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Orglamix Glam Box - August 2016

What is Orglamix Glam Box?: Orglamix Glam Box is a natural, vegan, cruelty-free cosmetics line, and they decided to start a subscription box to try out their products each month! Each month will include 4-6 curated items and a $10 e-gift card to Orglamix! Also, for each box sold, Orglamix donates a meal to a child in need via Rice Bowls.

How Much is Orglamix Glam Box?: Orglamix Glam Box is $29/month with free shipping. With longer subscriptions, you can either get one or two boxes free!

To see my other reviews of Orglamix, click here

I just love trying out all of the interesting items I receive from Orglamix. It's always something new and the themes as well as their color coordination is always on point.

Treatsie - August 2016

What is Treatsie?: Treatsie is a monthly subscription box with sweets! It's actually a box with artisan sweets, so the kinds of things I won't normally spend the time to make but love eating. Each box has food from three different vendors so there will always be a good variety and plenty to sample from.

How Much is Treatsie?: Treatsie is $19.95/month but guarantees at least a $25 value, and you can always lower your monthly cost by subscribing for longer terms. If you click here to sign up, you will get double sweets for your first month!

More food in the mail? I'll take it! Especially when that food is sweets.

Supernatural Lacquer Subscription Box - August 2016

It's time for another edition of Kiersten is Really Behind so Here is an Old Review. Seriously considering that being the title to this blog now.

What is Supernatural Lacquer Subscription Box?:
 Supernatural Lacquer's Subscription Box is a bimonthly box which will include an exclusive nail polish, a nail related miniature, and a seasonal/holiday extra! Instead of being a subscription where you sign up and it auto-deducts, this is a preorder box. Join the Facebook Group to stay up to date!

How Much is Supernatural Lacquer Subscription Box?: The box is $16 plus shipping to the US, it's more for Canada and International.

In case you don't know yet, Supernatural Lacquer is a nail polish brand that draws inspiration from the show Supernatural and supernatural things and it's amazing.

Check out my other Supernatural Lacquer reviews here!

Yes, that's an octopus ring that was included with this gorgeous polish. Yes, it's one of my favorite rings to wear, regardless of what I'm wearing or where I'm going.

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Room with a View Review + GWP and Coupon Code!

Warning: Photo heavy.

Today, I have a new to me brand here, Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer. For today I have the Room with a View Collection for you guys!

Important information: The store opens tomorrow (11/28) with this collection available then. This is a preorder that starts 11/28 at noon est and ends 12/2 at 11:59 est. There will also be a Cyber Monday sale starting 11/28 at noon est and will end 11/29 at noon est. With code CYBERMONDAY, you will get 25% off all items (other than charity polishes) and orders over $50 after the discount will receive a free polish, shown below.

This collection is available in full size and minis. The full collection is $53 in full size and $28 in mini, plus shipping.

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The Room with a View is based on fall foliage, so, of course, I had to go outside and look at what my backyard had to offer this collection!

le Polish 12 Days of Polish - A Drive With My Love Review

Press Sample.
In case you haven't been paying attention to the le Polish Lovelies group the past two weeks, the maker of le Polish teamed up with 12 different bloggers to create 12 different polishes. I will have the other 11 linked at the end, but this is the final collab! Of course I couldn't say no to such a sweet maker and I was so excited to create a polish with her!

My polish is inspired by the Lights of Life (a local college that puts on this spectacular full-campus Christmas light setup each year that you drive through the campus and see all of their lights) and specifically this picture. My husband and I go every year, sometimes a few times each year, to just spend time together and look at all of their amazing lights. Going to look at Christmas lights is something we both did prior to dating/marrying so it's become something we still do now that we are together.

Important information: All 12 polishes will be available on November 25th at midnight EST only on le Polish. Each polish will be $10 and will only be available in full size.

Links: Shop/Facebook Page/Facebook Group/Instagram/Pinterest

Without making you wait any longer, here is 'A Drive With My Love.'

A Drive With My Love is a black jelly with green, red, and gold flakies and shimmer.

Pretty & Polished Beauty Box - December 2016 + Coupon Code!

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! You buy before the end of the month to get the next month's box, meaning you have until the end of July to get the August box.

