You are invited to a fabulous evening of fashion and beauty December 6th from 6 to 9 pm at Helen Ainson here in Darien. This is our 3rd year providing all hair and makeup for the models who will show off beautiful sportswear, formalwear, and accessories from Helen Ainson.
If you would like to attend, please R.S.V.P to 203-655-9841 and bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys For Tots. If you cannot bring a toy, admission is $30 and a toy will be provided for you from the Toy Box, also located in Darien.
Great for all skin types, darker skin and people who have active lifestyles.
Organic filters penetrate skin and absorb UV rays like a sponge. They are also water resistant and absorb quickly in to the skin.
Great for children, those with sensitive skin and anyone who has post-procedure skin.
Mineral Filters sit on top of the skin to block UV rays like a shield. A natural mineral filter is Zinc Oxide and you will find it in all of SkinCeuticals 100% mineral sunscreens. This type of sunscreen is a great chemical free option, and is so gentle that children over 6 months can use it.
Mineral & Organic
Great for anyone who wants daily use sunscreen protection.
Multi-tasking formulas with UV protection that provides the benefits of both mineral and organic filters.
No matter what sunscreen you choose, it’s important that you keep your skin protected from the harmful rays of the sun. Your skin will thank you later in life when you don’t have sun spots, wrinkles and sagging skin!
Speaking of coverage, keep that hair color covered when out in the sun. A pretty hat like the one below will keep your hair color beautiful and keep your hair from drying out!
This beauty is available at Helen Ainson (on sale for $15!) in store or online! Shop it here!
Happy First Day of Summer!! We are so excited to be officially starting a new season filled with warmth, sunshine, cookouts, and all summer brings with it!
A new season always has us eager for change, be it a new summer hairstyle, a slick keratin treatment, a lighter hair color with the use of balayage, brighter makeup, or even a healthy, sexy, glowing tan (yes, ours is healthy!)
Here is our list of summertime beauty must-haves for enviable hair, skin and secrets to “how does she look that good?”
No secret here! A tan makes you look better, feel sexier, look slimmer and allows for less or no makeup at all! We have an organic, streak-free, non-sticky, odorless spray tan that looks like you spend a weekend at the beach! All with not an ounce of harmful sun touching your skin.
Meet Kat from Coco Glow! Kat is our in-house “glow to” girl for an amazing tan! The products she uses are organic and natural, contain no oil, are fragrance free, water based and are fast drying with no harsh dyes or chemicals. You’ll never look “orangey” or feel sticky.
Start summer off with a glow, knowing you’re doing your skin good!
Balayage……Also known as hair painting is another way to lighten up those locks for summer instead of the traditional foils you may be used to. If you haven’t tried balayage, maybe it’s time for a bit of a change!? Talk to your colorist! If you haven’t ever had any kind of highlights, try a bit of balayage and lighten up this summer! The amazing results below were done by Natalya, one of our many talented team members!
No More Mascara
Toss the mascara away! The lash doctor is here! Okay, she isn’t a lash doctor, but she is the most amazing lash extension pro you will ever know! Dee Stefanou has become a very wanted woman! She is in demand every single day she is in (which is 6 to 7 days a week!), but you won’t likely catch a glimpse of her, because she is locked away creating some of the most gorgeous, eye framing, luscious lashes your eyes will ever see! Enjoy a summer full of no smears or smudges! Wake up with stunning eyelashes you’ll go “batty” for! No mascara = life changing beauty!
Toss the Brow Pencil
When Anna is in town you had better call early for your appointment because she is only here a mere 3 to 4 days a month, creating an instantly booked schedule the moment we announce she’s coming in! Well known and loved for her facials, she also has become known for her Microblading! Microblading is perfect if you have sparse brows and are tired of filling them in every day with a pencil. No more runny brows when the weather turns hot and humid! One appointment to consult with Anna, a second for the procedure ( where tiny brush like strokes with a sterile instrument with dye create semi-permanent tattoo-like hairs that look unbelievably realistic!), and a third follow up procedure to fine-tune your new brows! Voila! Brows everyone will envy!
