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Cloth & Paper Paper Planner + Stationary Box - August 2020 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

What is Planner Stationary Box?: The Planner + Stationary Box is a monthly subscription box featuring 6-8 items perfect for your planner. Items may include: pens, notebooks, sticky notes, notepads, stickers, journal cards, postcards, notecards & envelopes, and lifestyle items

How Much is Planner Stationary Box?: The Planner Stationary Box is $38.00, but you can lower the cost if you sign up for a longer subscription. There is a discount if you sign up for Penspiration and The Planner Stationary Box together.

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This didn't ship within the guaranteed time-frame, just as a head's up if you subscribe. Also, I'm picking and choosing which months I purchase based on spoilers. I signed up for this month's A5 box before deciding to move into a Personal Size. I am still planning on using my A5 as a desk agenda, but Personal is going to be my EDC once it's built.

Night Owl Lacquer - Candy Coated Review | May 2020 Polish Pickup | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This is from the May 2020 Polish Pickup. The theme was Candyland and this polish was inspired by the candy coating that's so bright and fun. I love NOL polishes so much and absolutely need to buy more.

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Candy Coated is bright indigo crelly filled with iridescent color shifting crystal chameleon flakes.

Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet Doubling Charm - August 2020 Review | 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!


The Doubling Charm features 5 full-size products and one extra product that can range from another full-size NM product, jewelry, brushes, etc. It has the same theme as the regular VC and the same products, just more and bigger!

How Much is Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet?: $15.00/month including shipping to the US. International subscriptions are now $22/month. 

The Doubling Charm is $25.00/month US.

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I'm so happy that I've started getting the doubling charm, check out the size of these products!

Girly Bits Cosmetics - Rogue Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Did you know Girly Bits has a sale section and that she sometimes puts that sale section on an even bigger sell? I didn't, but I do now. I picked up this beauty as part of a going away sale and I'm so happy that I grabbed it. I didn't even know such existed from back in 2012, before I was in the indie world.



Rogue is red jelly, with pink, violet and red glitter, and micro bar glitter.

#Makeup Monday Beauty Bakerie - Proof is in the Puddin Palette Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This palette currently isn't available but there is a Notify Me option so that means it might come back! I've got quite a few things from this brand and finally am sharing this brand!



Check out that swatch! Vinyl by Polished Vino.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Monthly - August 2020 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

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 (2020 is Mythical and Mystical Creatures) 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).

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Ah, someone has made the perfect lipstick for me.

Wildflower Lacquer - Fish Upon a Star Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Get your eyeballs ready for a shimmery polish sent from the Gods. And it's got a punny name!



Fish Upon a Star is sheer polish/topper with strong red to green shimmer, and scattered holo.

Pura Vida Jewelry Club - August 2020 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

What is the Pura Vida Jewelry Club?: The Pura Vida Jewelry Club is a monthly subscription bag that sends two pieces of jewelry valued at $65+. You do enter your ring size so rings will be included as well as necklaces and earrings. If you want bracelets, you need to sign up for the Bracelet Club!

How Much is the Pura Vida Jewelry Club?: Monthly it is $19.95 with free US shipping. The price lowers if you sign up for longer terms.

Check out past Pura Vida reviews here


There was no July bag because they sent me the wrong month's bag. By the time they shipped mine, it was too late to get a replacement bag.

Ellagee Nail Polish - Sophia, Queen of the Side-Eye Review | August 2017 Polish Pickup | Frankly Kiersten Reviews


It's been a while since I reviewed Ellagee and it was so early on in my swatching career that I had no clue what I was doing. Luckily, Ellagee has stuck around and I'm able to have a second chance with this brand.

The August 2017 Polish Pickup Theme was Old Hollywood and this polish was based on Sophia Lauren giving some serious side-eye to Jayne Mansfield.


Sophia, Queen of the Side-Eye is charcoal scattered holo with pink/sepia flash, copper miniflakes, and green shimmer.

Barkbox (Just Right) - August 2020 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, Small, Just Right, and Large. We receive the Just Right size even though Trumpet is on the higher end of that and Murphy is large because the Large toys were just too big for Trumpet.

