Beauty Tip Thursday-Holiday Glam Gift Guide

 

Now that the holidays are rapidly approaching, we thought that we would dedicate this week's tip to glamorous gift items for everyone on your list from our friends at Sephora!

1. Luxe fragrances.  Pick her favorite statement scents.  Some our new favorites are Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh, Michael Kors Very Hollywood, and Coach Poppy.  If you are unsure of what scent to buy, then consider checking out their Collector's  Edition Fragrance Sampler.  It features 10 fragrance mini-bottles as well as voucher for a full-size bottle that the recipient can turn in for their favorite scent.  The sampler is $75, but is valued at $175.

2. Essentials for Him. Must haves for the modern man.  Our all-time favorite is Kenneth Cole Black, for Men, but if your guy is picky when it comes to scents (or maybe you are), then there are lots of options.  Just like their Collector's Edition Fragrance Sampler for women, Sephora also offers a Deluxe Fragrance Sampler Set for men.  For $50, you will receive 14 samples in a designer gift box, as well as voucher for a full-size product to be redeemed at a later date.

 

3. Big Deals.  Beauty items that are beyond worthy!  One of the best values at Sephora is their amazing gift sets, where you can get some of their best -selling products (and your favorites) bundled with new products that you haven't had a chance to try.  One of favorites is the The Bestsellers, which retails for  $75 and features 10 of Sephora's best-selling products, including 6 full-size items.  It includes everything from makeup to moisturizer to fragrance and more!  Our other favorites are Lashstash, Give Me Some Lip & Glitz & Glam, all for obvious reasons and all for under $50!

4. Palettes of Plenty. Color me pretty.  While some our most favorite palettes are from BH Cosmetics, Sephora offers plenty of wonderful palettes from Smashbox, Urban Decay, Sephora Collection, Bare Escentuals and many more!  One our favorites is the Urban Decay Naked Palette, which features 12 eyeshadows, an eyeshadow brush and Primer Potion for $48.

Just because it is the holidays doesn't mean you have to spend tons of money on gifts.  One our favorite things to do for our family and friends is make homemade gifts with a little flair,  Add a nice hair flower or small lip gloss to plate of cookies or your favorite drink mix.  Always remember to look in the travel size area at your favorite store for cute, mini items to get the most bang for your buck!

We hope that these gift ideas help inspire you this holiday season and we look forward to posting more tips next year.  Also, be on the lookout for a new feature in 2012...Wedding Wednesday, where we will feature one of our recent weddings every Wednesday!

We wish everyone a very Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!

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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!

Girls Night Out~Key West Motives Party

Last month, we had the opportunity to team up with the staff at Key West Harbour to host a Girls Night Out event for some of their members.  The Glam Squad packed up and hit the road to beautify the lovely ladies complete with mini hair and makeup style makeovers.  We were thrilled to be able to set-up in such a beautiful location complete with delicious wine and appetizers, compliments of Key West Harbour.

 

 

 

Each of our attendees were welcomed with a goody bag, as well as tickets for our amazing drawings throughout the night, which featured appointments with members of the Glam Squad for facials, spray tans, hair cuts, etc.

 

After grabbing a snack and a glass of wine, the mini makeovers began.  At this event, we were featuring the newest cosmetic products on the market, Motives.

 

Our Glam Squad members showed each lady how they can simplify their makeup routine in just a few easy steps.  Many of the attendees admitted that they had not changed their beauty routine in years and were so happy about trying the new products!

 

 

After a quick visit to the makeup chair, it was on to the hair chair.  From curls with straightening irons to volume from hair product, we showed the ladies how to get the most out of their hair.

 

 

 

When the event was over, most of the ladies continued the party at the Harbour Restaurant and showed off their new looks to their family and friends.

The Glam Squad is looking forward to our next Girls Night Out event at Key West Harbour.  Until then, 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!

Kim's Favorite Products

 

Our head beauty planner and all around beauty guru, Kim Arencibia, is revealing what's in her beauty bag by sharing a few of  her favorite beauty products.

