#26GNAI 26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Going on Holiday

Happy Friday! It is #26GNAI time again! This week’s prompt is “Going on holiday”. Who doesn’t want to be on holiday, especially the weather is nice and sunny, perfect timing 🙂

Here is my “Going on Holiday” nail design! Isn’t it bright and cheerful?

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#26GNAI Great nail art ideas – “Going on holiday” (Born Pretty stamping plates BPL-022 BP-L017) @iamcherrylemon

 

I layered stamped all the images and made 1 special stamping decal with the sunglasses image. I am actually quite happy with how it turns out, the multicolour stamped planes are so adorable!

Products used:

  • Barry M Gelly nail paint in Guava
  • Painted polish in Midnight mischief, Stamped in Mint, Stamped in Taro, Stamped in Starfruit, Stamped in Guava
  • Colour Alike white stamping polish
  • Born pretty stamping plates BPL-022 and BP-L017

 Mini review on the stamping plates

The BPL-022 (#20787) is also known as the Geek pattern plate. It has 14 cute images with each measuring 14mm by 25mm, suitable for most nail lengths and the images won’t overwhelm shorter nails as well. Like all my Born Pretty plates, the images transferred well and appear very clear.

Geek

ThisI have wanted to use the sunglasses image for so long!

The BP-L017 (#19372) is known as the Summer Beach Sea stamping plate. It has 21 images and most of these are measured at 14mm by 19mm. These images are all very summery and easy to use. I received this as part of my first UK Indie box last year, I have used this plate before and I am still happy with it 🙂

Summer Sea Beach

Here are my previous nail designs using the same plate.

Luna Loves Lacquer in Summer Droplets (Life's a Beach, UK Indie Polish Box Summer 2016) Photo Swatch @iamcherrylemon
Luna Loves Lacquer in Summer Droplets (Life’s a Beach, UK Indie Polish Box Summer 2016) Photo Swatch @iamcherrylemon
Freckles 'Sea you at the Shore' - [Life's a Beach UK indie polish box] (Photo swatch) @iamcherrylemon

Freckles ‘Sea you at the Shore’ – [Life’s a Beach UK indie polish box] (Photo swatch) @iamcherrylemon

Danglefoot 'I'm Beach Ready' photo swatch @iamcherrylemon
Danglefoot ‘I’m Beach Ready’ photo swatch @iamcherrylemon
Danglefoot Nail Polish

Danglefoot Nail Polish “I’m Beach Ready” @iamcherrylemon

I hope you like my nail designs! 🙂

Don’t forget to use my discount code! 😉

Born Pretty Store 10% discount code

Born Pretty Store 10% discount code

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

 

Disclaimer: All items have been purchased by me, contains my honest opinion and I am not being reimbursed for this post. This post does NOT contain affiliate links.

​maniswap with Instagram nail artist @nellemiemani (Pastel neon gradient nails with geometric designs) @iamcherrylemon

Hello there! Hope it is a nice and sunny day where you’re​ at! It is hitting high 20s in the UK today. The Sun is actually burning my skin right now.

Today’s post is on my mani swap with the lovely Gaia (IG @nellemiemani). Gaia has the most delicate and cut nail shapes! Her nail art designs are fabulous and a good variation of techniques.

To be honest, I panicked a bit when it was my turn to choose one of her designs for the mani swap.  I suddenly realised most of Gaia’s designs are extremely suited to her small but cute nails.

Anyhow, I’ve picked to recreate one of her recent nail designs. It has a bright pastel background with gorgeous stamping. Gaia has chosen to recreate my pastel gradient mother’s day mani! I love her version alot and I love the fact the two manicures are so similar but different. 


IG @nellemiemani check out Gaia’s profile on Instagram 🙂 it’s pretty awesome!
Products used to create my recreation:

  • Pueen – Visual wonderland Stamping plate
  • Painted polish in Midnight mischief
  • Pretty Serious neon pastels in Fluffykins,  Bunny foofoo, Peachie poo, Doodle bug, Cutie Patootie and also a bright yellow called “Honey puff”
  • Wikkid polish in Star Dust
  • Glisten and Glow HK girl fast drying top coat
  • Makeup sponge
  • Rainbow connection liquid latex cuticle protector

What do you think? 🙂

Thank you for reading and have a lovely day.

#26GNAI 26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Water

#26GreatNailArtIdeas "Water" Illamasqua Force and Cameo (Yours x Anna Lee: Ru Yi Stamping Plate) @iamcherrylemon

#26GreatNailArtIdeas “Water” Illamasqua Force and Cameo (Yours x Anna Lee: Ru Yi Stamping Plate) @iamcherrylemon

Hello there, hope you are well and happy Friday!
Today’s post is for the #26GNAI challenge, and the theme is “Water”. I have gone for …umm… Ocean and dragons. well Ocean is made up of water. I believe this fits the theme! (??)

