Instagram nail art challenge – When colours collide! “BLUE”

# PR Sample #

Hello there! I’m back from a week’s vacation, it was really fun and also exhausting. I managed to wear a single polish for over 11 days, which I have not done so before! So weird to wear the same shade for so long.
Anyhow, today I’m sharing a manicure I created for the “When colour collide” nail art challenge. WCC is a FB based challenge, there’s a new theme every 2 weeks. It could be colour restricted, technique specific or themed and colour restricted. As the variation of themes is pretty great, it is always fresh and challenging for anyone to participate.
Last week’s prompt was for a blue-only mani in any technique. I’ve chosen too use gradient stamping over a gorgeous blue shimmer base.

Products used:

  • Born pretty BP-L085
  • Bliss polish in “Hangin’ with the fishes”
  • Painted Polish in Deux 2 and stamped in Seafoam
  • Glisten and Glow HKG top coat

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The base colour was so pretty on its own, it was very hard to actually stamp over it. I shall revisit this polish in the near future.
Overall, I quite like how this mani turned out. Use the hash tag #whencolourscollide on Instagram to view all other gorgeous designs.

Mini review on Born Pretty BP-L085 Rose Lotus Gorgeous Flower Stamping Plate (#40221)
This plate has 14 gorgeous full sized stamping images and 6 kaleidoscope style flower designs. I have another mani design coming up using this plate 🙂
All the stamping images are suitable for short to medium long nails. For longer nails you might need to stretch the image or repeat stamping to achieve the complete design on the longer nail lengths.

I had no issues with the image pickup, this is kind of what I would expect from BPS plates.
This new plate is currently priced at BPS $2.99 USD with free worldwide shipping.
This post does not contain affiliated links.

Thank you for visiting and happy Monday to you!

 

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26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Your Signature Style (Holo+Multichrome powder tryout!)


Hello and happy Friday!
Well well well! My final blog post for #26GNAI! I cannot believe it was a year ago since I started this nail art challenge. It took quite a bit of commitment to finish all 26 prompts for this biweekly challenge.
But I’m glad I’ve done it, I love nail art challenges.

So this week’s prompt is “Your Signature Style”…. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I love stamping and I love multichrome. So I completed this prompt using a new holo chrome powder sent to me for review, plus my own stamping plate and stamping polish.

Products used:

  • Born pretty stamping plate BP-L093, black stamping polish and the new Peacock Holographic Chameleon Nail Powder item # 40893 (comes with a runny sponge applicator)
  • Gel top coat
  • Superchic marvel holo top coat

Mini review on the holo chrome powder
Ok, first of all, I would like to clarify that I’m pretty late to this powder mani party, I don’t normally use chrome or holo powder. I have only just started using these powder with normal polishes.
This is the first time I’ve used a gel polish with led light. Haha I could have just said I’m a beginner!
Anyhow, I’ve tried this holo Chameleon nail powder with normal and with gel powder. The normal polish does work with this powder but for some reason the holo dust doesn’t want to stick onto the polished nail.
When I used a no wipe top coat, then the holo layer of the multichrome powder does stick and it really changes the entire look. So I would highly recommend that you use this powder with gel.
The powder was easy to use and I would recommend that you use the sponge applicator. Using the finger kind of removes alot of the holo particles.
Summary: Use gel polish/top coat and sponge applicator with this Born pretty holo Chameleon powder to get the expected result.

You can get this teeny tub of Peacock Holographic Chameleon Nail Powder #40893 for $1.99. it is currently on sale!

The stamping plate BP-L093 is $2.99 from Born pretty as well.

And!… I’ll do a round up post for all my #26GNAI manis 🙂

Thank you and have a gorgeous day 😉

Note. The holo chrome powder was sent to me for honest review.
This post does NOT contain affiliated links.

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Autumn (Macro / Painted Polish in Ghoul Next Door) @iamcherrylemon

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Autumn

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Happy Friday! Can you believe we are on our 25th of the 26 GNAI posts? It will feel quite strange finishing this annual bi-weekly challenge which took quite a lot of commitment in order to complete! I am still unsure if I want to continue for another 26 or 52! Anyhow, this Friday’s #26GNAI is about Autumn. Very suiting to what is going on right now, the temperature is dropping, the days are getting shorter and everyone just generally looking and feeling sluggish! Maybe, it is only me?

For this manicure, I wanted to make use of the glitter polish that I love! So, it is perfect with some black stamping of leaves. For the shimmer stamping polishes to stand out, I needed to use a solid colour base. So I limited myself on the colour choices.. I actually really liked how this manu turned out. The top coat Seche Vite is known to be thick and glossy, so that’s great for the glitter accents.

