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eye skin cancer warning

Everyone knows that cancer can grow in any part of our body but did you realize that you can get skin cancer in your eyes? By it's name one can assume that it's only on the outside of the skin but the truth is scarier! 

Don't worry tough because your opthemolologist can check for changes during routine annual eye exams! 

Protect your eyes with UV resistant sunglasses....plus shades always look cool anyways! 

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Sunscreen Safety

Sunscreen Guide EEWG

It's a jungle out there! How can any reasonable person differentiate a quality sunscreen from the junk? 

TRUE: The FDA has toughened up on companies and now require validation studies to prove effectiveness. Let's give them a slow clap for that...even though it took years to get them to finally wise up to that. Better late than never. 

So what's the big deal? Well, for starters, did you know that the US has only less than half the amount of approved active sunblock ingredients than Europe? Did you know that what we have here in the US is NOT the best protection? Well, if you know anything about the cosmetics and beauty industry in the US, this shouldn't surprise you. We believe we can do better. Did you know that beyond active ingredients like zinc oxide, the non-active ingredients make up about 90% of sunscreen volume? 

So....if you are NOT looking at the label and reading the ingredients you may be shocked to know that a lot of sunscreens marketed to babies and children actually contain chemicals banned in Europe because they are known carcinogens. 

Read the labels and chose wisely! Need help? The EEWG has a list of the best and what's in it, they also have a list of the worst cosmetics and sunscreens too.

Check them out here

That's right, sunscreen manufacturers are knowingly putting carcinogenic ingredients into children's sunscreens here in the US but actually have a different formula for their sunscreen and children's products in Europe 


Spray Tan Tax Tips

As a business owner, you'll need to understand state and national tax terms and what applies to you. We highly recommend you spend some time reading through this and following our guide to making certain you are collecting and filing all the right kinds of taxes. Plus, we don't want you missing out on deductions! 

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR | 1099 MISC

I'ts not complicated or difficult to run your own business as and independent contractor with BronzedBerry. You are your own boss and that comes with benefits! 

Tanning Artists are independent representatives of BronzedBerry LLC and are 100% responsible for filing their own taxes. The IRS allows individuals to file a personal 1099 each year for income they have earned.

Click Here for IRS 1099 MISC Tips & Forms

We will provide a 1099-MISC to any artist that earns $600.00 or more in BB Bucks. BronzedBerry encourages each Tanning Artist to enlist the help of a certified tax professional if they questions. They are trained to help you file the proper paperwork. Best of all they can help you with calculating your lawful deductions. Below you will find tips and information that we hope is useful, we are not tax professionals and therefore the below information should not be used as legal advice. 

CALCULATING INCOME

Every penny you receive including tips are taxable. That's why it's so important to keep great records of your expenses. In order to determine IF you owe the state or IRS money at the end of year you will subtract your expenes from your income and if your taxes will be based on what you netted after your expenses. However, remember those utilites, cell phone and mileage deductions? This is where all that hard work of record keeping comes in handy. Your tax professional will know how to attribute a value to those in order to maximize your lawful deductions. 

Ways to keep track - Are you offering credit card purchases? If not, you should, hardly anyone carries cash and the fees are tax deductible! Any system like Paypal or our preferred provider, Squareup.com has an app for your phone that lets you keep track of client purchases! Even cash or check transactions. So, get in the habit of entering each client transaction into the system. Squareup even has a loyalty program you can create for free for clients. So, it's very helpful and will make it a breeze at tax time! Otherwise keep track on your calendar and at the end of the year add it all up. 

EXPENSES/DEDUCTIONS

Use our guide to help make sure you are keeping track of vital information as it relates to your business.  As a business owner, there are many items in your home that can qualify as a deduction for your business! You will have indirect and direct expenses for your business. 

