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bridal beauty prep

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So you’re getting married? Congrats! Now first things first, call us immediately to book your hair, makeup, nail & tan for your big day! You can reach us at 616.796.8577.

Ok… that’s done! Something you can check off your endless wedding to do list! Hip Hip Hooray 🙂 Speaking of that endless wedding to do list, in an effort to make your wedding day beauty prep as easy as possible, I have put together a simple timeline for you & I’ve thought of everything so you don’t have to… You can thank me later 🙂 Okay so, I started your preparations 8 weeks out beginning at Girlfriends Fit Club for Bridal Boot camp. Call Girlfriends directly at 616.399.9086 but here is the jist of what the boot camp includes… 8 one hour personal training sessions, a customized nutrition & fitness plan, & a two month membership to GFFC (including unlimited classes, indoor track, weight & cardio machine use). Here is a link so you can check out their website. Alrighty, onto preparing your skin…

At 6 weeks out, I recommend starting a skin prep program. I know that you want flawless camera ready skin for your walk down the aisle & here is how I suggest you start… get yourself on a daily cleansing/ moisturizing routine. If you’re already there then great!! One less thing you have to do :). If not, we have several bareMinerals cleansers & moistures to choose from based on your skin type. Ask your stylist at your next appointment to help you select which are right for you.

Next, make sure you get yourself a good exfoliating product. bareMinerals has a great one. It’s the EXFOLIATING TREATMENT CLEANSER. You may use this up to 7 days a week as a replacement for your cleanser or 2-3 times a week as an exfoliating mask. With this product you’ll achieve a reduction in pore visibility, an improvement in skin texture & a diminished appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. Woo Hoo!! This would be best to start 6 weeks before your big day.

May I also suggest a skin brightening treatment? I mean, who doesn’t want skin that glows? I love the bareMinerals INTENSIVE GLOW PADS BRIGHTNING TREATMENT. I’ve been using these pads for over a month & have said adios to my dark spots! I would recommend starting this treatment 6 weeks out as well. Using these little pads at night after you cleanse, you’ll infuse your skin with potent vitamins & minerals. These pads are designed to increase cell turnover to deliver incredible luminosity & improved skin tone & texture. & let me tell you first hand, these pads deliver!!

A couple other skin care products that I’d like to mention … if you have any pesky fine lines or wrinkles that you’d like to kick to the curb before you say “I do”, then the bareMinerals MULTI WRINKLE REPAIR is a must! All of us at Bombshell have been using this product & have fallen in love! “This potent treatment is created to work on multiple surface layers of the skin so that fine lines appear instantly softened, the length and depth of wrinkles are noticeably reduced, and skin looks smoother and younger over time”. I have personally seen great results & highly recommend!! I would advise beginning this product at least 4 weeks before your big day. I started seeing results within the first two weeks!!

If blemishes are among your concerns, pick up our bareMinerals BLEMISH THERAPY. This fabulous little product is a powder concealer (it even comes with its own brush) & a blemish fighter all in one. This is one of Rachel’s (Bombshell owner) favorites. She’s been using it for years… long before Bombshell was even around. Not only does this product fight blemishes, it also helps reduce the appearance of pores, neutralizes redness & diffuses imperfections. This product is a winner!!

I’ve personally heard many women complain of skin redness. Whether it’s due to skin sensitivity or hyperpigmentation, this is a frustrating challenge for many! Well leave it to Bare Minerals to have a solution!! Gosh we just love bareMinerals J Here is what bareMinerals has to say about their awesome REDNESS REMEDY product … “Reduce facial redness on contact and over time with this incredibly effective soothing treatment. Powered by our ActiveSoil Complex, it also instantly minimizes the appearance of broken capillaries and brightens skin for a healthy-looking, more even-toned complexion. Appropriate for all skin types, including sensitive. Includes antibacterial-treated Soothing Compress Brush”. Check out their demo video,en_US,pd.html.

