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Naked Nails: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

My nails have come a long way since the days I could peel them like a banana.

Here is how:

I  stared using  Quimica Nail hardener. Note this is not a growth aid–it is meant to make your nails hard. It has made my nails beyond hard: I can pick labels, tap to the annoyance of the general public and even submerge my nails in water without them turning weak and brittle. In order to fully make your nails better you have to have a good starting point.

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Before I started using quimica I filed my nails down to nubs. I filed my nails with ruby stone. They grew back better than before because thee are no more weak points which snag and ruin much of the nail.

Without these constant snags and peeling layers my nails also seem to grow faster. I do not believe my nails are growing faster it is more likely I am noticing the growth because it stays put!

Wile my nails have undoubtedly gotten stronger from the hardener they have also gotten more yellow. Chemicals in Quimica have begun to turn my nails slightly yellow. Because yellow nails are not cool to me I switch it up and use this a base coat every other manicure. But simply adding a base coat on top has also eliminated some of the yellowing.

The texture is thick and viscous and forms a rubber like coat on your nails. But beyond coating your nails you can tell it absorbs into your nails.

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How can you tell? Besides the god awful smell if you get this on your skin/cuticle it will tingle, sizzle or even burn. Yes you read the right it will burn. The directions say when beginning use polish from the middle of your nail to the tip, avoiding over saturation as your nails adjust.

I have experienced sensitivity caused by this polish and my advice?

Tap you nails gently on a hard surface and watch the tenderness disappear.

I purchased on Amazon and consider this polish to be a permeant part of my nail polish arsenal!

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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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Rescue Beauty Lounge Pink & Purple in review

[Product Name]: Rescue Beauty Lounge 

[Product Price]: 18.00-20.00 per bottle

[Product Size]: .50 oz

Normally I would shy away from such a high price tag for nail polish, but during the annual november sale I was able to pick up try the line  at 50% off. The website was down with heavy traffic, but when I was finally able to log on i picked up two colors.

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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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UnBoxing the Passport New York Collection Square Hue 12.13

Square Hue seems to be getting faster and faster as they grow. Not only have I been seeing their ads pop-up as a troll beauty blogs, but my box also made it here in record time. Arriving on December 3rd, a short four days after shipment, my winter loves are here. Lets meet the colors! Fifth Ave -High Gloss Creme A shiny new red is always in season. IMAG0994This red goes on flat and gives good coverage in just a few quick strokes. But make no mistake; this red isn’t winter time dull. It is vibrant  red that will stand out against the drab colors of winter ( well drab in the north anyway). The red like all red may run when removing, so be prepared with acetone to remove this one or get ready to rub, rub, rub. IMAG1001 Continue reading

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Un Boxing the Coastal Collection Square Hue 11.13

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Like the clock that jumped ahead this month square hue sprung something  new  on me that was quite the surprise. Rather than the earthy deep fall colors I was collection, Costal Collections, which arrived November 5th contained a trio of HiGloss cremes that where natural but not earth, fall but not dark and flirty and fun.

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IMAG0886-1IIMAG0887s in the brown family. This pale brown needed three coats for complete coverage. Using two coats gave me nearly an ash brown that was light and functioned much like a nude. The third coat turned the creme much deeper into a bark like color .

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The Second HiGloss creme i tried was Nantucket. This was my favorite from the collection this aquamarine type blue went on smoothly and was able to provide complete coverage in two coats. While I this color doesn’t scream November ( as I am sure no color really does it is very tranquil and would fit seamlessly into any season. IMAG0892-1

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And Finally I tried Portsmouth. This cousin to Nantucket reminds you of the water in a different way, rather than that green blue this polish conjures up the idea of still water. This more placid blue wears well, but would do best with some nail art to punch it up.

I must say I am please with this box, some unexpected quality colors. What did you polishers think?

