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My Fashion Crate - May 2018 | Subscription Review


What is My Fashion Crate?: My Fashion Crate is a monthly subscription featuring stylish clothing, accessories, beauty items & gift cards. There are two tiers, the Essential box (3-4 pieces/items) and the Premium box (5-8 pieces/items).

How Much is My Fashion Crate?: The Essential box is $35.00 and the Premium box is $49.95. All U.S. order shipping is $4.95. Shipping to Canada is $13, and all other international shipping is $19.95. 

This is a fashion subscription so you will have to give your sizing. Tops and Dress sizing is small, medium, or large, bottoms is 0-18, and you enter in your shoe sizing. 

This was my first issue as I normally wear anywhere from a large to an XXL in shirts, depending on the actual piece. I wear a 16-18 in bottoms, again depending on the piece. This is all I'll say about women's sizing because I can definitely get on my soapbox about how inconsistent clothing sizing is for women. 

It is disheartening to see a decent size variation for pants but not for shirts/dresses. 

This box does not allow for exchanges or substitutions. If something is damaged or they send the wrong size, you cand send it back to them for the correction at your expense (with a trackable shipping option).

I feel like if it's their fault, it should be sent back to them at no expense to the subscriber.


This mailer was PACKED when it arrived. I couldn't get everything back in when I was done...it really was like packing for a trip.

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Welcome to the Coast Review | June 2018 Polish Pickup


Y'all, I'm so behind. Husband had a really bad allergic reaction and I was dealing with a sinus infection along with an upper respiratory infection and the past week and a half have just been trying to keep us alive. On top of that, I had a really bad break about two weeks ago so my nails aren't as long/pretty/even as I strive to have, so forgive pls. I'm working on getting caught up, so stick with me, please. <3 This polish is going to be $12 and there's no cap!

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 6/1-6/4, 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:


Welcome to the Coast is a bright aqua with fine copper shimmer, copper and aqua sparking shimmers, green microflakies, and bronze to green aurora shifting shimmer.

le Polish - The Bee's Knees Review | July 2017 Polish Pickup | Swatch My Stash

We're back at it. This is another slightly more recent purchase, meaning it's a Polish Pickup purchase so it can't be much more than a year old. It's actually PPU week this Friday so make sure you've checked out my review of one of the polishes, as well as all of the other reviews as well! (Support bloggers/swatchers, y'all.) This is from July which was the 'drink' month, but it wasn't really like most of the other polishes from that month.

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The Bee's Knees is a white crelly with purple and yellow microflakies and gold shimmer.

ipsy Glam Bag - August 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.


Good vibes only. ☮

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Starlight in the Gloom Review | Swatch My Stash

If you're reading this when it was posted or soon after, the Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer store is open and there is a new collection that has been dropped! It's Saturday which means I don't have a ton going on but husband and I have both been sick for a few days and I'm struggling with.....things. Just look at the pretty polish below and act like I did a proper intro pls.

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Starlight in the Gloom is a clear base packed with gold/green/blue shifting microglitters and silver and gold holo microglitters. 

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 KIERSTENBFF31! See past Rocksbox reviews here!


Random thought. If you buy the whole set, do you still have to send back the box?

Necessary Evil Polish - Ice Review | Swatch My Stash


Y'all, I'm doing so good going through all of the polishes I have swatched and things so soon, it'll only be more recent swatches of my actual stash (we're on four drawers in my Helmer). This also means I have to get into swatching mood here soon because....yikes. Also, I redid my office so it's more efficient (but that means I found a ton of things that I want to spruce it up! That's my update, here's a polish to show you!



Ice is an ice blue with pink shimmer, blue microflakes and UCC flakes that shift from pink to gold to green.

Skyline Soapworks - August 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.


Look at how pretty this soap is! It's too pretty to hide!

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited - Sweet Like a Peach Review | Swatch My Stash

It's been one of those weeks. Nothing good going on, a lot of not feeling good, storms, etc. So for happy news, I have a polish from THIS YEAR'S Indie Shop Grab bag. I actually swatched this polish because I knew the glitters would be awesome to use to test a matte top coat, which is why there's a more recent swatch. Note: I received the bag as quasi-payment for helping out at TIS. :D

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Sweet Like a Peach is a peachy pink with a gold shimmer and pink, purple, and gold glitters in various shapes and sizes. (This is a description by Kiersten, please don't let Kiersten do polish descriptions.)