Book your appointment for FRIZZ FREE hair this summer! Sleek, beautiful hair can be yours! Yes, there is a way to tame the frizzies and lay claim to shiny, enviable locks with our Keratin Treatment. Schedule an appointment and love your hair this summer!
Nails, both hands and toes are on display all summer so why not make sure they look their best?
Rough, callous feet from the cold, dry winter months need some tender loving care, and our team of pros will have your feet baby soft and ready to show off in those new pair of sandals!
We use our hands or everything so they need some TLC too! Schedule weekly manicures to keep cuticles, skin and nails in tip top shape. Try a beautiful Gel Manicure for color and shine that lasts! Break out of the plain nail color rut this season and go for something new and unexpected like a beautiful marine blue or shimmering lilac!
Summer Skin & De-Stress
You cannot underestimate the wonders of a relaxing massage. It can take your tied up, knotted muscles that have been tensed from stress and make you feel like a new person! Stress is bad. We all know that it is imperative to your health to make time to unwind and let all the tension melt away. Part of looking beautiful is feeling beautiful. Stress can affect the way you look, the state of your skin and more, so it is really something very good you are doing for your body.
On the subject of skin, let’s not forget that the needs of your skin change during the summer so make an appointment for a facial and have one of our estheticians go over a summer skin care routine with you. We have only the best in skin care with lines like Sothys, SkinCeuticals, and Environ who provide products to cleanse, exfoliate, nourish and protect.
And what could be better than getting together with a friend to get a massage or facial together and than having a healthy spa lunch on us? It’s a wonderful special that you can book by giving us a call!
We look forward to seeing you this summer for all your beauty needs! Have a wonderful summer! See you soon! xo Dee, Andrew and our talented team!
There are so many events in our lives that we anticipate with such joy and happiness. There are milestone birthdays, graduations, proms, and one of the biggest, getting married! Finding that special someone with whom you will love, cherish, and make lasting and wonderful memories with, is surely one of life’s most celebrated and treasured events. Whether you are hiring a professional wedding planner or are doing all the planning yourself, it is a joyous and fun time of picking out the venue, the dress, the menu, and more. However, as with planning any event it has its stressful moments!
We love our jobs here at Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa! From luscious lash extensions, hair loving keratin straightening treatments, stunning up-do’s, relaxing massages, where all the stresses just melt away, to amazing makeup done by our co-owner, Dee (a professional makeup artist with numerous awards under her belt!), we are your “go-to” salon and spa for your entire wedding party.
Our Wedding Coordinator will discuss with you all the services we offer and plan out every appointment for the bride, groom, wedding party, mother of the bride, mother of the groom, and even the adorable flower girl and ring bearer! We offer a beautifully decorated room in our spa where the bride (or groom and his party) and her wedding party can relax in between services while sipping a glass of champagne, or have us bring in lunch for you and the girls (or boys) to kick off the celebration!
We recently had a stunningly beautiful bride named Julie and her lovely wedding party in our salon for a day of beauty and lots of champagne toasting! We caught up with Julie, Brooke and Caroline and they posed for some fun pics for us! We would love for you to be our next bride to pamper! Give us a call at 203-656-5656 and say “I do” to an award winning salon and spa that looks forward to being part of your happily ever after!
Julie, the beautiful bride!
Julie, Brooke and Caroline after a fun day of celebrating!
This past Friday, May 12th, our salon was packed with gorgeous girls anticipating a night to remember, their prom! For every girl (or even sometimes a guy) this requires giving or getting a Promposal (an elaborately staged request to be someone’s prom date, and the more creative, fun or romantic, the better!) Then it’s weeks (or months) of planning!
On the list of plans? Hunting down the perfect dress, shoes and accessories. Combing through online photos of hairstyles, makeup and nails, and the list goes on! Last but definitely not least, locking down those appointments the day of Prom for head-to-toe beauty, and finding the best?… hmmm, well that’s easy (not to brag!)
