Difference of Beauty and Beauty Industry between Japan and USA
Shizuka had an interview by an esthetisian from Japan for Autumn 2016 issue of beauty and esthetic Japanese magazine creabeaux. Shizuka spoke about her experience over 21years in the beauty industry.
One of the biggest topic of this article was about the difference of beauty and beauty industry between Japan and USA. She also mentioned about how people’s definition of beauty changed from the past.
In the article, Shizuka Bernstein, owner and lead aesthetician of SHIZUKA new york Day Spa also spoke about what Hospitality (in Japanese term “Omotenashi”) means at the spa.
You can find many “Omotenashi” at SHIZUKA new york.
Signature Micro facial’s “Micro” comes from Micro manage which means to care detailed parts from head to toe.
Esthetisian and the writer of this article Megumi took one of our Spa Package “Renew-U Spa Package” and experienced our treatment from head to toe.
We’re glad to hear how much she enjoyed our treatments and felt the “omotenashi” through out the time at our spa.
You can read her experience at our spa from here
It’s your turn to experience our luxurious treatments and find out what “omotenashi” is all about!
Tips from beauty experts for fuller eye lashes
Eyes are one of the big part of your impression.
When we talk with someone, we tend to look at someone’s eyes. Shape of our eyes are all different, and it makes it unique about one. Since we’re looking at it for a long time, it tend to remain as one’s impression.
Here are tips from SHIZUKA new york’s beauty experts for fuller eye lashes!
Take off makeup before bed
Taking off your make up before bed is one of the most important thing to protect your eyes and to keep your eyelashes healthy. It could prevent eye irritation, eye infection, damaging eyelashes, and also bloodshot eyes. It’s better for your skin as well.
Keep your mascara clean
- Change your mascara every 3 to 5 months. Liquid or creamy makeup can harbor bacteria more easily, and mascara is considered as one. Replacing your mascara every 3 to 5 months can help to keep your mascara clean. If its’ dried or if it start to have a strange smell, stop using and get a new one.
- Don’t share. Sharing mascara with friends can transfer bacteria and cause eye infection.
- Don’t pump the mascara wand. It makes it dry out easily.
The most common injury related to cosmetics
Scratching eyes with a mascara wand is the most common injury related to cosmetics. It can lead to an eye infection, eyelash loss, or even blindness. Sometimes you might see someone applying mascara on a train or a car when it’s moving. Maybe she is busy, but this is dangerous.
Try to apply mascara in a relaxing environment in front of a mirror. This way it’s safe, and your eye lashes will look nicer, fuller, and will stay healthier this way.
Tips for Fuller Lashes
An eyelash extension is a synthetic eyelash that is attached to your natural lash using a specialized adhesive. Eyelash Extensions at SHIZUKA new york will add drama to lashes that are thin and light-colored without the need for mascara. Eyelash extensions also carry a slight curl which adds a natural-looking openness to your eyes.
Full Look: total 120-160 lashes $200
Natural Look: total 100 lashes $130
Tips for Curly Lashes
SHIZUKA new york Day Spa’s eyelash perm is proven to create a lasting curl in the most gentle way possible. Eyelash perm technique at our spa is authentically Japanese, imported from one of Tokyo’s hottest eyelash perm salons.
Eyelash Perm $80
Monday – Friday before 4pm* $70
*Check in by 3:30pm, holidays will be regular price
Moisturize your eye lashes
Just like you condition your hair, it’s important to condition your eye lashes as well.
Eyelash Gel is perfect to condition your lashes. It’ll strengthen weak, too short, or too thin lashes.
This Eyelash Strengthening Gel is recommended after Eyelash Perm treatment.
Revitalash will help you achieve the beautiful look of longer, thicker, and fuller eyelashes. A very small amount of RevitaLash® is applied once a day for maximum results.
Both are available at our spa and our online store.
Geisha Facial included in 5 days of beauty experiments
Lucie Fink from “Try Living With Lucie” asks Refinery29‘s beauty editor, Maria Del Russo, for 5 bizarre beauty treatments to try.
Geisha Facial was included as one of the beauty treatment!
Check out the video of Lucie’s 5 Days of Beauty Experiments!
You can also find the behind the scene of Lucie’s Geisha Facial experience on Instagram @luciebfink !
Esthetician from Osaka, Japan interviews Shizuka Bernstein
On June 28th 2016, Esthetician Ms. Megumi Hattori from Osaka, Japan traveled to Shizuka new york Day Spa to hear about the beauty industry in New York from Shizuka and also to experience our services.
Spa experience was wonderful.
