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Goal Smasher: Kristina

Jessica Palmer

We've all had those moments, when we feel ready for better. Often the beginning of the year is that moment for many of us. But what about when, let's say, it's March and the enthusiasm of early January feels like forever ago? When we don't feel like pushing through? Excited to share with you this glimpse into a strong amazing woman who pushed through to achieve a big time personal goal! Meet our friend and wedding planner extraordinaire, Kristina Foerster!

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What made you start this journey?

It was a normal day, I had been working out regularly but not getting the results I wanted. I had just gotten married and life had settled. Everyone was telling me I was fine--and I wasn't fat-- but I thought I could be better. Even though I was working out, I wasn't being as consistent. My gym had a challenge and I decided to do it!

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What made this time different from the other times you wanted to make a change?

I'd say 3 main things were different this time. I was...

Committed

Seeking advice and

Looking at the scale differently.

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It wasn't just about the pounds anymore. This changed my perspective about what I should eat. Also this was something I was doing for ME. My hubby and family were happy with me as I was and loved me, which is great, but they don't live in my skin, I DO. Confidence in your own skin is what gets you through the day. I needed to make a change for ME.

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OK TODAY IS THE DAY...

My gym had a challenge. Weight loss wasn't the goal, but being committed to the routine even though the process isn't fast. So many days I felt like I was regressing. People want that one or two week fix. Really what makes the change is the momentum you build up to it. I didn't want to yo yo, I wanted to keep it off.

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The first three months had the most moments of doubt and usually in the evening after my shower being so aware of my body. I wanted my body to change as fast as I imagine it would in my mind. You think, I'm working out 5 or 6 days a week why am I not there yet? It's hard to judge your own progress when you see ur body everyday. I had to tell myself to stop judging so harshly and push those thoughts out of my mind and focus on staying committed to the routine rather than examining my body.

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It's hard when you compare yourself to others. If I looked at the person next to me on the treadmill and compared myself that would discourage me. So wherever you are today, that's your starting point. There's no point looking to the left or the right. All you can do is look in the mirror and say this is what I've got and I'm gonna work with it. You have to love who you are first when you start. You can still love yourself for who you are but push towards better.

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While Kristina was dedicated to weight lifting and high intensity interval training, she says that food made the most difference.

Here's a peek into a typical day for her...

Wake up drink: ice water with apple cider vinegar--it wakes up my organs!

I make breakfast and eat it within 30 mins of waking up--1 egg, 2 whites, and turkey links Shake snack later that I made the night before

Coffee-- I love it! The biggest change is I drink it black, no sugar or cream, it's not dessert anymore!

Lunch salmon over a cup of greens

4 oz plain yogurt 15 almonds for another snack

Workout, either weights or interval training 3 days of each

Dinner with hubby is usually some chicken with a cup of veggies.

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"The answer is consistency and commitment. True lifestyle change. Nothing long lasting comes easy." If you want to chat more with Kristina about her journey or about your upcoming wedding day--we mentioned she's an amazing wedding planner, yes?!--visit her site here.

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And what better way to celebrate smashing your goals than to have a photoshoot (with a little hair and makeup of course!)! Love these pics by Dee and Kris Photography! Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Kristina

5 Things That Women Do That Make Them Look Older

Jessica Palmer

Note: the pictures of these lovely ladies below are NOT examples of looking old or doing things wrong...in fact they are evidence of the opposite! Plus, let's be honest, the pictures break up my long winded soap box! Thank you Lydia Photographyfor the amazing shots from our previous photoshoots!

 

Dear Friend,

You asked for my honest opinion, "Am I looking old? Honestly Jess, tell me. I can take it. I know you'll tell me the truth!," you said. So here it is. And listen, regardless of my answer, you should ultimately do what you love...how you feel is what is most important, so if you do something in this list and you love it then be my guest! It's your right to look haggard err umm I mean everyone is entitled to their wrong opinion---uh What I mean is, more power to ya! And yes friend I know you think I'm a little snarky, but it's only to emphasis my point and because I would NEVER be this unfiltered with a client...but since we are friends, I know you can handle the truth.

