Category: China Glaze


The Great Race

The Great Race is one of the best movies ever.  Yeah, I went there.  But seriously, if you haven’t seen it, as K would say, go do it immediately.  If you enjoy zany, mad-cap movies, this one’s the granddaddy.  And I love it.

Jack Lemon is at the top of his game, and his game is always good, as the black-clad, mustache-twirling villain, Professor Fate and as his doppelganger Prince Hapnick.  Tony Curtis is equally smarmy and charming as the hero with the sparkling smile, and Natalie Wood is fantastic as a suffragette who insists on equality between the sexes, but uses her feminine wiles to get her way.

The Great Leslie (Tony) and Professor Fate are arch rivals in just about everything they do.  When Leslie comes up with the idea for a race from New York to Paris, Professor Fate is determined to beat him.  Maggie Dubois has determinations of her own, which include being the only journalist to cover the entire race.  They, along with Professor Fate’s assistant Max (Peter Faulk) and Leslie’s (Keenan Wynn), have many misadventures along the way.  There’s a bar fight in the old west, crossing the pacific on an iceberg, and quite possibly the most awesome pie fight ever filmed.

China Glaze Street Racing

This picture is two coats of China Glaze’s Street Racing.  I really like the color of this polish.  It’s weird, but I’m not a huge fan of orange, but I have always liked it on my nails.  Anyway, the coverage was good, but the formula was a little runny, which was a bit problematic.  My only caution, if you use this polish, start slowly so you don’t overdo it.  A little goes a long way. ~E

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The Forbidden Kingdom

Jackie Chan and Jet Li in a movie together. You know I’m there. And The Forbidden Kingdom didn’t disappoint. It is the story of kung-fu obsessed teen (Michael Angarano, who I will always think of as Will Stronghold), who is drawn into a quest in an alternate, magical and ancient China. There he is befriended (which might be too strong a word) by a drunken Immortal (Jackie Chan), a stoic monk (Jet Li), and a knife throwing orphan girl (Yifei Liu). They set off to return a powerful staff to the cursed Monkey King (also Li, smiling more in one scene than I’ve ever seen him in all of his movies combined), the only person who is powerful enough to defeat the evil Jade Warlord (Collin Chou).

There are some wonderful action sequences here (obviously) and it’s great to see Chan’s and Li’s different fighting styles up against each other (I’m especially fond of Chan’s use of handy props in his fight choreography). The filmography is beautiful (I so want to visit China) and the acting if pretty darn good. The plot is perhaps the weakest point, but if you just turn off your brain (not too much, or you won’t understand what is going on) and just sit back, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy the ride as much as I did.

China Glaze Adventure Red-y

This is China Glaze’s Adventure Red-y from last Fall’s On Safari Collection. It is a deep red/burgundy cream (trust me, it’s a lot darker and vampier in real life than it is in this picture) that applied beautifully. I almost got away with 1 coat, but needed 2 to even out some bald patches. A very flattering color, if a little boring. ~K

The Decoy Bride

We are big Doctor Who fans in my family, well at least most of us are.  It seems like most of us fell in love with the show when David Tennant was the Doctor, so he holds a special place in all of our hearts, especially K’s.  When I was picking up something from the library recently, I was quickly scanning the movies as I walked past and The Decoy Bride immediately caught my eye.  There was a movie that has David Tennant and Kelly Macdonald (who I have thought is wonderful ever since the first Nanny McPhee movie)?  How was it possible that none of us had ever seen this movie?  The situation needed to be rectified immediately!

In the movie, Alice Eve is Lara Tyler, one of the biggest stars on the planet, and she is trying to marry author James Arber (David Tenant) in a quiet, paparazzi free ceremony.  Unfortunately, this seems like an almost impossible feat, until Lara decides she wants to get married on the tiny Scottish island of Hegg, which is the setting of James’ one book.  Although the plan seems brilliant, the paparazzi inevitably finds out so a new plan has to be hatched, one involving a decoy bride.

Kelly Macdonald is Katie, a local girl who escaped the island only to return after her fiancé breaks her heart.  She is recruited to be the decoy bride and fool the paparazzi into thinking the wedding has happened so they will leave Lara to get married in peace.  James and Katie end up spending a lot of time together, and James starts to have doubts about his and Lara’s relationship.

