United States-based men's grooming company, OM4, has announced Joanne Berry as its new global director of education. Berry brings over 25 years of international luxury and medical spa industry experience to OM4. A native of the United Kingdom, she trained extensively in Europe and holds accreditation in beauty therapy, aromatherapy, and aesthetics. While serving as Education Manager with the Steiner Day Spa Division in San Diego, Berry conducted extensive training and product seminars.
The first annual Slow Beauty® Awards honored a select mix of influencers, thought-leaders, and brands that reflect the principles of the Slow Beauty movement in 2016: self-care, natural beauty, positive body image, and overall wellness. Each award recipient has been selected because they embody the Slow Beauty philosophy through one of the following ways: business practices, product ingredient choices, give-back initiatives, journalistic excellence, and influential commitment to promoting natural, empowering beauty and wellness standards.
Blue Beautifly is pleased to announce its certification as a B Corporation. In a profound departure from traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are mandated to look beyond financial gains and consider the well-being of employees, suppliers, communities, consumers, and the environment when making business decisions. "In an industry riddled with deceptive promises, gross misrepresentations, and obscene exaggerations, we aspire to be the beacon of change as an authentic brand with genuine products made of wholesome natural ingredients." said Vida Karamooz, CEO of Blue Beautifly.
This year's Golden Mask for Make-Up Art Award has been presented to Laila Hamidi. This prize is regularly awarded to makeup artists by KRYOLAN Professional and Messe Düsseldorf at BEAUTY DÜSSELDORF and honors the winner's special creativity, technical expertise, and outstanding dedication to the professional image of makeup artists.
Tweezerman is embracing growing global expansion with the launch of new, forward-looking Tweezerman packaging. The Tweezerman core collection has been an incredibly successful part of establishing the brand across the United States and, more recently, abroad. With over 100 items available, Tweezerman is modernizing and revamping their packaging to create a more cohesive presence for the company.
Less than a year after launching its New Account Orientation and Education Program, Bioelements is thrilled to report the program's incredible success, with widespread praise from spa professionals.
The Bioelements New Account Orientation and Education Program is designed to effectively ease the onboarding process of partnering with Bioelements. New accounts will receive a one-hour new account orientation call with a Bioelements educator. On this call, key Bioelements educational resources and services are reviewed, questions are answered, and a thorough understanding of Bioelements SkinReading and Custom Blend Facial Protocols are promoted, as well as the specific facials can be performed with the account's opening order.
Repêchage recently hosted their annual networking Champagne Power Lunch at the Repêchage headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey to provide inspiration and insights for better business in 2017. This year's guest speakers included Lydia Sarfati, CEO and founder of Repêchage; Dori Soukup, president and CEO of InSPAration Management; and Lois Christie, president and CEO of Christie & Co. Salon & Spa.
Bonnie Day (Nottingham) Brolliar, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd, and son, Bill. She is survived by four children, Susan, Pam, Rob, and Tim, and her 15 grandchildren. Day was a staunch advocate of education and worked for Aesthetics International Association for many years. Before retiring, she founded and ran the American Aesthetician's Educational Association, a professional non-profit educational organization dedicated to bridging the gap between medicine and aesthetics.
Body Bliss recently announced that Pam Sculthorp joined the company as CEO. With extensive business and management experience and a passion for aromatherapy, Sculthorp is ideally suited to manage the continuing growth of Body Bliss' core business for luxury spas and resorts while exploring new markets. Body Bliss' Founder, Nick James, stated the following: "I've been at the helm of Body Bliss since the company's early days. I am thrilled that Pam will now be leading the company, so I can focus on what I do best – globally sourcing the finest ingredients and creating therapeutic aromatherapy solutions for our clients."
Lira Clinical recently moved their corporate headquarters to a larger location. The global skin care company will remain in the San Francisco Bay Area in the city of Dublin, California. This exciting move allowed Lira Clinical to optimize and increase their customer service support and provide new amenities for employees while developing continuous growth opportunities.
Rosemary Davila has joined the award-winning SiSpa at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa as spa director, bringing over 20 years of beauty and wellness experience to the world-class seaside sanctuary. Davila previously served as spa and therapy director at the world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute. She also devoted three years of her career as director of the United States flagship spa of BABOR Cosmetics. "I am thrilled to begin my work at SiSpa and plan to continue its focus on the overall wellness of each guest," said Davila. "With many years of experience in the Palm Beach area, I bring an understanding of what local residents and travelers look for in treatments and amenities."
Soleil Toujours is pleased to announce the addition of Liliana Grajales as vice president of sales. The addition of Grajales supports Soleil Toujours' exponential growth in luxury spa and resorts worldwide. "We are so excited to have Liliana join the Soleil Toujours team. She brings a wealth of sales experience in luxury spas and resorts and will take our business to the next level," says Valerie McMurray, founder and CEO of Soleil Toujours. "Her experience as both a luxury spa director and account manager with high profile skin care lines is a huge asset to our growing team." Grajales' illustrious 20-year career in luxury hospitality started in management with Hyatt Hotels.
In addition to celebrating its 50th anniversary, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, Inc. is welcoming a new CEO, Martina Joseph! Joseph brings over 20 years of brand-building experience in the natural beauty space, most recently as general manager for Bliss North America. Prior to that, she led the North American marketing, sales, and education efforts for Carol's Daughter, Jurlique, and Nude Skincare.
