Blog News: I Had Dinner with Suzi Weiss-Fischmann of OPI (Plus Surprise Giveaway!)

Suzi-Weiss-Fischmann-OPI-Nicole-by-OPI-Mary-Swatch-And-Learn Use for BlogThis is definitely the biggest blog news I’ve ever posted on here, hands down (paws down, claws down, feathers down, flippers down, man down, and Richard-Adams-Watership-Down…You get the idea)!

I’ll always remember Sunday October 14th, 2012 as the day when I met Suzi Weiss-Fischmann (the Executive Vice President and Artistic Director) of OPI and Nicole by OPI and had dinner with her at the Ciao Wine Bar in Yorkville! (Harris Shepard of the PR firm by the same name also accompanied her.)

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you already heard me gushing about it (perhaps to the point of making your eyes roll), but things like this don’t happen everyday, so I’ll keep squealing and squealing until I’m turned into delicious bacon. (Poor piggy…)

It literally was one of my dreams come true, and it was a dream that I never thought would ever happen.

I have to thank Langton Communications for inviting me to the exclusive event. Suzi flew in especially for this occasion, which was a huge honour in and of itself.

I have great memories that I’ll hold onto until the day I die. (Although I almost died when she walked into the room. Before she even introduced herself, I had a total fan-girl moment and said, “Hiiiiii, Suzzzzziiiii!” louder than I expected because I was so excited.)

My account in this blog post is based purely on my memory. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to bring a notebook and pen like many of the smart bloggers who attended.

P.S. Keep reading and find out how you can win an autographed bottle of OPI Movin’ Out by Suzi!

Edit (November 1, 2012): I’ve contacted the lucky winner – Congratulations, Melissa V! She replied to my e-mail to claim her prize, so this giveaway is officially closed. Thank you all for participating! Also, please note that I’ll be replying to all the comments left, but it’ll take me some time. :)

Edit (March 24, 2013): I recently got the opportunity to attend another exclusive event and meet Suzi Weiss-Fischmann a 2nd time! Click here to read my detailed blog post on it!

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You know how some people look different in person than they do in photos, well that’s not the case with her. She looks exactly the way she does in photographs, so that’s why I recognized her immediately.

The Situation (& No, There Aren’t Any References to Abs)

The event was put together by PR, and they chose to invite a small number of Canadian beauty/nail/fashion bloggers. There were around a dozen or so bloggers in total who attended, and the majority of them were new-to-me bloggers. This was pretty cool because not only did we get to meet Suzi, but we also got to talk to other bloggers.

The other bloggers were so accomplished and very professional in their creative pursuits with impressive partnerships and opportunities they worked hard for. From very early on in the evening, it became clear to me that the room was full of pure talent. It inspired me in so many ways!

It wasn’t just their fabulous nails or stylish attire that got my attention – it was their unbridled passion and motivation for self-improvement that stood out the most. And it helped that they were a highly articulate group with a funny bone!

And, although probably no one noticed, I kept pinching my fingers on my lap under the large square dining table to make sure that this wasn’t a dream and that everything was really happening. It was!

I got there early. There was no way that I’d be late. Haha, can you imagine if the room was full, Suzi (aka The First Lady of Nails) was there, and then you just roll in? I mean…she’s the Executive Vice President and Artistic Director of OPI and Nicole by OPI. Who are you?

Red Wine or White Wine?

Maxine and Samantha from Langton Communications did an incredible job. The venue was classy, inviting, and so swanky! Plus there was lots of food to go around, and we also got to enjoy red or white wine.

As I mentioned early on in the evening to a few people, the reason why I opt for white wine is mainly to account for any potential klutzy moments! Haha, if you spill red wine, it’s a disaster, but white wine is forgiving.

Since I was one of the early birds, the bottle of wine was opened for me, and I got to taste it to make sure it was okay. (It was! :P I’m not a wine connoisseur, so unless the wine has turned to vinegar, I can’t really tell if it’s bad.) That being said, I did play along and swish the wine in my glass and then sip it thoughtfully… ;)

There was also a custom menu with the Nicole by OPI logo on top. (Darn, I didn’t think to save it as a keepsake, so one of the servers took it away when clearing the table.)

The meal was served ‘family style’, which means the servers would bring the dishes onto the table and then we’d pass the dishes around to each other.

During the meal, we could ask Suzi anything, and there was a casual conversation flow that felt more like we were just friends hanging out rather than with someone really high up on the corporate ladder.

What’s Suzi Weiss-Fischmann Really Like?

The impression I got of her was that she’s very down-to-earth despite her huge reputation, position of power, and artistic genius for nailing and forecasting colour trends seasons in advance.

She asked us about ourselves (how we started blogging, how often we blogged, etc.) and listened attentively to everyone’s answers. And she cracked jokes and had a warm, friendly smile.

I didn’t know it before, but she was born in Hungary, and she does have a slight accent. Also, for some reason, I thought that she was very tall before I met her, but she is of average height. (I wore knee-high boots with heels to the event, so that’s why the height difference doesn’t look like much. For reference, I’m about 5’3″, and my heels were around just 2″. Hmm…I didn’t think to look at the footwear Suzi was wearing…)

Suzi also complimented people on their nails and their passion, which I thought was nice. Not all corporate big wigs take the time to encourage ‘the little guy’.

And, in case you were wondering what she was wearing on her nails (I was, so I asked), it was a brand-spankin’ new shade from a 2013 collection that she was going to showcase shortly after the dinner. It looked vampy.

Inside Scoop

She told us that blue and yellow would be the big upcoming colour trend next year and that glitter is huge for the holiday season. But there might not be tons of yellows because they’re hard to wear on the nails.

It was interesting to find out that Nicole by OPI was named after her niece (not daughter) because her daughter was verrrry young at the time and Suzi wanted to name the polish line after the older niece.

And OPI stands for Odontorium Products Inc. because the company originally focused on dental products before they transitioned into a nail-polish company.

I also found out that she has a daughter and a son who are teenagers.

Suzi said that her muse is the average woman. I really loved that because a lot of designers tend to fashion things based on the elite minority. Instead, Suzi wants her polish to appeal to the masses. That’s very smart from a marketing point of view because mainstream is where the money lies. However, OPI still churns out twists and turns to appeal to the minority for a peppering of colour.

We also learned that the reason why OPI Spotted isn’t sold here is because there’s a patent that prevents it!

Oh, and if you want any colours from the OPI Skyfall Collection, you’d better purchase them ASAP because, according to Suzi, even back at OPI, they’ve completely sold out of their stock! What does that mean? Once it’s gone from store shelves, that’s it! *Gasp* Apparently it was a huge success, and Suzi knew ahead of time that it would be. (Hehe, she said so during the dinner!)

Also, I had always thought that Nicole by OPI and OPI reached out to do movie collaborations, but she said that a lot of times they come to OPI! That’s pretty cool, and it just goes to show you what a force they are to be reckoned with – everyone wants a piece of them.

That brings me to her thoughts on Kim Kardashian. Apparently she’s the nicest and not really a princess/diva like how she’s portrayed on TV.

Suzi collaborates with a handful of other people to come up with the witty names we’ve all come to know and love about OPI nail polishes!

Suzi said that she used to wear lots of red nail polish because she felt that it was very glamorous like Old Hollywood. (That explains why OPI has put out so many reds!)

What Did I Wear to the Event?

It’s pretty funny because I had my outfit planned for 2 weeks. (I was going to wear the black and grey striped sweater dress you see in my profile picture.) Then, on the day of the event, I completely changed my mind and ended up wearing a deep purple sleeveless knit dress with chiffon-like flowers lining the rounded neckline and a multiple-tiered chiffon-like bottom.

To cover up my shoulders, I wore a black 3/4-sleeve slightly cropped cardigan with tons of black ruffles on the chest. (It’s the cardigan I like to call my ‘Gorilla Chest Hair Cardigan’ for kicks. Haha, it doesn’t actually look like hair, but the ruffles are plentiful and dramatic.) I ended up taking off the cardigan because I was feeling hot (haha, temperature-wise, just to be clear!).

I wore black tights and black suede knee-high zip-up boots with a large-button accent on the tab at the calf. And the only jewellery I wore was a purple, heart-shaped Swarovski crystal necklace on a silver chain that was given to me a few years ago for Christmas by my then-boyfriend.

