Minnesota School of Cosmetology Spring Fashion Show

Minnesota School of Cosmetology – Plymouth hosted their 3rd annual Spring Fashion Show on Saturday, May 14, and Monday, May 16. This year’s theme was “Behind the Mask,” and featured looks inspired by Harlequin, Masquerade, Carnevale, and Mardi Gras.IMG_8118

MSC fashion shows are set up as a reverse career fair. Students create inspiration boards with their before and after photos as well as what inspired their overall look, and salon employers and recruiters are able to meet and greet MSC students. We encourage our students to have resumes available to hand out to the industry professionals who attend the show.

After the show, we gave the salons and industry professionals the opportunity to meet our students and talk with them about how they completed their looks and their career aspirations.

We had our students choose the groups they worked with, as well as choose to create a look inspired by Harlequin, Masquerade, Carnevale or Mardi Gras. Our students also chose their own music for the show. MSC students prepared for about a month prior to the show, and all their time and hard work really showed through their looks.

Thank you to all the family and friends who were able to come to the event and for the continued support you give our students daily. They wouldn’t be where they are at today without you!

We would like to give a special thanks to all the Salons and Industry Professionals that attended our Fall Fashion Show! Thank you for supporting our students!
European Wax Center
Fantastic Sams
GENT Cuts and Grooming
Great Clips
JCPenney Salons
JUUT SalonSpa
MASK Hair Designs and Day Spa
New Reflections Salon
Regis Salons
Salon at Macy’s
ULTA Beauty
The Woodhouse Day Spa

You can check all the looks from the fashion show on our Facebook page!

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:


  • 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”


  • 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




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”

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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


    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…


Top 10 Beauty Trendsetters on Instagram

The cosmetology industry offers the world an overabundance of beauty and creativity! If you want to know what’s happening in the world of beauty, check out this top-ten list of trendsetters to follow on Instagram. Follow for new hair styles, make-up trends, hair colors of tomorrow, the next cool nail polishes!


McGrath is a makeup artist and creative director. She has a variety of celebrity clients and shoots for Cover Girl and Vogue. Interested in beauty? She is the real deal.


Rae, a former beauty queen and a beauty review specialist, is a cosmetology guru. Her posts are often very feminine – think pastels, lace, flowers and butterflies.


Olivia Palermo’s classic, polished look will make you feel like you are drinking espresso with Kate Spade while walking down Park Avenue in New York City. Have a big date or special occasion coming up? She’s your gal for inspiration!


Chiara Ferragni is an Italian blogger who likes to test the limits when it comes to her hair and makeup. Need a change? Check her out.


Eva Chen is the editor-in-chief of Lucky magazine and often showcases her favorite new products, and often ones on the cheap!


NYC colorist Aura Friedman will teach you all about the new color trends soon to be hitting the runway.


Nailed it! Fashion-world manicurist Jin Soon Choi fills her feed with the very best polish picks.


Stylist Chuck Amos will not disappoint you with his many hair creations. And let’s admit it, everyone loves a male stylist!


Who is Lauren Conrad’s hairstylist, you ask yourself? Well now you know, her name is Kristin Ess. She often posts behind-the-scenes pics of Conrad, as well as helpful hair tips.


Jen Atkin is the talented cosmetologist that styles the Kardashian family for basically all of their events. If you are enamored with their hair (who isn’t!), chances are you’ll love Atkin’s Instagram.


14 Back-to-School Fashion Trends

Just when we finally get some summer-like weather, it’s hard to believe that school is just around the corner again! Irene Grossklaus, an instructor at Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury, shares the cool trends that are hot this fall to make your wardrobe fun and functional for your first day back.

  • Prints, textures and patterns are here in big way – You’ll be seeing head-to-toe patterned and textured looks. Abstract, ikat, plaids, stripes, dots and more. If you want to try the look, add a plaid or tribal top and add a solid pant. You might also consider a patterned accessory such as a plaid purse, scarf or even a patterned flat.
  • Get the right boot and kick your way into the fall season with style – Yes, boots are not new but the super über thigh-high boot is once again making the scene, so find something that is fun, bold and fresh. But don’t blow your entire budget on boots. The colors that are hot this fall may not be next fall.
  • The heels vary in height and type, so get the style that you can actually walk in when the winter weather hits. From platforms to wedges, chunky to demure, pilgrim to catwalk, explore the possibilities. Color your world with fun shoes. With miles to walk, run and explore, kick off the school year in color trend with high and low top tennis shoes, pumps and flats with outlandish colors, pastels, patterns and the new look of metallic leather.
  • What girl doesn’t love to add to her shoe collection? This year the colors are over the moon. Since the color blocking trend started last year, you can try adding a color to an outfit, giving you a playful way to stand out but not stick out.
  • Your day is busy and you deserve to be comfy so be sure your shoes fit you well. A good tip when buying shoes is to always buy them late in the day when your feet are tired. Also wear them at home a few hours at a time to break them in before you wear them to school.
  • Hats, headbands and caps – The floral trend in dressing is even lending itself to headgear in playful floral headbands. It may have something to do with the royal wedding last year and the introduction of the mini style hats or fascinators.
  • Enjoy being a girl with lace and fitted dress to accentuate those curves—sugar and spice and everything nice. Lace, ruffles, peplums and puffy shoulders reminiscent of the 1970-80’s are back. It is always fun to see how styles come back and are reborn anew. This is a year to showcase the female form and show your curves in body hugging dresses.
  • Another idea is to pair a bright lace top with black pants.
  • Jeans with style – The skinny jean is still strong, as is the boyfriend jean with the comfy fit and casual style and jeggings.
  • The slim or skinny jean works for most figures if you get the proper fit and balance with a great long blazer, sweater or blouse. The boyfriend jean looks great if you combine it with a slim top. It’s never a good idea to combine a full cut style, unless you weigh 90 pounds or want to look like giant box. The jeggings are great with a large oversized sweater or blouse. Just be sure the fit on the jeans is flattering to you.
  • New for fall are the brocade and patterned jeans. Be sure to add a few pair or two of the colored jeans to the wardrobe, too.
  • Remember the rule of thumb. Fit your figure and the fashion will flatter you!
  • If it’s too tight it will actually make you look heavier, fit is key to a fabulous jean.
  • Long sweaters and leggings. I love when the weather gets cooler and sweaters come out and snuggle with the skinny pants or jeans. Comfortable and stylish, tunic  sweaters make the season even more lively and can go dressy or campus chic. Belt or add a scarf and you’ve taken the average sweater to sensational!

 By: Irene Grossklaus, Minnesota School of Cosmetology Woodbury Instructor