How does acne impact your love life? | Women’s Health Survey

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A new survey reveals that women would be willing to go without sex, gain 10 pounds or take a pay cut in order to get clear skin. Think that’s surprising? The survey also found women will cancel a date or plans because of a zit, would rather have their period than a breakout on their wedding da. The average woman is willing to go as far as editing their selfies to cover their skin before posting pictures on social media. This survey is the Curology‘s State of Acne in America, which polled more than 1,000 women between the ages of 18-44 who have suffered from acne, blackheads or clogged pores at some point in their lives and the results are shocking.


  • Sorry, Bumble: Almost 15% of women between the ages of 18-24 are likely or very likely to cancel plans or a date because of a breakout.
  • Period on your Wedding day: 59% of women said they’d rather have their period than a breakout on their wedding day
  • Selfie Cover Up: 40% of women admitted to editing a picture to cover a blemish before posting on social media. When looking at women ages 18-24, the number goes up to 52.6%.
  • How Far Would You Go? Almost half of women 18-24 (44%) would be willing to gain 10 pounds, take a pay cut or be celibate for six months to have clear skin.

Find the full survey results for an inside look into women’s emotional, social and professional struggles caused by acne and explore what they would be willing to sacrifice for clear skin.

The Dermatology crisis of America

There are less than 10,000 dermatologists in the United States and more than 50 million people suffering from acne, access to quality care can be limited while the desire to conquer breakouts and end skincare stress is widespread. Curology, the skincare company that offers customized prescription acne care for every customer online, released its inaugural survey on the State of Acne in America.

The survey provides a comprehensive look at the challenges women face when dealing with acne and highlights how far women of all ages are willing to go to achieve clear skin. The survey was conducted online with Google Consumer Surveys among 1,001 women, between the ages of 18-44, who have suffered from acne, blackheads or clogged pores at some point in their lives.

Curology is the only solution that offers customized acne formulas for each customer. A dedicated dermatology provider reviews photos of each customer’s face and analyzes responses to medical questions before prescribing a tailor-made formula. Each formula has prescription-strength ingredients not available over-the-counter, and Curology ships the personalized formula directly to the customer’s door.

The Purpose of the State of Acne in America Survey

“Our hope with the State of Acne in America survey is to expose the underlying struggles women face when dealing with their acne and understand just how important it is for them to find an effective treatment,” said David Lortscher, MD, board-certified dermatologist and the founder and CEO of Curology. “This survey validates what our dermatology providers hear from customers every day – that acne is more than just skin deep. Changes in the appearance of the skin have a major impact on a person both socially and emotionally – and that’s why I created Curology.”

Wearing Your Emotions

Suffering from unwanted acne, blackheads or clogged pores can be challenging for women of all ages. In many cases, social situations can exacerbate the emotional toll acne takes and brings unwanted commentary.

A staggering 52% of women 18-24 have had a significant other or family member comment on their acne, blackheads, or clogged pores in a negative way. With the palpable pressure of having clear and photo-ready skin, women of all ages are willing to subject themselves to other burdens to avoid a very public breakout.


Acne and the Workplace

Women who suffer from acne, blackheads or clogged pores also struggle with nerves and feelings of anxiety in the workplace, potentially putting their professional reputation and future at risk.

  • 36.6% of women admitted to feeling nervous or anxious going into a job interview or big presentation because of their acne. The nerves increase even more for younger women, with 40.6% of women 18-24 admitting the same feelings of anxiety.
  • 52.4% of women who have had someone close to them comment on their acne in a negative way also admitted to having felt nervous or anxious going into a big presentation or job interview.

A Financial Blemish

Whether it’s taking a pay cut at work or shelling out $100 a month, the prospect of achieving clear skin can drive women to sacrifice well-earned money.

