Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sexy Betty

Oh, how I wish BettyBeauty was around when I was performing bikini waxing during my spa years. The fun we would have had!

Now YOU can have all the fun!
Sexy Betty (Purple) has arrived.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

70% v 100%

There are two INtelligent Nutrients shampoo's, the Total Body Cleanser for Hair and Body.

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 Treatment is 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 are a bottle red-head, brunette or any other color, for that matter, I would suggest you wait until the 70% arrives in November - For optimum color-retention results.

I don't wait well and if you don't want to either, give the Total Body Cleanser a whirl. If you don't love it for your locks, use it for the rest of you. Remember, it is for your bod as well.

I have been told by the IN brass that the 70% is more gentle (thus being better for color treated hair) than the Total Body Cleanser.

I am curious about this because my hair feels great and it doesn't seem to be an issue, the TBC . My hair is very thick and has loads of highlights in it. I do have to say though, I am not Suzie Q. America who shampoo's her hair everyday either.

Neither should you, for that matter, but that has been another blog all-together. I'm just sayin'.

There are several major differences with the ingredient lists of these two shampoo's. Keep in mind I am not a scientist, but a hairdresser, and I will do my best to explain these differences.

The TBC contains, among other plant-based 100% certified organic ingredients, coconut, sunflower, sesame and Jojoba oils. Now, I do know that there is a way to saponify oils, this is just getting into an area that I don't belong in.

That is one note in regard to the TBC that is very interesting. It needs A LOT of water to get sudsy and then those bubbles are simply the most luxurious feeling I have ever felt in a shampoo.

It kind of reminded me of the Alterna White Truffle Oil shampoo, but even better.

Remember, we Americans have a love of lather and we have been seduced into thinking that we are not getting clean without lots and lots of bubbles. It's bunk people, plain and simple. All of those bubbles are chemical surfactants (sodium lauryl and sodium laureth sulfates) that are simply stripping our skin of its protective barrier.

The 70% Hair Cleanser contains, among other plant ingredients, 100% non-toxic Plant-based cleansers, organic glycerin and organic coffee seed oil.

So, there are some key ingredient differences with these two products and we will simply have to be patient to compare the two shampoos. I'll keep you posted.

One side note. I have had one client with bleached-blonde hair that sampled the Total Body Cleanser and though she just loved both the smell and how her hair felt, she cannot get used to the low-suds factor. Some of you simply may not be able to get over this. It's a reality and a pity.
Remember the Intelligent Nutrients mantra: Everything we put in and on our bodies must be nutritious and safe.
It really is that simple.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Nail Polish Tip

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.

StormSister Spatique 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 products in the EU.
Hmmmmmm, you should be asking yourself.

And yes, these ingredients ARE in most nail polish.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I'll Translate

This made me smile this morning. It is a thank you note from a client in France.

Dear Becky,

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.)



Monday, October 20, 2008

Betty Beauty FAQ's

Why is betty safer than regular hair dyes?

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 betty™, BROWN betty™ or BLONDE betty™).

What if the color stains my skin?

Betty color can be easily removed from the skin with a soapy washcloth. Before coloring, apply petroleum jelly around the outside of the hair line to help prevent staining.

Will the color rub off?

No. Even perspiration and physical activity will not affect betty colors.

Can anyone use betty?

Yes, betty works well on all hair types. No matter how dark or coarse the hair, betty will color all types of hair.

Can men use it too?

Yes. Many men want to cover grays down there too. Men love betty and how safe it is! They also like to use betty on their beard and chest hair.
Our Award Winningbetty™ products are specially formulated color dyes for the hair down there. In less than one year, over 100,000 happy customers are using betty to naturally match their hair above, cover gray or just for fun! Whether you're a blonde (be a true blonde now!), radiant auburn, rich brunette, raven black or want to try hot pink for fun, our easy to use no-drip formula gives you the perfect finishing touch.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

No, it's not the famous Beatles song or the illegal, mind-altering substance the song was about.

It is a lovely pink, glittery shade of nail lacquer (duh!) from SpaRitual, that StormSister Spatique now carries.

