Category: Cirque

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)

It’s impossible to be sure, but I think that the first time I saw the Ichabod part of this double feature, is when my love of the macabre began. That chase scene through the cemetery scared the snot out of me…and I loved every minute of it. You all probably know the story of the headless horseman and the scaredy cat schoolmaster, but the comedic elements are really kicked up a notch in this retelling. The rivalry between Ichabod and Brom for the affection of fair Katrina Van Tassel culminates in some pretty hilarious slapstick, what with trapdoors, flying horseshoes and a chubby brunette who just wants to dance. Bing Crosby as the narrator and voice of the two male leads is very funny and obviously having a blast.

And as for the Mr. Toad portion of the film, Basil Rathbone narrates and lends some gravitas (maybe too much?) to the Wind in the Willows story of a toad who just wants a motor car of his very own. This pursuit gets him into all sorts of trouble, but fortunately, Mr. Toad has good friends who help to get him out of the several jams he finds himself in.

Both of these short films are good fun and completely entertaining (unlike some of the older full-length Disney features that I could name…but won’t). There are plenty of laughs and catchy tunes. A definite holiday must.

My polish today is Cirque’s Dark Horse, a very cool glitter polish (it looks holographic, but it’s not) that flashes every color in a black glitter base. This picture is 4 coats (although 3 would have been enough, but I messed up and needed 4 to even things out) plus 2 coats of topcoat to smooth it out. The picture below is without topcoat, and you can see how grainy it is. Another cool thing about this polish is that it smells lovely, kind of a mix between fruity and flowery. So awesome. I can’t stop looking at it…and I don’t want to. ~K

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