My 4-Year Blogiversary & Worldwide Giveaway to Win the OPI Nordic Collection

Today is a very special day for me, and I want to celebrate with all of my readers because, let’s face it,ย you are the best! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for everything you have done to put a smile on my face and in my heart.

Win the OPI Nordic Collection SwatchAndLearn Giveaway

In this post, you’ll find the details about myย OPI Nordic Collection Worldwide Giveaway, which starts now and ends Wednesday August 6, 2014 at 11:59 pm EDT. I’m also sneaking in a box of 10 OPI Wipe-Off! Acetone-Free Lacquer Remover Wipes because I loved them so much, and I know you will, too.

Read the giveaway details in this post carefully, so your entry/entries will count!

I also reflect a little bit on blogging, as well as answer some of the questions readers asked me (scroll to the very bottom for my answers).

P.S.ย Psst! I actually have more fun giveaways planned verrrry soon. Yes, you can enter all of them!

Edit (August 7, 2014):ย Congratulations, Emily A.! You’ve won this giveaway for the OPI Nordic Collection and OPI Wipes! Please reply to the e-mail I sent within 48 hours to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone for participating, and remember, the other giveaway is still going on for Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn. Plus even after that’s over, I’m planning more exciting nail-polish giveaways, so stay tuned!

When I first began blogging on July 25, 2010, I wasn’t sure what direction exactly I’d take Swatch And Learn. (To read a little history of my blog,ย click the link.)

These 4 years have been a wild ride, and it has been an honour to share the journey with my readers. You inspire me to keep going, to improve, and to see the positivity in life that’s always there, but that sometimes we miss because of a bad day or social blinders.

Juggling a full-time corporate job, maintaining a social life, being a freelancer outside my job, dealing with life’s curve balls, and other challenging things, all while maintaining a blog haven’t been the easiest. But, you know what? My readers are worth the extra effort!

On a daily basis, you continually remind me that everything worth pursuing doesn’t come easy – you have to work for it!

I blog because I enjoy the challenge, the creativity, and the opportunity to engage with people all over the globe who I may not have met otherwise.

Each time I sit down at my computer to compose a post, my readers are always on my mind. It amazes me how so many different people can be united by a single passion, and the nail community is a very warm and welcoming one. We can learn so much from each other, and that’s why I’ve never gotten bored of nail polish OR nailphiles! ๐Ÿ˜‰

In fact, I dedicated the nail-polish colour I designed (Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn) to my readers, if you read the press release about it! (I always want you to know that you’re important.) Psst! If you’re reading this, here’s a heads up: I’ll be having a giveaway for this nail polish realllly soon!

Blogging opened many doors…and minds! It has helped me communicate my personal philosophy that happiness is more important than perfection and that no matter how much life or people seem to kick you when you’re down, you should always try to stand up.

My life isn’t full of rainbows and unicorns (despite what my blog’s cartoon-ish header may suggest…hehe!),ย but I try my best to give more weight to the positive things that bring me happiness.ย If we focus on the negative, it’s easy to become more sour than a lemon wishing it were a lime!

Swatch And Learn is my safe haven, and I want it to be a place of positivity for you, too. When you’re having a bad day, come on over and look at some polish or beauty products. Sometimes all it takes is a pretty colour on your nails to put you in a better mood, and if that’s the little pick-me-up you need, I’m so happy to be able to help! (Then, once you’re in a better place, reach out to your friends, your family, and within yourself to rise up and overcome daily obstacles.)


Hehe, if that isn’t a lovefest, then I don’t know what is! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you can feel the love from me radiating toward you and bursting out of your screen!

Come, let’s celebrate Swatch And Learn turning 4 together!

Giveaway Details:

  • Starts:ย Now
  • Ends:ย Wednesday August 6 at 11:59 pm EDT
  • Who Can Enter:ย Everyone! (This is open worldwide!)

The OPI prizes are provided by OPI’s PR. A HUGE thanks to the hardworking, talented, and beautiful ladies at Langton Communications for making this possible and for always supporting me!

You Must Do BOTHย Things Below to Enter My Giveaway:

  1. Fill out the below Rafflecopter form.
  2. Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what you enjoy the most about

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Want Extra Entries?

    • You can earn extra entries by completing the other options listed in the Rafflecopter form. (There’s an option that allows you to gain a new entry daily!)

Selecting the Winner:

  • Sometime on August 7 or 8, Iโ€™ll notify the winner (chosen randomly by Rafflecopter) via e-mail. Iโ€™ll also announce it on some of my social-media platforms, as well as in this blog post.ย The winner will have 48 hours to reply to my e-mail to claim the prize. Failure to do so will force me to randomly draw another winner.

What Happens Next?

  • The winner will send me her/his mailing address.
    • In Canada? I’ll forward the address to OPI’s PR team, who’ll send you the prize directly.
    • Outside Canada? I’ll send you the prize myself.

Important Note:

  • Please add swatchandlearn (at) gmail (dot) com to your Safe list so my e-mail doesnโ€™t accidentally go to the Junk folder.

Good luck!

My readers are the best!

Social Media Youโ€™ll Find Me On:

Facebookย /ย Twitterย /ย Pinterestย /ย Instagramย /ย Google+ย /ย beautylishย /ย BlogLovinโ€™

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As I do more in-depth reviews with swatches of the polishes from theย OPI Nordic Collection, I’ll link them here:

  • Going My Way or Norway?
  • Ice-Bergers & Fries
  • OPI with a Nice Finn-ish
  • My Voice is a Little Norse
  • Canโ€™t aFjรถrd Not To
  • How Great is Your Dane?
  • My Dogsled is a Hybrid
  • Suzi Has a Swede Tooth
  • Do You Have this Color in Stock-holm?
  • Thank Glogg Itโ€™s Friday!
  • Viking in a Vinter Vonderland
  • Skating on Thin Ice-Land

Questions & Answers

A little while ago, in this blog post, I asked readers if they had any questions for me. A few people did, so I’ll answer them now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Debi asks: “You do a lot of work with OPI polishes, and they are definitely a good brand. But if you couldnโ€™t have OPI โ€” whatโ€™s your favorite brand?”

