LimeLight by Alcone takes Canada!

I stopped actively selling younique a while ago, and officially announced that I was leaving earlier this month. I’m super happy to be able to share details on what I’m doing next!

I will be joining LimeLight by Alcone as a Beauty Guide when it comes to 🇨🇦

TENTATIVE DATE FOR LAUNCH
Phase 1: March 1st
Phase 2: April 2nd

Ground floor opportunity ✔️
PROFESSIONAL quality products ✔️
Naturally based products ✔️
Cruelty free ✔️ (leaping 🐰 certified!)
Collaboration over competition environment ✔️

Who’s ready? If you’re remotely interested you NEED to be in our information group to stay informed on launch info! Just shoot me an email at jessica@fitnessbeautytravel.com and I will get you added.

#Canada , we’re coming for ya!
#Limelife

xoxo

Jess

 

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LIVE Makeup Tutorial

I am going LIVE tomorrow night to demo some beauty products ladies!

I am crowd-sourcing from the group on what products and looks to demo, so if you want to check it out let me know ASAP. I can get you added to our event so that you can voice your opinion before 5pm tomorrow!!

This is your chance to tell ME what YOU want to see in a tutorial.

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AND GO!

xoxo

Jess

Buskers in Paris

One of the coolest experiences while being in Paris actually had nothing to do with doing the tourist thing and viewing the landmarks. What intrigued me the most was actually the locals and their street performances. From dancing to fire throwing, miming to being a statue, and more – performances in Paris were all over the place.

Europe 521Check this guy out. He is literally in perfect “Seated” form… yet he isn’t sitting on anything but air. He stayed like that for a while too! I can’t even IMAGINE how much pain he must have been in. If you’ve ever tried to do wall sits before, I am sure you can relate. That sure as hell isn’t easy!

Honestly, I 100% thought that it was literally a statue when we first came upon this person. It was only when we got closer and saw him move that we clued in that it was a performance. This is just one example of some of the crazy awesome things that you can find while exploring the streets of Paris. Not what you would expect, eh? I know I sure didn’t. This isn’t something that I would have expected to see anywhere, and it is really cool.Europe 523

We also came across this guy. He was going for a really long time, never letting the ball hit the ground unless he meant for it to happen as a part of the act. He was balancing the ball on top of his head, bouncing it, moving it across his head like you see here in the photo, even rolling the ball all across the length of his upper body from arm to arm. He would roll the ball up an down limbs, balance it, and just overall do really cool tricks.

This was very entertaining to watch, and it made things so much more exciting as we were exploring the city. It just goes to show that people use whatever skills that they have as a means of making a living out there. We don’t see this much where I am from, so I loved seeing the variation in performances and watching people earn a living by doing what they enjoy.

These pictures here demonstrate a group of performers that did a long dance routine.

This was probably my favourite performance that we saw in Paris. I adore the Step Up movies, as well as the Bring it On franchise. I don’t know what it is about dance, gymnastics, and cheerleading that draws me in – I just love it. I think it probably has something to do with the fact that I may as well have been born with two left feet because my coordination record has been terrible throughout my life haha. Regardless, when I heard loud music come on and people suddenly start dancing and break dancing, I felt compelled to sit and watch. And yes – I had to go and give them some money at the end because they were awesome.

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And then there were the fire performers… Don’t get me wrong, I loved their performance as well. However, I feel as though my excitement around their performance was slightly overshadowed by my anxiety. I was scared for these people walking around swinging flamings things near one another. Europe 739I was just waiting for one one those flaming sticks to hit someone, and I was nervous that somebody would get injured.These people are pros though, and they know what they are doing. This performance was actually just outside of an old church, and there was a large cement staircase nearby where locals hung out on weekends and drank. They were set up to perform in that area, and we took a break from exploring to check them out when we noticed the fire.

All of these performances were cool in their own unique way. I don’t have any pictures of the art, but I am sure you wouldn’t be shocked to hear about the massive amount of artists in the city. There was one street that we went down that probably had at least 15 different artists offering their services for money. You could get them to draw cartoon versions of yourself, portraits, and more. All right there on the spot!

