Friday, January 27, 2012

I met Kandee Johnson!!!!!

I wanted to share with you guys about my fun story of meeting Kandee Johnson the other day! If you don't know who she is I suggest checking her out! Go here for her blog and you can see her youtube video's here

Let me start out with how I came about becoming such a HUGE fan of her...When my youngest son was a couple months old I was feeling pretty stressed with having two babies 12 months apart. It was at that time that I found out about Kandee and reading her blog posts and watching her youtube video's helped me at that time in my life.

 So it was about June or so of 2010, during the nighttime feedings I would watch TV or movies to keep me entertained while I fed my baby. One night I decided to look up video's on youtube and I came across this video. It was Kandee Johnson doing a tutorial on a costume look for Tinkerbell. I loved it! So, after that I sat and watched all of her video's every night! Then I realized she had a blog as well and so every time I was sitting down to feed my youngest son I would sit and go through and read her blog posts. 
Not only did I love the way she did her tutorials but I also loved how she had some video's that talked about how she got started as a Makeup Artist. It was so inspirational to me to hear her story of her struggles and how she finally came to be where she is now! I felt like I could relate to her because she has kids and so do I!   and reading about her life and about makeup helped me out with my stresses in life, took my mind off of it at least for alittle bit!

 I have always had a passion for makeup ever since I was old enough to have makeup! But I wasn't sure how to make my dreams of becoming a makeup artist come true. Then I came across Kandee Johnson and as soon as I watched her inspirational video about how she made it happen it was totally what I needed to hear! I realized that even though I have kids I can still make time for me and do what I love and I can still be a mother and be good at that too. I also loved how positive and optimistic she was in her video's! She truly is a sweetheart and so kind and loving to everyone. What an awesome example she was and is to me! I feel so blessed that I stumbled upon her youtube video's and blog at that time in my life. 

So, time has gone by since then. My youngest son is now almost 2 years old. and things aren't as stressful as they used to be! I have been trying really hard to make my dreams happen! I have been busy with practicing makeup on anyone who will let me! Trying to get more experience and learn and grow at being good at makeup. I still have so much I want to accomplish but I know if it weren't for Kandee Johnson's example I wouldn't be where I am and where I am going!

This last week my Grandmother passed away and I was feeling very sad and trying to remember her and reflect on the time I was able to spend with her in this life. On Tuesday, I drove about 4 hours from my small town in Idaho to Salt Lake City, Utah to board a plane to Houston, Texas so that I could attend her funeral on Wednesday. In those 4 hours of driving I had cried a little bit and was feeling pretty sad. I got to the airport pretty early and while sitting at my gate I thought maybe I'll go for a walk since I had been sitting for awhile and I had tons of time until I boarded. So, I walked down this really long hallway they have in the airport, I stopped and looked out the window, took a picture and put on some lip gloss and then turned around to walk back. 

I started to walk back and I look over and see a very cute zebra zuca bag

I thought to myself...Hey, thats a Zuca makeup bag! The bag that Kandee has talked about in her video that she uses to carry her makeup when she travels! I just thought, that's so cool someone else uses that same bag as Kandee Johnson! hahaha 
Then I notice that the girl with the bag was pushing, I think, a stroller with a car seat on it that had all this fluffy cute leopardy goodness! lol and I thought ohh how cute! and right at that moment it just all clicked! I looked over to see who it was pushing the stroller and pulling the cute bag and sure enough it was KANDEE JOHNSON and her beautiful Mom and baby girl!!!!!  

At that moment, without even thinking, I yell out "ARE YOU KANDEE JOHNSON"?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? 
She turned around and said Yes!! 
I was in complete shock! I felt like my heart could beat right out of my chest. She came over and gave me a hug and at that moment I was shaking from my hands to my toes lol. It was literally a dream for me! In those short couple minutes the pain and sadness I had been feeling about my Grandma were now feelings of gladness and happiness. Her Mother even gave me a hug, which I thought was so very sweet! 
I felt like such a giddy little school girl meeting my favorite superstar!!! I don't even really remember what all I said to her because I was so flabbergasted lol. Her mom suggested we take a picture and I am so grateful for that, I will forever cherish it!

What an honor it was to meet her! She truly is the sweetest person! She even complimented me on my makeup! Seriously, that made my day! That made my year! haha
There was so much I wanted to say to her but because I was in complete shock lol I only managed to tell her that she was an inspiration to me! Everything else out of my mouth was such a jumble.

After taking the picture she was on her way to LA and I went my way to Texas. I felt so grateful for meeting her and called my husband right away and told him all about it! He couldn't believe it! (He know's how much I love her)

The rest of the day went great, I arrived in Texas and was surrounded by all my family. Felt so much love from all of them. We had the funeral the next day. It was a very sad day, we were all crying so much. I loved my Grandma so much and will forever keep her in my heart. By the end of the day I realized that she is in a better place now and her pain is gone (she had liver cancer). Just knowing that gives me peace. We need to cherish the people we love right now!

Go and hug someone you love and tell them you love them! You never know when it might be the last time you see them. 

Anyways, hope everyone has a great day! I hope you enjoyed my Kandee story as much as I did!! I just love that girl! I wish I could be her little makeup assistant/intern, even if she just needed someone to clean her brushes for her I would LOVE to do that! haha 

Loves Leah

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Product Review: Smashbox "Click, You're It" Eye Palette

What is it:
An eye palette with 15 eye shadows, 5 cream liners and 1 travel size eyelid primer.

Where to Buy:

My Opinion: This palette includes 15 shadows, 3 are a matte finish and the rest are shimmery. I love the selection of colors. They go on smooth and pigmented with not a whole lot of fall out. There are plenty of colors that can work for either day time or night time. Of course I used the eyeshadow primer on my lids, which works great.

The cream liners are awesome! They glide on smoothly and it comes with 5 fun colors that could easily be used as a base under your shadow. I even liked the red box that it came in, classy and very holiday for sure. 

My only thing that I might not like about it is it seems like the pans are pretty thin with not a whole lot of product. I can't really tell unless I were to pop one of the pans out. Overall, that doesn't bother me that much and the colors are all great and are easy to blend and great to work with so that makes it worth it to me. I also love that they mixed in shadow and liner. 

Price: $48 (I got mine on sale for $38 at Sephora...not sure if that sale is still going on)

Would I buy again? Yes, I think so!


So, there ya go! My very first makeup product review!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2012!!!
I am SO excited for this year, I have so much planned and I just can't wait to dive in and get started. 

I have a little surprise for you all! 

Drum roll please........

I am starting an Etsy Shop selling Make-up Brush Rolls, Make-up bags and Make-up brush aprons!!!
If you don't know what Etsy is, it's an online place where you can sell and buy handmade items!

One of my hobbies other than makeup is sewing! I did some sewing a little bit when I was a teenager and hated it haha. But once I become a mother I suddenly had this desire to make and sew things for them! That's when I found out that I do indeed love to sew. 

I am going to the fabric store today to pick up some supplies and then I will get started! 

I will be letting you know my progress and when they are up and selling on Etsy!!! 

I'm SO SO excited! 

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