​Pancreatic cancer awareness month November 2016 – Nail art challenge (Part 2)

Hi there, today’s post is the part 2 of this nail art challenge. Check part #1 here


4th prompt “Feathers/Wings”

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (Feathers/Wings) @iamcherrylemon

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (Feathers/Wings) @iamcherrylemon

I had a brighter and more opaque feather mani in my head but it turned out and looking decent in direct artificial/natural lighting.

Moving swatch

I’ve used the Uber Chic beauty Feather plate, stamped using Esmaltes De Kelly Nebula ultra holo polishes. The gradient stamping made the colour transition smooth and interesting!

5th prompt “Glitter”

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (Glitter) @iamcherrylemon

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (Glitter) @iamcherrylemon

I must admit this is a rushed job on the night before the prompt was due… I have no excuse apart from poor planning on my part.

The base is Nails Inc London bridge, a black jelly base packed with amazing amount of purple glitter. The brush was great as it picks up a huge amount of glitter every single time. 1 coat might be enough with some small bald patches, 2 coats will almost guarantee opaque on the nails. 

I’ve stamped the glitter with my most trusty silver stamping polish by Colour Alike “Silver King”. The plate used is Uber Chic beauty Christmas plate 2.

Accidentally, this is my first Christmassy mani of the year!
OK these two finished off the Pancreatic cancer awareness month nail art challenge. I hope you’ve enjoyed these 2 blog posts.
Thank You!

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26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Winter Warmth

26 Great nail art ideas - Winter Warmth @iamcherrylemon

26 Great nail art ideas – Winter Warmth @iamcherrylemon

Hello! It is Black Friday today, are you busy shopping? I have done my bit for the event ;P

So, while you are having a break.. I would like to show you today’s 26GNAI “Winter Warmth”. I have interpreted it as things that come warmth in winter!! I did want to find a knit stitch pattern but I don’t think I have a plate with that yet. Next best thing is “Sweater Manicure”! 

I have used the gorgeous Picture Polish “Copper Field”, a wonderfully shimmery copper polish that glistens in the sun. It reminds me of ginger? Anyhow, it is a gorgeous shade but I don’t think it compliments my skintone that well. 

26 Great nail art ideas - Winter Warmth @iamcherrylemon

26 Great nail art ideas – Winter Warmth @iamcherrylemon

For this mani;

  • Picture Polish in Copper FIeld
  • Moyra white stamping polish
  • Moyou London Festive plate 04
  • Seche Vite fast drying top coat

Thank you and have a great day bargin hunting! I have listed some UK nail related black friday deals on FB. Come and check it out if you haven’t already!

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (Flowers #2) @iamcherrylemon

​Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month November 2016 (Part 1 of 2) Nail Art Challenge

Hi there and good day to you.

Today I will be sharing a few manicures that I have created for the #pcnovember16 nail art challenge on Instagram. This nail art challenge is hosted by two lovely ladies Debbie (ladyandthe_stamp) and Jayne (starryeyed83), whose close family members have been affected by the Pancreatic cancer. This disease is not often diagnosed early enough, so these ladies are hoping to raise awareness on this topic by running this initiative.

This is my first year of joining this annual nail art challenge, I hope to help with raising awareness as well as spreading the word. This nail art challenge is very flexible, the prompts are exactly the same as last year’s. There’s a rough timeline for posting each week’s mani but this is not crucial and the ladies are so relaxed about it. The only requirement is to make sure the manicure is mainly purple or include the colour purple. #purplenailsforpancreaticcancer

First prompt: Hearts/Love

For this prompt, I have used the brand new Dixiegirl “Love” stamping plate. This plate is of excellent quality and it is packed with some very cute designs.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (love/hearts) @iamcherrylemon

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (love/hearts) @iamcherrylemon

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (love/hearts) @iamcherrylemon

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (love/hearts) @iamcherrylemon

The base is Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in “Prickly Pear”, and stamped with Color Club holo hues “Harp on it” and Wikkid polish in “Pure Velvet”. The stamped images are crisp and clear, all thanks to an excellent plate and polish. It seems all of my clear jelly stampers can pick up the images without issues.

