Saturday, March 21, 2009

A Blockhead's Breathmint

While I have a nail polish collection that is slowly (but surely) taking over my bedroom, there is another interest of mine that takes up even more space.

(If you're just looking for the nail polish, fast-forward toward the bottom. This'll take a while.)


I am a Peanuts fanatic. One bookshelf is exclusively Peanuts strip collections; the top of another contains stuffed Snoopys with many Peanuts-related ceramics. This does not include the many other trinkets hidden in storage boxes underneath my bed.

Ever since I could remember, I loved the comic strip. My childhood stuffed animal was a Christmas Snoopy that my mother bought at a garage sale. Snoopy has since lost the hat and even accompanied me during my study abroad stint in the UK. BFF1 has gotten me a Snoopy figurine every Christmas for well, a while. I recently finished the extremely long biography Schulz and Peanuts. While the book has courted its fair share of controversy due to the Schulz family's objections to the portrayal of Charles Schulz, it definitely gave me a new look at the strip. Pretty much, my happy childhood memories of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends contrast with the cold, biting humor the strip thrived on.

Earlier today, I received the script of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead that I ordered online. The play is a parody of Peanuts; the characters are now teenagers with Charlie Brown coping with the recent death of Snoopy. This play is the best thing I have read in a long time; I hope I will get to see it on stage in the future. While it is a drama, it is hysterically funny, lampooning childhood icons as modern-day teens. However, like modern-day teens and Peanuts itself, there is an underlying tone of exclusion and discrimination. I don't want to spoil the ending, but it can be described with one word: powerful.

Now on to nail polish...

According to the internet grapevine, MAC's nail polishes from the Sugarsweet collection are sold out online. Thanks to extreme luck, after reading Dog Sees God by the pool, I scooped up Peppermint Patti at my local MAC counter. I also spotted Chanel's summer collection at the mall and continued to be unimpressed by their nail polishes this season. Besides, who wants boring peach or bronze when you can get MINT GREEN! I can't believe I'm saying this, but I've converted to green. This might be number one so far for 2009; it's too early to tell.


In honor of its namesake, I tried to illustrate the "mint" adjective. I apologize for the sloppy application; it was an idea I wanted to try out as soon as possible before I forget. (ADHD tendencies: they're a bitch.)

There is a major drawback to Peppermint Patti: the application is a huge pain. S-T-R-E-A-K-Y. This is without base coat; I'll experiment later with Barielle Camouflage. I've been having trouble with lighter colors and streakiness; I'll discuss this in the next blog thanks to a bunch of adorable Claire's colors I picked up earlier this week.

Continuing on with the Peanuts theme, I find it ironic that of all the strip's female characters, it's the tomboy who shares a (okay, modified) name with a nail polish. But she's often seen wearing green; I think she'd approve :)

26 comments:

Lucy said...

What a fabulous idea with the polish! Very cute. I wanted that polish so bad. I'm on a no buy till after Lent. I even went onto the site the first day and had it ordered. Then I thought of the Lenten promise of no polish I made in good faith and clicked it off. I am sick! Are there any dupes out there for Peppermint Patty? I enjoyed your Snoopy story. I love Betty Boop cartoons. I used to have a collection of things. I just have a couple now. I fell in love with her image and cartoons after watching a program of old cartoons. It's not as strong an atachment as loving from childhood.

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Nixxy said...

I love it! the only thing is, that mani makes me hungry :) I'd be interested to read that script - sounds like a winner...

The Asian Girl said...

Lucy--Wow, that's mad self-control. I gave up fast food and soda...on St. Patrick's Day, I rode with some friends back from the beach and they HAD to eat...and they went to McDonald's, so I was stuck sitting there with a water bottle while they all slurped down sodas and downed my greasy comfort food in my presence. While they're not exact, there are other light greens such as OPI Hey! Get In Lime!, LA Girl Flare ? and Orly Mint Mojito. There's a great comparison at Makeupalley.

Nixxy--next time I'll try mint chocolate chip :P It's a real winner, it definitely turns the Peanuts world upside down.

Vanessa said...

Peanuts R-O-C-K-S! :)
That mani is so pretty, what a great minty green MAC released!

Colette said...

The minty-mani is really cute =) I gave you an award on my blog

The Asian Girl said...

Vanessa--seriously, MAC did a great job! I couldn't stop looking at my nails with Peppermint Patti.

Colette--thank you! :D

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