I thought this movie would be kind of silly, and it is, but in a good way.  This is mostly thanks to Kelly Macdonald who is an absolute mess, but a totally adorable one.  David doesn’t really have too much to do, but there is a bagpipe scene that is funny and sweet at the same time.  It’s sad that David Tenant is in a movie set in Scotland but didn’t get to use his native Scottish accent.

China Glaze Diva Bride

China Glaze’s Diva Bride is a super light pink cream.  Honestly, I didn’t love this color.  It took four coats to be even close to opaque, and application was rough at best.  The color was cute, but also kind of blasé.  It just wasn’t really worth the effort. ~E

The Searchers

So, I don’t know why, but K has decided she needs to culture me up, which apparently includes making me watch a lot of old, albeit famous, movies.  Now before you go thinking I’m an uncultured yokel, I already do watch a lot of old movies, my tastes just lean more towards funny instead of the dramatic. For every Citizen Kane, I have watched an Arsenic and Old Lace.  Still, this is not cultured enough; hence yesterday’s post about Vertigo (which I am apparently going to have to watch again before I actually enjoy it) and today’s post for The Searchers.

If you go into the back room at my grandmother’s house, you may be startled by the tall man just standing there—believe me, it’s happened more than once—but there’s no need to worry because it is just her life-size cut out of the Duke.  Yes, my grandmother is a huge John Wayne fan, and her cut out is far from her only memorabilia.  Anytime any of her children or grandchildren find anything John Wayne related, we must instantly buy it for her, as it will be the perfect gift.

Given this heritage, you would think I would have seen every John Wayne movie out there, but that is not the case.  I think, including The Searchers, I have seen three (the other two are McLintock and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, just in case you were wondering) John Wayne movies. I think that if my grandma knew that she would disown me!

So, The Searchers.  I rather enjoyed this movie.  As K pointed out, it’s a great lesson in subtext.  John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a former Confederate soldier returning to his brother’s house in Texas after a long absence. Shortly after his arrival, a neighbors cows are stolen and the men in the small community go out to track down the culprits, but Ethan insists on going in his brother’s place.  Turns out the thievery was really a ploy by the local Comanches to get the menfolk away.  They kill all of Ethan’s family except for his two nieces.  Ethan and his brother’s adopted son spend the next five years tracking this particular group of Comanches to try to find his nieces. There’s heartache and humor along the way, and of course the Duke being the Duke.  I think he says, “That’ll be the day” about 50 times during the course of the movie.

China Glaze Wagon Trail

Since this is one of the few westerns I have ever seen, China Glaze’s Wagon Trail seemed appropriate.  I like that it is not a super bright and cheery color, as this seems to match the more somber tone of the movie.  This polish is a black base with multi-colored shimmer.  There’s some red, some green, and gold, among others.  It took three coats to be completely opaque, but I thought this was a nice formula.  Much like The Searchers, I quite liked Wagon Trail. ~E

Vertigo

The first time I saw Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (which wasn’t very long ago, I’m ashamed to say), I was left scratching my head. What in the heck was that? I wondered. I didn’t feel like I’d enjoyed it very much, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. When I finally forced E to watch it, she didn’t like it either. But on second viewing, I found I enjoyed it thoroughly. I knew what was coming. I understood the character’s motivations even before they did. And I didn’t expend all of my energy trying to figure out if I was watching a paranormal romance, a thriller, or a whodunit mystery. The truth is, Vertigo is a bit of each. Or none of the above. Watch it yourself, and you’ll see what I mean.

Vertigo is the story of “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart, looking a little old, but still swoonworthy), a retired policeman who has a big problem with heights. Since he can barely stand up without getting debilitatingly dizzy, he feels he isn’t good for much until an old friend hires him to do a little private investigating. The friend wants Scottie to follow his wife, Madeline (Kim Novak) around and find out what she’s doing all day…not because she’s cheating, but because he believes she is being possessed by the suicidal spirit of her great-grandmother. Scottie is reluctant at first, but he quickly falls under Madeline’s spell and she under his.

Now, if that doesn’t sound complicated enough, just wait. That’s just setting the scene for the real meat of the film…which I won’t give away here.

The score is amazingly effective and surprisingly subtle (unlike the Psycho score, which is effective but totally unsubtle). This is Hitchcock at the top of his game and definitely a must see (twice!).

