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What's in my Summer Makeup Bag?

What are the 'must haves' we should have with us during the hot summer months?  We asked NPDP Hair & Make Up Artist Jenna Cagle from Spalon Montage-Woodbury to give us the run down!


Oribe Impermeable

This lightweight, low-hold spray is your key to frizz-free hair. The name is Spanish for raincoat, and it does exactly that! Spray this over smoothed out styles to lock out humidity or on damp curls to keep texture condensed while air drying. 

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil

This stuff is amazing and super under-rated! If you have colored hair, this spray acts as a shield to stop color fading and UV damage.  No one really realizes the sun can damage your hair along with your skin. This spray works kind of like sunscreen for your hair!

Morrocanoil Treatment

Everyone has heard of Morrocanoil. It was the first argan oil haircare product and is still one of the best. It infuses hair with moisture, shine, and strength, making it the perfect thing to layer over your parched strands. They make a light version now too, which is great for fine or blonde hair that still needs moisture. 

Kevin Murphy Maxi Wash

Detox shampoo is a MUST if you do a lot of swimming this time of year. Whether you are in the lake, the ocean, or the pool, your hair absorbs minerals and chemicals that cause damage. Maxi wash gently exfoliates the hair to get rid of harmful deposits and can even remove the grimy green glow you get from being in the pool! I love this if my part line gets sunburned too, it has a slightly cooling effect and can speed up the healing/peeling process! 

Wet Brush 

I use a wet brush on myself every day. I have super fine, tangley, blonde hair, and this brush makes it so much easier to work through knots without breakage. I keep a mini one of these in the bag, it’s perfect for post-pool comb outs because on wet hair, and I use it dry all the time, too!


Mario Badescu Facial Spray

This stuff is my most recent obsession! It’s so refreshing and dewy to set your makeup with, but works great as a mid-day pick me up to add extra hydration to your skin! I’ve also been using it after long days in the sun to cool myself off and the aloe in it helps soothe sunburn!

Benadryl Gel

I’ve gone thru about a million bottles of this stuff. Bugs LOVE me and I get super bad reactions to mosquito bites. This magical potion has saved me! Just a little bit on each bug bite stops the itch and reduces the swelling. It’s a histamine blocker so it targets the irritants caused by bug bites, poison ivy, and sunburn, so it’s handy to have around!

Babyganics Sunscreen Stick SPF 50

Being a Wisconsinite, I have super fair skin and burn easily. I’ve used this brand of sunscreen for a few years and love it! This is the most natural sunscreen I’ve found that has the best ingredients and is still affordable. The sunscreen stick is great for small areas like face and ears, and now they make a spray version that applies so easily and rubs in quickly. 

Smith’s Rosebud Salve

This balm is amazing. It’s so moisturizing and has just a slight rosy hue, so it’s easy to wear! For a long time I struggled in the summer with all of my favorite lip products melting! I love anything in a tube or a tin that, even if it heats up, in still useable. I am a chapstick addict, so this is always in my bag!


Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer 

This tinted moisturizer is so easy to put on and gives you just enough protection. I love this because it evens out my skin, works as a sunscreen, and moisturizes all in one! The formula is super dewy and fresh, and the coverage is light. Beautycounter is an amazing brand if you like natural products, they formulate with the safest ingredients in the industry! 

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara

Brows are something I never used to think about, but recently I’ve been loving filling them in a bit! This product adds a little pigment to each strand and tames brows into place in one step. It’s super effective but super easy.

Benefit Bene-tint

I am a sunscreen junkie and I try my best to stay out of the sun, but sometime when I’m surrounded by tan goddesses I want to fake it and give myself a little color. I add a few dots of this to my cheeks, blend out with my fingers and instantly gives a rosy flush. When you’re as pale as I am, any color is good color, and this is an easy way to add some life back into your skin without getting an actual sunburn!  

Tarte Tartlette Tease Mini Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette

I found this baby in the checkout at Ulta one day and was OBSESSED. It has 6 shades, they are super pigmented and so easy to apply with your fingers! I also included this because it’s an inexpensive, great quality palette for someone who is maybe just getting into eyeshadow. I use this constantly, touchups, intensifying the eye, I’ve even countered with the dark brown shade! 

