How to Get Beachy Waves

As the warmer weather approaches it can be a bit more difficult to keep hair from frizzing or holding a style in the humidity.  Lucky us that the slightly messy beach waves we’ve been seeing on major celebs (Julianne Hough, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Alba, just to name a few!) is so hot this season!  You may think it is too difficult to master yourself but with the right products and one of these techniques, you’ll be looking like a Southern California beach babe in no time!  Here is how to get beachy waves yourself!

Happy good hair day!  xo

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  1.  After shampooing and conditioning, towel dry hair and apply a sea salt spray
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We love this one by KMS California

2.  Blow dry hair upside down to create volume and scrunch hair as you dry it.  Once it’s almost dry, flip hair back.

3.  You can add more waves by twirling hair back in sections and drying them a section at a time.  Let the section go once you give it a blast of cool air.

4.  For even more curl,  use a curling iron and curl each section wrapping hair around wand from the middle down and holding the bottom couple inches out of hair out of the wand.  Let waves cool completely before separating into pieces

5.  Use a Messing Cream to give that 2nd day messy hair look which is the signature of any beach wave gal!  Take a little in your hands and work through, gently scrunching to give a tousled look.  Don’t brush or comb but simply separate waves for that “piecy” look!

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Add texture and a sexy slept in look with KMS Messing Cream.

6.  Spray with a light hairspray to hold and you’re off!

P.S.  Long hair?  Braid while damp and sleep on your tresses.  Gently undo braids in the morning, separating and defining with Messing Cream.

 

Fashion Trend Alert: Fringe

The influence of the 70’s is definitely back this coming season in full force!  The bohemian look (or boho look)  is very popular and includes flared pants, wedges, chokers and anything with fringe.  Some of us here have lived through that era and it just brings back memories (not to mention we should have held onto those fringe vests and wedges!).  To a younger generation this style feels fresh and new.  We love the relaxed vibe of the 70’s trend and definitely are loving fringe.  Our fashion trend alert: fringe!  Enjoy shopping these looks all under $200!

Oh, P.S.  Pair these fringe beauties with some fringe for your eyes and have Dee give you the most AMazing Eyelash Extensions ever!

 

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Twenty Easy by Koos. Full length jacket with fringe $182 (click here)
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Long White Fringe Skirt (click here)
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Cream Fringe Jacket (click here)
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Laser Cut Fringed Shawl (click here)
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Major fringe on this black handbag (click here)

Pamper Yourself With Our Complete Renewal Package

Do you feel like you are always running and never have time to just unwind?  We all are so busy in our lives with work, errands, social obligations, and the list goes on and on……  When was the last time you just took time for you?  It is actually proven that taking care of yourself with some pampering relieves stress and makes you feel happy!  When you feel happy and do nice things for yourself you can give more of yourself to your loved ones!

Let us tempt you to pamper yourself with our Complete Renewal Package!  Book a day just for you, or bring your daughter or best friend for a day you won’t soon forget!

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Enter our serene, inviting salon and spa and get ready to be pampered!
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You will have your own private locker to put all your clothing and valuables in and then slip into one of our luxurious plush robes and slippers! We provide you with fresh towels so the pampering can begin!

First up is a Eucalyptus Aromatherapy Steam Shower which is the perfect beginning to your special spa day!  To re-hydrate, sparkling water with lemon…..

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We will serve you sparking water with lemon to hydrate and the lemon helps detoxify.

Then it’s off to a fabulous Massage and a luxurious Facial.

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Calming spa music, glowing candles and the best quality skin care products will melt the stress away! We are determined to exceed your expectations…..

After your massage and facial you will be treated to a champagne lunch!

Then it’s time for our Signature Manicure and Pedicure……

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Our elegant nail room awaits you! You’ll get an amazing pedicure while sitting in our massage chairs and then a manicure which will leave your nails looking gorgeous!

Next up,  it’s on to a Deep Conditioning Treatment and Scalp Massage followed by a Shampoo, Cut and Style.  Fresh fruit and more sparkling water with lemon…..

For soft lovely hands we pamper you further with a Paraffin Hand Treatment…

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Your fabulous Complete Renewal Spa Day finishes with a Makeup Application

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Our makeup area awaits you so you will leave feeling gorgeous, relaxed and pampered!

