Saturday, March 31, 2012

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor... As You Choose Just ONE Color

We will return to our originally-scheduled, virginity-related blog posts once I write about everything The Hunger Games. Please excuse my current literary, cinematic, cosmetic obsession.

Yes, I just referred to a book trilogy and movie franchise as cosmetic.

You know how popular books and movies have about a gagillion product tie-ins? Because yay money! Right?

After reading multiple reviews and looking at many swatches, I gave in and bought six nail polishes from the China Glaze Colors from the Capitol collection.

This is why I'm not a make-up or fashion blogger.

I ended up buying (L to R) Agro, Dress Me Up, Smoke & Ashes, Harvest Moon, Stone Cold, and Fast Track. (I also bought a polish from a different collection, called Ahoy! It's on my nails right now). I rarely buy nail polish, so splurging on seven at once is a bit of a big deal for me. But my oldest child Annie* does my nails for me, so they've been nicely manicured since September. Her enthusiasm for new colors is contagious, and when I found them online for only $2.99 each... I just couldn't resist.

So far I've only tried Smoke & Ashes as my accent nail with Fast Track as my primary polish, and I've only tried Stone Cold as my accent nail with Ahoy! as my primary polish. Did I take photos of either of these combinations? 


Of course not.

This is why I'm not a beauty blogger.

But for actual, in-depth reviews with pretty pictures, check out The Lacquered Lady or All Lacquered Up.

Basically, I'm in love with these colors. 

How can I relate this post to virginity? Umm...

Even virgins wear nail polish?

Works for me. ;)

*Not her real name. Duh.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Book Club Friday: The Hunger Games (eek!)

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably at least heard about the cultural phenomenon The Hunger Games, first a best-selling trilogy and now a box office hit. I first read the trilogy back in the fall, and I recently reread all three books in anticipation of the midnight showing last week. It only seems appropriate to dedicate this week's Book Club Friday to the first (and best) of the three.

Confession: When it comes to books, I can be a bit of a snob. The more popular a novel, series, or author is with a mainstream audience, the more I resist reading. After years of my favorite librarians telling me to try Harry Potter, I finally acquiesced one Christmas Eve while visiting my mom's family. I was 12 1/2 years old, and my aunt & uncle had just given my family the first three Harry Potter novels. Having already finished the 25 books I'd brought with me for our two-week vacation, I reluctantly started Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. My life has never been the same. I only read Twilight because I had to work the midnight release party for Breaking Dawn--and because bookstore employees could "check out" books from the bookstore like a library.

This fall, I gave in to all my friends who were encouraging me to try Suzanne Collins's trilogy.

I will be eternally grateful for all their harassment.



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