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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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A Simple Glam Makeup Tutorial with e.l.f. Cosmetics


A smoky eye is one of the top makeup looks for a night out, as is the classic red lip, but as a mom, I like to go with something a little more wearable and easy to apply. It's typical to go with either bold eye makeup and more neutral lips or a bold lip and more natural eye makeup. I really love to stick with my daytime eye makeup bumped up a notch with shimmer and winged eyeliner. Then I can add on a berry lipstick or a light red-tinted gloss as I'm rushing out the door. Though the eyes are still subtle enough, I could add on bold red lipstick if I wanted to. I've created this look with some of my recent favorites from e.l.f cosmetics.


My favorite new makeup product for getting this look is the e.l.f. Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow Palette, California edition. The shimmer eyeshadow colors range from a light champagne to a gold and copper with a few cool tones in blue and purple. I love how the blues and purples aren't too heavily pigmented, so they blend very easily for a glam but somewhat neutral look. Though you could pile on one of the shades for a more bold look. I'm pretty picky about my shimmer makeup. Anything too glittery, and I feel like I'm back in high school with my cheer leading uniform on and a ridiculous bow in my hair. The e.l.f. baked palette is just the right amount of shimmer for an elegant evening look.

I started with e.l.f. BB Cream, e.l.f. Studio complete coverage concealer, and a mineral blend powder, then completed the look with bronzing powder along the jawline and underneath the cheekbones, shimmer blush on the cheeks, and a red lip gloss.  Here's how to use the e.l.f. baked palette for your evening out.


*Tip: Hold a tissue over your under-eye areas as you apply the shadow to avoid getting extra shimmer where you don't want it.



Shop this Look

B00MNAH9XQ 3 Pack e.l.f. Studio Complete Coverage Concealer 83311 Light
B00853EJG0 e.l.f. Essential Shimmering Facial Whip PERSIMMON Face Makeup Sparkle Elf Flirty
B009Q1YQ5Y e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow Palette, California

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