Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

via Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

What a week it's been! All we can say is, wow. Our head is still spinning from Tuesday’s historic Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on cosmetics safety—the first in 30 years!

We’ve seen the good (Congress is finally debating cosmetics safety), the bad (industry is trying to write its own laws that could actually make things worse!) and the ugly (you have to see it to believe it).

A HUGE thanks to all of you who have taken action and helped spread the word so far!

Please take a moment to check out these two important blogs just posted and help us spread the word about the devious plot by the cosmetics industry to rewrite the cosmetics laws in ways that make the problem of toxic chemicals harder to solve.
Cosmetics Hearing

Dangerous moment: Industry bill would make things worse

Do you want this guy writing the rules for cosmetics safety?

Meanwhile, we still have a chance to get health-protective cosmetic safety laws in place for the first time in decades—and we’re working hard to make that happen!

Our message is simple: Any new laws must get rid of the worst chemicals in cosmetics that can cause cancer or reproductive harm. They must also require companies to be transparent and honest about what’s in their products, and they must include a strong safety standard to make sure decisions about safety protect the most vulnerable populations – children, babies and pregnant women.

Stay tuned for more details about this critical moment-- we’ll keep you in the loop as the situation unfolds. For now, please join us in having some fun spreading the word about the dangerous shenanigans of the cosmetics industry lobby by reposting these blogs on Facebook and Twitter today!

If you have more time, and if you have a blog of your own, please think about spreading the word that way. Now is the time and you are our most important champions – every single one of you who are working so hard to make the world a healthier place.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Shed Your Skin - Winter to Spring

via AlwaysNewYou

If you haven’t been exfoliating during the winter, the spring season is a great time to get back on track. Exfoliating your face 2 x per week keeps pores clean and makes for a dewy complexion. Exfoliating our bodies 3-4 times per week (the skin on our body is thicker thus can tolerate more exfoliation) also keeps our pores clear but also improves circulation and health.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bad Poetry Contest

For the next couple of weeks, we are having a Bad Poetry Contest.

You may win $50 in NONTOXIQUE product of your choice and a coveted one of a kind bracelet
by Buddha Mamma Accessories, for sharing your Bad Poetry!

1. Submit (in comment field below) your worst attempts at poetry, or what someone said was “just bad poetry” and let us be the judge! - if you're a bit shy, email your poem to becky (at) stormsister (dot) biz.

2. If your poem is selected, it will be posted here on our blog and all over our social network sites for everyone to enjoy. It will also be featured on NONTOXIQUE’S facebook page and Lila’s blog.

Submitting Your Poem.

Our bad poetry contest is intended to elicit fun, excitement and creativity so please, make sure your poems are fun, appropriate for anyone (ok, most), and not too offensive otherwise we cannot accept them in our contest.

1. Please do not submit more than two poems. You must be at least 18 years of age to submit your poetry.

2. After all poems are posted, we will vote on which one we feel is the best of the worst. We will notify you if you have won by responding to your comment.

Deadline for entry is: April 15th

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Out With The Old

my tip via AlwaysNewYou.com

Season changes are the best way to remember to replace liquid cosmetics such as eyeliner, mascara, liquid foundation, etc. I like to use my old mascara as a brow grooming tool. The mascara brush grooms them beautifully and the bit of remaining brown mascara gives them of bit of depth until my next brow color. – Brows lighten the quickest and I only get them colored every time I have my hair done, so this is a quick tip to save a bit of money and time between colors.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Phytocéane Hydra-Balancing Cream Zero Blemish

A new moisturizer has arrived and it's specifically for problematic skin:
Hydra-Balancing Cream Zero Blemish

Oily, problematic skin is finally regulated with Hydra-Balancing Cream Zero Blemish. Made to purify, matify and regulate the production of sebum and provide antisepetic and anti-bacterial action, this smooth and velvety cream provides immediate comfort. Sea-Buckthorn Oil, Cinnamon and Hazelnut Oil combine in a paraben-free formula to tighten pores and help prevent the appearance of blemishes. Jania Rubens, a marine coral, adds intense hydration to restore proper skin balance.

Directions for use: apply morning and/or evening to the entire face and neck.

Key ingredients:
Jania Rubens - ultra moisturizing, remineralizing.
• Sea-Buckthorn Oil - helps prevent the appearance of blemishes thanks to its rich antioxidant content. Controls sebum production and provides anti-inflammatory properties.
• Cinnamon - diminishes seborrhea, inhibits the proliferation of bateria responsible for the appearance of skin
imperfections. Acts as an astringent.
• Hazelnut Oil - regulates sebum and tightens pores.
• Silica Powder - matifying action, absorbs sebaceous secretions.

