The Look – Spring/Summer 2017

We’ve got your beauty and fashion trends for the spring/summer 2017 season!  We’ve combed through all our favorite magazines to compile “The Look”, your seasonal beauty and fashion cheat sheets! It’s all you need to know about looking even more fabulous!  We’ve also included beauty services that are super hot in our salon right now (like the best organic spray tan ever, and even better lash extensions)!  Need to book a service?  Give us a call at 203-656-5656 and we would be happy to help!

Keep these handy as you head out for your warm weather shopping! Enjoy! xoxo

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SkinCeutical’s Newest Product for Plump, Firm, Hydrated Skin

We take great pride in researching each and every product that we use/sell in our salon and spa.  Each product, whether for hair, skin or makeup, are products we stand behind.  We only offer the very best to our clients, so you can be sure when deciding on whether or not to try a product, that we also use them ourselves!

That said, one of the brands we are completely obsessed with is SkinCeuticals.  Open any magazine and you are sure to find either an Allure beauty award or a review of their products by top plastic surgeons, dermatologists or medical grade spas!  SkinCeuticals is backed by years of research and development, and each product actually does what it says it will do!  Serums that contain light sensitive antioxidants are packaged and sold in their dark glass bottles so that the light will not destroy the integrity of the product.  Great to know when you are investing in superior skincare products!

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One of our newest favorites is their H.A. Intensifier.  This fabulous little miracle worker is a multi-functional serum that helps to amplify hyaluronic acid levels in your skin.  This acid occurs naturally in your skin and helps to retain moisture.  Unfortunately, as we age, we produce less and less.  What happens when less of this acid is available?  Your skin will be less firm and plump, and the texture will be rougher, and who wants that?  Not us!  Hyaluronic acid is such an important hydrator to the skin and SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier combines surface-hydrating hyaluronic acid with 10% proxylane (proxylane is a sugar-protein hybrid found in beech trees, responsible for defending against water loss), and the perfect concentration of licorice and purple rice extracts to support your skin’s hyaluronic acid levels.  Add this to your arsenal of skincare products and show off hydrated, plumped and firmer looking skin!

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Photo: SkinCeuticals

Not sure what skincare is right for you?  Our SkinCeuticals rep. will be offering a complimentary skin analysis using their powerful Skin Scope to tell you exactly where any dry, congested, sun damaged skin, etc. is on your face at our Girls Beauty Night this Wednesday, April 5th from 6 pm to 9 pm.  Other highlights of the evening will include a beauty and fashion workshop with Dee, our Co-Owner and Erica Jensen, Owner of Helen Ainson. Get the scoop on all the beauty and fashion trends for spring/summer 2017!  Shop our 3 trunk shows that evening featuring jewelry, clothing, accessories and lots more!  Enjoy pina coladas, other refreshments and small bites!

Our raffle basket with products and services valued over $3,000 will be raffled off with proceeds going to Smile Train.  Please R.S.V.P. 203-656-5656.  Hope to see you there!

 

3 Special Packages for Prom 2017

With the winter months behind us, it’s time to think about all the events and special occasions coming up in the warmer months.  Graduations, weddings, cocktail parties, and if you’re in high school, Prom!  Who doesn’t remember their prom?  It’s a special night that will live in your memory for a lifetime, and we want to be part of your prom by making you more beautiful than you already are with 3 special packages!

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Make Us Your Prom Destination

Forget-Me-Not – $185

  • ORGANIC SPRAY TAN
  • MANICURE
  • PEDICURE
  • HAIR – SHAMPOO & STYLE
  • MAKEUP – BY OUR AWARD WINNING MAKEUP ARTIST
  • INDIVIDUAL LASH INSERTS – ADD $10

Blooming Rose  –  $150

  • ORGANIC SPRAY TAN
  • HAIR- SHAMPOO & STYLE
  • MAKEUP – BY OUR AWARD WINNING MAKEUP ARTIST
  • INDIVIDUAL LASH INSERTS – ADD $10

Dainty Daisy –  $90

  • ORGANIC SPRAY TAN
  • MANICURE & PEDICURE

To schedule your prom appointments, please call 203-656-5656

Get The Scoop! Spring Fever Girls Beauty Night!

We are so anxious for spring to arrive (especially with the impending big snow storm looming over us)! as we love the longer days and sunny, warmer weather!  We are so excited about beautiful warm weather being so close by that we thought it would be a lot of fun to have a Spring Fever Girls Beauty Night!

Join us and get ready for spring with special discounts, giveaways, and a raffle for a basket of goodies worth over $2,000!  We will have Pina Coladas and small bites, summertime music, beauty specials, a fashion and beauty trend workshop with demos, tanning with our new organic spray tan, live demo of fillers/Xeomin (a new natural Botox), meet the SkinCeuticals Rep and get a free skin analysis with their Skin Scope, shopping and more!  P.S. A Selfie/Photo Booth too!

