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May 24, 2012

Belly dancing, parties add to Solana Beach lady’s ‘beauty lounge’ concept



On any given day, you might walk in to Bella Sareena Beauty Lounge and find a belly dancing class or a teenage girl’s beauty-centered birthday party taking place. Or, you may smell the steeping mint leaves in owner Orly Perez’s homemade tea, or you may hear the majestic vocals and guitar strums of the girl at the framing shop next door practicing her tunes. That’s all in addition to the variety of all-natural health and beauty services you can find there. “I wanted a space where I could do more than just beauty,” said Perez, an esthetician who opened the business earlier this year at 128 E. Cliff St. in Solana Beach. Perez, a native-born Israeli who now lives in Solana Beach, said she puts a big Bella Sareena Beauty Lounge owner Orly Perez. focus on her Old World customs and Photo/Claire Harlin Middle Eastern values. The bohemian, are.” artistic decor and soothing instrumental muOrly’s relationship with her own daughsic hit you as you walk in the lounge, which ter, 5-year-old Sareena — the business’s features a Moroccan tea bar. Perez uses fresh namesake — is also an inspiration to encourherbs from an on-site garden in her concocage mothers and daughters to enjoy beauty tions — such as mint and orange blossom — services together. She specializes in teens with which she offers to every guest. acne, as well as pregnant moms experiencing Bringing in her belly dancing instructor hormonal-induced skin problems. to teach a class once a week also speaks to the “When I was pregnant with Sareena I lounge’s Middle Eastern charm. started getting hyper-pigmentation like crazy “It’s something that I love; that’s why I so I started getting facials and I realized they have it here,” she said. “It’s not like aerobics really do work,” said Orly. “That’s what inor zumba. It’s a very feminine dance and it spired me to become an esthetician” fits with the whole theme.” “I know it must be really hard for teenShe said she was inspired to put on paragers,” she continued. “What I do is worth it ties for girls to teach the importance of just to see the smiles on their faces and their health and beauty at a young age. At these renewed confidence when they get a facial.” parties, guests can make their own lip glosses, Bella Sareena carries a variety of profesperform mini-facials with chocolate and clay sional skin products, and Orly specializes in masks and do Moroccan foot scrubs while mineral makeup and doing makeovers for eating Moroccan pastries and drinking tea. special events. She also offers microdermabra“In this whole movement of beauty that sion, eyelash extensions, specialty prescriphas come about, we’ve lost appreciation for tion facials and spray tan packages. For more the basics,” she said, referring to the unnatuinformation, email or ral or possibly damaging practices that have call (858) 880-6860; become popular. “This next generation needs to know how to simplify and enjoy who they

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