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SquareHue October box features the 1990s!

If you love monthly subscription boxes for cosmetics, and you want gorgeous, high quality polishes, AND, want to support a good cause while you’re at it…check out SquareHue! Phew, that was a long sentence. This month’s Decades Collection box features the 1990s and I couldn’t be more pleased with the color choices. It’s an extra treat that these all fit into the fall feel we’re all ready for. Let’s see what October box brought us!

SquareHue Decades Collection 1990 for October 2015 box. From left, Y2K 1999, a high gloss gun-metal shimmer. Desert Storm 1991, a high gloss sandy nude creme. And Vogue 1990, a high gloss ruby with golden shimmer.

SquareHue Decades Collection 1990 for October 2015 box. From left, Y2K 1999, a high gloss gun-metal shimmer. Desert Storm 1991, a high gloss sandy nude creme. And Vogue 1990, a high gloss ruby with golden shimmer.

Vogue 1990. Ahh, when Madonna took corsets where no woman had gone before. The Material Girl would be proud to wear this stunning polish!

Vogue is such a gorgeous jewel toned ruby-red with a faint metallic shimmer. It is super pigmented and super glossy!

Vogue is such a gorgeous jewel toned ruby red with a faint metallic shimmer. It is super pigmented and super glossy!

Desert Storm 1991. It was a tense time all around the world while we watched the war nearly 24/7 on TV. Hats off to the brave men and women who wore the sand and brown camo and risked their lives for freedom. Whether you’re a patriot or a dove, the Gulf War was a difficult one to watch. I love that SquareHue included this one.

Desert Storm is a sandy nude creme, extremely glossy and very opaque. 2 coats.

Desert Storm is a sandy nude creme, extremely glossy and very opaque. 2 coats.

Y2K 1999. Well, it literally took 1,000s of programmers punching all those 0s and 1s for years in anticipation of the possible Y2K computer glitch. The only thing I worried about was “will the ball drop”? LOL The planes kept flying, the cell phones still worked, and we still got email the next day. While Prince partied “Like it’s 1999” and we rang in the new century, the Y2K scare was just that, a scare.

Y2K is a shimmery, glossy gunmetal grey, 2 coats.

Y2K is a shimmery, glossy gunmetal grey, 2 coats.

Come back next month for my next SH post on the November collection, 2000s. They ship out on the 1st of the month!

ALSO! SquareHue is now offering a second option for monthly subbies. A 2-pack box is now available for $10.99/mo +SH. The 3-packs are still available for $14.99. See site for details!

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Desert Tears ~for a great cause~ by Emerald & Ash

When Ashley from Emerald & Ash contacted me about swatching this new polish and described the great cause associated with “Desert Tears”, I told her YES right away! First, here is a swatch, then I’ll give you the background info!

Desert Tears has an extraordinary formulas that make you just gasp as you apply it! 2 coats, perfect consistency and glossy! I was sort of expecting a bit of grit, but it's super smooth, fast drying and shiny! A perfect sandy beige nude and even on my winter weary complexion, it doesn't wash me out. That is a fab nude in my book!

Desert Tears has an extraordinary formulas that make you just gasp as you apply it! 2 coats, perfect consistency and glossy! I was sort of expecting a bit of grit, but it’s super smooth, fast drying and shiny! A perfect sandy beige nude and even on my winter weary complexion, it doesn’t wash me out. That is a fab nude in my book!

• And oh by the way, the release date is Friday March 6th at 5pm MST.

Quoting Ashley, “The reason this is such a special polish for both Nate and I is because it was created to help our amazing and dear friend Mark. Mark will be walking across the Sahara Desert in April as a part of The Marathon Des Sables, which is a 6 day endurance race. He’s doing this in partnership with Walking with the Wounded as a way to raise money and awareness for wounded vets. This isn’t his first first grueling trek as he was partnered with Walking with the Wounded, winter of 2013, in a race across Antarctica to reach the South Pole.”

Desert Tears may be an office friendly neutral but I totally see me wearing this on my fingers and toes at the beach! I mean, it's the color of sand, with little micro holo shimmers and specs of teal blue. LOVE it!

Desert Tears may be an office-friendly neutral but I totally see me wearing this on my fingers and toes at the beach! I mean, it’s the color of sand, with little micro holo shimmers and specs of teal blue. LOVE it!

 #‎marksdeserttears.  @emeraldandash  Shout out to Mark Wise who leaves for the Sahara Desert 156 mile foot race, Marathon Des Sables April 1, with the official start of the race on April 6th. This sandy desert mani I used Desert Tears from Emerald & Ash. Mark’s charity of choice is the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The Woodruff Foundation’s mission is to ensure injured veterans and their families are thriving long after they return home by funding innovative programs in communities where veterans, their families and caregivers live and work. Sunset shades used are Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow, Zoya Wendy and Ling. Palm Trees are water decals from Born Pretty Store.  

