Happy New Year & Norcal Christmas Roadtrip Vlog!

Wishing everyone the most bright, happy, healthy and abundant 2017!  I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas as well!!  I went on a road trip to NorCal for the holidays and decided to take you along with me in my NorCal Christmas Roadtrip Vlog!

It’s so hard to believe that Christmas arrived and passed SO fast!!!  There was lots of eating, relaxing, & gathering with friends and family.  15726987_1319505754738435_2885290260239971821_n.jpg15747334_1319483971407280_2917316515397928235_n-1.jpgThis year will be coming to a close in less than a 24 hours!  2016 definitely was definitely a rollercoaster that kept me on my 15698075_1319328261422851_1410712266986458349_n.jpgtoes!!! Thank you to everyone who supported me this year.  I feel ever so blessed. Thank you to all of you who inspire me daily, if not by the second!  Thank you 15665629_1319584848063859_3488464950701648263_n.jpg for supporting my blog, YouTube channel, & social medias.  You make me smile from ear to ear every single day!!!!!  Thank you to my reps for all that you do to make my dreams possible.  I am in awe of you.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  May 2017 be one to remember, my dears! Much love! Happy New Year!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ~Kelle xoxoxoo

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Tie Dye Dress: 599Fashion | Model: Kelley Whilden

 

 

 

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Peachy-Red Smokey Eyed Holiday Makeup Look & GRWM! Merry Christmas! <3 <3

Happy holidays, loves!! In this video, I share with you a peachy-red smokey eye makeup look that is purrrrrrrfect for the holidays! I’ve been wearing it a ton!! Milani’s “I Heart You” baked metallic shadow is the show-stopping product used for this eye look.

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Milani’s “I Heart You” Baked Metallic Eye Shadow | Peachy-Red Smokey Eyed Holiday Makeup Look & GRWM | Kelley Whilden

The photo above does not do this baked shadow justice!! Depending on the light, the color  shifts from peach, to red, to copper. A shade that will forever remind me of Christmas. I also share with you a few new fave products I’ve been loving lately as well. Hope you guys enjoy the video! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! ❤ ❤ ~Kelle

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Sonoma, CA | December 2016
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Nutcracker and me | Sonoma, CA | December 2016
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Peachy-Red Smokey Eyed Holiday Makeup Look & GRWM | Kelley Whilden

 

 

 

Zen Winter Hydration: Pearlessence Facial Mists: Rose, Coconut, & Cucumber Waters

Zen Winter hydration is imperative for dry skin.  Pearlessence facial mist waters have been my saving grace over the past few months.  IMG_1159.jpgAromatherapy is as important to me as yoga.  When I get too busy to workout, aromatherapy is my yoga. lol.  When my skin gets thirsty I hydrate it with the lightly scented Rose Water, Coconut Water, & Cucumber Water facial mists, by Pearlessence.

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Pearlessence’s Coconut Water, Cucumber Water, & Rose Water facial mists are gorgeous for winter skin hydration

The Coconut Water scent is my morning waker-upper.  The light and sweet coconut scent gets me going in the a.m.  That and a heaping cup of coffee. 😉

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Coconut Water | Pearlessence | Its light, sweet scent wakes my skin up in the a.m.

On spa days/nights, I use the Cucumber Water because it has a very light & refreshing cucumber aroma.  After a relaxing facial massage, spraying this on my face helps to lock in extra moisture.  Zen in a bottle, baby.

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Cucumber Water | Pearlessence | This mist is my favorite for hydrating my skin after a facial massage. Zen in a bottle, baby!

Roses remind me of the rain.  Dew drops on roses are just so beautiful.  This is the perfect facial water for a rainy day and/or pick-me-up.  This is also the bottle I reach for the most for setting my makeup.  Dewy skin is always in, especially with rose water.

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Rose Water | Pearlessence | My favorite makeup setting face mist.

What I love is that these 8 oz bottles last forever.  They are like the size of an 8oz glass of water!  The spritzer on each bottle sprays the perfect amount of mist with just one pump.  I have been using them all for almost three months now, and they are barely reaching the top of the label mark.  The glass bottles look really beautiful on a vanity & would also make really great Christmas gifts! Happy Holidays, everyone! XO ~Kelle

Merry Christmas Holiday Giveaway!

Season’s Greetings, loves!  Over the weekend I put together a holiday giveaway for you guys!

