I wanted to try something a little different than what I’ve been seeing. Most people take the lighter colors and then darker their outer v with the shades in the palette. I wanted to do a smokey eye with a bit of shimmer. I tried to record this for a tutorial but Doh! I forgot to hit record again, lol. Instead, here’s a break down on how to do it:
Archive for August, 2010
A close-up from our “Glaminar Group Shot”…
like “where’s waldo?”, “where’s kandee?”…..me surrounded by all my Glaminar -star “love bugs” and all their shiny silver gift bags!
Houston….it may be ridiculously hot and humid here, but something else was in the air thicker than the moist air – it was full of love, hope, happiness, tears, and such an incredible, incredible day! I will not be the same after this weekend. Not only did the girls who came say they it was a life changing experience…this weekend changed my heart beyond belief!
I have to say HOUSTON, has been one amazing place! From feeling all the love that everyone poured out about congratulating my about my “cupcake in the oven” to just being an incredible weekend of heart-opening experiences! This was more than I could have ever expected!
This is Aubrin, a make-up superstar-in-the-making and our official Youngest Glaminee ever – she is 11 years old and will be doing make-up for an entire dance troop of girls! She came to the Glaminar as her birthday present….and we had a birthday dinner with her afterwards at Benihana’s that was sooooo fun! She even shared her recipe of Gingerale with lime juice with me…and we all sang her happy birthday over her green tea ice cream. Two other precious Glaminar Stars had dinner with us, sweet Lauren, and the beautiful Talia…I had such a fun dinner with you all! (or should I say ya’ll….I want to adopt using ya’ll…it’s so stinkin’ cute!)
And this is a little peek at the “kandee baby bump” growing! Thank you to every sweet and generous heart that brought me a gift..from books, to jewelry, to a keychain, to a sparkly flower pen, hello kitty goodies to cupcakes and sweet, sweet baby things…I opened your gifts and read your notes and cards…and my heart was just exploding with joy and love…you all bring me to tears!
I love each one of you dearly…and I am privileged to be able to touch your lives and inspire you, help heal your hearts and fill you with hope…way beyond just teaching you make-up!
Please enjoy this video…I love you all so, so much!
typed with love, your friend (even if you’ve never seen me in person…we ARE friends!)….kandee
PS. I ate the best thing ever today…a root beer float cake…OMGoodness! It was from Ruggles in Houston. So yummy!
I’m back with another review and giveaway. This one is for my self-tanners out there. I had a chance to review the SunLabs Ultra Dark Self Tanning Kit. I was pleasantly surprised at how great it worked for me and I’m also giving you a chance to win!
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Check out my video!
I’ll say that I had a pretty good experience with this kit. I’ve used it for several weeks and it’s performed really well. This is a great option for those of us who want a bronze, healthy tan without the damaging effects of the sun.
- applies a nice bronze color, not orange
- kit includes everything you need to prep, tan, and maintain the color
- good price for the package
- available in multiple shades
- smell isn’t that bad
- stains hands a lot, you need a good exfoliator to get it off
- not completely scent free…after the tan develops you smell the scent of the chemicals more
Would I Recommend: Yes. This is the best self-tanner I used so far. The price is reasonable for the entire kit. My drugstore tanners cost around the same and they’re not as good. If you’re a regular self-tanner I think this is a good choice.
You can find this product at http://www.sun-laboratories.net/best-selling-products/sun-labs-beach-bag-ultra-dark-set.HTML
This great kit is on sale for $49.95 (normally $85.95)!!!!
Use promo code FRSH2010 to purchase the Beach Bag Ultra Dark. Not only will you get the discounted price but you’ll also get free shipping because you watched me review the product!
SunLabs has generously agreed to sponsor an UltraDark Self-Tanning Kit for one of my viewers. Here’s how to win!
- Follow my blog and YouTube
- Leave a comment telling me why you’d like to win
- Open to International viewers
- I’ll pick one at Random and announce it Monday on my blog and twitter
FTC Disclosure: Product sponsored for review. I am not affiliated with the company and not paid to write this review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
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I’ve got exciting and humbling news to share with you all!
