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SpaBoom Launches Real Time Online Booking

SpaBoom Launches Real Time Online Booking

SpaBoom has just delivered booking to the modern era. The company already known for its technical innovation created a mobile-friendly online booking application for spas, massage therapists, and estheticians. Using it, clients can make appointments any time of the day or night from the device that's already right in their hands. SpaBoom's new program is easy for small businesses to take part in, so they can make their services just as accessible to consumers as big-name companies who spend grandiose amounts on marketing. For information on including your company on the new platform, contact 800.940.0458.

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M'lis Announces M'lisa Jackson as President

M'lis announced the appointment of M'lisa Jackson as president of M'lis. Jackson brings incredible drive, creativity and determination to the M’lis organization helping to further their efforts of improving people’s lives. She also has a unique expertise with a Masters in Social Work, specializing in depression, addiction, trauma and eating disorders. As President she will oversee the design, production and implementation of M’lis products and programs.

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Nicole by OPI Partners with Six-Time Grammy Winner Carrie Underwood for 2014

Nicole by OPI Partners with Six-Time Grammy Winner Carrie Underwood for 2014

Nicole by OPI is creating 14 new nail lacquers inspired by the award-winning superstar. Available in January, this collection features a colorful mosaic of hues ranging from soft pastels to dark sultry shades to playful glitters. Additionally, the line will include a signature gold textured shade called Carrie’d Away, created exclusively for Carrie.

“This is the first time Nicole by OPI has ever designed a signature shade for one of our celebrity partners! We are excited to share this news with both music and nail fans – isn’t that everyone?” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.

“In working closely with Carrie, we came up with 14 nail lacquers that truly encapsulate her soulful spirit and showcase different facets of her personality,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With shades as American as Apple Pie, you’ll get Carrie’d Away by her Southern Charm!”

Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. Available at mass retailers, this limited edition promotion will also debut the NEW Nicolelogo. For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com.

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Jurlique Farm Now Open to Public

Tours of Jurlique's certified organic farm are available every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 10 a.m. and last 90 minutes. Price: $20.00

Australia is a natural wonder known for its tranquil beaches, pink mountains, turquoise sea and abundant wildlife. Home to the Great Barrier Reef, the Gold Coast, hundreds of national parks and a deep aboriginal culture, it is the ultimate vacation destination. Now Jurlique, a leading natural skincare brand born and raised in South Australia, is offering another reason for people to visit the land down under. For the first time ever, Jurlique is opening their farm to tours where visitors can experience the true farm to bottle process and see how organic skincare is grown, hand-tended and made into powerful formulations.

Nestled in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, an area known for world-class wine, sits the Jurlique Farm. It is here that Jurlique cultivates the flowers and plants that lend their power to the brand’s high performance, organic formulas. With its unpolluted environment, Mediterranean climate and rich soil, the Jurlique farm provides an optimum landscape to produce powerful herbs and botanicals. This certified organic farm produces healthy plants and potent extracts that create highly efficacious skincare ingredients. Operating over 154 acres, the farm grows a wide variety of plants and flowers including lavender, calendula, and rose, the key ingredient in their signature Rosewater Balancing Mist. Jurlique also cultivates over 7,500 native trees on the farm, to assist with both organic accreditation and environmental activism.

Now opening its doors to the public, Jurlique is offering visitors of the farm a chance to learn about the company’s vast history, how seedlings and plants are propagated, uses of plant varieties, organic farming principles, soil fertility and compost production, harvest processing and even bee keeping. Tour guides transport guests on a journey through the development process, from a display garden, to a seed propagation area and an organic preparation area, to an herb drying shed. The final stop is at the Jurlique farm retail shop where they can purchase a range of products fresh off the fields.

“Jurlique is a brand known for delivering quality natural personal care products using only the finest organically-grown ingredients,” says Sam McKay, President and CEO. “Until this year, the Jurlique Farm had been closed to the public. We now invite people to explore the stunning landscape that cultivates and nourishes the natural ingredients in our skincare lineup as a way to educate our customers about where and how their favorite products come to life.”

Jurlique was founded in 1985 by Dr. Jurgen Klein and his wife Ulrike, pioneers of Australian skin care. Since then, Jurlique has spent over 25 years unearthing organic ingredients to develop their unique Bio-Intrinsic™ process. Now, they’re giving back with the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Deluxe Edition, filled with a limited-edition blend of potent rose extracts and high-performance botanicals. Proceeds from every bottle sold in the US will go towards Jurlique’s Ideas of Beauty Fund in support of Chrysalis. Chrysalis and Jurlique are dedicated to empowering under-served women, helping them to create a path to self-sufficiency through volunteer efforts and mentorships that improve job skills and build self-confidence. Learn more at www.ChangeLives.org.

Aveda Appoints Vice President of Global Education and Vice President of Technical Education

Aveda Appoints Vice President of Global Education and Vice President of Technica

Aveda, the Art and Science of Pure Flower and Plant Essences, globally loved for its high-performance, botanically-based professional hair products and salon professional education, announces the appointment of Holly Johnson to the position of Vice President of Global Education and promotion of Kevin Molin to Vice President Technical Education. One of the hallmarks of the Aveda brand is its holistic and sustainable approach to beauty. Aveda’s approach to education is equally holistic—a smart trio of inspiration, technical skill and business acumen that is unrivaled in the industry. Aveda’s unique method gives learners essential tools and specialized knowledge that emphasize an environmentally conscious approach to beauty.

After two years of managing Global Education in addition to Human Resources, Holly Johnson will focus on the position of Vice President of Global Education. Global Education continues to evolve in supporting the Aveda network and employees and Holly is dedicated to overseeing the Global Education strategy. Aveda Global Education believes that every professional has the potential to become a master and paves the way by offering innovative, multifaceted education for personal growth to help professionals make their dream careers a reality.

