(CLOSED) Giveaway: Win Seche Nail Products! (2 Winners)

Seche Giveaway on Swatch And LearnCongrats to Connie W. and Vivian!

Both winners replied to my e-mail and claimed their prizes. This giveaway is officially closed.

To everyone else, thank you so much for participating. I have another awesome giveaway lined up, so stay tuned for more details. ;)

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Recently I got an offer to receive a bunch of free Seche nail products. But I have soooo many bottles of base and top coats already that’ll take years to finish.

Instead of hoarding them in preparation for the Nail Polish Apocalypse (I hope I’m just making that up! *Gulp*), I thought it would be cool if I could give them to you.

Seche PR was on board with the idea! :D Woo hoo!

This giveaway’s open to residents of Canada and the U.S.

Ends January 11, 2012 at 11:11 am (Eastern).

 

What’s Up for Grabs:

Each winner will receive all these:

(If you’re not familiar with the top coat, please click on the above link for the review I did in 2010. To this day, it’s still my Holy Grail top coat, and if you’ve looked at any of my nail-art or nail-swatch posts, the vast majority of the time, I’ve used this top coat!)

Winners: There will be 2 winners chosen from the entire pool of participants.

Who Can Enter: Canadians and U.S. residents

Seche Giveaway on Swatch And Learn

How to Enter: Leave a comment on this post about anything that’s on your mind. It could be about what’s on your nails now, what you’re looking forward to in 2012, etc.

Rules: 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 2 winners.
  • I’ll send a congratulatory e-mail to the winners sometime on Wednesday January 11. The winners will have 48 hours to reply and each will send me their name and mailing address.
  • After receiving the reply, I’ll forward your information over to Seche PR, and they’ll mail the prizes to you directly! :)
  • I’ll announce the winners on this page, in the giveaway-tab post, on Twitter, and on 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 List 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 by:
    • Commenting on my other posts
    • Following me on Facebook (Swatch And Learn), Twitter (@SwatchAndLearn), Google Friend Connect, Google+ (Mary), beautylish (Mary), and Pinterest (Mary)
    • Retweeting or blogging about this giveaway so that more people have a chance to win.

Good luck, everyone! Happy polishing! ;)

Mary

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380 thoughts on “(CLOSED) Giveaway: Win Seche Nail Products! (2 Winners)

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey ashley!

      Now’s your chance! Best of luck in the draw!

      And, congrats on being the very first person to enter this giveaway. You were soooo fast! :D

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  1. Vivian

    Awesomeeee. Unlike others, I’m actually inlove with seche’s crystal base coat rather than their top coat. I find seche vite is too thick for me. I have about 3 bottles of the base coat though, muahaha… I could use another bottle! On a more random note, did you know that china glaze is owned by AII (american international industries) which also owns Seche products! I hope your day was good. Are you going to be posting up any nail art ontop of your pink mani soon?

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Vivian!

      Have you tried using Seche Restore to thin out your bottle of Seche Vite? It makes the top coat easier to apply. Usually I like to add some thinner when the bottle gets to the halfway mark.

      Yes, I knew that AII is behind China Glaze and Seche. :) But I bet a lot of other people didn’t. It would be fun to play a game of nail-polish trivia! :)

      I took a bunch of photos of the Konadicure over my pink manicure, but I still haven’t weeded through them or edited any. Definitely I’ll try to get them up sooner rather than later.

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      1. Vivian

        I think that would be a lot of fun. A trivia contest! Maybe you can facilitate it via twitter! Maybe even some random nail goodies as prizes. I think some of us would get a kick out of it, and reading the answers would be fun. I love reading fun facts about nail polish.

        As for the seche vite. I did think about adding thinner.. but I kept thinking about all the toluene. I heard it yellows your nails! I used about 1/3 of my seche vite, and haven’t touched it since. Have you had any yellowing problems with it?

        oh oh oh! and another randomness: CHINA GLAZE MAGNETIX WILL BE IN STORES AROUND JAN. 15TH! I have been WAITING for a cheaper alternative to the 0.33oz bottles of Nails Inc, layla..etc for soooo long. Are you excited? I sure am! *giggle fit* Are you gonna buy any? ‘CAUSE I SURE AM! *giggles madly*

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        1. Vivian

          btw I’m curious. How long did it take for you to reply back to all 80 of these comments? You have a lot of patience. I tip my hat to you.

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        2. Mary Post author

          Maybe I’ll do one sometime. :) We’ll see!

          Hmm…I’m not sure if it has made my nails yellow. A lot of times my nails get stained because of a super pigmented polish. But, it’s possible. (I’m pretty much always wearing nail polish, so stained or yellow nails doesn’t bother me as much as someone who sports bare nails.)

          Ohhh, YAY! I haven’t heard about the Magnetix collection yet, but that’s awesome. Hope that China Glaze keeps the price point reasonable. Then I may actually want to try magnetic polish! EXCITING! Thanks for letting me know. *Has a giggle fit with you*

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Sally!

      I’m pleased that you enjoy Swatch And Learn so much. :) And you’re very welcome. I love passing on wonderful products like this to my readers!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Bailey!

      I like watching Chelsea Lately sometimes, too. She’s so different than a lot of other people on late-night talk shows. For one, she’s a woman, and I really respect how she’s paving the way. Haha, and she always makes me laugh when she says something crude.

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  2. Yvette

    I’m looking forward to growing out long and healthy nails in 2012. I’ve developed the habit of biting my nails and realize that its type to stop. This set would certainly push me in the right direction !
    Yvette recently posted: new cause, new year.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Yvette!

      Haha, for some reason, I read what you wrote verrrry wrong. I thought for a second that you said, “I’m looking forward to growing out a long and healthy BEARD in 2012.” Geez! :P That would CERTAINLY make you stand apart from everyone else, but probably not in a way you’d like. :P

      Good for you for trying to stop your habit of biting your nails. You know, I used to bite my nails all the time when I was in elementary school. Whenever I tell people this, they’re always surprised because they’ve never seen me bite my nails for years. I stopped because one day, I looked down, and all my cuticles looked nasty and the edges of my nails were ragged. Although it took over a week, I was able to nix the nail biting on sole will-power. So….I have the utmost faith in you to nix the habit, too. If you really want to do it, you will! :D

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  3. Lisa Martinez

    I’ve been browsing all my favorite beauty blogs and feeling sorry for myself. I’ve misplaced my camera and I am unable to take photos for my own blog. Shucks. I miss blogging and I have so many new things to share! LOL. I’ve been getting by because I had some photos on my computer that just needed to be edited and blogged about. I’m running out of reserves! Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck to all who enter!
    Lisa Martinez recently posted: INFLUENSTER: Garden Botanika Lash Primer

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lisa!

      Aww…sorry that you misplaced your camera! Hope you find it soon and that you didn’t leave it somewhere in public where there are so many ‘sticky hands’.

      That was smart of you to keep a bunch of photos on your computer for situations like this.

      Hope your camera turns up soon!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jennafroggy!

      I’ve never used any nail strengthener before, so I’m curious about it. Hopefully the 2 people who win this giveaway will let me know how well it works.

      Short nails look great, too! :) Sometimes even more chic than long nails, actually. And Milani HD in Hi Res was an awesome choice!

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  4. lulu

    Oooh yes I haven’t tried anything but the top coat before but I LOVE LOVE LOVE it so it would be cool try the rest of their stuff. Right now I’m trying to figure out what colour I should paint my nails now that I’m finally back home after two weeks…. so hard to decide!
    lulu recently posted: Hephaestus & Aphrodite

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey lulu!

