Allie + Raven | Interlaken Inn
January 20, 2017

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Allie + Raven’s wedding was held at Interlaken Inn, located in the beautiful Litchfield Hills of northwest Connecticut. It provided the perfect, memorable backdrop of 30 ares of English cottage-style gardens, shimmering lakes and manicured lawns. Our one and only, Tricia Caliola, was […]

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The 3 Stages of Detox…with a Natural Deodorant
January 12, 2017

Hi Beauty Friends!

Are you guys ready to take the next step into living a healthier lifestyle?! If so then get ready to DETOX!

Don’t worry I’m not encouraging an all green liquid diet for the next few days, but instead take a Takesumi Detox journey. This bamboo charcoal deodorant will allow your body to get rid of built-up toxins and bacteria.

Stage 1: (weeks 1 & 2)

During the first few weeks you will question if the detox is even working and will start to notice you are producing a stronger body odor. Don’t freak out, this is normal! You are at the beginning stages of giving your body a chance to detox and getting rid of the bacteria that has been clogged in your glands…gross I know.

Stage 2: (week 3)

You may notice that you are sweating a lot more than normal. This shows that the detox is working, and the toxins and bacteria that are trapped in your glands are finding there way out!

Stage 3: (week 4)

The underarm odor is almost gone! You will start to smell as good as new as long as you keep applying every day. The activated charcoal will continue to act as a daily detox and will leave you feeling fresh and clean!

*During the detox process it is important to reapply a few times throughout the day, exercise to start sweating the toxins out quicker, avoid eating processed foods, and stay hydrated!*

Shop the Takesumi Detox online here! Happy Detoxing!!

xx

JF Team

 

Top 11 things to do in Madison, CT: A ladies guide to shopping, beauty, and fun!
November 20, 2016

Hi Beauty Friends!

Don’t miss out on our favorite things to do on the shoreline of Madison, CT. Grab your girlfriends and treat yourself to a ladies day out with a helpful guide from Jennie’s favorite spots in town:

 

1. Start your morning off with a rich, house blend coffee at Willoughby’s or opt for a clean, green tea matcha smoothie at Savvy Tea.

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2. Treat yourself to a fab blowout at Salon Venustas – ask for Vicki (blow pro certified) – for more details click here!

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3. Relax and indulge with a mani/pedi at Madison Park Nail & Spa *upon request test out their fabulous nail art*

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4. Head over to Elizabeth’s Cafe for a simple soup & salad lunch – Check out there menu here!

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5. If you have a hour or so to spare, head over to the Shoreline Greenway Trail starting at Hammonasset State Park for a relaxing walk in the fresh air – Click here for directions!

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6. Come on over to Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar! Treat yourself to a new lip color and get your brows styled. Shop our collection of clean beauty brands and talk to our green beauty experts who will point you in the right direction – Click here to schedule an appointment or view our services!

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7. Also located in Jennie Fresa is the Aquinnah Jewelry flagship store. If you’re looking to treat yourself or a gift for someone special, Aquinnah Jewelry’s offers gold and silver, rare vintage jewelry perfect of any occasion – Click here to check out their fabulous jewelry line!

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8. For a little retail therapy walk over to J. Horton to find eclectic gifts of home goods, fashion, and unique treasures, perfect for your holiday shopping! 

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9. For those with a sweet tooth RJ Cafe has award winning cupcakes…you won’t believe a cupcake can taste so good.

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10. For our Brides to be, stop by Everthine Bridal Boutique and browse their latest collection – click here to book an appointment or find out when their latest trunk show is coming to town!

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11. Wind down and dine at a neighborhood destination, a traditional french restaurant, Bar Bouchee. Sit at the bar and enjoy a Croque Madame…just ask Fernando to recommend the perfect glass of wine to pair it with 😉

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3 Moisturizer Must-Haves To Cure Your Dry Winter Skin
October 6, 2016

Hey Beauty Friends!

Take a look at Jennie Fresa’s 3 favorite moisturizers that will be your best friends come this winter!

CV Skin Balm is a nourishing, non-petrolatum, cure-all balm that instantly softens chapped and dry skin. It is perfect for lips, cuticles, eczema, cuts, scrapes, scares, and cuticles. This is definitely a favorite among the JF Team.

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RMS Beauty Oil is pure, simple, and organic. It gives your skin the ultimate radiance and antioxidant protection. One of its main benefits is filtering and absorbing cancer-causing UV rays from the sun. Its lightweight and all herbal extracts provides the perfect formula for a multi-purpose beauty oil.

