Nayenka beauty salon

image I was invited at the end of October to this lovely beauty salon in the center of Paris. They were having an evening event in support of breast cancer awareness. I’m not sure how they were supporting breast cancer awareness other than putting up graphics by American artist, but it was a nice way to get people to cone in and discover their salon. Continue reading

Pampering my skin chez Carita

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After an exhausting year, no make that two years, I decided enough was enough. I needed a facial urgently. A few years ago my awesome mother-in-law (at the time Chéri and I were not yet married), gave me a Christmas gift of a facial at her favorite Carita spa in the 6th arrondissement. Since then I have been dreaming of going back. And these past couple of years I feel like my skin has aged far faster than usual. So I made that decision to stop putting it off and marched into the spa on Faubourg Saint Honoré and requested an appointment. Continue reading

L’Atelier du Maquillage

Photo : Atelier du SOurcil

Photo : Atelier du Sourcil

Waaaaay back in the Fall, at the swanky Salons Hoche, I was invited to attend the launch party of the new eye make-up line by l’Atelier du Maquillage, a brand created by the popular beauty salons l’Atelier du Sourcil. The party was fabulous, with an amazing spread of hor d’oeuvres and an open bar, live music, and you could even get your eyebrows done at one of the beauty stations set up on one side of the rooftop even hall.

Atelier du Maquillage launch party :

As I was discovering their new product before even knowing about the concept of their service, I was more  than intrigued to seek out a rendez-vous for an eyebrow makeover! Continue reading

Friday en Français : Se Faire Chouchouter

Le concept : traduire un ancien billet et français, déjà pour pratiquer mon français à l’écrit mais aussi pour faire un geste envers mes lecteurs et lectrices francophones! N’hésitez pas à me corriger mon français.

The concept : translate an old post into French, first in order to practice my written French, but also to be a bit more welcoming to my francophone readers! Don’t hesitate to correct my French.

(Original Post in English)

Ce billet a été posté le 18 octobre 2009 :

J’étais chez Printemps l’autre jour parce que j’avais une heure et demi à tuer avant d’aller à un rendez-vous. J’avais besoin de remplir mon stock de produits de beauté Nuxe, une marque dont je suis très fan. J’étais tellement concentrée sur ma recherche pour la collection de flacons Nuxe que mon champs de vision n’était pas très grand. Je n’en trouvais pas, et cela me semblait très étrange surtout pour un magasin comme Printemps. Alors je demande à une vendeuse qui montre de son doigt…un spa Nuxe. C’était comme regarder la porte du Paradis. Il y avait même un sorte de lumière angélique sortant de l’intérieure! Quelques jours plus tard, j’étais l’heureuse cliente avec un rendez-vous pour un samedi après-midi.
Samedi 16h30 arrivé… j’arrive un peu à la hâte pile-poil à l’heure, mais cela veux dire que je n’ai pas à attendre , ce qui me convient. Commençons de suite le massage pour mes muscles tendus. J’avais choisi le massage suédois, que, l’on m’a dit, Nuxe a modifié un peu pour en créer un mélange d’un massage suédois et un massage californien. Le massage suédois étant un massage des couches profondes de l’épiderme et le californien étant plus superficiel mais avec des mouvements plus rapides. Peu m’importe, tâtez-moi comme de la pâte à modeler s’il vous plaît. Le massage durait 1h15 de relaxation pure. (Mais je pense que la masseuse a fait un chouilla plus). Il y avait à peu près 10 minutes de pré-massage à sec (sans huile) puis une heure de massage du corps entier, et on m’a demandé si j’aimais les massage léger ou profond… profonde please! Épaules, dos, bras, épaules encore, l’arrière des jambes, les pieds…on tourne… pieds encore, le devant des jambes, bras, mains, poitrine, épaules encore, ventre, tête… le tout quoi. Et puis quand elle a terminé, la masseuse m’a invité à me lever lentement pour m’assoir sur la table de massage et elle m’a fait un massage de réveil sur le dos, ce qui a duré encore 5 minutes à peu près, et m’a ramené à la réalité, juste assez pour pouvoir prendre le métro et rentrer. Mais je pense que je suis rentré sur un nuage. 

Il y a 3 Spas Nuxe à Paris, encore 2 en France et un en Allemagne. Leur produits sont divins et ils une gamme de produits bios aussi.
Visiter leur site pour des addresses et plus d’info : www.nuxe.com
here are 3 Nuxe Spas in Paris, 2 more in France and one in Germany.

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Paint your piggies…

Aouva Beauté, 6 rue Brantôme 75003

…and other beauty moments from the quartier de l’horloge…

Tucked away in a pedestrian section of the quartier de l’horloge near the Centre Pompidou is a happy little beauty salon. Aouva Beauté; where men and women alike can get their beauty fix.

I had an appointment for an evening that happened to be mighty cold outside, to get an oriental pedicure with polished toenails. Upon entering the small salon, I saw two clients getting their foot care done up and an esthetician on a stool carefully filing away. I was early and took a seat on one of the wicker stools indicated to me… right next to the cutest little long-haired chihuahua ever! It’s name is Bounty (like the candy bar), and he immediately hopped into my lap in order to be pet. Ok, my day was just totally made!

I sat there tweeting and petting the dog, but no one else in the small room was saying anything. I found it slightly odd. And even more odd, when I realized that the two other clients that where present, knew each other and had come in together. How weird to sit there silently and not talk to your friend that you are getting a” beaté des pieds” with! Anyway… after they left and I hopped into the pedicure chair, I chatted away with Anaïs, my esthetician for the evening. I asked her a thousand questions about the beauty salon and her job, and she graciously answered all of them.

Aouva Beauté has been there for a year. Three exotic women welcome their clients as if they were friends. Aouva, Anaïs and Morgiane. They have been written about in Femme Actuelle, My Little Paris, and have had deals with Groupon Paris and DealGroop. (the Groupon deal was a little too successful, but it is bringing in many clients through their door).

They offer just about everything you could hope for in a beauty salon :

Mani-pedis of course.

Facials

Massages (that Aouva told me were the real deal deep tissue Californian massage, hallelujah! –she lived in LA for some time, and speaks perfect English–)

Hair removal (with wax or thread –indian style) for men and women!

Eyelash extension!

Permanent make-up (make-up tattooing)

Help with your silhouette

And more!

And what’s better than this? : They are open Monday to Sunday (closed Saturdays) from 10am to 8pm!

6 rue Brantôme; 75003 PARIS; Tel : 01.42.33.36.94

Aouva with her chihuahua Bounty