Beauty Q&A: The Right Colorist, Gentle Cleansers, Caldrea's New Line

Beauty Advice
Becca Sabot


It’s hard to remember a time when there wasn’t a Caldrea or Mrs. Meyer’s product at every sink in my house. This month, the Minneapolis-based company that put high-design homekeeping on the map is expanding into personal care. Caldrea Hand & Body combines the brand’s signature aromatherapy with Park Avenue packaging for a collection of body crèmes and fragrances that are altogether vanity-worthy. Find them at Bibelot Shops, General Store of Minnetonka, and

Q. Do people still use Noxzema? Do you recommend it?

A. Unfortunately, yes, and absolutely not. I could’ve been the poster teenager for Noxzema—anything for that squeaky-clean feeling. But most adults aren’t oily anymore and even if you are, stripping your skin with alcohol-laden toners and cleansers such as Noxzema will only cause skin to overcompensate by producing more oil. It may seem counterintuitive, but some of the most effective cleansers are actually creamy or oil-based formulas. The oil gently breaks up and lifts dirt and makeup while leaving skin soft and hydrated. Juicy skin, I like to call it. Pick up Eminence Coconut Milk Cleanser ( at salons including Jon Charles Salon or Nude Perfect Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes at local Sephora stores.

Q. Can you recommend a good colorist in the Twin Cities?

A. I rarely color my hair, but the remarkably patient Mi Shaun Schmidt-Schwab at The Beauty Room (4300 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-724-4111) has rescued me from botched box jobs (research has its price) and has a gift for giving people the color they should’ve been born with. At Evolution (2836 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-2979), my gorgeous and wildly talented stylist Mel also happens to keep my besties looking like a million dollars even in the carpool lane. I only recently discovered that one of them isn’t a natural blonde.


If your makeup routine is older than Taylor Swift (no really, do the math), schedule a “wardrobing” session at the new Blush Beauty Room, around the corner from Sebastian Joe’s in Uptown. Bring in your makeup bag, and the Blush makeup artists will put together looks and make product suggestions. Or leave it to the pros: full face makeup plus lashes is $30. Spacious and contemporary, Blush is an ideal setting for parties—schedule a group or rent the whole place. Blush sells affordable accessories and jewelry along with beauty products and tools. 2004 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-871-2688
—Allison Kaplan

Photos by Stephanie Colgan