Monday, February 29, 2016


Stormsisters Lips Accessorized - Helen
My grandmother Helen, was a leap baby - born February 29th. I remember having fun with her on her leap birthday, trying to figure out how old she would be if she only celebrated her birthday every four years.

Grandma was also the main reason I love lipstick so much, and when I was developing Stormsisters - Lips Accessorized, there was no question I would name a shade after her.

When I was a little girl, beginning at the age of 4 or so, and we would go over to visit my grandparents, I would give all of my kisses and hugs upon arrival and immediately run to the bathroom and lock the door. Same ritual. Visit after visit, for years.

My grandmother kept her Estee Lauder lipsticks in a covered, round, wooden bowl on the bathroom counter. I used to hop up on the toilet and climb onto the counter facing the mirror. I would then open one of her pink lipsticks and apply, admire for a minute or so and then wipe off. Of course I was too young to be wearing lipstick so this tradition kept up for many years in her locked bathroom. Hugs and kisses, lipstick application.
In fact, even when I became a grown woman and could wear lipstick without hiding it, I would open her tubes of lipstick whenever I went into the bathroom, simply to inhale that familiar lipstick aroma. I remember being disappointed when Estee Lauder changed the formulation and their lipsticks smelled completely new and unfamiliar.

I'll never forget the smell of those lipsticks. Truth be told, I found an old Estee Lauder lipstick at an estate sale once and I had to open it and see if it still smelled like how I remembered. It did. That lipstick came home with me and I still will open it periodically and take in a deep breath of it.

Simple pleasures.

Happy Birthday, Grandma.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Face, Hands and Bod

New Vie Collection, Fleur's, Phytomer and Phytoceane skincare.
New products for hands, decollete, face and body!

Vie Collection MÉSOPEPTIDE DÉCOLLETÉ REPLENISHING CREAM combines the comfort of a cream with the tensing power of a gel. It melts into the skin, leaving an ultra-soft finish and is enriched with light reflecting pearlescent agents for an immediate enhancing effect.

- Evens
- Smoothes
- Densifies
- Moisturizes

Phytomer Body Blur Shaka Shaka - just the name cracks me up! (Leave it to the French.) - Taking preorders now for a March 1st launch!

PHYTOMER has created the 1st Shaka Shaka contouring product: A three-phase water-oil-powder lotion you shake before applying to instantly smooth cellulite and tackle visible fat. Like magic, BODY BLUR evens out the appearance of orange peel skin upon application. Day after day, it corrects visible cellulite and refines the waist and thighs.

Not for use by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Not suitable for people sensitive to iodine.

Phytoceane Moisturizing Fusion Cream a real moisturizing shock with a “cream-in-water” texture and refreshing scent. Formulated with RubiMarin, an ultra-moisturizing vegetal coral cultivated in the Phytoceane laboratories, this cream fills the epidermis with moisture and freshness.

Your face is re-energized, more supple and extremely hydrated.

Phytomer OLÉOCRÈME Ultra-Nourishing Hand Cream - Comforting SOS hand care.
This rich, silky cream with a fresh, citrus scent protects, soothes and softens dry and damaged hands. Integrating a hydrating duo of marine oils, it reveals perfect hands: skin is intensely nourished, moisturized, comforted and better protected from external stress.

Fleur's is going through a huge repackaging and rebranding. This is the first brand new cream with the new packaging (we will switch over to new packaging as products become available):

Fleur's Floraskin Youth Plumping Cream - Nutri-fusional texture.
A soft facial cream with a velvety feel that deposits a veil of softness on the skin.
Enriched with jojoba oil and shea butter, it gently nourishes the skin to bring it comfort and suppleness.
A delicious enveloping floral trail that reveals all the delicacy of Hibiscus in its heart.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Valentine Hint

Thank you to Aprilierre, for including us in their Valentine Gift Guide.

"I have the guys in mind for this blog post regarding Valentines day which is right around the corner. I know many of you gentlemen find this day of hearts, flowers, and chocolate a bit intimidating if not flat out annoying and we all have our various feelings about the holiday itself"....more

Also, Aprilierre's post also features some of our other favorite Minnesota Makers.

FYI, we're in love with their stackable rings!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Take A Bath Tonight, Cherie

Yellow lipstick
Thank you to Red Note Botanica for the lipstick love:

Dreaming of spring (with a foot of fresh snow outside your door), and wondering if yellow-tangerine could be your new pink? Gotta say, you might want to think again.... Take a bath tonight, cherie. xo

After we have our bath, we apply our favorite Red Note Botanica perfume cube - Volupte.