THE RELUCTANT MAKEOVER: NOW IN THE PRINCETON PACKET!
November 13, 2015: Writer Nicole M. Wells shares her makeover story at D'Bella Salon this week in the Princeton Packet.
I am not the ideal makeover candidate.
While some women wield thermal hair appliances with the grace of a Degas dancer and blend pigments galore effortlessly on their cheekbone palettes, I do not count myself among them.
I never have.
My skill with the blow dryer being what it is, my hair’s natural wave won every meeting engagement simply by default, by virtue of the fact that I readily conceded.
Similarly, I’ve never been very good at spackling my face with the creams and powders necessary to achieve that fresh, flawless look. You know, the one that jumps out at you from the glossy pages of countless fashion magazines.
My fresh and flawless could be summed up in two words: au naturel.
Enter Donna DePinto.
Put together and polished, the owner of D’Bella Salon in Kendall Park saw promise in my remarkably understated presentation and offered to do a complete makeover.
Being an exceedingly low-maintenance kind of girl, I was apprehensive, to say the least. Ms. DePinto, however, was as enthused and energetic as a fifth-grader on the last day of school, eager to work me over with a new look.
Donna DePinto, the owner of D'Bella Salon, has the honor of working with Sherrie Wells, co-founder of the Hugs for Brady Foundation, who will be featured on the TODAY show on Tuesday, March 10. Tune in or set your DVR to see D'Bella artistry on national television, in support of a wonderful organization and some very special childen.
EXCLUSIVE: NICOLE'S MAKEOVER AT D'BELLA SALON
Watch Donna DePinto, the owner of D'Bella Salon, give writer Nicole Wells an incredible transformation that brings out and reflects her natural beauty!
Look for more news and tips from D'Bella Salon in the South Brunswick Post and Packet Magazine!
SUPPORTING THE CULTURAL COMMUNITY, WORKING TOGETHER
D'Bella Salon owner Donna DePinto was proud to support Tony Patel at the special affair of a grand opening of a new salon in Iselin!
Donna DePinto welcomes the community and believes that working together is the best path to success and prosperity for everyone.
D'BELLA SPECIALIZES IN CULTURAL BEAUTY
D'Bella Salon owner Donna DePinto works creatively to enhance Indian tradition weddings and venues. She accompanies clients to their affairs and applies her artisty and skill, with deepest respect for tradition and culture, to bring out the bride's and wedding party's reflections of exquisite beauty.
Pictured immediately above, Donna DePinto among the guests of a traditional wedding. Donna was invited to the wedding after a long day of creative work.
Donna DePinto is a master artitst in custom blended makeup. The shade and contour of makeup is custom matched to the client's unique skin type.
D'Bella Salon invites you to relax and enjoy the inviting warmth of an environment where you will feel anointed.
D'BELLA SALON TEAMS UP WITH HUGS FOR BRADY FOUNDER SHERRIE WELLS
Donna DePinto, the owner of D'Bella Salon, will have the honor of working on upcoming events with Sherrie Wells, co-founder of the Hugs for Brady Foundation, within the Children's Oncology Unit of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. D'Bella artistry will be bringing beautiful, everlasting smiles to some very special children and teens.
D'Bella Salon owner Donna DePinto with Sherrie Wells
CIATTARELLI AND SIMON CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF TOUR COMES TO D'BELLA SALON
On January 23, 2015, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon kicked off their re-election campaign, travelling across their district and making a stop in South Brunswick at D'Bella Salon!
A large crowd of supporters, friends and patrons of the salon gathered to hear from Aseemblyman Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Simon. And they also heard from D'Bella Salon Owner, Donna DePinto, on the challenges and important lessons she has learned about serving our community and growing her business. D'Bella Salon was honored to be selected for this visit!
D'BELLA AT FASHION WEEK 2014
We received an invitation from designer Ashton Hall who is from right here in South Brunswick! Amazing local designer! View his Spring 2015 line. And we were thrilled to meet funeral consultant and reality star Vivian Munsey, plus Reggie Wells, famous makeup artist to Oprah, Beyonce and other A-list Celebrities. Enjoy the pics!
