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Essie Weingarten creates nail polish for pop royalty and real royalty, as well as the rest of us peons, and she recently chatted with Fashion Magazine about just how she launched the most popular nail brand to ever come out of Queens. Also noteworthy: her mani/pedi routine (it's a doozy) and her take on touchy Californians: Apparently, back in the '80s a purple-brown polish dubbed “Prune Face" made waves in the Golden State, leading Weingarten to discontinue the polish. “It was way before Botox." [Fashion Magazine]