It was one of the memorable day in my esthetic life.
Details about the interview will be on “creabeaux” Beauty and Esthetic Magazine in Japan very soon!
The Geisha Facial® featured as one of the unique spa treatments in the world
The spa, whose namesake is celebrity facialist Shizuka Bernstein, offers the Geisha Facial, in which sanitised, powdered nightingale droppings are applied to the skin to help exfoliate and brighten skin.
Learn more about the Geisha Facial from here
CBS News reveals The Geisha Facial as an Effective Beauty Treatment
E! News Reveals The Geisha Facial as a Red Carpet Celebrity Beauty Secret
The Mail Online’s Claudia Connell Finds That The Geisha Facial Beats Botox
Japanese TV Program King’s Brunch Features The Geisha Facial®
New York is the trend setter of Gourmet, Fashion, Culture, and Beauty.
Reporter “How does it smell?”
Model “It has a scent of rice”
After Shizuka’s performance of the Geisha Facial®, she was so surprised by how clean her pores became!
“My pores were never clean like this before!”
“My skin feels so moisturized!”
The Facial loved by celebrities might be imported back to Japan!?
Learn more about The Geisha Facial ®
Shizuka gives advice for how to get your best shave ever
Shizuka gave a tip for a recent article “Your Go-To Guide for The Best Shave Ever” on livestrong.com . This article shows step-by-step to get your best shave without damaging your skin.
“shaving gel is preferable to shaving cream because it’s less likely to clog your pores.”
As mentioned in the article, Shizuka says that moisturizing your skins is also the key to keep your skin looking and feeling great.
For your face, try our Shizuka New York Skincare system’s moisturizer.
The Shizuka New York Skincare System is holistically formulated in Japan and the products are all-natural, hypoallergenic and pH-balanced, and free of artificial fragrance, lanolin, animal byproducts, and harsh chemical irritants.
For your body, try Naturopathica’s Sicilian Bergamot body lotion.
Naturopathica combines certified natural and organic ingredients with Naturoceuticals, state-of-the-art skin care technology, and without harmful synthetics. This lightweight yet deeply moisturizing body lotion uses a high concentration of Aloe to nourish and soothe the skin.
Shizuka New York’s Eyelash Treatments Highlighted in New You Magazine
Shizuka Bernstein and her husband Dr. Robert Bernstein were both recently mentioned and quoted in the article, “A Vision of Youthful Loveliness”, in the Spring edition of New You Magazine. The article discusses how to achieve a more youthful and ‘eye-opening’ look by paying attention to the eyes, brows, and lashes. With the right grooming, the eyes can shave years off of your appearance, even if you’ve been over plucking your brows for years. In this article, you’ll find tips for creating a bold brow and opening up the eye with eyelash perming, extensions, and tinting.
– Go with your natural brow structure to get just the right arch for your face and eyes.
– It’s a two-step process to fill in brows: create definition AND fullness.
– When brow grooming – abstain from waxing or plucking as these methods tend to cause the skin to droop over time.
Dr. Bernstein recommends hair transplantation for those with more severe cases.
“First they have to be trimmed, but eventually they mimic the growth pattern of eyebrows.”
Dr. Olivia Hutchinson, our resident MediSpa doctor is also quoted in the article. Click here for more information about Latisse prescriptions with Dr. Hutchinson.
“Lash perming, which was started in New York by Shizuka Bernstein, who has a spa in Rockefeller Center, adds a flirtatious curl that lasts a month. If you have lighter lashes, tinting and then perming will allow you to skip mascara in your daily routine, and save it for nights out.”
Check out these related blog posts for more information about Eyelash treatments at Shizuka new york Day Spa:
Shizuka featured on Chasing News on the Fox Network
Shizuka was featured on the news segment “Chasing News” on the Fox Network this week! The segment is aired weeknights in NYC at 1AM on WNYW-Fox5 and 10PM on WWOR-My9, as well as 12AM on WTXF-Fox29 in Philly.
On the segment, news anchor Allison Gormly brought a small camera with her to film her experience with Shizuka and receiving The Geisha Facial®. She shares the roundup in the newsroom with her colleagues. You can view the segment here.
Could The Geisha Facial® be the new ‘good luck’ treatment for your skin? After Ms. Gormly thoroughly enjoyed the facial, she decided to have a little fun by testing the superstition that getting pooped on is good luck. See the results of Ms. Gormly’s ‘good luck’ facial and let us know what you think!
