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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!

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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


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!

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Blog News: Exciting Things Coming Up in July

Hey everyone,

This is a quick blog post to let you know that, sometime in July, I’ll be having at least one nail-polish giveaway, but probably more!

Plus I’ll also be sharing some really exciting news that I’ve been keeping quiet for over a year! Can’t wait to spill the beans! :) (EDIT: Click here to see my blog post showing you swatches of the nail-polish shade I designed, Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn!)

Stay tuned – you won’t want to miss it!

Enjoy your day!
- Mary


Blog News: My Nail Art Tutorial Is Featured on

Easy Nail Art TutorialFor June, I whipped up a super simple design for that you can complete quickly, and it only involves a few colours.

It’s literally as easy as 1-2-3! Plus you can easily match your dress and change up the design to suit your personality.

It uses 3 shades from the Nicole by OPI Seize the Summer Collection!

My Nail Art Tutorial for this look is featured on Click here to see the original article!

Thank you, PromCanada, for featuring me, and I look forward to sharing another fun nail-tutorial on your website in August!

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Worldwide Giveaway: Win the Entire OPI Neon Collection & OPI Put a Coat On Base Coat

Edit (June 1st at 2:20 pm EDT): Congratulations, Carolyn! You’ve won my giveaway! I will be sending you an e-mail. Please reply to it with 48 hours to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone for participating! I hope you had fun!

Stay tuned because, yes, I have more great nail-polish giveaways lined up really soon.


Readers like you have always been a huge source of support for me, encouraging me and bringing extra positivity into my life.

Especially when I’m feeling down (such as when my cat, Pingu, passed away recently) or I’m having a crummy day, you really have a way of letting me know that you care. That is a rare gift, and I don’t take it for granted.

Thank you for every comment, every tweet, every “Like” on Instagram, and just everything you say and do to put a smile on my face. People are so busy these days, so it’s an honour that you manage to fit Swatch And Learn into your day.

Here in Canada, it’s the Victoria Day long weekend, and there’s no better way I’d like to celebrate than with my readers! But we’ll skip the e-fireworks because I know you love nail polish as much as I do! ;)

From now until May 31 at 11:59 pm EDT, you can enter my Worldwide Giveaway for your chance to Win the Full-size OPI Neon Collection (6 Colours) and OPI Put a Coat On Base Coat!

OPI Neon Collection Giveaway OPI Put a Coat On Base Coat

(Check out my Quick Look post for fast swatches and the OPI Neon Collection press release to read more information about it and the new base coat. Also, later in this blog post, you can check out links to my in-depth reviews and swatches of colours in the OPI Neon Collection.)

Carefully read the details in this blog post because you’re eligible to gain several entries for even greater chances of winning!

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Reminder: Nail-Polish Giveaway Ends May 9 at 11:59 pm EDT

Congratulations, Jessica! You’ve won my giveaway, and thank you very much for replying to my e-mail within 48 hours to claim your prize!

Thank you to everyone for participating in my giveaway. Check back for another opportunity soon!


Hey everyone!

This is just a quick reminder that my CND Vinylux Open Road Collection Giveaway ends on Friday May 9th at 11:59 pm EDT. It’s open to Canadian and US residents.

Get your entries in, and I wish you all the best of luck!

P.S. Be sure to check out the Rafflecopter form fully on the giveaway page when you enter because you can score several entries, not just one. This will help you to increase your chances of winning.

Also, stay tuned even after that giveaway is over because I have lined up several other great giveaways to reward my loyal readers! :)

Have a great day!