Thursday, December 31, 2009

On A Good Note

Some kind words to close the year:

I just wanted to say, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for the super fast, wonderful service. I ordered the Kinky-Curly line from you on Tuesday and was shocked to find a box on my doorstep yesterday. Which was great because I was completely out of hair products and didn't want to be a frizz-bomb on New Year's Eve! Also, the box was wonderfully scented and the samples were a great little bonus! I was wondering though, when do you except the Knky-Curly Gloss Pomade to be back in stock? Everyone I have checked with is out, and I'm nervous it is being discontinued... Yikes!

Thanks again for saving my day!

Leslie C. - MN

No worries Leslie. The Gloss Pomade is not being discontinued. It will be back in stock about mid January.
This brand is growing at such a wild rate that they can't always keep up with demand.

Monday, December 28, 2009

NONTOXIQUE

You can usually tell a woman's age by her hands....and by her neck, but that's another post.

NONTOXIQUE is a local hand and foot care brand by manicurist, Sheila Mossberg.

I've not heard of a completely natural and effective skincare line for hands and feet, until now.
(Except for the amazing collagen stimulating properties of shea butter, which is a fantastic cream and one I swear by.)
I am thoroughly enjoying the process of giving my hands and feet a "facial" with NONTOXIQUE. And, they understand the anti-aging properties of shea butter and it is a major player in their age-defying product range.

Sheila also suggested the serum be used on my freckled (sun-damaged) chest. We'll see if it works...but I do wonder if that serum is already working on the age spots on my hands...

StormSister Spatique is proud to be the exclusive St. Paul beauty shop carrying this magnificent beauty brand.

NONTOXIQUE BEAUTY is a natural eco and consumer concerned skin-care company devoted to responsible beauty offering 100% chemical free, organic-grade and eco-friendly products only. Using the most highly bio-available, sustainable, and freshest ingredients in their products along with natural preservatives and 100% Pure Essential Oils. The products contain no synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, parabens, fillers or any other unnecessary or artificial chemicals and never uses nature-identical ingredients (created in the lab). They are never tested on animals and the only animal by-product used is beeswax, which isn’t a real animal bi-product to begin with.

NONTOXIQUE BEAUTY is concerned about our environment and even more so, consumer safety when it comes to their products, which is why they have made it their mission to get involved. Real change can’t happen unless Policy’s change that demands better consumer protection or set some kind of standard that actually works. Nontoxique is taking steps to become actively involved in getting old Policy’s updated, changed or helping to pass new legislation in the state of Minnesota. Because Responsible Beauty is their motto, they believe that includes being the voice of their consumers and putting that voice to work. Responsible Beauty also means setting standards and being an example for others to follow and they are proud to say they are doing their part in not adding an unnecessary burden to our environment or your body just to help make you feel more beautiful.

All NONTOXIQUE products are formulated, packaged and inspected for quality in an approved and certified manufacturing facility located in the USA. Much time and effort is spent to insure the sustained high quality of their products through high standards of ingredient sourcing, product performance testing and stability testing, thus keeping with their motto and philosophy: “Safe Beauty equals Responsible Beauty.”

At this time, Nontoxique is only available in my Spatique and not available for online purchase on our website. For online customers, please contact us at our toll-free number: 877.455.4668 or send an email request to: becky (at) stormsister (dot) biz

There are some amazing things happening in the beauty biz here in the Twin Towns and that truly excites me.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

It's the Guys' Turn

Ladies have been really into the RenewLash and RenewBrow (soon to change to LiLash and LiBrow) for a while now.
And, the guys are beginning to notice what's happening.

In regard to women, there is more lash stimulator selling versus brow stimulator. - Though, you ladies who were plucking heavily in the 70's and 80's could really use the brow stimulator. (hint hint)
Come now, you're drawing in and tattooing your brows. We all know it. - RenewBrow really works, you should try it.

As I mentioned earlier, the guys are noticing and they want in on the action.

I am beginning to notice more and more sales of both products to men. Though, an interesting difference is that they are purchasing slightly more brow stimulator.
I'm curious about this.
All of the years I spent doing hair, I don't remember one gentlemen who had thin brows. In fact, I did a lot of brow trimming.
But hey, what do I know.

