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Jesse's Girl - Amethyst Review

It's time for a new-to-me brand on my blog! I picked up quite a few of this brand from the drugstore (because these are available at Rite Aid) and I can't wait to share them all with you! This is one from their Satin Finish collection, which I was immediately intrigued. I always love polishes that are meant to be matte (or matte-ish)!

Here is Amethyst!



Amethyst is a deep, jewel­-toned purple.

Play! by Sephora - March 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 all about that glow!

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Lighting the Way | December 2017 Polish Pickup

Press Sample

Hey, y'all! Hope your Thanksgiving went well! It's almost a week out and we still have leftovers, so they went into the freezer for that time when I really want dressing or ham (it happens more than I'd like to admit). Now, it's full-blown Christmas in this house! 

Today I have one of the gorgeous polishes from Polish Pickup for December (the theme is Holidays Around the World), this one by Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer! Lighting the Way is inspired by the Obon Festival in Japan (a festival in honor of the spirit of one’s ancestors). 

Polish Pickup is a monthly polish shopping extravaganza! Each month, there's a new theme (voted on by group members) and makers individually decide if they want to participate and create their own polish to meet the theme. This month, the store is open from 12/1-12/4, and you can buy as many or as few polishes as you want. The shipping is $3.50 total, no matter how many polishes you get, and they combine shipping if you make more than one order during the weekend! 

Polish Pickup's info:

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer's info:


Lighting the Way is a deep navy blue jelly packed with copper shimmer, a red to gold to green shifting shimmer, copper glass flecks, and blue and gold microflakies.

TacPack - March 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.


Instantly, I lost interest in the box. 

Literary Lacquers - Camazotz Review

Hey, y'all! It's finally getting colder in Georgia again and that means there's a very happy Kiersten in this house. Now to what you're here for! This is a polish that first released in 2014 and I picked up a while ago, but it's not currently available. It's from the Wrinkle in Time collection and it's one that every collector needs!

Here is Camazotz.



Camazotz is a black linear holo with a blue/red shift.

Lip Monthly - March 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!


I love the green!

Lollipop Posse Lacquer - Backwards and Inside Out Review

I'm still catching up on polishes I've bought and swatched and then haven't posted. This time, it's another Lollipop Posse Lacquer. Unfortunately, this polish isn't currently available but maybe there's a chance of it coming back.

Without any further ado, here is Backwards and Inside Out from The Midsummer Midnights Collection.



Backwards and Inside Out is a slate blue linear holographic with a subtle green shift.

Fortune Cookie Soap Of the Month - March 2017 (Household Handbook 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.


Yes, you do see something called 'Unicorn Farts' in this box.

Poetry Cowgirl Nail Polish - Blueberry Icing Review

Remember how I went to The Indie Shop in Atlanta this past Spring? Well, that tells you when I bought this polish. Yeah, I know, I'm so far behind. I'm working on getting my way through swatches as fast as I can, promise! I grabbed a few different polishes from Poetry Cowgirl and here is one of them!



Blueberry Icing is a rich periwinkle scattered holo pastel with hints of rainbow sparkles.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Monthly - March 2017

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 eye shadow, 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!

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

For past reviews of Notoriously Morbid, just click here!


Any month that I get a dum-dum is a good month! Oh, and the lippie is pretty too.

Sinful Colors - Blue by You Review

I didn't forget about my mainstream polishes! I have been having a harder time finding new Sinful Colors releases, which has been making it tough to get any new polishes. I do have this one from a while back (which means this is an old swatch) so here it is!



Blue by You is a glistening, oceanic blue.

Pet Gift Box - March 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 that tiger thing! It's so cute!!

Jior Couture - Winter's Warmth Review


If you're here from main post, welcome! If not, you should go check that out right now to see the other polishes in this collection! This is the full review of one of the four polishes from the collection because each polish needs it's own attention!

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

Here is Winter's Warmth.


Winter's Warmth is a deep berry holo with blue micro flakes.

Jior Couture - Winter White Review


If you're here from main post, welcome! If not, you should go check that out right now to see the other polishes in this collection! This is the full review of one of the four polishes from the collection because each polish needs it's own attention!

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

Here is Winter White.


Winter White is a creamy off white with a light rainbow shimmer.

Jior Couture - Holly Day Review


If you're here from main post, welcome! If not, you should go check that out right now to see the other polishes in this collection! This is the full review of one of the four polishes from the collection because each polish needs it's own attention!

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

Here is Holly Day.


Holly Day is a golden winter green holo with gold microflakes and multi colored small glitter.

Jior Couture - Holiday, Unwrapped Review


If you're here from main post, welcome! If not, you should go check that out right now to see the other polishes in this collection! This is the full review of one of the four polishes from the collection because each polish needs it's own attention!

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

Here is Holiday, Unwrapped


Holiday, Unwrapped is an ink plum holo with multichrome flakes.

Space Time Travels - Parallel Universe Review

Oh dear, this is another of those swatches that I did a while ago that I'm finally getting around to sharing with y'all! This is such a beautiful polish and surprise, it's still available! It's from a brand that hasn't been featured on my blog before, but this won't be the last time!



Parallel Universe is a holographic multichrome that has deep blue and violet shifts.

Orglamix Glam Box - March 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


I loved this box so much! Like enough to want this print as art for my wall!

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Sailor Guardians Collection Review


Hey, y'all! If you're an American, Happy Thanksgiving Eve! If not, happy Wednesday! Today, I'm sharing a collection that goes up for regular release on Black Friday, meaning less than two days! There is also a list of returning polishes that are retiring after this sale and one of my favorite things returning, the Betas!

