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10 Skincare Resolutions for the New Year

January 6th, 2017

Beauty trends come and go, but clean, healthy, beautiful skin is always in. The New Year reminds us that it’s time to reevaluate our skincare routines and set new goals. Do your skin a favor and start these skincare resolutions NOW!

1. Clean out your skincare stash
Most of you reading this are thinking of your massive skincare stockpile. Unfortunately, skincare products do not last forever! Check the label on your products for an icon of a small jar with a number inside. This number represents the number of months your products are good after opening.

A massive skincare collection means lots of unused product. Go through your skincare once every six months, keeping your favorites and must-haves and passing on the products that don’t work for you. Make regular cleanings easier by writing the date you opened each item directly on the tube or jar with a permanent marker. Future You will thank you.

2. Moisturize both morning and night
Moisturized skin is happy skin. When you moisturize in the morning, you rehydrate and plump the skin which helps your foundation look flawless. When you moisturize at night, you restore the moisture your skin has lost throughout the day so your skin can repair itself overnight.

Regardless of your skin type (oily, combination or dry) it’s important to stay moisturized! Keeping skin moisturized not only encourages healthy cell turnover but helps fight the signs of aging.

3. Mask at least once a week
Masking regularly can create serious change in the skin. Mask after cleansing one to three times every week to see a difference. While you wait for the mask to work its magic, put up your feet and relax.

4. Exfoliate regularly
What good is masking and moisturizing if your products can’t effectively absorb? Clear away dead skin cells and help along cell turnover to reveal fresh, radiant skin. This will help your skincare products absorb and help your makeup blend seamlessly.

5. Wear sunscreen every single day
You might get tired of hearing it, but we’ll never stop saying it: wear sunscreen every day! This is the number one most important thing you can do for your skin. Rain or shine, apply SPF to your face, neck and décoletté. Make it part of your routine with a tinted moisturizer or primer with SPF.

Don’t stop there! All areas of exposed skin, including the forearms and the backs of your hands, need to be covered as well.

6. Remove makeup every single night
Overnight your skin repairs itself, and makeup left on the skin doesn’t help the process. Avoid clogged pores and premature aging by developing a nightly skincare routine.

If routine doesn’t come naturally to you, try removing your makeup right when you get home. Keep a backup bottle of eye makeup remover and cotton pads at your bedside just in case.

7. Wash your makeup brushes
We know, we know, washing makeup brushes is no fun, but it’s so important to rid your brushes of bacteria. Taking care of your brushes will also help them last longer. When cared for, makeup brushes can last for years and years, saving you money.

Commit to washing your most-used brushes once a week. Run the head of the brush under warm water, add a drop of baby shampoo to your palm, swirl the brush into the soap and rinse the brush head under water once more. Repeat until the water runs clear and your brushes look good as new.

Between washes you can keep your bristles clean with Brush Cleaner, a spray-on formula designed to kill bacteria while conditioning bristles.

8. Wear skin-healthy makeup
Skincare and makeup go together! When you work so hard to keep your skin balanced, don’t undo it with pore-clogging makeup. Mineral makeup is talc-free and non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores, settle into fine lines or irritate the skin.

9. Address your skin concerns
Enough is enough, it’s time to face your skin concerns head on. One of the amazing things about the world of skincare is that new, innovative ingredients and products are being created every day, so all of those pesky skin issues, from hyperpigmentation to wrinkles, can be treated.

10. See a skincare specialist
Support your at-home skincare regimen with regular trips to an aesthetician. Skincare specialists have a wealth of knowledge to help set you on a path for success, not to mention access to professional level exfoliants and peels. A series of professional treatments paired with a solid home care routine might just give your skin that boost it needs.


New Year’s Eve Makeup Tutorial

December 30th, 2016

Dazzle, sparkle and shine with a timeless smoky eye this New Year’s Eve. Recreate this soft, effortless eye in just a few simple steps. Pair it with flawless, dewy skin and a nude lip for a bold yet sophisticated look this New Year’s Eve.

Want some extra glam? Go all out with a matte red lip (try a vampy red like Suede Matte Crayon in crimson) and an amazing cheekbone highlight.

