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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.


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I had the pleasure of visiting the Cosmetic Center by VIVA a little while ago, and y’all, it was probably the best hour of my life. Located at 10401 Spotsylvania Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22408, this med spa is like a little hidden gem. And, since I have not ever had a facial before, I thought that I would share with you my experience while there.

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First, the staff is very friendly and accommodating, which was great, because seeing as I had never had a facial before, I was of no use when asked to answer questions about what I hope to achieve, or what I was looking for in a facial. No idea. Don’t worry though, if you are a newbie to facials like me, you will be in good hands!

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So first, I need to say that the bed was heated! It was so cozy and warm, probably could have stayed there forever. I was getting the Viva Signature Facial and the Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion. Sounds complicated, but Dina, the Master Esthetician, talked me through the whole thing. They have this pumpkin based scrub or lotion that I wanted to basically smelled so good! She even talked to me about ways to remove problem spots on your skin. I have, what I thought to be, a permanent bump on my chin, but apparently they have ways to minimize and remove it! The facial and the microdermabrasion alone helped minimize it, and I will be going to back to see about making it disappear for good. So long weird pimple thing. The day after my facial, my skin looked so fresh and it glowed! Obviously, my skin was very happy to be pampered. I seriously don’t know why I waited so long to visit.

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They are also able to help with non-surgical methods of fat loss, a process called Body Contouring. And, yes friends, I will be looking into that too. I workout, yes, I eat right...but there is still a bit of mama fluff below my belly button that I can’t seem to shake. I have been curious about other non-surgical ways to help get that part under control for quite a long time. Perhaps, a Merry Christmas gift to myself. Take note, belly button and below, you are on deck.

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Oh, and they do have gift cards, and they are always running promotions! I've heard that their Black Friday deals are out, so you might want to take advantage. Oh, and if anyone sees my husband, mention that to him, I mean...stocking stuffer HELLO. Seriously though, a gift card for a relaxing facial might just be what your loved one needs. I know it helped me feel relaxed and helped my skin be the best version of itself. What are you waiting for? Give them a call and try it for yourself!



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