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  1. MUG SHOT: Up all night with NARS Night Series Collection

    January 10, 2012 by pam

    Late last year, NARS released the Night Series Collection for Fall 2011. The collection included this six-color palette featuring some of NARS’ popular Night shadows.

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    The collection also included four nail polish shades inspired by four of the Night shadows. When I saw promo pics of them, I knew without a doubt that they needed to become part of my collection. They were totally my kind of colors. I also found the idea that they were inspired by eye shadows fascinating. I vowed to track them down and find them.

    I knew they were going to arrive in Rustan’s but unfortunately, they were going to hit the counters while I was in the US for a break. Still, I wanted to buy all four shades in Rustan’s. I just didn’t know if I’d be strong enough to resist the temptation if I found them while shopping in the States.

    Turned out I didn’t have to resist them because I never saw them while I was in New York. I blame that on the fact that I didn’t get the chance to make the department store rounds on Fifth Avenue.

    And so, upon landing in Manila, one of the first things I did was visit the NARS counter in Rustan’s Shang. Lara, who NARS addicts love and adore, was there and she told me that the Night Series shades were selling super fast. No big surprise there. Luckily, I was still able to get my set.

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    Say hello to Night Rider, Night Flight, Night Porter and Night Breed.

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    These swatches have been waiting for a while and now I’ll finally be able to show them to you.

    Let’s start with Night Rider.

    Eye shadow.

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    Polish.

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    NARS describes this as “soft plum with silver glitter.”

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    Check out that glitter.

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    Out of the four, Night Rider is the most feminine shade.

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    I love how unusual the shade is – it’s pink, it’s lilac, it’s blue, it’s silver.

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    No other polish in my collection looks like this.

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    It’s pretty in an unusual way.

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    The formula was nice and smooth.

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    I used two coats.

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    This is Night Flight.

    The shadow.

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    The polish.

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    NARS describes this as “black with cobalt blue pearls.”

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    Check out the crazy purple and blue micro-shimmer.

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    Despite the description, Night Flight looks more blue than black.

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    That’s one of the things I love about it – unlike a lot of deep blues that look almost black when you’re not under sunlight, this one looks blue all the time.

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    And it’s such a pretty (and edgy) blue.

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    If you love blue polish, if you love NARS, you’d love Night Flight.

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    Again, great formula.

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    The pigment is rich.

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    I used two coats.

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    This is Night Porter.

    Shadow.

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    Polish.

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    NARS describes this as “black with green pearls.”

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    I love this blackened green.

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    I love the green and gold shimmer in it too.

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    On the nails, Night Porter is a gorgeous green.

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    I used to think I was over green polish after being obsessed with it for so long.

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    But nope, Night Porter proved me wrong.

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    I love it.

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    It’s such a beautiful deep green.

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    My friend Coco, a straight guy who loves polish, got his own bottle of Night Porter from Rustan’s while I was in the US.

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    I was so impressed when he told me. He has great taste in polish.

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    Again, fantastic formula.

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    I used two coats.

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    And finally, Night Breed.

    Shadow.

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    Polish.

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    NARS describes this as “black with silver glitter.”

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    And yes, that’s exactly what it is.

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    Serious silver glitter.

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    There’s so much glitter in Night Breed, it’s awesome.

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    And it isn’t boring glitter either – it’s specks and flecks and different-sized sparkle.

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    Now I have to admit when it comes to black polish, I can be a purist.

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    Give me a glossy black creme and I’m good to go.

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    But I can’t help but love this.

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    It’s such an interesting polish shade.

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    Again, great formula.

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    I used two coats.

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    Because of the dense glitter, this one dries a little gritty but a good top coat like Seche Vite will smooth it out and make it super glossy.

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    Now my Night Series collection is complete but there’s one more Night polish I’m hoping to track down. Weeks after the release of the Night Series collection, NARS released the polish version of Night Clubbing with the black Marc Jacobs gloves set last year (and NARS Manosque with purple Marc Jacobs gloves).

