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Fall Hair and Makeup Must-Haves

October 21st, 2016

3S Experts featured – April | Maple Grove Stylist and Jessica | Maple Grove Aesthetician

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.

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.

Simonson’s 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

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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.


June is Acne Awareness Month | Helpful Tips

June 17th, 2016

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Acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., affecting 40-50 million people, and the number of adults with acne is growing. Recognizing the physical and emotional impact acne and acne scarring can have on an individual, we are offering adults helpful tips and treatment considerations in honor of June’s Acne Awareness Month.

In an independent study, more than 70% of respondents felt their acne scars negatively impacted their self-confidence, with 92% indicating self-confidence would be restored or improved if their acne scars were healed.

Adopt a Daily Routine—good skin is a daily commitment and should be part of a morning and evening routine. Adults should cleanse their face twice daily and after perspiration, and get regular fresh air and exercise.

Know Fact from Fiction—there are many acne and acne scar myths. While tan skin may hide the redness of acne, it does not help clear it up and exposure to UV rays can cause skin cancer and premature aging. Another misconception is that stress causes acne. Stress and hormones may be a factor in acne occurrences, but there are no clinical studies that have been able to definitively prove this link.

Explore Treatment Options—with new innovations constantly hitting the market, people who suffer from acne and acne scars are encouraged to visit your dermatologist and Aesthetician to review the latest treatments that can improve their complexion.

Don’t Let Acne Scarring Trap You—acne scarring in particular can have emotional consequences including feelings of depression, self-consciousness and an overall lack in self-esteem. If you suffer from acne or acne scarring, you are not alone. Modern treatments and procedures are constantly evolving—today there are new, effective and safe treatments available that can help you obtain the beautiful skin that you deserve.

Simonson’s educated aestheticians and advanced skin care preparations enable us to offer you a comprehensive treatment system capable of satisfying the highest demands with optimal results.

Visit your Aesthetician today!


Under the Surface: The Importance of Sun Protection

May 25th, 2016

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Approximately 90% of the visible signs of aging are caused by sun exposure. Also known as photoaging, these pesky signs of aging can be prevented with the right tools and knowledge. Together with our Director of Education, Kristin Cristiano, and Product Manager, Anna De La Cruz, we’ve compiled a simple Q&A to help give you the tools you need to make educated suncare decisions.

What are the differences between UVA and UVB rays?
Understanding the different forms of ultraviolet radiation is important when researching the right sunscreen for your skin.

  • UVB Rays – These are burning rays and are the primary cause of sunburns and skin cancer.
  • UVA Rays – These rays penetrate deeper into the dermis. These rays also contribute to skin burning and skin cancer, in addition to being the main culprits of wrinkles and premature aging.

It’s crucial to find a formula that provides broad spectrum UVB and UVA protection.

Why is unprotected sun exposure so harmful for my skin?
Prolonged and unprotected sun exposure causes chemical changes in our skin. These changes include the activation of free radicals, which cause cell damage, and the activation of enzymes such as Collagenase. Collagenase inhibits the formation of new collagen which can lead to increased wrinkles and the loss of elasticity.

What are the visual effects sun damage can have on my skin?
The list of undesirable effects of sun damage includes:

  • Dry, rough and damaged skin
  • Hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sagging due to loss of elasticity
  • Actinic Keratosis – precancerous, red, scaly patches of skin

This list includes the cosmetic results of photoaging but it’s critical to remember the potentially larger, more serious effect of unprotected sun exposure: skin cancer. Be sure to schedule regular visits with your dermatologist and always investigate suspicious moles and discoloration.


Skincare Tips for Every Age

April 15th, 2016


When it comes to aging skin, most people agree that they would like to age as gracefully as possible. The changes you see as you age can depend on several factors like genetics and sun exposure, however; if you develop healthy skin habits, you might be able to focus on prevention more than reversal.

Take a look at the list below for skincare habits that promote healthy skin for the long run at any age.

SPF – The sun will age your skin faster than anything else. Use an SPF every day no matter what the weather is like outside.

