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My Unofficial Nail Polish of The Hunger Games District 12

So of course every product is trying to cash in on The Hunger Games and by now I’m sure most people have seen the China Glaze Capitol Colours Nail Polish Collection for The Hunger Games.  Since I am such a fan (and a beauty nerd), I have of course given in to the temptation of getting my hands on some HG merchandise – including some of the China Glaze colors from the collection.

Luxe and Lush (District 1) | Stone Cold (District 2) | Riveting (District 3) | Hook and Line (District 4)
Electrify (District 5) |  Fast Track (District 6) | Mahogany Magic (District 7) | Dress Me Up (District 8)
Harvest Moon (District 9) | Foie Gras (District 10) | Agro (District 11) | Smoke and Ashes (District 12)

Now the only issue here is that China Glaze is not carried by many stores (due to stores having contracts with other companies), therefore getting your hands on the infamous Capitol Colours collection may pose a few problems.

So, while I was able to get my hands on a couple of the colors I wanted from the collection in store, most of the colors were sold out. I turned to online shopping for the remaining polishes that I wanted. I’ll be able to provide some real life swatches, as well as possible Hunger Games nail art pending my schedule, when I get those in the mail.

In the meantime, I have decided on my unofficial nail polish of Mining District 12 (home to Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen). See Essie’s “Power Clutch” – a charcoal gray with a hint of forest green.

Sorry for my terribly awful painted nails – I’m always in a hurry (and tough on my nails) and these are like a week+ old at this point.

Essie Power Clutch without flash

Essie Power Clutch with flash

The hunter/ forest green in the polish shows up much more in person than in the photos. See the official photo from here:

My choice for The Hunger Games District 12 Unofficial Nail Polish is a bit ironic, considering it was part of Essie’s “Brand New Bag” Fall 2011 Collection. It’s name certainly belongs in the capitol or at least District 1, but it’s color is District 12 all the way.

It reminds me of coal dust muddling the colors of the forest and would certainly fit it with the District 12 visual I have in my head -if anyone in District 12 could even have the luxury that is nail polish.

12 days to The Hunger Games!!! 


(Well Deserved) Lust of the Month

Okay, so normally these will probably be posted near the end of the month, but since it is March 2012 and I’m just TOO EXCITED to wait…

Lust of the Month is a character:

PEETA MELLARK (of The Hunger Games for those few humans who have yet to become obsessed)

I know, I know …two Hunger Games posts in a row but I really can’t help it – 21 days until the movie is out and I get to see my envisioned Peeta Mellark on-screen! I must brag a little – I have the prime IMAX seats claimed!

I commend the casting of Peeta, played by Josh Hutcherson (see the normally brunette actor below).  A blonde Mr. Hutcherson is an extremely close match to what I was picturing (not everyone may agree – I get it, no need to go postal on me now).

It also helps that, from what I have read and heard through interviews, Hutcherson is very much in touch with the character. He has explained in almost every interview he has given, which I have come across,  that he felt Peeta was written for him and the similarities between Peeta’s outlook on life and his role in The Hunger Games, as well as his relationships with Katniss and others, are a near perfect match for how Hutcherson approaches things in his life.

“I mean, for me I had an immediate connection with Peeta. I felt like I was Peeta in so many ways, it kind of blew my mind a little bit. To the point when I actually walked into the room to audition, and [author] Suzanne Collins and [director] Gary Ross were there, I said to them — I’ve never said this before in any audition and I’ll never say it again because it sounds disgusting — but I am so much like Peeta! Reading it, I was almost like, ‘How did Suzanne Collins write a movie about my [kind of] person?’ It kind of blew my mind. …One of the biggest things was just his belief that, no matter what situation you’re in, you’ve got to be who you are as a person and be able to look in the mirror and be OK with that and not be a pawn in someone else’s game. And that could happen very easily, and I never have wanted to, and I never will let it.” – Josh Hutcherson [Interview with]

This creates even more excitement for me, knowing that the actor portraying an extremely loved character (by me and millions) will be putting on a truly genuine performance – almost ensuring that I won’t be disappointed.