D'BELLA SALON AT HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR!
D'Bella Salon was proud to participate in the "Halloween Spooktacular" presented by LocalChatBox.com on October 27 from 1 to 3 PM. The event, held at South Brunswick High School, attracted many families and children, with over 1000 people attending. It was a great event that promoted several local community businesses - and it was a lot of fun!
D'BELLA HOSTS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS EVENT THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24!
Join us from 3-8 PM this Thursday, October 24!
D'Bella Salon is proud to host our annual Breast Cancer Awareness event! Get a free wash and deep scalp message - and a free chair massage - with the purchase of any Wella product over $25.00! Enjoy an "Experience Beyond" with the industry leading line - Wella.
All for a good cause!! Help us raise awareness and support research for breast cancer!
October 2013: D'Bella Salon featured at LocalChatBox.com!
LocalChatBox.com founder and blogger Suzanne O'Rourke spent "A Day in Donna's Shoes!" O'Rourke shadowed D'Bella Salon owner Donna DePinto behind the scenes at the exciting EURO BEAUTY EXPO as the D'Bella team worked with fashion designer Geary Marcello to style their runway models.
O'Rourke gives an inside look at the fashion show and praises Donna for her sense of calm and confidence during the hectic runway prep!
D'BELLA SALON, THE PRESENTING SALON AT THE Euro Beauty.Culture.Style FASHION SHOW OCTOBER 20-21, 2013!
Emiliani Enterprises, a SalonCentric company, will present its 2013 Emiliani Beauty Expo October 19-21 at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey. The event attracts professionals and students from the salon and fashion industries.
The 2013 show is titled Emiliani Beauty Expo, Euro Beauty.Culture.Style and will feature European hair trends, fresh from London and new to the US. The three-day expo will include product exhibitions and an educational agenda of workshops and hands-on demonstrations from leading industry artists. Emiliani and SalonCentric will also present a fashion show with a 100-foot runway that will focus on the creative collaboration between fashion designers and top salons that is essential to Fashion Week. Featured designers will include Adrian Alicea, Carrie Hammer, Geary Marcello, Henry Picado, Jazmin Brown, Simone Sisa, Synderela Designs and fashion stylist Engie Hassan.
D'Bella Salon is THE PRESENTING SALON in this fashion show!! View the artistic excellence of D'Bella with fashion designer Geary Marcello:
Sunday, October 20
10:25 am D'Bella Salon/Geary Marcello Presentation
1:35 pm D'Bella Salon/Geary Marcello Presentation
Monday, October 21
10:25 am D'Bella Salon/Geary Marcello Presentation
1:35 pm D'Bella Salon/Geary Marcello Presentation
Expo hours are 6:30pm -11:00 pm on Saturday October 19 and 9:00am-5:00pm on both Sunday, October 20 and Monday, October 21. Tickets range from $40-$99. For ticket orders or information on the show, visit saloncentric.com.
Back to School, Back to YOU!
D'BELLA AT FASHION WEEK!
September 10, 2013 - These photos were taken just this past weekend at Fashion Week for the designer Korto Momolu. D'Bella Salon owner Donna DePinto was able to interact with the Wella Senior Artists Team backstage and also had a front seat at the show.
D'BELLA AT THE NYSC OPEN HOUSE JULY 31
The New York Sports Club is hosting an Open House and Business Networking Event this Wednesday night at its facility on Rt 1 in Monmouth Junction! Stop in and meet DBella Salon's Owner and Master Cosmetologist Donna DePinto along with product specialist Trish Langone and our Certified CMT Anita Horton of our D'Bella Team for some great beauty and body wellness tips!
D'Bella Salon will be giving away free goody gift bags and discount coupons... Don't miss your chance to also win a free $75.00 Gift Certificate to DBella Salon and "Experience Beyond"!!!
Sharing Some Photos from our Summer Kickoff Event, With Love!
Our Kickoff to Summer Fashion Show Event was such a blast! D'Bellla Salon owner Donna DePinto shares some photos with love:
"Here is a picture of me and my representative Wendy Roche from L'Oreal!"
"And here is a picture of me with my website producer Tonia Kulberda."
