Fight the Frizz

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While most people are excited thinking about the warm weather,  I think summer and I think humidity, and with humidity comes frizzy hard to manage hair.

Everyone knows summer is on its way and its coming fast.

Point being: humidity is not my friend.

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I have curly frizzy hair but I love to just wear it straight. Recently I’ve been wearing it curly to help it grow and I have been searching high and low for a product that can control my hair, which most definitely has a mind of its own.

Good news though!

After years of looking I have finally found the perfect product to control my crazy hair.

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It’s super easy to use and it leaves your curls more bouncy and smooth than ever! The very best thing about this product though is that a little bit goes a long way and It doesn’t leave my hair with that horrible crunchy feeling. What is this miracle product that leaves your curls soft and full of life? Well my friends, I will enlighten you, it’s called Be Curly Curl Enhancer by Aveda.

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How to use: After you clean your hair, while its damp, put a dime size amount of the product in the palm of your hand and apply to your hair. I go for the roots first and then scrunch the rest of it in and allow my hair to air dry and I’m good to go for the day. It really cannot get any easier than that, it’s amazing!

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As I mentioned earlier though, I love wearing my hair straight too, so don’t worry, I did not forget about the girls with straight hair!

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I have found easy quick fix for you and it is called Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray. This product works a little differently than the other one though. This one’s more like a finishing spray, so you would proceed doing your hair as you usually would and then spray this all over when you’re finished styling.

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It acts as a shield on your hair and protects it from frizzing up the second you walk out of your door, because I know how much everyone loves when that happens. Sike! It’s not cute! Lucky for us, this product exists to save us from these everyday summer hair struggles. Don’t let the humidity win!

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So from us here at Bronzatura, we hope your summer is smooth and frizz free! Stay bronze!

Bronzatura

 

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How To Camouflage Varicose Veins

Let your legs bask in the sun with these 3 little skin care secrets!

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Get your legs ready for spring!

Spring is in the air! Sun dress season is officially upon us and nobody wants to hide their legs because of those pesky raised purple veins. Don’t let this common problem ruin your fun in the sun! If you’re feeling self conscience about your legs you are not alone, %50 of all women deal with varicose veins by the age of 50. Here are some tricks you can use to mask those little bothersome marks.

  1. First of all, nobody wants to have to wear stockings in the spring and summer. Don’t confine your legs to this sheer prison. Instead try using a body makeup! They have makeup specifically designed for concealing this skin imperfections and it is revolutionary. These products will not stain your clothes and they give a beautiful natural, long lasting coverage. They even make products that are water proof, just check at your local pharmacies!

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    A body makeup could help give you a temporary flawless look!

  2. If the body makeup is a bit too pricey for you, you can make a d.i.y. version using a bronzer mixed with your body lotion. This will help give your legs a more toned appearance and help hide varicose veins.

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    Bronzer is a quick fix for last minute coverage!

  3. The best option for hiding those imperfections is getting an spray tan! Not only will an organic spray tan from Bronzatura help hide varicose veins but it also helps tremendously with toning your body, creating a healthy glow, hiding stretch marks and spider veins and lasts for 7-10 days! Be sure to follow the preparation instructions before your appointment and use the proper after-care as instructed by your trained airbrush technician.

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    A spray tan is a long term coverage option and will give you a gorgeous glow all week long!

 

Don’t let anything hold you back from feeling your absolutely best! Get out there and show off those gorgeous summer sun dresses!

Finally A Makeup To Compliment Your Spray Tan!

We all want the best foundation for a flawless complexion.

One of the biggest questions I used to struggle with every week was to spray my face or not to spray my face?  I have been both working in the spray tan industry and getting spray tans myself for over 3 years.  The conflict comes in here, I like to use strong face cleaner and products to moisturize and protect my skin. These products however, wear on my spray tan and leave my face either pale or blotchy.

 

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Don’t battle a blotchy complexion.

