Get the Look: Easy, Breezy, Bronzed- Summer Beauty Tutorial
May 17, 2016

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Summer is on it’s way!  We can’t wait for iced coffee, sun dresses and pretty summer makeup!  Today, I’m sharing one of my all time favorite looks for summer.  It’s easy, breezy and…….. BRONZED!  We all love to look a […]

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Product Review: Suntegrity 5 In 1 Natural Self Tanner
May 3, 2016

Why Risk Wrinkles: By Jennie Fresa Beauty Contributor: Ell Sherwood

Hey Beauties!  Today we’re sharing a Product Review of one the best Self-Tanners out there.  Check it out & Enjoy!

{Click here} to grab the Suntegrity Self Tanner we love so on our online boutique!

About our Contributor: El is a fitness, health and green beauty enthusiast residing in New Haven, CT with her veggie-loving orange cat, Razz, and her football-coaching fiancé, Jordan. She is a lifestyle and documentary photographer and co-owns a creative company, E&H Creates, with her sister Hannah. Together, the dynamic duo makes the world a little more beautiful.

Etsy Website: eandhcreates.etsy.com

Insta : @eandhcreates

I made a New Years Resolution to never use a tanning bed for the rest of my life. In my college years, I did enough fake-and-baking for my entire Freshmen English 101 class — and then some. As I became older and entered my early, mid and now late (AHHH) twenties I started shifting towards a healthy lifestyle.

I have always loved working out and eating well. I know, annoying, right? In college, I attempted to stay on track, but lets be real – it was impossible! I felt physically awful and exhausted almost all of the time, but I did have a ton of fun.. and a lot of pizza! After college, my lifestyle changed little by little and I began working towards the healthy lifestyle I embrace today.

Now, I am a yoga-hiking-running-biking-kale-beet-loving fanatic. Working out and eating well is what I do best. If you ask any of my gal pals, “Who is your healthiest friend?” I think they would roll their eyes and say, “El. She loves kale.”

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Yet, even with all of these healthy changes, up until recently, I was still tanning! I would knock out a solid spin class, drink my green juice, practice some yoga, eat my organic free-ranged chicken and then hit the tanning bed? Like, what? One of these things is not like the other. Hmmm. 😕

I was not tanning often and would typically only try and catch a nice bronze in preparation for an upcoming event. Similar to any lady in her 20’s I have roughly 250 weddings, bachelorette parties and bridal showers to look good for. So, not tanning as often and for events only, is acceptable right? NICE TRY El – WRONG! WRONG WRONG!

We are all well aware of the risks associated with tanning. We all also know that our skin is our largest organ. Yet, I feel like a lot of us (myself included) choose to ignore the truth because having a bronze glow makes us feel more beautiful. We need to stop putting our skin on the back burner and start incorporating skincare into healthy living.

I had to think about why giving up tanning was hard for me. Similar to many people, I have always enjoyed being a bit tan because I feel more confident showing my legs and wearing less makeup. I also was often hesitant to use self-tanners because of the harsh and dangerous chemicals. If a pregnant woman cannot use it – why would I want to?

During one of my trips to the JF Brow & Beauty Bar, Jennie introduced me to Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Self Tanner. It was love at first…tan — wow so corny! This product is an organic natural self tanner ideal for sensitive skin, non toxic and vegan. IT IS AMAZING. The product description says “healthier and better than a real tan” and I couldn’t agree more. This product is part of the Suntegrity line which was developed after the owner lost her mother to melanoma. The owner is a big advocate for wearing sunscreen and taking care of your skin, but found that most of the products on the market actually contain chemical UV blockers and toxic ingredients. Therefore, she developed her own skincare line which includes the fabulous Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Self Tanner. I cannot recommend the product enough and I also cannot recommend the Jennie Fresa Beauty Bar in Madsion enough, either! What I can recommend though is making a trip to the Beauty Bar, getting your eyebrows done by Jennie (I like to call her the eyebrow wizard) and picking up some Suntegrity. :o)

Here’s my Suntegrity How-To:

Step 1

Exfoliate

Gently exfoliate your entire body.

