And since fall is officially here, I'm delighted to see that the bright orange trend from this spring and summer is sticking around. Burnt and pumpkin oranges are a seasonal shoo-in, but bright and bold? Yes, please!
You know I love a good bright orange polish.
You also know I really love fall.
More than both of those things, you know I LOVE television.
Not to exaggerate, but I can't trust people who say they hate TV. Like Kenneth from "30 Rock" and Abed from "Community," I love it too much. That being said, you really have to take the bad with the good because there are so many deliriously fantastic shows out there and it's just a matter of finding them. And if you don't have time to find them, then you're lucky you have me! Well ... that might be a stretch, but I'm just saying.
One new Fall 2012 show I've been looking forward to debuted last night: FOX's "The Mindy Project," created by and starring Mindy Kaling, whom you might know from her role as Kelly Kapoor on NBC's "The Office." I liked Kelly, but I LOVE Mindy so much more. Her wit, sense of humor and writing style are so up my alley, I can't even. (Mindy's beloved blog Things I've Bought that I Love lives on through her official site.) There's also the fact that as a young lady of color, it's beyond wonderful for me to see a woman like Mindy at the helm of her own primetime show on a major network. But it's not enough for me to simply support these ladies -- I also have to like what I'm seeing.
The pilot aired last night at 9:30 EST, but was made available online briefly last month on the FOX site, Hulu, AOL, Yahoo!, and Xfinity. You know I watched it! (Three times.) I'll have some thoughts on that after we get through the swatches and "review" for Dior Aloha, a polish that reminded me of the bright orange polish Mindy Kaling's character wore in the pilot. --Because obvs, OB/GYNs wear bright orange nail polish, too. They're just like us. I feel like Mindy (the real-life lady as well as the character) would pay enough attention to designer labels that a polish like Dior Aloha would be something she would have bought and loved.
Three coats with SV.
For what this polish originally cost, I was under the impression that it at least would have to give me super powers or come with the phone number of a gorgeous Canadian TV actor. (Pick one. I feel like they grow on trees.) It's a classic Dior creme with Dior's classic hidden shimmer, bright but not quite searingly neon; based on all but one the swatches I'd seen, I was surprised when this pulled more yellow and less red-orange on me. This shouldn't have been a surprise, because Aloha wasn't quite so red in my self-proclaimed NB skin tone twin Flinty's swatch. As you can see, the bottle also was tinted orange -- I'm not sure what the point of that was now. Was it to protect the neon pigment from exposure to sunlight?
The formula on Aloha was excellent. I usually detest the huge broom brushes Dior adopted in the past two years; however, I found that this one was crazy easy to work with and I barely had to do any clean-up. I think I applied my base coat combo kind of weirdly on my left hand, because the polish on that hand did not really level out. Since my last top coat experiment with a Dior polish was a fail (I think it was Essie Good to Go), I decided to use SV and hope for the best. I'm very pleased with the Dior + SV combo -- it dried a little slower than SV's normal time, but the good news was that the polish leveled out and neither was it tacky the next morning, nor did it shrink horribly. I'll have to try it again with a darker Dior creme. I wore this mani for four? five? days.
Aloha was part of Dior's limited edition Electric Tropics duo from Summer 2011. The other polish was Paradise; both Aloha and Paradise were each packaged along with a bottle of special Dior top coat in what I think was an approximately $30 set. I pounced on the Aloha/top coat duo when it went on sale for something like $15.
What do you think of Aloha? Did you get this one or Paradise, and if you tried using the top coat, did you notice anything different/special about it? I'm so curious. Are you a Mindy Kaling fan? Did you love reading Things I Bought that I Love as much as I used to? (I haven't gotten around to reading her book yet as I've been "book ADD" this summer.) Did you also watch the pilot last month or did you watch it last night?