CIDESCO recently celebrated its 70th anniversary! Founded in 1946 by Georges Dumont of Belgium and Jacques Poirsons of France, the birth of CIDESCO aimed to unite beauty therapists and to exchange ideas and a framework for education, examinations, and teaching in a progressive, unified way.
Dermalogica announced the next steps in the development of its Entrepreneur Accelerator program with a pair of events during Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide initiative. The FITE Entrepreneur Accelerator, which supports entrepreneurship in the salon industry was co-created between Dermalogica's global social impact initiative FITE, global financial dignity and economic empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE, and the Small Business Administration.
Éminence Organic Skin Care is proud to announce that it has become a Certified B Corporation, a respected designation awarded to companies meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Certified B Corporations improve the quality of life in communities, address environmental problems, and inspire others. "We are thrilled that Éminence Organic Skin Care is the first professional skin care company in Canada to become a Certified B Corporation®," says Joyce Sou, director of B Lab® Canada, the nonprofit certifying organization for B Corps™. "On behalf of B Lab, we hope this inspires other cosmetic companies to join the global movement of people using business as a force for good."
Hale Cosmeceuticals Inc. celebrated its 25th year with the addition of a new filling operations plant in Bloomington, Illinois. This plant encompasses well over 16,000 square feet and houses high speed fillers, tube fillers, and packets machines. The fillers can fill liquids, semi-solids, and dry powders.
NYX Professional Makeup launched its first flagship store in Manhattan in the heart of Union Square. The cosmetic company's 20th domestic store is perfectly positioned for both New Yorkers and tourists to shop the complete line of affordable, professional makeup. NYX Professional Makeup stores combine digital technology with a hands-on educational environment that provides consumers with a completely new makeup experience. "It is very important to us that our digitally-enhanced stores marry the online beauty community with the everyday retail world," said Nathalie Kristo, general manager, marketing and global business development. "The NYX Professional Makeup store is a place where we celebrate our online community while encouraging every day customers to come play, experiment, and have fun with makeup."
The American Electrology Association recently held its annual convention in Providence, Rhode Island. At the convention, a new slate of officers was elected, including Pearl Warner, C.P.E., president; Mary Kaye Johnson, C.P.E., first vice president; Julia Hamilton, C.P.E., second vice president; Stephanie Shields, C.P.E., third vice president; Elizabeth Spagnolo, C.P.E., secretary; Deb Cassin, C.P.E., treasurer; Vickie Widmyer, C.P.E., OCE; Patsy Kirby, C.P.E., IBEC director; and Donna Crump, C.P.E., DOE.
Make Up First School of Makeup Artistry recently celebrated 10 years in business with a "Pot Party" in Chicago. At the event, attendees enjoyed light bites and drinks as they indulged in beauty demonstration, giveaways, goody bags, and savings in the Make Up First Pro Shop. Make Up First instructors and professional makeup artists gave tips on how to winterize makeup routines, go from office to office party, and make the most of the trends for 2017.
Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck and Alexandra J. Zani, co-founders of Intellective Aesthetics, each received the Donn Kerr Esthetics International Humanitarian Award for their lifelong commitment to the spa and salon industry, selfless contribution to education, mentoring of future aestheticians and colleagues, and for the continued growth and professionalism of the industry. Jamie Treadaway, executive director of the Southern Salon and Spa Conference, presented the awards to the surprised recipients at the recent annual Southern Salon and Spa Conference in Hickory, North Carolina.
Cellex-C International Inc. is celebrating 25 years of innovation and creativity! John Chilver, president of Cellex-C International Inc., states, "We have continued to build upon the loyalty of our existing customers to become the skin care range of choice for a new generation of devotees. For the future, we look forward to bringing further breakthroughs to the world of skin care and to welcoming many more new and enthusiastic clients from around the world to the Cellex-C family and [having] the opportunity to look after their skin for the next 25 years!" To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Cellex-C International Inc. is pleased to announce a contest to win a year's supply of Cellex-C skin care products.
Avery Graham Skincare recently sponsored Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia during its 14th annual "In Fashion!" event, which was hosted by Neiman Marcus and chair, Nicole Dresnin Schaeffer. To make sure everyone finished the evening feeling inspired, Elizabeth Cardarelli, founder of Avery Graham Skincare, donated approximately 500 luxurious gifts so that each guest, committee member, and volunteer left with an Avery Graham Skincare treat. The event raised $150,000 to help provide free, professionally led programs of support, education, and hope for cancer survivors and their loved ones at no cost to them. Cardarelli and Avery Graham Skincare were proud to be a part of this uplifting, fundraising event.
Beau Institute held its annual Beau Day of Hope, which celebrates breast cancer victims with complimentary three-dimensional areola nipple tattooing to those in need of this procedure following a mastectomy. The event was designed to empower breast cancer survivors and to inspire hope in a community of support. Founder Rose Marie Beauchemin states, "What it does for a woman in making her feel whole again is pretty amazing. We at Beau rebuild hope and self-confidence for post-mastectomy clients. After enduring the long battle with cancer, a woman loses her hair, eyebrows, lashes, and self-worth. To be part of her healing is something that brings me so much joy."
