Swatch And Learn’s 5th Blogiversary + Giveaway

Edit (Saturday August 8):

Congratulations, Jeannie! You’ve won my giveaway! I’ll be e-mailing you in a few minutes. To claim your prize, reply to my e-mail within 48 hours of the time stamped on that e-mail.

Thanks to everyone for celebrating my 5th blogiversary with me and for participating in my giveaway!

Stay tuned – I am already thinking about the next giveaway to reward my loyal readers! 🙂

Swatch And Learn 5th Blogiversary Giveaway

IMPORTANT (Please read to protect yourself from scammers):

To enter my giveaways, I never ask you to click on links that direct to places outside of that are random websites. I’ve heard of scammers like that who prey upon innocent people, so please don’t fall for that. If there is a shortened URL that starts with something like,, etc., you can use the web tool called “UnMask Me“, and it expands and uncovers any short URL, so you know where it directs to without clicking on it.

All legit links to this giveaway should go to my blog, and in particular, this blog post. If you uncover a URL that goes elsewhere, do not click it! Report it! The safety of my readers is very important to me!

Before I get into the giveaway, I have a few things to say. 🙂

You may have noticed that in my most recent posts, I’ve been rather nostalgic. That’s because a lot has changed since I began this blog in 2010. But, at the same time, things have stayed the same. (As they say in French, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.”)

I’m still blogging for the same reasons I started – I love interacting with readers like you and being able to share the excitement over nail polishes and beauty products!

Money has never been a motivating factor for me to blog. In fact, I don’t make any money from it, but I put money into it (to pay for things like hosting and keeping my domain name.)

Not going to mention any companies, but I’ve turned down opportunities for paid sponsorships over the years because I want my first one to be genuine and the right fit for me and my readers. I won’t be doing any sponsored posts for marble moustache combs, nasal kazoo lessons, toenail-clipping contests, or scented earwax candles. (Hehe, I’m being silly about those, but my overall point is serious. If I ever do a sponsored post, it will be mentioned in a straightforward fashion and it will be beauty-related.)

Posting in-depth posts several times a week with lots of content is very demanding, especially since I work on it after my full-time job and on the weekends. (Although sometimes I get on my phone during lunch and post on social media.)

Just like at work, for my blog, I have to efficiently manage my time, in order to get things done. And I still make room for family, friends, dating, relaxing, and pursuing additional hobbies (like knitting).

You’re My Inspiration

You, dear readers, have been the greatest source of inspiration for me, and when you interact with me via a comment left on the blog, social media, or in a private e-mail, it means so much!

There have been days that are tougher than 100-year-old beef jerky with a ‘Mom’ tattoo, and it brings happy tears to my eyes when I read encouraging comments from you. Sometimes it spins the worst day into the best day!

I value all of my readers.

Whether you heard about Swatch And Learn only today because of the giveaway or if you’ve been following since 2010, I’m glad that you’re here.

Thank you for making my blog the welcoming community that it is!

Outside my loyal readership, I’m fortunate to collaborate with incredibly supportive companies and PR firms.

They have invited me to attend exclusive launch parties, shared exciting embargoed beauty news, provided me with product samples to test out, and generally supported me on a personal level.

There are many companies that I’ve collaborated with over the years, but I’d like to give a special shoutout to these, in no particular order:

I’ve had incredible opportunities since my previous blogiversary, and these are just a few:

But going back to you, nothing would’ve been possible if my readers didn’t support me.

Read the rest of this post carefully to learn how you can enter my 5-Year Blogiversary Giveaway for your chance to win 12 full-size nail polishes that I purchased especially for this occasion!

It’s open to everyone worldwide.

Starts now, and it ends on Friday August 7th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EDT.

To celebrate five incredible years of blogging, I’m having an extra-special giveaway for 12 (yes, TWELVE) full-size bottles of nail polishes!

Giveaway Details

Starts: Now

Ends: Friday August 7, 2015 at 11:59 pm EDT

Who Can Enter: Everyone! (This is open worldwide!)

Prize: 12 full-size nail polishes that I purchased especially for this giveaway.

If you are curious, click on any of the above links to see my in-depth reviews with swatches that I’ve done from 2010 to 2015.

I purposely chose all of the above nail polishes because they have all been shades I’ve worn and loved. I wanted to make sure that the lucky winner would have some of my favourites!

You Must Do BOTH Things Below to Enter My Giveaway:

  • Fill out the below Rafflecopter form.
  • Leave a comment on this blog post telling me why you visit Swatch And Learn.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

How to Get Extra Entries Daily

You can earn extra entries by completing the other options listed in the Rafflecopter form. (There are options that allow you to gain new entries daily!)

