I’m a big fan of Literary Lacquers– she consistently puts out really gorgeous polishes inspired by literature and has a reputation for some of the best customer service in the indie biz. I was really excited when she asked if I’d be interested in checking out her newest set, the Rebecca Collection.
This collection released this past Friday (USPS played games with my heart about getting my package to me or I would have had these up earlier!) and consists of three shades- Rebecca, Always Rebecca, Je Reviens and Shadow Between Us. It is inspired by the novel Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier which is a suspense novel told in the form of a flashback. You never get to meet Rebecca alive in the book but it throbs with her presence. Below each shade I’ll include in italics a little information about what inspired Amy to create each polish.
In addition to the Rebecca Collection there is also one limited edition polish that released with these and will be on sale for one week only- Luggage For Your Journey, a portion of which will be donated to Alzheimer’s Research (more on that below).
Literary Lacquers Rebecca, Always Rebecca is described as an eggplant linear holo with holographic sparkle. I used two coats for the below photos along with Out The Door. The formula was great, perfect consistency and easy to apply.
“Rebecca, always Rebecca. Wherever I walked in Manderley, wherever I say, even in my thoughts and in my dreams, I met Rebecca. I knew her figure now, the long slim legs, the small and narrow feet…. I could guess her laughter and her smile. If I heard it, even among a thousand others, I should recognize her voice. Rebecca, always Rebecca. I should never be rid of Rebecca.”
In the novel, our unnamed narrator, a young girl known only to us as The Second Mrs. deWinter becomes obsessed with the supposed perfection of her husbands deceased first wife, Rebecca. She is constantly comparing herself to Rebecca and supposes that everyone that she meets in her new life is also comparing her unfavorably to the accomplished, beautiful and socially connected Rebecca who has been dead for less than a year.
Literary Lacquers Je Reviens is described as a deep teal linear holo with holographic sparkle. I used three coats for the below photos along with Out The Door, but honestly I probably could have stopped at two coats. The formula was wonderful, not too thick or thin and went on very easily.
The buoy was just opposite, about thirty feet away. There was something written on it. I craned my neck sideways to read the lettering. “Je Reviens.” What a funny name. Not like a boat… “Je Reviens” – “I come back.” Yes, I suppose it was quite a good name for a boat. Only it had not been right for that particular boat which would never come back again.
Rebecca was assumed to have drowned in her little sailboat, Je Reviens, despite being known as an excellent sailor. Je Reviens means I come back or I return, is it ironic that the boat is named such? Has the boat disappeared beneath the water for good or does the name herald future events?
Literary Lacquers Shadow Between Us is described as a smoky grey linear holo with holographic sparkle. I used three coats for the below photos along with Out The Door. The formula was fantastic, not too thick or thin and was easy to control.
He put his hands over mine and looked into my face. “Rebecca has won,” he said. I stared at him, my heart beating strangely, my hands suddenly cold beneath his hands. “Her shadow between us all the time,” he said. “Her dammed shadow keeping us from one another. How could I hold you like this, my darling, my little love, with the fear always in my heart that this would happen? I remembered her eyes as she looked at me before she died. I remembered that slow treacherous smile.”
Has the shadow and specter of Rebecca and her death poisoned the potential for a happy life and marriage for Maxim and his young wife? In Manderley, the ancestral home of the de Winter’s her presence is felt everywhere. Her abandoned bedroom is the best room in the house. Her preferences are still observed. How can our young narrator ever hope to stand on her own in these circumstances?
Literary Lacquers Luggage For Your Journey is a warm brown linear holo with holo shimmer and a sprinkling of tiny holo square glitters. I used two coats for the below photos along with Out The Door. The formula was fantastic, no surprise there. I’m going to include the full text from the press release below, but $5 of every bottle sold will be donated to Alzheimer’s Research UK and it will only be available for purchase until October 17th.
I also took a video of this one in the sun on instagram and promised to talk about my crazy neighbor. Well, I’m not sure if he’s really crazy or just weird. We each have one reserved parking spot in front of our house and then a bunch of open parking. There is this one guy who no matter what, if someone moves their car from the closest ‘free’ spot to his house, he will walk out and move his truck to it, even if his truck was literally only one spot over!
