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Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet - December 2015

What is Notoriously Morbid?: Vanishing Cabinet is a monthly subscription box by Notoriously Morbid. where each month you get a themed bag of amazing indie makeup! The themes are usually nerdy and always fun! Bags usually include four eyeshadow pigments and something extra. This can be something new they're trying out or something they're bringing back! 

How Much is Notoriously Morbid?: $12.90/month including shipping. There is usually a coupon to use in the store to get more of their amazing products as well, which is for subscribers only!

For past reviews of Notoriously Morbid, just click here!



NeverEnding Fairytales - December 2015

What is NeverEnding Fairytales?: NeverEnding Fairytales is a monthly subscription box by the indie polish maker, Fairytale Finish. Each month has its own theme and comes with one or two polishes (depending on what you choose) and sometimes extras! Not only can you get your subscription fix from Fairytale Finish, but she also makes gorgeous polishes and top coats!

How Much is NeverEnding Fairytales?: With Fairytale Finish, there's two options when you start your subscription! You can choose to get one polish ($9.00/month) or two polishes ($16.00/month). I choose to get the two polish subscription, only out of fear I won't get the polish I want for the month!

If you want to see past months, click here!


I just love these little bags and stickers. 


Info card! As you can see, the theme is 'Things with Wings.'

Trust Fund Beauty Polish Review

Disclosure; This polish was sent to me in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

Trust Fund Beauty is a boutique nail polish brand with tons of different colors, finishes, and options on what you may or may not love! There are even different packs to save money or get their special top coat and base coat! I found them via an Ipsy bag, but they also have a subscription box, if you would like to venture into that! 

This polish from Trust Fund Beauty is called 90's Throwback, which it definitely is! It is currently not available on the Trust Fund Beauty webpage, but it's gorgeous regardless! 90's Throwback is a glitter topcoat with large and small white hexagons, large, small, and tiny black hexagons, tiny black and white circles, and black (bendy) bars! I like it because it reminds me so much of the acid wash jeans I've seen in my mom's pictures.

Swatch, natural lighting.

Gamer Girl Monthly - December 2015 + Coupon Code!

What is Gamer Girl Monthly?: Gamer Girl Monthly is a new subscription for gamers of all kinds! Each month has a theme and the pieces follow the theme. Each box contains three boxes of jewelry, a custom jewelry pouch, an exclusive GGM pin, and a mystery item! Next month's theme is below!

How Much is Gamer Girl Monthly?: Gamer Girl Monthly is $13/month plus shipping ($3.99 for US, $6.99 for Canada, and $13.99 for international). Get $3 off with code RAMBLINGS!

There was an extra sent before this box for those of us that have been subscribed since the beginning. That will be shown on my Instagram only, as it wasn't a subscription only.

If you want to see my past Gamer Girl Monthly subscriptions, click here!


The December box theme is Treasure, which is perfectly fitting for December.


Gem Earrings ($5.99) - Honestly, I really dislike these earrings. They remind me of something I would have gotten from a dollar store or from a gumball machine when I was younger. I like the basic design, but they could have picked a higher quality product.

Rainbow Honey Mini Mystery Bag - December 2015

 What is Rainbow Honey?: Rainbow Honey is a monthly nail polish subscription box where you get not only nail polishes, but you get random beauty things (soaps, scrubs, oils, etc) as well! There's a mini version and a full-size version, so you can choose how much you want. The bags are the same, but the mini bag has mini polishes while the full size one has full sized polishes. There's also bigger extras in the full size bag and sometimes there's an extra.

How Much is Rainbow Honey?: Rainbow Honey is $10/month (plus $2.95 shipping) for the mini bag and $25/month for the full size. You also don't have to pay shipping for the full size bag. 

If you want to see past bags, be sure to click here!


The bag came in their fancier bag again, so I'm hoping this is a permanent thing. Again like last month, the mini bags came with two full-sized polishes instead of three minis.

Pretty & Polished Review Part 2

Like I said yesterday, I'm reviewing some polishes from Pretty & Polished, which is an indie brand with polishes that are 5-free. There are tons of different finishes, including holographics, cremes, and thermals, as well as nail treatments and body care products! If you missed yesterday's post, be sure to check it out here. Also check out their Beauty Boxes and see what all they have to offer!

