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Ring Out the Old, Rock in the New!

Our Stormsisters Kat lipstick shade has been featured on Advice Sisters - 15 RED Lipsticks to Ring Out the Old, Rock in the New!

"Before you plant the last smooch of this year and the first of the new, your lips need to look fierce!  A fabulous red lipstick is your best accessory.

We’ve selected 15 red lip products".....read more here.

Last Minute Giftables

Be merry and bright and sip and shop with us for one last holiday trunk show at Showroom.

615 W Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408

6-9 PM on Thursday, December 22nd.

We'll be joined by:

Goldfine Jewelry
3 Jäg design
Kindred Folk
Tessa Louise

BONUS! When you spend $100 or more you'll receive a $10 Gift Certificate to use on your next purchase.

Free Shipping Day 2016

December 16th is Free Shipping Day!

Enter FREESHIP2016 at checkout.

Holiday Shopping at the University Club

Stop by the gorgeous University Club of St. Paul on Dec. 15th for a Holiday Shopping Event to benefit the Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center, PSC.

All the deets are above.

We'll be there with NelliDesignsAmelia & Holly's - Compassionately Crafted Canine TreatsWorker BThe Bath Bird,Karin Jacobson DesignMademoiselle Miel and more!

Hand and Nail Balm

INtelligent Nutrients ONEBODY Hand and Nail Balm.

Calms cracks Diffuses dark spots Rejuvenates nails Provides a moisture barrier

Thanksgiving thru Cyber Monday

Shop with StormSister Spatique and 3waybeauty from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday and receive 25% off your purchase of $50+ when you enter this code at checkout: BFCM25.

Thank you so much for supporting my small business, I truly appreciate your patronage. Have a lovely Thanksgiving.

Howliday MN Maker Boxes

by Sidewalk Dog. Featuring our doggystyle dog shampoo bar and many other MN maker goodies for your pooch.

Available until this Wednesday at 11:59 PM, and FREE shipping!

A portion of the proceeds from the MN Maker Howliday Boxes benefit Mission Animal Hospital, MN's only nonprofit vet.

Purchase here.

Small Business Saturday 2016

This Small Business Saturdaycome celebrate small business with the local maker community. We have a day of pampering planned for you at Showroom to show our thanks: -Enjoy a free massage from David Kucera
-Try our new Julie and Kat lipstick shades: vegan, gluten free, handpoured here in MN.
-Try Epitome Skincare multitasking Body products
-In store sales including $100 gift cards for just $85 (give us a call if you can't make it in, available Saturday only)
American Express is offering 2X the rewards when you shop at participating businesses like ours on Small Business Saturday
-RSVP below to stay updated on all of our sales and specials

Vie HYALURONIC ACID VITAMIN MASK

Vie Collection MÉSOFORCE HYALURONIC ACID VITAMIN MASK

A gel mask fusing three forms of hyaluronic acid with a trio of vitamins to hydrate, brighten and revitalize the skin.

Vie Collection reasserts its cosmeceutical prowess with MÉSOFORCE HYALURONIC ACID VITAMIN C MASK, a high-tech mask inspired by mesotherapy - a treatment approach in which hyaluronic acid, vitamins and antioxidants are injected just beneath the skin’s surface to hydrate and revitalize the skin. Formulated with three forms of hyaluronic acid and a powerful vitamin trio, MÉSOFORCE HYALURONIC ACID VITAMIN C MASK is designed to deliver the same rehydrating, plumping, smoothing and brightening effects as traditional mesotherapy, via topical application.

Hyaluronic acid penetrates to all skin layers, preserving moisture, filling wrinkles and smoothing the skin’s surface while a powerful cocktail of vitamins B5, C and E deeply hydrates and restores evenness, freshness and radiance to the complexion. Vie Collection MÉSOFOR…

Freestyle

Rahua has a new styling product - Freestyle Texturizer.
This effective and flexible Freestyle Texturizer is the perfect choice for creating styles with effortless texture, body and hold. A natural, high performance alternative to synthetic stylers, made with the most exclusive plant derived ingredients from the Amazon rainforest. This creamy texturizer offers an innovative, blow-out free method to simplify styling. Create tousled looks and build volume from fine to medium hair types. A truly long lasting formula to be reckoned with.

CARNAUBA WAX - provides staying power—yet rinses out like a dream.

RAHUA-UNGURAHUA - rich with omega-9, fortifies strands.

PALO SANTO - “holy wood”, precious to Amazonian shamans, is Rahua’s signature scent, offering a sophisticated, earthy aroma; while providing a soothing aromatherapy experience.

