Blog News: I Met Suzi Weiss-Fischmann a 2nd Time & Attended an Exclusive OPI Product Launch (Plus Surprise Giveaway!)

SwatchAndLearn Suzi Weiss-FischmannIf you’ve visited Swatch And Learn or followed me along social-media avenues in the last few days, you’re well aware of some pretty big news: I met Suzi Weiss-Fischmann (Co-Founder, Executive VP & Artistic Director of OPI) a 2nd time and attended an exclusive OPI product launch!

You’ll remember that back on October 14, 2012, I enjoyed an exclusive dinner with her. That was a major event in my blogging career, and I wrote a very long and detailed post about it.

I thought it would be a once-in-a-lifetime deal. But, Fate dealt me a Royal Flush in the game of polish poker. 😉

On February 20 (which is actually around my birthday!), Langton Communications, one of the PR firms I’ve collaborated with since August 2011, e-mailed me an invitation to attend an exclusive OPI product launch of the Fall/Winter 2013 collection! (A big thank you goes out to the entire Langton Communications team. Their professionalism and ability to get things done with flair never ceases to impress me.)

When I read the message on my iPhone, my heart was racing like Usain Bolt.

It’s every nailphile’s dream to meet the creative visionary behind the leading nail-polish company. But to have the opportunity to do it twice? “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!” 😉

There probably was a cloud of smoke rising as I RSVPed. Pig Pen from Charlie Brown would’ve been impressed, even if it wasn’t a cloud of dirt.

Eventually, my heartbeat went back to its usually rhythm (Kes the Band “My Love”, if you must know the exact beat…hehe!).

From now on, I’ll always remember Monday March 18 as the day I got to meet Suzi Weiss-Fischmann a 2nd time!

This time, it was held at the Aria Ristorante in the heart of downtown Toronto. What a classy venue!

In this post, I’ll go into the details about the whole experience. There’s so much I must tell you, and I hope that we can share the excitement together as nailphiles!

Also, I’m sneaking in a surprise giveaway for my blog readers. I hope you like it! 😉

Edit: CONGRATULATIONS, Floria! You won my surprise giveaway for an autographed bottle of OPI The Man With The Golden Gun! Please reply to my e-mail within 48 hours to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone for participating!

SwatchAndLearn Suzi Weiss-Fischmann

What I Wore to the Event

I wore MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick (from the Archie’s Girls Collection) because it’s my favourite and lined my eyes with Urban Decay Junkie for a pop of sparkly turquoise that didn’t match anything.

My dress is just an affordable $40 CAD Suzy Shier sleeveless sheath dress that I fell in love with when randomly window shopping at the mall. I wasn’t even looking for a dress, but then this polka-dot dress caught my eye andddd they actually had it in an extra small – woo hoo! (I still had to get the top altered a bit because, yes, I’m very petite, as if you couldn’t tell from my toothpick fingers.) 😉

Here’s a closer look at the fabric. I just loved the colours because it’s not a combination I usually go for.

Suzy Shier Polka Dot Dress

Haha, it just hit me…I wore a Suzy Shier dress to meet Suzi!

On top of the dress, I wore a 3/4-length sleeve black cardigan, the red-bow belt (that came with the dress), black nylons, and black knee-length boots.

What I Saw When I First Walked Into the Restaurant

This is by far one of the classiest restaurants I’ve ever been to!

There were bags with large graphics of OPI nail polishes all over. And if you look in the middle, you’ll see there are cupcakes.

Aria Ristorante OPI Exclusive Event

Near the end of this exclusive event, I learned that Samantha, one of the lovely Langton PR ladies, actually spent time on the weekend making the cupcakes! I was beyond impressed! (First of all, even though I love cupcakes, for some reason, I never get to eat them often. And now there’s an exclusive OPI San Francisco cupcake? Umm…Must. Eat. Now!)

A few days after the event, I decided to stop just admiring the work of art and, well, terminate it. 😉

I joked with Samantha that I would take Before and After photos. Well, turns out it wasn’t a joke because I actually did it!

At the end of the event, everyone was given a cupcake to take home!

OPI San Francisco Cupcake

OPI San Francisco Cupcake 1

OPI San Francisco Cupcake 2

OPI San Francisco Cupcake 3

OPI San Francisco Cupcake 4

I apologize for the cupcake nudity. Hehe!

OPI San Francisco Cupcake 5

I’m a cupcake vampire!

OPI San Francisco Cupcake 6

Or…am I a cupcake MURDERER?

OPI San Francisco Cupcake 7

Either way, I taught the cupcake not to mess with me! I ain’t playin’! 😛

My First Professional Manicure…Ever!

In the invitation, I was offered the chance to get a complimentary mini manicure with colours from the unreleased OPI San Francisco Collection for Fall/Winter 2013! Of course I was interested!

The exclusive product launch was for 11:30 am, but since I booked my manicure appointment for 10:30 am, I got there earlier.

This was a big deal to me because, believe it or not, I’ve never actually had my nails professionally done in any way, shape, or form. I’ve always painted my own nails at home. So, I was excited to see what it would be like to get pampered.

I bared my naked nails to the event in anticipation of getting the manicure. Haha, my natural nails are stained yellow because I paint my nails so often and maybe it’s just my nail chemistry to absorb pigment (regardless of what base coat I use). Soooo, it added extra awkwardness on top of me baring them without polish.

The nail technician shaped my nails (I asked her to keep it rounded). She said, “You have a nice C shape.” 😀

Then, I got to pick any of the colours on the table. They were all from the OPI San Francisco Collection and the OPI Bond Girls Collection.

At first, I was going to choose just one, OPI Alcatraz…Rocks (which has a Liquid Sand finish and blurple and green sparkles – totally back-up worthy!). But, then I decided to choose a second colour – Honey Ryder (a golden Liquid Sand). And I asked the nail technician to alternate the colours on my nails.

