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Misty

I love it when clients inform me of a new way to use a product. I'm all about getting more than one use out of a beauty/grooming potion.

The INtelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Mist is a popular facial toner to use after cleansing and before moisturizing.
Now you can add soothing aftershave spritz and ingrown hair preventative to the list. Wherever you shave, give it a spritz!

Thanks for the tip, Sree!

Big Hair

I went to a Halloween party last night and without my knowledge it turned into a surprise party for moi! I hadn't a clue. A few tears and many laughs later......I have the BEST friends ever!


 I don't think my hair has been this big since 1984. I heart photoshop. My hair looks like "Lady" from Lady and The Tramp. ;o)
Thank you again for supporting me and my storefront these last four years. I couldn't get to this next stage without having had my little storefront and all of your support. I have the best friends and the best clients. I mean that with the deepest sincerity.

I have a VERY big week coming up. I know I have been hinting and teasing for months. It hasn't been for naught, I promise. Things are just taking a bit longer than expected.


It's gettin' close folks. I'll be in touch!

A Rarity

I have carried Rare-Elements luxury haircare for a couple of years, now.
The shampoo is creamy, luscious, spendy, but oh so luxurious! It reminds me of Alterna's White Truffle shampoo. I believe pretty much any oil can be sapponified, but I didn't know these oils even existed, let alone included in a shampoo.
One shampoo with this creamy goodness, and you'll know just what I mean! I must say that when this shampoo comes up in my shampoo rotation, I use it as a shower gel as well. I can't help it.

Oooh, and that Treatment Oil! One of the best "hot oil" treatments I have ever had. It doubles as a great body oil as well.

The following, from Hairbrained.me, 'bout sums it up.

RARE ELEMENTS is a new generation of hair care that is built on the principles of luxury and performance. Taking a modern twist on century old healing remedies and combining it with the latest technology, we have developed a simple yet effective system that has been proven to rever…

Press for Madara

It's not just me, everyone is talking about the Madara Tinted Moisturizers.

If you purchased yours late summer/early fall when they first arrived, maybe you're wondering if the moisturizing properties will be enough for the up-coming winter.
Listen to your skin. It will tell you.
Depending on where you live or your age, you may need more moisture this winter. I live in MN and I know I will! I have been practicing with this tinted moisturizer on top of other serums and moisturizers and it works beautifully!

December 6th

I've been invited back to The Commodore.
See you there with all new goodies!

Monday,   December 6, 2010        
4 – 8 pm Join us for cocktails and conversation in the renowned Art Deco bar

Willie Murphy playing the grand piano in the lobby
And What Shopping!  
Unique exotic treasures from world travelers, artists, designers, collectors and antiquers

Not to be missed.

The Commodore
79 Western Avenue North
St. Paul, MN

ecoSAFE Review

Greenbody Greenplanet receives a great review on ecoSAFE.

Hair: Greenbody Greenplanet Shampoo & Conditioner

Ooh La La! Aphrodisiac and hair care all in one?
Description: Give your hair the volume and vitality it needs with this naturally weightless shampoo. Increase hair density while adding body and control. Organic extracts of grapefruit, lavender and burdock root help cleanse the hair and scalp while keeping them in perfect balance. Color is protected and strength is restored with Australian bush kakadu plum extract, the highest form of antioxidant found in nature and certified Biodynamic Avocado Oil, a natural sunscreen. Beneficial and soothing for the skin and can be used as a gentle facial and body wash, making it perfect for traveling or the gym.  8 oz

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified water), Certified Organic herbal blend of Rosa Rubiginosa (Organic Rosehip), Anthemis Nobilis (Organic Chamomile), Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender), Equisetum Arvense (Organic Hors…

In The Loop

Attagirl by Kedrin receives some well deserved press in the November issue of Minnesota Monthly.

We have some of her hats and headbands in our storefront. Stop by!
So fun, cute and local!

Moving Day

As we are getting things ready to be packed up here at StormSister Spatique, we are noticing we have a lot of cool stuff and odds-n-ends that we won't need in our office.

Our sale continues.

