Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Literary Lacquer: Ultimate Outlaw Collection [3]


And the final three from the Literary Lacquer Ultimate Outlaw collection are just as beautiful as the first five! If you want to see those, check part 1 and part 2.

As with the other parts, I'll put the inspiration and Amy's notes in the blockquote, and my comments outside it. Let's get started!

Ether Binge, inspired by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, a shimmering aquamarine holo with blue-green glass fleck.
The trunk of the car looked like a mobile police narcotics lab. We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers . . . and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls . . . Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge. And I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas chronicles (semi-autobiographically) the Las Vegas adventures of Raoul Duke and his attorney, Dr. Gonzo, as they chase the American Dream and ponder the failure of the 1960s counter-cultural movement in a drug-fueled hallucination-filled haze. On assignment from a sports magazine to cover "the fabulous Mint 400"--a free-for-all biker's race in the heart of the Nevada desert--the duo stumbles through Vegas in hallucinatory hopes of finding the American dream (two truck-stop waitresses tell them it's nearby, but can't remember if it's on the right or the left). They never get the story, but they do commit the only sins in Vegas: "burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the help."

Ether Binge is a beautiful bright turquoise - the perfect color for spring or summer! Looking at the polish certainly takes me to the land of daydreams! Imagining the perfect island paradise with rainbows and waters the color of..Oh! polish, yes yes. :) I wore three coats for full opacity, as I found this one to be just a touch on the sheer side. Formula was great, went on like butter!

xoxoJen's swatch of Ether Binge by Literary Lacquers
xoxoJen's swatch of Ether Binge by Literary Lacquers
xoxoJen's swatch of Ether Binge by Literary Lacquers

The Ultimate Outlaw, inspired by Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins, a sapphire blue holo.
Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet.

This quote is the inspiration for the entire collection; it was one of my very favorite books when I was in my late teens.. Robbins fascinated me as a young adult with his fast and loose writing style and penchant for outlaw philosophy. Still Life with Woodpecker chronicles the love affair of two redheads, Bernard Mickey Wrangle, the outlaw bomber philosopher (who is insistent upon explaining the difference between an outlaw and a criminal) and Leigh-Cheri Furstenberg-Barcalona, the environmentalist princess. The two arrive separately in Hawaii for the Care Fest, a gathering of environmental leaders and environmentalists in general (she to participate, he to blow it up), and they meet and fall in love. One part fairy tale, one part philosophical treatise on aspects of love and how to make it stay, and one part an exploration of the boundary between self and other and what happens when you attempt to transcend those boundaries, this book attempts to answer many of the perplexities of life.

The collections namesake, Ultimate Outlaw, is simply gorgeous. A perfect holographic shade of blue. In some lighting situations, it almost has a smokiness to it but in bright lighting its straight up blue. I am in love with it! I wore two coats, formula was awesome as usual!

xoxoJen's swatch of Ultimate Outlaw by Literary Lacquers
xoxoJen's swatch of Ultimate Outlaw by Literary Lacquers
xoxoJen's swatch of Ultimate Outlaw by Literary Lacquers

Everything You Love, inspired by The Color Purple by Alice Walker, a deep smoky lilac holo.
Oh, she say. God love all them feelings. That’s some of the best stuff God did. And when you know God loves ‘em you enjoys ‘em a lot more. You can just relax, go with everything that’s going, and praise God by liking what you like. God don’t think it dirty? I ast. Naw, she say. God made it. Listen, God love everything you love—and a mess of stuff you don’t.

The Color Purple chronicles the struggle of several black women in rural Georgia in the first half of the twentieth century. Upon publication in 1982, the book generated tremendous controversy, instigating debates about black cultural representation. Critics complained that the novel reaffirmed old racist stereotypes and focused too heavily on sexism instead of addressing American racism. Feminists praised the book as a feminist fable of the power of strong female relationships and the idea that gender and sexuality are not as simple as we may believe. The heated disputes surrounding The Color Purple are a testimony to the resounding effects the work has had on cultural and racial discourse in the United States.

And I saved one of my very favorites for last, Everything You Love. It stands up to its name for me, for sure! its a smokey purple shade that, in some lights, leans more violet and sometimes looks more mauve. Quite the enigma! I wore two coats, and just like the rest of the collection, the formula was superb.

xoxoJen's swatch of Everything You Love by Literary Lacquers
xoxoJen's swatch of Everything You Love by Literary Lacquers
xoxoJen's swatch of Everything You Love by Literary Lacquers


You may already know that I love purple and green together, so how could I resist not topping it with Two At The Very Most? I previously reviewed the topper over Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster and I'm Drinking Stars if you'd like to see its versatility. I think this glitter topper goes well over just about any shade, and I especially love it over Everything You Love!

xoxoJen's swatch of Everything You Love by Literary Lacquers
xoxoJen's swatch of Everything You Love by Literary Lacquers
xoxoJen's swatch of Everything You Love by Literary Lacquers


The entire Ultimate Outlaw Collection is available now at the Literary Lacquers shop! Which ones are your favorites?

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6 comments

  1. I have such a weak spot for holographic shades so I love those here a lot!

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  2. These swatches are gorgeous!! I was drooling all over my keyboard!

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  3. Love the turquoise and the purple!

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