Kevin was recruited to rejoin Aveda in October 2011 to lead the Aveda Technical Education initiatives. Kevin’s years of expertise within the industry allowed him to execute the Aveda Education strategy and leverage the many talents of the technical education team. Kevin has been instrumental in furthering Aveda’s brand recognition through several platforms; shows and events, the global artistic team, global alignment, technical curriculum development and internal efficiencies and technologies.

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Spa Week Offers Affordable Health and Relaxation this October

Spa Week Offers Affordable Health and Relaxation this October

Spa Week’s fall 2013 event will take place from October 14th – 20th.

Five years after the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, many Americans are still living a “post-recession” lifestyle. Between pay cuts, lack of opportunity for advancement and heavier workloads, it is no surprise that one third of American employees experience chronic work stress according to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association. Countless studies show that this never-ending, physical and mental strain can lead to a number of severe health problems including heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. The bright side, however, is that even the most stress-inflicted workers can lower their risk of disease by simply practicing healthy habits. As research shows, this most definitely includes regular spa visits.

Since its inception in 2004, Spa Week Media Group has lead the way in connecting consumers with the powerful and life-changing benefits of the spa with its spring and fall events’affordable $50 spa and wellness treatments. According to the International Spa Association, 72% of spa goers in the past year said their stress levels influenced their decision to visit a spa. With consumers becoming increasingly more health (and budget) conscious, spas have experienced a major shift from being portrayed as places of pampering to healing sanctuaries for body and mind for millions of people. Spa Week, the country’s leading and most reputable Spa Marketing Event, has successfully manifested the connection of health and spa to the masses for almost a decade by heavily discounting costly spa and wellness services on the grand scale.

Moving into its 19th installation, Spa Week’s fall 2013 event will take place from October 14th – 20th when hundreds of spas (day, medical and resort), yoga and Pilates studios, and fitness and wellness centers will offer up to three signature treatments for just $50 each. Featured services are valued at anywhere from $100 to $500. Holistic healing and natural therapies including Ayurveda have been used for centuries to help counter the effects of stress and better overall health and well-being. Now, with the majority of spa patrons seeking stress relief, such practices have gone mainstream and are being offered by the most prestigious wellness facilities and local day spas alike. Look no further than the Spa Week menu to find hundreds of these detoxifying, relaxing and renewing services, all at an affordable cost. With endless treatment options to choose from, Spa Week provides a way for everyone to find calm and a sense of balance all while keeping their fear of overspending at bay.

In order to receive exclusive information on participating spas and wellness locations and their $50 services, consumers should register on SpaWeek.com as early as possible. The complete directory will launch on September 16th to allow spa-goers to begin booking their most desired services in advance. Visitors to SpaWeek.com also have the opportunity to give the gift of wellness by conveniently purchasing the Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week® on SpaWeek.com. Accepted at over 7,500 spas and wellness locations across North America and never expire, Spa & Wellness Gift Cards may be used during Spa Week or any time of the year. Recipients will have the freedom to choose from thousands of locations and services, all while knowing that you have their long-term health and happiness in mind.

While the economy still struggles to repair itself, many people are taking their health and well-being into their own hands and this includes seeking medical, emotional and even spiritual relief from the spa community. Equipped to embrace consumers’ needs, spas and wellness locations are rolling out newer and more innovative services than ever before, especially those that help combat the perils of stress and stress-induced maladies. Thanks to Spa Week's spring and fall events, consumers have the comfort of knowing that they have “spas on their side” to help improve and maintain their health, well-being and happiness, now and in the future.

Spa Week was created and founded by Cheryl Reid who hails from successful careers within the luxury spa industry and publishing spheres. Joining Spa Week for the fall 2013 event, sponsors include:

Exclusive National Media Sponsor: Health Magazine; Exclusive Trade Association Partner: ISPA; Exclusive Destination Sponsor: Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism and introducing Exclusive Lifestyle Sponsor: FabFitFun. Spa Week is co-sponsored by CEW and a portion of the proceeds from the spring and fall events are donated to CancerAndCareers.org.

For more information visit SpaWeek.com!

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Dermalogica's Nonprofit FITE Participates in Mandela Day

Dermalogica's Nonprofit FITE Participates in Mandela Day

Dermalogica is committed to expanding global opportunities for women. In 2010 the company's co-founder, Jane Wurwand, launched the FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) initiative to help woman start or grow their businesses. To help further this mission of empowering women, FITE recently engaged costumers, skin care professionals and employees with a day of activities to honor Mandela Day.

On July 18th, 2013, FITE celebrated the legacy of human rights champion Nelson Mandela by partnering with two organizations based out of Cape Town, South Africa. Project Ignition creates opportunities for young females in underprivileged communities between the ages of 14-25 by offering them tools for community leadership. These Numbers Have Faces provides scholarships to help young people in need of assistance on their path to obtaining a higher education. This year, FITE will sponsor scholarships for three women in Cape Town, South Africa. The scholarship recipients will, in turn, each participate in helping their communities through volunteer work, leadership and financial literacy trainings, and a commitment to “pay it forward” by helping another student complete the program.

Dermalogica’s concept spaces in Santa Monica, CA, Manhattan, NY and Scottsdale, AZ participated in Mandela Day by distributing $25 Kiva gift cards and encouraging consumers to visit Kiva.org to direct a free loan to an entrepreneur of their choosing. Dermalogica employees nationwide contributed to the first FITE Impact Day by writing postcards of support and encouragement to the girls participating in Project Ignition’s leadership programs.

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