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My eHealth Radio Interview

Here is my interview on eHealth Radio . If you would like to listen to the podcast only, here is the link . Becky Sturm , CEO/Founder of StormSister Spatique, an online retailer of Lotions, Potions and Serums for hair, skin, nails & body joins the show. She tells Eric what she would change about the beauty industry,  inexpensive skincare tips for problematic skin and more great information. Having spent 26 years in all aspects of the salon and spa and boutique business, as well as growing up in her grandmothers' salon has given Becky Sturm a well-rounded perspective of her industry. Her experience performing haircare, skincare and nailcare service as well as a vast knowledge of salon and spa beauty/grooming products has led to her recent foray into product development. The beauty industry is embroiled in much controversy about product ingredients, self-regulation and improper labeling as to what is considered "natural" and "organic". These is

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Enjoy your kith and kin. Cheers!

Mane Maintenance

My favorite shampoo, Rare Elements Pure Shampoo , & Essential Conditioner make it into The Zoe Report . Here is what Rachel had to say: Okay, I admit it, I am a hair care junkie. I love every aspect of mane maintenance from getting a blowout to styling sprays and playing with different ‘dos. I even love the classic 1970s movie,  Shampoo —Goldie Hawn is  everything !—and envy each actress’ bombshell tresses. In my commitment to keeping my own locks just as fabulous, it all starts with the essential shampoo and conditioner elements… Rare Elements , that is. Formulated without parabens, sulfates or silicones, both of today’s Rare Elements products—the Pure Shampoo and Essential Conditioner—achieve eco-luxurious results without harming your hair.  Obsessed . The Pure Shampoo utilizes a black seed healing herb, Kalahari oil and African watermelon seed oil that cleanses and strengthens your hair without drying it out. Then, the Essential Conditioner infuses your locks wi

IN Fig+Sage

INtelligent Nutrients ’ Anti-Aging Skin Care line has received many awards in various categories in Fig+Sage’s “The 2010 Best in Natural Beauty Awards.” Just a few of the categories include Best All Around Line, Best Facial Cleansers For Anti-Aging and Best Facial Oils For Dry/Aging Skin! The following is the Fig+sage review: It's no secret that I'm skeptical or that the increasing use of the word "organic" is partly to blame. When it comes to organic beauty there's a lot of hype in this biz and I'm sure that if you aren't already aware, soon you will realize that companies are using the word to get your attention. This can be a good and a bad thing. On one hand, products need to be labeled so we know which ones are organic - but on the other hand it has caused some companies to falsely label their products. Not everything stamped with the word "organic" means it actually is organic or that it's effective or superior. My

I Want You!

I have an interview on eHealth Radio on Thursday and I need your help. Please ask me any beauty/personal grooming questions you may have. Leave your questions either in the comments section here or email them to becky(at)stormsister(dot)biz I will answer them all and let you know which ones were used in the interview.  Thanks!

Cuticle Care

Do you have an important event and your cuticles look like you've missed your last hand treatment? Massaging a little NONTOXIQUE Cuticle & Nail Balm into them beforehand will give it time to absorb and give your cuticles a fresh moisturized and hydrated look, disguising all imperfections. Especially great trick for brides!

My Roadmap

About 6-8 months ago I was interviewed by Beth Schillaci in regard to Social Media and its importance to small businesses and entrepreneurs. I never imagined my two-cents would actually be published! Yippee! Read all about it in Beth's book, Your Social Media Roadmap - Navigating New Strategies for Small Businesses . Page 56, specifically ;o) Many thanks to Beth for giving me this opportunity!


One of our favorite products will be getting some face time in the January edition of Lucky Magazine ! You heard it here first, so keep your eyes peeled!

It Does A Body Good

Excerpt from the December edition of American Spa magazine. By Gary Goldfaden, M.D There is a key ingredient to healthy skin that is one of the most dynamic substances the human body produces. This vital substance has the power to activate more than 2,000 genes. It controls everything from normal bone growth and immune system response to healthy eyesight and neuromuscular function. It is absolutely essential to the long-lasting health and beauty of skin through its involvement in skin cell metabolism, growth, repair and protection. This largely overlooked nutrient is vitamin D. A True Skin Saver Every skin cell begins its life deep in the base layer of the epidermis. As these immature cells detach and migrate upward to the surface, they go through a series of complex changes in both form and function. The rate at which these cells divide, the nature and timing of their changes, as well as their transit time to the surface, are all controlled by growth factors and ot

Striking Oil

Excerpt from the December 2010 edition of American Spa magazine. By Nanci McArdle. For the past five centuries, the indigenous people of Morocco, known as the Berbers, have recognized the myriad benefits of argan oil, which is extracted from the kernels in the nut that is inside of the fruit grown on the argan tree. Before modern times, the Berbers would collect undigested argan pits from the waste of goats that climbed the trees to eat the nuts. The pits were then ground and pressed to make the oil, which was used for cosmetics and cooking. Over time, more and more benefits have been discovered in argan oil, which naturally contains essential fatty acids and vitamin E, making it an ideal ingredient to incorporate into spa products and treatments. Today, it is harvested and processed in a more sanitary process with the help of machines, but Berber women are still responsible for extracting the oil by using two rough stones between their knees to crack the nuts. And be

The No-Storefront Storefront

You're invited! – Sairey Gernes, of Irely Intimates, has generously opened her design studio and manufacturing facility on the West Side of Saint Paul for a local, women-owned, small business boutique shopping experience. Come and mingle with other fabulous women and experience a uniquely intimate shopping event. Enjoy fun, relaxing shopping  for others (as well as yourself - we won't tell!), a perfect finish to your holiday shopping. Enjoy a bit of vino and nibbles as well. Featuring: Irely Intimates – ( ) Classically beautiful intimates for women embracing a secret side StormSister Spatique –  ( ) Lotions, Potions and Serums for Hair – Skin – Nails – Body Bethany Lorelle – ( ) Fine Handcrafted Accessories since 2001 Attagirl by Kedrin – ( ) Creative Custom Crocheted Accessories Urban Junket – ( ) Work – Life – Bags NONTOXIQUE – ( www.nont

Berry World

Blueberries: The Best of the Berry World By Ada Polla, Alchimie Forever® Blueberries have made it into the consumer media and popular advertising campaigns as a healthful fruit to eat, filled with antioxidants, colorful, round, and delicious. The Vaccinium myrtillus L. fruit, known in English as bilberry or blueberry, has powerful protective properties which have been known and utilized since the Middle Ages, and have been described in literature since the beginning of the 20th century. Today, blueberries have laid claim to the title, “the most powerful antioxidants of all.” However, there still is limited awareness of the potential benefits of blueberries for the skin. Several compounds, in particular polyphenols (including anthocyanins, resveratrol and iron chelators such as quercetin and myricetin) and vitamins, have been isolated from the berries and leaves of the Vaccinium myrtillus L. plant. Thus blueberry extracts exert many beneficial effects on the skin, which c

Monday Reminder

December 6th is the last 1st Monday of the season, at The Commodore . 79 Western Ave. in Saint Paul. 4pm-8pm Unique, exotic treasures from world travelers, artists, designers, collectors & antiquers. Join us for COCKTAILS, SHOPPING & MUSIC WILLIE MURPHY playing the grand piano Hope to see you there!