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NEW YORK, NY, United States
Im a freelance makeup artist and skin therapist. www.ginanicora.com


Thursday, January 27, 2011


The Clarins Skin Spa on is located on Madison Ave and 81st. It is the perfect private oasis to escape from the fast paced hustle and bustle and stress of NYC. When you first walk into the boutique you are immediately relaxed by soft spa music playing and a glass of water with lemon. The decor is comprised of the Clarins signature colors all white with red accents. The shelves are pristinely organized with the full line of Clarins skin care and body products. There is also a separate makeup station complete with mirror and chair for custom makeup application. There is also a beautiful flower filled solarium waiting area with plush sofas. Then you are whisked upstairs where there are 4 private treatment rooms complete with changing rooms and showers your own spa robe and slippers. The treatment rooms are immaculate, quiet and very private. The spa offers amazing facial, body treatments and massage. The treatments are totally unique and do not include any machines. The Clarins philosophy combines the power of botanicals with the healing touch of the hands. The Clarins Skin Spa is the perfect place to go to for a unique results oriented comprehensive spa treatment. The Clarins Skin Spa is run by Spa Director Denise Schoenberger a well seasoned beauty executive. Denise is detail oriented and has excellent customer service skills which creates an extremely professional yet warm and inviting atmosphere. I highly recommend the Clarins experience. I give the Clarins Skin Spa 5 stars!

Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 9-8
Sat 9-7
Sun 11-7


To schedule a spa treatment with a skin therapist or a consultation with a skincare specialist/makeup artist call 212-734-6100 for an

Monday, January 10, 2011


The weather is calling for yet another snow storm! This winter weather is ravaging to the skin. The dry, cold and windy air can cause extra dry skin, irritation, sensitivity, redness, chapped lips, dehydrated skin and more! If you are having a hard time coping with the weather and the effects it's having on your skin this is for you. I've put together my winter first aid kit for the skin. Here are my top 10 Product Picks:

1.Dermalogica Climate Control-this healing balm is perfect for protecting skin from the cold on a harsh windy day. It's made with soothing ingredients like shea butter, lavender and oat. It's unique anti-oxinate complex helps shield skin from temperature, pollution and stress. It calms irritation, soothes and protects.

2.Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque-this oil-free gel masque is excellent for dehydrated skin from being indoors with the heat and lack of water in the air. Let's face it we all drink more coffee and tea when it's cold out but the lack of water leaves skin dry, sensitive and dehydrated. This masque hydrates, refreshes and is packed with antioxidants. I love to keep it in the fridge for an extra cooling feeling,

3. Dermalogica-this is for skin 911. This is super concentrated masque is for redness, irritation and inflammation. It contains mushroom extract and really works on contact. I like to use it after a day out in the cold. I like to use this masque first and then the skin hydrating masque after for an extra relieving at home treatment.

4. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant-this is a very gentle yet effective exfoliant excellent for dry sensitive skin as well as all skin types. It is gentle enough to be used daily and is great for removing that dry flaky winter skin. I love to use it on my lips it's a great prep for lip balm and lipstick application, It leaves lips smooth and soft.

5.Clarins Toning Body Polisher- winter weather not only effects our face but our body as well. I love to use a body exfoliator in the shower this is made of sugar and salt crystals and essentials oils such as rosemary, mint and hazelnut. It's smells and feels luxurious

6.Clarins Bath and Shower Concentrate- this relaxing gel is soothing for both the bath or shower and is made with St. John's Wort and Valerian which are calming and help with the winter blues. It's my new favorite!

7.Clarins Relax Body Treatment Oil-this oil not only smooths, softens and conditions dry winter skin but soothes and relaxes with geranium, chamomile and basil essential oils

8. Clarins High Definition Body Lift- this is one of my year round favorites. This is excellent for toning and tightening skin and helps reduce cellulite. I find that in the winter in particular my skin seems to need an extra boost especially after post holiday indulgence

9.Vapour Organic Lip Conditioner- This is by far the BEST lip conditioner I've ever used! It doesn't contain the usual petroleum in most lip balms that actually drys lips instead of conditioning. It's made with Certified Organic Jojoba and Evening Primrose Oils and Shea Butter. Amazing! I just ran out and need to get some ASAP!

10. Tranquileyes-this is an amazing all natural eye hydrating system. This is excellent for winter dry and red eyes. It's also great for sinus headaches from a cold. It comes with an eye mask, eye covers and a relaxing mist,

www.dermalogica.com for all Dermalogica products

www.clarins.com for all Clarins products

www.vapourbeauty.com for lip conditioner

www.dreamessentials.com for Tranquileyes


Sunday, January 9, 2011


B Spa Bar is a hidden gem located inside the Prive Salon at The Soho Grand Hotel. I had the pleasure of meeting the Founder and CEO of B Spa Bar Diana Seo. Diana is not only a sweetheart but is an entrepreneur power house full of a wealth of knowledge and information and business savvy. I absolutely love the philosophy at B Spa Bar. It's all about combining Eastern and Western philosophy for the ultimate mind, body spirit connection. Instead of the usual cookie cutter facial offered at most spas the B Spa Bar designs custom facial cocktails for your individual skin type, conditions and personal needs using a combination of Certified Organic and Bioactive ingredients. The spa also offers body treatments that are not just your typical relaxing massage but actually balance and heal the body and mind with treatments like Chakra and Lymphatic Healing, Reiki and more! In addition to the amazing facials and body treatments B Spa Bar offers the latest in Medical Technology for a preventative approach to the aging process. The spa offers some of my favorites such as LED light therapy and micro-current. B Spa Bar is definitely the pulse of skin care innovation. Stay tuned for more upcoming events and information on B Spa Bar.