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.

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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.

 

Younique March NEW Product Launch!

You may or may not know this, but Younique actually releases a line of new products two times a year. We released new products back in September after the announcement at the 2015 convention in Chicago. November after this launch was our BIGGEST month ever for sales, and it was all because of the amazing new products. Well, get ready for some more! Typically Younique has been known primarily for cosmetics with a small degree of skin care products, and we are very happy to report that this is about to change.

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Without further ado, it is with great excitement that I announce the products to become available tomorrow, March 1st 2016!

Younique Beachfront Self-Tanning Spray

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*Mist on a gorgeous natural-looking gradual tan

*Vegan friendly and not tested on animals

*Directions: spritz onto clean, exfoliated skin. Blend

Younique Beachfront Self-Tanning Body Lotion

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*Combines moisturizing and gradual tanning in one easy step
*Infused with emollient Shea Butter, a superb moisturizer and rich source of antioxidants

*Vegan friendly and not tested on animals

*Directions: using the Beachfront Body Applicator, apply product evenly onto clean, exfoliated skin, blending in circular motions. Let dry. If using your hands to blend, wash after use

Want More?

Coconut oil conditions the skin
• Green tea extract helps protect the skin
• Brown algae helps balance the skin and retain moisture
• Sodium Hyaluronate aids in boosting and maintaining the skin’s moisture level
• Vitamin E is an oil-soluble antioxidant that helps to protect skin
• Developed with a light fragrance, eliminating the signature self-tanner scent

Beachfront Body Bronzer

Instantly smooth on a bronzed, summery look with Beachfront Body Bronzer, a luxurious and nourishing lotion that both pampers and tints your skin. This bronzer looks like a tanner but acts like your favorite lotion, giving your skin the nourishing and protective 12803166_10100149689101688_5211842373457617619_ntreatment it needs. Special oils, extracts, vitamins, and antioxidants work to moisturize and condition your skin while also protecting from harmful elements. Your skin will look and feel radiant, golden, silky, and soft—and you’ll positively exude confidence.

Younique Beachfront Body Bronzer comes in three flattering,
confidence-promoting shades:
► Sunset, for fair skin
► Hermosa, for medium skin
► Malibu, for darker skin
• Masks the appearance of uneven skin tone and imperfections
• Contains a subtle shimmer that instantly creates the look of
sun-kissed skin
• Coconut oil, green tea extract, sugar seaweed, sodium hyaluronate,
and Vitamin E condition, protect, and nourish skin

Lip Bonbons Tinted Lip Balms

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Get ready to indulge in the ultimate beauty treat! From mouthwatering Red Velvet Cake to a refreshing Vanilla Milkshake, each of the Younique Lip Bonbons Tinted Lip Balms are a treat that will keep you coming back for more. Not only do they hydrate lips with nourishing oils and fruit extracts, but they also keep your lips looking brilliantly beautiful and supple! Much like a decadent dessert, Lip Bonbons Tinted Lip Balms are creamy and rich, thanks to carefully selected ingredients that melt precisely at body temperature.

 

Want to know more?

• Lightly tinted for a subtle, shiny hint of color

• Decadently formulated with Sunflower Seed, Jojoba, Prickly Pear, Coconut Oils and peach, bonbonpomegranate, and goji berry fruit extracts
• Lightly scented with a mild vanilla fragrance

• Luxurious sensorial application with an extra-creamy and smooth texture • Dermatologically tested and approved

• Younique Lip Bonbons Tinted Lip Balms are available in five dazzling colors that add a delicious pop and nourishing shine to any daytime or nighttime look:

► Chocolate Truffle—Coral, Red Velvet Cake—Berry, Cherry Cobbler—Red/Cherry, Raspberry Cheesecake—Pink, Vanilla Milkshake—Nude

Moodstruck Precision Liquid Eyeliner

Does your pursuit for the perfect cat eye constantly make you fashionably late? Get ready to effortlessly wing it with Younique Moodstruck Precision Liquid Eyeliner—the new 12806214_10156548276715324_316848752294424517_nbeauty must-have that will give you gorgeously lined eyes that last all day. Whether you are a winged liner novice or an experienced cat eye connoisseur, Younique Moodstruck Precision Liquid Eyeliner’s easy application will have your eyes looking bold and beautiful in minutes. With just a few strokes, the applicator leaves a rich matte finish without ever skipping, feathering, or running. Sleek and smooth, Younique Moodstruck Precision Liquid Eyeliner’s ultra-fine tip delivers an intricate and dramatic calligraphy look. The no-smudge, water-resistant liquid eyeliner dries quickly for a clean result without any messy transfer. Younique Moodstruck Precision Liquid Eyeliner’s modern formula will not only give your eyes a glamorous boost, but will become a beauty favorite in no time!

Need more info?

• Younique Moodstruck Precision Liquid Eyeliner comes in five standout colors:

► Perfect—Black, Precarious—Blue, Proper—Brown, Prosperous—Green, Powerful—Grey

• Younique Moodstruck Precision Liquid Eyeliner is easily removed with eye makeup remover (try Younique’s Shine Eye Makeup Remover Cloths with sunflower and olive oils, jojoba, vitamin E and rosemary)

• Water-resistant and matte in color

• Ophthalmologically tested and approved

• Dermatologically tested and approved

And last, but not least, the tools:

I am SO excited for these new products to be launched, and I cannot wait to submit my order tomorrow morning and try out these as soon as possible! I am taking pre-orders tonight, so if you’re local and want to get in on my bulk order please get in touch with me ASAP.

xoxo

Jess

5 Ways to Avoid Junk Food in the Workplace

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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

2 Ways to Earn FREE Makeup

Do you want to have high quality makeup, but struggle to come up with the necessary funds to afford it? Well, then this video contains a few options that you should consider!

