Archive for September, 2012


Today I have a comparison of OPI’s DS Coronation (index and ring) and OPI’s Paris Couture for Sure (middle and pinky). This picture is 3 coats of each.

These two are really close, both are beautifully smooth silver scattered holos and required 3 thick coats for full opacity (Paris Couture for Sure is actually labeled as a topcoat on the bottle, but I just take that as a suggestion…). If you look at the picture, you can see that Paris is a little better at catching the light, creating a beautiful rainbow on your fingernails, but I would say that Coronation is close enough that you don’t need both (and Coronation is a lot easier to find, I saw a bottle at Ulta just yesterday).

DS Coronation is from OPI’s 2008 Designer Series

Paris Couture for Sure is from OPI’s 2005 Shopping Around the World Holiday Collection

Listed from least favorite to favorite 🙂

(6) China Glaze Roguish Red is a vibrant orange red creme (2 coats)

(5) China Glaze Bizarre Blurple is a dark purple base with blue shimmer (2 coats)

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Sunlight

(4) China Glaze Glitter Goblin is a mix of copper and silver holographic glitter (3 coats)

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Sunlight

Natural Light

Shade

(3) China Glaze Make a Spectacle is a mixture of iridescent glitter in different shapes and sizes (3 coats). For more info, check out my review of Heart and Souls.

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Sunlight

(2) China Glaze Immortal is a gray base with silver, blue and purple shimmer (2 coats)

(1) China Glaze Cast a Spell is a black base with gold shimmer (2 coats)

This was a hard collection to rank! What a terrific group of polishes for Halloween. Some of these seem like pretty close duplicates of other China Glaze polishes (like Cast a Spell and Wagon Trail, Immortal and Elephant Walk, Bizarre Blurple and Tempest), but as far as I can tell, they aren’t exact matches. Roguish Red was really hard for my camera to capture, because it was so very bright. The two glitters are probably best for layering, but I used them on their own here (be sure to use plenty of topcoat if you don’t want them to be bumpy). Cast a Spell was very nearly a one coater, which is beyond awesome.

Megamind & Del Sol Superhero

Megamind is freakin’ hilarious.  Need I say more?  Okay, you twisted my arm.  Megamind is one of my most favorite cartoons.  Ever.   When I need a really good laugh, I turn to Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross, and even Bard Pitt.

Will Ferrell voices Megamind, the incredibly handsome criminal genius and master of all villainy, at least that’s what he calls himself.  He’s an alien sent to Earth as a baby because his planet is being sucked into a black hole.  At the same time, Brad Pitt’s parents sent him to Earth.  Brad Pitt voices Metro Man, the super hero who becomes Megamind’s rival.  Tina Fey is the Lois Lane character and Jonah Hill is her trusty cameraman, who happens to be in love with her.

It comes as a complete surprise to Megamind, but one of his plots to destroy Metro Man actually works.  The super villain succeeds in killing the super hero and takes over the city.  He quickly sees how meaningless his life is without a super hero to battle and decides to create a new one to take Metro Man’s place.  Along with his trusty sidekick Minion, voiced by the always entertaining David Cross, they turn Jonah Hill’s Hal Stewart into Tighten (it was the only name Megamind could trademark), he who would inherit Metro Man’s glory.

While all this is going on, Megamind has been pretending to be the curator of the Metro Man Museum and falls for Tina Fey’s Roxanne Ritchi, and she falls for him.  This outrages Tighten, and he decides that instead of becoming the super hero, he’s going to challenge Megamind for the role of super villain.  This forces Megamind to save Roxanne, and the day.

I love Will Ferrell.  Not necessarily the stupid Semi-Pro or Talladega Nights Will Ferrell, but the Elf and the Bewtiched Will Ferrell.  I can’t say that he is funnier here than he is in Elf, but it is a darn close call.

Also, I want to be Tina Fey when I grow up, so it would be really hard for her to do wrong in my book.  Jonah Hill is so goofy, and so great in this film.  David Cross was hilarious in Arrested Development and he is equally hilarious here.

I am not crazy about Brad Pitt.  I think his politics and personal life have overshadowed his accomplishments as an actor.  It also seems that he purposefully tries to make himself look unattractive.  All that being said, he is so good in this movie.  Why doesn’t he do more funny roles?  The only other movie that he has been in that I thought was funny was Sinbad, another cartoon.

