Beauty Blog

  • Shellac Mani vs. Regular Mani

    by Jessica Rank

    The number one question we receive about nails is what is the difference between a Shellac Manicure and a regular Manicure?

    Shellac manicures are longer lasting and a more durable choice. They are not as damaging to your nails compared to Acrylic manicures. Shellac is a mix between regular nail polish and a gel polish. The polish is cured under a LED light where it dries instantly! The Shellac polish even helps your nails grow because it creates a thicker base on your nails.

    Shellac benefits everyone; whether you are getting ready for a special event, vacation or just bi-weekly maintenance. Shellac polish keeps its sine and lasts atleast two weeks, sometimes longer! The only down fall is that it grows out with the nail. If not properly removed, you can potentially damage the nail bed by picking or peeling it off.

    Regular manicures last anywhere from a day to about three days without chipping. Unless you are very careful with your hands, have a maid or you only want the color to last you the weekend, regular manicures would not be beneficial for you. Compared to using the Shellac polish, where you can instantly walk out to your car and go as soon as your nails are finished, if you were to do this with regular polish, you could accidentally nick your nail on your door handle (even after sitting to dry for 10+ minutes) and your mani is instantly ruined. Whether your hands are constantly submerged in water, your busy taking care of your family or you spend a lot of time in the garden, whatever it is, you are more at risk to chip your nails with regular nail polish! 

    All in all, Shellac Manicures are the way to go! We offer a variety of colors to choose from and you can mix and match to create your own colors.


    Jessica at Revive Salon

  • Damaged Hair -- I care!

    Damaged hair - I care

    Jessica Rank

    Ever wonder what makes your hair damaged? Is it that heavy purse that is always on your right shoulder pulling your hair, causing it to break? Is it breaking because you go to bed with your hair wet, tie it into a messy bun? Is it because you don't wear a hat when your out in the sun/ swimming in a pool? Or is it everytime you remove a pony tail a clump of hair is tangled up in your hair tie?

    There are many reasons why our hair is damaged. 

    Luckily there are many lifestyle changes we can do to help prevent breakage. 

    Replace your pillow case with a silk or satin pillow case 

    Our hair tends to pull and drag more on regular pillow cases so invest in a satin pillow case for a lower cost or a higher end silk pillow case. Both work great! I listest a couple places to find them!

     Silk pillow case found here

    Satin pillow case found here 

    Now that pesky purse of ours that always sits on our right shoulder (or your left)

    I have made it a point to always lift my hair away from my strap now subconsciously remembering that I need to move my hair from underneath the strap so it isn't tugging and pulling my hair! Make it a habit.

    Nothing's worse than having to wash your hair let alone drying it. The problem with going to bed with wet hair is our hair has % more elasticity when it's wet vs. dry hair has % elasticity making it way for our hair to stretch pull and break as we are sleeping with wet hair. Try to was hair earlier in the night so it is dry before bed or if you must get a soft headband to keep pulled away at night vs using a binder this way you don't wake up with a rats nest in the morning and this way we won't pull out all that hair!

    This two in one soft head band is great for sleeping in and washing your face

    It's almost summer time here in Minnesota, which means more days in the sun and on the lake. We can visibly see what the sun does to our skin if we don't wear sunscreen. Now imagine what happens when we don't protect our hair! A couple tips for summer -

    That floppy hat you always wanted to rock found here

    These amazing hair ties to keep your hair from blowing in the wind

    Sun care hair care found at Revive Salon!

    Last but not least hot tools (curling iron, flat iron, blow dryer etc.)

    Turn down the tempeture and use a thermal heat spray like the New Aveda Shampure Thermal Conditioning spray or the Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair that adds  up to 425 degrees of protectant and protein to help strengthen your hair!

    Hope this helps 😊

    Xo Jessica at Revive Salon

  • Catwalk for Water 2017

    Catwalk for Water 2017

    Christina Luger

    What is Catwalk for Water? 

    Catwalk for Water is an annual green carpet event during which local Aveda salons come together to raise money for Earth Month by showcasing their inspirations, creativity and technical skills in hair, makeup and fashion. Using the earth as their muse, design teams create a comprehensive look that celebrates beauty, fashion and Aveda's mission to care for the world we live in. 

