Be Well with TCL: Microcurrent  

Getting rid of wrinkles is as easy as a little injection of Botox, right? If the idea of getting this done just isn’t your cup of tea, there is another procedure you might want to consider.  Simonson’s Salon and Spa shows us a treatment called Microcurrent that can tighten up every muscle in your face. 

ShineUP Living: At Home Spa  

A few years ago two moms joined forces to create a company to help inspire people, find beauty in the little things and create a community for women to help them shine. It's called ShineUP and this week you'll meet the women behind the movement. Not only do they spotlight deserving women, they blog about all things beauty. And that's where we're starting. Jen Vick from ShineUP Living stopped by with her picks to get beautiful spa-like skin at home.

Last Minute Halloween Costume and Makeup Ideas  

Halloween is a lot of fun for the kids and the big kids, but getting inviting to a last minute celebration can be frightening. No fear!  Emily Engberg and makeup artist Julie Martin have come up with some fun things you can do last minute. They chose three ideas and put the looks together with things that can be easily found at your own home or for one quick trip to the drug store.

Secrets to Aging Gracefully  

We invited a special audience in studio, all women with glowing hydrated skin. That’s because they’re all fans of Minnesota made skin care line, Brevena. Getting on a great skin care regimen is important, but that’s only one part of looking and feeling your best. So we put together a panel of three women in the 50s and 60s to share their secrets to aging gracefully. Mall of America Trend Expert, Sara Rogers, Elizabeth’s mom Susie Ries and loyal Brevena user Fidias Fors stopped by to share their secrets.


Women buy razors for their legs, not their faces, right? But beauty experts say getting rid of that peach fuzz can help your product sink in deeper and your makeup go on smoother.  But ladies, before you whip out the straight edge, it's time to head to the spa. As Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson found out at Simonson's Salon & Spa, a smooth face also means a healthy one.

Stella & Dot Founder  

Jessica Herrin founded Stella and Dot nearly 10 years ago and she has been praised for her business sense by the likes of Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Oprah.  What started as a little jewelry making in her living room has since become one of the fasted growing direct sales companies.  

Ten Second Hairstyles?  

Check out Pinterest and you’ll find posts like “Ten Second Hairstyle” or “Five Minutes to Fabulous Hair”.  Some of the ladies of Twin Cities Live put this to the test!  Kelli Hanson, Associate Producer, Brittany Larson, and intern Hannah Frimanslund find out how long it actually takes and if the styles hold up to what they promise!

Be Well with TCL: Mom Time at Radiance MedSpa   Back To Top

The summer months are busy for a lot of moms. Kids are off from school and most likely involved in all sorts of events around town. Moms rarely get time for themselves. So, now is the time to take a little “me” time.

Fall Hair & Makeup   Back To Top

The warm rich tones of fall are making their way into the salons.  Melissa Matthews with Simonson’s Salon shares some of the fall hair and makeup trends you’ll be seeing. 

Good Company: Garden of Eden   Back To Top

For forty five years, Garden of Eden has been making its customers feel and smell their best. The company started as a small store that offered natural bath and body care products. Today, they have that and so much more. Their fragrances are unique and you can even make your own. Garden of Eden is a great spot for gifts. There are candles, lotions, and much more.  It’s not just for the women either. They also sell men’s products. All of products at Garden of Eden are earth friendly and made with natural ingredients.

Pampering at Simonson’s Salon   Back To Top

Steve’s wife Lu jumped in the co-host chair on today’s before, but before, we sent her to sit in the salon chair. She’s a busy stay-at-home mom of three who doesn’t get a lot of time to herself. So Simonson’s Salon & Spa treated her to a relaxing morning and TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson stopped by to get the dish on Steve! 

Fair Makeover   Back To Top

A lucky fairgoer was plucked out of the TCL bleachers to get a “fall refresher” that will have her ready to head back to school!  The gals from Simonson’s Salon chose Shelby from Forest lake to get her hair and makeup done and a brand new outfit! 

