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!


Remember: you are beautiful!
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Happy Monday feautring the “Encouragement” video

Hey ya Gorgeous!
I love Mondays.
And, it’s Monday.

Today I have a video for you from the Makeup University YouTube channel to encourage you.

P.S. As you can see, I have a boo boo in the editing, or lack there of. Would you let me know in the comments on the video if you think it should be cut or to keep both?
Remember: you are beautiful!
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How to Wear Fall’s Hottest Makeup Trends Without Looking Ridiculous

See the 8 hottest trends off the runway and learn how to make them wearable for your everyday

How to Wear Fall's Hottest Makeup Trends Without Looking Ridiculous

This is a TotalBeauty.com makeup trends article

While avant-garde makeup looks amazing in magazine spreads and on models strutting down the catwalk, the looks can end up looking ridiculous at the office or even when you’re headed out for a Saturday night on the town — until now! Our beauty expert fills us in on how to translate these trends into looks that are wearable.

See how-tos

I love her video! It’ makes great sense and helping is easy! So, watch and help! You’ll be glad you did!

Pageant Perfect Sunless Tanning Mist-for Arizona pageants too!

10 Best Drugstore Products for Fall

See the 10 budget buys chosen by a celebrity makeup artist that will help you get the hottest looks for fall

10 Best Drugstore Products for Fall

This is a TotalBeauty.com budget makeup article

We always thought A-list people shopped at A-list stores for their A-list beauty products. But, as it turns out, even celebrities — and their makeup artists — get thrifty with it. We took celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman to our local CVS to pick his brain about the best budget buys for the season. And he walked us around the store, pointing out his current top 10 makeup favorites.

See his list

Hello Gorgeous!
It’s still really hot here in Arizona-but no excuse to not practice sun safety! The photo is the current Miss California 2011 Noelle Freeman and she is the face of B.Bronze Pageant Perfect sunless tanning mist-so if you are getting ready to compete in the upcoming Arizona pageants and need a quick burst of color on your skin to be pageant perfect-try this!
Stay tuned to the You Tube channel for the Makeup University web series demonstration of the product! Make it great today and remember to remind yourself-how gorgeous you are!

Here’s a link to the Arizona pageants available and the remaing September events are posted below!
http://pageantcenter.com/pageant_calendar/arizona_pageants.html#SEPTEMBERSeptember 25, 2011
Miss and Mr Maricopa Open County Pageant – Phoenix, Arizona
We are a natural titled pageant system with multiple age groups from 0-49 for girls and 0-18 for boys. We emphasize good sportsmanship, lasting friendships and community service within our pageant system. We hope you’ll join us soon.
Ages: baby, toddler, children, preteen, teen, college, Ms, Mrs, boys
Website: www.facebook.com/TriStatePageants

September 30-October 2, 2011
Rex Allen Days Rodeo Queen Pageant – Willcox, Arizona
Rodeo pageant. Girls ages 16-24 to compete for the 2012 title. judged in horsemanship, modeling, interview, speech.
Ages: Teens, College
Website: www.rexallendays.org

2011 date TBA
Miss Arizona High School America Pageant – TBA, Arizona
Represent your high school at your state pageant. For High School Girls in 9-12 grade. Pageant’s purpose is to provide personal and professional opportunities for girls and young women. It is our goal to provide outstanding girls the opportunity to compete in a pageant system that has the highest of moral values. $10,000 scholarship to the national winner.
Website: www.AmericasHighSchoolPageant.com | FaceBook

2011 date TBA
Miss Arizona Collegiate America Pageant – TBA, Arizona
Represent your college at your state pageant. Contestants must be enrolled in a state college / university/ grad school or jr. college in the state where they will be competing. You can not be married or ever have been married. Pageant’s purpose is to provide personal and professional opportunities for girls and young women. It is our goal to provide outstanding girls the opportunity to compete in a pageant system that has the highest of moral values. $10,000 scholarship to the national winner.
Website: www.AmericasHighSchoolPageant.com | FaceBook

