DIY Sugar Scrub

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You all know how important it is to EXFOLIATE in preperation for a sunless tan and at the end of a tan to get the last bits off before a fresh session. This summery scrub is easy and smells fantastic! It will leave your skin soft and glowing. Do this 24 hours before your Luminosity sunless session for best results. After using this scrub in the shower it is important to fully rinse any oil residue off of your skin before coming in for a sunless tan. Enjoy!

 

 

Ingredients:

2 Cups of Sugar

3/4 cup of Olive Oil (or sub for melted coconut oil)

1 tbsp of Vanilla Exract

1 tbsp of orange essential oil

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Add all ingredients into a large bowl.

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Mix well.

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Put in a jar.

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These can also be packaged in squeeze tubes or cute decorative jars for the perfect gift!

 

 

Contour Bronzer The Right Way

This wee1309b7b3c87cafba706f442b8eab79c3k we thought we would share with you an easy and descriptive step by step to applying and contouring bronzer. If you’ve already got your Luminosity spray tan, you won’t need much bronzer, just a dusting! Sometimes you’ll see a girl whose face is bronzed with an all over same color. We think a little contouring creates such a more natural look, and we LOVE the natural tan look! Read aside for details.

Things To Do While Brushing Your Teeth

How long does it take you to bshutterstock_55024834rush your teeth? Unlike other beauty routines like applying make up, doing your hair etc, there is no way to speed up the teeth brushing process while still giving your teeth a proper cleaning. No matter how much toothpaste you use or how fancy your toothbrush is, you cannot adequately brush your teeth in under 2 minutes. Even though that doesn’t sound like too much time, when we get in a hurry. we don’t realize we’re taking way less time then we should.

For instance, I personally tested out this theory this morning in preparation for this blog by  setting a timer to brush. I didn’t count in my head or do anything different, I simply brushed as I always did. 41 seconds… a measly 41 seconds is all I got! It sure seemed like longer. 41 seconds just does not cut it, I owe it to myself to neglect my smile! To help us all get to the two minute mark, here’s a list of tips to draw out your brushing time:

Read something – Grab a magazine or pull something up on your phone to read through. A full article, not just a facebook scroll!

Listen to a song – This is a great way to make sure you rack up the minutes, although it will be difficult to sing along.

Workout – Sit ups may be difficult, but how about some lunges? Now you have to excuse to skip a workout!

Make a list – Take this couple of spare minutes to make a to-do list, grocery list, any list for the day.

 

If you are a multitasker, the possibilities are endless! Just be sure to get that minimum 2 minutes on your pearly whites. Good dental hygiene starts at home!

How to get a Mani/Pedi when you have a spray tan?

As you may know, your manicure or pedicure should always be BEFORE your sunless tan. That way it’s all done when you go in for your tan and your nails are just simply wiped clean after, leaving them completely stain free. If you do the tan first you would have to worry about it being soaked and exfoliated off your hands and feet.

Although,  if you’re like me and have waited until the last minute to get your hair, nails, tan done before any given event. Here’s the low down on what NOT to do when getting a mani/pedi after a fresh tan:

* Ask for a “polish change only.”  This allows for your nails to be filed and painted with out the extras.

* No exfoliating scrubs or washing hands and feet after.

* No massaging after especially with oils and lotions

Follow these steps to ensure your new spring mani and your sunless tan stay flawless!e9703503ceb2ac21cfc3703e20960b60 11e909fbdcdd56761511170cc4f9ff13

 

Reblog of Luminosity Love!

 

Check 0ut this fabulous and informative blog we randomly came across by a recent client:

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http://kieroyal.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/fake-and-bake-spray-tanning/

 

Side note: With the custom airbrush tan, it is customized to your body and you can always go lighter or darker based on your wants during the actual tan. We typically recommend trying a lighter shade for the first time until you see how your skin reacts with the tan. Always natural, never orange!

Brides Against Breast Cancer

Luminosity is bridesso excited to be part of this amazing event this year in Philly for Brides Against Breast Cancer. This organization contributes to programs for cancer patients, their families and caregivers. The outreach and educational efforts during the “Nationwide Tour of Gowns” bridal shows around the country help ensure that people impacted by cancer have the resources and information they need in their battle with cancer. The revenue generated by Brides Against Breast Cancer make it possible to deliver free information and services to thousands of children and adults impacted by cancer. This fabulous organization will contribute $2 million dollars to help, this year alone!