One lucky subscriber will win (7) beauty products including the following:

  1. E.L.F. Cosmetics Smudge Pot, Shade: Poppin Party
  2. E.L.F. Cosmetics Silky Smooth Powder, Shade: Glow
  3. E.O.S. Lip Balm, Flavor: Summer Fruit
  4. Profusion Cosmetics Natural Eyeshadow Palette, 12 shades
  5. SoapBox Soaps All Natural Bar Soap, Scent: Mandarin…(Love their Soap=Hope mantra!  With every SoapBox soap purchase, SoapBox donates a soap bar product to someone in need. <3)
  6. Wet n Wild Petal Pusher Eyeshadow Palette, 8 shades
  7. Wet n Wild Crease Brush

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    One subscriber will win these (7) beauty products! Merry Christmas Holiday Giveaway! | Kelley Whilden

To enter the giveaway, be sure to be subscribed to my channel and leave me a comment saying you are interested in winning the holiday giveaway.  This giveaway is also international! ❤

I’ll be announcing the winner in just a few short days, in hopes that my winner will receive their gifts in time for CHRISTMAS!!! :)))))))))))

Best of luck, darlings!!  Wishing you and yours the very merriest of holidays!! xoxo ❤ Kelle

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The glossy-eyed look I wore in my Holiday Giveaway video was simple to create with ELF’s cream shadow in the shade, Confetti! Perfect holiday shade!  One lucky winner will win all (7) products including an ELF cream shadow in the shade, Poppin Party! Happy Holidays! ❤  

Lorac Skinny Black And Love, Lust, & Lace Palettes!

In my latest review video, I cracked open my Lorac Skinny Black palette and Love, Lust, & Lace palettes!  They had been collecting dust for a long while on my review-to-do shelf.  In the video, I give you my first impressions/review (with live swatches) of both of these beautiful palettes.  The lace packaging.  So beautiful, chic, and winter-y looking.

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Winter calls for a winter-y looking palette like Lorac’s Love, Lust & Lace!

The Skinny black palette is very sleek as well, with a beautiful combo of 7 matte and satin shades.  The faux croc packaging is elegance.

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Skinny Black by Lorac is wear it’s at.

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I am not the best swatcher when it comes to left-handed swatching lol.  The Love, Lust, & Lace palette also comes with a beautiful combo of matte and satin shades.  All very wearable with great inner eye/brow bone highlight and transition shades.  Gorgeous neutrals palette with a blue pop of color.

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Lorac Love, Lust, & Lace palette Swatches

The Skinny Black palette is everything you would need for traveling.  Very light, skinny, & compact for throwing into your makeup case. I especially love the two taupe shades.  The black is soooo pigmented and amazing for smokey liner.  Love the combo of warm and cool shades.  Perfection.

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Lorac Skinny Black Palette Swatches
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Lorac Love, Lust, & Lace palette (left) and Lorac Skinny Black palette (right).
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❤ the lace & faux croc packaging on the Lorac’s Love, Lust & Lace (left) and Lorac Skinny Black palette (right)
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4 of the 7 buttery shades in the Lorac Skinny Black palette
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3 of the 7 shades in Lorac’s Skinny Black palette

The formula in the Skinny Black is very smooth, silky, & buttery.  I have a feeling I will be using this palette on the daily!

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The Lorac formula. Obsessed.  Also impressed with the combo of warm & cool shades.

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Lorac Love, Lust & Lace palette

In the Lorac vid I also mentioned L.A. Colors’ NEW I ❤ Makeup Eyes [MATTE]R palette.  It has 25 all matte shades for only $4.99! For more info on that palette check out my last blog. Muahhhh!! Xoxo ~Kelle

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Lorac Love, Lust & Lace (left) and Skinny Black palette (right) | Model: Kelley Whilden

 

L.A. Colors: I <3 Makeup: Eyes [MATTE]R Palette! (25 matte shades!)

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LA Colors I ❤ Makeup Eyes [MATTE]R Palette | 25 matte shades!
SO, over the weekend I stumbled upon this $4.99 L.A. Colors Eyes [MATTE]R palette!  This is one of the biggest all matte palettes I have ever seen at the drugstore.  I still cannot believe that it comes with 25 matte shades for only $4.99!  The matte formula palette looks nothing like the $1 three-pan metallic (and uber-pigmented) palettes from LA Colors.  If you want to see the richly pigmented metallic formula I am referring to, click here for the LA Color swatches in one of my past videos.  However, these mattes do look similar to the matte shades in the small $1 six-pan LA Colors Bold eyes palettes, that I hauled and reviewed last month.  I also love those palettes!  Click here to see Bold Eye palette swatches in action. There is literally nothing to be found online about this mystery I ❤ Makeup Eyes [MATTE]R palette.  Zilch reviews.  Zero online retailers (not listed on the LA Colors website either). NADA a whole lotta I could find, which makes me wonder if this is just a holiday exclusive. That all said, I will be as detailed as possible for you guys with my review.

