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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My Buddhist Dream Vanity!

Happy Sunday, everyone! So every time I go to get ready for the day, or for an event, or for what the day holds, I find myself in a bit of a frenzy.  My vanity seems to have overflowed and has magically plopped half of its unorganized contents onto the floor in front of my full length mirror.  I say “half,” however, if a hummingbird wanted to rest its wings on my vanity, it too, would be searching for some floor space.  There is not a granule of room left on my vanity.  So now I just get ready on the floor, which I prefer over sitting in a chair, because it is grounding, closer to earth, and comfy.

This weekend I found myself daydreaming about a spiritually spacious new vanity.  Is there such a thing as a buddhist style vanity?  One in which you can sit under the vanity cross-legged and chant while you get ready?  I know what you are thinking, is not vanity against buddhist belief?  And the answer is, well of course.  However, a girl does need to get ready, and she might as well get ready to spiritually handle the day (or night), with a buddhist style vanity.  I can see it now.  My buddhist dream vanity (area) would contain all of the four elements: earth, air, fire & water.  The table part of the vanity would be earthy and sustainable, like this Arhaus Petra table, made from fossilized trees from the grounds of the volcanic Central Philippines. Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 2.35.51 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-05-28 at 2.36.16 PM.pngA girl needs spiritual space, so I would definitely need two of these Petra tables connected end-to-end, and placed up against a wide wall.  I believe the Petra is a dining table, but because this is an enchanted dream, the legs surely could be shortened for buddhist ground-sitting purposes. There would be plentyyyy of Petra table space left for a hummingbird feeder and even for peacefully eating my moong beans & rice and sipping kombucha as I get ready 🙂 If you are searching for a table for your dream room or house, Arhaus dining tables are sooooo stunning!! The rug under the vanity table would be this stunning Arhaus Amrita Hand Knotted Medallion Rug in the shade, Olive. Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 3.32.27 PM The Petra table would be surrounded by Moroccan, Egyptian, & Bohemian style pillows on the floor.  Upon which to sit cross-legged and deep breathe, until my face turns red from breath of fire kundalini meditation (completely defeating the purpose of applying my fair skin foundation); whilst chanting ong-na-mo-guru-dayyyyyy to the rooftops 🙂  I imagine the pillow colors would reflect earth, air, fire, water qualities.  Pillows with gorgeous designs and embroidery, similar to these pillows from Anthropologie

and these square & rectangle pillowsround pouf from Arhaus….

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I absolutely love the Batik Cloud Square Pillow for the air element. Who doesn’t want to chant from a cloud?

Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 6.21.56 PM.pngThe mirror on the vanity would look similar to this Arhaus Galvanized Leaf Mirror.  I love its whimsical, rustic charm, and the earthy aspect of its leaves.Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 3.06.03 PMThe vanity would definitely need some fire, water, and air flare with these gorgeous candles and diffuser from Volupsa.Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 3.20.37 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-05-28 at 3.21.42 PM.pngThe Voluspa Makassar Ebony & Peach is my absolute favorite candle scent in all of life. This diffuser would definitely give the water vibe that this beach baby needs.Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 3.22.24 PM.png
It would also not be spiritually equipped without some stone candle holders and jewelry holders. I loveeee these Arhaus River Stone Tealight Holders and River Stone Bowls.Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 3.45.02 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-05-28 at 3.54.04 PM Next is the organizational tray decor for the buddhist dream vanity.  It would definitely include these stunning Arhaus trays.  The first would be this Petra Century Marble Tray (loveeeee its Grecian vibe) for my perfumes,

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this Arnhem Branch Rectangular Tray for succulents, incense, candles, & trinkets….Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 4.04.36 PM.png and this round Arnhem Wild Flower Tray for makeup organization…..and you guessed it…..hummingbirds 😉 Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 4.05.01 PM.png

Lastly, but certainly not leastly, is lighting.  This is an important feature to a vanity when getting ready.  Also important for checking the last minute details of your finished, ready-to-take-on-the-universe look! The dream consists of several of these Arhaus Taza Large Pendant ceiling lights hanging above the Petra tables. Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 4.51.21 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-05-28 at 4.51.28 PM.pngThey are made of iron and amber colored glass, and go sooooo beautifully with the Petras.  I think they are just perfect for a spiritual space.  SO, my loves, this basically sums up my buddhist vanity dream.  I hope you guys enjoy it!  I would love to hear your thoughts and what your dream vanity entails! Don’t forget to follow Arhaus on Instagram & Pinterest for some seriously exquisite designs! Much love!!!!  ❤ ❤ ~Kelle

April Favourites: Beauty, Body, Hair & Home!