First up is from the Dusty Cremes collection, Saucey Marsala. Saucey Marsala is a gorgeous smokey rosey red, in their Dusty formula which dries to a satin finish. I have had a few marsala polishes through the course of this year, due to it being the Color of the Year by Pantone, but I have loved comparing them. This is my first in a non-creme finish for this shade, and it's gorgeous! Top coat not needed for it to be smooth!

Two coats, natural lighting.

Two coats, flash.

Second, also from the Dusty Cremes collection is My Sage Advice. My Sage Advice also dries to a satin finish and is a gorgeous smokey sage green that leans a bit blue. I had to try out two polishes from the Dusty Cremes, so I grabbed a green/blue! The formula is perfect, and the color is gorgeous. I've never seen a shade like this one Again, this one doesn't require a top coat to be smooth!

Pretty & Polished Review Part 1

It's time for another polish review! I decided that since I have been reviewing Pretty & Polished's Beauty Box for a few months now, it was time to show you guys what else she has to offer. Pretty & Polished is an indie brand with polishes that are 5-free. There are tons of different finishes, including holographics, cremes, and thermals, as well as nail treatments and body care products!There were some polishes I have had my eye on, and I made sure to grab them when the Black Friday sale was posted! I'm doing three today and three more tomorrow, so come back tomorrow to see the rest of my mini splurge!

First up is from the Winter 2015 collection, Frozen in Time. Frozen in Time is a dark blue holographic shade. I love a good dark blue, and this one was perfect for a winter manicure. The holographic shows up so well in the flash photo, but it is very visible to the eye under any light. Frozen in Time didn't require a top coat at all, as it was smooth at two coats. 


Two coats, natural lighting.


Two coats, flash.

Lip Addicts Anonymous - December 2015

What is Lip Addicts Anonymous?: Lip Addicts Anonymous is a monthly subscription by Kiss My Sass, an indie makeup brand. Each bag will include one exclusive full sized lip product, two cosmetic samples, one bath & body sample, and one exclusive coupon code, per the website.

How Much is Lip Addicts Anonymous?: Lip Addicts Anonymous is $8.00/month plus shipping, which was $2.25 for first class for me. You can also choose priority shipping, but that is (of course) more.

If you want to see the November bag, click here. I said previously that I would try it out for three months, but the subscription has gone to a purchase on the Etsy store where you get just the one lip product. I spoke to the maker and she informed me that since it's going to be an item, coupons would be valid and the samples with purchase would also be valid (so check out what the offers are currently or join the group for constant updates)!


Absolutely love the bag. It's a nice size and is perfect for holding a few products in your makeup bag.


Info sheet.

Glamour Doll Eyes - December 2015 + Coupon Code!

What is Glamour Doll Eyes?: Glamour Doll Eyes before, it's a wonderful indie brand that makes all kinds of makeup products. It includes full sized products as well as a product through Try More Indie from another indie brand and a coupon code (sometimes private, sometimes shareable) for an indie! There is also *sometimes* freebies from GDE. GDE OTM is currently not accepting any more for the waitlist for 2015, but there will be one for 2016 in the Facebook Group!

How Much Is Glamour Doll Eyes?: $10/month ($15 in Canada and $17 elsewhere).

If you want to see my past Glamour Doll Eyes reviews, click here!


I love this bag! It's super cute, super shimmery, and almost impossible to photograph.


Info card. The Try More Indie coupon code is for CopperandKraftCandle and you get 15% off with code ILOVEINDIE!


Info card part 2.

Pretty & Polished Beauty Box - January 2015

What is Pretty and Polished?: Pretty and Polished is an indie nail polish brand that also sells bath & body products, nail vinyls, and this Beauty Box! This is a box that you get to choose which months you want to get, rather than a subscription that you have to cancel or skip. Just remember to buy it each month if you want to continue!

