Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Square Hue Sail Windward Islands

I had been seeing Square Hue all over the place for quite some time so I was super psyched when they generously sent me their most recent box to review. 

The Adventure collection is full of bold and unique shades and June's box, Sail Windward Islands, is no exception. I can't tell you how much I love each and every one of these shades, so let me just show you instead!

The box comes with two shimmers and one cream polish. This is Martinique, a glow from within shade of lime with a squishy jelly base and flashy gold shimmer. Shown here with three coats, but you could definitely get away with two. I just prefer to build a bit of depth for maximum effect with shades like this! Honestly one of the most beautiful greens in my collection, and the application was a dream!

Another magnificently glowy shade, St. Vincent also has a jelly base in a juicy blood orange shade with a finer, but still flashy gold shimmer! I just don't really have words for how gorgeous this is, the saturation on this one is so intense and eye catching, and I feel like I'm repeating myself a lot but it's one of the prettiest oranges I own! I am showing it here with three coats, two would work, and again the application was smooth as butter!

Last we have St. Lucia, a delicious mango yellow that leans orange. It's a super unique shade that makes my mouth water! I have a thing for unusual yellows and this saturated creme hits the spot. Although the formula on this one was a little thick, I didn't find that too unusual for a highly pigmented yellow creme like this, and it went on easy with full coverage in only two coats! 

This collection was so excellently arranged I just had to show how well the colors played together in a mani, so I did some reverse stamping! These brights made me think of mosiacs, and I went with a couple of tiled looks.

These tiles are from ÜberChic Beauty Collection 9 and I used Mundo de Uñas White to stamp. Even though this one isn't quite perfect, I think it shows how fabulously these polishes complement one another!

This look is definitely my favorite and I like to save the best for last! Here I used a floral tile image from MoYou London Pro 6, and skittled it up so that each color could stand out! I could have worn this for days! So summery, so retro! The best part about Square Hue is that they give back! Currently they are donating a portion of their profits to The A21 Campaign to fight human trafficking. You'll want to check out their site for more info, but you can feel good about picking up a subscription or just a few polishes! I know I am definitely going to be back for more!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Nail Art with Nicole Diary

I finally have the last of the water slide decals that Nicole Diary sent me to share with you! I can't say enough good things about these, the designs were so much fun to play with and a perfect solution when you are strapped for time but still want complex nail art. Check out the tropical florals in set 02!

Again you have that clear background, so I paired them with Zoya Tamia, a light seafoam color to make those greens pop without overwhelming the pink in the flowers! Accent nails are Zoya Zahara with Mundo de Uñas White and Spring Green blended on the plate. As usual that sexy pattern is from ÜberChic Beauty and can be found in Collection 4.

Obviously set 31 is totally my jam. I mean check out those retro florals and lovely green foligage. Naturally I had to pair this with a couple of my favorite greens. Under the decals I used Zoya Misty, a nice light olive leaning sage color and I used Zoya Dree for the accent nails. It's a gorgeous vintage olive shade that would be perfectly at home in a kitchen straight out of the seventies. Oh, I am so in love! 

Set 05 has a fresh floral look that I just had to pair with mint! I got this amazing crelly from Polish'M called Key Lime and matched with with Zoya Neely, a super light green creme, to make this delicate pattern pop! Much like the first mani, I added some simple stamping in Mundo de Uñas White and Spring Green with another fab pattern from ÜberChic Beauty Collection 2. I had a lot of fun trying out my first water decals and I'm definitely hooked. If you have been wanting to give them a go but are feeling apprehensive, just do it! I found them so forgiving to use and can't wait to incorporate more of them into my nail art. Hope you guys enjoyed these manis and if you feel inspired to pick up a few of these yourself, make sure you leave my code Jus2016 in the notes of your order for a free gift from Nicole Diary. You can find them on AliExpress or Amazon. See ya!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Sun Polish Swatch and Review

The friendly folks over at Sun Polish sent a couple of their polishes for me to share with you guys! This is a new brand out of Los Angeles making California inspired shades with a 4-Free formula!

These are 5 and 17, the colors are numbered, and 17 was definitely my surprise favorite! I usually don't wear shimmery pinks but this one had a nice glow from within quality and no brush stroke issues. The jelly base built up nicely and I could have gotten away with two coats, but I used three here.

I couldn't see anything but watermelon when I looked at this pink, and I had been seeing so many gorgeous fruity manis this summer so I wanted to get in on the action! I think it's absolutely perfect with this polish. I used ÜberChic Beauty Collection 9 and Mundo de Uñas Grinch and Black to stamp.

I love that you can really see the shimmer particles in this macro! So pretty! The second polish, number 5, is a classic navy cream that was completely opaque in two coats with a fantastic formula that was really easy to work with for a cream polish. The only issue I had with it was that it stained my cuticles. You can see it in the photos here and it did last a couple of days. I am still new to polishing my nails though, and this could quite possibly be a problem that is common with deep navy shades. Either way it was gorgeous, check it out.