And, I didn’t bother matching my nails to my outfit. A couple of days prior to the dinner, I had painted freehand pirate nail art, so I kept that on. It gave me great joy knowing that when I would shake Suzi’s hand, 5 little pirates would would doing the shaking. (I’m a big kid like that.)

Pirate Nail Art

Maybe you’re thinking that I should’ve worn something classier given the occasion, but playful nail art represents my style, and I don’t like to take myself too seriously. (I believe that the little things that make you laugh or smile make the biggest difference.) Also, although some bloggers brought company, I went solo (since I’m the sole blogger of Swatch And Learn)…so I felt, in a weird way, like my pirate nails allowed me to bring 10 extra guests. ;)

The bloggers liked my little pirate design, and because they wanted to see it close-up, I literally went around the entire table, showing them my nails…and yes, even Suzi, Harris, and the lovely PR gals. Some of the bloggers asked to take photos of my nails! (That was really flattering!)

You Recognized My Face? *Gasp*

I was shocked that 3 bloggers actually recognized my face when they first came into the room. Considering that my profile photo is so small, I was impressed!

Gucci Mane, It’s a Photo Shoot

When the evening was winding down, and we were finishing up our desserts and coffee or tea, we got the opportunity to take a photo with Suzi!

While people were lining up, I went around to take a few photos of the nail-polish displays in our private room. (The colours were from the Kardashian Kolor Collection as well as the upcoming Selena Gomez Collection for 2013.)

I didn’t take any photos during the actual dinner when we were eating because I find that when I take photos, I sometimes miss out on the full experience. And to me, the experience is more important than just photos. I’d rather have the photo in my mind and have enjoyed myself instead of having a physical photo, but experienced something behind the camera lens.

(For this reason, unlike when I previously attended IMATS 2011, when I go to IMATS Toronto in November this year, I don’t think I’ll be taking as many photos as I did before. I’ll probably just bring along my iPhone for quick snaps here and there.)

Here are the photos I took of the Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection polishes on display in our room:

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Then there was the Kardashian Kolors Collection:

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Swagga Like Us

Langton Communications blew me away to kingdom come. Seriously! I couldn’t imagine the evening getting any better, but it did!

At the end of the evening, each of us got a silver Nicole by OPI gift bag with pretty pink tissue paper and a hot-pink folder!

Do you know what was inside each gift bag? The entire Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection, which will only be available in January 2013, according to the press release in the pink folder! (Say whaaaaat? Dude, I can’t keep pinching myself or I’m going to make holes and look like Swiss cheese!)

I’ve taken photos of all the colours, and they’re pretty! (I’ll be posting the press release and photos of my actual bottle shots hopefully soon.)

Edit: I posted the press release, photos of the actual bottles, and some quick swatches. Click here to see the blog post.

Win an Autographed Bottle of OPI Movin’ Out Signed by Suzi Weiss-Fischmann!

Congratulations if you’ve managed to read this far! You’re about to be rewarded.

Before the dinner, I knew that I had to share this incredible experience somehow with my readers. Of course I couldn’t take you all there (although that would’ve been awesome!), so I thought long and hard about what I could do instead to make you feel like you had a piece of this exclusive event.

It hit me. I’d ask Suzi to sign a bottle of nail polish for you! Then I thought about which one to bring along with me. I wanted it to be a shade that the majority of my readers would want and something that even hardcore nailphiles might have trouble getting hold of.

It only took me a few seconds to decide that a brand-new bottle of OPI Movin’ Out would be perfect. It’s a multichrome nail polish that has a lot of intense fine shimmer and sparkle like Clarins 230 (aka Unicorn Pee). No, it’s not a dupe, but it’s still extremely breathtaking and unique, and you use it just like Unicorn Pee – for layering over other colours to completely transform them into a magical hue that looks like a dozen different polishes depending on the angle of your nails and the light.

OPI Movin’ Out has long been discontinued, and it’s quite expensive if you try to get it on eBay. And it’s my most-coveted OPI nail polish, even though I have yet to wear it! (Haha, can you believe it?)

OPI Movin' Out Signed by Suzi Weiss-Fischmann

OPI Movin' Out Suzi Weiss-Fischmann

Movin' Out by OPI Suzi Weiss-Fischmann

I happily packed a bottle of it in my camera bag (yes, I dragged along my bulky DSLR camera to the event because it’s the only camera I own other than on my iPhone!).

After Maxine took my photo with Suzi, I asked Suzi if she could do me a favour and sign some nail-polish bottles. To my delight, she obliged!

One bottle was signed for me. Another was for one of my readers. And the last was a very-special surprise gift for a friend who has been going through a tough time. (I won’t say who it is because it’s currently en route to her, and I want it to be a complete surprise what exactly it is and what colour it is.) I know that this will put a smile on her face for even a minute, and I’m getting giddy just thinking about her reaction. (I wish I could be there to witness it! The best part is that she won’t even be expecting it!)

Okay, are ya still with me? ;)

Here are the details for how you can enter to win the signed bottle of OPI Movin’ Out:

  • Starts: Now
  • Ends: Wednesday October 31 at 11:59 pm Eastern (I’m keeping this giveaway open for longer so that even more people will have a chance to enter.)
  • Who Can Enter: Everyone! (Yes, you can be from Canada, the U.S., or anywhere in the world!)
  • How Many Times You Can Enter: Even if you comment more than once, I will only count it as a single entry.
  • How to Enter: Leave a comment on this blog post, and somewhere in your comment, type the following: “#SwatchAndLearn“. (By adding this text, it’ll indicate to me that you want to be entered into the draw. If you don’t want to be entered, you can still leave a comment without typing that in.)
  • Please Help Me Spread the Word: I’d appreciate it if you could help me get the word out about this blog post and the giveaway. Feel free to tweet, blog, etc. about it. :)
  • Edit: I forgot to tell you that I’ll be using Random.org to randomly select the winner. I’ll announce the winner sometime on November 1st, and the winner will have 48 hours to reply to my e-mail to claim the prize. Failure to do so will force me to randomly draw another winner. (Please add swatchandlearn@gmail.com to your Safe list so my e-mail doesn’t accidentally go to the Junk folder.)

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(No, it’s not mandatory to be entered in this giveaway, but I would appreciate your support):

Good luck in the draw! :)

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384 thoughts on “Blog News: I Had Dinner with Suzi Weiss-Fischmann of OPI (Plus Surprise Giveaway!)

  1. Jess

    What an amazing evening! And to think I live in Toronto and had Suzi so close…
    Do you have any scoop on upcoming OPI (not Nicole) collections?
    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jess!

      No, she talked more about Nicole by OPI and didn’t really mention anything about upcoming OPI collections, however…when I did some looking around on the internet recently, I saw that there’s going to be a new Mariah Carey collection! I’m really excited because I LOVE her old songs so much. It’s an amazing collaboration!

      And…yay for you being the very first person to enter my giveaway and leave a comment! :D

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      1. Ali

        A MARIAH CAREY COLLECTION?!?!
        i’ll bet it’s going to be all sparkles and butterflies! so excited!
        #SwatchAndLearn

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      2. Christa

        Oh my GAWD! That color is freakin’ gorgeous! I want! *drools* lol
        “#SwatchAndLearn

        Thanks for your blog! I just found it..and it’s so informative for beauty “virgins” like me lol

        Christa

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        1. Mary Post author

          Hey Christa!

          So happy to hear that you’ve been enjoying Swatch And Learn! :) Hope that you’ll leave another comment on a future post. I love interacting with my readers – you guys are the best!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey eRiN!

      Haha, that’s exactly what I do. I’ll take it out of my Helmer and then admire it pretty often. One of these days, I need to wear it and review it…The only reason why I haven’t done it already is because I’m a wee bit afraid that I won’t do it any justice. But…I know I shouldn’t let that hold me back.

      Thanks for participating in my giveaway! :)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Katherine!

      You CAN! :) I encourage you to try blogging, even if it’s just for fun and just for your eyes only. Once you get more comfortable, then you can make it public. It’s such a great way to connect to people all over the world.

      I noticed that you didn’t add the ‘special text’ in your comment. Are you SURE you don’t want to enter the giveaway? (Just checking!)