My dad bought me a Del Sol polish while he was on a cruise, and I have always thought it was the perfect choice for Megamind.  It is called Superhero and it is a nice baby blue polish, kind of like Megamind’s skin.  Because this is a Del Sol, it changes to a light purple color.

I have to confess that this polish is older, so it didn’t go on very smoothly.  Back when this polish was new, it was pretty nice.  This picture is two coats, and there was a bit of bubbling.  I like to think I can blame that on the age of the polish, but I can’t say for sure.  As a reminder, a top coat will cause Del Sol polishes not to change colors.

I love love love love love Megamind.  It is a stinkin’ good time.  Del Sol’s SuperHero is also a good time. ~E

This Means War & OPI Don’t Mess with OPI

As K made clear, repeatedly, I love Chris Pine.  I’m totally an eye person, and his are phenomenal.  Anytime I see him in a trailer, my interest in the movie immediately rises. The trailer for This Means War was not great, but I knew I would eventually see it—because of Chris Pine.  Throw Tom Hardy in the mix, and it was inevitable.

Like I said, I didn’t have super high hopes for this movie, but it was better than I thought.  I should have known better.  I mean, Reese Witherspoon rarely lets me down, at least in her romantic comedies.

In This Means War, Chris and Tom play CIA agents and best friends. Tom hasn’t been in a serious relationship since things ended with his ex-wife.  Chris is a player with a string of ex-girlfriends.  These two’s bromance is interrupted by Reese, a woman who uprooted for a guy only to be dumped.  Needless to say, she hasn’t had many relationships since.  The fellas quickly find out that they are both dating the same girl.  While watching, I couldn’t decide if they both really liked her, or if the whole thing was more about winning.  Regardless, it escalates into an all-out spy war, each guy with his own surveillance team to check up on the other.

The subplot involves a bad guy out to get Tom and Chris, since they were responsible for his brother’s death.  The nice thing about this movie is that it has a little for everyone: romance, comedy, and action, even if the plot is a little farfetched (like the CIA would really let them get away with all the craziness they were doing).

The actors all did well with their parts.  Personally, I could have done without Chelsea Handler, who played Reese’s crass friend.  I did like her advice when Reese was trying to decide which guy to choose. She told her to choose the guy who makes her better.  It was really the only time I liked the character.

This was kind of a hard movie to come up with a polish, so I eventually settled on OPI’s Don’t Mess With OPI.  I thought the super-spy vs. super-spy aspect merited a somewhat threatening titled polish. Also, it was green, the color of envy, which is a main theme of the movie as well.

I have to be honest, I love polishes with a shimmer or glitter. Cremes can be lovely, but I generally find them kind of boring.  And they take forever to dry. I just had to get that off my chest. Don’t Mess With OPI was a nice polish.  I liked the color, but not the drying time.

Don’t Mess With OPI was okay.  So was This Means War. ~E

As someone who was raised in the ‘burbs, I have to say that I think it’s people who live in the city that are crazy. But that’s not the point of this movie. The point of The ‘Burbs is to showcase the bizarre, the paranoid and the just plain nuts in quiet suburban life. Tom Hanks stars as a mild-mannered inhabitant of a peaceful cul-de-sac, on a stay at home vacation. Bored to death, he starts watching the goings-on of his neighbors, particularly the creepy family next door who don’t take care of their house or yard and only come out at night. When one elderly neighbor disappears under suspicious circumstances, the entire street gets in on the stakeout, which quickly escalates into a full-blown witchhunt.

Tom Hanks is always likeable, even when he’s acting bat-crap-crazy, like he is here. I never want to see a movie where he’s the villain, I just wouldn’t buy it. Would anyone? I was very excited to see Carrie Fisher here as his long-suffering wife. Princess Leia is the coolest, right? Corey Feldman puts in an appearance as one of Tom’s cohorts and it just made me want to watch The Goonies (a much funnier movie than this one). This isn’t the greatest piece of cinema to come out of the ’80’s, but it provides a great bit of nostalgia from the decade that produced me.

In honor of those neighbors that have kept me up into the wee hours (and vice-versa) I present to you China Glaze’s Up All Night. This is a dark navy shimmer, almost black indoors, but gorgeous in the light. This could probably have been a one coat polish, but I did 2 for this picture, just to make sure I didn’t have any bald patches. Lovely formula, lovely color. ~K

I like cartoons and I am not going to apologize for it.  I mean, they are not all created equally.  If you have ever seen The Magic Voyage, you know that cartoons can be a little underwhelming.  Mostly though, Disney is pretty reliable…at least recently.  Not all of them are financially successful, but that doesn’t necessarily equate a stellar movie in my opinion.  Some of my favorites barely made a blip on the pop culture radar.

