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

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!

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!

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!

Bianca's Trash the Dress Session

 

Bianca and her fiance, Andre, traveled to Key West from Holland for their recent destination wedding at the Southernmost Collection and the Ocean Key Resort.  Beauty Boutique and The Glam Squad had a blast prepping them for their big day and we enjoyed being able to stay around throughout the wedding to help keep Bianca (and all of her guests) looking fabulous well into the evening.  The day after the wedding, we were able to catch up with our newlywed as she prepared for her next Key West mission...a colorful Trash the Dress session with Lona Hall from Blueye Images complete with cupcakes, candy and balloons!

 
Audra and Kelly from our Glam Squad were on-hand to not only make Bianca look beautiful once more, but also change her look a few times for the session as well as help Lona with props and scouting of locations in the eclectic Bahama Village.  It was a fun afternoon to say the least!  Below are some of our favorites from this "sweet" photo session.  Congratualtions to Bianca and Andre!  We hope to see you both in Key West again soon!  Special thanks to Lona Hall and Blueye Images for these amazing photos!
 
Bianca looking stunning
 

 

 

 

We Have Arrived!

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