We would love your votes! Voting for “The Best of the Gold Coast” will end in only 7 days from today (March 14th). What is it? It is an online voting process through Moffley Media who publishes numerous magazines such as athome in Fairfield County, New Canaan-Darien Magazine and publications for Greenwich, Stamford, Westport and Fairfield. Once a year they ask to hear from residents as to what their favorites are in categories from Fine Dining, Clothing, Home, Fitness, Beauty and more! Voting is easy and they are giving incentives for those who vote in 20 or more categories with a chance to win prizes from dinner for two to a $250 Visa Gift Card.
We would be so very grateful and honored if you would take the time to cast your votes for us! You can nominate us in the beauty category under many different categories such as:
Day Spa (we a one of the few “medical grade” spa’s)
Manicure and Pedicure
Men’s Styling Salon
If you love your haircut, your hair color, the way your skin glows from our facials and medical grade skin care line, love our other services or our salon as a whole, then your vote would mean a lot! You can click here to vote! Please hurry, as voting does end March 14th….
Results will be published in the July 2016 issue of Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan-Darien, Westport and Fairfield Living Magazines. Winners will showcase their products, services, merchandise, food, drink, etc… to anyone who purchases a ticket for the event to be held on July 28, 2016 at the Stamford Hilton.
We thank you for your loyalty and value each any every one of you! It is truly a pleasure to work with all of you! Thank you in advance for your votes for “Best of the Gold Coast”!
We loved watching the Oscars this past Sunday night and had our eyes peeled on all the amazing gowns, jewels, makeup and hair on all our favorite celebs! Charlize Theron stunned in a red gown with subtle makeup, hair parted on the side and slicked back with a beautiful long necklace which accentuated her gown with a deep plunging neckline. Best Actress winner, Brie Larson (winner for her role in “The Room) walked the Red Carpet in a showstopping sapphire blue gown by Gucci, which had a generously adorned jeweled belt, and a gentle cascade of ruffles that went down to the bottom of the gown’s train. There were other standout gowns (too many to name!) and lots of white gowns (maybe to show off that California tan/Spray tan?). We noticed lots of bold red lips, hair off the face which was either pulled back in buns or worn half up and half down. Other trends we saw were gowns off the shoulder and statement earrings.
That aside, we saw one dewy skinned beauty after another with perfect hair and makeup and not a panty line in sight! So how do these famous celebrities get so glam? We did some sleuthing and are sharing with you some beauty secrets from the Red Carpet!
DEWY SKIN: For a dewy glow first apply primer then mix a skin illuminator with some foundation and apply. This will give a glow, as it reflects light to give skin a fresh faced look. We have also heard of beauty pros using a couple drops of argan oil mixed with foundation for luminous skin.
TRY A BRONZER: Look for a natural looking bronzer in a pinkish-brown shade and avoid anything orange looking or anything with metallic, as it can make your pores appear larger and emphasize wrinkles.
GIVE YOUR HAIR A BOOST: Give hair a boost by putting on hairspray from underneath which will give roots a lift.
LIMIT SUGAR AND CARBS AND GET A FITBIT: Many of Hollywood’s trainers have their clients limit sugar and carbs for weeks before the big night. They also recommend a Fitbit which keeps track of the amount of steps walked in a day. As the Awards approach, they up the amount of steps their clients should walk to burn extra calories.
WIG TAPE? Yes, you heard correctly! Wig Tape is used to keep parts of their gowns in place (i.e. plunging necklines!). You can find this at your local beauty supply store or on Amazon.
USE A FIGURE SHAPER: Shapers, like Spanx (which offer lots of options for every figure) make body-hugging gowns and dresses look better by flattening your tummy and taking pounds off visually, creating a waist and a tighter butt!
NO MORE PANTY LINES: Dresses that are clingy and show off your figure are sexy but panty lines are not! Combat this dilemma by cutting the legs off of a pair of nylons and you will have a thin pair of undetectable boy shorts!
NIX THE STATIC/FLY-AWAY HAIR: Lightly touch hair with an unscented dryer sheet to keep static at bay. Save the sheet for your next dryer load (celebs also like eco friendly so using this for two purposes is something you can feel good about).