Every time I see navy blue I think white polka dots, super classic and super cute. I used these oval shaped dots from the new ÜberChic Beauty Collection 10 and the roses are from Collection 1. Stamping polishes are Mundo de Uñas White and Tulip, one of my favorite reds.

Hope you enjoyed these manis! If you like these polishes check out, 10% of their profits go to organizations that empower women in Los Angeles. Pretty cool, huh?

Friday, June 17, 2016

Antique Laces ft Lady Queen

I have another lovely Lady Queen plate today from the Lace Series! BC-03 has some seriously gorgeous images with such delicate fine lines that actually stamp so very well! Lets get right into these manis shall we?

I used a couple of warm vintage tones with these lace images, and the first is Delush Olive You Long Time. Such a cheeky name for this olive metallic! It's made extra special by gold shimmer and color shifting flakes in every color of the rainbow! I stamped this stunning lace drape pattern over top in Mundo de Uñas Gold and added some pearl decals from Julep to complete the antique look. You can see how perfectly everything stamped the very first time, even with my extra moments spent positioning my clear stamper. Here's a swatch of the base polish because it truly deserves one.

This next look started with a base of Color Club Oh Deer, and I knew I wanted to use this super detailed lace image but I needed an accent! These dried flowers were absolutely PERFECT, and it reminds me of those resin necklaces we used to wear in the nineties.

I am just so in love with this caramel leaning mustard shade, especially paired with the beautiful Mundo de Uñas Bones. You might have noticed a couple of bald spots in the lace, for aesthetics lets assume those are tattered antique laces. Practically speaking these images picked up perfectly, but I took my time trying to get good placement on the nail and ended up not getting a perfect transfer (or placement) in the end! My bad, next time I'll make decals since I can't position stamps any faster than a snail's pace! Anyhow I hope you enjoyed these manis, I am honestly quite smitten with this plate's super ornate lace images. You can find it at Lady Queen Beauty and should you go on any shopping sprees, feel free to use my code EVBS15 for 15% off! See you soon!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Texture Thursday ft Nicole Diary

I have another set of Nicole Diary decals to share with you today, and I have paired them a textured polish again! Deborah Lippman I Wanna Be Sedated is probably the stuff of most people's nail polish nightmares, but to me it's pretty much the new polish love of my life! You know I love my textures and this murky mustard is my perfect shade.

I thought these pretty wildflowers were the perfect accent to go with the antique feel of this texture. It's basically a glorified swatch but boy did I love it. I also took a macro of the decal because it was just so pretty!

These decals were just as easy to use as the first set I tried out, but I did learn something this time! If you keep them wet while repositioning it, you can avoid any air bubbles and damage to the decal. I hope that helps any of you that have been struggling with water decals. Another thing to note about this set is that the top row had a transparent background, which worked nicely over my pale grey base, but the bottom row was actually white and opaque. I am sure both could be useful! I am having a lot of fun coordinating these with my polishes and I still have a few more to share, so I'll see you guys soon! You can find Nicole Diary on AliExpress or Amazon, and if you leave my code Jus2016 in the notes of your order they'll send you a free gift!

Born Pretty Boho

I have two Born Pretty Store plates that I am so excited to share with you today because I have actually been lusting after them since I first started stamping! I am talking about BP77 Negative Space (you already know why I love this one), and BP80 Lotus Birds.

Even the small plates come in those gorgeous little sleeves and these images picked up like champs! There were so many that I wanted to use on the the Lotus Birds plate, so I did a simple coloring book style mani to show off my favorites.

This plate is full of lovely florals and foliage with this cute little bird right in the middle of everything. I really wanted a soft and muted look here so I went for my own home made, in-between colored jellies along with Jennifer and Monica by CCNP. The base polish is Zoya Genesis, I love seeing the shimmer peek through those sheer colors. Everything you see here was first pick up, and even the fine lines transferred nicely to my nail!

I used the Negative Space plate, BP77 for this look! I can't get enough of the geometric sexiness on this plate, the possiblities are endless! Again we have flawless, first try transfers. What I love about this plate is that every image on it can be mixed and matched together to create either very classic or very funky looks, and it does have some great negative space images. The polishes here are two fabulous indies from the Positive Vibes collection by Polished for Days. Kalon is a nude crelly with color shifiting blue microflake and pink/purple shimmer with a sparkle of delicate holo, it's definitely my favorite nude of all time. I always have my eyes out for souped up neutrals and this not only fits the bill but exceeds my expectations. It pairs so nicely with Novaturient, another crelly but this one a dusty blue with iridescent glass flakes and a bit of holo magic. I think these combine for a very accessible Summer look, while still being unique and fun. These plates would be an awesome addition to anyone's collection and they're a great value in my opinion. I know I will be reaching for that geo plate over and over! Let me know what you guys think and feel free to use my code JUSQ10 on any full priced items at Born Pretty Store. See you soon!