Ask the Makeup Artist   Back To Top

Do you put concealer on before your foundation? And what takes off waterproof mascara? Many people chimed in on our Facebook page for another round of “Ask the Makeup Artist!” Founder of War Paint International Beauty Agency, Jessica Mae explained her tips.

Drugstore Make Up Picks   Back To Top

Makeup artists shop at the high end makeup counters. They're in the know about the latest beauty products, right? We were surprised to find out that TCL Makeup Artist Julie Martin says the mascara she uses on her clients is only $5.99 and she bought it at Target. Julie stopped by with more of her drug store favorites.

Beauty Sponges   Back To Top

If you've ever wondered how celebrities get that flawless makeup finish, where it looks like their skin is porcelain, a Blender Sponge could be the answer. Twin Cities Live Makeup Artist Julie Martin stopped by to show us what it does and how you can use it.

Be Well with TCL: Cosmetic Acupuncture   Back To Top

Even if you are familiar with acupuncture, most of us don’t realize that all those needles can be used for cosmetic purposes.  People have been flocking to Healing Insight for Cosmetic Acupuncture.

Unexpected Gifts from Simonson’s   Back To Top

Target, a flower shop, a department store, maybe a local boutique -- these are all places you'd expect to pick up a baby shower gift right? I bet you'd never head to the salon. Those salon products are for more than just the shower. Melissa Matthews from Simonson’s Salon & Spa stopped by with a few unexpected gifts to pick up at the salon.

Embrace the Glow with Measurable Difference   Back To Top

Ladies, you’ve been through this scenario before, right? You spend the time putting on your makeup and then you walk outside and it melts off your face. The summer heat and humidity can leave your face a sweaty mess, but Makeup Artist Julie Martin says embrace that glistening natural glow and enhance it.

Summer Event Ready   Back To Top

Have you got a high school reunion coming up this summer? Maybe you're getting together with family or friends you haven't seen in years. You want to look like you haven't aged right? Or maybe you want to look like you've aged well. Makeup Artist Julie Martin says it can be done, with the right products of course. She stopped by with her favorite head to toe products from Measurable Difference.

Beauty Travel Bag   Back To Top

Traveling usually means packing light – but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on your beauty products.  Make Up Artist, Julie Martin shows three products that are a must have.

Take Your Makeup from Day to Night   Back To Top

In life things come up. You've got plans to do one thing and then your girlfriend calls, says let's get lunch and you're out the door. If those impromptu plans sometimes have you scrambling to put yourself together, makeup artist Julie Martin has got you covered. She stopped by with beauty products that will spruce up your look in just minutes.

Prepping for Summer at Simonson’s Salon & Spa   Back To Top

One of these days, in the near future it will feel like summer. Until then we can just pretend, right? We can pretend and get prepped for the sunshine, tank tops and sandals. That's exactly what TCL reporter Kelli Hanson did at Simonson's Salon & Spa and she had a surprise visitor.

Skin Care 101   Back To Top

Jessica Mae, the founder of War Paint International Beauty Agency, has made it her mission to help women look and feel beautiful.  But she says it all starts with a great canvas. That canvas is healthy, hydrated skin. Jessica stopped by the studio with Skin Care products she swears by.

Radiance MedSpa in Woodbury Back To Top

Radiance MedSpa in Woodbury has a newer and much bigger location. It’s now located at 7801 Afton Road. To celebrate its new spot, Radiance MedSpa is holding a special event for current and new clients.

Intracel: Kovanda Plastic Surgery   Back To Top

If a woman tells you she wouldn't like to turn back time, she may not be telling you the truth! We’re talking about no wrinkles, no fine lines, tighter skin and looking more refreshed. All women want this! And most would like to avoid surgery or at least downtime. TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson found just that. It's called Intracel and the only place you'll find it in Minnesota is at Kovanda Plastic Surgery in Edina.

