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
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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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8 Beauty Tips You Need To Know

Sometimes it’s the littlest things that can make a huge difference, and that is no different when it comes to beauty.  Knowing some good tips and tricks can elevate your look to a whole new level!  Simple things like banishing dry, flakey lips, or the simple beauty hack that can make that lipstick work for you, are essential to know to look your best!  And can we state for the record that you need to stop saying “cheese” when taking a photo.  The best word to use according to our sources?  Say “money”, It leaves you with the sides of your mouth slightly turned up for a more realistic smile vs. saying “cheese” which leaves you with a more frozen, fake smile!

Read on for our 8 Beauty Tricks You Need To Know!

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  1. When taking a photo, say the word “money” instead of “cheese”, it turns the corners of your mouth up for a more authentic smile.  Saying “cheese” can make your smile look forced and un natural.
  2. When applying eyeshadow keep your eyes open and apply directly into the crease.  Don’t use the “pull tight” method, as it can (and most likely will) end up leaving you applying more than needed.
  3. Make that lipstick work for you!  You bought a new lipstick except when you get home, the shade you thought worked just doesn’t cut it.  Make it work for you by breaking out your favorite concealer and pat on your lips. By applying concealer you will be able to work with a neutral canvas, and therefore getting a more true hue finish.
  4. Speaking of lips…. Winter can be so harsh on your pout!  Keep them moisturized so lipstick doesn’t look dry and flakey.  One trick:  exfoliate your lips with a damp washcloth by rubbing gently in a circular motion. Now you can swipe on your favorite lipstick.  The damp cloth will gently slough off dead skin to reveal a more beautiful pout!
  5. Make your perfume last all day!  Applying a small amount of Vaseline to pulse points on your wrists and neck.  Then spritz on your signature scent to those pulse points.  The Vaseline is hydrating and very rich so it helps the scent to stay in place.
  6. Add antioxidants to your routine.  A serum containing vitamin C can help protect from free radicals that can make skin look dull.  Our choice: Skinceuticals!  An amazing skin care line available in our salon & spa! Skinceuticals C E Ferulic is packed with antioxidants that your skin with love! We carry Skinceuticals and are more than happy to help you design a skincare regimen tailored specifically for you and your needs!  After all, beautiful glowing skin is the foundation for gorgeous makeup!
  7. Want lashes that are curled to perfection?  Other than donning gorgeous eyelash extension which will give you length, curl and volume, your next best friend is an eyelash curler.  Get fabulous curled lashes by using your eyelash curler which has been slightly warmed (use a hairdryer on a low setting, as the metal can get hot and getting burned is not on tap for your beauty routine)!
  8. Fake a faux glow this winter by adding a bit of liquid bronzer or self tanner to your moisturizer.  If you use a self tanner you will start to see a lovely warm glow in a few hours which will have you yearning for summer!

Biggest beauty trick ever?  A beautiful smile!

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!

Which Shades Make Your Peepers Pop?

The eyes are the window to the soul, so they say.  We can communicate with our eyes without even saying a word.  Eyes can show love, worry, kindness and grief.  The eyes show what our hearts can sometimes not. Since the eyes are such a focal point, it is a good idea to know just how to enhance them!  Whether you have deep chestnut brown, vivid blue or enticing green eyes, there are shades of makeup (and clothing for that matter) that will just make those lovely peepers pop!  We can offer you some guidelines here, but if you really want a “hands on” experience and lesson, you can book an appointment with our Co-owner, Dee, who will guide you through the ins and outs of perfect shade selection to make those gorgeous eyes shine!

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Hazel Eyes

Brown eyeshadow is a great choice for everyday.  The warmth of the rich brown shadow will enhance your hazel eyes and make them twinkle!  Look for shades with gold undertones for a warm look, or a cooler brown shadow for more cool skin undertones.  Not sure?  Look at the veins under your wrist.  Blue veins speak to a more cool coloring, while green veins go more towards the warm family.

Blue Eyes

Want to bat those baby blues and make them stand out even more?  Try a cobalt blue mascara which will make those eyes just pop!  Not courageous enough to go that route?  Choose a liner in a deep blue to bring out the whites of your eyes.

Brown Eyes

Play up your sultry brown eyes by using the blackest black liner.  Where those with blue or green eyes may have to tread more carefully with an intense liner, those with brown eyes can use a bit more drama.  Remember to always consider your skin and hair tone when choosing a liner.

Green Eyes

Green eyes can be enhanced with deep purple and burgundy shades. These shades will draw out the flecks of yellow and just make those eyes pop!

Confidence is the key to using makeup properly to enhance (not hide!) your own beauty!  Need some guidance?  Schedule an appointment with Dee (our amazing makeup expert!) and let her guide you through the ins and outs of color choice and techniques!