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While all our guests are beautifying themselves, we will be selling raffle tickets for a basket of totally amazing prizes!  All proceeds will go to Smile Train so we can give the gift of a beautiful new smile(s) to children with Cleft Palate  This basket worth over $2,000 will include:

  • A luxurious Day of Beauty and Pampering at our salon & spa, along with beauty products to use at home.
  •  A package of 4 IPL Laser Treatments (worth $1,000) from our Medical Director, Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Fredric Newman.
  • Tanning Package with our new organic spray tan, Coco Tanning
  • Clothing/Accessories from Helen Ainson
  • Jewelry from Trendsetters Jewelry
  • Accessories from SBG Designs
  • 2 tickets to The Darien Arts Center musical “Baby”
  •  This package is worth over $2,000 and one lucky lady will be winning this over-the-top basket!

This fabulous event will take place on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 6 pm to 9 pm.  Bring along some friends for a fun evening sipping Pina Coladas, eating yummy little bites, and mingling with the girls!  Here is what we have planned for this special evening:

  1. SPRING BEAUTY TRENDS & MAKEUP DEMO:  Our Co-Owner and award winning makeup artist, Dee, will be filling all the guests in on the biggest beauty trends of the spring/summer 2017 season.  She will also be demonstrating the trending makeup techniques on a live model.  Guests will also be able to browse the new makeup line made specifically for their salon/spa and be able to purchase new and exciting eye, lip and cheek colors that compliment their skin tone and hair color.  Ask her all about the new eyelashes for lash extensions.  They are made by the same company but are even better now!
  2. HAIR, GLORIOUS HAIR!  What are the hottest hair color trends?  What are easy ways to put my hair up myself and still look great running around town?  What hairstyles are on trend for spring/summer 2017?  Why do I need a good shampoo and conditioner?  Find out the answers to these and more!
  3. RECEIVE 20% OFF ALL SPA/SALON TREATMENTS WHEN BOOKED THAT NIGHT!
  4. FASHION TRENDS BY HELEN AINSON:  Erica Jensen, Owner of Helen Ainson will give attendees the scoop on trends in fashion for the upcoming season. Mannequins will showcase her fashion forward sportswear and stunning cocktail dresses and evening gowns.
  5. GET GLOWING WITH OUR NEW ORGANIC SPRAY TAN:  Bring along dark, loose clothing and get a gorgeous tan with our brand new organic spray tan!  Special price of $40 (regular $50), but bring along a friend who gets spray tanned and pay only $30 for your enviable tan!
  6. LIVE DEMO OF XEOMIN (the new natural, additive free Botox) AND FILLERS:  Our Medical Director, Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Fredric Newman will demonstrate fillers and Xeomin on a live model.  He will also talk about the brand new fillers out, Defyne and Refyne which last up to a year!  Drop your business card in or write down your name and phone and Dr. Newman will pick 5 women who will win a free Xeomin (the new natural botox that has no additives) treatment!  Book a Xeomin or filler treatment that night and get 20% off!
  7. FREE SKIN ANALYSIS WITH THE SKINCEUTICALS REP USING THEIR SKIN SCOPE:  Get your skin analyzed with a skin pro.  This complimentary service allows the skin care rep to see into your skin to look for sun damage, congested pores, dryness, and so much more.  She will then be able to recommend the SkinCeutical products that are right for you. Special savings will be offered when guests buy multiple products from the line.  
  8. SKINCEUTICALS SERUM BAR –  Try fabulous serums at the SkinCeuticals Serum Bar where you can not only see how moisturizing and luxurious they are, but learn what each one does to transform the skin inside and out!  SkinCeuticals is carried by renowned dermatologists, plastic surgeons and medical spas because their products are backed with real results!
  9. SHOP TILL YOU DROP:  We have lined up three Trunk Shows for your shopping pleasure!  Trendsetters Jewelry will have new spring necklaces, earrings, rings & bracelets.  SBG Designs will showcase exercise tights, cell phone cases, and other accessories.  And Helen Ainson will have handmade, one-of-a-kind belts, straw hats, spring tops, wraps, and gift items.  Buy for yourself or think about upcoming birthdays, prom or Mothers Day!
  10. EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD SELFIE!  Get a tan, try some new makeup, buy a new top, hat or jewelry and show it off at our Selfie/Photo Booth!  Take one alone or get a group of girls together and post on social media!

Guests will leave with a goodie bag filled with discounts, little prizes, samples, and our Spring/Summer Beauty & Fashion Guide to keep as a reference to look your very best throughout the upcoming seasons!

Please R.S.V.P. by April 2nd – 203-656-5656 and let us know if you will be tanning that evening (bring dark, loose clothing for after your spray tan)

Don’ Forget your Sweetheart this Valentine’s! Day!

