How A Spray Tan Gave Me Confidence On My Wedding Day…

This month I wanted to share something a little bit different. I had the privilege of spray tanning Jane for her Wedding back in July. When I asked her if I could share her story with you, her response had me in tears. Her story is honest, courageous and inspirational…

What made you try a spray tan for your wedding?

I am naturally quite pale, which normally doesn’t concern me, but there were two main reasons for wanting a spray tan for my wedding. The first reason was that I was worried that my pale complexion would look ‘washed out’ against a long ivory coloured dress. Not only my complexion, but I was also worried that my white décolleté and arms would look rather pasty! The second reason for wanting a spray tan is that I had just finished 1 year’s treatment for breast cancer, which included chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy.  This obviously took its toll on my body, and my family have watched me – amongst other things – lose my hair, lose my breast, become bloated through steroids and develop skin reactions.  Some of our wedding guests hadn’t seen me since the beginning of my treatment, and so for these reasons and to help boost my inner confidence, I wanted to look healthy and radiant on my wedding day! Over the years, I had dabbled with trying various over the counter self-tanning products and they always left me blotchy and with stained clothes, so I knew it had to be my first ever spray tan or nothing for my wedding!

What were your thoughts prior to having your spray tan?

I was quite anxious about it, to be honest. I wanted a subtle colour, not too dark or orange. I didn’t know anyone who had had a spray tan and could recommend someone, so it was only 6 weeks or so before my wedding day and I still hadn’t done anything about it! I think Nina must have been listening, as I saw her Post on Facebook – she was local and I liked the photos showing natural looking tans, so I took the leap and contacted her. She sounded lovely and as a bonus she made home visits, which was perfect compared to having to leave home without make up and running the gauntlet of potentially bumping into someone I knew not fully ‘made up’! I was also reassured by her suggestion that we have a trial run a few weeks before the wedding so that I would know which day the colour suited me most and of course getting used to the new shade!  She also advised about the pre tanning and post tanning routine for me to follow. By the time the trial date arrived, I was both excited and a little nervous. Nina talked me through everything and took her time answering my questions. We decided I should have the lightest shade 6%, of course, I worried about standing in front of her naked (minus a pair of panties) and boob-less! She couldn’t have been kinder with me though and put me totally at ease and ready for my first ever spray tan at 54!

How did you feel after your initial tan fitting?

I felt great! I could see the colour change immediately and couldn’t resist looking in the mirror constantly. Nina explained that some residual colour may come off overnight so suggested laying on a towel. As instructed, I showered in the morning. Nina had given me a little goodie pack which included a gentle body wash and which lasted two showers. She also advised how to keep the tan as long as possible by moisturising regularly. The colour was gorgeous and so natural. No orange in sight!

Jane Wedding Pics-2

Which day did you like the colour the best?

Nina had advised me to take photos each day to help me decide which day I preferred the colour, which was an excellent suggestion. I decided I preferred my colour on Day 3. This was because, as I mentioned earlier, I didn’t want to look obviously tanned on my special day, just ‘glowing’!

How did your tan make you feel on your wedding day?

Having my tan made me feel so happy and confident! It actually exceeded my expectations in every way and when I put my wedding dress I had ‘a moment’ and from then on I couldn’t stop smiling all day. No one realised I had had a spray tan, everyone just said how healthy and radiant I looked.

What advice would you give to other brides who might be thinking of having a spray tan?

I would say go for it! Do your research and think about the kind of look and shade you want to achieve on your special day. Follow Nina’s advice and have a trial spray tan a few weeks before your wedding to give you the time to decide what shade is right for you and which day you prefer your colour. I didn’t give myself enough time, but I would also suggest trying on your wedding dress when you have had your trial spray tan to help decide which day works best for you.

A huge thank you to Jane for allowing me to share her story. If you would like any information about a Bridal Spray Tan, please feel free to get in touch via my Facebook page.

Love, Nina x

All You Need To Know About Waxing…

Waxing is one of the most popular and cost effective ways to remove unwanted hair. This dates back all the way to Egyptian and Roman times. Many customs considered the removal of hair to be more hygienic and a necessity for many centuries. Both men and women would depilate their entire body hair and often adhered to the expectation that hair should be removed for at least 40 days, all these years later, we still recommend Waxing every 4-5 weeks.

