Prom 2017 – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

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

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Vanessa and Luis, two of our front desk stars ready to take on the day!

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Nothing better than the hum of hairdryers and the busy hands of our creative staff!

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Anxious and excited prom mom’s and daughters!

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Our new makeup!  Lipsticks in every gorgeous shade filled with moisturizing benefits to give that pucker a luxurious feel and glow!

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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!
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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!

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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!

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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!

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Ever stunning and talented, our Natalya created style after style for each prom beauty!

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One of our beauties, Charlotte opted for the very trendy high ponytail of the season and it looked gorgeous!

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Just a bit of makeup for Charlotte to enhance her beautiful skin and eye color.  

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Voila!  Natural beauty enhanced with a bit of makeup!

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Lots of beautiful faces getting even more beautiful!

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Beautiful braids on this blonde beauty!

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Natalya and her gorgeous client, Helena!

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Mother/Daughter beauty!

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From left:  Ellen Ferguson, Yvonne Nicholls, and Helena Nicholls

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Beauty Gift Bags were given out to each along with wishes for a wonderful night!

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STAR’s 5th Annual Speaker’s Luncheon

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!

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Thrilled to meet Jen! We did her hair and makeup before her speaking engagement at the STAR Annual Speaker’s Luncheon.

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One of Jen Bricker’s books, Everything Is Possible, a book about finding faith and courage to follow your dreams.

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!

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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.

 

1st Annual Girls Beauty, Fashion & Shopping Night

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…..

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Palms, bright sunny flowers, candles and delicious bites…..

 

 

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Pineapple tree made with 5 real pineapples!

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Helen Ainson – sportswear, jewelry, accessories, evening wear, and mother of the bride/groom
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What is our favorite thing to lounge in, work out in and dress up or down? Leggings! Here in colorful patterns from TC Leggings.
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SBG Designs – Owner, Suzanne with all kinds of fun totes, makeup bags and other accessories!
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Dr. Fredric Newman’ s table had “before” and “afters” so attendees could see his amazing work!
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Our SkinCeuticals Rep, Jeannie brought the Skin Scope with her so the ladies could see sun damage and other skin imperfections. She then suggested the perfect products for their individual skincare needs.
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Dr. Fredric Newman, our Medical Director, demonstrates how injectables are done.
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A couple of the gals from Dr. Fredric Newman’s office just having a little fun at the end of the evening!
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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
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Just the guys! Andrew and Louis with Rich and Carl, our bartenders for the evening!
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Congrats to Peggy Brown, winner of our raffle! Enjoy over $3,000 worth of products and services!

 

SkinCeutical’s Newest Product for Plump, Firm, Hydrated Skin

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!

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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!

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Photo: SkinCeuticals

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!

 

Get The Scoop! Spring Fever Girls Beauty Night!

We are so anxious for spring to arrive (especially with the impending big snow storm looming over us)! as we love the longer days and sunny, warmer weather!  We are so excited about beautiful warm weather being so close by that we thought it would be a lot of fun to have a Spring Fever Girls Beauty Night!

Join us and get ready for spring with special discounts, giveaways, and a raffle for a basket of goodies worth over $2,000!  We will have Pina Coladas and small bites, summertime music, beauty specials, a fashion and beauty trend workshop with demos, tanning with our new organic spray tan, live demo of fillers/Xeomin (a new natural Botox), meet the SkinCeuticals Rep and get a free skin analysis with their Skin Scope, shopping and more!  P.S. A Selfie/Photo Booth too!

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While all our guests are beautifying themselves, we will be selling raffle tickets for a basket of totally amazing prizes!  All proceeds will go to Smile Train so we can give the gift of a beautiful new smile(s) to children with Cleft Palate  This basket worth over $2,000 will include:

  • A luxurious Day of Beauty and Pampering at our salon & spa, along with beauty products to use at home.
  •  A package of 4 IPL Laser Treatments (worth $1,000) from our Medical Director, Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Fredric Newman.
  • Tanning Package with our new organic spray tan, Coco Tanning
  • Clothing/Accessories from Helen Ainson
  • Jewelry from Trendsetters Jewelry
  • Accessories from SBG Designs
  • 2 tickets to The Darien Arts Center musical “Baby”
  •  This package is worth over $2,000 and one lucky lady will be winning this over-the-top basket!