Recap:

1) Mystery Hostess Party – This option is pretty straightforward. I host a party, and everyone that makes a purchase gets their name put in a draw. When the party reaches qualification status at the close of the event, I draw a name at random from those who purchased. Winner takes home the half price credits and whatever Y-Cash (Younique credit) that was accumulated from the party to be used toward future purchases! You need to be in my private VIP Younique Customer group on Facebook for this one ladies.

2) Hosting a Party – This option always holds the possibility of getting half price credits and Y-cash, but right now I am doing a special of my own. Book a party with me, pick one of the items I have in stock as a prize, and then when your party closes and has reached qualification status… I will give you the prize you picked out FOR FREE.

Sound good?

Contact me to get your party booked at jessica@fitnessbeautytravel.com

xoxo

Jess

Love Makeup and Travel? This is for YOU

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Anybody that knows me well knows that I have been bitten by the travel bug. I had the opportunity to go backpacking through Europe the summer after I got my B.A. degree, and ever since, it is always on my mind. I seem to always be thinking forward to the next opportunity that I will have to travel even before I finish whatever trip I happen to be taking at the time! I am so thankful that I have a business that is taking me to experience totally different and novel places. As a girl that grew up in a super small town in Eastern Canada, I didn’t really experience much of the world until a few years ago.

I can now say that I have been to Spain, France, and the UK. Technically speaking I’ve been to Germany and Ireland too, but I don’t count airports as being travel experiences lol. Within the US, I can now say that I have been to Chicago and California. Chicago was an amazing trip with a bunch of awesome ladies. I got to meet people from all over the world with a common interest: makeup and this awesome company we call Younique. It was so empowering to be around so many influential people, and I learned a lot from some of the top earning leaders within the company.

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Beyond that, I also got to have a great time at the welcome party and the gala dinner. I took an extra day beyond convention because I wanted to explore the city, so I even have some great memories from just hopping on and off tour buses around the city to explore the different landmarks. I was the only one brave enough of my group of friends to go out on the sky deck, and though I was a little scared the floor would fall out underneath me, I managed to snap a few pictures before inching my wobbling legs closer to the main floor.

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One of the women I met in Chicago actually happens to live in Missouri, so I am really excited to have an opportunity to truly explore the best parts of St. Louis while I am down there for the convention. I have already secured my ticket to convention, so I wanted to write to the ladies of the world that love makeup and travel and inform you of the early bird registration deadline. The deadline to purchase your convention ticket at the early bird price point was originally January 15th, 2016 – it has since been extended to February 15th! If you are a current presenter and you haven’t gotten your ticket, I strongly urge you to find the time and money to make it happen this year. You definitely won’t regret it!

If you are reading this as a fellow beauty and cosmetics-lover, and you also have a strong desire to travel, I would like to invite you to chat with me about this amazing opportunity. Younique has given me the confidence and the ability to explore new regions of the world, and I would love to have new positive people to come on this journey with me.

xoxo

Jess

#1 Reason Why I Love What I do!

I was recently approached by a lady to order some products through me for Younique. She was struggling to place her order through paypal, and asked me to submit the order for her. I helped her get the order situated, and then after not speaking for a few days, I received a panicked message asking me if our products were tested on animals.

This was my response:

“Nope! Haha that is one of many reasons I love Younique. A lot of our product are gluten free as well, while some are fully natural. Mineral makeup is so much healthier for your skin. If you’re concerned about ingredients, you will find a list of all ingredients on our website. If you click on any product you’ll find an option to click so that you know exactly what is in what you are using.”
One of the amazing things about Younique is that they try to use the best possible ingredients in the products so that we can provide top-notch quality to our customers. You may not know this, but the UK actually has banned a significantly larger number of harmful chemicals and ingredients from being used in their cosmetics. Younique actually meets the UK standard of cosmetics, and has grown to be quite successful in the UK market! Additionally, they do not try to hide anything when it comes to what is in the products. Every single product on our website has a spot where you can select “ingredients” to learn about what was used in any given product!
The response that I got back after sending her this message was so positive, that I just had to share it with all of you!
“Oh wow!!! I am loving this more and more!! I have only been using the liquid mineral foundation for a week or two and my skin is already looking better with far less breakouts and I have had bad hormonal acne since I had my daughter, I see a big difference, I can’t wait for the concealer, powder and primer to come in, !!! As soon as the liquid mineral foundation is back in stock please let me know and I’ll order it right away I’m so scared to run out of it now. It’s funny you mention gluten-free I just started a gluten-free diet about a month ago. I’m so happy there’s no testing on animals that’s kind of a dealbreaker for me.”
This is the coolest thing ever!! I am so happy to receive positive feedback from my customers regarding products that they have been using and enjoying. If you have experiences with our products that you would like to share, feel free to post them in the comments! I would love to hear how others are enjoying our products as well.
If you have any questions concerning our products or you need help identifying the best products or shades for you prior to submitting an order, you are more than welcome to reach out to me at jessica@fitnessbeautytravel.com !
xoxo
Jess