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  2. Debi

    Well, congratulations, Madam #SwatchAndLearn – you really knocked this one out of the ballpark!

    I’ll leave a little note on G+, too. :)

    This sounds like you had an amazing time, and thank you so much for sharing it.
    -Debi

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Debi!

      Thank you, but it was really PR who knocked it out of the park! :) I was just grateful to have been invited to attend something so exclusive. Really it was a dream come true! (And I keep gushing about it. Eventually I’ll have to tone it down, right? Haha!)

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  3. Tishana

    What a fun and amazing experience!!!! So glad you were able to throughly enjoy yourself! #swatchandlearn. Thanks for the giveaway! Great idea to have her sign polish bottles!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Leslie!

      YAY – I’m glad that you read it all. Haha, I know that when it comes to writing, I can write forever and ever…and it gets realllly loooong.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Katjamaria!

      Oh boy – if I could ever visit a polish factory, I would be floored. How could would it be to actually see polishes being filled up and how the polishes are physically made? Maybe one day!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey lovenailpolish!

      It was my pleasure. I’m really excited for this giveaway to end so that I can announce the winner and make that one person’s day amazing!

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  4. Monica

    Thanks for the giveaway and thinking of us, to ask her to sign a bottle :) the color is beautiful. I’m glad you got to meet someone influential!! #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Monica!

      It was very inspiring to meet her and see how successful someone can be when they have talent and are passionate about their work.

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  5. Marta

    I am looking like Swiss cheese myself right now reading this post, pinching myself (living vicariously through you).
    You deserve good things happening to you and I hope this continues.

    I love your blog… It is the only one that I MAKE SURE to READ in its entirety each time! ;) and when you one day write a book, I will show up to the book signings and bring 10 pirates.

    Please please PLEASE ENTER me into the #SWATCHANDLEARN giveaway ;)
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      Thanks for always being so supportive and for being an amazing friend. I really do feel blessed to have met you through our common obsession…err…interest! ;)

      Hehe, yay, you really do read my entire blog! :) I know that this post was a monster of a post…hehe, but I just can’t help myself. My fingers start and then can’t stop.

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  6. lawren

    wow, what an honor indeed! It’s really wonderful knowing that people like Suzi appreciates and acknowledges her “fans” :D That’s so amazing that you were able to get your hands on an entire collection so early!

    Sounds like you had an amazing experience and that’s great that you decided to enjoy the experience instead of photographing it. I used to be that kind of person who would bring my camera EVERYWHERE and just take pictures without actually experiencing many things… it gets tiring after a while.

    I also love the fact that you went with your pirate nails! that’s amazing! It’s definitely very you ;)

    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey lawren!

      Thank you for understanding why I wasn’t a shutterbug during the event. I was actually a little worried that some readers would really miss seeing photos of it, but that’s why I tried to go into as much detail as possible when I wrote about it. After all, sometimes mental images are the most powerful. :)

      Hehe, I’m happy to hear that you approved of me going to this fancy event with silly pirates on my nails. ;)

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  7. Shannon

    Oh man Mary! I am so jealous! I don’t think any fancy nail people gathering like this would ever happen in New Zealand.

    Also, I’m now freaking out about the Skyfall collection. I don’t think we even have it over here yet. I’ll have to poke my favourite nail polish stores and tell them to get on it haha.

    #SwatchAndLearn
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Shannon!

      Oh, you never know! ;) Dreams do come true. After all, I never thought it’d happen to me, but it did. Sometimes when you least expect wonderful things, that’s when they happen.

      Haha, I like how you’re going to give those nail stores a little extra push to get in the collection! ;) If they’re allowed to put it out soon, I’m sure they will. I mean, all the demand for it is only building with each passing day. :) (OPI really does holiday collections right. There’s always so much anticipation leading up to its release!)

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  8. lissette

    You’re so lucky! What an honor to have a chance to experience that. Thank you for the giveaway. #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey lissette!

      Yes, I feel almost like Cinderella going to ball, except there’s non prince – there’s someone BETTER! Hehe ;)

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  9. Icequeen81

    Naah the pic isn’t so small If I was there I would also recognise you.
    liked the pirate nails. But i’m afraid of seche warning claims

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Icequeen81!

      Ah, but the photo isn’t the best quality…hehe, and some people look differently photographed than they do in real life. Guess I look the same.

      Yes, Seche has some pretty scary warning claims, don’t they? Sally Hansen, Nubar, and some other companies make fast-drying top coats, but I really do love the Seche one because it dries super fast.

      I noticed that you didn’t add the extra text in your post. Just checking to make sure that you DON’T want to be included in the draw. If you change your mind, you can just reply to this with the text and I’ll add you. :)

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  10. J.T

    #SwatchAndLearn

    the selina gomez glitters look so sparkly! I can’t wait to see them swatched. Thank you for the very generous giveaway! :)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey J.T!

      For the glitters, I’ll most likely show them layered over other colours on my nails and then show you the glitter solo on nail wheels. (Hehe, because I’m not the biggest fan of glitter removal! However, sometimes I do have an itch to wear all glitter, so who knows?)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ashley T!

      Aww…don’t be jealous. Just focus on the fact that you have a chance to win an autographed nail polish. How awesome would that be? :)

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  11. Sparkled Beauty

    Just tweeted you, but kudos again for being you, and for this awesome post. Especially for being so thoughtful about the signed bottle as giveaway prize (and for that friend who is getting the surprised gift) #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Sparkled Beauty!

      Thank you for the sweet tweet and blog comment! :D

      My friend received the signed bottle I sent her, and it made my day because she really did appreciate it. :) Giving others something special really does make a person feel sooooo wonderful – the best high there is!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Candace!

      It’s was a great experience that I’ll never forget, and it was really interesting to see how approachable Suzi is. :)

      You’re welcome – it’s my pleasure. When I looked through my collection of nail polishes, I knew that I had to get Movin’ Out signed for a reader!

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  12. MichelleH

    How exciting! I’m so jealous of your swagbag and even more jealous you got to hang out with Suzi. I’m glad to hear that she’s just like I’ve imagined, fun and totally ‘normal’. #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey MichelleH!

      I really wish I could’ve taken some readers along. It would’ve been a chance of a lifetime to enjoy with people who have been supporting my blog! :) But I hope that the chance of winning a signed bottle will make at least one person very, very happy. (Well, it’ll make two people happy because I’ll be one of the happy people when I get to announce the winner!)

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  13. Erica

    WOW! What an amazing opportunity Mary! :D
    If someone called me up and asked if I wanted to meet someone from a nail polish company, sure I would be excited, but honestly I probably would think it was a joke, haha! I don’t follow the “behind the scenes” with anything really, so I didn’t even know who Suzi Weiss-Fischmann was until I read this :P Probably doesn’t help that I just recently (earlier this year) really got into polish and I only own 1 OPI polish :)
    #SwatchAndLearn
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Erica!

      Haha, yeah, I don’t blame you. You’d probably think it was a scammer calling. Hehe!

      Since I collaborate with that PR company (they send me some polishes and I like to review some on here), when I heard from them, at first I was curious as to what it could be because the message didn’t say specifically what it was about. All it said was to give them a call back. And then when I did and found out, I got so giddy like I was on 3 cups of coffee or something!

      Hehe, one of mannnnnny OPI polishes I’m sure you’ll own. ;)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jennifer!

      Thank you for saying that. I love writing (it’s actually my first passion, way ahead of nail polish), so when you say that you’ve enjoyed reading it, it makes me verrrrry happy! :D Also, considering that this post was text-heavy and didn’t have many photos, I’m very grateful that you took the time to read it all.

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  14. Jo Powton Harris

    Wow Mary – what an opportunity!
    Amazing post as always – and many thanks for making your giveaway international! P.S. – Goodie Bag Envy!!!
    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jo Powton!

      No problem – a lot of my readers are outside Canada and the US, so I really had to open this up to everyone so that nobody would be left out! :)

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  15. Gwen

    #SwatchAndLearn Yes, please!

    Wow, that’s wonderful! I’m squeeing here for you! What an incredible experience to meet the first lady of OPI! Sounds like an amazing time and an amazing opportunity! It’s always nice to know that people like Suzi recognize that without bloggers like yourself spreading the love, they might not be as successful. And to give everyone the entire Selena Gomez collection … well, that’s just lovely!

