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Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet - February 2018 + Coupon Code! | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

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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. Ba…

Barkbox - February 2018 | Frankly Kiersten Reviews


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. 


I lost Trumpet's reaction to this box (or maybe he has grown thumbs and deleted it).

Jior Couture - Fall 2018 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This was sent to me by the maker in exchange for an honest review. Find out more here.

Hey, y'all! Another week, another collection post. This one is for the Fall 2018 Creme Quad by Jior Couture. There are individual posts for each polish so click the name to get all of the details! These polishes are still available so don't miss out on them! Just because it's not Fall doesn't mean it's not always Fall in your heart.

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These are all perfect fall shades!

ecoTools - February 2018 | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

What is the ecoTools Box?: The ecoTools Box is a monthly purchase (not subscription) with a theme filled with products from both ecoTools and outside brands. There is no specified guaranteed value that I can find but it's always more than the cost of the box.

How Much is the ecoTools Box?: Each box is $50 but if you wait, you can sometimes find boxes still available after the month for a discounted price. There are many boxes currently available that are less than the $50, but I paid $50 for each box.


Look at the pink box!!

Play! Smarts by Sephora - Glitter Eyes for Real Life | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This is yet another Play! Smarts by Sephora (and I think this is the first official Play! Smarts that they put out). This came out some time last year and I believe it was $20. Because these are one-offs that disappear, I can't find it in my past purchases to 100% confirm. 


Glittery bag...yay or nay?

Boxycharm - January 2018 | Frankly Kiersten Reviews


What is Boxycharm?: Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box that sends 4-5 full-size beauty products with boxes being valued at $100+. Each month has a theme but it's not followed exactly as much as the spirit of the theme. Shipping has gotten a lot better since my last Boxycharm post, I get my box almost always in the first half of the month (there is a distribution center less than an hour from my house).

How Much is Boxycharm?: Boxycharm is $21/month shipped. Currently, Boxycharm is offered to the US, its territories, and Canada.

If you sign up for Boxycharm Luxe, four times a year you will get a different box that costs an additional $28.99 on top of the $21. You will not get a 'regular' Boxycharm that month and there's currently no way to get both the regular and the Luxe during the Luxe months without having two subscriptions at once. Until you can get both without dealing with two subscriptions, I will stay with the 'regular' one.


This was an.....interesting month with Boxycharm.

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Doris's FOMO Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

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Hey, y'all! Happy almost end of the year. Today I have a polish that I'm not sure if it's coming back or not. This was originally a custom for a customer and then it was so popular that it has been released a time or two when THB does stocks. Currently, the store is closed while the maker moves but keep an eye out to see what she releases next!

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Doris's FOMO is a blackened plum with scattered holo shimmer, red, purple, turquoise, orange, and holo microflakes, blue-to-purple and red-to-green multichrome shimmer, silver, red, magenta, iridescent blue/purple and purple holo microglitter.

PetBox - December 2018 + Coupon Code!| Frankly Kiersten

Disclosure, some of the links below are affiliate links. That means if you click them and make a purchase, I make a commission. Find out more information here.

What is PetBox?: PetBox is the new version of PetGiftBox from way back when. It's a monthly subscription for woman's best friend, regardless of if that best friend is feline or canine. Each month has a theme and five treats, toys, and accessories. PetBox Cat comes in one size and PetBox Dog comes in small, medium, and large.

How Much is PetBox?: PetBox starts at $24.99/month when you sign up for a year subscription, $27.99/month when you sign up for a three-month subscription, $29.99/month on a month-to-month subscription, and $34.99 for a one-off box.

Use code FRANKLYKIERSTEN for half-off your first box (or your prepaid subscription).


It's so cute! I love winter-themed things!

Walmart Beauty Boxes - Glow For It | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

So instead of the Walmart Beauty Box subscription, I found quite a few Walmart Beauty Favorites boxes not at my Walmart but at a different one (I was looking for the Physician's Formula Butter Boxes that I never found but that a friend graciously found and sent to me). When walking around the beauty section, I found these bizarre boxes that had been curated based on a theme and thought they'd be something fun and a little different to share. All of the boxes were around the $7-$9 range but I don't remember exactly how much each individual box cost.

The theme for this box is Glow For It and the box is filled with different glowy products. I like this box idea because if you like something, you can easily repurchase it at Walmart and nothing is super expensive.


I tried being all artsy with one of my backdrop things. I don't know if I like doing it or not, let me know what you think.

Target Beauty Box - January 2018 UK Favorites Box | Frankly Kiersten Reviews


What is Target Beauty Box?: Target releases a Beauty Box every so often. It has now become a sporadic event, so make sure you subscribe to my email updates to know when the next one comes out! The boxes can be seen prior to purchase, and they are curated 100% with products sold at Target so you can get the products you love.

How Much is Target Beauty Box?: The price has been anywhere from $5-$10, but you get free shipping with your Beauty Box purchase only if you have a RedCard. You will have to pay taxes if there is a Target in your state. Every box comes with a coupon for a Target purchase, which definitely makes it worth the money!

This box was $7.

Check out what has been in past Target Boxes here!


Such tiny samples in such a big box.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Monthly - January 2018 + Coupon Code! | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I am an affiliate for Notoriously Morbid. The code below is a code and I do make a commission if you use that code. Find out more information here.

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)!



Mystery flavor lollipops can't be trusted.

Pahlish - That's No Moon Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This is another throwback polish. I've had this polish around two and a half years and have just now gotten around to swatching/posting it. Pahlish is one of the older brands so her formula is pretty consistent and I'd highly recommend trying her brand if you somehow haven't yet.

That's No Moon was the May the Fourth polish, obviously based on Star Wars. I still haven't watched them, fight me.



