I can hardly contain my excitement, but now I no longer have to! 😉 It’s time to spill the beans on this project that has been in progress since around early 2013! Yup, it’s been a long time coming!
I’m so proud to showcase the world premiere of Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn, the colour that I designed! 😀 *Squeals*
(EDIT: It’s part of the Pretty Serious Stop! Collaborate and Listen! Collection launching Tuesday July 15 at 7 pm EDT. If you’re in Australia, where the company is, it’ll be Wednesday July 16 at 9 am AEST.)
In collaboration with the talented Karen (aka Kaz) of the Australian-based company, Pretty Serious Cosmetics, my nailphile dreams came true for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! (Many thanks to her for all the hard work she put in and for her patience.)
We communicated back and forth, and Kaz listened to the visions of a colour that would represent my dream nail polish. She mixed and mixed, created variations, sent it to the lab, and then showed me photos of the results. From there, I gave my feedback, the colour was tweaked, and we landed on what makes my heart race!
Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn is part of a blogger collection comprised of other shades that will launch later this week for sale all over the world! (Stay tuned when I share the official press release.)
Swatch And Learn by Pretty Serious has a strong green base and is very sparkly when you first see it straight-on, but throughout the day when you look at your manicure at different angles, you’ll see golden, blue, and purplish pink nuances. I’d like to think of these as fun surprises for the wearer, which I always enjoy.
For this reason, it was tricky to photograph. Haha, you should’ve seen some of the angles I had to photograph it – it was like I was a nail-polish-loving contortionist! 😉
In today’s blog post, I’ll show you TONS of swatches and bottle photos in various lighting and in different angles, so that you get a glimpse into why I love it so much. It is more magical in person, and I hope that you’ll also enjoy wearing it. (If you purchase it and photograph your manicure or pedicure of it, please feel free to tag me on social media, so I can check it out!)
Normally, I post swatches and detailed reviews of nail polishes, but, seeing as I designed the colour, I think any review would be way too biased. (I’ll leave the reviews for the other amazing bloggers out there. I’m so excited to hear what bloggers and non-bloggers think of my shade!)
I must take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to all my loyal blog readers! I had you all in mind when I designed this, and I have something really special planned very soon later this month when I celebrate my 4-year blogiversary. (You won’t want to miss it – lots of giveaways – hint hint!)
Without amazing readers like you, my blog would be like a one-sided megaphone. You are the reason why I am encouraged to continue, and you never cease to put a smile on my face with your sweet comments and thoughtfulness. Your support hasn’t gone unappreciated, so I’m dedicating Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn to all of you!
There’s a quote I read some time ago: It’s not how you got to the top that counts. It’s who you brought with you.
While I haven’t made it to the top, on my journey to continually improve myself and the blog, my proudest achievement is being able to bring you all along with me for the ride.
Thanks for keeping me company during my journey thus far!
Edit: Until Friday August 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT, enter my worldwide giveaway to win 1 of 4 autographed bottles of Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn!
Edit 2: Scroll to the bottom of this post to see reviews and swatches of Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn by other bloggers!
Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn Pictures
Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (Used as a base coat)
- 2 coats of Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn
- Pretty Serious Aqua Coat Top Coat (Provided by Pretty Serious Cosmetics.)
Natural Light Photos
- Name: Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn
- Collection: Pretty Serious Stop! Collaborate and Listen! Collection 2014
- Press Release: Click here to see the Pretty Serious Stop! Collaborate and Listen! Collection press release
- Colours Available in the Collection: Swatch And Learn, Undercover Mermaid & Stuck in the Middle
- Amount: 11 mL (0.37 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by Pretty Serious Cosmetics.)
- Where to Buy: Pretty Serious Cosmetics website and other retailers where Pretty Serious is sold when the collection launches Tuesday July 15 at 7 pm EDT or in Australia on Wednesday July 16 at 9 am AEST
The Pretty Serious website ships worldwide.
Below are some of the selected retailers who also carry Pretty Serious. I’m not sure if they’ll be stocking the collection right at the launch, but they’re worth mentioning, in case you want some alternative sources.
- Harlow & Co. (Canada)
- Overall Beauty & Color4Nails (USA)
- Beserk & Makeup Express (Australia)
- The Nailista Shop (Belgium)
- Mei Mei’s Signatures (Singapore)
- Hypnotic Polish (Netherlands)
- Norway Nails (Norway)
- Sally Magpies (UK)
Obviously, I’ll be wearing this again! 😉 (I’ve actually worn it twice since receiving it.) The next time, I’m going to try it mattified to see how it brings out the beautiful sparkly bits!
Also, I’m all about being honest and offering complete transparency, so I want you to know that I won’t be receiving any money from the sale of this polish. I am honoured and over-the-moon to have been able to collaborate with Kaz, a woman who I look up to! For me, that is the biggest reward! 🙂
Thank you again to Kaz for making my dream come true and being a real treat to work with! And thank you to my blog readers, who’ve constantly encouraged and challenged me to reach new heights! You’re the best! 🙂
Reviews of Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn by Other Bloggers:
Polished Claws Up
Look What the Bats Dragged In
Every Little Polish
Royal Milk Tea
Tips and Topcoat
Refined & Polished
4 Boys 1 Mom Lacquer
Lacquer Slacker Liz
If you’ve reviewed or swatched Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn, let me know, so I can add your link here! 🙂
Edit: Support from fellow nailphiles really brightens my day! 🙂