Sunday, July 27, 2014

2014 American Made

Martha Stewart - American Made 2014 - Nominee BadgeIt's official, 3waybeauty is a 2014 American Made Audience Choice Award nominee.

American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.

For more than 20 years, Martha Stewart has celebrated this spirit of innovation in the pages of her magazines and on her television shows. Now, through American Made, Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.

We believe we are in the midst of a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs are defining a new American economy. From Detroit to Des Moines, Spokane to St. Louis, people are choosing Main Street over mini-malls—supporting the local and the handmade. Our country’s makers are sparking this change by taking a leap, banking on their creativity and craftsmanship, and living their version of the American dream.

Monday, July 14, 2014

New Phytomer Skin and Body Care for Summer 2014

Phytomer XMF Reset Eye Fluid
Phytomer XMF Reset Eye Fluid

XMF RESET EYE FLUID is a concentrate of true biotechnology.
Dark circles and puffiness become less visible, eyelids are lifted, wrinkles are lifted, wrinkles are softened and radiance is enhanced.

Visible Youth Efficacy in 28 Days!

*Clinical test on 24 Volunteers after twice daily application for 1 month, best visual results obtained.

Phytomer Remodele Tonic Body Gel

Phytomer Remodele Tonic Body GelSplash into summer feeling more firmed & toned skin in one month!

Tightening effect: + 33.9%**
tone of the skin: +32.4%**
Sculpted Silhouette: +29.8%**
** Self-scoring by 54 volunteers, percentage of improvement in the appearance of the skin. Twice-daily application for 28 days.

Remodele Tonic Body Gel's high performance, firming, marine peptides restore elasticity and tone the skin. Delivering the invigorating experience of a dip in the ocean, the skin's youthful firmness is restored. Proven to reshape, tighten and sculpt the figure by 30-40% in just one month!

Phytomer Cryotonic Soothing Leg Gel

First-Aid for tired and heavy feeling legs!

With a relaxing and ultra fresh formula, Cryotonic Soothing Gel works hard to immediately cool tired legs, reduce swollen legs and relaunch drainage and microcirculation to give your legs an immediate and long lasting feeling of well-being.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Burn Notice

via American Spa Magazine—Maya Stanton

From facials and massages to body wraps and pedicures, aloe vera is a time-tested skin soother and after-sun remedy.

It’s commonly recognized as a bit of eye-catching greenery, but its benefits run deeper than its decorative appeal: Aloe vera, or “true aloe,” as the name translates, is a wellspring of nutrients. One of hundreds of aloe species in the lily family, this succulent’s thick, pointed leaves protect a middle layer of bitter yellow latex (harvested primarily for use as a laxative) and, beneath that, a fleshy gel that boasts amino acids, lipids, sterols, and a veritable alphabet of vitamins and minerals. According to the National Library of Medicine, some of these elements appear to kill bacteria and increase circulation in the blood vessels in the skin; more research is necessary to say for certain, but current findings suggest that aloe gel may help speed the body’s healing process.

Additional scientific analysis might be required to determine its efficacy, but that hasn't stopped businesses from mining aloe vera’s inner riches for everything from pharmaceuticals and burn-care remedies to makeup and dietary supplements. Aruba Aloe, one of the only companies in the world to grow and harvest its own plants, was an early pioneer in the field of aloe-based cosmetic goods. Its first crops were planted in 1890, and today the company manufactures 70-plus skin-, sun-, and haircare products, with new formulas in development every year. “Aloe vera thrives in very hot and dry climates on a variety of soils, as long as the soil is not continuously moist—hence its successful growth in Aruba,” says creative director Zena Neme.

The island’s optimal conditions prompted the landscaping team at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino (Palm Beach) to plant a small aloe garden so that the hotel’s ZoiA Spa would always have the skin-saver on-hand. “Aloe is a core component in our wellness approach, so we are developing a plan that permits us to use our own resources,” says spa manager Ady Toro, who hopes to incorporate home-grown aloe into the treatment menu by the end of the year. “Aloe is great for soothing relief, making it the perfect ingredient to treat sun-damaged skin,” says Toro. Boldijarre Koronczay, president of Éminence Organic Skin Care, agrees. “Aloe’s superior healing qualities—its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial action, as well as its ability to promote cell growth—make it ideal for after-sun care,” he says.

Given its widespread reputation as a sunburn curative, aloe vera is unsurprisingly integral to spa menus in many warm-weather locations. “Aloe-based products are very popular with our clients in sunny destinations year-round and during the summer in other areas,” says Koronczay.  “Being in Hawaii, guests love enjoying the sunshine and hanging out at our pool, but they tend to forget how strong the sun is here,” says spa manager Makiko Braxton. “Even though they apply sunscreen, it is very easy to get too much exposure.”

