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March, 2011


    March 29, 2011 by pam

    After seeing the China Glaze holos in the previous post, a friend sent me a message on Facebook.

    “I want to try L8R G8R.”

    Nothing unusual about that – except he’s male.

    His message made me happy and his timing is perfect. Because Polish Police is declaring this week as Men Who Wear Polish Week.

    We will spend the week celebrating men who have no qualms about wearing nail polish.

    And I don’t just mean men who let their girlfriends have fun by painting their nails but remove the polish immediately after.

    Although that’s cool too.

    Here are photos of a friend playing with my bottles and painting her boyfriend’s nails at our Christmas dinner.




    Over the years, we’ve seen men rock nail polish – Dave Navarro, Marilyn Manson, Adam Lambert, Kris Allen. But why should the fun be limited to celebrities?

    I am happy to have a few polish-wearing men in my life.

    My brother, who is a drummer and who is five years younger than me, started wearing polish back when he was in high school.

    His favorite polish shade? Black.

    Last year, when I was taking photos of my BYS polishes from Australia, he spotted Blue Sapphire and grabbed it. He said he wanted to wear it soon.


    I told him I’d let him wear Chanel Blue Satin too. If he likes Blue Sapphire, he’d love Blue Satin.

    Chanel Nail Polish

    And a few months ago, on his birthday, he let me paint his nails with OPI You Don’t Know Jacques.

    I just wish he’d take better care of his nails though – unlike me, he hasn’t kicked his nail-biting habit yet.

    And then there’s my friend Gab. One time, during a road trip, he asked if I had any polish with me. I did. I had Orly Charged Up in my bag. And he let me paint his nails – yes, with purple polish. I still have to make good on my promise to paint his nails green next time.

    Even more recently, just a couple of weeks ago, my friend Coco posted a photo of his nails on Twitter. He had black nail polish on all his nails except the index finger – it was painted neon green. An accent finger! And it was his first time! I couldn’t be prouder.

    And then he tweeted:

    “wait till you see my feet…:D

    Coco was wearing neon yellow polish on his toes. He had just come back from a vacation in Korea and here’s the funny thing – he said he ran into a guy at the airport who was wearing green polish on his toes.


    Then, days later, Coco showed up to our shoot with black polish on his toes.

    Again, I felt like a proud momma.

    I have no hang-ups about men wearing polish. I love polish so much and I want everyone to experience the joys of painting their nails.

    Seriously, why should women have all the fun?

    And so we begin Men Who Wear Polish Week. Over the next few days, you’ll meet men who love polish, get to know brands that make nail polish for men and be bombarded with color ideas and tips for painting those sexy hands and toes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man who loves polish, a man who wants to start loving polish, a woman curious about men who wear polish or a woman who wants her man to start wearing polish, we’re going to have lots of fun.

    I can’t wait.

  2. MUG SHOT: China Glaze FYI, L8R G8R and LOL

    March 28, 2011 by pam

    There’s been a lot of buzz about China Glaze’s OMG Collection online lately – and it’s a little strange because this holographic collection came out three years ago. The twelve shades are no longer easy to find and a lot of polish fans have been moaning and groaning about not snapping them up when they were still readily available.

    I am lucky to own three colors from this collection.


    L8R G8R, FYI and LOL.

    I found L8R G8R and FYI at Posh Nails in Tomas Morato over a year ago. I think I bought them for ₱280 each. And I ordered LOL from Transdesign in January 2010, a few months into my nail polish obsession.

    These were on my list of untrieds. I’m glad I’ve finally seen how great they are.

    The formula is nice – smooth and forgiving. Application was easy.

    This is L8R G8R.


    L8R G8R is a green holo.


    On me, it looks yellow green.


    This color is underwhelming in the bottle but super pretty on the nails.


    Two coats were enough to convince me of L8R G8R’s awesomeness.


    Holo magic.


    This is FYI.


    FYI is a taupe holo.


    Like L8R G8R, I didn’t go crazy over how it looked in the bottle.


    But on the nails… LOVE.


    I know it doesn’t look exactly like Butter London’s All Hail McQueen but this will have to tide me over for now.


    This was two coats.


    This is LOL.


    LOL is a beautiful purple holo.


    And yes, it’s gorgeous even in the bottle.


    I love this polish so much.


    This was two coats as well.


    Love love love.


    And now I regret not picking up the other colors in the OMG collection when I still had the chance. But I’m not giving up. I will continue to keep my eyes open for them – especially for DV8, 2NITE, IDK and TMI.

    Oh yes, I know I’m late, but I’ve finally joined the holo party.