Why We’re Taking 2 Weeks Off…

December 1, 2015 by Kristin Adams | 0 Reply
natural beauty and happiness

Even though we are a makeup company, there are three subjects more important to us than makeup....  

Happiness, health, and sustainability take the (gluten-free) cake at Afterglow...

because we know that there is no amount of makeup that can make you calm and glowing the way taking time to truly relax and reconnect with yourself does.

We talk lot about sustainability and the importance of selecting sustainable, organic ingredients and designing our business to reduce waste and run efficiently. Since I started Afterglow in 2004, I’ve witnessed the exciting business trend towards using sustainable ingredients and business practices to better the planet and reduce waste.

But there’s a serious disconnect…

We humans are left out of the sustainability conversation in American business.

America has been dubbed by many as the “no vacation nation”. In fact, according to The Center for Economic and Policy Research, American’s take less vacation time than a.....
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Kristin’s Saturday 7

November 28, 2015 by Kristin Adams | 0 Reply
Hey Beautiful!

Here's my list of little treasures I have uncovered recently that are making me happy, healthy, and more beautiful inside and out this week. Enjoy!

1.  This week’s adventure I’m cherishing - I wandered through the Blue Ridge Parkway forest outside Asheville, NC foraging for edible mushrooms with my friends and a guide from ‘No Taste Like Home’.  Post-forage, we took our mushroom haul to a local Asheville restaurant and they made us the most delicious plates with the mushrooms we picked! What a unique (and tasty) way to experience nature and good company!

2.  Recent purchase I’m lovingTherasage Far Infrared Heating Pad - It delivers a really deep, comforting heat that relaxes my post-workout sore muscles. I lay on it for 15-20 minutes while I read before bed and wake up much less sore. I can’t wait to use this during the winter!

3. Quote I’m integrating - “Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.....
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Kristin’s Saturday 7

November 21, 2015 by Kristin Adams | 0 Reply
Hey Beautiful!

Here is my short list of little treasures I have uncovered recently that are making me happy, healthy, and more beautiful inside and out this week. Enjoy!

1.  This week’s adventure I’m cherishing -  Friday night Kirtan with friends - Kirtan is meditative, call and response singing that comes from the yogic tradition. I get so much joy out of singing with an open heart, in a group... and not giving a flip what I sound like! Singing out loud for an extended period of time is scientifically proven to increase happiness and reduce anxiety.  Here’s the science about how singing changes your brain.

2.  Recent purchase I’m loving -  My 10-Day Celebrity Transformation Cleanse - I loved this cleanse so much that I am going to host an Afterglow Group Cleanse once a quarter. The first group cleanse starts October 1st! Purium is delicious, organic, vegan, non-soy, non-gmo and has gluten-free options. If you want to get started now, use my coupon code KADAM.....
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Kristin’s Saturday 7

November 17, 2015 by Kristin Adams | 0 Reply

Hey Beautiful!

Here is my short list of little treasures I have uncovered recently that are making me happy, healthy, and more beautiful inside and out this week. Enjoy!

1.  Music I’m relaxing toRight now, I am really getting into a set of acoustic, meditative tracks called Sacred Acoustics created by neurosurgeon and author, Eben Alexander MD along with Karen Newell. I’m listening to one track before bed every night and it’s glorious! Get your free download here or purchase the CDs here.

2.  Book I’m enjoyingLove Yourself to Health with Gusto!  - Beauty and brains... this ABC Guide will show you how to shed all that is not serving your mind, body and soul. Author, Jeanine Finelli touches on toxic relationships, toxic food, and toxic thoughts. This book is one of those that you will revisit again and again for reminders to ground, re-center and love yourself, especially when times get tough. It would also make a great gift for a friend, mother or siste.....
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Gluten-Free and Gorgeous

September 10, 2015 by Kristin Adams | 0 Reply
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We strongly believe that every woman, including those who live gluten-free, should be able to wear makeup safely. That's why all of our products are certified gluten-free. We want all women to be their most healthy, gorgeous selves every day.

