Star Trek Into Darkness

So…I just read the plot synopsis for the next Star Trek movie.  I, hmm, well.  Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to see Benedict Cumberbatch and Simon Pegg.  But there’s this nagging little voice in my head that is telling me I’m only excited about this movie because it’s Star Trek.  That synopsis just really isn’t doing anything for me…at all.

Confession time.  I’ve never watched TOS.  I know, I know.  How can I call myself a Trekkie, blah blah blah.  The point is, TNG is my absolute favorite series and the J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek doesn’t feel like Star Trek to me.

There are certain things I liked about the movie (e.g., Simon Pegg and the special effects).  Still, overall, the movie just fell short of being Star Trek and I can’t help but suspect that Into Darkness will be the same.  Of course, I hope that it will exceed my expectations and blow me away.  Also, I hope that they haven’t decided to make Khan the villain.  Nobody (not even Benedict Cumberbatch) can compare to Ricardo Montalban.  Nobody.  And I love Benedict Cumberbatch.  I think most are speculating that the villain is going to be Gary Mitchell.  I had to look him up and from what I read, that could be interesting.

I’m just going to have to find the time to watch TOS.

L’Oreal and Urban Decay

Image courtesy of mistermong/

I just learned via Phyrra that L’Oreal will be buying Urban Decay Cosmetics.  (Update:  According to Reuters, the sale has already happened.)

I started replacing my L’Oreal products when I found out they weren’t a cruelty-free brand.  I admit to still having some (like my Lancôme foundation), but I just don’t feel right about knowingly buying from a company that tests products on animals.  There is a chance that Urban Decay will stay cruelty-free and I’ve heard rumours that L’Oreal will be going cruelty-free in 2013 due to the EU ban on animal testing.  That remains to be seen, I guess.

I don’t own any UD products, but there are several that I’ve had my eye on.  I think I’ll hold off on making any purchases until I know for sure one way or the other.  If they do not remain cruelty-free, I’ll spend my money elsewhere.

(Slightly off topic:  Any recommendations for replacing my Lancôme Teinte Miracle foundation?)



Pretty Serious Nightmaren and Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello to all the geek girls and beauty lovers out there!

I am a geek girl.  As the hilarious and awesome Simon Pegg said,

“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

So, more than just a beauty blog, this is a geek blog.  I love science and video games, movies and makeup, nail polish and books…Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars…and so very much more!  So, read what interests you and ignore what doesn’t.  Or better yet, read everything and maybe be introduced to new things!

I thought for my very first post, I would put up some swatches of my favorite red nail polish (and also the perfect fall red!)  I’m still figuring out how to work my camera, so pictures will get updated eventually.

My absolute favorite red nail polish is Nightmaren from Pretty Serious Cosmetics.  It’s  a gorgeous warm-toned red with a golden glow. Pictures don’t do any of the Pretty Serious polishes justice and I know mine don’t even come close.  (I’m working on that.)  This polish reminds me of apples and cinnamon and all things fall.

Hopefully you can see the golden shimmer in the polish.  Gorgeous!

I wish the glow was showing up in my pictures.  I think I took about a hundred pictures trying to get the perfect shot.  My husband thought I’d lost my mind!  I have a nail polish comparison planned for my next post.  I’m going to go practice with my camera (and possibly play some Assassin’s Creed 3!)