Amy Haugen was hesitant when she started mixing lotion with cranberry seed oil in her garage in 2007. Little did she know it would not only make her skin radiant, but also jumpstart a new business venture. After seeing the results on her own skin, Haugen handed it out to her friends in takeout salad dressing cups. From there, Haugen, a licensed esthetician with over 25 years experience, started Stillwater Skin and has created 29 products including body lotions and eye gels.
At Stillwater Skin, they use the healing properties of cranberry seed oil to provide toxin-free, certified vegan skin care products. These all-natural products infuse skin with vitamins, antioxidants, and polyunsaturated fats that leave skin hydrated and vibrant. She and her team continue to do everything themselves, from crafting lotions to hand-delivering their products to clients throughout the St.Paul area. The skin specialists at Stillwater Skin also rejuvenate skin with exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments and brow waxes. Their photofacials use broadband light to treat sun damage caused by years of UV bullying.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
The friendly team at Metro Optics is dedicated to the ocular wellness of everyone who steps into their welcoming clinic. Here, doctors Reznicow and Tuttle inspect eyes to guard against health concerns and assess sight, employing advanced technology instead of asking patients to read letters from bowls of alphabet soup. Once they've determined a prescription, the practice's opticians craft lenses using their in-store lab. The specialists then outfit eyes with frames from a selection of over 1,000 styles, which includes brands such as Gucci, Armani, Rayban, D&G, Guess, and Prada. Should clients find themselves unable to choose a look, they are welcome to take home up to three pairs to test-wear before making their final decision. The staff also supplies patients with contact lenses, and can provide prescription sunglasses to shade eyes year round.
Associated Eye Care fields a trio of ophthalmologists who specialize in the all-laser iLASIK system, which utilizes wavefront-guided laser technology to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The vision-correcting procedure begins with a WaveScan eye mapping, which blueprints the cornea’s imperfections and creates a customized 3-D image to guide the surgeon throughout the process. The all-laser IntraLase then creates a precise corneal flap, which reduces the risk of side effects, complications, and mirages of pink elephants. The CustomVue laser reshapes the cornea according to the 3-D eye map to improve vision before the protective flap adheres to the eye naturally. The procedure takes around 10 minutes per eye, and cornea-numbing eye drops are applied to minimize discomfort. Clients usually return to their normal routine within one to three days and typically achieve full vision results within one to four weeks—the same time it takes to find a pair of glasses in a crowd of Coke bottles.
New trends frequently pop up in the beauty industry, but few of them stand the test of time. Not so with argan oil, which women and men have used for hundreds of years to protect and beautify their hair—it was first advertised in a beauty magazine printed by Gutenberg. The family behind Sveda Organics USA features the ingredient in their signature oil along with natural plant oil and Jojoboa oil.
A few drops of the Sveda Organics USA formula protects hair from heat damage when styling with a flat iron or trimming split ends with a hybrid lighter-cigar cutter. It also infuses each strand with a lustrous shine and can impart vividness to colors. In addition to argan oil, the family produces sodium-free shampoos and conditioners as well as straightening products.
Situated in the shopping district on Robert Street in West St. Paul, Twin Cities Magic & Costume stocks a collection of tricks, makeup, and costumes that have enlivened parties, magic acts, and movies for the past 27 years. Knowledgeable professionals and industry insiders guide visitors through the forest of lifelike costumes and awe-inspiring light and fire effects, helping to create eerie costumes for Halloween parties or convincing getups for period plays and films. DVDs and instructional videos teach budding illusionists how to impress crowds with linking ring and coin tricks, and fog machines and strobe lights add a touch of Vegas glamour to magicians' sets. Twin Cities Magic & Costume puts its expertise to the test as the headquarters of the Zombie Pub Crawl, a festival of gore and horror brought to life with the selection of professional-grade makeup and more than 15,000 wigs.