Skin Check Optimized: Tips and Tricks

Here is a great way to schedule and optimize annual doctors appointments.

  1.  March – Dermatologist Appointment ( find one in your area click here). Try and find a derm that takes you seriously. This is a great time to get checked before you are out in the sun. With no tan it’s easier for your derm to get a good look. Ask about mole mapping. They can measure and or take a picture of each mole so that from year to year you can look for measurable changes.
  2. June – OB/GYN. Time for your super fun annual exam. Did you know that melanoma can often be found in areas where the sun don’t shine? Weird but true. Have your gyn take a look down there for anything suspicious.
  3. September – Annual physical by physician. By spacing your derm and your physical 6 months apart you get the benefit of a professional taking a look at you at least twice a year.
  4. November or January – Ophthalmologist (not optometrist or optician). Did you know that you can even get skin cancer in your eyes, even melanoma? Yikes. Learn more. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who can diagnose and treat disease. Have one take a look annually at your whole eye.

I hope this helps and you take your skin care seriously. It’s not always about being youthful sometimes taking care and being on top of things can save your life.

With Care,

Amie B

Bridle Beauty: Walk the Walk

For all you brides out there, BronzedBerry is proud to offer bridal beauty tips from a wedding coordinator in the “biz”. Also she knows a thing or two about beauty, the picture above is her..along with her BronzedBerry glow.

Bridal Beauty ~ Walk the Walk
Preparing for your wedding day can be one of the stressful times for many brides to be. Following some of our helpful bridal beauty can alleviate some of that pressure, and allow you to enjoy prepping for your runway walk down the aisle. We at SoCo Events, a boutique style wedding and event planning firm, have held the hands of many brides through the process of creating their bridal beauty, and therefore, we are here to share with you some of our learned wisdom and best wedding day beauty practices.

First and foremost timing is everything! Just like you want to stay on track with all elements of your wedding planning and design leading up to your wedding day, you also want to be sure to schedule your beauty appointments with careful consideration.


  • Make sure to schedule a hair trim about 2 to 3 weeks out from your wedding day – this will allow for that awkward “just cut look” to subside and your hair will look fresh and healthy. Also, be sure you do not do anything drastic  – meaning a completely different hairstyle or color right before your wedding…you do not want to be stuck with a look that caused you to ball your eyes out on your big day.
  • Schedule any all over color or highlight appointments for about 10 days out – so your color is fresh and you have no roots to be found! Again, just stick to a color you know you love – this is not the time to see if Katy Perry’s latest electric blue color works on you.
  • Lastly be sure to find and book a hair stylist you are excited about working with to create your bridal look. The best of the best in the DC area book up fast, so this is something you or your planner should book very early in the planning process to ensure you get your first choice. Regardless of how great your stylist is, please do a bridal hair trial – this will give you the opportunity to discuss what styles might work best with your face shape, your wedding gown style, and the overall look you want to achieve on your wedding day. There is nothing worse than having no idea what you want to do with your hair hours before you walk the aisle.


  • You definitely want your skin to glow on your wedding day, an undoubtedly the happiness you are feeling on the inside will shine through and help you out in this regard, somewhat. 😉 You want to make sure to eat really clean in the months leading up to you wedding day. What you put in your body has more of an affect on your skin than any product or treatment will. Eat plenty of veggies, some fruits, and remember to drink a ton of water!! Water with lemon is a tip I always give my brides…it works wonders for your skin.
  • Schedule all tweezing/waxing/threading appointments for about 10 to 7 days out from your wedding day. Be careful to stay consistent with what has worked well with your skin type in the past – if soy wax leaves your sensitive skin with zero redness or irritation, make sure to stick with this proven method of hair removal, so not to upset your skin pre wedding day.
  • Six months out from your wedding is a great time to try a new treatment – microderm, oxygen facials, and collagen treatments. You have enough time to recover if your skin reacts poorly to a new or more extensive treatment.  And, if you love your micro, you can continue with treatments in the months and weeks leading to your big day. If you are thinking of trying something a little more serious, like botox/other fillers – please do so around this 6-month out mark as well. You cannot predict how you will react to new treatments, so do not risk having to deal with bumps and bruising weeks before your wedding. Also, keep in mind that most fillers do take around 10 days to work their magic.
  • One of the most important things you can do to achieve a beautiful glow on your wedding day, is to get a professional airbrush tan – for your fiancé (unless he and Ricky Martin are similar skin tone 😉  You don’t want to be beautifully bronzed standing next to your pasty groom! So, spread the color and book a package with BronzedBerry that covers you both. Make sure to keep a natural color, which should be easy with BronzedBerry – they have amazing organic formulas – think no orange and no nasty smell! Your color should also correlate with the season in which you are tying the knot. It will look much more natural to have deeper color if your wedding is in July, rather than January. A little color will work wonders for your confidence on the day of, and will ensure you and your soon to be hubby look fabulous in all the days pictures!


