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Supernatural Lacquer - 2 Minutes to Midnight Review

Oh yes, more polish! I know, I've slacking on getting posts up because of Christmas and just my general trying to get back into a rhythm with husband being back in the country (it's difficult!!). Today, however, is a gorgeous polish from Supernatural Lacquerral Lacquer (her store is currently closed but join the Facebook Group to find out when her store will be reopened).

Today I have 2 Minutes to Midnight, which was an exclusive to PolishCon that she (finally) made available to those of us that couldn't make it to PolishCon! 


2 Minutes to Midnight is a deep purple base with blue shimmer and rainbow flakes and glitters.

Alpha Outpost - The Medic 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 (they haven't yet as of 12/29). 

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.)



In case you ever needed something to stitch you back up, here's your box!

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Nuclear Winter Review

Another day, another gorgeous polish! Like I mentioned last time, this is from Black Phoenix Trading Post (the brand I found at Dragon Con) which is a sister company of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and where you can find any perfume oil blend you might want as well as the most gorgeous statues and just about anything random and nerdy you could possibly wish for.

Don't forget to check out my review of Blue Dragonscale if you haven't seen it already!


Nuclear Winter is a silver microglitter that's full of blue-silver holographic glitters.

Ipsy Glam Bag - September 2016


What is Ipsy?: Ipsy is a monthly subscription that sends 4-5 beauty/makeup products plus a different makeup bag each month. They also have a referral program where you earn points. Be sure to use your points within a year of earning them, though, because they do expire. They have expanded the points program to give you additional points by sharing your bag and following their content creators on social media accounts!

How Much is Ipsy?: Ipsy is only $10 per month shipped to the United States or $10 plus shipping ($4.95) to Canada. 

Check out other Ipsy reviews here.


I love the word, Glamazon, but I'm not sure why.

Pretty & Polished - Amethyst or Am I That Review

It's time for another polish from Pretty & Polished, and it's another purple. I know, I've been on a purple kick but my birthstone is Amethyst and this is named after that so I had to grab it up. This polish is also available currently so you should definitely grab it!


Amethyst or Am I That is a gorgeous smokey bright purple in the Dusty Creme formula.

TacPack - September 2016

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.


As soon as I opened the box, I knew it would be an interesting box for September.

Literary Lacquers - Megatron Review + Coupon Code!

It's that time, another review of a gorgeous Literary Lacquers polish! Also, if you are looking at any of their polishes, there is a 20% off code (HOLIDAY2016) until January 1st as well as a gift with purchase polish (mini with purchase over $24, full size with purchase over $48). While you're there, make sure you have liked and followed Literary Lacquers on Facebook to keep up to date with other sales.

Now, here is Megatron!


Megatron is a royal purple linear holo with purple and silver holo sparkle added.

Alpha Outpost - The Gentleman 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.)


I admit, I looked up what came in The Gentleman before this box arrived. It was what convinced me, along with the EDC Box, that this subscription might be worth it.

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Beta 04 Review


It's time for another review of a gorgeous polish from The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer! If you haven't seen them already, she makes some gorgeous Beta polishes that are ones she's created but haven't been perfect for her collection, and they are stunning! You can get some really unique and different polishes and I highly suggest grabbing up a set when she restocks! Betas come in sets of two and each set is $15.


Beta 04 is a vibrant orange creme with gold flecks.

Treatsie - September 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!


I admit, I'm wondering why I bother with Treatsie when the boxes are coming later and later, to the point where they come the next month.

Pretty & Polished - I'm No One's Mermaid Review

From the Bummer Summer Collection from earlier this year, today I have I'm No One's Mermaid by Pretty & Polished to share with you lovelies. 


I'm No One's Mermaid is a turquoise-y teal metallic shimmer base with blue and holographic microglitters.

Orglamix Glam Box - September 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


Yeah, this month had some very interesting and completely out of left field items!

le Polish - You'll Shoot Your Eye Out Review

More swatches, hopefully I get my act together and get these out to you guys faster! Here is You'll Shoot Your Eye Out from le Polish! This polish is from her Winter Collection last year and is currently available for purchase! Do you get the name? Please tell me that you do, if not I need to introduce you to a few Christmas movies.


You'll Shoot Your Eye Out is a super sparkly silver holo polish!

Literary Lacquers - Swallowed Up in Blue Review

Remember when I told you guys in the CALM Box Review that I had bought some polishes from Literary Lacquers? Here is where they start! This was also part of my week long swatch-a-thon and I was kicking myself for not swatching sooner!

A little info, Literary Lacquers is a solid indie polish brand that bases collections around literary references. There is a Facebook Group where you can get early information about restocks and new releases as well as share your love of books of all kinds with other book lovers! Make sure you like the Facebook Group as well for constant updates!

And now, here is Swallowed Up in Blue!


Swallowed Up in Blue is a sky blue linear holo with a strong pink/red shimmer.

Play! by Sephora - September 2016

What is Play by Sephora?: Play! by Sephora is Sephora's own monthly subscription box! Each month will include five deluxe samples plus a fragrance sample, all coming from the same brands that Sephora carries! Each box also includes a Play Book (tips and tricks) and a Play Pass (a one-on-one tutorial at Sephora and a bonus 50 points with purchase).

How Much is Play by Sephora?: Play by Sephora is $10/month plus your state's sales tax (if a Sephora is in your store). It ships for free but only to the contiguous 48 states.

Click here to see past Play! by Sephora bags.


Oh yes, another Sephora bag. This is slowly becoming my favorite lower cost subscription box I receive!

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - The Lone Heir Review


Another edition of Kiersten did a ton of swatching recently and she has a polish for you guys. This is The Lone Heir from The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer. It is from her most recent collection, The Chosen Collection which was chosen by the members of the Facebook Group and was named by members as well! 

