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“Hello! I am Katerina Mountanos (@katinamountanos). I’m a mother of three lovely little kiddos and the founding father of Kosterina, a wellness firm centered round high-antioxidant further virgin olive oil from Greece. I’m first era Greek-American—my household comes from a wonderful city in southern Greece referred to as Koroni, the place I spent practically each summer season of my life. (My husband and I additionally received married there in 2014.) We now have a house in Koroni overlooking the water. In the course of the yr, we stay in Manhasset, Lengthy Island. We made the transfer from our New York Metropolis house after I had my son final yr, and I like the additional house, each actually and figuratively, to decelerate. Now my favourite factor to do is sit out on my entrance porch within the early morning with a cup of espresso, or late at evening with a cup of tea.
After changing into pregnant with my first little one, I started to query elements rather more. I used to be shocked to search out out that even the olive oil I purchased on the retailer was crammed with further issues. I based Kosterina on the easy perception that olive oil is a superfood and a key element of our well being and longevity. Our hero product is early harvest, high-antioxidant further virgin olive oil from Greece, and we just lately expanded into making chocolate with EVOO. (Our Almond Butter & Vanilla EVOO chocolate bars are actually my dream come true.) On any given day, I am engaged on a really wide selection of tasks, from creating excessive degree branding technique to coordinating provide chain with our farmers in Greece. However my favourite a part of my job is product innovation: creating wholesome merchandise which might be additionally subsequent degree scrumptious. I attempt to do something I can to push a client in direction of clear consuming and clear dwelling. I see related points with meals as I do within the skincare business, and hope to sooner or later launch a line of fresh skincare made with EVOO.
I am repeatedly impressed by my Greek ancestors, most of whom lived to be over 90 and truthfully had one of the best pores and skin I’ve ever seen. I really suppose that EVOO, and different Mediterranean superfoods like walnuts and honey which might be crammed with antioxidants, helped them glow from the within out. So lowering stress, consuming nutritious meals, and connecting with family members are the core tenants of my magnificence routine, and I truly go fairly fundamental with skincare. If I’m carrying a number of eye make-up, I take advantage of just a little bit of additional virgin olive oil first to take away it. It doesn’t pull on the delicate pores and skin underneath my eyes, and the make-up slides proper off. Then, I actually love Drunk Elephant’s Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser, which makes my pores and skin really feel so clear and removes make-up, sunscreen, something. At any time when I’m in Greece I all the time choose up Apivita’s Creamy Foam Cleanser and Exfoliating Face Scrub, that are each constituted of olives. (They’re actually excessive in antioxidants!) I take advantage of the face scrub within the bathe and I discover it actually helps preserve my pores and skin clear. I take advantage of La Roche-Posay’s Toleraine Ultra moisturizer within the morning underneath make-up and at evening earlier than mattress, and I add in a couple of drops of EVOO for further antioxidants and vitamins. Olive oil is actually my reply for every part. I’m such a Greek cliché.
I’ve darkish undereye circles, which is quite common in olive pores and skin tones. I bear in mind the day I first found concealer, on the Lancôme counter at Bloomingdales: the wonder advisor put it on my face, and I used to be immediately reworked. Now, I don’t go anyplace with out Too Faced Born This Way Sculpting Concealer, Clinique SPF 30 CC cream, and Becca Under Eye Brightening Concealer (in that order). Then I take advantage of two totally different bronzers, Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion and Tom Ford Soleil Glow. For eyes, I draw a slight wing with Glossier’s Pro Tip Eyeliner, curl my lashes, after which apply Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara. However I believe my all time favourite magnificence product is Make Up For Ever’s Artist Rouge Light lipstick in Satin Rosewood. Different lipsticks I like are Tom Ford matte lipstick in Ruby Rush and Flame—price each penny as a result of they actually keep on all day or all evening. My crew has already give you the title for my future memoir: Pen, Paper, and Lipstick, as a result of that’s what I carry with me to each assembly.
I’m caught in a vicious cycle of hair dryer, flat iron and curling iron, so my hair may be very dry. I believe Vital Proteins collagen helped me develop my hair longer, and currently I’ve been loving Obliphica’s Seaberry shampoo and hair mask. The important thing ingredient is seabuckthorn, a berry that has highly effective antioxidant advantages. And as soon as each few weeks I put a beneficiant quantity of olive oil in my hair and go away it on for about 30 minutes to strengthen and seal in moisture. I can not do my nails by myself for the lifetime of me. In actual fact, my first startup was an organization referred to as Manicube that supplied 20-minute manicures in company convention rooms for working professionals. My background is in finance, and in these places of work I noticed many private care companies tailor-made to males, like shoe shining, barbers, and swimsuit tailors. I needed to discover a solution to degree the enjoying subject for working ladies who see their weekly manicure as a obligatory chore. Now, my go-to manicure is one coat of Essie’s Marshmallow, and a second coat of Waltz. I’m wanting ahead to returning to this routine essentially the most.
When beginning an organization, by definition, there’s an countless quantity of labor that you possibly can probably do. In some unspecified time in the future, I’ve to show off work and deal with my household. I don’t follow inbox-zero—the mail app on my telephone has over 100,000 unread messages. However my youngsters are all three and underneath, so I don’t have too many alternatives to essentially unwind. I consider myself as a life-long learner, so I like listening to podcasts or studying earlier than mattress. I additionally make room in my schedule for motion as typically as I can—today, I have been actually counting on my Peloton bike. I don’t suppose I actually unwind aside from once I’m in Koroni. The small city in southern Greece is basically untouched by tourism, and it’s actually a no-stress atmosphere.”
—as instructed to ITG
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