"Kim and the Squad made us look BEAUTIFUL. Every bride wants to feel amazing on her wedding day, but I didn't expect to feel as incredible as I did. Kim worked with me to get a glamorous, yet natural look and she nailed it! Thank you for everything!"
We are absolutely tickled pick that Beauty Boutique has won the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® for 2015, which was determined by reviews from our clients...YOU!
The Couples' Choice Awards recognizes your business as being among the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide.
In honor of reflecting on a wonderfully busy 2014, we thought what better way to thank our beautiful Brides (...and Grooms) for their graciousness in helping us achieve this honor!
Since we were lucky to have so many, be on the lookout for a series of posts with pics of our "Beauties" over the course of 2014.
We thank you again and hope you enjoy looking back on some of these fab looks!
Stay tuned as we take some time and spotlight some of the weddings and their comments. We know you will love them as much as we did!
Here's to a successfully glam-filled 2015!
The summer has come and gone, and now it is time to get up on the hottest trends of the season! Beauty Boutique wants to show you how we can help you succeed!
We are seeing lots of Metallics, Bold Lashes, Serious Eyebrows, and more!
Last Fall, we saw an abundance Metallics and Jewel Tones for nails. (we even blogged about it!) This trend is still on point, but we love incorporating it into our shadows and even liners! Here are some great ways to take advantage of this super chic and shiny look...and while some of these ideas may be a little extreme for your 'everyday' look, it is always fun to get some inspiration!
If the idea of attempting these gives you anxiety - that is what our Glam Squad is here for, we can help you look your finest for any occasion, from date night to holiday party!
We are seeing lots of big brows these days! A perfect brow can change the entire look of your face, it's what frames those beautiful eyes you have! Here are some looks we saw during Fashion Week and will probably continue to see throughout the season.
A great brow takes maintenance, patience, and practice. Consult your Glam Squad on how to get the perfect shape for you and your face!
Lashes are another staple to your perfected fall/winter look - you can go faux or layer on your favorite mascara!
We have our faves, what are yours?
We love hearing from you, especially when it comes to getting GLAM!!!
Let our Glam Squad Team make you look and feel picture perfect!
The cool weather has set in, and winter is here whether we like it or not (even in the Florida Keys, we still get a “cold-front”, as we call it, once in a while!). You know what we're talking about, that time of year when lips are chapped and hair/skin are dry! It is the time of year when your skin, hair, muscles and joints are changing and adapting to the cooler weather. BBB has the perfect fix for you ~ Out very own 'Winter Preparedness Tips'
We offer a fabulous Salt Glow, Massages, Facials, and of course Spray Tans and Lip Treatments.
Let our Glam Squad Team make you look and feel picture perfect with our winter packages! Here are just SOME of the benefits!
Our Salt Glow:
Removes dead skin cells with a wonderful exfoliating process. Leaves skin soft and with a beautiful glow!
The Hydrating Facial:
Helps remove dry skin, reduces pores, while giving YOUR skin a look that IS and FEELS fresh and clean (no extractions!). Save your skin, it is the only one you get!
The Massage ~ Deep Tissue:
Works out all problem areas such as a stiff neck, back pain, sore shoulders, and stiff joints. A perfect way to loosen up your muscles and get you moving again!
The Scalp Treatment:
Helps rid the scalp and head of pesky dry flakes & Leaves your hair silky, shiny, and super soft!
The Spray Tan:
Helps give you that perfect sun-kissed look, while avoiding the damaging effects of the harsh sun! Custom blended to match your skin tone (Won’t leave you orange).
Just about every dermatologist will recommend sunless tanner over actual sun exposure for that bright summer glow. Exfoliating before you spray tan can help the product go on more smoothly, which will keep your tan from looking streaky or splotchy. In just minutes, achieve the natural tanned look of a week on the beach sans sun damage!
The Lip Treatment:
Helps rid lips of dry skin & prevents cracking Leaves lips perfect for lipstick And oh, so Kissable!
Special Alert! Book now, before you start making your Valentine’s Day plans! If you sign up for the Salt Glow, Facial, Scalp Treatment, and Spray Tan you will receive a special 15 % off and receive a Lip Treatment free!
