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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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APRIL 28, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: AVOCADO OIL

April 28, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: AVOCADO OIL

The ingredients I work with are, for me, kind of like a gourmet box of assorted chocolate truffles. I love each of them equally and for different reasons. Today, my love goes to organic avocado oil. First off, we’re talking about avocados here. It’s like they have a special magical pull to them like little green orbs dropped from heaven with the sole purpose to sporadically show up in salads and sandwiches and make our day. Not to mention their contributions to guacamole. Need I say more? You can imagine my delight that this delicious little fruit (technically a berry)...

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APRIL 21, 2018

Let's Talk About Plastic

April 21, 2018

Let's Talk About Plastic

Anybody remember the first Earth Day? It was April 22, 1970, and millions of Americans came together to march for environmental reforms. This event marked the beginning of our modern environmental movement, leading to the creation of the Environmental Protection Act, quickly followed by the passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act. Good work, citizens!  This year’s Earth Day’s mission: End Plastic Pollution. Earth Day Network (EDN) has outlined several goals to this campaign, including “ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning...

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APRIL 15, 2018

3 Ways to Use Cleansing Oil

April 15, 2018

3 Ways to Use Cleansing Oil

At Kari Gran Skin Care we pride ourselves on the simplicity of our skin care line. The line consists of a 4-part system (Essential Serum, Cleansing Oil, Hydrating Tonic, and Three Sixty Five SPF). You can add the Essential Balm for some extra hydration or use as an alternative for Essential Serum, but our goal is to keep things simple and easy. We want our skin care products to work hard! That means finding multiple uses for one product or combining with other products in our line - think Tinted SPF or Liquid Foundation. Our Cleansing oil is a great...

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APRIL 09, 2018

Not Your Everyday Pesto: Cilantro Macadamia Pesto

April 09, 2018

Not Your Everyday Pesto: Cilantro Macadamia Pesto

Recipe created by our resident "Skin Chef" Jeannie Oliver. Find more recipes and wellness tips at joliverwellness.com There are many foods high in certain vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll that can help rid the body of toxic metals, such as mercury or lead - namely cilantro, dark leafy greens, berries, cucumber, and asparagus. Cilantro is particularly helpful in the elimination of heavy metals and it happens to be a favorite herb of Jeannie's. When thinking of ways to get the most bang for your cilantro buck, think pesto. Pesto is a favorite sauce because of its rich flavor and versatility. Below is Jeannie Oliver's dairy-free variation on...

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APRIL 05, 2018

Documentary Review: "WASTED! The Story of Food Waste"

April 05, 2018

Documentary Review: "WASTED!  The Story of Food Waste"

"WASTED!  The Story of Food Waste" gives a fascinating, easily digestible (ha!) overview of the world’s food problems. Narrated by Anthony Bourdain (one of the executive producers), the film opens with him admitting he doesn’t like the idea of being a public advocate, but his old-school’s chef’s training taught him to “use everything, waste nothing.” What follows is a fast-paced documentary discussing the problem of food waste with world-renowned chefs and leaders, peppered with clever stop-animation graphs. There's a lot to learn in this documentary. Mainly, food waste is the single largest component of solid waste in U.S. landfills. Once...

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MARCH 21, 2018

7 STEPS TO SPRING CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BAG

March 21, 2018

7 STEPS TO SPRING CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BAG

Spring has arrived so let the cleaning begin! Whether you’re decluttering a la the KonMari method or deep cleaning, don’t neglect your makeup bag. From sitting on bathroom counters to spilled mineral makeup and grime from dirty brushes, it could really use some extra TLC. Here’s 7 easy steps to green spring clean your makeup bag: Start by emptying your makeup bag and grouping items by categories like brushes, face, eye, lips, etc. Make note of any products that are running low, missing or have doubles. Wash makeup brushes, sponges, applicators and your little white foundation spoon. The bristles on makeup...

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MARCH 05, 2018

2nd Annual Be Kind To Your Skin From Within Workshop Recap

March 05, 2018

2nd Annual Be Kind To Your Skin From Within Workshop Recap

Big thanks to Naturopathic Doctor & Ayurvedic practitioner Dr. Emily Passic and Nutritionist, Jeannie Oliver for leading our 2nd Annual Be Kind To Your Skin From Within Workshop. We covered a wide range of topics, including the following: Being kind to your skin from within by choosing skin-loving foods  The importance of the lymphatic system and skin health   Ayurvedic wisdom as it pertains to water intake An easy lymphatic facial you can do at home  Learn more about the speakers, download the handouts, and listen to our conversation.   Listen To The Whole Workshop [widgetic-audio-playlist id=5a95fc4decb2a1e5208b4569 autoscale=on width=438 height=168 resize=fill-width] Handouts & Guides:...

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