 

I graduated from Cosmetology school so not only am I an avid fan, but I am also professionally educated on the topic of makeup. I have tried brand after brand and bronzer after bronzer, but up until now, I have struggled to find a make up that truly matches and compliments my spray tan. One Saturday afternoon, I was in the mall and I swore to myself that Sephora was just calling my name. Knowing how bad I am at impulse purchases, especially when it comes to make up, I hesitantly went into the store.

 

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I saw a new make up product there that I was unfamiliar with, the Sephora brand airbrush foundation and blush. The product labeling suggested that it was an airbrush make up collection. Honestly, at the time I was just excited to have a reasonable excuse to purchase new make up. So I happily purchased my new foundation and went about my day.

The next morning when I woke up I was beyond excited to try this new makeup out. I used the foundation first. (There is a video on the Sephora website explaining step by step how to use it.) I was instantly in love.

Flawless application, beautiful color, gorgeous yellow undertones.

Next up, the blush, which I was super excited to use because the foundation had turned out so good. The blush I directly sprayed on my cheek bones and then blended it out with a blush brush. If you do not feel comfortable doing that you can just spray it directly on to the brush and apply how you would usually apply blush.

Last but not least, I used the Kat Von D shade and light contour palette to finish it off. I just used a little bit of highlighter and bronzer to contour my face.

The foundation and blush both have a nice natural finish to it, it is light weight on your face not like liquid foundations. You do not need to use a lot of it which is wonderful and to top it off, you get a beautiful, even, full coverage from it!

 

 

5 Secrets To A Spray Tan That Will Last

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Make your vacation better with a spray tan!

Going on a vacation?

Nobody wants to go out of town without a tan! The perfect solution is an organic long lasting quality spray tan! To help your tan last the whole trip, just follow these 5 important steps:

 

  1. Prepare properly! This is such an important step in the spray tan process. Be sure to shower, shave and exfoliate the evening before your appointment. Arrive at your appointment with no makeup, lotion, deodorant or perfume. You don’t want any barriers between your skin and your tanning solution. Don’t forget to wear loose clothing and slip on shoes so that you don’t run the risk of ruining your tan. Make sure to follow your preparation instructions very carefully and if you aren’t sure of something just ask your trained airbrush technician!

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    Exfoliate before your tan!

  2. Be careful with sunscreen! Also be aware that spray tans don’t protect you from sunburn, so if you are going on vacation you must always protect your skin. Avoid the harsh oil based spray on sun screens. Make sure you use a cream sun screen, free of alcohol and mineral oils.

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    Always wear sunscreen!

  3. Watch out for chlorinated pools! Chlorine is a bleaching agent and will dramatically reduce the life and quality of your tan. Saltwater is absolutely safe though, so enjoy the ocean and ask your hotel about salt water pools.

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    Avoid chlorinated pools!

  4. Avoid store brand soaps! Avoid hotel soaps! Soaps like these can cause serious harm to your new glow. They are filled with harsh chemicals and are not properly designed to maintain a healthy pH level which can be detrimental to your spray tan. Always check with your spray tan technician, and ask them what they recommend. At Bronzatura, we offer the best tan extending vitamin enriched soaps on the market. We stand behind our products because we know they work and want to share with you the secrets of a perfect spray tan.

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    Use tan extending soaps!

  5. Moisturize twice daily! Every morning and every night before bed, pamper your skin with a rich tan extending moisturizer! Not only will your skin love you for it but it will allow your spray tan to last and fade naturally! Be aware that store brand products have ingredients that can cause harm to your beautiful bronze tan, so always ask your technician what she recommends, we are always more than happy to walk you through all of your options because we love our products and know how well they work. Here at Bronzatura we offer a vast selection of amazing products that are made to protect your tan and nourish your skin.

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    Moisturize daily!

 

Avoiding harsh chemicals is the key to a perfect spray tan! Natural is the way to go! That’s why at Bronzatura, we offer the highest quality organic certified spray tans! Love the skin you’re in!

Now get out there and enjoy your well deserved vacation!

What Women Really Want on Valentine’s Day

Intro to Valentine’s Day 101:

What women  really want on Valentine’s Day.

(Ladies, don’t feel bad if you “accidentally” leave this up on the computer.)

