Mixing A Face Mask At SallyeAnder - And Finding New Safe(r) Skin Routines

We went to SallyeAnder Thursday night to discover their new face mask line, and make our own as an activity. The face mask, just like everything else SallyeAnder creates, is made of all good or plant-based ingredients - we could have eaten the version we made, which included banana and olive oil!

Though you would not want to eat the face mask in the box that you would purchase - you would just be normal and apply it to your face two to three times per week to pull out the toxins and dirt, and leave your face feeling fresh. This combo was put together for this show ‘n’ tell event only, to illustrate how natural the ingredients are, and how simple the mask is at its core.

The one we mixed (and by “we,” I mean my daughter, who was in charge of our batch) had smushed banana, but we could have gone with straight-up avocado, or pumpkin.

While in the shop, I checked off my to-do list of converting to a super-natural, minimal-chemical life for deodorant (with cancer scares around me, I’m looking at things I can easily change). SallyeAnder has a Deodorant Stone, where its salt minerals kill bacteria that cause the odor. I also am trying their face balm, Krudd Balm, to replace my morning Oil of Olay moisturizer - I need to trust the ingredients!

SallyeAnder was started by Sallie’s dad, who was a pastry chef. Her brother had eczema, and to soothe his skin, Sallie’s dad devoted himself to making soap, and the brand was born. While Sallie was in law school, the family business began to struggle. “The business was like another sibling to us. We couldn’t just let it go.” So Sallie exited out of law school in order to run the family business. “Back when my dad started in the ‘80s, people were putting anything on. Natural ingredients were a hard sell. Today is much different. People want to know what they are putting on their skin.”

Sallie has been heading up the business ever since. Three children of her own later, she says that she is so glad that Beacon is their home for the business. Having a nationwide soap brand with their flagship store right here on the east end of Beacon - who also manufactures on the west end of town - is pretty handy. And by handy I mean AWESOME.


Boot-Ready Toes In An Instant, At Lilium Spa Nails On Main Street

Pedicures are normally associated with summer and flip-flops. Less-discussed is the often chronic, mostly silent problem of ingrown nails that can make one shudder at the thought of putting on socks and placing a sensitive toe into a well-padded, waterproof boot. Keeping toes pretty for padding around a cold kitchen floor or just vacuumed carpet doesn't make it into winter issues of fashion magazines.

We know from A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide that there are several options for getting your toes done around town. But if you want a pedicure right now this instant, even if it is in the middle of snowstorm Jonas (note: a snowstorm that simply gave Beacon an inch or two), then you want to walk to the pedicure place and avoid brushing off your car, driving, parking, and repeating.

This storefront has housed a nail salon for years. Currently managed by a husband-and-wife team, a mani-pedi is at your fingertips - pun intended. If you see a sign on the door that says something like: "We're here... call this number and we will be right there," you can believe it. Living upstairs, the managers will come down to help you right away.

While the appearance of the shop may be ready for an upgrade, the actual experience of the pedicure hits all of the important pressure points. Warm, bubbly water, ingrowns carefully removed, a scrub rub applied, all finished with a leg massage. Plus, they offer a 10-minute chair massage stool for anyone in need of a quick neck and shoulder rub.

For those who enjoy fast fashion, and need to quickly pick up a pair of Hello Kitty ear muffs, you will also find a retail selection in the front of Lilium Spa Nails. Anyone who has spent much time in New York City will recognize the tabletop spread of cellophane-wrapped scarves, gloves, and hats. During the research for this article at Lilium, a trio of moms with double-wide strollers popped in, in need of a fresh pair of gloves while traveling.


Beacon's Beauty Guide: Your Source For Hair, Nails, Massage, Beautification, and Gyms

Beacon has a growing number of beauty salons and professional pampering to take advantage of - you can even book a transforming appointment at a lash bar! Be it a totally new hair style, or a facial, you have options in Beacon. Plus, one of the most enjoyable gifts you can give to someone is a gift certificate. So we have included links to where you can buy a gift certificate from any of these fine services that offers one.

