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!

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!

July Spa Promotion

Get excited..it's time for our July promotion!
 
Beginning today,when you book 5 spa packages for your bridal party (either manicure, pedicure and facial OR spray tan, facial and massage OR any combination of the above), you will receive the same package for yourself to enjoy for FREE! This is a great way to pamper your girls (and yourself) before the big day!
 
This promotion isn't just for brides-to-be. Organize a spa party for some of your favorite friends in your home and take advantage of the same deal!
 
Appointments must be made in advance and services can be rendered after July, but all payments must be received on or before July 31, 2011. For your added convenience, we now except credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover) as a form of payment, as well as checks and money orders.
 
Email Kelly (beautyboutique@comcast.net) for more information or to book your packages today!