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Grain of Salt

This universally effective mineral is proving to be worth its salt at the spa and beyond. The popular saying “everything old is new again” has never been more apropos than when applied to salt and spa. Salt , a mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride, was used by the ancient Egyptians for trade, medicinal, and religious purposes. But it’s equally impactful today and being “rediscovered” by consumers and spa practitioners alike. From salt rooms and caves to healing Himalayan salt crystals, tools, and beds to treatments and experiences that incorporate salt , this multitasking mineral is certainly having a magical spa moment. “ Salt   therapy and salt rooms have been around for many years—as with so many developments in the salon and spa industry, trends like this seem to come in waves, each time bringing new findings, research, and ingredient technologies with them,” says Sue Harmsworth, founder and chairman of ESPA International. When you consider its myriad benef

Yappy Howlidays!

Don't forget about a gift for your pooch! Our Doggystyle dog grooming bar is featured in Sidewalk Dog's holiday gift guide .

Rad for Plaid

Our Alexis lipstick  is featured in Realia by Jen's Winter Trend Report .


Our 3waybeauty Wicked candles are featured in the HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE from Stephanie's   - LAST MINUTE GIFTS

Road Warrior Voices

Thanks to USA Today's Road Warrior Voices for featuring our 3waybeauty shampoo, shower and shave bar. " Even the most luxurious hotels can have bath products containing chemicals...." more  here .

It's Back!

The Whiter Image TOGO Teeth Whitening Pen - When this first arrived on the scene, it was my favorite product for several years. Then it went away for a couple of years (at least I couldn't find it!) and now it's back! I like the portability of this little pen. You just paint it right on your teeth anywhere, anytime. (strips hurt my teeth and gums so I can't use them.) And, because it is more potent than strips, it does the job really quick. You simply apply it daily for a minute or two.

The Story Exchange

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Tis the season for stripes! You'll receive this striped cosmetic tote when you purchase $100 in Phytoceane products. (Bag does not included products shown). Bag will automatically be shipped when in stock.

DC Metro +

Our Wicked massage candles are featured in the Dec/Jan 2015 issue of DC Metro + Magazine , page 4.


We sure were excited to have our shampoo, shower and shave bar ( shhh. ) featured on xoVain !  - Thanks,Wendy Rose Gould. "....It lathers richly and is mildly fragranced, making it a nice choice for both sexes....."

Odorless Polish Remover?

Yes.  G2 Organics Nail Polish Remover . I don't know a lot about  Reiki  or what it has to do with nail polish remover, but if it had to take crystals, grain and corn alcohols, aloe, vitamin E and a bittering agent (so you don't drink it!) to make a remover that isn't a toxic, smelly mess, then sign me up! This stuff removes nail polish, is ODORLESS and won't dry out your nails or cuticles. Really. Hey, I was very skeptical too. - We girls grew up with the fact that removing nail polish would stink up the entire house! I am always hopeful when I find out about a product that someone has found a way to make less toxic. There are many new products developed, every day, where someone says they are better or "healthier" and they are not. Sadly. This one is an exception and I want to share it with you. There is a tad more rubbing that is involved, but it really does do the trick. You won't be disappointed. I promise. Reiki charged polish remover ? I


New from Phytocéane - MATIFYING CORRECTIVE BI-GEL A comprehensive purifying bi-gel to prevent blemishes, reduce shine and minimize pores. Phytocéane's first facial bi-gel, an all-in-one purifier with comprehensive action on blemishes, shine and pores. PHYCOPUR, a marine sugar extracted from brown algae and zinc, speeds the repair of existing blemishes and prevents future breakouts by curbing sebum production and hindering the growth of acne-causing bacteria. Marine samphire oil unlocks clogged pores and helps eliminate dead cells, thoroughly cleansing and tightening pores for smoother looking skin, while an extract of exotic red vegetal coral restores moisture and minerals to the skin. MATIFYING CORRECTIVE BI-GEL has a refreshing floral scent with notes of lily of the valley and violet. Its bi-gel consistency “breaks” into a liquid on the skin for a burst of freshness. It has an ultra-light feel and matifying powders that absorb surface oils to immediately eliminate shine. Da

New Lip Hue

Three new lip gloss shades have arrived from local beauty company, Julie Swenson Beauty . Shades from l-r - Amore, Bella, Cafe. Julie Swenson Lip Hue . A sheer, hydrating lip gloss that says, "Hey, I am wearing a little something."


