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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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Cooking School: How to Prep Fresh Vanilla Bean

Cooking with real vanilla bean can be intimidating, not to mention expensive. At about $2 per bean, they don't come cheap, but if you can afford to splurge on it every now and then, it's worth it. Not only is it healthier than imitation vanilla extract, but unlike even the real bottled vanilla extract, cooking with the beans gives desserts a beautiful color.


1. Cut the vanilla bean. Using your thumb and index finger, hold the bean down at each end. Take a pairing knife and slice lengthwise straight down the middle. Only cut the top layer open. Do not cut through the bottom side.


2. Open wide. Spread the bean open as wide as you can.


3. Scoop It Out. Using a butter knife or small spoon, slowly scrape the filling out from one end to the other.


The filling from one vanilla bean is typically enough for one 4-6 person recipe.


With Spring coming up, now is the perfect time to splurge on vanilla bean. Add it to iced coffee for a fancy brunch, or add it to your fruit pie recipes for a little extra flavor.

*All photos by Krisztina Williams. Do not copy or share without proper credit and link-back to this post.

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  1. I don't think my mother ever did that, but she has used the real vanilla extract, as opposed to imitation, and that stuff gets expensive.

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