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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.


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Remembering 9/11: A Tribute to NYC (In PHOTOS)

Scuplture and fountains in the Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center in NYC
I'd like to pay my respects to everyone affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks by paying tribute to one of the greatest cities in the world. In the past, I've shared a lot of my New York City travel pics with my readers, including a lot of iconic places. However, today I'd like to do something different and share some upclose, insider travel pics from my NYC vacation.

As I waited in line to board a ferry to visit the Statue of Liberty, I noticed this statue on one of the nearby docks. I wish I could tell you the backstory on this statue, but I can't seem to hunt down the title or meaning. In person, it is quite an eerie sight.

Street market in Chinatown, NYC
New York City is known for its diversity. Here in Washington D.C., places like Chinatown are merely streets lined with sketchy Chinese restaurants mixed with American franchises like Starbucks with the names displayed in Chinese. However in New York City, the neighborhoods like Chinatown and Little Italy are heavily infused with authentic culture, shopping, and food.

New York is also known for the arts. Take a look inside NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art, inside the hall of sculptures. The met is so much more than paintings, displaying everything from limited-time exhibits like Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty to permanent historical artifacts like an entire Egyptian tomb.

Food takes center stage in The Big Apple. I enjoyed these gourmet macarons at a gallery party in SOHO. From street food to fine dining, New York City is absolute heaven for foodies. I dare say I might never cook again if I ever move to New York.

Shopping is unavoidable when visiting New York City. It is home to so many flagship stores as well as stores seen in film, like the famed MACY's on 34th featured in Miracle on 34th St and Tiffany's as seen in the Audrey Hepburn film Breakfast at Tiffany's. Who could forget the larger-than-life FAO Schwarz toy store from the movie Big starring Tom Hanks? The lego sculpture pictured above is from the LEGO store in Rockefeller Center.

This flower was photographed during spring at the gardens in Rockefeller Plaza.

Before I visited New York, I'd heard people mention that the city has a particular energy to it. After grabbing my bag and stepping off the bus, as my feet touched a New York City sidewalk for the very first time, I knew exactly what people mean. It's Manhattan personified, like one big living and breathing thing. I suppose it's because of the enourmous amount of people living there...there seems to be an almost tangible electricity in the air. It truly makes you feel more alive.

To the victims of 9/11 whose lives ended abruptly to say the least, we pay our respects. To one of the greatest cities on Earth, New York, we love you.


  1. Savage Beauty looks rather ferocious....

  2. I could spend a lot of time there!

    It's entirely appropriate to put this one in today. Thanks!

    1. One week was definitely not enough time for me. There is so much to do there!

  3. I liked your tribute much better than all the rest. It didn't make me cry.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  4. Aw, thanks, Shelly. That was the point...a positive, happy post celebrating the little treasures in New York!:)

  5. I've never been there, but your photos paint a most interesing place.


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