Okay one last & final skin care recommendation & then we’ll move onto hair… the 7-Day Skin Detox Mineral Brightening Peel. This week long treatment is a do it yourself, at home facial in a box. You can do this treatment in less than one minute each day for a week right before bed. Using this treatment will brighten & clear your skin. It will improve its texture & tone. It will reveal your BEST. SKIN. EVER! Here is my advice regarding this treatment. Use it two weeks before your wedding. I used it & I experienced dryness on day 6 & 7 which lasted a few days. Dryness is not uncommon with a peel however because of the detoxifying properties of this treatment… it’s best to build in some “recovery” time into your Bridal Beauty timeline.


Okay, as promised… now it’s time for hair.

When you called to schedule your appointments for the day of your wedding you should have been asked to schedule your practice appointments as well… if you for some reason don’t have these scheduled, please call us now to get them on the books. We do practice appointments for hair, makeup & airbrush tanning. These appointments are very important & are included in the price of your ‘day of’ appointments. We recommend scheduling your practice appointments within a month of your wedding.

Let’s start hair pre at 6 weeks out. Now is the time to begin a hair repair treatment plan. Amanda our manager & lead stylist recommends the Kevin Murphy BORN AGAIN treatment if you need to repair past damage. If you suffer from dryness & need some extra hydration, she recommends the Kevin Murphy HYDRATE ME MASK. These two take home treatments can work wonders to repair & hydrate so your hair is ready as you are when it’s time to say “I do”. We also have several in salon treatments that can be done so make sure to ask your stylist what she recommends for a treatment at the shampoo bowl.

Now let’s continue with your prep at the 4 weeks mark… I have one word… okay well maybe two. LOX EXTENSIONS. Let me just say- these are amazing! If you’re interested in some added length to achieve your Bridal Hair of your dreams or you want some extra fullness to create a bigger is better look… we can help. These clip in extensions are totally customizable. We will color them, cut them & teach you how to use them, Rachel, Amanda & Natalie have them, love them & wear them all the time. So remember you can also wear them over & over after your wedding day has come & gone. How fun right?? I would suggest scheduling a consult appointment at least 4 weeks out for these & feel free to discuss different options with your stylist at your next appointment!! Want to see how natural they look? Check out this photo of Amanda on her wedding day. Don’t they look amazing?

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If you are like many of our other Bombshell’s, & struggle with frizz L I’m sorry! But NOT. TO. WORRY!! We’ve got your life changing solution (& yes this treatment has been referred to by one of our guests as life changing). It’s the brazillian blow out… this conditioning treatment actually improves the health & condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz & smooth the cuticle. The end result is incredibly smooth frizz- free hair with radiant shine. This treatment takes only 90 minutes & you’ll have no down time. As soon as you leave the salon, you can workout, swim etc… The amazing results will last up to 12 whole weeks!!

Okay, we have prepped your body, your skin & your hair. Your bridal beauty timeline is almost complete!! We are now counting down the days so in the week before, here is what you need to do…

7 days before, get your color/ hi lites refreshed. This is also a good time for a trim if you need one. Now is NOT the time for any big changes! Now don’t get me wrong, we at Bombshell LOVE big changes just not right before your wedding. Afterwards? Now that’s a whole different story 🙂

3 days before (so Wednesday if you’re having a Saturday wedding, Tuesday if it’s on a Friday). Get your wax (brows, lip, arm pits, bikini… we do it all) done along with your pedi. Feel free to bring your bridesmaids or mom or future MIL along. We can do 3 pedis at a time.

2 days before (Weds or Thurs), get your air brush tan. We always recommend tanning two days prior to your event. You will have also already had a practice tan so you will be a pro at this point & know what to expect as far as color & maintenance go.

1 day before (Thurs/ Fri), get ready for your rehearsal dinner with our camera ready package along with a mani. A camera ready includes a blowout & makeup application. We will get you picture perfect for the day before your big day.

Now I’m giving you some homework for the night before. To best prepare your hair for the morning, wash & condition your hair. You can blow dry or air dry… up to you. Bridal styling works best on hair that has NOT been freshly washed so don’t forget this important step!

