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Girlfriends Guide to a Breast Lift

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored It has been three weeks since I had my mastopexy (breast lift) with Dr. Niccole at CosmetiCare, and I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. At first, I was nervous about publicly talking about my procedure, because it is something that nobody seems to talk a lot about having done. After going public with news of my breast surgery, I was overwhelmed with how many women have had it done or are wanting to have it done. The one thing that I wish that I had was advice from a friend who had gone through the same surgery as mine, so I wrote this guide to all of you who are thinking about having a breast lift. This is what you need to know: A mastopexy is much different than an augmentation. All of my friends who...

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Pacific Waters Spa – An Evening of Pampering

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Who likes going to the spa? We do! Last week we had the luxury of celebrating with Pacific Waters Spa at the Hyatt in Huntington Beach, CA It’s a lovely annual treat that Pacific Waters Spa hosts as a thank you to their loyal patrons. It’s a festive, social evening throughout the spa; allowing you time to meander through a variety of spaces while discovering pampering opportunities. Women casually sipping wine, laughing and talking while learning about featured facial products and fun takeaway items to sample at home. My favorite was the spa’s mini samplings of their daily services; giving us the opportunity to try a mini massage and/or facial. We signed up for the mini HydraFacial; a non-invasive resurfacing of the skin with no downtime. It’s true! No downtime; no...

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72 Hours After a Mastopexy

Posted by on Nov 5, 2016 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 1 comment

 Sponsored (excuse any typos..I’m still not 100% myself) I was initially going to write this 24 hours following my mastopexy (breast lift), but I was still coming down from anesthesia, hyped up on Norco, and my words just didn’t seem to make much sense. So, here I am sharing about what the past 72 hours have been like following my procedure at CosmetiCare. Over the past 72 hours, I have felt a whirlwind of emotions. I always have trouble with anesthesia and was grateful to only have a couple of cases of vomiting before leaving the surgery center following my procedure. In my pre-op appointment, the nurse had advised me that I might have drains following the surgery, and I was super upset when I first saw the bloody tubes coming out of my breasts. The first night, my...

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You’re Invited to CosmetiCare BeautyLand Event

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Events | 0 comments

 We are honored to be a CosmetiCare Ambassador Join Orange County’s leading medspa, CosmetiCare, for its open house signature event, BeautyLand. This intimate experience gives you an insider’s look into CosmetiCare’s seven signature rooms, where you can learn more about non-invasive beauty treatments through demonstrations of techniques to correct wrinkles, loose and sagging skin, uneven tone and pigmentation, rosacea and more. The beauty of youthful, ageless skin is not only possible, it can be yours. Of course delicious hors d’oeuvres and complimentary wine will be flowing. Plus, there will be amazing event-exclusive specials and prizes. WHAT: CosmetiCare’s Second Annual BeautyLand Event WHEN: Thursday, November 17th with tours at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 p.m. WHERE: 1101 Bayside Drive Suite 200 Newport Beach, CA 92625 CosmetiCare is the only medspa in Orange County we trust caring for our skin, and we guarantee...

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Relaxing in Hollywood

Posted by on Oct 8, 2016 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue When we think of Hollywood, most of us think of the hustle and bustle down the busy streets of Hollywood Blvd. where characters line the streets and bumper to bumper cars light up the sky. But, nestled on 925 N. La Brea Avenue you’ll find Burke Williams, the ultimate place to relax! With an old school Hollywood feel Burke Williams creates a space that is both quaint and glamorous. Filled with an array of treatments that can allow you to escape the rush of your day, they have the perfect treatment for the tired tourist, the busy 9 to 5’er and the overworked Mom. If you don’t have time for a long treatment, the conservatory offers just the place for a mini treatment. Found in the conservatory, hot stones are used...

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Mother and Daughter Pampering at Images

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Beauty, Family, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue As the summer came to an end, I took the time to have quality one-on-one time with each of my children before they went back to school. Since my daughter loves to have her nails done, I surprised her on the last day of summer with an afternoon of pampering at Images Luxury Nail Lounge in Irvine. When we arrived at the salon, we felt all our stresses of daily life quickly drift away. It was one of the most beautiful nail salons that we have visited, and the staff greeted us with a glass of fresh water before bringing us to our massage chairs. Since my daughter was going to be starting seventh grade, I finally let her get her first gel manicure. She has been asking me to get...

