Literary Lacquers | Ocean at the End of the Lane Trio + Special Gift With Purchase

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The weather is disgusting. IT’S 96 DEGREES HERE IN NARNIA. THE REAL FEEL? 106. I left the South to ditch the heat and I swear, it just followed me up here. I had a wax package out for delivery, and freaked out trying to make sure Mark grabbed it off the porch before it could melt. Bless his heart. He puts up with my insanity and the barrage of texts day in and day out. He’s such a good egg.

I’m back this afternoon with some more Literary Lacquers goodness! If you missed my post from Monday on some of the returning favorites, you can check that out here. This Friday, the 23rd at noon MST, they’re reopening the shop with a ton of older favorites as well as a new core trio and a special gift with purchase polish. I’ve got the latter two on the blog today, so let’s jump in, yeah?

First up is the Ocean at the End of the Lane trio, which is inspired by a book with the same name by Neil Gaiman. 

Swaying Grayly; a matte light grey polish packed with silver flakes and glass fleck, best at 3 coats, no top coat for matte effect, or with topcoat for a more metallic silver look. Designed with Adrienne N. and” inspired by the persistent description of Ursula Monkton in her true form as Skarthach of the Keep as represented by tattered grey canvas.”
“It was my old bedroom, but it wasn’t. Not anymore. There was the little yellow handbasin, just my size, and the walls were still robin’s-egg blue, as they had been when it was mine. But now strips of cloth hung from the ceiling, gray, ragged cloth strips, like bandages, some only a foot long, others dangling almost all the way to the floor. The window was open and the wind rustled and pushed them, so they swayed, grayly, and it seemed as if perhaps the room was moving, like a tent or a ship at sea.”
My swatches show just two coats and top coat. I have texture issues, as I’ve mentioned before, so I went ahead and topped it. It’s absolutely gorgeous!

 

Miner’s Gift; a blue/purple multichrome with holographic microflakes, best at three coats. “Inspired by the character of the opal miner. The death of the miner is the catalyst for the awakening/actions of Skarthach. His offhandedly adult means of compensating for the loss of the one thing that gave the boy comfort is counter-balanced by Lettie’s selfless, childish (as in done by a child – not as in immature) and steadfast determination to make things right for her friends. As such, the Miner (and other adults – Hempstocks excluded) is the initial counter character to Lettie.”
 “He was a South African, although he had made his money mining for opals in Australia. He gave my sister and me an opal each, a rough black rock with green-blue-red fire in it. My sister liked him for this, and treasured her opal stone. I could not forgive him for the death of my kitten.” p. 14
Oh my word, y’all. this one is magic in a bottle. I’m going to toss in a few extra photos because the shift on this is incredible. I used three thin coats, but it went on super smooth and I had no issues whatsoever. Look at those microflakes!

 

Lettie’s Ocean; a soft turquoise holo with holo sparkle. Designed with Carolyn C!  “Lettie is an eleven-year-old girl who just may have very well been eleven for a very long time.”
“Lettie Hempstock was made of silken sheets the color of ice, filled with tiny flickering candle flames, a hundred hundred candle flames. Could there be candle flames burning under the water? There could. I knew that, when I was in the ocean, and I even knew how. I understood it just as I understood Dark Matter, the material of the universe that makes up everything that must be there but we cannot find. I found myself thinking of an ocean running beneath the whole universe, like the dark seawater that laps beneath the wooden boards of an old pier: an ocean that stretches from forever to forever and is still small enough to fit inside a bucket, if you have Old Mrs. Hempstock to help you get it in there, and you ask nicely.”
Be still, my heart. This one was almost a one-coater for me, but I went back with a second just out of habit. It’s just beautiful, and the holo is delicious. I topped with Seche Vite as usual, and I’m happy to see that it didn’t dull the sparkle at all.

 

Last but not least is the special gift with purchase polish, Feather Family, which is a soft sparkling pink holo. Orders with a minimum of $20 will receive a mini bottle, and orders with a minimum of $50 will get the full size. I’m going to go ahead and block quote what was included in my blog email, because I think it’s super special.
Inspired by The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Named by Alex Bacon-Leslie, LitLaq Marketing Director
When I was searching for the right name for this gift with purchase polish to adequately express the gratitude I have for the support and love given to me by my fans and customers as I come out of this long dark period of LitLaqlessness, Alex pointed me in the direction of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, a brilliantly fun sci-fi book by Becky Chambers. The book introduces a few interesting alien species, including Sissix, the reptilian feathered Aandrisk tech.
 “Okay, well, on her wall, there’s this big fancy frame with a mess of Aandrisk feathers hanging from it. Every Aandrisk’s got one, as far as I know. See, if you’re an Aandrisk and somebody really touches your life in some way, you give that person one of your feathers. And then you keep the feathers you get from others as a symbol of how many paths you’ve crossed. Having a lot of feathers on your wall shows that you’ve had an impact on a lot of people. That’s a pretty big priority for most Aandrisks. But they don’t give feathers out casually, not, like for helping you carry something or giving you a free drink or whatever. It’s got to be an experience that sticks with you, but it can totally be between strangers.”
Thanks for being my feather family.
My swatches of this show two coats plus top coat. I think this may be my favorite out of the four in this post. Well, that’s not fair. I love all of them, but dang. A soft pink holo? Yes please!

 

 

And there we have it! I’m super excited for the reopening of LitLaq, you guys, it’s unreal. If you had to pick a favorite from the four in this post, which would you pick?

Be sure to check out all of the links below for more info and photos on all that Literary Lacquers has to offer!

I’m going to head out and get some foods and get some laundry going, ugh. Thanks for stopping by, loves!

 

***The nail polishes mentioned in this post were sent to me in exchange for an honest review and photos, which can be found above.***


6 Comments

  1. The Jedi Wife June 21, 2017 9:53 pm  Reply

    I refuse to pick a favorite- I keep changing my mind! I do love the matte metallic combination of Swaying Grayly a lot though so that’s marginally the front runner.

  2. Leslie Straub June 22, 2017 2:27 am  Reply

    These are all so gorgeous!!! Swaying Grayly is my fave of the trio.

  3. Tracey June 22, 2017 7:40 am  Reply

    Miners shift is super lush. Stunning swatches ♡

  4. Lo bruisedupdollie June 22, 2017 7:46 am  Reply

    I’ve literally tried so hard to escape the heat, it’s a mess here too! So hot! These are so pretty I can’t even pick a fav!

  5. Ehmkay Nails June 22, 2017 7:45 pm  Reply

    I was so surprised by feather family. I’m not a pink gal but I loved it!

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