That is a tough one because I usually am drawn more to colour and formula than to a specific brand. However, if I was forced to choose one brand other than OPI, I would have to say A-England, since every single polish I’ve tried from them have had stellar formulas, amazing pigmentation, and a really cool colour!

Mary asks: “You are stuck on a desert islandโ€ฆwhat 5 nail polishesdto you have with you? Also what 5 other beauty or fashion items do you have as well?”

Wow, another difficult question! Okay, I’ll try! The 5 nail polishes that I’d want with me are: Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn, China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, Clarins 230 (aka Unicorn Pee),ย OPI I Just Canโ€™t Cope-acabana, andย Nicole by OPI Thatโ€™s What I Mint. This is all assuming that I’d have my trusty base and top coats with me.

As for the 5 other beauty or fashion items I’d want with me: Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 18, Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, any facial cleanser, any good shampoo, and lots of hair ties!

Melissa asks:ย “What do your nails look like bare?ย What do you recommend for nails that tend to split and/or peel?ย If you could only wear 1 color for the rest of your life, what would it be?”

Here are two photos that I posted on Instagram of my nails with only OPI Nail Envy on it. Hehe, that’s as bare as they get. When I don’t wear a colourful polish, I make sure my nails are protected somehow. Without the OPI Nail Envy, they’re just matte, but still the same. I sometimes have yellowing (from stains) and I have ridges.

SwatchAndLearn Naked Nails 2

SwatchAndLearn Naked Nails

For those who have peeling or splitting nails, I really recommend OPI Nail Envy. (I was NOT sent that nail treatment by PR. I bought it because lots of nailphiles rave about it, and I wanted to try it.) I was so pleased with the performance!

My nails are naturally strong and don’t tend to split or peel, but OPI Nail Envy really seems to make them look healthier and even stronger! (If you use that, make sure that eventually you switch to the maintenance formula once you get your nails in their peak condition. Otherwise, I heard that your nails will go back to splitting if you keep using the Original Formula for too long. I haven’t experienced that, but this is just a heads up.)

As for your final question, if I could only wear one colour, it would have to be a green! Hehe, and I’m biased, but it would have to be Pretty Serious Swatch And Learn! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mary N asks:ย “How did you get into beauty blogging?”

Haha, I think it all started when I reignited my love for polish and started looking online for swatches. After following several amazing bloggers, I decided to begin one myself, which would be a creative outlet outside work and a way to keep me busy with something positive to look forward to, as I was coping with the unexpected passing of my father. (He passed in March 2010, and this blog began in July 2010.)

It was also a way for my co-worker and I to share a fun activity. (This blog was originally created by both of us, but then she decided to stop blogging after a year.)

There’s more detail about the timeline in my About section, if you’re interested! ๐Ÿ™‚

In my post on OPI Can’t Afjord Not To, I got a question that I thought I’d include here:

Kel asks: “How do you get Seche Vite to work for you so well? Whenever I use it, it makes my polish shrink.”

Whenever I polish my nails, I wait at least 5-10 minutes in between my coats of colour and also after my last coat of colour. This prevents a lot of shrinkage, but with certain polishes like jellies, I find that it will shrink if the formula is very watery. The trick is to wait longer to let the polish dry a little on its own – this will reduce the amount of shrinkage. Hope that helps!


382 thoughts on “My 4-Year Blogiversary & Worldwide Giveaway to Win the OPI Nordic Collection

  1. Sarah Lynn

    Happy 4 years Mary! I’ve enjoyed your tutorials- (the stamping one helped me so much when I started!) and that you answer readers questions and interact with your readers. ๐Ÿ™‚ And also that you throw in other posts occasionally, besides nail polish. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Sarah Lynn recently posted: Sparitual: Wander- Fall 2014 Preview

    1. Vanessa

      I really like swatch and learn because of the different blogs they post. I really like their creativity. I decide if I want to buy a new nail polish or not. Your blog page inspires me a lot!

  2. Melissa Ann

    Congrats on you 4 years. I love the fact that you are straight forward & honest. You always say why you don’t like something. Your blog is the first one I go to when trying to decide if I want to buy a nail color ( which is always a great thing). Happy 4 years and to many more. :~)

  3. Denise

    I love the fact that while your passionate about OPI, your honest and not afraid to say if something has a bad formula

  4. michaela

    I really enjoy seeing all of your swatches! It really helps to know what the quality of the polish is and what the color looks like on the nails before I go to buy it. I also like that you reply to comments when you can! Happy 4 year blogiversary!!!

  5. rotem

    I love giveaway.I love OPI and I have no brown nailpolish also no orange ,
    Once I buy a stamper (yes I’m the idiot who bought a plate collection without a stamper ) I’m going to use your stamping guide .

  6. Amanda

    Congrats on 4 great blogging years! I simply love your swatch posts…you always have a ton of pictures of just the one colour, while lots of blogs simply posts collections together with one picture of every colour…I like that your posts really show off the true colour of the polish:)

  7. karen

    Congrats on your 4 year Blog-a-versary!

    I just love this entire collection. I haven’t felt that way since the Nice Stems Collection.

  8. Renรฉe

    Dear Mary,

    Congrats on your 4-Year Blogiversary ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog because your honest, in-depth reviews, your sense of humor plus you always take time to write something back. That makes your blog personal and blog, because swatches are all over the internet but I love sharing my passion for nail polish and so do you! So keep up the good work!

    Kind regard from the Netherlands ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Tinka

    Hi from a normally silent reader! I may not be an active commenter but I’m always there. And what keeps me coming back is the love for green and your OPI swatches. OPI is one of my fave brands and I love that you post so many photos in one blogpost of a polish. I truly enjoy staring at it, haha!
    Happy Blogiversary ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Willemijn

    Thanks Mary, for the time you invest in Swatch and Learn! I always check your comments on the latest OPI collections before purchasing any of them; the way you have in depth reviews and your lovely pictures are really great! Keep up the good work while you enjoy it!!

