Category: Butter London

About a Boy

So, remember back in January when everyone and their dog were talking about how Nicholas Hoult was the next “It” boy? You don’t? Okay, well maybe you don’t spend as much time on the internet as I do, but trust me, they were. I had seen X-Men Origins, so I knew he was the young version of Beast, but until I read all of these articles, I had no idea that he was the kid from About a Boy. Reading about it over and over again really made me want to watch About a Boy. Hence, today’s review.

About a Boy is a story about becoming an adult, even if age-wise you technically already are. Hugh Grant is Will, a playboy who has never had to work a day in his life. He decides that he wants to date single moms because the break-up is easier (read they all think he is wonderful, but they just need to focus on being a good mom). He takes this brilliant idea to the extreme by attending a single parent help group and inventing a little boy. This plan backfires when Marcus, one of the children at said single parent group, discovers that Will doesn’t have a kid and blackmails Will. Marcus’ mom has recently attempted suicide, so Marcus needs a place to go so he doesn’t have to be at home and Will’s suits his needs perfectly.

These two begin to bond and Will begins to grow up, just a little bit. He even meets Rachel and thinks he’s finally found love, except that Rachel believes Marcus is Will’s son. Watching the movie, you know this will eventually blow up in his face, but you still start to feel sorry for poor Will because he is finally starting to be a decent human being. I believe this is Hugh Grant’s gift to us moviegoers. He has this amazing knack at making undesirable characters seem absolutely charming and convinces us that we should root for them.

Nicholas Hoult is really good as Marcus. He is a sweet, messed up little guy and he totally sells it. When he starts singing in the middle of class, so sad and funny! Toni Collete is also quite good as Marcus’ mother and Rachel Weisz is lovely, but left with little to do. Let’s be honest though, this is really Hugh’s movie.

Butter London Gobsmacked

Butter London is one of K’s favorite brands of polish, so it is always a bit of a surprise when she lets me review one of their polishes.  Today, you’re getting Gobsmacked.  It’s interesting because it is a matte glitter polish.  I’m not crazy about mattes, but adding the glitter definitely helped.  This picture is three coats without a topcoat.  Although it’s not my favorite Butter London, Gobsmacked is still worth a look. ~E

Today I have a comparison of OPI’s I Vant to Be A-Lone Star (index), Butter London’s Lady Muck (middle), Essie’s Sag Harbor (ring) and Diamond Cosmetics Serendipity (pinky). This picture is 2 coats of each polish without topcoat.

I Vant to be A Lone Star Comparison

Lady is by far my favorite with the deepest color and the most shimmer (and best formula), Serendipity is the closest in color, while Sag is slightly greener and I Vant is much paler than all the rest. These all have a lovely formula and go on beautifully.

OPI I Vant to Be A-Lone Star is from the Texas Collection (Spring 2011)

I’m not sure what collection Lady Muck came from or when it came out.

Essie Sag Harbor is from the North Fork Collection (Summer 2009)

Diamond Cosmetics Serendipity is from their Spring 2010 Collection.

So, 2012 was really the year of action movies.  I love chick flicks, but there weren’t many worth mentioning this year (maybe Salmon Fishing in the Yemen or One For the Money, but they didn’t make it into my top ten).  Here’s my top ten list, which are in no particular order (and bear in mind that there are many movies from this year I haven’t seen yet):

The Avengers-Robert Downey Jr + Chris Evans + Joss Whedon + Mark Ruffalo + Chris Hemsworth = Total and complete awesomeness!

The Dark Knight Rises-This movie blew my mind.  Anne Hathaway was amazing.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey-I love Martin Freeman.  I can’t wait for some Benedict Cumberbatch and Lee Pace in the next ones.

Les Miserables-I love music and I love Hugh Jackman.  I was kind of blown away by the singing and acting in this movie.  I anticipated being disappointed, but I wasn’t.

Brave-I have been told I am Merida, but that’s mostly just for my crazy, curly red hair.

Wreck-It Ralph-I thought I would hate this movie, but it just wasn’t to be.  Loved it!

