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Easy Everyday Contouring and Highlighting

Contouring and highlighting has been a huge makeup trend in recent years, and with good reason - you can use concealer to achieve more defined cheek bones, to make your lips look bigger, and my personal favorite - to hide a double chin. And despite all of the intricate tutorials out there, I want to show you that it can actually be quick an easy!

The first trick is to start with the right concealer shades. First, let’s get one thing straight: when I say highlighter, I do not mean the super light and shimmery highlighter that should only be reserved for above the cheekbones. I’ve seen all too many makeup vloggers apply that all over, from the forehead to the tip of the nose, to the cupid’s bow and the chin. Those however, are rather places for a creamy skin-tone concealer.


How to Pick the Right Shade of Concealer

For the highlights, you want a concealer that is one to two shades lighter than your foundation. If you just go one shade lighter, as I have, pick one with a yellow tone, so y…

KCL Friday Finds


Happy December!! It officially socially acceptable to post about all thing Christmas, though we've been celebrating the holiday season for weeks now. I like to enjoy all of the beauty and magic of Christmas as long as possible! Today's Friday Finds has some very special shops that will help get your home holiday-ready.

One of my favorite ways to get in the holiday spirit is with a festive mug! When we have our tree lit, and my husband and I snuggle up for a Christmas movie, I will undoubtedly be wrapped in my plaid blanket scarf, with Christmas mug in hand. And how cute is the Elf on a Shelf Mug by Hearts & Arrows?! You can get it personalized with any name.


At Hearts & Arrows, you can also find the cutest Christmas printables! I love printables, because they're such an easy and affordable way to update a room for the holidays. This "Let It Snow" Chalkboard Style Printable would go so well with several different holiday color schemes. It looks great with the white star and natural elements above, though I can also picture it with rustic red Christmas decor too. You can find year-round decor at Hearts & Arrows, so be sure to check out all of the cute printables!


I think one Christmas decor item we can all agree on is an ornament. My fool-proof formula for decorating a Christmas tree is to use an assortment of ball ornaments and a few unique ornaments in other shapes and sizes, all in a color scheme of two to three colors. (We usually go with red, white, and a metallic color.) Then I fill in the tree with holiday florals, like red poinsettia stems or holly berry picks. Those holiday florals paired with this traditional red 35 Piece Mistletoe and Holly Ornament Set by Balsam Hill is all you need to get the look of a professionally decorated Christmas tree.


If you've visited Friday Finds before, you know that I am totally obsessed with these wooden signs! Really, who isn't? They're everywhere this year, and they're so perfect for a holiday display. We all have those little Christmas knick knacks and candles we've accumulated over the years, and sometimes can't figure out how to display them. A wooden sign like this Buffalo Plaid Christmas Sign by TCB Designs Florida is the perfect centerpiece to pull everything together. You can hang it on a wall of course, and TCB Designs has several other matching signs. But I love how these look leaned up against the wall on an entryway table or on a mantle, clustered with a few candles and smaller decorative items. Check out all of the different designs available in the Christmas signs, and shop now through December 15th for 15% off purchases of $20 or more!


A really cute and inexpensive way to add a touch of festive decor for your holiday entertaining is with bottle labels. A bar cart, dining table, or buffet gets an instant update with a few decorated wine bottles. My favorite design from Big Dot of Happiness is this set of Buffalo Plaid Christmas Wine Bottle Labels, though you can pick from any number of themes there, including an Ugly Sweater party and a Winter Wonderland theme. You can check out all of their holiday party themes here!

I hope your December is off to a great start! Cozy up with your favorite holiday mug and relax while you browse these fun and festive shops. And as always, I hope you have a very lovely weekend!


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