Come into our Salon and Spa and leave your stress behind.  We want you to feel the difference that warm smiles and efficient service can make!

Our mission:  To bring distinctive beauty to our clients beyond all dreams and expectations.  It’s what we’re all about!

We look forward to pampering you from head to toe! xoxo

 

Fantasy Fashion and Glamour

We teamed up with the fashion experts at Helen Ainson here in Darien, Connecticut for a photo shoot in our salon, which featured beautiful gowns from their Rina di Montella Trunk Show which starts today and goes through Saturday.

Our talented Jasellynne worked her magic on model, Theresa’s long thick hair by created curls using a large barrel curling iron.  The curls were pinned into large pin curls and left to set while she was whisked off to makeup!  Dee transformed this natural beauty from fresh faced to stunning with her award winning makeup techniques!  As Theresa’s hair set, Dee created the perfect smokey eye using cream, taupe and deep purple eye shadow’s for an elegant yet sultry look.  She applied a few individual false eyelashes for an eye opening effect and used highlighter and contour to define her cheekbones.  Lastly, the finishing touch of makeup was a new lip color just in for spring called “Kiss & Tell” in a hot fuchsia matte color.  Jasellynne removed the pin curls and styled Theresa’s hair for that “Old Hollywood” glamour look!

All the gowns and jewelry are from Helen Ainson (click here to see more).  Enjoy this look at Fantasy Fashion and Glamour!  Do you have a special occasion coming up?  Call us to book your appointment and you’ll experience the difference from our talented, professional and friendly team!

xoxo  Enjoy!

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Dee works her magic while pin curls by Jasellynne set.
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So many cosmetics, but Dee knows exactly what to use!
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Our glamour girl is ready for her photo shoot! We love those fuchsia lips!!
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Our model, Theresa in an elegant Teal Green Gown with glamorous makeup and hair!
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Stunning in the Salon’s colors of grey, silver and white!
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Perfect makeup! We love the highlights on her cheekbones!
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Beautiful in blue on a gorgeous tufted white loveseat in the spa area of the salon. So serene!
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Teal Blue Jersey Gown really shows off the beautiful makeup and hair.
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More glamour!
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Stunning Cocktail Dress shows off long legs and that “Hollywood Glam!”
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We love the beading, the makeup, the hair……simply fabulous!

Thank you to our model, Theresa who showcased our makeup and hair and did such a fabulous job!

Photos:  Lauren Hampton.  All rights reserved. Photos may not be used without expressed permission.

 

 

What We Are Loving For Easter

Easter is this coming Sunday and with it comes pretty Easter outfits for church, yummy food and family, coloring eggs, pastel mani/pedi’s and glimpses of warmer spring weather on the horizon!  Here is what we are loving for Easter:

  1.  GORGEOUS SHELLAC COLORS FROM CND (oh, and did we mention zero drying time, lasts 14 days, high shine, no nail damage and that we have new yummy shades that are perfect for Easter!)

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2.  ARM CANDY:  We would rather have some “arm candy” than a chocolate bunny!  How about you?  Here are some of our favorites in our jewelry section in the salon:

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3.  EASTER EGGS:  Come on, what would Easter be without them?  We are all kids at heart when it comes to decorating Easter eggs!  Our friends at Helen Ainson did a blog post today all about Egg-ceptional Easter Egg Ideas! (click here if you would like to see more!)

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4.  MOST IMPORTANT:  Our family and friends is what we love most!  Making memories, laughing, reminiscing, playing games or just talking is what makes Easter and every day what life is really all about!

xoxo  Enjoy!

Get Pedi Ready with Sexy Sandals and Essie’s Spring Nail Colors

Hard to believe it’s the middle of March already!  We’ve escaped winter with few snow storms and now we have spring fever!  We are ready to put away the heavy sweaters and coats and clothe ourselves in light and airy outfits, sexy sandals and one of Essie’s gorgeous nail colors!  We are in love with this color palette and want to try all these fabulous shades on our tootsies!  We did some online sourcing of sexy shoes for you from DSW and have paired them with one of Essie’s spring shades!

If you haven’t experienced a pedicure from us, you are in for a treat!  You can sit back in one of our comfy massaging chairs while you listen to relaxing spa music.  All you have to do is drift off while your feet are being pampered!  Get pedi ready with sexy sandals and Essie’s spring nail colors!