China Glaze Bad Landing

This is China Glaze’s Bad Landing, a shocking pink shimmer that applied like a dream (the above picture is 2 coats). If your eyes can stand this much pink, then you need this color. It’s kind of awesome, and I’m not even a pink fan. ~K

The Dark Knight Rises

I’ve got to admit, I was a little leery about The Dark Knight Rises.  I mean, how could it possibly be as awesome as The Dark Knight? Not possible, right?  Well, I shouldn’t have worried because The Dark Knight Rises is just as good, and maybe even better than The Dark Knight.  That tricksy Christopher Nolan!  How is it fair that one person is that brilliant and creative?

The story picks up eight years after Batman’s ordeal with the Joker and Two-Face/Harvey Dent.  Thanks to the Dent Act, Gotham City is the safest it has been in years and Commissioner Gordon has almost eradicated organized crime.  After taking the fall for Harvey Dent’s death, Batman has completely disappeared and Bruce Wayne has practically become a hermit, hiding away in his ginormous mansion, pining over his lost love.

Enter Selina Kyle, a bewitching cat burglar who breaks into Bruce’s house to steal his fingerprints to get “the clean slate”, something that will entirely erase her past so she can start a new life.  Meanwhile, a terrorist named Bane is up to no good in the sewers of Gotham and Commissioner Gordon goes down to investigate. He is wounded and later found by John Blake, a young cop who has figured out Batman’s true identity.  Eventually, Batman and Bane meet, and the results aren’t too good for Batman.

I don’t have time to say much more, but this really is an epic conclusion to this Batman trilogy.  The best part of this movie is all the throwbacks to the two previous movies.  That, and the terrific cast.  Not only are Christian Bale, Michael Kane, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman back, but Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt join in on the fun.  Everyone in this cast is fantastic.  Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman is amazing and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is terrific in everything, shines in this.

China Glaze Purr-fect Plum

Catwoman would definitely approve of China Glaze’s Purr-fect Plum.  It is a lovely purple cream polish.  I quite liked the color; this picture is two coats.  This polish has the same problem that most creams have, which is that it takes too long to dry!  That being said, I did like this polish.  Honestly, if cream polishes dried faster, I would really love them!

Brave & China Glaze Red-Curl-Grl

Brave

Brave is Pixar’s first attempt at stepping out of their little boys’ club and giving us a female heroine, and they do a pretty good job.  Is this my favorite Pixar, no.  Did I think Wreck-It Ralph seemed more like a Pixar and Brave more like a Disney, yes.  Either way, the heroine and I both share crazy curly red hair, so I am of course naturally drawn to her story.

Merida is the heroine in question.  She is a fiery tomboy who would much rather spend her time outside shooting arrows than inside having princess lessons with her mother.  Yes, Merida is a Medieval Scottish princess who longs for much more than an arranged marriage to one of the sons of the three other clan leaders (and who can blame her, one is a giant who is totally incomprehensible, a cocky wannabe rock star type that has anger management issues, and a tiny fellow with a penchant for biting).  After a particularly unpleasant fight with her mother, Merida runs away to the woods where she follows the trail of the will-o’-the-wisps to a witch’s cottage (a witch who is posing as a woodcarver).  The witch gives Merida a spell to change her fate that sets in motion one heck of a mother-daughter bonding experience.

I am so happy they got an actual Scottish actress to play the lead.  Kelly MacDonald is terrific as the spirited Merida and Emma Thompson, who is always terrific in just about anything, is her mother Elinor.  Billy Connolly is King Fergus and Julie Walters is the witch in the woods (she has some of the best moments).  Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid to you Harry Potter fans), Kevin McKidd, and Craig Ferguson play the three lords from the different clans.  The real scene stealers in this movie are Merida’s triplet brothers.  They don’t have any lines, but they are hilarious.

China Glaze Red-Curl-Grl

China Glaze’s Red-Curl-Grl seemed like the most fitting polish for this tale of a ginger princess.  The formula was terrific.  It was a little wet, but if you just use a tiny bit at a time, the coverage is spot on.  I probably could have gotten away with only one coat, but I went with two just to be safe.  This polish is a red polish with tons of pink shimmer.  It really is a pretty polish.  My only problem with this polish is that it is red, which I don’t love with my skin tone.

