Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I Dream In The Colors of The Sunset: things I'm in love/obsessed with

It's Wednesay and here's some things I'm liking....

I like the cotton candy pinks and pastel turquoise colors of the sky in the desert at sunset.
I like that my closet looks like someone who's style is all over the place.
I like being all over the place.
I am totally in like with this song and have listened to it 8 times in a row:

Echosmith -  Cool Kids



I am in love with this shade of "faded denim/stormy ocean sky" blue hair:

I am slightly in love with everything from Free People, and I wish they would want me to be their fashion ambassador and send me their clothes to wear! ha ha ha ha

And I love all these things and wish I had them to go walking around the desert, not practical, but it'd make for cool blog pictures:

Leather Fringe Poncho... I am semi-obsessed with kimonos and things with fringe.

HAT: brown felt hat, you know me and my love for hats.

OFF THE SHOULDER SHIRT -
you know I've been rocking the off the shoulder shirt, since my tutorial back in 09'... does anyone remember this video:



FRINGE MOCCS - Here I go with the fringe again.... but I love moccasins:

Romantic Gladiator Sandals anyone:

And I love this necklace..... "I keep a close watch on this heart of mine" - Johnny Cash...
because everyone needs to keep a close watch on their hearts....
I saw them on etsy from Natashaaloha

Seeing this, makes me miss when I made jewelry, makes me miss when I'd spend days just making things...jewelry, painting, furniture.....oh the moments when time has no meaning because you love it.

And my JULY FAVORITES is up if you missed hearing my voice say my favorite things out loud, there's some fun stuff in here, please for give the loud music, I had no idea:



Happy Wednesday....
Hope this adds some sparkle to the middle of your week, and it's National Hot Dog day.....
Hot Diggity Dog, your friend, Kandee

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

4 Tips On How To Get Kardashian Level Likes On Instagram




I love Instagram, I love looking at other people's instagram pictures, it's just fun and I keep up with my friends lives via Instagram.
But how do you craft the perfect picture to get you into Kardashian level likes....
well, this is just my theory, using my own AWESOME, AMAZING, INCREDIBLE (don't you wanna go follow me now?!? Shameless plug for my instagram right here @kandeejohnson) as examples of my most popular pictures on the Insta....
AND MAY I NOTE, THAT NOT ONE OF THESE INCLUDES MY FACE OR ANY KIND OF SELFIE!


Feel free to regram any of these pics as long as you tag me up in there @kandeejohnson so I can go comment on it too!

#1. ANIMALS ARE ALWAYS LIKEABLE
I don't have any pets, so I just took a picture of my sister's Lionhead bunny, that had the most awesome hipster hair-do, I actually even regrammed this from my sister, Tiffany's Instagram, her pictures are hilarious.
LIKE COUNT: 204849
And people still like it all the time! 
Go cute bunnies!

#2. CUTE OR DISNEY THINGS
You mix cute and disney together and you've just baked a "likes cake"! Likes Ahoy!
This tea cup of Chip from Beauty and The Beast, just made me fall in love.
LIKES: 51475
(not Kardashian level, or even close to Bernard's picture, that was my sister's bunny's name, form ABOVE, but still pretty good!)

#3. Funny or Kids:
Again, you mix kids and funny...BAM! Ellie got into my Special FX stuff, and put these on and cracked me up and I thought it'd make others crack up too.
LIKES: 44,742
I mean, it's not lion head bunny pic of Bernard, but still my #3 most liked pic, and I love Ellie.

#4. THE TRIFECTA - CUTE, FUNNY AND DISNEY:
This picture of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, as Elsa and Anna, from Frozen, is cute, funny and filled with Disney. Voila you have my 4th most popular picture on instagram.
LIKES: 43,764


To summarize, selfie's are not popular, at least not of myself. Animal and kids slay it on instagram. So for the rest of us who's last sir name is not Kardashian or Bieber...here's to posting pics of animals and the Olsen twins.

And if you don't get any likes at all, who cares, it's just a like a cool diary and collection of moments, meals and things you like! Most celebrities just buy followers and likes to look more popular than they are anyway! ha ha ha ha ha ha 

Now go follow me on on instagram, or not, your home girl and insta-fan, Kandee

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Hey, I'm still here.....birthday lips and all:

I know, maybe 1 or 2 of you might have missed my blog posts....hee hee
So here is an incredibly imperfect "birthday cupcake lip art" I did for fun. Before anyone points our the obvious, yes, I know the lines are crooked.  But I still thought I'd share some unseen on instagram pics from my bday...

Me with a couple of "fanboys" on my birthday...ha ha ha ha
Ryan (Jordan's friend, me and Jordan)



And then these pictures were already posted on instagram, but here they are again:

The amazing and delicious flower cake my cousin made me...


The awesomest of awesome birthday sunglasses, that Sunstaches sent me, thanks guys!

