While Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow in Pennsylvania today and therefore predicts an early spring, here in Montana we’re lucky if we ONLY get six more weeks of winter after February 2nd. We’ll probably get at least eight or ten. It’s very sunny here so our own local rodent prognosticator, Bitterroot Bill, will no doubt see his shadow and predict more winter.
If you’re interested in such things, Phil is a common groundhog, Marmota monax while Bill is a yellow-bellied marmot, Marmota flaviventris. Groundhog Day celebrations may be rooted in Celtic traditions of the pagan holiday of Imbolc which was Christianized to Saint Brighid’s Day, or they may come from other European beliefs, when clear skies on Candlemas Day (Feb. 2) were said to herald cold weather ahead. Whatever its roots I think most of us in the Northern Hemisphere are ready for spring by the time February rolls around.
Since it’s going to be wintery a little (or a lot) longer here, I have two new blue polishes to show you. They’re both from China Glaze and are similar in finish. Skyscraper is a bright steel blue jelly with silver microglitter from the Metro Collection released in the fall of 2011. Dorothy Who? is more of a royal-almost-teal blue with silver and blue microglitter and, as you may have guessed, from a Wizard of Oz-themed collection. It’s an older one called Wizard of Ooh Ahz Returns and this set contains the extremely popular Ruby Pumps, which is as bright and as red as it sounds. These polishes are available at Sally Beauty Supply or are only $3.25 (plus s&h) at Head2ToeBeauty.
Both are beautiful. Either would be a pretty one-coat top coat over another color or could be worn on its own.
I used three coats of each, and the following photos are in indirect sunlight, with the camera flash, and then in bright direct sunlight. Skyscraper:
I love both but find the lighter, brighter Dorothy Who? a little more appealing and would be more likely to wear it year ’round. Think it’d look gorgeous over a green shimmer or glitter for a water-like look.