Zoya Naturel Deux Collection Press Release

Zoya Naturel Deux CollectionZoya sent me some new information regarding the Zoya Naturel Deux (2) Collection that’s available to be pre-ordered starting today!

If you loved the first Zoya Naturel Collection, you’ll also like these new additions that feel right at home in terms of being work-appropriate and easy-to-wear.

While I’m head over heels in love with green nail polish and bold shades that scream their little lungs out, I can appreciate a good neutral every now and then. I always feel really classy when I do so, and I can count on Zoya to deliver creamy formulas that apply beautifully.

In the new Zoya Natural Deux Collection, there are 6 new shades. Half are brownish, and the other half are plummy.

Check out the rest of this post for more detailed information that Zoya sent me, as well as promo pictures, so you’ll get a better idea of the colours and how they can be worn together in many different combinations.

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Blog News: Upcoming Giveaways Plus Q & A

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to give you the quick heads up that sometime next week, I’ll be announcing an exciting nail-polish giveaway. Stay tuned for details.

It will be the first of a few to celebrate my 4-year blogiversary, which is coming up soon! ;)

I haven’t ironed out all the details, but there WILL be at least 2 worldwide giveaways so far. You won’t want to miss them!

Also, I thought it might be fun to do a little Q & A for you.

So, if you have any questions for me, leave a comment on this blog post with your question(s).

Now, I may not answer them all, but I will try to answer most, provided that the questions aren’t too personal like “What’s your address?” Haha!

I hope a Q & A will be fun for you, too! I love interacting with awesome readers!

Enjoy your day!
- Mary

Pretty Serious Stop! Collaborate and Listen! Collection Press Release

Pretty Serious Stop! Collaborate and Listen! CollectionYesterday, I shared the big news about designing my collaboration shade, Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn! (If you haven’t seen it already, click the link to see tons of swatches.)

(If you follow me on Instagram and other social media, you probably saw some posts showing you how the polish has many different personalities, depending on the lighting and angle.)

Today, I’m excited to tell you about the collection it’s part of!

The Pretty Serious Stop! Collaborate and Listen! Collection will launch soon on the Pretty Serious Cosmetics website and other retailers where Pretty Serious nail polish is sold! (I’ve listed the other retailers at the bottom of this post, after the press release.)

  • Today (Tuesday July 15) at 7 pm EDT
  • If you’re in Australia where the company is, it’ll be Wednesday July 16 at 9 am AEST

This collection features the first trio of blogger shades:

Everyone went above and beyond, coming up with colours that are so beautiful and special!

A huge thank you again to Karen (aka Kaz) for making this nailphile’s dream come true – it’s a huge honour! (Haha, and now I can cross one thing off the Bucket List!)

Check out the rest of this post to see the promo pictures of all 3 shades in the Pretty Serious Stop! Collaborate and Listen! Collection, as well as a little write-up of each blogger and colour.

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Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn Swatches & Pictures

Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn Swatches & PicturesI can hardly contain my excitement, but now I no longer have to! ;) It’s time to spill the beans on this project that has been in progress since around early 2013! Yup, it’s been a long time coming!

I’m so proud to showcase the world premiere of Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn, the colour that I designed! :D *Squeals*

(EDIT: It’s part of the Pretty Serious Stop! Collaborate and Listen! Collection launching Tuesday July 15 at 7 pm EDT. If you’re in Australia, where the company is, it’ll be Wednesday July 16 at 9 am AEST.)

In collaboration with the talented Karen (aka Kaz) of the Australian-based company, Pretty Serious Cosmetics, my nailphile dreams came true for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! (Many thanks to her for all the hard work she put in and for her patience.)

We communicated back and forth, and Kaz listened to the visions of a colour that would represent my dream nail polish. She mixed and mixed, created variations, sent it to the lab, and then showed me photos of the results. From there, I gave my feedback, the colour was tweaked, and we landed on what makes my heart race!

Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn is part of a blogger collection comprised of other shades that will launch later this week for sale all over the world! (Stay tuned when I share the official press release.)

Swatch And Learn by Pretty Serious has a strong green base and is very sparkly when you first see it straight-on, but throughout the day when you look at your manicure at different angles, you’ll see golden, blue, and purplish pink nuances. I’d like to think of these as fun surprises for the wearer, which I always enjoy.

For this reason, it was tricky to photograph. Haha, you should’ve seen some of the angles I had to photograph it – it was like I was a nail-polish-loving contortionist! ;)

In today’s blog post, I’ll show you TONS of swatches and bottle photos in various lighting and in different angles, so that you get a glimpse into why I love it so much. It is more magical in person, and I hope that you’ll also enjoy wearing it. (If you purchase it and photograph your manicure or pedicure of it, please feel free to tag me on social media, so I can check it out!)

