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Allure Beauty Box - May 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 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!


I wasn't sure at first which was the limited edition box and which was the regular Allure box.

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Green Goddess Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I purchased this polish with a blogger discount. I am also an admin for the Facebook Group for The Howling Boutique and run the Instagram. Find out more information here!

I previously reviewed this here. You know I'm not necessarily the biggest fan of greens so take my personal thoughts with a grain of salt.



Green Goddess is an olive-green based multichrome that shifts in color from bronze to gold to green.

Barkbox - May 2020 (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 $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. 

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I swear he's a happy dog, he just has the best ever grumpy face.

Blush Lacquers - The Prestige Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This is the third polish from the Magician’s Trick Trio by Blush Lacquers. I apparently purchased the full trio (I have the worst memory when it comes to buying polish) and I’m pretty pleased with the full trio. It’s just a gorgeous set of polishes that work well together or separately.



The Prestige is a deep purple base with a coppery-bronze shimmer and scattered holo.

Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet Doubling Charm - May 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 an extra product and larger products. 

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/month in the US.

Click here to see other Notoriously Morbid reviews.

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Love the sticker as an extra, this is going in my planner! This bag is My Little Pony themed.

Supernatural Lacquer - Heart of the Mountain Review | January 2018 Polish Pickup | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This is from January 2018’s PPU. That’s better than the last two Supernatural Lacquer posts that I’ve shared recently, so I’m doing good! I need to buy more SPNL polishes once my low-buy/no-buy is over. I did just pick up her HHC offering for May and I’m looking forward to putting it on my nails.

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Heart of the Matter is silvery taupe leaning base with blue and rainbow illusion flakes, coral/pink color shift flakies, a blue/purple/pink shimmer and scattered holo.

#MakeupMonday Notoriously Morbid - Come Play With Us Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Welcome back to another Makeup Monday! I recently received the Come Play With Us Palette by Notoriously Morbid and shifted everything around so I could get this posted. The best part is I'll be giving away one of these palettes (just the palette) on my Instagram here shortly so make sure you're following my new IG to have a chance at winning!

This palette is based on The Shining. Now if only something would be made based on my favorite Stephen King book, The Stand.

This post is very swatch heavy.

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This collection included a 15-pan palette and two semi-loose shadows.

Cloth & Paper Planner Stationary Box - May 2020 Review | Frankly Kiersten Review

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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So for my first month of this subscription, I really didn't know what to look for. I saw on SM that this was going to be a really good month because of a birthday in May. Apparently the June box is going to be really good as well. My box is in the A5 size as that's my main planner. 

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - I Warned You Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I purchased this polish with a blogger discount. I am also an admin for the Facebook Group for The Howling Boutique and run the Instagram. Find out more information here!

I previously reviewed this here!



I Warned You is neon coral with gold and copper shimmer, gold micro flakies, holographic gold microglitters, and a subtle scattered holographic finish.

Target Beauty Box - May 2020 Summer Hair & Skincare Review | 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. Every box comes with a coupon for a Target purchase!

Check out what has been in past Target Boxes here!
  

Once I opened this box, I couldn't Tetris it back together.

KL Polish - Winter is Coming Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

KL Polish is defunct. Lights Lacquer is Kathleen Lights's new line.

I figured, when one of my favorite YouTubers makes a nail polish line, I have to buy it. Now this obviously shows age as this brand hasn't been around for a bit. I will be buying from Lights Lacquer once my no-buy is up and I have room for new polish.

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Winter is Coming is a pearl white with blue sparkles.

Allure Beauty Box - May 2020 Limited Edition Box 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!

This is a limited edition box that was released in May 2020. It was $20.00.


Another Tony Moly mask!

Tonic Polish - Quasi Stellar Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This is another from the For the Love of Polish box that I purchased a few years ago. I just purchased another that I'll get around to swatching in three years (joking).



Quasi Stellar is a vibrant purple base with a strong blue-purple shifting base and holographic micro flakes. 

#MakeupMonday Makeup Revolution - Death by Chocolate Palette Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Today for Makeup Monday, I wanted to share a palette that I picked up at TJ Maxx semi-recently! This brand is found in Ulta and they have a shop online that has a ton of products that I need but shipping is high overseas. One day!

This palette reminds me of a chocolate bar by Too Faced, but with dif…

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Zeta Lupi Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I purchased this polish with a blogger discount. I am also an admin for the Facebook Group for The Howling Boutique and run the Instagram. Find out more information here!

I think this is the last of the Lupi collection, I'm pretty sure I've posted all of them now and will get to making a round-up post for ease of searching.



Zeta Lupi is periwinkle with holo flakes and microglitters and pink-to-gold duochrome microflakes.

Boxycharm - May 2020 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.


This is the final Boxycharm, unless they send me an awesome offer for June and I get FOMO. I'm tired of just okay boxes. Yep, I canceled. It hurt a little.

