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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…