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Does an IPL Really Work?

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

Sponsored After making having my consultation at CosmetiCare 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 lip...

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The Hydration Room – Taking Care of Yourself

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Beauty, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the Hydration Room It’s one of the busiest times of year when all of us could use a little extra care regarding our health. I recently found myself burning that candle at both ends with a busy schedule and then surrounded by those struggling with the cold/flu season and it was only going to get busier.  On an early Friday morning, I found myself making my way to The Hydration Room in Laguna Beach. The Hydration Room specializes in IV and injection therapies which administer a variety of vitamin packed doses; always tailored to each individuals needs at the time of visit.  Dr. Florie DO, MD and Dr. Bales, MD have created an environment and much needed place to get that extra care.  As two board certified Anesthesiologists they are onto something golden....

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Natural Looking Face Lift with Voluma

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

Sponsored There are many days that I find myself looking into the bathroom mirror and wonder where the youthful face that I once had has gone. The stresses of daily life and parenting have put its toll on my youthfulness, and as I get closer and closer every year to my 40th Birthday, I crave that look that I once had. I remember that when I looked younger, I felt younger. I see my face changing day by day to look a lot like my Grandmother, who had heavy wrinkles and sunken cheeks, but what I have recently learned is that I don’t have to grow old with the signs of aging that she once had too. After beginning treatment at CosmetiCare in Newport Beach, I have found that spunk in my life that I had lost. I began...

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Magic of the Night with M.A.C. Cosmetics

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Beauty, Family, Fashion | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the venue We had the opportunity to enjoy a makeover from Ashley Rudder, Senior Artist with M.A.C. Cosmetics. She was sweet, so gracious and explained each step and product used for each application. A few of the new color palette’s used are some of our favorites during the holidays with plums, pinks and metallic’s and of course the names are great; evening rendezvous, soft savor, a sense of glamour and black swan. When we stepped upon the staging area at the end of the work day, we were able to relax in our director’s chair as Ashley worked her magic. Sharing in stories, laughter and new ideas to take home for make up application during the holidays; you know those little tricks of the trade. After Ashley had transformed us into glamorous mom’s,...

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Best Hair Care with Scott Fontana Hair Products

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Beauty, Family, Fashion, Shopping | 0 comments

Review product received I’ve become very fond of Scott Fontana’s hair products over this past year so when I was asked to test the new product line from the Scott Fontana Collection, I jumped at the chance! If you remember, I had the privilege of having Scott trim and style my flat, boring hair at the Christophe Salon in Newport Beach, CA about a year ago. It was then I discovered his talent with hair, as he truly created the best haircut I’ve ever known. My friends and family will agree with me 100 percent! For that alone, Scott rocks! Arriving home one evening, I find a lovely little package waiting for me full of delicious products to test. My first thought, “I can’t wait to go wash my hair!” Who knew this simple task would create such excitement...

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You’re Invited: CosmetiCare VIP Exclusive OC Mom Event + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

We are a CosmetiCare Mom Have you been thinking about having a mommy makeover? CosmetiCare is the leading med spa in Orange County helping women to care for their skin, and reverse the signs of aging. They are hosting an exclusive VIP event on November 5th from 6:30-8:30pm where moms can learn about the different non-invasive procedures available. During the exclusive event, guests will have an opportunity to explore 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. In the Skin Care and Glow Room, discover aesthetic technology with instant results and zero downtime Marvel at TruSculpt, a 100 percent noninvasive body contouring option with no downtime, in the Fat Melting Room In the L a...

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Guess What? It’s ok to Talk about Botox

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Beauty, CosmetiCare | 0 comments

I am a CometiCare Mom Ambassador BOTOX It is that one word that every mom is afraid to admit saying that they have had done. Especially living here in Orange County where there has always been such a huge stereotype around plastic surgery and injectables. Guess what? Doing Botox does not make a person vain or “plastic.” It is just something that many women want to do to reverse the signs of aging. And, it is ok to talk about it with other moms. As Moms, it is so important to love our bodies. While our bodies are quickly aging, it is ok to take advantage of things that our parents generation did not have access too in order to keep looking and feeling younger longer. Having our hair curled at the blow bar makes us feel good. I...

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Organic Beauty 101

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Beauty, Family, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Let’s face it, there are very few people jumping for joy over wrinkles! We definitely do not live in a world with the mentality of aging “gracefully” anymore. The beauty industry is a billion dollar industry, with anti-aging products jumping from about $80 billion in 2011 to $114 billion in 2015. Needless to say, theres a lot of money to be made on anti-aging products. It is also the least regulated industry in America. We are touted with advertisements on anti-aging creams, serums, and products that are said to provide instant results on a daily basis. Just pick up a magazine anywhere and you see beautiful photoshopped faces with smooth radiant skin – flawless, perfect, and glowing. Then we walk over to the mirror and compare ourselves, judging from the inside out. Society has built up the image that...

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Getting Summer Smooth with OC Waxing

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of OC Waxing We recently had the luxury of using the services offered by OC Waxing at their new location in Yorba Linda, CA. Yes, they recently opened another in the northern region of Orange County for a total of 4 locations now. A lovely space, allowing for a quiet escape to tidy up for summer. This mom enjoyed a service that allowed me to try a wonderful wax; a hard wax. It’s fabulous!! Here’s a little science about it; so get ready for some wax information that’s very cool! It has a molecular structure to it that makes it stronger. The molecules of the wax expand when heated; then when it cools on the skin it contracts back to their original size. It basically “shrink wraps” in essence around any hair but doesn’t...

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Mommy Makeover with Morgan at The House Salon

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the salon  Earlier this year I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease (its name makes it seems far worse than it is).  It’s an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid but with medication can go into remission.  After a few weeks on medication I noticed that my hair was slow becoming brittle and dry. After speaking to my doctor she informed me that the medication was correcting my hormone levels and that my hormones were affecting my hair.  I’ve had curly/wavy hair most of my life and am use to the dryness, it was the brittle aspect that upset me. After trying all these online remedies I gave up and decided to see an expert.  I’ve never been a girl who loves going to the salon.  I’ve never found a stylist that was not...

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Father’s Day Pampering at Butterfli Me

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Beauty, Family, Father's Day, Featured | 0 comments

Dads Aren’t too Macho to Admit that They Enjoy Pampering Too. For Father’s Day Give Dad a Men’s Grooming Service at Butterfli Me Makeup Studio. Men want to look their best, with brows and ear hair in place (or removed), moisturized lips and clean, fresh skin. Introducing the Butterfli Me Men’s Grooming Service. In 10 – 15 minutes male clients can be refreshed, styled and ready for whatever their day or evening will bring, solving issues from excessively chapped lips, uni-brows, awkwardly misplaced hairs or dry, dull skin. Ideal for business meetings, speaking engagements, headshots or a special evening out, the men’s service is also convenient for dads who may be waiting while their wife/girlfriend gets glamourous at Butterfli Me. This makes it a fun outing for two! MEN’S BASIC GROOMING SERVICE – 10 minutes $20 • Brow &...