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Sam Edelman Nadine Patent Sandal $49.95 from DSW
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Essie’s “Off Tropic”, a lush green (and perfect for St. Patty’s Day)
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Aldo Thoewet Sandal $59.95 from DSW
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Essie’s “Shades On”, a beautiful violet color.
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Fergalicious Histeria Sandal $39.95 from DSW
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Essie’s “Pool Side Service”, a cerulean blue shade
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Steve Madden Slithur Sandal in yellow $109.95 from DSW
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Essie’s “Sunshine State of Mind”, a fabulous coral color.
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Charles David Evana Sandal $129.95 from DSW
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Essie’s “High Class Affair”, a lovely blush color!
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Joe’s Dexter Sandal $69.95 from DSW. Leopard is the new neutral!
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Essie’s “Lounge Lover”, a pinky peach color.

Voting: Best of the Gold Coast

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Click here to vote! xoxo

We would love your votes!  Voting for “The Best of the Gold Coast” will end in only 7 days from today (March 14th).  What is it?  It is an online voting process through Moffley Media who publishes numerous magazines such as athome in Fairfield County, New Canaan-Darien Magazine and publications for Greenwich, Stamford, Westport and Fairfield.  Once a year they ask to hear from residents as to what their favorites are in categories from Fine Dining, Clothing, Home, Fitness, Beauty and more!  Voting is easy and they are giving incentives for those who vote in 20 or more categories with a chance to win prizes from dinner for two to a $250 Visa Gift Card.

We would be so very grateful and honored if you would take the time to cast your votes for us!  You can nominate us in the beauty category under many different categories such as:

  • Airbrush Tanning
  • Blow out/Updo
  • Colorist
  • Day Spa (we a one of the few “medical grade” spa’s)
  • Facial
  • Manicure and Pedicure
  • Massage
  • Men’s Styling Salon
  • Waxing
  • Women’s Salon

If you love your haircut, your hair color, the way your skin glows from our facials and medical grade skin care line, love our other services or our salon as a whole, then your vote would mean a lot!  You can click here to vote!  Please hurry, as voting does end March 14th….

Results will be published in the July 2016 issue of Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan-Darien, Westport and Fairfield Living Magazines.  Winners will showcase their products, services, merchandise, food, drink, etc… to anyone who purchases a ticket for the event to be held on July 28, 2016 at the Stamford Hilton.

We thank you for your loyalty and value each any every one of you!  It is truly a pleasure to work with all of you!  Thank you in advance for your votes for “Best of the Gold Coast”!

xoxo Andrew, Dee and the Andrew Stefanou Team

Beauty Secrets From The Red Carpet

We loved watching the Oscars this past Sunday night and had our eyes peeled on all the amazing gowns, jewels, makeup and hair on all our favorite celebs!  Charlize Theron stunned in a red gown with subtle makeup, hair parted on the side and slicked back with a beautiful long necklace which accentuated her gown with a deep plunging neckline.  Best Actress winner, Brie Larson (winner for her role in “The Room) walked the Red Carpet in a showstopping sapphire blue gown by Gucci, which had a generously adorned jeweled belt, and a gentle cascade of ruffles that went down to the bottom of the gown’s train.  There were other standout gowns (too many to name!) and lots of white gowns (maybe to show off that California tan/Spray tan?).   We noticed lots of bold red lips, hair off the face which was either pulled back in buns or worn half up and half down.  Other trends we saw were gowns off the shoulder and statement earrings.

That aside, we saw one dewy skinned beauty after another with perfect hair and makeup and not a panty line in sight!  So how do these famous celebrities get so glam?  We did some sleuthing and are sharing with you some beauty secrets from the Red Carpet!

xoxo

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SHHHHHH! Beauty Secrets From Hollywood!

DEWY SKIN:  For a dewy glow first apply primer then mix a skin illuminator with some foundation and apply.  This will give a glow, as it reflects light to give skin a fresh faced look.  We have also heard of beauty pros using a couple drops of argan oil mixed with foundation for luminous skin.

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Dewy Skin

TRY A BRONZER:  Look for a natural looking bronzer in a pinkish-brown shade and avoid anything orange looking or anything with metallic, as it can make your pores appear larger and emphasize wrinkles.