#‎marksdeserttears.  @emeraldandash  Shout out to Mark Wise who leaves for the Sahara Desert 156 mile foot race, Marathon Des Sables April 1, with the official start of the race on April 6th. This sandy desert mani I used Desert Tears from Emerald & Ash. Mark’s charity of choice is the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The Woodruff Foundation’s mission is to ensure injured veterans and their families are thriving long after they return home by funding innovative programs in communities where veterans, their families and caregivers live and work. Sunset shades used are Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow, Zoya Wendy and Ling. Palm Trees are water decals from Born Pretty Store.  


Mark’s Remarks (pun intended):

Nate and Ashley of Emerald & Ash have long been friends of a participant in the upcoming Marathon des Sables (MdS). This race is a challenging 150 mile foot race across parts of the Sahara completed in 5 days of running. Participants carry all of their own equipment and food with the exception of water being provided every 5-10 miles.”

Their friend, Mark Wise, is taking on this challenge as a representative of the US military wounded veteran community. Mark was wounded in Afghanistan in October 2009 by an IED, while losing his soldier and friend Pfc. Devin Michel. Mark has made it his mission to continue to support other veterans through advocacy, public speaking, and completing various challenges to demonstrate the capabilities of wounded veterans and disabled persons following their life changing events.

This year Mark will complete the MdS with a team of British wounded service members, all running independently, but united as a team in supporting charitable causes for veterans. We at Emerald & Ash are supporting Mark’s fundraising effort by donating 50% of all Desert Tears polish sales to the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

The Woodruff Foundation’s mission is to ensure injured veterans and their families are thriving long after they return home by funding innovative programs in communities where veterans, their families and caregivers live and work.

If interesting in donating directly to Mark’s MdS race efforts, please visit the link below and make sure to include a note (per Mark’s request) stating you found his efforts through our page.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/MarkWise

Mark further explains, “Throughout my journey of injury, recovery, and advocacy I have been blessed to have Nate and Ashley as close personal friends. They have always been giving in their time, thoughts, and energy. Veterans returning from conflict today are all in need of similar friends and family to care for them and help them continue to grow as an individual and friend. Thank you both again for your friendship.”

About Desert Tears from Ashley:

“Desert Tears came about when we asked Mark if we could help him fundraise by creating a polish for his adventure. When offered to pick a color he joked that it should be sand colored for all of the sand he’ll be looking at. He went on to joke that, no, maybe it should be water colored because that’s all he’ll be thinking about wanting. Thus a polish idea was born. Mark humorously and aptly named the polish Desert Tears.”

Desert Tears is a sandy taupe crelly-ish base with scattered holo. It’s filled with flecks of bright blue micro flakes and a touch of blue shimmer. Depending on the light the color can pull a true sand color, a taupe and even a greige. Perfect in 2-3 coats depending on your application. I applied two quick drying coats!

A macro of Desert Tears so you can see the micro holo and little blue flakes that make this glossy wonder even more special!

A macro of Desert Tears so you can see the micro holo and little blue flakes that make this glossy wonder even more special!

Additional information:

In conjunction with E & A donating a portion of proceeds from sales from Desert Tears to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, they are offering a free Emerald & Ash nail polish of your choice (excluding Desert Tears) to anyone who chooses to make a $5+ donation directly to Mark’s MdS race efforts via:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/MarkWise

To redeem this additional offer, we simply ask that you take a screenshot of your donation confirmation to send to info@emeraldandash.com, after which time we will send a coupon code for you to use at your convenience.

I can’t think of a better way to contribute to our wounded soldiers and their families and this is a wonderful way to show your appreciation. So thank you Ashley and Nate! Head over to Ashley and Nate’s store now to order any other fantastic products and of course remember, release date for Desert Tears is Friday March 6th at 5pm MST

New OPI swatch series! Infinite Shine system, pt. 1

First let me tell you I will be presenting six polishes in sets of two (my goal is each post a few days apart). Along with this six out of 30 stunning shades, the Gel Effects Lacquer System includes the Primer and the Gloss topcoat. For 10-day wear and flawless shine, this is a superior system. By the end of this series, I will share with you my wear findings, but for now, I’ll be describing color, shine, application and formula. So lets get started! First to get the wear and shine guaranteed by OPI for this system, you really, really do want to include the Primer and Gloss.

Inifinite Shine Primer and Gloss topcoat are what sets this system apart.

Inifinite Shine Primer and Gloss topcoat are what sets this system apart.

I experimented, just for grins, one of the shades without the Primer and found application a bit streaky and on the thin side. I thought, hmmm, not too sure about this. Then I applied the fast drying Primer which dries to a satin/slightly shiny finish. It dries quickly so by the time you get to your fifth finger, you’re ready to apply your color. This is the part that astounded me. Application of the color was totaly different, and I might say, a dream. It went on smooth and less streaky, still required two coats (my experiment was with Can’t Be Beet). Dried medium time and I waited about 5 minutes before topping it off with the medium dry time Gloss topcoat. Superior shine and color. Brushes are typical of all OPI brushes. No issues whatsoever. Now let’s see the first two shades for the series.

Infinite Shine "Can't Be Beet" is so aptly named. Two beautiful coats of beet red shine.

Infinite Shine “Can’t Be Beet” is so aptly named. Two beautiful coats of beet red shine.

