8 DIY Ways To Make Your Home Smell Like The Holidays

Smell is the sense most closely tied to memory, which helps explain the rush of nostalgic feelings that flood our brains when we step into a home that smells like the holidays. It's the accumulated memories of years gone by—delivered straight to your brain via your nose.

When we think about the real essence of the holidays, visions of grandma’s cookies, a towering, fresh-cut Christmas tree, and spiced apple cider dance in our heads. But store-bought candles, sprays, and air fresheners usually miss the mark, delivering chemical fragrances that smell more like bathroom cleaner than a fresh pine tree. So this year, opt for simple DIYs with real ingredients to evoke the warmest memories—and help create new ones you'll never forget.

CLOVE ORANGES

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This DIY has been around since the Middle Ages, and there’s a reason it's become the quintessential holiday scent. The spicy citrus aroma of clove oranges is intoxicating, and they’re decorative as well. Plus, creating a stunning clove-studded orange is so easy! Just take a whole orange (or even a grapefruit or apple), poke some holes into the rind with a toothpick or pin, and insert individual cloves into each hole—as many as you’d like! Place the orange on the rim of a jar and store it anywhere around the house to permeate the air with this delectable scent.

APPLE-CINNAMON SIMMER POT

For a yummy holiday fragrance that starts in the kitchen and makes its way through the entire house, boil the following ingredients in a pot of water, then reduce to a low simmer.

1 apple, sliced

3 cinnamon sticks, halved

1 cup fresh cranberries

1 to 2 teaspoons ground cloves 

1 to 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

PINE-CINNAMON SIMMER POT

For a simple scent that embodies Christmas trees and holiday spice, create a simmer pot with a handful or two of pine needles and two to three cinnamon sticks, halved.

NO-BAKE CHRISTMAS COOKIE SCENT

To create a sweet, oven-baked scent without the cookies, combine palmfuls of cinnamon, allspice, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, and half of a vanilla bean into a pot and simmer in water. (Or, bake some cookies, because you know you want to. Even if you're not a baker, you can still have your cookies—and eat them too.)

DIY DIFFUSER

Forget about those synthetic-smelling diffusers at the store. Who knew it was so easy to DIY this sophisticated room fragrance? All you need is:

Small recycled glass bottle

14 drops orange oil

8 drops clove oil

8 drops pine oil 

8 drops cinnamon oil

10 drops cedarwood oil

2 tablespoons vodka

1 cup water

Bamboo skewers

Drop essential oils into the bottle and diffuse with vodka (to absorb the oils). Then, just add water! Insert the bamboo skewers into the bottle, allow to soak for 24 hours, then reverse the skewers to soak the opposite ends. Rotate the ends of the skewers weekly.

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT SPRAY

The trifecta of orange, pine, and cinnamon creates the warmest, most invigorating aroma of Christmas. Capture this spirit in a simple room spray that can be spritzed all over the home. Start with four drops of orange oil, three drops of pine oil, and three drops of cinnamon oil—you can do as much as 16, 12, and 12 drops, respectively. Drop the oils into a glass spray bottle, dilute with one tablespoon vodka, and fill with six tablespoons water. Intoxicating!

CHRISTMAS LOG

Create some aromatic fire magic by adding one drop of orange or cinnamon essential oil per log and lighting it up in the fireplace—a next-level way to experience a cozy fireside snuggle.

MULLED DRINKS

Adding mulling spices to your drink of choice creates a nostalgic holiday scent throughout the kitchen that you can sip up, too. Simmer the spices in apple cider or red wine for a fragrant holiday beverage. Cheers!

 

CAUDALIE - Premier Cru The Elixir

Everyone is looking for that miracle product that turns back time on your skin. Well, since time machines don’t work, we have the next best thing. Caudalie’s Premier Cru The Elixer. 

So what is it? A fast-absorbing, anti-aging treatment powered by Caudalie's three signature ingredients, patented in a half-oil, half-serum formula that addresses visible signs of aging. 

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It works best for fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness and elasticity and dryness. Premier Cru The Elixir visibly lifts, firms, smooths, nourishes, and brightens with a proven blend of Caudalie's three signature patents—resveratrol, viniferine, and polyphenols—plus five exceptional plant oils. This half-oil, half-serum prepares and complements Premier Cru The Cream for a proven antiaging action. It's a perfect blend of efficacy and luxury with the classic, delicate Premier Cru scent of rose and oak. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

- Parabens 

- Sulfates

- Phthalates 

What else you need to know:

This product does not contain phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, or animal ingredients. It is non-photo sensitizing, non comedogenic, and dermatologist tested for use on all skin types. 

Research results:

In a 28-day use test on 22 volunteers applying twice daily: 

- 95% reported bright skin 

- 91% reported soft skin 

- 91% reported smoothed skin 

- 86% reported even skin

 

Available in store or by visiting www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

The 411 on Reed Diffusers

At OC Facial Care Center we love good gifts. And reed diffusers are no expection! We carry a variety of reed diffusers in all different scents. Come by and check them out today, Christmas is right around the corner. Also check them out at www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com

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 How To and Tips

What is a Reed Diffuser?

Reed diffusers are a great way to add constant fragrance to your home. The diffuser reeds soak up the fragrance oil and disperse the scent into the air. They last until all the fragrance oil evaporates. Diffusers work really well in places where you always want it to smell nice but can't keep an eye on a candle. Some great locations are in a foyer so you and your guests are greeted with a beautiful fragrance when you walk in, or in a powder room, closet or basement where you always want it to smell nice but you can't always

How to Set Up a Reed Diffuser

Some diffusers are packaged with the oil already in the vessel.  If that is the case, simply remove the stopper and insert the reeds.  If the oil is packaged in a separate bottle, add just a few ounces of the oil to the vessel and keep the remaining oil in the bottle in a cool, dark cabinet.  The oil will stay fresh longer in a tightly sealed container.  When necessary, simply add a few more ounces of oil to the diffuser vessel to maintain the fragrance.

