Annual Holiday Photo Shoot with sydneyalbert

find the perfect photo for your holiday card?

no time to get the family together
for a holiday photo?

out of ideas for a gift for
that special person or loved one
your life?


join SydneyAlbert SalonSpa sunday, november 6th for the 2nd
annual  holiday photo shoot

what does this mean for you? 

  • have hair and/or make up done professionally by sydneyalbert stylists and make up artists.
  • Paramour Memories will be on site  to do your very own professional photo shoot.
  • have any family members join in at no additional charge!

your photo package includes: 

  • 5 to 10 Images
  • complete enhancement and retouching of your favorite shot
  • all images are yours to print, email or send to anyone (no extra costs)
  • images are given on CD for unlimited duplication or for sending
  • online secure viewing of all photos for anyone you choose, unlimited downloading

the cost for this
holiday photo package is only $75*

reserve your appointments today

*hair and make up charges are in addition to photo package

$25 deposit
required at time of booking to reserve space

QVC’s New Beauty Testube – Product Review

My mom often has difficulty purchasing me gifts for my birthday and Christmas. She may also be QVC’s biggest fan. It’s a good thing
that QVC came out with the New Beauty Testube.


What is it? It’s a way to sample a bunch of amazing beauty products all year long. It’s like my birthday every couple of months when I get
my quarterly package from New Beauty filled with great products.


I was thrilled and pleasantly surprised with my first package which consisted of Smashbox Lip Enhancer, Oscar Blandi Sans H20 Shampoo, Fresh Just-Bitten Pout lip treatment,  Lea Journo hydra-riche hydrating conditioner, Perricone MD face finishing moisturizer, Philosophy Microdelivery Wash, LAVANILLA body butter and the IT Consmetics Brow Power eyebrow pencil.


My personal faves from this testube were the Lea Journo conditioner and the Philosophy face wash. The Lea Journo conditioner made my hair silky smooth and smelled absolutely incredible. The Philosophy face wash made my skin feel exfoliated and fresh. I’ve always wanted to try Philosophy products for my face but never had. The microdelivery exfoliating wash is addicting. This is your warning. I loved it!


Thank you QVC for coming up with a great way to test a variety of products. It’s the perfect gift!


Disclaimer *I received this product as a gift from my mother. I was not required to write a blog post. My thoughts are my own.


Relaxing at the Red Door Spas

The moment I entered the Red Door Spas on 54th Street in New York City I was greeted with friendly faces and great customer service. I walked in and was ushered to the 9th floor where I would be receiving their Signature Massage with Kimberly. I was shown the changing area, got ready and then headed over to the relaxation lounge.

The relaxation lounge was beautiful! Sometimes it’s the little things. There were magazine racks on both sides of the relaxation room and they had the same magazines on both racks and all the newest March issues. It may not seem that important to you, but it’s the little things for me that get noticed.

Kimberly my masseuse came to greet me with a warm smile and handshake. She really has a nurturing calm about her and I knew right away she would take me away to a blissful place during my hour with her.

Within the first 5 minutes of my massage with her I said “you are so fluid”. I’ve never had such a fluid massage. I was so relaxed. I even caught myself starting to doze off, which never happens.  Kimberly was absolutely amazing. I can’t wait for my next visit.

After my massage with Kimberly I headed back to the relaxation room to drink some water then changed. I did happen to make a pit stop in the bathroom and it was beautiful. But more importantly smelled INCREDIBLE! I headed to the front desk on the 9th floor and asked about the reed diffusers in the bathroom. I needed one! I smelled every single candle and reed diffuser but ended up purchasing the same one that was in the bathroom of which I admired, the ILLUME Pineapple Cilantro Aromatic Diffuser.

After I made my purchase, the front desk staff informed me I could head down to the 8th floor for my complimentary makeup refresher.  They told me that no matter what service you get done you are automatically eligible for a complimentary makeup refresher. Amazing! Especially since I was just face down on a massage table, I could use a refresher.