Second prompt: Gradient

I have created a holographic purple gradient as base. It contains Lilypad lacquer in “She’s all that”, Bohemian polishes in “Furry little problem solver” and “See no Dreams”. I have used EdK Andromeda as the stamping polish, and the wonderful Petla “The Perfect One” stamping plate.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (gradient) @iamcherrylemon

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (gradient) @iamcherrylemon

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (gradient) @iamcherrylemon

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (gradient) @iamcherrylemon

Third prompt: Flowers

For this prompt, I have created 2 manicures as I could not decide on which to wear. Yes I was sporting mismatching manis for a few days. Not a rule in my books to have matching nails! The base is a pastel gradient using Illamasqua Jo’Mina, Barry M Gelly nail paints in Prickly Pear and Fondant.

Version #1: Watercolour flowers

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (flowers #1) @iamcherrylemon

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (flowers #1) @iamcherrylemon

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (flowers #1) @iamcherrylemon

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (flowers #1) @iamcherrylemon

The stamping image is from Uber Chic beauty collection 11-01. I have created stamping decals with acrylic paints.

Version #2: Sparkling daisies

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (flowers #2) @iamcherrylemon

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (flowers #2) @iamcherrylemon


Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (flowers #2) @iamcherrylemon

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #pcanovember16 (flowers #2) @iamcherrylemon

I used the Dixie Girl DP02 plate for the daisy pattern, stamping with Wikkid polish in Pure Velvet. It is a really good purple stamping, one coater! Then, a layer of China Glaze Fairy Dust before finishing off with Seche Vite fast drying top coat.

Hope you like the manicures shared, and if you require more information on the pcnovember16. Please head over to Debbie (http://instagram.com/ladyandthe_stamp) and Jayne’s (http://instagram.com/starryeyed83) instagram accounts!

I have 2 more prompts to complete this month, part 2 will be available by the end of November 💜

Thank you and have a lovely day!


Product Review: L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream

L'Occitane Lavender Hand Cream @iamcherrylemon

L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream @iamcherrylemon

Today, I am sharing my thoughts on L’Occitane’s alternative bestselling hand cream. I have always been a fan of their original Shea Butter hand cream, and also tried other variations in the handy handbag size too.
After a year of not using hand creams, I am welcoming these lovely nourishing creams with open palms! I have only recently fell back in love with the lavender scent, and I am slowly infusing my house with it! The scent has known to have calming and relaxing influences for some people. It is commonly used as a sleeping aid for children and adults.
There are alot of companies who sells lavender hand creams or hand creams infused with lavender scent etc. Some are pretty good, and some do smell rather artificial! I do like this one by L’Occitane.
The product: This hand cream is infused with shea butter and lavender essential oils. It comes in 3 sizes, 15ml (promotional packs), 30ml and 75ml. This 75ml bigger version is perfect to keep in office or by the bedside table.
The texture is light and gel-like cream, it gets absorbed easily so that’s a huge bonus! Who has time to sit around rubbing hand cream in? (I used to!)
The basic ingredients are water, glycerine, shea butter, lavender, grape seed and coconut oils and fragrance. It does contain allergens such as alcohol and stabilising agents i.e. xanthan gum.
Effectiveness: This hand cream is great for mildly dry hands and normal skin. It gives enough moisturising properties and nourishes the dry and rough skin on the hand.
Pros:
  • Good moisturising properties and nourishing to cuticles
  • Temporarily smooths out chapped skin
  • Scented
  • Non greasy
  • Easily asorbed
  • Attractive packaging
Cons:
  • Heavily scented (My colleague asked me why I smell of shoe polish, I am not sure how lavender smells to him….)
  • Pricy (splurge! but a good treat!)
Price: £14 for 75ml, L’Occitane online store
Summary: 3.5/5
Light texture cream that can be easily absorbed, targets dry chapped areas on hands. A good all rounder hand cream, I would recommend this to those who appreciates its heavy scent. You are better off choosing the original shea butter hand cream if you are after a heavier duty cream! or your hands need more nourishment and pampering.
L’Occitane often hosts special sales, free gifts with purchase and discounting items online for flash sales. Make sure you sign up if you are interested in L’Occitane products, although bestsellers are not discounted in most cases!
This blog post is not sponsored and it does not contain any affiliated links.

Nails With IG friends – Colourful tribal/Aztec inspired manicure


Hello there! What a beautiful chilly Sunday morning this is!

I’m still not sure about wearing darker shades on my nails, kind of having bright-manis withdrawn symptoms… So for today, I’m sharing a nice summery colourful mani with you!