    Interestingly enough, when I went to my local Trade Secrets, they told me that they weren’t even putting the Skyfall collection out on the shelves until November 1st! I’m not sure I can wait that long!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Gwen!

      It was so exciting and truly a dream come true. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would ever meet her. And it was wonderful to find out that she’s not snobby even though she’s such an influential person in the nail industry. I have a lot of respect and admiration for her.

      Wow, sounds like in November, there’s going to be a lot of nailphiles rubbing elbows to get to the polishes! Good luck getting all the shades you want! :D Hope you really love them…and if you can only get one polish from the collection, make it GoldenEye – you will LOVE the star of the collection!

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  16. Louise

    You’re one of the best nail art bloggers. You deserve all this!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Have a nice day.

    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Louise!

      Aww…are you trying to make me blush? Because it’s working! THANK YOU so much for your support and enthusiasm. Readers like you are simply the best! *Cue Tina Turner song* Hehe! ;)

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  17. Stephanie

    WOW! What an amazing opportunity Mary! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I’m glad to hear that Suzi is just as down to earth as I imagined her to be. I cannot wait to see the press release and your swatches of the upcoming Selena Gomez collection. The pictures already have me drooling over here. That was so thoughtful of you to get this polish signed by her and it will be a real treat to be able to own it for whoever wins this giveaway!
    #SwatchAndLearn
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Stephanie!

      I was so happy to share my experience with you all. My pleasure! :) And…I still can’t believe it happened. Dream come true for sure!

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  18. polish madventures

    What an awsome experiance. So nice if you to think of your readers also! Loved the article!
    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey polish madventures!

      Of course – readers are an important part of a blog, so I have to give back to those who’ve been supporting me. I wouldn’t have had this opportunity if it wasn’t for my incredible readers!

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  19. Johanne

    I think it’s so awesome that you wore the pirate nails! Those are so cool – off to read the tutorial now :)

    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Johanne!

      YES! I hope that you’ll try out the pirate nail art. Seriously, it’s soooooo easy to do. You just need to take some time to complete it, but the results are worth it. Plus it’s like having 10 ‘pocket-sized friends’ with you wherever you go. ;)

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  20. beachgal

    What a great life event for you! I had smiles all over while reading this! I think you were oh so right in picking Movin’ Out – makes me wonder if the tables were turned what polish shade would Suzie have picked to bring??? I am so excited over seeing the swag stuff in the room. All in all a major cool night! #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey beachgal!

      Yes, it’s something that makes me smile when I look back on the memory. It was a huge honour to have been chosen. I still can’t believe it! :D

      Hmm…good question about what Suzi would’ve chosen! I wonder, too!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Alicia!

      Yes, it definitely was even better than meeting a celebrity! She’s an inspiration to all women who allow their creativity to propel them in their careers. I really admire and respect her.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey triceratops!

      Haha, yeah, I really didn’t want to remove my pirate friends…even if they totally didn’t really go with my dress. ;) I guess that’s when you know you’re truly a nailphile – you’ll wear pirate nails to even an important event. Hahaha!

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  21. Nicole

    Sounds like an amazing evening. So envious! Can’t wait to see your swatches of the Selena Gomez collection!
    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Nicole!

      So far I’ve only reviewed Hit the Lights, but I’ve worn others and hope to get the reviews up soon. Keep your eyes peeled like a banana. ;)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey karen!

      No, I think my feet have left my body, actually. Makes it really hard to get around…haha, come back, feet! I need you now!

      Aww…thank you so much for saying that! :D

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Angie!

      Definitely – the entire way home, I was beaming like a fool! Strangers on the street probably thought I was high on something… :P

      Haha, yes, I couldn’t bring myself to remove the pirates before the event.

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  22. Randi

    I’m so jealous :D first the dinner with Suzi ! i mean… i mean… she’s an icone ! :O then the entire unreleased selena gomez collection… i mean: ur no lucky duck – ur a whole FARM of lucky ducklings :D and the signed bottles… i mean… (too much “i mean”s :D ) gosh !
    thank u so much to share this moment with us and to give us the opportunity to win :) <3
    #SwatchAndLearn
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Randi!

      Yeah, it was a magical night. Really made me feel like I was dreaming. Haha, if anyone there saw me pinching myself under the table, they probably would think I had some kind of anxiety issue. Hahaha! :P

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  23. Charis J

    I check #SwatchAndLearn everyday on Bloglovin! Its one the first nail blogs I found that matched my love for simple but whimsical nail art. I love that you met Suzi with pirates on your nails. Awesome Mary! But how could you have Movin Out and not touch it…

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Charis J!

      Wow, thank you so much for being a loyal reader! That’s awesome – I appreciate your support. :)

      And I’m honoured that out of all the nail bloggers out there, you found me first. You just made my day!

      Haha, oh, I touched OPI Movin’ Out…but I’ve been intimidated to actually wear it. One day! ;)

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  24. Kelley

    Thank you for sharing your experience! Sounds like a great night!

    Selene Gomez, huh? Haven’t heard about that one yet. Well, no judging from me. The Justin Bieber collection contained two of my favorite summer polishes ever!

    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kelley!

      It was my pleasure. I was bursting at the seams to share my thoughts on the incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience! :)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kelsie Rogers!

      Definitely – I feel extremely lucky to have been one of the few people chosen to participate in this event. :)

      Thank you so much for your encouragement. I’m happy to hear that you’re enjoying Swatch And Learn and my nail-art journey. More designs to come! :)

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  25. Harmony B

    Sounds like you had a great night out! I’m liking the colours I see in the Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection…lucky you that you got all of them in your swag bag! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Harmony B!

      The entire time I was heading home afterwards, I had a crazy grin on my face. Maybe some people thought I was drunk, but I was just soooo happy even just thinking back on the dinner!

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  26. Jess

    What a fun event, thanks for sharing it all with us! It sounds like OPI really appreciates all that you do to spread the word about their products, it’s nice to see a company giving back. #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jess!

      It’s a great feeling knowing that hard work is appreciated. :) Gotta love companies that give back like this. Makes you want to support them even more!

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  27. Eileen

    Holy crap! I swear if I was there I would sit right next to her and pester her into releasing more duochromes and holos hahaha. I wonder if she could remember what collection movin out was from when she saw the bottle :P #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Eileen!

      Hehe, I wonder, too! ;) She must have a lot of memories tied to certain collections and colours. I mean, us nailphiles already do, so imagine what kind of magnitude it would be if you were the person who designed the polish? Whoa!

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  28. Amanda

    That sounds like an awesome experience, thanks for sharing and going into so much detail!
    I’ve never even heard of OPI Movin Out, but it looks amazing!
    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amanda!

      No problem! I love writing, and this was an experience that had to be shared instead of being kept to myself. :) Once I started typing, it was hard to stop…haha, which is why this post was soooo long! (The writer in me always comes through.)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lindsay!

      Yes! You don’t want to miss out on them. Make sure you grab GoldenEye first. That really is the star of the collection, in my opinion – a must-have!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Rose A!

      It was funny because I kept remembering more and more details as I was typing. Eventually, I just had to stop typing or the post would be never-ending! ;)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Sasha!

      Of course! It was my pleasure – I was more than happy to share my account of the event! :D It’s fun to take readers on the journey with me. We can be excited together, which is better than just enjoying it solo.

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  29. Stefanie

    #SwatchAndLearn

    Wow,what an amazing opportunity!! I’m so excited that you got to go and meet her and get a whole collection of nail polish to boot! Thanks for having this awesome giveaway!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Stefanie!

      It was a dream come true. You never think that certain dreams would ever come true, and so when they do, it’s mind-blowing. I don’t think I’ve ever pinched myself so many times. (Haha, if anyone there saw me doing that all night, they probably thought I had some psychological condition! :S)

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  30. Heather C.

    That is just completely awesome! I can not imagine many big-wigs are that “hands-on”. Cool to know!
    Thank you for sharing and for representing us little guys. Lol! (Speaking of “little guys”, the pirates are too cute! Hahaha)
    And thank you for putting Movin Out up for grabs-wow, you are a stronger woman than I!
    :D
    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Heather C.!

      Suzi definitely seems like she was a woman ‘of the people’. :) I respect and appreciate that.