  • Of women 18-34 who said they would be willing to take a pay cut for six months to have clear skin, 57.9% would be willing to pay $100/month for 10 years ($12k) to guarantee their skin would be cleared of any acne, blackheads or clogged pores for life.
  • 20.5% of women would be willing to pay $100/month for 10 years ($12K) to guarantee their skin would be cleared of any acne, blackheads or clogged pores for life. That number jumps to 26.4% for women 18-24.

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When Anti-Aging and Acne Collide

Women don’t have the luxury of staying focused on preventing and treating their acne as they’re often seeking ways to also slow or prevent the process of aging.

  • 25.2% of women 25-44 admitted to simultaneously using products to slow or prevent skin aging AND products to treat acne, blackheads and clogged pores.

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Why the Trump Administration should support successful clean car standards

WASHINGTON (March 15, 2017) – Trump administration today announced it will re-open a review of common-sense automobile pollution standards for model years 2022-2025, which are instrumental to the rejuvenation of America’s automotive manufacturing sector and could drive down fuel costs for consumers.

Bob Keefe, executive director of the national, nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) has said:

“You have to wonder what is motivating the Trump administration to drive such a successful, Made-in-America policy into a ditch. It’s simply reckless and irresponsible, and will once again put America in the rearview mirror of foreign automakers that will be glad to dominate the market for the next generation of more efficient vehicles.”

E2 was founded by business people who helped advocate for the country’s first greenhouse gas emissions limits for vehicles, which were passed by the state of California in 2002 and became the foundation for the federal emissions standards. California’s groundbreaking legislation helped spur innovation in the auto and fuels industries – creating thousands of jobs – and ultimately helped advance widespread adoption of hybrid, electric and alternative fuels vehicles.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 259,000 Americans now work in clean vehicle production. Those jobs, along with hundreds of millions of dollars saved through fuel efficiency by businesses and consumers alike, are now at risk because of the Trump administration’s shortsighted actions, says Keefe. These same standards are helping spur production of the modern-day auto industry’s most efficient vehicles  while saving consumers and businesses money. This clean car industry is also creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and reducing pollution along the way.

More background on E2

  • This E2 fact sheet on clean vehicle jobs in America is based on U.S. Department of Energy research. Among the 259,000 Americans who work in the clean vehicles sector, 112,000 work in hybrid EVs; 44,000 in plug-in hybrids; 44,000 in natural gas vehicles; 42,000 in EVs; and 17,000 in hydrogen and fuel-cell vehicles.
  • Social media graphics highlighting clean vehicle jobs data are here, here, and here.
  • More than 250 business leaders who support fuel efficiency standards signed this September 2016 E2 letter.
  • March 2016 “Clean Jobs America” report (Page 9) has details on how fuel efficiency standards help create jobs.

About Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital. For more information, see or follow us on Twitter at @e2org.

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NHMC recognizes outstanding contributions to positive media portrayals of Latinos

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – On the eve of Oscars Weekend, Friday, the 24th, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) honored outstanding contributions to the positive portrayals of Latinos in media for the 20th year at its Annual NHMC Impact Awards Gala at the historic Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The NMHC has this annual awards gala because the Oscars fail to recognize the tremendous Latino talent in entertainment. It is important to give these creatives the accolades they deserve and excite a new generation of young people according to Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition:

“Latinos represent 18 percent of the population and the biggest group of moviegoers in the country. Our community deserves more from film studios, a fair shot to increase the positive portrayals of Latinos across America like all of our honorees are striving to do.”

On stage to accept his Outstanding Performance in a Television Series award for his role as Rogelio De La Vega in Jane the Virgin, Jaime Camil said “It is a great honor to receive the award for Outstanding Performance in a Television Series at this year’s National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Impact Awards Gala and a pleasure to be recognized for my work on Jane the Virgin.  I admire how the NHMC has opened doors for Latinos in the media and I look forward to seeing their efforts in the continuation to help in the advancement of Latinos.” See photos from the 2017 NHMC Impact Awards Gala

How to Get Away with Murder star Karla Souza received the Outstanding Performance in a Television Series award for her depiction of Laurel Castillo in the ABC series. Souza stated “Being a Latina doesn’t define Laurel’s character or pigeon-hole her into a stereotype. It’s one of the many characteristics that make her who she is. I’m eternally grateful to Pete Nowalk and Shonda Rhimes, and casting director Linda Lowry for creating a show where diversity and inclusion are the norm and the platform used to tell amazing stories. Giving Latinos an opportunity on-screen has the power to make a whole community of people feel like they exist and are also worthy of being loved and accepted.”

