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Welcome to another Friday Finds! Can you guys believe it's the weekend before Thanksgiving?! Time has been flying by since we moved into our new home, and I'm miraculously keeping up with all of the PR samples and promos and photography. At KCL we've also passed 5K followers on Insta and have a huge giveaway featuring some of my favorite things...over $500 worth of faves (including this gorgeous red nail polish)! You can enter to win here >.

Next week's finds will be Black Friday deals, so there won't be the usual small shops featured, but that is to make way for my big Holiday Gift Guide that will be posted on Small Business Saturday! On today's finds, you get a sneak peek at one of the gift guide picks as well as some self-care bath and body goodies and some adorable ornaments to help you kick off your holiday decor. Enjoy!


When it comes to makeup, nothing could be more perfect for the holiday season than this gorgeous red nail polish. I've featured T…

The KCL Beauty Edit - September


Welcome to the new KCL Beauty Edit! I don't know about you guys, but I am so excited for Fall beauty and Fall fashion! I received the beautiful big Fall Fashion Issue of VOGUE in the mail, and I am feeling very inspired. As we get further into the coming season, you can expect a big KCL Fall Beauty Guide as well as a fall fashion guide and plenty of holiday guides as well. For this month's beauty edit, I have some must-have hair products and my new favorite face mask.

You may have already heard of EVOLVh, if you keep up with trends on Instagram. This luxury beauty brand is poised to be one of the top hair product brands among millennials, in my opinion. It's such a cool and modern brand, offers customized clean products, and it delivers on performance big time. Now they aren't all-natural, so if you have very sensitive allergies, it might not be right for you, but their products are sulfate and paraben-free as well as vegan and cruelty-free. And they smell so good!!


I've been sampling several items from the EVOLVh curl care products; including their Smart Curl Shampoo and Conditioner, their Ultra Repair Mask, and their fan-favorite WonderBalm Magic for Curls (and magic for straightening). The shampoo and conditioner was very impressive. I have crazy frizzy and naturally-wavy hair, and the mornings after I use these products, my hair is noticeably less frizzy, and my waves are much more defined. What I really liked about the WonderBalm is how it offers flexible hold and incredible shine without any sticky residue. Though the Ultra Repair Mask, I have to say, was not my favorite of the products. I do a lot of DIY deep conditioning treatments with Vitamin E oil and coconut oil, and they tend to work better than anything I've tried thus far.

What I absolutely loved from EVOLVh was the Smart Volume Leave-In Conditioner. It immediately cut down on my frizz, and just like everything else from EVOLVh, it smells so good. I've never experienced so much frizz control from such a lightweight product before. I also love how quick and easy it is to use, as it comes in a convenient spray bottle. These are definitely the kind of hair products you want to have with you whenever you're traveling!


If you're looking for high-performing hair products that are not just toxin-free but 100% natural, this next brand is the one for you! Cult + King is a brand with a mission to be kind to the planet, kind to animals, and kind to its customers by providing cruelty-free and all-natural products in eco-friendly packaging. They use materials like renewable bamboo and refillable glass bottles, and they use minimal packaging with their refill pouches.

And though they aim for less packaging, that is actually what first attracted me to this brand. I saw this beautiful glass bottle on Insta and just had to have it! Their full-size TONIK, pictured above, comes in that gorgeous black bottle and is a leave-in conditioner for your hair and scalp, providing nourishment and a light hold. I find it so relaxing to spray on after a bath or shower. It has such a nice scent and leaves my hair soft and manageable.

They offer several other all-natural botanical hair products, like a setting spray and hair powder, all of which I'm sure are incredible. And their all-in-one products; like this shampoo, face, and body wash bar make for an even more earth-friendly product. Though the other item I personally had the pleasure of testing from Cult + King was their Balm. It comes in a beautiful bamboo container, and the balm is available in refill packages. Creating even less waste, their Balm is a multi-use product as well.


I love the story behind this balm. It was the brand's very first product and was originally made as a shave cream...they intended to make the best goddamn shave cream on earth, to be exact, and what they got instead was an incredibly effective botanical moisturizer that testers couldn't help but also put on the beards, their hair, under their eyes, on dry elbows, etc. Personally, I love to use it as a leave-in hair conditioner, a moisturizing shave cream, and it serves as the best cuticle cream I've ever used...ever! As a beauty influencer, I need to keep my hands in perfect condition for #ManiModay, and this balm completely eliminates any dry skin or cuticles around my nails. I highly recommend Cult + King. If you want to start by trying a bit of everything, go with The C+K Sampler!

This next one is a brand that you may have seen on Friday Finds. Loil Life is an organic beauty company that infuses their products with essential oils and herbs, and their products are all preservative-free. After I featured their handmade bath and body care, I got to try out their all natural Peppermint Lip Scrub and Lip Balm Duo. I'm actually using their lip balm as we speak. It's in my pocket, and I use it everyday. Made with Vitamin E oil and shea butter, it is very moisturizing; and the peppermint essential oil provides a refreshing minty scent with a subtle plumping effect.


The peppermint lip scrub by Loil Life is honestly the best lip scrub I've tried. The problem I've run into with other lip scrubs is that they're either very moisturizing but too oily, so not enough exfoliation; or they exfoliate just fine, because they contain more sugar but are therefore too dry. The Loil Life peppermint lip scrub however, doesn't go on feeling oily at all and has a lot of exfoliating sugar, though it has such a softening a moisturizing effect as well.

Now there is always something in the mix that gets a bad review, as I always give you guys my honest opinions, and this month it's unfortunately from a brand that I know a lot of people love. I recently received the new Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizing Toner via Influenster, and I find it quite disappointing. Is it an effective cleansing toner? Yes. And it contains salicylic acid, so it is no doubt effective at cleansing pores and preventing acne. But I have high expectations whenever a brand implies big promises in the very name of its product.

This Perricone MD product for example, is an "Intensive Pore Minimizing Toner" and I haven't seen any intensive results, nor are my pores minimized in the slightest after having used this for two weeks. Granted it may work more slowly over time, so I'll keep testing it and will let you guys know on Instagram if I change my mind. Though I won't change my mind on the fact that this toner is over-priced. I don't mind expensive beauty products if they're unique or deliver quick results, but this toner isn't anymore effective than using a $1 witch hazel toner or a DIY cider vinegar toner, and it costs $45! For that much money, I'd like to see much more "intensive" results and much sooner. Don't waste your money on this one, guys.


What did noticeably cleanse and shrink my pores after just one use was this  Rose Clay Conditioning Mask from Bua Organics. I've been testing so many wonderful organic skincare product from Bua this month, and among them I've tried three different facial masks. I do love and highly suggest all of their masks, but my favorite is the Rose Clay mask. It feels so cooling and soothing and really delivers on deep pore cleansing. I've long been a fan of charcoal for pore cleansing, but this one may just be my new favorite.

Made with a base of rose and kaolin clays, this clarifying mask is suitable for dry and sensitive skin types, though I found it worked well on my combination-oily skin too. A blend of coconut extract, honey and buttermilk deeply hydrates the skin for lasting moisture. Antioxidant-rich shiitake mushroom powder combines with rice flour and ginger root powder to improve the skin complexion. Best of all, it's scented with relaxing lavender.

Stick around for more KCL Beauty both here on the blog and on Insta; as I'll be sharing some new tutorials, reviews, and my absolute favorite new organic foundation. Which of the products mentioned today are you most interested in? Let me know in the comments below!


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  2. These looks like really good picks dear. I'd love to try peppermint lip scrub by Loil Life. Anyway, your photos are really adorable, nicely done! Thanks for sharing!

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