      I just shipped off the signed bottle tonight! It makes me excited imagining her reaction when she gets it in the mail and then tears it open. :)

      Whenever I set up a giveaway, I always think about things that I would want to win myself. And a signed bottle of a vintage multi-chrome is definitely something I’d want! I’m glad that I didn’t miss the mark and that so many of my readers also thought it was a good idea.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Erin M.!

      It was amazing, indeed! I couldn’t believe it happened WHEN it was happening. Haha, and even now that it’s weeks later, I still can’t believe it happened.

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  31. Angel Sheffield

    Wow! What an amazing experience!!! I would have been totally star struck! I think it is awesome that you rocked the pirate nail art to meet Suzi… Adorable! Oh and you rock for thinking to get this amazing bottle of polish autographed for your readers!

    #SwatchandLearn
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Angel Sheffield!

      Haha, I was star struck! When she entered the room, I said, “HI, SUZI!” soooo loudly…haha! I was a little embarrassed because it came out louder and more ‘fan-girly’ than I meant it to sound. But I was just too excited!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      Already wore a few shades from the Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection, and they’re really fun! :) Let me know if you get any next year. I’m curious to hear what you think of them.

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  32. Raychul

    So happy you got to have this experience, Mary! I really don’t know a blogger more deserving. Oh, and thanks for giving us all the juicy details! Hehe!

    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Raychul!

      Oh my gosh! THANK YOU for saying that! It just made me tear up a little reading that. I do work really hard on my blog, and just knowing that readers appreciate it means the world to me. My readers are the best, and that’s why you all deserve to win something cool like this. I just wish I had 5738573987593 bottles of Movin’ Out that Suzi could sign and give one for each reader!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amy Dohlman!

      I wish I could’ve brought all my readers with me to share the experience first-hand. Blogging about it was the next best thing, so of course I had to go into detail. :D

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Winnie!

      WINNNNNIEEEE! Hehehe!

      If I can fit you in my pocket, next time I will! ;) But, whoa, if I’m invited to something like this again, I think I’ll go crazy and think that I died and went to heaven!

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  33. Rebe

    That must have been a lot of fun! Very interesting about the skyfall collection being already out of stock–glad I already got the ones I really wanted!

    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Rebe!

      Good that you got the ones you really wanted! :) You definitely don’t want to miss out, especially on GoldenEye. That’s my favourite from the Skyfall Collection.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Camille!

      Thank you so much for your support! Swatch And Learn wouldn’t be what it is today if not for the encouragement I receive from amazing readers such as yourself.

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  34. melissa

    omg thank you so much for sharing your experience with suzi weiss-fischmann! it was really interesting to see what shes like in real life. and also thank you for having this giveway! that color looks so amazingggg #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey melissa!

      You know, before I met her, I was a little worried that maybe she’d be snobby and then it would ruin my impression of the nail polish, too. SO glad that it wasn’t the case and that she just reinforced why I love OPI nail polish. :)

      You’re very welcome! I knew I had to do something really big for my readers to commemorate this experience. I wanted to give a reader an amazing experience, too…like a piece of the excitement. :D

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lilnol!

      OPI Movin’ Out is one of my most-cherished nail polishes, so it was a no-brainer to ask Suzi to sign it for the lucky winner. :)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Paola!

      You’re most welcome! It was my pleasure. I had fun going to the event, and I also had fun writing about it. Sharing an experience like this is a must, and I’m just really happy that I have readers who ‘get’ the excitement. Haha, some people just don’t understand the joy of nail polish and therefore also wouldn’t understand how amazing it is to meet the polish creator. It’s fun to be excited together! :D

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  35. Kelsey

    That color is amazing! I can’t wait to see bottle shots and swatches of all the goodies too! super cool : )

    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kelsey!

      I’ve reviewed a bunch of shades since this post, and I’ll continue. Not sure if I’ll review them all, but I’ll do as many as I can. I really like to wear the polishes, so I don’t do typical swatches where you just put the polish on, take photos, and remove it. I wear each shade for at least a day to enjoy it. :)

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  36. Shelby

    Your blog is one of my go-to’s for swatches of old and new polishes! Thanks for sharing your awesome experience :-)
    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Shelby!

      Oh my goodness…REALLY? Thank you so much – that’s an amazing compliment! WOW! I’m honoured AND flattered! :D *Grins from ear to ear*

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  37. Indian Lacquerade

    WoW! I am so happy for you and quite envious too. Even though I am new to the field of nail art while you are a veteran. And thanks for your social media links. I follow you through bloglovin, but the other handles make it easier for me to keep tab on your blog (even at work) :D
    “#SwatchAndLearn
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Indian Lacquerade!

      Haha, well, I wouldn’t say that I’m a veteran when it comes to nail art. I still feel like a newbie, and I don’t think I have all the techniques down, but I enjoy challenging myself to try new things. I’m very thankful that readers encourage me to continue trying. :)

      Haha, don’t get caught checking out my blog at work! :P I won’t want to get you in trouble with your boss…hehe, even though it’s verrrry flattering. Thank you!

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  38. Gelic' nail art

    I’ll start with the #SwatchAndLearn, beceause yes, I want to win the bottle :D And about the text it sure was a lot to read, but it was SO worth it, I learned a lot and it was also interesting to hear about your evening. You are so personal in your posts and give so much to us, the readers and I think that is so awesome of you! :D
    Will make a blog post about this giveaway as well. :)
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Gelic’ nail art!

      Haha, yeah, I couldn’t help it. My fingers were possessed on the keyboard. ;)

      It’s great to know that you read the whole thing, even though it was long.

      Maybe some people think that I’m ‘too’ personal in my posts, but it’s a blogging style that comes very naturally to me, and I also enjoy reading blogs where the people behind them share things about themselves – makes it more interesting. I visit blogs also for the people and not just reviews on new products. :) Glad that you enjoy my blogging style!

      Oh, and thank you so much for wanting to blog about this and share the opportunity to win. That’s very thoughtful of you.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lacquerliciouslove!

      It was! :) I think I had my one amazing experience for life. Now I don’t know if anything else polish-related will happen to me that could ever top that…haha!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Pam R!

      It was my pleasure! :) Swatch And Learn readers are the best, and you’ve all motivated me and really helped me get through a lot of difficult times just with your support and comments. So I always want to give back when I can to say thank you in a very obvious and concrete way.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Hannah!

      My friend received the 3rd bottle I got signed. :) It was actually OPI Absolutely Alice. I got it for her because that was her mom’s favourite blue polish ever, her mom passed away very recently, and my friend ran out of that shade and didn’t replace it because it’s hard to find. So I thought since I had an extra bottle of it, it would be perfect. :)

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  39. Janet "The KnitMaster"

    I am so jealous you lucky girl! Loved the post as usual! Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping!

    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Rachel Barnett!

      Definitely – these are the moments that make incredible memories. I’ll cherish the memory forever! :) And I’m happy to be able to share it with my readers!

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  40. Manicure Addict

    #swatchandlearn…. holy moly!! I enjoyed this post very much, almost felt like i was there!! thank you for the great coverage and I’m so happy for you getting a chance to meet such nail polish royalty!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Manicure Addict!

      Glad to hear it! :) It was my pleasure to be able to share this with my readers. Oh, I really wish I could’ve brought you all along. How much fun would that be! :D

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Linda!

      No problem. When you sent the e-mail, I had to send ya over here to be entered. Didn’t want you to miss out on this opportunity!

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  41. Shortylegsbeauty

    Yay Im so happy for you that you got to meed Suzi :)
    OPI has been one of my favorite brands for a few years now already. I did not buy OPI at first cause its insanely expensive here in Finland but I started buying bottles on sale and I was like a child when I bought my first bottle :) I have bought bottles full prized and I do not regret it cause its such an amazing brand :)
    Thank you for being so kind and holding this “#SwatchAndLearn“ giveaway :)
    Posting a link so that you will find my post about this giveaway in case you want to check :)
    http://shortylegsbeauty.blogspot.fi/2012/10/swatch-and-learn-opi-movin-out-giveaway.html
    hugs
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Shortylegsbeauty!

      Hehe, yes, it just takes that first bottle, and then you’re hooked! ;)

      Thank you so much for spreading the word about the giveaway!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Teresa!