    This years event took place on Sunday, April 30th at the Minneapolis Aveda Institute. The event features a live DJ, games, delicious food from our very own massage therapist, Marisa's food truck, Up in Smoke Catering, (check them out HERE) silent and live auctions and of course the fashion show! 

    Here are some of the looks from the evening: 

    #3 was the winner! They won their way to New York Fashion Week! 

    We had so much fun attending this year! 

    Funds raised go to Aveda's local Earth Month partner, Audubon Minnesota, to support clean water conservation work in Minnesota! It is a unique partnership fueled by a common passion for clean water. Aveda and Audubon care deeply about the importance of clean water for the world we live in.

    Aveda’s passion stems from its belief that “there is no responsible alternative to doing business other than through the pursuit of environmental sustainability.” Audubon’s passion stems from its mission “to protect birds and their habitat for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biodiversity.” Clean water is fundamental to both organizations. Our partnership is devoted to ensuring that clean water is a right for all and that resources are directed at guaranteeing this right to all living creatures.

    More than most states, Minnesota and Iowa have water resources of national and international, significance. Yet there are troubling signs regarding these freshwater resources. In Minnesota, 40% of the state water tested is considered “impaired.” Rivers and streams carry high levels of sediments, phosphorous and nitrogen. These drain to the Gulf of Mexico where they contribute to creating a 5,000 square mile “dead zone” of oxygen-starved waters.

    The trends and threats to our life-giving waters are real and troubling. By engaging people, Audubon is working to address these threats using birds as symbols for explaining why clean water matters. Be a water warrior and get involved in clean water efforts in your community!

    How does Audubon protect clean water in Minnesota and Iowa?

    Audubon Minnesota’s approach to protect and enhance clean water employs three strategies: Conservation, Advocacy, and Outreach and Education. In each endeavor, working to engage people is a hallmark of Audubon’s approach.

    • Conservation: Our conservation work for clean water includes managing and restoring floodplain and bluffland habitats along the Mississippi River and working with landowners to develop conservation plans for their properties to improve habitat conditions and water quality.
    • Advocacy: Promoting activities that will improve water quality often go beyond individual practices and are driven by decisions made at the state legislature, within agencies, or in Congress. Audubon organizes grassroots citizen action to press for appropriate outcomes. Wetland protection and restoration is one such issue as wetlands are nature’s filter for polluted waters.
    • Education: Audubon’s clean water educational efforts are designed to move people from awareness to personal action. Our audiences include school children living near the Mississippi River, farmers growing crops near streams, landowners in bottomland forests, personal contacts with the general public attending conservation-related special events, and messaging to the public with outreach materials suggesting how anyone can make a difference.
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    We can't wait to see what's in store for next year! If you are interested in joining us next year, please let a team member know!

    Christina Luger


  • The Importance of a Double Cleanse

    The Importance of a Double Cleanse
    Jennifer MacDonald

    Yes, I said DOUBLE cleanse.  It may seem like overkill but trust me, you need a double cleanse in your life.  Cleansing is the fundamental step of all your skin care routine.  Skip this one and you won't get any results.  If you're going to go on this 10-step routine and make your skin care a priority, this is where you'll start.  

    It used to be that we would just pick up any old cleanser and use it maybe when we needed to clean off our makeup and that was it.  EEEK!  Or dare I say, we grabbed the ..... gulp...... bar soap! ( that was painful to say )  By now I hope that we know better than that.  If not, its ok!  I am going to point you in the right direction.  By reading this blog, I hope that you will come out of it with a little more knowledge and the right tools for the job.  

