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  1. POLICE FILES: Polish Police’s top 13 nail polish picks from 2013

    January 4, 2014 by pam

    It’s the start of a new year but before I start swatching like crazy, I wanted to look back at the year that was and pick my top 13 favorite nail polish releases from 2013.

    Except you know I’m totally lying, right? Because back in 2011, I couldn’t stick to 11. And this time, I couldn’t stick to 13 either. I tried to be ruthless, I tried to cut my list down as much as I could but it was breaking my heart. So yes, I will once again have runners-up (all of which totally deserve to be on the main list) and a few ties. I’m calling this list my Top 13 but really, we’re talking more like 20. Can you blame me?

    Here are Polish Police’s top 13 (*cough* 20 *cough*) for 2013:

    Marc Jacobs’ Enamored line – specifically Blue Velvet, Petra and Fluorescent Beige

    This was the launch of the year for me. I love Marc Beauty’s nail polish line – the packaging, the bottle, the design, the colors. Two things make me sad – that I was no longer in New York when the brand launched (because I really really want to go to the Marc Beauty boutique) and that Marc Jacobs Beauty isn’t available in the Philippines (if it were, I might have completed the whole line by now – yes, that’s one of my biggest nail polish dreams).

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    I’ve tried eight of the many shades from this line and they did not disappoint.

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    Here are my three favorites:

    Blue Velvet

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    Petra

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    Fluorescent Beige

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    Hannah from Deborah Lippmann’s GIRLS Collection

    2013 was the year I finally started watching GIRLS. Now I’m kind of obsessed with the show. And with Hannah, this beautiful dusty hunter green inspired by Lena Dunham’s character.

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    Turn It Around from Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Emoting Me Collection

    I actually love all the shades in this collection – I’ve found that there’s always one that matched my different moods. But Turn It Around is definitely my favorite – this mossy green with killer copper sparkle is just so beautiful.

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    Dior Nymphea

    Nymphea is one of the two shades from Dior’s Asia Exclusive DiorSnow collection this year. Sadly, I do not have proper swatches of Nymphea yet – it’s on top of my huge swatching pile though, I swear. But I fell in love with this polish when I first saw it in Rustan’s.

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    Nymphea was the base of my Christmas mani. It’s not a proper swatch but I hope these photos show you just how pretty this blue is.

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    Azure and Bel-Argus from L’Ete Papillon de Chanel collection for Summer 2013

    I still remember how excited I was when these two shades came out. I was so giddy when I bought them. And I still love these shades now as much as I did on that day.

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    Liberty, my Rescue Beauty Lounge color

    Yes, call me biased, but I couldn’t come out with this list and not include Liberty. This glass-flecked green isn’t just a pretty polish, it’s a dream come true. Sometimes I still couldn’t believe that I actually created this shade with RBL founder Ji Baek.

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    Chanel Taboo

    Released with Chanel’s Revelation de Chanel Collection for Spring, Taboo is a gorgeous shimmery deep purple with purple, blue and red sparkle. Love love love it.

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    NARS Easy Walking Right from the Pierre Hardy collection

    There are twelve shades in NARS’ Pierre Hardy collection, sold in six pairs that come in their own “shoe box” with shoe bags. I had a lot of fun playing with these shades and love a lot of these colors. Easy Walking Right, a camel creme, is my favorite because it’s one of the most unique shades in the collection.

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    I also really really like the combination of the purple and yellow from the Sharks set.

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    Glam Polish Star Candy

    Star Candy from Glam Polish was one of my favorite polish finds last year – totally worth having it shipped to Manila from Singapore. I had so much fun with this polish in 2013 and I just know I’ll have more fun with it this year.

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    Va Va Voom + Rolling In The Deep from Deborah Lippmann’s Jewel Heist Collection

    Deborah Lippmann’s super glittery Jewel Heist Collection is another memorable 2013 collection for me.

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    And my favorite was the perfect combination of Rolling In The Deep, a beautiful midnight blue, and Va Va Voom, crazy blurple holo glitter.

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    Laura Mercier’s Bewitched for Fall 2013

    Bewitched, from Laura Mercier’s Fall 2013 collection, was also one of my favorites last year. Love this unique blue-green creme with greenish-gold glitter.

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    Galathee from NARS’ Fall 2013 Collection

    This beautiful pale gray just stole my heart.

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    Fire Queen from RBL’s Fan Collection 2.0

    The truth is I really loved this entire collection.

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    But Fire Queen holds a special place in my heart. I love it so much. It’s like Liberty’s purer, brighter cousin.

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    Deborah Lippmann Wicked set

    Oh, Deborah Lippmann’s Wicked set, I had so much fun with you. First there was the absolutely magical way it came into my life. And then there was the adventure I had with it in New Zealand. And the timing is perfect – Deborah came out with this set just before Wicked was set to open in Manila (it’s happening in a few weeks!). And I have great news for fans of Deborah Lippmann and Wicked – this set will be available here at Rustan’s!

