(CLOSED) Giveaway: Win a Konad Nail Stamping Kit & Potentially More!

Win Konad Nail Stamping Kit Swatch And Learn

** Congratulations, Holly! (She replied within 48 hours to claim her prize. Thanks to everyone for participating! **

Many of you who follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ got the early heads up about how I had a brand spankin’ new giveaway in the works.

It’s time to spill the beans! πŸ™‚

NailPolishCanada reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in hosting a sponsored giveaway for my readers.

Of course I said yes, especially since I know that you all will love this prize!

Not only can you enter now to win a Konad Nail Stamping Kit, but if you read this post carefully, you’ll see how you can potentially win soooooo much more!

Ends Tuesday February 7, 2012 at 11:11 am (Eastern).

Who Can Enter:Β Residents of Canada and the United States

What’s Up for Grabs:

One lucky winner will receive this Konad Stamping Nail Art Kit featuring 2 image plates, 3 special polishes, and a stamper with a scraper.

Win Konad Nail Stamping Kit Swatch And Learn

But that’s not all!

You can win even MORE!

(Haha, I feel like Ron Popeil.)

If you head over here to check out the Konad image plates available at NailPolishCanada and include the name of your favourite Konad image plate in your comment, you will get it free in addition to the Konad Nail Stamping KitΒ if you win this giveaway! How awesome is that? (Very!)

And believe it or not, there’s even MORE!

Whoever wins my giveaway will be automatically entered into a second draw held by NailPolishCanada on February 15. If you win that draw, you’ll receive $200! Crazy, right?

How to Enter:Β Leave a comment on this post about anything. (E.g. What’s on your nails, what’s your favourite season, what’s the last movie you watched, etc.) Remember to include your favourite Konad image plate that you saw on NailPolishCanada.

Rules:Β Only 1 entry per person. (I want to give everyone an equal chance of winning. If you leave more than 1 comment, I will only enter you into the giveaway once.)

How I’ll Choose the Winners & How You’ll Claim Your Prize:

  • After the giveaway closes, I’ll use Random.org to randomly choose the winners.
  • I’ll send a congratulatory e-mail to the winner sometime on Tuesday February 7.Β The winner will have 48 hours to replyΒ and send me their name and mailing address.
  • After receiving the reply, I’ll forward your information over to NailPolishCanada, and they’ll mail the prize to you directly! πŸ™‚
  • I’ll announce the winner on this page, in the giveaway-tab post, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. If I fail to hear back from the winners within 48 hours of my e-mail, I’ll be forced to choose a new winner(s), and I don’t want to do that.
  • Please add swatchandlearn@gmail.com to your Safe ListΒ in your e-mail inbox so that my message doesn’t wind up in your junk folder by accident.

I Appreciate Your Support!

Even though you don’t have to do any of the below, I would love if you interact with me!

Important Note: While I do have Google Friend Connect, please follow me instead on the above avenues. I’ll be removing Google Friend Connect before March since that service will no longer be compatible with WordPress blogs. Sorry for theΒ inconvenience. I’m trying to give you all sufficient notice.

Please feel free to retweet or blog about this giveaway so that more people have a chance to win.

Good luck, everyone! Happy polishing!Β πŸ˜‰

Mary

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238 thoughts on “(CLOSED) Giveaway: Win a Konad Nail Stamping Kit & Potentially More!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Pretty in Paint!

      Congrats on being the very first person to enter my giveaway! πŸ™‚ And thanks for carefully reading the post and picking your favourite Konad image plate. Good luck in the draw!

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  1. Lauren Urycki

    Hello from Ohio! I’m new to nail art and love your site for inspiration and tutorials. I have been dying to try Konad stamps to expand my options. My nails are a simple white to black ombrΓ© today, but I think my favorite set inspired by your site were my ‘Franenstein’ monster nails from October. Thanks for blogging!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lauren Urycki!

      It always thrills me to hear that readers like you have tried out some of my nail art. πŸ™‚ Thank you for letting me know! And, hey, if you ever take photographs of your nails, feel free to post one or a few on my Facebook page so others can see and be inspired, too.

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  2. Summer Fuller

    M#25 (flowers, Butterflies) my nails are pink and white solar…has been for many many moons…feel naked without them…I like to spruce them up at special times with a design on my ring finger…this would be perfect!

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  3. Jessica

    I have on my first ever successful ombre manicure with opi you don’t know jacques, NYC park ave, opi tickle my francey, essie sand tropez, and essie allure.

    I’d love to try konad! M45 for the plate!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica!

