red is a Cremesheen formula Mac lipstick. It feel creamy and looks dewy on the lips. This is a surprise to me as I have not expect myself to like it as much as I do!
This lipstick is very moisturising and comfortable to wear.

MAC Lipsticks in Mac Red and Brave Red @iamcherrylemon

MAC Lipsticks in Mac Red and Brave Red @iamcherrylemon

Russian Red
Russian red is medium red with neutral undertone. It is a matte finish lipstick and feel slightly drying on the lips.
Stays on for 6/7 hours+ when primed with Mac lip pencil in Cherry. You can also pair Russian Red with Brick lip pencil.
Stays on for 4 to 5 hours when worn alone. It does stain your lips very nicely. I don’t reapply unless it looks ridiculous!
Adding lip pencil in Cherry brightens the overall look. I prefer the brighter tone that it brings. This combo is almost indestructible! It lasts around 7 hours with minor touching up.
This lipstick shade would always be special to me. This is the recommended lip colour for my evening wedding gown by my photographer/former MUA. I enjoyed wearing this and it brings back lovely memories from the day.

MAC Lipsticks in Russian Red and Cockney [Most loved!] @iamcherrylemon

MAC Lipsticks in Russian Red and Cockney [Most loved!] @iamcherrylemon


Riri Woo
Riri Woo is a special edition of the famous Ruby Woo.  Rihanna was the spokeperson / promoter for this in 2014, it is slightly bluer than Ruby Woo and a tint darker. I cannot confirm as I do not own Ruby Woo!
This is one of my newest reds from Mac. In fact, I have not bought more Mac after this!
The formula of this lipstick is Retro Matte. It’s a matte but not as drying as the original Mac matte lipsticks, and it wears very comfortably.

MAC Riri Woo @iamcherrylemon

MAC Riri Woo @iamcherrylemon

Cockney
Cockney is a sheer(ish) medium orange red with some tiny gold shimmery particles. It is very flattering on warmer skin tone. I believe this is a very good red for first timers, as it is sheer therefore easy to build up the intensity.
Cockney’s “lustre” formulation makes it easier to wear, the shade is really lovely but it does not last too long on the lips. I am happy to reapply as often as needed. You can see from the photos that this is my most used red!

MAC red Lipstick swatches (Brave Red, Cockney, Mac Red, Riri Woo and Russian Red) @iamcherrylemon

MAC red Lipstick swatches (Brave Red, Cockney, Mac Red, Riri Woo and Russian Red) @iamcherrylemon

This year Mac is repromoting some of their red lipsticks in a collection called “Red red red”, namely Lady Bug, Alarm, Toxic Tale, See Sheer and many other lipglasses.

Mac lipsticks are generally £15.50, and there’s a 10% off Beauty promotion at Debenhams.com until Sunday 1st March 2015. Perfect time to stock up maybe? Get shopping! :P

If you don’t wear red lipsticks, would you try a red now? And if you do wear reds, do you have a holy grail red you would like to share with us?


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Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Neo Mascara – Product Review and Photo Swatches

Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Neo Mascara @iamcherrylemon

Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Neo Mascara @iamcherrylemon

Hello! I’m on a mascara mission, it is to go through my stash before getting another new one :P
Today I’m reviewing the Lash Gorgeous Wing Neo mascara in the shade BK999 Black.

Official description: Lash Gorgeous Wing Neo: The more you layer, the more fluttery they get! The next evolution in Lash Expander Mascara

I was going to buy the famous Majolica Majorca Lash King but they only had one of those in store, and I promised my friend I’ll get her a Lash King. So I bought the Wing Neo for myself instead. Anyhow, any new toy is better than no new toys to play with!
My usual mascaras are the Burberry Effortless or YSL Babydoll (to be reviewed soon, before I finish it!).
First thing first, I have short straight stubby lashes that almost pointing downward. So I look for lengthening, curling and waterproof properties. I’m not too fussed about volume as I wear wing liners everyday. It comes with a normal bristle brush applicator, and you can see tiny fiber all over the brush!

Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Neo Mascara (Brush Applicator) @iamcherrylemon

Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Neo Mascara (Brush Applicator) @iamcherrylemon

This Wing Neo mascara contains tiny fibers for lash lengthening, the formula is on the dry side so I had to work quick.

