Tag Archives: OPI

Happy Canada Day to My Canadian Readers

To my fellow Canadians, I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Happy Canada Day!

Also, later in this post, I share with you all the details of the latest nail-polish news. OPI is now sold at the Hudson’s Bay Queen Street Flagship store in Toronto!

In August, OPI nail polishes will be sold online via Hudson’s Bay, and later, the polishes will be rolling out to additional top Hudson’s Bay stores across Canada.

OPI Canada Day 2015

I picked a few red OPI nail polishes from my collection to create the photo above.

(In case you’re curious, I’ve listed the colours shown below along with links to the in-depth reviews I did over the years. By comparing the reviews, you can see how Swatch And Learn has evolved. I purchased Dear Santa. Vodka & Caviar and Pretty & Privileged were gifts from my ex-boyfriend, and the rest were generously provided by PR. The full details can be found in each post linked.)

Starting at the bottom, going clock-wise: Dear Santa, Vodka & Caviar, The Color of Minnie, Pretty & Privileged, Romantically Involved, Red Hot Rio, I STOP for Red & All I Want for Christmas Is OPI

Middle: Bearest of Them All

Continue reading


OPI My Car Has Navy-gation Swatches & Review

OPI My Car Has Navy-gation Swatches & ReviewAlthough OPI My Car Has Navy-gation isn’t what I consider ‘bright’, it’s part of the OPI Brights 2015 Collection.

The more I stared at the collection as a whole, the more my eyes kept coming back to this bold navy-cobalt blue. It has an electric touch that made me more curious than a cat peering into a paper bag.

(Haha, when I was proofreading this post, I looked it over quickly and misread that as a cat peeing into a paper bag! Definitely not the same thing.) 😉

P.S. There’s a bit of orange around my cuticles. I’ll share with you a review on the nail polish that I wore right before this, which left the orange behind. (Hopefully I’ll show you this week.)

Continue reading


OPI & Coca-Cola Celebrate 100 Years of the Coca-Cola Bottle with the Icons of Happiness Collection

OPI Coca-Cola Collection 2015It’s been a century since the iconic Coca-Cola bottle was designed, and to mark this milestone, they’re teaming up again for a nail-polish collaboration.

The OPI Coca-Cola Collection 2015 (Icons of Happiness) launches this month.

Many of the colours may look familiar, and that’s because they’re relaunching six shades from the OPI Coca-Cola Collection 2014. These reprobates are: You’re So Vain-illa, Coca-Cola Red, My Signature Is “DC”, Sorry I’m Fizzy Today, Get Cherried Away, and A Grape Affair. (I reviewed and swatched some of those, so click on the links to see the in-depth individual posts on the 2014 versions.)

The two other shades are brand new, and they’re the ones I’m most excited about: Visions of Georgia Green and Centennial Silver!

Visions of Georgia Green is right up my alley, since I’m a green fiend, and Centennial Silver looks interesting because there’s a touch of gold mixed into the silver.

Continue reading


OPI Make Light of the Situation Swatches & Review (Layered Over Zoya Jace)

OPI Make Light of the Situation Swatches & ReviewOPI Make Light of the Situation from the SoftShades 2015 Collection is an iridescent glitter topper that layers over any colour to give it that ‘Ice Capades’ effect.

At the time, my existing manicure was Zoya Jace, so I experimented by putting one layer on top to see how it would transform the finish.

I like how it lights up a manicure and adds a touch of Snowflake Princess to your nails.

It would look very cute over pinks and icy over blues. And whites would look that much more snow-like. But I’d be curious how it plays with taupes, browns, greys, and oranges.

P.S. The name of the polish appeals to me because it’s part of my life philosophy. No matter how much you struggle with bad apples and no matter how many people you encounter who suffer from the Tall Poppy Syndrome who try to bring you down to their low, bitter level, you have to always find a way to rise above it and to ‘make light of the situation’, whether it’s staying positive or finding the humour in it all. Humour is a great coping mechanism, but it can also help you to thrive!

P.P.S. Anderson Cooper appears in this post!

Continue reading


OPI Nail Envy Strength in Color Collection

OPI Nail Envy Strength in Color CollectionIf you’ve followed my blog for some time, you know that my Holy Grail base coat isn’t actually a base coat at all! It’s OPI Nail Envy!

Well, OPI has infused colour into the nail treatment for a two-in-one product!

So far, they’ve released four different shades.

Three of them are classic, popular shades: Bubble Bath, Hawaiian Orchid, and Samoan Sand. Then, they’ve offered a new colour that’s exclusive to the Nail Envy formula: Pink to Envy.

Continue reading


OPI Brights 2015 Collection Swatches & Bottle Shots

OPI Brights 2015 Collection SwatchesThe OPI Brights 2015 Collection is already out, and I’m sure that many nailphiles have already snatched up several bottles.

But, just in case you are still debating whether or not to plunk down your hard-earned cash, I’ve put together this quick little post to show you OPI Brights 2015 Collection swatches plus bottle shots.

As I mentioned in the OPI Brights 2015 Collection press release I posted here earlier, it consists of six new shades and three re-promotes (Hotter Than You Pink, Down to the Core-al, and Life Gave Me Lemons – Click the links to see my separate in-depth reviews on the 2014 versions of those shades).

Of the new colours, I’m drooling over the rich look of My Car Has Navy-gation, and I’m curious to see what On Pinks & Needles looks like layered over a base colour.

Continue reading


KBShimmer Precious Petals Swatches & Review (Layered Over OPI You’re Such a BudaPest)

KBShimmer Precious Petals Swatches & ReviewHappy Saturday – Hope that you’re having a great weekend (and a relaxing long weekend, for my fellow Canadians)!

After wearing OPI You’re Such a BudaPest, I knew just the glitter topper that would add the icing to the nail cake. 😉

If you’re a fan of indie nail polish, you probably already know that the KBShimmer Summer 2015 Collection launched yesterday.

One of the nail polishes is KBShimmer Precious Petals, and I was itching to wear it over my existing manicure.

I’m so thrilled with the result because it added the playful touch that I was looking for!

Continue reading