“Secret Word” on Snapchat Entry

On Friday July 24th, I shared a photo on Snapchat, followed by a short video clip giving you a sneak peek of the colours I’d be including in today’s giveaway. In the video clip, I mentioned a “Secret Word”. If you remember this word, type it into the correct field in the Rafflecopter form, and you’ll get an extra entry in this giveaway!

Selecting the Winner:

Sometime on August 8 or 9, I’ll notify the winner (chosen randomly by Rafflecopter) via e-mail. I’ll also announce it on some of my social-media platforms, as well as in this blog post before I e-mail the winner. 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 their mailing address, and I’ll send out the prize as soon as possible.

Important Note:

Please add swatchandlearn (at) gmail (dot) com to your Safe list so my e-mail doesn’t accidentally go to the Junk folder.

Good luck!

Thanks for being an awesome reader!

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253 thoughts on “Swatch And Learn’s 5th Blogiversary + Giveaway

    1. Sandra Francis

      Love, love, love, swatchandlearn. Every time I see your blog on my phone, I read it right away. You are a wealth of knowledge and I really respect your advice when making nail polish purchases.

  1. Arathael

    Happy anniversary! I believe there is such a thing as blog years (like dog years), so 5 years is like 20!

  2. indayluvs

    I love your swatches but, even more, your writing style always makes me smile! Congratulations on 5 years of blogging, here’s to many more years of beautiful pictures and witty posts!

  3. Vania

    Happy 5th Blogiversary!!

    Hello, this is actually my first time visiting your blog and I like it!
    It has just been recently I learn about make up and other stuffs, so I want to find out more through your blog.

    And thankyou for the giveaway and the chance!

  4. Anna

    I’m a fan of nail polishes and I like your reviews and swatches.

    Congratulations on 5 years of blogging!

  5. Rebecca

    I thought I couldn’t possibly have followed your blog that long, then I realised how long I’ve been in to polish… 7 years now! Oops!
    I follow you because you don’t over edit your photos and your straight with your opinions. I also like the format of your reviews.

  6. Madeleine

    Happy 5 year blogiversary!! I love visiting your blog for many reasons. First of all, you create such great nail art that doesn’t require too much materials people may not have. It’s beautiful, cute, simple and not too difficult. Secondly, you showcase a variety of products from the beauty world, not just listing your blog to nail polish. Third, you have come so far as a nail blogger and have been able to do things girls dream of doing (like designing your own polish). And lastly, you are Canadian. As a fellow Canadian it’s nice to see other fellow Canadians pursuing something I love, even something like nail polish.

  7. Frida

    Hi! I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years thanks to good swatch pics and that I trust that your blog posts are honest.

  8. A Kane

    I found your blog doing a Google image search for a polish I wanted to buy and came across your blog. I found it to be helpful and informative, so I subscribed. 🙂

  9. Melissa

    Happy Anniversary! I love the blog and appreciate your taking the time to do it for us. Can’t wait to see what the next 5 years brings. Good luck to everyone with the giveaway!

  10. Danielle Chiasson

    I discovered your blog randomly through a retweet! I am so glad I did cause I enjoy your reviews and honesty 🙂 Keep up the amazing work

  11. Else S A

    I visit your blog for your swatches (looove you use different lightnings) and over time I started to enjoy your words, your style of writing is sooo appealing, funny AND clever. I am especially happy that you encourage your readers to choose happiness over perfection:)

  12. Linda

    Congrats on 5 years! I love your blog for the amazing swatches and info you share with your followers. Keep up the great work!

  13. Robbie

    Mary Mary mary! Happy fifth Anniversary! Wow time flies. I remember finding your blog three years ago and being in complete awe of your work. You inspired me so much with the love of nail polish. Most of all how our friendship grew from it. You’re the best. May you keep climbing new heights of success, ever, forever and after. Congrats Mary.
    Much love. THF! Rob

  14. Annalisa

    Happy Anniversary to a fellow Canadian and Nail Polish Junkie! It’s a lot work to create posts, the writing and photography. I appreciate all the time you put in and your opinion. Bonne chance!

  15. Renée

    I visit Swatch and Learn because of your honest reviews and your great personality. I love how you seem to stay truly close to yourself. Plus I love how you always make an effort to respond to everyone, that is so nice 🙂 Just keep up the good work, love reading your blogs.

  16. Brenda Penton

    Happy Blogiversary! I visit mostly for the product reviews and to learn about new products and see how they look swatched.

