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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – 4th of July Manicure with Milani One Coat Glitters

milani one coat glitter red sparkle and blue flash with china glaze cloud nine nail polish 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

To celebrate Independence Day in the US, I decided to get my red, white & blue sparkle on. I even planned to get all crafty incorporating scotch tape and the result ended up being one giant mani-fail! Of course, instead of getting down on myself for it, I’m learning from my mistakes and sharing my missteps with you.

To create today’s look I went straight for my Milani One Coat Glitters in Red Sparkle and Blue Flash. When you want full-on sparkle without multiple, thick layers of polish, look no further. It’s just a shame they didn’t come out with a white version to complete my manicure.

In order to conserve my favorite white sparkler, China Glaze White Kwik Silvr, I pulled out another untried, China Glaze Cloud Nine from the Specialty Glitters collection.

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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Milani Silver Dazzle One Coat Glitter

milani silver dazzle one coat glitter nail polish bottle 365 untrieds 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

A few months ago actress Marilu Henner appeared on just about every talk show on TV to discuss her amazing memory.  She can remember every day of her life, down to the most minute details.  It’s absolutely fascinating to watch her speak about it.  While I’ve always considered myself to have a good memory, my ability to recall events doesn’t even compare.

So what’s my point?  Well as I was digging around for my next 365 of Untrieds nail polish, I discovered a CVS bag filled with Milani One Coat Glitters and as soon as I laid eyes on them, I flashed to the night I bought them.  It was unreal how I could picture everything about that night the instant my hand touched the bottle of Silver Dazzle.

It was a Friday in December, the night Black Swan opened in Cleveland and I had just left the theater to get gas.  As I waited at the gas station for my tank to fill I checked Twitter only to see a local Fanatic mention that CVS had displays of the One Coat Glitters out already.  There JUST happens to be a CVS next to the gas station and even though they were about to close I hightailed it over to scoop up one of every shade on display, including the Jewel FX glitters.

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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?

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