I first curled my lashes. To build layers, I continue with second layer immediately after the first layer has been applied. I didn’t go for third layer as the second layer is already giving good lengths that looks really natural. I’m impressed! The mascara didn’t give much volume but the lashes are lengthened, more defined and it held my curls well.

Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Neo Mascara (Photo Swatches, BEFORE and AFTER) @iamcherrylemon

Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Neo Mascara (Photo Swatches, BEFORE and AFTER) @iamcherrylemon

I’ve taken some pictures first thing in the morning then again around 14 hours later. It stayed in with no flaking and no smudging. The lashes are not as curled as this morning’s but I’m not expecting miracles!
When it comes to removing the mascara, it took awhile longer, need to use waterproof makeup remover and slowly soak them with a cotton pad.

Product Summary:

  • Lengthening and defining
  • Not much volume
  • Dry formula
  • No flaking, smudging nor clumping
  • Natural looking lashes
  • Keep curl well
  • Not waterproof
  • Long lasting formula
  • Hard to remove just like other fiber mascaras!

I like this mascara but I probably will try the famous Lash King next! I much prefer their brush liquid liners (review here).

Price: Approx £10 from ebay and much cheaper from Asia!

Fiber mascaras are not everyone’s cup of tea. Do you like using fiber mascaras?

Thank you for reading!

Majolica Majorca Mascara @iamcherrylemon

Majolica Majorca Mascara @iamcherrylemon


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NOTD Filthy Gorgeous Magnetic Nail Polish in “Got the Blues” Photo swatch and review

Flithy Gorgeous Magnetic Nail Polish in Got the Blues - Photo Swatch @iamcherrylemon

Flithy Gorgeous Magnetic Nail Polish in Got the Blues – Photo Swatch @iamcherrylemon

Morning! How are you doing? We’re getting brighter mornings in the UK, no longer going into work in the dark and coming home in the dark! This can only means one thing! Spring is back!

I’m reviewing a magnetic polish today, I know magnetic polish in a very old trend… I think it was about four years ago when it was the rage! But magnetic polishes still impress me. I just love seeing the patterns emerge when you hover the magnet over the polished nails.
It looks great and it is easy to do! Win win for me.

How does magnetic polishes work?
These polishes have tiny metal particles within the polish. So when you paint your nails with the polish and hover the magnet over the wet polish. The metal particles with be drawn to the magnet pattern hidden in the magnet itself.
It is such a clever idea, I wish I thought about that too :P

Flithy Gorgeous Magnetic Nail Polish in Got the Blues @iamcherrylemon

Flithy Gorgeous Magnetic Nail Polish in Got the Blues @iamcherrylemon

This bottle by Filthy Gorgeous feels like a very good quality polish. It is opaque with only one layer of polish. It levels out beautifully and looks ultra shiny even without top coat. The magnetic pattern is printed on the lid. I have only one slight disappointment! The magnet is not long enough for my slightly longer nails. So I have some part of the nail that didn’t catch any pattern. Not a deal breaker for me.

I believe this brand is no longer trading as I cannot find any stockist nor the official website! But there are still many brands who produce magnetic polishes. My other magnetic polish is a Barry M.

Thank you for reading! Do you follow nail trends? Do you revisit older ones?


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Memebox Scent Box #5 Tropical Fruits – Unboxing and Product Review

Memebox Scentbox #5 Tropical Fruits
I’ve received one of the last restocked boxes about five days ago. I have now used and tested all the products within this box :) This box was only $15 plus shipping, and it contained 5 full sized products. This is quite a bargain I must say!
But unfortunately, when I opened this box for the first time… I knew something was wrong as I can smell something very sweet and nice… the box was sticky inside :( Anyhow, let’s unbox and review the contents and we will find out which product was the victim of leak!
Memebox Scentbox #5 Tropical Fruits - Unboxing @iamcherrylemon

Memebox Scentbox #5 Tropical Fruits – Unboxing @iamcherrylemon

1. Boutique Bebe Coconut Pack 100g, RRP $20
I like coconut scents that are not overly sweet. This coconut scented soap feels rich, but strangely enough, it did not produce too much foam.
Boutique Bebe Coconut Pack @iamcherrylemon

