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Cristophe Salon Newport Beach To Host A Valentine’s Day Beauty Prep Celebration + Kendra Scott Jewelry Giveaway

 

cristophe-salonCristophe Salon Newport Beach, Orange County’s top beauty destination known for its five-star customer service, is partnering with Dr. Rami K. Batniji, a Newport Beach facial plastic surgeon, Kendra Scott Jewelry and Blushington Makeup and Beauty Lounge in Fashion Island to host a Valentine’s Day Prep Party.

please-join-usOn Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, guests are invited to Cristophe Salon Newport Beach at Fashion Island® from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to enjoy indulgent treatments, such as hair, nail, makeup and waxing services, before a romantic date night or a girls’ night out.  With music spinning throughout the day, guests will be offered complimentary champagne to sip on throughout their experience. 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, to be redeemed at the jeweler’s Fashion Island boutique.

Kendra-Scott-earringsKendra Scott Jewelry will also be for sale on Valentine’s Day between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Cristophe Salon Newport Beach. Five percent of all sales from the evening’s purchased services will directly benefit Yachts for Tots, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to introducing underprivileged children to the beauty of the ocean.

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Valentine’s Day Prep Party on-site specialty services and packages include:

Hair, Nail and Waxing Services

  • Hair style consultation with Scott Fontana: complimentary for all new clients to determine the best cut and color for their individual skin tones and facial structures
  • Hair cut: $90 and up
  • Hair color: $85 and up
  • Hair blowout: $65
  • Manicure: $30
  • Full Face Make-up services: $45
  • Just Eyes Make-up services: $30
  • Waxing, eyebrow and eyelash tinting services: $15 and up

IMG_1086In the two weeks leading up to the special event, pre-booked Valentine’s Day Prep Party guests may receive specially priced BOTOX® and skincare services with premiere Orange County facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Batniji at his Newport Beach office.

Skin Services with Dr. Batniji, offered exclusively in partnership with Cristophe Salon Newport Beach’s Valentine’s Day Prep Party:

Refresh package: $400 ($514 value)

     SkinMedica® TNS Essential Serum

     SkinMedica® Dermal Repair Cream

     SkinMedica® Illuminize Peel

Revitalize package: $450 ($590 value)

     20 units of BOTOX®

     SkinMedica® TNS Essential Serum

     SkinMedica® Illuminize Peel

Renew package: $900 ($1,090 value)

     20 units of BOTOX®

     1 syringe of Juvederm® Ultra Plus*

     SkinMedica® TNS Essential Serum

     SkinMedica® Illuminize Peel

Latisse®: $200 ($300 value)

     2 boxes of Latisse®

Appointments are required to guarantee services, as space is limited. Please call (949) 219-0920 for all appointment bookings.

IMG_1085For more information about Cristophe Salon Newport Beach and its exceptional team of colorists and stylists, service offerings, or to book an appointment please visit http://www.CristopheNB.com or call (949) 219-0920. In addition, in the two weeks leading up to the special event, pre-booked Valentine’s Day Prep Party guests may receive specially priced BOTOX® and skincare services with premiere Orange County facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Batniji, at his Newport Beach office. 5% of all proceeds from the event will be donated to Yachts for Tots, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to introducing underprivileged children to the majesty of the ocean.

I’m also having a giveaway for one of my lucky readers. If you win, you’ll have a choice of one of the following beautiful jewelry pieces: a Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace, a pair of Danielle Earrings, or a pair of Elle Earrings. Just enter down below on the Rafflecopter. Good luck!

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Come Walk the Pink Carpet at the Beauty Land Event Hosted by CosmetiCare in Newport Beach!

Calling OC ladies and gents! 

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beauty-landYou are invited to a Beauty Land event at CosmetiCare in Newport Beach on February 12! CosmetiCare is Orange County’s leading cosmetic surgery center and medspa. They help thousands of clients every year love the way they look! This event is going to be so much fun! Learn about Full Facial Rejuvenations with the expert staff at CosmetiCare. Meet representatives from CareCredit, Allergan, Skin Medica, TruSculpt, Alma and New Look Now.

pink carpetHave you ever wondered what a treatment would look like on you, such as Botox or Voluma? Do you ever wish you could “try on” a procedure first the way we try on clothes in a dressing room? Well, at the Beauty Land Event you can try on any type of procedure! New Look Now will be there to create a digital rendering of your potential outcome for free! How fun is that?

snap clientThere will be 3 beauty tours available at the event….4:00 pm / 5:00 pm / 6:00 pm. Call 949.718.6900 to RSVP for this event! Don’t miss out on the fun, education, gifts, and raffles!  Call 949.718.6900 to RSVP by February 9 for this event!

