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November, 2011

  1. MUG SHOT: Look ma, no glitter! (Playing with Deborah Lippmann’s jellies and cremes)

    November 30, 2011 by pam

    It’s been my dream to fill a bathtub with nail polish. It’s a dream I will turn into reality, I keep telling Jill, even though her eyes usually glaze over at the use of the words “nail polish” and “bathtub” in the same sentence.

    So imagine the look on my face when I saw this on Deborah Lippmann’s Tumblr.

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    The bathtub of my dreams! In real life!

    This bathtub was at the Lippmann event held recently for beauty editors. Eva Chen of Teen Vogue was there and she posted four pictures on Instagram (1, 2, 3, 4) – four pictures that will make your jaw drop if you are even the tiniest bit crazy about polish.

    A glitter party. Where you could mix your own Lippmann shade. Seriously. Someone wipe the drool off the floor.

    Now while I didn’t get the chance to mix my own Lippmann polish, I got my Lippmann fix by playing with the bottles Sol helped me haul from Nordstrom.

    Deborah Lippmann is famous for her glitter but I decided I needed these glitter-free shades in my life too.

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    Lara’s Theme, I Know What Boys Like, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Call Me Irresponsible.

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    They look so pretty all lined up – like candy for your nails.

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    This is Girls Just Want To Have Fun.

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    Named after the Cyndi Lauper song (which was remade by Miley Cyrus), Girls Just Want To Have Fun is described as “carefree coral.”

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    This Spring/Summer 2011 polish has been classified as creme but I really think it’s a jelly.

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    It’s crazy squishy.

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    Even after three coats, you can still see my nail line. I don’t mind though, especially since the formula is nice and problem-free.

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    I’ve seen this shade pull more orange on people with lighter skin. On me, it looks more pink.

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    I like it, it reminds me of a cold glass of Strawberry Kool-Aid. (And yes, I just had some yesterday.)

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    This is Lara’s Theme.

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    Deborah Lippmann created Lara’s Theme with model Lara Stone and released it for Spring/Summer 2011.

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    Lara is from the Netherlands and as an homage to her heritage, this shade is described as “double Dutch orange.” Orange is the color of the Dutch royal family.

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    I love how intense this color is.

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    It’s bold and bright without being a garish neon.

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    The formula was fantastic. I used two coats.

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    I love it. I love love love it.

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    First Dior Aloha and now this – 2011 has been a great year for me and orange polish.

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    This is Call Me Irresponsible.

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    This Summer 2009 release was named after a song that was first written in 1962 and has since been sung by Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble, among others.

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    Call Me Irresponsible is described as “vivacious violet.”

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    Like Girls Just Want To Have Fun, this was classified as a creme but it really is more of a jelly.

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    Look at that crazy squishiness.

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    The bottle color is more intense than what you see on your nails. But it’s lovely, lovely, lovely.

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    I have nothing like this purple jelly.

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    Call Me Irresponsible is one of my longtime Lippmann lemmings. I’m so glad I finally pulled the trigger. Now I think I need It’s Raining Men so Call Me Irresponsible wouldn’t be lonely.

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    And finally, I Know What Boys Like.

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    Yes, I know what boys like but that’s not what I mean. This polish was named after a song by The Waitresses (and Vitamin C and Katharine McPhee).

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    This Spring/Summer 2011 shade is described as “playful periwinkle.”

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    And yes, that’s what it is.

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    I Know What Boys Like is a creme.

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    The formula was lovely, it was opaque in two coats.

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    I like this one too. It’s really pretty.

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    Deborah Lippmann’s polishes are available at Rustan’s. Most of the shades in this post will be available here early next year along with Lippmann’s Fall and Holiday 2011 shades.


  2. MUG SHOT: Hitting the Ommorphia + Illamasqua jackpot

    November 26, 2011 by pam

    Last September, one of my favorite blogs turned one. And to celebrate its first birthday, Ommorphia Beauty Bar had awesome weekly giveaways for six weeks.

    On the fourth week, Eugenia and Illamasqua were giving away an awesome selection of products from the brand’s Theatre of the Nameless Collection.

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    And because I’m an Ommorphia and Illamasqua fan, I joined.

    I didn’t expect to win, I’ve joined a few blog giveaways and I’ve never won before, but I still wanted to try.

    So imagine my surprise when I got this e-mail from Eugenia, one cold morning in Pennsylvania, the morning after Ver and Joel’s wedding.

    Pammy!!!

    I just received word from Illamasqua that YOU WON MY GIVEAWAY!!!

    Naturally, I freaked out. In a very good way.

    It was triply special because it was my first time to win a blog giveaway, I adore Eugenia and I love Illamasqua.

    A few weeks later, back in Manila, this package arrived. I picked it up from the post office.

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    I love that even the mailing envelope fits the brand.

    I was so excited to get the package that I couldn’t resist – I had to open it in the car.

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    There was a sweet note from Alex Cummins, Illamasqua’s Junior Brand Manager.

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    As I reached into the envelope, I felt like a kid opening her Christmas present.

    Everything was so pretty.

    There was Illamasqua’s nail varnish in Vice.

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    Powder Blush in Morale.

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    Nail varnish in Taint.

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    Powder blush in Ambition.

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    And Illamasqua’s new Masquara, which I’ve heard great things about.

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    And once at home, I couldn’t help it, I had to take more pictures of my prizes.

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    I love them.

    Taint and Vice are two of the four colors from Illamasqua’s Theatre of the Nameless Collection.

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    Unlike your usual Illamasqua bottles, the caps on these are rubberized – to mirror the rubber finish of the nail varnish colors in the collection.

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    This is Taint.

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    Illamasqua describes this as “stone brown.”

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    It looks deep taupe to me. The color reminds me of a nice thick chocolate shake.

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    You know I have a thing for brown polish so yes, I love this.

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    Also, for some reason, despite the difference in finish, the shade reminds me of Illamasqua Bacterium. Now I regret not buying it at Sephora when I had the chance. I must pull that trigger soon.

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    I like Taint’s rubber finish, it sets it apart from my other brown polishes.

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    The formula was great, just as we’ve come to expect from Illamasqua. I used two coats for full opacity.

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    This is Vice.

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    Illamasqua describes this as “deep cerise.”

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    It’s a rich shade of berry.

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    So pretty.

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    I’ve seen it pull more red on some people but on my skin tone it looks very pink.

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    I love it.

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    The color reminds me of Chanel Fantastic – but the rubber finish gives it a sexy S&M edge.

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    Once again, great formula. I used two coats.

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    Love.

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    Thank you, Eugenia. Thank you, Illamasqua. You rocked my November.

    Check out Ommorphia Beauty Bar and follow Eugenia on Twitter.

    Get your Illamasqua fix by ordering from the Illamasqua website. Yes, they ship internationally. Illamasqua is also available at Sephora. Find Illamasqua on Facebook, follow the brand on Twitter and visit Illamasqua’s official blog HERE.