Long Time No Sea & NEW Honey Girl Organics Face Sticks!

IMG_1479 2.jpgLong time no sea, my dears!! I am soooo sorry that it has been so long since my last post. I’ve been incredibly swamped with work and life changes that I have had zero time to blog or film.  In lieu, I have been posting quick video reviews on Instagram story, if you want to follow me there.  The past few months have been dedicated to months of vocal work and songwriting.  Super sadly, I wasn’t able to hit up the beach most of summer.  Waaaaaaaaa.  A girl can dream about it, though :). Speaking of the sea, Honey Girl Organics (HGO) has just come out with a new range of face sticks, developed on the island shores of Oahu, Hawaii!  They have become a staple in my daily skin routine over the last month!  Made with organic beeswax (containing over 300 micronutrients!!) and gorgeous oils, they help keep my skin nourished and moisturized.  They are compact and easy to throw in my travel and makeup bags for quick, no-time-to-spare kind of days.  The luxe gold packaging is gorge and twists up for quick, easy and smooth application.

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Organic & loaded with powerful skin nutrients, each Honey Girl Organics face stick is uber-hydrating.  Perfect for tossing in my handbag and ❤ the luxe gold packaging!

The HGO Protect stick keeps my face protected from hot LA rays on the days that I run outside.  We are currently in the midst of October, and today is 100 degrees outside!  The Protect stick contains uncoated Non-nano Zinc Oxide to filter out uv rays and heal chapped skin.  It moisturizes & soothes my skin all day and doesn’t clog my pores like sunscreen generally does.  SWOON.  I’ve been absolutely loving the HGO Prime stick before I apply my Wet N Wild foundation.  It is the most hydrating primer I have ever used.  So hydrating, in fact, that if you wanted to skip a moisturizer and just apply the primer stick instead, you would be goooooood.  If you have dry skin like I do, definitely give it a go!

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Honey Girl Organics Face Sticks (left) are my daily skin sidekicks!! | Right: Handmade Stone Rings By Kelley Nicole Collection & my favorite vintage Ganesh elephant ring

My most used of them all is the HGO H2GO stick.  Lately I have been using it at night before I apply my Honey Girl Organics Night Cream for a double dose of hydration before zzzz.  H2GO is made with organic bergamot, that helps to relax facial nerves and muscles, and organic German chamomile to help soothe the skin.  Also love to use it as a lip balm and toss it in my handbag for quick skin pick-me-ups throughout the day.  All three of these beeswax babies make getting ready an absolute breeze for just under twenty bucks per stick. If you want to check them out, head to their site and sign up to their newsletter to get 25% off of your first order! If you try them out, I would love to hear how they are working for you! Wishing everyone a bee-you-tiful week!!

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NEW Honey Girl Organics Face sticks for sun protection, hydration, and makeup priming, make getting ready quick and effortless!  SWOON

 

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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! ❤  

November Favorites: Skincare, Highlighters, & Heat-Free Big Hair Styling Tips!

TGIF! It’s about that time for November favorites (in December lol).  I went a little highlighter crazy with my favorites this time! Some days we just need a pick-me-up and highlighters do just that!  I’ve loved layering my highlighters & blush over the past few weeks.  I wore the layered, highlighted cheeky look I’ve been swooning for, in my favorites video, so that you can see how they look on the skin (minimally) in the daytime.  My absolute favorite blush right now is Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy Blush in the shade Coffee Cake.

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Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush, Shade: Coffee Cake | November Favorites 

There will be nooooo clouds in your coffee with this blush, let me tell ya!!! The copper, peachy sheen beautifies the skin flawlessly!  I’ve been wearing it with pale skin, and also with winter self-tanned skin for castings.  The bouncy, cream formula blends like a dream and dries to a subtle, glowing finish.  For not-so-subtle, I just apply more lol.  All skin tones can rock this copper beauty!  Layered on top of this blush, I’ve been applying Wet N Wild’s Fergie Highlighter in the shade, Photo Bomb.

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Wet N Wild Fergie Highlighter, Shade: Photo Bomb | November Favorites

Then I blend Measurable Difference’s Baked Face & Body Highlighter in the shade, Copper, on top of that!  This baked shade is such a soft powder and also looks great with a tan!

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Measurable Difference Baked Face & Body Highlighter, Shade: Copper | November Favorites

I just loveeee the look of the coppery bouncy blush paired with the gold & copper highlighter shades from Wet N Wild & Measurable Difference, respectively. Another highlight I’ve enjoyed wearing on its own, with no other makeup products, is L’Oreal’s Touch On Color Highlighter in the shade, Golden Amplifier.

