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Summer on The Beach with Sonrei Sea Clearly Translucent Gel Sunscreen

Hey girls, It’s almost July – The best timing in a year for beach vacations. Do you have plans? Well, before you have plans, you should make plans for your skin’s sun protection. You enjoy the sunshine, but your skin says no. Even though you don’t really feel the sun damage to your skin at all, it actually happens. Having a good sunscreen with you is so important which protects your skin from itchy, rash, or even potential cancers. Yes, that is how important sunscreen is!

Sonrei, LLC has announced the launch of its eco-friendly, gel-based sunscreen line, available for purchase from June 17, 2019. “Crafted for every kind,” Sonrei is driven by a commitment of bringing to market a translucent broad-spectrum SPF with environmental principles at the core.

Sonrei Sea Clearly Translucent Gel Sunscreen is a premium sunscreen providing broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Developed for all ethnicities and skin tones in the form of a translucent gel, Sonrei provides sun protection via a proprietary gel with three powerful antioxidants: Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and gender, Sonrei‘s gentle, spreadable gel melts into the skin, leaving a velvety matte finish without the appearance of a white cast.

“We’ve created cosmetically elegant products that people will love applying, while providing safe and effective sun protection. From outdoor leisure to high intensity activities, we hope to help increase the number of people consistently using sun protection,” said Dustin Holt, Co-Founder.

Currently available in two formulas, the sunscreen line includes the Sonrei Sea Clearly Translucent Gel Sunscreen SPF 30 and Sonrei Sea Clearly Translucent Gel Sunscreen SPF 50, both for $24.99.

Rooted with Organoshield technology, the Sonrei Sea Clearly formulation creates a smooth film that dries quickly and bonds effectively to the skin, creating a safe, protecting layer that remains in place, no matter the activity. The triple antioxidant-rich ingredients help maintain the skin’s protective barrier and improve texture, quality, moisture retention and hydration.

Sonrei Sea Clearly Sunscreen is a premium, environmentally-conscious sunscreen providing broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection for all skin types and pigments in the form of a translucent gel. Not watered down, Sonrei provides concentrated, water resistant sun protection via a proprietary organogel with three powerful antioxidants: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Ferulic Acid. Sonrei’s gentle, spreadable gel melts into the skin and leaves a velvety matte finish. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, genders, and skin colors, Sonrei stays where it is applied and won’t run.

Other key qualities include:

  • Water and sweat resistant, up to 80 minutes
  • Vegan, GMO and Gluten-Free
  • Reef-friendly ingredients that are free of Oxybenzone and Octinoxate
  • Non-irritating and free of alcohol, fragrance and parabens
  • Non-greasy and safe for both the face and body

Sonrei was born out of a need for a sunscreen that looks and feels as good as it works,” said Kaya Patel, Co-Founder. “Let’s face it, nobody likes putting on sunscreen, we want to abolish that stigma with a clean alternative that goes on clear and doesn’t leave a messy white residue, no matter the skin tone. Sonrei Sea Clearly is sunscreen reimagined, from our proprietary Organoshield technology to our commitment to 1% For the Planet.”

Sonrei Sea Clearly Translucent Gel Sunscreen (3.4 fl oz) is available from June 17 at sonreiskin.com, as well as on Instagram and Facebook, each for $24.99. Free shipping is available on all domestic orders.

About Sonrei, LLC
Sonrei is a California and Illinois-based company, established in 2018 by four co-founders with a vision for positively touching the lives of our customers. A majority of our founding team has either Indian or Brazilian roots, so for years we’ve dealt with the frustration that is applying white sunscreen to darker skin. We developed a sunscreen that actually feels good on your skin and may appeal to all ethnicities. Sonrei is named from the Spanish verb for smile, “sonreir,” because we know our sunscreen will leave our customers grinning. As an eco-spirited brand, Sonrei Sea Clearly is crafted with environmental artistry, and as a partner of 1% For The Planet, Sonrei is giving 1% of gross sales each year to carefully-vetted environmental nonprofit partners. For more information or to shop online, visit sonreiskin.com and follow on Instagram: @SonreiSkin and Facebook: @SonreiSkin.