Without further ado, here is The Lone Heir.


The Lone Heir is a multichrome shimmer shifting from red to violet.

Pet Gift Box - September 2016 + Coupon Code!


What is Pet Gift Box?: Pet Gift Box is a monthly pet subscription box, with the option of dogs or cats! For dogs, there's three options for size and you tell them the name and gender of your pet, regardless of cat or dog.

How Much is Pet Gift Box?: Pet Gift Box is $28.99/month and gets less expensive with longer subscriptions. Get 50% off with code rambling off your first box! Now you can sign up for a year, but still pay month-to-month, only $18.99/month!

See more Pet Gift Box reviews here!


I knew after last month and Trumpet cooperating for a picture I should have known it wouldn't happen again.

Pretty & Polished - Antiqued Review

I did a thing, actually I've been doing a thing. I've amassed quite a few nail polishes over the past couple of months that I've purchased and haven't swatched or published for reviews, but that are absolutely amazing and deserve their own posts. I'm going to start posting these regularly so keep an eye out, and I'll mix up the brands so it's not the same thing every day! 

First up, Antiqued by Pretty & Polished. This polish isn't currently available but I'm guessing there's always a chance for a revival! Antiqued is from the Rustic Collection back from this past Spring but was just semi-recently taken out of the shop.


Antiqued is a white crelly with a scattering of small and micro black flakies.

Lip Monthly - September 2016 + Coupon Code!


What is Lip Monthly?: Lip Monthly is a monthly subscription bag that focuses on lip products, bringing you the best lip products every month! Each bag guarantees a $35-$55 value with 4-5 products. Sometimes there will even be a non-lip product included!

How Much is Lip Monthly?: Lip Monthly is $12.95/month, and does get cheaper with longer subscriptions. The bag ships free worldwide, so no worries if you are international!

You can get 50% off your first bag with 50OFF or get three months free with an annual subscription, using code 3FREE.

Check out past reviews of Lip Monthly here!


I just wasn't digging this bag when I opened it. 

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Blue Dragonscale Review

So, guys, I found something besides amazingly dressed cosplayers and all the traffic ever in Atlanta during DragonCon, I found a new nail polish brand! As my husband says, I can always find nail polish or makeup that I want in any situation, and this brand is amazing.

This polish (and the subsequent three that will follow) is from Black Phoenix Trading Post which is a sister company of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and where you can find any perfume oil blend you might want as well as the most gorgeous statues and just about anything random and nerdy you could possibly wish for.


Blue Dragonscale is a blue and purple multichrome flakie polish that flashes yellows, greens, and oranges in indirect lighting.

Ipsy Glam Bag - August 2016


What is Ipsy?: Ipsy is a monthly subscription that sends 4-5 beauty/makeup products plus a different makeup bag each month. They also have a referral program where you earn points. Be sure to use your points within a year of earning them, though, because they do expire. They have expanded the points program to give you additional points by sharing your bag and following their content creators on social media accounts!

How Much is Ipsy?: Ipsy is only $10 per month shipped to the United States or $10 plus shipping ($4.95) to Canada. 

Check out other Ipsy reviews here.


MERMAID BAG. This is not a drill, yes that's a mermaid on the bag.

Tonic Polish - Light of Lyra Review

Today I have a new-ish brand to the indie world to share, Tonic Polish. This is the second of two polishes that I purchased from this genius maker, check out the first review here. There is going to be a winter collection coming up soon so make sure you are a member of her Facebook Group to find out more information!

This polish, Light of Lyra, is still available in her shop so make sure to grab it!


Light of Lyra is a creamy bright purple nail polish with strong aqua shimmer. 

TacPack - August 2016

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.


Husband is always pleased when this box comes in, it's always something he's going to love!

Pet Gift Box - August 2016 + Coupon Code!


What is Pet Gift Box?: Pet Gift Box is a monthly pet subscription box, with the option of dogs or cats! For dogs, there's three options for size and you tell them the name and gender of your pet, regardless of cat or dog.

How Much is Pet Gift Box?: Pet Gift Box is $28.99/month and gets less expensive with longer subscriptions. Get 50% off with code rambling off your first box! Now you can sign up for a year, but still pay month-to-month, only $18.99/month!

See more Pet Gift Box reviews here!


My attempt at taking a picture with Trumpet and his box. Behind the scenes, this was the 12th photo I took and I was holding a treat behind the camera to keep his attention.

Play! by Sephora - August 2016

What is Play by Sephora?: Play! by Sephora is Sephora's own monthly subscription box! Each month will include five deluxe samples plus a fragrance sample, all coming from the same brands that Sephora carries! Each box also includes a Play Book (tips and tricks) and a Play Pass (a one-on-one tutorial at Sephora and a bonus 50 points with purchase).

How Much is Play by Sephora?: Play by Sephora is $10/month plus your state's sales tax (if a Sephora is in your store). It ships for free but only to the contiguous 48 states.

Click here to see past Play! by Sephora bags.


Another Sephora Play bag. I'm not quite sure what to do with these bags but they're taking over!

Tonic Polish - Alexandria's Genesis Review

Today I have a new-ish brand to the indie world to share, Tonic Polish. She has actually been up for a few months and I purchased this along with one other polish when she released but I'm just now getting this edited and posted. Today I have Alexandria's Genesis, which isn't available any longer, but it's such a gorgeous polish and it shows how much of a polish genius she is. There is going to be a winter collection coming up soon so make sure you are a member of her Facebook Group to find out more information!


Alexandria's Genesis is a magenta creme base with a strong blue shimmer that creates an almost violet duochrome.

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