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Spring Into Your Best Skin

March 23rd, 2017

Spring is officially here and that means no more snow, no more ice and hopefully a big “see ya later” to dry winter skin. TCL reporter Kelli Hanson went in search of a facial that wouldn’t just hydrate, but would also repair. She discovered found our NEW Environ Vitamin Face Treatment!

It’s important to stick to an at-home skin care regimen to continue your results…find out more about Environ’s NEW Botox-like serum and how to increase absorption of ACTIVE ingredients by 80%.

3S Experts Featured:
Heidi | Simonson’s Plymouth Aesthetician

Simonson’s Salon and Spa is the Official Salon and Spa of Twin Cities Live.
View video on mobile device HERE

Simonson’s Annual Award Ceremony

March 15th, 2017


The Simonson’s team celebrated a successful year at our Annual Award Ceremony on Sunday February 19, 2017. This year’s Mardi-Gras inspired event entailed kibitz and nosh, cocktails- including our signature cocktail “Hurricane Kyle”- over 9,000 in prize giveaways and team member recognition. Each year team members are awarded for perfect attendance, top sales, and F.A.C.E.T.S. (Formidable Achievement Commendable Extraordinary Team Spirit). Take a peek into this fun-filled evening – watch this short commemorative video.

Combat Seasonal Hair Woes

February 17th, 2017

We’re having an unusually warm February, but we all know it’s part of Winter’s trick. He blows of out of town for a few weeks, but in March it’s fame on. And that means our hair has to suffer a bit longer. It gets dry, frizzy and full of static. But Simonson’s Salon and Spa can cure your hair’s winter blues with the right treatments and at-home products that will keep your hair lookin’ good through the humid summer!

3S Experts Featured:
Hair(Model #1) By: Jennifer Swyter | Simonson’s Maple Grove Stylist
Hair (Model #2) By: Jennifer Anderson | Coon Rapids Stylist
Makeup By: Caitlin | Simonson’s Plymouth/Maple Grove Aesthetician

Simonson’s Salon and Spa is the Official Salon and Spa of Twin Cities Live.
View video on mobile device HERE.

Total Wellness: Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

February 14th, 2017

Are you experiencing fatigue, hot flashes or night sweats?  Are you stressed, have lack of energy, or having difficulty concentrating?  Most women will experience these and other symptoms as they enter into menopause.

Enter Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

These are hormones that are identical in molecular structure to the hormones women make in their bodies. They’re not found in this form in nature, but are synthesized from a plant chemical extracted from yams and soy.  The use of them is often referred to as natural hormone therapy.

Though there is much research published on BHRT, there are a few misconceptions.

Myths:

  1. Estrogen drops significantly after menopause.
  2. Estrogen decline is responsible for hot flashes and post menopausal symptoms
  3. Birth Control Pills and hormone replacement mimic our natural hormones.

Facts:

  1. Oral Pharmaceutical estrogens can significantly contribute to thrombosis, stroke and breast cancer.
  2. Lack of balance between estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone leads to hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.
  3. Birth Control Pills and Hormone Replacements are much more potent than our natural hormones and suppress our natural production.

In addition to menopausal hormone imbalance, stress induced hormone imbalance is also very common. When we’re under stress, our adrenal glands produce cortisol. Cortisol is the stress hormone. When cortisol is high, it blocks your estrogen, so you end up getting less estrogen into your cells.  This may produce the same symptoms of menopausal hormone imbalance.

Did you know…

  1. Stress is linked to almost all causes of death.
  2. Stress breaks down DNA.
  3. Stress causes thyroid and adrenal dysfunction, changes our nutritional status, and causes changes in sleep.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may be right for you.

Call Harrington +Associates today to schedule your 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.

Good Company: Simonson’s Salon and Spa

February 9th, 2017

For thirty three years, Simonson’s Salon and Spa has been helping folks feel and look their best. Simonson’s started in Anoka. Today, there are locations in Maple Grove, Plymouth and Coon Rapids.

Kyle Simonson is the founder and CEO. She says the company’s success is because of the employees. She also says having a good attitude and never looking back has been key.

Kyle says it’s a bonus that they have a salon, spa and a retail area that includes clothes and jewelry. Kyle’s expertise is skin. She is an Aesthetician and she says she loves that people come in to feel good. She says it gives people the confidence to live their life to the fullest.

Simonson’s Salon & Spa is the official salon and spa of Twin Cities Live

Celebrity Spectacular Makeover on Twin Cities Live

February 8th, 2017

Twin Cities Live aired their “Celebrity Spectacular” show at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel on January 26, 2017. It wouldn’t have been as glamorous without a mega makeover from Simonson’s Salon and Spa!

Krista, a mom from Prior Lake lost 150 lbs in just over a year and needed something to make her feel as great as she looks. After assembling the makeover team backstage, Krista got the look she’s always wanted. Take a look at her incredible before and after!

3S Experts Featured:
Hair By: Annie | Simonson’s Plymouth Stylist
Makeup By: Kayla | Simonson’s Plymouth Stylist

Simonson’s Salon and Spa is the Official Salon and Spa of Twin Cities Live.
View video on mobile device HERE.

Improve Your Overall Health and Appearance

February 1st, 2017

So you’ve cut out sugar, you’ve been hittin’ the gym, you’re staying on track with your resolutions, but maybe you need a little pick me up.

Would you ever guess that pick me up could come in form of plastic wrap? Twin Cities Live Reporter, Kelli Hanson, discovers our Body Contour Purifying Wrap and how wrapping the body can help you lose 4-14 inches in just one wrap, cleanse the body and eliminate toxins.

Plus, improve your overall health and appearance with our new healthy and beauty rejuvenation products by M’lis. Lose weight, lose inches, flush out toxins, reduce cellulite, diminish spider veins and eliminate stretch marks.

This year, plan to be the best YOU!

3S Expert Featured:
Darlene Benham | Simonson’s Maple Grove Massage Therapist & Body Contour Purifying Wrap Educator

Simonson’s Salon and Spa is the Official Salon and Spa of Twin Cities Live.
View video on mobile device HERE.

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.

Sources: gloprofessional.com

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.