  11. Liz

    I love your honest reviews! You have nice writing style and good pictures. I buy most of my nail polish online, so I heavily rely on honest bloggers like you ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Susana

    I buy a lot of polish online, and when you do that it’s very important to see swatches first. That’s why I love your blog, because your very detailed reviews give me a very good idea of what a NP looks like before I buy it.

  13. Lucy

    Congrats on your blog anniversary! What I like most is the detail you go into with your swatches and reviews. I nearly always buy polish online so I like to check your site when picking colours before I buy them. Thanks for all your hard work! x

  14. Riotbettyx

    Congrats! I love how thorough you are with your posts. While pretty swatches are always nice, you also post information that is actually helpful. If I’m researching a polish, I know I can count on you for an honest, accurate review.

  15. Edis

    Happy 4 years. I really like this post, it is full of love for this blog and the followers. Your blog is amazing, and all your swatches are always perfect. Keep going like that. :))

  16. Stella (Ex Libris)

    Wishing you a very happy blogoversary and many more years to come! I just love the colourful and fun place you have made Swatch and Learn! Reading your posts always makes me smile, because whenever I read your words I feel like you were writing them with a smile on your face or a giggle ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love all that joy of life and good humour! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for the terrific giveaway!

  17. Ananka

    Wow! Congrats on 4 years old ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think the thing I like most about your blog is your posts about upcoming OPI collections and the swatches of them too ๐Ÿ™‚ I like to know what they look like before I buy and your blog is a great source of information ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Zsรณfi S

    Hi! I really like this blog, because I love to see a lot of swatches and beautiful manis. I hope you’ll never finish it! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Best wishes,
    Sophie from Hungary ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Anouk

    happy anniversary and greetings from Belgium ๐Ÿ™‚ I always look at your blog if i want to buy a new polish, because the colors you show are the same in real life.

  20. ann_l

    What I love most about this blog is your comprehensive reviews. I love how you include pros and cons, and a final verdict; they are incredibly helpful when I’m doing research on a polish.

    Congrats on 4 years and thank you for all your hard work!

  21. Ruth

    Congrats Mary!! I enjoy every single post on your blog! Your pictures are always great too and I’m a huge fan of your OPI event posts!

    Thank you for the giveaway xx

  22. MA

    Happy blogiversary! I love S&L because it has some of the most in-depth reviews I can find. I like that you really focus on each polish in collections that you review.

  23. lawren

    Hmmm, what is it that I love about your blog?? I think it would have to be your witty commentary ๐Ÿ˜‰ You have a lot more to say in your posts than the usual review which gives your blog personality and I admire it. Congrats of 4 amazing years! And here’s to many more ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. KnitMaster

    Congratulations on your blog-iversary! Four years is a great achievement! I’m so very happy I’ve found you. I truly enjoy reading your reviews and “getting” your humor! Here’s to you!

  25. Heather Kutz

    I just love your blog! I always check here before I buy any new nail polish color to see your swatches! Keep up the good work!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Carolyn

    Happy 4 years! I don’t read a lot of blogs, but I was drawn to yours not only by the helpful swatches and reviews, but also because of your philosophy. I’m a devoted but admittedly sloppy nailphile, so a blogger that’s more worried about the fun than perfect cuticles is my kind of blogger! Keep up the great work!

  27. jenessa

    Congrats on 4 years!!! I love your swatches! It really helps me decide wether or not to buy a polish.

  28. Jennifer

    Your swatches of OPI especially. You post so many great pics which really helps when thinking about buying new polishes. I often wait until I’ve seen your posts before buying!

  29. Mary

    You were right, I’m loving this giveaway!!! Congrats again on 4 blogging years ๐Ÿ™‚ What I love about your blog is discovering polishes and brands I’ve never heard of before.
    Thanks xoxo

  30. Icequeen81

    happy 4 years glad to have been there ๐Ÿ™‚ i think for a pretty long time sinds 2010 if I am not mistaken ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Melissa

    I love the blog for several reasons. I love the swatches; the hints and tips; the “insider info” on new brands/collections; and I love the fact that you take time out of your busy schedule to share your ideas with the rest of us. If wish I had a 1/10th of your talent ( and time lol). Thank you for giving us this great blog (and answering my questions ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  32. Barbara P.

    Happy blogiversary! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love your swatches, the pictures are always great and love your honest reviews. It helps a lot before I buy a new polish ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Melissa

    Happy Anniversary! I know you’re proud of the blog and you should be. Here’s wishing you many, many more years of success!

  34. Ernicia

    Happy Four Years Blogiversary!!!! I hope that you will have maaaany many more great blogging years! I first came across your blog while looking for some Essie Nailpolish swatch (i cant remember which colour)….my oh my! what a gold mine of swatches i have FOUND! I love that you show the colours in different light it makes buying a nailpolish colour sooo much easier and your nails are just super cute to look at.

  35. aqbailey

    Congrats on the blogiversary! I like your in-depth reviews and that you report pros *and* cons of the polishes (where many bloggers just report pros). Cheers!

  36. Kelly Z

    I love the swatches you do! And you tell it like it is…if you’re not digging on a color (for whatever reason), I probably won’t like it either lol. Thanks for all you do!

  37. Norma

    Happy 4 year Anniversary!!! I myself am a nail polish-aholic lol So I love your blogs! Keep up the great work!

  38. Rashmi

    Congrats on 4 years of blogging !!! I actually stumped upon this blog when I was looking for detailed swatches of OPI nail polishes….it gave me a clear picture of nail polish from every angle….that was very commendable ๐Ÿ™‚ Also you keep the review upto the point.

  39. Rachel

    Congrats on your 4 year anniversary! I’ve been a reader of yours for about a year and a half, and have always loved that you don’t just swatch – you wear the polishes. I always appreciate hearing about how a color wears, rather than just seeing how it looks. Keep blogging please and I’ll keep being a fan ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Verena S.

    Happy Anniversary! Four years are a long time on the internet.

    What I like most about your blog is how detailed and structured your posts are. Relevant facts are visible at first glance. Keep doing what you’re doing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Broush61

    Happy 4th Anniversary! What I most enjoy is your personality and your lovely swatches and reviews of polishes. I love the beautiful pictures that you post and the in depth discussions of the polishes. You have such a funny and warm personality. I follow quite a few nail blogs but I read yours first because I enjoy it so much!

