On a side note. We have an old blog that we want to get rid of. So, we are going to transfer old blog posts, that are still relevant, here. So, if you have been an avid reader you may have already read some of them. We'll do our best to make any reposts, current.
The StormSisterSpatiquestorefront will be closed on New Years day (January 1st), otherwise, it's business as usual here.
Also, there is some great clearance merchandise here in the store right now, so stop in.
The Bon Voyage gourmet bath trufflecollection includes three delicious destinations for you to choose from. Roman Holiday white chocolate bath truffles are made with cocoa and coffee butters to soothe dry skin. Sweetens your bath with white chocolate and a twist of coffee.
Whatever holiday you're celebrating, we would like to wish you safe travels and good times with your friends and loved ones! Thank you so much for your business and support, we are so very grateful. We would like to say a special "thank you" to all of our new customers that have made a conscious decision to either buy local or buy from a small business this holiday season. And, to you StormSisterSpatique diehard "product whores", albeit online or shoppers in the Spatique, we love ya terrible! Keep in mind, as we move forward in 2009, we small businesses are not the criminals that got us into this "financial crisis" and we're not getting any bailout. I'm just sayin'. We appreciate your patronage more than you know, thank you. StormSisterSpatique will be closed on Christmas day. We will open at 10 AM on December 26th.
Love the IN Lip stuff and the John Masters Texturizer... my husband is very hard to please when it comes to haircare products, but he loves it! Actually, we are both using the texturizer... it's great and smells terrific.
The lip stuff is really fantastic. It immediately is absorbed and really has what I'd call instant hydration. Other lip stuff just kind of sits there or is so waxy... Jane - Hong Kong
Mascara first - yes first. Before eyeliner, before concealor, before coffee. "Mascara wakes up the face and makes you see that you really don't look that bad," Perdis says. Brilliant!, I say. I once had a client that would put mascara on before she went to bed - bad idea by the way - because just in case there was an emergency in the middle of the night, ie., firemen, paramedics, etc. Anyhoo...my favorite tip from Napoleon? "It's OK to be a little bit shiny. There's too much foundation in America." he says. Thank you baby Jesus for Napoleon. I have included some links to MY favorite makeup products (hey, it's MY blog) in this post.
We do a lot of shipping here at StormSisterSpatique. Though store sales are creeping up on our online sales, online sales are still in the lead. European sales have increased about 10% this past year. I'm certain it has everything to do with the dollar/Euro ratio. Hey, yay! for us.
We continue to improve our "greenness" here, as well. If you purchase from our online store, you know that you don't always get the prettiest box or the prettiest packing materials - we reuse all of the boxes and packing materials that our products are shipped to us in. So, they aren't always pretty, but all of the goodies inside certainly are!
Most of our packaging popcorn is now the recyclable kind that is made out of corn. My son Bailey says they taste like puffed popcorn, but without the salt. OK, I've tried them too, and he's right. We are not advocating that you try them, of course. I simply have an odd curiosity to taste things that aren't always intended to be edible. No…
It's no secret that I LOVE Olivia Garden hair brushes. I used them my entire career as a hairdresser and now I sell them in my Spatique.
How excited was I when my favorite brush company went "green" and made a fantastic brush even better by designing them with bamboo handles? Brilliant! Did you know that bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world? Yes siree, tis. The bamboo handled brushes still have the same ceramic ionic properties, they just have the addition of that lovely eco-friendly handle. Ceramic ionic technology helps hair dry faster. Once ceramic is heated the temperature stays constant and even compared to metal or plastic and the "ionic" portion of the brushes has something to do with negative ions and static and some other scientific mumbo jumbo. Hey, I'm just a girl who knows this stuff works. Don't ask me the science around it. Hair dries faster and is softer and smoother, that I can tell ya. I remember when one of my product reps …
Ginger Root and Green Tea. Pre de Provence uses shea butter in each of their products. That is one unique characteristic of this French brand. Shea butter makes for an especially creamy bath. They are worth every penny of their $7 price tag. What, you think that's expensive?! Oh sweet cheeks, put on your big girl panties, I have organic soap bars by Panpuri that will set you back $16! And trust me, they are worth every cent. If you cannot afford the addiction, don't splurge because you cannot give them up.