  17. Amber M

    Congratulations on five years, Mary! You are so thorough with your reviews, and I always appreciate your honesty!

  18. Icequeen81

    congratulation like I said on FB, nail Polish heaven that liquid leather of china glaze is calling my name

  19. Laura

    I have only followed your blog for a few months but once I found you, I knew I had to! Your posts are incredibly informative, honest and quite entertaining! It’s nice to know that there are people like me who are just as into nail polish as me 🙂 Thank you for all the work you do on the blog! I know I am not alone in saying that your readers appreciate and love it!! Congratulations on your fifth anniversary!

  20. Stefanie

    I first found your blog by googling swatches for ‘ louvre me louvre me not’ inside a store trying to decide if I wanted it ( I did!! ) and after I got home I came back on your site and read every post until I caught up. That was a few years ago, and I have been hooked ever since. I keep coming back because of your amazing dedication and in depth reviews with all your pictures. I truly appreciate all the work you put into this blog!

  21. Isabelle C.

    I visit Swatch and Learn for your thorough reviews on brand spanking new products! Congrats on five years!

  22. Suzanne G

    I visit to learn about different products and enjoy reading your honest reviews on them. Your nail polish pictures are always so great and really help me decide if I want to add that polish to my collection. Congratulations on your blogiversary.

  23. Katie Vanhoy

    Congratulations on 5 years! I love our swatches and the information you provide, as well as your blogging style. Thanks for all you do!

  24. Emily

    For the beautiful swatches and to get an idea of what colors are popular and what’s new in the nail world. I love nail polish!

  25. Amy

    I keep coming back because I find your reviews to be honest and informative. Also, because it’s nice to see a Canadian perspective.

  26. Nomore Illusion

    Congrats on 5 long years!!! Your photos and the way you present information keep me coming back! 🙂

  27. Cindy

    Congrats on your anniversary, I recall the first time I saw you on instagram I commented on a rather smashing red lip you were wearing that day, came to your blog and found out you are polish obsessed AND Canadian!!! My best friend lives in Alberta and more close friends in Ontario, and I am way off down here in the ms swamps, it’s nice to read your blog, connects me kinda!

  28. Amy B

    I have been following you for a little while. I love your true to you attitude with your blog! Black in spring time? Sure! Neons with flowers in the fall? Ok! I also love the fact that you are honest and just doing it for the love of it! Happy anniversary and I hope that this will still be rockin’ for many more posts!

  29. Addison

    Happy 5th! I think I’ve been a follower for a couple of years now and S&L is my favourite to visit because the reviews always have this great balance of honest praise and constructive criticism, humour and really thorough photos! Plus, when the blog was going through a back-end overhaul and was temporarily offline, you sent a super nice response when I asked if there were access problems, which I really appreciated.

    Here’s to five more years of colourful blogging!

    1. kherbeck

      Hi Mary,
      Like many others, I can’t recall how I found your blog. I really enjoy reading it because your unbridled your excitement and enthusiasm at meeting polish creators, reps, etc is refreshing. I enjoy the background information that you reveal when blogging about you many excursions into the polish world. Keep up the good work and congratulations on 5 years of blogging!

  30. Margie

    There are so many…
    You are interactive with your followers. Sent you an email the other day and you actually replied and offered to help with a problem I had with a product.

    You are so fun to read. I love reading your posts because they are full of knowledge I didn’t know or had forgotten

    Your swatches are gorgeous!!! Nothing like beautiful polish on beautiful hands!!!

    I want to play with nail polish as much as you actually get to (you might be tired of it so “get to” really isn’t the way you feel about it) and you are as excited about each swatch.

    I could go on for day, but I don’t wanna bore anyone.

    Thank you for all you do. Not just give stuff away. I realize this is your “free time” and you give it so selflessly and if you have any resentment, I’d never know it!
    Much love,

  31. apeksha

    I visit swatch and learn for your detailed reviews and amazing swatch pictures and the honest reviews you give especially of different nail Polish collections because I love nail paints.

  32. Norma

    Happy blog anniversary! I look forward to your in-depth reviews and can’t wait to see what you review next.

  33. dari

    Like you said, the lack of sponsporship and tbe presence of honesty makes your blog nice to read. I actually just found your blog myself through this giveaway, but I imagine that’s what it is.

  34. Ciara

    This is my first comment on your blog, but I’ve been a reader/stalker for years now. I absolutely love your layout for reviewing polish. You always go above and beyond to let us know the color/finish/quality/EVERYTHING we would want to know before purchasing a polish and I love that most about your blog! Congrats on 5 years and hears to many, many more!!!

