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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


Welcome to KCL Friday Finds! I hope you’ve had a lovely week! Today’s finds include some more beautiful nail polish, eco-friendly hair care, botanical skincare, and more. Each of these indie brands truly have a passion for what they do, and it shows in the quality of their products. It’s definitely some weekend shopping that you can feel good about. Enjoy! Pictured: Wanderlux Store Girl Boss Mug



This first shop is one I've been following on Instagram for a while now. The products and photos at Wanderluxe Store are so chic, I've been wanting to have them on Friday Finds ever since I first saw them on Insta. Owner and designer Amber sells everything from Girl Boss mugs and home goods  to fashion accessories and super cute tees.

A lot of the items at Wanderlux come in multiple variations or can be customized, so they make for the perfectly chic gift. You guys know I'm obsessed with my eyelash mug, right? How cute is this eyelash and lipstick tee?! If you need to spruce up your home or perhaps a girl boss home office, try this Gold Foil Monogram Pillow. Hmmm if I ever have my own home office with a couch, I think I need a "KCL" pillow! You guys can save 15% OFF anything at Wanderlux with code LUXTHANKS41!



The next shop is a beautiful nail and body care brand called Meraki Nature's Cosmetics that sells vegan, cruelty-free nail polish and nail care products. Their nail polish is 7-free and comes in a wide variety of colors from a classic bold red to their fun “Tequila & Lime” green shade pictured above. The Meraki Summer Collection is full of other fun but wearable shades like Summer Breeze - a beautiful light blue, and Sundaze - a soft peachy orange (pictured above). I like that all of their non-traditional shades come in light, pastel tones; which makes all of them very wearable.

In addition to the nail colors, Meraki Nature's Cosmetics offers healthy nail care products; like a nutrient-rich nail treatment and Base Coat with Garlic to help your nails grow long and strong. The Meraki Matte Top Coat will help your mani last longer, and the Quick Dry Top Coat will help your nail polish dry in three minutes!



More in beauty for today's finds, we have Cult + King. I first noticed this brand on Instagram because of the beautiful packaging for their organic botanical hair spray and conditioning Tonik (pictured above). It's botanically infused, and packed with restorative vitamins and quinoa protein. I love it when beauty products can actually make my hair or skin more healthy and beautiful. It seems like that should be a given with beauty products, right?

All of the beauty products at Cult + King are free of harmful chemicals and are just as easy on the environment as they are on your body. A few of their products are available in refill pouches, so you can reuse those beautiful glass bottles; and the all-in-one Wash Shampoo Bar + Face and Body Wash is such a great way to cut down on the plastic waste caused by the typical plastic shampoo and soap bottles. Cult + King has a firm belief in providing toxic-free products, in being good to the planet, and in supporting small businesses. You can read all about it in their company manifesto.



If you're into essential oils, you're going to love this next shop! Specifically if you're into using essential oils for aromatherapy, Indigo Green Products is a shop you're going to want to bookmark. Owner Jennifer carries a nice selection of pure essential oils like Lemongrass, Lavender, and Eucalyptus; though she also sells some unique and effective blends of her own, like the Happy Essential Oil Blend to help you through those busy stressful days, and this Power Essential Oil Blend to give you both a boost of energy and a calming effect for those busy days when you need to accomplish a lot without anxiety getting in the way.

In addition to the essential oil blends, you can find the most beautiful aromatherapy jewelry at Indigo Green. I'm sure you've seen some lava jewelry by now, but they tend to look the same and are pretty basic. The wide selection at Indigo Green includes unique necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. I love the idea of using chic earrings for aromatherapy. If you try one of her essential oil blends, you can get one of the gorgeous bracelets for free by sharing your review here >. Even better you guys can take 25% OFF your order!! Use coupon code krisztina2018 on your favorite essential oil, then leave that Facebook review for a FREE Bracelet!



Finally we have a gorgeous organic and cruelty-free botanical skincare brand called Harmony + Blossom. They use blends of jasmine and other botanicals to create beautiful facial products like this Jasmine and White Tea Facial Nectar. This nutrient-rich serum naturally balances moisture levels in the skin to hydrate dry, dull skin and to deliver a dewy complexion. The powerful antioxidants in the white tea helps to detoxify and protect the skin.

For something more lightweight, try the Jasmine and Rose Facial Moisturizer. Its light texture absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it soft and moisturized without any oil. Something I would really love to try from Harmony + Blossom is the Jasmine and Chrysanthemum Cleansing Clay. It's made with coconut milk, Jasmine, Chrysanthemum and other natural ingredients and gets its beautiful pink shade from French pink clay. It's a skin-nourishing formula that cleans deeply but is gentle as well. I'll have the pleasure of trying out some products from Harmony + Blossom so keep an eye out on Instagram and on KCL Beauty!

Thanks so much for stopping by Friday Finds. I hope you have a lovely weekend. Leave me a comment below before you go, and use the links below to browse these incredible brands. Don't forget about those awesome coupon codes. Happy shopping!


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