Category: LA Girl

Eagle Eye & LA Girl Urge

Eagle Eye

I didn’t like Eagle Eye, which made me sad because I like Michelle Monaghan and Shia LaBeouf (even if he is an odd human being in real life).  I think my biggest problem with Eagle Eye was that there was a lot of far-fetched plot thrown together and not enough character development.  All the characters were very one-dimensional in my mind.

Shia is Jerry Shaw, a college drop-out who will never live up to his twin brother, especially after his brother is killed in a car accident.  One day at the ATM, Jerry sees that his account balance has increased by $750,000 and the ATM starts spewing money at him.  When he gets back to his apartment, he finds it full of weapons, classified documents, and all sorts of stuff that make him look like a terrorist.  He receives a call on his cell phone telling him the FBI is coming and he needs to get out of his apartment.  As would probably be the case with anyone, he is too confused to do much of anything and is arrested.

He is interrogated by Billy Bob Thornton, who seems like the most competent character in the entire thing, although he does let Jerry escape on his watch.  Michelle, meanwhile, receives a similar call that gives her directions to meet up with Jerry or her son will be killed.  Together, they are forced to do all sorts of crazy things and are totally at the mercy of the voice on the other end of the phone.

Sounds interesting, right?  Well, it is overly long and takes quite a while to get to a point where you really have a good grasp of what is going on.  Overall, it was probably worth seeing once, but I’m not planning on seeing it again.

LA Girl Urge

LA Girl Color Addict’s Urge is a shiny green polish with gold shimmer.  It’s actually a bright, lively color, but I just didn’t love it on me.  I thought the green brought out the redness in my skin.  If you have the right skin tone, I think this would be an awesome and fun polish.

This picture is three coats, and it definitely needed it to be opaque.  Even with the shimmer, it still didn’t dry as quickly as I would have liked.

Even though I didn’t love this polish, I did like it better than Eagle Eye. ~E

Toy Story 3 & LA Girl Nostalgic

Toy Story 3

I was pretty nervous when I heard about Toy Story 3. I couldn’t imagine another story Pixar could tell about these characters, and the trailers did very little to assuage my concerns. Andy going to college? Where was this headed? But I needn’t have worried. Toy Story 3 is the perfect conclusion (while still leaving the door open for all of those delightful shorts…and dare I say Toy Story 4???).

Through a misunderstanding, all of our favorite toys (minus Bo Peep…so sad) end up at a day care center. Woody is determined that they return to Andy, who is their kid…even if he’s going to college in a few days. (And as a side note, can I just say how ridiculed Andy would be if he showed up at a dorm with a cowboy doll?) Unfortunately, a gang of nasty toys don’t want them to leave day care…ever, and are prepared to stop them at any cost.

There are a lot of new characters here, but somehow things never seem crowded. A few real standouts are Ken (Michael Keaton), a clothes hoarding love interest for Barbie (Jodi Benson) and plush hedgehog Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton). The original cast is just as great as ever and Ned Beatty is a perfect balance of homey and threatening as villain Lotso (only Pixar could make a pink, strawberry scented teddybear a villain and get away with it). But my very favorite thing about this movie is Buzz’s Spanish mode…his dance of love as he woos Jessie makes me laugh every time. I’m laughing just thinking about it.

LA Girl Nostalgic

I chose LA Girl’s Nostalgic for this movie, because watching it makes me feel very nostalgic. I think about all of my old toys and wonder what happened to them. Nostalgic is a clear base with big and small aqua glitter. This picture is two coats, and as you can see, it was meant to be a layering polish. Application was great and the glitter particles went on without any problems. Plus, it’s a beautiful color! ~K

Today I have a comparison of Pure Ice’s Busted (index and ring) and LA Girl’s Scandal (middle and pinky). The following picture is 3 coats of each.

Busted Comparison

Busted is more lavender, while Scandal was more mauve, although they look a lot more alike in real life than they do in this picture. Both are sheer purples with obvious flakes of shimmer. Busted‘s shimmer even had a little bit of duochrominess going on. I imagine these would both be lovely over more opaque colors.

