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).

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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.

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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!