TAPIOCA STARCH - provides support, hold & separation for styles.

Simply apply to damp or dry hair directly to the roots for volume, to the ends for texture,…

Awaken Body Lotion

From Erbaviva - Awaken Body Lotion.

Perfect for daily moisturizing, Erbaviva Awaken Body Lotion has a light texture, yet is deeply hydrating with blend of cocoa butter, aloe and jojoba with an ultra aromatic organic essential oil blend of lemongrass, mandarin, bergamot and rose.

INGREDIENTS: Water, *aloe barbadensis leaf juice, *helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glyceryl stearate, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, glycerin, *beeswax, xanthan gum, algin, *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, *theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, glyceryl stearate citrate, *simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, tocopherol, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, *citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil, *citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, *lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, *citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, *cymbopogon schoenanthus oil, *pelargonium graveolens oil, *anthemis nobilis flower oil, *zingiber officinale (ginger) root oil, *melissa officinalis leaf oi…

MN Christmas Market

Join us and many other MN makers at the MN Christmas Marketat Lake Monster Brewing.
Saturday, Nov. 12th from 1-7 PM.

Hosted by us and The Voice Community.

Featuring music by the "electric violinist",  David Gerald Suttonand delicious nibbles by Peeps Hot Boxfood truck.

Many of our makers and both of our hosts, are donating 7% of their sales at this market to several local charities.

Make a dent in your holiday shopping. More info here.

Ample lot and street parking available.

Please use this hashtag when posting to social media about this event. #MNxmasMarket

Maiden Minnesota 2016

Maiden Minnesota 2016 tickets are now available. And, there's still a few of the coveted gift bags remaining!

The earlier and extended hours have been a hit, so avoid the crowds by arriving early or shop the last hour.

Get all of the deets here.

Fall Flash Sale

Mark your calendars and RSVP here for the Fall Flash Sale 2016!

Featured small biz's are: Karin Jacobson Design, Michelle Brusegaard, Megan Moore,NelliDesigns, painted fish studio, Post- Accessories, redshoes26, Tumblewalla, Vandalia Street Press and of course, us.

And, The Smoking Cow food truck will be on hand.

Stop by Indeed Brewing Company on Thursday, Sept. 22nd from 5-9.

We won't have the Stormsisters lipstick or our 3waybeauty collection - but we'll have lots of beauty items from other brands that we carry that are being discontinued (products being renamed, or repackaged), overstock, scratch-n-dent, etc. You'll want to stop by early as products go FAST!

#fallflashsale2016

Scarborough Fair

Join us on October 1st and 3rd for a trunk show at Scarborough Fair!

2238 Carter Ave, Saint Paul, 55108

We'll have our lipstick and lash bar on hand to give a little color to your pucker and some pizzazz to your lashes. (if you would like lashes, ideally you'll arrive without mascara - lash extensions will last for approx 24 hours or so.)

October 1st from 11-5 and the 3rd from 4-8.

RSVP here.

New Haircare from Rahua

CONTROL CREAM CURL STYLER
Rule waves with the power of Mother Nature!

We are pleased to announce the launch of Control Cream Curl Styler, an amazing product that hydrates, prevents frizz and styles simultaneously. In order to control abundant, rebellious, voluptuous, and strong curls, one’s hair needs hydration, hydration, hydration!

Rahua’s new Control Cream delivers a packed punch of moisture from the Rahua oil. And a perfect combination of shea butter and molasses provide the right amount of hold for curls in need of control – all while leaving hair soft and touchable. Finally, the magical scent of Palo Santo, the signature fragrance in Rahua products, uplifts the spirit for an overall luxurious experience. The Control Cream Curl Styler entices even the most stubborn and rebellious of curls to behave like never before. Your curls will be on your side from now on!

FEATURES and BENEFITS

•Style Hair Naturally
•Smooth out frizz
•Tame and control curls
•Medium hold
•For curls, ideal for medium t…

Time Traveler Serum

A retinol treatment you can love. Rewind the clock with IN's newest skincare addition.

PLANT RETINOL SCIENCE TIME TRAVELER SERUMby INtelligent Nutrients

An amazing plant retinol complex that is both gentle and effective. Dark spots and wrinkles fade away, while Time Traveler reveals a more even skin tone and texture, as well as a 211% increase in moisture in 24 hours.

Revolutionary Plant Retinol Science™ and Sea Bioactives kickstart aging skin cells. All without the skin stress of traditional chemical retinols.

