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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!


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!


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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Worldwide Giveaway: Win a Nail-Polish Prize Pack to Mark My 1000th Instagram Post

Edit: Sunday February 22, 2015

Congratulations, @JustBlendItOut (Jessica)! You’ve won my Instagram worldwide nail-polish giveaway! Please reply to my direct message that I sent you on Instagram within 72 hours to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone for participating in my giveaway. Stay tuned – I’m going to announce a HUGE nail-polish giveaway in a few days. It’ll be open to Canada and US residents, and you won’t want to miss it! ;)


To mark my 1000th post on Instagram and as a special thank you to my Swatch And Learn blog readers who’ve supported me, I’m having my first Instagram-Only Worldwide Nail-Polish Giveaway!

You could win all the items you see below: Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn (the green nail polish I designed) and lots of Zoya goodies!

SwatchAndLearn 1000 Instagram Post Giveaway

The details are on my Instagram account, but I’ve also included them in this blog post.

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Today’s the LAST DAY to Enter My Worldwide Giveaway!

Hey everyone!

HAPPY FRIDAY! :) I hope that it’s a great one for you.

This is a little reminder to enter my worldwide giveaway, if you haven’t already.

Today’s the last day to enter for your chance to win the cute China Glaze Road Trip Travel Sized mini set, which features six polishes! (Ends tonight at 11:59 pm EST.)

Good luck!

Edit (Saturday January 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm EST): Congratulations, Sandra! You’ve won my giveaway! Please check your e-mail. To claim your prize, reply to my e-mail within 48 hours. Thanks to everyone for participating. I have more giveaways scheduled soon, so stay tuned for more fun.)



Worldwide Giveaway: Win the China Glaze Road Trip Travel Sized Mini Set

Edit (Saturday January 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm EST): Congratulations, Sandra! You’ve won my giveaway! Please check your e-mail. To claim your prize, reply to my e-mail within 48 hours. Thanks to everyone for participating. I have more giveaways scheduled soon, so stay tuned for more fun.)


Surprise Worldwide Giveaway!

Mini nail polishes are so cute and collectible. I love how they allow you to try out several different colours without committing to a full-size bottle of each. And, if you have small feet like I do, you know that mini lacquers have the ideal brush to paint your little toenails with!

When I came across the new China Glaze Road Trip Travel Sized Mini Set, I purchased a set for myself and one for you, so we can be nail twins! ;)

China Glaze Road Trip Travel Sized Mini Set Worldwide Giveaway

The China Glaze Road Trip Collection is the latest, and this Travel Sized mini set includes 6 of the 12 colours. All of them are spring-themed, but you can definitely wear them whenever you want.

Especially because the winter can be so dreary, I wanted something to brighten your day, and what better way than with some fun-coloured lacquer?

This is a little token of my appreciation to amazing readers like you who make my blogging experience so rewarding and enjoyable. Thank you so much for supporting me over the years and visiting the blog! :)

To enter my China Glaze Road Trip Travel Sized Mini Set Worldwide Giveaway, please carefully read all the details in this blog post because there are specific things you must do for your entry to qualify.

The giveaway starts now and ends Friday January 23, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST, so hurry to get your entry in!

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OPI Hawaii Collection Media Launch Recap

OPI Hawaii Collection Media LaunchPaying homage to the only U.S. state comprised entirely of islands, the OPI Hawaii Collection for Spring/Summer 2015 is set to hit stores on February 4.

I’ve never been to Hawaii, but after attending the OPI Hawaii Collection Media Launch on October 31, 2014, I got a taste of it, and let me tell you, it’s every bit the dreamy oasis that you can imagine!

Aside from Egypt and anywhere in Spain, Hawaii is one of the places that I hope to visit because of the tropical climate and scenic views. It seems like such a romantic destination that is full of soul.

During the OPI Hawaii Collection media launch, I was honoured to preview all 12 shades in the collection and be, once again, in the presence of the First Lady of Nails, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, who is the Co-Founder, Artistic Director, Executive VP, and Brand Ambassador of OPI.

(If you’ve dropped by Swatch And Learn before, you know that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Suzi Weiss-Fischmann on several occasions. If you’re new to my blog, I wish you a warm welcome. Feel free to check out my previous recap posts on those events: the first time, second time, and third time.)

Also, if you are mainly interested in seeing OPI Hawaii Collection swatches, bottle shots, and the official press release, click that link to see the post I published shortly after the media launch.

Although this post focuses on the OPI Hawaii Collection, I will also show you lots of photos I took throughout the event of the gorgeous displays, the long stretch-limo-esque seating area, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, as well as share my commentary on everything from the venue to the food.

It was a novel experience for me. I’m not usually invited to attend such grand events on a regular basis, so when I get to go, I soak everything up like a sea sponge nudged closer to a pool of water.

In essence, I want this post to make you feel like you were there with me and see everything that I did.

One of the things I enjoy the most about blogging is sharing experiences. I love hearing from thoughtful readers like you, too, so that we can get excited together and unite based on our passion. I consider my readers like my friends because I’m very fortunate to have such support from you, and it’s very encouraging for a blogger to have that degree of interaction. (Thank you!)

I want to extend a huge thank you to Langton Communications, the PR firm that formerly represented OPI in Canada and currently represents many other beauty, health, and lifestyle brands that are household names! Their tight-knit, dedicated team is hard-working, and they were among the first major PR firms that I began collaborating with about a year after I started my blog. Collaborating with all the smart women at the PR firm has not only been a pleasure, but also really exciting!

Additionally, I would like to put the spotlight on the incredible staff at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, where the event was held. Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is located in Toronto at 85 Hanna Avenue.

The entire restaurant was closed to the public, so that the staff could cater to the needs of the private OPI Hawaii Collection media launch! (Very VIP!) :) The service was impeccable!

Plus a shout-out to Chef Michael Leary, the Chef de Cuisine there. I gobbled up every one of his dishes. (Photos of those later in this post!)

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