Step by Step Makeup for Day and Evening

Yesterday we were part of an event hosted by KVO Collections which featured women owned businesses for an afternoon of food, fun, shopping and beauty.

Our very own Dee spent the afternoon transforming ladies at the event from plain (yet beautiful!) to wow with her simple steps for easy daytime makeup (and then her steps to go into evening!).

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Here are Dee’s steps for a gorgeous daytime look:

  • Apply concealer to tone down redness and hide any imperfections. Remember to blend, blend blend!
  • Apply foundation in a light downward direction (in the direction of the tiny little hairs each of us has on our face) with a dry makeup sponge. Using a sponge allows for more natural looking coverage, allows for better blending and a softer look in general.
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Makeup sponges are a must for perfectly blended foundation!
  • Now go back over some areas with concealer, such as the inner eye area and under the eye.
  • Take a neutral shadow highlighter and blend under the brow bone.
  • Define brows with a pencil or powder.  Fill in sparse areas and define the arch of the brow to really frame the face and make your eyes pop!
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Dee works her magic on Caroline, one of her eyelash extension clients (we love these lashes!!) — Here Dee is defining her brows with a pencil a bit darker than her own natural brow.
  • Use a dark shadow (Dee used a dark gray here) in the crease.  This is especially important for deep set eyes to pull the eye forward.  Blend the darker shadow a bit above the crease for deep set eyes.
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Dee’s color arsenal filled with stunning shades for lips and eyes!
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Not sure what color shadow is best for your coloring? Ask Dee! She can steer you in the right direction so the shadow you use will make your peepers pop!
  • Next, use a liner inside the waterline on lower lid.  Dee used a dark blue/gray liner to bring out Caroline’s beautiful teal blue/gray eyes.
  • Define the lip line to prevent lipstick from bleeding with a lip liner in a color close to the lipstick you will use.
  • Fill in lips with lipstick.  Here, Dee used a matte fuchsia colored lipstick on Caroline.  Dark colors are big for fall 2016 — ranging from reds to burgundy to deep fuchsia!
  • Dee finishes off the look with a bit of bronzer for an all over glow, and then a sweep of blush in hibiscus to give some beautiful color to her cheeks.
  • No need for mascara, as Caroline has eyelash extensions so she can skip that step!  (No extensions?  curl lashes and apply mascara, allowing to dry between coats).
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Beautiful Caroline, ready for the day in just a few minutes! Who says gorgeous has to take a lot of time?!

There is your perfect daytime look, done with a light hand, and taking little time!  Now you can head off to the office or out for a day running errands with the kids!  Want to transform this daytime look to night time?  Here are Dee’s tips for going from day to evening in a snap! 

  • Don’t take off your daytime makeup!  That’s correct, you heard right!  Makeup over makeup actually looks better, as it blends with your natural oils. And not only does it blend better but it also gives you that dewy look we are all after!
  • To refresh existing makeup, gently blot a toner (on a cotton ball) on your face.  Dee uses Rosewater Mineral Toner by Skincare Essential (available in the salon) to refresh the base.
  • Re-apply dark shadow in crease.
  • Add a liquid or pencil liner from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner.  Keep the line thin at the inner corner and gradually allow it to get thicker towards the outer corner.  This will give you that sexy cat eye look.
  • Re-apply liner inside waterline on lower lid.
  • Add more mascara or individual false lashes (if you don’t have eyelash extensions) for extra drama.
  • Next, take a shimmer stick  (which are really hot right now) and sweep on top of cheekbones for that JLo look!  We have three available – one in champagne shimmer, icy mauve shimmer or bronze shimmer.
  • Evening is the perfect time to “play” with your makeup.  Add a shimmery shadow for some sparkle.  Teal, blue, champagne, green, purple shimmer shadows add the “wow factor” to your look!
  • Eyes aren’t the only place to add some sparkle!  Lips in matte plum or purple look beautiful when a shimmer gloss is added to the middle of the upper and lower lip!

Want a makeup lesson with our makeup pro, Dee?  Schedule a one hour session and get ready for the compliments!  Let Dee teach you one-on-one!  1 hour makeup lesson – $110.

 

Our Passion for The Beauty Business

We were recently featured in New Canaan, Darien & Rowayton Magazine’s September/October issue as one of the Faces of Darien.  We would like to share the gist of that write up with you, as it will give you great insight as to our passion for this business!

