​26GNAI 26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Spring Animals 

Hello everyone! #26GNAI bi-weekly challenge is here again and the prompt is “Spring Animals”. First thing that springs to mind (pun intended :P) was little cute chicks! Aren’t they the cutest and give you a sense of fresh season and new start?

#26GNAI - Spring Animals with Moyra Primeava stamping plate @iamcherrylemon

#26GNAI – Spring Animals with Moyra Primeava stamping plate @iamcherrylemon

I have created 2 stamping decals using the Primeava plate, the bow was a layered stamping image from Uber Chic Christmas plate 2. I love it, as it is very versatile and pretty.

Products I have used:

  • Moyra stamping plate “Primeava” 
  • Uber Chic Beauty stamping plates from Christmas collection 
  • Barry M Silk Nail Paint in Mist 
  • Pretty Serious in Little Duckling 
  • Vapid Lacquer in Happily ever after 
  • Painted Polish in Midnight mischief 
  • Seche Vite fast drying top coat 
  • Sally Hansen Double Duty top coat and base coat in 1 
  • Clear jelly stamper from Born Pretty 
  • Zap liquid latex from Rainbow Connection 

Vapid lacquer in “Happily Ever After” was a very pretty light lilac shade, but I did use 3 thin coats in this mani to reach full opacity. It looks gorgeous so I don’t mind. 

Barry M Silk Paint has semi-matte finish. I love that shade and I have used it many times before. 

The plates are lovely, I have used the Moyra Primeava plate for my St Patrick’s day mani, again with this mani. I have another mani planned in and to use this plate ? Stay tuned!
Thank you and I hope you have a great day. 

Magnetic polish manicure: Snakeskin prints

Morning there! How are you today!?

Today I am sharing one mani that I did few weeks back! (I am behind with me blog posts again! Sob sob)

But I love this mani, it turned out much better than I have imagined! I love the effects and how the polishes worked with the stamping image.

Magnetic Manicure: Snakeskin prints using Color Club stamping plate - SCALES (glossy top coat) @iamcherrylemon

Magnetic Manicure: Snakeskin prints using Color Club stamping plate – SCALES (glossy top coat) @iamcherrylemon

I didn’t use my Color Club stamping plates until now, as I keep hearing people having trouble picking up the images and that the images were shallowly etched. It was not the easiest plate to use, but I find that if you use a sticky stamper with a tad more stamping polish then it works better. I am glad I tried my plate, as I love the images on this one! There are few reptile skin images and even a giraffe one too!

MACRO: Magnetic Manicure: Snakeskin prints using Color Club stamping plate - SCALES @iamcherrylemon

MACRO: Magnetic Manicure: Snakeskin prints using Color Club stamping plate – SCALES @iamcherrylemon

The magnetic base colour is awesome, I just love magnetic polishes as its very easy to use and it gives a mani extra oomph! I am still learning how to use these lovely magnetic polishes, as the base colour would literally goes really dark and the cat’s eye just disappear if I overuse (hover the magnet over the nail for too long) the magnet!

 

Products used:

  • Masura magnetic polish in Goldstone
  • Colour Alike stamping polishes in Golden queen
  • Painted polish in Midnight mischief
  • Color Club stamping plate “Scales”
  • Freckles polish “You made me so matte” / Seche Vite fast drying top coat

 

I have also included a matte version here, so which one do you prefer? Matte or shiny?

Magnetic Manicure: Snakeskin prints using Color Club stamping plate - SCALES (matte top coat) @iamcherrylemon

Magnetic Manicure: Snakeskin prints using Color Club stamping plate – SCALES (matte top coat) @iamcherrylemon

Thank you! Catch you again soon!

 

Meebox Feb 17 - Gatsby inspired manicure @iamcherrylemon

Meebox March 2017 “Gatsby”: Unboxing and Gatsby inspired manicures

Meebox Feb 2017 "Gatsby" - Unboxing! @iamcherrylemon

Meebox Feb 2017 “Gatsby” – Unboxing! @iamcherrylemon

Hello there! Hope you this post find you well and dandy! 😛 Are you feeling retro? This meebox will get your nails all sparkly and ready for any party!

So, today I have an unboxing and a manicure to share with you.

