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Happy weekend, guys, and welcome to Friday Finds! Though this isn't the official KCL Mother's Day Gift Guide, the items featured today are all wonderful gift items! From cute mugs to hand-crafted jewelry and organic beauty products, everything is so very #giftworthy! This week's Friday Finds has the added bonus that everything featured today is quite affordable. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and relax with some weekend shopping! Pictured: From Meade to You



At From Meade to You, you'll find some extremely gift-worthy mugs and greeting cards, along with a super cute gift wrapping option. The Botanical Flower Mugpictured above is available in several different designs, each with different quotes on them. 

Personally, I love this dandelion mug the best!If you have something specific in mind, you can get a custom design on any coffee mug, travel mug, or camp mug. It's a great place to get a cute, custom gift!


If you’re on the hunt for a fashion gift, or simply need …

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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