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08/28/2015
By: Rodolfo B.
Moxie Skincare
The concept of advanced skincare is very foreign to me. Even more foreign is the idea of having someone squeeze my pores to extract goop out of face. I've been using bar soap on my face for all my life, Dove, Neutrogena, Dial, Irish Spring, you name it. This has served me well for most of my adult life, but I'm older now, and my years of neglect are definitely evident, especially in Facebook pictures. It was a recent Facebook picture which I quickly untagged that prompted my visit to Moxie Skincare. My forehead was shiny, I had dark circles under my eyes, and my crow’s feet looked like eagle’s talons. I looked tired, haggard and old.Elizabeth was highly recommended by my lady friends and her salon was conveniently located so I figured, “what the hell, I'm gonna get me a facial” (it didn’t hurt that she was drop dead gorgeous).I’ve always thought of facials as a luxury for the affluent. Unnecessary pampering for people with way too much disposable income. I was wrong. Elizabeth was awesome. The facial I received was nothing like what I expected; it was clinical yet relaxing (I actually dozed off during portions of it…maybe even drooled). She asked me what my skin concerns were, walked me through every step of my facial, recommended products and provided a regimen for me to follow at home. I’ve also noticed a difference in my skin immediately after the treatment and days after.Her office was beautiful, clean and had plenty of free parking. I’ll definitely be back!
05/22/2013
By: rt145996
Aqua Day Spa
Went with a friend to this Spa. The woman at the desk was very friendly. She informed us of the services that they offer and what time(s) they could fit us in because we were not scheduled appts. and it was Saturday morning. We paid our fees and wen to the back area to wait for body scrub/massage. There were shower stalls, steam sauna, and dry sauna, also hot tub. They also have a relaxation room where you can take a nap or just relax. They also have lounge chairs and offer complimentary coffee, tea, and water. When you are called for your scrub/massage, you go to this corner of the room where you lie on a table covered with plastic and the scrubbing begins. You are scurbbed head to toe, front and back. (Not for the extremly shy, because you are totally naked). The only person clothed is the attendant. After the scrub, you are rinsed with very soothing luke warm water and then the massage begins (if you opt'd for that). Scrubbing attendant was very professional (doesn't speak much English), but was good at his job. Your genitals are exposed, but never touched and when possible, he has your junk covered with a hand towel. You are never made to feel weird or uncomfortable. Afterward, you get dressed, grab yourself some water and check out with the woman at the desk. Great place if you have a couple of hours to spend and want a refressing Korean style scrub/massage for $100.
06/09/2010
By: downtownreporter
World Spa Resorts
WorldSpa is an intimate full service salon and day spa that is tucked into a charming area of UNiversity Heights. Upon entering the salon, it seems limited in terms of space, but this is not the case at all. Worldspa opens up in the back including a 2500 square foot courtyard decorated with beautiful statues and ornaments. The courtyard setting is zen and tropical with a private thatched roof cabana, a 450 gallon splash pool, and the sound of fountain water. Inside, the spa has an infrared redwood dry sauna, a eucalyptus steam shower, and four additional thatched roof cabanas. Also, the relaxed attitude of the staff makes you feel comfortable while inside or out. The spa looked so wonderful that I had to experience their services for myself. I received the "chocolate massage". After entering a candle lit private room I was told to lie on the internally heated massage table and relax. The soothing music playing in the room made it easy for me to fall asleep. I was gently wakened by the masseuse who proceeded to massage me with chocolate oil. This oil, along with all the other oils used at WorldSpa, is made in house. I overheard talk about marshmallows in the waiting area before my massage. I didn't understand it then, but that's exactly how I felt after my WorldSpa experience.
10/29/2010
By: yourmagazineusa
Pb House of Style
PB House of Style has been in business for ten years and is run by Vanh and her three sisters who are all stylists. Catering to both men and women for haircuts, highlights, coloring and waxing, this trio has created a relaxed and fun atmosphere for those seeking services a couple blocks from the beach. Whenever I visit a salon or am looking for a new stylist I make sure to check out the goods, meaning I rate the stylist's hair. I was able to speak with Anna, a stylist and one of Vanh's sisters, and was immediately envious of the style and color of her blonde hair. She said it's great working with her sisters and they cut and color each other's hair, which is great for them since they are professionals.Top 40 music plays in the background and the latest fashion magazines line the table. It's the kind of upbeat, comfortable vibe that you would expect from a family run business who all work in a field they love. It's a clean and simplistic decorated salon without being dull. It's an upbeat feel without being overwhelming. PB House of Style is in a great location being only a couple of blocks from the beach on one of the main streets in Pacific Beach, Grand Ave. It's been a staple of the community for a decade but is also a great find for newcomers looking for a new hairstyle or look.
