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Emily de Molly - Brick is Dead Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

EdM is one of those brands that I bought some of the polishes way back in 2014/2015 and am finally getting around to swatching. I found a ton of older polishes in one of my drawers in my Helmer when I was cleaning it out and I felt shameful that I hadn't swatched any of them. Time to catch up!

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Brick is Dead is a cobalt blue with micro flakies in blue, green, magenta and a silvery gold.

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus - October 2018 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Some of the links below are referral links, this means I get points from ipsy if you subscribe using my link. Find out more info here.

What is ipsy Glam Bag Plus?: ipsy Plus 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 Glam Bag?: ipsy Glam Bag Plus is $25 per month shipped to the United States.

Check out other ipsy reviews here.

Welcome to the first month of Glam Bag Plus. Since creation, Ipsy now has Glam Bag Ultimate, an even more expensive box that I definitely will not be buying because I have seen what comes in it. Yikes.


First month in. Big products coming in an Ipsy is actually a little strange.

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

I'm an affiliate for Notoriously Morbid. That means if you use my code on your purchases, I make a commission. I have also once received PR from this brand. Find out more information here.

Latest update for NMVC, there's now a deluxe bag (5 full size products and one extra product ranging from another full size NM product, jewelery, brushes etc.) as well as single months of the Vanishing Cabinet, join the Facebook Group for more info!

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 Vanishing Cabinet?: $15.00/month including shipping to the US. International subscriptions are now $22/month.

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


Click here to see other Notoriously Morbid reviews.

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Check. Out. That. Theme!!!

Glamour Doll Eyes Of the Month - October 2018 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

What is Glamour Doll Eyes Of the Month?: Glamour Doll Eyes Of the Month is just one of the subscriptions offered by Glamour Doll Eyes. Each month will include one limited edition eye shadow by GDE and 1-2 extras from other indies or GDE (extras can be sample, deluxe, or full-sized). If you're interested, the other subscriptions from GDE include the Basic OTM, the Blush Club, the Glitter Club, and the Surprise Monthly. The GDE store has closed but subscriptions are still available.

How Much is Glamour Doll Eyes' Of the Month?: OTM is $8.00 plus $3.00 shipping for US. I'm not sure what international shipping is, if you know, comment below!


You know I'm all about anything Halloween themed!

Blush Lacquers - Snail Shells and Mermaid Tails Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This polish is from June 2017 Polish Pickup (Under the Sea). I know, this is a pretty old purchase and if this is the first post you're seeing of mine, you'd think I was pretty far behind. Sadly, you have no idea. I was cleaning out my Helmer recently-ish and found a ton of old polishes that I purchased that have held up and need attention and to be swatched.

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Snail Shells and Mermaid Tails is an aqua to blue to violet multichrome linear holographic.

Barkbox - October 2018 (Just Right) Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Links below are referral links. This means if you click my link and make a purchase of Barkbox, I will get a free box in return. Find out more info here.

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' whereas Murphy firmly fits in 'large.'

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. 


Someone is anxiously waiting his box (the Just Right box is intended for him, key word being intend).

FabFitFun - Fall 2018 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This post contains referral links. This means I will receive a credit if you subscribe using my link. Find out more information here.

What is it?: FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription box that includes beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness, all in one box! It's quarterly, so you get four big boxes a year! It's a great way to start each season off right with what's new and fun. 

How Much is it?: It's $49.99/quarter or $179.99/year. If you use code 'ramblings,' you can get $10 off your box! 

I've marked items if everyone received it, everyone could choose, or annual only choice.


That's a lot of stuff for one box.

Boxycharm - October 2018 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This post includes referral links to Boxycharm. If you use my link to sign up, I will get charms in my Boxycharm account. Find out more information here.

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.


There's a Farmacy product in here!

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - The Apple of Eve's Eye Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I am an admin for The Howling Boutique's Facebook Group and I also run the Instagram account. I also received this at a blogger discount and do receive PR from time to time from the brand. Find out more info here.

I reviewed this previously here. Be nice if you look, please.



