Party at Honeycomb Salon – Elixery + Lulu Organics

20120826_product_129Last time Honeycomb Salon had a party, it was so much fun we decided to join them again – and this time we’re brining our supersecret Lavender & Date Anti-Aging Serum!

Ok, so the serum isn’t a total secret to some of you – we’ve had this herbal skin potion for a while, but we haven’t officially released it to the masses (although some people do keep showing up and knocking on the lab door for an extra fix!)

The serum has a potent combination of traditional herbs such as a powerfully anti-aging extract of Date, along with a hydrating and detoxifying cocktail of Calendula flowers, Burdock roots, Cleavers, Elderflowers, and not one but two varieties of soothing Lavender. This is just the stuff to re-energize your tired, dry winter skin and chase off fine lines.

To make the party even cooler, Lulu Organics will also be in house to launch their luxurious Hair Oil – an all-natural blend of Organic argan and organic olive oil infused with nourishing extracts of horsetail and rosemary for dry, thirsty hair.

Estheticians Anne Marie & Daniella Mendez will be offering complimentary mini-services throughout the evening, so book your free appointment today – or just stop by, have a drink and say “hi”!

See you there!

Honeycomb Salon
3504 Nicollet Ave. S, MPLS, MN 55408
*RSVP today to schedule your complimentary services

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Elixery Pop-Up at City Center, Feb 10-14th

candy_store_banner_blogNeed a break from the cube? Well, you’re in luck!

Elixery is pleased to announce that we’re partnering up with City Center in Downtown Minneapolis for a sweet Valentine’s week pop-up!  The shop will be there for one week only, right on the Skyway in City Center near the entrance to the Target Corporate offices. And, since City Center is the most connected building on the Skyway system, Downtowners won’t even have to brave the cold to get there.

We’ll have lipstick as well as some fresh new Elixery products in store for you. We’ll also have delights from other cool local cosmetic brands as well – Bodylish, Worker B, 3-Way Beauty and more.

For lunchtime treats, Hennepin Theater Trust will be performing some spicy Tango dancing, so come down and get your face on with Candra Ruiz Makeup Artistry. We’ve got some extra fun in store for you throughout the week:

Feb 10th-12th: Random giveaways and other surprises

Thursday, Feb 13th, 4-6 PM: Prototype Party – be the first to try (and weigh in on) a brand new shade of red and other delights

Friday, Feb 14th: Whether you love or hate Valentine’s day, makeup is always a good time. To finish off your week, Candra Ruiz Makeup Artistry will be doing Valentine’s mini-makeovers. You deserve some pretty!

Elixery Presents: A Cosmetic Candy Store
Dates: Feb 10 -Feb 14th
Hours: 10 AM – 6PM

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Street Art Body Paint Series – Alexa Meade

Alexa Meade is a visual artist that uses the human body as canvas, turning living people into 2-dimensional acrylic art. In this series, Alexa stencils the models in monochrome on to a backdrop of graffiti, making it difficult to separate the living model from the street art behind them.






Posted in Makeup Artistry

Makeup Love – “2D or not 2D” series

Moscow photographer Alexander Khokhlov teamed up with makeup artist Valeriya Kutsan to create a stunning series called “2D or not 2D” for the ongoing “Art of Face” project. Each model is recreated to look like a painting or other two-dimensional image. Amazing work – check it out!

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Lipstick & RollerGirls! Nov 2nd, 2013

Minnesota Rollergirls Develop Lipstick with Elixery

all photos: ARiana MuRillo Photography


The Elixery is proud to present The Official Lipstick of the Minnesota RollerGirls!

This project was the brainchild of RollerGirl Winona Collider, who thought it would be awesome to do a mad-science, ass-kicking lipstick line. We’re huge fans of the RollerGirls, so we happily agreed!

Winona Collider stars in "Science - WTF?!"

Winona Collider stars in “Science – WTF?!”


Roller derby is a fun sport, and it’s also a subversively egalitarian movement. Girls around the world are trained to be passive and polite at all costs – but the RollerGirls defy that idea.

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“I have polite for you right here.”


The Minnesota RollerGirls are sexy, smart, aggressive and unapologetic, all with a great sense of humor. But what’s really impressive is their sense of team spirit – the camaraderie amongst these women is amazing to witness. We’re pretty well convinced that a few black eyes, some lipstick, and a group hug would solve most of the world’s problems.

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She will help you with the black eye part.


So, five wacky shades are cooking up at the laboratory, just waiting for your lips. This lipstick isn’t just about crazy colors, though – the line will be sold as a fundraiser to help support the league. These ladies support their teams themselves, which is one of the things that keeps them real. So along with your wild colored lips, you’ll also support the care and maintenance of a 100% player-owned league. How cool is that?

"Lipstick?! I wanted to make a robot!"

“Lipstick?! I wanted to make a robot!”


Naturally, this kind of craziness calls for a party. So on November 2nd, 2013, join the RollerGirls and the Elixery crew for the launch of their signature lipstick. The night will kick off with entertainment by Twin Cities Trapeze, and the lovely ladies from Faces, Etc. will be on hand to help you apply these mad creations. Then go scream while the Dagger Dolls face off against the Garda Belts, and the Rockits battle the Atomic Bombshells. Afterparty at CAMP Bar to follow.

"I really shouldn't have drunk that."

“I really shouldn’t have drunk that.”