If you are planning a trip to Paris, my advice is to explore the lesser populated areas. Visit the non-touristy areas as well to get a good feel for the culture and the city life. Performances were found in both the tourist areas and the more hidden areas that we found by chance, so just explore and see what you can find! I will say this though…

WATCH YOUR BELONGINGS.

This is a story for another time and another post, but Paris has a lot of thieves. I wore a small purse that hung by my hips, and my hand was firmly planted on that bag everywhere I went. This prevented anyone from being able to get into my purse without my noticing. Performances and stunts like the ones that I have described here can be really fun to witness, but you need to be cognizant of the fact that there are more than likely people in the crowd around you waiting for the opportunity to steal from you while you are distracted.

Happy traveling!

xoxo

Jess

 

 

 

Barcelona Street Art Culture

This blog is titled fitnessbeautytravel, but I have been horrible at actually transferring my travel experiences to words and getting it on here. I recently joined some new Wanderlust groups on Facebook, and it has inspired me to finally get the word out about some of the places that I have been during this travel intermission.

I thought I would start by talking about the awesome culture that I came to love when visiting Barcelona. The locals were very friendly people (for the most part), and there was never a dull moment any time of day or night. One of my favourite things about the city was actually what was hidden down roads and alleys as you explore.

I have no idea what they are feeding the artists down there, but there are some pretty awesome works of art all over the streets of Barcelona. I can’t really put into words how amazing some of the art truly is down there, so I have included a gallery of some of the cool things that I saw during my time there. I apologize in advance for the quality of some of the images, I did the best that I could using a phone camera!

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I am not sure if people are just more brazen and carefree out there to be willing to face punishment for doing this in public spaces, or if maybe the rules regarding street art are a bit less strict down there. Back home in Canada, this would be considered illegal and defamation of public or personal property depending on where it was placed. I have always found street art (not to be confused with those created simply with the intent to be destructive without any artistic appeal) to be very interesting, so I love seeing it in new places. I think it gives artists the outlet they need to get their art out there, and it provides some visually appealing pieces for the locals (or tourists) to enjoy!

If you’ve found some cool street art on your wanderlust travels, feel free to write in to me and share what you’ve got!

xoxo

Jess the travel junkie

3 Years of Health and Fitness

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In the 3 years since I have been working out and going through my transformation, I have never posted pictures of myself without a top on. Why? Because despite how far I had come, I still wasn’t happy with my progress. I’ve since come to the realization that if I am going to coach my friends, family, and others to be happy with small improvements, that I need to start drinking my own koolaid and practice what I preach.

I am far from perfect. I still have big hips and thighs, a big butt, a bit of love-handles, and some belly fat that keeps me from seeing my abs. The biggest, and arguably most important, difference between the girl from the top photos and the girl from the bottom photos is that now I am confident and happy enough with myself to post pictures featuring my face.

Unfortunately I do not have photos from when I was over 200 pounds to show the full transformation. Hindsight is 20/20, and I wish I had been brave enough to take before pictures. When I started this journey, I had already tried just about every diet tip, trick, pill, supplement, wrap, and more on the market. Nothing seemed to work, so I pulled out the old P90X and thought I would give it another go, but I had tried that and failed to stay the course many times as well. My failure to take before photos is both a testament to my lack of belief in myself that I would make it, and also a complete and utter hatred for my body and myself for letting myself go.

You’re probably thinking that in 3 years of health and fitness, I should be a lot more ripped than that. Well, you’re probably right. The problem is that I am an emotional eater, so when life throws curveballs at me, I tend to return to old habits. The past 3 years have been a total roller coaster of ups and downs when it comes to my weight loss. I had lost 60-65 pounds, then I fell off track and gained 30 back. I got myself back on track and lost those 30 pounds, bringing me back to where I was before. Then my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, and four months later, he was gone. During the year between the diagnosis and following his passing, I totally derailed and wound up gaining 40 pounds back. Since January 2016, I have been working to lose those 40 pounds, and I am just about 5 pounds away from where I was before despite a couple of minor setbacks due to illness and life experiences.