Ahhhhhhh aromatherapy!  It’s about that time for April favourites (in May lol).  Lately I have been rather obsessed with Soap & Glory’s Smoothie Star Body Milk.  It is incredibly moisturizing and smells like a dream.  It is a gourmand scent with almond, honey, oats etc.  I don’t find the scent to be sickening sweet, but rather, a calming sweet accord-ion of well-orchestrated notes.  It layers so nicely with musks & floriental perfumes.  Absolutely loveeeee it!

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Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Milk | April Favourites
Another favorite is my Ibiza round hair brush.  This brush beats every brush I own! A blow dry is just never quite the same if I try and blow dry my hair with my other brushes.  The Ibiza grabs every strand of hair in a section with one swipe, smoothes & shines each strand, and brushes through it effortlessly.  If you have long hair, this is amazing for big Bridget Bardot waves.  Also great for straight hair looks.  It is a blow dry and styling must!

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Ibiza Hair Brush | April Favourites
April wouldn’t have been the same without my Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster in the shade: light to medium.  It is similar in shade to my beloved butter bronzer, but has more of a glow due to its sheen.  The sheen doesn’t register as glitter on the skin, but instead as a sun kissed glow.  When I wear a faux tan, this is the bronzer I pair with it.  As reflected in the below photos, this bronzer is very well loved :)))

My skin cleansing routine in April included a new cream cleanser I have been adoring from Lily of the Desert.  I’ve been testing out several products from this line over recent months and will be mentioning a few more of my faves very soon.  This gentle, aloe-based cleanser is fantastic for my dry skin peeps.  It has been my go-to cleanser for a quick scrub before and after my workouts.  I love that it also includes chamomile.  #soothing ❤

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Lily of the Desert Aloe-based Cleasning Cream | April Favourites
After cleansing, my skin gets a quick daily exfoliation with Doll Face Beauty’s Clarify Tonic.  I’ve mentioned this baby many times on my blog and channel.  It is THAT good. The glycolic acid in this balancing tonic keeps my skin exfoliated and refreshed.  I wear it once daily either right before moisturizing/pre-makeup or before bed prior to moisturizing.  ❤ it!

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Doll Face Beauty Clarify Balancing Tonic | April Favourites
Another skincare product that I was never without in April was my Honey Girl Organics The Lotion Face & Body moisturizer.  It preps and plumps my skin for makeup and keeps it deeply moisturized all day long.  Cruelty-free, organic, gluten-free & made with honey and skin-soothing luscious oils, this emollient moisturizer is the bees knees.

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Honey Girl Organics The Lotion Face & Body moisturizer | April Favourites
Lastly, but certain not leastly, is my DW Home Black Rose Oud candle.  This is basically heaven on earth.  The scent is rich, decadent and sooooo relaxing.  This candle falls into my top 5 candles list of all time.  I will be doing that blog and video someday soon :))))) Maybe it’s just me, but every once and while I will get a wiff of tobacco with the rose and oud notes.  I am like a mad woman on the hunt for a perfume that smells identical to this black rose oud scent.  The gold lid with black bow & black glass holder makes the presentation of this candle so classic and chic for the home or to give as a gift.  A bath and bubbles would not be the same without this black rose beauty. #DIVINITY

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DW Home Black Rose Oud Candle | April Favourites
Hope you guys enjoy my April favourites!! Much love! XO ~Kelle

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April Favourites: Beauty, Body, Hair & Home | Kelley Whilden

Mug Hugs & The Charlie B Gallery Art Movement!

Good morning, lovely ones!  There is nothing quite like the gift of art.  Art is one of the most inspiring vessels for creativity.  Art tells a unique, one-of-a-kind story, that only the artist can tell.  This glorious pottery mug, handmade by Professor Jill Brugler, was sent to me this week by my friend Charles Blim, owner of the Charlie B Gallery in Nevada.  Charlie is an arts enthusiast and extraordianry advocate for artists!