Step 2

COFFEE!

Have a cup of coffee..or 3. Check out my CT Vibes mug. So cute, right?

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Apply 5 in 1 Suntegrity

Evenly apply Suntegrity all over body and wait a few mixtures before dressing. I decided to apply right before bed since you need to avoid showering, sweating and shaving for 8 hours. Make sure to was your hands immediately after. I applied the 5 in 1 Natural Self Tanner right to my face and loved how it came out! If you are too nervous to do this, make sure to try the 5 in 1 Tinted Face Sunscreen.

Step 4

Enjoy your glow!

I woke up the next morning and immediately jumped out of bed to check out my glow. I loved what I saw! I did see a couple of spots that seemed darker and once I showered everything evened out. I am so impressed with how long the tan has lasted! I applied the self tanner Thursday evening took a shower Friday morning, went for a run Friday afternoon, showered again, did a spin class Saturday morning, showered, went out for Bachelorette party Saturday evening in Boston, danced the night away, woke up Sunday (with a minor headache) went for a walk with my girlfriends, showered, went out for brunch and my tan is STILL glowing!

XO,

Team JF

If you want to shop the Suntegrity Self Tanner, check it out {here}!

El glowing from head to toe!

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or view all Suntegrity products here.

The Benefits of Coconut Oil
February 19, 2016

Coconut Oil has many incredible health and beauty benefits. The nutritional content in coconut oil is what truly makes this the ultimate must have! Coconut oil is packed with anti-oxidants, medium-chain triglycerides, lauric acid and caprylic acid that make so many great changes to your overall health. When buying Coconut Oil make sure to look for Virgin, Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil.

Here are some of the truly amazing benefits of coconut oil:

Beauty Benefits:

  • Fights Acne
  • Natural Skin Moisturizer
  • Wrinkle Reducer
  • Natural Makeup Remover
  • Homemade Toothpaste
  • Natural Chapstick or Lipgloss
  • Personal Lubricant
  • Natural Deodorant
  • Gentle Face Wash
  • Soothing Shaving Cream
  • Hair Deep Conditioner
  • Nail Cuticle Oil
  • In-Grown Hair Treatment
  • Stretch Mark Reducer

Health Benefits:

  • Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis
  • Can Cure UTI and Kidney Infections
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Improves Brain and Memory Function
  • Improves Memory and Endurance
  • Improves Digestion, Reduces Ulcers and Colitis
  • Helps Gallbladder Disease and Pancreatitis
  • Prevents Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
  • Improves Type II Diabetes
  • Benefits Hair Health
  • Prevents Osteoporosis
  • Helps Weight Loss
  • Anti-Aging
  • Balances Hormones

 

Looking to pick up your very own coconut oil? Stop by our boutique and experience the luxury of our RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream. 

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The Lace Factory
February 18, 2016

Looking to shop for this absolutely gorgeous, natural beauty makeup done by Lorna?!

 Head on over to: http://shop.jenniefresa.com/search?q=IliaFoundation –

Here’s the look:

Foundation – Airbrush

Concealer – Ilia: Cassava #1

Smokey Eye – Ilia: You Spin Me Round

Brows – JF Brow Balm: Brunette

Eye Liner – Ilia: Sweet Jane

Mascara  – Ilia: Nightfall

Blush – Ilia: A Fine Romance

Highlight – Ilia: Polka Dots and Moonbeams

Xo,

Lorna

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Makeup – Lorna Pulver | lorna@jenniefresa.com
Hair – Amanda | Posh Salon | http://www.ctposh.com
Dress – Everthine Bridal | http://www.shopeverthine.com
Photography – Salwa Photography | http://www.salwaphotography.com
Venue – The Lace Factory | http://thelacefactory.com
Event Planner – Sarah | http://apolishedplan.com
Florist – Blush Floral Design | http://www.blushflorals.com

New Service for Brides
February 3, 2016

We would like to welcome a brand new service to Jennie Fresa Brow and Beauty Bar!

