The Look – Spring/Summer 2017

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

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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…..

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



more food….
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Pineapple tree made with 5 real pineapples!


Helen Ainson – sportswear, jewelry, accessories, evening wear, and mother of the bride/groom
What is our favorite thing to lounge in, work out in and dress up or down? Leggings! Here in colorful patterns from TC Leggings.
SBG Designs – Owner, Suzanne with all kinds of fun totes, makeup bags and other accessories!
Dr. Fredric Newman’ s table had “before” and “afters” so attendees could see his amazing work!
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.
Dr. Fredric Newman, our Medical Director, demonstrates how injectables are done.
A couple of the gals from Dr. Fredric Newman’s office just having a little fun at the end of the evening!
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
Just the guys! Andrew and Louis with Rich and Carl, our bartenders for the evening!
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!
  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)

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!

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


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


Fashion and Beauty for The Generations

The Darien Community Association held it’s first luncheon of the season and kicked it off with a “Fashion Show for the Generations” this past Tuesday, October 4th.  The fashion show featured clothing and accessories from The Darien Sports Shop and 10 beautiful models showed off two outfits each to a group of almost 100 ladies.

We were thrilled to provide hair and makeup for the models prior (and touch ups during!) to the fashion show.  A big thanks to Ourania, Natalya, Tina, Ali and Miro for coming in early and doing an absolutely beautiful job in styling all of the models hair.  Netta, Jessie and Dee provided gorgeous makeup applications on the ladies so needless to say, the models all looked amazing!

Once the lunch and fashion show were over, our talented Dee had a volunteer from the audience serve as her model to demonstrate how to achieve “The Perfect Smokey Eye”, as well as giving great makeup tips to all the ladies.  Dee took questions from the audience on her recommendations for makeup, the benefits of eyelash extensions and lots more!

Model, Jennifer, gets gorgeous with Dee’s makeup skills! Dee uses contour to emphasize her cheekbones, a coral/brown blush, a few individual false lashes and earth toned lipstick.
Netta performs her magic on one of the models, Laura. She applies smokey grey/blue shadow and a teal colored eye pencil in the waterline and on top to bring out her beautiful eyes.


Another model, Stephanie is made up and ready for her fashion catwalk! Gorgeous fuchsia lipstick just “pops”! Dee emphasized her coloring with a smokey black eyeliner, grey and brownish/plum shadow and a beautiful blush in “Hush Pink”.
Vicki gets glam with one of our pros, Jessie. Jessie emphasized her warm coloring with eyeshadows in the brown family, mascara and a warm russet lipstick.
Backstage touch ups! Dee gives Stephanie and extra coat of lipstick before going down the runway!
Lovely volunteer from the audience, Melanie is Dee’s model to demonstrate how to achieve the perfect smokey eye! Dee discusses makeup tips on how to best apply foundation and concealer, the proper way to put on blush and lots more insider tips!
Melanie and her beautiful mom — all smiles!
Dee (center) and all the models!
Gorgeous ladies with Dee wearing their outfits they modeled.

10 Fashion & Beauty Tips We Love

We, of course, are totally hooked on everything to do with beauty – hair, nails, makeup, beautiful skin…. We are also in love with fashion and are constantly combing through Vogue, Bazaar, In Style and other magazines for ideas on taking our style to new levels!

You have the perfect haircut, color and your nails are looking impeccable, but now what?  How do you pack a fashion and beauty punch and stand out as a style and beauty guru?  It’s not that difficult to master!  Taking these 10 fashion and beauty tips we love is a good start to upping the ante!  Sometimes it’s just a little tweak here and there, like adding a bright colored accessory, penciling in your brows differently or layering on necklaces!  Here are a few of our faves!

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  1. ACCESSORIZE WITH BRIGHTS:  Closet full of neutrals?  Add some punch with bold colored shoes and handbags.
  2. THROW ON A SCARF:  Long skinny scarves are very hot right now but any scarf is one of the best accessories around!  Little scarves tied around the neck are a Parisian woman’s favorite right now!
  3. LAYER YOUR NECKLACES LIKE COCO CHANEL:  Coco was definitely on to something!  Make a statement with multiple strands of pearls for instance.  Instant glamour that elevates a simple little black dress (the LBD)!
  4. MIX IT UP BY PAIRING FEMININE WITH EDGY:  Pair a leather skirt with a feminine lace top for instance.  Mixing classic clothes with edgier more trendy pieces looks fresh and new.
  5. FRAME YOUR PEEPERS:  Gone are the overly arched brows that we have seen in recent years!  Instead of going for an arch, pencil your brows in with the thickness in the front, in line with the corners of your eyes.  Then pluck stray hairs under the arch and from below the tail so the brow extends outward instead of down, which can make your eyes look droopy.  The shape to go for now is a fresh-faced, straight, boyish style.
  6. ELONGATE YOUR TORSO:  Short torso?  No problem!  Sport a V-neck top which gives the illusion of a longer torso!
  7. HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR:  Use illuminating highlighting powder or stick to accentuate under the brow bone, on your cheekbones or anywhere you want to “pop”.  Conversely, add contour under cheekbones in the hollows to add definition.  Remember light colors come forward and dark colors recede.  Need a makeup lesson?  We’ve got that!  Call and book your appointment with Dee who will guide you through the ins and outs of everything makeup!  Knowing how to do your makeup properly to enhance your own individual features is key to looking and feeling great in any setting!
  8. ADD A PAIR OF GREAT HOOPS TO YOUR JEWELRY COLLECTION:  Hoops are a classic that every woman should own.  Choose the right shape hoop for your face – for a thin face, go for larger round hoops.  Round faces look best with an elongated hoop or drop style.
  9. WANT LONGER LOOKING LEGS?  Try nude colored pumps with that LBD!  Wearing pumps the same color as your skin gives the illusion of your legs looking longer!
  10. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A SILK PILLOWCASE:  A silk pillowcase is gentler on your skin (helping to prevent “sleep crease”) and your hair!


