Posts Written On August 2020

New Indie Beauty Brand, Shared Planet, Announces their Newest Product Launch and the Unique Way they’re Giving Back

Shared Planet™, the vegan beauty brand known for creating color cosmetic product collections inspired by at-risk animals, announced the launch of their newest product, a highlighting face palette inspired by the majestic Sea Turtle which is dedicated to its conservation and well-being.

This is the 3rd animal-inspired beauty collection for the young indie brand who launched in October 2019, solely to bring awareness to animals on the ‘to be extinct’ list. Starting with their first two collections, Tiger and Polar Bear, the initial assortment included eye shadow palettes and lip glosses inspired by the colors of the two animals and their natural habitat. The brand donates 10% of sales to its animal and habitat-related charity partners.

Sea Turtles play a vital role in preserving a healthy marine ecosystem. As Sea Turtle populations decline, so does their ability to perform this critical function. Shared Planet’s collection of shimmering, pearlescent highlighters is inspired by the colors of the Sea Turtle and was created to shed light on the plight of this animal.


The Shared Planet™ Sea Turtle Highlighting Palette contains 5 warm golden shades designed to complement all skin tones. Each metallic hue imparts a sheer wash of color that melts into skin, layering together to create a natural, lit from within, radiance. Dust over cheeks, brow bone, cupid’s bow, bridge of nose or any high point on the face or body for a multidimensional glow.

I used this palette for both eye shadows and highlights, I absolutely love it so much! All the colors can be perfect combined, also the individual color is beautiful too. It totally recommend me of the deep ocean’s shining and mysterious lights. Why not to bring that beautiful ocean feeling on your makeup? I’m in.

All Shared Planet is committed to keeping its use of plastics to an absolute minimum.  The brand ethos is to be as thoughtful as possible with regard to anything they put out into the environment, including the packaging they crate. For that reason, Shared Planet palettes are made of paperboard and hand wrapped in foil paper.

“Ninety-nine percent of all species that have ever lived have gone extinct over the course of five mass extinctions, which, in the past, were largely a result of natural causes such as volcano eruptions and asteroid impacts,” said Aashna Sharma, Founder of Shared Planet™.  “Today, the rate of extinction is occurring 1,000 to 10,000 times faster because of human activity. The main modern causes of extinction are the loss of habitat due to deforestation and climate change.”

She continued, “There are also other threats to species such as the pervasive plastic pollution in the ocean.  A recent study found that 100 percent of sea turtles had plastic or microplastic in their systems.”

The Sea Turtle Highlighting Palette has been launched exclusively on in early-August, 2020, just in time for the summer season. The palette’s retail price for $48.00 and as always, 10% of all sales will be donated to animal and habitat-related charities, including its newest charity partner, The Sea Turtle Conservancy.

All Shared Planet™ products are:
– Cruelty-Free/Leaping Bunny Certified
– Vegan
– Child-Labor Free
– Ethically-Sourced
– Paraben-Free
– Gluten & GMO-Free

For more information on Shared Planet™, visit

About Shared Planet™

Shared Planet™ ( is the first color cosmetics brand to put the pursuit of social and environmental change before all else.  The brand, and its products, bring visibility to endangered animals and donates 10% of proceeds to animal-related charities across the world.  Shared Planet™ has built its foundation on maintaining a vegan and cruelty-free status, and we partner with social media influencers, who are equally passionate about animals, who use their platforms to help spread awareness.


COVID-19 Impetus for New D2C Biotech-Based Skincare Solution That Rivals Injectables

Traditional practices unite with modern technology to unlock the mystery of seemingly ageless skin.

Dermafirm’s mission is not only to educate, but to empower today’s consumers to learn about the impact of nature’s ingredients. Now you don’t have to choose between clean and effective. Through our initiatives, Dermafirm is supporting a movement that is helping to change the way the world feelsabout skin care. 

Dermafirm USA, Inc. announced the U.S. launch of BIOTOC, a new prestige K-beauty skincare line that is a less invasive alternative to injectables. Originally slated for B2B, the company pivoted to D2C due to COVID-19 stay-at-home behaviors. BIOTOC™ is a professional grade, anti-aging facial treatment that’s been reshaped to cater to consumers embracing the self-care trend. The line first launched in June in Korea to rave reviews and is officially fulfilling online orders in the U.S. market starting at August 5th.

“BIOTOC offers visible results, as a topical alternative to injectables that can be applied at home. Given the business reality of increased consumer demand for safe, natural and effective DIY products, and the unknown of when businesses would re-open, we switched gears. We repositioned our new prestige skincare line’s direction from B2B to D2C and haven’t looked back,” says Paula Park, CEO and Founder, Dermafirm USA.