Episode 9 Makeup University web series: accesorizing you and revving up your metabolism

Expert Q&A: Your Taboo Beauty Problems — Solved

Sure, you share makeup tips, juicy stories, and maybe even ex-boyfriends. But for the taboo beauty topics you can’t share with your BFF, get the answers here

Expert Q&A: Your Taboo Beauty Problems -- Solved

This is a TotalBeauty.com body article

She’s been with you through thick and thin. She was the shoulder for you to cry on during your heart-wrenching breakups, the guilt-free shopping accomplice, and the ear to all your other woe-is-me whines. She’s your best friend forever. But can you talk to your BFF about everything? We think not. Get the answers to the beauty problems you can’t even talk about with your bestie here.

See answers

Hello Gorgeous! Thanks for watching today’s episode of the Makeup University web series. Enjoy the segments on beauty, health and encouragement and stay tuned for more detailed ‘how to videos’ using the new Smashbox Smokebox palette.
Plus-make sure you catch me on Twitter as I will be live blogging from the Phoenix Fashion Week and giving away ‘twifts’ to my Tweeps! @Cherelynn -see you there!

Project Inspired with Nicole-enjoy the video then write a letter!

7 New Face Masks for Dry Skin

With cooler weather comes a need to rehydrate skin. Check out these amazing face masks that do just that

.7 New Face Masks for Dry Skin

This is a TotalBeauty.com best and worst skin care products article

With the cooler season undoubtedly upon us, it’s time to face the dreary fact that summer is over. And with stormier weather comes stormier skin conditions, namely dry patches and sunspots that result from too many unprotected days spent in the sun. But fear not: We tried the newest face masks that promise to hydrate your skin and give you a fresh face for fall to help you find the right one for you.

See masks now

Hey Gorgeous!
I have stumbled upon a fellow ‘pure and modest’ gal and I wanted to share her and her message with you. Meet Nicole of Project Inspired. She shares her mission in this short video-watch and enjoy! You can read her blog at http://projectinspired.com

Web series episode 8- Mentha Lip tints by C.O. Bigelow and more

7 Worst Self Tanners

With fall quickly approaching, self tanners are more important now than ever. Make sure to avoid these 7 that’ll disappoint you

7 Worst Self Tanners

This is a TotalBeauty.com tanning article

These self tanners are so bad you’d be better off staying pasty white. Make sure to avoid a tan faux pas by checking out our readers’ reviews.

See reviews

No. 7: Banana Boat Everyday Glow Sundial Face Self-Tanning Lotion — All Skin Tones, $9.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 7.1

“This is nasty. It reeks of chemicals, it has no accuracy whatsoever on the dial, and it takes MANY applications to work.”

No. 6: L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer, $8.97

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6.9

“This product resulted in a streaky mess in my hands. I rubbed and rubbed and rubbed and still could not get it to look uniform.”

No. 5: Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer, $8.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6.9

“It gave my face nice color, but I couldn’t get over the sticky feeling and bad smell to use it for more than a couple of days.”

Want to see what was the worst? Click here!

Hello Gorgeous!
Get ready for a great week! This episode of the new Makeup University web series has a short review on two new products I just tried: the Burt’s Bees sensitive skin with cotton extract night creme and eye creme as well as the C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Tints. I enjoyed both!

You can find Burt’s Bees at Walmarts, Targets, Sprouts and drugstores abound. C.O. Bigelow at Bath and Body Works stores in malls everywhere! I have a health tip in the video and my most favorite part is the last segment where I take a moment to encourage you. This episode I am revisiting the topic of bullying-specifically online bullying. So watch the video to learn how to ‘stop block and tell’!

Remember: you are beautiful! Thank you for visiting the blog and check back for promotions and beauty giveaways!

NFL season kick off-Laura Vikmanis ‘how to video’ for NFL Cheerleader look!