Boutique Bebe Coconut Pack @iamcherrylemon

This pack is described as soap-like facial pack for deep cleansing, it helps with treating enlarged pores. I am not a big fan in using anything soap-like on my face. So I will use this as a body bar. It defintely packaged like a $20 product.
Boutique Bebe Coconut Pack @iamcherrylemon

Boutique Bebe Coconut Pack @iamcherrylemon

Boutique Bebe Coconut Pack - Foaming @iamcherrylemon

Boutique Bebe Coconut Pack – Foaming @iamcherrylemon

2. LadyKin Twinklight Kiwi Soft Cleansing Foam 100ml, RRP $10
One of many foaming cleansers from Memebox. This foaming cleansing is Kiwi scented, it produces lovely dense bubbles. I like how it does not dry my skin afterwards. It feels creamy and smells heavenly. I only use a 20p sized dollop for the face, it foams up well with the use of my trusty Foreo Luna mini. Happy to received this in the box.
LadyKin Twinklight Kiwi Soft Cleansing Foam and Konad Scented Polish @iamcherrylemon

LadyKin Twinklight Kiwi Soft Cleansing Foam and Konad Scented Polish @iamcherrylemon

LadyKin Twinklight Kiwi Soft Cleansing Foam (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

LadyKin Twinklight Kiwi Soft Cleansing Foam (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

3. Konad Niju Mango Moisture Hand Cream 60ml, RRP $6
A girl can never own too many hand creams! This hand cream’s consistency is light and easy to be absorbed into hands. The Mango scent is believable :)
This hand cream is enriched with organic argan oil, shea butter, oliver oil and Vitamin E. I just love hand creams with shea butter, it relieves the pain from dry and cracked skin.
This is my first ever Mango hand product! Good to add to my stash!
Konad Niju Mango Moisture Hand Cream (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

Konad Niju Mango Moisture Hand Cream (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

4. Konad Scented Polish (Kiwi) 10ml, RRP $6
I have only ever bought one scented polish in my life, and it surprised me on how much I actually liked it. The scent of this polish last over a day.
The consistency of the polish was good and easy to use, and it can achieve full opacity and fabulous shine with just one coat of the polish.
Please note scented polish inside a bottle does not smell nice (don’t try sniffing it!), the actual intended frangrance will only be detectable once the polish has dried on your nails.
I normally hate green polishes but I liked this Kiwi scented polish. Apart from having a nice kiwi smell, there were tiny kiwi hair (the hair on an actual Kiwi fruit!) in the polish. I find that extra funny, I couldn’t believe Konad has thought of that! I now wonder of the lychee scented polish contain anything. I have completed a quick manicure with this poilsh with some added *fruits* glitter! Do you like it?
Fruity Manicure using Konad Scented Polish in Kiwi @iamcherrylemon

Fruity Manicure using Konad Scented Polish in Kiwi @iamcherrylemon

This is a fun polish to be added to my vast nail polish collection. ps. Do not use a top coat if you want the scent to last longer!
5. Evas Vitamin Body Wash (Strawberry) 200ml, RRP $6
This is what my box was smelling like, yes this body wash was leaking inside the Memebox!
I have received the Strawberry option, so the colour of the body wash was pearly pink! I love strawberry scents and I happen to love pink!
Evas Vitamin Body Wash and Konad Niju Mango Moisture Hand Cream @iamcherrylemon

Evas Vitamin Body Wash and Konad Niju Mango Moisture Hand Cream @iamcherrylemon

This wash is very gentle and the liquid turns into rich bubbles with burst of fragrance. As mine has leaked, I am guessing this will last me about 20 showers!
Evas Vitamin Body Wash (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

Evas Vitamin Body Wash (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

Total retail value of this box $48, and the cost of the box was $15 plus shipping. Great value and great items.
To summarise, this is a wonderful box as I love tropical scents. These scents instantly transport me into happy holiday moods!
Thank you for reading!