The new line is by Dermafirm, the South Korean cosmeceutical company, known for innovative R&D behind its naturally clean products. The company designated the U.S. as the first international market for this luxury line launch, following its home launch on Korea’s GS SHOP, the HSN equivalent, where BIOTOC sold out in an hour.

Its revolutionary professional grade 3X ampoule is more concentrated than a serum, and has been receiving positive feedback from U.S. dermatologists, estheticians and influencers alike during pre-launch sampling. Results were shared at a private pre-launch sampling event in July (see some quotes here).

BIOTOC exemplifies the movement towards clean and healthy skin care that gets results. The line has been proven in clinical studies to increase the skin’s energy production, improve the appearance of wrinkles, as well as brighten and restore skin’s elasticity.

The user-activated BIOTOC 3X deploys Astaxanthin, an ingredient rarely found in skincare products, and mixes it with professional grade Cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid, 3 Peptides, Collagen Hydrolysates and Ceramide. Astaxanthin, known as the most robust antioxidant available, is proven to be 6,000 times more powerful than Vitamin C, 800 times stronger than CoQ10, 550 times stronger than Vitamin E, 75 times stronger than Alpha Lipoic Acid and 40 times stronger than beta-carotene.

“All Dermafirm products are well thought of in formulations and are free from harmful ingredients. They are very effective, yet mild and non-irritating. I personally witnessed over the years the effectiveness and benefits my extended family and friends have enjoyed while using Dermafirm products,”               shares Paula. (PAULA PARK, FOUNDER & CEO)

As a woman-led, science and technology based company, Dermafirm USA is drawn to the advancement of women in science and technology disciplines. “At Dermafirm USA, beauty is more than just skin deep. We are celebrating the beautiful minds of our women in STEM for the beauty they bring to the world through their discoveries,” says Kim Park, VP Customer and Community Advocacy.


Boston area based Dermafirm USA Inc. is the North American arm of Dermafirm, Inc., South Korean cosmeceutical company, known for its comprehensive research and development, as well as, the technology-driven, proprietary formulations behind their award-winning products. Dermafirm, headquartered in Korea, was established in 2002 to make advanced cosmetics using the highest quality ingredients such as peptides and amino acids through their own formulation research lab and material development institute. The company now has three product lines spanning from medical grade to at-home use products extensively used throughout Korea by dermatologists and plastic surgeons in 3,000 clinics and hospitals and increasingly by consumers. With rapid sales growth year over year and expanding global market penetration, their products are now available in over 20 countries and growing.


Fresh Patch Announced the Launch of “Cats” and “Small Pets” Line

Fresh Patch is REAL grass training pads are all-natural, making them completely safe to use within the home. Dogs instinctively want to go on real grass, so training is easy. The living grass absorbs liquids and controls odors naturally, turning puppy potty training into an easy and stress-free experience.
There is no cleaning or maintenance needed because the entire unit is fully disposable. Simply replace your discarded unit with a new Fresh Patch when it arrives at your doorstep.
On February 3, 2015, Fresh Patch went on to receive national attention when the founder pitched his Doggy Grass patch on the ABC television show Shark Tank. Barbara Corcoran and Mark Cuban made a combined offer of $150,000 for a 20% stake in the company. Today Fresh Patch has become one of the most successful pet products to ever appear on Shark Tank. Fresh Patch has also been named as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things and has been recommended by Hoda Kotb on NBC’s Today Show.
Fresh Patch just announced the launch of their “cats” and “small pets” line for rabbits, hamsters, turtles, etc., and their new treat line.
Fresh Patch Cat (Standard)

The Standard Fresh Patch pet grass pad for cats is the purrfect size at 16 x 24 inches.  Weighing only 8 pounds, this box of hydroponically grown grass can easily be picked up and placed in your kitty’s favorite hang-out spot. Meow!!

More than one cats? Here is the bigger one for you!
Fresh Patch Cat (XL)

The Fresh Patch Cat (XL)grass pad is a 48×24 inch grass mat that is sure to get your kitty’s tail going!  Purrfect for multi-kitty households or for the cat that demands a larger grass throne to hang-out on.

Fresh Patch just launched treats as well, and have grass and hay available for small pets too! You can view more here: your pup when they use their Fresh Patch correctly with Fresh Patch Small Batch Treats. This Chicken and Sweet Potato treats are sure to make tails wag.

All the grass are grown locally in Southern California, Fresh Patch’s hydroponically grown pet grass is soilless and 50% lighter than traditional grass. Fresh Patch utilizes several different kinds of grass including rye, blue, fescue, zoysia and bermuda.
Try Fresh Patch if you:

*Live in a condo or apartment without a backyard
*Work long or unpredictable hours
*Wish to avoid carpet, floor and furniture mistakes
*Have limited mobility
*Are potty training new dogs or puppies
*Have an older or injured dog
*Wish to avoid taking your pet out late at night, in the rain, or in the snow
*Are fed up with cleaning artificial grass and pee pads

I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of Fresh Patch. It has been and continues to be an amazing journey.

