Half-Moon Mani With A Twist

Today’s manicure is a new favorite combined with some older ones!

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First I laid down two coats of OPI’s My Vampire Is Buff. I’ve used it once before but not in a full manicure. This French vanilla cream is very lovely and ladylike on its own; I used two coats and could’ve used a third on a few fingers, but I knew I’d be mostly covering it up so I didn’t bother. I wore this on its own for a few days, actually, before I attempted my half-moon gradient.

MVIB was coming out really off color in my lightbox so I snapped one in the weak sunlight in front of my living room curtains.

MVIB was coming out really off color in my lightbox so I snapped one in the weak sunlight in front of my living room curtains.

Reggae To Riches is a gorgeous fuchsia with strong purple shimmer and Tantalizing is a lavender with bright blue shimmer, but for some reason it was hard to capture the shimmer of these. Unfortunately, both of these were really sheer when I sponged them on my nail, having overlapped the colors on an ever-so-slightly-damp sponge.

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I kept sponging and sponging to get the colors more opaque (and to try to coax out the fabulous shimmers, but you can only see Tantalize Me’s shimmer in a few photos) but all it did was create a less smooth gradient. I also wasn’t paying much attention to the fact that my sponging was getting under my reinforcement stickers (placed at the cuticle for the half moon), plus I didn’t get over to the side enough on a few nails. I still like this, though!

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I definitely need to delve into the depths of my polish collection way more often – I think I’ve only worn Tantalize Me and Reggae To Riches once each, but they’re really awesome. I’m not usually a pink fan but some about Reggae To Riches really draws me in, and that blue shimmer in Tantalizing makes an otherwise plain color interesting. Damn, I kind of want to attempt a swatch-a-thon of all my polishes. Haaaa yeah right – I have way too many, plus I’d get bored after like, a week. Maybe I’ll just attempt a no-buy so I’m forced to shop my own stash.

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Okay I just saw the Veronica Mars movie last night because I’d been waiting to see it with a friend who was coming to town, and I want to nerd out about it a little. There will be spoilers so if you haven’t seen it and want to, don’t read below!

So, I really loved it. I wasn’t sure if I would, going in, because I’d mostly kept away from reviews but the few I’d stumbled across had seemed kind of lukewarm, but I really think it was well done. Despite the backstory intro at the beginning, I highly doubt anyone who wasn’t previously a VMars fan saw this movie, but I loved all the callbacks, like Veronica’s old bag from the series, the rumor that Veronica had joined the FBI, and Wallace getting her a student’s file (!). Also, on a purely shallow note, HOT DAYUM, everyone got wayyyyy hotter. I mean, Wallace and Mac were already cute, but now? Jesus:

I mean, seriously smokin' hot. via

I mean, seriously smokin’ hot.

I in no way believe Mac would be working at Kane Software, though – she’d be running that joint, or having her own company. And I know there was a finite amount of time, but I wish we’d gotten to see more of Keith’s life, too – does he have a girlfriend? Did he get a backup dog to Backup? Ugh I also really wish Leighton Meester could’ve come back as Carrie Bishop since I not-so-secretly love Leighton Meester. Dick was obviously amazing, and I loved the mountain of cameos. (Cliff! Leo! Corny! Principal Clemmons! Poor Deputy Sachs! Weird Celeste Kane appearance! Vinnie Van Lowe with his sneezy job that perfectly suited him!)

And oh, Logan. Okay, in the real world, Logan would be the worst but as a fictional character, I always loved Logan’s quippy personality. My mouth actually fell open when he appeared in uniform because whaaaaaat?! The rehash of the “epic love” speech was a little cheesy, though – especially since Logan didn’t even remember saying it to Veronica the next morning, right? But damn, can that man lean.

I sorely missed the visual look of the TV show, though. That great, neo-noir style (neon signs/stained glass/high-contrast/deep shadows) always enhanced my love of the show, and while once or twice a shot of Veronica in silhouette fixing her camera was cool, they repeated the silhouette too much (and the Veronica/Logan ones seemed positively cliche).

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The colors! The neon!

I was also torn up about how it ended – part of me cheered as Veronica settled back into Mars Investigation (with Mac by her side!), but a part of me also hated it. I love the character of Veronica, and want the best for her, and I agree with her dad that she “had made it out” and that she shouldn’t let the town suck her back in (also, how is she going to pay back her student loans on her now-useless law degree?!). That plus the Logan thing felt like her character was regressing. But Neptune will always be corrupt, and who wouldn’t love Veronica Mars as a defender of their town? Better than Batman, for sure.