Friday, August 28, 2015

New Lotions, Potions and Serums

Lotions, Potions and Serums from Vie Collection and Phytomer
For Body and Face

Vie Collection: Time Control Deep Wrinkles EGF Serum

This facial serum blocks the common signs of skin aging: deep wrinkles, skin slackening, loss of elasticity and lack of density. This milky “second skin” serum with a smoothing finish reduces deep wrinkles and firms the skin for a visible youthful effect. In 1 month*, skin is smoothed and firmed. The complexion is radiant and skin quality is visibly improved.
*Instrumental and satisfaction tests on 22 women. Twice-daily use.

EGF-LIKE PEPTIDE: mimics the action of the EGF* to increase cell activity.EGF-ACTIV COMPLEX: boosts the action of EGFs naturally present in the skin to maximize their performance and that of the EGF-Like peptide.
*Epidermal Growth Factors.

In 1 month, deep wrinkles are smoothed, the skin is plumped, the complexion is radiant and skin quality is visibly improved.

Phytomer: Pionniere XMF Perfection Youth RICH Cream

Combining the biotechnological formula of PIONNIÈRE XMF with the richness of a lipid-replenishing marine oil, naturally concentrated in Omega 3. This "second skin" cream provides thin, dry skin with comprehensive anti-aging effectiveness, reinforced with a lipid-replenishing effect.

Phytomer surpasses the frontiers of traditional cosmetics to create an exceptional youth cream with XMF, an advanced ingredient that creates an invisible film on the skin’s surface to instantly beautify and visibly correct signs of aging. An exclusive discovery by PHYTOMER Advanced Research, XMF (Extra Marine Filler) is an EPS (ExoPolySaccharide) - a 100% natural advanced ingredient with exceptional smoothing and densifying properties. XMF acts inside the skin by stimulating the synthesis of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, helping add tension to these fibers for a denser and firm skin mattress. XMF works in synergy with seaside plant, Morio Orchid to protect skin against free radicals and glycation, preserving skin’s youthfulness. This impressive facial cream has a smooth velvety finish and beautiful fresh fragrance, leaving skin feeling smooth, plump and visibly younger-looking.

XMF is a high-tech marine sugar.  - a 100% natural ingredient with exceptional smoothing and densifying properties. Instantly smooths wrinkles for crease-free skin. Densifies the skin mattress for firmed, tightened skin.

MORIO ORCHID: a rare and protected plant, notably found on the coasts of Brittany, France. Antioxidant protection (against free radicals) and antiglycation protection (against sugars) to help preserve the skin’s youthfulness. Mario Orchid is a protected species, to preserve this precious resource PHYTOMER has implemented a program of cultivation in greenhouses.

SCHIZOCHYTRIUM OIL: a 100% natural oil derived from Schizochytrium micro-algae. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), EPA (eicosapentaeonoic acid) and ALA (alpha linolenic acid), it protects against oxidative stress and improves intercellular cement to strengthen the skin barrier and limit dehydration.


The perfect body moisturizer with OLÉOCRÈME Ultra-Moisturizing Body Milk: an ideal combination of the comfort of a cream and the lightness of a body milk. Its "anti-thirst" formula, infused with hydrating and lipid-replenishing ingredients, moisturizes the skin from morning to night.

Day after day, skin is nourished and visibly plumped and remains moisturized longer.


Up to + 97% hydration*
Soft and comfortable skin all day long 92 %**
Nourished skin 92 %**


Skin better hydrated than usual 96 %**
Hydrated skin from morning to night 96 %**
Softer and suppler skin 100 %**

* Instrumental test on 21 volunteers, average value on 7 out of 21 volunteers. Overall result: + 65%.
** Satisfaction test on 24 women. Twice-daily application for 28 days.

Mekabu Oil: reinforces cell cohesion and the epidermal-dermal connection to limit water loss.
Glasswort Oil: improves the circulation and storage of water and urea in the epidermis while strengthening the lipidic barrier.

Pheohydrane (Laminaria digitata): moisturizes, restructures the hydrolipidic film and traps water in the tissues for an immediate and long-lasting effect.

