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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,

 

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,

 

 

Lovely Lips: The Perfect Pinks

Jessica Palmer

It's not Valentine's Day without kiss-worthy lips...and these 5 lipsticks are the perfect picks this week whether you have a date with someone special, a dear friend, or even just your favorite pj's!

 

 

1. Kate Moss for Rimmel in number 17: the perfect classic pink! Great for a soft daytime look.

 

 

2. MAC Viva Glam V: a shimmery rosy beige, a great compliment to a smokey eye. Added bonus, the full price you pay goes to charity!

 

 

3. Vivid Rose by Maybelline: Ok, so not so much great for a date...but going out with your friends, or feeling sassy? This lippy packs a punch!

 

 

4. Warm Me Up #235 by Maybelline: the name says it all.

 

 

5. Color Whisper by Maybelline in Pin up Peach: a sheer hydrating wash of color for a low maintenance girlie touch.


Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

 

Cheers to the Perfect Pinks for your Pout,

 

How To: Silver Smokey Cat Eye

Jessica Palmer

I am so smitten with the look I did for a photoshoot this week with Nicole Cook (umm, by the way she is an AMAZING highschool senior --fashion-- photographer in NorCal). Luckily I had the sense to take pics of the look as it developed so I could make this tutorial for you! The funny thing is that it doesn't actually use any silver shadows in it...the hue is a result of the blending of the liner and shadows. Which I actually prefer because silvers often translate very blue on camera. This way you get the effect in a truer way. If you're not a fan of silvery shadow, then sub the black pencil for an espresso one and blend out with dark brown shadow instead of black for a more chocolatey neutral look. I worked from my Naked Basics palette and also a few shades from Makeup Geek (creme brulee, shimma shimma, and homecoming).

1. Prime your lids and dust on a neutral champagne or vanilla shadow all over your lid, the shimmery base will help when it comes time to blend.

2. Line your eyes, doesnt need to be precise.

3. Use a pencil brush (or your finger even) to blend and soften the liner.

4. Draw a V with your pencil to outline where your smokey cat eye will go. Make sure you open your eye first to determine how high up you want the line in your crease.

 

5. Use your pencil brush to blend and smudge the V more into the center of your eye, you essentially are focusing on the outer third portion of your eye. Dip your brush into black shadow as necessary to build the depth you are comfortable with. See how messy its getting? Trust the process and don't get scared! I like to do eyes first and skin second when doing looks like this.

6. Pat a shimmery taupe shadow all over your lid, smoothing out the seams of where the black shadow stops.

7. Dust a soft brown in your crease, bronzer works fab!

8. Highlight under your brow and in your inner socket.

9. Now for the clean up! This step is what adds the sharp angled edge to the look. Take a cotton pad with remover or makeup wipe and fold it so you have a straight edge. Swipe the edge in an upward angled motion.

10. Line your eyes. I love the sharpness of a gel or liquid for this look.

11. Add the flick of liner at the end for your cat eye. The awesome part about this look is that the sharp edge we created is your guideline, so its goof-proof!

12. Load up with mascara...bonus points and more drama if you toss in some lashes too! I used medium length individuals.

And there you have it! Isn't our model Lexy so lovely?!

 

 

We were going for drama so we paired her look with a bold punchy lip (Rimmel Kate Moss #12)...but a nude lip is a great option for this look!

 

Cheers to Seniors, Silver, and Smokey Eyes,

Scent and Memory: Holiday in Mexico

Jessica Palmer

Do you ever smell something and immediately you're thinking of a certain person, or time in your life? Sometimes the memory even surfaces before you realize what you're smelling, "What is that, smells like Christmas!" A diesel truck goes by and I'm mentally transported to Santiago, Chile. Coconut Lime Verbena body spray...I think of my sister. Chanel Chance Eua Fraiche and it's a hot summer night downtown with Andy.

If we naturally link scents with people or events, then why not use that to your advantage and be purposeful about your scent during important times?! Since scent is so closely tied to memory, I encourage my brides to pick a new unique scent for their wedding day (bonus points if you wear it on your honeymoon too!). All of the amazing emotions of the day get intertwined with that scent. And every time you bring it out (on a special event or anniversary) you'll be reminded of all those feelings of love, friendship, and celebration!

I do this in my own life, not just one my wedding day, but whenever there is something significant I want to remember. I recently had a birthday and we decided to celebrate by going on a cruise to Mexico! The perfect opportunity to make a scent-memory connection!

Jenn from Garden Apothecary was sweet enough to send me some birthday treats from her amazing product line. When I saw the Cacao + Cardamom Flower Essence perfume oil I just knew that would be the perfect scent for my Latina Holiday! Its like sugar and spice with a warmth. I made sure to apply it morning and night...Here is a peek into the memories my scent and I made on vacation:


I had never been to Catalina Island before so it was so great to visit a new place. We drove around in golf carts, visited the little shops, and ate ice cream. It reminded me of Sauselito a little!

Mexico was of course great! Full of shopping and delish local food! I even was surprised with a mariachi serenade for my birthday...wow! I felt so spoiled.

Halloween happened while at sea...and it was so thrilled that Andy let me paint his face! So much fun!

It's not a vacation in my opinion without some poolside sunshine.

I love getting dolled up and going out with my husband. More formal sit-down dining happens every night on the ship, so every night felt like date night! There was a vanity desk in our cabin, so doing my makeup and hair seemed extra fun and my Cacao roller ball fragrance made me feel vintage and swanky!

Of course, vacation always ends too soon...but I returned to amazing friends and family that wanted to continue celebrating, so I really cannot complain!

I think I'm going to bust out the cacao fragrance again at Christmas and add some more memories to that scent! What about you? What scents remind you of good times?

What if you wore the same scent on every date night...or found the perfect fragrance for your wedding...or graduation...or promotion...and the list goes on and on! You'd literally be able to bottle those memories. So stay tuned next week for my fragrance hall of fame top picks so you can find the perfect one!

And special thanks to Garden Apothecary! Jenn, your special scent helped make my birthday perfect!

Cheers to Memories, Mexico, and Scent,