– Andrew & Chloe (The Founders)


Have a Miracle Summer Skin with Better Skin Mirakle Cream

#1 selling product from The Better Skin Co. with proven clinical results. Nature plus science combine to create a Day cream, Night Cream, Eye Cream, Brightener, and Primer – All In One. Moisturize and fight the signs of aging. Dry skin, dark spots, and fine lines are no match for Better Skin Mirakle Cream.



Good for all people.

Genius in a Jar. One-stop, skin-loving, problem-solving, all-purpose cream. This ingredient rich recipe, imported from the Republic of Uzbekistan, is handcrafted in the USA with love and beautiful ingredients such as coconut oil, sea buckthorn, shea butter, cocoa butter, aloe, and soothing algae to help moisturize the skin. Peptides and hyaluronic acid help skin appear smoother, more youthful and radiant.

See what did the press say:

Cocoa Butter Is The Powerful Skin-Care Ingredient You’ve Been Underestimating

“This cult-favorite cream uses a vegan recipe sourced from the Republic of Uzbekistan to soothe, hydrate, and brighten skin, thanks to ingredients like algae, aloe, cocoa butter, and antioxidant-rich sea buckthorn.”
– Erika Stalder

23 good, beautiful and cheap beauty brands (and that you still do not know)

“This American cosmetics firm (originally from Seattle) offers effective and multipurpose products at a good price, in which simplicity and careful skin go hand in hand.”

– Garbiñe Continent

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Key Benefits:

  •  Reduces appearance of visible signs of aging
  • Reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Increase in radiance and luminosity
  • Assist in hydrating the skin
  • Soothes dry skin
  • May reduce the appearance of sun spots, age spots and dark spots


With any new skincare product, try a patch test on a discreet area of skin to determine if this product works with your skin type.

Apply liberally. Use as needed. Spatula Included.

Other miracle products I like from The Better Skin Co.


A Power Trio Complex of Vitamin C and two French plant-based actives. Vitamin C promotes a youthful, healthy glow. French plant-based actives work to keep your skin looking tighter and brighter. Pack a triple punch with our most potent serum.

Good for all people.

The Power Trio Complex is a blend of cutting edge plant based technology combined with Vitamin C. The complex gives the appearance of tighter, brighter skin while using natural botanicals and fruit extracts to protect from pollutants. Scented with a hint of lemon.

Key Benefits:

  • Contains the Power Trio Complex of Majestem ™, Vitamin C and PhytoVie®
  • Majestem ™ provides a visible tightening and lifting effect
  • Vitamin C assists in brightening dull skin
  • Vitamin C assists in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • PhytoVie® pollution defense acts as a practical ‘pollution shield’
  • Sodium ascorbyl phosphate (SAP) is specifically produced for use as a stabilized source of vitamin C in cosmetic products. Light-stable and oxygen-stable.
  • Vitamin C 3%


A triple threat 3 in 1: Cleanser, Exfoliator, and Mask. Lava Magik works to give the skin a more radiant and youthful appearance. French Lava wrapped in nourishing calendula, grapeseed, cucumber, and chamomile. Customize usage to fit your skincare needs.

Good for all people.

Triple Threat. A daily cleanser, exfoliating scrub and revitalizing mask. Skin cleansing volcanic lava from France enriched with nourishing calendula, sweet orange and grapeseed oils, cucumber, parsley, and chamomile for healthy radiant, more youthful looking skin.

Key Benefits:

  • May be used as a cleanser, scrub & mask
  • Buffs away dead skin cells creating the appearance of a more youthful looking glow
  • Rich in minerals
  • Minimizes appearance of pores
  • Increases appearance of radiant skin



6.0 mL ℮/0.2 fl. OZ

This clear wonder potion includes tea tree oil combined with a powerful acne fighter, salicylic acid. Use day or night – leaves no residue. Dry up trouble spots with this travel-friendly rollerball. Great for Zits, Bug bites and Ingrown hair.

Roll Over It. Zit No More is a super strength zit zapper in an easy breezy rollerball. Zit apocalypse got you down? Roll over those unsightly visitors and watch the magic begin. This wonder potion contains salicylic acid wrapped in THREE soothing essential oils. Dry up those pore offending criminals while nature’s warriors soothe and work hard to better your skin. The formula is boosted with PhytoVie® pollution defense to assist the skin with its battle against pollutants. Results can be fast and your friends may never know you had a visitor.

Key Benefits:

  • A clear acne spot treatment in a roller ball
  • Click on the drug facts tab to review other benefits

The Better Skin Company, creators of Better Skin Mirakle Cream, was founded in 2015 by the dynamic duo of Natalya Rachkova and Murphy D. Bishop, II. Check to know more about their miracle products!