  42. mariaemmafaria

    yay.. i understand what you say about not having time to do the blog.. i really admire you for keep doing it
    mine is forgotten since last year!!! i opened a ig account along with a friend, but we never update the blog anymore..

    what i love about your blog is that when I’m polish shopping, i just have to enter to your blog and look for your review about it and it really helps me when it comes to buying it.. and also, i love the posts about other stuff on sundays (or saturdays, i’m not sure but i always read it on sundays)..

  43. Raheim

    I use this site as a resource on what nail polishes to purchase for our our community events. Our most popular attraction is the “Kiddie Nail Spa Station,” so I like to keep up to date with the new trends, even though I’m a guy…lol. All for the kids!!!

  44. beth combs

    I love how thorough you are and how you post many pictures of your swatches. it’s awesome to get to see so many views before i make a decision to buy a certain nail polish. You’re one of the 1st blogs i go to for swatches โ™ฅ

  45. Anne

    Congrats on 4 years! I love your reviews the most. I love that you have photos in multiple lighting settings and that your in depth reviews will include both positive and negative aspects of a polish.

  46. Angelina

    Congrats! It’s 4 years old? Wow, that is awesome. I remember coming here to see swatches of some China Glaze I just bough less than 2 years ago. This blog popped up in every search for a China Glaze, some Kleancolor and a lot of OPI. What I like the most are the swatches and press releases, but I also enjoy (a lot) the Smorgasbord Sundays.
    Congrats again!

  47. Joyce

    Congrat! It’s nice to see all the polish posts from you. I’ve got a quite a few bottle of new polishes after reading your post, although some of the colour is not great for office wear, but it’s nice to share the tread with my colleague.

  48. Jessica

    Congratulations on 4 years. My favorite thing about your blog is the variety of different polishes that you swatch.

  49. Cindi

    Congratulations on your 4th blogiversary! I enjoy your blog a lot and I really like to see your swatches and hear what you think about the polish. I have often decided to buy or not to buy based on these. My favorites posts though have been your blog events and hearing about the parties and meeting with Suzi from OPI.

  50. Miranda P

    Happy 4 years. My favorite thing is seeing the swatches on the blog. I also love that the colors are described since sometimes they can look different than what the actual color is.

  51. Norma

    Congratulations on the 4 year blog anniversary! What I love most about this blog is that it’s Canadian. There are many polish blogs out there but it’s nice to see one that features brands I can readily get my hands on

  52. Niki T.

    Congrats!! What I love most are the extensive polish reviews that you do (claims, keynotes, etc). It really helps a lot!

  53. Irina G.

    Congrats on 4 years and thanks for the giveaway!
    My favourite thing about your blog is seeing your swatches.)

  54. Samantha Quiroz

    Happy 4th Blogiversary! I always enjoy the nail polish swatches which make me want all the nail polishes that you post.

  55. Debi

    Why? Because you’ve been fun!

    Not just a “here’s the swatch, the brand and the release date”, you talk about the formula, the brand, you use polishes to make fun designs for all ages.

    That’s why.

    Congratulations! (And thanks for the answer! This gives me one more reason to go get more A-England.)

  56. Montrรฉalaise

    Congratulations on your 4th anniversary! What I love the most about your blog is that your wonderful pictures, as well as your comments on each polish, make it very easy for me to decide whether or not I’m going to buy a particular polish.

  57. samantha crowe

    Congrats! I like swatches of course and you trying to show us the best you can so we may make an informed decision.

  58. Kel

    Oh my gosh Mary you answered my question! You’re so so so sweet! <333 Congrats on blogging for 4 years! I hope for many more to come. <3

  59. mara

    Congratulations !! I like the quality and quantity of pictures, showing swatches in different lighting . Plus your honest reviews helps a lot in my decision to purchase. And i support a fellow Canadian.

    ps i also love your giveaways ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. Shelby J

    I really enjoy your swatches. I sometimes find it hard to find good swatches on the internet but yours capture the true colours of the nail polish well. You got the nail photography skills!

  61. Emily

    Hi Swatch and Learn! I’ve never commented before to show my appreciation for your work, but I am very grateful for all of your thorough nail polish reviews. You put so much thought into your evaluations, and they are incredibly comprehensive. I really love how you critique each nail polish you try out from so many aspects, and then give it a score at the end. I definitely trust what you say about a nail polish when I’m looking for new ones to purchase. You’ve definitely got something special here, so keep going!

  62. Mandy

    Mary, congrats! I love the honest and entertaining posts you provide. At the end of my day, I love reading your latest post because I know it’ll put a smile on my face before bed. Thank you so much for your dedication.

  63. Robbie

    HAPPY 4th Anniversary!!! You do such an excellent job. You are the reason I so much nail polish
    now and support for men expressing themselves is great. My favorite part of the website is your reviews and the pictures.
    Congratulations Mary!! xxoo

  64. Allison

    Hi Mary! Congratulations on your blog turning four!! That’s a huge accomplishment! I’ve been following for three years now, and you’re one of the first (and favorite) blogs I followed.

    I love your swatches most of all because you really go in depth about one color. Although certainly not as common, I absolutely adore your “Meet Suzi” posts or anything else about the awesome press events you get to go to. You take a ton of pictures and its just like debriefing with a friend.


    Love your reviews because they are informative and objective. Your pictures are amazing. Thank you.

  66. Mary N

    Congrats again on 4 years! My favorite things about your blog:

    The consistent, easy-to-understand “bottom line” ratings at the end.
    All the great close-up photos.
    Your friendly, conversational tone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. Magdalena

    Congratulations! I love your blog, the design, the easy and informative language and the beautiful pictures. I always come here to look for swatches of p polishes I might buy.

  68. GoldFrancine

    Happy Blog Anniversary!
    I love read your post, because you wrote them cristally clear. I have a question for you (but this could be posed to all beauty bloggers, of course): what is to help you to stay and go on after 4 years. The love for what you have done and for what you want to do. But, there’s a moment when you have think “Ok, I’ off with this stuff!”?
    An how can you manage those moments when the blog life is not a bed of roses? Do you have a tip? A secret spell? Something? Please, share it whit us!