Introducing SpaRitual's Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

IN Chatter

Lots of chatter about the new INtelligent Nutrients products.

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't come out of an aerosol can, our locks will launch into a downward spiral even before we get out the door. It ain't pretty.

BUT, the IN Hair Spray does hold very nicely.....and oh, that smell.....smell that smell. Hmm.

Meeg and I have some bad habits to break. Is there a treatment center for 40-something women/men who have a severe addiction to aerosol spray? Let us know.
I don't know why she needs lacquer, her hair is short. But, who am I to judge.

My name is Becky and I am a hair spray addict. Aerosol is killing me and the IN Hair Spray is GOOD FOR ME.
I feel better already, just saying it. Let's all say it together. The IN Hair Spray is good for me.

There is hope, I'm certain.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Lemongrass and Verbena

2 new scents scents in the Pre de Provence bar soap range:

Lemongrass and Verbena

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 Pre de Provence's Verbena Soap Bar. It's a hard, light green cut of soap that lathers softly and releases a mild fragrance.

About Pre de Provence: Since the Middle Ages, French soap masters have crafted exquisite natural soaps--sublime combinations of organic wonders and an ancient art. Pre de 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.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Panpuri Solitude Body Balm

Solitude Body Balm

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
Monoi de Tahiti Butter – Hydrates and protects, Aloe – Soothes, heals and moisturizes, Chamomile – Calms and relaxes, Lemongrass – Awakens and heals
Monoi de 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 Monoï de 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 kernels grown in the mineral‐rich volcanic coral soil of French Polynesia.
Hydrolyzed soy protein helps to improve skin elasticity.
Hydrolyzed milk protein is rich in essential amino acids that moisturize and condition the skin.
Hydrolyzed wheat protein provides moisture, making skin feel soft and smooth.
Chamomile has softening and soothing as well as healing, toning, antioxidant, anti‐irritant and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains azulene which helps to reduce puffiness and cleanse pores of impurities.
Lemongrass improves circulation. It revitalizes the body, relieves some of the symptoms of jet lag, clears headaches and helps with nervous exhaustion and stress‐related conditions. It also helps tone the muscles and slack tissue, relieves muscle pains and helps with poor circulation. It also has insect repellent properties. Lemongrass oil assists in clearing up oily skin and acne; helps with athleteʹs foot and excessive perspiration. and Hair Bands

I'm still uncertain if 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

Integrity in Skincare

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. And as you may know, I'm not a fan of bar soap anyway, let alone bar soap on the face. BUT, that is my crazy, and I have several clients who love the Marseille 72% Olive Oil soap on their faces, and because I don't have a complaint about their skin, I will tip my hat to them. The "drugstore" moisturizer is another no-no.
Certainly, my new client has done nothing wrong. She had some skincare concerns, she went to a clinic here in the Twin Towns and they went and filled those lines right in. Wasn't that nice of them to make a quick couple of hundred bucks and not give her any tools? They gave this woman fantastic results - I LOVE Restylane by the way - and sent her on her way.

This is how this client should have been treated/educated.
Client comes into clinic. Wants lines to disappear. The FIRST questions should be about what skincare she is using at home. Bar soaps and drugstore moisturizers are not going to cut it - Let's be real, if they did, we all wouldn't be feeling like we look old.
Client needs to be educated BEFORE she/he receives any type of injection. She/he needs to be on professional skincare. Facials at least 4 times a year should also be suggested. Yes, at least 4 times per year with some microdermabrasion treatments. If you are willing to shell out hundreds of dollars on quick fixes, do your skin a favor and treat it with the love it deserves!
Seriously, when great skincare is used and skin is properly hydrated, it is AMAZING how many fine lines disappear. Sometimes, that is all the client really wanted in the first place. But they are rarely ever told any of this. Laser centers and plastic surgery clinics see dollar signs and DO NOT EDUCATE.....or educate properly.