He’s quick with it, too- I usually walk to the mailbox (it’s about a 2-3 minute walk, big community box) but when it’s raining heavily I have driven a couple of times and within that time he comes out and moves his truck to where I was parked. Seriously, it takes me like one minute! A few neighbors have had anonymous complaints filed against them for having too many cars in the free parking and we all think it’s probably him. I’ve never had to park more than like a 15 second walk away so I don’t know what he’s smoking if it is. Every time I try to wave and smile at him he just glares at me, haha.
Anyways, so I’m always a little self conscious that people are like “WTF is this girl doing?!” since when I need to get sun shots I have to step right out front so they see me every 20 minutes or so running back outside, taking photos of my hand and then running back in. He was parked right in front of our house (so just a few feet away from the porch where I take photos) and messing around in the back of his truck (something he does daily for a half an hour or so). So, there was no way he didn’t see me sitting there first photographing and then taking a video of my hand with my phone, haha. I guess it doesn’t seem so terrible when I write it all out but man, I just don’t like that guy and get such a weird vibe from him!
Sir Terry Pratchett is a literary pioneer. From his first book, The Carpet People in 1971, through his most recent 2014 release, Dragons at Crumbling Castle, Sir Pratchett continuously takes his readers out of their realities and brings them into new, fantastical worlds. His books (including those of Discworld, The Long Earth and everywhere in between) are an escape from the mundane, a thought-provoking journey and a study in foreign lands and experiences. Sir Pratchett’s writings include fiction, nonfiction and fantasy for adults, young adults and children. There are several movie and radio adaptations of his works and a Discworld app, in which readers and fans can roam the streets and interact with its patrons. And at age 64, Sir Pratchett continues to delight readers with new works.
Literary Lacquers, founded by Amy Milder in 2012, is an innovative independent nail polish company . Amy’s passion for literature, beauty and nail polish drive her creativity and business; all of her polishes are inspired by great literary works, passages and series. Literary lacquer polishes are all 3-free and are packaged and shipped with 100% recyclable materials (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LiteraryLacquer).
In 2007, Sir Pratchett announced to the world that he is living and writing with early onset Alzheimer’s, or as he refers to it “The Embuggerance”. Instead of ceasing his creativity and publicity, Sir Pratchett became a financial donor and guest blogger on Alzheimer’s Research UK (http://www.dementiablog.org, http://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org), and continues to write and interact with fans via social media. Earlier this year marked the first time that Sir Pratchett cancelled a public appearance due to the effects of The Embuggerance.
To honor Sir Pratchett’s work and his charity work with Alzheimer’s Research UK, Literary Lacquers has designed a limited edition charity polish, Luggage For Your Journey. In the Discworld novels, The Luggage is a recurring character that travels, protects (at times voraciously) and accompanies the wizard Rincewind. The Luggage is otherworldly, and yet becomes integral into the fabric of Discworld. This polish is designed to honor Sir Terry Pratchett’s amazing literary career, to thank him for the journey into other realms and to serve as a reminder that there is always a companion for life’s many journeys.
The bottles of Luggage For Your Journey will be sold for $12 and $5 from each bottle will be donated to Alzheimer’s Research UK. The polish will be sold as a preorder only from October 10, 2014 through October 17, 2014.
Overall, I think this is another wonderful collection from a brand I can recommend on every level- quality, customer service and taste (as in, they are pretty, not as in tasting the polish, you weirdo). My mouth was hanging open as I opened each bottle and looked at them together, they are just so sparkly and pretty in the bottle and on the nail. I also think her doing this limited edition shade is wonderful and I’m happy to see that a large portion of each sale is being donated!
Remember, Luggage For Your Journey will only be available for one week so if you want to pick it up, make sure to do so asap! These will retail for $12 and you can get a slight discount if you want the whole Rebecca collection, buying the three together will be just $35.
What do you think? Are you planning to pick up any of these shades today (or have you already)? Which one of these do you like the best? Let me know in the comments!