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This past March, Massage Envy announced a contest to be the company's one millionth facial recipient. It took only three months to find that lucky person and achieve such a significant milestone! Harriet Huan, a Fort Worth Texas member, was unexpectedly awarded with complimentary Massage Envy facials for one year and a one-year supply of Murad® products.

Co-founded by Dana Stallings (Spa Velia), Jim Croghan (The Grand Del Mar), Joanne Berry (Bellus Academy) and Scott Duncan (Spa Gregories), the Spa Connection has manifested into a wildly successful collaboration of event hosting, philanthropic efforts and support of spa industry professionals. The annual Yacht Party set sail this past June with a full to capacity boat of nationwide vendors showcasing products to attendees from all over Southern California and Arizona!

SpaFinder® Wellness, Inc. announced it has acquired SpaFinder Europe, the leading spa and wellness marketing and gifting resource in Europe. SpaFinder Europe, which was originally a joint venture, will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of SpaFinder Wellness. "SpaFinder Europe has created a popular, localized version of SpaFinder.com, reaching hundreds of thousands of spa and wellness enthusiasts," said Pete Ellis, chairman and CEO of SpaFinder Wellness. "By acquiring SpaFinder Europe, we are extending our commitment to provide the premiere inspiration, information and experiences to help people everywhere find their path to wellness."

Murad® has partnered with Murrieta Day Spa to launch one of the first spas in the nation to upgrade to the elite status of a Murad Inclusive Health Center®, offering complete wellness programs based upon Dr. Murad's revolutionary approach to wellness.

Syneron Medical Ltd. is proud to announce it has received United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for elōs Plus™, a next generation multi-platform system featuring the Company's proprietary elōs technology. The FDA clearance for elōs Plus follows on the recent international launch in Europe and Asia.

Scandle®, LLC announces a new partnership with Natural Buyz Ltd, a New Zealand owned and registered company. Natural Buyz Ltd. will be Scandle's exclusive distributor of Scandle® Body Candles and Scandle® Spa Products in The New Zealand and Australia territories. Scandle® Soy Massage Candles and eco-friendly spa accessories will be made available through Natural Buyz' newly launched website which will serve as a resource for education about vegan or animal free/cruelty free products and services for the New Zealand and Australia community and beyond.

Spa Shiki at The Lodge of Four Seasons, located on Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks, has been named the Best Spa Destination by AAA members in the annual AAA Best of the Midwest poll. AAA Midwest Traveler readers voted for their favorite places to visit, eat, and play.

Little Green's Pediatrician Program is the proud recipient of the 2012 ICMAD CITY Award for Best Grass Roots Marketing Program. The program targets pediatrician's offices throughout the country as a way to educate mothers about Little Green's safe and gentle skin and hair care products to use on babies and kids of all ages.

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) announced the winners of its fourth annual Spa of the Future Student Challenge Competition. Top honors went to the University of Denver. The team included students, Lian Duan, Molly Tompkins, Jing Wan, faculty advisor, Dr. Cherri Young and partner architect, Cameron Zentz, Director, HBA Architects, for its creative "Power Spa" for teen girls. Not only first prize, but a standing ovation, went to the University of Denver's Defiant! Defiant! takes a defiantly new approach, dedicated to helping today's independent, stressed-out, body-conscious teen girls become mentally and physically confident. Designed as a girl's "Fourth Place" (not home, school, the mall), self-care, self-acceptance and support play starring roles. The student teams presented their designs to hundreds of industry executives gathered at the prestigious think-tank.

Marinello Schools of Beauty just announced the winners of its 4th Annual Raw Talent Scholarship Contest in which more than $70,000 in scholarships were awarded to high school seniors. Of the hundreds of applicants who entered from across the U.S., Marinello recognized 17 outstanding aspiring stylists with scholarships and Professional Makeup Workshops. First place winners include: Yasmeen Frierson, Shana Wilson, Brianna Lee and Janeese Mitchell. Each first place winner received $10,000 each.

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