Product Review: Aurelia Zierre

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The problem with store bought scrubs and cleansers has never been that they don’t get the job done. Typically, they leave your face feeling clean enough and one is just as good as another. But along with that cleanliness comes a dried out feeling that falls very short of refreshing. The unnatural ingredients in store bought products is what brings on this dryness. Aurelia Zierre says that “we started our company in order to give people a safer and more natural alternative to caring for their skin” and I believe they’re doing just that!

honeysuckle mintAurelia Zierre’s Honeysuckle Mint Exfoliating Facial Scrub muscles up where many other scrubs wimp out. It seems they know just what’s needed to leave a face renewed and nourished, and don’t bother adding anything other than that. Another great thing about Aurelia Zierre’s products is that purchasing them allows the opportunity to “pay it forward”. The company, based in Washington, DC, is connected to local charities such as The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project”. Having volunteered at this program (along with Raven!) a few years ago, I know first hand that they do good and important work in the community, offering parents some time for themselves while giving children a break from the trials of homelessness.

On working with “The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project”, Aurelia Zierre says, “We decided to partner with local charities because we’ve always done volunteer work throughout the city and believe that we could also help by donating 10% of our proceeds to local charities. We reached out to our supporters and customers in order to get an understanding of what charities people held dearest to their hearts. We wanted to only partner with organizations that had a direct impact on the lives of Washington DC residents in need of a little extra help. Playtime Project was an organization that we heard plenty about when we reached out; we fell in love with what they do and made sure to link them to our altruistic dreams. We will continue to add products to our line with the hopes of partnering with more charities. As we grow so will our reach.”

Review written by Kesia Webster

To try out the  Honeysuckle Mint Exfoliating Facial Scrub visit Aurelia Zierre’s store at AureliaZierre.storenvy.com or check them out at the H Street Market at 806 H St. Northeast, Washington, DC.

Also check out their other sites:

Blog– AureliaZierre.tumblr.com
Email– AZ.Scrubs@gmail.com
Instagram– Aurelia.Zierre

 

You can also check out homemade soap by Yiaya, their sister store, which I also had a chance to try and adored! Products include Vanilla, orange, clovebus, vanilla pomegranate and colendula and honey with arise.

Email– loveyiaya@gmail.com
Instagram– yia_ya

Pursuing the Art of Taste

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City: College Park, MD
Occupation: Student & Tutor

Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m Shanaí, a senior Biochemistry student at University of Maryland. Go Terps! Aside from being a student, I also enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, listening to music, and cooking of course! I’m a very positive, free-spirited, and energetic person.

When and how did you learn to cook?

image5As a home-trained chef, I learned to cook from many sources. I come from a large Caribbean family with a long line up of chefs and I have always been surrounded by lots of food. Family has really been my first teacher. I also draw inspiration from cooking shows like Chopped, Hell’s Kitchen, and also from other foodies and food blogs.

What inspires you about food?

Food is one of those amazing connections that anyone can enjoy regardless of social constructs and barriers. I’ve always loved creative arts and cooking is one of the most enjoyable ones. It’s amazing to create something that evokes memories or feelings through taste.

What/where is your favorite place to eat?

Aaah. It’s hard to narrow down just one place or food!  Seafood is one of my favorites, mainly shrimp, crab, and image3sushi. I also recently tried ceviche, which is a South American raw spiced citrus fish dish, and loved it. Some of my favorite places to eat are Sardis, Hibachis, Blue Dolphin, and, Olive Garden.

How and why has food become such a large part of your life?

After struggling with losing and maintaining my weight almost my whole life, I’ve finally accepted that eating healthy and nourishing your body is much more important than counting calories or stressing over weight or size. I started my Instagram food page, @TheArtofTaste, last year as a way to cook and eat more nutritious and less processed foods.

What would your last meal be?

Definitely some type of Alfredo pasta with lots of shrimp and crab.

Where do you get your recipes?

The best recipes I’ve gotten have come from family. I also use online recipes from use Food Network, Recipes.com, Food.com, and Bon Appétit. I also get recipe from my favorite Instagram food blogs like @myhealthydish, @thekitchenista, and @ecsince80.

image6Why do you think there is such a lack of women in the culinary field?

It’s almost ironic that there is a lack of women in a field that is sometimes expected as a profession or skill for women. I’m not entirely sure why this is.

Any words of advice for aspiring chefs?

Stay creative and new with whatever you do and don’t be afraid to take risks. Expressing your creativity and putting your own spin on things is what sets you apart!

Follow Shanai’s food page on Instagram! @theartoftaste

Women’s News: These Successful Women Prove The Power Of A Role Model

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The Huffington Post  |  By Lori Fradkin

When Emma Stone was honored as an MTV Trailblazer in 2012, she rattled off the people who had inspired her: “people like Gilda Radner and Bill Murray and John Candy and Charlie Chaplin and the Beatles and J.D. Salinger and Lorne Michaels, who reminds me of the importance of comedy, and Cameron Crowe, whose work consistently reminds me of why I want to be an actor.” But she went on to say that she was not following in their footsteps; rather, she was trying to do something original. “They make me want to be more myself,” she said.

Stone’s message was one worth paying attention to. And it was interesting to hear her name the people who made her want to pursue her dreams, showing that even the biggest stars have at one point or another turned to others for inspiration. Who does…

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