Ladies Night Out – Wilson Point Fashion Show

We were delighted when we were asked to participate in a “Ladies Night Out” and help with blowouts for hair and makeup for a fashion show at Wilson Point in Rowayton, CT.  Noreen Anderer, a long time customer of Helen Ainson gathered together 7 models and a large group of her neighbors and friends for this fun night filled with fashion, food and beauty!

We offered to do hair and makeup on any of the models who were interested in getting primped by us!  We spoke with Dee about the summer makeup and beauty trends as she worked her magic on one of the models, Barbara Callahan.  Top trends are bright eye shadow colors, lips and nails.  Also important according to Dee is the use of contour and highlighting, which is very big right now!  Fuller brows are a must and can make you look more youthful.  Eyelash extensions continue to be a trend that is not going anywhere soon!  Once you experience full, lush, long eyelashes you’ll be hooked!  Not sure how to achieve these looks?  Make an appointment with Dee for a one-on-one makeup lesson!

Here are some highlights from the Wilson Point Fashion Show for “Ladies Night Out”!

Model, Barbara Callahan makeup ready!
Gorgeous bright new eye shadows in for summer!
Lips: Lots of bright pinks, corals, fuchsia and more!
Dee played up Barbara’s beautiful light blue eyes and even added a few individual false lashes for a little drama! Beautiful hair blow out by Natalia!
A Beautiful Night at Wilson Point….
A delicious spread of food and drinks! Andrew tried his first Jonah Crab Claw and now he’s hooked!
Debbie Carlucci, one of the models shows off a Long Cotton Print Dress and a Stunning Handmade Necklace and Earrings
Cheers to a great evening!

Team Stefanou Will Have You Turning a Few Heads!

We are in the throws of prom season, weddings galore, and all kinds of other special occasions that are coming up!  When attending, there are so many things to consider and it can tend to be a bit overwhelming. Here are things to consider:

Finding the right dress is a big decision, as many of these occasions are once in a lifetime events, and looking and feeling your most glamorous is what it’s all about!  So many choices to make even after you’ve found “that” dress!  What shoes, evening bag, jewelry and even finding the proper undergarments!  Ah, where would we be without those undergarments that lift, flatten and smooth?  Thank you Spanx!

Now if this whole process is not overwhelming enough we still have many other considerations such as:

  1. Banishing dry flaky skin and achieving a safe sun kissed glow.  We do that!
  2. Relaxing!  All these choices can make for tense muscles so a massage may be just what the doctor ordered!
  3. Hair:  Need a haircut, a new look, or a beautiful updo?
  4. Hair Color:  How about a color boost?  Add some bright highlights or go a shade lighter for summer!
  5. How’s the skin on your pretty face?  In need of moisture and some pampering prior to a professional makeup application?  Book a facial for a lovely glow.
  6. Take time to get those nails gorgeous with a relaxing pedicure and manicure.
  7. Finally, your makeup.  There is nothing like a professional makeup application to enhance your features and have you feeling oh so beautiful!  Dee, Co-owner here at Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa is unbelievably talented and will have you ready for your glam shot!

Here is our photo shoot with Margaret and Julie, two stunning young women who were our models for a day.  Gown, dress, jewelry and other accessories compliments of Helen Ainson here in Darien (proving they are not only #1 for Mother of the Bride/Groom – Formal Wear,  but also appeal to the younger crowd as well and have stunning sportswear too!)   Hair and makeup done by our amazingly talented team who labored over these looks to get them just right!

So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy our head-to-toe fashion/beauty shoot. Team Stefanou will have you turning a few heads!!

Margaret arrives fresh faced and so pretty!
Dee performs her magic (these two girls are so beautiful not much magic was needed!)
Team Stefanou: Just a few of the talent that provided these looks!
Wow! Margaret is ready to step out on the town!
Perfect cut and color!
The back of this dress is so unexpected! Sexy with an edge!
Julie, our second model ready for her head to toe glam look!
Precise and talented, Dee knows how to define eyes, cheekbones and lips so Julie will be camera ready!
Updo time!
This intricate updo shows off Julie’s shiny hair and gorgeous highlights
The fishnet detail on this gown makes it a perfect choice for Julie’s prom!
Margaret shows off her gown choice. Sleeveless gown with silver stud detail, keyhole neckline with plunging V.


Mirror, mirror on the wall……


A little evening bag with a bit of bling completes Margaret’s look…
Julie is ready for a great evening!


Stunning gown with fishnet and crystal beading. A small yet beautiful train adds to the elegance…
A couple Swarovski Crystal pieces of jewelry for a touch of bling!
Taking it outside on a beautiful spring day. These lovely ladies had the birds singing!

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Totally glam against the simplicity of a stone wall.


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Showing off the back detail of these beautiful gowns…..
Julie in another drop dead gorgeous gown from Helen Ainson which compliments her elegant makeup and updo!


Bringing Distinctive Beauty to our Clients Beyond all Dreams and Expectations. It’s What we are all About……… From Team Stefanou xoxo