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Play! by Sephora - July 2017 | Blog My Backlog

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 (or some other sample sized product), 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 card with in-store 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 reviews.


That's a lot of pink and hot pink/red in that bag.

Lollipop Posse Lacquer - Love is a Hell You Cannot Bear Review | Swatch My Stash

Happy Tuesday! There's literally nothing going on around here because husband is finishing up his Master's degree and that means it's crunch time! I'm just being the grammar dictator while reading his papers over and over to make sure they read right (yay). Hope the start of your week has started off nicely! Now, Love is a Hell You Cannot Bear.

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Love is a Hell You Cannot Bear is a magenta crelly that is filled with violet to blue shifting shimmer and micro flakies.

Skyline Soapworks Soap of the Month - July 2017 | Blog My Backlog

What is Soap of the Month?: Soap of the Month is a monthly bag from Skyline Soapworks that includes an exclusive scent in a full-size soap as well as an extra soap sample. Each full-size soap scent will be new to the store, released in this monthly bag before it's available in the store.

How Much is Soap of the Month?: Soap of the Month is available in up-front purchases only with three-month, six-month, and one-year options. Three months is $28.95 ($9.65/month), six months is $55.95 ($9.33/month), and one year is $110.95 ($9.24/month). These prices include domestic shipping.


Check out how vibrant this soap is! It's just stunning.

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - In the Dawning Light Review | Swatch My Stash

This polish was actually picked up at The Indie Shop last year. Yikes. Luckily, the store is currently open and this polish is available, so don't miss out on it! It's such a beautiful and unique purple that needs all of the love possible. This polish is actually from the TIS collection (I reviewed some of that collection here) so you know it was one of the first ones I grabbed when I went to her table!

Now, In the Dawning Light.



In the Dawning Light is a blue-leaning purple with red/gold/green chromatic shift.

Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet - July 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.

Use code 'KMRAMBLINGS15' for 15% off your next Notoriously Morbid order (subs not included)!

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Y'all, send me a Twizzlers and I'll be the most excited person that day.

Jesse's Girl Cosmetics - Forget Me Not | Swatch My Stash

It's Thirsty Thursday today and I'm indulging in some serious sweet tea. We're also warming up in Georgia, so we're slowly getting to the point where I leave to do errands before 8am and want to be home by 11. Today I have a drugstore polish for you guys. They're available online and at least my Rite Aid has a limited Jesse's Girl rack with polish and makeup.

Here's Forget Me Not.



Forget Me Not is a sky blue creme.

Fortune Cookie Soap of the Month - July 2017 (Hair Box) | Blog My Backlog


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.


If there was ever a box that I knew I'd take from the start, it was the hair box.

Northern Star Polish - Shark Bite Review | July 2017 Polish Pickup | Swatch My Stash

Happy Tuesday! We're back in winter here in Georgia and it's supposed to be 80 tomorrow, so my allergies are trying to end my existence. Regardless, this blog still has to be written so here I am! Today I have another Polish Pickup polish from days past to share with y'all, this time by Northern Star Polish! I'm realizing that I've bought a lot of blues when it comes to PPU, and I'm not mad about it at all. :P



Shark Bite is a dusty ocean blue with reddish pink shifty micro glitters and a light blue shimmer.

Rocksbox Review | Blog My Backlog + Free Box Code


What is Rocksbox?: Rocksbox is a monthly subscription box where you receive three pieces of jewelry that's (supposed to be) curated for you. You can wear the pieces as much as you want and buy pieces if you love them. You get a $21 monthly credit to offset the price of a piece (or pieces) if you choose to purchase. Send back what you don't want and you'll get another box. You also rate each piece to let your stylist better curate your boxes.

How Much is Rocksbox?: Rocksbox is $21.00 a month shipped but is currently only available in the US and the terrorities.

Get your first box free with code ramblingsofasubaddictxoxo!


The box comes in an envelope that is resealable so you can send back any pieces you don't want. Also, the box is adorable.

Literary Lacquers - Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster Review | Swatch My Stash

How's y'all's Thursday going? The pollen count here has gone out the ceiling and I am struggling with that. Allergies, yay. Anyways, today I have a polish today from way back but it definitely deserves the attention. The brand is one of my favorites and I'm always a fan of another turquoise for my collection!

Here is Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.

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Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is a vibrant turquoise blue linear holographic polish with added fine holographic glitter.
Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is inspired by an impressive galactic cocktail invented by Zaphod Beeblebrox, the president of the galaxy, the hoopiest frood of them all, from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

Barkbox - July 2017 | Blog My Backlog


What is BarkBox?: BarkBox is a monthly subscription box for your favorite pupper. Each box includes five items, two toys, two bags of treats, and a chew. You tell them the size of your pupper and how you want to pay, and then you decide if you want to spend an extra $9/box for an extra toy! It's divided into three sizes, so Trumpet fits nicely in the middle category as 'Just Right.'

How Much is BarkBox?: If you want no commitments, cancel anytime, the box is $29/month. A three-month commitment brings it down to $25/month. Six months is $23/month (billed up-front as $138) and a one-year commitment is $20/month but you get to pay monthly! You get free shipping anywhere in the US and Canada, but there is sales tax applied to certain states. 


