The beauty experts at Makeup by DiLieto take the stress out of primping for weddings or other special events. They give skin a flawless finish with high-definition, silicone-based airbrush makeup and assemble hair into dramatic updos. The team also conducts weekly makeup courses, in which they detail the tools and techniques needed to create stunning looks at home.
A certain hominess shines through at JoBella Salon and Spa. The shop is named for the co-owner’s children, Joe and Bella, and the Branford location is nestled inside a two-story house surrounded by trees and green grass. Skilled stylists and aestheticians at both locations tap into an arsenal of elixirs from Arrojo and skincare products by Aveda. When they aren't beautifying clients from the neck up, they primp nails, knead sinews, and leave legs wrapped in seaweed like a sleeping sushi chef.
The talented tress trimmers at Salon Refuge fashion follicles into stylish shapes using fresh techniques and an in-depth knowledge of current trends. During the Brazilian keratin treatment, stylists wrestle down unruly curls by applying formaldehyde- and aldehyde-free Cadiveu products to smooth cuticles and resolve long-standing squabbles between hair and combs. Clients can also trade a hairdon’t for a new hairdo with the cut-and-color combo, which begins with a customized shampoo and conditioning treatment, followed by an expert cut and style (a $50 value) and a professional color retouching (a $50 value) to add a fourth dimension of dazzle to any look. Groupon customers who choose the first option will also receive 20% off any post-treatment products purchased on the same day.
Glow Face & Body’s 90-minute antioxidant facial aims to exile fine lines and wrinkles from façades with a slew of topical treatments. A soothing moisturizer tangos with antioxidants across the facial dance floor, softening skin, encouraging collagen production, and collecting high marks for footwork from judgmental eyebrows. Meanwhile, a vitamin C laced serum and an all-natural herbal cleanser join forces to hunt down free radicals with an aim to stymie the aging process. Each epidermal hero comes to patrons’ rescue within one of the spa’s warmly hued treatment rooms, where aestheticians also cosset clients with complimentary consultations, product samples, and symbolically melting clocks.
The brow specialist at Studio B Brow Bar and Body Studio crafts sleek looks by creating simple arches to frame clients' eyes. The technician also can wax unwanted hair from cheeks, upper lips, and underarms, and a massage therapist treats muscles aches with six different modalities including hot-stone massage and myofascial release. In addition, manicures with regular or long-lasting Shellac polishes add a burst of color to fingertips or help nails camouflage against the cottage-like studio's lemon-yellow exterior.
For the past 15 years, Samantha "Sami" Angelini has been manicuring nails, banishing fuzz with honey wax, and wielding makeup brushes. She's freelanced for MAC and Laura Mercier, filling her portfolio with images that typify her natural, yet evocative makeup style. Today, she enhances eyes, lips, and cheekbones with Motives Cosmetics mineral-based makeup. She demonstrates her techniques during one-on-one lessons, and preps brides for their nuptials. Sami's artist's eye also guides her hands as she shapes brows into flattering forms—one of her specialties—or tops finger and toenails in chip-resistant polishes or thimbles.