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 $22/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. It states a guaranteed value of $40 but it never meets that guarantee. 

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Another month of both boys in the picture!

Sophi - Boyfriend Abroad Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

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

This is from Thrive Market. Yes, I can find nail polish anywhere! I love Thrive for snacks and apparently polish, so I highly suggest signing up for an account! Sophi is women-owned, it's by Piggy Paint, and is made in the US. 


Boyfriend Abroad is a dusty muted mauve.

#Makeup Monday Urban Decay - Naked Heat Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Today I have another oldie but a goodie to share, the Naked Heat palette by Urban Decay. This is one of my go-to palettes and I still love it, even so long after purchasing it. If you're looking for the perfect warm neutrals, you're in the right place!


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Moonflower Polish - Heart & Soul Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Hey, y’all! Back with another polish. Today I have the second of five from Moonflower Polish (not all in a row). This is from the One More Light Collection which is a collaboration with my friend Jenalyn (Two Girls One Blush). It was created after Chester Bennington’s (Linkin Park) death based on anxiety and depression and Nadia’s (Moonflower Polish) love of LP. It was a charity collaboration benefiting the National Suicide Hotline and Linkin Park’s One More Light Fund.



Heart & Soul is slight holographic violet polish with blue/purple iridescent glitters.

Sephora Pop Favorites - August 2020 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This isn't a Hello box like the two previous boxes have been, this is just a random purchase that I made on Sephora's website and I wanted to see if their Favorites Boxes were worth the money. This was $15 and there isn't a coupon associated with the box. The guaranteed value was $26.


So far, it's looking more like Birchbox than I'd like. A box with a lot of white space and some small samples.

Ethereal Lacquer - Stardust Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I'm pretty sure this is from a mystery bag because I can't find it swatched anywhere. That means the description is by me, which also means it won't be that great. I love Ethereal's mystery bags because I get polishes that I sometimes wouldn't buy but always end up loving!

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Stardust is a shimmery pink base with iridescent flakies.

Twisting Nether Lacquer - Feline Familiar Review | September 2020 Polish Pickup | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I received this polish in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own. Find out more here.

Today I have a polish for September's Polish Pickup! The theme is Halloween and the maker was inspired by the Feline Familiar battle pet from World of Warcraft. This polish is capped at 120 for the US and will be $12.50

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 9/4-9/7, and you can buy as many or as few polishes as you want. The shipping is $3.00 total (US) ($5.00 Canada), no matter how many polishes or other indie goodies you get, and they combine shipping if you make more than one order during the weekend! 

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Twisting Nether Lacquer's info:


Feline Familiar is black jelly with green-blue-teal crystal chameleon flakes, lime-gold micro shreds and holo sparkle.

Create With Pen Monthly Bundle Deco Kit - August 2020 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

 What is the Create With Pen Monthly Bundle?: The Create With Pen Monthly Bundle actually has a few options. You can choose the Deco Kit (which is what I receive), the Vertical Kit (in physical or digital download), or the Combo Kit which includes both of the kits in a bundle. Subscriptions are open from the 22nd to the 3rd of each month.


How Much is the Create With Pen Monthly Bundle?: The Deco Kit is $11.50, the Vertical Kit is $15 for the Physical and $12 for the Digital, and the Combo Kit is $24.00. Shipping is not included and was $3.00 for the Deco Kit.

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This month's theme was Coffee, my love!

SmartyPits Lemongrass Patchouli | Deodorant Series #4 | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Disclsoure: This post contains referral links, that means if you click them and make a purchase, I will get something in return. Find out more information here!

Sometimes I shop at Grove for my general house goods and I decided to see if I could find more deodorants from there, and I did! So many that the fact that I took off a few months from doing these means I'll be doing these for my entire life. Also, I've started my husband on the aluminum-free deodorant journey, wish him luck!


Here we have what has become my favorite deodorant. I'm so in love with this deodorant that I used it for two straight months and completely forgot that I was supposed to be reviewing deodorants for this series. This smells amazing, keeps me smelling great all day long, and just works. Plain and simple. An guess what, it's no longer available from Grove. Of freaking course.

