Friday, November 30, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012


A new skincare range from Phytoceane - Aquasaphir.

Advanced, Innovative Anti-Aging.

AQUASAPHIR Essential Renewal Cream

Suppler skin over 90%

Softer features & more toned skin over 85%

Firmer skin, Smoother features & more luminous complexion over 70%

*Test conducted with 26 women, between the ages of 45 and 64 years, with fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin and a dull complexion.
Application of the product 2 times a day for 28 days.

Key Ingredients:
JANIA RUBENS: ultra-moisturizing, remineralizing.
AQUASAPHIR: a blue micro-algae extract cultivated in the laboratory. Anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, diminishes the skin's stress levels, which play a role in its aging.
MALACHITE EXTRACT: this precious stone is an anti-oxidant, acting as a shield against free radicals.

AQUASAPHIR Eye Contour Cream


Suppler & more elastic skin over 90%

Instant smoothing effect & more toned skin over 80%

Tautening effect, Younger-looking eyes & Reduces the visible signs of aging over 70%

**Test conducted with 24 women, between the ages of 47 and 65 years, with fine lines and wrinkles at the eye contour.
Application of the product 2 times a day for 28 days.

AQUASAPHIR: a blue micro-algae extract cultivated in the laboratory. Anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, diminishes the skin's stress levels, which play a role in its aging.
MALACHITE EXTRACT: this precious stone is an anti-oxidant, acting as a shield against free radicals.
MARINE PEPTIDES OF CHLORELLA VULGARIS: help restructure the skin by stimulating collagen synthesis, promote skin firmness and tonicity, lighten dark circles
BUCKWHEAT OIL: significantly decreases puffiness thanks to its lipolytic activity

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Snap*Crafted*Pop 2.0

A 2-day Canʼt Miss Mpls Gift Market - A RADAR CONCIERGE EXCLUSIVE


• GIFT WRAPPING STATION –both self-wrap and service-wrap
• PHOTOS OF DOGS, 10 shots to keep for $50
• THE LINDEN HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD REINDEER DAY EVENT WILL BE GOING ON SAT DURING SCP – “with live reindeer, horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers and a roaming Santa”.

• SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1st:  10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2nd: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

4312 Upton Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(Former Bayer’s Hardware Store)

Jen Knoch/Radar Concierge
Join Jen Knoch of Radar Concierge for Snap.Crafted.Pop 2.0! A two-day holiday shopping event celebrating some of the most unique Twin Cities' local artisans and crafters, some exhibiting for the first time. "This intimate shopping event has all the trappings of a holiday market," says Knoch. "A stress-free, intimate experience that’s designed for gals, guys—and even their four-legged friends."

Held in the former Bayer’s Hardware Store in the Linden Hills neighborhood of South Minneapolis, the event will house a number of "mini shops" offering an amazing collection of gift items: from unisex scarves, totes, hand-crafted leather goods for people and pets, to fun and festive letter-pressed cards, snow globes, tree-trimmings, soaps and grooming kits, to fabulous home accessories. Spectacular one-of-a-kind finds that make perfect gifts. "Lingering is encouraged without the pressure of purchasing," the Radar Concierge host assures.

And, how about gift wrapping? Why yes, of course. There'll be gift-bags available, and also a self-wrapping station for those do-it-yourselfers.

Beyond shopping and wrapping, there'll be inexpensive photo opportunities: one staging is for vintage-like kitsch photos for the human variety, the other for dog portraits. Both make for great holiday greeting cards.

The Saturday gathering runs into the evening (Dec. 1st 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)  which begs a date-night, with complimentary libations and nibbles as you peruse the floor. The Sunday daytime event (Dec. 2nd, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.), invites the energy of a holiday market. Both days are classic holiday, set in a merry mood, complete with yuletide music spun from classic vinyl records.

Shoppers will be welcomed by a greeter, asked to take your coat and hand you a coffee or spirited beverage while you shop.

"We want folks to stay awhile," says Jen Knoch of Radar Concierge. “See you on December 1 and 2!”

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Join us tonight at Pinstripes for a fun evening benefiting GiGi's Playhouse.

