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JULY 26, 2019

Gua Sha: Jade vs Rose Quartz

July 26, 2019

Gua Sha: Jade vs Rose Quartz

I don’t mind being the first to admit I’m coming to the Gua Sha party pretty late.  (better late than never!) Given how well they work with our Hydrating Duo, I’m still a little shocked it took so long for me to even give it a try. For anybody who doesn’t yet know what Gua Sha is, it’s a natural facial massage technique, where you use a special tool to gently scrape your skin to improve your circulation and flow of oxygen. These two little tools appeared to be the least intimidating of the Gua Sha bunch to me.  I...

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JUNE 21, 2019

Ingredient Spotlight: AVOCADO OIL

June 21, 2019

Ingredient Spotlight: AVOCADO OIL

There are so many amazing ingredients I get the opportunity to work with. I have a little crush on 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. Also, anything I can eat or put on my skin wins the multitasking prize. You can imagine my delight that this delicious little fruit (technically a berry) is also one of my most important ingredients when it comes to skin care benefits.  I don’t just stop at topical...

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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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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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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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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

The Kari Gran edited essentials are created with a “less is more” approach that not only saves time, it also protects the skin from enduring too much. Each product in our customizable collection is as effective and multi-functional as it is luxurious.  Our Essential Cleansing Oil is a great example of how one product can be used in multiple ways.  Use as a shaving oil: You just need a small amount and the best part, it’s one less product cluttering your sink or shower. Just apply dry, shave and rinse. That’s it! It’ll leave you with soft skin, and there’s...

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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 06, 2017

LIP SCRUB RITUAL

March 06, 2017

LIP SCRUB RITUAL

Who doesn’t love a bold lip? The trick to pulling off a bright color is in the application. As any lipstick lover will tell you, smooth hydrated lips are a must for even and precise lip color. While I’m particularly fond of Suji Red, I was over the moon when we decided to add Lip Scrub to the Kari Gran line. For exfoliation, Kari uses organic sugar paired with Chamomile powder that gives Lip Scrub a speckled color. The soothing balance of the two exfoliators is kinder and less abrasive than a typical sugar scrub. Our Lip Scrub is a great...

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FEBRUARY 03, 2016

3 WAYS TO STOP NEGATIVE SELF-TALK

February 03, 2016

3 WAYS TO STOP NEGATIVE SELF-TALK

One thing that has been ringing through my ears during this 21 day transformation is “Garbage in, garbage out.” Obviously if you are taking in nutritionally poor food, you will be wearing that garbage out in the future in the form of excess weight, acne, etc. But, what about the garbage and negative self-talk that you are polluting your thoughts with? The negative, self-depreciating thoughts are the “garbage in” part of the equation. The “garbage out” part is the way that your body responds to these negative thoughts like the craving of sugary comfort, or the lack of motivation to...

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