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Ivan Blinoff, president of Regent Bond and Biodroga distributor with An G. Hinds, president/CEO of Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics

Regent Bond Inc., a U.S. distributor of German skincare brand Biodroga Institut, has partnered with Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics to enhance the Institute’s esthetics training and professional development courses.

Biodroga products have been manufactured in Baden-Baden since 1959 and are an esthetics staple in European markets; Catherine Hinds Institute was founded in 1979 and was the first esthetics school in the U.S. to be accredited.

New Spa Makes Waves

The newest Repêchage Concept Spa was introduced to the public with a rousing celebration.

Attendees at the grand opening of Erika’s Spa De Beauté & Salon in Mohegan Lake, NY, were invited to not only eat, drink and be merry, but to also feast their eyes on stunning hair and skin fashions that saluted Repêchage’s skincare staple with models adorned in striking seaweed wraps.

Spa owner Erika Widmann hosted Sarkli-Repêchage CEO/founder Lydia Sarfati, as well as the company’s national business development manager Susan Vindics and corporate educator Lauren Streeter, for the event.

“It was amazing to have Lydia Sarfati and her team be a part of the grand opening ceremony,” said a thrilled Widmann, whose spa will exclusively use Repêchage products in its skincare treatments.

Rewarding New Website

Éminence Organic Skin Care has announced the birth of its new website!

In addition to a database of product information, searchable by skin type and celebrity preferences, the site features a Skin Blog, product ingredient glossary and behind-the-scenes info on the company’s environmentally responsible farming and operations practices.

To sweeten the experience, Éminence is automatically entering anyone who signs up for its e-newsletter for a chance to win $500 worth of products. For more info, visit

New Deals, Fresh Faces

Bethany Kirschner

Haircare company Pravana Naturceuticals has promoted former director of marketing Bethany Kirschner to the position of vice president of marketing.

“In her new role, Bethany will continue to oversee the development of groundbreaking new products and educational programs to maintain Pravana’s exciting growth trajectory,” says Pravana founder and president Steven Goddard.

The company also announced the promotion of six-year staffer Karla Ramirez to the role of director of customer service, in which Ramirez will oversee coordination and communication between Pravana’s manufacturing and shipping departments and their distributor partners.

China Glaze Woos Wong

Designer Sue Wong’s Fall 2011 show featured Edwardian-era lace, detailed embroidery, dainty appliqués—and China Glaze reds for nails.

The show, which took place at Wong’s private residence in Los Angeles, was inspired by the 1964 musical My Fair Lady, an opulent adaptation of the 1912 George Bernard Shaw play, Pygmalion.

The nails were a nod to the film version’s glamour, with rich polishes—such as the dark brick Drastic and the rich and creamy Rouge—gracing models’ loverly fingertips.

Nailing the High Seas

Star Nail master educator Elaine Watson will be among the experts slated to share their knowledge and expertise with nail technicians on an unusual 10-day cruise. The ship, set to depart for the western Mediterranean Sea this October courtesy of Nail Evolution, the exclusive Italian distributor for Cuccio Naturalé, will serve as a floating nail seminar, with stops in a tantalizing host of ports, including Savona, Italy; Casablanca, Morocco; Cadiz, Valencia, and Barcelona, Spain.

“I’m very excited about traveling to a part of Europe where I’ve never been,” says Watson, who believes that a cruise ship makes “a great venue” for learning. “A typical international class with me is one full day. Cruise guests will get the opportunity to have 10 full days of information ... This kind of attention from top international educators is totally unheard of!”

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New Deals, Fresh Faces

Rebecca Weider

Industry supply giant Universal Companies has promoted Rebecca Weider to the position of vice president of information technology.

Weider, formerly director of this department, lent her technology expertise to the hospitality, travel and petrochemical industries before coming to Universal. Weider’s new role as vice president gives her responsibility for all information technology systems, as well as network and telecommunications systems, at Universal Companies.

New Deals & Fresh Faces

Kara Mangiere

Universal Companies has hired Kara Mangiere to fill the newly created position of director of eCommerce marketing. In her new role, Mangiere, who has an MBA and 15 years of professional experience, will lead and facilitate the company’s online merchandising and email marketing efforts.

New Deals & Fresh Faces

Kathy Anderson

Universal Companies recently promoted Kathy Andersen from director to vice president of human resources.