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Dr Teal’s Introduces Aluminum Free Deodorants That Provide Clinically Proven All-Day Protection

Dr Teal‘s has released a new line of aluminum free deodorants that are clinically proven to protect against odor and absorb wetness all day. Dr Teal‘s Aluminum Free Deodorants are now available nationwide in popular scents including Coconut Oil, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Charcoal.

“Thanks to our proprietary formula that includes magnesium, arrowroot powder, and baking soda, there is finally an aluminum free option that is clinically proven to fight odor and absorb wetness all day,” says Brad Essig, Chief Marketing Officer, PDC Brands. “Each variation of our proprietary formula is also infused with refreshing essential oils, jojoba oil and shea butter to leave skin nourished and smelling wonderful.”

Dermatologist tested, vegan and safe for sensitive skin, Dr Teal‘s Aluminum Free Deodorant is made without aluminum, parabens, phthalates and propylene glycol, and has never been tested on animals.

“Aluminum and other chemicals can be harmful to the body, and most people don’t realize the antiperspirant they use each day contains aluminum,” said Dr. Taz Bhatia, Integrative Health Expert & Founder of CentreSpring MD. “Using an aluminum free deodorant is a simple and easy change you can incorporate in your daily routine.”

Available on shelves nationwide, consumers can find Dr Teal‘s Aluminum Free Deodorant at most major retailers for an affordable suggested retail price of $5.99.

About Dr Teal‘s
Dr Teal‘s is a leading wellness and personal care brand offering a range of bath and body products that relax and soothe both body and mind, including Epsom Salt Soaks, essential oil infused bath additives, body washes, hand & body lotions, and the brand-new Aluminum Free Deodorants.

About PDC Brands
Founded in 1981, PDC has emerged as a global leader in beauty and wellness, with a portfolio of category-leading brands including Cantu®, Dr Teal‘s®, Eylure®, and Body Fantasies®. PDC’s portfolio of products can be found at major mass, chain drug, grocery and specialty retailers throughout the US, UK and in over 60 markets around the world. PDC was recently named U.S. Supplier of the Year, Consumables, Health & Wellness, by Walmart. PDC is owned by affiliates of CVC and Leonard Green & Partners, as well as its management. For more information, please visit: www.pdcbeauty.com.

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Artists and Arts Contributors Named for 2019 Annual Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Arts Commission announced the artists and major contributors to the arts who will be recipients of the 2019 Annual Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

“Art is intimately woven into the fabric of our great state,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Artists uplift us, inspire us and tell the stories that define us. I’m humbled to have the opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique talents of these incredible artists and supporters of the arts. Their creativity and commitment to craft represent the very best of the Land of Enchantment.”

The 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards ceremonies will be held Friday, Sept. 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. The ceremony is preceded by a public reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the museum courtyard. A hosted open house exhibiting the awardees work will take place in the Governor’s Gallery at the State Capitol from noon to 4 p.m. Both the awards ceremony and gallery open house are free and open to the public. Earlier in the day, the awardees and their families will be hosted by the Governor at the Governor’s Mansion at a private brunch.

This year marks the 46th annual celebration of the Governor’s Arts Awards, which was established in 1974 to celebrate the extensive role that artists and their work have played in New Mexico. A diverse and noteworthy list of painters, weavers, sculptors, dancers, musicians, storytellers, poets, actors, playwrights, and potters have been honored by the Governor’s Arts Awards. Past awardees include: Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Redford, George R.R. Martin, Maria Martinez, Tony Abeyta, Glenna Goodacre, Tony Hillerman, N. Scott Momaday, Tammy Garcia, Lucy Lippard and Catherine Oppenheimer.

Nominations are accepted from arts groups and interested New Mexicans. All nominations are reviewed by a committee of the New Mexico Arts Commission, which sends its recommendations to the full commission and to the Governor.

Governor Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Arts Commission announce that the awardees for this year’s Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts are:

Individual Artists:

