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Northern Star Polish - Scream of Nature Review


So there's this new thing called the Polish Pickup where each month there's a theme that's nominated by and voted on by everyone in the Facebook Group. Then, a group of makers each create a polish based on that theme and use polish lovers choose which polishes we want to purchase rather than buying a full box!

The theme for April is Famous Works of Art and the Northern Star Polish is based on The Scream by Edvard Munch.

This polish will be available at 11am, April 7th through midnight, April 10th. This polish is limited to 50 bottles so make sure to grab it! Scream of Nature is going to be $9.00 plus $3.00 shipping (US & Canada only).

Note: Your polish will be in a different bottle than what is shown.



Scream of Nature is a navy leaning teal base with red/gold/orange shifting flakes and pink/copper chrome pigment flash in the background like bursts of color against a dark sky. 

Pretty & Polished - I Done Plum Had It Review

I know, I missed a few days and a few posts last week. I was recovering from the flu and then it decided to come back with a vengeance. I'm trying to recover so please join me with a pretty (and super unique) polish by Pretty & Polished. Here is I Done Plum Had It! which isn't currently available but might be brought back if we ask enough!


I Done Plum had it! is a plum creme shade packed with copper orange flakes.

Treatsie - December 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!


This was my final Treatsie box of their six-month sampler promo for bloggers, and I can say I was happy it was over. By the end of it, I was finding myself concerned about when (or if) my box would come in and getting so many emails about it.

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Wash Away What's Past Review

So y'all, I met the maker of this magic at The Indie Shop and she's LOVELY. On top of making magical polishes that are so gorgeous (see below), she's super nice and her husband is quite funny. Basically, buy all her polishes now (and potentially meet her at a future nail event). Today, I have Wash Away What's Past to share with you guys. Make sure after you're done reading this (please read my things) that you join her Facebook Group to find out about when the store reopens!



Wash Away What's Past is a taupe-leaning greige (grey/beige) scattered holographic packed with red to gold shifting shimmer.

Lip Love - December 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!


My last Lip Love box. As soon as I opened the box I knew that it was going to be the last. It's really cute for a little while but the duplicates became really annoying really quickly. For how many products they sell between the three companies, it shouldn't happen nearly as often as it does.

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - The Apple of Eve's Eye Review


 I'm gearing up for a crazy busy week with a ton of stuff going on starting tomorrow so I thought, why not give take a minute of peace and look at pretty polish? This is one of my favorites by The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer from the Chosen Collection! Here The Apple of Eve's Eye.


The Apple of Eve's Eye isred holographic duochrome with copper and red-to-orange color shifting shimmer, and gold and copper holographic microglitters.

Ipsy Glam Bag - December 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.


Bless whomever gave me a new hand cream in December. It was necessary and well-loved.

Tonic Polish - Magnetic Midnight Review

Hi, everyone! Hope your day has been going well. I have a crazy gorgeous multichrome from Tonic Polish! This polish is from the Holiday 2016 Collection (which I bought the entire thing, no willpower and all) and is currently available. Make sure to check out my Instagram here soon, I'll have a ton more photos showing all of the different sides as well as a video of it!


Magnetic Midnight is a royal blue multichrome that shifts to purple, red, and even gold at the furthest angle, sparkling scattered holo, and a sprinkling of tiny silver holo micro glitters.

Play! by Sephora - December 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.


I actually don't take the party with me. I avoid parties because I'm awkward.

le Polish Birthday Club Polish Review - Aries


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 Aries polish, I Ram Who I Ram, 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 tomorrow at noon on le Polish's website, and will be available through Sunday at 11:59 PM. I Ram Who I Ram is $10, or it will be free with a $10 purchase if you are in the Facebook Group and are an Aries (make sure you are on the birthday list)!

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


I Ram Who I Ram is a light purple with pink shimmer and yellow and navy microflakes.

TacPack - December 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.


It's always a good TacPack month for husband when the box includes a knife.

Pretty & Polished - Acetone Alley After Dark Review

I'm back with a Pretty & Polished polish, this one that commemorates one of the indie polish world's favorite groups, Acetone Alley (a group where nothing is sugar-coated and the truth always comes out). This polish is currently available for $8.50 so you might as well grab it up!


Acetone Alley After Dark is deep red holographic polish packed with a blue to purple color shifting shimmer.

Sparks Emporium Subscription Box - December 2016

What is Sparks Emporium Subscription Box?: Sparks Emporium Subscription Box is a monthly box curated by the owner of Sparks Emporium. This is a handmade jewelry company that also sells bookmarks, stickers, decals, and more! Each month has a theme that you can find out about on Instagram and Facebook but they do sell out quite quickly.

