My Biggest Win EVER:

Hello Lovely Ladies:

Today’s post is dedicated to Nail Polish Canada and to all of YOU!

For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Twitter, you will already have seen my posts of excitement announcing that I won the final prize in the Nail Polish Canada Christmas Challenge; a Prize worth over $450.00!!!!!

(Maya and Jackson sharing in the excitement of all the beautiful bottles of polish!)

You know how there are people who seem to win all the time?Β  Well, I’m not one of them πŸ˜‰

I’m one of those who very rarely win; even back in elementary school where we played round after round of Bingo for colorful pencils, I NEVER won!Β  This win is HUGE for me not only because of the AMAZING prize, but because I built up the courage to enter all three rounds of the challenge (fueled by YOUR amazing and constant support and encouragement):

Week 1- Snowflake Manicure

Week 2 – Present/Gift Manicure

Week 3 – Christmas Tree Trimmings Manicure

* The final prize was up for grabs to anyone who entered all three weeks of the Christmas Challenge; five finalist were chosen by the staff, and voting was opened only to those who entered at least one week of the challenge.

I want to show you some photos of THE PRIZE (it deserves capital letters πŸ˜‰ ), not as a means to brag (and I hope it doesn’t come across as such), but as a way to show my gratitute, to look back at the latest 2012 collections from various brands, and a way to show you some of the shades I hope to feature very soon in the first few weeks of 2013 (I would love your advice/opinion/preferences of what you would like to see first πŸ˜‰ ):

* Zoya 3pc Gilty Pleasures Set w/ real 18K topcoat *

Β * Zoya 6pc Ornate Holiday CollectionΒ *

I am sooo very excited for Electra the silver holo bar glitter and Ziv the gold one. πŸ˜‰Β  Storm has me quite curious too- I wear a lot of black this time of year and this scattered holo black will be a lovely addition to my manicures.

* OPI 12pc James Bond (Skyfall) Holiday Collection *

WOW right!?!?!Β  All twelve shades!!!Β  I had been eyeing On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and kept putting it back… now I am sooo excited to welcome it into my Helmer πŸ˜‰ … but all of these are soo pretty IRL! πŸ˜‰

* China Glaze 12pc Holiday Joy Collection *

Glitter!!!!!!! Where do I even begin with these?Β  I’m mesmerized by the sparkle and I sure love a glittery accent nail! And while I am not a huge fan of darker blue/metallic shades Blue Bells Ring is going at the top of my to-try list!

* Essie 6pc Winter 2012 Collection *

Gosh, Essie shades sure have gotten really lovely in 2012! I walk past the Essie endcap each time I go to my local Superstore and I will admit (no shame here) that I stop each time and look at the pretty shades in this collection- but with Christmas I had to keep scolding myself and saying “no Marta!Β  You have to hold off on these”… I looooove these all sooo much.Β  Especially Where’s My Chauffeur? , Buttler Please and Beyond Cozy… now if only I could find my maid so that I can sit back and paint my nails πŸ˜‰

* Butter London 5pc Holiday 2012 Collection *

I consider Butter London a higher-end brand because of their price… and here FIVE of these lovelies arrived at my door.Β  I am most excited to try Scuppered.

So there you have it… the Biggest Win of my life πŸ˜€

And while I’m tooting my own horn of success, πŸ˜‰ do you recall my “GIFT MANICURE” entry? …

… and my Christmas Wish for a Tiffany Bracelet… well, Santa Peter πŸ˜‰ was very good to me πŸ˜‰

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Thank you for sharing in this very exciting moment in my nail-polish life πŸ˜‰

And if you would like a sneak peek of what Chit Chat Nails looks like in action, with a house full of eager “helpers”… check out this home video taken while I photographed these bottles πŸ˜‰

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Have you ever won anything that had you jumping with excitement?

What was your favorite shade of 2012!?


  • Stacy Plowman-Pennock

    WOW!! Congrats again, as I said before you really deserved it! What a FABULOUS prize package, you’re going to be swatching for months! πŸ˜€

  • Holy dang, congratulations!! Wow, THE PRIZE absolutely deserves its capital letters!

  • wow! Congratulations… You deserve the best πŸ™‚

  • PolishMad

    First of all: Happy new year! Sooo ΓΌber happy for you that you won <3
    Did you already have some of them? are they all new?
    Little selfish thought here: hope these new colors will insipre you to continue blogging for us… haha πŸ™‚
    And wow! great to see your light "box" setup… sooo pro!

  • Ooo you got China Glaze Glistening Snow ! I got it for myself for Christmas and it’s gorgeous !! I love your light box setup with the little helpers, they are SO adorable ! (And Jackson looks so willing to help you ! So sweet ! )

  • Christine Steiner

    You so deserved to win this contest – I am VERY happy for you!!! So far I havn’t won anything remarkable – I think a set of bowls was the most useful and plain ugly – that was at a lottery in our village ;-). The bracelet is wonderful :-). My absolute favorites? So hard to name – either RBL Aqua Lily or Butter London Two Fingered Salute. But I had a list of 20 polishes :-S and could not get anywhere below πŸ˜‰

  • Jamie Willett

    WOW!!! Congratulations!! That is a prize of epic proportions! πŸ™‚

  • coraline humbert

    that’s a fabulous prize and i’m so glad for you ! You deserve it, all your manis are perfect and you ‘re a great girl. Your kids are so lovvvvvely!