The event will be held at the gorgeous Wyndham Hotel in Old City, Philadelphia. We will be there Friday May 9th from 6pm-9pm and Saturday May 10th from 10am-4pm. Please come show your support! If you’re in the process of planning a wedding, come get some fabulous ideas. They will even have an amazing selection of designer gowns at special discounted rates.

This event holds a very near place in my heart on a personal level. We often do charity events and such, but this one feels different. To see and feel a struggle from someone you care deeply about, you want to help be a part of the battle. One of my very good girlfriends, Johanna, is currently battling with Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) stage IIIB. She is also a bride-to-be and is engaged to be married to another wonderful soul. This beautiful friend of mine has just finished her chemotherapy and is on her way to recovery! Her courage has continually inspired me since her diagnosis in October, 2013.

I encourage you to read Johanna’s blog that she’s kept throughout the whole experience. Her battle is ongoing, but her story is absolutely empowering and inspirational! No matter what you are going through, you will relate to her words in some way or another. See the link below.

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/johannayemm

Pro Tennis Player Supports Safe Sun

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Professional tennis player, Maria Sharpova has added to her business portfolio by becoming co-owner of sun protection brand Supergoop. The tennis player says that she wears the brand’s sunscreen – Everyday Face & Body Moisturizer – when she’s training or in tournaments, but also wants to emphasize the importance of sun protection when she’s not on the court.

“One of the most important keys is the idea that you don’t only need sunscreen when you are outdoors and it is 100 degrees outside, but on the days where you are just going to an office and you might only spend 10 minutes outdoors,” Sharpova said. “You still should be wearing sun protection.”

We love when prominent celebrities and athletes are role models for safe sun!  With all the time Maria spends in the sun, we’re glad to see that SPF is on the forefront of her mind. She has also been known to get spray tans which I’m sure work great for covering up her tennis outfit tan lines! Luminosity custom airbrush tans are perfect for evening out skin tones and filling in those summer tan lines!

 

 

Manayunk strEAT Festival!

The time has come for one of our favorite Manayunk weekend events. The strEAT Festival! During the festival Main Street will be lined with some of Philadelphia’s best food trucks with specialties ranging from sweet to savory. People flood Main Street, which will be closed off from cars to allow for the many pop up restaurants and food trucks. There are several options at affordable prices. Even the fancier restaurants of Philly will do affordable variations of street food.

For this years 2014 Festival, look for farmers markets and gourmet food vendors in two of Main Street Manayunk’s parking lots. You can  for homemade honeys, oils, spices, breads and other delicious items all made by local vendors. Food centric arts and crafts are also available in the market areas.

It’s hard to pick a favorite item from last years festival! At our salon we sampled wood fired pizzas, crab cakes, cajun corn on the cob, pork carnitas tacos, cupcakes and my personal favorite.. the gourmet mac and cheese truck! All were phenomenal. If you stop by the festival this year, be sure to stop into Luminosity, located right in the heart of Main Street.  We’ll be out and about handing out our exclusive specials and joining in the food and fun!

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What the heck is oil pulling?

oilPullingThere’s a lot of hype these days on what seems to be holistic health trend. We seem to hear more frequently about the benefits on using coconut oil for your skin, hair even cooking, BUT never did we see it going this far. I first heard of oil pulling through a friend. She had been doing oil pulling for 2 years EVERY night. Coconut oil also goes on her face every night in place of a moisturizer.

So what exactly is oil pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient Indian practice that involves swishing oil around in the mouth for about 20 minutes on the premise that this will pull toxins out of the body.

What are the benefits?

Some studies show that oil pulling has extremely great benefits for oral health. It can help strengthen the teeth, gums, and jaw; whiten teeth; prevent bad breath; prevent dryness of the mouth, lips, and throat; prevent mouth diseases like cavities and gingivitis; and treat soreness of the jaw. It’s also been thought that oil pulling has many benefits that extend way beyond oral health, although this has yet to be proven scientifically. Examples include reduced headaches, hangover relief, kidney function support, general pain relief, reduced insomnia, and general detoxification of the body, just to name a few.

We haven’t tried oil pulling yet, but have heard a lot of positive remarks form friends and clients. 20 minutes does sound lengthy, but if you do this in the morning while you shower and do your hair or makeup, time will fly. Curiosity has gotten the best of us, and we plan on trying it soon!