We have such a passion for our business, and always strive to give our clients the very best!  With that said, as our 5th Anniversary approaches (November it’s official), Andrew and I want to thank each and every one of you, our fabulous clients, for choosing us to pamper you!   We truly appreciate you and value your business!  We would also like to thank our wonderful, professional, and dedicated staff for your talents, and shared passion for the beauty profession!

Andrew and I wish you all a fabulous weekend and Happy Autumn!

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Photo: New Canaan/Darien and Rowayton Magazine – September/October Issue

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7 Hairstyles That Take Years Off

What do some of Hollywood’s most glamorous women over 40 have in common?  They know the power of a great hairstyle, as well as the importance of keeping their locks shiny and soft through diligent care!  If you are looking for a change, perhaps you may want to try out adding bangs to your cut for instant face framing, as well as adding a more youthful appearance by softening your look, and concealing any forehead frown lines!  Adding a few strategically placed layers can also give your look a lift, and don’t forget about finding the color that works right for your skin tone.  After all, you can have the perfect cut but without the right color it will not flatter you, the way it should and could!

Here are 7 hairstyles from famous ladies who know the power of great hair!

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SHORT AND SASSY PIXIE

Jamie Lee Curtis at the Los Angeles Premiere of "Avatar" held at the Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States on December 16, 2009. Copyright 2009 by Adam Gold/iPhoto
Jamie Lee Curtis — Photo Credit: popularimages – deposit photos

SOFT MEDIUM LENGTH WITH LAYERS

Jane Fonda at the Los Angeles premiere of "This Is Where I Leave You" held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on September 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: PopularImages
Jane Fonda — Photo Credit: popular images — deposit photos

ASYMMETRICAL BOB

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Helen Mirren — Photo credit: Jean_Nelson – Deposit Photos

MEDIUM LENGTH WAVY HAIR

LOS ANGELES - MAR 11: Michelle Pfeiffer at the Television Academy's 23rd Hall Of Fame Induction Gala at Beverly Wilshire Hotel on March 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, CA
Michelle Pfeiffer – Photo Credit: Jean_Nelson – Deposit Photos

LONGER SIDE PARTED PIXIE

Robin Wright at the Netflix "House of Cards" Season 2 Special Screening, DGA, Los Angeles, CA 02-13-14
Robin Wright – Photo credit: s_bukley – Deposit Photos

BOB WITH SIDE SWEPT BANGS – A BIT SHORTER IN BACK THAN IN FRONT

LOS ANGELES - MAR 3: Yolanda Foster at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party at the West Hollywood Park on March 3, 2014 in West Hollywood, CA
Mom to “it-girls”, Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid, Yolanda Hadid – Photo Credit: Jean_Nelson – Deposit Photos

LIVED IN AND EDGY SHORT HAIR

Kris Jenner at the Cosmopolitan's 50th Birthday Celebration held at the Ysabel in West Hollywood, USA on October 12, 2015.
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Beauty While You Sleep: What Your Skin Does at Night

You can buy all the makeup in the world,  but there is nothing like beautiful skin that glows from within!  The skin on your face is the canvas on which you apply your beauty products, so making sure that canvas looks it’s best is key!

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We all can relate to the effects of poor sleep on our skin.  Lack of sleep, not going into a deep sleep, or drinking alcohol, can leave you with dehydrated skin, dark circles and puffy eyes.  Yikes!  So what exactly does your skin do while you sleep?  Read on….

First, it is not just the length of sleep, but whether or not you are going into a deep sleep.  During a deep sleep your body is able to reduce the stress hormone, cortisol.  Cortisol is a hormone we produce to deal with stress, or the fight or flight response to danger.  Turning this hormone off at night is so important, as too much cortisol causes inflammation and is bad for your skin, and your health!  It is during deep REM sleep (rapid eye movement) that your skin’s cells regenerate and turn over.  Melatonin, another natural hormone produced in our bodies is higher at night, but as we age it diminishes.  Taking a melatonin supplement 30 minutes prior to bed can help increase the length and depth of your restorative sleep (Note:  always check with your doctor before taking any new supplement).