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Colors by llarowe Ode to Bruno Mars Collection (“Uptown Funk You Up” and “Having Bruno’s Babies” Limited Editions) Photo Swatches

Colours by llarowe - Uptown Funk You Up and Having Bruno's Babies (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

Colours by llarowe – Uptown Funk You Up and Having Bruno’s Babies (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

Morning! Another nail post today!
I have never bought a new bottle of CBL before. CBL is a brand that I have always wanted to try. I quickly picked these two up from rainbow-connection when it was announced on their Twitter.
Partly because I like listening to Bruno Mars (My favourite song by Bruno is “Talking to the moon”). Uptown Funk is currently getting alot of airtime on radio, it never failed to get me jump up and do the little routine. It cheers me up in no time! No, I have not mastered it yet :p (Youtube link here)

I am more drawn to these two polishes from the collection; both are purple and a great colour for any time of the year.

Colours by llarowe - Having Bruno's Babies (L) and Uptown Funk You Up (R) @iamcherrylemon

Colours by llarowe – Having Bruno’s Babies (L) and Uptown Funk You Up (R) @iamcherrylemon

Uptown Funk You Up – This is a purple holo that leans pink, I love a good holo polish any day. I did not have full sun when I was taking these swatches.
Having Bruno’s Babies – This is purple jelly with a huge amount of micro glitters in chrome, pink and blue. It looks great but very loud and sassy on its own. I have applied it onto the ring finger as the accent colour with Uptown Funk.

Colours by llarowe - Uptown Funk You Up and Having Bruno's Babies (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

Colours by llarowe – Uptown Funk You Up and Having Bruno’s Babies (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

The swatches were done with two coats of the polish and no top coat.
“Uptown Funk You Up” is available for $12 for 12ml from CBL official site and Rainbow Connection, currently sold out

“Having Bruno’s Babies” is available for $12 for 12ml from CBL official site and Rainbow Connection, £9.50 for 12ml, only 4 left!

Thanks for dropping by! Do you like limited edition products?

Colours by llarowe - Uptown Funk You Up and Having Bruno's Babies (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

Colours by llarowe – Uptown Funk You Up and Having Bruno’s Babies (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon


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Burberry Spring Summer 2015 Runway Palette – product review and photo swatches

Burberry SS15 Runway Palette @iamcherrylemon

Burberry SS15 Runway Palette @iamcherrylemon

Hi there! Today I’m sharing my review on the newest Burberry Beauty item “SS15 Runway Palette”. To me, this is one of the very first limited edition beauty products that has been created. This is not a normal change of packaging, this is a brand new design! I’ve been waiting for the launch for over two weeks. First spotted in Wendy Rowe SS15 Burberry looks tutorial on YouTube. This is marketed as a face highlighter on the site, but to me, I will only use it as a blush with the slight highlighting powder!

Burberry SS15 Runway Palette @iamcherrylemon

Burberry SS15 Runway Palette @iamcherrylemon

The design is based on the SS15 runway theme “Rain or Shine”, featuring an artwork from the Prorsum collection.
The packaging is slightly different, this blusher has a printed plastic sleeve with the “Rain or Shine” logo. The brush is not housed in the blush palette (which is good, I prefer more product than having the brush inside which takes up alot of space!). The brush is the same slim line design made of natural hair, I do not use this brush with the palette. This has the same scent as the rest of the cosmetic line, it smells of vintage rose! You get a whiff of the scent as your swirl your brush on the palette.

Burberry SS15 Runway Palette (Outer Sleeve) @iamcherrylemon

Burberry SS15 Runway Palette (Outer Sleeve) @iamcherrylemon

Burberry SS15 Runway Palette (Outer Sleeve) @iamcherrylemon

Burberry SS15 Runway Palette (Outer Sleeve) @iamcherrylemon

This blush contains 9 grams of product, whereas the normal blushes are 7 grams. So grams for grams, this palette is more expensive than the normal blush range. The metallic casing looks no different too.

 

Burberry SS15 Runway Palette (Brush and Velvet Pouch) @iamcherrylemon

Burberry SS15 Runway Palette (Brush and Velvet Pouch) @iamcherrylemon

The main colour is a Hydrangea pink (not an overlay!), the cloud part is a light cream, peachy tone highlighter powder. There are shimmery overlays on the writings “Rain or Shine”.

When used alone, the highlighter does feel slightly too soft and borderline powdery.
When the colours are used together, it gives a beautiful natural pink flush to the cheeks. I cannot detect any visible shimmer when worn.
A gorgeous fresh pink that’s very suitable to use in the Spring time! The colour payoff is very good, it looks great on my warm toned medium skin. No doubt, this will be a frequently reached for colour for me!
I do own the Hydrangea pink blush, see my review on it here.
From left to right: all colours blended; pink blush swatched on its own; highlighter colour swatched.