Normally, I post swatches and detailed reviews of nail polishes, but, seeing as I designed the colour, I think any review would be way too biased. (I’ll leave the reviews for the other amazing bloggers out there. I’m so excited to hear what bloggers and non-bloggers think of my shade!)

I must take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to all my loyal blog readers! I had you all in mind when I designed this, and I have something really special planned very soon later this month when I celebrate my 4-year blogiversary. (You won’t want to miss it – lots of giveaways – hint hint!)

Without amazing readers like you, my blog would be like a one-sided megaphone. You are the reason why I am encouraged to continue, and you never cease to put a smile on my face with your sweet comments and thoughtfulness. Your support hasn’t gone unappreciated, so I’m dedicating Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn to all of you!

There’s a quote I read some time ago: It’s not how you got to the top that counts. It’s who you brought with you.

While I haven’t made it to the top, on my journey to continually improve myself and the blog, my proudest achievement is being able to bring you all along with me for the ride.

Thanks for keeping me company during my journey thus far!

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Smorgasbord Sundays: I Love Dexflex Claire Scrunch Flats

Dexflex Claire Scrunch FlatsMy dad used to say that I have “Cinderella Feet” because they’re a size 5, and my pedal pushers are on the narrow side.

When I was a baby, apparently I used to kick my shoes and socks off, much to the frustration of my parents, who kept trying to put the cute shoes on my feet.

The funny thing is now that I’m an adult, it’s a challenge for me to get shoes to stay on!  ;)

Finding running shoes and boots are no problem, but when it comes to dress shoes, it can make me feel like Ethan Hunt, and it’s Mission: Impossible!

So imagine my delight and great surprise when, on a whim, I decided to try on some ballet flats from Payless Shoes, and they fit like a dream!

Since my first pair of Dexflex Claire Scrunch Flats, I’ve purchased several. And, thanks to the help of one of my readers (Frosso from Lacquer Me Silly), I managed to get plenty of back-ups of ones that, at the time, were trickier to find here in Canada because of limited quantities.

Payless Shoes has a website, but they don’t ship to Canada. It’s such a bummer because I seriously would be buying a lot more of these shoes if I had an online-shopping option.

Instead, I have to hunt down several different Payless Shoes store locations, and since my feet are women’s size 5, my section has slim pickings. That means if I find the Dexflex Claire Scrunch Flats, I need to buy them then and there, or I’ll miss out. (Looking over at the size 7 section, it’s stocked with several shoes in a given style. Lucky ducky!)

In this post, I’ll show you all the Dexflex Claire Scrunch Flats I have. I’ve been loving them so much because there are different designs and colours, plus they look good with dresses, pencil skirts, and even jeans – very versatile! They can look dressy or casual, depending on the style you choose and what you wear them with.

But the biggest plus for me is that my feet can fit into these shoes perfectly, they have a flexible and padded insole that’s very comfortable to wear all day, and the price is inexpensive. (They run $36.99 CAD, but you can often get them on sale for $29.99/$24.99 CAD. Plus they go for even less when you take advantage of their bogo sales.)

If you have tiny and narrow feet like me, give these a go. (Heck, even if you have wide feet, try them because they also have a wide width available.)

Out of all the styles, my most-worn pair is the standard black because it matches so many things, and it’s a no-brainer.

I find that the ones that scrunch the most (i.e. curl upwards) and have a ‘leather’ look are the ones that feel the most comfortable on my feet and are more durable because they don’t get as dirty as fabric ones that attract dirt. (Just a tip when you go shopping – look for those ones!)

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OPI Angel with a Leadfoot Swatches & Review

OPI Angel with a Leadfoot Swatches & ReviewWhenever I come across a white nail polish, I’m always curious to find out if it’ll be a Holy Grail one-coater.

So when I got my paws on OPI Angel with a Leadfoot from the Ford Mustang Collection you may remember me doing a Quick Look post on, I had to try it and let you all know my results.

Although I rarely wear white nail polish as a full manit alicure like I did this time, it’s a staple in any nailphile’s collection.

Why? In addition to using it as a base to brighten up other polishes, it also is very useful for nail art. And, if you franken your own colours, you know that adding white can help to create the ideal pastel.

So…how did it fare in terms of opacity? Follow the White Rabbit! *Hop hop hop*

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OPI Nordic Collection Press Release

OPI Nordic CollectionIt’s the summer, but I have the OPI Nordic Collection Press Release to share with you. (This is the OPI Fall/Winter 2014 collection, and it will hit stores on August 6th.)

Haha, after such a long winter, I’m sure that you don’t want to be reminded of the cold, but at least you can feast your eyes on the wide variety of shades!

PR was very generous, and they’ve already sent me a few shades to wear and review, so stay tuned.

If you followed me on social media, you may have seen the little clip I posted on Instagram, showing you some shades of the actual bottles.

Which of the 12 shades in the collection are your favourite?

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