      Great colours you chose to use for your ombre manicure. I especially love OPI Tickle My France-y! (I need to wear it again.)

      If you took photos of your manicure, please feel free to share it on my Facebook wall!

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  4. lacquerloon

    I love plate M79 because I am a polkadot fiend. πŸ™‚ I am not wearing any polish now but I bought a bunch of polishes from the Nubar Jellybeans Collection today. I can’t wait to try them out.
    lacquerloon recently posted: R.I.P. Camera

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey lacquerloon!

      Aww…sorry to hear about your camera dying, but hopefully whichever new one you end up getting will work out well for you. πŸ™‚

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  5. Lawren

    hooray! I was really waiting for this ever since I saw how amazing this looks on your nails. I’m currently wearing Salon Effects nail strips by Sally Hansen on my nails in the design called I Love Lacey πŸ˜€

    Ooh and if I win, I would love to have this template :DD

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lawren!

      Thanks so much for the saying that! πŸ™‚ Konad nail stamping really is the easiest way to give your nails a special design in a snap.

      Good luck in the draw!

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  6. Arianne

    I love Image Plate M59 πŸ™‚
    My go-to polish is always pink it seems. Even if I fall in love with other colors, when I don’t know what else to do, I always go to pink πŸ™‚
    email: cruz042 at cougars.csusm.edu
    Arianne recently posted: January #RAK Wrap-Up

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  7. Ashley

    Yesss I’m so excited!!!!! =D

    I’ve just recently gotten into nail art, and I don’t have a konad kit yet!! I’ve been using a cruddy old eyeshadow brush that I cut up as a striper, so my methods have been pretty primitive thus far. I’m so excited to try new designs, it’s such a fun form of self expression!!! I recently tried out cutepolish’s Van Gogh starry night design on my ring finger, it turned out great!!! So happy I found this blog, can’t wait to try out some of your nail art designs!!! My favorite plate is #M51 =)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ashley!

      Actually, I think it’s really clever of you to use what you already have to achieve nail designs! πŸ™‚ Good for you for taking the initiative to ‘make it work’ as Tim Gunn would say on Project Runway.

      I’m glad that you found my blog, too! πŸ™‚ Welcome – I hope to hear more of your thoughts on future posts, too.

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  8. Katie

    I’m loving all the glitter polishes that have been coming out. I’m currently wearing Sally Hansen “disco ball” – it’s great for layering! I’d love to try nail stamping as well. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Katie!

      No problem. Any time I’m able to set up giveaways for my readers, I’m there! Glad you’re excited about this one.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Joelle!

      You’re very welcome. It’s always a pleasure organizing a special giveaway for my wonderful readers! πŸ™‚

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  9. Patricia Moreno

    I’m about to try Venique for the first time, so excited πŸ™‚ Heard great things about Konad, hope I win πŸ™‚ I’d love plate #M35 please <3

    Thanks so much for the rad giveaway! πŸ˜€

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  10. deyna

    Wow, i can’t believe i found your website by accident and scored lucky. I’ve been looking for reviews on quo by orly (base/top coats) and you were the top site. Fingers crossed that i win. I’m a beginner in this whole nail art thing.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey deyna!

      I’m glad you found your way here – hope that you’ll stop by again soon. I update Swatch And Learn daily, so there’s always something new.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Sarah!

      Yes, of course I think it’ll work. The main polish is GREEN, and I am a green lover, after all. πŸ˜‰

      Can’t wait for spring to come!

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  11. Jhanah ChongTim

    Currently I have INM Northern Lights hologram silver top coat on. Still deciding & trying to figure out what am I going to do with my nails next being that my nail had a crack in it & I had to trim all my nails down. =/

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  12. Jhanah ChongTim

    Currently I have INM Northern Lights hologram silver top coat on. Still deciding & trying to figure out what am I going to do with my nails next being that my nail had a crack in it & I had to trim all my nails down. =/ Also forgot to mention I always wanted to try the Konad stamps but was hesitant because I don’t know how hard it will be & if I win this I can try it out. I know they have more stamp plate varieties that are not listed but if I had to chose I would chose plate #m40. Thanks for your time.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jhanah ChongTim!

      Don’t be sad about your really short nails now. I think some polishes actually look the best on short nails – makes them more chic.

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  13. Nicole

    Wow such a great website for tips & always helps me in making my colour purchases. I love the m30 plate as it has the cutest cat & butterfly. Am just going to another site to buy 2 muppet polishes after your reviews including rainbow connection. Currently wearing Sparkle-iscious from the OPI Burlesque collection & glad I did as ended up in hospital yesterday & at least my sparkly nails cheer me up some.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Nicole!