Stemology recently announced Middle East expansion with new product retail in Qatar. Through distributor Al Danah Medical Group, Stemology will launch in 260 doors throughout the country, including Boots Beauty locations, pharmacies, and physicians' offices. Qatar marks the eighth country opening for Stemology, furthering the brand's growing international presence. Stemology expects to see strong additional bottom line sales contributions. With Boots registration in Qatar, Stemology will actively pursue Boots locations throughout the United Arab Emirates, including key city Dubai.
In an effort to curb acne bullying in schools, DermCheck Dermatology partnered with PACER and Not In Our Town, two non-profit organizations, to promote National Bullying Prevention Month. DermCheck offered free dermatology consultations to anyone in California struggling with acne, especially high school students. "The goal is to end acne in high schools. Less acne means less bullying, which means more self-confidence," explains Ben Behnam, M.D. By offering a free dermatology visit, students in California used the service to see an online dermatologist and get prescriptions sent electronically to their pharmacy.
Morphe has recently opened their newest retail location in Burbank, California. They have attracted some of the most well-known and followed names in social media, including beauty influencers Jaclyn Hill, Jeffree Star, Manny Gutierrez, Bretman Rock, Nikita Dragun, and more. Guests were treated to hors d'oeuvres, an open bar with signature cocktails created for the occasion, and Sprinkles cupcakes, as well as music throughout the event. To celebrate the opening, the Mayor of Burbank, Jess Talamantes, and the Burbank Chamber of Commerce did a ribbon cutting at the new store, where everyone in attendance received gift bags and enjoyed food from nearby Porto's Bakery & Cafe.
Ginamarie Products recently celebrated their 38th year in business and is delighted to announce their new, innovative package design. They have not only have changed the look of their packaging, but also their logo. Although they have a new look, their commitment to providing their customers with the finest skin care and cosmetic products for 38 years continues in the Ginamarie Products tradition. They uphold their promise to provide customers with education on the health of their skin and support as their skin goes through the many changes of life.
Saltability was recently recognized at the International Spa Association 2016 Conference in Las Vegas as a 2016 ISPA Innovate Award winner. Their Himalayan salt stone warmers won in the products category for their therapeutic benefits and positive environmental impact. "I created Saltability in order to create a better hot stone massage, one with a more positive environmental impact and therapeutic benefit than traditional stone massage. I am honored to see our product receive this recognition as one of the spa industry's most innovative products," says Ann Brown, Saltability founder and CEO.
H2O+ Beauty is pleased to announce a 2016 Allure Best of Beauty Award win, taking home The Best Rich Body Lotion award for their Milk Body Butter. 2016 has proven to be a landmark year for H2O+ Beauty, with the recent unveiling of a bold relaunch that was over a year in the making. This ambitious reimagining of the brand builds on its 26-year-legacy of creating beauty products that encourage women to define beauty on their own terms.
Dr. Spiller Pure SkinCare Solutions has recently won two awards in one month. CELLTRESOR has won the 2016 SPA Diamond Award and the 2016 European Health and Spa Award for Best Cosmetic Product Innovation! CELLTRESOR includes three powerhouse serums: Penta Hyaluron, Multi Stem-Cell, and Ultimate Peptide, and the Intense Rebuilding Cream and Overnight Repair Mask.
Stemology recently announced their partnership with MedResults Network (MRN). After successful testing and surpassed sales expectations, Stemology launched as an official skin care partner within the largest national buying group for aesthetic providers. "Adding Stemology to our brand portfolio is extremely exciting as our members are always looking for the latest and best technology in the skin industry," explains MRN president, Jeff Routledge. "The brand fuses science and natural, organic formulations, something that's highly sought-after by professionals in the industry. Now, MRN partners can have the best of both worlds with Stemology products at our exclusive members-only price."
MyChelle has further expanded its presence as a leader in the growing natural skin care industry by partnering with Murale. This partnership will allow them not only to introduce their safe, ethically-sourced products to Canadian consumers, but also to educate on the importance of full ingredient transparency in skin care formulas. "MyChelle is a welcome addition to our assortment and a key brand to further establish Murale as a destination for green beauty brands," said Carol Wheatley, senior director of Murale. "Green beauty is an important and growing category that is resonating with our customers who are more educated on ingredients and concerned about what they are putting on their bodies."
Éminence Organic Skin Care has been donating funds to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for breast cancer research and support for 10 years. This year, Éminence presented a check for $141,502 to the foundation at their annual CIBC Run for the Cure. The CIBC Run for the Cure was a 5k or 1k walk or run that brings together an incredible community of people who have a personal connection to breast cancer and want to show their support and help raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. It is the largest, single-day, volunteer-led event in Canada in support of breast cancer research. To date, this event has had over 100,000 participants and has raised over $20 million.
Repêchage Professional Skin Care recently supported the Lang Lang International Music Foundation's annual gala, acting as a sponsor for this year's event. The foundation's event, which was held in Manhattan, was planned to raise funds for the organization, whose mission is to educate, inspire, and motivate the next generation of classical music lovers and performers. "It truly was an amazing night, filled with so many talented young people coming together for a wonderful cause. We were pleased to take part in the event and will continue to support this wonderful organization," said Lydia Sarfati, Repêchage's CEO and founder.