KICKOFF TO SUMMER EVENT JUNE 13!
D'Bella Salon Presents KICKOFF TO SUMMER Bikini and Summer Wear Fashion Show * Entertainment * Giveaways! Thursday, June 13, 7-9 PM at D'Bella Salon. Pre-register now at www.tastefullydoneevents.com
FABULOUS ON-LOCATION EVENTS MAY 17 and 18!
Enjoy the the amazing experience beyond of D'Bella's expert artists at two on-location events this weekend!
May 17, 7-9 PM: Seventeen Magazine at Macy's in Freehold Mall
The Junior's Department at Macy's is gonna be HOT! Featuring the American Rag fashion line - Special concert, candy bar, sips and sweets - and FABULOUS BEAUTY! Don't miss it! For more info, click here.
May 18: Surf and Skate at Great Adventure - we'll be hosting hair and nails!
An amazing festival featuring huge concerts! Fall Out Boy, Timeflies and many more! Get in all the fun, music and action - and look for us under the tents for perfect summer treats of BEAUTY and STYLE! For more info, click here.
COME GET LASHED BY D'BELLA SALON
Come get full, amazing lashes at D'Bella Salon! Only 20 Dollars a set! Call for your appointment now.. 732-297-1116
D'Bella Salon featured in the North & South Brunswick Sentinel! May 2, 2013: "Salon owner revisits her roots with new location" Click here to read the article.
Mythic Oil Event at D'Bella Salon!
MYTHIC OIL EVENT WEEKEND AT D'BELLA SALON April 2013: Join your friends at D'Bella Salon for a "Mythical Evening!" Come and indulge in the ultimate oil treatment ritual... Reserve your Mythic Treatment and Blow Dry Service that day for only $30. Purchase $50 or more in Mythic Oil retail, and your Treatment and Blow Dry are complimentary. April 25 ~ Enjoy a special guest appearance from L'Oreal Professionel Artistic Educator, Dolly Hernandez, from 5 PM to 8 PM. Plus, with every L'Oreal Professionel retail item purchased for the Event, your name will go into a drawing to win a NEW CHI Digital Touch Blowdryer - a $350 Retail Value!
Announcing our NEW Location!
Announcing our NEW 2200 square foot facility located at 3110 Route 27 & Henderson Lane, Kendall Park NJ 08824. We are open! Prepare Yourself for an "Experience Beyond" now only at the new D'Bella Salon!....Call and book your appointment today!
D'Bella Supports Toys for Tots Event at Fire N Ice!
We are proud to be a part of a Celebrity-Studded, Charity Fundraiser Event for Toys for Tots on December 21st 2012 at Fire N Ice in Edison NJ! Featuring our HOLIDAY HAIR EXTRAVAGANZA Fashion Show at 9 PM! VIP Dinner begins at 6 PM. Special guests include Ricky Sapp of the New York Jets and Raquel Castro from NBC's The Voice! VIP Dinner tickets $125 per person. Please call (732) 417-1999 to make your reservation. And PLEASE show your support by dropping off an unwrapped toy at D'Bella Salon, 3171 Route 27 Franklin Park, NJ 08823.
D'Bella by Donna Owner Is Working to Empower and Bring Women Together!
Donna DePinto meets with State Senators Sam Thompson and Joe Kyrillos. Mr. Kyrillos is running for US Senate this year.
On September 17, 2012, D'Bella Salon owner Donna DePinto had the honor of sharing in a great experience at the PeterPank Diner with Joe Kyrillos who is running for United States Senate. At "A Cup of Joe with Joe" sponsored by Women for Kyrillos, Donna met several community leaders and activists. As Donna expressed, she was "among the women who believe we will all come together to be the achievers we are."
June 2012: D'Bella Salon participated in the Locks of Love Event at Indian Hills School in South Brunswick!
At Indian Fields, over 20 donors signed up to cut their hair for the Locks of Love program. Locks of Love is a public nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the U.S. and Canada suffering from longterm medical hair loss. The Owner and Artists of D'Bella Salon donated their time to cut and style hair for those who donated.