My point in all of this essentially is this: It doesn’t matter how many times you try and you fail. What matters is how many times you try again. Nobody becomes successful at anything without failing along the way, and you can ask any expert in any field, and they will tell you the exact same thing. Failure means you are trying. You just have to know how to get back up and try again. Don’t let failure destroy everything you’ve worked towards. It is okay to take some time, but always brush yourself off and get back at it.

You are NEVER alone. Guaranteed, there are others out there struggling through the same journey that you are currently taking. I am right there with you on this journey myself, and someday I will achieve my goals. If you want help achieving yours and you are lacking the support and guidance that you need to get you there, you are more than welcome to reach out to me. I would be happy to help you out, and share information that I’ve learned along the way. Simply use the contact tab and fill out the form to send me an email directly, and I will respond as soon as I can!

Thanks for reading

xoxo

Jess

Throwback Thursday: My Transformation!

So I am 100% speechless right now… I could actually cry.

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I have been working SO hard for what seems like such a long time, and falling off the wagon then getting back on repeatedly. A year ago yesterday I lost my grandfather, and until January of this year, I had totally derailed and had gone back to emotional eating.

In January I recommitted, and I am now almost back down to my lowest weight since high school. I am so freaking proud of myself and how far I have come. I still have some work to do, but these pictures are proof to me that everything I am doing is beyond worth it!

If I can do it, so can you.

NEVER GIVE UP

It’s not over until you say it is.

 

5 Ways to Avoid Junk Food in the Workplace

5 Ways to Avoid Junk Food

Does your place of employment make it difficult for you to stay on your healthy eating path with regular treats and ways to cheat? Mine does!

So for now I say, “Yay for small victories!” Here’s why.

With my current place of employment, there are breakfast treats from a bakery provided every Friday. I am usually fine with that as long as I don’t go in the lunch room. Yesterday junkfood.workwas a little different though because our manager brought timbits (Canadian bite sized donuts lol… tasty little devils) and coffee. I was OK all morning until I went to refill my water bottle and saw the box. I figured the chocolate ones were gone anyway so I could just take a peek. Chocolate ones were in there. I stopped and stared like a doofus for a good 30 seconds with the devil on my shoulder telling me to take one.

I didn’t cave! I’m only two and a half weeks fully back on track with my fitness and nutrition, so I didn’t want to risk messing with my progress. Now to survive next week at work with a treat trolley, lunches being provided, suppers occasionally if you stay late etc. I think I’m in deep trouble lol.

I realized that if I am finding this to be a struggle, there must be others like me working in similar environments that are struggling with the exact same issue. I wanted to share a bit about how you can help make this process of avoidance a little easier.

Here we go!

Don’t say “I can’t have that”

Seriously! Instead of saying to yourself or to others than you can’t have something because you’re on a diet, start telling yourself and others that you “don’t want that”. If you allow yourself to think that you are restricting yourself from something that you want, it becomes a lot harder to resist. Think about how bad the treat can be for you, and how it can ruin your progress and set you off course, and think “I can have this if I want to, but do I really want to eat it?” If you think positively about the situation and say that you don’t want that because you owe it to yourself to eat clean and create a healthier life for yourself, you WILL feel better about the decision to avoid whatever tasty treat was put in front of you.

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Bring your own snacks and meals

This is a big one. Prepare your healthy meals and snacks before you go to work. If you get hungry, go eat one of the snacks or meals that you brought for yourself. If you don’t have a fridge handy and your meal needs to be kept cool (as most healthy meals would), then you can invest a small amount of money in one of the many cooler bags out there designed for health and fitness individuals. I have one, and I used it every single shift when I was working in an environment that had no fridge. Having snacks and meals readily available makes you far less likely to indulge on whatever treat your office is providing this time. If you don’t have these healthy choices available and you happen to be hungry at the time of the junk food option, you are way more likely to give in.