He only stays this still if he's getting something. Yes, I bribe my dog with a treat for him to sit for pictures. It still only works a portion of the time.

Jesse's Girl - Beach Baby Review | Swatch My Stash

Hey everyone! I have one of my favorite drugstore brands on my blog today. Jesse's Girl is sold in my Rite Aid and while their nail polish rack is limited (where I live, at least), the brand has a decent makeup rack as well! Everything is very reasonably priced...which might mean you can stay on a lower budget or it might just mean you get way too much.

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Beach Baby is a medium pink neon.

Play! by Sephora - June 2017 | Blog My Backlog

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 (or some other sample sized product), 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 card with in-store 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 reviews.


If you looked directly at that pink/purple lipstick, I did the same.

le Polish - Pinestraw Cheer Review | Swatch My Stash

Hi, y'all! I'm back with another polish from le Polish's 12 Days of Polish from the year before last. This one was in collaboration with one of my favorite people, Velashaa from Two Girls, One Blush! I'm still working through my backlog of swatches from way too far back, and this is one of those!

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Pinestraw Cheer is a spruce green shimmery polish with red and gold microglitters.

Beautycon Box - Summer 2017 | Blog My Backlog


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!


This was the final Beautycon box. I was actually really sad that I only received three total boxes before they stopped. The box included so many different brands and products to try, and I just loved how it was setup for you to try out unboxings. One day I might try doing videos, but then you'll see just how awkward I am.

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Crossroad Blues Review | Swatch My Stash

This is one of those even older polish purchases/swatches that makes me feel so bad for being so behind. I know, I need better time management, I'm working on it! This polish is from the Chosen Collection from a while ago! Her store is currently closed but will reopen this summer with so many polishes available!

Now, on to the Crossroad Blues!



Crossroad Blues is a dark blue/teal holographic duochrome with turquoise-to-purple color shifting shimmer and iridescent blue-to-teal color shifting microglitter.

Vibrant Vinyls - Fast & Hard + Strip Me Softly Review | April 2018 Polish Pickup


Time for the third and final Polish Pickup post from me this month! This time, it's for some nail extras! Vibrant Vinyls (a brand that I have bought vinyls from but I rarely use them...because I suck at nail art) as well as top coats, base coats, stamping plates, and more. Her brand icon is also a unicorn, so there's nothing wrong with that at all. Fast & Hard, the glossy top coat, is going to be $6.99 and there will be 200 bottles. The Strip Me Softly Duo, acetone additives, is also $6.99 with 200 duos available. 

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 4/6-4/9, and you can buy as many or as few polishes as you want. The shipping is $3.00 total, no matter how many polishes you get, and they combine shipping if you make more than one order during the weekend! 

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I want to preface this review by saying I have an extra strong sniffer lately, thanks to allergy medicine making me be able to smell the pasta currently being made in Italy. That being said, the top coat does have a bit of a strong smell (similar to New Skin) when you first open the bottle. Once that immediate rush of smell dissipates, the top coat smells amazing. (NOTE: I had someone else smell the bottle when it was first opened and they didn't smell anything so unless you're on crazy allergy medicine as well, you might not smell it.)
There's not that strong smell with the acetone additive!

Necessary Evil Polish - I Am Starstuff Review | April 2018 Polish Pickup


This is the second of three Polish Pickup offerings I have for the month, this one by a still newer-to-me brand! This is Necessary Evil Polish's first time in Polish Pickup so don't miss out on it! It has a cap of 85 and will be $11.00.

Don't forget to head over to My Lacquer Cabinet to check out all of the polishes and products available for PPU April.

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 4/6-4/9, and you can buy as many or as few polishes as you want. The shipping is $3.00 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:

Necessary Evil Polish's info:


I Am Starstuff is a purple and fuchsia chameleon base with scattered holo, copper-gold-silver micro flakies, copper shimmer,  and two UCC flakes blue to purple shift and an opal flake that shifts orange-pink-gold.

Ipsy Glam Bag - June 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.


Look at all the pink, you might think it's February!

Tonic Polish - Incandescent Review | Swatch My Stash

Hey, y'all! I'm back with another shifty polish by Tonic Polish. This is one of those polishes that I purchased a while ago (and also swatched a while ago so my nails were super long and I'm jealous of old me) but still read the whole post. There's going to be even more photos on Instagram because I didn't want to overload this post!

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Incandescent is a metallic ballet pink multichrome that shifts to peach and icy lemon yellow with a subtle scattered holo sparkle.

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Monsters in a Turbulent Star Review | April 2018 Polish Pickup


I told y'all I had the PPU for BEGL to share with y'all, here it is! This polish isn't capped so no worries on rushing in first thing! This is a super fun Spring shade that's just a perfect orange-red. I only have three brands of the total PPU offerings, so check out My Lacquer Cabinet for all of what you can get this month!

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 4/6-4/9, and you can buy as many or as few polishes as you want. The shipping is $3.00 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:


Monsters in a Turbulent Star is a bright orange leaning red scattered holographic with a touch of larger particle linear holographic pigment, aqua shimmer, turquoise glass flecks, gunmetal and gold microflakies, and green to aqua aurora shifting pigment. 
Inspired by a photo of the NGC 2264 cone nebula as captured by the Hubble telescope.

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