Sunday, May 17, 2015

Island Floral Fun

 Press Sample

The other day a great thing happened–I had a package on my doorstep! I mean everyone loves mail, but this wasn't just ANY mail, this was the new Zoya Summer 2015 collection! I barely got in the door before it was ripped open. The dogs were staring at me like I was a crazy person (I am), but I didn't care, I needed to see them! I have to say, I was not disappointed–I think that this is honestly one of my favorite collections from Zoya in a long time. I immediately swatched them on a nail wheel, and fell in love with Jace, Cecelia, and Talia especially. They complement each other extremely well, and eventually I want to do some nail art with them, but for today, I used Jace, Cecelia, and Nana! (Fun fact: my nickname at my old job in Michigan is Nana. It started out as Grandma, but evolved/shortened into Nana and stuck!)

Zoya Island Fun nail art

I used:

Green: Zoya Jace
Teal: Zoya Cecelia
Pink: Zoya Nana

Topcoat: KB Shimmer Clearly On Top Quick Dry Top Coat


Zoya nail polishes, as always, are free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, and camphor and can be purchased at zoya.com and Ulta and Ulta.com for $9. 

Disclosure: Products in this post were provided for review by the manufacturer. See the legal page disclosure for more information

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Radiant LVXury

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So I feel like a total jerk. I've had these polishes for a while. I got them right before I went into the ICU at the hospital, and actually I used them for a design right away that I never got to post because I DID go into the hospital. These polishes are fantastic! Along with the LVX topcoat, the manicure I did when I first got them lasted over THREE WEEKS. (I was extremely impressed, and with good reason!)

This nail art is a recreation of the nail art I had back when I first got them. I think Oyster is my favorite; it's a light grey that is so opaque that I could've probably gotten away with one coat, but did two to be on the safe side. I love how pigmented these polishes are, and I haven't found a grey yet that I don't love! (Especially if it's a creamy, delightful grey!!)

I'll be reviewing the polishes soon as well, but wanted to share this nail art with you!



I used:

Light Grey: LVX Oyster
Dark Grey: LVX Anthracite
Bright Pink: LVX Cerise

LVX polishes are available at www.shoplvx.com for $16.00

Disclosure: Products in this post were provided for review by the manufacturer. See the legal page disclosure for more information.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Turn on the Water(color)works!

Nothing to Disclose Press Sample

I love finding inspiration in clothing and fabric patterns. I love their repetitive nature, and they often lend themselves well to nail art. :) A while back, they had a sale at work, and I bought this dress with the most beautiful design on the hem of the dress. Not only was the dress only $5, but I had nail inspiration too?! Total twofer! To get the watercolor effect, I painted the shape I wanted, and then while it was still wet, I dabbed it with a q-tip that was soaked in acetone. I'm super excited that the design turned out pretty much exactly how it looked in my head! :)

What's your favorite go-to for nail inspiration? Tell me in the comments below! :)


The actual dress I bought is no longer in stock, but here is a picture of it. It's the StyleStalker Aura dress in Lilac: 



I used:

White: Zoya Purity
Various shades of purples/blues: 


 
Disclosure: Some products in this post were provided for review by the manufacturer. Most were purchased by me. See the legal page disclosure for more information

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Daily Nail Dog!

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APRIL FOOLS! ;)

As you guys may have noticed, I've been a little lax in my posting the past year or so. Because of that, I've decided to take the blog in another direction. If you follow my Instagram, you know that I just adopted a new little fur monster...her name is Molly, and she's a 4 year old deer chihuahua! Because I could never paint Homer's nails, I was so excited to get a girl dog so I could paint hers!

The new focus of the blog is going to be nail art painted on puppy toes!! I've changed the name of the blog ever so slightly from 'The Daily Nail' or 'The Daily Nail Blog' to 'The Daily Nail Dog'! :)

I decided to test out a spinoff one of my favorite designs, Reverse Rockabilly, which is perfect for this weekend here in Las Vegas! It's Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend here this weekend! She was so patient, and such a sweetheart through the whole painting process! Homer hates when I touch his toes, but she just looked at me with her weeping, bulbous eyes. She's so cute, and a total spitfire! She and Homer are CONSTANTLY playing, we're so glad we found her! You can click on the photo below to enlarge it! :)