Shukan NY Seikatsu Newspaper publishes Valentine’s Day Special
This month, New York City’s Shukan NY Seikatsu Newspaper published an article about our Valentine’s Day Spa Special for 2! The article focuses on this year’s offerings which are these Shizuka new york Day Spa’s signature treatments for two: The Classic Facial, Sakura Pedicure, and any of our 50min. or 75min. massages (including AromaScape and Hot Stone!)
An ad for our spa deals was also published in the edition. This year’s Valentine’s Day Spa Deals for 2 end on Monday February 29th, so there’s still time to take advantage of these relaxing and romantic treatments at a discounted price.
Also, please note that each couples’ treatment includes a complimentary Godiva chocolate and champagne toast courtesy of Shizuka new york!
Top 10 Spas in NYC
SHIZUKA new york Day Spa is listed in The Culture Trip’s list, NYC’s Top 10 Spas: Find Your Urban Relaxation. We’re thrilled for the recognition and invite you to come in to experience our signature facials and body treatments as well as our nail salon, cosmetic services, and much much more!
Shizuka Day Spa
Shizuka Day Spa is all about the Japanese holistic way, offering massages, saunas, and facials to soothe the mind and invigorate the body as well as impeccable nail services for the fashion-forward. Perfect for couples, cliques, or much-needed solo time, Shizuka’s ‘Geisha Facial’ is a popular treatment that keeps customers loyal. A favorite among celebrities and high-profile figures, this unique facial is made of Nightingale droppings, which is a Japanese tradition to enhance and beautify the skin.
Shizuka Day Spa, 7 West 51st Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 644 7400
Cultural Differences in Pubic Hair Removal
In a recent article by a Japanese publication WithNews, titled “The Hair Removal Situation in USA: Is it for “Unexpected Happenings” as well as for for Men & the Elderly?, the author describes the differences among Japanese and American people’s tendencies to care for their pubic hair region. The author concludes that the outcome is largely due to overall cultural differences in hair care and grooming.
The article explains that Japanese people tend to not care as much for pubic hair care maintenance as American people. In American drugstores you are more likely to see hair care products and tools such as razors or hair removal creams more than you would in Japan.
Shizuka Bernstein, owner and lead aesthetician of Shizuka new york Day Spa in Manhattan was quoted in the article saying that Americans are culturally more likely to be aware of each others’ body hair just as a cultural consequence of greater everyday physical contact. In this way, it would make more sense that Americans would be more conscious and aware of pubic hair care as well.
“Compared with Japanese people, Many American people have thicker body hair by nature because of the difference of constitution. So the hair removal service is already so commonplace that taking it a step further to cover pubic hair grooming is not a big deal and seems natural.”
The author concludes that there are cultural differences in pubic hair removal. American people tend to be more open-minded when it comes to sex and so it would make sense they would go to greater lengths to care for pubic hair over Japanese people.
Toyama Barber and Beauty School visits Shizuka New York
On September 30th, 2015 students from the Toyama Barber and Beauty School in Japan traveled to Shizuka Bernstein’s Manhattan spa to hear her speak about the beauty industry in the United States. Following the lecture about beauty and business, students observed and participated in the application of Shizuka New York Day Spa’s Signature Micro Facial (80min, $170). Shizuka demonstrated her signature touches that make every facial and treatment a positively memorable experience for clients.
One student from the school interned for Shizuka new york Day Spa for the day to gain real life spa experience answering phones, taking appointments, and cleaning. It was an uplifting experience for all! Here’s a video one student made to commemorate her day at the spa.
Scents of a Geisha: A Natural Way to Heal the Skin
One aspect of the facial that gets newcomers both squirmy and anxious is the smell. Because we all know poop, well, smells. However, because all bacteria has been removed from the bird droppings, what we are left with is its essential enzymes and guanine components which carry a slight ‘earthy’ scent.
Upon creating the facial seven years ago, Shizuka Bernstein, master aesthetician and creator of The Geisha Facial® decided to mix the sterilized bird droppings with rice bran powder to both sweeten its natural scent as well as add additional exfoliating and brightening properties to the facial. Some say the mixture smells like toasted rice or peanut butter. Medical Daily reporter, Susan Scutti, says it smells like ‘honeysuckle’.
Shizuka wanted the facial to be both results-oriented as well as provide a pleasant experience for the customer to unwind and relax knowing their skin is in good hands.
Imagine the scent of honeysuckle complemented with the gentle aroma of camellia flowers, green tea, and lavender oil all derived from the Shizuka NY Skincare System products used throughout the facial. Shizuka created The Geisha Facial® as a natural way to heal the skin while ensuring you feel relaxed and pampered throughout.
