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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

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,

 

Celebrity Makeup Artist Scott Barnes

Jessica Palmer

Last week I had the immense pleasure of attending a class with celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes hosted by The Working Artist Company!

 

 

 

Scott is known for his expertise in complexion and the famous faces he works on...in fact he created that infamous glow that Jennifer Lopez is known for!

 

 

 

 

A lot of people call themselves makeup "artists" but Scott embodies the true essence of the word. His background in fine arts painting shows from the way he handles his tools to the way he sweeps and blends the product... It is mesmerizing to watch his human canvas transform.

 

 

 

 

His approach with makeup is much like how he painted. His attention to light and shadow resulted in the monochromatic look he's famous for.

 

 

 

 

The glow...the contour...this approach essentially birthed a movement within makeup.

 

 

One thing that Scott said that really resonated with me was, "A good artist knows when to stop." He demonstrated this by his minimal use of product and impeccable blending. Something we all should take a cue from with the recent contour craze that has swept beauty trend!

 


 

Reading something in a book, seeing pictures online, or even a quick video is helpful but nothing compares to being able to see things in person...and having the ability to ask questions!

 

 

 

 

Along with all of the amazing tips and techniques he demonstrated came a huge dose of inspiration!

 

 

 

 

Attending this class reminded me yet again of a very important truth: Education is not a destination, it is an ongoing journey. And a true professional never stays still.

 

 

 

 

So the question is, makeup artist or not, how are you moving forward in your education?

Cheers to Education, Art, and Always Moving Forward,

 

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,

 

Artist Spotlight: Meet Christi Reynolds

Jessica Palmer

Meet my friend Christi of Christi Reynolds Makeup Artistry! With over 17 years of experience in the beauty industry, she is the definition of a pro! Her skill and expertise have helped me both personally and professionally...in fact, Christi is the makeup artist I hired to do my makeup for my wedding 6 years ago! (See! EVERYONE needs to hire a professional makeup artist for their big day!)

I love Christi's style of artistry...with a focus on complexion and a fresh aesthetic, her artistry really lets the person shine! I'm so thrilled she is sharing some of her must-have products with all of us! Here we go...


1. Elf eyelid primer: "This sheer formula doesn't interfere with the color or texture of your shadows...use it and nothing will budge!

2. Benefit's High Beam and Benetint: "I love to mix them together! Looks good on every skin tone and gives a natural healthy flush. Instant red carpet glow!"

3. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish: "I love this powders beautiful coverage, it's not too much, and provides subtle luminosity! Great for setting foundation."

4. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm: "Love it! I reach for this when I know that my skin needs that wide awake, fresh, just had a facial look! Instantly snaps my skin back from looking dehydrated."

5. Lingering MAC brow pencil: "This is super precise so you can mimic the natural shape of the brow hairs."


Christi sums up her beauty philosophy well,"I like to make-up, not make over. I like to correct, define, and enhance...enhance...not create! There's a difference."


So Cheers to Correcting, Defining, and Enhancing,