  1. Victor di Suvero of Santa Fe, Artist, Poetry, Publishing: Victor di Suvero has been an outspoken literacy, literature and poetry activist since he first began studying and memorizing Dante at the age of 10. He has participated in bringing poetry and literature to the people for nearly 80 years in his role as poet, publisher and community organizer.  His more recent poetry books include Harvest Time (2001), Spring Again(2005), Moving On (2007), A Gathering (2010), Considering (2012), Still Here (2014), and Once Again (2016). Spring Again was awarded the Independent Publishers Association Bronze Medal in 2007. He has edited several anthologies including ¡Saludos!, the first bilingual collection of the poetry of New Mexico, and We Came to Santa Fe (2009), which was awarded a 2009 Southwest Book Design and Production Award by the New Mexico Book Association. Through his publishing company, Pennywhistle Press, which he established with his wife, di Suvero has consistently published the work of many unknown New Mexico writers from small communities whose talents would have gone unnoticed without his support. Those writers include the likes of Joan Logghe, Renée Gregorio, John Brandi, Judyth Hill and Luci Tapahanso, all now well-known New Mexico writers. di Suvero was a key force in founding several important and long-standing literary organizations and programs in New Mexico including the Poetry in the Schools program, New Mexico Book Association, PEN New Mexico,  New Mexico Literary Arts (formerly The Poetry Center of New Mexico), and the Live Poets Society. As the Director of the National Poetry Association he assisted in establishing National Poetry Week, which has now grown into National Poetry Month and celebrated across the country.
  2. Marc Neikrug of Santa Fe, Artist, Pianist, Musical Composition: Marc Neikrug’s musical career has spanned over 54 years as a globally recognized concert pianist, composer, and artistic director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. As a pianist, he performed as a soloist, a chamber musician, and most notably as a duo partner with the violinist Pinchas Zuckerman for over 35 years. Together they performed in North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. His performances with Mr. Zuckerman have been recorded in over 20 CDs and performances broadcast on German, Swiss, English, and Japanese stations as well as on PBS. As a composer, major pieces were commissioned by the Berlin Opera, London’s South Bank Festival, the Frankfurt Festival, the Polish Radio Symphony, the Library of Congress, Lincoln Center and the Atlanta, Houston, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Boston, Washington National and Jerusalem symphonies. He has written five pieces on commission for the New York Philharmonic and G. Schirmer has published over 60 of his works. Since 1998, Neikrug has been the Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Its annual season of 45 concerts features nearly 100 musicians from all over the world and the festival’s three-month series of radio shows is broadcast by over 200 stations. He developed major educational components to the Festival that brings curriculum, teacher training and performances to 6,000 elementary students as well as pre-K students through the Music in Our Schools program
  3. Nicolas Otero of Los Lunas, Artist, Painter, Retablos: Nicolas Otero began practicing the tradition of Santo making at just 16 years old by apprenticing with master artists. Otero produces retablos, bultos, altars, gesso reliefs, hide paintings and ramilletes (paper flower adornments).  He continues to use traditional methods in his work such as the production of natural pigments and hand carved panels. In his 22 years of practicing the Santero tradition he has garnered over 42 awards including, in 2017, Grand Prize Best of Show for Traditional Spanish Market.  Working within his community of artistic colleagues, he curated the exhibit Ayer, Hoy, y Manaña/Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: An Exhibition of Traditional and Contemporary Arts, at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts that was noted for its power, authenticity and meaningful community engagement. Otero’s work can be found in the museum collections of the Denver Art Museum, Regis University Museum, Taylor Museum, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, College of Saint Catherine, ColoradoUniversity Art Museum, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Museum of International Folk Art and the Archive Collection of the White House.
  4. Roxanne Swentzell of Santa Clara Pueblo, Artist, Sculpture, Clay: Roxanne Swentzell’s first piece of art was a clay dog at the age of four. After formal training at the Portland Museum Art School and the Institute for American Indian Arts and the development of her own style, Swentzell began to create full-length clay figures that represent the complete spectrum of the human spirit. She feels that many people are out of touch with their environment and hopes relating to her expressive characters will help them get back in touch with their surroundings and feelings. Her figures represent a full range of emotions and irrepressible moods. Swentzell often focuses on interpretative female portraits attempting to bring back the balance of power between the male and female, inherently recognized in her own culture. Additionally, she increasingly uses a powerful sense of humor to communicate. Though steeped in her own culture, Swentzell’s work demonstrates an astounding universality, speaking to people of all cultures.  Awards for her work include the Spirit of the Heard Award (Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ), the Native Treasures Living Treasures Award (Santa Fe), a Santa Fe Community Foundation Award, and awards for specific work from the Southwest Association of Indian Arts Indian Market and the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market. Her piece, “E-wah-Nee-nee” was commissioned for their auditorium by the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institute, in Washington, D.C. Her work is continuously shown in the Tower Gallery in Pojoaque.