Play! by Sephora The All-Star Edition | Blog My Backlog

Happy Monday! This is a different type of review, but it was a really cool bag that Sephora released (I was actually in Europe so thoughts to husband who had to stop and wait while I grabbed this...we were in the middle of sightseeing) as a limited edition purchase. It was $20 with free shipping (for me, I don't know if it was free if you didn't have Flash/VIB Rouge) and it did show ahead of time what was included. I'm not sure if it did ship/arrive in the two days that I pay for because this showed up before I got back home. 


Yes, this included the now viral SK-II Essence. 

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - When the Nights Grow Cold Review | Swatch My Stash

Happy Saturday! We're actually going to see Deadpool tonight so I'm excited. Yes, we rewatched the first one yesterday just because. He's my favorite anti-hero so I'm excited! Today I have another gorgeous polish from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer. Her store is actually about to reopen and there's going to be a discount code for her past releases, so make sure you're in the fan group!



When the Nights Grow Cold is a pale mint green with clear holo microglitters and indigo/purple/red shifting shimmers.

Rocksbox Review | Blog My Backlog


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 KIERSTENBFF31!


Ooh, a more artsy shot of the box. I honestly don't know why...

Literary Lacquers - Menolly Rosabelle D'Artigo Review | Swatch My Stash

Happy Thursday! We're still having a stormy week, which means puppy is suuuuuper unhappy. Luckily, he has a place to hide upstairs with me (and sometimes I go to the spare room to snuggle with him). The sporadic storms also aren't doing anything good for my hair or my ability to walk Trumpet (neither of us do rain).

Today I have an oldie from Literary Lacquers for y'all! Her shop is open but this polish isn't currently available.


Menolly Rosabelle D'Artigo is a silvery blue scattered holographic.

Barkbox - August 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. 


Send treats and toys, plz.

Tonic Polish - Stars at Twilight Review | Swatch My Stash

Happy Tuesday! This week, we're supposed to get rain off and on for a while so that means yay for the allergies but nay for my hair...maybe I'll just stay inside all week long. :D Today I have an oldie but a goodie by Tonic Polish to share with you. She makes gorgeous multichromes and while this is a cream, it still has a little but of multichrome goodness. It's not available in her store but she does have some awesome polishes in stock!

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Stars at Twilight is a dark denim blue cream with red/pink-gold shifting multichrome shimmer and silver holo micro glitters.

Marvel Collector Corps - 1st Appearance Avengers Review (August 2017) | Blog My Backlog

Marvel Collector Corps has been canceled and has a new mysterious signup has popped on their website with something to do with Amazon. I'm not sure what's going on but you know I signed up!

What is Marvel Collector Corps?: Marvel Collector Corps is a bimonthly subscription box that is curated and sent out by Marvel itself. Each box will have a theme that coincides with a release that's upcoming. I stopped our Founder's Program (yearly) to only buy boxes that sound really good to one or both of us.

How Much is Marvel Collector Corps?: Marvel Collector Corps is $25/month (plus $6.95 shipping) or $150/year (plus $41.70 shipping). If you do the year-long subscription, you get a bonus gift at the end of your subscription each year.

If you want to see my other Marvel boxes reviews, click here!


I was super interested when I saw that this box was called 'First Appearance Avengers.' I wasn't sure what they meant by this but I wasn't going to miss out on the Pop that was included.

Necessary Evil Polish - Fire Review | Swatch My Stash


Happy Saturday! It's almost Mother's Day and almost the end of a stressful week. I hope your week has been going better, let me know if it has! And happy early Mother's Day to all mothers out there (fur moms too). This polish is part of a duo, so make sure to subscribe or do whatever I'm supposed to tell you to do (horrible blogger here, I know) so you don't miss it! 

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Fire is a magenta pink with an ice blue shimmer and scattered holo.

Rocksbox Review | Blog My Backlog


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 KIERSTENBFF31!


Another week, another Rocksbox review!

