Minneapolis Esthetician: Polished By Julie | Lauren Baker Photography Blog

Minneapolis Esthetician: Polished By Julie


Meet Julie, my dear friend and the Minneapolis esthetician who owns Polished By Julie. My former esthetician, who retired to pursue a career in bridal makeup, referred me to Julie a few years ago. Since then, we’ve become fast friends.

Julie is a sweet, kind, and gentle soul. She pours her heart into her clients and has a deep knowledge of all things skin care. Whether you’re looking for a facial, dermaplaning, waxing, or to have your lashes done, this Minneapolis esthetician extraordinaire has you covered!

In addition to her skin care and waxing services, Julie also provides nail services to her clients. The polishes Julie uses are better for you than the polishes used at most other salons because they’re 10 and 5 free, vegan, and cruelty free. Fewer toxins in your nail polish means healthier nails!

Polished By Julie just moved into the new Sola Salon in the West End Shopping District in St. Louis Park and her space is beautiful! The lobby is sleek, posh, and has a welcoming energy. Walk down the main hallway, turn to the right and you’ll find Julie’s studio. Her studio space is private and quiet; that’s something I appreciate when having a facial and I’m sure you’ll appreciate it, too.

Julie’s studio is clean, organized, and the best skin care products line her shelves. Julie uses and sells Eminence Organics skincare products. I had heard of Eminence Organics, but before meeting Julie, I hadn’t ever tried something from their product line. And let me tell you…everything Eminence Organics makes not only feels good but it also smells amazing!! I especially love the smell of the Calm Skin Chamomile Moisturizer.

Check out Polished By Julie if you’re looking for skin, waxing, lash, and/or nail services. Follow her on Instagram or shoot her an email to set up a consultation.


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