Monday, October 20, 2014

OPI Pink of Hearts Duo 2014 Swatches/Review

As many of you know, October is breast cancer awareness month and each year, OPI puts out a duo in support of breast cancer awareness. This year, they've stepped up their game with a gorgeous creamy glitter and the perfect light pink.

Mod About You is a lovely shade of baby pink, this is a classic OPI color. It applied perfectly in two coats, although the formula was a little thick.


The Power of Pink has a creamy pink base with white and hot pink glitter suspended in it. This one covered fabulously as well in two coats and I had no issues getting the glitter to come out of the bottle.


This duo also comes with a cute glittery pink nail file with a breast cancer awareness ribbon charm hanging from it. The set retails for $16.95 and you can find it wherever OPI is sold.

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, October 17, 2014

SquareHue June 2014 Box Swatches/Review

Hey guys! I have perhaps the best SquareHue shades ever made to share this morning. The June box totally and completely knocked it out of the park with three full-coverage, perfectly "summer" shades! This box was themed around Maui and I'll tell you what, I would wear any single one of these shades on a tropical vacation!

Wailea is warm peachy color, one of those classy neutral type of shades. This is two easy coats.


Ka'ahumanu is an incredible shade of turquoise. Seriously, if one color could epitomize the perfect ocean water, it would be this one. Two coats here as well. (And do me a favor and ignore that icky fuzz on my pinkie, okay? Cool.)


And last, but certainly not least, is the shimmery sky blue goodness of Ala Moana. So, so perfect. You guessed it, two easy coats.


Unbelievable. Seriously, how incredible is this collection? If you need a little push to sign up for your own SquareHue subscription, I think this is it. Go ahead and click on any of the links in this post and sign yourself up because honestly, $14.99 for these three polishes is a STEAL.

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SquareHue May 2014 Box Swatches/Review

Good morning! I have the polishes from SquareHue's May box to share with you today. If you aren't familiar with SquareHue already, it is a monthly subscription service where you get three full-size polishes delivered to you each month for $14.99. They curate the box each month based on current trends, so you'll never receive the same color twice.

Ipanema is a shimmery medium shade of yellow. This is SO not my color, but it has a fantastic formula and great coverage for a yellow! This is two coat.


Leblon is a stunning, absolutely glowing emerald green shade. You can see a teensy bit of brushstrokes here but seriously, who cares?? Look at this color!! This is two easy coats.


Copacabana is an ocean blue jelly with blue and silver glitter. This is three coats here and you can still see my nail line so if you want this one to be opaque, you're going to have to layer it.


Interested in signing up for your own box? Of course you are! Who can resist awesome nail polish showing up at your door once a month? Head on over to SquareHue's website to get started and enjoy!

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Zoya Bubbly Collection Swatches/Review

See how behind I am? Haha! Oh well, better late than never, right? I finally have my swatches of the Zoya Bubbly collection from this summer to share with you. It's getting awfully cold around here and I don't know about you, but I could certainly use some cheery summer shades to keep my mind off of the impending winter. Let's get to it!

Jesy is my favorite color (duh, coral!) out of the collection, but it was also one of the most sheer so I will be layering it when I wear it again. I used two coats here.


Alma is an orangey gold jelly with golden flakes. This is two coats. Alma is the most sheer out of the collection.
 

Harper is a juicy bubble gum with iridescent glitter. This was one of the most opaque out of the collection; I'm wearing two coats.


 Binx is a dark pink/magenta shade within gold shimmer and iridescent glitter. This is two coats.


Muse is the second cousin twice removed to Zoya's mermaidy Charla. About the same shade, perhaps leaning a little more blue, but with tons of iridescent glitter which Charla lacks. This is two coats and as you can see, it has pretty good coverage for a jelly.


Staasi is a medium green with gorgeous iridescent glitter and shimmer. This is two coats. 


My top picks from this collection are definitely Jesy (for layering) and Muse (for wearing alone). These polishes can be purchased at www.zoya.com and retail for $9 each.

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Long Time No See: An Explanation of Sorts and Some Autumn Nail Art to Make Amends

Well, this is awkward. Hello again, everyone! The first thing I want to do is apologize for my ridiculously long, unexplained absence. I wish I had some exciting story like I've been traveling the world and just didn't have time for blogging, but frankly, there is no good reason. Stuff just got in the way. First it was work stuff, then it was wedding stuff, then it was "oh but I really want to finish these 8,348 other crafts I have started instead" stuff and eventually, it became five months since I even posted on my own blog.

People have been asking me why I haven't been blogging and if I was quitting The Nail Network. It made me feel guilty and I always promised myself, "I'll start writing up a blog post when I get home" but I never did. I just wasn't into it for a little while there and things like this aren't worth forcing yourself to do unless you are truly enjoying it and having fun.

