Beauty on Bond

Tres Belle Spa: 8 Benefits Of IPL Laser Photofacials

June 13 2019

Dear Friends,
A recent survey from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery shows, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photorejuvenation treatments are the second top non-surgical skin rejuvenation procedure in the United States. Even though more clients are making the shift to non-surgical medical aesthetic options, many are new to the offerings of IPL and curious about the results that can be obtained with IPL-based treatments. 

Tres Belle Spa is now using the advanced technology of Viora lasers. Our IPL photofacials are fully customizable treating different skin issues seamlessly in one appointment. Brighten. Lighten. Tighten is our IPL laser facial and amazing to get your skin makeup free, firm and super fresh. 



1. kills bacteria that cause pimples and blackheads
2. evens your skin tone
3. targets age/sun spots
4. eases Rosacea
5. plumps fine lines
6. stimulates collagen
7. increases elastin production
8. shrinks pores
9. brightens skin
10. stimulates elastin

Whether you're looking for a make-up free summer or ready to address a skin issue that's been on your mind for a long time, chances are laser can help.

For more information or to book an appointment, please click here.

Yours In Sunscreen,

Allison xo


Tres Belle Spa: Are You Washing Your Face Wrong?

April 17 2019

Dear Friends,
I thought of naming this post "You're Doing It Wrong" but, anyone who didn't get the Mr.Mom 80's movie reference would think I was just mean. I am not mean, I care and that's why I am sharing some wee course corrections you can make to get the most out of your skincare. I am going to share really simple stuff like...the correct way to apply eye cream. I realized recently many folks out there are making some errors that could effect results. I swear I reference Oprah's classic bomb drop "Most women are wearing the wrong bra size." more than anyone has a right to 30 yrs (?) later. It has come to my attention that many are cleaning their face and applying eye cream wrong. In this post I won't be talking specific products, just application how-to's. 


Photo by Matthew Tkocz


How To Clean Your Face:

DO: Use upward motions to apply cleanser. #upupup
* You want your skin to stay up, train it.
DO NOT: Move hands up and down and round and round.

DO: Use cool to cold water to rinse.
* Cold water de-puffs, and tightens skin.
DO NOT: Use hot water.

DO: Exfoliate with a tiny bit of baking soda, very gently.
* baking soda brightens and shrinks pores
DO NOT: Use apricot scrub, the uneven shape of the grains can puncture the skin.

How To Apply Toner:

DO: Apply 4-5 drops onto a cotton round and tap in an upward motion on face.
* Gentle tapping will keep skin from getting irritated.
DO NOT: Rub toner onto face in the same manner as cleanser because, it's not.

How To Apply Eye Cream:  

DO: Tap a small amount from the outside to inside.
* This application gives a lymphatic drain and takes away puffiness.
DO NOT: Pull the under eye area back and forth

How To Mask:

DO: Begin by cleansing and toning. Leave mask for at least 10 minutes. 
* Most masks need 20 minutes. Read directions on product.

DO NOT: Leave on longer than directed. You can harm the skin.

I hope these tips are helpful. Sometimes you won't get the results you're looking for if you're application is incorrect. You might even see a change in the efficacy of your products. I hope so. If you're interested in coming to see us at Tres Belle Spa for more skincare info, please contact us HERE.

Yours In Sunscreen,

Allison Tray
Proprietress, Tres Belle Spa



Tres Belle Spa: The Truth About Laser Hair Removal and Brown Skin

March 20 2019

Tara Duvivier

People of color can safely have laser hair removal with amazing results if they go to an experienced practitioner. You will notice I said EXPERIENCED. You do not want a novice treating dark skin as, it is the most sensitive although most people believe very fair skin is most delicate. A reputable establishment, like Tres Belle Spa, will have a laser hand-piece or machine that is made...

Tres Belle Spa: The Truth About Lash Lift

March 20 2019

Dear Friends,
Hi, I am writing to you from my favorite little weekend getaway, The Forsyth in Kingston NY. I am post THREE COURSE breakfast, caffeinated and ready to rumble. As summer approaches I have been revisiting ways to shorten your "beauty" routine. As I have blogged before, lash lift is a must have service for polished looking eyes with no effort on your part at all. Summer heat can wreak havoc on eye make-up, lash lift doesn't smudge or budge for up to 6 weeks. 

This week the staff and I had the pleasure of hosting Liz Teich aka The New York Stylist. The stunning blonde came to us with barely there, very white lashes. She was looking to simplify her beauty routine and prep for an upcoming vacation. Lash lift will make her eyes pop and look stunning through swimming, sleeping, showering...living. After talking all things Biologique Recherche and Skinceuticals, Paula took her in for her lash-over. 

lash lift

The process is 60 minutes and totally comfortable. Think of it as a relaxing hour of getting to close your eyes and lay down. Paula was in the zone of complete focus while treating Liz. Liz on the other hand, almost fell asleep! 