Plant Retinols including Sea Fennel and Spanish Needle kickstart skin cell regeneration for reduced wrinkles and smoother skin.Sea Daffodil diffuses the size and intensity of dark spots.Red Algae improves moisture in all layers of the skin faster and more efficiently than hyaluronic acid.PLANT RETINOL SCIENCE™
Retinols are clinically proven to boost cell renewal, retriggering skin cell development that slows with age. Skincare is saturated with synthetic retinols that smooth…

The Pretty Intellectual

Thanks to our Stormsister, Sara, for the lipstick love.

"One of my favorite beauty brands has added two more shades to its line up of gluten-free, cruelty-free, natural lipsticks...." Read more here.

Makers of Minnesota

Thanks to Stephanie Hansen from MyTalk 107.1's Makers of Minnesota podcast for the interview!

Episode 5 - The Story of StormSister Spatique.

Purse Strings

Thanks to Maria Reitan of PurseStrings and STYLED RETAIL for interviewing me for her podcast about Women and The Maker Movement.There is also some great additional info about Pokemon GO in the retail industry.

Home Hair Color

Though I don't advocate home hair color, I know some folks just can't help themselves.

So, if you're going to do it, consider these tips first.

Thanks to SheKnows and Bethany Ramos for including my two-cents!

Kat and Julie

Our two newest Stormsisters - Lips Accessorized lipstick shades are launching this Sunday at the Midwest Makeup Show - Kat and Julie.

Julie is a neutral nude shade.

Kat is a wild fuchsia.

5 Ways States Are Luring Small Biz

What does business have to do with beauty?
When you get featured on CNBC about small business in Minnesota and your beauty biz gets a shout-out. That's what.

Thanks to Elaine Pofeldt for the opportunity.

"Support for Main Street businesses. Becky Sturm has moved around the United States, but when she decided to open StormSister Spatique in 2005, a business that sells beauty products, like her own vegan lipstick brand, she had no doubt that her home state of Minnesota was the ideal location......" more here.

INtelligent Nutrients Matte Texture Paste

Style it sky-high. Or slicked. Or shaped. Or separated. Or …

Pompadour in the morning, defined and separated after work, sleek by night—INtelligent Nutrients' new modern styler lets you rework your style on a whim.

Your new best styling friend for both night and day hair.

Coconut oil helps to soften the hair and promote scalp health.
Larch Tree Resin provides flake-free hold without irritation.
Aloe Juice enhances strength while combating frizz without a greasy residue.
A little goes a long way for effortless styling – quick or creative.

(99% NATURAL ORIGIN OF TOTAL. 66% OF TOTAL INGREDIENTS ARE FROM ORGANIC FARMING):

Aqua (Water), Beeswax/Cera Alba,1 Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Galactoarabinan, Agave Americana Leaf Extract,1 Glycerin,2 Acacia Senegal Gum, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil,1 Aroma,3 Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax,1 Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil,1,4 Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) S…

Vie Collection MICELLAR WATER

For Face, Eyes and Lips - A gentle toning water to cleanse and remove makeup.

Vie Collection has integrated four new-generation cleansing and revitalizing ingredients in MICELLAR WATER Face, Eyes and Lips. This formulation to gently cleanse, remove makeup and revitalize the skin in one single step.

Micelles trap makeup and impurities for gentle removal without rubbing or rinsing. Volumizing Hyaluronic Acid provides a three-in-one epidermal and dermal action to firm, redensify and rehydrate skin. Vie Collection’s Moisturizing Duo of Vitamins B3 and B5 enhances the skin’s barrier function and hydrates the deep layers of the epidermis to reveal a fresh and radiant complexion.

Vie Collection MICELLAR WATER is formulated without alcohol and is tested under opthamological and dermatological supervision. It is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. With its delicate fresh floral scent and unanimously proven 3-in-1 effectiveness,* Vie MICELLAR WATER combines the freshness of a wa…

Wave Spray - Fake the Beach

Second-day, Lived-in, Wind-swept, Simple.

A nutrient-dense sea spray with an amazing scent.

Calling all tousled swells, twists and wraps. At last! This new Wave Spray, from INtelligent Nutrients,brings vacation hair anywhere, with an 88% certified organic beach in a bottle.
Containing 26 minerals, sea salt adds bounce, body and softness. It also reboots roots, absorbing oil and adding volume. Get next day hair on demand with an exotic essential oil aroma that’s more luxe than a lifeguard. Light texture and semi-matte finish.

Contains:

SEA SALT – A mineral treasure with 82 essential trace nutrients beneficial for hair and scalp.

QUINOA PROTEIN – Hydrolyzed protein includes 8 essential amino acids to support color, strength and shine while improving styling ease and body.

