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LAST DAY to Enter My Canadian Essie Resort 2015 Collection Giveaway & Quick Update

Hey everyone!

Today is the final day for Canadians to enter my Essie Resort 2015 Collection Giveaway!

If you haven’t already entered, there’s still time. It officially ends tonight at 11:59 pm EDT.

I’ll be randomly picking a winner and announcing it on here and some of my social media on either this Saturday or Sunday.

Also, if you’re a regular reader, you’ll have noticed this week, there have been fewer blog posts than the usual five. Don’t worry – everything’s great on my side of the pond, and a new post is coming soon. It’s just been an extra-busy week after work with lots of personal commitments and projects, but I’ll be carving out some time to plan new posts that will go live on here soon. TGIF! :)

Follow me on social media, especially Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook because I tend to be very active on there and share something daily, even when a blog post isn’t published.

Haha, those who followed me on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ knew that not long ago, I like piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain! I’m not much into health food. I am into champagne! Hehe, yeah one of my best friends and I danced our hearts out to that song a few days ago. He and I always have the best time together! I’ve been blasting that song and looping it over and over…and “planning our escape”. ;)

Speaking about music, I found out a couple of days ago that Lana Del Rey has a new song called Life Is Beautiful, and while I didn’t see it listed on the official movie soundtrack for The Age of Adaline, it’s supposed to be part of that film.

I can’t wait to hear the whole song (couldn’t find it for sale on iTunes yet) because the snippet of it that I heard gave me goosebumps. (Click here to hear the song teaser.)

Lana Del Rey is my favourite musical artist because of her haunting-yet-soothing voice and romantic melancholic themes. Her songs speak to my soul. You may remember this blog post that I dedicated to her back in 2012.

I’m also planning to watch The Age of Adaline this weekend because while the premise of the movie isn’t new, I still think it has the potential to be really touching.

After surviving a car accident, a young woman magically stops aging. Of course, that poses problems when her daughter and romantic partners in her life go through the natural aging process. Adaline needs to always be on the move, and she can’t have long-lasting fulfilling relationships with potential lovers because of her unusual secret.

Based on The Age of Adaline trailer, I have a feeling that the movie will illustrate how love isn’t just something worth living for, but something that’s worth dying for. (I obviously haven’t been the movie yet, so there are no spoilers here, but I’m going to predict that Adaline will somehow grow old and die for the love of her life.)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead and have fun things planned! :)


Canadian Giveaway: Win the Essie Resort 2015 Collection!

Edit (Sunday April 26): Congratulations, Amber! You’ve won my giveaway! To claim your prize, please reply to my e-mail within 48 hours.

Thanks to everyone for participating. I’m going to have another fun nail-polish giveaway soon, and it’s going to be open worldwide!


Thanks for stopping by Swatch And Learn today! :)

I’m having a spontaneous little giveaway, thanks to NailPolishCanada. We teamed up again to make one lucky Canadian nailphile’s day. (It could be you this time!)

Until April 24th, enter my Essie Resort 2015 Collection Canadian Giveaway!

Essie Resort 2015 Collection Giveaway

There are four shades in the Essie Resort 2015 Collection: Suite Retreat, Stones N’ Roses, Time for Me Time, and Cocoa Karma. (The giveaway is for these full-sized nail polishes.)

It’s easy to participate. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment on this blog post answering the question, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”

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Essie Bridal 2015 Collection Swatches, Photos & Press Release

Essie Bridal 2015 CollectionToday’s post features a closer look at the Essie Bridal 2015 Collection with swatches, bottle shots, and the official press release!

I’ll also include some photos that I snapped from the pretty booklet that PR sent me along with the nail polishes.

There are six colours in the Essie Bridal 2015 Collection, most of which are soft shades.

The bold pops of colour come from the red and pink. (It reminds me of my sister-in-law. On her wedding day, she had pink nails with subtle nail art.)

While the rich shades are more my speed, I’m going to give the softer ones a go. (If you have a shade in particular that you’d like me to review first, let me know, and I’ll try to get around to it before the others. So far, I haven’t worn any yet!)

After I met Rita Remark (Essie’s Lead Nail Artist) on Friday night at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto, I’m curious to try more nude polishes. I asked her how to choose a flattering nude, and she suggested looking for one that has a bit of pink and that’s two shades lighter than your skin tone. If you go darker, it could look muddy, and if you match your skin tone, it can look like a Band-Aid.

(See my Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ accounts for a few photos that I posted during Fashion Week. I may blog about it later, too, because I have plenty more photos and even some video clips.)

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Essie Petal Pushers Swatches & Review

Essie Petal Pushers Swatches & ReviewEssie Petal Pushers from the Spring 2015 Collection isn’t the colour I’m normally drawn to first, but I enjoy trying out a whole smorgasbord of colours because when you venture to new territory, it could open up doors.

