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Jennie’s Travel Style Diary: France
August 23, 2017


Doug and I just returned from a soul-stirring ten day vacation in France. Our trip started with a two day stay in Paris where we resided in an old romantic flat in the heart of St.Germain. We then ventured off to the French Riviera, also known as ​Côte d’Azur. Our airbnb was located in the city of Nice, about a 5 minute walk from the infamous cobalt blue sea. We also took a few day trips to surrounding villages such as Cannes, St. Tropez, Eze, Monaco and Monte Carlo. It was truly a magical adventure!

I love to travel and I love to shop. So for me, preparing my outfits for this trip was both exciting and fun. You may not know this about me, but I’m a huge fan of consignment shopping. Not only because I feel like I’m doing my part to be environmentally responsible, but also because I love designer fashion and the thrill of the hunt.

After sharing a few photos of our trip on my personal Instagram account @jennieontheblock_1 a couple of friends requested I spill the details on my fashion finds and beauty products so I decided to put together this blog post and share my “french style diary” with you. I hope you enjoy it and maybe find some inspiration for your next trip!

First, let me tell you about my favorite places to shop consignment on-line. My most recent obsession is Tradsey. They sell authentic, designer fashion for less. And, the best part is you can list your own items and share them with someone who will treasure them just as much as you do. Voila, cash back to buy more! 😉 I also enjoy using The RealReal and PoshMark.

My local favorite is Fantasia in Old Saybrook, CT. I used to do serious damage at 2ndTimeAround in NYC but they recently closed their doors (wahhhhh!) now that online shopping has taken demand. If I’m not shopping second hand, I’m likely looking for a deal at Off Saks (their online selection is WAY better!) or shopping locally at one of my favorite neighborhood shops like Bella Perlina, The Dressing Room or Khaki & Black, because let’s be honest, shopping small is important too!

On a lovely stroll one afternoon in Nice, I stumbled upon a very unassuming second hand shop (Pomme Glamour). In fact, if the lady with the puffy lips floating in front of me didn’t stop to gaze in the windows, I might have even passed by without looking twice. Luckily, she caught my attention and I decided to walk in. Not only did I walk in, I walked out with the ultimate consignment score! Authentic, navy-blue, patent-leather Chanel flats, size 6 1⁄2 in excellent condition. WHAT?!! I immediately imagined a chic, Parisian woman walking endless miles up and down Champs Elysees and knew I had to have them! (part of the experience is imagining stories of previous owners–it’s so fun, hehe!).



I kept my beauty regime simple on this trip. After all, the modern French woman knows how to swing the “effortless chic” look like no other. Perhaps it’s that “je ne sais quoi” attitude. Either way, I needed to master that perfectly imperfect look, so I decided to embrace mussed up hair

and minimal makeup. I carried Coola Cucumber SPF, translucent powder and two red lipsticks, RMS “content” & NARS “annabella:, which became my best fashion accessory. Dewy skin (thanks to french skincare staples: Vichy mask & Caudalie face mist), my red statement lip and dab of “frivole” Fragonard parfum (purchased from the factory in Eze) completed my everyday look. In the evening I wiped the day off with either a Kaia Naturals or BioSecure wipe, cleansed with Suntegrity Cleansing Oil (coming soon to JF) and applied PawPaw multi-purpose balm around my eyes and on my lips and slapped CV skinlabs calming lotion all-over.
Beauty: Jennie Fresa  

RMS Lip color in BELOVED– my best accessory on this trip!  It’s the perfect French Girl Red!

French Beauty Finds

Parfum from Fragonard 

I picked up the book, “Cooking for Picasso” by Camille Aubray at RJ Julia Bookstore in Madison prior to our departure- a tale of love, food and family involving a makeup artist (present day) and her chef grandmother who lived in the French Riviera (in 1936). Um, yes, please!! The only problem was, with days so busy sightseeing and beach days packed with fascinating people-watching, I barely got through half of the book. Something to look forward to before summer’s end, I guess.

Strapless one piece: Victoria’s Secret  Black tote: Target COOLA sun care​ ; Swim wrap & hat: Glass Onion Boutique on Block Island; Book: Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubrey

Now back to the wardrobe, below you’ll see a gallery of my looks and a credit reel for my threads. I would be remiss in not crediting my patient husband, Doug, for his efforts in photo journaling. It was a team effort and a lot of fun to document– for me anyway, lol. In all seriousness, some photos took some time in terms of art-direction (plenty of photo shoot experience coming into play there) and some shots were completely candid but it was all worth it, because I will cherish these photos and the memories forever.

