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Literary Lacquers - Alice in Lacquerland Collection Review


Happy Christmas Eve! I hope your holiday season has been going wonderfully. Today I have the latest collection by Literary Lacquers to share with you all. Like with all collection posts, each polish will have their own review page and they will be linked to in this post!

Now to the details. This collection drops at noon MT on December 26th. There are six core polishes and a GWP that will be received for purchases over $48 from December 26th to January 5th. The collection is based on the Alice in Wonderland book, as the collection name would suggest!

Now, on to the polishes. Make sure to check out the individual reviews!



Do you have a favorite already?

Space Time Travels - Twilight Zone | Swatch My Stash

Hi, y'all! Hope everyone is doing well! I'm back with another polish by Space Time Travels, and it's one of her gorgeous flakie toppers! She does so many types of polishes so well and I was thrilled with my first purchase I made with her! Make sure to check Instagram to see more pictures of the shift in this polish!

Now, here is Twilight Zone.



Twilight Zone is a flakie glitter topper with a green-to-blue-to-pink-to-purple shift.

Ipsy Glam Bag - April 2017 | Blog My Backlog


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.


The theme was Side Show/Movie Tickets? The bag was a pretty color but it was a tight fit for products.

Contrary Polish - Sweet Poison | July Polish Pickup

Hi, y'all! It's time for another new-to-me brand thanks to Polish Pickup. The concept of PPU is such a good one and yet, such a bad one (for my wallet and my backlog). Contrary Polish specializes in contrasting shimmer, which means I just want to buy all the polishes! 

Now, to Sweet Poison



Sweet Poison is a medium blue leaning green creme based linear holographic with aqua shimmer and sapphire blue microflakes.

Orglamix Glam Box - April 2017 | Blog My Backlog


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


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This box had me immediately interested. It had a fake silisponge, which meant I didn't have to buy one myself!

Tonic Polish - Dragon Tears Review | Swatch My Stash

It's time for another polish from way back that I swatched forever ago and am just now getting to review. This one is from Tonic Polish and is possibly the most popular polish by Tonic. Dragon Tears isn't currently available but there are quite a few gorgeous polishes by Tonic that she still has in her shop! There are going to be quite a few pictures on Instagram because there's just too much to put into here!

Here's Dragon Tears.



Dragon Tears is a multichrome polish that shifts in a green-blue-purple-red-peach-gold spectrum and is packed with holographic glitters.

Fortune Cookie Soap Of the Month - April 2017 (Shower Box)


What is Fortune Cookie Soap's FCS of the Month Box?: Fortune Cookie Soap of the Month is Fortune Cookie Soap's monthly box to get your monthly fix of FCS products. It launched at the beginning of the year and has had some amazing themes so far. Each month's box has a different theme (hair, body, face, feet, etc.) and will have a mix of past, present, and new scents/products along with at least one brand new product. You can skip any months you want to so it's the perfect subscription if you want specific items or only want a few boxes a year.

How Much is Fortune Cookie Soap's FCS of the Month Box?: FCS of the Month is $28.00 plus shipping ($6.95 for the US). Use code 'Firstfcsbox' to save $6.95 off of your first box.


April box, Shower theme, hehe. Good planning, Fortune Cookie Soap. :D

Supernatural Lacquer - Mystery Prototype | Swatch My Stash

Hey, y'all! This is a super old swatch, which means this post is clearing out my backlog of swatches. I bought this polish over a year ago, as part of Supernatural Lacquer's SBS sale. She releases Mystery Prototypes from time to time and I made sure to grab this one (and one other) during that sale. They are polishes that never made it to be a full release.

Now, to the Mystery Prototype.



Mystery Prototype is a blue holographic base with a green to purple shift, copper glitters, and multicolored flakes.

Monthly Dapper Club - April 2017 + Coupon Code! | Blog My Backlog


What is the Monthly Dapper Club?: The Monthly Dapper Club (a subscription by Harrison Blake) is a monthly subscription geared towards men. Each month includes a necktie and four accessories. The accessories will be coordinated and easy to style. 

How Much is Monthly Dapper Club?: The Monthly Dapper Club is $25 shipped to the USA and Canada, $40 shipped internationally. Costs go down for longer-term subscriptions. Use SEASON for $15 off your first month.


I love the cohesion of the colors! 

Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet - April 2017 | Blog My Backlog

What is Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet?: Vanishing Cabinet is a monthly subscription box by Notoriously Morbid where each month you get a bag of indie makeup. Bags include four to five themed items (a combination of minis and possibly full-sizes). Products can include eyeshadow, blush, lipstick, and/or solid perfume. There is currently a wait list so sign up here to get on the list to start your subscription!