The new season of fall is right around the corner - so only natural here at Beauty Boutique we get a head start on some of the season's hottest trends!
You know we love a good mani + pedi, so let us start with the nails and the colors that make them looking, oh so HOT!
But first, out number one tip (for your tips, wink*wink) is go au natural or shellac/gel nails aka no more acryillc. Why? Shellac or Gel nails are done just like regular polish,
It is done like nail polish, but lasts up to two weeks without chipping! It also comes in ever color or clear so you can change yourself. Acrylics are becoming more and more out of date, can cause your nails to get brittle and thin, and look faux.
Lets talk about the best accessory for Fall...lacquer!
Metallics are coming in this fall, here are some hot holographic hues for you to try:
For the Twill of It, Essie
Lavender Luster, Maybelline N.Y. Color Show
We saw lots of Jewel-Tones and will be seeing them again - this tried and true hue is the perfect way to show your bright and bold side!
Bewitched, Laura Mercier
Charmed I'm Sure, China Glaze
What is your bridal style? Whether you have been dreaming up your idea of the perfect wedding your entire life, or, are just ready to elope - every bride must ask herself...What is my bridal style? You want to express you and your partners uniqueness for the big day - but you certainly do not want to have too much going on, you want to have a classy, subtle approach when deciding on your theme.
There are many to choose from, but when you have a stylist (like us!) we can help put the look together and give it that flawless finish.
Here at Beauty Boutique, we cannot stress enough to make the look come together and not look thrown together.
As a bride, you want to make sure you look picture perfect from head to toe. Yes! This means manis & pedis too!
You can visit our gallery of pics from past weddings...but we do want to share just a few of our favorite themes from our squad...
You found the perfect partner to spend your life with, now just make sure you have YOUR style to help set the perfect memories...
Which look do you adore?
Hello & Happy Monday Beauty Insiders!!
Today is a very special day ~ it marks the 2 year wedding anniversary of Nadene + Trevor Orr. One half of this wonderful duo is our very beloved Nadene! We are thrilled to have been a part of such a special day for these two. BB & the Glam Squad have the pleasure of working with Nadene (We've Got the Keys Wedding and Event Planning's illustrious President & CEO) through various events and weddings.
We were lucky enough to take the trip to Grand Haven Michigan 2 years ago, not only as her personal stylist - but as guests of the wedding too! What a fab event, we had so much fun!
It was so special to see one of my dear friends get married to her true love. We had so much fun AND we have pics thanks to Studio 6.23!
Wedding Day is one of the most important days of you and your grooms’ life. You want those hundreds of professional photos to be something you are proud to look back on – so looking your best is obviously critical. Of course when it comes to brides and bridesmaids - us ladies spend days, weeks, and some maybe months planning and prepping to look as fabulous as we possibly can (with the help of pros like the Beauty Boutique ~ Glam Squad!).
This Beauty Tip Thursday we want to touch on the importance of grooming the Groomsmen! Of course there are endless Do’s + Don’ts ~ but we want to share just some of our favorite helpful and vital tips to getting your Groom looking fine and dapper on the big day.
- Avoid Trendy Hairstyles – stick to a classic / timeless cut. A trendy coif can make your wedding photos looking dated as the fads change over the years.
- Don’t wait til the last minute – Have your guys hair cut about a week before the wedding. This will give the cut some time to relax/grow in – or – give your man time for some last minute changes.
- Don’t forget to remind your groomsmen – They will be in the pics too, so make sure they know to begin thinking about a haircut, shaving, skincare routine (and that’s where we can come in)!
- Do seek professional help – Ha, ha, ha – for the grooming! The extra cost will be worth it. Make sure the stylist know he is getting a haircut for a wedding he’s in so they'll pay extra attention to detail. Get tips on how to fix last minute mess ups and what are the best products to use.
- Get a Good Night Sleep – Think about having the bachelor party a week or more before – you don’t want your groom to be hungover and not looking rested for the big day.
- Shave - If a beard is part of your grooms’ everyday look, he should keep it. Be sure to have him have it professionally trimmed and shaped. If he normally is clean shaven or a dons a scruffy look, go with the clean shave. A properly trimmed face will make you look well groomed and fresh.
