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Luxury Launch: Kinara Weightless Infusion Antioxidant Primer

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kinaraCelebrity adorned Kinara Skincare was created by renowned facialist and skincare expert Olga Lorencin-Northup. Located in Los Angeles, Kinara Skin Clinic and Spa is frequented by celebrities as well as individuals who understand good skincare. Meaning “on the edge” in Hindi, Kinara combines old world recipes with cutting edge cosmeceutical ingredients.

This month, Kinara launches a powerful antioxidant-packed primer – Weightless Infusion Antioxidant PrimerThis serum/gel is the only product that successfully combines fourth generation peptides, powerful antioxidants, and skin lightening agents to create an oil-free lightweight primer. The results leave your skin rejuvenated and healthy with a radiant appearance.

Benefits:

♦ Firms skin by building collaged and elastin.
♦ Preserves the skin from oxidative stresses.
♦ Improves DNA protection.
♦ Protects against glycation damage.
♦ Brightens and lightens skin tone and prevents discoloration.

Kinara Weightless Infusion Antioxidant Primer will be available January 2013 at Kinara Skin Clinic and Spa, independent spas and retailers nationwide, and online at kinaraspa.com.

ABOUT KINARA:

As a renowned facialist and skin care expert, Olga Lorencin-Northup has spent years studying and perfecting skin, client-by-client, hour-by-hour, and pore-by-pore.

A native of Yugoslavia, Olga was classically trained in the European tradition. Rigorous regimens and timeless ingredients shaped attention to every detail.

Moving to Los Angeles, Olga worked in the prestigious Ole Henriksen salon where the ability to achieve immediate and long-lasting results for her clients soon captured the attention of Hollywood’s most famous faces. Feeling the desire to share her skin care philosophy with even more people, Olga opened Kinara Skincare Clinic in 2001 and her product line was invented – in the treatment room, not the board room.

Combining old world recipes with cutting edge cosmeceutical ingredients resulted in a concise line of must-have products designed for the good of the skin delivering dermatological change with unapologetic pleasure.

Extend the Summer: Monoi de Tahiti

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Extend your summer and capture the scent of the French Polynesian Islands with Monoi de Tahiti. ‘Monoi’ is an ancient Tahitian word that means  “scented oil”. The gorgeous fragrance comes from the Tahiti’s national flower, Tiaré, also known as the Tahitian Gardenia. When the tiaré flower is infused in traditional Tahitian coconut oil you get the decadent scent and skin savor, Monoi de Tahiti.

The tiaré flowers that are used in Monoi de Tahiti are hand-picked at a very particular stage of their growth, specifically when they are still unopened. The flower portion is placed in refined coconut oil for a minimum of 15 days. This is known as “enfleurage” (flower soaking), a French term used to designate a specific extraction step. According to specific maceration standards set by the decree of Appellation d’Origine, which each manufacturer must scrupulously follow, a minimum of 15 tiaré flowers must be used in every liter of refined coconut oil.

Beyond their contribution to Monoi de Tahiti, tiaré flowers are deeply rooted in everyday Polynesian life. In traditional medicine, the flower is prepared in a variety of concoctions to alleviate headaches, sunburn and even the common cold. It is also known for the benefits to the skin, body and hair, because it does not contain any emulsifiers. The oil moisturizes, protects and conditions skin while combining the beautiful scent of Tahitian gardenia flowers and coconut oil.

Used in many beauty products, the fragrant scent of Monoi perpetually remind me of summer. During the colder months of the year, bring a little sunshine into your life with Monoi.

The Body Shop ~ Spa Wisdom Polynesia Monoi Miracle Oil: $20.00

NARS ~ Monoi Body Glow II: $59.00

Carol’s Daughter ~ Monoi Repairing Hair Mask: $29.00 (FULL REVIEW: HERE)

Monoi Tiki Tahiti ~ Tahitian Coconut Oil: $6.75

C. Booth ~ Tahitian Monoi Dry Oil Spray: $6.99

Increasing Awareness: Parabens

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Parabens are compounds used as preservatives in many cosmetics and beauty products. Many of these compounds are mild and safe to use on an everyday basis. However, there is one that I look-out for when purchasing cosmetics.