SUPER CURL: We aren’t talking about the hair on your head here. We are referring to your lovely lashes! For extra curl, heat your eyelash curler with your blow dryer. Curl while still warm (NEVER hot!…ouch!) and apply mascara!
PERFECT WINGED LINER: Get that “Cat-Eye” look with Scotch Tape! For perfect winged liner apply the tape from the corner of your eye toward the temple. Line your eye, following upwards with the tape as your guide. Remove tape and voila! Perfect lines! Can you say “meow”!? Please…. as a side note DO NOT use duct tape or other harsh tape which can rip at delicate skin. Scotch also makes a tape called “Expressions” which is almost like a “Post-it-Note” tape which is less sticky and even gentler than the regular Scotch Tape). See what works for you.
WANT ALL NIGHT LIP COLOR? Mixing a bit of red cherry Jello powder with some vaseline and rubbing on your bare lips will give instant color. Even after your lipstick (if you put some on over it) has worn off, the red color from the Jello will still have your pucker looking great! Who said Jello was just for kids?
PLUMP UP THE VOLUME: Want a plumper pout? Try Cinnamon Oil which will puff up lips. IMPORTANT NOTE: Some people are allergic to Cinnamon Oil so it is extremely important to test a small area before applying to your lips!
SMILE: It makes everyone more beautiful and costs nothing!
Do you have skin that just makes you look older, tired looking or dull? Are your pores large? Do you have Rosacea or just reddish undertones that bother you? Perhaps you suffer with breakouts which make you feel self conscious? Here is the question: How to have the skin you’ve always wanted and dreamed of? We have some answers for you as well as a testimonial on our medical grade skin care line!
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE: We cannot emphasize enough the importance of drinking water daily to hydrate your skin and plump it up! We love Trader Joe’s Alkaline Water with Electrolytes which refreshes and hydrates. It’s pH is 9.5+, and purified through reverse osmosis, then ionized to achieve the perfect balance! This water is especially helpful after a night out on the town with one too many cocktails! Alcohol dries out the skin and dehydrates so this water is the perfect answer! You can also drink regular water. Any clean, purified water is great for your body and your skin. We also love adding a squeeze of lemon juice (a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar works well too) to our water which helps in cleansing. The winter is especially harsh on skin with cold winds and low humidity. A humidifier is a great answer at home to combat dry air and have skin, nails and hair feeling less parched!
EAT GOOD, HEALTHY FATS: Good fats like avocados and olive oil are essential to good skin, as are Omega 3 fatty acids which are available foods like salmon, flax seed, walnuts, sardines and tofu, just to name a few. Not keen on those foods? Try taking a high grade Omega 3 supplement.
BIOTIN IS YOUR FRIEND: Taking a good biotin supplement helps provide nutrients to help hair, nails and skin. (always consult a doctor before taking any supplements).
BE GENTLE WITH YOUR SKIN: Be gentle especially with the skin on your face. Extreme exfoliating, tugging, or scrubbing harshly with a washcloth is only hurting your skin. The skin under your eyes are especially vulnerable because the skin is much thinner there. Gently pat on creams and moisturizers. Your skin will thank you!
SCHEDULE REGULAR FACIALS: Depending on what you can afford, try to schedule a facial. Our facials are not like every other spa out there! We are a Medical Grade Spa, using equipment, products and procedures that you would get in a dermatologists office. Our amazing Estheticians are highly trained with years of experience, and are up to date on all the newest procedures and how to perform them. Find out about all our different facials on our website (click here).
USE A HIGH QUALITY, MEDICAL GRADE SKIN CARE LINE: We use Environ, a medical grade skin care line developed 23 years ago by a South African plastic surgeon, Dr. Des Fernandes. Environ works on the premise that high-dosing of vitamins A, C and E is the only path to great skin. Envion’s protective vitamin A and antioxidant vitamin C and E counter damage, triggered by pollution, stress, poor diet, UV light and smoking, giving you firmer, more vibrant skin. There is a certain “Environ Look” that facialist’s who use it on themselves and on their client’s see, which is a “very glowy look”! The most common feedback from users everywhere is that six months in, they are using less or no foundation! Now that’s something to smile about! But don’t take our word, we have a testimonial from one of our clients who has been using the Environ line for a only a couple of months:
“I am a client of Andrew and Dee’s Salon and Spa and offered to write this testimonial because of how my skin has transformed and all the compliments I have received since I started using Environ 2 months ago!”