Roberto Orci, presented with the Visionary Impact Award by NHMC, said “This award is a tremendous honor for me as I share the same goal as NHMC which is to promote diverse talent in front of and behind the camera.”

One Day at a Time received the award for Outstanding Comedy Series and executive producers Mike Royce, Gloria CalderĂłn Kellet, and actress Justina Machado accepted the honor. “”Mike [Royce] and I are so honored to get the opportunity to not only work on a Norman Lear show but to be able to tell authentic Latino stories,” said producer Gloria CalderĂłn Kellet. “Representation matters. And our show deals with every day Latinos. It’s a very ‘American’ show, really. Our main character is an Army Veteran and a nurse raising two kids in Los Angeles. We talk about ‘issues” as they relate to this family.  And to be able to show the complexity of human experiences and not just a stereotype is such an honor. Thank you for recognizing our show.”

Norman Lear, actor, writer, producer, director, and creator of such legendary sitcoms that defined American television including, One Day at a Time, All In The Family,Good Times, Sanford And Son, The Jeffersons, Maude, served as a special presenter. NHMC surprised Lear, who produced the One Day at a Time remake with the inaugural Media Icon Impact Award at the event. Lear said “I like being part of anything that honors our common humanity.  Thank you, NHMC, for recognizing our series.”

Elena of Avalor received the award for Outstanding Animated Series, accepted by creator and executive producer Craig Gerber, and co-producer and story editorSilvia Olivas. Gerber said, “It is a privilege to bring Elena’s adventures to life on-screen, and we are honored to be recognized by the National Hispanic Media Coalition for this princess who proudly represents her heritage by embodying strong values and a responsibility to both her family and her kingdom.” Olivas adds, “As a Latina woman and mother, I am so proud to work on a show that brings our diverse cultures to the forefront of children’s television. Growing up, there were not many characters on TV that I could directly identify with, so it’s a dream come true to provide today’s children with a representation of themselves through Princess Elena and the world of Avalor.”

Hate Rising producer Catherine Tambini accepted the Outstanding Documentary award on behalf of the film’s team, including Fusion and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos. Tambini shared “One of the main reasons that I make documentaries are to hopefully have an impact on society so to receive this honor for doing what I love to do, it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Catherine Tambini. “Martin Luther King Jr. said that the arc of the moral universe is long but bends toward justice. Right now it feels to me that it’s warping in the other direction. That’s why it’s important for us, the filmmakers, the journalists, the media, to keep looking for the truth and demanding that it be told. We must tell the stories that may be hard to hear, hold a mirror up to the country. We must be strong, we must be vigilant, we must speak truth to power unafraid of the consequences.”

Emcees included 
Christina Vidal, an actress known for Training Day, FreakyFriday and Welcome to the Dollhouse and Lisa Vidal, actress and producer known for Being Mary Jane, Star Trek and The Division.

The NHMC Impact Awards Gala raises important funds to support the organization’s efforts to increase positive media portrayals of Latinos, expand Latino employment in media and telecommunications, push for federal media and telecommunications policies that advance Latinos and other people of color. NHMC’s 2017 title and diamond event sponsors include The Walt Disney Company, Univision Communications Inc., and Comcast NBCUniversal.

About the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications. Learn more at Receive real-time updates on Facebook and Twitter @NHMC.