We look forward each year to being a part of all these young beauties special night by fulfilling all their beauty dreams! From hair to makeup to each perfect pedicure, we strive to have each lovely girl leave feeling beautiful and filled with excitement of the night ahead!
Here’s a peek at our super busy Prom Beauty Day
Vanessa and Luis, two of our front desk stars ready to take on the day!
Nothing better than the hum of hairdryers and the busy hands of our creative staff!
Anxious and excited prom mom’s and daughters!
Our new makeup! Lipsticks in every gorgeous shade filled with moisturizing benefits to give that pucker a luxurious feel and glow!
Oh, what color shall I choose??? We have stunning new eyeshadows that are heavily pigmented, and oh so silky! This allows for superior color, and you won’t believe the way they blend!
Gorgeous Izzy! A bit nervous about the evening, as she was one of the Prom organizers, but we know she pulled it off with flying colors! Now, just to pull off the makeup colors……no worries there, we’ve got the best!
Dee, Co-Owner of the salon and spa consults with each girl to make sure that the outcome is what they have in mind. She also always asks to see a photo of the gown and accessories. That, along with their own skin, eye color, etc and she creates the perfect look every single time!
Izzy with one of our talented staff, Miro who created Izzy’s pinned up curls, waves and braid which will be taken out closer to the time of the Prom!
Ever stunning and talented, our Natalya created style after style for each prom beauty!
One of our beauties, Charlotte opted for the very trendy high ponytail of the season and it looked gorgeous!
Just a bit of makeup for Charlotte to enhance her beautiful skin and eye color.
Voila! Natural beauty enhanced with a bit of makeup!
Lots of beautiful faces getting even more beautiful!
Beautiful braids on this blonde beauty!
Natalya and her gorgeous client, Helena!
From left: Ellen Ferguson, Yvonne Nicholls, and Helena Nicholls
Beauty Gift Bags were given out to each along with wishes for a wonderful night!
We’ve got your beauty and fashion trends for the spring/summer 2017 season! We’ve combed through all our favorite magazines to compile “The Look”, your seasonal beauty and fashion cheat sheets! It’s all you need to know about looking even more fabulous! We’ve also included beauty services that are super hot in our salon right now (like the best organic spray tan ever, and even better lash extensions)! Need to book a service? Give us a call at 203-656-5656 and we would be happy to help!
Keep these handy as you head out for your warm weather shopping! Enjoy! xoxo
On Thursday, April 6th we were thrilled to once again participate in STAR’s Annual Speaker’s Luncheon. STAR began in 1952 by parents with a vision. Their vision was to give children with disabilities the same opportunities that children without them have, to see beyond the disability, and see what they can do, accomplish and achieve. Today, STAR serves individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities, as well as providing their families with support services.
Each year STAR hosts their Annual Speaker’s Luncheon which features a guest speaker who has overcome different physical or mental challenges and has achieved truly amazing things despite those challenges. This year their speaker was Jen Bricker, an unbelievably talented acrobat, aerialist, speaker and writer, who also just so happens to have been born with no legs. Jen is truly inspirational and shows others that there is nothing that can’t be accomplished when you believe in yourself!
We have been involved with STAR for many years and truly believe in this wonderful organization! Each year we provide goodie bags and donate silent auction items to help them raise money at their different fundraiser’s. We think it is so important to support the organizations that are very near and dear to our hearts, and STAR is definitely one of them! We are also so proud of Denise who came to us through STAR and works in our salon. She always shows such enthusiasm for how she contributes through her responsibilities here, and we absolutely love having her here!
To find out more about Jen Bricker, you can visit her website, click here. Get ready to be inspired with a video about Jen, click here.