Wow, it’s February, and here we are with another Valentine’s Day, trying to figure out that perfect gift for the sweetheart’s in our lives.   We can show them our love, through words, deeds, romantic dinners, pampering packages, and more!.  But what could be better for your hardworking Valentine than a little pampering?  After all, we know how stressful life can be! Here we present to you our Valentines Gift Guide for 2017.  And we are sure that these will light up his or her face!

One phone call and your gift of love and pampering will be beautifully wrapped and ready to to make her or her feel so loved and special!

Take aim and pick the Cupid’s Package right for your love! 

With love Dee and Andrew xoxo
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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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6 Fall Beauty Trends to Try Now

In a matter of weeks, fall will be arriving, and with it comes so many fabulous things to look forward to!  There are lots of great fall outings and activities like going apple picking in a lovely orchard, toasting pumpkin seeds after carving your pumpkins, autumn entertaining with delicious comfort food, and last, but definitely not least, fall fashion and beauty, which always gets us excited!  Time to try out new fashion trends, and we of course, absolutely love new trends in beauty and hair!

We gathered our fall fashion and beauty magazines and combed through them to find the 6 big fall beauty trends that you may want to give a whirl this coming season!  We will break them down and give you our take on these trends, and if you are a bit shy about trying them for yourself, give us a call, and schedule a makeup appointment, to get tips and tricks for achieving a great fall look for yourself!  Fall is a time of transition which takes us into the holiday and winter season, so sit back and let us fill you in!

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Red lips, in every shade and intensity were seen all over the runways for fall. Models at Prada paraded down the runway with gorgeous red lips. We love this trend and like to see the mouth stand out when going with a bold lip. Keep eyes and cheeks more subtle and let those red lips speak for themselves!
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Oh, who doesn’t like the drama of a bold eye with black eyeliner? It’s very glamorous ,but dramatic, bold liners should be saved more for evening. You can still wear black eyeliner during the day to work,  but keep it more simple and save the drama for date night!
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Okay, we love a bit of sparkle, but over the top glitter and sparkle can have you looking like a disco ball! This is one trend that is best kept very simple by using only a small (very sparingly) bit of sparkle. The whole lid – shown here is way TOO much! Use a bit just at the inner corner of the lid to open the eye. Any glitz is always best used for a night out or special occasion. Less is more with this one! Want lots of sparkle? Try this trend on your nails instead for a fun mani/pedi!  We love the look on the Tommy Hilfiger models which showed them sporting just a light touch of gold on the inner corner or on the brow bone. 
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Deep, dark lips are also another big lip trend this fall. We love the dark ruby lips shown on models at Max Mara and Louis Vuitton. Rihanna showed up to the VMA’s with dark ruby lips and totally pulled it off! Models at Dior and Marc Jacobs were seen on the runways with lips rimmed in black and filled in. This extreme look is better kept on the runway, where looks are pure fantasy! Experiment with shades, and perhaps try a lip stain in a deep ruby for a sheer look.
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Smokey eyes…. we love the look! Soft, smokey eyes are so very sexy and look especially great when you use rich browns, charcoal or even deep olive shadows and liners. Blend, blend, blend! You don’t want to see any harsh lines, so blending is key. Try a very, very soft smokey eye with light liner for day and then go bolder for evening. Good makeup brushes do the trick for blending shadows like a pro. Need a makeup lesson? We can show you how to get the look!
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Natural makeup with a fresh, dewy look and subtle highlights is another trend this coming season. There is a “no makeup” look storming through Hollywood recently, with Alecia Keys even showing up to the VMA’s with the look. We love the look seen on the models at the Ralph Lauren catwalk. Models had beautiful, fresh, radiant skin which just glowed! Key here is getting your skin in tip top shape! Exercise, drink lots of water, get facials, use quality skin care products and never leave the house without sunscreen on! Want to get glowing? Schedule an appointment for a fabulous, relaxing facial with our pros and talk to them about our amazing line of skincare products from Environ, SkinCeuticals and Sothys.

