Thursday, August 27, 2009


Equavie has just come out with an Eye Contour Cream and Moisturizing Mask.

We have been waiting for our organic skincare brands to launch either of these two missing elements. - INtelligent Nutrients will include them soon. I am certain of it.

But, right now, it's all about Equavie.

• Key ingredients of the Eye Contour Cream.

- French Lavender oil:
Widespread in the south of France, French lavender owes its name of “butterfly lavender” to the “feathers” on the top of its floral ears, which resemble butterflies gathering nectar. The line-reducing effectiveness of this extract was scientifically proven with the results of a clinical test. 24 hours after application of this oil, the results are significant: reduction of crow’s-feet wrinkles and a “lifting” effect. In addition to its restorative action, it helps prevent the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines thanks to its ability to block muscle contractions responsible for the appearance of wrinkles.
- Buckwheat wax:
The nutritional composition of buckwheat differs from classic grains, it is gluten-free and very rich in proteins. Thanks to its content of phytosterols and fatty acids, buckwheat wax has an inhibiting action on lipogenesis and fat storage. It helps to significantly diminish the volume of under-eye bags and to moisturize the fragile epidermis of the eye contour area.
- Organic sorbus bud extract:
Harvested in the Auvergne region of France, sorbus buds are very rich in minerals, trace elements, and vitamins. Renowned for boosting blood circulation, this bud extract also helps diminish the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
- Organic cornflower herbal distillate:
Cornflower water has softening and decongesting properties. It soothes redness and irritations
on the skin.
- Organic roman chamomile herbal distillate:
A renowned medicinal plant, chamomile also has cosmetic benefits. In the form of an herbal distillate it soothes purifies and replenishes the epidermis.
- Organic sweet almond oil:
The ultimate softening oil, sweet almond oil soothes and nourishes dry and irritated skin.
- Organic virgin sunflower oil:
Sunflower oil is beneficial due to its content of linoleic acid (Omega-6), which gives it moisturizing, nourishing, and replenishing properties.
- Rosemary extract:
Commonplace in the Mediterranean region, rosemary is a plant with multiple benefits. In cosmetics, due to its natural antioxidant qualities, it protects skin from the action of free radicals, notably generated by the sun and pollution.

Key ingredients in the Moisturizing Mask.

- Shea butter:
Shea butter is a substance extracted from the fruit of shea, a tree that grows in the shady savannahs of West Africa. Used in traditional cuisine, it is mainly known for its cosmetic properties sentence in question to moisturize and soften the skin. In addition to its rich content of unsaturated fatty acids, shea butter contains unsaponifiable elements that give it its skin-protecting properties. They help restructure the epidermis and maintain the skin’s barrier function. This ingredient helps, prevent, skin dryness, revealing a soft and supple
- Peach butter:
All the nutritive benefits of this summer fruit, replenish and nourish the skin.
- Apricot butter:
Rich in Vitamin A, restores tone, suppleness and radiance to tired epidermis.
- Wild mango butter:
This excellent moisturizer protects the skin and leaves it soft and supple.
- Amaranth Oil:
This exceptionally rich oil is extracted from seeds of the Amaranth plant, also known as “Inca gold”. Filled with antioxidants, it helps protect skin from environmental stress. It also contains squalene, a natural component of sebum, making it an excellent sheltering shield for the epidermis and ensuring proper hydration to restore all of the skin’s suppleness.
- Sweet almond oil:
The ultimate softening oil, sweet almond oil soothes and nourishes dry and irritated skin.
- Virgin sunflower oil:
Sunflower oil is beneficial due to its content of linoleic acid (Omega-6), which gives it moisturizing, nourishing, and replenishing properties.
- Rosemary extract:
Commonplace in the Mediterranean region, rosemary is a plant with multiple benefits. In cosmetics, due to its natural antioxidant qualities, it protects skin from the action of free radicals, notably generated by the sun and pollution.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Rose

A little horn tootin':


I was out of town and just got your thoughtful note. Thank you so much for noticing the missing discount. It's exactly why I prefer shopping at wonderful local businesses like yours. (I'm POSITIVE I wouldn't have received an email from Sephora telling me they missed giving me a discount!) Plus, I really enjoy the interesting chats I have with you, and I always come away learning something new.

By the way, I used the Kinky-Curling Custard for lovely, soft wavy curls and loved the results. All other curling products have been too heavy, or have been sticky and stiff.

Many thanks,

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Verdict

It's in. We have the proof. LiLash works!
I have written about Lilash in previous posts.

I was not the guinea pig for this particular experiment. Meeg (my luscious side-kick) was/is the victim.
Why not me? Simple. I love my volumizing mascara and have never had a burning desire to have longer lashes - I love false eyelashes and wear them occasionally, but it is hard enough keeping the inside of my glasses clean from my own lashes, let alone having doe-like lashes.
I have plenty of product addictions and need to pick my vices wisely.