And me and my mamma, who is the one who made my birthday possible, literally. Without her, I wouldn't have a reason to celebrate my birthday or probably even be here:


And 5 facts about my birthday-ness:
1. Best Birthday I ever had, might be when my mom made a Hula party and painted a giant monkey cut-out for your face to replace his and take pictures.

2. Worst birthday, ummmmm after I thought about it, I'll just skip it, because it's depressing to think about. ha ha ha

3. Birthdays are great because each year you get wiser, stronger and just better....like antiques or wine, you just get more valuable and awesome.

4. Tom Hanks also share my birthday.

5. And this is not the same Hula Party, but as you can tell I had a fondness for Hawaiian parties....just enjoy my stupid 12 year old, headband-trend and my sister making sure everyone Chills Out, in her shirt:


And I thought it might be fun to virtually take you all along with me on my birthday, so I made a video about it, come and see it here, and don't be fooled, that is not a bowling-stunt-double, that's me ha ha ha:



Huge hugs and so much love from my heart to yours, thanks for all your birthday love and making me feel loved and special, you guys all, mean more to me than I can even describe, you are my Kandee Family.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

7 Reasons To Try Teal Hair


I'm blue bee-dat-ooh-deee-dat-do-dow...
No blue in mood, but blue in the hair. And not in the little ol' lady blue hair either! ha ha ha

So here's 5 reasons why I died my hair blue:

1. When my hair is short and dark it just look more manly, I think.
2. I missed my pink hair, but have to bleach it way too light so the pink shows up.
3. One of my fav colors in turquoise, and this is sorta' close as teal.
4. My mom actually agreed that I needed a fun color, and helped me pick the teal. I love my mamma.
5. I've realized I actually like this color with my skin tone! ha ha ha
6. And more people seem to interact with you and say they like your hair color when it's a fun color. People everyday stop and say they like my hair color, which never happens when it's just brown. ha ha I've had a lot more fun conversations started all because of my hair!
7. The teal actually look really good with my skin tone and makes it look more golden!

You can see it's "bright" teal-ness, in this pick of me, when I ran into Amber Rose in the Nashville airport. We are both good friends with Priscilla Ono, who does her make-up!

And in the more darkly lit areas, it looks more dark teal like this!

Life is too short to just have one hair color! ha ha ha

Who knows how long I'll keep this, blue is a hard color to keep in the hair! But hope it's a fun visual change!


PS. I will be teaching 2 make-up classes this weekend at the International Beauty Show in Las Vegas this weekend, a High Definition Make-Up Class on Saturday and a Bridal Make-Up Class on Sunday, click here to find my classes and sign up, if you are going! Can't wait to hug you!

Teal hugs, your homie Kandee

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Today is Friday the 13th and A Reason To Celebrate

This is my dad, a very little Ellie and yours truly... just 6 months before my dad went to his new and glorious home in Heaven...

2 years ago today was the hardest day of my life. It was a day that felt like a wild tornado of pain, shock, grieving, mourning, and emotions that can't even be described with words. On this day two years ago, I had texted my dad and was heading home to the airport, where my dad was going to pick us up. But on my way to the airport, I got a call, that my dad had been in an accident and had been "promoted" to his new heavenly home.

I think of my dad every single day, waves of sadness and missing my dad, overwhelm me sometimes, but that's part of missing someone with our little earthly hearts. My dad would say: "No, don't you be sad! If you knew how awesome Heaven was, you wouldn't be sad! I want you to be happy and enjoy every day to the fullest while you're still on Earth! Go make me proud! Show this world what you got! Share love with everyone around you, everywhere you go! And make today better than yesterday!"

Today is not a day to be sad, or wallow in sadness or a day to force myself to imagine the pain that I went through or relive any of the moments or emotions from that day. Today and any day that marks the day you've lost a loves one, is a day to celebrate them, their life and the love you have in your heart! It's a day to remind you, to live bigger, better, bolder in their honor! Don't live small when you need to live extra large, in honor of that loved one. Let your heart shine more love, let your smile be bigger, all in their memory, and to shine more of all the sparkle, that they've left in your heart!

I watched videos of my dad, and re-read a bunch of texts my dad sent me this week. My heart was filled with love and I took in every bit of my dad's words. And even though my dad may not be on Earth anymore, all his memories are alive in my heart. Whenever I get sad and wish I could call my dad, I know his words stored in my heart so well, that I can just imagine everything he'd tell me.

Today I can't promise I won't cry, I might even cry while I'm smiling! Crying is good and heals your heart. My grandma said, "tears water the rainbows of healing to come out over your heart." So let the healing tears fall, let the rainbows of joy come out over your heart.

We can cry, but we don't need to wallow in the sadness. Don't let the death of them, be the death of your joy. Anyone we've lost would want us to, pick ourselves up, lie with some extra spunk, extra love, extra boldness all while we carry a banner of love and remembrance of them over our heart!