Phytocéane ventures beyond the horizon taking you on a journey into the most beautiful seas to discover the perfection of marine ingredients, exotic treatments, and a world of spa innovation. “Phyto”, meaning plant, and “Océane”, meaning ocean, merge to create Phytocéane; a perfect combination of science, ocean, and nature. The union of these abundant resources has produced an exceptional line of skin and body care products, with a meticulous balance of natural elements.
Most noteworthy is its exceptional primary ingredient, Jania Rubens - Marine Vegetal Coral. In cosmetic terms, it is one of the most moisturizing, natural marine ingredients available on the market today.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Congress to investigate toxic chemicals in cosmetics!

via Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Mercury in face cream, formaldehyde in hair products, lead in lipstick – the health hazards of toxic chemicals in cosmetics have never been more obvious. Now we have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do something about it!

In response to these public health scandals, the U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a Congressional hearing to discuss the need to strengthen federal cosmetic regulations. It’s very likely that the committee will attach language to address how the FDA regulates cosmetics to a must-pass medical device and prescription drug user fee authorization bill. We don’t yet know what the scope is of the language that will be included, but we do know the committee leadership is favoring an industry bill and may try to fast-track legislation that would rubber stamp the status quo and not include key provisions needed to protect our health!

\Write to the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee today!

The hearing will take place on March 27, which means we have less than a week to make sure our voices are heard!

The big cosmetics companies know change is in the air and are gearing up for a fight--we need to your help TODAY—right now-- to send the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee – who has jurisdiction over this issue - the message that it’s time to stand up for women’s health (and men and babies too) by supporting meaningful legislation that would get cancer-causing chemicals and other harmful ingredients out of the products we put on our bodies every day.

Write the subcommittee members today and tell them: We don’t want mercury in our lotions, formaldehyde in hair products and baby shampoos, or lead in our lipstick.

We’ve come so far – for the first time in decades, this issue is on the national radar – but we’ve got a long way to go to make sure Congress acts in the best interests of our health.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Boards

The lovely ladies over at Post- are making the most beautiful boards featuring the vendors and products that will be available at the collaborative Spring Cleaning Sale at the end of the month.

(Click on photos to enlarge.)

Jewelry and Accessories from our FAV. Local Designers who specialize in Yogi style - $5.00 and up. Omg.

Graphic prints & stationery from redshoes 26 design; vintage posters (dealing with race & assimilation) from Black Betty; pet celebration candles from Nelli; One-of-a kind vintage/chic furnishings for the home from Assez Bon *(items represented here are intended to give you a feel of this adorable boutique. Owner Rebecca will be styling "vignettes" with the items she has available for sale).

Represented are some of our favorite brands (via Corset Styling), BC Designs, Karin Jacobson jewelry, and Post-.


Foat Designs Fringed Scarf/Karin Jacobson's rad rings/Kensie grey cargo pant/BC Design handbags/Annie warmers!!!

You are going to FREAK at the awesome offerings from our Luxe Beauty vendors: Julie Swenson - will be offering 60% off Smart & Chic Makeup (discontinued luxe brand) to make room for her NEW personal line: STELLA (which she will offer at a special 20% off - event only); StormSister Spatique (that's us!) will be offering lots of luxe goods, including our FAV I.N. Products (select products); BLINK will be offering a Major discount on Luxe Australian line Nvey and French line Patyka. OMG.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

SPRING CLEARANCE AND SAMPLE SALE

Local Designers and Boutiques will hold a public sale event featuring deep discounts on sample items, fall/winter merchandise, remaining inventory from past collections.

StormSister Spatique will join well-known and high-end local designers and boutiques that will come together so our fans can buy merchandise at 40-80% off retail prices. According to Lois Eliason of Post-, “the event is a way to offer our local followers our great products at a more-than-affordable price. Shoppers can stock up on beauty/gift items for Mother’s Day, Graduation, wedding and bridal showers, etc., or find some key pieces that work for transitional winter/spring styling”.

The event will be held in a spacious 1,100 square foot studio loft in the Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, and will have the feel of a “no frills”, but “great find” open market for shoppers.  More than 12 designers/boutiques participating will offer clothing, accessories, skincare, beauty products (makeup), and home goods.

The Clearance Event will be held on the weekend of March 31-April 1st (Saturday-Sunday), from 12-5 p.m. on each day at: Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson Street NE #406, Minneapolis (Free parking).

Monday, March 19, 2012

Beauty Game

We're giving away 4 travel packs of Greenbody Greenplanet today on our StormSister Spatique and 3waybeauty Facebook pages!

"Like" us and play!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Samples!

I have the best retail partners ever! Really, I do.