 

Use caution when inserting the reeds as sometimes the level of the fragrance oil can raise enough to spill out the top of the vessel.  It always a good idea to set up a diffuser on a non-porous surface and clean any oil drips off the vessel before placing on a delicate counter top.

 

Tips on How to Use a Reed Diffuser

    1    Place your diffuser in a high traffic area where the fragrance will disperse throughout the room with air circulation.  Another great spot is just inside the room near the door so you pick up the scent as you enter the room.  In many cases, think of a diffuser as a bouquet of flowers - you'll smell the fragrance as you walk by, but it won't necessarily fill the room with fragrance.  

    2    Flip the reeds for more fragrance. You can flip a few reeds every few days or all the reeds everyday.  Keep in mind the more reeds you flip and the more often you flip them, the faster the fragrance oil will evaporate. 

    3    Use caution when flipping the reeds. Flip the reeds over a wastebasket or sink and be sure to clean the vessel of any fragrance oil drips before placing on a delicate counter top.

    4    Use a coaster or plate under your diffuser to keep any oil drips from damaging a precious counter top.

    5    Flip all of the reeds on all of your diffusers before leaving for vacation. When you return home you'll be welcomed by an inviting fragrance rather than a stale, stuffy home.

    6    Pick the right size diffuser for your room.  Diffusers are just like candles - the larger the diffuser, the greater the fragrance so these will work well in big rooms. 

    7    If you buy refill oil for your diffuser, clean out the vessel with soap and water and let it dry completely before you refill it. It’s better to start with fresh oil than continuously add to old oil.

    8    When you change the oil, change the reeds. Reeds get dusty and clogged over time and lose efficiency. Not all reeds are the same. Manufacturers select the optimum reeds for their oil so it’s best to stick with the same brand.

    9    Make your own diffuser with a vessel you have at home.  Any small, non-porous container with a narrow opening (like a small wine bottle) will work well. Buy diffuser refill oil and a set of reeds and set up as described above and you're good to go!

Revision Skincare

OC Facial Care Center is all about carrying the best skincare products so all skin types. We are now proud to carry Revision Skincare! For over 25 years, Revision Skincare has provided physicians with clinically proven, high-performing skincare products. Using only the purest, most efficacious ingredients, the Revision Skincare collection was formulated to provide targeted solutions for enhancing skin’s appearance and reducing signs of aging.

Revision Skincare products represent the furthest advancements in scientific skincare. Formulations are rooted in rigorous research and testing, and manufactured by us using the highest ethical standards. Revision Skincare products are never tested on animals.

Here are some of our favorite Revision SkinCare products available in store or at ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

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Brightening Facial Wash

This ultrarich cleanser with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids and brightening botanicals, removes the day's impurities, leaving skin clean and hydrated.

    •    Brightens skin with radiant-boosting Vitamin C, and extracts of Licorice and Lily

    •    Exfoliates dead surface cells for softer, smoother skin

    •    Combines White Tea Extract and Vitamin E for antioxidant benefits

    •    Cleanses skin without stripping it of its natural moisture content

D·E·J eye cream

a new pathway to younger-looking eyes

Features & Benefits

D·E·J eye cream™ provides intense moisturization for smoother skin texture. Advanced extracts, peptides and potent antioxidants work cohesively to create clinically proven results.

    •    96% of subjects experienced an improvement in the look of fine lines, firmness and overall photodamage*

    •    90% of subjects experienced an improvement in upper eyelid appearance*

D·E·J face cream

a new pathway to younger-looking skin

Features & Benefits

D·E·J face cream™ approaches aging skin in a comprehensive new way. The product contains a proprietary ceramide blend, specialized herbal extracts and a unique peptide combination for proven results.

    •    97% of subjects showed an improvement in smoothness, brightness and wrinkles*

    •    Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

    •    Provides intense moisturization for smoother skin texture

 

Tips For Shopping on Cyber Monday

Surveys suggest that more than half of holiday shopping takes place online, and that figure grows every year. But as blissful as online shopping is, the Internet is a sterile environment. Unlike your local shopping mall, you can’t land an online discount by asking for a deal or “knowing a guy.”

You can scan product price tags on individual sites till you go cross-eyed, but you’ll always feel like you’re missing a steal. But there are ways to be an extreme online deal finder without making it a full-time job. 

We’re all in a hurry but still, like to save money. Here are some techniques I use to maximize my holiday cheer and minimize the money spent.

Everyone likes to save money especially on Cyber Monday when almost everything is on sale! Here are some tips to save the most while online shopping.

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1. Save money with Honey

This is the best thing since sliced bread. When you are checking out, you hit the Honey button and it will try every available promo code saving you the most money possible. Its like finding virtual coupons that never expires.

Best of all, Honey is a free service, and the developer says they won’t sell your shopping data to other companies.

2. Get Invisible Hand

Buyer’s remorse is the worse. You pick a great Christmas gift, you click “purchase,” and then you find the same item on another website for far cheaper. You feel like you’ve been ripped off. Overspending on this one item means you can’t give as many gifts as you’d hoped.

InvisibleHand helps prevent this from happening. It’s a browser extension that notifies you if a product is available from another online retailer for less. You need only press a button, and you’ll be linked to the relevant page of a competing website. There’s also a drop-down menu so that you can compare prices on several sites at once. The company claims average savings of $7.55 per purchase.

