Sunday, November 29, 2015

Literary Lacquers Community Collection 2015 (& LE GWP Polish!)

Today's blog post is a feast for the eyes! I am going to show you the 8 piece Community Collection 2015 by Literary Lacquers. This is the third year that Amy has tapped into her blogger and polish obsessed friends to help develop 8 unique polishes based on literary inspirations and, as usual, the results are gorgeous.

The collection is launching December 1 at noon MT (2pm ET, for reference).

Give My Heart is the LE Gift with Purchase. A $24 purchase gets a free mini, $48 purchase gets a free full size. Orders over $75 use code 2015HOLIDAY for free domestic shipping or 2015INTERNATIONAL for $7 off international shipping.

Here are the 8 main polishes. I am going to do something a little different with this post. Instead of my usual light box full hand then macro, I am going to do a full hand light box and then a full hand sun light, no flash pic so you can see how gorgeous these are!

(Updated 12/1 with inspirations).


First up, this is Stinky Little Truck. I used three thin coats for these pics. The formula is easy to work with, dry time is average. The first coat is sheer but builds up nicely. This almost has a foil like finish. Beautiful for any time of the year.


Inspired by the Veronika Layne Hot Off the Press mysteries by Julia Park Tracey This collaboration was the brainchild of blogger Michelle Chouinard of Lacquer or Leave Her who asked Literary Lacquers to create these colors in collaboration with Julia.  

Julia writes: I see this as the perfect choice for the character of Veronika Layne, who is a kind of goth-hippie. She’s a tree-hugger and an eco-warrior, who has tattoos, body piercings and loves her sexy lingerie and her black and white cat. Purple nails? Yes, please!

Michelle writes: In the Hot Off the Press books, Veronica Layne drives a biodiesel truck that runs off of vegetable oil; it’s an excellent alternative fuel, but can make your car smell like a vat of French fries. But really, that’s a small price to pay to keep the earth healthy, especially if you can look like this while you’re doing it. I love metallics and bling during the holidays, but have had difficulty finding a silver polish that has an elegant, sophisticated feel while still making my fingers sparkle and shine. The subtle linear holo and flecked finish in this polish satisfy my need for something that’s glamorous and special, without going way over the top.

Here is the polish in the sun, with no flash or artificial light:


Next, here is My Favorite Day, a sunny coppery gold. This is three thin coats. This polish has a very sunny quality to it and is guaranteed to make you smile when you see your nails.


My Favorite Day – golden amber metallic linear holo designed with Jody Morris Feldman and inspired by Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

Jody writes: It's one of my favorite quotes from Winnie the Pooh, which the father of my grandson had me read to him over and over again when he was a little boy. Winnie asks Piglet what day it is and Piglet answers 'it's today' to which Winnie says 'my favorite day '. I told my son, every time I read it to him, that every day with him was my favorite day, so now I know that every day with his son is his favorite day. Mushy, I know, but that's what grandparenthood has done to me.

The sun shot makes it look like you've got a bar of gold on your nails.


A personal favorite of mine is Phizzwizard. I am lucky enough to be friends with Amy and every once in a while, I send her a random FB message that starts with "You know what would be an awesome color?" LOL, I am sure she loves those. One of the random message colors that I described was a holo seafoam green - and here it is! This is totally someone one else's vision and description but this color is here and it's just gorgeous. You'll need three thin coats since it is a pastel but it dries quickly. Love!


Phizzwizard was inspired by Traci Hatling of Newsie Nail Novice, inspired by The BFG by Roald Dahl

“Sophie peered into the jar and there, sure enough, she saw the faint, translucent outline of something about the size of a hen’s egg. There was just a touch of colour in it, a pale sea-green, soft and shimmering and very beautiful. There it lay, this small oblong sea-green jellyfish thing, at the bottom of the jar, quite peaceful, but pulsing gently, the whole of it moving in and out ever so slightly, as though it were breathing.”



Another favorite of mine in this collection is Free to Fly. I adore pastels and holos, so combining the two is an instant win for me. Since this is a pastel, it is slightly more sheer than some of the others in the collection. This is actually 4 thin coats but 3 would've been fine. This beauty is already on my Favorites shelf.


Free to Fly – Delicate lavender linear holo with blue iridescent flakies and green glass fleck, designed with Jennifer Zakroff and inspired by Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

"Too much tail. All that jewelry weighs it down. Like vanity. Can't nobody fly with all that shit. Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down." - Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison

Sun shot!