Products used:

  • Painted Polish in Midnight mischief and the Ghoul next door (a brilliant orange micro glitter polish, it was part of Halloween 2016)
  • Hit the Bottle stamping polishes in Drop red gorgeous and Copper hair girl
  • Maggie Anne nail polish in Pearl
  • Uber Chic Beauty stamping plate – Autumn 01
  • Seche Vite fast drying top coat
26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Autumn @iamcherrylemon

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Autumn @iamcherrylemon

Here’s a macro shot of the glitter polish, I love it! It is so much clearer than what I can see with my own eyes! Ha!

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Autumn (Macro / Painted Polish in Ghoul Next Door) @iamcherrylemon

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Autumn (Macro / Painted Polish in Ghoul Next Door) @iamcherrylemon

Thank you for visiting and I hope you like this mani as much as I do!

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Dotting Tools but not just dots! (Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream inspired manicure) #26GNAI

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Hello! It is #26gnai time again. This week’s prompt is about dotting tools, but not just dots on the nails.
I love using my dotting tools, I get my set from Born Pretty (click here for mini review) few years ago and they are still looking very nice.

I have always wanted to recreate a Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream inspired manicure for years, but never got round to actually complete. You don’t need alot of tools, just 2 sizes of dotting tools (or toothpicks!) to create these. So this manicure, is pretty perfet for this challenge prompt!

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Dotting Tools (Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream inspired manicure) @iamcherrylemon

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Dotting Tools (Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream inspired manicure) @iamcherrylemon

Products used:

  • Models Own Soft Pop Collection in Sugar Rush
  • Colour Alike Kind of White stamping polish
  • Polish My Life – Sexy Shoreline
  • Wikkid polish in Cosmic Dust and Ultra Shine top coat
  • Few round gold studs from Born Pretty

How to create a Marc Jacobs Daisy inspired manicure:
1. I started off with a good layer of base coat
2. Next, painting my thumb, pointer and little fingers using the Model Own pastel blue polish. Middle finger was painted with the light beige.
3. Sponged on Cosmic Dust on my ring finger for full opacity
4. Using a dotting tool, dab some white polish and create the “daisies” with white dots
5. Add a drop of clear polish (or nail glue) to centre of each daisy, add the round gold stud
6. Finish off with a layer of ultra shine top coat

Easy peasy and I cannot believe why I didn’t try this manicure beforehand.

Thank you and hope you have a lovely day 🙂

Product Review: Born Pretty stamping plate Geometry designs BP-L070 (plus Geometric style manicures!)

#PRSAMPLE

Hi there, hope you are well on this fine day 🙂 Today I am sharing 2 manicures and the review on the stamping plate I used for these designs.

First up, this is a recreation manicure I did for Amy’s 30th birthday nail art collaboration. To celebrate her birthday on IG, we were invited to recreate one of Amy’s designs or a mermaid themed design. I chose one of (IG: @nailsandstuff_here) Amy’s geometric mani.

Double stamped Geometric Nail Art Design (Tonic polish in I think You Blue Me Off and Born Pretty Stamping Plate BP-L070) @iamcherrylemon

Double stamped Geometric Nail Art Design (Tonic polish in I think You Blue Me Off and Born Pretty Stamping Plate BP-L070) @iamcherrylemon

This is an easy to do mani, I painted 2 coats of Tonic polish then double stamped it with various different stamping images from the plate, before topping it off with a glossy top coat.

Products used:

  • Tonic polish in “I Pink You Blue Me Off”
  • Painted Polish Midnight Mischief
  • Hit the Bottle “Chromeo” stamping polish
  • Glisten & Glow HKG top coat
  • Born Pretty stamping plate BP-L070

 

You can check out all other gorgeous designs here (https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/amysundertheseabirthday/)

 

I like this cool design 😉 what do you think?

 

 

Second design is a simple peach based with gradient stamping. My original design was to use 2 contrasting stamping polishes, creating tiny bit of optical illusion on the nails.

Gradient Stamping Geometric nail art designs (Born Pretty stamping polish BP-L070) @iamcherrylemon

Gradient Stamping Geometric nail art designs (Born Pretty stamping polish BP-L070) @iamcherrylemon

I applied 2 layers of the coral polish as the base. I added a drop of the white to the left side of the stamping image, follow by a drop of the grey stamping polish on the right side before scraping for the image pick up. I did not blend the colours too much as I am not after a subtle look 😉

 

Products used:

  • Lauren b Beauty polish in “Coral Cannon”
  • Painted Polish in Stamped in Stone
  • Colour Alike “Kind of White” stamping polish
  • Glisten & Glow HKG top coat
  • Born Pretty stamping plate BP-L070

I actually liked this design and I will try more gradient stamping in the future.