 

Meebox is a UK based nail related subscription box, for £20 a month (postage included), they will send you 4 to 5 nail related products, which will contain nail polishes, tools and treatments. I do like subscription boxes (you may or may not know I have a subscription box addiction!), as it gives you an opportunity to try out new brands and ideas that you are not aware of, and/or get you out of your comfort zone.

The value of the current box is over £34 in RRP.

Meebox Feb 2017 "Gatsby" - Little Ondine "Copper Sparks", Maggie Anne "Pearl" and Color Club "Mightnight Mulberry" @iamcherrylemon

Meebox Feb 2017 “Gatsby” – Little Ondine “Copper Sparks”, Maggie Anne “Pearl” and Color Club “Mightnight Mulberry” @iamcherrylemon

Meebox Feb 2017 "Gatsby" - Nail stencils and mini beads @iamcherrylemon

Meebox Feb 2017 “Gatsby” – Nail stencils and mini beads @iamcherrylemon

Meebox Contents:

  • Little Ondine peelable polish in Copper Spark, RRP £11
  • Maggie Anne polish in Pearl, RRP £10.50
  • Color Club nail lacquer in Midnight Mulberry, RRP £6.99
  • Nail Stencils – Art Deco stencils (nail-mail.co.uk), RRP £3.95
  • Sparkly Nails UK – gold caviar beads £1.99
  • Plus the usual swatch sticks

 

I have used everything from the box bar the caviar beads, I am sure I can make sure of that in future manis! I saw some fabulous St Patrick’s day manicures using these caviar beads as the “gold” in the pot! So creative!

 

Little Ondine “Copper Spark” is a wonderful water based, odourless, peelable polish. There is nothing I do not like about this little polish, even the packaging is cute (not pictured), it requires you to unfold to open the box up.

Copper Sparks really does shine. I used 2 coats for this mani and sponged the polish onto the decals to make this chevron

Maggie Anne “Pearl”, I have not heard about this brand until this edition of Meebox. Pearl is a basic black crème that reach full opacity with 2 coats.

Midnight Mulberry is a neutral medium purple that suits most skin tones, a nice shade to add to my collection! 2 coats to reach opacity.

That’s the beauty of Meebox right? introducing mainstream and indie polishes to their subbies. I must admit, some of the shades are not the ones I usually go for, but that is good to get me out of my comfort zone. I like the challenge of creating manis using the box contents, it makes you think and be creative!

 

So, this is it! My Gatsby inspired manicure using this month’s Meebox contents. This manicure is so glitzy, I really enjoyed wearing it and I also got a bit sad when I had to remove it for the next mani!

Meebox Feb 17 - Gatsby inspired manicure @iamcherrylemon

Meebox Feb 17 – Gatsby inspired manicure @iamcherrylemon

Meebox Feb 17 - Gatsby inspired manicure @iamcherrylemon

Meebox Feb 17 – Gatsby inspired manicure @iamcherrylemon

Meebox Feb 17 - Gatsby inspired manicure @iamcherrylemon

Meebox Feb 17 – Gatsby inspired manicure @iamcherrylemon

Meebox Feb 17 - Gatsby inspired manicure @iamcherrylemon

Meebox Feb 17 – Gatsby inspired manicure @iamcherrylemon

I tried hard to catch the British sun for this shot! Hahahah

 

 

This month’s meebox does not contain a nail treatment but my “Ard As Nail” cuticle oil (received over 2 months ago) is still serving me very well! I have been using it in most of my Instagram mani pictures, getting rid of the dryness around my cuticles before taking the shots.

 

It has been revealed that the next themed box “Miami Nice” contains a Leighton Denny limited edition crystal nail file. New subscribers have until 22nd of the month to sign up for the next box.

 

Thank you for reading and have an awesome week everyone!

 

Meebox Feb 2017 "Gatsby" - Unboxing! @iamcherrylemon

Meebox Feb 2017 “Gatsby” – Unboxing! @iamcherrylemon

This post does not contain affiliated links, I am not being reimbursed for this post so please feel free to check out Meebox.co.uk!

 

Instagram nail art challenge: #ClaireStelle8March and #StPatsDayNails2017, theme St Patrick's Day (Moyra Primavera stamping plate) @iamcherrylemon

Green St Paddy manicures: Happy Saint Patrick’s day!