You can think of InvisibleHand as a personal shopping assistant. The add-on compares prices across dozens of online stores, including big names like Best Buy, Home Depot, Target, and Walmart. You’ll also see results from select specialty stores.

3. Know the shopping cart trick

Here’s a clever trick for folks who like to manipulate the system: Shop around a familiar website, put your items in your shopping cart, and then go to the checkout.

But instead of actually checking out, close the browser window. If you’ve ordered items from the site before, the retailer should have your email address on file. Companies will often write to notify you that you’ve left items in your cart. To encourage you to complete the purchase, these companies may send you coupons for those particular items.

This trick doesn’t always work, but I’ve personally scored 20% discounts by not completing my order. If you’re planning to buy the items anyway, there’s no harm in trying.

Not everything is rosy online shopping. Scammers are out in full-force this time of year. 

Hopefully these tricks will allow to you save money!!

An Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is about exactly that, giving thanks. And although its one day a year to reflect on thankfulness and gratitude we all should practice an attitude of gratitude year round. 

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Thanksgiving is a great time to start. Consider these 10 ideas:

1.Fast from a luxury the week before Thanksgiving. Americans take a lot for granted. We have more material goods than any country in the world. This year, during the week leading up to Thanksgiving, fast from something as a family that you normally take for granted. Choose television, desserts, or even something as basic as pillows. Then break the fast on Thanksgiving Day. 

2. Donate personal items to charity. Most children have so many toys that giving away one or two won't make a dent in the toy box. If your family has an overabundance, ask the children to go through their possessions and find at least one item in good condition to give to a local charity. When children actively participate in the process, they not only learn to be thankful for what they have, but they also receive the opportunity to understand personal sacrifice for the sake of others who are less fortunate.

3. Serve at a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen. Prior to Thanksgiving, bring your children to a mission where they can serve the poor. On Thanksgiving Day, discuss your experience. 

4. Consider sponsoring a child. Child sponsorship allows your family to financially support a child in a developing country until he or she becomes self-sufficient. This could be personal support for education or health care or it could also mean contributing to the child's community development without directly helping an individual.

5. Encourage children to serve one another first. On Thanksgiving Day, ask your children to serve the meal, taking care of everyone else first and themselves last. If your meal is served buffet style, ask the children to serve drinks and fetch forgotten forks and napkins. 

6. Write down five reasons you are thankful for each family member. Many people list reasons for being thankful on Thanksgiving Day, but this suggestion is focused on the members of your family. Not only does this exercise soften hearts of siblings and family members toward one another, it also brings a lot of encouragement.

One creative way to do this is to have everyone pin a sheet of paper on his or her back, and then tell everyone to walk around the room at the same time, writing nice messages on the sheets. These pieces of paper can be read aloud around the table and/or kept as keepsakes. 

7. Have each child prepare something for the Thanksgiving meal. It's easy for children to take the Thanksgiving meal for granted. Often Mom and/or Dad slave in the kitchen and dining room, putting everything in order for guests while children run around or watch TV. This year, ask each child to contribute to the meal as a service to the family. Older children can follow recipes and create a special dish, while younger children can stir vegetables, boil noodles, or butter bread. 

8. Read Thanksgiving: A Time to Rememberby Barbara Rainey, to your children. This beautiful book, outlining the plight of the Pilgrims, can become a wonderful family tradition in your home during Thanksgiving. 

9. Review your own family history. The Pilgrims weren't the only ones to lay down their lives in order that the rest of us might have freedom and prosperity. Many of us have a family history full of personal sacrifice. Perhaps your ancestors were immigrants from another country, brought over as slaves, or fought in wars against dangerous enemies. Take out old photo albums and reminisce about the lives of those who have gone before you.

10. Be a living example to your children. The best way to teach your children to have a heart of thanksgiving and service is to be a living example. Through your example, your children will see what it means to have a true living, breathing relationship with friends and family and come to produce fruits of thanksgiving and service of their own.

Tocca Perfume - A Slice Of Heaven

At OC Facial Care Center we carry a variety of luxury perfumes. Tocca being one of them. The first thing you will notice is the beautiful packaging. These beautiful glass bottles could be used for decorative purposes!

This company started in fashion in 1994 and released a wildly popular sari dress. They continue to produce fashion but it is their fragrances, more than their clothes, which speak to me. Their name sounds Italian, but the company is American and strives to combine an old world aesthetic to a more modern audience with the same finesse and grace. Gold leaf adorned boxes hold heavy high-quality Murano glass bottles capped with charming bird-and-leaves motif decorating their metal caps. The company motto: “Love Yourself” is inscribed inside every box lid.

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Here are some of our favorites which can all be purchased in store or by visiting www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

Stella is a breathtaking perfume. An opening of blood orange and creamy lily is sweet, but never too heavy. It segues into a floral heart of smooth freesia and white diamond orchids. It’s smooth and sexy, bawdy but never tacky. Despite the litany of ultra-femme florals it contains, this perfume veers towards unisex with a finish of dry sandalwood and sheer musk but manages to stay just this side of feminine, giving it a sexy and impetuous charm.  Blood oranges originated in 17th century Sicily and this scent hints at the intrigue and beauty of Renaissance Italy. Sillage: good. Longevity: above average.

 

 

Florence, whose name means “blooming”, is a superbly green floral scent. An astounding opening of bergamot, pear and grapefruit leaves gives a glowing and vibrant green aura to the beautiful “old fashioned” rose heart draped with jasmine, gardenia and violet garlands and sprinkled with a pinch of tuberose. Without smelling like a flower shop this perfume captures the sophistication and elegance of maturity while managing to keep it lively and enticing. As it dries down, a stunning iris note adds the silken beauty of the blooms to the sharp green of its leaves and draws it into a clean woody freshness. Sillage: great. Longevity: very good.

