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I’ll be back soon!

Hi everyone,

I’ve missed you all so much! 🙂

Thank you for being patient and sticking around, even though I took a few weeks off from blogging recently.

The hiatus was due to lots of exciting things happening to me all at once, and I needed time to do some thoughtful planning and to make a major decision. Also, I’m currently exploring an exciting, rare opportunity! (I may fill you in on the details later, but I want to see where the adventure takes me first before I share more.)

Some readers have reached out to me privately, asking if everything was okay. That was so sweet! Yes, I’m doing very well. Thanks for your concern. I hope that you’re also doing well!

I’ll be back to blogging again soon, so stay tuned. There are lots of nail polishes and a perfume that I’ve been itching to review on here.

Thanks for being such supportive readers.

See you in a bit!

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Last Day to Enter My Worldwide Giveaway!

Today’s the LAST DAY to enter my 6-year blogiversary giveaway for your chance to win some beautiful Zoya nail polishes!

It’s open worldwide because, although I’m Canadian, my awesome readers span the globe. There will be three lucky winners.

Be sure to get your entry in by 11:59 pm EDT.

Enter today, and see all the giveaway details!

Thank you for the overwhelming support that my awesome readers have given me throughout the years. You have brightened up my day and have made my blogging journey feel nothing short of incredible. A blog is a one-way megaphone without readers! Thanks for making my experience meaningful and insightful.

Sending you all much love! 🙂

P.S. Tons of swatches of new nail-polish collections are coming in the next day or so. Stay tuned!

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Swatch And Learn’s 6-Year Blogiversary Giveaway

Swatch And Learn 6-Year Blogiversary Giveaway

My blogging journey started in 2010, and back then, I never knew how long this adventure would last or how much I would learn over the years.

It has been filled with many exciting milestones, and I’ve gotten to know wonderful readers who never fail to inspire and amuse me.

Together, we have grown, and it has been a labour of love sharing one of my passions with you and contributing to the beauty community in a small, but meaningful way.

Whether you are a new reader or one who has been by my side since the beginning, I want to thank you for your support. It means a lot to me! 🙂

I am very fortunate to have such smart, caring, and positive readers from all over the world. (It’s incredible how the love of polish and beauty products can unite an entire community! Let’s continue to spread our positive energy.)

As a small token of my appreciation and to celebrate, I’m having a 6-Year Blogiversary Giveaway that’s open worldwide. (Since my readers span the globe, I wanted to include everyone.)

Enter the giveaway by August 5!

Earlier, you voted in my poll for which nail-polish collections you wanted as a prize. The Zoya Seashells Collection and the Zoya Sunsets Collection received the most votes.

Taking that into consideration, I rounded up three prizes:

First Prize: Zoya Seashells Collection

One lucky winner will get all six full-size nail polishes in the Zoya Seashells Collection! (This prize is generously provided by Nail Polish Canada.)

Edit: Congratulations, Jenness! You are the first prize winner!

Second Prize: Zoya Seashells Fun Size Sampler & Zoya Sunsets Fun Size Sampler

One lucky winner will get these two sets that contain four mini nail polishes in each set. (This prize is generously provided by Zoya.)

Edit: Congratulations, Allison! You are the second prize winner!

Third Prize: Zoya Seashells Quad Gift Set & Zoya Sunsets Quad Gift Set

One lucky winner will get these two sets that contain three mini nail polishes and a lipstick in each set. (This prize is generously provided by Zoya.)

Edit: Congratulations, Anouk! You are the third prize winner!

A huge thank you to Nail Polish Canada and Zoya for providing the prizes and also for their continual support. These are two companies that I love and highly recommend!

To see swatches of all the nail polishes and lipsticks and/or to get further information on the collection, see the links later in this post that will take you to my reviews.

See the rest of this post for the full details on how to enter my giveaway!

Good luck!

Edit (July 26, 2016): I’ve been going through the comments that you’ve left me on this post, and it makes my eyes water. My readers are amazing! Thank you so much for all of your kind words. You brighten up my day and remind me how fortunate I am to have supportive and positive readers!

Edit (August 7, 2016): Congratulations to the three winners, Jenness, Allison, and Anouk! Please check your e-mail soon to claim your prizes. Thanks to everyone for participating in this giveaway! Stay tuned because there’s always something new and fun on the blog.

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Sephora Yonge-Eglinton Centre VIB Rouge Opening Party Recap

Sephora Yonge-Eglinton Centre

Image Credit: Zak Communications

On Thursday July 7th, because I was a Sephora VIB Rouge member, I was invited to the Sephora Yonge-Eglinton VIB Rouge Opening Party to preview the newest store located at Yonge-Eglinton Centre (2300 Yonge Street in Toronto).

The Sephora Yonge-Eglinton store opened to the public on Friday July 8th, and I highly recommend that you check it out, if you haven’t already.

Even with the crowds of people at the party, I still found it very spacious and large. Everything was set up beautifully, and if you take public transit, it’s extremely convenient.

