Monday, March 23, 2015

Zoya Delight Spring 2015 Swatches & Review

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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

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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.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Girlish Flourish

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Despite all the crazy colors I love to wear, I find that I'm ALWAYS drawn to great neutrals. Needless to say, when the new Morgan Taylor Enchantment Fall 2014 collection showed up, I was SUPER excited!! It consists of 4 neutral-ish and 2 glitter shades. For today's manicure, I did an uncharacteristically feminine design using two of the shades from the collection, Simply Spellbound and Magician's Assistant. I absolutely ADORE the subtle shimmer found in Magician's Assistant. It's, dare I say, MAGIC?!




At first glance, this manicure is a subtly feminine design, and, if I'm being honest, it is at second and third glance, too. However, it just has something when you see it in person that makes you keep looking back to it- that must be the 'magic' that they refer to in the polish name...and it is definitely enchanting! You can see the glowy shimmer in the picture above in the bottle (in person you see it on the nail!). I'm generally not one for soft feminine colors, but I think this is my favorite of the collection! (Swatches to come!)

For this manicure I used:

Morgan Taylor Need for Speed Top Coat
Morgan Taylor Simply Spellbound
Morgan Taylor Magician's Assistant
Morgan Taylor Stick With It Base Coat


Morgan Taylor products are available at loxabeauty.com for $8.50 per bottle. 



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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Have a Zaptastic Day!

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OK friends. I normally wouldn't do this, but this competition is SUPER important to my team and I, and the prize is amazing. (and one of the judging criteria is page views and interaction!)

At my job (Zappos.com), there is currently an internal contest going on to kind of explain the Zappos culture and strategy. Part of this competition is to create a video that represents that information in a fun and unique way. My team chose to do a time lapse video of me drawing images that represent the ideas we're talking about.

Trust me- not as boring as it sounds!! lol  Plus- you get to see some nail art that I created in the spirit of Zappos!

My team and I would love if you would watch the following video, give it a thumbs up, and if you have the time, leave a comment! It would make our day!


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