GREEN TEA LEAF EXTRACT – Conditions without weight.

How to use: Spray and work through damp or dry hair. Let dry naturally or diffuse depending upon desired level of wave. After dry, add texture as desired by spraying…

Summer Beauty Cheat Sheet

Thanks to Mpls. St. Paul magazine for featuring our Meghan lipstick shade!
Behold: The nude lipstick for those of you who swear that nude lipstick washes you out....

A Beach Bag from Phytoceane!

These beach bags just arrived!

They'll automatically ship with any order consisting of $100 in Phytoceane skin or body care products. While supplies last.

DUGO Re-grandopening

DUGO has moved (just next door) and their throwing a party to celebrate!

Join us at Dugo as they reveal their exciting new look at their grand re-opening event. The festivities begin on Thursday, June 16 and continue through Saturday, June 18. Bring a date or a friend to enjoy food and festivities, view their new space, and partake in the variety of exclusive events throughout our re-opening weekend.

RSVP here.

Thursday Events:

-Enjoy food and festivities from 12 - 6pm.
-New York designerCarol Peretz will be making an appearance. -We exclusively carry her collection of intricate, Parisian-inspired dresses and gowns.
-Pucker up from 1-4 PM and try a new pop of lip color with Becky Sturm from StormSister Spatique. She'll have her Stormsisters - Lips Accessorized lipstick bar on hand for you to try and take home a new lipstick shade!
-Meet Lauren Schuler from Nicole Miller, who will be showing current items as well as best of fall (order ahead!).
Johnny Was Clothingfall trunk show
Fren…

Rahua Body Collection

Rahua has introduced a much-anticipated line of three 100% natural body products.

The Rahua Body Collection, which includes Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Amazon Oil, uses symbiotic (rainforest grown) ingredients ethically and sustainably sourced from the Amazon Rainforest, including Sacha Inchi oil, Buriti oil, Quinoa, Palo Santo and Rahua’s star Ungurahua oil. These rare and potent miracle ingredients, provided by Mother Nature, are proven to provide superior results to chemically laden alternatives. What we put on our skin, our biggest organ, eventually goes into our bodies, and chemical-laden body care products can actually accelerate the effects of the sun and pollution on the skin. Rahua Body Collection uses 100% natural plant-based emollients and purifiers that cleanse, protect and strengthen the dermis and epidermis to create beautiful, soft, supple and glowing skin.

Like Rahua hair care, the inspiration for the Rahua Body Collection came from ingredients introduced to founders Fa…

Midwest Makeup Show

The Twin Cities is about to get a little more beautiful. Coming July 24, 2016 to Minneapolis's Commons Hotel is Minnesota's first trade makeup show and pop-up shop! The Midwest Makeup Show is shaping up to be a can't-miss blowout event for industry insiders, style editors, and beauty fanatics alike.

Founded and curated by celebrated Twin Cities-based makeup artist and entrepreneur Julie Swenson, the show will feature local and national luminaries and glamazons, as well as luxe discounted beauty services and shopping for all - a truly unique beauty, education and shopping experience! (Trade shows of this nature are usually only open to industry professionals)

The Voice Season 6 contestant, Kat Perkins, will emcee the star-studded Main Stage to include Emmy-award-winning national makeup artist Kevin James Bennett, NAHA Award Winner Heath Bryant, and a panel of pro artists moderated by one of the bridal industry's best, Brett Dorrian.

Industry pros will get the opportuni…

The Mighty Macadamia

From humble beginnings to culinary superstar, the macadamia nut is poised to make an impact on the health and wellness scene.

Although it was considered a delicacy when Australia’s Aboriginal people first discovered it thousands of years ago, spa-goers are only now clued in to its appeal. A rich yet lightweight texture and a bounty of benefits have turned macadamia into the hottest prospect in the current crop of beauty-oil contenders.

According to chief brand officer Cherie Jackson, Australian line Jindilli is a pioneer in the macadamia-oil business. “Our company was the first in the world to press macadamias for oil more than 30 years ago,” she says. “Although it was initially used for culinary purposes, local massage therapists started sourcing the oil to use in their services, and that’s when we discovered how skin-compatible the oil is.” In the intervening years, its star has only risen—pure macadamia oil is now the most commonly used product in the spa and wellness industry in i…

Walk - Talk - Connect

My good friend Kathy at Nelli Designs founded this fundraiser, Walk, Talk, Connect, for spinal-cord-tumor-awareness, to benefit the Courage Kenny Foundation.