This exclusive Opening Party allowed VIB Rouge members (and a guest) to shop for products, check out the displays and store layout, as well as enjoy appetizers, champagne, and marketing activations.

There was a professional photographer who went around the store and snapped candid photos. (The photo shown above was one I saw shared on Instagram on Friday.)

It’s so funny because, if you take this photo out of context, it looks like I just bring champagne to sip wherever I shop! 😉 Haha, I don’t. There were servers who came around and offered drinks and yummy food.

Even the champagne they offered us had raspberries in it! 🙂

On my nails: Zoya Logan (This is one of my all-time favourite green nail polishes.)

Read the rest of this post to hear more of my thoughts on the new Sephora Yonge-Eglinton store and more!

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Hard Candy Spring/Summer 2016 Event Recap

Hard Candy Swatch And Learn

Back in March, I had the pleasure of attending an exclusive Hard Candy Spring/Summer Preview, which was located at The Richmond in Toronto’s Fashion District.

If you follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Snapchat (username: swatchandlearn), you got to see a few photos and/or videos that I published in real time.

This blog post contains many more photos that I snapped with my phone, so you can feast your eyes on all the makeup goodies.

The displays show a sprinkling of older and newer products from editorial lip colours to strobing kits.

Thanks to PR, not only did I have a great time checking out the latest Hard Candy products, but I was excited to receive a swag bag from them that was filled with makeup!

Before I get into the Hard Candy products, I want to give a special shoutout to Tami (@tamielsombati on Instagram), a makeup artist who I met at the event. She’s the gorgeous woman standing next to me in the above photo. (She shows lots of her work on her Instagram.)

Tami was extremely sweet and helpful, answering my questions and giving me loads of valuable tips and tricks. I always find it refreshing when I meet talented people who are still down-to-earth and nice. (She even complimented me on my skin and my makeup, which made me feel on top of the world!)

Hard Candy is available exclusively at Walmart, and if you want to read up on more specific information on each item, check out the Hard Candy website.

Hard Candy Spring Summer 2016

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CND Craft Culture Collection & Preview Event Recap

CND Craft Culture Collection

Yesterday, I attended the preview event at Her Majesty’s Pleasure in Toronto for the CND Craft Culture Collection, which officially launches in July!

Inspired by rugged charm and an artisan hard at work, the CND Craft Culture Collection includes shades that call to mind rich textures and familiar fabrics associated with craftsmanship.

The abundance of rich shades makes it easy to fall in love with at least one!

Edit: Check out my post with CND Craft Culture Collection swatches of all 8 Vinylux shades!

As per usual, when it comes to press-release posts, I love creating my own image that I feel represents the collection and that shows you all of the colours in a glance. (To see the official CND images, scroll further down this post.)

At the preview, I met Liliya (@liliyalehetacnd on Instagram) who is an Education Ambassador for CND. She painted my nails and did a freehand ripped-jeans design!

At the CND Craft Culture Collection preview event, there were some props available for a photo op. Obviously, I wouldn’t be a blogger if I didn’t play around with them, right? 😉

This was my favourite snapshot:

CND Craft Culture Collection Event

Keep reading the rest of this post for more information about the CND Craft Culture Collection and the preview event!

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Essie Gel Couture Collection & Launch Event Recap

Essie Gel Couture Collection Swatch And Learn

Officially launching on June 14th, the Essie Gel Couture line boasts 42 new colours with a luxurious bottle design with a twist – literally! It mimics the swirl of a perfectly tailored gown.

The wand is also twisted to help the polish collect onto the brush for superior results, and the bristles are much wider than those of a regular Essie brush. Additionally, the bristles have a tapered cut, which helps makes application a breeze. (You can cover your whole nail in a single swipe, if you want.)

The formula is designed to help manicures last for up to 14 days with a gel-like shine, and you don’t need a UV or LED lamp to use Essie Gel Couture nail polishes, as they are applied like regular lacquers.

The base coat is built into the colours, which is convenient and time-saving. After painting on the colour of your choice, you just need to apply a shiny top coat to seal everything in. (They have released a new top coat specifically for this line.)

Back in May 2016, I attended an exclusive reveal of the Essie Gel Couture line, which was held in Toronto.

The luxurious treatment began even before I arrived, as I was encouraged to arrive with Uber, complementary of PR!

There were drinks and appetizers offered by friendly servers. Also, the setup displaying the new nail polishes and the ‘atelier to after party’ theme was everywhere you looked.

Rita Remark (Essie’s Global Lead Educator) introduced Essie Gel Couture during a short presentation, there were opportunities to get your nails painted by nail technicians, and you could win the paintings that the talented Margaret Lipsey worked on live! (She is the woman behind PIstache and Rose.) More on all this later in the post!

Keep reading to see more photos that I snapped during the event. Also, I show you close-up bottle shots of some of the colours, as well as the official press release for further details.

Edit: I’ve updated the bottom of this post to include images of all 42 shades in the Essie Gel Couture Collection, which is broken up into four sections: Atelier, First Look, Runway Show, and After Party.

Essie GelCouture Collection 2016Essie Gel Couture Collection 2016

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