Avoid the area that holds the treats

For me I know to avoid the lunch room on Fridays because of the breakfast treats. If there are coffee and timbits provided, I know to avoid the table on which they are kept. If cupcakes are brought in to our daily morning meeting (which happens whenever someone in the office has a birthday), I know to leave right after the meeting to avoid seeing all of the other people munching down on the cupcakes. Don’t torture yourself by putting yourself around the foods that you crave, and instead try to avoid those areas if you can.

Celebrate the times you avoid the treats

Be really happy and proud of yourself for avoiding these office temptations! Pat yourself of the back. Join health and fitness groups and networks, and share your small little victory with others. See what I did here, I did exactly what I am telling you to do in this very blog post! When you learn to celebrate these small victories, it becomes easier and easier for you to stay strong each time an opportunity presents itself to cheat.

Get your office involved in your journey

Share what you are doing! Tell other people about your goals and what you are trying to accomplish, and ask them to please be respectful of your goals by not shoving things under your nose that can hamper your progress. Sharing your goals with others will help to keep you accountable, and it could also help you find a person to go through the journey with you. Having a partner go on the journey with you is definitely a huge advantage, because you will both help to keep one another accountable. If you’re REALLY motivated to keep on track, you could even try to get the whole office involved by doing a friendly competition. Have a little “biggest loser” competition, or have a “step counting competition”. Get the office doing something that will keep them active and guide them to a healthier lifestyle, because if you get them on board your life in the workplace will get a whole lot easier!

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Lastly, I just want to say that if you do find yourself in a position where you have “cheated” on your nutrition and your meal plan if you have one, DO NOT get mad at yourself and allow that to get in the way of your progress. So many people give in once, and then they use that as an excuse to binge for the rest of the day. “Well I already messed up once so I may as well make this a cheat day”. Don’t do it. Just don’t, please! That is a verrrrryyy slippery slope to be on you guys, and trust me, this is coming from experience because I’ve done it myself a thousand times before. A cheat meal can turn into a cheat day, and a cheat day very easily turns into a cheat weekend, which then can turn into a cheat week, and then all of a sudden before you know it… a month has gone by and you’ve barely worked out or eaten healthy, and you find yourself right back where you started having gained back some weight. If you make a slip up once, be like “that’s okay, one mistake is not going to hurt me and I can be really good for the rest of the week.” Stop yourself from being down and discouraged one one tiny mistake, and definitely don’t let that cause you to give up on your goals.

xoxo

Jess

How to get a Perfect Smokey Eye in 3 Simple Steps

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I have been practicing with makeup since middle school, which was before a lot of people my age at the time even wore makeup. Mind you, I was never very skilled at it back then lol. As I got older though, I got a lot better at application. I started teaching myself how to do things by watching videos on YouTube, much like many of you have done before I am sure. Through high school, and especially university, I would get a lot of compliments on my eye makeup. To this day, I still get compliments pretty regularly from people that say “Oh I could never do something like that, I have no idea how you do it”.

If this is you, well trust me when I say, YOU CAN. Honestly, my smokey eye looks are pretty freakin’ simple haha. I just use great products and apply it in a way that blends well and makes my eyes pop. It really doesn’t take that much time either, and you can literally do it in three simple steps. Now. My intention was actually to have a video to post in here with the demo photos, but I done messed up haha. I filmed the video last night after work, or at least so I thought. Come to find out, I must have missed the button when I hit record, because the only video I had from yesterday was of me cleaning up. So, when I thought I was stopping the recording, that was when it started. I’m human, so don’t judge lol. I will film another one and insert it as soon as I can. For now though, I wanted to make sure that I fulfilled my promise on social media from earlier this week to provide instructions on how to do a smokey eye.

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Step 1: You start out with a light shade. You can do this with pretty much any eye shadow that you have, whether it be from a palette, loose pigment, cream shadow, etc. It honestly doesn’t matter what kind of shadow you’re using, it will all do the same thing just with different variations in look. This light shade should be something like beige, white, off white, or super light colors that go with the look you’re creating. Use personal preference to determine if you want something shimmer or matte – personally I go glitter all day every day! You will take whatever you have chosen for step one, and apply it directly under your brow to highlight and all over that upper part of your lid. It will be more concentrated right under the brow, and then you just blend it downward. This shade will also be applied in the inner corner of your eye, and the inner half section of your eye lid. In the photo you see to your right, I am using the second shade on the palette for this smokey eye look in neutral browns.

