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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.

BEST NAIL POLISH

I tried several different nail po…

Maybelline Lash Sensational


It's no secret that bloggers get things for free in exchange for reviews and promotion. I myself am currently testing a Lancome skin treatment that I received for free. Though as I use it, I'm keeping in mind that the market price is $75.00, so I'm not just testing it to see if it's pretty good; I'm making sure it's something I'd recommend considering it's on the expensive side for most people. I do also review items that I've paid for, like this Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara.

What really bugs me about this product is that I bought it because I saw it ALL over Instagram and blogs last year, meaning it was promotional...bloggers were given it for free, just as I've been given other products here and there.

Brands know that there is a power in repetition. It causes the illusion of buzz. For example, I saw this posted so many times last year, all with positive comments, so I assumed it must be as good as everyone else had claimed.

So when I couldn't find the mascara I usually buy in-store ( the NYC Skyrise Lengthening Mascara, which I highly suggest ), I thought I'd finally give this Maybelline Lash Sensational a try. It had to be good, right? Everyone was posting about it, after all.

I did love it at first. It without a doubt lengthened my lashes and made them look fuller. But then my eyes started to itch. Granted I may have more allergies than the average person, so it might not affect everyone the same. What I imagine it will do to anyone though is dry out the lashes, as it did mine. In a perfect world, I would remove my eye makeup everyday. But let's face it, that doesn't always happen. As I went to wash my face the next morning, I noticed my lashes were very dry. And after that, every time I wore this mascara even just during the day, that it would leave my lashes feeling quite dry and brittle. That alone wouldn't have been a big problem, except that super dry lashes become brittle and fall out more easily. And mine certainly did. I used the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara a few more times, because it really did make my lashes look good, but every time I would notice a lash or two fall out whenever I went to remove the mascara, even when I used gentle makeup remover.

So, this isn't one of those...it doesn't work as well as the expensive stuff, but it's cheap, so it's a good deal for the price. It's as I said above, a great way to lose your lashes...so obviously not a product I'd recommend.

I do still believe in sponsored reviews. I think it's a great way to connect brands with influencers, and it's great for bloggers to share their favorite products with their readers. But we shouldn't feel pressured to give the same generic positive review just because we got something for free. I know I won't.

Try This Instead: NYC New York Sky Rise Lengthening Mascara

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