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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. 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.

Click here to see other Notoriously Morbid reviews.

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This bag came in fairly early this month, yay!

Emily de Molly - Garnet Fire Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This is another super old polish that I found semi-recently and knew I had to swatch. I love purple polishes and this is such a good one.



Garnet Fire is purple leaning deep red bas with a soft copper shimmer, a sprinkling of small copper flecks and a strong scatter holo shimmer.

Allure Beauty Box - July 2020 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. Some links are also affiliate links, meaning I will make a commission if you click a link 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!


This box showed up and I was just a little bit down.

KL Polish - Zoey 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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Zoey is a dusty mauve creme.

#MakeupMonday Hey, Glisten - Blue Pigments Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

It's another Makeup Monday! Today I have Hey Glisten Pigments to share with you. This is the Blue Pigment set. These are currently still available for $18 for all four and they do include a sifter which I love.


Why did I buy blue pigments when I don't wear blue shadows? They only had the blue and pink sets when I purchased and I was interested in trying another indie brand for pigments. They now have green and yellow as well.

Notoriously Morbid Coffin of Necessities - Summer 2020 (Flesh of the Gods) 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 closes prior to shipping.


Yep, I bought this season's box. I can't say no.

Northern Star Polish - Family Secrets Review | March 2018 Polish Pickup | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This polish was from the March 2018 Polish Pickup and the theme was books. NSP chose Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews for her inspiration, which I loved. VC Andrews was my grandmother's favorite author and she had all of her books when she was alive, so this held a special place for me.



Family Secrets is a raspeberry pink polish with scattered holo and turquoise and navy blue micro flakies.

Pandora's Box of Indie Obsessions- July 2020 (Medusa's Lair) Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

What is Pandora's Box of Indie Obsessions?: Pandora's Box is a monthly purchase, rather that a subscription, filled with indie products. You must purchase before the 15th of the month to receive the following month's box.

How Much is Pandora's Box of Indie Obsessions?: Pandora's Box is $25 plus $5 shipping (US) and tax (if applicable).


I ended up getting another Pandora's Box. I don't know if this will continue but I wanted to try another month!

le Polish - There's No Planet B Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I believe le Polish is closed. I still have a couple to share and the Facebook Group is open so you may be able to find this secondhand.


There's No Planet B is dusty sky blue with tons of copper and gold shimmer and microflakes.

Ipsy Glam Bag - July 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!


I love when I receive a brush in my bag.

KL Polish - Scorpio 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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Scorpio is deep metallic burgundy filled with black shimmer.

#MakeupMonday Bad Habit - Aura 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 believe this was supposed to be a dupe of the Subculture Palette by ABH. I never intended on buying it from ABH because of how many bad reviews it had, but I did grab it from Hush when they did a massive sale a while back.

Notoriously Morbid Multichrome Monthly - June 2020 Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

What is Notoriously Morbid's Multichrome Monthly?: Multichrome Monthly is the latest subscription bag by Notoriously Morbid where each month you will receive receive one full size multichrome varying from semi loose, loose powder, shifting multichrome sparkles AND one other full size companion product.

There is a waitlist for Multichrome Monthly.

How Much is Notoriously Morbid's Multichrome Monthly?: Multichrome Monthly is $15.50 shipped in the United States. International is $22.50 shipped.

Click here for more Notoriously Morbid reviews!



This was actually sitting on my desk for at least a week. Whoops.

Lacquester Nail Polish - Elven Eyes Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This is such an old polish, it's from March 2016. It's from a box called My Favorite Things that has since stopped. Each box featured four polishes and this is one of them. I split the box with my friend so I took two and she took two. The other will be posted in the next couple of weeks.



Elven Eyes is a deep purple crelly with a magenta shimmer, scattered holographic, and multichrome flakies.

Barkbox (Just Right) - July 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. 

Click here for more Barkbox reviews!


I couldn't get a better picture of Trumpet. The neighbor was building something and made a really loud noise and Trumpet RAN back into the house right after this. Oh well, his yawn face is still super cute!

KL Polish - Prince Cornelius 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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Prince Cornelious is warm bronze metallic with larger glitter and shimmer.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Monthly - June 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!



Oh yeah, it's a purple month.