How Much is Pretty and Polished Beauty Box?: Pretty and Polished Beauty Box is only $22.00/month! Each box contains a coupon that could be 10% off or $5.00 off to use in the store as well, which means you can get more polish and products from this amazing maker. You can buy for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months at a time, and the boxes are cheaper at 6 months!

If you want to see other reviews of Pretty & Polished, click here!



I'm getting the boxes a little early now, so you will know what's going to be in the box and so you will still have the chance to grab this box! 

Marvel Collector Corps - December 2015

What is Marvel Collector Corps?: Marvel Collector Corps is a bimonthly subscription box that is curated and sent out by Marvel itself. Each box will have a theme that coincides with a release that's upcoming. Last box was Ant Man and came in around the time the Ant Man movie came out. This month's theme is Secret Wars, which definitely caught my attention. Since there aren't any Marvel movies coming out soon, I was interested to see what this box would include. To see my last Marvel Collector Corps review, click here.

How Much is Marvel Collector Corps?: Marvel Collector Corps is $25/month (plus $6.95 shipping) or $150/year (plus $41.70 shipping). If you do the year-long subscription, you become part of the Founders Program and get a special gift at the end of your year. If you didn't do the math, I'll just tell you - you don't get any type of discount for doing the yearly program, it's just to make things easier.

If you want to see my other Marvel boxes, click here!


It's time for the Guardians of the Galaxy box! I was looking forward to this box, as Guardians of the Galaxy was one of my favorite movies of the year! 

innocent+twisted Alchemy - December 2015

What is innocent+twisted?: innocent+twisted is an indie subscription that I stumbled upon and knew I had to bring it to you as soon as I saw it. This subscription includes the hand-drawn art that matches the monthly theme and usually sends samples from other indie brands. 

How Much is inocent+twisted?: It is $18/month for what you see below, the full-size. There is a deluxe subscription as well for $12/month. She also ships internationally for $4 extra on either options.

To see my other innocent+twisted reviews, click here.


Check out this bag, it's so holiday-y! I love candy canes, and this reminds me of candy canes, so I'm happy.


I love the little info cards. The stories are so cute. :)

New Year, Fresh Look Collection from Julep

If you remember I mentioned there's a new kind of free box from Julep, now you get to curate your first box instead of getting a free curated box. If you signed up, you have from today until the 24th to choose what you want to be in your box! Here's the first look for Julep's New Year,…

Berry Obsession by Rainbow Honey Review

For quite some time now, I have been reviewing the Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag, but I decided to grab some of the new Berry Obsession polishes and review them for you! Rainbow Honey's formula is wonderful and they make all kinds polishes with tons of different finishes in cremes, glitters, etc, so they are sure to have something that you want. If you make a big enough order ($50+), you even can get a free Limited Edition Polish for the month free, along with free shipping (US only). 

They don't only have polishes, as you have seen in the Mystery Bags, and you will soon see the Just Soaps subscription right here, so there is something for everyone and the perfect products for presents.

First up, Raspberry Obsession. Raspberry Obsession is a raspberry cream gleaming with magenta shimmer. I love this polish so much. It's a gorgeous almost pink, but not so pink that it's all in your face. It reminds me of the color your fingers get when you mess with fresh raspberries when picking or eating. I used two coats for full opacity. The magenta shimmer does add a bit of strange texture when it's dry, so definitely put a top coat on to level it out!


Two coats, natural lighting.

Hello Fall Collection Part 2 - Fairytale Finish

Today, I have three polish swatches for you! I have been reviewing Fairytale Finish's Neverending Fairytales subscription for a few months now, but I decided to show you guys a full collection from her! The polishes are always wonderful, and this Hello Fall Collection is perfect. This review is being split into two posts, so make sure to check Part 1!

 Harvesting Memories - A bubblegum pink holo. I don't typically grab a ton of light pinks, they just aren't my style. I feel like they don't look good on me and most don't. This one, though, is gorgeous. It doesn't lean super yellow or red, which is what a lot of them seem to look like on me, and it could easily be a one coat! It's not as strong of a holo as some of the others from this collection, but the base is perfect. It smoothed out perfectly and has tons of shine with a top coat!


Two coats, natural lighting.


Two coats, flash.

