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Welcome to KCL Friday Finds! Today's shopping guide is full of affordable beauty-themed stocking stuffers. Don't get me wrong, I love to get candy and chocolates in my stocking, but I also love other gifts, like a cute new pair of socks and especially little beauty products.

A beauty stocking stuffer doesn't have to cost a lot. Between individual sheets masks and bath bombs  to lip balm and nail polish, you can find so many great options under $10. Several options below are even under $5.

The most universal of stocking stuffers, aside from candy, is lip balm. When given as a gift, go with something more luxurious than a Cherry Chapstick from the grocery store. My favorite lip balms at Bua Organics are all-natural and organic and come in options like Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, and Jojoba Oil. For a moisturizing lip balm with the addition of a fun scent, try Einstein Bath Co., for flavors like Sangria, Marshmallow, and Pink Frosting.

A wonderful way to give a luxury beauty…

Garlic-Herb Tomato Toast


A recipe that is not really a recipe...that is my most favorite kind of dish! I have an aversion to measuring every single ingredient. Though admittedly food blogging has caused me to take down some of my favorite creations into recipe form so I can actually recreate those dishes perfectly every time. But not today. A little of this, a little of that is when I'm happiest in the kitchen.

Tomato toast is something I love to whip up for lunch or serve as an appetizer for a dinner party. It's cheap, easy-to-make, and so delicious. It's the perfect menu item to tack onto your next party menu.


INGREDIENTS
  • stale bread (preferably ciabatta, but you can use French or Italian loaf as well)
  • olive oil
  • garlic salt
  • dried Italian herbs 
  • fresh herb garnish (optional)
  • tomatoes on the vine (Really the only measurement you need to go by with this dish is to use about one tomato per two slices of bread. The rest can be left up to taste...and well, common sense of course.)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Slice each mini loaf in half and brush evenly with olive oil.
  2. Sprinkle generously with garlic salt and dried herbs. I used Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb spice mix with a bit of garlic salt. Highly recommended!
  3. Toast until golden brown, then slice the tomatoes in half. Take the open side of the tomato to rub the juice all over the toast.
  4. Dice the remaining tomato and top each toast. Garnish with fresh herbs like basil or thyme. Enjoy!


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