Mini review

This plate is measured at 6.5 by 12.5cm including the back plate. There are 7 full sized image each measuring 1.6 by 2.6cm; 16 small individual images at various sizes, designed for layering or use on its own.

The full sized images are fabulous for longer nails, but I like the fact there are also images that are suitable for both short and longer nails. As always, Born Pretty plates are well etched and this one is no exception. I used my Born Pretty XL Clear Duo stamper for the precise placement of the images.

You can get this plate for $2.99 from Born Pretty online store (not affiliated)

Thank you for visiting and Happy Friday.

Note: PR sample products sent to me for my honest review and opinion.

Total Solar Eclipse manicure (21st August 2017) Maggie Anne Beauty nail polish in Pearl @iamcherrylemon

Total solar eclipse August 21st, 2017 (celebratory celestial manicure)

Hi there, did you wonder why there is a post about total eclipse coming from a nail blog? I know I would, if i saw it popping up in my feed 😉

Today is the day, when the total solar eclipse will be visible across the northern America. This event last happened in the states back in 1918! The most impressive and memorable total solar eclipse for me was back in my primary (junior) school days. I remember the entire group of students were just staring at the eclipsed sun directly without any protective eyewear (please do not repeat!). But it was surely spectacular.

Total Solar Eclipse manicure (21st August 2017) Maggie Anne Beauty nail polish in Pearl @iamcherrylemon

Total Solar Eclipse manicure (21st August 2017) Maggie Anne Beauty nail polish in Pearl @iamcherrylemon

So I planned this mani for the #TwinsieTuesdayNailArt on Instagram. This is the weekly challenge that I participate and really enjoy. This week’s prompt is “Celestial” nd you still have time to submit if you are interested. Just complete a mani according to the theme Celestial, tag @99probsbutmynailsaint1 and use the hashtag 🙂 So easy and simple.

This mani took less than half an hour on both hands! It was pretty straight forward and it does not require many polishes/tools.

Total Solar Eclipse manicure (21st August 2017) Maggie Anne Beauty nail polish in Pearl @iamcherrylemon

Total Solar Eclipse manicure (21st August 2017) Maggie Anne Beauty nail polish in Pearl @iamcherrylemon

Products used:

  • Maggie Anne Beauty nail polish in Pearl
  • Opi Alpine Snow
  • Glisten & Glow HK girl fast drying top coat
  • A makeup sponge and some curved vinyl/tapes

I first painted my nails using the black polish, applied a layer of fast drying top coat. Once ready, I applied the curved tape/vinyl onto 2 accent nails.
Add small amount of white and black polishes on the sponge and dabbing gently along the curve! I added the diamond ring effect too 😉

Thank you for visiting and good luck if you are preparing to witness the total solar eclipse today.

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - End of Summer @iamcherrylemon

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – End of Summer @iamcherrylemon

Hello there! Hope this blog post finds you well 🙂 It is #26GNAI time again, and this week’s prompt is “End of Summer”.

For this prompt, I first created a “rainy” manicure but found that, this current “Fall” manicure in earthy tones are more suiting. I don’t really want summer to be over just yet!

Products used

    • Nails Inc magnetic polish in London Town
    • Barry M foil effects in Gold
    • UK nail stamping queen’s stamping polish in Satin Bronze
    • Colour Alike stamping polish in Cherry
    • Kelly Negri KN27 stamping plate

This is one of the plates I’ve recently acquired, and they are the first KN plates that I own. I never knew their plates are etched slightly shallower than other brands. The shallowness did not cause much issue, it is a matter of getting used to it. I had to try a few stamper to find one that will pick up the images. The polish was drying too quickly so it is important to trial different combination.

Thank you for reading, are you ready for autumn??!

#AZnailartchallenge "M" for Music! Stamped manicure using BPL-59 and Hit the Bottle @iamcherrylemon

#AZnailartchallenge “M” for Music! Stamped manicure using BPL-59 and Hit the Bottle stamping polishes

AZNailArtChallenge M for Musical (Nail Collage) @iamcherrylemon

AZNailArtChallenge M for Musical (Nail Collage) @iamcherrylemon

Hiya! Hope you’re well. I will have to write up tons of backlogged blog posts in reverse order, might also need to skip some too. #Procrastination is not a good friend!