Above, you see Liz's lash transformation. Brand new lashes that are glamorous but not fake and over the top. Liz can go on vacation and leave her eye make-up at home. With a toddler and a busy life styling and curating, Liz needs to be able to throw herself together at a moments notice. Her lash lift takes the worry of eye make-up off her list of to-do's. Liz was gorgeous to begin with, now with an extra sparkle.

Liz Teich at Tres Belle Spa.


If you are ready to experience a lash pop with Paula or would like more information, please continue HERE.

To stay current with Liz and her happenings, continue HERE.

Thank you for reading,

Allison XO





Tres Belle Spa: What To Expect After An Acne Facial

March 13 2019

Dear Friends,
At Tres Belle Spa we see a lot of acne. I am not just talking teen acne but, adult acne too. In this post I will shed some light on what to expect after an acne facial.

Acne is a condition in which the sebaceous glands ( oil glands ) become clogged, inflamed and infected. Most often if one of your parents had acne, you're likely to inherit it. Lifestyle and grooming habits can lead to it as well. For most, acne is a stubborn condition that has been a part of their lives for a longtime. It's understandable that some clients who come for acne facials are nervous because they don't know what to expect. 

It is crucial to seek out an experienced skincare professional to treat your skincare concerns, especially acne. Depending on your treatment provider, your appointment may include double cleansing, chemical peel, extractions, use of facial machines and products aimed at disinfection and healing. It's likely that if you seek out the advice of a dermatologist, you'll be prescribed topical creams and not receive the benefits of a facial. We have been thrilled lately to see dermatologists sending us patients for facials before prescribing "one size fits all" medications. 

There are different degree's of severity when it comes to acne. Whether the acne you experience is mild, moderate or severe, all types of acne need specialized treatments. When you are seeking help to heal acneic skin, it's important to be clear about expectations. 

After your acne treatments you might experience one or more of the following temporary conditions, none of which should be permanent if you have seen an experienced professional:

  • Redness of the skin that could last a few hours.
  • Light scabbing might occur from deep extractions.
  • Light breakout may occur as the skin purges.
  • Dry skin
Here are a few tips to keep the skin clean and maximize healing.
  • Change your pillowcase more frequently.
  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Avoid dairy foods.
  • Use cold water on skin instead of hot.
  • Do not use any harsh products or scrubs.
It is helpful to remember to be patient and not expect immediate results. As they say, these things take time. Also, I always like to tell my clients that zits crave attention. Let your skincare provider obsess so you don't have to.

Here's to your best skin!
If you're suffering from acne and breakouts, we can help. Book a visit with Tres Belle Spa.

Tres Belle Spa: Vi Peel For Post Summer Skin Rejuvenation BEFORE AND AFTER PICS

October 27 2018

Dear Friends,
Now that summer is over, clients are coming to Tres Belle Spa looking to get rid of sun damage. Sun damage causes brown spots on the skin, dryness and uneven skin tone. In my last post I mentioned tips for improving the efficacy of Masque Vivant from Biologique Recherche. Masque Vivant is a fantastic post summer mask to purify the skin during the summer-fall transition. Now that cooler weather is upon us, you may be contemplating a more intense treatment. In this blog, I will tell you of the spa's favorite chemical peel for not only sun damage but overall rejuvenation.

Introducing Vi Peel: Our Favorite Chemical Peel



Created by Vitality Institute, Vi Peel is one of the most sought after peels in the skincare industry. Dr. Abdahla F. Kalil initially crafted this peel for his daughter Marya to treat her ongoing struggle with acne. The peel is applied, peeling starts in 48-72 hours, it will start off mild and then increase until it's completed in 7 days. You will be sent home with a kit to boost results and protect skin during your "molting" phase. Skin may appear red or tanned after application. Skin will begin to feel tighter right before the peeling phase begins. 7 days later, you will be thrilled with smoother, more even toned, rejuvenated skin.


  • You are looking to treat your melasma
  • You want to Improve your skin tone and texture
  • You want to ease the appearance of acne scars and enlarged pores
  • You have sun damage
  • You could use a collagen and elastin boost for younger looking skin
  • You have "chicken skin" on your arms



  • Vitamin C: an antioxidant with exfoliation properties. It has beneficial effects on skin cells, and studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage.
  • TCA – Trichloroacetic Acid: is a non-toxic chemical which has been used to perform skin peels for over 20 years. It is a relative of vinegar (acetic acid.) It causes the top layers of cells to dry up and peel off over a period of several days to one week
  • Phenol: the most deeply penetrable exfoliant essential in the peeling phase of chemical peels. It's the main ingredient that brings on intense peeling. It is also has antiseptic properties to prevent infection.
  • Retin A- enhances the peeling process and encourages anti-aging, prevents breakouts
  • Salicylic Acid- helps dissolve dead skin cells  enhancing the shedding effect of dull, dead skin

If you're ready to take the chemical peel plunge, you can count on Vi Peel at Tres Belle Spa.  Contact us for a consultation or treatment.