 

Cleopatra has inspired and been immortalized in many perfumes. A well-balanced opening of tart grapefruit and sharp cassis is smoothed by lush greens giving it an immediate intensity as powerful as it is regal. A sultry heart of jasmine and tuberose is made even richer and sweeter with peach nectar, yet it is never too indolic or saccharine. Rich and full patchouli blends its dark charm with dry golden amber  as they swirl into a vanilla musk that makes any other “Egyptian Musk” I have smelled seem cheap and tacky. This is truly a perfume fit for a Queen. Sillage: very good. Longevity: excellent.

Brigitte was inspired by the chic glamorous and care-free spirit of Brigitte Bardot. A unique opening of sweet papaya and tart rhubarb is dusted with ginger and saffron, resulting in a spicy and fruity delight. The contrast of these accords creates something at once warm and exceedingly fresh, just like Ms. Bardot herself. This interplay of opposites continues throughout as full and romantic Moroccan rose is offset by steely iris root and dry aromatic sandalwood is softened with clean white musk while a scent of warm pannetone bread adds a slightly gourmand feel. Sillage: great. Longevity: very good.

Giulietta is named for Giulietta Masina, the wife and life-long love of Italian director Federico Fellini and was inspired by their holidays on the island of Corsica. This begins with a delicious green apple aroma, sweet and crisp, surrounded by the soft ephemeral scent of pink tulips and sheer roses. As the heart opens, ylang ylang adds a sun-drenched floral fullness to more classic powdery notes, like lilac and heliotrope. Hints of soft vanilla kisses and beachy breezes follow until the warm sunset over the sea is discernible in the close of cedar, musk, amber and sandalwood. This is like a perfume portrait of a perfect day, spent with someone you love. Sillage: average. Longevity: good.

Obagi Nu Derm System

The Obagi Nu Derm system is a collection of products designed to provide skin with the optimum level of cleansing, moisturizing, and protection. The system is comprised of numerous products, including a cleanser, toner, “clearer,” exfoliant, blender, moisturizer, and sun protectant. This wide array of products is considered Obagi’s starter system, and aims to introduce new users to the product line, and provide clearer, brighter skin.

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The system comes equipped with so many different serums, because it seeks to function as your full range of skincare products. The cleanser is used to cleanse skin of impurities to promote brightness and decrease the incidence of acne and irritation. Toner is used to tighten skin and even tone, and will go on clean skin, underneath moisturizer and makeup. The clear works to clear discoloration and dark marks, also evening tone. Exfoderm removes dirt, grime, and dead skin cells, revealing tighter and smoother layers beneath the surface. Blender also works to even tone and brighten, while the moisturizer and sun protectant moisturize and protect your visage.

Why might this system be better than other skincare lines? First, due to its scope; rather than purchasing many different formulas and products from various lines, Obagi Nu Derm provides a complete range of skincare in a single system, offering both convenience and the comfort of knowing that all of your products are designed to work together harmoniously. The system is also known for its strength and high-quality ingredients; Obagi is Obagi Medical, and comes highly recommended by dermatologists and skincare professionals, as it provides results without the guesswork and questionable ingredients found in many drugstore brands.

Most Nu Derm users have seen noticeable differences in their face (particularly lines and dark spots) after only two weeks of consistent use. Although many users are middle aged and older, some younger consumers also saw great results regarding acne improvement and lessened discoloration. This was especially apparent in men and women with chronic or cystic acne; despite having suffered from this form of acne for many years, numerous users found their acne cleared up almost entirely, save a few small breakouts, making this a must-have for anyone suffering from long-term, painful acne.

Overall, the Nu Derm system is extremely effective in clearing up acne, reducing the appearance of aging, and evening skin tone. As a frequently dermatologist recommended product, men and women would do well to use it, as it contains safe, medically-known-and-trusted ingredients, known to work wonders on even the most problematic skin. The Nu Term System can be purchased through Www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

Jane Iredale - Review

Where skin care meets makeup is where you’ll find mineral cosmetics brand Jane Iredale. The self-titled brand, founded by Jane Iredale was created just over a decade ago when the entertainment professional saw a need for makeup that was both good for the skin and solved women’s beauty problems. From there, Jane launched Jane Iredale mineral makeup in 1994 and the brand has been growing ever since.

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Popular Jane Iredale Makeup Products All Carried at OC Facial Care Center:

Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder: When talking about mineral makeup companies it usually all starts with their loose mineral foundation. For Jane Iredale, this is no different. The Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder is the heart of the brand and is one of its top rated and best selling products. This Jane Iredale foundation is your typical lightweight mineral foundation that works to conceal minor imperfections and improve the appearance of the skin.  The gentle formulation of the Jane Iredale foundation consists of high-quality minerals and sunscreen to provide a buildable sheer to medium coverage and protection from both UVB and UVA rays of the sun. Within this Jane Iredale foundation, you won’t any chemicals and it’s also oil-free. This makes the Jane Iredale foundation a great option for all skin types including sensitive. You can find the Jane Iredale foundation available in 13 shades that are best suited for those with pale to medium skin tones. 

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream: Next to the popularity of the Jane Iredale loose mineral powder is the top rated and fan favorite Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream. This Jane Iredale BB Cream is designed to work as the ultimate beauty meets skin care product. Once applied the Jane Iredale BB Cream  works to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. Simultaneously, the Jane Iredale BB Cream helps to exfoliate, refine and rejuvenate the skin as well. With the signature high-performing formulations of the Jane Iredale brand, the Jane Iredale BB Cream is infused with a number of fruit extracts that help improve the appearance of the skin. Within the Jane Iredale BB Cream formulation, you’ll find grapefruit, apple, and bitter orange extract. The Jane Iredale BB Cream also contains a mineral sun protectant providing it with SPF 25 that protects skin against both UVB and UVA rays. Once applied, the Jane Iredale BB Cream leaves behind even toned, brighter, and more radiant skin. You can find the Jane Iredale BB Cream available in eight shades with a more diverse shade range than the Jane Iredale Loose Powder. The Jane Iredale BB Cream has shade options for those with pale to medium brown skin tones and complexions.