Tinted moisturizers aren't anything new. I was always a big fan of the one from Aveda, just lovely.
I had a client in my store the other day who mixes her favorite Phytoceane moisturizer and Fleur's foundation. She wanted a tinted moisturizer and didn't want to purchase a separate product and so she mixed them. It makes sense. You favorite moisturizer + your favorite foundation = tinted moisturizer.
I have been a French Quarter Candle fan for about 7 years or so. They have gone through some packaging changes that I haven't always been that thrilled with. But, I have been patient and expressed my disappointment when I wasn't happy. The new holiday candles just arrived. They are bigger, 11 oz and they went back to my favorite design; round tumbler, wax seal and organza bag. Just lovely and elegant. I'm certain you will be pleased as well. Remember, soy doesn't burn as hot as paraffin, so you can use the warm oil as a body lotion or massage oil.
The philosophy of Treat Beauty is simple: find nature's most beneficial active natural and organic food ingredients and craft them into products that are good for the skin. Inspired by nature's most delicious ingredients, Treat uses food grade antioxidant and vitamin rich butters and oils that are the best nature has to offer. They believe you should never put anything on your body you are not willing to put in it. (Sounds a little INish.) Nature offers many ingredients that are soothing and beneficial to dry skin. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins these ingredients can help to heal dry, sensitive and aging skin. If you are currently using a lip scrub, check the ingredients. Most lip scrubs contain petroleum in some form. Not Treat. Treat uses 100% natural sugar, shea butter, sweet and tart lemon essential oils in theirs. Oh, and those bath truffles............now that is just what your skin needs this time of year!
My favorite? TheAsh Wash,of course. The eye bags and neck wraps are also very nice and smell lovely. They are handmade. All Scrub Your Butt products are local and made right here in MN. I am really doing my best to find great quality boutique lines that are made close to home. Stay tuned.
It's official. The new StormSister Spatique candy is PEZ!
I have been searching for a new candy for weeks. I have spent more time Googling candy than I care to admit. Ugh! I was going to purchase a new flavor of candy from the same company that I have been buying from for the past two years, but Wagner Match has horrible customer service. It's a blessing though, because I have found PEZ and who doesn't like PEZ?!
Why PEZ, you ask?
Well, if you know the background of how I got the name of my store - When my sister and I had a spa/salon together, we had a client who called us the Storm Sister's. My last name is Sturm and Sturm means "storm" in German. Anyhoo, my family is orginally from Austia and PEZ is from Austria. Hello!? It was meant to be!
(Ok PEZ corporation, hopefully you will read this blog post and I will never have to purchase your wonderful candy again. hint, hint. Ok, "never have to purchase" may be reaching a bit, but you'd be mighty f…
By Mbeze. Dab in underarm area with powder puff or cotton round for extra wetness protection as needed. Apply after deodorant. If irritation occurs, discontinue use. Powder puff can be hand washed in between uses when necessary. Let it completely dry before putting back in container.
Natural Can Be Fun Too - At MBeze (pronounced embeez), we create effective, natural skin care products, but we like them with a lot of style and personality! We feel that going natural doesn't mean you have to go bland and boring. As well as promoting better physical health, we encourage you to express yourself, be aware of your consuming habits and just be you.
Thanks to Kevin Quinn and his STYLEDLIFE staff for a great Black/Fun Friday @ their Galleria location! The Timothy Han candles were a hit and Patti Merna was the winner of the $250 Intelligent Nutrients gift basket. Yay Patti!!
I think it was quite ironic that I also got a mention yesterday in Allison Kaplan'sPioneer Press article about Intelligent Nutrients. I'm a firm believer that there are no accidents. Thanks Ali!
And finally, a little toot from an online client:
just wanted to let you know that i received my order today, and thank you so much for the quick delivery and great customer service :-) all the best,
And my favorite - Hi Becky! Hope all is well with you. This is Nicola V. (from NYC) I discovered your online store last year when searching for Phytoceane Products and it has been love ever since.) We have also spoken a handful of times and you have given me some great skin care suggestions.) Hope this refreshes your memory. Anyway, I have been on your web site very recently and I like the changes you have made. It looks good.
