no tricks, just treats: reward yourself with aviary's pumpkin facial

Alright, Atlanta. As you know, it’s pumpkin time. But pumpkin is not only for your porch or pie or, ahem, latte – it’s for your skin. All year around, we love our ALCHEMIST Smart Peel utilizing Sircuit's Youth Accelerator Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, but there’s something about the arrival of fall that makes it even better. And apart from it smelling good enough to eat, it comes loaded with healthy skin benefits.

By smartly targeting the skin’s receptors, the peel aids in getting rid of that icky free radical damage (which results in accelerated aging), and the power is really in the pumpkin. Concentrated pumpkin, or Cucurbita Pepo extract is rich in Beta Carotene and over 100 other nutrients. The other main ingredient, pumpkin ferment or Lactobacillus, works to exfoliate dead skin cells and impurities. All in all? It leaves your skin as vibrant as fall’s blue sky.

As a part of the facial, it’s a sure fire way to deeply cleanse pores, exfoliate and rehydrate. But seriously, don’t go eating it – we have a treat for you. If you show us this blog post upon receiving your Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, you’ll get $10 off, and, if you’re a member of Gilt City Atlanta, you can grab yourself the whole thing for $54 (not to mention the deals on Intraceuticals Rejuvenate + Atoxelene Oxygen Infusions and brow shaping that we’ve thrown in the treat basket as well).

Happy fall, friends!

into the bottle: calendula

Between Labor Day, Dragon Con, the 9th annual AJC Decatur Book Festival and the BeltLine Lantern Parade, the past two weekends in Atlanta have been busy ones. And while we don’t wish for a shortage of fun and games, we can’t help but feel in need of a little rest and relaxation for the week ahead – especially for our skin. That’s where Calendula comes in. A soothing herb extracted from the Marigold plant, the scientifically named Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract is calming to tired, worn out skin. And, well, after all that Dragon Con makeup, it seems like exactly what we need.

The trick is that it boasts goodies such as carotenes, flavonoids, tannins and essential oils. The healing astringent has even been thought of as a remedy for centuries.

But the real key to getting your skin ready for the next festivities is that Calendula is regenerative. It’s not hard to get your hands on either. A lot of our favorite healing products use it.

For example, Sircuit’sI. Cee U.+ is a firming, anti-aging eye gel (ahem, one of our faves) that boasts Calendula as a main ingredient. Dr. Hauska'sEye Balm also uses the herb, meaning it’s the perfect ingredient to zap those pesky undereye bags. Sircuit’s Clarity Broccoli Sulfur Mask also uses it, and is awesome for skin prone to blemishes.

Sounds like this week’s skinsaver to us!

your summer skin savior

We are all familiar with the failsafe skincare ritual of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing and the daily use of toner can feel like a daunting extra step. So do you really need it? The answer is yes – especially in the coming summer months. Toner is a water-based solution with humectants that work to keep moisture in the upper levels of the skin. In turn, it fights dryness and gives your skin an instant boost of hydration. That’s not all, though. Toner is known to combat chemicals such as chlorine. Summer swims are a necessity when it comes to getting through the Georgia summer and chlorine can sit on your skin long after a splash, drying it out. In contrast to combating dehydrating chemicals, toner enhances your preexisting skincare routine. It consists of ingredients that soothe, control oil (thus fighting acne) and stimulate blood circulation. Applying it pre-moisturizer can multiply these benefits as well as add a protective layer to your skin so you can say goodbye to environmental damage.

Toner is a skin saver when it comes to summer sun and it’s well worth the extra step. We love Dr. HauschkaFacial Toner and Clarifying Toner. Sircuit Cosmeceuticals also boasts two of its own: Molecular Mist and Immaculate Mist. Ready, set, summer skin!

triumph & disaster

New Zealand brand Triumph & Disaster is a men's skincare line that churns out products just as powerful as its name (inspired by a Rudyard Kipling poem none the less). Derived with nature but engineered with science, the brand fits the category of a modern day apothecary. They even have the cool packaging to prove it. Triumph & Disaster has a knack for finding ingredients that work, too. Blending local indigenous ingredients with scientifically proven and natural ingredients from everywhere from Polynesia to Australia, they've created a line of men's essentials. Their products range from peppermint scented Ritual Face Cleanser to close shave ensuring Old-Fashioned Shave Cream.

One of our favorite things about Triumph & Disaster is what is behind the brand (besides the handsome faces it's creating worldwide). Dion Nash founded the company on the simple belief that "ritual and preparation are worthy endeavors and that being well groomed is something of which to be proud." It's about time that men get some skincare loving, too.

Come in and snag your favorite essential or set up a facial to try it out. Here's to Triumph & Disaster, what Kipling called "two impostors just the same."

kelly painter, aviary's new esthetician

We are so pleased to welcome esthetician Kelly Painter to the Aviary nest. After refining her craft at Aveda Institute, Kelly worked locally for Sweetgrass Salon & Spa and Key Lime Pie. She also operated an independent practice in Charleston, SC. Now back in Atlanta, she brings over six years of experience to the treatment table – alongside comfort, laughter and a healing touch. Book an appointment here, get to know her a little better below and most importantly, welcome, Kelly! 1. After earning a BAS at Georgia State, you sought a career that you could look forward to every day. Do you feel you've found that? What would you say is most rewarding about your job?

It's definitely a career I look forward to everyday. My personality requires that I care for people. Making others happy, makes me happy (the epitome of a Virgo). The immediate gratification I experience through healing touch or transformative results is by far the most rewarding part of my job. I am able to see, hear and experience first hand how my craft helps clients. That makes me grateful and thankful to have found my passion.

