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Congratulations to the Zoya Enchanted Collection Giveaway Winners!

Zoya Enchanted Collection Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to the Zoya Enchanted Collection Giveaway winners:

  • 1st Prize: Cynthia R.
  • 2nd Prize: Kim P.
  • 3rd Prize: Ashley T.

I e-mailed the winners on Tuesday January 3, 2017. You have 48 hours to reply to my e-mail to claim your prize. Failure to do so will force me to choose a new winner.

Thank you to everyone for participating in my giveaway! 

Hope that you all had fun and that you’ll visit Swatch And Learn again soon. Also, stay tuned because there will be more fun nail-polish giveaways coming up! 🙂

P.S. In case you’d like to see larger photos of my Zoya Enchanted Collection swatches, click the link or the image below.

Zoya Enchanted Collection Swatches

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Wishing you an exciting 2017 that’s full of love, adventures, and great memories!

Remember, it’s not always what the world holds for you, but it’s what you bring to it.

Let’s make every moment count with a fresh start to a new year that will challenge us to achieve personal goals and be our strongest and best! 🙂

Nail Polishes Shown:

Also, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to each and every single one of you who participated in my Zoya Enchanted Collection worldwide giveaway! 🙂 It ended on December 31, 2016. As stated in the blog post with the giveaway details, I will be announcing the three Zoya Enchanted Collection winners on January 2 or January 3, 2017. Stay tuned, and good luck, everyone!

Disclosure: This post contains press samples provided by PR.

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Swatch And Learn’s #2016BestNine

Swatch And Learn Best Nine 2016

As another year draws to a close, it’s a time of reflection about the accomplishments and challenges  that punctuated 2016.

Thank you for joining me on my blogging journey since 2010!

I look forward to sharing more swatches, reviews, and sprinklings of humour in the coming year. I’m excited to plan new goals for 2017 and to see where the ongoing adventure goes!

Because of the support and encouragement from readers like you, I am happy to say that a lot of my blogging dreams have come true in ways that I never imagined! Thank you so much for visiting and for leaving comments.

I have learned a lot from all of you, and I hope that Swatch And Learn has become a place on the internet that provides you with a little sunshine, especially on those difficult days! *Hug* Together, let’s continue to improve and grow while sharing our passion for nail polish. 🙂

If you’re addicted to Instagram like I am, you no doubt have seen the trend of posting the #2016BestNine collage, which depicts an Instagram user’s nine most-popular images based on the number of likes.

Above is the collage generated by the 2016 Best Nine website, which shows my most-liked images on Instagram.

I am so honoured that, in 2016, I received 59,935 likes on my Instagram!

Also, for my Pinterest for 2016:

  • 1,616,971 people saw my pins
  • 10,422 people saved my pins to their boards
  • 6,170 people clicked my pins

It really floors me, and I’m so pleased that you have been enjoying my photos!

In this post, check out the links. They’ll lead you to the reviews and/or swatches that I published on here earlier, in case you want more information and details about a certain nail polish.

Reminder: Today’s the last day to enter my worldwide giveaway!

Be sure to get your entry in by tonight at 11:59 pm EST for your chance to win my Zoya Enchanted Collection worldwide giveaway! (3 winners! See that blog post for the full details.)

Zoya Enchanted Collection Giveaway

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Wearing Zoya Mary to see the Nutcracker

Zoya Mary The Nutcracker National Ballet of Canada

I’m popping in briefly to say hi, and that I hope that your holiday was peaceful and full of happiness with loved ones!

May the New Year bring you new challenges that will propel you to fulfill your dreams! 🙂

Before Christmas, I went to see The Nutcracker, which was one of my favourite childhood Christmas stories that I still hold near and dear to my heart today. Imagine how happy I was to finally see the live ballet performance for the first time this year!

To add the icing on top of the cake, the seats were amazing, as I could see every minute detail on the costumes and the elaborate sets very clearly. It was such a treat to be close to the stage and to witness the magic unfolding in front of me.

It was held at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, and it featured many talented dancers. It came as no surprise that every seat was filled!

