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POLICE FILES: My New York mani diary

November 15, 2010 by pam

It’s been a week since my last post and I only have New York to blame. (And okay, Philadelphia too.)

Most nights, we arrived at Peter’s (or Ver’s, or Joel’s) apartment too exhausted to do anything but prepare for bed and collapse. On one hand, it’s a good thing because we’ve experienced so much of my favorite city, on the other hand, it’s not a good thing because this blog has gotten pretty sad.

Where has the nail polish madness gone?

Trust me, it’s alive. It’s alive in my head and it’s alive in my suitcase which has been made heavy by the bottles of polish I bought on this trip.

I was going to bring back the polish madness today by writing about my trip to Rescue Beauty Lounge and meeting my nail polish hero Ji Baek but I can’t.

Because the plan was to post pictures of the RBL Tudor collection but I couldn’t take pictures because one, my camera battery is dead and needs charging and two, I already packed the bottles and they are hiding under a pile of clothes and lip balm and magazines and they are ready to fly to LA.

I will get to that story soon, I promise (probably when I get to LA) but for now, I have something else.

I will talk about my New York manicures. And even better, I will show them to you.

I arrived in New York wearing MAC Formidable! on my nails.

My nail girl Melanie went through hell applying it (it took four coats!) but I think it’s worth it.

Check out MAC Formidable! attacking the udon at the Narita airport during our stopover.

MAC Formidable!

This is MAC Formidable! under the sunlight just outside Peter’s apartment in Queens.

MAC Formidable!

This is MAC Formidable! showing off the new love of my life – Pretzel M&Ms – to my Facebook and Twitter friends.

MAC Formidable!

Then, one night during our first week in Peter’s apartment, I fell asleep while looking at nail polish photos online. I woke up in the middle of the night and found a box of YSL Manicure Duo Beautiful Day and a post-it note from Jill. “Better than what you’re looking at :)

YSL Manicure Duo Beautiful Day Purple

The surprise was the continuation of her birthday gift to me (crazy, I know) – she ordered it all the way from the UK because she couldn’t find it anywhere else.

Naturally, the next morning, I wanted to wear it. But since my nails are too short for the French manicure the YSL duos are supposed to be used for, I decided to use the purple alone.

This is YSL’s Manicure Duo Beautiful Day Purple on a funny morning involving too many cheeseburgers and angry women at the post office.

YSL Manicure Duo Beautiful Day Purple

This was Jill’s view of my manicure.

YSL Manicure Duo Beautiful Day Purple

This is YSL’s Manicure Duo Beautiful Day Purple showing off a couple of postcards I was about to send to friends. (Miss Bun, you should be getting one of these soon.)

YSL Manicure Duo Beautiful Day Purple

I spent a few days wearing that purple but I sadly had to change it because of Halloween.

This was Chanel L.A. Sunrise just a couple of hours before being Sharpied to death.

Chanel LA Sunrise

This was Chanel L.A. Sunrise in the middle of being Sharpied.

Chanel LA Sunrise + Black Sharpie

I removed my bee manicure that very same night and the next morning, in the middle of washing our clothes at the laundromat, I painted my nails with Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Jane. It was fast and easy, thanks to RBL’s fantastic formula. I was inspired by Ji who said Jane is her favorite nail polish shade now.

I had an encounter with a very rude woman at the laundromat but couldn’t strike back because my nails were still wet. (Damn it.)

Here is a very crappy photo of Jane, just cropped from a group shot at dinner. I promise to upload better photos of Jane soon. I’m pretty sure Jill has some.

RBL Jane

I wore Jane for days and days until the night we were to watch a very small rock gig. I felt the need to wear something darker so I went for MAC Rich Dark Delicious. Rich Dark Delicious had been on my wishlist for ages and ages and I finally found it at a Cosmetics Company Outlet. I will write more about CCOs when I post about my New York (and Philadelphia) shopping adventures (and you will find out why I’m seriously considering going on a no-buy or fine, low-buy, for the next six months).

But first, here’s Rich Dark Delicious pre-cleanup.

MAC Rich Dark Delicious

I love this color. I love it so much.

You know how some lemmings turn out to be serious duds? Rich Dark Delicious is the exact opposite of that. It lived up to my expectations and it lives up to its name.

This is MAC Rich Dark Delicious at the Applepalooza event at Astor Center where I tried not to get drunk on apple cider and gave all my attention to the yummy apple fritters instead.

MAC Rich Dark Delicious

After Rich Dark Delicious, I was in the mood for something red so I changed my manicure to Dior Jamaican Pepper just minutes before we walked to Penn Station and boarded our train to Philadelphia.

Jamaican Pepper is such an awesome red. I still have it on my nails now (photo to follow soon) but my manicure has chipped. I will change my manicure when I get to LA. Maybe Bikini Bottom? Because my RBL sale haul is waiting for me there.

It was only on this trip that I realized the kind of damage cold weather can do to your cuticles. They get so crazy dry! I’ve been drowning mine in Lemony Flutter. I keep whipping out my little tub of Lemony Flutter to hydrate my cuticles even while riding the subway.

Yes, I’m crazy. But we already know that.


  1. melvel says:

    It looks like you’re having fun! So inggit at all your nail polish hauls (i’m sure drool worthy again)

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  2. I’m flying into Tokyo via Narita airport in a week! (coming from NYC) and I’ve been laboring over what colors to wear. I think I’m definitely going with a RBL because I don’t have your fortitude and don’t want to pack polishes or remover!

    • pam says:

      Awesome! Enjoy Japan! :)

      Which RBL will you be bringing? (I am in love with RBL).. I brought only about five polishes on this trip (and bought the remover at Duane Reade, haha)… But the number of polishes has seriously multiplied, thanks to RBL and the beauty counters of NYC :D

      Sigh, I love New York.

  3. miss bun says:

    WHAT. Beautiful Day Duo. WTF. Most GORGE purple EVER! Pretzel M&Ms… WANT!!!! FORMIDABLE… jesus I missed THAT train but again, when I see it on your nails, I WANT. UM, POSTCARD GOODNESS! I GOT!!! :D It made me LOL extra hard. The bunneh! The bunneh! OMG RBL. My orders CAME IN THE MAIL, PAM. HANDPACKED BY JI. OMFG HYPERVENTILATEDED. I don’t know what I love more, your adventures or that you pack nail polish remover and 194,302 bottles of polish with you JUST SO you can change your mani. Oh Pam.


    • pam says:


      Beautiful Day is crazy gorgeous! And Jill was hilarious. We were in a drugstore or department store, I can’t remember, and I showed her a purple polish and she said, “I’ve seen better.” I had no idea she already had Beautiful Day hidden away in our friend Peter’s apartment..

      So glad you got the postcard :D

      And I have your Rescue Beauty book and other surprises waiting (you’ll get them by December :D )

      I want to see pictures of your RBL haul! :D :D :D :D I am so happy about mine!!

      I am nutsssss.

      And I love your update! More more more!!!

      In the meantime, I gotta go bake cupcakes. These babies aren’t going to bake themselves..

  4. aoitenshi says:

    Oh gosh so many beautiful polish colors in this post! MAC Formidable and YSL Beautiful Day just made my jaw drop! I can’t wait to see the rest of your New York pictures! I also LOVE your ring! It’s sooooo cute!

  5. Smile says:

    I was also trying to get these YSL N/p’s since last month but no longer available in HK. huhuhu!

    Lucky you!!!!

    • pam says:

      awww smile! i never thought i’d get this pa because i didn’t know where to find it.

      jill had to order it daw from the UK daw, that’s the only place she found it…

      you can borrow it! :)

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