In a way, I (almost) feel bad lusting after the 19-year old adorably handsome Josh Hutcherson, even though he isn’t much younger than I am, but I can’t help it and I’m sure millions of other ladies can’t help it either! Yes, I’m sure a good portion of the drivers for my lust come from the fact that he is my Peeta Mellark come-to-life, but every new interview I come across, my crush on the Hutch grows  🙂

Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, I guarantee this will not be my last Hunger Games related post – hello – obsessed here! Anyways, more beauty, movies,  fashion, books and randomness to come – till tomorrow universe.


Obsess Much: The Hunger Games! Katniss Everdeen’s Signature Braid

If you are a fan of the Suzanne Collins epic trilogy “The Hunger Games” then I’m sure you have every detail of those books memorized and questions surrounding every detail you don’t have.

From the moment I read about Katniss’s signature braid in the books, and considering her character, I had been aching to see what it looked like.  Now I know in the books it is described as being generally straight down her back, but I thought about what happens throughout the day – Katniss surviving, climbing, hunting, running and walking through the woods (and the arena) and how that would effect the style – for that truly semi-disheveled, yet carefree and humidity affected but still lovely look.

Since we are, in a way, lucky enough to have this series  become a very-soon-to-be blockbuster film – we get to have a few of those missing details filled in for us. Granted for this particular detail, it seems they took some leeway with the look – but I’m not disappointed.

Now, Suzanne Collins herself was involved in the production of the movie, The Hunger Games out March 23!!. So I feel it is safe to say that certain details  we are seeing in the movie (that were not already included in the books themselves) is what she envisioned or at least something she agreed enhanced her characters.

Since the promotional materials, movie stills and posters, and trailers have hit the internet, I have been trying to master the Katniss (Movie) Braid. It is not too complicated a style, though with my quite curly – very long hair, french-braiding my own hair poses a few issues, even more depending on how much sleep I had.

For reference, see the images here:

I did come across an article earlier this month, published on, that has the details straight from the lead stylist herself:

” The Hunger Games won’t be in theaters until March, but thanks to the movie’s lead stylist, Linda Flowers, you can get Katniss Everdeen’s signature undone braid right now. “The key to pulling off this style is being creative,” Flowers says. “Her character is fierce yet feminine, so her hair is meant to have texture and look effortless.” Ready to get just as inventive as our District 12 heroine? Keep reading for the complete step-by-step.

Step one: prep
Start by setting hair with The TopStyler, a curling and waving system that Flowers invented herself, using a soft-spin technique to form texture and dimension. Do this by twisting the hair a few times, wrapping it backward with one finger, and clamping it in place using the ceramic shell clips (much the same as you would hot rollers). Let your hair set for 10 minutes and release when cool.

Step two: braid
Create a side-swept French braid by starting on the left side of your head and plaiting around until it drapes over your right shoulder. For a natural, unfinished look, leave a few wispy pieces out of the braid to frame your face.

While I do feel that this is a good general idea, I do think that as the lead stylist, Linda Flowers  should know the details about the signature Katniss Braid – BUT she seems to have included an unnecessary pitch for the TopStyler (the style does not require this particular tool!) – bad form Ms. Flowers.

She also failed to mentioned that the braid is actually a Reverse-French Braid, also known as a Dutch French Braid. Simply – Dutch style means to plait your hair under rather than over like a normal braid. So just like a French braid, you take your three initial sections, but cross each side section under the middle section – taking up more hair in each section as you braid downward.

THOUGH, you can do this style using a regular French Braid method – it looks great either way! I’m still mastering the art that is trying to french braid my own hair, so that it comes out looking fabulous every time.

To sum it all up:

1. PROTECT your hair if you are using heat tools and to combat frizz.

2. Create TEXTURE in your hair (unless you got it naturally).

  • curls
  • waves
  • braiding your hair in small braids and leaving them overnight is a great trick for no-heat texture
  • (even crimps if that’s your favorite)

3.  GATHER your hair to the side that you would like the braid to fall on, deciding where you would like your part to be.

  • The Katniss Braid positions the part about 1 inch off-center to the side which your braid will fall

4. BRAID your hair, starting above your ear from the opposite side of where your braid will fall, plaiting (in either French or Dutch style) around the base of your head towards the shoulder your braid will fall over and secure the end.

5. Optional: TUG your braid apart and pull out some short pieces, if you have layers, for that more casually-sexy, unfinished feel.

And to end things on a truly awesome Hunger Games hair style … it’s Seneca Crane’s Beard on Wes Bentley’s gorgeous face!