After a MINIMUM of 3 months on a religious regimen of great skincare, I would suggest some laser treatments,. Again, this is a great next step that can erase even deeper fine lines, age spots, rosacea, etc.
After a few treatments, if there is still the need, THEN fill in the lines or have plastic surgery.
Yes, a quick collagen injection works wonders. But, it will last longer when skin is in optimum health. And you'll stave off the more invasive procedures that you may reconsider down the line. Injections and surgery are not fun. Do everything you can before you feel the need to do it.
We have a "quick-fix" mentality in this country and I don't like it. Have some integrity beauty professionals.

I can hear some beauty professionals saying that maybe the client didn't want to use the skincare products suggested to them. That may be true. I have certainly had those very clients in MY store. Some just don't want to do the work - Quick Fix Society, remember? Do everyone a favor then, say no. Integrity stays in tact and the clients that do listen, will respect the honesty.
There is an epidemic of dishonesty with beauty professionals towards their clients. It's plain and simple and I see it almost every day.
If you are looking for a laser clinic, plastic surgeon, esthetician, etc. Give me a jingle. I have great referrals for you.

Facial Plastic Surgery

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.

Dr. Peter A. Hilger, MD

Tell him I sent you. Even I need to bank brownie points for when I need something done.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Intelligent Nutrients has arrived!

I'm unpacking brand spankin' new IN product right now!

You don't have to help, but you can come in and be the first to see, smell and purchase. Looks and smells are free.

4 Days In Saint Paul

Lovin' Jen's Radar.

Almost 2 Years

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 address is and her number is 651.325.6705.

Get in line, kids.


I'm not doing my job.

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 need to shampoo every day. Start with every other day. Then when that is mastered and you are feeling confident, skip 2 days. You'll will save money, time and wear-and-tear on your golden locks, I told her.
We talked about rinsing every day, if she feels the need to start fresh each morning, using half the styling product she used on hair washing day.
I recommend she try it out on a weekend, just in case the new technique throws her into an emotional downward spiral. I don't want my clients to curse me in the morning when I suggest new things and they attempt them on a day they have an important event. Bad ju-ju and I don't need it or want it.

This trick works for EVERYONE, again, except if you work in a greasy spoon.

We have been brainwashed by shampoo companies, to not only "lather, rinse, repeat", but to "use daily".
It's a big fat lie.

Clearly, I need a performance review.


See, I told you it was a great file!

See, I told you......
Hi Becky - I purchased and used the CH-702 foot and callus file lastweek. I just wanted to let you know that I was extremely impressed byit. It worked really well - better than I expected. I let my friendsknow. I hope they get around to ordering it. Best Regards, Kathy from NC

Reserve Now

I just received word from Intelligent Nutrients that my order will begin arriving today or tomorrow.

Your orders will ship as soon as the products arrive in the Spatique.

I know, I had originally reported that my order was to ship earlier, but this is a HUGE launch folks. Demand is high and there are only a few of us who are involved in the initial launch of this product line.
These products are state-of-the-art and are going to set a precedent in the US beauty industry.
There is a tremendous amount of interest in this line, so get your orders in soon. I'll announce here when the products arrive, so that those of you who live in the Twin Cities can either stop by, call in your order and/or have them personally delivered.


Client Feedback:

Hi Becky,

good morning/afternoon/evening (delete as appropriate :) )Thank you so so so so much my order came this morning. Now that only took 8 days!!That is amazing..... many orders I have made have taken double that or longer, even from Kinky-Curly themselves, when they used to ship here.I cant wait to use the products and see how it goes. If I'm brave enough I might post before and after pictures. Once again thank you for the super fast service and samples - Tope -London, UK
I received my latest purchase. Your packaging and presentation is beautiful, thank you, it is a pleasure doing business with you. Regards, Elizabeth - New York, NY.
Two in one day. Yay! Happy thoughts, kids...........I LOVE my job!

Gift Certificates

I realized recently that the Gift Certificate page on my website wasn't working properly.

If you wanted to purchase online gift certificates through PayPal it wasn't working. Sorry about that.
No worries though, all has been remedied.
Mark your calendar, StormSister Spatique is having a Gift Certificate Sale in early November 2008!

Dinner Conversation

Oh, the conversations girls have over dinner.

Last night was MDC and my recent "pee blog" was discussed - I knew this blog entry was going to generate a lot of discussion. Discussion is good.