  35. Cathy

    I love visiting your blog because of your humor, your no-holds-barred reviews which, when negative, still don’t have a nasty tone to them, your unbridled enthusiasm for the products you love, and your beautiful photographs. You’ve introduced me to a few brands that my wallet probably didn’t need to know about. 🙂 Keep on bloggin’!

  36. Enjoli

    Congratulations! I visit your blog because of the polishes reviews and swatches. I usually do research before buying the said polish in question and your blog is one of my go tos.

  37. Pearl

    Congratulations for successful five years! Since last four years I have been following and reading your blog. I love your in depth reviews and photos. You’re a source of inspiration for bloggers like me 🙂

  38. Henrietta Turk

    Happy Blogiversary ! I love visiting Your blog because I’m a fan of nail polishes and You make amazing swatches and honest reviews.

  39. Yasinisi

    Congratulations on your anniversary and many more years of blogging to come 🙂

    I visit your blog cause I love everything polish and nail art related and your swatches are very good.

  40. Jeannie

    Happy blogiversary! I love visiting the site because I want to know what new polish is coming out and what the colour swatches looks like. I have picked up so many bottles of polish after seeing them on this site first!

  41. Sarah

    I read your blog religiously because you always have the first information regarding new collections and events. It’s so awesome to me that you get press releases for polish, and it’s definitely my dream to run a blog like this one day. Congratulations on your anniversary!

  42. Megan

    I read Swatch and Learn because your swatch posts are very informative, and I love how you show us how the polishes look in different kinds of lighting. It really helps me make an informed decision on which polishes I want to buy.

  43. KittyPride

    Five years! Congrats 😀 I really enjoy your take on things and you have reviewed some very cool items I might not have known about otherwise.

  44. beth c

    I’ve been following your blog since my nail polish obsession began in 2011. I LOVE how honest you are, and how in depth and thorough your swatches and reviews are! You’re awesome!

  45. Katherine Horn

    Congrats on 5 years! That’s a long time!

    I read your blog because you have great reviews and pictures, and your personality comes across in the posts.

  46. Radmila

    Hi! happy anniveresary! I found your blog when i was looking for some nail polish. Since, i come back to from time to time. Love the pictures!

  47. Sarah

    I visit your blog because you have great swatches of polishes I’m interested and I love that you are so honest in your reviews.

  48. Elina

    I read Swatch and Learn because it has awesome reviews and swatches. This blog is the reason why I’m updated on OPI’s new collections. I love that you take the swatch photos on many different lightings so you can really see what the polish looks like:)

  49. Marisol Martinez

    Happy Anniversary! I visit your blog because I love the honest information you have about polishes which I use before I purchase!

  50. Erin Ortiz

    Wow, such a big congratulations to you! I always visit your blog because of your honesty and your positivity. You were so nice to me, even as such a small blogger, and that’s really rare.

  51. Jennifer

    I’ve been a follower for several years. I love your swatches, and I do like that your blog is about more than just polish. Happy Blogiversary and may you have many more!

  52. Alison

    I love to read your blog because you are honest, informative and entertaining. Plus you always seem to have reviews on polishes that i love. Thank you for sharing and all your hard work and congratulations!

  53. Cindi

    I love your style of writing and sense of humour as well as your great reviews and swatches. If I can’t decide whether I need a polish or not, I look to see what your thoughts were on it. I love reading about your events and meetings with Suzi of OPI. I feel like I was there too when you share your stories and pictures. I also happen to love green polish. Happy Blogiversary to 5 years! I only found you a couple of years ago and glad I did. Thanks for doing what you do. You make my day as well.

  54. Jolie

    Happy anniversary! Love your reviews and swatches. And the colours you picked for this giveaway are awesome, thanks for the chance!

  55. Anne

    I love how positive you are, and that you share more about yourself than just your love of makeup. I also love your swatches and your in depth reviews PLUS I love that you’re Canadian!

  56. Jess Mary

    I enjoy seeing your swatches and reviews on nail polishes as I’m really into nail art and I’m always looking for new items to add to my collection! Thanks for the amazing giveaway 🙂 x

  57. Anouk

    I’ve been visiting Swatch and learn for about 2 years now i think. The main reason is because i’m a nailpolish addict and i love swatches. Thank you for the chance to win these 12 beauty’s. A fan from Belgium

  58. Chanelle (C.M.)

    I visit your blog for the clear, quick, and concise reviews and the beautiful photos! I love the layout of your reviews and how you pick apart every aspect of a polish!