I really try to be modest, but sometimes it is just so hard.
Hey, it's my blog so I can toot my own horn now and then. I'm just sayin'.
I love it when clients tell me "You have to get this!" "It's the best treatment for dry, brittle nails."
I thought I had all the nail care that I needed here in the Spatique, clearly not. And, considering the 1st week I began to carry it I sold out, I guess it's pretty groovy stuff. I don't have brittle nails, so I have no need to use this. But, I LOVE other SpaRitual products, so if you're looking for a recommendation, I would say this would be it. When I worked in the salon/spa, I loved Nailtiques. Has anyone tried both? If so, let me know which you like best and why.
SpaRitual is now APPROVED UNDER THE HUMANE COSMETICS STANDARD
SpaRitual is now an official member of British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV). BUAV has been campaigning peacefully to create a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals. This symbol will start to appear on all SpaRitual product packaging (replacing our current rabbit icon). It also denotes our commitment to cruelty free practices and no animal testing. The official mark of BUAV means that the product is”BUAV Approved”, “Not Tested On Animals” and “Approved under the Humane Cosmetics Standard”. For more information, visit www.buav.org.
Summer Savings! Cutting Down on Gas and Energy Use
This past summer SpaRitual cut energy costs by switching to a four-day summer work week. This new schedule helped them do their part to reduce gas consumption and dependency on foreign oil and helped their employees to save at the pump.
Apply your favorite, thick hand cream (we love Prede Provence Organic 100% Shea Butter) and wear overnight.
Wear periodically to keep hands soft or wear a few nights, consecutively, to heal cracked hands.
We promise, when used with the Shea butter, this works!
ColorMark is true temporary liquid hair color for touching up gray roots.
Not a mascara. Not a crayon.
For accurate hair coloring with precise professional results...ColorMark is the only instant, liquid hair color that prolongs the look and feel of freshly colored hair. Stays true, looks salon-new, until you shampoo it out.
For that first-day color look and feel at your fingertips...If you color your hair to cover gray, your gray roots will begin to show two to three weeks before your next application of permanent haircolor. Now, you can just touch up the gray that is showing.
A bottle of ColorMark will last from 2-4 months, depending on the amount of gray that needs to be covered.
Erbaviva Diaper Cream is made with a completely natural cream base with added Echinacea, in active proportions, to heal and protect. Echinacea has long been used by the Native Americans as a topical wound healer, both to reduce redness, inflammation and pain. Sure to put a smile back on baby's face as soon as is possible. Scented with the healing organic essential oils of Lavender and Chamomile.
Its also been reported that it works great on adult chafing.
Hailed as "the newest absolute must-have tool..." Shadow Shields are the only product of its kind to truly eliminate messy "raccoon eyes" caused by applying eye makeup. Recommended and used by industry leading makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts world wide, Shadow Shields are also ideal for lash tinting, extensions, and airbrush! They are half moon shaped adhesives that are placed under the eye before applying eye makeup. Any excess product that falls is caught by the shields, leaving you with clean under eyes!! Shadow Shields are giving women everywhere the confidence they need to apply eye makeup, while making the job of a makeup artist a little easier!
This is one of my favorites of the new IN haircare products.