It felt weird to have someone holding my fingers and painting my nails. I almost felt a little guilty…like I should paint them myself.

And I noticed that my technique is very different than the nail technician’s. She used verrrry thin coats. When I paint my nails, I use medium coats, usually. Also, I prefer to wrap my tips so that the manicure lasts longer.

Here’s what the finished quick manicure looked like, professionally painted and shaped:

OPI Alcatraz...Rocks & OPI Honey Ryder Swatch

2 Coats with Flash

OPI Alcatraz...Rocks Swatch & OPI Honey Ryder Swatch

2 Coats & Natural Light

As you can see, haha, I dented the pinkie finger on my left hand. And, on my right hand, I accidentally dented a few fingers. This is because after getting my nails painted, I went to take photos of the beautiful nail-polish displays. While opening my camera bag, I had a “D’oh!” moment. 😉 I usually paint my own nails at night and then go to bed right after, so this was different.

That’s What Friends Are For

In addition to meeting Suzi, I was also really excited to attend this event because I finally got to meet Marta from ChitChatNails!

We’ve been friends for quite some time, and we ‘met’ through blogging about our shared interest. We sent each other cards and nail mail, and we had been wanting to meet in person for such a long time. It was really cool how the first time we met was at this exclusive OPI event! For me, that made the entire experience even more memorable.

It was so nice to see a familiar face. 🙂 (She looks exactly the same in person as she appears in photos, and just as I suspected, she’s a real kindred spirit. I feel very lucky to have a friend like her.)

We were the first two people to arrive, and so we had total freedom to take photos of all the displays without rubbing elbows with anyone else.

And then we took this manicure photo together:

SwatchAndLearn ChitChatNails

The orange/red is OPI Jinx, and the gold is OPI Honey Ryder.

We almost forgot to take a photo together, y’know, showing our faces! Haha, I guess this just proves what nailphiles we are. Our nails came first! 😉

At the very end of the event, one of the servers took this photo of us:

SwatchAndLearn ChitChatNails Photo

The photo taken with my camera by the server came out awkward. Haha, thankfully Marta was sweet enough to let me use this one!

One section of the restaurant was set up with nail-polish displays, and I just had to snap away!

Here’s the OPI Bond Girls Collection. It contains 6 new Liquid Sand shades, and it’s due out in May. For more details, click on the link to see my blog post with swatches of all the shades, bottle photos, and the official press release.

The Bond Girls OPI Collection

Left-Right: Solitaire, Pussy Galore, Tiffany Case, Vesper, Honey Ryder & Jinx

OPI The Bond Girls Collection Exclusive Event Suzi Weiss-Fischmann

Don’t you just love the beautiful, spring flowers in the vase? So gorgeous! I really appreciated the cheerful decor.

Let’s take a moment.

Stop to smell the flowers!

Spring Flowers

Back to the polish! 😉

So there was also a cute mini set on display for the OPI Bond Girls Collection.

OPI Bond Girls Mini Set

There were also displays for the OPI San Francisco Collection for Fall/Winter 2013 that will be in stores August 7. (Click on the link to see my blog post on that collection, which includes swatches of all the shades, bottle photos, and the official press release.)

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already saw that during the event, I shared photos such as this one. It was fun to post photos live.

SwatchAndLearn OPi San Francisco Collection Instagram

OPI San Francisco Collection Exclusive Product Launch Photo

See those multicoloured beads on the left? They’re ‘love beads’, I believe PR told me. How sweet that they match the colours in the collection!

I just had to snap a few photos to show you the fine details:

OPI San Francisco Collection Love Beads

Yes, that’s a wooden bead designed to look like an OPI nail-polish bottle! It’s actually engraved!

Let’s get all up in its grill, shall we?

OPI San Francisco Collection Love Beads closer

I flipped it over, and look – even the back is special! (I love when people pay attention to the fine details.)

OPI San Francisco Love Beads

I just had to take a photo of these beads with my favourite nail polish in the collection – OPI Alcatraz…Rocks:

OPI Love Beads Alcatraz Rocks

Another table had a slightly different set-up. *Snap snap* polish Paparazzi in training? 😉

Exclusive OPI Product Launch SwatchAndLearn

Across from all these beautifully decorated tables with polish displays was a lounge area with cushioned seating.

They displayed large promotional posters for the OPI San Francisco Collection.

At first, I was going to crop the photos I took, but I left them as-is because you can see a bit more of the restaurant’s decor. (Silly me forgot to take more photos of the actual restaurant. The power of polish compels me! Hehe!)

Note the awesome lighting fixtures. They reminded me a lot of fireworks – you know the ones that burst like a balloon and get so huge, it looks like you can touch them? Those!

OPI San Francisco Collection Poster

This was my favourite poster because I love how the Golden Gate Bridge is superimposed on the woman’s black dress. Plus you can see raindrops all over. It’s visually interesting!

OPI San Francisco Collection Photo

I like how this model is dressed in masculine fashion, yet still manages to have a feminine feel. Very chic!

Gradually more people trickled in, got their nails done, and socialized. It dawned on me that a lot of the people who were invited to this event were magazine editors. Aside from Marta, I didn’t recognize any other bloggers. Although, there was one woman who I may have seen on a fashion blog, but I wasn’t certain.

Haha, it became clear to Marta and me that we were in a room with so many influential professionals. That experience is just…WOW! Imagine having an incredible job like that where you get to attend events like this often? You could learn so much!

Then…Suzi Weiss-Fischmann walked in!

*Time stops*

I believe it was at this point that I nudged Marta with my elbow and whispered something like, “She looks exactly like she does in her photos.”

Although this was my second time seeing Suzi in person, I knew that it was extra special because it was Marta’s first time! (I have to admit that I was looking at Marta a lot at this time and thought it was so cute how wide her eyes were. True nailphiles would have that expression upon being face-to-face with a nail-polish icon.) 😉

Suzi went around to speak to the various magazine editors, and we both looked on, probably thinking, “Is this really happening? Am I dreaming? Don’t wake up!”