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Are immigrants taking jobs from Americans? Venngage research has answers

Recent events in the United States, including the travel ban has sparked debate around the question of whether immigrants are taking away employment opportunities from Americans. Are immigrants harming the economy? The organization Venngage has conducted their own research to find answers, best visualize the hard data and present the facts. Guess what they found out? Check out these 15 charts from Venngage that answer the question once and for all:

15 Charts Explaining Why Immigration is Good For Innovation

760 Jobs are created by each billion dollar company founded by someone not born in the USA.

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How to use Periscope for business

Ghergich&Co. teamed up with SurePayroll to create an infographic about Periscope. It showcases:

  • The recent history and importance of live streaming
  • How to create an account and use the app
  • Why it’s important for businesses to use live streaming

With 1.9 million daily active users and 10 million registered accounts, businesses can use Periscope to build their community and expand their marketing reach. See the full infographic at Peer into Periscope: How Periscope Can Help Your Business.

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Peer into Periscope: How Periscope Can Help Your Business

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What is ontology and where can I find an ontology expert?

Do you need an expert on ontology? The word “ontology” was recently uttered in a Gilmore Girls episode. Since it’s a buzz word now, what does it mean? The world’s leading experts on ontology, Landmark, defines ontology as the study of being and millions of people in 21 countries are currently studying ontology. To understand why people study ontology, consider this quote by Mark Twain:
“I can’t hear what you’re saying because your actions are too loud.” In other words, who you’re being is louder than what you’re saying. So, how do you actually create who you’re ‘being?” That’s where Landmark courses come in.

About Landmark

Landmark is a personal and professional growth, training and development company that’s had more than 2.4 million people use its programs to cause breakthroughs in their personal lives as well as in their communities, generating more than 100,000 community projects around the world. In The Landmark Forum, Landmark’s flagship program, people cause breakthroughs in their performance, communication, relationships and overall satisfaction in life. In 2011, Time Magazine said, “Landmark is the natural first stop in any transformation tour.” So, if you’re trying to transform:

  • Business
  • Relationships
  • Health
  • Your career
  • Family
  • Goals

Landmark is the place to orchestrate that “aha” epiphany on demand. Yes, even aha moments can now be had “on demand.Here is a list of evening seminars taking place in 125 locations globally. When you need an expert on “ontology” to create who you’re being in life vs reacting to others, Landmark is here for you.


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How women can overcome the gender wage gap

Do you know women who work full-time earn .79 cents for every dollar a man makes? The gender wage gap debate is something economist long to resolve. In other words, a woman makes $39,621 dollars for a man that makes $50,383.To close a wage gap, we need more data on how the wage gap impacts women with different educational levels, different ages and work in different fields.

If you are a woman who doesn’t want to play the gender wage gap game, Fromgirltogirl encourages you to pursue occupations in science and technology versus business professions. More than less, women almost experience no pay gap in science and technology professions because those are self-directed occupations and offer more flexibility than a 9 to 5. In the business world, a woman has to either work a 9 to 5 or longer work shift. So for young women in college, pursue occupations in STEM ( Science, Technology, Education and Medicine). It will be worth the investment to get as much education in these fields in the long haul when you have to make hard choices on starting a family, managing family affairs and more later in life. Watch this video for more information:

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4 Must know end of year legal tips for small business | Rocket Lawyer

Are you a small business owner prepping for your new year success? The end of the year is a great opportunity to get access to easy, actionable and cost-effective legal tips for a happy, healthy and legally sound New Year. Charley Moore, attorney and Rocket Lawyer founder and CEO ‘s most recent small business index found that 48% of small businesses consulted with an attorney in the past year. This number is higher than years past, still over half are not protecting their businesses legally. The end of the year is the perfect time for small businesses to set proper legal structures in place to protect their companies, provide tax advantages and safeguard their businesses from potential legal issues. Here are things to think about as the year ends:

  • Don’t wait to incorporate. Lawyers like Rocket Lawyer legal system can offer enormous protections to entrepreneurs. The genius is in limited liability that shields personal assets from business failure, enabling entrepreneurs to dust themselves off and try again. Incorporation is the first step. It also can offer tax advantages, depending on the individual situation. Whether you’re forming an LLC, S-Corp or NPO, building a sound corporate foundation is the first thing an entrepreneur should do. Before launching your enterprise, you should ask a lawyer: “Is incorporation right for me?” And then go from there.