Phytomer Structuriste:

This facial moisturizer ackles the visible signs of skin slackening: loss of elasticity, lack of density and sagging facial contours. This ultra-rich cream envelopes the skin in an instantly-tensing mesh.

Day after day, the original facial structures are restored. The skin is visibly firmer and more toned, as if lifted.


+ 93% hydration(0)
Comfortable skin: 95%(1)
Ultra-soft skin: 87%(1)
Luminous skin: 79%(1)


Reduction in slackening of facial contours by up to 13%(2)
More toned skin: 87%(3)
Visibly firmer skin: 78%(3)

(0) In vivo instrumental test conducted on 10 volunteers, after a single application. (1) Satisfaction test conducted on 23 volunteers, after one application.
(2) Instrumental test on 21 volunteers, after 2 applications per day for 28 days. Average value obtained on 7 out of 21 volunteers. Overall result: -4.4 %. (3) Satisfaction test conducted on 23 volunteers, after 2 applications per day for 28 days.

GMR - Global Marine Reshaper: Redensifies the skin's support structure, consolidates the architecture of the skin and improves cell cohesion on the surface of the skin.
Eco-Chlorella: Stimulates the structural proteins of the skin for a firming and anti-slackening effect.
Marsh trefoil extract: Fights against free radicals, thereby protecting vitamin C, vital to collagen maturation, for denser skin.

Phytomer Rosee Soin:

A light and comfortable dry oil that leaves a delicate rose fragrance on the skin.
In 1 week, the skin is perfected: suppler, revitalized and nourished. In 2 weeks, it completely transforms itself: replenished, comforted and ideally moisturized.


Skin is more supple : 100 %
Skin is revitalized : 95 %
Radiance : + 17 %
Hydration : + 16 %


For 100 % of women interviewed: skin is replenished - nourished – comfortable
Formore than 9 out of 10 women : skin is lipid-replenished - brighter - perfectly moisturized

* Use test, assessed by 19 volunteers after twice daily application.
** Use test, assessed by 19 volunteers after twice daily application combined with their regular skin care products.

D-TOX Microalgae Oil : helps eliminate free radicals, toxins and pollutants that disrupt correct cell functioning.
Rose Oil : soothes and protects the skin and helps to replenish it.
Gorse Oil : activates the synthesis of urea channels within the epidermis and enhances cell cohesion.
Jojoba Oil : strengthens the hydrolipidic film and protects the skin against dehydration. Maintains the skin's suppleness and elasticity.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Naughty and Nice Night Out

Naughty and Nice Holiday Pop up shop
Presented by Woodchuck and UrbanUndercover.

Come shop local makers, sip local spirits and nibble on local treats. It's a fun way to spend a Thursday night all while completing some of your holiday shopping.

Thursday, November 12th at 5:00pm - 10:00pm

ADDRESS: 824 6th Ave SE, Minneapolis 55414

Makers Include:

StormSister Spatique (that's us!)
Wool and Whiskey
Muddy Mouth Cards
Nelli Designs
Great Lakes Co.
Mill City Fineries
Marked Leather
Sota Clothing
Hagen & Oats
Solid Mfg.
Lucy & Co.
Blue Henn
Spruce Soda
It's Cigar Rolling
Hardt Jewelry
Sally's Spirits
William Rogue
Thumbs Cookies
Vandalia Street Press
My Sister

Friday, August 21, 2015

2015 Martha Stewart American Made Style Finalist

StormSister Spatique - 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Style Finalist
We were excited to get this email yesterday:

"Each week, Martha and her panel of 16 esteemed judges review the American Made Audience Choice nominations, searching for creative, beautiful, useful, and innovative products. Among hundreds of nominees, your small business and profile stood out.

We're pleased to announce that you have been named a 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Finalist - Style, Beauty -. Congratulations!"

Though I have been nominated for this contest a couple of times with our 3waybeauty products in the past, I have never gotten to this stage of the game. Whoop!

I certainly would appreciate your votes, beginning September 21 - thank you!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Maiden Minnesota 2015

Maiden Minnesota
We're a featured Maiden in the 2015 line up for Maiden Minnesota! - A shoppers paradise, Maiden Minnesota is a fun, socializing and charitable event featuring some of the best women-owned businesses in Minnesota.  Spend the night with friends mingling and shopping for the wonderful products and services that keep us stylish and in love with Minnesota!