How Much is Sparks Emporium Subscription Box?: This box was $23.00 plus $5.00 shipping for the US. The box is now $35.00 plus shipping ($7.00 US). Big jump, I have no clue if the jump in cost is shown in the items included as I no longer purchase this box due to a past issue (below).



Oh yeah, it's a Harry Potter box. I was immediately thrilled when I got the email asking for my house.

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Fight Your Demons Review


Hope today is going well for everyone! I'm fighting off the flu a bit so please think well of my husband while I'm sick and he's trying to both take care of me and not get sick. Today I have a gorgeous brown, which isn't something I normally gravitate towards, by The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer from the Chosen Collection! Here is Fight Your Demons


Fight Your Demons is a reddish brown multichrome with gold and copper sparks, gold-to-green color shifting shimmer, and red/orange/gold chameleon shimmer.

BOOM!Box by Espionage Cosmetics - December 2016

What is BOOM!Box?: BOOM!Box is a quarterly subscription from Espionage Cosmetics. If you haven't heard of Espionage Cosmetics, it's a makeup/nail wrap brand all about nerdy things (comics, books, even the Federalist Papers). BOOM!Box is their subscription that includes nail art, makeup, and the other random goodies that fit in with their amazing themes.

How Much is BOOM!Box?: BOOM!Box is $30/box plus shipping ($6.95 for US, $13 for Canada, $18 for other select countries).

See past BOOM!Box reviews here


The theme for the BOOM!Box December was Candyland and involved all things magical.

le Polish - Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful Review

Hi, everyone! I hope you're doing well. It's freezing in Georgia so I'm staying bundled up and hiding from the wind! Today I have an oldie for you guys but it's definitely a goodie and I think all of y'all need it (if we can convince her to bring it back). For today, I have Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful by le Polish!



Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful is a black crelly jam packed with gold microglitters and holo glitters.

Orglamix Glam Box - November 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


Obviously, Autumn Magic references those not living in the South. 

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Temple of Dreams Review

Can we call this a throwback Tuesday? Like throwing all the way back to DragonCon when I bought this gorgeous polish. It's actually available for purchase currently so why not head over and grab it? Here's another polish from Black Phoenix Trading Post, the daughter/sister company of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.


Temple of Dreams is a blackened teal-blue foiled with a light blue shimmer. 

Treatsie - November 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!


At this point, I expected nothing good from Treatsie. This box was actually delayed so much so that I received it sometime just before Christmas. 

Literary Lacquers - The Colour of Magic Review

I'm back, I survived The Indie Shop Atlanta! I will have the polishes I purchased up soon enough but for now, one of my newer favorite brands has its place on my blog today. Here is The Colour of Magic by Literary Lacquers! As the new shop format of this year, there will be a pop-up once a month so be sure you're following the social media to find out when the next one will be!


The Colour of Magic is a lilac linear holo with glass flecks and flakies. 

Lip Monthly - November 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 have a love-hate relationship with this bag. On one hand, the pattern is so cool and modern. On the other, it almost gives me a headache. Just me?

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - We Saw the Stars Partial Collection Review


This is a home page for what I received of the We Saw the Stars Collection, debuting at The Indie Shop Atlanta and then online as a preorder starting 3/27 at 3:30 pm est to 4/3 at 11:59 pm est. Each polish has one photo shown and if you click on the names, you can see the full review of that polish!

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - The Indie Shop Atlanta Exclusives


If you guys haven't heard yet, The Indie Shop is coming to Atlanta! It's this weekend (Saturday, March 11) and it's free for general admission (tickets here). I'm going to be there and I'm very excited to attend and be able to buy my nail polish in person and meet some of my favorite makers. 

The following polishes are exclusive to The Indie Shop Atlanta by Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer and they are gorgeous!



These Be Rubies, Fairy Favors is a deep red scattered holographic with midnight red flakies.

le Polish - Or You Chidding Me? Review

Time again for a polish review! This gorgeous polish from le Polish is from an A Mini Indied box from last year. It released later last year to be available for purchase (in the old bottle shape) but I haven't heard if it was going to be rereleased at any time in the future.



Or You Chidding Me? is a medium lilac pink with purple and silver shimmer.

Lip Love - November 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!


An eyeshadow palette, I was really excited to try this out!

Ipsy Glam Bag - November 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.


Wowza, one really big sample!

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