My friends and I recently tried this Onyz Youth Magnet Mask from Korea. The product uses the power of magnets to lift away impurities, refine pores, and brighten the look of skin. We really had no idea, and everyone’s first reaction was the same – super surprised! We left it on for about 10 minutes then when it was time to use the wand, it was like magic lifting it all away. It left our faces moisturized. This cutting-edge technology relies on a process known as microcirculation which uses magnetic fillings to stimulate the blood flow through the thousands of microscopic blood vessels in our face. It uses a unique … Read more
Give the gift of relaxation, health and wellness with one of the four special Gift Card Packages at Burke Williams Day Spas offered this holiday season. Someone you love can indulge in world-class amenities and choose from a full menu of services for a luxurious spa day. Each Holiday Gift Card Package purchased includes a bonus gift card and a 3-Day Spa Pass just for you! Gift Card Packages include the “Escape,” “Transform,” “Indulge” and “Ultimate”. Each gift purchased includes a bonus gift card and 3-Day Spa Pass (a $225 value), good for three complimentary visits to any Burke Williams and 20% off services booked the same day. Packages are redeemable at all locations. Give the … Read more
About a month ago, I had an opportunity to consult with a nutritionist while I was working out at Curves Laguna Niguel. Kumi Blanco has been coaching me to make better choices, and it has helped me so much that I really don’t see food the same way. I think we all know that exercising is important but what we eat and how much we eat is also as important. Do you do any of these? My Challenges with Food Sometimes I would finish my kid’s meals even though I’m already full especially at family events. I do it because I feel bad for grabbing too much, and it’s rude … Read more
I have been getting this a lot lately – How much does Cosmeticare charge for Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Liposuction, and what are their financing options? A Tummy Tuck can range from $9,000 to $13,000, and it will vary depending on each individual needs. Patients can add liposuction to their tummy tuck. Lipo typically start at $3,000 per area. For example, if you wanted lipo on your love handles, both the left and right combined would be considered one area. I had Lipoabdominoplasty which included a Tummy Tuck, Liposuction of the trunk, and micro-body contouring on my mid-back/bra roll. It also included a facility fee and anesthesia. I have broken it … Read more
If you’re following my Mommy Makeover Journey with Cosmeticare in Newport Beach, it has now been about three months since my Lipoabdominoplasty procedure (aka liposuction + tummy tuck). Looking back I really cannot complain. The transformation has been amazingly smooth, I’m almost fully healed with areas still tender to touch, and I’ve already been back to my regular routine and working out. Did you see that I finally got into a bikini? It has been many years of hiding behind loose clothing! You can see my new body below! This was taken only seven weeks after surgery at my son’s birthday party… I KNOW! Isn’t it incredible?! I was a little shy at first but my friends and family have been very supportive. The reactions I get are mostly all positive, and some tell me I’m brave. Mostly people are blown away. It has been so long since I’ve worn anything like this, my old clothes don’t even fit right anymore. I just need to find bathing suits and undergarments that will hide the scar, but I am having fun with it.
If you have been following my fitness journey with Curves, it has now been a month, and it is now time to “Weigh-In”. My commitment was working out with a friend 2-3 times a week for a month, and I am proud to report that I made it to all my Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays morning sessions except one time, and that was because I went hiking. The workouts are 30-minutes which include two rounds of circuits designed for a total body workout alternating muscle groups every 30 seconds plus fifteen minutes of stretching. The workouts include resistance machines that work out lower body, core, and upper body. We’re tracking heart rate with every round of circuit, and there is also cooling time. I lost 4 pounds and overall 7.5 inches! You can see my results below! (Disclaimer: Curves Fitness members on average lose 5 lbs. over a 20‐week period. I received promotional consideration.)
Join Orange County’s leading cosmetic surgery center and medspa, CosmetiCare, for its third annual open house event, BEAUTYLAND. On Thursday, October 26 from 5pm to 8pm, come meet the CosmetiCare team and learn about all the services they offer. This intimate experience will give you an insider’s look into CosmetiCare’s 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. I went last year with my friends, and we all loved it. It’s a great way to learn what CosmetiCare Medspa has to offer with your bestie along beside you over hors d’oeuvres and wine PLUS they raffle amazing prizes like services, treatments and more! BeautyLand stops include: Skin Care and Glow Room, Fat Melting Room, Laser Room, Freeze & Fill Room, Nip Tuck Room, and Weight Loss Room. Space is limited and RSVP is required. Call (949) 718-6900 or email [email protected] to RSVP. (Don’t forget to mention that you saw it on LET’S PLAY OC!) CosmetiCare will offer ten free units of Botox to RSVP’d guests who bring a friend to the event. READER DISCOUNT: My readers get 10% OFF abdominoplasty or Botox when they mention this code: MARY100 when they call, book online or go in the office.
Have you heard of CURVES Fitness Program for women? Some of my friends and I signed up for a month-long membership at CURVES in Laguna Niguel to kick off our fitness journey – “No Make, No Men, and No Mirrors” (their unofficial motto). I have never been inside their facility before, and did not know what to expect, but I am trying to make a lifestyle change by making fitness a priority so that is why I have decided to try them out. They offer 30-minute total body workouts on strength training machines. What I have seen so far, I have been extremely impressed. In thirty minutes, my friend and I are able to complete two rounds of circuit designed to burn fat, increase heart rate, and build strength. We are working every core muscle group and only spend 30 seconds at each station. As I look around the room, everyone is moving at different levels, but I can tell the members have been coming here for years. I don’t feel intimated or judged, and we’re all there for the same reason – to get healthy.
If you are following my mommy makeover journey with Cosmeticare, I want to give you a quick update. I’m back for my six weeks follow-up appointment after lipo-abdominoplasty, and today my surgeon, Dr. Brian Reagan, removed all restrictions! What a sense of relief! Now I can work out again. The first week seemed like the longest, the second week was much better, and the rest is a blur after I started driving again. Many have asked me if it was painful, and I tell them all – I wasn’t in pain, just uncomfortable. I was only on meds for about a week, and because I am afraid to feel pain, I stayed on top of it. Everyone as Cosmeticare has consistently been wonderful at every visit, and I was there quite often (about eight visits and counting). Even the office staff held the doors open for me coming off the elevator. It’s like they can tell I just had a procedure done, and they wanted to make sure I was comfortable as soon as possible. Sometimes I went straight off the elevator and through the back door so I’m not sitting in the waiting room with others.
If you’re following my Mommy Makeover Journey with Cosmeticare, I think I’m almost done with my Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy. During the Pre-Op appointment, I received a long checklist to take care of BEFORE and AFTER surgery including a recommendation to schedule weekly lymphatic massages one to two weeks POST surgery to help with the healing process. I have not heard of it before and didn’t know what to expect, but after I got the green light from my doctor, I proceeded with my first session with Amanda Westover. She lives in South County and will travel to your home if it is within 30 minutes of Rancho Santa Margarita. You will need a low traffic area where she can unfold her table and you will feel more comfortable. She also brings her own music and heated mat. When the kids were home, I needed to be in a quiet bedroom. When the children were in school, I liked being in the living room and it was perfectly calming. It was a one hour light massage, and I was totally relaxed. She was very careful with me and made sure she didn’t hurt me. When she got to my abdomen (where I was injured), it felt really strange, because I can feel her move water away from that area. I started to schedule her weekly (sometimes bi-weekly) but one week at a time and as needed. She was very pleasant and professional. I had a great experience with her. I know I had lots of questions about what this is so it might be easier to understand coming from Amanda. Please see our Q&A below!