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FEBRUARY 17, 2016

PRETTY JUICY: JOLENE HART’S BEAUTIFYING SMOOTHIES (FROM THE ANTHROPOLOGIE BLOG)

February 17, 2016

PRETTY JUICY: JOLENE HART’S BEAUTIFYING SMOOTHIES (FROM THE ANTHROPOLOGIE BLOG)

When Kari and I saw these beauties posted on Jolene Hart’s Instagram, we knew what was on the menu for tomorrows snack! Here’s one of our favorites: Images credits: Anthropologie Blog Sun Protective Cherry Chocolate SmoothieServes 2 This sweet smoothie is packed with top energy foods like cacao and hemp, along with a phytonutrient boost from cherries and cacao that increases the skin’s natural UV defense. 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk2 cups pitted organic sweet cherries (fresh or frozen)⅔ cup gluten-free oats2 tablespoons shelled hemp seeds2 tablespoons raw cacao powderfew drops almond extract (optional)handful ice cubes Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and process until...

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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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JANUARY 27, 2016

HOW TO USE CLEANSING OIL WITH A CLARISONIC BRUSH

January 27, 2016

HOW TO USE CLEANSING OIL WITH A CLARISONIC BRUSH

• Apply the Cleansing Oil to your dry face. • Use the Clarisonic with a dry brush head to massage in just as you would with your hands – the brush head will look really grimy. • Then remove the oil with a warm washcloth. • Lastly, wash your brush head with hot soapy water, and it will be good as new!

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JANUARY 19, 2016

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL WITH INGREDIENTS

January 19, 2016

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL WITH INGREDIENTS

First and foremost, if you put something on your skin and it irritates it, please, please discontinue use. Even the best ingredients that are organically sourced or non-GMO can be irritating to some. I like to use the strawberry analogy: Strawberries are little powerhouses of goodness but some people are terribly allergic to them and get really sick. Secondly, please look at what you put ON your body in the same way you do when you put something IN your body. Ever look at a food label while grocery shopping? It pays to read your beauty labels as well. Thankfully most of us...

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

KARI GRAN SURVEY SHOWS NEARLY 6 IN 10 WOMEN CHECK LABELS FOR HARMFUL BEAUTY INGREDIENTS

September 16, 2015

KARI GRAN SURVEY SHOWS NEARLY 6 IN 10 WOMEN CHECK LABELS FOR HARMFUL BEAUTY INGREDIENTS

Recently here at Kari Gran, we commission a third-party national survey* to better understand the demand for green beauty products among American women, as well as their shopping and spending habits when it comes to all-natural offerings. We intend for our “Green Beauty Barometer” to become an annual survey in order to monitor changing consumer behaviors over time. Anecdotally, and from our front row industry seat, we truly feel we’re on the cusp of a new era for beauty products, one in which consumers are highly conscious about what ingredients they put on their body and plan their purchases as...

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JUNE 24, 2015

SUN PROTECTION 101: HAT WEARING TIPS

June 24, 2015

SUN PROTECTION 101: HAT WEARING TIPS

As you all know this month we are promoting the idea of wearing a hat in order to protect your skin. Of course a hat does not take the place of a great skin care routine, protective sun block or sun protective glasses. You should wear your hat to keep out harmful rays both on top of your head and on your face. That said, all hats are not created equal and few are made as well as a Wallaroo. To be sure you’ll happily wear your new hat for years to come, consider the following hat wearing tips: Hats...

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JUNE 17, 2015

INFLAMMATION AND ITS EFFECT ON BEAUTY

June 17, 2015

INFLAMMATION AND ITS EFFECT ON BEAUTY

Inflammation is often overlooked when it comes to beauty and skin care, and we are not just talking about acne. Well and Good is a great resource when it comes to health, beauty and lifestyle. Here’s what they and their experts had to say about inflammation and its effect on beauty. So really, what is inflammation? When medical pros talk inflammation, they’re referring to a combo of heat, pain, redness, and swelling that can happen externally or inside the body, explains functional medicine physician Susan Blum, MD. That (not-so-fab) four crops up when the immune system gets “poked” by some kind...

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JUNE 02, 2015

JUNE IS SUN PROTECTION MONTH

June 02, 2015

JUNE IS SUN PROTECTION MONTH

This month our “a dozen little things” theme is sun protection, something that is close to my heart. In fact, I consider myself a first-hand expert on the topic. You see, I am a rare and delicate flower when it comes to sun sensitive skin. As fair as the new fallen snow the closest my skin has ever been to tan is following the itchy peeling stage of a nasty sunburn. That’s a lot to go through for a little color. Raised in the 60s and 70s before advanced research into skin cancer my parents instinctively knew that a t-shirt...

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MAY 20, 2015

MAKEUP BRUSH CLEANING 101

May 20, 2015

MAKEUP BRUSH CLEANING 101

Today’s quick video, Makeup Brush Cleaning 101, shows you how to easily clean your brushes. How often should you clean your brushes? A few times a month should do the trick. However, if you are experiencing breakouts, be sure to clean them daily to be sure you are not spreading unwanted bacteria around. We like Seventh Generation’s Lavender dish soap although any mild soap that’s good for the environment is good for your brushes. Speaking of brushes, we found EcoTools years ago and still love them. They’re cruelty-free with recycled aluminum ferrules and bamboo handles. Plus, they are easy to...

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MAY 18, 2015

GREEN GARDENING: DIY WEED KILLER

May 18, 2015

GREEN GARDENING: DIY WEED KILLER

In this month of spring cleaning I have been thinking about the products I use to clean and garden with. Forget about reading ingredients, it’s seriously all greek to me.  On that note I have discovered a few natural remedies for gardening that I would like to pass along. First off,  I am fair weather gardener. Every year, when the rains stop and clouds clear, I head out to the yard to see what’s what. The weeds never fail to exasperate me as they have their way with our garden and pavers. Stubborn, deep and plentiful, pulling them out one by...

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