The Apple of Eve's Eye is a red holographic duochrome with copper and red-to-orange color shifting shimmer, and gold and copper holographic microglitters.

Allure Beauty Box - October 2018 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Disclosure: This post contains referral links. That means if you click the link and sign up, I will receive something in return. Find out more information here!

What is Allure Beauty Box?: Allure Beauty Box is a monthly subscription box. Direct from the website info: "Each box includes at least five editor-curated deluxe-size products, with a total value of at least $50. Our editors select a mix of luxury and indie brands for each box. Sometimes we include a bonus product (or two) from a mass brand as a free gift to you." They define deluxe items as anything that you can get three uses out of but they also consider a single face mask a deluxe item.

How Much is Allure Beauty Box?: Allure Beauty Box is $15/month. If you sign up now, the website says you'll get your first box for $5 off.


Do you see that, two Sunday Riley products?

Target Beauty Box - September 2018 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I am an affiliate for Target. That means if you click one of the links below and make a purchase, I make a commission. For more information, click here.

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. You will have to pay taxes if there is a Target in your state, though. Every box comes with a coupon for a Target purchase, which definitely makes it worth the money!

Check out what has been in past Target Boxes here!


Good array of items in this month's box.

Sephora Luxe: Skincare by Age: 50's Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

These used to be called just Play bags that were extras that you could purchase on the Sephora site but now the new ones are actually called Play Smarts and there are quite a few available currently. I love these as they're usually higher end brands, more samples, or bigger samples. Yes, I realize I'm not only paying $10 for samples from Sephora that used to be free, but now I'm paying $15-$20 each bag/box for more samples. It's a problem, I'm dealing with it, but I actually like getting these extra bags because more/different things.

This bag was marketed for those in their 50's, which I am not, but I wanted to share the various options that Sephora has for skincare and to promote that they have realized that they have customers over 30!

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Luminous Matter Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Disclosure: This was gifted to me, meaning I had no obligation to review it but I didn't pay for it either. I admin the BEGL fan group on Facebook as well as help run the IG. I have received PR from this brand in the past. Find out more info here.

BEGL is currently on a possible permanent hiatus. I'll let you know if she comes back. I miss her polishes.

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Luminous Matter is a blue to purple shifting base with teal shimmer, small silver holo glitters and tiny iridescent flecks.

Walmart Beauty Box - Refresh & Extend Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

So instead of the Walmart Beauty Box subscription, I found quite a few Walmart Beauty Favorites boxes and have one more after this one 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 Refresh & Extend and it's full of dry shampoos and deep conditioners/masks. I like this box idea because if you like something, you can easily repurchase it at Walmart and nothing is super expensive.


Still trying (and failing) to be a fancy beauty guru.

Target Beauty Box - September 2018 Masks Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I am an affiliate for Target. That means if you click one of the links below and make a purchase, I make a commission. For more information, click here.

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. You will have to pay taxes if there is a Target in your state, though. Every box comes with a coupon for a Target purchase, which definitely makes it worth the money!

Check out what has been in past Target Boxes here!


I still love the Target Beauty box concept.

Play! by Sephora - September 2018 Review | 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 sometimes a hair 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 reviews.


Ah, I've finally caught up to the new bag style.

Top Shelf Lacquer - Manna's Mystifying Masterpiece Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This is from the Color Box, a now defunct box where five makers worked with five swatchers/bloggers to create five different polishes in the same color family. I bought the pink and blue ones, so look forward to the rest of the pink box as well as all of the blue box in the future. 

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Manna's Mystifying Masterpiece is a hot neon blinding pink crelly with purple flecks.

Birchbox - September 2018 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Some of the links in this post are referral links. That means if you click through and subscribe, I will receive compensation. Find out more information here.

When I received this box, it was $10/month (I signed up for six months) so I will base my opinions off of $10 instead of the new $15.