Starting February 1st we will now be offering our White Carpet Facial!

This 90 minute treatment includes two award winning Tata Harper facial masks, one to clarify, exfoliate and improve glow and a second to deeply plump cellular hydration with bio molecular moisture to improve cellular cushion, leaving the skin soft and supple for a flawless makeup application. Also included: your choice of decollete or back treatment, eye therapy with herbal tea compress, heated hand treatment, scalp massage and aromatherapy. Let the White Carpet Facial bring you the ultimate zen!

White Carpet Facial | $200

Series of 3 | $600

 

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Winter Wonderland Wedding
January 26, 2016

Nothing is more beautiful than a winter wedding!

Our bride, Rachel looked absolutely stunning walking down the Isle to start the next chapter of her life with the man of her dreams.

To create this look on Rachel, I started with priming and setting her face and eyes to ensure an extra long staying power. Once Rachel was primed I started with her eyes. I used Kjaer Weis eye shadow in cloud nine to give her a solid base followed by onyx and wisdom to create a soft yet smoky finish. Her eyes were finished with black mascara and some faux lashes to add some extra length and volume. Next was to give her skin a smooth and matte finish by using Ilia vivid foundation and concealer. To brighten up her cheeks I used a soft pink blush called peony and Jennie Fresa Bronzer in st. barts. For Rachel’s lip we wanted something warm and decided to use Ilia lipstick, funnel of love topped with Jennie Fresa Diamond Gloss for some added shine.

 

 

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Vendor: Bee and Thistle Inn
Floral: Hana Floral Design
Photographer: Jen Bach
Dress: Everthine Bridal
Makeup: Jennie Fresa
Jewelry: Aquinnah Jewelry
Alterations: The White Dress by the shore

Lorna’s DIY Facial Mist
January 14, 2016

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Hi beauties! We all know how taxing the dry winter months can be on our skin, so why not come up with the perfect DIY Facial Mist that will help remoisturize your skin to fight back against the winter blahs?

Our lead Esthetician and Make Up Artist, Lorna has come up with quite the beauty must have of the season! The best part is you can make this right at home!

This all natural, chemical free facial mist can be used day or night on even the most sensitive and mature skin. Lorna’s recipe helps rebalance and moisturize dry skin, calm redness and irritation, reduce under eye puffiness, and the essential oils help promote relaxation.

Ingredients:

* Sterile Spray Bottle
* Natural Witch Hazel (2 ounces)
* Heritage Rose Water (4 ounces)
* Essential Oils: Lavender, Bergamot, and Rose Geranium (6 drops each)
* Vegetable Glycerin (1/2 teaspoon)
* Distilled Water (1 ounce)

How-To:

Pour each of these ingredients into a Sterile Spray bottle, shake it up, and voila!

Health, Love & Beauty in 2016
December 30, 2015

Dearest Friends,

There is so much beauty to be found in the start of new year. Out with the old, in with the new. A chance to learn from the past and make changes for the future. I have always loved the idea of a fresh start- whether you’re working on rekindling a relationship, cleaning out your closet, trying out a new look or setting goals in your career or family life, it’s both liberating and exciting to have a clean slate in front of you.

2015 was undoubtedly a game changing year for us at our new location in downtown Madison, CT. We couldn’t be happier or more grateful to all who supported us this past year. We learned a great deal about operating a retail store and loved every minute of meeting so many new women. It was an amazing year to say the least but it wasn’t always easy. We had some growing pains and made the necessary changes to meet the demands of our expanding business- enter my amazing staff! Finding a tribe of individuals who share my vision and passion has made the biggest impact on our success. We hit bumps in the road as you might expect, but we kept going, always keeping the happiness of you, our clients, a priority. We saw enormous growth in our business, but more importantly, we got serious about safe beauty.