To purchase any Jane Iredale products visit www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com or stop by OC Facial Care Center in Lake Forest.

BB Cream vs. CC Cream vs. Tinted Moisturizer

When it comes to applying color to our faces, we have tons of different options. From just a hint of color to complete opaque coverage, the choices never end. Picking the right one depends on your skin type and the type of finished look you’re going for—and it’s a lot more complicated than just matte or dewy.

We turned to a few makeup experts for a breakdown of the different types of face makeup: foundation, tinted moisturizer, BB cream and CC cream.

Foundation

What Is It?

Traditional foundation may be the underlying basis of your makeup bag. Developed for the appearance of a naturally flawless complexion, there are now numerous types available: liquid, pressed foundation powder, mineral, cream and stick foundation. 

Pros:

Foundation provides the maximum coverage for when you want to cover up just about anything. 

Cons:

Can appear cake-y if you apply too much. Apply a thin layer of moisturizer or primer under your makeup to prevent foundation from settling into fine lines.

Ideal For:

Because foundation can offer the most coverage out of all the products we’re discussing, it’s the best choice for hiding any imperfections—from redness to tattoos.  

 

Tinted Moisturizer

What Is It?

Tinted moisturizer is the optimal lightweight coverage for women on the go. Minimal coverage but with a sheer radiance and maximum hydration.

Pros:

It’s light and the ultimate product for the “no makeup” makeup look. Great for busy working women and moms who need quick application.

Cons:

If you’re really aiming to cover up blemishes, redness or any imperfections, this may not be the best bet. Tinted moisturizer can also sweat off easily on hot summer days, and may wear off sooner than other thicker options with more coverage.

Ideal For:

Low-key times where you’re not feeling like wearing a lot of makeup. When compared to foundation or BB/CC creams, tinted moisturizer typically has more moisture-binding properties such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin, making it a great option for those prone to dryness or dehydration.

 

BB Cream

What Is It?

BB stands for Beauty Balm, and this provides slightly more coverage than a tinted moisturizer. The main difference here is that they prime your skin along with moisturize. Lighter than foundation, but heavier than tinted moisturizers, BB creams appear best when set with a light finishing powder or bronzer.

Pros:

Easy to apply, no possibility of harsh foundation color lines and looks natural and dewy.

Cons:

Don’t count on BB cream as your only method of sun protection. Be sure to apply a daily SPF beneath your makeup to avoid skin damage and harsh UV rays.

Ideal For:

BB Cream is your answer if you want the most in skin care and foundation without buying multiple products. If you want all the benefits of a tinted moisturizer, plus sun protection, antioxidants, makeup primer or additional anti-aging or acne ingredients, the beauty balm is for you.

 

CC Cream

What Is It?

Try this “color corrective” formula if you’re aiming to brighten up your skin and address issues like redness or sallow coloring. If you’re trying to even out your skin tone, you’ll enjoy this creamy, light formula, with a thinner base than foundation.

Pros:

Similarly to BB cream, CC cream can be essential for targeting everyday skin concerns and is light enough for daily use.

Cons:

CC benefits and coverage may vary from brand to brand. You may need to be diligent and try out a few before finding which is right for you.

Ideal For:

Dark under-eye areas, redness or hyperpigmentation. CC cream is corrective and excellent for evening the skin tone, neutralizing redness or concealing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

 

Candles, Candles, Candles!

At OC Facial Care Center we carry an array of luxury candles. From Voluspa, Nest, Tocca and Archipelago. These candles are meant to burn for hours releasing unparalleled, meticulously crafted scents and fragrances. All candles are available in our Lake Forest location or by going on www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com

Candles are awesome – here’s how to use them correctly.

First things first – let’s talk safety.

    •    Never leave a lit candle burning unattended.

    •    Keep burning candles away from children, pets and anything that can catch fire.

    •    To avoid a hazard and to prevent the glass from breaking, always discontinue use and discard your candle when ½” wax remains.

    •    Always use a candle holder or plate specifically designed for candle use.  It should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.

    •    Never burn a candle for more than 2 to 3 hours at a time

    •    Never move or handle a burning candle.  The wax and the container get hot when in use.  Extinguish and allow to fully cool after or in between use.

    •    Place the candle and candle holder on a stable, flat surface.

    •    Trim wicks to ¼” or less before each use.  Extinguish immediately, allow to cool, and trim wick further if black smoke appears. 

    •    Do not burn candles where there is a draft, as it may cause sooting (and uneven burning).

    •    Burn candles in well-ventilated rooms.

    •    Never burn a candle when the wick is not in the center of the candle wax.

    •    Keep the melt pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.

 

Voluspa

Founded in 1999 by Traci and Troy Arntsen, Voluspa has gone from a homegrown labor of love to a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Southern California. Legend has it that the two built the brand from their own ruined pots and kitchen laboratory—even personally walking orders into the first retail stores.

What has grown over the last almost two decades is the result of a remarkable pedigree and relentless innovation. Traci’s cultivated passion for botany and essential oils combined with her fragrance education, allows Voluspa to hand-craft scents using the finest global ingredients.

We’re not all frills, though. Our revolutionary custom wax blend is the result of considerable sourcing, sustainability research, testing and testing again. We stamp each candle with a seal of domestic, sustainable, eco-friendly pride.