Even though I appreciate good style, I’m no fashion expert. For me, it’s about self-expression and having fun. That said, I do want to note a few staples that you might notice reappear in my looks. No matter where you’re traveling to, here are my top 10 “must-haves” for stylish and practical packing:

1.) Trench Coat, Denim or Motto Jacket
2.) Black Heels, Flats & Sneakers
3.) A Crossbody Bag, Tote & Clutch
4.) White Tee & White Button Down Blouse
5.) 2 Dresses, 1 pair of Jeans, 1 Skirt and/or Shorts

6.) 1 Scarf and/or Cardigan
7.) Swimsuit & Coverup
8.) 2 pair of Sunglasses & Jewelry
9.) Black Tank Top
10.) Panama Hat

Navy dress: Bella Perlina ​; Sneakers: Adidas;Trench:Comptoir des Contonniers;Sunglasses: Prada   Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Red silk blouse: Wes Gordon  ; Boyfriend jeans: Just Black;Nude heels: Steve Madden ​; Clutch: Cynthia Rowling

White Dress: Tracy Reese; Denim Jacket: Free People; Shoes: Nude Restricted sandals   Cross body purse: Coach

Bag: Black leather Baggu pouch; Blouse & Pants: Scotch and Soda NYC ​Black heels: Steve Madden

Aquinnah Jewelry

Sunglasses: Linda Farrow x The Row; Black Tank Top: The Dressing Room ; Cargo shorts: APC ; Nude flip-flops: ESPIRIT ; Purse: Chloé Marci Mini cross body

Asymmetrical Blue dress: Camilla & Marc White tee: J. Crew ; Choker: Aquinnah; Sneakers: Adidas; Hat: Tommy Bahama (from Mad Hatter on Block Island);Blue paisley scarf: Unknown; Bangle: Unknown; Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Diff Eyewear ; Doug’s sunglasses: Rayban
High-rise jeans: GAP ; White blouse:Benetton   Clogs: Isabelle Marant ​; Bag: Chloé Marci Mini
White Blouse: Benetton; Pleated skirt: ZARA  ; Black Quilted Chanel bag: Fantasia ; Black heels: Steve Madden

Turkish Towel; One piece red swimsuit: Laundry

Navy button down dress: Catherine Melandrino ​ ; Black tote: Target ; Nude flip-flops: Espirit
Chanel & Croissants {what’s better than that?!} =)

Gaucho pant romper: Renamed ; Waist bag: Michael Kors ; Brown gladiator sandals: Anthropology ; Hat: Tommy Bahama
I hope you enjoyed reading my post. Let me know your thoughts or if you have any specific Q’s about my french-girl beauty and fashion sense– I would love to hear your feedback! Until my next trip…..
Bisou Bisou,

More consignment finds: Sonia Rykiel cardigan and Karen Millen culottes – amaze!!

Featured on Martha Stewart Weddings
April 8, 2017

Ehihu Island Wedding of Katie & Simon


Katie and Simon’s wedding took place on a beautiful private island off the coast of Stonington, Connecticut. With 130 guests on a warm, sunny day, this boho chic wedding was definitely a day to remember.

Lorna from team Jennie Fresa, was the makeup artist on the job…”Katie was a dream to work with! Her look was uncomplicated and relaxed, she is a true natural beauty inside and out. For her easy island look we swept Luna eye polish by RMS on her lids, Sculpt and Glow contour duo  by Lily Lolo on her cheeks and  Ilia lip conditioner in the shade These Days for all-day kissable lips. Katie was truly a vision and it was an honor to be a part of her magical day. We are so delighted that we were featured on Martha Stewart weddings!”

Check out the gorgeous photos below taken by photographer, Ali + Julie, and the feature on Martha Stewart Weddings:


Click for credits: 

Venue: Elihu Island Farm
Photographer: Ali + Julie
Florist: Hana Floral
Makeup: Lorna for Jennie Fresa Beauty
Hair: Amanda of Posh Salon

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!!


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.



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



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



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



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!



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!



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!






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! 



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


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!



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 😉



Classic New England Bridal Beauty in July
July 13, 2016

Natalie + Tom


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.”



“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.”





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


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

Blueberry Protein Smoothie

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~


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


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.


Instagram: WellnessbyPaige

Roasted Veggies

June 8, 2016


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


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!


Team JF


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

Photo 4- After

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!

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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:

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.”


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


Gently exfoliate your entire body.

Step 2


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

CT Vibes

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!


Team JF

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El glowing from head to toe!






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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