While you are getting your Zzzzzzz, your skin is fighting and destroying harmful free radicals and boosting collagen.  Free radicals have been linked to aging skin, and we are bombarded by them each and every day. They are in the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat. Environmental toxins from air pollution or chemicals such as pesticides can wreak havoc on your skin.  Maintaining a regular sleep schedule, and going into a deep and restful sleep will work wonders for your skin.

Your bedtime skin care routine is super important, as your skin works hard to repair itself at night. Using a good night cream that contains hyaluronic acid will hydrate skin and lock in moisture.  Serums that contain vitamin C helps to stimulate collagen production.  It also helps prevent oxidation, and therefore slows down the visible appearance of aging. Retinoids (or Retin A), a derivative of vitamin A, has been shown to even out skin and promote collagen production as well.  Retinoids should be used at night and sunscreen should always be worn during the day, as retinoids can make skin more sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays.

Lastly, don’t forget to pay attention to the delicate skin under your eyes. The skin here is much thinner and more fragile, so signs of aging tend to show here first.  Combat it with a high quality eye cream that you gently pat on before heading off for your beauty slumber!  Our estheticians are pros, and can help you choose the right products for your skin.  We are proud to carry three amazing skincare lines from Environ, SkinCeuticals and Sothy’s from Paris.  All of these lines contain high quality ingredients, peptides, and vitamins, to help you achieve beautiful skin!

Love your skin by scheduling a professional facial and speaking to your esthetician about your at-home skincare routine.  Your skin will thank you!

 

6 Fall Beauty Trends to Try Now

In a matter of weeks, fall will be arriving, and with it comes so many fabulous things to look forward to!  There are lots of great fall outings and activities like going apple picking in a lovely orchard, toasting pumpkin seeds after carving your pumpkins, autumn entertaining with delicious comfort food, and last, but definitely not least, fall fashion and beauty, which always gets us excited!  Time to try out new fashion trends, and we of course, absolutely love new trends in beauty and hair!

We gathered our fall fashion and beauty magazines and combed through them to find the 6 big fall beauty trends that you may want to give a whirl this coming season!  We will break them down and give you our take on these trends, and if you are a bit shy about trying them for yourself, give us a call, and schedule a makeup appointment, to get tips and tricks for achieving a great fall look for yourself!  Fall is a time of transition which takes us into the holiday and winter season, so sit back and let us fill you in!

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Red lips, in every shade and intensity were seen all over the runways for fall. Models at Prada paraded down the runway with gorgeous red lips. We love this trend and like to see the mouth stand out when going with a bold lip. Keep eyes and cheeks more subtle and let those red lips speak for themselves!
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Oh, who doesn’t like the drama of a bold eye with black eyeliner? It’s very glamorous ,but dramatic, bold liners should be saved more for evening. You can still wear black eyeliner during the day to work,  but keep it more simple and save the drama for date night!
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Okay, we love a bit of sparkle, but over the top glitter and sparkle can have you looking like a disco ball! This is one trend that is best kept very simple by using only a small (very sparingly) bit of sparkle. The whole lid – shown here is way TOO much! Use a bit just at the inner corner of the lid to open the eye. Any glitz is always best used for a night out or special occasion. Less is more with this one! Want lots of sparkle? Try this trend on your nails instead for a fun mani/pedi!  We love the look on the Tommy Hilfiger models which showed them sporting just a light touch of gold on the inner corner or on the brow bone. 
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Deep, dark lips are also another big lip trend this fall. We love the dark ruby lips shown on models at Max Mara and Louis Vuitton. Rihanna showed up to the VMA’s with dark ruby lips and totally pulled it off! Models at Dior and Marc Jacobs were seen on the runways with lips rimmed in black and filled in. This extreme look is better kept on the runway, where looks are pure fantasy! Experiment with shades, and perhaps try a lip stain in a deep ruby for a sheer look.
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Smokey eyes…. we love the look! Soft, smokey eyes are so very sexy and look especially great when you use rich browns, charcoal or even deep olive shadows and liners. Blend, blend, blend! You don’t want to see any harsh lines, so blending is key. Try a very, very soft smokey eye with light liner for day and then go bolder for evening. Good makeup brushes do the trick for blending shadows like a pro. Need a makeup lesson? We can show you how to get the look!
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Natural makeup with a fresh, dewy look and subtle highlights is another trend this coming season. There is a “no makeup” look storming through Hollywood recently, with Alecia Keys even showing up to the VMA’s with the look. We love the look seen on the models at the Ralph Lauren catwalk. Models had beautiful, fresh, radiant skin which just glowed! Key here is getting your skin in tip top shape! Exercise, drink lots of water, get facials, use quality skin care products and never leave the house without sunscreen on! Want to get glowing? Schedule an appointment for a fabulous, relaxing facial with our pros and talk to them about our amazing line of skincare products from Environ, SkinCeuticals and Sothys.