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Giannetta Salon & Spa
1158 North Ave (RT 9D)
(845) 831-2421
Pretty much, this salon is one of Beacon's first brightly lit establishments that commuters see when departing the train, either by foot or driving up the hill after the light on 9D from the train station. Giannetta's is open late, so you'll often see people getting styled. From blow-outs to highlights, Giannetta offers a full service salon and spa experience that cuts men, women and children's hair.  Along with regular cuts, style and blow-outs, they offer Keratin and Hair Chalk treatment. As for products sold in the salon, they are definitely gift-certificate-worthy. Giannetta Salon sells the Kerastase line of shampoos, conditioners and style products. Kerastase shampoo is the richest lather you'll ever experience, and your hair will look amazing.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to buy a gift certificate online.
Tues–Thurs: 9am-8pm
Fri: 9am–9pm
Closed Mondays

Magpie Studio
2 Tioranda Avenue
(845) 202-7072
Because you're a bad-ass, or are about to let your inner-bad-ass out, Magpie Studio is the salon for you. Founded by Kendra, a local barista/mountain bike riding champion, Magpie is a cute little salon around the corner from the Howland Cultural Center. Get the inside scoop about this laid-back, creative hair studio, and how it's "rooted" in brightly colored hair (think pink, yellow, blue) and edgy cuts and styles. You can book an appointment or call to inquire about gift certificates.

Hair Haven
612 Route 52
(914) 503-6600
Gail Formichelli offers colors and cuts, flat ironing, blow-outs, updos, and more.
HOURS: Call First.

Salon Arje
532 Main St
(845) 831-4426
Salon Arje is a dependable salon for getting just the right kind of artistic cut, classic blow-out or evening hair style. Offering specialty treatments like Restructuring Treatment, Japanese straightening, and many more services, women and men will find what they need here.
HOURS: Call First

The Greenroom Beauty Lounge
544 Main St
(845) 440-6653
Passionate about hair, style and making you feel gorgeous, sexy and bold, this team of independent stylists work together to bring out the best in everyone's hair. From lashes extensions to hair extensions, The Greenroom Beauty Lounge can enhance what you need. Book with the infamous Josh for a signature experience, but you will be happy under anyone's scissors. As for the line of products found in The Greenroom, they were the first to carry the Moroccan oils long before anyone else was, and before other shampoo brands were including it in their ingredients. A must-have is the Moroccan oil and the Intense Hydrating Mask, as recommended in our recipe for dry hair for new moms.
Tues: 10am-5pm
Wed: 10am-8pm
Thurs: 10am-5pm
Fri: 10am-8pm
Sat: 9am-4pm

Closed Mondays

Stephen Amendola Salon and Spa
1855 Route 52
Hopewell Junction NY
(845) 896-8900
One of the editors here at A Little Beacon Blog dedicates her hair to this salon, so it must be in the lineup. A full service salon and spa for men and women, and ask for Emily for a haircut!
Tues-Thurs: 9am-6pm
Fri: 9am-7pm
Sat: 8:30am-4pm

Shekinah Styles Barbershop
265 Main Street
(845) 831-1947
Providing quality haircuts for men at affordable prices since 1991. 22+ years on Main St. In Beacon! A wonderful environment for the entire family.
HOURS: Call First

Abscission Barber Lounge
498 Main Street
(845) 765-1949
For all the dudes out there who need their mountain-man beards trimmed or are looking to get a little hair design.

Giannetta Salon & Spa
1158 North Ave (RT 9D)
(845) 831-2421
This is the salon treatment of a manicure or pedicure and the pampering that surrounds it. Giannetta's is a nice idea for parties who would like to go in groups while some people are in a massage, getting and updo, or sitting in the pedicure chair.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to buy a gift certificate online.
Tues–Thurs: 9am-8pm
Fri: 9am–9pm
Closed Mondays

Sexy Nails
325 Main Street
(845) 838-9004
Sexy Nails is where you're going to go for sexy #nailart you can add your Instagram stream. Serving up all of the usual professional nail services like manis, pedis, acrylic and gel sculpted nails, Sexy Nails also offers permanent makeup. Think eyeliner and brows every day with minimal effort and maximum beauty.
Love Nails
982 Main Street
Fishkill, NY
(845) 896-4384
A fixture in the CVS Plaza, this is an easy place to escape to on a Saturday for a long pedicure followed by a 10 or 15 minute chair massage. A Little Beacon Blog has blogged about them before. Can accommodate large parties.