      I’m really sorry to hear that you ended up in the hospital. I really hope that you’re okay now or that whoever you were visiting is okay.

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  14. Janet "The KnitMaster"

    I’ve never stamped before, but I’d love to try!
    Image Plate #M15 (Butterfly, Stars, Assorted Design)
    Good luck to ME

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey The KnitMaster!

      Haha, “Good luck to ME” – cracks me up! πŸ˜‰

      Be careful because once you start stamping, it’s hard to stop! It’s like a gateway drug for nail art.

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  15. Heather

    Nail polish is my addiction! My fiance is always making fun of me for taking so much time on my nails! Well, it does relax me! LOL! I loooove the glitter polishes right now. I have not tried stamping yet, and i am dying too! The M45 plate I love, anything with polka dots! πŸ™‚

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  16. Jennifer

    I have always wanted to try Konad stamping, but never got the chance to buy it! I’m slight scared of Internet purchases, so I’ve hesitated for a long time. This would be a great opportunity to try!!!

    Thank you for this giveaway, Mary! I’m going to cross my fingers!
    Jennifer recently posted: Skin care?

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jennifer!

      I’ll cross my toes and eyes for you, too! The first time you ever try Konad stamping will really change the way you see nail art. It becomes less daunting and more accessible.

      Good luck in the draw!

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  17. Michelle

    I can’t wait for winter to be over! Totally looking forward to spring and all these new nail collections coming out. ESP china glazes hunter game! Oh my… Thanks for the giveaway, never tried Konad, but always wanted to. Image plate #M8.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Michelle!

      Same here – I’ve had enough of winter. I’m so ready for spring and cheerful weather to pick up my spirits.

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      1. Mary Post author

        Hey Maribeth!

        Oh yeah, I’ve heard of MASH and some other plates, but I don’t own any. Wonder if they work well…

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Brittany!

      How awesome are you? (VERY!) I saw on Twitter that you helped me spread the word about this giveaway. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  18. Kelly

    OK, so I just took off OPI’s Fly last night… fair warning if you buy it: It stains like a mother lol. Holy cow, I have never had such bad stains in my life! And I used my normal, go-to base coat that has never failed me (Orly Rubberized Base). It makes me sad because the color is so pretty! But it stained my whole nail! Yikes! :p

    I like plate #M47. I have M46, and need the second half of the alphabet!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kelly!

      I don’t have Fly, hmm…and I may not get it. Polishes that stain really badly usually are ones I don’t reach for more than once.

      But…if you wear it again, maybe you can try doubling (or tripling) up on the base coat. (Then again, I had a nail-staining incident with Orly Bonder before and it was with another Orly polish on top!)

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    2. Nicole M

      I just had to add to your comment about Fly… YES ISN’T IT CRAZY!?!? I think I actually forgot to wear base coat when I was swatching it, but that was weeks and weeks ago and my nails are still stained light blue! Luckily my nails grow fast and they’re just about grown out. It stains like no one’s business!!
      Nicole M recently posted: Jazz Up Your Favorite Nude

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  19. Ali

    M32

    I got into nail polish about 6 months ago and I have about 80 bottles right now! I’m wearing Hard Candy Beetle right now; it’s supposed to be a dupe to Orly Space Cadet which I don’t have.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ali!

      Welcome to the wonderful (and addictive) world of nail polish! Hehe, be careful because your collection will grow exponentially. πŸ˜‰

      Very cool that you have Hard Candy Beetle – it’s so pretty. I don’t have it, but saw it compared to Orly Space Cadet (which is a winner)!

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  20. Ter G / bobbysgeel

    Google is making me mad. I’m trying to figure out BlogLovin now. I use my cellphone for internet. Wish me luck! And thanks for this awesome giveaway, Mar!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ter G!

      Hope you’re able to get Bloglovin’ to work for your phone. I know that my blog has some cell-compatibility issues, so maybe it’s not Bloglovin’. The sidebar gets squished at the bottom of the screen.

      Best of luck in this giveaway! πŸ™‚

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  21. Stephanie

    love this giveaway! I’m currently wearing Sephora’s Sample Sale with Essie’s As Gold As It Gets Luxeffects on top! I love plate #M20
    Where in Canada are you from? I’m a canadian girl too!

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  22. Vicki A.

