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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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MAY 13, 2015

THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP BY MARIE KONDO

May 13, 2015

THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP BY MARIE KONDO

For the record, I didn’t find this book it found me. Over the past month I have read several reviews of this book in magazines, newspapers and blogs. But it was when I overheard two women quoting the book over lunch I figured I needed to see what the fuss was all about. Marie Kondo, the author, is a professional “tidying” coach based in Japan. Her mission is to help clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration. Her book is small and simple and can be read in bite size morsels or in one sitting. It...

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MAY 01, 2015

CLEAN

May 01, 2015

CLEAN

The birds are singing, the clouds are clearing and it’s that time of year again – Spring. I welcome May as it is my month to focus on preparing my home for the warm summer months ahead. As a part of our Dozen Little Things series, we have chosen clean as our challenge for the month. For those of you who are just joining us, the women at the Kari Gran HQ are committing to one small, incremental change for each month that can easily be implemented – a Dozen Little Things. Our goal is to focus on things that...

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APRIL 29, 2015

DETOX Q&A WITH DR. CHRISTINE SCHAFFNER

April 29, 2015

DETOX Q&A WITH DR. CHRISTINE SCHAFFNER

If you haven’t heard, we are throwing a party tomorrow with a panel of experts who will be talking about beauty, wellness and nutrition. Our friend and expert on all things detox, Dr. Christine Schaffner will be explaining the importance of your routes to out as well as how you can rock the detox. To get you started, we have a quick Q&A to demystify detox. KG: Tell us a little about your background, what you do and how you use both conventional and naturopathic medicine in your practice. DR: I believe it’s vital to establish a strong health foundation...

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APRIL 20, 2015

DR. SCHAFFNER’S ESSENTIAL MEDCAST: KARI GRAN

April 20, 2015

DR. SCHAFFNER’S ESSENTIAL MEDCAST: KARI GRAN

Keeping in the theme of detox and overall wellness, we would like to share Dr. Christine Schaffner’s podcasts, Essential Medcast. It’s a great resource to learn from not only Dr. Schaffner but her network as well. In March, Dr. Schaffner and I chatted about green beauty and skin care. We discussed the links between diet and your skin. Something that I think people often forget is that skin care starts with what you put in your body not on your body. In other words hydration and a healthy diet are as crucial to your routine as your cleanser and moisturizer....

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APRIL 08, 2015

ROCK THE DETOX

April 08, 2015

ROCK THE DETOX

As you know by now we are in our fourth month of the Dozen Little Things challenge. For those of you who are just jumping on board this is our way of committing to twelve small, incremental changes throughout the year (one per month) that we can implement easily. The point is to focus on things that will over time, translate into twelve new healthy habits. Join us, it’s never too late to start. We are giving spring-cleaning a new meaning for April. Our theme this month is to Detox. Many people cringe when they hear the word, anticipating deprivation...

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MARCH 30, 2015

ONE EYESHADOW, NUMEROUS SHADES

March 30, 2015

ONE EYESHADOW, NUMEROUS SHADES

We are often asked if we will be adding any more eyeshadow colors to the line. Good news, bad news… the short answer is no. The longer winded response is that you can actually make multiple shades from this one little pot of shadow we sell; it’s all in the amount of product and the type of brush you use. Plus, you won’t have tons of eye shadow stored in your cabinet. In this quick video, we’ll show you a few of the tricks we have up our sleeve. Mineral makeup is versatile and buildable as we’ll demonstrate in just...

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MARCH 04, 2015

CUSTOMIZABLE LIQUID FOUNDATION

March 04, 2015

CUSTOMIZABLE LIQUID FOUNDATION

Some days, I like the look and feel of mineral powder foundation and on other days I prefer a tinted moisturizer. When my skin feels like it needs extra hydration, liquid foundation does the trick. It’s not that I cannot make up my mind, it’s just that my skin is always changing depending on weather, hormones or something I have eaten or imbibed. And that’s where the Kari Gran multitasking Mineral Foundation powder makes sense. Rather than stuffing my makeup bag with products, I customize my foundation based on my skin’s specific needs. Liquid Foundation 101 Whether you know your...

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