I don’t know if Treasure Planet falls into that category, but I do thoroughly enjoy it.  It is an intergalactic retelling of Robert Louis Stevens’ Treasure Island.  Jim Hawkins is a teenager being raised by his mother and he seems a little lost.  He is super intelligent, but keeps getting into trouble.  After coming across a map leading to the legendary “Treasure Planet”, Jim begins an adventure that includes pirates, treasure, and becoming a man.

This was back when Joseph Gordon Leavitt was that kid from Third Rock From the Sun and 10 Things I Hate About You, and although he is younger, you can still tell it’s him.  He does a nice job, but he’s kind of the straight-man to everyone else’s craziness.  My two favorites are Captain Amelia (voiced by the inspired Emma Thompson) and Dr. Doppler, the sponsor of the voyage and Jim’s sort of guardian (voiced by David Hyde Pierce, who is absolutely wonderful as well).  Martin Short’s voice makes an appearance towards the end of the movie as marooned robot, BEN, and he is as reliable as ever.

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Natural Light

For this movie, I did a super cool polish from Girly Bits (I love that name!) called Cosmic Ocean.  This picture is two coats over one coat of Wet and Wild’s Black Pearl with a top coat.  I loved it over the black.  It was kind of crazy how in certain light the glitter was most definitely green and then in other light I would swear it was blue.  I think that’s what I liked most about this polish, its ability to be completely different but still awesome.  I kind of wonder what it would be like on top of a different color polish, maybe a white.  It will be fun to experiment! ~E

For today I have a comparison of Misa Break Away (index), OPI Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI? (middle), Pure Ice Purple Reign (ring) and Jessica Witchy Wisteria (pinky). Supposedly there’s a Zoya that’s pretty close as well, but I don’t have it yet. Below is 2 coats of each color in direct sunlight.

As you can see, OPI Dutch and J. Witchy are pretty close to identical, but they are slightly bluer than M. Break.  P. Purple is completely different from the rest with a dustier hue and thicker, more golden shimmer. As far as application goes, the Misa was probably my favorite.

Break Away is from Misa’s Fall 2012 Wanderlust Collection

Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI? is from OPI’s 2012 Spring/Summer Holland Collection

I don’t know Purple Reign‘s collection or release date, but I know it’s available at Wal-Mart

Witchy Wisteria is from Jessica’s Spring 2012 Heavy Petal Collection

Listed from least favorite to favorite 🙂

(6) Misa Lost to the World is a light chocolate brown with copper shimmer (2 coats)

(5) Misa Epiphany is a yellow gold with thick gold shimmer (2 coats)

(4) Misa Break Away is a deep purple with copper shimmer (2 coats)

(3) Misa Taking Chances is a golden orange with thick gold shimmer (2 coats)

(2) Misa Live Without Knowing is a brownish taupe with thick gold shimmer (3 coats)

(1) Misa Frozen in Time is a lavender/periwinkle with pink shimmer (2 coats)

I’m kind of torn on this collection. I mean, overall, it’s quite beautiful, but there are a couple that are copycats of other polishes. On the other hand, there are some that I think are rather unique. The thick gold shimmer in some of these really makes them stand apart, giving Epiphany, Taking Chances and Live Without Knowing a cool kind of speckled look. I love that they are all shimmers (because I’m quite shimmer biased), I just wish we could have had a little more color variety-like an awesome shimmery-speckly maroon. This is a fall collection, after all.

Just My Luck & Orly Lucky Duck

E. has loved Chris Pine since we first saw him in Princess Diaries 2. In fact, she loves him so much that she actually called dibs on him while watching Star Trek (I called Chris Hemsworth, fyi…although both Chrises are extremely attractive). What I’m getting at is this: Don’t be surprised if you see several Chris Pine movies reviewed here over the next week or two. We seem to be on a kick.

