How To Glow With Confidence On Your Wedding Day

Bridal Tanning Tips

I think every Bride deserves to look and feel beautiful on one of the most special days of her life and I genuinely believe that a subtle glow really does complete a bridal look.

For me, the ultimate bridal tan should be flawless, timeless and beautifully enhance their natural skin tone. It’s such a privilege to create a tan like this and whenever I meet a bride I like to gain as much information as possible, in order for me to create the perfect tan for them. With that in mind, here are my top bridal tanning tips for all of you beautiful Brides-to-be…

Your First Tanning Appointment…

On your first tanning appointment, it’s all about the consultation. I love to hear all about your dress, how much of your skin will be on show and your colour scheme. My most popular tan for brides is the Sienna X 6% Touché De Soleil. It gives a gorgeous light, natural glow and works beautifully on pale skin tones.

I do sometimes opt for a slightly darker shade, but this is only usually if the natural skin tone is darker or I’m choosing to accentuate certain areas such as cheekbones or the décolletage.

After this initial appointment, I advise my brides to take a daily selfie in natural daylight to see which day they prefer the colour on. Most of my brides often prefer day two, this then ensures that when it comes to tanning them for the actual wedding day, they feel at their best… Confidence is key.

Your Second Tanning Appointment…

This is where I focus more on the feedback from your initial tanning appointment . Many brides often like to book their Make-Up trials for after this date, this then gives them a really clear idea of how they will look on their big day. A spray tan is the perfect primer for your Make-up to be applied to, and works particularly well for brides who wear minimal make up day-to-day.

Your Final Tanning Appointment…

Your final appointment will take place a day or two before your wedding day. At this point, all of your arrangements will be done, allowing you to enjoy your treatment with a glass of Prosecco.

We will also discuss your honeymoon plans, Brides who are going away straight after their wedding often like to take a Gradual Self Tan to prolong the life of their tan, others who are going away at a later date like to use Radiance Body Balm in order to keep their skin nourished and get the most from their colour.

Which ever shade you choose, I hope you have the most amazing wedding day and create memories you will treasure for years to come.


Nina x

How To Get The Best From Your Spray Tan

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A spray tan can not only enhance how you look, it can also enhance how you feel. It’s no secret that I love the benefits a tan gives, feeling more confident and slimmer to name but a few. But what are the secrets to owning that golden glow for as long as possible, and just how can you get the best from your spray tan?

It all starts with good preparation and by using Polishing Body Scrub, you are creating the perfect base for your professional spray tan or self tan to be applied. The fine pumice helps to gently remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and silky soft.

After your tan has been applied, the next step is to prolong it. Balance Body Wash is ideal for this. It’s pH balanced formula means its gentle enough to use all over the body, including your face. Unlike other shower gels that may encourage your tan to fade, Balance Body Washl is packed full of natural ingredients to help look after your skin, as well as your tan.

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Finally you can protect your gorgeous glow by using Radiance Body Balm. This luxurious moisturiser should be used daily to keep skin nourished and hydrated. If your skin becomes too dry this will cause your tan to fade quicker.

If you want something to top up your tan at home, I personally love Express Tanning Mist. It has a 360º nozzle, which makes it hassle free and really easy to apply. It provides instant colour and develops fully in just 2-4 hours.

By following these steps you can really get the best from your spray tan. If you would like any more information on any of the Sienna X products I have mentioned above, then please feel free to get in touch. You can leave a comment below or come and say hello over on my Facebook page.

In the meantime, enjoy being the most beautiful version of yourself!

Love, Nina x


How To Look After Your Shellac… And Avoid Damage

CND (Creative Nail Design) revolutionised the nail industry and first created Shellac back in May 2010. This was after almost five years of development in their state-of-the-art laboratory. Since then, it has become one of the most popular nail treatments on any beauty salon menu.

Shellac is a hybrid, (meaning half nail polish and half gel.) The product is applied like a polish to  the natural nail (or over extensions) and is cured via a UV or LED light. Because the product is cured, there is zero drying time, which allows busy women like us to get on with the rest of our day. Shellac is a three part system; firstly a base coat is applied, followed by two colour coats and finished off with a high shine top coat.

As a Nail Technician, my primary focus has always been to keep my clients nails as healthy as possible. Therefore I thought it may be useful to share some of my top tips for looking after your Shellac and why it is so important to remove it properly…

Apply a cuticle oil twice a day (I personally recommend Solar Oil, also by CND) to keep nails and cuticles hydrated. This also helps reduce the temptation to pick any dry skin around the nail.

Avoid nails coming into contact with cleaning products and chemicals. I strongly advise that you wear gloves for household jobs, washing up, gardening or any other hobbies that are harsh on your hands.

If you do experience a chip make sure you don’t pick or pull it as this will cause damage to your nails underneath. I would always advise getting in touch with your nail professional in order for them to repair this for you.

Shellac is fantastic for holidays too, however just be aware that some sun tan oils and insect repellant products can contain solvent oils that can cause damage your Shellac. Excessive sun exposure and chlorine can also cause your colour to fade. To minimise this, I would recommend drying your nails after swimming and prior sunbathing.

I know there are some people who like to ‘peel’ their Shellac off, however, by doing this, you can seriously damage the natural nail underneath. Which is why it is really important to remove the product correctly. If you are choosing to do this at home, you will need the following; pure acetone, cotton wool pads, foil and an orange wood stick. Apply your acetone to the cotton wool pad and place over the nail, take a piece of foil and wrap around your finger. Leave for ten minutes and remove foil and cotton wool pad. Once removed, take your orange wood-stick and gently remove the excess product. Once completed, wash your hands and dry thoroughly before applying your cuticle oil to each nail.

If you would like any additional nail care advice, you can download your free guide over on my Tips & Tricks page, or feel free to join me over on my Facebook page.

In the meantime, treat your nails as jewels, not tools…x


Nina x