NeverEnding Fairytales - November 2015

What is NeverEnding Fairytales?: NeverEnding Fairytales is a monthly subscription box by the indie polish maker, Fairytale Finish. Each month has its own theme and comes with one or two polishes (depending on what you choose) and sometimes extras! Not only can you get your subscription fix from Fairytale Finish, but she also makes gorgeous polishes and top coats!

How Much is NeverEnding Fairytales?: With Fairytale Finish, there's two options when you start your subscription! You can choose to get one polish ($9.00/month) or two polishes ($16.00/month). I choose to get the two polish subscription, only out of fear I won't get the polish I want for the month!

If you want to see past months, click here!


It's that time again, a Handmade with Love package from Fairytale Finish!


Theme cards are back! November's theme is Something Magical!

New Mystery Box Available!

It's time for another Mystery Box! You can even get free upgraded shipping if you spend more than $40!

Turn up the sparkle with the Rock Around the Clock Mystery Box, featuring two new colors: Carmen (Boho Glam) and Layla (It Girl). The box is just $24.99 but is filled with over $150+ of polish…

One of A Kind Free Box

There's something new available from Julep!

For the first time ever, Julep is giving new subscribers their first beauty box monthly collection for free! Join Julep now and you’ll get first access to the upcoming New Year Fresh Look collection on December 20th, where you get to select up to thre…

25 Days with Pet Gift Box

You've seen Trumpet's reviews of Pet Gift Box in the past, but this year they are celebrating their one year anniversary by having a 25 Days of Christmas Contest! There are three prizes each day, two going to the winner and one being a $100 donation to the shelter or rescue of the winner&#…

Japan Candy Box - October 2015 + Giveaway!


What is Japan Candy Box?: Japan Candy Box is from the makers of Kawaii Box, which I reviewed a few months ago! Japan Candy Box is a monthly subscription box full of Japanese candies! It includes 8-10 candies and snacks, and comes to you every month! It's a great way to try out candy and snacks from another part of the world.


How Much is Japan Candy Box?: Japan Candy Box is $19.90/month and gets cheaper with longer subscriptions. Shipping is included with any subscription term, though, so no worries about paying for international shipping!

Make sure to check the bottom of this post for the giveaway information!


I love all of the bright colors! 



Info card.



Kracie Popin' Chookin' DIY Takoyaki Set - This reminds me of the gummy hamburger kits, but you make Takoyaki instead! It's an adorable treat where you have fun making your snack and get to enjoy it as well! Instead of being a gummy candy, though, you have a mold and candy powders where you make all of your ingredients!





Bourbon Petit White Chocolate Stuffed Cookies - First off, these are absolutely adorable. They're little and adorable, and full of white chocolate. There's actually enough to share, if you can wait that long. The cookies, or biscuits, are light and refreshing and the white chocolate is rich but not too heavy.



Lotte Koala March Biscuits - These are super cute, they even have different koalas on the cookies! There are two flavors of this, one with chocolate on the inside and one with strawberry. Mine is chocolate, and it's super yummy! I looked it up, and it turns out there are 200 different koala characters to look out for!



Coris Strawberry Whistle Candy - When I saw the name, I was so curious to know why it was called 'whistle candy.' It turns out, you can blow through the candy to make a whistling sound! When you get done eating your strawberry candy, or annoying your family members by whistling all day, there's a mystery toy to play with in every pack!



Puccho Awawawa Ball Candy (Soda) - These were given their funny name due to the noise people made when first eating them. The outside of these are fizzy, similar to super carbonated drinks. It's full of flavor, between the fizzy outside, the hard middle, and the soft middle. Definitely not a candy you will find around here!



Puccho Mango Chewy Candy - I love mango flavored anything, so I was wondering what they would do with this amazing flavor. The candy itself is milky/creamy and there are bits of fruit in it as well! It's a nice chewy treat, with just enough sweetness.

Amazon Luxury Sample Box

Well it looks like everyone is trying their hand at making a beauty box. Like Target's, Amazon's box is a one-time purchase. This one is packed full of sample packets, and you can even get it free if you purchase any of these items! If you just want the box, it's $8.99 for these fourtee…

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