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St. Patrick’s Day Collaboration

St. Patrick's Day Collaboration

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and may today bring you all the luck of the Irish! Hope you finally catch that sneaky leprechaun!

Today’s St. Patrick’s Day Collaboration is a very special post because I teamed up two fellow beauty enthusiasts who I have the great honour of calling friends: the lovely Jessica (@JustBlendItOut on Instagram) and Rob (@NailPolishDude23 on Instagram).

Be sure to follow them and check them both out today, as they’ll share with you closer looks at their mesmerizing creations.

Jessica does lots of enchanting and wonderfully blended eye looks that never cease to inspire me with her creative combinations and obvious beauty.

Rob paints his fingernails and toenails, and his courage to stay true to himself and experiment with colour speaks volumes of his authentic character.

In this post, I’ll share a closer look at the St. Patrick’s Day nail art I did featuring mainly Zoya nails polishes:

  • Zoya Jace (light green creme)
  • Zoya Logan (green glitter)
  • Zoya PixieDust Solange (gold glitter)

I also used OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends (a black from the Hello Kitty Collection).

While not perfect, I was really happy with how the St. Patrick’s Day nail art turned out because, if you know me, you know that: 1) I’m nuts about green, and 2) I believe that happiness is more important than perfection.

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art

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Toronto Fashion Week 2016 & Chatting with Rita Remark (Essie’s Global Lead Educator)

Toronto Fashion Week 2016 Rita Remark Essie

Yesterday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the Toronto Fashion Week 2016, which was held at David Pecaut Square in Toronto.

If you follow me on social media, you already know that and got to see a few photos that I snapped with my phone during the event.

This post contains those photos, since not everyone uses social media, as well as many additional photos. I hope they give you a taste of what it was like to be backstage at a runway show!

Also, I got to chat with Rita Remark, Essie’s Global Lead Educator. This will be the third time that I’ve had this honour, and each time, I leave inspired by how hard-working, humble, and successful she is!

Rita is one of those people who, I believe, will always stay grounded with her heart in the right place, no matter how far her career takes her.

Later in this post, I share with you some of the questions I asked and her answers.

P.S. When looking more closely at the photo of Rita and me, I laughed. The way the light is shining on my glasses makes me look like I have painted a “W” across my face! (Oh the first-world problems of those with bad eyesight!)

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I Met Shaun Pulfrey, the Tangle Teezer Inventor (Plus Info on NEW Brushes!)

Shaun Pulfrey Tangle Teezer

Recently, I was invited to attend an exclusive event unveiling the new Tangle Teezer Blow-Styling Hairbrush and Tangle Teezer Thick & Curly Detangling Hairbrush, which will be available at Sephora!

That in itself was exciting, but what put the cherry on top of my drool-inducing sundae was that Shaun Pulfrey, the man who invented the Tangle Teezer, was at the event! (When I received the invitation, I had to read that part several times to make sure that my myopic eyes weren’t deceiving me.)

Not only did I get to see Shaun Pulfrey, but I had the pleasure of watching him do a live demonstration showing the Tangle Teezer Blow-Styling Hairbrush in action. He also gave more detailed information about the entire Tangle Teezer line. Then, after the presentation, I swooped over to speak with him, snagged a photo op, and thanked him for inventing the brush that changed my hair life!

It’s not often that I get to shake the hand of a person who touched my life in some way, so this was a big deal to me, and I’m grateful for the opportunity.

I’m really happy to tell you that Shaun Pulfrey is a genuinely nice guy!

Sometimes when people achieve success or fame, it goes to their head, and they become snobbish, but that wasn’t the case with Shaun. My impression of him throughout the night is that he truly puts his passion and heart into his company and hair innovations. He radiated energy, and his animated spirit was infectious.

His mission, although not stated implicitly, seems to be that he wants to make hairstyling easier, faster, and more respectful of the hair’s condition. This is what I pieced together.

By the way, Shaun’s story is one that inspires me because he believed in himself and his invention, even when others initially didn’t.

