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)

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!

Whip Those Brows Into Shape

Eyebrows.  They are more important than you may know!  Changing the shape or fullness of the brow can totally change your face.  We have seen trends go from ultra full brows like Brooke Shields or Cara Delevingne to pencil thin brows throughout the years.  Right now the trend is for a fuller brow,  but neatly maintained.  Eyebrows are so important, as they frame your face, so if you are not quite sure how to pluck them, perhaps a trip to our salon is in order!  Our pros will give you the perfect arch and fullness for your particular face.

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We love a brow conditioner such as RevitaBrow.  It contains a blend of scientifically advanced technology and natural botanicals.  This conditioner protects against damage, brittleness, and adds moisture and shine.  To add a bit of color and fill in some sparse spots, RevitBrow Hi Def Tinted Brow Gel is perfect.  It comes in soft brown or dark brown and has soft polymers which help to keep the brows in place!  You can apply multiple applications until your desired brow volume is achieved.  It is also smudge-proof and water resistant, hypoallergenic, dermatologist reviewed and not tested on animals (we like that!).

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Have you over-plucked to the point where you have none or are there spaces that need to be filled in?  We offer Microblading for a semi-permanent solution.  Get your brows in shape (no exercising required!) and see just how much the perfect brow makes a difference in your total look!

 

 

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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Photo Credit: Kerastase

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Winter Waves

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Photo Credit: Kerastase

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Twist Side Ponytail

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Photo Credit: Kerastase

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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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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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Personal Image Sessions – STAR

We wanted to share with you the wonderful time we had over the past 4 weeks in treating some lovely young ladies from STAR to Personal Image Sessions.  These sessions were scheduled for 4 Mondays and included haircuts and styling, facial treatments, manicures, and professional makeup applications.  Upon completion of the sessions, the ladies received goodie bags with makeup and beauty samples, so they can pamper themselves at home!

We have a STAR client, Denise Sapione employed with us and believe so much in this amazing organization.  We are so happy to support STAR each year at their fundraising events, as giving back is a very high priority for us!  We were inspired to do something special for the ladies because of Denise.  She is so affected by her work here.  She loves it and we love her. We know that Denise loves to look good, as it gives her confidence.  Our own Kellyann Marlow was the coordinator of the beauty retreats, and STAR is very close to her heart, as she is the sister of a STAR client, Casey Smith.

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a non-for-profit organization which serves individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families.

We would like to throw it out there:  how can you give back?  Giving back, paying it forward, performing random acts of kindness — it’s what truly matters.  In a world with much sadness and hurt, we say “throw kindness around like confetti!”

Have a fabulous day! xoxo

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Kellyann (2nd from left), Dee (center) and Maria (2nd in on right) pictured with the lovely ladies from STAR.
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Kellyann (center) with STAR gals.
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Maria (center) with STAR gals.
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Dee (center) with two STAR gals.

 

 

 

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!