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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.

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 serumbe 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...
StormSisterSpatique 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…

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.

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.

Merry, Merry, Merry

Merry Christmas everyone!

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 p…

Tubed

Finally, the PhytoceaneOcea 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!

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.


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 le…

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!

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.

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.

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.
Serious…

You like me, you really like me!

Elizabeth Dehn over at Minnesota Monthly loves my Beauty Clunkers idea as well. Yay!

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.

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.
Tho…

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.

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.

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 Naturalsin stock. And, they're local!
Each diffuser last between 6-9 months.

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.

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 produ…

What is Microdermabrasion?

A great article by, Suzi Beavers, Licensed Esthetician
Microdermabrasion is a simple, no downtime procedure that exfoliates the skin. Aluminum oxide crystals or baking soda (I prefer the soda/salt as I believe it is gentler to the skin) are normally used to remove the stratum corneum (top layer), where the dead skin cells are located. This procedure will reveal softer, smoother, more vibrant looking skin and a healthier complexion. By repeating this treatment over the course of several weeks, the younger, softer skin moves up to the surface.
When enlarged, clogged pores form on the skin surface, they cause a bumpy, uneven texture. Microdermabrasion can reduce the appearance of these large, open pores by unclogging sebum (oil) build-up and eliminating white and black heads. When dead skin cells are wiped away, acne-causing bacteria cannot survive as easily.
Microdermabrasion works by causing a small amount of trauma to the skin. The skin repairs itself in a more organized fashion, creati…

Sisal Body Brush Feedback

Hi Becky,

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

Marilyn M. - MN

A Curly Girl Must-Have

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

Happy Trails To You

Meeg, Jody and Becky want to thank all of you for your business and friendship this year. You mean so much to us.
Travel safely, enjoy your family and friends, eat a lot and enjoy your holiday.
Cheers!

Piggy Fever and Our Hands

I don't have to tell you about the beating our hands are taking with the H1N1 hoopla going on.
There is hand sanitizer on every counter and nook and cranny of society these days. This hand sanitizer may be helping our health, but it is NOT helping our hands. You know it's true. And, we are entering the driest time of year.
I am a shea butter fan. It is truly miraculous and if applied daily or immediatly after every sanitizing, your hands are going to transform into softer, younger looking hands. Pre de Provence has recently launched a Dry Skin Treamentthat is comprised of organic shea butter AND shea oil. The Dry Skin Treatment comes in a tube so it is easy to put in your pocket or handbag. The smaller size (30 ml) makes it very convenient for travel as well. As you may know, shea butter packs quite a punch, so a little goes a long way. Be conservative the first couple of times you use it.

Black and Tan

I met an African-American gentleman on Saturday night who confessed something to me.
He goes in for a spray-tan once a week.
Needless to say, I about fell over upon hearing his secret. This man is not light skinned and didn't have an uneven complexion. (I asked him to show me his arms and legs as I kinda wondered if he had that Michael Jackson pigment disease that M was always saying he had. ) He didn't. In all my years in the beauty biz, I have never heard of a dark-skinned person going in for spray tanning. Of course, I couldn't let that revelation go without a barrage of questioning.
"Why?" I asked. "My skin just glows and I look Egyptian" he says. I wondered what his definition of "Egyptian-looking" was? "Couldn't you just use a fantastic body oil to brighten things up?" I ask. "I've never found anything that makes my skin look like that." he says.
There were other questions, but I just could not get my head…

IN Serum Feedback

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

Here is a bit of feedback I received this morning:
Morning Becky, I received my serum on Tuesday. I'm liking it so far. It feels very nourishing with the effect of the changing seasons on my skin. Thanks for the samples, I love getting presents.
See you soon, Kathy M. - MN

Sara The Bombshell

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

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

GLEE, how I Love Thee

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

I am so in love with that show, I cannot even explain.
Glee is one of those shows that simply must be TIVO'd. There are so many little bits of brilliance in each show that you simply must be able to rewind it and re-watch certain scenes.
I was watching it late last night. There is always something in it that just makes me bust out laughing. This weeks' line that sent me over the edge was said by Tina. "All of this baby drama is making my rosacea act up". she says as the glee club kids are standing around their lockers, embroiled in the teenage pregnancy dilemma of Finn and Quinn.
Ok, that's funny. I'm just sayin'. Maybe you have to be a skincare geek, but that's ok. I am and I'm not ashamed. I realize that I "get it" on a different level than most, but if I would have…

FTC Compliant? Complaint?