Not only does Kathy own her own company, she founded this fundraiser after she was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her spine nearly 2 years ago. (Man, the strength of the women I know!) .

#walkwithus on Saturday, May 14 at 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM

WALK 3-miles along the Lake Minnetonka Trail, beginning and ending at the Excelsior Brewing Company in beautiful downtown Excelsior, MN.

TALK with patients, caregivers, families and friends affected by brain and spinal cord tumors.

CONNECT with each other over a cold brew while listening to live music, enjoying catered food and buy a raffle ticket to win one of many great prizes donated by local Minnesota companies and entrepreneurs.

For full details about the walk and After Party, visit: www.walktalkconnect.org

CAN'T MAKE IT? You can still participate via donating to Courage Kenny Fo…

Mother's Day Weekend Portrait + Pop Up

Come take a photo with mom!

I hope you'll join me and some other talented MN Makers at Jeannine Marie Photography, Friday and Saturday, May 6th and 7th. Or stop by on Mother's Day (I just won't be there that day but many other amazing makers will be!)
Shop and have your portrait taken by either Jeanine or Anna (from Anna Botz Photography).

676 Smith Ave S.
Saint Paul 55107

I'll be there on Friday from 3-7 and Saturday from 10-2 with these other fine makers:

Bootlegger's Batch- Soy candles (Saturday & Sunday)
Mademoiselle Miel- Honey bon bons (Saturday)
QueeniKathleeni Designs- Paintings & paper products - they were also featured at Lowertown Pop!
Jeff Ambroz- Visual artist and writer (Sunday) - Another Lowertown Pop maker!
The Pines Apothecary- Locally made natural skin care with vegan and organic ingredients. Natural cleansers, toners, serums, oils, and perfumes. (Friday & Sunday)
Style by Cia- Jewelry (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday)
Watercolor Canvas- Pre-…

HAMMS Event 2016

I'll see you here, with a bunch of other kick-ass makers on June 4th at Lake Monster Brewing.


Saint Paul Magazine

Thanks to Saint Paul Magazine for featuring Lowertown Pop and our Stormsister - Lips Accessorized collection, as well as our shampoo | shower | shave bars and Wicked massage candles, in their April issue.

We truly appreciate everyone who came out to Lowertown Pop for our inaugural event, and to those who made donations to our crowdfunding project. We were thrilled to give $4100 to Marvelous Melissa and $4100 to Face to Face.

We'll have more info about Lowertown Pop popping up at the Union Depot Holiday Bake Sale this December, as well as the 2017 Lowertown Pop next April. More info to come!

Spring Skincare

As you can see, posts have been very irregular here for a while. My bad.
In my defense, as you may know, I've been busy producing a MN maker market for Union Depot - Lowertown Pop.

Lowertown Pop popped up April 9th and the Mytalk 107.1 Shop Girls were also on hand and kind enough to give me a few minutes on their show. (April 9th - Hour 1 - starting just after the 15 min mark).

I know at one point, Allison wanted to discuss spring makeup shades but I really wanted to discuss the importance of skincare during this change in the seasons, (sorry Allison!) and mention that it's time to switch up our skincare and get a facial to start our spring routine off fresh.

Winter is time for heavier moisturizers, and creams - Spring is time for lightening things up a bit.

Having spent over 25 years in the spa and salon, I know the importance of regular facials. At least at the change of the seasons - spring, summer, winter, fall. If your pocket book allows it, have them more often.

Facials…

Enter to Win!

Win a pair of Lowertown Pop tickets, as well as one of 14 great MN Maker gifts!

Enter here.

Offer expires April 4th.

Get all the details on Lowertown Pop here.
I'll have StormSister Spatique and 3waybeauty goods in tow.

See ya there!

Roses are red...

An enduring symbol of love and luxury, ancient rose finds new life in modern-day skincare.

From rose-scented treatment rooms to baths infused with the precious petals, rose has long been a popular ingredient in spas. As the world’s oldest cultivated decorative plant, it is primarily native to the Northern Hemisphere but likely originated in Persia, according to The Magical and Ritual Use of Perfumes (Destiny Books, 1990) by Richard Alan Miller and Iona Miller. The flowers quickly spread, popping up symbolically in Greek and Indian mythologies and in physical form throughout Europe and the Middle East. Over the years, women as disparate as Joan of Arc and Cleopatra have been linked with this token of love, and if they’re good enough for a hallucinating martyr and a cunningly beautiful queen, they’re certainly suitable for we spa-going mortals.

As befitting a plant of such stature, “Rosa damascena is one of the most precious and expensive oils currently on the market,” says Amy Galper,…