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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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2013 Home Decor Trend: Brass Accents


I've talked a lot about the 2013 home decor trend of emerald green, but there is another home accessory trend I've been loving for a long time - brass. It's kind of like gold's ugly stepsister, right? It was so popular in the 1970s and into the early 80s but has had a bad rep since. Personally I've always loved it. Any kind of metallic finish adds glamor to a space if you pick the right pieces. Best of all, brass offers the glamorous look of gold but is much more affordable! Brass is a major trend in home decor accessories for 2013, so you'll be able to find brass accessories at most stores like Pier 1, Target, West Elm, Bed Bath & Beyond, and of course you can find brass decor online. Another reason why I've always loved decorating with brass home accessories is that because they were in such high demand a few decades ago, now they're in endless supply at vintage shops and thrift stores, making the second-hand brass accessories even more affordable.

Brass home accessories look great in several different decor styles. Like I said above, you can use touches of brass to create a glamorous look. Stick with high=polished brass or decorative items, like the photo frame and brass box pictured above or a gold-toned candelabra or wall sconce. If you can afford it, the ultimate in glamor is a brass chandelier. For a budget option, try this beautiful brass candelier.

Gifts & Decor Wrought Iron Royalty's Candleholder Chandelier, $69.95, $38.40


To incorporate brass details into more modern home decor, try something with high shine and clean lines, or an accessory made with hammered metal, like the hammered votive holder in the first pic. For brass accents in a more masculine room, like a study, I absolutely love weathered brass accessories like this brass table lamp and old-world brass wall clock.

Brass Accents

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