ILNP - Wallflower Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Hey, y'all. How's your Tuesday going? Today is my 'work' day so I'm currently at work when this goes live. I've been doing partial days once a week at my real job to keep the office in order while still social distancing as best as possible. Pandemic times, y'all.



Wallflower is periwinkle-purple shimmer polish.

Sweet & Sour Lacquer - Lima Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Disclosure: This was sent to me as a sample in exchange for swatching. My thoughts are my own. Find out more information here!

This polish is part of a duo, the other polish is here! This duo releases on July 17th at 9AM Central. It will be $22 together or $12 each.



Lima is lime green jelly filled with silver/pink/aqua crystal chameleon flakies and a purple/aqua aurora shimmer.

#Makeup Monday - Notoriously Morbid Secret Gardens Palette Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

I know, more Notoriously Morbid. It's the brand that I have the most of and this just came out, quit judging me. Thanks, I appreciate it.



This is the second of these mini palettes that have been released.

Create with Pen Monthly Bundle Deco Kit - July 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.

Click here for more Create with Pen reviews!


I tried to turn down my lighting some so there would be less glare. I won't make that mistake again next month.

Sweet & Sour Lacquer - Limón Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Disclosure: This was sent to me as a sample in exchange for swatching. My thoughts are my own. Find out more information here!

This polish is part of a duo, the other polish will be up on my blog and socials on Monday! This duo releases on July 17th at 9AM Central. It will be $22 together or $12 each.



Limón is yellow jelly filled with aqua/green/purple crystal chameleon flakies and green/teal aurora shimmer.

Rogue Lacquer - Back to the Ninedaays Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

How is this the first time I've shared Rogue Lacquer on my blog? This brand is no longer new to me and I have so many of her polishes, get ready to see more of this brand in the future!



Back to the Ninedaays is a lilac sheer topper with iridescent flakes and microglitter.

Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet Doubling Charm - June 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.

Click here to see other Notoriously Morbid reviews.

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This bag was so full.

Kathleen & Co. - Upside Down Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This polish pays homage to Diana Ross, which I love. 



Upside Down is a light cobalt base with color shifting microflakes that appear blue, aqua or purple depending on your angle with a dusting of holo pigment.

Cloth & Paper Planner + Stationary Box - June 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.

Click here for other Cloth & Paper reviews!


This is another box that immediately grabbed my attention based on the spoilers.

Great Lakes Lacquer - Ease One Life the Aching Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Hey, y'all. This is another of those times when I had super short nails. Sometimes I miss my short nails because I could do all the things but I couldn't give the dogs a good scratch, so I suppose there are good and bad points with both nail lengths.



Ease One Life the Aching is multichrome linear holographic that shifts from purple to pink to orange to gold.

#MakeupMonday - Notoriously Morbid Blessed Are We, the Misfits Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

This just came in as I'm posting this and I'm already so excited for it that I had to push what was supposed to be posted today for this to go up. This was a limited release so it's no longer available and it was pricey ($140 :O) so let's see how it holds up!



There are twelve pans in this palette. Nine are multichromes or duochromes, two are pressed pigments, and one is a traditional eyeshadow. Eight are exclusive to this palette and four have been previously released.

Target Beauty Box - June 2020 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!


This box is all about what's hot right now (I hate myself for saying that).

The Howling Boutique's Supermoon Lacquer - Stellar Stream 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 previously swatched this here! With this post, I am officially done with reswatching old Supermoon Lacquer polishes, and we're ending on one of the first polishes ever released!

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Find more Supermoon Lacquer reviews here!


Stellar Stream is a bright bubblegum pink with coral undertones and a strong turquoise-to-purple color shifting shimmer.

Cloth & Paper Penspiration - June 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.

Click here for other Cloth & Paper reviews!


This month included extras!

Northern Star Polish - Protego Totalum Review | Frankly Kiersten Reviews

Happy Thursday, y'all! This is a throwback polish that I have never seen in the second-hand market, but there's always hope I suppose.



Protego Totalum is cranberry red linear holographic with gold shimmer.

Allure Beauty Box - June 2020 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. Some links are also affiliate links, meaning I will make a commission if you click a link 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!


This is a very pink box.

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