Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SquareHue Celebrate Freedom America

After I shared last month's SquareHue Adventure Collection box with you, I was stoked to hear that they wanted to send me July's as well! At first glance it's a red, white and blue box, which makes perfect sense! But upon further inspection there's a lot more going on that is going to be really exciting regardless of the season! My favorite shade in the box is Fireworks, a berry red jelly loaded with holographic micro glitter, shown here with only two coats.

I prefer this squishy look but you could add a third coat to deepen the color or hide more of the (barely visible) nail line! This had a fantastic formula that went on easily, wasn't sticky like jellies can be, and dried pretty smoothly for a glitter! Not at all a topcoat eater, I only used one thin coat of it here. I was surprised to find this finish in a subscription box, and I absolutely love the Adventure Collection's tendency toward bold and unique colors! Definitely very me! I was also surprised by the next shade, Independence! I read that this was a navy creme but in my opinion it's got more of a crelly finish which I absolutely love! I show it here with two coats but again you could build up for a full creme finish.

I just can't get over that squishy feel and those green undertones in this unusual navy! The last shade in the box is another stunner called Stars. A tough one to describe, but I would have to say it's a dove white with pink undertones and beautiful iridescent green shimmer that while camera shy, is pretty noticeable in person. I will be using this as a nail art base all the time! Like most white polishes, this was a three coater, but the formula was excellent with no streaks or gooping!

Hopefully you can see that shimmer a bit in the macro! Even though this is only my second box I feel like I can safely say SquareHue does a great job putting these together. Each one is like perfect mini collection and I always feel compelled to use them together. I started with a simple, everyday striped look that was intended as just a base, but I had to stop and photograph it because I thought it was perfectly fabulous on its own!

Again I am smitten with those squishy finishes, especially over the white base. I made the stripes with striping tape on my mat, but since I can never leave well enough alone I added some cute nail art over top!

The stamping polish here is Hit the Bottle I Blue It All On Polish, haha, and those cute little flowers are from ÜberChic Beauty Collection 6! The second look I created with this box was directly inspired by all of your beautiful negative space manis on Instagram this past week! I was completely blown away and had been brainstorming a few different ideas when I settled on another striped look.

It finally came together after I found a picture of a striped leather clutch, but in the end it reminds me of the state fair in the summer! Either way I really enjoyed showing off some skin. Again I created these using striping tape on my mat! What sort of looks would you create with this box? Let me know in the comments and I will see you guys soon!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Make-Up Smooshys ft Born Pretty

Hey friends, sorry it has been slow around here but I am getting ready to take a two week trip to California and naturally there is so much to get done before take-off early next week! I did get a chance to put another review together for you though, this time I have BPL-024 from Born Pretty Store. This has to be another one of my favorite floral plates! I swatched a few of my favorite images for you here.

I really loved the negative space images on this plate, surprise surprise! And since I haven't had a chance to do a smoosh in quite some time I thought that would be the perfect way to show these off! I used Three different Zoya polishes with this lotus flower image; Flora, Liv and Zara with one of my favorite indie stamping polish brands, Hit the Bottle. That gorgeous lavender is I Lilac it Like That. They have the cutest names!

For this next look I had been dying to do an olive green smoosh mani so I got out three of my China Glaze olives that my bestie Delia sent me; we've got Budding Romance, Trendsetter, and Westside Warrior here. Though the colors are a bit close together in shade, I love the dimension that the smoosh adds to this mani! I used Mundo de Uñas Gold to stamp this one.

As I have come to expect with Born Pretty Store plates, I had no issues picking up images and everything was etched perfectly. I absolutely love their packaging too, it's so pretty! Unfortunately my pics of the plate accidentally got deleted, but you can check out their pretty sleeves in my previous blog post here. If you feel the same way and find yourself on a shopping spree, feel free to use my code JUSQ10 on any full priced items in the store. I hope you guys love these manis! Catch you later! 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Born Pretty Store Nail Art

Hooray, my second press pack from Born Pretty Store arrived and I have a few goodies to share with you this week! I was most excited about this plate that I have seen so many of you using and absolutely love the images from! Check out BPL-029!

It's full of awesome, detailed floral images; some negative space, some great for leadlighting and reverse stamping! I swatched a few of my favorites for you here.

I know a lot of you are well past tulip season this year, but I had to use this set of images from the plate because I love the coordinating single images that can be used with the larger pattern! I went with a rustic mustard base, El Corazon No 423/263, reverse stamped with Mundo de Uñas Brick and Sinful Colors Snow Me White, and leadlighted the tulips with Julep Poppy. I like the retro feel of this, and my florals have to be retro. 

For this next look I wanted to use the morning glories from BPL-029. Some of my earliest memories include walks through morning glory covered alleyways in San Diego, so I still have warm thoughts when I see them! This mani was pure luck because Zoya Ibiza and Julep Sherri matched one another pefectly! I started with another wonderful cream base from El Corazon, NO 423/261. Then I reverse stamped with Mundo de Uñas Present and added a hint of detail to the flowers with Sinful Colors Dream on and Zoya Genesis. I could have rocked this look for days!

I can't say enough good things about this plate, even the finest of lines had no issues picking up, and there were no tricky open spaces in the negative space images! I can't wait to check out the next plate in the pack as it's another of my long time Born Pretty Store favs. Hope you enjoyed these manis, if you feel effectively enabled, feel free to use my code JUSQ10 for ten percent off full priced items at Born Pretty Store; you can find the link in the sidebar. If you love my blog and nail art, you can support me by clicking the Join Site button on the right! Thanks guys!