Friday, August 22, 2014

A couple of days of What I Wore: Beautycon Edition

Welcome to my hotel room from Beautycon and my awesome self-photography, don't worry I grabbed better picture from the world wide web...
WHAT I HAVE ON: (which was a result of thinking I had packed nothing and then putting all kinds of stuff together)
SHIRT: It's actually my Rolling Stones shirt, but turned inside out
CROPPED KIMONO: I got this at the Melrose Trading Post from Luth Garde's booth, I love all the things she makes.
ORANGE SKIRT/SHORTS: Topshop
SHOES: Old Steven Madden's
NECKLACE: "vintage" Forever21
HAT: H&M ( that Charis actually let me wear, since I forgot mine in the van...she had an extra one she was thinking of wearing, and I forgot to give it back to her at the end of the night!)

It's always best to put a lil  "stamp of your style" on your outfit everyday, something that doesn't need to be trendy, but just something that you love!

Charis, me and Raye, on the way to Beautycon...I heart these girls and the love they shine!



The best part of Beautycon was getting to meet everyone, hug everyone, and for getting to share my heart on the panel there...

Me filming with my phone while I walked onto the panel...

And some better pictures than my selfies, that I took from the internet:

This one is courtesy of DailyMail (thank you for taking a picture of me guys)

This one is courtesy of Zimbio:

I didn't plan on my hair matching my kimono, but it happened, ha ha ha ha.

And rewind to the day before to the BeautyCon pool party and I looked a lil something like this:

Again, I realized I packed zero percent's worth of things to wear when it's super hot outside. 
Dress: Old Forever21 dress, I'd never worn.
Black Harness Contraption (which is what over my shoulders): Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses: $5 babies from Melrose Trading Post
Hat: I got this guy at a hat kiosk at The Grove
Jewelry: VidaKush & my new fav bracelet from Tanita Tikaret

And I got to visit with my funny friend and comedian, Angel and the beautiful Sharzad, who let me hold her adorable lil bundle of love...

And I got interviewed by The Zoe Report at Beautycon, if you want to see my tips and things CLICK HERE!

Get ready guys, here's my last video if you missed it and I'm uploading a NEW VIDEO TODAY, it's the ICE WATER CHALLENGE, with a twist....but enjoy this while I go  upload it!


Huge hugs and always remember to dress in what you love, put on something fun and different and go shine and sparkle with individuality! I heart ya.... your friend Kandee

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BRAND NEW Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette Review & Swatches


There's a new NAKED PALETTE on the block. Urban Decay just released the NAKED 2 BASICS PALETTE and I've got the scoop, with pics, swatches and even a full blown video review! Woop! Woop!
You can keep your clothes on, because only the palette is gonna be naked....

The NAKED 2 BASICS palette, is great if you love cool, taupe grey, browns (which is one of my fav color schemes for a nude smokey eye)...
These colors really give a sultry, smokey eye.
I love that they are ALL matte, no shimmer at all.
And the pigment is really rich and blends like butter, or something else that blends really smooth.

If you own the first NAKED BASICS, you might want to know the diff:

You might think, "hey these look the same"...but oh no no! The first palette is much warmer and has more yellow-toned, bright hues...
as you will see here from this picture:


BONUS: These shadows are great for using as brow colors too. Just take an angled shadow brush and these are the perfect "cool" hues to use as brow color, because they won't look to "red-toned" against anyones skin. The PRIMAL shade, actually looks like one of my fav MAC shadows that I've been using for everyone's brows for years!

Now come enjoy a short, and live action review of these shadows and see my wearing them all too in this AWESOME or AWFUL: Urban Decay Naked Palette Basics 2 Review:



The BOTTOM LINE:
It's out now- you can get it here on UD's site.
It's $29
Totally matte, which I love.
Great for brows too, from dark hair to blondes.
I love all the taupey-cool shades.
Blends like a boss.

Feel free to share this on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, with any friend that will think you're helping them be in the beauty know! Hee Hee Hee

Totally clothed, and not naked in any way, your friend, Kandee

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Look I'm In a Dress, At The Teen Choice Awards:

I know, it's a rare occurrence when I am seen in a dress, much less and foncy dress like this:

I made a video about picking out my dress and asked you guys which one to wear....Come see all the options and trying them all on here:


You guys picked the white dress, and it was my fav too, that and the short black dress:
But I chose:
DRESS: Elliatt
RINGS & CUFFS: Vidakush
HAND CHAIN: Mash Style
Big thanks to my friend and stylist, AnnMarie Hoang, who's awesome and pulled all this cool stuff for me!

No make-up but lots of fun hair...

My friend Bethanie did my hair, which I loved! She works at Fringe Salon in Beverly Hills, if you need to awesome hair styling, cutting or coloring! And I love her and have known her forever!

I didn't have much time to do my make-up, so I did some record breaking, speed make-up on myself.

