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December, 2011

  1. POLICE FILES: Benefit has landed

    December 31, 2011 by pam

    This blog is dedicated to nail polish. And because I know people visit to read about polish, I try not to post about things that aren’t polish-related. But sometimes it can’t be helped. Sometimes something non-polish is so awesome (and so special to me) that it has to be written about.

    This is one of those times.

    I know a lot about nail polish. Too much, even. But when it comes to makeup, I know as much as a newborn baby.

    Sure, there was a time I had a huge traincase of cosmetics, and sure, I loved playing with them, but I’m really not good at applying makeup. Tatin says I can learn just like I learned to paint my nails and I am making it my mission to do so one day.

    I’ve survived these makeup-challenged years with two weapons – black eyeliner and Benetint.

    If there’s a party, if we’re going out, if I need to look a little more dressed up, I just pick up my eyeliner and Benetint.

    I love Benetint, Benefit’s lip and cheek stain. And Tatin finds it funny that I do. She wrote in her blog: “How funny that one of her favorite non-polish beauty products would come packaged in a bottle and brush that still looks like nail polish.”

    It’s one of the few beauty products that I use up completely. Maybe the only one. In fact, my last bottle was so used (and abused) that its head broke off. And I still kept using it until it was completely empty.

    The problem was I couldn’t buy Benetint here easily. Sure, there were resellers but their prices were high. So I had to get mine abroad.

    When I heard that there were plans of bringing Benefit to Manila, I was excited. And finally, this month, it became a reality.

    Tatin and I went to the soft opening of Benefit’s store in Greenbelt 5. It was madness. There were so many people there but Tatin and I squeezed into the store to get our Benefit fix.

    I walked away with two tints – my beloved Benetint and Posietint.

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    I love love love the pretty packaging.

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    Let’s look at Benetint, my longtime love.

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    I love that it’s so easy to use.

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    This rose-tinted stain smells (and tastes) faintly like roses.

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    And I love that it makes you look like you just have naturally rosy cheeks.

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    I looked for old pics of me wearing Benetint.

    This is me wearing nothing on my face but Benetint and eyeliner.

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    Another pic from the same night:

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    Different day, different party, same Benetint.

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    And okay, margaritas.

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    I’ve been loyal to Benetint for years. I didn’t think I’d fall in love with a different lip and cheek stain again.

    But enter Posietint.

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    Posietint is Benefit’s poppy pink lip and cheek stain.

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    Unlike Benetint which is a liquid, Posietint’s formula is creamy.

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    I tried it and was surprised by how much I love it. Especially on the lips.

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    I loved it so much I sent this e-mail to Tatin who was in Hong Kong:

    “OMG! I love Posietint! Ang ganda nya sa lips!!!”

    So now my killer combo is Benetint on the cheeks and Posietint on the lips.

    Because of these two tints, I spent hours looking at every single product (and all the FAQs and reviews) on Benefit’s website.

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    And now I have a sizable Benefit wish list. And on top of that list is ChaChaTint, Benefit’s mango-tinted lip and cheek stain. Because I want to complete my Benefit tint trio and because Tatin says it will rock my world too.

    I love you, Benefit. I’m so glad you’re finally here.

    Each tint costs ₱1800. Follow Benefit Cosmetics Philippines on Facebook. You can find Benefit’s first store in the Philippines at Greenbelt 5.


  2. MUG SHOT: Deborah Lippmann’s Edge of Glory Polish Set for Lady Gaga’s Barneys Workshop

    December 15, 2011 by pam

    It was 4 a.m. and after a full day of cooking and partying I felt ready to collapse. But then I spotted something that jolted me awake.

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    Remember how Petah surprised me with Deborah Lippmann’s Edge of Glory polish set from Lady Gaga’s Barneys Workshop?

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    Thanks to Joel and Ver, it finally landed here in Manila. And it arrived with these awesome giraffe cards that Petah cuts by hand every year.

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    Yes, he’s crazy. And I mean that in the best way possible.

    I opened the bag and found this beauty.

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    I opened the box and found that Petah had filled it with the goodies I recently bought online.

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    I couldn’t wait to see everything.

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    Well hello there.

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    Hello, Dior NY57th!

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    You’re so pretty!

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    Hello to you too.

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    Silver Lake.

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    You’re sexy. I can’t wait to compare you to my beloved Chanel Graphite.

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    I was really excited to see this next one.

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    Rebel Yell!

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    I’ve been dying to wear you.

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    Chanel!

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    A precious new addition to my Chanel collection.

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    And of course, Deborah Lippmann’s Edge of Glory.

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    I inspected every inch of the box.

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    Thank you Petah! (And thank you Ver and Joel for bringing my babies home!)

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    A big dose of happiness.

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    A couple of days later, I was finally able to bring the Edge of Glory set out so we could play.

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    Edge of Glory is a rich black jelly.

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    It’s a gorgeous black.

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    Super glossy.

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    Super rich.

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    I love it.

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    The formula is fantastic.

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    Super smooth and creamy.

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    I used two coats.

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    I love this black so much.

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    I could totally wear it on its own.

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    But why would I do that when there’s the Edge of Glory Holographic Top Coat?

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    You have to forgive the insane amount of photos.

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    I just love this so much.

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    It’s serious serious love.

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    Edge of Glory’s 3D Holographic Top Coat is a flakie top coat.

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    Yes, flakies aren’t new – we’ve seen a ton of them from brands like Nfu Oh.

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    But Edge of Glory just looks different to me.

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    Because while the usual flakies morph into two to three different colors – yellow/green/orange, blue/green, blue-green/green…

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    … this one changes into all kinds of colors.

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    Purple, blue, orange, yellow, green, red.

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    Seriously, it’s crazy.

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    And the best part is you don’t have to be out in the sun to see the top coat’s effects.

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    It’s also amazing indoors.

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    Here are photos of my Edge of Glory in natural light.

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    Check out all the crazy colors.

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    It’s been days and I still couldn’t stop staring at my nails.

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    Because it’s just nuts.

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    Nuts.

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    Here’s a close-up.

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    Am I in love?

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    Yes I am.

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    Thank you, Petah, for this incredible gift.

    You know how I know a polish is insanely beautiful? When it stops a mad swatching session because I don’t want to take it off.

    And that’s exactly what Edge of Glory did.

    Thank you, Petah. Thank you, Ver and Joel. Thank you, Lady Gaga. Thank you, Deborah Lippmann. Thank you, Barneys.

    Now let me go back to staring at my nails.

    Deborah Lippmann’s limited edition Edge of Glory set is still available on the Barneys website.