Get the look:

  1. Apply Cream Stay Shadow Stick in keepsake to the lid from the lashline to crease and blend the edges with your finger.
  2. Using the Mini Crease Brush, apply Eye Shadow in sable (or dark grey/black) to the outer corner of your eye, creating a dramatic V shape.
  3. Next, take Eye Shadow in graphite (or medium grey) with the same brush and apply to the middle portion of your lid, blending softly with sable.
  4. Smudge Eye Shadow in sable (or dark grey/black) along the outer third of the lower lashline using the Smudge Brush.
  5. Apply Eye Shadow in graphite (or medium grey) to the center portion of your lower lid, creating a soft transition.
  6. Line the upper lashline with Liquid Eyeliner in black.
  7. Finish the look with a generous coat of Mascara in black to the upper and lower lashes. For a more dramatic look add false eyelashes.

Glominerals products are available at all Simonson’s location.

Our expert technicians have mastered the latest trends and are prepared to take on your holiday-inspired look. Holiday parties present the perfect opportunity to experience a new style that freshens up your beauty routine. Schedule your appointment today! 

Holiday Hair and Makeup Tips, Tricks and Inspiration!

December 7th, 2016

‘Tis the season…for holiday parties! We’ve got you covered for all your holiday festivities. Check out our hair and makeup tips, tricks and inspiration featured on Twin Cities Live.

View video on mobile device HERE.

Look #1: The Trendsetter
Hair by: Alicia | Makeup by: Madison | Model: Jenni

Get the Look: Incorporate a fun braid…braids are all the rage! Wear a smoky eye polished off with dramatic eyelashes to make your eyes pop. Finish with a berry lip – a must-have in your makeup bag. This covers hues from deep, dark berries and purples to black. Pick your poison…for those who want to experiment; a raspberry or crimson shade can be extremely flattering, as it works well on all skin types. For the daring, try a darker berry or even black shade.

Look #2: The Classic Fashionista
Hair by: Andy | Makeup by: Madison | Model: Miranda

Get The Look: Wear a simple, ageless updo. Go bold with a jeweled headband. Keep your makeup timeless, you can’t go wrong with a classic red lip during the holiday season. Try a bold brow, a well-groomed and defined eyebrow will frame the face and complete your look.

Look #3: The Polished Minimalist
Hair by: Mercedes | Makeup by: Madison | Model: Courtney

Get the Look: Add instant volume, body and color to your hair in minutes with clip-in hair extensions. This makes for an easy on-the-go transition from day to night or work to fun. Skip the contouring and opt for fresh, subtle skin highlights…creamy, dewy-looking skin is a must. Neutral shades paired with a nude or light pink lip gloss create simple yet polished look.

Simonson’s Salon and Spa is the Official Salon and Spa of Twin Cities Live.

How-To Get Healthy Winter Skin

November 16th, 2016

Fall and Winter means cold, dry air. You know, the kind that makes you feel like you could peel your skin off in sheets?  TCL reporter Kelli Hanson discovered the Spa here at Simonson’s  and stumbled upon what she’s calling a miracle makers. It’s called the HydraFacial and LED Light Therapy. Kelli shows us why the treatment is a must have before the cold air moves in. Watch to discover the celebrity favorites!

View video on mobile device HERE.

Simonson’s Salon and Spa is the Official Salon and Spa of Twin Cities Live.

3S Expert Featured:
Jennifer Fredrichs | Aesthetician at Simonson’s Maple Grove

Fall Hair and Makeup Must-Haves

October 21st, 2016

How to Transition Your Hair into Fall
(as featured in video above)

Summer is synonymous with sun-kissed hair, with highlights a staple for pretty much all shades. But as your time spent outside shortens as the weather gets colder, those highlights will fade. Beat nature to the punch by going a shade or two darker for fall. Coloring it darker allows this transition to happen easier and evens out the color. Try a balayage hair color technique.

Three Colors to Add to your Fall Makeup Pallet
(as featured in video above)

EYE COLOR: Use warm, glowing copper and a touch of gold make the seasonal transition a seamless one, plus everyone can wear these timeless shades. Try glominerals NEW Cream Stay Shadow Stick in Beam* on the base then layer with glominerals Eye Shadow Trio – Copper Sheen.

Cream Stay Shadow Sticks are smudge-proof and longwearing, making them a great color base for your eye shadow. Wear these cream shadows on their own or layer powder eye shadow on top to create dimension and intense color.

Add eyelashes to complete your look! Lashes are more popular than ever and the most luxe way to dramatize any look. Dramatic lashes can be done alone or with light illuminated eye colors for a high-contrast look. With so many different faux lash options and mascaras, any lash look can be achieved. Try Ardell adhesive lashes.

