Beauty Tip Thursday- Pre-Wedding Beauty Pampering

Ask any former bride and they will tell you that planning a wedding is stressful!  The dress, the shoes, the music, the venue and don't forget the details and your guests.  It is enough to drive any sane person insane.  Most people that have been in your shoes will tell you that hiring a wedding planner is the best thing they could've done, because it saved their sanity, as well as a lot of time.  We wholeheartedly agree that hiring a wedding planner can be a lifesaver, as well as a timesaver, relationship-saver, fun-saver and everything in between; but this post isn't about that.  It is about another piece of friendly advice that can save you a lot of stress when planning your wedding.  Let's talk about pre-wedding pampering! Who doesn't love to be pampered, especially before your wedding day?  You spend so much time planning for the big day that you deserve a little down time to relax before you walk down the aisle.  Everyone knows that a little pampering (manicure, pedicure, facial, massage, etc.) goes a long way...we are sure that is no surprise to you.  Here is a a surprise though...don't get your spa services too early!  Many brides think that they will save time and possibly money by getting their manicures, pedicures, massages and spray tans before they arrive for their destination wedding.  What many brides don't realize is that, by getting your spa services done too early, they can jeopardize the end result, especially when it comes to your nails.  To save yourself time, stress and even money, we suggest scheduling your spa services 1-2 days prior to your wedding.  This not only gives you time to de-stress and relax before your big day, but also the piece of mind to know that you don't have to worry about chipped or broken nails and streaky tans.  We also suggest getting a massage prior to your wedding day to help relieve the tension and stress brought on by planning the wedding of your dreams.  Getting a massage after you arrive for your wedding is good way to kick-off the week (or weekend) and helps you to de-stress, unwind and get in the right frame of mind before all of your friends and family arrive.

Most hotels offer spa services at their on-site spas, but at Beauty Boutique and the Glam Squad, we offer mobile, on-site spa services (as well as hair and makeup services for your big day).  Many of our brides even make a party of it by setting up a spa pampering party for their bridesmaids and moms at their hotel instead of going out the day or night before the wedding.  It is a good way to spend time with your nearest and dearest, while getting pampered and relaxing before your wedding day.  Order some food and champagne and have us come over for pampering slumber party.  Talk about a fun , low-key way to spend your last night as a single girl.

For more information on our spa packages, as well as a complete list of all of services, please contact us for more information.

Until next time, remember to Live Beautifully!

xoxo~The Glam Squad

The Importance of Professional Hair & Makeup for Your Wedding Day

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.

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  • -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!"Image
  • 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.ImageImage
  • 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.ImageWe 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

How Much Make-Up is Too Much Make-Up?

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).

Natural Make-Up

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.

The Lovely Ladies of We've Got The Keys (L to R)~Allison, Jen & Nadene

Everyday Make-Up

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.

Glamourous/Dramatic Make-Up

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).

Special thanks to Key West Bridal for their fabulous (and colorful dress) that Kristin is wearing.  Hair candy is designed by Gypsy Petals.

Maja

Jennifer

Toni Michelle

Victoria

Kristin

Dress Courtesy of Key West Bridal

Over-The-Top Make-Up

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!

xoxo

~The Glam Squad

 

Beauty Tip Thursday-Spray Tan Tips

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 (beautyboutique@comcast.net) 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!

Top 10 Wedding Beauty Tips-Part 2 of 2

It's Thursday, which means it is time for another beauty tip!  This week, we continuing our Top 10 Wedding Beauty Tips series we started last week.

6. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. This is easier said then done, but, trust us, it works. It keeps your complextion refreshed, vibrant, & healthy looking. If you just despise water, throw a little lemon or lime in it or for a crisper taste, toss in cucumber slices. It is also really important to not drink too much alcohol the night before. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! 7. Schedule your spray tan 2 days prior to your wedding.   Ladies, it’s SO important that you schedule your spray tan 2 days before your big day so that you have time for the tan to settle into your skin.  It is also very important to exfoliate your entire body prior to getting your spray tan.  You will end up with better overall results.  Spray tanning is also a good way to cover-up unwanted blemishes, and in some cases, pesky tattoos. 8. Makeup Setting Spray- Setting your makeup is so important, that we had to mention it twice!  A Florida bride must! Urban Decay All Nighter & Model in a Bottle are go-to’s.  A light mist of hairspray also works well...we know it sounds crazy, but it works.  After attending an event this past weekend where everyone was sweating and their makeup was running, we kept getting compliments on how flawless our makeup looked! 9. Faux eyelashes...opt out for strip lashes- If you want false eyelashes, individuals or clusters look more  natural.  We recently triple-lashed a bride with individual lashes and it added some much drama to her overall look.  Individual lashes look more natural too. 10. Lip exfoliant before applying lip color! Jane Iredale Sugar Butter Lip Exfoliant is a  favorite.. and it’s edible!  We also prefer to use a lip liner and a gloss instead of a lipstick to prevent the lip from flaking or drying out.

 That's it!  If you follow these simple beauty tips, you will be sure to look flawless on your wedding day and beyond!

