MSC Donates 500 Dresses to Help Girls in Need for Prom

Minnesota School of Cosmetology is giving a big boost to a Minnesota nonprofit dedicated to collecting prom dresses and accessories for high school girls who are in need.Prom, Cosmotology, We Care

In January, MSC’s Plymouth location donated more than 500 prom dresses that they gathered to Operation Glass Slipper. The dresses will go to girls who are otherwise unable to attend prom due to difficult or financial family circumstances.

“The partnership we have with Operation Glass Slipper has been great! Each time we do a dress drop off you can tell we are making a difference by the excitement of the director, Pam Philipp, when she sees us and all the dresses that people have donated,” said Dani Vetrano, Associate Campus Director of MSC-Plymouth. “Our students have been able to see firsthand what a difference they can make in someone’s life by doing the updos and makeup for the dress recipients of the Princess Event. We truly enjoy the partnership with OGS and believe it goes hand in hand with our “We Care” mission!”

“Operation Glass Slipper has outfitted over 9,000 deserving girls since the project was founded in 2006. We are heavily dependent on donations of dresses and accessories,” Philipp said.

The dresses and accessories are available for juniors and seniors at no charge to girls throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Operation Glass Slipper collects gowns year round. They must be in good condition and no more than five years old.

“For several years the Minnesota School of Cosmetology in Plymouth as served as a collection site for donations to Operation Glass Slipper. Staff members volunteer their time to deliver these donations to the Operation Glass Slipper warehouse in West St. Paul. I am always amazed at the enormous quantity of donations they bring. The deliveries include many beautiful dresses, and we know that they will be eagerly chosen by the girls we serve. Our relationship with the Minnesota School of Cosmetology in Plymouth is extremely important to us, and we appreciate the graciousness and enthusiasm of the staff members who help us,” Philipp said.

The students and staff of MSC live by the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

 

 

MSC Collecting Prom Dresses for Good Cause

Woodbury, Minn. (Jan. 25, 2017) – Minnesota School of Cosmetology Woodbury is now accepting gently used prom dresses for Fairytale Fashion for Food. The event, held from 1-4p p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, at Woodbury Senior High School, is a fun afternoon of dress shopping and swapping to help at-risk and underserved children of Washington County Schools. One dress is equal to one month’s worth of food for a single child.

Donations can be dropped off at MSC’s Woodbury location, 1750 Weir Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125, during regular business hours. (Mondays & Fridays 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)

All dress donations must be in clean and in ready-to-wear condition.

For more information, contact Cassie Hartman at 651-332-8073 or chartman@msccollege.edu

MSC Graduates Share Wisdom with Current Students

Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) – Woodbury alumni recently spoke with the current student body at the annual MSC Alumni Panel. The graduation years of the members of the panel ranged from 2008-2016. Our amazing graduates represented a wide variety of salons from all over the Twin Cities area such as La Grande Beauty Spa, Ficocello’s Hair Salon, Cole’s Salon, Sephora, Simonson’s Salon and Spa, Moxie Salon, and European Wax Center.

Two of our graduates have recently made their lifetime dreams come true and opened their own salons! Rachel Lentz opened Man Cave Precision Hair in Stillwater and Kerri Wildes is the Co-owner of Alabaster to Onyx Salon in Minneapolis.

The graduates introduced themselves by stating their name and year they graduated from MSC, where
they had worked since graduation, why they choose their current job, their greatest challenge while in beauty school and how they overcame that challenge.

Great questions from the student body included:

  • How did your MSC experience prepare you for your career?
  • In your experience, what are some attributes of individuals who are most successful in the cosmetology field?
  • What is your advice on building a clientele?
  • What could I do to improve my professionalism skills?

Our most recent graduate on the panel, Mat Porten stated, “The women on the panel have wonderful personalities, passion, and truly inspire me. Thank you. MSC, thank you as well for giving me the opportunities that you have given me and giving me such great people to look up to.”

 

Want To Look Perfect For Prom? Check Out These Prom Trends!

With prom season coming up, it’s time to start planning your perfect hairstyle and makeup look! Prom is all about creative updos, hair accessories and glamorous eye makeup.

MSC-Plymouth student Sam models a messy updo and glamorous eye makeup.
MSC-Plymouth student Sam models a messy updo and glamorous eye makeup.