Major Contributors to the Arts:

5. New Mexico PBS/KNME ¡COLORES! of Albuquerque, Major Contributor to the Arts: Non-commercial, educational and inspirational, ¡COLORES! is dedicated to telling stories about the remarkable creative spirit, the rich multicultural communities, and extraordinary history found in the Land of Enchantment. It is a weekly art series that features local and national stories about film, visual and performing arts, theater, photography, literature, painting, sculpture, poetry and dance. Since 1989 they have produced over three hundred thirty-minute and one-hour programs. Featured artists include Arlene Cisneros Sena, Allan Houser, Rudolfo Anaya, Judy Chicago, Nicholas Herrera, Elodie Holmes, Peter Hurd and Georgia O’Keeffe. Through a variety of media platforms, ¡COLORES! brings New Mexico’s art, culture, and history to households across New Mexico, the U.S. and the world. With broadcasting and cable they reach over 1 million homes throughout the state. Available via the internet, the series can be viewed from anywhere. Its programs have been included in museums across the country, at community events, and in classrooms from elementary school to higher education. ¡COLORES! has received a National Emmy nomination for Community Service, several southwest regional Emmys, the Jury Prize at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival, and a showing at the Smithsonian’s Latino Film Festival. They celebrate their 30th anniversary this year.

6. Lee Gruber of Silver City, Major Contributor to the Arts: Lee Gruber has been a major force in her community through initiating ideas and shepherding them to reach goals that promote contemporary visual art, foster an understanding of the history of New Mexico cultural arts, and nurture an environment that will economically support the business of art. Gruber founded the Silver City tile business Syzygy with her husband over 25 years ago. Though she recently retired, Syzygy continues to thrive making architectural ceramics whose production process embraces technology for building construction worldwide while maintaining an artistic sensibility. The company’s many actions as part of their community include donating an estimated $50,000 of materials over 20 years to local organizations and projects. As board president of the Southwest New Mexico Arts Culture and Tourism, Gruber led the establishment of the Silver City Arts & Cultural District, where she was board president. Through her vision were established both the Silver City Clay Festival and the Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail. The Clay Festival has evolved into a national event of exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations. The Clay Trail, begun in 2013, has grown to 60-70 member sites in Luna, Hidalgo, Grant and Catron counties. It also partners with historic sites related to clay such as the Gila Cliff Dwellings and the Mimbres Cultural Center.

This year’s Governor’s Arts Awards Selection Committee was chaired by New Mexico Arts Commissioner John Rohovec of Silver City and included Arts Commissioners Charmay Allred of Santa Fe; JoAnn Balzer of Santa Fe; Glenn Cutter of Mesilla; and Terri Salazar of Los Ranchos. Michelle Laflamme-Childs, director of the state public art program for New Mexico Arts and Jenice E. Gharib, New Mexico Arts acting executive director, served on the committee in a nonvoting capacity.

About New Mexico Arts:

New Mexico Arts is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and partners with the New Mexico Museum of Art in presenting the annual Governor’s Arts Awards events. The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is New Mexico’s cultural steward charged with preserving and showcasing the state’s cultural riches. With its eight museums, eight historic sites, arts, archaeology, historic preservation and library programs, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is one of the largest and most diverse state cultural agencies in the nation. Together, the facilities, programs, and services of the Department support a $5.6 billion cultural industry in New Mexico.

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PHOTOGRAPHER, CHEF, AND SCIENTIST, NATHAN MYHRVOLD OPENS HIS NEWEST MODERNIST CUISINE GALLERY IN DOWNTOWN LA JOLLA

Illustration by Yueming Lulu Qu
Modernist Cuisine Gallery is home to the artwork of Nathan Myhrvold. Now with four locations in Las Vegas, New Orleans, Seattle, and San Diego, it’s the world’s first gallery dedicated to food photography by a single artist. The gallery features large-scale, limited-edition pieces—made to order for your space—that can’t be found anywhere else.
Illustration by Yueming Lulu Qu
Heydoyou was invited to attend to enjoy the new gallery opening by Modernist Cuisine photographer, chef, scientist and author Nathan Myhrvold as he offers tours through his newest gallery location opening in downtown La Jolla.
Myhrvold took the culinary and photography world by storm in 2011 with the release of Modernist Cuisine: The Art & Science.
The book prominently featured food photography that captured the subject matter in a new, unconventional fashion. Myhrvold and his team at Modernist Cuisine cut cooking equipment and food in half, custom-built lenses to photograph ingredients under a microscope, and used techniques not typically used in food photography to redefine the genre.
The books and photography garnered awards and praise around the world and inspired Myhrvold to create a photo book, The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, and a food photography exhibit that has traveled to museums around the country.
 