I love beets with butter! And Can’t Be Beet is a dead ringer for beets! And it goes on like butter with the Primer underneath.

Here is the second for the series this week, Maintaining My Sand-ity.

Infinite Shine by OPI's "Maintaining My Sand-ity" is a nicely pigmented perfect sand creme. Of course, where there's sand, a kitty is sure to be nearby! ;-)

Infinite Shine by OPI’s “Maintaining My Sand-ity” is a nicely pigmented perfect sand creme. Of course, where there’s sand, a kitty is sure to be nearby! 😉

Same story. Maintaining My Sand-ity is a great formula. Oh, the name just made me want to have a bit of fun. For some reason I just pictured a kitty sitting on a pile of sand (no, it’s not cat litter!).

Maintaining My Sand-ity is perfect in two coats, as is this glorious beet red in Can't Be Beet.

Maintaining My Sand-ity is perfect in two coats, as is this glorious beet red in Can’t Be Beet.

Maintaining My Sand-ity is perfect in two coats, as is this glorious beet red in Can’t Be Beet.

I’ve got four more shades to go this time ’round. I’m dying to test that 10-day promise! You can order these and 24 more shades NOW on Loxa.com!

OPI explains its Gel Effects Lacquer System, Infinite Shine like this. “…the next revolution in nail lacquer. Imagine color that requires no touch ups all week. Fall in love with intense, gel-like shine that lasts until you take it off.” The Infinite Shine system is available now at Loxa Beauty!

OPI, the leader in nail color innovation, introduces Infinite Shine Gel Effects Lacquer System. This brand new collection provides the rich color and shine of long-lasting gel manicures, without the need for LED light curing or removal by soaking. Thirty gorgeous shades in colors that only OPI can deliver. Provides a creme finish that applies like a lacquer and removes like a lacquer. Gives shine that lasts until you take it off.

This 3-step system ensures bold, lasting results with a primer that prevents staining and a gloss top coat that creates dimensional shine. This unique nail lacquer system works to create the perfect environment for lasting, gorgeous, high-shine nail color.

– See more at: http://www.loxabeauty.com/nails/nail-polish/opi-pretty-pink-perseveres-0-5-oz#sthash.iHl8Lmca.dpuf

Links to these shades:

Maintaining My Sand-ity
Can’t Be Beet
Primer
Gloss

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*These products were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.

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There’s Sand in My Bikini

There's Sand in My Bikini

Yes, you heard correctly, and I’m not ashamed 😉 Today’s mani really surprised me. Claire’s little boutique shops are always fun to browse and pick up trendy items such as jewelry, accessories and some makeup items. I’ve been prowling the isles since finding out they carried nail polish. A quite impressive collection I might add.

Here we have a great textured glitter polish in Bikini. Two coats with no base or top coat and you’re done. It glides on nicely and not too thick considering how packed it is with “Sand” and glitter. This shade is a soft, feminine pink, and I think it will look striking with a tan this summer. I’ve tried these before and I can tell you they wear well, but not quite as well as Zoya’s Pixie Dust or OPI’s Liquid Sand. But no worries. I rarely go more than two days without swapping manis. The texture once dried, and they dry fast, are slightly grittier than other mainstream brands. These retail for $4.50 in the US and $5 in Canada. But I always seem to luck out and catch their BOGO sales.

Coming soon, I’ll be swatching and reviewing Bikini’s brother, Tidal Wave. Such an appealing blue you’ll be dreaming of summer days at the ocean, with plenty of Sand to go ’round.

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Ice is nice!

Ice is nice!

I just realized the two brands I used for this look were similar in name. Well sorta. Pure Ice and Icing 😉

The accent finger was a delightful discovery. I was “shopping” through my stash for a color to compliment the teal sparkle of my new textured polish. Then I remembered, I had two Pure Ice bottles that would be perfect. I get my Pure Ice at Walmart for $1.97. Underneath I used two coats of Watch Me Go, which was surprisingly near opaque. This gorgeous microfine glitter is full of blue and green sparklers in a clear base. Then it was topped by two coats of Heartbreaker. I LOVE this shimmery topper. It’s a light teal/blue? jelly with blue and green shimmer. Very tough to describe. Talk about a transformer! I’ve used it over countless manis to creat duo finishes. It makes a super smooth and glossy coat over most micro glitters. You should see what it does to chrome sand metallics.

One of my newest discoveries of late was this stunning black textured lacquer by Icing. Their Quick Sand textured line is really great quality. This color, Lost in Paradise, is a fine black sandy texture (feels a lot like Zoya’s Pixie Dust) that is nearly opaque in two coats. It reminds me of Zoya’s Dahlia, except it’s twinkle is brought about by a good dose of of shiny teal micro glitters. It’s kind of thick on the brush but easy to work with. And it dries really fast. I wish you could see it sparkle in real life. I just couldn’t capture how gorgeous it is. Seeing it wet, I can also picture it with a high gloss topper as well. It reminds me of that “little black dress”. In fact, if I had been in charge of naming this stunner, that would be it’s name. It was a BOGO, so basically cost just under $4. I never imagined loving black this much. But it works for me!

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