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CosmetiCare is located at 1101 Bayside Dr. Newport Beach, CA 92625.

Connect with them on Facebook Twitter, & Instagram!

Newport Beach Welcomes Hälth Spa, A Natural Healthcare Boutique and Destination

Orange County residents can now enjoy natural luxury spa treatments that are completely free of harmful toxins. lth Spa, a natural beauty boutique and destination that specializes in natural nails using 5 free polishes and natural mineral make-up services will open this month across from the Eastbluff Village. Hälth Spa is a family and eco-friendly environment and philanthropic boutique with fair trade and vegan friendly products.

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Join Hälth Spa for its Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, January 17th from 11am to 5pm, 2503 Eastbluff Drive, Suite 204, Newport Beach. Free manicure polish changes for adults and nail stenciling for kids, special offers and much more.

The serene and luxurious rustic European environment of Hälth Spa is unlike typical nail and beauty salons. Hälth Spa uses only luxurious, non-toxic products to ensure the health, happiness, and well-being of its customers and employees.

With Hälth Spa, there’s even a kids room where children can play, snack on healthy vegan treats, and get their own nails done with kid friendly Piggy-Paint polish, while their parents are enjoying a spa treatment.

Hälth Spa founders, Heather Joseph and Suzy Alan, are deeply committed to integrating sustainable and responsible practices into all that they do and to helping philanthropic causes, both locally and globally. They are passionate about their responsibility to help others, especially children (the next generation of hälth-ë thinkers).

In addition to featuring products such as Feed and Chavez for Charity, that benefit worthy causes around the world in the Hälth Spa global boutique, Hälth Spa will dedicate 3% of all Hälth Spa branded products to local charities. Hälth Spa will also hold special events and offers to benefit local and global charities.

Hälth Spa will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am to 7pm & Sunday from 11am to 5pm. To make an appointment, please call: (949)-612-7038

For more information please visit: http://www.halthspa.com To stay up to date on Hälth Spa news and events, and win free services and products go to https://www.facebook.com/halthspa

This is not a sponsored post. I was provided with information to share with my readers. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

Belo Blow Dry Bar in Laguna Beach! Do Something For Yourself!

I don’t know about you, but for me, there are just times when I NEED someone else to do my hair for a special occasion or an event I’m attending. There’s just something a stylist does that I’m just not capable of doing with my hair. A few of my closest friends had recently visited a blow out bar together as a group to have their hair done before a wedding they were all in and it sounded like so much fun. A blow dry bar differs from a visit to your regular stylist in a way that allows you to achieve that “finished” look without the long term commitment you have with your own personal hair stylist. Let’s face it, we all know that cheating on your hairdresser is a BIG offense and this actually doesn’t count, so you don’t have to worry!

IMG_4878I was recently invited to Belo Blow Dry Bar in Laguna Beach to try out their services! It’s Laguna Beach’s first, and only, blow dry bar and is located in the heart of downtown at 302 Forest Avenue (upstairs at the corner of Forest Avenue and Beach Street)

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Belo Blow Dry Bar is a dream come true for hair stylist and Laguna Beach resident Patricia Musselman, who is the owner of this fabulous new establishment. Orginally from Brazil, Musselman has a passion for two things: hair and traveling. Belo Blow Dry Bar combines the two in a glamorous black, white and gold setting. Musselman describes her most recent venture as:

I’m a huge fan of blow dry bars myself and saw a need in Laguna for girls to get their hair styled locally. When the opportunity arose to take over a friend’s salon, I jumped at the chance and am having a blast with it,” said Patricia Musselman, owner of Belo Blow Dry Bar. “My goal with Belo is to create a warm and friendly environment where women can come have fun by themselves or with their friends, experiment with new styles, and get beautiful hair for work, beach parties or special events.

IMG_4869You can spot Belo Blow Dry Bar from its logo’d front door and the adorable sidewalk chalkboard that sits out in front of the door. Just inside the front door is a staircase that takes you to the second floor. The decor inside is so beautiful and the staff is very welcoming.