The 2nd annual Sip & Shop - Tuesday, November 27th from 5-8pm

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Black Friday - Small Biz Saturday - Cyber Monday

There's Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. We can barely keep track of these shopping events so we can only imagine that you are confused by all the different sales coming up!
So, we're going to make it easy for you, and us.

Shop on our StormSister Spatique and 3waybeauty sites (don't worry, you can shop both at the same time since they share the same shopping cart) on November 23-26 and enter: BFSBCM (simply copy and paste this code) in the coupon field at checkout and receive 30% off your entire purchase.

Please understand that this sale may cause some products to be temporarily sold out. If this happens, we will let you know immediately and will automatically ship your order as soon as it becomes available. (Usually in about a week or so).

Thank you and happy shopping!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Day 7

Need help finding a healthy gift for the holidays? From November 12th through December 12th, Traci Mitchell will be featuring great fitness-related gift ideas -stocking stuffers and beyond! She's searched long and hard for gifts that fit the bill for people who like to exercise and appreciate fitness!

Day 7 | The Shhh. Shave, Shower & Shampoo Bar
Juggling three bottles in the shower at the gym is a hassle. Shhh solves that problem with a personal care bar that multitasks so you don't have to!
Shh Storm Sisters
Ideal Gift Candidate?
  • Gym-goers who don't want ato haul around shampoo, body wash and shaving cream.
  • People who travel a lot and need something that's easy enough to pass through TSA.
What is it? It's a 3-in-1 all-natural grooming bar that is free of synthetics, preservatives, artificial fragrances and coloring. This solid bar is designed for shampooing, showering and shaving, making it a perfect travel and gym companion, time and space-saver in the shower and money-saver for the pocketbook. Its unisex, citrus scent makes it enjoyable for men and women.
Why it made the list? Our skin is one big sponge-like organ that absorbs everything we put on it...including all the icky stuff in shampoos, lotions, body washes, etc., etc. If you've noticed that more and more personal care products are boasting things like "sodium lauryl sulfate free"...or something along those lines, it's because people are copping on that what we put ON our body is just as important is what we put IN our body.
Shhh is chemical and gunk free. What's more, after using it for a week, my hair and skin really loved it. I'll admit, I was skeptical at first. I'm pretty fussy about what I put in my hair and wasn't sure how a bar of soap used to wash my hair could work as well as a liquid.  After some consistent use, I'm happy to say it works...and it smells good, too.
  • Junk-Free
  • SOOOOO much easier to tote to and from the gym than a bottles of shampoo and body wash!
  • Smells great
  • My hair looks great!

Recap of previous days
Traci D Mitchell is a Chicago-based health and fitness writer and spokesperson. She's on-the-go everywhere trying out new and healthy things with a Chicago appeal. You can reach Traci through ChicagoNow, on Twitter @tracidmitchell or at

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Free Shipping Day 2012

December 17th is the big day so mark your calenders!

Our 3waybeauty brand is participating as well as many other businesses.

Enter FREESHIP at checkout. Offer valid with US orders only.

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Looking for some local shopping to do on Saturday? Shop locally, here!

We'll be there.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

DelMonico Boutique

Finally, I'm doing a boutique out in the eastern suburbs. Woodbury, here I come!

Come and meet these Twin City entreprenesses at DelMonico Dance Studio on November 18th from 3-6 PM.
670 Commerce Drive
Suite 120
Woodbury, MN

A boutique fundraiser for YDPA - Youth Dance Parent Association

I haven't  had the privilege of working with any of these talented women so I am beyond thrilled to learn more about their products and companies and introduce them to all of my friends, family and followers.

Heather of Attica

Gretchen and Emily of Cosmopolitan Cuties

Natalie of The Olive Grove

Stacy of Stacy's Homestead Honey

Joanna of S5 Designs

Deana of Soy What?!

There will be other vendors too, including TowelTopper and Irely Intimates. And we'll have 3waybeauty, SpaRitual and our latest acquisition, The Elixery!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Kisses xxx

It's no secret, I'm a lipstick girl. And I have been since I was a little girl.

