We were featured on No More Dirty Looks!

March 31, 2012 0 Comments

Stark Skincare review by Alexandra Spunt

This came as a complete surprise to me…I mean, I did send Alexandra Spunt, co-author and blogger of No More Dirty Looks, a package of Stark goodies, and didn’t even have time to send one off to author and bestie Siobhan O’Connor when BAM! A review was up! (In all honesty, I think about 2 weeks had passed, but my perception of time has been waaaay off lately since I am both running this here joint and ghostwriting a non-fiction book. No kidding.)

Anyyywaayysss, let me tell you, that morning felt like Christmas. Except WAY better, and in March when not much else is going on. Here’s the review, in case you weren’t one of the thousands (!!) who read it! (click on the pic…I don’t expect you to squint and read that…it’ll ruin your eyes.)

My favorite part is that Stark stood out to her. I can imagine they get a TON of products all the time for reviews, since they have such a devoted following on their blog (have you checked it out? I’m one of their big fans as well…it’s a great blog, and their book is a must-have for any beauty fan). She also said that these products “felt right” and that they are “palatable without smelling like food” and that she’d use every last drop of her Stark goodies (for the record, I sent her full-size products!). I had tears in my eyes reading this.

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how Stark avoids preservatives (and what to do to keep your products lasting longer)

October 27, 2011 0 Comments

Shea nutsNatural products are givers: they’re all about what’s good for YOU.  When I decide what’s going to go into a Stark product, I make sure that there are a number of ways that the ingredient in question takes care of skin. Every single drop is a drop of pure goodness because this the way I believe skincare should be. It’s a whole lot like food. When you buy a package of something incredibly processed, and check out the expiry date and lo and behold, these apple doodahs are going to survive any climatic conditions for the next 18 months, you just KNOW there’s a whole lot of garbage pumped into every greasy, fakey morsel. When you buy a bunch of kale, you don’t expect it to stay crisp and tender throughout a whole cycle of seasons and then some. You use it quickly. You enjoy it. Your body loves you for it. In return, however, natural products, be they for food or beauty, require a little love back. First, let me tell you about REAL natural products and how we deal with the lack of preservatives.

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I have missed you all THIS much!

September 29, 2011 0 Comments

Wow, I can’t believe how much time has gone by since my last post! I’m a little embarrassed, actually, as I used to be such an astute blogger. I’m thinking that now that fall is upon us, Adriano and I celebrated a faux New Year’s (we decided that fall equinox was a better time for a new beginning than the dead of winter, and it happens to be Rosh Hashanah so it all kinda works out), that I’ll get back on track with blogging. It’s not that I didn’t start a bunch of posts, because I have all kinds of blog scraps that I just never finished. Also, I’ve got a bunch of informative posts planned, so I can continue to dazzle and amaze you all with some actual information you can apply to your life, and skin. Yay!

Anyhow, this is just to say HAI! And to keep you abreast of what’s up with Stark.

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Why “Stark”? What do I eat? What boils my goat about Greenwashing? Read about Stark & I!

July 17, 2011 0 Comments

Jodi of the Green Stylist, a website I’m so happy to have discovered (these people uncover amazing new brands and write some  interesting articles!), recently interviewed me about Stark Skincare. How cool is that? I know. Very! read the interview!...

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coming soon: New products, new website. Holy amazing awesomness galore!

June 23, 2011 0 Comments

redwing blackbird photo with speech bubble "OMG! Changes at Stark!"

Hi everyone! So, I’ve been hard at work on my OTHER business, which is copywriting (and right now, editing a book), and so haven’t had much time for blog posts and product updates, etc. HOWEVER, I wanted to let you guys know that I have some new products, that I have been working on FOR MONTHS and MONTHS that

  1. Smell/look/perform amazingly amazing (that’s the word of the day, btw).
  2. Are going to change the way you think about skin care, even if you already ARE a green beauty convert (yup, ol’ Starky’s got some new tricks up her sleeve!)
  3. They are oh so so so so natural, of course.
  4. Work  wonders. Truly. Miracle workers, these are. My skin and my test subjects are looking fresh and glowing, pimple free and baby butt soft! I haven’t worn makeup in WEEKS and I’m not getting the “are you tired?” I sometimes get when I go au naturel. Not even once!

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check out my featured article on Handmadeology!

May 19, 2011 0 Comments

Handmadeology has helped me so much over the past few months. From crafting ideas to small business tips, and especially with home-studio photography how-tos, this place is the Mecca for all things Etsy. I pitched an article idea to Timothy...

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awesome updates galore!

April 29, 2011 0 Comments

Hi! You may have noticed, if you’re out there, o’ faithful and gentle reader, that I haven’t been doing any updates about Stark and myself. I kinda sorta I guess figured that nobody wanted to hear updates about the biz...

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let me tell you a secret, k?

March 10, 2011 0 Comments

This won’t take long. Remember when my guest blogger Mara told you guys to always read the ingredients on any product you buy? Well, you really should. Not just because you should know exactly what’s in there (even though that’s...

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Would you eat your skin products?

March 01, 2011 0 Comments

Do you trust the products you slather all over your face, hair and body enough to take a bite out of them?

the link here? the dikdik is eating…and its really cute. Good enough for me!

‘Cause I totally would. Ok, not all my products. I have to admit that there are a few things that are less than clean still in rotation at my house. Stuff I don’t use on a daily basis, such as most of my makeup. I’m not eating my mascara anytime soon. No sireeee. And yet I still jab myself in the eye with it almost everytime I put it on. I realize this is just a tad ironic.

However, the stuff I use all the time and on most of my body, such as my Terr’ma Butter, Juicy Scrub, my oatmeal and clay wash, lip balms, facial mists and Creamy Elixir (I use it on my body), I’d totally eat. I’d even eat my Nature’s Gate conditioner, and Dr. Bronner’s soaps (which I use on my hair, too). I’m even going to post a video to prove it!! (Stay tuned for that…I’m super camera shy.)

Does this sound like total lunacy to you? It probably does, but it really shouldn’t. I’m not talking about downing all 473 ml of a product. Just a taste, a little mouthful. Would you trust your products not to poison you? If you don’t, then I hate to break it to you, but what do you think you’re doing by putting it all over your body?

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water, water everywhere?

water, water everywhere?

February 16, 2011 0 Comments

I’m totally spent today (making great new products and sourcing some sustainable new packaging!), but I just wanted to share something I found on The National Film Board of Canada website today. An amazing interactive video about the Great Lakes…unfortunately,...

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the story of cosmetics

February 11, 2011 0 Comments

You have probably already seen the story of stuff, but this is the cosmetics version. The narrator is a little cheesy, but it’s a must-see for the whole family. The moral of the story is: do you know what’s in...

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some uncommon advice from stark

February 10, 2011 0 Comments

I needed to share this little quote I found on stumbleupon, as it’s very apt, to me. Everything  that is important to me in my life is pretty much because I burnt a bridge at some point. Quitting jobs that...

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