You are invited to a fabulous evening of fashion and beauty December 6th from 6 to 9 pm at Helen Ainson here in Darien. This is our 3rd year providing all hair and makeup for the models who will show off beautiful sportswear, formalwear, and accessories from Helen Ainson.
If you would like to attend, please R.S.V.P to 203-655-9841 and bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys For Tots. If you cannot bring a toy, admission is $30 and a toy will be provided for you from the Toy Box, also located in Darien.
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!
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!
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!
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
Twist Side Ponytail
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!
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!
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.
Dare we say it? Cold, dry weather, and shorter days are officially here! Like it or not, we have many months ahead to deal with keeping our hair from being dry, dull and lacking in shine! Fortunately there is Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime to the rescue!
We are highlighting this superb hair product because it provides fabulous shine! Read on to find out how Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime will have your hair shining this season! Next time you are in, pick up a bottle (or two) of this “magic potion” and prepare for the compliments!
Use Those Styling Tools With Peace of Mind: No worries about using styling tools like blow dryers and curling/flat irons with this fabulous Elixir! Elixir Ultime provides shine while fending off damage to hair so you can shine on!
Get Up Close:Kerastase Elixir Ultime lets you get close because it provides thermal resistance, which allows you to use a blow dryer closer when styling without the dulling effect you would normally get.
Dry Shampoo & Shine: Dry shampoos are notorious for drying out the hair, but this Elixir lets your hair shine, even without a wet shampoo! Spray your dry shampoo at the roots to absorb oils, then use Elixir Ultime from mid-way to the ends for glossy shine.
Get Extra Shine: Extra shiny hair can be achieved with this “magic potion” when you use ionic heat. Ionic heat neutralizes ions for mega shine! Many hair dryers today have ionic heat, so most likely yours may have this as well. With this Elixir’s thermal resistance benefits along with ionic heat, your hair will look beautifully vibrant and shiny!
Apply Elixir Ultime Oil on hair before brushing and blow drying for protection and even distribution.
Blow dry in the direction your hair grows so your hair cuticle is down to boost shine.
Smile, shine on and be beautiful inside and out every day! xoxo
We may not have discovered the fountain of youth, but there are so many things we can do to look our best as we age. It is a fact that good skin care, such as protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun and using high quality products with retinols, vitamin C and hyaluronic acids can shave years off. Eating healthy foods and drinking lots of water also is key to looking fab through the years. But did you know that the wrong hair color can also either add years or take years off? Here are some things to keep in mind, and of course, consulting with one of our talented hair pros is highly recommended, as they will be able to determine the perfect color based on your skin tone, eye color, and they will also take into account the natural shade of hair color you were born with (which is usually perfect). So read on for our tips…..
Going Too Dark:
Going too dark can sap color from your face. As we age we need to keep the shade rich, such as a beautiful chestnut, caramel, multidimensional brown or soft copper depending on your skin tone. Hair that is too dark can look opague or have the “shoe polish” look. Adding in some balayage or highlights will brighten your face.
Going Too Light or Ashy:
Blonde is beautiful but very ashy shades can appear to be gray and age you. Butter, golden blonde or cool blonde shades without ash are best. There is a fine line between too warm and too cool. As we age our skin gets more sallow so adding a few free form strokes of balayage around your face can “wake up” your whole face.
Healthy Hair Matters:
Just as picking the right shade of color matters, so does having healthy hair. Over coloring, using the wrong products (harsh shampoos, sprays or products with drying alcohol) and washing hair too often can make hair dried and fried. Even if you pick the perfect shade of hair color, it will not look great on abused hair.
Go To The Pros
Our hair pros are highly trained and the best in the industry. Years of training and experience are behind each and every one of our talented team members. Their advice: Priceless! Book a consultation with one of them and rest assured, you will love your hair! From color, cut and care, they are here to make your locks look spectacular!
The Darien Community Association held it’s first luncheon of the season and kicked it off with a “Fashion Show for the Generations” this past Tuesday, October 4th. The fashion show featured clothing and accessories from The Darien Sports Shop and 10 beautiful models showed off two outfits each to a group of almost 100 ladies.
