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know you, know your beauty!

Well it’s been some time since I was here to offer insights into navigating the beauty world, apologies!  I’ve been VERY busy with a number of new initiatives here at suki® & the reality of being an engaged business owner is that sometimes you just need to focus on the tasks at hand – which leaves other LOVES (like your blog) on hold for a bit.    We have a lot of exciting things happening right now & I am eager to share them with you in the upcoming months.

until then, I thought you might be interested in gleaning a closer looking into my world; if so, check out this cover story on me from Beauty Store Business Magazine. I hope you enjoy & please leave any comments you have, I’d love to hear them.

Never forget to know your beauty!

“it’s about being educated & informed, empowered & confident – in exactly who we are – embracing our ages, our histories, & all the struggles we’ve endured & overcome to become the people we are.  we’re not perfect or a fabricated façade perpetuated by people who capitalize on our insecurities; but we embrace ourselves for the individuals we truly are – accepting ourselves & defining what beauty means on our own terms.”

 - Suki Kramer, Beauty Store Business Magazine

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A Rose by Any Other Name…

 

Labor Day week makes me think about my company and how I wanted to build something truly different from other companies I’ve worked for in my life. About what I’ve indeed built and what we all here working toward.

First of all, my company is independently owned (100% by me), and we’re small team of less than 20, 99% of whom are women. It’s been built from nothing, no money, no experience even (!), just with a, “fly by the seat of our pants, can do attitude,” which has made it possible for us to not only survive in this incredibly competitive world of skincare and cosmetics, but thrive! In our suki® innovation lab®, I formulate all of our 100% pure, 100% effective products, but more importantly, our staff creates and hand-makes our key ingredient, our base that we use in ALL of our hydrous products—our high potency rose concentrate®. Continue reading

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You can do it!

It’s hard to believe it’s been over 10 years since I started suki®! I own 100% of the company, which now employs hundreds of people, 98% of whom at our headquarters are women—and that is one of the best things about being a women entrepreneur—being able to empower other women and generate jobs for our community in Northampton, Massachusetts.

This company has forced me to grow in ways that I would have never dreamed of, constantly pushing me outside of my comfort zone. I’ve definitely become a more self-assured, confident person, and the whole experience has impacted my life in a tremendously positive way. Continue reading

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The High Cost of Cheap Fashion

According to an article in the NYTimes, Americans spent roughly $340 billion on clothes and shoes last year and of course virtually all of those (99% shoes and 98% clothes), were made elsewhere. And wherever that “elsewhere” was, odds are good that the working conditions and the pay, are not exactly our version of comfy or living wage. In fact, many retailers are moving production to places like Bangladesh, where garment workers earn a minimum wage of $43 a month. Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The High Cost of Cheap Fashion, writes that the, “drastic increase in cheap, imported fashion has depleted the local garment trades—we only make 2% of our clothing here now.” Continue reading

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Acne: It’s Not Just for Teens Anymore!

Adult acne is a horror show, no doubt about it. Hey, having acne at any age really blows. I seem to remember already having been through puberty! But here we go again – from some combination of hormones, stress, diet and genetics, most likely. And, if you have adult acne, you’re not alone. 17 million US adults have it too, can you believe? Continue reading

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Neuaura Footwear Review


check out their full selection of fabulous eco-friendly footwear http://www.neuaurashoes.com/
prices ranges from $70 – $95

founded in 2007, Neuaura is an an eco-conscious, animal free footwear company that provides an assortment of footwear. they do their best to ensure the manufacturing process and materials leave minimal impact on our planet. Neuaura shoes are guaranteed to be animal free. they are made from quality and, whenever possible, sustainable materials. in addition, a portion of Neuaura’s production is made at a sustainable factory in Brazil and every year the brand donates 5% of their annual net proceeds to charities that preserve and protect the environment

Neuaura’s factory is powered by hydroelectricity which uses renewable resources. (hydroelectric power produces no direct waste and has significantly lower output level of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide.) the factory also advocates recycling and protection and preservation of endangered animals to their surrounding communities.

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The Eyes Have It!

Lately my eyes haven’t been looking so great. Why? Cause my sleep hasn’t been going so great. Our eyes are truly the windows to our, well, everything! They express what’s going on inside and all around us – and you can tell when folks have slept enough, aren’t eating or exercising right, or are even truly happy, because their eyes simply radiate our state – and no amount of concealer can cover up the damage that builds up over time from a lack of good lifestyle and skincare choices. A bit of prevention and maintenance can stave off those dark circles, puffy eyes and red eyes that indeed make us look pretty rough around the edges. Here are some solutions:

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Facing Rosacea

My theme for this week is all about the different skin conditions that can often develop as we, ahem, mature. Sometimes you’re lucky enough to sailing along through your 20s and 30s with pretty decent skin. Ok, an occasional breakout, some combination skin with a bit of oiliness or dryness—no biggie. And then, bam! What the he…! Other people might say you have a nice rosy glow, but to you, your just plain changing and not, to you, in a good way. Continue reading

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Eczema, My Arch Enemy

Eczema, the reason for my company and my formulas (so I guess I owe eczema a tip of the hat in a way…), is more than a damn nuisance, it’s a systemic disease. And even when you think you have it licked, it will pop up from time to time, causing a sore, red, itchy scaly rash that is practically impossible to get rid of. Eczema is also sometimes deemed dermatitis, a term that covers a whole bunch of inflammatory skin problems, so how do you know when or if it’s eczema? Does it really matter? I mean, the treatment is basically the same…whether it’s via dermatologist or naturally…But, until you make that appointment, here’s what you’re looking for: dry patches that are very itchy, red, dry, swollen or sore, and some types of eczema can also blister, crack or peel. And, though a derm can often tell by looking at the rash whether it’s eczema, and you may want to find out if you have allergies. Continue reading

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Going Back to School, your Hair Should Rule

Yup, still in denial. But, admitting it’s a great time to rethink my look of a hundred years (well, it FEELS that way, I’m actually changing a life pattern here and NOT cutting my bangs for the like, first time EVER) and if you haven’t noticed, that’s been my blogging theme for awhile…and today is all about hair—and it’s really amazing how changing your hairstyle can so dramatically change how you look and how you feel about yourself. Even a blowout can make you feel like the world is a better place…for a few days :) yes, I said it, leave it for a few days – there’s this amazing thing called dry shampoo that will make your blow out last and last! I love the idea of those blowout bars and wish my town was cool enough to have them! Until then, I can dream… Continue reading

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