Thursday, September 30, 2010

My secret to amazing skin!

I posted this picture (which was taken inside the humongous Forever 21 in Times Square! I HAD to get a picture with the gi-gundo mascara!)...and started getting tons of emails asking what face make-up I was wearing because my skin "looked so great"...thanks for the compliments...but I owe it all to a little secret!

And I'm sharing my secret with you all!

Okay, so I tried that AMAZING COSMETICS CONCEALER and never told you what I thought of it....A BIG THUMBS DOWN (that's what I get for listening to a youtube guru's,  recommendation...they are not a make-up artist and I'm sure they got paid to mention it...just so you all know...I do NOT get paid to do any product reviews...I only talk about things I love because I love them. And as a make-up artist who's been working on celebs and movies and everything for the last 10 years, I know what products are truly AMAZING and what just has a bunch of hype.)

So I took my "AMAZING"concealer back to Sephora because I did NOT like it:
WHY YOU ASK:
It made my skin look really dry and wrinkly and the coverage wasn't so great. All their color selection seemed to be really pink or beige based, then it just jumped to really dark with red-brown undertones. No bueno!


I thought I'd give COVER FX a try since I know that it will even cover tattoos!  


IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST APPLICATION!!!!
I bought mine at SEPHORA- you can even ask them for a sample before you buy it and try it out for a few days. And Sephora will let you return it if you bought the wrong color (the lighting in most Sephora's is less-than-great! ha ha ha)
All day long people kept saying how great I looked! From my son to people at the store...everyone said how great I looked! I was like: YES! THIS STUFF IS AWESOME!!!

Then when I wore it at my NEW YORK GLAMINAR and in that picture above, I started getting tons of emails asking what make-up I had on because my skin looked so great! SO HERE IT IS:


 USED COVER FX FOUNDATION in M70...
I first put a light layer of Laura Mercier liquid foundation all over, then used this as my concealer (you can apply it as foundation, then go back over certain areas, eyes, mouth, nose, under eye circle area again and it acts like a concealer!
COVER FX
*they gave a great color selection
*every color has great yellow undertones, which is what you want to cancel out the red in your skin to make it look great!

*it will last you a really long time, so even if the price seems high, it will last you a lot longer than a cheaper brand, so it will end up being around the same price! (retails for $42...worth every penny!)
* Great for Sensitive skin (non-comedogenic – zero irritancy score)
*Free of oil, and fragrance and parabens

I am in love with how incredible this makes my skin look...if you want AMAZING looking skin...Cover FX is my new secret...well not anymore cuz' I shared it with everyone! ha ha ha


perfect skin and hope you get lots of compliments....your kandee

71 comments:

glimmeringmetal said...

I'm so glad you said that. After watching a certain gurus vids where she uses this concealer and swears by it I was like damn I gotta try. I went to sephora and tried it out and it was just horrible on me. I started to think that I was doing something wrong

I'm glad I got your professional opinion on it, esp since you know what you're talking about :)

xoxocathy

kelsi said...

do they sell this concealer in any stores? i am scared to order online because i always pick the wrong color!

meggyupmode said...

Oh thank you sooo much for this information Kandee! I have a good friend who's annoyed with melasma on her face. I recommended her some concealers but now I can tell her your recommendssss <3

kandee johnson said...

thanks glimmeringmetal....I bought just because there was all this youtube hype, then I realized, "hey I'm a professional make-up artist that knows ingredients, proper coverage..why would I listen to all these people that are not professionals"..ha ha ha..and thank goodness Sephora will let you return anything!

~kristine said...

Kandee you are too awesome. You're the only one I trust when it comes to make up & skin care. I have been searching FOREVER for the perfect concealer & after reading your blog I cannot wait to get this stuff. Thanks again for all your wisdom!

Lisa Michelle said...

Whats the best way to pick out a foundation color right for your skin. I know yellow undertones cancel out red but I still always end up picking out the wrong color. Any advice?

Y-An said...

Hi Kandee,
Which concealer are you using? I searched Sephora and they have this: Conceal FX Camouflage Concealer, which doesn't come in any of the above shade. I'd like to try it out in the store, so I'm trying to find a store that carries it, because I don't know what shade suits best for my skin tone. Do you know which store sells this? Thanks a bunch.