The last day to purchase beauty/personal grooming products,  in our storefront, will be Friday, October 29th. After that date, you will need to call in your order to 612 716 5480 or shop online.
Our shipping is cheap or, as usual, we will gladly deliver.

We also encourage you to stop by and take a peek at our stuff since some of it is hard to explain.
Like the super cool steel square, round and rectangle pieces that we used for "frames" and display's, etc. If you are into metal, they're pretty cool.

Here is a partial list of stuff that is available for sale to anyone that is interested:
All of the tables and displays were custom made.
This table, or that table, this display or that display, this Dell 946 printer/fax/copier, a Fellows P-57Cs heavy-duty paper shredder, a bunch…

We'll See

A much-hyped, not-yet-released, haircare product is claiming the following:

prevents split ends
stops hair breakage
softens and smoothes prevents frizz and fly-aways
repairs dry, damaged hair
promotes scalp circulation
protects against heat styling
seals & protects hair color
prevents scalp itch
detangles
moisturizes
adds shine
strengthens hair
heals hair shaft
enhances natural body

30+ hairdressers and beauty editors converged on NYC for a private launch. Everyone loves it and it is supposed to revolutionize the hair industry.
Basically, if you have hair, it's for you.

I must say, I am intrigued with the secrecy of this launch. The product isn't available to the public until January 1st. I'm getting my sample in November.

I'll keep you posted!

Runway Beauty Secret

The one millionth new trick with Egyptian Magic, from Daily Beauty Reporter Blog.

When beauty editors hear about a product that is supposed to work "like magic," we usually have a bit of healthy skepticism. But when makeup artist Val Garland told me backstage at the Spring 2011 Giambattista Valli show (above) that one of her favorite products was the cult classic Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream, I listened closely. "You can put it on your dry legs, on your elbows, on your cheeks, or if you have a burn it's even good for that! I love it, it's my new hot product," she said exuberantly. She put the slick balm to a decidedly more glamorous use backstage, topping the models' eye lids and skin with the stuff to give faces a high-gloss finish. "There's no powder, the skin is just super-shiny," she said of the look. The models' skin was also probably super-hydrated, as this wonder-balm contains ingredients like olive oil, bee…

Turn Back the Clock

NONTOXIQUE get's a hand on Minnesota Monthly's Scout blog, thanks to Katie Dohman.
This hand and foot care line really is all that!

Also, here are the results of the NONTOXIQUE brand on Skin Deep, mentioned in the article.
Another truly green, non-toxic beauty product hailing from MN!

If you order online, your serum will automatically be shipped when you purchase the Scrub and Restoration Cream.

Do You Have IMPACT?

I couldn't have said it better myself.

I came across the following blog post recently, at Ultimate Skincare & Beaute Report:

Recently, I received a new product from ZBigatti to review called Re-Storation IMPACT. Re-Storation IMPACT is a fruit enzyme facial mask.  The texture is incredibly smooth and the weight, a bit lighter than a thick and rich honey.  Applied gently to the face by fingertips delivers even coverage.  This light, rich luxurious and feather-light mud has started to re-texture uneven places on my face after three uses.  After the first application, I felt the active fruit enzymes at work first on my nose.  The second application brought enzyme activity around the balls of my cheeks and chin area.  After each application, my pores tightened up and my skin had an over-all firmness, supple to the feel!

According to Z.Bigatti, this product claims to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and clean pores.  Refine skin clarity, hydrate, tone, a…

1's and 2's for GBGP!

And the Skin Deep score is in for GreenBody GreenPlanet - 1's and 2's and a couple of 3's but the three score is for the essential oils, Chamomile and Ylang Ylang. Puleez!

I love Skin Deep and believe it is a great tool to use to rate the toxicity of your grooming/beauty products. But sometimes some plant based ingredients get rated pretty high and I must say that agitates me a bit. I suppose if one were to bathe in a tub full of Chamomile or Ylang Ylang there could be some toxic repercussions.(?) Too much of a good thing can be bad for us ;o)

That being said, I'll take a few drops of essential oils over a few drops of a phthalate laden perfume oil any day.

Improved Calme'

I have been a fan of these collagen masks for about 4 years now. The new and improved version will arrive in the next few days.

What was a pretty good ingredient list is now a great ingredient list.

