Friday, February 28, 2014

Let's Do This Together

HAMMS Event #2014
In just over two months, this space is going to be filled with some of the most talented Minnesota Makers! #HAMMS2014

Join us.

Monday, February 24, 2014


HAMMS - Help A Minnesota Maker Succeed

HAMMS Event - A Minnesota Market with a Twist! -- A crowd-funding Minnesota market for men, women and their little dogs, too.

The Twist? "One lucky ‘Minnesota Maker’ will win up to $5000 of ticket sales and crowd-funding donations," the HAMMS Event hostesses assure.

A ONE-DAY Minnesota Market FEATURING:


• Doggy photography by Connie Singer so bring your pooch!

• Local Food Trucks

• Beer tasting by Flat Earth Brewing Co.

• NIBBLY bits by Ella's Heavenly Hunks, Drew's Homemade Caramel Corn and Droolin' Moose


• Great Crowd-Funding incentives

• VIP status for first 100 online ticket purchasers!

Tickets $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

DATE:  SATURDAY, May 3rd, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

LOCATION:  Former Hamm’s Brewery shipping docks (Everest building) - 713 East Minnehaha Avenue, Top Floor, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106

Join Becky Sturm of StormSister Spatique® and 3waybeauty, and Sairey Gernes of SairyG Designs, for the 2014 HAMMS Event. A one-day spring shopping event celebrating some of the most unique Twin Cities local artisans and crafters. "Stop by, shop and support our collection of small, local Minnesota businesses," says Sturm. "A fun, intimate shopping experience designed for men and women—and even their four-legged friends."

Held in the former Hamm’s Brewery shipping docks on the East side of Saint Paul, Minnesota, the event will house a number of "mini shops" offering an amazing collection of items: grooming products, confections, fashion, jewelry, pet products and fabulous home accessories.

Read more about Painted Stuf, their 2013 crowd-funding winner.

"The first 100 online ticket sales receive VIP status which garners exclusive discounts from many of our vendors," says Sairey Gernes of SaireyG Designs. “See you on May 3rd!”

About Becky, Sairey and the HAMMS Event

Becky Sturm and Sairey Gernes are two entreprenesses, with two companies each, who have participated in their share of the pop-up market circuit. They have taken their favorite aspects of these shows, added a twist, and crafted the HAMMS Event.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Embrace Your Bod

Erbaviva has a new body wash  - Embrace.

Organic essential oils, and a mild surfactant naturally derived from olive oil are the basis for this marvelous body wash. Grapefruit, Orange and Jasmine soothes the body and tantalizes the mind for a remarkable bath or shower experience.

Water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, decyl glucoside, glycerin, chondrus crispus (carrageenan), citric acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, *citrus grandis (grapefruit) oil, *santalum spicatum (sandalwood) oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower oil, **citral, **limonene, **linalool, **limonene, **benzyl benzoate. *denotes certified organic ingredient. **denotes component of certified organic ingredient.

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Horst Rechelbacher
The beauty industry lost an amazing leader yesterday, Horst Rechelbacher.

Horst was the name I heard when I asked my hairdresser grandmother, "Where should I go to beauty school?"

Horst was the name I told my high school career counselor when he asked me where I wanted to go to beauty school. (Much to said counselor's chagrin actually, as he felt Horst Education Center was no place for a "girl from Ellsworth"). Ha! Little did he know that that was all I needed to hear to set the wheels in motion.

I was a city girl that moved around the country a lot as a child and I spent 7th-12th grade in a very small town that I couldn't get of out fast enough.

In the mid-80's Horst Education Center was the best cosmetology school in the country, hands down. When I went to tour the school in 1983 I knew I was "home".
The mansion on LaSalle was in a gritty part of Minneapolis, Prince was ALL the rage, mow-hawks were still hot and hair was all I wanted to do.

Horst's daughter, Nicole, was in my class and her mom, Michelle, was in the esthiology program at the time, too.
This made sense to me because my grandmother and mother were both hairdressers, and my sister, also a hairdresser, followed me to Horst as well. My sister Michelle and I called ourselves "Horsties".

I was hired by The Red Carpet Salons while attending school.  I did well at Horst and graduated with an Advanced Training degree.

What I learned within the first year of "the hair biz" was that I was in LOVE with beauty products. Having been indoctrinated in the Aveda philosophy I started with those products. Until Horst sold Aveda to Estee Lauder in 1997 it was my favorite brand. (The brand changed dramatically when Horst was no longer at the helm) I still chuckle every time someone tells me how "natural" Aveda is.

When Horst began INtelligent Nutrients that is when my passion for the importance of product ingredient education started. My salon was one of the first in the Twin Cities to carry the brand when it first began. More of a health supplement brand at its inception it is now a full beauty and lifestyle brand.

Horst has been one of my biggest inspirations.