Direct & Indirect Expenses - These expenses are related to your actual work, like cell phone, postage for mailing, supplies ( tan solution, equipment, client disposables, paper products (paper towels), notepads, office supplies). Don't forget your home office (speak with your CPA about the square footage dedicated to working as well as any utilities that qualify). You'll get to write off a percentage of these depending on your business. Make sure that you are calculating your travel, this includes a trip to post office, clients home or marketing events. Your CPA expense is also a deduction. Basically, a good rule of thumb is that anything you buy for your business can be a write-off! Even your BronzedBerry Membership

TIP: Grab your odometer mileage at the beginning of the year. You'll need it for your tax return. And keep track of mileage. A simple way is to add each appointment or qualifying trip into your google calendar. Add the physical address and then at the end of the year add it all up! Or download a mileage tracking app right on your phone. 

Save your receipts and if you want to make it easy for your self-input them weekly or monthly into a simple Google Doc spreadsheet. You can provide your own Income/Expense Sheet to your CPA or do your own taxes....but you should be keeping up with this monthly to alleviate tax stress.

*Details above are for your information and should not be taken as legal tax advice. It is the responsibility of each Tanning Artist to keep track of local state and federal laws regarding spray tanning services as well as reseller sales tax obligations.

Spilled It | Tanning Artist Shares Her Success Story

Is it easy to spray tan a client? What's it like to learn online and then tan clients for profits? Hear straight from an Artists' mouth, as Jen B dives into how she got started as a spray tan artist. She runs her own spray tan biz, with BronzedBerry, and is killing it. Learn the how, the why and what is required to make this business work.

Listen to her story and TAKE NOTES if you want to expand your business or build your spray tan brand.

Video Sections:

  • Ingredients Matter 1:23
  • Perfect Customers 2:45
  • Research Kits & Equipment 3:33
  • License/Permits 4:30
  • How I Broke Into Industry 4:40
  • Importance Of Working With A Group 6:22
  • What Scared Me 7:08
  • Does Online Training Work 8:14
  • Where I Advertise 8:54
  • Start Small 11:15
  • Why I Sell Retail Products 12:28
  • My Problem Areas 13:48
  • Client Feedback 14:25
  • How Much I Charge 15:40
  • This Really Happened 16:24
  • Does Bronzedberry Work 17:25 

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START YOUR OWN SPRAY TAN BIZ | CLICK THIS LINK AND USE COUPON CODE 'SPILLED' AT CHECKOUT. RECEIVE A FREE SPRAY TAN TENT WITH THE PURCHASE OF OUR PRO STARTER KIT. EXPIRES 3/21/18 | VALUE $55 

Best Spray Tan Company

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SPRAY TAN TRAINING

We are the best spray tan company to work with because we have the most comprehensive and in-depth spray tan training anywhere! We are the only company combining the attention of in-person training, fully online. Our training can be completed by anyone who has access to the internet at prices everyone can afford. 

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    On-Demand Learning | Fully Mobile Optimized Web-Based Learning Portal: Go at your own pace through our 21 Day Certification Program. Our Spray Tan 101 Course will go in-depth into the proper technique, consultation, safety, and liability best practices for mobile spray tan businesses. 
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    Assessment Of Work | One on One Virtual Consultation: Every Artist, prior to certification has their work evaluated by a Master Artist. We ensure you are ready and able to spray tan clients with accuracy and care. No other company does this in their virtual program!
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    Business & Marketing | Best Practices: Our spray tan class comes with module specially designed for spray tan business owners, teaching them business basics and offering marketing ideas.
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    Never Organge: The technique learned along with our amazing tanning solutions, means you can avoid the dreaded "oompa loompa" look on clients...ALWAYS.
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Professional tan solutions

Natural and Organic, actually means something to us. BronzedBerry uses EU (European) complient ingredients, they are made in the USA, vegan, cruelty free, and biodegradable. All our ingredients are listed on each bottle and website. We are commited to providing products that are good for your skin and our environment. 

