Hey everyone, this is an update to my recent announcement of my grandmother's death, it's just personal things and nothing relating to Lucky 13 so please feel free to skip reading this post if you need to. Click "Read More" if you'd like to read!
Warning: depressing and personal stuff below. If you just want the sale use code FAMILYFIRST to get 20% off everything here.
Hi everyone, since I have so many social media sites it's just easier to write everything out here instead of trying to fit it into 140 characters, but I'll still try to make this brief.
As those of you who follow me on Facebook have likely seen, my grandmother had an accident and has been comatose for about the last week. She was diagnosed as having no brain activity, which was confirmed by a second doctor, and the family has chosen to remove her breathing tube and allow her to pass (or, if by some miracle it happens, to heal. I'm still hoping, but knowing it won't happen) naturally. Right now we're not sure when that will happen as she's been breathing on her own for a day and a half so I'm going to be getting plane tickets and a hotel as soon as she passes, but for now I'm stuck in the horrible limbo of Waiting.
My entire family is in Southern California and I....am not. I'm up here in Portland. And I really need to get home to see my family. So, that means sale time for you! Silver lining, right?? From now until whenever I leave for CA I'm doing a 20% off sale with the code FAMILYFIRST which gives 20% off everything except charity items, so everything listed here. You can add other items to your cart if you like, the coupon just won't apply to them. I also have all Elemental Ward top coats on sale for only $5.
This sale is kind of wibbly wobbly, it currently doesn't have an exact end date; I'll be discontinuing the code 24 hours or so after I get my plane tickets to CA so there will be warning. Thank you to everyone who has sent me kind words and positive thoughts <3
We need to have a serious talk, folks.
I learned at GeekGirlCon that far too many of you aren't using top coat and this is just straight-up NOT OK! Top coat is amazing. It smooths out glitter, makes your nails super squishy and shiny, and helps your mani last a lot longer without chipping off. In a word, it's magic. And not enough of you are taking advantage of this readily-available magic!
This is a serious enough issue that I did some science for you and took pictures of my nails without top coat. I am forever shamed, but it's worth it to prove a point!
Look at how dull and lumpy that looks. Kinda gross, right? Let's see how these exact same manicures look with top coat.
Mmm, yeah, check out that SHINE! And it smooths out all those glitters. AND, if you're using a quick dry top coat (like Elemental Ward) it even helps your nails dry way faster than they naturally would (EW dries rock-hard in 20 minutes or less, great for us late-night lacqueristas). It can also help to re-apply top coat after a day or two to re-strengthen the protective power.
Oh, by the way, those polishes in the pics? Uhh, don't worry about them for now :D
So please, do yourself and your nails a favor and invest in a top coat! More expensive doesn't always mean better, too, but definitely spend more than a dollar or two on a bottle.
From a totally unbiased standpoint I do like Elemental Ward the most out of the top coats I've tried. I used to only use Butter London's Quick Dry top coat but it didn't dry nearly as fast as Elemental Ward does (and it's like $18 a bottle, ouch), but even if you don't use EW please spring for at LEAST Sally Hansen brand or something similar. And I do mean real top coat, not just clear coat!
So there, now you have no excuse not to use top coat! The more you know ミ☆
I had an unbelievably great time this weekend. I met amazing people who I'd only talked to in occasional FB comment threads (or not at all!) and I got to meet some people I've emailed regularly for a few months but never gotten to meet in person. It was two days of whirlwind craziness but I'd have to say it was the most satisfying craziness I've ever experienced. Despite the insanity I was able to set up the booth in time and get everything ready to put my heart and soul on display, and let me just tell you....worth it!
Saturday I dressed as a genderswapped Captain Reynolds from Firefly and another captain found my booth! Raph of Digital Nails requested a picture of us together and we were happy to oblige.
I saw a ton of other amazing cosplayers as well and even did manicures on some of them. My friend Winnie (who was selling her awesome jewelry, Happy Nerdcore) took some pictures of the great costumes she saw. I'll be doing my best to label the costumes I can recognize, if you see any that I get wrong or don't know please leave a comment!
Other exciting points in the weekend included going to a panel with Christal of Espionage Cosmetics and getting to chat with her about small business stuff, seeing Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency (I tried to get her to check out my booth but she was more interested in the tea booth next to me, sadface), and eating some fantastic pizza at Serious Pie.