CHEEKS: Match your blush color to your natural flush and/or with similar shades on your eyes. Brush the color on the apples of your cheeks and just above your cheekbones. Try glominerals Blush – Hibiscus.

LIPS: Berry lip colors are definitely one of the standout trends. It covers hues from deep, dark berries and purples to black. Try NEW glominerals Suede Matte Lip Crayon – Crimson.

The Suede Matte Lip Crayon is a saturated, long-wear color with a velvety-smooth finish. This lip crayon is enriched with antioxidant Vitamins C and E as well as conditioning Mango Oil and Shea Butter for nourishing protection. Plus, it’s a crayon-inspired chunky lip pencil with built-in sharpener delivers precision and convenience in one.

All products are available at all three Simonson’s Salon and Spa locations.

3S Experts featured:
April | Maple Grove Stylist
Jessica | Maple Grove Aesthetician

Aging Gracefully

September 26th, 2016

The last thing someone wants to feel is that their haircut is making them look older. But on the flip side, a lot of people don’t want to look like they’re trying to look younger. It can be a real struggle. Find the perfect hair cut for any age, makeup tips to give you a youthful look and learn about the new trend in facial masks that can make your skin look better than ever!

Simonson’s Salon and Spa is the Official Salon and Spa of Twin Cities Live.

3S Experts Featured:
Jamie | Coon Rapids Stylist
Madison | Plymouth Aesthetician
January | Coon Rapids Aesthetician

CoolAdvantage: Freeze fat almost 50% faster with CoolSculpting

September 23rd, 2016

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Last week, Harrington Plastic Surgery was on Twin Cities Live (Channel 5) talking about the newest advances from CoolSculpting, the #1 non-surgical treatment for reducing unwanted fat.

CoolAdvantage is a family of new applicators designed to reduce CoolSculpting treatment time to 35 minutes per cycle.  Treatment currently takes 1 hour per cycle, so this nearly cuts the time in half.   This is a big deal for both the patient and the providing practice.  There’s no shortage of patients desiring the #1 non-surgical fat reduction treatment, and there are only so many hours available for treatment per day.

The real “advantage” is that they work more efficiently. CoolAdvantage applicators are designed for more direct tissue contact, which means we’re treating more fat per treatment.  They are also set at colder temperatures than the previous technology, which may not sound better, however during clinical trials patients consistently reported it a more comfortable experience to the previous applicator design.

At Harrington Plastic Surgery, CoolSculpting is provided by dualsculpting with a stacking method; 2 units are used at the same time so both sides of the torso, inner or outer thighs, arms, etc, are treated at one time.  The stacking method means 2 cycles of treatment are provided to each area, proving to reduce up to 60% of the unwanted fat in the area.

Double your CoolSculpting treatments in half the time!

Call Harrington Plastic Surgery at 651.290.7600 to schedule a consultation today.

 Dr. Jennifer Harrington is a board certified plastic surgeon and is proud to partner and provide medical direction at Simonson’s Salon and Spa.

10 Skincare Mistakes to Avoid

August 26th, 2016

Portrait Of Smiling Beautiful Woman Talking On Mobile Phone

Having the right skincare regimen is just as important as knowing how to use it. Don’t fall victim to these common skincare mistakes.

1. Dipping your fingers into product jars
If your foundation or eye cream come in a glass jar, don’t dip your fingers inside. Even if your hands are clean, you could be unknowingly transferring bacteria and oil to your creams. It’s best to use a spatula, scoop or fresh cotton swab with each use.

2. Rubbing and pulling your skin
Rubbing and pulling your face puts stress on the skin. We do it daily without thinking about it, from holding the skin around the eyes taught while applying eyeliner to rubbing in eye cream. Rubbing at your skin, especially the delicate eye area, makes your skin lose elasticity over time. Learn how to apply eye cream the right way.

3. Not cleaning your cell phone regularly
Think about how many times a day you touch your cell phone. Wipe down the screen at least once a week if not daily. Household cleaners can damage your phone’s screen, so look for a phone-friendly cleaner.

4. Exfoliating too often
Exfoliating helps increase cell turnover to bring fresh cells to the surface, but daily exfoliation may irritate your skin. Start by exfoliating a couple times a week and increase if needed. Exfoliate all over once a week and then focus on rough, textured problem areas.