Hello there! I have 2 green manicures to show you today! Celebrating St Patrick’s day, you supposed to wear something green, so the leprechaun won’t see then pinch you! Interesting, I never knew that… But wouldn’t mind finding a pot of gold if I find any rainbow today!!! It was crazy warm and sunny in the UK. 

First up, we have a manicure created using stencils from Sweet Lacquer. I was very lucky to win some of their store credits in a recent raffle prize draw. I spent the whole $25 on some beautiful nail stencils!

Products used for this mani:

  • Fair maiden Golden holo Archeress
  • Born pretty dark green and gold stamping polishes
  • Sally Hansen InstaDri Just in Lime
  • Sweet lacquer Celtic knots nail stencils

The stencils have very clean peel, I like them! 

Next, we have a green mani that I created for nail art collaborations. I joined the St Patrick’s day mani Collab with Donna, as well as the #clairestelle8March for the prompt “St Patrick’s day”. 

I rediscovered my Moyra Primeava stamping plate, it has so many pretty spring themed images on it. 
Products used for this mani:

  • MdU neon green stamping polish
  • Moyra white stamping polish and Primeava stamping plate
  • Little Ondine Copper Spark
  • Painted polish in Midnight Mischief
  • Glisten and Glow HK girl fast drying top coat

I love this mani! It has gradient, stamping and stamping decals. The gold glitter polish by Little Ondine is a peelable polish! So I don’t have to soak my fingers in acetone when I want to remove them. It stays on well and very easy to remove after wear.

Thank you and have a lovely Saint Patrick’s day!

Stamping Nail Art with Illyrian Polishes Eleven, Gold Lion and Uber Chic Beauty stamping plates

 

Hello there!
Today I am sharing 2 manis using Illyrian polishes, different shade family and finishes.
I feel that polishes are getting so fancy nowadays, very complex and yet so captivatingly beautiful! I am now stopping my blind-buying and only make a purchase if I don’t own a similar polish in shade and finish. It is hard for a polish hoarder, but it is getting ridiculous! How many pink holographic polishes does a girl need!? 😛 and I don’t wear pink that often.

Illyrian polish in Gold Lion (stamped with Uber Chic Beauty 12-03 and Far East 2 plates) @iamcherrylemon

Illyrian polish in Gold Lion (stamped with Uber Chic Beauty 12-03 and Far East 2 plates) @iamcherrylemon

OK, first up, we have Illyrian Gold Lion… this is a very unique polish in my collection. Grey creme with gorgeous copper micro glitter, it gives the polish a really lovely warm glow. Quite a sophisticated polish, work appropriate shade and very easy to wear for colder months.

For this mani, I have stamped it with a gold stamping polish using Uber Chic Far East plate #2 and collection plate 12-03. It reminds me of the Chinese restuarant chain “Royal China” in London! They have a dark lacquered wood with gold painting on all their walls.

Next, we have “Eleven” from the Stranger Things Collection 2017. This is a red purple jelly with tiny amount of holo and gorgeous colour shifting glitter pieces. The glitter pieces look really lovely in the bottle but it is very hard to capture on camera! But trust me, this polish is really pretty!

Illyrian polish in Eleven (stamped with Uber Chic beauty plate 13-03) @iamcherrylemon

Illyrian polish in Eleven (stamped with Uber Chic beauty plate 13-03) @iamcherrylemon

Illyrian polish in Eleven (stamped with Uber Chic beauty plate 13-03) @iamcherrylemon

Illyrian polish in Eleven (stamped with Uber Chic beauty plate 13-03) @iamcherrylemon

I have use 2 slightly thicker coats to reach opacity, but I can still see some thinner patches in some area. Maybe a third coat is required, but I have stopped at 2.

For this mani, I have stamped it with the same gold stamping polish and Uber Chic Beauty stamping plate 13-03. I feel that the gold and berry shade goes pretty well together.

I’ve purchased my Illyrians from Rainbow Connection UK and my Uber Chic from NailArtUK.

Thank you for reading and happy Wednesday!

