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A lifestyle blog focusing on beauty products and subscription boxes.

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New Free Julep Beauty Box with Maven Subscription!

Julep's new beauty box subscription offers are always a great way to introduce your audience to one of the top beauty subscription services! You earn $7 for every new monthly subscriber that signs up via your affiliate link and $15 when someone signs up for the 3-month subscription plan. Right …

Literary Lacquers - Feather Family GWP Review


The final post from the Literary Lacquers craze of this week. For the final post, I had to make sure to share the Gift With Purchase, Feather Family! This isn't going to be available for purchase, you can only get it with purchase during this release (6/23-7/9). You will receive a mini free with a $20 purchase, a full size with a $50 purchase.



Feather Family is a sparkling soft pink holo.

Literary Lacquers - Returning Favorites Review


As you know from my last polish post, Literary Lacaquers is back and releasing quite a few polishes from past collections, and I have two of them for you! This release coincides with the release of the trio so I believe you might as well stock up! The release is Friday, June 23rd at noon MDT. Holographics & Multichromes are $12 each, Shimmers & Cremes are $10 each.


Here is Ether Binge and Porco Rosso.




Ether Binge is a shimmering aquamarine linear holographic polish with blue-green glass flecks.

Pet Gift Box - January 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!


I gotta admit, I loved this box the second I opened it. It only could have been better if one of the 'dogs playing poker' posters was included.

Literary Lacquers - Ocean at the End of the Lane Trio Review


Happy times, Literary Lacquers is back to making and selling polish! Her return starts with this trio as well as quite a few returning polishes and a gift with purchase (there will be more posts up soon!). First up I have this trio to share with you guys, it's a doozy and perfect for cool-tone lovers! This trio is so pretty and they work together or alone. It's inspired by the book of the same title by Neil Gaiman, which is on my list of books to read. The trio releases Friday, June 23rd at noon MDT. Holographics & Multichromes are $12 each, Shimmers & Cremes are $10 each.


Play! by Sephora - January 2017

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'm not all about this whole 'New Year, time to get healthy' vibe that I'm getting from this bag.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Stardust Review

Finally, I have the last of the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab/Black Phoenix Trading Post polishes that I purchased while I was at Dragon Con last year! This one was the most unexpected finish/application when I started swatching it. This is Stardust, a doozy that I wish was still available! (BTW, don't expect this to be my last BPAL polishes, there's a new-ish collection that's come out that I need.)



Stardust is a magenta purple jelly packed with holographic glitters.

TacPack - January 2017

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.


New year, new box. You never know what will come in this box.

Sinful Colors - So Daupe! Review

On top of my love of indie polishes, I do love to go to the drugstore and pick up some Sinful Colors as well. I actually headed there to get the Kandee Johnson collection but I grabbed some core polishes as well. This polish would be great for the base of nail art or just for a neutral nail look!

Here is So Daupe!.


So Daupe! is a soft light brown.

Sweets Gift Box - January 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.


I'm all about the noms, especially when there is so much chocolate in it. To get to my heart, supply my stomach with nachos or chocolate.

Poetry Cowgirl Nail Polish - Strawberry Cream Review

I'm finally getting to post polishes that I bought at Indie Shop in Atlanta in March. Of course, that doesn't mean I'm caught up to that point, I'm just trying to mix up brands (basically, I buy way too many polishes and I need to catch up). I ended up picking up quite a few polishes by Poetry Cowgirl Nail Polish while I was there, so here is one today! 



Strawberry Cream is a sweet pale pink scattered holo pastel with hints of rainbow sparkles.

New Julep Mystery Box - Let's Glow Out

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Pet Gift Box - December 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 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!


Trumpet was spoiled rotten for Christmas, and this box just added on to that.

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Beta 15 Review

Another review from Kiersten's Vault of Swatches, I have a Beta for you today. Currently The Howling Boutique doesn't have any Betas for sale (mam, I'm going to need you to hurry up on that) but she does have some of her latest release (yes, I purchased all of the Lupis already, so pretty!) as well as some oldies up. 

Now, here's Beta 15!



Beta 15 is a soft lilac/lavender scattered holographic polish with a light blue shimmer.

Orglamix Glam Box - January 2017


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


Happy New Year from Orglamix! New Year, new you? I get new year, new skincare routine vibes from this. What about you?

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Wall to Wall Creeps Review

Hi everyone! If you didn't know, Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer currently has some new releases up as well as some old releases, so why not check out the store (after you're finished reading my review, pls). 

It's almost the weekend, which means nothing around here really but I know that some people do things on the weekend (Introvert Izzie here). I'm sitting here enjoying the beginning of hurricane season, meaning I'm constantly keeping an eye out for storms at any moment. So I figured, why not a kinda not-summery polish? This is by one of my favorite makers so you know it's going to be an amazing polish! Sit back, grab a drink, and enjoy the pretty polish with me. <3

Wall to Wall Creeps is a deep purple jelly with copper and pink glass flecks, rose gold and neon pink to blue shifting flakes.

Lip Monthly - January 2017 + 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!


New year, new Lip Monthly. Once I catch up, you'll see I haven't received from them in a while and I'm worried that things aren't going well for them.

Pretty & Polished - Hail to the Queen, Baby Review

Happy Tuesday! Today I have another polish from Pretty & Polished, this one from the Halloween Collection from last year. It's such a lovely polish so here's hoping it becomes available again - maybe for this Halloween? Anyways, here is Hail to the Queen, Baby!



Hail to the Queen, Baby is a deep purple holographic polish.

Ipsy Glam Bag - January 2017


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.


And just like that, a new year for Ipsy.

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