Saturday, November 2nd
Doors at 6:30pm, Bout at 7:30pm
The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul

Dagger Dolls (pink) – Winona Collider
Atomic Bombshells (orange) – Diamond Rough
All-Stars (blue) – Shiver Me Kimbers
Garda Belts (green) – Shiva Shankin
Rockits (red) – Ana Stick

Photography: ARiana MuRillo

Makeup: Candra Ruiz and Jamie Wiley

Posted in Events, Indie Love, Makeup Artistry, Photoshoot, science!

Elixery – Finalist for Cosmetic Innovator of the Year

Elixery Selected as a Finalist for 2013 Cosmetic Innovator of the Year Award

Minneapolis, MN (June 10, 2013) – The Elixery was selected by the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Association (ICMAD) as a finalist for a Cosmetic Innovator of the Year Award. The award ceremony will be held in Battery Park, New York City on June 18th.

Other brands nominated for awards include Oribe, NYX, Amazing Cosmetics, GlamGlow, Suki, eOs, Thymes and Jane Iredale.

The Elixery placed in the Grassroots Marketing category for their “Dessa” lipstick marketing campaign. The “Dessa” lipstick, created for hip-hop star Dessa of Doomtree, launched in September 2012 at a sold-out charity ball featuring performances by Dessa and Aby Wolf. After launch, the lipstick was distributed to Dessa and Elixery fans worldwide.

“We’re still a small lab, so we’re honored to be featured alongside such great brands,” said Karoline Wells, owner and chemist at The Elixery.

About the Elixery
The Elixery Cosmetic House is located in a vintage laboratory in the heart of the city. Founded by chemist Karoline Wells in 2009, the brand quickly achieved a cult following for its original formula, hand-poured lipstick. The company plans to expand into other beauty products over the next year. More at

About the CITY Awards
The Cosmetic Innovator of the Year (CITY) Awards are given by the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Association. These prestigious awards honor the year’s most innovative products, packaging, and marketing concepts.

Danielle Stellner
(888) 439.8333


A big shout to all of the awesome people who worked on this project!

Photography: Bo Hakala (Dessa), Rebecca Zenefski (Product), Herb Stellner (Event Lead)
Design: Christy Johnson
Makeup: Crist Ballas (design/Dessa’s makeup); FACES, Etc. – Laura Westrem (Event Lead)
PR/Marketing: Mary Thayer, Karoline Wells, Michael Wells, Dessa
Event Planning: Danielle Stellner
Music: Aby Wolf, Sean McPherson, Ashley Gold, Dustin Kiel, Joey Van Phillips, DJ Barb Abney, Dessa
Product Development: Karoline Wells
Merchandising/Sales: Ander Other, Lazerbeak

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Voltage: Photos

Here are a few of the images from the show captured by photographer Herb Stellner:


Bomba de Luz

Sean Anonymous & Dreamcrusher

Sean Anonymous & Dreamcrusher

Sean Anonymous

Sean Anonymous

Show stealer: The lovely Aby Wolf, outfitted by Blacklist Vintage

Show stealer: The lovely Aby Wolf

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Samantha Rei (Blasphemina's Closet)

Samantha Rei (Blasphemina’s Closet)

The Chalice

The Chalice


Posted in Events, Fashion

Voltage Fashion Show – Ticket & Makeup Giveaway!

voltage_webVoltage has returned, and the MNFashion team commissioned us to create their own custom color for the show.

Guess what? You can win a custom Voltage lipstick PLUS free tickets to this fabulous fashion and rock show!

Winner will be chosen randomly. Must be 18+ to win. Must live in the Twin Cities area to attend show. Show is June 8th, 2013 at First Ave. Giveaway ends 6/5/2013 at midnight.

Posted in Events, Fashion, Giveaways

Rock For Pussy X: A tribute to David Bowie (Proceeds to Feline Rescue)


The Elixery is proud to be partnering with Rock for Pussy, Mary Lucia’s annual tribute to both David Bowie and KITTEHS!

Buy your favorite shade at the show and half of all proceeds go to benefit Feline Rescue, a no-kill cat shelter.

Band: John Eller (The Shiny Lights), Chris Perecilli (Little Man), Janey Winterbauer, Nadine DuBoise Leslie Ball, Noah Levy (Brian Setzer), Tommy Alsides, Steve Price (The Suburbs, Okemah Prophets, Gary Louris), Al Bergstrom, Joseph Pettini, Kent Militzer (Jailbreak, The Blackberry Brandy Boys), Kevin Nord, Laurie Glaser, Matt Darling, Paul Odegaard, Ocean Kalen

Singers: Orion Treon (Phantom Tails), Liam Benzvi (Strange Names), Reed Wilkerson (Black Church Service), Chris Lynch (The Shiny Lights), David J. Russ (E.L.nO.), Christian Erickson (Blue Sky Blackout), Liam Watkins (Driftwood Pyre), Ciaran Daly (The Idle Hands), Venus DeMars & All The Pretty Horses, David Campbell (E.L.nO., The Blackberry Brandy Boys), Laurie Lindeen (Zuzu’s Petals), Prairie Fire Lady Choir, and more

DJs: Jake Rudh (Transmission/The Current) and Jill Riley (The Current)

Hair and Makeup: Moxie Salon

Tickets available at First Ave


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Craftstravaganza – St. Paul, May 11, 2013

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