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    Natural Without Sacrificing Efficiency: Our clients and Artists are addicted to our professional tanning solutions and sunless products. We guarantee you'll love them or your money back*. Simply the best tan of your life!
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    Certified Organic: When possible we use certified organic ingredients in our solution, like organic white tea extract. We use gentle ingredients like Aloe Vera, vegetable glycerin, and chamomile.  
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    Ecocert DHA: The main ingredient that tans your skin is DHA, we source the purest on the market that is certified by Ecocert and conforms to European Standards.  
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    Our Yuck List: We manufacture WITHOUT Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Petrochemicals, Alcohol, Parabens, PABA, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Formaldehyde.
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Membership

We created a unique spray tan membership program for professional spray Tan Artists. This is a community of amazing women who take their business(s) seriously while juggling life. This program enhances skill set, keeps up to date on compliance/industry changes, has awesome DISCOUNTS on all the BronzedBerry products and helps to ignite passion. Nothing to lose, everything to gain, it comes with a 14 Day Free Trial. *

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    Discounts: Receive up to 50% off professional tanning solutions, discounts on EVERY BronzedBerry product.
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    Continuing Education: Once a month education webinars for enhancing and perfecting the spray tanning craft, marketing, and promotional education. Education designed to push Artists business to the next level.  
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    Private Facebook Group: Access to Master Artists and Educators who are answering questions daily, additional training and marketing support provided in this forum. 
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    Artists Search: Leverage our brand by having your own URL and professional profile on our site that links back to your social media accounts. Get booked!
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     Liability Release: We offer a digital client waiver to our Artists to reduce the risk and liability. Unlike competitors who offer a paper copy, our document captures real signatures through legal software and is backed up on our servers.

*Certification required. Contact info@bronzedberry.com with questions. 

4 Ways To Instantly Love The Skin You’re In

VAlentine's skin prep guide

love the skin you're in with Bronzedberry

EXFOLIATE

The winter is dreadful on our skin! Unevenness, patchy, dry and itchy are all common winter skin complaints. Removing the top layer of your skin is called exfoliation, sloughing, or what we like to joking refer to as 'epidermis removous'.  

Whatever you call it, we all know that this needs to be removed because you can't "fix" or "cure" the skin...it's already dead folks. The only thing that's truly going to make a difference is to remove it. 

So, how do we do that? Many people DIY there own sugar or salt scrub, which almost always includes an oil of some kind. Here's the thing, should you really be mixing and trying a new combination of ingredients on your skin prior to an event? Same goes for the ones you buy in the store, many of those are full of ingredients you can even say...go ahead we dare you to try! 

Avoid the hassle, use a Glove that is designed to be used in your shower or bath over and over again. Typically lasts 6 months and can be washed with your laundry (avoid the dryer). 

So, when you are ready for glowing, radiant skin, put on the Glove

GLOW

"No matter what, everyone looks good with a BronzedBerry tan", according to makeup artist Lindsay Shields. We couldn't agree more! Loving the skin you're in is our jam. 

All of our tanning products are made in the USA, using European approved ingredients (bc EU has higher toxicity standards than the USA). We make our tanning solutions, tanning cream and spray tan products in small batches using only natural preservatives and pure essential oils for fragrances. 

Whether you see an Artist before Valentine's Day or you give your self a pep in your step with one of our self-tanning products, we guarantee you'll love it (see our amazing return policy). 

Nervous about a DIY tan? Don't be, baby steps...try Extend. It's a colorless cream that smells like coconut (infused with Hawaiian monoi de tahini oil). Results show up in as little as 8 hours and can be applied like regular lotion. 

HYDRATE

No rocket science here, one of the first steps to radient skin is hydration. This is the largest pore on your body, water it well. Did you realize that dehydrated skin accentuates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? Ugh, no woman wants that. 

Contributing Factors:

  • Low humidity ( like in winter bc of running the furnace)
  • Not Drinking Enough Water
  • Trans Epidermal Water Loss ( your natural moisture leaving your skin)

Avoid this by drinking plenty of water and using quality moisturizers. The best moisturizers contain an occlusive agent, humectant, and emmioliant.* Add a few drops of our Replenish Serum to your routine and begin seeing almost immediate improvements in the appearance of your skin. 

*According to Dr. Hunt, Women's Health Mag

SMILE

Your smile is the first thing people notice about you!* 

We have not left that out of our bag of tricks, this is an annual 'Must Do' for every woman. And might we suggest men too? 