Tonic Polish - Luminescent Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I thought I'd posted this previously but I guess I swatched it and deleted the pictures to update them. This is a super old polish but it's stunning and I had to share it! This is actually available here!

Also, happy fall. It's officially September 1 and that means my house is going to be covered with Halloween and Fall decorations the moment I get home from work!

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Luminescent is a metallic aquamarine multichrome that softly shifts to pale blue and lilac purple with a subtle scattered holo sparkle.

#MakeupMonday ColourPop - Just My Luck Palette Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I was able to use this palette a sum total of once before I dropped it on my floor and shattered the palette. Sad. It is available for $12, though. Happy.

This is one of the first 9-pan palettes that CP put out, this was before there was a million and I had to have it when it first released.

If you c…

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Vulpes Lagopus Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

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This is from the February 2020 Polish Pickup. The theme was Flora & Fauna and this was inspired by an arctic fox, the name is its scientific name.

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Vulpes Lagopus is a pale blue leaning periwinkle creme base with blue to purple and violet to red color shifting shimmer, blue, violet and white sparks, blue and violet pearl micro flakes and iridescent blue to purple to pink color shifting micro flakes.

Sephora Favorites Hello! Holy-Grail Greats - August 2020 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

We're back with another Hello month with Sephora. The details: it's not a subscription anymore! And you get to see what's in each bag before you buy, so it's like the old Luxe bags/boxes but cheaper! This was $10 but you do have to pay shipping if you don't have Flash ($5.95). You also get a 15% off coupon for any of the full-size items included in the bag.

This bag is supposed to have a $41 value, lets see if the math adds up. It's still available here.


I love when Farmacy products are in my bags.

Rogue Lacquer - Fire Rainbow Review | June 2019 Polish Pickup | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Annnnnd, we're back to old polishes. This one is such a goodie that I knew it had to be shared. The theme for the June 2019 Polish Pickup was Weather and this was inspired by the rainbow-esque that occurs when sunlight passes through cirrus clouds!



Fire Rainbow is sheer, pale blue grey with rainbow color shifting iridescent like flakes and intense blue to purple aurora shimmer.

Ipsy Glam Bag - August 2020 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?: 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. 

Check out more Ipsy reviews here!


The choices for this month's bag weren't that great, and the bag isn't looking that great either.

Sweet & Sour Lacquer - Sand Between My Toes Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This polish is from the Beachin' Creams/Seas the Day Collection that released semi-recently and is currently available! This polish is $10 and I have the full collection to eventually review.



Sand Between My Toes is a sandy crelly with fine gold holographic glitters.

#MakeupMonday Bad Habit - Supernova Palette Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I purchased this on Hush, which I believe has shut down for good. You can still sometimes find Bad Habit on Amazon and I've seen their palettes on Poshmark as well.


I didn't have a swatch vinyl that was big enough at the time, so you get old-school swatches.

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Darkhold Review | September 2019 Polish Pickup | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

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And we have another older polish for Supermoon Saturday. It's not started back up, I have so many polishes that I've swatched that I need to post but it'll eventually come back!

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Darkhold is a blackened red base filled with blue-to-red and turquoise-to-purple color shifting shimmer, gold sparks, rose pearl microflakies, and holographic silver microflakies.

Allure Beauty Box - August 2020 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

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What is Allure Beauty Box?:Allure Beauty Box is a monthly subscription box. Direct from the website info: "Each box includes at least …

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Arctic Crystal Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Happy Thursday! I'm back with one of my favorite polish types, the constrasting shimmer polish! This was a collaboration with Femme Fatale and Girly Bits a few years ago.



Arctic Crystal is turquoise crelly with the stunning red shine we’ve come to love, plus the addition of red-green-gold shifting iridescent flakes, and scattered holographic accents.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Monthly - July 2020 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

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 (2020 is Mythical and Mystical Creatures) 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).

Click here for more Notoriously Morbid reviews!



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