the truth serum

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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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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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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APRIL 15, 2018

3 Ways to Use Cleansing Oil

April 15, 2018

3 Ways to Use Cleansing Oil

The Kari Gran edited essentials are created with a “less is more” approach that not only saves time, it also protects the skin from enduring too much. Each product in our customizable collection is as effective and multi-functional as it is luxurious.  Our Essential Cleansing Oil is a great example of how one product can be used in multiple ways.  Use as a shaving oil: You just need a small amount and the best part, it’s one less product cluttering your sink or shower. Just apply dry, shave and rinse. That’s it! It’ll leave you with soft skin, and there’s...

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APRIL 10, 2018

“The Woman I Wanted to Be”: by Diane von Furstenberg

April 10, 2018

“The Woman I Wanted to Be”:  by Diane von Furstenberg

In her irresistible memoir “The Woman I Wanted To Be”, Diane von Furstenberg recounts the story of her remarkable life. This what I knew about DVF (as her friends call her) before reading:  she married a European prince at a young age, created the famous “Wrap Dress” that became a fashion icon, and lived a glamorous life as part of the jet set, frequently seen at Studio 54.  She epitomized the 70’s.  What I learned from reading her book is that she is a woman of great strength,  empathy, and vision. Independence, freedom, and self-reliance were touchstones for Diane's life...

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APRIL 05, 2018

Documentary Review: "WASTED! The Story of Food Waste"

April 05, 2018

Documentary Review: "WASTED!  The Story of Food Waste"

"WASTED!  The Story of Food Waste" gives a fascinating, easily digestible (ha!) overview of the world’s food problems. Narrated by Anthony Bourdain (one of the executive producers), the film opens with him admitting he doesn’t like the idea of being a public advocate, but his old-school’s chef’s training taught him to “use everything, waste nothing.” What follows is a fast-paced documentary discussing the problem of food waste with world-renowned chefs and leaders, peppered with clever stop-animation graphs. There's a lot to learn in this documentary. Mainly, food waste is the single largest component of solid waste in U.S. landfills. Once...

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MARCH 21, 2018

7 Steps To Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

March 21, 2018

7 Steps To Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

Spring has arrived so let the cleaning begin! Whether you’re decluttering a la the KonMari method or deep cleaning, don’t neglect your makeup bag. From sitting on bathroom counters to spilled mineral makeup and grime from dirty brushes, it could really use some extra TLC. Here’s 7 easy steps to green spring clean your makeup bag: Start by emptying your makeup bag and grouping items by categories like brushes, face, eye, lips, etc. Make note of any products that are running low, missing or have doubles. Wash makeup brushes, sponges, applicators and your little white foundation spoon. The bristles on makeup...

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MARCH 07, 2018

March 8th is International Women's Day

March 07, 2018

March 8th is International Women's Day

“I’ve been female for a long time now, I’d be stupid not to take my own side.”  Maya Angelou If there’s a woman in your life you’ve admired, been mentored by or been inspired by, Thursday, March 8th would be a great day to celebrate by acknowledging her with a big, fat, heartfelt Thank You. March 8th is International Women’s Day, when many IWD events will be held globally, celebrating contributions of women and goals for the future. This year’s theme, #PressforProgress, is a call to action to make progress in gender parity.  It’s a day to reaffirm we cannot be complacent about women’s rights...

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FEBRUARY 25, 2018

"Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back From Living a Better Life" - Gabrielle Bernstein

February 25, 2018

"Judgment Detox:  Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back From Living a Better Life" - Gabrielle Bernstein

How would it feel to let go of judgment in your life? In her book, “Judgement Detox”, Gabrielle Bernstein explores this question. She defines judgment as separation from love and believes it’s the number one reason we feel blocked, sad and alone. Her theory is simple: judgment is our defense against fear, feeling unsafe, vulnerable or inadequate. Naturally, all of us judge, frequently, every day. In this book, she outlines a series of six steps and practices to help you detach from judgment and return to your natural "sense of oneness, peace and inner harmony.” (After the divisive, turbulent events...

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