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NestCandles 

NEST Fragrances candles are made with a premium, soft, highly refined, cosmetic-grade wax that was developed over many years to optimize burn and fragrance diffusion. The ingredients used are the highest grade of wax materials and the finest fragrance oils available. NEST Fragrances candles are well-known for infusing a room with fragrance.

Tocca

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A hand-crafted collection of exquisite beauty products, designed to bring cherished inspirations from around the world to you.

TOCCA was born out of friendship, wanderlust and a lot of love. We started as a young group of friends, who loved travel, and the discovery of beautiful people, places & things. Our curiosity for textures & embroideries, scents & gardens led us into the world of artisanal fashion & beauty.

Today, TOCCA, which means ‘touch’ in Italian, stands true to its roots. We create with passion and an appreciation for the time it takes to manifest true beauty. We found our sole purpose … to create beauty that combines an appreciation for vintage femininity with a dose of modern confidence woven in.

Ever grateful for the discerning who have discovered us, we invite you to share in the wonder and beauty that is TOCCA.

 

 

Eminence - An OC Facial Care Center Favorite!

One of the lines we are so proud to carry at OC Facial Care Center is Eminence. This high end, luxurious, organic line from Hungary is only carried at select boutiques and retail stores. It is made for all skin types and conditions and it consciously created by using sustainable farming and green practices to create natural, organic and Biodynamic® products.

Eminence believes in providing the best skin care products possible. All of their products are proudly free of parabens, animal by-products, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, harmful colorants and fragrances, mineral oils, petroleum, and other harsh cosmetic chemicals. In a world full of chemicals and toxins isn’t is great knowing that lines like this exist - chemical and toxin free!

They continue to use hand picked ingredients that contain potent healing and beautifying properties. Many of these ingredients are combined with pure waters drawn from a thermal hot spring lake containing minerals and trace elements found nowhere else on earth. 

Their products are handmade without any severe heating or hydrogenating processes that can affect the nutritional content and potency of natural ingredients. Vitamins are captured in their all-natural fresh base, offering dramatic results as actual seeds, pulps and peels impart regenerative and healing powers that only nature can produce.

Some of our favorites are:

  1. Clear Skin Probiotic Mask - The clear solution to problem skin. Attain the appearance of a radiant and clear complexion thanks to cooling cucumber tones and refining yogurt, which exfoliates and eliminates the appearance of blemishes.
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2. Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck - This night cream is the perfect way to end your day with pure Lavender Essential Oil! Reduce the visible signs of aging as you sleep using stem cell technology from Argan and nutmeg seed oil. This deeply hydrating cream that adds moisture and youthfulness to the delicate skin of the face.

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The entire line is available at OC Facial Care Center in Lake Forest or by visiting www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.

Joe Malone Now at OC Facial Care Center

Founded in 1994, Jo Malone has created some of the most celebrated perfumes in the fragrance industry and its timeless and elegant scents evoke British charm and humor. Many of the fragrances are inspired by Britain, such as Wood Sage & Sea Salt, which captures the scent of the seaside, and English Pear & Freesia, which conveys the essence of autumn. Synonymous with British style, Jo Malone is an essential part of any discerning fragrance lover’s collection and a bottle of the brand’s perfume would make the perfect souvenir from London. Take a look at the bestselling Jo Malone scents here.

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With Joe Malones colognes you can layer them. They are all complementary with one another and can be mixed and matched to create someone unique and one of a kind. 

Rather than committing to a single scent you can creatively create a scent mirrored to your mood or emotions that day! At OC Facial Care center we have a brand new shipment of some of the most popular Joe Malone fragrances. Stop by today! Each 3.4 oz cologne is $130. 

 

8 Tips For Clearer Skin

We all want clear, glowing skin. But beauty regimes that work for your best friend will not necessarily work for you. Every one of us has different skin types. And although we are all different the underlying way to take care of skin are all the same. 

1. Diet

Carb rich diets, sugar and processed foods take a serious toll on your body, not to mention your skin. Fresh greens like arugula, kale and collards oxygenate the body and skin unlike any topical you can apply. Protein provides skin cells with the building blocks they require to turn over effectively and maintain hydration. By making small tweaks to your diet, you will notice drastic changes to your skin. Remember, your skin is your largest organ, don’t feed it junk.

2. Sleep!

Catch some zzzz’s. Many people don’t realize what a large role sleep plays in the anti-aging realm. Sleep is important for your skin. Physiologically, the skin has a lot to do during the day including metabolism, fending off UV radiation, protecting the body from pathogens and regulating body temperature. But once asleep, the skin does its most significant repair work including production of collagen and elastin, the skin’s connective tissue responsible for firmness, tone and elasticity.

3. Stop picking

Picking pimples is a very common habit that can lead to scarring, enhanced redness, and the spread of bacteria (which can create secondary infections). Although it is very tempting to pick, try using a good spot treatment with salicylic acid to attack the bacteria before it becomes inflamed and see your aesthetician or dermatologist if it worsens. A

4. Keep it clean

Wash your face like you mean it. Sounds simple enough, but too often people are in a rush and don’t take the time to ‘baby’ their skin. Imagine washing a pan full of grease. If you don’t take your time and wash it thoroughly, the grease and oil will still be left in the spots you didn’t pay attention to

5. Pay attention to your eyes

People tend to just put a tiny amount of eye cream under eye area, and they are really missing out on its benefits. SMILE — and look in the mirror. The fine lines start at the eye, but can extend all the way to hairline. Apply your eye cream from the bottom corner of the inner eye all the way out to the cheekbone and hairline, and then up and around the lid. Think of sunglasses: apply to the area a pair of sunglasses would cover.