I remember that on each visit to see my grandmother, one of the first things I would do was lock myself in the bathroom and try on her lipsticks. (I was much too young to wear them in public, but I certainly wished I could.) So, I would try them on and then rub the lipstick off before I left the safe haven of the bathroom.
There was something about the smell of her lipstick that completes that fond memory as well (to this very day I must find the aroma pleasing of every lipstick I want to purchase).

This ritual went on long into my adult years (not so much applying her lipsticks, as grandmothers color was no longer my color, but twisting them up and admiring and remembering). I still love that warm and fuzzy memory of that little girl playing makeup!

For the last 15 or so years I have used only one brand of lipstick - Fleur's. Fleur's is a French cosmetics company that has recently pulled their US distribution. Needless to say, I was devastated.
After purchasing every last tube of my favorite color, I was on the hunt for another ethical and non-toxic lipstick brand. - and doing so, as well as trying to navigate all of the untruths in the beauty industry in this country, that is no small feat!

About a year and a half ago I found The Elixery - and in Minneapolis no less!
Creamy, hydrating, amazing ingredients AND great colors - all of the things that make up a wonderful lipstick brand. I had to have them and here they are!

Located in a vintage laboratory in the heart of Minneapolis, The Elixery is an artisan cosmetic house dedicated to old-fashioned craftsmanship.

Their model is simple, but rare: They formulate original products, develop their own colors, and compound products from scratch in their laboratory. This gives them an intimate understanding of their products that few modern companies can claim.

They search the world to source the finest ingredients to ensure their raw materials are safe, ethical, and free of animal testing.

The Elixery is a vegan and cruelty free company. They do not conduct or commission animal testing of any ingredient or finished product, either directly or indirectly. They hold their suppliers to strict standards, requiring certification that each ingredient they use in the manufacture of their products is free of both animal testing and animal-derived raw materials.
PETA Certified - Cruelty Free

I will have The Elixery with me at all of our holiday shows so stop by and try them. We'll play make-up together!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bella NYC

shhh. shampoo | shower | shave made it into Bella NYC's Holiday Gift Guide.

"No Wrapping Required!
Stash these in a stocking, a gift bag or shhh...keep 'em for yourself!
shhh, is a fun three-way, all natural bar for shampooing, showering and shaving."

(What an honor to be featured with eco-friendly Butter London!)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Style Laboratory

A lovely magazine by The Style Laboratory that our 3waybeauty doggystyle bar is featured. Enjoy.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Master Cleanse

Excerpt from American Spa Magazine.

Purify the skin and expel toxins and evil spirits with juniper berries.