New bodycare from INtelligent Nutrients - Onebody . ONEBODY CLEANSER CERTIFIED ORGANIC. DETOXIFY & BALANCE. SULFATE FREE CLEANSING GEL THAT HELPS MAINTAIN MOISTURE BALANCE WHILE AWAKENING THE SKIN AND SENSES. This gel sinks in with an activated lather that delivers a potent fruit enzyme blend to smooth skin. Skin-loving minerals in our Algae Bioactive moisturize and replenish Aloe Water softens as it cleanses to leave a refreshed and radiant glow ONEBODY MOISTURIZER CERTIFIED ORGANIC. HYDRATE, BOOST & CONTOUR. A LUXURIOUS BUTTERY MOISTURE CREAM TO HELP SOFTEN AND HYDRATE Concentrated Algea Bioactive, Pink Peppercorn and Coffee help to smooth, contour and improve skin elasticity while reducing visible dimpling.* Aloe, Coconut and Shea Butter hydrate to soothe dry, itchy skin Intellimune Complex and Evening Primrose Botanical hydrate to protect cell DNA for luminous skin *Based upon clinical studies ONEBODY REFINER CERTIFIED ORGANIC. RESURFACE &

DUGO Lipstick Bar

Join us at DUGO in Galleria on December 5th for a Stormsisters - Lips Accessorized lipstick bar from 1-4. DUGO stands for Dress Up Go Out - so come on in and buy a new frock or accessory for a holiday party. And don't forget to accessorize your lips! We'll also have our 3waybeauty Wicked candles and  Julie Swenson Beauty Lip Hue along as well - she just added 3 new colors to her collection! Pucker up!

Fiercely Fetching

Some lipstick love from Fiercely Fetching . Get ready for long-lasting, buttery lipstick! " I cannot believe I waited so long to buy this lipstick. It has been on my radar for a few years, and just finally made it to my beauty arsenal a few weeks ago."...... read more here .

Night Comforting Cream

Fleur's Night Comforting Cream Moisturize your skin while you sleep, for skin that's visibly refreshed and lovely in the morning. Upon waking, skin is rested, intensely nourished and hydrated. Skin will glow and have a velvety texture. In one month your skin is intensely moisturized and energized, due to advanced ingredients including; West Indian Cherry extract, Mourera Fluviatilis, Apricot Kernel Oil and White Orchid.


The latest haircare collection from INtelligent Nutrients - Pureserve . COLOR SAVING SHAMPOO - LOCK-LOVING SULFATE FREE SHAMPOO FOR COLOR TREATED HAIR. The silky plant-based sulfate free agents are mild on scalp and gentle on hair color while offering excellent cleansing. The lock-loving light lather helps carry away the build-up from the day without over-drying or stripping the needed natural oils. COLOR SAVING CONDITIONER - LIGHTWEIGHT, NUTRIENT RICH CONDITIONER FOR COLOR TREATED HAIR. This lightweight conditioning lotion keeps the bounce while still leaving the hair feeling soft, smooth and healthy. Cuticle smoothing; nutrients help enhance shine for optimized reflection and color vibrancy. COLOR SHIELD -  PROTECTS AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTANTS. MULTI-USE, LIGHTWEIGHT COLOR SAVING SPRAY. This lightweight multi-use spray enhances shine, locks in moisture and helps protect from environmental pollutants that can oxidize color and attack hair health and vitality.