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L’Oreal Touch On Color Highlighter, Shade: Golden Amplifier | November Favorites

This light, creamy golden highlighter is great for on the go, thanks to its compact size. If I don’t feel up for wearing makeup, I just swipe it on my cheeks and eyes and I’m good. Also, gold is the perfect highlighter shade to rock on the cheekbones for the holidays!  My go to winter self-tanner has been Vita Liberata’s Organic Extra Rich Self Tanning Lotion in the shade, Dark.

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Vita Liberata Organic Tinted Self Tan Lotion, Shade: Dark | November Favorites

It gives my skin a natural, bronzed look without being too tan (as we are in the midst of winter ;).  I love that it is an organic formula, applies streak-free, and is a true bronze tanner without the orange tones! Also in my November favorites video is my big hair don’t care, heat-free styling secret: VELCRO ConAir rollers.

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ConAir Velcro rollers are my secret to BIG Bridget Bardot hair! | November Favorites

Bridget Bardot hair is VERY possible with these fuss-free & heat-free curlers.  I like to wrap my wet hair in them and secure them to my noggin with bobby pins.  Sleeping in them is not the most enjoyable, but it is my preferred method.  I think I have just gotten used to zzzzzz’g with a gigantuan velcro rainbow pinned on my head lol.  After the hair has dried completely, gently remove the curlers, and helloooooo Bridget!  Sometimes the hair is so big that I have to tame it down a bit with some hairspray.  Total change of subject: for quick hydration for my lips, I’ve been loving my EOS balms.

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EOS balms | Flavors: Coconut Milk & Summer Fruit | November Favorites

The coconut milk  (pink striped packaging) is my new favorite 🙂  Removing makeup has been easy and refreshing with Garnier’s Micellar Water (the one with the pink cap).  It will remove waterproof eye makeup if you saturate your cotton pad and apply and hold it to the eye area for about a minute.  Essential Oil’s Honey & Aloe Facial Mask has been giving my skin some extra hydration when it needs it.  I was sold with the words honey & aloe, two great skin ingredients.  It is a creamy mask that is amazing for dry skin.  For extra body hydration, I have been loving Mineral Fusion’s Unscented Body Lotion.  It is organic with uber-hydrating ingredients like glycerin & coconut oil, and really does provide 24 hours worth of hydration!  This is the perfect after-shave lotion for dry legs!  I’ve even used it on my face here and there with no problemos!  If you liked my November Favorites Video, please be sure to give it a like & please be sure to subscribe for more of my videos! Happy weekend, loves!  Muahhhh!!! xoxo Kelle ❤ ❤ ❤

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | November Favorites
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Essential Oils Honey & Aloe Facial Mask | November Favorites
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Mineral Fusion’s Unscented Organic Body Lotion is user-hydrating and makes the perfect after-shave lotion!

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Lorac Enchanting Elegance & Refined Romance Palettes Review & GRWM

Hello, my loves!! In this video, I review and swatch Lorac’s Enchanting Elegance and Refined Romance palettes, both palettes inspired by the runway! I also do a GRWM Victorian romance type look with the Enchanting Elegance palette.

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Lorac’s Enchanting Elegance Palette comes with 4 matte & 2 satin eyeshadows, 1 highlighters, & 2 blushes ( a muave blush & a pretty bright pink blush | Kelley Whilden

For this Victorian Romance look, I went with a pale skin with pop of pink cheeks look, glossy wine lips, & satin eyes. The Enchanting Elegance palette was so perfect for creating this particular makeup look.  Thanksgiving is approaching and I think it is a soft and pretty look for the holidays.

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Victorian Romance makeup look | Lorac Refined Romance & Enchanting Elegance palettes | Kelley Whilden

Included in the Enchanting Elegance palettes are 2 satin & 4 matte shadows, 1 highlighter, and 2 blushes. Lorac’s Refined Romance Palette comes with 4 satin and 2 matte eyeshadows, 2 highlighters, and 1 blush.   If you are more into matte eyeshadows, the Enchanting Elegance palette might be a better option for you as you do receive more matte shades with this palette.  If you are a highlighter person, the Refined Romance comes with 2 highlighters, rather than just the one highlighter included in the Enchanting Elegance palette.

