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JULY 05, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Cinnamon

July 05, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a scent and flavor I’ve always loved. Although it has a prominence as the holidays approach, I cook with it all year round. In fact, it goes into my French press with coffee every morning. Clearly, I cannot get enough of it.Let’s go back to the way-back-machine when Lip Venom came on the scene. It was a cinnamon-spiked lip gloss meant to plump up the lips and it was all the rage. It also made my lips sting like crazy and yes, they did plump up a bit simply out of irritation. Despite my love for cinnamon, the...

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JULY 03, 2018

“Hate harms the soul.”

July 03, 2018

“Hate harms the soul.”

Such a powerful message, isn’t it?     (If you want to know where this photo was taken, check out the end of this post.) We’re living in a time of divisiveness, unrest, and turmoil.  Recent events have left many of us stunned, heartbroken and angry.  Things can seem hopeless.  But there are so many ways right now, today, that you can be an instrument for change.  “The future depends on what you do today.” Mahatma Gandhi We need more community and less exclusion.  This Independence Day is an excellent time to remember that our nation has always been one of...

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JUNE 27, 2018

We've Got Drinks Covered: Blueberry Ginger Lime Spritzer

June 27, 2018

We've Got Drinks Covered: Blueberry Ginger Lime Spritzer

Recipe created by our resident "Skin Chef" Jeannie Oliver. Find more recipes and wellness tips at joliverwellness.com Muddle up this delicious "mocktail" for a refreshing summer treat. For those 21 and over you can add a shot of vodka, gin or tequila. Or, make it Red, White & Blue for the 4th of July by adding strawberries or raspberries.  Ingredients: 1/2 cup Organic Blueberries (fresh or frozen) 1 Organic Lime (sliced into rounds) 1 Tbsp Ginger (peeled and sliced) 6 Ice Cubes 3 cups Sparkling Mineral Water Directions: Muddle the berries, limes, and ginger in a bowl or jar and divide the mixture...

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JUNE 15, 2018

Kari Gran Lip Whips Get Rosy New Look

June 15, 2018

Kari Gran Lip Whips Get Rosy New Look

Hello Rosie Gold, nice to meet you! Today we're unveiling new branding, packaging, and even a new shade for our popular lip product line, now known as Lip Whip by Kari Gran. “It’s the exact same formula and the same amount of Lip Whip we’ve always sold, but now with a new look and more convenient packaging, we were hearing from fans who own four, five, six different Lip Whips and have them in different places – desk, nightstand, purse, anywhere within reach – and they wanted to easily see which color they were grabbing. We also added new packaging...

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MAY 22, 2018

"Lazy Perfection": Makeup and You.

May 22, 2018

"Lazy Perfection":  Makeup and You.

The Art of Looking Great Without Really Trying As someone who spent a crazy amount of time in the bathroom during her early teens trying to apply my Maybelline mascara to every single lash, layering and layering, like I was about to hit the red carpet instead of the halls of junior high, this book intrigued me.  I’ll admit, I was hooked by the “Lazy” part of the title – who doesn’t want to look good with as little fuss as possible? Jenny Patinkin, the author, is a professional makeup artist who says her book isn’t actually about being lazy,...

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MAY 14, 2018

Collagen and the Power of Golden Fuel - Guest blog by, Minna Lee

May 14, 2018

Collagen and the Power of Golden Fuel - Guest blog by, Minna Lee

You just never know when you’ll meet someone who will rock your world in the most unexpected place. In this case, I had the true pleasure of meeting a fellow entrepreneur who just happened to have the same issue with the autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Minna had the light bulb idea to create a product that was both incredibly tasty and a great little multitasker with ingredients like turmeric and healthy fats that support my compromised immune system which is under constant stress as a result of inflammation. We instantly connected after the event for Credo Beauty in Brooklyn which...

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MAY 06, 2018

Suji's Packing Tips

May 06, 2018

Suji's Packing Tips

Packing can be stressful. Over the last six or so years I’ve really honed in on my packing routine as I travel back and forth from NYC to Seattle, and abroad.  First and foremost, I always try to pack a carry on plus one small bag – I avoid checking a bag as much as possible because I don’t want to wait for it and I’m paranoid of it getting lost. I live in a walkup, don’t have a car, and usually take public transport to the airport. I have to be able to carry it up and down stairs,...

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MAY 04, 2018

“Jane”: Pioneer Chimp Expert, Mother.

May 04, 2018

“Jane”:  Pioneer Chimp Expert, Mother.

Jane Goodall and chimpanzees: the story is so well known – what could possibly be fresh about this new documentary called “Jane”?  How about over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage of Jane living in the wild in Gombe in the early 60’s?  The footage, discovered in 2014, was shot by Hugo van Lawik, a renowned wildlife photographer. What I found surprising about this film is its intimate look into mothers and their relationships to their children, both chimp, and human, making it a timely treat to watch for Mother’s Day. The story begins when Dr. Louis Leakey, a Kenyan anthropologist,...

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APRIL 28, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: AVOCADO OIL

April 28, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: AVOCADO OIL

The ingredients I work with are, for me, kind of like a gourmet box of assorted chocolate truffles. I love each of them equally and for different reasons. Today, my love goes to organic avocado oil. First off, we’re talking about avocados here. It’s like they have a special magical pull to them like little green orbs dropped from heaven with the sole purpose to sporadically show up in salads and sandwiches and make our day. Not to mention their contributions to guacamole. Need I say more? You can imagine my delight that this delicious little fruit (technically a berry)...

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APRIL 21, 2018

Let's Talk About Plastic

April 21, 2018

Let's Talk About Plastic

Anybody remember the first Earth Day? It was April 22, 1970, and millions of Americans came together to march for environmental reforms. This event marked the beginning of our modern environmental movement, leading to the creation of the Environmental Protection Act, quickly followed by the passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act. Good work, citizens!  This year’s Earth Day’s mission: End Plastic Pollution. Earth Day Network (EDN) has outlined several goals to this campaign, including “ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning...

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