Then, Harris Shepard, the president and founder of Harris Shepard Public Relations Inc. (the PR firm that represents OPI in the United States) came over to chat with us. I recognized him because the first time I met Suzi, he was also there.

We told him that we were beauty bloggers, and we had a nice little conversation as the restaurant servers brought around trays of appetizers and asked if we wanted to try one and if we wanted a drink.

I munched on nearly every appetizer that came my way. (I think I joked with Marta that I should stop or else I’d eat the entire tray of food. Yeah, they were that tasty!)

Then a camera guy from CityTV rolled up with all his equipment. There was also a woman with a microphone interviewing Suzi. They were filming a piece for the Cityline TV show.

As it happened, I posted this photo on Instagram:

Suzi Weiss-Fischmann CityTV Cityline Interview

Yes, ladies, Suzi’s bag that Maxine is carrying is a Hermes handbag! *Drools*

Then PR told us to be seated in the dining area because some good grub was comin’ our way! (Okay, no, they didn’t say it like that. I’m obviously paraphrasing for comedic effect.) 😉 They are very classy ladies.

I wish I took a photo of the dining room because it was so beautiful, but I forgot because I was so wrapped up in the event. 🙂

There were two long tables with wine glasses on top. It looked like a page right out of a magazine, which is appropriate considering that there were quite a few magazine editors attending.

I sat at Suzi’s table, but I wasn’t able to sit very close to her because other smarties made a beeline to the hot spot. 😉 But that was okay. Marta sat beside me, and just knowing that Suzi was even at the same table was enough to make this heart flutter.

Across from us were people from The Kit, a Canadian fashion and beauty publication. And to our right was the Chatelaine magazine editor, if I remember correctly.

All the women at this event looked so posh – beautiful and fashionable.

I felt a little bit like a Jack Dawson (from Titanic) in the middle of sophisticated society, but like Jack said in the film, we need to make every moment count. (And no, I did not stand up on the table and exclaim, “I’m the king of the world!”) 😉

And thank goodness I paid attention during that movie. Start using the utensils from the outside and work your way in during the meal. 😉 (Yeah, apparently I learn my etiquette from blockbuster films. It’s a good thing I didn’t lean more towards Dirty Harry or Taxi Driver…haha!)

How about some more photos?

In the customized OPI lunch menu, this was the salad we got:

OPI Exclusive Event Salad

As you can see, it was really fresh, and I devoured it quickly, but not so quickly that I looked like an uncouth barbarian. Remember, I’m a lady! *Points pinkie finger up* Haha, oh, who am I kidding?

Oh, and the whole time, we got to enjoy some wine! I chose white wine (I like the taste, but also it’s more forgiving in case you spill it…hehe!). Marta had red wine (and no, she was very careful and didn’t spill a drop).

After that, we had a choice for the main course. You could either get fish or this special ravioli with mushroom and truffle oil.

I’m a Pisces, and maybe that’s why I don’t like fish…hehe! So I opted for the ravioli.

Listen, it was so delicious that I completely forgot to take a photo of it. When I remembered, it was when the server was removing my empty plate from the table!

For dessert, there also was a choice. I can’t remember the names because they were so fancy, but the one I wanted came in a glass, and you eat it with a spoon. It was almost like a pudding with some cookie crumble on top.

The only reason why I didn’t get that was because of my nut allergy. So, I chose the lemon rice cake. I’ve never had anything like it before. It’s was yummy!

This time, I remembered to take a photo.

OPI Exclusive Event Dessert

As the event wound down, many people headed to get their coats and leave. They were going back to their offices.

Marta and I stuck around, and we ended up being one of the last people to leave. 🙂 (Haha, first to arrive and last to go! You can totally tell how we wanted to soak up every single second, can’t you?)

I took another photo with Suzi, but I also asked to take a photo of the Langton Communications team. After getting to know them since 2011, I realized that I didn’t have any photos of them.

I’ve met all of Langton Communications ladies in the Toronto office. But this was the first time that I got to meet Donna-Lee Langton!

In case you don’t know, Donna-Lee Langton is one of the top 6 public-relations professionals, as rated by Canada’s beauty media in Cosmetics Magazine surveys.

Langton Communications OPI Exclusive Event SwatchAndLearn close-up

Left-Right: Stephanie, Michelle, Samantha, Maxine, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann & Donna-Lee Langton

Here’s the photo zoomed out, so you can see more of the restaurant’s decor:

Langton Communications OPI Exclusive Event SwatchAndLearn

Afterwards, I got to sit down with Suzi for a one-on-one ‘interview’. PR had set aside special time just for me, which I really appreciated.

The first thing I told Suzi was that I was really in love with the Liquid Sands. Haha, then I pretty much pleaded that OPI comes out with a green Liquid Sand!

I also asked her about whether OPI would be collaborating more with bloggers, perhaps to come up with new colours. Bloggers not only are great for building connections, but also for marketing and communications. Suzi made it pretty clear that OPI had plans to reach out to bloggers. (I can already see that happening, and it’s really exciting!)

Then, of course I thanked her for having me at the event, and I told her that it was extra special because I got to finally meet Marta. After communicating via computers and the phone, it was nice to finally interact with her face-to-face. I told Suzi how the opportunity to be there was already huge, but that it also helped bring Marta and I together. 🙂 Suzi seemed touched to hear that! And when I think about the whole event now, it brings tears to my eyes because, honestly, how often does an opportunity like this knock on your door? Amazing! Just amazing!

At the end of the event, Donna-Lee Langton handed me a swag bag that contained the cupcake I showed you earlier as well as every single nail-polish shade from the OPI San Francisco Collection and the OPI Bond Girls Collection!

