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Shine On

Two new products by John Masters Organics.

Travel Kits and Shine On.

The Shine On isn't exactly new, it has been out for a year or so, but it is new to StormSister Spatique.
I have to be honest and say that I don't love this product. I'm still undecided. It's nice. I just don't get what the big deal is all about.
But, I have had so many people ask for it, who have used it, that it just wasn't about what I liked anymore.

Crave Women are the Best!

September 26, 2010 by Danielle N.
Minnesota Monthly

In 2010’s September issue of Minnesota Monthly, many of our CRAVE businesses are featured as the “Best of the Cities”. We were so excited to see all of our fabulous women and their businesses in this magazine. Both CRAVE and our readers know that these ladies rock, and now the rest of the Cities have caught onto our favorite shops around town. Pick up a copy of the Minnesota Monthly to see the full “Best of the Cities” article and see all of these fabulous businesses:
Sweets Bakeshop
The magazine lists Ly lo and Krista Steinbach’s bakery as the go-to place for the “Best Macaroons” in all of the Cities!
2042 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, 651-340-7138, sweetsbakeshop.com
Salty Tart
Referred to as the “Savory Pastry”, Michelle Gayer’s shop is recognized for its array of treats, including those that are unconventional but delicious.
920 E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-874-9206 saltytart.com
Joynoëlle
Known for her beautiful and thoughtful designs…

Shop Talk with the Shop Girls

Talked a little shop with the Shop Girls yesterday afternoon, September 25th - G2 Organics polish remover, and a tinted moisturizer by Madara.
Minute 12:52.

MPR

Since I have made the decision to close my storefront and am willing to talk about "why", I've been busy with the press.

It was very odd doing an interview that wasn't about the beauty biz.

Small businesses that weathered the last two years and somehow kept their doors open, including myself, are not "healthy" enough for the current criteria to receive loans and are the businesses that need it the most. Truly, if you own a small business that was in business before the recession and are still open today, you WANT to be in business. Or, we're all masochists. I haven't quite decided.

Understand, banks are now beginning to lend after having recently been forced by the hand of the federal government.
Financial institutions are only lending to new businesses, not those that have struggled through the last 2 1/2 years and no longer have pristine credit. They are lending to owners that have not proven they have the mettle to weather a very slowly impro…

An Announcement

As you know, I have been on a hunt for funding for a product I have developed.

Because of the current state of lending out there, it is necessary for me to search for a private investor to launch my product (shhh...it's a secret!).

To do this correctly, I need to free up time and energy to concentrate fully on this next endeavor. That being said, I have made the very difficult decision to close my storefront at the end of October.

The StormSister Spatique online store will continue as it has since 2005 as well as my personal delivery service.

Though making the decision to close my storefront was very tough, I am comforted in the fact that I couldn't get to this next level without having had it. This is a very exciting time for me as I grow my StormSister Spatique brand.

With the amazing press I have received these last 4 years, and especially this summer(!) I need to strike while the iron is hot and focus completely on this next project.

I simply MUST take this moment t…

Lower Shipping Fees

StormSister Spatique shipping charges have been updated, effective immediately. In the US it is now only $6 for orders up to $199.99 and is complimentary over $200.

Yippee!

Finipil Review

On Saturday, I had my regular brow threading appointment at Blink.

Typically, I would wake up the next day to find red bumps around the threaded area that would sometimes turn into pimples.
Thanks to you, Becky, I took the Finipil with me to apply right after the threading. Christina put it all over the brow area and the next day, there were no little red bumps.
This stuff is great! I have bangs, so you never know what was infecting the area. I would highly recommend this product to everyone that does any hair removal.

Stacy D. - St. Paul

Vibrant Violet

Attagirl by Kedrin has a purple headband (#5) included in a piece by Katie Dohman in the October edition of Minnesota Monthly.

That very headband is in the Spatique, so come and check them out!

Kedrin is dropping by all new hats very soon, including the Finn hats.

Personal Care Product Myths and Facts

I posted The Story Of Cosmeticsvideo when it was first released.
It garnered a lot of controversy along with my post about the 2010 Safe Cosmetics Act.

This list of Myths and Facts is a reminder.

Educate yourself.
The Story of Cosmetics has been viewed more than 350,000 times since it was released on July 21, tens of thousands of people have joined the movement to make personal care products safe and healthy for everyone, and Congress has received thousands of letters of support for the newly introduced Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010.
While we've really turned up the volume on this issue, we want even more people talking about these toxic products, watching the video and taking action to support meaningful policy change.
Share the video with your friends.
Why not plan a visit to your U.S. Representative's hometown office to tell him or her why the Safe Cosmetics Act is important to you? Congress is out on recess this fall, and office visits are empowering and easier than yo…

DiVine Intervention

An excerpt by: Heather Mikesell from the September 2010 edition of American Spa Magazine.

While it’s common knowledge that drinking a glass of red wine a day can do the heart good, applying grapeseed oil or various other grape-infused products to the skin can also prove advantageous to the complexion. Grapeseeds contain polyphenols, which are antioxidants that fight free radicals known for damaging the skin and increasing the signs of aging. Grapeseed extract has also shown promise in helping wounds heal faster with less scarring. In a study at the St. Helena Institute for Plastic Surgery, Steven C.