At the end of the con Sunday night all my friends and I got together for dinner and staying up far too late for almost everyone having to wake up for an early flight and then go straight to work, but it was an amazing time regardless (but then, I was one of the ones who got to sleep in the next day!) and I'm already looking for more conventions I can go to. I'm crossing my fingers that it's not too late to apply for a table at Portland Comic Con in January :)
Check out all these cool people!
And finally: the swag! I got some awesome goodies at GGC, here's just the stuff I could fit on my side table.
Rainbow Love pin from ACLU WA; sushi animal, Portal, and :P pins from Nauti Art; Digital Soaps pins; Gay/Straight/Wibbly-Wobbly, Sexy-Wexy pin from Northwest Press (my friend Briannon also got me a shirt that says this; it's officially my new fav tee!); Key earrings from GeekStar Costuming; Girl Power charm, earrings, and glow necklace, paw print glow necklace, and pink/blue/white Swarovski earrings by Happy Nerdcore; I ♥ Games and I ♥ Gaming stickers from pixelkin.org; Tea, Earl Grey, Hot card by Dancing Heron; What Does the Fox Say postcard by fablefire; kitty tote (that was previously stuffed with a bunch of tees) from shirt.Woot; and tentacle teddy bear stickers from someone whose name I can't remember :( All in all a very good haul!
I also wanted to remind you all of my social media sites, since I have a few new accounts now!
https://www.facebook.com/Lucky13Lacquer (My most used platform)
http://instagram.com/lucky13lacquer (new and I love it so far!)
https://www.youtube.com/user/Lucky13Lacquer (YouTube? Whaaaat? Yes, Lucky 13 videos are coming in the future! Leave a comment with ideas for stuff you'd like to see me do or discuss)
And I can't figure out how to end this post, so...
It's finally that time of year! The time for cool weather, crunchy leaves, trick or treating, and pumpkin spice everything!
It's also time for some giveaway fun, in the form of two surprise prize packs--one Trick, one Treat! And which winner will get which prize? Even I won't know! Both prizes are already boxed up in identical boxes and both weigh the same amount. I'll pick one box to go to one winner and the second box will go to the other winner.
The Trick prize pack is full of good-natured fun and tricks (it even has a nail polish! With some assembly required) and the Treat prize pack has nail polish (maybe even some unreleased shades...) and nail care goodies. I checked ingredients for everything and hopefully there should be no allergy or dietary restrictions in any of the edible things.
To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter widget below. Some tasks you can do every single day for more entries (like tweeting and posting to Facebook), so make sure you do them! This giveaway starts now and ends October 8th at 11:59PM.
Please note, this giveaway is only open to US residents UNLESS you have a US shipping address (such as a friend) or are able to cover the difference in shipping (which is approximately $6 if you're in Canada or $12 elsewhere). Sorry!
Today, June 13th, marks 2 years since Lucky 13 Lacquer first started taking orders!! How perfect is it that it falls on a Friday this year as well? To celebrate I want to do some very special things with/for you all! Here's a quick run-down of the announcements.
OK, so there's the short version, now for the long version!
Discontinuing Sailor Senshi
The time has come to let a collection go so that new collections may take its place. I love the Sailor Senshi collection but it needs to clear out to make room for other exciting things in the works. Lady of the Moon will remain as a one-off but the rest of the collection will not be restocked once they've sold out.
Lucky 13's latest collection is inspired by Marvel's The Avengers, primarily the recent movie franchise, but also a little bit of the comics! There are 7 shades and if you order the entire collection you get one of them free!! The free shade is a green to black thermal inspired by Loki and the freebie version is 10ml with the option to upgrade to full (15ml) size. And because it's L13's second birthday, the first 2 people to order the complete collection will get a free upgrade to a full size bottle of Loki's polish, just make sure you add the proper item to your cart! (Update: the 2 free upgrades have been claimed!)
Happy Birthday to Lucky 13!
What's a birthday without a sale?! From now until 11:59PM PST on 6/19 you can get 20% off almost everything with the code HAPPYBDAY2U! You even get an extra 20% off of sale/clearance items!!
Requesting Discontinued Shades
Across the months there have been many requests for discontinued polishes, and while I'm happy to fill them when possible I wanted to open up for everyone to have a chance at getting a shade they've been wanting!