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Indie Lee Squalane Facial Cream is a perfect option for an anti-aging asset that moisturizes the skin with an olive-derived squalane oil and hyaluronic acid. It will leave your skin with a natural glow and even complexion throughout the dry winter months.

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These three must-have moisturizers can be purchased at Jennie Fresa’s on-line store!

Click HERE to come shop with us!

Before and After Brow’s by Adi
October 6, 2016

The one thing I won’t leave my house without, is my brows. I’m the girl with the super light eyebrows that get lost in the tiniest form of light hitting my face, and to me there is nothing more powerful than a woman with fierce brows. Therefore I am that lady at the grocery store with tired eyes but fabulous brows and the confidence you wouldn’t expect. My brow confidence comes from my go to brow enhancement Jennie Fresa’s Brush on Brow, a powder that helps creat a more symmetrical look. I choose to use the Brush on Brow for most of my clients too, especially if they are a little wary of enhancing their brows, most people feel they have a heavy hand when it comes to “filling” in their brows. The powder allows you a more natural look no matter your technique. Wether your a first time brow enhancer or a seasoned veteran I think this is a great product all of us should own.

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Fall Farm Wedding
October 5, 2016

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Here in Connecticut we welcome the change of the seasons and fall is no exception. Apple picking, pumpkin patches, crisp autumn air and vineyards! What a perfect time of year for a fall harvest and a seasonal wedding at the local winery of Saltwater Farm Vineyard. Our autumnal bride, Alissa, is the apple of Alex’s eye and we shared in their excitement as we dolled up her beautiful family. Inspired by the colors of fall, a mix of burgundy red, aubergine, gold and burnt umber was the order of the day. Corey and I loved every minute of the time spent with this effervescent lot of ladies and with the air of fresh beginnings we wish Alissa + Alex a very Happy One Year Anniversary!
xo,
Team Jennie Fresa
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Wedding Day Vendors:
(feel free to click on the vendor for more details)
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
Jennifer Bach Photography
Makeup: Lorna + Corey
Hair: Salon H
Florist: Robin Hollow Farms
Wedding Dress: Sofia Tolli
Caterer: A Thyme to Cook

Summer Bridal Beauty
July 26, 2016

Caitlyn + Dave ~ 6/5/16

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Meet Caitlyn and Dave!

Now better known as Dr. + Dr. Hark! These two sweetHARKs met each other in college studying to be doctors and as luck would have it they found each other in the school library! We are so very happy for these two as they start their lives together and write their own love story complete with a happily ever after!

Thank you for sharing your story with us at Jennie Fresa Beauty!

xoxo,

Lorna

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Get the Look: { Click HERE to shop her wedding day look}

Caitlyn wanted her wedding day makeup to be “classic” and “not overly done up”. To recreate her look which was inspired by Princess Kate Middleton (Caitlyn’s celebrity icon) we recommend:

PRIMER: CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture for Face and Neck

SKIN:
Ilia Sheer Vivid tinted moisturizer in shade “Belle Mare”

BROWS:
Jennie Fresa “Soft Smoke” brow powder

EYES:
Kjaer Weis “Cloud Nine” Organic Eye Shadow all over the lid
Kjaer Weis “Transcend” Organic Eye Shadow blended in the outer third of the eye and also used on a damp angle brush for a coppery eyeliner. Lots of waterproof black mascara, sprinkled with plenty of temporary lash tabs.

CHEEKS:
Ilia Multi-stick in “Polka Dots & Moonbeams” to highlight the top of the cheekbones
Kjaer Weis “Happy” on apples of the cheek

FINISHING POWDER: RMS UN Powder in 0-1

LIPS: Ilia Lip Crayon in “Call Me” for that bright pop of color on the lips

View More: http://michaeljcharles.pass.us/160605_caitlyn_david

Vendor List: {click on the vendor to learn more}

Photography: Michael J. Charles

Venue: Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

Makeup: Lorna Pulver and Maddie Nehlen; Jennie Fresa Beauty

Hair: Amanda Gates; Posh Salon

Gown: Kelly Faetanini Gowns; Jenny Yoo

Flowers: Bakes and Baldwin

Caterer: Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

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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~

Enjoy!

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.

Email: wellnessbypaige@gmail.com

Instagram: WellnessbyPaige

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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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