      You could have an entire Seche nail system right here! Good luck in the draw! :)

      Hehe, I know the feeling – so many polishes, so hard to decide. ;) But it’s a good position to be in!

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  5. Nicole

    This is an awesome giveaway. Can you believe some people don’t even know about Seche Vite?! I bought my mom, my soon to be sister in law and myself new bottles for Christmas. It’s definitely the HG of top coats. For 2012… as far as nail polish goes… I’m looking forward to new collections and although I haven’t put my FP Special Effects up on my blog yet and they’re very pretty, I’m already kinda over flakies. :-/ What are YOU looking forward to for 2012? Thanks for this awesome giveaway! I hope it’s me! :)
    Nicole recently posted: Greatness Is What We On the Brink Of: Metallic for Life Review

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Nicole!

      No, it’s crazy how some people don’t know about the Holy Grail top coat! It seriously changed (i.e. improved) my nail-polish routine! I never get sheet marks, and I don’t have to wait forever for polishes to dry.

      *Gasp* You’re over flakies? I could never get sick of them!

      So far, I’m looking forward to the China Glaze Colors from the Capitol Collection. I haven’t read The Hunger Games books, but the colours alone are making me drool. And, of course, I want to see what OPI has in store for 2012.

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        1. Mary Post author

          Yeah, sometimes when a trend is everywhere, it gets annoying because everyone’s wearing the same thing. I can understand that. But I got tired of the crackle polishes early on. I think it’ll take a longer time for me to get sick of flakies. (Hope so!)

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  6. Pryanka

    gasp! You’re hosting a giveaway. I’d love for a chance to try Seche Vite products, and review them and see for myself how good or bad they are compared to my OPI Base/Top Coats.

    As for what’s on my mind…well I just now read a comment saying that China Glaze and Seche Vite are owned by the same company so that’s really really cool (But now I wanna complain about seeing SV at my pharmacies, and never seeing CG). But really, before I ramble too long, thanks for hosting the giveaway, and good luck to everybody! Not sure how you’d get my e-mail, so here it is – blishful@gmail.com. Thanks!
    Pryanka recently posted: Sally Hansen Nail Prisms – Swatch and Review

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Pryanka!

      You’re lucky that you even see Seche at your pharmacy! Here in Canada, I’ve only really seen Seche at beauty-supply stores. Same goes for China Glaze…except China Glaze is sometimes even trickier to find in physical stores.

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  7. Juliana

    My dear friend gave me Zoya Charla and that’s what’s on my nails now :) I love this color. Also, I’m in the process of swatching all my nail polish on wheels so I can put them on my new nail rack! My boyfriend is so awesome!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Juliana!

      Your friend is so sweet – Charla is a kick-ass colour! I don’t have it, but I have the dupes for it. Gorgeous – that’s a hue I could never get sick of.

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  8. Serissa

    I have on La Colors Cotton Candy with Sally Sheer Vanilla french tips.. something soft and girly been wearing too many dark colors lately.

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  9. Debbie

    Super COOL give away !! thanks ;) I really wanna try Seche products it was gonna be the next fast dry top coat I bought after the Orly “In a Snap” bottle I am using right now:) oh and I have a baby pink with a clear fine glitter on top of it its subtle and I like it- I do one week subtle next week bold:)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Debbie!

      I’ve never heard much about Orly In a Snap. Wonder if it’s any good. Orly doesn’t get as many rave reviews in general like they deserve. They have so many brilliant colours, and the formulas are usually spot-on.

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  10. Jennifer Keck

    Thank you for the giveaway, I am new to the naill polish world, and need some great products to start building my stockpile:)

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  11. Linda

    Hi! I’ve always wanted the seche vite polishes for their quick drying time. I currently have on my nails OPI’s Dating A Royal underneath Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe. I was going to use Swimsuit… Nailed it but I didn’t want my nails to get stained :(

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Linda!

      YAY – nice layering combination! And…Across the Universe is a spectacular polish….SO BEAUTIFUL!

      Oh, I found that if I double up with a good base coat underneath Swimsuit…Nailed It!, the staining isn’t bad. Then again, I wear polish every day, so I can understand if some people would want to avoid that colour if they have to expose their bare (stained) nails!

      If you try out the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, it will seriously change your nail-polish life. No more waiting forever for your nails to dry, and no sheet marks.

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  12. Amber

    I’m new to the polish world and keep seeing this brand mentioned a lot. Apparently it’s pretty awesome! =) I just bought 7 polishes on sale at CVS yesterday (75% off! but they looked good and are super cute colors!) and I was so excited! Thanks to my family fulfilling the polishes on my Christmas list, I’m well on my way to a good collection! =)=)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amber!

      Yes, their top coat lives up to all the hype. The first time I used it, I was blown away because I could actually paint my nails at night (as usual) and then go to bed shortly after without waking up to indentations on my manicure. It doesn’t just dry your nails to the touch – it dries it rock hard reallllly fast.

      Nice polish haul! 75% off is an insane deal – lucky you to have scooped it up!

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  13. Nicole

    My NYE mani is on day 5/6 now. This is a record for me!! I chalk it up to finally jumping on the SV bandwagon and getting the top coat.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Nicole!

      Yay for your record! :) The top coat is great – really prolongs manicure. Glad that it’s working out well for you.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Andrea!

      You’re welcome! But it’s more the generosity of Seche for providing such awesome products! :) (I’m really glad that they agreed to give it to my readers instead. It’s better to give something good away than to just let it collect dust in my drawer and hoard it. Hehe, I hoard enough nail polish as it is. *Blush*)

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  14. Michelle

    I have to agree til this day Seche Vite is still my most beloved top coat. I don’t know how I ever survived all those years ago before I discovered this, it truly makes nail polishing a breeze. God know I’ve got zero patience, and waking up with sheet marks just pisses me off. Seche how I love thee

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Michelle!

      Same here – it’s hard to imagine all those times when I would wait and wait and wait for my nails to dry, go to bed, and wake up with a manicure with indents all over.

      Hehe, I have patience, but when it comes to waiting for my nails to dry, that’s a bit iffy. ;)

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  15. Beth Combs

    Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway! You’re AWESOME! I love your blog! i may not post often, but i read every day :)

    HUGS,
    Beth

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Beth!

      You’re very welcome. Seche is even awesomer! (Hehe, I know that’s not a real word.) And it’s so much fun to share products that I love and believe in.

      Thank you for your kind words about me and my blog! :) Makes me feel really good that you read every day! :D Thanks for your support!

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  16. Aylene

    Love the SV topcoat but have yet to try their basecoat or nail strengthener. These would be great to win!
    Just purchased the set of Finger Paints “Special Effects” and am looking forward to experimenting with them.
    Keep up the good work with your blog. I look forward to each of your entries.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Aylene!

      Those flakie polishes had me drooling from the second I first saw even the bottles! Lucky you – have fun layering with them! :)

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  17. Lawren

    oooh, would love to participate in this.

    currently on my nails I have China Glaze’s Snow Globe over Essie’s Mint Candy Apple :3

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  18. Kelly

    I would love to be entered in this giveaway. Actually right now my nails are ( bare naked) I thought they could use a little breathing room. All the darks and glitters and everything in between It’s funny , I forgot what nice clear nails actually look like. A little stained but still nice. I do feel very odd going out without anything on my nails , I keep thinking I’m forgetting to do something. I’m sure this won’t last much longer, the colors are calling!!! Kelly

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kelly!

      It IS a strange feeling going out with naked nails, but it’s good to give them a break, I suppose. But I know what you mean about going out with naked nails and thinking that you forgot to do something.