1. Your brows are way too thin. Maybe it's over plucking, maybe you're just not particularly hairy, or maybe they've thinned with age but they are too thin. It seems counterintuitive but fuller brows actually make your eyes look more lifted! Thin brows overexpose the orbital bone and makes your eyes appear droopy. A fuller brow is an instant face lift, so grab some filler and make them fuller! Or head to an Anastasia counter for some brow rehab--Don't worry, we can tell the press it was just for "exhaustion."

2. Your lipstick is too brown or too dark...Honestly women are pretty religious about their lipstick. I get it. That shade is perfect right? You've been wearing it for years ya? Well that's just it, you've been wearing it so long you don't know any other way to view your lips. That doesn't make it the best shade for you. Dark lips age, period. Sometimes that's ok if we are going for a vampy look. But for everyday, you should go with something a little more rosy with more life in it! It will brighten your complexion and your smile.


3. You're still wearing the same mattifying or oily skin formula foundation from years ago. You'd be surprised at how many women when discussing their skin type claim to be oily when what they really mean is, I was labeled as oily in my teens and I never reevaluated that as I got older. Oily skin formulas tend to combat shine, sucking out radiance...which when we were much more oily was great, we had radiance coming out the wazoo! But now, you aren't anymore. I mean ya, you may still get shiny or even the occasional zit, but you are not the oil slick gal you used to be (thank God right?!). So using those formulas is essentially making your skin look dull and tired. And you don't need that mega coverage anymore! Something lighter and more radiant is going to make your skin look fabulous! I know I know, it's a total paradigm shift. It's the right thing to do though, I promise.


4. You're not concealing under your eyes. "But I feel like it makes me look wrinkly, or I feel like it settles in my lines." First, let's do some hunting to find a good formula that works best for you! Not all concealers are created equally. Second, darkness under your eyes will make you look more old and run down than a few lines ever will. The lines are there whether you care to acknowledge them or not, the darkness doesn't have to be.

 

5. You're not using good skincare. Whether it's because you think it's too late, or you're in denial of it being necessary...you need to pay attention to your skin. If you're thinking to yourself: should I start using an eye cream? The answer always is: yes you should of started years ago, regardless of how young you are. It's never too late to give your skin what's best for it. That's like not watering a wilting plant...it's not dead yet, so give it what it needs! And if you're old enough to question if you should be using reparative creams or nutrient packed serums, then your answer is yes.


So there you have it friend, I'm only telling you this because I love you...and because you asked my advice. I mean, I think you're fantastic and have great taste (after all, we are friends!). But you know I will always tell you truth when you ask for it, that's why we are such good friends.

PS- if we really do know each other personally and you saw something on this list and wondered, "Is Jess talking about me??" Yes, yes I am talking about you. Coffee next week?

Cheers to Honesty, Friendship, and Aging Gracefully,

 

 

7 Things We Are Certain Of

Jessica Palmer

Life can be tough. Circumstances can be shaky. Here is what we are certain of though...

1. Lipstick can cure just about anything.


2. But how we look on the outside does not define us.

3. Everyday is a fresh chance to be a new you. Is the day half gone and its been terrible so far? You can start your day over anytime you choose! I had a teacher in junior high say that all the time and it stuck with me...I use this pearl of wisdom regularly!

4. Knowing how to do something properly is very powerful! And while an expertly executed smoky eye may or may not land you Ryan Gosling, it will boost your confidence and make the day seem brighter!

5. Everyone deserves to have their moment to shine. You may not be a celebrity, but you can feel like one once in a while! (That's where we step in!)

6. Others actions can affect us, but ultimately your personal choices will be the rudder that steers the ship of your life!

7. You can always count on being able to tag along with us! Beauty Adventures are best shared with a friend...and sometimes a little pretty is the perfect escape!

Cheers to Circumstance, Certainty, and New Chances,

 

Nail Trend and Your Beauty Destiny

Jessica Palmer

If you follow me on Instagram(@polishandpout) you know that my 3 great loves are lashes, lipstick, and nail polish. As I was painting my nails last night I marveled at the fact that for about 7 years straight I painted my nails the same color! I also recalled that 3 years ago I decided to change that because of something that happened to me at work (when I worked at a makeup counter). I posted the story on Facebook (I wasn't blogging at the time). So I thought I'd share it with you along with P&P's favorite nail looks lately...perhaps it will inspire you to branch out from your usual mani too!

