New Nail Review–Two Gypsies nail lacquer: Birthday Wish Upon A Star

With the holidays upon us, you may have noticed that my posts have come slow as molasses. If you even care 😛 But I had to make sure I got this post up for you, and so I could properly express thanks.

From the online Reddit community I have watched the launch of Two Gypsies Nail Lacquer a few months ago. I haven’t bought any yet but the colors are on my Etsy wishlist and I find them quite pretty. I follow them on Facebook and read reviews from other bloggers.

A few weeks ago, they came up with a new polish and asked for name suggestions–and I won! The prize was my chosen name on the bottle, and a bottle for my collection! Unbeknownst to them, this would get them a free blog review 😀

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I should say I really like their labels. The logo is too cute!

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Closeup of the polish! The glitter did distribute better once the bottle was room temperature–instead of cold from being in a box on my porch.

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They asked for something to do with birthdays, and the polish has stars. so i came up with this–Birthday Wish Upon a Star!

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Closeup of the star, square, and circle glitter. micro-glitter-shimmer is also present.

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Initial swatching! left is one coat, right is two coats.

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Other side, where you can see some glitter better.

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This angle shows off the shimmer a bit.

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Swatch and bottle.

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I was taking advantage of the short amount of after-work daylight I have to take lots of photos!

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Super sweet note from the Gypsies 🙂

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Finally my last manicure chipped and I got to try it out! This is 3 coats. 2 coats was pretty opaque but i just couldnt help myself!

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The middle finger got a star right in the middle! But you can clearly see the glitter distribution is much better.

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Other hand! This hand ended up with lots of squares.

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Another left angle. Its not perfectly clear but it shows off the different colors reflecting from the glitter and shimmer.

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Back to the right, different angle.

This is the second time in my life I have gotten to name a polish for an indie seller! Okay well the first time I got an honorable mention but still. SO COOL! Big shout out and thank you to the girls at Two Gypsies! Make sure to check out their shop and Facebook because they might have special offers or events–recently they had a couple charity polishes (now sold out, or I would link!) and donated a portion of proceeds.

What are your favorite indie polish brands? Have you tried Two Gypsies yet?

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Lucky 13 Lacquer: Teal Me I’m Pretty & Don’t Cry Over Spilled Glitter

Hello again! I know it is twice in a day but I neeeeed to tell you all about this. I recently was given a few indie polishes as part of a gift exchange on Reddit. Until then, I only had 3–a Rainbow Honey, a KB Shimmer, and a 27 Polish that I got for having a runner up name in a naming contest for the shade. However there are many other indie brands making names for themselves in the lacquerista world and now I have been able to experience a few more.

Today I am going to highlight for you the two shades I received of the brand Lucky 13 Lacquer. Bear with me, I took a lot of pictures!

1: Teal Me I’m Pretty is a teal (duh) polish with rainbow glitters. It was actually relatively simple to get lots of glitter spread out, and a lot of chunky glitters like this are finicky and difficult to work with. I found this polish easy! This was several coats, you can see in some of the closeups that the bottom glitters are peeking through.

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2: Don’t Cry over Spilled Glitter is a white base with all manner of glitter as well. This was 3 coats to get it close to opacity. Again, smooth application and simple to get lots of glitter without having to go fishing. Also you may have noticed but I have given up the patience for cleanup. F that noise.

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What are your favorite indie brands? Recommendations? Have you tried Lucky13?

So much for that victory this weekend..

I just placed a Sephora order. I even bought a nail polish–even though my collection is bursting at the seams! Also…I’m only 92$ away from VIB, for which you have to spend $350 in a calendar year. ugh.

I justified it in the most horrific ways. ‘your no-buy doesn’t start until 6/1, nevermind the fact that this month’s paycheck is lousy”. “its a whole bunch of samples for the summer, you will need samples to blog about once you stop buying”. “you can hit VIB in July when the Ariel palette and collection come out and end your no-buy with that!”

Seriously wondering if I need shopaholics anonymous.