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Lorac Enchanting Elegance Palette (left) and Lorac Refined Romance Palette (right) | Kelley Whilden

The eyeshadows apply and blend beautifully with the smooth textures we know and love from Lorac.  The eyeshadow color schemes are gorgeousssss.  The Enchanted Elegance palette offers more options for smoky eye looks as compared to the Refined Romance palette.

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Lorac’s Enchanting Elegance palette offers a beautiful array of satin & matte eyeshadows, 1 highlighter, & 2 blushes (a mauve blush & bright pop of pink blush | Kelley Whilden
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Lorac’s Refined Romance palette is the perfect one-stop daytime makeup shop! | Kelley Whilden

If you are more of a natural makeup or neutrals person, the Refined Romance offers very soft and natural shade selections for soft and/or natural makeup looks.  This palette is fantastic for a one-stop daytime makeup shop!

 

 

 

If you like this review and grwm video, please be sure to give it a like & subscribe for more future videos :))) Thanks for watching! Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!! Much love!!! xoxo Kelle

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Lorac’s Refined Romance Palette comes with 2 matte & 4 satin eyeshadows, a highlighter, & 2 mauve-toned blushes | Kelley Whilden
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Lorac’s Enchanting Elegance & Refined Romance palettes | Kelley Whilden

Anastasia Cream Contour Palette Review & Contouring Tips!

Greetings!  Version 2In my latest video, I review Anastasia’s Contour Cream Kit and also give you some of my cream contouring tips.  When using cream contour products, I prefer using deep cream contour shades.  Even on fair skin tones like mine, I think deep shades can provide the most natural looking contour when sheered out onto the skin.  There are 4 contour palettes in the Anastasia Contour Cream Kit line, and in this video I review the “Deep” palette. It comes with six shades.  The top row of shades is fantastic for mixing into the darker shades in the bottom row, to achieve the perfect natural bronze shade for any eye/cheek look.  It took me three washes with soap and water to remove the swatches.img_9314 This is great news. Many powder bronzes just wipe right off.  Even without having to set the shades with a powder, the longevity of these Anastasia cream contour shades is remarkable: with over 8 hours of wear without budging!  This palette is also fantastic if you have dry skin like I do, because powders can just cause more dryness.  My favorite way to apply the shades is with my Elf stipple brush, and then blending over that with a synthetic BH Cosmetics face brush. Overall, I think what makes the Anastasia Contour Cream Kit such an outstanding palette is that the shades don’t look super creamy/sheen-y when applied, as you can see in the swatches.  They look like super pigmented bronzers with the blendability of a cream. Suitable for all skin tones too!  I haven’t found cream contour shades that provide this natural of a contour in a while!   Happy Sunday! XO ~KelleIMG_9245.jpgIMG_9253.jpgimg_9266-2

Smashbox Double Exposure Palette: First Impressions, Swatches & Review!

Happy weekend, everyone!! In my Smashbox Double Exposure Palette Review video, I share with you my first impressions and swatches, including both wet & dry shadow comparisons. If you are not familiar with this palette, Smashbox claims that these shadows cimg_8913an be used both wet & dry, and without the strange glaze appearing (that regular shadows can sometimes get when applied wet). I decided to review this palette because I had seen so many contrasting reviews on it, and wanted to debunk them myself. The palette comes with a red double-sided brush.  I love the soft shadow brush, but not privy to the slanted brush on the opposite end.

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Smashbox Double Exposure Palette includes a double-sided brush & travel-sized Full Exposure mascara | Chihuahua cubby makeup brush holder by Hooked By Angel

The Full Exposure travel sized mascara that is included with this palette was not so great, but still capable of enhancing the lashes.  It did take me about 7+ coats to get the look of how one coat would look with a good mascara.  In the video, the swatches were very fussy.  A few of the swatches had a hard time showing up on camera even after double swatches, namely, the shades Peony, Quartz & Veiled. When applied wet, the shades are supposed to add sparkle, get deeper in color or turn metallic, according to the Smashbox insert that comes with the palette.  I didn’t really notice any of the textures change when applied wet, I just noticed them become better versions of themselves.