*Results may vary and some conditions may require more than one peel to achieve optimal results.



Tres Belle Spa: 3 Masque Vivant Pro Tips To Try Now

October 19 2018

Dear Friends,
You know that Biologique Recherche is a one-of-a-kind skincare line that produces skincare miracles. You love lotion P50 and now I want to make your masking even more effective. I'm excited to share 3 Masque Vivant "tips" that pro's use to really BOOST results! Masque Vivant is considered the best mask on the market and has been praised in such publications as Vogue, Well+Good, Allure, Man Repeller and dozens more. If Masque Vivant is new to you, here's a snippet of what it can do:

  • Helps regulate sebum secretion
  • Purifies and tightens pores
  • Revitalizes and stimulates epidermal functions
  • Brightens complexion
  • Moisturizes

Tip 1: For seborrheic skin

Add a pinch of baking soda to mask to active the yeast. Apply the foamy mix over face, neck, chest for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water. 

Tip 2:  For sensitive skin 
Mix  1/3 Masque VIP 02 with 2/3 Masque Vivant. Apply to face, neck, chest and eye area. This mixture really takes fine lines from eye area.

Tip 3: As a spot treatment
Sometimes no matter how well you take care of your skin, a zit pops up to say hello. After applying P50, you can use Masque Vivant as a spot treatment. Apply to zit and let it dry for 10-15 minutes. Repeat if needed. 

At Tres Belle Spa, we use masque Vivant in most of our treatments to purify and revitalize the skin. This mask is taking over the beauty and skincare world. Come try a sample! You can experience the majic of Vivant by booking a Biologique Recherche treatment with us. More info here.



Tres Belle Spa: Winter Wedding Skin Prep 3 Skin Types 4 Suggestions

October 15 2018

Tres Belle Spa Advises Brides On How to Ready Skin For Winter Weddings featuring "Best Drugstore Buys" to Biologique Recherche.

Winter wedding season is upon us. Many clients have inquired about prepping their skin to look hydrated and fresh for their photos and beyond. Everyone's skincare needs are different. In this blog my objective is to cover the most common skin complaints as well as budgets from Drugstore to luxury.


Meghan Markle wedding skin prep

Megan Markle via Getty Images


Giving your make-up artist clean fresh skin to paint on will not only help your make-up last, healthy skin will boost your glow far past your big day, and show in your photos. You feel fresh, clean and confident when your skin looks it's best. Find your skin "type" and a few of my suggested treatments below. I have listed something for everyone from DIY'ers to Book Me An Appointment'ers.
Could Be Brighter:
See A ProDermaplane is a method of exfoliation that removes top layers of dry, dead skin. It smoothes fine lines and rejuvenates skin showing signs of hormonal changes. Using light, feathering strokes, upper skin layers are safely abraded improving the skin's ability to absorb topical skin treatments and completely drink in vitamins. As a wonderful bonus, vellus hair ( peach fuzz ) is completely removed leaving you with baby soft skin that lasts for weeks. 
WHAT TO SHOP FOR- Look for the words brighten, even tone
FANCY: P50 PIGM 400 lotion
PHARMACY: Yes to Grapefruit Dark Spot Correcting Serum
DIY- Make a paste of baking soda and water and massage onto face. Be as gentle as possible as if your face was a babies tush.
Could Be Firmer:
 See A Pro- Try Microcurrent. Long recognized as an aid in speeding the recovery of soft tissue damage, microcurrent found its place in the aesthetics field. Discovered by pure accident by a physician performing treatments on patients with Bell's Palsy, the doctor saw the skin of his patients start to look younger and firmer. Now, using the same technology, we are able to sculpt the cheekbones and help clients with such concerns as sagging skin at the face, eyes, jowls and neck. Light current works at a cellular level to erase muscle memory from the skin, therefore smoothing its surface and releasing your wrinkles. It's like a natural Botox. It is a very comfortable procedure and your esthetician should use professional grade products used to firm the skin.
WHAT TO SHOP FOR- Look for lifting and firming
FANCY- Masque Crème Biofixine by Biologique Recherche, H.A. INTENSIFIER by Skinceuticals
PHARMACY- Weleda Firming Serum Pomegranate
DIY- Egg white, aloe and cucumber mask. Blend and apply using upward motions. Leave on for 30 minutes, rinse with cold water and pat dry.
Could Use An Overhaul: You are not alone if you're having major skin issues right now. 
See A Pro- Have a Custom Facial so that your esthetician can  address your individual needs. They will work together with you to come up with a step by step treatment regime to improve your skin over time. You might consider booking monthly appointments depending on the offerings available to you.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR- rejuvenating, toning
FANCY- P50 lotion and Creme Splendide by Biologique Recherche, CE Ferulic Serum and A.G.E. Interrupter  by Skinceuticals
PHARMACY- RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Anti-Aging Moisturizing Cream
DIY- Start with diet. Eliminate dairy, white four, sugar and processed foods. Your skin will likely purge at first but then it will begin to show positive changes. Drink tons of water. Be dedicated to keeping your skin clean. Wash your face morning and night. Exfoliate with a touch of baking soda. Hydrate with hyaluronic serums, and sunscreen and moisturize every day.
Book your own Biologique Recherche treatment or other facial at Tres Belle Spa to feel most confident on your big day. More info on that HERE