As Ms. Scutti remarked in the video, “the smells are part of the peaceful feeling”.
CBS News reveals The Geisha Facial as an Effective Beauty Treatment
An interview with Shizuka Bernstein and one of our clients aired on September 8th, 2015 on a CBS news segment titled: Ugly Beauty.
Sometimes the best ingredients in beauty treatments are sourced directly from mother nature, with results that are much prettier than the ingredients themselves. Natural beauty treatments that use all-natural ingredients like sterilized bird droppings bring added benefits to your skin that synthetic products may not be able to deliver. For example, the naturally occurring enzymes in guanine (main ingredient in bird droppings) retexturizes skin to impart a pearly luster.
Here’s a portion of the transcript from the CBS News segment:
Manhattan spa owner Shizuka Bernstein created a facial using nightingale droppings.
“I really do swear by it,” she said.
Client Amanda Hoffman said the bird poop, which was allegedly first used hundreds of years ago to cleanse the skin of Geisha, has made a world of difference in her skin.
The droppings are UV sterilized which produces a powder form of the ingredient mixed with rice bran to help with the smell. Clients said the results are immediate.
“So you must wonder, ‘ok, what will it do for the skin?’” she said.
Experts say longevity is key when seeking out ugly beauty products.
“Fads will come and go, but if it’s been out there for six to eight months I think it’s pretty safe to try,” Dr. Kavita Mariwalla said.
The Geisha Facial® has been around for seven years, since 2008, so we’d say it’s more than a fad, it’s a tried and true beauty treatment!
All eyelash extension treatments at Shizuka new york are completely customizeable according to your needs. Extension choices include curl, length, and thickness.
We offer two eyelash curls: the J Curl and the C Curl. As the shape of the letter suggests, the J Curl offers a slight curl at the end while the C Curl offers a curl that starts nearer to the root of the eyelash. Both looks open the eyes and add more volume to your natural lashes.
The full set below features J curl lashes affixed using a variety of different lengths: 10, 11, 12, 13 cm. Your technician will be able to further asses and recommend the best combination of lengths to achieve the exact look you want.
Whether you’re going for dramatic or a naturally subtle enhancement, eyelash extensions can open up your eyes and elevate your look to the next level. Eyelash extensions are highly recommended for special events like weddings, parties, or everyday beauty enhancement!
Read on for tips to keep your lashes looking perfect longer.
Tips to keep your lashes looking perfect longer
Consult a Professional
Get a professional consultation before getting eyelash extensions affixed to your natural lashes. You want to make sure you get the best look for your buck! Let Kim Kardashian have her own look, let’s find you yours! By assessing the condition of your natural lashes, a licensed esthetician will help you decide on the best curl and length for your ultimate beauty enhancement.
Keep Lashes Dry
Eyelash glue can take up to two days to firmly bond to your natural lashes so avoid getting them wet as much as possible. Be sure to protect them while showering and washing your face and completely avoid activities like swimming and those that involve excessive sweating like using saunas and working out. If you go in the water, wear goggles to protect those lashes.
Gently Remove Makeup
Use makeup removal wipes to gently remove makeup from the eye area. Avoid using cotton balls or pads as cotton fibers can get stuck in lashes and make them fall out sooner. A little extra care everyday can extend the life of your lashes in the long run.
Most mascaras will interfere with eyelash glue lessening their bond to the eyelash extension. Mascara, especially oil-based ones, can be difficult to remove which can further weaken and limit the life of the eyelash extension. Added benefits of getting eyelash extensions include giving mascara and eyelash curlers some time off. Enjoy it!
Reset and go!
You’re bound to get eyelashes wet in the shower or after cleansing your face. When this happens simply reset them by combing them gently with an eyelash comb and blow dry them with a hairdryer set on its coolest setting. Using hot air will further weaken the eyelash extension adhesive.
Sleep on your back
Sleeping on your stomach or on your side can cause eyelash extensions to bend awkwardly throughout the night making them difficult to deal with in the morning. In order to protect lashes during slumbering hours, sleep on your back instead.
Where to Shop, Eat, Drink, and Relax in New York City’s Midtown Manhattan
Get the scoop on the best places to eat, drink, shop, and explore in the bustling area of Midtown Manhattan surrounding SHIZUKA new york Day Spa. Spa owner, Shizuka Bernstein, who lives and works in Midtown, shares her personal midtown hot spots to find your own serenity in the city and make your visit to the area a memorable one! She’s put together some itinerary options including a serenity-in-the-city stop at her day spa for some pampering and relaxation time to rest and recharge before setting out again into the city that never sleeps!
