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OPI Iceland Collection Swatches

OPI Iceland Collection Swatches

It’s been so long since I posted that I feel rusty. Pass me the oil can, Tin Man!¬†ūüėČ

Thanks for being patient with me, especially when we live in a society where “instant” isn’t fast enough and people are continuously racing to the finish line.

As you will have noticed, I’ve taken a more relaxed style to blogging compared to what I used to do. It’s mainly because of three reasons: (1) I don’t want to burn out, (2) I’ve been diving deeper into another hobby (the planner world), and (3) I’ve been spending more time with friends and family. I am still passionate about blogging here, so I will continue to share my thoughts (and my nails!) for as long as I can.

Today, I have swatches of the¬†OPI Iceland Collection¬†for Fall/Winter 2017! Autumn’s my favourite season, so I was really excited to try out all the colours.

I appreciate the diverse colours included. There’s something for everyone from the posh grey and slate blue to the retro green and rich brown.

In all of my OPI Iceland Collection swatches, I used two coats to achieve full opacity, except for¬†Reykjavik Has All the Hot Spots (the frosty pink), which required three coats. (This one was my least favourite of the bunch. I’m not a fan of frosty-shimmer finishes that show brushstrokes.)

My top picks from the collection:

  • Less Is Norse¬†– You’ll want more of this medium slate blue.
  • Turn On the Northern Lights!¬†– This dark blue with pink sparkle is lit.
  • Suzi & the Arctic Fox¬†– A vampy blue for foxy nails.

I’m in love with this one because of the name:

  • Check Out the Old Geysirs¬†– Teach an old dog new tricks with this light blue.

The other shades:

  • Icelanded a Bottle of OPI¬†– The nail-polish has landed with this pale taupe.
  • That’s What Friends Are Thor¬†– A dark, earthy brown.
  • I’ll Have a Gin & Tectonic¬†– Pale, classy peachy pink.
  • One Heckla of a Color!¬†– A purple so pretty, it won’t get heckled.
  • Reykjavik Has All the Hot Spots¬†– A sizzling frosty pink.
  • Aurora Berry-alis¬†– ‘Pink’ about this rosy hue.
  • This Isn’t Greenland¬†– A retro green has nails singing Sam Cooke’s¬†“You Send Me.”
  • Krona-logical Order¬†– Get your nails in line with this dark mushroomy taupe.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2017


Wishing you an exciting 2017 that’s full of love, adventures, and great memories!

Remember, it’s not always what the world holds for you, but it’s what you bring to it.

Let’s make every moment count with a fresh start to a new year that will challenge us to achieve personal goals and be our strongest and best! ūüôā

Nail Polishes Shown:

Also, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to each and every single one of you who participated in my Zoya Enchanted Collection worldwide giveaway! ūüôā It ended on December 31, 2016. As stated in the blog post with the giveaway details, I will be announcing the three Zoya Enchanted Collection winners on January 2 or January 3, 2017. Stay tuned, and good luck, everyone!

Disclosure: This post contains press samples provided by PR.


Swatch And Learn’s #2016BestNine

Swatch And Learn Best Nine 2016

As another year draws to a close, it’s a time of reflection about the accomplishments and challenges ¬†that punctuated 2016.

Thank you for joining me on my blogging journey since 2010!

I look forward to sharing more swatches, reviews, and sprinklings of humour in the coming year. I’m excited to plan new goals for 2017 and to see where the ongoing adventure goes!

Because of the support and encouragement from readers like you, I am happy to say that a lot of my blogging dreams have come true in ways that I never imagined! Thank you so much for visiting and for leaving comments.

I have learned a lot from all of you, and I hope that Swatch And Learn has become a place on the internet that provides you with a little sunshine, especially on those difficult days! *Hug* Together, let’s continue to improve and grow while sharing our passion for nail polish. ūüôā

If you’re addicted to Instagram like I am, you no doubt have seen the trend of posting the #2016BestNine collage, which depicts an Instagram user’s nine most-popular images based on the number of likes.