I know my dad is waiting for me in Heaven, that I have the wonderful hope that I will see him again, for eternity in heaven, which is far longer that this short little life, here on Earth filled with problems.

And if any of you are hurting and grieving with the pain of losing someone, I pray that God wraps you up in His heavenly comfort, like a big cozy blanket and that hope and joy start to fill your heart back up again. And that you choose, you decide in your mind, right this moment, that you will NOT live a life of unending agony, wallowing in the pain, but that you will choose too live a life that would make your loved one proud of your strength but mostly your joy!

Losing a loved one doesn't mean you need to become bitter, it means you know how more understanding of that pain and you know can comfort others that have gone through the same thing, and that that you are going to make this life better, in someone's honor!

My dad used to say: Make today better than yesterday.

And today, I will make it better than yesterday and I will keep doing that until the day I see my dad in heaven again too!

Huge hugs and so much love, your friend that knows the heartache of loss, but has decided to make my life "a gain" of joy and love, in memory of my dad. And thank you, Jesus (whether you believe in him or not, this is just what my heart believes) for being the sacrifice, so that this life isn't all we have, your friend Kandee

Let's live big, bold, better and with more fun and happiness today. I'm gonna make today as great as I can, for you dad!

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Eyebrows! Eyebrows! Eyebrows! How I Do My Eyebrows!

This has been the much requested, long awaited video on how I do my eyebrows! Ask, and you shall receive, even if it takes me a couple years! hee hee

Eyebrows from the face, the darker the eyebrow the younger you look (mine will be black soon, ha ha ha) and defined brows can slenderize the face and soften sharp features or bring a more angular look to a more "round" face, like mine.

Here's how to get waterproof, sweatproof and smudgeproof brows. Whether you just want perfectly defined brows, and are heading to school, the beach or anywhere your brows won't leave you high and dry.

*This is also great for anyone who suffers from alopecia, or is going through chemotherapy or any type of hair loss, OR that may have any eyebrow loss to due to over-tweezing, scarring or thinning brows.
 Some come watch me give you some tips for filling in the perfect brows:



EYEBROW TIPS:
*No matter what you hair color, your brows can be 1-2 shades darker than your natural hair color.
*If you want to look older, lighten your brows, to look younger go for a darker brow.
*Even if your hair is black, it will soften up your face to go with a dark brown brow.
*For the blondes, usually blondes need to define the brows the most, go with a taupe or dark blonde color.
*Red beds can use an auburn shade or even a light brown.
*Practice makes perfect, just keep trying until you get your perfect shape down! It's only make-up, you can always just wipe it off and try again!


WHAT I USED AND WHY:

You need to make sure you have a good, stiff, angled brush of synthetic fibers, like Taklon. Animal hair bristles are too fluffy and will not give you a precise line. Plus, you always want to use a synthetic bristle brush when you using any gels or creams.
*You can also get a good synthetic "eyebrow brush" at the craft or art supply store in the painting section.

BROW BRUSH: I use the Synthetic Brow Duo Brush from Anastasia of Beverly Hills in #12.

Anastasia of Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (it will take your brow game to new levels) in Chocolate, but in comes in every shade from  blonde, auburn, chocolate, dark brown and ebony.
* I love this because you get a more precise application, and it won't come off since it's waterproof.

I also love the Tarte Wateproof Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse.

And if you have fun colorful hair, you can use the Inglot Colored Cream Eyeliners in turquoise, pink, green, blue, every color!

And back in the day before they had all these awesome eyebrow products, I used to just use the MAC paint pot in Quite Natural!

May that help you keep your brow game strong! Your brow-pal, Kandee

Because brows do make a difference:


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Monday, June 9, 2014

Who's excited about the Kelly Osbourne MAC Collection?!?

(above: blush in Cheeky Bugger, lipstick on left: Strip Poker lipstick on right: Riot House, black eye pencil in Smolder, an oldie but goodie, and a jumbo penultimate liner in rapid black)

Who is so excited for the Kelly Osbourne + MAC Collaboration?!?
Not only do I love the lavender packaging and pretty much every single color in this collection:


The Kelly Osbourne MAC Collection will be out JUNE 12th - July 10th.

 This blush is just a beautiful mix of peachy and pink.


And you know I'm a sucker for a nude lip! And you can add a pop of peach with the Riot House shade on the right, to add to your soon-to-be, summer glow!

And the packaging....again, you hand me something baby pink or lavender and I'm in love!

Who else is excited?!?!?!?

If you missed it, come check out my newest video....watch the crazy before and after with this new lip plumping device:




QUOTE OF THE DAY (if you missed it on my Facebook):
Don't worry about someone looking like they're living in the fast lane of life, with success, parties, money and fancy things.....some people r going no where fast & others are going SOMEWHERE slowly.

Huge huge hugs, your virtual bestie, Kandee

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