Mani Monday: Orly Green with Envy

Happy Pi Day, everyone! Did you eat any yummy pies? I had both grasshopper pie (mint chocolate chip) and razzleberry pie (mixed berry). Mmm… ¬†ūüėõ¬†

Anyway, since¬†both Easter and St. Patrick’s day coming up, I decided to do a pastel mani with a green base. The green color here is Orly Green with Envy. I thought it would be a creamy pastel, but it is actually a weird sheer green. It took four coats to get this opacity. I do not recommend this color not only because of its sheerness but also because of its short wear time. I dotted two¬†other Orly colors¬†onto my nails, Lollipop & Snowcone (lavendar and sky blue, respectively). They have an even worse wear time than Green with Envy, so I don’t recommend them either. I have tried them with both the Orly bonder base and an OPI base. There was no difference in wear time when I used the same brand’s basecoat with these polishes. It could just be the pastels though.¬†These are the only Orly polishes I have ever tried. I also used two Colorstay polishes from Revlon. These polishes have a decent wear time for drugstore nail lacquer, but the brushes on all of the Colorstay polishes are cut unevenly (including ones I did not picture in this post). This makes creating a nice manicure nearly impossible. The colors I used are Provence & Coastal Surf (gray-lavendar and french blue). Have you ever tried these brands? Did you get the same results I did?

 

From L-R: Lollipop, Provence, Green with Envy, Coastal Surf, Snowcone

Well, I have some news for people who refuse to love math and celebrate Pi Day. Today is also White Day! No, white day is not a day where we celebrate white people. It is a holiday made up by confectioners in Asia to sell more candy. No, seriously, it is. I don’t know which countries celebrate it other than Korea and Japan. However, both countries make the girls give the boys they like candy on Valentine’s Day. A month later on White Day, the boys respond in turn. We don’t usually celebrate White Day at our house, but we decided to try it this year. My husband surprised me by taking the day off to do fun things with me all day! So far I have gotten two bouquets of flowers, seen a movie, gone shopping, and eaten pie. Pretty good day, right? What have you been up to today? Let me know in the comments!

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Mani Tuesday: The Wearing of the Green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you are all celebrating St. Paddy’s Day in style. For me, that means having a sparkly green manicure. This is not just any green glitter nail polish. It is the fairest¬†in all the land.

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Isn’t it lovely? The color is from Nails Inc. and called Piccadilly Green. I actually thought the name was Emerald all this time because of this odd sticker on the cap. I only noticed it’s real name yesterday.

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(Why does it say “Emerald” on the cap? Did the people at Nails Inc. think that we might not be able to see what color the nail polish is? Is this a blue/black or white/gold situation?)

I’m definitely not confused about how much I love these myriads of green glitter on my nails. The glitter comes in various sizes¬†and is full coverage. It’s everything I wished Deborah Lippman nail polish to be and with a 50% smaller price tag. Unfortunately, it only lasts one or¬†two days. I think it’s worth it, and I wear this color every March 17 and around Christmas time (with the red version of this polish). However, I have some bad news. Nails Inc. has revamped their nail polish and no longer sells this color on their website. I bought this at Sephora a long time ago, so you might check around to see if they have any bottles still loitering on the shelves.

How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Did you eat corned beef with boiled potatoes and cabbage? Did you call your husband “Seamus” all day? Did you get a free frozen lemonade from Chick-Fil-A? Did you watch half of an Irish film¬†on Netflix and then not finish it so you could watch The Mindy Project?

I did.

Let me know how your day went already!

Weekend Watchlist: Happy Pi Day!

Today is a very special Pi Day. The month, day, and year are equal to the first five numbers of¬†pi, which are 3.1415. I hope that you are celebrating with mathematical joy by solving some geometric equations. Or perhaps you like to take the “punny” route and bake a pie on Pi Day. Whatever floats your boat is fine by me.

I know I could easily pick Life of Pi or Pi for my Weekend Watchlist, but I’ve decided against both since neither is on Netflix¬†streaming. (Also, I’ve never seen Pi.) I know you people like instant gratification.¬†Therefore, I choose I.Q.

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The story of I.Q. is by Andy Breckman, the man who gave us Rat Race and Monk among other comedic gems. (He also wrote for SNL and Letterman.) He shares writing credit with Michael Leeson who has written for just about every classic show on Nick at Nite. (Sidenote, what’s the deal with all the new shows on Nick at Nite?) I.Q. was directed by Fred Schepisi who directed Steve Martin’s huge schnoz in Roxanne. This is a good start right?

In I.Q., Meg Ryan plays Catherine, granddaughter of Einstein (who is played by what looks like his twin brother AKA Walter Matthau). Tim Robbins plays Ed, the car mechanic who has no chance with Catherine because of his average intelligence. Hijinks ensue. This is not a complex movie. This is a sweet rom-com that’s perfect for a lazy weekend.

“But, Molly!” you protest, “It’s days away from St. Patrick’s Day. Shouldn’t you choose a film based on an actual holiday?”

First of all, how dare you?!

Second, I have picked another movie. Hold your horses.

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The Secret of Kells is a spirited, fictionalized account of how the famous Book of Kells was made. (The Book of Kells is an illuminated book of the four gospels. It is stunning. Google it after you read this post posthaste.) The animation is beautiful, and the story takes it time weaving around old myths and faeries. I won’t¬†say anymore because I don’t want to spoil the plot. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2010 and an Annie in 2009. Its is also available on Netflix, so you don’t have to wait until the 17th to watch it.