By the way, I am using Laura Mercier camouflage concealer in number 2. Not sure which of these shade matches that.

El said...

Hi Kandee! How do you feel this would do on dry skin? My skin tends to get dryer throughout the day. I know you've mentioned before that you are more dry. How did this feel at the end of the day. Thankies!

Charming Vanity said...

Oh my, the concealer sounds amazing. I'm on the hunt for a new concealer and I might just check this out.

xoxo

erika said...

Kandee, thank you for all that you do for us!

I was wondering if you had any tips/tricks for finding out what your undertone is? I've tried the vein thing, white paper, navy shirt, just about everything and I really can't determine. Do you have any other tips?

Also, is it possible to have a warm undertone and a cool overtone?? :)

Help? Whenever you have the time/desire of course!

Debbie said...

Hi Kandee! I bought Amazing concealer because of the hype but I ended up returning it, it didn't cover any of my dark circles.I'm in search for something that will cover my dark circles. I know that sephorA only sells the concealer full coverage in the tube for $27. Does the Cover Fx foundation that you mentioned will cover my undereye circles?
Your skin is great, I even bought the dermabrassion kit that u recommended=)

Ashley-Jean said...

im a little confused... you told someone on facebook that, on that day, you were using BOTH lauren mercier AND cover FX..

if i want your looks ill have to wear TWO brands of foundation???

pls clarify.

thanks

Stricken said...

Kandee, your skin does look amazing! Seriously. You always look beautiful though. It just shines from the inside out.

Question: My problem is that I have small pock (sp?) marks from acne years ago. They're mostly right under my cheekbones kinda under the 'apple' part of my cheeks. Anyway!
I have gone through SO many foundations because most seem to just make them look deeper than they really are!
I feel like possibly make-up for more wrinkled skin may work better??

SO! What is a good foundation for that?
It's the main thing that really really bothers me about my face. I would give anything for the $ for laser treatments or something but
I can't even afford to get my car fixed, so that ain't happening. I'm 32 BTW. Help????

Aleksandra said...

How can i buy it in Croatia?? Or how to order it to come... a lot of your products we can not use because there is no place to buy it on our market... Emagine life without MAC... :( help...

(Deeva!) Denyse G. said...

haha great picture! (that "yes, yes, yes" shirt in the background is soooo you!)

Kathleen Neves said...

I start working at Sephora as a Beauty Advisor on Monday. I will have to add this product to my list of things to check out (and buy with my employee discount)!!

kimberly said...

And this is why I adore you Kandee! A girl I look up to, that knows her stuff, and shares her secrets! Thanks!!!!

nydoll2582 said...

Hey Kandee Love,I must try this brand because you looked beyond fabulous at the NYC GLmainar( Honestly whatever you had on,i would of seen you as beautiful,i adore you:) ) Anyhoot I have tried the amazing concealer and wasn't crazy about it at all,i agree the color selection sucked! Im gonna go to my sephora today and see if i can get a sample to try.Huge love and Hugs, Gwen xoxo

Natalie said...

hi Kandee, thanks a lot for sharing your beauty secrets wand experience with us. Could you please show this concealer in work in your video? :)

Rose said...

Kandee, You do look amazing!!! You should do a video on this stuff and maybe how to apply it and whatnot (of course when you have time!). My current face stuff isn't doing well for me and I would love to try something that actually covers stuff up!

crystalflower01 said...

how did you get to take a photo inside forever 21? i couldn't even take a photo of the freakin' forever 21 sign. the security guard stopped me. thanks for sharing your secret with us by the way :) i shall try it now :D my skin is horrible.

Dannygirl said...

Thanks for sharing..love you!!!

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JackieP said...

I want to know what you clean your face with... that has got a lot to do with why your skin is so flawless!! please shhhhharrrreee!

Aubrey said...

:'( i bought it too and have been using it too long to return. In my opinion the only thing good about it is it's really thick coverage and a little goes a long way. But its not worth it seeing how i reused my covergirl concealer just to see, and i was more happy with that then my $40 "amazing" cosmetic one...

Aubrey said...

oh yeah! and now i just remembered which makeup guru was the one who was raving about this product, and i fell for it! i feel ripped off and lied to by her. >:(

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NOVA said...