Tres Belle Spa Brooklyn: Every Biologique Recherche P50 Lotion Explained

July 28 2018

Tres Belle Spa breaks down the cult of P50 for Charlotte's Book

Hi Friends,
I am OMG 247, all theeeeee time for Biologique Recherche Lotion P50. This is no secret. There is literally NO SKIN ISSUE that P50 can't improve. I even got my neighbors on the miracle lotion, nicknamed "Jesus in a bottle." Not long ago, I posted about my 3 favorite BR products for summer. Recently, I was asked by Charlotte's Book to breakdown the different formulations of P50 for their discerning readers.


I had fun detailing and obsessing over each and every formula. Here I am using a one word descriptor, for fun.
P50 strengthening
P50 1970 strongest 
P50W gentle 
P50V plumping
P50 PIGM 400 hyperpigmentation

I know you're curious to read more about these cult-status elixirs. Click onto Charlotte's Book to read the entire breakdown in every delicious detail.

To experience the magic of Lotion P50, try a Biologique Recherche treatment at Tres Belle. More info HERE.

Allison XOX

Tres Belle Spa: Biologique Recherche's BEST IN SUMMER BRIGHTENING

June 28 2018

Hi Friends,
In my last blog, I talked about pigmentation and my favorite Biologique Recherche products to target it. This time around I am singing the praises of the best in summer brightening with my newly discovered "can't live without" serum. I am over le moon to introduce you to Oligo-Proteines Marines.This serum largely composed of algae peptones, will take your make-up free summer skin to next level brightness. Many of my clients have make-up free skin goals. As the heat and humidity creep the NYC streets, the last thing anybody wants is more stuff on their face. Ditch the highlighter, ( it brightens and shines! ) and concealer ( it erases dark under-eye circles!)  and watch Oligo work it's brightening magic.

  • Oligo-Proteines Marines Key Points Dark circles under your eyes disappear and your complexion is bright and rested
  • SOS treatment for stresses, dull skin's and the MUST HAVE for smoker's skin
  • Concentrations of marine energy awaken skin

Provides miraculous brightening Application Apply 6-10 drops in a light ascending massage to face, neck and decollete. Do not mix with other serums. Use for 1-2 month courses. 

If you would like more information on this serum or to purchase, please contact me at allison@tresbellespa.com.





Tres Belle Spa: Top 3 Biologique Recherche Products For Summer

June 16 2018

As summer creeps in, clients are curious about protecting and beautifying their skin. Aside from sunscreen, moo-moo's and floppy hats, there's the PIGM 400 collection from Biologique Recherche. This 3 product trifecta not only corrects hyperpigmentation and sun spots, it helps to prevent sun damage during the summer. 

I would say this is the last chance you have before the summer to get a medium/deep peel, such as Vi Peel, to get your skin make-up free and fresh for summer. A great facial to prep skin and a PIGM 400 routine will keep the skin you care for healthy and gorge throughout the season of the sun.

Here are the deets on the PIGM 400 routine....


biologique recherche PIGM 400 at TRes belle Spa

1.Starting with a freshly cleansed skin, pat your P50 PIGM 400 in upwards motions onto face, neck and decollete. This version of P50 will not only work to correct pigmentation already existing on the skin, it will work to prevent the formation of new spots and sun damage. Just like all P50 formula's, it will keep skin clear, form and fresh. Your skin will be BRIGHT AS A LIGHT.

Apply Serum PIGM 400 by gently pressure to pressing into skin with fingertips. This brightening, spot-correcting serum will illuminate the complexion and fight free radicals which dull the skin.

Hydrate the skin with Creme PIGM 400 which is concentrated brightening and anti-age spot. Watercress and wasabi are just 2 of the raw ingredients in this wonder creme that protect and prevent while delivering a skin-tone that appears more even and alive.

For more information, or to purchase your PIGM 400 collection please email me at allison@tresbellespa.com 

What I REALLY Use To Keep My Skin Glowing By Allison Tray, Spa Founder

January 15 2018

Dear Friends,
My dad and I founded Tres Belle Spa in 2004. During my 14 years as a skincare expert, I have been approached by numerous skincare companies. It took me a long time to choose products with which to treat my clients. When someone puts the health and beauty of their skin in my hands, I want them to experience real results. At Tres Belle we believe in sharing our knowledge with our clients, following the principals of Dr. Allouche of Biologique Recherche, "To put it simply, our skin can be compared to a house. If the roof is built badly and cannot guarantee protection against external aggressions, everything inside is subject to stress and becomes vulnerable." 

