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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

NYX Cosmetics’ Spring 2013 Collection

In the past few months I’ve become obsessed with a new make-up line, not only for the quality of the products but also for the price.  I first saw NYX Cosmetics in a gift bag and then again at another LA event.

Often I would spend three times the amount or more for similar products, but this NYX Cosmetic Line offers the best products for an average $5 price range. I was shocked that these products were as good as their more expensive counterparts, if not better!

My Favorites Make-Up Products by NYX

Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator. I love using this around my eyes and cheekbones to achieve a glow. In both Sunbeam and Gleam shades,  a tiny bit of this cream makes you look awake and luminous with just a tad bit of color. For $7, this product is a miracle. Before, I would’ve spent $40 for the same effect.


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NYX Butter Gloss. Yum! It smells and tastes delicious, and there are so many color choices from natural shades of pink to power house red and orange. I love the different looks each color can achieve. And at $5 per gloss, you can’t beat the price! The butter gloss is not sticky, it’s just creamy and comes in 12 scrumptious colors.


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NYX Collection Chocolate Eyeliner. For the daytime and work, I like to look more natural. Brown eyeliner is the perfect choice. This glossy brown liner, which comes in different thicknesses, is my favorite, since it is smudge-free.  The collection has 6 different formulations for lustrous eyeliners–matte, satin, glossy pencils, and liquid eyeliners–each for the bargain price of $6.


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NYX Shadow Palettes. These eye shadows come in combinations such as, Love in Paris, Love in Florence, Love in Rio, and NYX, The Smokey and Natural Shadow Palettes. These creamy eyeshadows come in so many awesome color combinations, so you can choose between daytime coolness or nighttime flair. My personal favorites are the five purple hues called Love in Florence ($8) and the nine deep shades with a focus on shimmery browns and mochas called Love in Paris ($10).


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NYX Wonder Pencil. These pencils are just that–a wonder! It is a tool used for multiple purposes, as a concealer for your eyes, a brightener, or a liner.  It can even be used as a lip liner or an eye brightener near your water line and is available in three shades to match your skin tone. ($4.50)


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NYX Cosmetics, named after the ancient Greek goddess who ruled the night, offers a collection of special-occasion makeup in addition to a solid selection of every day basics and on-trend shades.  Rich pigments and high payoff in their products distinguishes NYX within the cosmetic industry. NYX is a global brand available at thousands of retailers including department stores (like Ulta and Urban Outfitters in the US), freestanding shops, and beauty supply stores around the world. You can also easily purchase these products, and many others, on their website. 

Kick off spring with these phenomenal make-up products by NYX.


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