    Now there are so many options out there, that promise amazing results, that we don't even know where to start!  Many promise clear skin, fewer wrinkles and brighter skin.  Sure, the thought of clearer brighter skin from a bottle sounds promising but what if I told youth that it took more than just slapping on a cleanser with false promises?  It takes routine and dedication to your skin to see the results you want.  Too often we see our skin as the enemy.  We battle the issues instead of treating them and preventing them in the first place.  I know how you might feel,  I grew up with horrible chronic cystic acne and I always reached for the acne cleansers to kill the acne instead of treat my skin.  I even went so far as to use the popular acne line that will not be named.  ( you know what I'm talking about! ).  None of it worked because I was just cleansing with the stuff and expecting a miracle.  There was no other steps after that.  I was too lazy to do anything but that.  And then I would use makeup to cover up whatever was still left over.  Raise your hand if you were in that same boat.  Cleanser alone will never clean off all your makeup.  It will only take off the top layer of dirt and makeup.  This is where a double cleanse can save you.  

    The first step is an oil cleanse.  What this will do is break down the natural and product oils that may be on the skin.  Oil attracts oil right? So if you start with an oil, not only will it break down the makeup or leftover products, it will attract excess oil from your skin and those products.  This way what your left with is any remaining dirt and makeup.  Simply massage your oil of choice ( I love the AVEDA's beautifying oil!  It smells great and makes for a great eye makeup remover ) into your skin.  No need to wet your face first.  Massage the oil in upward outward motions until you feel that you have sufficiently broken up whatever is on your face.  Next, massage cool water into your skin and rinse until its all gone.  Whatever is left is an easy clean for your second cleanse, the water based cleanse.

    With your water based cleanse, you're going to wet your face and dispense a dime to nickel sized amount of your cleanser ( my choice is the Botanical Kinetics Crème cleanser. Perfect for all skin types and doesn't strip your skins natural moisture. ) into your hand and then massage into your skin.  Use small circular motions starting at your chin and working your way up.  Use cool water to rinse off and then pat dry with a towel.  Your skin should never feel tight or dry after cleansing.  You shouldn't physically notice your skin at all.  Don't forget to follow up with your toner, serums, moisturizer and SPF.  

    By using a double cleanse you'll notice that your skin will be significantly brighter and clearer.  I have completely cured my cystic acne and hormonal breakouts by adopting a double cleanse morning AND night. ( the other steps in the 10-step routine have helped as well but I feel that the real change came after I learned how to properly cleanse my skin. )  It is vital to cleanse your skin properly both when you wake up and before you go to sleep.  Making your skin a priority is beneficial for so many reasons.  In this day and age, we don't spend much time on a routine.  It seems that we don't have enough time for things like this.  I think that is something that can easily be changed.  Give yourself an extra couple of minutes each morning and night and see the results for yourself.  

    Remember that you can always come in to see me for a skin care consultation to get yourself on the right track.  I hope this has helped to educate you on the importance of a double cleanse and that you find the right way to use this for yourself :). 


  • Save Water, Wash Your Hair Less

    How to get away with second or third day hair!

    Jessica Rank

    Do you ever hear people say they haven't washed their hair for a period of time and you think to your self... "How does your hair look that great without washing it? Mine gets too oily or it doesn't hold a curl..."


    Aveda has two wonderful products for second day hair! The first product is the Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo. It is non-aerosol powder mist that absorbs excess oil between shampoos. Retails at $31 and they also have a refill bottle for $26, so keep the top part! The second product is the Aveda Shampure Thermal Conditioning Spray. This product is brand new! Retails at $31. I absolutely love this product! At first I thought I didn't need any more moisture to my hair because it was already greasy. Little did I know it left my hair silky smooth with the added benefit of the thermal protection. This way I can curl my hair second or third day and not worry about additional thermal damage to my hair!   


    How to apply the products to your hair

    1. Brush your hair to the desired part

    2. Apply the Aveda Dry Shampoo to your part, the sides and the crown of your head. (The application can be tricky at first tip: place your thumb over the hole and turn the bottle up side down, this locks in the powder in the spraying chamber then squeeze to the desired area)

    3. I like to brush this product through, especially if you have darker hair. It can leave a lighter tone if you don't brush it after you apply the product.

    4. Now spray the Aveda Thermal conditioner on the mids to ends of your hair (you can even section your hair in two parts to evenly disperse the product.)

    5. Brush the conditioner through - instantly adds shine and takes away  fly aways. 

    6. Optional - finish your style with a flat iron, curling iron or hot curlers for your desired look or simply just pull back into a pony tail!