6. Ice

One amazing (and free) thing I do at home to keep my skin looking great is ‘icing’ There are three main benefits of icing. Similar to a sports injury, when you put ice on a breakout, it reduces redness and inflammation. Ice can also be used as a natural exfoliant. When you put something in the freezer, it preserves it, similar to putting meat in a freezer. Just remember, you have to keep the ice moving. Don’t hold it in one spot, it can burn like heat can. 

7. Skin oil

The quickest way to fake glowing skin is to use good face oil. It will automatically nourish your skin and give it a healthy shine (not greasy or oily). They do not clog pores. In fact, they balance oil production. Apply a facial oil to damp clean skin twice daily. Use it alone or mix it with your tinted moisturizer and your skin will glow in a pinch!

8. Protect it!

In the morning, apply antioxidant serum followed by a broad-spectrum sunblock of SPF 30 or higher. Some UV penetrates through the sunscreen in the antioxidant provides extra protection. While you are outside, make sure you are staying protected — yes with sunblock, but even with your clothing. Wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.

 

Caudalie Detox Mask is A Must Have!

Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask is good for just about anyone! If you have normal, oily, combination, dry or sensitive skin, this is the mask for you. This mask works wonders by detoxifying and removing all of those unwanted impurities from your skin. It’s a face mask that draws out accumulated toxins from clogged pores to revitalize and invigorate the complexion. 

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This mask is formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates and is often referred to as “true rehabilitation” for your skin. This Instant Detox Mask brings life to a dull, tired complexion. It clears the pores of impurities and toxins, purifies from pollution, and invigorates lackluster skin. Great to use before a night out or after a stressful week, it is enriched with grape marc to detoxify, pink clay and coffee to clarify, and papaya enzymes for a boost of immediate radiance. 

All of Caudalies products do not contain animal ingredients and is not tested on animals. Formulated without phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, and sodium laureth sulfate, it is non-photo sensitizing, noncomedogenic, and for all skin types.

In a clinical test conducted under dermatological control over 21 days with 21 volunteers: 

- 100% saw purified skin 

- 100% saw a detox effect 

- 95% saw tightened pores 

This mask is available at www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com for $24 or stop by our boutique in Lake Forest today and try it tonight!

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

With fall here, have you had your pumpkin spice latte yet? Ever since Starbucks debuted its now-iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte drink in 2003, pumpkin spice has started to trend on social media in August and continued to rise throughout the fall. Starbucks’ drink even has its own Twitter handle—@TheRealPSL.

Starbucks has done well with its Pumpkin Spice Latte; the store has sold over 200 million of the drinks in the past decade, with approximately $100 million in revenue just from Pumpkin Spice Lattes in 2015. Starbucks’ success has spurred countless copycats; it’s a rare coffee shop that doesn’t offer a pumpkin spice drink in the fall, and pumpkin spice-flavored coffee drinks and accoutrements are widely available at grocery stores in the fall.

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Of course, the pumpkin spice trend has now spread far beyond coffee. Some pumpkin spice flavors seem like an obvious fit: baked goods, breakfast cereal, and even tea are popular pumpkin-spiced items. According to ratings, pumpkin-flavored items have brought in $414 million in the US between July 2016 and July 2017.

Why does pumpkin spice have such a strong hold on American culture? The answer may lie in the past. Pumpkins are native to North America and were a staple of colonial life. Some historians suggest that the current pumpkin spice craze represents a nostalgic yearning for an earlier, simpler agrarian life. The spices in pumpkin spice—nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves—are the spices of pumpkin pie, the quintessential Thanksgiving dessert.

From candles, drinks, to cakes no matter what, you have plenty of pumpkin spice options to get you through the season!

A Look At Eminence

At OC Facial Care Center we believe in carrying top of the line skin care products for all skin types and all ages. One of our favorite lines is Eminence - A full line of serums, lotions, exfoliants, cleansers, masks, and cosmetics for both the face and body. Eminence was founded over 50 years ago in Budapest, Hungary, focuses on creating organic products to offer their customers a wide variety of items that will not irritate the skin. Several of the company’s hand creams and conditioners are certified USDA organic. All of the products of Eminence Skin Care are handmade in Hungary and are be paraben and fragrance-free. 

Eminence is an exclusive like that can only be sold at boutique skin care shops like OC Facial Care Center. When you come in you will get professional advice about which lotions and serums are best for your skin type and condition. Purchasing Eminence Skincare products at a spa or professional skin care clinic also allows individuals to ask questions about the product line that may affect them personally. A skin care specialist at OC Facial Care Center will be able to answer questions about whether Eminence Skin Care is safe for people with certain skin allergies, if it should be used by women who are pregnant, or address any other questions customers might have.

A spa skin care specialist can also advise users how to apply the products they choose, how often to use treatments, and when they can expect to see any results. There are also samples available to try!

Some of our favorites are:

1. Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum - Eminence Organics Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum diminishes dark spots without irritation using two plant-derived actives, Gigawhite and a natural hydroquinone alternative. Infused with vitamins C and E, this brightening serum smooths the skin while defending against free radicals. With daily use, you'll notice a more even and luminous complexion. Soy- and nut-free.

2. Eminence Organics Firm Skin Acai Masque - helps to find glowing, youthful skin that enjoys the appearance of fewer fine lines and wrinkles by feeding it with the phytonutrients, antioxidants and vitamins found in acai, blueberry, raspberry and brambleberries. When combined with the hydrating powers of hyaluronic acid, skin is plumped and regenerated to turn back the hands of time.