  69. Radmila

    Congrats with the milestone! Wishing you an army of followers!
    What i enjoy most is the good quality pictures, keep blogging!

  70. Jess

    Congrats on your four-year anniversary, Mary! That’s quite an accomplishment! I think I’ve said this before, but what I like most about Swatch and Learn is the effort you put into all of your posts. Your writing really brings out your voice and you make it very personal. You try to tell a story and it’s obvious that you put a lot of thought into your posts!

  71. Shek

    Congrats on 4 years!! That is awesome!! I love how detailed your posts are. You give a really thorough reviews and that is super appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. jenny

    Whooohoooo on four years! I love reading your blog because you seem so down to earth and it feels like I’m reading something a friend wrote, not just a “beauty blogger”. Thanks for spending so much time to give us all such great reviews and tips!

  73. Joyce

    Hi Mary, congratulations!!!
    The thing I like best about Swatch and Learn is you.
    Sure, nail polishes are what brought me here and of course the swatches are a very important part of your blog but what keeps me here is the way you write, the humor, the laughs and sometimes the tears and of course recognizing things that cross my path as well as yours.
    I hope you’ll blogging the way that you are doing now… I’ll be here reading each post, even if I don’t reply all the time.

  74. Eva Laursen Rygaard

    Happy 4th anniversery!
    Your blog was the first one I seriously started following when I first got interested in polish and nail art, and I really enjoy you swatches and tutorials

  75. Lilla

    Congrats on your 4-year Blogiversary! I really love your swatches and tutorials, your photography skills are awesome!

  76. Amalie Thomsen

    I’m from Denamark – This collection is a must for me !!!
    I enjoy that you always give nice swatches of all the new polishes and give great descriptions and reviews, which gives a very good idea which I would like to buy myself.
    Thank you for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. Beth

    Happy blog anniversary! I like the level of detail you go into for each swatch. You give an idea not only of how the polish looks but also what it’s like to wear it, which is very helpful.

  78. Emily Webb

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! big fan! your site makes its so easy to decide which polishes are worth my money

  79. Natalie Brown

    Hi & Congratulations!! What I love most about your blog are the OPI posts. You have the best & most beautiful swatches!! Thank-you for the chance in this awesome giveaway!

  80. Carolyn

    Congratulations! You were one of the first nail blogs I followed three years ago! It’s amazing to see how far you’ve come and how much you’ve shared with us! Thanks for this opportunity, and can’t wait to read more of your posts!
    Carolyn recently posted: Miscellaneous

  81. floria

    Happy 4TH year blogiversary!
    Your post are so detailed yet funny and have always made me learn something more. Not to talk about all the hues that I found out charming , after reading your review, in spite of my first impression that would suggest me to pass on them.
    Kisses and thanks for sharing with us another wonderous opportunity.

  82. @messy_manis

    Congrats Mary, I like your blog because you actually wear the polishes for a few days. Your reviews are honest and in depth too.

  83. Lyudmila

    Happy anniversary, Mary!
    I like your blog for the thorough reviews and the fact that you are usually reviewing one shade per post mention weartime.
    Oh, and you swatches tyrn out to be one of the most accurate to what I see on myself.
    And you are appear to be a reall easygoing and nice person.

  84. Marine

    Hi Mary!
    first of all, CONGRATS !!!!! congrats for 4 years of good blogging! I’ve been a reader since day one and I will always be.
    Now, I always loved the honesty and the simplicity of your blog. simple nail art that I could always recreate successfully. Good tips too…some ppl go overboard with crazy nail art and salon technique you can’t really nail at home… An honest opinion from one ”normal” girl to another.
    Also I like the way you went off topic in posts, so very personal, but still made the main thing about what we’re here for. POLISH! (drool)
    I LOVE IT! bravo! i’m from Montreal, quebec, Canada and like we say around here;

    Continue ton bon travail ! Felicitation pour 4 belles annee et bravo pour tout ce que tu as accomplie!

    I hope you the best in life and make the most of it! I’m reader for life!
    xx Marine

  85. Satima M.

    Congratulation! It’s been quite a journey! 4 years now! I can’t remember when I start reading your blog, maybe about three years ago when I start addicted to OPI lacquers! I love reading reviews, enjoy google all the swatches from variety nail bloggers just to see the photos how the shades are different when applying on different people & your blog are one of my top favs! Your blogs always got an early swatches from the press release and this is fantastic, so I can plan ahead whether to buy them or not. Thank you, it’s really make my decision a lot easier whether to buy some colors or got it the entire collection! LOL~ Lastly, keep up the good work and looking forward to see more stunning nails laquers swatches!

  86. Carlota

    Thanks for this amazing giveaways!

    What I love the most about your blog? How humble, down to earth and positive you are! And, of course, your nice swatches. They are very useful when deciding if a nail polish is worth making my 200-something collection bigger… sigh. xD

  87. Kristina

    Congratulations on 4 awesome years! I love the rating system you use, as well as how to organize each review. (Finish, application, etc) Your posts are so neat and orderly!

  88. Chelsea

    Happy blogiversary!! Four years is a long time! I obviously love to see your swatches, as it helps me pick out new products ๐Ÿ™‚

  89. Stacy R

    Happy anniversary! Here’s to 4 more!
    I love that this blog gives me so many ideas to try things I wouldn’t normally do (or have someone do) on myself.

    But your positivity is the biggest thing I like about this blog. Keep it up!

  90. Traci

    Happy Anniversary Mary!

    I appreciate that you answer every email…it such a big help to a novice like myself.

  91. Alicia

    i love anything that has anything to do with nail art and nail polish!
    i enjoy reading about swatches and reviews

  92. Szappanbubi

    Super-happy blogiversary!!!
    I adore your great &amazing swatches and nail arts *_* need to learn more…just I’m too lazy ๐Ÿ™‚
    Of course, also love your generosity holding million of giveaways for us with special and unique prizes !!!

    sparkly thanks!