But today I woke up and actually felt like writing. I got out of bed and went right to the couch to start typing this out on my laptop. I haven't even eaten breakfast yet (and if you know me, you know how grouchy I get without breakfast first thing in the morning). So please accept my apology for being gone for so long without explanation. I have a lot of catching up to do (my nail room is literally overwhelming), but I'm going to work on it and hopefully get back on track with a normal schedule around here. I have a lot of reviews to do, a little bit of fall nail art to share, a wedding post to write up, and of course I need to start brainstorming for my recurring holiday nail art series!

As a little token of my appreciation for sticking around while I was gone, here is some stunningly simple nail art that you could wear all autumn long! I started with a base of OPI My Vampire's Buff and then carefully painted Essie Very Structured in a chevron pattern over the base. I finished it off with a chevron of Milani Chocolate Sprinkles. If you aren't confident if your free-handing abilities, you can use tape to create the shapes, just make sure that you let the base colors dry for a while before you try to stick the tape on.


Phew! I'm glad to have that all off my chest and out in the open. Hopefully I'll see you guys again really soon! :)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Zoya Tickled Collection Swatches/Review

Happy Friday all! Anyone have any fun plans for Mother's Day weekend? I'm going camping with my family and I can't wait! Just hoping it doesn't rain... but today I have something to brighten your day! The Tickled collection from Zoya consists of six bright, dreamy cremes that you won't be able to resist!

Kitridge is a bright bubblegum pink creme. Formula was a little thick, but two coats got the job done. I don't typically like shades like this against my skintone, but I know there are a lot of you out there who will absolutely love this one!


Wendy is my favorite of the collection; it's a juicy melon shade that will be taking up permanent residence on my toes for the next month or so! This is two easy coats.


Rooney is a medium magenta that seems like it could be Zoya Reagan's brighter sister. This is two coats.


Rocha is a knockout red-orange creme! If you want to get noticed on the beach this summer, slap this shade on your nails! Two coats, great formula.


Tilda is a very unique shade of green and while it doesn't look the best with my skintone, I can't help but like it! I'm wearing two coats.


Ling is an incredibly vivid royal blue. Perfect in two coats.


This collection is incredible, I just love a good creme-based collection! All of these polishes are worth checking out, but my top picks are Wendy and Ling. These polishes can be purchased at www.zoya.com and retail for $9 each.

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

OPI Brazil Collection Swatches/Review

Good morning everyone! Today I finally have my OPI Brazil swatches to share with you! This collection is super bright and fun... perfect for summer! There's also a nice mix of light and neutral shades that compliment the brights very well. Let's get to it!

Toucan Do It If You Try is a juicy orangey-coral. The formula was a little thick and I found that my second coat dragged a bit if I wasn't careful. You're looking at two coats.


Live.Love.Carnival. is my absolute favorite in this collection and suprise! It's coral! It's darker and pinker than Toucan Do It If You Try and it's just totally perfect. The formula again is a little thick, but I was able to apply two coats fairly easily.


Kiss Me I'm Brazilian is a bright bubble gum pink. You want Barbie pink? Here it is. This is two coats.


Where Did Suzi's Man-go? is the most gorgeous cantaloupe-colored shade that I've ever seen in polish! The formula was good too and I used two coats.


I Just Can't Cope-acabana is a vivid yellow that has a good formula! It isn't sheer at all at two coats and applied pretty well too.


I Sao Paolo Over There is a faded eggplant shade. I love these dirty neutrals! This is two coats and it had a perfect formula.


Don't Bossa Nova Me Around is a light pink-putty shade. This will be a great neutral choice for summer! Great formula, two coats.


Red Hot Rio is a red jelly polish. I guess it wouldn't be an OPI collection without at least one red, but I'm glad that there's only one. This isn't anything exciting. Two coats.


Taupe-less Beach is a light taupe that leans a little to the purple side. This is two coats.


Next Stop... The Bikini Zone is a shimmery purple duochrome with gold and bronze shimmers. This is the one polish that sticks out in this collection as not belonging. All the other shades are bright and cremes and this one seems like it would fit better in a fall or winter collection. It's a little sheer and needed three coats for what you see here.


OPI Scores a Goal! also seems like it could fit in a fall collection, but I just love it! It's a deep raisin creme that was perfectly opaque in two coats.


Amazon... Amazoff is a deep teal green that was a teensy bit sheer, I did two coats here but I'm seeing a little bit of nail line at the tips when I look closely so three probably would have been better.


Overall, I think this collection really hit the mark! Most of these shades are fabulous for summer and I'm excited that there was a good yellow in here. I generally dislike wearing yellow, but it's great to have a good one for nail art! And can we talk about how amazing the names are? Seriously, I was cracking up as I swatched them! Bravo to whoever named this batch!

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.