Giannetta Salon & Spa
1158 North Ave (RT 9D)
(845) 831-2421
Massage services include hot stone, deep tissue, aromatherapy, facial massages and more. You can also find packages combined with other salon services. They even have a special Men's Facial on the menu.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to buy a gift certificate online.
Tues–Thurs: 9am-8pm
Fri: 9am–9pm
Closed Mondays

Beacon Healing Massage 
145 Main Street
(914) 760-2725
Christine Seymour uses a combination of Swedish and deep tissue techniques and uses gentle heat and therapeutic grade essential oils in every massage. Gift certificates can be personalized and sent via email directly to recipient.
HOURS: Call or email mettamassage@gmail.com to make an appointment, go online to learn about her practice and rates, or inquire about gift certificates.

Sacred Space Healing Arts
436 Main Street
(845) 742-8494
Not just a place to relax, Donna Brickwood’s massage practice has focused in working with people dealing with a multitude of different health conditions including pain management.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to purchase a Gift Certificate online.

Email, Text, Call or Book Online To Book A Massage:

(845) 379-1956
Click to book online  
Karen Meyer, LTM, owner of River Therapeutic Massage, is known for freeing her clients from pain due to postural issues, and for using her gift of touch as a healing therapy. Enjoy several options of massage, including hot stone, and even a facial massage in the warmly lit studio where you will be surrounded by aromatherapy candles and lighting. River Therapeutic Massage does book in-office visits if your business is looking to add happiness options for employees.
PS: It's a coincidence that River Therapeutic Massage is located in the same building as the hair salon, Karen's Place on Route 52 - two different Karens! You will enter River Therapeutic Massage through the tranquil courtyard entrance in the back.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to purchase a Gift Certificate online
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Terra Firma Massage
(914) 227-5027
Angelique Devlin, LMT approaches massage therapy by blending techniques from a variety of modalities including: Swedish, Hydrotherapy, Craniosacral, Shiatsu, Sports, Medical, Deep Tissue, Connective Tissue Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy & Reflexology. Plus she does house calls!
HOURS: By appointment- book online here.

Giannetta Salon & Spa
1158 North Ave (RT 9D)
(845) 831-2421
There are so many beautification goodies on this menu, we can't possibly list them all. But they range from waxing to spray tanning to lash extensions to ear candling.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to buy a gift certificate online.
Tues–Thurs: 9am-8pm
Fri: 9am–9pm
Closed Mondays

Honorable Ink Tattoos & Body Piercings
215 Main Street
(845) 831-0451
If you were looking to decorate your body with colorful art or piercings, this tattoo parlor is the place to do it.
Tuesday-Saturday: 12pm-9pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm

Society of Lash
144 Fishkill Ave
(845) 765-2899
This newly-opened Certified Lash Extension Studio will ramp up your eyelash game with their lash extensions and make sure your brows are on point with their eyebrow waxing. Call for an appointment or to inquire about gift certificates.
By Appointment Only on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturdays

Magpie Studio
2 Tioranda Avenue
(845) 202-7072
Does your brow color bother you and you want an authentic looking dye job? Magpie Studio is the place to go, along with other Beautification items on their menu. You can book an appointment or call to inquire about gift certificates.

The Blushery 
528 Main St
(845) 765-2223
The Blushery is a boutique and beauty bar offering spa and skincare services, makeup application for weddings and special events, and a brow bar. Walk-ins welcome, or call to inquire about appointments and gift certificates.
Wednesday-Saturday: 11pm-7pm
Sunday 11pm-3pm

4 South Chestnut Street
(917) 922 4517
Located in the heart of Beacon, Shambhala Yoga Center is comprised of great teachers, several of whom are rooted in dance, all of whom are passionate about yoga and its many forms and benefits it gives to the body. You'll find yoga classes for beginners, strengthening, elegant movement, and more. Check Shambala's schedule for times and types of yoga classes.

464 Main Street
A donation-based yoga center dedicated to the development of personal yoga and meditation that has partnered up with Center 4 Creative Education. Includes drum meditation and dance classes, as well as salsa and line dancing! Check the Beacon schedule to see what fits your fancy.

181 Main Street, 2nd Floor 
Beacon Pilates is focused on your core, and the first step in that is to evaluate your body. They offer sessions to do just that before placing you into classes. You can also find a Beacon Pilates outpost at All Sport, in addition to their Beacon location conveniently located on Main Street.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to buy a gift certificate.