“There are 6 to 7 products I use religiously every day. I start with Environ’s AVST Pre Cleansing Oil which helps remove makeup and excess oils. I only use this in the evening though when I want to remove makeup. In the morning I just rinse my face and go straight to step 3, the c-quence toner. Back to evening: after using the oil I then use Environ’s c-quence cleanser which gently cleanses and contains ingredients which condition, nourish and hydrate my skin. Step 3, as I said above is the c-quence toner which also increases hydration but also works to improve the appearance of my uneven skin tone. Step 4 is my c-boost clarifying cream which contains vitamin C and helps improve sun damage and uneven skin tone. I love it because it’s not greasy and just feels like baby skin! Step 5 is c-quence 1 which is an introductory moisturizer that contains a low concentration of vitamin A and a medium concentration of vitamin C. This light milky-like lotion feels amazing on my skin and makes it glow! (there is c-quence 2, 3 and 4 which contain higher concentrations of the vitamins, but I need to build up to those levels!). Lastly, I use Step 6, c-quence eye gel which I gently pat under my eyes and on any crows feet! It contains vitamins, antioxidants and peptides to improve fine lines and moisturize.”
“So what do I honestly think of this skin care line? I LOVE it! My pores are hardly noticeable, my skin looks more even, and I have started using a very sheer foundation because it looks so good! My skin also looks smoother and actually has a youthful glow to it! It was the dead of winter and when I first had my incredible facial with Anna; my skin was dry, dehydrated and dull. I left with an unbelievable glow and a plumpness which made my skin look more youthful. Anna gave me a luxurious facial with intense penetration of medical grade products and vitamins with the unique Doctor Fernandez machine which helps to infuse and penetrate the vitamins deep into the layers of the skin. I will continue to use this line, as it really is easy to use (takes literally 5 minutes!) and my skin at 53 years old looks amazing compared to 2 months ago! Thank you Dee and Andrew for your relaxing, beautiful medical grade spa where I know I am getting the very best in skin care! Thank you Anna! You are the best! I’ll be scheduling another facial in the next couple weeks!”
If you are over the age of 40, you probably have at some point succumbed to over plucking those eyebrows, to obtain once in fashion, pencil thin eyebrows! Not only are they so passe’, but super thin eyebrows make you look older than your years! Full, lush eyebrows are youthful, but how do you achieve that look?
First off, get a professional to shape your brows and show you where they should start (directly above the inner eye), where they should end, and where your arch should be. We have professionals who can help you achieve the perfect face framing brow! Second, we are so in love with Revitalash’s Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel! This amazing little tube of wonder instantly gives you the look of fuller, more defined, beautiful brows! It contains peptide and oat beta glucan which helps fortify, condition and enhance the appearance of dramatic brows. It is smudge-proof and helps fill in thin, sparse brows. It also tames unruly brows with a soft, flexible hold using soft-flex polymer technology. Simply pull off the overcap from the styling brush, using the comb side, shape and align hairs with short, upward strokes. Replace cap, then twist and pull tinted brow gel from the other end. Again, using short, upward strokes, apply the tinted gel to eyebrows, moving from the inner to outer edge of brows. You can apply a second coat to any areas that appear more sparse for added fullness and volume. Use the styling brush after application to sculpt, blend and smooth. Voila! Instant youthful, gorgeous, enviable brows! Your perfect eyebrows are only a brush away!
Call for your appointment and make the most of your brows! You’ll be amazed at how the right shape and fullness of your brows can take years off!