Union Depot Holiday Bake Sale

As you may know, StormSister Spatique has partnered with Union Depot for a maker market called,   Lowertown Pop , which takes place in the spring, on April 9th. BUT, on December 12th, we will be showcasing 10 of our Minnesota Makers during the Union Depot Holiday Bake Sale . 214 4th St E, St Paul, MN 55101 RSVP here . So, not only will you be able to purchase all of your holiday baked goodies, you'll also be able to shop for gifts from these talented Minnesota Makers: StormSister Spatique ;  Duluth Preserving Company ;  Serendipity Accessories ;  From Your Mat ;  sweet jules gifts ; Pot de Creme ;  My Little Chickadee Creations ;  bodylish ;  Eclectic Goat Business   and American Craftsmen . Union Depot’s 3rd Annual Holiday Bake Sale will host the top Twin Cities bakeries for a day of cookie and candy shopping in the beautifully restored, historic Union Depot in downtown St. Paul. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Waiting Room at Union Depot.  Admission is $5 for a

Beyond Just a Bath

Doggystyle was featured in Pet Product News  last month. "Becky Sturm, CEO and founder of 3WayBeauty in St. Paul, Minn., makes a natural product, but she said she didn’t start out looking to be in the dog shampoo business. After countless customers of her shampoo, shower and shave bar asked if it could be used on their dog, she got to work creating Doggystyle. “People want fewer chemicals in everything,” Sturm said. “They also want less packaging. Our Doggystyle shampoo bar is wrapped in 100 percent recycled paper that has been manufactured at a family-owned paper mill, which runs on hydroelectric power right here in the USA. And you can even shampoo Fido or Fifi in a stream or lake, because nothing in our dog grooming bar will harm the ecosystem.”

Holiday 2015

As you know, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all coming up soon. So, we're gonna make it easy for you. Log on to any of our sites from Thanksgiving day to midnight on November 30th, and receive 25% off when you spend $50 or more: Except for FREE SHIPPING Day , those dates will be the only days we are offering any specials. Mark your calendar. Enter code: HOLIDAY2015 at checkout.

Free Shipping Day 2015

Enter the coupon code:  FREESHIP  upon checkout. Free Shipping Day is on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. For all orders placed on 12-18-15, we promise to meet the Christmas Eve delivery deadline when you place your order from 12 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 18th. Free shipping on all Stormsisters - Lips Accessorized lipsticks and 3waybeauty products only. (Products ordered on StormSister Spatique may arrive later - you will receive free shipping if you place your order on Free Shipping Day, but these products may arrive at a later date.)

Blush Twin Cities

It was so nice of the girls from Blush Twin Cities to stop by our booth at Maiden Minnesota . Katie picked up a Becky  (l) and Jeannette took home an Elizabeth   (r). What a great night. Thank you, ladies!

Going Nuts

More than just a healthy snack, nuts are also proving to be beneficial to the skin and hair. Although there is some ambiguity about what constitutes a nut in the true botanical sense, most people think of it as a fruit with a hard shell and edible seed. Hailed for their nourishing benefits, nuts are considered excellent sources of protein and heart-healthy fats. Unfortunately, they’re also high in calories when consumed in excess. You needn’t worry about their caloric intake, however, when incorporating nuts into your skincare regimen. “Nuts are one of nature’s amazingly versatile and highly beneficial skincare ingredients,” says Janae Muzzy, vice president of research and development for Epicuren Discovery. “Finely ground, they can be used as effective exfoliants to refine and smooth the surface of the skin. Cold-pressed into oil, they provide powerful antioxidants and minerals, while their fatty acids deliver rich moisture deep into the skin.” According to her, sweet almond , kuk

Julia Moss Designs

Stormsisters - Allison (l) and Miranda (r) are modeling one of Julia's silver pieces . They sure are pretty, aren't they? (the lippies and the silver!)

Lipstick Sisters

Thanks to Alishops and Mpls. St. Paul Magazine   Swag (Ali's Pick)  for the lipstick love this week! "A year after launching a lipstick collection inspired by local women, Twin Cities' beauty entrepreneur Becky Sturm has added five new shades to Stormsisters - Lips Accessorized , and I’ve been lip smacking Miranda ever since" more here .