 

This post is a lesson for all the boyfriends, husbands and even for those single guys out there. READ ME. I WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER.

Okay guys, I’m going to level with you here and try to help you out this year. I know Valentine’s Day probably comes with a lot of pressure. Your significant other has ideas and expectations dancing in their minds of all the romantic things you should do on Valentine’s Day. To be honest though, let’s face it, half of the time you have no idea what we want. I mean half of the time you don’t even understand us. We are an absolute enigma to the male mind and trust me fellas we feel the same way about you. The truth is men and women, as they say, might as well be from Mars and Venus because that’s about as much as we have in common. I know none of you intentionally want to make your partner feel unappreciated or taken for granted. I would suggest half of the pressure on Valentine’s is to not see that look of disappointment on her face nor deal possibly with the punishment that comes if she feels you have failed her.

I know how hard people work all year to plan for their futures or even just to get by. We all have our priorities, and everything else in life is usually put aside so that we can focus on what’s most important: work, bills, gas, kids, food, school and the rest of the laundry list of daily obligations. Do we take enough time or make time to stop and appreciate one of most important people in our life? Our side kick, our support system, the one person in this world who you’ve chosen to share yourself with, the person who dusts you off when you fall, and puts up with all the weird and unique quirks and personality traits that make you so “Perfectly Imperfect!” Throughout the year, we can easily forget to show our appreciation to our significant others. Sometimes we get comfortable and sometimes we just have so many other things on our mind, which is okay most of the time.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so don’t you think that your significant other deserves a little something to make them feel appreciated and like the most amazing and beautiful person you have ever laid your eyes on? How about this year you do something  that takes a little more thought, something that says “your worth the effort?” Please no more drug store flowers and heart-shaped candy. I promise your partner will definitely not feel appreciated and you may possibly wind up spending your night sleeping on the couch not by choice. Dare to be original gentlemen. She wants to feel special, unique, not like every other girl in the world; she wants to feel like your “ONE AND ONLY”. The worst thing you can do is to ever make your partner feel ordinary. Take a little time to soul search and plan something that has meaning behind it, make an effort to show her she is NOT invisible! Be a gentleman, be a romantic, study romantic movies if need be (watch the Notebook or any other Romance movie for pointers). JUST be sure to use this ONE, SINGLE day out of the year to make up for all the others when you may have accidentally made your partner feel a little “less than.” I promise you if you do, you’ll find yourself with a much happier woman in your life.

The most important thing I need to stress in this post is that you don’t need to spend a ton of money. This is NOT about buying her something expensive. It’s about doing something thoughtful, something that has real meaning behind it. Something that can’t be translated to say anything other than “I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!”

If you still have no idea what to do for Valentine’s Day, take a shot at some of these ideas

Cook for her: (Without using the microwave…)

The most romantic part: Not leaving any dirty dishes.

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Slow dance with her: (Feel dumb dancing around the living room? A few glasses of wine should do the trick.)

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You know her better than I, so I’m sure you’ll do just fine picking a song.

(Here’s some help) For Billboards List of top 50 most Romantic Songs click here 

Write her a song: (If you aren’t musically inclined make her a mix tape.)

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Movie night is always a fun date: Popcorn, lots of blankets and a few of her favorite movies will do just fine.

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Want to make it the best movie night ever? Build a blanket tent. You’re welcome. Need more help? http://www.imdb.com/list/ls050296477/

You can give her a gift card to get a Spray Tan:

It’s a proven fact that everyone feels sexier tan. (And P.S. we know just where you can get said gift card) Bronzatura Airbrush Tanning Studio !!

When all else fails, stand outside of her window with a boom box:

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Just kidding.

Sort of…

This has been a public service announcement brought to you by :

Kit and Christina

“Proud members of the Bronzatura staff”

The Ten Commandments For Creating A New Story For Yourself

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You’re Only As Happy As You Choose To Be.

One of our very own Bronzaturians wrote this amazing guide to help encourage others to find happiness and strength no matter what they face.