Jindilli recently sponsored Sparks of Light Day. Jindilli partnered with Vicky Weis to provide products and training to all spas throughout the United States that were willing to participate in Sparks of Light, an initiative that called for spas to donate four hours of treatment time to people in active treatment for cancer and their caregivers. Until recently, people indicating they were in treatment for cancer would be refused spa treatments due to the misinformed belief that massage would spread the cancer cells.
Botanical Science, Inc. has had 20 years of successful growth that has allowed them to introduce their new label program, which fits into the most crucial survival segment of the business product sales. This new program is exclusive to professionals and their businesses. Botanical Science offers custom packaging, starting at 100 units per item. Their focus beyond this program is the finest quality, highest performing ingredients to yield the desired visible results. They also offer online ordering on their newly designed website, which gives professionals an instant visual idea of what the new line will become.
Breo International LLC produces two different products and contributes two dollars to skin cancer research for every eight-ounce bottle sold. They have been supportive in community events such as Celebrating Women Expo 2016, which was hosted by the Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County. "The desire for health and wellness is alive in all of us. Our skin is the first impression we give of ourselves to the world. Why not start there? Our passion for making great skin care products is unmatched by any of our competitors. Many people struggle with conditions like acne and dryness; our focus is to provide products that can help or relieve just that.
Microskin plc announced the launch of two different iPhone applications to help those who want to conceal vitiligo, birthmarks, burns, eczema, lupus, keloid, scarring, tattoos, and other skin-related conditions find the right second skin product. Based on proprietary color science technologies, Microskin's new mobile application will select from the company's personalized, color-matched line of waterproof second skin products. "We recently expanded our worldwide network of clinics and, now, with these apps, we can help anyone, regardless of location, access second skin products," said Barry Amor, chairman of Microskin plc.
Dynamis Skin Science's founder and chief executive officer, Annette Tobia, recently announced the appointment of John Favreau to the position of president of Dynamis Skin Science. Favreau stated, "I am thrilled to be joining the Dynamis team of scientists and skin care professionals and am excited about both the wide-ranging opportunities the company offers and the impact its unique and proprietary skin science will continue to have. Healthy, beautiful skin is a sought-after, universal aspiration and DSS' patented Supplamine delivers on that desire. We are broadening our markets and developing new products to make every face a Dynamis face, creating skin health and beauty with advanced science."
Gina Marie Products is excited to be launching their GM Girls internship program. This innovative platform is designed for female high school and college students and young women. GM Girls interns will share their expertise on skin care, cosmetics, and beauty through the website, giving monthly tips and tricks on caring for the needs of the skin, makeup application, fashion, and more.
Forever Flawless opened a new flagship store in World Trade Center Westfield 'Oculus,' the largest shopping center in Manhattan, which was built on Ground Zero. This new addition will feature the best in diamond-based skin care.
ELEMIS, the luxury British skin care brand, recently announced the appointment of Annet King, from The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica, to the role of vice president of global education based in the United States and Lisa Heinemann, from HydraFacial MD/Edge Systems, to the position of director of sales, East Coast. Both executives will help to continue building the brand's presence within the United States market and work to service its existing partners across spa and retail channels. King has worked closely with research and development on product innovation and state-of-the art professional treatments.
Dermalogica founder, Jane Wurwand, an entrepreneur who has helped thousands of women fund and start their own businesses, was recently recognized as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) Entrepreneurial Ambassador. United States President, Barack Obama, made the announcement at the 7th Annual Global Economic Summit held in Palo Alto, California, in front of entrepreneurs and investors from around the world. Wurwand was one of four new ambassadors welcomed into the program, which now boasts 21 members.
sérumtologié, a novel and innovative leader in the luxury skin care industry, was included at this year's Giving Suite™, which is produced by Backstage Creations, backstage at the Emmy® Awards. As part of the official gift collection offered to presenters, these donations helped support the Television Academy Foundation's educational programs. "I am absolutely flattered to have both of our flagship skin care products in this year's Giving Suite: C 22 vitamin C serum and Pure Whipped Chiffon Moisturizer," said Vanessa Powers, co-founder of sérumtologié.
Throughout the entire month of October, Saltability offered their clients a buy one, get one 50 percent off discount on heart-shaped Himalayan salt stones in order to encourage spas to hold give-back initiatives and donate portions of their retail sales of the heart stones to a breast cancer charity or other nonprofit organization. "Breast cancer awareness is a cause very near to our hearts and we are proud to support our clients as they support local and national charities in honor of breast cancer awareness month," said Ann Brown, Saltability founder and CEO. "We know that when we all work together, we make a difference."
Repêchage's founder and CEO, Lydia Sarfati, met with students of the Tricoci University of Beauty Culture at the Chicago Northwest Campus for a one-day seminar, where students were inspired by and educated on the aesthetics and beauty industries. Sarfati provided a lecture and answered questions before she began a presentation on Repêchage and the various product lines she has developed over the last 35 years. She continued with the importance of seaweed in skin care and why it has become the foundation of all Repêchage products. Students were then told about the importance of ongoing education in their careers, with continuous training being one of the cornerstones.