I started the manicure with a blue gradient. The chosen stamping plate has this traditional painting sea image complete with dragons, the image is big so I can use all parts of the image to create a harmonised mani without repeats. BUT, obviously I had to (wrongly) stamped 1 design onto 2 nails. I blame late nights…

Products used:

  • Yours (Sascha Gossen x Anna Lee) Ru Yi stamping plate
  • Colour Alike – Kind of White stamping polish
  • Illamasqua nail varnishes in Force and Cameo
  • Zoya UK matte velvet lacquer

Mini review of the Yours x Anna Lee stamping plates

There are 4 plates within the set, 3 plates have 4 designs each and the 4th plate is a large lace pattern. As mentioned before, the images are big and very versatile. The plates are of greata quality, and good for beginners.
The images are well etched but slightly deep and it catches the cotton during the cleaning process. The designs within the set are all traditional Chinese patterns, things you would expect to find on New year greeting cards etc! The whole set costs 19.95EUr or 5.50EUR if bought individually, available from yourscosmetics.com.

Thank you and have a great weekend!

#aznailartchallenge AZ Nail Art Challenge / Instagram [G for Glitter and H for Holo]

Hello, today I am sharing May’s A to Z nail art challenge prompts for G and H. I had fun completing these two manis, and they gave me a chance to use some polishes from my untried pile.

Letter G – Glitter

#AZnailartchallenge Letter G - Glitter (Poetry Cowgirl Polish: Candy Carnival) @iamcherrylemon

#AZnailartchallenge Letter G – Glitter (Poetry Cowgirl Polish: Candy Carnival) @iamcherrylemon

For this prompt, I have moved away from my normal glittery glitter and opted for a crelly with matte colourful glitter pieces. The polish is by Poetry Cowgirl Polish and the name of the polish is “Carnival Candy”. It was purchased with the store credit I won in Dec 2016! This is such a fun and cute polish, it makes me smile just looking at it. My subtle accent nail was double stamped with a pink stamping polish with the same cute doddle flower pattern.

 

Products used:

  • Poetry Cowgirl Polish – Carnival Candy
  • Uber Chic Beauty plate 6-03
  • Hit the bottle – Drunk tank pink
  • Moyra white stamping polish

 

Next prompt, letter H – Holo

I love holo and that’s no secret! Loved this prompt and I picked to use my super holo from Vapid Lacquer. The polish is called Cryogenic Refrigerant, super bright and super holo in a bottle. I did use 2 coats for depth but it is definitely possible to get away with 1 coat.

#AZnailartchallenge Letter H - Holo (Vapid Lacquer - Cryogenic Refrigerant and Lina Nail Art Supplies Feeling Shapely 04) @iamcherrylemon

#AZnailartchallenge Letter H – Holo (Vapid Lacquer – Cryogenic Refrigerant and Lina Nail Art Supplies Feeling Shapely 04) @iamcherrylemon

Next, I’ve double stamped the mani with black and green, giving the illusion of a 3D look on the nails. The patterns are from Feeling Shapely 04 plate by Lina nail art supplies.

Products used:

  • Vapid Lacquer in Cryogenic Refrigerant
  • Painted polish in Midnight mischief
  • Colour Alike – Sour Jelly
Macro: #AZnailartchallenge Letter H - Holo (Vapid Lacquer - Cryogenic Refrigerant and Lina Nail Art Supplies Feeling Shapely 04) @iamcherrylemon

Macro: #AZnailartchallenge Letter H – Holo (Vapid Lacquer – Cryogenic Refrigerant and Lina Nail Art Supplies Feeling Shapely 04) @iamcherrylemon

Macro: #AZnailartchallenge Letter H - Holo (Vapid Lacquer - Cryogenic Refrigerant and Lina Nail Art Supplies Feeling Shapely 04) @iamcherrylemon

Macro: #AZnailartchallenge Letter H – Holo (Vapid Lacquer – Cryogenic Refrigerant and Lina Nail Art Supplies Feeling Shapely 04) @iamcherrylemon

Macro: #AZnailartchallenge Letter H - Holo (Vapid Lacquer - Cryogenic Refrigerant and Lina Nail Art Supplies Feeling Shapely 04) @iamcherrylemon

Macro: #AZnailartchallenge Letter H – Holo (Vapid Lacquer – Cryogenic Refrigerant and Lina Nail Art Supplies Feeling Shapely 04) @iamcherrylemon

The next prompt is due on the 7th June, letter I for Indians. I am a bit stuck with this prompt and still not sure what design I should go for.

#AZnailartchallenge Letter H - Holo (Vapid Lacquer - Cryogenic Refrigerant and Lina Nail Art Supplies Feeling Shapely 04) @iamcherrylemon

#AZnailartchallenge Letter H – Holo (Vapid Lacquer – Cryogenic Refrigerant and Lina Nail Art Supplies Feeling Shapely 04) @iamcherrylemon

Thank you and I hope you enjoyed these manis as much as I had creating them.

 

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

Hello there! Hope this post finds you well!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My soft scoop inspired manicure

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

Products used:

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

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

Thank you and take care x

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

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

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

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

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

Products used:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ok thank you and have a lovely Tuesday.

​#NailsWithIGfriends Nail art collaboration “Marine”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for reading xx

#MagneticMagicNails Spring Edition (Masura Magnetic polishes) @iamcherrylemon

#MagneticMagicNails Spring Edition (Instagram Nail Art Collaboration)

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

#MagneticMagicNails Spring Edition (Masura Magnetic polishes) @iamcherrylemon

#MagneticMagicNails Spring Edition (Masura Magnetic polishes) @iamcherrylemon

Products used to achieve this look!

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

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

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

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

Thank you and I hope you like this manicure 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26 Great Nail Art Ideas – Work Appropriate Nail Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Products used:

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you and take care.

Cherry x