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Handmade Pottery Mug by Professor Jill Brugler | More of her beautiful pottery mugs & vases can be found at Charlie B Gallery in Nevada

He mug hugged me with this gorgeous drinking vessel in my favorite shade of lime green.  Its beautiful design is just….wowwwww…I am at a loss for words.  I absolutely love its bright,  bohemian, and marbled look.  The marbling  reminds me so much of tie dye, one of my favorite things.  Dishwasher safe, too!      IMG_3446 2.jpgCharlie has created a movement of gifting people with pottery mug art, created by local Nevada artists, from his gallery.  He will randomly gift a postal employee, gallery patron, and even gifts complete strangers, with a mug masterpiece from his gallery. IMG_3334 2.jpg Not only does he light up the day of the person he gives a mug too, he is also getting the beautiful work of his local artists out into the world.  The world needs more people like Charlie.  Supporting the arts is of crucial importance, and especially now, more than ever before.IMG_3330.jpgWithout art, life would just be blahhhhh.  To me, art is life, and life is art.  My grandmother was an artist.  She taught me so much about life through art.  One time when I was kid, she painted a mural of a giant bear staring up at the stars onto the entire side of a van.  It was a masterpiece.  When she painted faces, you would see yourself for the first time.  Art pulled her through the Great Depression and then some.  And art, coffee, and this spiritual drinking vessel shall get me through this great political depression 🙂  IMG_3322.jpgWhile on the topic of art/ists, I thought I would also feature this gorgeous mug with a Tiger’s Eye origami resin bowl, handcrafted by artisans at Lawrence Essentials.  The colors in this handcrafted bowl are so stunning when the light hits it just right.  Amber lights are just so sooooooothing & love it paired with my new Brugler mug ;)))

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Handmade pottery mug by Professor Jill Brugler | Tiger’s Eye oriami resin bowl handcrafted by artisans at Lawrence Essentials

Some of the greatest masterpieces have been made with an artist’s own two hands.  It is remarkable to think about the time, the stories, inspiration, brilliance, patience, and dedication it takes for an artist to create a unique work of art.  IMG_3410.jpgThere will be loads of morning medium roast Kona Hawaiian coffee & afternoon green tea sipped from this lime green goblet of goodness.  May Charlie’s Giving Cup inspire fashion/jewelry design and lyrics!  With <3, a Professor Brugler lime green goblet masterpiece & Kona coffee, there is nothing that can’t be conquered! :)))  Thank you so much for the mug hug, Charlie!!!  Godspeed to Charlie’s Art Movement! As much as he supports artists, we can also support him by following him on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram!  You never know, he may just #MUGHUG YOU!  Much love!! ~Kelle ❤ ❤IMG_3506 3

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Handmade pottery mug by Professor Jill Brugler | More of her artistry can be found at Charlie B Gallery | Filling my mug up with Kona Red Medium Roast Coffee gets my mornings going! 🙂

Alice In Wonderland Party Makeup Look GRWM & Vlog!

Hi loves!! This is the makeup look that I wore to my friend’s Alice In Wonderland birthday party this week!  In my latest video I give you the deets on how to achieve this retro inspired editorial “Alice” look.  IMG_1826 2The outfit ensemble included a black/white striped dress from 599Fashion, a diamond-shaped necklace I made with some bits and bobs I had lying around, and a pair of funky patent leather red/gold striped platform heels by Paloma Barceló.

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Platform Red Patent Espadrille Heels by Paloma Barceló

In the video, I also take you with me to the party!  Was such a fun party with some rockin LA artists!! Enjoy! xoxo ~Kelle

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This “Alice” look was created by using a metallic turquoise shadow by Profusion to create a kitten flick.  The lip shade was an alchemy of two Wet N Wild red & pink matte lip shades. 
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The cheek highlight was created with Physician’s Formula “Nude” eyeshadow strip palette!  I’ve been using it as a highlighter a lot lately!