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Breast Augmentation Virtual Consultation

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family, Health | 0 comments

 Sponsored Last week, I shared with all of you about how I want to have my breast fixed. I have been a mix of emotions since finally making the decision to have it done and made the choice to have a virtual consultation for my breast augmentation vs. coming into the CosmetiCare office. I thought I might feel more comfortable taking my top off to be looked at in the comfort of my home, and I loved that they had the option of a virtual consultation. I called CosmetiCare and made an appointment to have the consultation with Dr. Niccole who is well-known for being the best plastic surgeon in Orange County. Since I have already had multiple procedures done in the CosmetiCare med spa, I felt comfortable with my decision to have the work done with Dr. Niccole....

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I Loved Nursing But it Destroyed My Breasts

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored Having children takes its toll on a mother’s body. When my oldest son was adopted, I wanted the best for him. I wanted him to have the best nutrition possible, so I met with a lactation consultant who assisted me with bringing in a milk supply to try and breastfeed him. I took special supplements and pumped, and pumped, and pumped the life out of my breasts attempting to produce milk, and was unsuccessful. Then when my youngest child was born biologically, I again tried to breastfeed and was successful. I was so successful with nursing that I nursed my youngest son for almost three years. Once I was finished breastfeeding him, my breasts were lifeless, droopy, and rested on my stomach without support. I have never felt the same about my body since nursing. I feel less...

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Five Reasons to Try Botox

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family, Health, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador It has been almost a year since first trying Botox. Over the past year, I have found that I have only needed to “refresh” my skin twice with more units, and have noticed a huge difference the overall look and feel of my skin. Love the way you look The main reason why I began using Botox was that I wanted to love the way I once looked in the mirror. Since I have blue eyes and fair skin, I have seen such a significant amount of premature aging around my eyes, and since starting Botox a year ago, I saw those fine lines begin to diminish. Instead of avoiding looking at myself in the mirror, I’ve found myself looking in the mirror like I did when I was in my 20’s. Reverse the...

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Mother Daughter Facials at CosmetiCare

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 We are a CosmetiCare Ambassador As my daughter has started to become a teenager, it has become necessary for me to teach her how to care for her skin. Not only do I want her to care for her skin, but I also want be a good example by having healthy skincare habits and getting facials on a regular basis. Ever since I have begun having skincare treatments at CosmetiCare, I have noticed an increase in my self-confidence, and my skin is always glowing. While getting a facial during the holidays, I talked with the esthetician about the break-outs that my daughter was experiencing. She offered to use some high-frequency ultrasonic waves on her forehead to help battle the break-out. Within hours, my daughter noticed that the blemishes began to disappear, and she immediately realized why it is important...

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Steps Towards Improving Your Overall Health

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Beauty, Family, Health | 0 comments

 “This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and Colgate blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. While raising three small children, life never slows down. From juggling sports practice to getting a healthy dinner on the table, it’s always been a challenge to finding time for myself. Now that my daughter is becoming a pre-teen, I find it more important than ever to be a good influence and encourage her to live a healthy lifestyle as she becomes a woman. I’ve been taking small steps towards making sure that my overall health is a priority so I can be the best wife and mom possible. With National Women’s Health Week coming up on May 8th through the 14th, Colgate Total® is encouraging women across the country to pledge to put their health...

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Teens First Massage Experience with Zeel

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

 Complimentary Treatment Received The only thing I wanted for Mother’s Day was relaxation. Since we are going to be traveling over Mother’s Day, we celebrated a little bit earlier this year. At the top of my Mother’s Day wish list was to get a massage, but I’ve just been too busy to find half a day to spend at a local spa getting a massage. One of my friends had recommended to me a new massage service called Zeel, that will send a highly trained therapist directly to your home. Since my teenage daughter had not yet experienced her first massage, I immediately thought that the perfect way to introduce her to massages would be in the comfort of our home. So, I downloaded the Zeel app and scheduled a mother/daughter couples massage within minutes. The app made scheduling...

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Mother Trucker Co: Hip Hats For OC Moms

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Beauty, Family, Fashion | 0 comments

 Sample received I have never been much of a hat person, but when I got my first Mother Trucker Co hat, I was instantly into hats. Not only was it sooooooo cute, but it was super comfortable. I always thought hats were itchy or annoying, but the Mother Trucker Co hat has now been my all-time favorite headpiece (and I have a LOT)! I love the style too. My hat says #OC, but they have a wide variety of hats that say all different things. One of my favorites if “Kid Life.” Did I mention that some of them come in Glitter? My Mother Trucker Co hat is one of my go-to accessories whenever I need a cute hat or something to cover up my bed head; I can count on My #OC hat. I have been wearing my...