Day of (Fri/Sat): Arrive to your appointment at Bombshell with your bridal entourage. Sit back relax & enjoy each & every moment of this unforgettable day.

xo. jamie



By |April 28th, 2015|Categories: News||Comments Off on bridal beauty prep

for all you chapstick lovers… this one’s for you (& you know who you are)

good morning, afternoon or evening… depending on when you’re reading this 🙂 It’s product review time. Yay!! These are my favorite kind of blog posts!! This just happens to be a review of a brand new Bare Minerals product that I get to introduce you to…

Pop of Passion- Lip oil Balm.

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Enriched with passion fruit & vitamin E, this nourishing balm will surely become your favorite lip balm for the summer! Use it alone for a subtle touch of hydrating color or pair it with its coordinating Bare Minerals lip liner for a bolder, more saturated look. This little beauty can easily go from day to night.

They are available in eight amazing shades from a perfectly perfect neutral to a bright summery pink. I chose to try ‘peach passion’. This will be my go to coral lip for the summer… p.s. if you haven’t already heard, coral lips are right on trend for this spring & summer! I tried both with & without it’s coordinating lip liner ‘energize’ & these are the results…

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(if you use with the liner… line your lips & fill them in entirely with the liner then apply the balm over top)

I am without a doubt adding this fun new lip balm to my summer must have list (I really do have one by the way). I think I’m going to need one in every color!

Make sure to ask to try this on during your next Bombshell makeup application. Mention this blog post & get $5 off when you purchase a lip oil balm & lip liner combo.

xo. jamie

By |March 27th, 2015|Categories: News, Uncategorized||Comments Off on for all you chapstick lovers… this one’s for you (& you know who you are)

heading south? then this is a must read!!


Getting ready to head south for some fun in the sun? Dreading spending the first few days of your vacay sporting your “winter white” legs? Well… we can help!! If you didn’t already know that we at Bombshell offer airbrush tanning… you do now 🙂

Do not, I repeat, do not go to a tanning bed. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years… you are fully aware of the dangerous risks of tanning beds! So just don’t do it. Come see us for a safe alternative that will give you a beautiful golden sun kissed tan in just 15 quick minutes. If you are unfamiliar with the airbrush tan process, let me give you the quick 411. Here is what you need to know…

  1. Exfoliate the day before or the day of your tan. It’s best that your spray tan be applied to a fresh layer of skin.
  2. Wear dark, loose clothing to your appointment. You may go topless otherwise a strapless bra or a bathing suit top works great. Just keep in mind it will get sprayed with solution so make sure it’s an old one you don’t care about. Bottoms are required 🙂
  3. Don’t get wet for 8 hours… seriously, don’t even wash your hands. If you get wet before your tan has properly processed, it will not be as dark as it is designed to be.
  4. As your tan processes, you will get darker. When you shower a lot of soultion will wash down the drain… don’t be alarmed. This is normal. You will still have plenty of tan on your skin!
  5. Moisturize! For the longest lasting tan… make sure you moisturize daily!

That’s all there is to it… so book your appointment now!! Call us at 616.796.8577.

If you’ve had a Bombshell airbrush tan before we’d love to hear from you… leave a comment telling us how much you love your tan & we’ll give you $5 off your next one!

xo. jamie

By |March 3rd, 2015|Categories: News||Comments Off on heading south? then this is a must read!!

thank you!

We’d like to offer a great big THANK YOU to all who participated in our Bare Minerals event on Thursday & Friday! It was a huge success! Thank you for spending your time with us. We had so much fun! Here are a couple photos from the event…

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Did you miss out? no worries, we’d like to offer you a special treat. Book a makeup application for this week (2/17 – 2/21) & we’ll give you $5 off! Just mention this blog post to get your discount. Call us at 616.796.8577 to schedule your appointment.

xoxo. jamie

By |February 15th, 2015|Categories: News||Comments Off on thank you!

welcome :)