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter

HOLY GRAIL PRODUCT. I will never not use this. It is the prettiest champagne color, super pigmented but blends easily, and it is really buildable if you like a more blinding highlight. I use this every day on the inner corners of my eyes to brighten them up and swipe just a bit on my cheekbone to add a soft, natural glow.

Jenna Cagle is a licensed cosmetologist and hair professional.  Formally trained at the Aveda Institute, she now works at Spalon Montage in Woodbury, MN.  To learn more about Jenna, you can follow her on Facebook at Jenna at Spalon Montage Woodbury.

Clear Teen Skin

Clear skin is not only important for senior's important for everyday!  We asked Heather Olson, Product Specialist and Trisha Leir, Lead Patient Coordinator from  Skin Rejuvenation Clinic in Edina, MN to let us in on some of their trade secrets!

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Skin Rejuvenation Clinic is Minnesota's premier cosmetic skin and body contouring clinic and has been featured on the 'Today' show.  They have received numerous awards and pride themselves on providing a standard of excellence in improving and maintaining the beauty of your skin.  With four licensed physicians on staff, you won't just see their name in a brochure.  You will see their faces each and every time you visit their clinic.  For twelve reasons why you should choose Skin Rejuvenation Clinic, click here.

Get to Know Us - Meet Allie

You see us but do you really know us?  Today we take a look at NPDP staff member and graphic designer designer Allie Wrich.

I have been the full time graphic designer at NPDP for a little over a year but I’ve been a design intern here for three years. My training as a graphic designer started when I was a junior in high school and moved onto majoring in graphic design at Carthage College and Winona State University. What I love most about my job is the creative freedom. I love trying to figure out who people are through their images and expanding on that through photo manipulation and design so it’s never the same thing every day! And I LOVE seeing peoples expression when they see the final products, it’s priceless and so rewarding!

I’m a huge family person. If you know me, you know how close of a relationship I have with my mom and my two big brothers. We all love going to my cabin on weekends to fish, cruise around on the boat, and just relaxing by the fire. When it’s not prime cabin weather, I’m a lover of cozying up with blankets and binge watching Netflix and designing for the heck of it. I’m also a big fan of talking, and talking fast.  

My hero is both my mom and my dad. My mom is one of my heroes because she’s super independent, loving, positive, and I swear everyone loves her. My dad is my other hero because he was selfless, giving, and was super determined and hard working.

Favorite book is probably “Mother, Can You Not?" It’s based off of this hilarious Instagram account called “crazyjewishmom” All I’m going to say is if you’re in your 20s and haven’t heard of it, check it out, it’s hilarious.

Favorite song is "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd because it’s my dad's song and always makes me think of him, but my favorite artist is Zac Brown Band. I could listen to them for hours, also by far the best concert I’ve ever been to (both times.)

Something I can’t live without is either ice cream or dogs. Dogs are seriously the meaning of happiness. As for ice cream, dessert just wouldn’t be the same without it.

Best vacation I’ve ever been on is probably my travel study to Italy. I traveled to several different cities including Cinque Terre, Sienna, Florence, Rome, Venice, and a few more! The culture, food, and sites to see are incredible. I would love to go again someday!

Client Ravs - Noah Dendinger

We love hearing from our clients and today we are excited to share Somerset senior Noah Dendinger's NPDP Experience with you!

Noah Dendinger | Somerset - Class of 2017

Noah Dendinger | Somerset - Class of 2017

Noah is all about basketball...and shoes!  "I'm very happy that Nate encouraged me to set up the shoe display." - Noah.  We truly believe in capturing your senior's personality and all that goes along with it!  "I appreciate that he researched GQ basketball image to replicate."

Noah's wall art displayed at his home.

Noah's wall art displayed at his home.

"We ordered four wall art pieces and graduation announcements.  Everyone said it was the best grad announcement they've seen!" - Beth (Noah's mom)  The quality of the wall art and frames is outstanding!"  All wall art at NPDP is available as a canvas gallery wrap, metal print or custom framed portrait.  They are finished and ready for you to hang in your house.  We make it easy of for you to go home and start enjoying your artwork immediately!

