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KCL 2018 Beauty Awards

Welcome to the latest beauty edit and the very first beauty awards here on the blog! I’ve tried so many wonderful beauty products this year and wanted to let you guys know which were my top must-have products of the year. I’ve picked from new and small businesses only, as I love to work with indie brands. And like most of the beauty brands I review; most of these are organic, natural, and cruelty-free.

These are the items that long after the required testing and promotion period, I find myself still using and preferring above any others. The're the products which despite a never ending stream of free PR samples, I would still spend my own money (and in some cases have) in order to get more of. And whether affordable or more costly, these are the beauty products that I truly think are worth the price. So if you’re thinking about adding more beauty or selfcare products into your 2019 routine, I highly recommend each of these brands.

BEST NAIL POLISH

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Product Review: Eco-Friendly Coffee Cup Sleeve from Beyond Quilts

A lot of Etsy shop owners and companies contact me to do product reviews, and I usually turn them down, because I don't have the time to promote giveaways at the moment. However, I wanted to feature the products in my Holiday Gift Guides.

I browsed through hundreds of Etsy shops and was drawn to Beyond Quilts because of the vast amount of products and fabric choices available. Owner and crafter Carolyn Pavlovic kindly agreed to send me a sample for review, and she let me pick exactly what I wanted!

My first choice was her Eco-friendly Coffee Cup Sleeve. I've been wanting one for a while now, and she has so many different fabric options. I'm usually very picky, but I couldn't even decide, so I asked her to just send me any of the modern styles.

She sent me the one pictured on the right. I totally love it! I imediately noticed how professionaly-made it is. It can be tricky ordering off handmade sites like Etsy. There is a huge difference between homemade and handmade. To me handmade is something of quality, made by an expert. This coffee-cup sleeve (and the gorgeous book mark she also sent) were absolutely high-quality pieces to the degree that I would order anything from Beyond Quilts with confidence.

When I asked Carolyn how she got started, it's no wonder how she is so skilled. She has been doing this for a long time.
Q: How did you get started selling handmade?

A: I have been making things with my hands since elementary school and got started about 10 years ago selling handmade items to friends when they began asking for me to make gifts for their friends. Then other friends and my daughters said "You should have your own shop online." I had no idea how to do it, so my web-savvy daughters set it up for me. I forced myself to learn how to upload pictures in May of 2010 and haven't looked back since. My sales are almost three times what they were a year ago for the entire year. Yippee!!




If you haven't gotten an order in at Beyond Quilts by December 17th, you can pay an extra fee for rushed shipping so your gift will arrive in time for Christmas. There are lots of items to choose from that are ready to ship. Click here to shop.

Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated for this review. I was provided with a product for review. All of the opinions above are my own.

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