ILNP - Lilac Bridges Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I love being able to share ILNP polishes because even though I purchased this a couple of years ago, it's available right now


Lilac Bridges is a delicate lilac shade with a gold shimmer and hints of red.

Notoriously Mobrid - Coffin of Necessities (Dark Fae) Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

What is Coffin of Necessities?: Coffin of Necessities is the latest subscription from Notoriously Morbid. It is a quarterly box featuring bath and body products, with the first box featuring 5 full-size items!

How Much is Coffin of Necessities?: Each box is $35 plus $8 for US shipping. 


This box is unavailable for purchase, it closed prior to shipping.


This quarter's box is Dark Fae themed.

Ethereal Lacquer - Superposition Review | March 2019 Polish Pickup | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

And we're back to another older polish. I've grown to love Ethereal so much and always look forward to what she's going to release next.



Superposition is a cobalt blue jelly base with red to green color shifting shimmer.

#MakeupMonday Notoriously Morbid - Easter Wolf Basket Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

To show y'all just how caught up I am, this came in on Saturday and I already have it swatched, edited, and ready to post. New me, y'all. I'm thriving for the first time ever in so many aspects of my life and I'm loving it!



This box was $75 and was packed with limited edition items that can't be purchased anywhere else, so there won't be any values associated with items unless I can find something comparable. 

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Phantom Galaxy Review | January 2020 Polish Pickup | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I purchased this polish with a blogger discount. I am also an admin for the Facebook Group for The Howling Boutique and run the Instagram. Find out more information here!

This is a polish from this year, WHAT?! I'm so proud of myself for getting caught up and actually ahead now. Yay for me!



Phantom Galaxy is a blackened blue holographic base packed with red-to-gold color shifting shimmer, blue and gold shimmer, red and silver white sparks, blue and red pearl microflakies, purple iridescent microflakies, and silver holographic microflakies

Avery Planner Essentials Box Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This is what I think is a one-off box that's still available here. It was $34.99 with $3 shipping and you get a box full of planner things. Expect to see more planner boxes on my blog as I've really fallen down the rabbit hole. It's been helping me keep organized and it's what helped me get caught up!


I loved this box, but hate the crinkle paper. It's just such a waste.

Turtle Tootsie Polishes - Gone Squatchin' Review | October 2017 Polish Pickup | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This polish makes me laugh. The name is hilarious and reminds me of my mother, who loves to watch Big Foot (Feet?) Hunter shows!



Gone Squatchin is a light brown linear holo that shifts peach with assorted pink and purple flakies throughout.

Scentbird - April 2020 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

What is Scentbird?: Scentbird is a monthly perfume subscription that actually sends you perfumes you would want! When you sign up, you take a quiz a get recommendations of what perfumes you might want based on the results, but you still get the choice of which perfume you want to receive. Each tub…

Northern Star Polish - Sinister Nightmare Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This is one of my very first indie polish purchases, and I squealed when I found it. I purchased it Halloween 2015 and this was one of her gift sets, specifically the one for Halloween. I hate that it took me so long to swatch this.

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Sinister Nightmare is a deep purple holgraphic polish.

#MakeupMonday - Notoriously Morbid Renfield's Palette + Weird Sisters Trio Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

It's time for another #MakeupMonday! This is a new thing that I'm doing (well, trying to do) and will do more frequently now that I'm so dang close to being caught up that I can finally spend time going through my collection and swatching everything! It won't only be Notoriously Morbid, that's just the brand I have a lot of and have already done a lot of swatches of.

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This is from like a year and a half ago.

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - And You'll be a Goner Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I purchased this polish with a blogger discount. I am also an admin for the Facebook Group for The Howling Boutique and run the Instagram. Find out more information here!

This was previously reviewed here! I'm pretty proud at how much better this set of swatches looks compared to the last time I swatched this.



And You'll Be a Goner is a holographic light purple with turquoise and color shifting shimmer, and iridescent holographic microglitters.

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant Jar Lavender + Sage Review | Deodorant Series #3 | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Time for another deodorant review, this time it's of Schmidt's Lavender + Sage Natural Deodorant Jar. This is a little different for me as I'm used to the traditional deodorants so having it in a jar was a bit of a culture shock for me. I love that it has a little spatula but I still had to use my hands to spread it once it warmed up as the spatula just was small and wasn't working for me.

Cloth & Paper Penspiration - April 2020 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

What is Penspiration?: Penspiration is a monthly subscription by Cloth & Paper where you receive 4-6 pens and pencils from brands that Cloth & Paper carries. Pens & pencils vary from gel, rollerball, ballpoint, brush pens, mechanical, wood, and more.

How Much is Penspiration?: Penspiration is $18.00, 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.

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It's my second month with a planner subscription, which is ironic because I have nothing to plan in my planner! Lockdown is going well for me.

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