How Much is Pretty and Polished Beauty Box?: Pretty and Polished Beauty Box is only $22.00/month including shipping. You can buy for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months at a time, and the boxes start getting cheaper at 6 months! 

Make sure to use 'rambling10' to get your discount on your Pretty and Polished orders!

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

I just am at a loss for words.

le Polish Birthday Club Polish Review - Sagittarius

Warning: This is a photo-heavy post.

It's that time again, it's time for le Polish to release the next limited edition monthly polish!The Sagittarius polish, Sharp as an Arrow, which the inspiration for it was voted on in the Facebook Group. Make sure to join to take part in the next voting!

Important info: This polish will be available is on November 22nd on le Polish's website, and will be available through December 21st. Sharp As An Arrow is $10, or it will be free with a $10 purchase if you are in the Facebook Group and are a Sagittarius (make sure you are on the birthday list)!

Links: Shop/Facebook Page/Facebook Group/Instagram/Pinterest

Don't forget to check out the upcoming Black Friday sales, make sure you're in the Facebook Group!

Sharp as an Arrow is a black jelly base with cobalt, lime, and neon pink microglitters and a rainbow of microshards.

The Don Deeva Hella Holo Customs Review

Warning: Photo heavy post.

Today I have three polishes that while no longer available, I felt must be shared. This trio was made for the Hella Holo Customs Facebook Group (a group full of those of us with a particular affection for holographic polishes), which means you had to be a part of that group to purchase. A little info: HHC is a closed Facebook Group where each month, makers team up with the HHC group to create customs that are all things holographic. It's required to be in the group to purchase these polishes, so you might as well join!

These were sold a few months ago, but The Don Deeva is still creating her own magic frequently with gorgeous polishes that are extremely difficult to say no to.

Alpha Outpost - EDC Review

What is Alpha Outpost?: Alpha Outpost is a monthly subscription that has each month centered around a different theme. For the first three boxes you receive, it will be their pre-set ones that they feel everyone should get (EDC, The Gentleman, and The Medic). Your first box is supposed to ship within two business days (mine actually shipped six business days later) with the second and third boxes shipping on the 8th of the following months (neither of mine did this, one actually shipped nearly a month late).
Starting with your fourth month and continuing, you will receive the current box and they will ship on the 28th. They do ship using Priority Mail, which means your box should get to you quickly. They have been having some issues with shipping but they have promised me they are working on making it better. We have a year of boxes, so I hope so!

How Much is Alpha Outpost?: Alpha Outpost is $39.95/month with $6.95 shipping or $499/year with free shipping. Also, if you sign up for the yearly subscription you receive a bonus 'Swag Pack.' (We received ours about a week after ordering.)

First box, The EDC.

Creme a la Mode - Summer 2016

Okay, this is super delayed. It's also a little weird because I started working on this with my old setup and then got sidetracked with things and then did the rest later on, thus a little bit difference in lighting and a lot difference in background. This is the Summer Creme a la Mode Box.

The Creme a la Mode Box is four makers that work together to bring cremes into our lives. Yeah, there are tons of boxes made up of holographics and other in your face finishes, but cremes are a finish that are difficult to perfect while still having the perfect formula, great color payoff, a lasting polish, and something to write home about. This polish box is all about doing that, and it's all from established brands. The box is quarterly and you just purchase it during the pre-order when that's open!

Included in the box is Indigo Bananas, Literary Lacquers, Digital Nails, and Octopus Party Nail Lacquer. All four were new brands to me at the time of purchase, so I was really thrilled to try this.

Pretty & Polished Partial Winter Collection 2016

Yes, ladies and gentleman, Pretty & Polished has released their Winter Collection for 2016. This collection actually released yesterday, so all 12 polishes are already available (I chose four to review, I will have links to other reviews at the bottom of this post to see everyone else's)! If you buy all 12 the cost is a discounted $90, or you can buy them separately! Dusty Cremes are $7.50, Crellies and Glitters are $8.50, and Multichromes are $9 if you buy them separately. Like always, you can use code 'rambling10' to get your discount!

