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In the winter…. The Fall

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Such a quiet time of year.  Recovering, for better or worse, from the holidays.  No news.  No new polish.  I’d like to hibernate for about six weeks.

Since I have nothing germane to the blog, I’ll ramble.  Quelle surprise.  If I can’t talk about polish, I’ll talk about color.  I’ve mentioned many times over the years about the use of color in movies, how it’s used for symbolism, for attention, and so forth.  It’s interesting to see how others use color and how we can use it ourselves in our polish and makeup.

One of my all-time favorite films — and my #1 favorite when it comes to use of color — is the little-known The Fall from 2006.  Starring Lee Pace as Roy, it’s set in a California hospital in the 1920s, and it introduces Catinca Untaru as the little girl, Alexandria.  Both Catinca and her character are Romanian and since her hospital scenes were shot in chronological order, you can literally see and hear her English improve.

Roy is confined to his bed…. but he wants something.  To get it, he convinces Alexandria to be an accomplice by telling her a fantastic story but parcels out the “chapters” to keep her on the hook, à la the tale of A Thousand and One Nights.  What’s fascinating is that what Roy says is not always what Alexandria understands.  For example, when he says “Indian” he means Native American but she pictures a person from India.

The dark, shadowy hospital scenes contrast perfectly with some of the brightest, most saturated colors you’ll ever see.  It’s the reason to have an HDTV and a Blu-ray player.

The Fall characters

The Fall woman

(Ooh, bright red polish!)

The Fall has some of the most gorgeous and striking scenes I’ve witnessed in any movie, any time.  Stills don’t do justice to them.  I was lucky to see the film in the theater, and bought it as soon as I could.  Here’s the trailer:

Direct link:  http://youtu.be/4YIEjqOzyP8

The Fall is rated R for violence and violent/frightening images, but there is no nudity or offensive language.

Fairytale Beginnings from Misa — Spring 2015

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News of spring collections is slowing to a trickle, while news of summer ones is heating up.  One more spring set to show you is Fairytale Beginnings from Misa.

Misa spring 15 banner

The colors are:

  • Never Grow Up
  • True Love’s Kiss
  • A Mad Tea Party
  • The Curse of the Sea Witch
  • Colors of the Wind
  • Bippity Boppity Blue

In other words, “as Disney as we can sound without having an actual license to use the Disney name!”

Misa spring 15

I don’t know what the finishes are — creme, satin, matte — but I’m not seeing anything that really excites me.  Still, I’ve liked Misa polishes I’ve tried in the past, and if you’re a Misa fan these could be fun for spring.  Little girls (OK, some big girls too) might also like the polish names.

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