  • Congrats babe, you deserve it!

  • Irena PoΕΎin

    Congratulations….you deserved it πŸ™‚

  • rn t

    OMG congratulations! I’m so happy for you πŸ™‚

  • Gosh I’m so envious and happy for you at the same time! ;)))

  • congratulations!!! you TOTALLY deserve to win (honestly)! I voted for snowflake and christmas tree πŸ™‚ would you show your bracelet? πŸ™‚ and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of purple manis out there.. so I’m quite curious what you would do with that pretty sparkly purple zoya polish πŸ™‚

  • Raquel Mason

    What a prize box that was! Congrats on the win & I am sure you’re dreaming of all the wonderful polishes. Thanks for showing the cute video of the photo process, you always have such great photos & I liked seeing how it’s done.

  • MariJo Nails

    Wow!!!!! That’s so awesome. Congrats Marta!

  • Congratulations, Marta. You definitely had my vote for that great prize. I loved all your manis so much in that contest that I didn’t even need to click back through to refresh my memory; their beauty was burned on my brain. I just bought a couple of my favorites from Zoya Ornate, but I was tossing around the idea of getting Ziv too, so that would be a shade that I’d love to see on you.

  • omg, great prize πŸ™‚ Happy new year!

  • WOW! Congrats Marta! πŸ™‚ I voted for you, you so deserve this! I’m also so jealous!

  • Wow! What a prize! Congratulations–you totally deserved it, your manis are always just stunning! <3

  • Emer Fleming

    Congrats Marta , you deserved it , but seriously I just love that video – it reminds me of my house and we all watched it a few times it was so good, My little boy is just like Jackson for helping – he opens all my nail mail and takes great pride in it . Aren’t they adorable

  • Congratulations, this is a really great prize! And you deserved it with your beautiful manis πŸ™‚

  • Wooooow ! I am so happy for you !! πŸ˜€ That is a wonderful gift ! But you deserved it ! πŸ˜‰

    I am a little like you : I never won anything… It is not a big deal…! ^^ I keep trying and maybe one day ! :p

    The video is soooo cute ! And your little ones must be very proud of their Mom ! πŸ™‚

  • that’s really THE PRIZE, congrats πŸ˜€
    love your little helpers *.*

  • WOW!!!! How exciting. Y ou seriously deserved to win, your mani’s are always so beautiful & flawless.

  • Neelie

    Wow congratz on this huuuge win! Well deserved is how I see it! The prize is amazing! Winning is also something that seems to never happen to me, so I was jumping with excitement when I won 2nd place in your Skittlette Contest!! πŸ˜€

  • Love the title of your video “Chit Chat Nail Employee’s” so cute! Your kids are to stinking cute!

    I have a feeling your going to love Scuppered, cause it is a stunning polish! But looks like your going to love a lot more than just that one, there are some awesome polishes here! Congrats again on the win!

  • Tina Shirbroun

    No wonder why your pics are so awesome…look at that set up and the cute little employees! Congrats on a well deserved win. How will you ever swatch them all!

  • PolishMadness

    The video is super!!! πŸ˜€ I am so glad for you! This is a really great prize and I’m envious))):D congrats!

  • Anya_WackyLaki

    Congratulation! It is so well deserved and I’m looking forward to seeing the manicure that you create with these πŸ˜€

  • First off: HAPPY NEW YEAR MARTA! (even though a bit late) I wish you ALL the best. Health and happiness for you and your lovely family, many more awesome posts, blogging success (which you more than deserve), more awesome giveaway wins and everything else that slipped my mind <3

    And then: WOOOOOOOW! You deserve this win more than anyone and I did not doubt your win for a second πŸ˜‰ I wanted to let you know my favorite polishes from your "haul" but gave up as realized pretty much everything here is 'my favorite', lol.
    I won a few giveaways already, but nothing TOO big (I once won a glittery Wet'n'Wild collection – 8 polishes), until I realized I was one of the winners in YOUR contest. That made me squeeeeeeeeeee and I really was jumping out of excitement. I really wanted a proper pack of stamping plates so it's a huge dream come true πŸ™‚

  • Kayla Angus

    Congratulations!! You totally deserve this!! I am so excited to see the looks you create with all your new polish!!

    Happy New Year!!

  • Chameleon Stampede

    Wow! Congrats!

  • Oh my gosh that time lapse video is too cute!

  • Wow O Wow! what a loot! Honestly you deserve it!!!!! I have a few of the zoyas, the 3trio, and the purple holo glitter (Aurora?) anyways my sister and I LOVE that purple glitter (it resides with her atm). I can’t wait to see your butter london swatches! I’ve been turnd off the brands thanks to disco bisicuit, but have been hearing really amazing things about the collection you just got!!! All I can say is that I’m crazy excited for whats in store πŸ™‚

  • Erica McCabe

    Wow!! First off, CONGRATULATIONS MARTA!!!! You so deserve every one of those prizes, I am so happy that you were the grand prize winner πŸ˜€ I love all of your manis so much, and I can’t wait to see what you can do with all of these!
    I love the video you have of your little helpers, that is so cute! I also would LOVE to have a photo station like you do πŸ™‚

  • Sonal

    congrats marta!! this is massive!