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Images Luxury Nail Lounge in Irvine

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Images One of my favorite things to do with my mom is to get our nails done together. We have gone to many nail salons over the years, and Images Luxury Nail Lounge is clearly one of the best salons we have even gone to together. I have always loved to get my nails done, and Images was the perfect place for me. Images have a huge selection of nail polish for people to choose from. Even though there were so many nail polish colors to pick, I choose to have a standard French manicure. Most nail salons have a pretty big selection of gel nail polish but do not have all of them which is so frustrating for my mom. Images had all of their gel nail polishes which made it easy...

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Pretty Threading and Blowdry in Rancho Santa Margarita

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

we were guests of Pretty Threading and Blowdry We are all born with natural beauty. When you want to enhance that beauty it’s important to find the right salon. Pretty Threading and Blowdry in Rancho Santa Margarita is the destination salon for hairstyles, threading, makeup, and henna. The Rancho Santa Margarita location is the second salon that Pretty has opened. She  also has a location in Mission Viejo that has become well established over the past five years. The RSM location is a mix of modern America and traditional India. From the gorgeous blue chandeliers to the white pleather beauty chairs, the moment you walk in you know you are in for a  wonderful experience. All of Pretty’s employees are licensed to practice the beauty treatments they provide. Even though the state doesn’t require licensing to practice threading, Pretty ensures...

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Rosemary and Lemon Salt Scrub Recipe

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Beauty, Recipes | 0 comments

I love using salt and sugar scrubs, and with the abundance of lemons growing in my backyard, I attempted to make a rosemary and lemon salt scrub. While most people make them using essential oils, I made them using only ingredients from my backyard lemons. I was able to use the rinds  from the lemons to make lemon infused bath salts, so I didn’t waste any part of the lemon. If you are going to use store bought lemons vs. organic, then I would recommend doubling the lemons used in this recipe since store bought have fewer juices and scent. Lemon and Rosemary Salt Scrub Recipe (Makes 12 4oz. jars) Ingredients: 7 cups of epsom salt 2 Springs of rosemary (chopped finely) 4 ounces of fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup of oil oil (I used lemon flavored olive oil)...

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Duri Nail Polish Tween Review

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

sample received I recently received in the mail some Duri nail polish. I have been craving new nail polish for Spring and Duri’s new “Bright Lites, Pretty City” Spring/Summer collection is just what I needed. They have all of the standard Spring colors. Twelve nail polishes are included in the set. Every color you need for Spring is in the collection. The Duri nail polish company makes great quality nail polishes. Ever since I got the collection, I have been in love with it. I also love other colors that are not in the collection. Duri has over 215 colors. Duri does not stop there, Duri has professional nail filers so you can give yourself smooth nails with amazing color. Duri is super smooth and super easy to paint on a little nail. It is perfect for gifts for...

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Enjoy a FREE Blowout with The GlamSquad

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Beauty, Family, Fashion, Featured | 0 comments

Complimentary service received Whenever there is a special event, I always go for a blowout. As moms, we all work very hard. So, when a special event comes up, getting a blow-out is a special treat, and oh so relaxing. Recently, when preparing to attend the World Premiere of the upcoming film “Tomorrowland,” I found it virtually impossible to get an appointment anywhere in Orange County for a blow-out. Sure I could find an 11am appointment and then my daughter found one appointment at 1:15 across town at a different location. So, I chatted with my girlfriend who was also attending the premiere about “what do we do?” We took to Twitter and tweeted to some salons asking for help getting squeezed into their books with no luck. Then she remembered having her hair done at an event by...

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Burke Williams Mother’s Day Giveaway

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Beauty, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Mother's Day | 36 comments

We love all our OC Mom readers, and we are thrilled to host a Burke Williams Mother’s Day relaxation giveaway. Burke Williams is a premier place to treat yourself to a day of pampering and relaxation on Mother’s Day. Just in time for the special day, the day spa is offering three special Mother’s Day packages designed for ultimate relaxation. The Mother’s Day packages introduce Burke Williams’ new elegant Italian Mandarin Gold Pedicure. The indulgent service begins with harmonizing Italian Mandarin Sugar Scrub to exfoliate, Honey Heels Glaze and the luminizing, deeply moisturizing Italian Mandarin Body Butter for the ultimate renewal. The service concludes with the new Gold Polish in the color of your choice that dries instantaneously for the perfect pedi. Moms will…. “Relax” with the Italian Mandarin Gold Pedicure and choice of a 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage...

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You’re Invited to CosmetiCare Exclusive BeautyLand event (Giveaway)

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Giveaways | 1 comment

Sponsored When it comes to beauty procedures, many of us are always left with a lot of questions. The biggest concern about taking a leap and trying a non-invasive beauty procedure is not feeling comfortable about what to expect. Moms are encouraged to “love what you see when you look in the mirror” and get educated about the different beauty options available at the CosmetiCare BeautyLand event. You’re invited to the exclusive BeautyLand event hosted by the leading Orange County medspa, CosmetiCare. During the event guests will have an opportunity to tour the signature rooms, learn about beauty treatments and have an opportunity to win grand prizes. What to expect during the event: In the Skin Care and Glow Room, discover aesthetic technology with instant results and zero downtime Marvel at TruSculpt, a 100 percent noninvasive body contouring option...

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The JC Penney Cinderella Glam Ball

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Beauty, Disney, Entertainment, Family, Fashion, Film, Shopping | 1 comment

I attended as a guest of JC Penney Before attending the red carpet premiere of “Cinderella” my fairy godmother made me magically appear at the JC Penney Cinderella Glam Ball. When I opened my eyes, there was Prince Charming awaiting my arrival to help me get ready for the grand ball. He first offered me a glass of sparkling champagne before whisking me into the accessories suite to select the perfect JC Penney accessories to wear to the ball. In the accessories suite was a large variety of sparkling jewelry and clutches. The stylist helped to match the perfect accessories to compliment my dress by picking out a beautiful clutch and jewel enhanced bracelet. After they frosted me in jewels, it was time to get beautified from the beauty stylist. The hair stylist curled my hair into beautiful twirling...

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New ‘Healthy’ Natural Hälth Spa in Newport Beach

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

***Closed*** We visited as a guest of the spa Like many women, I’m sure you’ve looked at the labels of beauty products. You’ve seen words that you not only can’t pronounce, but you’re not quite sure what’s in the product…exactly. I’ve learned over the years that many of the ingredients in beauty products can be toxic to our bodies. But what is the alternative? Unfortunately, there’s really no difference in toxic products when it comes to the nail and spa salons either. I often feel we are at the mercy of whatever chemical products are used by salon owners. Which is why I was happy to hear about the new Hälth Spa in Newport Beach. Hälth (which means health) describes itself as a “eco spa and store, an upscale innovative natural and organic treatment destination, carrying a line of...

