The First Lady Michelle Obama showed up for inaugural weekend sporting a new flirty hair style with bangs. The Daily Beast reported that Ms. Obama jokingly responded the bangs were a result of a ‘midlife crises’. Scrutinizing beauty experts were left wondering what other beauty-related lengths women will go to during a midlife crises.
But as far as these experts are concerned, bangs just scream beauty:
John Barrett, founder of the Bergdorf Goodman salon says, “If done correctly, [sporting bangs or deciding to add color] can shave years off of a woman’s appearance.”
Marshall Lin, a stylist at the Frédéric Fekkai Salon in SoHo, agrees, “Bangs can add a youthful, modern edge to a style.”
President Obama proclaimed them “the most significant event of [the inaugural] weekend.”
What are your thoughts? Do bangs enhance or hide a women’s beauty?
With The Oscars quickly approaching this Sunday Feb 24, 2013, celebrity beauty trends are all abuzz.
Check out this article from Reuters, “Bird droppings, bull testicles among pre-Oscar beauty treatments”, which mentions Shizuka New York’s The Geisha Facial ®! It also appears on bdnews24.com, an online newspaper from Bangladesh, “Poop facial for Oscar beauty“!
For those who are needle-averse, bird poop could be the answer to brighter skin. Shizuka New York Day Spa in Manhattan offers a Geisha Facial, an hour-long treatment that involves applying nightingale bird droppings in powder form to the skin.
“There are so many drastic options to exfoliating the skin like chemical peels and microdermabrasion,” Bernstein told Reuters. “But if you want a more natural approach, this will give you great results as well. Dead skin is removed, skin tone is brighter and you’re left with a radiant look.”
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At this spa, silk lashes are delicately and meticulously applied one by one, making eyes look bigger and more feminine; the look even lasts through swimming. You’ll never need to apply mascara again!
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“The foul (no pun intended) puffy eye cream is actually known as The Geisha Facial, a treatment created by celebrity facialist Shizuka Bernstein of New York City’s Shizuka spa…Apparently, Victoria Beckham and Tom Cruise are huge fans of this bizarre beauty treatment that costs $180 a session. And if their damn-near-flawless complexions are proof that this stuff works, then we’re down with the bird poo, too.” ~ Dana Oliver for The Huffington Post
“As someone who has actually tried this treatment (don’t judge, it was Spa Week and my roommate gave it to me!), I can say that, no your face doesn’t end up smelling like poop and yes you walk out with noticeably softer and brighter skin.” ~ Nikki Ogunnaike for Glamour.com
This facial was created by Shizuka to not only promote collagen production, but also brighten complexion and offer deep cleansing and moisturizing using only chemical-free ingredients. Nightingale droppings, a natural enzyme, have been used for centuries in Japan for flawless complexions. Please note, our ingredients are completely bacteria-free! You can sample the Geisha Facial by adding a “Geisha Exfoliation” to any Shizuka new york Day Spa facial for an additional $40. Call or email us for more information!
Facial fillers are a great alternative to surgical facelift procedures, and are a fraction of the cost. Fillers enhance certain areas of the face by smoothing out wrinkles. At our Medical Spa, our doctors administer a hyaluronic acid based filler called Juvederm, with results lasting up to a year, or sometimes longer. Clients can come in at anytime for touch-ups.
Juvederm works to fill in wrinkles, leaving the area smooth and wrinkle-free. It can also be used to plump and push up certain areas of the skin such as lifting the cheeks and filling out lips.
The total procedure is fast and easy, taking no more than 15 minutes.
Contact us for a price estimate.
Looking forward to the weekend? So are we! Shizuka will be on the set of Access Hollywood Live in Rockefeller Plaza on October 26, 2012! She will be performing The Geisha Facial® on co-hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover in front of 10 Rockefeller (where The TODAY Show is filmed!) at 11:45 am. Check it out!
Also, just published in Access Hollywood’s Healthy Hollywood: Wellness Wednesday column: “Hollywood’s Bizarre Beauty Treatments!”, an article featuring Shizuka and The Geisha Facial®! >>
Looking for some creative and fun nail design ideas this fall? We’ve compiled a few:
Starry Night – Craving a little star-studded sky? This look can be as romantic or as galactic-glam as you like!
Adorably Dotty – Kate Spade’s Fall 2012 collection showcased polka dot nail art — so fun and can be combined with a variety of colors!
Ombre, Ombre! – Ombre hair (color fading from dark to light) is still on trend and the look has translated into nail art as well. Celebrities like Rihanna rock the ombre effect (also called Gradation Manicure), and it looks stunning!
The Spring 2013 Prada show in Milan last week showcased an ode to Japanese culture with a modern take on traditional Japanese kimonos (T-shaped full length robes), obis (sashes) and even tabi socks (ankle high split-toe socks).
In keeping with traditional Japanese style, Prada’s new line was minimalist and delicately embellished with single flower shapes. Traditionally, flowers were used as a family crest and were even emblazoned onto Samurai kimonos.
The color palette resembled a scene of blooming cherry blossoms which surely represents the arrival of Spring in Japan; colors ranged from soft pink, sage, and white to light brown, black and grey.
Elle.com’s Best in Show for 2012 features these two new trendy takes on the French manicure.
“The new French manicure follows just one rule: no white polish.” Also pair the manicure with a metallic shade to resemble jewelry.
A Brazilian cable network featured Shizuka Bernstein on their internationally syndicated show, Domingo Espetacular. The piece, ”Conheça o tratamento com cocô de pássaros feito por Tom Cruise para eliminar rugas”, translated from Portuguese reads: “Learn about the bird poop treatment used by Tom Cruise to eliminate wrinkles”.