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Holiday Unwine'd Review | Swatch My Stash


Hope your Thursday and your week have been going well! Mine has been super stressful so I'm just excited for it to be Monday again and this to all be done. Today I have a Gift with Purchase from Black Friday-ish last year from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer. This polish currently isn't available but I'm not sure if it will be again.


Holiday Unwine’d is a red wine scattered holographic with purple microflakes and a blue to purple to pink shifting shimmer.

Play! by Sephora - August 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 bright green against everything else...geez.

Quixotic Polish - Violet's First Dance Review | Swatch My Stash

Ladies and Lads, this week is crazy. Mostly because husband's graduation is tonight, finally!! I'm seriously about to freak just because it's finally over. I'm not even getting this degree and I've still been feeling the stress of getting it. There are some other things going on this week so think good thoughts for me while you read this. ;)



Violet's First Dance is a purple to magenta jelly with scattered holographic sparkles.

ipsy Glam Bag - July 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.


I really hated this bag. I'm not sure if it was because of the weird egg or because it's white and I cannot own white things...we'll never know.

Sassy Cats Lacquer - Purrfect Base & Purrfect Matte Review


It's Saturday, meaning there's not a lot going on here besides my wanting someone else to make me breakfast. That's not to say I want husband to make it, I just want sausage biscuits from the place up the road from us (they also have these cinnamon buns that are almost as big as my face...). It's a struggle, wanting to be healthier but also wanting crap food.

Today I have something different to review,  specifically nail care products rather than polishes, and it's from a new-to-me brand! Sassy Cats Lacquer has reintroduced their nail care products (base coat, glossy top coat, matte top coat) to the store and I have two of them here! You all know I love doing my matte swatches (I feel like I've been doing them forever now) and so I was all about trying out their matte top coat!



Look at the mini bottles! They're adorable.

Rocksbox Review | Blog My Backlog


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 KIERSTENBFF31!


I love this little box. I wish I had one (slightly bigger) to actually keep my jewelry in.

le Polish - Juno We're Lovely Review | Swatch My Stash | Group Custom Summer 2017

Happy Thursday, we're getting close to husband's graduation and some peace in this house! I've actually been doing a decent job working through my backlog but that also means I need to start catching up on swatches and photographing boxes (and makeup, because I need to start reviewing that as well!). Yikes, it's a neverending struggle!

Anyways, this polish is from le Polish's Group Custom Box last Summer. The box included a shot glass (for acetone, obviously), an Everything Balm, a Cuticle Balm, a button, and a polish!

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Juno We're Lovely is a soft grey with a steel blue shimmer and blue microflakies.

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - The Ancient Power Review | May 2018 Polish Pickup


Happy Wednesday (does anyone still remember the Hump Day commercials?)! Today, I'm just trying to stay inside and away from all of the evil pollen, but Trumpet definitely wants to be outside all the time. The struggle. Anyways, I have the second polish available for May's Polish Pickup Pack! This one is inspired by Charmed (the light from where the Power of Three is formed and then reconstituted) which means I'm freaking obsessed with the polish...and that I might start DVR'ing Charmed again. The Ancient Power is $12 with no cap!

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 5/4-5/7, 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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The Ancient Power is a bright light blue with red/green aurora shift, green/purple shifting shimmer, blue medium shimmer, and blue and purple microflakies.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Monthly - July 2017 | Blog My Backlog + Coupon Code!


What is Notoriously Morbid Mystic Monthly?: Mystic Monthly is a new monthly subscription from Notoriously Morbid featuring the legendary Mystic Mattes liquid lipsticks. Each year has a theme (2017 is The Witches' Inn) and each month comes with one full-size limited edition Mystic Matte and one additional full-size lip product.

How Much is Mystic Monthly?: Mystic Monthly is $10 in the US (including shipping) and $16 for those international (also including shipping).

For past reviews of Notoriously Morbid, just click here
Use code 'KMRAMBLINGS15' for 15% off your next Notoriously Morbid order (subs not included)!



Watermelon or Cherry Blow-Pop or no Blow-Pop.

Paint it Pretty Polish - Triple Line Clear Review | Swatch My Stash


Hey, y'all! If you made it here without seeing the group post, head over there to check out all of the polishes from this collection! This is the individual review for Triple Line Clear! Don't forget to check out the other six polishes from this collection!



Triple Line Clear is a neon pink creme.

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