We were thrilled to provide hair and makeup for the models prior (and touch ups during!) to the fashion show. A big thanks to Ourania, Natalya, Tina, Ali and Miro for coming in early and doing an absolutely beautiful job in styling all of the models hair. Netta, Jessie and Dee provided gorgeous makeup applications on the ladies so needless to say, the models all looked amazing!
Once the lunch and fashion show were over, our talented Dee had a volunteer from the audience serve as her model to demonstrate how to achieve “The Perfect Smokey Eye”, as well as giving great makeup tips to all the ladies. Dee took questions from the audience on her recommendations for makeup, the benefits of eyelash extensions and lots more!
What do some of Hollywood’s most glamorous women over 40 have in common? They know the power of a great hairstyle, as well as the importance of keeping their locks shiny and soft through diligent care! If you are looking for a change, perhaps you may want to try out adding bangs to your cut for instant face framing, as well as adding a more youthful appearance by softening your look, and concealing any forehead frown lines! Adding a few strategically placed layers can also give your look a lift, and don’t forget about finding the color that works right for your skin tone. After all, you can have the perfect cut but without the right color it will not flatter you, the way it should and could!
Here are 7 hairstyles from famous ladies who know the power of great hair!
SHORT AND SASSY PIXIE
SOFT MEDIUM LENGTH WITH LAYERS
MEDIUM LENGTH WAVY HAIR
LONGER SIDE PARTED PIXIE
BOB WITH SIDE SWEPT BANGS – A BIT SHORTER IN BACK THAN IN FRONT
This past Saturday we were delighted to do complimentary hair and makeup for the contestants of Darien’s Got Talent which took place that evening at Darien High School at 7 pm, and was beautifully put together by The Darien Arts Center!
We attended the show that evening as VIP’s, getting a front row view of the amazing talent that evening! One of the talented singers, Riley Thrush took 3rd place for singing “New York State of Mind” and blew the audience away with her voice! Our very own Ty styled her hair earlier that day so she was “stage ready”! We caught up with her at the after party and were so happy to congratulate her and meet her family!
It was a wonderful evening and we congratulate all who participated, as you are all winners and oh so very talented! We can’t wait till next year! Here are some of the hightlights of the day and evening….. xoxo
Can’t wait till next year! Thank you Darien Arts Center for letting us be part of your wonderful evening!
We are in the throws of prom season, weddings galore, and all kinds of other special occasions that are coming up! When attending, there are so many things to consider and it can tend to be a bit overwhelming. Here are things to consider:
Finding the right dress is a big decision, as many of these occasions are once in a lifetime events, and looking and feeling your most glamorous is what it’s all about! So many choices to make even after you’ve found “that” dress! What shoes, evening bag, jewelry and even finding the proper undergarments! Ah, where would we be without those undergarments that lift, flatten and smooth? Thank you Spanx!
Now if this whole process is not overwhelming enough we still have many other considerations such as:
Banishing dry flaky skin and achieving a safe sun kissed glow. We do that!
Relaxing! All these choices can make for tense muscles so a massage may be just what the doctor ordered!
Hair: Need a haircut, a new look, or a beautiful updo?
Hair Color: How about a color boost? Add some bright highlights or go a shade lighter for summer!
How’s the skin on your pretty face? In need of moisture and some pampering prior to a professional makeup application? Book a facial for a lovely glow.
Take time to get those nails gorgeous with a relaxing pedicure and manicure.
Finally, your makeup. There is nothing like a professional makeup application to enhance your features and have you feeling oh so beautiful! Dee, Co-owner here at Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa is unbelievably talented and will have you ready for your glam shot!
Here is our photo shoot with Margaret and Julie, two stunning young women who were our models for a day. Gown, dress, jewelry and other accessories compliments of Helen Ainson here in Darien (proving they are not only #1 for Mother of the Bride/Groom – Formal Wear, but also appeal to the younger crowd as well and have stunning sportswear too!) Hair and makeup done by our amazingly talented team who labored over these looks to get them just right!
So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy our head-to-toe fashion/beauty shoot. Team Stefanou will have you turning a few heads!!