Author: kellyerika



Soooo, here’s a little update. Six months after I graduated college I was still looking for job, it was March of 2020 and some little thing called covid19 started. Everyone’s (including mine) life got turned upside down. I was no longer looking of a post college job because everything was changing. My dream was to always own my own business and I love arts and crafts, so I finally started my arts and crafts business named KEEPIDEAS.

I had absolutely no ideas how to start or what to do but I knew I needed an outlet to put my time and energy into. So I started with clay earring, I saw them being made all over social media and though “well that looks easy enough”. Well, it wasn’t. I started off researching what to buy and tips and tricks, made a few batches, and hated all of them. Clay is not easy to work with and over a year later I am still learning how to make each batch of earrings better. The next part was putting everything on Etsy. I had just learned how to love making the earrings and feeling like they were good enough to sell. Now there was a whole other step of taking pictures of them and posting them all on Etsy. I can confidently say that I hated every part of that. I would love if I could just make the earrings and magically have great product photos of each pair of earrings, because I quickly learned that taking product photos is not my forte. It has been a year and a half from when I first started making earrings and I am just starting to really like the way they are all coming out, and I have learned a few tricks of my own.

But, I never wanted my business to just be earrings. KEEPIDEAS is an arts and crafts business and there will be many many more products to come. Recently I have been loving cross-stitching and hope to sell some of my pieces soon, when I feel like they are good enough to sell. I also have these tie-dye canvas all ready to sell, but they are pretty big and wouldn’t really know how to ship them. But, that will be the next listing on my Etsy page. They are gorgeous, if I do say so myself. Every single one is so different and can be used as wall art or to display your pin collection or hang pictures on like a cork board.

Sooooo, I will see where this arts and crafts business of mine takes me but it’s my main focus right now while I am still looking for a post college job.

My brand new holiday collection is on my Etsy page right now!!!!


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Stupid Love Makeup Look

Well.. hello everyone!!
Long time no see… am I right?
I’m slowly getting back into my blog and youtube.. so here it goes.

HERE is my new YouTube video on this look!

I filmed this while I was filming live on twitch.. trying some new things out.. if you have a twitch account please drop a follow on my twitch

I am very much inspired by this new Lady Gaga era. I watched the Stupid Love music video and I instantly thought of an eye look, and this is it. This was super fun to film, it came so naturally because of that fact that I am super inspired by gaga.. she’s my idol ovi. ((when I was editing this video the new rain on me video came out and omg yassss gaga and ari))

Products Used:
MAC Fix+
MAC Prep & Prime
MAC Studio Fix Fluid
MAC Strobe Cream
MAC Studio Fix Concealer
Morphe Loose Powder
Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer
ABH Brow Powder
Becca Highlighter
Jeffree Star x Shane Dawson Conspiracy Palette
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill II Palette
Morphe x Jeffree Star Palette
Kylie Cosmetic Liquid Lip in Okurr
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Pretty Please

I can’t wait to get back to filming this week! I’m going to be playing with many different filming and editing styles and see what one sticks.

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Hey everyone! Long time no posts… yikes..

Well, I guess now is the best time to return to my website.

What has everyone been doing during this quarantine, I guess in my case I should ask what everyone been doing in the past two plus years that I have been away from my website? Most recently I graduated from college in August 2019 and I have been searching for a job ever since then (and unfortunately have not found anything yet.. and now because of coronavirus i’m probably not going to find anything anytime soon).
BUT…. now being in quarantine I have had a lot of time to basically regroup my entire life. It has given me a lot of time to reflect on the good and the bad of the last few years. I have done A LOT of arts and crafts to calm my mind, for example.. painting, stitching, coloring, knitting. I have also done a lot of cleaning and organizing to refresh my mind. And last journaling.. that has helped me so much to clear my mind, getting my thoughts on paper and out of my head is like the best thing for me during this quarantine. (and a lot of time playing animal crossing but we are not going to talk about that… haha)
So, where do I go from here? I am writing this for the world to see to hold me accountable. I no longer want to abandon my blog and my youtube because they both make me so happy. I call 2015/2016 “my prime” because that is when I started my blog and youtube and I was so very happy then. I lost myself, and it took some time but now I am ready to come back to “my prime” again. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

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Graduation 2019

** I graduated college May 10, 2019. It is almost exactly one year later and I wanted to put my Facebook post on my blog. Even if it can just help one person to hear my story.**

