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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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Redefining the Cheat Day


I've always struggled with healthy eating. While I know a lot about nutrition, and I actually love the taste of most healthy foods, I've conditioned myself to think that a real treat has to be something that is bad for me - hence the "cheat day." With its own hash tag on social media, cheat day is the universal day (usually on the weekend) when even some of the most devout health nuts post indulgent picks of their weekend treats. But what are we really treating ourselves to?

When I set out to get back in shape after having my children, it didn't take me long to notice that these cheat days were turning into full cheat weekends, and those weekends full of bad food choices would leave me unmotivated and lethargic by the time Monday rolled around. This made it all too tempting to skip a much-needed workout.

I have tried the other diet practice of having a little something everyday to curb binge cravings, and during the week it totally works. But I still find myself wanting to treat myself come Friday night when I'm done with work and it's time to settle in for a good movie on the couch. All it takes is one little excuse, and I'm at the grocery store with sweets and something involving way too much cheese and/or fatty meat. No amount of cardio the following Monday could ever make up for the thousands of extra calories I kept consuming all in the name "rewarding" myself on the weekends. Something had to change.

Words have a lot of power over our thoughts and our actions, so I started with the word cheat. It's the perfect word for what I was doing; I was cheating myself out of the kind of health I deserve. I've made a conscious decision to stop using the phrase "cheat day" and have replaced it with "treat day."

I treat myself with things that are good for me - things that I know will motivate me to make better choices all weekend. To get that feeling of indulgence, I mix in other things that make me feel good - things that have nothing to do with food, like a little pampering or a new magazine. Even if you're on a budget, it's easy to indulge in healthier treats if you cut out some of the junk. What are some things you would treat yourself to that are good for you?

Now, that doesn't mean I don't eat junk anymore. It's all about balance, and I don't beat myself up about it. No guilt. No regrets. But after having gotten back to a reasonable weight, it's much easier for me to have just a piece of dessert and not eat the whole damn pie!


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