2. What initially attracted you to Aviary?

Honestly... the adorable studio. I was meeting another potential job option in Studioplex and saw Aviary. I thought to myself, "what an adorable place... I want to work there!" Luckily, Amy was in the process of hiring another esthetician and fate brought us together. Plus, working with more organic and healthy products has been on my to-do list. I'm so thankful for this opportunity.

3. Do you have any favorite tunes to play in the treatment room?

I'm really into anything ambient and ethereal, it helps take the client to a different place (essential to total relaxation). Luckily with today's technology, programs like Pandora allow for an array of amazing music. Long gone are the days of listening to the same cheesy CD's on repeat... thank goodness!

4. As an Atlanta native, what are some of your favorite spots - food, adventure or otherwise?

Oh boy, this is a tough one. Some places I really miss (Everybody's Pizza had the best pizza salad!) but here's a short list of faves:

Food: I love hand-crafted cocktails and light snacks at Leon's, plus I'm perfecting my bocci ball skills. For yummy comfort food done with an elegant twist we {my family and boyfriend} always head to Babette's on N. Highland. Also, my boyfriend recently became Sous Chef at Fox Bros BBQ, so no complaints when some amazing BBQ makes it's way home!

Adventures: I'm originally from Stone Mountain, so any time spent walking our dog {Biscuit} at "the mountain" is special. It's a great retreat for me, and there's just something comforting about that big piece of granite. We are really into neighborhood exploring as well. There are so many awesome green spaces in Candler Park/Lake Claire area! But on rainy days you will find us at the movies. Midtown Arts and the local AMC have everything we need (including awesome popcorn)!

5. And lastly, if you were a bird, which bird would you be?

I have to say an Owl. Twice an owl has visited me (literally) and brought wisdom into a confusing time in my life. It's crazy how spirit animals do that. They are so magical and breathtaking to watch. Plus, who wouldn't want to turn their head all the way around?!

true love is an oxygen facial

Thanks to Karina Timmel and The Atlantan for including us in this month's "Beauty Boosts." After Karina came in for an oxygen facial (she went with the Intraceuticals Rejuvenate + Instant Infusion with Atoxelene treatment), she fell in love – you know, just in time for Valentine's Day. Head over here to book yours. See you soon!

last-minute gift guide (don't worry, we've got ya covered)

As always, Christmas has snuck up on us and it being a mere week away doesn't mean we've got all of our gifts to give under the tree. Don't fret, though. We have something to bring a smile to everyone on your list. We promise. For the skin conscious - This is an easy one thanks to Clarisonic. The skin cleansing system who boasts the mantra, "Clearer skin is healthier skin," has been a favorite of ours for awhile. It works by using a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second, which, in turn, removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt than our hands ever could. There are options, too, with the Clarisonic Pro (perfect for the queen bee – as it is one itself – and is only available through estheticians), the Mia 2 (Pro's baby sister is the pick for the globe-trotter, complete with a handy travel case), the Clarisonic Opal (palm-sized and designed to help around the eyes) and the Clarisonic Face and Body (the ultimate all-over skin treat).

For the lock lover - A Mason Pearson hairbrush is one object every woman longs for. After all, we know the feeling. The not mass-produced, coveted brush originated in London in 1885 and hasn't changed much since – meaning it's an investment that will last for Christmases to come. The brushes come in four sizes, eight colors and three pads including Boar Bristle (for fine to normal locks), Boar Bristle and Nylon (for normal to thick locks) and Nylon (for those super thick locks) and promises to clean hair, stimulate the scalp and produce a healthy sheen. Yes, please, Santa.

For the one who has it all - Sometimes gift cards get a bad rap, but there's nothing bad about treating someone awesome to a hair cut or color, massage, facial or waxing complete with a therapist who will customize each treatment to address specific needs and wants. It'll even score them one of our favorite above mention gifts – without the stress of picking it out. And to that, we cheers the season of giving.

give thanks for great skin (our new favorite treatment)

We’re so excited to introduce you to Intraceuticals, our new line and oxygen facial. Often referred to as a “magic beauty machine”, the Intraceuticals oxygen machine and serums encourage natural, hydrated and luminous skin. Ready? The Aussie brand was pulled out from down under by Madonna’s go-to makeup artist Gina Brooke, so it’s no surprise that it’s a Hollywood favorite (and best kept secret - until now). Celebrities such as Molly Sims, Kim Kardashian and Rachel Zoe claim they can’t live without it. Not to mention Justin Timberlake’s honest testimonial, “It makes my skin look dope”. We’re just glad it’s not so under the radar anymore.

Why is the treatment just so coveted, though? Intraceuticals provides a new kind of oxygen treatment. First off, a techy machine uses oxygen under pressure to deliver a cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants into the skin, resulting in instant hydration, volume, firmness and a noticeable lift. Relaxing and beneficial even solo, the treatment is followed by the homecare application of the brand's three-step hyaluronic moisturizing system – revive, replenish, and protect. In the session, the products are layered to provide perfect hydrodynamics, resulting in deep and ongoing delivery of hydration as well as those ingredient perks.

We’re also offering rejuvenate with atoxelene or “no-tox botox”, so go ahead and get a jump on saying goodbye to those fine lines and wrinkles. Atoxelene uses a natural amino peptide to reduce wrinkle depth without the need for injections. Atoxelene is offered as a standalone or add-on to the Rejuvenate treatment.

Oxygen on its own has endless healing properties and Intraceuticals just bumps that up a notch. While it targets aging and dehydrated skin, it benefits every skin type and we’re especially smitten with its speedy results (more defined face contours right off the table, anyone?) Head over to our website for pricing information as well as to talk with our estheticians about the best options for your skin.

Let the social season begin!