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My Manicures Are Having A Moment On MTV Style

By on August 16, 2010
in News, Press with 17 Comments

mtv-style After spotting my recent “Out of the Blue” manicure, the editor behind the new MTV Style blog contacted me to contribute an article to their site featuring the gradation manicure.  So fun, right?

In the post I share a few options for recreating the look at home in fun color ranges like turquoise/teal and orange but give more conservative alternatives like taupe and pink.  Head on over to MTV Style and check out the look that’s having a Manicure Moment.

Also, if you’re into custom mixing, check out my original post on the look and see My Twist on the Ombre or Gradation Manicure.

New York Magazine’s Nail Polish Shop-A-Matic Featuring ALU’s Summer Faves

By on June 30, 2010
in Press, Uncategorized with 25 Comments

Fanatics I have some fun news to share. Last year I raved about New York Magazine’s Shop-A-Matic feature and how much I loved that they did one focusing on nail polish. Well this year, Editor Diana Tsui invited me to be a guest editor selecting my favorite colors of the season to be included in their comprehensive listing.  Talk about a thrill and a challenge.  Narrowing down my top picks for Summer 2010 to a short list of 19 was no small feat.


shop-a-matic-nail-polish If you haven’t browsed the NY Mag Shop-A-Matic in the past you’re missing out. Each polish is shown in the bottle, on the nail and as a color blob. They also include shopping information for the NYC area and online availability.

ny-mag-shop-a-matic-alu-picks All the polishes are categorized by color and can be sorted by price but if you want to see my picks, select that option from the “Color” drop down menu.

Of the 19 polishes I selected, Diana asked me to share with her my Top 3. Find out my choices later today on The Cut.

Welcome NOLA Fanatics!

By on April 12, 2010
in Press with 9 Comments

Hey Fanatics! I was quoted in today’s Times-Picayune, the daily paper in New Orleans. Fashion editor, Susan Langenhennig, recently spoke with me about new trends in nails including products like Minx, OPI Axxium and CND Shellac and it’s a really fun piece. Check it out! Digital Color.


To all my new NOLA readers, welcome to ALU! I hope you enjoy my site and continue to come back and share your love of nail polish with us.

Beauty Undercover Interviews ALU

By on December 5, 2009
in News, Press with 9 Comments

beauty-undercover “Michelle Mismas in the Imelda Marcos of nail polish.”

I’ve honestly never thought of myself that way but it’s the funny and flattering description Susan Campos of Beauty Undercover chose for her article… The Varnished Truth.  It’s a quick and entertaining read and I hope you’ll check it out.

Thanks Susan for wanting to feature me!

My First Byline for Scratch Magazine

By on December 2, 2009
in Barielle, News, Press with 26 Comments
scratch-december-09-cover-elle-barielle In spite of all the vicious downtime ALU has been experiencing as of late (it will be over soon, I promise!) today is truly fantabulous.  Why?  Because as of today, I am a published writer.  My first article for UK nail magazine Scratch hit stands and I’m beyond thrilled.

I’m sure you remember the lace nail trend I spoke about a while back.  The concept created by my friend Celebrity Manicurist Elle. Well Scratch chose Elle’s work for their December cover and asked me to write the accompanying cover story.  So cool, right?

You see, the lace nails were partially inspired by the Barielle All Lacquered Up collection.  During a shoot to promote the collection, Elle created some amazing fashion-forward looks that were an offshoot of concepts from the collection.  Read more about it and see my first print article, after the jump!

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