Summer Bridal Beauty
July 26, 2016

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Classic New England Bridal Beauty in July
July 13, 2016

Natalie + Tom

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Lorna, one of our amazing makeup artists and aestheticians, captures a glimpse into the magical day of Natalie and Tom!

“Here at Jennie Fresa Beauty we are so fortunate to meet the most amazing brides! This month was no exception! Meet Natalie, she came to us looking for that natural+classic bridal glow. She wanted the focus to be on great looking skin and beautiful elegant eyes! Natalie has fabulous skin to begin with, but it is a bit on the dry side so we plumped up her skin with a few drops of beauty oil, concentrating on fine lines around the eyes and mouth. Our natural anti-aging beauty oil gave her a luminescent glow as well as kept dry flakes at bay.”

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“While this soaked in we worked on her eyes and brows. We chose natural shades of burnt gold, champagne and brown to keep it classic. Lots of attention was given to her lashes with several layers of waterproof mascara. After priming her skin, we used minimal concealer around the eyes and softly airbrushed her, giving her that flawless complexion she desired. Finishing up we applied some highlighting above the cheek bone and lip, added a touch of bronze to the cheeks and lightly applied translucent powder for “stay all day” power. For soft “kissable” lips we went with a lip conditioning formula in a soft nude shade.”

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XOXO,

Lorna

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We are so happy for Natalie + Tom and wish them much joy in their years ahead!

XOXO,

Jennie & Co.

To recreate this look we recommend:

 Beauty Oil: RMS beauty oil

Brows: Jennie Fresa “Blonde” Ink

Eyes: Ilia Pure Eye Liner in “Sweet Jane”

Shadow: Ilia Shadow Stick in “In Between Days”

Illuminator: Ilia “Cosmic Dancer”

Lips: Ilia lip conditioner in “Nobody’s Baby”

Skin: Temptu Airbrush

Finishing Powder: RMS “Translucent” Un-Powder

To shop the look click {HERE}

Wedding Day Dream Team consisted of:

(feel free to click on the vendor for more details)

Photographer: Bruce Plotkin

Wedding Planner: Amy Champagne

Makeup: Lorna Pulver; Jennie Fresa Beauty

Hair: Amanda Gates; Posh Salon

Flowers: Jakklyn Iris

Caterer: Cloud Nine

Venue: The Lace Factory

 

 

 

 

How to Eat for Summer Skin
June 21, 2016

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Guest blogger Paige Morrissey fills us in on the in’s and out’s of how you can eat for healthy glowing skin this summer!

~Paige Morrissey is a certified holistic nutritionist, wellness expert and health coach. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and is certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Paige is passionate about the science of nutrition and the vital role preventative care plays on overall health. She is currently living in NYC with her husband and golden retriever Teddy~

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Our skin, as our body’s largest organ, is often the first indication of what’s happening on the inside.  Ailments such as rashes, blemishes, and rosacea are all indications of internal imbalance. Instead of focusing on expensive, often chemical-laden beauty products to achieve youthful skin, pay attention to your body’s natural ability to heal itself. If you’re looking for radiant skin and bright clear eyes, here are a few of my tips to get a head-start on your summer glow.

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! It may sound obvious, however water is vitally important to just about every system in our body – and our skin is no exception.  I start every morning with a tall glass of room temperature water – yes, before coffee! This is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do for your body and overall health. Water gets your metabolism revved up, and sends signals to your organs that it’s time to wake up and get going. Drinking enough water keeps your cell membranes plump and smooth and your skin radiant. Aim to drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day.

2. Eat your Carotenoids. Carotenoids are plant pigments that are rich in antioxidants. They can be found in leafy green or bright colored vegetables (think kale, spinach, red peppers). They are health-inducing and collagen boosting (que less wrinkles!) and can act as a shield to quench damaging free radicals that cause sun spots and signs of aging. Carotenoids are also particularly important for eye health and can protect against degenerative diseases that lead to blindness. Be sure to include these in your daily routine. Examples below:

  • Leafy greens (kale, spinach, arugula, broccoli)
  • Eggplant purple asparagus, blackberries, blueberries
  • Beets, red cabbage, red onions
  • Carrots, yellow onions, butternut squash

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3. Eat your fat. I’m not talking about bacon (although that’s fine once in a while), high quality fats rich in omega-3 fatty acids, hydrate and nourish dull skin and protect your cell membranes against damaging free radicals. When you cell membranes are strong, toxins are kept out and nutrients are allowed in, and waste products are eliminated from the cell. Some good choice options include: avocados, chia seeds, coconut oil, olive oil, walnuts and fatty fish like wild salmon.

