Category: Sephora + Pantone Universe

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)

Listed from least favorite to favorite 🙂

(5) Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Dawn is a gold foil with a pink tint (2 coats). For more info, check out E’s review of Sleeping Beauty.

(4) Sephora + Pantone Universe Evergreen is a jewel green with slight blue/purple duochrome (2 coats)

(3) Sephora + Pantone Universe Reflecting Pool is a blue-green/purple duochrome (2 coats)


Natural Light

(2) Sephora + Pantone Universe Violet Quartz is a burgundy/gold duochrome (2 coats)

(1) Sephora + Pantone Universe Purple Parachute is a lavender purple base with gorgeous aqua shimmer (2 coats)

Desperately Seeking:  Cradle Pink

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)

When we were little, we used to go to a video rental store called Video Heaven.  K always wanted to rent Sleeping Beauty.  Always.  The best part was that it terrified her, so she would only watch it if someone else would watch it with her.  That person was usually me.  Since I was still pretty young at the time, it scared me as well.  Maleficent was super scary.  I mean, she’s green for Heaven’s sake.  While watching this most recent time, K and I decided that part of the reason this movie is so scary is the music. (Go Tchaikovsky!)

That being said, this is one of my favorite animated Disney films, and definitely the best of the older princess movies (Snow White and Cinderella are not even close).  The animation is stunning, almost like a Gothic tapestry.  The voice work is also fantastic.  I think Prince Phillip might have been my first crush, mostly because of his dreamy voice (and don’t judge, there are some very attractive animated men out there).  Eleanor Audley plays Maleficient to terrifying perfection, and Mary Costa has the voice of an angel, especially when compared to Snow White’s grating vibratto.  Ugh!

By far the best part of the movie is the three good fairies: Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather.  They are adorably clueless, especially with gems like “There’s got to be a hole in the bottom” “That’s for the feet to go through” while making the dress, or “It will be thicker once it’s baked” in reference to the drippy cake that Fauna has already put candles on.  I also love the “Make it pink” “Make it blue” war that Flora and Merryweather have probably been fighting their entire lives.  Since there are three sisters in our family, we long ago decided that we are the three fairies (I’m Fauna, if anyone was wondering).

I also have to mention the scene where the two kings get drunk celebrating the marriage of their children, and then come to blows because they don’t know if the crazy kids will even like each other, since they haven’t met since Aurora’s birth.  I didn’t really get that they were drunk when I was little, but I still always thought it was funny.

Sleeping Beauty has two names in this movie: Aurora is the name her parents gave her and Briar Rose (which I always thought was kind of a weird name) is the name her fairy guardians gave her.  Therefore, Sephora + Pantone Universe’s Rose Dawn seemed like a fantastic polish for this movie.

So, I love this color.  It is a beautiful metallic pink/gold.  After painting my first nail, I was smitten.  It was smooth and super easy to apply.  Then, I moved on to the next nail and this polish did a complete 180.  It was gloopy and dried way too fast.  I really wanted to completely love this polish, but after the application debacle, I think I can only give it a so-so review.  This picture is two coats and a top coat.  I wouldn’t say the polish was necessarily dull, but the top coat definitely brought out the shine. ~E

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