  59. Lisa Foster

    I visit Swatch N Learn because I’m a crazy nail polish lady, and I love to see swatches of polish and reviews before I make purchasing decisions.

  60. Jenny

    I follow your blog because the swatches are great and you are honest! It’s an awesome blog and I love nailpolish and I know that you will have so many of the polishes that I am thinking about buying and I will get great pictures, an honest review and honestly, you seem like a great person and that makes the posts fun to read. 🙂
    I lost all of my links that I had bookmarked about two years ago, and your blog was one of my bookmarks and it took me months to find my way back because while I knew that this was one of the best blogs that I could follow, I couldn’t remember the link! But, as you can see, I found my way back and while many of my bookmarks are gone forever I found the important ones again.

  61. Justina

    I’m new to your blog, having found it through your giveaway on IG. I really look forward to seeing more of your nail art!

  62. Ariadna

    Congratulations on your anniversary!! I love reading your blog because of your swatches and honest reviews. I also appreciate how many photos you take in different types of lighting, it really helps decide which color would suit me best. Thanks for all your hard work and honesty!!

  63. DJ

    Congrats love! I visit your blog all the time because you swatch all the polishes I’m interested in! And I love that you always have something good to say about the nail polish! Plus, your photos are great and true to color.

    1. DJ

      Also, I think you have such interesting taste in polish, and you and I also have the same taste. I think your absolutely hilarious when I read some of your descriptions when talking about colors. And I love that you have oval nails because a lot of people don’t normal have them, I know that may sound biased, but still.

  64. Jessica

    Darn it, I’ve been looking forward to nasal kazoo lessons for the longest time! Haha just kidding :D. In all seriousness, I’m glad you don’t do those kinds of random sponsored posts because I’ve found them pretty annoying on other blogs. Thanks for all the hard work you do to keep Swatch and Learn awesome!

    Oh, and I visit because I like your writing style a lot. Your reviews are always so fun to read!

  65. Desiree

    So, I had come across your blog a few times, since I am a nail polish junkie. 🙂 I had read before and, while I like your candour, I usually need a specific reason to actively follow a blog. It wasn’t until, one day, I realized that you were Canadian that I bookmarked your blog. Firstly, you review things that are relevant to me since we are likely to have access to the same things. Secondly, while I do follow some non-Canadians, I do prefer to support my fellow Canucks. But, lastly, I was reading comments on something one day and someone was criticizing your nails, and you responded with something along the lines of, “they are not perfect, but I believe in happiness over perfection and I’m happy with how they look”. That alone was probably enough to get me to start coming back to read. 🙂 I agree with you and I’m so happy you believe in yourself enough to say it! Thanks for doing this blog and congratulations on five years!

  66. Stacie

    Great website, super informative and great writing. You obviously are thankful for your followers 🙂 good read.

  67. Katy

    Wow! Congrats! I can’t believe you’ve been around for five years! Crazy! I can’t imagine doing a blog, much less a nail blog! Every time I’m halfway tempted I just look around at my favorites and slap myself back to the reality of just how. Much. Time. You guys put into this.

    I visit for swatches and stay for your humor. 🙂

  68. Charlotte

    Awesome inspiration for nailart, and good place to see shades of a polish I’d consider buying 🙂
    Keep up the good work!

  69. Joyce

    Why do I visit Swatch and Learn? Basically because you’re the very first link in Google when I searched for more info on this totally unknown to me brand OPI (way back when we had to walk 40 miles up hill in thunderstorms and on bare foot to get to school, you remember those times, right? 😉 ) You were my portal into the world of polish and blogging and when I found out about Google Reader (and later Bloglovin) it was only natural to add you as a blog I wanted to follow as I love your swatches and your reviews, and even better: the way you interact with us readers and make us feel like we’re friends with a weird hobby 😉
    Joyce recently posted: Neon dots skittlette

  70. Stella

    Congratulations Mary! Wow, 5 years, kudos! 🙂

    I like to visit your site because your posts are always cheerful and make me feel good. I also love looking at your nail tutorial photos. Loved the lady-bug one 🙂

    Thank you so much for the fantastic giveaway! fingers crossed 😉

  71. Julia

    Hi Mary.

    I first discovered your blog about three years ago when I first got into nail polish, and it’s still one of my favorites today! I can really see that you try to be completely genuine in your reviews, which are still some of the most detailed ones I’ve seen. I appreciate how positive you are and how much effort you put into blogging, and I hope you will continue for many years to come!