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Smokey eyed look created with L.A. Colors I ❤ Makeup all matte palette

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s go over the cute I ❤ Makeup packaging.  ADORABLE.

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LA Colors I ❤ Makeup Palette packaging is adorable!

The case is convenient because it is plastic with snap closure. However, the plastic is on the cheaper, flimsier side. No biggie though, as it beats cheap cardboard. Inside, you do get a mirror & the plastic tray that the shadows are glued into is removable.  This tray could easily be pulled out when you use up all of the shades.  In which case, you could easily recycle it into a z-palette.  Also included is a double-sided brush with a sponge tip applicator on one end, and a small (like it could be a lip brush kinda small), synthetic concealer type brush on the other end.

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Included in the I ❤ Makeup all matte palette, is a doubled ended brush.

A tiny concealer brush for mattes?  Random. Is that supposed to be the smudger? I’ve never smudged with a concealer brush, but who knows, maybe it will work! Ha!  On the back of the palette is a how-to makeup instruction guide, which is great if you are just beginning with makeup.

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On the back of the palette is a how-to makeup guide. Great palette for beginners!

In terms of the palette height and width dimensions, it is about 1 inch wider & 1 inch taller than a UD Naked palette.  This is a very sleek & thin palette as well (slightly thinner than a Naked palette).  4 of the 25 shades in this all matte palette are labeled “Define” and “Base” shades,

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4 of the 25 shades are labeled as “Define” and “Base” shades.  The 2 darker shades in this group are also great for brows. 

with pan sizes nearly twice the size of the rest of the shades.  The color selection in this palette is absolutely PERFECT and complimentary to all skin tones.  It comes with an array of neutrals & dark shades in both warm & cool tones.  With plenty of transition shades & a few pops of color to choose from, you can create any look with this palette (without the use of shimmers that is ;). Re: the formula, I am always hesitant of matte eye shades in uber-cheap palettes, as they can sometimes be chalky or lacking pigmentation. But to the touch, these shadows feel very silky and smooth, surprisingly enough.  There were a few chalky shades that required a fudging off of the chalky overspray layer, but once removed they worked out fine. Impressively, there is no fallout.

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Swatches (without a primer) of the 15 pan shadow section of the LA Colors I ❤ Makeup Eyes [MATTE]R palette
There are a couple of shades in this palette that apply like a satin matte (i.e. the white/cream shade, far left swatch, in the below photo of 6 swatched shades), which I LOVE.  The satin matte shades in this palette are stunning for the brow bone.  As you can see in the swatches, the darker shades are a dreammmm!! img_0814-2When swatched, a few of the lightest shades are definitely the weakest, in terms of pigmentation.  But when used with a primer, they are great base/blending shades. Otherwise, without a primer, the lighter shades just blend to nothing.  The weakest color in this palette is, by far, the deep purple shade (2nd to last swatch on my arm, and the 2nd to last pan shade in bottom row (below arm).  It just did not want to swatch AT ALL.  But when swatched on a primer, it swatches much better and blends easily.  Further, it applies more like a grey purple, rather than the deep purple in the pan (but works out great because I prefer purples with grey undertones).  The darker shades in this palette are soooo amazingly pigmented!!! All of the shades blend amazing. img_0748If I had to compare this palette to another, I would say the silky smooth, no-fallout formula reminds me a lot of ELF’s Mad For Mat te palette.  With the LA Colors matte palette, you do get more than double the amount of shades than the ELF palette, & for half the price!  If I I had to narrow down my fave shades it would be the brick, the grey/black, the taupes, light bluish grey, & the light yellow shades.  LOVE them!!! In the smokey eye look I created with this palette using the light yellow, teal, & grey/black shades, I also used a mixture of the two darker “Define” shades for my brows.  The darker “Define” shades could not be more purrrrrrfect for brows! For $5 and some change, this palette is brilliant!  img_0734I am SO sorry that this palette is a complete online MYSTERY!!! Hopefully you can find it in the holiday makeup section of your nearest Rite Aide (where I found mine). Another place to check might be the Dollar Tree, as they tend to carry a lot from the LA Colors line.  It would be amazing if they came out more palettes like this one!! A metallic one would be rad!!!!!  I hope you guys enjoyed this review!  If you do go on the hunt for this palette, please let me know if you find it!  I’ll keep my eyes peeled for you!!! Have a beautiful week! ❤ ❤ ~Kelle

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L.A. Colors I ❤ Makeup Eyes [MATTE]R palette | Model: Kelley Whilden