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shampoo roomsalon chairEmi loved being able to order off of the “hairstyle menu”. It features 8 of the most popular current hairstyles, with a sketch and description of each one. If you don’t find one of those that you’d like, Belo also has iPads available for their clients to use, to search for hairstyles on Pinterest! The Belo stylists will work with you to create whatever hairstyle you envision.

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ipadEmi and I each had our own stylists that day. It was fun for me to sit back, relax and chat with my stylist, Angelik, about girl things.  Emi loved the attention she was getting from her stylist, Tiara. She also loved her name! (I wonder why?)

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photo-346I was seriously in love with the back of my hair when she showed it to me in the mirror!

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photo-347We had such a fun morning at Belo Blow Dry Bar and were so happy with how both of our hairstyles turned out. I highly recommend calling to book an appointment of your own. Whether you have someplace special to be or just want to do something nice for yourself, you deserve to be pampered every now and then.

Call 949.4949714 to make an appointment today. You can also connect with them on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.

So You Think You Want Eyelash Extensions?

As a mommy who also works full-time, I don’t leave a lot of time for myself these days. I often times leave the house in outfits that wouldn’t exactly be classified as “thoughtfully planned out”. I also don’t take much time to do my hair or makeup on most days. I could probably win a spot on one of those frumpy mom makeover shows!

I’d seen other women before with lash extensions, but never looked into getting them. A mom friend of mine actually does lash extensions, so I decided to be adventurous. After trying out a full set for the first time, I realized how amazing they were, especially for someone like me who takes no time to get ready in the morning. With lash extensions, you can literally have not an ounce of makeup on and still look like you do.

Here’s what my eyelashes look like before my appointment.

Here’s what it looks like during a lash fill!

And the finished product! BAM!

I’m going to share a little bit about my own experience on this post so that others who may have been curious about trying them, might have some of their questions answered. I’m not a professional nor am I affiliated with a lash company in any way. I’m going to address some of the most common questions I’ve been asked since I’ve worn lash extensions.

“Don’t lash extensions make your own eyelashes fall out?” 

I think people have a HUGE misconception about lash extensions. I’ve heard many women comment about how lash extensions make your own lashes actually fall out. This is actually untrue. What they do is make you more aware of your own natural lash cycle. Our natural eyelashes fall out all the time. I know this to be true because I’ve made many wishes upon lashes that have fallen out. When you place lash extensions on top of real lashes, it doesn’t cause that to happen any quicker, you just pay more attention to it when they fall out with extensions. Your own eyelashes also grow back. It’s all cyclical.

I’ve been wearing lash extensions for about a year now and I’ve gone a couple different times without any on to give my lashes a break. (yes, you need to do that a couple times a year when your lash person recommends it) I still had lashes, they were just short and seemed way less dramatic than when I had the extensions on.  At that point you can wear mascara on your own natural lashes. It takes a few weeks without any lash extensions on, for your own lashes to regrow and seem full again. Last Christmas I took a 3 week break and by the end of the 3 weeks, my lashes were really getting back to “normal” in a natural way.

“Can you still wear makeup when you have lash extensions, specifically mascara?”

You can still wear makeup, yes. What your lash technician will suggest to you is that you make sure the makeup you’re wearing is oil-free, especially the eye makeup you’re wearing. There are certain brands that are actually NOT good to wear with lash extensions because they’ve been known to make your extensions have a quicker rate of falling out. I won’t name any brand names, but you can ask your lash person which brands of makeup you should avoid.

As far as wearing mascara, you don’t really need to wear mascara. I think it’s possible to wear some, but again, I’d ask your lash person about the mascara.

Overall, I find that I don’t wear as much makeup now. Lash extensions can fall off and they do. This is normal. I only wear full makeup when I’m going somewhere important and that is because I want to avoid any extra fallout. When you wash your face and you take your makeup off, you will lose a lash or a few. Obviously, the more often you wear eye makeup, the more often this could happen . This is also something you can discuss with your lash person.

“What’s the best way to care for your eyelash extensions?”

First of all, you have to brush your lashes and you have to do it carefully. Your lash person will give you a lash brush, which is basically just a clean mascara wand. You can get extra ones at any makeup counter. It’s what they use when they’re doing your makeup in a store and they don’t want to use the regular mascara wand on you.  You need to brush them because they’ll get “wonky” on you. When I say wonky, I literally mean you will wake up sometimes with lashes going all different ways. You need to use the brush to redirect them.