    I am already getting Valentine-y with my nails — Revlon Cotton Candy with little pink rhinestone hearts! My fave Konad plate on the site is M79…why do I love clouds as a graphic so much? πŸ™‚

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  23. April

    Thanks for another great giveaway! Just to share…so excited that my first Deborah Lippmann polishes shipped yesterday. I know what I will be doing this weekend! (favorite plate was Image Plate #M8)

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  24. Ariel

    I’d love to win! Even if I don’t, it’s always so much fun to see all the products that are given. Whoever wins will be so lucky…. πŸ™‚
    Last thing I watched…. I went and saw We Bought A Zoo. Great movie!

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  25. Sarah

    Ever since reading all the tutorials I have been considering buying some plates, so this is the perfect giveaway! I really like M3, cute simple designs πŸ™‚ but it looks like that one comes with the kit so my second choice is M79, LOVE the clouds!

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  26. Arlyn

    I LOVE the fact you referred to Ron Popeil!! I think that is hilarious!!! I am wearing Sea on my nails by the New Sally Hansen line called Perfect and Smooth.
    Thanks for the WONDERFUL giveaway!!!!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Arlyn!

      Awesome – you got the reference! πŸ™‚ His infomercials are always funny – think that I watched them all when I was a kid.

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  27. KatLinHua

    I have the konad knock off, but nothing can beat the variety of the plates from the real thing konad. I’d love to try the #M71, I’ve been really into lace lately. And My NOTD is currently Kleancolor’s Holo Chrome~

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey KatLinHua!

      Lace is so sweet, especially since Valentine’s Day is coming up. I just love when people use lace designs stamped near the cuticle – so pretty!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Tricia Batchelder!

      Sometimes I feel like one of the few who hasn’t seen all the Twilight movies. The only one I saw was the first!

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  28. Carmela

    You’ve been on such a roll with these giveaways, Mary! Keep ’em coming, please! πŸ˜€ (I’m hoping I win at least one of them… :P) M51 for me, please. πŸ™‚ I was looking for the s-series. There was a pretty Asian themed plate that I’ve had my eye on for a bit now but haven’t gotten.

    Would you believe that I actually don’t have anything on my nails right now except for a NailTek treatment? I went a bit crazy with swatching (again!) when I realized I was running low on material. Oh, the life of a nail polish blogger. πŸ˜‰ I’m hoping to diversify soon-ish with other sorts of products. I am, however, planning on sporting Cult Nails Cruisin’ Nude on the weekend. (Is that strange that I plan my colors ahead of time?)
    Carmela recently posted: Nail Art Wednesday: Black and Pink Ombre Nails

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      I’m trying to line another one up for March that will be nail-polish-related, but we’ll see. πŸ™‚ No promises yet, but I’m trying. I know that so many people are obsessed with polish like I am. πŸ™‚

      Wow, no, I can’t believe you just have NailTek on your nails now! *Gasp* But…sometimes it’s good to take a break.

      Nah, not strange at all. You sound very organized, and when you plan like that, hopefully it helps you wear more of your untrieds in your stash. πŸ™‚

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  29. Dawn Jewell

    I would love M7. I just got some of the China Glaze Magnetix, so I will be putting that on today for sure. Thanks for all the wonderful giveaways. Hope to win! πŸ˜‰

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  30. maddy

    Thanks for having this great giveaway! My favorite Konad plate is #M51. On my nails I am wearing OPI Grape… Set… Match and Servin’ Up Sparkle. I’m so upset because the intermediates at school have a 3-day ski trip (I’m an intermediate) but I fractured my ankle and I can’t go! πŸ™

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey maddy!

      Oh no! πŸ™ I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle. I hope it doesn’t hurt much. Rest up and take care of yourself!

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  31. Heidi

    Hi Mary!
    I’m going through a period of (near manic) nail polish obsession and have been devouring as many blogs as possible. Yours is one of my favorites, I just love your writing style πŸ™‚

    On my nails now is a layer franken of a cheapie dollar store bright purple with Sinful Let Me Go on top, it is just fab πŸ™‚ My current favorite cd is AWOLNation Megalithic Symphony, I have been just loving it to death, I probably listen to it twice a day at least. Plus their videos are awesome (http://awolnationmusic.com/news/not-your-fault-video/)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Heidi!

      Thank you soooooooooooo much for that! I’m very passionate about writing, so that compliment means a lot. πŸ˜€

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  32. Heidi

    ahh, I forgot, the Konad plate I’m drooling over right now is M33, I just love those little zodiac cartooney picts πŸ˜‰

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  33. Kayla

    WOW! What an amazing givaway!!! I have been loving your blog for some time now, I love your lochness monster mani from a while ago too cute for words!! I wish I have half your talent for freehand nailart!
    I am loving the m61 stamp right now!!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kayla!

      Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know that you’ve followed my blog. πŸ™‚

      You should totally try your hand at the Loch Ness Monster manicure! I bet you’ll do a better job than you think. I feel like a lot of times, it’s more about patience and trying than it is about actual talent. πŸ™‚

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  34. Harmony B

    Great giveaway! The last movie i saw @ home was Limitless ( good movie – Bradley Cooper yum! lol) The plate i would like is #M25. Thanks πŸ™‚

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Harmony B!

      Oh yeah – Limitless! I saw it in the theatre with a friend. Imagine if just a tiny little pill could make anyone a genius? Not sure if I’d want to take it. I really like having to put in effort to gain new skills. When something comes to me too easily, I don’t appreciate it as much.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amber!

      Once Konad is in your life, you’ll seriously think about stamping everything! Haha, I remember when I got into it, I’d look at a nail polish and think, “I wonder what it would look like with a Konad stamp over it…” πŸ˜‰

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  35. L

    Mary,
    Thank you so much for having this contest!
    On my nails: Orly Androgynie layered over OPI Black Onyx.
    My favorite Konad plate: M61

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  36. suzanne

    what a great giveaway! love that you & Nail Polish Canada are doing this together. currently I’m wearing KleanColor Chunky Holo Purple [which I absolutely love] over Zoya Julieanne [which I really wanted to love, but don’t at all], and am so bummed that I ripped off my thumb nail. thinking that I’d like the #M15 Konad plate. am afraid to stay on that site any longer or I’ll break my no-buy, such a great selection there.

    thanks again Mary!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey suzanne!

      I was thrilled to be able to team up with NailPolishCanada for this! πŸ™‚ What a great opportunity to share a love for polish and nail art.

      As for Chunky Holo Purple – GORGEOUS! πŸ™‚ Haha, it smells really stinky, but the end result is totally work it.

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  37. Nicole M

    Right now I’m wearing OPI Did It On ‘Em but I’m about to take that off and swatch my Electropop colors. I went with Secret Peri-wink-le instead of the Electropop periwinkle (I think it’s Electric Beat…?). If I were to win (fingers crossed!!!) I would want M30 because of the cute dog, monkey, rabbit and pig. πŸ˜€ Thanks again for having this awesome giveaway. I’m going to do a quick post on my blog to spread the word. πŸ™‚
    Nicole M recently posted: Jazz Up Your Favorite Nude

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Nicole M!

      Thank you so much for helping me get the word out about this giveaway! The more people who hear about it, the more chances that someone new can get into nail art. πŸ™‚

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  38. Raychul

    Yay! What an awesome giveaway! I’m currently wearing Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It which is kind of odd for me because I never wear reds. I love the fairy on M35 and need her on my nails!!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  39. Heather

    The last movie I watched was Mao’s Last Dancer. Not quite what I expected from the trailer, but very good!

    I think my favorite plate NailPolishCanada has is M27. The seahorse is so cute!

    (Your news about Google Friend Connect is sad. That’s where I follow all my polish blogs! Phooey.)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Heather!

      Sorry about Google Friend Connect. It came as quite a shock for me when Google announced it would only be available for use on Blogger sites in March. Wish I could keep it.

      Hope that you’ll still follow me along another avenue or good old-fashion bookmarking. πŸ™‚

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Nail Nut!

      Hope that Essie Grow Stronger works for you! πŸ™‚ And now that your nails are short, you can sport some dark shades that look way more chic on short nails than long claws. (There’s always a positive for every negative.)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lauryn Lofgren!

      I love the name of that polish. And I just took a quick peek at your blog post – you pull off that pink really well!

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  40. Sooz1e

    Fab blog- NOTD is manglaze in the awesome mayonnaise color, with a little konad bubble on top. Would love M27 if I was the lucky one!
    Thanks so much!

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  41. Halifax

    Hope this will push me toward stamping more, I’m still a snob πŸ™‚
    And every time I look at the plates, I like a different one lol M61 this time

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  42. Amy

    I’m wearing OPI Bubble Bath, but, since I’m impatient, I guess I didn’t allow enough drying time, and, it bubbled haha. Go figure! Now I’m wishing I ha a stamp kit to salvage it. M79 would be great! Love those dots!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amy!

      Haha, that’s pretty funny how it lived up to its name. πŸ˜›

      Maybe you can put a coat of glitter on top to conceal the bubbling a little?

