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Worldwide Giveaway: Win an Autographed Bottle of Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn

Happy Friday, everyone! :)

Not only is it almost the weekend (the Civic Holiday long weekend), but I have some more exciting news to share with you!

Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn Giveaway

Yes, I know that I currently have an OPI Nordic Collection (plus OPI Wipes) worldwide giveaway (Ends August 6) to celebrate my 4-year blogiversary, but I want to make sure the party train keeps on rolling and shower you with fun things because you all bring a lot of happiness into my life. It only makes sense that I’d want to return the favour as often as possible! :)

To show my gratitude for your support, whether this is your first time dropping by or you have been visiting for a long time, I’m having a very special second giveaway.

This time, you can enter to win 1 of 4 bottles of Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn! (Yes, that’s right – there will be FOUR WINNERS, and yeah, this is a worldwide giveaway!)

But…that’s not all!

(No, I’m not going to offer you a set of knives, a bonus DVD, or other infomercial gimmicks. Here at Swatch And Learn, we keep it real, yo!) ;)

Since Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn is a shade that I designed that’s part of the Pretty Serious Stop! Collaborate and Listen! Collection, I’m going to autograph it to make it exclusive for you! (If you win, let me know if you’d also like me to put your first name or nickname on it, too.)

Please carefully read the giveaway details to ensure that your entry/entries are valid!

So…what are you waiting for? Enter, enter, enter! ;)

Edit (August 16, 2014 at 2:33 pm EDT):

Congratulations go out to:

  • Amanda
  • Stella
  • Beth
  • Tara

They have each won an autographed bottle of Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn! (Please check your e-mail. To claim your prize, you’ll need to reply to it within 48 hours.)

Thanks to everyone for participating, and stay tuned! I have lined up some more nail-polish giveaways coming up really soon! :)

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Another Worldwide Giveaway Is Coming Soon

Hey everyone!

This is a quick note to let my amazing readers know that there’ll be a second worldwide giveaway, and it’s going to be for an autographed bottle of a killer shade! ;)

There will be FOUR WINNERS (one bottle per winner). Why four? One for each year that I’ve been blogging!

Hehe, you can probably already guess which nail polish the giveaway will be for! ;)

It’s coming up very soon, so stay tuned!

And, yes, if you’ve entered my OPI Nordic Collection Worldwide Giveaway (Plus OPI Wipes), you’ll still be able to enter my next one, which will be running simultaneously!

Hope you enjoy the giveaways as much as I enjoy putting them together! :)

Love,
Mary

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

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

Win the OPI Nordic Collection SwatchAndLearn Giveaway

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

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

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

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

Edit (August 7, 2014): Congratulations, Emily A.! You’ve won this giveaway for the OPI Nordic Collection and OPI Wipes! Please reply to the e-mail I sent within 48 hours to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone for participating, and remember, the other giveaway is still going on for Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn. Plus even after that’s over, I’m planning more exciting nail-polish giveaways, so stay tuned!

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Blog News: Upcoming Giveaways Plus Q & A

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to give you the quick heads up that sometime next week, I’ll be announcing an exciting nail-polish giveaway. Stay tuned for details.

It will be the first of a few to celebrate my 4-year blogiversary, which is coming up soon! ;)

I haven’t ironed out all the details, but there WILL be at least 2 worldwide giveaways so far. You won’t want to miss them!

Also, I thought it might be fun to do a little Q & A for you.

So, if you have any questions for me, leave a comment on this blog post with your question(s).

Now, I may not answer them all, but I will try to answer most, provided that the questions aren’t too personal like “What’s your address?” Haha!

I hope a Q & A will be fun for you, too! I love interacting with awesome readers!

Enjoy your day!
- Mary

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Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn Swatches & Pictures

Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn Swatches & PicturesI can hardly contain my excitement, but now I no longer have to! ;) It’s time to spill the beans on this project that has been in progress since around early 2013! Yup, it’s been a long time coming!

I’m so proud to showcase the world premiere of Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn, the colour that I designed! :D *Squeals*

(EDIT: It’s part of the Pretty Serious Stop! Collaborate and Listen! Collection launching Tuesday July 15 at 7 pm EDT. If you’re in Australia, where the company is, it’ll be Wednesday July 16 at 9 am AEST.)

In collaboration with the talented Karen (aka Kaz) of the Australian-based company, Pretty Serious Cosmetics, my nailphile dreams came true for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! (Many thanks to her for all the hard work she put in and for her patience.)

We communicated back and forth, and Kaz listened to the visions of a colour that would represent my dream nail polish. She mixed and mixed, created variations, sent it to the lab, and then showed me photos of the results. From there, I gave my feedback, the colour was tweaked, and we landed on what makes my heart race!

Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn is part of a blogger collection comprised of other shades that will launch later this week for sale all over the world! (Stay tuned when I share the official press release.)

Swatch And Learn by Pretty Serious has a strong green base and is very sparkly when you first see it straight-on, but throughout the day when you look at your manicure at different angles, you’ll see golden, blue, and purplish pink nuances. I’d like to think of these as fun surprises for the wearer, which I always enjoy.

For this reason, it was tricky to photograph. Haha, you should’ve seen some of the angles I had to photograph it – it was like I was a nail-polish-loving contortionist! ;)

In today’s blog post, I’ll show you TONS of swatches and bottle photos in various lighting and in different angles, so that you get a glimpse into why I love it so much. It is more magical in person, and I hope that you’ll also enjoy wearing it. (If you purchase it and photograph your manicure or pedicure of it, please feel free to tag me on social media, so I can check it out!)

Normally, I post swatches and detailed reviews of nail polishes, but, seeing as I designed the colour, I think any review would be way too biased. (I’ll leave the reviews for the other amazing bloggers out there. I’m so excited to hear what bloggers and non-bloggers think of my shade!)

I must take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to all my loyal blog readers! I had you all in mind when I designed this, and I have something really special planned very soon later this month when I celebrate my 4-year blogiversary. (You won’t want to miss it – lots of giveaways – hint hint!)

Without amazing readers like you, my blog would be like a one-sided megaphone. You are the reason why I am encouraged to continue, and you never cease to put a smile on my face with your sweet comments and thoughtfulness. Your support hasn’t gone unappreciated, so I’m dedicating Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn to all of you!

There’s a quote I read some time ago: It’s not how you got to the top that counts. It’s who you brought with you.

While I haven’t made it to the top, on my journey to continually improve myself and the blog, my proudest achievement is being able to bring you all along with me for the ride.

Thanks for keeping me company during my journey thus far!

Edit: Until Friday August 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT, enter my worldwide giveaway to win 1 of 4 autographed bottles of Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn!

Edit 2: Scroll to the bottom of this post to see reviews and swatches of Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn by other bloggers!

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