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  19. Carmela

    Another giveaway? Mary, you’re on a roll! :D Yay for starting the new year with a generous heart! Thank you!

    I’ve actually never tried Seche Vite before. I keep picking it up at Sally Beauty and then remembering I still have a gajillion top coats at home so I put it back. I’m really curious to see how this stacks up to my much beloved Nubar Diamont top coat!
    Carmela recently posted: Indulgent Intermission: The Nail Polish Tag

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      Yup – I’m on a cinnamon roll right now. It’s a bit sticky and spicy here. :P

      *Gasp* Never tried Seche Vite? You MUST try it – it changes everything. Nubar Diamont is great (their original formula), but when they changed it, it got really watery and didn’t dry as quickly. Then they switched it back to the first formula, but some people are selling the old formula, and it’s hard for me to tell which is which. Seche has remained consistent, so I trust them.

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  20. Lissette

    This is my first time posting a comment. And I must say I love your swatches. Thank you for posting daily. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lissette!

      Thank you for leaving your very first comment! :D Hope you’ll feel the urge to do so again. I really love interacting with my readers and getting to know you all better. It makes blogging way more fun.

      I’m glad to hear that you’ve been enjoying my swatches and my daily posts. :D Thanks for your encouragement!

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  21. Jayne

    Something that’s on my mind: wondering why my nails don’t like to cooperate with me in the winter …. maybe the Seche Plus Fortified Strengthener will help!

    Love your blog, great give-away!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jayne!

      Maybe it will! :) Also, maybe you can try using cuticle oil or cuticle cream on at night. Nails love some moisture because if they’re too dry (especially during the winter), they can get brittle.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey PtiteMeve!

      YAY for nail stamping – it’s so much fun! :D And Bundle Monster has some really unique designs to choose from.

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  22. Jessica

    Thanks for another great giveaway! I use both the Dry Fast Top Coat and the Crystal Clear Base Coat for all my manicures. I wouldn’t be into nail polish if it weren’t for Seche Vite–mainly because before I discovered that wonderful stuff, the dry time of nail polish would drive me crazy.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica!

      Hahaha, I know what you mean. Seche’s top coat dries things so quickly, so it makes polishing your nails a breeze instead of a test of patience!

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  23. Ariel

    My thought right now is about soda. *Mouth waters* One of my resolutions was to not drink soda, but there’s a soda machine in the office lobby that I’m in right now…. Didn’t realize how hard it’d be. :P
    Happy New Years! Thanks for the giveaway, even if I don’t win! ;)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ariel!

      Hang in there – you can resist the temptation! :)

      Happy New Years to you, too! Hope 2012 brings you much happiness and laughter.

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  24. Kelly

    Seche Vite changed my nail polish life forever! I use to never paint my fingers, because I have ZERO patience for the drying time… So I would, inevitable, screw up my manicure… Then I would be super pissed! Haha…

    I tell everyone I can about it… seriously, they should send me free bottles I’ve sold so many for them. Heck, I just informed my neighbor last night in a drive-way chat and she is going to Sally’s Beauty to get it today!

    I have naked nails right now. It’s horrible lol. I didnt have time last night to do them (and my old polish had to be taken off, ick), and I barely have time tonight (tomorrow is my Mama’s bday, so Im making Boston Cream Cupcakes tonight to take to her bar for the celebration!)… But they will get done! Somehow between baking, filling and frosting, they will get done. Even if I have to stay up until Midnight! No time for anything special though, just OPI “Diva of Geneva” on my fingers and Nicole by OPI “You + Blue” for my toes. No fancy art, but at least I wont be naked! :p

    Hope you have a wonderful New Year. Thanks for the opportunity to win so many AMAZING products!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kelly!

      Yeah, it’s really annoying to spend time painting your nails and then screw it up at the end. Seche Vite is a lifesaver!

      Hehe, and they should send you free bottles. If you win this giveaway, they will! ;)

      Happy early birthday to your mom, by the way. Oh my…your Boston Cream Cupcakes sound yummy!

      Happy New Year to you, too! :D

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  25. Olga Baken

    Yay! I’m so excited! This is my first time entering a blog contest. During the fall, I started really liking nail polish and now I have 40 regular size bottles, 7 mini bottles, 7 Sally Hansen nail sticker strip thingies, one bottle of nail polish drying drops, 7 more nail polish bottles coming in the mail, another bottle of polish drying drops coming in the mail, two small three-drawer organizers for all this stuff that no longer fits in my original mani-pedi supply bag, and I have learned how to use Google Reader to keep up with the nail polish blogs I am now addicted to. I discovered Seche Vite tc through blogs like yours, and I LOVE it! And, I love your blog. Thank you for all your hard work!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Olga!

      Every time I hear about someone entering a blog contest for the first time, I get so excited because the very first time I entered one, I won!

      Good luck in the draw! :) There will be 2 winners, so the chances are higher that your name will be chosen.

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  26. Amy

    I found seche vite by searching for ‘best top coat’ online and sech vite was the winner hands down! Love it! I would be excited to try the rest of their line for free!

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  27. triceratops

    Yay, this is super exciting — Seche Vite is the best! And I also like the Ridge Filling base coat, but I’m running out…
    Hmmm I’m currently wearing NOPI It’s All About the Glam, which I’m really enjoying after all those crazy glitters I was wearing throughout December. It’s also the only colour from the Kardashian collection that I was able to get my hands on — for some reason Shoppers stores in Ottawa seemed to have trouble stocking it! So yes, I’m enjoying the softness of this shade, but I’m thinking I might layer OPI Save Me on top later today. Back to crazy glitters, I guess!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey triceratops!

      Oh, so this comes at a very good time for you. Good luck in the draw! If you win, you can save a bit! :)

      Strange how that’s the only colour from the collection you could get. Maybe it just sold out really quickly – I know that different locations got them in at different times.

      YES, layer Save Me over it. Oh…I want that polish so badly – still haven’t got my hands on it.

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  28. Clare

    I love love love love the Dry Fast Top Coat…it has absolutely changed my life!! I would love to try other Seche products!

    Thanks for an awesome giveaway and happy new year!!

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  29. Frosso

    Today I have Finger Paints Twisted layered over China Glaze Concrete Catwalk…I’m not a lucky owner of Clairvoyant/ Unicorn Puke…but I can’t help thinking my mani looks very similar to it right now!
    P.S. I’ve only used Seche base coat and I love it. If I dont win I’m planning on getting the top coat once my Essie good to go is used up.
    Frosso recently posted: Finger Paints Twisted

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  30. Tonya Kaushik

    Thanks for this great giveaway! Like Vivian posted, I also think Seche Vite is a bit thick, but since it works, I use it any way. My bottle’s almost empty… hint hint! Anyway, thanks for keeping us updated on nail polishes with your great swatches. =)
    Tonya Kaushik recently posted: Day 9: Rainbow – Nyan Cat!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Tonya!

      You could try thinning it with Seche Restore. I do it all the time when it gets to the middle, and then it becomes almost watery and super easy to apply.

      Good luck in the draw! :D

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  31. Raychul

    Yay! This is an awesome giveaway. My friend introduced me to Seche when I was but a mere nail polish fledgling and its been the only base and top coat I’ve used ever since. Right now, I’m wearing Revlon’s “No Shrinking Violet” topped with Cult Nail’s “Clairvoyant” (which I have you to thank for introducing into my life :D) and Sally Hansen’s “In The Spotlight”. Probably not a mani for everyone but I think it looks like a mini party on my hands! :D

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Raychul!

