Custom Spray Tanning in Vermont!

I have blotch paranoia. For wedding and bikini season, I wanted to be tan without heading to the beach or a tanning booth. Also with my wintery ivory skin, I was hesitant to step right into mystic tan. My dress was a backless halter and the last thing I needed was a prominent armpit blotch.

I googled “spray tan Vermont” and the very first one was Northern Lights Tanning which is right down the road (right down the road in Vermont is about 30 minutes).

I emailed Cathy and she responded very quickly. I wanted to try an application before my event to see how my skin would react. I advise this for anyone as everyone’s skin reacts differently. This goes with anything you’re applying to your skin. 24 hours before the tan, I exfoliated with St. Ives Apricot Scrub. The morning of the tan, I shaved my legs. Don’t put any lotion or makeup on!

The spray takes minutes and then add in some drying time in front of a fan. Wear loose fitting dark clothing and let the tan set for 4-6 hours before showering. Make sure you moisturize to make your tan last! The spray usually lasts about a week. I use Ocean Potion Ever Glow. It’s a light aloe moisturizer with a gradual tan.

If you live in upstate Vermont, check out Cathy’s website at www.northernlightstanning.com. Cathy has over 12 years of experience in spray tanning. She offers tanning out of her home if you live farther than 10 miles or she can come right to you with her mobile spray tanning system.

Here are some before and after pictures of two different applications:

Day 3 of first tan

A friend’s wedding with my husband Ryan as the Best Man. And the dress! Day 2 tan.

 2 weeks prior to tan

Girl Scout Cookie Lip Balm!

By Lip Smackers of course!

The Growing Nail Polish Collection

Nails are getting bolder and becoming a great way to accessorize. I am loving all the new colors, sparkles, designs, textures and patterns. It seems that every week there is a new color palette for the current and upcoming seasons. With most polishes being under $10, it’s a great way to change up your look. Check out some new shades I’ve recently tried:

OPI Polishes. OPI.COM for stores

Wet & Wild Saved By The Blue: $1.99 Drugstores

Essie Sew Psyched $7.99 Amazon.com

Orly Star Spangled $7.50 Orlybeauty.com

Sally Hansen Sheer Me Now $5.25 drugstore.com with Essie Good To Go Top Coat $8 Amazon.com

Sally Hansen Gem Crush Showgirl Chic $8 Drugstores; Wet & Wild Saved By The Blue $1.99 Drugstores; Essie Good To Go Top Coat$8 Amazon.com
I will add that this is only ONE coat of the glitter! I’ll be buying more!!

To Buy List:

$9 drugstores

Next adventure:

Update! I tried the black and gold and LOVED the outcome. Here is a picture of the 2011 home for the holidays visit. I am wearing Essie Licorice $8 Essie.com Orly Prisma Gloss in Gold $8 and Essie Good to Go Top Coat $8 Essie.com. The Orly Prisma Gold is very build-able so the fade effect is very easy. Be patient during drying time! Letting each coat dry completely before the next makes for a longer lasting mani.  I’m not sure the brand of red polish my cousin is wearing but its a pealescent red.

Jewelry is custom cut Aquamarine by my father, Stephen Boyd. Custom setting per customer’s wishes. E-mail me for more questions.

20% OFF!

Bed Bath and Beyond has a great selection of makeup and beauty supplies. Use your coupon for that new straightener or hair dryer you didn’t want to splurge on. The $5 off coupon is great for those $10-$20 items like Essie 2 packs, Burts Bees and Crabtree & Evelyn.

OPI Muppets Collection

Now Stay Like That

At a recent wedding, I had this conversation:

Me: Is my makeup creasing?
My Husband: I don’t know what that means. Nick, what does “creasing” mean?
Nick: Kapeeshing?!
Me: No creasing.
Nick: I don’t know what that means.