This is about to be a long emotional post for me because as most people know I am not a very talkative person in a social setting. This is hands down the proudest moment of my life thus far, and not just for graduating but for making it through the journey it took to get here. This may be a simple thing for some people, graduate high school then to college for four years and then get a job. I wish it was, but it was not that simple for me. As some of you may or may not know I struggle with mental illness and it affects every single day of my life. Because of this, it has been extremely hard for me to finish my degree, it took six very long years.
In the Fall 2013 I started commuting to nyc for school, two semesters in I dropped out of college because I mentally couldn’t handle it and I thought “oh I guess college just isn’t for me”. I applied to many trade job programs and couldn’t follow through with them. I took the summer off and was feeling very empty and nine months later I decided to go back to school but this time commute to Paramus. For a long time I loved this but then I started getting overwhelmed again and started skipping classes and dropping classes. I thought I wanted to focus on work more than school, so I switched to be an online student (let me just say this was a horrible decision for me and my mental illness). I just kept on pushing my problems under the rug.
About a year and a half ago I hit the lowest point of my life with my mental health. It was definitely a slow burn but then everything seemed to explode all at once. I quit my job, I stopped driving, I gained weight, I was not leaving the house and most disappointing was I was barely passing my classes. At this point I only had about two semesters worth of classes left. After pushing my problems under the rug for so long and always blowing off my mental illness as “oh I’m just lazy” or “oh guess I’m crazy” for so long, I finally realized I could not handle this anymore and went to the doctor and reached out for help.
My parents and Todd pushed me so hard every single day to just make it through the day and also get my classes done so I can finally get my degree. For this I am eternally grateful, I honestly would not be here today without the three of them. God is good, I have faith that he guided me out of my darkest times and blessed me with the most supportive parents and brought me Todd who is the absolute most supportive and perfect person for me.
So six long years later I am living out my dream finally walking in graduation. I am fully positive that if you ask for help and set your mind to something you can achieve it. I am so god damn proud of myself.
I’m going to be corny and end this post with two quotes that have got me through hard time… “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” and “Be all that you can be”

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Natasha Denona Sunset Palette







I died when I first saw the Natasha Denona Sunset Palette, it is sooo beautiful. Thankfully I got it for Christmas and I am just finally now getting to use it on camera. Love this look!

Primer – Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance
Foundation – Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in Shade 2
Under Eye – Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in Shade 0.5
Concealer – Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Shade Fair Neutral
Powder – Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Powder – MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Shade Light Plus
Eyebrows – Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Shade Ebony & Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
Bronzer – The Balm Take Me Home Bronze in Shade Oliver
Blush – Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic in Shade Ecstasy
Highlight – Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighter in Shade Nude Gold
Eyes – Natasha Denona Sunset Palette
Mascara – Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
Lip – MAC Prep + Prime Lip & MAC Lip Pencil in Shade Cherry & Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Shade Redrum
Brushes – Morphe

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Morphe 35O2 Palette

Morphe 35O2 Palette

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SOOO this is my first talk through video. Definetly have to tweak how I film these but I think I did pretty well for my first try. There was a lot of blabbing that I just skipped through. BUT I am happy to use the Morphe 35O2 palette.

Follow my Instagram where I just post my makeup looks: @makeupbykellyerika



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GRWM: Full Coverage & Wing Eyeliner

GRWM: Full Coverage & Wing Eyeliner

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Hi Everyone!
For this video I did my fist GRWM! I am very happy with this video and spent more time on editing. I put the brushes I used in the top left corner and showed some shades I use. I also added in how I normally touch up my hair. This is my go to full coverage makeup look with my oh so famous Kelly’s big ass wing;) Hope you all like the video!

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All Natural Makeup Look Using Only 10 Products

All Natural Makeup Look Using Only 10 Products


For this video I did an all natural makeup look using only ten products! There are essentially ten categories and you can you use what ever products you already have in that category.

I wanted to cut the least out of the clips so you can see every step in whole.


Products Mentioned

1. Primer — Too Faced Hangover Prime

2. Foundation — Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

3. Concealer — Too Faced Born This Way Concealer

4. Powder — Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

5. Bronzer — Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

6. Blush — Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in Ecstasy

7. Highlighter — Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

8. Brow — Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

9. Mascara — Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

10. Lip — Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme in Yours To Try

Also, I have an additional Instagram account just for makeup @makeupbykellyerika

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