All in all, a nice polish for a really beautiful and fun movie. ~E

The Lorax

When I was little, I really liked the hand-drawn cartoon version of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and I think that made me hesitant to give this newer version a chance. Plus, I felt inundated by an advertising campaign that, quite frankly, made this movie look childish and stupid.

Although I can’t completely say The Lorax isn’t a bit childish (some of the musical numbers-especially the opening and closing ones-are pretty cloying and most of the forest animal pratfalls are directly aimed at younger viewers), it definitely isn’t stupid. There were several scenes that genuinely touched my heart in a similar way to the original story.

The movie begins in idyllic Thneedville, where everything is seemingly perfect, but the residents have to buy fresh air from nasty Mayor O’Hare and all the of plant-life is artificial. Young Ted Wiggins (Zac Efron) has a crush on his neighbor Audrey (Taylor Swift) and sets out to find a tree for her. His Grandma (Betty White) sends him to see the Once-ler (Ed Helms), a mysterious individual who lives far outside of the city. Ted is astonished by the desolation and pollution beyond the city walls and the Once-ler is reluctant to explain what happened. Eventually Ted learns the truth about the fate of the Truffula trees and how the magical protector of the forest, The Lorax (Danny DeVito) tried to save them.

The voice cast is quite good, especially Ed Helms who has the best musical numbers and really gives the Once-ler a soul. I find it really odd that they cast Zac Efron and Taylor Swift in a cartoon musical and then didn’t give them any songs to sing. Maybe their songs were cut? Anyway, I wish there was a little more of the source material here, but that’s nitpicking.

China Glaze Tree Hugger

My polish for this movie is China Glaze’s Tree Hugger from their Spring 2008 Ecollection. This is a shimmery, almost lime green that is quite striking on the nails. The formula was a little thin, and required 3 coats for full coverage. ~K

The Big Year

Back when The Big Year was in theaters, my father laughed at me when I said I wanted to see it. I just sort of figured that if Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson were all in one movie, it had to be pretty funny, right? Well, we didn’t go see it. Instead, we went and saw In Time, which was a fine movie, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as The Big Year.

I am definitely easily impressionable. I hear about other people’s adventures and I instantly want to set out to do it as well. While watching this movie, I was convinced I was going to start listening to bird calls and saving money because I was going to have my own big year. What is a big year? I’m glad you asked! Basically, you travel around the country looking and listening for any and every type of bird. You keep track of how many different bird species you see and hear, and then those with the highest numbers are posted in a birding magazine.

In the movie, Owen Wilson plays Kenny Bostick, the best birder in the world with the record of viewing or hearing 732 different bird species in one year. Jack Black is Brad Harris, a thirty something divorcee who hates his job and his life. The only thing that seems to make him happy is birds, so he decides it’s time to do his own big year. Steve Martin is Stu Preissler, a New York executive who is scared of retiring, but decides it’s time to for his big year as well.

Throughout the year, their paths cross, particularly aboard Annie Aucklet’s (Anjelica Huston) birding boat. Although there are a lot of birds in this movie, it’s about a lot more than that. It’s about friendship, following your dreams, and deciding what sacrifices are worth achieving those dreams. On top of that, it is a pretty funny movie.

As a bonus for TV fans, there are a lot of great cameos, like Community’s Joel McHale, Psych’s Corbin Bernsen, Park and Recreations’ Rashida Jones, and Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons.

China Glaze Exotic Encounters

In addition to liking this movie, I also quite liked the polish that my sister chose to go along with this movie. China Glaze’s Exotic Encounters is a beautiful teal green cream polish. The formula was lovely, and it dried quite nicely. This picture is two coats and I think it looks pretty good on my nails!

I think The Big Year and Exotic Encounters are both keepers! ~E

Listed from least favorite to favorite 🙂

China Glaze Yee-Haw!

(3) China Glaze Yee-Haw! is a peachy shimmer (3 coats)

China Glaze Red Stallion

(2) China Glaze Red Stallion is a shimmery red with a slightly orange tint (2 coats)

China Glaze Lasso My Heart

(1) China Glaze Lasso My Heart is a plummy mauve shimmer (2 coats)

Coming Soon: Branding Iron, Cowgirl Up, Golden Spurs, Gussied Up Green, Midnight Ride, Prize-Winning Mare, Rodeo Fanatic, Side Saddle and Wagon Trail

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