Here are some of the most current trends:

1. Braids/twists in updos are by far the biggest trend for prom. Creative braids can be incorporated into an updo or twisted into a crown. To wear your braid down, opt for a fishtail braid or braid in a colored ribbon for a unique twist!

2. Sleek hair always looks polished and glamorous. Try a sleek bump with straight hair or a slicked back super-polished pony.

3. Loose updos are effortless and stylish. Loose buns, pinned curls, and knotted updos will look modern but romantic.

4. Wavy hair left down will highlight a low-back or backless dress. Beachy waves are a classic look or try side-swept curls for a more dramatic look.

5. Hair accessories are the perfect way to add style and personality to your overall look. Add jewels in a loose updo or add sparkly pins to a sleek, pin-straight style.

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MSC-Plymouth student Alexis shows off a braided updo and bold, winged eyeliner.

6. Makeup is all about the eyes! Highlight your eyes this prom season by playing up your eye makeup and toning down your other features. For a dramatic look, choose a winged eyeliner. For a unique look, opt for a pastel winged eyeliner. If you want to look super glam, metallics are the way to go. For a fresh, bright-eyed effect, go for a peachy eyeshadow and white eyeliner.

Remember that your hair and makeup should reflect your personal style, but keep in mind your face shape and hair type. Also, think about your dress and accessories, and what hair and makeup will best complete your overall look. Then you’ll be ready to dance the night away!

Students at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology would love to help you look perfect for your prom! Call today and schedule your appointment.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Offers Day of Pampering to Those in Recovery

Plymouth, Minn. (Dec. 11, 2016) – The Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) is offering those in recovery complimentary services at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12 and 19, at our Plymouth location.

About 14 residents from the Adult and Teen Challenge programs are scheduled to receive services from our students each day.

“Not only is this a good way to give back to the community, it’s also a great opportunity for our students to give their talents and make a positive different in the life of someone else,” said Jill Hocking, MSC campus director.

MSC has recently hosted four groups of women from the program with wonderful results.

 What: Complimentary Services being offered

When: 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 and 19.

Where: Plymouth campus: Plymouth Plaza, 1425 County Road 101 North Plymouth, MN 55447

MSC Partners with Toys for Tots for Successful Drive

Both Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) locations (Plymouth & Woodbury) were official donation sites for the 2016 Toys for Tots campaign. Anyone who donated a new unwrapped toy for children received $5 off any one service.

Thank you to everyone who contributed for helping us give back to our community! We were able to collect more than 125 gifts and sincerely appreciate your help. We also received a large donation from Woodbury High School as well as many of our MSC clients. These gifts helped out so many families and made children of all ages happy!

According to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots website, the goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

“We love being able to participate in helping out those in need in our community,” said Cori Omundson, Front Desk Manager at MSC-Woodbury and organizer of the event. “Toys for Tots is a wonderful organization which helps bring joy to many children’s lives who otherwise might not have a good holiday season. We were happy to partner with Toys for Tots to collect toys this year and loved being a designated drop off location. We especially would like to thank Woodbury High School for their huge donation of many toys.”

We are glad we could help families in our community during the holiday season. Happy Holidays from everyone at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology!

 

Weird Things That Can Give You Amazing Skin

Honey
This sweet, sticky substance is so good for your skin, it’s kind of crazy. It’s extremely soothing to all skin types and its natural antibacterial properties make it the perfect non-drying spot treatment for breakouts. (Just make sure not to get your hair caught in it.) For best results, go for raw or unpasteurized honey rather than the stuff that comes in a container shaped like a bear.Beautiful young latin woman on white background. Closeup portrai

Eggs
We don’t recommend that you eat raw eggs (salmonella!), but you should definitely put them on your face. They’re gross to deal with, but an egg white mask is totally worth the effort thanks to the nourishing, toning protein content. Allowing the egg white to “harden” on your face forms a film that tightens and firms the skin and diminishes the appearance of large pores. You can then use the yolk in this DIY hair treatment.