Shizuka’s City Guide: Serenity in the City, Midtown Hot Spots
Slow down, relax, and surround yourself with beauty:
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Saks Fifth Avenue
Relax and recharge with our Japanese hospitality at SHIZUKA new york Day Spa. We are eight blocks from Central Park South, near St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and across from Rockefeller Center Plaza.
Break for lunch:
Eat lunch with Central Park views at the Time Warner Center restaurants or at The Robert NYC.
See a show or go to the theater at The Paley Center or to Times Square for Broadway shows.
Call it a night with dinner and drinks at:
Fig & Olive
So–whether you’re here on vacation, for work, or just want to explore more of what Midtown Manhattan has to offer, check out the list above for places that prove this vibrant part of NYC has got something for everybody.
Shizuka NY was named a 2015 New York City Hot Spot to relax and unwind by Avianca em Revista Magazine!
SHIZUKA new york Day Spa’s The Geisha Facial® was featured in the February 2015 Issue of Avianca em Revista Magazine, a magazine for Brazil’s Avianca airlines. The article is titled “Relax em Nova York” or “Relax in New York”.
The magazine listed SHIZUKA new york Day Spa as a preferred New York City Spa and “hot spot” to relax, unwind, and “beautify” in between shopping, sight-seeing, and exploring.
SHIZUKA new york Day Spa is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan across from Rockefeller Center Plaza, so as you can imagine tourists and New Yorkers alike visit our spa for a bit of respite and relaxation in between a busy day of shopping and sight-seeing, for a special day of pampering, after a long day at work, or even for a quick beauty stop during lunch hour.
Shizuka New York in American Spa Magazine
Shizuka New York Day Spa is mentioned in American Spa Magazine’s May 2015 issue!
The Geisha Facial® is still getting media buzz, almost as much as it did when Shizuka New York Day Spa owner, Shizuka Bernstein, introduced the facial to the beauty and spa industry in 2008.
According to owner and celebrity facialist Shizuka Bernstein, geishas relied on frequent facials using nightingale droppings to not only remove makeup but also to brighten and heal their skin. She attributes the ingredient’s natural enzymes and guanine to helping impart a pearly luster to the skin.
In the article, spa consultant Peter Anderson speaks to how the origin of The Geisha Facial stems from ancient Japanese culture and how “that predates a modern understanding of skincare”.
Many of these facials have their roots in culture and chemistry that predates a modern understanding of skincare.
The usage of nightingale droppings in The Geisha Facial isn’t the facial’s only element with ancient Japanese origins. A recent article on Vogue.com highlights an ancient Japanese skincare technique known as double-cleansing. The Geisha Facial (and all other SNY facials) incorporates double-cleansing using the all-natural products from the Shizuka New York Skincare System to thoroughly cleanse and refresh the skin before the nightingale droppings are applied. This technique maximizes the “Geisha Glow” effect following the facial.
How to Get Smooth Skin while Beating Cellulite
A recent article in The Hindustan Times mentions our Geisha Facial in an article about celebrity beauty secrets titled: Bird poop and leeches to mayonnaise: 17 bizarre celeb beauty secrets.
While The Geisha Facial is an all-natural way to cleanse the skin, the enzymes in the nightingale droppings work to also gently exfoliate and nourish the skin producing smooth glowing results. Just look at Victoria Beckham!
Victoria Beckham loves a good bird poop facial
Bird poo? No, seriously! The Daily Mail reports that the former pop star’s glossy skin is all about bird poop and smearing it on her face. Also known as the Geisha facial, it is an ancient Japanese beauty practice that uses nightingale droppings to form a cleansing paste. Sounds gross, but it works. What’s more, celebrities (including Posh’s hubby David Beckham) are all about it today as it leaves the skin super shiny and smooth.
Further down the list notes that Halle Berry uses coffee grounds to deeply cleanse and smooth her skin. Coffee grounds is also a natural way to beat cellulite. Halle Berry proves our Coffee Break Mud Wrap is a tried and true way to achieve smooth vibrant skin!
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SHIZUKA new york Day Spa’s The Geisha Facial® was featured in the February Issue of Avianca em Revista Magazine, a magazine for Brazil’s Avianca airlines. The article is titled “Relax em Nova York” or “Relax in New York”!
They listed SHIZUKA new york Day Spa as a preferred New York City Spa and “hot spot”, for tourists and residents alike, to relax, unwind, and “beautify” in between shopping, sight-seeing, and theater going.
See our current spa deals here >>