Juniper berries have long been used to purify the air—and protect against evil. Ancient Europeans burned the berries as part of a cleansing ritual to protect against sorcery, and the sweet, earthy scent was believed to ward off the plague. Legend says a juniper planted at the front door would prevent a witch from entering unless she could count all of the needles. Native Americans used juniper berries for medicinal and spiritual applications, and even today, the shrub is associated with protection and good health.
While it’s unlikely that your home is battling the forces of darkness or buttressing evil spirits, juniper berry can bring a welcome positive energy through the doors with its uplifting and healing properties. “Juniper berry is known for cleansing and purifying the spirit as well as being a spiritual protector and remover of negative energy,” says Susan Keene, director of Nidah Spa at Eldorado Hotel & Spa (Santa Fe, NM), adding that it has more tangible, physical attributes, as well. “It is especially useful for gout and arthritis as it expels uric acid from the joints. It has antiseptic qualities and cleanses the body of excess fluids, aiding kidney and bladder issues.”
The berries’ detoxification properties and joint benefits make it well-suited for soaking and cleansing tired hands and feet, says Keene. Nidah Spa offers a Juniper Berry Pedicure ($80, 60 minutes). The treatment incorporates juniper berry to sanitize the feet and remove oil residue, which helps nail lacquer properly adhere, instead of using alcohol-based products.
Juniper berry oil is also a powerful antiseptic and is used in lotions for wounds that are slow to heal. For this same reason, it can be used to treat acne, oily skin, eczema, and dermatitis, which make it beneficial in facials and scalp massage, says Shel Pink, founder of SpaRitual.
Its woodsy, pine-like scent mixes well with other indigenous plants, such as cedarwood, clary sageCypress, Lavender  and Rosemary and makes it an appealing ingredient in treatments leading into the winter months. Use it to evoke memories—or fantasies—of crisp mornings in the mountains with snow blanketing the trees.
Plus, it ties in well with the idea of mistletoe and other cool-weather berries, which can translate into a fun holiday-themed spa day, such as Nidah’s Cranberry Bog Pedicure. “Juniper berry pedis are frequently offered in spa packages, and they have paired it with a gin-based cocktail,” says Keene.
Martinis aside, juniper berry’s overall detoxification effect lends itself well to soaking treatments or wraps. Additionally, the scent possesses a variety of benefits when used in a bath. “For example, when the steam from a juniper berry bath is inhaled, it eases tension and promotes the clearing of sinuses,” says Pink, adding that its essential oil is inhaled to treat bronchitis and numb pain. “Aside from the physical benefits, juniper berry-themed services are appealing because of its scent. Juniper berry oil has a fresh, warm, balsamic, woodsy-pine needle odor, and juniper baths have the soothing smell of dried Sage.”
The Spa at The Cliff House Resort & Spa (Ogunquit, ME) offers a Native Juniper Berry Wrap  designed to detoxify tissue and ease rheumatic pain and arthritis. “The invigorating aspects of the juniper berry appeal to spa guests, as does the fact that it is a native plant,” says spa co-director Nicole Chapman.
Juniper is also particularly effective when paired with invigorating ingredients, such as lime and peppermint, according to co-director Krystle McLean. “Lime is stimulating, and The Cliff House offers a Wild Lime Scalp treatment as a 25-minute service that can be added to their Juniper Berry Wrap,” she says. “Peppermint is also stimulating, and we use peppermint lotion and oils for our foot massage.” She also recommends guests receive juniper berry treatments in the morning to boost energy, rather than late in the afternoon when guests may be looking to wind down and relax.
Because it helps relieve sore muscles, Megan Brame-Finkelstein, Metropolis Soap Co. owner and head formulator, recommends using Metropolis Soap Co.’s Juniper Berry and Herbs Sore Muscle Soak in treatments targeted to athletes. However, Brame-Finkelstein and others caution against using juniper berry on pregnant women or people with kidney problems. “Because of the volatile oils that are in the berries’ composition, juniper can cause uterine spasm, and if there are pre-existing kidney problems, juniper can aggravate those conditions,” she says. “The problems with regard to pregnant women and those with kidney problems happen when juniper is ingested, but I always think better safe than sorry when it comes to topical applications, as well.”
For most of us, however, the small blue berries will do wonders when it comes to soothing the body and the spirit. Forget burning sage. Turn to juniper berry to cleanse and purify.

Friday, November 2, 2012

All About Dogs

Join us this Saturday, November 3rd for ALL ABOUT DOGS DAY @ The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$25 member/$30 non-member PER DOG*
(2 adults included per dog)

We'll be there with doggystyle and  joined by other vendors such as Nelli Designs - Pet candles.

Register online

*Online admission deals do not apply.
Questions? Please contact Mary Carlson at (952) 443-1425 or

A great event at the Arboretum to honor man’s and woman’s best friend. Reserve a spot for you and your faithful canine companion for a wonderful walk together on Three-Mile Drive, complete with Trick or Treating, a pet expo in the Great Hall at the Visitor Center and a Dog-O-Rama costume parade (dress up in style!)...all in the wonderful outdoor setting of the Arboretum. Doggie goodie bags included!

Additionally, authors Allen and Linda Anderson will be at the Gift Store to sign advanced copies of their new book, A Dog Named Leaf. The Andersons are the founders of the Angel Animals Network, a nonprofit devoted to exploring the extraordinary characteristics of everyday animals. They use writing and speaking to promote how important the owner and pet relationship can be. The official release date for the book is November 6.

No tickets will be issued. A list of registrants will be printed off and used at the Gate House for admission on November 3. Please print a copy of your invoice when completing your online registration.

Note: Only dogs registered for this event are permitted with owners to walk on Three-Mile Drive. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Owners must pick up after dog. Thanks to all for their cooperation.