What’s Up Nails ‘Gust of Wind’ Collection + Polish & Beauty Expo Exclusive – Swatches & Review

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You know when your boyfriend is gone for an entire week and you’re like “I’m going to be so productive, I’m going to catch up on blog posts and get so many up!” and then you sit watching satisfying cleaning videos for hours every night instead? Just me, oh okay. But look, CRAIG, I got ONE UP, thats productivity, baby. I’m so proud of me, time to reward myself with more videos.

But actually, let’s look at some polishes today, shall we? That’s what we’re all here for. So today we’re looking at another release from Whats Up Nails! I had previously reviewed their Geodes collection, so I was so excited to be able to review this next release for y’all! Whats Up Nails – or Whats Up Beauty is a whole site selling a variety of brands of indie polishes – as well as featuring tons of nail art supplies, as well as their own line of polishes!

This is the ‘Gust of Wind’ collection and it features 6 polishes. These are available now on their website for purchase! It features 4 shimmers, 1 magnetic shade and 1 reflective glitter. At the very end of the post I also featured their Polish & Beauty Expo exclusive shade (that’s no longer just exclusive to the Expo).

We’ve got some GORGEOUS shades so let’s dive right in!

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Zoya ‘Hello Summer’ Collection 2022 – Swatches & Review

She’s getting there! She’s slowly catching up on the posts! I swear it’ll happen and I’ll be back on consistently posting again!! Just you wait!! It’s coming!

For today, let’s look at a new Zoya release, shall we?

This is the ‘Hello Summer’ release, and it features 6 previously released popular shades bundled up. On release Zoya also said “Infused with more color saturation and streak-less, full coverage application for the perfect summer kickoff!” – so I was also assuming they came with a new formulation at the release as well. Otherwise they haven’t fully said, but from that I’m still assuming they’re newer formulas.

They also just released another curated palette of previously popular shades called the ‘Summer Vibes’ bundle – those are more shimmery jewel-toned shades. So that means we have no actual new shades for their summer release – but of course if these are shades you’ve felt like you’ve missed out on previously or are new to Zoya it’s a good option, or a nice place to start with.

These are now available on the Zoya website individually! Let’s dive on into the swatches.

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Nails Inc x Velveeta ‘La Dolce Velveeta’ Duo – Swatches & Review

YES I BOUGHT THE CHEESE POLISH. Yes, you’re seeing the photos correctly, you’re reading all of these words correctly.If you haven’t seen the announcement, Nails Inc collaborated with Velveeta. A cheese product. So let’s discuss.

Now what is Velveeta? It’s so hard to describe to someone who’s never heard of it or tried it. It’s described as a “processed cheese product” and it comes in this brick and it’s kind of jiggly and it’s definitely somewhat cheesy but also just interesting. Just a cheese log basically. It’s kind of creamy, you can feel the processing, but it wasn’t horrible.

As a Midwestern kid who was raised on Velveeta just melted on every vegetable, (listen I would eat straight up slices of this bad boy too, it was the culture, the lifestyle) I had to get this duo. A Velveeta expert had to weigh in here.

So yes Nails Inc decided this was the next collaboration and listen, I’m not mad. I love a bizarre, off the wall collab. And clearly this was to get people talking and it WORKED. This is still my most viewed Instagram story and one of my most liked photos. The people were interested. Especially when they heard it was promised to be cheese scented. We were all ready for the true review, someone had to do it for the people.

This comes in their standard duo packaging, featuring of course 2 polishes. It features the Velveeta logo across both the packaging and the bottle, with a cheese dripping graphic on the caps. It’s gorgeous all around, incredible so far. And it’s still in stock on the Nails Inc website for $15.

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Essie Summer 2022 Collection – Swatches & Review

Yes, yes, once again here’s my same spiel about sorry for disappearing and not posting for so long and I’m looking to get back into more of a routine because I’m missing this blog. But it’s TRUE. I do miss this blog and I feel guilty when I see I posted nothing in a month! THAT’S MY BAD. Sure, Instagram will always be my main platform – but this blog will always provide things that Instagram cannot. Like being able to search and pull up any collection post and swatch, and have it as a reference. My blog is still continuing to pull in views, so clearly it’s still helpful to all of y’all, and because of that I’ll be posting. So don’t worry, no matter how sporadic I get at times, I’ll always come back.

