Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Literary Lacquers: 2014 Community Collection & I Heard The Bells


Amy of Literary Lacquers started a holiday tradition last year by joining with the community to create a collection of polishes and you may remember my series of posts about them: 1, 2, 3, 4. I was so excited to get to review that collection and thought how awesome it was of Amy to include her fans to make a holiday collection.

Well guess what!! Amy asked me to design a polish for this year's community collaboration!
At that moment my jaw dropped; stunned and speechless at the thought of being part of the collaboration among many other much more talented ladies. And when I first saw the polish Amy created from my idea, I was in tears because Amy went above and beyond what I had expected. It's gorgeous, ya'll.
I have always admired the passion that Amy puts into every bottle and to be a part of something this wonderful really touches my heart. I am honored and very excited! So here's the whole eight piece collection - each and every one of them is very special from inspiration to inception.

xoxoJen's swatches of 2014 Literary Lacquers Community Collection

I wore two coats of each polish for all photos. These fall right in line with the Literary Lacquers formula we've come to expect - consistently smooth, almost buttery easy to control application. I've used the descriptions provided by Amy, but added a little more detail to Lurid Fog, the polish I helped design.

Lurid Fog – Designed by Jen of xoxo, Jen – A slate grey linear holo with a strong purple shimmer from two different sized pigments.
I, admittedly, am not much of a bookworm so I had some help from An She finding a book that fit the idea. The polish represents the choking fog that plagued London in the 19th century which was coal smoke mixed with mist. The following passage from the book, The New Grub Street by George Gissing, was perfect. (thank you An!)
Arrived in Hampstead Road he offered his hand for good-bye.
'I wanted to talk about all sorts of things. But perhaps I shall find you again some day.'
He jumped out, and waved his hat in the lurid fog.

Not only did the polish turn out better than expected but Amy sent an extra bottle to me to do a giveaway along with the LE gift with purchase, I Heard The Bells. The link to the giveaway form is at the bottom of this post.

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog

Fallen Tributes – Designed by Jennifer of 4Boys1Mom Lacquer – Inspired by The Hunger Games, a deep blue linear holo with gold flakes and copper shimmer.

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Fallen Tributes
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Fallen Tributes
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Fallen Tributes

Grasshopper with Cotton Candy Hair – Designed by Cate of @allthegreenpolish – Inspired by The Dresden Files , a bright grasshopper green linear holo with pink and blue flecks

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Grasshopper with Cotton Candy Hair
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Grasshopper with Cotton Candy Hair
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Grasshopper with Cotton Candy Hair

Porco Rosso РDesigned by Schette of Schette EssaisBeauté РInspired by Porco Rosso, a deep red linear holo with taupe and gold flakies

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Porco Rosso
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Porco Rosso
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Porco Rosso

Attic Mice – Designed by Jess of @nailsinthecityy – Inspired by Flowers in the Attic, a medium grey creamy linear holo

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Attic Mice
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Attic Mice
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Attic Mice

Effie’s Trinket – Designed by Heather of Drowning In Polish – Inspired by The Hunger Games, a bright pinky-purple linear holo with pink shimmer

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Effie’s Trinket
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Effie’s Trinket
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Effie’s Trinket

Always Winter Never Christmas – Designed by Kirby of The Mercurial Magpie – Inspired by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a silvery blue mega glitter linear holo.
Kirby has pusblished her entry for the collection, so be sure to read more about her inspiration at http://www.themercurialmagpie.com!

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Always Winter Never Christmas
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Always Winter Never Christmas
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Always Winter Never Christmas

The Ruby Thief – Designed by Jenne of Polished Pathology – Inspired by Dinosaurs in the Attic , a ruby pink glass fleck shimmer

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers The Ruby Thief
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers The Ruby Thief
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers The Ruby Thief

I Heard the Bells is a bonus Limited Edition Gift with Purchase. This polish was inspired by the poem I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day and is a bronzy-copper mega glitter holo.

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers I Heard the Bells
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers I Heard the Bells
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers I Heard the Bells

Collection Launch:
1pm Central time, November 28.

Promo details:
I Heard the Bells LE Gift 11/28 - 12/7: With a $24 purchase you will get a mini size. With a $48 purchase you will get a full size. (excluding shipping)
Use coupon code for free US shipping BLACKFRIDAY2014 or INTERNATIONAL2014 for $5 international shipping for purchases over $80.

Giveaway details:
1 new bottle of Lurid Fog and 1 new bottle of I Heard The Bells
There will be one winner for both items.
USA ONLY, Must be 18 or over to win. Once shipped, I'm no longer responsible for the package.
Giveaway is closed, the winner is Allison!

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15 comments

  1. Great job on the polish! I will definitely be buying this collection and it will be special to me as so many folks I adore are represented in this year's Community.

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    1. Yay! Thanks again for your help, I truly appreciate you!

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  2. I'm really loving your swatches! You did an amazing job!

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  3. They're all gorgeous, but especially yours!

    No, I'm not biased. ;)

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    1. Not at all, eh? LOL Thank you for the compliment Jammies!

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  4. Stunning swatches, and divine polishes. Cant wait to order them all :)

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    1. :D Right on! And thank you so much for the comment!

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  5. The collection is quite lovely. Your shade is gorgeous! You did a great job.

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  6. Lurid Fog and Always Winter Never Christmas are my favorites. All are beautiful though!

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    1. So glad Lurid Fog is one of your favorites! Thank you!

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