My goal has always been to find products that work to build a stronger, more beautiful skin. For me personally, I also had a goal to be make-up free as I glide into middle age. Eye make-up withstanding, I have ditched the concealer, the tinted moisturizers, my beloved Glossier highlighter and anything "cosmetic." Every skin is different not only in general, but from day to day. I am excited to share with you my absolutely favorite products of all time.

I do believe in a multi-layered routine for optimal skin health and I double cleanse before applying any magic elixir. It is important to first lightly cleanse the face to remove any make-up, dust, or other pollutants in order to use your second cleanse as a treatment. This is important, you don't want to massage make-up, dust, etc. back into the skin.

Here's the part where I divulge all of my secrets:


Eau Micellaire Biosensible-Biologique Recherche
Micellar Wipes-Garnier 


Lait VIP 02-Biologique Recherche
Gentle Cleanser-Skincueticals


P50 1970 Lotion-Biologique Recherche 
aptly nicknamed, "Jesus in a bottle." There is simply no other toner like it.

P50 Lotion at tres belle spa


Elastine Pure-Biologique Recherche
Silk Plus-Biologique Recherche
C E Ferulic-Skinceuticals
Hydrating Gel B5-Skinceuticals
HA Intensifier-Skinceuticals

Elastine Pure Biologique Recherche


Creme Contour Des Yeux VIP 02-Biologique Recherche
A.G.E. Eye-Skinceuticals

DAY CREAM/NIGHT CREAM: I use these for both

Creme VIP 02-Biologique Recherche
Creme MSR-H-Biologique Recherche
Creme Masque Vernix-Biologique Recherche
All In One Snail Repair-Mizon
Triple Lipid Restore-Skinceuticals


Masque Vivant-Biologique Recherche
Masque VIP 02-Biologique Recherche
Snail Sheet Mask-Mizon
Violet-C Radiance Mask-Tatcha
Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask-Fresh


Polished Classic Enzyme Rice Powder-Tatcha

tatcha rice powder

I highly recommend seeing an esthetician for a facial to deep clean the skin. Let a professional guide you to the best skincare for your skin. Don't waste money buying things that you think you need. If you don't see a REAL change in your skin from your products, it's time to change it up. Aim to go make-up free!


For more information or to purchase any of the Biologique Recherche or Skinceuticals products, please contact me at allison@tresbellespa.com

Tres Belle Spa Brooklyn + Biologique Recherche Paris

January 02 2018


Tres Belle Spa now offers Biologique Recherche!


Biologique Recherche now at Tres Belle Spa

Dear Friends and Product Junkies alike,
Tres Belle Spa has recently acquired a bite of CULT BEAUTY FAVE Biologique Recherche. As the latest of a teeny-tiny handful of NYC spas invited to partner, we are already bowing down at the alter of these incredibly chic, power-packed bottles of magic elixirs. What really sets the line apart is the care and research that goes into every single ingredient and how they work in harmony to give you results like no other. The line is preservative free, paraben free, raw and first cold pressed. Perhaps what makes Biologique's results so truly outstanding, is that their active ingredients are of an extremely high concentration. Most beauty lines have active ingredient concentrations of up to 10% but BR hovers around 30%. 

You may have seen the praise for Biologique Recherche's P50 lotion in Paloma Elsesser's Vogue video, Refinery29, Into The Gloss. The P50, P50V and P50W balancing exfoliators are the unique formulations of 30 years of research and experience. P50 balancing exfoliators speed up the epidermis' natural exfoliating process and the reconstruction of the epidermal shield. The fortified epidermis can then fulfill its protective functions completely, enhancing skin's self-regeneration potential. Lotion P50, one of the most famous and coveted product's EVER, is the keystone to to smooth, taught and hydrated skin. It is applied in the morning and in the evening. It gently exfoliates the skin, regulates excessive sebum secretion, moisturizes and helps maintain the epidermis' acid pH. 

P50 lotion at Tres Belle Spa

Each and every Biologique Recherche treatment involves "can't live without" P50 and a multitude of cold crafted ingredients. One of their most universal serums is Placenta. This reparative serum strengthens and re-builds the skin. It's great for post-acne scarring and after peels or post exfoliation. Another favorite, Amniotique E serum, was created to mimic the protective and healing benefits of amniotic fluid. There is a highly concentrated serum to target every skincare concern under the sun, I'm sharing just my two favorites. Each serum is literally an innovation in skincare unto itself. 

Stay tuned for the next blog highlighting Biologiques intensive creams and details on the long awaited La Grande Creme.

