GOT Polish Challenge: Valentine’s with Nicole by OPI Step 2 the Beat of My ♥ and SquareHue High School Crush

This week’s GOT Polish Challenge (details can be found on my previous blog post about the challenge) is Valentine’s nails, appropriately enough.  The challenge for me this week was actually finding the time to sit down and paint my nails for the theme!  The first two times I planned to do this mani something came up and I couldn’t, but I finally was able to get to get it done this afternoon, probably in part because the world has stopped here in New Jersey due to the weather.

I used this week’s theme as an excuse to break out the heart-shaped glitter topper that I purchased a few years ago from the Justin Bieber for Nicole by OPI collection calld Step 2 the Beat of My ♥.  I used it back when I first got it, but it has been sitting in a drawer ever since, so I thought the GOT Polish Challenge was the perfect place to use it again.  Step 2 the Beat of My ♥ is packed full of pink and purple iridescent heart-shaped glitter and small iridescent glitter in a clear base.  I applied it over SquareHue’s High School Crush, which is my go-to light pink creme polish and one of the only light pink cremes I actually like on my skin tone.  High School Crush is from their February 2013 collection, which makes it just old enough to qualify for the challenge.

High School Crush applies easily, especially for a light pink creme, and dries quickly.  It does have a little of the streakiness that plagues polishes of this color, but I find that it evens out at three coats, which is such a rarity for light pink polish.  I have been let down by the application of so many light pinks before, so I really can’t rave about High School Crush enough.  Step 2 the Beat of My ♥ has all of the application problems that plague these ‘shaped’ glitter toppers.  The hearts are practically impossible to get out of the bottle, and the thick Nicole by OPI brush is quite incompatible with applying the heart glitter.  Even when you are able to get hearts onto the brush, half of them get tangled up in it and won’t come off.  You have to really, really want this look to make it work.  I ended up using an orange wood stick to pick the hearts off the brush and put them onto my nails.  This polish is a few years old now, and, at this point, the hearts are starting to deteriorate in the bottle, as well, with the pink and purple shell of coloring coming off the hearts, which the brush also exacerbated by rubbing the outer color off of a couple of the hearts during application.

GOT Polish Valentine's Nails

GOT Polish Valentine's Nails

GOT Polish Valentine's Nails

Were they worth the trouble?  Probably not.  They are definitely appropriate for Valentine’s Day, though, so I’ll enjoy wearing them for the holiday.  After that I’ll probably find a new home for Step 2 the Beat of My ♥.

I believe I purchased Step 2 the Beat of My ♥ from Wal-Mart for around $7.00.  I purchased High School Crush from the SquareHue monthly subscription box which offers three polishes for $19.99 per month, including shipping.

Nail Art NOTD: Dotted Line Mani Using SquareHue

After all the glitter polishes I’ve been using lately, my nails were looking a little beat up.  I decided to take a break from glitter for a few days, so I did a quick dotticure using a couple of my SquareHue shades.  For this mani, I used SquareHue high school crush from their February 2013 collection and swahili charm from their September 2013 collection.  High school crush is a light pink creme, and swahili charm is a rich brown creme.  I like pink and brown as a color combination, and I think these two looked good together!  I started by applying three coats of high school crush over base coat.  I then use a dotting tool to make an off-center dotted line down the side of each nail.  It was relatively simple, but looked good and people seemed to like it!  The photos include topcoat as well.

SquareHue high school crush and swahili charm

What do you think of this simple nail design?  I enjoyed wearing it!

SquareHue polishes can be purchased from the company’s subscription service for $19.99 per month in the U.S., including shipping.  More information can be found on their website.

Nail Art NOTD: Camouflage Nails with the SquareHue Serengeti Collection

The September 2013 SquareHue collection arrived over the weekend, and the selection of three colors in it seem like great ones for the transition from summer into autumn.  I used them to do some camouflage nail art for my Labor Day mani.  For the camouflage nails, I started by painting three coats of the Grassland Safari shade over the whole nail.  This shade is a bright greenish yellow that leans more yellow on the nails than it does in the bottle.  I then painted a freehand camouflage pattern using the other two shades in the collection.  I started with the lighter of the two shades, Savanna Sundowner, which is a green-tinged bronze shimmer.  After applying this and allowing it to dry, I painted on another ‘layer’ of the camouflage pattern using the darkest shade, Swahili Charm, which is a rich, dark brown creme.  I also used base and topcoat for the pictures.


SquareHue Serengeti Collection

SquareHue Serengeti Collection

Bottle shots of the three colors used are below (L to R:  Savanna Sundowner, Swahili Charm, Grassland Safari).


All three of these polishes were easy to apply.  Savanna Sundowner and Swahili Charm had high color payoff and looked very similar in the bottle and on the nail.  Grassland Safari, however, leaned much more yellow on the nail than it appears in the bottle, and it was difficult to achieve opacity with this shade.  In the photos above I used four coats of Grassland Safari on the ‘non-camo’ nails, and there’s still a clear VNL.  When I use it next time I might try applying a white shade as a base before applying to see if that helps with the opacity issue.

I purchased the SquareHue Serengeti Collection from the company’s subscription service.  More information can be found on their website.  The service is $19.99 per month in the U.S., including shipping.

NOTD: Neener Neener Nails Dot.Dot.Dot Over SquareHue Happy

Since this is the last weekend of summer (I’m having an inner tantrum as I write that), I decided to do something summery and fun on my nails today.  I started with two coats of SquareHue Happy, which is a medium pink creme from their May 2013 collection.  Then I added two coats of Neener Neener Nails Dot.Dot.Dot, which is a circle gltter topcoat with blue, magenta, pink, and gold glitter.  I used base and topcoat as well for the photos.

Neener Neener Nails Dot.Dot.Dot

Neener Neener Nails Dot.Dot.Dot

Neener Neener Nails Dot.Dot.Dot

How do you think this turned out?  I quite like it!  Dot.Dot.Dot is my first foray into the ‘circle glitter’ trend, and I think it looks good!

I purchased Neener Neener Nails Dot.Dot.Dot from her Etsy shop.  It looks like it is on sale for $5.75 right now.  I purchased SquareHue Happy from the SquareHue nail polish subscription service.  The subscription is $19.99 per month in the U.S., including shipping.

Here’s hoping you enjoy this last weekend of the summer!