Personally, EVERYONE needs to own this and you need to bring it with you to your hair appointments. Especially if you have any type of color treatment done. Talk to your hairdresser and ask them if they will give you this treatment before your hair color. Be prepared for an additional fee, of course. Once a hairdresser, always a hairdresser I believe. I divorced a lot of clients to open up StormSisterSpatique. But, I still have a handful that simply wouldn't allow it or maybe I just couldn't give them up, who knows. Anyhoo, I'm still coloring, cutting and waxing a select few and they are the willing victims to my product experiments. I have been giving my hair clients this treatment since this product arrived. It is simple, a few pumps of the oil in my hands and in their hair, near the scalp. Then a few minute scalp massage. Who wouldn't like that and trust me, you'll pay extra and not even bat an eye. At fir…
Lots of questions about these two products and one isn't even out yet. I understand. I'm going to try to answer all of the questions that have been posed to me up to this point. The 70% Organic Shampoo is 70% organic versus the rest of the IN products being 100% certified organic. There are simply some ingredients that just are not yet available with the USDA Organic certification ye. The other 30% that is not organic in the 70% Organic Shampoo and 70% Organic Hair Treatmentis still GMO-free 100% plant ingredients. The 70% products were designed for color treated hair and though that is the reason they were designed, some of us just couldn't wait and we are using the Total Body Cleanser with great results. Personally, if your hair is highlighted and blonde, you can use the Total Body Cleanser until the 70% gets here - I should have it in by the 10th of November, by the way. If you ar…
I get quite a few people asking if the SpaRitual polish lasts longer than other polishes and if that is why I carry it.
Does it last longer than other professional polishes, such as OPI and Creative? No, it lasts just as long. Though, I have had one client that said it lasts longer for her.
SpaRitual and the above mentioned nail care lines are the highest quality nail care, if you ask me, as far as colors and staying power.
Here is the tip I promised.
Before applying your polish or basecoat, take a cotton swab and dip it in a bit of polish remover. Rub over the complete area of your fingernail. Let dry, and then apply polish. Lotions, oils, etc., will keep your polish from adhering to the nail. This is the number one reason for polish peeling off of the nail.
StormSisterSpatique carries SpaRitual because it doesn't contain Pthalates, toluene or formaldehyde. These are controversial and common ingredients in nailcare lines in the US. Though, these ingredients are banned in beauty care pro…
This made me smile this morning. It is a thank you note from a client in France.
I accepted my coli (not sure what "coli" is, as I don't speak French. Her order I imagine.) on Friday, October 17th, it arrived well. Thank you for the small presents (samples) her my pleased. I hope see you again and I wish you a long life has your firm. (I wish your business has a long life.)
Betty color kits are specially formulated for the hair down there and include natural ingredients such as elder flower, cherry bark, chamomile, comfrey, black walnut, rosemary and aloe as well as special conditioners not found in current hair color dyes. Our safe no-drip crème formula ensures that when used correctly, betty color won’t run into your sensitive area. Betty does NOT contain PPD or ammonia. Remember to follow instructions and apply to Safe Zone only.
How often should I use this product? Betty can be used frequently. Most men and women color their hair down there when they color their head hair, usually every 3-4 weeks. Reapply leftover color if you need a boost.
How many applications are in each kit? Each betty kit has about 1-2+ applications (depending on how much betty there is!)
What if I want to go back to my original color? No problem. Just use the betty kit that most closely matches your original color (AUBURN betty™, BLACK b…
I was discussing the IN Volumizing Spray with a client the other day, and she said she loved the product and the smell, but didn't know that it worked better than her current volumizing spray. But, she said something very interesting to me.
"Though it doesn't make my hair behave any better, it is good for me."
EXACTLY! IN is loaded with the anti-oxidant rich oil, INtellimune. All of the IN products (except for the aromas) contain this amazing oil.
That is the whole point with IN - Certified Organic Health And Beauty. Our beauty products should be GOOD FOR US. Meeg and I also discussed the IN Perfect Hold Hair Spray as well. We likey very much, but don't lovey. The smell of course is fantastic, it just doesn't have the hold that we are used to.
Remember, we were teenagers in the 80's so we have had a long love affair with lacquer hair sprays. That's a hard habit to break folks.
If it doesn…
Lemongrass soap is richly scented with lemongrass essential oils and embedded with lightly exfoliating real lemongrass.
The French are said to have an affinity for the sensual pleasures in life. Whether or not that is true, a certain ambiance foams from Prede Provence's Verbena Soap Bar. It's a hard, light green cut of soap that lathers softly and releases a mild fragrance.
About Prede Provence: Since the Middle Ages, French soap masters have crafted exquisite natural soaps--sublime combinations of organic wonders and an ancient art. Prede Provence Soaps are known as the finest in the world, a reputation built by the legendary savonneries and the enduring quality of their product. Their soaps provide gentle, moisturizing skin care along with subtle fragrances that will transport you to another world.