You need to keep your lashes clean if you want them to last. Your lash person will tell you how important this is. If you wear makeup, especially eye makeup, make sure you take it all off properly. (I use Almay oil-free eye makeup remover pads)

Something that might also help your lashes last longer is to apply a sealant. This is something you can buy from your lash person, so ask. This is especially important in the hot months.

I also recommend sleeping on your back, if you can. I already did this, but the less you lay on your face and eyelashes, the better for them.

And most importantly….DO NOT PICK THEM! At first you might be curious but I’ve seen people do this and all that you’re going to do is pull them out quicker and have less. Your lash person will thank you for not picking at your lashes.

“How often do you need to get your lashes done?” 

Your lashes should last you about 3 weeks in between fills. During the hotter months, you may need to go in about every 2 weeks. If you find someone you love to do your lashes, like I have, then it’s actually a treat to go for your appointment because not only are you getting prettied up, but you’re having some fun, girl time to chit chat!

“What length is good to start out with when you get eyelash extensions?”

I think I’ll be stating the obvious here when I say “go long!” If you’re worried about not looking natural or looking fake, then maybe lash extensions aren’t for you. They are there to give you that BAM look and every time I go in for my fill and she asks me how long I want them to be, I simply reply with “BAM!”

“Can you recommend someone who does lashes?” 

If you live in Orange County and would like a referral to the person I go to, I’d be happy to refer you if you email me at overthetopmommy@gmail.com. If you don’t, I’d recommend asking people in the area you live. I would also NOT recommend getting lashes on a coupon deal of an unknown. It’s very important that you go to someone who is experienced and knows what they’re doing. As with anything you might do to your body, there’s always a risk of allergic reaction or infection and you want to be working with someone that can recognize those things if they happen to you.

I hope my post about lash extensions has been helpful.

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If you have any more questions, feel free to email me!

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Style at Simon Mall’s Indulge in Orange County

Simon Malls is inviting moms to sit back, relax and enjoy an evening that focuses on style and more at The Shops at Mission Viejo, all in celebration of Mother’s Day. Indulge, a stylish treat for mothers, is presented by Diet Coke and will take place on Thursday, May 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Center Court. 

This event will provide moms with a much-needed opportunity to treat themselves to a night out and celebrate motherhood through a fun, fashionable shopping experience. Event attendees of Indulge can do MUCH more than just shop for spring style must-haves. Moms and their friends can experience fashion tips and style consultations from retailers like Old Navy and Fossil. There will also be beauty services available, including a complimentary mini facial from Origins, delicious refreshments and drinks, plus special event giveaways from Harlequin® books and retailer offers throughout the mall. 
Additional Indulge offerings include: 
     *Mini-Style Makeover Giveaway: During the first 30 minutes of the event, three lucky attendees will be selected to experience a free mini-fashion makeover. Tiffany Borland of fashion blog Tuolomee and Style Setter for the center will surprise women at random with the chance to shop for a new look, receive expert style advice and reveal their new ensemble at the end of the event. 
     *Mixology Stations: Mixologists will shake up appealing drink combinations for moms to sample and explain how to replicate recipes at home. Bacardi will be sampling their Grey Goose Le Melon Vodka brand. 
     *Food Sampling: Moms can try samples from some of the area’s best restaurants and hear about the latest food trends. Muscle Beach will be treating all moms to a free 16 ounce lemonade, while Ruby’s Diner will serve French fries and Cajun French fry samples. Williams-Sonoma will also host a risotto demonstration at their cooktop. 
     *Stylish sounds: Enjoy sounds by local musical performers, including a steel drum band from Brad Winchell of Sounds of Paradise. The mall’s atmosphere will be transformed into a chic, lively entertainment event venue. 
     *Diet Coke Sampling: Enjoy a refreshing ice cold Diet Coke. 
     *Chic-est Mom Photo Op: Moms can walk the red carpet and strike a pose as they remember the night with a fun photo op and share their experience via social media (#indulgeatsimon). 
     *Pampering Stations: Moms can indulge in pampering stations including mini eye facials and hand massages from Origins and a braid station from Toni & Guy, with a complimentary eyelash application in-store. 
     *Swag Bags: Swag bags containing retailer offers and discounts will be given to the first 600 shoppers on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Simon Malls’ Indulge events are free & open to women of all ages. 
For more information, visit Simon.com
Visit The Shops at Mission Viejo on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ShopsAtMissionViejo, Twitter at https://twitter.com/ShopsMV or Instagram at http://instagram.com/ShopsMV/.

