The Great Give at Caesars Forum Shops!

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It had all the makings of a disaster day - I split the back of my pencil skirt up to my butt trying to do a Rockettes-style high kick in the ‘infinity’ mirrors at our second stop, Donald J Pliner, I broke a nail (the horror!!), and the flu was somewhere in our group, but no one knew it! (even the person who had it!) Still? I had an amazing day - I always do with these girls, and how can shopping – especially at the Forum Shops – EVER be anything but awesome?! What follows is our awesome day, and while I’ll be talking about my favorites from our stops, I don’t think of it as a gift guide as much as I consider it a ‘Treat Yo’self’ guide. Better yet? When you shop at these stores (and several others) from Dec 1 until Dec 12, you’re also going to be helping give back to those in need! Read on to hear about my favorite things, and where a percentage of your purchases is going during the Forum Shops Great Give!

A Blogger's Holiday - The New Nordstrom!

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CHRISTMAS UPDATE: 26 more days. Seriously, why is this year ending so quickly? I feel like a chicken running around with its head cut off, trying to get work work done, and blog work done - oh, and did I mention Christmas is in TWENTY-SIX DAYS?! Cue: panic! There are an abundance of options here in Las Vegas to go shopping, both online and in-store, but it's pretty awesome when you find a place recognizes that the Vegas locals are important! This is where the Fashion Show Mall and Nordstrom comes in! Read on to find out what sets them apart from other Vegas retailers!

Crazy Good Gifts - a Neiman Marcus Gift Guide!

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Fun fact: There are only 32 more days until Christmas. Are you like me? Do you wait 'til the last minute to get gifts? My problem is that I'm perpetually searching for the perfect gift for each person, which I inevitably never find, so I'm always rushing days before Christmas to find something to give. I'm doing much better (and starting much earlier) this year, but for those of you like the Melissa of previous years, I'm here to help - welcome to my Neiman Marcus gift guide!

Hit the jump for unique and fun gifts for foodies, fashionistas, and fathers alike! (And lots are under $100!)

KBShimmer Winter 2018 Collection Swatches and Review

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I've never been one of those people that absolutely love Christmas... I mean, I enjoy it; the lights, the cheer, egg nog... but really, I'm more of a Thanksgiving girl at heart. That said, I DO have an embarrassing love of terrible Christmas movies...I've already watched most of them that are currently available on Netflix, and there are no current pans to stop anytime soon. They're like bacon or chocolate for the heart, they're sometimes terrible for you, but always make you feel good. Some favorites? A Christmas Prince, The Spirit of Christmas, really anything with Christmas in the title. What are your favorites? Tell me in the comments- I always need to add to the watchlist!

Why am I rambling about Christmas movies? Why, to tell you about the gorgeous KBShimmer Christmas 2018 collection, that's why! Read on to see the beautiful shades that Christy came up with this year - they're a mix of shimmer polishes, magnetic polishes, crellies with flakes, flakies, even holos. :) Merry Christmas to us from KBShimmer!

Time to Get My Beauty Sleep!

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They say that the best part of waking up is a certain brand of coffee in your cup. WRONG, because the best part of waking up is knowing that you are truly at a #IWokeUpLikeThis level! (I mean, just LOOK at how beautiful Molly is!!) <— I kid! I mean, she IS beautiful, but her lips are caught on her teeth in this picture, so she looks totally disgusted. Also, she really DOES sleep like this - it's very cute.

Cupcake Polish 5 Year Anniversary Trio!

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It's super awesome seeing rad people succeed at what they set their mind to - and I'm super excited to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Cupcake Polish with Sara and all of her fans and customers! Today I'm sharing the trio that she came out with to celebrate the success of the last 5 years, and it's super pretty - and very true to the Cupcake Polish aesthetic! My fave of the trio is Diamond, read on to see why... (and check out the HUGE sale details!!!)