      Very beautiful combination. :) I’m glad that I could introduce you to one of the most incredible polishes ever made! There should be more beauties like it.

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  32. Mary Pat

    My current nail polish obsession is Cult Nails. They can do no wrong. I just purchased Power Thief, Living Waters and Iconic. Power Thief is the most beautiful hot cocoa color. No matter how great the color, no manicure is complete without a base and top coat. I’ve been wanting to try Seche Vite because it’s regarded as the best out there. I’ve tried a few by OPI, Essie and Sally Hansen, but haven’t landed on the one that gives me the lovely shine and anti-chip I’m craving. Could Seche Vite be the one?!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Mary Pat!

      Maria is a nail-polish genius for coming up with so many striking colours! :) I want to get Living Waters. Everyone says it’s better on the nail than in any photos, so I’m curious.

      Yes, Seche Vite IS the one. If you win this draw or try it on your own, you’ll be sold on it. It truly does live up to the hype.

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  33. Katrina

    This is awesome! I’ve been after this stuff for quite some time. Anyway, I’m currently wearing OPI Ink on my nails and a shimmery purple opi on my toes. No clue what the name of it is but I’ll figure it out! Good luck to everyone!

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  34. Brianna

    Right now I have not like the movies from katy perry and OPI. I love it! Its so cool because it goes from a green to grey to purple!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Brianna!

      You know, I found a bunch of photos I took while I wore that nail polish as a Konadicure. Thanks for reminding me that I need to post it soon!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amy M!

      I haven’t tried all of these Seche products, but I can totally vouch for the top coat – the best I’ve ever tried!

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  35. Katy M

    I LOVE Seche products! I’m wearing OPI Reflecting Pool right now and it’s been on my tips for 4 days without chips or tip wear with Seche base and top coats!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and Happy 2012!!!

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  36. Athena

    I just started using Seche this past fall & it has changed.my.life. ;) Never will I be able to use another top coat… EVER. Love it!!!!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Athena!

      I know, right? Once you use the best fast-drying top coat, you just can’t go back to the ones that make you wait forever!

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  37. Sarah

    I’m a new follower, also a recovering nail biter! Sometimes its really hard to not got back to my nail biting ways, but when I read blogs like this, it gets me excited for the next time I paint my nails and reminds me to NOT bite them so I have pretty hands :) I dont know how you can wear your nails so long though!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Sarah!

      Welcome to Swatch And Learn! Thanks for following me – hope that you’ll join in on the fun and feel free to comment and interact. :)

      Actually, I don’t know, either. I’ll go through phases where I’ll grow my nails out so long (until the point where I find them annoying when I type). Then I’ll trim them down to little nubs and repeat the whole process again. Long nails are nice, but not all the time. I long for short nails sometimes, too…so I like to experience all the different lengths instead of just maintaining one length.

      I’m glad that you’re resisting the urge to bite your nails. Nail polish definitely will help motivate you! :)

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  38. Kristine

    I would love to try this! I’m currently looking for a new top coat, since the one I’m using just isn’t working so well anymore :(

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kristine!

      Well, good luck in this draw! :) Hope that random.org picks your name and then you can try something new and superior!

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  39. Cristina

    Ooh, Seche Vite! I’ve read so many conflicting reviews on the top coat – you either love it or hate it. I’ve never used it before, because my biggest nail peeve is top cost shrinkage and that seems to be the number one complaint! And because it’s so expensive in our great nation, that kind of adds to my reservations. I’d still love to give it a try one day!

    I have on Nicole by OPI – Snow-Man Of My Dreams. It’s 4 days strong and still perfect – really unusual for me with a glitter!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Cristina!

      I know far more people who love it than hate it. :)

      To avoid shrinkage with this, I actually let my polish dry slightly before applying Seche Vite. Also, I always paint the free edge of my nails. I’ve found that a lot of times, this prevents most shrinkage.

      Oohhh…Nicole by OPI Snow-Man of my Dreams is such a gorgeous glitter polish! You’re lucky to have gotten hold of it, as it was a limited-edition holiday colour. :)

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  40. Melissa

    I absolutely love everything about nail polish and I use Seche as my go to top coat too! I love all of your posts since I actually get to see the colors of the nail polish and your quirky comments. I would love to win which would be an added plus since my birthday is this Sunday! However I feel like I’m in a dilemma right now trying to decide between two Kardashian Kolors ( Kendall on the Katwalk and Khloe had a little Lam Lam) to paint my nails for the weekend since they both look AMAZING on your post!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      First of all, HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY to you, Melissa! :) Hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends.

      Glad that you enjoy visiting my blog – I enjoy interacting with my readers. It really makes blogging more rewarding.

      Hmm…if I had to choose between those two polishes for your birthday nails, I’d say to go with Kendall on the Katwalk because the glitter has more of a celebratory feel to it. It’s a lively colour that’s happy and that screams “PARTY!” to me. :) But even if you choose Khloe Had a Little Lam-Lam, it’s a gorgeous, edgy shade. Have fun! :)

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  41. Angela

    I never win but I will throw my hat in the ring. free goodies would def help, haven’t been working much so I have totally had to limit my spending.
    Angela recently posted: Pro-choice as in people have the right to choose how, when, and where they have their baby. Pro-choice as in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Pro-choice as in advocating reformation of the adoption system. Not pro-choice as in "KILL ALL TEH BABBIEEZZ RWAR IMMA EAT A FETUS AND NO WOMENZ CAN HAZ BABBIEZ AND I WANT TO BE A MENZ!" No. That’s fucking stupid, ok? Because pro-choice as in ALL CHOICES, not just one. Pro-choice as in I’m not gonna stick my head in someone else’s uterus because the fucked up parasitic sea monkey looking thing in there IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS. Like for real. If a parasitic sea monkey creature deserve more rights then it’s host (it’s HUMAN BEING SENTIENT HOST) well then fuck I guess you’re right and we shoulda just kept our legs closed.

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  42. Amanda S.

    Oooo Seche! What a great giveaway! I use it all the time- especially because I like to add some fun nail art! Currently I have bright cotton candy nails with black tiger stripes and a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust! So fun!

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  43. Vanessa

    Hi Mary, Excited to enter the drawing! I’m beginning to develop a serious nail polish addiction but haven’t yet tried SV products. I just bought my first house and looking forward to moving all my nail polish and goodies in! Thanks for the great entries and posts :)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Vanessa!

      Congratulations on buying your first house! :) That’s a huge step, and I hope that you’ll settle in nicely.

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  44. Jenny

    Just painted my nails, waiting for them to dry and having nail polish envy in the process by reading your blog!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jenny!

      Hehe, I think everyone (myself included) has nail-polish envy! There are just so many incredible shades out there. Isn’t it crazy how they’re able to keep coming up with new shades and finishes to suck us in? :P

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  45. Janet "The KnitMaster"

    As a kid, I bit my nails. Ugh. All those wasted years! I now have a horrible nail polish addiction. Nail polish is my porn! But so are yarn and shoes!
    Thanks for opening the giveaway to the US too!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey KnitMaster!

      Hehe, I guess I could just call you Janet like we discussed before, but I think it’s fun to call you KnitMaster instead? ;)

      Same here! I used to bite my nails like something fierce back in elementary school and even through part of high school. Definitely glad that we nixed that bad habit – it’s pretty unhealthy, too.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kristen!

      No, I can’t imagine a nail-polish apocalypse! Hahaha…I can just see all us addicts getting riled up. (I was wondering when someone was going to comment about that!)

