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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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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Naked Nails: Ruby Stone’s Disappearing act

I feel like Ruby Stones have gotten harder and harder to find. The last 3 Sally’s beauty Supply stores I have been to no longer carry the item.; even thought  it is still available on their website .

I had two Ruby Stone nail files, but one ran away and the other broke!

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I didn’t even know they could be broken, but the file met a fatal fall from off my kitchen counter and never came back to life. I still use it, but it is much more difficult than normal.

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I tried replacing Ruby Stone with   another crystal/glass file found at Sally’s  ASP Crystal File. The file looks very nice & is comfortable to hold, but is of a lesser quality than the Ruby Stone.

The ASP Crystal file was dull after just a few uses and wore out quickly like many glass files. I even had to return it to store because the texture just rubbed off with me touching it! Essentially this file is a waste of money.  

 

No substituting the original.

 

 

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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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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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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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NOTD: Reflective Luna-tic

Pictures is China Glaze’s Don’t Be A Luna-tic. This blue-green color looks like streaks on freshly green glass when taken out in the summer. Without sunlight the color is a soft blue with hints of green. But who wears a holographic polish and doesn’t take it out in the sun?

Below are two coats of the easily applied Don’t Be A Luna-tic

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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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Happy polishing