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FEBRUARY 04, 2015

15 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

February 04, 2015

15 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

Here in Seattle, coffee is a big deal. On my way to work a couple mornings ago, I was in need of a chai tea. So I swung by a local coffee stand for a quick fix. I ordered my usual and handed over cash to pay, but the barista sweetly refused. “It’s on the car in front of you,” she said. I looked around to find the little red car that just pulled away. As they waited to merge into traffic, I smiled and waved to the mother and child who had treated me.  “Have a nice day,” the...

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JANUARY 30, 2015

ONE SIMPLE HABIT LEADS TO BETTER SLEEP

January 30, 2015

ONE SIMPLE HABIT LEADS TO BETTER SLEEP

Last fall we attended the Organic Spa media event. It was one of those soirees where companies tout their product to the press in a hotel ballroom. While we were there I couldn’t help but notice the two natural sleep aid companies and the fuss they were making about sleep. It was like they had discovered the new kale. Sleep, my old trusted friend, had transformed herself into the new fountain of youth, designed to prevent wrinkles and bags under the eyes while refreshing a person’s happiness levels in one single night. Who knew? So, what is the lowdown on...

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OCTOBER 28, 2014

FROM LISTINGS TO LIP WHIP: 5 LESSONS FROM THE REAL ESTATE WORLD WE BROUGHT TO OUR BEAUTY BIZ

October 28, 2014

FROM LISTINGS TO LIP WHIP: 5 LESSONS FROM THE REAL ESTATE WORLD WE BROUGHT TO OUR BEAUTY BIZ

Before starting Kari Gran in 2011, we both had successful careers as real estate brokers in the Seattle area. We met “in the business” and quickly fell in to a friend/mentor/comrade type deal, and have been learning and growing together ever since. And while we now spend our days turning the beauty world on its head, there are a few lessons learned back from our real estate days that still reign supreme 1. Problem Solve Creatively. In real estate, it was often hard to predict the final income with so many factors going on, and no transaction ever following a...

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OCTOBER 21, 2014

BORN FROM A GIFT: THE NECKLACE THAT STARTED IT ALL

October 21, 2014

BORN FROM A GIFT: THE NECKLACE THAT STARTED IT ALL

We’ve shared our “How the Kari Gran Business Came to Be” story before. The short version: Kari and Lisa meet in real estate, where they are both kicking butt. Kari and Lisa start getting older and reflecting on life. Recession hits. Burn out looms. The two friends go to a holiday lunch to lament and drink prosecco. Lisa gives Kari a necklace. Kari gives Lisa some fabulous all natural skin care products she’s been formulating herself at home…and the rest is history. And while we’ve talked lots and lots about Kari Gran as a company, where we’ve been, how we...

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OCTOBER 16, 2014

ACTIVE VS. INACTIVE BEAUTY INGREDIENTS – PAYING MORE FOR LESS?

October 16, 2014

ACTIVE VS. INACTIVE BEAUTY INGREDIENTS – PAYING MORE FOR LESS?

Everywhere you look, new products are constantly popping up claiming to be the next age-defying miracle (Eliminate fine lines and wrinkles! Look 10 years younger! Bid your sun spots adieu!). How can they make such claims, and how do the products even work? Well, to tell you the truth, the claims are rubbish. Yep, this is me as the founder of a skin care product line telling you not to trust a word. The truth is no one product is going to turn your skin back to 1995. Skin care takes a holistic approach – eating right, getting sleep, managing...

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

FRIENDS AS BUSINESS PARTNERS: DISASTER OR DYNAMIC DUO?

September 25, 2014

FRIENDS AS BUSINESS PARTNERS: DISASTER OR DYNAMIC DUO?

What’s it like to run a business with your best friend? We get this question all the time – and while we each have our respective BFFs – we are as close as friendships come and think of each other as a pseudo-sister. Yes, we can rattle each other’s last nerves here and there, but when it’s time to bust out those victory dances, the celebration is so much sweeter when you’ve accomplished it with a fantastic friend (and we keep lots of champagne around here for just such occasions). If you’ve ever thought about partnering up with your go-to-gal,...

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

KARI GRAN PACKAGING: A COOL DARK PLACE

September 16, 2014

KARI GRAN PACKAGING: A COOL DARK PLACE

Our skin care products are our pride and joy. However, where there is product, there must be packaging. We knew our skin care products would have to be housed in something as fabulous and environmentally conscious as the product itself. Here enters our MIRON Glass bottles; a special 100% recyclable dark violet glass that blocks the complete spectrum of visible light (aside from non-threatening color violet), which would otherwise decay the product and make it “go bad.” How do others get away without this fancy packaging? Preservatives. With preservatives, the product can sit on the shelf for eons regardless of...

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SEPTEMBER 03, 2014

HOW WE BROUGHT THE KARI GRAN BUSINESS TO LIFE

September 03, 2014

HOW WE BROUGHT THE KARI GRAN BUSINESS TO LIFE

We (Kari and Lisa) are often asked how our business came to be. Take one part real estate, two parts health scare, a heaping dose friendship, combine with a beauty landscape seriously lacking in attractive all natural products, and there you have the recipe base for our beginning! Before joining forces as business partners in the beauty industry, we developed a bond as close friends and pseudo-sisters during our nearly 20-year ride as Seattle real estate mavens. It was fast. It was furious. It was rewarding. Business boomed…and then the economy tanked. By the end of the rough patch, and...

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MAY 16, 2014

[VIDEO] BEAUTIFUL NATURAL SKIN IN THREE SIMPLE STEPS

May 16, 2014

[VIDEO] BEAUTIFUL NATURAL SKIN IN THREE SIMPLE STEPS

I’ve always said using our all natural skin care system is easy (four steps, less than five minutes), and is a relaxing ritual too. Now I have visual proof! If you haven’t tried it for yourself, first-time clients can pick up our skin care system Mini Kit (Travel Size Skin Care Set) for just $48. It includes a two-week of Cleansing Oil, Hydrating Tonic, Essential Serum and our new SPF. Bonus, the set is travel-friendly, so you’ll breeze past TSA.

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APRIL 08, 2013

NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE, THE UGLY SIDE OF THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY

April 08, 2013

NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE, THE UGLY SIDE OF THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY

Not Just a Pretty Face, The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry is a great book if you truly want to know what’s in your everyday "cosmetic counter" makeup. However, if you aren't ready to clean green your routine, I don't recommend it. Not Just a Pretty Face, The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry was a sharp awakening to what I was putting in and on my body. After I read this book every bottle in my medicine cabinet, shampoo bottle in my shower and cosmetic vile in my makeup bag made my skin crawl. When Kari says, “your skin is like a sponge” she means it. The...

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