      Tried out a bunch of the new polishes and reviewed them. :) Hope you’re enjoying the reviews so far. Still have a few more shades to go. Hehe, it’s a big collection. :)

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  42. Christine

    Thanks for sharing your evening with us! Sounds like it was so much fun! That polish looks so beautiful #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Christine!

      No problem – it’s my pleasure! It’s more exciting when you can share the excitement with others, so thank you for being enthusiastic right along with me! :D

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  43. D'Anna

    Oh my word, you’ve just done what I’ve been dreaming of!! I’d love to meet her. I’m just a lowly nail tech with a blog and lots of polish tho!! Thanks for this amazeballs giveaway, you’re wonderful. #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey D’Anna!

      Haha…”lowly nail tech”! :P Silly! Nothing lowly about that. Takes a lot of creativity. If anyone should meet Suzi, it should be nail technicians like you who use her polish! :)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Natalia!

      Thank you for sharing my excitement about this! :) Makes it more fun!

      Hope you’ve enjoyed the swatches you’ve seen me do of some of the Selena Gomez Collection shades so far!

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  44. Delia Deloya

    Wow it must have been an amazing experience I love Opi nail polishes they are the best!“#SwatchAndLearn“

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  45. Meredith

    So amazing that you got to meet her; it sounds like a great night! Movin’ Out is so gorgeous! I love it, and I love OPI. What a dream come true! #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Meredith!

      Meeting Suzi was something I always wanted to do, but it’s one of those dreams you never think will ever come true. And then one day PR called me up and made my day with the invitation to this!

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  46. maddy

    You are so lucky you got to meet Suzi and get the new Selena Gomez collection. I can’t wait for January to get the Selena Gomez collection. It’s been a while since I commented but school is getting pretty hard now and it’s only been a month.

    #SwatchAndLearn

    PS: I love your pirate nails!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey maddy!

      Yes, I’ve noticed it’s been a while. Your lovely comments were missed! :) But I understand that school can get very hectic. Hope you’re passing your classes with flying colours!

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  47. Chanelle (C.M.)

    Congratulations, #SwatchandLearn ! What an amazing opportunity! I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be there, but I loved reading your account of what happened! I can’t wait to see the Selena Gomez collection!

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  48. Allison

    #SwatchAndLearn

    Can I tell you that I was pretty excited just to hear that you had dinner with Suzi?! I feel like you’re a friend since I read your blog so often and bc you have such a great sense of humor! That dinner must have been such a great time! It’s great to hear all about the inside scoop at OPI. I am glad to finally have an answer as to why Black Spotted isn’t available over here, although it reminded me of how awesome it is. Now I’m worried about getting some of the Skyfall collection. There are some I definitely want, but they aren’t sold anywhere around here yet. I may have to resort to buying them online. I can’t wait to see more swatches of them. I bet you’re totally going to get theblackish green! Thanks again for everything you do on your blog. It’s like Christmas when I have a new post in my inbox!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Allison!

      You’re the sweetest! :) It makes me honoured just knowing that you consider me a friend and that you come visit the blog regularly. HUGE compliment! Thank you! Without support from readers, blogging doesn’t feel nearly as rewarding.

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  49. Frosso

    I’m impressed you managed to keep this a secret for so long! You just lived every little blogging girls dream! Thats so amazing that she would take the time to meet with a small group of bloggers and to be so generous. I don’t even know what else to say, I’m kinda speechless haha. Just…Yaaaaaay! lol.
    #SwatchAndLearn
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Frosso!

      Yes, it was difficult to stay tight-lipped about it. I kept wanting to blurt it out. Haha, but I knew I’d be talking a lot about it afterwards, so I didn’t want to make people’s ears fall off…(or eyes fall out since people are reading the blog…hehe!)

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  50. Patty

    Mary, you are a star! What an amazing evening – I love your enthusiasm … and your pirate nails, too. #SwatchandLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Patty!

      The real stars are my readers because they always know what to say to give me the extra push I need to continue blogging.

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  51. @messy_manis

    Great blog! Thanks for letting us share the experience through you.
    It’s great to have a Canadian nailblog like yours. I always check your archives before buying a new shade of polish.

    #swatchandlearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey @messy_manis!

      My pleasure – I couldn’t go to an event like this and NOT blog about it. That would be a crime…haha! All the polish ‘gods’ would punish me, I’m sure! ;)

      Wow, really? Huge compliment! Thank you! I hope that I’ve helped you save some money and not just been an enabler. ;)

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  52. Emma

    Aww she sounds like such a nice lady and what an amazing opportunity! Also, I can see that the Selena Gomez collection is going to burn a hole in my wallet :o
    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Emma!

      She was very nice and not intimidating like I expected her to be. Before I met her, I thought that she might be a no-nonsense type of corporate big-wig. So glad that she’s really down-to-earth and friendly.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey MC!

      Definitely she inspired me in so many ways. Plus it’s cool how out of the top big-wigs in the company, she’s the top female. Very impressive!

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  53. Cindi

    Oh wow, how exciting to meet THE Suzi of OPI. I wouldn’t know what to say to her and would be soo tongue tied. I only know of her because her name is always on 1 polish from the collections.
    I love that you kept on your pirate nails and went with a cutesy “you” style instead of redoing your mani for a fancier more grown up/glam look for the event.
    Your blog is much fun to read and I feel like I was there too with your account. Thanks for sharing!

    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Cindi!

      Yay for ‘getting’ me and liking the pirate nail art. :) The thought did cross my mind to change my polish to something more ‘grown-up’ for the occasion, but the little kid in me won. (Hehe, sometimes that inner kid gets me into trouble, but this time, it was right…)

      Thank you for reading the entire post. I know it was really long, so thank you for staying with me and following me along with the recap! :)

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  54. Jessica

    Wow, so exciting!!! Definitely an amazing opportunity–this is something you’ll remember for a pretty long time, I bet. I really enjoyed reading this, especially since OPI is my favorite polish brand (and I do really like Nicole by OPI as well, even though I know a lot of people can’t stand the bottle shape). Also, I can’t wait for the Selena Gomez collection (not a fan of hers but the colors in your picture looked cool). #SwatchandLearn :)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica!

      Yeah, I think the only way I’ll forget about meeting Suzi is if I get smacked on the head by a blunt object. The memories even today bring a smile to my face!

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  55. Ingrid

    What an incredible night!!! That was something special. I am glad to know that somebody like Suzy takes her time to meet you and other bloggers. The nail polish world would not be as exciting and amazing without you. Congratulations!!!
    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ingrid!

      Definitely – if she ended up being snobby, that would really ruin my image of the OPI brand!

      Aww…thanks for the sweet words! :D

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  56. Zara Keshwani

    Wow, sounds like you had an amazing evening! Good for you :)

    Did you get the same polish signed for yourself, or a different colour?

    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Simona!

      Instead of hoarding that extra bottle of OPI Movin’ Out, it was way better to give it away to an awesome reader. :) Better that a polish gets used and doesn’t just collect dust.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Rose!

      Yeah, I can’t open up every giveaway internationally due to financial restrictions (etc.), but this time I just had to. I really wanted to celebrate this moment with all my readers! :)

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  57. Lauren

    What a lucky lucky ducky you are Mary!! What an experience! That would have been so fun. Your long and thorough post made me feel like I was there – thanks for sharing!!!!

    #SwatchAndLearn

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  58. Robbie

    Wow! OMG! What a great read. Mary Mary you did it this time. Love it. Look like you had a great time. Thank you for sharing with everyone. I hope I win it. ;-) A guy that wears nail polish! #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Robbie!

      YAY for a guy entering this giveaway! I really like how you’re proud of wearing polish. There should be more guys like you out there who are as comfortable with themselves to not think that something as small as nail polish defines their gender identity.

      Reply
  59. Monica L

    What a great party! Sounds like such an amazing experience. I’m glad that you enjoyed it. She sounds lovely and if I ever meet her I’m going to giggle like a schoolgirl..Lol Thanks for the info. I’m going to get my Goldeneye backup ASAP.
    I’m actually pretty excited for the Selena Gomez collection; has a lot of glitter. Can’t wait to see swatches #swatchandlearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Monica L!

      When I met her, I had a fan-girl moment. Thank goodness I didn’t embarrass myself, though! ;) In my head, the whole time I was screaming, “OH MY GOD!”

