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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

ARCONA: Natural Luxury Skin Care And Facial Studio In Los Angeles


Arcona studio in Santa Monica. (Photo Credit: www.la.popsugar.com)

ARCONA, a natural luxury skin care and facial studio born in LA in 1989, is now offering an amazing glowing facial called the Red-Carpet Radiance Treatment. This fabulous facial will help brighten, glow, sculpt, lift, soothe, plump, and heal all skin types.  ARCONA’s celebrity clientele includes Zoe Saldana, Emmy Rossum, Anna Kendrick, Rachel Zoe, Mandy Moore, and Natalie Portman.


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ARCONA uses only the finest quality, all natural ingredients that penetrate deep into the cellular layers of the skin to effect real change, resulting in glowing, healthy skin at any age. The luxury skincare line offers some of the finest products like my favorite delicious smelling pink triad pads I discovered at a Rachel Zoe event in her gift bag. They not only feel incredible on the skin, but this cranberry milk-based formula is a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer all in one. The key to ARCONA’s effectiveness is its active ingredients that are cold-processed at very low temperatures, in small batches, to keep them active and effective.


Emily Deschanel at ARCONA’s Eco-Beautiful Launch Party in West Hollywood. (Photo Credit: www.beautygirlmusings.blogspot.com)

The 80 minute Red-Carpet Radiance Treatment facial priced at $175 includes a brightening Facial with Contour, Hand, Eye and Lip Treatment, Oxygen spray, and LED.  Every treatment is customized to the client’s particular skin type and needs. The deep rapid facial massage and surging eye treatment is considered a better alternative to botox. The treatment includes lymph drainage and the deep facial massage works the fifty-five muscles of the face. Just as exercise tones and strengthens the body, The ARCONA Signature Facial Contouring tones and tightens the facial muscles to offset the effects of aging.  Also, the hand and back massage was a welcome treats as my face was tingling and I felt the magic working.  The oxygen treatment felt like a cool spray on my face. Every product smelled delectable as the 17 year veteran skin care therapist Brandi Brown worked diligently on my face. The ARCONA Red-Carpet Radiance Treatment will boost radiance, improve collagen production, and firm and smooth fine lines around the eyes, upper lip and hands.

Available from January 1, 2013 – February 28, 2013, head to the ARCONA Studio to create a positive change in your skin and feel like a star!


425 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Ph. 310-458-3800

Call to make an appointment!


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