I read an article about how he approached Dragons’ Den and asked them to invest in his brush. They turned him away, but he continued to pursue his dream, and now not only is he successful, but he has created a unique solution to a very real problem. (Check out this article, if you want all the details and if you want to be inspired.)

Tangle Teezer Blow-Styling Hairbrush

Keep reading the rest of my detailed post. I include the many things that I learned during the Tangle Teezer event, photos of the cute displays, and more information about the latest Tangle Teezer Blow-Styling Hairbrush!

P.S. In case you missed it, I’m having a Canadian giveaway until March 11th. Enter for your chance to win the entire Essie Spring 2016 Collection!

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Essie Spring 2016 Collection Giveaway (Canadians Only)

Edit (Saturday March 12, 2016):

Congratulations, Tammy! You’ve won the giveaway! Please reply to my e-mail within 48 hours to claim your prize.

Thanks to everyone for participating, and check back later. I’ll be having more nail-polish giveaways!)

Essie Spring 2016 Collection Giveaway

Usher in a new season by entering my Essie Spring 2016 Collection Giveaway exclusively for Canadian readers until Friday March 11, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST!

The lucky nail-polish enthusiast who wins this giveaway will receive all six shades in new, full-size bottles: High Class Affair, Lounge Lover, Sunshine State of Mind, Off Tropic, Pool Side Service, and Shades On.

I did a preview post with swatches of all the colours in the Essie Spring 2016 Collection, so check that out, if you haven’t already seen it.

Also, you can view all the blog posts I’ve done featuring Essie nail polishes here.

Carefully read the details further in this post to learn how to submit your valid entry. Also, there are optional ways for you to gain extra entries and increase your chances of winning.

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Blog News: Recap Posts

During my blogging journey, I’ve had many wonderful opportunities to attend exclusive beauty-related events. Sometimes they involve going backstage at a runway show, and other times, they are for new products that haven’t officially launched yet. (You’ve probably seen several on here, if you have visited Swatch And Learn frequently.)

My favourite events include meeting people who I have admired because they inspired me with their talent, innovative spirit, and solid work ethic.

When I am fortunate to attend events, I enjoy ‘bringing you along’ by sharing photos and/or short video clips on my social media.

Sometimes, I post them on all of my social media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Snapchat (username: swatchandlearn), but other times, I choose to post only on select accounts.

Since not all of my readers are on social media, I like to publish recap posts on the blog from time to time. (Some examples: OPI, Contessa AwardsKISS, Juicy Couturegöt2b, Dial, INGLOT, Nicole by OPI, etc.)

It has been a while since I shared a recap post with you on here, but I have continued to attend events.

I’m going through my computer and rounding up photos because there are a few key events that I want to highlight on the blog. Some are from very recently, and some are from further back.

My main blog posts will continue to be in-depth reviews, quick looks at upcoming collections, and swatches, but sprinkled occasionally will be a few recap posts in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned!

I hope that you all are having a wonderful weekend so far! 🙂


Valentine’s Day Collaboration

Valentine's Day 2016 Collaboration

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! 🙂

Valentine’s Day is one of the many reminders to appreciate the people we love while they’re still around. Life is so short, so don’t wait to show your gratitude to those who bring you happiness and humour.

To be festive, the lovely and talented Jessica (aka @JustBlendItOut on Instagram) and I thought that it’d be fun to team up for a Valentine’s Day Collaboration!

Jessica does a lot of beautiful eye-makeup looks that never cease to inspire and amaze me. To learn more details about the look she created, check out Jessica’s Instagram and her blog. Head over, and show her some love! (I particularly enjoy the glitter placement and how her eye look is glamorous and sultry!)

For my Valentine’s Day nail art, I did something fast and very simple. (It was my first time using tiny faux-pearl beads and striping tape.)

I started by painting the base of my nails with two OPI Hello Kitty Collection shades: My Pal Joey (blue) and Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel (glittery pink). Then, I used the same blue to paint a heart onto the pink nail and placed faux-pearl beads by KISS around the perimeter.

Finally, I added diagonal, parallel lines on the remaining nails using a striping tape by a brand called It’s So Easy.

The rest of this post includes more photos of my manicure, so you can see the details close-up.

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