I know I didn't even begin to scratch the surface that was the box of polishes my Canadian friend and reader Jess sent me last May, buuuuuuuuut you guys! Jess sent me another box at the end of January, full of even more goodies I can't find here in the U.S.A., including a highly coveted Canadian exclusive lipstick (Bite Beauty Candied Maple, omfgggggg). The 2016 Pastel Obsession had kicked in hard by the time the box showed up at my doorstep, so my priority, if you can call it that, was determining whether Jess had included a blog-worthy pastel.
Allow me to introduce Misslyn Nail Polish in Shade No. 568, Mannequin.
Three coats with SV.
Nothing about this polish is particularly "mannequin" to me, except for the part of my brain that dares ask if this is a reference to Kim Cattrall. Again, I say, "whatever." (And PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE LET THIS BE A "MANNEQUIN" REFERENCE.)
IMO, this color embodies what I've always thought of as "Statue of Liberty" green. Too gorgeous, yes? It's a little brighter and less dusky IRL than it is in these pics, but that's Nature's Lightbox for you. Anyway, Mannequin's light green shimmer adds some depth?/dimension?/visual interest?/what are words? to a base color I'd categorize more as jade or even seafoam rather than a true mint. I'm happy to report that while the shimmer does NOT die on the nail (yay!), I don't think it's instantly noticeable to the ~untrained eye. I don't have anything like this.
The formula was pretty good on this one. It's opaque in two coats, but I did three out of habit because I thought it looked patchy under my OttLite. The polish is easy to manipulate, maybe a little more watery than I expected (not a bad thing -- just give it some time to dry, of course). The Misslyn brush stem is short and the brush itself is like a slightly moppier Essie brush, if that makes sense. I liked it, though, and I didn't have any issues. It was dry after a few minutes of SV, and I wore it for three days without any chips. I did have some tip wear, but I had just trimmed and filed down my nails, which always messes with my tips. I usually wait another day before slapping on a new mani, but I just could not wait to try Mannequin!
Misslyn is a German brand that arrived last year at Shoppers Drug Mart, a chain of Canadian drugstores. ETA: Jess says this Mannequin was an LE polish (Google came through and now I see it's from last summer's L'Amour Toujours? collection). WTF, this ought to be core! All I can say right now is that if the other Misslyn polishes Jess sent me are as good as Mannequin, then (1) you guys are in for a HUGE treat when I eventually blog more and (2) I am well and truly fucked because I will always want more. Thanks a lot, Jess. ;) (But seriously -- thanks so much, lady!)
Before I duck out, I want to say I've really enjoyed posting this month. Sure, the pastel fever had a lot to do with it, but I think taking a break over the past few weeks was helpful. I never felt that I was forcing myself to crank out an entry, which is one of the best feelings any blogger can have (it's true, ask one).
I'm not entirely sure what's in store for March aside from taxes, spring cleaning, and helping out my aunt who'll be staying with me for a little bit. But I'll do my best to pop in when I can. I hope you will, too! <3.
P.S. In the spirit of Leap Day, Madeline and I watched "Leap Year" two weeks ago. It was as awful as our mutual thirst for Matthew Goode is unquenchable. (So ... infinitely.) But this guy's career, IDGI. I don't think rom coms are for him -- he's perfect for period pieces and for portraying unhinged & menacing characters (e.g., Adrian Veidt/Ozy in "Watchmen" & Uncle Charlie in "Stoker"; I skipped "Self/less" because I heard it was terrible, but I think his character in it fell along these lines). My point is, he's underrated and gorgeous and needs bigger parts in better movies. Yes, good(e).
P.P.S. I've been trying to fill the space/sci-fi TV show hole in my heart since "Battlestar Galactica" ended, and I think I might have found a suitable replacement in "Killjoys." I just finished watching the first season -- last year, I only watched the pilot, then fell asleep halfway through the fifth episode. Uh, oops. I'm always here for action, comedy, a lady showrunner, a WOC actress as the lead, and oh yes, the requisite Ashmore twin. (Shut up, they are adorable. Thanks, Canada!) I guess the only real "thumbs down" I would give "Killjoys" is the dumb way of spelling names, but such is the way of sci-fi, I'm afraid. Anyway, it's a fun show and if you're looking for some lighter sci-fi fare (plus Ashmore twin!), then check this show out. It's cute and I hope this upcoming season will be just as satisfying as the first, whenever it starts up again on Syfy.