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Valentine’s Day Beauty Prep Celebration at Cristophe Salon (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Beauty, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping, Uncategorized | 14 comments

Plan a Valentine’s Day of pampering at Cristophe Salon in Newport Beach. Whether you’re going out on a romantic date night or a family Valentine’s Day celebration, you’ll look and feel your best after a day at Cristophe Salon. OC Moms are invited to sip on champagne and indulge with a hair treatment, nail service, makeup or waxing service on February 14th from 9am to 7pm. Guests who book their services can take advantage of discounted services with the highly acclaimed Newport Beach plastic suregeon, Dr. Batniji. After booking your services at Cristophe Salon, guests have two weeks prior to the event to take advantage of discounted packages with Dr. Batniji. The first 100 guests to schedule an appointment or book a service on Valentine’s Day will receive a complimentary gift card for a pre-selected Kendra Scott jewelry item,...

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Get a Merry Makeover at Spa Gaucin

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Beauty, Christmas, Family, Holiday | 0 comments

Is the holiday stress starting to take its toll on your skin? Give your skin the gift of rehydration and arrive at your next holiday event with glowing beautiful skin with a “merry makeover” at Spa Gaucin at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. Not only will you leave the spa with beautiful skin but also relaxed, refreshed and free from all the stresses of the holiday season. The “merry makeover” package is available at Spa Gaucin for a limited-time and features the premiere Intraceuticals® product line. Your skin will be rejuvenated during the 45-minute oxygen treatment, and you’ll immediately notice a drastic diminish in your fine lines. The oxygen treatment helps to prepare your skin for perfect makeup application to help your skin glow at your holiday celebration. Following the facial, you’ll be given a make-up consultation and application....

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Unbooked Appointments and Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Giveaways | 7 comments

Sponsored There’s a new website that has recently launched called It’s like Priceline but for the service industry. Service professionals have vacant slow times that they sell through this website. Think of it like happy hour, customers who have the flexibility to go in during the slower times are offered services at a more affordable rate. You can start by using the search bar if you know what you are looking for or browse through the different categories. The categories are Beauty & Spas, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Auto and Things To Do. Once you find the service you like, then select a slow time that works for you and purchase the appointment in advance. So I got to see how this service works. I browsed the website and decided to do a pedicure and gel...

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Spa Gregories Newport Beach Grand Re-Opening

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Beauty | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Spa Gregories Did you say a Grand Opening of a Spa? Yes, I’m in! We recently attended the newly remodeled Spa Gregories in Newport Beach and it’s divine. Anyone remember watching “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with Audrey Hepburn? Well, the new space will make you feel as if you stepped into the movie. The ombré wall with glass globes hanging at different heights quickly caught my attention as well as the Love Letter wall. The wall allows you to write letters anonymously to other spa goers giving them a positive feel good message. Nice! You can indulge in a variety of services; full body massage, classic facial and relax in the new infrared saunas. Let’s talk about these saunas, I like this service since it also provides a great health benefit. The saunas help...

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Holiday Pampering at The Nail Bar & Spa

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 18 comments

We visited as a guest of The Nail Bar The holidays can be a stressful time. Holiday shopping, cooking and still managing day-to-day life with the kids can put its toll on any mom. To help keep yourself refreshed, relaxed and feeling your best it is important to take time for yourself and a little holiday pampering. I never looked at going to the nail salon as pampering. I usually feel like I’m going through an assembly line getting “maintenance” work done on my hands and feet. Let’s be honest that most salons are not set-up like a spa and can often have a “dirty” look to them. I felt this way for years about getting my nails done until discovering The Nail Bar & Spa in Foothill Ranch. While it is not close to my house, I was...

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M·A·C Showcases Heirloom Mix Collection

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Beauty | 0 comments

Getting my two daughters out the door for school everyday is a huge feat. But, how about having time to get myself ready? A few years ago, I decided to do something unheard of in the crazy, busy world of motherhood…I began wearing makeup in the morning. Not a ton of makeup, but a little bit of eye makeup, lip gloss, powder and bronzer. And miraculously, I felt amazing. Most importantly, this small act of self-care caused an internal change that improved my mood and confidence. I recently had the opportunity to spend time with the beauty experts at M·A·C Cosmetics during the launch of their Heirloom Mix collection at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. This dazzling and sophisticated preview event kicked off a weekend-long extravaganza of makeup demonstrations and incredible live entertainment. M·A·C Cosmetics Senior Artist Cynthia...

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Earn Extra Income as an Avon Representative

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored story on behalf of Avon Are you looking to make a little extra money? Still want to be able to stay home with your kids? Then becoming an Avon representative just might be the perfect job for you! The average Avon representative earns 30-35% on their personal sales, and there are opportunities to earn more when higher goals are reached. Not only is being an Independent Avon Sales Rep fun job that allows moms to make their hours around their family schedule, but reps can also win great prizes and amazing trips. After deciding to become a rep, you’ll have access to tools and support to help you be successful. You’ll get one-on-one support from an experienced Avon seller, your own personalized eStore, product samples and more! Avon has been a worldwide beauty leader for more than 125...

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Mommy Makeover at Belo Blow Dry Bar *Giveaway*

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Beauty, Fitness, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 9 comments

We visited as a guest of Belo When we have a special night ahead, one of the biggest treats we can give ourselves is a little pampering. Dana was invited to cover the red carpet for the upcoming film “The Theory of Everything” and treated herself to some pampering at Orange County’s newest blow-out salon, Belo Blow Dry Bar in Laguna Beach. She went from beautiful to gorgeous within minutes as the trained stylist made her “red carpet ready” for her big night in Los Angeles. Before front: After front: Before back: After back: Dana was able to leave the stresses from daily life behind for an hour while relaxing in the ultra chic salon. The staff went out of their way to ensure that everything was done to help her have a relaxing experience. Dana was the star...

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Beautiful New You at Cristophe Salon in Newport Beach

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Cristophe Salon Walking into Cristophe Salon in their Newport Beach, CA location early in the morning was a treat for this mom! It was about feeling a little pampered after a busy summer and often, not as much time for me. What caught my attention immediately? It was brightly lit, open and the relaxing music playing overhead was going to put me right into a zen place. Music can set the mood so it transitions into a more upbeat vibe as the day goes on. Out came Scott Fontana who was quite sharply dressed; to breathe some new life into my limp, lifeless summer hair. You think I’m kidding? He spent some time asking me questions about what I do daily? How much time I have to spend on my hair? My preferences...

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iTAN Spa Week

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Beauty, Events, Family, Health | 0 comments

Experience unlimited spa services at iTAN during the week of October 20th – October 26th for only $5o.00 at all 30 locations.  Yes, you read that correctly, UNLIMITED spa services!! What you may ask is included during spa week?  Try out all 6 self serve spa treatments; full body toning systems, detoxifying body wraps, steampod therapy, teeth whitening, aqua message and photo facials. FIT BODYWRAPS are an hour long session that utilizes far infrared heat to promote weight management, pain management and detoxification.  Each session is done in your own private setting! LUMIERE FACIAL is a skin rejuvenation facial system and is a 20 minute session that uses LED light emitting both red & near infrared light designed to rejuvenate and restore the delicate skin our your face.  It is strongly recommended that a serum is worn for best results. Choose from...