Inside, there were also nail-board swatches and the official press releases for both collections. Anddd, as if that wasn’t spoiling me enough already, I also got the Love Beads! I was really excited about that because it’s something exclusive to commemorate the event for me. 🙂

A huge THANK YOU to Suzi Weiss-Fischmann and the entire Langton Communications team!

The whole experience was a dream come true, and I appreciate even being considered for this exclusive event, even though I’m not an industry professional – I am incredibly honoured!

After this event, Marta and I hung out one-on-one. We ended up walking a bit and then going to Baton Rouge, which was funny because we literally just came from lunch and then went to another restaurant. 😉 (No, our stomachs weren’t getting their second wind!) We just had chips and a spinach dip to snack on. Marta had a coffee, and I had an apple martini.

Okayyyy, so this was a loooong post, wasn’t it?

But, as Ron Popeil said, “But wait! There’s more!”

Win an Autographed Bottle of OPI The Man With The Golden Gun!

Now, initially, I brought along a nail polish and wanted to ask Suzi to sign it (like the last time I met her), but things were a bit rushed. I got caught up in talking with her, and before I knew it, PR let her know that the car was waiting out back for her because she had to leave soon. Busy woman, and that’s to be expected!

Unfortunately, I only remembered afterwards about the nail polish.

So, I decided to sign it myself. Heck no, I don’t think it’s a replacement for Suzi’s signature. But, I wanted to personalize this prize in some way instead of just giving you something you could buy off eBay.

I wrote “You swatched & learned” on the side of the sealed box so it’s especially for Swatch And Learn readers. 🙂

As you know, OPI The Man With The Golden Gun is no longer available for sale in stores, and if you can find it online, it’s going for insane prices. Even the retail price was high. But, we won’t talk about how much it costs. There’s more fun stuff ahead! 😉

This is the bottle that’s up for grabs in this surprise giveaway:

OPI The Man with the Golden Gun Nail Polish Giveaway SwatchAndLearn

OPI The Man with the Golden Gun Giveaway SwatchAndLearn

OPI Man with the Golden Gun Giveaway SwatchAndLearn

Here are the details for how you can enter to win the signed bottle of OPI The Man With The Golden Gun:

  • Starts: Now
  • Ends: Saturday April 6 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.
  • Note: I’ll be using Random.org to randomly select the winner. I’ll announce the winner sometime on April 7, 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.)

Please Support Me Along These Social-Media Platforms

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

I would also really appreciate it if you left comments on any of my other blog posts, too. Even if a post is old, I still read the comment and try to reply as soon as I can.

Good luck in the draw! 🙂

P.S. Due to the anticipated number of comments and giveaway entries this blog post will have, I’m going to only begin replying to comments on this post after the giveaway is over. At that time, I’ll try to reply to as many as I can.

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180 thoughts on “Blog News: I Met Suzi Weiss-Fischmann a 2nd Time & Attended an Exclusive OPI Product Launch (Plus Surprise Giveaway!)

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Tam!

      More like I begged her! She probably thought I was being silly, but I desperately want a green Liquid Sand! 🙂

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  1. Debbie Spence

    #SwatchAndLearn
    I am just getting into nail polish, and I haven’t tried any OPI yet, so far I’ve used Sally Hansen, China Glaze and Color Club and I’d love to have a special bottle of OPI!

    It sounds like you had a super exciting time, and it would have been neat to meet other bloggers as well.

    Wish everyone good luck with the contest!
    Debbie Spence recently posted: Simply Stacie Uncle Ben’s Giveaway

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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Debbie!

      Definitely, it was a dream come true! I feel very honoured to have been part of such an event, and I’m so happy to be able to share this with readers.

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  2. Lacqueerisa

    #SwatchAndLearn

    A big thank you for this very detailed post of your experiences in through the event! Reading this makes me feel like I was actually there – experiencing everything you experienced as well! Truly wonderful! ♥ And thank you for this very special giveaway too! 🙂
    Lacqueerisa recently posted: Volcanic Inspired Nails

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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Lacqueerisa!

      It’s my pleasure! 🙂 When I was writing this, I tried very hard to help readers try to visualize what it was like to be there. So thank you for saying it came across that way. I wish I could take my readers with me because we can get excited about polish together!

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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Neelie!

      It was amazing to meet her a second time. Even the first time was like a dream. But for it to happen again and for PR to allow me one-on-one time with her was the icing on the cake!

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  3. Tiffany

    What an awesome opportunity for you, thanks for sharing all the details! I think it was really nice that you were able to meet Marta (and that you shared that story with Suzi!).
    Ah, Suzy Shier stores… it’s nice to hear a familiar name (I’m from SK)! I feel you on being petite. When I lived in the US, I would only shop on visits home because there, I had better luck finding XS stuff that wasn’t too big. Sometimes I think it would be nice to be an average size — anything outside of manufacturers’ normal (narrow) range is tough.
    #SwatchAndLearn Thanks for hosting the contest too!

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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Tiffany!

      Meeting two people in the polish world that I admire at one lavish event was incredible! 🙂 I’m hoping to have more experiences like this in the future, but even if I don’t, at least I can cherish the memories of this one!

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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Karrie!

      Thank you so much! 🙂 I was shaking with excitement when I received the invitation!

      That dress was really comfortable, plus how affordable it was made my wallet sigh a little. 😉

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  4. Thea

    #SwatchAndLearn I think I had the silliest smile on my face the whole time i was reading this post! You guys are so lucky but you totally deserve it! Everything sounded so awesome!

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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Thea!

      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed reading this post! 🙂 I love sharing my thoughts with you, but it’s always great to get positive feedback and constructive criticism. It’s fun to be able to get excited with my incredibly supportive readers!

      Reply
  5. Eva

    I allready own the man with the golden gun, so I’m not joining your giveaway but it’s a great one!! I love how enthousastic you are about this whole adventure :). And I LOVE your outfit!! I’m a sucker for dresses and cute bow belts and I always put my belt over my cardigan like you did! And those bond girl polishes…. wooowww… <3
    Eva recently posted: My first attempt at gradient nails…

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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Eva!