    Thanks for the giveaway, and happy blogiversary!

  72. Sarah

    You were one of the first blogs I read back in the days of my first blog. I love your in-depth reviews and the fact that you’re so down to earth. I also really love the fact that you’ve been blogging for a long time, so I can usually check here for reviews on older collections before purchasing. I hope you have a great blogiversary… and thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  73. Amanda Lawson

    I visit for your blog posts, duh! xD I may not visit alot because being a mother to a diva aka Princess 3 year old distracts me at times, I love coming here for your swatches and all. I love your swatches and nail shape, there is just something about your swatches/nail shape that I never seen with anyone else and I love that. Congrats on 5 years and here is to many more! 😀 Thanks for the chance! <3

  74. Julia

    I visit for the swatches and the descriptions of the polishes…I always find it hard to put them into words. Thanks for the blog and giveaway!

  75. Diane M Gooding

    Honestly…I just heard about your blog. But I am a nail polish freak for sure, And I just read everything you wrote in this post…and you seem to be very genuine. I like that in a blog 🙂

  76. Megan G

    Huge congrats on 5 years…that is SO amazing!!! I come to your blog for your amazing swatches, and your honest reviews! The press releases are pretty awesome too 🙂

  77. Shilpa Shetty

    I love your nail polish reviews and pictures,.. Most of the Nail polish brands you review are not available in my country. So I stalk and enjoy seeing your reviews and nailart pictures. I too have a small nail polish collection now, but have not tried any nail art yet. I will be doing that very soon. I want to try your “Blue Fiend Nails”. I got the almost similar nail polishes, will be trying the nail art soon,… Wish me good luck 🙂

  78. Priyanka

    I really love your posts.I can relate your posts in my day to day doings buying things doing d.I.y etc.I like the way you are so straight forward and constantly renewing facts thru out the blog making it easy for ppl like me Whu love to read your views
    I really would like to try your styled nail art this time.wish me luck this tym.


  79. anne

    I love your blog for your in depth reviews, great swatches in different lighting situations, and your silly sense of humor! Happy 5th Anniversary and keep up the great work!

  80. Debra

    I read your blog, #1 reason is your humor. You are very witty and funny. I also love to learn from you. Thanks for this giveaway. Congrats to you. Keep on blogging please. My life would be emptier without you.

  81. kuikentje

    congrats! 😀 and love your blog because you review lot of oplishes that aren’t on other blogs 🙂

  82. Tanya

    Congratulations Mary! I read your blog because I appreciate your thorough reviews and that you’ve maintained your integrity over all these years. I also like consistency and your posts have the same pattern. I follow you on IG because I like your swatches and posts about your hometown. 🙂 Last, your collaboration shade with Pretty Serious is the best I think of all 6 shades, you must have some imagination.

  83. Gabrielle

    Hello! I love seeing all of your swatches, I can’t say that my wallet shares the same sentiment. Haha

  84. Daria

    I love swatchandlearn❤️ many useful and truthful swatches , concise and clear! feedback is not only popular products , but also for rare and difficult here – in Russia), follow the updates for a long time , and I still swatchandlearn not let ! Thank you for such hard work!

  85. Marisa

    Congratulations on your 5th blogiversary!! I visit because, hello, rainbows and sparkles and unicorns… 😀
    But in all seriousness, I’m obsessed with polish, and I always appreciate a review from someone who knows what’s up 😉

  86. Calie

    I read because you’re honest and genuine in your posting and clearly not doing it for the “perks”.

  87. Gen

    I visit your blog often for your swatches of thes newest polish collections, you seem to some before others do and I love seeing them before buying.

  88. Kathryn Howard

    Happy Blogiversary! I visit Swatch and Learn because because of your amazing swatches and review.

  89. Natashia

    Congrats on the 5 year anniversary of Swatch and Learn! I love the clear and concise reviews of polishes and your stunning photographs help me make my shopping decisions! An added bonus is that you’re Canadian so I see polishes that I can actually get my hands on!

  90. Lacqueerisa

    Congratulations on 5 years anniversary! And thank you so much for keeping this place ads free 🙂 And in-line with beauty topics. I really appreciate it! Your time and efforts on this blog :)! I hope you will always be blogging! :DD And thanks for this giveaway, and a chance to win the polishes that are your favourites! To more good times ahead! ♥

  91. Anet

    I visit your blog because I can find detailed reviews of nail polishes, where I discover all I need to know about that polish and therefore decide if it’s worth buying or not. And even if it is not for that purpose I still enjoy reading your articles and look at the swatches 🙂

  92. Angela S

    Happy 5th Blogaversary! I wish I could say I’ve been here since the very beginning, but I’m sad to say I haven’t. I found Swatch and Learn just about 2 years ago through a contest link, of all things, lol. I learned so much that I came back over and over again. 🙂 I hope that you continue to love blogging as much as you always have so you can continue this wonderful blog.
    Angela S recently posted: Post explaining why I’ve been gone is coming soon….

