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New Westminster woman giving facials to the stars

When George Clooney or Meryl Streep exit their limousines and smile for the cameras before Sunday's Oscar awards ceremony, they might just have a local woman to thank for their camera-ready looks.

When George Clooney or Meryl Streep exit their limousines and smile for the cameras before Sunday's Oscar awards ceremony, they might just have a local woman to thank for their camera-ready looks.

Clara Kovats, a Burnaby resident and owner of Urban Bliss Spa in Sapperton, has been invited down to the ceremony's pre-celebrations to offer the stars the same skin treatment she offers at home.

Laboratoire Dr. Reneaud, the Montreal-based skin product company Kovats uses in her spa located inside Cadeaux Gifts and Home Embellishments, is the official skin care provider for the 2012 Oscars. Kovats will spend the weekend providing Oscar attendees with facials.

"It's an honour to be down here," Kovats said. "I was just lucky."

Kovats said she hadn't been told as of Thursday just which celebs had signed up for her treatment but she has some high hopes.

"I would be happy to provide treatments to any and all celebrities, but I think Matthew McConaughey is absolutely dream so it would be a thrill to meet him," she said from her Beverl Hills Hilton hotel. "George Clooney would nice too."

Kovats said she'll also be looking for Charlize Theron, Oprah Winfrey and Sandra Bullock.

Kovats qualified for the business trip by increasing her sales of Laboratoire Dr. Reneaud products - something she attributes to moving into her current location at Cadeaux Gifts and Home Embellishments - and then winning a draw she didn't even know she was entered into.

"I had no idea that anyone had done this. I didn't even know this contest was going on so it was a surprise when I got the phone call. I said 'What? Where am I going?"

Kovats will be back in New West on Sunday in time to watch Oscar ceremony.

Her business offers all facets of skin care from anti-aging regmines, rosacia and acne treatment to customized facials, which she calls her "signature bliss facial."

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