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    The sets were sold at the NARS boutique on Bleecker St. What I hate is I was in the area twice around the time the sets were released but I didn’t even know they existed so I missed them. I am keeping my fingers crossed that NARS would release Night Clubbing and Manosque again in the future. (Please, polish gods, please.)

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    NARS is available at Rustan’s – The Beauty Source. Each bottle is ₱995


  2. MUG SHOT: This Twilight deserves to be a bestseller

    January 10, 2012 by pam

    And it doesn’t have sparkly vampires in it.

    But before we proceed with the swatch fiesta, something needs to be said.

    BUN IS BACK.

    Yes. Miss Bun, Nikki, Queen of Awesomeness, My Nail Polish Twin. (In case you’ve missed these posts, I’ve chronicled her crazy polish magic HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.)

    She’s back and she’s posted on her polish blog again after seven long months. Seven!

    I don’t have enough words to express how happy I am that she’s back – and I’m pretty freaking wordy. I missed her so much while she was away filming her new movie. Sure, I was blogging and swatching away, but things didn’t feel complete in my crazy polish universe. I cannot count the number of times I checked her blog and kept my fingers crossed for a new post, stalked her on Facebook and waited for updates and fretted over her silence on Twitter.

    But she’s back! And yes, we really are polish twins! She arrived in Hong Kong, opened her polish cabinet and felt an urge to cull. And yes, I gasped – not because she was willing to part with a fraction of her collection but because I’ve been feeling the same way for a while now. I have been feeling the need to streamline my polish collection. I’ve seriously lost count, my grandma’s house is turning into my nail polish warehouse (I only have one Helmer with me and a box of bottles waiting to be swatched – the rest go to her place for safekeeping) and seriously, my neglected bottles deserve more love and attention than I’ve been giving them. So yes, I will be putting some of my bottles up for adoption soon.

    I know exactly how Bun feels. And I cannot wait to feel the relief she felt after the purge.

    And she’s right, I have been waiting for her return. I’ve been squirreling away bottles for her and they’ve been waiting for her too. The secret mission is ongoing, the love (polish and otherwise) never stopped.

    And now, the world of polish feels complete again.

    On to the swatches.

    As I mentioned, I’ve been thinking hard about organizing my polish collection and sticking to the brands I already know and love but there are just some brands that make this decision hard. Really hard.

    Like Laura Mercier.

    I am no stranger to Laura Mercier, I hear about the brand all the time from my makeup-loving friends. But I had never tried Laura Mercier’s polish.

    Until Twilight.

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    Thanks to Cheska Sy, Rustan’s Assistant Brand Manager for Laura Mercier, I got the chance to check out the only nail color from Laura Mercier’s Moonlight Collection for Fall 2011.

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    Purple? Yes.

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    Dark purple? Yes yes.

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    Moody dark purple? Hell yes, sign me up for twenty.

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    Laura Mercier describes this as a deep violet.

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    But it’s so much more than that.

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    It’s plum, it’s aubergine, it’s eggplant.

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    It’s vampy, it’s edgy, it’s sexy.

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    There are countless bottles of violet polish out there but Twilight stands out for many reasons.

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    There’s nothing boring about it.

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    I love that it’s a blackened purple, that its finish is unusual, that its shimmer shows all kinds of colors – from pink to purple to blue to gold.

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    This color reminds me a little of Chanel Paradoxal, except the shimmer is more obvious in Twilight. I should post a comparison soon.

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    I love Twilight’s formula – it’s the perfect-two coater.

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    With a single polish shade, Laura Mercier has turned me into a fan.

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    Seriously.

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    Love love love.

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    I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.

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    And now I think I need to hunt down Caviar Dreams.

    You can find Laura Mercier at Rustan’s – The Beauty Source. Twilight is available for ₱745.