Lorri Weisen of Greenbody Greenplanet delivered a ton of these travel size shampoos and conditioners today. Each travel pack contains 4 (yes 4!) haircare products - two shampoos and two conditioners so you may experiment to find which is the best for your hair. - Be nice and share the love - pass along the two that aren't best suited for your hair type.

Each four-pack includes tips and tricks on the best way to use them.
Our favorites? We like to use the shampoo as a body wash and the conditioner is great for shaving.

They will be shipped with all StormSister Spatique or 3waybeauty  orders until they're gone.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Bee Good

Some great info about bee and bee products via GOOP.

The Buzz

You know when you start hearing about the same thing from different people at around the same time? This has been happening to me lately in regard to, well, bees. I was recently given "bee venom therapy" for an old injury and it disappeared. I was recommended bee pollen, raw honey and propolis for various purposes. So far, these recommendations have worked for me. I started to research and found some very interesting facts which I thought I would share with you.

Love,
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The Beehive Glossary:

Beyond producing honey, honey bees, or apis mellifera, in the course of building and maintaining a hive, produce a variety of products including propolis, bee pollen, bee venom and royal jelly.

Raw Honey
It’s a vector for royal jelly, bee venom, propolis and pollen. Raw Honey specifically is obtained by beekeepers without heating the honey above 120°F.

Manuka Honey
A honey produced in New Zealand that is monofloral and must be produced with manuka pollen in order to be considered a proper manuka honey.

Propolis
Bees collect resin from trees and plants and combine it to seal and sterilize their hive. Propolis is rich in vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidant phytonutrients and flavonoids.

Bee Pollen
Bees are selective about the pollen that they collect from flowers to take back to their hive. They collect pollen on their legs and take it back to the hive where it is mixed with honey and traces of propolis, and then fed to larvae for their growth and development. This substance contains amino acids, vitamins B, C, D, E and anti-oxidants.

Royal Jelly
This is what only the queen bee eats. It’s produced by a gland on the worker bee and is packed full of Vitamins A, B and E and anti-oxidants.

Bee Venom
This is the substance that is contained in a bee’s sting. Frederique Keller, an acupuncturist and owner of BeePharm, Apitherapy for Health & Beauty says, "It’s a complex substance with over sixty components, mainly proteins, enzymes and peptides."

Bee-Sting Therapy
A little known therapy practiced by “apitherapists” that has been used for centuries uses real bee stings for ailments.

Apipuncture
A form of acupuncture that combines bee venom with acupuncture. Bee venom is injected in select acupuncture points.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Bits N Pieces

We often get feedback on the many unconventional uses of our 3waybeauty shhh. shampoo | shower | shave bars and we feel that they should be shared with the rest of the class - One use we haven't heard of and one we have:

"My husband developed, well, a bad rash...like the good ole' diaper rash. The ole' desitin* wasn't working, so I tossed him a bar of the soap. Yup, it worked!"

Anonymous - We have chosen not to publish this name to protect the dude with the rash ;o)

Our two-cents - our signature shhh. bar has a bit of tea tree oil in it. Tea tree essential oil is one of the best antibacterial and anti-fungal natural elements available. A rash in the groin area of a man is often the male equivalent to a yeast infection and yeast is easily combated with tea tree oil. 

*We do not advocate Desitin use.

"Has anyone mentioned to you that your three in one bar is SUPERB for our canine friends? Have been fighting a skin infection with antibiotics forever, finally gave a "bar" to the groomer. Their coats are gorgeous, skin lesions gone!!!!!Bad news is, had to give one to the groomer, too...can't keep them around it seems!!!!"

MaryAnn - MI

Our two cents - again, our signature citrus bar is especially good for helping skin to heal - and clearly it may work for your pooch as well.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

More InStyle

Just got my hands on the INtelligent Nutrients PDF of the March edition of InStyle magazine.

Enjoy!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Berry Special

Excerpt from American Spa Magazine.

The skin healing properties of sea buckthorn are endless.

SEA   B U C K T H O R N  IS   NOT  A  SKINCARE ingredient you   often   hear   about.   Its praises aren't typically sung in cosmetics campaigns, and few celebrities talk about its benefits. Once you know about this little orange berry and the wonders it can work on the body, though, you may wonder why.

Sea buckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides) plants are native to Central Asia and parts of Europe, and the berries  have  been  used  by  people  around  the world for centuries. Medical histories from the 8th century A.D. noted the medicinal and nutritional value of the fruit, and there are references to sea buckthorn in ancient Greek and Tibetan medical texts. Some historians believe the plant may even have been cultivated by a plant breeder many centuries ago, because it is remarkably rich in vitamins and nutrients. Legend has it that the Greeks fed the berries to their racehorses, thus its botanical name, “hippophae,” which means “shiny horse.”