Now, if they would hurry up and come out with that haircare line.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Goody from Phytoceane

Purchase $100 or more of Phytoceane products and receive a complimentary Body Cream.

Body Cream will automatically ship with your qualifying order. Available in storefront as well.

While supplies last.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Jaz is Back!

A few years ago the INtelligent Nutrients brand included Jasminas Pure Aromatic - It came in a roll-on.
I was in love.
Then it was discontinued a couple of years ago.
I was heartbroken.
Now I'm in love again, because it's back. But not in the roll-on this time.

That's ok.

Benefits: Jasminas is distilled to make the absolute most potent and powerful extract possible. It's the life force of this plant. When you apply a pure extract like this, you are feeding your body. - Through your skin, through your olfactory--to relax and soothe.
Jasmine is the queen of the night flowers. Its fragrance begins to be released at sunset and has its greatest intensity at midnight. Jasmine has been used for thousands of years and is believed to have been Cleopatra's favorite personal aroma.
It has more than 300 individually identifiable plant compounds that create a complete bouquet. Most of the jasmine aromas sold today are synthetically derived. Because of this, it is likely that few people have smelled authentic jasmine aromas unless they grow the flower in their own gardens.
How to Use: Use as often as needed. Dab behind ears. Put on wrists. Drop onto warm washcloth for an aromatic spa-like experience. Use in diffuser or on aroma reeds. Ingredients: Jasmine Grandiflorium, Jasminee Sambc, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Tocopherol.

While supplies last, you will also receive a complimentary crystal aroma pendant.

Tubed

Finally, the Phytoceane Ocea Contour Treatment for Dark Circles and Puffiness Eye Cream has been repackaged from a glass jar to a tube.
It's about time.
Good work, Phytoceane!

Monday, December 21, 2009

StormSister Spatique Holiday Hours

We will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

All other storefront hours will remain the same.

You may shop online 24/7.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

MY Lotions, Potions and Serums

One thing about living in Minnesota, you simply cannot have the same skincare regimen all year round.
It can be 98 degrees in the summer and 60 below in the winter. We are in the land of extremes here kids and have now entered the latter.

I'm pretty good at telling everyone what they should be using and thought it was about time I gave you my skincare routine.

Keep in mind I am 43. That's another thing, your skin changes throughout your lifetime, so what you used 10-20 years ago is not going to be what you use now. If it is, come in and see me. We'll talk.

My skincare regimen begins with Vie Cleansing Cream - I'm not sure if I'm ever going to be able to give this up as my late fall/winter/early spring cleanser. It is creamy goodness that I would compare in consistency to cold cream.
I have been using it for 8 years and if there is a better anti-age cleansing cream out there, I haven't found it.

Cleansing creams take some getting used to, but if you are patient and learn that that is how your skin is supposed to feel, you will be rewarded beautifully.

I'm a toner girl. I like my face wet with something other than water. I want each step of my routine to be beneficial. So, since it is imperative that skin be wet when applying moisturizer, I want that "wet" to be functional, thus, I use toner.
For years I have been using Vie Toner (looks and feels like milk), but I have recently given it up for a rosewater toner.
Why? Good question. I want to minimize my pores as much as possible. I've never felt like mine were large, but they certainly don't get smaller as we age and I felt like it may now be time to get on that.
And, any aesthetician will tell you, if you want to minimize pore size, you use rosewater toner. If your aesthetician doesn't know that, it's time to find a new skincare professional.

That's your next task. Ask your skincare professional what is the best toner to use to minimize pores.
If you are given the wrong answer, fire them.
I know, I know, I'm a beauty bitch.
Ok, back to rosewater toner.
I carry two kinds of rosewater toner. The one with the link above, is from Galen Labs. That one is actually a hydrosol.
Hydrosols are the distilled liquid that remains after making essential oils.

After I spritz my face and fingertips with rose hydrosol, I apply one pump of INtelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Serum. As I have spoken about this on many occasions, there is something magical about this serum. That is all I can say. I can't really explain it. My skin just glows. The smell is divine. 'Nuf said.