 

The Difference Between Foil Highlights and Balayage

Foil highlighting is a process mostly all women are familiar with, and perhaps, maybe you yourself, have gotten foils to go lighter and brighter! Foil highlighting involves working row by row in a linear fashion and painting on color from the root to the end and processing with foils.  The entire section of hair is coated evenly for a more uniform effect.  So let’s explore what the difference is between these traditional highlights and the technique of balayage……

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Balayage is a French word which actually means to sweep or paint (also called a “freehand” technique).  Unlike foils, this technique allows the color professional the ability to place the color exactly where it will light up and enhance your individual features and coloring.  The color is painted on by hand and the colorist can scatter them throughout for a truly “sunkissed” look, which in turn is also more organic looking.  Unlike foils, where hair is lightened from the roots to the ends, the balayage technique allows hair to be more muted at the root and then getting progressively lighter.

In a nutshell, here are the things you need to know about balayage:

  • Softer, more natural and organic looking
  • More control over where color is placed
  • Less noticeable roots as hair grows out
  • More time in between touch ups as roots show less.  With foils there is more of a straight line at the root as it grows.

Interested in trying out this technique?  Schedule an appointment with one of our talented color professionals, and start the new season with a new look!

A few examples of balayage from our pros…..

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Balayage – Credit: Natalya
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Balayage – Credit: Paula
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Foil at crown and balayage the rest — Credit: Kellyann

The Amazing Benefits of Massage

There is nothing quite like a relaxing massage to ease away the stress and tensions of every day life!  So many may feel as if a massage is something that only takes away muscle pain, but the fact is, that massages are great for your health and state of mind! Here are some reasons you may want to put your favorite massage therapist on speed dial!

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GREAT FOR STRESS AND ANXIETY:  Ease stress and anxiety with a massage!  Getting a massage on a regular basis is helpful in lowering cortisol (a stress hormone) as well as insulin levels and heart rate.

HELPS WITH HEADACHES:  If you experience regular headaches, try getting a massage instead of reaching for the pain meds in your medicine cabinet!  A massage and plenty of water may just be what the doctor ordered!

IMPROVES CIRCULATION:  When getting massaged, the pressure used moves the blood through congested areas.  This pumps oxygen into tissues and vital organs which improves circulation.

MUSCULAR PAIN:  Massages relax muscles in your neck, back, and other areas to ease pain.  Sitting all day at a desk can cause stiff, tense muscles, and massage is a great way to relax, reset, and unwind at the end of a long work week.

HELPS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM:  Getting regular massages can also boost your white blood cell count.  White blood cells play a very important role in defending the body from disease.

EASE ARTHRITIS:  Those suffering with joint pain and stiffness due to arthritis may benefit greatly by massage to ease the symptoms.

PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME:  Did you know that massage can even help with premenstrual cramping and water retention?  Next time you are moody, bloated, or have cramps at “that time of the month”, head out for a luxurious massage and feel the difference!

What else is massage beneficial for?  It is a wonderful form of self-care as well as helpful for digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, sleep problems and depression.  Massage won’t cure any of these but it will definitely help!  So next time you think a massage is just a little luxury, think differently! A fabulous massage may just be exactly what your mind and body need!

Disclaimer:  None of the above is intended to be medical advice.  While massage is safe for just about everyone, always check with your doctor first if you have serious medical conditions.

 

 

7 Tips For Beautiful Nails

Our hands are on display everyday for the world to see.  We eat with them, write with them, work with them, and do so many other things with them. It is important to take good care of them, and that also includes your nails. Your hands and nails need hydration and moisture just like your face and the rest of your body does.  We tend to not pay as much attention to caring for them, but they are (other than the eyes) one of the first places we see the first signs of aging.  What can you do to better care for them?  Here are 7 tips for beautiful nails —

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Photo Credit: Deposit Photos

Mind Your Cuticles:  Your cuticles are important, as they function to protect your nails from bacteria so gently push them back.  Only cut hanging cuticles and be careful not to over-snip!  Use an exfoliating cuticle treatment and massage a good cuticle oil in to hydrate for smoother, softer cuticles.