No one-trick pony, the plant’s palliative properties alleviate discomfort from myriad other complaints, as well. “Aloe naturally provides relief for common issues such as cuts, scrapes, and abrasions, minor burns, insect bites, eczema, and psoriasis,” says Mark Smith, director of sales and marketing for Zim’s. Aloe is even purported to promote hair growth and treat thinning hair, according to global beauty and nutricosmetics expert Paula Simpson. “The antibacterial, pro-circulatory, and anti-inflammatory properties of aloe are key factors in encouraging a healthy scalp and hair,” she says. “And it has also been clinically shown to effectively treat dermatitis and dandruff.”

Aloe vera dovetails nicely with any number of traditional treatments, thanks to its inherent healing and strengthening qualities. Ciaté chose the plant for its pedicure-worthy Coconut & Kukui Foot Oil for just those characteristics, says founder and CEO Charlotte Knight. “Aloe contains antioxidants, such as beta-carotene and vitamins C and E, which improve the skin’s firmness, and it slows down inflammation and eases swollen joints,” says Knight. “Aloe deeply moisturizes the skin,  stimulates healthy cell renewal, and aids in the healing process, especially for sensitive skin,” says says Amala founder Ute Leube.  “Aloe has wonderful anti-irritant properties,” says Bethany Hilt, Vertere’s founder, president, and CEO. “It’s also a great water-binding agent and an antioxidant with more than 200 nutritional substances.”

 From simple to more complex treatments, the quintessential cure for a sunshine overdose adds a universally soothing, healing note to any spa menu. The early Egyptians called it the plant of immortality; modern-day spa-goers might simply describe it as a multitasking miracle-worker. But any way you slice it, aloe vera is a timeless classic.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The 7 Worst Foods for Your Skin

Worst Foods for Your Skin
Thanks to Aly Walansky for featuring my tip on Beauty High.

The 7 Worst Foods for Your Skin to Avoid At All Costs

If you have problematic skin (i.e., acne) acne loves sugar. “When there is an imbalance (out of control yeast presence), redness and inflammation will continue and be constant factors if sugar isn’t removed from the diet,” says Becky Sturm, CEO/Founder of StormSister Spatique. This is the hardest ingredient to remove from the diet as most of us are addicted and when you begin to look at every food label, you’ll be surprised by how many products sugar is in.

Read about the other 6 here:

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Unique Discoveries:: Signature Style

Unique Discoveries:: Signature Style
Join us for this exclusive event, an evening of upscale shopping, Thursday, June 26th, 6-9 pm, featuring invite-only retailers presenting their Fabulissly curated pieces that will bring out your signature style. Enjoy beverages and appetizers with us while you discover something new.

From gifting and personalized products, to clothing and accessories, you'll find pieces that wow. Plus you'll receive an incredible swag bag (first 50 that purchase tickets) from our vendors and sponsors with the chance for a grand prize swag bag.

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales and product sales from throughout the evening will go towards providing much-needed bra fittings and foundations to clients of Dress for Success Twin Cities.

Retailers Include:
Cocoon by Elizabeth Geisler
 - Women's Clothing

StormSister Spatique & 3waybeauty products, including: Epitome Lash & Brow Serum and Red Note Botanica Perfume Cubes.

Urban Undercover - Undergarments
Arbonne - Connie Schmidt/Arbonne Skincare
Post- Accessories - Jewelry and Handbags
Unrefined Jewelry by Nichole Brabbit - Jewelry
Vikse - Jewelry
Ruby3 by Anna Lee - Hats
Fashion Meets Poetry - Lisa Harris, Photographer & Author

... plus alterations services, swimwear and more!

Sponsors Include:
Dress For Success Twin Cities
BWC - The Business Women's Circle
The Commons WP
Heather Bantle, Foster Klima & Company, Happier. Healther. Wealthier.
Waybridge Law Group
Etcetera - Official Site

*Guests must have a ticket to shop.
*Tickets can be purchase in advance or at the door with cash or credit card.
*Complimentary cocktails from Bacardi and appetizers as well as a non-alcoholic beverage selection.
*There are excellent places for post-shopping fun like Maynard's, Lago Taco, Jake O'Connors and more.
*There is a parking lot in front of the building as well as street parking.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Honestly, AHNESTI

We have been working with a brand new haircare line we believe you are gonna love. We certainly do!

AHNESTI Professional Hair Care.

They are transparent with their consumers and honest in their business practices. They provide full ingredient listings and sourcing information directly on their website, and are receptive to consumer inquiries regarding their products and their supply and manufacturing.

All of their products are cruelty free. Their haircare range is vegan, with the exception of the Whipped Paste which contains certified organic beeswax. They do not test on animals or ask others to do so on their behalf, and none of their raw materials have been subject to safety testing on animals as a part of their formulation process.