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Smashbox Double Exposure Palette Wet & Dry (top) Swatches

Drugstore palettes have swatched better than the dry swatches in this palette did.  That said, it would have been nice if the dry shades swatched on the first swatch the way the wet shades looked when swatched twice.  On the contrary, the shadows applied to my eyes nicely, and were easy to blend.  They are build-able both wet and dry (with a good primer & synthetic brushes). Sometimes wet shadows can get patchy when applied, and these did not.  They blended well as dry shadows and also when applied with a lightly dampened brush.  It was impressive to see a matte shade be applied wet and blend in evenly without leaving the streaky, patchy mess that some matte shadows can create when applied wet . As you saw in the video, the 6th hour check in was the moment of truth.  Was it worth the splurge?  Yes.  Impressively, the shadow did not falter!  Talk about staying power, no creasing, no patchiness, and no weird wet shadow glaze.  I love the shade selection of warm/cool colors and the array of satin/matte/shimmer textures.  The Double Exposure palette comes with 3 matte shades, 7 shimmer shades, & 4 satin shades. My favorite shade is Haze.  It is a purple-grey-taupe shimmer shade with a hint of duo chrome that I can’t put my finger on.  The shimmer is very subtle.  I loved it as the backdrop for the smoky eye.

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Smoky eye look created with Haze, Fig, Peony, Copper, Blanc, Midnight, & Veil | Smashbox Double Exposure Palette | Kelley Whilden

Haze is also a great shade for a simple wash of shadow look.  Despite not-so-great wet & dry swatches, I am really loving this palette. As shown in the video, the application of these shadows was a far different experience than the swatching lol. Love that I can build up my desired vibrancy with this shades.  I prefer adding more shadow when needed over feeling like I need an eraser if I’ve added too much.  This is a great palette if you love shadow liner looks, because you can build your liner up by applying water to these shades, that lasts all day (especially when used as a topper to your waterliner pencils)!  If you are beginning with makeup, this palette would be great for you.  The shade selection is also fantasic for Fall looks.  I really hope this Smashbox Double Exposure Palette Review video helps your purchasing decisions in some way :)))))  If you liked this vid, please be sure to give it a thumb up & don’t forget to subscribe for more future beauty and fashion reviews.

 

**If you missed my GIVEAWAY video this week, I am giving away a full size bottle of Pacifica (vegan and cruelty-free) body wash & Pacifica Hand & Body Lotion Wipes (both wash & wipes are in the Island Vanilla scent & the wipes contain coconut milk), as well as a full size bottle of Miracle Skin Transformer‘s Miracle Balm, to one lucky subscriber! Click here for contest details.

If interested in entering the giveaway, here is the link to the giveaway video: youtu.be/LfV89d0NZBs.

GOOD LUCK, MY LOVES!!!

XOXOXO ~Kelle

 

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Pacifica & Miracle Skin Transformer!

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Enter to win these 3 products in my latest YouTube GIVEAWAY! | Miracle Skin Transformer’s Miracle Balm |  Pacifica’s Island Vanilla Body Wash & Island Vanilla Hand/Body Lotion Wipes

Heylooooo, everyone!! In this video, I announce my Pacifica & Miracle Skin Transformer GIVEAWAY! If you watch my videos, then you have heard me rave about some of my favorite Pacifica & Miracle Skin Transformer products. They are two of my favorite and inspiring brands! To show my gratitude for their support on social media, I will be giving

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Pacifica Island Vanilla Body Wash & Island Vanilla Hand & Body Wipes | YouTube Giveaway | Kelley Whilden

away full sizes of Pacifica (vegan and cruelty-free) body wash & Pacifica Hand & Body Lotion Wipes (both wash & wipes are in the Island Vanilla scent), & Miracle Skin Transformer’s Miracle Balm, to one lucky subscriber!

If you love the smell of true vanilla (with light spicy musk notes), you will love the Pacifica body wash and beauty wipes. Since I have dry skin, my Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Balm is my saving grace for keeping my skin, undereyes, & lips hydrated during the fall (click here to see it in my recent Nighttime Skincare Routine). It is filled with healthy oils, manuka honey, and Japanese licorice root extract. This balm is also great for sensitive skin.I keep a bottle in every corner of the house & my handbag!

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Miracle Skin Transformer’s  Miracle Balm | YouTube Giveaway | Kelley Whilden

GIVEAWAY Details:

To enter the giveaway,

1) Jussssst thumb up this vid & subscribe to my YouTube channel. Your support is rockin!!

2) Follow my socials (I follow back ;):

Facebook: Facebook.com/kelleynicolewhilden
Twitter: Twitter.com/kellebelle22
Instagram: Instagram.com/lilmisslion 
Website/Blog: kelleynicolewhilden.com

3) Comment on this video that you would like to enter the giveaway.

That’s all there is to it!  Easy peasey punkin pie!!! GOOD LUCK, MY LOVES!!! XOXO ~Kelle

Business Inquiries: kelleynicolecollection@gmail.com

 

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“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”