Vitamins – Take a daily dose of skin healthy vitamins at every age!  Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) is one of the most important vitamins your body needs.  Your skin needs Vitamin C to produce collagen and the best way to deliver Vitamin C to your skin is through a topical application.  Vitamin C brightens, lightens, tightens, and is an incredible antioxidant!  Vitamin C pairs with hyaluronic acid like salt and pepper.  Hyaluronic acid helps the l-ascorbic acid penetrate better and also helps to replenish water in the skin. Ask you Aesthetician which Simonson’s products would be best for you.

Hydration – Water is one of your skin’s best friends. Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces per day.  Water will help keep your skin hydrated as it flushes out toxins in the body.

Exercise – Yes, exercise is great for your skin!  When you exercise, your blood circulation increases which will promote healthy skin cell turnover.

Don’t Smoke – When you smoke, your body will show signs of aging a lot faster.  Why?  Smoke increases free radicals which are unstable molecules that attack healthy cells.  Free radicals are the second greatest cause of aging signs!

Healthy Diet – What you put in your body affects how your skin looks.  Fresh fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, (these are powerful fighters against free radicals) so your skin will thank you for choosing them over other, less healthy snacks.

Cleanse 2x – Cleansing twice means once in the morning and once at night, so don’t forget about the nighttime cleanse.  When you go to sleep in your makeup, your skin doesn’t have the freedom to repair itself from the day.

See an Aesthetician – Whether you make appointments for facials or chemical peels, going to see an esthetician once a month will give your skin some much needed R + R.  An Aesthetician will help you find your ideal skin routine and keep your skin in good shape for years to come.


Mineral Makeup on a Budget: Pro Tips on What to Pick

March 25th, 2016

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For anyone trying to stick to a budget, makeup might seem like something you can skimp on, but when you apply products to your skin every day, you want to be sure you’re spending your pennies on quality ingredients such as those found in mineral makeup. Plus, the perfect lipstick truly can make you look and feel your best.

Tackle your limited beauty budget head-on by giving yourself a monthly spending limit, and hold yourself to it. Each month when you’re debating what product to purchase next, make a list of priority makeup items that you need, and that will tell you where to put your money. Focus on the seven essential steps: prime, base, conceal, set, eyes, cheeks, lips. Make sure you have one item from each category before you build up the rest of your collection.

Primer – Spend Now, Save Later
Primer might sound like an extra step, but when you prep your skin the foundation applies more evenly, resulting in less product used, and when your foundation last longer, you won’t need to touch up as often. After all, the most expensive item on your list will likely be your base.

Base – Stick with What You Love
Luckily, a powder compact or tube or liquid foundation will last you several months with daily use, and even longer if you go makeup-free on the weekends. Once you find your holy foundation, stick to it! At most you might need two foundation shades, one for the summer and one for the winter.

Conceal – Determine Your Needs before You Buy
Depending on your skin concerns, concealer might be a step you can skip. If it’s not, narrow in on your desired result: do you want to brighten? hide a blemish? conceal redness? Then you can determine if you need an all-over camouflage, under eye concealer, color-correcting concealer or a brightening concealer. If your foundation offers enough coverage, you may find yourself needing less concealer.

Set – Reapply Less, Re-buy Less
Setting powder is another way to extend the wear of your base. When you’re starting your mineral makeup collection, begin with your primer and base, see how it wears throughout the day, and then select your perfect setting powder. If your skin is oily, you’ll want a clay-based powder or if you’re going for a smooth, flawless finish, try a translucent powder.

Eyes – Kits Go Farther
For your eye makeup, begin with a neutral eye shadow palette that will work for any time of day and every season. Value sets and palettes pack in both the products and the savings. When you’re trying to get the most bang for your buck, a mineral makeup kit could be a great way to try new mineral makeup without spending a fortune.

Cheeks – Consider Multi-tasking Options
Cheek color can last for what seems like forever, so opt for a multi-tasking mineral blush shade that can double as bronzer or eye shadow. If you’re not a fan of rosy cheeks, choose a contour kit that covers bronzer, contour and highlight all-in-one.

Lips – Have Fun and Switch it Up
If you’re looking for an easy way to update your look on a budget, cheeks and lips are going to make the most noticeable difference in your look. Do you typically rock a nude lip? Try a bold, berry, like Suede Matte Crayon in sorbet, instead. Plus, lip products are usually the most affordable, so you can switch it up more often!

Once you have your core set of product, expand your shade selection and start building your arsenal of makeup brushes.