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Summer is over…Relax at Burke Williams Mission Viejo

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Burke Williams Mom, you’ve entertained the kids all summer long, shuffled to and from play dates and de-sanded the kids more times than you can count.  It’s time to relax and enjoy some “me” time at Burke Williams Spa and consider bringing a friend to enjoy the spa in it’s entirety.  I checked into Burke Williams just two days after the kids returned to school, Burke Williams Spa had a white robe waiting just for me.  As most moms, I stayed busy enjoying all the wonderful summer activities Orange County had to offer, sprinkled with a few roads trips and camping excursions, so this mom needed a little relaxation and spa treatments to rejuvenate. Burke Williams is more than just a place for a massage, its an experience!  Plan for a few hours to the spa and enjoy some relaxation in...

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Belo Blow Dry Bar in Laguna Beach (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Featured, Giveaways | 13 comments

We attended as a guest of Belo Belo Blow Dry Bar is the posh new blow dry bar in Laguna Beach. Opening just a month ago, it is the newest and trendiest place for all your hair-styling needs. When we heard that Shelby’s hairdresser (Jordan) who has been coloring her hair for years was starting at Belo, I could not wait to come to the salon to get my hair done for my baby shower. Whether you’re looking for an up-do for a special event, a wash and sleek blowout, a deep conditioning treatment, or a unique party, Belo has something for everyone.  They even offer a “Mama’s Princess” service, which consists of stylish and chic ponys or braids for ages 10 and under. What a fun idea for a Mommy/daughter date day!  Check their services for more information and pricing. With eight...

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Girls Tween Skincare

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

Does your tween daughter have zits or acne? If she does, keep reading… I am experiencing the same thing, and so are many other girls like me. If your daughter is worried, or uncomfortable about her acne, tell her that she is not alone, and this is probably just an early stage of puberty. Believe it or not, most acne can be prevented, and here’s how: STEP 1: SEE A DERMATLOGIST If your daughter has a little acne, go see your local dermatologist and ask what treatment plan would help. ACNE PREVENTION TIP: If your daughter doesn’t have acne yet, then avoid bangs. Bangs can rub against your daughter’s skin causing to clog her pores. STEP 2: DAILY CLEANSING If you do not have a local dermatologist, then try out different cleansers. Some popular cleansers include Ottilie & Lulu...

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Safe Summer Sunscreen Picks

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Giveaways, Health, Parenting, Summer | 21 comments

Tender, red flaming sunburned skin – and the unattractive and bothersome lizard peeling may be just some of the after effects of overexposure to the sun and underuse of sunscreen. In helping protect my family’s skin, I am completely overloaded with choices while strolling the sunscreen aisle at our local drugstore. Just like my food, I am becoming an avid label reader. I don’t understand at least half of the ingredients, or the possible harmful effects. However, as a starting point, what are some basic guidelines when it comes to selecting and applying sunscreen? Charity Ries, medical aesthetician, Coast Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center, Laguna Beach, recommends checking the label for two key ingredients. “Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide (safe mineral sunscreens) will help protect your skin against the harsh and harmful UVA/UVB rays of the sun,” explains Ries. Ries also urges sun...

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Affordable Health and Wellness Care in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Health | 0 comments

Inspire is an OC Mom Blog partner With rising healthcare costs, I think its safe to say we have all been looking for affordable health and wellness care.  You can imagine my delight when I called Inspire Chiropractic Health and Wellness in Ladera Ranch desperate for an immediate adjustment / massage and discovered having such treatments at Inspire was cheaper than using my insurance deductible at another facility.  I couldn’t believe it!  I had never been to Inspire before, so when I called from the car after school drop offs, I called to find out if they accepted my insurance, the usual drill in trying a new facility.  Jensen, the sweet assistant, explained that Inspire doesn’t accept insurance because they keep their treatment prices low, usually lower than health insurance deductibles.  I was ready to test this claim, so I asked, “how...

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Eo’s Everyone bath soaks

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Health, Shopping | 0 comments

After a long day with my 3 boys, I am often left feeling tired, a little sore and overworked. I am sure most parents with children can relate. The way I reduce my stress and unwind is by taking a hot bath nightly. I always look forward to this time. I wait until all my kids are tucked in bed for the night and I slip away into my own little peaceful world…just me and my bath. I always add some bubbles or salts to give me the added element of relaxation and peaceful serenity. I am always looking for products that can achieve a peaceful and relaxing state. The new line of products from EO did both of those things plus had some added benefits. I was given all 4 of the New Everyone bath soaks to test...

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Mother’s Day Spa Giveaway

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Giveaways | 30 comments

Mother’s Day is less than a week away, and the perfect day for a Mother & Daughter day at the spa at the Total Woman Gym + Spa. Just in time for Mother’s Day they are hosting a special Mother’s Day spa package that includes a full-length signature massage, spa pampering gift bag, complimentary “mocktails” and sweet treats for both you and your Mom at the price of just $150! The special is only available during Mother’s Day weekend, May 10th-11th, and reservations are required. Reserve a special Mother & Daughter Spa day this weekend at your closest Total Woman Gym + Spa location. Don’t have anyone to watch the kids? No problem! There is a complimentary onsite Kids Club childcare available with the purchase of the spa promotion during Mother’s Day weekend. We are thrilled to treat one...

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How to Make Your Pedicure Last Longer

Posted by on Apr 27, 2014 in Beauty | 1 comment

Like most women, I look forward to throwing on my favorite flip flops during the warmer months. There’s also a fairly common ritual that most women undergo around this same time: the infamous pedicure. You know the one where after many months in closed-toed shoes, you’re pretty sure the nail technician may pass out upon seeing your neglected tootsies. However, what can be even more frustrating than “pedicure embarrassment” is spending time and money on a treatment only to notice in a few short weeks, your nails are outgrown and chipped. On the upside, there is a way to extend the life of that precious pedicure according to Romi Schaffer, spa manager, Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo. She offers three common-sense tips for stretching your pedi: 1. Avoid closed toed shoes and socks for 12-24 hours. You want to ensure...

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Unveiling the Newest Spring Lash Trends at The Lash Spot Spa

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Beauty, Events | 1 comment

When it comes to make-up I prefer a more natural look…on myself at least. Mascara, bronzer and lipstick for a pop of color, and maybe a little earth-toned eye shadow and I’m out the door. When I’m going all out, I’ll add some eyeliner, fill in my eyebrows a bit, even out my skin with some loose mineral powder, and add some extra mascara. Even with a minimalist approach however, I do have to spend some time on my eyelashes. One thing I’ve frequently thought is how nice it would be to just jump up, throw my hair up, slap on some lipstick and go. Unfortunately, my lashes are short and fine, and they don’t have much curl to them, so my eyes look terrible with no mascara. Even more unfortunate is how often I think I can sneak...