´m a little confused: "You wrote this in another post: finally bought this AMAZING CONCEALER, yes that's what it's really called...by AMAZING COSMETICS...and I have to say, I agree that it is amazing! I bought the tiny size because I wasn't sure if I was really gonna think it was "amazing" or just a bunch of amazing hype.... It's only been a couple days since I bought it, but so far, so amazing!" Soo, does this mean that it just didn´t work so well after all?


Blessings!

Dolly said...

You are absolutely right! I also watched that certain youtubers video, but thankfully didn't buy the product! Thanks so much for your honesty. You are amazing! Love ya

Rachel Elsey said...

I will try this one, I have tried a couple drug store brands but i just need more coverage. I went to sephora and got a brand from cargo and was totaly disappointed. It was 30 bucks and didn't work worth a darn. I would rather spend a little more and get better coverage without it looking too heavy. I trust your advice, thanks for everything you do.

Eris said...

Thats wierd- u mentioned in a blog about two weeks ago that you just bought an Amazing Cosmetics Concealer, and that is was absolutely amazing and that you loved it. now you hate it?

Lorin Kelly said...

This sounds amazing....I might have to give it a try!

xo
Lo

www.lorinkellyspotlights.blogspot.com

erica said...

Its probably just the pregnancy hormones...my skin looks fabulous when I'm pregnant too. I wish it would look as great all the time!

Chio said...

hey kandee are you wearing hair extensions on the photo with the mascara?

Chelly~ said...

Kandee...what color did you use in the Cover fx concealer? And what exactly is it called? Muchos Thank Yous!

Nono said...

Crap, i just ordered the amazing concealer because of the youtube guru's:(. I hope it works for me because it is really expensive.

parisian_love1 said...

I will have to try it ASAP! Where do they sell it?

http://quick-reads.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

I am jealous of how great you look in this picture. FLAWLESS!

Jenn @Cuddlesandcameras said...

SOOO excited to try this! I just spent $30 on crappy Estee Lauder double wear :( I'm the lightest shade (shell) and their concealer is NO WAY NEAR light enough! Also it did the same thing as far as making my skin look weird and wrinkly..ew. I'm so frustrated after spending $30 on a concealer you expect it to work right? So happy that you posted this, I can't wait to try it out!! :) You're the BEST KANDEE!!!! <3

Jeweled Chavon said...

Nice pic Kandee! And thanks for the tip!

Leda said...

it'll be a kandee group secret!! thanks for the info... and you do look so stunning in your pic :D

Miss Krimson said...

I am so happy you love coverfx... i wear it everyday :D
Maricela
vividfusion.blogspot.com

k@te said...

Well actually you did tell us what you thought ... in your blog that you posted September 8. And I believe you said that you agreed that it was amazing. Nice try though.

siy7rdk said...

no bueno! haha your funny i love ya! eres genial!

Stefanie said...

Hi Kandee!! I always read your blogs, It's amazing! well i made my own research on the web and i found its website
http://www.coverfx.com/Canada/Total-Coverage-Cream-Foundation-SPF-30-P1C2.aspx
and it's cheaper than in sephora!!! just $39!!
Thank you for share your secret.
Luv you!! :D

Amanda said...

OMG, I just ordered it out! I saw michelle Phan used it. Shooot!

Misty said...

Oh no, they are right Kandee, on Sept 8 you DID say that it was amazing. I wouldn't have even thought to be all fact checking and stuff, that isn't me, but after I saw a few people mention it I thought just going to Sept 8 and reading would be easy enough. That makes me feel really sad, I am sure that there is a reason for all this, I just super hope that you let us know what it is since some people brought it up.
Hope you are well!
Misty

Candice said...

So pretty!!! Can u do magenta from Rocky Horror Picture Show please??? Thank u!!!!

sannu said...

Im going to buy it from Sephora,when I get to NYC :)

Anait said...

Now don't get me wrong kandee, I love your videos, I love your personality and I'm a huge fan of yours, I read your two blogs religiously... but, even if for you the Amazing Concealer did not work (and you said differently the 8th of September) and you wanted to share it with us (which is perfectly fine), for other people it worked and they are sharing it with us also (which is perfectly fine too) ! It does not necessarily mean that they are paid to say so !

