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CND New Wave Collection Swatches & Review

CND New Wave Collection Swatches Review

Bob your head, and tap your nails to the colourful tune of the CND New Wave Collection for Spring 2017, which officially launches in January!

Shake off the cold weather with a look at six bold hues that will have you feeling nostalgic over Cyndi Lauper, teased hair, denim jackets, and friendship bracelets! It’s no wonder because the CND New Wave Collection drew inspiration from the electric 1980s.

This collection puts a huge smile on my face! Being a big fan of saturated shades, I was inspired to put together the above collage to showcase the spectrum. (Who else was a kid growing up in the 1980s? Ah, yes, it was a decade of great memories, music, and funny fashion!)

In today’s blog post, I share with you swatches of all six shades in the CND Vinylux formula: Video Violet, Pink Leggings, Blue Eyeshadow, Jelly Bracelet, Banana Clips, and Ecstacy. (They’re also available in the CND Shellac formula.)

The CND Vinylux New Wave Collection colours applied easily and smoothly. The cremes (Pink Leggings, Blue Eyeshadow, Banana Clips, and Video Violet) were especially pigmented, and I only needed two coats to achieve full opacity. (Even though yellow nail polishes are notorious for being streaky and hard to work with, Banana Clips was an exception. It was very pigmented, and I didn’t see any streaks. Great yellow!)

The two shimmers in the collection (Ecstacy and Jelly Bracelet) covered well with two coats, but I found that three coats brought out the best in them.

My swatches of the CND Vinylux shades are shown without a top coat. You can see how shiny they are on their own.

All the CND Vinylux nail polishes are intended to be used in conjunction with the CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat, however, in my experience, I’ve found that using your favourite shiny top coat can work well, too.

On November 22nd, I had the pleasure of attending a PR event where I was treated to a professional CND Shellac manicure at the TIPS Nail Bar in Greektown. I chose the colour Blue Eyeshadow, and if you follow me on social media like Instagram, you already saw a few photos of it!

Later in this post, you’ll also see some photos that I took in the nail salon, and The Good Press juices that matched three of the CND New Wave Collection nail polishes. Additionally, I’ve included the official press release, promotional images, and nail-art ideas, if you want some colourful and creative inspiration!

CND Shellac Blue Eyeshadow (from the New Wave Collection)

CND Shellac Blue Eyeshadow

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Zoya Black Friday 2016 Deal

Zoya Black Friday 2016 Deal

If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or Google+, you may have seen that yesterday, I gave you the heads up on a mind-blowing Zoya Black Friday Deal!

Since not everyone is addicted to social media like I am, I decided to share it on the blog today. 😉

This Friday November 25th only (until 11:59 pm Eastern), enjoy 70% off your Zoya.com order when you use the coupon code “YAY”!

If there are some shades on your holiday wish list that you’ve been itching to get your hands on, this is the ideal opportunity to snatch them up and round out a collection. Plus the holiday season is right around the corner, and Zoya nail polishes make excellent stocking stuffers!

Need some colour inspiration?

Check out my Zoya nail polish reviews and Zoya lipstick reviews!

Also, in case you’re interested and missed it, I swatched their newest winter/holiday 2016 collection recently.

Click the link or the below image to see my Zoya Enchanted Collection Swatches & Review!

Zoya Waverly Swatch Zoya Enchanted Collection Swatches

Zoya Waverly from the Enchanted Collection

The Zoya Black Friday deal is valid only for Consumer Accounts in the USA.

Although I’m Canadian and have fellow Canadian readers, I’m still sharing this because I also have many American readers who’d love to take advantage of this awesome promotion! Fingers crossed that next year, Zoya will include Canadians!

EDIT (November 23, 2016): Zoya decided that they’ll be extending the Black Friday deal to Canadian Consumers, too! YESSSSS! (Standard Canadian shipping and international fees apply.)