Hi there! I’m Jamie… Bombshell’s official beauty blogger & I’d like to welcome you to my very first blog post! I’m super excited to have been awarded this role as I’ve got so much to share but first let me introduce myself. For those of you who don’t already know me… I’m the short blonde who takes your calls, hangs your coats & schedules your appointments at Bombshell on Thursday afternoons. I spend the other six days a week at home as a wife & mommy to my fabulous husband & two very energetic kiddos. I also have my very own brand of screen printed tees & tanks for kids & adults called Ink & Threads Apparel. You should check out my etsy shop :). Before I was incredibly blessed with the title of “mommy” & decided to stay at home, I did hair, I did skin & I did nails. I loved every minute of it!! Prior to entering the beauty industry… I sat at a desk. At that desk, I assisted in buying home fashions merchandise for a major retailer. And before that I spent many long hours on my platform wedge wearing feet managing a retail store in Ann Arbor, MI. I’ve loved every step along my journey that has led me to today. I love fashion & beauty & tips & trends. I plan to share my passion, my knowledge & my experience with all of you. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!! So here we go…

I’m sure it’s been on your mind & you’re simply dying to know… drum roll please… it’s the question everyone has been asking “what are the trends for 2015”. Well let me give you a quick overview…

As we desperately count down the days til spring when we can finally emerge from hibernation & shed our winter coats & boots… we all want to debut ourselves with a fresh new look … Am I right?? Okay so let’s talk hair…

Length is in. Long layers & long bobs (also referred to as ‘LOBS’ … which happen to be a personal favorite of mine) will be everywhere this spring. YAY! You can style your long locks in an undone braid or a low pony & you’ll be right on trend. Make sure to schedule your blow out too because volume & beachy waves are still everything for 2015! Okay, now that you’ve got some style inspiration,

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lets move on to color…

One word. Purple. Yup… I said it! Purple is very right now. If you’re not as brave as Katy Perry or Nicole Ritchie & all over purple isn’t your cup of tea… that’s okay. Try some subtle purple peek a boo highlights or some purple ends… gives you something to think about doesn’t it?? Okay Okay so realistically, need a color refresh?? Try a vibrant red. We’re seeing lots of red so far this year! Want to know how to match your new red hair to your wardrobe?? Take a peek at JB and Me’s very own fashionista Laura Flom’s blog about her new Bombshell created red tresses.

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next up… makeup.

We at Bombshell are obsessed with everything Bare Minerals. We all wear it & we all love it! So what are they recommending for spring 2015? Loaded lashes & a coral lip. Try Bare Minerals lash domination mascara for lashes for days & ‘go the distance’ moxie lip stick for the perfectly perfect coral lip! A fresh/ natural complexion is also right on trend. Let us color match your skin to the NEW Bare Minerals complexion rescue. This product is a lightweight tinted moisturizer with SPF 30 & can replace your foundation. It’s a gel cream with buildable coverage that will result in a perfectly healthy glow!! This product is amazing!! I know because I’ve tried it 🙂 Want to hear something super exciting?? Of course you do … we are offering FREE 30 minute makeup applications on Thursday, Feb 12th (sorry the 13th is already booked) to try out this fabulous new product & of course to try out the fresh face spring trends… how do you schedule you ask? Great question… call us up at Bombshell 616.796.8577 but you better hurry because space is limited. I’ll also share a little secret (& you are the first to hear about this) we are giving away a free gift to anyone who purchases $50 worth of product that day & you’re gift comes with a free reusable tote!! I mean, who doesn’t love a reusable tote??!! Am I right??

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Still with me? … great. Let’s talk nails

If you didn’t already know that we offer shellac manicures… you do now. These mani’s are everything & definitely the wave of the manicure future. If you haven’t tried one yet, you need to ASAP. These manicures last two whole weeks!! That’s right… TWO WHOLE WEEKS. Now as far as spring trends go, may we suggest a negative space mani. This is where some of your natural nail shows through… the sky is the limit as far as creativity goes on this one! Even though we offer over 70 CND shellac colors to choose from if you want your color to be trend right for 2015 choose a baby pink polish!! Nude nails never seem to go out of style 🙂

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I hope that I have inspired you & given you lots to think about before your next trip into Bombshell!!

Until next time…

xo. jamie

By |February 8th, 2015|Categories: News||Comments Off on welcome :)