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  1. PETAH FILES: Green With Envy – a Wicked evening with Deborah Lippmann

    September 25, 2013 by pam

    A note from Pammy: Deborah Lippmann sent Polish Police an invitation to grab a bite and then watch Wicked with her on Broadway to celebrate the release of her collection at Sephora. The collection includes a fabulous Wicked set that Deborah created to celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary. When I received the invite, I started hyperventilating. One, I love Deborah. Two, I looove Wicked! Wicked is my favorite musical – I watched it once in New York and, because the show is coming to Manila in January, I am planning to watch it a few more times. Watching my favorite musical with Deborah would have been a dream come true! Sadly, I am thousands of miles away from New York and couldn’t make it. But I knew we couldn’t pass up this fantastic opportunity. Luckily, my beloved polish elf and Polish Police’s New York correspondent Petah was ready to step in. And he didn’t just go, he even helped me prepare Wicked-themed presents for Deborah and lovingly wrapped them. But why am I telling you this? I’ll let Petah tell you about last night’s wicked Wicked adventure. Here we go…

    Pammy asked me to cover this event and we confirmed within minutes of the invitation. A couple of days later, I was in Times Square to celebrate the release of Deborah Lippmann’s Broadway show-themed nail polish set.

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    Wicked is marking its 10th anniversary and Deborah commemorated Broadway’s jewel with its very own nail polish set. This lacquer trio is a tribute to the show’s beloved characters and their journey.

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    The set includes Popular, a pink shimmer that was inspired by the frivolous and capricious Glinda…

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    Defying Gravity (which happens to be Deborah’s favorite Wicked song), a green creme that replicates Elphaba’s distinct skin tone…

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    and One Short Day, an emerald shimmer to symbolize our heroines’ journey to Emerald City.

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    During the pre-show reception, I spoke to Deborah’s colleagues about the collaboration. With HBO’s Girls and True Blood-inspired collections already part of the brand’s rich polish history, theater seemed like the natural next step. Deborah’s love for music and the show (She’s seen it over a dozen times!) paved the yellow brick road for these munchkins.

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    Deborah arrived mid-chatter and shared her journey with the two beloved witches. With emerald being Pantone’s color of the year, she was worried it would be a cliché but she bottled her hesitation and concocted its timing. She talked about sifting through a decade of costume archives and how that led to her color inspirations. Getting access to discontinued fabrics was a challenge but ultimately, she came up with undeniably mesmerizing shades.

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    The show was and still is magical – from once-upon-a-time until its happily-ever-after. Lindsay Mendez as Elphaba and Alli Mauzey as Glinda were equally enchanting in their performances.

    I was toting Pammy’s new babies the entire night, excited to report back to the chief.

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    It was a privilege to be in the presence of the nail polish rock star and lacquer wizard Ms. Deborah Lippmann. She was gracious and warm throughout the evening.

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    And it was thrilling to have enjoyed the show for the third time with her. I felt like a giddy twelve-year-old girl, with wonderful nails.

    I am so sure this set will have fans of Wicked and Deborah rushing to the nearest Sephora.

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    And if you were wondering about our token for Deborah, here it is.

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    We loved these Wicked treats from our favorite brownie place The Fat Witch and thought Deborah would enjoy them too.

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    And we were so thrilled to see this photo on Deborah’s Instagram last night.

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    It was truly a wicked Wicked night.

    Deborah Lippmann’s Wicked Set is now available at Sephora stores and Sephora.com. Don’t forget to check out the Deborah’s Sephora-exclusive shades too – 99 Luftballoons, Chasing Pavements, Lilac Wine and She Bop. Visit DeborahLippmann.com and follow Deborah on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. In the Philippines, Deborah Lippmann products are available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.


  2. PETAH FILES: Marc the day (also known as playing strip polish with the Polish Chief)

    August 11, 2013 by pam

    I was going to include this in my previous entry but then I realized that this deserves its own post. Polish Police New York correspondent and beloved polish elf Petah didn’t just pull off a huge surprise while I was asleep, he sent me a lovely e-mail telling me exactly how he did it. And here’s the story in his own words:

    08.09.13 marked the day when Marc Jacobs Beauty arrived. I was strolling in SoHo while Instagramming when a Sephora bag-toting Marc Jacobs popped up on my phone.

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    It’s finally here!

    My next steps led me to their SoHo flagship, the very Sephora store where the photo was taken. They had a nice spread of these pretties. I scanned the aisle and spotted them babies. I grabbed my personal three for Pammy. But then I remembered walking by the soon-to-be opened Marc Jacobs Beauty boutique on Bleecker a week ago. I left the bottles in SoHo and trekked to the West Village. I figured the boutique run would be much more gratifying than the crowded cosmetic distributor. My instinct didn’t fail me and Eve, the lovely salesgirl, made shopping more pleasurable.

    After the acquisition, I sent Pammy this teaser.

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    I was asleep on the other side of the world when Petah sent that teaser with these messages:

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    I opened my eyes unusually early that morning and was still half-asleep when I read Petah’s message. I thanked him for reminding me, telling him I will start Googling swatches. I love how he’s so on top of things – sometimes he hears exciting polish news before I do.

    But Petah was only getting started.

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    Then he told me how he went to the Marc Jacobs Boutique on Bleecker and he sent me this beautiful photo.

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    Suddenly I was wide awake at 7:30 on a Saturday morning.

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    But he still wasn’t done.

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    And then he sent me more photos.

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    My eyes widened – not just at the bottles but at the name on one of the bottles.

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    Petra is another one of our nicknames for Petah. Crazy.

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    And what’s even crazier is that Petra really was one of the colors that grabbed my attention when I first looked at all the bottles in the collection. And Desire and Blue Velvet? Also high on my list. Remember, this happened before I posted about Marc Jacobs Beauty, before I listed my favorites from his polish line. Petah is not only magical, he might be a mind reader.

    It was such an awesome way to kick off my Saturday but the fun had to be cut short because Petah was about to watch Rachel Dratch in Shakespeare in the Park’s Love’s Labour’s Lost.

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    After the show, Petah sent me a photo of my first Marc Jacobs bottles. I am so excited to wear them!

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    I’m still not sure what these are but I know I will find out soon.

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    This is the second time Petah has surprised me in just a week. Last week, I thought really hard about NARS BLKR 413 and decided that I really wanted it. So I sent him an e-mail, asking him to please help me order it from the NARS website (NARS doesn’t accept non-US credit cards) and I will send him the payment through Paypal.

    An hour later, he sent me this e-mail:

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    My jaw dropped. What?! How?! Where?! So fast!

    Then Petah explained. Even before I asked him to help me, he was already planning to get NARS BLKR 413. He had planned to go to the NARS boutique on August 1, the day the collection launched, but it rained hard. “I didn’t want to buy it online coz that’s boring,” he said. The next day, he and our friends went to Umami Burger, which just opened in New York. They had to wait an hour before they could be seated so he dragged them to NARS where, he says, “Bleecker 413 magically hopped onto my palms.”

    Yes, he really is the sweetest. And yes, I kinda ruined his surprise.

    I am still reeling from these awesome surprises. Thanks to Petah, I feel like the luckiest girl in polish world.