Stemulation™ Luxury Skincare recently partnered with Mona Esthetics at Laurelwood for a VIP luncheon and interactive event. Laurie Nicoll, founder and CEO of Stemulation, was pleased to present the anti-aging power of the brand at the luncheon. Nicoll and Mona Sappenfield also appeared on ABC affiliate, Local Memphis Live, to share more information about Stemulation's products. During this event, spa guests were treated to a gourmet lunch at a nearby restaurant and were offered complimentary skin care consultations.
Perron Rigot Inc., the United States subsidiary for Cirépil by Perron Rigot Paris, recently walked in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The Susan G. Komen mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to find a cure for breast cancer.
A portion of the proceeds from every Éminence Organic Skin Care product sold supports the mission of the Eminence Kids Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded by Éminence Organic Skin Care. Boldijarre Koronczay, president of Éminence Organic Skin Care and the Éminence Kids Foundation, faced a life-threatening illness at a young age. With his only brother keeping watch by his side, Koronczay not only survived, but triumphed.
Caren Logan is pleased to announce the launch of her new company, True North Spa Representation and Consulting. Representing a select group of beauty and wellness products, True North offers backbar and retail solutions and consulting services to luxury spas and resorts. True North leverages Logan's extensive experience in spa development, management, and prestige retail to offer a wide range of services that include creative spa concepts, treatment protocols, and staff training. "I'm pleased to integrate my extensive experience in many facets of the spa industry to help spas and brands work together synergistically," said Logan.
Spa Revolutions, leaders in the industry for their innovation in naturally self-heating skin care, beauty, and wellness products for professionals, has announced the promotion of Kristin Sartore to vice president of sales, marketing, and business development. Sartore will have the primary responsibility of establishing the overall strategic direction of the business. "Kristin's background has translated perfectly into Spa Revolutions' business model, particularly n the areas of concept and brand development, where her ideas have contributed to numerous product launches and successful international marketing campaigns," said Cheryl Spousta Schertzer, CEO of Spa Revolutions.
Saltability is pleased to announce the addition of Diane Trieste. A former member of the company's advisory board, Trieste will serve as the new vice president of business development. "I'm honored and blessed to be able to work with Ann and the Saltability team," Trieste says. "I've been using Himalayan salts since 1991 due to their therapeutic benefits. I'm a big believer in the natural parallels that these salts have to complement and assist in balancing the health integrity within the human body." Trieste brings with her extensive experience working in pre-opening, concept, and design for a variety of big spa-industry brands.
Institut' DERMed has unveiled its newly updated and redesigned website, idermed.com, promoting its leading Healthy Skin Lifestyle™ Solutions for the skin care industry. The new website has made it easier for spa clients, product and service purchasers, aesthetic students, and professional spa partners to find information and access resources. The home page welcomes visitors with an uncluttered design that highlights content focused specifically on the area of interest to the end user. Visitors will find content in three easy-to-access areas (spa, training, and products) that contain specific information tailored to their role of consumer, student, or licensed professional.
Gwen Billings is the new manager of sales operations for Morphe Inc., where she manages the wholesale and retail customer service divisions. With more than 25 years of experience in sales and customer service in the professional beauty industry, Billings is strategizing on ways to increase business through concise planning while implementing new selling techniques through periodic employee trainings. She also ensures all orders expedite in a timely manner and will work with her teams to improve response time as the brand continues to grow and expand.
Éminence Organic Skin Care was recently honored with the Innovate Award for Philanthropic Initiatives, as voted by the members of the International Spa Association (ISPA). Members of ISPA casted their votes for Éminence's "Forests for the Future" philanthropic initiative out of a pool of over 50 nominees. This initiative plants a tree for every Éminence retail product sold, resulting in over five million trees planted by Éminence and Éminence Spa Partners in just four years. By providing spa partners with monthly tree counts, spas promote their direct involvement with Forests For The Future, increasing customer loyalty and retail sales while giving back to the environment.
Topix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading provider of innovative therapeutic and cosmetic skin care products, recently announced that they have partnered with New Mountain Capital LLC, a growth-oriented investment firm that currently manages over $15 billion in assets. Headquartered in Amityville, New York, Topix has developed, manufactured, and marketed highly-innovative and clinically-validated topical skin care products for over 30 years.
Vanessa Scali, makeup artist, used Le Mieux Cosmetics to create Anna Kendrick's glowing look for the Los Angeles premiere of "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates," which was held at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles. "I wanted to create a look for Anna that had presence but wasn't overpowering for her," says Scali. "She wore a Calvin Klein leather dress, which is a lovely combination of girly and sophistication. We went with a soft, pretty skin, a hint of pink in the cheeks, and a shimmery, smokey, taupe eye."
Repêchage CEO and Founder, Lydia Sarfati, recently hosted the 2016 Repêchage 3-Day Master Class in Secaucus, New Jersey. Aestheticians from around the United States, including seasoned aestheticians, students, and spa owners, mastered the tools they need to achieve skin care excellence and spa success. They were also introduced to new Repêchage professional treatments and homecare products.
Intellective AEsthetics' co-founders, Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck and Alexandra J. Zani, sponsored a three-day event, Symposium by The Sea, in Mashpee, Massachusetts. During this symposium, they presented Cells & Signals – The Skin in Motion™, an advanced education course.
Saian Natural Clinical Skin Care recently celebrated the grand opening of their new, bigger location in North Hollywood. This full-day event consisted of raffles, networking, friendship, and fun.