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  43. Aliya

    after doing and redoing my nails six times last night, i finally settled on butter london’s all hail mcqueen.

    always wanted to try stamping but not sure i’d ever be able to do it. plate M15 is my favorite.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Aliya!

      Wow – you changed your manicure SIX times? You DO have patience! Damn! (I’m glad that you found the colour that suited your mood in the end.)

      Don’t worry! You can definitely pick up stamping easily. It may take some practice, but you’ll get there. I felt the same way before I got into them. Then I decided to just try it and see if it was as simple as everyone said it was. IT WAS! πŸ™‚ And once you start, it’s hard to stop. πŸ˜‰

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      1. Aliya

        i love how you take the time to respond to everyone’s comments!

        as for patience, i only have it when it comes to doing nails.

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        1. Mary Post author

          Of course – I want to make sure that my readers know their opinions matter and that they’re heard. πŸ™‚ Plus I learn a lot from my readers and am very thankful to be surrounded by so many supportive individuals.

          AHAHA! Well, at least you have patience. Some people don’t have it at all!

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  44. Sarah

    As far as stamping goes what are your favorite non special polish do you use. I only have a few that stamp good and I want to know if there is something to look for in a polish that makes the stamp come put better. As for favorite plate I like M30 with the animals on it. I’m sure my son would love to see all the animals on my nails!!
    Sarah recently posted: Today’s Nails

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Sarah!

      Actually, I don’t use many non-Konad Special Nail Polishes when I stamp. But, when I do stamp with something else, it’s usually China Glaze Millennium, which is a silver. It shows up beautifully. But, lots of chrome polishes tend to do the job well if they’re opaque in a single coat.

      Also, good polishes to use for stamping tend to have a thicker consistency. I’ve heard about how some people take pigmented polishes and leave them open overnight to thicken them up. (I haven’t tried it, so I don’t know how well it works.)

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  45. Candy

    Hey Mary!
    I am currently drinking some OJ and rocking some fab orange nail polish to go with it (Alluring Amber by Revlon.) I am so bored of winter! I’ve been wearing brights and neons for the past week, wishing for the winter to just end already! I hate Canadian winters, I just wanna go up north, hit up the lake house, go tubing and ride a few roller coasters! AND my hands are a dry mess, i’ve been going through bottles of hand cream like nobody’s business. So yeah, that’s my little winter rant. Haha, hope you enjoyed it?

    Thanks for hosting another one of your amazing giveaways. My plate of choice would have to be #M61.

    P.S. I hate NailPolishCanada’s new layout. But that’s a whole other rant for another time.

    Love ya!
    -Candy

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Candy!

      Haha, I love how you’re matching your nails to your drink! πŸ˜€ That’s the ultimate!

      I’m on the same page as you – the last chapter of winter, please! Although, this winter hasn’t been as brutal as it has been in the past, so I’m thankful for that. Still, I much prefer fall and summer.

      Hehe, yes, I enjoyed it. πŸ˜‰ I actually really enjoy when people go on tangents because I’m not fond of cosines. (That was a nerdy little trigonometry joke…*Groans*) Seriously, though, I like when people go on tangents because that’s when they open up more and you get to see more of their personality. πŸ™‚

      Have you told NailPolishCanada about what you think of their new layout? Maybe they’ll be changing it again…and maybe they’d like to hear feedback so that they can improve.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amber!

      It would be cool if you win this and try it for the first time. The first time you Konad, you’ll be floored by how creative you can get with not much effort. πŸ™‚

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  46. Zhar

    Just finished doing my weekend mani in Sephora by OPI My Personal Serpent with the tips done in a sorta ombre effect using Essie Shine of the Times over it.
    Also, I’m keen on plate M56 =)

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  47. Sabrina

    I just painted my nails with I Dont Bite by OPI and did a gradient with a silver of glitter wet and wild polish~! I like image #m56! πŸ˜€

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Sabrina!

      Lovely! πŸ™‚ If you ever take photos of your manicure, please feel free to post one or two on my Facebook wall. I love seeing other people’s creativity.

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  48. Mary

    I recently discovered your site, and I have to say that I love it! My nails are naked right now, but I’m painting them tomorrow night. My favourite plate is M34.

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  49. Victoria Purington

    I need to work on my stamping skills, they never seem to turn out right! My favorite plate is Image Plate #M48.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Victoria Purington!

      Aww…I’m sure your stamping attempts have been better than you’re giving yourself credit for. They don’t have to be perfect. πŸ™‚ As long as the design makes you happy, I think that’s what matters more.