  93. Michelle

    Congratulations on the blog anniversary! Four years is a big accomplishment. As someone who checks your blog daily I would say my favourite thing that keeps me coming back are your swatches and honest description/opinion on products…extra bonus for being canandian!

    Keep up the good work

  94. Victoria

    I love seeing your swatches. They really help me know which colors are worth buying and which aren’t. Happy 4 Years!

  95. Kimberley

    Happy Anniversary.
    I love that you post so regularly – I can always count on something new to be found here to give me ideas & inspiration !

  96. Stephanie Shipley

    I love when you include pictures of the nail polishes on your nails. As I’m sure you know, nail polish doesn’t always look the same shade once it’s applied as it does in the bottle.

  97. Alona Y

    I love reading reviews and learning about nail polishes that I probably wouldn’t have known about otherwise! I just got into nail art and it can be so expensive, it’s invaluable to have honest, detailed reviews so I can make good choices from the start!

  98. Ashley

    I love all the practical reviews! Products that I would actually use (and am generally able to afford!)

  99. Doreen Lamoureux

    I am new. I love reviews on products brought to my attention. I especially love bath, perfume…. all womanly things. Also new electronic products that come out.

  100. Lynne B

    OPI is by far the best nail polish I have ever used. Love the colours and that it seems to be chip proof!

  101. Emily Morelli

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I really appreciate all the tips and tutorials because I am sort of a newbie at doing my nails and need all the help I can get!

  102. Ashana


    I’ve discovered this blog only a few days ago, however I enjoy your versatile choice of polishes (concerning the colours, shimmers …) and the fact that you review not only nail polishes, but many other products too.

    Moreover, as a non-native English speaker, reading blogs in English, including yours, helps me to improve my skills in English as well as with polishes ๐Ÿ™‚

  103. Kasey

    I like that I no longer have to stand in the salon looking at the shelves full of polishes. I can go here, find ones I like, and not waste time!

  104. JoElla

    Congrats on your 4-Year Blogiversary!! I really enjoy the swatches and learning about new collections that are coming.

  105. mntrinemo

    What I love the most about Swatch & Learn is that it is just like talking to a friend who is crazy about nail polish and a lil’ bit over the top about every shade of green polish that comes out….just like me!

  106. Dessyslava Ionova

    I see you for the first time, but I love your writing and the way your posts look so I’ll definitely follow your blog in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

  107. sherry butcher

    Happy blogiversary!! 4 years is a long time! I love to see your swatches because it helps me pick out new products ๐Ÿ™‚ I also love the nail art even when I can’t do it for my self.

  108. Melissa

    Love the way you describe the colours and the formulas, it makes it so much easier to decide which to buy.

  109. Jenny

    What I love about your blog is the writing style. It’s very readable and cool. And of course I must mention your amazing nail arts. It is so awesome!

  110. Tanya

    What I love most about (besides all the great pictures) is the way you write. I like your sense of humor and that you give us glimpses of your personality without seeming self obsessed. It feels more like reading something written by a friend than a stranger on the internet. ๐Ÿ™‚

  111. Nikolina

    I love your swatches of course, its too hard to order a polish (since we dont have the coll ones in my country) without taking a look on a blog and see the actual swatch!

  112. Kayla

    I love the swatches, the tips and tricks, the Hauls of Shames (XD) and mostly the way you write the blogs make it seem like you’re actually taking time to make them fun, reliable, relatable and Swatch and Learn is one of my favorite blogs to visit daily :D.

  113. Inkosha

    Comgrats on your 4 years! I adore your swatches, i like to read your blog, your tips, i like your photos of polishes

  114. Dimana Dyakova

    I love how full your reviews are. It’s really helpful for me when I’m deciding which polish to buy <3

  115. Ehara Poetry

    Congrats on the blog anniversary!
    Wow i must give you a stand applause because 4 years is a big accomplishment! I really love to see all the swatches post on your website before i decide to buy any nail polish because all your photos is very clear & look as a good as i see a real hand,,haha

  116. Elisa

    Youve really help me a lot! I was really clueless when it came about my nail, and all the funnstuff i can do with them
    Happy four years!!

  117. Louise

    I love the way you’re always coming up with new designs, new colors, you make nails and polish funny and great. Your pictures are very neat. But most important, you’re honest when it comes to press samples.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  118. Meeri

    Happy birthday to your blog and thank you for the honest rewies! This is one of the blogs that I turn ro, when I need to deside if I should buy a polish or not ๐Ÿ™‚

  119. Carissa

    Happy blogiversary! I love your indepth analysis of the polishes you swatch, it’s very helpful when I’m deciding what polishes to buy.

  120. Marjan

    I’ve only just found your blog, but I really enjoy reading your personal stories you include in your posts! Happy 4 years of blogging, and here’s to many more! *cheers*

  121. Lacqueerisa

    Heyyy Mary! Happy 4th Bloggiversary to you! ๐Ÿ™‚ From the bottom of my heart, I hope you’ll never stop blogging! ๐Ÿ™‚ Always so refreshing to hear your honesty and sincere words โ™ฅ

    My favourite posts from you (I think I mentioned before, but they still are) are the ones where you shared of your adventures with Suzi with us. I can’t wait for the fourth episode! ๐Ÿ˜‰ My other favourites are the giveaway posts (lol!) I’ll be lying if those aren’t in my list of favourites hahahaha! XD (oh the true colours of nail polish addicts :P). Hehe, of course I also enjoy the swatches. They are always so helpful when I have doubts of certain polishes ๐Ÿ™‚ So… really. Thank you so much, for always putting your best effort into each posts. I truly appreciate them ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s true that not all days are as merry as we hope it will be. Yet such is life, with its ups and downs. And whatever memories we have, sweet or bittersweet, I think they are all beautiful treasures to be kept. After all, they helped form the little bits of us. So here’s to wishing you another year of wonderful and adventurous memories! ๐Ÿ˜€

  122. Stacy

    At the risk of sounding unoriginal, I love the swatches the best! That said, I love that you often do a quick look (for those of us who are impatient), and then go in more depth for the individual shades.

