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Welcome to KCL Friday Finds! Today's shopping guide is full of affordable beauty-themed stocking stuffers. Don't get me wrong, I love to get candy and chocolates in my stocking, but I also love other gifts, like a cute new pair of socks and especially little beauty products.

A beauty stocking stuffer doesn't have to cost a lot. Between individual sheets masks and bath bombs  to lip balm and nail polish, you can find so many great options under $10. Several options below are even under $5.

The most universal of stocking stuffers, aside from candy, is lip balm. When given as a gift, go with something more luxurious than a Cherry Chapstick from the grocery store. My favorite lip balms at Bua Organics are all-natural and organic and come in options like Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, and Jojoba Oil. For a moisturizing lip balm with the addition of a fun scent, try Einstein Bath Co., for flavors like Sangria, Marshmallow, and Pink Frosting.

A wonderful way to give a luxury beauty…

Lancome Crescendo Peel Review


I hate to give another negative review, but I am not in the business of giving good product reviews simply because I received it for free. Earlier this year, I was given a full size sample of the new Lancome Crescendo Peel courtesy of Influenster and Lancome. I was excited to try it, because hey, I'm reaching my forties, so anti-aging skincare is important to me.

I've long been a fan of retinol for anti-aging, as well as products containing peptides and hyaluronic acid, but the idea of a fancy two-phase night peel was intriguing. After I looked up the market value of this product and found it to retail for $75.00, I thought, this better work!

The Lancome Night Peel promises a reduction in fine lines and deep wrinkles, as well as an evening of skin tone. I have to say it did even out some of my dark spots, but so does vitamin C serum that I can get at a much lower price. It did nothing for my fine lines, though ironically helped with a few of my deeper wrinkles around the eyes, but so does just about any night cream containing retinol. And while I didn't have any reactions to the serum, there were several reviews saying that it caused drying and breakouts. It is heavily scented, so if you're sensitive to that, you definitely won't like this product.

So all in all, I really cannot recommend it. It did deliver on a few of its claims, but it is way over-priced considering other products that cost much less work just as well if not better. And the good results simply weren't consistent. When I browse the other reviews, I can't help but think that some of the great reviews aren't completely honest, or are very particular to certain skin types.

Unless you have very sensitive skin, I highly recommend you give some of these other anti-aging options a try. I absolutely love Neutrogena  Advanced Rapid Wrinkle Repair with retinol, as well as L'Oreal Revitalift firming cream, and L'Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Serum with Pro-Xylane and hyaluronic acid.



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  1. I love your honesty in this review! Glad to hear it had some benefits! Sometimes some of these products can only work with certain skin types. Hopefully you'll find something that works for you!

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    1. Thanks! I do really like the Neutrogena Rapid Repair and the L'Oreal Revitalift line!

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