Immediately after I apply the serum, I apply Phytoceane Anti-Oxidant Cream.
I am using this because it is new and because I cannot help myself and have to experiment with product. But, it doesn't seem to be enough with this crazy dry, cold weather we are having here in the frozen tundra of MN.
Because the above cream just is not enough, I am THEN applying organic shea butter on top of this.

I also use that same shea butter on elbows, feet and hands. Though, I do have a jar of Galen Labs Shea Cream that I use on my body as well. I've tried to use this shea cream on my face but the various essential oils in it don't play well on my face. I'm too sensitive. But, if you have some and want to try it, give it a whirl. If you react at all, discontinue use on face. By all means though, keep slathering it on your bod. It is luscious!

I hope I haven't lost you. I'm a freak and love the feel of supple, plump, glowing skin.
Great skincare helps you retain collagen as you age, thus keeping skin firm with minimal wrinkles.

This routine is done morning and evening. Seriously, it takes about 5 minutes to do these steps.

Once a week I exfoliate. If you are exfoliating more than once or twice a week, you are doing it too much, so stop.
I have used the Vie Exfoliant for 8 years as well. Truly, the next best thing is a microdermabrasion. BUT, I have to admit that as soon as this tube is gone, I may be moving to its sister exfoliant, Equavie Organic Exfoliating Cream. This is another magical product that I have been experimenting with. Not only does it have physical exfoliating properties, it also has an enzyme exfoliant and I was quite intrigued with the results the few times I used it. AND, it's cheaper.

After I exfoliate, I like to do a mask. Your skin is very clean and open to accept all of those anti-aging lotions and potions and a fantastic mask is the perfect starter to a wonderful skincare week.
The Vie Hydra-Renewing Mask is the best out there, hands down, if you are looking for maximum anti-aging properties and hydration.

So, that's it kids. That's my winter routine.

Once April arrives there will be a couple changes and I will let you know about my spring routine.....then summer.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Savvy Me?

I found this new online newsletter the other day and then I found this on the 15th.
Thank you Sara Glassman.

I don't know if I should feel spoiled by all of the press this promotion has garnered or be completely over myself!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Website Construction


The StormSister Spatique website is under construction.

We are improving the site to enhance your shopping experience.
You may continue to use it, but you may run into a glitch or two.
Thank you for your patience.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Free Shipping Thursday



Receive complimentary shipping on all US orders this Thursday.

Order online or order by phone.
toll free. 877 455 4668

This will be the last day to ship for receipt by Christmas.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

I've Been Thinking

I had a client in the other day and we were playing makeup. She wanted to try the Fleur's Concealer and Volumizing Mascara and then, since Fleur's is gradually going through a packaging change (so old packaging is 50% off) she wanted to look at eye shadow as well.

She then asked me the question I get asked all of the time - "What colors do you think I should wear?"
It's wasn't her fault, but I hate that question, though I do understand why people ask. It's not your fault. Say it out loud.
It's - Not - Your - Fault.

"Experts" have been telling us for ages what makeup colors to wear with our skin color (are you a "spring", "fall", WHATEVER). Who do these experts think they are? I want them and their rules to shut it!
This may sound a bit hypocritical of me as I am a beauty expert (I'm not modest either) and I do have a lot of beauty rules, but it is time for the lipstick and shadow color palette rules to be broken.

Seriously, makeup, like fashion, should be fun!
Why can't a "spring" wear an olive shadow that matches her top or handbag or shoes? Or maybe you just like the color olive.

I am certainly no fashionista, but if you want to wear a certain shadow color but have been told it's not your color, just do it. Why not?
It's makeup. It washes off.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Thumbs up!

What started as a legitimate, though cheeky named promotion, just got the thumbs-up from Allison Kaplan over at Alishops.
Why, thank you Ms. Kaplan.

It really is starting to catch on.

It's fun. Just load up your beauty stuff and bring it in. We'll have a lotion, potion and serum Come-To-Jesus sit down.