Step 2: This will be a medium shade. Again, you can choose the type of shadow and the Blacks-Silvers
color palette. This shade will be similar to the first shade, but a few tones darker. This part is a bit easier because the application area is far smaller. With this shade, you pretty much just need to continue where you left off with step one. You will apply the second shade to the outer area of your lid right up to the middle, which is where it will meet the lighter shade from step one. Just go over that connecting area with little swiping motions to blend it in a bit. I usually fan this second color up a little bit into the crease as well to provide a base, but that is not necessary because you will be covering it up anyway. To the right you will see me demonstrating palette 2, which is a palette that comes with shades of black, grey, and silver. Here you see me using the second shade down again for the highlighting of step one, and the fourth shade down for this second step. You can see that it is just a couple of shades darker than the highlighting color that I used, and again this one was in shimmer.

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Step 3: This is where you will be creating the smokey part of your smokey eye. You will choose a darker color for this step, and you can choose to go really dark or stay relatively toned down depending on your personal preference. For this look I was going for purples, so I chose to opt out of the black as the darkest shade for the crease and go for the second darkest, which was a royal purple. For the first step of this look I used the fourth shade down to highlight, and then the fifth shade for step two. The sixth shade was then applied as a line from the outside corner of my eye heading toward my eyebrow, but you stop about halfway there. You then shade in that v area in the outer corner of your eye, and when you don’t have a lot of product left on your brush, you fan it up and around in that crease of your eye lid. Just go over that area a few times to blend it together, and if necessary you can add a tiny amount of product to the brush to make sure that it actually is visible. If you want, you can also apply this darker shade to the lower lash line, but that comes down to personal preference.

So there ya go ladies! This is how I create super simple smokey-eye looks with different color palettes on a daily basis. The products that were used in these demos are all Younique Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palettes, but you can replicate the same kind of looks with pretty much any palettes that you have on hand! It is quick and easy once you get the hang of it, so give it a try with whatever products you have! If you’re really brave, you can even send in your attempts to jessica@fitnessbeautytravel.com. I would love to hear about your experience and see how you made out with my tip!

Thanks for reading ladies, I hope you found this useful!

xoxo

Jess

What your support really means to me…

When I first got into direct sales as a Beachbody Coach, I really did sign up to help people only after having seen the proof that the programs and products truly make a difference having experienced it firsthand. I then fell in love with Younique, and I joined that company. I admit, when I started I was going about the business ALL wrong. I was posting constantly, basically just making sales pitches, providing absolutely no value, and using photos of random people and anything and everything I found off the internet. I was young and stupid, treating it as a “get rich quick” option.

I’ve since grown up, and I have come to the realization that these companies are not ways to get rich quickly. In fact, they take a lot of work. I am constantly learning, and making and effort to learn through webinars, podcasts, books, etc. I learned that it is not about the sale, but it is about finding the perfect thing that can make your customers happy. It’s about sharing something that you love, and helping others to enhance their lives in a similar fashion.

Unfortunately though, I know there are still people out there that hate my posts about Younique or Beachbody on Facebook or my other social media outlets. I am sure it has even cost me a few “friends” on Facebook at some point, and to that I say “Good riddance”. Seriously. Why? Because so many people these days are shaming those of us that are putting ourselves out there and  working our asses off to make our dreams a reality. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone say “why do you bother, you’ve been at it for a year and you’ve only advanced two times?”, or “you’re not going to make any money that way, so why don’t you just give up and go back to school?”. This is honestly very hurtful, especially when it comes from the people that are supposed to love and support you the most. It takes hard work, dedication, time, and so much more to make your dreams come true, so nobody can expect it to happen instantly.

