I couldn't allow today to pass without incident; I've been planning today's release(s!) for the last 4 months!! I hope it's been worth the wait for you all; it certainly has been for me.
Today I'm releasing not one collection today, oh no. Today I'm going to release two related collections!!
The first collection, The Fellowship, is inspired by...well...the Fellowship! It's a 9 piece set which has a lacquer dedicated to each Hobbit, Dwarf, Man, Elf, and Maiar in the Fellowship.
When swatching I paired some of The Fellowship/There and Back Again polishes. I'll begin by describing the Fellowship polishes and move into There and Back Again afterward. If you get confused as to which polish in a picture I'm discussing the bottle will match the color on my nails I'm writing about. It's hard to find time to swatch 18 polishes as a full mani!
Not All Those Who Wander are Lost
The green shimmer was difficult to capture at its full strength, what you see in the picture isn't as intense as it is on your nails!
Inspired by Aragorn/Strider, main color of mani.
Nobody Tosses a Dwarf!
Inspired by Gimli, accent color of mani.
One Does Not Simply...
Inspired by Boromir, main color of mani.
But I Want to Fight!
When designing this collection I had so many basic ideas for Merry and Pippin (coordinating colors, contrasting colors, a glitter topper and a creme...) but in the end I felt that inverting the colors best fit with Merry and Pip's fun-loving personalities and still looked great together (as Merry and Pip should always be).
Inspired by Merry, main color of mani.
Fool of a Took!
But I Want to Fight!'s inverted twin.
Inspired by Pippin, accent of mani.
Taking the Hobbits to Isengard
Inspired by Legolas, accent of mani.
The Road Goes Ever On and On
The silver specks are supposed to make you think of Gandalf the White, while the grey base is for Gandalf the Grey. Does it work??
Inspired by Gandalf, main color of mani.
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Named after Gandalf singing "The Road Goes Ever On and On" by JRR Tolkien in Sir Ian McKellen's opening scene of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, shown to the left.
Samwise the Brave
Inspired by, of course, Samwise Gamgee, accent color of mani.
The Most Famousest of Hobbits
Inspired by Frodo Baggins.
This lacquer will be a free bonus lacquer for those who order all 8 other pieces from the Fellowship collection! See the shop for more details.
There and Back Again
The Meaning of Haste
Inspired by Shadowfax, accent of mani.
A Mortal Life
Inspired by Arwen, main color of mani.
Now Wrath, Now Ruin, and A Red Dawn
Inspired by the Battle of the Hornburg at Helm's Deep, main color of mani.
No Man Can Kill Me
Inspired by the Nazgûl, accent of mani.
Flame of Udûn
Looking to add some evil to your lacquer collection? Well, I suppose "evil" is subjective, the Balrog...well, it wasn't his fault that the Dwarves of Durin dug too greedily and too deep! Regardless, this is a very "evil"-looking lacquer.
Inspired by the Balrog, main color of mani.
Beyond Darkness, Beyond Desolation
And another thing about "evil" creatures. Smaug was only trying to keep what was his before that filthy, nasty little Hobbitses came and stole his goodies! Uh oh, did I just mix Gollum/Smeagol and Smaug there? Smaug, Smeagol, same diff, right? ;-)
Inspired by Smaug, accent of mani.
I Am No Man
Inspired by Éowyn, main color of mani.
The women of Middle Earth deserve more recognition then they generally get and so, upon seeing Éowyn's gorgeous green and gold dress it struck me as the perfect inspiration. And, even better, it pairs beautifully with the One Ring's polish!
Mist and Shadow, Cloud and Shade
Inspired by the Misty Mountains.
I sort of mixed The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings with this polish. It's inspired by the Misty Mountains but named after Pippin singing a beautiful song to Lord Denethor. I adore this song, check it out to the right.
Inspired by the One Ring of power.
This lacquer will be a free bonus lacquer for those who order all 8 other pieces from the There and Back Again collection! See the shop for more details. You may take advantage of both freebies in a single order if you want all 18 pieces!!
In the event no one orders both entire collections the raffle will be held between everyone who orders either complete collection. If that doesn't happen...I'll just randomly pick someone to win!
The winner will be announced on Facebook on 9/20 and their prize will be shipped with the rest of their order.