Glisten & Glow Summer Livin' Swatches

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Summer is upon us - especially here in Las Vegas, where temperatures are blazing well past 100° - in fact, they're set to reach 113° tomorrow! What goes perfectly with summer? NEONS! They're the perfect summer polish - they even manage to make ghostly pale girls like me look much tanner than we actually are! For this year's summer collection, Jill came up with some killer neons- they're fairly opaque, are hella bright even without a white base, and even stamp! Read on to see swatches of this new collection from Glisten & Glow!

The Shopping Day of the Centurion!

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When in Rome, do as the Romans do! Last Saturday, a few local Las Vegas beauty and lifestyle bloggers got a chance to do just that! I'm sure you're all familiar with Caesars Palace, and you might have even been to The Forum Shops (if you haven't, I highly recommend it!), but I guarantee you weren't escorted around by a centurion in full gladiator garb! :D Read on to find out about our awesome shopping day put together by Christie Moeller of, where our Centurion took us, and what one of the most exclusive and awesome pieces of swag I've ever received was gifted to us at the end of our day!

NARS 2018 Spring Color Collection Event!

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New season, new colors, new you! Spring is springing (at least here in Vegas), and now is the time to refresh your makeup for the new season. I recently got to check out the new NARS Spring 2018 colors, and I walked away with some things I totally wouldn't have expected. Read on to find out what I chose!

Rollercoaster of Love - Easy Valentine's Day Nail Art!

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Rollercoasterrrrr of LOOOOOOOVEEE! Good luck, my well polished friends, on getting that little wormy guy out of your ear. It's always a challenge to think of fun Valentine's Day nail art ideas year after year, you know, since hearts are hard to reinvent. haha The pressure! What's a new take on love?! This year, I turned to some of my favorite things for inspiration, things like pizza, lettering, and rollercoasters! Read on for more & to see what I used!

Welcome to my Fragrance Wardrobe!

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I've got a bit of a fragrance problem. I don't tend to stick to one fragrance–I have a 'fragrance wardrobe' that I can pull from so I can always wear a scent that fits my mood for the day. Still, there are definitely some favorites that get more wear than others, and that's what I'm sharing with you today! 

I should mention that I don't tend to tend to wear typical 'girl' scents. I stay away from gourmand scents with sugar, vanilla, or chocolate notes. Aquatic scents aren't really my style either- they tend to smell far too sweet on my skin. What do I like? WOOD. I loooove deep, masculine woody scents, and anything with oud is sure to be a quick favorite for me! (as you'll see below) I also don't like wearing what everyone else is wearing - if someone else in the room is wearing it, I tend to shy away from it. Sure, there are exceptions, but for the most part, I could be considered a slight scent snob.

What are your favorite scents? Read below to find out about a few of mine!

Pizza My Heart - Valentine's Day Nail Art!

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It's T minus 21 days until V-day. Now is the time to start with Valentine's Day designs, at least here in the blogosphere. Today's nail art is an homage to one of my all-time loves, an undying love that I'm pretty sure Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross sang a duet about. You guessed it... it's pizza! We've had something special going on for longer than I can remember, and more years than I'd care to admit. ;)

The inspiration for this came from so many places that I don't think I could name just one, but I love how they turned out!

Is pizza your one true love? We can totally share, but only if you don't want anchovies. ;) *pineapple is acceptable, despite what Gordon Ramsay says.

What I used:

Light Blue: KIKO Nail Lacquer in 340
Pizza Crust: Essie Bags to Riches
Pizza Sauce: Essie Alligator Purse
Cheese: H&M Masala Chai
Pepperoni: Essie Alligator Purse
Browned Cheese: ancient H&M polish in Rust
Black: Twinkled T Stamping polish in black

Topcoat: Glisten & Glow Top coat

It's the Thrill of the Chill!

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We don't get much in the way of snow here in Vegas, so I tend to live vicariously (and happily) through my friends and family back home in Michigan. It never fully feels like winter here; sure, we get the odd days or weeks when it's super chilly–even freezing–but I never have to shovel my driveway or scrape my windshield, which is AWESOME. Why am I yammering on about snow and cold? Because I have the new Morgan Taylor Thrill of the Chill nail polish collection to show you, and you're not gonna want to miss it! Hit the jump for swatches!