Will you be doing any Black Friday shopping this year? What are some Zoya shades that are on your wish list? Are you excited about the new PixieDust polishes in the Zoya Enchanted Collection?

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Zoya Enchanted Collection

Zoya Enchanted Collection

Get ready for magical holiday manicures this winter with the Zoya Enchanted Collection for Winter/Holiday 2016!

Launching officially on October 15th, this spellbinding lineup of six nail polishes offers colours that weaves a dazzling display of rich, dreamy colours.

Four of them feature the beloved PixieDust formula, and the remaining two are duochromes.

Which ones am I the most excited about? Hmm…this time around, I can’t just pick a handful because they’re all gorgeous!

Do you have any favourites?

In this post, you’ll get a closer glimpse at each of the shades. Also, check out the official press release to get the colour story scoop!

Edit: Check out my Zoya Enchanted Collection Swatches & Review in my newer post!

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OPI Washington DC Collection Swatches

OPI Washington DC Collection Swatches

Give your nails the cosmopolitan treatment with the OPI Washington DC Collection for Fall/Winter 2016!

It officially launches in September, but many people have been able to get their hands on the colours earlier, so keep your eyes peeled like a banana for it.

In this post, I’ll show you the 12 shades, which will be permanent and one of the three limited-edition shades. All are great autumnal shades that make me excited about my favourite season!

I’ve also included the press release, so you can learn more about the inspiration behind this collection.

All of the colours in the OPI Washington DC Collection have good formulas and need 2-3 coats to achieve full opacity.

Hope that you’re all having a great weekend! 🙂 Either today or tomorrow, I’ll be announcing the three lucky winners to my 6-year blogiversary giveaway, so stay tuned!

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OPI Infinite Shine Iconic Collection

OPI Infinite Shine Iconic Collection

Starting September 1st, 30 of OPI’s beloved colours will be released in the OPI Infinite Shine Iconic Collection!

With a super smooth formula and high shine (as the name would suggest), the OPI Infinite Shine formula makes the manicure process easy-peasy.

Among some of the classic shades include Bubble Bath, Cajun Shrimp, and Lincoln Park After Dark.

See the rest of this post to see if your favourite shade made the cut. (Even if it didn’t, don’t lose hope because OPI has plans to release even more colours in the Infinite Shine formula in December 2016.)

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Zoya Urban Grunge Collection

Zoya Urban Grunge Collection 2016

Although the mercury continues to rise and the craving for slushies creeps up during summer afternoons, today I’m bringing you a glimpse into the upcoming Zoya Urban Grunge Collection for Fall/Winter 2016!

Split into two sets (One Coat Creams and Metallic Holos), the wide assortment of shades means that there’s something to appeal to every nail enthusiast.

The Zoya Urban Grunge Collection will be available to purchase from Zoya’s website starting on August 15.

The greens (Merida and Wyatt) caught my attention right off the bat, but the entire Metallic Holos set is calling my name and banging a gong! 😉

See the rest of this post for a closer look at each shade in the Zoya Urban Grunge Collection, and stay tuned because I will be swatching all these gorgeous colours soon.

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KISS Festival Beauty Survival Kit

KISS Festival Beauty Survival Kit

Hit the summer festival in style with your favourite sunglasses, a fab choker, and stylish nail art!

The KISS Festival Beauty Survival Kit shimmied its way over to Swatch And Learn’s headquarters yesterday.

It contained the following:

  • imPRESS Gel Manicure Press-on Nails
  • KISS Polish Pop Nail Stickers
  • KISS Waterless Nail Tattoos
  • KISS Fix It Up! Silk Wrap Repair Kit

Out of all the items, I am the most excited about the nautical-themed stickers! Not only are they easy to apply, but they’re way faster than nail stamping or painting a freehand design.

Also, the nail repair kit will come in handy if I break a nail. (Even though I’m fortunate to have strong nails, I tend to be very hard on my nails, so it’s only a matter of time before I pull this puppy out!)

See the rest of this post for a closer look at each item and where you can find them.

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