      Awesome that you own that gold polish! I have one, but haven’t cracked it open yet. I’m too scared to break the seal. Hehe!

      Oh boy – I was on such a high even after the event ended. Plus having one-on-one time with my friend, Marta, was the icing on the cake. It was an incredible day all around, and I won’t forget any of it!

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  6. According2Heidi

    Since Emerald was named Pantone color of the year for 2013, I was shocked there was no greens in the OPI Wizard of Oz collection! So thank you #SwatchAndLearn for telling Suzi we need more greens!

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  7. Chiling

    Gah Alcatraz…Rocks is gorgeous. That and Vesper are probably my favourite Liquid Sands :3 And this may sound creepy but you have very pretty hands. #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Chiling!

      Alcatraz…Rocks is my favourite from the OPI San Francisco Collection! If you get it, you won’t be disappointed. All the multicoloured glitter is breathtaking!

      *Blush* Aww, thank you for the sweet compliment. I didn’t read it as being creepy at all, so no worries! 🙂

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  8. Cécile

    #SwatchAndLearn

    First of all, thank you for this amazing giveaway! I love the idea that it’s your autograph, it’s very original!

    It’s always a pleasure to read about your meetings with Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. Thanks for your posts and your wonderful manicures.

    Have a nice day!

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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Cecile!

      I felt a little silly autographing it because I worried that maybe some people would think I’m being full of myself. But I really wanted to personalize it to commemorate this event and as a special thank you to Swatch And Learn readers for supporting me all the way. Thanks for understanding why I did it, but also for liking the idea! 🙂

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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Viktorija!

      It’s always my pleasure to chronicle amazing polish events, especially when they involve Suzi, a creative leader in the polish industry! 🙂

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  9. Maria

    #SwatchAndLearn
    Thank you so much – I’m from Denmark, and many times we do not get the opportunity to enter these give-aways! (and in Denmark this OPI-polish is about impossible to find and retails for about 52 US dollars, which is way over prized!)
    Cool you got to meet Suzi (again)… a litte jealous! 😉

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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Maria!

      Oh wow, that’s very expensive! Sorry to hear that – if I lived in Denmark, it sounds like I couldn’t afford to be a nailphile!

      Although my budget doesn’t allow me to always open my giveaways to everyone, I try to do my best to occasionally do so. I know that I have readers all over the world, and I like to give back as much as possible because my readers have helped me make my blog what it is today by encouraging me.

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  10. Tina

    What a lovely blog post. I almost felt like I was there with you. It would be a true pleasure to meet Suzi one day seeing as most of my, yet quite humble, nail polish collection consists of OPI polishes. Keeping my fingers crossed I can add the super indulging gold polish to this collection! 🙂 #SwatchAndLearn

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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Tina!

      Thank you so much! 🙂 When I sat down to write this post, I definitely wanted to bring readers along with my words to make you feel like you were there with me. I’m so happy to hear that you felt that way! 🙂 It means a lot to me.

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  11. Margo

    Seriously awesome post Mary – you made your readers feel like they were there. I totally get your excitement – what a neat experience! The liquid sands are really cool – I have a couple from the Mariah Carey collection and I thought they would chip fast but nope! They grip on to my nails and last. I think out of the Bond girl collection Solitaire looks fun. Oh, and love the beads!

    #SwatchAndLearn
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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Margo!

      The writer in me is extremely happy to hear that this post conveyed the emotion I was feeling and that you felt like you were there with me. If I can’t bring readers to the event, the least I could do is write about it in more detail so that you can imagine the scenery and the excitement. 🙂

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  12. Icequeen81

    #SwatchAndLearn first of all I love your sjaal love the purple on it
    like the lipstick on you ,

    that muffing looks yummy and also the salad it looks like mozzarella
    yeah I think Pig Pen would be impressed too but I thing shrouder would be impressed by the chic place maybe some music of his piano would also be at place.
    love the leggings/tights of Maxine they are lovely

    we are glad you had a nice time there

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  13. Valerie

    Wow this seems like an AWESOME experience. So excited to hear that OPI is going to be reaching out to bloggers, we might just get some amazeballs colors out of that. #SwatchAndLearn

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  14. Vicki

    #SwatchAndLearn Miss Mary you have outdone yourself! Love love LOVE your thorough and descriptive reviews, you’ve got a natural journalistic style my friend! This was very informative and fun to read…thank you!!! xoxo

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  15. Meredith

    This looks like so much fun! I already have TMWTGG, so I don’t need to be entered in the contest, but I wanted to comment anyway to thank you for the inside look and the sneak peeks of all the new colors. I cannot wait to see detailed swatch posts. You have a lot of work to do! I’m excited to see Peace Love & OPI up close. That one looks fun. And at least partially green, so it should be right up your alley.

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  16. Jessica

    Thanks for taking pictures of every last detail, including the food! (It made me hungry…) I enjoyed looking through all of them :). Your outfit was cute! And who knows, if blogger collaborations are in OPI’s future maybe OPI will collaborate with you to produce a green Liquid Sand polish! (Something that looks like crushed emeralds would be fantastic, hint hint ;)!) #SwatchAndLearn

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  17. Karen

    SO much awesome-ness Mary!! You look great, btw! That dress really suits you, and you wear red lip-stick very well. All that POLISH, gah what fun you must have had!! The food looks delish, the PR team looks so stylish, the venue looks so on point trend wise. I’m not sure how to put this in a sentence, so I’m just gonna throw it out there: #SwatchAndLearn. Thanks for hosting another lovely giveaway! 🙂
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  18. Morgan S

    #swatchandlearn the whole time I read this I was so happy. I love how excited this whole event made you! I love all of these colors! I hope you get to meet her again!