One more big tip: For any destination wedding or summer event – DON’T forget to wear sunscreen! One of our funniest and most favorite “Grooming a Groomsman” stories was when we had a fella come and ask us if we could airbrush makeup is head…He was in Key West on vacation and went on a fishing trip with the rest of the guys the day before, apparently sans sunscreen…he did remember to wear a visor which in turn left a silly tan line on his bald head!
Now that you know some of our tips – you should know how we can help! Beauty Boutique can come to you – we offer Men's manicures and pedicures, eyebrow waxing, facials, back facials, massages, and cover up makeup ~ we are discreet too!
Hiring a pro (like us!) is essential to making you and your entourage looking flawless. Hiring the right Makeup Artist who uses their skills, techniques, and today's most innovative products is vital to creating beautiful photos you will treasure forever.
Airbrush Makeup whisks away worries brides can live without - with so much going on - who has time to fret over their makeup smearing, streaking, fading, or wearing off??
Here are just a few benefits to why it's so great:
- Custom blended foundation colors (not every girl is the same!)
- Creates a flawless complexion
- Lasts all day & night (from the first step down the aisle to the last move on the dance floor!)
- Photographs beautifully
- Water-based & hypoallergenic
- Sweat, smear & tear resistant (sweating is a big factor for destination weddings)
- Alcohol & oil free
- Beauty Boutique's Glam Squad will come to you! (we can travel with our Airbrush kit and everything else, so getting ready is convenient and fun on the big day!)
Which look is your favorite?
What girl doesn't like to be pampered?! More importantly, what girl doesn't like to be pampered and looking her best on her wedding day? If you ask us, every bride not only wants to look and feel her best, but she deserves it too. Some of our favorite moments with our brides (and even in photos from past clients) are when you can see them flirting with themselves in the mirror. To us, it is a sign of a job wel done. This feeling doesn't just apply to bride either. The female members of the wedding party, including moms and grandmothers, all deserve to look and feel their best.
Many of our clients tell us that their attendants don't want to pay for professional hair and makeup services because they can either do it themselves, or they cannot afford to pay for it. We understand that being in a wedding is a huge commitment, both time-wise and financially. We often tell brides that providing professional hair and makeup services for the girls is one of the single-most important things they can do. Our best advice for brides is to tell your bridesmaids to put a few dollars a week away in the months leading up to the wedding, and by the time the wedding rolls around, they will have enough money to splurge on professional hair and makeup for your big day. Many brides also pay (either in-full or a certain dollar amount) towards the hair and makeup to make it more affordable for their girls. Although we are a little biased on the subject, we truly believe that this small expense makes a big difference, both on the day of the wedding (less stress on everyone), as well as for years to come (photos last a lifetime).
After doing hair and makeup professionally for over 15 years, we can tell you that having your hair and makeup professionally makes a HUGE difference. Every professional photographer will attest to this. Below are a few reasons why you should hire a professional hair and makeup artist for your big day.
- A hairstylist will make your hairstyle look good from EVERY angle the camera captures. It's easy to do your own hair and make it look good from the front or the back, but there is no telling what angles the photographer will capture. A professional will know how to make your hairstyle look balanced, full and flattering from the front, back, sides, top, whatever angle the camera captures.
- -A makeup artist knows how to bring out your best features. Highlighting and contouring in the wrong places can accentuate the wrong things, while highlighting and contouring in the right places will make you look your best
- A hairstylist knows how to make the most of your hair type. A lot of brides come to us saying "I don't know what you can do with this fine, thin hair" or "I don't know what you can do with this massive mane I have". You would be amazed what a hairstylist can do with your hair! Having experience with so many hair types, they will make your fine hair look full and your thick hair look proportionate. It's not uncommon to have a bride leave saying "I didn't know my hair could do that!"
- A makeup artist knows how to style for photographs. Every day makeup looks great in person (see previous post), but there are a lot of different techniques when it comes to photos.