Check back next Thursday when we feature our top fall beauty trends.

Have a great weekend!

Top 10 Wedding Beauty Tips-Part 1 of 2

Wedding season is right around the corner so we thought we would devote the next two weeks of our Beauty Tip Thursday blog posts to our Top 10 Wedding Beauty Tips.  Drum roll please... 1. Don't skimp on the high-quality makeup.  In the Florida humidity, you cannot go wrong with airbrush makeup.  We use Temptu, which is silicone based and is waterproof and sweat-proof.  Our brides look flawless all day and all night.

2. Use a Primer for your foundation & eyeshadow. It will give you the long lasting wear and flawless finish.  It also makes your eyeshadow pop!

3. Waterproof mascara & eye liner to not only shield you from zombie bride, but for a lasting wear throughout the night.  We love the Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner and the Sephora Collection's Atomic Volume Mascara.  Check out our post on Kim's favorites products for more info.

4. Avoid Glitter and Shimmer- It looks oily on camera! It also can cause reflections, resulting in white spots in photos.  We love using matte highlighter for cheek and brow bones. If you are going for an evening look with a smokey eye, your shimmer colors will still reflect on camera, and shimmer/glitter tends to migrate. If it’s something you absolutely want, you can use a pearl eyeshadow, which is a good mix between matte & shimmer without over doing it.

5. Set Your Makeup with loose powder. It will remove shine on the face for photos & in person. A light mist of hairspray also works well...we know it sounds crazy, but it works.  After attending an event this past weekend where everyone was sweating and their makeup was running, we kept getting compliments on how flawless our makeup looked!

Be sure to check back next week for second part of our Top 10 Wedding Beauty Tips.  Until then, remember to live beautifully!

Have a great weekend!

Second September Promotion

Since September is one of our favorites months, we figured that instead of offering just one promotion this month, that we would offer two!  In preparation for wedding season (and Homecoming, Fantasy Fest, the Navy Ball, Holiday parties and all of the other upcoming events in Key West), we are offering a great package for hair and makeup services.

Starting today, any new client that books a package for hair and makeup services for 3 or more people (bridesmaids, mothers, friends, sisters, etc.), will receive $30 off each package.  This brings the package down to $175 each, which is an amazing deal for professional, on-site hair and makeup application. 

To take advantage of this promotion, you must book services and pay in full no later than September 30, 2011.  Appointments can be made in advance for dates after September 2011, as long as the packages are paid in full by September 30, 2011.  For your convenience, we accept all major credit cards (a small processing fee applies), as well as checks and money orders.  To schedule your  beauty appointments or for more information, please email Kelly (beautyboutique@comcast.net)

Be sure to check out our wonderful September Spa Promotion for information on how you can get a manicure, pedicure and spray tan for FREE.

Happy Fall Y'all!

September Spa Promotion

September generally ushers in the beginning of all things fall...back-to-school shopping, football season, the crisp chill in the air, and for us, it is the time before the busy season starts.  We didn't want September to come and go without offering a special promotion for all of our loyal fans (and new customers too). For the entire month of September, when you book 5 or more Spa Combination Packages (manicure, pedicure and spray tan), you will receive 10% off the manicure and pedicure and 50% off the spray tan.  This brings the package down to $125 each.  PLUS, the bride (or the person doing the booking for the group) will receive their package for FREE!  This promotion isn’t just for brides!  Grab your some of best girlfriends and spend an afternoon pampering yourselves at home.  This is a great way to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall.

To take advantage of this great promotion, please email us at beautyboutique@comcast.net or call us at 305.879.2846.

Appointments can be made in advance for dates after September as long as payment is received by September 30, 2011.  This promotion is only around for a limited time, so contact us today!

Happy Fall Y'all!

August Bridal Promotion

It is hard to believe that July has come and gone so quickly!  Now that August is right around the corner, we are happy to announce another great promotion.  This one is just for brides, but we promise, we will offer another great promotion for our other clients soon.  If you are not a bride yourself, then surely you know a bride and would love to be able to help make their wedding day perfect.  Do us a fvaor and share this promotion with her. Beginning today, we are offering something special for our newest brides.  They are so new, they haven't even booked yet!  For any 2012 bride that books hair and makeup services for 6 or more people in their wedding party (bridesmaids, mothers, etc.), they will receive hair and makeup services for FREE.  This is a great wayfor brides to say thank you and pamper their girls for their big day!  We are also extending this promotion to any 2011 brides who have yet booked services with us.  If you are not a bride yourself, surely you know someone who is.  Do us (and your friend) a favor and pass this promotion along.  For anyone that refers us a bride for this promotion and the bride  mention your name, we will enter you into a giveway to win a fabulous prize!

To take advantage of this promotion, you must book services and pay in full no later than August 31, 2011.  For your convenience, we accept all major credit cards (a small processing fee applies), as well as checks and money orders.  To schedule your wedding day beauty appointments or for more information, please email Kelly (beautyboutique@comcast.net).

Happy August!