Skip to main content


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.


I tried several different nail po…

KCL Mother's Day Gift Guide

I am so excited to bring you guys the new KCL Mother's Day Gift Guide, because this year it comes with a big GIVEAWAY!! You will have a chance to win something from each one of these shops featured here. These are all such great items for Mother's Day or for treating yourself. You can learn more about the giveaway and the products below and in the unboxing video.

I don’t think a gift guide is ever complete without some yummy sweets! And though we all love chocolates, it’s always nice to switch things up a bit. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to go with something like these gourmet caramels by Kwoka Caramel. They’re made only with fresh, natural, and organic ingredients - no preservatives, additives, coloring, or other ingredients that you can't pronounce.

I had the pleasure of sampling their Vanilla Bean Caramels, and it was quite a treat! They’re soft and easy to chew, and the flavor is incredible. I could really taste the butter and vanilla reminded me of the gourmet caramels I used to get when I lived on the East Coast. I’ll definitely want to try their other flavors; like pistachio sea salt, chocolate, and espresso. For the holidays, they have a Candy Cane Caramel, so you'll definitely want to come back for that flavor too! Check out all of the Kwowka Caramel flavors here, and don't miss a chance to win a 12-piece box of the Vanilla Bean caramels!

Coffees and teas also make for the perfect gourmet gift. And while my husband and I can't live without our coffee, we’ve really been into teas lately too. Herbs and flowers have so many positive health properties. It makes for a sweet and comforting gift. At Rootz and Flowers, I came across beautiful loose-leaf teas that are very gift-worthy. I'm sampling the Happiness Tea Blend, made with relaxing rose petals and uplifting orange peel. It tastes so yummy and comforting and definitely gave me a boost. For the giveaway, it comes as a gift set with an infuser and honey!

In addition to the teas, Rootz and Flowers sells aromatherapy products, skin care, and beauty products as well as other healing products for the family and home. You’ll find several other gift items that are perfect for Mother's Day, like this PEACE lavender and ylang-ylang aromatherapy roller (pictured above), or this Mindful Meditation Gift Set.

Another relaxing gift I always include in guides is a luxury candle. Any mom would be happy to get a luxurious scented candle. I’ve tried several scents from Lit Up Candle Co. and they always smell incredible! Lit Up Candle Co. uses the maximum ratio of fragrance oil to soy wax, and it makes a big difference. In fact I keep one on my bedside table, because it smells so good just having it there, not even burning. Though you don't have to be shy about burning them, as each candle has a burn time of 60 hours.

They have several different scents in the Spring collection, including fresh clean scents like Beautiful Day and Lavender Vetiver. You could win your very own Beautiful Day candle in th giveaway. It's a fresh, fruity floral with green apple and pear atop petals of dewy water lily, cyclamen and rose grounded in musky white amber, reminiscent of a day at the spa. Be sure to check out all of their Spring scents.

If you’d rather get a fashion gift, which is always a good idea, I highly suggest Katy Girl Goods, where you can find handmade leather jewelry and hand-lettered prints. The leather earring trend has really taken off this year, but this shop in particular really caught my attention with its unique designs, like these Metallic Leather Circles and the scalloped earrings pictured above.

The giveaway includes these gorgeous Leather "Water Lily" Earrings. They're available in several different colors, including black, silver, or gold. I went with the red, and they're so gorgeous. They look great with denim or boho-chic tops, so they're perfect for Spring and Summer. You can see all of her jewelry designs here >.

For the ultimate in luxury and pampering, you can never go wrong with a beautiful bath and body gift set. KIND Soap Co. offers a wide variety of natural bath and beauty products. As a brand, they're on a mission to be kind to your skin, kind to the Earth, and kind to others with natural and cruelty-free ingredients, eco-conscious processing and packaging, and a portion of sales donated to various charities.

At KIND Soap Co. there are several different gift sets and collections. The different scent collections include Bulgarian Rose, Lavender Fields, Shea Luxe, and Wild Lemongrass. Each of these scents come in scrubs, perfume oils, bubble bath, and more; each one beautifully packaged. I’m personally using the Bulgarian Rose natural perfume roller and artisan soap, (which you can win in the giveaway) and I absolutely love it! Like everything at KIND, they’re made with natural and moisturizing ingredients like jojoba oil and shea butter. And the scent it incredible! The Bulgarian Rose collection is made with Rose essential oil, and it smells so rich and rosy. You can shop all of the KIND collections and products here >.

The perfect anytime gift that could easily be paired with several of the items above is a cute Mother's Day mug! The mugs at DeMarie Designs are all so pretty and come with cute sayings and/or floral designs. I went with a super cute eyelash and lips mug that I've been wanting for a long time, so you can bet you'll see it in my Instagram posts frequently!

Though for Mother's Day in particular, DeMarie Designs has several mugs that are perfect. The If Found in Microwave mug for example, would have been my second choice. I'm constantly microwaving coffee, and on busier days, forgetting mugs in the microwave. This Pretty Mama mug and the #momlife mug pictured above are also great for Mother's Day. You can even get these pretty mugs personalized add gift wrapped. Check out all of the Mother's Day mug designs here >.

I hope you enjoyed the guide! I know any one of these shops are perfect for gift-giving or for a little self-indulgence. I know I've personally enjoyed each one of them. To enter to win, be sure to subscribe to Krisztina Clifton Living on Youtube, and follow along on Insta for the individual giveaways. Each one will have an individual giveaway on my Instagram here, starting tomorrow with the Kwoka caramels! 

Leave a quick comment below on which one you'd love to win or which item you think your mom would like most, then head to the unboxing video below!

If you'd like to shop the brands you've seen here, grab a cup of coffee and browse the links below!

Shop this Post


  1. Lovely ideas dear. You really can't go wrong with chocoalates!

    Jessica |

    1. Sweets are always a good idea! These caramels taste incredible!!

  2. Ohh these are all such good ideas! Mother's Day kinda slipped my mind, so definitely will check these out! Thanks! <3

    -Emily |

    1. You've still got time to order, Emily! :) Definitely some really great shops here!

  3. Beautiful photos. Lovely goodies!
    Happy Tuesday!
    Much love, Len

  4. I want them all. Love them. xoxo Cris

  5. Loving this gift guide, lady- cannot believe Mother's Day is just around the corner!

    Le Stylo Rouge


Post a Comment

Popular Posts