I’ve joined the last round of NailsWithIGFriends on Instagram. The theme was “Colourful tribal/Aztec inspired”. I got into panic a little bit, as much as I want to complete my first ever set of tribal nails… I didn’t have a single plate in such designs. Freehanding Aztec/Tribal is pretty daunting! I was very glad to pick up a Bundle monster x ChitChatNails collaboration plate BM-XL202 from a destash.

Polishes I’ve used:

  • Moo moo signatures Rainbow Bath collection in April moon, forget me not, Coral peony and bells of Ireland.
  • Colour Alike Golden Queen
  • Seche Vite Fast drying top coat

I’ve created 10 stamping decals with the player and gold polish. Then freely painted the decal with pastel neons stripes. While those are drying, I’ve painted the white base on my nails. Applied these decals with the top coat polish. 

No tutorial unfortunately… I need to find a property work space before filming tutorials again.

Hope you like these!
Thank you

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – 11th Nov 2016 – Black Base @iamcherrylemon

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Black Base


 26 Great Nail Art Ideas – 11th Nov 2016 – Black Base @iamcherrylemon

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – 11th Nov 2016 – Black Base @iamcherrylemon

Hello there! Today’s post is for my third entry to this year’s “Great nail art ideas”. I don’t only see this as a nail art challenge, but also a way to show nail art enthusiasts everywhere that these really are great ideas!!

I don’t do enough black base nail art, it is so striking and great for some loud nails! My version of this involves neon colours.
The multi polka dot accents are stamping decals that I’ve created using Uber Chic beauty plate 11-01. The pointer and pinky fingers are decorated using polish stripes made on my Uber Chic beauty nail art mat.
Polishes used:

  • Models own neon pink, purple and yellow
  • Colors by Llarowe Green on Crack (store exclusive for Rainbow Connection)
  • Freckles polish “You made me so matte”
  • Sinful Colors Snow me White

I like this mani, it looks fun! But I’ve already have ideas on how to improve it? Well, I’ve save that for next time😉

Thank you and happy Friday!

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Halloween in Wrong Colours

Hello! This is my second post for the 26 Great Nail art ideas, and this week’s prompt is “Halloween in the wrong oolours”.

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Halloween) 29th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Halloween) 29th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

So for this prompt, I have chosen to create some “glow in the dark” cute ghostie nails.

Polishes used:

  • Wikkid polish in Yellow Glow
  • UNT polish in Pink
  • Sally Hansen InstaDri in Fuchsia Pink
  • Sinful Colors Snow me White
  • Wah London Nail Art Pen in Black

The decals are made on my Born Pretty stamping mat, I shall have the review post up in the near future. I have been testing this mat for over a month now, getting a bit of use out of it😉

Thank you and Happy Tuesday!

 

​Clairestelle8halloween nail art challenges in October part 2 #HalloweenNails

Hello and sorry that this post is so late! almost a week has passed since 31st!

I’ve finally completed all the prompts for the nail art challenge. I’m pretty proud to actually done all 9 manis. But I must admit, it was pretty intense to squeeze in other nail art challenges too.
Here are the YouTube tutorials:

Pumpkin – The base is a wonderful polish by Painted polish, called Jack-o lantern! The pumpkins are freehand decals.

Tutorial: https://youtu.be/IilXpND6AEA

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Pumpkins) 11th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Pumpkins) 11th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Skulls – Not strictly Halloween kind of scary skulls. I’ve used models own chrome polishes for the gradient base, then stamped with bundle monster plate. It is a lovely plate to work with. Clear and crisp images every time!

I’ve added a matte top coat for the final look.

Tutorial: https://youtu.be/1s7gtqkeUUM

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Skulls) 15th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Skulls) 15th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Skulls) 15th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Skulls) 15th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Bats – I’ve used my new Wikkid polishes for this mani. I absolutely adore the stamping polish “Tikka Masala”. Not just for the funky name but the polish itself works really well! The base is a colour shifting polish by Wikkid, called “Pallene”. I’ve not used a black base in order to achieve this see through, colour shifting look.

Tutorial: https://youtu.be/vc7DVxFKiak

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Bats) 18th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Bats) 18th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Witches

I couldn’t find the recorded clips for the Witches manicure. So that one is missing at the moment.