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Afforable Self Indulgence at Kalologie 360 Spa in Ladera Ranch

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Beauty | 0 comments

Without getting too specific about my age, let’s just say the last couple of years have not been easy on my skin. So, I was excited to have the opportunity to learn about some of the products and services offered at Kalologie 360 Spa during their grand opening ceremony in Ladera Ranch this past week. While I invest pretty significantly in high quality skin care products, the one area I’ve really cheated myself on has been spa services. Well, after my trip to Kalologie, where I experienced several mini sessions demonstrating their products and services first hand, that is about to change. This location, the first in Orange County, offers an affordable membership that will allow you to take advantage of spa services such as customized massages, customized facials, facial peels, body and facial waxing treatments, and micro resurfacing,...

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Healthy and Non-toxic Hair Coloring Alternative at ROOTS Salon in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Beauty, Featured | 0 comments

I love being a “blonde.” And for 20 years, I’ve been “weaving” color along with my own natural hair strands every six to eight weeks. Over the past year, though, rather than feeling like I just stepped out of a salon, I noticed thinning hair, tenderness and painful sores on my scalp. I tried changing hair care treatments and products and consulting with various doctors, but the symptoms persisted. Growing more desperate, I conducted my own research and decided to try an alternative: natural, non-toxic hair coloring treatment. Does that even exist? The answer: YES! I uncovered a new salon that offers more natural options for hair and cosmetics: ROOTS. The salon is the brainchild of Laguna Beach local Laura Linsenmayer. Linsenmayer, with more than 16 years of experience in the beauty industry, recognized the overwhelming need for more...

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Secret Extensions for The Busy Mom

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Beauty | 0 comments

I had the opportunity to try a new product called Secret Extensions. This is a removable hair extension product that is versatile, easy to use, and reasonably priced. As you can see, my hair is just beyond shoulder length and blonde with some red low-lights. The extension I tried was “light golden blonde” which matched my blond hair perfectly in color. I think that because of the shorter length of my hair, it didn’t blend as well as it would if my hair was a little longer . The extension is 16 inches in length and can be cut shorter if you prefer – I just decided not to cut it. The hairpiece is attached to a clear headband that is virtually invisible when worn. It stays in place well and I was able to wear my hair in...

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How to Create a Red Carpet Beauty Look

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Beauty, Fashion, Featured | 0 comments

So I know some of you OC moms are wondering how to create a red carpet beauty look, but don’t worry – I have the answer. First to prepare for the red carpet, you are going to need to find your prettiest dress you have. Make sure that it is the prettiest dress in your closet or else you might feel a little awkward wearing sweat pants and a t-shirt. Next, make sure the dress doesn’t have any rips or stains on it before getting dressed. Lastly, put on the dress, and look at how beautiful you are in the mirror. Now time for my favorite part – makeup! Find any lipstick or lipgloss and put it on (make sure you only get it on your lips, so you don’t stain your skin). Then find any foundation or blush...

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OC Sugaring and South County Skin & Body Center

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Featured, Health | 0 comments

Wendy attended the event as a guest of OC Sugaring We at OC Moms are huge supporters of women helping women, so I was anxious to attend the open house at OC Sugaring and South County Skin & Body Center. In talking with these delightful women, I discovered that they have come together to offer a full range of clinical services in a boutique setting; sugaring hair removal, massage, anti-aging, acne treatments and facials to name a few. What is sugaring? Sugaring is an ancient middle-eastern practice which uses an all-natural ingredient to remove the hair from the root. This process is better for the skin, removing only the hair and dead skin cells rather than the actual skin, like waxing. My experience with sugaring resulted in slower re-growth, fewer in grown hairs, didn’t burn my skin like waxing...

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Elements Massage in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Featured, Health | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Elements Are you ready to relax and reconnect with your mind, body and soul? In need for a little soul-searching? Elements Massage in Costa Mesa in the perfect place to indulge in the bliss of a relaxation massage or for couples to connect in the intimate relaxation of a couples massage. Guests will relish in the healing benefits of the massages at Elements that are essential for optimal health. Over the weekend, I planned a much-needed visit to Elements Massage. The boutique style spa is perfect for a busy mom like myself where I could come in for my treatment, and be back at the park with the kids within an hour. The massages at Elements are designed to help improve your health and well-being in a relaxing environment. Upon walking into the...

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Say Farewell to Wrinkles with SkinAgain

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Giveaways | 3 comments

Giveaway Sponsored by Skinagain During the holidays, I noticed that my face had aged the most over the past year. One of my New Year’s resolutions has been to take better care of my skin, and I have already seen a huge decrease in my wrinkles from using the SkinAgain facial cream. I have more skin care products in my bathroom than anyone I know, and it is rare that I come across a product that yields visual results in such a short amount of time. I have been using the SkinAgain Youth product in the evening before bed every night for the past 60 days. Within the first two weeks, I noticed a significant difference around my eyes, followed by the wrinkles on my forehead. The SkinAgain Youth product has not only decreased the fine lines on my...

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Facialworks Oxygen Facial Bar (Giveaway)

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Health | 18 comments

We visited as a guest of Facialworks How often do you get a facial? Facialworks in Newport Beach is not like any other spa. It is a blissful destination where ladies can take pleasure and indulge in a well-deserved 45 minute oxygen facial while in the company of their girlfriends. From the moment that guests arrive at the boutique spa, they will begin to feel pampered. Once seated at the luxe facial bar, it won’t be long before a glass of champagne is in your hand, with your favorite movie being displayed on the wall. Then the facial will begin that will improve the health and well-being of your skin while you relax and connect with your mind, body and soul. Your body will genuinely relax as your skin soaks up the oxygen being infused into your skin during...

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Whole Foods Market 3 Day Facial Care Sale

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Beauty, Events, Family, Shopping | 0 comments

Sponsored by Whole Foods Market One of my New Year’s resolutions has been to take better care of my skin. There are so many nights when I fall asleep while cuddling with my little ones after finishing their bedtime stories. I end up waking up with dry skin the following morning from not caring for it properly before going to bed. Using natural skin care products is important so that my body does not absorb a lot of chemicals. I’ll admit that I do occasionally try products that are not all-natural to see if there is a benefit, but my body always reacts negatively to the chemicals in the skin care products. Whole Foods Market is my go-to place to purchase facial care products because of their wide selection of all-natural products. Once a year, they have a 3-day...

