Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had a pretty good one myself. I saw Shutter Island, went out to dinner (a couple times!), watched the Oscars...whew. Yay for Jeff Bridges, by the way. And big yay for Kathryn Bigelow for beating the pants off of James Cameron. I'm not sure if I'm the only one...but I did not like Avatar. I found the 3D to be pretty unimpressive for all the hype (some would call it subtle) and the story was...not good. It was Fern Gully without the fun songs. The dialogue was also not good. You hear that, James Cameron? If you need someone to write dialogue for your next epic adventure ten years from now CALL ME. Trust me, you won't regret it.
Perhaps I am in a complain-y mood today, because...I'm about to complain about polish, too. Yesterday I decided to use another Up & Away, a polish I didn't buy during my original U&A mini-haul, High Hopes.
Outside in weak sunlight. I'm sorry for the bad paint job--I'm saying that a lot lately. My cuticles were stained green from the removal of...whatever I was wearing before. I was getting fed up. But here comes the complaining...the formula on this was just bad. I have subtly said that about Grape Pop and Peachy Keen, but for those posts I simply said the formula was "thick." Okay, I'm just going to go ahead and be honest and say that High Hopes' formula made me want to throw it across the room. It was really thick, but it needed three coats. I did two here because I just didn't feel like doing three. If I were to show you an indoor image with flash, you would see bald patches all over my nails. That's not okay. I'm not sure if anyone else has really complained about these polishes. Most of the "big" reviews I have read haven't really mentioned it, except maybe with Lemon Fizz, but that's kind of par for the course for yellow, yes? Pastel yellow especially.
Formula aside--and it's hard for me to put it aside because it irritated me so much--I love the color. It's hard to describe. It's like...a bright coral that sometimes looks pinker and sometimes looks oranger. My pictures are very color accurate, by the way. I feel like that I read on Scrangie that China Glaze calls this color "guava."
Not...so much. A guava is a lot pinker, yes? I've never eaten a guava. My bestie Angela probably has. I feel like she's always eating awesome exotic fruit. The other day I was talking to her and she was like, "I'm literally holding a coconut with a straw in it." HA! Love her. I feel like I have a picture of Angela and our other friend E eating either a guava or a papaya with a spoon on the train in Barcelona, but I don't have permission from either of them to post that. Oh well. To make up for it, here is a picture I took in La Boqueria, a huge open-air market in Barcelona. Incredible!
There are the papayas in the upper righthand corner! Now where are the guavas? Okay, anyway, I love the color of the polish. It reminds me of summer. I would definitely wear this on my toesies when it becomes flip-flop weather. I just wish the formula wasn't so awful. Has anyone else had this experience with any Up & Away polishes? With Grape Pop it wasn't that big of a deal; I mean, it was thick, but it really only took two coats. When the polish is REALLY thick and NEEDS three coats? No. No thank you. I never thought I'd say this, but...China Glaze, you need some pointers from OPI. The formulas on the Hong Kong collection are spot on. At least in my experience.
Another thing. Look at these bottles.
When I picked up the High Hopes bottle at Sally's I had this sensation that it was somehow smaller than other China Glaze bottles. I was right. That's Peachy Keen on the right, by the way. Can you guys tell that the High Hopes bottle is smaller? It even has less polish in it. Whaaaaat?
Alright, I really need to stop blathering. Sorry guys. I told you I was feeling complain-y today! I'll leave you with a picture of Alley being adorable to fulfill your daily cute.
Aw! You know what she's saying? She's saying don't forget to enter Steff's GIVEAWAY by March 12th by clicking on the picture at the top of the righthand sidebar. You'll find all the rules there. Yes, she can say a lot with her eyes.
Thanks for reading, lovies!