      Now that I’ve reviewed all of the Selena Gomez polishes (except for one), what do you think? Any favourites?

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  60. maria emma

    OMG! Of course I’m in!!

    Getting to know the person behind OPI is like a dream come true.. You guys living in canada and the us are SO lucky! Here in Panama we don’t have new collections.. like NEVER.. next year I’m starting to order everything online ..

    #SwatchAndLearn
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Maria Emma!

      Definitely, and it was really inspiring. I realize that this is a rare opportunity, so all the memories are cemented in my head. I’ll never forget it, and I’m incredibly thankful to have been chosen!

      Aww…that’s such a shame that Panama doesn’t get new collections. I wonder why that is. Customs policy? Hmm….

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Cherie!

      Aww…even though you didn’t win, I’m still glad that you entered. After all, at least entering gives you a chance, right? But, if you don’t enter, it’s 100% certain that you’ll never win.

      I plan to have more giveaways, so keep your eyes peeled for more chances!

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  61. Lizajane1776

    What a wonderful evening. I am so glad that you didn’t play it cool for us, I love seeing people get excited about things! Oh, and #SwatchAndLearn !

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lizajane1776!

      Hahaha, it would be impossible to play it cool. This was one of the biggest things to happen to me, so I couldn’t curb my enthusiasm even if I tried. ;)

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  62. Lisa

    What an awesome experience! This was so much fun to read about, and the pirate nails are super adorbs. #SwatchAndLearn

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  63. Brittany

    The OPI polish that you got signed is gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway. Do you know why she isn’t involved with Sephora by OPI? Is that a separate company altogether?
    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Brittany!

      It was one of the best polishes in my collection, so I knew that was the perfect one to get signed by Suzi. :) I had to share something special with you all because readers continually are a source of inspiration and encouragement for me. I had to give back somehow!

      Suzi is involved with Sephora by OPI. It’s just not international, so that’s why maybe it isn’t promoted as much. It’s still owned by the same OPI company as far as I know.

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  64. Alexandra

    That is so incredible you got to meet Suzi! I’m so glad to hear that she’s down to earth and is inspired by everyday women – very refreshing. It sounds like it was an amazing event! :)

    #SwatchandLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Alexandra!

      Definitely it was great to know that she wasn’t a snob. I think if I had a bad impression of her, it might even turn me off nail polish! *Gasp* The horror! ;)

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  65. Heather

    That sounds like an amazing evening, and Suzi sounds like a really nice lady. And now I should probably get around sooner rather than later to picking up the couple of Bond colors I want…

    #swatchandlearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey PolishPig!

      By the way, your name is super cute! :D

      WOW, you bought the entire collection! You’re going to love it all. Which ones are your favourites so far?

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  66. Red frog

    You are such a lucky girl to meet Suzi!!!Amnd to see in person this gorgeous Selena Gomez collection!!!!I’m so envy you:)))Thanks for made all of us part of this meeting!!! #SwatchandLearn
    Good luck to all!!!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Red Frog!

      Yes, I feel very grateful to have been invited to attend such an exclusive event with someone so vital to the nail industry!

      Thank you to readers like you who support me and take the time to leave encouraging comments. :)

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  67. Annie

    WOW! I am speachless! These things just don’t happen from where I come from! What a chance, what an opportunity…
    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Annie!

      Haha, even here in Canada, things like this don’t happen really. I was floored at the opportunity to meet her. When PR called me to ask, I told them I was definitely interested! Haha, how could I not be? It was a dream come true!

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  68. Tinka

    #SwatchAndLearn

    Wow, I’m sure that was a wonderful dinner :)
    And your pirate nails are great. Fits to OPI since they did a Pirates Of The Caribbean Collection once :D Which is still one of my faves!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Tinka!

      Oh yeah, that collection was great. (I actually liked the polish collection better than the movie – shhhh!)

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  69. Barbara

    #SwatchAndLearn

    Mary, I’ve seen pictures of Suzi before so I’m more excited to see a picture of you (other than your hands or tiny headshot)! You’re not kidding when you describe yourself as tiny!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Barbara!

      Yup, I’m very petite – clothing size women’s 00 and women’s shoe size 5.

      Heck, I can easily shop at teenage clothing stores! :) Sometimes it’s very hard to find dress clothes that fit, though.

      Haha, if you saw my hands in person, they’re also very small. A lot of kids in elementary school have hands that are either the same size or bigger than mine.

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  70. Mary

    Wow! that is super awesome. I’m jealous.
    Also,now I feel like I need to run to my closest Ulta and start stalking for the skyfall polishes. I went a week or so ago and they weren’t there yet.
    #SwatchAndLearn

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  71. Charlotte

    Congrats! Must’ve been an amazing experience for you. And you definitely deserve it!! :)
    I’m excited to see the new colors/swatches, it’s so cool you got a bag full of ‘em ;)
    Also, I think it’s so awesome you went with mini pirates on your fingers. I really love that, going with something different is so great! And I’m pretty amazed you managed to think of your readers in such a situation – nice! :D

    #SwatchandLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Charlotte!

      It’s been taking me a long time to reply to comments on this post, so I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. Gradually, I will finish replying to everyone. Then I can sleep in good conscience!

      Thank you for your encouragement. It definitely was a wonderful experience meeting Suzi. Even to this day, I find it hard to believe that it happened! :)

      Of course! My readers are on my mind a lot because they do so much for me and really lift up my spirits. My readers are amazing!

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  72. Angela

    What an awesome event to go to and to get Suzi’s autograph. FANTASTIC!

    I think this color would look AMAZING on you, so please, don’t be afraid that you won’t do it justice because I think you’d ROCK IT! :0)

    #SwatchAndLearn#
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Angela!

      Haha, I’ve never asked for anyone’s autograph before, so I felt like a total fan girl when I asked Suzi for hers! ;) But I couldn’t have that opportunity and waste it, right? Hehe!

      One day, I promise, I will muster up the courage to wear it. Maybe in the summertime when the sun’s out more often. I feel like to do it justice, I need to have good lighting.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica Johnson!

      Thank you so much – I get such joy from writing, and it makes me very happy knowing that you enjoyed reading what I wrote! (Hehe, I know it was long!)

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  73. Heather

    I’ve been stalking this blog for months and have not posted previous comments. But, I always find your posts chocked full of informative details. I ordered the entire James Bond collection of polishes days ago despite originally planning on waiting. After seeing them in person and learning how fast they are selling I’m lemming for the the gold top coat too. While I’ve always had a soft spot for OPI polish the last few seasonal collections have impressed me the most. They just keep improving. I can’t wait to see the Mariah Carey swatches. I don’t own any Nicole by OPI since I often wonder if the formula boasts the same as traditoinal OPI, the plum looks nice though and Selena Gomez is a familiar face in our home since my 5 yr old son loves her Disney TV show Wizards of Waverly Place.
    Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
    #SwatchandLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Heather!

      Thank you for deciding to leave a comment! :) Glad that you’ve been following Swatch And Learn for a while!

      Now that you’ve seen some of the Mariah Carey polishes, what do you think of them?

      Reply
  74. Stephanie Abell

    I just rescently started to look at your blog, but i have got to say.. I LOVE IT! i absolutley love how you dont just “swatch” nail polishes, you truely wear them and give an honest opinion of how each polish is.

    love it :)

    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Stephanie!

      Yes, I have to actually wear the polishes as real manicures to enjoy the whole experience. I have nothing against others who swatch lacquers, but if I started doing that, I would stop liking nail polish as much. Don’t want that to happen! :)

      Another advantage of not swatching is that when I wear the polish, I have more chances of taking photos. When you just swatch, you pretty much get one shot to photograph your nails.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Beth Combs!

      Thanks so much! I feel very lucky/blessed to have such wonderful readers who I can share this experience and enthusiasm with!

      Reply
  75. Szabina L

    Super-lucky You, but you totally deserved it and LOVE the photos and the funny You :)
    those nail polishes from Selena Gomez c. are sparkly-fabulous! and you’re foretaste-photos are perrrfect :)thanks
    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Szabina L!

      Thank you so much! :D What you said means a lot to me. I feel really blessed to have such loving support from people like you. I will never take it for granted.

