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It's been a while since our last blog, we have been deliberating, cogitating and digesting 'what next?'

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Year one - an absolute roller coaster version of Keanu Reeves in 'Speed' colliding with Miley Cyrus's 'Wrecking (biodegradable glitter) Ball.'

Quite simply we have outgrown our novice skills and capabilities and we have hauled in the professionals. We have to evolve to cope! The brief - help us with the following please:

  • Stock management
  • Barcoding
  • Outsourcing the bits we can't cope with as we are full time workers
  • Marketing and professionalism (ha ha ha!)

HOWEVER... certain things must remain unchanged:

  • Our friendship
  • Our products
  • Our contribution to Look Good Feel Better
  • Our small business ethos
  • Our customer service
  • Our love of promoting other small businesses, especially supporting local
  • Our 'swapsies' business arrangements (explained below)
  • Our bookings

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      Our 'swapsies' are a part of our northern heritage and key to our Katie's Heart roots. [True fact: back in the day northern neighbours shared hoovers!] Our local suppliers are paid as they wish, hard cash or biodegradable glitter. Bio-glitter is ridiculously expensive - "dead dear our kid," "pure cash bro." Since buying it in a year ago it has been upgraded and now passes FDA standards as well as European laws with regards to being fully biodegradable and cosmetic grade, therefore doubled in price (fml x2).

      We sell wholesale and can pay in glitter as some of our suppliers require a little amount every month to run their face painting, craft or party glitter booking companies.

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      WE ARE READY FOR YEAR TWO

      The website is going to change, our logistics will change but will we remain! Anyone who branches out to start a business is incredible! Whether it works or not, the step has been made and it takes courage. We need to stick together. 

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      We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate a lovely lady we met recently. Joanne's 2017 changed her life and mood. The sudden death of a close family member to cancer sent her into a unexpected depression. She struggled for a while and then decided that to change her mood/feelings and general well being she would have to embrace her dreams and let go of anything holding her back. WE LOVE THIS MENTALITY! 

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      Joanne has left her employment and invested in her own hairdressing chair in a salon just outside of Cardiff. JOANNE WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!

      To give back to our local followers/supporters Joanne has kindly offered 10% off any booking if you reference 'Katie's Heart'. LETS SHOW SOME SUPPORT and follow her on FB to see her new venture grow by clicking HERE!

      Watch this space y'all we are coming at ya with eco-beauty products ready for the festival season 2018! Good luck Joanne and all other small businesses #supportlocal

      Love always

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      Plant Cellulose. This is the substance that makes up most of a plant's cell walls. Since it is made by all plants, it is probably the most abundant organic compound on Earth. Cellulose is a biodegradable polysaccharide. A polysaccharide is a type of carbohydrate.
      No Bio-glitter® does not dissolve in water. Microorganisms are needed to digest Bio-glitter® and transform it into harmless substances; carbon dioxide, water and biomass. If Bio-glitter® did dissolve it would NOT be a good thing as it would still be there in the water, just you would not see it. Similar to salt dissolved in sea water, it is still there just you cannot see it, very easily demonstrated when sea water dries on skin, the salt is left behind and reappears.
      The specialised regenerated cellulose core film used in Bioglitter® represents more than 90% of its content and is certified compostable in both industrial (EN13432, EN14995, ASTM D6400, ISO 17088) and home composting environments (OK Compost Home) and also marine biodegradation approved to ASTM D6691-09. A small amount of surface coating is applied to the certified naturally biodegradable core during the manufacture of Bioglitter®. Irrespective of how little is applied and that the materials used are compliant, physical retesting to the appropriate standard/s is required to claim Bioglitter® is certified. Industrial composting is conducted in man made conditions c.60oC and high humidity. Whereas OK Compost Home and marine testing are more representative of the biodegradability in the natural environment. There is a significantly higher probability for glitter to be found in general waste, waste water and general outdoor environment after use. The route to industrial composting via the compost bin is highly unlikely in reality. Specific Bioglitter® testing; Standards can change, ASTM D7081-05 marine standard was withdrawn in 2014 and more recently attention has been drawn to the applicability of industrial compostability standards (EN13432, ASTM 6400) as a measure of compostability in the natural environment. Biodegradability testing to standards more appropriate to where glitter is found after use and more representative of the natural environment can take up to two years. Considering the above, our approach to testing to a particular standard will be based on its merits in terms of time, cost and validity for a particular glitter application. The goal being to obtain independent test data and certification validating the ability of Bioglitter® to biodegrade outside in the natural environment.
      Bioglitter® is very stable and will not biodegrade on the shelf. Biodegradation will only be initiated in soil, compost or waste-water environments where microorganisms are present.
      Bioglitter® as supplied has an indefinite shelf life providing it is stored in a dry dark, cool environment, out of direct sunlight, away from direct heat sources and not exposed to microorganisms.
      Yes, however Bio-glitter® is not edible. All Katie's Heart products are Vegan friendly.
      We can always look into further discounts for large quantities. Please contact us with your requirements.
      Katie’s Heart ‘glitter glue’ is natural, organic shea butter.
      Yes! Katie's heart Raw Organic Shea Butter Applicator is a gentle and effective way to affix your Bio-Glitter®. A small amount goes a long way and effectively holds your glitter look in place for hours. Shea butter is a key product in all kinds of cosmetic lotions because its a natural moisturiser. Use your applicator to affix your Bio-Glitter® to your face, or anywhere you fancy! You can even use it as a primer for eye shadow, loose pigment and dust, it also makes a great lipsalve or magic cream for little ones! To remove just wash with soap or make up remover. Cosmetically certified, cruelty free, vegan, raw, organic butter that conforms to EU1223/2009.
      We are commited to serving the environment. Integrity is at the heart of our small business ethos and we owe it to mother nature to evolve our practices. At present we use plastic pots however this may change.
      We do offer a solution to the single use plastic issue –
      The pots can be recycled or we have a refill service. It’s so simple – send back your pots, we refill them, post them back to you and deduct the cost of your postage from the order!
      • Contact Katie’s Heart and inform us you are opting to use our refill service o FB @xkatiesheartx o Insta @katies_heart o Customer-service@katiesheart.com • We will respond with the return address • Post your pot/s using 1st Class Large Letter Royal Mail at £1.01 (subject to change) • Place your order and we will refund the cost of the postage at the above rate, refill your pot/s and post them back to you!
      Winner winner vegan dinner! Be part of the change! #katiesheart
      You only require a fine layer of the applicator onto your skin for the bioglitter to stick effectively.
      We attend many different types of festivals both as Katie’s Heart and also just to enjoy a really good party!
      We can honestly say if you use our applicators, your Bio-glitter® and reusable rhinestones will stay on all day and night even if your dance moves are hectic and your skin sweaty!
      The best way to remove the bioglitter is to simply wash it off. Jumping in the shower is the best bet and using your usual choice of shower gel or soap. If you are at a festival it is easiest to wash your face with water rather than use wet wipes (plus we really need to think about how many wet wipes we are using!)
      Yes! Combining colours and textures gives you many different looks! Be your own mixologist!
      Yes! Get in touch with us and lets discuss your needs, that way we can develop a bespoke deal that suits your event.