The gallery sells limited-edition prints of food photography taken by Myhrvold, including images found in the books he has co-authored: Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science, Modernist Cuisine at Home, The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, Modernist Bread, and the forthcoming Modernist Pizza.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Nathan Myhrvold

Nathan Myhrvold, founder of The Cooking Lab, co-author of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, Modernist Cuisine at Home, and Modernist Bread, and author of The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, has had a passion for science, cooking, and photography since he was a boy. By the age of 13, Nathan had already cooked the family Thanksgiving feast and transformed the household bathroom into a darkroom.

Unlike many childhood hobbies, Nathan’s fascinations did not fade—they intensified. He consumed cookbooks and invested in new cameras and equipment even after enrolling in college at the age of 14.

He went on to earn a doctorate in theoretical and mathematical physics as well as a master’s degree in economics from Princeton University. He holds additional master’s degrees in geophysics and space physics and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He did postdoctoral work with Stephen Hawking at Cambridge University researching cosmology, quantum field theory in curved space-time, and quantum theories of gravitation before starting a software company that would be acquired by Microsoft.

As his career developed, he still found time to explore the culinary world and photography. While working directly for Bill Gates as the chief technology officer at Microsoft, Nathan was part of the team that won the Memphis World Championship Barbecue contest; he worked as a stagier at Chef Thierry Rautureau’s restaurant Rover’s in Seattle; and then he took a leave of absence to earn his culinary diploma from École de Cuisine La Varenne in France.

Nathan retired from Microsoft in 1999 to found Intellectual Ventures and pursue several lifelong interests in photography, cooking, and food science. During this time, some of his photographs were published in America 24/7 (DK Publishing, Inc., 2003) and Washington 24/7 (DK Publishing, Inc., 2004). Unable to find practical information about sous vide cooking, he decided to write the book he had hoped already existed—one that provided a scientific explanation of the cooking process, the history of cooking, and the techniques, equipment, and recipes involved in Modernist cuisine. Inspired by this void in cooking literature, he decided to share the science of cooking and wonders of Modernist cuisine with others, hoping to pass on his own curiosity and passion for the movement.

In 2011, Nathan founded The Cooking Lab, hired an interdisciplinary team that included scientists, research chefs, and writers, and published the much acclaimed five-volume 2,438-page Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking. That was followed by Modernist Cuisine at Home in 2012, which applies the insights of the original book in a format designed for home cooks. In 2013, he wrote The Photography of Modernist Cuisine.

Nathan’s fascination with food and photography continues. In 2017 Modernist Bread was released. Unlike any bread book ever published, the five-volume book provides a comprehensive look at the history, techniques, ingredients, and equipment used to create yeast-leavened bread around the world. The same year, Myhrvold opened Modernist Cuisine Gallery after receiving continued requests to buy the photography found in his books. With locations in Las Vegas, New Orleans, Seattle, and La Jolla (coming soon) the gallery features large-scale, limited-edition prints of Myhrvold’s art and is the first gallery in the world to focus solely on food photography by a single artist.

Nathan and the Modernist Cuisine team are currently at work on their next multi-volume book, Modernist Pizza.

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Mink Launches 3-D Makeup Printer: Stream Your Makeup On-Demand

The Mink printer is the world’s first 3D makeup printer enabling users to bring their beauty content to life, instantly transforming images into wearable makeup. Designed to be ultra portable and compact, the printer weighs only 2.2 lbs and measures 8″ x 6″ x 4″. Mink combines the endless variety of content from the internet, the newness and relevance of social media, and the convenience of the home. Enabling users to choose, control and create the exact makeup they want anywhere, anytime. Mink can be pre-ordered here.

Mink disrupted the beauty industry in 2014 with the revolutionary concept of printing makeup. Since the concept debut, the technology and methodology has been refined to deliver exciting and quality features for an incredible consumer experience. Prior coverage includes: NBC, CNN, CBS, Forbes, Businessweek, TechCrunch, Business Insider, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Allure.

