Category: L’Oreal


Xanadu

I loved Xanadu.  It was a little weird, but completely hilarious.  Oh, sorry, did you think I was talking about the movie?  Yeah, no.  I was talking about the Broadway musical based on the movie, which was about a million times better than the movie.  I mean, for a movie that has an animated sequence where the two main characters turn into fishes and then birds (yeah, you heard that right—birds and fishes), it took itself a little too seriously.  That was the main reason I loved the musical and the movie left me feeling sort of meh.  The musical understood that the plot was absurd and the characters were kind of obnoxious, but they made it work by sort of winking at the audience the entire time.

Okay, so I didn’t hate the movie Xanadu.  I loved the music, and I was surprised to find that I knew a lot of the songs already (I have since found out that my parents used to listen to the soundtrack when I was young).  Olivia Newton-John was adorable, and Gene Kelly, even at 68 was all charm and finesse, dancing all over the place.  As for the leading man, Michael Beck was laughably bad.  I’m pretty sure they could have found someone who could act and had at least a little charisma to play Sonny Malone.

As for the plot, Sonny Malone is an artist, struggling to find inspiration.  Enter Kira, a beautiful woman who turns his world upside down and encourages him to help his new friend Danny (Gene Kelly) open a nightclub named Xanadu.  Eventually, we find out that Kira is a muse who comes to Earth to help inspire creativity in artists, including Danny when he was a young musician.  Despite her best efforts, Kira falls in love with Sonny, but it’s up to a higher power to decide if they will ever get to be together.

L'Oreal The Muse's Inspiration 2

L’Oreal’s The Muse’s Inspiration was too perfect of a fit for this movie to pass up.  I’m not usually a big fan of orange, but I quite liked this polish.  It’s an orange base with gold shimmer.  The formula was pretty nice, and this picture is only two coats, which is lovely for an impatient person like me. ~E

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The Fall

You probably haven’t seen The Fall. If you have, congratulations. You’re awesome. If you haven’t…well, you know what you have to do. This is one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen. It’s kind of slow-moving, so if you don’t have the patience, this one isn’t for you, but if you do make it through, you’ll know what I mean. This is the story of Alexandria (Catinca Untaru), a little girl who breaks her arm in a fall. While she’s in the hospital, she meets Roy (Lee Pace…I love him…a lot), a heartbroken stuntman who also injured himself in a fall. Using an epic story of revenge and romance, Roy tricks Alexandria into stealing morphine for him so that he can kill himself. The story switches back and forth between the hospital and the story, sometimes blurring the two together, using the same actors. A true friendship develops between this unlikely pair and they end up changing each other’s lives in profound ways.

The production design and locations are amazing in this. Truly mindblowing. They travel all over the globe, capturing some of the most beautiful natural and manmade wonders. The acting is equally impressive, especially between the two leads. Their chemistry is perfect and I sometimes forget that I’m watching a movie while they’re talking. I haven’t seen a movie this beautiful that wasn’t directed by Yimou Zhang (check his movies out too). Tarsem Singh is an impressive director with a really gorgeous vision (Mirror Mirror is probably his most accessible work, if you want to start with an easier one). I would have to place The Fall in my top 20 favorite films of all time…and that’s saying something, because I am a movie-watching fiend (like you didn’t know).

L'Oreal The Mystic's Future

One of the character’s in Roy’s story is known as The Mystic, hence this polish from L’Oreal’s Fall Collection, The Mystic’s Future. This is a pretty shimmery fuchsia color, not the most original shade in the world, but still nice. This picture is two coats and the polish had a lovely formula, slightly brush stroke-y, but not too bad. ~K

Today I have a comparison of Sephora +Pantone Universe’s Evergreen (index),  China Glaze’s Gussied Up Green (middle), L’Oreal’s The Muse’s Attitude (ring) and Disney’s Villains Varnish Original Goth (pinky). This is 2 coats of each.

As you can see, none of these are ringers, which surprised me because they all looked identical in their bottles. Gussied is so different it ended up being the odd man out (although it had the most opaque formula). Original turned out surprisingly blue in this picture, but in reality, it’s somewhere in between Muse and Evergreen colorwise. Muse probably was my favorite in terms of color and application.

Evergreen is from Sephora + Pantone Universe’s Fall 2012 Collection

Gussied Up Green is from China Glaze’s Rodeo Diva Collection (Fall 2008)

The Muse’s Attitude is from L’Oreals Project Runway Collection (Fall 2012)

Original Goth is from Disney’s Villains Designer Collection (Fall 2012)

Listed from least favorite to favorite 🙂

(8) L’Oreal The Muse’s Inspiration is an orange shimmer (2 coats)

(7) L’Oreal The Mystic’s Fortune is a blue/purple duochrome shimmer (2 coats)

Flash

Natural Light

(6) L’Oreal The Temptress’ Power is a sheer gold with green shimmer (3 coats)

(5) L’Oreal’s The Temptress’ Touch is a lime green with gold shimmer (2 coats)

(4) L’Oreal The Queen’s Might is a light red with pink shimmer (2 coats). For more info check out my review of Anonymous.