  • Earlier, I mentioned the importance of booking your wedding day hair stylist early on in the planning process, and you should absolutely do the same when  booking your wedding day make-up artist. If you are working with a planner, this is something he/she should book for you right away, as a vendor can only be in one place at one time. The DC area’s most talented make-up artists book up a year or more in advance during busy wedding season! So, if you get engaged and know who you want to doll you up on your big day, then don’t hesitate to get it on the books. You are also definitely going to want to do a trial make-up run. What I often do for my clients, is coordinate their hair and make-up trial with a purpose – meaning I will book on the day of the couple’s engagement shoot or on the day of the bride’s boudoir session – this way the cost of the trail is well worth it!
  • Create a beauty inspiration board! I tell my clients to create a beauty inspiration board to prepare for their hair and make-up trial – by keeping a running folder of the looks they like or want to emulate on their wedding they have a clear idea of what they like going in  – and this is an immensely helpful and effective way to communicate a bride’s beauty style to her wedding day glam squad.
  • It’s all in the lashes! I highly recommend false lashes to most brides – not the extremely fake looking kind you find on Snookie and J Wow every Saturday night, but incredibly beautiful, real hair, false lashes applied by your make-up artist. It is amazing what a little lash can do to enhance facial features, and most importantly lashes will have a dramatic effect on how you look in pictures – stunning!
  • I try not to tell my brides how to wear their make-up – that is something that I trust in a great make-up artist to do. But, one piece of advice that I am sure you have heard before, but that is a beauty rule to live by – is if you go with a really dramatic eye, opt for a softer lip, and if you go for a more dramatic lip, go a for a little less drama on the eye. Finding a balance is key, and also always keeping in mind your wedding season, venue, style, and geographic location when finalizing your make-up and hair look – you want the entire evening to work cohesively.

My last bit of beauty advice is to remember to smile big, laugh often, and dance your booty off.  When all is said and done and the final lash is placed – all you need to do is have a blast, enjoy every moment, and walk with confidence and class.

Good luck to all the beautiful brides to be!


Nicole Tozzi
Wedding & Event Planner
SoCo Events
Email or Call 301.785.0777

Sunscreen Mistakes

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Loved this article in my Glamour Magazine’s May 2012 issue. It’s hard to get away from bronzed bombshells this time of year.

Number 4 on their list is “Putting too much faith in self-tanners”. It’s a good reminder to us all that spray tanning, airbrush tanning or self-tanning lotions offer ZERO sun protection. You must still be very diligent with your sunscreen ladies and gents.

Pregnant Tanning

Is it safe to tan while about spray tanning? This is always a popular topic and something our Tanning Artists get asked frequently.

It is genrally understood that sunbathing or using UV tanning beds is a big no no if you are expecting. Why, you ask? The simple answer is that it could overheat your baby which can cause miscarriage. Yikes!! So as we approach spring and summer ladies, please wear sunscreen, use a flopy hat and just plain say no to overexposure to the Sun.

As for spray tanning when pregnant there are a few things to keep in mind. Always check with your Dr before trying something new during pregnancy. Most DR’s will tell it’s no problem after your first trimester.

We’ve discussed before how toxic chemicals can be present in spray tanning booths already (read more on this).

