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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.

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The Perfect Housewarming Gift & How to #SmudgethatSh*t


My family and I have recently moved into a new home, and first on my to-do list was a cleansing ritual. Thus this beautiful floral smudge stick from Mystical Blossoms was the perfect housewarming gift. Now, I know, despite how trendy sage has become on Insta, you may be hesitant, or perhaps you just have no idea how one goes about performing a cleansing. To sum it up, it's about being intentional about the kind of energy you want in your home. It's simple...do you want good vibes? Do you want to let go of the bad vibes? Great...then as they say on instagram, let's #smudgethatsh*t.



For a quick cleansing, you can use a smudge spray, for example, like this Namaste Smudge Spray; or you can use incense, herbs, a fragrant simmer pot...it doesn't have to be something specific. The point is that by adding something tangible to a prayer or meditation, you turn that prayer or meditation into a ceremonial act, and that will make you more confident and intentional about your thoughts. Think about all of the traditions we apply to relationships and holidays. Those symbols and traditions all serve to make those events more meaningful. They serve as reminders and help reinforce positive behaviors. So whether you practice prayer or meditation, a beautiful smudge stick can greatly enhance your process.

With that in mind, there is no right or wrong way to cleanse, in my opinion. You can leave it burning on a fire-safe dish, or you can waft the smoke all over the place with a huge bird feather if it helps you focus.

Now what? Think on the things you don't want in your home...negative energy, sadness, etc. By saying out loud that these things are not welcome in your home, trust me, you will begin to feel empowered and lighter and like you're working with a blank slate.

Now fill that blank slate with some majorly good vibes. Go room by room and say the positive things you want in your home - joy, laughter, peace, love, etc. Will these things magically manifest? No. But by taking the time and care to think on these things in a ceremonial fashion, I guarantee you'll find yourself focused on these good vibes and much more apt to take actions that will continue to bring more of these good vibes about. To me, that is the science behind the magic, so to speak.

If you know someone who is moving into a new home, I think a smudge stick is the perfect gift. And if you want to up your self-care game, grab a few for yourself! The smudge I got from Mystical Blossoms was dried so well. I like that it lasts a long time, and I didn't have to use it all up at once.

In my gift box from Mystical Blossoms, there was also an Arnica and St. John's Wart Muscle Rub for tired achy muscles and joint pain - very helpful when moving and lifting boxes!



For a nice bath and body gift, I also got this beautiful Vanilla Chai Soap (pictured above). Made with madagascar vanilla beans, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and a blend of essential oils; this soap has such a warm inviting and uplifting scent. It can really help one to feel comforted during the chaos of settling into a new place.

From aromatherapy products to herbal teas and bath soaks, Mystical Blossoms carries numerous hand-crafted items that are so very #giftworthy and full of good vibes. With both small and large floral smudge sticks, as well as several different sprays and steamers; they offer a wide variety of cleansing products. With every smudge stick, they'll also include an instruction sheet and guided prayer to help you cleanse your space with confidence.

Have you tried a smudge stick yet? Let me know in the comments below!

Comments

  1. I've never given thought to the idea of a home's energy in that sense.

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  2. Haven't heard of this, but looks pretty interesting. I'd love to try this. Thanks for sharing dear!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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