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  50. roslynd l.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!!!! My fav image plate is m48. The casino one

    I had a ridiculously long day and am EXHAUSTED :/

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  51. Amanda

    I am nervous to try nail stamping but it always looks so amazing!

    I wish I could mix and match some of the patterns on the stampers to make my own! #M7 has a super cute shoelace design, the star in the middle of #M33 is so pretty, I like the belt on #M9, the full nail square design on #M61… etc. If I had to pick a favourite of the plates that exist I would go with #M79. The clouds are adorable and the polka dots are too!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amanda!

      Aww…don’t be nervous – I’m sure you can do a great job, and you’ll have fun designing your own looks.

      Yeah, that would be awesome if they came out with a service where you can pick the images you want and then the company engraves it on a plate for you. Hmm…that’s not a bad idea! Wonder if someone will make that happen…

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  52. Chrissy Bridges

    I’ve wanted to try the konad stamping kit for so long! There’s just so many great plates to choose from I’ve never decided which ones to get πŸ˜› #M79 is really nice !

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Chrissy Bridges!

      This could be your lucky chance! πŸ™‚ Hehe, yes, and Konad really is amazing at coming out with so many awesome image plates.

      Best of luck in the draw!

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  53. karen

    Oh wow!!
    This week has gone on forever and I’ve missed visiting your blog so much because most of the time has been spent working at work and then bringing more work home.

    Looks like you’ve been busy, too! Lots of new posts to read and so exciting to see what you’ve discovered!

    Konad? Count me in! Okay, yes, I’d be here anyway, but Konad polish has been on my Christmas list since the first time I saw it. I scooted my ample bum right on over to NailPolishCanada and fell in love all over again. That M79 plate is really nice!!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey karen!

      Aww…that’s really sweet of you to say that! πŸ™‚ Hope that things are okay with you. I know that you may be feeling exhausting with all that work. But, at least you’re keeping busy. It’s much more interesting than twiddling your thumbs!

      Good luck in this draw! πŸ™‚

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  54. Stephanie

    I really love your blog. And since I like both leopard print and konad my favorite plate from nailpolishcanada is m61.

    TGIF because I’m so tired!!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Stephanie!

      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚ I’m glad that you enjoy Swatch And Learn – hope that you’ll continue visiting!

      Have a relaxing weekend. πŸ™‚

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  55. Michelle

    I’ve really been wanting to try the stamping thing, this would be the perfect way to get started!

    Love plate M59!

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  56. Lennae Duran

    Hi Mary,
    Right now I’m wearing Butter London Rosie Lee, but I just received Nostalgic Nail Lacquer’s Bizarre Teenage Love Triangle in the mail, so I will be wearing Andie in a few minutes.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lennae Duran!

      Bizarre Teenage Love Triangle is a very unique name for a polish! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it before.

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  57. Jacquie

    Lately I have been loving the flakies, but I would love to try the Konad stamping. I have tried free handing designs, but I am not the greatest! This would be wonderful to have.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jacquie!

      Yes, flakies are all kinds of awesome! πŸ™‚ I just love how they’re so trendy now – way better than the crackle trend.

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  58. Kate

    Hi Mary!
    I finally found a magnetic nail polish at some random mall store(icing maybe?) and bought it. I had my eye on the Nails Inc. bottle at Sephora for a while and just couldn’t justify the 16 dollars. I’m SO happy with this one! it works just like the Nails Inc one and I only paid 7 dollars for it. I really like the m59 plate

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  59. 409cope

    I love nail stamping. I can’t seem to get the hang of the magnetic polishes for some reason. Thanks for hosting such a nice giveaway!
    -I like the plate M21 the most.

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  60. Nadia

    I’m wearing Jordana Boy Oh Boy and my favorite Konad plate is m65 because of the roses.
    Thanks for this awsome giveaway.

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  61. Stephanie

    I am currently wearing Nicole by OPI Wear Something Spar-Kylie. I attended a special Breast Cancer awareness night at a local hockey game so I painted my nails in this glittery pink with a black accent nail complete with a sparkly pink breast cancer ribbon. They were definitely a hit. I love konad plate M59. It has some pretty bows and hearts and would be perfect for valentines day coming up!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Stephanie!

      That’s great that you went to support such a great cause and also painted your nails to go with the theme. πŸ™‚ If you have any photos of your manicure, please feel free to post them on my Facebook wall. I’d love to see how they turned out!