It can be products for hair, skin, nails or a combination of all of it. If you're not using it or not certain how to use it, bring it in.

AND, you'll get a gift certificate for 50% off the future purchase of one item in the store.....but only when you have used up some of that stuff and finally need something new.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Pleasures of Peppermint

An excerpt from an article by Julie Keller, from American Spa magazine.

During the holidays, the word "peppermint" evokes images of candy canes and Christmas stockings. Though the tasty treat is a staple of the season, it is also a valuable ingredient when it comes to skincare and health. A cross between watermint and spearmint, peppermint is a fragrant herb that has been cultivated for years for its medicinal properties. Peppermint oil helps to treat indigestion, respiratory problems, headaches, nausea, fevers, and more. It also has antiseptic properties and is a common ingredient in toothpaste, shampoo (conditioner), and gum. For these reasons and more, products and treatments that incorporate peppermint are a sweet treat for spa-goers, particularly during the holidays. "Peppermint-themed services around the holidays often generate a nostalgic feeling and bring back memories of special moments," says Debra Catania, vice president for Catania Hospitality Group.

Though it is popular for the holidays, peppermint is also soothing throughout the year, particularly during cold and flu season. "Peppermint is stimulating and a decongestant," says Marc Zollicoffer, Aveda's global educator for massage and spa. "It has been used for hundreds of years to comfort the symptoms of colds and flu." Adds Stillwater Spa's Dail, "Because peppermint oil increases immunity to diseases, it is ideal for the winter season."

Zollicoffer also finds peppermint to be a superb soother for tired tootsies and stress, problems clients encounter 365 days a year. "We put our feet in tight shoes and stand on them for long periods of time, so the stimulating and cooling properties of peppermint benefit the feet," he says. "The number-one reason people visit spas is for stress relief. When people are stressed, they are often 'stuck' in their heads, so scalp massage with peppermint oil can get the energy flowing again and help people process stress."

Peppermint Prudence

While it is touted for its many benefits, some spa-goers should refrain from partaking in peppermint treatments, as they can be too stimulating for expectant mothers. Pregnant spa-goers should avoid peppermint services altogether. It is also rather potent, so cover your clients' eyes and other sensitive areas when pampering with peppermint.—J.K.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Galen Labs on Twin Cities Live



My girl Elizabeth Dehn was recently showcasing local beauty brand Galen Labs (minute two) on TCL.

My favorites? The Shea Cream and XII Element Body Oil.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Sara's the Bomb


That Bombshell Beauty is lovin' me, er, my stuff. Thanks for the love, Sara!

Can't wait to hear about what other goodies ya like.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Do You Reed?

Do you use reed diffusers? They've been growing in popularity for the last couple of years.

I have been searching high and low, trying to find some that aren't fragrance oils floating in a pool of mineral oil. Gross. What a toxic mess most of them are!

Anyhoo, unless essential oils of clary sage, lavender, orange, ginger, rose, geranium, cedar, mint, cinnamon and last-but-not-least cypress, will poison you if you smell them, I have some loverly new reed diffusers from SunLeaf Naturals in stock.
And, they're local!

Each diffuser last between 6-9 months.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Scrubbies and Butters and Steamers, Oh My!

Three fun new goodies from Blissful Bath.

1) Shower Scrubbie - exfoliate AND moisturize, all in the same step.
2) Shower Butter - Moisturize right in the shower.
3) Shower Steamer - Aromatherapy for your shower.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Unintentional Ingredient

The following article has quite a bit of scientific verbiage, just be patient. It's short and will all come together in the last paragraph. It's an important piece.

By Lisa Sykes, Universal Companies Sustainability Specialist

1,4-Dioxane

Over the years, technology and the yearning for higher profit margins have encouraged the inclusion of cheap petroleum-based chemicals into our skin and body care products. The Energy Information Administration defines the ubiquitous term "petrochemicals" as "organic and inorganic compounds and mixtures that include but are not limited to organic chemicals, cyclic intermediates, detergents, and surface active agents." Most often used as inactives in skin and body care formulas, these inexpensive multisyllabic chemical compounds frequent ingredient decks as alternatives to safer, more natural components.