Why would cosmetics contain gluten?  While gluten is a main ingredient in breads and other foods, it's also commonly used in cosmetics to bind cosmetic ingredients and as an emollient to hydrate and soften skin. In fact, wheat is the most common source for the ubiquitous cosmetic ingredient, Tocopherol, also known as Vitamin E.  You would never know that your Vitamin E fortified cosmetic contained gluten because there is no requirement in the U.S. to disclose the source of cosmetic ingredients directly on the ingredient label. At Afterglow, we use only natural and safe binders and emollients derived from non-wheat sources.

Why does makeup have to be gluten-free? There is a growing population in the U.S. that reacts to eating gluten and.....

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5 Skincare Tips to Keep Your Skin Healthy and Radiant

August 20, 2015 by Kristin Adams | 0 Reply

As your body’s largest organ, skin protects your body from the environment, helps to regulate body temperature, and acts as a filter. Your skin also makes you unique and beautiful. Proper skin care is essential for keeping your skin healthy and vibrant.

Health and beauty experts agree that there are five main types of skin – normal, dry, oily, a combination, and sensitive. Each type of skin requires special care. These five skincare tips optimize the beauty and function of your skin.

  1. Always remove makeup before going to bed, period. Even if you don’t have a specific reaction to sleeping in your makeup. Recent studies1 show that sleeping in your makeup for as little as one month can age the appearance of your skin up to TEN YEARS!  This rule is especially important to follow religiously if you have sensitive skin, as makeup can also irritate your skin. Use organic olive oil or coconut oil dabbed onto a cotton ball to remove stubborn eye and lip color before .....

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Redefining Standards of Beauty

August 11, 2015 by Kristin Adams | 1 Reply

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What makes a woman beautiful? Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old aspiring model from Brisbane, Australia, thinks beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and she's aspiring to redefine the world's beauty standards.

Maddy has Down syndrome, and she's struggled with her weight for years. She has been getting healthy and dreamt of becoming a model, giving her the platform to challenge and change the way the world defines beauty. She's been swimming, dancing and cheerleading to lose 40 pounds, gain energy and build her confidence. Despite doctors telling her mom that she would never achieve anything, Maddy is showing the world that a person with Down syndrome can be sexy, beautiful and celebrated as she redefines the beauty standard. Fitness wear brands Manifesta and everMaya agree and just signed Madeline to modeling contracts.

Maddy wrote on her Facebook wall, “I hope that I can ... change the world’s views on beauty and.....

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3 Powerful Reasons to Switch to Natural Cosmetics

July 29, 2015 by Kristin Adams | 0 Reply
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You exercise to tone your body and strengthen your lungs. You eat right to protect your organs and immune system. What are you doing to take care of your largest organ, your skin? At Afterglow Cosmetics, we believe that how you care for, treat and adorn your skin has a profound influence on your health and happiness.

You absorb a tremendous amount of what you put on your body. Once absorbed through your skin, many commonly used cosmetic ingredients accumulate in your tissues and organs. This is one of the reasons why we formulate with only the highest quality, natural, certified organic ingredients, giving you the option to reduce your exposure to thousands of common toxic cosmetic ingredients found in traditional cosmetics.

Consider making the switch to natural cosmetics for three powerful reasons:

Protect Your Body

Highly porous skin absorbs everything we put onto it, including traditional chemical-laden makeup. Science has proven absorption as common cosmetic in.....

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The ‘Naked’ Truth about Organic Makeup

July 29, 2015 by Kristin Adams | 0 Reply
truth about organic makeup

The word “organic” is simultaneously the most buzzy and confusing cosmetic label of the last ten years for women. In the United States, as it relates to cosmetics, the word “organic” is defined in a few ways, taken advantage of by many and regulated by none. At its most high-level definition, Merriam-Webster defines the word “organic” as “related to, or obtained from living things” and “...containing carbon compounds”.

Technically, we can all call ourselves “organic” because, by this definition, we are all living and carbon-based, as is every cosmetic sold. Does that mean that all cosmetics are organic in the sense of using a certain quantity of certified organic ingredients and sustainable practices? No. However, many cosmetic companies jumping on the “organic” and “natural” bandwagon make natural, and even organic claims, with no basis in a certification standard.

Who regulates organic cosmetic claims? When most people look for organic i.....

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