Shop Small Holiday Bash

Join us for a Small Business Saturday Holiday Bash at Minnesota Nice Spice ! Featuring all women-owned businesses with unique products that will make a lasting impression with everyone on your holiday gift list! Enjoy snacks, mulled cider and cocktails, complimentary samples, and exclusive items only available at this event. Featured businesses include: Minnesota Nice Spice , MN Nice Spa Essentials,   Kilkenney Kitchen , Annona Gourmet , Arza Jewelry , and Interact Center . HOURS:  11-5 WHEN: Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 11-5 WHERE: Minnesota Nice Spice - 43 SE Main St. (Riverplace). Suite 134. Minneapolis 55414

2nd Annual MSCF Holiday Boutique

We are honored to be a part of this holiday boutique - raising funds for the The Mount Sinai Community Foundation .  When: Sunday, November 15th from 11-3 Where: Sabes JCC 4330 Cedar Lake Rd S, Minneapolis, 55416 The MSCF gives financial support for initiatives that improve health and well-being and/or provi de medical care, in the Jewish and larger communities, to honor the history and legacy of the Mount Sinai Hospital. Join us and these fine makers for an afternoon of holiday shopping and socializing: Julia Moss Designs , Thumbs Cookies , Isadore Nut Company , Goldfine Jewelry (formally SBG Designs), Thirty-One Gifts by Deb Wieberdink, Jamberry Nails , Bella Nava Creations , Wowee Wear , and  Senn & Sons . You may also purchase raffle tickets for items from each vendor (each item or basket has a minimum $50 value) - 100% of the proceeds going to MSCF.

Morningside Holiday Market

 Hope to see you there! With almost 50 unique artisan vendors popping up in a cozy church basement it's easy to see why Fox News called this 8th annual event " The Holiday Market on Steroids !" Organized by the Morningside Woman's Club, the event has something for everyone... including you! Locally made, we've got hostess gifts galore, hard-to-find men's gifts, children's items, home decor, author signings, baskets, teacher gifts, jewelry, clothing, letterpress cards, kitchen utensils, candles, soaps, cocktail elixirs, decadent food items and so much more. The "I Luv Coffee Minnesoota" food truck will be parked outside to keep you fueled up while you shop your heart out. Grab your friends and don't miss the holiday shopping event of the season. Saturday, November 21st from 9:00am - 2:00pm 4201 Morningside Road, Edina, MN.

Mt. Olivet Holiday Boutique

Join us at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church , 5025 Knox Ave S, Mpls. Sat, Nov 7, 2015, 9am to 1pm Featuring handcrafted items, StormSister Spatique , baked goods, holiday decorations & gifts, jewelry & accessories, pottery, artwork, oilcloth totes, Livia’s Seasoning Salt, stationery, textiles, Nordic Cinnamon Sprinkle, fragrances, soaps, repurposed items, and much more!


Stormsister #5 - Last but not least, meet Meghan. I have known Meghan since she and I were teenagers, about 5 years now ;o) Isn't that right, Meghan? She's a mom to 4 kiddos, wife to Charlie, and the lady boss at  Quinn Motors of Ellsworth   - I purchased my first car from her father, William, when I was a teenager (5 years ago, remember?) and now purchase from her. (My own sons are now her clients). William would be so proud! Megan's lipstick was inspired by this satin nude - Think Elizabeth  but more sheer and add a bit of shimmer. Just a bit. There is also one helluva story that goes along with Meghan and her lipstick shade - one I'll tell you about at the lipstick launch. Wanna join in the fun? More about Meghan when her lipstick launches on October 28th, here .

Maiden Minnesota 2015

11 REASONS WHY YOU CAN'T MISS   MAIDEN MINNESOTA 2015 ! 1) You love fashion, beauty, accessories, home decor and food - who doesn't? 2) You are always on the hunt for a great place to take the perfect selfie. 3) You've been looking for an event to debut your new fall clothes. 4) Shopping local is the right thing to do and keeps Mpls cool. 5) You seriously need to start knocking gifts off that holiday gift list. 6) Your mom would love to go with you - call and invite her right now. 7) You want to learn how Dress for Success helps women gain economic independence. 8) It's Friday night, and what better way to spend it than with your girlfriends? 9) You want to network with women who have created great businesses in MN. 10) Wine and shopping, 'nough said. 11) We'll be there, so pucker up ! - We'll have 5 new shades of lipstick! Friday, November 6th | 2 - 9 pm | Loews Minneapolis Hotel  (formerly Graves 601 Hotel) HOTEL WEBSITE TICKET INFORMATIO

