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Glow-T Gift Guide: Skincare

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Glow-T Gift Guide continues with skincare. Every girl loves to pamper themselves with luxurious skincare. Holiday sets are a great way to try new brands and different products to find a routine that works for you. From high-tech solutions to all-natural skincare, here are a few gift ideas for the holidays.

Sephora ~ Kate Somerville Ageless Solutions Kit: $75.00

Sephora ~ Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System: $129.00

Space NK ~ Eve Lom Daily Collection: $85.00

DermStore ~ La Roche-Posay Winter Skin Solution Kit: $55.00

REN: Combination Skin Kit: $30.00

Cyber Monday Deals & Steals: Beauty

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If you avoided the hectic Black Friday stampede, take advantage of these Cyber Monday Beauty Deals & Steals.

Beauty.com : Spend $100 at Beauty.com and get an Erickson Beaman makeup case full of samples, plus free shipping.

Bliss: 20% off Bliss, Elemis and Laboratoire Remede products.

Butter London: 30% site wide discount until November 30th – Code: CELEBRATE11

Chantecaille: Free Les Macarons palette + free shipping with $150+ purchase with Code: SHOPCHIC  (11/25 through 11/28).

Clarisonic: All Clarisonic skincare pairs purchased between 11/25 through 11/29 will be 20% off.

Giorgio Armani: 20% off + free 2nd day shipping on $75+ orders with Code: GAHOLIDAY1 (expires 11/29).  20% off + free 2nd day shipping + 6 minis ($42 value) on $125+ orders with Code: GAHOLIDAY4 (valid 11/27 through 11/29).

Inglot USA:  15% off all online orders + free shipping.

Josie Maran: 25% off with Code: GIVEBACK

Kate Somerville: 30% off with Code: HOLIDAY2011

Kiehls: $20 off $65+ orders with Code: HOLIDAY, expires 11/31. Free shipping + deluxe trio of your choice on $30+ orders with Code: BIGTREAT, 11/28 only.

L’Occitane: $10 gift card with any $50+ purchase with Code: GIFT10

Origins: $10 off + free shipping on $25+ purchases with Code: TENOFF

shu uemura: 20% off with Code: WISH2011, 11/24 – 11/29, free shipping on $50+ orders.

Smashbox: 20% off with Code: SBXFF11

Somme Institute: 40% off all skincare site wide

SpaceNK — Spend $150 and enter Code: THANKS150 to receive a complimentary gift with 10 deluxe-sized samples.

Tarte:  $10 off purchases of $50, $20 off purchases of $75, $30 off purchases of $100 or more. A free gift with purchase with every order (customers will get to choose 1 of 5 items) – Free shipping on orders of $40 & up – Code: CYBER

YSL:  20% off + free shipping; spend $100+ get a free gift, with Code: MONDAY (11/28 through 11/30)

Glow-T & Protect: Face Sunscreen

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Living in California, I am constantly wearing, testing and trying new sunscreens. It is quite a battle sometimes, as my skin is slightly sensitive to Titanium Dioxide.  I loath the “white face” residue certain sunscreens tend to leave behind and am always on the lookout for a product that is light, fresh and feels weightless.

Tocca Stella SPF 30+ Sunscreen Towelette: These individually wrapped towelettes make sun-protection a cinch. Enriched with vitamins E, B5 and aloe, this sunscreen protects and moisturizes even the most sensitive skin, on-the-go.

Zinka Face Stick SPF 60: I have used Zinka products ever since I was a little girl. Although, I have matured from the hot pink color to clear, this product is still considerable.  Zinka is a physical sunblock, in which it does not absorb into the skin, but sits on-top.  Zinka products contain 5% zinc oxide which is a mild antimicrobial and wound healing substance. This sunscreen is too chalky and opaque for daily use but it is my go-to sunblock for an active day at the beach.

Colorscience Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 50: This exceptional lightweight mineral powder is sheer and feels invisible on the skin. It is non-irritating with UVA and UVB sun protection. The self-dispensing powder brush makes re-applying simple and the it does not leave a “cakey” finish to the skin.

Kiehls Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+: The featherweight texture of this sunscreen feels like water on the skin. It is oil-free and extremely long-lasting broad-spectrum sunscreen. Kiehl’s Insider Tip: Layer over your moisturizer on clean skin for optimal UV protection and to help prevent skin aging.

Kate Somerville Protect SPF 55 Serum Sunscreen: This suncreen is a water-resistant serum that offers a rich does of antioxidants sans the white residue. It elegantly disappears into the skin and is intended for those with problematic skin and is Paraben-free.


Tried & Tested: Xen-Tan Dark Lotion

Xen-Tan Dark Lotion

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When purchasing a Self-Tanning Product I have 3 MUST HAVES:

1. NO SMELL

2. NO ORANGE TINT

3.  MUST FADE GRACEFULLY

Other brands tried: St.Tropez/KateSomerville/Clarins/Lancome/ModelCo/Fusion Beauty/Sevin Nyne/Neutrogena/Loreal/Jergens… 

Xen-Tan is the answer to my prayers. 

The process, although a little daunting, totally worth it! Plaster all over body – wait for 3 hours – wash off. Unlike most self-tanners you don’t have to be “as” precise with the application. The lotion is tinted which makes application tractable and the best part is the fragrance – a bouquet of almonds and vanilla!

After 3 hours… 

The first thing I noticed was the color… a perfect olive/brown-based tan.The second thing I noticed was that my skin felt extremely hydrated.  The third thing I noticed was that the tan was perfectly even – no streaks! 

So I threw on my new Current/Elliott cutoffs and walked out the door. (No color deposits on clothes)

The reason I will continue to purchase:  a couple of days later – still a nice subtle glow and Xen-Tan seemed to just fade away like magic…

Ahhhh-Mazing!


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