This has taken me a few days to write and with my wise friend Tamara’s advice that you should always wait 3 days before sending a sensitive letter to someone…..after days of cooking, here is my sensitive letter to you all.
So for my news….
And to all my close friends who don’t know any of this, yet, I am so sorry that I couldn’t tell you in person, but I had to wait and tell everyone this way, because I didn’t want to have anyone mention it on facebook or something before I had a chance to tell everyone.
I am expecting a precious little baby.
This was not something I planned, but I am very excited about this new little baby on the way. As you probably know….I have been dating someone for a while now; we’ve known each other for many years.
I know that God knew this little one would be here long before I did, and that He already has wonderful plans for this precious little life with dreams, hopes, and a little personality all their own.
I’m not condoning my actions, but I know that I am forgiven because I asked God to forgive me. My family is understanding, loving and totally supportive. My kids are all so excited! Everyone has the potential to make mistakes in life and because of the greatest gift God has given mankind, we can be forgiven. Grace and mercy are more wonderful than can be put in words.
On the other hand, this truly breaks my heart that I would be an example of what “not-to-do”, but if this reaches one girl and shows her how to avoid the mistake that I have made, I will be glad. If this reaches one girl who needs to be encouraged to be strong and do the right thing, protecting your heart from the pain I’ve had to go through, I will be so glad.
Save yourself for marriage. This is not to sound like, “do what I say not as I do”, but to say, “please, please don’t do what I’ve done and please let what I say encourage you to do the right thing”.
Sometimes we are seeking to be loved and to feel wanted and we find ourselves standing on that doorway of having sex, and in one moment of giving in you can forever change the course of your life and a child’s life . By having sex, you don’t win the guys affection, you loose that guard over your heart, you loose the control over your emotions, you’ve given a gift to someone who should have made a promise to be with you forever in a form of a promise before God in marriage, not to someone who says, “yes I love you, you mean the world to me”, and some months later they want to break up with you or you find out they cheated on you. Then you are left with all this horrible emotional baggage to sort out. Most important, guard your heart, guard your love, and please no matter how hard it gets, guard your decisions.
In one second I didn’t guard my decisions, and I knew it wasn’t the right way. Sometimes we may know it’s not right, but we do it anyway. Don’t open the door to let crazy emotions about a guy start taking over your brain and then your life.
Years ago, I thought I was so in love in high school, and I know it changed what my future could have been. I gave up a lot of things because I got all love-crazy over a guy. Love should never make you feel “love crazy”, it should just add to your already wonderful life. I gave up things like going after my career in modeling to get married and move away with my “new” 18 year old husband. I remember my agent at my modeling agency tell me, “ You are going to throw your modeling career away if you do this!”….and he was right. As I sat, 17 years old, in my hot, dark, tiny apartment in Phoenix, with no money or friends, and this “husband” who said he couldn’t live without me, but now only wanted to be with his friends…I realized…this was a big mistake. If I had just dated him and said, “you know what, you don’t get to have the gift I’m saving for the man that promises to give me his life in marriage”, my heart never would have been opened to that place of hurt and seeking more of his love, and I would’ve said, “No way buddy, I’ve got a huge future ahead of me. That saying about food, “No food tastes as good as it feels to fit into your skinny jeans”…well, “No sex feels as good as it feels to have control over your heart, your life, your emotions, and have an awesome future ahead!”
I want to speak to all the girls who write me and have written me saying that they are pregnant, and that no one is in support of you, maybe the father wants nothing to do with you or the baby…please know that more love than you can ever imagine is growing inside you. I was scared and worried, worried about what my family, friends, and people would think, especially now that I have a lot more people than normal that see what I’m doing in my life, but I knew I should never make a decision based out of fear. It doesn’t matter how scared you are or how much you think you’ve messed things up, sometimes our greatest experiences come from things we didn’t expect. God can cause the most beautiful things to grow from a big mess of manure we think we piled up in our lives! I got married very young the first time and got pregnant with my Jordan after 6 months of being married. Even thought we were not in an ideal situation to have a baby and my marriage turned out to be very disastrous, my baby was the highlight and little angel from heaven that filled my heart with greater joy than I had ever known.
