Twill: Making Waves.

Twill: Making Waves.

They say support small business and buy local, so what are you waiting for? Check out Twill!

People always say you should buy local, support small business, and the like. How often do you play by this rule?

Buying local is important to give back in your local community. You’re helping those that have dedicated a life to their business. You may be contributing to their child’s education, or putting food on the table. Sometimes the cost is a little bit more because things generally are not mass produced. If you look into local organizations you may find some neat aspects, such as giving back directly to locals in need.

There is a local company called Twill. This is a for-purpose company, something you may not know of. Sure, you’ve heard of for-profit or not-for-profit organizations but what is a for-purpose company? A for-purpose company is one that is profit-driven as well as cause-driven. The money earned is not only a result but a mean to another end. Another end, being a cause to give back to or making meaning for those in need. Think of it in terms of “profit for a purpose”.

Twill was created based on the childhood experience of one family local to Albany, NY. When one brother fell ill, the family had to band together, not knowing what the end would be. Their brother fought hard each day through his diagnosis and found his way. Their mother always said, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” and so became the name “Twill”. The company was started in their basement, their car was sold and they began to do something for those families and individuals that are struggling. For every product that you purchase, another product or some of the profits will go to a local friend in need. At checkout, you can choose exactly where your product is given (if you choose a giving product) from a list of local giving buddies. The donated products are then hand-delivered to the people they are designated for.

They have an exciting new program to help give back to the local community, The College Caring-Campus Initiative . The beta program was launched back in July with the intention of working with local students to intern for the company. Siena College was the first of its kind to sign onto the initiative. Four interns from the college population applied and were selected from a pool of applicants. Together, the college, interns and the company have created a licensing agreement for Twill to design and produce a beanie for the college population to enjoy. This Isn’t even the best part of the program. The best part is that 51% of the net profits go back to an organization in need, chosen directly by the interns! (You heard me right, 51% BENEFITS LOCALS). The organization has teamed up with the local Boys and Girls Club of Albany to donate the 51% of profits. With the money raised, they are helping to rebuild their recreation center that is used by roughly 700 children per day and hundreds of community members per week. Over 1000 people per week will be impacted by your generosity.

Currently, you can buy products ranging from beanies, to t-shirts to blankets right on their website! You can also partner up with the company to design a product for your cause. A product was launched for Hurricane Harvey relief as well as one to help the Safyre’s Angel Network which is a foundation in Schenectady NY to benefit local burn victims. If you head on over to the website you will be amazed at the collection that has already been established.

How many organizations do you know that keep money local in the community? Probably not many, so head on over to Twill to check it out.

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7 Ways To Perfect Your Skin Care Routine

Who said you couldn't have fun and improve your skin?

We all have acne. If you claim you’ve never had a red spot, blackhead, zit, or pimple, you’re lying.

Acne and skin care are both growing at an exponential rate with more and more products being released with magical healing abilities. They all claim, at least.

I thought the acne I had, while it was mild, was regular teenage-hormonal acne. I was using products marketed towards teenage acne but never saw any results. Sure, it would clear up a bit, but I was never getting clear skin.

So bless having a sister who worked at Ulta and had friends to ask about my product use. We realized I most likely had adult acne. So she gifted me with a Dermalogica kit of travel size products for me to try.

I haven’t turned back since and I’ve expanded my collection of skin care products to target certain problems. Let me share with you my skincare routines.

1. Face Wash: Dermalogica Skin Clearing Wash

After I finished the small bottle, I invested in a bigger one. Dermalogica is expensive, but it’s high quality and it works the best out of all other face washes I’ve tried.

The brand is sectioned into different skin types, but this one is simply for acne-clearing. I wash my face twice a day, and I always wash before doing any extra face masks. You have to clear the canvas to paint on it, people.

2. Exfoliation: e.l.f Exfoliating Scrub & Biore Charcoal Pore Strip

If you didn’t already know, e.l.f is a cheap, but quality, makeup brand. They’ve added some face care products, but the collection is small and simple. The exfoliating scrub feels like I’m exfoliating with the softest beach sand. It reminds me of summertime and makes me want to go to the shore. It leaves my face baby smooth.

I try to exfoliate twice a week, but I only use a Biore strip when I know my nose absolutely needs it. If you use a strip too often, it won’t have much to stick to. While the pain is usually worth it, it won’t be if you use these strips copiously.

3. Acne Treatment: Dermalogica Sebum Clearing Masque & Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask

I use these when I’m breaking out. Don’t use these regularly with face wash, or you’ll dry your skin out. Never use both of these at once. Depending on how much I’m breaking out, I’ll use the sebum when it’s bad, and Shea Moisture when it’s not so bad.

The sebum mask is strong and leaves my face feeling dry, so make sure to moisturize thoroughly afterward. The Shea Moisture has both charcoal and tea tree oil, which are usually effective in acne treatment.