After years of working in cosmetics, I realized that I was slathering chemical laden beauty products on myself and wondered if there was a way to look good + feel good without compromising my health? This quest led me on a year long mission to discover the BEST in non-toxic beauty. Today, I’m not only thrilled to share these luxurious, effective and noteworthy brands with my clients and friends at my Madison boutique (and my on-line store), I’m also proud to have a better understanding of the truth behind “green beauty” and the harmful ingredients found in most cosmetics. My goal for 2016 is to change the way you think about the products you use on your face and body because you deserve to be healthy and beautiful.

In closing, we have many exciting changes coming up in the new year including growing our curated collection of natural beauty brands. Additionally, we are launching a new on-line booking platform and POS system through MindBody software. This update will enhance your client experience with us by allowing you to gain rewards, book your appointment through our very own app and give you access to your client profile at any time. Lastly, we are working on creating tutorial videos so you can learn our beauty tips right from home. Thank you in advance for your patience and support while we make these changes (new software is always a little scary!) and thank you for trusting us to lead you in the direction of a healthier, happy and more beautiful life!

Cheers to peace, love & beauty in 2016!

Much love,
Jennie

Best Brows for your Face Shape
April 25, 2016

The perfect brow shape accentuates your best features and provides a youthful, well rested look.  The dimensions of your face determine the right arches to open up your eye and improve your facial symmetry. Here’s a look at classic face shapes to help you find your perfect arch.

Oval

A balanced, straight across eyebrow accentuates the proportions of this face shape. Extending the brow tail will highlight horizontal features, while the starting point of the brow will exaggerate the set of your nose, so be sure to find the right beginning and end points for your features.

 

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Square

Avoid angular brows as your jawline already provides this definition to your face shape.  Instead, opt for a softly groomed brow that illuminates your temples and pronounces your cheekbones.  If you are fair, a brow tint will provide an immediate impact.

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Round

A strong arch distinguishes the cheekbones and widens the eye to give a round face a more well-defined bone structure.  Adding angularity to the end of the brows creates balance.

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A petite chin and jawline draws greater emphasis to the upper features of the face.  A tightly kept brow- not too thin or too thick- will create the right balance.

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What face shape do you have?!  I hope you found this post helpful.  I would love to hear from you, please feel free to leave your comments and questions below.

 

Xo,

Jennie

Natural Bridal Beauty
October 2, 2015

This bridal photo shoot may quite possibly be my all time favorite.  Not only did I get to work with top notch wedding vendors, I was able to create my absolute favorite style of beauty.  Talk about the epitome of natural beauty–this is it bridal beauties. Style Me Pretty said is best, “in the world of gorgeous inspiration, this stunning, preppy shoot reigns supreme.”  

To create the bride’s look, I started with her eyebrows.  I trimmed, shaped and filled in the brows with a soft blonde brow powder.  Then, set with clear gel to ensure it stayed put.  Her face and eyes were primed and I started with her eye makeup first.  I used a sheer pink shadow on her lids and a chocolate brown shadow liner on the top with a deep plum shadow on the bottom.  Eyes were finished with mascara and a few individual false lashes.  Next, her skin was smoothed out using a matte foundation.  I used concealer only where needed; under eyes and to cover a few blemishes.  She was set with a powder and a sheer swipe of pink blush to the cheeks created a soft and romantic look.  Her lip color is brighter than it appears in the photos.  I used a berry lip stain topped with a pink gloss.

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Photography: Kat Harris
Design: True Event
Stylist: Beth Chapman
Wedding Gown: Kate McDonald Bridal
Shoes: Kate Spade
Bridesmaids: LulaKate
Makeup: Jennie Fresa
Hair: Emily Reale
Jewelry: Aquinnah Jewelry
Cardigans: JCrew
Clutch: Merci New York For Madame Mathilde
Earrings: Haute Bride
Florists: Hana Floral Design
Linens: La Tavola
Paper: Tie That Binds
Rentals: Rentals Unlimited Boston
Venue: Inn At Stonington
Welcome Bags: Sea Bags

Xo,

Jennie