I pray that you all can take away form this, that I am human, I’ve made mistakes. I am not a perfect character from a movie, or someone that tries to hide my mistakes and pretend that I am perfect. And I’ve made real mistakes and I hope so much, that me being so open and honest with you will let you see how hard it is to face these mistakes. I will continue to learn from my mistakes and I truly pray that my mistakes can save you heartache as you learn from mine.
One mistake doesn’t need to turn into two mistakes….I won’t ever judge someone who’s had an abortion, but I have seen the lifelong pain that can result from them. Sometimes it’s hard when we are scared of the unknown one could think that an abortion is a solution, but what you truly think you are saving yourself from, could be the very thing that will save and change your life. I have a friend who was raped, and she never once thought of having an abortion, and that baby has brought her greater love than she has ever felt, that baby has healed her heart more than any counseling or man could ever attempt. God sent me my Jordan to fill my life with so much joy and love, he was my reason for smiling everyday!
My dear friend, Tamara told me, “She who has beheld the face of God should never fear the face of man”….this beauty spoke to my heart. We should never live in fear of the judgement of others, the only one who counts is God and his mercy and forgiveness are always waiting there.
The internet allows for more ridicule than I’ve ever experienced in my life…it allows for people, writers, bloggers, newspapers to make up things that aren’t true, take bits and pieces and twist things into “facts”…and for anyone to release their hateful, hurtful words however they like. They don’t realize how many people they hurt when they disparage others like this.
I ask that before anyone decides to leave me a judgmental comment, that they’d think about what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes first. No one has lived a perfect life, we have all made mistakes. There is a wise book that says, “only you who are without any sin (which could be as little as a lie you told, a rude thing you said, or angry thought you had in your mind) shall cast the first stone. We will be judged in the same way we have judged others and shouldn’t we aspire to treat others as we would want to be treated. What if we all showed each other grace in this life we have so little time to live. If we all got what we “deserved”, for all our bad thoughts, unkind comments, dishonesty, selfishness, and bad choices…well, we’d all be in pretty bad shape.
Please know, that I am excited about this baby, every life is a blessing and I can’t wait to show you this little precious one when he or she arrives in January. (My post Christmas present!)
I probably won’t post too much more about this on my blog here…but I will on my other, more non-make-up, personal blog www.kandeeland.com.
huge love, your imperfect friend and excited friend, kandee
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I think this is my most favorite purse of all time!!! I have gotten more compliments and people asking me where I got it, than anything else I’ve EVER owned!
You can win one just like it, but newer and cleaner…ha ha ha! And did I mention, Devan at baghaus, said they’ll throw in a 2nd prize for 2nd place, it’ll be a Hello Kitty Surprise…a wallet or something fun!
If you don’t win and want one, these babies are harder to get your lil’ hello kitty paws on than anything! You can pre-order one at WWW.BAGHAUS.COM , and as soon as the shipment comes in – you can safely have one waiting! These babies are gone faster than water on hot asphalt!
So here it is:
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#1. Realize that Perfect Doesn’t Work
Why Perfect doesn’t work?
Perfect isn’t real. Tv shows are fake. Reality shows are fake. And as much as movies and celebrities make it seem that life is perfect, but ours are horrible, yuck lives, it’s not true.
It’s so easy to expect “perfect” from people and life. We didn’t get the perfect answer from our boyfriend or mom. We didn’t get the “perfect body” after taking the “magic pill” that some celebrity said is their “trick” to staying thin. We didn’t have a pack of “the bachelors” chasing us after we sprayed the new “attraction” perfume on. We didn’t get picked to win the contest that we wanted to win so bad.