  123. Jill

    I love how you make your reviews more than just “pretty color, good formula, I like it”. You always throw in something funny or insightful. It makes your blog feel alive.

  124. Andrea

    I am a fairly new reader, only having discovered your blog a few months ago, but I absolutely love the specificity that you put into the descriptions of your swatches, and your breakdown of each swatch. It really makes your opinion on the polish clear and concise, and is a huge help in determining whether or not that will be a polish that I will buy in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

  125. Candice

    Happy Blogiversary!!! I really appreciate that your blog is so “you”. There is no other blog like it, because you infuse it with your personality. Thanks, Mary.

  126. Jessica

    Wow, what an awesome giveaway! I think my favorite part of Swatch and Learn is your funny and upbeat writing style :). I’ve followed Swatch and Learn for the past few years (even if I haven’t commented on every post!) and your passion for nails and beauty products has always been evident. Keep up the good work!

  127. Angie

    You do an awesome blog. Thank you for taking the time to do SO many detailed posts. I love all the categories you have to revoew polishes and the pictures you do in different light. Very helpful. You rock my socks off! ๐Ÿ™‚

  128. mindy arthur

    I’m a 48 tried old newbie w/ 12 copied ideas done on my nails. I ran across your blog and I enjoy recieving your positivity.It makes me smile. So #1 I like reading great blogs #2 I love giveaways and #3 nail colors + tutorials. Have a happy 4th anniversary,and many more!

  129. mindy arthur

    I love swatch and learn for it’s tutorials, it’s swatches and giveaways.It’s you Mary that made your blogs so successful. Your positive energy will keep me coming back.Congratulations for 4 years,I hope to see you for a few more! Thank You so much. Mindy Arthur

  130. Anna

    I love everything about your blog, but your variety and honest, well versed reviews are what keep me coming back over and over. Not to mention my love of green is almost as much as yours lol.

  131. Marcella

    Congrats on ur 4th blogiversasry, I love ur blog, because ur posts are so detailed and honest, with pic of ur swatches etc

  132. Kelsie Rogers

    I like your unique blog features like “From Mary’s Desk” and “Smorgasboard Sundays”, Whenever I see those posts on Bloglovin’ I’m always sure to click and read through! I also love that you’re Canadian too!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  133. Joelle

    Just discovered your blog and I’m enjoying going through your older posts. Like your unbiased reviews and demos. Great blog! Wishing many more anniversaries!

  134. Hannah W

    My favorite thing about your blog is that I can see colors I am interested. It is so much better to see on nails instead of just a bottle. It always helps me make my decision. Keep it up!

  135. Julia

    Congrats on four years! Several reasons I’m loving your blog! You take the time to do swatches which is awesome, you give your true and honest opinions, and just the fact that you are so passionate about this, makes this my go to blog for nail color!

  136. Marisela Bennett

    That it reviews nail products which I’m obsessed with being a nail polish junkie this is the blog for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  137. Gisela Matta

    Happy 4th anniversary!! I like that you take your time to answer the questions us follower’s make and that your reviews are always very good explained and detailed. We can come here knowing that we will find the answer to almost everything nail and beauty related.

  138. Susan T.

    I’m new here but I am loving the variety of topics you post and your polish swatches are perfect so I can really see what the colour will look like. Awesome!

  139. Megan S.

    My favorite part about swatch and learn is that the atmosphere is really nice. It really feels professional. I like how you go in depth with your polish descriptions because I feel like I don’t get that with a lot of other nail polish bloggers. Happy 4 years, and I hope there will be many more.

  140. Anna

    I love your reviews, mostly for nail polish, but it had prompted me to buy and use other cosmetics, which I’m usually quite wary of. Thank you!

  141. Chaitali

    It is my 1st post in your blog and I Love your reviews… and the lovely colours. I am from India and unfortunately we are not spoilt for choice when it comes to nail polish, yet… I just love nail polish and have got a pretty decent collection.. I am always excited to read your blogs.. lovely photos and Oh! So many colours!!! I have your blog added to my favourites.. hehe. I love the Do You Have this Color in Stock-holm?,Skating on Thin Ice-Land, My Voice is a Little Norse and Viking in a Vinter Vonderland from this collection. Also I love your pretty secrets swatch and learn colour… If only we could get all that here ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to more such lovely colours so that I can hunt in the market and find out something similar hopefully… Ah.. I am hunting for the OPI base coat for glitter polish.. but cant get here.. weep weep… I so wish I was there in US just for the nail polish options!! LOL… loads of love to you and all the best for your future!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Chaitali!

      Welcome to Swatch And Learn! I’ve noticed that you’ve left me lots of comments on a wide variety of reviews that I’ve written – thank you very much for all your support! I hope that you stop by again soon! I love interacting with my readers, and although it can take me a little while to get back to everyone, I try my best to reply as soon as I can! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Chaitali

        Thanks Mary! ๐Ÿ™‚ And seriously this is one blog that I visit whenever I have some free time.. Haha
        Lots of love to you and Happy Swatching!!

  142. chari perez

    Enhorabuena por los 4 aรฑos!!!
    Me estoy iniciando con las manicuras, y necesito aprender mucho, gracias por los tutoriales!!!!!

  143. Dawn

    Congrats on 4 wonderful years!! I love your open and entertaining reviews, and your photos are amazing as well. Thanks for all you do!

  144. Nicole LaRussa

    Happy 4 year anniversary!! I love your blog because it was one of the first I ever followed and it has always been informative. Your nails and swatches are always great and your photos are true to life!! Just keep doing what you do and I’ll keep reading and reading!!

  145. Patricia Casablanca

    I just now found your blog thru Facebook! But I already want to learn more about your blog
    ! I love that you have a history on starting your blog that we can read! I will read that 1st & then start exploring!! This is a fantastic giveaway & I’d love to congratulate you on 4 years!! Awesome milestone!!

  146. Alex Wynick

    The swatches – obvs! It’s also nice to have someone with nails that are a similar shape to mine.