12/24/2010
By: bustersd10
Dream Hair Designs
Dream Hair Design is all about becoming the person you dream yourself to be…at least when it comes to your hair. “If it’s dream-able, it’s achievable,” claims Staysea Hodge, owner of Dream Hair Design and variations on that motto are painted on every wall of his salon. Staysea has been cutting, designing, and doin’ do’s for the last twenty years, catering mainly to Hillcrest’s African American community in everything from weaves to highlights. The salon itself looks dreary and small from the outside. On the inside, however, it is buzzing with life and energy at each of the seven cutting stations, all of which are usually occupied simultaneously. The stylists become quick friends with the customers, joking around while they start an up-do or retouch a series of cornrows. The prices at Dream Hair Design will not break your bank: ladies can get a number of services ranging from $25.00 to $100.00 and gentlemen can walk away with their ears lowered for a handsome $10.00. Plenty of parking is available behind the store, as is a private room for hair projects that might take more than an hour or two to complete. “Whatever you want,” Staysea remarks in regards to his business, “it’s a dream a way.”
01/19/2015
By: Kim P.
Alexandra's Salon Corp
I went in with my older brother so he could get a hair cut. It was around 6 pm so it was empty. Only one hair dresser was there. Alright cool, we don't have to wait too long. Wrong. Around 3 minutes into the haircut the hair dressers niece ( I'm guessing) and her parents walk in. Im not sure if they're related or not but I guess they were fairly close. They were just chillin on the chairs, yanno? Okay not a big deal. Well the little girl has some toys and she keeps interrupting the hairdresser in the middle of my brothers hair cut. And they lady STOPS for like 5 minutes to look at the little girls toys. Don't get me wrong the lady was kind but in my opinion that was very unprofessional and a tad rude that she keeps stopping in the middle of it. She did a good job on the hair cut but it took forever with all those interruptions. Will not be going back. If that was me I woulda shoo'd that little girl away.
11/03/2016
By: Megan F.
Moxie Skincare
Lovely and amazing!!I've been seeing Elizabeth for several years now, first at her Gaslamp location, then at her spot in Hillcrest, and now at her gorgeous new location in Mission Valley.I suffered from adult acne that hit when I turned 30, gnarly, cystic, recurring, breakouts, and struggled with it until I started seeing her. My skin looks better now than it has in years, and I'm freakin ecstatic!She has also helped me with the scars from a surgery, helping to fade the red color and smooth out the texture.Her DMK product line is all natural, and drastically improved my skin's tone and texture. I'm mostly free of breakouts now, and after doing a series of peels, my hyper-pigmentation is much less! Yay!Go to Elizabeth if you want a knowledgeable, skilled, professional aesthetician, a soothing, enjoyable experience, and awesome results.
12/26/2012
By: champjpayne
Elaine Dill Studio
I grew up knowing Elaine as being a freckle faced little girl who was but a few years younger than myself. I think of her as being like a nondescript caterpillar who spent a few years in a cocoon until she metamorphisisized into an elegant and beautiful butterfly. When that had happened, I wished that I could have taken back all the times that I had teased her just to gain a higher status in the pecking order of life. From the time that Elaine turned 16, I became aware of her keen sense of style and beauty and I'm certain that she is a premiere hair stylist and that we are lucky that she has chosen to practice her profession here in San Diego, rather than some other metropolis like L.A. or New York. Elaine was one of the best looking girls that I ever saw in my youth and I'm sure that she is still easy on the eyes to this day!
09/07/2010
By: yourmagazineusa
Serra Mesa Beauty
This barber shop has style; very few hold that old fashion- feel to it. The owner's name is Manuel G. Villalta from El Salvador, he has been working as a barber for the last forty years; fourteen of those years he has worked for Serra Mesa Barber Shop until three years ago he decided to buy it - needless to say cutting hair is in his blood. Manuel honors the men and woman that serve our country by giving them a discount off their haircuts. Through generations fathers (many military) have been bringing their sons here, and passing the tradition down. The shop itself is very inviting by the unique décor of the past clients that leave a piece of themselves behind - and I don't just mean their beautiful waving locks, but their gratitude and friendship.
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03/15/2015
By: Ariele G.
Gio And Gio
T.K. is the SWEETEST and BEST hair stylist I've ever gone to (and I've gone to a lot). I originally wanted to recolor my hair to a lighter color after having dyed it 2 months ago. He gave me his honest opinion- that my hair was still pretty damaged from the last coloring and that my current color looked good, but that it should be touched up to only a level or two lighter. Trusting him, he touched up my roots, toned my hair, gave me layers and more volume, blow dried my hair and even styled my hair with big, beautiful and voluminous waves for free. He has a big heart, is so bubbly, kind and happy, and is so funny to just open up and talk to, I can't recommend him enough. You're the best T.K., I can t wait to see you again soon! <3

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