Methylparaben is an anti-fungal and preservative that may be found in many products including food, drugs, cosmetics and skin cream. It is used to kill unwanted bacteria, fungi and microbes that might grow in products and may be potentially harmful.

The October 3, 2006, issue of Toxicology published a study that shows when skin treated with creams that contain methylparaben were exposed to the sun’s UVB rays, the skin cells died and there was considerable oxidative stress on the skin’s tissue.

There is reason to be mindful of these chemicals but not to have an all-consuming concern. Always check the ingredients list before purchasing a product and become knowledgeable of what the ingredients are. Be observant of the products applied to skin that will be exposed to the sun. There are many products on the market that are paraben-free and I imagine more will be made available.

To see if some of your favorite products contain methylparaben – go here:

Glow-T 2011: Best in Beauty

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Happy New Year! As 2012 begins, I want to recap on my favorite beauty products of 2011. These are items that I constantly reach for and will continue to use in the new year. From skincare to cosmetics, here are Glow-T’s Best of 2011 Beauty Products:

Body LotionKiehls Creme de Corps

Face Cleanser: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Face Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

Face Moisturizer/Foundation: Origins VitaZing SPF 15

Sunscreen: NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention 100% Mineral Sunscreen

Eyeshadow Palette: Urban Decay Naked Palette

Foundation: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Mascara: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara

Bottom Lash Mascara: Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Concealer/Corrector: Giorgio Armani Master Corrector

Blush: By Terry Rose De Rose Blush Fluide

Powder: Becca Fine Loose Finishing Powder

Hair Mask: Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask

Makeup Sponge: Beauty Blender

Hair Product: Bumble & Bumble Texture

Lip Product: Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm

Holy Grail: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps

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Kiehls Creme de Corps

Kiehl’s was founded as an old-world apothecary in New York’s East Village over 150 years ago. Their products are made with the finest ingredients in unique formulations to assure high quality skincare products. Currently a subsidiary of French cosmetics giant L’Oreal, Kiehl’s can be found in department and flagship stores worldwide.

Creme de Corps body lotion is the brand’s best-selling product. Kiehl’s produces over 1,000,000 ounces of Creme de Corps each year. Used incessantly on models backstage to create glowing skin, this body lotion leaves skin soft, smooth and beautifully moisturized. The ultra-rich formula glides on seamlessly and absorbs quickly, leaving skin soft – not greasy. The unscented body lotion is formulated with rich butters, oils and beta carotene to provide all-day hydration.

By far, the best body lotion I have ever used. No matter how many products I try and test, Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is what I reach for the most.

Tip: Purchase Kiehl’s products at flagship stores, if possible. These stores are known for their generous sample supply. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Jet-Set Beauty: 3floz.com

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3floz.com is a website featuring luxurious (TSA-approved) travel sized beauty products. When relying on hotel-provided shampoo and conditioner or drugstore travel products does not cut-it, this website offers an amazing selection of high-end brands.

3floz.com was started by two well-traveled women, Kate Duff and Alexi Mintz, who spent hours scouring websites in search of 3oz versions of their favorite products. When nothing could be found, 3floz.com was born.

This is a great website for not only travel, but experimenting with new brands. If you do not want to commit to buying a full-sized product, try a travel/sample-sized. Also, this site ships internationally, directly to hotels, and if you submit your itinerary showing travel within 72 hours, the site upgrades you to overnight shipping for the cost of ground.

3floz.com carries over 50 luxe brands, so you never have to be without your swanky beauty products again.

Featured Favorites:

ALEXIS BED HEAD KITHaircare Essentials

Shampoo/Conditioner/Toning Mist/Texturizing Mist/Hair Spray

SOMME INSTITUTE MOBILE TRAVEL KITSkincare Essentials

Nourishing Cleanser/Transport/Serum/A-Bomb/Double Defense

HELP I NEED A LOT OF HELPFirst-Aid Kits

Help I have a… Headache/Can’t Sleep/Aching Body/Allergies/Cut/Blister/Sniffles

BEACH BAG ESSENTIALS – Sun & Skin Essentials

Sunscreen Spray/After-Sun Cream/SPF Towelettes/SPF Lip Balm/Facial Towelettes/Facial Mist

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