My Fabulous Night Out at Elements Massage Costa Mesa

When I received an exclusive invitation to attend the 1-year Anniversary for Elements Massage Costa Mesa, I jumped at the chance to spend a night getting pampered with some of my social media friends. 

Erina Buckley, owner of Elements Massage Costa Mesa, and her wonderful staff!
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Upon arrival, I was checked in and immediately scheduled for a complimentary mini massage, which is one of the services they offer as part of their Wellness Program. You can count me “in” for anything that involves the word massage! Not only was I entered into a drawing for some fabulous prizes, but I was also one of the first 20 guests to check in, and therefore got one of the amazing swag bags filled with goodies inside from Philosophie, AlternaVites, LeBrisa, Violet Love, and COCOMOCORN! 

Raffle prizes were provided by Elements Massage, SkinAgain, Dermasuri, Pursecase, Violet Love, and Clean Cocktails!
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I was excited to meet up with my friend, Alma and also have the opportunity to mingle with some others who I also consider to be fabulous social media superstars. 

+CidStyleFile+FieldTripMom & I representing the SoCal Lady Bloggers!
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Hanging out with some fun ladies!
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It was fun to see that Michelle from The Suitcase Studio! She just happens to be one of my favorite photographers and was there to capture this fun event with her magical camera! 

Michelle is so tolerant of my “selfie with friends” policy, too! Aren’t we cute?

At the reception, in the lobby of the spa, there were some amazing cocktails being served by Clean Cocktails and a delicious, healthy snack being provided by My Fit Foods. LeBrisa Designs was also there displaying some of their latest pieces, which we had fun trying on. The ambiance was just so relaxing and inviting, which is what I like about this location. 

Samantha from Clean Cocktails serving up some deliciousness!
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Healthy AND delicious!
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Just some of the beautiful pieces by LeBrisa
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It was inspiring to listen to Erina Buckley speak about how she came to be the owner of this Elements Massage location, just a little over a year ago, after first being an Elements Massage client, herself. She told the story of how she exited the corporate world to do something she felt far more passionate about and how she wanted to do something that has a positive influence on others in their journey for overall wellness. 

Erina Buckley, the owner of Elements Massage Costa Mesa. Such a fabulous and passionate female entrepreneur!
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I love the idea behind the concept of this spa. What they refer to as the Elements Way is something they created to help individuals achieve overall health and well-being through relaxation and rejuvenation. They use a holistic approach and strive to deliver a personalized program for each individual, connecting health and massage. It’s a truly unique program that you won’t find at other spas or massage places. 
When it was my turn for a “mini massage” I followed the masseuse back to one of the rooms, where he proceeded to ask me some questions about the areas I thought needed most attention and what type of pressure I preferred. He also asked if I got massages often and when the last time I got a massage was? At that point, I think you could hear crickets in the room, as I truly couldn’t remember! I explained to him that I’m a mom and I don’t have very much time for myself, especially not for things like this. He then gave me some very important advice and explained the importance of taking time out for myself, in order to do something to make ME feel better. He said that my excuse of “being a mom and not having time for myself to do these types of things” was even MORE of a reason why I needed to do so! It felt like I’d melted into the table after my 15 minute mini-massage! I think I’m going to take his advice and get back into Elements Massage Costa Mesa for a full massage right away! That 15 minutes felt like a paradise vacation, so I can only imagine what a full hour will be like! 

A post-mini massage group selfie! We sure do all look relaxed! Thank you Elements Massage Costa Mesa!

In honor of their 1 year anniversary, Elements Costa Mesa is offering a special month-long promotion. You can book two 55-minute massages at $69 for each appointment, regularly $99, between now and May 31, 2014 and receive a complimentary upgrade to an 80-minute massage during your second appointment. This is a total of $100 in savings! Mention the promotion “Anniversary” when booking, to redeem this special offer. Both services must be redeemed by May 31, 2014. 
Elements Massage Costa Mesa is located at 2701 S. Harbor Blvd, Suite E-3 in the Mesa Verde Center. To book your appointment call 714.850.0500.

It’s amazing how easy it is for me to drink water when it looks like this!
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So, can YOU remember when the last time was that you did something for yourself? 
If not, then you really should change that!