Burberry SS15 Runway Palette Swatches @iamcherrylemon

Burberry SS15 Runway Palette Swatches @iamcherrylemon

This blusher gives a pretty and delicate pink dash of pink, as with all other Burberry blushes…. A light hand is required, I normally use my Real Technqiue duo fibre face brush with them. As it is always easier to build the colour intensity up than to take any colour away!
Price: £45 for 9 grams, the palette is available on Burberry.com.

The AW2015 show is today (23rd Feb 2015 at 1pm GMT), I wonder what new looks and products will be inspired by this! Exciting times!

Have you picked up any new makeup recently? What’s your best finds so far?
Thank you for reading and have a great week!

Burberry SS15 Runway Palette (Close-up) @iamcherrylemon

Burberry SS15 Runway Palette (Close-up) @iamcherrylemon


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Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle Serum and Complete Care Nail Treatment 4 in 1 – Product Review, plus tips on preventing nail breaks!

Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Serum - Product Review @iamcherrylemon

Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Serum – Product Review @iamcherrylemon

Hello, do you have issue growing your nails? I don’t but they do take a bit of time! I broke 4 nails just before Christmas and this is kinda like how I felt (see picture!).

Broken a Nail
I’ve been repairing them using the tea bag nail repair method for at least two weeks. I continued to complete my NOTD posts but it was getting ridiculous as I was using superglue on my nails. Christmas came and I cut all my other ones to the same lengths, as I never thought of getting nail extension or hard gel nails to make them look equal. As a ex-nail biter, I miss all the lengths I had, breaking nails is one of those moments that make me sad!

Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle Serum

Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Serum @iamcherrylemon

Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Serum @iamcherrylemon

Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Serum (dropper) @iamcherrylemon

Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Serum (dropper) @iamcherrylemon

Once nails get to a certain length, they get weak, dry and brittle for me. They start to chip and crack left, right and center. So I have started to seek help. I know I needed to nourish it more and give it more moisture. But moisture doesn’t mean water!

It became my mission to find something to help them grow stronger. Then I came across this Sally Hansen growth miracle serum in Superdrug. It was kind of pricey at £9.95. But it promises 59% longer, stronger nails with better cuticles. I followed the application instruction religiously for seven days and I could see the obvious difference. I was falling for this serum.
It is a thick gel like serum with a droplet dispenser. It wasn’t easy to get one drop of serum because the dropper doesn’t pick up the product well. I scooped and massaged a tiny drop onto the nail and cuticles. It does take a little massage before the serum gets absorbed.

Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Serum - Results @iamcherrylemon

Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Serum – Results @iamcherrylemon

Pros:

  • Nails are stronger and not brittle
  • Instantly moisturise cuticles
  • Helps to grow lengths faster

Cons:

  • Just a little bit pricey but the result can justify the price tag (?)
  • Dropper doesn’t pick up product

My take on the product:
The packaging is a nice shiny gold bottle, eye catching and this reminds me to use it before bedtime. This product did work for me. My long (and possibly too long) nails are strong but not brittle. I will certainly  repurchase when I finish this bottle. I use this before taking pictures for my manicure so my cuticles will look softer and more moisturised.

This was the normal length for me, picture taken over a year ago.

NOTD Ciate Mosaic Collection and Barry M Silks Nail Paints photo @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Ciate Mosaic Collection and Barry M Silks Nail Paints photo @iamcherrylemon

Price: £9.95 for 11ml from Superdrug and other major chemists/drugstores

Product score: 4.5 out of 5

 

Complete Care 4 in 1 Nail Treatment

Sally Hansen Complete Care Extra Moisturising 4 in 1 Nail Treatment @iamcherrylemon

Sally Hansen Complete Care Extra Moisturising 4 in 1 Nail Treatment @iamcherrylemon

This product is being marketed as a multifunctional nail treatment. It is a base coat, strengthener,  grow treatment and top coat.
It helps with:
Nail growth with smoother surface and less ridges.
It contains micro-mineral and bio-vitamins to help strengthen the nail that resist breaks and cracks.
Triple protein complex to help nails grow longer and stronger.
Durable scratch resistant protection for chip proof protection.

