The artist, Nela Steric…

Greetings, everyone! Over the past weekend I attended the art show opening of my beautiful friend, Nela Steric, at the Tag Gallery in Los Angeles. Her watercolor work is reflective, deep, vivid, emotional, original & complex.img_0172-1 I find her work exceptionally thought-provoking, and so I thought to share a few of my favorite Nela masterpieces with you. img_0239Nela uses Yupo paper and watercolor for her artistry, giving each masterpiece a look and feel all their own.  

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About Nela, the artist

I love that each piece tells a story.  Her patriotism pieces are just outstanding, and you might have seen them published somewhere 😉     This next piece is a closeup and so magical.  In addition to watercolor, she used pencil to sketch his/her face.

Nela dedicates her life to the arts and is an art educator based in Los Angeles.  She is such an inspiration to me and I hope you love her art as much as I do.  Wishing you all a blessed day! Muah! ~Kelle

Kelley Whilden (left) and Nela, the artist (right) | Tag Gallery, Los Angeles | March 24th, 2018

Nela Art | Tag Gallery, Los Angeles | March 24th, 2018
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Be Sweet, Be Hot, and Be Original Kumana Avocado Sauce!

Happy Sunday, kittehs! Last weekend was a complete slice of avocado sauce heaven!  If you have never heard of avocado sauce, you must give Kumana’s Be Sweet, Be Hot, and Be Original vegan avocado sauces a try!  Each bottle is made of 2/3 avocados!

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Kumana’s avocado sauces come in three outstanding flavors: Be Sweet, Be Original, & Be Hot!

Thanks to Live Talent Now I was blessed with the opportunity to model with Kumana at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, CA!  Kumana founders, Francisco Pavan (far right, photo below) & Roberto Pavan (far left, photo below), grew up in Venezuela and have incorporated their secret Venezuelan family recipe, chalked full of tasty spices, into their sublime avocado sauces!

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We served up some delicious vegan and non-vegan hors d’oeuvre options topped with Kumana avocado sauce at the Natural Products Expo! | Anaheim, CA | March 10, 2018

If you are on the go x365, you will definitely appreciate how fast you can add some tasty avocado sauce to your favorite dishes and snacks, likeeee avocado toast.  You don’t have to spend the time you don’t have, peeling and slicing up that avocado to strategically place on your bread.  You can just drizzle on your favorite avocado sauce, devour it, and be out the door!  Also, you can’t beat the fact that it’s only 5 calories per teaspoon, 0 grams of carbs, and 0 grams of sugar.  What?!! IMG_2049.jpgI go through a bottle of this stuff in less than a wk! Lately I have been adding it to my toast, chili…IMG_2012 2 and even my homemade ramen! Feel free to add it to your Tuesday Tacos, Monday Meatballs, or Friday Fajitas! IMG_2029 I cannot wait to use them as a marinade for one of my favorite entrées: baked salmon. If I had to recommend a Kumana flavor to try, I would say to try them all.  They are that delicious.  If you are on the hunt for a bottle of their avocado goodness, they are currently available on Amazon and will be sold in Safeway stores in Northern Cali in July 2018.  I will be picking up a few bottles in Norcal on my next road trip back home for sureeee!!! Have a great week, loves!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ~KelleIMG_2059

Raise Your Love, Raise Your Standards, Raise Your Vibrations <3

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Kelley Whilden

That look you give when someone says you can’t model, act, sing, dance, or dream ✌🏻. As a model & actor for over 10 yrs, it wasn’t until the last 2 yrs where the “no you can’t’s” finally came to a 🛑. I hope this post helps anyone who has been told “no” to their dreams. When they try to deter you, remember, only bullies do that. And I hope you place more importance on your dreams than to ever let anyone diminish you. Focus on the good & healthy fruit, and not the bad apples. Raise your standards. Raise your love. Raise your vibrations. And you can conquer ANYTHING the 🌎 has to offer. Much luv!! XO ~Kelle 💖🦋🌈✌🏻#raiseyourlove #raiseyourstandards #raiseyourvibration #mindset #mood #life #in #blackandwhite

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Kelley Whilden

 

The Blogger Recognition Award!