#ManiSwapCircle February 2017: Dark Purple, Pretty Plaid Nails @iamcherrylemon

#ManiSwapCircle monthly collaboration: Dark Purple Feb 2017

 

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Hi and good day! Today, I am sharing a manicure created for the Instagram nail art collab #ManiSwapCircle. This month’s theme is dark purple, colour was chosen in honour of International Womens Day.

My assigned lady was @MrsLuckyBoy85, Sarah is a very talented lady and has a huge collection of pretty manicures! It was not easy to choose just one design, in fact, I had at least 10 designs I liked but I have settled on this lovely plaid nails design.

#ManiSwapCircle February 2017: Dark Purple, Pretty Plaid Nails @iamcherrylemon

#ManiSwapCircle February 2017: Dark Purple, Pretty Plaid Nails @iamcherrylemon

Products used:

  • Uber Chic Beauty collection plate 12-03
  • A-England polish in Avalon
  • Illamasqua nail varnish in Jo’mina
  • EdK Ultra holo nebula collection – Orion
  • Colour Alike stamping polish in Silver King
#ManiSwapCircle February 2017: Dark Purple, Pretty Plaid Nails (Original and Recreation) @iamcherrylemon

#ManiSwapCircle February 2017: Dark Purple, Pretty Plaid Nails (Original and Recreation) @iamcherrylemon

I created stamping decals for these plaids as it was easier to colour the design in on a stamper head.

I love participating in #ManiSwapCircle every month, as the themed colours are always really great. Recreating manicures from different artists every time is also a great idea, it pushes you to be out of your comfort zone and try new things. In the process, you might meet a lovely IG friend.

I must say, I am getting more and more impressed with Uber Chic Beauty plates! The variety of images is fabulous, I must use these more often! I think my nail art mojo is finally back, as I’m getting inspired just looking at these pretty stamping plates and things surrounding me (the polish mess on my dining table!).

 

Thanks for dropping by and take care!

Instagram Nail Collaboration WithNailsAndI’s Birthday: Trendy Zigazag!

Trendy Zig-a-zag manicure: #WithCakeAndI Birthday Collaboration on Instagram @iamcherrylemon

Trendy Zig-a-zag manicure: #WithCakeAndI Birthday Collaboration on Instagram @iamcherrylemon

Hello there! Back in end of Feb, a group of us on Instagram came together for a nail art collab to celebrate Cath’s birthday. Cath is a very lovely lady with amazing nail art talents, you should check out her profile on IG @WithNailsAndI .

The birthday hastag is #WithCakeAndI, make sure you click on this on IG to check out other lovely manicures for this beautiful collab 😉

Products used:

  • Lina nail art supplies Feeling Shapely #2
  • OPI lacquer in Alpine Snow
  • Painted Polish Midnight mischief
  • Kure Bazaar polish in Pigalle
  • Nail art brush by Sparkly Nails.co.uk
  • Born Pretty galaxy sticky stamper

I had to apply the red glitter using the nail art brush as it was very challenging to pack a lot of glitter in such little space! I also believe the use of French nail tip guide will be great for drawing on the borders. It was a great experience to recreate a mani for a lovely friend and learn some new tricks!

Thank you for reading and have a great day 😉

 

#26GNAI 26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Mixed Tape Manicure

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Morning! Friday is here!!

Today’s #26GNAI prompt is “Mixed Tape Mani”, for that, I have used striping tape in my stamped manicure. (really hope this qualifies for the prompt!)

#26GNAI 26 Great Nail Art Ideas (Mixed Tape) @iamcherrylemon

#26GNAI 26 Great Nail Art Ideas (Mixed Tape) @iamcherrylemon

 

The base colour is a lovely purple, “Very Violet” by Wikkid poilsh. Wikkid polish is a UK indie poilsh brand and Very Violet is from one of the most recent collection. I have applied 3 thin coats for this mani.

For the sharp pointy half moon stamping, I used one of the corners of a full sized retangular image, stamping with a pale beige pink polish. Then I added the pink tape and finish each nail off by adding a square rhinestone.

Products used:

  • Wikkid polish “Very Violet”
  • Uber Chic Beauty collection plate 5-02
  • Colour Alike “Ice Coffee” stamping polish
  • Holographic pink striping tape
  • Square clear rhinestones
  • Seche Vite fast drying top coat

Here’s the link up to other nail artists participating in the current #26GNAI prompt 🙂

Thank you and I hope you like this. Have a great weekend!