REfind Vintage Holiday Boutique

(click photo to enlarge) The Refind Vintage Holiday Boutique will take place at  The Barns of Lost Creek W6124 County Road N, Beldenville WI 54003 Oct 30, 31, and Nov 1st. Friday and Saturday from 10-6, Sunday 10-4 Come on out and peruse their selection of vintage, shabby, industrial, and antique well as handcrafted goods such as mittens, soaps, jewelry, artwork and StormSister Spatique - definitely something for everyone on your holiday shopping list! The lunch counter will be open, too, serving up pasties, chili, chicken wild rice soup, and more! Delicious canned goods and bakery treats for munching or gifting, of course! This is also the first weekend of the popular Fall Finds Tour that runs through River Falls, and  the Refind Boutique is just a 15 minute drive from there, so make a day of it....see you there!

Martha's MN Makers

StormSister Spatique is in some mighty fine company as a finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards contest. Vote daily,  here , until October 19th. Read more about the 7 or so Makers from Minnesota in this article by Allison Kaplan of Mpls. St. Paul Magazine . Also featured on FOX 9 Morning Buzz . We are so thankful for all of the support. Truly. Thank you.


Stormsister #4 - Erin came to be a Stormsister as a gift from her brother, Brad - a gift for her 40th birthday. Nice brother, right?! (that's Brad in the photo) It's been quite a year so far for her because she also got married this past summer. Big congrats to her and just another reason to celebrate on October 28th! If you find she looks familiar it may just be that you recognize her from our  3waybeauty launch a few years ago - she was one of our models. Erin's lipstick shade was inspired by this golden, beige shimmmer ,  that's just a bit more "peachy" than Michelle . More about Erin when her lipstick launches on October 28th, here .


Thanks to Kontrol magazine for featuring our  lipsticks  in their fall (Pure Glamour) issue; on their Beauty Radar page. Kontrol Magazine is a bimonthly publication that blends the edgy with the classy. Noted for highlighting artists, photographers, musicians, and models that fly under the radar and infuses a unique perspective of the world. Kontrol is “Style Redefined". Kontrol has formulated a distinct artistic format to separate itself from the rest. The publication reaches various demographics and city-wide markets as it is distributed in over 350 Barnes & Noble Bookstores across the country.


Stormsister #3  - Sandy and I have been friends for a long time. Most of the trips I have taken to Mexico in the last 20 years (20 years!?), with a tribe of wonderful women we share, has been to her condo in Puerto Vallarta. Sandy is a legal assistant and mommy to an adorable Bulldog named Carly . Her lipstick shade, Sandy, is inspired by her favorite cool, shimmery,  violet plum  -  A beautiful addition to the Stormsisters - Lips Accessorized lipstick collection. More about Sandy when her lipstick launches on October 28th, here .

Ridgedale Center

You can now find our Stormsisters - Lips Accessorized lipstick collection as well as our Wicked candles and Doggystyle dog grooming bars at Ridgedale Center - in the Uptown Minnesota store. Stop by and check out this unique boutique of Minnesota goods and gifts.

5th Annual Knightsbridge Boutique

We'll be there with all of our goodies! Saturday, November 14, 2015 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Benilde-St.Margaret's Haben Center Purchase a VIP wristband and receive special offers from many of the vendors. - (receive a complimentary mini shampoo, shower and shave bar with a purchase over $25) Inspired by London’s luxury retail district, this highly selective mix of boutique-style merchants will grace the floor of BSM’s Haben Center. Look for royal offerings in unique clothing, accessories, jewelry, spa-pampering products, gourmet foods, household items and lots more. Hungry shoppers can take a break at the RoyalTea snack bar. New this year!  Purchase a $10 Knightsbridge VIP wristband to be eligible for exclusive Royal Offerings from our merchants, as well as to receive a fashionable and reusable Knightsbridge shopping tote!  Purchase your limited-edition, Knightsbridge VIP wristband at the link above! This one-day-only boutique event is free and open to the public!