4. Toner: Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner

Right in the front of the bottle, it promises not to strip your skin of moisturizer like most other toners. Depending on what sort of routine, I wait to use toner until after I’ve treated my face. That way I’m clearing any of the charcoal residues from my skin and more.

Also, toner leaves your face ready for a brightening mask or moisturizer. Even my simplest routine includes toner: face wash, toner, moisturizer. I use this one when I’m lazy, or just don’t need to use any sort of mask on my face.

5. Brightening: Forever Young: Pomegranate, Keep Your Cool, Freeman Green Tea + Orange Blossom Peel Mask, & Global Beauty Care: Cucumber

Brightening masks are fun to do after you’ve treated your face. They’re good for reducing redness, both natural and acne-induced. In terms of reducing redness, I like to use any of these four except the Freeman.

These four are wash-offs and usually make my face feel rehydrated before even getting to moisturizer. I like to save the Freeman for special occasions, not because it’s a miracle worker, but just because peel-offs are a fun little treat for me.

6. Paper Masks: Random!

Most of these are gifts and have ambiguous purposes like “brightening” or “firming”. These are the most fun you can have with skin care.

Grab a few that are animal printed and take silly pictures with your friends, or stick to the simple ones that are plain white and look like a weird impression of a ghost. Paper masks are simple and require almost zero work. If you have a simple routine of wash and moisturize, throw in a paper mask in between for some fun.

7. Hydration and Moisturizer: Freeman Glacier Water + Pink Peony, e.l.f Hydrating Bubble Mask, Clinique Moisture Surge, & Pacifica Happy Essence Hydro Mist

My favorite part of this Freeman mask is you can leave it overnight, or use it as a wash off. Sometimes it feels more effective than my regular moisturizer, so I substitute it. The e.l.f bubble mask is both fun and effective. I like to use it after the Sebum mask to rehydrate my skin before moisturizing.

Speaking of, the Clinique moisture surge is an investment, but totally worth it. It’s light and it isn’t filled with any plastics or fillers. Right after, I spray my face with the Pacifica mist for good luck.

I’ve made this collection over two years, and a lot of these products were gifts. Most of these products are purchased from places like Harmon’s and Target. They’re affordable and effective; you just need to figure out what skin type you have.

Obviously, I have acne-prone combination skin. If you need help figuring out your skin type, try the people who work is the expensive skincare part of Ulta, your doctor, or seek out a dermatologist. Skin care and masks are fun but I would never use all of these at once.

Create your routines, keep them simple, and have fun!

Cover Image Credit: Angelina Sakkestad

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Important Reasons Why You Need a Gas Detector in Your Home


When you have a gas detector in your home, you can easily check the risks in your environment and be able to take the right precautions in advance. That becomes a must in the commercial and home setting when you have the possibility of hazards everywhere. With the help of gas detectors, it becomes simple to discover the threats in both unmanned and manned areas.

The Types Of Gas Hazards

There are gas hazards in three types: toxicity, explosive gases,and oxygen depletion. If you have oxygen depletion, it'll happen in gas areas. While you might just have none explosive or nontoxic gas, it may, however, displace the surrounding air and reduce the normal air levels. This could make it hazardous for anyone to get into the area. The best thing you can to avoid these issues is to have gas detectors in different rooms.

Steady Monitoring

The advantage of a gas detector in your home is it can offer you 24/7 monitoring, and you are able to monitor all areas. Even though you have a place left unmanned most of thetimes, you can certainly to check it when possible to advise your family members of a dangerous atmosphere before entering. If you are able toidentify dangerous gases in advance, you'll be able to take care of the dangers on the home, and often, you'll meet the requirements in your home insurance policy. Portable products, such as the GasAlertQuattro are able to monitor up to four gases with just the press of a button.

Watch The Expenses

With a gas detector in your home; you are able to minimize the amount of time it requires for a review since you don't need certainly too personally check the chances of an explosion in the area. This can reduce the hours and money used to do, and fundamentally, this means saving cash on the expenses.

Powerful Shield

If you have a gas detector, you can easily check the gases in your environment. As a result of this, you can easily tell if you find a possibility of explosion, fire or asphyxiation. This gives your family members a secure home to be, and you are not fretting about things going wrong.

The Misunderstanding

there are some individuals who think that they'll use an oxygen sensor to check the poisonous gases. They think that after the oxygen gets displaced, they'll have a warning. But, the normal warning just provides you with an idea of 0.1 % volume. If there is a concentration of 0.1 percent or 1,000ppm, that'll not be able to detect most of the harmful gases which are in concentration under 1,000ppm.

You can only check an explosive gas with the help of either an infrared sensor or the catalytic sensor. Your normal gas could be more explosive when it reaches the maximum levels, which means you will need technology that can detect different gases. With gas detectors, you'll be able to discover problems if any in advance and keep the risks in check.

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