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My Card

By the time this post is published, I'll be on my way to NYC to shoot a video for American Express. I'm nervous. Quite nervous, actually.

This all started about 4 weeks ago when Amex contacted me for a phone interview. They wanted to know why I accept their card in my shop.

WHY they picked me, I don't know. Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe I'll ask them "why" when I get there. Maybe I won't.
Anyway, they must have liked my answers because after a couple of phone conversations I am on my way to New York. On their tab ;o)
I'll just keep my fingers crossed that I don't end up on the cutting room floor.

Choosing to carry Amex in my store was a no-brainer for me. I've been a member myself since, I think, '93.
To make a long story short, I believe that despite the slightly higher fees and the couple of extra days it takes to process to your account, a business is foolish not to accept it.
They also have the best Membership Rewards progra…

Thanks, Katie!

A big THANKS to Ms. Dohman of Minnesota Monthly.
I'll keep everyone posted!

Lemon and Vetiver

Mmmmmm, Sunleaf Naturals has come out with a new fragrance addition to their popular reed diffusers.

The Rosy Geranium was my previous favorite, but now I think it is this new one - LemonVetiver.

Elegant in their simplicity and grace, Reed Diffusers from SunLeaf Naturals bring a touch of nature into your home. The pure essential oils absorb into the natural reeds to gently fill the room with our fresh, clean scents. SunLeaf Naturals diffusers are made from pure plant-derived ingredients without any alcohol, synthetic fragrances or harmful chemicals. So, breathe deep and enjoy.

Meet StormSister For Lunch

This is a beauty blog.
Usually about lotions and potions....and serums, but according to Madonna, "beauty's where you find it".

I'm not certain if there is any truth to the rumor that two networks refused to show this commercial (too much cleavage or because of the size of the model) or if it is just a savvy publicity stunt by Lane Bryant to sell more tit-slings.
I'll assume it is the latter - for the sake of all womankind.
Anyhoo, this video has gone viral.

Pity our "immodest dress" truly doesn't have the power to cause earthquakes - We could all band together and topple buildings smack dab on this asshole.

In the immortal words of my friend Lynda, "Hooray for boobies!"

Oh yeah, back to the beauty part.

She's gorgeous. Enough said.

SITC 2

You're invited to The Melting Pot on Tuesday, May 18th for a pre-premier party for the new Sex in The City 2 movie.

Come dressed as your favorite Sex And The City star – Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte or Samantha. Warner Brothers Studios will be giving away tickets to the new Sex And The City 2 movie premiering in May.

$35 per person for this special Girls Night Out.

Special vendors (including StormSister Spatique!) with apparel, hair styling, fun products and makeup tips, plus special SATC drinks! All gals will also be entered to win fabulous prizes and gifts!

So, strap on your Malono Blahnik’s and get paparazzi ready!

Reuse & Recycle Reward Program

Save all of your Galen Labs bottles and containers and bring them in to StormSister Spatique and receive a $1 off coupon for each Galen recyclable you return.

All Galen Labs products are eligible.

Your return will be cleaned, sanitized and reused.

Over 1,000 Galen containers have been returned so far!

Earth Day!

Wow, what a fantastic Earth Day its been here at StormSister Spatique!

I knew Sara Glassman was working on a piece to include Greenplanet Greenbody this week, but I didn't know it was also going to include two of my other favorite brands, NONTOXIQUE and Galen Labs. AND, that I was going to be tied into all three of these fantastic locals. Woohoo!

It's funny, I thought Sara was going to feature Greenbody on PopFizz Daily. I didn't know it was a piece for the Star Tribune. What a pleasant surprise when a future client called me and started asking me questions about the products.
I had to ask her where she saw the article!

Gee, Allison Kaplan's Savvy Shopper Pioneer Press article last Sunday and this, today.

And then AFTER this post was published, there is Twin Cities Live and their beauty segment featuring NONTOXIQE. Thanks Elizabeth Dehn and Elizabeth Ries!

I LOVE Earth Week!
Just sayin'.

Beauty Shop Trivia

It's time for a little Beauty Shop trivia!

Prizes are a secret and will be mailed to the first person to answer the daily Facebook post correctly.
One trivia post per day.
You may only win once during the next five days.

Sorry international clients, but this contest is only open to those with a US mailing address.

Love you! mean it!

Noord Holland

hi! i have received the order and i am so happy with it, thanks again :-)
kind regards,

mirjam b. - Netherlands

A little StormSister love from Holland. Short and sweet.

A Little PiPress Love

So glad to see two of my favorite brands (NONTOXIQUE and Galen Labs) featured in the St. Paul Pioneer Press this morning. Page 9E.

Thanks Allison for lovin' the locals!

Hope to see you all at our Earth Day event on Tuesday, April 20th, with NONTOXIQUE.

Smell that Smell

Herbs. Not just for flavoring cuisine.

Sage has many healing properties. Eighteenth-century herbalist John Evelyn once claimed that the use of sage could "render men immortal." That's a bit of a stretch, but it can be used to whiten teeth, decrease sweating (my personal favorite), and soothe a sore throat. It can also aid in the digestion of gas-producing foods.

Thyme was used by the Egyptians to embalm their dead. What, you're not into embalming your dead? Well then, it was also used in WWI as an antiseptic and can be used to combat a respiratory infection and cough.

Rosemary has been used by healers for its memory-boosting properties. The ancient Greeks wore rosemary garlands to aid in recall - many modern day students continue to use it.