Shizuka talks about the Geisha Facial® and gives the host, a Tom Cruise look-alike, a mini facial!
A recent article in the The Huffington Post names Tom Cruise a new fan of our Geisha “bird poop” facial.
“Celebrities keep some weird beauty secrets… but one of the oddest tricks we’ve heard of is the Geisha Facial® — which is made from actual bird poop. Made popular by Victoria Beckham, the bird poop facial now has a new fan – Tom Cruise.”
In her new movie Mirror Mirror, based on Brothers Grimm’s “Snow White” fairy tale, actress Julia Roberts plays the all- organic-beauty-regimen-obsessed evil Queen. To keep herself young and “the fairest of them all” the Queen partakes of nature’s finest: snails, scorpion and bee stings (lip plumper), slimy worm moisturizer, and bird poop facials!
While we’ve never used worms, snails (or any other insects!) as part of a beauty regimen, we do applaud the use of bird poop for softer brighter skin!
SHIZUKA NY is the creator of the ever-popular Geisha “bird poop” Facial. This facial uses traditional and natural Japanese ingredients, including uguisu no fun (powdered nightingale droppings), to soften, brighten and nourish the facial complexion. Uguisu no fun is perfectly safe as it’s sanitized through exposure to ultraviolet light before being milled to a fine powder.
Wondering what all the royal hype is about? Request a Geisha Facial® appointment now by calling (212) 644-7400
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On a recent episode of The View (3/9/12) Lori Klein, Barbara Walter’s personal make-up artist, highlighted eyelash tips that will “transform your whole face” even without make-up.
In addition to eyelash extensions, Ms. Klein featured products you can apply yourself for fuller thicker lashes (we offer both at our spa!):
- Latisse: “The first FDA approved prescription treatment that grows your eyelashes”. You will need to first obtain a prescription from your doctor then purchase this product from your local pharmacy. Request an appointment with one of our doctors for a Latisse consultation.*
* For a limited time only when you come in to SHIZUKA NY for your Latisse prescription, you will receive a coupon good for $40 off the retail cost of $72 or more. Good until May 31st, 2012 only!
- Revitalash Advanced: An over the counter product that promotes eyelash growth (no prescription necessary!). Purchase it for $150 at SHIZUKA NY!
Learn more about Latisse here >>
“I insist on exfoliation, even if you have dry skin,” says Susan Evans, M.D., a Beverly Hills-based dermatologist, “You have to remove old layers first before products can really penetrate.”
Check out Shizuka Bernstein’s appearance on Good Morning America with Dr. Evans >>
Shop online for Naturopathica’s Lemongrass Mimosa Body Scrub >>
Adele’s super glamorous Louboutin-inspired manicure at the Grammy’s this month has certainly caught our eye! This lux look only works on longer nails, so take a month or so to grow out your nails, then visit our nail spa for this sing-your-heart-out celebrity treatment!
We also think Zooey Deschanel’s Tuxedo Nails from the Golden Globes are super adorable (and also do-able in our nail spa!)
Ever wondered what you’d look like with Kim Kardashian lashes?
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Check our Eyelash Extension page for maintenance guidelines and FAQs >>
Shizuka New York Day Spa was featured in Good Morning America on Monday, Aug 29th. 2011.
Our famous Bird Poop Facial was introduced as one of all natural and unusual facial!
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owner Shizuka Bernstein says her geisha facial® – which includes the use of purified bird droppings — is in high demand.
“The ingredients in the droppings have a natural enzyme and it exfoliates, it breaks down the top layer of the skin, so it’s a good exfoliation,” Bernstein said.
But Day wasn’t so sure.
“Anything that is a leftover or a by-product especially in feces of another animal I would be very hesitant to use on my skin,” she said.
For centuries, geishas used the droppings to remove makeup and revitalize their skin. Bernstein incorporated the idea to make it a substitute for clients who didn’t want to use harsh chemicals on their face.
Mixed with rice bran and applied to the face, the bird droppings emit an “organic” aroma, but first-time client Jennifer Teman didn’t seem to mind, and she’s looking forward to her next visit.
“It smelled a little funny, but I was expecting that… I would recommend other people to do it because it’s definitely a different kind of a facial to get,” Teman said.
The geisha facial takes about 60 minutes and costs $180.
Even though we call them Geisha Facial®s, bird poop facials are not only for women. In fact, since we introduced the Geisha Facial® a few years back, we’ve seen more and more men showing interest in this wacky, yet effective skin care treatment.
MensHealth.com investigates the bird poop facial trend in a recent post:
Experts say it actually might work. “Bird droppings have uric acid and are nitrogen based, and if rubbed on the skin can exfoliate and could be beneficial, but only in a superficial manner,” says Hayes Gladstone, M.D., director of dermatologic surgery at Stanford University. More >>
From our experience, we can say that the results speak for themselves. Clients, male and female alike, love the smoother, brighter skin that comes with one of NYC’s most bizarre facial treatments!
Oh and, for the record, we are the NYC spa quoted in the article!
p.s Don’t forget about our amazing half-off Geisha Facial® special!
Get our famous Geisha “Bird Poop” Facial at 50% off the regular price April 11-17, 2011.
The Geisha Facial® has been featured on television programs internationally as well as People Magazine, PerezHilton.com, and more, for using powdered nightingale droppings to cleanse and brighten the skin.
Normally $180, Shizuka New York Day Spa is offering the Geisha Facial® for $90 (50% off!) during a week of spa steals that also include deals on Shiatsu and Swedish massage, and 10% off the treatment of your choice when combined with a spa steal.
Get your appointment for a half-priced bird poop facial today by using our online request form (Promo Code: Spa Steals) or calling (212) 644-7400.