Model City Polish & Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Destination Duo Swatches & Review

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Hey friends!! I've got your next polish fix for you, and you only have to wait a day and a half to order it! For folks like me, that's what I like, a bit of instant (or near instant) gratification. This duo from Model City Polish and Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer comes with 30 Pueen gold & silver studs (16 gold, 14 silver), and is only $20 shipped! If you're not from around these parts, you can still get your hands on it, but there will be a prorated international shipping fee.

Now let's get to it! Hit the jump for more details!

Ittsē Nightfall Collection & Palette Swatches & Review

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Do you love amazing, pigmented eye shadows? Shadows that if they were candy, they'd melt in your mouth and give you the happiest of sensations? Look no further than after the jump! ;)

Scrub-a-Dub-Dub! Simple Sugars Vanilla Grapefruit Review

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Last year at Cosmoprof I had the pleasure of meeting Lani Lazzari, the creator and founder of Simple Sugars homemade sugar scrub. Lani created Simple Sugars in 2005 when she was only 15 years old, when her mother insisted that the Christmas gifts she gave should be homemade. She grew up with sensitive, eczema-prone skin, and wanted to create a product that she could use without the worry of rashes or breakouts, so she created Simple Sugars! I first learned about her and her product on Shark Tank; I am a religious watcher of the show, and have admittedly purchased a few items that were featured on there.

I was really excited to learn about her stuff because I, too, have issues with skin sensitivity. The thing I love most about her scrub is that, even though it's great for sensitive skin, it's actually SCRUBBY! It has substance to it, without being too harsh, which can be hard to find. I recently got the chance to try out a new scent exclusive to, Vanilla Grapefruit, and let me tell you...I'm in love. It smells absolutely AMAZING. AH-MAY-ZING. I loved it so much when I opened it that I immediately made Chris smell it, and the scent actually does linger on the skin. It's a perfect scent for summer, and it smells so good I could just eat it! (No, really! Lani likes to say, "If you wouldn't eat it, then you probably have no business putting it on your skin!")

I'm sure you're all pros at using scrubs, but to use this amazing scrub, you just need to use the little spoon that comes with your jar to prevent water getting into your container, and give the scrub a little stir to distribute the oils. You can use a washcloth, scrubby, or like me, just your hands to scrub all those nasty dead skin cells off! Once you feel the sugar dissolving, it's time to rinse! Be careful though, this step may make your tub a bit slippery, and no one likes greeting the EMTs naked with a head trauma. :D When you get out of the shower, just pat dry, and marvel over how smooth and soft your skin is!

There are TONS of scents available, but Vanilla Grapefruit is exclusive to You can get a 5 oz size for $15, or 8 oz size for $22. Lani has formulated scrubs for face, body, feet, and has even launched a mens scrub! I've had the pleasure of trying out the Green Tea facial scrub, and it's super amazing too, though I'm notttt a big fan of the scent on that one. Next on my list to try are the lilac body scrub (if it's not sold out yet) and the coffee facial scrub! There is also a new Sun Scrub with aloe and green tea extract to help soothe sunburn and minimize UV damage! (as a redhead who burns with 100 SPF, this GREATLY appeals to me!)

You can find all of Lani's other scents and formulations at, they come in 2 sizes, 5 oz and 8 oz. Simple Sugars scrubs do not contain paragons, sulphates, phthalates, artificial preservatives, colors or additives.

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

I'm TRY-angling!

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A few weeks ago, my sister was taking a road trip across the US with her boyfriend, hitting all the hot fishing spots between Michigan and the west coast. One of her stops was in St. George, UT, only 1.5 hours from me, so we met up for a hiking adventure with our hounds! Amongst the camping supplies, dog food, flyrods, and other miscellaneous stuff taking over the back of her Jeep was a couple of Nubar collections that she neglected to inform me that I had received (tsk, tsk!). However, it was like Christmas for me! (literally - she brought the Christmas collection! lol)

I really like this particular collection, the Spring 2015 Pop! collection. There are pastels, a great blue, grey, terra cotta, you name it! It's definitely a unique mix of colors, but I LOVE them! I immediately had an idea in my head of what I wanted to do with three of the colors that jumped out at me right away, a repetitive triangle pattern! The base color, Spotlight, looks greener in some lights, and yellower in others, at least in my experience, it's definitely a green-based pale yellow. I really liked how this design turned out, mostly from further away so I couldn't nitpick my mistakes!!

I'll have swatches of the whole collection up soon; they're already watched, I just need to get the photos resized and whatnot!

I used:

Yellow: Nubar Spotlight
Blue: Nubar Media
Grey: Nubar Choirgirl

What do you think of this collection from what you've seen so far? Is this design something you would try?

Go on, just TRY-angle it! :D

Zoya Summer 2015 - Island Fun Swatches & Review

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Dear Zoya, 

I love this collection. 


This collection is probably one of my absolute favorites from Zoya in a while! I love love love the bright cremes! Jace, Cecelia, and Talia belong together...they make a perfect trio. I think they're my favorites of this collection, but Serenity runs a close second to them, and I also love Demetria and Nana! It's rare that I love a whole collection, but I feel like all of these are extremely wearable! :)

Hit the jump for my swatches and review!

Morgan Taylor Ooh La La! Collection Swatches & Review

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Morgan Taylor Ooh La La Swatches and Review

This new Ooh La La! collection from Morgan Taylor screams spring in Paris to me. I feel like they absolutely nailed it. (Pun intended) Though the closest I've ever been to Paris is Charles De Gaulle airport, I feel like it is a great color story to match photos I've seen of Paris. It feels like a romantic collection with a twist, and I like that. I had some unexpected love for a particular polish in this collection, hit the jump to find out which one, and see my swatches & review! :)

Island Floral Fun

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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 and Ulta and for $9. 

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

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 for $16.00

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

Turn on the Water(color)works!

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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

The Daily Nail Dog!

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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! :)

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! :)

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

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 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.

Morgan Taylor Cinderella Collection Swatches & Review

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 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.

Jesse's Girl Satin Fall 2014 Swatches & Review