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Burke Williams Revamps Their Nourishing Facial

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Beauty, Family | 0 comments

We received a complimentary facial to share our honest opinions.. With the dry weather and high winds, my skin was in dire need of a facial, which is why I could not turn down the opportunity to try the new Burke Williams Enhanced Nourishing Facial. I arrived well in advance of my appointment at the Mission Viejo Burke Williams to check in, tour the spa and slip into a plush robe. Lounging in the quiet room, I had no idea the level of treatment I was about to undergo. I was warmly greeted by my therapist, Summer, and escorted to the treatment room. She began with a hand massage followed by a paraffin (heated wax) dip, and then placed my hands in heated gloves. During that time, she conducted a brief skin analysis. She explained this Nourishing Facial had been...

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How to Get Glamorous Hair in the New Year

Posted by on Dec 28, 2013 in Beauty | 1 comment

This is a sponsored story Are you ready for a new you in the New Year? Getting glamourous hair is easier than you might think, and the easiest way to discover a “new you.” Dove and Walmart have teamed up to make it easy for moms to find the perfect hairstyle that they have always wanted with their online videos. I was able to find videos that gave me great tips and tricks for getting beautiful, easy to style hair – with the help of Dove®. The videos helped me to create fun new hairstyles that I always thought I could only get at a hair salon After watching a video, print $1.50 coupon to save on Dove® Hair products so you can start nourishing your hair today. Shop all Dove® Hair products at Walmart today for the best...

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Spa Gregorie’s Holiday Specials

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Beauty | 0 comments

Feeling the holiday stress starting to set in? Time to take some time to relax with a spa treatment at Spa Gregories. Spa Gregories has different holiday specials, gift recommendations and they are hosting a special holiday clothing drive to give back to our community. Make your reservation today to unwind from the holiday stress and relax at Spa Gregories. Winter Wonder Package When: December 1 – 31, 2013 Where All Spa Gregorie’s Locations $209 (a $243 value) Get cozy at the spa this month with Spa Gregorie’s seasonal favorite, the Winter Wonder Package, available during the entire month of December. Melt away tension with a one-hour massage, Cure dry hands with a Lavender & Sea Salts manicure, and Complete the experience with a classic facial that will leave your skin rehydrated and glowing. Spa Gregories Holiday Bundle When:...

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A Beautiful New You in 2014 at Skin Laundry

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Beauty, Featured, Giveaways | 4 comments

I love makeup, skincare products, and caring for my skin. While I apply sunscreen daily, drink plenty of water, my genetics did not leave me with the best skin. Sometimes I feel like no matter what I try – I will never have smooth beautiful skin – but I refuse to give-up. I have tried pretty much everything from a full laser “face lift” to putting caviar on my skin. I am determined to get the skin I have always wanted in 2014, and started recently at the new Skin Laundry at Fashion Island. After having the major laser procedure in the past that was terribly painful, I was extremely fearful of going to Skin Laundry. I brought my daughter, Ella, with me to “hold my hand” but what I learned was that I didn’t need anyone to hold...

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How to get Flawless Skin in the New Year at Spade Skin Care & More

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Beauty, Events, Featured | 1 comment

I was looking for some place new and a bit unique to celebrate my friend Patty’s birthday, I heard about Spade Skin Care in Newport Beach and quickly scheduled our appointments to learn how to get flawless skin for the New Year. We walked into a highly-appointed skin care boutique, complete with purple chandeliers, and a friendly staff. Patty and I enjoyed a mimosa to toast her special day and discussed our spa experience with owners Safa Movassaghi and Azita Sadaghian plus a few of the technicians. I was really curious to have the Reveal 3D Skin Imaging done. I have seen the scan performed on Dr. Oz Show and have often wondered what the condition of my own skin was like and how it would age. The machine allows technicians to get a baseline of your current skin...

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Care for Your Mind, Body & Soul at Total Woman Gym & Spa (Giveaway)

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Beauty, Featured, Fitness, Giveaways | 40 comments

Sponsored As a Mom of three young children, finding time to care for myself has always been a challenge. For the first time in my eleven years of parenting, I have all three children in school full time. My first priority after taking care of my three children 24 hours a day for the past eleven years, was to treat myself to a spa day at Total Woman Gym + Spa. There is no better gift that one can give to themselves than a luxurious spa treatment. From the moment that I walked into the Total Woman Gym + Spa in Laguna Hills, I could feel my body relax. They have the most luxurious spa that offers massages, facials and more to women living in Orange County. I first started my visit in the relaxation room where I sipped...

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The Curl Secret To the Perfect Beach Waves

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Beauty, Family | 4 comments

My daughter and I love spending time together doing our hair. Ever since I got my new hair extensions, we have spent many evenings bonding together while combing our hair. We have spent hours on Pinterest testing the different hairstyles trying to find the curl secret to get “beach waves” without spending hours curling. We have literally bought every single curling iron on the market, and have tried every “Pinterest Secret” to get perfect beach waves, and nothing has ever been easy. It was not until my daughter, and I purchased the Conair Curl Secret hairstyling tool that we found the true secret to the perfect “beach waves” in just minutes. We had been looking into purchasing this new automatic curling iron, and we finally decided to make the purchase when we found it at Walmart for just $99...

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Healing Sun Damaged Skin with Lunagenics

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Beauty | 0 comments

Sponsored The kids and I spent all of our summer out in the sun this year. Although I used the strongest level of sunblock on my face, I still see signs of sun damage from the summer. Now that the kids are back in school, it is time to start taking better care of myself and healing my sun damaged skin using the Lunagenics professional skincare. I’ll admit that I have tried lots of skincare products over the year to try and reduce the signs of aging. This summer I saw the strongest progression of pre-aging on my face because of the long timeframes in the sun. When using a skincare product on my face, I will not use anything unless I know that it is a natural product. Everything I put on my skin is absorbed into my...

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Keep Your Kids Protected From the Sun with Sparkle Sunscreen

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Beauty, Featured | 0 comments

Sponsored. We have been spending most of our summer days at the beaches of Orange County. It has been an epic summer splashing in the ocean waves while basking in the summer sun. One of the biggest struggles I have had with spending our summers at the beach has been ensuring that my kids are fully protected from the sun. While I have gone through endless bottles of sunscreen, the Sparkle Sunscreen was one of my favorites this summer. My daughter immediately fell in love with the product when she first put a small drop in the palm of her hand, and noticed all the sparkles. Then when she noticed that it was scented – she was hooked. What I liked about the product is that it gave her excellent protection. I love a sunscreen that take a little...

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Simple Steps to Healthy Beautiful Skin

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Beauty | 0 comments

  Healthy glowing skin is something we all want to have, regardless of age.  From young to old, we all feel more beautiful when our skin looks its very best.  The great thing is that there are simple and cost effective tips that make this a reality. The beauty industry is filled with products that we all love for our own reasons.  The most important tip is to pick the products that work best for you; what works for your friend or sister may not work for you. After you find them, use them consistently and allow at least 4-6 weeks of consistent use before making a final decision on how effective the product is. Products do not have to be expensive either.  Eucerin sent a few samples for me to try and while not all of them were...

