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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

Hello and welcome to Friday Finds! I hope you all had a very lovely week. Here are some fabulous shops to kick off your weekend. These are each not just small businesses but women-owned businesses, and they each have such high-quality products that you'll have a very hard time deciding what to buy from any one of them. From mod earrings to one-of-a-kind clutches to bold makeup for the chicest of boss babes, trust me, today's Friday Finds is filled with some brands you'll be very glad to know! Pictured: Helena Earring by Tidy Clutterings

The first shop on Friday Finds is quite a treat! Tidy Clutterings Design makes handcrafted polymer clay jewelry dishes and statement earrings that are so very chic. Owner and designer Elyse offers a refreshingly modern take on the tassel-earring trend. I love how she pairs the typically boho-chic tassel earring with sleek brass and bold modern shapes, as you can see in the Artemis Earring pictured above.

My other favorite at Tidy Clutterings is the Helena Earring, also pictured above, though you'll find a lot more than tassel earrings in the new Santorini Summer 2018 Collection. I don't know about you guys, but I am totally in love with these half-circle marble print earrings. Talk about instagram-worthy. Leave me a comment below to let me know which pair is your favorite!

Another gorgeous fashion fix this Friday Finds is courtesy of  Uniquely MC, where you can get handmade one-of-a-kind handbags, clutches, cross body bags and backpacks. I love the practicality of a roomy cross body bag, like this canvas messenger bag, and there are several large shoulder bags available as well.

Though the fold-over zip clutches at Uniquely MC come in the prettiest prints! This botanical print clutch with mustard yellow is so perfect for Summer. And how pretty is this colorful floral and polka-dot print clutch! All of their clutches are made with quality home d├ęcor fabrics and are interlined with pellon for added structure and durability. These beautiful and unique clutches would make for the perfect gift.

Now I couldn't leave you guys without some gorgeous beauty products, could I? This week's featured makeup comes from Taupe Coat, a vegan, 10-free & cruelty free nail polish brand that carries bold colors for the modern boss babe. Pictured above, "My Day Job", part of the Taupe Coat 9 -5 Collection is a chic neutral that works perfectly with any skin tone. Also part of the 9-5 Collection is "K St." a bold red to give you confidence during your next presentation or meeting...or perhaps your next YouTube video.

I love that Taupe Coat works with charities as well. They're currently in collaboration with #HappyPeriod, which provides menstrual products to anyone with a period that has low-income, is homeless, or living in poverty. They believe that no one should go without menstrual care, and work towards in ending the stigma and breaking the taboo surrounding menstruation. A portion of every Taupe Coat purchase you make between June 21 and September 22 will be donated to #Happy Period. Taupe Coat nail polish will also be on next month's unboxing and on the August KCL Beauty Edit, and of course on some #ManiMonday Instagram posts!

I hope you've enjoyed the glimpse of these beautiful and chic brands. You can use the lonks below to browse and shop. Enjoy!

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  1. These earrings are the cutest ! Thanks for sharing!



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