Environmental concerns over the production and transportation of non-renewable resources aside, industrial petrochemical production is a complex, energy-intensive process. It involves altering raw materials (crude oil and natural gas) by the employment of high heat and metal catalysts. These raw materials must go through a series of transformations to become an end use product.

Accordingly, in order to explore the 1,4- dioxane issue, we must briefly examine the transformation of the feedstock ethane gas into its intended end use chemical.

Ethane gas is derived from natural gas, similar to propane and butane. When ethane gas is steam cracked, it changes into man-made, nature-identical ethylene gas, a primary petrochemical. Next, ethylene is altered using oxygen and a metal catalyst (such as silver), then ethylene oxide, an intermediate, is produced. When ethylene oxide is combined with a fatty acid(s) to form an end use substance, ethoxylation occurs and generates dioxane (a.k.a. 1,4-dioxane), an accidental byproduct. To illustrate this point, if one combines twenty molecules of ethylene oxide with cetyl and stearyl alcohol, the end result is ceteareth-20, an ingredient that harbors the 1,4-dioxane contaminate.

The EPA classifies dioxane as a probable human carcinogen. While dioxane is purposely used in the industrial manufacture of fumigants and coolants, it unintentionally appears in our skin and body care products. One will never see "1,4-dioxane" in an ingredient deck because it is a possible contaminate of an ingredient, not an ingredient itself. Furthermore, because the FDA barely regulates the cosmetics industry, you are responsible for steering clear of the approximately fifty-six ingredients that may contain dioxane. However, an easy way to elude this unintentional contaminate is to remember to avoid the following four groups of chemicals: PEGs (polyethylene glycols), polyethylenes, "xynols" (e.g., octoxynol), and "eths" (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate). Although it is distressing that consumers must police ingredient decks in order to avoid harmful substances, at least this task isn’t as daunting when broken down into four categories.

Monday, November 30, 2009

What is Microdermabrasion?

A great article by, Suzi Beavers, Licensed Esthetician

Microdermabrasion is a simple, no downtime procedure that exfoliates the skin. Aluminum oxide crystals or baking soda (I prefer the soda/salt as I believe it is gentler to the skin) are normally used to remove the stratum corneum (top layer), where the dead skin cells are located. This procedure will reveal softer, smoother, more vibrant looking skin and a healthier complexion. By repeating this treatment over the course of several weeks, the younger, softer skin moves up to the surface.

When enlarged, clogged pores form on the skin surface, they cause a bumpy, uneven texture. Microdermabrasion can reduce the appearance of these large, open pores by unclogging sebum (oil) build-up and eliminating white and black heads. When dead skin cells are wiped away, acne-causing bacteria cannot survive as easily.

Microdermabrasion works by causing a small amount of trauma to the skin. The skin repairs itself in a more organized fashion, creating younger, healthier looking skin. There are no side effects, the non-surgical treatments can be done in less than an hour. Normal activities can be resumed immediately. These treatments work on all skin colors and types.

During a procedure, collagen production is stimulated, which evens out the skin texture and appearance. It is a painless way to reduce the prominence of shallow scars from acne, fine lines, "crow’s feet," age spots, and other skin wounds. Sun damage and hyperpigmentation are also diminished.

Another advantage of microdermabrasion is that the penetration of cosmeceuticals/skincare is greatly enhanced, since the outer layer of dead skin cells has been exfoliated. Without the stratum corneum acting as a barrier, medicinal creams and lotions are more effective because more of their active ingredients can find their way down to the lower layers of skin.

The desired effect of significant texture and color improvements will continue with time. This non-invasive procedure, performed by a licensed aesthetician, will improve the overall appearance of the skin with no disruption from daily activities.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sisal Body Brush Feedback

Hi Becky,

The sisal brush has done wonders for my dry skin! Thank you so much for recommending it. Between the sisal brush and my soap I'm in hog heaven!
Happy Thanksgiving.

Marilyn M. - MN

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Curly Girl Must-Have

If you have curly/wavy hair and don't have a satin pillow case, you should.

