Milani’s Illuminating Powders are almost TOO pretty to use

Anyone ever watch the show Hoarders? Centered around people who “hoard” items, this show takes you on a journey inside the mayhem that these people live in. While shocking, it’s always sad because usually the hoarder had a breaking point in their lives that MADE them hold on to material things. Sometimes it’s the death of a loved one, feeling abandoned after their kids move away or divorce.

Anyway – I have a girlfriend who has me thisclose to calling Hoarders on her. She hasn’t had any recent traumatic events in her life but she hoards more makeup than anyone I know. She has a collection of more than 200 blushes that she doesn’t even use because she says they are “too pretty to touch”. That’s right. 200 perfect blushes that have never touched her cheeks. When I showed her these new Milani Illuminatizing Powders, she shrieked and told me she couldn’t wait to add these to her “Too Pretty To Touch” collection.

Crazy, right? Don’t worry. Said friend doesn’t mind that I put her story on blast. She assures me that there are probably hundreds of beauty hoarders out there. Eeek!

Beauty hoarder or not, if you’re a Milani fan, you’re going to love these. Milani is doin’ it BIG this season girlfriends and if you didn’t know, you better ask somebody. These Illuminating Face Powders are ah-mazing.

Gorgeous, right?

These babies can be used as a highlighter, bronzer or blush. Whatever fits your fancy.

First up is Amber Nectar…

Combining a gold finish with a touch of rose, Amber Nectar is the perfect combination of her other two siblings. She’s got a few micro-sparkles goin’ and while she may be a little too cool for my complexion but I’m sure other gals can rock Am Nec beautifully.

Beauty’s Touch is my favorite…

If you are taking baby steps into wearing blushes and want to wear something with a little color, this is the route to go. Beauty’s Touch’s golden notes are toned down a bit on the cheeks and what you’re left with is a shimmery pink finish.


(L-R) Amber Nectar, Beauty’s Touch, Hermosa Rose

And then there’s Hermosa Rose.

Despite the “rose” in the name, I think AR has more gold in it than anything else. In fact, it’s the closest powder to a true bronzer. That said, after Beauty’s Touch, it’s my favorite.

-Beautiful and subtle shimmer.
-Perfect for blush beginners. It gives enough coverage without being too intimidating.
-A little goes a long way.
-The packaging. How beautiful are those flowers?
-Even with multiple uses, the flowers stick around. Yay!

-May be tricky to apply. Because it’s so sheer, you may actually have on more than you think. I found the best way to apply this was with a skunk/stipling brush.
-If you aren’t a fan of gold shimmers, you may not like these because all 3 of these are gold based.
-It isn’t very long-lasting. After about 5 hours, my cheeks weren’t as golden as they were when I first applied.

Hermosa Rose on my cheeks…

So yep, while these are subtle, I still love the glow that they give my cheekies. Some days I don’t feel like putting a ton of color on my cheeks, so these are absolutely fantastic. They are in drugstores now for about $8.99 and online for $9.49.

Whatcha think? Yay or nay?

Christmas with my Milani JewelFX polishes

You know what I’m going to use as ornaments next year? Nail polishes.

How epic would that be? Epic beyond epic. I’m like Mama Clumps in that regard. I also do themed Christmas trees. I’m not a big fan of random ornaments all over the tree. And considering how much I love nail polishes, I think a nail polish tree would be quite fitting.

Of course I’d have to run that by Esposo but I’m sure he’d be down with it. Kinda. If you’re one of those people that really get into Christmas tree decorations and you know you’ll spending the holidays with a beauty lover, hide some of those lovely Milani JewelFX polishes in and around the tree…

..or stockings.

With darling little Tartan Tips tags attached, you can easily print who the gift is for. I am an enormous fan of these glittery topcoats.

Go Milani go. Of course you can get them at drugstores, Target and anywhere you can find Milani products..

Blue hair don’t care thanks to Milani’s Color streaks

I’m not a gal that appreciates her natural hair color. Which sounds oh so awful but seriously…my naturally dark brown hair is just boring. Not that I need hot pink hair to feel alive but come on…a little hair color ain’t never hurt no one. I was super excited when Milani released their Limited Edition Color Streaks.

These were a July 2011-exclusive item but I’ve still been seeing them in stores so you may be able to grab a few. I believe they retail for around $7.99 or so. Simply put, these Color Streaks are hair mascaras.

These little temporary tubes of hair dye can add a pop of color to your locks with just one stroke. Or ten. My belief is products like these really aren’t made for my hair type. But considering that my hair type is pretty specific, I don’t get offended by it. These are probably easier for guys and gals with straighter hair. That wasn’t going to stop me for giving it a try!

After some stained fingers….

I had a few blue locs.

Which eventually turned green after a day at the beach.

I absolutely loved the look. Then again, I’m the same gal that has dyed her hair red, orange and purple. The color washed out right after one wash. I wouldn’t call it a “dye” because it certainly isn’t as toxic as one. But if you’re desirous of some quick color and can still find these, I’d say scoop ’em up.

And I know what you’re thinking…this can’t be used on the lashes. The consistency is slightly water-y and there is a memo on the tube that says not to do. Granted I’m a rule breaker but I don’t mess with the ojos. 8)

Milani’s Limited Edition Paint Eyeshadow palette. Yep, you need it.

Nothing scares a beauty blogger more than the words “limited edition”. Those two words alone invoke some kind of frenzy within our souls. We begin scrambling and trying to figure out how we can a) prevent said product from going into beauty extinction or b) spend thousands of dollars purchasing limited edition items. I’m kidding about both, but still…limited edition is not a good word.

That said, if you find this palette in stores, buy it.

And not just because it’s limited edition, but because its a cheap and pigmented palette from one of our favorite brands. If none of that woos you, then just buy it because it looks pretty.

Seriously…isn’t it gorgeous?

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I’ve had my eyes on those Milani Lip Flash pencils for quite some time. I finally dropped a good $6.99 on one at Walgreens and it’s taking EVERYTHING in me to not go back and scoop up more. This pencil is ah-freaking-mazing!

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Amor de Lacquer: Milani Rockstar Glitter polishes

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to

Oh boy, have I been waiting for this collection…

Go ahead and brace yourself, lovelies. You’re going to need about half of this collection. But the good news is…they retail for under $5. They ain’t bad, uh?

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