Apply generously all over body at least 15 minutes before going into the sun and re‐apply every couple of hours if staying in the sun for a long period. Re‐application after swimming is recommended. Application under clothing is recommended as UVA rays can penetrate clothing.
Key Product Knowledge Monoide Tahiti Butter – Hydrates and protects, Aloe – Soothes, heals and moisturizes, Chamomile – Calms and relaxes, Lemongrass – Awakens and heals Monoide Tahiti is a traditional, natural product originating from Tahiti and is made by soaking Gardenia Taitensis blossoms (Tiare flowers) in rich, purified coconut oil. Authentic Monoïde Tahiti is made by soaking approximately ten ʺtiaréʺ (Gardenia Taitensis) blossoms in one litre of refined coconut oil that has been purified by filtration. Gardenia Taitensis – renowned for its potent fragrance and remarkable cosmetic properties – is indigenous to Tahiti and not found anywhere else. The coconut oil is extracted from ripe coconut…
I'm still uncertain if www.snopes.com has the definitive answer to every supposedly "true" story on the Internet, but it seems to be held in high regard, so I will pass this along. Hair Bands
Is anyone wondering WHERE all of these used condoms are coming from? Just thinking of HOW they are all collected is so disturbing to me.
Just when you think you have heard everything..... GeeeeRrrrooooossss
I've been sitting on this post for a few days. Why?
I needed to figure out how I can present it without sounding like a raving lunatic. I should be able to do it here because I certainly can handle myself with clients. Though, I admit I am "passionate".
A new client came in last Friday. She was looking over the store and inquired about a facial moisturizer. From the list of products she told me she has used, I thought she would be interested in the Equavie Organic Skincare line.
She is 52 and has had some Restylane injections in some lines around her mouth, but told me she just didn't feel like they lasted very long. (Once she gave me some dates, I agreed that they hadn't.) I then asked her to tell me what skincare she was using when she received the injections. "Oh, just some bar soap", and then she named some over-the-counter moisturizer. I kept it pretty cool, but I was seeing red! Bar soap? I have a rule: No foaming cleansers on facial skin over 30.…
I get a lot of questions on where to go to get pedi's, mani's, facials, waxing, etc., etc. Thanks for trusting me to refer you to the best!
It's about time I list who my clients go to for facial surgery and who I refer them to. It's no secret and if you asked, I would tell you. But, I understand that you may not even want me to know. I get it.
In November, it will be 2 years since the opening of the StormSister Spatique storefront. Yay!
I met with Susan, the designer of ALL things StormSister, recently for cocktails. She's working on a project for a friend of mine. A collaboration of sorts. More on that in another post. We're talking fonts, design, etc.. I'm telling her what a rock star she is - Our usual conversation.
Then, she drops a bomb on me.
As so many of you know, I have had to tell you, "No, Susan is not taking any new clients", when you have asked me, "who designed your store?", "who made this table, logo, website, etc., etc." Well, during our cocktail hour(s) she announces that she is taking new clients. Holy Hanna! I think I spit my gin and tonic all over her.
I never in my life thought I would hear those words. At least, I haven't heard them in the last two years when EVERYONE has been inquiring about my designer.
So, Susan Tinkham is taking on new projects. Her email add…
One of my regular clients came in a couple of days ago, just to do a bit of fragrance shopping.
As you know from a previous post, John Masters Organics gave me a ton of samples recently, so I have been handing them out like my clients are trick-or-treating or something. No worries, you won't have to do a trick to get one - Though, if you have a special trick and want to show me, knock yourself out.
Anyhoo, back to why "I'm not doing my job."
I asked her if she has color in her hair - relevant when determining if she needs a moisturizer, reconstructor or just a light conditioner.
No color, she informed me. Ok, how often are you shampooing? Every day, she replied. Ok, stop the presses!
This beauty has been coming into my store for well over a year now and she hasn't gotten the "no-one-needs-to-shampoo-their-hair-everyday" speech. What!? Shame on me.
I kindly told her that unless she is working in a restaurant kitchen, there is no…