That's No Moon is a navy blue with scattered holographic with a blue shimmer.

Ipsy Glam Bag - January 2018 | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

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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. 

How Much is ipsy?: ipsy is only $10 per month shipped to the United States or $10 plus shipping ($4.95) to Canada. 

There is now a Glam Bag Plus for $25/month. I get that bag (box) in addition my regular one now. My second, regular ipsy is with the profile slightly different to get a variety of products.

Check out other ipsy reviews here.


Look at that eyeshadow!!!

Play! by Sephora - January 2018 | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

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.


This month looks a little...makeup light.

Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet - January 2018 + Coupon Code! | Frankly Kiersten Reviews


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!

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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That Fireball is reminding me of being a stupid child.

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited - God of War Quad Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews


Hey y'all! Welcome to the group post for the God of War Quad. Like all collection posts, you can head over to each polish's individual post by clicking on the polish's name below. I personally found each polish to be amazing to work with but all specifics will be in each polish's post. 

All four polishes from this quad are very different and all gorgeous! I haven't played God of War but I've watched husband play the most recent one until I got tired of Kratos calling Atreus 'Boy' all of the time. Learn your son's name!

Check out my other Pretty Beautiful Unlimited posts here!

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Look at this collection!

Target Beauty Box - January 2018 | Frankly Kiersten Reviews


What is Target Beauty Box?: Target releases a Beauty Box every so often. It has now become a sporadic event, so make sure you subscribe to my email updates to know when the next one comes out! The boxes can be seen prior to purchase, and they are curated 100% with products sold at Target so you can get the products you love.

How Much is Target Beauty Box?: The price has been anywhere from $5-$10, but you get free shipping with your Beauty Box purchase only if you have a RedCard. You will have to pay taxes if there is a Target in your state. Every box comes with a coupon for a Target purchase, which definitely makes it worth the money!

This box was $7.

Check out what has been in past Target Boxes here!


As always, I knew what was in this box prior to purchasing it.

ecoTools Box - January 2018 (Find Your Balance) | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

What is the ecoTools Box?: The ecoTools Box is a monthly purchase (not subscription) with a theme filled with products from both ecoTools and outside brands. There is no specified guaranteed value that I can find but it's always more than the cost of the box.

How Much is the ecoTools Box?: Each box is $50 but if you wait, you can sometimes find boxes still available after the month for a discounted price. There are many boxes currently available that are less than the $50, but I paid $50 for each box.


This box is HUGE. I wasn't sure what to expect but it's massive and a really nice box and it's entirely printed with this gorgeous pattern.

Barkbox - January 2018 | Frankly Kiersten Reviews


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.


Such a judgemental face.

What it's Like Being the Black Sheep of the Family at the Holidays | Random Rambles

This post has literally nothing to do with subscription boxes or beauty or even dogs, literally all I ever write about on here. Instead, it's something that's been in my head for some time and the words just started spilling out during a conversation with my mother this morning. I'm th…

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Azoth Review | June 2018 Polish Pickup | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Oh my, y'all. I need to show y'all how behind I am on swatching polishes but this is another oldie but goodie. Luckily it's from this year so...that's nice...until I bring out a polish from 2014/2015 and then I realize that I need to stop buying polish.

Here's Azoth from the June 2018 PPU (Video Games)!



Azoth is a pale blue holographic base with bronze-to-green and red-to-green color shifting aurora pigment, red/bronze/copper chameleon shimmer, red-to-gold and red-to-green color shifting shimmer, red sparks, bronze and red pearl flakies, and iridescent red-to-green color shifting microglitter.

Fortune Cookie Soap Of the Month - December 2017 (Celebrate Box) | Frankly Kiersten Reviews


This box has been revamped since I purchased it. It's going to be a hybrid of the old Fortune Cookie Soap Box and the OTM Box. The box is $16.95 monthly, $67.80 quarterly (four boxes yearly a la the old school box), and $186.12 yearly. Go here for all of the info. Yes, FCS will be returning to my house in 2019.

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.


I love that FCS does the themes based on the next month so you have a full month to enjoy the box!

Boxycharm - December 2017 | Frankly Kiersten Reviews


What is Boxycharm?: Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box that sends 4-5 full-size beauty products with boxes being valued at $100+. Each month has a theme but it's not followed exactly as much as the spirit of the theme. Shipping has gotten a lot better since my last Boxycharm post, I get my box almost always in the first half of the month (there is a distribution center less than an hour from my house).

How Much is Boxycharm?: Boxycharm is $21/month shipped. Currently, Boxycharm is offered to the US, its territories, and Canada.

If you sign up for Boxycharm Luxe, four times a year you will get a different box that costs an additional $28.99 on top of the $21. You will not get a 'regular' Boxycharm that month and there's currently no way to get both the regular and the Luxe during the Luxe months without having two subscriptions at once. Until you can get both without dealing with two subscriptions, I will stay with the 'regular' one.


Another month, another Boxycharm. After the fiasco last time I tried Boxycharm, I am always wary of how it's going to turn out. It's definitely going better than the last time but I always worry that instead of wasting $10/month, I'm wasting $20.

Play! by Sephora - December 2017 | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

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.


Let's measure how well the last Play! by Sephora of the year does.

Quixotic Polish - Donnerwetter Geht Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Whoops, I still have old bottle style bottles by Quixotic. I thought I had worked through them but I really need to continue working through all of these polishes I've purchased and not swatched/posted yet. The store is currently closed so I haven't the foggiest if this is still available or not, so join her Facebook Group so you don't miss out on the store when it reopens!



Donnerwetter Geht (All Hell Breaks Loose) is a light grey crelly base with multichrome flakes and microglitters and scattered holographic.

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