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The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Boys for Breakfast (And Lunch) Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I received this polish in exchange for a review. Find out more information here.

I previously reviewed this here. This isn't as old of a swatch as others are, but it's still not my best work. I'm always learning and growing and making my swatches better.



Boys for Breakfast (And Lunch) is a duochrome shimmer that shifts in color from indigo blue to bright purple.

Ipsy Glam Bag - October 2019 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

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What is ipsy Glam Bag?:ipsy is a monthly subscription that sends 4-5 beauty/makeup products p…

I Went to University and Tried Seed's Probiotic Subscription - Here's How It Went | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I received the below products in exchange for a review. I am also an affiliate for Seed. Find out more information here.

Welcome to a bonus post :). Let me start this post by saying I'm not a medical professional and I'm not giving medical advice, only sharing my own personal experiences. This post is not meant to be a substitute for speaking to a medical professional.

First off, you should check out Seed. This is how you get started with your subscription. The first thing you will receive after signing up is your welcome kit, which is the first picture below. This includes a recyclable box, a mycelium compostable insert, and two glass containers. One glass container includes your first month of Seed's Probiotic and the other is an empty travel jar to keep your probiotic safe in your bag or luggage. Pretty cool starter kit if you ask me. Below you'll see what you get every month after. Seed's Probiotic System is $49.99/month.


So let's start my review, shall we? I actually had some issues in the beginning but it turns out it was my new medicines for my bipolar disorder. After that leveled out, it was smooth sailing. Some people see physical changes after trying out a probiotic whereas others just get the good changes inside without feeling anything. I did notice at first a little less bloating than usual around my period, but apparently that's gone out the window with this last cycle (I might be a bit bitter). Otherwise, I didn't notice any good or bad changes, which is how I like to live my life.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Monthly - October 2019 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 (2019 is Penny Dreadful) 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!



I love me some bubblegum. I chew it far more than a 28 year old should. 

Boxycharm - October 2019 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.

Check out more Boxycharm reviews here.


Yep, that's a palette!

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited - Book of the Dead Review | September 2018 Polish Pickup | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Yeah, I bought this a year and a half ago. Yikes. PBU is one of my favorite brands and even through my semi no-buy that's been going on for quite some time now, I still had to grab this polish. I'm sure you can tell why just by the first photo.

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Book of the Dead is a royal blue with teal-to-blue duochrome shimmer, holo microflakes and shimmer, and iridescent multichrome flakes

Allure Beauty Box - October 2019 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. Other links are affiliate links, meaning I will make a commission if you click one and make a purchase. 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.

Click here for more Allure Beauty Box reviews!


Back to the old style of boxes, sans bags.

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus - September 2019 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.


Yep, another Wander Beauty product.

Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet - September 2019 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!

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

Click here to see other Notoriously Morbid reviews.

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I love me a good SweetTart!

Quixotic Polish - Grecian Sunset Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I haven't been able to find an official description of this polish, so bare with my horrid description. I'm not a describer, I just like looking at pretty things. This is also a super old polish from years ago, way back in the old bottle style.



Grecian Sunset is a magenta-purple multichrome and a blue shimmer and iridescent sparkles.

Fortune Cookie Soap Of the Month - September 2019 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This post includes referral links. That means if you click one of my links and make a purchase, I will receive points from Fortune Cookie Soap. Find out more information here.

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. Each regular box includes one full size product and three deluxe sized products. The four quarterly boxes include a Fortune Cookie Soap plus five deluxe sized products (shipping February, May, August, and November).

How Much is Fortune Cookie Soap's FCS of the Month Box?: FCS of the Month is $16.95 monthly and includes a $10 discount code each month. You can also sign up for the Quarterly option for $67.80/year (billed annually) or the Annual option for $186.45/year.

Check out other Fortune Cookie Soap reviews here.


This box was PACKED.

Barkbox (Just Right) - September 2019 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 $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. 

Click here for more Barkbox reviews!


Hehe. There were better pictures of him, but not any that were cuter.

Play! by Sephora - September 2019 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.


This bag was from before I canceled Sephora's Play subscription. I did cancel for a reason.

Ipsy Glam Bag - September 2019 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Some of the links below are referral or affiliate links, this means I get points from ipsy if you subscribe using my link or make a commission if you make a purchase using my links. 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 $12 per month shipped to the United States.

Check out other ipsy reviews here.


I missed taking a picture of the bag, but it's super pretty!

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Monthly - September 2019 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 (2019 is Penny Dreadful) 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!



I still hate Now & Laters.

Boxycharm - September 2019 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.

Check out more Boxycharm reviews here.


Oh yes, a palette.

Allure Beauty Box - September 2019 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.

Click here for more Allure Beauty Box reviews!


Another Allure box.

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus - August 2019 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.


Back to another Plus bag. I've actually since canceled my Plus subscription, keeping the regular one.

Yes oh Yas Box - August 2019 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Yes oh Yas is closed, but I wanted to share my experience. I paid $13.99 plus $3.99 shipping.


At this point I had received four boxes, but I forgot to email to get whatever bonus you're supposed to get with every four boxes. I hated that aspect, it should be something they handle internally.

Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet - August 2019 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!

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

Click here to see other Notoriously Morbid reviews.

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I hate grape flavored Nerds, too, even though I love Nerds in general.

Fortune Cookie Soap Of the Month - August 2019 Review

This post includes referral links. That means if you click one of my links and make a purchase, I will receive points from Fortune Cookie Soap. Find out more information here.

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. Each regular box includes one full size product and three deluxe sized products. The four quarterly boxes include a Fortune Cookie Soap plus five deluxe sized products (shipping February, May, August, and November).

How Much is Fortune Cookie Soap's FCS of the Month Box?: FCS of the Month is $16.95 monthly and includes a $10 discount code each month. You can also sign up for the Quarterly option for $67.80/year (billed annually) or the Annual option for $186.45/year.

Check out other Fortune Cookie Soap reviews here.


This is another Quarterly box.

Barkbox (Large) - August 2019 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 $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. 

Click here for more Barkbox reviews!


Check out this good boi.

Supernatural Lacaquer - Varulfur Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This was part of a duo with Supermoon Lacquer. When two of my favorite makers create a duo, I'm all over buying that. I can only hope they work together in the future!

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Varulfur is a dark brown-black with blue-to-red multichrome shimmer, and metallic blue and silver microflakes.

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