This was one of the items that I can now cross off my bucket list. 🙂

On my nails, I wore Zoya Mary, which is one of the shades in the new Naturel 3 Collection. (Check out my review and swatches of the collection that I posted earlier, if you missed it.)

Also, I’d like to remind you that on the days when I don’t blog on here, stop by my Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media because I usually post swatches and more on there on a daily or almost-daily basis.

P.S. My worldwide giveaway is still going on. You have until December 31, 2016 to enter for your chance to win the Zoya Enchanted Collection! There will be three winners. See that post for all the details.

Disclosure: Zoya Mary is a press sample provided by PR.

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Zoya Enchanted Collection Giveaway (Open worldwide & 3 winners!)

Zoya Enchanted Collection Giveaway

Congratulations to the winners:

1st Prize: Cynthia R.

2nd Prize: Kim P.

3rd Prize: Ashley T.

I e-mailed the winners on Tuesday January 3, 2017. You have 48 hours to reply to my e-mail to claim your prize. Failure to do so will force me to choose a new winner.

Thank you to everyone for participating in my giveaway! 

Hope that you all had fun and that you’ll visit Swatch And Learn again soon. Also, stay tuned because there will be more fun nail-polish giveaways coming up! 🙂

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As we draw closer to the end of the year, I’m attempting to bring some holiday cheer your way with a fun Zoya Enchanted Collection Giveaway!

I want to give more readers a chance to win these beautiful nail polishes and lipsticks, so this giveaway is open worldwide, and there will be three winners!

Hurry – enter by December 31st for your chance to win big!

You’ll remember that not long ago, I shared with you my Zoya Enchanted Collection swatches and gushed about how I loved every single colour.

This is one of my favourite Zoya collections in quite a while, and I thought it would be the ideal collection to share with readers. That’s why I purchased all these prizes for you. I want to spread my excitement over this collection with you. Can you feel it? And even if you already bought this collection, still consider entering the giveaway because you can share it with a friend who digs nail polish.

Not only does the Zoya Enchanted Collection contain beloved textured PixieDusts, but there are also beautiful shimmers.

Also…hello, you know that I’m a green nail-polish lover, and the ones in the Zoya Enchanted Collection make my heart beat faster and my nails clasp their hands together, hoping to be painted! 😉 Hope you love them as much as I do!

What’s Up for Grabs:

  • First Prize: Zoya Enchanted Collection (Full-size bottles of all 6 colours: Alice, Saint, Waverly, Olivera, Lorna & Elphie)
  • Second Prize: Zoya Midnight Dreams Set (3 mini bottles of Lorna, Olivera & Elphie plus full-size lipstick in Maxwell, the dark shade)
  • Third Prize: Zoya Icy Kiss Set (3 mini bottles of Waverly, Saint & Alice plus full-size lipstick in Belle, the lighter shade)

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

Good luck!

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Michael Wekerle from Dragons’ Den

Michael Wekerle Dragons' Den

This isn’t beauty-related like my usual posts are, but I still wanted to share this because it made me so happy!

Who can transform an ordinary TTC subway commute into an extraordinary one? Michael Wekerle!

Friendly, spirited, and always a sharp dresser, Michael Wekerle totally made my day yesterday when I was taking public transit in Toronto!

You may know him from the TV show on CBC called Dragons’ Den. It’s a show that I enjoy watching because it encourages everyone to be creative, think outside the trapezoid, and follow unconventional dreams and ambitions.

Visions can become a reality, if we work hard, are driven by passion, and are humble enough to never stop learning.

Hearing the pitches on the show by entrepreneurs and being entertained by the Dragons inspire me!

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MICHAEL, for putting a huge smile on my face and for calling me “the next Dragonette” when we met! 😀

Sometimes, even the smallest words of encouragement from another is enough to raise a person’s spirit. Let’s continue to pay it forward!

Here are some more poses from our impromptu TTC subway ‘photo shoot’! 😉

Dragons' Den Michael Wekerle

Michael Wekerle from Dragons' Den

Hope that you all are having a wonderful day today! 🙂 Wishing you love and light!

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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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