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OCTOBER 14, 2018

What's Your Number?

October 14, 2018

What's Your Number?

Foundation obviously plays a key role in any makeup routine because, well, it’s the foundation all else is layered upon. However, one of the more difficult things to do is select the right shade for your skin tone, as women are often overwhelmed by walls of 50 shades and beyond. At Kari Gran, we simplify it. Not only do we have a short list of ingredients that comprise our Mineral Foundation, but we also offer just 8 shades. Our experience shows this small curated spectrum still ensures a perfect fit for most, while not overwhelming anyone. Our foundation shades are simply...

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OCTOBER 11, 2018

Listen Up: Podcasts we're loving!

October 11, 2018

Listen Up: Podcasts we're loving!

Remember the days of 3 network TV channels?  Feels like ancient history compared to what’s available today:  hundreds of tv channels, subscription services that make binge-watching entire seasons of a show so easy, e-readers, blogs and now… podcasts.  I’ll admit, I was a little late to the podcast party - now it seems everyone and their sister has one.  Who has time to listen to them all?  Probably no one, which is why it’s handy to have guides to help navigate your way to find the ones that spark your interest. Here’s a brief list of some of our favorites: ...

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OCTOBER 09, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Sea Buckthorn

October 09, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Sea Buckthorn

Ever heard of sea buckthorn?  Sounds a bit like a spooky plant that grows deep underwater, or a dark potion out of a Harry Potter book, doesn’t it?  Well, read on, because Sea Buckthorn is having a moment. I first discovered sea buckthorn at Expo West way back in 2011, just as I was developing my formula for our Essential Serum.  Its eye-popping orange berries lured me in and when I discovered it was grown in Nordic countries, I was even more captivated (being a good Scandinavian girl and all).  I learned that Sea buckthorn is actually a spiky, hard-to-harvest...

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OCTOBER 02, 2018

FOODS FOR YOUR FACE: 5 FALL SUPERFOODS

October 02, 2018

FOODS FOR YOUR FACE: 5 FALL SUPERFOODS

Here at Kari Gran, we’ve never been shy about encouraging a holistic approach to your all natural skin care regime, as truly, products can only get you so far. What you eat and drink impacts your complexion, for better or worse. With fall upon us, I wanted to share a few in-season superfoods for your skin. If they catch your eye, eat in abundance! 1. Pumpkin – These are not just for Halloween and crafts –pumpkins are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, found in both the flesh and the seeds. Eating pumpkins can help repair sun damage and slow...

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

SKIN TYPES: THE MYTH DEBUNKED

September 24, 2018

SKIN TYPES: THE MYTH DEBUNKED

Shhhhh….I’ve got a secret. You don’t have a skin type. You have skin. Skin changes as you age, as the sun rises, as the season changes, as your hormones wax, as your hydration wanes, and because of a million other little things that affect your living, breathing, beautiful shell. Over the years you’ve been asked (or told) by magazines, makeup artists, salespeople, etc., what type of skin you have – Dry? Normal? Combination? Oily? – as they try and diagnose what products you should use to “treat” your complexion. Here’s my take: forget all about that. The problem is you’re...

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

FALL ESSENTIALS

September 17, 2018

FALL ESSENTIALS

It’s that time of year again, the wind is getting crisper, the leaves are changing color and the PSL can be found in the hands of coffee lovers everywhere. The first day of fall is fast approaching (9/22), and that means it’s time to double up on your Essential Serum. Weather and temperature changes can really do a number on your skin. Ever go from perfectly moisturized to dehydrated, flaky skin in a snap? The best remedy is simple – protect your skin and keep it moisturized. I typically suggest using one to two pumps of serum during the day...

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SEPTEMBER 07, 2018

“IF YOU’RE NOT IN THE OBIT, EAT BREAKFAST.”

September 07, 2018

“IF YOU’RE NOT IN THE OBIT, EAT BREAKFAST.”

If you consider “old age” two of the most depressing words in the English language, watch this utterly charming and funny film.  It might give you a new appreciation for life after 80, 90 and beyond.  Its premise is that there are riches to be had in your (really) later years:  more peace of mind, discovering what’s truly important to you, and more time to share with friends and family.  It’s also a great testament that trying to find that magical anti-aging product is pointless.  What’s that saying?  “Aging happens”? Carl Reiner decided to make this film when he was...

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AUGUST 28, 2018

HAVE YOUR SPF AND EAT IT, TOO

August 28, 2018

HAVE YOUR SPF AND EAT IT, TOO

You’re probably used to thinking of SPF as something you put on your skin.  Consider another kind of SPF that you put in your body:  we call them Sun Protection Foods.  There’s a whole bunch of foods that can help fight the photoaging effects of the sun, especially the UVA rays that are present all year long, even when it’s cloudy. While we would never recommend skipping your daily use of sunscreen, making room in your daily diet for these foods can be another defense against the damaging UV rays. The good news is that you’re already probably eating a...

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AUGUST 21, 2018

Fall back into your (Good) routine!

August 21, 2018

Fall back into your (Good) routine!

Summer always seems to start with the same lovely idea: more lazy time for bbq’s, beaches, ice cream, trips, maybe reading a good book in a hammock.  Then we find ourselves scrambling because we’ve jam-packed so many fun things to do that we’re simply not maintaining our usual routines.  Because it’s summer! Then along comes fall and we feel the need to get more organized again.   In a recent search for advice on this subject, this article by Maureen (Mo) Hagan, Physiotherapist/Fitness Instructor popped up on HuffPost. She offers tips on how to get back to your daily routine,...

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AUGUST 12, 2018

Zesty Lemon Blueberry Chia Pudding

August 12, 2018

Zesty Lemon Blueberry Chia Pudding

This Chia pudding by Jeannie Oliver is a great grab and go option when you need something super nutritious and filling for breakfast or a sweet low-sugar snack. You can make these ahead and keep them in the fridge for up to 4 days. This recipe sounds summery but is delicious any time of year. Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk 1/2 cup Blueberries 1/2 cup Lemon Juice 2 tsp Lemon Zest (finely minced) 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup (or honey) 2 tsp Vanilla Extract 1 cup Chia Seeds Directions: In a large bowl, combine the almond milk, lemon juice, lemon...

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