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I’m on Snapchat & I Posted My First Snap Today

You can find me on Snapchat under the username “swatchandlearn“.

SwatchAndLearn Snapchat

I’m new to it and am still experimenting, so any good tips are greatly appreciated.

Just posted my first snap today that gives you a little sneak peek into something coming soon to the blog! 😉

P.S. To my readers south of the border, I wish you a Happy Independence Day!

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Worldwide Giveaway: Enter to Win the China Glaze Baby Beats Micro Mini Set

Update (Monday June 22 at 11:46 pm EDT): Unfortunately, since I haven’t heard from Rhonda, I had to use Rafflecopter to randomly draw a new winner, as per the official giveaway rules. CONGRATULATIONS, MANNY! You’ve won! Please reply to my e-mail within 48 hours to claim your prize.

Update (Monday June 22): I sent another e-mail to Rhonda as a reminder to claim her prize. Rhonda, please reply to that e-mail by tonight at 11:30 pm EDT. As per the rules, if I don’t hear from you by then, unfortunately, I’ll have to choose a new winner.

Edit: Congratulations, Rhonda! You’ve won my China Glaze Baby Beats Micro Mini Set worldwide giveaway! (Please reply to my email within 48 hours to claim your prize.) Thanks to everyone for participating, and stay tuned for more fun giveaways coming soon!

 

China Glaze Baby Beats Giveaway

Surprise!

A while back, I purchased the China Glaze Baby Beats Micro Mini Set. Actually, I purchased two sets – one for myself, and one for a giveaway, so that one lucky winner and I could be nail-polish twinsies! :)

Not only are the mini bottles really adorable, but I find that the brush is perfect for painting toenails. (Since Sandal Season is right around the corner, it’s the ideal time to experiment with bright shades. But, really, dare to wear loud colours whenever you want. Lacquer is about having fun!)

Since I’m a fan of bold colours, I had to share this cute, collectible set with you. It features six mini bottles of colours from the China Glaze Electric Nights Collection.

I’m opening up the giveaway worldwide this time, so hopefully more of my readers can enter.

Please carefully read the rest of this post because it contains the specifics on how to ensure that your entry qualifies.

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LAST DAY to Enter My Canadian Essie Resort 2015 Collection Giveaway & Quick Update

Hey everyone!

Today is the final day for Canadians to enter my Essie Resort 2015 Collection Giveaway!

If you haven’t already entered, there’s still time. It officially ends tonight at 11:59 pm EDT.

I’ll be randomly picking a winner and announcing it on here and some of my social media on either this Saturday or Sunday.

Also, if you’re a regular reader, you’ll have noticed this week, there have been fewer blog posts than the usual five. Don’t worry – everything’s great on my side of the pond, and a new post is coming soon. It’s just been an extra-busy week after work with lots of personal commitments and projects, but I’ll be carving out some time to plan new posts that will go live on here soon. TGIF! :)

Follow me on social media, especially Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook because I tend to be very active on there and share something daily, even when a blog post isn’t published.

Haha, those who followed me on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ knew that not long ago, I like piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain! I’m not much into health food. I am into champagne! Hehe, yeah one of my best friends and I danced our hearts out to that song a few days ago. He and I always have the best time together! I’ve been blasting that song and looping it over and over…and “planning our escape”. 😉

Speaking about music, I found out a couple of days ago that Lana Del Rey has a new song called Life Is Beautiful, and while I didn’t see it listed on the official movie soundtrack for The Age of Adaline, it’s supposed to be part of that film.

I can’t wait to hear the whole song (couldn’t find it for sale on iTunes yet) because the snippet of it that I heard gave me goosebumps. (Click here to hear the song teaser.)

Lana Del Rey is my favourite musical artist because of her haunting-yet-soothing voice and romantic melancholic themes. Her songs speak to my soul. You may remember this blog post that I dedicated to her back in 2012.

I’m also planning to watch The Age of Adaline this weekend because while the premise of the movie isn’t new, I still think it has the potential to be really touching.

After surviving a car accident, a young woman magically stops aging. Of course, that poses problems when her daughter and romantic partners in her life go through the natural aging process. Adaline needs to always be on the move, and she can’t have long-lasting fulfilling relationships with potential lovers because of her unusual secret.