trophy-153395_640I will start by saying thank you SO much to GiltsandGlamz for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award over the weekend!  I am so appreciative to those of you who follow, read, & support my blog!  I like to put a lot of time into my posts, so it means a great deal to me that GiltsandGlamz would nominate me!  Your guys’ and gals’ support means so so SO much!!! Whether it pertains to health, fitness, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, etc., I absolutely adore writing/blogging on these topics.  It was really my love for all of these things that triggered my desire to start a blog.  One of my greatest passions has always been photography, so I absolutely love that aspect of blogging as well.  I am constantly feeling like I am missing moments to capture when I don’t have my camera with me!!!!  My advice to new bloggers is to first narrow your passions.  Then blog about your passions with relevant content including photos, quotes, and witty writing.  In the info age, short and sweet sentences are best for holding your readers’ attention.  Also, I recommend putting in the extra time to select and edit impressive photos.  A picture can speak a thousand words, so bright & powerful content really helps to grab your readers’ attention.  GiltsandGlamz is an incredible blog that I love reading on the daily, and I invite you to subscribe and follow her blog as well.  Congrats to the blogs I have nominated below, and have a beautiful week!!! ❤ ❤         heart_nominate.jpg

Now for the nominations….drum roll pleaseeeeeee….I nominate the following blogs for the Bloggers Recognition Award:

  1. PinotAndPeepToes
  2. MyStyleInsideOut
  3. Cooking With A Wallflower
  4. Square Mile of Style
  5. BeatFaceFriday
  6. Glamorize Your Mind
  7. A Pinch of Inspiration
  8. Simoneteffect
  9. Fluently Fashion
  10. carlynnsblog
  11. Serendipity
  12. Just Like Heaven
  13. The Bambi Eyes
  14. Twinspiration
  15. Shrisloveformakeup

 

There Are A Few Rules:

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Write a post to show your award.
Give a brief story of how your blog started.
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
Let Go…

Two Pieces Of Advice For New Bloggers:

Let this be something you enjoy and cherish do not, do not go crazy over how many views or likes a day you’re hitting, yes, that makes you happy and makes want to put in more work, which is great and that’s how it should stay. Your number one priority should be to make your self happy with the content of your blog because when you love what you put out there so will your readers.
Be YOU, Be REAL yes, original is what your aim should be, trust me when I say you do not need to change the way you speak to publish content on your blog, write as you speak, write as you feel, and write as though you were talking to a friend in a real life, that is whats going to attract and connect readers to your blog.

Maybelline Color Moltens Review & Giveaway Winner Announcement!!

 

Congrats to Michele Cupp on winning the New Year’s Giveaway!!! Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway over the past week!! I absolutely loved reading and responding to your resolutions!!!  I appreciate everyone who took the time to share your beautiful thoughts on my channel!!  Please don’t worry, there will be another giveaway in the near future!!  Now, let’s talk more about makeup, shall we?!!!  Lately I have been loving my Maybelline Color Molten Cream Shadow Duos, so I thought I would review them for you guys.  I love the shades Endless Mocha, Stroke of Silver, Midnight Morph, & Nude Rush shadow duos.

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The textures of these cushiony gel-powder cream shadows remind me a lot of the Maybelline Dream Bouncy blushes (coffee cake is my absolute fave bouncy blush!!)  When I apply the Color Molten as a shadow, I like to use my BH Cosmetics synthetic eye shadow brush.  They blend like an absolute dream.  What I also really love about these shadows is that they make incredible gel liners.  To apply as my liner, I like to use a small angled brush for precision placement & blend the line with the synthetic shadow brush.

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Application of these shadows is easy with my BH Cosmetics synthetic shadow brush. Color Moltens also make amazing gel liners when applied with an angled brush | Maybelline Color Molten Duo Shade: Midnight Morph

Just 4 hours in these shadows, and I had myself a glossy-eyed crease look.  I personally love that look, if that’s the vibe I want to achieve.  But if the rockery gloss-eyed vibe is not what I am planning for on a particular day, then Houston, we have a problem.  So I tried them out with a primer, and they surprised me with longevity.  When used in conjunction with my Urban Decay primer potion, the Moltens stayed all day long!  I do have dry skin, so if you have oily lids, I wouldn’t recommend these: unless you also enjoy the glossy-eye look or unless you wanted to try them with an oil-absorbing primer.  These shadows do work great in combination with powder shadows as well.  Love that.

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Again, I don’t mind creasing.  That is to say, when I am planning for it ;). It can give a great rock chic and/or editorial look to the eye that I love.