Mybody skincare is evolving with a new name, look, and feel: GLOWBIOTICS MD. The company is making this change as they want to accurately represent their unique probiotic-infused formulas that were specifically created to address and improve consumers' problematic skin concerns and give them the ability to radiate youth from the inside out.
Stemology recently announced the hiring of skilled industry veterans, Beverly Parsons and Aimee Allred Sprenger, for the brand's executive team. Parsons joins Stemology as the chief operations officer (COO) and Sprenger will fill the role of vice president of sales. Both women will provide business strategies, management, and support for the fast-growing, global skin care brand. Parsons has over 20 years of experience, having previously served as COO at Murad and senior vice president of operations for Guthy Renker. Sprenger brings over 20 years of experience in retail and beauty to Stemology.
In honor of Pevonia's Live.Beauty.Full campaign launch, the company hosted an in-office pop-up spa, giving beauty freelancers and bloggers the opportunity to experience Pevonia products firsthand in a spa-like setting. The pop-up spa featured light bites – such as fruit, pastries, and wraps – as well as coffee, tea, and lemon-infused water prior to their miniature facial treatment and product/campaign overview. Each guest was given a 30-minute treatment from a Pevonia educator to experience the products and learn about the Live.Beauty.Full experience.
Shelley Hancock, a licensed aesthetician and skin care center owner since 1988, is celebrating one year as a radio talk show host on Voice America. Her program, Shelley's Show & Tell, is geared toward helping aestheticians in all aspects of starting and growing a skin care business. Hancock is excited that, in her first year, she ranked number 19 out of 560 shows on the Voice America network.
Lira Clinical is thrilled to announce the release of a brand new, revolutionary ingredient technology: MASQ-tech™. The culmination of years of scientific innovation and meticulous ingredient formulation, MASQ-tech ingredient technology utilizes mastiha – an exotic resin from the Mediterranean-native mastic tree – as the keystone ingredient from which the entirety of the MASQ-tech system is built upon. MASQ-tech provides powerful antioxidant protection, brightens the skin, and aids in pore refinement.
Iredale Mineral Cosmetics (IMC) recently held a global sales conference in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. IMC welcomed nearly 60 international distribution partners who represented more than 50 countries. They also hosted their strong domestic sales and education team, which consisted of 70 people. The theme of this year's conference was "Feed, Fortify, Finish," which set the tone for learning, growing, and sharing both inside and outside of the workplace. "Our visitors love seeing our headquarters in Great Barrington and how much our area influences all that we do," said Jane Iredale, president and founder of IMC. "They come to see us from all over the world, ready to experience our culture, wonderful local food, and great shopping because they all have their favorite stores. They work so hard, so we like to include some fun time among all of the informational sessions. It is important that they go back with happy memories and feel part of our family."
Skinprint participated in the "Myths & Realities of Contemporary Skin Care" event hosted by Utopia Salon and Spa, which is located in Vineland, New Jersey. During the event, Skinprint performed skin analyses to educate clients about their skin and how different products affect it. Skinprint also debunked many modern myths about skin care with interactive displays. Attendees enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and special prices on Skinprint products.
BioPhotas, Inc. recently attained ISO 13485 certification for the design, manufacture, and distribution of low-level light therapy devices. ISO 13485 is an international quality system standard for medical devices. Attaining such a certification is the hallmark of a global medical device manufacturer. Patrick Johnson, president and CEO of BioPhotas, commented, "Receiving ISO certification is a major milestone in the company's evolution and serves to distinguish us from other manufacturers of light energy devices, who do not hold themselves to such high standards. We are proud that our products are 'made in the USA' and that we are contributing to the local economy, building the company here in Orange County."
ATZEN Superior to Organic® Skin Care recently announced its partnership with California Skincare Supply (CSS), an established distributor and mentor to thousands of spas and aestheticians. CSS is based in Northern California and is owned by Kelli Anderson and her family. They will be retailing all of the ATZEN Superior to Organic Skin Care products.
Michelle D'Allaird-Brenner was recently appointed chairperson of New York State Appearance Enhancement Advisory Committee by the New York Secretary of State. D'Allaird-Brenner is the owner of the Aesthetic Science Institute in Latham, New York; her New York State-approved aesthetics school offers programs in aesthetics, nail specialty, makeup, laser, and advanced aesthetics. She has over 25 years of experience as a practitioner, educator, author, and international speaker. The appointment to the committee as Chairperson opens up a new opportunity for professionals, educators, and business owners to share their thoughts, concerns, and ideas with the New York Department of State.
BABOR recently announced the appointment of Mark Wuttke as president and chief operating officer of BABOR North America. As a newly appointed member of the North American Executive Leadership Team, Wuttke will be responsible for the development of the brand's activities in North America. "I am delighted to welcome Mark to this leadership position," said Michael Schummert, global CEO of BABOR. "North America is a strategic market for BABOR as we are experiencing rapid growth and increasing demand for our brand. Mark will help us further nurture this growth as he works alongside the global leaders of our businesses."