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Unboxing the Moto collection: SquareHue 10.13

This October Square hue gives us the Moto collection somewhere better what seems like a leather filled fall and an orange Halloween is the Moto’s collection. My box arrived promptly and well packed about 4 days after it departed the Miami shop.

The company did do something different. On this month’s card they listed the names and texture of each polish. nice Improvement

This month’s color are Iron Horse, Desert Grit, and Oil Slick.

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Lets meet the new arrivals, shall we?

Iron Horse is just as the name sounds: dark! I am not sure what I was expecting, but this creme polish went on a bit runny. Like many of their cremes I had a hard time getting decent coverage.  The second and third coats did much better to really bring out the richness of this color. The high gloss won’t let me call this a black, but is deep like something I haven’t worn before. It was way to hard to get this off so I may not be wearing it again.

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Desert Girt reminds me less of the desert and more of a sandbox. There is serious texture to this polish. You can feel it when you polish your nails, when you touch your nails and when trying to remove it. Despite it being a textured polish is does remove easy, yet acetone is needed.  The orange is warm and inviting. Perfect for fall. While I don’t normally go for textured polishes this is worth having on hand.( get it because I clearly can’t paint in the lines and it is all over my hand)

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Finally the Moto collection give a gorgeous duo chrome, Oil Slick.  This polish packs a punch with a reflective, but have enough green/blue, purple-ish undertones to really capture that look you see in puddles on a summer day- merely, but shiny.  This polish behaves differently in the light and the below pictures are no exception; one picture is without flash and the other has flash, respectively. This is  my favorite of the collection.

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Unboxing the Serengeti collection: SquareHue 9.13

Off to the Amazon we go with September’s Square hue collection. Serengeti, a near 19,000 mile stretch of Africa,  is Square Hue’s box of earthy tones which greeted my just before Labor Day.

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In the box none of the colors impressed me, but once I applied the colors my tune changed.

Grassland Safari 

This dusty lime green is close in color to the way fields of boundless grass appear in the distance.IMAG0656 Too far out their for you? Think a dull lime green. This color goes on so thin. While it does go on smoothly you will need three-four coats to get coverage.

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I tried to cover the glaring gaps in coverage by using a white base coat. I used China Glaze White on White on my index finger. Can you see the difference?

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Glitter on the go: NOTD

After scrolling through some lovely nail pictures it seems glitter makes any manicure a go.

I am over glitter polishes at the moment because removal can be a pain.

My solution was to add some easy to remove glitter steaks.

So here is my glitter and Square Hue Mother of Pearl  from the May 2013 Madonna collection

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Vegan Polish?: Earth Friendly NOTD

I never considered Vegan nail polish. I mean does diary or pork fat hide in my nail polish?

I’m unwilling to search what animal by products are typically in nail polish and instead I will celebrate my new find SpaRitual.

I stumbled upon these shimmery bottles in Tj Maxx and for 3.99 I couldn’t fight the feeling.

ImageThis is currently one of my favorites. Meet SpaRituals Strength Diamond Shimmer.This color has a shimmer that just won’t quit, but is soft enough outside of natural light that it is not over powering. The color also goes on smooth–no big glitter chunks here. This color stayed chip free for about week and when tip wear finally got to me the shimmer also you to slap on another coat. Basically this polish is great!ImageImage

This bright is called Spirit Child Shimmer, while the name is a bit lame the color is bright . It goes on like a jelly in a kind of rubbery blanket. The shimmer is more subtle, but does add a vivaciousness that is fun for summer. This polish also doesn’t bleed or run when removed so you can apply without the worry of red stains.

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The final color I picked up was Mind Shimmer. This is the nude I have been hunting. This nude has just a hint–a tiny hint of shimmer that gives it some dimension as seen with the flash of picture two. So the color is not too boring like other near- invisible nudes and not pink. This nude is like a beige or tan that dries like a creme polish and comes alive with a top coat.

Thus far these polishes have proven high quality, low chip and super fun. Check them out if you are looking for some great, earth friendly polishes!