Straighten Up

I have tried many hair treatments in my life. It all started when I hit puberty and my hair became a little, let’s just say unruly. No one could figure out how to tame the beastly curls. One stylist thought a perm would have the opposite effect of curling the hair and straighten it. Nope. I spent years driving to downtown San Diego to a salon for African American hair. Once I had a treatment in Orange County that burnt my scalp, leaving blisters all over my head.

I have come a long way since those days, I have learned what works and know what doesn’t. I have had the Keratin treatment and really liked the results. The cool thing is you still get to keep your curls, it’s not damaging and it makes doing your hair (and life in general) a whole lot easier. It is great for people who just want to get the frizz out. Read more about the benefits here: http://www.keratincomplex.com/ (I like this brand because it is Formaldehyde free.)

If you are in Orange County, I see Madeleyn Marie at Parks Salon. Call for details and pricing: 949) 280-7137

Project Tracy

You might be wondering why a skin care blogger is talking about fashion. I believe they both accomplish similar things by making you look and feel more beautiful.  With that said, I love fashion and when someone tells me my outfit looks “cute” it really makes me smile. Lately I haven’t been hearing much of that. With a several….ahem…more pounds to lose from my pregnancy not all of my “cute” outfits are looking so cute. And as much as I love fashion it has never come natural for me. I know what I like when I see it, but have always had a hard time putting it together. I am the girl who has to buy exactly what the manequin is wearing-piece by piece.

Lucky for me, my friend Tracy has created a new blog dedicated to sharing her amazing eye for and love of fashion. Every time she posts I want the entire look down to her nail polish. The photos are taken so artfully with beautiful backdrops and Tracy herself is stunning.

Oh and this is not a site dedicated to clothing that is impossible to afford, some of her favorite finds are so reasonably priced you will find it hard to believe. If you are like me you might wonder how she finds these items-I never do when I am shopping at H & M! Click on her services section-she will even make a housecall to help you find what works in your own closet or take a personal shopping field trip.
You will love the site, love Tracy and her passion. I am certainly inspired!

http://projecttracy.com/

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Frizz Head!

If you know me at all, you know that I have been fighting with my curly hair all of my life and most of the time I lose. My friend Courtney told me to buy this product last year when I was taking pictures down by the water. I really liked the results when I tried it, you can see the information for yourself straight from her blog. Just click on the image below:

100% Pure

I get asked about organic and natural product lines all the time. I found a brand I really like that uses mostly organic and what you would call natural ingredients. 100% Pure is a face and body line using many plant based ingredients and does not contain parabens, sulfates, or fragrance.

So far I have tried a few of the body products and I will report back on the facial items after I try them out. The price point is also very good, one of the most expensive items costing around 35 bucks. You can find the products at Beauty 360 and also on the company website. Try the COCONUT NOURISHING BODY CREAM, super creamy and smells just like summer.

Sunday, Sunday.

I love the name of this product and the concept. There is a daily buildup in your hair from pollutants to hair styling products (especially if you are putting products in your hair such as hairspray, shine sprays and gels on a regular basis) . Once a week it is a great idea to use a clarifying shampoo to help deep cleanse and remove build-up.  Also a great idea for those of us who do not wash their hair as frequently as they would like to admit. This is not for daily use, it would be too drying.

Shine On

I used to go to the nail salon much more often before the little cutie came along. I was looking for a nail shine buffer for my fingernails because I cannot paint my nails to save my life. I found Revlon Crazy Shine Nail Buffer and it works! I could not believe how shiny my fingernails looked, it was amazing. You can even shine polished nails. I love the shape too. You can pick it up at most drugstores and find it around $2.99.

The Art of the Bath

In the spa industry one of the fundamental treatments is the bath. In fact SPA is centered around taking in the healing benefits of water. The history of bathing for medicinal purposes, social gathering and peace of mind has been around since the Greek and the Roman days. These days we take baths to cleanse but the benefits go far beyond rinsing the dirt off such as:

Soothing achy muscles
Clearing out congestion and relieving pressure from a cold
Relaxation
Detoxifying the body
Taking time for yourself

Of course you do not need to visit a spa to take in these tremendous benefits (although that would be lovely too). At home baths are wonderful -I love to add hydrating bath oils or bath salts, put on a facial mask and really benefit from some nice quiet time. Check out this past blog on at home facials, you can do this all in the bath:

http://iheartskincare.net/2010/06/13/facial-101/

So Smooth!

Ladies, if you are sick of shaving every day it is time to consider Laser hair removal.  I am loving the results and am currently having the treatment on my bikini and underarm area. I have had the array of different machines in the past and the technology has come such a long way! I remember the first time I had a treatment, it took forever and hurt like hell!

My latest treatment was super quick and utterly painless-withOUT numbing! It had been a while for me since you can not get lasered while pregnant and I am looking forward to finishing this process now. Pacific Coast Cosmetic and Laser Center is where I go in Orange County, they have the latest and greatest equipment and my trust. Ask for Cami, she is amazing!

Pacific Coast Cosmetic &
Laser Medical Center, Inc.
James A. Heinrich, M.D., F.A.C.S.
26730 Crown Valley Parkway
Suite 250
Mission Viejo, CA. 92691
Phone: (949) 364-2440

Champagne taste?

There is an amazing new week day special at the Resort at Pelican Hill Spa. If you are thinking about getting a facial or massage this is the place to go. During the week you can receive treatments starting at $90.00 for 50 minutes; this is an incredible deal considering this is a five star spa with some of the best therapists in the industry. There is a beautiful full service salon and a spa boutique.

I recently went to the spa for a 50 minute massage; we arrived early to use the amenities and made a day of it. Valet is free, you can use the fitness area, trust me I can go on and on! Check out the specials and the website for more details.

Pelican Hill Mid-Week Specials

MOROCCANOIL INTENSE HYDRATING MASK

I have been using the Moroccan Oil for a while now and wanted to try another product in the line. I tried the hydrating mask for the first time and loved what it did for my hair. I used it in the shower and it did wonders- leaving my hair very soft. This is really meant for a dry, frizzy hair type (it would be too heavy for the fine and oily hair types). You can even combine a little of the Oil for extra hydration.

 

Check out the other products as well, everything I have tried is effective and pretty amazing. You can check out MOROCCANOIL on Luxury Parlor, they are having a sale on the line right now: