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Buying a Coffee Maker for That Perfect Cup of Coffee
By Ari Bendersky
The best part of waking up ... is having any coffee in your cup. Sure, this may be a variation of the iconic Folgers tagline, but these days, we have access to all sorts of delicious, robust coffee. Whether you get your beans at your grocery store or at a favorite local coffee shop that roasts its own, your choices are fairly endless. You can get beans from small-batch roasters, flavored beans from Dunkin' Donuts or your favorite roast from Starbucks. That said, whatever you choose to brew also depends on how you choose to brew. With the rise of the coffee shop culture, people have become more discerning about how they brew their coffee. Sure, call them coffee snobs, but people like their coffee made a particular way. You can get an automatic drip brewer, an espresso machine, a pour-over system like a Chemex (an hourglass-shaped unit with proprietary paper filters), a French press, a single-serve pod machine like Nespresso or Keurig and more. Whatever you choose really comes down to your lifestyle. "The at-home consumer needs to prioritize what their morning or day structure looks like," said Eden-Marie Abramowicz, the retail buyer for Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea roasting company. "If you're always rushed, they should go automatic. If they have time, a pour over is good, but it also depends on how many people you are serving." And whatever method you use, there are also some core basic rules to follow, according to Brad Kleparek, senior buyer on the electronics team at Williams-Sonoma:
Fashion, Not Formaldehyde! Toxin-Free Nail Polish For Every Budget
By Madeline Martell
You practice yoga, drink green juice and buy non-GMO snacks. But do you know what’s in your nail polish? If not, you might just be surprised. The truth is, while no nail polish can be chemical-free, there are five different additives included in some nail polish formulations – substances used for shine, durability, fluidity and more – that have been identified as allergenic, carcinogenic or just plain toxic! Fortunately, plenty of cosmetic companies have realized it’s possible to make an excellent nail polish without using some or all of these five nasty toxins. Many of these brands use the terms “3-Free” or “5-Free” to designate which of the chemicals on this list have been left out of their nail polish formulations; but with some luxury brands, it’s much more hush-hush – a hidden benefit that simply isn’t advertised. Never fear, we’ve done some research for you… just see below! What are these 5 frightening toxins you can live without? Toluene: (used to give nail polish a smooth finish) is a common solvent used for paint thinner, lacquer, glue and ink. It is also used as a gasoline additive and in jet fuel blends. Inhalation at low levels can cause confusion, light-headedness and nausea; while higher levels of exposure may harm your nervous system. Formaldehyde: (used as a hardener and preservative) is also used in the embalming of dead animals and humans, in the production of particle board and industrial resins and was recently designated as a “known… human carcinogen” by a US government program. It is a skin, eye and respiratory irritant.