387 Main Street
Locomotive Crossfit is an intense gym for people who like to move - a lot. Their programming is based on classes that work with equipment that was designed to function as an extension of the body to use the body's own strength. Classes include mobility training, gymnastics, Olympic weight lifting, nutrition coaching, and more.
HOURS: Vary by class schedule.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to buy a gift certificate.

490 Main Street
Hudson Valley Fitness is your source for their famous Boot Camp, but also for your personal trainer experience. You can go to their studio or have an in-home experience. For those working on their golf games, Hudson Valley Fitness has a specialty class for golf conditioning. A gift certificate here could be a very good gift to the hard-to-buy-for father or grandfather on your list.
HOURS: Vary by class schedule.

Wellness professionals chosen based on their coaching in
the areas of food and ways of living.

You may have seen or read her book, Essential Nourishment, or you may have taken one of her many classes that teach the ways of finding nourishment in forbidden foods like cupcake frosting. From workshops that get you eating right without dieting to wellness retreats to her farm in Estonia, a gift certificate here could be a game-changer.

Jennifer Clair created Home Cooking New York (HCNY) in May 2002 after years of writing cookbooks, recipes, and a Food Editorial position at Martha Stewart Living. The opportunity to come together with eager culinary students in a kitchen classroom seemed like the next logical step. HCNY’s classes are taught out of Homespun @ Home on 259 Main Street in Beacon. Classes range from basic cooking techniques (Six Basic Cooking Techniques, 20 Minute Meals) to cuisine-focused favorites (Understanding Thai Food, French Bistro). Each 2 ½ hour class is centered around the preparation of a complete meal and culminates in a full sit-down dinner to enjoy in the intimacy of your home or surrounded by your fellow students.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to buy a gift certificate.

A wellness coach with a triple-threat to your happiness and weight loss management, Gina specializes in food and nutrition coaching, lifestyle guidance, and personal fitness training. Gina came into nutrition and yoga to deal with an auto-immune disease that happened to her, and found it more satisfactory than medication. She also specializes in helping moms figure out how to get back on track with fitness, lose the "mummy-tummy", and stay healthy and happy.

Ashley Lederer is a dietitian and food policy consultant with expertise in chronic disease management, healthy food program and policy development, research and evaluation. Ashley was formerly a Senior Adviser within the New York City Health Department’s Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control, where she worked on innovative policies and programs to improve access to healthy foods. She played a key role in the development of groundbreaking nutrition standards implemented in 12 New York City public agencies, impacting over 260 million meals and snacks served each year.
Services for Eating Well

Where's Kendra, My Favorite Barista? She Opened Magpie Studio, Her Hair Salon!

Kendra's specialty is vivid hair color and an edgy cut.

Regulars at Bank Square Coffee Shop know where their favorite barista disappeared to. When she wasn't serving up your favorite cup of coffee, or winning competitions in mountain biking, Kendra was cutting hair in her apartment above the coffee shop. But now...

Magpie Studio's waiting room for hair cuts and color.
Kendra is the proud owner of Magpie Studio, the most rad hair and beauty salon in Beacon. Why "rad"? Because Kentra's specialty is color. Not just any color, but serious color pallets for hair that you would normally find in a nail bar, she will paint in your hair. And that's not all. Blowouts, keratin smoothing treatments, waxing, brow shaping, and more.

Look for Magpie Studio's green front door around the corner
from the Howland Cultural Center.

And because your daughter has been asking for pink highlights, Kendra is also known for her way with kids, where kids haircuts are listed as a service for $20 (but "$300 if they won't hold still"). If you need "vivid shades or double process blonde", an appointment at Magpie Studio with Kendra is a few clicks away.

Pick up a services sheet and enjoy the art.

Find Magpie Studio at:
2 Tioranda Avenue
(near the swoop by Beacon Bagel, across from the Howland Cultural Center)
Beacon, NY
Congrats on this dream come true, Kendra!

Coconut Oil + Moroccan Oil Saves Dry Hair

My hair is a little schitzo. One day with a blow dry and a brush, it looks normal. Other days, without that tender loving care, it looks like a monster mash. I've been getting my hair done with Josh at The Green Room (formerly Moxie), and he would say "It just needs some attention." Which is true.

So I got the Moroccan oil and conditioner, and things were looking up. But then my second pregnancy happened, and my skin and hair went out the window. After the pregnancy, my skin made a recovery, but my hair was still unknown to me, like some untamed thing that I didn't know how to work with anymore. Even after getting it cut, it would look split and frayed.

