Saturday, August 22, 2015

OPI Hawaii: Swatches/Review of My Favorites

Are you hanging onto the shred of summer like I am? Wearing your tropical maxi dresses one last time? Soaking up the warmth before the temperature starts dropping and the leaves start turning? I can't say I'm not excited for that (I love fall!), but I'm not quite ready to give summer up just yet. So today I have my favorites shades from the OPI Hawaii collection to share the summer spirit with you.

Do You Take Lei Away? is a lovely milky beige cream shade. I love wearing shades like this every other week or so in the summer to kind of cleanse my palette from all the bright shades I wear. This is two coats.

That's Hula-rious! is an awesome light minty green polish which covered well for me in two coats.

Go With the Lava Flow is a gorgeous shade of pink that reminds me of hibiscus flowers. What made this one a favorite is the stunning blue shimmer in it! I just love shades like this. I'm wearing two coats and the formula was perfect. 

Aloha from OPI is a searing hot shade of coral that leans far to the red side, but with just enough pink to make me love it. Wear this to the beach if you want to stand out! Two coats here.

Is Mai Tai Crooked? is a light mango orange polish. I find that most orange polishes give me a Halloween vibe, but this one does a good job of staying in summer territory. The formula wasn't the best here, but I got away with two coats.

Hello Hawaii Ya? is a beautiful dusty shade of lilac that was excellent in two coats. You know my favorites list had to include a purple! :P

OPI released this collection in the spring, but you should still be able to find it now (possibly even on clearance!). Which shade was your favorite?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring Sunflower Nail Art

Hi guys!! I missed you all! I know it's been ages since I've posted and usually bloggers apologize for that when they've been absent, but I'm not going to this time. :P I've just been living life and pursuing other passions and I don't think there is a need to apologize for that. I started The Nail Network at a fun project, not as a job, so why should I force myself to post if I'm not feeling it 100%? I'd rather step away for a bit and come back once I've taken a breather and renewed my interest. With that said, I'm not promising I'll be back to posting consistently. I don't know when I'll post. I'm just going to paint my nails at my own pace and post when I feel like it.

But anyway, that's enough introspection and life-talk, I pulled these sunflower nails from my archives because I'm desperately craving the warm spring weather that we are supposed to be having in April! It's been snowing here the past two days! It's not sticking but still, it's the principle of the thing.

For this look, I started out with two coats of the most perfect green grass polish, Zoya Tilda. I used a nail art brush to paint the big yellow sunflower shape with a Sally Hansen Insta-Dry polish (the name is escaping me but I know it has the word "lightning" in it) and then I mixed a little bit of white with it to paint the lines for the petals. I used an orange shade (I don't remember this one either, don't kill me!!) to create a jagged line near the center of the flower and then I used Zoya Louise to make the darker brown area, making a jagged line over the orange. I finished the design off with some taupe dots inside the darker brown area. And top coat of course!

I have the whole weekend off, so hopefully there will be some nail painting and post writing in my near future! ;) Hugs!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

KBShimmer Men Are From Mars-ala Swatch & Review

In case you are living under a rock (or are like me and just don't care), Pantone released their Color of the Year for 2015 and it's... marsala. Marsala is apparently a reddish brownish wine shade that I definitely am more into than the orchid shade they picked for 2014. KBShimmer created a wonderful representation of the Color of the Year with their new shade Men Are From Mars-ala.

Men Are From Mars-ala is a gorgeous red-brown holographic polish. As always, the formula was perfect and I got excellent coverage in two coats. KBShimmer never disappoints! This shade is available now, so check out KBShimmer's website!

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

Monday, December 29, 2014

Neutral Snowflake Nail Art with Zoya Kennedy

I told you I was going to have some nail art with these snowflake stamping plates coming up! I wore this design for a long time and absolutely loved it. I like to mix in up in the winter and wear neutrals to balance out all the dark shades I wear and Zoya Kennedy is my all time favorite neutral.

