Who’s Who? Introducing The Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar Team

Hello Beauties! Thanks for visiting our beauty blog! Today, I’m excited to let you in on Who’s Who at Jennie Fresa. I hope you enjoy learning a little bit about each of us! Whether you’re a brow client, industry friend, facebook fan or bride-to-be, we hope to see you at our brow & beauty bar soon! XO, Jennie

Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar Team

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Jennie Fresa / Owner; Lead Makeup Artist & Esthetician

Formerly an International Makeup Artist & NYC Trainer for Trish McEvoy, Jennie brings over 15 years of experience in the beauty industry to women of the CT shoreline. After moving back to CT from NYC, she realized that local women lacked options for makeup and skincare services beyond bustling hair salons, outdated makeup chains or crowded department stores. To create a unique beauty destination of her own, Jennie opened her, by appointment only, studio in Clinton in early 2009. Recently she moved her established bridal business, with added retail, to a new storefront location in downtown Madison CT where she and her staff offer her signature brow styling service, makeup applications and facials. Jennie loves to spend time at home with her husband Doug and their black lab, Ellie, get a manicure, read fashion magazines over a glass of red wine or shop ’till her heart’s content.

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Joanna Zygmont / Bridal Coordinator

Joanna has been with Jennie Fresa since early 2014. She started her career in Human Resources with several large corporations. Since moving to CT from Chicago, over 10 years ago, she has enjoyed working for smaller, local businesses such as R.J. Julia Booksellers and now Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar. Joanna oversees all of our bridal inquires– from sending proposals to drafting contracts and scheduling trials, Joanna is behind every step of the booking process. Her professional and friendly personality makes booking your wedding day beauty easy and fun! While her husband, 2 kids, and dog occupy most of her time, she also enjoys exercising, reading a good book, and traveling.

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Julianna la Croix / Beauty Intern

Jules started her internship at Jennie Fresa in Madison, CT in August of 2014. She is student at Branford High School and an aspiring Makeup Artist. Over the past few years, Jules has been providing makeup services to her close friends and family for proms, weddings, homecomings and all special occasions. She is thrilled to have this opportunity to work closely with Jennie and looks forward to a continued hands-on learning experience.


Lorna Pulver / Beauty Ambassador; Makeup Artist & Esthetician

A native of Massachusetts, Lorna began her career in the spa and beauty industry in 2005. She is a graduate of The Paul Mitchell School of RI and the Institute of Advanced Medical Esthetics (Richmond, VA) and has gone on to work in some of the most esteemed health and wellness spas in VA and CT. Excited to bring her passion, creativity and personal touch to the Jennie Fresa team, Lorna hopes to bring every bride and lovely guest a bit of pampering with every brow wax, makeup application and facial. A fun fact about Lorna is that she is a retired classical dancer who performed with the Virginia Ballet Theater and the North Atlantic Ballet in Boston, MA.

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Nedelyn Perry \ Beauty Ambassador; Makeup Artist & Esthetician

Originally from NYC, Ned began her career working as a Makeup Artist for the Estee Lauder Spa in Bloomingdales. Later, she worked for iconic hairstylist Garren of Garren New York Salon as his personal assistant. In 2002 she moved to historic Guilford, CT where she now resides with her two beautiful sons. Ned is looking forward to meeting new clients at Jennie Fresa and getting back to her true love of brow styling, skincare and bridal beauty. When Ned isn’t beautifying clients at the boutique, she loves to read a good book, spend time with her family or hit the gym.

For more information on the services at our beauty bar, visit www.jenniefresa.com


Traveling Freelance Team

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Corey Hunton / Traveling Makeup Artist

Formerly a high school art teacher and event planner in the corporate world, Corey is thrilled she finally took the leap to pursue her true passion of Makeup Artistry. She studied at Make Up For Ever Academy in NYC with a focus on beauty and fashion and never looked back. In 2012, Corey hired Jennie as her wedding Makeup Artist and soon thereafter began a mentorship that eventually lead to an opportunity to join the Jennie Fresa Traveling team. Corey is super excited for this wedding season and can’t wait to work with all of her booked brides!