And then my sister-in-law visited for the weekend, and was evangelizing coconut oil as the source to fix all problems: moisturizer, hair treatment, cooking oil for chicken or popcorn. She was coocoo for coco. As a gift, she bought us a jar from Beacon Natural Market on Main Street.

I put it on my hair that night, sleeping in it. The next morning I washed it out with my usual Aveda Color Conserve shampoo and conditioner, as well as the Moroccan oil conditioning mask.

What a difference!! I had tips again! My hair was smooth, and looked happy and less frizzy.

So my new routine is this: I put the coconut oil in my hair twice a week before I jog. That way, it gets anywhere from 20mins to 1 hour to work its magic before I wash and condition it.

If you have any hair tips, do share. Otherwise, pick up the coconut and Moroccan oils in town! Beacon Natural Market for coconut oil, and The Green Room (formerly Moxie) for the Moroccan line.

Spring! butter LONDON Nail Polish in Happy Colors at Echo

button LONDON nail polish at Echo Boutique
Was stopping into Echo Boutique to treat my kids to play dough and fire trucks on a Friday night,  what did dazzle my eye at the counter but all of these happy shades of butter LONDON nail polish! I have a deep eggplant purple (although it's really named after the deep, dark center of a bone....woa!) that went perfect with my sister's wedding colors. Now I think I'll try the coral pink for spring, and the yellow just for fun. I love looking at the polish colors, like the mint, but I'm a traditional color kind of gal. But man do they mix a good shade...

Thank you Echo Boutique for making this available!

Early Morning Blowouts at Salon Arje in Beacon, NY

Really, Beacon, you never cease to amaze me. While browsing BeaconCitizen.com, I spotted "Early Morning Blow Out". Intrigued, and expecting great things, I clicked to learn more. I'm not a blow out kind of gal, because my hair is pretty straight as is (I *wish* for the wave), but I've got friends who I learn from. And I've learned from these friends that they look for early morning blowouts, to perfect their hair to straightness before work or a fancy photo shoot of some kind. So, if you're looking for hair blowouts in Beacon, NY, Salon Arje could be your hookup! They go from 6am-9am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and it's by appointment only. Call 845-831-4426.

Glitter and Pattern Manicures Without the Mess, and Lasts

I'm gazing at my own manicure of seriously compressed gold glitter and black stripe, dubbed Creme de la Creme by the nail polish maker, Incoco. But this isn't your normal nail polish that you paint on - it's stick on, but it's real polish that once it's exposed to air, starts drying super fast, and I mean super fast. It's 3 polishes in 1: the base coat, the beautiful color or pattern, and the top coat. It's been a week, and after caring for a baby who gets a bath every night, and even through gardening and digging out and replanting azalea bushes - NOT A CHIP.

I get my toes done at Love Nails just because it's so enjoyable to get a pedicure. And for my ingrowns. But for my fingers, I paint my own because I can. However, I was on the judging panel last weekend for the Independant Handbag Designers Awards (final awards presented June 15!) and while there, 3GirlsBeauty were offering complimentary mini-manis to apply Incoco nails. I'm not one to get bling glued onto my nails, so when presented with the option of getting a pattern nail polish print, I almost passed. My choice was between gold with black stripe print, or very compressed purple glitter. How can a girl decide?

I went with gold. The girls at 3GirlsBeauty applied it and educated me as to how the nail polish is applied, and why it works. They said people would notice. And they have. Right away. My barrista at my local coffee shop Bank Square spotted them immediately: "Where did you get those? Are those the stick on nails I was reading about? CVS was out of them and I wanted the houndstooth!"
Yes they are, and they rock. They aren't the Lee press-on nails from long ago, which I've tried and they flew everywhere in an airplane once when I was opening a bag of peanuts. They are actual nail polish that come in little strips that vary in size to fit your nail widths. They are thin little stickers that you can flatten into place around your nail.

I can't vouch for how I'll do putting them on by myself, or removing them with nail polish remover, but when I do, this blog will be the first to know. I do know that when I do apply them, there won't be a drying time, so I can go to bed right away if I do them at night when my daughter isn't climbing on me. And there won't be a bottle to spill. This isn't replacing my bottles of essie nail polish, but it's a nice addition to my nail polish collection.