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Let’s Whip It, Whip It Good!

By on November 7, 2009
in Blue, Celebrity, No-Miss
A few weeks ago, my friend invited me to a special screening of Whip It, Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut about the world of roller derby. You see, my friend is a member of the Burning River Roller Girls and they were at the screening to explain more about derby and their experiences in the league.
Of course, as with any movie I watch, I’m always on the lookout for some stand out nail color. With the amount of makeup and costuming involved in derby, I expected to see some crazy colors on screen. What I didn’t expect was to find the most interesting polish pop up on the only non-roller girl in the movie, Alia Shawkat’s character Pash.One of the first things my friend and I commented on after the movie was her electric blue nails (she’s a fanatic too). That set me on a mission to find out more about the color and thanks to Makeup Department Head Eryn Krueger Mekash I’ve got the scoop!

Not only was the movie fantastic but hearing the different league members speak about why they joined and how it has changed their lives was empowering. Some of the women stood up to introduce themselves showing the diversity of the group. A concert pianist, a grad student, a stay-at-home mom, a local bar owner, an engineer (like my friend). Women of all shapes, sizes and ages. There is no typical roller girl. If I had even a modicum of coordination, listening to them might have compelled me to lace up my skates and join.I’m actually heading to see roller derby for the first time tonight as the Burning River Roller Girls host their 4th Annual Black & Blue Charity Bout to benefit Toys For Tots. I hear the “fresh meat” (aka newbies) participate in full contact musical chairs. Sounds like a blast!!

Since Alia’s character cheered on Ellen Page’s Bliss wearing blue nails, I’m going to scream and shout for my pal wearing the same shade Pash donned in the movie… No-Miss Biscayne Blue.

If you’re not familiar with the No-Miss cosmetics line, they’re dubbed “Healthy Alternative Products.” They can be found in stores like Whole Foods and are Big 3 and Camphor Free. I reviewed their Tamarac Tangerine polish a couple years ago.

Biscayne Blue’s consistency is a bit thin with a brushed chrome metallic finish. It reminds me of those old China Glaze Classic Chromes. Anyone remember those? I needed three coats and the finish is pretty brush stroke-y but the electric sky blue hue is very pretty.

To minimize brush strokes I have two suggestions: 1. Wait 5 minutes between coats (a tip from Deb Lippmann). 2. Instead of a typical middle-side-side 3-stroke application, try side-middle-side (a tip from CND’s Angi Wingle).
You can find No-Miss polishes at Whole Foods for $9.99/ea though the in-store color selection doesn’t compare to online. I bought Biscayne Blue from where the polishes retail for $6.99/ea.

Thank you to Eryn Krueger Mekash for helping me solve the blue polish mystery. You may remember she also helped us find out what Tina from Glee wears on her nails. You can view more of Eryn’s work at including some of the amazing bruise work she did for Whip It and the incredibly detailed tattoo work she did on Justin Timberlake for Alpha Dog.

Have any of you tried No-Miss? What did you think? Who else saw Whip It and loved it? Do I have any roller girl polish fanatics?

images: FanPop

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  1. Jeanne says:

    Yay, roller derby!! I'm actually training to get to the point to be called "fresh meat" — I didn't feel I was ready for try-outs this year (the last weekend of October), so I'm taking this year to get comfortable on my skates and work on my skills/fitness. It's awesome! (And yes, I'm already thinking about what polish I'd wear for bouts… depends on what team I'd be on!)

  2. karen says:

    whoa i didnt know they sold nail polish at whole foods!!! this color is legit. oh i forgot to say thanks michelle! i saw you tweet about china glaze's give away on facebook and I was one of the winners thanks to you :D

  3. awesomevegan says:

    OH MY GOSH I HAVE THAT COLOR!!! I should wear it if I go see the movie. My bf said he wants to see it. I think he has a crush on Ellen Page LOL. :) It is a very nice color.

  4. wixology says:

    Thanks, Michelle!

    This has been irking me ever since I saw the movie a coupla weeks ago. <3

  5. Anonymous says:

    IS DORTHY WHO NOT BEING RELEASED IN THE CHINA GLAZE COLLECTION? I saw a promo with a picture of it. Please update us on that

  6. Madelyn says:

    i love that color!

    i'm only 17, and NYS law says i can't join roller derby until i'm 18 (with or without parental consent)

    3 months down, 7 months to go!

    love your blog!


  7. All Lacquered Up says:

    Jeanne – It was so great running into you in NYC. That's so cool that you're joining derby. My friend loves it and plans out her polish for bouts. She was wearing one of the new China Glaze glitters last night. Her team is called the Cleveland Steamers which is sick and funny at the same time. Good luck with training!

    Karen – Oh congrats on winning! That's amazing. You won the Loves you snow much set, right? And yes, check your Whole Foods for the polish. Mine seems to keep it on the lowest shelf in the beauty section.

    Awesomevegan – How fun! Do you have other No-Miss colors? I hope you like the movie. I really enjoyed it. It was fun and sweet. I'm not the biggest Ellen Page fan but I have a girl crush on Drew Barrymore and just love Kristen Wiig. Juliette Lewis plays such a great bad girl.

    Wixology – I'm so glad I could help. I just had to find out what she was wearing.

    Anon – I'm not sure where you heard that but as far as I know and from the pictures I've seen, Dorothy Who is being re-released.

    Madelyn – Let the countdown begin. Last night they announced that they do a Jr. roller derby here for girls 7-17. It's too bad they don't offer that where you are. At least you don't have that long to wait.

  8. Lucy says:

    I went to some roller derby shows years ago. The ladies were very different then. No lingerie and sexy images. These ladies were tough skaters. I loved the derby. I can't wait to see the movie with the roller derby in it.