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!

 

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)

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.

 

 

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!