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SquareHue Rio Box + GIVEAWAY!

May 25, 2014

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been subscribed to SquareHue for a few months. So I was super excited to receive an email from them asking if I wanted to do a short review of their Rio collection for May 2014 and also giveaway one of the boxes! Of course I said yes!

SquareHue is a monthly subscription where you receive three polishes each month. I love that the polishes are full size (as opposed to the smaller Julep bottles), and they are also 5-free (no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor or formaldehyde resin). They currently have a special where you sign up for their newsletter and receive a surprise box when you order your first box. So, if you’re new to SquareHue, you can get 2 boxes your first month!

So, I’m going to walk you through the box. First of all, they package them really well so that nothing is damaged during shipping…

And as you clear away the packing material, you get your first glance at the colors of the month. Usually I receive an email a few days before the box arrives that includes the “reveal” of the colors for the month. But sometimes I purposely don’t look at that email so that I can be surprised when I open the box. :)

The Rio collection for May includes three vibrant colors inspired by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil…

The first polish I tried is Ipanema, a shimmery gold-yellow. I’m not usually one for yellow polishes, so this didn’t stay on my fingers too long, but I can totally imagine it for some awesome nail art. One thing to note: I did have to do four coats of Ipanema to eliminate VNL (visible nail line).

Next is Copacabana, a sheer blue polish with glitter. Upon opening the bottle, I saw that this was a sheer polish. So I actually painted a couple coats of a SquareHue navy polish that I received a few months back before applying three thick coats of Copacabana. Like most glitter polishes, the removal was a pain, but it’s a striking glitter. I think I might try this one next time over the same navy polish, but apply it sparingly to just the tips of my nails for a bit of glitter. That would be so pretty!

And the last color is Leblon, an emerald green metallic polish. I’m also pretty picky about metallic polishes because I don’t like to see brush strokes, but I think this polish would be awesome around Christmas time. Maybe some white snowflakes stamped at the free edge of the nail?

All in all, a pretty fun box! As with any monthly subscription box you run the chance of not liking the selections they send you each month. I will admit there have been some hits and misses in the past, but I usually love most of the polishes and what I don’t love can be given away to family or friends. In this case, I think I’ll hold onto all three polishes because I think they’d be good to have around for different nail art looks, and I don’t have any colors or formulas quite like the Rio collection. :)

So do you want to win the Rio box? Just fill out the info below for a chance to win! :)

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  • Kenzie May 28, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    My favorite would have to be Copacabana!

  • chris May 29, 2014 at 12:08 am

    i need to subscribe

  • Tanyatopia May 29, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    My favorite is Copacabana.

  • Cathy M May 30, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I love Leblon, it’s so gorgeous!

  • Tricia Graf McBroom May 30, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Copacabana all the way!!!

  • Emily May 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Copacabana would be my favorite .

  • Jessica May 30, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Definitely Copacabana. I love my sparkly nail polish!

  • valerie May 30, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Great colors!

  • Leslie S May 30, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I want Copacabana!

  • Larissa May 30, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Copacabana for sure

  • Boombutt May 31, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Copacabana it is!

  • S♥nia May 31, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Hoo kristina!!! I discovered that your are a NPA, like me!!!! I try my chance for your GA (thank so much) Ieblon is my favorite, I don’t know this brand…(bye)

  • SingYi SingYi June 1, 2014 at 4:28 am

    I love it so much

  • Rachel Beltz June 1, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I’m in love with Copacabana!!

  • Cathy T. June 1, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Leblon is my favorite color!

  • jpinky77 June 1, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I love Copacabana. its the cutest glitter color. Love all your posts. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • Lynne June 1, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I subscribed and got the 2 boxes, Rio (5/14) and Maui (6/14). Ala moana iin the Maui set is a gorgeous teal. And because I’m not the type to wear all 10 nails glittered, I took the Copacabana (bluesy glitter) from the Rio set and did thumb and ring finger accents. Soooo pretty! Love it! Thanks for suggesting these polishes. Loved the formula.

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