This grey nail polish has a smidgeon of purple mixed in, which is more evident when you see the polish in person and in certain lighting.

Although it can slightly shift based on the lighting, it is predominantly a grey-based nail polish. But I wouldn’t say that it’s a concrete-slab grey because the purple undertone gives it that little extra.

P.S. Did you see yesterday’s second blog post that I snuck in here in the evening? ;) Check it out! It features makeup, nails, and fashion looks from Mikhael Kale’s show during World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto.

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World MasterCard Fashion Week Recap: Day 1 (Mikhael Kale)

Mikhael Kale WMCFW 2015 ShowHere’s my second blog post for today – a fun recap! :)

Yesterday at David Pecaut Square in Toronto, fierce models were strutting their stuff in the upcoming Mikhael Kale Fall/Winter 2015 fashion featuring dresses with intricate beading, retro-circle mod themes, and lots of textures for Day 1 of World MasterCard Fashion Week!

In this show, he sought inspiration from eras with memorable looks: the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Mikhael Kale started his own label in 2007 and has been featured in numerous prestigious publications including The New York Times Style Magazine, Nylon, and Wallpaper. He has also dressed A-list celebrities such as Beyonce and JLo!

The creative philosophy behind Mikhael Kale fashion is that garments move and breathe, acting like an extension of the person who wears the clothes. They flatter the body’s silhouette and express its strength and delicate nature.

Grace Lee is Maybelline’s Lead Makeup Artist, and she whipped up a fun look that incorporated a fun and unexpected bright pop of colour.

She gave the inner corner of the eye that “Wow Factor” by using an everyday product in a novel way. Grace Lee used a lipstick to create that brilliant orange that graced each model that walked the runway.

First, she started with a smoky eye using Eye Studio Color Molten Eyeshadow Duo in Midnight Morph and Eye Studio 24hr Color Tattoo in Barely Branded for a neutral tone.

Lashes were coated with Lash Sensational Mascara for a dramatic effect, and brows were shaped using Eye Studio Brow Drama (the clear version).

To add that punch of colour to the inner corner of the eyes, Grace Lee used Color Sensational Vivids Lip Color in Electric Orange. This created an unforgettable, head-turning look!

Since the orange accent was the focal point, she kept the lips simple and fresh with Color Sensational The Buffs Lip Color in Nude Lust.

On the face, she used Face Studio Master Prime to create a wonderful glow, followed by the Fit Me! Foundation Stick and Fit Me! Powder. Then, she highlighted skin with Baby Lips in Quenched and Eye Studio 24hr Color Tattoo in Barely Branded.

Mikhael Kale WMCFW Day 1 2015

On nails, Rita Remark, Essie Canada’s Lead Nail Artist used Sand Tropez and Blanc.

Rita Remark said, “I sought to redefine the typical ‘nude’, utilizing neutral polish colours to make a statement nail look. The result is versatile, yet strikingly unique at the same time.”

Mikhael Kale WMCFW 2015 Essie

Check out the rest of this post for tons of photos of the Mikhael Kale fashion, as well as the makeup and nail looks!

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Essie Garden Variety Swatches & Review

Essie-Garden-Variety-Swatches-&-Review Essie Garden Variety is the type of teal that pretty much everyone can pull off because this flattering shade provides a great contrast against many skin tones from the fairest to the richest.

It’s from the Essie Spring 2015 Collection, which I did a Quick Look post on back in early February to give you a sneak peek with swatches of all the colours.

In person, Essie Garden Variety is more green and less blue than my photos in this post would suggest.

(The day I photographed this was overcast and dark, so the quality of the pictures isn’t optimal. But I’m still showing you it because at least it gives you an idea of the polish. Thank goodness that these days, the sun is coming out more!)

I also found that in real life, this polish is more vibrant and not as muted as it translated on camera. So please keep all this in mind as you read my review.

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Essie Flowerista Swatches & Review

Essie Flowerista Swatches & ReviewWeeks ago, I wore Essie Flowerista, which comes from the Essie Spring 2015 Collection!

Let me tell you – I’ve had enough of winter and couldn’t be more excited about spring officially coming in a few days.

This pink-based purple is just what my nails needed back when winter had dreary mornings.

Thankfully, the mornings lately have been full of sunshine, which is like Mother Nature’s pep talk to begin the day! :)

Essie Flowerista is a great way to introduce colour to your nails – it’s easy to wear, but it adds a fun pop of colour to satisfy the craving.

P.S. Today is Friday the 13th, but it’s going to be a nailphile’s lucky day. It’s your last chance to enter my OPI Hawaii Collection Giveaway (open to Canadian and US residents) – Ends tonight at 11:59 pm EDT!

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