My name is Krista Winters. I did not always know I wanted to be an esthetician, but from a young age I did know I loved makeup. When I was younger I played with my mom’s makeup like most little girls, but when I was twelve and suffered a dog bite on my face makeup was a daily part of life. As a teenager makeup and skincare played an even bigger role for me when I had the usual acne along with scars from the dog bite. Kids can be mean and teenagers can be cruel. The combination of deep, red scars and acne took a major toll on my already fragile self-esteem. I was constantly looking for quality makeup that wouldnt irritate my already sensitive skin and I was desperate to find someone to help with my skin care issues. I tried numerous dermatologists over the years who prescribed me all different oral and topical medications but nothing seemed to work.
I met Kelley Maddison, a licensed esthetician and acne specialist, who would come to change my life more than I could imagine. I started seeing her regularly and by following her advice and using the proper products, I could see a dramatic difference. When she started her makeup line, PRIIA Cosmetics, I started using that too. I had never received so many compliments in my life (about a problem area of mine none the less). Any time I had a question about my skin, Kelley was always there to answer me thoroughly, and in a prompt manner at that. My skin was looking good, and with makeup on it, it looked airbrushed. The amount of self confidence I felt from finally finding a product that changed the way I thought about myself was unbelievable. The way people treat you when you look good and feel good is really life changing.
After going to college like I thought I was supposed to, I still didn’t know what I wanted to be. However, I had worked a few different jobs and knew what I didn’t want to do or what kind of people I did not want to work for. I still saw Kelley for my skincare and I was always so impressed by what she was able to do and the type of person she was. I decided that I wanted to work for her. At the time she did not have a position available for me but encouraged me to go to esthetics school to persue something I was actually passionate about. While attending beauty school Kelley acted like a mentor to me and once again any time I struggled or had questions, she was right there to guide me and help me through. When I became a licensed esthetician, I felt on top of the world with a wealth of knowlege and a thirst to help other people struggling like I had. I worked for a while as an esthetician and then I got an email that really changed my life.
Priia was hiring. I had an opportunity to work with my mentor and help make a product I believe in 100%. Priia has been one of the few things in my life that I have been passionate about in every way. This makeup gives me the confidence to make eye contact and feel like the person across from me is looking at a polished version of myself, rather than any imperfections I may feel are distracting. Being able to work with Kelley and work for Priia is a dream come true. Having the opportunity to give someone else the gift Kelley gave me makes going to work worth it and gives my life a purpose that is truly fulfilling.