The most glamorous part is that we sat in a car, with AC because it was hot outside, and while the red carpet seems glamorous, it was really just very hot, crowded and lots of people pushing each other...
in the car with Teala and Mandy...

And with my friend, Brittani Louise Taylor....who I love:

Look at her cool Teen Choice Awards nails:

And I we both got to meet and exchange how much we love each other, Genevieve Hannelius , from Dog With A Blog:
I was so excited to be invited to be at the Teen Choice Awards...and it was all because of you guys, that they wanted me to be there to represent the bloggers in the blogger balcony, like this:
There's me, and behind me were the hosts, doing an intro from the "blogger balcony"...and a huge thank you to everyone that tweeted me pics from seeing me on tv, it was so cool, and you guys tweeted me pics from the pre-show where I was interviewed  because I didn't get to see that either.

There was Taylor Swift who walked by me backstage....very blurry I know.....

And here was when the show was almost over...

And now I'm back in non fancy clothes...but I felt like a princess in my fancy clothes....

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Friday, August 8, 2014

What to do when you feel like a failure.....

"You're no good"
"You're not good enough"
"Look at all the things you've done wrong and screwed up"
"You're worthless"
"No one really loves you"

If your heart has hurt from disappointment, feeling not-good-enough, not worthy of love or  he heartache of things not working out in your life, or you're just feeling attacked with a little depression...I hope something you see in these words will lift your heart up.

1. YOU ARE NOT YOUR PAST FAILURES OR MISTAKES:
Everything that looked as if it's "gone wrong" In your life, which makes your life feel like a bunch of tangled knots, is actually weaving together a beautiful, priceless tapestry. A life that without those tangled moments, wouldn't make you the amazing person you are, full of strength, determination and the ability to say, I'm a survivor. I also say that when you life feels like a shattered mirror, no longer perfect in the worlds eye, but that shattered mirror is going to shine and reflect more light than a perfect mirror ever will. Every bit of broken-ness, every painful moment that's caused some part of your to shatter, is only going to make you shine brighter. Your heart grows bigger, your determination stronger, your understanding gets larger and you become more beautiful, for all the painful things you've endured.


2. YOU ARE MORE THAN ANY FAILURE OR SUCCESS:
We all have failures in life, and we look forward to the successes.  Failure is a required stepping stone on any pathway to success, if you're not afraid to fail, you're never going to achieve anything worthwhile. And no matter how little or many your successes are, that's not what makes you. I've seen very successful people who are rude, awful, self-centered and lack morals, by the worlds eye from the outside they look like SUCCESS! But if you see behind the scenes, they might be the biggest failures of all.
You are not your failures and don't measure your worth by what the world sees as "success". The world doesn't give awards for being a loving person, or someone who inspires those around them, or leaves people better off for having been in their presence. But those are the most important.

3. YOU ARE MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH:
I've been in relationships where I was told I was worthless, no one loved me, I was unattractive, and so on. Those words stung my heart at the time, and made me feel unworthy of being loved, like I had no value, like I was worthless.
I now know, that those words were being spoken from a heart that was so wounded themselves, they  didn't know how to love someone.


4. YOU CAN'T SEE WHAT'S AROUND THE BEND:
It always seems, just like in the movies, that things are looking really bad before the victory takes place. I know in my life, I've felt like a complete failure, that none of my dreams would ever come true, and pretty hopeless. Had I only known what God knew was waiting for me up ahead in my future. You never want to give up, because the greatest day of your life could be tomorrow, next week , next month, and the most mind blowing awesome, dream come true, can be just ahead, if you just hang on a little while longer!

If you've been told things like this, whether from a "loved one" or some angry, and hurt people at school or work, or you just feel these thoughts on your own, I want you to know:
YOU ARE AMAZING.
YOU ARE FULL OF INCREDIBLE IDEAS.
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
YOU MATTER SO MUCH, AND THIS WORLD NEEDS YOUR THOUGHTS, WORDS, IDEAS and TALENT.
ALL THE THINGS YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH HAVE JUST MADE YOU EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING, KIND, PRECIOUS AND JUST PRICELESS.

NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH NOW, WHAT HURT IS IN YOUR HEART, WHAT FEELINGS OF FAILURE MIGHT BE CREEPING UP IN YOUR MIND....
know that you are great, and every great person has failed so many times.

Your failures are just making your success story that much more amazing! I feel like a failure, more times that I'll ever admit. I feel like I'm no good, nothing I do is very good, and that I'm not as good as "so-and-so"...and I want you to know if you feel that way, it's ok. Just make sure you hear my voice in your heart saying....
You are amazing, incredible, strong, and beyond compare. You are precious and deserve to have your heart held only in hands that will cherish it. What the world sees as success is nothing...I want to store of my success in the hearts of people who's lives I  have touched and in heaven where our greatest rewards for out lives down here on earth await us.

I am sending you ginormous hugs and so much love, from your friend who loves YOU, Kandee

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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 

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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:



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