Boobs - Tits - Breasts - The Girls

Just because I don't support the pink movement, doesn't mean I don't care about my boobs or yours, cancer, etc. I do. Very much. Hello?! I own a pair myself. I care about them so much that I want you to stop purchasing all of the pink bullshit , and support charities that seem to be on the right path. That being said, I do feel that this year, I have seen the least amount of pink leading up to this years' Breast Cancer Awareness month. I truly believe we are making progress on the front of education about pinkwashing. Breast Cancer Action Tells Pinkwashers to Stop Giving Toxic Cosmetics to Cancer Patients Breast Cancer Action (BCAction), the respected watchdog for the breast cancer movement, today launched a campaign calling out the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) for including cosmetics containing harmful chemicals in kits they give to cancer patients through their Look Good, Feel Better® program. Many of the don


Stormsister #2 - Miranda just opened her own beauty studio   and is now carrying the Stormsisters - Lips Accessorized collection in her salon. What better way to celebrate your very own salon and make-up studio than with your very own lipstick shade! Miranda is a make-up artist, hairdresser, skincare name it, she does it all. She'll also be one of our lipstick artists at the next lipstick launch party on October 28th. Miranda's lipstick shade is inspired by this shimmering sultry mauve . For those of you who are familiar with our lipstick shades, it is similar to Helen , though Helen is a creme lipstick - Miranda is a sheer (a bit more see-through) with a tiny bit of shimmer. It is a lovely shade and will certainly be one of my new favorites! Yours too, I imagine. Launching here , October 28th.

Wine, Women & Wishes

Sip. Savor. Shop. Grant Wishes. Get your tickets for Wine, Women & Wishes today!  Support wishes for kids in Minnesota while getting a head start on your holiday shopping (with us and some other great Makers) and enjoying a variety of food and beverages! We will also be celebrating the first year of the Make-A-Wish® Minnesota Sapphire Circle! WHEN: Thursday, November 5, 2015 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Warners’ Stellian 3533 West 70th St. Edina, MN 55435 * Amalia Moreno-Damgaard - A chef that prepares gourmet cuisine with a cultural flair * Flat Earth Brewing Company - Providing beer tastings along with our wine tasting * Julie Van Elswyk - A wish mom and author of children’s books * Bare Hands Art - Pottery * Us! * And more! The goal is to raise $10,000. Help us make wishes come true!


As you may know, we're launching our next collection of 5 lipsticks on October 28th. Here is a little bit of info about Amy - the first of 5 new lipstick shades: Stormsister #1 - Amy doesn't wear lipstick. She wears lip balm. She attended my lipstick launch last year and bought a lipstick because she's wonderful and wanted to support me. (How sweet is that?!) Since launching our lipstick collection, we've heard from many women who don't wear lipstick - Women that wear lip balm, who REALLY want a healing lip treatment with a bit of shine, in a pretty lipstick tube. Because, lip balm tubes aren't pretty. Imagine the best lip balm you ever used. Now imagine it in pretty packaging you will love to show off - that's Amy! Thank goodness for Amy and her new Stormsisters clear lippie. You're gonna love it! Launching October 28th.

City Dog

Thank you to CityDog Magazine  for featuring our doggystyle dog grooming bar in their 2015 fall issue. Page 17 .


FLY is an online publication put out by the MSP airport and they recently featured our lipstick collection. FLY should be a go-to resource for anyone who travels - it's a great, quick read. It often features a city you may want to travel to, an entrepreneur or product from MN or great travel tips. Our Stormsisters - Lips Accessorized lipstick collection can be found at the MSP airport in the Uptown Minnesota store (G Concourse). Our lipsticks will soon be found at several of their other stores as well - Ridgedale and Mall of America! Thank you to Phoebe Larson for interviewing me for this story . It's truly appreciated!

StormSister Spatique turns 10!

Our sweet little StormSister has turned 10! Our gift to you is 25% off your next online order of $50 or more on your  StormSister Spatique , 3waybeauty and lipstick  purchases thru September 30th. Just enter: BIRTHDAY at checkout.