      Revlon Grape IS really pretty! I keep picking it up in the store and putting it back. The only reason I put it back is because I have lots of untried purples already, and I’m trying to save a little more this year.

      Glad you’re loving your first bottle of Seche Vite! :D

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  46. Kelley

    I’m looking forward to the 2012 nail polish collections, of course! And my resolution is to step outside my OPI/China Glaze/Orly/Zoya comfort zone and try some new brands this year. I discovered Butter London in 2011 and I’m excited to see what 2012 will bring.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kelley!

      Hehe, of course! :D

      That’s a great resolution – Butter London has so many pretty shades. (I just have one – Wallis.) Also, Cult Nails has so many gorgeous polishes!

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  47. karen

    Nail Polish Apocalypse??

    Oh…just a joke….whew!! Hang on while I go reassure my pretty little babies that all is well…bless their hearts, the very idea set their little brushes all a quiver.

    Seriously, Mary…you’re just so sweet, hon. Following your blog is pure pleasure. Would I love to try Seche Vite? Yep…is it really better than my China Glaze Fast Forward?

    hugs!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey karen!

      Hahahaha! Yes, I shouldn’t kid around about something as serious as a nail-polish apocalypse. :P It would be akin to The War of the Worlds radio broadcast. Hahaha, okay, not really…

      You’re so funny, Karen! I was laughing when reading your comment. Aww…those poor little polishes with their quivering brushes. ;)

      Thank you also for the kind words. Thoughtful readers like you make blogging more enjoyable for me.

      I’ve never tried China Glaze Fast Forward before, so I can’t honestly compare them. Does it dry your nails really fast and provide a really shiny gloss?

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      1. karen

        I tried China Glaze Fast Forward out of desperation when our local Sally’s couldn’t seem to get any Seche Vite in. At only $5/bottle, it seemed like a good alternative to my usual OPI with the added bonus of reducing dry time.

        What a surprise it was! It dries to the touch in seconds and shines like glass. Okay, so it has this wonky fruity scent that really bugs some folks, but the smell goes away fast enough and I find it oddly comforting after a stressful day. Some folks fight stress with yoga….I fight stress by painting my nails.

        As good as it is with plain polish, it really shines when smoothing out glitters. Generally speaking, when using glitter polishes, I use two ‘cheapcoats’ of clear polish (because the glitter will soak it up, anyway) and then smooth the whole shebang out with a coat of the China Glaze. Not only does it give that amazing shine, but it allows all of the coats to dry a lot faster than my OPI topcoat.

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        1. Mary Post author

          Same here – I think that painting my nails is so relaxing. It’s also a creative way to cut the stress.

          Thanks for letting me know about Fast Forward. It sounds like it does the job very well. Now I’m surprised that I haven’t heard more rave reviews about it.

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  48. Marta

    I wanted to leave a highly intelligent and philosophical comment about something but the pure excitement of being able to try other “seche” products… aside from my BELOVED SECHE VITE has my mind spinning so fast I can’t form a coherent thought.
    WOW! What a great giveaway, and the fact that it is on your lovely blog makes it even greater!
    I layered Seche Vite over my very first Models Own Juicy Jules today and the semi-gritty nail polish dried super smooth… now I am loving my weekend manicure :D
    ps. taking the girls to see a disney princess story this weekend!!! They are both soo excited! ;)
    Marta recently posted: My very own Models Own

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      I’m picturing “The Thinking Man” holding a bottle of nail polish as I read your comment. Well, the nouveau “The Thinking WOMAN”. ;)

      Your manicures are always winners! And you’re so lucky to have Models Own polishes – I’m still saving up for some. They have gorgeous colours!

      Hope you and the girls have fun this weekend! :D

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Karlene!

      Foil polishes are so blingy – love them! :) Haven’t tried this one from Julep that you mentioned, though. Sounds nice!

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  49. Erin

    On my nails right now is my favorite polish ever. It’s coconut kiss by China Glaze. I love purple and it’s the perfect balance, not too light, not too dark.

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  50. Annie

    I lovvveee candles! i found your site while researching the best candles from slatkin and co. I was pleasantly suprised to find your blog! I follow it now :)))

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  51. Christine

    Hi, first i want to say is thanks for the great contest, looking forward to many more. I would like to say that when i do give myself a French manicure, instead of using the white polish that you re supposed to use, i tend to use white-out (a.k.a liquid paper, from the bottle) as this makes the tips stand out more, dries quicker too. then i put on this nice pastel mauve polish meant for French manicures on from Yves Rocher (very pretty compared to the typical beige used for the frence manicure) and the great part about this polish is that it has a nice violet scent to it. even when it dries, it s got that violet flower scent to it, although it s not an overbearing smell, it s got a slight scent to it. In conclusion, thank you for a great contest.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Christine!

      There will surely be many more to come. :) It’s fun organizing them, and it makes me feel good when I can spread the love of beauty products (especially nail polish) with others.

      I’ve never tried any Yves Rocher nail polishes before. Interesting how it smells like violets!

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  52. Harmony B

    This is a great giveaway! I have wanted to try the Seche nail products (especially the top coat) for awhile now. Love your blog! Its nice seeing a fellow Canadian girl doing her thing! :)

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  53. Heather

    I’m wearing China Glaze Starboard topped with Fingerpaints Flecked. Mm, flakies.

    My sister is trying to grow out her nails. She’s a chronic nail-biter, so we’re trying out Orly’s No Bite. I got her Confetti’s Happy Birthday for her birthday and I think she really wants to wear it. Whenever I read polish blogs online she goes all fixated on the purples, so the sparkly purple of Happy Birthday seemed extra fitting (and it’s so darn pretty). Yay for potentially hooking someone else on polish! =)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Heather!

      LOVE flakies! :D

      That was really thoughtful of you to help her nix the nail-biting. :) Your method is way more fun than just doing it cold turkey.

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  54. Cj

    I am wearing a new Revlon polish I just got called Posh. It’s the first green polish that I am completely in love with… It’s just a plain creme but there’s a touch of blue that just sends it over the top for me. I never thought that I really liked greens because out of my 130+ polish stash, I only have four! Lol, boy was I wrong! I am excited about all o the upcoming flaky collections and any new coral polishes. They are my consistent loves.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Cj!

      Hehe, that Revlon polish opened up a whole new world of possibilities for you! ;) Be careful…hehe, now more greens will be screaming your name. Do you answer their call? :P YES!

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  55. OPI Addict

    I just had a long trip back home after Christmas break! I’m ready for bed now, exhausted!
    I’m wearing OPI’s Pink Friday with Super Bass Shatter, I’m liking the combo :)
    Happy New Year!
    OPI Addict recently posted: Pink Friday

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  56. Loomee

    Hi Mary!
    I’ve just started making my nail polish collection! Its so much fun but also dangerous as I am loving so many polishes but dont want to spend all my money! I’m looking into OPI nail polishes since I dont own any. :( I’m currently wearing a Julep polish called Boris & Nicole with CG Twinkle Lights. :) All the seche products sound great!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Loomee!

      Congrats on building your nail-polish collection! :) Yes, it can be really dangerous because there are just so many colours that seem to beckon so sweetly. ;) But if you try to only buy the colours that are really different instead of one or two shades off from what you already have, you can save some money that way.

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  57. Ninette

    I am painting my nails with OPI Dating a Royal layered with OPI for Sephora Indi-Go With the Flow at the tips. I am finishing it off with Seche Vite dry fast top coat of course!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Suzy F!

      You’re welcome – it’s fun to spread the polish joy! :)

      Oohhh…special Irish polish! Wonder what unique brands and colours they have there!

