UV Filters — Which Sunscreen is Right for You?

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Organic Filters:  

Great for all skin types, darker skin and people who have active lifestyles. 

Organic filters penetrate skin and absorb UV rays like a sponge.  They are also water resistant and absorb quickly in to the skin.

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Mineral Filters

Great for children, those with sensitive skin and anyone who has post-procedure skin. 

Mineral Filters sit on top of the skin to block UV rays like a shield.  A natural mineral filter is Zinc Oxide and you will find it in all of SkinCeuticals 100% mineral sunscreens.  This type of sunscreen is a great chemical free option, and is so gentle that children over 6 months can use it.  

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Mineral & Organic

Great for anyone who wants daily use sunscreen protection. 

Multi-tasking formulas with UV protection that provides the benefits of both mineral and organic filters.

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No matter what sunscreen you choose, it’s important that you keep your skin protected from the harmful rays of the sun.  Your skin will thank you later in life when you don’t have sun spots, wrinkles and sagging skin!

Speaking of coverage, keep that hair color covered when out in the sun.  A pretty hat like the one below will keep your hair color beautiful and keep your hair from drying out!

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This beauty is available at Helen Ainson (on sale for $15!)  in store or online!  Shop it here!

Happy Sunny Summer Days! xoxo

 

 

 

Summer Beauty to Turn Heads This Season

Happy First Day of Summer!!  We are so excited to be officially starting a new season filled with warmth, sunshine, cookouts, and all summer brings with it!

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A new season always has us eager for change, be it a new summer hairstyle, a slick keratin treatment, a lighter hair color with the use of balayage, brighter makeup, or even a healthy, sexy, glowing tan (yes, ours is healthy!)

Here is our list of summertime beauty must-haves for enviable hair, skin and secrets to “how does she look that good?”

Get Glowing

No secret here!  A tan makes you look better, feel sexier, look slimmer and allows for less or no makeup at all!  We have an organic, streak-free, non-sticky, odorless spray tan that looks like you spend a weekend at the beach!  All with not an ounce of harmful sun touching your skin.

Meet Kat from Coco Glow!  Kat is our in-house “glow to” girl for an amazing tan!  The products she uses are organic and natural, contain no oil, are fragrance free, water based and are fast drying with no harsh dyes or chemicals.  You’ll never look “orangey” or feel sticky.

Start summer off with a glow, knowing you’re doing your skin good!

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Kat, our spray tan artist — you’ll love her and the perfect tan she’ll give you!
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Now that’s enviable!

Lighten Up

Balayage……Also known as hair painting is another way to lighten up those locks for summer instead of the traditional foils you may be used to. If you haven’t tried balayage, maybe it’s time for a bit of a change!?  Talk to your colorist!  If you haven’t ever had any kind of highlights, try a bit of balayage and lighten up this summer!  The amazing results below were done by Natalya, one of our many talented team members!

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Balayage (also known as hair painting)

No More Mascara

Toss the mascara away!  The lash doctor is here!  Okay, she isn’t a lash doctor, but she is the most amazing lash extension pro you will ever know!  Dee Stefanou has become a very wanted woman!  She is in demand every single day she is in (which is 6 to 7 days a week!), but you won’t likely catch a glimpse of her, because she is locked away creating some of the most gorgeous, eye framing, luscious lashes your eyes will ever see!  Enjoy a summer full of no smears or smudges!  Wake up with stunning eyelashes you’ll go “batty” for!  No mascara = life changing beauty!

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You will LOVE your lashes this summer! No more mascara, and they’ll be wondering, “how does she look so darn good?”

Toss the Brow Pencil

When Anna is in town you had better call early for your appointment because she is only here a mere 3 to 4 days a month, creating an instantly booked schedule the moment we announce she’s coming in!  Well known and loved for her facials, she also has become known for her Microblading!  Microblading is perfect if you have sparse brows and are tired of filling them in every day with a pencil.  No more runny brows when the weather turns hot and humid!  One appointment to consult with Anna, a second for the procedure ( where tiny brush like strokes with a sterile instrument with dye create semi-permanent tattoo-like hairs that look unbelievably realistic!),  and a third follow up procedure to fine-tune your new brows!  Voila!  Brows everyone will envy!

