MSC Participates in a Food Drive to Benefit Local Families

During the month of October, Minnesota School of Cosmetology participated in a food drive. Both our Woodbury and Plymouth locations took part. For every 5 items that were donated customers received $10 off of a service, packages excluded.

Our Woodbury location is donating the items they receive to Christian Cupboard at Woodbury Lutheran Church. The Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf (CCEFS) provides help for those in need in the Woodbury community. There are times in life such as a job loss or illness that puts you in a situation that you need help. Our goal is to provide food for those families in this type of transitional need.

Our Plymouth location is donating the items they receive to Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP). Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners is staffed by 880 community volunteers. The food shelf distributed 909,453 pounds of food in 2014-15. The food shelf is available to people living in the service area.

“We have had a great turn out this month for our food drive between student and client donations!” explained Afton Starr, Front Desk Manager.

We have posted signage on our entrance door as well as advertised the food drive on our Facebook page and website.

Written by Amanda Phaysith, Front Desk Assistant

Halloween Makeup Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Application

Get gruesomely good results for your upcoming Halloween Party or child’s trick-or-treating adventure. Make the most of the items that you have and create haunting memories. Learn about these makeup tips and techniques for the best Halloween getup ever.

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Safety Recommendations

This special time of the year should be a blast but before application of any new products, you should:

  • Perform a skin test of new products and wait 24 hours for any reactions. This is important for those with sensitive skin or a history of allergies. If a rash develops, clean the area and apply a hydrocortisone cream. If it persists, see your physician.
  • Use approved makeup for the face. Make sure that any face paints are FDA certified.
  • Avoid using makeup or baby powder near open flames.
  • Avoid mixing different types of makeup.
  • Avoid using liquid latex near the eyes. The adhesive is ammonia based with strong vapors.

Tips and Tricks

There are a number of things to consider as you plan your makeup and costume. A few of these are:

  • Halloween can be a cold evening. Applying makeup and teasing hair prior to adding turtlenecks or other pullover tops can mess up your efforts. Think about when to apply your final touches to makeup and hair.
  • Start with a clean face. FX artists recommend using an astringent to remove facial oil, followed with a cold water rinse to minimize pores.Make-up tips for Halloween Costumes
  • Apply a very thin coat of Vaseline to make makeup removal easier. Face paints and other applications can be difficult to remove.
  • Work comfortably near a good light source.
  • Think about any types of prosthetics that you would like to include, such as scars or scabs. Spirit gum adheres best to a clean face. They should be applied first. Apply spirit gum to the face and the prosthetic device. Wait for the gum to get tacky before attaching the prosthetic.
  • Latex can be used to create height and different textures. Begin with a base coat and slowly build the area. For scars, the application of a thin layer is followed with one piece of tissue. Repeat as needed. After latex application, you can also pull back a piece of the latex for the appearance of rotting skin. Think how you can play with the possibilities.
  • Apply your foundation after building up areas or application of prosthetics. Apply foundation lightly with light rubbing. Then pat to blend.
  • Makeup can be used to create texture. Brushing with a makeup brush will offer a smooth look, whereas dappling with the brush can generate a more unusual appearance. Consider using a coarse texturing sponge for adding texture in your makeup application.
  • Apply thin coats of makeup, using the guideline of a single color at any time to permit the makeup to completely dry. Setting your hair dryer to cold air can shorten the drying process.
  • Sweat can ruin unset makeup. When you are planning an active evening of devilish fun, it’s critical to set your makeup properly. Commercial products are available but baby powder is cheap and effective. Dusting powder over your face will maintain the appearance of the makeup. Powdering hair and clothing adds the effect of age for zombies and ancient Marie Antoinettes.

Step out and become part of the Halloween magic.

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MSC Staff Selected for State Board Committee

 After submitting applications to be a part of the Minnesota Theory/State Exam Subject Matter Expert (SME) Committee, both school manager Josh Luhmann-Woodbury and instructor Irene Grossklaus from our Woodbury Campus were selected to participate in the committee. 

Josh will be reviewing the school manager, salon manager, and instructor exams and Irene will be reviewing the general cosmetology exam. The focus of the committee will be to review the state board exam content outline, and define the acceptable level of competence required by a new licensee to correctly practice in the field. The team will be especially 
focusing on skills and abilities that a competent Cosmetologist, Esthetician, and Nail Technician must demonstrate. 