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    1. LaurenLovesLacquer

      I would say a neutral of some description. Depending on your skin tone. Either a taupe, pink, gray, etc. Anything understated. You want the dress to stand out.

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    2. Mary Post author

      Hey althea!

      Hehe, thanks for being a long-time lurker. :)

      Hmm…if you don’t want your nail polish to match your dress and you want to sport green nails that complement the dress, maybe go lighter with a pastel green. I think that would go well for a wedding. Maybe something like OPI Gargantuan Green Grape…or something in a similar vein.

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      1. althea

        I should have checked this at midnight when I was polishing! :-D
        I went with Revlon Starry Pink on my tips and NARS Schiap on my toes. Thanks for the suggestions,I love how polish brings people together!

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  58. Josey

    I’m always a bit worried that I’ll run out of Zoya Remove + and not have the money to afford more! Ahhhh firstworldproblems X)

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  59. Miss Tayva

    Weird, I was just thinking how much I hate Revlon “Quick Dry” topcoat that I bought… I miss using Seche Vite! Not sure why I strayed!

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  60. LaurenLovesLacquer

    Right now I am wearing OPI My Private Jet and my ring fingers are done in Sally Hansen Forbidden Fudge. My toes are done in OPI You don’t know Jacques. Feeling the neutrals right now. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey LaurenLovesLacquer!

      Hahaha…I just LOVE that name – “Forbidden Fudge”! Sounds decadently dangerous! (Alliteration rocks!)

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  61. Amy

    OOoo, I hope I get picked! I’m going to be stacking wood tomorrow morning so I can’t paint my nails tonight. I realized last night that I have so many glitters and shimmers and effects layers- but not enough solid colors to use as bases! Go figure.
    Amy recently posted: [misc] Happy 2012!

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  62. Khalilah

    In 2012 I’m hoping for a happy life and great job. I lost my job this week and doing nail art on my nails is very much a stress reliever and calms me.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Khalilah!

      I’m really sorry to hear that you lost your job. But I’m a firm believer in disappointments being blessings in disguise. Keep the faith – you may even find something that blows your old job out of the water. The opportunities are everywhere, and you have to keep looking and putting yourself on the line to make things happen. :)

      I hope that 2012 marks an exciting year for you that’s full of new experiences!

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  63. Amy K

    Just reading about how amazing Seche Top Coat is on Temptalia then I pop over hear to find this give away! Perfect! Just took off my New Year’s bright pink w/OPI Over The Rainbow and I’m about to put on Essie Chinchilly (a fav) w/OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle.

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  64. Lisa

    Hi, thanks for the giveaway! I love the Seche Vite top coat, but haven’t tried any of their other products, Hopefully they’re great, too! This year, I’m looking forward to trying some magnetic nail polish once it’s available from more brands for a better price!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lisa!

      China Glaze will be coming out with magnetic polishes soon! :) Their polishes are usually reasonably priced, so I’m excited!

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  65. Hannah

    I’ve never tried Seche Vite but i’ve heard great things about it! My goal for this year is to try some nail art so having a quality fast dry top coat will def help.
    Awesome giveaway!

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  66. Dania C.

    Hey, I have OPI Roadhouse Blues with Essie Shine Of The Time and I love love love this combo plus I have had it on for 7 days with minimal chipping and I have been painting and cleaning my sister’s apartment all week! Thanks for this giveaway btw and congrats on the new year! =))

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kelly R.!

      Welcome! Don’t worry – we’re all in it together. And by ‘in it’, I mean that we will all help encourage you to dive deeper into your nail-polish addiction. ;) Bad influences…hehehe…

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kimber!

      That’s a good question. I think the answer should be ‘Nobody!’, but…well, not everyone’s into polish. Crazy, eh? ;)

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  67. Salena

    My co-worker just told me that this is the best top coat ever! i just bought miliai Gems and i cant wait to paint my nails!

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  68. Sherry B.

    I would really love to try Seche products because I’ve read so many great reviews about them. Unfortunately, the holidays have left me so broke that I won’t be able to buy even the cheapest products for quite some time. Please enter me in this giveaway, Mary, and thank you for your generosity!

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  69. Kelly S.

    I just looked down and saw my nails while typing. I spent months trying to find Fowl Play by Orly from their Birds of a Feather collection. And I finally found one, lonely bottle in town. It make’s me smile!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kelly S.!

      Lucky you – that’s an awesome colour with glitter, flakie, and jelly goodness! It’s like all the best things about nail polish combined into a single bottle.

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  70. Maddy

    I would love to try out some of the seche products! I’ve had a hard time finding a top and base coat that really work for me.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Fingers!

      (I still giggle when I write that. Some jokes never get old to me, apparently…)

      You’re in the draw now – good luck! :) Hope you get to try them out in case you find other Holy Grail items.

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  71. Christina

    Hi all!! So for the past several weeks I have been on a OPI Muppets kick! Just LOVE the glitters in that collection! This week I thought it would be timely to wear Katy Perry’s The One That Got Away. I did 2 coats of that and then 2 coats of OPI Servin Up Sparkle and my nails literally look like the Crown Jewels! Really great combo and I got tons of compliments! Next week I plan to wear OPI Alpine Snow with OPI Save Me for that wintry snowy feel. Can’t wait!!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Christina!

      Those glitters are so pretty for layering, aren’t they? :)

      I like how you adding Servin’ Up Sparkle on top of The One That Got Away. You made the manicure your own! And, oh my gosh, I keep hearing about Save Me…BAR GLITTER – so beautiful!

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  72. BluMochi

    I’ve only used Seche top coat, which I do LOVE! I’m really curious about their other products. Congrats on the FB page; heading over there soon and hitting “Like”. :)

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  73. Laura

    I love Seche Vite, but haven’t tried the others. Love your blog too, great to find Canadian beauty blogs… at least then I know it’s things I can find too.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Laura!

      I know what you mean. It’s pretty disappointing when you see something you like on a blog that can’t be shipped to Canada…especially if you’re lemming a nail polish pretty badly. ;)

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  74. Jo

    Awe man, I dented a nail! I love Seche Vite and Seche Clear, excited to try and win a second bottle of each, as I’m almost finished!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jo!

      Great timing, looks like – best of luck in the draw!

      Aww…sorry about your dented nail. Maybe you could go over that section with more polish and see if the area ‘fills in’? There are some treatments designed especially for helping reduce the appearance of dented nails. I’ve never tried any, but I think Orly has one.

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  75. Ave

    I love Seche Vite – but have only tried their fast dry top coat. I would LOVE to try their other products! It has been a total life saver for me – I can’t believe I used to sit around for 1/2 and hour + waiting for my nails to dry!!

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  76. Dawn Jewell

    I have had my nails bare for the last week. Just got home from the hospital after having knee surgery. One of my last designs I did was your Santa suits, I did send you a pic on twitter. Love your blog and you do give me a lot of inspiration for nail art. Love SV and would be very excited to win. Thanks!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Dawn!

      Hope your knee surgery went well – rest up and recuperate!

      Thank you again for trying out the Santa nail art – I was flattered! :)

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  77. Karen

    This is also my favorite top coat. I haven’t tried the base coat, or other products. This would be a great opportunity to do so.

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  78. Amanda

    No matter what, I cannot leave the house or go ANYWHERE without nail polish on! Nail polish and undereye concealer…my necessities!! And Seche Vite is BY FAR the best top coat everrr!!! :)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amanda!

      You know, sometimes I feel that way about nail polish, but occasionally I find myself even going out with only one hand painted if I forgot to buy something that I need. And nobody looked at me strangely!