The oil and juice expressed from the berries offer an abundance of healing properties for the skin, which is why they are now found in a host of skincare products. Those created for dry, mature skin are especially common. “Sea buckthorn has a very complex and unique lipidic content,” says Angela Eriksen-Stanley, director of education for Phytomer/Phytoceane. The oil found in the berry is a rich source of omega-3, -6, and the rare omega-7 acids and is easily absorbed by the skin. It’s these fatty acids  that  help  to both moisturize  skin  as  well  as support its lipid barrier. “As we age, our skin’s ability to retain moisture weakens, it loses elasticity, and our cells divide slower,” says Rebecca Haight, spa director at Elements Spa Salon at the Great Wolf Lodge (Niagara Falls, Ontario).

Cell regeneration is indeed a big topic in the world of anti-aging these days, with many skincare companies now working to improve skin’s health and restore youthfulness from the inside. Sea buckthorn is a fantastic natural ingredient that offers these much sought-after beneits.
Many experts claim sea buckthorn oil is able to boost natural cell turnover, leaving skin vibrant, plump, and smooth. This could at least partially explain why researchers have found that the ingredient can help with wound healing.

Improved cellular regeneration can also be of benefit for those with acne. “In skin that is acne-prone or regularly breaks out, slow tissue regeneration can be a real issue, causing a simple breakout to last for a week or two,” says Eriksen Stanley, who adds that this slow healing can lead to scarring. Using products with sea buckthorn oil is perfectly safe for those with oily skin, as it actually helps regulate sebum production. And its anti-inflammatory properties are soothing for those with acneic skin, too.

Sea buckthorn is also loaded with high levels of  vitamins  C  and  E ,  as  well  as  pro-vitamin  A. These vitamins—along with beta-carotene—act as free-radical scavengers that help maintain healthy, youthful skin. Combined with its skin moisturizing and plumping capabilities, this antioxidant effect makes sea buckthorn a well-rounded ingredient that’s perfect for mature skin.

For spa-goers looking to detox and deepcleanse, sea buckthorn is again an ideal ingredient. It’s rich in sulfur, one of the main components of detoxification in the body. “Sea buckthorn is ideal for stimulating circulation, eliminating toxins, and warming muscles,” says Lesley Gordillo, spa director at Elemis Day Spa (Merrick Park, FL).

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Misalignment

I was reading an article recently by the founder of NONTOXIQUE, Sheila Fredriksen, and I was reminded of how improper body alignment can contribute to chronic calluses on the feet.
She recommended that you make an appointment to see a chiropractor if you find yourself battling with a callus that never goes away, even after being removed.

Body misalignment can cause uneven weight distribution and that can lead to unusual pad thickening on the bottoms of the feet. 
Removing them will take a bit of time but between your chiropractor, pedicurist and great foot care products, you can remedy the problem.
Great advice!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Complete Makeup Removal

Phytoceane has developed, Complete Makeup Remover.

3-in-1 action for practical & effective makeup removal

1 - Removes Eye Makeup
2 - Removes Face Makeup
3 - Tones Skin

Proven Results*

- Skin is fresh: 95%
- The product doesn’t dry the skin: 95%
- The product gently removes makeup: 90%
- The complexion is radiant: 90%

* Test conducted on 20 volunteers aged 25 to 55 years for 21 days on the face, eyes, neck and lips once daily (evening)

Phytoceanes NEW COMPLETE MAKEUP REMOVAL for the face and eyes uses a 3-in-1 Action for practical and effective makeup removal. Almond oil offers hydrating and softening properties while Paniopsis acts as an antioxidant. Skin is left clean and fresh in one single step.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sunscreen For Your Babe

Suntegrity Skincare Debuts Baby Mineral Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum SPF 30.

Suntegrity Baby Mineral Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is the newest addition to the natural, healthy and award-winning family of sun care products by Suntegrity Skincare.

Unscented, vegan and complete with broad-spectrum protection, its 20% non-nano zinc-oxide provides the utmost in broad-spectrum protection against the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Suntegrity Skincare has formulated the Baby Mineral Sunscreen without any invasive agents and chemicals including parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles and chemical UV absorbers.

To keep the skin smooth and soft, Suntegrity Baby Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 includes Organic Green Tea Extract, Organic Cucumber Extract, and Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil, all gentle natural ingredients that provide essential nourishment to babys' sensitive skin.

Easy to apply and loaded with antioxidants for healthy protection all year round, Suntegrity Baby Mineral Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (3 ounces) retails for $24.00.

Dermatologists and The American Cancer Society urge the use of sunscreen year-round.