It has been 3-4 weeks since Meeg began using LiLash. She has been waiting patiently for the comments from friends and strangers to start pouring in. Certainly it would happen, right? Because she could tell.
Well, she just informed me that this past week, several people asked her if she was wearing false eyelashes. Yay!

Meeg works most weekends, from 10-2. Stop in and stare at her.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

More on Galen Labs

Here is a video with more information on the Minnesota brand, Galen Labs skincare products.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Little Kinky

The new smaller, 8oz size of Kinky-Curling Custard has just arrived and, it's in a mini version of the mommy size.....cute!

Perfect for you curly girls and boys that are STILL on the fence in regard to giving it a try.
I know, you have a closet full of hair junk. But this brand REALLY works, I promise.

Come on, jump off that fence. I'll help you.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

StormSister Spatique & The 3/50 Project Promotion

Have you heard of The 3/50 Project?
Please, adopt the philosophy and share it with your friends, family and other small businesses in your area.
WE can turn this all around.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lava Stones

A simple little stone that has some amazing properties. The size for one is prefect. It fits right in your hand. It is light in weight and the surface is this unusual stone has numerous tiny holes.
By now you may be asking, 'Okay, so what makes this stone so special?' The pumice stone is produced naturally by volcanoes and it is composed of balsamic minerals.  The composition of this naturally occurring stone wonder is actually a therapeutic combination of various balsamic minerals including silicon, oxygen, magnesium and iron. Oxygen is the element responsible for the holes in the stone. In turn, the holes are largely responsible for the easy removal of dead skin.
Additionally, it is easy to sanitize. All you have to do to clean it is to scrub it with a manicure (or similar) brush and then spray it with any sanitizing spray. The Lava Stone will never lose its effectiveness or shape.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

Before and After-Sun Care Duo


The sun is a source of well-being, happiness, and life. It’s no surprise that we love it. However, we must also protect ourselves from it, because it has another effect on our skin cells: damaged DNA, oxidized proteins, and a reduced immune response. Signs of skin aging appear prematurely. During exposure, the skin must be protected.

But did you realize that you can also prepare it?
And did you know that you can help it to repair damage caused by UV rays?

To enjoy the sun today without compromising the youth potential of your cells.

A revolutionary intensive care, a must for all sunny destinations, high altitudes or the Tropics, in summer or winter…

As a starter treatment, the Preparing Serum acclimates skin cells to sun exposure. It activates and completes the skin’s self-defense systems against UV rays and free radical attacks. It initiates the pigmentation process to promote a rapid, even, and radiant tan.

The upper layers of the epidermis partly block solar radiation.Yet, 15% of UVB rays reach the basal layer and over 20% of UVA rays penetrate to the dermis, causing significant biological changes to cellular components.

Under the effect of UV rays or free radicals, generated in high amounts by the skin during sun exposure, DNA – the cellular core – can be damaged. DNA contains all of the genetic information necessary to life and cellular regeneration, coded on nucleotide bases. It thus encloses all of the skin’s youth secrets. When unrepaired, certain damage or anomalies to the nucleotide bases can induce DNA mutations, preventing the correct transfer of data. Cellular integrity and metabolism become disturbed and the skin ages.

Tanning is the skin’s first natural line of defense against UV rays. It appears after a higher production of melanin.To increase this protection system and rapidly reveal a golden, luminous and lasting tan during sun exposure, the Preparing Serum is enriched with a marine oligosaccharide, compounded with minerals, a true accelerator of melanin synthesis: +27%**.

For ideal replenishing, the Renovating Serum helps trigger the skin’s repair mechanisms to combat cellular damage caused by sun exposure and fight photo-aging.

The sun accelerates and heightens skin aging. It deteriorates the cells by damaging their DNA and proteins.These damaging effects build up with each exposure, causing the skin to age prematurely. The skin is dehydrated and feels dry and rough.Wrinkles and dark spots appear and increase in number.
The skin loses its elasticity and firmness and facial contours begin to sag.

The DNA UV PROTECT complex, used for prevention before sun exposure (Preparing Serum) to help the skin defend itself against the first attacks by UV rays, is also present in the Renovating Serum: It traps free radicals that remain in the skin after exposure and prevents them from damaging cellular DNA.
It accelerates the DNA repair process by correcting damage built up during sun exposure:
-The nucleotide bases oxidized by free radicals are removed and replaced, thanks to glycosylase.
-The bonds that can form between neighboring bases under the effect of UV rays are broken, thanks to photolyase.

Proteins, the main components of skin cells, are damaged by UV rays during sun exposure.To ensure the correct functioning of cells, it is necessary to renew them. Each cell is equipped with an enzymatic recycling system called proteasome, capable of eliminating damaged proteins by detaching them. Peptides and amino acids derived from this breakdown can be reused for the synthesis of young functional proteins. Under the effect of UV rays, the activity of the recycling system is weakened and damaged proteins accumulate.