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The only downside with these shadows for me, is that the lightest shades are not very pigmented and don’t show up that well when used as inner eye highlights.  They do look great on the brow bone, however.  The darker shades are really pigmented and I loveeee them!!! img_1971-3

If you don’t want to shell out the dinero on the Bobbi Brown gel eye liners (that have been a holy grail of mine for yearrsssss!!!), then Color Moltens are a great alternative! I have experienced absolutely no shifting or fading when they are used as liners.  IMG_1895 2.jpg These shadows apply fast and easy, especially for days when you only have 5 minutes to do makeup.  Just prime, apply shadow, mascara (although I forgot to wear mascara the day of this review video lol), blush & lip gloss, & you are golden.  img_1987

Hope you enjoyed this review.  Also, a big thank you to my current and latest new followers on my blog, Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram!! Your support means the world!!!  Cheers to a rockin New Year, my loves!!! Muahhhh!!!! XOXO ~Kelleimg_1854

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2016 Yearly Beauty Favorites & Happy New Year Limited Edition Makeup Giveaway!

TGIF, loves!! I have finallyyyyyy completed the compilation of my 2016 beauty favorites!  In no particular order of amor, I will begin with lip products. For 2016, and life in general: color was (is) key.  Throughout the year I loved NYX’s Butter Lipsticks in the shades: Thunderstorm (I wear this nearly every day of my life), Moonlit Night, Sweet Shock, Afternoon Heat, & Rootbeer Float.

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NYX Butter Lipsticks, Shades (left to right): Rootbear Float, Thunderstorm, Afternoon Heat, Moonlit Night, & Sweet Shock
My most loved daytime foundation for 2016 was my Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream, SPF 15, Shade: Light/Medium.  This BB cream provides outstanding coverage with major skin hydration benefits that my dry skin needs.  What’s great is that its finish doesn’t appear to be overly saturated with moisture or dewiness. It leaves your skin looking flawless, with coverage, and rarely required the use of powder.  Hands down my go-to foundation product for most of my on-camera work in 2016.  I’ve raved on and on about my love for Miracle Skin Transformer’s Miracle Balm over the last year, so I of course had to include it in my yearly faves.  This creamy oil balm is the perfect fix for parched skin, lips, cuticles, etc.  I wear it on my lips nearly every day. OBSESSED.

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Garnier BB Cream, Miracle Skin Transformer’s Miracle Balm, & L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur concealer
If I didn’t have L’Oreal’s Visible Lift Blur concealer in my life, I would be lost! This light liquid type concealer is the perfect amount of coverage for hiding darkness and circles, without looking like you have concealer on.  It really does blur the underyes, and its thin, light & creamy texture gives a weightless appearance to undereyes.  Dream come true concealer!!  Another makeup item I would be lost without are highlighters!  My favorite face bling set in 2016 was Anastasia’s Sundipped Glow Kit.  IMG_3655 2.jpg

My favorite shades in the palette are Tourmaline & Moonstone.  They also make beautiful eyeshadows….

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Anastasia Sundipped Glow Kit, Shades: Bronzed, Summer, Tourmaline, & Moonstone
Bellápierre’s Contour & Highlight mineral powder palette was used on the daily in 2016.  These shades are so buttery and blendable.  I love the combo of cool and warm bronzers, and the yellow shade is perfection for setting under eye concealer.  This palette is definitely well-traveled.  IMG_3607.jpgMy most cherished pink/white/lilac highlighter for inner eye, brow, cheek bones, cupid’s bow brightening was (is) my Measurable Difference Baked Face/Body Bronzer (but really it’s a rockin highlighter :))) It is one of the softest & smoothest baked highlighters I’ve ever used, & blends to perfection.  I’d say I used it about 99.9% of the year for waking up my eyes!

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Measurable Difference Baked Face/Body Bronzer (but really it’s a rockin highlighter!)
Another Measurable Difference fave for 2016 was my Rose Hip Body Oil.  While meant for the body, I use it on my face (don’t worry, the bottle says it can be used on the face ;).  It has an authentic rose scent and I love the pretty flowers floating in it.  A great facial hydration oil and bath oil as well.  LOVE it.

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Measurable Difference Rose Hip Hydrating Body Oil (can also be used on face)
2016 was definitely the year of the oils for me.  I am getting very low on my giant bottle of Ole Henriksen Body Oil (oddly, it looks full in the photo, but it’s not). In fact, I am starting to fret as I am nearing the 75% empty mark.  This was a big part of my nighttime relaxation ritual and helps me to get to zzzzzzzz. Mos def a 2016 favorite.IMG_3647.jpg

A girl without bronzers is a girl with pale skin, like me, lol.  I have two bronzer adorations for 2016 (and well on into 2017 :))): Sonia Kashuk’s Cream Bronzer in the shade: Rich, and Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer, in the shade: Bronzer.