First up...Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner.  "This item is a must have for anyone who wants to line and define their eyes the easy way" says Kim. " This gel formula glides on without pulling or tugging and  lasts all day.  It is the perfect eye liner for brides in the warm, Florida weather because it dries quickly, does not smudge, will not sweat off and it literally, lasts all night long!  You can even swim with it on."  It is the perfect complement to both natural and faux eyelashes.  It comes in a variety of colors (black, bronze, navy blue, midnight purple), but Kim's favorite is the Midnight Black.  The .10 oz container will cost you $22 but will last you at least 6 months, if not longer.

The next item in Kim's beauty bag is Sephora Collection's Atomic Volume Mascara.  After trying many, many, many mascaras, Kim has discovered her absolute favorite that she not only uses for her clients, but also herself. "Atomic Volume is amazing!  It gives mega-volume to even the limpest lashes.  The best part is, the longer you use it, the more conditioned and stunning your lashes will become."  The tubular brush applicator also helps to lengthen and separate your lashes for a full-sexy flutter.  The best part of this product is the price...$15 for a .5 oz tube. 

Since we are on the topic of eyes, let's talk eyebrows.  "Your eyebrows are the framework of your face and for that reason, they are an important part of your beauty regimen.  It's important to not over-pluck your brows because over time, the hair shafts are not stimulated, causing hair not to grow as fast or at all.  If you are a product of over-plucking, there is an answer.  One of my favorite products of all time is brow stencils and powder from Cristina Cosmetics.  I have been using this product for many years and I can't begin to tell you the difference it makes.  Unlike brow pencils, stencils and powders give a more natural look.  Unfortunately, I can't find the Cristina Cosmetics product anymore, but after a quick search online, I stumbled on two great products."   The first is from Anastasia Beverly Hills.  According to Kim, "Anastasia's Classic Stencils is the closest thing I have found to the ones from Cristina Cosmetics.  They are great quality and durable, so they can be used over and over again.  This stencil kit comes with 5 stencils for $20.  You can buy the brow powder separately or use one that you already have."   The other product  is Too Faced Brow Envy Brow Shaping and Defining Kit.  This kit comes with three stencils, brow powder in Blonde and Brunette, brow wax and a highlighting powder as well as brushes, tweezers and a step-by-step guide for $35.  The best thing about this kit is that it is compact enough to fit into your makeup bag. 

Kim doesn't just have favorite makeup products. She also has tons of favorite hair products as well.  Her absolute favorite hair product right now  is Osis Dust It Mattifying Powder by Schwarzkopf.  "This multipurpose product works wonders, especially on fine hair.  It is the perfect product for not only soaking up moisture (i.e. sweat, grease), but also for adding volume and texture.  Simply sprinkle on the underside of your hair, at the nape of your neck, as well as a light sprinkle at the roots (on dry hair) and then give a rough "massage" with your fingers to work product in.  This is important so that your hair doesn't appear too white. Then flip hair over and style as usual.  You can also sprinkle on your palms and rub together, then rake your hands through your hair for texture and light separation.  If you live in Florida, or anywhere where it is hot, this product is a must-have for you!"   The .35 oz. bottle is typically under $15.

We hope that you take Kim's advice and check out and invest in some, if not all, of these products.  You won't be sorry!  Look for more beauty tips and favorite products from Kim and the entire Glam Squad coming soon to The Beauty Insider.

Kim Arencibia is the owner and founder of Beauty Boutique & The Glam Squad LLC.  She has over 20 years of experience and knowledge in the beauty industry and has worked with MTV and the Teen Choice Awards as well as numerous corporate groups and seveal hundred bridal parties.  She prides herself on customer service and tailoring all of her on-site beauty and spa packages to the customer's exact needs.  For more information or to book your next appointment with Kim and The Glam Squad, please visit our website at www.beautyboutiquekw.com.