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.