Just My Luck is a mere bit of fluff, as movies go. Nothing groundbreaking here, but it is a sweet love story with a slightly supernatural angle…and it has Chris Pine. Lindsay Lohan plays a young professional (which I don’t buy for a second, because she looks–and acts–like a teenager throughout) who is also the luckiest person alive. For example, she describes herself as being “good” at those scratch and win lotto cards. Meanwhile, Mr. Pine is a nerdy band manager who (you guessed it) is also the unluckiest person in the world. When they swap saliva at a masquerade party, their fortunes are reversed, and suddenly Chris can do no wrong (which he can’t…in E’s book anyway). That leaves poor Lindsay struggling along with the rest of us mortals and I have to say, it’s very enjoyable to watch her suffer (that’s called schadenfreude, in case anyone was wondering). On the other hand, Chris Pine’s character is perfectly adorable and I rooted for him the entire film.

Lindsay is still a redhead here (did the ca-razy show up at the same time as the peroxide?) and although I’ve never understood her appeal (except for Parent Trap…she was cute as a button in that) she gives it her best. You can see the end coming from a mile away, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the ride a little. As I said, fluff.

Lucky Duck is a jade green creme from Orly’s Birds of a Feather collection. This picture is 2 coats that applied like a dream. I was really worried that this color would really bring out the red tones in my skin…and it did a bit, but not as much as I expected. I really liked how this looked on me and I would definitely wear it again. ~K

When we were little, my sisters and I used to pretend sword fight around the house saying, “Hello.  My name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father.  Prepare to die.”  Yeah, my family has loved The Princess Bride for just about as long as I can remember.  In fact, I can only think of one person I have ever met that doesn’t like The Princess Bride.  It is just so quotable!  When we were watching, K said that she thought she could quote the entire thing, word for word, and I didn’t doubt it.  I mean, who didn’t quote “No more rhyming, I mean it/Does anyone want a peanut?”

But, as for the movie itself, it is definitely a movie with something for everyone.  Like the grandpa says at the beginning, there’s “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.”

The movie starts with a little boy home sick playing old school video games.  His grandpa comes for a visit and reads him a story called “The Princess Bride”.  This story centers on Buttercup and Westley, played by Robin Wright (in her first movie) and Cary Elwes respectively.  They are both good, but I have always loved Cary Elwes since seeing this movie.  He is dashing and handsome.  Robin Wright is sufficiently pretty to be the princess bride, but she really doesn’t have much else to do.  When they are stuck in the fire swamp, she is of absolutely no use to anyone.

Mandy Patinkin and Andre the Giant are also terrific in this movie.  Mandy is a Spanish swordsman who has sworn to kill the six-fingered man who murdered his father.  Andre is the super strong, but very gentle giant who helps Mandy out.  Okay, so really everyone in this movie is so darn good that it’s hard to find someone who isn’t wonderful.  Chris Sarandon plays the nasty prince who chooses Buttercup to be his bride, only so he can murder her and start a war with a neighboring country.  Christopher Guest plays his companion and cohort in crime, and also just happens to have six fingers (well, actually 11-I don’t anyone to think that there’s a villain running around this movie with a total of only six fingers).  They are thoroughly enjoying being evil, but they do it subtly most of the time.  Peter Faulk plays the grandpa, and he is always reliable, and Fred Savage is his grandson.

Then there are all the guest stars that add so much to the movie.  Billy Crystal and Carole Kane play Miracle Max and his wife Valerie, and they have some of the most quotable lines in the whole thing.  Well, except for Peter Cook, who is the clergyman performing the Prince and Buttercup’s marriage (Mawiage is what bwings us togevah today).  Wallace Shawn is also incredibly quotable as Vizzini, who, in a way, brings all these characters together.

As for the polish for this movie, it was kind of tricky because there are so many polishes out there that fit with the whole princess theme.  Instead, I decided to go in a totally different direction and chose Butter London’s Lady Muck.  I know, an interesting choice, but I think it works.  In one of the most memorable scenes in the movie (it actually kind of scared me as a child), an old lady confronts Buttercup and calls her all sorts of horrible names for letting her true love go.  She calls Buttercup the queen of “rubbish, filth, slime, and muck,” so Lady Muck seemed like a different, but still appropriate polish.  Plus, K and I really wanted to get a Butter London on the blog.

I totally adored this polish.  The color is gorgeous.  It is a grayish blue color with a rainbow of silvery shimmer.  This picture is three coats, although I might have gotten away with just two.  The polish did dry quickly, which you know I love, but that can also make it challenging to apply.  This polish seemed to smooth itself out fairly well.

So, much like The Princess Bride, Butter London’s Lady Muck is well worth the time.  And returning to over and over again. ~E

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