4. Get your greens. Nutrient-dense, leafy greens are loaded with antioxidants and pro-inflammatory properties that help boost skin elasticity and shield against damaging free radicals that cause premature signs of aging. The easiest way to do this is to add a green smoothie into your routine. I’m currently addicted to my morning smoothie loaded with health plant based protein, fats, and fiber. Recipe below.

Berry Green Smoothie

1/4 cup blueberries or mixed berries

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (preference to homemade or califia farms)
1 large handful spinach
1/4 avocado
1 scoop vanilla vegan protein powder
water to taste

5. Steer clear of sugar. This is a topic that is particularly important to me and should be for you too. Sugar has a direct inflammatory effect and wreaks havoc on every system in your body – from blood sugar imbalances and digestive disorders to skin irritation and rashes. I could go on and on about the consequences of a high sugar diet but let’s leave it at this. Try to stay under 30 grams of sugar per day and avoid processed and packaged foods (protein bars and store bought smoothies are often some of the worst offenders).  Keep in mind that anything over 10 grams of sugar is concerned a high-sugar food.

The first area of focus in treating any imbalance should be lifestyle and dietary changes to nourish your bodily systems and promote a hospitable environment for your cells. Once you have that covered, aim to rid your shelves of the chemical and endocrine disrupting lotions and potions.  Start with nature first. I love Jennies store because she features some of the best organic, and sustainable beauty products on the market to complement your clean and green approach to healthy, gorgeous skin.

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CHEMICAL VS. MINERAL
June 8, 2016

CHEMICAL VS. MINERAL

written by Lorna Pulver – Natural Beauty Expert & Master Facialist at Jennie Fresa

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As the temperatures begin to soar outdoors we are all ready to have our fun in the sun! Every year we learn a little bit more about sun care and sunscreens, so let’s go back to school for a moment and take a short course in sunscreen 101:

 

First, what is the difference between Chemical sunscreen and Mineral sunscreen?

 

Chemical sunscreens do not sit on the surface of the skin.  They must be absorbed into the skin to become effective. Therefore they must be applied at least 20 minutes before sun exposure in order to provide adequate protection. These chemicals then absorb the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays to protect us from sun damage. So… if you wait until you arrive at that glorious beach or that happening backyard barbeque before applying your chemical SPF, you run the risk of not being protected. Always apply these types of sunscreens well before going out in the sun.

Now here’s something to keep in mind, those chemicals are being absorbed directly into the bloodstream. They scatter all over the body without being detoxified by the liver and can be detected in the blood, urine, and breast milk for up to two days after a single application. This would be fine if all chemical sunscreens were equally safe, but they are not. Studies have found chemicals such as Oxybenzone to be hormone disruptors mimicking estrogen and interfering with thyroid function, they can cause skin mutations, free radical damage and can also become a skin allergen. Some chemical sunscreens can go so far as to actually trigger hyperpigmentation! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detected Oxybenzone in more than 96 percent of the American population.  Luckily there are some chemical sunscreen ingredients that are safer than Oxybenzone. The best ingredients to look for are Avobenzone, and Mexoryl SX and XL. They both rate#2 on the EWG safety scale.  

 

On the other hand mineral sunscreens, also known as physical sunscreens, do not get absorbed into your body. They sit on top of your skin and reflect the sun’s rays and they begin to work the moment you apply. Mineral sunscreens do well to protect against both UVA and UVB rays and provide a more stable protection from harmful UV radiation. Ingredients to look for include Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Micronized particles are the newest technology in zinc formulations allowing better consistency and solving the dreaded white cast they were known for in the past.  On a side note, avoid nanotechnology as it is still very controversial and more studies need to be done.

 

Physical sunscreens are the perfect choice for those of us with very sensitive or reactive skin.  People who suffer from rosacea, have sensitive eyes, are pregnant or breast feeding should use mineral sunscreen since they are unlikely to cause any irritation to the skin and will not build up toxicity in the body.  Mineral sunscreens are my choice for everyday routine sun care and to lessen our toxic load to our bodies. My number one choice of products is by Suntegrity. I religiously use our 5 in 1 Suntegrity moisturizing face cream. It is a tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, and anti-aging product all in one.