Glitter, glitter, and more glitter. All over, as an accent, tips, fade, outline...you name it!

Neon and colors so bright you can practically see your nails in the dark!

The accent nail is still alive and well...if you're like me and the big bulky nail gems and plastic flowers et cetera seem cumbersome then opt for decal or paint accents!

Bold colors and bold lengths! Sporty and square nails are WAY OUT and have been for a LONG TIME. As in, do not touch square with a ten foot pole. Almond, rounded, and stiletto nails are dominating trend and will continue to do so for a long time I'd wager! Don't let the length scare you, you can rock the current shape short too!

If almond nails are still uncomfortable for you, start with a rounded edge. Think natural in shape. Baby steps. And do yourself a favor and watch a Marilyn Monroe movie or something from that era, pay attention to all of the lovely starlets nails...you'll be on board with rounded nails after I guarantee it!

I've been crushing hard on pastels and lavender especially...light purples too!


Maybe you're stuck in a beauty rut like I was: "The other day I complimented a coworkers nail polish...it was a gorgeous shade of teal. She responded by offering to loan it to me so I could paint my nails the same color. "Oh no thank you, I usually paint my nails black," I said. She asked how long I've kept my nails black for, so I told her about 6 years or so. She looked at me like I was nuts and said, "You HAVE to get out of that rut!" I brushed off her comment at first, but then later that day I had an epiphany. I saw someone who had apparently stepped out of a time machine. You know the type: mullet-like hair with big bangs, hot pink lipstick, blue eye shadow, a skirt that is older than her children and shorter than it should be. She looked like she was an extra in an 80's teen flick, but worse because while she had continued to age, her appearance screamed "It's still 1984, right?!" Was this to be my fate? I looked down at my nails and suddenly they were mocking me. I do need to get out of my rut! So the next chance I had I picked up a bottle of white nail polish. It seemed the natural choice since it's the exact opposite of what I normally wear. I must admit, it looks pretty chic. I highly recommend white polish for spring and summer. And while I most likely will return to my black polish in the nearby future, this week I changed my beauty destiny and proved to myself that I will not be stuck in the past! Now I just need to figure out what to do with my mullet..."--April 22, 2010

Cheers to Mullets, Manicures, and Changing your Beauty Destiny,

MAC Must-Haves: Meet Beck Morgan

Jessica Palmer

Anyone who has had the pleasure the meet Beck Morgan will agree with me on these two things: He is a master at what he does. And he is passionate about what he does. It's impossible to not catch his enthusiasm when you're around him!

Beck is specifically an expert on MAC product having been a MAC educator for over five years, training groups of up to 700 people on the latest trends and how to create a flawless look. He loves giving people the skills to get the exact look they want!

As a MAC Cosmetics artist for the past 10 years, he has worked with clients ranging from new brides to celebrities, "Some of my favorites have been Naima Mora and Caridee English of America's Next Top Model, The Raiderettes, The B52's and Cyndi Lauper!" Beck is sharing his top 7 must-have MAC products with us today, so grab a pen and add these to your weekend shopping list!

 

    

 

1. Viva Glam VI Lipglass: A beautiful lipgloss with a bronzy base and raspberry shimmer. It looks fab over any lipstick and has enough color when worn alone.

2. Engraved Powerpoint Eyeliner: This liner won't budge. You can sweat, cry... A bridal must have!

3. Radiant Rose Highlighting Pen: The secret to the Karsashian glow underneath the eyes and to pop the cheekbones that works on everyone.

4. Warm Soul Mineralize Blush: This soft pink and gold blush has the perfect amount of shimmer. Try it, I promise you'll love it!

5. Extended Play Mascara: This is like Lancome Definicils on steroids. At $16.00 you cant beat it for a department store mascara.

6. Natural Radiance Face Primer: It brightens your complection and makes your foundation glide on like silk. One pump massaged into your skin before foundation, and your skin looks fresh all day!

7. Give Me Sun Mineralize Skinfinish Bronzer: Universal non-shimmery Bronzer that's gives a golden (not orange) glow any time of year.


"If there is one part of makeup I love most, it has to be beautiful foundation. I always say 'Skin is who you are, makeup is who you want to be!'"

Well put, Beck!

Cheers to Makeup, MAC, and Beck Morgan,