Friday, June 28, 2013

Disney Princess Nail Art Series: Jasmine

A lot of you guys were really excited about my Disney Princess nail art series so I finally have another princess for you! This design is based off of Jasmine's head band (from Aladdin, for those of you poor unfortunate souls who have never seen it).

I used Zoya Wednesday for the base color. On the ring finger, I sponged China Glaze First Mate and I think OPI Can't Find My Czechbook to create the jewel. I painted a bit of white on the top to make it look like it was reflecting light and then surrounded the whole jewel with a dark gold.

So what do you think of it? I know it's a little simpler than some of my other nail art, but I really like how it turned out! Did you get what it was meant to be right away?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Nail Network's 2nd Blog Birthday Giveaway!!

Good morning everyone! I finally have the blog birthday giveaway post ready for you!! I was lucky enough to partner up with Christy from KBShimmer to create my very own polish! I chose to do a glitter topcoat, using all of my favorite colors: coral, purple, turquoise, and big round black glitter.

The polish is called The Nail Network It, Girl! and I have it layered over white (above) and OPI Can't Find My Czechbook (below). I used one coat for each and dabbed in some spots to get more glitter.

So now for the giveaway part! I have two bottles of The Nail Network It, Girl! to giveaway to two lucky readers! Enter your info in the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win! All terms and conditions are stated in the widget.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

The Nail Network turns 2!!

Good morning everyone! Today marks two years since I started this blog and I wanted to take a minute to tell you all how thankful I am that you read and enjoy The Nail Network! I know it's been pretty slow around here lately but I'm looking forward to picking things back up during July and getting back to a regular blogging schedule. 

Keep an eye out this weekend for an awesome birthday giveaway that I have planned!! ;) 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Trelly's M.I.S.C. Polish 'The Little Mermaid' Collection Swatches/Review

Good morning everyone! To continue on the Disney-theming of the past couple of days, I have some Little Mermaid-inspired polish from Trelly's M.I.S.C. Polish!

Dinglehopper is a sheer white polish with orange and blue glitter. I layered two coats here over a white base.

Kiss the Girl has a minty green base with green, purple, and aqua glitter. This is three coats.

I'm Not a Guppy is a very interesting shade of yellow-green with blue glitter. There are also blue heart glitter in here but I wasn't able to get any out on the nail. This is three coats.

Poor Unfortunate Souls has purple, green, and blue glitter in a sheer-ish black base. This is two coats over black.

Gadgets and Gizmos is a glitter topcoat with a mix of blue, pink, and gold glitter. This is two coats over Milani Pink Express.

Under the Sea is a glitter top coat with purple and aqua glitter. This is two coats over China Glaze For Audrey.

The formula on all of these polishes was very good and I would recommend all of them! My personal favorite is Under the Sea. Trelly's M.I.S.C. Polish has an Etsy and a Facebook page, go give them a 'like' to keep updated on all the new collection releases! 

The products in this post were provided for my honest review.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sephora Disney Jasmine 'One is Never Enough' Mini Nail Polish Set Review/Swatches

I'm back again with yet more Jasmine goodness! I have swatches of the nail polish set that was included in the Jasmine collection today. The set consists of six miniature Sephora by OPI polishes in a beautifully designed box.

Berry Tale Romance is a berry creme that was opaque in two coats.

Your Wish is My Command is a creamy lilac shimmer that needed three coats for opacity.

Fit For Royalty is a royal purple shimmer. This is two coats.

Dream Princess is an iridescent glitter top coat. I used two coats over Fit For Royalty.

All That Jasmine is a lovely shade of turquoise that was opaque in two coats and has a great name!

Aladdin's Girl is a stunning red/copper polish that borders on a foil finish. It was a little bit sheer and needed three coats.

This set is available for purchase at Sephora and retails for $24.50. Are you planning on snatching this set up? Which color is your favorite?

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sephora Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette Review/Swatches

This is it, the crown jewel from the Jasmine Collection from Sephora! This palette has fifteen different eyeshadows, as well as a blush and a bronzer. And the packaging? Do you even need to ask? It's amazing!

