Friday, October 24, 2014

KBShimmer 6th Anniversary Collection Swatches/Review

Hello everyone and happy Friday! Back in August, KBShimmer celebrated being in business for six whole years and a trio of polishes was created for the occasion. They are bright and gorgeous and nothing less than what I'd expect from such a vibrant and creative company!

Shore Thing is a bright minty green. It's a bit more vivid in this photo than it is in real life, but it's beautiful nonetheless. I used two coats here.

Beach Please borders on neon magenta pink. This is so close to being a neon, but thankfully it photographs better than neons do, so you can get a real idea of what it looks like. This is two coats.

Hexy Bikini is a glitter polish filled with silver, blue, and magenta glitter. You could easily build this up to wear alone, but I chose to layer one coat over Beach Please.

The KBShimmer 6th Anniversary trio is still available on their website. The cremes retail for $7.50 and the glitter is $8.75. It thrills me that KBShimmer is celebrating another anniversary and I want to extend my deepest congratulations to one of my very favorite brands!

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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

KBShimmer Vinyl Nail Decal Review

Have you ever tried to create any type of striped nail art, but became frustrated when you couldn't create those perfectly crisp lines you desired? Well, I have the solution for you. These nail vinyls from KBShimmer are a live saver when trying to create any kind of striped nail art!

You simply peel the vinyls off the sheet they arrive on and place them over your completely dry base color; my base color is OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest. Paint over the vinyls and peel them off immediately but carefully. Finish with top coat and admire your perfect lines!

KBShimmer has a bunch of different vinyls available, including chevrons, scallops, and stars. You can see and purchase all the vinyls on KBShimmer's website.

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

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 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! :)