Visit Tres Belle Spa to purchase your Biologique Recherche products and book their treatments at our spa in Early 2018.


Tres Belle Spa + City Laundry on Massage and Dermaplaning

September 06 2017

Tres Belle Spa hosts City Laundry for massage and dermaplaning.

Maria Gonzalez is a graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology and has been blogging about personal style since she was just 16. She has been lauded by some of the most known names in the beauty and style industry, like Sauve and Teen Vogue. It was a true pleasure to host such this quintessential young go-getter for an afternoon of dermaplaning and massage. 

Click on over to City Laundry to hear Maria's experience having her first Dermaplaning treatment and massage with Jo.

City Laundry Blog at Tres Belle Spa

Tres Belle Spa: 2 Ways To Get Longer Lashes Without Extensions

August 31 2017

It's 2017 and the eyes still have it. I like to joke with my clients and say that "eyebrows are the new cleavage." With the popularity of Microblading for thicker brows and the funny yet confusing hashatag #eyebrowsonfleek, I stand by my statement. But, lately the question that's starting to pop-up on the regular has been "How do I get longer lashes without extensions?" 

Tres Belle Spa offered extensions for years and they were POPULAR and they brought in money. But, after seeing Kristin Chenoweth, beloved star of stage and screen, on late night TV with swollen eyes due to a reaction to the lash glue, I had second thoughts. Not only that but, we found the extensions were damaging the natural lash. Boy, I have been contacted by lash extensionists who were furious about that blog.

Alas, how to create longer lashes without extensions? Here are two of our favorite treatments that come to us through extensive training and research of the highest quality brands on the market. Both take less than 45 minutes and each cost under $200. Extensions on the other hand, when done correctly take up to 2 hours and cost around $350.

1. Lash Tinting

Tinting, also know as dyeing the lashes will create a fuller and longer look. Most spas and salons offer plant based dyes. This is not a service that is only popular for blondes and redheads. Most brunettes notice that the tips of their lashes are light. A good sweep of color gives an immediate appearance of length and fullness. This service gives you "mascara-like" lashes that last through swimming and swimming, for up to 6 weeks.

tres belle spa lash tint before and after


2. Lash Lift

Also known as a lash "perm" this truly magical treatment conditions, lifts and plumps lashes in under 45 minutes and lasts up to 12 weeks. No lash is overlooked, even the smallest, and the end result is like an explosion of lashes, lashes you never even knew you had. Often times Keratin conditioning works miracles and as for safety concerns, take it from Dermatologist, Joshua Zeichner, who spoke in length to Allure magazine. Here's what he had to say:

"...keratin treatment can change the configuration of the hair on your head, keratin can be applied to lashes and enhances natural lashes without the use of false lashes or glue," says Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. "When performed by a trained professional, with proper care to ensure no harm to the eye, the procedure should be safe..." 

Tres Belle Spa Keratin lash Lift

Our Laser Director Oksana appears in the photo above make-up free, after Microblading and Lash Tint and Lash Lift. Amazing results!

To Book your eyelash service or just a free consultation please continue HERE.

Tres Belle Spa: Microblading For Thicker Brows

July 06 2017

It's been a year since DuJour Magazine asked our advice on getting thicker brows. As predicted the bold brow is still hot, hot, hot. Recently a semi-permanent solution has begun making it's way onto the "must-have" list of beauty editors who are always the first-to-know. If you're picturing big black fake eyebrows { that were once the subject of many memes}, think again. As with most technology, it took awhile to perfect the service and now clients are enjoying thicker brows that look gorgeous.

Microblading { also known as eyebrow embroidery and 3D Brows} is the innovative technique used to recreate, correct and improve the appearance of sparse or thinning brows. Microblading is performed with a manual pen, the blades of which are 3 times thinner than those used for very fine tattooing and allows our technician to draw crisp, thin and natural looking hairs. Because each hair is individually created, we can achieve a full natural look that is virtually undetectable, even up close. Your eyebrow beauty will last between 1-3 years until it subtly fades away. 

Microblading has been a godsend for those who have lost eyebrows to chemotherapy, medications and illness. Studies show that beauty and wellness treatments have a beneficial impact on body image and may strengthen patients' social support and self-esteem.

This summer, Tres Belle Spa is offering free consultations which will include eyebrow mapping { a fancy phrase for "creating the shape"} and custom color blending to find your perfect colors. Book your free consultation today  https://tresbellespa.com/collections/specials/products/microblading-consultation

Tres Belle Spa: How To Treat and Prevent Bacne and Body Acne

June 21 2017

June 2017

Tres Belle Spa Teaches Charlotte's Book About Back Acne Facials {bacne} Prevention

I remember suffering from cystic bacne and body acne (also on my chest) as a teen, and it haunted me. I had no idea how to treat my bacne and no idea what was even causing it. All I knew was that, I hated the summertime. While my friends were frolicking on the beach and laughing it up at keg parties (I hope my mom isn’t reading this!) I was home obsessing over how to survive the heatwave. I also cut gym class quite bit, so much so that to this day (I’m a 46 year old woman, thank you) I have nightmares of going up to get my diploma, only to be denied because of gym absences.

