9 Best Nail Polish Colors for Your Boudoir Session

You’ve read it in our preparation guide and heard it before: neutral nails are best for your boudoir session. But, with so many neutral colors on the market, how do you choose? We have decided to make it easy by compiling a list of our top 9 favorite colors.

1. Julep: Dana $14

2. Julep: Alaina $14

3. Butter London: All Hail McQueen $15

4. O.P.I.: Hearts & Tarts $8

5. O.P.I.: Rosy Future $8

6. Butter London: Hen Party $15

7. Deborah Lippmann: Diamonds & Pearls $18

8. Deborah Lippmann: Naked $18

9. Essie: Ballet Slippers $9

 9 Best Nail Polish Colors for Your Boudoir Session

A Real Life Romance Novel

Recently we had a client whose story sounded like something out of a NY Times bestselling romance novel. A story that we have all dreamt of and thought didn’t exist outside of overly dramatic love stories on the big screen. After hearing her story, I knew that I had to share it with you. It’s just too good to keep to myself.

After college, Miss A moved to Madrid to teach English as a Second Language. She was fluent in Spanish and loved the language. She loved the Spanish culture, environment, and food so it seemed like a sensical decision to spend some time in Spain. Not to mention, she would be living an adventure. It wasn’t long after arriving to Madrid that she met a handsome American on his second tour teaching English abroad. He took on the job to fulfill his passion for travel and adventure and Miss A fell for him immediately. And he fell for her. With only a handful of required work hours per week, she and her new love interest were able to explore other parts of Spain, Portugal, and all over Europe. They took advantage of every opportunity they had to travel and see other parts of the world. They bonded over their love of adventure and took every opportunity to get out of Madrid and explore what was around them. One of those trips took them to the top of an active volcano where Miss A’s love, got down on one knee, presented her with a ring, and asked her to marry him. Without a shred of doubt, she said yes.

After their teaching assignments were over, they moved to the Pacific Northwest and began planning their wedding. When it came time to decide on a  grooms gift, Miss A decided that she wanted to give her groom something as romantic as the proposal he gave her. She wanted to give him a very intimate and unique gift which is what lead her to book a session with us at Belle Boudoir. It was something that he wouldn’t expect, couldn’t give himself, and she would be giving an even bigger piece of herself to him. Miss A knew it was the perfect gift and we couldn’t have agreed more.

 A Real Life Romance Novel

Hair Extensions: What They Are & What They Do

You have always wanted to try hair extensions. You can’t look on Instagram or Pinterest without seeing girls with hair longer than yours has ever been willing to grow. What you don’t know, is that most of those girls are using hair extensions to achieve their “hair down to there” looks. So, what are hair extensions exactly? Hair extensions can be made from both real human hair or synthetic hair. The best quality extensions are human hair. You can curl, blow dry, flat iron, and even dye your human hair extensions. In the Belle Boudoir studio, we carry all human hair extensions. That means that we are able to style them into your hair in exactly as you want them to be. Beachy waves? Done. Voluminous curls? Done. Stick straight and super shiny? Done and done.

Now that you know what hair extensions are, I’m sure you want to know what the benefits of wearing them would be. Here is a sampling of reasons that hair extensions are great for your boudoir session:

1. They give added length to your hair

2. The give more volume

3. Longer hair can help hide less forgiving parts of our bodies such as the dreaded armpit bulge

4. If your hair doesn’t hold a curl very well, the extensions will. Which means that if your hair begins to loose it’s texture in the middle of your session, your hair extensions will still be as fabulous as when you left the hair and makeup chair.

5. To add color you don’t otherwise have

6. To emphasize a lesser pronounced color in your hair

7. To enhance the sex kitten character you are bringing to set with you

8. To make you FEEL sassy

9. To add additional texture to otherwise limp hair

10. Because they are just plain S.E.X.Y.

 Hair Extensions: What They Are & What They Do

It’s two days before my session and I got a…PIMPLE!

First thing’s first, DON’T WORRY! While it may look like you woke up with a volcano on your face to you, chances are that no one else has even noticed. And, when it comes to your photos, remember that makeup, lighting, and post production are your friend. Additionally, there are a couple of things that you can do at home to help that mini-volcano go back to where it come from. Follow these steps below 1-2 times per day until your skin is once again crystal clear:

1. Steam Bath: A steam bath will allow your pores to fully open up and be ready to accept the full benefits of any treatment you apply after. You can do a steam bath by warming some water on the stove until it is just steaming – don’t let it get too hot or you could do more damage than good to your sensitive skin. Once the water begins to steam, turn off the stove, move the pot and put your face about 6-10 inches from the water, allowing only the steam to reach it. I recommend keeping your face in the steam for a full 5 or 10 minutes, if possible, and placing a hand towel over the back of your head to keep in as much steam as possible.

2. Apply a Treatment: My favorite is Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. Available at Ulta, Nordstrom, and other retailers for $17 per bottle. It contains salicylic acid and calamine which will simultaneously calm and shrink white heads almost overnight! It is fast acting, effective, lasts for months, and good for all skin types.

It’s time to say goodbye to those pesky pimples and put your best skin forward for your boudoir session!  Its two days before my session and I got a...PIMPLE!

Curly Hair Testimonial

One of the things that makes blogging rewarding is hearing testimonials from clients who have put some of the suggestions to the test and loved the results. The other day I had a woman in the studio with the most beautiful naturally curly hair. Her hair smelled amazing and looked fantastic before I ever put my fingers through it. When I asked her what she used on her hair, she said that after reading my blog on Deva Curl products, she had been using the entire system (even the hand shaped diffuser!) and that it has changed her hair! She said her hair is more shiny, less frizzy, the curls are more defined, and overall her hair feels healthier. I was so excited to hear that reading one of the Belle Boudoir blogs has made a difference in her everyday life, even before her photo session!

 Curly Hair Testimonial

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