The shadows are all housed in a pull out "drawer" that fits inside the outer casing. The swatches below are all over an eyeshadow primer.

Top row (L to R): Blue Oasis, Trust Me, Abu, Ali Ababwa, Sultana
Bottom row (L to R): Friend Like Me, Master, Cosmic, Cave of Wonders, Sand in the Glass

Top row (L to R): Lapis, Mystical Wonder, Rajah, Arabian Sunset, Bazaar
Bottom row (L to R): Thrilling Chase, Golden Sands

For the most part, the shadows all have pretty good formulas. Blue Oasis, Ali Ababwa, Friend Like Me, and Cave of Wonders were the ones that were chalkiest and that I had the most issue getting good color payoff with. Anything with shimmer applied fantastic and Rajah and Arabian Sunset are my favs!

Like the Jasmine compact mirror, this palette sold out very quickly, but can still be found on sites such as eBay and Amazon. What shade stands out most to you?

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. 

Sephora Disney Jasmine 'Three Wishes' Eyeliner Set Review/Photos

I don't know if you guys know this or not, but I only recently was able to teach myself how to properly apply eyeliner (specifically liquid eyeliner). I'm pretty proud of my newly acquired skills, but I'm still a veritable noob when it comes to the different types of eyeliner.

That's why I was so excited that the eyeliner set from the Sephora Jasmine collection came with three different types of eyeliner! The set contains a pencil liner, a liquid liner, and a gel liner with a brush.

The swatches are from left to right: gel, liquid, pencil, smudged pencil. I have generally been using liquid liner, but I'm definitely going to be adding the gel liner into my rotation. It looks a little more smokey and smudgey than the liquid and the control you have with the brush is just awesome. The two other liners are great as well, although I wouldn't really recommend trying to smudge the pencil liner out too much; I didn't get very good results.

Are you an eyeliner fanatic? If so, you can get this set at Sephora for $42. I wouldn't hesitate for too long though if you're interested in it; the Disney collections don't last forever!

The products in this post were provided for my honest review.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Sephora Disney Jasmine 'Magic Carpet Ride' Eyeshadow Palette Review/Photos

Are you guys ready for another gorgeous products from the Sephora Jasmine collection? This morning I have the Magic Carpet Ride eyeshadow quad to share with you. While the shadows are pretty, the packaging is the true winner here. I don't honestly think that they could have done a better job on the design!

The palette opens up and houses the four eyeshadows as well as a mirror and two small applicators.

Here's a macro of the four eyeshadows. Wonder by Wonder is the shimmery purple on the top left. Carpet is the glittery purple on the top right. Splendid is the shimmery peach/champagne on the bottom left, and Diamond Sky is the bold blue on the bottom right.

The swatches below of the shadows are in the same order as the shadows are in the palette above. I swatched them using the included sponge applicators over primer. Carpet was the only one that was a little problematic since it has glitter, but the others all applied beautifully.

This palette retails for $30 and can be purchased from Sephora. I love how it includes two easily wearable and two bolder shades! Diamond Sky is to die for!

The products in this post were provided for my honest review.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Sephora Disney Jasmine Compact Mirror Review & Nail Art!

Hey guys! Since my Sephora Cinderella compact-inspired nail art went over so well, I decided to create some with it's Jasmine-themed predecessor too! The compact, like the Cinderella one, is a fantastic product. 

It comes packaged in a magenta and gold box with a plastic front that allows you to view the compact inside. Perhaps one of my favorite parts of the packaging though is the bar codes on the back of the boxes. This one is shaped like the Sultan's palace in Agrabah, but each product has a different shape as it's bar code.

When you take the compact out of it's package and open it up, you'll see the two mirrors: one is magnified and one is regular. The top mirror has the quote "shut your eyes and take a chance" written in gold along it's bottom edge.

But the top is the most beautiful and intricate part of the compact. A gold filigree that culminates in two genie lamps in the center are placed over a pink and purple rendition of the city of Agrabah from the movie. The pops of turquoise enamel are the perfect accents.

For my nails, I used a base of Zoya Lara and sponged and stamped over that with Zoya Areej. I used Zoya Ziv to hand paint the gold design on top.