Only 25 slots are available at this time, when they're sold out and the requests have been fulfilled I may release another 25 slots. Please bear in mind that by purchasing this item it is only a REQUEST, I must still have enough of the ingredients in stock to fulfill your request and if I am unable to fill the request I will let you know as soon as possible so we can go from there. Currently there are no shades that I am completely out of stock for but if an item is requested more than once it's first come first served to be fulfilled. I do ask that you limit yourself to 2 requests so that everyone who wants a discontinued shade has a chance at it!
These items will be mixed to order and will add a bit of time between ordering and shipping.
Please read through the "How to order" instructions on the product page!
Currently I have limited ingredients for the following shades:
More birthday fun!
Throughout the day there will be a couple other fun things like flash giveaways and coupons for your next purchase! Keep an eye on the Facebook page for announcements! The birthday fun will happen randomly so let's hope that Friday the 13th is YOUR lucky day!
A bit of sad news. This was the first year I filed taxes for Lucky 13 and it made me realize that I should have been collecting taxes! So, beginning immediately I will begin collecting taxes on US orders. [Update: tax is only applied to Washington orders!]
Additionally, the following 38 polishes will no longer be restocked and, if sold out, will be removed from the shop the evening of March 11th. If a color listed below is marked as Sold Out in the shop and you'd like a bottle, please send me an email and I will mix up a bottle for you! They will otherwise not be restocked.
For the last few months I've been wanting to use Lucky 13 Lacquers to make nail polish pendants and with my recent "vacation" I finally had the time to gather some supplies and make it happen!
Each pendant is handmade with love using Lucky 13 Lacquers, real glass tiles, silver plated trays, and 16" organza ribbon necklaces with a 2" extender. These items are limited edition and may not be available ever again! There was a lot more time involved than I'd anticipated for some of these so these coming back or not will depend on how much interest there is and how heavy my workload is.
Please note: Each polish is made by hand and as such may have minor variation from the image shown.
If you have a specific currently-available Lucky 13 Lacquer that you'd like a pendant made with please shop as usual and add the "Custom 1 color" or "Custom 2 color" item to your cart. When you've completed your order, please email me your preferred color(s). Currently the only available options for custom necklaces are heart-shaped pendants with wine red necklaces.
As an added bonus, if you order a one- or two-polish pendant and a bottle of the polish(es) it's made with you will get a discount! Please first add the pendant to your cart and then add the discounted polish item from the drop-down list into your cart. Do not purchase the discounted polish if you have not also purchased the necklace made with the same polish(es). These would be perfect for Valentine's day gifts, especially Life is Short and You are Hot!
During the Inventory Incident of 2013 (which is what my "vacation" from mid-December through January has been named) I came across quite a few discontinued or shortie polishes that are in need of loving homes. To ensure that every polish finds a new home I have created the Polish Orphanage! Discontinued and flop polishes will live happily together in the Orphanage until they find their new family and new flops/discontinued polishes will continue to be added to the Orphanage as needed.
For the first batch of discontinued Orphans I thought it would be helpful to let you all know how many of each polish and what sizes will be available when Lucky 13 opens back up on the 6th! When the Orphanage opens up please be careful to read the name and the size shown in parentheses. Discontinued Orphans will be the usual price ($6 for 10ml, $8.50 for 15ml) and failed prototypes/incorrect formulations of released colors will be $7 unless otherwise noted).
Below is the stock information for the first group of Orphans! Names are listed by row from left to right.
More information on all of the colors above can be found here.
While USPS has recently made International shipping easier by allowing me to pay for and print International postage from home and schedule home pickups, some countries still are not allowing online postage purchases. Therefore I must brave inclement weather on my motorcycle to make it to the post office which, understandably, I don't wish to do very often! Because of this, shipping costs for some countries (most notably: Russia) will increase slightly in the new year and may have a slightly longer time between ordering and shipping than before. Canada, on the other hand, has slightly lower shipping costs and those costs have been lowered slightly to be more accurate.
Please contact me with any questions before ordering; if your question is asked during a special promotion I will honor it, if possible, if it takes too long to get you an answer.
Also, please remember that I do everything in my power to ensure that packages make it safely through customs but once it's out of my hands, it's out of my hands!