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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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DIY Dried Rose Petal Ornament


How many of you have put up your tree already? I used to religiously put it up the day AFTER Thanksgiving, but I've come to enjoy having my tree and Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving so I can enjoy them for the holidays. Besides, it's nice to have that work out of the way before the full holiday season is here, right?

I love that my fiance also loves Christmas and all of the decor that comes with it. We put our tree and decorations up last weekend, and I'm happy to have it out and enjoy the beautiful Christmas lights as I cook our Thanksgiving meal and have some family time this week.

I haven't done a lot of DIY projects this holiday season, as we have our wedding coming up in less than a month; I've learned from past experience that it's alwasy best to not take too much on. However, I did make one DIY Christmas ornament today, and it was so easy.

You may have heard me mention a few times on the blog or instagram...okay, more than a few times...how red roses are very meaningful to me and my fiance. In fact I have several little plastic bags filled with dried petals from both the first bouquet he ever brought me and from the roses he included with my engagement ring. I will definitely be making a few more of these ornaments tonight.:)

You could do this with a wedding bouquet or even other sentimental items. I'm thinking about making one filled with all of the ticket stubs I've saved from our movie dates.

All you need to make your own are some clear ball ornaments, ribbon, and whatever you plan to fill them with. You could also use a metallic Sharpie to write something over the front of the ornament, like a special date or "First Family Christmas" or whatever you like. It is a bit tricky to get dried petals inside without breaking them, so make sure you pick ornaments with a wide opening.




For the ribbon, you can loop it once and make a simple knot, or you can leave excess and tie a ribbon where you would normally tie the plain knot. The pull it around to where the bow is down by the ornament, and you'll be left with a smooth, seamless loop at the top for hanging it on your tree. If you aren't great at making pretty bows, you could always start with these pre-made mini bows and simply use an ornament hook to hang the ornament on your tree.





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  1. As beautiful as the designer trees are, I prefer our tree to be very personal. Each ornament represents a member of our family or an important moment or a favorite movie. I still have the ornament I had made for Collin when he thought he wanted to attend culinary school....

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  2. We have some dried roses in the garden due to very hot weather. I will be picking them up and make this Christmas ornament.

    Penelope
    KRW Personal Injury Lawyer

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