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Total Beauty’s Top Rated Nail Polishes

By on July 3, 2010
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As a member of the Total Beauty Blogging Community I am regularly updated about new features on More often than not they aren’t nail related but this one struck me as interesting. There are a LOT of drugstore nail polishes that made their reader reviewed Top 10. Being that I don’t have a ton of luck with most drugstore brands I found this surprising. What do you think?
Top-Rated Nail Polishes

Find a sexy summer shade from this list of the 10 best nail polishes

Top-Rated Nail Polishes

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Total Beauty readers’ reviews make up this list of top-rated lacquers that’ll prettify your nails.

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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.

The Arsenal – Nubar Foundation Base Coat

nubar-foundation-base-coat I get a lot of questions and comments regarding the tools and treatment products I use to keep my nails healthy and in tip top shape. Since my routine changes as I test new products, I’ve launched, The Arsenal, to share with you the items that are “must haves” in my nail kit.

The bare bones basics of any good manicure is base coat, top coat and color.  I’ve shared with you one of my all-time fave top coats but I’ve never dedicated a post to base coats.  Obviously this is long overdue!

I’ve been a fan of CND Stickey for forever and a day.  I even posted about the “Stickey Sandwich” method back when ALU was just a baby.  However Stickey has a major competitor for the “holy grail” crown in Nubar Foundation Base Coat.

I’ve had bottles of Foundation Base Coat floating around the polish room for years now but it wasn’t until I ran out of Stickey that I discovered its magical powers.  It doesn’t dry tacky like Stickey or Orly Bonder but Foundation Base Coat grips on like glue.  I get amazing wear every time I use it.  And although it’s not a ridge filler, it provides a smooth surface for the polish to glide along even in spite of my less than stellar nail beds. I told you it was magic.

Nubar Foundation Base Coat can be purchased online from for $6.99.  The shipping is steep though so I suggest banding together with some friends to hit the $75 limit for free shipping.

Put An Island In Your Life and Some Color On Your Nails

By on May 30, 2010
in Uncategorized with 16 Comments
pib-perrys-monument Greetings from South Bass Island, home of The Beer Barrel, the world’s longest bar, and Perry’s Monument, a tribute to Commodore Perry who lead the forces to a victory in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. I’m here for Memorial Day weekend with the boyfriend and my parents to enjoy the holiday and celebrate my birthday.

Put In Bay, the village on South Bass Island, has been dubbed the “Key West of Lake Erie.” It’s a big party destination with a ridiculous number of bars considering the small size of the island (approx. 4 sq miles). The thing is, there’s so much more to do here besides drink and this weekend I explored one of the more relaxing attractions the island has to offer, the Isola Day Spa.

*warning foot picture ahead*

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The Makeup Show NYC Weekend Recap

By on May 20, 2010
in Uncategorized with 26 Comments
the-makeup-show-nyc Last weekend The Makeup Show came to NYC and I was there for a long three-day weekend to take it all in.  The Makeup Show was founded by The Powder Group for makeup artists to discover new products and learn new techniques and trends.  This is the fifth year for The Makeup Show and next year they’re planning to expand to a European destination.  It’s an amazing trade show and I was honored to have been invited to attend.

As always, I pack every trip to NYC with meetings and outings and basically run myself ragged.  But I figure I should make the most of it and I certainly did that on this trip.  Between the show, meet-ups with fellow bloggers and meetings with a few brands I had a blast.  Read all about my adventure and check out what I brought home after the jump!

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