Concealing Allergy Eyes   Back To Top

Have your allergies been on overdrive the last few weeks? According to the website, the Minneapolis area is the worst for allergy sufferers right now. And next week, that tree pollen that's killing your eyes, well those allergy levels are going to be even higher. Thankfully Makeup Artist Julie Martin has tricks to hide those allergy eyes. She stopped by the studio with 3 must have products.  

Get a Summer Glow   Back To Top

If nothing else, one thing you can say about Minnesota spring weather is that it’s inconsistent.  We’re enjoying 70 degree weather one day and the next we are watching for snowflakes.  The one thing that definitely feels it is your skin.  Make Up Artist, Julie Martin, shows us four products that ladies need to get that summer glow.

Avoiding a Turkey Neck   Back To Top

It’s an area that we sometimes forget to focus on. We often worry about our face, but the neck is just as important. No one wants that extra saggy skin on their neck. The good news is there are some things you can do to help the look of your skin.

Tween Makeup Do’s and Don’ts   Back To Top

If your kids, specifically tween girls, are in front of a screen at any time during the day, they may have run across a Youtube video showing them the latest craze in makeup application. And that may be their first introduction to how to apply makeup to their own face. Founder of War Paint International Beauty Agency, Jessica Mae, not only wants to teach young girls how to put on makeup, but wants them know that makeup doesn’t define beauty. She stopped by to give tweens the right tools to create a natural makeup look.

Simple Makeup Hacks   Back To Top

It’s that time of year.  Spring cleaning and reducing the clutter!  Or make-up artist, Julie Martin says that goes for your make-up bag too!  There is no need for dozens of different products when you only need a few to do the job of more than one item!

Spring Hair & Makeup Trends   Back To Top

Spring is the perfect time to purge your closet, get rid of things you've been staring at all winter...and freshen things up a bit. The same goes for your hair and makeup. Here with what's on trend in all things beauty, is Melissa Matthews from Simonson's Salon and Spa.

Ask the Makeup Artist   Back To Top

TCL Makeup Artist Julie Martin wanted to know if viewers had any makeup questions she could answer and she came prepared to tackle everything from eyeshadow to concealer. Plus she brought along a deal on Measurable Difference Makeup.

Doing Your Kid’s Hair   Back To Top

If your morning routine means spending a lot of time on your kid’s hair, Cozy Friedman has you covered.  Cozy opened her first kid-friendly hair salon more than twenty years ago.  Her salon formula kids hair care line help you reduce the amount of time you spend on their hair in the mornings - and move on with your day!

Good Company: Da Bomb Bath Fizzers   Back To Top

Da Bomb Bath Fizzers has been around since 2012, but what makes this booming business so amazing is that it’s run by two teenage girls. Isabel is just 15 and Caroline is only 14. The two girls from Edina loved fizzing bath bombs. They wanted them to last longer and to be unique. So, they created their own with a special surprise in the middle. Their product is natural with just a few ingredients.

Environ Vitamin Face Treatment   Back To Top

Spring is finally officially 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. What she found is called the Environ Vitamin Face Treatment at Simonson’s Salon & Spa. It’s a cleanser, peel and masque and it did not disappoint.

Celeb Inspiration Makeup   Back To Top

Many celebrities are known for their signature looks. Gwen Stefani for example is always rockin' dark eye makeup with big lashes. If you've ever tried to recreate what the celebs are doing and failed miserably, it might be because you've never met Makeup Artist Julie Martin. Julie stopped by with her products and techniques!

Be Well with TCL: Natural Breast Augmentation   Back To Top

Moving fat from one area of your body to enhance another part of your body sounds like the perfect solution for many women.  The best part about this:  it’s all true!  This is a real technique that a Minneapolis mom had done to increase the size of her breasts.

Makeup Brushes Every Woman Needs   Back To Top

If you haven’t cleaned out your cosmetic bag in a year or so, how many makeup brushes do you think you have? Have the begun to accumulate? Are you using the right one for the right product? TCL Makeup Artist Julie Martin stopped by with a handful of her favorites she says are the only ones you need.