Personaly I have tried the Amazing Concealer and I really think it is amazing ! Every body has a different complexion and different skin, but because they have a different opinion does not necessarily mean they are lying, or getting paid to say so (which I'm not blind, sometimes some of them are, but it's not a generality)

amanda said...

i have powder fx and i love it :)

barbiedollTori said...

What a coincidence I recently went to Sephora and picked up the Cover FX little kit that comes with primer, powder, concealer and make up remover.. And as soon as I used it I was getting A TON on compliments on my skin as well! And I REALLY don't have the best skin.. far from it.. But in pictures it would look nearly perfect! I am addicted and will be purchasing it forever now!

Courtney said...

Ouch! that $42 price tag hurts my eyes! One day I will be able to afford it. Kandee--Any affordable (less than $20) dupe/equivalent to the Cover FX?

Courtney said...

@ People talking about the Sept 8th entry--in fairness to Kandee, she did say that she only had it for a couple of days. I'm assuming after almost a month, you could have a totally different opinion of a product.

L.A.S. said...

Oh Kandee... this post just made me love you.

PS Thanks for helping me not make a $27 MISTAKE!!!

...Live.Love.MakeUp... said...

WOW! Thanks! I also wanted to try the product because I have heard good things about it, but I am glad you said it wasn't so good. I appreciate a professionals opinion better. :) I am definitely going to try FX better. As soon as I get a bit of money, cause it's kinda expensive.

~ Kelly Ann ♥ said...

Kandee- What color do you think I would wear if I'm MAC NW20-- unfortunately-I live in a small town and we don't have Sephora here-

Congrats on the new baby on the way!!

Kelly
http://kellyannstudio.blogspot.com/

k@te said...

It is completely unfair for you to attack michelle phan. I am sure she is not being paid to promote amazing cosmetics since she just used it in one of her videos.If that were true then you would be getting paid for every brand of makeup that you used in your videos. And I especially think you should not be saying anything since you are being paid by L'Oreal and have not disclosed that to any of your followers. By the way how did that lawsuit turn out? So many of your loyal fans invested their personal funds so that you could have a lawyer and you have yet to tell anyone what happened

thornbery7 said...

thanks for your secret lady im looking forward to getting some cover FX! YAAAAY! much love and respect <3

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Lara said...

If Kandee is getting paid, it might just be because she is a professional makeup artist. As in, career. Not some college girl with too much time on her hands who jumps at any oppourtunity to trade her credibility for some free products. And she didn't mention names so take your tackiness and rudeness back over to someone else's page, kindly.

k@te said...

Haha. If you can prove that I was truly being "tacky" and "rude" then I will no longer post. But of course you can't do that because I wasn't being either of those things. Just because you do not agree with what I am saying does not mean that you can accuse me of being rude. And even if she is a professional makeup artist she is also a youtube guru and she should disclose any paid endorsements so that she does not seem biased towards any products or brands. At least Michelle Phan does that. Next time why don't you take the time to completely think your comments through before you post them?

Rose said...

I've been following your blog for almost half a year- and it is unfortunate that you would put down someone else who is also just trying to teach others how to apply makeup. I have tried a couple of products that you have endorsed, and while some have worked nicely for me others have not (for example, sun labs DID streak and DID have an after smell, while St. Tropez broke me out...your "lemon scrub" irritated my skin etc). To accuse someone of falsely advertising a product for payment is such a childish accusation when you yourself absolutely LOVED the product not too long ago (which I know because I looked it up and thought about buying it after YOUR review). Considering that so many of your blogs are about being hurt because other people have "put you down" maybe you should consider how you are doing the EXACT same thing to others. Maybe you didn't mention her by NAME, but it does not take a genius to figure out who you are referring to, so you might as well have just said her name outright. Oh and to clarify- I have NEVER watched a Michelle Phan video, in fact I didn't even know she existed prior to reading the comments above. But please, do us all a favor and if you'd really like to be considered a "professional," maybe you should start acting like one.