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Alice In Wonderland Party Makeup Look | Kelley Whilden

 

 

 

250 Subscriber GIVEAWAY & Makeup Brush Cleaning Taco Thing-A-Ma-Jiggy $1 GAMECHANGER

My doll-ingggggggsssss!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping me reach 250 subscribers on YouTube over the weekend!!! I can’t even believe it!!! Your support is AMAZINGGGGG!!!!!!  THANK YOU!!!!!  Thank you to everyone who supports my blog as well!!! It means so much to me!!!  As shown in my Naked Taco photo lol, one lucky winner will receive a Naked Basics palette!!! ba914200f518effae3346859249f9bf9 2.jpgbc3e9be6b982034f8e0506b762d2cd31 2.jpg
It is one of my fave palettes because it is compact for travel & perfect for both eyes and brows.  I l ❤ that the palette is mostly matte.  It also has one satin shade, called Venus, that is great for inner eye and brow highlights.  The shades, Naked 2 & Faint are perfect shades for mixing a custom brow shade.  This also means it is one last eye product to bring in your travel bag! Hope my giveaway winner loves it as much as I do (contest details located at end of this post).  Also in this video I show you my $1 makeup brush cleaning taco thing-a-ma-jiggy GAMECHANGER!!!

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Silicon Makeup Cleaning Brush Pad | $1 Gamechanger from the cooking section of your local Dollar Tree or $.99 Store!

This turquoise honey-combed silicon pad works on cleaning both dry and wet brushes!  And drum roll please….it looks like a Tiffany’s brush cleaner for ONLY $1 from your local Dollar Tree or $.99 Store!  They come in an array of colors.  Some makeup cleaning pads can cost up to $30!!!  I found mine in the cooking section at the Dollar Tree.  Yep, it’s a silicon kitchen pot holder that I use for cleaning my makeup brushes.  I use it 7 days a week for cleaning powder shadows from my dry brushes between each shadow change.  This makes getting ready fast and convenient, and especially on days when my spare blending brushes are dirty.

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I use the Tiffany’s makeup brush cleaning taco 7 days a week for cleaning my dry brushes between each eyeshadow change. So time saving!

I also like to give my brushes a thorough cleansing once a week.  This makeup brush cleaning thingamajiggy really gets every speck of makeup off of my brush bristles, thanks to those honey-comb shaped grooves.  And especially when I use makeup cleansing oils, like my favorite one from Nars, to wash the bristles.

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Cleaning your makeup brushes with a makeup cleansing oil helps to moisturize your bristles, and preserve their longevity.

Over time, soaps can just dry the bristles out, and this doesn’t feel so great on your skin.  When you wash your brushes with an oil, it is important to get every speck of old makeup off and also every speck of the oil off of your bristles. IMG_7817.jpg Any oil residue will weigh your bristles down, and won’t let them perform properly.  But when the oil is completely rinsed off properly, your bristles will be clean, germ-free, and moisturized.  Oil helps preserve the longevity of your brushes.     IMG_4518.jpg

That all said, you can clean your makeup brushes with it wet or dry, and also use it for its primary reason: to remove hot, baking dishes from the oven.  lol. Or use it to rest your brush holders or hot coffees on while you get ready.  It is flat like a thin pancake (or crêpe? lol) and looks so SLEEK on the vanity.

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My Lorac brushes are my favorite brushes for quick smokey eyes.

Also, you can roll your brushes up in this turquoise Tiffany’s looking taco for convenient travel purposes.  It rolls up and folds over compactly.  Simply secure with a hair tie or rubber band. #life #hacks

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The makeup brush cleaning taco rolls up compactly for travel.  Simply secure with a hair tie. #life hacks

I just absolutely adore how bright and fresh it looks.  When used as a cup holder, it literally saves me from spilling coffee on my brushes lol.

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This $1 pot holder/makeup brush cleaning pad is also a great hot coffee cup holder in the mornings when I am getting ready!  

Since the running color theme of this thingamajiggy is turquoise, IMG_7817.jpgI had to wear my new Muskoka Nord Aquamarine Teepee necklace in the video.  I love wearing it in support of our Native Americans.  They need all of our help right now.  NO DAPL!!!  IMG_9867.jpgLooking forward to layering my Teepee necklace with my Muskoka Nord orange agate fish. I store them in my diy jewelry organizer. The fish is also Native American-art deco inspired.  NO DAPL.

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Muskoka Nord Aquamarine TeePee Necklace & Orange Agate | Native American Art Deco Inspired Jewelry | MuskokaNord.com | NO DAPL

OH and leave it to me to set up a new background/lighting and nearly catch my new background on fire with my candle prop. OMG.  Let’s just pretend that didn’t happen in my first video with my new background. LOL.  If you are into candles, Stephen’s Candles (below) are heaven!!  The best & yummiest candles I’ve ever used!