      Reply
  76. Ada

    you look like you had a GREAT time! BTW, the selena gomez collection looks amazing! the colors are beautiful!
    #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Rebecka G!

      It’s definitely a brilliant polish in the bottle. I have a bottle of it for myself, yet I haven’t tried it yet. Too scared…hehe! It’s just a very gorgeous multichrome – beautiful to look at!

      Reply
    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kas!

      I try to have giveaways every once and a while to say thank you to my readers. Right now I have an Illamasqua one going on. And look out for future ones, too! ;)

      Reply
  77. Amandah

    Looks like you had an amazing time! I’m obsessed with OPI nail polish, well actually nail polish in general, ahaha. There’s just soo many colours and styles, just like fashion my other weakness. #SwatchAndLearn

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  78. SeeSarah Swatch

    Ahhh! that’s amazing! I am loving the look of those Selena Gomez polishes. and I’m super thankful I just picked up all my picks from the Skyfall collection:D

    #SwatchandLearn
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  79. Proudmar98

    I can’t believe you got to meet Suzi and you had the foresight to give something back to your readers too! I would have turned into a bumbling idiot in front of her I’m sure!

    I’ve actually been wanting this polish for awhile now, so I’m excited to have a chance to win it!

    #SwatchAndLearn

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  80. Alli

    This is such a generous offer Mary! I’m glad you got such a cool opportunity :) And thanks for sharing :) #SwatchAndLearn

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  81. MissMidnightBlue

    What an evening you had!!! Wish I was there with ya! :D I’m glad you got the chance at something like this! :D
    “#SwatchAndLearn“ heehee!
    what you think I’m gonna miss the chance for this? ;p ;)
    Thank you and Good luck to all!

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  82. Sophie

    I sooo want to get my hands on the Selena Gomez collection she seems like such a girlie girl that her color choices would be to die for. #SwatchAndLearn would love to finally win 1 of your giveaways.

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  83. Thea

    At least you had the guts to talk to her! I think I would’ve closely resembled a fish! All gaping and flopping! :D

    Thank you for this opportunity Mary!

    #SwatchAndLearn

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  84. Caroline

    I just read about your dinner from beginning to the end! It must be fun to meet the people behind the companies. I think I would’ve asked how they came up with those idiotic names of the Germany Collection. I usually find the OPI names witty and funny, but this time they really spaced out.
    And, this is the first time I read what OPI stands for! How funny – from dentistry to nail polish :D
    Would also love to enter your giveaway! #SwatchAndLearn
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  85. Jaden

    Wow, the new colors look beautiful. I hope t
    he new yellows this year will be easier to apply, since I’ve always had bad luck with yellow polish. Hope you had a great time at the dinner!!
    #SwatchandLearn

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  86. Sofia

    I love your blog and you go into such great detail about the products. It really helps me to decide if its a product for me. I would love to be entered into the contest.
    #SwatchAndLearn

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  87. Sonya Parks

    You’re awesome!! Purple…. need I say more? Even my car is purple lol Thanks for the great giveaway #SwatchAndLearn

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  88. Sarah

    I had a job interview recently and contemplated changing my nails to a “classier” colour but decided to stick with the neon leopard print mani I’d already given myself – and the woman interviewing loved them! So I love that you stuck with the pirates :)

    #Swatchandlearn

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  89. Katherine

    Wow! What a cool event! I’m looking forward to seeing your Selena Gomez collection swatches.

    #SwatchAndLearn

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  90. Jennifer

    That is sooo cool that you got to meet Suzi. Now I know what OPI stands for, and I never would have guessed!!
    Thanks!
    #SwatchAndLearn

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  91. Heidi

    Wow, what a magical evening you had, like something out of a movie! I’m so happy for you that you got to have this awesome experience, you truly deserved it.

    #SwatchAndLearn

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  92. Mystie

    Did she say how she(or whoever) decides what celebrities to collaborate on a collection with? I wish there was a way to make suggestions about who we’d like a collection from.

    #SwatchandLearn
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  93. Amber B.

    Wow that sounds like an amazing experience. I think I would have been just as excited as you were! As for the color, its gorgeous and you are so genorous for doing this giveaway :) #SwatchAndLearn

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  94. Jasmine Peterkin

    What an experience, sounds like you had tons of fun ^-^ I’ve never used OPI though a little high for me haha~

    #SwatchAndLearn

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  95. Myf

    A Mariah Carey collection, wow! Really looking forward to that! My guess would be lots of pinks and sparkles, and perhaps a rainbow glitter (referring to the song :) ). And there must be one inspired by All I want for Xmas :) xx Ps. #SwatchAndLearn

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  96. Melissa H

    That color looks downright scrumptious. I must say I truly enjoy and appreciate your posts and content…very helpful in finding the colors I really want to own. Thank you!

    #SwatchAndLearn

    Question: Could you recommend a dupe for OPI’s Mermaid Tears if there is one (even though I will likely keep searching till I find and affordable bottle).

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  97. Nikki

    What a fantastic evening you had! I love looking at bottle shots of Movin’ Out, and would probably stare at it all day if I won it! #SwatchAndLearn

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  98. Allie

    Hi! Stumbled across your blog today while googling Halloween nail art! I’m going to try candy corn nails or the frankenstein one! Great blog – adding it to my bookmarks!! :)

    #SwatchAndLearn

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  99. Nicole

    Aghhhh I remember reading this on Twitter but I never actually came and read it fully!! That is so awesome! It would be so amazing to speak with her and just kinda be in her presence, y’know?? Well of course you do, you were THERE!! What a lucky duck! :) That’s so nice that she also treated you all to that bag with the upcoming polishes. That’s so fun! I feel like I would die of happiness to be on someone’s PR list and then to meet THE Suzi from OPI… mind. blown. I also really like that you wore your pirate nails to the dinner. That’s exactly something I would do. I feel like my nails are part of my personality so if someone were to think something bad because of them, they wouldn’t like me anyway so what’s the difference. Congratulations again, and thanks for sharing your special experience with all of us by having this giveaway. What a perfectly smart and sweet way for you to commemorate your special meeting. :) Thanks again! :) #SwatchAndLearn !! :D
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  100. Kami

    That is the coolest thing! And Movin Out is really a vintage polish. I wouldn’t have been able to talk, eat, drink, or do anything that made any sense! What an awesome experience!
    #SwatchAndLearn

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  101. Michaela K

    Wow that’s must’ve been the most incredible night ever! I don’t think I’d have been able to ask one coherent question, too spellbound. Thank you for the chance to win #SwatchAndLearn.

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  102. Alexis

    This sounded like such a mind blowing and incredible experience… I almost felt like I was there with you! One of my favorite parts in the story was when everyone wanted to see your pirate nails haha, I love that. I totally would’ve been fan-girling like a crazy person the whole time.

    #SwatchAndLearn
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  103. Bridget Reich

    #SwatchAndLearn That is so awesome! You are one lucky gal and then to get that entire collection to take home. I’m so jealous!! :)

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  104. Erin Hall Lewis

    Wow. What an amazing opportunity and how incredibly generous to share it with us! And that’s besides the fact that you’re giving us the chance to win an autographed bottle of Movin’ Out. Thank you!

    #SwatchandLearn

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  105. Cassie

    Amazing post as always!
    This sounds like so much fun and lucky you for attending this sort of event! Sounds like a dream come true to any nail polish-holic!!!

    thanks for sharing this with us!

    #SwatchAndLearn

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  106. Mir

    i am all excited reading this post like as if i was there! i am so happy Suzi made a trip to Canada :D and will follow up your post about IMATS because unfortunately i cannot make it :D

    you are too too nice to think of your readers during the event! :D

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  107. Gosia

    Mary, I never commented on this post although I keep coming back to it… Do you know by any chance how Sephora by OPI ties into this? I never see any promotions on those polishes…

    Oh, and which other bloggers were there??? I’m always on the lookout for more awesome nail polish blogs!!!

    Thanks Mary :))). So happy for you for this awesome experience!!!
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  108. Laure

    This is so cool. I totally didn’t know any of this. :) I only just got into nail polish last spring, together with 2 friends, so everything is so exciting and new.
    OPI isn’t really that accessible in my country and when you can find it, it doesn’t exactly fit into my budget (it’s like 14 euros for a polish). But pretty soon, I’ll own my first few OPI’s thanks to a swap. \o/

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