Some of us count the days, hours, and minutes for the first sign of summer, but not all of us. For those who suffer from body acne, the season of skin can cause anxiety long before it starts. Many of my clients have been booking back-polishing treatments now that summer is hot on our heels. After going through a summer-beauty-cabinet clean up "Kondo style" I found some serums that would keep summer breakouts at bay, face and back. I am honored to have been asked by "beauty bible" Charlotte's Book to give a bacne breakdown. Please read on to get the details on this very "of the moment" treatment..HERE.

For information about getting your very own back polishing treatment, read HERE.

Tres Belle Spa: Recharge Your Summer Beauty Cabinet in 15 Minutes

June 19 2017

June 2017

Tres Belle Spa shows Charlotte's Book How To Refresh Summer Beauty in 15 Minutes.

Each new season brings the excitement of "it" product of the moment or the long-awaited moment to reunite with your tried and true favorites. Much like switching over your seasonal wardrobe, having your products organized and ready to go will streamline your morning routine. When you’ve tidied up your beauty arsenal, it’ll feel good to see a clean and curated collection of products that you love and have chosen with care. You will have the space to determine what new products you need in your beauty arsenal and what new hi-tech beauty treatments to indulge in. Read on to find out how I broke this 15 minute task down into just 3 specific 5 minute increments. 

To find out about the latest in hi-tech beauty treatments, checkout Tres Belle Spa's Skin Rejuvenation menu: https://tresbellespa.com/collections/skin-rejuvenation-peels/products/micro

To read the 5-5-5 breakdown to a well-organized beauty cabinet, follow this link: https://www.charlottesbook.com/061417-summer-skincare-hacks/

Tres Belle Spa: Spring Recharge Tips For Skin and Soul

April 14 2017

April 4, 2017

Tres Belle Spa discusses Spring Awakenings with Charlotte's Book



Peeling back the layers of winter both mentally and physically can be achieved by performing subtle gestures that yield dramatic results. Spring offers an opportunity for renewal and deepening our connection to the energy we create within ourselves and our circle. I’m not necessarily talking about changes, more like moving through the world and connecting with a refreshed purpose. I shared some of my tried and true spring "things" with Charlotte's Book, including my simple green food addiction. Read more here.

Tres Belle Spa + DuJour Magazine: Beauty Fixes For 2017

January 05 2017

Tres Belle Spa  gives beauty tips for 2017 to DuJour Magazine

Dear Friends,
Each new year presents the opportunity for new starts { and sometimes new challenges } and let's face it, self-care and good skin can get us through almost anything. You might remember our post in DuJour Magazine and our 3 important tips on getting thicker, fuller brows. Beautiful brows is definitely a trend that we will see going through '17 and also really fresh, glowing skin. DuJour tapped some amazing beauty experts to find out what beauty and wellness fixes we love this year. Here's the tip we shared:


Find your glow

“Try booking a quick peel. Most spas (whether they advertise it or not) are happy to do quick exfoliating treatments. Most likely your service would include a massaging cleanse, a chemical exfoliation that is stronger than you can get as a non-professional but, gentle enough not to require downtime and a soothing or hydrating mask depending on your skin’s needs.” -Founder of Tres Belle Spa, Allison Tray

Check out the full article with so many great tips here: http://dujour.com/beauty/beauty-fixes-new-year/
Book a visit: http://tresbellespa.com/

shesWELL: A Womens Retreat in Kingston NY

December 28 2016

Join us for a weekend of acceptance and self-care in Kingston NY. Our group of women small business owners have curated days filled with beauty, wellness and local food. Just pack your favorite lounge wear and sunscreen { or these "must-have" items } and prepare to be pampered. Details below:





The Forsyth B & B, Kingston, NY
Love & Citrine, Liz Welter LMT and Tres Belle Spa
February 3-5, 2017

Join recognized beauty and wellness experts at shesWELL, a luxurious women’s weekend of wellness, yoga, great food and kindred spirits at The Forsyth B&B in historic Kingston, NY.

Celebrate your beauty and retreat from winter’s stresses in a newly renovated, five-star inn just two hours from NYC and easily accessible by car, bus or train.