Here is the design with a matte top coat applied over it. Which way do you prefer the design? I think I like it better glossy!

Unfortunately, this compact sold out pretty quickly in stores and online. If you are willing to pay for it though, you can still find it on eBay and possibly Amazon. While I know that plenty of people bought these mirrors with the intention of actually using them, I have mine tucked away safely in it's box on display in my nail polish room. You know I must collect (err... hoard) anything Disney!

The products in this post were provided for my honest review.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

KBShimmer Summer 2013 Collection Swatches/Review

Hello! I have swatches of the amazing summer collection from KBShimmer to share with you guys today. More info will be at the bottom of this post, but I'm going to get right to the pictures!

Don't Pink Twice is a matte neon pink with some subtle blue shimmer. This is three coats.

Grayscale is easily the best black and white glitter topper ever created. It has black and white glitter, as well as gray in a bunch of different shapes and sizes. AND THERE IS LARGE BLACK ROUND GLITTER. This is two coats over Don't Pink Twice.

24 Carrot Bold is the orange counterpart to Don't Pink Twice: red-orange with gold shimmer. This is three coats.

What's Your Damage? is a white-based polish with neon pink, neon green, and black glitter. This is two coats over a white base.

Pimp My Pride is another white-based polish, but with red and blue glitter mixed in.  This is three coats with no white base.

Totally Tubular is far and away my favorite of this collection (and my current pedi color). This turquoise stunner is packed full of aqua, blue, and magenta glitter, including round glitter! I used three coats for maximum glitter and color payoff.

The Dancing Green is a shamrock-green crelly (cream/jelly) finish with purple, green, and blue glitter. This is three coats.

Blinded by the Bright is a neon yellow filled with a rainbow of glitter. This is three coats by itself. Being a neon, it didn't photograph quite right and is actually more highlighter yellow than it appears in my photo.

It's Razz-ical has silver, magenta, and pink glitter in a raspberry colored jelly base. This is three coats.

All of these swatches are topped off with one coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top (my new fav topcoat!). These polishes are available for purchase right now HERE and retail for $8.75. My top picks are Totally Tubular and Grayscale. Which ones are you picking up?

The products in this post were provided for my honest review.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

OPI Couture de Minnie Collection Swatches/Review

I have a post for you guys! Are you dying of shock? I know that it really sucks that I haven't been able to post like normal, but it's going to be so worth it. The book is so much fun to work on and I've come up with some really neat stuff for it that you guys are going to love. I was able to work all of these OPI Couture de Minnie polishes into some nail art for the book, so I was also able to swatch them for you. Yay for killing two birds with one stone! ;)

Chic From Ears to Tail is a beautiful and dainty light pink. If you look very, very closely, there is also some subtle silver shimmer in this one, but you'll never notice it if you don't know it's there. This is three coats.

 Innie Minnie Mightie Bow is a stunning red shimmer that was perfect in two coats.

A Definite Moust-Have is a bright medium-pink, almost coral-leaning shade. I think this one is my favorite of the bunch. Perfect in two coats.

Magazine Cover Mouse is the Liquid Sand shade that was included in this collection, a light red with golden shimmer. I'm still not a huge fan of these textures on their own, but I'm starting to love them for creating diverse nail art. This is two coats.

Minnie Style has a clear base with red, pink, and white glitter. I layered one coat here over a gradient of the rest of the colors (minus the Liquid Sand) from this collection.

The Disney freak in me loves that OPI keeps doing these collections, but the nail polish enthusiast in me is bored with the barrage of pink and red. I'm dying for some Mickey Mouse head-shaped glitter in a polish, but at the very least I'd love it if they did a special cap wrap for these Minnie collections. They are all nice colors, but they certainly are wearing out the red/pink scheme and I'd love to see OPI do something different with the bottles or something to spice them up a bit. But ultimately, if you think any of these shades are pretty, I would recommend purchasing them. The formulas are all fantastic and you won't be disappointed. The Couture de Minnie collection will be available in June.

The products in this post were provided for my honest review.