Archive for March, 2013


Shrek the Third

Shrek the Third is the weakest entry into the Shrek franchise.  That’s not to say it’s terrible, but it was bad enough that it convinced me that I didn’t need to see Shrek Forever After, at least not in the theater.

This one starts off with Fiona and Shrek filling in for the queen and the ailing king.  Shrek is of course miserable and itching to get back to his swamp.  Things get complicated when the king dies, passing the kingdom off to Shrek, unless he can find Fiona’s cousin Arthur.  As Shrek heads off with Donkey and Puss to find the teenage Arthur, Fiona announces that she is pregnant.  While all this is going on, Prince Charming is plotting his revenge and gathering an army of villains eager to take back their happily ever afters.

Shrek eventually finds Arthur, who turns out to be a nerdy high school outcast with doubts about his ability to be king.  At the same time, Shrek is having serious doubts about his ability to be a father.  By the time Shrek finally makes it back to the kingdom, Prince Charming and his villains have taken over the kingdom, leaving Shrek and Arthur to save the day.

There’s fun there, but it just doesn’t have the same spirit as the first two, and even the fourth.  If there’s one Shrek movie to skip, this is the one.

BB Couture Prince Charming Blue

When K asked me what I thought of today’s polish, I informed her it was gorgeous and I loved it.  BB Couture’s Prince Charming Blue is a royal blue polish with lots of shimmer.  There’s some silver shimmer, some blue, and a hint of purple.  The polish was a little thin, but was opaque after three coats.  Like I said, this polish is gorgeous! ~E

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Shrek 2

So sorry about the unexpected hiatus, ladies. The last few weeks have been a little rough on me, but hopefully things are looking up and we can continue with our reviews of the Shrek series. Shrek 2 is by far my favorite of the Shrek movies. In it, Shrek and Fiona are just settling into married life when they are summoned to the Kingdom of Far Far Away to receive her parents’ blessing. Unfortunately for King Harold (John Cleese) and Queen Lilian (Julie Andrews), they weren’t expecting their daughter to marry a big green ogre and permanently become an ogre herself. Also less than pleased is Fiona’s Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders), who had big plans to marry Fiona off to her own son, Prince Charming (Rupert Everett). Adding to his odd assortment of groupies, Shrek befriends a swashbuckling kitty named Puss (Antonio Banderas), much to Donkey’s (Eddie Murphy) annoyance.

The voice cast is first rate (I’m particularly fond of Ms. Saunders and Mr. Everett as the baddies) and the story is vastly entertaining (and maybe a bit more believable than the story of the first movie). Hopefully I’m not spoiling anything when I mention how much I enjoy Shrek as a human. Stroke of genius on the writer’s part! Puss in Boots is also a great addition, I just find it a bit odd that he is bent on murdering Shrek one moment, then his best buddy in the whole world the next. A little convenient, right? Another great thing about this movie (and the Shrek movies in general) is the soundtrack. A fantastic listen.

All That Glitters Kissing on a Frog

This is 3 coats of All That Glitters Kissing on a Frog, a polish inspired by Disney’s Princess and the Frog, but I felt that it would work here (considering the ending) and I don’t regret choosing it for a moment. In fact, I pretty much LOVE this nail polish. It’s a shimmery gold/green base with a variety of different sized hex glitters in greens and periwinkle. The application was smooth and lovely and the glitter simply beautiful! My only quibbles are the sheerness of the base and the slight bending of the metallic glitters. Maybe that’s inevitable with metallic glitters, though. Although this polish is no longer available, All That Glitters has many other amazing polishes at their etsy shop here. ~K

Shrek

When the movie Shrek came out, I wasn’t terribly impressed.  I mean, it was everywhere and everyone quoted it (remember the gumdrop buttons?).  Not gonna lie, it got old fast.  Plus a crude ogre as a hero?  Um, just not my cup of tea.  Then the second Shrek movie came out, and I this time around, I actually found myself enjoying it.

What really sold me though was Shrek the Musical.  I had zero desire to see the play, but on a whim I checked out the soundtrack from the library and completely fell in love with it.  Even though I passed up the chance to see the musical in New York, I did eventually see it.  And it was fantastic.  I saw it again over the weekend, so in honor of that, K and I decided to watch all the Shrek movies.