Disclosure: No animals were harmed in the making of this post! 
She is an extremely spoiled little worm! :)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Zoya Delight Spring 2015 Swatches & Review

Press Sample


Zoya Delight Collection

When I was younger, my favorite part of Easter (aside from dyeing eggs) was eating the royal icing eyeball off my chocolate bunny, then following with the ears, naturally. As I've grown older, my taste buds yearn for the deliciousness off Cadbury Mini Eggs. They're SO. DAMN. GOOD! I'm not a jellybean girl, though. I mean, I love sugar, but there is something about the sickeningly sweet jelly consistency that I just can't get behind. Bleck! The latest collection from Zoya evokes memories of spring and Easters past. They make me think of dyed eggs in bright green cellophane grass and, for some reason... daffodils. Those are like the universal flower of spring, right? Hit the jump for the photos and review! :)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Yes! Yes! Yes!

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I love Jason Mraz. Not in the creepy, stalker, 'one day we might end up together' kinda way, though he is totally adorable. No, just the 'he's awesome', 'his music makes me happy', and 'he's so damn charismatic' kinda way. I've been a fan since my friend Jacquie introduced me to his music my junior year of college. Fast forward to 13 or 14 years later, and I'm heading to the Jason Mraz with Raining Jane concert to see him for the 5th time with my friend Ashley. I'll be perfectly honest, I wasn't sure how I would like this show because I had never really heard any of Raining Jane's stuff outside the most recent Mraz album. Man, was I blown away! They were AWESOME, and my face still hurts from smiling through the show! Those women are talented and highly entertaining, there were even times that Mona Tavakoli (the drummer) stole the show from Jason himself! Jason was fantastic as usual, his sense of humor is always a laugh because his jokes are totally cheesy in the best way. When he first came out on stage he started thanking people individually for attending...those are the kind of silly things he does. I've been to plenty of concerts, and this one ranked waaaaay up there in awesomeness! I can't remember when I enjoyed a show so much. Opening for Jason and Raining Jane was Cody Lovaas, a 16-year-old Singer/Songwriter that had a great voice, and dimples for days.

In true Melissa style, I of course had to do some Mraz nail art for the occasion. I chose to replicate the cover of his latest album, 'YES!' on my fingertips! I actually used gel polishes for everything except the nail art on these, both Gelaze by China Glaze and a gel polish I didn't know even existed...GLOW IN THE DARK from Gel II!! I was so excited when I saw it at Discount Beauty Supply here in Vegas. I was like 'Is this real life?'





A few more pictures from the show (click to enlarge):






I used:

For the base color:

CND Shellac Basecoat
CND Shellac Topcoat


For the nail art:

Yellow: American Apparel Manilla
Teal: American Apparel Peacock
Aqua: American Apparel The Valley

Friday, February 13, 2015

Heart to Heart - Valentine's Day Nail Art

Nothing to Disclose Press Sample

It's here again. The day that is highly anticipated by some but extremely dreaded by most... The day that roses double in price... the day of hearts 'n shit. You guessed it, it's V-day. This will be my first year without the chalky deliciousness of conversation hearts increasing my dentist bills, and I must admit, I'm a little sad about it! But, I have two of the best Valentine's Day dates a gal could hope for...one has 4 legs and wears a nice fur coat, and the other just has two furry legs. No big plans for the day, mostly working, and relaxing a bit afterward.

I decided to try the Cut It Out Lovely Magic nail vinyls from Serum No 5 for this design. First, I used a rainbow of colors to create the brushed gradient up the center of the nail. Once that dried, I used the  stacked hearts vinyl over the gradient, then brushed on a coat of white polish. Before the white polish dried, I removed the nail vinyl, which left a clean heart outline! I totally love how these turned out, I'm such a sucker for a rainbow gradient!





I used:

Red: American Apparel Downtown L.A.
Orange: Zoya Paz
Yellow: American Apparel Sunshine State
Green: CND Green Scene
Blue: American Apparel Mount Royal
Purple: China Glaze Everglaze Don't Grape About It
White: Zoya Purity

Serum No 5 Cut It Out Lovely Magic nail vinyls

Topcoat: KB Shimmer Clearly on Top quick dry topcoat

Disclosure: Some products in this post were provided for review by the manufacturer. (Serum No 5 & KB Shimmer) See the legal page disclosure for more information.
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