Phytomer Group Brands USA is pleased to introduce Pearl Dworkin, L.E. as regional account manager for Northern California. Dworkin comes to Phytomer with an extensive skill set and wealth of experience. She has received advanced training in oncology aesthetics and has worked at a top day spa and a medical office. She also brings entrepreneurial insight to the position, having owned and operated her own skin care clinic in the San Francisco area. As a Phytomer Group USA Account Manager, Dworkin's role is to provide excellent customer service support, training, and knowledge to spa partners for the four skin care brands that make up The Phytomer Group.
Eric Stephenson, L.M.T. has joined Saltability – a spa-industry vendor that provides Himalayan salt stone treatments and products for resort, day, medical, and destination spas – as their national educator. Stephenson, an innovative educator and experienced spa-industry veteran, will educate spa partners on Saltability treatments, which offer a healthier alternative to traditional stone massage.
Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals recently hired three additional educators to provide advanced educational support, client services, and assistance in sales education at the Rhonda Allison Education Center in Golden, Colorado. The new hires include Elena Dottley, Tara Larsen, and Debbie Arvin, all of whom will provide client education support and sales. In their new roles, they will assist in helping Rhonda Allison's base of clients, who range from physicians to aestheticians and other industry professionals, grow their businesses through advanced education and training. They will also support skin care professionals in deepening their product and retail sales knowledge.
NovaLash was recently announced as the recipient of the BBB Winner of Distinction prize in the Personal Services and Products category. The awards ceremony was held at the Bayou City Event Center in Houston, with Deborah Duncan of KHOU Channel 11 hosting the event as the mistress of ceremonies. BBB Awards for Excellence recognize businesses and non-profits in the Greater Houston Area for their achievements and commitment to overall excellence and quality in the workplace.
Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Ltd. was recently presented with the President's "E" Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. by the United States Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker. This award is the highest recognition any United States entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of United States exports. "Iredale Mineral Cosmetics has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion," said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company. "The 'E' Awards Committee was very impressed with Iredale Mineral Cosmetics' emphasis on comprehensive market research used for strategic market entry.
Pevonia® recently conducted its annual global distributor meeting for 2016 by hosting its distributors from around the world at its headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida. Pevonia Co-Founders and Owners, Philippe and Sylvie Hennessy, along with Brand Executives, including the CFO, Rob Livingston; Global Vice President of Marketing and Communication, Maritza Rodriguez; Medical Director of Global Education, Dr. Christian Jurist; Director of International Business Development, Ron Jean; and International Business Director, Annette Liles; participated in key speaking and panel discussions covering core business topics in operations, product development, sales, education, and marketing.
In honor of RevitaLash® Cosmetics' 10th anniversary, the revolutionary eyelash leader has kicked off "Look of Ageless Beauty Model Search" with Glamour. Through the search, RevitaLash Cosmetics aims to recognize beauty of all ages and ethnicities while showcasing the natural beauty of the eyes. RevitaLash Cosmetics and Glamour will search the nation for women across all generations who represent the look of ageless beauty. Ten finalists will be chosen by an expert panel that includes model/blogger/actress, Julia Friedman; the founder and CEO of RevitaLash Cosmetics, Michael Brinkenhoff, M.D.; and professional photographer, Sarah Silver. Seven finalists will receive a $500 gift certificate to be redeemed on the RevitaLash Cosmetics website.
Alexandra J. Zani was an invited speaker at the 4th Annual Global Conference in Cologne, Germany for the International Association of Applied Corneotherapy (IAC). Zani spoke on adjuvant corneotherapy, intervention with corneotherapeutic agents that help to expedite correction and/or healing for dermatological skin disorders, pre- and post-care for plastic surgery, and caring for skin barrier impairment due to cancer treatments.
Naturopathica® recently announced that Barry McCaffrey joined its senior management team as senior vice president of spa sales. In this new role, McCaffrey will oversee the wholesale division and will be responsible for sales and marketing strategy, partner relationship management, and business development in the spa channel. He will also lead the sales team in education and training across the Americas. "We are delighted that Barry is joining our team as senior vice president of spa sales," states Barbara Close, founder and CEO.
Lokesh K. Jain was recently promoted to the position of vice president, research and development and technical services at Gordon Laboratories, Inc. As part of his expanded quality assurance and regulatory responsibilities, Jain will oversee the technical services department, in addition to managing a full force of experienced research and development chemists, stability chemists, documentation specialists, and budget professionals. Jain is among the world's most respected scientists, with over 18 years in the pharmaceutical industry and, subsequently, personal care.
The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) recently announced the awarding of over $10.5 million for 18 research projects that are being led by investigators at 30 institutions in seven countries. These projects will accelerate new therapeutic approaches for melanoma, improve existing treatments, develop new biomarkers, and advance the understanding of melanomarisk factors.
DERMAFLASH's homecare exfoliation device was selected by ESSENCE Magazine as a game changing gadget in the publication's annual Best in Black Beauty Awards. The winners of these awards are based on real, noticeable results and showcase the top beauty products in targeted categories. "We are elated to earn recognition from ESSENCE and the community with this award," says DERMAFLASH Founder, Dara Levy. "DERMAFLASH represents the next generation in advanced homecare and it is a true honor to have our years of hard work and development acknowledged and celebrated."
Aqua+ Skincare was recognized for Excellence of the Year for Leadership and Sustainability at the IAIR Awards® ceremony at the Yale Club in New York. Selected by IAIR readers and opinion leaders in businesses from around the world, the honor is awarded to those who represent IAIR's mission to promote business excellence. "I am honored to be receiving this award," said Michael Wong, Aqua+ Skincare's CEO.