The go-to-market iteration of the Mink printer debuts today. The printer bundle features a single tri-color cartridge and Mink’s proprietary makeup sheets. Mink is safe and easy to use. Mink’s cosmetic ingredients are produced in accordance with the FDA rules for cosmetics, and manufacturing process follows the FDA guidelines.

“Growth of online media and entertainment gave viewers the choice to select how and what content to consume. This choice allowed viewers to uniquely curate content, guided by their personal tastes, opinions and preferences. Mink brings that aspect of individuality and putting the user in the driver’s seat to beauty,” said Grace Choi, CEO and co-founder. “Beauty content continues to move to digital and away from traditional TV and print. Users are turning to these images for inspiration, creating an opportunity to leverage image color data and transform them into physical makeup. I am thrilled to finally be able to share the Mink experience with everyone, and excited for the road ahead.”

The Mink printer is extremely easy to use, connecting with WiFi via the Mink app. Open the Mink app and import any image from the internet, camera roll or social media. Choose to print an entire image or a single color. Insert a Mink makeup sheet into the tray and press send to print. After printing is complete, makeup is immediately ready to apply. Mink makeup sheets maximize flexibility, convenience and portability.

“Consumers today have higher expectations on how and where the products they consume fit into their lifestyle. Mink understands the shifting landscape for on-demand and flexibility, and beauty is no exception. We are excited to provide a new distribution platform for beauty as well as connecting to the different consumer touchpoints across physical, web and social. Finally bridging images that inspire beauty and transforming them into makeup in a snap,” said Janet Kim, President and co-founder. “Our relationships with our partners and investors are integral to delivering the Mink experience to consumers.”

Grace Choi is a pioneer in digital cosmetics fabrication and the inventor of Mink, a makeup printer that can instantly transform any image into a wearable cosmetic. She has more than a decade of innovation and product development experience across a variety of industries, spanning from multinational companies to startups. Janet Kim is an experienced business executive with a keen understanding of consumers and technology. She is a leader in bridging global complex strategy with rigorous operational excellence and execution. Demonstrated success spans across financial, technology, and luxury industries.

The Mink printer is available now for pre-order on https://www.minkbeauty.com/products/mink-makeup-printer. Pre-order quantities are very limited. The special pre-order price is $295, 25% off the $395 MSRP. Images and additional information are available on the website. Pre-orders will deliver in fall 2020.

About Mink
Mink is an innovation driven beauty company rooted in technology. We drive bold ideas to push boundaries and unlock extraordinary possibilities. We strive to deliver exciting experiences that delight our users and celebrate their individuality. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in New York City. Visit www.minkbeauty.com to learn more.

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It’s So Much More Than a Diet: How to Embrace the Mediterranean Lifestyle and Enjoy Stellar Health

The popularity of the Mediterranean diet is no surprise. After all, it helps prevent diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes; reduces inflammation; lowers your risk of dementia; and may even extend your lifespan. Amy Riolo says if you want to get the most out of the Mediterranean diet—which was named Best Diet Overall for 2019—you must also adopt the Mediterranean lifestyle.

“The Mediterranean ‘diet’ is more than the foods you consume; it’s also a way of life,” says Riolo, author of The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition: A Flavorful, Heart-Healthy Approach to Cooking (American Diabetes Association, May 2019, ISBN: 978-1-580-40702-1, $22.95). “The people in this part of the world live in a way that optimizes health. But to achieve the same level of wellness, you can’t just eat the foods of the region. You must also commit to its food philosophy and make lifestyle changes that feed your body, mind, and soul.”

In the Mediterranean, people not only value the preparation and enjoyment of natural whole foods, but they participate in communal eating and make regular physical activity a priority. Together, these factors make them some of the healthiest people in the world. If you are one of the 25 million people in the U.S. with diabetes, you too will benefit from the Mediterranean way of life.

These tips will help you enjoy the Mediterranean diet as part of a greater lifestyle where food is steeped in a rich tradition of community and activity.

First, start thinking of food as an ally. To fully benefit from a Mediterranean-style eating pattern, you should adopt the belief that food is a friend—instead of something problematic. Throughout the region, food plays an important role. It is viewed not only as a traditional medicine, but also as a form of artistic expression, a social activity, a cultural relic, and most of all, a symbol of hospitality.