Above is the collage generated by the 2016 Best Nine website, which shows my most-liked images on Instagram.

I am so honoured that, in 2016, I received 59,935 likes on my Instagram!

Also, for my Pinterest for 2016:

  • 1,616,971 people saw my pins
  • 10,422 people saved my pins to their boards
  • 6,170 people clicked my pins

It really floors me, and I’m so pleased that you have been enjoying my photos!

In this post, check out the links. They’ll lead you to the reviews and/or swatches that I published on here earlier, in case you want more information and details about a certain nail polish.

Reminder: Today’s the last day to enter my worldwide giveaway!

Be sure to get your entry in by tonight at 11:59 pm EST for your chance to win my Zoya Enchanted Collection worldwide giveaway! (3 winners! See that blog post for the full details.)

Zoya Enchanted Collection Giveaway

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OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s Collection Swatches & Review

OPI Breakfast at Tiffany's Collection Swatches Review

If you’re a fan of classic films from the 60s, romantic comedies, and iconic stars like Audrey Hepburn like I am, you’ll be squealing for nail joy because the¬†OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s Collection¬†is the latest must-anticipated holiday launch!

With the gift-giving season around the corner, I’ve swatched 12 shades from the collection to help you decide which might make good stocking stuffers for the special nail junkies on your list.

(There are also six Infinite Shine nail polishes in this collection, and I may swatch those at a later date. Let me know if you’d be interested in seeing those.)

I’ve also included the official press release, in case you want to read the colour story behind the polishes.

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OPI Suzi – The First Lady of Nails Swatches & Review

OPI Suzi The First Lady of Nails Swatch Review

OPI Suzi – The First Lady of Nails¬†from the Washington DC Collection is a polarizing geese-poop green. You’ll either love it (like I do), or you’ll think that it’s one of those fugly shades.

Earthy greens like OPI Suzi – The First Lady of Nails is a comfort colour in my manicure repertoire. This is totally a “me” hue, and I’m never at a loss when it comes to pairing it with anything in my wardrobe.

With understated elegance, this olive green commands attention without being flashy, and that’s why I’m drawn to it. It expresses mature sentiment while still offering a youthful twist. This dichotomy intrigues me in nail polish and in general.

P.S. Loyal readers will note my little hiatus. A while back, I broke one of my nails very badly in an unfortunate accident. It was the first time that I had ever done that! My nail tore very deep, halfway down the nail bed horizontally, and it was very painful! It has now grown out past the nail line, so I feel comfortable going forward with swatches. (The swatches of OPI Suzi – The First Lady of Nails in this post were taken before my nail broke. Stay tuned because in the near future, I will have new Zoya and OPI holiday nail swatches!)

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OPI Never a Dulles Moment Swatches & Review

OPI Never a Dulles Moment Swatches Review

OPI Never a Dulles Moment from the Washington DC Collection is the kind of yellow that would make a canary shake its tail feathers while cocking its head to one side to look thoughtful!

Many¬†people shy away from wearing yellow on their nails for fear of looking like they’ve been struck with a severe case of jaundice, but I urge everyone to try it a few times. Once you find the one with the right undertone, it’ll add that boost of ‘cheer’ that turns your half-empty glass into one that’s half-full.

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OPI Yank My Doodle Swatches & Review

OPI Yank My Doodle Swatches Review

Like pumpkin pies and spiced lattes, OPI Yank My Doodle from the Washington DC Collection is sending strong fall vibes!

Advertised as a tawny copper, this creme nail polish features a name that will make the 12-year-old in you giggle.

However, there’s nothing funny about the colour. It’s sophisticated and a departure from many of the hues that I’ve highlighted on the blog before, which is why I’m especially¬†excited to do this review!

This colour is probably one that falls into the ‘granny chic’ category. What can I say? Grannies have good taste!

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