    There you have it! Second day hair with little to no effort of washing and drying!
    Jessica Rank
    Revive salon 
  • Hair Trends from the 2017 Grammys

    Hair Trends from the 2017 Grammy's 

    Christina Luger

    All bets are off when it comes to hair and makeup for the Grammy Awards.  The theme of the night being glossy nude lips, berry-stained pouts, and romantic updos. Here's a look of some of the best looks and how you can use them as inspiration in your life. 

    Adele arrived with her signature cat eye and loosly swept up hair. How can you use this as inspiration in your life? Go slightly more dramatic with your eyes and keep your lips neutral. Her loosly pulled back hair is something you can do for work or a fun event! 

    JLo as usual, looked like a bronze godess. Rock a center part and keep your locks long and straight. 

    If you want to go for an edgier look, take Katy Perry for inspiration. Add some texture in your hair with AVEDA's Shampure Dry Shampoo and using a flat iron to add some bend to your hair (see our tutorial on flat iron waves.) Add a berry colored lip and you're ready to go! 

    For Halsey, it was all about the lashes! My favorite are to use individual lashes instead of a strip. I feel like they are easier to use and look more natural. I use the Ardell Duralash Individual Lashes. Don't forget to load on the mascara!

    Carrie Underwood is always so stunning! For this look do a smokey eye and nude lipstick! A style that will never go out of style. Her hair, like Adele's, is loosly pulled back. Get volume while blowdrying and then loosly curl and pin up. Stay tuned for our tutorial on DIY Blowouts! 

    Stay Beautiful



  • Korean 10-Step Skincare Routine

    Korean 10-step skincare routine using all AVEDA

    Jennifer|Esthetician at Revive SalonSpa

    2017 is going to be a very big year for skin care.  As of recently you can't be on any social media site without seeing something about Korean skincare.  Korean women definitely know what they are doing when it comes to keeping skin beautiful and youthful looking.  Korean women are taught a beauty routine from childhood and they follow it religiously.  Their adherence to this routine is what gives them the results that so many women around the world seek.  You may have heard of the 10 step routine and in this blog I am going to teach you how to make it work for your skin.

    The 10-step may seem like overkill but really, if you want beautiful ageless looking skin, you will thank me for what I am about to show you.  And yes, you will be doing this routine morning and night.  Yes you do have time to do it.  ;). I know what you are thinking because I thought those same things when I first started hearing about this.  I put my skin first and really made an effort to better myself inside and out.  The results I am seeing personally are wonderful! ( Why didn't I know about this in my teenage years!?  lol )

    Charlotte Cho, the creator of and the writer of the book " the little book of skincare " lays everything about the Korean skincare world out for you complete with cute images to help you along the way.  Sokoglam is a great website to see all of the beautiful Korean products that are out there, but because you all know how much I love AVEDA, I thought I would show you how to do the 10-step using our skincare line instead.  You can really achieve the same results with AVEDA.  So follow along with me and try this out for yourself.

    First, lets learn the routine!


    1. Makeup remover using an oil cleanser.

    Removing your makeup before your actual cleanse is essential to achieving truly clean skin.  If you don't remove the outer layer of makeup, dirt or oil, your cleanser cannot effectively do its job.

    Here is where Beautifying Composition comes into play!  Beautifying is a gorgeous multipurpose oil that nourishes the face and body, can be used as a bath additive and removes makeup like a dream.  The uplifting aromas of Rosemary, Lavender and Bergamot work together to soothe and moisturize the skin.

    Gently massage the composition into your face using upward circular motions.  Massage lightly over eyes to remove eye makeup.   This process works best if you massage it directly into the skin without using water first.  After you have massaged all the makeup and surface oils off of the skin, you will rinse with Luke warm water.  Don't worry if you don't get it all off, you're going to use a cleanser in the next step.  :)



    2. Water-based Cleanser.

    Using a water-based cleanser just means a cleanser that you use water to activate.  I love AVEDA's Botanical Kinetics Purifying Creme Cleanser.  This rich crème is excellent for removing any Beautifying Composition, makeup or dirt you may have left behind from step number 1.  The Crème Cleanser removes all of that without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

    It is important to note that your skin should not feel physically different after a cleanse.  If you feel tight or dry after this step, the cleanser is too strong and you have just stripped the skin of its natural barrier and will now begin to overproduce oil.  It is also important to note that the water temperature can play a big role in how your skin reacts.  Hot water will spread bacteria and cause blood circulation to become stagnant.  Luke warm to cool water is best.

