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Holiday Treat: Chocolate Dipped Macaroons

Jessica Palmer

Chocolate is yummy...combine it with coconut and its phenomenal! Plus it has antioxidants in it right? So it's good for you ya? Yes, this is true.  In fact, I am certain that chocolate makes you pretty. Ok so now that we've established that, it gives me the excuse to share this recipe with you...

My mother in law makes amazing chocolate dipped macaroons, which results in me gaining 5 lbs everytime I see her...umm, I mean makes me lose 5 lbs (because chocolate makes you pretty remember?). And without fail, everytime she serves these tasty little morsels people are bombarding her asking her for the recipe.  She always swears they are so easy anyone could make them. Is she right? Yes! They are my go-to when I'm entertaining and need a quick dessert-- insert everyone asking for the recipe again--they taste super without chocolate too by the way.

 

 

 

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See...aren't they pretty? A treat for the eyes and the tastebuds!  Be warned, my mother in law is an intuitive cook so her recipes are always a bit vague!

 

You will need:

 

2 14oz cans of sweetened condensed milk

 

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

 

2 to 3 14oz bags of sweetened flaked coconut

 

Mix everything together in as bowl. I found that I used one full bag of coconut and almost all of the second bag. Use as much as you need until you get a nice thick, sticky "cookie dough" texture. Not too dry, you need the ingredients to stick together. Roll about a tablesoon of the mixture in the palm of your hands into a ball and place onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 325 until golden brown.

 

To dip in chocolate make a basic double boiler and melt 2 bags of semisweet chocolate chips with a tablespoon of oil. Dip half of the cooled macaroon into the mixture (from the side, not the top). If the macaroon developed a "ruffle" on the bottom while it cooked then trim it off after cooling before you dip them! Return them to the parchment paper and cool completely.

 

Easy as pie...I mean easy as macaroons! By far my favorite treat and always impresses! Perhaps something to try today for the Holidays? Enjoy!

 

Cheers to Makeup, Macaroons, and Making Holiday Treats,



Fall Makeup Look Breakdown: Mattes and Mauves

Jessica Palmer

The air is brisk, the leaves are changing, and there's even been a bit of rain---It's finally feeling like Fall here in NorCal! Fall means coats, scarves, boots, and {{my favorite}} deeper lipstick! Seriously how lovely is Aine McMullen from Cast Images?! P&P Stylist Ashley and I loved crafting this fall inspired look for a photoshoot with Nicole Cook! Aine is the epitome of fall beauty trend in this shot...

 

 

This fall, the 90's throwback trend is still alive and well. We went for a more matte look with a deeper lip and tousled hair. Here is a breakdwon of the products used so you can recreate the look yourself!

 

 

 

For the skin, I reached for Face Atelier's Ultra Foundation in shade No.2 Ivory. I love this foundation because it provides ample coverage without caking up, is buildable, looks like skin, feels so lightweight, and comes in every shade imagineable! The unique formula boasts a built in primer and works for all skin types.

 

 

 

For the eyes, I couldn't resist reaching for my Mehron EYE Powder palette. This thing seriously comes with me to every job. So blendable and pigmented...and the shades are everything you'll need to craft everything from a barely there natural to a super dramatic look. For Aine, I gave her a classically contoured eye with a little twist...Love the hint of mauve in Aine's outer edge to tie in the lip shade!

 

 

Ahh this lip!!! When Maybelline launched their matte shades, this one quickly became my favorite: Touch of Spice. Long wearing, velvety finish, super affordable...and that perfect hint of grunge that's so hot right now!


So Cheers to Mauves, Mattes, and Maybelline,


Selena Navarrete: Painter, Sculptor, Makeup Artist

Jessica Palmer

Allow me to introduce you to my friend Selena Navarrete. Words like "art" and "artist" get tossed around often but Selena and her work magnificently embodies these words. Seriously people, she makes me want to remove the word "artist" from my title because she brings an entirely different level of meaning to the term.

 


I was super fortunate to enjoy a long conversation with her about her life and her craft--which are one and the same--and was left marveling at how a single person can possess such ability and imagination! Selena creates Mexican folk art and also happens to be an amazing makeup artist (she even does permanent makeup!)...Did I mention she is entirely self taught?


 


 

 



 

"As far back as I can remember I've always thought of myself as an artist. We were pretty broke growing up, but my mom would always think of fun projects like going to the beach to collect things to glue to paper. Instead of spending money we made art, would paint, would draw."

 

 

 


"I started out in fine arts...I loved photography and even had my own dark room. I also painted with oils and acrylics. I started working on gourds after becoming a mother. Once my daughter and son were born we went to Apple Hill every year. One year we went and there were Apple gourds . I thought they looked like a box of skulls...so I got a box and started painting!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I learned there was a local gourd farm in Folsom. So I went out there and realized there were so many different shapes of gourds. So I started sculpting with them. Blue (her son) suggested cutting them in half for two masks."