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Best Natural Skin Care Line at Lush Fashion Island

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Beauty, Featured, Shopping | 0 comments

One of my favorite stores to introduce to friends is Lush at Fashion Island. Using natural skin care products on my children’s skin has been important to me since the day that they were born. I always worry about them absorbing unnecessary chemicals in their system from using cheap “chemical” skin care products. I have found that the best natural skin care line at Lush is one of my favorites to use on my children. Lush is located in Fashion Island right next to the popular Koi Pond. I highly recommend bringing your kiddos with you shopping in this store so that they can pick-out their favorite products. What is my kids favorite Lush product? The bath bombs! I just want to cuddle with my kids forever after coming out of a Lush bath bomb bathtub. Their skin is...

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Relax and Rejuvenate at Spa Gregories New Location in Rancho Santa Margarita

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Beauty | 0 comments

Spa Gregories allows men and women in Southern California to relax and rejevenate with their multiple locations.  Early this month, they moved to a new location in Rancho Santa Margarita providing guests with a state of the art day spa and salon. Spa Gregories is prepared for any need guests have at their new and improved RSM location. From hair salon services to microdermabrasion and massages, your needs are met. The recently opened RSM location features eleven sparkling treatment suites and eucalyptus steam rooms and locker rooms, as well as a six station loft-inspired salon. We had the opportunity to give their meditation stations a personal test at their grand opening celebration.  These stations are equipped with digital tablets to guide guests through meditation practices to truly inspire deep relaxation. Spa Gregories in Rancho Santa Margarita embodies luxury in...

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Get Vacation Ready with TruSculpt at O Mind Body Skin

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Beauty, Featured | 0 comments

Regardless of the time of year we all want to look our best.  Summer means swimsuits and beach or pool parties, fall means school events and socials, and before we know it we are into the holiday season full of parties and hopefully travel.   We all strive to take care of ourselves, both inside and out, but even the most disciplined of us still need help at times. O Mind Body Skin is a MedSpa & Apothecary in Corona Del Mar that helps their patients feel good from the inside out. Dr. Bar is the Medical Director of the spa and her passion for helping others is readily apparent.  Ask her anything; she is  in touch with everything that happens at O Mind Body Skin. One of the procedures Dr. Bar offers at O Mind Body Skin is truSculpt, a simply...

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Enhancing My Beauty Through The Ocean with H20+ Skincare

Posted by on Jul 21, 2013 in Beauty, Featured | 1 comment

We were provided with samples of the products on behalf of Disney. I have spent most of my life spending most of my time at the beach. I am lucky to live just a few short miles from the sandy beaches of Orange County, and I have grown-up learning about the healing powers of our oceans. While in Florida at the Disney Social Media Moms conference, I was introduced to a new skincare line that supports the preservation of our oceans, and has discovered the power of marine science. The brand H20+ Skincare has become one of my favorite skincare lines that I have been using throughout the summer months to care for my skin after the long hours in the summer sun. H20+ Skincare has used the ocean as their laboratory to create scientifically proven skin-changing formulas. My...

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Give Dad the Gift of Relaxation for Father’s Day

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Beauty | 0 comments

OC Mom Blog aims to provide unbiased editorials. However, we wish to disclose that from time to time we may receive free products or other compensation from companies for blogger reviews. Our dad’s work hard all year-long, and the gift for relaxation from Burke Williams Spa is the perfect gift for Father’s Day. Allow dad to connect with his mind, body and soul with an enticing spa treatment. Amy and I made a visit to our local Burke Williams Day Spa this week for a little relaxation from our Father’s Day planning. From the moment that we entered the spa, we were surrounded by relaxing aromatic essence. Our spa treatments healed our body and soul while relaxing all of our muscles. We were completely pampered from head to toe. After some soul-searching while enjoying the spa facilities, we realized...

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SEE Eyewear Grand Opening at Fashion Island (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Beauty, Featured, Giveaways | 7 comments

 SEE Eyewear, Fashion Island’s newest store, celebrated their grand opening last night with a private party and fun!  This fashion forward eyewear has been voted “Best Eyewear” from coast to coast and Fashion Island will fall in love with their style…and prices. The designs SEE offers are unique with a hip edge; I found so many designs that I loved while visiting the store.  The great thing is that SEE has an innovative retailing concept that allows them to deliver these designs to customers at low prices. So low you will truly second guess if you read it right. SEE Eyewear takes the middle man out of the equation and sources directly from some of the most forward thinking designers in the world.  It’s remarkable and enables SEE to bring consumers what they want for a true value. Understandable how...

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Spotlight on Jack Winn Salon and Body Center in Newport Beach

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Beauty, Featured | 0 comments

Jack Winn Salon and Body Center offers a wide range of services and clients can enjoy pricing that meets their needs from services from Stylists up to Senior Creative Directors.   Whether looking for a haircut, partial or full colors, extensions, or a special hair treatment, Jack Winn Salon delivers. After a week of vacation, I really needed a facial to lift impurities and toxins away…and some relaxation as well.   The menu of services for facial care at Jack Winn is extensive;  each offering their own benefits depending on what clients want and need. What impressed me the most about the facial I received was how personalized it was.  I was not asked which facial I wanted from a menu; instead, she asked me questions and listened to my answers to develop a customized facial suited to my skin and...

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Five Hair Tips for Working Moms

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Beauty, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Working Moms find it hard to strike a balance between work and home. Stress and tension at work, high paced home management back in their homes and with kids around, it can get really tough. Working moms are notorious for ignoring their health and putting everything else first, except them. However, since they have to head out for work, hair care has become one of their priorities for good. Hair care is tricky and even a few simple things can go a long way in ensuring your hair is healthy and voluptuous always. Here are five hair tips for working moms, who always run short of time. Plan Your Hair Style: Don’t we plan the menu for the week? Probably, we also plan up the week’s schedule well in advance. Right? Likewise, you got to plan your hairstyle for...

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Celebrate Residence Inn’s Moms’ Month (Giveaway)

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Beauty, Giveaways | 8 comments

Did you know that May is Moms’ Month?  A month long celebration from Residence Inn of all Moms… In honor of Moms’ Month, Residence Inn will be taking over Paul Mitchell The School Sherman Oaks on Tuesday, May 21 to pamper moms!    Residence Inn knows how important pampering time is for busy moms and wants to show moms how wonderful they are with their very own salon appointment. Shelby and I, your OC Mom Blog Partners, are SO excited to enjoy some time at the Paul Mitchell School in Sherman Oaks.  But, we are even more excited because we get to bring one of YOU!  We will enjoy a free wash house experience and blow-out with the Paul Mitchell products available in every Residence Inn room.  As we get pampered and styled, we will enjoy some light treats and...