But WHEW I’m BEHIND on the summer collections and posts here! I posted up some and just never posted others WHOOPS. If I’m truly looking to continue to be a resource in the nail world here, it’s about time I finished these on up, huh? So let’s talk about the Essie Summer 2022 collection! I swear the next ones will be more season appropriate. (So funny to say as I know we’re still smack dab in the middle of the summer but the nail world moves fast, we’re already getting previews of fall collections).

This is their typical 6 bottle release, and it features 5 bright cream shades and one super interesting shimmer! I actually bought this from beyondpolish.com as they have the shades for a more discounted price! My new Essie supplier really. They’re also available from Ulta – but for full price.

So you’ve been waiting long enough for this one already, let’s dive right into the swatches!

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China Glaze x Jurassic World: Dominion Collection – Swatches & Review

Y’all like some dinosaurs? Who doesn’t love dinosaurs, I know I do. So do I have the collection for you!

China Glaze has collaborated with the upcoming new movie, Jurassic World: Dominion, for a great 8 piece themed release. We have a couple creams, and then some interesting shimmers and flakes and textures all throughout this. All of the names relate to the movie, as well as the polishes themselves. I love when a mainstream brand does a more interesting collaboration, so I was so excited for these shades!

As always I grabbed this set from polishpick.com – always great discounts and prices on polish and fast shipping! Never any complaints. (If you happen to purchase, you can mention Gingerly Polished – I make nothing from it but it lets the brand see where the traffic is coming from!)

I’m keeping it short here, as I’m sure you just want to get into these polishes, and see what they’re all about, so let’s get on into the swatches!

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Orly ‘POP!’ Summer 2022 Collection – Swatches & Review

Oh you probably thought I was just GONE, didn’t ya! Well NOPE, you won’t ever get rid of me. Don’t you WORRY, I’ve still been buying mounds of nail polish and I still have lots and lots of shades to show you. This here blog isn’t going ANYWHERE, and in fact, as we continue on in this summer I only want to get more and more consistent in my posting again. Because I MISS Y’ALL. And I just like talking about nail polish, that’s not going to change anytime soon.

ANYWAYS, let’s talk about this next collection shall we? We have a few more summer releases to look at still, more shades for the warm weather coming out.

This is the POP! collection and it’s Orly’s release for Summer 2022. It features 4 cream shades, 1 shimmer and 1 topper. As always, I got this in my Orly Color Pass. If you’ve seen any of my previous posts about Orly you know what that is – but just in case you’re new here, it’s a special that Orly does where you pay up front, and then throughout the year you’re automatically sent 4 of Orly’s seasonal releases. And they always contain an extra fun goodie in each box. I always say it’s a deal if you’re already planning on grabbing all of the collections like me. But you can also purchase one box at a time now to try it out! So lovely all around. Otherwise, these shades are available individually on the Orly website.

We have some gorgeous colors here, so let’s get right on into the swatches! Let’s see if these shades do truly POP. (Sorry, I had to).

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OPI ‘Power of Hue’ Summer 2022 Collection – Swatches & Review

Well HELLO there! You know what time it is. I think I say this every single time and every single season, but it’s the most exciting time of the year because we’re looking at A NEW OPI COLLECTION. Listen, I’ll say it straight out, OPI collections are always the most popular posts on my blog, so I know you’re all as excited about them as I am. And this one has a full range of bright summery colors that cover a whole shimmery rainbow.

This is the ‘Power of Hue’ collection for Summer 2022 from OPI. It’s our traditional 12 bottle release, and as always I grabbed this from my favorite nail polish supply shop, polishpick.com. Check it out and as always, let her know I sent you. Of course, we have a lot of shades to talk about, so really let’s just get right into it, you’ve been waiting for long enough. I’m not even rambling for once, I’m just letting the photos speak for themselves to bring you in, and then from there decide on individual formulas. ONTO THE SWATCHES.