Herber, M.D., F.A.C.S., found that a majority of subjects who applied grapeseed extract topically to their face reported improved skin texture.
These are just some of the reasons grapes figure so prominently in many of today’s skincare lines. Grapes are nutrient-rich wonders that supply the skin with vitamin C, fruit sugars, pectin, bioflavonoids, and fruit acids.

Veronique P…

Yes, Natural Skin Care is Effective!

An excerpt from a publication by Universal Companies, written by Lisa Sykes, Sustainability Specialist.

As a sustainability specialist with a concentration in personal care, I get a variety of inquiries daily concerning formulations, ingredients, and usage. One of the most frequent questions that surfaces is this one: “Do natural skin care products actually work?” I try really hard not to appear exasperated—it’s not the person’s fault who’s asking me this question. Now that natural is in vogue, many personal care companies are creating new formulas and repositioning some of their lines as “natural” while still justifying their continued use of problematic synthetics (e.g., ethoxylated compounds, formaldehyde donors). This has caused some confusion. The pervasive myth that natural skin care is ineffective originated from at least two places: brands hyping their patented delivery systems and micro-technology for the “advanced consumer” and consumers using what they think are natural bran…

Suffering from Skin Damage this Summer?

Fight it with these Foods!

*This post was written by Jamie Dougherty forCRAVE.

We all want beautiful skin, especially during the “skin showing” months of summer. So how do we get it without spending a fortune at the Clinique counter? By eating antioxidant rich foods, that’s how. Your skin, just like every other organ in your body, needs antioxidant laden foods to keep it healthy and toxin free. Here are some of the most important foods to eat for beautiful skin. Try to get these delicious foods into your diet as often as possible and I promise you will love the results.
Foods for beautiful skin:
Sunflower seeds, Swiss chard, and almonds- What do they all have in common? Vitamin E! Vitamin E works to protect skin from ultra violet rays and rejuvenate the cells. Sauté swiss chard with garlic and olive oil and top with a mix of toasted almonds and sunflower seeds. Vitamin E never tasted so good!
Cauliflower, walnuts, and cabbage- Did you think wild salmon was the only place to …

End of Summer Skin Renewal

NATURAL. NUTRITIOUS.
The best case for preserving skin health. If it works for good internal health, wouldn’t you want the same for good external health too-that being your skin?

PREVENT ACCELERATED AGING with Parfait 10™ Natural age-defying relief for hands & feet. Over 300 nutrients, phytonutrients and antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, D, E K and Chlorophyll for pure nutrition, free radical defense and cellular support, the essentials for aging gracefully. Young healthy skin-because it is.

Don’t let summer fun get the best of your skin. Get back on the path to a perfect 10 with the top three must have items for truly healthy hands and feet.

Herbal Scrubfor gentle yet optimal exfoliation
Organic cane juice for gentle physical and glycolic exfoliation, shea butter for emollient and effective skin conditioning and natural collagen stimulation with an exotic aroma of anise and sweet orange for an aroma that truly teases the senses!

Age Reversal Serum to help even pigmentation
A…

Erbaviva Organic

Did you know the average woman absorbs almost 5 lbs of chemicals into her body from cosmetics each year?

Erbaviva is better for the body and the environment
Organic is a far higher standard than "natural"
Erbaviva is free of dangerous pesticides, fertilizers, and harsh chemicals WHY CHOOSEERBAVIVAORGANIC: Not all organic certifications are the same, Erbaviva isUSDA Certified OrganicUSDA is widely recognized as one of the strictest standards for organic certification
Products which bear the USDA seal contain at least 95% Certified Organic ingredients Erbaviva products are FREE OF: parabens, phthalates, SLS's, petroleum, artificial colors and fragrances

Chamomile:

What do you think of when you hear "Chamomile"? A nice cup of tea? relaxation? soothing? Yes, Chamomile is all these things and so much more!

Chamomile was a favorite of the Egyptians, Romans, and ancient Greeks for treating everyth…

Minx

I had to miss the NONTOXIQUE after party that Sheila had after her BMW Green Carpet event the other evening at Fusion Lifespa, and everyone got Minxed. Crap!

I'm not into fingernail Minxing, but Sara, that Bombshell Beauty, had her toes done and they are FANTASTIC!

All designs can be done on toes as well as fingers.

Not just for waxing any longer

Since I have only recently began selling my favorite after-waxing product, Finipil, I am getting emails from several clients telling me all of the other uses for it.
There is nothing I like better than a multi-purpose product!

I haven't tried these yet, but thought I would pass them along to you.

Burns - prevents scars.
Reduces the swelling of tired feet.
Soothes cold sores.

If you decide to only use for an after waxing cream, here are some other Finipil facts:

Destroys bacteria inclding Staph-aureus, Pseudomanas aeruginosa & E. coli.
Destroys fungus and yest including Aspergillus niger & Candidia albicans.
Cools, shrinks & reduces swelling.
Breaks fats and oils to prevent clogging.
Protects the hair follicle (pore).
Rids your skin of in-grown hairs & prevents new ones.
Slows new hair growth.