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Maddie Nehlen / Traveling Makeup Artist

After years of primping family and friends, Maddie enrolled in the Fashion Makeup Artistry program at the prestigious Make-Up Designory in New York City. She loves meeting new people and fine-tuning her craft with every chance she gets. Last year, she began assisting on the Jennie Fresa team. Maddie’s laid back, fun-loving personality and obvious talent won the hearts of everyone she worked with. This positive praise opened the door for her to officially join the Jennie Fresa team in the Fall of 2014. Maddie specializes in natural, feature enhancing makeup, however, a good smokey eye isn’t a problem if the client calls for it!


Maureen Sullivan / Traveling Makeup Artist

Maureen began doing makeup professionally for MAC about 11 years ago in New York. Since then, she’s done makeup at NYC Fashion Week, for many public figures, countless brides, and for the on-air talent and celebrity guests at ESPN. When she’s not beautifying a bridal party you might find her painting faces over at ESPN, the Oxygen network, GE, WFSB or for a corporate project or commercial shoot. Maureen has been working with the Jennie Fresa traveling bridal team since early 2012. Her clients will tell you she is friendly, calm under pressure and a very talented makeup artist.

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Meghan Jones / Traveling Hair Stylist

Meghan Jones is a licensed cosmetologist of 10+ years. Meghan attended beauty school outside of Boston, MA. She has worked with celebrities such as Betsey Johnson (Runway Fashion Show), Lorraine Bracco (as her personal hairstylist while in Boston), and was proudly hired on the Loreal Kerastase styling team in 2007. Meghan has the uncanny ability to transform vision into practical reality. She is proud to be on the Jennie Fresa team since 2013 and is looking forward to another great wedding season. Her favorite quote is: “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different!” -Coco Chanel

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Renee Russo / Traveling Hair Stylist

With over a decade of experience in the hair industry, Renee offers a wealth of knowledge in the art of long hair design. Her experience includes being an educator for Paul Mitchell Advanced Education, photo shoot work, high fashion and bridal. She currently also works at ESPN sports network doing hair for the on air talent. Her biggest passion is helping brides achieve a gorgeous, customized look for their big day! She is excited to share her expertise with every Jennie Fresa bride this year!

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Tricia Caliola / Traveling Makeup Artist

Tricia has been Makeup Artist for the past ten years. She started her career in 2004 at MAC Cosmetics, where she learned the in’s and out’s of beauty makeup, false lash application and tattoo coverage. Eventually another opportunity came up and she decided to challenge herself further by working at the sports channel ESPN, doing TV makeup! She’s done makeup for talents such as Tom Brady, Hope Solo, the rapper 2Chainz and for her all time favorite singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb in 2014. When she’s not doing makeup for brides, celebrities, or working moms, you can find her baking homemade cupcakes! Tricia loves being apart of the Jennie Fresa team and especially loves painting faces for bride-to-be’s!

Collectively, our work has been featured in numerous bridal publications and wedding blogs including Martha Stewart Weddings, Glitter Guide, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, BRIDES CT, WellWed, Bliss Celebrations and more.

For more information on bridal beauty, please email bridal@jenniefresa.com

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Holiday Gift Guide at Jennie Fresa: Joanna’s Top 10 Picks!

Since working at Jennie Fresa this past year, the hardest part of my job is not to buy the whole store out!  From Indie Lee skin products, to Tokyo Milk lotions and perfumes, to BKR water bottles –  Jennie Fresa offers unique and trendy brands to the shoreline and they are all fabulous!  Below are some of my favorite items in the store this holiday season.  Hope to see you at the beauty bar soon!



1) BKR Water Bottles – $30

These glass bottles with a silicon sleeve are the perfect accessory to bring to the gym, school, or office.  They are dishwasher safe and come in a variety of yummy colors.


2) Kai Nightlight Candle – $26

This candle smells amazing and will definitely brighten up any room.  Great for travel or to leave next to your bedside – even unlit this candle gives off it’s fresh clean scent of gardenia and white exotic flowers.

kai nightlight candle

3) Sara Happ Lip Scrub Confetti Cake Set  – $40

The perfect gift for someone who loves the sweeter things in life.  The lip scrub is almost as delicious as having a real piece of cake and the lip slip is simply the best lip balm around.