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Keratin

Book your appointment for FRIZZ FREE hair this summer!  Sleek, beautiful hair can be yours!  Yes, there is a way to tame the frizzies and lay claim to shiny, enviable locks with our Keratin Treatment.  Schedule an appointment and love your hair this summer!

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Nail It

Nails, both hands and toes are on display all summer so why not make sure they look their best? 

Rough, callous feet from the cold, dry winter months need some tender loving care, and our team of pros will have your feet baby soft and ready to show off in those new pair of sandals! 

We use our hands or everything so they need some TLC too!  Schedule weekly manicures to keep cuticles, skin and nails in tip top shape. Try a beautiful Gel Manicure for color and shine that lasts!  Break out of the plain nail color rut this season and go for something new and unexpected like a beautiful marine blue or shimmering lilac!

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Summer is the time to go with fun bright colors or beautiful pastels. White is still very hot, and the classic French manicure is always a sure bet!


Summer Skin & De-Stress

You cannot underestimate the wonders of a relaxing massage.  It can take your tied up, knotted muscles that have been tensed from stress and make you feel like a new person!  Stress is bad.  We all know that it is imperative to your health to make time to unwind and let all the tension melt away.  Part of looking beautiful is feeling beautiful.  Stress can affect the way you look, the state of your skin and more, so it is really something very good you are doing for your body. 

On the subject of skin, let’s not forget that the needs of your skin change during the summer so make an appointment for a facial and have one of our estheticians go over a summer skin care routine with you.  We have only the best in skin care with lines like Sothys, SkinCeuticals, and Environ who provide products to cleanse, exfoliate, nourish and protect.

And what could be better than getting together with a friend to get a massage or facial together and than having a healthy spa lunch on us?  It’s a wonderful special that you can book by giving us a call!

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We look forward to seeing you this summer for all your beauty needs!  Have a wonderful summer!  See you soon!  xo Dee, Andrew and our talented team!

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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!

 

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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Introducing Our New Organic Spray Tan!

We are proud to introduce to you our new organic spray tan, Coco Glow! This unique spray tan formula is organic, odorless, and will never leave you with the dreaded orange look!  You will be left with a beautiful tan that will last 10 to 14 days, all without any harmful rays from the sun!

Whether you are just looking for a tanned glow for everyday, or you have a trip planned to a tropical location (lucky you!), a spray tan will have you looking and feeling more confident and sexy!  We also love that a tan can reduce the appearance of stretch marks, scars, spider veins and cellulite, not to mention making you look thinner (we LOVE that!).

Things to know:

  • Shower, exfoliate and shave prior to tanning appointment.
  • No moisturizing soap, oils or lotions prior which will interfere with your spray tan.
  • Wear dark, loose clothing and bring flip flops.
  • Get your mani/pedi prior to your spray tan.
  • Total time for spray tan application, approximately 20 minutes.
  • Do not use anything oil based or exfoliate skin afterwards.

What to do now?  Call us and book your appointment, and get ready to look like you just returned from a tropical vacation! (203)656-5656.

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For a list of services and prices, please click here!

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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Indulge with Sothys Luxurious Skincare Line

We are serious about skincare and that is why we carefully seek out top notch products for you, our clients!  Ingredients matter when it comes to products for your skin, so we proudly carry Environ, SkinCeuticals and Sothys of Paris.

Let us familiarize you with Sothys luxurious skincare line……

Founded in 1946 by Dr. Hotz (a medical biologist), Sothys has set standards of professional skincare for over 70 years.  Their product line is all encompassing and features marine and botanicals to transform skin by targeting specific concerns.  Dry, dull skin and large pores disappear with a Sothys skincare regimen.  Aging skin?  They’ve got years of research and development behind their Parisian line!  Intense serums in 4 grades are offered to fight signs of aging and feature Cosmeseutical H2CR (Cell Health Restoring Complex).  They are formulated with plant messenger peptides and powerful antioxidants to improve cell communication and many of their products contain hyaluronic acid which plumps and retains hydration.

