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The Nail Polish I Designed Is Discontinued & Has Sold Out

Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn

Back in 2014, my nail dreams came true when I collaborated with an indie company to design my own nail polish, Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn, and bring to market a shade that represented me.

You may remember seeing my post on here, where I showed tons of swatches of it from all different angles. This polish looks very different, depending on the angle and lighting. (If you haven’t seen it, click on the above link.)

It’s predominantly green, especially when looking at it straight on (like in my above swatch), but when you move your fingers around, you see blue, copper, purple, pink, and more!

Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn was truly my dream polish, and I’m so happy that some of you got to enjoy it first-hand!

Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn, along with a large chunk of shades in their colour library have been discontinued recently and have sold out.

I was going to give you the heads up earlier to snag it while you still can, but, according to the Pretty Serious Facebook post, there were already low quantities. By the time I had a chance to sit down and blog about it, it had already sold out!

Turns out that I have a few extra bottles around here of Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn, so maybe one day, if enough readers are interested, I may have a second worldwide giveaway for it  (like this one). Let me know if you’d want this.

This is a short post to say thank you to everyone who wore the polish, encouraged me, and made this possible. Readers are the backbone of a blog, and I definitely wouldn’t have had the opportunity, if it wasn’t for all of you. *hug*

I am so grateful and honoured to have collaborated with Pretty Serious Cosmetics and to turn my vision into a reality. They make some of my favourite nail polishes, and it was an amazing experience that still leaves me pinching myself to this day to see if it was real!

Be sure to check the Pretty Serious Cosmetics website regularly. They continue to bring out new, beautiful shades that are vegan and cruelty-free. Plus they ship worldwide!

Thanks for making my blogging journey more exciting than I ever thought possible when I started in 2010. I’m looking forward to more exciting things to come! 🙂

Hope you all have a fantastic week!

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Zoya Waverly Swatches & Review

Zoya Waverly Swatches Review

Star light, star bright, Zoya Waverly is the first star I see tonight!

Hailing from the Zoya Enchanted Collection, which has my heart under lock and key, this galactic PixieDust creates a Cookie Monster manicure with everything you love about space.

Just like all of the PixieDust nail polishes, Zoya Waverly features a textured finish that can be worn solo or beneath a glossy top coat.

Being a Zoya PixieDust ‘purist,’ I wore it as it was designed to be enjoyed – by itself. (Don’t let that stop you from wearing it any way you want. Consider layering glittery top coats over it to add even more dimension. Lacquer should be fun, and it should make you happy! Make your own manicure rules!)

See the rest of this post for multiple swatches of Zoya Waverly, and find out why I gave it a 10 out of 10.

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Zoya Olivera Swatches & Review

Zoya Olivera Swatches Review

Zoya Olivera from the Enchanted Collection makes me think of a scene in The Wizard of Oz. Remember the part where you see the Wicked Witch of the West cackling at Dorothy Gale from the large glass globe? That scene!

Mesmerizing and shrouded in darkness, Zoya Olivera is a sexy polish that takes a walk on the wild side.

This inky wonder satisfies the craving for a vampy nail polish without resorting to a typical black lacquer. (Don’t get me wrong. I love jet-black nails, but a midnight green will always make me look twice!)

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Essie Spring 2017 Collection Swatches & Review

Essie Spring 2017 Collection Swatches Review

Spring for a new nail polish!

While the mercury drops and the snow accumulates here in Toronto, how does this Canadian choose to warm up? Not with a scarf, a homemade knitted hat, or cozy cashmere gloves, but with nail polish, of course! That’s beauty blogger logic for ya. 😉

Launching worldwide on February 21, 2017, the Essie Spring 2017 Collection may help you forget the cold and make you think months ahead.

The Essie Spring 2017 Collection landed at Swatch And Learn headquarters yesterday, and the moment I locked eyes with each of the six shades, it began an undeniable spring fling!

  • On the Roadie is a green that makes my heart race towards the checkered flags and secure first place.
  • Blue goes all the way with All the Wave, a royal indigo that’s a crowning glory.
  • Designated DJ will take you for a spin or a midnight stroll on the wild side.
  • Dive into the deep end of the pink spectrum with B’aha Moment!, and leave nails exclaiming, “Eureka!”
  • No pardons or apologies are necessary with a stunning soft coral mango shade like Excuse Me, Sur!
  • Finally, we have the sixth shade in the collection, Backseat Besties, which will be a frontrunner for those who are BFFs with pink.