  93. Alona Y

    I visit your blog because I love being introduced to new polishes and new indie brands that I haven’t heard of!

  94. Stacy

    Happy anniversary! I found your blog by looking for a review for a specific polish. I don’t remember which. I enjoy your style, reviews and revisits so I have added your blog to my feedly so I never miss it!

    Also, the polish you designed is beautiful and very similar to what I imagine if I was ever given the opportunity.

  95. Danijela

    Congratulations!!!Love the giveaway,so generous of you.Love the swatches and reviews,always the best!Thank you for the chance to win this lovely package.

  96. Nataile Brown

    Happy Bloganniversary! I visit your blog because I’m a nail polish collector (hoarder) and am always looking for new and pretty shades to try out. You feature so many great brands and your swatches are gorgeous. Thank-you for the time you put into getting the new info. and swatches for me. 🙂

  97. Astrid

    Congrats on the anniversary! You post great information up here, which is why I like coming to your blog.

  98. veronica torres

    love seeing some of the nail art you do, i use it as inspiration for my own nails. also seeing the swatches you post is really informative .

  99. Kat

    Love that the way you write is sooo personal, like you really like what you are doing (as opposed to some generic reviews in other blogs). and your photos are great! I can only wish to do my nails like yours, I am nowhere near

  100. Kelley Moore

    Congratulations !!!!
    I love your blog because of great swatches and reviews that are honest and real!!!

  101. Rachel Beltz

    I read your blog on the regular because I genuinely enjoy you as a blogger :’) I love the humor and honesty that you put into your posts; it makes reading your blog so much more personal. I don’t know if that’s creepy… but it’s just weird. Your blog does something for me that other beauty blogs can’t. Plus, you have perfect swatches; before I die I hope to be able to apply polish at least half as good as you can! Ohh! And one last thing I love- I love the design. I can’t ever come here and leave with a bad mood!!!

  102. Lia Rojas

    to be honest I came here for the giveaway, after reading the entire description, I have reviewed several of your posts, you seem to be a very genuine person, your style of writing has captured my attention, is very appealing and honest, I really think that no matter if I win or not your giveaway, I’m so glad that we crossed paths because your blog is awesome, congratulations! Happy Blogiversary Mary, blessings and greetings from Peru 🙂

  103. Michaela K

    Congratulations and thanks for an awesome giveaway to celebrate! I follow your blog because the name really attracted me. Once I read a few posts, I fell in love with your swatches and I’ve learned from them as well. You swatch and I learn! Thank you for all the hard work that goes into each post. I appreciate them!

  104. Serena Debolt

    I visit for the tutorials that don’t have alot of yapping in them, like some I have watched. I don’t want to hear your opinion on Cecil the Lion, I want to learn how to make my nails look better.

  105. Elle

    I’ve been following you on Bloglovin for a while and love the swatches and reviews you do of different shades.

  106. Irena

    I love your amazing swatches and your style! Congratulations on 5 years of blogging!
    Thank you for the chance!

  107. Rebecca

    Congrats! I love your blog!!! You do great swatches, and I am currently obsessed with polish since I’m trying to quit biting my nails..I check in daily. Thanks for the giveaway!

  108. MichelleH

    Happy 5th! That’s very exciting!

    I love reading your reviews. Your swatches and photos are clear so I get a real feel for the color. Your reviews are honest (‘great coverage’ or ‘took 4 coats to smooth out’) so I know what the formula is like. Your reviews are the next best thing to swatching myself!

  109. KateR

    Congrats on 5 years!! I love coming to your site because you’re a Canadian woman like me and because I like your nail swatches!

  110. Mel

    I recently discovered your blog and fell in love with it. As a nail enthusiast, I appreciate your advice and knowledge! Great job on your five years of sharing your passion with the world!

  111. Marnie G (Derrick Todd)

    Congrats on your 5th anniversary! I’m a new follower and was directed to your blog from Beauty Info Zone.