All spray tanning solutions are not created equal. So, we suggest you still ask a few more questions to determine what you are comfortable with.

BronzedBerry suggests getting a airbrush spray tan by a professional using only organic products and solution. For a list of our ingredients, click here.

Want to get tanned go for it! Just do your research and pick a product that’s healthy for you and your baby.


  1. Organic solutions by BronzedBerry do  not contain a single toxic chemical.
  2. You aren’t forced to inhale the solution. We spray you in an open room, not a closed booth.
  3. Our hydration spray can actually help moisturize your growing belly, using organic ingredients to help with elasticity.

Read more on this topic.

Chicago’s Southtown Star is Wrong about Spray Tanning

Just another example of misinformation. Correspondant Victoria Johnson report, Getting out of bed for their tans – The SouthtownStar, describes spray tanning solutions as dyes.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. If I were one of the businesses that had been quoted for this article, I would be furious. DHA, is not a dye. It creates a reaction on the top layer of your skin and changes the color of that skin. It does not dye your skin a different color.

Another misprint…is that anyone who ever tanned in a tanning bed is 75% more likely to get melanoma. This is simply not what the actual study stated. Ms.Johnson sited a article published on the American Cancer society’s website this past December (2010). The article actually sited an actual study conducted by the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota.

I’m a huge proponent of getting information out to people and educating them but…twisting statistics to scare people is stretch for me. I would love it if people would stop uv tanning so their chances for skin cancer would decrease however we need to be educated in truth.

Here is a bit of the report itself:

Conclusions: In a highly exposed population, frequent indoor tanning increased melanoma risk, regardless of age when indoor tanning began. Elevated risks were observed across devices.

Impact: This study overcomes some of the limitations of earlier reports and provides strong support for the recent declaration by the IARC that tanning devices are carcinogenic in humans. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev; 19(6); 1557–68. ©2010 AACR.

Want to read the whole thing…click here.

We’re all about publicity for sunless tanning. That’s what we do ..but we want people to know what’s true and what’s not.

Tell me what you think…

Anti-Aging Airbrush Spray Tan

This episode of The Doctors, aired on May 14th, shows the before and after effects of quality airbrush equipment and solutions. I am not a doctor and this is for information purposes only. Always consult your own personal doctor before using  prescription medication or taking medical advice.

After her spray tan model has no orange hue and looks healthy and natural. This is the type of tan that BronzedBerry provides it’s clients. It is important that you remain a natural color.

I had mixed oppinions of this video. The model was able to show the before and after effects of an instant airbrush spray tan. One that was natural and healthy looking.

However….the doctor who is being interviewed and quoted makes some pretty unrealistic claims that I would like to address.

The anit-aging tan. He claims that the anti-aging properties in his solution come from the prescription drug, Retin A. This drug has been used to treat skin issues, such as acne. It has shown to also diminish the appearance of fines lines and wrinkles.

Nothing I have ever read or could find would indicate that one application would yield a client improvements in their skin.

My personal experience with beauty products has always been that to see long term effects of the product requires prolonged use of that product. The doctor in this video does not go into such detail. My assumption is that you would need this treatment multiple times to see any kind of effect.

He also claims that his spray tan will last 10-20 days. This is something that I would like to challenge. Again I am not a doctor but DHA, the active ingredient in spray tanning solutions only penetrates the top layer of the epidermis (skin). This part of your skin naturally falls off about every 5-10 days. So if the active ingredient in his solution is DHA it would seem impossible for it to last as long as his claim.

I suppose it’s possible that the combination of DHA and Retin A  could actually penetrate deeper into the epidermis and you could see longer results. This is unknown to me.

What I can say is that BronzedBerry offers, natural and organic solutions to provide our clients withe the safest sunless tanning on the market. It’s great to see inivators comign out and testing our limits but until there is more evidence that this type of treatment is helpful and safe we’ll have to wait.

Worth noting I have heard that Retin A makes your skin very sensitive to sun so if you are using it or have gone to a place that has provided a treatment like described in the video, please consult your dermatologist about recommended sun exposure.