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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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DIY Chocolate-Covered Strawberries


It's a shame we tend to reserve this decadent treat for only the fanciest of occasions. It's even more of a shame how much chocolate shops charge for them. They can cost an average of $40 for one dozen, while they cost under $10 to make. Chocolate covered strawberries are so easy and inexpensive to make. If you know how to work a microwave, you can make these! I've been making chocolates for a few decades now, but the ones pictured above don't require any special techniques or equipment. I promise.


Ingredients (makes one dozen)
  • one 12 ounce bag of milk chocolate baking chips (can also use white or dark chocolate)
  • 12 medium size strawberries
  • chocolate sprinkles or topping of your choice
Essential Tools
  • microwavable bowl
  • wax paper

Instructions
  1. Wash and pat dry the strawberries. *Make sure there is no moisture on them before dipping in the chocolate. Leave the stems on; it helps with dipping, looks nice for presentation, and gives guests something to hold onto when they eat the strawberries.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl on high for about a minute or two, or until thoroughly melted. *Cook no more than one minute at a time and stir. If you use a deeper, smaller bowl, it makes it easier to dip the berries.
  3. Line a tray with wax paper.
  4. Grab each strawberry one at a time by the stem, gathering all the little leaves up then dip the opposite end into the chocolate, coating each side. I like to dip it straight down then pull it toward the side of the bowl and back to the center then repeat several times around the strawberry to give it an even and smooth coating.
  5. Place each berry onto the wax paper to set. Before the chocolate cools, (immediately after dipping) sprinkle on the chocolate sprinkles or other toppings like coconut flakes, mini M&M's, toffee bits, mini chocolate chips, etc.
  6. Let cool completely for about 45 minutes then transfer to an airtight container until you're ready to serve them.
  7. To give as a gift, place each berry in a chocolate-brown paper baking cup and arrange in a shallow gift box.

Wrap Some Up & Give Them Away as a Sweet Gift!


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These will keep for a few days in the fridge, but I suggest you buy fresh strawberries and do not refrigerate, especially if you're making them for a party. Condensation can form causing the strawberries to get mushy underneath the chocolate and causing the chocolate to not look so pretty. Even worse, it makes them hard and cold and uncomfortable for guests to bite into.


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