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Reader Requested Nail Art Tutorial: Violet Beauregarde Nails

Violet Beauregard Nails Nail Art Tutorial & PhotosOne of my readers, Annika, e-mailed me her ideas for a Violet Beauregarde nail design and asked if I could do a nail tutorial based on the character from the original 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory character.

Since I haven’t done freehand nail art in some time, I thought I’d give it a go.

You’ll remember that Violet was the one who chewed the same piece of gum for a long time. And when at the factory, she can’t resist trying the new chewing gum that Willy Wonka has come up with that includes flavours such as appetizers, main courses, and even desserts!

Haha, she grows bigger and bigger, turning blue/violet as the seconds pass! Finally, the Oompa Loompas have to take her to the Juicing Room to squeeze it all out.

Here is my version of Violet Beauregarde Nails.

Instead of making the buckle sideways on the red belt, I wanted to give it a twist, so I painted them very similar to the buckles in the Santa Nails I did before on here.

If you want to take a completely literal and accurate approach, paint the red belt and buckles horizontally.

In this post, I’ll show you more photos of this quick design as well as step-by-step instructions with photos for how to recreate it.

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Nail Art Tutorial: Football Nails

Football Nails Nail Art Tutorial & PicturesWow, last night’s Super Bowl game was crazy intense just like Beyonce’s Half Time performance! (And it was really cool to see Destiny’s Child reunite!)

With the lights going out in the second half and the close scores in the final minutes, I was on the edge of my seat!

Touch dowwwnnnn! (Sorry, I just had to say that somewhere in this post!)

This was the first Super Bowl that I ever watched the majority of, and boy did I pick a good one! This was really exciting, even for someone like me who doesn’t follow football.

On game day, I was sporting these Football Nails! I rushed to whip them up, and they’re so simple, anyone can recreate them. Plus you only need 3 different colours. It’s a great look for someone who doesn’t have patience to do more a more complicated nail design.

So…the Baltimore Ravens won! I’m neither a fan of the Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers, so I knew I’d be happy for whoever won. But I know that a lot of people were really disappointed because the 49ers were the favourites. (In a way, though, I’m a little glad that the Ravens won just because the 49ers won more Super Bowls. It’s nice when the underdog wins.)

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Nubar Foundation Base Coat Review & Pictures

Nubar Foundation Base Coat Review & PhotosYou’re used to seeing me review various nail-polish shades and dabble into the fun world of nail art, but it’s always important to remember that what you use to prime your nails is what can make or break your manicure.

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you may have noticed that I like to try different base coats, but I prefer to use each one for a long while (until I use it up) before I move on and try another.

This time, I have a review on the impressive Nubar Foundation Base Coat! While I literally have dozens of different base coats, this one is my new top pick.

Let me tell you more about it!

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Giveaway: Win a Set of 8 Nubar Nail Polishes!

Nubar Giveaway SwatchAndLearn NailPolishCanadaUpdate: Kelley replied to my e-mail on June 9th. The giveaway is officially closed. Thanks to everyone for participating!

Edit: The winner of my Nubar giveaway is…….KELLEY! Congratulations! 😀 Please check your e-mail and reply within 48 hours to claim your prize! (I e-mailed you on June 7th at 9 pm Eastern.)


It has been a little while since my last giveaway, and I wanted to do something special for you because your support and encouragement means the world to me.

If you’ve been following Swatch And Learn for months, you’ll know that I’ve had great experiences working with NailPolishCanada in the past. So, naturally, I decided to reach out to them and see if we could team up again for an upcoming giveaway.

They were extremely generous! Take a deep breath! Get ready to scream at the top of your lungs!

NailPolishCanada offered an entire set of nail polishes for one lucky winner! *SCREAMS* 😉 And it gets cooler. They allowed me to choose from an awesome list of polish sets. I decided to give away a Nubar 8-piece set because I know how tricky Nubar is to get hold of. Plus they’re a brand that I absolutely adore!

And to put the icing on the cake, I asked NailPolishCanada if the winner could choose exactly which Nubar set they’d receive – YES! 🙂

Please carefully read the rest of this post for the important details on how to enter!

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Nubar Opulent Pearl Swatches & Review (Layered Over Zoya Yasmeen)

Nubar Opulent Pearl Swatches & ReviewWhile it’s not really new, the flakie nail-polish craze is still going on strong.

Although I didn’t pick up any of the popular FingerPaints ones, I did rummage through my nail-polish stash for a pretty flakie.

I found Nubar Opulent Pearl! Oddly, this is the first time that I’ve worn it. It was in a drawer at the back of my Ikea Helmer. (You can run, but you can’t hide!)

At that time, I was still enjoying Zoya Yasmeen as a manicure. After a little while, I decided to slap on 2 coats of Nubar Opulent Pearl to see how it would look.

Here’s the result!

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Nubar Midnight Glory Swatches & Review

Nubar Midnight Glory Swatches & ReviewRecently, I found out that my sister-in-law is pregnant again, but this time with a baby girl!

Although every child is a blessing, I am extremely thrilled that the XX chromosomes were triumphant.

When I heard the news, I was picturing her growing old enough for me to paint her tiny nails.

I would totally bust out all my cutest nail polishes and also give her adorable Konadicures. Guess it’s weird how I’m already thinking up designs for her since she’s not even born, but I can’t help it! I’m excited!

To commemorate my soon-to-be niece, I wanted to wear a pink polish…but, well, you all know how I feel about most pinks on me. So, instead, I decided to wear Nubar Midnight Glory, which flashes pink. And, I guess the blue can represent my little-but-always-getting-bigger nephew, who is a cutie.

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Nubar Raspberry Truffle Swatches & Review

Sunlight Raspberry Truffle Nubar Swatch & ReviewAny nailphiles out there who are also chocoholics? Nubar Raspberry Truffle is for you! 😉

I like small portions of chocolate. If I eat a lot, I just get tired of the flavour. Maybe that’s odd. I definitely know more people who can really gobble up large amounts of the yummy treat.

One of my ex-boyfriends is a chocolate fiend. You know how dense and rich truffles are? Well, this guy made homemade truffles…the size of hamburgers! It was really gross…haha! (I had to drink an entire glass of water after eating just one mouthful of the intensely chocolatey one he made me.)

Lately, I’ve been feeling golds and browns more. Raspberry Truffle was one that I wanted to try ever since I bought it a year or so ago, but just didn’t get around to it because green polishes were beckoning to me. (I know that hearing voices isn’t normal. 😉 But what if they come from nail polish? Isn’t that better?)

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