What are the benefits of Waxing?

Unlike shaving, Waxing actually removes the hair directly from the root. This means over a period of time and with repeated treatments, hair often grows back finer and in some cases more sparse.

Waxing also acts as an exfoliator, as it removes the top layer of dead skin cells.

It’s quick and affordable. Unlike some of the other methods such as, electrolysis and laser. Most Waxing treatments can be carried out within 20-30 minutes depending on the individual.

There are also no harsh chemicals or ingredients that could harm the skin.

What’s the difference between Warm Wax and Hot Wax?

These are often referred to as strip wax and peelable wax. Warm wax is applied in a thin layer using a wooden spatula and then removed with either a paper or fabric strip. Hot wax is also applied using a disposable spatula, however because it hardens as it cools on the skin, it is removed without a strip.

Warm wax is often used for larger areas such as legs, arms or chest and backs of male clients where as Hot wax is used for smaller areas such as underarms, facial areas or intimate waxing.

When looking for a Waxing brand, I wanted to offer my clients the very best and Sienna X never fail to disappoint. They use the finest natural ingredients to create the most stunning waxes. They also use Defensil® Plus within their pre and post care products. This is a combination of ingredients that help to protect, soothe and regenerate the skin.

Pre Treatment Advice…

  • Allow at least three weeks of hair growth for best results.
  • If you are new to waxing, have skin sensitivities or any allergies, I would recommend a patch test 24-48 hours before a treatment.
  • Gently exfoliate the area the day before your treatment, this will help avoid ingrown hairs and will help to give you a smoother finished result.
  • Avoid using lotions or cosmetics on the treatment area on the day of your appointment.

Post Treatment Advice…

  • All aftercare advice should be followed for 24-48 hours after your treatment.
  • Avoid hot baths or showers
  • Do not expose the area to UV light, sunbathing, heat or electrical equipment.
  • Avoid swimming, spa baths or saunas
  • Avoid touching the area with fingers.

If you would like to find out any additional information about how a Sienna X Wax can make your treatment a little bit more ‘oooOOOooo’ than ‘ouch’, you can get in touch with me via my Facebook page.

Love, Nina x

 

 

Are You Getting Enough Time For You?

As women, we are often spinning many plates on a daily basis. We juggle work, family life, running a home, planning time with family and friends, as well as ensuring the children’s social calendar is all running like clock work too!

At the moment, I don’t have to worry about the child aspect, however I completely get the rest of it and so I want to ask you a question today; do you ever take time out for yourself? I’m guessing there will be a the odd few of you that are nodding and saying yes but I would imagine the majority of you reading this are saying no, and perhaps even thinking, “time out for me”, what even is that?

Well firstly, if it makes you feel any better, you are not alone! I am just as guilty of this as perhaps you are and have to confess, I find it extremely difficult to take time out away from my business. My job is my passion, and I can honestly say, I truly love what I do, hence why I often find it hard to take a step back and do something just for me.

Is this a good place to be? One could argue, no it’s not! Don’t get me wrong I count myself so lucky to have the amazing clients I do and a job that makes my heart sing, however I also need to be realistic, excessive pressure and stress over time can lead to poor health, mental burnout and exhaustion.

This is why “me time” is so important and why I’ve decided to ditch the guilt! I need to change and actually use my day off as a day off, rather than using that time to work on my business. I’m going to spend more days at the place pictured above. I think us women give ourselves such a hard time on occasions. “Pampering” ourselves is often viewed as a luxury, but I now know, more than ever it’s not, it’s actually a necessity! We are no good to ourselves or anyone around us if we are mentally exhausted!

It doesn’t need to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money, just simple things often work well and are easier to stick to, like taking a warm bath full of bubbles, lighting your favourite candle or reading a good book, whatever it is that will help you unwind your mind and body after a busy day, you owe it to yourself!

So here’s to claiming back some well deserved “me-time” ladies because as the famous beauty company always says, “Because you’re worth it!”

Love, Nina x

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