Having our instructors be a part of this integral process will give us a better understanding as to what is all encompassed in the state board testing, how it will be changing and overall how we can prepare our current students to pass their general exam and graduates to help them continue on their journey to become managers in the future.

Congratulations to Josh and Irene for going above and beyond to setting the bar high for MSC!

 

Top 10 Beauty Gurus on YouTube

I am not a beauty expert, but as the front desk manager at our MSC-Woodbury campus, I have a passion for this industry and am excited to share my suggestions for Top 10 beauty videos on YouTube.

I have be honest. I used to color my own hair and never did my makeup. Then I started working for MSC and it really drew my attention to how I presented myself. I still don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I’ve made it my goal for this next year to learn how to do my own makeup by watching YouTube videos.

I wanted to see what these vlogs were all about. Could these ridiculously popular vloggers really teach me about beauty in the way that enhanced the education that I’ve gotten by watching and learning from our students? You’d be surprised! Most of these vloggers have little to no previous makeup, hair, or beauty experience, but they’re ruling the internet with these videos! Why? Because they are regular people, just like you and me, and they have a passion for this industry.

I set out by searching “beauty blogs” and proceeded to watch dozens and dozens of videos by countless numbers of people. Did you know there are even videos about who to watch? There are, and I watched those too. Then I realized that it’s really up to each individual person and how they relate to who they are watching. Some were crazy annoying. Some covered way more than just beauty tips. There are specific vlogs for whatever you are looking to do. There’s an amazing amount of videos to go through.  It was almost overwhelming.

After all that research, I was able to narrow down a list of my ten favorite beauty and lifestyle gurus on YouTube. Check them out and then make your own decision on who you connect with and follow:

Zoella

  • Has 220 videos on literally everything related to makeup, hair, relationships, product reviews, collaboration videos, fashion, beauty & homeware hauls, and life in general
  • You can follow her on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, as well as her own
  • She’s funny. She’s real. She’s real funny. There’s a reason she’s at the top. If you follow one person from this list – follow Zoe.
  • One to watch: Boyfriend Does My Makeup
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/zoella280390

 

 

 

Carli Bybel aka “The Beauty Bybel”

  • Has over 3.3 million subscriber
  • Has over 370 videos on everything from makeup, hair, and fashion
  • She has a couple of blogs, a couple of Instagram accounts, Facebook, her own website, Google+, and Twitter so you can truly keep up to date with everything she is doing
  • One to watch: Makeup Mistakes to Avoid
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/CarliBel55

 

 

 

Michelle Phan

    • Has over 8 million subscribers
    • as over 370 videos mostly about makeup but has some very funny and interesting videos about Pet DIYs, room ideas for Unicorns (yes she really did), to real advice, and hair
  • Has over 8 million subscribers
  • She also has a blog, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can keep up to date on all of her advice
  • One to watch: The Smolder
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/MichellePhan

 

 

Whit aka “Naptural85”

Whit

  • Has over 650,000 subscribers
  • Has over 200 videos on everything for natural hair, makeup, storage ideas, hairstyles, product reviews, hair accessories, etc.
  • You can also follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Facebook
  • One to watch: The Perfect Curl Bun

https://www.youtube.com/user/Naptural85

 

 

Bethany Mota

        Probably the most actually well-known YouTube beauty guru in the United States
      • Has over 9.4 million subscribers
      • Has over 420 videos on everything about hair, makeup, fashion, DIY & lifestyle informational videos
      • You can also find her on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as another YouTube channel geared just towards her life (it’s gotten that big!)
      • One to watch: New Years Eve Makeup
      • https://www.youtube.com/user/Macbarbie07

 

Lauren Curtis

 

 

 

 

Andrea Brooks aka “AndreasChoice”
Whit

  • Has 3.4 million subscribers
  • Andrea’s on Tumblr, Instagram, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter so you can follow her pretty much everywhere
  • Has 186 videos on easy DIY, beauty, fashion, and makeup – super cool Halloween makeup and celebrity looks
  • One to watch: Lion Hair & Makeup
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/AndreasChoice

 

 Kandee Johnson
Whit

  • Has over 3.2 million followers
  • Over 530 videos on everything on how to do makeup, hairstyles, as well as lifestyle videos on cooking and fun.
  • She does a lot of “celebrity looks”
  • Follow her on Google+, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – she has some really amazing transformations that she does
  • One to watch: Kylie Jenner Transformation
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/kandeejohnson

