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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 Top Pick for Frizz-Free Waves


My hair hasn't been touched by heated styling tools in decades. I used to spend hours each day trying to straighten my crazy hair until finally I embraced my stubborn, frizzy waves, and I've never looked back. I decided I was tired of spending hours fighting my hair's texture, when with the right styling products, I can have gorgeous waves in ten minutes, even during the humid summer months.


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Though, when I say the right products, I mean like five at least. We're talking leave-in conditioner, oil, mousse, hairspray, and sometimes pomade. But it's totally worth it to me if it helps me achieve smooth waves with zero styling tools.

Now this advice is for ladies with thick, frizzy, naturally wavy hair like mine. Someone with more straight hair would need tools to achieve curls; and someone with thin, fine hair wouldn't want to condition as heavily as I do.

That brings me to my biggest essential for taming the summer frizz, and that product is simple - a quality oil-based conditioner. A long time ago, during a trip to Kansas City, I got my hair cut and styled at a nice salon at The Plaza Shopping Center. And this stylist told me something that I have remembered all this time. He said, "The more conditioner you use, the more it will weigh down your curls." While he meant it as advice on what NOT to do, I secretly thought yay, I'm going to condition the hell out of my hair so I can finally control this frizzy mess on top of my head.

I always, always use a leave-in conditioner before I style, and once a week I like to use a deep conditioning treatment, like coconut oil. For everyday care, I use a conditioning shampoo and conditioner. I have noticed over the years that products with an oil like coconut or argan oil are very effective and really help smooth frizz. I've been using the Irresistible Me Liquid Gold Pure Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner this summer, and I love how it smooths and adds shine too. There are a lot of products out there now with oils, but pay close attention to the labels. If the ingredient is far down on the list, then there isn't much in the product. The Irresistible Me label shows argan oil more than halfway up on the ingredient list, so you know it's worth the cost. And while I wouldn't recommend oil or heavy leave-in conditioners for all hair types, this daily shampoo and conditioner by Irresistible Me is perfect for all hair types.

What are some ways you deal with the summer humidity when it comes to your hair?


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