During those times when you feel most defeated, when you lack the ability to keep pushing forward, please know that you are not alone. Life isn’t perfect, it never ceases to surprise, disappoint, devastate and overall amaze us. We can find comfort in reminding ourselves that we all face this battle we call life together and we all strive to find out who we are and why we are here. We only hope that these words of encouragement help you in your journey.

 

I. Thou shall be grateful for every day you wake up; this is the biggest blessing you can receive, a brand new day

II. Thou shall have integrity in everything you do and be 100% self-expressed in all circumstances. Conformity is not an option.

III. Thou shall give back to others including and not limited to the following: knowledge, care, respect, and an outreached helping hand.

IV. Thou shall not be afraid of the unknown but excited by what is to come.

V. Thou shall eliminate any and all negativity from your life included and not limited to people, places, and things.

VI. Thou shall never, ever give up no matter the circumstances. Defeat is not an option.

VII. Thou shall always know you are never alone, for God is always with you.

VIII. Thou shall never forget who you truly are, nothing and no one defines you but you.

IX. Thou heart knows what it wants but be weary that it may blind you.

X. If you look hard enough you will always find something wrong, but if you smile enough everything will always start to look better.

 

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” – Martha Washington.

 

Love Always,

The Bronzatura Staff

 

A New Year A “New” You!

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New Year New You

 

Make 2015 A Year about You

Every year, January 1st rolls around and we all make a list of resolutions and promises to ourselves. “How should we change our lives this year?” Often, we end up making promises to ourselves that should better the quality of our lives; however, we somehow always fail to meet these promises. It is predictable that by February 1st, most people have given up on their new year’s resolutions.  This year, instead of committing to a so called “resolution,” choose to start living your life with you as your top priority. If you are capable of adhering to the commitments you make to work, family, friends and your community, you should be capable of keeping a commitment to yourself. Just stop the madness and spend this year loving and nurturing you.

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Put Yourself First

 

The research of Dr. Maxwell Maltz shows that a habit takes 21 days to form.  Instead of making a list of things to change all in one day, make a list of 17 things.  Make one change for every 21 days of 2015.

“Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon in the 1950s when he began noticing a strange pattern among his patients.

When Dr. Maltz would perform an operation — like a nose job, for example — he found that it would take the patient about 21 days to get used to seeing their new face. Similarly, when a patient had an arm or a leg amputated, Maltz noticed that the patient would sense a phantom limb for about 21 days before adjusting to the new situation.

These experiences prompted Maltz to think about his own adjustment period to changes and new behaviors, and he noticed that it also took himself about 21 days to form a new habit. Maltz wrote about these experiences and said, “These, and many other commonly observed phenomena tend to show that it requires a minimum of about 21 days for an old mental image to dissolve and a new one to jell.” 

Using Dr Maltz’s theory might help you achieve your goals, so you aren’t trying to change everything at once but just committing to one change at a time. Try pacing yourself by setting up a feasible plan that you can successfully complete.

Choose to change things that are attainable and realistic. While you’re at it, make sure they are changes that will really make a difference and will improve the overall quality of your life. These changes should help you live a fuller, longer, and healthier life.

Start exercising. Stop smoking. Stop using tanning beds (and start spray tanning). Start traveling. Start spending more time with your family. Start making you happy! Most importantly stop waiting for that one day a year to start improving yourself. Every day is a new beginning and a new chance to be the best you can possibly be.

If you keep doing what you’ve always done, then you will keep getting the results you’ve always gotten. Embrace change.

For some ideas, click here .

Make this year COUNT !

Warm Regards,

From the staff of Bronzatura

 

To learn more about Spray Tanning and it’s benefits visit our website by clicking here.

 

 

Cute Animals Doing People Stuff

Canadian photographer Nancy Rose has officially made my entire week.

Have you ever sat at the window and wondered what in the world squirrels do with their days? Neither have we, but thanks to this wonderfully hilarious photographer, we’re about to find out! Nancy captures the adorable every day lives of squirrels in her photos and generously shares them with the world. I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more excited about this! So without any further ado, I present to you:

A Day In The Life Of A Squirrel

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Laundry. All Day, Every Day. (We feel your pain squirrel.)

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Paint me like one of your french squirrels, Jack.