  147. Srna Kulik

    I just love your swatches! It’s not like I need much persuasion to buy a nail polish since I love doing my own nails, but I like the fact that you always have a bunch of pictures that show the real color of a nail polish ๐Ÿ™‚

  148. Alyssa S.

    Happy 4 Years! I love that you’re so passionate about what you do. The nail community is a happy place and you make your blog a happy place, too!

  149. Lesley

    Happy 4 years. I love your upbeat and cheerful presence. I just started following you, so I don’t have a lot of history to draw on, but in the short time I have been following, you have always been so energetic and cheerful.

  150. Georgia Beckman

    I am a brand new fan. I saw someone’s tweet about the giveaway & had to come check it out. I look forward to learning some great nail tips from you!

  151. Amanda Lawson

    I love your swatches and how neat and organized(all the little paragraph-like things) how blog is!

  152. Donna McGee

    Congratulations Mary! I look forward to your posts because they are always so upbeat. With your posts not only do I get to see great swatches but I also get a smile to start my morning because of your cheerful attitude. Wish you the best with the blog going forward!

  153. Marijke

    Happy 4 years!! I love your instagram account the most! Seen so many polishes in my life, instagram post are quick however still make me enthusiastic, if I love a polish I straight away click the link in the bio and see what you think of it. Keep up the good work!! X from Holland

  154. Dawn

    I am a new follower and I love reading your swatches and how positive you are and seeing how you care for your followers/readers means a lot thanks congrats as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  155. Ana Figueroa

    I am so happy for you. Enjoy this milestone. I have bought some of my favorite polishes because of your beautiful swatches. Please keep it up.

  156. Kate

    Happy 4th anniversary! Im a newcomer to your blog having learnt of you through your Pretty Serious collaboration ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to following your blog being a huge green polish fan myself..

  157. Marissa

    I enjoy your positive attitude, and the fact that you genuinely seem to appreciate your readers and enjoy interacting with us.:-)

  158. Gretchen

    Congrats on four years!! I love that you can tell a friendly, positive person creates each post ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can definitely hear your voice come through in your writing. I also appreciate your honesty, if a polish is less than fantastic, I know you’ll tell us. Thank you! I love reading your blog and following you on Instagram. Keeping doing what you’re doing!

  159. Jeannelle

    Congrats on your blog success! I feel like it’s not easy to make a go of it, and become a popular blog.

    My favourite thing on the blog is looking at all the colour swatches!

  160. cookie3

    Congrats on your 4 year blogiversary. What an achievement considering how busy your life is. I love seeing your swatches of nail polish. They give me an accurate view of what the polish looks like on instead of in the bottle.

  161. Jeannie

    Congrats!! I really like your reviews of polish and you’re pretty detailed with the review too. I like how you show the true colour of the polish on the nails too.

  162. Sarah Jordan

    I only just found your website today, and I’m so inspired by your enthusiasm! Thanks for considering my entry into your giveaway. I’m off to find you and follow you on all of the other social media now!
    Sarah Jordan recently posted: Lost in the details

  163. Eylul Kabakci

    What I love most about your blog is that you tell us about the new O.P.I. collections before anybody else and you swatch them beautifully. Letting us know which polish deserves to save some money for it. Happy anniversary, happy 4 years <3

  164. Amanda

    Big congrats on 4 years!!!! Your swatches are always beautiful and I always love your honest reviews of products.
    Looking forward to the next 4 years of your blog! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  165. Hannah

    Congrats on 4 years Mary! I absolutely love how often you communicate with your readers. You don’t just put up amazing reviews and swatches, but you actually care about your readers and it’s amazing.

  166. Brigida

    I’m fairly new to this blog, but I’m so happy I found it! I love the clear pictures you include in your posts. Please keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  167. Surso S.

    congrats on your 4 years my wife loves trying out your nail art tutorials ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for the giveaway

  168. Ceaira E

    You were one of the first bloggers I ever started following! It was your beautiful swatches that led me here!

  169. Ayako Nakano

    Congratulations on your 4th year anniversary! I love reading about nail polish in general, but your blog is so informative and full of beautiful photos. I especially love how you seem to enjoy and love nail polishes yourself!

  170. Roslyn

    Love the sentiment
    “If we focus on the negative, itโ€™s easy to become more sour than a lemon wishing it were a lime!”

  171. PW

    I almost missed this! I love that you are so in touch with your followers and subscribers! You are awesome at responding to tweets and making us feel valued!

  172. Sarah

    Happy 4 years! I never buy a polish without checking here first ๐Ÿ™‚
    I would love to win this collection, Opi is amazing!

  173. Julia Brenchley

    Congratulations on your 4 year blogiversary ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love the range of photos you take of a single colour and how in-depth your reviews are – really helps when trying to decide whether to purchase a particular polish or not, especially if, like me, you mainly shop online!

  174. Reti

    Hi! Happy blog anniversary!
    Your blog was one of the blogs I blame for my OPI nail polish addiction :). I’ve been follower for quite some time now and I love your swatches, I get pretty good idea if I’d like to have a nail polish or not, just by checking out your swatches.

  175. LaToya

    Your swatches are always so beautiful. I can’t wait to have the blurple, green, and caramel polishes from this collection. So pretty. Thanks for the opportunity in the giveaway.

  176. Melissa C.

    Honestly, I really just love how your posts always put a smile on my face. I feel like you really transcend the beauty topic to actually connect with people, which is rare. (Plus, I just love looking up OPI swatches, haha.)

  177. Manon Gingras

    I just love OPI Nail Polish and just discover your blog as I fell you are also a big fan of OPI. You are the one who let me know first what is coming out from OPI. I also love how you describe things (it’s always positive) and how often I can read you either on Twitter, Facebook or directly on your blog.

  178. Madeleine

    Happy four year!!!! Your blog was one of the first nail blogs I followed. My favourite thing about your blog is the rating and the pros and cons list at the end because it really summarizes the main points of the review. Also, amazing pictures and great interaction between readers.

  179. Tanyatopia

    I love your full and thorough reviews instead of just applying, photographing then removing a polish. It’s really thoughtful and seeing as I usually wear a polish for 1-5 days I appreciate the detail.


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