Lydia Sarfati, Repêchage's CEO and founder, recently welcomed over 150 skin care professionals to the 18th annual International Conference for Salon & Spa Professionals. Professionals attended this conference to hear industry experts speak and to be a part of the launch of Repêchage's Fusion Express Bar and Spa Masks with Nutriceutical Organic Actives and homecare products. After Sarfati's welcoming address, Dr. Andrea Bovero, Ph.D, president of CIDESCO Italy, gave a presentation on the integration of the mind and body in skin care. Dr. Samuel Shatkin, M.D. also gave a presentation that covered eight different ways to stay ageless.
Pevonia recently made its debut at Coachella during its 2016 kick-off weekend. The brand teamed up with PAPER Magazine for their #YOUth issue launch party, which featured an appearance by Kylie Jenner, by providing a sample of LipRenew™ Plump & De-Age Treatment inside each of the luxe gift bags that were given to attendees. Other attendees included Jayden Smith, Andreja Pejić, Justine Skye, Chantel Jeffries, and other key players in the fashion, beauty, and music industry.
Jindilli Rite of Renewal announced that they have been approved as a continuing education-approved provider by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). NCBTMB-licensed massage therapists can receive up to nine continuing education credits annually for completing a demonstration and practical application on Jindilli's Showerless Lime Blossom Scrub and BoomaGlam Massage.
Ska:ná The Spa at Turning Stone Resort Casino recently launched treatment menu changes with the addition of Himalayan Salt Stone Massage from Saltability, which features 84 naturally occurring minerals and elements. Ska:ná will continue to offer hot stone massage, but the new addition adds more health benefits for their guests. "Ska:ná is always looking for services and products that benefit our amazing guests and Saltability has come up with an innovative way to do that," says Shane Bird, director of spa operations at Turning Stone Resort.
At the end of April, SkinPrint participated in the Spring Open House at Turkle & Associates. Skinprint performed skin analyses to educate clients about their skin and is very proud to have been a part of this production. Attendees enjoyed appetizers, refreshments, and special prices on Skinprint products.
Pevonia hosted beauty editors and bloggers for its official launch party for LipRenew™ Plump & De-Age Treatment. Over 60 media and beauty influencers joined the company in New York City for an exclusive look at the new product. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails while learning about the product from Pevonia's team of experts. Bringing an interactive element to the evening, beauty editors were able to experience miniature Pevonia facials and avant-garde lip art from a few of the makeup artists from Jolie Beauty Bar.
Cosmewax launched a new modern and dynamic website. Their website now features a responsive design, making it a practical utility for learning about their products and services from any device. Cosmewax has opted for a more visual and attractive website that has intuitive and agile navigation. It is richly illustrated and allows for a virtual visit to both the depilatory and skin care production plants from the home page. It also includes detailed information about Cosmewax's history, installations, corporate-social responsibility, and philosophy of partnership with customers and suppliers.
Éminence Organic Skin Care recently announced that they have reached a milestone of planting 5 million trees through their Forests for the Future initiative. Since November 2012, Éminence has partnered with Trees for the Future, a global tree planting organization, to create a program in which the skin care brand plants a tree for every retail product sold. In the four years that the brand has had this initiative, trees have been planted in 19 developing countries, including Burundi, Uganda, Ghana, and Tanzania.
DermaMed Solutions recently announced Roberta Lamperti, an aesthetic student at Spa Tech Institute in Westboro, Mass., as the fourth recipient of the company's Aesthetic Education Award. Lamperti received a $1,000 award towards her education from DermaMed Solutions to support her goal of becoming an aesthetician whose philosophy aligns with the company's belief in taking a "whole-istic" approach to skin care in order to attain healthy skin.
Ursula Wagstaff, president of CA Botana International, recently received an award from Channel 10 News, San Diego. The channel 10 News, San Diego Leadership Award is given to someone who provides leadership by making San Diego a better place to live, stands up for those who need help, initiates or creates solutions for others, and fulfills a local need – thereby improving the quality of life for all San Diegans.
The 3 Day Master Class with Lydia Sarfati, hosted by The Lydia Sarfati Academy, will be held on July 11th through July 13th, 2016. Seasoned aestheticians with a minimum of two years of experience can join Sarfati, Repêchage CEO and founder, for instruction on advanced skin care techniques. Attendees will learn how to administer the Lydia Sarfati Facial Massage and professional treatment solutions for all skin types, including pre- and post-operative treatments.
Sophia Navarro was recently promoted to vice president of global education for NovaLash. "Bringing Sophia Navarro onto the NovaLash Board of Directors has been long overdue," says Sophy Merszei, founder and CEO of NovaLash. "The lash artists who have been ambitious enough to seek out training from [Navarro] receive a very rare and special education. She has an unrivaled ability to teach her own special tricks for getting extensions to look like no other and last longer than can be imagined.
Silk Therapeutics, Inc. recently announced the addition of Victoria Collotta as vice president of professional services and education, overseeing the development of the company’s professional products and treatment protocols.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, one of Arizona’s most esteemed spa hideaways, recently debuted Spa House in Scottsdale, Ariz. following a comprehensive transformation to the resort’s private mountain home.