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Sonia Kashuk Cream Bronzer, Shade: Rich | Physicians’ Formula Butter Bronzer, Shade: Bronzer
I love the creaminess and blendability of Kashuk’s bronzer.  Amazing for dry skin.  And the Butter Bronzer is one of the most buttery powder bronzers I’ve ever used.  It was the perfect shade in wintery pale skin months.  I’ll be loving these just as much in 2017, too.  My favorite cream blushes were NYX’s Tickled & Boho Chic.  Tickled is a shade I will describe as looking similar to LAVA.  This lavalicious shade is perfect for brightening skin with gorgeous color in summer and winter months.  Boho Chic is that perfect pink for cheeks that look like your own with that hint of pink flush.

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NYX Cream Blushes, Shades: Tickled (left) & Boho Chic (right)
Milani’s baked blushes are drugstore gems!! If you have never tried them, they are uber pigmented and STUNNING!!  They give a sheen to the skin that is so gorgeous.  My favorite shades are Luminoso, Rose D’Oro, Berry Amore, & Dolce Pink.  I can’t wait to pick up the rest of the shades from the line.

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Milani Baked Blushes: Luminoso, Dolce Pink, Berry Amore, Rose D’oro
A skin brightening liquid product that I adored in 2016 was Bare Minerals’ Biolucent Mineral Brightening Treatment.  It gives glow and great moisturizing benefits as well.  I like to apply it all over my face & undereyes after moisturizer, and before foundation.  It gives my skin radiance without looking overly glowy/dewy.  IMG_3602.jpg

My beloved Eucerin was my most used face moisturizer in 2016.  The larger than life bottle is nearly gone as I used it a ton for facial massages.  It’s one of the moisturizers that makes my skin feel and look hydrated when I wake up in the morning.  Holy grail moisturizer fo sho!  IMG_3675.jpg

In addition to moisturizing, proper exfoliation (once a week or so) are a must for keeping my skin healthy.  I also like to drink rice water before my shoots to boost the health & appearance of my skin.  That said, I am obsessed with Pacifica’s Rice Bright Luminizing Cleansing Paste.  It exfoliates, boosts, & moisturizes my skin, all in one product!IMG_3635.jpg

As I am sure you have heard me go on and on about, Pacifica’s Dream Big Mascara was a big hit for me in 2016.  The revolutionary, hard plastic magic bristles (that adjust via the handle) give me the precision for lower & upper lash building into the look of falsies.  I am convinced this mascara is magic.  IMG_3640.jpg

Anyone else with a taupe obsession?!  My most used cream shadow in 2016 was Rimmel’s Shadow Stick in the shade Bluffing.  This taupe shade has a duochrome-like soft lilac vibe that is so stunning.

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Rimmel Eyeshadow Stick, Shade: Bluffing
If you made it through the end of this post, then I am sure you were wondering about palettes. Drum roll plzzzzz…for 2016 my most loved and used eyeshadow palettes were Urban Decay’s Naked Basics palettes.  I used them a lot with the Rimmel Bluffing shadow stick. Perfect pairing! IMG_3699.jpgThey were compact & sleek for travel & have great shades for quick & natural looks.  The   brilliant array of cool tone shades in the palettes I use a ton for my brows.

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Urban Decay Naked Basics 1 & 2 palettes
That leads me to my……..

HAPPY NEW YEAR GIVEAWAY!  Thank you to my subscribers for helping me reach 200 subbies this week!!! You guys are amazinggggggg!!!!  Thank you for seeing me through 2016!!!!  Much love for you!!!!!!! One subscriber will win:

1) L’Oreal Limited Edition Electro Sky PaletteIMG_3560.jpg

2) Maybelline Limited Edition Color Tattoo cream shadow in the shade, Shimmering Sea (sky blue shade with duochrome yellow/gold shift) IMG_3571.jpg

And

3) L’Oreal Limited Edition Touch-On Color Cream Highlighter (also great for eyes) in the shade: Golden AmplifierIMG_3565.jpg

TO ENTER: just be subscribed to my channel and below my Yearly favorites video just leave me your New Year’s resolution (if you don’t have one that is totes fine 😉  & a comment that you are interested in winning the makeup!  Easy peasey!!  GOOD LUCK, MY LOVES!!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE SUPPORT IN 2016!!!!!! CHEERS TO A ROCKIN YEAR, MY DEARS!!!  MUCH LOVE!!! ❤ ❤ ~Kelle

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