5. Ignoring signs of dehydration
Tight, flaky skin is a major indicator of dehydration. Introduce a Hyaluronic Acid-based hydrator into your regimen before you apply moisturizer both morning and night to give dehydrated skin a boost in water content.

6. Not cleaning your makeup brushes
Oil and makeup build up on your makeup brushes. Wiping the surface between uses with an alcohol-based cleanser helps extend the time between washes, but don’t skip the deep clean! Wash your brushes with soap and water at least once a week to release stubborn buildup and gunk. Use baby shampoo or a gentle cleanser.

7. Applying skincare in the wrong order
Applying products in the right order will help you get the most out of your skincare routine. For example, serums are intended to penetrate the skin while SPF lays on the surface layers, so you wouldn’t want to apply sunscreen first.

8. Not removing makeup before bed
You’ve heard it a million times because it’s true! Leaving makeup on overnight is ruining your skin. Product settled into fine lines, plus it prevents your skin from going through its nightly repair cycle. Even with skin healthy mineral makeup, the oil, dirt and debris from the day should be washed away each night.

9. Skimping on SPF
We couldn’t make a skin mistakes list without mentioning suncare. You get sun exposure every day without realizing it, in your car, sitting by a window, walking the dog. Apply sunscreen daily to all exposed areas of skin, and don’t forget to reapply.

10. Using the wrong products for your skin type
Is your skin out of whack? Take a look at your basic skincare regimen. Dry skin needs conditioning, oil rich products while oily skin needs oil-controlling, purifying ingredients. Figure out what your skin type is to pick the best lineup for your skincare routine.


Vivid Hair Color

August 5th, 2016

Looking to change up your hair? Add a pop of color! If you’ve ever checked out something called “Mermaid Hair” on Pinterest, you’ve seen how vivid blue, pink, even green can look. It’s also been called Unicorn hair. But unlike Mermaids and Unicorns, the Vivid Hair Coloring technique is real and people are diving right in.

While this coloring technique is bright, it won’t stay that way for your typical 8-weeks in between services. The color will fade, but washing your hair less frequently and using the right products can extend the color. Check out our beauty segment below featured on Twin Cities Live!

View video on mobile device HERE.

Simonson’s Salon and Spa is the Official Salon and Spa of Twin Cities Live.

3S Expert Featured:
Cassandra | Plymouth Stylist

7 Summer Skincare Tips

July 15th, 2016


Don’t let your skincare take a vacation this summer! Read these tips to protect your skin and perfect your summer skincare routine.

1. Cool off with a face mist.
Mists are amazing because they set your makeup and hydrate your skin. Pack a face mist in your bag and give yourself a quick spritz for a refreshing cool down during the day.

2. Wear SPF… on your lips!
Suncare is a must, but don’t neglect your lips. Like the area around the eyes, the skin on the lips is also thin and delicate. Look for a lip balm or lipstick with SPF. Apply every morning and reapply every two hours.

3. Apply SPF to your hands and décoletté.
We often forget to apply SPF to all exposed skin. Think about how much sun exposure your hands, forearms, chest and neck get on a daily basis. The backs of the hands and the décoletté are often the first areas to show signs of aging because of this.

4. Don’t skip the moisturizer.
In the summer heat, every layer on the skin feels heavier. It’s tempting to cut corners, but skipping your moisturizer could lead to dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin often overproduces oil to compensate for the dryness, the exact opposite of what you want. Instead of leaving this step behind, use a lightweight moisturizer or a moisturizer/sunscreen combo in the morning.

5. Wear makeup that offers sun protection.
Combine the power of a sunscreen with a foundation that also has SPF to make sure you’re getting good coverage. First, apply your favorite sunscreen to the face until absorbed. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you should apply a nickel-sized dollop of sunscreen to the face alone. Follow it with your base. Set the look with a finishing powder to help your foundation stay put.

6. Get a faux glow.
There’s no such thing as a safe tan. Use a temporary body bronzer or sunless tanner for that back-from-the-beach glow you crave. Add color to your face makeup with bronzer and warm tone shadows. Follow our bronze glow makeup tutorial for the perfect summer makeup look.

7. Treat body acne.
Body acne can be frustrating to treat. Stick to loose fitting tops that won’t rub or irritate the blemishes on the chest and back, and avoid wearing tight, sweaty gym clothes too long after a workout. Try a daily acne-fighting body spray to fight back acne and body blemishes. On clean, dry skin, mist your skin with the acne treatment and let it dry before putting on your clothes.