Annual Holiday Photo Shoot with sydneyalbert

can’t
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
in
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*

 call
609.228.0300
to
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

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.

No More Waxing For Me – Threading Only!

This past Saturday I had my first threading experience at Great Looks 4 Less in Mercer Mall, Princeton, NJ. I have to admit, I was a bit terrified going into it. I’m a huge baby when it comes to getting my eyebrows waxed and had no idea what to expect. Everyone I spoke to about it said it was pain free, plus it lasts forever.

I met the woman who was going to do my eyebrow threading and stressed to her that I was a huge baby and scared. She told me not to worry that it wouldn’t hurt at all. Guess what? It didn’t! In fact it tickled a bit and felt more like a slight brushing against my skin. No hot wax burning or the ripping off and feeling like my skin may or may not come off. This was totally pain free.

I was completely fascinated by the whole process and the woman gave me a mirror so I could watch what she was doing. Basically she had a spool of thread and twisted it around and it would grab each hair and pull it out from the root (almost like plucking). But she goes super fast. I was impressed! It’s an art form.

No more eyebrow waxing for me. From now on it’s threading.

Schedule your threading appointment today at Great Looks 4 Less by calling (609) 378-5360.

Salon Hair Every Day

 

Anthony Robert Salon

Before

Everyone knows that your hair looks its best when you step out of a salon. The problem is, trying to replicate that look every day when getting ready. When I heard that Anthony Lombardi of the Style Network’s hit show Jerseylicious was doing blowout sessions at his salon the Anthony Robert Salon in Verona, NJ, I had to inquire.

Anthony came up with a great idea! Clients can come in and schedule a blowout session with him and he will teach them how to replicate the look using the tools and products they already own. I thought this was fantastic! I could learn how to get great hair by doing it myself with the tools I already have. What girl doesn’t want to wake up, get ready and look like they just stepped out of a salon? I sound like a commercial.

Since I was long overdue for a haircut, I figured I would kill two birds with one stone and make a haircut appointment and blowout lesson with Anthony. I couldn’t wait to see him again! When I met him at the Jerseylicious premiere, he was so nice and such a down to earth guy.

The hubs and I arrived to the Anthony Robert Salon and was greeted with such enthusiasm and a hug from both Anthony and Jeff, who is a stylist there.  Anthony invited me to have a seat and we discussed what I wanted to do with my hair. I told him that I am growing it long again and was looking for a little trim. I needed a sprucing up and maybe some layers, but not too Jennifer Aniston first season Friends!  Anthony laid out the styling tools I brought with me. I felt the need to explain why I had each item. But he guessed them right on! The wide tooth comb is for detangling after a shower, the boar bristle round brush is for styling while blow-drying and the other brush is just to detangle throughout the day. Ok, he knows what he’s talking about!

I headed off to the shampoo area where Jeff did my shampoo. Then back to the chair where Anthony would snip and cut away. Once he was finished cutting, Anthony said you shouldn’t blow-dry immediately after a shower. Once you take a shower, towel dry your hair, keep a towel on it, do a few things and then blow-dry. You should be able to wring your hair and it not be dripping. It should be damp. Anthony then sprayed a Bio-Ionic leave-in conditioner in my hair, followed by the Bio-Ionic Thermal-Active Bodifying Blow-Dry Spray and finished with a dime size amount of Moroccan Oil. The blow-dry spray will add texture to hair but not leave it sticky or hard to manage. I told him that in the past I’ve bought tons of products to use before blow-drying, but that I can never get a brush through because the product leaves my hair sticky and tough. He assured me this product would not do that. The Moroccan Oil is meant to give your hair a little shine and help to create the look you are going for.

Anthony then grabbed a few hair clips and sectioned my hair off. He said to always blow-dry your hair in ¼” sections. This will help from getting your hair tangled in the brush. He said the back of your hair is typically the hardest for most people to do because of the angle, so people should do the back first and then work forward. Anthony grabbed a section of hair on the back of my head, his blow-dryer and couldn’t stress enough how important it is to keep the nozzle on your blow-dryer. You know what I’m talking about ladies. You buy a new blow-dryer. It comes with a diffuser and this other nozzle looking thing. The nozzle thing goes in the trash. Right? That’s what I’ve always done. But we can no longer do that. That nozzle is what helps to isolate the hair you are trying to blow-dry so your hair doesn’t blow everywhere. It keeps it all together.

When working on each section of hair it is important to, again keep the nozzle on your blow-dryer, and work from your roots down with your brush and blow-dryer. If you are looking for more volume hold a section straight up, bring your round brush to the root and blow dry out. Make sure your blow-dryer isn’t right up against your hair, give it some space.