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What’s Up Nails ‘Geodes’ Collection – Swatches & Review

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Look at her getting the matching blog post up right after the Insta posts! Who is she! I want to say expect this always, but that’s still a work in progress, but THAT’S THE GOAL. (For the people subscribed from my parents work who noticed I was behind on posts, this is for you. Tell them I say hi!)

Anyways, we have this gorgeous little set over here, and you’ll notice that little Press Sample label in the corner up top there!! Whats Up Nails so kindly sent on over their newest release for me to swatch and review for y’all! As always, I give my little spiel for PR posts (basically the same spiel I send to the companies before they send it over as well): even with a company sending products over for free I still test them in the exact same way as any other polish. I never guarantee positive reviews, so these are still all my honest thoughts! If a polish was bad, I would tell you – and I mean you would see it in the live swatches. PR is just nice as it allows me to show y’all even more polishes that I wouldn’t be able to fit into my polish budget. ALRIGHT, spiel done, let’s talk about the polishes.

This is the ‘Geodes’ collection and it features 6 shades: 2 creams, 2 duochromes and 2 “gem encrusted” shades. This set is available NOW on the Whats Up Beauty website – along with a matching eyeshadow palette! I love that idea, who doesn’t love to coordinate from eyes to nails. The shades are available individually, or in a somewhat discounted bundle.

So let’s get right into the swatches already!

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Color Club ‘Hot and Heavy’ Collection – Swatches & Review

NEW COLOR CLUB, MY FAVORITE TIMES OF THE YEAR. They’ve got a deep ol’ hold on me, and every single time they’re releasing things, I’m there ready to buy ’em on up. And swatch them for you. I still think Color Club is criminally underrated so I will continue to shout about them from the rooftops until you all appreciate them as much as I do, okay. That might never happen but I’LL TRY.

I’m just getting right into it, no rambling today, let’s talk about the SHADES.

The newest drop from Color Club is their ‘Hot and Heavy’ collection, and as you can see, it features 6 polishes in basically every shade of red that you could ever need. It’s the greatest example of “THESE ARE ALL DIFFERENT, I SWEAR”. But they actually are, I mean look at them, you can see the differences.

See this is where I want my blog to be a helpful resource for you. Because in all promo photos and even the bottle shots on the website, all of these shades look so similar. But they’re DIFFERENT. And I can SHOW YOU THAT. This is the time where I try these out and swatch them and keep my swatch sticks in a very specific order so I don’t mix them up so I keep track of the shades for you. And then from there you can pick out the very specific red shade of your dreams you’ve been looking for.

I grabbed these off of the Color Club website, as always. And as always, I waited until a lovely little sale – be sure to follow their email or Instagram, as they are constantly having some sort of discount happening (at the point of typing this out, they have 30% off the entire site). Get that discount, baby.

Alright, let’s dive on into the reds.

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Essie Spring 2022 Collection – Swatches & Review

She continues right on along with her little blog catch up. I’m tellin’ ya now, by SUMMER, she (yes I mean me) WILL be caught up and back on track with all of these blog posts. That means you’ll be getting so many thrown at you as I go on publishing sprees, but you act like you would hate that. All of the nail posts coming at you!

And the very essential starting point for the catch up: we gotta finish up these spring collection posts. After this we’ll only have Zoya to talk about (who notoriously releases their seasonal shades far after the others). That one will be coming along soon, just you wait. But now, in this post, we’re looking at the only other spring release left un-blogged from our pal Essie!

Now Essie has been on a spree of releasing like 16 collections a year – yes, I do have LOTS of Essie posts on the way to the blog. And among those 900 collections we still have the 4 seasonal releases. SO today we’re looking at their Spring 2022 collection!

This is a release of the typical 6 shades, all in a more muted, and neutral color palette. It’s a softer, quieter release for spring, and you know I’m not mad at it. There’s a spring collection for everyone out there. I grabbed these shades from Target, though they’re also available through Beyond Polish for a touch of a discount!

Now let’s get on into the swatches!

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