This post is the 'home post' for the entire Sailor Guardians Collection. Each polish will have its own details post (or you could go ahead and add all of them to the list because you'll want them, but please click my links and read the posts because you love me).

Now, to the collection! Details are: sale starts 11/24 at 12:00 AM CST, ends 11/27 at 11:59PM CST. Previous collections will be discounted at 30% off and jewelry will be on sale as well! The full collection will be $89 (discounted from $99) and individual polishes from this collection will be discounted as well.



Look at all the color!!

Sweets Gift Box - March 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.


A Taste of Outer Space, such an awesome theme!

Tonic Polish - Alchemy Review

Welcome back, y'all! It's time for another Tonic Polish review. These are my favorite and my most frustrating, all in one. The polishes themselves are gorgeous but I always feel like I don't capture all of the shiftiness with each polish, which they definitely are. I'm always interested in what she will come out with next, so make sure you're keeping an eye on her releases as well.  

This polish isn't available currently, but there are quite a few polishes so it's not a waste to check out her store.



Alchemy is a red/pink-orange-gold shifting multichrome with a blue/purple shadow. It features a sparkling scattered holo finish with tiny silver holo micro glitters. 

Play! by Sephora - February 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.


Does this bag look so elegant, so fancy, so WRINKLED? I can't deal.

Supernatural Lacquer - December 2016 Bi-Monthly Box

Somehow I missed out on sharing this polish earlier this year. I don't believe she's doing these anymore but I still wanted to share this review because the polish is gorgeous (and because I'm a year late, it's seasonally accurate again).

What is Supernatural Lacquer Bi-Monthly 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. 

How Much is Supernatural Lacquer Subscription Box?: The box is $15 plus calculated shipping.


Check out my other Supernatural Lacquer reviews here!


I love the print! It's actually in my office and it's adorable. Also included in this box was a le Polish cuticle balm. I'm a huge fan of her cuticle and skincare products, so this was a huge win.

TacPack - February 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.


Sadly, this ended up being the beginning of the end for us and TacPack.

Ipsy Glam Bag - March 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.


This bag was so cute!

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Twinkle Yell Review



If you're here from the group post, welcome! If not, how did you end up here? No seriously, let me know how you found this post! This is one of the polishes from the Sailor Guardian Collection! The details on the sale are all in the group post so make sure to check that out (and to see the other polishes from the collection)!

Now, on to the polish!



Twinkle Yell is a bright pink holographic filled with red and silver/white sparks, red-to-gold color shifting shimmer, neon pink flakies, and iridescent, metallic, and holographic pink and magenta microglitter.

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Submarine Reflection Review



If you're here from the group post, welcome! If not, how did you end up here? No seriously, let me know how you found this post! This is one of the polishes from the Sailor Guardian Collection! The details on the sale are all in the group post so make sure to check that out (and to see the other polishes from the collection)!

Now, on to the polish!



Submarine Reflection is a teal holographic duochrome with green/blue/gold chameleon pigment, green-to-blue color shifting shimmer, blue, green, and turquoise shimmer, turquoise flakies, iridescent teal/blue microglitter, and turquoise metallic and holographic microglitters.

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Space Sword Blaster Review



If you're here from the group post, welcome! If not, how did you end up here? No seriously, let me know how you found this post! This is one of the polishes from the Sailor Guardian Collection! The details on the sale are all in the group post so make sure to check that out (and to see the other polishes from the collection)!

Now, on to the polish!



Space Sword Blaster is a blackened navy blue holographic filled with blue/purple/copper chameleon pigment, gold and blue shimmer, gold and blue flakies, iridescent blue/purple microglitter, and sapphire, silver, and gold holographic microglitters.

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Silence Glaive Surprise Review


If you're here from the group post, welcome! If not, how did you end up here? No seriously, let me know how you found this post! This is one of the polishes from the Sailor Guardian Collection! The details on the sale are all in the group post so make sure to check that out (and to see the other polishes from the collection)!

Now, on to the polish!



Silence Glaive Surprise is a dark blue-violet holographic duochrome with copper, purple, and red shimmer, red-to-gold and purple-to-red color shifting shimmer, blue/purple/red chameleon pigment, and silver holographic microglitter.

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Rainbow Moon Heartache Review


If you're here from the group post, welcome! If not, how did you end up here? No seriously, let me know how you found this post! This is one of the polishes from the Sailor Guardian Collection! The details on the sale are all in the group post so make sure to check that out (and to see the other polishes from the collection)!

Now, on to the polish!



Rainbow Moon Heartache is a dark gray holographic multichrome with blue/purple/red chameleon pigment, blue-to-red and blue-to-violet color shifting shimmer, gold and silver/white sparks, gold and silver holographic microglitters, iridescent rainbow microglitter, and holographic and rainbow pearl flakies.

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Oak Evolution Review


If you're here from the group post, welcome! If not, how did you end up here? No seriously, let me know how you found this post! This is one of the polishes from the Sailor Guardian Collection! The details on the sale are all in the group post so make sure to check that out (and to see the other polishes from the collection)!

Now, on to the polish!



Oak Evolution is a bright green scattered holographic filled with reddish-pink and green sparks, green-to-pink color shifting shimmer, and silver, pink, and rose gold holographic microglitter. 

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Love & Beauty Shock Review


If you're here from the group post, welcome! If not, how did you end up here? No seriously, let me know how you found this post! This is one of the polishes from the Sailor Guardian Collection! The details on the sale are all in the group post so make sure to check that out (and to see the other polishes from the collection)!

Now, on to the polish!



Love & Beauty Shock is a bright orange scattered holographic filled with copper, gold, and red shimmer, and copper, gold, and red holographic microglitters. 

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