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The Best of 2012

The Best of 2012Another year is coming to a close! Are you ready to see what 2013 brings?

What you probably didn’t know is that in 2012, I faced a lot of stressful issues in my personal life that caused me great emotional pain.

Blogging and interacting with you helped me push through it instead of giving up.

If you’ve been following Swatch And Learn for even a little while, I hope it’s evident that blogging and interacting with readers bring me a lot of happiness. Yes, it is hard work and very challenging to keep up, but I’m not the type of person who’s afraid of pulling up my sleeves to get things done.

Thank you for listening to what I think and for valuing my opinion, post after post and tweet after tweet. That is a big compliment!

Most of all, thank you, dear readers, for being encouraging and kind as well as for cracking the much-needed joke.

You remind me that genuinely good people are still out there. I needed that reminder, and you gave it to me in spades!

So, while in this post I list the best of 2012 in terms of nail polish, nail art, etc., I want you to know that Swatch And Learn readers are really the best of 2012!

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SpaRitual Break of Dawn Swatches & Review

SpaRitual-Break-of-Dawn-Swatches-ReviewHere’s SpaRitual Break of Dawn, a brilliant red that’s from last year’s holiday collection called Twinkle.

You may remember a while ago, I posted a Haul of Shame post on the colours I picked up. This was one of them.

At first glance, it looks like any other amazing red nail polish (there are many of them on the market, especially around Christmas!), but don’t judge this polish completely until you see it in person and in the sunlight.

It’s far more interesting than it first appears, and unfortunately, I had some difficulty capturing all its glory with my camera, even in the sunlight photos. But, when I say that it’s amazing, I don’t say it lightly. You know that I’m not the biggest red nail-polish fan, but this one is now one of my favourite reds.

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SpaRitual Shooting Star Swatches & Review

SpaRitual-Shooting-Star-Swatches-Review-Pictures-PhotosToday’s focus is on SpaRitual Shooting Star. I’m not sure why it’s named that since when most people conjure up mental images of stars and the galaxy, blue springs to mind more than purple.

Nevertheless, Shooting Star is a colour that shoots for the moon and lands among the stars. It’s a looker! (My photos don’t do it any justice. In person, it’s prettier.)

If you have this one, I suggest wearing it on a sunny day because that’s when the amazing shimmer really shines through and works its magic like a nail-polish Houdini.

It’s vampy and seems like it’s lit from within, which makes this polish a pleasure to wear!

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My Top 5 Favourite Greens

My Top 5 Favourite GreensFor a while, I’ve been wanting to share My Top 5 Favourite Greens with you all. And, during the past year, quite a few of you have asked me to do so. I’m finally getting around to it! 😀

As you know, green nail polish is my weakness. It’s my comfort colour. It’s what I can’t seem to get sick of wearing. It’s love, but also lust. 😉

It was really tough to whittle it down and to just pick 5, but I did it. (Haha, watch, right after I publish this, I’m going to have a moment where I go, “Ahhh! I forgot to include [insert the name of a green polish here]!”

Come see what made the cut.

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SpaRitual Earth Matters Swatches & Review

SpaRitual Earth Matters Swatches & ReviewAhhh, yes! I’m back to wearing a colour that’s totally in my comfort zone. My how I’ve missed you, Green! It’s ludicrous how I went so long without sporting my favourite colour.

Now all is right with the world. 😉 *Content sigh*

SpaRitual Earth Matters is from the 2011 Earth Day Duo that I had to buy from the minute I laid eyes on it.

This glitter polish is a winner in my book, and if you stumble across it, I strongly recommend you purchase it. Earth Matters has made it in my Top 10 Green Nail Polish List…and considering that I have tons of greens, that’s saying something!

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Haul of Shame: SpaRitual Nail Polishes

SpaRitual Nail Polish Haul of Shame PicturesSpaRitual is a brand of polish that seems so luxurious. I really like the packaging and the rubberized handle.

Normally I don’t buy SpaRitual nail polishes because they were harder to get hold of (at least for me). However, they’re now available at Sephora, so more people should be able to try them out. 🙂

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SpaRitual Unconditional Love Review & Swatches

** This post was written by Fiona. She no longer blogs for Swatch And Learn. However, Mary still continues to blog and will be happy to reply to your comment. **

When I do my nails, I can’t ever just throw on any ol’ color. Oh, no. It involves a process. Do I feel feminine, dark, mysterious, sexy, daring, bold…? Once I decide, then I choose a color to go with that mood. And then I have to make sure the finish on that hue is juuuust right.

SpaRitual Unconditional Love will be a shade I wear when I’m feeling slightly luxurious and decadent. The shade is a mix of bronze and pink gold with a metallic-y finish that makes it look like foil. Check out the swatches to see just what I mean! Continue reading