Love & Money: How to Date a Financial Opposite

You may feel it’s too early to talk about money with someone you’ve just started dating, or that your finances are not your partners businessbut this conversation can only help to strengthen the relationship.  In general, it’s best to use the first few dates as a time to feel out your partner’s value system on the things that matter to youand this includes discussing money. 


According to a CNBC report, finances are the leading cause of stress in long-term relationships, with 35 percent of respondents saying that money is a major source of conflict within their relationship. This is why its important for couples to open up their financial lives to one another so that they can do a real assessment of what is feasible based on their reality.  


If you can bare your body and soul to this person, you should be able to open up about your finances,” expresses money expert and Founder of FINancial SharktressGalit Tsadik, It is something that will impact the rest of your lives together and can cause a lot of friction in a relationship if not discussed!” 


They say opposites attract, and more often than not we find ourselves dating or marrying our financial opposite. Although dating someone with different values in money can be a challenge, it doesn’t mean the relationship can’t succeed. It only means you have to be more conscientious on how to manage the money and communicate around it.  Galit has a few tips on how to navigate through the relationship and find financial common ground.


1.Help first. Your resources are better than money! Have regularly scheduled money dates where you go over each other’s finances and offer advice/teach each other what you’ve learned over the years. Come with an open mind and listen to each other. 


2.) Don’t encourage unsustainable habits. For some reason, finances are a subject nobody wants to discuss. Does anyone ask whether the shiny new car parked outside was bought with cash or with credit? No. Does anyone discuss monthly saving plans and saving strategies? No. Does anyone address the many unnecessary items their partner buys on a whim, for instant gratification? Again, no. Just like you wouldn’t give a drunk an alcoholic drink to help them stop drinking, do not throw money at a person who engages in addictive spending behaviors. Throwing money at bad behavior is not the answer; it would only serve to make the problem grow even more out of control.


3.) Don’t be a borrower or a lender, your relationship will suffer! Stop being the ‘loving lender.’ Lending instead of simply giving seems the sensible thing to do. After all, this at least respects their ability to get back on their feet and pay you back. But, as with many of the factors behind the numbers and amounts in your budget, there are human factors that really make lending or borrowing a terrible idea when it comes to healthy financial relationships. Conversations can become tense, meals out become something to avoid rather than look forward to. Keep lending and your partner might be looking to you to pick up the check for the rest of your life: that’s not a healthy behavior to adopt!


4.Try out a money coach! Many financial coaches offer group programs. I’m partial to my group program, the Inner Shark Tribe, but most valid group programs will help. Just make sure the group culture as well as group leader is the right fit for you both. Join together and make getting financially healthy something fun you do together.


About Galit: Galit Tsadik is the founder & SHE.E.O. of FINancial Sharktress, as well as her namesake company, Tsadik G. Management and a respected money expert. Learn more at:


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Pet Lovers Fall Must Have Items

One Fur All Pet House Candles make awesome gifts! There are over 40 fragrances to choose from to find the perfect smell for the special someone on your list. Choose from full size candles, mini candles, wax melts, car fresheners and air sprays. As we get ready for Fall, Pumpkin Spice is a warm and spicy holiday favorite with a blend of pumpkin, cinnamon sugar, maple butter and vanilla bean. They are made in the USA with soy wax. They smell amazing and get rid of any unpleasant odor.

Image taken by walterthegoodestboy of The Bully Buddy
Bow Wow Labs – the Bully Buddy – Solving the Bully Stick Problem 
Get this: over half a million dogs each year are estimated to choke on or swallow an object that’s too big for them to digest. In fact, veterinarians everywhere can attest that gastrointestinal distress is the most common reason for emergency vet visits, and even more troubling, bully sticks are often the culprit.  Beware the tail-end of the bully stick!  Dogs and dog owners love bully sticks because they are easy-to-digest, natural, healthy, stimulating and delicious. But as dogs chew the stick down, they increase the risk of choking on the tail end of the treat. If that little nub gets swallowed whole, your dog could choke or develop an intestinal blockage – both of which are serious medical emergencies.  This is not a small risk either – it happens All. The. Time.

Alpine Outfitters – Made in the USA “active” dog gear 
Every Active Dogs Needs a Harness from Alpine Outfitters!
It’s made from a soft and breathable material that has held up wonderfully in all types of weather.  I’m also thankful it’s machine washable because my Lab often swims in the lake with it on. Overall, I highly recommend this harness to all dog owners. Made in the USA and definitely top-notch quality!
Animal Biome – Gut Health kit for at  home use for dogs & cats – great for our new COVID home based lifestyle. It’s like KOMBUCHA for pets! Test your pets at home and find out if what you are feeding them is working out. Restore Cat & Dog Gut Health with  AnimalBiome Microbiome Products –