  • Get it in writing.Whether it’s a new employee or a repeat client, never assume anything is binding unless it’s in a contract. Year-over-year Rocket Lawyer’s small business index finds the biggest legal issues small businesses face are contract negotiations (24%) and failing to collect payments (18%), both of which could be helped by getting agreements in writing. Contracts provide both parties with their obligations, rights, and responsibilities and while they don’t guarantee the other party will make good on the agreement it does guarantee that a court will look kindly on you if they don’t.

  • Refresh or create your business will: When creating an estate plan know your business model (Sole Proprietor, Partnership, LLC or S-Corp) as there are different legalities and tax implications for each. If you are in a partnership then you should create a Buy-Sell Agreement commonly called a “business Will.”  This document details what happens should one party leave the business either through active means (alive) or circumstance (death). If you already have a Buy-Sell Agreement or an estate plan, it is always good practice to check it annually especially if you have a change in life circumstances such as marriage, divorce, birth of a child, disability among other reasons. This will make sure your interests in the business are secure and that your designated successor will be able to legally retain control of their part of the company.

  • Keep good counsel: Year after year small businesses say complying with government regulations is their top concern, and this year there are sure to be many changes as a new administration takes office. So, it’s good to consult with a business attorney more than once a year and not wait until a big issue arises. It’s better to pay a little up front than a lot down the road, especially when dealing with federal regulations.

Have a Happy New Year and get questions answer from Rocket Lawyer.

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Office holiday party do’s and don’ts: 5 tips to avoid the legal blues

The holiday season is here and that means planning office holiday parties. It’s time to pull the champagne and celebrate the season.  When it comes to holiday office planning, do not neglect the potential legal liabilities of hosting a party and proper conduct for employees at the holiday party. In the event these do transpire, business owners could receive a lawsuit for Christmas and employees run the risk of ringing in the New Year unemployed.

A recent survey from G&A Partners found that 3 out of 10 employees don’t monitor their alcohol consumption at such events.  Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to inappropriate behaviors such as unprofessional chatting (or hookups) and drunken driving. These mishaps are embarrassing at best, and at worst, can have legal and physical implications for both employees and the company. To kick-off the season, Rocket Lawyer has provided an early holiday gift by highlighting Holiday Party Do’s and Don’ts, encouraging all companies and their employees to stay on the nice list. See examples below for full list of tips. 

Holiday Party Do’s and Don’ts

  • Make Your List and Check it Twice: According to Rocket Lawyer, one of the biggest mistakes small businesses make is not getting an agreement in writing – so make sure the appropriate documents for your catering company, venue, entertainment (photo booths, palm readers), etc., all are signed, sealed and delivered in advance of the event.
  • Avoid Driving the Sleigh Drunk: If you are serving alcohol, encourage employees to take cabs or ride sharing services home to avoid drunk driving. A nice gift for employees would be cab vouchers at the end of the night.
  • Don‘t Get Caught Underneath the Mistletoe. According to a 2013 national survey conducted by Public Policy Polling, while only 6 admit to a holiday hook up, take care not to be too boisterous or flirty at social work functions, or you might find you gave yourself the gift of a sexual harassment lawsuit.
  • Get All Your Stockings in a Row. A 2014 study from Challenger and Gray found that less than 30 percent (29.4) of companies planned to hold their holiday party on-site. This is all well and good, but often event spaces will need you to release them from liability at a holiday party. If an unforeseen event occurs, such as someone slipping while dancing around the Christmas tree, you need to have liability insurance to cover it. 
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From Cali to the DMV meet the host of Great Day Washington Markette Sheppard


Searching for ways to have a great day in the district? Then get excited for ‘Great Day Washington’, starring Markette Sheppard and co hosts Chris Leary and Meaghan Mooney. The day show is a live, lifestyle focused daily talk show. But who is the woman behind Great Day Washington?