D'Bellla Owner Donna DePinto said it feels special for her and her team of seven stylists to participate because she is a graduate of South Brunswick High School.
DePinto said anywhere from 5 to 10 clients a year donate to Locks of Love at her salon, and it is often an emotional experience for the donor.
ï¿½A lot of women and men have cancer, and we have to give back to them on the beauty side to let them feel confident about themselves,ï¿½ DePinto said. ï¿½It is very strong for someone to cut 10 or 11 inches off their hair. Itï¿½s completely changing their image.ï¿½
North/South Brunswick Sentinel
November 4, 2010 Businesses helping businesses is the new fashion
D'Bella Salon, Fire N Ice hosted fashion show to promote networking
BY JENNIFER AMATO Staff Writer
Rachel Van Avery sat in a chair in front of a large mirror.
Her sister, Nicole, began combing her hair, going from a slight poof to a part and then to a simple yet elegant design.
Donna DePinto, owner of D'Bella Salon, 3171 Route 27, Franklin Park, came over with an eyeshadow brush, applying a dark metallic shade to Rachel's eyelids.
"A smoky eye is exactly what's in style right now. You can't go anywhere without fake eyelashes and smoky eyes," DePinto said.
Rachel Van Avery, who is part of the Miss New Jersey American Coed Pageant, was one of 10 models who participated in the D'Bella Fashion Show, held at Fire N Ice in Woodbridge Oct. 28. DePinto and Riz Awwal, the owner of Fire N Ice, decided this would be a good opportunity for small businesses to help other small businesses.
"I think as an entrepreneur we should all help each other get through the recession. I think we are all trying to survive," DePinto said. "Whether it be a hookah lounge, whether it be a clothing line, we are all within the same circle and can branch off one another."
The Fashion Affair Fall 2010 show featured the services of Nicole Van Avery, 20, a North Brunswick resident who is a massage therapist, receptionist and apprentice at D'Bella Salon, as well as fellow employees Lauren Mazukiewicz, a makeup artist, and Bonnie Roman, a hairstylist.
The clothing was provided by Kara Fashions from the Menlo Park Mall in Edison; Rachel Van Avery wore a black A-line dress for the show. She also had on the new OPI Cabaret nail polish.
"Fire N Ice's mission is ... encouraging an alliance of New Jersey businesses that have risen from entrepreneurial roots," a press release about the show stated. "The involvement of Allied Beverage, Kara Fashions, D'Bella Salon and Tribe Visions [photography] in this show will initiate the cross-marketing between businesses across New Jersey and encourage long-term relationships among them."
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December 31, 2008 Salon shows that beauty is not only skin deep
D'Bella Salon offering specials during difficult economy
BY JENNIFER AMATO Staff Writer
Donna DePinto is no stranger to the beauty business.
A former model, the 43-year-old former South Brunswick resident pursued a fashion career in New York City in 1983. She modeled billboards for Newport cigarettes and filmed a few commercials for the Mc- Donald/Richards agency.
She then opened the Harbor View Restaurant in Brooklyn, N.Y. She said the movies "Coming to America," "Someone to Watch Over Me," and "Scent of a Woman," were all filmed at her location on Water Street.
After taking a year off, De- Pinto said she went back to the fashion world and took a cosmetics course at Visage Beaute in Beverly Hills, Calif. Previously wanting to become a skin doctor because of various skin problems she has faced throughout her life, DePinto instead became a custom blender, formulating her own hypo-allergenic, oil-controlled makeup.
Living back on the East Coast, DePinto worked at a nail salon on and off for eight years, and as a graduate of South Brunswick High School, she attended the VoTech adult school in East Brunswick.
"I don't think you need to go to the highest school to be prestigious," she said. "You can be good and great, but nobody is the best, because then you shut down knowledge."
DePinto, who has even been featured as the model for a romance novel cover, then decided to open D'Bella Salon by Donna on Route 27 south about six years ago, providing her clients with salon services such as hair, nail, makeup, skin care, waxing and massages, along with boutique products such as handbags and jewelry. She said she wanted to keep a small environment "so you feel a little bit of warmth" and designed the 1,000-square-foot studio space "like my living room."