I started with two easy coats of Kennedy and used China Glaze I'd Melt for You and Konad Special White polish to stamp snowflakes from Born Pretty plates QA57 and QA58. I did large snowflakes on my thumb and ring nails and topped them off with a silver rhinestone. Definitely give this look a try if you're looking for a work-appropriate winter mani!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

TDOCNAS 2014: Day 12: Wishing You a Wild Christmas with Leopard Print Nail Art!

Yeah, I went there! I love hand drawn leopard print, so I figured why not give it a festive touch?? You know you love it! By the way, Merry Christmas everyone! Let's get to the nails, shall we?

I started out with a base of Zoya Taylor instead of my go-to OPI My Vampire Is Buff because I wanted a slightly deeper tan. I used China Glaze Jolly Holly and Cranberry Splash (shocker!!) to dot the random leopard spots on each nail and then outlined them with plain black polish. I'm so in love with this look! I haven't done leopard print in ages and it's just so cute with the red and green.

I hope you all have a wonderful, safe, and wild Christmas! :-*

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

TDOCNAS 2014: Day 11: Glittery Reindeer Nail Art

Happy Christmas Eve everyone! I hope you have all of your affairs in order and are all having a wonderful day. I'm working until 1 o'clock and then heading over to our annual family Christmas Eve party later tonight and I can't wait! This is my absolute favorite time of the year. Anyway, these nails were inspired by my obsession with glittery reindeer this season. I know it's weird, but I can't help it! I'm hoping to pick up a couple on sale after Christmas. ;)

I used Zoya Godiva on my pointer and ring nails and plain black on my pinky and middle nails. I wish Godiva had photographed the way it looks in real life; it's so sparkly but it doesn't translate at all in the photos! I used Godiva to paint my little reindeer as well and finished him off with a China Glaze Just BeClaws nose. I also did some Just BeClaws dots on the rest of my nails to tie the look together.

See you tomorrow for the last day of the Twelve Days of Christmas nail art series!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

China Glaze Twinkle Collection Swatches & Review

Good morning! I have an absolutely lovely winter collection to share with you today, the Twinkle collection from China Glaze. Winter collections are often hit or miss for me and I'm glad to report that this one is a hit!

I'd Melt for You is a beautiful silver chrome. Be careful with brush strokes on this one, but two coats covers well if you're careful. This is also great for stamping!

Tip Your Hat is a bright festive red. I'm wearing two coats.

Chillin' With My Snow-mies has different sizes of white hexagon glitter in a clear base. Too much base, not enough glitter. I love how this looks but I had to pretty much dig out each of these glitters and place it on the nails. I'm wearing it over Tip Your Hat.

A December to Remember is a turquoise-leaning blue metallic with pink micro glitter. This is two coats.

Define Good... is a rich red shimmer with a hint of pink. I know I normally hate reds, but I do love this type. It just glows! This is two coats.

Dancing & Prancing is a beautiful confetti glitter. I'm wearing one coat over Define Good... and I love this combination.

Out Like a Light is a muted deep teal. I absolutely love this shade! This is two coats and the formula was great.

De-Light is a golden glitter topper with silver bar glitter. This is two coat over Out Like a Light.

Feeling Twinkly is an icy blue glitter topper. I'm wearing two coats with no base; this would probably cover pretty well in three or four coats.

Meet Me Under the Stars is so stunning! This is a super dark blackish blue with tons of glitter. I'm wearing two coats.

Pine-ing for Glitter is a glitter topper in a unique green shade. This is two coats over no base.

No Peeking! is a silvery purple almost metallic shade. I had a little bit of an issue with brush strokes here, so be careful. This is two coats.

There's a lot of winners in this group, but I have to say my favorites are Meet Me Under the Stars and Define Good... How about you? Are any of these shades on your wish list? You can get yourself this collection anywhere that China Glaze is sold.

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