What is Birchbox?: Birchbox is the original subscription box, and it's still going strong. Birchbox sends anywhere from 4 to 8 products a month (full size, deluxe sample size, and sample size) and you can review your items each month for 10 points/item plus extra points for sharing your box on Social Media. You can also get additional points for getting a yearly subscription or getting referrals

How Much is Birchbox?: Birchbox is $15/month if you sign up monthly, $14/month if you sign up for six months (billed up front), and $13/month if you sign up for a year (billed up front). This is a jump from $10/month previously.

For more Birchbox reviews, click here.


Another month with a box full of tiny samples, I still don't get why they don't get smaller boxes. It would save money on shipping and make things look less sad.

Ipsy Glam Bag (Oily Skin) - September 2018 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Some of the links below are referral links, this means I get points from ipsy if you subscribe using my link. Find out more info here.

What is ipsy Glam Bag?: 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 Glam Bag?: ipsy Glam Bag 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.

Starting with this month, I receive two Ipsy bags. Technically I wanted to start with October with the second bag because of the start of Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, but oh well! This bag is my 'oily skin' bag, meaning it's a different profile than my main bag and was started when my skin had gotten more oily.


Another brush and a product from a brand I can't pronounce.

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

Disclosure: I'm an affiliate for Notoriously Morbid. If you use the below code on your store purchases, I will make a commission on that purchase. 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 (2018 is Dragon's Tail) 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 $12 in the US (including shipping) and $18 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)!



Gorgeous shade and a lollipop!

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Such a Bitter Pill Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I am an admin for The Howling Boutique's Facebook Group and I also run the Instagram account. I also received this at a blogger discount and do receive PR from time to time from the brand. Find out more info here.

I honestly don't know if this polish is coming back or not. I also don't know if there's going to be a Black Friday sale next week.



Such a Bitter Pill is a light pink-ish nude base filled with blue-to-orange, turquoise-to-purple, and green-to-red color shifting shimmer, blue sparks, holographic microflakies, and silver and iridescent holographic microglitter.

Petit Vour - September 2018 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

What is Petit Vour's Subscription Box?: Petit Vour's Subscription Box is a monthly box guaranteeing four products with a value of over $50.00. For every month that you're subscribed, you also get a $4 store credit if you review your box. There is a profile that you fill out to help curate the box to your life.

How Much is Petit Vour's Subscription Box?: Petit Vour's Subscription Box is $15/month, putting it around Birchbox, Allure, and Ipsy. 


Yes, my box had five items. The shampoo/conditioner count as one which is a nice change from it counting as two.

Sephora Luxe - Skincare by Age: 40's Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

These used to be called just Play bags that were extras that you could purchase on the Sephora site but now the new ones are actually called Play Smarts and there are quite a few available currently. I love these as they're usually higher end brands, more samples, or bigger samples. Yes, I realize I'm not only paying $10 for samples from Sephora that used to be free, but now I'm paying $15-$20 each bag/box for more samples. It's a problem, I'm dealing with it, but I actually like getting these extra bags because more/different things.

This bag was marketed for those in their 40's, which I am not, but I wanted to share the various options that Sephora has for skincare and to promote that they have realized that they have customers over 30!


At first, I thought I liked these bags. I was wrong. I've since given all of them away.

Ipsy Glam Bag - September 2018 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Some of the links below are referral links, this means I get points from ipsy if you subscribe using my link. Find out more info here.

What is ipsy Glam Bag?: 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 Glam Bag?: ipsy Glam Bag 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.


Having a brush come in the bag makes me happy.

Defy & Inspire - After the Rose Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I'm an affiliate for Target. That means if you click the link below and make a purchase, I make a commission. Find out more information here.

Is Defy & Inspire still around? I looked when I was at my local Target and I didn't see a display, but that's not surprising considering how much they've been remodeling. Also, my Target isn't a reliable measure for what is or isn't typically carried.


After the Rose is a dusty watermelon pink polish.

Boxycharm - September 2018 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This post includes referral links to Boxycharm. If you use my link to sign up, I will get charms in my Boxycharm account. Find out more information here.

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.


Brushes and a palette, sounds like a pretty good box (in theory).

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