Burning Slowly From The Inside Out is a burnt orange color. This has the typical, perfect, LL holo formula with two coats to opacity.


Designed with Destany Pingle of Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom inspired by The Selection series by Keira Cass: the inspiration was her current literary obsession - The Selection novel series by Kiera Cass. The covers are just so amazing, and I've dreamed about the fiery red-orange of the cover of The Elite. Let me just say this - I'm not much of a romance reader. These books are fairly high in the romance department, but the dystopian drama fills it up, too. This series is kind of like The Hunger Games meets the Bachelor. The country has been torn apart by war, and from the ashes it has risen as a caste system, complete with a ruling monarch. When the ruling monarch's child is "of age," there's a competition of sorts. Girls from all over the land are chosen to compete to be the prince's wife. Let's just say I found myself wanting a Prince Maxon in my life! But the true star is the cover of these books. They are fabulous studies in gorgeous colors! My favorite is the cover of The Elite, which features a beautiful fiery red-orange gown (on our heroine) with a background of shimmery white holo-y goodness. And as for the name? It comes from this quote... “It wasn’t like I made his world better. It was like I was his world. It wasn’t some explosion; it wasn’t fireworks. It was a fire, burning slowly from the inside out.” - Kiera Cass, The Elite


This is Veronika, a gorgeous royal purple. Pics show two coats and oh, the rainbows that this holo creates are just spectacular!


See inspiration info under Stinky Little Truck as they were a collaboration duo!

This polish is drool worthy!


I can't help myself. You need to see this macro:


Love this one! Sensible Rabbit is a taupe-y neutral with black micro glitters to give it the texture look with a smooth finish. Neutral holos are amazing for every day wear. This is three thin coats. The formula is flawless, the color is fantastic. Love, love, love.


Wow. Just wow!

A Sensible Rabbit was designed with Cassandra Pio of Fierce Hearts Wildlife Rehabilitation and inspired by Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership Down is a story of brains over brawn, the power of the underdog, compassion, and most importantly: rabbits. A Sensible Rabbit is inspired by Hyzenthlay, whose name is translated in the book as “fur that shines like dew.” She’s a no-nonsense doe who rises to the occasion when it’s her time to shine. The book might focus on the boys, but it’s a lady of a rabbit who really saves the day. I wanted a polish that mimicked a rabbit’s surprisingly complex fur, with enough sparkle to get me through a slog of a day, and of course Amy delivered. It’s a testament to my character that I love the same books I did when I was 11 as well as work in a field my childhood self would think is pretty awesome. I’m blown away by the support that Amy and the indie polish community have offered me as I get Fierce Hearts Wildlife Rehabilitation off the ground. You can follow my exploits, rabbit related and otherwise, on my facebook page.


Holo macro!


No one does deep, emerald greens like Literary Lacquers. Perfect in two coats, Leaves of Grass is a stunner.


Leaves of Grass – Emerald green mega glitter linear holo designed with Alex Bacon-Leslie, longtime friend and Admin Extraordinaire of the Literary (&) Lacquers facebook group inspired by Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Leaves of Grass is one of the great, iconic American poetry collections. Walt Whitman wrote about nature and exalted the material world, sensual pleasures and the human body. Each edition of the collection was different. When it was first published it only included 12 poems, but by the end of Whitman’s life it contained more than 400. Such an iconic work felt appropriate to lend its’ name to this gorgeous green polish. Leaves of Grass is a work that demonstrates the human condition, which resonated with me from the first time I picked up a copy. This iteration of the idea of “Leaves of Grass” is a sun-drenched meadow in a bottle.

Here is a macro in artificial light, which means this is what you're going to see all day long when you wear this polish.


Here's your sunlight shot:


Finally, the Limited Edition Gift with Purchase polish is called Give My Heart. This is just two coats, no topcoat. It is a gorgeous cranberry meets watermelon jolly rancher shade with intense sparkle.


Give My Heart was inspired by In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
 If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
 If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
 Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.


And one last close up so you can see how gorgeous this is:


There you have it! My favorites are Sensible Rabbit, Free to Fly and Phizzwizard. If you love deep jewel tones for the fall/winter then you need Leaves of Grass and Veronika.

Remember, these beauties release on December 1 at 2pm ET. The GWP is a limited edition, too, so keep that in mind.

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1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous swatches Lacey! I think you've outdone yourself this time. ;)


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