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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 08, 2014

KARI GRAN’S WOMEN IN BUSINESS PANEL: FIVE TAKEAWAYS

September 08, 2014

KARI GRAN’S WOMEN IN BUSINESS PANEL: FIVE TAKEAWAYS

To celebrate our Kari Gran Mineral Makeup, we hosted a big party this summer led by an off-the-cuff panel discussing women’s leadership in the business world. On the hot seat were Seattle Chocolate Co. CEO Jean Thompson, Zovo Lingerie co-founder Victoria Roberts and our very own co-founders, Kari and Lisa. It was an exhilarating hour, listening to how these women got their start, what gets them out of bed every morning, what makes them cheer, what makes them cringe and how they attempt to “have it all.” Here are five great takeaways: 1. Own your dream When starting the company...

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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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AUGUST 19, 2014

FIVE SIMPLE WAYS TO KEEP SKIN FLAWLESS (NO PURCHASE NECESSARY)

August 19, 2014

FIVE SIMPLE WAYS TO KEEP SKIN FLAWLESS (NO PURCHASE NECESSARY)

We’re not afraid to admit it: skin care products will only get your skin so far. It doesn’t matter what fancy stuff you’re putting on if you’re gobbling down chocolate bars, cramming in sleep and making frequent trips to the wine cellar (don’t get us wrong, if we could do those things and still have flawless looking skin, we’d be All Over It). For skin to look its best the approach has to be holistic. Yes, feed your face quality skin care products (ahem, the Kari Gran system), but don’t forget the best things you can do come naturally and...

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JULY 18, 2014

[VIDEO] LIP WHIP LIP TRICK

July 18, 2014

[VIDEO] LIP WHIP LIP TRICK

For our Lip Whip fans out there, did you know you can do some DIY tinting on your own? It’s just a matter of adding a dash of our mineral blush to turn up the color volume a notch. Watch and learn!

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JULY 16, 2014

A FLAWLESS ‘FIVE MINUTE FACE’ WITH KARI GRAN MINERAL MAKEUP

July 16, 2014

A FLAWLESS ‘FIVE MINUTE FACE’ WITH KARI GRAN 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. You do not need longer than five minutes for a flawless face that has staying power for days. Starting with a well-moisturized face, the first step in working with mineral makeup is getting the product on your makeup brush. Either use miniature spoons/scoopers to spoon a small amount of product into the product lid or screw the product lid on closed-tight and give the container a quick shake followed but a swift tap on the lid to...

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JULY 03, 2014

WE SALUTE: RED, WHITE AND BLUE FOODS FOR GLOWING SKIN

July 03, 2014

WE SALUTE: RED, WHITE AND BLUE FOODS FOR GLOWING SKIN

OK, Pinterest. You win. We could not overlook the onslaught of red-white-and-blue-who-has-time-for-that recipes taking over our feed. Pinspired, we decided to whip up a special Kari Gran iteration of our own. Behold…Old Glory made from five summer foods that will help give you radiant, glowing skin in dawn’s early light. 1. Blueberries – we love these little guys, packed with so many things your skin will love. Among them, Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals, which can otherwise damage skin cells, and vitamin C can help strengthen blood vessels to minimize broken capillaries. 2. Coconut Water (yes, we used shredded coconut...

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JUNE 26, 2014

EVENT RECAP: AN INSPIRED SUMMER SOIREE WITH KARI GRAN

June 26, 2014

EVENT RECAP: AN INSPIRED SUMMER SOIREE WITH KARI GRAN

Last night we celebrated the launch of our mineral makeup line at our Seattle HQ. Joining forces with the fellow female-owned Jcoco, Zovo Lingerie and Regina Chang jewelry, nearly 200 guests joined us for a women’s entrepreneur business panel, followed by the big soiree. Makeup, chocolate, headshots, lingerie, jewelry…there was much to do, and the bubbles and conversations were flowing. The best part? Our Kari Gran products sold like hot cakes…all for the benefit of our favorite charity Wonder Work. Wonder Work empowers local surgeons in developing countries through free training, equipment and crucial financial support, who are then able to perform...

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JUNE 13, 2014

INTRODUCING: RADIANT LIP WHIP

June 13, 2014

INTRODUCING: RADIANT LIP WHIP

Attention Kari Gran Lip Whip lovers: please give a big hello smooch to the newest addition to our line…the limited edition Radiant Tinted Lip Whip! Taking a nod from this year’s PANTONE Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid – our new ‘Radiant’ Whip is a delicious fusion of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, giving lips a brighter, rosy hue that’s perfect both alone or paired with lipstick. Even better, to help perfect your pout, we’ve paired this whip with a sleek silver retractable lip brush for perfect application every time. But don’t take our word for it. We’re blushing...

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