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  19. Desiree

    #SwatchAndLearn
    Hi Mary!
    You are indeed one very lucky lady to have been able to go to this amazing OPI event! And all the free polishes! Lucky, lucky, lucky. I am a Pisces like you, and I also do not enjoy eating fish (except for lobster…is that considered a fish? ha ha!). I thought maybe, like you, it is because my sign is the 2 fish swimming in opposite directions….SO my personality. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    Desiree recently posted: Blog News: I Met Suzi Weiss-Fischmann a 2nd Time & Attended an Exclusive OPI Product Launch (Plus Surprise Giveaway!)

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  20. MichelleH

    What an exciting event. I’m so jealous. Thanks for the long and pic heavy post, it was like I was there! But I wasn’t. Which made me even more jealous. 😉 Your dress is SO cute! And that’s quite the swag bag. Of course I would like to win the polish. #SwatchAndLearn Thanks for the generous giveaway. And I really hope your pleas for a green sand come true. That would be gorgeous.

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  21. Samantha Beaton

    Congratulations on this amazing opportunity! Suzi seems like a great down to earth woman. I would love to win this polish…it is gorgeous, but couldnt afford the $30 price tag!
    #SwatchAndLearn

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  22. Debi

    I’m in tears – what a day!

    #SwatchAndLearn
    Yes, please enter me. And I comment on your G+ pages, Mary. But you know I always read these all the way through!
    🙂

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  23. Camille

    What an amazing experience! I always love your detailed posts and it was fun to see a sneak peek of what’s to come! It’ll be really interesting to see what comes out of them reaching out to bloggers more.
    #SwatchAndLearn

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  24. beachgal

    How fun for you! I had seen photos of the SF collection. I am way excited for it since I went to college in the Bay area & it was he 60’s – I know, tons older than most polish folks! The love beads are a bit large – all the ones I had and saw were smaller diameter – and of course usually brighter! But fun idea in this campaign to use the beads. Fun for me to see a collection from a city I still live close to today. Good choice for a pick for a collection – surprised they have not done it before..it is a globally loved city. Your photos are great – agree, nice restaurant….and it has a very modern SF look! Sure that was a consideration in picking it.

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  25. Sarah

    #SwatchAndLearn

    I love that you’ve never had your nails done professionally before! I’ve only had mine done once – I wasn’t very good at chatting to the manicurist because I was paying so much attention to what techniques she was using!
    I really enjoyed this blog post – lots of detail makes us feel like we’re actually there! And I shall look out for a future liquid sand green named after you 😉

    – Sarah xx

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  26. Linnea

    #SwatchAndLearn i cant wait to try the Bond Girls collection! And I love that lipstick you wore =)
    xoxo Linnea

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  27. Jennifer

    #SwatchAndLearn
    Wow, sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing it with us. I really enjoyed reading this whole post and seeing all the photos!!

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  28. Kelsie Rogers

    I love your blog and am so jealous you had the chance to meet with Suzi twice now! Thank you so much for sharing this experience!! I feel like I am living vicariously through you and Marta!! 🙂
    I am crossing all finger and toes that I am lucky enough to win that signed bottle!!!! #SwatchAndLearn
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  29. Cindi

    #SwatchAndLearn

    Oh how fun! I am so glad you shared your event now I feel like I was there too. I would be so speechless meeting Suzi. Stars in my eyes and all. You lucky girl! Thanks for the pics and sharing your special day!

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  30. Kayla

    It sounds like it was an awesome, awesome day. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! Again, love your blog! #SwatchAndLearn

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  31. Masha A.

    Wow! :))) Such a lovely post 🙂
    You are truly lucky to have attended such an amazing event. Thank you for sharing the experience.
    I hope many more similar occasions come your way in the future.
    P.S.I prefer you nails when you do them yourself,than when the opi tech does them 🙂
    #SwatchAndLearn

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  32. Karen D

    #SwatchandLearn I think the San Fransisco collection is amazing and I love the names. I would love to meet Suzi myself!

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  33. Laure

    #SwatchAndLearn
    \o/ Yay, the Suzi post! Your enthousiasm makes me so happy!

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmh, cupcake.

    I absolutely love the belt you were wearing, so cute. I think your outfit just screamed classy casual.

    You have beautiful elegant hands with long fingers. I have tiny hands (I don’t know anyone over the age of 12 with smaller hands than I have) and my fingers are short and stubby. I trade you for your hands in a sec. (I didn’t mean for that to sounds so creepy… oops.)
    I haven’t tried any liquid sand polish yet, but I have my eyes on the Vesper one. It looks gorgeous, like black diamonds.

    I also really like the Bond Girls minis, usually I’ll like 1 or 2 of the minis, but they all look right up my alley. (Mmmmmm, Vesper and Solitaire…)
    the San Francisco collection looks good so far and those love beads are adorable.

    My friend Ellenore had the funniest reaction when I showed her this post and she saw the press photo of the girl in black dress: “she could’ve worn a little bit of a longer skirt, you know.” Of all the things to notice! XD

    How cool that you were on Suzi’s table! Were you able to talk a little to her while eating? (Anything interesting being said? *wink, wink* *nudge, nudge*)
    That lemon rice cake looks devine! (I really like food, ok ;)) What flavour ice cream was that?

    How cool is that OPI will reach out to blogger?! So cool! (What’s cooler that being cool? Ice cold! XD)
    I wish there was more of a nail polish culture in Belgium, than maybe PR companies and polish brands would pay more attention to us. 🙁

    What a cool day you had! Meeting Marta for the 1st time, Suzi for the 2nd time, getting a manicure for the 1st time, great food and awesome new polishes! (Also cupcake!)

    Thanks for sharing this with us, Mary, I love hearing you talk about events, you’re so passionate! And thank you for the giveaway!
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  34. Tanya

    #SwatchAndLearn Thanks for sharing all the pictures! I’ve been home all week with a cold, now I feel like I went somewhere fun due to the pictures.