The NMVC is changing in 2018 so make sure you're part of the fan group to find out the new format!

How Much is Notoriously Morbid?: $13.25/month including shipping to the US. International subscriptions are now $20/month.

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For past reviews of Notoriously Morbid, just click here!



The April bag was designed to be a cohesive look, with four shades (designated) that work very well together.

Jior Couture - Winter Holiday 2017 Review


Hey, y'all! I'm back with another Jior Couture review! This review is for the holiday collection for 2017. My review is for the minis whereas you will be purchasing the full size polishes! These are perfect for the holiday season, for whatever manicure or nail art you can imagine!

Important info: This collection releases on December 8th and it is $39 for the set! 

As with all collection reviews, click the polish's name to get to the full review of that polish!


Oh yes, these aren't your traditional winter/holiday polishes!

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - No $h!t, Sherlock Review | Swatch My Stash

Hey, y'all! Hope your week is going well! Mine is hectic as always, which I both love and hate! Today I have a polish from The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer from one of the Anonamaker Boxes (Anonamaker is a box that a few makers join together to create polishes based on the happenings of the indie polish community). I chose to only purchase this polish from that box, just because it's the most amazing deep and spooky blue! 

Supermoon Lacquer's store is currently closed (you can still look, just not purchase) but make sure to join the Facebook Group to keep up with when the store reopens!

Now, on to the polish!



No $h!t, Sherlock is a dark inky blue base with turquoise-to-purple and blue-to-red color shifting shimmer, iridescent rainbow micro flakies, and a scattered holographic finish.

Sweets Gift Box - April 2017


What is Sweets Gift Box?: Sweets Gift Box is a monthly subscription box by The Gift Box (the company that brings us Pet Gift Box and a slew of other boxes) that promises the ultimate sweet tooth experience to satisfy your every craving.

How Much is Sweets Gift Box?: Sweets Gift Box is $30 if you buy a one-off box or $25 if you subscribe. The price is lower if you do a long-term subscription. Currently, the box is available to the US only.


Swing into Spring...except Spring starts in Georgia in mid-February, so April is a little delayed for that.

Chirality Polish - Blended Frost Review | July Polish Pickup

Hey, y'all! I'm back again with another Polish Pickup polish, this one a purchase from the July Polish Pickup. The July theme was drinks, which meant a lot of bright colors and pops of something extra in the polish itself.

This polish is from a new-to-me brand, but the swatches had me sold (and it's PPU specifically to get us to buy all the brands all the time?). Make sure to check out Chirality Polish's other polishes, they're gorgeous!


Now, let's get to the review!


Blended Frost is a teal linear holographic that leans blue with a metallic, almost gold finish.

Fortune Cookie Soap Soap Box - Spring 2017


As of the Winter 2017 box, Fortune Cookie Soap has canceled the Soap Box. They still have the 'of the Month' box (find reviews here)

What is Fortune Cookie Soap's The Soap Box?: The Soap Box is a quarterly subscription box by Fortune Cookie Soap that features eight exclusive FCS mini items from a new collection prior to the launch of the new collection. Each box also comes with a $10 FCS gift code that you can use in the store.


How Much is Fortune Cookie Soap's The Soap Box?: The Soap Box is $19.99 for US customers, $24.99 for Canadian customers, and $29.99 for International customers. The price includes shipping!

Prices listed are for the full-size products.



Look at the gorgeous Beauty and the Beast-esque goodies!

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Basking in the Storm Review

Happy Saturday, y'all! I'm going to spend all afternoon watching football and hoping things go well. Today I'm going to share another old purchase from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer, I swear I'm working on catching up as fast as I can! There's only one bottle of this left so make sure to head over and get it before someone else does!

Here is Basking in the Storm.



Basking in the Storm is an amethyst purple creme with blue and aqua shimmers.

Pet Gift Box - April 2017 + 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 are 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!


Look at the April box, it's all fishy and oceany!

Literary Lacquers - Always Tea Time Review


Hi, everyone! This is the review for one of the polishes from the Alice in Lacquerland collection by Literary Lacquers. If you're looking for the home post for this collection, click here! This collection was inspired by Alice in Wonderland (obviously) and has six total polishes plus the GWP one.

For a reminder on the details, the collection drops at noon MT on December 26th and if you make a $48 purchase between then and January 5th, you will receive the Gift with Purchase polish! 