Satin is a very slick fiber and when you have curly/wavy hair, your hair cuticle is more open versus naturally straight or flat/curling ironed hair .
The satin fibers don't "hook" onto your coarse hair follicle, thus less frizzy, fuzzy crazy hair in the morning.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Trails To You


Meeg, Jody and Becky want to thank all of you for your business and friendship this year. You mean so much to us.

Travel safely, enjoy your family and friends, eat a lot and enjoy your holiday.

Cheers!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Piggy Fever and Our Hands

I don't have to tell you about the beating our hands are taking with the H1N1 hoopla going on.
There is hand sanitizer on every counter and nook and cranny of society these days. This hand sanitizer may be helping our health, but it is NOT helping our hands. You know it's true.
And, we are entering the driest time of year.

I am a shea butter fan. It is truly miraculous and if applied daily or immediatly after every sanitizing, your hands are going to transform into softer, younger looking hands.
Pre de Provence has recently launched a Dry Skin Treament that is comprised of organic shea butter AND shea oil.
The Dry Skin Treatment comes in a tube so it is easy to put in your pocket or handbag. The smaller size (30 ml) makes it very convenient for travel as well.
As you may know, shea butter packs quite a punch, so a little goes a long way. Be conservative the first couple of times you use it.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Black and Tan

I met an African-American gentleman on Saturday night who confessed something to me.
He goes in for a spray-tan once a week.

Needless to say, I about fell over upon hearing his secret.
This man is not light skinned and didn't have an uneven complexion. (I asked him to show me his arms and legs as I kinda wondered if he had that Michael Jackson pigment disease that M was always saying he had. ) He didn't.
In all my years in the beauty biz, I have never heard of a dark-skinned person going in for spray tanning. Of course, I couldn't let that revelation go without a barrage of questioning.

"Why?" I asked.
"My skin just glows and I look Egyptian" he says. I wondered what his definition of "Egyptian-looking" was?
"Couldn't you just use a fantastic body oil to brighten things up?" I ask.
"I've never found anything that makes my skin look like that." he says.

There were other questions, but I just could not get my head around the whole experience so I don't remember all of them - There were cocktails involved as well. It's not my fault.

Personally, I don't understand why ANYONE would go into a room, expose their largest organ (their skin!) AND lungs, to a chemical-laden spray fest, let alone someone with beautiful dark skin.
But hey, to each his/her own.

Are black people really going in for spray tanning? Is there anyone out there that can help me understand this?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

IN Serum Feedback

Chatting about the INtelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Serum a couple of weeks ago on the FM107 Shop Girls show, created a lot of interest in this magical product.

Here is a bit of feedback I received this morning:

Morning Becky,
I received my serum on Tuesday. I'm liking it so far. It feels very nourishing with the effect of the changing seasons on my skin. Thanks for the samples, I love getting presents.

See you soon,
Kathy M. - MN

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sara The Bombshell

That Bombshell Beauty (she really is a beauty) paid me a visit yesterday (she's a product whore too).

I was snooping around on her blog and came by one of my favorite products! Ted Gibson Hair Sheets. But, what caught my eye first was a great video of Ted doing quite an easy up-do. Personally, I don't think it was necessary to even flat iron her hair (those hair sheets rock!), but if you have the time and want a smoother effect, knock yourself out.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

GLEE, how I Love Thee

If you're not already watching GLEE or don't, even though I implore you to do so, we cannot be friends. You're just not cool. Plain and simple.

Two words. Jane Lynch.

I am so in love with that show, I cannot even explain.

Glee is one of those shows that simply must be TIVO'd. There are so many little bits of brilliance in each show that you simply must be able to rewind it and re-watch certain scenes.

I was watching it late last night.
There is always something in it that just makes me bust out laughing.
This weeks' line that sent me over the edge was said by Tina.
"All of this baby drama is making my rosacea act up". she says as the glee club kids are standing around their lockers, embroiled in the teenage pregnancy dilemma of Finn and Quinn.

