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KCL Friday Finds

Happy weekend, guys!! I've got one beautiful small biz to share with you today, and then I'm doing things a bit differently for today's Friday Finds. I'm getting a bit overwhelmed with complimentary goodies this week, and I wanted to take this time to share my favorites with you. I'll be doing an unboxing video featuring the sample items, to post next week! But first, I did want to share one gorgeous shop with you guys. Check it all out below! Pictured: Minimalist Woven Pillow


Pictured above are some handwoven home goods by Melody Fulone. Her shop is full of unique and beautifully woven wall hangings, pillows, many other home accessories; and even a bit of fiber art jewelry. I really love the neutral colors and the modern designs.

Shop the 2018 Winter Collection. And keep an eye out for a DIY kit for a crochet wall hanging in a few weeks. Melody will also be releasing her spring collection in late March!


This next brand will go into both an unboxing as well as a B…

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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