We are smack in the middle of February, and Spring seems too far away! If you are fortunate enough to be taking a mid-winter getaway to a beautiful warm weather destination with sunny skies, warm temps and gorgeous blue water, then lucky you! You may be feeling self conscious about donning a bathing suit, feeling a bit pasty and white (if you are jetting off somewhere!). We don’t blame you! A subtle golden tan with glowing moisturized skin makes everyone feel more confident! However, even if you are not jetting off to some exotic location, your skin by this time of year is dry and parched, and any color from tanning has long faded!
We all know that actually sitting out in the sun to tan is not healthy for your skin, as it causes wrinkles and dries out skin, not to mention the possibility of getting a bad sunburn or worse, skin cancer! So what to do? We have the answer …….. Our Organic Spray Tan!
With our organic tan, wrinkles and other skin problems look better. Why? Because our spray tanning binds the moisture in the skin and repairs skin cells that have been damaged by previous sun rays. Our organic spray tanning is made up or 100% natural ingredients. This means no parabens, synthetic colours, alcohol, oil, perfume or odor (it is also gluten free and hypoallergenic!) Our spray tan is vegan as well so all you come out with is beautiful natural color without any harmful UV rays!
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Call and make your appointment! We are offering 20% off your first Organic Spray Tan (we know you’ll love it!).
We encourage you to exfoliate your skin. We offer that in our spa for a charge of $10. You are welcome to do it at home, but please do not use anything that is oily.
Arrive at your appointment with an extra pair of loose fitting clothing, no bra and nothing white (this is to go home in).
We ask that you do NOT wear makeup, no deodorant and no moisturizer. These things can affect the outcome of your spray tan. You can always put deodorant on afterwards.
ONCE YOU ARRIVE
Please arrive on time for your appointment so we can get you situated and ready for your summer glow!
First, you will be exfoliated with a scrub made from crushed pecan shells and Vitamins E and A, which removes dead skin for a perfect glow and reveals fresh new skin cells. Exfoliation ensures an even glow!
You will be given a disposable bikini on bottom (for men). Ladies you can bring your own suit or use the disposables bikini top and bottoms we offer here at the spa.
You will then enter a room with an open black booth where you will stand so you can receive a perfect, seamless tan. Our professional, Zeenat will spray on your tan by hand, which takes about 15 minutes.
Once done, you can get dressed in your comfortable clothes. Then all you have to do is wait to see your tan glow slowly evolve into a gorgeous “beach girl” look.
To prolong your tan use a moisturizer DHA infused which will make your tan last longer and help it to fade evenly.
We recommend NOT using exfoliators in between your tan, until you are ready for a touch up tan.
Will NOT Turn Orange
We charge $50 for a spray tan and $10 for exfoliation
Call and make your appointment today and beat the winter blues with a golden glow that makes you look like you went away, even if you didn’t! If you are going away, it is the perfect way to feel confident on the beach in your bathing suit until you get some of your own natural color! We look forward to seeing you! xoxo
With Valentine’s Day arriving tomorrow, we thought we would share with you the very special love story of our Owners, Andrew and Dee Stefanou!
Dee was born right here in Fairfield County, Connecticut where she attended The National Academy of Cosmetology in Stamford, Connecticut. After graduating, she went on to specialize in the art of makeup, where she won several awards for design and makeup (she’s way too humble to tell you this stuff, so we had to pry it out of her!). Dee worked in New York City at several very upscale salons and ended up landing a job at Noelle Day Spa in Stamford, Connecticut.
Cut to Andrew:
Andrew was born and raised in Cyprus, an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Syria and Turkey. He attended school there through high school, where he received an outstanding education, as Cyprus is known for their high quality of schooling. Andrew left Cyprus to attend Fordham University in New York and graduated with a Masters Degree in Economics. After graduation he landed a position at a high-end salon and spa in Stamford, Connecticut. What salon and spa? Hmmmnn, well of course the same one Dee was working at! This is where he first spotted the love of his life! It was instant attraction and love at first sight (especially for Andrew, and who could blame him?!). These lovebirds began dating exclusively in 1991 and subsequently tied the knot 5 years later! It wasn’t long before their first child, a beautiful baby girl arrived, whom they named Alexandria. Two years later they welcomed their handsome son, Theo and this family of four settled into life in Connecticut.