This policy is valid from 17 November 2009

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

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

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

I am not compensated to provide opinion on products (and I sell some kick-ass products, by-the-way), services (need some eyelashes applied?), websites and various (very various) …

Green Gift Guide

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

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

Spanish StormSister

Several weeks ago a very popular blogger from Spain, Lululooks, contacted me and wanted me to send her some product samples so she could review them. She had heard quite a bit about my products and wanted to try them.
Being as confident as I am about what I sell, I sent her a bunch and decided I would post whatever feedback she wrote.
So, here you go.
I have also used a translation site to translated the text (below) for those of you who cannot read Spanish. I also linked to the product she is reviewing so that you may do more extensive research yourself.
I found some of the verbiage in the translation quite amusing and decided to leave it as is. Enjoy.
StormSister is a company dedicated to marketing and distribution of several cosmetic firms face care, body, makeup, etc ... for example,John Masters Organics, Erbaviva, etc ... The main feature is the type of products available: natural, organic and effective.
The products I've tested are: -Erbaviva Baby Soap: a bar of soap is special…

Peace Bombs

That's right. Bombs for Peace.

Peace on Earth bath bombs. Infused with the earthly blend of essential oils; orange, eucalyptus, patchouli, ylang ylang.
Check out the other essential oil infused bombs that we now carry.

OY!

I was SO disappointed to find out this segment didn't make it on the ShopGirls' show. That's what happens when you get three product whores together to talk beauty products. Kripes.
Anyhoo, here is Allison Kaplan sporting the new faux fur Knot-a-Schmata by Kimberly Goldfarb. Is it a cozy hair accessory or a toasty neck cuff? It's both!
Allison, Alexis and I were having so much fun with this new "fur" hair accessory that I was completely unaware that we were not on the air at that time. I have a few left, more are in production, as they were quite a hit at The Affair.
Just like the other Knot-a-Schmata's, because of the various fabric choices these are only available in the Spatique and not online.

MBeze Press

A TV appearance by the Deodorette.

Today's the Day!

The Affair starts today. 10Am.
We've set up our Beauty Shop in booth #644.
We're showcasing new products from local brands: Blissful Bath(peace bombs), Bethany Lorelle(feathers), Knot - a - Schmata(faux fur) and our two favorite products from Galen Labs.
We'll also be chatting with those FM 107.1 ShopGirls, Alexis and Allison, about OUR favorite things at about 12:30. They're broadcasting live from The Affair, beginning at 11 AM.
Hope to see ya there!

Blogger Love

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

Oprah, Watch Out!

I'm gonna be on the FM107.1 Shop Girls this Saturday. 12:30ish. Yay!
Allison and Alexis are broadcasting live from The Affair. Me too, on their show. (StormSister, and all of her glory, will set up shop in booth #644. Stop and shop.)
Those Shop Girls want to talk to me about MY favorite things. Suck on that, Oprah! (I can say that right? I mean it in the most loving way. Promise, Ms. Winfrey.)

Deodorant and Toner - Not The Same

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

Spray or spritz or mist. I like the word "spritz."
After I cleansed my skin this morning, I grabbed what I thought was my toner and gave myself two good spritzes in the face. It wasn't toner, but my deodorant. Not good. Thankfully, I close my eyes when spritzing on my toner. I am also not aware if grain alcohol, the preservative in my deodorant, can make you blind. Who knows. I'm hoping for the best. Needless to say, that "toner' was mighty invigorating. It all made for an exciting start to my day as I was being rushed by the other members of my househ…

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Becky and Meeg want to wish you a Happy Halloween!

Red

She's rantingagain.

Beauty From Within

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