- Professional hairstylists and makeup artists use the right products and techniques to make your hair and makeup last ALL day. It's one thing to look great when you leave your house that morning, it's another thing to still look great when you make your grand exit that night. Professional makeup, hair tools and experience will all help you to look picture perfect all day long.We hope that that these few reasons help you realize the importance of professional hair and makeup for your big day, for not only yourself, but for your wedding party as well. For more information or to schedule your wedding day beauty services, give us a call or email and we will be happy to create your perfect look.Until next time, remember to Live Beautifully!xoxo~The Glam Squad
This may sound like a crazy question, but we guarantee that almost every lady out there has asked themselves this question before. We decided to use our Thursday Beauty Tip to tackle this very question. Luckily for us, we run into this topic more often than not. Have you ever been invited to an event and at the bottom of the invitation it says "Semi-Formal Attire Requested"? If you are like most people, you probably struggle with the definition of different attire styles: formal, semi-formal, business casual, evening casual...the list goes on and on! Well, believe it or not, the same can be said of make-up (and hair) styles.From photo shoots that require a more natural look to weddings and formal events that need a more glamorous, dramatic look to even some of our favorite guys, who need, dare we say, a more over-the-top look; the list goes on and on for us as well! Believe us when we say, EVERYONE has a different definition! We decided to break down the language of make-up styles and give you some ideas of what is natural, everyday, glamorous and over-the-top make-up is (to us anyway).
The idea of a natural look is to appear as though you are not wearing any make-up, i.e. naturally beautiful. Even the most natural looking celebrities and models have a lot of make-up on when you see them; however, it is possible to achieve the natural look without caking on the foundation and eyeshadow in order to appear as though you have nothing on. Sometimes, giving the appearance of a "natural look" require applying more make-up then you may usually wear. We have a lot of brides who request a "natural look", and while it is important for the bride to feel comfortable on their big day, it is also important to understand that the natural look does not show up in photos. For this reason, we always suggest going for a more everyday look (see the next section for details) with a bit more emphasis on their best features (play up blue eyes with lashes or make your luscious lips the star with a beautiful color and gloss). Below are some examples of a natural look.
This is exactly what is says...the make-up look you wear everyday. Think of your normal beauty routine and that is what you can expect here. Many times, we encourage our clients to accentuate their best features, while still adhering to their normal beauty routine.
Nothing is more important than the eyebrows. Be sure to fill in your brows if they are sparse because they are the framework of your face. Trying using a powder and not a pencil for a more natural look. Remember that the eyes are the one of the most important areas on your face, so why not play up your baby blues with a little mascara or accentuate your big brown eyes with a subtle, purple shadow. Don't go overboard...a little goes a long way! The best thing to remember is not overdue your everyday look. You don't have to try every beauty trend each season; must pick one or two that will compliment your style and make it work for you. If don't ever wear lipstick, mixing red lips into your everyday look may be a little too much. Save it for a special occasion when it requires you have a more glamorous look (next section). You will see from the photos below that Natural and Everyday Make-Up are similar, and for you, it may be one in the same. Check out some of our favorite everyday make-up looks.
This look is more for special occasions (i.e. weddings, pageants, special events) and should be used to make you feel special, like the beauty queen you are! Every lady should have the opportunity to have a more glamourous or dramatic look at least once. Think more lashes, a little bit more eyeliner, shimmering shadow, a bold lip, all accentuated by a more formal hairstyle and a great dress! When we do hair and make-up trials for our brides, we always tell them to try and wear something in a similar shape to their gown (especially neckline) so they can get an idea of what the final product will look like. It is hard to get an idea of what your hair and especially your make-up will look like on your big day when you are wearing a tank top and sweatpants. With that being said, this make-up look is not something that you will wear everyday. Check out these photos of some beauty queens we recently had the chance to make-over for a special event. They definitely are glamourous and are bringing the drama with their make-up (and hair and dresses and their hair candy).
Dress Courtesy of Key West Bridal
We think this speaks for itself, but just in case there is any question, there are only a few occasions when someone can be this over-the-top and we think that the fabulous drag queens of Key West have it covered! So, unless you are planning on being part of a performance, we think you should save this look for them, because they do it so flawlessly. Stay fabulous ladies!
We hope that these descriptions help you the next time you are pondering which look you should go for. When all else fails, give us a call or email and we will be happy to create your perfect look.
Until next week, remember to Live Beautifully!
