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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. ūüėČ

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!” ūüėČ 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! ūüôā

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. ūüôā

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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Pretty Serious Museum of Naileontology Collection (3 New Shades)

Pretty Serious Museum of Naileontology Collection 2016 Swatches Twitter

I hope that you all are having a wonderful Christmas Eve! ūüôā

A dynamic trio has been added to the Pretty Serious Museum of Naileontology Collection for 2016, and they are available on the Pretty Serious website:

  • Mad Skull of Cloverton¬†–¬†Pink-green pearly duochrome
  • Chariots of the Red Sea¬†– Red glitter jelly
  • Disc of the Heavens¬†– Green glitter jelly

Mad Skull of Cloverton¬†has a delicate sensibility with an air of elegance, like a modest string of pearls worn with¬†a Little Black Dress. The soft pink dominates the nail polish, and it’s accented with a flash of angelic green.

The formula of Mad Skull of Cloverton was on the sheer side, but it builds up opacity quickly with a second coat. I opted to use three coats to further bring out the intensity of the pretty duochrome.

Chariots of the Red Sea¬†offers depth because the glitter is suspended in a jelly base, which allows the sparkle to peek through, rather than get covered up and look flat. Two coats is all you’ll need for this beauty to fully cover the nail.

Disc of the Heavens has subtle glitter in a jelly base that, when worn with two coats (as I did here), looks more like a crelly (creme-jelly hybrid). It has a milky look to it.

All Pretty Serious nail polish are formulated without Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde, and Formaldehyde Resin. Also, you’ll be happy to hear that they are vegan and cruelty-free.

My favourite of the trio? While I have a soft spot for green nail polish, the one that caught my attention the most was Mad Skull of Cloverton because of the duochrome shift!

P.S. Have you entered my worldwide giveaway? Enter by December 31, 2016 for your chance to win the Zoya Enchanted Collection! (3 winners! Be sure to read all the details in the giveaway’s blog post.)

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Pretty Serious Ghosts of Christmas Past Collection Swatches & Review

Pretty Serious Ghosts of Christmas Past Collection Swatches Review

With Christmas just an ole Saint Nick wink away, I thought that I’d share with you swatches of the festive¬†Pretty Serious Ghosts of Christmas Past Collection¬†that recently arrived in my mailbox! (You can find the collection available to purchase on the Pretty Serious website.)

While it’s a holiday collection, these colours can be worn any time of year, so don’t keep them in the dark corners of your Helmer. They want to be taken out for a night on the town. Who wouldn’t?

My favourite, while difficult to choose among so many beauties, is¬†Enchanted Evergreen (the dark green)¬†because my affinity for green nail polish knows no bounds. Gimme, gimme, gimme! ūüėČ If you’re a green lover, I’m sure you’ll love it, too, because it’s richly pigmented, and it has darkness and depth without looking like a black polish.

Hmm…but Peace on Earth¬†is tied for first place. It’s an ethereal seafoam green that has delicate flashes of pink. These flashes remind me a lot of the inside of¬†some pearlescent seashells. Magical and fairy-esque don’t even begin to describe its appearance.

You can never go wrong with a classic holiday red like Velvet Bow (a rock-and-roll metallic) or Verry Merry Berry (a super shiny creme).

Make nails sing a Christmas melody with silver (Fairy Lights) and gold (Tarnished Tinsel).

Then, there are the two top coats that can completely transform your existing manicure, taking it from strolling down the sidewalk to modelling on Mars (in a good way)! Hehe, oh the places that my mind sometimes goes. ūüėČ

Jack Frost¬†doesn’t nip at my nose. Instead, this iridescent glitter top coat makes my heart race like Usain Bolt! I tried it over¬†Enchanting Evergreen, and it created a blue galactic wonder on my nails! (If you like my swatch of it, you will love it even more in person.)

Mojito¬†is the other top coat. It has fine green shimmer, so adding it to any manicure will bring out its inner ribbit. ūüôā

If some of you aren’t already familiar with Pretty Serious nail polishes, they’re cruelty-free and vegan. They also don’t contain Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, or DBP.

P.S. There’s still time to enter my Zoya Enchanted Collection worldwide giveaway, but hurry – it ends December 31! (Remember, there will be three winners!)

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Zoya Naturel 3 Collection Swatches & Review

Zoya Naturel 3 Collection Swatches Review

A few days ago, the¬†Zoya Naturel 3 Collection¬†launched on Zoya’s official website, and it includes six colours that are work-appropriate and that will flatter different skin tones. (As a refresher, check out the official press release that I published on here earlier.)

While I am the first one to pounce on a bold, vibrant nail colour, I can appreciate muted tones that offer understated elegance.

For formal occasions or in conservative settings, it’s not always appropriate to wear a manicure that screams louder than a neon-plaid jumpsuit. Those times call for wear-anytime colours. The Zoya Naturel 3 Collection fits the bill!

As you know, Zoya nail polishes are often given women’s names. I’m thrilled to see that Zoya has finally released a nail polish called Mary! ūüėČ It’s described as a ‘raisin,’ which is accurate because it’s a soft brown with a tinge of purple mixed in. I love how it’s slightly different than your run-of-the-mill gingerbread brown.

Zoya’s creme nail polishes are always on point with smooth, pigmented formulas that are consistent and reliable. The ones in the Zoya Naturel 3 Collection live up to my expectations because they were a dream to apply, and I only needed to use two coats to achieve full opacity.

The formula is also very forgiving, in that it doesn’t dry too fast, so you have some time to paint over your nail several times to get the look and coverage you want. No hiccups here! Plus because they’re cremes, they were easy peasy to remove.

They also are shiny, even without a top coat. (All of my swatches in this post are shown without a base or top coat, and you can see how glassy the nail polishes are!)

My favourites? Aside from being biased and having a soft spot for the one named Mary (hehe), Debbie and Jill are my next choices.

Which ones are you gravitating toward?

P.S. If you haven’t already, remember to enter my Zoya Enchanted Collection worldwide giveaway by December 31st! (There will be three winners. Check that blog post for all the details. Good luck in the draw!)

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