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Welcome to another KCL Beauty Edit! I've really loved so many of the beauty and makeup products I tried last month. There is usually at least one dud in the bunch that I reluctantly have to give a bad review, but I have something good to say about each one of these products. A few of them I very highly recommend, so grab a cup of coffee and check it all out. If you have a question about any of the products mentioned, please leave it below in the comments section. And if you don't have time to read this, you can skip ahead and listen to my video review here while you work or whatever. Enjoy!


The new skincare line I tried last month was from LHB Natural Skincare, which included a facial wash and two different facial serums. I recently posted about LHB in an anti-aging skincare routine blog and video to show how I use each of these products. Of course I started with the facial wash, which I really loved. The LHB Coconut & Sea Clay Mineral Face Wash is great for any skin type…

2013 Style Trend: Are You Ready to Rock, Punk?

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Pictured above: Full Tilt graphic t shirt / Valentino snake print pumps / Valentino black heels / Stella McCartney / Juicy Couture heart jewelry / Gold necklace / Pull&Bear pull bear, $13 / Charlotte Russe wrap bracelet / Skull Stud Clutch Batoko, $22

If you were to peek inside my closet, you'd find three distinct styles - boho chic (for the summer), East-Coast prep, and rocker. While I admit that since moving to Maryland, my wardrobe has gradually increased in riding boots and pea coats, I still can't resist a studded snakeskin bag or anything with a skull on it. I suppose it's the remnants of my days spent crowd surfing at a place called The Warehouse with my best bud Jess, courageously squeezing in between big sweaty guys in mosh pits and dating various drummers and guitarists...um, and one flautist. Hey, it was a ska band, okay?

But some things must evolve with us as we age, and fashion is no exception. I'm thirty-two; I can't exactly wear a pair of plaid pants with a thrift-store tee that reads "Sunshine Elementary", with chucks and an armful of spiked bracelets. I'm thrilled that punk continues to influence grown-up fashion with studded and spiked accessories. Studs and spikes have been growing in popularity the last few years. Last year after Valentino came out with a line of studded shoes and handbags, the trend completely blew up and trickled down the line to more affordable designers and even generic bargain fashion. The studded leather wrap bracelet is now one of the biggest accessory must-haves for 2013.

Another punk influence on fashion (and home decor) is the skull. Mind you the trend doesn't involve the masculine skulls of the true punk-rock era, but rather shiny, pretty ones! The biggest evolution of the punk rock trend in fashion is that it's being mixed with more feminine elements like bright colors and softer materials. Studded blouses and pink studded clutches are just a few examples of how punk has gone girly.

The key to making this punk-inspired trend look age-appropriate and feminine is to pick items that are chic without the studs, like a gold-tone stretch bracelet, classic pumps, or a sheer blouse.


But then we have to have a little fun every now and then. Let's say you wanted to rock a skull-printed top but wanted to avoid looking like an emo teenager. It's simple, just pair the tee with something more grown-up, for example a black blazer.

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  1. I still have a studded black leather bracelet that I wear on a regular basis.

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  2. It all looks great. I'm always ready to rock it out :0)

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