Square Hue and Surprise Gifts

It has been a while since I blogged about Square Hue, or blogged at all. But I am getting my life and my nails back together and Square Hue started my “Operation: get it together” with a mid-month surprise.

Meet Square Hue: Black Label Start to Finish

IMAG2208Thats right ladies and dry-handed gentleman, square hue now has a cuticle oil, base coat and top coat.

The shocking arrival came with a thank you card for being a long standing customer. It also came free of charge!

The free gift inspired me to get polishing!

The almond cuticle oil was nice. It went on smoothly and wasn’t greasy. It was light enough for frequent use and I was able to trim my cuticles with great ease. But on to the stars of the show:

IMAG2210The clear base coat was better than expected. While in the bottle the clear base coat looked a bit watery, the base coat was thick and viscous.

The base coat dried evenly with no bubbles and remained a bit tacky. I prefer a tacky base coat so the polish adheres well.

I applied polish in 3 thin coats and all was looking well until the top coat.

IMAG2211 The Wet Look topic coat delivers in the promise of high gloss. My nails were bling tastic. However, 15 minutes later my nails weren’t dry. This top coat turned my nails into a swiffer duster . Every piece of lint and dust clung to my damp nails and completely ruined my manicure.

I am hopeful that if I allow the polish to dry more the Wet Look top coat can become a keeper because the bling was delicious; however the below manicure is with Seche Vite top coat.

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Is Hue for you?: Square Hue a Year in Review + coupon code

After one year of membership I bring you a review of my year in color!

There is something irresistible about getting gifts in the mail—-even if they are from yourself.  Square Hue is one of the ( too many) monthly items I gift to myself. I originally subscribed to curb my tendency to buy shades at department stores, but I stayed subscribed because I ADORE the colors and the formula.

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The Florida based company has no retail locations nor an option to buy  past colors. You sign up on their website and you are enrolled to receive a box of 3 full size hues each month. The colors are a mystery, but each month the company releases a promo photo to suggest the colors in the upcoming box.  The boxes ship the first week or last week of every month and shipping cost is built into the $21.00 per month price.

I have two minuses about the subscription:

  • I have to say sometimes I feel like colors overlap, but I think that is because after 36 bottles of Square hue, there are bound to be similar colors. However, the polishes come in a strong variety of styles: cremes, glitters, shimmer, hi gloss, even a holographic!  The colors also go well with the season, but with creativity can be used in any season!

IMAG1216 These two colors, received months apart, worked well for their respective season, but also worked well together;I think, anyway!

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  • I will admit it is annoying to update your information. I wanted to change my payment data  and the only options are to email your credit card number or play phone tag with them until you can update via phone. They call back relatively quickly, but be prepared to leave a message. I believe they are working to improve this system. Besides that minor hurdle I have had no issues with SquareHue.

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But all is forgiven because in addition to great colors the company also tries to do some good with your monthly payment  as they are currently involved in the A21 Human Trafficking Campaign. A portion of all sales are “donated for prevention awareness, the protection of trafficked victims and the prosecution of human traffickers,” according to the website.

I have been a member since January 2013 and love it. I would highly recommend subscribing and with a no commitment policy you can try, cancel, suspend, or fall in love without worry.

Each month I also post an “unboxing” of the collection so you can hue too!

If you are ready to enjoy one month at the limited-time introductory price of 14.99 including shipping

OR

Be one of the first 25 people to use the code

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to get 50% off your first box (the box would be $7.50 + $5S&H = $12.50 total for the first box)


happy polishing!

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UnBoxing the London Collection: Square Hue 1.13

I must say, Square Hue was lightening fast with this month’s shipment. Despite postal closures for Christmas and  New Year’s Day my box arrived on New Year’s Eve and the colors really took me by surprise. I expected deep colors for the season, but the box seems like a winter version of the fourth of July: deep blue, deep red, and a snow white.

As always the colors gave me something new to think about and obese over.

Lets start with my favorite: West End

This blue is the midnight-esque color people dream about. What some may call blue-black, this polish has so much dimension it defies typical boring dark colors.