Ok, that's funny. I'm just sayin'. Maybe you have to be a skincare geek, but that's ok. I am and I'm not ashamed.
I realize that I "get it" on a different level than most, but if I would have been drinking a beverage at the time, I would have spit up.

Personally, I have never seen an Asian woman with rosacea. I'm sure one must exist (maybe), I just don't know where.
Asian women worship their white skin and spend lots of money taking great care of it.
70% of whitening/lightening products are purchased by Asian women.
There are a lot of studies to suggest sun over-exposure, alcohol, smoking all contribute to or aggravate this condition. StormSister Spatique loves the Phytoceane Calmocea range to calm the redness.

I hope that quote was just another fine example of the brilliant writing in GLEE and that it was specifically intended to be spoken by Tina.

Now, program GLEE into your DVR/VCR. DO IT!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

FTC Compliant? Complaint?

This policy is valid from 17 November 2009

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by Becky Sturm.

This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions.
I write for my own purpose (and enjoyment and because for some reason, I think others care about what I have to say) . However, I may be influenced by my background (beauty bitch), occupation (StormSister Spatique owner), religion (0y! I hope not), political affiliation (where's MY bailout) or experience. (Relax, Federal Trade Commission, I'm just a girl blabbin' about beauty. Don't you have bigger fish to fry? Kripes.)

I will never receive compensation in any way from this blog. (Though, if someone does decided to give me a "bailout" I promise to report it to the IRS. Truly. My accountant is a freak.)

I am not compensated to provide opinion on products (and I sell some kick-ass products, by-the-way), services (need some eyelashes applied?), websites and various (very various) other topics.
The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely this blogs owner, Becky Sturm (me, myself, I). If I claim or appear to be an expert on a certain topic or product or service area (it's because I am), I will only endorse products (the kick-ass variety) or services (I need a facial and massage) that I believe, based on my expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest. (Whatever that means)

To get your own policy(and one that has not been bastardized by me), go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org/

Monday, November 16, 2009

Green Gift Guide

We've been featured in the new LiveGreenTwinCities.com Beauty and Fashion segment.

'There’s nothing like a rich body cream to soothe winter-weary skin, and this season StormSister Spatique in St. Paul is featuring Shea Butter. This and all the other creams and lotions in the line are natural, plant-based, and preservative- and chemical-free. Or pick up the gift of youth with affordable products from the Intelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging skin care line, created by Horst, a line StormSister owner Becky Sturm calls "absolutely fantastic" and perfect for all ages and phases, from acne-prone to mature skin. Everything in the line is USDA certified organic, gentle, and plant-based. We’re really raving about this," says Sturm.'

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Spanish StormSister

Several weeks ago a very popular blogger from Spain, Lululooks, contacted me and wanted me to send her some product samples so she could review them. She had heard quite a bit about my products and wanted to try them.
Being as confident as I am about what I sell, I sent her a bunch and decided I would post whatever feedback she wrote.


I have also used a translation site to translated the text (below) for those of you who cannot read Spanish. I also linked to the product she is reviewing so that you may do more extensive research yourself.

I found some of the verbiage in the translation quite amusing and decided to leave it as is. Enjoy.

StormSister is a company dedicated to marketing and distribution of several cosmetic firms face care, body, makeup, etc ... for example, John Masters Organics, Erbaviva, etc ... The main feature is the type of products available: natural, organic and effective.

The products I've tested are: - Erbaviva Baby Soap: a bar of soap is specially created for the delicate skin of babies, but we can use and benefit all of its properties. This soap is enriched with milk, honey and lavender essential oil (your scent will make us relax the mind in depth). It is a very mild soap, totally suitable for sensitive and delicate. Leaves skin very soft, supple and not dry. I do not like soap bars too because they often dry the skin, but not all the same!

- Lavender Shampoo for normal Rosemary John Masters Organics hair: Ideal for tinted or bleached hair. Combine the essential oils of lavender and rosemary with herbal extracts to balance and cleanse the hair. Leaves hair soft and hydrated

- Zinc & Sage Shampoo with Conditioner John Masters Organics: Regulates the fat of the scalp, due to the properties of zinc and leaves hair soft. Also useful in dry hair. It is two products in one: shampoo and conditioner.