I’m not sure when Busted came out or what collection it might be from.

Scandal is from LA Girl’s Rock Star Collection (I don’t know when it was released).

Hook & LA Girl Hooked

Hook is one of the first movies I remember seeing in the theater (The Little Mermaid is the very first I remember…we were late), so it will always hold a special place in my heart, I don’t care what the critics say. The plot is a little farfetched: Peter Pan grows up, gets married, has a couple kids and becomes the poster boy for workaholics. When the aforementioned kids are kidnapped by his old foe, Captain James Hook (who somehow survived being swallowed by a freakin’ crocodile), Peter returns to Neverland to get back in touch with his inner child…oh and rescue his children. Robin Williams obviously had fun doing this one, but I don’t really buy him as a grumpy dad. He’s much more believable as a tightwearing man-child.

As for the rest of the cast, Dustin Hoffman is fantastic as the titular Captain Hook. His wordplay with all of the other actors is a treat (and I suspect a lot of it was ad-libbed). Bob Hoskins as Smee is my very favorite. I quote him all the time (“Lightning has just struck my brain…”). Julia Roberts is an interesting choice as Tinkerbell, probably miscast, but I can’t think of somebody else who could have done better. Maggie Smith is underused as Granny Wendy, but her aging makeup is awesome. All of the kids are appropriately cute and sassy, but there’s not much more to say about them.

Where this movie really shines is in the details. Dustin Hoffman as the voice of the airplane pilot (“This is your captain speaking…” Hahaha!), the little hook latch on the bedroom window and the giant crocodile clock. My favorite scene of all is the Never Feast, where Peter and the Lost Boys eat an imaginary meal. No matter what, it always makes me hungry!

My polish for this movie is LA Girl’s Hooked, from their Color Addict Collection (I know, it’s a bit on the nose…). This is a beautiful blue varnish with a subtle gold shimmer. It’s hard to describe exactly what shade of blue it is, but I would say it was somewhere between dusty slate blue and robin’s egg blue. This picture is 3 coats but I could have gotten away with 2. The formula was lovely to apply and easy to take off. Definitely a winner. ~K

I am a total sucker for movies or TV shows with Sherlock Holmes.  I don’t even know when it started, but I watch pretty much anything Sherlock related that has come out in recent years (I haven’t watched any of the old Sherlock Holmes movies from the 30s, mostly because Basil Rathbone kind of creeps me out).  I adore the British TV series Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.  I watched a trailer for the new TV series Elementary and I have to say that my interest is definitely piqued (Watson is totally a girl!).

Maybe I can trace this back to the Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downey Jr.  I know, I know, that movie came out a whopping three years ago, but it was just so darn engaging that it reminded me how much I enjoy Sherlock and Watson as characters (I always loved Disney’s take on Sherlock in The Great Mouse Detective).  What really made this version work for me were the actors.  I must admit that I was a little nervous about Jude Law as Watson, but holy cow, he was perfect!  I thought he and Robert Downey Jr. had amazing chemistry.  I mean, Robert Downey Jr. being fantastic was a given, but Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, and Mark Strong (who just does creepy so well) were also extraordinary.

For those of you who have seen the movie, you know that Mark Strong’s character, Lord Blackwell, turns London upside down by returning from the dead.  His ultimate plan is to kill off all the members of Parliament that are not loyal to him.  This would allow him to restore his own type of order in the midst of the chaos.  And of course, Sherlock’s job is to stop him.

Because of this, a nail polish called Disorder (from the Color Addict collection) seemed like a natural fit.  To be honest, I have always been a little hesitant to put dark or extreme nail polish on my fingernails.  I think it stems from a bad navy blue polish experience in 8th grade, but I digress.  Recently, I have decided that I quite like the look of dark polish on my nails, so I saw this gray polish with gold flecks and I thought, why not?

I quite liked this polish.  It is thick and coats well, but it didn’t seem like it took forever to dry.  The gold flecks are subtle, but they add a bit of femininity to the gray base of the polish.  Overall, I was quite impressed with LA Girl Color Addict’s Disorder.  ~E

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