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Chanel Jade & Paradoxal Dupe Smackdown

By on August 24, 2010
in Chanel, Green, Milani, Models Own, Taupe with 81 Comments
chanel-jade-paradoxal-dupe-swatch-comparisons With every new Chanel nail polish launch the inevitable question is, are there any affordable alternatives?  More often than not the answer is no.  Chanel seems to find a way to add a little something special to their nail colors that make dead-on dupes an impossibility.  Of course there are plenty of nail polishes that come close but Chanel twins are usually hard to come by.

After the Chanel Jade craze last fall a number of brands came out with their own less expensive version of the pale green shimmer, most notably Charlotte Russe Jade and Claire’s Dream Catcher.  And now Milani has entered the ring with their interpretation, Dress Maker. Back when I reviewed Chanel Paradoxal I was hard pressed to find any decent comparisons and then a reader email led me to Models Own Purple Grey.

Read on to see how these budget conscious versions stand up to two of Chanel’s most buzzed about nail creations.  Let the smackdown begin!

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Katy Perry’s Bejeweled Holo Madness at the Kid’s Choice Awards

katy perry holographic bejeweled nails kimmie kyees milani nickelodeon kids choice awards When Katy Perry TwitPic’d her nails late night on Saturday, I knew Celebrity Manicurist Kimmie Kyees had to be the brains behind this look.  Sure enough, I check my inbox to find that Kimmie had done Katy’s nails for the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards.For Katy’s nails, Kimmie created custom tips using Milani Hi-Res from the 3D Holographic collection.  She randomly placed square, round and heart shaped nail gems in a rainbow of colors for a fun and funky look.  One look at Katy’s dress and you can see how the stones played into the overall look.  You can never accuse Katy of being afraid to “go there” with her look.

katy perry kids choice awards nails jewel gem milani kimmie kyees

What do you think of Katy’s nails? Would you ever wear this in real life? Where?

Milani 3D Holographic, Neon and Nail Art Lacquer for Spring 2010

By on September 28, 2009
in Milani, News with 7 Comments

One of the things I love most about NYFW is getting to see what the different brands have cooking for the upcoming season. MAC in particular is always testing new products that will hopefully hit their counters. I was pleased to see a Milani presence backstage at the Charlotte Ronson show so I could find out what’s coming next from one of my fave drugstore brands.

Coming for Spring 2010, Milani is launching THREE new lines – 3D Holographic, Neon and Nail Art Lacquers with a precision brush. They had the the Nail Art Lacquers on hand and the range of colors is fab but because it was in sample packaging, I don’t have pics to show you. Here are the deets on the new lines.

3D Holographicspecialty nail lacquer is a truly astounding formula containing mica and pearl particles to create a unique 3D Holographic effect that no other nail lacquer has ever achieved. Depending on where you hold your digits, the lacquer appears to color shift thereby providing a different look in different light and at different angles. The color phenomenon is based on Holographic Image Technology that makes a very thin, bright embossed metallic flake look like a rainbow. Available in 6 shades.

Neonspecialty nail lacquer was developed to capture the explosion of color that has made an impact on the latest fashion trends. Available in 8 shades.

Nail Art Lacquerputs Picasso at your fingertips. Custom nail designs are a snap since the high quality precision striping brush allows for detail work. Nails are the canvas and you are the artist. Available in 10 shades.

I’m definitely curious about the 3D Holographics. We’ve seen holographic polishes from other brands in the past so I wonder what makes these different and 3D? Which line are you most looking forward to?

NOTD – Milani Totally Cool

By on April 28, 2009
in Milani, Purple with 18 Comments
Purple lovers, you better strap yourself down for this one because it’s a BEAUT! Drugstore gem Milani released a new perm shade that the lovely Steph from Steph’s Closet sent my way and it’s beyond. Beyond gorgeous, beyond stunning, beyond beyond. I say “beyond” too much, don’t I?

It’s been a while since I’ve picked up any new Milani polishes. Not because I don’t like the brand but because I rarely run across their seasonal displays. I had all their “me” perm shades before I started ALU so they haven’t gotten much blog love but Totally Cool is changing that. Check it out after the jump!

I don’t blame you if you completely miss my review and just drool over the pictures. I’ll let it slide this time. The color is insane, no? It’s this burpley jelly-like confection with duo-chrome shimmer floating throughout. When I say duo-chrome shimmer, I mean that it looks bronze or magenta depending on the angles. And it dries totally flat, glossy and smooth. I seriously can’t stop staring at my nails. Now it did apply semi-sheer so I needed three coats but I don’t give a hoot. Do you?

Milani Nail Lacquer can be found at CVS, Walgreens, Target, Winn Dixie and I have the best luck at CVS because they usually have larger displays than my Walgreens. And be sure to check your Sunday sale ads because Milani tends to go on sale every other week or so. Usually BOGO 1/2 Off.

Thanks again Steph! I LURVE it!

The Black Polish Trend

I wouldn’t be a true polish fanatic if I didn’t pay homage to the biggest trend to hit the polish world since Uma Thurman donned Chanel Vamp in Pulp Fiction. Chanel’s introduction of Black Satin caused a frenzy like I have never seen. The insane eBay prices, the story about Sarah Michelle Gellar stealing one from a party, the waiting lists at Chanel counters for a re-release, it’s madness. Pure madness. And with the release of Chanel’s new black for spring, Noir Ceramic, the craze continues.

The truth is, black polish isn’t for everyone. It doesn’t suit all skin tones or tastes. It doesn’t make you an un-stylish buffoon if you don’t love black polish. Wear what you like or wear nothing at all, there is no right or wrong. Just keep your nails presentable.

I personally refused to give in to Chanel. I’m here to tell you that there are options for everyone. If you want to join the dark polish trend but don’t want to go for full on black or give in to eBay prices for Chanel, I’m here to help. From my personal collection, I present my “best of” vampy polishes. With the exception of the polishes marked (DC’d), all of these are available in drugstores, salons or through the online e-tailers I have listed in my links.

(l-to-r) Misa Stiletto, Milani Black Cherry, Zoya Yasmeen, OPI Lincoln Park At Midnight, OPI Black Tie Optional (DC’d)

(l-to-r) Revlon Dark Pleasures Talk Dirty, Creative NFS, Creative Blue Blood (DC’d), Misa Blueberry Glaze, China Glaze Up All Night, Revlon Dark Pleasures Midnight Affair

(l-to-r) OPI Espresso Your Style, Orly Talk Dirty, Creative Fedora, Sinful Colors Black on Black, Zoya Raven, Orly Goth, Misa Wishing On A Star
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