Thursday, April 25, 2019

Polish Pickup May 2019 Lucky 13 Lacquer Swatches and Reviews: Take a Look, It's in a Book and Lotion of Immortality Trio

*press samples*

Hi guys! I have a bunch of PPU items to share this month, so I may combine the next few polishes into 1 post, but I thought that the 2 Lucky 13 Lacquer items I have may get a little wordy and picture-heavy, so it gets its own post. This month's inspiration is the 80's, and I couldn't be more excited! I was an 80's baby (born in '82), so give me all of the iconic toys, music, games, and movies from that era and I will be happy. Lucky 13 was inspired by something near and dear to my heart, Reading Rainbow. I feverishly read any book I could find when I was a kid, and I loved LeVar Burton. I received a little maker's note about the inspiration for this month, and wanted to share it here:

" I grew up watching Reading Rainbow, LeVar's soothing voice helped my love of books grow throughout my childhood."

I feel like LeVar inspired many of us to pick up a book and use our imaginations. Just a few years ago there was a Kickstarter to bring back Reading Rainbow, and my husband and I backed it. I believe it was also the highest amount raised for any Kickstarter at the time. Polish Pickup will open up at 11:00 ET AM on May 3rd and will run through 11:59 PM ET on May 6th. 

May Indie Pickup: Lucky 13 Lotion of Immorality Trio + Glitter 

Lucky 13 Lotion of Immortality Trio + Butterfly Glitter ($11)
Cap: 35 trios
Inspiration: Reading Rainbow

Lotion of Immortality is a thick moisturizing lotion that is perfect for the cuticles, hands, or the body. It is made with shea butter, aloe, and love. It is very emollient, but does not leave you greasy at all. Each jar is 20 g which is plenty for the cuticles and hands. If you put it all over your body, it obviously won't last as long, but a little goes a long ways. Instead of the usual shimmer included in each trio, a small container of gold holo butterfly glitter was this month's addition.  You can use it in your favorite nail polish, or hand-place it on your skin or mani. If you use it on your mani, it is recommended that you use at least 2 coats of top coat to smooth it out. 

Take a Look, It's in a Book: described as an endless room of books on dusty shelves, and all the time in the world to read them. It has the barest notes of sandalwood, vanilla, and tobacco. This one is extremely complex, and is definitely a warm, rich scent. 

Butterfly in the Sky: I can go twice as high! Fresh air & floral. It includes notes of hibiscus, rose, juicy plums, and fresh mountain air. The rose is what I noticed first, but not in a bad way. Some "clean" scents can give me headaches, and this one didn't do that. It's a clean, spring-like scent. 

Secretly a Starfleet Officer: Patchouli, lavender, chamomile, and apricots. It includes notes of musk, leather, and a gentle powdery freshness. I know that patchouli is a polarizing scent, and while you can tell it's in there, the lavender and fruit really evens it out. I had my husband smell this one, and he immediately put it on his hands. This is the most "masculine" of the scents, but definitely remains a unisex scent.

Lucky 13 Lacquer Take a Look, It's in a Book (3 coats, warm transitioning to medium)
Price: $14
Cap: 120 bottles
Inspiration: Reading Rainbow

Lucky 13 Lacquer Take a Look, It's in a Book (3 coats, cold)

(medium to cold transition)

Take a Look, It's in a Book is a tri-thermal that shifts from pale lavender (warmest) to periwinkle (medium) to bright plum (cold) with red/copper/gold/green unicorn shimmer, and teal/blue/purple color-shifting flakes. While I love it in the warm state, the real star is in the cold state when the flakes and shimmer really pop against the dark background. Truth be told, I didn't know this was a thermal when I started applying it, so I ended up using 3 coats because it was slowly transitioning to the warm state and I thought it was sheer. Oops. That said, you could likely get away with just 2 coats, but I used 3 from my confusion. It applied perfectly; just make sure that no rogue flakes stick past the free edge. It dried with very minimal texture, but I still recommend a good topcoat to protect the nails. Oh, I also used the Lucky 13 Lacquer Elemental Ward top coat for my photos which retails for just $5 and comes in a variety of scents (not available through PPU). 

There you have it, everyone! This was my first time trying the Lotion of Immortality, and I was extremely impressed with the longevity and the level of moisturization it provided. The polish for the month was extremely unique, and chock full of fancy ingredients (tri-thermal, unicorn shimmer, flakie, oh my!). You can find out more about Lucky 13 Lacquer on their website, Facebook Group, or Instagram pages, while you can find more about PPU on their Facebook page and website.

*These polishes were provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*

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