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SquareHue Rio Box + GIVEAWAY!

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! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Julep Joan + China Glaze Emotion Stamping

My monthly Julep Maven box arrived a day ago and this beautiful raspberry shimmery color, Joan, was included. I wanted to try it out right away…

Base Color: Julep Joan
Stamping Color: China Glaze Emotion (sort of a hard polish to find since it came out years ago, but it does stamp beautifully)
Stamping Plate: Konad m57

*Inspired by this stamping manicure by The Nailasaurus, one my favorite nail blogs. :)

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Girly Bits Cosmic Ocean

Today’s manicure: two coats of Julep Eloise (navy), with one coat Girly Bits Cosmic Ocean. :)

The above photos were taken with my iPhone the morning after I painted my nails (in natural light). Here’s a shot with my big momma camera (Canon 50D) taken the night before right after painting my nails (desk lamp)…

And one the next morning in natural light with the big momma camera…

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Orly Liquid Vinyl + 2 CND Effects polishes

So yesterday I tried out a pink cream polish with a CND Effects polish on top. That shimmer polish wasn’t the only CND polish I ordered from transdesign.com. I actually ordered quite a few. Definitely not all of them, but just ones I was interested in

You can see all of the polishes layered over different colors at nail blog The Edge of Insanity. I used her chart to help me make my decision on which ones to buy. :)

Today I’m wearing a black cream polish (Orly Liquid Vinyl) with two different Effects polishes on top. First I layered Sapphire Sparkle, which gave it a blue shimmer. Then I layered Amethyst Sparkle on top. It created the most interesting purple-ish blue shimmer. I wish you guys could see it in person! It’s such a unique combination!

Base Color: Orly Liquid Vinyl
Shimmer Polish 1: CND Effects Sapphire Sparkle
Shimmer Polish 2: CND Effects Amethyst Sparkle
Top Coat: Butter London Hardwear PD Quick Top Coat

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Pretty Princess Pink Nails

The pink shimmer of this manicure makes me smile. :) I’m usually not one for super girly pink, but I loved what the CND Raspberry Sparkle did to the plain pink cream Zoya Lara. It makes me think it would be perfect for a princess–I think of Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora in this case. :)

Base Color: Zoya Lara (2 coats)
Shimmer Layer: CND Raspberry Sparkle (1 coat)
Top Coat: Butter London Hardwear PD Quick Top Coat

In other news, I had no shrinkage or bubbles when using the Butter London base and top coats with this Zoya color. I’m not sure if it was because I added the CND polish into the mix, or if I really have found my holy grail base and top coats for use with Zoya polishes. Further research is needed. :)

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Nicole Up & Kim-ing Pink + Kim-pletely in Love

Today I’m wearing three coats of Up & Kim-ing Pink, and one thin coat of Kim-pletely in Love (very sheer pale pink with iridescent shimmer). It’s hard to see Kim-pletely in Love on top since the bottom color is SO pink, but you can see it slightly in the first shot.

I liked this combination. Not love, but just liked. I’ve had it one for a day and it’s a bit too… girly? I guess that’s the best way to describe it. I’m very girly (hello nail blog?), but sometimes bright bubble gum pink is a bit much for even me. :)

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