Beth was so happy with Noah's experience that she's already planning ahead!  "Reserve an appointment for Henry - Class of 2021!"  We can't wait to work with you again, Beth!  We look forward to telling Henry's story, too!

Get to Know Us - Meet Sally

You see us but do you really know us?  Today we take a look at NPDP staff member and High Point Framing & Art Gallery frame designer Sally Varner.

I’ve been framing for 20 years. I help clients find the best mat and frame option to make there piece stand out. I love the creative side of framing, especially shadow boxing-taking keepsakes from present or past and putting together.

I have been married 36 years and have 2 grown sons. I love working in my perennial flower beds, which I have way too many of!  Next, I would like to try my hands at doing stained glass.

Any of the trips we took when the boys were young have special memories for me.  I would love to travel to Australia!  I have always been intrigued with that country.

When I'm not in my garden, I like to watch Hallmark movies. They are so uplifting!  I also like to listen to classical music .

Stop in sometime!  I'd love to meet you!

Get to know us - Meet Teresa

You see us but do you really know us?  Today we take a look at NPDP staff member Teresa Peterson!

Hello Everyone!  I'm Teresa, Event Coordinator at NP Design & Photography!  I created that title because I feel like every time we have a client in, it's like an event!  I answer phones, book appointments, take care of office functions and try to keep up with everyone's busy schedules!  I am very 'Type A' and like to make sure everything is in it's place!  I absolutely LOVE my job!  The people that we meet are the absolute BEST!

Prior to this, I worked at Andersen Windows for 18 years in several roles from factory, Human Resources and finally Customer Service.  I learned a lot about products, services and projects.  I think that really prepared me for my current role.  In addition, I have three years of collage from UW-River Falls before transferring to University of St. Thomas.  My one regret is that I never finished my degree.

Two people who have been huge influences in my life are my mom and my husband.  My mom taught me so much about living a healthy life-mind, body and soul.  And Nate has taught me the power of patience!  :-)

I love to golf, shop and play card & board games with friends!  I like all kinds of music except heavy metal.  I also love to travel!  I used to love to read Stephen King novels but haven't picked up a book in years!  Maybe someday I'll get the itch again!

It took several years for our business to finally be in a position to bring me on board full time and I can honestly say it was worth the wait!  I feel that I am truly doing the job I was meant to do and consider myself blessed to be able to work with so many great clients, a top-notch staff and my best friend & husband, Nate!

Skin Protection

It's summer and everyone wants to be outside enjoying the sunshine but the sun can have some long lasting damaging affects so protect yourself.  Here are some tips for all skin types!

The Red Lip

The Red Lip.  It's a classic on everyone from Kendall Jenner to Taylor Swift.  Getting that perfect look is easier than you might think!

1.  Start with liner.  Fill in the lips with a red color pencil and outline with a darker shade.  This may seem like a hassle but your finished look will have amazing dimension.

2.  Apply a matte lip color.  Pick a true red shade to stain the mouth and create a nice, even base of color.  Our favorite shades are Ruby Woo and Russian Red by MAC.  Make sure you stay inside the lip line. 

3.  The big finish!  You have two options.  Take a tissue and put it over your lips and dust matte power to set your lipstick.  Or, add a little glitter balm to the middle of your lip to add dimension and glamour!

Now you are all set!  Time to go show it off!

Your Story. Your Album.

So it's your Senior year!  You want this year to be big.  Epic!  These will be the "glory days" you look back at in 20 years and think, Remember when...  You need to make this awesome and your Senior pictures are going to document everything unique about YOU!

The NPDP Senior Album tells the sort of you.  Who you are now.  How do you want to be remembered in high school?  Every page says something important about you.  Twenty pages telling your story; the chapters of your Senior year bound into the ultimate keepsake.

Our signature album is custom designed by our full time graphic designer to include all your favorite images, favorite colors and show your lifestyle!  No two albums are ever the same!

At NPDP, we believe in the importance of the Senior Album so thoroughly, we include the album with every session!  You no longer have to 'choose your favorite.'  You get to keep them all in an album designed just for you!