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  35. Shelby

    You are such a great writer, I felt like I was at the event!! Thank you for all you do, Mary! #SwatchAndLearn <3

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  36. Insouciant

    God, I do not usually wear reds and have not looked twice on Honey Ryder before I saw your swatch here. Must. Have.

    Oh. And great prize, by the way. #SwatchAndLearn

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  37. Natalie

    It’s nice to see someone so passionate about polishes that you get rewarded with opportunities like these. Great Job! #SwatchAndLearn

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  38. Fizzle

    #SwatchAndLearn How exciting! I would be so thrilled I wouldn’t be able to see straight! And I’m in agreement, a green Liquid Sand would be amazing. Maybe next collection!

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  39. Lawren

    Ah! I got chills and big smiles reading your entry. What an amazing opportunity for you! And finally being able to meet a fellow blogger that you’ve been communicating with for a while must have felt incredible. I really liked being able to see your photos live on Instagram. It was as if we were right there with you, meeting Suzi at the same time…well sort of haha

    The cupcake looks fantastic and what a lovely treat. I also really love those love beads! What a neat souvenir to have.

    Although you may not have gotten Suzi’s autograph again, I think having YOUR autograph would still be fantastic since you’re the voice of these cool events for us! Also I rely on your many swatches to influence my decisions for upcoming releases or old gems, so you’re a superstar in my eyes 🙂

    #SwatchAndLearn

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  40. shelley R

    #swatchandlearn I’m definitely getting more interested in liquid sands as the color range is expanding. I will definitely be purchasing at least one of this finish to try out! I’m eyeing a few from these collections and also the one from the oz collection!

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  41. Gareth

    I think it’s great you trusted a nail tech with your precious nails Mary, such an exclusive manicure too! Well as you know I recently had my first ever professional MANicure, I loved the experience. I’m still doing my own nails too I’m swatching and learning. #SwatchAndLearn
    Keep up the fabulous blog you’re an inspiration to thousands 🙂

    P.s I’ve just saved 121 pounds in the Nails Inc sale! 😀

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  42. @messy_manis

    What a great post. I can feel you excitement in every word. It was cool to see all your and Marta’s photos on instragm at the same time. #swatchandlearn

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  43. Cal

    It looked awesome…lovely restaurant, professional mani, many OPIs and Suzi! 🙂 Btw, I wasn’t really interested in the Bond Girls Liquid Sands when you posted them but then I saw the pic of Jinx on Marta’s nails against the matching tulips and it now looks like I might change my mind :p

    Thanks for sharing your experience and the giveaway!

    #SwatchAndLearn
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  44. Mandy Gomez

    What an amazing experience! A green liquid sand would be great too!

    #SwatchandLearn is the best blog ever!

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  45. Jen Nielsen

    This was one of the sweetest posts i have ever read! I can really feel your excitement of the event, and meeting Marta! I’m so jelly you got to meet Suzi, but think you are so deserving. I’m glad you had such a good time xo

    #SwatchAndLearn

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  46. Lauren Doherty

    #SwatchandLearn I cannot wait for the Bond Girls Liquid Sands to come out!! The coral and the nude ones will definitely have a home in my collection 😉

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  47. michaela

    Wow that sounds like an amazing day!! Can’t wait till these collections come out. The Man With The Golden Gun is an awesome giveaway, I naively thought I could wait it out until it went on sale but they couldn’t keep it on the shelves at my Ulta!! #Swatchandlearn

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  48. Marine

    Hi Mary!
    What a lucky girl you are attending all of those! But you deserve it! You are a great blogger! I’m here everyday and I love it.I NEED IT! lol. keep on the good work! #SwatchAndLearn

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  49. Ashesela

    #SwatchAndLearn
    Wow it sounds like you had such an amazing time!!!! 😀 I’m jealous (but in the I’m really happy for you way! :D)
    Thank you for having this awesome contest!!

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  50. Proudmar98

    #SwatchAndLearn

    How cool that you got to meet Suzi not just once but twice, and the second time getting to meet Marta?! Awesome indeed!

    I missed out on the polish you’re giving away because I convinced myself I didn’t need it. Once I decided I needed out after all it was no longer available! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  51. floria

    #SwatchAndLearn

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience!
    I must confess a little bit of envy, but I think it’s right that a so totally envolving passion becames a full-time work and gives you those special moments! Devotion is worth being re-paid!
    Thnks for this opportunity…

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  52. PW

    I love #SwatchAndLearn – it’s a great place to learn about new products and also have a chance at winning awesome giveaways! It would be great if you could share more about your daily activities as a blogger… how you started, how you find inspiration to keep up the website! Thanks

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  53. Annefia

    Your blog is the polish blog I’ve followed the longest and it’s a huge source of inspiration for me. Your swatches are beautiful, your nailart is inspiring and your reviews very thorough but I also appreciate your humor and writing style very much. It really makes your blog stand out.

    #SwatchAndLearn
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  54. Jing Wang

    I love your mani and the behind-the-scenes views of up and coming collections. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. Danette

    It sounds like you had an awesome time. Having everyone type in “#Swatch And Learn” was a good way to make sure all the entries actually read the blog post 🙂 I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’m the lucky one!

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  56. Joyce

    #SwatchAndLearn
    Sounds like you had a great time! I SO hope they’re going to remember your suggestion of a green liquid sand when thinking up new ways to empty my bank account 😉
    And of course I’m entering the giveaway… it’s the only Skyfall polish I didn’t buy at the time (and I still regret it… but my wallet is probably happier this way… *glares at wallet*)

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  57. Bathelen

    #SwatchAndLearn

    Wow sounds like you had the best time! I am so jealous – Suzi is so inspirational and I love to imagine all the crazy things she gets up to based on some of OPI’s names =P

    Although I’m now sort of gutted as I always buy OPI mini collections as they are the cheapest way in the UK to get to try out a new collection – but the one I really want from Bond girls is Honey Ryder and it isn’t in it! Oh well, will just have to buy it full size 🙂
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  58. maddy

    #SwatchAndLearn

    You are soooooo lucky to meet Suzi twice! Great giveaway and thanks for always thinking about your readers, even at such an exciting event.