 

 

Tanya Burr
Whit

 

  • Over 430 videos of everything from Hauls, to makeup tutorials, to how to bake!
  • She’s on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook
  • One to watch: Eye Makeup for Glasses Wearers
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/pixi2woo

 

 

Ingrid Nilsen

Whit

    Has over 3.8 million subscribers

 

I hope that you enjoy looking through these videos as much as I did and stay tuned to a future blog when I describe my experience in trying to follow a makeup tutorial given by one of these gals!

Until next time…

Cori

MSC Student Awarded TwinWest Foundation Career Path Scholarship

Kaboa Yang, MSC student and TwinWest Foundation Career Path Scholarship recipient“Don’t wait on your dreams. Just do it!”

That is the advice from Minnesota School of Cosmetology student, Kaboa Yang. She is one of 24 adult learners awarded the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce’s Career Path Scholarship during a luncheon on October 6, 2015.

The scholarship rewards adult learners who are pursuing career education, particularly those seeking vocational or technical skills. The scholarship creates a win-win situation by helping those who are motivated and passionate achieve the training they need, which in turn helps boost the skilled workforce for local companies.

Kaboa definitely has the motivation and passion. In fact, she has known since middle school that she wanted to pursue a career in cosmetology, but says nerves and cultural pressure side-tracked her for a little while.

“The Hmong community I grew up in does not look highly on cosmetology as a career,” Koboa says, “I not only want to change that perception, I want to show them how much you can do with a cosmetology diploma and the career options you can build off of it.” It was that passion and drive that impressed to scholarship selection committee.

Kaboa toured Minnesota School of Cosmetology when she was a freshman at Patrick Henry High School and says she knew then she wanted to come here.

Kaboa Yang and instructor, Dayna Hunt at the luncheon

“My cousin and aunt both went here and loved it. When I saw pictures of them doing hair, I knew I had to be here too,” she says. But she adds high school counselors, along with her family, really pushed the idea of a traditional college. Feeling pressured and nervous, Kaboa followed their advice and enrolled in community college after high school with the intention of pursuing a degree in business management. But that passion for cosmetology kept tugging at her, and she quickly realized she could not give up on her dream.

Kaboa began the cosmetology program at MSC in March of 2015 and has not looked back since.

“I have gained so much confidence, and unlike many students at a traditional college, I know what I want to do when I graduate,” she says. “By starting here, I am already on a career path.” Kaboa’s real love is makeup and she hopes to use that passion to help others feel great about themselves in the future.

“Kabao is hard working, professional, and great with clients. We are lucky to have her at Minnesota School of Cosmetology!,” says MSC-Plymouth campus director Elaine Vandenburgh. “She has a very bright future ahead of her!”

Kaboa says growing up in a family of eleven, money was always tight. With this $500 scholarship and a matching GEN Scholarship, she says she will be able to pay off her loans faster and focus more on her new career.

“I am very thankful to the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce for this honor and my instructor (Dayna Hunt, pictured above) who encouraged me to apply, as well as the Globe Education Network who matched the scholarship amount,” says Kaboa. “It only helps solidify my decision to follow my heart!”

Donate to Coats for Kids and Get Rewarded!

jcFrom now until Tuesday, Oct. 20, clients who bring in a new or gently used coat to either Minnesota School of Cosmetology location (Woodbury or Plymouth) will receive $10 off their service (download the coupon). Packages are excluded.

Help us collect as many coats as possible!

We asked the MSC-Woodbury front desk manager and organizer of the event, Cori Omundson, why participate in a Coats for Kids drive? She had many awesome reasons:

  • Because we live in a state where it is important to make sure that all kids have warm winter wear. The Salvation Army makes sure that the coats that are collected are given to those in need in this area.
  • We want to always be able to give back to our community in a number of different ways and this was something that hits close to home for us.
  • It’s easy to do and get set up with the Salvation Army – they send promotional info to help promote it and will come collect the coats after we’ve collected a bunch.
  • We were able to offer a discount to our clients who donate which also helps our students gain more experience through working on more clients.
  • And lastly, because it helps teach our students to give back to their communities and make a difference. It helps give them a more well-rounded education!

