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February, 2010

  1. RAP SHEET: Agoo Bengzon

    February 20, 2010 by pam

    Favorite nail polish/brand: “Deborah Lippmann—never chips on me!”
    Top five favorite nail polish colors: Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday, Orly Haute Red, Chanel Black Satin, Orly Country Club Khaki, Butter London British Racing Green
    Her collection: “I have about 50+ bottles to date.”
    Favorite nail polish haunts: “Essenses or First Aid in Greenbelt. Most of them were press gifts though..”
    Nail pampering spot: Nail Spa
    How often do you change your nail polish color?
    “Every week!”
    Pet peeves: “Can’t stand ridges and chipped nails. I also hate seeing super long square-shaped nails that are French manicured. So tacky.”
    How do you take care of your nails?
    “I use a cuticle cream every day and take an ora supplement, Si-Nails.”
    Favorite nail treatments: Orly Bonder, Sally Hansen Diamond Top Coat, Yellow No More, OPI Matte Nail Envy, and Essie Quick-E
    Favorite nail polish remover: Sally Hansen
    If you can only wear one shade every day, what will it be?
    “Black—it goes with everything!”
    Any tips for other nail polish junkies?
    “Don’t be afraid to experiment, and don’t let colors intimidate you. It might look tacky or so-not-you based on how it looks in the bottle but will look fab once you try it on.”

    We tracked down Preview’s Beauty Editor-At-Large Agoo Bengzon and interrogated her about her love for nail polish.

    No doubt about it, Agoo, who is always dressed to perfection, knows that a great nail polish shade completes any outfit.

    And we have evidence:

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    Agoo’s nail polish collection

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    Agoo (center) wears her first neon color Essie Mini Shorts at the Preview Ball 2008. Also in the picture: Alyanna MArtinez and Rachelle Que


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    Wearing Butter London’s Play With Me at the Slim: Salvacion Lim Higgins Gala. Shot with designer Martin Bautista.


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    Agoo wears Chanel Black Satin while at the beach with her husband.

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    Agoo used clear nail polish and glitter from National Bookstore to create this look.

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    Agoo applies a fresh coat in a restaurant. She says, “I do this when I can’t stand looking at a chipped nail!”

    Favorite nail polish/brand: “Deborah Lippmann—never chips on me!”

    Top five favorite nail polish colors: Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday, Orly Haute Red, Chanel Black Satin, Orly Country Club Khaki, Butter London British Racing Green

    Her collection: “I have about 50+ bottles to date.”

    Favorite nail polish haunts: “Essenses or First Aid in Greenbelt. Most of them were press gifts though.”

    Nail pampering spot: Nail Spa

    How often do you change your nail polish color?

    “Every week!”

    Pet peeves: “Can’t stand ridges and chipped nails. I also hate seeing super long square-shaped nails that are French manicured. So tacky.”

    How do you take care of your nails?

    “I use a cuticle cream every day and take an oral supplement, Si-Nails.”

    Favorite nail treatments: Orly Bonder, Sally Hansen Diamond Top Coat, Yellow No More, OPI Matte Nail Envy, and Essie Quick-E

    Favorite nail polish remover: Sally Hansen

    If you can only wear one shade every day, what will it be?

    “Black—it goes with everything!”

    Any tips for other nail polish junkies?

    “Don’t be afraid to experiment, and don’t let colors intimidate you. It might look tacky or so-not-you based on how it looks in the bottle but will look fab once you try it on.”


  2. MUG SHOT: China Glaze Four Leaf Clover

    February 17, 2010 by pam

    I’ve gone crazy over green nail polish these past weeks – something I never ever thought was possible.

    I got so crazy that I even wrote an article about my search for the perfect green nail polish for the Inquirer.

    The search continued even after the article was published. I’m still in love with Butter London British Racing Green, Zoya Veruschka and Orly Green With Envy but thanks to China Glaze, I have yet another favorite green.

    Four Leaf Clover.

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    Part of China Glaze’s Up & Away collection, Four Leaf Clover is a super bright teal that’s more green than blue.

    This color is an eye-catcher. I’ve worn it for a few days and have gotten a lot of compliments on the crazy color.

    It is extremely difficult to photograph but I tried. Many times. These photos are still not accurate but I hope they give you an idea of how awesome this nail polish color is.

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    natural light

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    with flash

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    tungsten light


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    and again, natural light

    I ordered this bottle from Transdesign.com but it will also be available on local website Beauty Lane very soon.