What is a makeover anyway? According to dictionary.com a makeover is
1. a remodeling; renovation; restoration: The old house needs a complete makeover.
2. a thorough course of beauty and cosmetic treatments: Assistants spent four hours on the actress’s makeover in preparation for the awards ceremony.
I guess you could say I felt like the actress described above in the number two definition when I recently had the pleasure of being pampered for several hours at N’Style Salon and Spa. I had my hair cut and dyed, my eyebrows waxed and makeup applied. What a treat!
While it could be said I felt as special as an actress during the treatments, you can see from my before picture, that I didn’t really look like I felt very special when I arrived. Honestly, I look pretty haggard in the picture. I was definitely overdue for a cut and color (us dark haired gals definitely show our grays!).
I like to dye my hair because not only does it look better but my hair behaves better. There’s something about my gray hairs that make them want to go every which way (Just look at the picture on the left. Eek! Now I knew I was overdue for a hair dye, but I seriously did not know I looked that bad that day). Let me clarify something though. When I say “I like to dye my hair’ that may be a little inaccurate. It is true that I like the result of having my hair dyed. However, I dye my own hair as a cost saving measure, not because I think of it as fun. So you can imagine my excitement in having someone else do it for me!
While I felt haggard upon entering N’Style I was quickly soothed when greeted by the owner of N’Style, Roberta Medeiros. Even though she was on the phone she was quick to give a smile and a wave as I entered. I had never been to the salon before but felt like I was greeted like a regular. Roberta is not only great at what she does but she also seems to be a great people person too…two pluses in the beauty salon business.
As she sat me down in her chair she asked what I wanted to do with my hair. I said since it was a “makeover’ she could do as she pleased, I was up for anything. Roberta suggested not going for a drastic changing but updating the look that I had. I was fine with that. As she worked on my hair I asked her some questions about her salon. She shared a lot of interesting things. :
-She once met Nick Arrojo (hairstylist from the TV show What Not to Wear) at a conference in 2006 (I had noticed a picture of herself with him hanging at the salon). She and the staff get trainings every year and he happened to be at one of them.
-She and her staff have been doing the American Heart Association walk for about 2 years.
-N’Style has been voted ‘best of” several times in the publications including The Herald and in Rhode Island Monthly.
-They use Aveda products– I did not know much about Aveda products. I learned that they have natural ingredient so they are good for us and the environment. I purchased a product before leaving and she informed me the pump was re-usable. When I come back (and I definitely will come back) I could save some money and the environment by just getting refills!
After my cut and color I was treated to an eyebrow wax. Now mind you, just as with the hair dying, I also normally do my own eyebrows. It’s usually just me, an eyebrow tweezer and a big mirror. How nice to have someone else do them! The aesthetician informed me that they use a low temperature wax so there is little pain involved. I was a little nervous about the wax but honestly I felt pampered and very little pain. I had gotten my eye brows waxed one time before somewhere else and it was a hit and run. Right after I got my haircut I sat in the same chair where she did a quick brow touch up. That was definitely not the case here. At N’Style I got to go into a separate room to relax, lie down and listen to relaxing music while my eyebrows were attended to. The aesthetician even made sure to put lotion on my eyebrows too. I would definitely get my eyebrows done there again!
Now that my eyebrows were prepped I was ready for my makeup. The aesthetician who did my eyebrows also did my make up. She asked me what type of make-up I wanted and I said to do whatever she wanted. She also asked if I was going anywhere later that day. I said coincidentally I was actually going to see a movie with friends. So she indicated she’d do an evening makeup and make sure it would stay until then.
I was sure to ask questions (in hopes of repeating her magic) so she explained several things as she gently applied the make-up:
-She used a liquid-powder makeup as well as a brow enhancing powder (ok, I have to admit, I never heard of brow enhancing powder before. You learn something new every day. )
-She put Illumination underneath my eyes, on the corners and on my eye lid (in order to, you guessed it, illuminate my eyes ). She also used concealer which she said is an important part of doing makeup which many people forget. To bring out the color in my eyes she used Aveda mineral eye colors violet and sweet grass. She also used a mineral mascara.
-On my lips she used Aveda lip shine in the color of Pimento and on my cheeks she used Peach Lights. To finish off the look she used Aveda Inner Light (a loose powder).
I then returned to Roberta for my final touch up on my hair. She used Aveda Volumizing Tonic and Phomollient styling foam to give my hair some lift and staying power (I purchased both as my fine hair usually needs some lift). Also after Roberta cut and dyed my hair she added some gloss treatment called Full Spectrum which improves condition, color and shine. Look to the right and see how shiny it made my hair! Oh, I forgot to mention too that they also have a few little perks such as free cup of Aveda tea and a hand massage with any chemical treatment or a scalp massage with any wash and cut… ahh more pampering.
Well, looking back at the definition of makeover I think I’d have to say not only can I relate to definition #2 but also to #1 “a remodeling; renovation; restoration. (The definition mentioned an old house as an example but I’ll let that one slide)
Restoration 1. the act of restoring; renewal, revival, or reestablishment.2.the state or fact of being restored.3.a return of something to a former, original, normal, or unimpaired condition. (I definitely felt restored and renewed!)
Renovate1. to restore to good condition; make new or as if new again; repair. 2.to reinvigorate; refresh; revive. (I definitely felt like this!)
Remodel 1. to model again.2.to reconstruct; make over. (Since model means “to give shape or form to” you can definitely say that my hair got remodeled! Also, I definitely felt like a fashion model when I left!)
My grandmom used to jokingly say, “A little bit of powder and paint to make you what you ain’t”. But really, if applied correctly, I think makeup can be used to bring out the beauty that is already there in each of us. Sometimes it’s not even just the makeup and hair itself that makes us beautiful. It’s taking the time to be pampered, feel special and then liking the results that bring out that happy glow that adds to everyone’s beauty. I will definitely be back to N’Style Salon and Spa for some more pampering!
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