Layered Stamping: Princess Nail Lacquer thermal polish in “All you need is love” and Uber Chic Beauty stamping plate collection 13

Layered Stamping: Princess Nail Lacquer thermal polish in "All you Need is Love" and Uber Chic Beauty stamping plate collection 13 @iamcherrylemon

Layered Stamping: Princess Nail Lacquer thermal polish in “All you Need is Love” and Uber Chic Beauty stamping plate collection 13 @iamcherrylemon

Morning!
I am really getting into this layered stamping business now! I love the concept as it gives so much more space for creativity and you can cater your own look/design really easily with layered stamping images.
Layered stamping is mainly done with plates that are designed for the purpose. Clear Jelly stampers have a good range of layering image plates, but I do not own any. I have a few by Uber Chic, and today’s mani is created using colleciton 13 plate 3.
Layered stamping images are often made up of 2 or more images that are designed to nest over each other to create a look. You may choose the colour for each layer to better customise your look. 

Today’s design is created using Uber Chic Beauty collection plate 13-03. This design is both clever and beautiful! There is combined image of the design, this is very handy since you have many options!

Layered Stamping: Princess Nail Lacquer thermal polish in "All you Need is Love" and Uber Chic Beauty stamping plate collection 13 @iamcherrylemon

Layered Stamping: Princess Nail Lacquer thermal polish in “All you Need is Love” and Uber Chic Beauty stamping plate collection 13 @iamcherrylemon

PNL “All you need is love” is a beautiful rose pink shimmer that transition to a colourless (look pearl grey on me!) polish when cold. It looks amazing in both state. It looks perfect and more expensive than it costs!! It costs me £22 for the set. You can purchase this from PrincessNailLacquer.com.

Layered Stamping: Princess Nail Lacquer thermal polish in "All you Need is Love" (in transition colours) @iamcherrylemon

Layered Stamping: Princess Nail Lacquer thermal polish in “All you Need is Love” (in transition colours) @iamcherrylemon

Freckles polish in “Kiss from a Rose” is a lovely rose polish that stamps very well, I have been told it watermarbles too. But my house is too cold at the moment, I won’t even attempt watermarbling until it is warmer, as I can’t keep the water at room temperature.

Products used:

  • Uber Chic Beauty collection plate 13-03
  • Princess Nail Lacquer thermal polish in “All you need is love”
  • Colour Alike stamping polishes in “Silver king” and “Golden queen”
  • Freckles polish in “Kiss from a Rose”
  • Love Angeline “Topped with Love” top coat

What do you think? Do you like the layering stamping idea? Have you tried or will you try this out? Let me know!

Thank you and have a great week ahead.

#MagneticMagicNails IG collaboration Feb 2017 (Half Moon Stamping) - Masura polish in Lilac Angelite @iamcherrylemon

#MagneticMagicNails IG collaboration February 2017 (Half Moon Stamping on Magnetic polish)

Hello again! Today’s mani is for the Instagram nail art collab #MagneticMagicNails
This month’s challenge was for (any side) half moon stamping over magnetic poilshes.
I have chosen to use Masura Lilac Angelite and added a dollop of “Color Club Harp on It” on each on each of the nail. It was an attempt for another drag marble but the polishes do not mix well, so I ended up not able to drag it too much! Hence the blobs you see on the background! But I still like this very much, magnetic polish + holo = awesome!
For the half moon stamping, I chose a lovely design from Uber Chic plate 12-02. I am aiming to use more of my Uber collection! Actually, just using any unused plate would be a great start! hahaha!

#MagneticMagicNails IG collaboration Feb 2017 (Half Moon Stamping) - Masura polish in Lilac Angelite @iamcherrylemon

#MagneticMagicNails IG collaboration Feb 2017 (Half Moon Stamping) – Masura polish in Lilac Angelite @iamcherrylemon

Products used:

  • Masura magnetic polish in Lilac Angelite
  • Color Club Harp on It (a gorgeous silver holo that you can stamp with!)
  • Uber Chic Beauty collection 12-02

Check out the Instagram video swatch, it shows off the holo-ness alot better than the photo here 🙂

My IG is http://instagram/com/iamcherrylemon

Thank you and have a lovely Monday!