Get to know this fabulous skincare line and transform your skin this winter!  Schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained, professional Estheticians who are some of the best in the industry!  Our Sothys facial will leave you with brighter, plumper, more beautiful skin — and isn’t that what we all want?!

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Our Passion for The Beauty Business

We were recently featured in New Canaan, Darien & Rowayton Magazine’s September/October issue as one of the Faces of Darien.  We would like to share the gist of that write up with you, as it will give you great insight as to our passion for this business!

We have such a passion for our business, and always strive to give our clients the very best!  With that said, as our 5th Anniversary approaches (November it’s official), Andrew and I want to thank each and every one of you, our fabulous clients, for choosing us to pamper you!   We truly appreciate you and value your business!  We would also like to thank our wonderful, professional, and dedicated staff for your talents, and shared passion for the beauty profession!

Andrew and I wish you all a fabulous weekend and Happy Autumn!

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Photo: New Canaan/Darien and Rowayton Magazine – September/October Issue

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Beauty While You Sleep: What Your Skin Does at Night

You can buy all the makeup in the world,  but there is nothing like beautiful skin that glows from within!  The skin on your face is the canvas on which you apply your beauty products, so making sure that canvas looks it’s best is key!

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We all can relate to the effects of poor sleep on our skin.  Lack of sleep, not going into a deep sleep, or drinking alcohol, can leave you with dehydrated skin, dark circles and puffy eyes.  Yikes!  So what exactly does your skin do while you sleep?  Read on….

First, it is not just the length of sleep, but whether or not you are going into a deep sleep.  During a deep sleep your body is able to reduce the stress hormone, cortisol.  Cortisol is a hormone we produce to deal with stress, or the fight or flight response to danger.  Turning this hormone off at night is so important, as too much cortisol causes inflammation and is bad for your skin, and your health!  It is during deep REM sleep (rapid eye movement) that your skin’s cells regenerate and turn over.  Melatonin, another natural hormone produced in our bodies is higher at night, but as we age it diminishes.  Taking a melatonin supplement 30 minutes prior to bed can help increase the length and depth of your restorative sleep (Note:  always check with your doctor before taking any new supplement).

While you are getting your Zzzzzzz, your skin is fighting and destroying harmful free radicals and boosting collagen.  Free radicals have been linked to aging skin, and we are bombarded by them each and every day. They are in the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat. Environmental toxins from air pollution or chemicals such as pesticides can wreak havoc on your skin.  Maintaining a regular sleep schedule, and going into a deep and restful sleep will work wonders for your skin.

Your bedtime skin care routine is super important, as your skin works hard to repair itself at night. Using a good night cream that contains hyaluronic acid will hydrate skin and lock in moisture.  Serums that contain vitamin C helps to stimulate collagen production.  It also helps prevent oxidation, and therefore slows down the visible appearance of aging. Retinoids (or Retin A), a derivative of vitamin A, has been shown to even out skin and promote collagen production as well.  Retinoids should be used at night and sunscreen should always be worn during the day, as retinoids can make skin more sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays.

Lastly, don’t forget to pay attention to the delicate skin under your eyes. The skin here is much thinner and more fragile, so signs of aging tend to show here first.  Combat it with a high quality eye cream that you gently pat on before heading off for your beauty slumber!  Our estheticians are pros, and can help you choose the right products for your skin.  We are proud to carry three amazing skincare lines from Environ, SkinCeuticals and Sothy’s from Paris.  All of these lines contain high quality ingredients, peptides, and vitamins, to help you achieve beautiful skin!

Love your skin by scheduling a professional facial and speaking to your esthetician about your at-home skincare routine.  Your skin will thank you!