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This blue is like ink. Though it goes on a bit translucent by the second coat this shimmer, as Square Hue calls it, gave full and ample coverage. I really like the reflective nature of this color. The paired with the deep saturation of the blue gives a little something special when considering all the flat, dark colors out there this winter.

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A red that also in keeps with deep theme in a different way is Buckingham, a high gloss creme.

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I tried out this red on my thumb nail and much like the blue it required two coats. Unlike the other high gloss creme red from last month New York collection, this red isn’t trying to bright.

IMAG1129This red is more mute, but bold enough because it is so rich to stand alone in a plain manicure or be a good base for some nail art.

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And finally the shocker of the box: the white Westminster. I don’t know why, but I didn’t anticipate a white, though it is the perfect representation of snow.  I will add this pearl white creme to my collection of white, but because of my sloppy polishing and my skin tone, I doubt I will rock an all white manicure.

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KaayliNails Review, coupon codes, and GIVEAWAY!!

[Product Name]: Kaayli Nails

[Product Price]: 1 for $4.50  or 3 for $10.50

[Product Size]: They are mini bottles: 5mL

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Allow me to introduce

The Sunset Trio 

Beauty 1: Crimsimmion

Described as” a unique red with undertones of deep gold,” this crimson packs a punch.

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This satin like red is full coverage in just one glide. In the picture left my pinky nail has just one coat of polish! This thick polish is full of shimmer that provides a real depth when applied. This creamy polish seeps in and stays in. One coat lasted me about three days.

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Beauty Number 2: Beachy

Described as”a beautiful, shimmery light gold with pale green undertones,” this is more a translucent gold. Expect to need 3 coats for full coverage. However even with three coats there is still maintains a certain level of  reflectiveness .

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Beauty Number 3: Pure Gold

The name says it all! This Pure Gold is “a beautiful, shimmery light gold.” This is an opaque gold that gives great coverage. The gold is a yellow gold, not copper gold, not bronze gold, a pure yellow gold. I love this gold. IMAG1095 IMAG1091

Ready to try the shades for yourself? Courtesy of the owner herself enjoy a special 10% off coupon code: HERHIM10. This code does not have a minimum purchase!

 You can also enter to win your own trio!

From 12/21-12/31 leave a comment on the blog with information about which colors you like best from the store. A comment will be selected at random and the store owner contact you about shipping your very own color collection!

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hot and cold with color all over: NOTD

Sometimes reading other blogs in combination with one click buying gets me in trouble.

While reading Hairscapes blog I came across her post about Nail Fabulosity. I went to etsy and checked out the indie brand and decided I wanted to try their Big PIMPkin color. My polish arrived promptly 4 days letter packed neatly and ready for wear.

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The polish is an orange with big glitter rocks floating around. The polish is only orange when warm. When cold the polish becomes a green that is reminiscent of the green glow around Halloween ghost–a pale, translucent green.

Lets get hot and cold:

Cold:

Two coats goes on quick and easy. The glitter even all laid in the same direction, which is rare for me.

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The polish dried quickly in about five minutes.

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Hot:

In warm temperatures this thermal polish turns green. I wish I had more pictures to share of the green hue, but sadly it was difficult to capture.  The polish was green with orange glitter most of the time.

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Even though I would have preferred to see the orange more frequently this polish made it fun to wash my hands and even hold cold glasses. The shift is subtle, so you can really watch the magic happen.

The polish also lasted about a week with Venique top coat. 

Overall this polish has great wear and was great fun. I would try more thermals from this brand!

 

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Unboxing the Endless Summer collection: SquareHue 8.13

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Another Box and another set of colors. The Square Hue Endless Summer collection was tucked neatly into my mail box in recorded time and I wasted no time painting. This box was different than I was expecting, but still contains some colors and textures I’m excited about.

Lets meet the endless summer:

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Crimson in the corner : NOTD

I wanted to move away from lines and try something less definite aka less obviously uneven.

I painted my nails in three coats of Square hue’s High School Crush from February 2012 and accented my corners with

Venique Raging Crimson. Of course my quick flick of brush across the corners was uneven. To account for the blotchiness of my attempted paint job, I used my sliver nail paint to outline the un-smoothness of my paint job.IMAG0294 IMAG0292 IMAG0291IMAG0293

Yay for well blended mistakes