Hundreds of fragrances land on the desks of the Total Beauty editors each year, but these are the ones they’ll never stop wearing
Our Beauty Editors' Favorite Perfumes
This is a TotalBeauty.com perfume article
The way you smell plays a powerful role in defining who you are. These are the fragrances top beauty editors just can’t live without.
Hey Gorgeous!
Are you ready for some football? The NFL season
opens up on September 8th with the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers.
This beautiful single mom is NFL Ben-Gals cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals NFL team.
What’s so special you say?

She is the oldest cheerleader in the NFL-and that’s something to brag about because she auditioned at age 39 after her husband made the decision to break up his family for a younger woman.
Laura Vikmanis is obviously bright, intelligent and beautiful because she pursued a dream of becoming a cheerleader.
She didn’t maket the cut the first year-but, she kept working towards her dream and made it a reality the following season!
Ms. Vikmanis is now 42, gorgeous, and still on the cheerleading team as a Cincinnati Ben-Gal.
The NFL season is starting and you can get cheerleader ready with this short how to video!
Here is a list of the products I used:
YBF face primer
Avon Extra Lasting foundation
Josie Maran lip/cheek stain marker in Cha Cha
Milani Baked Blush in Bellissimo Bronze
Jemma Kidd Pro wrinkle serum/concealer for eyes
Too Faced Insurance eyelid primer
Makeup Designory summer palette
Milani LiquifEye in purple
L’Oreal Voluminous in black
Jordana lip liner in Mahogany
Avon Extra Lasting lipstick in X50
L’Occitane Pivoine Flora in Rose Ballerine
Tools: Eco Tools smudger and kabuki brush, Arbonne eyeshadow brushes, Trucco powder brush
Remember: you are beautiful! Thank you for visiting the blog and check back for promotions and beauty giveaways!

New web series video for you! Winkee plus workouts

How to Treat Rosacea

Turns out you may have rosacea and not realize it. Find out how to treat and get rid of it for good

How to Treat Rosacea

This is a TotalBeauty.com rosacea article

Surprising stat of the day: Rosacea affects 14 million Americans — not a small figure by any means. And the National Rosacea Society says that most people who suffer from the skin condition don’t even know it. Find out if you have the signs of rosacea and see how to treat it with these expert tips.

See tips

Hey there Gorgeous!
Are you ready for Labor Day weekend?
There are still a few days left to plan your beauty and the best tip I can give you is sunscreen, bronzer and a lip/cheek stain will go along way in poolside to bbq to oceanside stargazing!
Josie Maran makes a lip/cheek stain marker and I’m wearing ChaCha which is a great pink tone. She makes luxury cosmetics with a conscience. Find out more about her line, plus how to get it: http://www.josiemarancosmetics.com/

Now is the right time to start working out and taking care of your body, health and heart! I love these workout DVD’s from The Bar Method and Insanity by Beachbody.
You have to order them to get them so put your order in before you leave for holiday and they will be waiting for you when you get back!

http://www.thebarmethod.com/ and http://www.teambeachbody.com/

This is truly my secret weapon in purity and modesty: The Winkee! See that wee patch of leopard print material-it’s called a Winkee and you need one! Or two! Go here to get it and learn more about this modest gals answer to perverse fashion. http://www.thewinkee.com/

Now enjoy the new episode in the Makeup University web series!

Remember: you are beautiful! Thank you for visiting the blog and check back for promotions and beauty giveaways!

Episode 2 of new web series with Makeup University & Labor Day looks

Summer Trend to Try: White Makeup

Make sure to try this hot trend before summer ends

Summer Trend to Try: White Makeup

This is a TotalBeauty.com makeup trends article

It may sound crazy, but using white makeup can bring depth to your dimensions and make your features pop — that is, if you use the color correctly. Carmindy of “What Not to Wear” gives how-to tips that will help you see how wearable this color can be.

Get her tips

Hey all! I hope you are enjoying the new format for the ‘how to videos’ on YouTube in our new web series layout. Enjoy this short video and be encouraged for the amazing adventures ahead of you!
Remember: you are beautiful! Thank you for visiting the blog and check back for promotions and beauty giveaways!