Bananas
Rich in assorted vitamins and minerals, bananas function as a great, if unexpected, natural moisturizer. They contain vitamin A, which fades dark spots and smooths skin texture, and a mashed banana combined with brown sugar creates a nourishing all-natural scrub suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

Pumpkin
It’s a good thing pumpkins are ubiquitous as the weather cools, because that’s exactly when your skin needs their moisturizing properties and gentle chemical exfoliation the most. Like carrots, pumpkins gets their orange coloration from super-antoxidant carotenoids, which use enzymes to smooth and soften even the most sensitive and damaged skin. Next time you carve a festive jack o’lantern (you’re never too old), set the pulp aside and use it as a mask later on.

Cinnamon
There’s a reason why so many lip plumping formulas contain cinnamon: It’s one of the best ingredients for stimulating blood vessels, which results in a visibly plumper, smoother appearance. Because of its coarse but non-abrasive texture, it also makes a great face and body scrub. We like to mix 1:3 parts cinnamon with honey and use it as a face mask for a pore cleansing, circulation-boosting treat that tastes as good as it works.

Vodka
Not only can enough vodka trick you into thinking you’re better-looking than you actually are—sometimes all you need is a good buzz to make you feel like a million bucks—but it can also prove to be a valuable asset to your beauty routine. It’s an astringent that works wonderfully as a non-irritating (who would have guessed?) toner to tighten up pores and refresh the skin, and it actually makes a great antiseptic treatment for wounds (yes, including that zit you just picked.)

Turmeric
Turmeric is one of the most popular ingredients in South Asian beauty recipes—in fact, it’s kind of the best-kept beauty secret of Indian women, who use it to address just about every skin concern you can think of. Its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and sebum-regulating properties are indispensable in fighting acne, but just one thing: It’ll stain your skin a slightly yellowish tone, which gives a great glowing effect on the medium to dark-complected and a less desirable look to fairer skin tones. Fortunately, the issue is easily solved with a bit of toner on a cotton pad.

Sandalwood
Sandalwood is another natural antiseptic that works beautifully to relieve and disinfect cuts, wounds and blemishes. It’s excellent for soothing rashes and irritation, and its essential oil can be used as a moisturizer for all skin types. A paste of sandalwood and turmeric powders and water is super-effective in eradicating pimples, and unlike some of the other natural antibacterials on this list, you’ll actually want to go around smelling like the stuff.

Mint
Mint has a whole host of health and body benefits, but what you probably didn’t know is that it’s a great source of salicylic acid—yes, the same stuff that’s in that zip-zapping cream we love so much. The juice of mint leaves are wildly effective in soothing inflammation in acne-prone skin, as well as brightening thanks to its natural inclusion of vitamin B.
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MSC is Donation Site for Toys for Tots

WOODBURY, Minn. (Nov. 11, 2016) – The Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) is teaming up with the Salvation Army to help make sure children have a great Christmas this year.

Both MSC locations (Plymouth & Woodbury) are officially donation sites for this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. Bring in a new unwrapped toy for children and receive $5 off any one service (not including packages and not combinable with any other coupons or discounts.) Discount offer good through Nov. 30, toy donations still accepted through Dec. 21.

As always, thanks for helping us give back to our community! We appreciate your help!! Need information about becoming a family that receives the Toys for Tots donations? Check out the official toysfortots.org website for more information.

What: Toys for Tots drop off site

Where:

Woodbury campus: 1750 Weir Drive #3, Woodbury, MN 55125

Plymouth campus: Plymouth Plaza, 1425 County Road 101 North Plymouth, MN 55447

Gory Makeup at MSC-Plymouth

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, Minnesota School of Cosmetology – Plymouth students got into the Halloween
spirit and used makeup to create realistic-looking wounds. These illusions are quick, inexpensive, and a great way to make Halloween a little bit scarier.

The supplies we used to create our wounds were:img_0427
– Liquid Latex (we got ours here)
– Makeup Set (red, yellow, purple, and black – we got ours here)
– Liquid Blood (we got ours here)
– Corn Flakes

Directions to create a gory makeup wound:
1. Use makeup to map out an area of where you want your wound/scar to be.
2. Smooth a layer of liquid latex over the area and let dry until clear.
3. Blend red, yellow, purple, and/or black makeup over latex to create bruising.
4. Create open wounds by opening a section of the latex with scissors or your hands.
5. Add more latex into the “open wound” section.
6. Add Corn Flakes onto the wet latex in the “open wound” to create texture.
7. Add another layer of latex to secure the Corn Flakes and let dry.
8. Add fake blood to complete your wound.

 

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