Amongst cellular proteins, pro-collagen, the collagen precursor, is particularly damaged by UV rays. The collagen produced by damaged proteins is of lower quality.The skin support tissue is less resistant and wrinkles deepen.

Within the Renovating Serum, an exclusive repair complex restores proteasome activity by 90%* activating protein renewal. Freed of damaged proteins and equipped with young proteins, the cells function better and the skin preserves its youthfulness.

The duo of serums features an advanced encapsulation system. Contained in specially selected liposomes, the ingredients are delivered in a targeted manner, directly to the center of cells that are damaged or need protection.These vectors,made of phospholipid lamellas and separated by aqueous compartments, have a structure very similar to that of the cellular membranes.This allows them to penetrate the skin more effectively and fuse with the cells to release their ingredients.

The combined action of the Preparing Serum and Renovating Serum helps to actively combat the damaging effects of UV on skin cells and reduce photo-induced aging, when the skin is not exposed to the sun.

The wonderfully comforting before & after-sun duo nourishes the epidermis to prevent skin dryness. It helps the skin regain its hydric balance to preserve its qualities of suppleness, elasticity, and softness.

It promotes a more rapid, more intense, and exceptionally lasting tan. It also helps limit sunburns and their intensity. Finally, it prevents desquamation, a common result of sun exposure.

JUST ONE WEEK BEFORE YOU LEAVE…Make the most of the sun as soon as you arrive at your vacation spot!
IN JUST ONE WEEK AFTER YOUR RETURN…Be able to leave again for a sunny destination as quickly as possible,while preserving your skin’s ability to protect itself in the sun!

This intensive care is suitable for all skin types.
It is ideal for fair or sun-sensitive skin and for all winter exposure,when the skin is particularly vulnerable to UV rays.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Brush Hour

An excerpt from an article in the August edition of American Salon magazine

Hair brushes have come a long way since the 1800s when they were made with elastic wire teeth or animal hair. Even though these styling tools continue to constantly evolve, brushes remain an important part of keeping clients' hair looking good and are crucial in achieving a desired look. "Choose a brush according to what finish you are trying to achieve," says Lucie Doughty, editorial director for Paul Mitchell. "A brush with soft bristles that are closer together is great for smoothing and polishing the hair. Ceramic brushes are perfect for styling and giving the hair shine, and brushes with wider-spaced bristles are ideal for blow-drying and loose styling." Gerard Scarpaci, artistic director, Aveda Advanced Academy New York, uses different types of brushes in combination. "I always begin a blow-out with a paddle brush for long hair or a styling brush for short hair—both are perfect for removing excess moisture and for creating root movement and direction for whatever style you want to achieve," he says. "I then switch to a round brush for volume styling or making waves." —NICOLE PALMIERI

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


For the first time in 23 years of owning my own businesses a bank has told me "no", upon inquiring about a business loan. WHAT!? I have never once defaulted on a loan or claimed bankruptcy, personally or professionally. (I'll be calling this bank out soon, after I give them one more chance to do right.)

It seems I don't have sufficient "cash flow".
Well, NO SHIT SHERLOCK'S! I'm in the retail biz and it is a damn bloodbath out here. Of course we (retail owners) don't have a ton of cash flow, people aren't spending money!

The government certainly didn't say "No" to banks did it? Hell, banks, along with the rest of corporate America have screwed this nation over as they are first in line begging for money. A-holes.

Needless to say, I was devastated.
I'm now done cryin' about it and am hiking up my skirt and putting my big girl panties on.

Ok, so who out there has about 20K and wants to help a girl out? Email me at

Because I'm not going anywhere.

Monday, August 3, 2009

I Heart MN, too

Jennifer Knoch at Jen on the Radar posted a fun idea today - She is going to post blogs about small local businesses. Cool idea, Jen.

Here is a list of my favorite (at the moment) Twin Towns stuff:

Jen on the Radar - One of my favorite blogs - Thanks for the opportunity!

The 3/50 Project - A local idea goes national - Keep up the great work Cinda!

Lola Red PR - Alexis' Twin City PR firm is movin' and shakin'

Alishops - Allison hearts shopping/boutiques like I heart beauty products

PopFizz Daily - The Twin City version of Daily Candy, but better

INtelligent Nutrients - Because Horst "gets it"

Mpls. St. Paul Magazine - Christy DeSmith rocks!

MN Monthly - Elizabeth Dehn loves fashion/beauty

Andrew Zimmern - Our own Bizarre Food guy

I heart MN.
We're cool and I'm kinda glad that our reputation of being a "frozen tundra" keeps the masses away.

Sunday, August 2, 2009