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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…

How Good Are Your DIY Skills?

If you have an interest in interior design and home décor, it’s a good idea to learn a few basic DIY skills. Apart from the satisfaction of knowing you don’t have to rely on someone else for simple fixes around the home, if you know how to use some standard tools you can easily undertake some of your own design projects. If you enjoy browsing through the clever ideas on design websites and wish you could try some of them for yourself, with a sound grasp of the fundamentals of DIY, you could have a go at any number of exciting projects around your home.

Knowing how to use tools

When it comes to tools, for most you have a choice between manual and power tools. Manual tools are simple to use, you don’t need to worry about a power source, and you can’t usually do too much damage with them. They do require more physical effort and a job will take longer, but you might prefer the hands on feeling of being in precise control of every turn of a screwdriver for example. Power tools make a job quicker and involve less physical effort, although you do need to be able to manage the weight. Take a trip to your local hardware store and try out different types of tools, to see which you find easier to handle, and get some advice from the staff on which tools will be best for what you want to do. Once you’ve purchased your tools, have some practice sessions to get used to the feel of them and how to use them properly before embarking on any actual projects. If you need some help with technique, you should find some good examples of how to guides on the Internet, or you might want to consider taking an evening class in basic DIY skills to give you more confidence.

Starting work on your projects

Once you’ve become accustomed to using your new tools, you can start work on your first project. It’s best to start with an idea that someone else has tested out first, so go back to the design websites and choose a simple project that appeals to you. Read through the instructions to make sure you understand what is required, and if you have any queries, check the information with another source. For example, if your project instructions require you to cut sections of piping, check online for a guide on the best way to cut PVC pipe. Be careful and methodical in your approach, following the instructions precisely and taking time with each step. If something goes wrong, don’t worry – another search of the Internet will show you how to fix any errors.

When you’ve completed your first DIY project, you’ll feel relieved, and probably a bit tired! You will also feel a sense of achievement, and happiness that you’ve accomplished something you might not have thought you were capable of. Now you’ve made a start, the sky’s the limit!

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