When I finally found an answer, it was no. Melting makeup was definitely a concern when you’re at a wedding all day and most likely into the night. I applied my makeup at 8am and didn’t get home until midnight. 16 hours and no creasing! Or Kapeeshing!

The MAC Fix spray is worth every penny. And it’s only $10!
http://www.maccosmetics.com

OPI Black Shatter Nail Polish

The term “Practice Makes Perfect” came to mind when trying this product for the first time. The second time showed amazing results!

The product instructs you to wear on top of a dry base color which is necessary. It also dries matte so a top coat is another must.

With regular nail polish I usually apply a little slower than the manicure pros. With the Black Shatter a fast, thin application is necessary. Slower application tends to streak and clump.

There are so many combination’s to try I can recommend just one. Go toto see new shatter colors and regular colors.

Tanning

We all know the damaging effects of the sun. Somehow we still end up forgetting sunscreen outside and tanning salons still have great business. I admit to getting a bulb tan myself once or twice. I’m not proud, but something about a healthy glow makes you feel and look better.

You can get a great tan without crisping yourself. Self tanning and spray tanning work great and I highly recommend both.

Its hard to wait and notice gradual tanning and a self tanner might seem too daunting for a first timer. If you’re like me and too scared of looking like a clown fish, I think a spray tan is 100% worth it regardless of the seemingly high price.

Look up local tanning salons and compare prices. A lot of salons have specials for first time customers and monthly specials on spray tans. Also sign up for email alerts to get coupons and specials.

After you get the initial color you can maintain it with a gradual self tanning lotion. I, and many others, love Jergens Natural Glow.

Be safe in the sun! Always wear sunscreen!

Brushes!!!

Quality brushes are just as important as quality makeup. A great brush applies makeup more evenly, gets more color payoff and saves you time when you’re trying to blend.

I constantly use the same 4 brushes for my everyday application:

MAC #217  $22.50USD

This brush is great for blending. Its a versatile brush that can be used for any shadow application.

MAC #239 $24USD

This is a flat brush excellent for shadow application on your lid and under your eye. Since its flat it can be used for detail as well.

MAC #182$47USD

This is the perfect brush for powder foundation application. Its great for blending blush for finishing touches and great for a mineral finishing product. I had tried many brushed for powder application and finally decided to splurge on this brush. Worth every penny!! My powder foundation will last longer using this brush as well. This makes an excellent gift!

The last brush is a small detail brush from craft stores. Some come in a pack or you can buy individually from the art brush display in these stores. These brushes are great for precise eye lining with powder, gel and liquid. Perfect for retro or cat eyes!

For MAC brushes go to http://www.MACcosmetics.com

For art brushes try http://www.acmoore.com

NYX Cosmetics

I just bought a bunch of NYX Cosmetics and they are definitely worth every penny. The Jumbo Eye Pencils and loose pigment shadows are so easy to use and can be worn sheer or be dramatic. They are long lasting and stayed put in the shower. They come off with makeup remover.

The Jumbo Eye Pencils are soft and easily blended with a brush, applicator, wedge, q-tip or even your finger. They can be used as liners, shadows and best of all a base for the pigments.

When wearing the loose shadows as a daytime or sheer look, just apply a small amount on your lid starting at the lash line and working your way up and out.

To get a very bold, dramatic shadow coverage, prime with the white jumbo pencil very lightly. Too much will crease. Then with a shadow brush and a small amount of powder at a time, apply shadows and blend out.

Emily Boyd, Emily Boyd Makeup Artist, Eye Shadow techniques

I used the white pencil to prime. Then I applied the Purple pigment with a small shadow brush over my lid then blending out. I then used the black pencil to smudge into my crease and evened that out with a small shadow brush. I used the black as a primer and to get a deep color with the pigment. I went over the black with the purple again, lined my eyes and finished with mascara. This look is dramatic but can be toned down or up very easily.

These are so fun to play with!!

There is a great selection at http://www.cherryculture.com