When I first started with Younique and began collecting commissions on that awesome purple credit card, I was spending it. It wasn’t much in the beginning of course, but it was still exciting none the less. I bought myself some new clothes, I used it to pay for gas, and probably a lot more that I am simply forgetting about now that it has been over a year with the company. Want to know how I spend that commission money now?

I DON’T!

Seriously. I stopped using my Younique credit card for purchases a long time ago. I know a lot of presenters use it, and then they will post “look what my Younique credit card bought me”, which is exactly what I used to do too. It is exciting when you can buy things with money that you earned through your business, and you want to share that as a success. Personally, I have since realized that it serves me better to just save all of my earnings from Younique. When I have accumulated enough, I can then finally pay off my student loan debt from my B.A. That is why it makes me so happy when people purchase from me locally, or they purchase from me online through my website. It excites me because every sale is another customer that will hopefully love the products as much as I do, and every single happy customer gets me one step closer to making my dream a reality and paying off my student loans to finally live debt free.

THAT is what you are supporting when you purchase things from me. Not a drinking habit, a smoking habit, a tattoo obsession, etc. You’re supporting a girl that is trying to save up to pay off her student loans. When you buy from other people in direct sales, in many cases, you are supporting a mom trying to care for her kids, students trying to earn some money to get by, a person trying to support a family member going through treatment for cancer, etc etc etc. I read another blog post recently that totally nailed it, and if you have the time, I definitely recommend you Click Here and take a look.

People need to stop thinking of those of us in direct sales as the enemy, or as something to avoid just because we do network marketing. People seem to think that it is the lazy way to make money, but I can tell you with certainty that if you want to be successful in the network marketing industry you definitely can not get there by being lazy. I even know a person that was SO dead set against supporting someone in direct sales, that she went and purchased a product that I was selling straight from the website to deliberately ensure that she did not support me or anyone else. To me, that is just awful. You’re not supporting a huge corporation or CEO to line their pockets and build another vacation home, you’re supporting a real person that is trying to make an honest living and build a future for themselves. Obviously some people use these opportunities in the wrong way, but there are people that break the rules in every profession, and that does not mean that everyone else should automatically be ruled as unworthy of support because of a few bad examples.

Now I don’t know exactly where my life will take me, I mean, who knows! Maybe I will go back to school in a year or two to further my education. Why does that mean that I have to give up my business though? Can I not continue working on building my future while I am getting an education? I mean I am doing it part time right now already, because I do have a full time job… So my advice to you is this: If you have a loved one that is working in the network marketing business, please do not tell them to quit or tell them that what they are doing is stupid or worthless. I strongly believe that everyone should have a network marketing business on the side, which they can nurture slowly over time. Bit by bit, you could be creating a retirement fund for yourself. You could be creating an education fund to put your children through university, which is something that most kids, like myself, never had. If you are like me and you love to travel, you could be creating your travel fund. The possibilities are endless.

To anyone that has purchased anything through me in the past, or anyone that does so in the future, I just want you to know that I do truly appreciate your support. It is because of you that I haven’t given up, and that I continue to work at making my dreams come true. If you were reading this as the kind of person that avoided network marketers, I hope that this will help you to see that it is truly a great thing to support your friends and loved ones in their business endeavors.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Jess

Evil Witch Makeup Tutorial

Want to learn how I created this evil witch halloween look? Well I will tell you exactly how I did it and what I used in this video. This look was created using 100% Younique products.

The top contributor to this look was our moodstruck mineral pigments. Wet and/or dry, our pigments are phenomenal for creating unique looks. Last year it was a zombie, this year a witch. You can come up with whatever you want if you have the right beauty products!

Our products are naturally based, and many are even 100% natural. These products are safer and healthier for your skin and for the skin of your children. Next time you have a need for some face paint, skip the traditional junk products you will find at retail stores and use Younique for an awesome look.

Ready to get some of your favorite pigments? You can buy them individually or buy in bulk with sets of 4 to save money. Visit my website to shop and order yours:
www.youniqueproducts.com/JessicaJordanMunn

Thanks for watching!

xoxo

Jessica