This past Wednesday evening we held our 1st Annual Girls Beauty, Fashion & Shopping night to benefit Smile Train, an organization that gives children with cleft palate a brand new smile. We would like to thank all who attended and congratulate the 5 winners who won free Xeomin treatments from our Medical Director, Dr. Fredric Newman (thank you Dr. Newman)! We also congratulate the big winner of our raffle basket worth over $3,000, Peggy Brown!
If you missed it, we had a beautiful spread of finger foods and refreshments, all with a tropical theme to get all in the mood for a new season of warm, sunny weather! In the center of all our delicious bites was a pineapple tree, complete with tiny lights and palm tree leaves! All the ladies shopped, mingled and enjoyed an evening with the girls!
A big thank you for donations and for the purchase of raffle tickets. All proceeds will go to Smile Train! Here are the highlights of the evening…..
We take great pride in researching each and every product that we use/sell in our salon and spa. Each product, whether for hair, skin or makeup, are products we stand behind. We only offer the very best to our clients, so you can be sure when deciding on whether or not to try a product, that we also use them ourselves!
That said, one of the brands we are completely obsessed with is SkinCeuticals. Open any magazine and you are sure to find either an Allure beauty award or a review of their products by top plastic surgeons, dermatologists or medical grade spas! SkinCeuticals is backed by years of research and development, and each product actually does what it says it will do! Serums that contain light sensitive antioxidants are packaged and sold in their dark glass bottles so that the light will not destroy the integrity of the product. Great to know when you are investing in superior skincare products!
One of our newest favorites is their H.A. Intensifier. This fabulous little miracle worker is a multi-functional serum that helps to amplify hyaluronic acid levels in your skin. This acid occurs naturally in your skin and helps to retain moisture. Unfortunately, as we age, we produce less and less. What happens when less of this acid is available? Your skin will be less firm and plump, and the texture will be rougher, and who wants that? Not us! Hyaluronic acid is such an important hydrator to the skin and SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier combines surface-hydrating hyaluronic acid with 10% proxylane (proxylane is a sugar-protein hybrid found in beech trees, responsible for defending against water loss), and the perfect concentration of licorice and purple rice extracts to support your skin’s hyaluronic acid levels. Add this to your arsenal of skincare products and show off hydrated, plumped and firmer looking skin!
Not sure what skincare is right for you? Our SkinCeuticals rep. will be offering a complimentary skin analysis using their powerful Skin Scope to tell you exactly where any dry, congested, sun damaged skin, etc. is on your face at our Girls Beauty Night this Wednesday, April 5th from 6 pm to 9 pm. Other highlights of the evening will include a beauty and fashion workshop with Dee, our Co-Owner and Erica Jensen, Owner of Helen Ainson. Get the scoop on all the beauty and fashion trends for spring/summer 2017! Shop our 3 trunk shows that evening featuring jewelry, clothing, accessories and lots more! Enjoy pina coladas, other refreshments and small bites!
Our raffle basket with products and services valued over $3,000 will be raffled off with proceeds going to Smile Train. Please R.S.V.P. 203-656-5656. Hope to see you there!
With the winter months behind us, it’s time to think about all the events and special occasions coming up in the warmer months. Graduations, weddings, cocktail parties, and if you’re in high school, Prom! Who doesn’t remember their prom? It’s a special night that will live in your memory for a lifetime, and we want to be part of your prom by making you more beautiful than you already are with 3 special packages!
Make Us Your Prom Destination
Forget-Me-Not – $185
ORGANIC SPRAY TAN
HAIR – SHAMPOO & STYLE
MAKEUP – BY OUR AWARD WINNING MAKEUP ARTIST
INDIVIDUAL LASH INSERTS – ADD $10
Blooming Rose – $150
ORGANIC SPRAY TAN
HAIR- SHAMPOO & STYLE
MAKEUP – BY OUR AWARD WINNING MAKEUP ARTIST
INDIVIDUAL LASH INSERTS – ADD $10
Dainty Daisy – $90
ORGANIC SPRAY TAN
MANICURE & PEDICURE
To schedule your prom appointments, please call 203-656-5656