GIVE YOUR HAIR A BOOST:  Give hair a boost by putting on hairspray from underneath which will give roots a lift.

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Apply Hairspray Under Hair For Lift.

LIMIT SUGAR AND CARBS AND GET A FITBIT:  Many of Hollywood’s trainers have their clients limit sugar and carbs for weeks before the big night.  They also recommend a Fitbit which keeps track of the amount of steps walked in a day.  As the Awards approach, they up the amount of steps their clients should walk to burn extra calories.

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Get your Fitbit. Click here for their website.

WIG TAPE?  Yes, you heard correctly!  Wig Tape is used to keep parts of their gowns in place (i.e. plunging necklines!).  You can find this at your local beauty supply store or on Amazon.

USE A FIGURE SHAPER:  Shapers, like Spanx (which offer lots of options for every figure) make body-hugging gowns and dresses look better by flattening your tummy and taking pounds off visually, creating a waist and a tighter butt!

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From Spanx’s Website (how clever!). Click here to go to their site.
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Magic! Spanx’s Thinstincts flatten tummy and make everything you put on top look better! Click here to see more!

NO MORE PANTY LINES:  Dresses that are clingy and show off your figure are sexy but panty lines are not!  Combat this dilemma by cutting the legs off of a pair of nylons and you will have a thin pair of undetectable boy shorts!

NIX THE STATIC/FLY-AWAY HAIR:  Lightly touch hair with an unscented dryer sheet to keep static at bay.  Save the sheet for your next dryer load (celebs also like eco friendly so using this for two purposes is something you can feel good about).

SUPER CURL:  We aren’t talking about the hair on your head here.  We are referring to your lovely lashes!  For extra curl, heat your eyelash curler with your blow dryer.  Curl while still warm (NEVER hot!…ouch!) and apply mascara!

PERFECT WINGED LINER:  Get that “Cat-Eye” look with Scotch Tape!  For perfect winged liner apply the tape from the corner of your eye toward the temple.  Line your eye, following upwards with the tape as your guide.  Remove tape and voila!  Perfect lines!  Can you say “meow”!?  Please…. as a side note DO NOT use duct tape or other harsh tape which can rip at delicate skin.  Scotch also makes a tape called “Expressions” which is almost like a “Post-it-Note” tape which is less sticky and even gentler than the regular Scotch Tape).  See what works for you.

WANT ALL NIGHT LIP COLOR?  Mixing a bit of red cherry Jello powder with some vaseline and rubbing on your bare lips will give instant color.  Even after your lipstick (if you put some on over it) has worn off, the red color from the Jello will still have your pucker looking great!  Who said Jello was just for kids?

PLUMP UP THE VOLUME:  Want a plumper pout?  Try Cinnamon Oil which will puff up lips.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  Some people are allergic to Cinnamon Oil so it is extremely important to test a small area before applying to your lips!

SMILE:  It makes everyone more beautiful and costs nothing!

 

How To Have The Skin You’ve Always Wanted

Do you have skin that just makes you look older, tired looking or dull?  Are your pores large?  Do you have Rosacea or just reddish undertones that bother you?  Perhaps you suffer with breakouts which make you feel self conscious?  Here is the question:  How to have the skin you’ve always wanted and dreamed of?  We have some answers for you as well as a testimonial on our medical grade skin care line!

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  1.  HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE:  We cannot emphasize enough the importance of drinking water daily to hydrate your skin and plump it up!  We love Trader Joe’s Alkaline Water with Electrolytes which refreshes and hydrates.  It’s pH is 9.5+, and purified through reverse osmosis, then ionized to achieve the perfect balance!  This water is especially helpful after a night out on the town with one too many cocktails!  Alcohol dries out the skin and dehydrates so this water is the perfect answer! You can also drink regular water.  Any clean, purified water is great for your body and your skin.  We also love adding a squeeze of lemon juice (a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar works well too) to our water which helps in cleansing.  The winter is especially harsh on skin with cold winds and low humidity.  A humidifier is a great answer at home to combat dry air and have skin, nails and hair feeling less parched!
  2. EAT GOOD, HEALTHY FATS:  Good fats like avocados and olive oil are essential to good skin, as are Omega 3 fatty acids which are available foods like salmon, flax seed, walnuts, sardines and tofu, just to name a few.  Not keen on those foods?  Try taking a high grade Omega 3 supplement.