Overall, the collection offers a variety of colours that will appease those who enjoy statement nails and delicate manicures alike.

I used two coats of colour for all of my swatches (except for Excuse Me, Sur and Backseat Besties, where I used three coats).

The two coaters provided excellent, full opacity with a creamy formula that was easy to apply. The three coaters had a slightly milky consistency, so to cover up streakiness, that third coat was needed.

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How to Get Free Zoya Nail Polishes & Zoya Lipsticks

Zoya 4 Free Promo 2017

Zoya is the fearless leader when it comes to commanding the colour charge! Offering one of the most consistent formulas and serving up so much shade variety in many different finishes, it’s easy to see why Zoya nail polish has earned a special place in this nail enthusiast’s heart!

For those who are making conscious shopping decisions to cut out certain ingredients, you’ll be happy to know that Zoya boasts a 10-free formula! What does that mean?

Zoya nail polish contains:

  • No Formaldehyde
  • No Formaldehyde Resin
  • No Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)
  • No Toluene
  • No Camphor
  • No TPHP
  • No Parabens
  • No Xylene
  • No Ethyl Tosylamide
  • No Lead

When I heard about the latest Zoya promotion, I had to tell all my fellow nail-polish lovers.

Get 4 Free Zoya Nail Polishes or 4 Free Zoya Lipsticks on Canadian and US orders from the Zoya website beginning tomorrow (Monday January 9) until January 16 at 11:59 pm EST. Use the coupon code ZOYA4.

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Zoya Saint Swatches & Review

Zoya Saint Swatches Review

There was always a halo shining brightly above the head of Zoya Saint from the Enchanted Collection! It was the one polish that was calling out to me like the orchestra from the La La Land production! (The movie was very sweet and enjoyable, but I think it had more potential. This is coming from someone who has watched and loved a lot of musicals, so take it with a grain of salt…and a dash of sugar.)

*Breaks out into song* “Here’s to the dreamers!” 😉 Who else saw that movie? Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling shone in that film, and I keep playing the songs “Planetarium”, “City of Stars”, and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” when I’m out and about. Those songs give me the feels, as they say! 🙂

During the holiday season, I wore it twice, and once while in an elevator, a stranger approached me and complimented me on my nail polish. I knew that Zoya Saint was amazing, but when a stranger points it out, it reinforces everything!

The Zoya Enchanted Collection is my favourite Zoya nail-polish collection in a long time. Can’t even pick my favourite polish from the bunch. But, I knew from the first moment I saw the colours, Zoya Saint would be the first one that I’d review in-depth for a separate post.

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Swatch And Learn’s #2016BestNine

Swatch And Learn Best Nine 2016

As another year draws to a close, it’s a time of reflection about the accomplishments and challenges  that punctuated 2016.

Thank you for joining me on my blogging journey since 2010!

I look forward to sharing more swatches, reviews, and sprinklings of humour in the coming year. I’m excited to plan new goals for 2017 and to see where the ongoing adventure goes!

Because of the support and encouragement from readers like you, I am happy to say that a lot of my blogging dreams have come true in ways that I never imagined! Thank you so much for visiting and for leaving comments.

I have learned a lot from all of you, and I hope that Swatch And Learn has become a place on the internet that provides you with a little sunshine, especially on those difficult days! *Hug* Together, let’s continue to improve and grow while sharing our passion for nail polish. 🙂

If you’re addicted to Instagram like I am, you no doubt have seen the trend of posting the #2016BestNine collage, which depicts an Instagram user’s nine most-popular images based on the number of likes.

Above is the collage generated by the 2016 Best Nine website, which shows my most-liked images on Instagram.

I am so honoured that, in 2016, I received 59,935 likes on my Instagram!

Also, for my Pinterest for 2016:

  • 1,616,971 people saw my pins
  • 10,422 people saved my pins to their boards
  • 6,170 people clicked my pins

It really floors me, and I’m so pleased that you have been enjoying my photos!

In this post, check out the links. They’ll lead you to the reviews and/or swatches that I published on here earlier, in case you want more information and details about a certain nail polish.

Reminder: Today’s the last day to enter my worldwide giveaway!

Be sure to get your entry in by tonight at 11:59 pm EST for your chance to win my Zoya Enchanted Collection worldwide giveaway! (3 winners! See that blog post for the full details.)

Zoya Enchanted Collection Giveaway

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