Pitch Perfect-With a little less puking and a little less sex-talk, this movie would have been just about perfect.  Like I said, I love music.

The Hunger Games-I’m so glad they downplayed the violence.  Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were great.

People Like Us-I know that this wasn’t a super popular movie, but I quite enjoyed it.  Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks were completely believable as siblings.

The Life of Pi-This movie was amazing.  I don’t know if I will ever watch it again because it took such an emotional toll on me.  I mean, a girl can only cry so much.

Honorable Mentions:

John Carter


Mirror Mirror

Rise of the Guardians

Trouble with the Curve

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

E’s Favorite Varnishes

(These are not necessarily polishes that came out this year, just ones that were reviewed by us this year)

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Dawn

Sephora + Pantone Rose Dawn (Sleeping Beauty)

All That Glitters Book Smart Beauty

All That Glitters Book Smart Beauty (Beauty and the Beast)

Zoya Anthea

Zoya Anthea (Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan)

Duri Unexpected Kiss

Duri Unexpected Kiss (Flipped)

OPI Mermaid's Tears

OPI Mermaid’s Tears (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)

Butter London Lady Muck

Butter London Lady Muck (The Princess Bride)

Sephora by OPI Who Let the Dorks Out

Sephora by OPI Who Let the Dorks Out (Sydney White)

OPI Ocean Love Potion

OPI Ocean Love Potion (Ponyo)

OPI Skull and Glossbones

OPI Skull and Glossbones (Peter Pan)

OPI Out of this World

OPI Out of This World (John Carter)

K’s Favorite Varnishes

Butter London Victoriana

Butter London Victoriana (The Young Victoria)

Color Club Gift of Sparkle

Color Club Gift of Sparkle (Ramona and Beezus)

Zoya Blaze

Zoya Blaze

a-england Princess Tears

a-england Princess Tears (Tangled)

Sephora + Pantone Universe Purple Parachute

Sephora + Pantone Universe Purple Parachute

Revlon Whimsical

Revlon Whimsical (Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium)

Cirque Dark Horse

Cirque Dark Horse (The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad)

Pretty Serious Creature Crush

Pretty Serious Creature Crush

Hare Polish The Monster

Hare Polish The Monster (Monsters Inc.)

Barielle Falling Star

Barielle Falling Star (Stardust)

The Young VictoriaThe Young Victoria may not be the most historically accurate movie ever, but I think it captures the essence of who Queen Victoria was as a young woman, and you can’t ask for more than that from a biographical film. Emily Blunt stars as the titular monarch, playing her as an iron-willed and lonely queen, unsure of the best way to go, but longing to be good. Paul Bettany plays her world-weary prime minister, Lord Melbourne–a man you take turns loving and disliking and back again as he manuevers Victoria through politically fraught waters. I have sort of an inexplicable crush on Paul Bettany. I can’t quite put my finger on why I think he’s sexy, I just do. And while I’m talking about crushes…Rupert Friend!!! I thought he was cute when he played Wickham in Pride and Prejudice, but that character is such a tool that I didn’t really give him a second thought. And then he was Prince Albert…and be still my heart! Forget about the mustache and mutton chops–this boy has soul and he brings such a lovable awkwardness to the part while still retaining the strength and dignity of the real Albert. Emily is effervescent, but Rupert carries this movie. When he’s not onscreen, I positively long for him, much like Victoria does.

If you are at all interested in period drama, or history, or just sweet love stories in general, don’t miss The Young Victoria. It is a simple, lovely little movie with a big heart…and an adorable leading man…which is the important bit, really.

Butter London Victoriana

Without a doubt, this is my favorite nail polish of all time. And that’s saying something, because my nail polish collection has crossed over from ridiculous to ludicrous proportions. Butter London’s Victoriana is a beautiful, dusty teal with thick silver shimmer and a formula like…well, butter. This picture is 2 coats, but I very nearly got away with just 1. The price of these bad boys is hard to justify, but if you ever find a good deal on them, be sure to snap Victoriana up. You won’t regret it! ~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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