Pros:

  • Not goopy and easy to use
  • Strengthens nails
  • Moisturising nails to prevent nails becoming dry and brittle

Cons:

  • Doesn’t protect nails from polish staining
  • Doesn’t last long on its own (flakes off after two days if worn alone)

My take on the product:
This is a good product as nail strengthener and nail treatment for moisturising nails. But I find it pretty poor performing as a base coat. Because it did not protect my nails from nail polish staining. I was wearing Illamasqua nail varnish in Ruthless. It left a yellow tint to my nails! I wish this performs as good as my Essie “Nourish Me” base coat. The search is back on for a moisturising base coat.
I’ve had it with OPI Nail envy, my nails touch the stuff and it will breaks. It used to be my hero product!

Price: £10.95 for 13.3ml from Superdrug, and all other major chemists/drugstores
Product score: 2 out of 5

Do you have a moisturising nail base coat that you would recommend? If so, please leave a comment below! I would like to try some other ones.

Things I’ve learned from this:

  • Take care of the nails and be mindful of what you’re doing with your hands. Take it slowly! (no more jamming your nails in the microwave!)
  • Don’t let your nails come in contact with water for too long. This would cause nail splits! Gloves on whenever you might be washing dishes/or your car.
  • Seal your nail edges whenever you’re completing a manicure. Just run base/top coat along the free edges. Repeat when necessary.
  • Nourish your nails by using cuticle oils whenever possible. (I need to get better at this!)
  • Obvious but do not use your nails as a tool. I.e. they are not a can-ring puller. I’ve stopped opening cans :p
  • Don’t file them too thinly trying to remove ridges (there are few causes for nail ridges, check them first. Failing that, use a ridge filler before nail polish)
  • File your nails properly, use something with finer grits such as a glass nail filer. Try not to use the see-saw action. It weakens your nails.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful Monday!

 

Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Serum and Complete Care Extra Moisturising 4 in 1 Nail Treatment @iamcherrylemon

Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Serum and Complete Care Extra Moisturising 4 in 1 Nail Treatment @iamcherrylemon


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NOTD Lunar New Year inspired manicure celebrating the Year of the Goat (Using Moyou London Suki Collection 01)

NOTD Lunar New Year Manicure (on Red Pocket) @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Lunar New Year Manicure (on Red Pocket) @iamcherrylemon

Happy Lunar New Year on the 19th Feb 2015! We’re celebrating the year of the Goat. The white fluffy gentle animal of the Chinese zodiac!

Today’s manicure is a brilliant red base stamped with gold cherry blossoms. I’ve picked these colours because…

Red symbolises luck, it happens to be one of my favourite colours too :) and Gold symbolises wealth!
Simple but effective colours!

On my left hand’s index finger, I’ve attempted to write the character “Goat”. My calligraphy is getting really bad. If my dad saw it, he’ll be really displeased! I’m way too lazy to practice thou :P

NOTD Lunar New Year Manicure (Year of the Goat) @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Lunar New Year Manicure (Year of the Goat) @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Lunar New Year Manicure (Year of the Goat) Cherry Blossoms @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Lunar New Year Manicure (Year of the Goat) Cherry Blossoms @iamcherrylemon

What I’ve used for this manicure:

Illamasqua Ruthless, Barry M Foil Gold and Moyou London Suki Collection 1 @iamcherrylemon

Illamasqua Ruthless, Barry M Foil Gold and Moyou London Suki Collection 1 @iamcherrylemon


Lunar New Year has been my favourite time of the year since I was a kid. We celebrate with lots of family feasts and red pockets filled with money/sweets. This is the time when friends and relatives visit each other, everyone will have a great big smile on and being very cheerful :D

Thank you for reading and Happy Lunar New Year to everyone!

NOTD Lunar New Year Manicure @iamcherrylemon

NOTD Lunar New Year Manicure @iamcherrylemon


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“Let it go” Iridescent flakie top coat by Frightfully Spectacular

“The snow glows white on the mountain tonight…”

Hello there :) Haha I’m lightyears behind everyone else in terms of watching movies and animated films. I watched the Disney animation “Frozen” for the first time at Christmas. I’ve been singing the song “Let it go” ever since :P Love it!

Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish in Let it Go @iamcherrylemon

Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish in Let it Go @iamcherrylemon


When I saw this polish on FB, and thought the name and the polish go really well together. To me, this is pure beauty! Sorry, I’m crazy about polishes!
The creator showcased only a handful of her creation which was due to be launched. All her polishes are unique and hand mixed.  

“Let it go” had caught my eye and I couldn’t forget about it! So I was over the moon when I got hold of one. It is an iridescent flakie top coat with a colourful glitter mix in slightly cool white base. You can almost see a frozen scene of snowstorm inside the bottle! I like the polish so much I approached the polish creator and asked if I can blog about the brand and the polish! I was really excited when the creator agreed :)

Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish in "Let it Go" on Blue (closeup) @iamcherrylemon

Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish in “Let it Go” on Blue (closeup) @iamcherrylemon

I’ve tried the top coat over pastels colours, as well as darker bases. It transform from a beautiful innocent mani (on pastels) to a extravagant fireworks over darker bases. The glitters appears reddish on a shimmery blue base. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish in Let it Go on Darks (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish in Let it Go on Darks (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish in "Let it Go" on Darks @iamcherrylemon

Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish in “Let it Go” on Darks @iamcherrylemon

Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish in "Let it Go" on Dark Blue (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish in “Let it Go” on Dark Blue (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

To let us get to know more about this lovely indie polish brand and it’s creator, I’ve arranged a simple Q&A!

FS: Frightfully Spectacular
CL: Cherry Lemon

Let’s get started!

CL: Can you tell us who/what is Frightfully Spectacular?

FS: Frightfully Spectacular is just me, Lolly. I aim to create beautiful, exciting nail polish with an ‘alternative’ twist.

CL: What’s behind the cool brand name “Frightfully Spectacular”?

FS: I wanted a name with a bit of a Gothic/Halloweeny feel, a bit steampunky, and something that sounded terribly British; what I came up with was Mistress Darkling’s Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish For Ladies With Corsets And Parasols ™. That’s a touch on the long side, so Frightfully Spectacular it is ;)

CM: Who or what has inspired you to start your own indie polish brand?

FS: I qualified as a nail tech years ago because I love nail art, I love making other people’s nails look pretty. I have many creative hobbies too, so the natural progression seemed to be creating nail polish instead of just using it. I think this is the happiest I’ve ever been!

CL: What is your specialities or signature style?

FS: I’m not sure I have a signature style or speciality yet, I’ll keep working on that one :)

CL: What inspires you to create your wonderful line of polishes?

FS: Most of my polishes are named after songs, as I feel music can create strong emotions, or can bring back amazing memories. Sometimes the song inspires the polish, sometimes the polish comes first followed by a suitable song!

CL: Are the polishes 3 or 5 free or normal?

FS: The base I use is 5-free, and all the other supplies are cosmetic grade and solvent resistant. I make sure to never use anything tested on animals, and the finished product is only ever tested on willing victims (including my Hubby)!

CL: You have now launch a online FB shop, do you ship internationally? What is the next step for “Frightfully Spectacular”? (shop, online site?)

FS: I don’t currently offer international shipping on my polishes due to the postal regulations, but I’m hoping to start listing other nail art supplies in my online shop which will be available to international customers. Also hoping to get the actual online store open, not just on facebook – as soon as I’ve sorted out the last few technical hitches – watch this space!!

CL: Thank you Lolly!

Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish in "Let it Go" on Pastels (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish in “Let it Go” on Pastels (Photo Swatch) @iamcherrylemon

She’s such a lovely lady! I’ve really enjoyed this q&a session. I cannot wait to see what other music inspired polishes will appear next!
Lolly runs giveaways and provides sneak peeks to her next-in-line creation!

Lolly’s online shop (Frightfully Spectacular) is currently on FB and she has twelve polishes listed so far. Please go and check them out :)
I’m pondering which ones to get next! Possibly “Bring me to Live” a Duochrome topper and/or Pink Sunshine!

 

This is not a sponsored post nor I’ll get reimbursed for the post. I did it because I love “Let it go”!

Thank you for reading and have a great week!

Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish in "Let it Go" @iamcherrylemon

Frightfully Spectacular Nail Polish in “Let it Go” @iamcherrylemon

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