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Magnolia Acupuncture to Improve Life Naturally

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Beauty, Featured, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Last week I had the opportunity to try out acupuncture for the first time at Magnolia Acupuncture! I was so excited to experience acupuncture for myself after hearing positive experiences from friends! Angela Sinnett is the vision behind Magnolia Acupuncture. She is a licensed acupuncturist bringing affordable acupuncture to Orange County! Angela was so lovely to work with and made my experience so pleasant! From the moment you walk into Magnolia Acupuncture, your stress levels decrease and you begin to have a sense of peace and well-being. The ambience and the staff make you feel so at ease. After I filled out a detailed health history, my energy was measured to find any imbalances that needed to be treated. My Meridian Analysis Information results were emailed to me for my information. I was led into a room where I met...

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Wickedly Detailed Costumes in ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Beauty, Disney, RecentVideos | 0 comments

The spellbinding costumes in the Disney film, “Oz the Great and Powerful” brought the vivid film to life. Costume designer, Gary Jones and Michael Kutsche, clothed over 1500 actors over a 23 week period. The actors Oz, Theodora, Glinda and Evanora had over 200 pieces of costumes and accessories in the film. James Franco (Oz) had only one costume in the film. He wore a 3-piece suit was designed based off of the 1880-1930 era. Gary Jones researched vintage photos from the era that inspired the final black cutaway suit worn in the film. “For Evanora, the ruler of Emerald City, the starting point was looking at the architecture of the city,” Kutsche says. “I really wanted her to not just be some person in this place, but to actually be this place.” Kutsche sculpted the characters in two-dimensional...

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Magical Oz Inspired Nail Polish

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Beauty, Disney, Uncategorized | 1 comment

O.P.I have created a whole collection of “Oz the Great and Powerful” inspired nail polishes. When I was up in Pasadena at the Oz Press Junket, I had a chance to try out the “What Wizardly is This?” nail polish color. I have never been much of a “girly girl,” but I love nail polish. The nail polish was not a traditional polish, and felt like sandpaper on my nails. It has a golden shimmer that magically sparkled with every glimpse of light. I was so happy that I had a sample bottle to get home because once my daughter Ella saw my nails – she had to try it too! Over the weekend, Ella had a small pajama party with some of her girlfriends. While at the intimate party, we all painted our nails with the O.P.I “Oz...

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A Night of Beauty Fundraiser at Lotus Salon and Spa

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 in Beauty, Events, Featured, Giving Back, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Lotus Salon and Spa hosted a festive fundraiser night last week in support of their stylist, Jill Guin’s, for her AIDS/LifeCycle charity ride. Proceeds from the evening of beauty went to support Jill’s upcoming charity ride and the AIDS/LifeCycle foundation. The evening featured complimentary beauty services for guests including mini braids, hair blowouts, mini facials and more. During the event, guests mingled while dining on cuisine from Pitfire Pizza and cocktails from Little Black Dress Vodka. There was a large silent auction where guests bid on various items where the proceeds went to the AIDS/LifeCycle charity ride. During the fundraiser, I was able to get a full manicure and see all the fantastic services that are offered at the Lotus Salon and Spa. The spa features an ultra-chic modern environment where stylists are doing cutting edge hair styles. Guests...

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Guest Post: Hot Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Beauty, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you’ve got everything down; you know exactly where you’re going on your date and what you’ll be wearing. There is just one detail you cannot forget – gorgeous looking hair! To ensure your hair looks stunning on this holiday of love, Scott and Jennifer Fontana, owners of Cristophe Salon Newport Beach, have three hot looks to perfectly compliment your romantic night in or out! Hot date night out: This look is big and sexy. Parted to one side or down the middle, this hot date look is accompanied by lots of beautiful, sexy waves and volume. – Products you will need: The Scott Fontana Collection Volume Mist, Max Mousse, a one-inch curling iron or wand, the Scott Fontana Collection Argan Oil Infused Nourishing Serum and Free Hair Spray with a light...

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Epic Skin Studio Newport Beach + Giveaway

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in Beauty, Uncategorized | 11 comments

Ep·ic [ep-ik] adjective: Majestic; impressively great. That is the definition I would give for Epic Skin Care Salon in beautiful Newport Beach. Shelby and I both had amazing facials this morning from Delaree Bau, owner of Epic Skin Studio. From the moment you walk in you will feel all the tension in your body relax. The ambiance in the salon is really soothing. The lights are dimmed, there are candles lit, and there are warm woods throughout the waiting area. It is very easy to find your Zen while in this Salon. The Treatment room is also very calming. Delaree has a bed that is so comfortable you will probably fall asleep for the entire duration of your treatment. It was padded with an egg crate, a mattress cover, and lots of warm blankets. The facial we had was...

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Burke Williams Valentine’s Day Packages

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Beauty, Events, Travel | 0 comments

I’ll be honest. The one thing I want for Valentine’s Day is just an hour of peace and relaxation. What mom doesn’t want that? Feel free to share this article on your Facebook page as a “hint” to your sweetheart. Burke Williams is offering special Valentine’ Day packages beginning January 25 through February 14th. Let Burke Williams take your love into the spa and beyond this Valentine’s Day. The Valentine’s Day Packages include: Offered at Burke Williams Orange, Torrance, Santa Monica, San Jose, Pasadena and Sherman Oaks Romance: Just $149 (regular price $180) Enjoy a Spa Pedicure with your choice of a 50-minute Pure Relaxation massage with enhancement -or- a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel or brightener. True Love: Just $249 (regular price $310) Indulge in a Spa Pedicure with a 50-minute Pure Relaxation massage with enhancement -and-...

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Burke Williams Valentine’s Day Packages

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Beauty, Events, Travel | 0 comments

I’ll be honest. The one thing I want for Valentine’s Day is just an hour of peace and relaxation. What mom doesn’t want that? Feel free to share this article on your Facebook page as a “hint” to your sweetheart. Burke Williams is offering special Valentine’ Day packages beginning January 25 through February 14th. Let Burke Williams take your love into the spa and beyond this Valentine’s Day. The Valentine’s Day Packages include: Offered at Burke Williams Orange, Torrance, Santa Monica, San Jose, Pasadena and Sherman Oaks Romance: Just $149 (regular price $180) Enjoy a Spa Pedicure with your choice of a 50-minute Pure Relaxation massage with enhancement -or- a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel or brightener. True Love: Just $249 (regular price $310) Indulge in a Spa Pedicure with a 50-minute Pure Relaxation massage with enhancement -and-...

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CVS Features the OC Mom Blog

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Beauty, Fashion | 0 comments

  Last month, Shelby attended an event in LA to learn more about the Salma Hayek Nuance line available at CVS. While at the event, Shelby did an ad placement video for the product line, that can now been seen online: “I think that every woman should be entitled to preserve their youth, no matter what background they come from or what color they are. And this really excites me. I’m almost 45 years old and all I’ve done is have a very good beauty routine with products. That’s it. So when I was creating these amazing products, I didn’t want to go high end. I wanted to make sure that every woman could afford them.” – Salma Hayek The Salma Hayek Nuance Skincare line can be found at all CVS locations. Disclosure: We were invited to attend this...

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