 

 

 

"My father is Puerto Rican, mom is Mexican and creole. The Day of the Dead connection in my work...comes from dealing with death, not from necessarily the cultural root of the traditions. I wasn't born in a small Mexican town. I grew up in south central LA."

 

 

 

"It's not that I have a fascination of death, but more how society deals with death. In western culture, people die and you put it away quickly and move on. People are practically like, 'Aren't you over it yet?' I love Mexican culture because death is just an extension of life. You bring the mementos out, you remember those who pass on a regular basis and it makes things not seem so final like it is in western culture."

 

 

 

"Apparently in Puerto Rico, mask making is foundational in their arts. I thought that was so interesting. I look back and wonder that some things are innately inside of you...part of the connection you feel to things that weren't necessarily part of the culture you were raised in."

 

 




"I feel like my love of makeup came from my grandmother. My grandmother was gorgeous. She was a diva. Purse, shoes, outfit...all put together all the time. Never left the house undone. She let me play with her makeup and wear her jewelry. It just was a part of my art."


 


The first day of 7th grade was the best day of my life. It was the first day I could wear makeup. My mom bought me a little palette and I wore every color in it! Lash line to brow stripes of the shadow colors. I thought I was the sh*t and I looked crazy! Since that day, makeup was a part of my life. I'm currently taking on permanent makeup (at Sidney Le Beauty)...taking my makeup skills and understanding of color and art so I'm able to impact someone on a permanent basis.



"I don't know how not to make art. I cannot live without it. There are always things I'm thinking of. I can see things in my minds eye, completed. Whether it's a makeup or a sculpture. I see it before I finish it. Because of that, I have to do it. I see it already completed, so I'm compelled to do it.  It's not what I want tomake, it becomes what I need to make. Pain, grief, and sorrow are universal themes. Not everyone understands my art but when I see the people who are impacted by it, it makes me happy."




 



"As I get older and I sculpt more faces...I think of all of the faces that I've touched. People share their vulnerabilities with you when you're doing their makeup, they tell you sad things. That has helped me become a better artist. And those skills are incorporated. Like my sculptures even get lashes and I paint on their makeup. It gives it a special aesthetic because of my makeup background."

 


 

 

"Doing someone's makeup is important. It changes them and they can feel good about themselves. You have the chance to negate what they think. Everyone sits down and has something bad to say about themselves. I get to say, 'What are you talking about? I don't see that, I see this...' That keeps me doing what I'm doing." 

 

 


Cheers to Masks, Makeup, and the Abilty to help someone see their true self,


 

 







 

A Beauty Story: Melissa

Jessica Palmer

Helping people tell their stories is what we are all about. Melissa said "I Do" to the love of her life this summer and we were so honored to be there to help her prepare for that walk down the aisle! Follow along as P&P Artists Gina and Ashley work their bridal beauty magic...Amazing photos by Mapurunga Photography.    

        

   

 

Finishing touches...

 

 

 

 

And that final detail to complete the look...

 

 

 

Cheers to True Love, Telling Your Story, and The Best Day Ever,

 

FACE Atelier: The brain behind the brand

Jessica Palmer

 

What do you do when you find yourself going through a major life change? Why, start a makeup line of course! Meet Debbie Bondar, the genius behind Canadian brand FACE Atelier. I was lucky enough to have a conversation with her recently and I'm so excited to share about this line with you all!

She embodies the kind of woman we love here at P&P: educated, intelligent, tenacious, business savvy, and able to rock lipstick while doing it all!

 

 

Debbie describes starting FACE Atelier as her post divorce reinvention. With her life shifting gears, she found herself evaluating her beauty routine and realized that despite being in her forties, she had yet to find her perfect foundation match, "I have a basic olive complexion. If I can't find a good shade then who can?"

So she took her experience and education (did I mention her background is in journalism and law?!) and launched a brand full of not-so-secret weapons that you'll find in the kits of many celebrity makeup artists.

 

 

FACE Atelier prides themselves on their universal appeal and was designed for consumers while still meeting the needs of professional makeup artists. Debbie shared a simple but very real truth, "Artists and consumers want the same thing: High performing easy to use products that help them look their best."

 

 

The brand has a less is more vibe, with no-nonsense packaging and multitasking products rather than having a multitude of products for singular needs. Products that are developed by listening to the feedback and needs of the artists and people who use them? You bet...function and performance are in mind when items are launched, not trend.

 

 

Debbie shared the impact she feels cosmetics can have, "Healthy self esteem is exceptionally important...I'm a mother of daughters. So much illness starts from within! Makeup can be an important tool in a woman's toolbox to help her feel better if she so chooses."

 

 

As far as those specific "tools" goes, stay tuned in the coming weeks on Instagram and here on the blog for some product breakdowns and favorites from FACE Atelier! Oh, did i mention the line is Peta and Leaping Bunny approved?!

"I always believed there was magic in the bottle," we do too, Debbie!

Cheers to Makeup, Multitasking, and Magic in the bottle,