Now, Always Tea Time!


Always Tea Time is a rose pink with some purple in it with green and gold glass fleck and flakies. 

Literary Lacquers - Tulgey Wood Review


Hi, everyone! This is the review for one of the polishes from the Alice in Lacquerland collection by Literary Lacquers. If you're looking for the home post for this collection, click here! This collection was inspired by Alice in Wonderland (obviously) and has six total polishes plus the GWP one.

For a reminder on the details, the collection drops at noon MT on December 26th and if you make a $48 purchase between then and January 5th, you will receive the Gift with Purchase polish! 


Now, Tulgey Wood!


Tulgey Wood is a cooler brown holo with copper and gold glass fleck.

Literary Lacquers - The Golden Afternoon Review


Hi, everyone! This is the review for one of the polishes from the Alice in Lacquerland collection by Literary Lacquers. If you're looking for the home post for this collection, click here! This collection was inspired by Alice in Wonderland (obviously) and has six total polishes plus the GWP one.

For a reminder on the details, the collection drops at noon MT on December 26th and if you make a $48 purchase between then and January 5th, you will receive the Gift with Purchase polish! 


Now, The Golden Afternoon!


The Golden Afternoon is a glittery metallic yellow gold.

Literary Lacquers - Six Impossible Things Review


Hi, everyone! This is the review for one of the polishes from the Alice in Lacquerland collection by Literary Lacquers. If you're looking for the home post for this collection, click here! This collection was inspired by Alice in Wonderland (obviously) and has six total polishes plus the GWP one.

For a reminder on the details, the collection drops at noon MT on December 26th and if you make a $48 purchase between then and January 5th, you will receive the Gift with Purchase polish! 


Now, Six Impossible Things!


Six Impossible Things is a classic red with gold and copper holo microglitter.

Literary Lacquers - Grin Without a Cat Review


Hi, everyone! This is the review for one of the polishes from the Alice in Lacquerland collection by Literary Lacquers. If you're looking for the home post for this collection, click here! This collection was inspired by Alice in Wonderland (obviously) and has six total polishes plus the GWP one.

For a reminder on the details, the collection drops at noon MT on December 26th and if you make a $48 purchase between then and January 5th, you will receive the Gift with Purchase polish! 


Now, Grin Without a Cat!


Grin Without a Cat is a cool purple multichrome that shifts to burgundy with pink to purple added shimmer. 

Literary Lacquers - Curiouser and Curiouser! Review


Hi, everyone! This is the review for one of the polishes from the Alice in Lacquerland collection by Literary Lacquers. If you're looking for the home post for this collection, click here! This collection was inspired by Alice in Wonderland (obviously) and has six total polishes plus the GWP one.

For a reminder on the details, the collection drops at noon MT on December 26th and if you make a $48 purchase between then and January 5th, you will receive the Gift with Purchase polish! 


Now, Curiouser and Curiouser!


Curiouser and Curiouser is a medium blue glitter holo, a little icy.

Literary Lacquers - Be What You Would Seem to Be Review

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Hi, everyone! This is the review for one of the polishes from the Alice in Lacquerland collection by Literary Lacquers. If you're looking for the home post for this collection, click here! This collection was inspired by Alice in Wonderland (obviously) and has six total polishes p…

le Polish - A Stroll in the Snow Review

Hey, y'all! How about another polish from my swatch vault? This is from last year's collab between twelve bloggers and le Polish! (If you forgot, here is my post from the collab.) This polish is the one that Moni's Manis created! I know, this shows how long ago I bought this polish (don't judge me too harshly). 

Now onto A Stroll in the Snow.



A Stroll in the Snow is a white crelly with gold and pink shimmer and dark maroon tinted flakies.

BeautyCon Box - Spring Review

BeautyCon canceled their subscription prior to the Fall 2017 box. While the box is no longer around, I thought it was still good to review the box as it was packed full of products worthy of a review.

What is BeautyCon Box?: BeautyCon Box is a quarterly (March, June, September, and December) box with a guarantee of $100 of beauty, fashion, and skin care items. Each box is curated by someone (Influencer, Beauty Guru, etc). Boxes can also include exclusive items designed specifically for BeautyCon subscribers!

How much is BeautyCon Box?: BeautyCon Box is $29/quarter plus shipping. It is currently only available in the US but they are working on making it an international box so keep your eyes peeled for that!

I signed up for this subscription at Black Friday so I paid a lower rate. I'd suggest if you can wait, subscribing then so you can get the much lower cost!


Check out all of the goodies in this box!

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