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APRIL 15, 2016

My second act: Kari Gran

April 15, 2016

My second act: Kari Gran

This essay was written as part of an empowerment campaign, “Wear Yourself In,” led by eco-luxe skin care company Kari Gran. In response to the beauty industry pushing an impossible idea of flawless youth for years, the campaign encourages women to be kind to themselves, and their skin, as they reflect on beauty, aging, wisdom, and self-acceptance. Kari Gran, the namesake of the brand, was a successful real estate broker, who - when diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder - began searching for natural alternatives to the beauty products she was long obsessed with. Yearning for something simple and elegant, she turned...

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APRIL 15, 2016

FRESHEN UP ANY LIP COLOR FOR SPRING

April 15, 2016

FRESHEN UP ANY LIP COLOR FOR SPRING

Spring is the perfect for the resurgence of pastels like Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. But if you are anything like me, your style is a combo of black and neutrals with a pop of color here and there. The great thing about fashion and beauty today is that you no longer have to limit your colors by seasons. Black nails in spring? Go for it. How about a bold classic red top? Yes, please. You are no longer required to play by the rules, but let’s say you are looking to freshen up your...

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MARCH 16, 2016

THE FIVE MINUTE FACE WITH MINERAL MAKEUP

March 16, 2016

THE FIVE MINUTE FACE WITH MINERAL MAKEUP

Is it hard to use mineral makeup? Nope! It may take a little getting used to, but mineral makeup is simple and easy. Get the most out of your time with the Five Minute Face look. Starting with a well moisturized face, apply Foundation in a buffing motion all over the face. Add a bit of Eyeshadow with a light layer on your eyelids and build up color as desired. Conceal under the eye area working toward the inner corner of the eye and up under the eyebrow as well as any general spots of redness. Apply a small amount...

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MARCH 04, 2016

GET UP AND GLOW GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

March 04, 2016

GET UP AND GLOW GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

Looking for a new green smoothie to try? My go-to recipe is bright, refreshing with a little bite from fresh ginger. I love a green drink as a healthy quick snack throughout the day. For breakfast or lunch on the go, I add a half of an avocado for an extra boost. My personal favorite leafy greens are parsley because it gives the smoothie that extra brightness, but you can use any combination of kale, spinach or parsley. I use frozen pineapple so that it’s a cool drink straight out of my Vitamix, plus it makes prep much easier.  Persian cucumbers are also...

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MARCH 01, 2016

About Wear Yourself In

March 01, 2016

About Wear Yourself In

For years the beauty industry has pushed an impossible idea of flawless youth, rather than embracing the natural aging process that enables us to reflect the life we’ve lived in; to show our hard won worry lines, smile-laden feathered lips, sun-weathered cheeks, marks, moles and all the things that make each of us unique. It is time we stop telling women we need to pinched, plucked, plumped and pulled in order to look our best, and instead, encourage them to be gentle on themselves and on their skin; and to reflect and respect the wisdom and character we can impart...

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FEBRUARY 21, 2016

3 Way to Stop Negative Self-talk: The Kari Gran Team

February 21, 2016

3 Way to Stop Negative Self-talk: The Kari Gran Team

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 exercise,...

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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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