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not easy to find skin care products that agree with your skin and your senses. It’s even more
difficult to find reasonably priced natural skin care that will accomplish the
latter. After testing some of the 100% Pure brand skin care products, I was
it was obvious that care was taken to provide the user with plenty of
information on the products on the company website, and that it was more than
just a business. I wanted to know who was behind the brand with the subtle
natural scents and pretty packaging, whose message resonated with a passion.
Susie Wang, the
founder of 100% Pure, took the time
to answer my questions.
is why she launched her own skin care line in 2005, based on natural products:
LCL- When, how and why did you
found 100% Pure?
SW- During college I invented a
way to stabilize natural ingredients from oxidizing in skincare products so I
patented the process. Some of the world's largest cosmetic companies
asked me to formulate and develop products for them. This was my dream
job, so I put school on hiatus and began working on formulas and product
development for some of the world’s largest cosmetic companies. It was
during this time when I learned of the dangers of some chemicals in
cosmetics. One day in the lab, I accidentally spilled a chemical onto the
lab table and it literally warped the hard plastic lab counter. I later
discovered a lot of the chemicals are toxic and cancer causing. That's
when I decided to launch a healthy, pure, nourishing line that's much better
for women than the harsh chemical alternatives.
LCL- What have been your
greatest challenges and how have you overcome them?
SW- The biggest challenge has
been hiring the right people. In the beginning, I didn't know how to hire
well and I have had some really strange employees. I have since
implemented background checks on everyone and have made it mandatory for my fiancé,
who is also my business partner, to have to approve as well.
LCL- What are the biggest
rewards that 100% Pure has given you?
SW- Being honest to women – helping
them not pollute their skin, their blood stream and instead, nourishing them. And
that we have the resources to help animals.
LCL- What is in your bucket
SW- One day, I’d like to launch
an animal sanctuary to help animals that nobody wants, where they can live and
have a good life. I would also love to see more of the world. I've
been to many places in Asia and Europe but I'd love to see Africa, the Amazon,
India, Australia and South America.
LCL- What would you say to
others who would like to realize their own dream?
SW- I would highly encourage it!
There is nothing more rewarding than to do what you love. It's worse to
live your whole life and not even try to achieve your dream. It's
better to at least try.
My 100%Pure picks:
sampled a few of 100% Pure products
for a while now and here are my personal favorites:
Brightening Collection – Great for reviving dull skin. The foaming cleanser is soft and
energizing, the scrub+mask is an instant pick-me-up and the night balm is
nourishing and calming. Tip: warm the night balm by rubbing your fingers
together and then apply. It has a thick consistency and needs to be used
sparingly. I am in love with this line.
Cucumber Eye Cream Gel – I love the scent, the consistency and that it has twice as much
in the bottle as your regular eye cream. It brightens the eye area but is
Orange Body Butter – Another top pick. The scent is energizing without being
overpowering. The consistency is thick and also needs to be warmed with your
hands before applying. It feels nourishing and gives skin a healthy glow.
Pigmented Luminescent Powder – Somewhere between a bronzer and a blush it gives just
enough luminescence to brighten your complexion without looking overdone. Love
Fruit Pigmented Lip
Creamsticks – Chubby lip pencils that double up as liners. Velvety feeling,
soft tone and feel moisturizing. Convenient and time-saving.
The essay describes the dusty yet rich subculture of Harlistas making
do with every-day materials to build their bike parts to fix and customize
vintage Harleys. The pictures in black and white describe the world of a unique
subculture that Cuba and vintage Harley-Davidson fans will enjoy.
The photographs were exhibited in the Southeast Museum of Photography
at Daytona Beach under the title of ¡Harlista!
Motorcycle Culture in Cuba Today.
Phillippe Diederich spent fifteen years working as a photojournalist,
covering news and events in the U.S. and Latin America for national and
international publications such as The
New York Times, Time Magazine and
His essays, short stories and journalism have been published in The Miami New Times, Cigar Aficionado and The Houston Literary Review. He now
teaches photography at Ringling College of Art and Design and is working
towards an MFA in writing, while writing fiction.
In a no-frills down to earth tone, these real-life moms tell
how they started posting to an audience of one: their own mother or mother in
law, and gradually built their respective audiences until they started getting
swag – free products for review, trips and other incentives – and, eventually,
They never promise that mom bloggers can monetize their
blogs overnight and become success stories like themselves, and they do state
that they made 0 dollars in their first years of posting daily – sometimes
several times a day!
Some of their tips:
-Blog about your passion
-Find your tribe, aka make friends with other
-Remember the kids, aka don´t get swallowed by
the black hole that is the Internet
This book is not only for mom bloggers, but also for any
woman who would like to start a blog and monetize it but has no idea how to go about it.
When we look at photos in magazines we may feel that we
don´t measure up to the glamorous celebs. Then, of course there are the tabloid
pictures in which they criticize the same celebs for having under-eye circles,
blotchy skin or wrinkles, when photographed without makeup.
A little makeup goes a long way in making any woman look
perkier and, to prove this, I´m including pictures of my eyes before and after
makeup (right after a run and a shower). They are both taken with the same
bathroom light, and are not retouched or enhanced in any way.
Time taken to apply makeup: 10 minutes (I did my whole face
but I wanted to see the difference in the eyes, the mirror to the soul!). The
second picture is taken just a few minutes after the first.
Almost all the products I´m wearing are by It Cosmetics, which I received
samples of to test. I only used here those that have given me the best results in the
last few days.
Under the eyes: Bye
Bye Under Eye Concealer in Neutral
Medium (it´s waterproof and must be used veeeeery sparingly).
On eyelids: Bye Bye
Lid Lines as a primer and Brow Power
Lift as an illuminator (that did away with the redness).
On complexion, Clinique
Workout Makeup in Bisque and over
it all, Bye Bye Pores, to set the
concealer and foundation (I loved this translucent powder).
I used the It Cosmetics neutral eye shadow
palette also as eyeliner.
The mascara is an all time classic: Maybelline Great Lash in brown/black.
I do invest ten to fifteen minutes a day in applying makeup,
because looking better makes me feel better and that, is priceless.