Category Archives: Nail Polish Swatches & Reviews

Flashback Friday: Dairy Queen Funnel Cake & Pretty Serious Doodle Bug

Dairy Queen Funnel Cake

Hope that you are all having a great Friday! ūüôā

I’m popping in quickly for this Flashback Friday when I enjoyed Dairy Queen‘s new funnel cake and spent time with my mom earlier this month.

She always goes for either a small chocolate-dipped ice-cream cone or a plain vanilla ice-cream cone. Classic. I tend to try new things from the menu.

I’ve also made what’s called “nice cream”. It’s vegan. You blend frozen bananas into an ice-cream consistency and sprinkle other fruits like blueberries and strawberries on top. It’s yummy, too!

Are you a fan of funnel cake? Have you made ‘nice cream’? What are you up to this weekend?

On nails: Pretty Serious Doodle Bug

Disclosure: The nail polish is a press sample provided by PR. Sadly, the ice cream was not a press sample, but I still enjoyed every spoonful. ūüėČ


Essie Looks to Thrill Swatches & Review

Essie Looks to Thrill Swatches Review

Nails get fruity with Essie Looks to Thrill!

This cantaloupe orange from the Gel Couture line would make even the strawberries and blueberries turn green with envy like a gooseberry!

With the base coat built right into the colour, this Essie Gel Couture shade also has a wider brush to promote a smoother, faster application that fellow nail junkies will appreciate.

To learn more about how it differs from regular Essie nail polish, click to read my Essie Gel Couture Launch Event Recap!

See the rest of this post for all the specific details on how Essie Looks to Thrill performed.

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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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OPI Infinite Shine Summer 2016 Collection Swatches

OPI Infinite Shine Summer 2016 Collection Swatches

New to the OPI Infinite Shine Summer 2016 Collection are six soft neutrals that coordinate with virtually anything in your wardrobe and lend an easy elegance to your style!

With different undertones and shades that venture from fair to tan, there will be a neutral that you’ll feel the most comfortable wearing.

I tend to lean towards nail polishes that are loud and fun, but there are many times when quieter, more sophisticated colours come in handy. Sometimes, you need a palate cleanser to help you appreciate vivid shades again.

The ones I enjoy the most on me are Staying Neutral on This One (the lightest) and No Strings Attached (the second lightest) because they make my fingers appear clean, fresh, and modern.

I’m not doing the darkest shade any justice.¬†No Stopping Zone¬†makes my fingers look dirty, but I can picture someone with a richer skin tone than me rocking this iced-coffee shade!

The formula on all of these was on the milky side. The initial coat was streaky, but by the second or third thin coat, you can get full coverage. (In this post, I used three coats and no top or base coat.)

If you want a refresher and to learn the inspiration behind the collection, check out the official OPI Infinite Shine Summer 2016 Collection press release.

Help Me Decide on the Nail-Polish Prize for My Upcoming Giveaway!

Also, if you have a few seconds, please see the blog post I published yesterday evening.

My 6-year blogiversary is approaching later this month, and I’m planning a fun giveaway, but I’d love your input.

After logging into Twitter, you can vote in my Twitter poll for which nail-polish collection you’d want as the prize.

Don’t have Twitter? No problem! Check out the blog post I linked above for other ways to make your vote count.

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CND Rescue Kit Review

CND Rescue Kit

First thing’s first! To my U.S. readers, I wish you a Happy July 4th¬†today. Hope that you’re having a great time with your loved ones!

Recently, I had the pleasure of trying out the CND Rescue Kit, which contains a lot of manicure essentials including nail treatments.

In this post, I’ll share with you more information of each of the following, as well as quick swatches of the nail colours:

  • CND Vinylux nail polishes: Date Night, Be Demure, Desert Poppy & Lavender Lace
  • CND RescueRXx Daily Keratin Treatment
  • CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat
  • CND SolarOil
  • CND Cuticle Eraser
  • CND ScrubFresh
  • CND Koala Buffer

If there’s a specific item that you’d like to see me review in-depth for a separate post, let me know!

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My Nails and My Chapman’s Canada Day Cone

Raise your cone!

Happy Canada Day 2016

If you follow me on social media, you saw that last night I shared a photo of the yummy ice cream that I ate. (Also, check out my Snapchat. I posted video clips of the fireworks I watched! You can find me on Snapchat under the username “swatchandlearn”.)

The¬†Chapman’s Canadian Cone¬†was so delicious that I gobbled it up within mere minutes after taking this photo. (Who could ever resist that temptation?) ūüėČ

I’m not sure how long this ice-cream cone has been around, but it’s the first time that I saw it at Loblaws.

How fitting for Canada Day yesterday, right?

It contains vanilla ice cream, and there’s a strawberry filling in the middle that goes all the way down to the tip of the cone.

The sugar cone is lined inside with chocolate, and the top of the ice cream also has some chocolate and cute red sprinkles in the shape of maple leaves! (Nice touch.)

Another awesome thing about the Chapman’s Canadian Cone is that a portion of the proceeds are donated to a charity in support of families of fallen Canadian women and men. I love how I can give back while enjoying a summery treat!

On my nails: Smith & Cult Kundalini Hustle.

Disclosure: This post contains a press sample provided by PR. (It’s the nail polish, not the ice cream. Hehe!)