“From the top down, it’s been instilled in all of us that we just continue to give back any way we can,” explained Jill Hocking (pictured on the left, with front desk manager, Cori Omundson), campus director at MSC-Woodbury. In a single day, MSC-Woodbury collected as many as 35 coats!

Learn more about how to support the program, or receive help.

 

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MSC Student Gives Michele Bachmann a New Style and New Look!

Michele Bachmann new hair cutWritten by Jill Hocking, Campus Director

Michele Bachmann, former politician and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, visited Minnesota School of Cosmetology this week and left with a whole new look and a very big smile!

Ms. Bachmann, who represented Minnesota’s 6th congressional district from 2007-2015, has been visiting Minnesota School of Cosmetology in Woodbury for five years.  She is one of our regular clients who continues to give back to higher education and student learning.

At Minnesota School of Cosmetology our students study the art of hair, skin and nails for 10-12 months to gain the requirements necessary to become a licensed cosmetologist.  One of the requirements is to perform salon services on clients. In order to advance in their technical skills and become savvy cosmetologists, they need to have people in the community who are willing to come to the school for hair colors, perms, relaxers, haircuts, manicures, pedicures, makeup applications and facials.

Ms. Bachmann has been providing that one-on-one ability for our students to hone their skills by supporting them with regular visits.  This week, Ms. Bachmann took a big leap.  She came in for her typical 1-2 inch trim but changed her mind and decided to spice things up a bit.  Instead she took off nearly 12 inches! Ms. Bachmann shared with her stylist/MSC student, Kim Castro that she has had long hair for 19 years and she was ready for a change.

Castro also shared, “Ms. Bachmann was very pleasant, she was interacting with me the whole time and we had a very enjoyable conversations.  She shared with me that she’s been coming here for five years and the reason she continues to keep returning is because she likes it here and enjoys meeting all the different students”.

To learn more about our program or the services we provide to the public, visit msccollege.edu.

 

Makeup in Minutes

As a mother of a young child, I have very little time for makeup application in the morning, so I’ve pared down my routine to just minutes. For those of you who have hectic schedules and need to maximize your time in front of the mirror, here are several simple steps to a faster beauty regimen.

Step 1: Skin preparation

Skin should be prepped before makeup is applied, so I start with a three-in-one cleanser that also tones and exfoliates. This multiuse product not only saves time, it’s easier on your pocketbook. To receive the most benefit, particularly if you use a cleanser with an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) such as glycolic acid or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) like salicylic acid, you can leave it on your skin as a mask for a few minutes while in the shower before washing it off. After cleansing, I gently apply an eye cream and facial moisturizer.

To streamline your makeup process, make sure your application tools and makeup and cleansing products are organized and accessible. I recommend an eye shadow brush and a blush brush, one to two eye shadows or an eye shadow trio, a brown eyeliner, black mascara, color correcting (CC cream), a light blush and a lip gloss.

QuickMakeUpRoutinesStep 2: Foundation and moisturizer

For my base, I use a CC cream, which serves as both a light foundation and moisturizer. For those with oily skin, CC cream might be enough of a moisturizer so you can skip Step 1. The CC cream also provides color correction and sun protection, and it looks natural as it is designed to blend right into the skin and does not need to be an exact match like a foundation.

Step 3: Eyeliner

Next I apply a brown eyeliner to define my eyes. The brown hue accentuates my eyes, making them seem larger. I use it at the corners, then smudge color lightly on my lower lash line to the halfway point. Finally, I apply the eyeliner on the upper lash line about three-quarters of the way across this arc.

Step 4: Eye shadow

Continuing with a brown color theme, I use a brown eye shadow, sweeping the color across the lid next to where I applied the liner. Next, I “pat” eye shadow on the outside corner of my eye before smoothing and blending it evenly across the remaining lid surface. The color should be applied from the lash line to just above the eyelid crease.

To contrast the brown shadow and further enhance my eyes, I apply a cream or light pink eye shadow, blending it with the darker hue and sweeping right under my eyebrow to highlight my brow bone.

Step 5: Blush

My finishing touch is a small amount of blush. I apply it along the contour of the cheek and blend in a circular motion over the apples of the cheeks. A coat or two of mascara, some gloss on the lips, and I’m ready for the day!

Sonya Stelmachuk

Esthetician