Category: Diamond Cosmetics

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.

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood is meant to be a sort of prequel to the well-known legend. The problem is, almost every version of Robin Hood already shows at least some of the hero’s origin story, so instead of a fresh take, this seems more like a rehash of everything that came before. I remember when the buzz about this project originally started, there was talk of it being from the point of view of the Sheriff of Nottingham, turning the villain into a sort of misunderstood hero. I wanted to see that movie, but it was not to be.

And another thing, if this is the beginning of Robin’s adventures, shouldn’t they have cast a younger actor? Russell Crowe is great, but he’s looking a little old and flabby these days.

Anyway, now that I’ve vented my issues with this movie, I can get to my quick plot recap. Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) is a simple yeoman fighting in King Richard’s crusade. When the King and his trusted friend Robert Locksley are murdered by a nasty traitor (Mark Strong, being evil…again), Robin takes over Locksley’s identity to get himself and his band of merry men back to England. To keep his promise to a dying man, he goes to visit Locksley’s widow (Cate Blanchett) and blind father (Max von Sydow) who ask him to continue the charade so they can keep their land. Of course, we have our usual baddies present (King John and the Sheriff of Nottingham) and the goodies as well (Friar Tuck, Little John, Will Scarlet, etc.) and the movie ends with (spoilers) Robin an outlaw in Sherwood Forest.

There was nothing awe-inspiring or vastly different from any other retelling, except for the subplot of Marian being a widow instead of a maid. Cate is great in everything she’s in, but this movie doesn’t give her much to do. There’s very little character development but plenty of men running around beating the crap out of each other. So if that’s your thing, enjoy. If not, then probably stay away.

In the most intimate scene between Robin and Marian, he asks her to help him remove his chainmail since he’s not used to wearing it (he’s a yeoman, not a nobleman, remember?) which inspired me to choose Diamond Cosmetics Chainmail Charm from their Renaissance Collection. This is a very cool holographic polish that is a dark gray/brown color. The above picture is 3 coats with no topcoat. Lovely application and an unusual color. ~K

First of all, the blend of medieval-meets-modern in this movie is inspired. At the very beginning, when they show the jousting tournament with the audience clapping along to Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, you know you’re watching something special. I’ve heard that in certain circles, A Knight’s Tale is looked down on as silly and/or anachronistic, but that’s just quibbling. It’s supposed to be anachronistic and silly and that’s what makes it fun.

Heath Ledger (I miss him lots) plays William Thatcher, a squire who has always dreamed of becoming a knight and finally gets his chance with a little luck, a lot of subterfuge and a little help from his friends. Since the knights are portrayed as the rockstars of their time, it makes sense that William has an entourage, consisting of fellow squires Roland (Mark Addy) and Wat (always wonderful Alan Tudyk), female blacksmith Kate (Laura Fraser), frequently nude wordsmith Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany) and William’s feisty lady love Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon). His rival on and off the field is the nasty Count Adhemar (played by frequent baddie Rufus Sewell), who has a serious superiority complex (we won’t even get into the whole psychological implications of men riding around on horses while trying to knock each other down with long sticks) and is out to beat William in any way he can.

Aside from the awesome classic rock (Queen, David Bowie, AC/DC, etc.), there’s plenty of modern wordplay (“foxy lady”) and fashion, along with a lot of inside jokes from Chaucer. (Side note: One of my poms, coincidentally named Chaucer, has a tendency to sit up and take notice when we watch this movie.) With a positive message that anyone can achieve their dreams and have a blast doing it, A Knight’s Tale is one of my faves (although I could do without seeing so much of Paul’s pasty bare backside).

My polish this time around is Diamond Cosmetics Joust for Kicks (from the 2008 Renaissance Collection, an awesome collection for sure). It is a dark chocolate brown polish with gold and red shimmer that dries a lot darker than the bottle color, but is still lovely. This picture is two coats and a topcoat. I have nothing but good things to say about all of the Diamond Cosmetics polishes I’ve tried, but what is up with their outrageous shipping costs? Fifteen bucks to ship within the U.S.? Yeah right! ~K

Let me just say that if I woke up from a coma to find that Channing Tatum was my husband, I would jump out of my hospital bed with a “Woohoo!!!” I would not spend the next hour or so (real time) whining about being married to a stranger and chasing after some not-as-hunky-as-Channing guy (although Scott Speedman does have great hair…he’s definitely got that going for him).

Channing is adorable as constant husband Leo, while Rachel McAdams makes the most of a sympathetic but also unlikeable amnesiac Paige (it broke my heart to watch her break her husband’s heart). Overall, the plot is kind of thin and they stretch it out as much as possible, but I spent the whole movie waiting for the inevitable end. I wanted to like this, I did, but it could have been so much more.

My polish is a real stunner from Diamond Cosmetics called Hue Are You (I’m really proud of that one…’cause she has amnesia…get it?) It’s a deep pink with lovely gold shimmer. This is three coats, but I probably could have done only two if I’d been more careful. I find Diamond Cosmetics to be quite a good brand, and they don’t cost an arm and a leg (which I’m a fan of).~K

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