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Five Fun Spring Fashion Looks

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Beauty, Family, Fashion | 0 comments

 Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Rocky 4EurSole and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. Spring has officially sprung, and I’ve been spending countless hours putting together my new spring fashion looks. While I have come across countless shirts, shorts, and accessories, the Rocky 4EurSole shoes are fashion accessories I can’t live without. I recently purchased a pair of the shoes, and then quickly went to work on putting together some must-have fashion looks for the spring. The sandals are comfortable, fashionable, and versatile for every fashion look. Check out their different shoes online and find out what style feeds your sole, and create the perfect spring fashion look with one of these five fun fashion looks. Night on the Town...

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Making Time for a Quick Wax at Lunchbox

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Beauty, Family, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Hey Ladies and Gents! It’s time for spring break and that means I’ll be putting on a bathing suit; you might be too. So in preparation for my upcoming poolside fun, I headed to LunchBOX! What? LunchBOX is one of those names you will be sure to remember after you’ve either read my article or venture in for a service. The most recent Costa Mesa location features great waxing services for both men and women; from eyebrows, to lips, a bikini wax or even a mankini. It’s about keeping things tidy and/or sculpted. On my visit I enjoyed the modern vibe; the decor was fun with pops of pink, grey along with very cool music. I wasn’t sure if I was here for a wax or maybe a lunch with a...

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Skin Care Products for Day or Night

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Beauty, Family | 1 comment

 Samples Received Is your facial regimen working as well for you? I’ve really been challenged with the dryer climate; with the combination of the unusual cold climate and then back to our gorgeous Southern California weather again, my skin doesn’t know what to do. So, when TriDerma MD, a medical strength skin care line reached out with the chance to try a few of their products, I couldn’t wait! My skin, like so many others is craving the moisture along with a little more tender loving care during this dryer winter season. One recent afternoon, a lovely little box arrived with some specialty items to help my skin along.  A Spot & Wrinkle Erasing Scrub, along with a Pore Reducing Anti-Age Serum and an Extra Pure Healing Gel. In addition, a few days to try a Facial Redness Cleanser. Oh...

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Daddy and Daughter Date Night at Images Luxury Nail Lounge

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Beauty, Family, Fashion | 0 comments

 Beginning of the year has a higher workload for me.  As such, I try to put aside time to spend with the kids.  As part of that, I like to spend one on one time with each of them, that way I can ask them questions without the other jumping in with their response. Spending time with my son is pretty easy; we go to the comic book store, and then we catch a burger.  But with my daughter, I was having a harder time figuring out an activity that would entertain both of us.  She was not into comics.  So I asked her, what she likes to do.  Her immediate response was manicure and pedicure (or as she likes to say “Mani and Pedi”). Now, that was not an answer I was expecting. I thought this is something...

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CosmetiCare HydraFacial Helps Teens Battle Breakouts

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

  As I have been entering the tween/teen years I have noticed my face starting to get acne. I was doing everything I could to try and make it go away, from washing my face twice a day to putting on face masks, but it wouldn’t go away. It is my forehead that was getting the most acne, and it was starting to bother me more and more. During our holiday break from school, I went with my mom to her CosmetiCare appointment. My brother and I were waiting patiently in the waiting room for my mom to finish her HydraFacial. While she was getting her facial, she told them about my concern over the acne I was developing. Once my mom had finished her facial, she brought me back so that they could look at my facial acne....

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Does an IPL Really Work?

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 We are a CosmetiCare Mom Ambassador It wasn’t just stretch marks that I was left behind with after the birth of my child, but also *ugly* pigmentation on my face. While I thought that the dark brown spots on my face would fade over time, it has been a little over eight years, and I still have the spots that I developed during pregnancy. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on various skincare products that have made claims of fading dark spots, and I was just about to give up on the idea that I would be able to leave the house without a layer of foundation until coming to CosmetiCare in Newport Beach. During my initial consultation at CosmetiCare, they advised me that I can reduce the pigmentation on my face with the use of an Intense Pulsed Light...

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A Beautiful Smile with Juvederm

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored After making having my consultation at CosemtiCare in Newport Beach, the one treatment that I never expected to myself to do is a lip enhancement. When I was talking with the consultant who helped to set-up my mommy makeover beauty plan, she asked me what were some of my facial features that were bothering me. She made me stop and think. The first thing that came to mind was how my upper lip would always disappear when I smiled. I’ll admit that I was nervous about just the thought of having a lip enhancement done. I have read many horror stories online, and I didn’t want to have big puffy swollen looking lips. The entire staff at CosmetiCare made me feel comfortable and relaxed about the process and fully educated me on what to expect when getting a...

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