Let the incredible team behind shesWELL pamper you from head to toe, and nourish you from inside out. Your weekend stay includes:

Luxury lodging (shared; single rooms based on availability)
All meals and snacks (excluding dinner on Saturday) by chef Tamara Ehlin
Four one-hour beauty treatments:

  • Custom facial by Tres Belle Spa
  • Hair cut or intensive hair treatment by Cristina Filloramo of Love & Citrine
  • Acupuncture by Alexis Arvidson of Love & Citrine
  • Massage by Liz Welter LMT

Two one-hour yoga classes led by Virginia Bocchichio
Beauty Swag Bag (value over $200)
Free time to explore historic Kingston





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Early Registration by January 4, 2017:

Full program in shared room: $1150

Full program, no lodging: $825

Registration on or after January 5, 2017:

Full program in shared room: $1250

Full program in private room: $1550 (if available)

Full program, no lodging: $900

4 Travel Beauty Must Haves From A Spa Owner

December 28 2016

Tres Belle Spa Shares Travel  Beauty Must-Haves with Charlotte's Book


Dear Friends,

Being a beauty expert and spa proprietress for over a decade, I talk to people about my favorite skincare and make-up "must haves" A LOT. And you know what? I never get sick of it. EVER. Some truths I never sway from: good packaging, no animal testing, independent brand. I haven't ever truly found one brand to be completely loyal to but I realized after a few trips across the pond and weekend escapes, that I definitely over-pack. I am not talking shoes here, I am talking PRODUCTS. Now that resort season is upon us and many of us are soon to be off to escape the winter,  I decided to really let the "beauty out of the bag." Check out my post on Charlotte's Book to see what I really use ALWAYS and throw into my purse not only for vacay but, everyday.

Before you see the ALWAYS use, a few honorable mentions of items I USUALLY have:

Dr. PAWPAW Multi-purpose Balm
Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Precision Eye Pencil 
Anastasia Brow Definer


And now onto the HEAVY HITTERS! Click the photo to see:

To be fair: Not me in the middle of nowhere






Tres Belle Brooklyn: 3 Ways Dermaplaning Differs From Razor Shaving

December 15 2016

Byrdie Beauty asks Tres Belle Spa about Dermaplaning For Facial Hair

December 2016

Brooklyn Dermaplaning Tres Belle Spa

Dear Friends,
We beauty experts are consistently asked what the best method is for removing facial hair. As with most skincare related treatments, there's no "one size fits all" answer. For the first 10 years as a small Brooklyn spa, Tres Belle not only used laser-facials or photofacials on skin for rejuvenation but also to remove excess facial hair. It wasn't until about 6 years ago that we began to offer waxing, realizing clients with fair hair were not yielding the results with laser hair removal that we had hoped. We began to offer dermaplaning recently for skin exfoliation on clients seeing the signs of glycation and a rough texture from hormonal changes in the skin. The procedure also removes vellus hair or "peach fuzz" which can cause many issues as, it traps dirt and oil which can lead to break-outs, acne and enlarged pores. Professional removal of vellus hair through dermaplaning gives you results that last.

I do not recommend "shaving" your face at home. There are many differences between an at home shave and dermaplaning. Here are 3:

1. Razor quality: Professional dermaplaning razors are surgical grade making them extremely sharp and smooth. A regular facial razor is not made to exfoliate the skin in the same way. Dermaplane razors are very sharp, making them much more safe and easily able to glide over the skin. Just like in kitchen

2. Technique: Your Esthetician or Dermatologist has been trained at length to perform this service with their professional tool. Not using the correct technique can result in cuts that may lead to infection and even scars.

3. Noticable results: Skin treated with a dermaplane scalpel will see enhanced renewal and promote rapid cell turnover. A professional will have medical-grade serums to apply at just the right time to be fully absorbed for optimal results.

To read about more methods of removing excess facial hair, head over to Byrdie. 
To book a dermaplaning session click HERE.

Brooklyn Magazine + Tres Belle Spa: Microcurrent In Brooklyn

November 13 2016

Brooklyn Magazine says Tres Belle Spa's Microcurrent is the go-to "Professional Grade Facial" in Brooklyn.

November 2016


Photo by Nicole Fara Silver

Photo: Nicole Fara Silver for Brooklyn Magazine

Dear Friends,
When Brooklyn Magazine came onto the glossy scene back in 2011, Tres Belle Spa was one of the first small businesses to support the venture. Our beautiful friend Angie Pontani allowed us to use one of her photos to promote the spa in a sexy and fun way. Since then we have been hooked on Brooklyn's very own magazine, complete with gorgeous design layouts and interesting features. We were over la luna when our Microcurrent Myolift was featured along with services from Area Spa and Citywell Spa and listed as the magazine's favorite Brooklyn spas and services.

Ava Donaldson, a writer and social media strategist for Hannah Bronfman's HBFit, said of our microcurrent, "My skin felt fully hydrated and had an incredible luminescence that remained with me for a week." The microcurrent treatment performed at Tres Belle Spa reshapes and lifts the skin. Just one session takes a few years instantly from the appearance. A series of sessions is a great alternative to Botox. It also helps alleviate pain and inflammation in the body using the benefit of of Alpha/Theta. Our Microcurrent assimilates 4 hours of sleep in just 30 minutes. Hear what the magazine staff had to say about their experiences below.