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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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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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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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!

 

3 Special Packages for Prom 2017

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!

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Make Us Your Prom Destination

Forget-Me-Not – $185

  • ORGANIC SPRAY TAN
  • MANICURE
  • PEDICURE
  • 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

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)

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
Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 10.38.31 PMGive us a call at 203-656-5656 and choose from one of these special spa & beauty packages or design your own!  Have a wondeful weekend!! xoxo

4 Festive Hair Style Ideas for New Years Eve from Kerastase

We hope you had a wonderful holiday!   Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, there is nothing quite like this time of year!  The exchange of gifts, the delicious food, and most of all spending time with those we love, are memories we make each and every year!  It can be a bit of a let down after Christmas, but enter in one of the biggest celebrations of the year; New Years Eve!  It is a night we all have our own favorite way of celebrating.  Maybe it’s an intimate dinner party in your home, or perhaps an evening out with friends at a restaurant, or maybe you are one of those that love crowds with lots of action by celebrating at a big party? However you choose to ring in the new year is up to you but looking and feeling gorgeous is a definite must for this special night!  We’ve got you covered from makeup, to hair, to skin, to even obtaining a perfect tanned glow!

Thanks to one of our favorite hair product lines, Kerastase, we have 4 festive hair style ideas for your New Years Eve celebration!  From an understated, yet elegant rolled chignon to a half up holiday bow (yes, we said bow!), these 4 ideas will get your wheels turning on the total look you are going for!  Need help?  We are here to help you achieve your glamorous look!

Half Up Holiday Bow

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Winter Waves

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Twist Side Ponytail

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Rolled Chignon

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Photo Credit: Kerastase

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Stop in and talk to your hairdresser about which products are right for you!  We carry a full line of luxurious Kerastase products for every hair type and need!

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Pampering & Beauty for Your Winter Wedding

Although the months of May, June, September & October tend to be the most popular months for weddings, the colder months, although less popular, can be just as lovely, especially with a beautiful dusting of white, glittery snow!  There are so many details to take care of when planning a wedding.  We know this, and take pride in offering the bride-to-be our Wedding Coordinator who will schedule all those pampering and beauty appointments, counting down to your very special day!

We offer fabulous services for the Bride and Groom, as well as for the entire wedding party, Mother of the Bride/Groom, and yes, even those adorable flower girls and ring bearers!  Our team of pros are talented and dedicated to providing the very best in hair, nails, facials, massages, hair color, makeup and more….

We would be honored to be trusted to help you and your sweetheart get ready for one of the most unforgettable and incredible days of your lives!

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Beauty & Pampering for The Bride, Groom and The Entire Wedding Party

Experience luxurious facials, massages, hair color and cuts, makeup, amazing eyelash extensions and so much more!  Click here to visit our website for more services and information.

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How Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime will Have Your Hair Shining this Season

Dare we say it?  Cold, dry weather, and shorter days are officially here! Like it or not, we have many months ahead to deal with keeping our hair from being dry, dull and lacking in shine!  Fortunately there is Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime to the rescue!

We are highlighting this superb hair product because it provides fabulous shine!  Read on to find out how Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime will have your hair shining this season!  Next time you are in, pick up a bottle (or two) of this “magic potion” and prepare for the compliments!

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Get Shine:

Use Those Styling Tools With Peace of Mind:  No worries about using styling tools like blow dryers and curling/flat irons with this fabulous Elixir!  Elixir Ultime provides shine while fending off damage to hair so you can shine on! 

Get Up Close:  Kerastase Elixir Ultime lets you get close because it provides thermal resistance, which allows you to use a blow dryer closer when styling without the dulling effect you would normally get. 

Dry Shampoo & Shine:  Dry shampoos are notorious for drying out the hair, but this Elixir lets your hair shine, even without a wet shampoo! Spray your dry shampoo at the roots to absorb oils, then use Elixir Ultime from mid-way to the ends for glossy shine. 

Get Extra Shine:  Extra shiny hair can be achieved with this “magic potion” when you use ionic heat.  Ionic heat neutralizes ions for mega shine!  Many hair dryers today have ionic heat, so most likely yours may have this as well.  With this Elixir’s thermal resistance benefits along with ionic heat, your hair will look beautifully vibrant and shiny!

Tips: 

  • Apply Elixir Ultime Oil on hair before brushing and blow drying for protection and even distribution.
  • Blow dry in the direction your hair grows so your hair cuticle is down to boost shine.

Smile, shine on and be beautiful inside and out every day!  xoxo

 

 

Is Your Hair Color Aging You?

We may not have discovered the fountain of youth, but there are so many things we can do to look our best as we age.  It is a fact that good skin care, such as protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun and using high quality products with retinols, vitamin C and hyaluronic acids can shave years off.  Eating healthy foods and drinking lots of water also is key to looking fab through the years.  But did you know that the wrong hair color can also either add years or take years off?  Here are some things to keep in mind, and of course, consulting with one of our talented hair pros is highly recommended, as they will be able to determine the perfect color based on your skin tone, eye color, and they will also take into account the natural shade of hair color you were born with (which is usually perfect).  So read on for our tips…..

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Going Too Dark:

Going too dark can sap color from your face.  As we age we need to keep the shade rich, such as a beautiful chestnut, caramel, multidimensional brown or soft copper depending on your skin tone.  Hair that is too dark can look opague or have the “shoe polish” look.  Adding in some balayage or highlights will brighten your face.

Going Too Light or Ashy:

Blonde is beautiful but very ashy shades can appear to be gray and age you.  Butter, golden blonde or cool blonde shades without ash are best. There is a fine line between too warm and too cool.  As we age our skin gets more sallow so adding a few free form strokes of balayage around your face can “wake up” your whole face.

Healthy Hair Matters:

Just as picking the right shade of color matters, so does having healthy hair.  Over coloring, using the wrong products (harsh shampoos, sprays or products with drying alcohol) and washing hair too often can make hair dried and fried.  Even if you pick the perfect shade of hair color, it will not look great on abused hair.

Go To The Pros

Our hair pros are highly trained and the best in the industry.  Years of training and experience are behind each and every one of our talented team members.  Their advice:  Priceless!  Book a consultation with one of them and rest assured, you will love your hair!  From color, cut and care, they are here to make your locks look spectacular!

Here’s to good hair days…. xoxo