Based on The Age of Adaline trailer, I have a feeling that the movie will illustrate how love isn’t just something worth living for, but something that’s worth dying for. (I obviously haven’t been the movie yet, so there are no spoilers here, but I’m going to predict that Adaline will somehow grow old and die for the love of her life.)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead and have fun things planned! :)

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Canadian Giveaway: Win the Essie Resort 2015 Collection!

Edit (Sunday April 26): Congratulations, Amber! You’ve won my giveaway! To claim your prize, please reply to my e-mail within 48 hours.

Thanks to everyone for participating. I’m going to have another fun nail-polish giveaway soon, and it’s going to be open worldwide!

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Thanks for stopping by Swatch And Learn today! :)

I’m having a spontaneous little giveaway, thanks to NailPolishCanada. We teamed up again to make one lucky Canadian nailphile’s day. (It could be you this time!)

Until April 24th, enter my Essie Resort 2015 Collection Canadian Giveaway!

Essie Resort 2015 Collection Giveaway

There are four shades in the Essie Resort 2015 Collection: Suite Retreat, Stones N’ Roses, Time for Me Time, and Cocoa Karma. (The giveaway is for these full-sized nail polishes.)

It’s easy to participate. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment on this blog post answering the question, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”

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göt2b & Dial Exclusive Preview Event Recap

got2b Dial exclusive preview eventOn Tuesday February 24th after work, I had the pleasure of attending the göt2b & Dial Exclusive Preview Event! (Thanks to Langton Communications for the opportunity.)

You already got a glimpse of it when I posted photos and a video clip live during the event on some of my social media including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

The venue was held on the third floor of the Storys Building, which is 170 years old! It’s located in the heart of downtown Toronto known as the entertainment district, near King Street West and University Avenue.

Although it was a chilly night and there was some snowfall, things were cozy inside because of the social energy and the modern loft decor.

Allow me to tell you about my experience at this event and give you a quick walk-through of the new göt2b haircare and Dial products that launched recently!

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OPI Hawaii Collection Giveaway (Canada & US)

Edit (Sunday March 15, 2015): CONGRATULATIONS, ANGELA! You’ve won my OPI Hawaii Collection Giveaway! To claim your prize, please reply to my e-mail with your mailing address within 72 hours.

Thanks to everyone for participating in my giveaway. Stay tuned – I already have another nail-polish giveaway planned to reward my readers for being so supportive!

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This month, we’re going to have another Friday the 13th. Naturally, I want to make it someone’s LUCKY day, so I partnered up with OPI to bring you this exciting giveaway.

Canada and US residents can enter for a chance to win my OPI Hawaii Collection Giveaway from today until Friday March 13th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

Yes, that’s right – you could win all 12 shades (in full-sized bottles) from the OPI Hawaii Collection!

OPI Hawaii Collection Giveaway

I’m a fan of the OPI Hawaii Collection, and I’ve reviewed all but one of the colours in-depth on here. After I review that final shade, I may do a collection round-up post.

(Check out my OPI Hawaii Collection press release post for the links to each review or scroll to the bottom of this post. Also, if you’re interested, check out my OPI Hawaii Collection Media Launch Recap post for a fun look at an exclusive event I attended in October 2014.)

Please carefully read the giveaway details to ensure that your entry is valid!

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Canadian Giveaway: Win The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Deluxe Gift Set

Edit (March 1): Congratulations, Lori B.! You’ve won my giveaway. To claim your prize, please reply to my e-mail within 72 hours with your mailing address, which I’ll forward to The Body Shop. They’ll send you the prize directly.

Thanks to everyone for participating! Stay tuned because tomorrow, I’ll be announcing a HUGE nail-polish giveaway that’ll be open to Canada and US residents. You won’t want to miss it!

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Today is Friday the 13th! (Are you superstitious? I’m not!) Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Will you be my Valentine?

I reached out to The Body Shop and asked if we could collaborate on a special giveaway for my readers. To my delight, they said yes and generously offered to provide the prize: the new and limited edition The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Deluxe Gift Set, which retails for $50 CAD!

From today until February 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST, Canadian residents can enter for a chance to win The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Giveaway!

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Giveaway Swatch And Learn

Please carefully read the rules to make sure that your entry qualifies. Also, in the Rafflecopter form, you can unlock more ways to get more than one entry and to get new entries daily!

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