In a small test, three minutes of rosemary aromatherapy seems to have increased the test subjects' math abilities while decreasing anxiety.
Add to this antiaging powers, antibiotic properties, and it's ability to aid in hair gr…

Before and After

Calling all LiLash junkies - LiLash/RenewLash users only.

Please send me before and after shots of your doe-eyes. I need them for a future post. Thanks.

Respond to this post and I'll be in touch.

Green Hair

I am so excited to be carrying the new brand, GreenbodyGreenplanet professional haircare!

Just another product to my list of favorites. Oi!

I am currently using GreenbodyGreenplanet's Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner (the scented version; rosemary, ylangylang, and geranium essential oils are used to scent this range.)

This has been a very interesting 18 months or so in the haircare biz.
Several truly "green and healthy" haircare brands have emerged amongst all of that 'greenwashing' going on out there.

Getting used to the little-to-no-suds phenomenon has been a bit of a psychological hurdle for me - As it has been for many - I'm a hairdresser and our professional, sudsy haircare always removed the muckity muck that everyone used on their hair - It was the suds that did that, right?

I'm almost as brainwashed as every other American when it comes to suds and lather.
Are we really clean without it? It's been tough, wrapping my head around that concept.
To an…

Acne Recipe

My girl Elizabeth at Beauty Bets has posted a great recipe for clearing up a sporadic acne outbreak.

I couldn't agree more.

StormSister's Next Stage

If you didn't get to listen to my interview with Pamela Muldoon on the Next Stage Business Radio Show on Saturday, here's what you missed.

Radio interviews go entirely too quickly. Even when I have notes, I forget something.
I meant to plug my Earth Day event with NONTOXIQUE. My bad.

Thanks again Pamela for an enjoyable interview.

Seriously people, I need a radio gig.

Thank you, John Masters!

John Masters Organics has been so gracious in donating shampoo, detangler, body wash and body milk to all of the fabulous women who are being featured in the first edition of Crave Minneapolis/Saint Paul.
How fantastic!

I swear, I have the best vendors, ever! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Crave Minneapolis/Saint Paul arrives May 26th and will feature yours truly ;o)

Lurking, Take Two

It's about time. Serious press on a serious issue.

Thanks again to that Ranting Redhead for bringing this news piece to my attention. I had just posted about this the other day.
I'm so happy this has lit a fire under you too, Jen.

Please join NONTOXIQUE and StormSister Spatique on April 20th.

A Dirty Secret

An important beauty article.

Thank you Jennifer, for bringing this to my attention and for being concerned. As you should.

Did you know that the "fox guards the henhouse" in regard to the beauty industry here in the US?
The US government does not, I repeat, DOES NOT make certain that the lotions and potions you are putting on your body each day are safe.
From the soaps you bathe with in the morning to the hairspray you use to finish off your style.
The US Food and Drug Administration DOES NOT have the authority to require your personal care products be tested or even recalled if they are defective or harmful.

The beauty industry polices itself with the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) panel that is funded and run by the cosmetic industry! Specifically, it is funded by its trade association, the Cosmetics, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association. This panel has 7 voting members, including NON-voting memberships for the trade association, the FDA and a consumer group.

Gross. It's ti…

It's a date!

Tune in Saturday, April 10th at 2:03 PM to the Next Stage Business Radio Show with Pamela Muldoon.
We'll be talking biz.....and maybe a little beauty!

Poo Bar Feedback

Sheila Mossberg of NONTOXIQUE loves her Bodylish shampoo bar and has this to say about it:

What I really love about the bar shampoo is it gives me the most incredible volume! I can't explain it but I don't use products in my hair so if I want volume I have to dream about it. Well, now I can have it with this soap. I also notice if I use it twice in the same week, I get more volume. This is the perfect piece for brides to use the week leading up to the wedding to get that dirty hair volume!

StormSister couldn't agree more!

Lurking

This article is just gross. Do you know what is lurking in your soap?

The hold that the chemical/petroleum industry has in this country is truly frightening.
Knowing what I do about the self-regulated beauty industry and how the strongest nation on the PLANET can be so behind-the-times, the following paragraph is just another annoying reminder:

Is it just the U.S.?Triclosan is a concern to governments all around the world. Although the United States does not currently restrict triclosan use in cosmetics, both Japan and Canada do. The European Union classifies triclosan as an irritant, dangerous for the environment and very toxic to aquatic organisms, while public authorities in Denmark, Finland and Germany have issued statements advising consumers not to use antibacterial products.We're not behind-the-times, there is just too much money being made by chemical companies whose products pose health concerns.

Here are some hand soap alternatives:

Scrub Your Butt Soap Co. - Fresh…

Two Timing

My girl Alexis, at Lola Red PR, came up with these brilliant beauty tips and I had to rip them off - with her permission, of course ;o)

Lip Protectant

Day job: lip hydrator
Moonlights as: cuticle cream

Pressed Powder
Day job: shine eliminator
Moonlights as: dry shampoo. Yep, take that blush brush to the roots for an instant matte lift.

Bobby Pin
Day job: secure the up-do
Moonlights as: gel eyeliner applicator. Might actually work better than the brush.

Do you have any fun beauty tips where one product is doing double duty?

Crave Update!

Just got word that the 1st ever Crave Minneapolis/St. Paul edition will be in my hot little hands (and in the shop), May 26th.

This book features all the best women owned boutiques and businesses in the Twin Cities. Including yours truly ;o)

Order your book now cuz I'll only have 50 copies .