CRAVE Sisterhood

I was checking out the CRAVE Minneapolis/St. Paul site yesterday, and ran acrossthis.
Wow! I'm truly blessed to be a part of all the positive energy out there.
Thank you, Kathy Hanson.

Madara Video

I wanted to share this video with you, about the brand, Madara.
I was recently on the My Talk FM 107.1 Shop Girls show, chatting about this brand. Their Tinting Fluids are easily one of my current favorite products. A truly natural tinted moisturizer has been severely lacking in this industry, especially one this effective.

Air Dancer

When I opened up my storefront here on Smith Ave.,  I did it for one reason. One.
I am a customer service junkie and after spending my entire life in the salon/spa biz and after leaving that life and founding a strictly online shopping experience, the FEDEX and USPS carrier were not nearly enough stimulation for me.
My goal was to have a cool space, in my neighborhood, to run my online store. That's it. If the public was interested in my stuff, great. I certainly didn't move into this space because it was "prime real estate". Don't get me wrong, the West Side is an amazing neighborhood and Smith Avenue is certainly worthy of the title "Little Engine that Can and Want's To and is Trying."
But, a luxe beauty boutique on the West Side? No, not the best place. I knew that going in.

Well, the public did come, thanks to the pressin these lovely Twin Towns. Though, they mostly came from every part of the city but my own backyard.
My clients are the most …

Think Before You Pink

I have long had an issue with how Breast Cancer Awareness month has turned into a money making machine for the products that "donate to the cause'. Especially, in my own industry where there are many ingredients in beauty products that may be linked to cancer.

Many people will say "O'well, the companies are still spreading awareness."
I say, "Talking out of both sides of your mouth is disgusting."

Critical questions to ask before you buy pink.

My girl Lynda offers a t-shirt on her site that promotes awareness, donates $1 per product and isn't contributing to the cause of the disease. Brava!

Healing Touch

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I thought this article, on the importance of touch, was fitting. This article was written for the spa professional, but it discusses the important of massage and touch when going through a health crisis, so I feel it is important for everyone.

If you know someone whose health is compromised, consider purchasing a gift certificate for a massage or pedicure or facial. Those are great "touch" services.
They'll feel like a million bucks. I promise.

Support Sisters

Minnesota Business featured Crave Minneapolis/St. Paul  in a story about women-owned businesses and included a plug for StormSister Spatique. Yay!

Is the Brazilian Blowout Safe?

The makers of Brazilian Blowout claim their product doesn't contain any formaldehyde.
These scientists claim that there is somewhere from 8-10% in each application!

Now, from what I have come to understand about science and the beauty industry, they BOTH could be correct.
BB may be correct in stating they do not put formaldehyde in their product. BUT, it is possible that the BB ingredients, once mixed together, may form a chemical reaction that generates formaldehyde. This is a very common factor in beauty products. Ingredients are one thing, what happens when they are mixed together is a whole other factor.

If this is true, this is yet just another example of a beauty company lying to the consumer and proving, yet again,  what can happen when an ENTIRE industry is not regulated and left to police itself.
Did BB know about this and cover it up?

It actually looks like Brazilian Blowout may be exonerated of this controversy.  Stay tuned!

Flaws in the testing methods used by Oregon’…

Bittersweet Sale

I heart Katie Dohman and Minnesota Monthly. Truly.

More attagirl by Kedrin

Kedrin just dropped off a new batch of attagirl by Kedrin hats and headbands to our storefront.

attagirl by Kedrin will have a huge spread in a major local mag, very soon! I'll keep you posted.

StormSister Spatique Secret Sale!

As you know, I'm closing my storefront at the end of October. And to celebrate, we're having a Secret Sale and it starts tomorrow!

Here's how it works:
Every few days, various merchandise will be discounted 50%.
The Secret Sale continues until I discontinue the sale of a particular item. Quantities will be limited.
Once an item has been chosen for the sale, it will not be available, at 50% off, again.
Every couple/few days I'll announce via and when (not what) merchandise has been chosen.
You stop in as often as you wish to find out what is on sale. We'll show you when you arrive.
This sale is for the storefront only and not available online.