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 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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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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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

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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