My industry has lost one of its finest pioneers.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Chrono Lines

Vie Collection Chrono Lines Ultra Smoothing Cream
Vie Collection Chrono Lines Ultra Smoothing Cream

Proven Chronological Effectiveness On Wrinkles - please watch this video.

Dehydration wrinkles reduced by 7% on average*

Fatigue wrinkles reduced by 24% on average**

Aging wrinkles reduced by 9% on average***

This velvety cream uses a combination of recognized dermocosmetic ingredients to target dehydration, fatigue and aging wrinkles. A high-tech peptide is used to mimic the action of BOTOX®, blocking muscle contraction for a powerful relaxing effect on expression lines. Two types of hyaluronic acid are used to plump the skin by filling deep wrinkles and smoothing out fine lines.

*Clinical scorage on 22 women - One application.**Self-evaluation by 22 women - Twice-daily use.***Instrument-based test to measure average skin relief - 16 of the 22 women, average: -4% - Twice-daily use.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Cosmetic Candy Store

Cosmetic Candy Store
Need a break from the cube? Well, you’re in luck!

Elixery is pleased to announce that they're partnering with City Center in Downtown Minneapolis for a sweet Valentine’s week pop-up!  The shop will be there for one week only, right on the Skyway in City Center near the entrance to the Target Corporate offices. And, since City Center is the most connected building on the Skyway system, Downtowners won’t even have to brave the cold to get there.

Of course, 3waybeauty will have the new Wicked Sexy just in time for V-Day.

Elixery will have lipstick as well as some fresh new products in store for you. They'll also have delights from other cool local cosmetic brands as well – Bodylish, Worker B and more.

For lunchtime treats, Hennepin Theater Trust will be performing some spicy Tango dancing, so come down and get your face on with Candra Ruiz Makeup Artistry. We’ve got some extra fun in store for you throughout the week:

Tuesday,  Feb. 11th from 11:30 - 1:30 - 3waybeauty will be demonstrating Wicked and other 3waybeauty products.

Feb 10th-12th: Random giveaways and other surprises

Thursday, Feb 13th, 4-6 PM: Prototype Party – be the first to try (and weigh in on) a brand new shade of red lipstick and other delights.

Friday, Feb 14th: Whether you love or hate Valentine’s day, makeup is always a good time. To finish off your week, Candra Ruiz Makeup Artistry will be doing Valentine’s mini-makeovers. You deserve some pretty!

Elixery presents: A Cosmetic Candy Store
Dates: Feb 10 -Feb 14th
Hours: 10 AM – 6PM

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Julie Swenson Lip Hue

Julie Swenson Lip Hue
This Lip Hue, from Julie Swenson Beauty, delivers a lustrous shine (without the goop) and doubles as a nourishing lip conditioner.

Julie Swenson Lip Hue is available in 7 radiant shades (from left to right), Scarlet Red, Pink Lady, Fruit Punch, Peachy, Blush, Adore You and Nougat.

Lip Hue contains: KALPARIANE® (Brown Algae) which stimulates and protects the collagen in your skin and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. KALPARIANE® also increases skin suppleness and firmness. Lips are firmer, smoother & more hydrated.

Helps against photo-aging.
Brown Algae stimulate and protect the collagen in your skin and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Golden Seaweed – helps to reduce DNA damage produced by UV lights.
Paraben Free
Clinically Tested
Allergy Tested

A 22-year veteran of the beauty industry, Julie Swenson is an award winning makeup artist, hairstylist and educator that currently calls Minnesota home.

Julie Swenson
Julie says, "You'll like it. I promise."

Swenson's work can be seen in film, television, print, on the runway and the red carpet. She's participated in both NY and LA Fashion Weeks, and has done work for MTV, Warner Bros, and NBC. She has been featured and published in numerous local and national magazines.

Swenson teaches at the Aveda Institute, Minneapolis, and for schools and salons nationwide. She is the Founder of The Makeup Annex, a makeup training center in Minneapolis, hosting classes that teach women, brides, and professionals how to master the art of makeup.

Contact Julie at Julie Swenson Beauty.

Notable ingredients:
KALPARIANE ® (Brown Algae) stimulates and protects the collagen in your skin and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. KALPARIANE ® also increases skin suppleness and firmness. Lips are firmer, smoother & more hydrated.

• Golden Seaweed – helps to reduce DNA damage produced by UV lights.
• Clinically Tested
• Allergy Tested
• Non-Irritating
• Paraben Free

Net Wt. 0.15 fl.oz./4.5 mL - Made in USA

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Greenbody Greenplanet = Ahnesti

Greenbody Greenplanet is rebranding, upgrading formulas and adding new products under their new name, Ahnesti Professional Hair Care - Coming spring 2014!

We'll keep you posted as soon as the new products are available.

Until then, all Greenbody Greenplanet is 50% off!