    For this cleanse step, you will use 1-4 pumps of Crème Cleanser and massage into the skin.  Use cool water to activate the cleanser in circular upward motions.  Be sure to get all surfaces of the skin while avoiding the eye area.  When you have cleansed the face, rinse with cool water until the cleanser is no longer visible.  Pat dry and move on to step number 3.



    3.  Exfoliator

    After your skin is dry from the steps one and two, you will use a liquid exfoliator to gently remove any dead skin cells that may still be present.  AVEDA Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant is non abrasive and gentle enough to use everyday and suitable for all skin types.  Simply apply a quarter sized amount to a cotton pad or cotton ball and swipe upwards on your face.  Take special care to get your nose, sides of nose, chin and hairline as these areas are more prone to become clogged with black heads.  There is no need to rinse the exfoliant as it dissolves dead skin cells on its own leaving you with a smooth clearer complexion.



    4.  TONER

    Toner is meant to reset the PH level of your skin after what we have accomplished with steps 1-3.   It can be very refreshing and cooling to the skin.  I love using a toner spray in the summer time to give my skin a moisturizing cool drink.  It also doubles as a beauty product in that you can use it to give your skin a dewy look anytime of the day.

    There are a couple of options with AVEDA when it comes to toners.  The first is the Botanical Kinetics Skin Firming/Toning Agent.  This is best for normal to dry skin types.  This moisture-rich toner fuses rosewater with a sugar derived humectant to moisturize and cool the skin.  After the exfoliant you will spray a generous amount onto the skin.  Breath in the beautiful aroma of rose, certified organic German chamomile and eucalyptus.

    The second option is the Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist.  This toner is best for normal to oil rich skin types.  This refreshing mist is cooling and balancing to your skin while minimizing surface oil build-up.  Same as the skin firming toning mist, you'll generously spray your face and breath in that beautiful rose scent.  Now on to step 5.  Are you keeping up?



    5.  Essence

    Essence is used to nourish and renew the skin, prepping it to receive the nutrients we are about to give it.  Essence may seem confusing at first but once you get used to it, you'll never go without it.  (or any of the other steps I hope).   Picture yourself holding a sponge.  You want to soak up as much liquid as possible with that sponge.  If its dry, it won't pick up as much as you want.  If you dampen that sponge it will suck up everything.  This is true with your skin too.  If you prep your skin with essence first, it will suck up all of the good things you're going to put on after!  :)

    The trick with AVEDA Botanical Kinetics Hydration Treatment Lotion is to pour a nickel sized amount into your hand.  (no cotton or pads on this one, we want to retain as much of the product as possible.)   Press into your skin and feel your skin drink it in.  You won't be rinsing this one off either.



    6.  Ampoules

    Ampoules are in a sense, a serum.  I could not think of any serum that could be better for you than AVEDA's Tulasara line.   Tulasara offers 3 different highly effective serums based on your skins needs.

    The first is the Calm serum.  Calm serum is best for Sensitive skin types.  This amazing Ampoule has more than one-hundred red raspberry plant stem cells that are known for their restorative powers.  The calm serum will reduce the look of redness, soothe irritation and nourish the skin.  It is best to use 1-2 pumps of this and press into the skin.

    The Bright serum is great for skin types that are prone to oil or discoloration.  There is a slight exfoliation to this one which helps to instantly improve the skins radiance.  Licorice root extract helps to reduce the appearance of discoloration for a more even toned look to the skin.  Same with this one, 1-2 pumps pressed into the skin.

    The last Ampoule is the Firm serum. The firm serum is great for normal/dry or maturing skin.  This one will lift and firm the look of your skin while helping to smooth out visible lines and wrinkles.  Almond seed and sigesbeckia help to instantly firm the look of your skin over time.  1-2 pumps pressed in.

