3 Questions with Kandee Johnson – House of Achi Launch

Hi ya Gorgeous!
Happy Monday! Well do I have some thing for you today and it’s a word of encouragement that you can take with you into the rest of this week! So get ready!



Last week I had to be in Los Angeles – and just happened at the last minute to get an invitation to the House of Achi product launch party. Thank you Lola for the invitation!

Makeup University gets invited a lot and I never go – and like Ms Frizzle says “take chances, make mistakes, get messy” – so I did! I went to the party and I’m so glad I did. 

Bites were provided by the Doheny Room and consisted of seared sea bass mini lettuce cups, chicken meat balls in marinara and a mini cheeseburger. Nom nom!

Cocktails were provided by Tyku Sake and Electric Sky wine.

Their was a carnation wall for taking photos with the new style “photo booth” where it’s a mirror like image with a camera in it and the whole surface is active so you can sign your name on the mirror and then it shows up on the photo.

I thought it was going to be a traditional press junket set up for interviews though it was more run and gun guerilla style inside the club atmosphere. So, my apologies for the busy background noise and video that is not well lit. But – close your eyes and listen to the wisdom Kandee imparts to you! It’s so good! If you are hurting right now or feeling discouraged, she has a word for you, just you!

Enjoy the video!


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Hey Gorgeous! Back to School manicures and pedicures can give your self esteem a boost! If you are on a budget and won’t be going to the salon, try these tips from nail technician Aija Vilemsonne. School is in session here in Arizona-I hope your first day was great!
Style That Lasts – How to Get the Most Out of Your Nail Art

A perfect manicure has long been one of beauty’s most important staples. However, due to budget and timing, it may be difficult to keep up with this trend. A cost-effective, stylish option that has been gaining popularity throughout the celebrity community is nail art – stones, stickers, and the old classic, the French manicured tip. But how do you make those styles last if you’re on a budget or don’t have the time to maintain a frequent routine? Here, Creative Director of Pretty Woman, Aija Vilemsonne, shares some advice for making your trendy manicure last.

Nail Care

“One of the most important things that you can do to prolong your manicure is to make sure that your nails are in good shape,” says Aija. “Without a healthy base, chipping and breaking occur more frequently.” Below are some valuable tips for taking care of your nails to maximize your manicure.

File and Trim Consistently

To maintain the look you want and also prevent breakage and hangnails, it’s important to file and trim regularly. Your only tools in this endeavor should be sharp manicure scissors and/or clippers and a fresh emery board.


We don’t typically think of our nails as requiring moisture, but like any other skin on our body, nails are sensitive and subject to drying. It is especially necessary to do this when you remove polish from your nail bed.

Paint Your Nails

Applying a thin coat of polish keeps moisture in your nails. If your nails are subject to breakage, use a nail strengthener or hardener to treat nails while sporting your new look.

Careful Application

“When applying new products, such as stones, French manicured tips, or sticker styles, it’s essential that you pay attention to the directions, and go slowly,” Aija cautions. “One small slipup can affect your look profoundly, and most nail art kits do not come with extras. If you provide enough time to create a careful, flawless look, it will last longer and be worth it in the end.” Aija suggests the following when applying these different looks:

3D Stickers

Apply nail polish and allow ample time to dry. Remove sticker from the product sheet and slowly place it on completely dried polish, taking care to position correctly. Push sticker down from the middle funneling outward, ensuring no ridges or creases. Apply a top coat of polish to protect sticker from chipping and maintain a lasting, glossy finish.


Paint nails, and before the polish dries, add the stones in the desired spots. Aija suggests placing the product closer to the middle of the nail so that the chance for chipping or loss is minimized. Allow time to dry, making sure that the stones stay in place. Apply a top coat to seal the look and to increase the longevity of your manicure.

French Manicured Tips

For this style, you can turn to a nail care tip guide, such as Pretty Woman’s version, available at Rite Aids nationwide. This ensures a more polished finish, and is great for those of us who aren’t as skilled in the nail department. Apply the guide over clean and dry nails, and the white accent liner over the nail tip. Paint your nails the desired color, and allow time for complete drying. Carefully remove the tip guide, and apply a top coat to prevent chipping and increase shine.

To learn more about Pretty Woman and their products, visit www.PrettyWomanUSA.com.

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