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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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Easy Appetizer: Cucumber Bites with Cream Cheese

 

Here's a quick and easy appetizer before I hit the road for Texas. I made these for a bridal shower this spring, and people loved them. They couldn't be more easy or affordable, and they're so delicious. It's easy appetizers like this that make entertaining go off without a hitch.


You just need a couple of crisp cucumbers and cream cheese to make them. Cut the cucumbers into 1/2" slices and top with the cream cheese. I'd say the tricky part is that the cheese has a tendency to slide off the cucumber slices. I used a melon baller to scoop some of the seeds out from the top side before I topped it with the cream cheese. You could also pipe it on with an icing bag. This isn't an appetizer I'd recommend you prep ahead of time, because the cucumbers could get soggy, but an hour or two before an event is just fine.

From there you can garnish with so many different things. I simply used dried Italian herbs, because that was what I had on hand, and I also wanted a vegetarian, gluten-free option. Though you could top these with bits of bacon, prosciutto, smoked salmon, tomato, scallions, so many different options.


See More Easy Appetizer Recipes
 
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Blue Cheese & Fig Jam on Butter-Round Crackers
 
Bacon & Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

 

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