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

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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Winter Waves

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Twist Side Ponytail

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Rolled Chignon

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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!

 

What Exactly Are The Benefits of Using a Hair Glaze?

Trust us, we know that you have sat patiently through the foils, hair dye, or balayage, and then you most likely have other appointments to get to, so you are really feeling antsy sitting all that time!  We believe that your time with us should be stress free, relaxing, and that you should achieve the outcome you were looking for when you sauntered through our doors!  After all, that is our job (one we love by the way!). You’ve had your hair colored and now your colorist want to use a hair glaze?  Many women don’t understand the fabulous benefits of a glaze for merely another 10 minutes on your head!

Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 11.23.46 PMLet’s say you have found that perfect color but then your stylists suggests you getting a hair glaze after your color.  Hmmm…. you think, “do I really need that?”  After all, most of us are running from one appointment to the next so when we get a suggestion from our hair colorist that she wants to add a glaze… Well, we come up with all kinds of excuses.  Maybe we don’t want to wait the extra 10 minutes that a glaze would add, or perhaps we are concerned about too many chemicals, or just the fact that we may believe it’s just one more harmful product to the integrity of our hair, so why should we?  Here is how we break down the benefits of using a hair glaze (just so you know. next time your colorist suggests one, you’ll most likely want one!)  Read on…

  • Hair Glazes give luster, vitality and a beautiful reflective shine.  That’s worth it right there!  What gal doesn’t want shiny hair?  hmmm, that would be none!
  • Glazes are ammonia and peroxide free (yay!) No HARM
  • Glazes are available in clear glossing, and conditioning treatments that will boost up shine.  They are also available in tinted versions to enrich the color of your natural color or color treated hair.  Your colorist will decide what is right for you.  She/he wants the best outcome, and for you to be deliriously happy!
  • Glazes lightly coat the cuticle, conditions, and shines, all without a heavy oily appearance.
  • Glazes will minimize frizz and the look of dryness — they are great year round!
  • Lastly, who doesn’t want glorious, touchable, silky hair?  Well, we think we’ve made the case here for you to get those stunning locks ready for the cold weather!

We are here all winter (and every day) to pamper you, and hope you enjoy reading our blog!  Want frizz free, gorgeous hair right out of your favorite magazine? Schedule your appointment and we will get you feeling excited about hopping out of bed each morning!  Make everyday a “great hair day”!

Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you soon!  Dee & Andrew Stefanou

 

Toys For Tots Fashion Show

We are getting ready for the holidays, and will again be participating in Helen Ainson’s 2nd Annual Toys For Tots Fashion Show. This fun event will take place next Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 pm and features a fashion show full of beautiful clothing and accessories, 2 head-to-toe makeovers from our talent here at the salon, entertaining ideas from Festivities Catering, and tips on staying fit through the holidays from The Bar Method Darien.  Most important is that all those who wish to attend must bring a new, unwrapped toy which will be donated to Toys For Tots.  Helen Ainson will also offer attendees the option of donating $30 and The Darien Toy Box will provide the toy(s).  We are all about putting smiles on children’s faces with the gift of a new toy!

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The evening will be filled with fashion, food and fun, and include appetizers provided by Festivities Catering.  Goodie bags will also be given out, and include coupons, samples and more!  Helen Ainson will have their Holiday Gift Table filled with great gifts and stocking stuffers ready for checking off all those on the “nice” list this holiday season!

We will be providing makeup for many of the models in the fashion show as well as doing makeovers on 2 lovely ladies.  Guests will be able to see a blown up photo of both women “before” and then we will reveal the “after” that evening at the event!

Want to attend?  Simply give Helen Ainson a call 203-655-9841 and let them know you will be attending.  Bring a friend and a new, unwrapped toy and get in the holiday spirit!  Hope to see you there!

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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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