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Witches) 22nd Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Witches) 22nd Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Witches) 22nd Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Witches) 22nd Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

 

 

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Witches) 22nd Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Witches) 22nd Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Witches) 22nd Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Witches) 22nd Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon


Bones/sugar skulls –
 I’ve created the manicures using the meebox October edition. This time I’ve created freehand decals to add to the smooshy base. I love smooshing, or is a great way to incorporate different polish shades.

Tutorial: https://youtu.be/3WMiahKxSdw

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Bones) 25th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Bones) 25th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Bones) 25th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Bones) 25th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween mani … the finale!

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Halloween) 29th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Halloween) 29th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

For November, I probably won’t be posting as many manis as my maternity leave is coming to an end. I still don’t know how I will cope juggling work and baby at the moment. It will probably hit me like a brick wall! Anyhow! Happy November and enjoy the cosy nights.
Thank you and have a lovely week!

MeeboxUK Challenge "Sugar Skulls" manicure Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

​Meebox UK nail subscription + Sugar skulls manicures

Meebox October 2016

Meebox October 2016 “Sugar skulls” themed nail subscription @iamcherrylemon

Good morning! Hope you are well on this fine day! Today I’m sharing the meebox review and manicures created using the meebox contents.
Meebox is a UK based nail subscription service. There’s a theme to every monthly box, and this month is about sugar skulls.

The boxed are £20 including postage and you can decide to keep or stop the subscription every month. Very much like pay as you go! I like this flexibility🙂

Contents:

  • Deco Miami nail lacquer in “Miley what’s good”
  • Annika by Edge Nails in “White swan”
  • Ard As Nails nail polish in “Taking a dip”
  • Wahl London nail art pen shade 01
  • Charlie’s nail art store 50pc flowers
  • Sparkly nails UK fine nail art brush
  • 3 swatch sticks

It was very exciting to receive and open the box, it arrived at my house 2 days after it was despatched. I literally ripped the box open, no joke!
Manicures

MeeboxUK Challenge "Sugar Skulls" manicure Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

MeeboxUK Challenge “Sugar Skulls” manicure Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Bones) 25th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Bones) 25th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Bones) 25th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

Halloween Nails clairestelle8challenge on Instagram (Theme: Bones) 25th Oct 2016 @iamcherrylemon

 

 

I’ve created 2 very similar designs, one was actually for my #clairestelle8Halloween challenge. The initial one was for #meeboxchallenge ! For this, you’ll have to create a manicure using the current months meebox contents. It wasn’t an issue as these colours do go well together and there’s a *theme* already!

Video tutorial: https://youtu.be/3WMiahKxSdw
My thoughts: I wasn’t sure if I actually liked the box contents when I received it. I was expecting a stamping plate with sugar skulls! I think it’s best not to expect anything as that would just spoil your fun. After using the products, I was pleasantly surprised what can be created with them.

I love the colour of the Deco Miami polish, a bright pink but the consistency was very thin and the brush couldn’t pick up enough polish. The polish was pigmented but thin so I’m guessing this is great for watermarbling. I might give that a go next time!

The Ard As Nails polish is a lovely dark cornflower blue. Great to work with and opaque in 2 coats.

Annika “White Swan” is a milky white creme polish. I was expecting it to be great, but unfortunately I didn’t like the consistency as it didn’t self even out too well. But two coats of polish solved the issue. It produced a fabulous white canvas for my mail art. Wahl London nail art pen is in shade 01, which is black. Absolutely great addition to my nail kit. I needed it for my venture at freehanding!
Thank you for dropping by and have a great Friday tomorrow!
PS. Apologies for being so quiet on here!

Romantic lace stamped manicure using Uber Chic beauty plate and MooMoo signatures Lilac Wool

Hello! Happy Sunday.

MooMoo Signatures Lilac Wool stamped with Uber Chic Beauty stamping plate 6-02 Photo swatch @iamcherrylemon

MooMoo Signatures Lilac Wool stamped with Uber Chic Beauty stamping plate 6-02 Photo swatch @iamcherrylemon

To show you something different to the normal festive Halloween manicures during this time of the year. I’ve this wedding nail art inspired manicure, very simple lace pattern over a delicate soft holographic nail polish.

I like this so much, it stayed on my hands for 5 days! I normally change manicure every other day, just to keep up with the nail art challenges.

I’ve used my trusty Uber Chic plate 6-02, over this gorgeous soft Lilac by MooMoo signatures. Both items are from Nail Artisan UK.

Thank you for dropping by and have a relaxing Sunday😉