This fabulous event will take place on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 6 pm to 9 pm.  Bring along some friends for a fun evening sipping Pina Coladas, eating yummy little bites, and mingling with the girls!  Here is what we have planned for this special evening:

  1. SPRING BEAUTY TRENDS & MAKEUP DEMO:  Our Co-Owner and award winning makeup artist, Dee, will be filling all the guests in on the biggest beauty trends of the spring/summer 2017 season.  She will also be demonstrating the trending makeup techniques on a live model.  Guests will also be able to browse the new makeup line made specifically for their salon/spa and be able to purchase new and exciting eye, lip and cheek colors that compliment their skin tone and hair color.  Ask her all about the new eyelashes for lash extensions.  They are made by the same company but are even better now!
  2. HAIR, GLORIOUS HAIR!  What are the hottest hair color trends?  What are easy ways to put my hair up myself and still look great running around town?  What hairstyles are on trend for spring/summer 2017?  Why do I need a good shampoo and conditioner?  Find out the answers to these and more!
  3. RECEIVE 20% OFF ALL SPA/SALON TREATMENTS WHEN BOOKED THAT NIGHT!
  4. FASHION TRENDS BY HELEN AINSON:  Erica Jensen, Owner of Helen Ainson will give attendees the scoop on trends in fashion for the upcoming season. Mannequins will showcase her fashion forward sportswear and stunning cocktail dresses and evening gowns.
  5. GET GLOWING WITH OUR NEW ORGANIC SPRAY TAN:  Bring along dark, loose clothing and get a gorgeous tan with our brand new organic spray tan!  Special price of $40 (regular $50), but bring along a friend who gets spray tanned and pay only $30 for your enviable tan!
  6. LIVE DEMO OF XEOMIN (the new natural, additive free Botox) AND FILLERS:  Our Medical Director, Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Fredric Newman will demonstrate fillers and Xeomin on a live model.  He will also talk about the brand new fillers out, Defyne and Refyne which last up to a year!  Drop your business card in or write down your name and phone and Dr. Newman will pick 5 women who will win a free Xeomin (the new natural botox that has no additives) treatment!  Book a Xeomin or filler treatment that night and get 20% off!
  7. FREE SKIN ANALYSIS WITH THE SKINCEUTICALS REP USING THEIR SKIN SCOPE:  Get your skin analyzed with a skin pro.  This complimentary service allows the skin care rep to see into your skin to look for sun damage, congested pores, dryness, and so much more.  She will then be able to recommend the SkinCeutical products that are right for you. Special savings will be offered when guests buy multiple products from the line.  
  8. SKINCEUTICALS SERUM BAR –  Try fabulous serums at the SkinCeuticals Serum Bar where you can not only see how moisturizing and luxurious they are, but learn what each one does to transform the skin inside and out!  SkinCeuticals is carried by renowned dermatologists, plastic surgeons and medical spas because their products are backed with real results!
  9. SHOP TILL YOU DROP:  We have lined up three Trunk Shows for your shopping pleasure!  Trendsetters Jewelry will have new spring necklaces, earrings, rings & bracelets.  SBG Designs will showcase exercise tights, cell phone cases, and other accessories.  And Helen Ainson will have handmade, one-of-a-kind belts, straw hats, spring tops, wraps, and gift items.  Buy for yourself or think about upcoming birthdays, prom or Mothers Day!
  10. EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD SELFIE!  Get a tan, try some new makeup, buy a new top, hat or jewelry and show it off at our Selfie/Photo Booth!  Take one alone or get a group of girls together and post on social media!

Guests will leave with a goodie bag filled with discounts, little prizes, samples, and our Spring/Summer Beauty & Fashion Guide to keep as a reference to look your very best throughout the upcoming seasons!

Please R.S.V.P. by April 2nd – 203-656-5656 and let us know if you will be tanning that evening (bring dark, loose clothing for after your spray tan)

Complimentary Alpha Beta Peels!

We have a treat for you next week!  On Friday, March 3rd, we will be giving complimentary alpha beta peels from the Dr. Dennis
Gross skincare line.  A representative and esthetician from their company will be here from 11 am till 2 pm to treat you to a peel which will leave your skin brighter and more radiant!  This peel is loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C and is the perfect answer to perking up dull winter skin! With warmer weather getting closer and closer, it’s time to get that beautiful skin glowing and ready for spring!

Spaces are filling up quickly, so please call to book your complimentary appointment!  Your skin will thank you!  Hope to see you there!

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Don’ Forget your Sweetheart this Valentine’s! Day!

Wow, it’s February, and here we are with another Valentine’s Day, trying to figure out that perfect gift for the sweetheart’s in our lives.   We can show them our love, through words, deeds, romantic dinners, pampering packages, and more!.  But what could be better for your hardworking Valentine than a little pampering?  After all, we know how stressful life can be! Here we present to you our Valentines Gift Guide for 2017.  And we are sure that these will light up his or her face!

One phone call and your gift of love and pampering will be beautifully wrapped and ready to to make her or her feel so loved and special!

Take aim and pick the Cupid’s Package right for your love! 

With love Dee and Andrew xoxo
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New Makeup In — Just in Time for the Holidays!