Brighten it up easily, without the pain in as little as one hour...at home! We've put to the test the most common whitening systems on the market and compared them, see the result here

A nice natural white smile is one of the easiest and fastest ways to melt years off your appearance. 

*According to Cosmopolitan.com


Want more Valentine's Advice? Read Our: 3 Ways To Get In The Mood

Top 5 Spray Tan Gun Fails

Prevent, Diagnose And fix the most common spray tan gun mishaps

It's going to happen, your spray tanning gun will fail you. Regardless of if you are mobile spray tan professional or one that works in a salon, spray gun maintaince is a must! Equipment fails, and usually in the middle of an important session with a client. All spray tanners and Tanning Artists should know how to combat the common issues and problems that plague spray tan guns. 

Don't wait until the problem happens while with a client and their session is ruined. Preserve your sanity and your career by following the tips and fixes in this video. The equipment we feature is from Apollo Sprayers, and they are one of the most common in the industry. We highly recommend their amazing equipment. 

DIY Product Samples | Tutorial

Learn how to make your own product samples for less than that can actually help you sell your products. Use our hack to create samples for less than $.50 a piece!

Samples can be expensive when you purchase them in bulk. Learn how to inexpensively make your own samples of creams, lotions, soaps, makeup and more! Sometimes the best way to get someone "hooked" on your favorite product is for them to try it themselves.

We recommend to all our Tanning Artists that they create these with our tan Extend and Face lotions to send home with Brides and top paying clients. These are perfect for the occasional touch-up.

BronzedBerry provides a free printable label for our products to our members. It comes free in our 21 Day Certification Course and in our Vault.

Use the links below and get started making your own samples!

LED Teeth Whitening | Get The Most Out Of It

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Want pearly whites in one hour without significant gum sensitivity? Use the tips below to get the most out of LED gel teeth whitening kits.

We recently posted an article regarding teeth whitening and the latest trends. We review other options and what results you can expect from you each. Check it out here.

1. Watch The How To Video - Let us walk you through unpacking your kit and explain the items inside and how to use them. While some companies contents may vary slightly, most kits will be significantly similar. Kits will always include an LED light and gel at it's most basic level. 

BronzedBerry Pro-Tip: Ditch the tray. If your kit comes with a tray, avoid using it altogether (follow our video and apply the gel directly to your teeth). This will help eliminate sensitivity from the gel overlapping your gums and you'll use about the half the gel!

2. How Much Gel To Use - In each treatment you'll roughly use about 1mL of gel, but don't focus on that. Apply enough gel to completely cover your top and bottom teeth. We suggest you apply gel to all the teeth that show when you smile. Don't waste your gel by going too far back, remember it's LED light activated so if the light can't reach it, you are wasting your product.  

BronzedBerry Pro-Tip: Use this picture guide (below) as a reference for how much gel to apply to your teeth before a treatment. Only overlap gums slightly. 

led teeth whitening gel guide

3. How Many Treatments Can I Do - Always refer to the manufacturers guide first. Most take home kits with an LED light are intended to be used in multiple treatments, each treatment lasting between 15-20 minutes. Beyond that the LED activated ingredients do not work so there is zero use in keeping it on longer. After each 20 minute session, you'll reapply the gel and begin the process over again. The higher the concentration of peroxide the stronger the bleaching agent and the more you'll need to be careful not to overdo it. We recomend NO more than 3 consecutive treatments lasting no more than 20 minutes each. If you are using a high quality gel the results will last you between 6-12 months!  

BronzedBerry Pro-Tip: Put gel in fridge and discard within 12 months, or less if package indicates an expiration date. Refrigeration will help keep bacteria from growing inside your gel syringe. Always discard if something smells or looks suspicious. 

Disclaimer: This post is NOT medical or dental advice. Seek professional guidance if you have questions about the safety of teeth whitening for your teeth or that of a minor. This is intended as a reference for kits available for purchase off the internet with 16% or less peroxide concentration. 
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