One of the dinner club gang - I will omit her name, to protect the innocent (though she is NOT innocent in any way. - Love you, mean it!) Anyhoo, she claimed that several years ago she had a plantar wart on the bottom of her foot. She had heard that if you pee on it, that clears it up. No acrobatics necessar. Just pee while in the shower and stand in it.
She did this for quite a while and she swears it completely disappeared and I believe it.
I wish I had a wart (not really) or eczema (not really) that I could try this 'natural remedy' out on. I am very fascinated.
Am I freaking anyone out yet? I'm the mother of 2 boys, so this is just 'tea conversation' for me.

I'm sorry if my blog postings as of late are disturbing anyone (hike up your skirt).
I'll keep you posted on helpful feedback I get on this subject.
On a side note. The first IN haircare shipment goes out today. Several shipments will go out over the next few days. I will post which products, on my site, as they arrive. Or, feel free to give me a jingle. I know that many of you are as excited as I am and can hardly wait. Yippee!


I have been pondering this post for several days. But, after much contemplation, I have decided to write it.

I have a lot of different little remedies for eczema and psoriasis. Most of them do work, to some extent, it just usually takes a bit of work on your part. Many of my clients have tried "everything" for their skin issues and are now looking for alternatives.

I have one for you.

A very good friend of mine has had bouts of eczema/psoriases for years - a couple of breakouts per year (mostly on arms and legs). We had thought we had it figured out. Their hand washes had some pretty strong surfactants (sulfates - the ingredients that make soaps, sudsy.) My friend has been using sulfate free hand and body washes. Everything was great for a long time. Cured. Or so we thought.
Out of nowhere, my friend gets a breakout on their arm and wrist. Dang! Back to square one.
If you have ever had this problem, the itching is insane. It can literally keep you up at night and with your hands being the dirtiest part of our bodies, we keep bringing bacteria to the area, and with that keeping it from healing and remaining inflamed. This creates this viscous circle of trying desperately to clear it up.
After a couple of weeks of trying to clear it up again, my friend was once again, desperate. The redness and scaling is unsightly.
We have all heard about what to do when/if we were to get a jellyfish sting, correct? Well, my friend was desperate and in the shower and thought, 'What the heck'.
I'm out with my friend several nights ago, and they say to me. "I need to tell you something." "Look at my wrist." The rash was not red and inflamed and was drying up. Best of all, the incessant itching had stopped. "But your arm is still red and inflamed. Does it itch?" I ask. "Yes", said friend. "What gives?" I asked.
"I peed on my hand and LOOK at it." "I didn't pee on my arm and look at it!" they said. "Are you kidding me?!" I said. I also asked if they were going to finish the experiment. "Of course!" "Do you leave the pee on for very long?" I ask. "Nope, just pee'd and then rinsed and finished my shower." they say. "Let me know what happens when you do the deed on your arm", I said.

I know, a lot of "they said" and "I said", but I'm a curious girl.

I saw my friend a couple of days later and of course, I had to look at their arm. And sure enough, it was drying up, just like their hand had previously done, no more redness and no more itching!
During the pondering of this post, I have been trying to find some information on this phenomenon. Nothing.
I know, this whole concept is odd. Hence, the reason for my apprehension about writing it down.
Could it be this simple? Will it work for everyone? Has anyone else tried this? I don't know, but I am going to start suggesting it to clients.
One footnote though, use your own pee - It has been said that someone else can pee on the jellyfish sting - I think for my own responsibility in even suggesting this 'home remedy', just use your own.
If you try this and it works or doesn't work, please post your comments. I am so very curious.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fall 2008 Hair Trends

Another fantastic blog post from Abby Van Ness at Mpls. St. Paul Magazine's Style Parlor:
Beauty: Fall Hair Trends

It's Time.......

Don't get me wrong, it's not seasonal, just a "seasonal" reminder. Exfoliate your face once per week, and your bod, twice per week. It's good for your skin and your health.

Friday, October 3, 2008

StormSister Spatique

This blog will be open for business beginning October 30th, 2008.

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