Anthony worked on the left side of my hair and once he showed me the proper technique, I mimicked his work on the right side of my head. I’m not as coordinated as Anthony with holding a dryer in one hand and a brush in another and working quickly. I kept having to put the dryer down to get my brush just right and meanwhile shooting all the hot air from the dryer right on to Anthony. Sorry Ant! By the end of my lesson, I was a pro. Ok, maybe not a pro, but I was able to blow-dry my hair without constantly putting my dryer down. Anthony and Jeff were very supportive and gave me positive feedback throughout my lesson.

Once my hair was dried and blown out, Anthony applied SemÍ DÍ LÍno Diamante™ Cristalli Liquidi, an illuminating serum to add some shine to my new do. I immediately recognized the smell of the product. I said this smells so good. Everyone agreed. It reminded me of boy’s in the 80’s wearing Drakkar Noir. Remember those days? Not only did my hair look amazing, but it smelled amazing too.

After

I was thrilled with my new do and my blowout lesson. I really learned a ton! I gave Anthony and Jeff a hug and was on my way, but before I left, Anthony gave me a great summertime tip. If you aren’t able to rinse off after a swim in the pool, mix a bit of conditioner with water into a spray water bottle and spritz your hair after swimming. This will help rid your hair of some chlorine from the pool and help to keep your hair healthy and shiny and not dull and fried.

Ladies… I highly recommend that you schedule an appointment with Anthony Lombardi of the Anthony Robert Salon for a blowout session. You already have the tools, now you need to learn the technique. Don’t you want to be able to style your hair like you just stepped out of a salon every morning?

To schedule your appointment call the Anthony Robert Salon at (973) 857-1922.

 

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Relax & Unwind at Sydney Albert Salon Spa

Nestled in The Shoppes at Windsor Green in Princeton, NJ right off Route 1 South is Sydney Albert Salon Spa. I’ve been going there since it’s inception which was once known to local’s as Bernard’s Day Spa, but later changed their name to Sydney Albert Salon Spa.

When you walk into Sydney Albert you are greeted by someone at their concierge desk. Everyone there is super friendly and their customer service is unlike any other. The manager Dan is always around to answer any questions, and help you out in any way he can. I swear the man never sleeps, he is always there. Besides Dan, you can always see Lori, who is the owner, running around and lending a hand wherever she can.

Ok, so I’m writing this after my visit to the spa this afternoon. Let me say that I have had a number of services at Sydney Albert over the years. But I have to tell you about the massages with Monica. After I learned that one of my fave massage therapists left after being at Sydney Albert for so many years, I thought my world had ended. JK but seriously, I didn’t know what to do. Dan recommended Monica. I was a bit nervous, as I had never been to her before. I went to her after Dan’s recommendation and have never turned back. Besides the fact that Monica is super nice, she gives the BEST massages I have ever had. I tend to have a lot of knots in my upper back near my shoulder blades and she works them all out. Often times she will stretch me out, while massaging me at the same time. She is truly AMAZING! If you are looking for the best massage you could possibly have, look no further, Monica at Sydney Albert is your girl.

Prior to my massage with Monica I met up with Joan for a mani/pedi combo. I figured it’s Valentine’s Day weekend and I was already going to be there for a massage so why not. Let me preface this by saying, I typically go to my local nail place in a mini mall around the corner from my house. It’s not the cleanest place and when they give me pedicures it either tickles uncontrollably or they rub to hard that they hurt my feet with the scrubby thing.  I thought this was normal, tickle then torment. But after today’s pedi with Joan, I quickly learned a great pedicure can occur without the tickle and torment. Joan used what looked like almost a larger nail file to scrub and soften my feet and it neither tickled nor tormented me. In fact I barely noticed it was happening. And my feet turned out almost as smooth as a baby’s tushie. After my pedi we headed over to the mani station and I warned Joan about a hangnail I had bitten but a little bit was still there. I thought ok this was gonna hurt. WHenever I have a hangnail at my local joint, they pull it and I bleed. Joan got it, I barely felt it and there was no bloodshed. All the years I’ve been coming to Sydney Albert for massages and the occasional bikini wax, I had no idea I should have been getting my mani/pedi combos there. I missed out on pain-free beautiful mani/pedis. At least I finally figured it out. Local joint, no more. Since it’s Valentine’s Day weekend I opted for my fave red “I’m Not Really a Waitress”. Not only is it my fave, but a fave among many fashion mags and rated the #1 polish color from Allure magazine a number of years in a row.

Looking for a facial or bikini wax? Gina or Manana are your go-to girls. They even have a service called “The Sphinx” (think Brazilian but more). Sydney Albert Salon Spa also offers great cut and colors, makeup services and more. They always have packages and specials, just call them and get the deets or check out their website at http://www.sydneyalbert.com/ or  Become a Fan of them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/sydneyalbert-salonspa/193415485328?v=wall&ref=ts.