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  79. Teresa

    I have the Seche Vite dry fast top coat, which I adore. I haven’t tried any of their other product though, so it would be nice to be able to. Thanks!

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  80. Christie

    I have wanted to try these for so long and would love to try them. I am so disappointed that I won’t be able to wear nail polish during the week anymore because I am starting pastry school on Monday. But I will still put these to good use on the weekends.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Christie!

      Congratulations on starting pastry school! Hope that you have a great time and learn a lot of interesting techniques!

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  81. Marine

    Hi Mary,
    Super giveaway! it is always soooo pleasant to see that someone rather share the goods than keeping them! It is always so generous and fun! I just loooooooveeeeee seche vite (like all of us obliviously) ! I am currently wearing China glaze Emerald fitzgerald with of course Seche Vite top coat! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Good luck to all (and to me ;) ) !!!
    Marine

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marine!

      Hehehe, you’re really cute! (“and to me”) Heheheh! That part made me giggle.

      Best of luck in the draw! :)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Terra!

      Oops – sorry that I’m only replying to your comment now! It slipped through the cracks, but I saw it now, and you’re entered in the draw!

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m honoured that my blog is your favourite!

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  82. Lo

    Ive been wanting to try Seche products… I’ve heard so much about them, but never got a chance to check them out! Great giveaway, thanks :)

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  83. belinda m

    I am new to your blog and sure I will find tons of great ideas! This year my plan is to be more daring with nail and makeup colours. I have been in a rut and using the same things for ages and am in major need of an update to my style

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey belinda m!

      Welcome! :) Thanks for visiting – hope you’ll come back again soon. I update Swatch And Learn daily, so there’s always something new to see. Plus my readers are the best. You’ll have fun getting to know each other.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kiwi!

      Yes, they would, especially for someone who likes nail polish, but who doesn’t have a lot of time to paint their nails.

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  84. Tabatha

    I just got a new polish – Linkin Park After Dark by OPI. It was a gift from a co-worker, and I LOVE it! :) I’m partial to dark colours – mostly because of my skin tone. I favour purples and cherries, but love putting the occasional green or blue in there. I can’t really “do” yellows or yellow-based colours, so what might you suggest? :)
    Tabatha recently posted: Why I’m Glad I’m a Geek Girl

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  85. Kelly

    I LOVEEE Seche Vite’s Top Coat, I bought it about a month ago and I dont know how I lived without it! I’ve never tried the base coat or any other product from them.

    This is a great giveaway!!!!

    Thanks!
    Kelly
    xoxo
    Kelly recently posted: BLOW-DRYING BASICS: MY WAY

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kelly!

      YAY for another Seche Vite fan! :) Seems like a lot of people who have tried it have said that it changed their lives. That’s the mark of an outstanding, memorable product that withstands the test of time.

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  86. Jean Ren

    I hope that I will get engaged this year! That has nothing to do with nail polish, I know… but cheers to a bright and hopeful 2012!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jean Ren!

      When the time’s right, it’ll happen. :) Good things like that are worth waiting for!

      Happy New Year – hope 2012 is a good year for you!

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  87. AmandaCP

    I loved your post about one of the Kardashian nail polishes, Kendall on the Katwalk. I keep kicking myself for not buying when I first spotted it, I keep drooling over your pictures. Pray to the nail polish gods I can find it again!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey AmandaCP!

      Hope you run into it again. It’s a colour worth hunting down. Or, maybe you can layer some polishes to achieve a similar effect?

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  88. Sarah

    Nail polish is an addiction! I used to say, “I’ll never own any nailpolish” and now I can’t get enough!

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  89. Kaley

    Right now I’m wearing OPI’s Mermaid’s Tears. It’s so pretty, although it takes about three coats to be completely even.

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  90. Amanda

    I got a lot of new nail polish for xmas :) Right now, I’m wearing a gold foil, topped with a a gold sparkle from the Kardashian collection by Nicole.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amanda!

      That was very thoughtful of the person who gave those polishes to you. :) You’ll wear them well!

      Sounds like your current manicure is very blingy!

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  91. Ruthe

    I have Chanel Peridot on my nails right now (you inspired me to get it! :D) and it’s lasted pretty ridiculously long (especially for me) after a week. I feel bad because I haven’t commented on your posts recently :(. Stupid busy life…speaking of which all my work is in front of me waiting to get done…On a bright note, I have a predominantly China Glaze nail polish package coming in the nail from eBay, breaking about 3 months of no-buy (so proud ;D). So, yeah that’s just about all that’s on my mind :). Hope you’re doing great, Mary! :D

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ruthe!

      Yes, it’s been a very long time! Hope you’re doing well and that the New Year has started off with a bang for you.

      A lot of people used to complain about the Chanel formula not wearing well, but then said that Peridot had an improved formula. Between that and the colour, I knew that Peridot had to be my very first Chanel anything! :) Glad that you’re enjoying it, too – it’s really a must-have shade.

      Don’t feel badly about not commenting. I don’t want you to feel obligated. :) I know that you’re supportive of me and Swatch And Learn.

      A 3-month No Buy period is really impressive! :D You deserve the China Glaze treats after that strong will-power!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Brittany!

      Bet it looks beautiful. I keep wanting to try it. Then I’ll get distracted by a bottle of polish and wear that. :S

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  92. Emma R

    Oh, what a perfect give away! Right now I’m wearing OPI Onyx with the Essie Luxe Effect Shine of the Times on top. It looks pretty awesome if I do say so myself! I hope I win ;P

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Mary P!

      Whistle while you work! Oohh, nice! The new NYX polishes look really pretty – the bottle is even similar to the classy Deborah Lippmann one.

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  93. Amanda

    Thanks for the giveaway. Now for the random thought: I have a library book that is super overdue (by my standards) so I’m trying to finish it STAT. I always feel the librarians judge me when I return a book late. I know, so nerdy :P
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amanda!

      You’re welcome. :) I’m happy to spread the nail-polish love!

      Haha, don’t worry about librarians judging you. You’re so cute! I used to work at the circulation desk at a library, and they don’t judge you…unless you return a book 7 years late. This sounds ridiculous, but it actually happened! A woman brought back a book she said she found under her bed. Apparently she was moving to a new house, and that’s how she found it. Because it was 7 years late and the library system was updated more than once, somehow, it wasn’t even showing up in the library’s records, so she didn’t have to pay anything. Of course, she was incredibly embarrassed.

      I have soooooo many strange (and funny) stories from my time working at the library! Too many to share now, but there are lots of weird people out there. Returning a book late by just a bit is nothing. :) At least you didn’t return a VHS tape filled with rice…where the rice was actually INSIDE the tape and all over the tape’s ribbon. YES, that also happened. (I have some absolutely crazy stories that aren’t even appropriate to talk about on this blog. So many weird things happen at district public libraries…hehe!)

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  94. tracey arredondo

    I am looking forward to going back to school, now that I’m 50 it’s kind of scary but mostly exciting!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey tracey arrendondo!

      I’m proud of you for making that bold decision to go back to school. And I love how you’re challenging yourself! I wish you the best in your classes!

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  95. tyne

    sweet giveaway i love seche vite too its my hg top coat and i have to buy it quite often so an extra would be so awesome! thanks for the giveaway.

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  96. maddy

    Hey Mary!

    This is a great giveaway. It’s also great timing because my Seche Vite topcoat is almost over and my ridge filling basecoat (mine is a milky-creamy color) is just about to reach the halfway point. This month at Sally’s, you get a free bottle of China Glaze nail polish when you buy a bottle of Seche Vite.

