I’ve been feeling cold lately, so I thought it was time to watch something warm and as you probably know…I tend to take things to extremes.
The Mummy is the story of Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz), an accident prone librarian and amateur Egyptologist who dreams of being respected in the archeological community. When her good-for-nothing brother Jonathan (John Hannah), steals an artifact that contains a map to the lost treasure city of the pharaohs, they team up with adventurer Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser, probably never better than here), the original owner of the map, and race against a group of Americans to find the treasure first. Unfortunately, what they find, or rather who they find, is an ancient mummy–a high priest named Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) who was cursed to bring disaster should he ever be resurrected. And of course, Evelyn manages to do just that.
I had dreams of being an Egyptologist when I was younger, so I have always had a soft spot for this movie (even if the historical accuracy is a little dodgy at times). Something I’m not a fan of however, is all of the gore and burrowing scarabs. I have a thing about bugs and their yuckiness. On the other hand, the acting is first rate and the chemistry between Brendan and Rachel is pretty awesome. The whole thing is just a bit of fun and should be taken as such, but what fun it is!
This is Sally Hansen’s Scarab, a lovely blue green duochrome that has an almost metallic finish and definitely lives up to its name. I used two coats here (plus topcoat) and found the formula to be quite good. There are several lookalike polishes out there, so I’ll have to do a comparison some time. ~K
I figured I would like this movie. Something about Wes Anderson’s quirky worldview appeals to me, and Moonrise Kingdom had quirks to spare. But I was surprised at how much I liked this movie (and a little disappointed that I didn’t see it before we made our best of 2012 list).
It’s the story of a small New England island, right before a huge storm, where the search is on for two preteen runaways. Sam and Suzy are in love and want to escape from their lives (something I think we all wish we could do at one time or another), much to the chagrin of most of the adults around them.
The locations are breathtakingly beautiful, like in a fairy tale. And the score encourages that feeling as well. The acting is great all around, with special mention going out to Edward Norton as a devoted Scout leader and the two young leads who, although maybe not technically proficient, add a maturity to the proceedings that the adults seem to lack. In fact, I would say that the children in this movie act far more like adults than the adults themselves. And maybe that’s why I liked this movie so much, because when I was a kid, I felt so very grown up and now that I’m a grownup, I’m just a big kid. I don’t know…maybe everyone feels that way?
I was surprised by how much I liked this polish, too. Sally Hansen’s Moonstone is a white shimmer that shifts to pink and green in certain lights. I’m not really a big fan of white, frosty polishes, but this was just too gorgeous not to love. This would make for a lovely wedding manicure–traditional, but just a little bit edgy. The above photo is 3 coats and a topcoat. ~K
Today I have a comparison of Sally Hansen’s Black Tie (index), Essence’s Chic Reloaded (middle), Pretty Serious’ Gargoyle Ganache (ring) and Misa’s It’s You! (pinky), all gray bases with purple/green/gold duochrome. This picture is 2 coats of each (and pretend the blue in the picture is green…the sky was very bright).
Gargoyle is the odd man out this time, with thicker shimmer and more color visible at all times. Chic had the best duochrome effect, but it also had a stubby, super thick brush that was hard to work with. It’s had a weaker color change effect and probably the thinnest formula, but I liked the brush. Black had a good shift and a good formula, but the green duochrome looked a little bluer to me than the others. Still, I would say that (aside from Gargoyle) these were close enough to be copycats.
I’m not sure when Sally Hansen’s Black Tie was released or what collection it is from
Ditto for Essence’s Chic Reloaded
Gargoyle Ganache is from Pretty Serious’ Monster Mash Collection (Halloween 2012)
It’s You! Is from Misa’s What I Like About You Collection (Fall 2010)
Joe Versus the Volcano is the first onscreen pairing of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (and Meg Ryan and Meg Ryan…she plays three different parts), but it’s more than just a footnote in the giant successes that were Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. They don’t make movies quite like this anymore. It’s random, it’s bizarre and it’s kind of pointless, but in a good way. It’s an adult fairytale about a hypochondriac loser named Joe (Tom Hanks) who finds out he’s dying of a “brain cloud”. An eccentric millionaire hires him to jump into an active volcano on a small tropical island in order to appease the superstitious natives and improve trade relations. In the meanwhile, Joe gets to live like a king and has romantic encounters with a former co-worker (Meg Ryan), the millionaire’s shallow daughter (Meg Ryan) and her half-sister Patricia (again…Meg Ryan). In the short time he has left, Joe finally learns to appreciate his life and discovers his self-worth.
The soundtrack in this one is fun with plenty of oldies (and even a few numbers by Tom Hanks). The actors are obviously having a blast, even if they aren’t exactly sure what’s going on. There are plenty of visual motifs and a beautiful lullaby score to emphasize the fairytale elements (but don’t worry, there’s no magic here…everything that happens could technically happen). An overlooked classic, Joe Versus the Volcano is definitely worth a look.
Lava is one of Sally Hansen’s new Lustre Shine polishes, all of them duochromes and all of them awesome. This one is a pink shimmer (thick shimmer, almost like glitter) that turns orange at the right angles. The duochrome effect is very strong in all types of light and I took a shade photo below to really make it pop.
These pictures are three coats (the formula is a little on the sheer side). Lava is so sparkly, I had trouble keeping my eyes on the road while I was driving. Very cool. ~K