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  62. Ashley

    I just started getting into nail art and I’m finally putting to use the konad kit I bought 5 yrs ago! My husband is buying me more plates for my birthday which happens to be Wed πŸ™‚
    One plate I would love to have is m33.
    Thanks for this giveaway! I love your tutorials!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ashley!

      Good for you for using your Konad kit! πŸ™‚ Isn’t it so much fun? You can easily break through a lot of barriers and create custom nail-art designs that really express who you are and what your style is.

      That’s so thoughtful of your husband to get you more image plates! πŸ™‚ And HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, ASHLEY! Have a wonderful day – make every moment count.

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  63. Marie M

    I am wearing Barefoot in Barcelona by OPI right now (with a cute little red rose stamped on my accent finger)! My thumb chipped this morning and it’s been driving me crazy all day! =(

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  64. Lynn

    I’m wearing Zoya Trixie with Lynnderella Lucky Numbers on my ring fingers. I’m just becoming a polish junkie and was lucky enough to get a Lynnderella. I hope I win so I can start stamping!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey AMarie!

      Best of luck in the giveaway. Once I finish replying to all the comments, I’m going to use random.org to select the winner. πŸ™‚

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  65. Michelle I (Midnite Echo - Midi Nightwind)

    My nails are naked right now. >.<
    (got caught!)
    Usually, I would have something on them, but I have been sick and my last mani started chipping, so I had to take it off. I have a bad habit of peeling them (a huge no-no!) if they are chipping and I don't take them off. But I was too sick to do anything else. Still sick. Boo! (not happy)
    Winning would make me feel better, lol. πŸ˜›

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      1. Michelle I (Midnite Echo - Midi Nightwind)

        Actually, I really like plate M81, but I didn’t see that in the options… is it not available as a choice? If it is, and I win, I would really like that one. If it’s not available, then I will stick with M61.

        Picky aren’t I? I’m just gonna blame it on being sick (and not admit that I am really just picky, lol).

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Michelle I!

      Haha, instead of being caught red-handed, you got caught unpolished! πŸ˜›

      Aww…I hope that you feel better soon! Being sick stinks, but it does make you appreciate how good it feels to be healthy again.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey rubyPUMPED!

      Wow, I haven’t thought of Blossom in such a long time! Isn’t it amazing how Mayim Bialik ended up going for her PhD in neuroscience? You don’t often hear about actors going back to school and pursuing hard sciences. (At least I don’t.) So I thought that was refreshing. Good for her!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Erin S.!

      For sure – the winter here in Canada has been ridiculously mild this year. We didn’t even get much snow! (I’m not complaining – haha, even though I’m Canadian, I really dislike the cold only because I can’t take it.)

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  66. MC

    What a great giveaway! I am wearing OPI Last Friday Night over Sally Hansen Pacific Blue.
    Image plate #M59
    And I love your kooky designs! You are so creative!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey MC!

      Beautiful colour combination! πŸ™‚ OPI Last Friday Night is gorgeous over many blues!

      Hehe, thank you – I enjoy coming up with silly nail-art designs. They make me smile, and I’m glad that you ‘get’ them. πŸ˜€

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Cristina!

      Oh boy – I really should do some Valentine’s Day nail art before it’s too late. Gotta think up something with hearts, although I don’t know if I’ll be using pink polish. I want to do something a bit different. We’ll see if I can think of something in time. πŸ™‚

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  67. Kay

    What a fun and awesome giveaway. I have the konad stamper and some bundle monster plates but I don’t have any Konad plates. I really like M57 because it has a nice variety of patterns and I love the zebra and the cougar patterns.

    I don’t have great nails, they don’t grow very long until they start breaking and peeling but even if they are short they still look better with polish on them. I have become quite the nail polish collector. This week every finger is a different color with white crackle on top.

    Thanks for your inspiration and for the giveaway

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kay!

      That’s okay – even short nails look awesome. With certain polishes, I actually think they look better (i.e. chic or edgy) on short nails. πŸ™‚

      Thank you for your kind words! πŸ™‚ Good luck in the draw. I’ll be using random.org to pick the winner and announcing it shortly!

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  68. Valerie

    I’d love to try stamping since I’m not a great artist and have attempted some freehand stuff that has just failed TERRIBLY. I like plate M46. The letters are kinda cute and different and I haven’t seen them on anyone yet!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Valerie!

      Aww…it just takes some practice. And I’ve found that designs that involve more ‘blobs’ rather than precise line drawing are easier. Maybe you could try those kind of designs that use more circles and ovals.

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