This past Wednesday evening we were privileged once again to participate in Helen Ainson’s 2nd Annual Toys For Tots Fashion Show, and what a success it was!  It gave us the perfect opportunity to test drive our brand new makeup line on the beautiful ladies modeling that evening!  Our new line is filled with gorgeous, sumptuous shades of color, in luxurious creams and powders for every day, or sparkles and glimmer for those special occasions!

Models were treated to blowouts and makeup to enhance their individual features and tastes as they strutted down the “runway” that evening.  Our own Paula and Natalya were stunning models in figure hugging dresses and glittering jewels, and we also provided two lucky ladies with head to toe makeovers.  The evening featured delicious passed hors d’oeuvres from Festivities Catering and Event Planning, and goodie bags filled with special treats.

The best part of the evening was seeing the generous spirit of those who attended.  Two huge boxes of toys, as well as monetary donations were given, which we know will put a smile on some beautiful children’s faces this holiday season!  Thank you to all who attended and made this a huge success again this year!

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So many amazing colors to choose from! These colors blend beautifully and are perfect for a smokey eye look!

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Reds, roses, pinks, corals, nude and so much more!
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Gloss anyone? Lips are still matte but now being shown with a bit of gloss on the center of the lower lip — so sexy!
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The holidays are the perfect time to add some glitter and glam to your look! Hint: A little goes a long way!
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Our gorgeous Natalya looking simply stunning in this navy figure hugging dress!
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Paula looking totally fabulous in this black number with boots and a glittering gold multi-strand chain.
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Who doesn’t love a goodie bag? All the participating businesses added something: Helen Ainson, Festivities Catering, The Bar Method and us too!
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What a beautiful group of ladies! These models had so much fun and those attending loved seeing everything from very casual sportswear to glamorous evening attire!
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A wonderful end to a very successful evening!

Weren’t able to attend this year?  Look for it next year and enjoy an evening of fashion, food and fun, all with the effort to give back during the holidays!

Toys For Tots Fashion Show

We are getting ready for the holidays, and will again be participating in Helen Ainson’s 2nd Annual Toys For Tots Fashion Show. This fun event will take place next Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 pm and features a fashion show full of beautiful clothing and accessories, 2 head-to-toe makeovers from our talent here at the salon, entertaining ideas from Festivities Catering, and tips on staying fit through the holidays from The Bar Method Darien.  Most important is that all those who wish to attend must bring a new, unwrapped toy which will be donated to Toys For Tots.  Helen Ainson will also offer attendees the option of donating $30 and The Darien Toy Box will provide the toy(s).  We are all about putting smiles on children’s faces with the gift of a new toy!

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The evening will be filled with fashion, food and fun, and include appetizers provided by Festivities Catering.  Goodie bags will also be given out, and include coupons, samples and more!  Helen Ainson will have their Holiday Gift Table filled with great gifts and stocking stuffers ready for checking off all those on the “nice” list this holiday season!

We will be providing makeup for many of the models in the fashion show as well as doing makeovers on 2 lovely ladies.  Guests will be able to see a blown up photo of both women “before” and then we will reveal the “after” that evening at the event!

Want to attend?  Simply give Helen Ainson a call 203-655-9841 and let them know you will be attending.  Bring a friend and a new, unwrapped toy and get in the holiday spirit!  Hope to see you there!

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Wine & Food Tasting Charity Auction

This past Thursday evening we attended the 12th Annual Wine & Food Tasting Charity Auction which was held at BMW of Darien.  The silent auction proceeds go to benefit The Depot, The Darien Chamber of Commerce and The Darien Arts Center.

There were fabulous items to bid on, such as a Mini Home Makeover from Kirby & Company, classes from The Bar Method, a beautiful suede fringe wrap from Helen Ainson and a Full Spa Day with lunch from our Salon & Spa. There was literally something for everyone!  Experiences to remember; including tickets to the 2017 PGA Championship with three nights in a 4 star hotel and breakfast and a rental car!  Or how about tickets for 4 to Cats on Broadway, a limousine ride to the show and a $100 gift card to dine!  For the wine lover, many selections of wines or scotch.  Need some painting done?  They auctioned off a painter for a day, which is the perfect way to spruce up for the holidays!

Let us not forget the food!  There were delicious selections from The Goose, Sono Baking Company, Whole Foods, Atria of Darien, Palmer’s Darien and many more!  A raw bar was a delightful addition this year and was hopping all night long!  Of course, a great selection of white and red wines complimented all the delicious bites!  It was a great way to discover a new favorite wine and mingle with local businesses, clients and friends.

We were happy to be Connoisseur Sponsors of this fabulous event and hope to see you there next year!  Here are a few photos of the wonderful evening!  Enjoy xoxo

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