I headed to the 8th floor where I met Monique the makeup maven. Monique was terrific! She punched up my lip color, applied some plum shades to my lids. One would never have known I just came out of a massage. I looked great. I often use plum shades on my lids to bring out the green in my eyes and loved the Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil in Black Violet so much that I purchased that as well.

I was in love with Monique the makeup maven’s hair so much and asked her who did it. She told me Zahir is her go to guy for hair and made the introduction to me. Zahir suggested if I want to keep the length to keep longer layers but that I would look great with a few inches cut off with some shorter layers and side swept bangs.

The second I walked in to the Red Door Spa I felt like a VIP with the full royal treatment. I can’t wait for my next visit!

Red Door Spas also has a Refer a Friend program. Both you and your friend can save 20% off a service with this program. How great is that? To learn more click HERE.


*I received my Signature Massage gratis from Red Door Spa in exchange for a blog review. My thoughts are my own.

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Celebrate You at Sydney Albert Salon Spa

How do you prepare for the holidays? Many cook, some run around doing last minute shopping for the kids, while others indulge in “me time”.

I’ve been going to Sydney Albert Salon Spa since they opened in 2004 and have previously written about my love for them. (Read previous article here.)

Since it was the holidays, Sydney Albert was kind enough to provide me with a makeup session/lesson, since that is one of the few treatments I had yet to have there. The salon manager Dan assured me that Michele was the best in town for a new look. Hey New Year, New You, right?

My family celebrates the 7 fishes on Christmas Eve, so what better than to get my makeup done and show it off to family and friends.

When I arrived, the staff greeted me with a warm welcome as always, took my coat and offered me a beverage. A woman who was dressed so cute for the holidays walked up from the back, I complimented her outfit, turns out it was Michele Sondej my makeup artist. I knew I was in good hands the second I laid eyes on her.

The makeup area at Sydney Albert is right when you first enter the salon. I’ve always admired their beautiful selection but had no idea that the line is Michele’s very own, Etre Joli, a mineral based makeup.

I brought along the products and brushes that I use at home so I would know what best to use when doing it myself. Among these items, was a bronzer that had definitely expired, but for whatever reason I hadn’t thrown out. Michele mentioned that it was too peachy for my skin tone and not the right bronzer for me. I said “let’s toss it”. She was a bit surprised. I don’t need a color that’s wrong for me, not to mention I should have thrown it out. Makeup does expire. Michele applied a face primer to my face, as well as an eye primer. Two separate primers ladies. The Etre Joli face primer has silicone and SPF in it, while the eye primer does not. I wanted to go with a smoky eye, tis the season. Michele used a quad eye shadow and applied a black to my lid, followed by light greys and white and blend blend blend. Blending is the secret to the perfect smoky eye. Michele used a really cool contraption to separate my lashes from my eyelids to prevent mascara from ending up on my lids. We’ve all been there! She used an adobe colored blush, along with bronzer and finished off with a pinkish lip color and silver lip gloss. Silver lip-gloss is the color of the season. Perfect for the holidays and an added festive look.

Once my look was complete, Michele looked through my makeup I brought with me, to show me what colors I should use based on her products. How great is that?

I was thrilled with my new look. Of course, I couldn’t leave without purchasing an Etre Jolie bronzer.

Celebrating the holidays is wonderful, but when was the last time you celebrated you?

Sydney Albert Salon Spa is the best salon in Mercer County, but you don’t have to take my word on it. Here’s what other people are saying:

“I start relaxing the minute I walk through the door at Sydney Albert! The staff is very friendly and their services are wonderful.” – Alice Seneres
“Tami is my go to girl at Sydney Albert. She always listens to me in terms of what I want and understands my fear of being too radical with my hair. Before meeting Tami I had never colored my hair or tried highlights and now she is the only person I will trust with this process — she brings out the best in my hair. If you need an up-do for a special occasion you can never go wrong with booking yourself an appointment with Fred. He has put my hair up on 3 occasions and it always looks fab.” – Janie Hermann

Sydney Albert Salon Spa is located in The Shops at Windsor Green, 3495 Route 1 South, Princeton, NJ 08540. To schedule an appointment call (609) 228-0300.