Embrace the Mediterranean-style eating pattern. The great thing about this eating pattern is that there’s no “one-size-fits-all” daily intake list to stick to. It simply focuses on seasonal produce, fish and seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy, and smaller amounts of meat and sweets. To start following a Mediterranean-style eating pattern, plan your meals around plant-based foods including seasonal vegetables and fruit. Be sure to incorporate fish at least two to three times a week. Cook with olive oil. Enjoy dairy often, and consume meats and sweets only sparingly. Try to cook as much of your food as possible and incorporate the freshest, highest-quality foods you can find. NOTE: Please see the attached sidebar for a recipe from The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition.

Tune into the eating process. “In the U.S., we tend to think of mealtime as something we have to do, instead of something we want to do,” says Riolo. “But the eating process is a big part of life in the Mediterranean. It’s a major topic of conversation, and people think about it all day. To emulate this in your own life, start finding ways to get excited about cooking and eating Mediterranean-style meals. Search for healthy and delicious recipes you’ll enjoy, make a meal plan every week, and schedule times when you’ll be able to cook. Then, find ways to make cooking fun. Host a themed dinner party or invite friends over to cook a meal together. When you’re finished cooking, sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor.”

Nurture strong social ties through communal eating. Every country and culture in the Mediterranean has its own way of encouraging people to eat together. (In fact, eating alone was once frowned upon throughout the region!) Restaurant dining is a rarity, and most meals are served family-style at home. This tradition has been linked to improved digestion and eating less overall. Further, eating with others contributes to overall well-being.

“Even modern researchers have concluded that having at least three confidants whom you can call upon after a bad day plays a great role in longevity,” says Riolo. “Sharing the table with people you care about can be even more rewarding—it provides a sense of comfort, security, and stability. Strive to enjoy regular communal meals with your loved ones. Pencil it into your schedule, as you would any other activity, and when you can, include meal prep as part of the fun! In addition to having regular family dinners, enjoy lunch outings with coworkers and host a potluck dinner party with friends.”

Get physically active. Americans don’t typically get the 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity we need daily. When this is compounded with an unhealthy diet, it causes weight gain that can lead to diabetes, clogged arteries, and other health problems. But in the Mediterranean region, the simple tasks of daily life—things like hanging clothes out to dry, shopping, and cooking—naturally require more activity and calorie expenditure. Nightly walks with family and friends, more walking due to limited parking, and the abundance of stairs also keep people healthy throughout the region. Try the following ways to incorporate exercise into your routine.

  • Play a team sport.
  • Garden.
  • Take the stairs and walk whenever possible.
  • Take walks after meals.
  • Sign up for exercise and/or dance classes.
  • Meet friends and relatives at parks, gyms, sports meets, or lessons, rather than at restaurants.
  • Invite people to walk and window shop while catching up instead of sitting down and talking.
  • Cook your own meals! Shopping for produce at markets, going grocery shopping, preparing food, and cooking are great ways to burn additional calories.

“You’ll get the greatest benefit from the Mediterranean diet when you think of it as a part of a healthy lifestyle,” concludes Riolo. “The food you eat is important, but so is enjoying that food with a network of people you care about, and getting up and moving so your body stays strong and healthy. Together, these changes create lasting wellness and vitality.”

About the Author: 
Amy Riolo is the author of The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition: A Flavorful, Heart-Healthy Approach to Cooking (American Diabetes Association, May 2019, ISBN: 978-1-580-40702-1, $22.95). She is an award-winning, best-selling author, chef, television personality, and educator.

A graduate of Cornell University, Amy is considered a culinary thought leader who enjoys changing the way we think about food and the people who create it. Amy is a food historian, culinary anthropologist, and Mediterranean Diet advocate who makes frequent appearances on numerous television and radio programs both in the United States and abroad, including FOX TV, ABC, CBS, NBC, the Hallmark Channel, Nile TV, the Travel Channel, Martha Stewart Living Radio, and Abu Dhabi Television.

For more information about Amy, please visit www.amyriolo.com.

About the Book:
The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition: A Flavorful, Heart-Healthy Approach to Cooking (American Diabetes Association, May 2019, ISBN: 978-1-580-40702-1, $22.95) is available at bookstores nationwide and from major online booksellers.

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