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So Cute!

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BBQ Peanuts! Yum!

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Laundry. Laundry Everywhere.

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We love your color scheme! It’s so… candy corn.

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DAWWWW!

There you have it, so cute it’ll drive you nuts!

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We truly appreciate your art Nancy Rose and we hope to see more of it!

❤ Kit

An Insiders Guide To Being Happy

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Okay ladies, let’s face it… we can’t always be happy. As hard as we may try, there always seems to be some invisible villain that likes to come around randomly and battle our good feelings and cold weather like this tends to give him the upper hand. So with winter right around the corner, I thought this would be a good time to share my guide on being happy because when it comes right down to it, you’re only about as happy as you make up your mind to be. (I know it’s easier said than done.)

How to be happy:

  1. Stop judging yourself. You might not always see it, but you’re almost always your own worst enemy. Stop bullying yourself! There’s enough negativity in this world, so the least you can do is count on yourself to keep your spirits high and your head up. Even when no one else is there to help, you have to be there to help yourself.
  2. Stop making excuses. Nobody wants to admit it, but we all make excuses every day that hold us back from living life to the fullest. It’s so easy to say “I can’t” or “I’m scared” or “I don’t have the time” but when you look at the big picture, there’s really nothing holding you back besides you. Don’t make excuses because you’re afraid to take chances, these are the memories that you’ll have to live with and look back on. What are you waiting for anyway? For it to be too late?
  3. Accept that bad things happen. It’s an inevitable truth that in your lifetime, bad things will happen, you will meet bad people, you will make mistakes, and there will always be traffic. Such is life. If you can’t let those things roll off your shoulders, then you’re choosing to carry those burdens around. Let it go, and move on with your life. The best thing you can do for yourself is to not let the bad things phase you; just accept them as a lesson learned.
  4. Be Decent. This is such an important thing to remember. Please don’t ever be unkind to others. You will receive in this world what you put out. It’s not funny, it’s not okay and you don’t know how much damage you are causing. Just do your best to live your life in a positive way, without negatively affecting anyone else. You can’t let negative experiences turn you into a negative person, so do yourself a favor and be a fair and decent person, be selfless, be kind and you will be happier because of it.
  5. Be Yourself. Don’t ever make a decision because you think it’s what someone else wants, or because everyone else is doing it. Do what makes you happy, be yourself and be creative! Don’t be held back because other people don’t understand or accept your choices. Love who you are.
  6. Try new things. Try something you’re afraid of! Take that skydiving lesson, go white water rafting, bungee jumping, anything that you might be afraid to do! Nothing will make you feel more alive. You’ll realize that you can do anything, because once you face your fears nothing can hold you back.
  7. Travel. I know it’s expensive, but there are ways to save and it’s worth every penny. Just go somewhere you’ve never been and get out of the tiny little section of the world that you live in. This world is so much bigger than you could ever imagine, and odds are you haven’t seen much of it at all.
  8. Forgive yourself. You will always make mistakes; don’t let your past define you. If it wasn’t for the decisions you made in the past, you wouldn’t be the person you are today.
  9. Last but not least, get a spray tan! Spray tans make everyone happy! 

 

One day at a time.

❤ Kit

12 Adorable Halloween Costumes You Have To See

Parents, Enjoy!

(Babies and Pets, We’re Sorry For Encouraging Them!)

It’s almost that time of the year again! We’ve compiled pictures of some seriously genius Halloween costumes. So whether you’re dressing up your human baby or your animal baby (or both!) we strongly suggest you check these out!

Note To Parents Of Little Trick-or-Treaters: Don’t forget to take lots of pictures, so you have options for their senior yearbook baby page! (It’ll be great blackmail.)

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING MEDIA MAY CONTAIN TOO MUCH CUTE.

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Teeheehee.

Could it get any cuter? Seriously. There’s no way. We’ve officially reached the limit for cuteness and there’s no going back. We hope you parents (and pet parents) really enjoy your Holiday time with the little ones! Make memories and make it count!

We here at Bronzatura hope you all have a very Happy Halloween!

xoxo Kit