Monday, August 8, 2016

Square Hue Scuba Hawaii

Whew, it's been way too long right? Well the good news is I can still do some pretty sweet nail art when I put my mind to it, especially with the right inspiration! I came home from my trip to this beautiful August 2016 box from Square Hue!

This is the Scuba Hawaii box from the adventure collection, all three shades have different finishes and Hawaiian names with unique meanings! I can't wait to show you guys my nail art, so let's just get right into the swatches! I've shown them all with one coat of Topped with Love by Shop Love Angeline, my new favorite topcoat.

This is 3 coats of Nani, in Hawaiian this name means 'beautiful' and oh my goodness is it ever! This vintage looking shade of coral cream has an ember like glow from the subtle gold shimmer, the word sizzling comes to mind! I love absolutely love it! Excellent formula that applied like a dream, I think this would be a two coater for most of you out there.

Ikaika means STRONG and I really love that name for this saturated lilac cream! This is only two thin coats and the formula is perfection! None of that streaking or gooping that you sometimes get with highly pigmented creams. I'm terrible at picking favorites but this could be the one from this month's box!

I think the only time I have ever worn a chrome polish was as an accent nail, so you know that these are definitely not my go to. I am a messy painter and avoiding brush strokes is really hard for me! Thankfully this one wasn't too bad and in the end it's totally worth it for the color! Akamai means intelligent or witty, and this playful shade totally makes me think of mischievous mermaids! I used 3 coats here and I really like way this polish looks built up a bit. I used this swatch as a watery background for my first nail art look, and for both of these I used Mundo de Uñas Bones to stamp.

Four pics? A new pose? You know I must be feeling this nail art! I even took a macro of my reverse stamping, what is going on here?! Anyway, this feather worm stamp from MoYou London Sailor 08 has been on my list of must use images for ages now. These wonderful little tube dwellers are my favorite reef critters. For the accent nail I freehanded (seriously, whaaat?) a stripe of Ikaika over Nani for some visual interest, and stamped a coral pattern from BM-501. 

This look, while a bit less whimsical, is no less interesting! It reminds me a beautiful antique woven blanket, and that strip of chrome adds so much magic! I reverse stamped this image from Curali 12, and again I attempted a guided freehand of these chevrons using the image as a template, this has to be one of my all time favs! Which of these looks is your favorite? What would you create with these shades? Well you might have a chance to show me! If you head over to Square Hue's Instagram page they're giving away 5 of these boxes! Don't miss out on my favorite subscription box! 


  1. Such a gorgeous trio - they work together so well and I love the theme. And your designs are fantastic as usual - the way you reverse stamped the second one is so clever, it looks so beautifully intricate.

  2. You know that your nail art is the BOMB right!? That chevron one is so interesting. You should do a tutorialon that!

  3. Love the combination! it's a little bit tricky to use chromes right? But you did it great :)