Hey, everybody, guess what I have for you today? Book review! No. Nail art! The movie I chose to represent my Day 3 entry in the Comic-Con Geek Week Nail Art challenge is Star Trek (2009).
Colors Used (l-r)
Nicole by OPI Kort is Red-y For A Pedi
Nails Inc. Hampstead Gardens
OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook
Since I am a horrible artist, I chose to use my nail art to represent the uniforms of the crew of the Starship Enterprise. I even used my brushes again to paint the little symbols on the breast of the uniform! I tried doing them on a plastic bag like I did for my Day 1 submission HERE, but that did not work and I ended up painting them directly on the nail by hand. Oddly enough, they came off the bag overnight and now I have random gold Star Trek emblems on my workspace. Ahhh, memories.
So that’s my movie-inspired manicure, I hope you like it! Can I tell you how excited I am to see everyone else’s manis?? I think I just did! Use the links below to check them out for yourself.
Today’s post is devoted to SquareHue’s Salute Collection for July 2013. You’ve seen many polishes from SquareHue if you follow and will likely see many more if you stick around. 🙂 For more information on what SquareHue is all about you can check my post here. This month’s collection is clearly dedicated to the military forces, what with July 4th being the United State’s birthday and all. While I was expecting either red, white and blue or a set of camouflage colors (light OR dark), I was surprised to see bits and pieces of what I had in mind strewn throughout this month’s collection of the appropriately-named polishes: Valor, Patriot and Honor.
Valor is a military olive green jelly polish that dries to a nice shine even without a topcoat. The photos you see here are three thin coats and a layer of China Glaze’s Fast Forward Topcoat (my topper of choice, these days). This color was very sheer so I did use three coats versus the two coats I normally use in a mani. It did get me to a nice opaque color, although under flash there was some visible nail line (VNL). As usual, the application was smooth and drying time is decent, as I was able to apply subsequent coats within 3-5 minutes. This applies to all polishes in the collection.
Patriot is a bright blue sheer jelly polish, a bit lighter than the color found in the American flag. I love it’s brightness compared to the drab olive green of Valor. It definitely brings some pizazz to this collection. As with Valor, this color was very sheer and VNL was evident in this flash photo. With either a fourth thin coat, thicker coats to start with or perhaps some nude undies this will likely be reduced or eliminated. Although how many of us really have the paparazzi flashes following us around all day for this to really be that much of an issue, huh? These sheer polishes would be a no-no for stamping, unless you are looking for muted colors and are stamping over a very light base color. Application and drying time were good with this polish.
Honor is a gold foil polish that, by the way, works GREAT if you like to stamp! Take a peek here if you’d like to see it. This polish was completely opaque in two coats although you can probably get away with a single coat if you really don’t feel like using two. I think that their use of gold and the name Honor signifies the importance and value that honor has in the lives of all, especially those who serve to protect the freedom of Americans at home and abroad. A special thank you goes out to all who are serving and unable to be with their families for this holiday. Your sacrifices are acknowledged and appreciated.
So that’s the collection for this month. How do you like it, do you have a favorite color? Hope you are all having a great weekend. Thanks for reading!!
Sorry for being MIA for a while, life got in the way of blogging. 🙂
Today I have a set I just received from SquareHue, the SoBe Collection for June 2013. SquareHue offers a monthly subscription service that offers a themed three-polish set for $21, shipping included. Their polishes are 3-free, they are not tested on animals and they are made proudly in the USA! They also donate a portion of their proceeds to causes helping those in need; their current focus is human trafficking.
I will admit that what drew me to them was their bottle design and packaging. However, once I started actually using their polish, I was made a customer for life. The one caveat is that colors are not previewable, so you get what you get when you order. I have yet to be dissatisfied with any colors. 🙂
These colors are very art deco and completely South Beach. I grew up in Miami and can tell you that the art deco district of Miami’s South Beach is saturated with these beautiful shades! Below are the colors included in this month’s set.
To go along with these ocean themed polishes, I decided to do some similarly themed stamping. I used Cheeky plate CH36 and chose the life preserver and anchor, as you can see. This is the second time I’ve used my CheekySummer Collection plates and, after looking through them again, I see some really great images I can’t wait to use. The images transferred really well, but I don’t think the mani came out as awesome as I had anticipated. Maybe next time I will use Collins Avenue as the base instead of the stamping color, we’ll see. Do any of you subscribe to SquareHue and, if so, what do you think? Is there any nail polish or beauty subscription box that you just LOVE? Let me know, I would like to check out some new goodies! 🙂
SoBe Nautically Cheeky
As always, thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week ahead!!
I got my SquareHueBloom Collection today and just had to share! These are such beautiful, bright colors and I couldn’t wait for swatching to show you!
The colors this month include a the brightest pastel colors I’ve ever seen. Below are names and descriptions of each color. Can I tell you how much I LOVE these polish names!!! Yes?? OK. I REALLY LOVE these polish names!! 🙂
Yellow Submarine is a pale, egg yolk yellow with the slightest silver shimmer
Flower Power is a pale green creme, what comes to mind when I see this color is a grasshopper in a children’s book 🙂
Groovy Love is as close to the color of lilacs as you can get in a lovely creme polish
SquareHue is a monthly polish subscription. Each month you get a Collection of polishes with themed colors for $21.99 including shipping. The one caveat with this subscription is that you don’t see the colors until you open the box! (Unless you happen to see @SquareHue’s tweet before you get to yours, like I did this month lol). The colors I’ve received have all been enjoyed and used. Win-win! Click hereto get more information for yourself.
Caroline by Julep is a deep vampy brick/ burgundy color that appears almost black in the bottle and on the nail in certain light, or a lack thereof. This is a lovely dark color, like so many I am drawn to recently. In the right light, as I hope you can see from my photographs, it really comes to life with an amazing shimmery sparkle. This one came in my Julep It Girl box for October(?), and it quickly became one I knew I would REALLY enjoy! I’ve even noticed that there are a couple shades I have that are pretty close and will have to do a comparison before long with SquareHue‘s Dear John from the February box and Sinful Color‘s Rich at Heart.
Here’s a nice close-up of this color on the nail using a flash. There is both a shimmer and an almost glittery sparkle that I really love about this color.
That’s it for today, thanks for stopping by to check out the blog. I hope you all have a great week!