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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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My Secrets for Clear and Beautiful Glowing Skin

I get a lot of compliments on my skin whenever I'm in public. Strangers, store clerks, and other ladies shopping in the beauty aisles tend to ask me what I use on my face. Like most things, maintaining beautiful skin takes work. I've tried a lot of products over the years, especially in an effort to incorporate more natural products into my skincare routine. There are a few things I've been using for a long time, and a few recent products that I absolutely love.

I have fresh fruit featured above as one the products for great skin, because a clear complexion starts with what you eat. Especially as you age, no amount of product can cover up the effects of an unhealthy diet. I drink a ton of water and make sure I get a wide variety of fruits and vegetables into my diet. I used fruit in particular for the layout above, because on top of using Stevia, I eat a lot of fruit whenever my sweet tooth kicks in. You could do all the right things when it comes to skin care, but if you have a diet high in sugar, it's going to show on your face.

In addition to a healthy diet, clear skin of course requires cleansing. I've used baking soda in the past for exfoliating and deep cleaning, but I've replaced that with a cleansing facial brush, and I really love the results. I don't use it everyday, just whenever I have full makeup on, and I just use it at night. For mornings, or evenings in which I don't have makeup on, I use a Dove beauty bar. Whatever you use, the key is to find a mild cleanser that won't dry out your face. I try to avoid fragrance and chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate. Unfortunately most of the affordable cleansing products contain this ingredient. Though the Dove bar has worked just fine for me so far. If you have a little more money to splurge with, this Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is a nice option with fewer harsh ingredients.

Once a week and up to two times, I love to use a deep cleansing mask to really clean out pores and help fight blackheads. My absolute most favorite mask lately is the Freeman Facial Charcoal & Black Sugar Polish Mask. You should be able to find it at your local Wal-Mart or Target. It comes in both a large tube and a single packet. I always take a few of the single packets with me if I'm traveling.

After cleansing, a toner can really help tighten everything up and further treat any blemishes. I love to use apple cider vinegar. Its high acidity acts as a gentle peel and helps fight bacteria. Water the vinegar down half water to half vinegar and apply with a cotton ball prior to moisturizing skin. Although I still battle with acne between heavy makeup for photo shoots and sweat from my workouts. I recently incorporated a few drops of tea tree oil into my apple cider vinegar toner and noticed a big difference in the clarity of my skin. Just keep in mind some of these products can cause drying if you have very sensitive or dry skin, so it might not be best for you depending on your skin type.

I use several different serums and moisturizers, but when it comes to keeping my skin clear, I love coconut oil. It penetrates deeply for the best moisturizing when it comes to oils, yet it's nice and light. It's the one oil I've used on my face that hasn't caused clogged pores and caused extra blemishes. I love to use vitamin E oil under my eyes and on my neck and chest, but whenever I want oil all over my face, coconut oil wins out every time. 

Do you have any tricks or tips for clear skin? What are your favorite products? Let me know - leave a comment below.

Shop this Post: 1. Dove White Beauty Bar  / 2. Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil  / 4. Freeman Facial Charcoal & Black Sugar Polish Mask   5. Clarisonic 5 Piece Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing System Set for Women, Pink  / 6. doTERRA Melaleuca 15 ml  / 7. Bragg - Apple Cider Vinegar, 32 oz liquid

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  1. Not really my thing, obviously, but I get complimented by women for the redness of my cheeks, which come naturally.

    1. Ha! Well that's good. You must save a fortune on blush!


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