~The Glam Squad
Last month, we had the pleasure to visit with one of our favorite Glam Squad members, Victoria, for a spray tan session. We figured that since we regularly suggest this service to our brides, that we should experience it for ourselves first-hand. After a quick session with Victoria, our skin was golden and beautifully sun-kissed, not the orange, cheeto look that many people associate with spray tanning and made famous by the cast of 'The Jersey Shore' or on 'Bride Wars.'
In order to achieve the best results for the perfect, even spray tan that will last (about 5-7 days, maybe more), please follow these helpful tips for before and after your session!
First, a little background. Spray tanning is the future of the tanning business. Unlike sun bathing and tanning beds, which are unsafe because they expose your skin to ultraviolet radiation, spray tanning involves dyes, which are sprayed directly on the skin. Spray tanning is the safest alternative to sunbathing.
Tip #1: See a professional! One of the best things about going to see Victoria was that she was able to determine our natural skin tone and decide which shade of tan and the amount of spray that worked best for us. Many times, when you use an automated machine, the color can be too dark (or not enough) and you can risk getting caught in an awkward position over and over again if you are not ready or paying attention, ala Ross on 'Friends.'
Tip#2: Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate! This is very important and will help you achieve the best results. Exfoliation should be done prior to your spray tanning session. Simply take a loofah or natural sponge along with some light exfoliating body wash or scrub and exfoliate your entire body while in the shower or bath. Pay careful attention to the dry areas (i.e. elbows, knees, feet, etc.). This helps to remove the dead skin cells, resulting in a longer, more even tan. It is also helpful to shower before the session to remove any oils, lotions, sweat, deodorant, cosmetics, etc.
Tip #3: Wear loose, comfortable clothes. It is important to be comfortable during your session. We suggest wearing light, comfortable clothing (sundress, romper, etc.) in a darker color over whatever you are going to wear for the session. When we went, we wore cute panties or a thong (depending on your tan lines wanted) and no bra, but many people wear a bathing suit or something similar. It is up to you and whatever you feel most comfortable in. Also, remove any jewelry, shoes, watches, etc before your session. Anything touching the skin will result in patches on the skin and an uneven tan. Remember, that is is best if you avoid tight-fitting clothing for 8-12 hours after your session so that your tan can fully develop. Keep this mind when determining what to wear to your appointment (both to the appointment and underneath).
Tip #4: Let it dry! Make sure you air-dry for about 5-10 minutes before putting your clothes back on. Take a look at your body to check whether the dye is applied evenly or not. Wipe off the excess dye. Try to go home directly from the salon and avoid strenuous activities that cause sweating, which can affect the tan.
Tip #5: Avoid bathing or showering for 8-12 hours. The best advice we can give after your session is to take a warm (not hot) bath and lightly, we repeat lightly, wash yourself with a soft washcloth. This will help even out the tan and also help remove any over -spray from certain areas that may look darker than others (face, feet, arms). A little bit of color may come off during the first bath after the spray tanning session. Spray tanning tips include avoidance of hot water, loofah, soap and exfoliants, during the first bath after tanning (It will be better, if you avoid these things for a few more days). Also, remember to lightly pat yourself dry after the first bath. it helps extends the life of the tan.
Tip #6: Enjoy your new glow! Like we mentioned, by following these few simple tips, our tans lasted about 8 days. It is important to keep your body hydrated and moisturized as well. Repeated sessions will help to give you a more permanent tan.
If you are interested in booking a spray tan for your wedding or upcoming event or if you would like to see see what the excitement is all about us, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will be happy to schedule one for you. Remember, we are completely mobile, so we can come right to you.
Have a great week and until our next Beauty Tip Thursday, remember to live beautifully!
Welcome to our new blog! We are so excited to be launching our newest venture and look forward to having each of you read it on a regular basis. Not only will we be posting photos and content from our recent events, but we will also showcase our favorite products, highlight staff profiles, share the latest beauty tips and trends, as well as feature lots of exciting information like promotions, contests and more! Be sure to check back frequently for the latest information from the Glam Squad. Remember, this is the spot for all things beauty!
xoxo ~Kim, Kelly & The Glam Squad