 

Chemical sunscreens have their place too and may be a better choice for those who exercise in the sun and/or are swimming at the beach. They hold up to water and sweat much better than many mineral sunscreens.  Chemical sunscreens can also be formulated in a much thinner consistency which may be easier for some of us to apply liberally and more evenly. It is recommended that we apply one ounce or one shot glass of sunscreen to our entire body every two hours when in direct sun. Chemical sunscreens can be very unstable in sunlight, so a well formulated product with anti-oxidant protection like Coola’s  Sport 50 Unscented Moisturizer for the body is a great choice for summer.  It is water resistant up to 80 minutes, is fortified with phyto-protection from plankton, soothes with arnica, vitamins and organic avocado and linseed oils. We have a wonderful selection of good for you products to choose from!

 

Some quick sunscreen tips and interesting findings!

  •         Throw away last year’s bottle of sunscreen! It has already expired and will not give you the protection you and your family are looking for.
  •         Avoid Oxybenzone! A hormone disruptor and skin sensitizer. Look for Avobenzone and Mexoryl SX instead.
  •         Avoid vitamin A also known as retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, or retinyl linoleate in your sunscreen. This ingredient may trigger development of cancerous skin lesions or tumors.
  •         Don’t be fooled by high SPF ratings! Higher than 50+ rating gives a false sense of protection and is not proven to provide extra safety against burns and exposure.  Instead reapply often.
  •         Don’t forget your lips! Try Suntegrity lip CPR SPF 30.
  •         Wear a hat and sunglasses for added protection! Harmful radiation can affect your delicate eyes and often tops of ears, tops of feet and scalps go unprotected.
  •         UVA rays are present during all hours of daylight, even on the cloudiest of days. In fact, these rays can penetrate glass windows making it necessary to incorporate SPF into your everyday routine.
  •         New study reveals SPF30 prevents melanoma by 80 percent.
  •         A continuous spray SPF needs 30 – 90 seconds of time, enough to create a glistening sheen to the skin.  Try our selection of Coola sunscreen spray with plant protection and organic ingredients.
  •         Boost your skins ability to ward off damage by eating a diet including lycopene found in many red fruits and vegetables. They contain phytochemicals to improve skin’s ability to recover from UV damage.

 

Shop the COOLA!

Shop the Suntegrity!

XO,

Team JF

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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 little sun-kissed this time of year, right?!  A BIG thank you to our beauty contributor, Ell, for sitting in as my model for this tutorial.  The best part about this look– you guessed it!  Everything I used is totally healthy and completely good for you!  Check out our previous post on Natural Self-Tanner by Ell, here.

Step 1: Prime your skin with Coola Daydream Primer to be sure your makeup stays fresh in the hot, humid climate.  And, it minimizes the look of pores. 😉

Step 2:  Fill in brows with Jennie Fresa brow powder in Blonde.  I used an angle brush and set with clear gel.  I love the bold brows and simple makeup.

Step 3:  Apply Ilia Eye Shadow Stick  in AND SHE WAS on your lower lids for a soft (but long-lasting) wash of shimmering champagne color.

Step 4:  Apply 2 coats of Ilia Mascara in Nightfall to really make the whites of your eyes twinkle.

Step 5:  Dab a touch of Ilia concealer where needed.  On Ell, I used C3 just under her eyes and around her nose.

Step 6:  Apply Coola BB Cream all over your face.  One pea size dollop is enough.  I LOVE this BB cream because it’s your moisture, sun protection and even skin tone all in one!

Step 7:  Using your finger, apply just a tad of Kjaer Weis cream blush in HAPPY just on the apples of your cheeks.

Step 8:  Dazzling Cream Bronze is then applied to all the high points of the face– forehead, bridge of nose, high cheek bones and chin.  {I also dabbed a bit on her eye sockets to create a little depth).

Step 9:  To give Ell a beautiful glow, we finished the look with a little luminizing cream by Ilia called Polka Dots and Moonbeams, just on her temples & cupids bow (right above her top lip).

Step 10:  Lastly, we used RMS Lip2Cheek in Promise (not pictured here– I took the photos before I swapped out the color I actually used). with Ilia lipgloss in Butterfly on top.  The gloss is also pretty alone.

How fun!  I’m excited to hear what you think about this look. Have fun and be sure to share your selfies if you try this look at home!  You can shop the entire look here!

Xo,
Jennie
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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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Step 3

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