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pooolaw said...

screw what all the haters are saying, i completely agree with you, kandee. she's just one of those talentless "makeup artist" that got lucky on youtube.

and for everyone's information, how the hell do you know she's talking about michelle phan? only hundreds of other youtubers review on the same exact product.

but if you, kandee, are talking about michelle phan, you're damn right. she's not even a professional makeup artist, yet she's getting all this hype about her being incredible and talented, which she is not. the only reason lancome hired her, at least in my opinion, is to reach out more to everyday people and asians customers. lancome is pricey but dont have the same popularity as dior, chanel, mac, and many other department store name brands. also, their customers racial spectrum is probably quite limited, as i know they are not that popular in asia, especially comparing to dior, shiseido, any other name brands. they are only doing this merely to pull in more customers across any spectrum and as a publicity stunt.

lastly, all you haters are bashing on kandee for dissing michelle phan, but do you know how many times michelle phan bashed her on twitter? or the fact that when all those michelle phan groupies left all kinds of hate and accusations for the whole halloween incident, you know that michelle phan never once came out and said anything even after kandee apologize for nothing?

if you people cant see the true sides of michelle phan and have nothing positive to say to the person that owns this blog then leave. no one wants to see this nonsense.

k@te said...

I know nothing about Michelle Phan. All I know is I have been following Kandee for a long time and regardless of Michelle Phan's actions Kandee should not be stooping to her level. Just because Michelle did it does not mean that it is ok for Kandee to do it. That kind of logic is extremely childish. And the beauty of the internet is that anyone can post anything that they want. And Internet users can choose to view or not view anything that they want. Therefore Michelle has every right to post about makeup and her followers have every right to watch her if they want to. Obviously Michelle is doing something right since she has such a huge and devoted following. I think Kandee is just bitter that a person who has no experience in makeup has more subscribers and gets a lot more attention than her. As I said, I have been following Kandee for a long time and I always thought she was a sweetheart. But recent events, including this post, are causing me to think otherwise.

Foxilicious said...

I was confused when I saw this post b/c you complimented the product: http://kandeethemakeupartist.blogspot.com/2010/09/amazing-things.html

Maybe should add an update?

emvan said...

Hi Kandee. It's Vana...I made that vexel of you a while back. ^^

Couldn't help by read through your comments for this. To be honest, when you mentioned how gurus would recommend Amazing Concealer...I immediately thought of Michelle Phan. She used that product quite a few times in videos, saying it's her favorite. I actually went out and purchased it awhile back and loved it. Everyone's skin is different, so everyone's skin will reacts to the formula/color differently. Works great on my skintone and type. And I understand a product once used before could have been really great months ago, and crappy months later because our skin changes due to weather/sickness/hormones.
I'm mainly commenting because I hate how people are calling you childish, rude...a hater. You are entitled to say whatever you like, just how other gurus are. I actually enjoy both you and Michelle Phan. Both of you have different things to offer. Though, I do think Michelle shouldn't advise people with skincare tips when she's not a licensed esthetician. I really only watch Michelle Phan for her editing. That's why her videos are mainly so popular; it's because of the editing, soothing voice, music, and effects. I've read professionals were mad for Lancome to hire her because she isn't a professional. I think they just hired her because they wanna tap into the younger and/or Asian crowds. Her videos don't make me want to buy Lancome products...too expensive. I rather use L'Oreals products....cheaper, more colors, and owns Lancome anyways.
You have every right to have an opinion and to express it. And so are the people who are commenting. But to bring your personal life into it and calling you names isn't neccessary. Talk about being childish.
The only gurus I watch is you, the Pixiwoo sisters, and Michelle Phan. You and the Pixiwoo sisters I watch to learn & be entertained. Michelle Phan I watch to JUST get entertained.
xoxo.Vana
Congrats on the baby!

Khing Wei said...

Hey, Kandee :) I'm currently using nc30 for MAC products so which shade from the cover fx line would be closest to nc30? Cover fx isn't sold in Sydney, so I'll have to get it online and can't test the colours..

TamTam813 said...

I'm dying to try this product now but how can I tell what my undertone color is? Hope that doesn't sound like an obvious ? with an obvious answer, lol.

THICK said...

Kandee, I was just at Sephora and I've been dying to try this ever since seeing your makeup from the IMATS, but I'm crazy worried if the consistancy would not be ideal for my combo/oily skin and living in South Texas with major humidity???? Please let me know what you think!

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