Here we have the manicure created for the AZ nail art challenge, M for music. I’ve wanted to create something similar since I’ve received the plate. I was so glad when AZ announced the theme of Music! Perfect timing! If you are not familiar with AZnailartchallenge, this is a nail art challenge on Instagram where the hosts decide on the theme based on the letter of the fortnight. For example, if we are on the week where we have assigned the alphabet N (this is current month’s letter and theme!), the theme could have been Neons, Numbers etc But this month’s theme is N for Nautical! All participants can create a manicure using any technique, colours, style/design as long as the mani is created within the stated theme.

Blue mani with colourful shimmer drybrush design (Macro) @iamcherrylemon

Blue mani with colourful shimmer drybrush design (Macro) @iamcherrylemon

Blue mani with colourful shimmer drybrush design @iamcherrylemon

Blue mani with colourful shimmer drybrush design @iamcherrylemon

Products used:

  • Born pretty stamping plate BPL-59 #PRSample
  • Hit the Bottle stamping polishes in Glint of gold, sparkling Cyan-ide, moonshine and Blu-tiful
  • Painted polish black stamping polish “midnight mischief”
  • iZ Beauty of London nail polish in “Baby blue”
#AZnailartchallenge

#AZnailartchallenge “M” for Music! Stamped manicure using BPL-59 and Hit the Bottle @iamcherrylemon

I started with a solid baby blue base colour, then dry brushed the purple shimmer, gold, blue and pearl stamping polishes onto each nail. Then double stamped the images with the gold and black stamping polishes with the chosen images from the same plate.

Mini review on the Born Pretty stamping plate BPL-59

This plate has a good mixture of music related images, Many of the designs are great for various nail lengths. I love the bird, music scores and the piano. I did not have any issue picking up the images with my trusty “Born pretty Clear duo XL stamper” stamper and my Painted polish. Each image is well etched and easy to pick up. I use pure acetone for plate clean up.

You can get this plate for $2.99 from Born Pretty Online Store (not affiliated)

Thank you and have a great week!

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Colour Explosions

Hello there, it’s that time of the week again that I show you another #26GNAI mani! This week’s prompt is “Colour Explosions”… and I have only used a few colours… oh dear.

Anyhow, I have received a couple of new CreativeShop stamping plates and I was keen to make use of them. I picked out few of my neon polishes and started dry brushing over a silver white base.

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Colours Explosion (stamped neon mani and dry brush technique) @iamcherrylemon

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Colours Explosion (stamped neon mani and dry brush technique) @iamcherrylemon

Products used:

  • CreativeShop stamping plate 69
  • Sinful Colors – White on white
  • Painted Polish – Midnight mischief
  • Various neon polishes from Pipe dreams

The stamping decals were made the night before to give it enough time to dry off. I added a layer of clear polish to make it flexible again before applying over a white base. I have received a little jar of holo powder from AliExpress, I used a teeny bit of it to add a bit of silver tint to it.

Thank you for visiting 🙂

Be sure to check out other manis that are in the same collaboration 🙂

Meebox June 2017: Ibiza Mee and inspired manicures

 

Meebox June 2017 Ibiza Mee - box contents @iamcherrylemon

Meebox June 2017 Ibiza Mee – box contents @iamcherrylemon

So, the summer is finally here together with the June Meebox. Nothing screams summer more than neon colours, and would you just look at the colours here!

I had a big smile when I first opened the box, was really happy with the neon pink and orange, the royal blurple is very lovely too.

The box looks lovely and I had a few mani ideas straight away. Don’t you just love it when you get inspired for art!?

Box contents:

  • Zoya nail varnish “Mirajane” £9.95 from Nail polish direct.co.uk
  • Nails Inc Neon Activator £8 from NailsInc.com
  • Nails Inc “Claridges Garden” £15 from NailsInc.com
  • Models Own nail polish in “Beach Hut” – £4.99 from Boots.com
  • IZ Beauty of London – Multiple stripe decals – £4
  • NCLA End of Summer nail wraps ($16 from ShopNCLA.com / £10.95)

Total retail value: over £50 (if bought individually)

Mini product reviews:

Zoya “Mirijane” – This is from Zoya Ultra Brites 2016 Collection, a jelly polish in royal purple (leans blue if used on top of a white polish). This has a fairly thin formula, so for full opacity, I used 3 coats of the polish. It certainly looks best with a top coat. I do not own many Zoyas to compare, but this is very streaky and very tricky to use… saying that, I do love the shade of this polish.