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One lucky winner will win an Urban Decay Naked Basics palette ! | Apple Taffy Candle by Stephen’s Candlery | Muskoka Nord TeePee Necklace | Armenta ring | Giveaway video | Kelley Whilden

Giveaway Details:

To enter to win the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, just be sure to be subscribed to my channel and leave a comment in the comment section of my giveaway video that you are interested in winning the palette.  Good luck, my doll-ingssssss!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

If you like this video, please be sure to give it a like and subscribe to stay in the loop on more videos from me.  I would love to hear if you pick up one of these $1 silicone pot holders for your makeup brushes, and how it does for you.  Hope you enjoyed this post! Much love!!! ❤ ❤ ~Kelle

 

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Muskoka Nord | Orange Agate Fish Necklace | Native American Art Deco Inspired Jewelry | MuskokaNord.com | NO DAPL

Sweet & Peachy Valentine’s Day Makeup Look | Too Faced Love Palette Review & GRWM

For all of the hopeless romantics out there, alas is my review of the Too Faced LOVE palette! With Valentine’s Day approaching, it seemed like a good time to review it for you!  I was love struck when I first saw the rose gold shade: Adore (the heart farthest to the left).

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The rose gold shade, Adore, in the Too Faced Love Palette had me at hello!
It was the entire reason why I purchased the palette.  This shadow is what really made my peachy-eyed look come to life in my V-day video.

 

After trying the rest of the shades out, I have so many more reasons to be infatuated with this palette!  The shade selection is perfect.  They blend and build color amazingly.

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Too Face Love Palette Swatches
The two champagne shades, Cherish & Devotion, are incredible.  A gentle tap is all I needed to highlight my brow bone & inner eyes. I lined my upper last line with Amorous.  There’s something super soft, natural, & pretty that I love about lining with shadows.

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15 shades are included in the Too Faced Love palette
Let’s talk about the waterproof eye pencil that comes in the palette.  It comes in the shade, Perfect Black, on one end, and a “thinga-majiggy” on the other end. The black pencil is soft, smooth, & blends amazing. I just can’t bring myself to call the other end a smudger.  It is hard plastic.  My advice is to keep it as far away from your orbital as possible.  I can’t imagine ever using this to blend anything, not even a peach smoothie.

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The Too Faced Love palette comes with a black waterproof eye pencil that lasts all day/night. 
Sweet peachy lips were achieved by layering two Wet n Wild shades, namely, Blossom Out & Within These Adobe walls.  I wasn’t expecting the alchemy to come out as peachy as it did, and I ended up loving it!  A new fave lip combo from here on out!

 

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Valentine’s Day Makeup Look & Too Faced Love Palette Review! | GRWM | Kelley Whilden
Also in the video, I made a makeup blunder by using a wet face brush, unbeknownst that it was still wet from the previous night’s cleaning.  Ooooops.  It streaked my beloved Sonia Kashuk bronzer & Garnier BB Cream face makeup.  So I shared my smoke & mirrors modeling trick to minimizing streaky makeup blunders that you won’t want to miss.  Without having to completely redo your face/cheek makeup.  Cuz lets face it girls and boys, who has time for that!?!

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For soft pink cheeks, I first applied Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Blush,img_7294-3

with my Real Techniques blush/face brush (hot pink one below).  Best makeup brush for la face EVER.img_7414

Next I added Wet N Wild’s new cream blush stick in the shade: Peach Bums.  A ridiculously amazing shade that will look great on all skin tones.  A perfect spring/summer shade.

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Wet n Wild Cream Stick Blusk | Shade: Peach Bums | Valentine’s Day Makeup Look
Lastly, I layered Crown of My Canopy highlighter onto Precious Petals.  Hello, cheekbones. This new Wet n Wild launch of powder highlighters and cream stick blushes/highlights are what dreams are made of.  More on them in my last post.

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Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powders | Shades: Precious Petals (left) & Crown of My Canopy (right)
While my Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Bronzer wasn’t a product used in my tutorial, however, I thought it was only fitting to include it in this V-day post.  Is becoming happier possible when you smear these gorgeous bronzing hearts on your face?  The answer is…..

heck yes. hehe

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The sun always sets, the moon always shines, and may you always return to where the love is.  Have a gorgeous Valentine’s Day!!  xo ~Kelle

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