  112. Sigal b

    Awesome!! ❤️ congrats on 5 YEARS !!!! This is amazing you must be addicted to fashion if you’re have this blog for so many time.
    Hope to win the giveaway:)

  113. Rabia Akhter

    Congratulations on 5 years! I love nail colors & your swatches superb <3
    Thank you for the colorfull giveaway 😉

  114. louise b

    Happy blogiversary!
    This is the first time i have visited your website and i love the nail polish you designed.

  115. Gareth

    Well Mary, what started as a little acorn, is well on the way to becoming a mighty oak 😉
    What I love is the manner in which you reply to everyone who comments is so personal. You truly are a super special blogger!
    World domination will soon be yours (insert generic super villlan laughter here) 😛

    Thanks for the opportunity to mimic your favourite manicures from your blogiverse journey!

    Keep on Swatchin’

  116. jazmin

    i enoy your blog because its good quality plus you have a beautiful personality. oh and of course I love nail polish lol

  117. debbie

    Im a new like but I like your refreshing honest reviews and light hearted appraoch congrats on the milestone

  118. Astrida

    I LOVE to see your blog design, it’s so beauty , I think! and every single time I visited this adorable blog, there are many brand new nailart that looks stunning !I LOVE IT! I love your own nail polish called pretty seriuos,! seriously I am too , your creation is awesome so, that’s why I love to visit your blog, thanks 😀

  119. Katie M

    Happy blogiversary! The reason I keep coming back to your blog is because you write in such an entertaining way. Your “voice” is genuine, playful, and optimistic. 🙂 I like having positive voices in my life.

  120. DeAnna Keller

    I’m a fan of your blog because I am obsessed with nail polish, and I enjoy your reviews, Congrats on your blogiversary!

  121. Doreen Lamoureux

    I subscribe to International Giveaway and this is how I found you. Happy Anniversary. Great review on the polish and thanks so much for the giveaway Going to look for your subscribe by email link so I can get your updates daily.

  122. Ellen Mae Barrientos

    Congratulations on your 5th year BloG ANNIVERSARY. I visit your blog because i like thing that are beautiful,plus the fact that you have concern for your readers is a plus

  123. Nina

    I found your blog when I was looking for a good base coat nail polish and I’ve stayed because of awesome swatches that help me decide what polish I want to get next!

    Congrats on your anniversary, i hope you’ll always have fun writing about the things you love!

  124. Tracy D

    I came across your blog when looking up a particular polish, and kept coming back! I think you love nails as much as I do! :). Congrats on the blogaversary!

  125. Tzenh Papa

    Happy blogiversary! I just subscribe to International Giveaway and this is how I found you. I am reading now your posts. I loved your writing and the very good photos and swatches you have. I have subscribed to your blog so that i don’t miss anything

  126. Zsuzsa Vámosi

    I’ve found your blog on Giveawayroute. I really love nail polishes.Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  127. Irem Tanriver

    I have found this blog on giveawayroute. i love nail polishes and i really liked your reviews. great giveaway, btw.

  128. Kelly gallagher

    Thanks for doing this! I’m so glad you’ve gained so many wonderful opportunities but have stayed loyal to your readers! I love your blog to check out new shades (like the opi shine line!), and to get some great nailspiration. Thanks for all you do girlie, keep up the good work! Xo

  129. Emily W.

    Happy Blogiversary!! I visit Swatch and Learn because all of my friends inform me I have an obsession with nail art and nail polish and I appreciate others who love it as much as I do 🙂

  130. Susana Barral

    Congratulations! I adore your blog because you post the best swatches and reviews. I love your attention to detail, and your pictures are fantastic!

  131. Erin Hart

    Five years?! Wow, I think I’ve been following you on Instagram/Facebook for two years now. I love that your blog isn’t always about nail polish, it’s about all things beauty! I love that you always have the new collections, swatches and photos before anyone else!!! Thanks so much for being awesome and continuing your blog 🙂

  132. Rachel

    I love your blog because you don’t just swatch the polish, you actually wear it. So your comments on wear-time are so helpful. Plus I love the brands you wear. Thank you for doing this for 5 years!

  133. Cheryl

    Happy Anniversary! I visit your blog (and have RSS feed) because I love seeing the latest nailpolish collections and you always seem to have them first! Xoxo

  134. Leanie

    I’ve only recently came across your blog while I was searching on the internet and I only noticed today about your give away. I’m working at this precise moment on our church site to promote our fete that we are having and I feel like crap…tired! I totally hate it when I get the information at number 99 and everything must be so quick as possible. Enough said. Thank you for this awesome prize that you are handing out to your readers. I hope that your blog will go from strength to strength!
    Leanie recently posted: Day 31: mynailsandmyperfume #omd3nails


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