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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

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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.