Dee and Andrew decided to open their own salon and spa in 2011 with a very special concept! Their vision was a serene, elegant, welcoming spa and salon, where they would only employ the very best talent in every area of their business. Dee and Andrew’s vision was that each person walking into their salon and spa feel the warmth and kindness they exude (as well as each professional team member), and also know that they were receiving the very best service from their talented and professional team! They both wanted to differentiate themselves from other spas in the area, and offer clients a medical grade spa (not all spas are created equal!), as well as to be a “cutting edge” salon that keeps up on all the latest in procedures, techniques and products. Their salon and spa would also be affiliated with a top Plastic Surgeon, with whom they would work with to give clients the entire package. Today they are affiliated with Dr. Frederic Newman of The Aesthetic Surgery Center of Darien.
These lovebirds will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and Andrew, ever the romantic will whisk his love off to an exotic, romantic destination (as he does every year!) where they can rest, rejuvenate and rekindle! Dee shows Andrew her love and kindness every night by cooking him dinner, even after a long 12 to 14 hour day (now, that’s love!). Though they spend long hours together at work, and spend what little “free” time they have with each other as well, this beautiful couple manages to juggle it all, and still be each others Valentine year after year!
There were so many different looks on the runways for Spring 2016! Designers like Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Tory Burch’s models glowed with that California girl feel. Other designers presented models with bright candy apple colored lips (Jason Wu), a bit of concealer and nothing else! Of course, there was the usual over-the-top hair and makeup for major drama; but not something you will see walking through your local mall! The trends we loved from the shows were ones we could see sporting ourselves! Here are the 6 beauty trends for Spring 2016 that we are loving!
VIBRANT LIPS: Bold colored lips in pink, orange and candy apple red.
THE BLUES: Shades of blues in eye shadow’s and liners from pale blue to navy were everywhere, some done very subtle and others more dramatic. The looks we liked were smoky and blended to perfection. Seen too was a bit of sparkle, perfect for a night out on the town!
BRONZE BEAUTY: At Balmain’s fashion show, models were bronzed with makeup for a fresh, bronzed glow. Want something that lasts a bit longer and doesn’t cause sun damage? Try out our Organic Spray Tan (more to come on that in our next blog!).
EASY FUSS FREE HAIR: Loose beach waves, low easy buns, single braids, ponytails and rope twists (simple to do… divide hair in two sections and twist each section clockwise while twisting both. Secure with a tie) were seen on the beauties strutting down the runway
LONG DRAMATIC LASHES AND FULL EYEBROWS: Beautiful long, dramatic lashes were seen in so many of the shows and as you know we love, love, love long lashes! Be sure to curl your lashes and wiggle your mascara wand as you apply to the lashes to get good coverage. Want fuss free lashes? Try our amazing Eyelash Extensions which will transform your peepers in a flash!
Eyebrows were bold and full (none of the over plucking of the 1980’s!). Fuller eyebrows present a more youthful appearance (a big plus!).
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day! xoxo
With Valentine’s Day a mere 10 days away, we would like to present to you three very special pampering specials from us to you! Choose from the Red Heart or Pink Heart specials which we know she will love! Want to add a lot of romance? Our Double Heart Express will have you and your honey feeling relaxed and looking fabulous as you go dine at a candlelit restaurant! Of course you can always design your own special package with the treatments you know your sweetheart will love.
With all the day to day stress of every day life, we don’t know what could be better than giving a gift that pampers and relaxes your loved one! Celebrate love with us February 12th, 13th and 14th, as we serve up red or white wine and strawberries drizzled with decadent white chocolate while getting pampered! xoxo
We are so excited to be launching our blog which will cover new spa and beauty treatments, the latest and greatest products, the newest hair, fashion and beauty trends, our events or promotions, and lots of other fabulous info for beauty from the inside out!
We would like to thank you, our wonderful clients, who are a pleasure to work with, and who make our jobs something we look forward to each day! With that said, we always appreciate feedback from you, and would encourage you to let us know what you would love to read about on our blog.
Look for our blog this week about our special Valentine’s Packages for your honey, or for the both of you!