    It was the first day back at school and it was fun. I made my own nail polish strips last night and they’re dry now so I’m planning on putting them on after I type this. I found out something quite interesting yesterday, Right before I used my Colour Club crackle nail polish, I added a few drops of nail polish thinner because it was becoming to thick and I didn’t want to discard it. I rolled the bottle in my palms and when I put it on, it drie a matte charcoal. That suprised me.

    On my nails right now (before I take it off o apply my nail polish strips), I am wearing OPI Fly, topped with OPI Save Me and OPI Super Bass Shatter creating a half moon mani on all my nails except my ring finger. On my ring finger, I put Sally Hansen Black Out topped with Finger Paints Motley.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey maddy!

      Yes, that’s great timing! :) Oh yeah, I also saw that offer in the Sally Beauty Supply flyer. I was tempted to buy another bottle of Seche Vite just for the China Glaze nail polish! (Silly, I know…since I have so many base and top coats as it is. Plus I actually have the HUGE refill bottle for Seche Vite. That’ll take me a loooonnngg time to finish.)

      Glad that your first day back went well!

      How do you make your own nail-polish strips? I’ve only seen the ones you can buy in the store. Please share! I’m curious…like a Cheshire Cat!

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      1. maddy

        You just paint on about 2-3 coats of polish (whatever makes it opacque) onto a ziploc bag, then when it dries, you paint on a design (you can try making a Konadicure) or leave it plain. Let it fully dry overnight and then just peel it off and put it on your dry nail and sealing it with a topcoat or putting on a basecoat and sticking it on.

        This is a link about how to make it.

        http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2011/09/nail-art-tutorial-cnds-diy-river-rock-nail-decal-technique.html#more-6699

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        1. Mary Post author

          Ohhhh…right! Actually, I have heard about that. Never tried it yet. (Thanks for including the link!)

          When you use that method, does your manicure tend to chip faster, or would you say the wear is pretty typical?

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            1. Mary Post author

              I wouldn’t have expected that – good to know! I’ll have to try it sometimes if I want to create a complicated decal. Thanks for reminding me!

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  97. Ashley

    Woohoo! Great giveaway! I’m glad I managed to stumble across you … and not just for the giveaway. :) I know what I’ll be doing with my free time—browsing your past posts.

    Hmm … what’s on my nails now? A lot of polish, lol. I have red flowering trees on half light gray, half light pink nails.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ashley!

      So glad you found your way here, too! :) Hope that you’ll feel comfortable to leave me another comment sometime or just stop by to say hey. :)

      Your manicure sounds like a work of art!

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  98. Rachel

    This year, I’m looking forward to going to New York during the summer! I’ve always admired the city and I can’t wait to finally experience the beauty first hand!

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  99. Candy

    Hey Mary!

    Happy New Year! I hope it’s been a good one so far.
    I live in Quebec, and it’s impossible to find anything in this stupid french province! -.-
    I have been looking for Seche Vite in stores forever, but still to this day, have not found one that sells it. So I use Good To Go by Essie. I still want to try Seche Vite though, so i’m super excited about this giveaway!

    -C

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Candy!

      Happy New Year to you, too! :)

      Haha, aww…sorry to hear that. But maybe you can find some cool things in Quebec that you can’t find anywhere else.

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  100. Cassandra

    What’s on my mind…I have a huge headache and should really be going to sleep, but instead am entering nail polish giveaways. :[ I’ve been enjoying Zoya Trixie on my nails for exactly three weeks now with only a few chips and tip wear!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Cassandra!

      Hope that your headache went away by now. If not, just make sure you drink a lot of water – that really helps sometimes.

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  101. Sue C.

    I’ve had Seche products on my wish list for a long time since they get such good reviews. I’d love to win!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  102. Brooke S.

    Thanks so much for your generosity! On my nails right now is OPI Blue Moon Lagoon which I decided is a bit too light or washed out for my liking so I added Turquoise Shatter to the accent nails and now we are happier :)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Brooke S.!

      You’re welcome. :) But Seche really is the generous one here, offering all these great products! I was so excited when they said I could have TWO winners! :D

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Notes and Nails!

      Hope the coffee did its thing! (You know…sometimes coffee makes me sleepy because it’s warm and cozy. Strange, I know!)

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  103. Sarah P

    I just finished applying the Seche Vite top coat over my Sephora by OPI in BYOBoy. I love this top coat! In the time it took to type this, my nails are pretty much dry and I’m ready to go out the door.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Sarah P!

      Isn’t it crazy how fast Seche Vite dries? Before using it, I would sometimes get sheet marks on my nails in the morning. But with Seche Vite, it dries so quickly that there’s less time for you to accidentally screw up a manicure. :)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Arielle!

      This might be your chance to try it. Who knows? We’ll find out soon enough – tomorrow I’ll be randomly drawing 2 names! :)

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  104. Michelle I (MidniteEcho - Midi Nightwind)

    I love Seche Vitefast dry top coat. I would love to try the other products!! Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway!

    I already followed you in all ways possible except pinterest, and I just got my invite to pinterest, so I follow you there now too.

    Thanks again for this great giveaway and good luck everyone!

    GFC, twitter,: MidniteEcho75
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    email: midniteecho75@gmail.com

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  105. Chelsea

    whats on my mind… well I was looking at Sally Hansen Magical and Nail Prism swatches thinking how I wish I had them… and how I just ran out of top coat… and money :P so winning would be helpful :)

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  106. Krystle Castro

    Seche Vite topcoat is great on all my nail designs it never drags or smears my designs and its super shiny! I haven’t tried their other products… sooo excited great giveaway!

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  107. Erin M.

    What’s on my mind currently is that I recently jammed my thumb nail and a little bit of the nail separated from the nail bed and now it hurts to use it :( Oh and I can hardly read the words I’m typing because the font is so small lol. I love my Seche top coat except it does shrink the tips a little, so I have to be careful to wrap my nails. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  108. Amanda

    I’m new to the world of nail polish, and desperately in need of a reliable quick dry top coat. I picked up Essie Good to Go today and it seems ok but I would LOVE to try Seche Vite. Any tips for nail biters? I’m finding that keeping my nails polished helps but any additional pointers?

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amanda!

      I used to be a nail biter, myself, and really, the only way I quit was will power. I would bite my nails out of habit, and sometimes I didn’t even realize I was doing it, but I tried to become more conscious of it. So anytime my hands would go to my mouth, I’d just stop biting. It took a few weeks, and you have to be patient.

      I’ve never tried this, but some people use a special kind of nail treatment that tastes bad (on purpose) so that when they go to bite their nails, the bad taste will repel them. (I think painting your nails like what you’ve been doing is much better. At least you can admire pretty colours.)

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  109. April

    Thanks for a great giveaway! I am excited to try my new nail stamping kit and plates I received for Christmas. Unfortunately, being sick has prevented me before now, but I hope to try my first stamping this weekend!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey April!

      Good that you’re feeling better now! :) Have fun playing around with the kit – it’ll open a whole world of creativity! :)

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  110. Angel

    What an amazing giveaway!! I LOVE Seche products. SV has been my go to top coat since before I became polish obsessed. However, I’ve only tried Seche Clear as far as the other products go. My nails are currently naked *gasp* because I just got done repairing a broken one (so far, it has held up for a whole 15 minutes)! On lunch, though, I plan on slapping on Sinful Gorgeous with FingerPaints Flecked on top because it matches my outfit for class tonight. :)
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Angel!

      Sounds like you have a fun manicure planned! All those Fingerpaints flakies are gorgeous – lucky that you got your hands on Flecked!

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