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FEBRUARY 24, 2019

CORA GOLD, OUR NEWEST LIP WHIP IS HERE, JUST IN TIME FOR SPRING!

February 24, 2019

CORA GOLD, OUR NEWEST LIP WHIP IS HERE, JUST IN TIME FOR SPRING!

Here’s kind of a crazy story. Last year, my brain was bubbling with the idea of creating a softer, friendlier red shade of Lip Whip. Something in the coral family was calling my name. So, I rolled up my sleeves, put on my hairnet, and got into my happy place:  the lab. I mixed up a new Lip Whip with the right hue of warm coral. I was happy. Great, right? But at the same time (in 2018), we launched our new packaging with rose gold lids, so I veered slightly and tweaked it to Rosie Gold Lip Whip (which...

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JANUARY 17, 2019

Looking for Health and Wellness Positivity?

January 17, 2019

Looking for Health and Wellness Positivity?

Looking for more inspiration for health and wellness? Check out, Katie Cavuto. We’ve long admired the work that Katie does and couldn’t agree more with her philosophy that health is holistic and wellness begins with positive messages of self-love, self-respect, and joy. Katie not only shares health and wellness tips but also tons of good for you recipes! Here are two recipes that are definitely going onto my rotation of easy and simple meals.  “Creamy” Cauliflower Soup with Za’atar Mix and Match Simple, Healthy One-Pan Chicken Dinners Check out Katie Cavuto's blog or follow her on Instagram (psst, stay tuned for a...

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JANUARY 15, 2019

Kari’s Double Take on Cleansing

January 15, 2019

Kari’s Double Take on Cleansing

My skin is dry…really dry (like Sahara Desert dry).  Thanks to a cranky thyroid (or lack thereof) I have super dry skin and hair.  The thought of using a double cleanse system has never had any great appeal to me.   Fast forward to an evening where I was using the Cleansing Oil to remove my makeup and sunscreen.  That day had been one where I wore more makeup than usual for photography.  I really enjoy the process of using the Cleansing Oil each night.  It feels luxe and I love the quiet moment of calm I get while doing it.  I’ve...

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OCTOBER 22, 2018

PUMPKIN POWER: 4 WAYS TO TREAT YOUR SKIN

October 22, 2018

PUMPKIN POWER: 4 WAYS TO TREAT YOUR SKIN

Our famous Halloween icon also packs a powerful punch when it comes to nutrients, making it a winner for your skin. Here are four ways to take advantages of pumpkin properties – like alpha hydroxy acid and Vitamins A, C and E – to help your skin glow, no candle required. DrinkPumpkin Seed MilkSoak 1 cup seeds in water overnight. Hang in mesh bag to dry. Blend with 4 cups water in Vitamix. Strain into jar and squeeze milk through pulp. Keeps in fridge for 5 days. SnackRoasted Pumpkin SeedsWash raw seeds. Boil seeds in salted water for 10 minutes...

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OCTOBER 14, 2018

What's Your Number?

October 14, 2018

What's Your Number?

Foundation obviously plays a key role in any makeup routine because, well, it’s the foundation all else is layered upon. However, one of the more difficult things to do is select the right shade for your skin tone, as women are often overwhelmed by walls of 50 shades and beyond. At Kari Gran, we simplify it. Not only do we have a short list of ingredients that comprise our Mineral Foundation, but we also offer just 8 shades. Our experience shows this small curated spectrum still ensures a perfect fit for most, while not overwhelming anyone. Our foundation shades are simply...

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

SKIN TYPES: THE MYTH DEBUNKED

September 24, 2018

SKIN TYPES: THE MYTH DEBUNKED

Shhhhh….I’ve got a secret. You don’t have a skin type. You have skin. Skin changes as you age, as the sun rises, as the season changes, as your hormones wax, as your hydration wanes, and because of a million other little things that affect your living, breathing, beautiful shell. Over the years you’ve been asked (or told) by magazines, makeup artists, salespeople, etc., what type of skin you have – Dry? Normal? Combination? Oily? – as they try and diagnose what products you should use to “treat” your complexion. Here’s my take: forget all about that. The problem is you’re...

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

FALL ESSENTIALS

September 17, 2018

FALL ESSENTIALS

It’s that time of year again, the wind is getting crisper, the leaves are changing color and the PSL can be found in the hands of coffee lovers everywhere. The first day of fall is fast approaching (9/22), and that means it’s time to double up on your Essential Serum. Weather and temperature changes can really do a number on your skin. Ever go from perfectly moisturized to dehydrated, flaky skin in a snap? The best remedy is simple – protect your skin and keep it moisturized. I typically suggest using one to two pumps of serum during the day...

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MAY 22, 2018

"Lazy Perfection": Makeup and You.

May 22, 2018

"Lazy Perfection":  Makeup and You.

The Art of Looking Great Without Really Trying As someone who spent a crazy amount of time in the bathroom during her early teens trying to apply my Maybelline mascara to every single lash, layering and layering, like I was about to hit the red carpet instead of the halls of junior high, this book intrigued me.  I’ll admit, I was hooked by the “Lazy” part of the title – who doesn’t want to look good with as little fuss as possible? Jenny Patinkin, the author, is a professional makeup artist who says her book isn’t actually about being lazy,...

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MAY 14, 2018

Collagen and the Power of Golden Fuel - Guest blog by, Minna Lee

May 14, 2018

Collagen and the Power of Golden Fuel - Guest blog by, Minna Lee

You just never know when you’ll meet someone who will rock your world in the most unexpected place. In this case, I had the true pleasure of meeting a fellow entrepreneur who just happened to have the same issue with the autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Minna had the light bulb idea to create a product that was both incredibly tasty and a great little multitasker with ingredients like turmeric and healthy fats that support my compromised immune system which is under constant stress as a result of inflammation. We instantly connected after the event for Credo Beauty in Brooklyn which...

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MAY 06, 2018

Suji's Packing Tips

May 06, 2018

Suji's Packing Tips

Packing can be stressful. Over the last six or so years I’ve really honed in on my packing routine as I travel back and forth from NYC to Seattle, and abroad.  First and foremost, I always try to pack a carry on plus one small bag – I avoid checking a bag as much as possible because I don’t want to wait for it and I’m paranoid of it getting lost. I live in a walkup, don’t have a car, and usually take public transport to the airport. I have to be able to carry it up and down stairs,...

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