Now, a little bit about my experience.

As you know, I'm not a big fan of washing my hair - It's thick and takes about 20 minutes to dry with a hair dryer That's just getting it dry! Add styling and that takes another ten. I do it as little as possible and must admit, I was surprised at how integriti REPLENISHING SHAMPOO lathered at my first attempt. I washed it twice simply because I couldn't believe how thorough I felt the first wash was (that never happens). Seriously, because I only wash my hair once every two weeks or so, I have to "lather, rinse, repeat" about 4 times to get my hair clean. (I use dry shampoo, curl balm, etc., to keep my hair in shape between shampoos. So, a lot of products = several shampoo attempts) Best of all, my hair felt great and performed very well after I applied all of my usual styling products. (I use a lot - I'm a product whore)

Here is more info on the integriti REPLENISHING SHAMPOO:

A signature blend of organic plant extracts helps repair past damage and adds shine and nutrients, including superstar horsetail extract, a boon for damaged hair.
• Grapeseed and jojoba oils cushion the hair as it is cleansed, creating virtually zero damage while dirt and debris are effectively lifted away
• Aloe vera and vegetable glycerin draw needed moisture to the hair and add additional softness
• Richly-lathering, color-protecting formula contains no sulfates. pH of 4.5-5.0.

• Use as a hydrating cleanser to purify and balance normal/dry skin types

Ok, so let's talk about the other products I have used. Before I used the shampoo, I was using the eterniti HAIR & SCALP REFRESHER for about 5-6 days (as it wasn't time to shampoo yet). I have never used a product quite like this. Lorri, the maverick behind AHNESTI. told me to use it in place of my dry shampoo (gasp!).
It's a liquid, the exact opposite of what I need, or so I thought. She said to give the parts of my hair that get greasy between shampoos a couple of sprays and then zap with the blow dryer.
She was right! Good as new!  After I used the blow dryer (for about 30 seconds) I applied a bit of the Whipped Paste (scrunched into my ends), then a little hair spray. Done!

Here is more info on the eterniti HAIR & SCALP REFRESHER:

Some days, shampooing just simply isn’t an option. Other times, hair simply needs a refresh—after a long, intense workout, (or not washing your hair very often ;o) for example. This unique spray actually works to remove dirt and oils from the hair, instead of just absorbing them, in doing so, it also adds volume to hair that has fallen flat.
Botanical extracts and a special, non-damaging organic lavender alcohol effectively purify while a coconut-derived cleanser removes debris and builds volume that has been lost since the last wash.
Hair feels clean and smells amazing. 100% Naturally-derived.

 • Certified organic alcohol, denatured with pure lavender flowers (we LOVE Lavender), is an effective purifier,  deodorizer, and sanitizer for hair, scalp and beyond
• Coco glucoside removes dirt and debris from hair (with damp/dry cloth)
• Our signature blend of organic plant extracts helps cleanse and sanitize hair/scalp/skin

Part hair in the desired area of application. Holding nozzle roughly 4 inches from scalp, spray at the root; repeat this process on all desired areas of scalp, then massage in with fngertips. Finish by rubbing area of application gently with a dry/damp cloth to remove excess product. Tis step is essential to the efective removal of oils and debris. Blow dry for best results.

• Use as an organic hand and surface sanitizing spray
• Use as a purifying, non-toxic and aluminum-free deodorant (what!? This is next on my list of things to try)

More info on the authoriti WHIPPED PASTE:

For shorter hairstyles or hair in need of a more significant amount of hold/control, our Whipped  Paste is ideal. Also appropriate to add volume at the root for long hairstyles. Powered by a breakthrough blend of plant-based hold agents, this product creates medium-firm pliable hold with a satin matte finish—all without any synthetic polymers. Total formula is 72% organic & 99.8% Naturally-derived.

• Cruelty-free beeswax and tapioca starch are whipped together to create an airy, non-greasy paste that builds workable, lasting hold
• Shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut fatty acid add conditioning without a greasy feel

Emulsify a small amount of product between fingertips, then smooth through the hair to create the desired shape/hold pattern. If needed, add additional product. As this product is truly weightless and non-oily, it is not necessary to avoid contact with roots; in fact, product applied to roots of finer hair types will create lasting lift and volume. Can be used on wet or dry hair. Safe for all ages. 

• Mix this product with our Intuitive Styling Gel to create lighter, more emollient hold with a natural finish 
• Apply to particularly chapped skin, such as the knuckles or heels, to re-moisturize and repair

We are beyond thrilled to carry this product line and can't wait for you to try it too!

At the time of this post, I have not tried the Gel or Conditioner.