 

Skin Care By The Decade

You may change jobs, places you live, your clothes and lots of other things during your lifetime but the one thing that will stay with you to the end is your skin!  Our belief:  It is never, ever too early to take care of your skin! Did you also know that most of the sun damage we get is before the age of 20?  That is why it is so very important to apply sunscreen from early on in life.  Yes, genes do have some factor in how we age, but it is proven that lifestyle can and does change the outcome, depending on how well (or not so well) you have cared for your skin.  These are some good guidelines for your skin.  Here is skin care by the decade:

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Skin Care in Your 20’s:   

  • Remove your makeup every night (no exceptions!):  It is so important to be sure to remove makeup before heading off to bed!  Makeup, oils and dirt will clog pores which can lead to breakouts and lackluster skin.
  • Use a moisturizer with sunscreen every day:  Find a moisturizer for your particular skin type that contains a sunscreen to protect skin from the harsh rays of the sun.  We get sun exposure daily even if you are not sitting at the beach!
  • Get in the habit of drinking water:  Water is cleansing and hydrating. Adding a squeeze of fresh lemon makes it even more so!  Keeping skin hydrated is key to good skin.
  • Think about adding a supplement like Biotin to your diet (NOTE:  ALWAYS check with your doctor prior to taking any supplement) which is great for hair, skin and nails.
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SkinCeuticals

Skin Care in Your 30’s:

  • Continue with the regimen above.
  • Facials:  Facials are beneficial at any age!  We have facials of all types, including:  Vitamin Therapy Facials, Facials for Young Adults and our Signature Facial just to name a few!  Treat your skin to some love with one that is right for you!
  • Add Vitamin C and A:   Skin begins to lose elasticity in your 30’s so being proactive is key!  Using products packed with Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and Vitamin A (retinoids) are backed by science.  These little wonders are great for thickening skin, producing more collagen, and helping with discolorations and adding brightness.  We have fabulous skin care lines from Sothys, SkinCeuticals and Environ that contain these vitamins.  Ask our Estheticians which is right for you!
  • Using injectables is a personal decision:  Each of us has the right to decide if using injectables is right for our skin.  If you do decide to use them it is imperative that you see a trained doctor!  There are a lot of offers for inexpensive Botox and fillers and you get what you pay for!  We are proud to have our Medical Director, Dr. Fredric Newman, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, affiliated with us to provide injectables so the look is beautiful and natural.  Fillers and Botox are a great addition to your skin care to prevent scowl lines between eyebrows, crows feet, or forehead lines.  If you do decide to go ahead with it you will be treated in Dr. Newman’s medical office located only blocks away from us!  Again, this is a personal decision and one that you must decide is right for you.
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Sothys Skin Care

Skin Care in Your 40’s and 50’s:

  • Continue with the regimen’s above
  • Try Anti-aging Facials:  Our Ultimate Vitamin Therapy Facial is a luxurious treatment with intense penetration of vitamins.  Our Roll Away the Years Treatment is an extraordinary treatment for aging skin and our Oxygen Facial delivers pure oxygen with 87 different vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids.
  • Menopause in women causes hormone levels to drop and this in turn makes skin even drier, less elastic and cell turnover slows significantly. Skin care during this time is essential and the use of the proper skin care products is extremely important to have skin looking it’s best!
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Environ Skin Care

Skin Care 60’s and Beyond:

  • Continue a good skin care regimen like above and don’t think that it’s okay to stop the sunscreen!  Sunscreen and good skin care are a life long commitment, not only to avoid wrinkles but wearing sunscreen daily is a proactive choice to keep skin cancer at bay.
  • Love your beautiful self!  Can we be any clearer?  Love and kindness towards yourself and others and a zest and joy for life make you fabulous no matter what your age!

Have a beautiful day!  xoxo

DISCLAIMER:  This is not intended to be medical advice.  Always check with your doctor prior to using Vitamin A, Vitamin C or any supplement whether it is taken internally or used externally.  Pregnant women should always consult a doctor as well.

Treat Your Feet to Our Signature Pedicure

Your feet work hard every day and if you are a woman you know the toll that high heels can take on your tootsies!  That is why we have created our very special Stefanou Signature Pedicure that pampers your feet like no other!  What will you experience when you treat your feet to this luxurious pedicure?  Read on….

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MARINE MINERAL BATH:  Your pedicure begins with a stimulating mineral foot bath to soften and reduce inflammation.  Minerals born from the sea help relieve discomfort of swollen feet.  Cuticles are gently pushed back and callouses are smoothed preparing feet for a perfect pedi!

GREEN TEA SCRUB:  Our gentle green tea scrub polishes and conditions skin on your feet and calves, removing dead skin cells.

HYDRATING MARINE COOLING MASQUE:  This luxurious masque contains hydrating sea extracts, conditioning mineral clay and soothing botanicals for soft exhilarated feet.

DEEP MOISTURIZING LEG AND FOOT MASSAGE:  You will experience a relaxing leg and foot massage with a deep moisturizing cream.  A warm hot towel is used to remove excess cream, relax, and leave your feet and calves soft and glowing.

DEEP PENETRATING ALMOND OIL:  After we have polished your nails almond oil is sprayed on your cuticles to penetrate deep and add softness and moisture.

You will experience all of this pampering while sipping lemon water, listening to soothing music, and sitting back in our comfortable and relaxing massage chairs that melt the stress of every day worries away!

Call to book your appointment and treat those hard working tootsies to some pampering!  203-656-5656