Every time I plan a Glaminar and I want it to be perfect for everyone coming. Something always goes wrong- the sound doesn’t work, a prize didn’t show up, someone that was supposed to help doesn’t show up, the room is too small, the air-conditioning doesn’t work, the video guy doesn’t have the cables to play my slideshow. But I’ve realized to prepare for imperfection and be ready to say, “Ok, no biggie”. Yes, I’d like a perfectly normal looking leg, but unfortunately after my accident at the hotel, I will never have a “normal” looking leg. Oh well, at least I still have my leg, ugly or perfect, I’m glad I have it!
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#2. Stop Being a Prisoner to Perfection
My name is Kandee Johnson, and I used to be a perfectionist.
Yes, I was paralyzed by decision making. “What if I don’t make the perfect choice!” “I can’t buy the black shoes, what if I realize I wanted grey!”…”I just won’t type a blog, because what if type a dumb one.”
Or people would say,”what do you feel like eating?”, and I would default to them, “oh whatever sounds good”, YAY! Then I didn’t have to deal with the stress of picking something out. If it was gross, it wasn’t my fault! ha ha ha
I’ve since learned:
*prepare for mistakes and imperfection
the sooner you do the happier you’ll be.
*If you know stuff is gonna go wrong, things aren’t gonna play out like a dream or a movie all the time,the more peaceful you’ll be when they do go a little of plan!
*Prepare yourself, and just roll with the changes. It’s better to be the willow that bends in the wind, than the stiff tree that snaps and breaks in the breeze!
Don’t break, just bend!
AND 90% HOW YOU TAKE IT.
Pearls are made from some dirt (garbage) that’s gotten trapped in an oyster. As it’s trying to deal with this “problem”, it gets turned into a beautiful pearl. Same thing with diamonds, from all the incredible pressure, the carbon get “uncomfortably” turned into something so valuable and sparkling, that people pay huge amounts to gaze as these and delight in the beauty of their twinkle.
My life has been events that have caused my mirror to shatter, but as I’ve picked up the broken pieces of my life, all those little shattered parts give off more sparkle, shine and light than before when it was more “perfect”!
If you feel that your life, your choices, the people are you, your home, your job, anything is far from perfect. Say YAY! I’m in great company. The most incredible people have come out of things that were far from perfect.
So you didn’t have the dream start to things: your first day of school, making your dreams happen, you can’t find that darn soul mate of yours anywhere, you can’t seem to get your life going how you want. It’s ok. I’ve been in more imperfect situations, houses, relationships (i could go on)…but in all those moments, I said “this is going to make me better, stronger, and more able to endure the challenges that greatness requires.
Remember you are like a precious pearl or diamond…..out of adversity comes the most priceless gems! You are a priceless gem!
4. YOU’RE NOT IN A DARK CAVE OF HOPELESSNESS, BUT A TUNNEL WITH A BRIGHT ENDING.
“DARK MOMENTS ARE SHORT HALLWAYS, LEADING TO SUNLIT ROOMS!”
Sometimes it feels like we’re in a dark cave, with no signs of hope, or an exit, but life is not a cave, but a tunnel. And at any moment, that tunnel can take a quick turn, where you can’t see the light yet, but as soon as you keep going, you see the rays of light and hope showing you the way to go.
CHOOSE TO LOVE- rather than hate
CHOOSE TO SMILE – rather than frown
CHOOSE TO BUILD- rather than to tear down
CHOOSE TO PERSEVERE -rather than give up
CHOOSE TO PRAISE – rather than gossip
CHOOSE TO HEAL – rather than wound
CHOOSE TO GIVE – rather than than get
CHOOSE TO ACT – rather than delay
CHOOSE TO FORGIVE – rather than judge
CHOOSE TO PRAY – rather than despair
unperfectly typed (yes I’m sure there are errors in my blogs as well as in my life! ha ha ha)…huge love, your kandee
Till next time, Ciao Bellas!
FTC Disclosure: All products featured purchased by me.
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