Make sure you are following me on Instagram, videos showing off the color shifts as well as other photos will be shared there!

Like I mentioned, I chose four polishes to review! I chose Sleighing It, I Need a Taupe-ical Vacation, Yule Think Me Later, and That's Just Plum Dandy.

Lip Love - September 2016

What is Lip Love?: Lip Love is a monthly subscription box by So Susan. Each month will include at least three full-sized products, one bonus makeup, and one bonus accessory. Each month you get a unique canvas bag as well.

How Much is Lip Love?: Lip Love is $20.95 (American) per month with international shipping available. I did have to pay a foreign transaction fee because they are located in the UK, so make sure you know that ahead of time. They have begun shipping from a US distribution center, but shipping time doesn't seem to have gotten any faster. The bags get cheaper if you do longer subscriptions, so that's always great.

See past Lip Love reviews here!

I really like the foxes on this month's bag!

Polish Your Dreams Brand Review Including Swatches

I'm going to preface this by saying this is not a positive review. At the end of this post, there will not be a 'there are flaws but you should still consider buying from this brand.' I tried to give this brand every chance, even waiting to post this review as well as some swatches. This order was made at the end of May, so I have been holding onto this for quite some time. If you have any suggestions, comments, or critiques, let me know. 

First issue: shipping time. Like I mentioned, I made the order at the end of May and received it at the end of June. Her stated turn-around time was 2-3 weeks, and it was three weeks before I received tracking. I feel like if I hadn't hounded her numerous times about shipping my order and getting the tracking, she would have let it slide right past the three-week mark. Later on, her stated turn-around time became 4-6 weeks.

Second issue: misrepresenting polish. I ordered six polishes, which is unheard of for me to do from a new brand, but she was having what seemed like an amazing sale (50% off). Side note: it turns out that pricing her polishes higher and constantly having large value sales is her standard. Of the six polishes, none of them looked like swatches that were on her website. Either the UV polishes didn't turn the shades that were shown or the polishes just didn't perform the way they were shown to.

Third issue: customer service fails. After receiving my polishes and initially testing them , I made some statements in a Facebook Group. At that same time, I felt it pertinent to personally message her to let her know my displeasure. It was over a month and after other comments were made by myself and others that she felt it time to respond to me. I've said it numerous times, you can have failings with polish or long shipping times but I might consider purchasing from you again if you have excellent customer service. If you have two of those, I'm less likely but would still consider it. All three and I'm left with this.

Now on to some pictures. This won't be a typical post with full sets of swatches. This is also not my best work, due to my complete and utter disappointment with both the maker and the polish. I felt it important to share my story in case the maker does decide to come back to the polish world, just so others aren't hurt the same way I was.

TacPack - July

What is TacPack?: TacPack is a monthly subscription box full of gun gear for shooters and gun fanatics. Each month may include AR15 accessories, knives, EDC tools, targets, patches, shirts, cleaning materials, and stickers. Each box will include 3-7 pieces each month. You tell them your shirt size and glove size, so there's a slight hint at what might be in boxes!

How Much is TacPack?: The subscription is currently $49.95. You can also purchase past boxes when they are available and even items from the past boxes or specialty boxes.

Check out past TacPack reviews here.

If your husband/boyfriend/brother/father/male friend likes guns or EDC (everyday carry), this is the perfect box for them. It's a little on the pricier side of subscriptions, but the boxes almost always have a value of $100 or close to it. I feel like starting a subscription is a great way to give a fun Christmas present, and this one rocks! The December box is available now and the value is $112 with a $48 knife in it, so it's sure to please everyone!

Lip Love - August 2016

What is Lip Love?: Lip Love is a monthly subscription box by So Susan. Each month will include at least three full-sized products, one bonus makeup, and one bonus accessory. Each month you get a unique canvas bag as well.

How Much is Lip Love?: Lip Love is $20.95 (American) per month with international shipping available. I did have to pay a foreign transaction fee because they are located in the UK, so make sure you know that ahead of time. They have begun shipping from a US distribution center, but shipping time doesn't seem to have gotten any faster. The bags get cheaper if you do longer subscriptions, so that's always great.

See past Lip Love reviews here!

All the products.

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