    All three of these serums can be used alone or combined for extra benefits.  An esthetician ( like myself ) can help you determine the best Ampoules for your specific needs.



    7.  Sheet mask

    AVEDA does not currently offer sheet masks but I can tell you that we have a fantastic option for masks available.  My favorite is the Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Masque. This little baby can do wonders for your dry skin.  Just apply a thin layer to the face and let it soak into your skin for 5-10 minutes.  This masque is oil free and has rose water to help tone and refresh your skin. 

    Step 7 is a step that doesn't necessarily need to be done every night.  It is best to start out with masks doing them once a week and then gradually building up to 2-3 times a week.  Make it a ritual that you do every week.  Set aside a day that you can make your designated spa day.  Have a nice bath with Epsom salts and lavender and use your mask then.  You won't be sorry you did.  :) 



    8.  Eye cream

    Eye cream is the second most important part to this whole process.  The skin around your eyes is thin and most prone to showing signs of aging due to this fact.  Protect your eyes and help prevent signs of aging by using a thick eye cream.  My favorite is the Tulasara Wedding Masque Eye Overnight.  ( you can absolutely use this during the day, just use a thinner layer than you would at night ). This is seriously the BEST eye cream I have ever tried!  I love love love the consistency and I the way my eyes look in the morning.  They appear to be more awake and even toned.  As a mom of two, its hard to get the full night of sleep that I need.  With the WeddingMasque Eye cream, nobody knows how tired I am! ;)

    With algae extracts that you find in the cream, you get the benefit of having the under eye puffiness diminish.  The plant stem cells and apricot seed oil work together to help support skin's natural repair process.  Over  time the skin around your eyes will look more lifted and firm.  Definitely don't skimp on this step, you'll thank yourself later.  :)



    9.  Moisturizer, Moisturizer, Moisturizer

    Like I'll say with the next step, never ever skip moisturizer!  Your skin needs the nutrients and moisture to protect and repair itself.  Think of it this way, if your skin is dry and tight, you're skin is aging right before your eyes.  The more you keep your skin moisturizer and prevent the dry flaky feeling, the better your chances of keeping your skin healthy and glowing.  

    AVEDA has many incredible options when it comes to moisturizers.  A consultation with me or your nearest esthetician can help you to determine which option is best for your skin needs.  A good neutral moisturizer that you can start wroth is the Botanical Kinetics Hydration Lotion.  This one contains emollient derived from jojoba and coconut.  Non-acnegenic and dermatologist-tested, you will find that this not only feels good, but smells good too!  



    10. Sunscreen!

    Remember, this is the step that you will never ever skip during the day again!  I could go on all day about how important SPF is for your skin.  And yes, during the winter too!  If you can see outside, the sun sees you.  The sun is the number one cause of aging skin.  Not to mention the number one cause of melanoma!  Protect yourself.  I can understand where people feel inclined to skip the SPF.  Reasons I have heard are, " I don't like seeing the white tone on my face " or " I don't like the greasy feeling.".  As far as the white tone goes, you need to see where you have applied the SPF to know that you have covered all of the area.  If applied correctly and completely massaged in, you won't see any white.  For the issue of feeling greasy, this is a matter of selecting the correct products for your skin before getting to this step.  This is another area that can be looked at in a consultation.  

    AVEDA recently came out with a daily sunscreen called Daily Lightguard.  It is SPF 30 and I have become an addict!  I am not even exaggerating that I love this stuff.  I have one in my bathroom, one in my purse ( you absolutely need to be reapplying throughout the day.) and one in my gym bag.  I truly believe that there is nothing worse for you than your bare skin baking in the sun.  Take care of yourself and your skin.


    So now that you have learned what a Korean 10-step skincare routine looks like, will you be trying it yourself?  Honestly, it might sound like overkill but you really will benefit yourself by putting your skin first.  If you think about it, all of these celebrities that you see on the red carpets look flawless because of two things: their routine and their esthetician!  There is absolutely no reason why you can't have those same results.  I am a product of this routine and I can tell you first hand that it does work.  I hope this blog has been informative and fun for you and I hope that you will come visit me to get your skin care routine on track.  :).

    Make today a beautiful one!