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 6, 2015 | 2 - 9 pm.

Located at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel Ballroom (formerly Graves 601 Hotel).

Purchase tickets here.

Take the train and hop on the Green Line  - Loews is less than a block from the Warehouse/Hennepin Ave. stop. Easy peasy!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Make It Minnesota

Chatting up The HAMMS Event  and the pop-up shop industry, on page 7 of  Make It Minnesota's Summer 2015 issue. By Kara Larson

Monday, August 17, 2015

5 New Lippies!

Stormsisters - Lips Accessorized
We just announced the 5 new shades for the next  Stormsisters - Lips Accessorized collection; Meghan, Miranda, Erin, Amy and Sandy.

More info on these wonderful ladies coming soon.

Launching October 28th - Pucker up!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Grains of Truth

Image credit:
Excerpt from American Spa Magazine by Heather Mikesell.

While there is no shortage of innovative skincare ingredients on the market today, the increasing interest in more natural ingredients has certainly shone a light on grains, such as corn, oats, rice,, and more. Found in various skincare formulations, these hard, dry seeds are proving to be effective exfoliators. According to Szilvia Hickman, senior vice president of Szép Elét, which distributes Ilike Organic Skin Care, they’re also a great natural substitute for synthetic microbeads, which have been banned in some states due to their environmental impact on marine life. “Cornmeal is an all-natural scrubbing alternative to plastic microbeads in various face and body exfoliators,” says Hickman. “It can be formed into different shapes and sizes depending on the purpose of the product and whether we want a gentler or stronger scrubbing effect on the skin.”

Interestingly, grains aren’t always viewed positively when it comes to the skin. In fact, they often get a bad rap for contributing to various skin conditions when ingested. In Wheat Belly Total Health (Rodale, 2014), author William Davis, M.D., reveals how wheat and closely related grains, such as barley, corn, and rye, are actually disrupters of skin health. From triggering autoimmune reactions, increasing inflammation, and spiking blood sugars, grains can sabotage your complexion when consumed, he says. “One of the reasons why people fail to connect grains with skin health is that their disruptive effects can show themselves in so many varied ways,” says Davis. “The most common is red facial discoloring, especially on the cheeks, along the sides of the nose, and around the eyes. Other wheat and grain disruptions of skin health include eczema, acne, dandruff on the scalp, dryness, excessive oiliness, rosacea, and other autoimmune conditions such as psoriasis.” Fortunately, eliminating these ingredients from a diet can help. “Wheat and grain elimination should be, in my view, the first and most powerful effort anyone can make in regaining a beautiful appearance and skin,” says Davis.

Cereal for the Skin

One of the most popular grains used in skincare is oats. “Since medieval times, oats have been used for their medicinal properties,” says Close. “Today they are prized for protecting against free radicals, reinforcing cell immunity, and preventing inflammation. Oats are also an excellent moisturizer, forming a thin film over the skin to help retain moisture while soothing and softening the skin.”

According to Regina Muhammad, cofounder of Buff Her House of Exfoliation, oatmeal is great for sensitive skin. “It contains saponins, which are natural cleansers that gently remove dirt and oil from pores,” she says. Geraldine Howard, cofounder of Aromatherapy Associates, is also a fan of oats, thanks to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. “Oat flour soothes and balances excess oils, resulting in a healthy and matte complexion,” she says. “Oat amino acids hydrate the skin and provide a soft foam.”

While corn, oats, and quinoa are just a few of the grains being celebrated for their skincare benefits, new varieties are emerging all the time. “Grains are important in skincare, because they have anti-inflammatory, protective, and hydrating benefits,” says Close. “They are a great complement to active ingredients, as they calm irritation and allow the skin to focus on looking younger and feeling healthier.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

All Work and ALL Play

With two grown sons, 20 and 27, I thought I was well past the age of being a featured "Mom" on a cool blog. But, I guess not!

Thanks to Tumblewalla, a local brand of adorable baby and toddler clothes, for the lovely interview. It was nice thinking back to a time that often seems like yesterday, and then sometimes a lifetime ago.

Tumblers today. Trailblazers tomorrow.