California native Markette Sheppard’s moved to Washington DC two weeks after finishing college for her first job opportunity in web producing. Many recent graduates get comfortable having a stable job in corporate America, but Sheppard did not want to stop at too comfortable. She decided to follow her dream. It came down to doing it now or never. Sheppard felt if she didn’t follow her dream during her late 20’s, it may never happen or she would get too comfortable playing it safe.

So what did Sheppard do? She made use of her interactive journalism degree from American University and created reels on lifestyle topics. These lifestyle reels led her to a job opportunity at Prince George Community TV, which covers real news every day. From there Sheppard uploaded reels on her Youtube channel and she entered a nationwide search contest to find the next co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly in 2012 where she made it to the final four. That opportunity opened doors for Sheppard and she got a lifestyle feature on NBC’s Today Show as well as national and local credits via VH1, AMC Movie News and Fox Richmond. Once again, TV producers were watching on Youtube, but this time WUSA9 reached out to her about being a talk show host for Great Day Washington. It’s a dream job and perfect for Sheppard who is now a mother because she has a supportive team who understands the challenges working parents face and overall accepts that life happens, creating a good work and life balance for the talk show host, mom, husband and entrepreneur. In fact, Sheppard says becoming the host of Great Day Washington is a huge blessing as she can discuss sustainable lifestyle and entertainment topics while being attentive to her husband and son.

During our interview with Sheppard,we got to learn more about her passions, public speaking and what we can expect from Great Day Washington. Here is the scoop:

Briana Booker: Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to take this career path in journalism and public speaking?

Markette Sheppard: I’ve always enjoyed meeting different people, performing, public speaking and covering real stories from real people. Telling the truth, the real story is what I love about my job.

BB: What are the types of people who succeed in your field?

MS:Fearless people. In this industry you really don’t know where you’ll end up. Many career paths have a charted course. In journalism, you cannot chart your course. You don’t know if you’ll become an anchor or a talk show host in my case because at the end of the day none of us know the future. It reminds me of this quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. :

“ Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

In life, we can try to predict our path, but there’s no guarantee where we will end up. A job might lay you off. You may leave an organization because you realize you want to pursue other career paths. It comes down to playing it safe your entire life or go big. I chose to go big.

BB: What inspired you to go big?

MS: Why not me? When I heard about the search for Regis’ replacement there was no doubt I couldn’t do it. I did the audition video right in my living room with the idea it’s gonna happen. I go through the first round, semi-finals and made it to the final four. I am a firm believer committing to something will take you places. I went from Youtube to radio and now TV. Getting the experience means everything when pursuing a dream.

BB: What topics will you cover? Will it include a food segment?

MS: Great Day Washington is a hyper local ( MD, DC, and VA) day time talk show, covering lifestyle and entertainment. You can expect big stars such as a certain late night host , OWN TV reality TV star. and local celebrities We have a great line up and yes, we will cover food in our live kitchen set with a global top chef as well as visits to some of the best restaurants in the area.

BB: What are five things you can’t live without?

A sweater, Mexican food, my baby boy Wesley, husband and good people.

MS: What is your motto or advice you cannot live without?

BB: If you want to live out a dream, start on the little things now. You don’t have to wait to do what you want in life. It took me five or six years to live out my dream and it all started with a video camera and a can do attitude. Start now.

We love how passionate and genuine Markette Sheppard is on and off the air. We look forward to watching Great Day Washington, 5 days a week at 9:00AM. Let us know your thoughts about the talk show and stay connected with Markette on Twitter ( @super_markette) and check out her entrepreneurial ventures ( we love Markette Sheppard’s natural and organic cosmetics from at Let us know your thoughts on the new talk show all about the great things Washington DC has to offer as well as Sheppard’s beauty products.

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