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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 Precious Pearls Nail Polish

Who would have thought nail polish would be a conversation starter? That’s what happened all week long with my new nail polish by NYX. NYX Precious Pearls nail polish comes in three dazzling 3-dimensional pearls in black, white,and opal for an exotic, edgy look. Fun nail art is all the rage in LA!!

From yellow nails, to zig-zag colorful designs, to one finger having a signature shade or wild design, to this! There is Opaque White Polish with White Pearls, Opaque Black Polish with Black Pearls, and Opaque Black Polish with a blend of black, blue and white pearls.

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Photo Credit: NYX

First, you apply the nail lacquer to your nails. I painted mine white. Then, you drizzle the tiny pearls over the freshly painted nail and press down gently. Any extra minuscule pearls can be filtered back into the bottle with a convenient tiny funnel.  Don’t make the mistake I did and forget to apply the top coat to seal the baby pearls! By morning all of mine had popped off, leaving a super cool effect by mistake. Before the pearls popping off, my nails looked almost like candy. For only $9.99, NYX Precious Pearls nail polish is a product perfect for adults as well as for children, especially for birthday party fun. To remove the nail polish, it is best to use acetone for a few minutes.

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Add a touch of snazzy sophistication to any outfit with this fun nail accessory.

“Nail art is something that inspires me, and I always try new designs, colors, and textures with my own nails.  I wanted to introduce something new and edgy for the NYX fan to make their own nails 3D works of art.” – Toni K. (Founder & Chief Creative Officer)

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My nails after the pearl beads fell off because I forgot to put the coat on top. The look was still a big conversation starter all week. (Photo Credit: Melissa Curtin)

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