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Showing posts from June, 2012

Power Plant

via American Spa Magazine   by Jessica Lyons Let aloe vera ’s healing properties breathe new life into your sun-weary skin. If spa treatments were romantic comedies, aloe vera would be the girl next door. She’s a natural beauty, wholesome and content to let some of the flashier flowers and fruits take top billing as the new “it” ingredients. Although unassuming, aloe vera , also called aloe barbadensis or simply aloe, has qualities that do wonders for the skin. The plant is often called “the beautician” because of its beauty benefits, “the family doctor” and “the century plant” because it promotes long life and good health, and even the “plant of life.” “When people think of aloe , they think pure, organic, soothing, calming, healthy, and beautiful,” says Lisamarie Jaconi, esthetics educator for Naturopathica. “It’s important that ingredients used in spa treatments and products evoke feelings of harmony and balance, one of the many reasons why clients visit spas. Aloe contains

A New Story

You may have seen the first version of this smart little movie, but please watch again, the story continues....

Spa Night Beauty Favorites

Our 3waybeauty  bar was featured over at Shecky's . Bring A Threesome (you read that right) To Your Spa Night! Do you want to try a three way? No, seriously! This special multitasking 3 Way Beauty Shhh! Bar can be used in a trio of different ways including: shaving, showering and shampooing (now that’s a tongue twister). A travel must-have, this eco-friendly seven essential oil blend is perfect for a spa goodie bag idea to give your guests something special to remember the night by!

Healthy Hues

Our contribution to Savvy.MN  by Meryn Fluker As spring ramps up into summer, so do conversations of getting a base and working on that summer tan. Yet the facts are startling: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “studies have found a 75-percent increase in the risk of melanoma in those who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning.” If you’re looking to get a healthy glow without disappointing your dermatologist, there are plenty of cosmetic options. Here, four local beauty industry professionals share their favorite products designed to safely give skin that sun-kissed look: Becky Sturm, founder and CEO of  StormSister Spatique , praises Phytoceane Self-Tanning Lotion ($30.50). “I love that you get a fabulous tan while also getting completely moisturized,” Sturm says. She goes on to suggest exfoliating before using the lotion, which gets rid of “dry, flaky skin and encourages an even application.”....

Skip The Hand Lotion

StormSister Spatique tip via SheKnows Hand lotion is one of the main reasons polish peels off, as it leaves a film on your nails. Prior to applying a base coat (a must-do for nail polish longevity), take a cotton swab and dip it in nail polish remover . Then go over each nail to remove any residue from hand and nail care prep products. After applying a base coat, allow 2-3 minutes of dry time before adding two coats of polish . Allow the same amount of dry time between each coat, followed by a top coat .

Get Your Fake Tan On!

StormSister Spatique tip via Beauty and Fashion Tech . To maximize the staying power of a self-tan , take a shower beforehand, shave and exfoliate your skin head to toe. Exfoliation is key to a good self tan, because it removes dead skin and leave a smooth fresh surface for the product. Exfoliate with an exfoliating bath or shower wash or scrub 3-4 times a week and use an exfoliating mitt every other shower or bath. Apply body moisturizer to skin immediately after each shower or bath. Do this for a week before using self-tanning products for the softest, smoothest skin for an even application. After the self-tanning process has started, exfoliate body every other day and continue to apply body lotion and tanning gel after each exfoliation.

Improve Your Smile With Whiter Teeth

Our contribution to Beauty and Fashion Tech . ...“ Whiter Image is by far the best over-the-counter product I have ever used. I can’t use “strips” because my teeth are so sensitive and I cannot leave the bleach on that long. This pen is perfect for your hand bag or travel and it takes only a MINUTE. It is 3x stronger than strips so it works super quickly so no sensitivity or drooling!”

Know When to Toss Old Mascara

Our contribution to  Beauty and Fashion Tech : How long can your keep mascara? If your mascara dries out before the 6 month repurchase date, add a couple drops of saline solution to the tube. The sterile liquid will rehydrate mascara. FYI, the FDA advises that mascara be replaced every 4-6 months.

Scotch. Neat.

I'm so very excited to be carrying this brand, Scotch Naturals .  It's chic. It's luxe, AND it's truly eco-friendly. It isn't often that you get all those attributes together in one brand. Scotch Naturals is: Vegan Cruelty-free Gluten Free Fragrance Free Toxin Free Paraben Free Hypoallergenic Biodegradable Scotch Naturals™ polish has a lot in common with the women who wear it. They are smart, fun, and forward thinking. They care about the environment, and they come in a wide variety of colors. When they want to look and feel their best, they choose natural products, knowing it’s not just healthier for them, but for the world around us. Making the change to non-toxic nail polish is one you won’t regret. Scotch Naturals is a safe and eco-friendly alternative to conventional polish. Their revolutionary water-based formula delivers long lasting, salon-quality results in a stunning array of sophisticated shades. Their polishes contain none of the chem

Camping Beauty

shhh. is featured on Fab Over Forty Shhh – I recently met Becky, the creator of Shhh – Shampoo, Shower, Shave . She came up with this brilliant bar that is perfect for travel (and camping). Free of harmful chemicals and packaged in 100% compostable and recyclable packaging, this bar does it all while smelling good, making your skin soft, cleaning your hair and making shaving your legs easy and oh-so convenient! The bar also comes in a 1.5 oz cube that is perfect for taking with you on a weekend away.

Dive In

Our contribution to Shecky's   by  Courtney Leiva. For Becky Sturm,  CEO of  Storm Sister Spatique , those with sensitive skin often see the best results with aquatic-based products . “Skin that is sensitive (a growing population) seems to respond better to marine skincare . Herbal extracts are often quite active and cause sensitive skin to become red. Sea-based ingredients such as Jania rubens (a vegetal coral) are moisturizing and very soothing to the skin,” Sturm says. Although seaweed gains most recognition other popular sea skincare ingredients include algae and fish oils. “Sea derived ingredients can range from oils and extracts that come from fish (fish oils that contain Omega-3′s) as well as marine plants like algae,” Ron Robinson states. An avid lover of everything under the sea beauty, Sturm has seen personal results using sea particle-infused beauty products. “There is much science on the similarities between the components of blood and the sea and after worki

Cool as a Cucumber

via American Spa Magazine . Due to their cooling effect, many deem cucumbers to be the secret ingredient for radiant skin. Cucumbers have been consumed in healthy eating regimens and used in beauty products for decades. They originated in India and spread to many other countries, including China, England, France, Greece, and the U.S. Over the years, cucumbers have been used for a variety of purposes due to their many benefits, but it is their high water content that makes them great for use in spas. Their hydrating, cooling, and soothing attributes are beneficial for problem skin, and their high-fiber, low-calorie makeup make them a healthy snack. According to Lisa Polley, director of education and business development for Jurlique, cucumbers are loaded with B vitamins—B1, B2, B3, B5, B6—and folic acid. “The skin on the cucumber is mostly water, but it also contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) plus caffeic acid—these nutrients help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling,

Survival Kit

We're so proud that some of our 3waybeauty products are featured in the June edition of Twin Cities Metro Magazine . Yay! Survival Kit - what you need to stay culturally satiated this month - Father's Day edition. ... shhh .  shampoo, shower, shave bar keeps things simple, so pops doesn't have to fret over multiple bottles. Add a gorgeous  cedar box  to hold the bar and you've turned his morning routine into an all out experience. Top it all off with  {8}   and  [7] , aromatic blends of essential oils that will quickly replace the bottle of Cool Water he's had in the medicine cabinet for a decade... We're so grateful!