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Look Who's Quoted In November's Glamour…

By on October 7, 2009
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That’s right, it’s me. Sorry for the shameless self-promotion Fanatics. I can’t help but giddy over seeing my name in print and sharing it with you. November’s Glamour is already on stands, even though it’s barely October, and yours truly is quoted on Page 72.

My girl Andrea Lustig, Glamour’s Q&A Queen, asked me about my fave alternatives to the traditional, dark fall polish shades. Not to brag but I’m naturally in love with Barielle Slate of Affairs from the All Lacquered Up collection I created with Elle. Andrea also mentions her current love for the ombre/gradation look I showed you. Great minds, ha!

Check out the article below!

So Fanatics, what are your favorite alternatives to dark polish for fall? Have any of you tried the ombre manicure yet? I saw a gorgeous version by Nihrida on MUA using China Glaze Bermuda Breakaway and Agent Lavender.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Mismas Is An Allure Fall Pick

By on September 18, 2009
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Fanatics, how excited am I to see the color I created with RBL’s Ji Baek in the pages of Allure? As if having my own signature color wasn’t enough, the editors at Allure chose it as one of their favorites for the season. Color me on cloud nine!

Of course it took me forever and a day to get my hands on the issue. I just happened to change my delivery address this month and all my local drugstores and grocery stores were late in putting it up. Doesn’t that just figure? So a huge thanks goes out to Diane from The Beauty Alchemist for alerting me to the feature and all the other bloggers and readers for their emails and tweets of congratulations. Love you all!

Allure’s Polish Picks (click links to see my swatches) CND Desert Suede, OPI Barefoot in Barcelona, MAC For Fun, RBL Mismas, RGB Steel, YSL Stormy Grey.

The funny thing is, I own all these polishes so I guess I’m all set for Fall. How many do you have?

ALU in WWD Beauty Biz

By on August 14, 2009
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Talk about ending the week on a high note. After a week of major back pain I wake this morning to find that I’m in this month’s WWD Beauty Biz!!!

WWD is the leading trade publication for the Fashion and Beauty Retail industry. Once a month they publish an issue dedicated to what’s happening in the beauty world. A couple months ago one of their writers, Rachel Brown, interviewed me about my collaboration with Barielle and my Rescue Beauty Lounge shade and here’s the final result. Can you even?? I’m over the moon!

In case you can’t view the image, here is the full article text:

The relationship between beauty brands and bloggers is getting even cozier. Barielle has collaborated with Michelle Mismas, an accountant from Cleveland, on a fall nail polish collection named for her blog, All Lacquered Up. Working with Barielle creative director Elle Gerstein, Mismas helped translate colors from the runway into lacquers that would resonate with her polish enthusiast fan base—a slate blue Reem Acra dress was the inspiration for the grayish blue Slate of Affairs, for example.

For Ji Baek’s fall collection, the Rescue Beauty Lounge founder teamed up with the bloggers behind Scrangie on a purple with green shimmer, Polish Addict on a grayish dark green and All Lacquered Up on a deep purple. “They really wanted something they can’t have,” says Baek. “It shows you what is missing in the market.” Lest the bloggers get carried away, Gerstein cautions that their power only goes so far. “The celebrity thing is much bigger,” she stresses. —RACHEL BROWN

ALU Featured in Scratch Magazine

By on July 6, 2009
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Fanatics, I’m so excited to be featured in this month’s Scratch Magazine.

First of all, I owe a HUGE thank you to reader and fellow blogger Lina-Elvira of Pretty Perfect Beauty for telling me about this article and allowing me to republish her scan of it.

Secondly, thanks to AII Beauty‘s Anne Moratto for her extremely flattering words about nail blogs and yours truly. It’s a thrill to see nail blogging get some well deserved attention.

Click on the image to read see the article in full.

Lookie… I’m In Glamour Magazine

By on March 6, 2009
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I’m so over the moon today. This really is a Happy Friday because yours truly is featured in the April edition of Glamour Magazine!! I’m so excited, I don’t even know what to do with myself.

It’s not like I won an Oscar or cured cancer or anything but I feel very very lucky to be recognized by a magazine that I love and respect so much. Especially in their 70th Anniversary Issue featuring the stunning Katie Holmes on the cover (I’m still such a Dawson’s Creek fan).

Kids, I’ve been subscribing to Glamour since high school. It was my first grown up magazine after years of reading Young Miss (aka YM) and Seventeen. So to see my name in Glamour (for the 2nd time) is beyond incredible.

You know that VIP Blogger feature on that I told you about? Well that is the online companion piece to the print version appearing on page 83 of April’s Glamour.

Glamour’s Fiorella Valdesolo asked moi and four of my fellow beauty bloggers to share our favorite beauty tips and she chose her fave from each of us to appear in the mag. I passed along ten or eleven of my best tips and tricks, some of which you’ve seen mentioned here before, and it was my suggestion to use a glass file that made it in the magazine.

Long time readers may remember my article about glass files from when ALU was just a babe but if you haven’t read it, check out Let’s Talk Files for more info and product recommendations, including a fab online source.

Congrats to my fellow blogging babes Amber, Daneen, Julia and Patrice. Special thanks to Daneen for sharing her scan of the article with me while I wait for the Cleveburg to get its April shipment in.

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