(3) L’Oreal The Mystic’s Future is a grape purple shimmer (2 coats)

(2) L’Oreal’s The Muse’s Attitude is a deep green/blue duochrome (2 coats)

(1) L’Oreal’s The Queen’s Ambition is a black base with multicolored shimmer and silver glitter (2 coats). For more info check out my review of Snow White and the Huntsman.

This is a good collection, very eclectic. Some of the colors are quite unique, while others are copycats of other companies’ polishes.  What I really liked about it were the formulas–all but one of the colors were 2 coaters, and that’s awesome. And I liked the evocative names. It really makes my job of pairing polishes with movies easier when the names already sound like movie titles.

I love movies that have anything to do with Shakespeare, whether it’s an adaptation of his plays (straightforward and modernized) or a story about the man himself (like that delightful rubbish Shakespeare in Love). But Anonymous is a completely different sort of rubbish. I’m not saying the movie is bad. Aside from some rather confusing timeline jumps and the super cheesy bookend scenes featuring Derek Jacobi, it’s actually quite a good movie. My problem is with the premise:  William Shakespeare didn’t really write the plays and sonnets, but is a proxy for a nobleman, Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford (played by Rhys Ifans and Jamie Campbell Bower). I don’t want to turn this post into an authorship debate, because I don’t know enough about it to be any sort of authority, but I do know enough about history to recognize the convenient reordering of facts to fit a half-cocked theory when I see it.

Anyway, the movie is well-acted (especially by Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth and her doppelgänger daughter, Joely Richardson as a younger version of the “Virgin” Queen) and the costumes are exquisite. As I mentioned before, it’s kind of hard to keep track of the story because there’s a lot of jumping forward and backward (and possibly sideways…who knows?). I could have thoroughly enjoyed Anonymous if it hadn’t turned my beloved Shakespeare into a murderous, blackmailing thug. This movie takes itself too seriously and has more incest than I care to think about…other than that, it’s two hours well spent.

The Queen’s Might is from L’Oreal’s Fall 2012 Project Runway Collection. It is a light red base with pink shimmer and this picture is two coats. It was strange, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get the polish on my nails to match the color of the polish in the bottle. Still, a lovely formula (so far, all of the polishes from this collection have been wonderful) and very pretty in a traditional-with-a-twist way. ~K

Move over Chris Pine…It’s time to talk about the other Chris!

Snow White and the Huntsman is a(nother) retelling of the Snow White story (wicked queen, mirror, poisoned apple, rousing kiss, etc.) by way of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy (belligerent dwarfs, chain mail, dour landscapes, rousing speeches, etc.). Kristen Stewart plays Princess Snow White, an innocent girl kept prisoner by her murderous stepmother, Ravenna (Charlize Theron). When Snow White escapes, the Queen convinces a widowed huntsman (played by the incredibly handsome Chris Hemsworth) to fetch the girl back with promises of resurrecting his dead wife. When he learns that Ravenna’s promises are lies, he joins with Snow White to bring the Queen down. Oh, and along the way, they pick up a band of seven dwarfs, a subplot that, although vital in the original Grimm fairytale feels tacked on and almost unnecessary here.

Also along for a ride on the eye candy train is Sam Claflin as Snow White’s childhood friend and possible rival for her affections, William. I have to say, I was pretty disappointed with the romance quotient in this movie. Snow White and the huntsman rarely talk to each other about their feelings, even though there is ample opportunity for them to do so as they spend most of the movie together. The chemistry between Kristen and Chris is almost non-existent, although I blame the writers more than the actors. Sam’s character fares a little better, but then his one romantic scene (spoilers!) turns out to be a ruse by the queen to get Snow to eat that darn poisoned apple.

Another complaint I had was the superimposing of regularly sized actors’ heads on the bodies of little people. It was creepy to think about and unsettling to watch. (I experienced that same feeling of unease during The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Captain America.)

Mirror Mirror was kind of a silly movie, but it exuded a joy that is entirely lacking in Snow White and the Huntsman. If you have to watch just one Snow White movie (and let’s be honest, wouldn’t you rather watch Beauty and the Beast anyway?) I would go with Mirror MirrorAt least you’ll get a few chuckles from that one, but that’s just my opinion.

I felt that this movie focused a lot on the wicked queen (and I don’t just mean her naked body, although there was a lot of attention fixed there), even more so than it did on the title characters. So rather than picking up my bottle of Zoya’s Snow White, I went for L’Oreal’s The Queen’s Ambition from their Project Runway Collection for Fall. It is a black base with different sized pieces of silver glitter. This picture is two coats with an additional two coats of topcoat to achieve a glassy finish. If you look really closely, you’ll also notice little flecks of multicolored shimmer that aren’t very noticeable. This is a gorgeous polish, but I wish the brush had been a little easier to work with and, as with all glitter polishes, it was a beast to remove. ~K

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