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Quick Look: Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On ManicureToday, I have something pretty different to share with you!

These are the Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure nails that you have probably seen at places like Target. (You may remember me sharing the press release about them back in April.)

Thanks to Broadway Nails’ very generous PR team, I have several designs to try out. (I actually have received two additional designs since photographing the ones for this post – yeah, lots and lots of nails!)

The strange thing is that even though I always enjoyed painting my nails, I’ve never tried press-on nails before from any brand. So, these will be my very first! (Fingers, toes, and eyes crossed that I can apply them correctly!)

This is a Quick Look post, so I’ll just give you some close-up photos of each of the five designs, as well as focus on how cute the packaging is – it’s in the shape of nail-polish bottle! I love it! :)

In a future post, I’ll do my usual in-depth review with lots of swatches. That’s when I’ll let you know my experience with them, how they wore, how easy or difficult they were to apply, and anything else important worth mentioning.

I’ll put them through a tough test because my full-time job requires me to type a lot on the keyboard. Also, I tend to wash my hands often. I’m curious to see if they’ll hold up to all that or if they’re better suited for special occasions.

My fingers and nails are small and narrow, so it’ll be interesting to see if they’ll fit me. (I think that my nails are smaller than average, since most of the nails displayed on the front of the packaging are too big for me. However, each package comes with 24 different tips, so there’s a good chance my size will be in the mix.

Also, while all my nails are on the curvy side, my index fingernails are extra curvy. I’m going to see if these press-on nails will stick to even my curvy nails. Stay tuned for a future review!

But, for now, let’s just drool over the cute designs!

P.S. In case you missed it, I’m having a worldwide giveaway to celebrate my 4-year blogiversary! Enter until August 6 at 11:59 pm EDT for your chance to win the entire OPI Nordic Collection and a box of 10 OPI Wipe-Off! Wipes. :)

P.P.S. Stay tuned because I’ll be having another worldwide giveaway verrrry soon to celebrate my blogiversary! It will run simultaneously as the one mentioned above, and you can enter both. ;) You won’t want to miss it!

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My 4-Year Blogiversary & Worldwide Giveaway to Win the OPI Nordic Collection

Today is a very special day for me, and I want to celebrate with all of my readers because, let’s face it, you are the best! ;) Thank you for everything you have done to put a smile on my face and in my heart.

Win the OPI Nordic Collection SwatchAndLearn Giveaway

In this post, you’ll find the details about my OPI Nordic Collection Worldwide Giveaway, which starts now and ends Wednesday August 6, 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT. I’m also sneaking in a box of 10 OPI Wipe-Off! Acetone-Free Lacquer Remover Wipes because I loved them so much, and I know you will, too.

Read the giveaway details in this post carefully, so your entry/entries will count!

I also reflect a little bit on blogging, as well as answer some of the questions readers asked me (scroll to the very bottom for my answers).

P.S. Psst! I actually have more fun giveaways planned verrrry soon. Yes, you can enter all of them!

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OPI Can’t Afjord Not To Swatches & Review

OPI Can't Afjord Not To Swatches & ReviewOPI Can’t Afjord Not To is from the Nordic Collection, which comes out on August 6th.

It’s actually part of a fall/winter collection, but I’m so happy to see that there’s a “seasonally inappropriate” shade in the mix.

That makes me really happy because, if you know me, you know that I don’t let the month dictate how much fun I can have with colour.

If I want to wear a bright shade in the dead of winter, I’ll do it. And if I choose to rock a vampy hue on a sweltering summer’s day, I’m as happy as a clam. (I’ve always wondered about that saying. How happy are clams really? We ought to ask them.) ;)

Back to the polish, Can’t Afjord Not To is very summery and happy-go-lucky to me. In short, I wanted it on my nails the minute I laid eyes on it!

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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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