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    This is Defying Gravity.

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    Popular.

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    And One Short Day.

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    These three shades are so much fun to play with.

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    Frimas from Dior’s Golden Winter collection

    Even though it was overshadowed by the more attention-grabbing pieces from Dior’s holiday collection, it cannot be denied that Frimas is beautiful. Minuit is gorgeous too but I just love this gold-flecked rosy taupe.

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    Whew. We’ve finally reached the end of this super long list. Can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for us polish fans.


  2. POLICE FILES: Nail polish news! Chanel FNO 2013, Deborah Lippmann in Sephora and the launch of Marc Jacobs Beauty

    August 11, 2013 by pam

    One of the things I look forward to the most as a nail polish fan is Vogue’s annual Fashion’s Night Out event. Chanel’s special FNO collections always get my heart racing. Remember how I went crazy over the Chanel Khakis in 2010? (swatches) And how the Kardashians almost blocked Petah from getting my Les Jeans de Chanel set in 2011? (swatches, gradient) And how Petah still managed to snag Provocation, Delicatesse, Infidele even though FNO 2012 was held on the same night as Madonna’s concert? (swatches)

    So imagine my heartbreak when Vogue canceled FNO this year. Goodbye, Chanel FNO 2013, I thought.

    But I was wrong.

    Because check this out:

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    Gorgeous, right?

    Fashion’s Night Out may be canceled in New York but the good news is there will still be FNO events in other parts of the world, including Russia, Paris and Manchester. These two bottles are part of Chanel’s Nuit Magique collection and will be released at FNO events worldwide. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Magic and Cosmic will be available online too. (Please, polish gods, please.)

    DEBORAH LIPPMANN IN SEPHORA

    In other news, Deborah Lippmann is now available at Sephora, as if the giant beauty chain wasn’t already siphoning your money.

    And to celebrate, Deborah created these Sephora-exclusive shades.

    Chasing Pavements

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    Lilac Wine

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    She Bop

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    99 Luftballoons

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    I definitely want 99 Luftaballoons. I want Chasing Pavements too because I love gray polish and I adore Adele. And even though this isn’t a Sephora exclusive, I want it too.

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    This is Stronger, the polish Kelly Clarkson wore to the Grammys this year. Deborah customized this for her. I need this glitter polish on my nails, stat.

    Speaking of Deborah Lippmann, yesterday, after a long day of working, my grandma and I dropped by Rustan’s. I really love shopping for Lippmanns at Rustan’s in Shangri-La Mall. Check out that display. I can seriously stare at this all day.

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    I thought about picking up Moon Rendezvous, Through The Fire, Dancing In The Dark and Private Dancer but I changed my mind at the last minute and went for the Rock This Town set instead.

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    Then, thanks to my new favorite Lippmann sales associate Raul, I found out about the rewards promo Rustan’s is running. For each purchase of a Deborah Lippmann polish, you get a stamp on your card. The more stamps you get, the more Deborah Lippmann freebies you’ll receive.

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    This gives me another reason to keep dropping by Rustan’s.

    SAY HELLO TO MARC JACOBS BEAUTY

    We’ve known it was coming but for a while, I was ambivalent about it.

    Don’t get me wrong – I like Marc Jacobs. His Bleecker stores are always on my list of places to visit when I’m in New York. But I wasn’t sure how I felt about his beauty line – until I saw the colors.

    Marc Jacob’s cosmetics line incudes lip, eye, face and nail products. I’m sure you know which of these I’m interested in.

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    Check out Marc’s sketches of his polish collection’s packaging.

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    There are 23 colors of his Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquers, 24 if you count Shiny, the clear top coat which Marc claims is his favorite.

    Are you ready to see them all?

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    Shocking

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    Snap!

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    Le Charm

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    Gatsby

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    Nirvana

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    Sally

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    Lux

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    Ultraviolet

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    Delphine

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    Daisy

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    Funny Girl

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    Baby Jane

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    Secret Love

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    Blue Velvet

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    Desire

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    Jezebel

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    Flourescent Beige

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    Petra

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    Lola

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    Evelyn

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    Stone Jungle

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    Shiny

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    My favorites are Nirvana, Sally, Ultraviolet, Blue Velvet, Desire, Petra, Evelyn and Stone Jungle. I’m also very intrigued by Flourescent Beige. I don’t usually go for neutrals but the name piqued my curiosity.

    Why do I have the feeling I will end up owning a complete set of this collection? My wallet’s already screaming in agony.

    Check out the complete collection on Marc Jacobs Beauty. You can also find the collection at Sephora.