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4) Tokyo Milk Dark Hand Lotion – $22

With names like Arsenic, Bulletproof, and Tainted Love, these scents are no joke!  These lotions make your hands soft  and smooth….they will definitely spice up your beauty regimen.

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5) Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum – $95

If Tata Harper was a rockstar, this would be her greatest hit!.  This anti-aging product is perfect to put under makeup in the morning or to use at bedtime.  Just a drop on the face and a drop on the neck and you will notice a difference in your appearance in a few short weeks.



6) Indie Lee Squalene Facial Oil – $32 SOLD OUT, COMING SOON

I can’t say enough good things about this product.  A little goes a long way – just a dab around the eyes and I noticed a big difference –  increase in firmness and decrease in inflammation.  Especially in these cold months, it will help hydrate your face in those dry areas without feeling greasy or oily.

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7) RGB Cosmetics Nail Polish – $18

RGB’s nail polishes are my new favorite.  They have amazing colors for this holiday season, like this scarlet red, but also have some great neutral colors that you cant find anywhere else.  Not only does the polish dry quickly and last several days, they also don’t contain any Formaldehyde and are vegan and cruelty free.

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8) ban.do Girl Talk Bobbi Pin Set – $15

Don’t know what to get the girl who has everything?  These fun hair accessories will make the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for her!

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9) Jennie Fresa iRaves – $20

I think these eye raves are so perfect for the holidays or any fun night out.  They come in super fun colors and are so easy to apply.


10) Supergoop City Sunscreen – $20

Going somewhere warm this winter? This is not your typical sunscreen…it’s so much better!   It comes in a convenient travel size, goes on light like a moisturizer and has a refreshing citrus scent.  This is also great to wear for your everyday SPF needs.

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Winter Wedding at the Bee and Thistle Inn by Leslie Dumke

This Wedding Wednesday is a special one because I’m sharing my very own wedding!  Six happy years ago this Saturday, Doug and I pushed through the cold winds of a December morning into the warmth of loved ones waiting behind the doors of the Bee & Thistle Inn.  Greeted by the gleeful tune of the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers, we emerged as a married couple for the first time.  That warmth resonates each year and these favorite photos surely rekindle those memories and set our holiday mood!  I hope you enjoy looking through them as much as we do.
XO, Jennie
  leaving chruch stockings getting ready first dance cupcakes bell choir flowers (2) car (1) bag pipes
Photographer: Leslie Dumke Studio
Church: Saint John’s Old Saybrook, CT
Reception: Bee and Thistle Inn Old Lyme, CT
Dress: Vintage
Fur: Saks 5th Avenue
Veil: Maria Elena from The White Dress by the Shore
Shoes: Kate Spade
Flowers: Cynthia’s Flower Shop Branford CT
Reception Music: Kipp Sturgeon & CT Yuletide Carolers
Cupcakes: Pastry Chef at the Bee & Thistle Inn
Stockings: Pottery Barn
Church Music: Bell Choir from Branford Congregational Church
Vintage Cars: Borrowed from friends
Hair: Luisette Damiani & Kelly Sharkey
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Beauty & Baubles Holiday Fete

Aquinnah Jewelry Trunk Show: December 5th & 6th.  Shop all the best gifts for your holiday celebrations. Receive 10% of any amazing piece by Aquinnah and makeup products from the Jennie Fresa Beauty Collection, including our new IRAVES: loose mineral shimmers to light up your eyes for the holidays!
Friday, December 5th is by appointment only from 11-5pm.  Meet designer, Kelley Solomon, and learn more about her hand-made creations. Call to reserve your spot at 203-421-6800.
Saturday December 6th is an open house from 10-4pm.  Stop by and take advantage of the 10% discount for one more day and enjoy an “eye’s only” makeup application with any aquinnah purchase, our compliments!
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locket necklace by Aquinnah
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We’re painting Black Friday GREEN!!

10% off all non-toxic, chemical-free skincare products including coveted Tata Harper Products.  Stop by on Friday November 28th to enjoy a special discount on some of our favorite green brands:  RGB Cosmetics, Tata Harper, Indie Lee Skincare, BKR water bottles, Supergoop and more.
P.s. Don’t forget Saturday November 29th is Small Business Saturday.  Drop by and receive a FREE gift with purchase of $75 or more!
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