Meebox June 2017 Ibiza Mee - Zoya "Mirajane" photo swatch @iamcherrylemon

Meebox June 2017 Ibiza Mee – Zoya “Mirajane” photo swatch @iamcherrylemon

Nails Inc “Neon Activator” – This is the white polish that you should use with Nails Inc neon colours. I used this under the Zoya and Claridges Garden on my swatch pictures and it does make a great difference in terms of brightness. Upon application, I find that this polish activator is fairly quick drying and it is not 100% opaque in 1 coat. This did affect the look of the neon polish that’s applied on top of it. I would suggest you use 2 coats to ensure a beautiful look for your neons!

 

Nails Inc “Claridges Garden” – This is an ultra-bright neon pink from a recent Nails Inc summer release. I was excited to try this polish! I love how insanely bright this neon is, it was like using a pink highlighter on your writing pad in school. This is the lovely effect of the activator, so the brightness does get affect as you apply more neon polish

Meebox June 2017 Ibiza Mee - Nails Inc neon "Claridges Garden" photo swatch @iamcherrylemon

Meebox June 2017 Ibiza Mee – Nails Inc neon “Claridges Garden” photo swatch @iamcherrylemon

Models own Polish for Tan “Beach Hut” – This is a wonderful creamy neon orange polish that does not require a white base coat for it to pop! Quite easily my favourite polish from this month’s Meebox. It applies well, and fully opaque in 2 coats. You can probably get away with 1 thick coat of it.

IZ Beauty of London nail decals – Fabulous range of black, white and gold straight tapes.

I have used these in one of my Ibiza inspired manis (scroll down please!) and I really like these. I like them being stickers and the fancy effect it gives to the mani too. This is very useful for future nail art and the price is great too.

NCLA nail wraps £10.95 from Nail polish direct

These are so pretty, the colours go extremely well with the polishes from this month’s box. I like it so much to the point I didn’t want to use them at all!

These nail wraps apply like thin stickers on the nail, can be easily filed off any excess. I have used NCLA nail wraps (from the “No place like home” Meebox), and find them really easy to use and beginner friendly. Meebox, you did extremely well on picking this one!

Here are my manicures inspired by this month’s Meebox

Neon Pink Ice Lolly mani

I have nothing to say about this mani, just crazy bright and my phone camera could not handle it and making everything looks a bit weird. I am glad I captured the brightness in the sun for this.

Meebox June 2017 Ibiza Mee - Neon Pink Ice Lolly mani (Nails Inc Claridges Garden and Uber Chic 9-01) @iamcherrylemon

Meebox June 2017 Ibiza Mee – Neon Pink Ice Lolly mani (Nails Inc Claridges Garden and Uber Chic 9-01) @iamcherrylemon

Products used:

  • UberChic Beauty plate 9-01
  • Nails Inc “Claridges Garden”
  • Hit The Bottle “Spun gold” stamping polish
  • Colour Alike “Kind of White” stamping polish
  • Nails Inc neon activator
  • Glisten & Glow HK girl fast drying top coat

 

Blurple summer mani with nail wrap

The nail wraps are absolutely gorgeous, I did not want to use it at all… hoarder obession :p

Meebox June 2017 Ibiza Mee - Zoya "Mirajane" inspired nail art [Summer nails with NCLA nail wraps] @iamcherrylemon

Meebox June 2017 Ibiza Mee – Zoya “Mirajane” inspired nail art [Summer nails with NCLA nail wraps] @iamcherrylemon

Products used:

  • Zoya “Mirijane”
  • NCLA End of summer nail wrap
  • Iz Beauty of London Deco IT nail decals
  • Danglefoot “Don’t dangle about” top coat
  • Nails Inc neon activator

 

 

Matte neon orange with stamped paisley

This mani looks summery yet very chilled out, I have a new found love for paisley patterns!

Meebox June 2017 Ibiza Mee - Models Own "Beach Hut" [Chilled out Summer nails paisley print] @iamcherrylemon

Meebox June 2017 Ibiza Mee – Models Own “Beach Hut” [Chilled out Summer nails paisley print] @iamcherrylemon

Products used:

  • Models Own “Beach Hut”
  • Colour Alike “Kind of White” stamping polish
  • Uber Chic Beauty plate 13-01
  • Zoya Matte velvet lacquer (from a previous meebox)

 

My thoughts on the box!

One of my favourite in terms of colours, but I do wish that the polish formula was a bit easier to work with. I like both of the nail art items included, and I am glad these will get used again soon. Next month’s theme is “Birds of Paradise” and the box has already landed on doorstep, cannot wait to show you what’s in the box! If you fancy checking out Meebox yourself, click here to find out more (www.meebox.co.uk).

 

Thank you for reading and hope you have a great day.