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  59. Daphane

    That event sounds like so much fun, Hopefully I can meet Suzi someday. She is my role model.
    #Swatchandlearn

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  60. Julia

    Wow, this event sounded so exciting! I’m really looking forward to your swatches of the San Francisco collection- I absolutely loved my visit to that city! Of course this is a matter of opinion, but I prefer San Fran over New York. Have you visited either city?

    Thanks so much for the giveaway, and I actually think an autograph from you is just as great as one from Suzi! 🙂

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  61. Ruth Gistelinck

    #SwatchAndLearn What an amzing post, thank you for sharing all this, it’s so interesting!!

    Thank you for the giveaway xx

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  62. Samantha V

    #SwatchAndLearn
    The event sounded exciting, wish I could’ve been there! Thanks for this giveaway, fingers crossed I win!

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  63. triceratops

    #SwatchAndLearn it was so cool to read about your second time meeting Suzi! And I’m pretty excited about some of these new OPI release. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  64. angel soltero

    I don’t even know where to start! lol
    I’ve been following Marta for a few months now and i read her post about the amazing experience you two had. Immediately i clicked on your blog…I’m in love!!!! you are now my favorite blog! (besides Marta’s) lol
    #SwatchAndLearn

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  65. Amanda Yang

    Great post and what an awesome event. and the polishes are for sure on my to-buy list!
    #SwatchAndLearn Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  66. Melissa

    Hi Mary, it’s so awesome that you got to meet Suzi a second time. I know that you won’t ever forget the meetings. #SwatchAndLearn. I’m looking forward to buy Solitaire in May, Haven’t the Foggiest,Peace & Love & OPI, Peace & Love & OPI, & Alcatraz…Rocks, in August. Love your site, keep up the great wrok. :~)
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  67. LadyNight

    #SwatchAndLearn
    I’m new to this dangerous (at least for the wallet!) nail polish business. I normally always go for silver instead of gold, but OPI The Man With The Golden Gun would most likely even win ME over to the gold-ish side ^^
    LadyNight recently posted: Kinetic Candy + Hazy Beach

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  68. Iris

    #SwatchAndLearn
    I love anything metallic and I’ve been on the lookout for new nail polishes. You’re amazing and I have so many ideas that I would’ve never thought of if it wasn’t for you. OPI is probably the best nail polish brand out there, I’m not surprised they have the best launch parties as well.

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  69. yael

    Hi there:) I really like youre blog! It’s super fun and informative:)

    best regards from Israel

    #SwatchAndLearn

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  70. Molly

    #SwatchAndLearn

    Thanks for the giveaway, i think that is a nice personal touch how you autographed it 🙂 And I enjoyed reading about the experience you had at the product launch event. Your posts always feel like you’re talking to me rather than written word, it’s a nice writing style.

    I’m even more excited for the new OPI collections after seeing your pics!! Thanks for keeping us updated!

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  71. Lisa Duncan

    I just found your blog while searching on candy nail art for my niece’s upcoming birthday. I love the polish reviews and all your cool designs. I’d love the Man with the Golden Gun topcoat for myself.

    #SwatchAndLearn

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  72. Jane English

    I’ve just been on google looking for your dress sadly doesn’t look like its available here in the UK. I love it & would have worn it to my nephews wedding next month, but then again I may have up staged the bride – never a good thing to do!

    So I’ll just #SwatchAndLearn going green from your dress & your nail varnish collection.

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  73. somecrazedlady

    #SwatchAndLearn I would love a green liquid sand. Im planning on having them all.* insert smug grin here*

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  74. Ita Tedja

    #SwatchAndLearn
    Love your blog n what a great event! N what a lovely dress.. Like it!! You can make the matching nails :p…
    Hope i can win the giveaway…
    Thanks for the opportunity… And..
    Good luck !!

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  75. heather

    WOW is all I can think of to say!! You lucky lucky woman! I know that was Such a special experience! #SwatchAndLearn

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  76. nancy

    what an exciting opportunity! I’ve been thinking about starting a blog, and posts like this both inspire and intimidate, lol! And I completely support your request for a green Liquid Sand. #SwatchAndLearn

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  77. GdgtGrrrl

    #SwatchAndLearn
    Thank you for this post. The details made me feel like I was there. Totally excited about getting my mitts on the Bond Girls line. Also, although I follow your posts for the polish and tips im loving your Ronnie Red. Just ordered one from Amazon. Don’t leave us for too long 😉

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  78. Emily

    WOW, what an special experience!! I’ve always wondered what Suzi looks like, so thank you for posting pictures of her (not that I couldn’t Google her, I guess, but ya know.. ;-), and the other pictures of the event are fabulous too! As someone said in a previous comment, your post + pictures made us feel like we were there. 🙂 I agree, Liquid Sands are going to be a long-standing favorite of mine!! The second I saw a swatch of Jinx, I exclaimed: I MUST have that!! 😀 Thank you for such a wonderful, quality blog! I’m realizing how much work goes into them and debating if I want to start my own.
    #SwatchAndLearn

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  79. Eugenia

    WOW!! I devoured every single word & photo of this post! What a wonderful opportunity and I’m just so incredibly happy for you — I swear I lived the entire experienced vicariously through your words, lol! Believe it or not, I was on the list to be invited to this event as well, but the Langton team thought that due to distance, it wouldn’t be something I could easily manage — I would have loved the opportunity to have met not only Suzi, but both you & Marta as well … hopefully next time!

    PS: That cupcake! Yummmmmmmmm

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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Charlie!

      Unfortunately, I don’t think these beads are for sale anywhere. They were given away as a special commemorative/promotional item. Maybe there’s someone who would be willing to sell them on eBay. (I want to cherish mine, so I won’t be selling them. Sorry!)

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