- Phytocéane Homme Hydrating Creme: Suitable for all skin types. The texture is very light and moisturizing. Ideal for men's skin, since it is usually more fat than ours. Moisturizes, leaving skin smooth and nourished.

- Peeling Descaler Phytocéane Homme: Suitable for all skin types as well. Applies 1 or 2 times a week after the daily cleaning of the skin. It smells great, a gentle yet very masculine scent. The grain is fine, so it does not irritate the skin, leaving smooth, free of impurities.

- Hydra-Creme Douceur Clamocéa Phytocéane: Cream for sensitive skin. Soothes irritated skin, reduces redness while hydrating and nourishing the skin. It's just my skin! I've tried without thinking and really cools the skin, makes it very soft and calm irritation. I was delighted!

If you want to know these products and many other marketing you can browse your website StormSister.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Peace Bombs

That's right. Bombs for Peace.

Peace on Earth bath bombs.
Infused with the earthly blend of essential oils; orange, eucalyptus, patchouli, ylang ylang.

Check out the other essential oil infused bombs that we now carry.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

OY!

I was SO disappointed to find out this segment didn't make it on the ShopGirls' show. That's what happens when you get three product whores together to talk beauty products. Kripes.

Anyhoo, here is Allison Kaplan sporting the new faux fur Knot-a-Schmata by Kimberly Goldfarb.
Is it a cozy hair accessory or a toasty neck cuff? It's both!

Allison, Alexis and I were having so much fun with this new "fur" hair accessory that I was completely unaware that we were not on the air at that time.
I have a few left, more are in production, as they were quite a hit at The Affair.

Just like the other Knot-a-Schmata's, because of the various fabric choices these are only available in the Spatique and not online.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Today's the Day!

The Affair starts today. 10Am.

We've set up our Beauty Shop in booth #644.

We're showcasing new products from local brands: Blissful Bath (peace bombs), Bethany Lorelle (feathers), Knot - a - Schmata (faux fur) and our two favorite products from Galen Labs.

We'll also be chatting with those FM 107.1 ShopGirls, Alexis and Allison, about OUR favorite things at about 12:30. They're broadcasting live from The Affair, beginning at 11 AM.

Hope to see ya there!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Blogger Love


I am truly humbled by all of the blog love as of late. Thank you, Maggie.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Oprah, Watch Out!

I'm gonna be on the FM107.1 Shop Girls this Saturday. 12:30ish. Yay!

Allison and Alexis are broadcasting live from The Affair. Me too, on their show.
(StormSister, and all of her glory, will set up shop in booth #644. Stop and shop.)

Those Shop Girls want to talk to me about MY favorite things.
Suck on that, Oprah! (I can say that right? I mean it in the most loving way. Promise, Ms. Winfrey.)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Deodorant and Toner - Not The Same

I'm a spritzer.
I love room and linen spritzers, toner spritzers and a deodorant that spritzes.

I'm not going to lie. I'm actually using 3 different toners at the moment (I've mixed them together into one spritzer - three spritzing toners is too many) so that I can make the switch to the INtelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Mist once they are all used up. But, that is a whole different blog post.

Spray or spritz or mist. I like the word "spritz."

After I cleansed my skin this morning, I grabbed what I thought was my toner and gave myself two good spritzes in the face. It wasn't toner, but my deodorant. Not good.
Thankfully, I close my eyes when spritzing on my toner. I am also not aware if grain alcohol, the preservative in my deodorant, can make you blind. Who knows. I'm hoping for the best.
Needless to say, that "toner' was mighty invigorating. It all made for an exciting start to my day as I was being rushed by the other members of my household. Somehow they believed the farmers' market would disappear if I didn't move more quickly.
Mission accomplished.

After I rinsed my skin and applied the correct toner, I doubled up on my moisturizer because grain alcohol cannot be good for an anti-aging regimen. I'm just sayin'.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

:o)~




Becky and Meeg want to wish you a Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Beauty From Within


How many of these top ten beauty foods do you eat?
Try eating them more frequently.