Supplement:  Adding a supplement like biotin to your daily routine will strengthen nails (and hair too!), but always check with your doctor first.

Eat Healthy:  Stock that fridge and pantry with foods rich in protein and vitamin E.  Both are great for nails.  Protein rich foods include meat, fish, cheeses and eggs.  Foods high in vitamin E include almonds, wheat germ, avocados and dark leafy greens, just to name a few.

Hydrate:  Just like your skin needs hydration, your nails do too.  Drink plenty of water each day.  If you don’t like the taste of plain water, add a squeeze of lemon.

Regular Manicures:  Professional manicures are not only great for your nails but are relaxing too!  When someone is working on your nails you can’t be texting or using technology, so it’s a good time to just decompress and chill out!

Protect:  Protect your nails by wearing gloves while doing dishes or other housework that requires using detergents or harsh house cleaning products.  Also, never use your nails as tools to pry things open, etc..

Keep an Emery Board in Your Bag:  Toss an emery board in your handbag (or wallet, if you change handbags often) so you always have one, in case you need to file a nail on the go.

Try these simple tips for nails to envy!

P.S. We are loving these great new nail colors from Essie’s fall 2016 collection!

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4 Reasons Your Hair Color is Fading Too Fast

We know how great it feels the day you get your hair color refreshed by touching up the roots, perhaps adding highlights or balayage, or even daring to try a whole new color!  You’ve taken the time and paid good money for professional color, so shouldn’t you make it a point to keep it looking fabulous by taking steps to avoid fading those tresses?  We think so (and we know do too!).  Here are 4 reasons your hair color is fading too fast:

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  1.  USING THE WRONG SHAMPOO:  Sulfates are your hair’s enemy!  Many shampoos on the market are full of harsh detergents and sulfates which can strip your lovely color.  You’ve invested in your hair with professional color so make sure to use shampoos that are free of these harsh ingredients.
  2. DAMAGED HAIR:  Overprocessed hair damages the cuticle of your hair.  When hair is damaged the cuticle does not seal down and the color escapes from the unsealed cuticle.  It is so important not to over use flat irons and curling irons and to have a professional color your hair using high quality products that are gentler on your locks!  Take the time to talk with your hairdresser about the products and services that can prevent more damage.
  3. WASHING HAIR TOO OFTEN:  This is another reason color fades.  Washing hair too much strips color, even if you use a sulfate free shampoo.  Your hair color will look better longer and your hair will be healthier if you go longer between shampoos.
  4. SUNSHINE:  You may love the feeling of the warm sunshine but those UV rays are fading your hair color faster, not to mention how drying those rays can be!  What steps to take?  First, use hair products that offer SPF protection and second, find a great looking hat to completely block the sun’s UV rays.  Even a little sun exposure to your hair each day can add up and fade color.

Your hair color can look beautiful longer by taking these simple steps.

 

 

Environ’s New Revival Masque for Gorgeous Skin

We are so proud to carry only the finest of skin care products in our spa which includes SkinCeuticals, Sothys from Paris and Environ.  Environ has a new arrival, their Revival Masque, which they are branding as their “miracle facelift in a jar”!  This wondrous little masque packs a powerful punch with intense alpha hydroxy acids like lactic acid, asiatic acid and mandelic acids.  Here are what these three alpha hydroxy acids can do for your skin:

  1. Triggers growth factors which assists in boosting collagen formation.
  2. Skin that appears firmer and smoother
  3. Skin that is more hydrated
  4. Helps improve uneven skin tone
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Environ’s Revival Masque

To use:

  1. Pre-cleanse, cleanse and tone with your preferred Environ products
  2. Apply masque in a thin layer for 10 minutes, 2 times a week.  If skin is comfortable then progress to 20 minutes, 2 times a week.  If skin is still comfortable, leave product on overnight for an intensive treatment.
  3. For best results, use in conjunction with Environ vitamin A creams.

Get ready for some compliments on your glowing skin!