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  1. BIOTIN IS YOUR FRIEND:  Taking a good biotin supplement helps provide nutrients to help hair, nails and skin. (always consult a doctor before taking any supplements).
  2. BE GENTLE WITH YOUR SKIN:  Be gentle especially with the skin on your face.  Extreme exfoliating, tugging, or scrubbing harshly with a washcloth is only hurting your skin.  The skin under your eyes are especially vulnerable because the skin is much thinner there.  Gently pat on creams and moisturizers.  Your skin will thank you!
  3. SCHEDULE REGULAR FACIALS:  Depending on what you can afford, try to schedule a facial.  Our facials are not like every other spa out there!  We are a Medical Grade Spa, using equipment, products and procedures that you would get in a dermatologists office.  Our amazing Estheticians are highly trained with years of experience, and are up to date on all the newest procedures and how to perform them. Find out about all our different facials on our website (click here).
  4. USE A HIGH QUALITY, MEDICAL GRADE SKIN CARE LINE:  We use Environ, a medical grade skin care line developed 23 years ago by a South African plastic surgeon, Dr. Des Fernandes.  Environ works on the premise that high-dosing of vitamins A, C and E is the only path to great skin.  Envion’s protective vitamin A and antioxidant vitamin C and E counter damage, triggered by pollution, stress, poor diet, UV light and smoking, giving you firmer, more vibrant skin.  There is a certain “Environ Look” that facialist’s who use it on themselves and on their client’s see,  which is a “very glowy look”!  The most common feedback from users everywhere is that six months in, they are using less or no foundation!  Now that’s something to smile about!  But don’t take our word, we have a testimonial from one of our clients who has been using the Environ line for a only a couple of months:

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TESTIMONIAL

“I am a client of Andrew and Dee’s Salon and Spa and offered to write this testimonial because of how my skin has transformed and all the compliments I have received since I started using Environ 2 months ago!”

“There are 6 to 7 products I use religiously every day.  I start with Environ’s AVST Pre Cleansing Oil which helps remove makeup and excess oils.  I only use this in the evening though when I want to remove makeup.  In the morning I just rinse my face and go straight to step 3, the c-quence toner.  Back to evening:  after using the oil I then use Environ’s c-quence cleanser which gently cleanses and contains ingredients which condition, nourish and hydrate my skin.  Step 3, as I said above is the c-quence toner which also increases hydration but also works to improve the appearance of my uneven skin tone.  Step 4 is my c-boost clarifying cream which contains vitamin C and helps improve sun damage and uneven skin tone.  I love it because it’s not greasy and just feels like baby skin!  Step 5 is c-quence 1 which is an introductory moisturizer that contains a low concentration of vitamin A and a medium concentration of vitamin C.  This light milky-like lotion feels amazing on my skin and makes it glow! (there is c-quence 2, 3 and 4 which contain higher concentrations of the vitamins, but I need to build up to those levels!).  Lastly, I use Step 6, c-quence eye gel which I gently pat under my eyes and on any crows feet!  It contains vitamins, antioxidants and peptides to improve fine lines and moisturize.”

“So what do I honestly think of this skin care line?  I LOVE it!  My pores are hardly noticeable, my skin looks more even, and I have started using a very sheer foundation because it looks so good!  My skin also looks smoother and actually has a youthful glow to it!  It was the dead of winter and when I first had my incredible facial with Anna;  my skin was dry, dehydrated and dull.  I left with an unbelievable glow and a plumpness which made my skin look more youthful.  Anna gave me a luxurious facial with intense penetration of medical grade products and vitamins with the unique Doctor Fernandez machine which helps to infuse and penetrate the vitamins deep into the layers of the skin.  I will continue to use this line, as it really is easy to use (takes literally 5 minutes!) and my skin at 53 years old looks amazing compared to 2 months ago!  Thank you Dee and Andrew for your relaxing, beautiful medical grade spa where I know I am getting the very best in skin care!  Thank you Anna!  You are the best!  I’ll be scheduling another facial in the next couple weeks!”

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Learn more about this amazing skin care line: (here)