Sensitive Skin Solutions   Back To Top

You know the hallmarks of sensitive skin – it can be dry, itchy, red and bumpy. And even if you are born with normal skin, eczema or breakouts can pop up at any time during your life. Elizabeth goes to the expert from Minnesota made Brevena Skincare to find out more about sensitive skin solutions. Brevena founder Barbara Klein says avoiding the sun and consistently using sunscreen is key to prevent sensitive skin from burning. She also recommends checking all soaps, cleansers and detergents for fragrances that can irritate sensitive skin. Brevena products contain no fragrance or masking fragrance and provide ultimate hydration. Barb also recommends mixing and matching Brevena products depending on how your skin feels each day. For example, if pregnancy is leaving you with random dry patches, use the Restorative Skin Balm to spot treat them.

Universal Eye Makeup   Back To Top

TCL Makeup Artist Julie Martin left an impression on us when she declared that eyebrows are the most neglected part of a woman’s face. That’s because the brows frame the face and can enhance the eyes. She stopped by the studios to give us another makeup lesson that includes the brow. It’s a universal eye look that Julie says will look good on everyone.

As Seen On TV: Beauty Edition   Back To Top

The beauty business is big business. So are those As Seen On TV products. The ads are catchy and captivating. But do they work. Emily tests some of them to find out.

Smoothing Treatments at Simonson’s Salon & Spa   Back To Top

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 out hair has to suffer a bit longer. It gets dry, frizzy and full of static. But the stylists over at Simonson’s Salon and Spa say they can cure our hair’s winter blues with the right treatments and at-home products.

Frenchies Girls Day Out   Back To Top

A few weeks ago, Twin Cities Live Reporter Kelli Hanson went live on Facebook, asking TCL viewers who needed a girls day out. Her goal was to surprise some gal pals with a few hours away from the kids. What she learned, were there are hundreds of women out there who need a breather, but one stood out. Angie from Oak Grove has her hands full, with 6 boys, and get this, a baby on the way. 

Good Company: Simonson's Salon & Spa   Back To Top

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 also locations in Maple Grove and Coon Rapids.

Measurable Difference: Plump Your Pout   Back To Top

Kylie Jenner, the Kardashian sister who is now better known for the size of her lips, says she may have gone a little overboard -- but that pout is making her the big bucks.

Simonson’s Salon & Spa: Body Contour Purifying Wrap   Back To Top

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.

Prep Your Winter Skin   Back To Top

We're smack dab in the middle of winter and that means your skin is probably feeling it right? If your face is little too dry, red, maybe you feel like it looks a little dull. TCL Makeup Artist Julie Martin says prepping your skin is key to looking refreshed.

Beauty Trends   Back To Top

2016 was the year of Brangelina , The Mannequin Challenge and Pokemon took over the world. We think it's safe to say we're going to forget about Brad and Ang and pop-culture trends come and go. So do beauty trends. For example, TCL Beauty Guru Sara Bartlett says "Instagram Eyebrows" are out. Sara stopped by to tell us what is out….and what will be hot in the beauty world in 2017!

Holiday Glam Makeup   Back To Top

You know what the ombre trend is -- Where a darker color, for example on your wall, bleeds into a lighter color.
A lot of people ask for the ombre at their hair salon when talking about their hair color. Well now that trend has moved to the lips. And you can perfect the ombre lip just in time to glam it up for the holidays.
TCL Makeup Artist Julie Martin stopped by to show us how.

Get Holiday Ready at Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa   Back To Top

InfoTrends, a leading market research company, says that in 2016, 1.1 trillion digital photos will be taken and they say that number is probably a bit conservative. You'd better believe most of the photos will be taken around the holidays and if there's one thing most people hate, it’s how they look in pictures. It's why TCL reporter Kelli Hanson headed to Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery and Spa to find how to get holiday ready in as little as one day.