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3. Firm Skin Acai Cleanser - Antioxidant-rich acai berries are perfect for revitalizing mature skin. This cream cleanser also blends hyaluronic acid and seabuckthorn oil to restore the appearance of elasticity to the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

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The Minimal Make Up Look

There are many reasons why you might want to try wearing less make up. Especially with fall and winter right around the corner. Give your skin a break! There are many advantages to limiting your make up regimen, including less money spent on cosmetics, healthier skin, more confidence, and less time spent on make up in the morning. Despite this, wearing little or no make up can be daunting, and sometimes it can be difficult to decide which parts of your beauty regimen to cut out, so read ahead for tips and advice on how to successfully pull off the no make-up look.

So how do you achieve this look?

 1. Take good care of your skin! Clear, healthy skin will give you more confidence, as well as removing the need for foundation or concealer.

    ◦    Determine your skin type.

    ◦    Develop a good skin care routine which is suitable for your type of skin. 

    ▪    Generally you should include: a gentle day to day cleanser, a twice weekly exfoliating facial scrub, an appropriate daily moisturizer, treatment for when spots pop up, and a face mask to use once a week/whenever needed.

    ◦    If you have any specific problems, such as acne or scars, then it's recommended that you approach a specialist such as a dermatologist or your doctor to help you to develop a treatment that is right for you.

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2. Take care of your lips. A soft, plump pout looks nice and kissable, but dry chapped lips can look scruffy and unhealthy. Moisturize your lips with some balm before bed, (stay away from very cheap brands as they can cause your lips to become even more dry in the long term), and exfoliate your lips every now and again to keep them smooth. Also, avoid smoking, and drink plenty of water to keep your pout looking good.

3. Who doesn’t love a good brow?
A good set of brows can frame and flatter your face. Plucking is the easiest and cheapest way to shape them, just be careful to stand back from the mirror every now and again to make sure that they're even and that you're not over-plucking. This is definitely one of the most important steps to natural beauty as it helps to give your face more definition. 

4. Make the most of your hair. Getting a hair cut is life changing! Try wearing your hair as it naturally dries, or style it to enhance it's natural shape. Experiment with it - making the effort with it will stop you feeling boring!

5. If you want to wear some make up, the following will help to enhance your natural beauty without covering it up.

    ◦    Try a tinted moisturizer if you want some cover up, but want to avoid foundation. It'll help to even out your skin tone and tone down any blemishes which you may be feeling self-conscious about, without looking as if you are wearing a cover up product, and without and caking or streaks.

    ◦    Mascara is a great way of making your eyes look bigger and more awake. Opt for a brown/clear mascara, (preferably a lengthening brand rather than a volumizing one to avoid clumping).

    ◦    Blush should be chosen by using a colour which is similar to the colour your cheeks go when you pinch them lightly .

    ◦    Lipstick or lip gloss shouldn't be necessary if your lips are well looked after, but if you would like a bit more colour or definition on your lips, then you could either go for a nude lip, or a slightly rosy coloured lip stain.    

Zein Obagi 3 Step Peel

The ZO 3-Step Peel is a medical-strength peel that combines 10% TCA (trichloroacetic acid), salicylic acid, lactic acid and high-dose retinol (6%). It is indicated for patients of any skin type and colour, who require a more potent skin peel (medium strength), but with minimal downtime (3-5 days). This peel may be repeated 2-3 times annually or as required.

Benefits:

    •    Dual-action, highly effective peel designed to provide skin renewal and stimulation

    •    Utilizes a blend of exfoliants, retinol and multi-action agents to significantly improve skin health and treat many signs of aging

    •    Supports improvement of skin barrier protection and improves the skin’s ability to repair and renew itself

    •    Provides antioxidant protection as well as anti-irritant benefits

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So how does it work?

Step 1 of the system’s three steps is the peel itself, which is formulated to remove the outermost layer of skin. Composed of salicylic acid (17%), trichloracetic acid (10%) and lactic acid (5%), the peel also contains saponins to minimize inflammation and glycerin for hydration.

Step 2 is application of the Stimulating 6% Retinol Creme. Applied after the peel solution, the cream works to stimulate cellular function at a deep skin level. The results include collagen enhancement as well as firming and wrinkle reduction.

Step 3 refers to the application of the Calming Crème Post Procedure Skin Relief. This cream works to minimize inflammation and irritation that may result from the first two steps, as well as restore the moisture balance of the skin. You can take the cream home to apply twice daily following the in-office treatment to speed the healing process.

Available at OC Facial Care Center!

iS Clinical Youth Intensive Serum

So your skin is looking so tired from a long work week and a jam packed schedule. I am here to tell you that iS Clinical Youth Intensive Serum is here to set the clock back on your skin. Giving it back days and weeks, even years. This amazing cream is formulated to provide your face with immense, 24-hour hydration through a rich, protective cream. Use daily every night to give your face years of its life back.

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This anti-aging cream is unlike any other, this transformative cream scientifically combines the purest and most effective botanically-derived moisturizers, antioxidants, resurfacing acids and growth factors to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through powerful hydration. It is clinically proven to show visible results in smoother skin and a firmer and more radiant, younger complexion. 

The key ingredients are:

Superoxide Dismutase (SOD): safely absorbs harmful free radicals and works to combat photo-aging while protecting the skin from future damage

    •    Vitamin C: provides skin with potent photo-protection, helps alleviate irritated skin and brightens your complexion

    •    Hyaluronic Acid: deeply hydrates skin and seals moisture in, plumping visible lines and wrinkles

    •    Copper Tripeptide Growth Factor: helps diminish the appearance of premature aging and visibly reduces wrinkles over time

    •    Glycerin: helps repair damaged and dry skin

So how do you use it? Simply by applying a small amount to clean skin, smoothing over face and neck. For best results follow complete IS CLINICAL skincare regimen. All iS Clinical products are available at OC Facial Care Center by shopping online at www.ShopOCFacialCareCenter.com.