For anyone who has never seen the first Shrek, the story centers on a reluctantly soft ogre, who just happens to be Scottish, his best friend Donkey, an unconventional princess names Fiona, who’s got her own curse to deal with, a maniacal and height challenged lord, and an assortment of fairy tale creatures.  In order to get said fairy tale creatures out of his swamp, Shrek agrees to rescue the princess from a dragon guarded tower so Lord Farquad can marry her and become king.  On the return journey, Shrek and Fiona discover they have a lot more in common than either of them would have thought.

This really is a great tale about being true to yourself and being open to true love, even if it isn’t exactly what you had in mind.

Barielle Polished Princess

Barielle’s Polished Princess is appropriate for this movie for a few different reasons.  First, Fiona starts off trying to live the perfect fairy tale, but kind of lets her guard down and becomes more human and less polished princess.  Second, it’s green and so is Shrek.

Anyway, the polish is quite nice.  It’s not my typical shade of green polish, but I still like it.  It’s kind of a sour apple green with multicolor shimmer.  The formula was okay, but it did require three coats.  Still, it’s a fun polish, and would be great for the right occasion.

For any musical theater fans out there, Shrek the Musical is a definite must.  If you get the chance to see it, do.  I saw it recently when it came to town. ~E

Here is a quick preview of my new collection that’s coming out sometime next week (hopefully…fingers crossed!).

Magicians & Mirrors Collection

From L to R: Speaking Stones, Faerie Road, Starecross, Thistle-Down, Raven King, Ashfair, Magicians & Mirrors, Plucked Eye & Heart, Hurtfew, Moss-Oak, Heartache and Lost-Hope

Inspired by my favorite book ever, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, this collection is almost entirely made up of duochromes!  (And here’s another hint about things to come in the future…holos. But you didn’t hear it from me!)

To complete my collection of Labyrinth themed polishes, these are listed in alphabetical order. 🙂

Don't Lose Your Head

The Lady Varnishes Don’t Lose Your Head is an orange jelly with iridescent microglitter, white, pink and yellow shreds and pink and orange bar glitter (2 coats + topcoat)

It's Not Fair

The Lady Varnishes It’s Not Fair! is a pale blue/gray with different-sized hexes in white, copper, rose and ice blue. (2 coats + topcoat)

None May Pass

The Lady Varnishes None May Pass is a pale yellow jelly with blue bars, green squares and red and iridescent hexes. (2 coats + topcoat)

Such a Nice Beast

The Lady Varnishes Such a Nice Beast is a red-ish brown with brown microglitter and gold iridescent, brown and gunmetal hexes. (2 coats + topcoat)

Them's My Jewels

The Lady Varnishes Them’s My Jewels! is a deep brown with different shapes and sizes of glitter in purple, lavender, turquoise, burgundy, holographic and iridescent purple. (2 coats + topcoat)

You Remind Me of the Babe

The Lady Varnishes You Remind Me of the Babe is a milky white jelly with red, white and iridescent bars and red and iridescent squares. (2 coats + topcoat)

All of these polishes (and many more!) are available at my etsy shop.

Crossing Delancey

I had no preconceived ideas about Crossing Delancey before I saw it. I’d maybe heard the title here and there, but that’s about it. And I’d never really seen Amy Irving in a movie before (hearing her voice a cartoon character doesn’t really count). I found her to be an adequate leading lady, but I think this material really allowed her to shine as an actress, but more on that later.

Ms. Irving plays Isabelle, an (aspiring) intellectual who works in a fancy New York bookstore and swoons over pedantic author Anton (Jeroen Krabbe, who still gives me the willies because of The Fugitive), a man who is everything her traditional Jewish upbringing is not. Her grandma is concerned for Isabelle’s love life (as well she should be) and hires a marriage broker to find a nice man for Isabelle. Enter Sam (Peter Riegert, a surprisingly attractive romantic lead…I’m used to him as the mean detective in The Mask or the snarky butler in Oscar), a nearby businessman (pickles, to be specific) whose had a crush on Isabelle from a distance for years. Isabelle thinks she’s too good for a pickle peddlar and snubs him, but for some reason can’t get him out of her mind…I’m sure you can guess the rest. Isabelle is a pretty unlikable character and I think any actress would have had a hard time convincing me that this woman was worthy of sweet Sam. Amy does her best, though. (Did you notice that we did a movie starring the infamous ex-Mrs. Spielberg just after watching Steven’s Indiana Jones movies? Total coincidence…)

Color Club On the Wild Side

This is Color Club’s On the Wild Side, a deep gray frosty mess. All I can say is ugh. This picture is two coats and a topcoat and you can keep it, Color Club! ~K

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