Throwback Thursday! Quick Photo: Nail Stash, Post-Baby Attack

fivezero's cheap nail polishes, post-baby attack, Avon, Milani, NYC New York Color

Today is Throwback Thursday, which is the perfect day of the week for the peanut to get into one of my nail polish shoeboxes and go to town.

It’s a box of some cheapies, mostly Avon, Milani, and NYC—but many are discontinued so I’m just glad nothing was harmed. And the peanut’s fine, too. ;)

I need to think seriously about improving my nail polish storage! An IKEA order of more HELMERs is in my future…

[Edit: Aaaaaand, I have an update.]

Haulage! — Discount OPI, Revlon, Milani (October 2015)

I’m on a makeup low-buy, but this haul still stays within my month’s fun budget! It may look like a lot of product, but it was all on clearance and I ordered it from a site that’s very new to me.

A quick Googling of “toronto discount cosmetics” (I was trying to find out about a makeup warehouse I’d visited well over ten years ago) brought me to (not affiliated), a local beauty warehouse that sells some of their products online. I figuratively jumped out of my seat with glee! has actual warehouse locations in Toronto, the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and Ottawa, but as I am without a car, I rarely venture off the subway line. Incidentally, I don’t think this was the same warehouse company I visited all those years ago: that store was downtown.

SaleEvent nail polish clearance in-store
Ahh, to live in the ‘burbs… Image:

An additional visit to their Facebook page convinced me that that the site was legit, so I placed my first order. They offer free Canadian shipping on orders of $49+, and free US shipping on orders of $75+.

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Blush Comparison: Illamasqua Naked Rose vs. Milani Romantic Rose

Blush Comparison: Illamasqua Naked Rose vs. Milani Romantic Rose

This is just a quick post for Stashmatters, who wanted to know how Illamasqua Powder Blush in Naked Rose compares with Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose.

In the pan, they do look a little dupe-y, with Romantic Rose appearing a bit deeper. However, when swatched, you can see that, at least on my warm skintone, Romantic Rose isn’t really darker, but it is warmer. Naked Rose skews blue-pink when compared directly with Romantic Rose, which by comparison looks a tad peachy-pink.

I have not actually tried Romantic Rose yet, but Naked Rose is wonderful and one of my faves.

HTH! :)

Additional link: Milani Blush Megapost.

Blush Comparison: Illamasqua Naked Rose vs. Milani Romantic Rose, swatch

Milani Baked Blush in Delizioso Pink

Milani — Baked Blush — Delizioso Pink

This isn’t really a review, because I haven’t tried it! Honestly, after swatching it, I’m too scared. I feel it’s too blue-toned and whitened for my warm and medium skintone. It’s a hot Barbie/Pepto pink with a matte finish.

Any warmies like this one? I imagine it’s gorgeous and doll-like on porcelain-skinned beauties!

I’ve added this to the Milani Blush Megapost, as well.

More photos and a swatch follow.
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Milani Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove, Romantic Rose & Tea Rose

Milani — Baked Blush & Rose Powder Blush Megapost

This ongoing post contains swatches of Milani Baked Blushes (Bella Rosa, Bellissimo Bronze, Berry Amore, Corallina, Delizioso Pink, Dolce Pink, Luminoso, Rose d’Oro) and Rose Powder Blushes (Coral Cove, Romantic Rose, and Tea Rose).

I will update this post with any new Milani blush swatches, as well.



Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, Bella Rosa & Rose d'Oro

Baked Blush

These blushes are awesome, period! It’s just a bonus that they come pretty cheap, as well. Granted, the packaging leaves a bit to be desired, but when I pick these up at a little over CA$6 a pop on sale, I’m not complaining!

These are a bit shimmery for blushes; out of all of mine, only Bella Rosa and Delizioso Pink are matte. Luminoso is not overly shimmery. Bellissimo Bronze is sparkle city.

Berry Amore, Corallina and the legendary Luminoso are my faves. Admittedly, I have been too chicken to try Bella Rosa, yet!

Milani Baked Blush is US$8.49 / CA$7.99 (I have no idea why it’s cheaper at!) and 0.12 oz / 3.5 g. It is made in Italy.

This silky blush with benefits can be used so many ways. It shapes, it contours, it highlights. Sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles, it’s buildable from sheer to vibrant. Yes, it adds a cheeky pop of colour to your complexion. Radiance and warmth, too.

The label:
Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink, label

The included mirror and brush (not very good! I’d recommend using your own blush brush):

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Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Plumrose

Milani — Color Statement Lipstick — Plumrose

I’ve heard all the gushing over Milani’s revamped cosmetics line (they most recently did this around 2013, I think), and while I already love the Baked Blushes, I still hadn’t tried their well-reviewed Color Statement Lipsticks.

Milani occasionally goes on sale at, the only source of Milani that is currently easily accessible to me. When that happened again recently, I picked up yet another Milani blush (one of the new Rose Blushes!) and Color Statement Lipstick in Plumrose.

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Halloween 2007: Greens

Here’s a selection of greens that are currently available for your Halloweening pleasure. I’ll have different holiday colours posted later today…

Have a ghastly day…for now…

CND – Okey
Dokey Artichokey

Green With Envy

118A Big Money

Key Lime Shine

Icing by Claire’s



And, of course, you can also go back to the Sally Hansen and NYC Halloween collections posted earlier in the month.